Up next on News 7--
A last- minute apology from drug kingpin and murderer Juan Raul Garza, who was the second federal inmate put to death in about a week.
And the medical examiner is working to identify a body found inside a sealed barrel in Philpott Lake.
Sunny and dry weather continue's for now...I'll have you forecast....
News 7 at noon is coming up after the break.
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It was the same death chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana, but with much less media fanfare.
Texas drug kingpin and convicted murderer Juan Raul Garza was put to death this morning.
It's the SECOND federal execution in a little over a week.
But unlike Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Garza expressed sorrow for his crimes.
Terisa Estacio reports.
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SOT: Warden Harley Lappin/Terre Haute Federal Penitentiary.
Pursuant to the sentence of U.S. Southern District of Texas. Juan Raul
Garza has been executed by lethal injection.
Narr: Garza was convicted in 1993 of shooting a man five times and
ordering the murder of two others.
Before being put to death. Garza offered an apology for his crimes. A
witness attending the execution in Indiana read his last statement.
(sot. Karen Hencel/Media Witness (or WISH TV). I want to say I am
sorry I apologize for all of the pain and grief that I caused, I ask for
your foregiveness and god bless )
(I accept full responsibility )
Although Garza had confessed- his execution had been delayed once by
President Clinton after a Justice department study revealed racial and
geographical disparities exist in the governments use of the federal
Garza petitioned the US Supreme Court for a stay, based on the
findings.. and also asked President Bush for clemency. However, a
Justice department review released earlier this month found no evidence
The appeals were denied on all fronts.
Last week, one of Garzas daughters met her father for an emotional visit
(sot. Mirabelle Garza Valdez. I hugged him for the entire 7 minutes I
was in there and I didnt want to let go.)
18 other men await federal execution at the federal penitentiary in
Indiana. TE, CBS News Houston
The medical examiner is working to identify a body found in a barrel in Philpott Lake in Patrick County yesterday.
A Henry County dive team discovered it during a search.
It was a sealed barrel, about 60 feet under the surface.
Authorities say they were looking in the lake on the request of another law enforcement agency AND conducting a training dive.
They say the body appeared to have been there for some time.
The medical examiner is attempting to identify it through the use of dental records.
A fire continues to burn in a remote section of Rockbridge County.
The fire was discovered late Sunday night just south of Adam's Peak. It has consumed about 400 acres, but the treacherous terrain is making it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze.
So far it is only 15 percent contained. Authorities say full containment could take two days to a week, depending on the weather.
Massive wildfires in central California have charred over 12- thousand acres, and there's NO end in sight.
More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze.
The fire is burning mostly in forest land, but has come dangerously close to homes.
Officials say it could take days to get the blaze contained.
Firefighters are busy with numerous fires throughout California.
Drought conditions are expected to make this summer and especially challenging one for firefighters.
A killer tornado whipped through a small town in northwestern Wisconsin last night, claiming three lives and injuring others.
Residents had little notice that the twister was approaching.
The town's early warning system was NOT working.
Drew Levinson reports.
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Narr: There was virtually no warning as this funnel cloud tore across
the Wisconsin countryside Monday night.
The swirling winds slammed into the tiny town of Siren--everything in
it's path was crushed. Three people were killed and as many as a dozen
SOT/Resident: It got real windy and we got over to our neighbors just in
time because they have a big basement. Like everybody says on TV it
sounded like a freight train and it was powerful.
Around 8 oclock that freight train of wind and rain ravaged the
community of about 900. Cars were tossed and buildings crushed like
they were toys. Residents were caught off guard because lightning had
destroyed the storm warning system earlier this year, leaving them to
scramble for cover when the tornado hit.
SOT/Resident: When I came out half the town was gone. Trees, buildings
houses, everything gone. It was total destruction.
SOT/Resident: Trees down everywhere, this town is completely going to be
The twister cut a path of damage about a half mile wide and at least 20
miles long, carving a wake of destruction that will leave scars on the
people that lived through the terror long after the clean up is over.
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Roanoke's only D-M-V office is moving. We'll have the details after this break.
Also a lawsuit could block the merger of two banks in our region.
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SunTrust gets the O-K to go-ahead with its fight to block a merger between First Union and Wachovia.
A North Carolina Judge ruled yesterday that SunTrust Bank can continue with its lawsuit challenging the merger.
SunTrust can now depose executives and board members from the banks.
Meanwhile, both First Union and Wachovia are continuing with their merger plans.
All three banks have branches in Virginia.
Roanoke City Council is giving more money to help a local museum.
But with the loss of state funding, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture is still struggling to make ends meet.
Roanoke City Council approved a 5-thousand dollar increase for the museum, bringing Roanoke's contribution to 22-thousand dollars.
But that total is less than a third of what the museum got from the city five years ago.
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The museum also lost 75- thousand dollars in state funding this year, when lawmakers failed to pass a new budget bill.
A local mall is losing one of its few remaining tenants.
Roanoke's only Department of Motor Vehicles office is leaving Crossroads Mall when its lease expires.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( The Crossroads Mall location is the only D-M-V office in Roanoke.
But that will change in the coming years.
The state is planning to build two new facilities in the Roanoke area by the time the D-M-V's lease with Crossroads Mall expires in two years.
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According to a D-M-V spokeswoman... the state is content with the current location but would be able to better serve customer needs with new facilities.
The Crossroads location is Virginia's largest D-M-V office and also one of the state's busiest.
A fact not lost on neighboring businesses.
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((THEY MOVE OUT, MY BUSINESS IS GONE. ))
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James Ransom operates a Suncom kiosk across from the D-M-V.
And, while he's watched other businesses in the mall move out... he predicts it will be hard to recover from this loss.
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((JAMES RANSOM/SUNCOM INDEPENDENT AGENT: I'VE ENJOYED BEING HERE IT'S RIGHT BUSY DURING DAYS, SO I'VE DONE WELL BEING HERE BUT LIKE I SAID IT IS A MAJOR FACT IF THEY MOVE OUT IT WILL HURT MY BUSINESS.))
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A D-M-V official says the state has not decided where the two new offices will be located.
But Ransom says if he could tag along-- he would.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
Geraldine Ferarro says she's "lost other races" before--
But this time the former Democratic nominee for vice president is fighting for her life.
Ferraro recently revealed that she has blood cancer.
The 65- year- old was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 19-98, and is now in remission.
There's no cure for the disease, which accounts for about 11- thousand deaths each year.
25- Chinese migrants are staging a hunger strike outside an appeals court in Hong Kong.
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The group is fighting what it hopes will be the final round in the delicate issue of immigration.
The government argues since migrants did not apply for residency in mainland China, they have no right to stay there.
Government representatives also urged the appeals court NOT to focus on families that'll be split up if the migrants are deported.
While this hearing will likely end on Thursday, the case is scheduled to continue in September.
A lot of us try to satisfy our taste buds when we do our grocery shopping. But as Dr. Dave Hnida tells us, we might want to start listening to the rest of our body.
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You may think the one way to build a better body is to go to the gym-
do exercises to strengthen specific body parts.
But what if you could buy a better body - every time you head to a
grocery store?A place packed with foods scientifically proven to
strengthen specific parts of the body from head to toe!
Need to turbocharge your brain ?- think fish. Sudies show omega 3
fatty acids in certain types of fish can help you think more clearly.
They don't call it brain food for nothing
Looking to see more clearly? Eggs will show you the way. They
contain luteins and zea-xanthin- antioxidants which protect against
cataracts and degeneration of the retina.
Your smile says a lot about you- and one way to keep those 8
cranberry meyers pearly whites grinning is cranberry juice.
It has tannins which kill off decay causing bacteria.
A strong heart is a must for a long life- and maybe so is a
Studies show the antioxidants - specifically epicatehchins - in
chocolate can help keep your arteries open.
Just remember - moderation is the word.Breathe easy with apples.
Several chemical compounds in apples have been shown to increase lung
size- and help airways stay open. Its true when they
say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Now I'm sure you know lots of calcium means strong bones but did you
also know several servings of low fat dairy products every day will cut
your blood pressure by 7-10 points
And finally- don't skimp on lean red meat. Not only does it contain
lots of Iron- which is especially important for women's overall health -
- red meat has lots of zinc- a chemical that boosts immune function--
and in men- improves sperm function.
So instead of checking the fridge to see what you need from the grocery
store - you might just want to check your body's shopping list.))
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Up next on the newscast,
we'll tell you why a dachsund puppy's wild ride has given him a new name.
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A high- speed car chase that began at an elementary school in Tennessee reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.
A police surveillance camera captured the chase as it happened.
The incident began when an officer patrolling a school parking lot noticed a suspicious car.
More than 20 minutes after it started, the chase ended in the downtown Nashville area.
The suspects' car ended up crashing into a fire hydrant.
Three men got out and start running, with officers eventually catching up with the driver.
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Authorities say the car contained stolen stereo equipment and C-D's.
The driver's in custody, but his two passengers remain at large.
Meanwhile a two month dachsund puppy is lucky to be alive after he was thrown from a moving car in the middle of ANOTHER police pursuit this weekend.
He was stolen from a pet store in Salem, New Hampshire.
Police say two women walked out of the store with the dog.
As officers chased the suspect's car down the highway, the women threw the puppy out the window and down an embankment.
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((LT. ROBERT TINE/SALEM, NH POLICE: "I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PURPOSE WAS FOR
THEN TO TAKE IT. WHETHER THEY WANTED IT FOR THEIR OWN OR TO TRY AND
SELL IT FOR PROFIT, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE IT'S A LIVING
BREATHING ANIMAL AND IT JUST CAN'T BE MISHANDLED LIKE THAT."
ELIZABETH HARDGRAVE: PET STORE EMPLOYEE: HE'S HAD A LONG DAY.))
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Amazingly, the puppy was unhurt, just a little shaken up.
After the ordeal, store employees named him Lucky.
However that's not the case for the suspects, Lucky is valued at more than nine hundred dollars, which makes their crime a felony.
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The Greenbrier Resort is pulling out all stops to bring Atlanta visitors to West Virginia.
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The resort will subsidize nonstop daily flights between the Greenbrier Valley Airport and Atlanta from July first until October 31st - the end of the resort's peak season.
The 50-passenger Delta Connection jets will be operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Greenbrier's president says the new service will allow guests more time to enjoy the resort.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 21 points. NASDAQ has gained 28.
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Still to come on News 7 -
Wimbledon serves up its top seeds -
Baseball's Iron Man may be hanging up his cleats. We'll have details after the break.
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In sports, Baseball's Iron Man is retiring his bat.
The Washington Post is reporting that Cal Ripkin, Junior will retire when he finishes the 2001 season with the Baltimore Orioles.
Ripkin says - quote - It's inevitable that you can't play forever... and I've maximized my window of opportunity as well as anyone.
In 1995, Ripkin broke Lou Gehrig's streak of consecutive games at 21-hundred-31.
Hoop madness in the Star City last night paired law breakers against law enforcers on the hardwood at the Booker T. Washington gym.
Sam's Club sponsored this unique roundball shootout that featured some offenders under supervision taking on members of the law enforcement community.
It was painfully obvious which team had game and which had guns.
However, this event was about providing a violence and drug free atmosphere for the two sides to interact.
Friends and family members also were encouraged to participate.
Many organizations including the Roanoke City and County police departments, the Chatham diversion center and Family services of the Roanoke Valley took part in the event.
Former Friday Football Extra player of the week Anthony Poindexter, has agreed to a one year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
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The six-foot 220 pounder played in 12 regular season games and two postseason games for the Baltimore Ravens last year.
Poindexter added 11 special teams tackles and one special teams tackle in the post-season. The Bedford native was originally a seventh- round draft choice out of UVa in the 19-99 NFL Draft.
The world tennis rankings meant little when Wimbledon officials doled out seedings for the upcoming event yesterday.
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Pete Sampras has been installed as the number-one seed, despite failing to win a tournament since last year's Wimbledon.
Fourth-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero garnered only an eight seed, while Patrick Rafter was given the third seed.
Rafter currently is ranked tenth.
Andre Agassi is the number-two seed, followed by Rafter, (mah-RAHT' SA'-fihn) Marat Safin, and Lleyton Hewitt.
Martina Hingis has the top women's seed. Venus Williams is number-two, ahead of Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams.
Three players, who likely would have been seeded have pulled out because of injury.
French Open runner-up Alex Corretja (kohr-EHT'-chuh) will skip Wimbledon, as will Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova.
One of America's richest women has purchased a house worthy of her fortune.
Oprah Winfrey's 50 million dollar home is one of the highest prices ever paid in the United States.
Winfrey became smitten with the home and grounds on a recent photo shoot for her magazine "O".
The 40-acre Santa Barbara estate has magnificant views of the mountains and the oceans.
The same estate sold for 14 million in 1998, and has appreciated over the years.
The media mogul also owns several other homes including a farm and a penthouse.
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