A vehicle being used for construction work goes out of control on Interstate 81 this morning, killing a man and injuring two others.
The accident happened near Christiansburg.
Details, coming up.
And authorities in OHIO catch up with two suspects in last week's shooting and robbery of a Roanoke man.
Another warm muggy day which could lead to a few thunderstorms later on....I'll have your forecast...
All that ahead on News 7 at noon.
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A man was killed and two others were injured this morning after an accident on Interstate-81.
State Police say a vehicle hired by V-DOT for construction work on the highway lost control traveling North at around seven-thirty.
The truck crossed over the median near Christiansburg at a high speed...hitting a Southbound tractor trailer almost head- on.
A passenger in the truck was killed. The driver was taken by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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((SGT TOM FOSTER/VA STATE POLICE; WERE GONNA LOOK AT ALL ASPECTS THERE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DETERMINE WHETHER IT WAS SOME KIND OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY ON THE PART OF THE DRIVER OR A MECHANICAL FAILURE.))
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The driver of the rig is being treated at the New River Valley Medical Center.
Travelers have been experiencing delays all morning but State Police expect the second lane to re-open within the hour.
Two suspects in the shooting and robbery of a Roanoke man last week are being held by police in Akron, Ohio.
A shooting that happened there Sunday led police to the suspects.
19-year-old Antoine Lamarr Thompson of Roanoke had been shot in the leg.
He has been charged with robbing two young men at gunpoint at the Z-Mart on Melrose Avenue last week.
Ben Chastang got away, but his friend, Ryan Fisher, was shot in the back of the head as he tried to run.
Their stolen car was found in Akron over the weekend.
A juvenile who was with Thompson is also being detained, but he has not been charged.
Roanoke Police say they anticipate more charges in the investigation soon.
They're trying to bring Thompson back to Roanoke to be prosecuted.
Today Comair airlines had its first flight from Roanoke since March.
Comair's pilots voted last month to accept a new contract proposal, ending a three-month strike at the regional airline.
Afternoon flights out of Roanoke will begin next month.
The Concorde is back in the air for the first time in a year.
The supersonic jet took off from London's Heathrow Airport this morning on a four- hour, trans Atlantic test flight.
Nearly a year ago a Concorde jet crashed near Paris, killing 113 people.
The fatal accident was blamed on a tire which exploded after hitting an object on the runway, rupturing the fuel tank.
Today's test flight is designed to see how the plane performs with its new safety features.
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(( DAVID LEARMOUNT/FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL:
THEY WANT TO SEE IF ANY OF THE MODIFICATIONS, AND THERE ARE A FEW OTHERS AS WELL, AFFECT THE ACTUAL OPERATION OF THE FLIGHT.))
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British Airways officials hope the test will also help them re- gain the trust of air travelers.
What'll likely be a two- month operation is under way to raise the Kursk submarine.
The Russian Navy is begining work to remove the sub from the bottom of the Barents Sea.
Engineers are using a remote control vessel to check for radiation around the Kursk.
That's to help ensure the safety of the divers.
The submarine exploded and sank last August during a training exercise in the Arctic waters off northern Russia.
All 118 crew members on board were killed.
Another former Sheriff's Deputy pleads guilty in a case involving sexual misconduct at the Danville Jail.
Ernest Carter III pled guilty this morning to having oral sex with an inmate last November.
He faces up to five years in prison and a 25-hundred dollar fine.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 27th.
Two other former deputies, Doyle Cook and Steve Terry are expected to plead guilty Friday in Danville Circuit Court.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference accused Roanoke's Police and Sheriff's Departments of police brutality last night.
Board Chairman Jeff Artis told city council the organization has investigated reports that two men were beaten following their arrest for being drunk in public.
Artis says the group wants to bring in the Justice Department.
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((JEFF ARTIS: WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AND WE WANT THE FEDS TO COME IN AND INVESTIGATE AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS, AND WHILE AT THE SAME TOKEN LOOK AT THE PRACTICE THAT IS AN INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICE HERE IN THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS AND DRUNK IN PUBLIC ARE ARRESTED AND TAKEN DOWNTOWN AND HAVE THE DAYLIGHTS BEAT OUT OF THEM.))
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Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham said she has "utmost confidence" in the police and sheriffs departments, but said the city will evaluate the S-C-L-C complaint.
A new report commissioned by tobacco giant Philip Morris says smoking can actually save governments MILLIONS of dollars in health care and pensions...because so many smokers die earlier.
The report looked at the cost of smoking in the Czech Republic in 1999. It found the government had benefited from the quote ``indirect positive effects'' of early deaths.
Anti-smoking groups called the analysis a sort of extermination program for the newly retired.
Calling it a ``callous disregard for life,'' the head of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is blasting the report.
Meanwhile tobacco company R-J Reynolds is expected to announce today it has chosen Nascar for the one brand sponsorship it is allowed to have beginning next year.
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A settlement with several state attorneys general means the company will be limited to a single sponsorship beginning in 2002. The agreement was signed in November 1998 and was structured to allow
R-J Reynolds to continue its Winston Cup association with NASCAR.
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley helped shape the agreement when he was that state's attorney general.
Choosing NASCAR means this will be the final year of Winston's sponsorship of the National Hot Rod Association.
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Coming up on News 7-
Virginia voters may have a surprise at the ballot box this fall -
And D-C police are looking into what could be evidence in the missing intern case.
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It's another day in the park for Washington police--
But it involves more grueling searches for clues in the disappearance of former intern Chandra Levy.
Aleen Sirgany has an update on what police found this morning.
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FOR THE SECOND TIME IN AS MANY DAYS, DOZENS OF POLICE RECRUITS ARE BACK
AT ROCK CREEK PARK HOPING FOR SOMETHING, ANYTHING THAT COULD GIVE THEM
CLUES IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF CHANDRA LEVY. THEY'RE PAYING CLOSE
ATTENTION TO A PAIR OF SNEAKERS AND WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED AS A "BOX
CUTTER KNIFE" FOUND IN THE PARK. THERE IS NO CONFIRMATION IF THE
SNEAKERS ARE MALE.. OR FEMALE SIZE.
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THEYRE HERE BECAUSE POLICE SAY THE DAY AFTER CHANDRA LEVY WAS LAST
SEEN, SHE PULLED UP A MAP WEB PAGE OF KLINGLE MANSION .A POPULAR PICNIC
SPOT NOT FAR FROM HER HOME AND EVEN CLOSER TO CONGRESSMAN GARY CONDITS
CONDIT, WHO STILL HASN'T TALKED PUBLICLY SINCE LEVY DISAPPEARED, SHOWED
UP AT A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE HEARING THIS MORNING. POLICE NOW SAY
ITS UNLIKELY CONDIT WILL AGREE TO TAKE A POLICE ADMINISTERED LIE
DETECTOR TEST. HE TOOK AND ALLEGEDLY PASSED A PRIVATELY ADMINISTERED
POLYGRAPH BUT POLICE ARGUE THAT ONE DOESNT ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS.
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there may be some information that could be useful to process, and if
the private examiner doesnt have it, you can say there might be a
difference between the police examiner and the private examiner.
CONDIT CRITICS PLAN A RALLY OUTSIDE HIS OFFICE IN MODESTO LATER TODAY.
THEY, LIKE SOME OF HIS COLLEAGUES, ARE CALLING FOR HIS RESIGNATION.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
As the Bush administration considers a plan that could grant legal status to three million Mexican immigrants, the President spoke this morning about other foreign policy issues.
Bush spoke at the World Bank headquarters on the eve of his departure for London.
His week- long European trip includes the annual G- Eight summit in Italy.
The President vows the summit will launch a new attack on poverty, and he's calling on an increase in global spending on education.
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Bush also says the summit will focus on efforts to boost trade, relieve debt, and fight the spread of AIDS.
The Libertarians will have their first candidates on a state ballot this November. Bill Redpath and lieutenant governor candidate Gary Reams are the first Libertarians to ever make it onto the state ballot.
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls has more.
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(( The Democrat and the Republican are likely to spend in the neighborhood of 30 million dollars winning your vote this year.
The Libertarian for governor expects to spend 25 to 50 thousand dollars.
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((BILL REDPATH/L-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WELL, I'M LIKELY TO END UP THIRD... hahaha))
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Bill Redpath is a financial analyst who lives in Fairfax County.
He's been a Libertarian for 17 years.
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((BILL REDPATH/L-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE DON'T HAVE HORNS GROWING OUT OF OUR HEADS AND WE'RE NOT REALLY THAT UNUSUAL.))
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So what exactly does a Virginia Libertarian want to change in Richmond?
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((BILL REDPATH/L-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: MY THEME IS ANYTHING THAT'S PEACEFUL. WHICH MEANS THAT ANYTHING THAT'S PEACEFUL OUGHT NOT TO BE ILLEGAL. AND I JUST DON'T THINK REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS THINK THAT WAY. DEMOCRATS TEND TO WANT TO CONTROL PEOPLE'S ECONOMIC LIVES. REPUBLICANS TEND TO WANT TO CONTROL PEOPLE'S SOCIAL LIVES.))
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Mostly, Redpath change how we're represented.
He would elect the state senate, NOT based on geography like the House, but letting voters pick their top candidates from anywhere based on how they stand on issues.
Those with the most votes would have the most power.
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((BILL REDPATH/L-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IT WOULD GIVE PEOPLE MUCH MORE CHOICE AT THE POLLS TO ACTUALLY FIND A CANDIDATE THAT ACTUALLY REPRESENTS THEIR VIEWS INSTEAD OF SETTLING FOR THE LESSER OF TWO ELECTABLE EVILS IN A SINGLE MEMBER DISTRICT.))
The very seriouis Redpath and Gary Reams, the lieutenant governor candidate, make a bit of an odd ticket.
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((GARY REAMS/L-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I'M TURNING THE RACE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR INTO A REFERENDUM. THAT REFERENDUM IS ON REFORMING MARIJUANA LAWS. :56 THAT REFERENDUM IS ON ENDING MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. AND THAT'S WHY THIS CAMPAIGN THAT IS LAUNCHED TODAY IS CALLED THE REAMS "REEFERENDUM." :02))
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((BILL REDPATH/L-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I'M RUNNING MY CAMPAIGN THE WAY I SEE FIT AND GARY'S RUNNING HIS CAMPAIGN THE WAY HE SEES FIT. BUT I CERTAINLY SUPPORT HIM ON THE ISSUE AND I URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR HIM BECAUSE I THINK HE'S CORRECT ON THAT ISSUE.))
If either candidate can manage ten percent, Libertarians have an automatic spot on the next ballot.
And that, Bill Redpath says, is how change slowly comes to Virginia.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Coming up on News 7-
A local teacher is the apple of one foundations eye -
And a band from Virginia is being fined for keeping college students up too late. We'll have details after the break.
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A teacher in Roanoke received a big bonus for his love of teaching.
Wade Whitehead, a teacher at Crystal Spring Elementary was given a 25 thousand dollar grant from the Milken Family Foundation today in a ceremony.
The National Educator Award is given to only 155 teachers nationally, and he is one of ONLY four teachers to receive the award in Virginia.
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((WADE WHITEHEAD/ MILKEN EDUCATOR AWARD RECIPIENT; THIS WHOLE AWARD IS DESIGNED TO RECOGNIZE TEACHERS, SOMETHING THAT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN. AND IT'S DESIGNED TO RAISE AWARENESS THAT MAYBE WE NEED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS.))
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Whitehead will start his eighth year teaching this year, his fifth at Crystal Spring.
In order to receive the award teachers must fulfill many areas including showing their commitment to the community, family, and learning.
Dave Matthews is in trouble for breaking his curfew.
But it's not his parents who are upset, it's the University of Colorado.
The school has fined the musician and his band 15 thousand dollars after their concert last week ran 15 minutes past a 10:30 curfew.
The band's publicist says the thousand dollar a minute fine is a routine part of touring.
She added the group doesn't usually go over curfew, but they were having a great time and just wanted to play a bit more.
Still they should not have too much trouble coming up with the money.
The band and the promoters grossed about two (m) million dollars from the show.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 55 points.
NASDAQ has gained six.
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Still to come on News 7 -
The Avalanche steps up the the plate just in time to stop a Kinston sweep,
And its a bumpy ride for these racers as they try to get over the hump and make it to the finish line!!!!!!
We'll have that story and more after the break.
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The W-N-B-A hit the hardwood in Orlando for the league's third annual all-star game.
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Not surprisingly, the game was a complete party atmosphere in central Florida.
The West, which has won the other two all-star games in league history, was tough early on.
Tamika Dixon drives off the right side and scores.
Then veteran Lisa Leslie, who was not voted in as a starter, made her point and her mark with a dozen points in the first half.
She also had 6 blocks.
The West had a superior size advantage.
But the East had the playmakers - watch former UVa great Dawn Staley create in the paint and score two for the East.
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Washington Mystics star Nikki McCray would get this hoop in transition.
But the West stars win another one, as they take it 80-to-72.
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Salem locked the broom closet last night as the Avalanche prevented a Kinston sweep. The Indians were hoping to dominate the three game series with the Av's.
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Kinston had beaten the Avs in the last 9 meetings between the two teams.
Salem had a three to nothing lead going into the third.
But Jhonny Peralta's single up the middle ends Kinston's scoring drought.
Still in the third, Salem's Seth Taylor bobbles Troy Cameron's hit.
Another Kinston run scores, and the Indians are closing in.
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Kinston put five runs on the board in the third inning.
But Greg Catalanotte hit a solo shot in the 12th to give Salem the 6-to-5 win.
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The Lincoln Lightning bolted the Steam's chances of going to the playoffs on Friday...
Now the Steam is working to end the season at the 500 mark with a win this Friday in Norfolk.
Roanoke is seven and eight on the season, a vast improvement over its first year record of three and 13.
While play has improved, first year head coach Steven Jerry says looking back, he regrets not pushing his team harder at the beginning of the season.
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Winning isn't everything - just ask Fred McGriff.
He was traded last week from his last place Devil Rays to first place Cubs...
But due to a no-trade clause in his contract, McGriff had the right to turn down the trade.
After considering the move for about five days, he said thanks - but no thanks.
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McGriff is hitting 329 with 18 homers this season while playing in his hometown.
You probably thought the only way you could carry home an Oscar, is to star on the silver screen.
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But that's no longer the case.
Christies' auction house in New York is selling off more than 400 items of Hollywood memorabilia.
The most in- demand item.... the Academy Award Bette Davis won in 19-38 for her performance in the film "Jezebel".
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Other featured items in Thursday's auction include clothing and jewelry worn by Davis.
Also on sale, a "Superman" suit worn by Christopher Reeve and props from the film, "Casablanca".
Finally today, if you think it takes a lot of horse power to win a race,
This weekend in Benicia, California, cowboys and camels saddled up for the fourth annual camel races.
Race officials say while everyone wants to be first - anyone who manages to cross the finish line still on top of the camel is considered a winner.
Camels came to California after the U-S Army abandoned its experiment to use them as pack animals during the civil war.
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