Optical Cable is looking to tighten its connections overseas-- Some business leaders from China are touring the fiber optic company today.
A live report, coming up.
Plus, a long-time Roanoke car dealership is finally putting on the brakes and closing down.
The dry air has arrived...leading to a beautiful afternoon...will it last...I'll have your hometown forecast....
Join us for News 7 at noon.
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A visit from Chinese execitives could provide a big boost to a Roanoke County company. Optical Cable in Roanoke County hopes knowing influential people in China could lead to a major sale.
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News 7 Business reporter Jennifer Miele is at Optical Cable with more.
((ROLLCUE:..penetrate the Chinese market.))
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A long-time local car dealership is closing its doors.
Rick Woodson of Woodson Pontiac on Williamson Road is retiring after 64 years in the business.
Berglund Chevrolet will buy all the new car inventory and move the Pontiacs to its lot on Williamson.
There are no definite plans for the Woodson property.
Rick Woodson Honda on Peters Creek is not involved in the deal.
One man is dead and another injured in a car accident in Floyd County. Authorities say the wreck happened on Dusty Rock Road just after ten this morning. A Chevy Blazer was apparenlty travelling down a steep hill when it lost control and veered off the road. Trooper Andrew O'Connor says the vehicle flipped several times. The identities of the victims have not been released. The road is currently closed to traffic.
Approximately 200 people were killed Friday when flash floods hit the Golestan Province in Iran.
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Iranian radio says the death toll could climb, because hundreds are still missing.
Relief helicopters have moved 12 thousand people affected by the floods.
International aid groups are trying to find shelter for the displaced.
These are Iran's worst floods on record in more than two centuries.
Israel has sent a tough warning to the Palestinians that more suicide bombings will NOT be tolerated.
Kimberly Dozier has more from Jerusalem.
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Israel's punishment for what it callsthe city of suicide bombers.
(UPSOT nat sound bullets fired)
Israeli tanks and troops raided the city of Jenin ... destroying a
Palestinian police station and other government buildings. Isreal say
this is this where the two recent suicide attacks were planned.
It was the first time Israel has entered an area of Palestinian
autonomy,..since the Oslo peace accord was signed.
SOT (in Arabic with Voice of translator)
(sound bite is with Luai Jadallah, Police Commander of Jenin)
"They basically demolished everything we have, the police chief said."
(SOT Ziad Abu Ziad, Palestinian Minister of State)
"We see this attack as a very escalating act in the already tense
situation in the region (Runs :07)
But Israeli officials were unrepentant.
(SOT Dore Gold, adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
"The Palestinian Authority has not lifted a finger to stop these
operations against Israeli civilians so Israel sent a message of
accountability. Stop the terrorism and stop it now."
The reaction across the West Bank was immediate, and violent.
Palestinian Demonstrators marched through Ramallah
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And gunmen traded fire with Israeli troops
protecting a Jewish settlement on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
At least two people were wounded. (Ambulance, hospital)
This local Jewish resident says it has to stopthe two sides MUST make
peace, so his/her daughter can sleep at night. The men of war, on either
side, seem to have other plans.
KD, CBS News, Jerusalem
Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary has harsh words for the Irish Republican Army.
That after the I-R-A did an about- face, and backed out of an agreement on a method
for getting rid of its weapons.
The group had agreed to the deal just five days ago in negotiations aimed at improving a power-sharing government.
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[OUT Q=since October of last year.]
Today's political move is considered a major setback for peace in the region.
But the I-R-A says recent British and Irish demands are ``totally unacceptable'', and violate a shaky 19-98 peace accord.
A warning is out to residents in Houston, Texas about a deadly, mysterious drug that's claimed more than a dozen lives of drug abusers.
The medical examiner's office noticed the trend over the weekend, and it only got worse yesterday.
The office is working with area police and the Drug Enforcement Administration to find out what the drug is, and what its origin is.
In the meantime, officials are urging caution to ALL drug users.
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[IN Q=The age range]
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Investigators think the deaths may be caused by a deadly form of heroin or cocaine mixture.
The D-E-A has offered its lab to help local authorities with their investigation.
The National Guard is helping in the battle against raging wildfires out West--
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More than 85-hundred firefighters are fighting blazes across six states.
In Nevada alone, officials say there are more than 40 fires burning.
About 190- thousand acres have land are blackened by flames.
Lightning from thunderstorms last week are believed to have sparked the fires from one side of the state to the other.
Fire officials there are hoping calmer winds will help their efforts.
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Your local bank branch could be changing hands. We'll have the details after the break,
Also a Roanoke woman learns how much her fingernails are worth following a lawsuit with a nail salon. But first, it's a sunny day out there-- Leo's here to take a little credit for it.
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It's NOT a disaster comparable to the Exxon Valdez spill 12 years ago, but it's still a big mess off the coast of Alaska.
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Crews are still trying to clean up an oil spill in Prince William Sound.
The fuel is from a fishing boat that sank on August fourth.
It was carrying 35- thousand gallons of diesel fuel.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Conservation say more pockets of fuel were spotted near the sinking.
They say the bulk of the oil aboard the vessel has been released. But over the weekend the boat may have shifted underwater, and sunk several hundred more feet.
The Wall Street banker who lost his leg in a shark attack while vacationing in the Bahamas, is now considering legal action against a resort.
The wife of victim Krishna Thompson says lifeguards at the hotel where the couple was staying did nothing to help her husband.
The Thompsons have spoken with attorney Johnnie Cochran about representing them in a possible lawsuit.
Cochran says the lifeguards should have acted faster.
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((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ATTORNEY: THIS MAN IN
THE JAWS OF A SHARK, FIGHTS HIM OFF, SWIMS TOWARD WHERE THE LIFEGUARDS
WERE AND PERHAPS THEY DID THEIR JOB, BUT WE'RE SAYING THEY DIDN'T DO IT
AS QUICKLY AS THEY SHOULD HAVE. ))
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Cochran adds the hotel should have warned Thompson and the other guests that the murky water left behind by Tropical Storm Barry would draw sharks closer to the shore.
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A jury has awarded a Roanoke woman 150-thousand dollars for a set of fingernails she lost in a local nail Salon.
Keith Humphry has more on the award and what it could mean to the nail industry.
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(( Carol Webb had stood in the same spot with her attorney, Art Strickland, just three months ago. The jury sided with her then, too, but awarded her only the amount of her medical expenses... a little less than 17-thousand dollars.
This time the verdict was for 150-thousand.
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Six years ago- -on her first visit to a nail salon- -Carol Webb discovered certain chemicals can cause a toxic reaction in some people. She had acrylic nails put on at Top Nail Salon.
Her own nails peeled off and never grew back.
Methyl Methacrylate- -a chemical in M-G Liquid- -was the culprit. Sony Nguyen acknowledged the Top Nail Salon used the stuff.
He says he had no idea what was in it, had never heard or read any warnings about it.
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[IN Q=They never tell me]
((THEY NEVER TELL ME ABOUT IT. I NEVER HEARD ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=heard about it.]
This is not the first time anyone has gone to court over a botched nail job.
An expert on nails who testified on Webb's behalf says, however, that this is the first time a jury has put a dollar value on finger nails.
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((IF YOU WERE TO ASK WOMEN WHAT THEY'RE WORTH, THEY WOULD HAVE A HIGHER NUMBER THAN WHAT CAROL GOT.))
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Cong Le and Truyen Pham are technically the defendants in this case- -because they owned Top Nail when Carol Webb got her nails done there. Nonetheless they won't personally have to pay. The 150-thousand dollar verdict is covered by insurance.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
The National Bank of Commerce has bought nine of Wachovia's Southwest Virginia branches.
The branches that have been sold include those at Towers Mall, Franklin Plaza, Crossroads Mall, Cave Spring, 460 East and West Salem... as well as branches in Bedford, Hardy and Chilhowie.
Customers of those branches should begin to receive information shortly about the transition process
Wachovia and First Union had to sell 38 branches to satisfy regulators' concerns about
Their merger plans were approved yesterday by the Federal Reserve.
The combination of the two will create the nation's fourth largest bank.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, the Washington Redskins are looking for a little veteran help,
But first we'll tell you why some frisky residents of an Arizona retirement community are suffering from overexposure.
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When you hear the words "sex scandal," the last place you would think of would be an elderly retirement community.
It used to be authorities in Sun City West, Arizona had to worry about teenagers "parking and sparking" in public...but now it's their grandparents.
Hattie Kaufman has more on why the words "active lifestyle" are taking on a new meaning for some un-inhibited seniors.
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vo-- sign of Sun City West, cars driving in
TRACK 1 BEHIND THE WALLS OF THIS RETIREMENT VILLAGE THE ELDERLY ARE
STAYING YOUNG. ACTIVITIES LIKE WATER AEROBICS nat pop of
splashing... TENNIS nat pop of ball being hit... GOLF nat pop of
swing...... AND... SEX?
SOT: -- Hattie When you heard about this sex scandal in sun city
west... unidentified male "I thought it was funny." :04
SOT: -- hattie off cam But you have no doubt that these trysts
happened? Jack Richey single: "oh I don't doubt that a bit." :04
SOT: -- hattie on two shot with older woman, plaid shirt Hattie:
You said you had relatives who were worried about you? "My daughter
said she didn't know if she should bring HER daughter or not 'cause the
'den of iniquity' out here. laughs" :07
TRACK 2 NO ONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHICH RESIDENTS OF THIS COMMUNITY WERE
CARRYING ON IN PUBLIC PLACES dissolve to sunset WHEN DAY TURNED TO
NIGHT. BUT STORIES OF SEX IN THIS CITY TRAVELED FAR AND WIDE.
SOT: -- David Begeal "It's around the world, pretty near. I'm
from upstate New York and they've heard it back there, you know?"
Hattie: Are they ribbing you? "Little bit, yeah." :09
SOT: HATTIE STANDUP: "The legend began this spring when a
senior security patrol supposedly caught an elderly couple being too
intimate in a parked car. Then other reported sightings came in. Sex
in the spa, a tryst in the doggie park." :13
SOT: -- Bunny Lester on a two shot "Oh the dogs didn't care that
there was anything going on back there. They didn't think anything of
SOT: -- older woman "I mean we're not dead. We're just older!"
TRACK 3 ACCORDING TO HOLLYWOOD... IT TAKES AN ALIEN LIFE FORCE
IN THE MOVIE "COCOON" TO TRANSFORM SLEEPY SENIORS INTO TIGERS.
clip from "Cocoon"
TRACK 4 IN THE REAL WORLD OF SUN CITY WEST, IT MAY BE MORE
PHARMACOLOGICAL THAN EXTRA TERRESTRIAL.
- two shot- hattie off cam Do you think that, uh, :04 a scandal
like this could have happened before Viagara came on the market? :08
Peg "oh no..." :09 Harold "I don't need Viagara!" Peg--
nudges her husband "Stop!" :13
SOT- Hattie: If it were going on, is that so surprising? David
Begeal: "Well I say more power to 'em. :06
TRACK 5 AS FOR THE RANKING EXPERT ON SUCH MATTERS.....
SOT: Dr. Ruth Westheimer-- 1:01 "older people can have good
TRACK 6 DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER SAYS SHE DOES NOT APPROVE OF SEX IN
PUBLIC.... BUT BELIEVES THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ACTIVE SENIORS
HAVING ACTIVE SEX LIVES.... AND EVEN GETTING CARRIED AWAY.
SOT: Dr. Ruth Westheimer-- 3:59 "now to be old and foolish and
engage in sex is wonderful :05 but make sure that you are in a
secluded corner of the woods! :11
TRACK 7 AND THAT MEANS NOT ON THE BENCH IN THE DOGGIE PARK, WHICH
BRINGS US BACK TO ALL THOSE LURID TALES. IT TURNS OUT, LIKE BIGFOOT
AND THE LOCHNESS MONSTER...THEY MAY BE NOTHING MORE THAN... TALES.
SOT: Well here we are at the doggie park. :02 I look around
:03, it looks pretty innocent to me. :05 Jack Richey: "Very
innocent, but of course, supposedly this all takes place after they've
rolled up the sidewalks." :11
SOT: hattie on two shot with older woman Do you know anyone
who's done this? "NO can hear a chorus of 'no's'. Are you kidding?
Look around you!" :05
SOT jack richey Its not a sin, its a miracle!))
Sun City West is also getting ready to host its first rock concert. Bob Dylan will play there soon ...of course he's 60 years old himself and is showing no signs of slowing down.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 22 points.
Nasdaq has gained three.
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Still to come - The Ravens and Eagles game was set to fly last night ... find out why the game never took off.
And .. four area golf pros battle it out for a good cause AND for a little of the green stuff too.
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It was a case of the bizarre last night.
The Ravens and Eagles game was cancelled due to bad turf .. but it had nothing to do with the weather.
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Veteran's Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls, was supposed to play host to last night's Eagles-Ravens pre-season game.
But the field conditions were so poor and uneven in the baseball cutout areas, that the game was called for safety reasons.
The game is not likely to be made up.
The Redskins opened their exhibition season Sunday night with what can be considered quite possibly the worst display of football in the team's history.
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Washington head coach Marty Schottenheimer is pushing the panic button looking for a veteran backup quarterback.
But it's a little late, and coach doesn't have much to choose from.
The short list of available candidates include John Friesz, Moses Moreno and Danny Kannell.
The Roanoke Country Club hosted four of the area's top club pros yesterday.
The four men fought it out for charity, AND for the chance to win 10-Thousand dollars in prize money in the 2001 Skins' Game.
The National Kidney Foundation was the big winner yesterday, but the four pros also took home some of the green stuff.
The elder statesman in the foursome, former PGA seniors' tour player Billy King won 19-hundred bucks.
Chip Sullivan, from Ashley Plantation who played full-time on the PGA Tour for a year, won 13 hundred dollars yesterday.
Hidden Valley Country Club's Tommy Joyce avoided getting skunked.
Hewas able to score 600 green ones.
But the man who cleaned up was Mark Fry from the Homestead.
He basically took advantage of his competitors problems, and parred the final hole to win 46-hundred dollars.
In all, he takes more than 61-hundred bucks back to Hot Springs.
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