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Up next on News 7--
NASCAR will attempt to answer lingering questions about the accident that claimed the life of Dale Earnhardt.
Its final report is due out this afternoon.
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And an accident on Interstate 81 this morning injures five people.
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A picture perfect day has moved into the region with sunshine and low humidity...but showers are not that far off...I'll have your hometown forecast....
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Join us for News 7 at Noon.



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Nearly six months after racing legend Dale Earnhardt's deadly crash in Daytona, NASCAR is about to announce its final report on the wreck.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
In a conference call with race promoters for the weekly racing series this morning, NASCAR said today's report would be one of the most important announcements in its history.
Stephanie Carroll with the New River Valley Speedway says the racing body has indicated a failure of an in- car restraint system, never before seen in any type of racing, contributed to Earnhardt's death.
CBS' Bobbi Harley has more.
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(( take pkg AS DALE EARNHARDT HIT THE WALL IN THE FINAL TURN OF THE DAYTONA FIVE
HUNDRED LAST FEBRUARY --- HIS TEAM WENT ON TO WIN THE RACE ONLY TO FIND

OUT THE MAN KNOWN AS THE INTIMIDATOR DIED ON IMPACT.

SOT - JIM DOWNING/HANS MANUFACTURER -- He was sort of the ideal racer

and nobody thought anything could happen to him and he was killed, and they suddenly realized that they are vulnerable.
IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING EARNHARDT'S DEATH, NASCAR ALSO CAME UNDER FIRE, FOR NOT MANDATING STRICTER SAFETY MEASURES.
AT FIRST, THE RACING ORGANIZATION POINTED TO A BROKEN SEAT BELT, BUT AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION FOUND EARNHARDT DIED FROM A BASAL SKULL FRACTURE - CAUSED WHEN HIS HEAD WHIPPED VIOLENTLY FROM THE FORCE OF THE CRASH.
ON CAMERA CLOSE IN ITS REPORT TO BE RELEASED THIS AFTERNOON, NASCAR IS NOT ONLY EXPECTED TO REVEAL WHAT ITS INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE CAUSED EARNHARDT'S DEATH, BUT POSSIBLY SWEEPING CHANGES FROM SEAT DESIGN, TO SOFT RACEWAY WALLS, EVEN
ENERGY ABSORBING BUMPERS --- ALL TO MAKE WHAT'S BECOME THE FASTEST

GROWING SPECTATOR SPORT SAFER. BOBBI HARLEY, CBS NEWS, DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA.
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Stephanie Carroll of the New River Valley Speedway says one step NASCAR is planning is to add 30 employees to its ne

w shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. They will be dedicated to improving team safety in the series.[81-Ax]


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Five people were injured this morning when a tree-trimming truck ran off Interstate 81.
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The accident happened around seven o'clock near Troutville. The truck was the only vehicle involved.
State Police say the employees inside suffered cuts and bruises, but apparently no life threatening injuries.
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((TROOPER C. D. PRICE: DRIVER INATTENTION PROBLEM, FELL ASLEEP, RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE INTERSTATE HERE AT THE 154 MILE MARKER, STRUCK THE GUARD RAIL AND OVERTURNED SEVERAL TIMES, INJURING FIVE PARTIES INSIDE, TREE-TRIMMING CREW.))


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The driver of the truck, 21- year- old Christopher Lee Weeks of Oakvale, West Virginia has been charged with reckless driving.
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Wythe County authorities help capture a murder suspect wanted in Tennessee.
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21-year-old Roger Eric Broadway was taken into custody by Sheriff's Deputies and State Police just after midnight in Fort Chiswell. Authorities say the New York City native fled Tennessee after allegedly robbing and stabbing a 67-year-old female. Broadway was found aboard a Greyhound bus making a stop in Wythe County. The suspect is now in route back to Tennessee to face charges.
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A national manhunt continues for a Ukrainian immigrant who allegedly went on a killing spree yesterday in northern California.
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Authorities believe 27- year- old Nikolay Soltys stabbed his pregnant wife to death, along with four relatives.
Police say Soltys then fled with his three- year- old son.
They found the suspect's Nissan Maxima in Sacramento late last night.
But so far, a search involving dogs and helicopters hasn't turning up anything else.
Authorities say Soltys has a history of domestic violence and mental instability, and was rejected by the army in his homeland.
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[Wildfires]


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Cooler temperatures are helping, but rain would be better in the western states still burning from wildfires.
The weather is helping to knock down a blaze in the tourist town of Leavenworth, Washington.
That's where we find Jennifer Miller with an update.
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Coming up next, the F-B-I has caught up with one of the most wanted men in the world,
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and the next time Shania Twain sings, "Baby, I'm Home," it will have a new meaning. We'll tell you why after this break.
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[Thailand-Molester]


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The F-B-I nabs one of its 10- most wanted fugitives in Thailand.
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Authorities say the U-S wants to extradite confessed child molester Eric Rosser.
F-B-I agents and Thai police arrested Rosser in Bangkok, where he was training to be an English teacher.
He'd hoped to get a job tutoring children.
49- year- old Rosser is a former concert pianist from Syracuse, New York.
Police say he returned to Thailand on a fake passport two months ago.
They add that Rosser has since had liposuction and cosmetic surgery to disguise his identity.
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[11Southside-Drugs]


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Authorities in Southside have seized 700-thousand dollars from a convicted drug dealer.
Robert "Mosquito" Kennedy, Junior, was convicted of distributing cocaine last week in federal court.
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Police are seizing 46 houses and tracts of land that Kennedy owned in Danville.
They say he used some of the houses to deal drugs and bought others with drug money.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris says the conviction was the result of a three-and- a-half year investigation by Southside and federal law enforcement teams.
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((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: IT'S BEEN AN IN-DEPTH, LONG INVESTIGATION, BUT IT WAS WORTH IT... BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS OPERATION BY THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY THIS ONE INDIVIDUAL OWNED THAT WAS REGISTERED IN HIS NAME.))
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Kennedy faces 20 years to life in prison and a possible fine of up to 8-million dollars.
Authorities say the money seized will go to the fight against drugs.

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A spokesman for Bank of America confirms they've taken over Pulaski's Hudson car dealership.
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The business closed its doors on Friday, after a reported sale between owner Bob Hudson and Berglund car dealer Bruce Ferrell fell through. An official at the state employment commission's office in the New River Valley says there's been an influx of un-employment applicants. The office says approximately 80-former Hudson employees have applied for benefits. The commission's acting manager says those applicants are both shocked, upset and are unsure if they will receive severance of vacation pay. Bob Hudson has declined an interview.
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Democrats in Southside have selected their candidate to replace long-time Delegate Whitt Clement.
Teresa Hamilton has more
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Meanwhile, Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says he will run for re-election.
Griffith has represented the Eighth House District for eight years.
He's served as House Majority leader since 1999.

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There were two very different views of the state financial picture presented in Richmond yesterday.
The Governor told the General Assembly money committees that the budget was under control, and better than many other states.
But the Senate Finance Committee says budget shorfalls could hit a half BILLION dollars by June of next year before state worker and teacher pay raises are paid for.
Ellen Qualls has more from Richmond.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ALTHOUGH THE PRESENT LOOKS DARK AND DIFFICULT FOR MANY STATES, IN VIRGINIA, WE ARE STILL GROWING AND LEADING. AND OUR FUTURE IS ALIGHT WITH HOPE AND PROMISE.))
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The Governor says revenues grew by more than 260 million dollars last year-- but the state came just one days receipts away from the car tax cut freezing, by state law.
We asked what he might say if lawmakers thought his bookkeeping was dishonest?
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'D BE SURPRISED IF ANYONE SUGGESTS THAT, ELLEN. WE HAVE BEEN VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD AND HONEST ABOUT ALL THE FINANCES OF THIS STATE, INCLUDING IN THIS SPEECH THIS MORNING. IF WE WERE GOING TO GIVE NOT VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD NUMBERS, WOULD I HAVE REVEALED THE FACT THAT WE CAME IN 52 MILLION DOLLARS SHORT FROM OUR ESTIMATE?))
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But minutes later...
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((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: WELL I THINK IT'S A GREAT REPORT IF YOU CAN REALLY BELIEVE IT, BUT THE WHOLE PREMISE WAS THAT THE SKY'S FALLING EVERYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE IN THE LAND OF OZ.))
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((DEL. MARIAN VAN LANDINGHAM/D-ALEXANDRIA: I'VE HEARD OF ROSY COLORED GLASSES. THIS IS MORE LIKE A ROSY-COLORED FOG.))
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Across party lines and chambers, lawmakers expressed concern.
So much so, that the Senate Finance Committee dramatically unveiled a prediction the Gilmore administration won't make:
The budget gap will be 400 to 500 million dollars before the end of this fiscal year... before pay raises for state workers and teachers are even addressed.
The senators say they are tired of being accused of having political motivations.
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((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: WE WANT TO ENSURE THE FISCAL STABILITY...NO MORE, NO LESS, NOTHING ELSE.))


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At least one quarterback controversy is solved in the N-F-L. We'll have the details in sports,
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But first, archaeologists think they have discovered the final resting place for one of the world's most feared leaders.
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A team of American scientists says it's made a major find--
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The researchers believe they've discovered the elusive burial site of Ghengis Khan.
The group's been searching for the final resting place of Mongolia's 13th century ruler.
They say they found a promising walled burial ground 200 miles northeast of Mongolia's capital.
As the legend goes, some two-thousand servants are said to have assisted in Kahn's burial around the year 12-27.
They were then killed to preserve the secret of the burial site.
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Shania Twain and her husband Mutt Lange are the new parents of a baby boy.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 17, 1998;]

Twain gave birth to Eja (AY'-zhuh) Lange on August 12th.
The child is their first. Twain's publicist confirmed the birth yesterday, but wouldn't reveal any details. The couple has kept the pregnancy and the birth hush-hush.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 39 points.

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Nasdaq was up nine.


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Still to come .... a NASCAR veteran will have to look for a new ride.
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And ..an old pro stops by Florida State to check out his alma mater's preseason practice.
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Richard Childress racing is letting go of driver Mike Skinner at the end of the season.
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Skinner, who has maintained his desire to stay with the team for the final year of his contract next season, found out yesterday he will not be driving for R-C-R next season. Lowes is also leaving the Childress team, and that in itself, may be the problem. Incoming sponsor Cingular Wireless apparently wants someone other than Skinner, who has yet to win a regular Cup event in his five seasons.
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Robby Gordon has filled in recently while Skinner was injured.

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With its season opener now just five days away, UVa still hasn't settled on its starting quarterback. Steve Mason has more on today's Wisconsin chatter from Charlottesville.
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Former U-V-A standout Aaron Brooks will be the starting quarterback for the Saints.
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Brooks joined the Saints last season.
He replaced the injured Jeff Blake, and led the team to the playoffs. He threw for 1500 yards and 9 touchdowns a year ago, completing 58 percent of his passes.
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Florida State got a surprise visit yesterday.
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Former Seminole star Deion Sanders ventured to his old stomping grounds to make an appearance at preseason practice.

The recently retired Redskin says retirement is better than even HE imagined it would be.
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The Pulaski County Cougars are preparing for their entrance into the Blue Ridge District.
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And this poster in the Cougars' locker room indicates that Pulaski County plans to dominate the Blue Ridge.
The Cougars have already competed against many of the teams in the District.
Head coach Joel Hicks says the season will be a challenge.
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The Cougars have 10 players returning this season-- 4 on offense and 6 on defense.
Several players will have to go both ways.
Hicks and his staff have worked on technique, and getting players in the right positions during preseason practice.
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