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It's not the TYPICAL way to climb the Statue of Liberty--
A stuntman becomes trapped, when his parasail strings become tangled in the statue's torch.
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And members of the Attorney General's OxyContin task force are in Roanoke.
We'll have a live report.
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Hazy, warm conditions will help fire some thunderstorms and rain showers later today....I'll have your forecast...
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News 7 at noon, after the break.


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The war on drugs has a battlefield in Southwestern Virginia-- as state officials team up in the fight against OxyContin abuse.
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[Oxycontin]


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Members of the Attorney General's oxycontin task force are in Roanoke today, working on ways to fight abuse of the powerful painkiller.
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Shannon Young joins us now from the Virginia Higher Education Center with more. Shannon?
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Kim, this task force was created by former Attorney General Mark Earley in response to a drug abuse problem so widespread it's claimed more than 120-lives across the country. More than 3-dozen of the victims were from southwest Virginia. Now, everyone from law enforcement officials, to medical workers, to pharmacists and lawmakers are trying to curb the problem.
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Oxycontin's addictive properties have drawn national attention. Not only is the Attorney General's task force working on the issue, but Carilion Health Systems has created it's own task force, and HBO and MTV are working on special programs about the drug and its abuse.
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Task force members will be meeting all day.
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Kim, we'll have their findings and ideas coming up tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.

[Sacramento-Murders]


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Police in Tennessee have joined the manhunt for suspected killer Nikolay Soltys.
That after a truck driver reported picking up a hitchhiker who fit the description of the Ukrainian fugitive.
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The 27- year- old immigrant is suspected of killing his pregnant wife and five other family members in northern California.
While they're keeping an eye on the possibility Soltys is in Tennessee, authorities aren't assuming anything.
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((JOHN MCGINNIS/SACRAMENTO SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE OBVIOUSLY WANT TO KEEP OUR MINDS OPEN...WE DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS...STILL IN THE AREA. ))
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Authorities are protecting more than a dozen of Soltys' relatives in the Sacramento area, out of fear he may strike again.
He also has family in New York and North Carolina.
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In a letter, California Congressman Gary Condit is telling constituents he had nothing to do with the disappearance of former intern Chandra Levy.
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We may hear more of the same from Condit tonight, as he begins a media blitz with an interview on A-B-C.
It'll be the first broadcast interview since Levy disappeared in April.
And tomorrow, "People" Magazine will publish what's said to have been a "no holds barred" interview with Condit.
Condit reportedly has acknowledged he had an affair with Levy, but he is NOT considered a suspect in her disappearance.
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Still to come on the newscast, no one hit last night's Powerball lottery. Saturday's jackpot could top 300 MILLION dollars,
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And we'll see how workers at the Bristol Motor Speedway are getting ready to feed Saturday night's race crowd.
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It's not likely Lady Liberty has ever seen anything like this--
A parasailer became snagged on the State of Liberty's torch this morning.
Gretchen Carlson reports on the stuntman's dramatic rescue.
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(((LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY)
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous landmarks in New York City but this morning the symbol of freedom took hold of a stuntman who came to close.About 9:30 am East Coast Time a man with a motorized hang-glider attached to his back got stuck on the statue when the strings of his parasail got tangled in the torch.

(SOT) Nick Russo -- Tourist from London

"It looked like a James Bond sort of thing! This piece of kit on his back called a paraglider ... a big parachute ... and a propeller encased on his back ... I thought it was Sean Connery coming down to take the bad guys away!"
For more than half an hour the man known as professional stuntman Terry Do was 200 feet above the ground literally hanging by a thread.
Within minutes, a group of rescuers made it to the top of torch to try and help the man and eventually helped Do pull himself to safety. While the stuntman did make it back safely to the ground its not a real happy ending. The man left the statue in handcuffs apprehended by police.

(GRETCHEN CARLSON TAG)

The most disappointed people in this whole ordeal are the tourists who came to the Statue to visit. Although they got quite a show - the statue has been officially closed for the day.
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A local business is accused of cheating the federal government. The H-C-M-F Corporation, one of its owners and an accountant are accused of devising a scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare. This week, the parties involved entered into plea agreements with the U-S government. Teresa Hamilton has more.
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A judge must still approve the plea agreements.




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Henry County officials say future employers in the region will need workers with more education.
Several long-time employers have announced cutbacks in recent years .. the most recent being a furniture mainstay for decades.
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Bassett Furniture announced Tuesday it's laying off up to 300 workers.
Officials are hopeful those employees will take advantage of educational opportunities at Patrick Henry Community College.
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((TIM HALL:MOST LIKELY THEY WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS AS FAR AS REEDUCATION. PERHAPS TRADE ACT BENEFITS, SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES. WE TRY TO LOOK AT THIS AS THEIR CHANCE TO REINVENT.))
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Officials ARE concerned much of the area's workforce will leave Henry County to find other jobs.
They say they're working hard to bring new industry to the community.

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The prize for the next Powerball drawing could be in the 300 -million dollar range.
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Nobody selected all six numbers that were drawn last night in the multi-state lottery game -- pushing the jackpot higher for Saturday's contest.
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Things should get exciting this weekend in Bristol as the Winston Cup scene hits the Motor Speedway Saturday night.
While the half mile track features some of the circuit's best action, the track's KITCHEN crew is racing to beat the clock themselves, as they hurry to feed thousands of hungry fans.
WCYB's Karen Cole has more.
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(( IF ONLY YOU COULD SMELL WHAT YOU SEE HERE. RIB EYES... MARINATED AND SLOW
ROASTED FOR FANS AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. BUT THEY DON'T SELL 'EM IN THE CONCESSION STANDS...
ALL THIS IS FOR THOSE PEOPLE UPSTAIRS IN THE LUXURY SUITES.

(SOT- "The key is to start early, I marinated

them last night and started cooking this morning...started cooking steaks.")

AS MORE RACES ARE ADDED AT THE TRACK, MORE FOOD IS NEEDED. CATERERS PROVIDE FOOD TO 17 AND A HALF THOUSAND FANS IN THE SUITES AND TO AT LEAST THAT MANY MORE IN THE HOSPITALITY TENTS.
EVERYTHING FROM BURGERS TO PRIME RIB AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN IS SERVED.

(SOT- "We start 2-weeks before putting up foods and getting ready,

table cloths you name it.")
FOOD IS FROZEN AND STORED IN THESE REFRIGERATED TRACTOR TRAILERS- THEN ON RACE
DAY THE COOKING BEGINS EARLY, AND THE FOOD IS TRANSFERRED TO INSULATED CONTAINERS.
THE CONTAINERS AND ALL THE FIXINGS ARE WHEELED FROM SUITE TO SUITE.
(REPORTER STANDUP- "As you can see a lot of work goes into providing food for just one suite for this press conference, now imagine what its like on race day feeding several thousand more mouths.")

(SOT- "Its like a war zone it chaos, controlled chaos.")



RACE DAYS THE KITCHEN CREW GROWS FROM LESS THAN A HUNDRED TO 600 CHEFS, BARTENDERS, SUITE ATTENDANTS AND RUNNERS. ALL READY TO SERVE- SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT NEXT TIME YOUR IN THE GRANDSTANDS WITH YOUR HOT DOG. IN BRISTOL, KAREN COLE, NEWSCENTER)) [Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see what the tourism department is doing to bring more visitors to the Old Dominion,
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And then a little later, we'll see what could be the most popular gift this Christmas.
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With a slogan like "Virginia is for Lovers", the state's tourism office has a lot to live up to.
And it is-- with tourists spending more than 13- BILLION dollars in the Commonwealth last year. [TWO SHOT]
Virginia's tourism director, Gayle Morgan Vail, joins us today to talk more about how the department hopes to keep visitors coming back.
Thanks for joining us today, Gayle.
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(You were just in Lynchburg yesterday, is this part of a state-wide tour?)



(Yesterday, you delivered grant money for central Virginia's tourism efforts-- any funding planned for the Roanoke Vall

ey tourist attractions?)

(Probably, the largest tourist attraction in the area is Bedford's National D- Day Memorial... any other attractions of

this magnitude on the horizon?)

(Just going through the information packet that you sent to the station, you all are really targeting a variety of peop

le here with brochures on Civil War trails, a winery tour guide, a golf guide...)

(And you are also highlighting the various cultures found in Virginia-- Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics,

etc..)
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 34 points.

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Nasdaq was faring a little better. It was UP eight points.


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Coming up next
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look who's back in the home run chase. Sammy Sosa is hot, and that's good for Chicago's pennant hopes.
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The pennant chase .. and the home run record. There are several big races going on at once in major league baseball.
Sammy Sosa's in the middle of both, and his hot streak continued yesterday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
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Sosa hit three homers and drove in six runs against Milwaukee.
His first blast came in the bottom of the first, when he sends this pitch over the left field wall for 2- run homer, and a 2 to nothing Cubs lead.
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Sosa hit 2 more round- trippers, giving him 48 this season and 14 in the Month of August.
In his last six games, he is 15 for 24 with six homers and 12-R-B-I's. The Cubs beat Milwaukee 16 to 3.
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The Cubs are two games behind Houston in the National League Central, and Saint Louis is another game back.
Atlanta still holds a one-game lead over the Phillies in the East, and Arizona now leads the Giants by two-and-a-half in the west.

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Turning to college football, Virginia Tech may have to fill some important spots on offense this year .. like quarterback .
But it's a different story on the DEFENSE side.
Nine returning starters will line up when the Hokies open their season a week from Saturday against U-Conn.


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Defensive coordinator Bud Foster went through some growing pains with his young defenders a year ago, but this summer he likes what he sees.
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[wipe to pinnacle page 1023] And don't forget, this Saturday night at 7, Mike Stevens will have more on the entire Tech team with a half hour preseason special - "Tech 2001 - A Football Odyssey". That's Saturday night at 7 on Your Hometown Station.
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[wipe to pinnacle page 1025]
Then following that, stay tuned for Steve Mason at 7:30 for his special, "Cavalier Football, A season to Groh on".
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And finally this afternoon--
There's a three- way "game war" heating up, in preparation for the upcoming Christmas shopping season.
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Nintendo has unveiled its GameCube, which goes on sale in Japan next month, and in the U-S in November.
Also in November, Microsoft's X-box goes on sale here.
The two consoles are taking on the ever- popular Sony PlayStation Two, which is already tallying nearly 15- million in worldwide shipments.
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((PETER MAIN/NINTENDO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: "WE ARE DELIGHTED. WE ARE GAINING OUR "LEAN MEAN GAMERS" MACHINE READY TO PLUG AND PLAY GAMES RIGHT NOW, AND OUR COMPETITORS SEEM TO BE TRYING TO SELL SOMETHING TO THE PUBLIC THAT MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, THEY MIGHT NEED DOWN THE ROAD. ))
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The Nintendo GameCube DOES have the edge when it comes to price--
It costs right at 200- dollars, while the PlayStation Two and X-box will each sell for 299- dollars.
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