Up next on News-7, residents are battling the remnants of last night's storm... including fallen trees and lost power.
And... smoke from an electrical fire causes some anxious moments at a Roanoke Church.
The storms have left the area and some sunshine's now taking over...I'll have your weekend forecast....
News 7 at noon is next.
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The skies are clear now .. but last night's storm is still causing problems for hundreds in Southwest Virginia.
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Several dozen trees fell on to power lines during the storm causing problems throughout the area ... Six-hundred Roanoke residents are still without electricity.
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News 7's Jennifer Miele is in the Brambleton Court area of Roanoke County with the latest.
((ROLLCUE:... power back to customers.))
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There were some anxious moments for a church secretary this morning , when she smelled smoke and discovered the building was on fire.
Roanoke firefighters were called to Calvary Baptist Church around 9:30 this morning.
Secretary Kathy Neas (NEECE) was alone in the church office when she smelled smoke... and found an electrical fire nearby.
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((RICK TROUTT/BATTALION CHIEF: WE HAD SOME CONTRACTORS WORKING ON THE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM. EVIDENTLY A WIRE SHORTED OUT IN A PIECE OF CONDUIT GOING TO A THERMOSTAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR AND CAUSED A LITTLE FIRE RIGHT BEHIND THE THERMOSTAT. WE HAD TO TEAR OUT A SMALL SECTION OF THE WALL JUST EXTINGUISHED IT WITH A HAND FIRE EXTINGUISHER.))
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[OUT Q=extinguished it with a hand fire extinguisher.]
Smoke reached the second floor of the building, but firefighters say the damage was NOT extensive.
Sixteen people are dead and dozens injured in three separate bombings in Colombia, South America.
A package bomb went off in the city of (Me-deh-YEEN) Medellin, Colombia's unofficial drug capital.
A child was critically injured.
Government officials say that same day, 15 members of a terrorist group died transporting explosives in a truck when it blew up.
Earlier Thursday, one person was killed and 25 injured when a car bomb exploded.
The bombings come just two weeks after Colombia's president broke off peace talks with the rebel force, known as the National Liberation Army.
A consumer alert for parents of infants: Baby formula is a hot item on the black market.
Sophisticated crime rings are stealing powdered formula from supermarkets and re-selling it.
Correspondent Teri Okita tells us how stores are fighting back.
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[IN Q=Quiana Lamons]
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[SUPER=01-Quiana Lamons/Parent; :12]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Miller/Food Marketing Institute; :29 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; :59]
[SUPER=01-Craig Muckle/Safeway Spokesman; 1:21]
[OUT Q=Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
((QUIANA LAMONS WAS SURPRISED TO FIND HER NINE-MONTH-OLD SONS
FAVORITE FORMULA MISSING FROM THE MARKET SHELVES. THE GROCER SAID SHED
HAVE TO PAY FIRST, THEN PICK UP THE CASE OF FORMULA ON HER WAY OUT.
(Super: Quiana Lamons/Parent)
SOT: Its an inconvenience cause you gotta go way up there and get it,
when normally, you could just stop right here, put it in your cart, and
keep shopping. (:07)
TRACK: AS INCONVENIENT AS IT MAY BE, MANY SUPERMARKETS ACROSS THE
COUNTRY ARE PROTECTING THEMSELVES AGAINST THIEVES BY STORING CASES OF
POWERED FORMULA BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
SOT: Miller: The problems gotten worse, progressively worse, over the
last 2 to 3 years. (:04)
TRACK: F-M-I, THE FOOD MARKETING INSTITUTE, SAYS THESE ARENT JUST
PICKPOCKETS WHO STEAL A CAN OR TWO. THEYRE HIGHLY-ORCHESTRATED
SHOPLIFTING RINGS THAT RE-PACKAGE AND EVEN ALTER EXPIRATION DATES
THEN, RE-SELL THE FORMULA TO UNSUSPECTING RETAILERS AND FLEA MARKETS.
(Super: Chuck Miller/Food Marketing Institute)
SOT: If it looks different, if it smells different, if theres no scoop
inside or theres a scoop inside thats not a normal color scoop, as an
example, they should notify the manufacturer. (:11)
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Baby formula isnt the only thing thieves target. Stores lose
billions of dollars worth of razors, film, batteries, and other small
items. But because formula affects children, many stores are making it
their highest priority. (:13)
TRACK: AFTER LOSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY, MANY SAFEWAY STORES
HAVE DECIDED TO KEEP CASES OF THE FORMULA LOCKED UP AND HAVE NO PLANS TO
PUT THEM BACK ON THE SHELVES.
(Super: Craig Muckle/Safeway Spokesman)
SOT: What it does, it drives prices up, and really can influence the
health of young babies, because, when its been stolen, no one knows how
its being held. (:09)
TRACK: F-M-I SAYS CONSUMERS SHOULD PATRONIZE REPUTABLE RETAILERS WHO DO
BUSINESS DIRECTLY WITH THE MANUFACTURER OR WELL-ESTABLISHED WHOLESALERS.
AND AS ALWAYS, LET THE BUYER BEWARE. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
An ongoing conflict between some Bedford County school board members refuses to go away.
Members Betty Earle and Mark Goode want Jim Fields removed as school board chairman for allegedly leaking confidential student information to the press.
Earle says Fields suggested to the media her son got preferential treatment when he was appointed to the Governor's School this semester.
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((MARK GOODE/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THERE'S BEEN STUDENT INFORMATION RELEASED, NAME OF THE STUDENT HAS BEEN RELEASED TO THE PRESS, AND WHEN WE'RE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION WE'RE TOLD FROM THE GET-GO THAT EVERYTHING WE DO BEHIND CLOSED DOORS STAYS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.))
((BETTY EARLE/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I DON'T THINK THE MAN DESERVES TO BE CALLED THE CHAIRMAN. AS I READ THE ETHICS CODE WE JUST SIGNED MAY 24TH, HE'S ALREADY ABUSED 7 OUT OF THE 12 ETHICS CODES WE ALL SIGNED.))
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[OUT Q=we all signed.]
Fields declined to comment after last night's meeting.
The board will vote next month on whether to remove him as chairman ... AND from the Governor's School committee.
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The trial for the man accused of killing a Roanoke waitress has been delayed. We'll have the latest after this break.
Also, Congressman Gary Condit breaks his long silence on missing intern Chandra Levy. We'll hear what he had to say.
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The trial for the man accused of murdering a Hooters waitress in Roanoke has been postponed.
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Yesterday, a judge granted Christopher Haynes' request for a new attorney and rescheduled the trial for January 22nd.
Haynes is accused of beating and strangling Tina Lousie Foster in February.
Families of Virginia inmates who say they have to pay high phone bills to speak with their loved ones could get a break from the state.
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The State Corporation Commission ordered WorldCom to submit what it calls "just and reasonable" rates for in-state collect calls from prisoners by January 7th.
The S-C-C also told the company to review charges since early 1999, and says customers might get refunds with interest.
The commission began investigating collect-call service for prison inmates last year after getting complaints from inmates and their families.
Under the state's contract with WorldCom, the Department of Corrections gets 40 percent of the revenue collected.
The fight over a proposed high voltage power in Southwest Virginia is far from over.
This week the U.S. Forsest Service is holding public hearings on A-E-P's plans.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=03-Bland Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Dodson/Rocky Gap Resident; :10]
[SUPER=01-Jean Lambert/Bland Resident; 36:]
[SUPER=01-Ken Landgraf/U. S. Forest Service; :54 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Molly Thompson/Bland Resident; 1:26]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Bland County]
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It's a powerful debate that's has sparked major opposition for more than a decade, especially Bland County.
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[IN Q=Its known for its scenic beauty]
((JOHN DODSON/ROCKY GAP: IT'S KNOWN FOR ITS SCENIC BEAUTY AND A LINE LIKE THIS THIS KINDA THING THAT DESTROYS WHATEVER THIS COUNTY STANDS FOR.))
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Bland County is just one of many areas affected by the proposed 765-thousand volt power line.
The project would begin in Wyoming County West Virginia, going through portions of Tazewell, Bland and Wythe Counties before ending in Jacksons Ferry.
The proposed line would go right through this woman's property.
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((JEAN LAMBERT/BLAND: YOU WORK ALL YOUR LIFE AND THINK YOU GOT SOMETHING AND SOMETHING COMES ALONG THAT WANTS TO TAKE IT.))
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The state already gave the project the green light.
A-E-P must now get approval from the U.S Forest service since the line would cross the National Forest.
The Forest Service said no to the project five years ago.
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[IN Q=Things have changed]
((KEN LANDGRAF/U.S FOREST SERVICE: THE ROUTES THAT WE STUDIED IN 1996 WERE COMPLETEY DIFFERENT THAN THE ROUTE THAT'S BEFORE US RIGHT NOW.))
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[IN Q=The U.S. Forest Service]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE ISN'T THE ONLY FEDERAL AGENCY INVOVLED IN THIS DECISION. THE CORP OF ENGINEERS MUST ALSO DECIDE WHETHER THE LINE CAN GO THROUGH THE NEW RIVER WHICH CANNOT BE AVOIDED UNDER ANY OF THESE PLANS. SO IF THE CORP SAYS NO TO THE PROJECT, ITS PRETTY MUCH DEAD IN THE WATER.))
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This week's three public hearings attracted more than a hundred people, all hoping the federal government will see it their way.
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[IN Q=This is our only hope]
((MOLLY THOMPSON/BLAND: THIS IS OUR ONLY HOPE (LAUGH) BUT YES AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO GIVE UP HOPE UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT.))
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The Forest Service will make its decision by November.
A-E-P still hopes to have the line up and running by winter of 2005.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Bland County.))
Congressman Gary Condit's media blitz is underway.
But is he telling his constituents and the country what they want to know?
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Lily Coffin/Modesto Resident; QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Veronica Olivarez/Modesto Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Gary Condit/(D) California;]
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Levy Family Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=A.S., CBS News, Washington.]
((ACROSS AMERICA, REACTION IS POURING IN AFTER GARY CONDIT'S FIRST MEDIA
APPEARANCES. AND NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES THE CONGRESSMAN IS BEING
COMPLETELY HONEST ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH CHANDRA LEVY, ESPECIALLY
IN HIS HOME DISTRICT.
SOT: Lily Coffin/Modesto Resident: "He just does not seem sure of what
is true and what is not true."
SOT: Veronica Olivarez/Modesto Resident"I was disappointed. He really
didn't give much information. I was looking forward to hearing more
about his relationship with Chandra."
IN TWO TV INTERVIEWS, ONE WITH CBS AFFILIATE KOVR, CONDIT DID NOT
ACKNOWLEDGE A SEXUAL AFFAIR WITH THE FORMER INTERN... SOMETHING HE
REPORTEDLY "HAS" CONFIRMED TO POLICE.
SOT: Rep. Gary Condit/(D-California): I've been married for 34 years,
I've not been a perfect man and I've made mistakes in my life.
CONDIT DID SAY HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH LEVY'S DISAPPEARANCE, BUT HAS
COOPERATED FULLY WITH POLICE.
SOT: Condit:I answered all their questions, I didn't withhold any
information, I didn't slow down any process.
TRACK: D-C'S DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF DISPUTES THAT, SAYING IT TOOK THREE
INTERVIEWS TO GET ACCURATE INFORMATION. AND THE LEVY'S LAWYER SAYS HE'S
STILL NOT SATISFIED THAT CONDIT HAS REVEALED ALL HE KNOWS.
SOT: Billy Martin/Levy Family Attorney: 10:21:20 "He continues to duck
questions, we think he's dishonest and he continues to frustrate the
STAND-UP: THE CONGRESSMAN BEGAN THIS MEDIA BLITZ IN AN EFFORT TO SALVAGE
HIS POLITICAL CAREER. BUT SOME ANALYSTS SEEM SKEPTICAL THAT THESE FIRST
INTERVIEWS ARE ENOUGH TO ALLOW VOTERS TO REGAIN THEIR TRUST IN THEIR
LONGTIME CONGRESSMAN. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
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Coming up after this break, Leo Hirshbrunner will have some advice for those people who want to re-landscape their yards,
But first, we'll tell you why one town in is refusing to sell Powerball lottery tickets for this weekend's nearly 300-MILLION dollar jackpot.
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Powerball is inciting such a buying frenzy in one Connecticut city that it's suspending ticket sales today.
The jackpot is now worth 280-MILLION dollars.
The border town of Greenwich, Connecticut, has been flooded with New York and New Jersey residents eager for the tickets.
But police officers there say the crowd control is taking them away from more serious crimes... and causing more accidents and congestion.
Ticket sales will resume there Saturday.
For the next couple weeks, Leo Hirshbrunner will look at ways to spruce up your landscape.
In this week's Growin It, he has your second step in building a beautiful yard.
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[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 208 points.
Nasdaq has gained 60.
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Still to come .. Girls basketball opened last night with action from single and Double A teams.
AND .. a little preseason action on the gridiron leaves the Philadelphia Eagles flying high.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly will be back for another season this year.
Last night .. the girls single and double-A teams opened the season.
We start at Northside for the Northside tip off. In this game, The lady Vikings take on Appomattox.
The Lady Vikings get going when Jessica Wilkerson gives to Brittnie Hughes on the break and she makes good on the lay up.
Then Appomattox's Meg Reynolds is just off the mark on the pass. Dana Powell gets the rock and passes to Hughes who again scores.
Then, Wilkerson dishes to Corrie (FUR-TITTA) Fertitta, she buries it. Northside wins 56-30.
[VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!]
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William Byrd took on Liberty last night. In the first quarter, Byrd's Lacole Board passes to Jennifer Schenk, she shoots and scores.
Liberty answers. Shaunta Payne gives to Morgan Smith who is gonna take the shot, she hits but Byrd had the lead by 3.
Byrd pulls this one out 44 to 31.
Tennessee and Philadelphia battled it out last night in N-F-L pre-season action.
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We pick up the game in the first quarter. Watch the Titans' Steve McNair use his feet. He scampers 15 yards for the touchdown and Tennessee went up 7-nothing.
After a Philly field goal, the Eagles take the lead. In the second quarter, McNair loses
grip of the ball, it pops free and Brian Dawkins grabs it, he goes 88 yards for the touchdown. 10-7 is your score.
Donavan McNabb adds another touchdown pass with this bullet to former Redskin James Thrash ... and Philly wins 20 to 14.
Training camp for the Express opens September 28th.
As of July 15th, Perry Florio did not have a single player signed.
Now he has nearly 20 players with Express contracts.
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[OUT Q=.....training camp"]
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