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Coming up ... A motorcycle and car collide in Roanoke overnight .. leaving one man in critical condition.
And .. a training exercise turns deadly at Sheppard Air Force Base when two military jets collide.
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Violence continues in the West bank.
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Israelis and Palestinians exchanged gunfire over night in various locations, including one town adjoining to Bethlehem.
Israeli tanks and jeeps managed to destroy a Palestinian police post.
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Meanwhile 50-thousand Palestinians staged one of the strongest shows of force since the violence re-ignited.
They held a rally in a football stadium in Nablus.
Those who organized the rally were, at one point, enemies, but have joined forces against the Israelis.
Here in the U-S - a STUDENT pilot is dead and two other pilots are injured after their training jets collided yesterday near Crowell, Texas.
The two T-38 military jets from Sheppard Air Force Base collided during a formation training session and tumbled to the ground.
Two pilots parachuted to safety.
The other, who was flying solo, was ejected from his plane.
His body was found later by rescue crews.
It was a close call for another plane flying the friendly skies yesterday -
A Canadian jetliner carrying 300 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing.
The Air Transat Airbus A-330 almost had to set down in the sea after a fuel leak developed.
But the pilot was able to bring it down on a runway, even with both engines shut down.
Passengers aboard the Toronto-to-Lisbon flight say a lot of people panicked, while other began praying.
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((JOE FERNANDEZ: WE ASKED IF WE WERE GOING TO HIT THE WATER AND SHE WAS TELLING US THEY DIDN'T KNOW IF WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT OR NOT....IF WE WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE LANDING STRIP, BUT PROBABLY NOT, THAT WE WERE GOING TO HIT THE WATER.))
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Crash experts have not yet been able to explain how a TWIN engine jet could lose BOTH in a matter of minutes.
The incident may re-ignite the debate over the safety of flying over the ocean with only two engines.
From the skies to the streets -
A car accident in Roanoke sent several people to the hospital last night.
It happened just before eight at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Gus Nicks Boulevard.
The impact was so strong witnesses say the car spun around from the force.... trapping people inside.
Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to pry open the car door.
Police say 54- year- old Kathleen Paige was driving the Oldsmobile.. pulling out of parking lot to head south on Gus Nicks Boulevard.
That's when the motorcycle hit the car's passenger side.
The motorcycle driver... 46- year- old Michael Flowers is at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Critical condition.
Paige and two passengers in her car all suffered minor injuries.
Police are investigating the crash.
The mega-jackpot for the Powerball lottery is making for big excitement, but if you plan to travel to West Virginia to try your odds, you may be out of luck.
The fever there is so strong that some retailers may shut down their terminals during high-traffic times.
Others stores have been limiting plays to "ten a person" to cut down on the long lines. Tonight's jackpot is worth nearly 300 million dollars.
If you do get a ticket, we'll have the winning numbers for you tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
If you're looking for an outdoor workout but want to escape the sun, there's a place in Salem to accomodate you.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us for a climb through Dixie Caverns.
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[IN Q=As you head into the heart of this mountian...]
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((As you head into the heart of this mountain you may be surprised to find yourself CLIMBING rather than descending, a staircase, a feature that sets the attraction apart from most other caves.
[IN Q=Our cavern in a little different in that...]
((Our cavern is a little different in that you don't go underground. There's only one place in this entire cave that you're actually underground.))
[OUT Q=entire cave that you're actually underground.]
Not that you can tell how far above or below ground you are at any given point.
The only hint comes from sunlight that peaks through a break in the limestone.
The cave is the only cavern in southwest Virginia.
Owner Connie Browning says its rarity is one of its selling points.
[IN Q=It's just like the mountain and the trees...]
((It's just like the mountain and the trees and everything else you see out here that you just wonder why it's here. It's just there and it's for us to protect.))
[OUT Q=and it's for us to protect.]
As are its many formations, including the towering Chief One Feather and this stalactite dubbed "The Hokie" because of its resemblance to a turkey.
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[IN Q=The tour takes about 45-minutes...]
((The tour takes about 45-minutes and covers about a third of a mile. But that doesn't mean it's not difficult. Be prepared to hike 342-stairs.))
[OUT Q=Be prepared to hike 342-stairs.]
[IN Q=What you're doing is you're traveling up and down...]
((What you're doing is you're traveling up and down, up and down the mountain. So, that's the interesting part of Dixie Caverns is that you're going up first, then you're going up and down the mountain.))
[OUT Q=...then you're going up and down the mountain.]
So wear comfortable shoes and a jacket to beat the chill and enjoy the world from the inside out.
Shannon Young, News 7, Salem.))
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If you would like more information or directions to Dixie Caverns - check out our home page at wdbj-7-dot-com.
Click on the Time Off suitcase.
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The debate over A-E-P's proposed power line has been causing static since it's inception.
And now the idea is even closer to becoming a reality.
The U.S. Forest Service is all that stands between AEP and construction.
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Today we have AEP spokesman Todd Burns and Jeff Janosko, an opponent of the power line here to discuss both the pro's and con's of the power line.
Welcome - we are glad to have you here with us today.
First, let's take a look at where this power line would run if approved.
You can see it would begin in Wyoming County West Virginia, go through portions of Tazewell, Bland and Wythe Counties, then end in Jacksons Ferry.
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Todd, what makes this proposed line different from the last?
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Jeff, you fought the other proposed line. Are you fighting this one for the same reasons?
[SUPER=01-Jeff Janosko/Power Line Opponent]
Todd, how do you respond to the environmental impact issues that the National Forest Service and area residents have raised?
Jeff, what are residents doing to convince the National Forest Service NOT to approve this route?
Todd, A-E-P's spent nearly a decade working on this project. How soon before it could become a reality?
Jeff, if the Forest Service DOES approve this route, is there anything else than can be done to stop it?
Todd, will AEP try again if this route is not approved?
Jeff, how long will you continue to fight a new power line?
Todd Burns from AEP and Jeff Janosko, Power line opponent. Thank you both for being here.
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Friends of the Roanoke River invite you to get involved in the waterway's future.
The third annual Upper Roanoke River Roundtable Watershed Conference got underway at Virginia's Explore Park yesterday.
Speakers and workshops are focusing on the river's needs, problems and health.
The goal is to educate local residents about the role the river plays in their lives.
The two day conference continues today.
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A conference in Roanoke this weekend is exploring River Protection for the Roanoke River.
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Bill Modica is executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Network and he joins us here today.
Thanks for joining us here today.
Now tell me - what is the purpose of the Roanoke River Roundtable Watershed Conference?
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Now you address topics such as controlling flooding in the City of Ronaoke - tell us about that.
How did this idea come together?
Is this an annual event?
Thanks again for joining us this morning - and for telling us more about this conference.
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And if you would like more information on this project - or any other projects at Virginia's Explore Park - go to our website at wdbj7.com and click on the webwatch icon.
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(Jacey will move back to desk for toss and weekend calendar)
If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calendar.
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It was one couple's dream they thought would NEVER come true!
Frank and Mary Jones couldn't wait until they could retire in an antique-style log cabin.
Four years ago the Jones' dream became a reality and in today's home tour, we get to take a walk through an old-fashion country home.
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If you think YOUR home would make for an interesting Home Tour - send me your address, phone number, pictures and a description to Home Tours Care Of WDBJ7.....P.O. Box 7 Roanoke....Virginia 24022-0007.
News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
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Coming up .. The fire that destroyed the Rotunda at Longwood College is still ablaze . . . online -
And .. A routine surveillance leads to a major drug bust. Police find more than half a MILLION dollars worth between Patrick and Floyd counties.
We will have more on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
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The fire that took the most famous part of Longwood's campus is now on the internet.
It's been captured in digitalized video, and is available from Farmville-DOT-net, on a CD-ROM.
The April blaze destroyed the Rotunda and the adjoining historic buildings.
But when the freshman class showed up yesterday for the fall semester, it was less a personal tragedy than a construction site to navigate.
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((MICHAEL MAY/FRESHMAN FROM BEDFORD: THIS IS ACTUALLY THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN THE DAMAGE... YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE IT.))
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((DENNIS SERCOMBE/LONGWOOD PR DIRECTOR: WE'VE RECEIVED THE BLUEPRINTS... IN A BETTER WAY WITH NEWER INFRASTRUCTURE.))
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[OUT Q=in a better way with newer infrastructure.]
Three out of four damaged student dorms were the first renovation priority.
One dorm has "three to a room" this fall instead of two.
Dorms are also filling up in Blacksburg this weekend - as new Hokies make their way to their new nests.
Virginia Tech has 49-hundred freshman settling into its 44-residence halls.
It's the largest group in University history.
Acceptance rates were so high this year, officials offered a buyout program to reduce the number of students living on-campus.
400-extras were narrowed down to just under 2-hundred.
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((EDWARD SPENCER/ASST VP OF STUDENT AFFAIRS; FOR THE 14TH LARGEST HOUSING PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY TO JUST HAVE 170- EXTRA PEOPLE IS A FAIRLY GOOD NUMBER. ))
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[OUT Q=FAIRLY GOOD NUMBER.]
Officials expected 55-percent of residents to move in yesterday, but officials expect the traffic and moving activity to continue throughout the weekend.
While students were busy moving in, crews at Lane Stadium are cleaning up.
A group of four from Streamline Pressure Washing is cleaning the stands in preparation for the football season.
The job is expected to take 10-days to complete, with officials expecting some work days lasting into the night.
The process is longer than usual because of all the construction within the stadium.
Hoses with high pressure air deliver water to clear off debris and dirt.
The cleaning is done on an annual basis.
And it was a clean sweep for some area officials yesterday -
What started out as a routine drug serveillance ended up as a drug bust of more than a half million dollars worth of pot on the border between Patrick and Floyd Counties.
A helicopter located several marijuana fields on the side of Tuggles Gap Mountain yesterday.
It was part of the counties' annual drug eradication sweep.
Deputies have already located more than 15-hundred marijuana plants with a street value of at least a thousand dollars a plant.
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((DAVID HUBBARD/PATRICK CO. SHERIFF: ITS DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT AS FAR AS THE AMOUNT OF DRUGS TAKING OFF. THE PICKUP TRUCK THAT WAS FOUND IN PATRICK WAS HEAPED UP PRETTY GOOD. I UNDERSTAND YOU GOT SOME FOOTAGE OF THAT AND ITS QUITE A BIT THERE. ANYTIME, YOU TAKE THAT MUCH OFF THE STREETS ITS GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON SOMEBODY.))
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Authorities say they have several suspects but would not elaborate.
Several years ago, deputies found more than seven thousand plants in the same area.
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John Carpenter returns to the box office
Still to come on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
We'll take a look at his latest sci-fi thriller that's out of this world.
But first if you are traveling today........
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For a week in August, the Old Fiddlers Convention is the focus of old-time and bluegrass music in Galax... For the rest of the year, places like Barr's Fiddle Shop fill that role.
Barr's has been a fixture on Main Street for more than ten years.
While it serves local musicians, it also serves up the Galax tradition to pickers far and wide.
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((WE ACTUALLY HAVE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD STOPPING BY HERE, THROUGH THE MUSIC, THE FIDDLERS CONVENTION. I'VE SHIPPED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO ITALY, OVER TO FRANCE... JUST DIFFERENT PLACES.))
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[OUT Q=just different places.]
To hear more about Tom Barr's journey from stonecutter to fiddle maker and music shop owner... watch this week's Virginia Profile on News 7 Sunday Morning.