"It was a mess out there"-- that's how a California sheriff's dispatcher describes the gun battle that leads to the death of a mass murder suspect in Sacramento.
And a group that's fighting to save Roanoke's Fire Station number 12 takes its battle to the streets.
We'll have a live report.
A few scattered showers will usher in a cold front and behind the front cool dry weather for the next several days...I'll have your hometown forecast.....
News 7 at noon, right after the break.
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Some residents are getting fired up about proposed changes to the city's fire stations.
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Roanoke City officials want to improve fire and emergency response times. But residents say their planned changes will only make things worse.
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The debate is heating up downtown today and that is where we find Jennifer Miele.
((ROLLCUE:...cool down soon.))
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A dramatic end to a murder spree and standoff in Sacramento, California---
Authorities say mass murder suspect Joseph Ferguson shot and killed himself after leading police on a 40- minute chase in a stolen car early this morning.
They believe Ferguson killed five former co- workers, including his ex- girlfriend.
Manuel Gallegus has an update.
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A VIOLENT GUN BATTLE IN THE STREETS OF SACRAMENTO WITH A HEAVILY ARMED
OFFICERS CORNERED 20 YEAR OLD JOSEPH FERGUSON, A FORMER SECURITY GUARD
SUSPECTED OF KILLING FIVE PEOPLE IN 24 HOURS
FERGUSON FIRED ROUND AFTER ROUNDWOUNDING A HIGHWAY PATROLMAN, AND AN
UNSUSPECTING DRIVER CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE.
-SOT- SHERIFF LOU BLANAS, SACREMENTO COUNTY
HE HAD ALL KINDS OF WEAPONS, AK 47'S, HANDGUNS, SHOTGUNS, YOU NAME IT."
IN THE END FERGUSON TOOK HIS OWN LIFE OFFICERS MOVED IN AND FOUND HIM
DEAD INSIDE A STOLEN CAR.
THIS GUY'S A NUT, HE WAS BENT ON KILLING MORE PEOPLE, THANK GOD THAT WE
ABLE TO STOP HIM."
FERGUSONS ALLEGED MURDER SPREE STARTED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED, HIS EX GIRLFRIEND, THREE EMPLOYEES OF BURNS
SECURITY AND A YOUNG GAS STATION ATTENDANT.
POLICE SAY FERGUSON WAS UPSET OVER THE BREAK-UP WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND,
AND BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN SUSPENDED FROM HIS SECURITY GUARD JOB.
THE TRAIL OF MURDERS KEPT POLICE OFFICERS ON TENSE ALERT. Security
guards from his company were told to stay home and be on the look out
( SECOND MURDER SPREE IN A MONTH HERE)
More bloodshed in the Middle East following yesterday's Palestinan attacks that killed seven people and injured dozens.
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Today Israeli helicopters pounded Palestinian buildings on the West Bank.
A Palestinian policeman was killed when the Israeli army fired anti- tank missiles at a police checkpoint.
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Meanwhile, Palestinian schoolchildren carried on with the day's lessons in battle-torn classrooms.
Four rooms were badly damaged in overnight shelling by Israeli tanks.
The school is on the outskirts of the village around as Israeli military camp.
Twenty-Two people in Estonia have died after drinking moonshine made from poisonous methyl alcohol.
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Thirty three others are hospitalized.
Methyl alcohol, or methanol, is used for industrial purposes and can cause blindness and even death, if consumed.
With high taxes on alcohol, smuggling and bootleg production have been a problem throughout the former Soviet Union for a number of years.
Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the poisonings.
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The cola wars are continuing on campus as one company asks R-U thirsty for a Pepsi? We'll have the details after the break,
also we'll tell you about changes coming to the national D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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A cola war is shaping up in the New River Valley as Radford University announces a deal with Pepsi.
The University says it has signed a 10-year exclusive contract with the soda giant.
As part of the deal, Pepsi will provide just over one-million dollars to help with construction of a new student union.
Pepsi representatives will meet with Radford officials today to present over 3-hundred thousand dollars for the project.
Earlier this month, Virginia Tech announced it's an exclusive Coke campus...with a 17-million dollar deal over 10-years.
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New additions and a new schedule are coming to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
Justin McLeod has more.
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Its clear the D-Day Memorial is a hit.
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((GAIL WILSON/VISITOR: I'M SO PLEASED I HAD A CHANCE TO COME UP HERE, ITS JUST BREATH TAKING.))
[OUT Q=just breath taking]
And the crowds have been breath taking, more than 200-thousand people since it opened three months ago.
[IN Q= I do want to bring my mother]
((MARSHA ELLISTON/VISITOR: I DO WANT TO BRING MY FATHER AND MOTHER OUT WHEN THEY COME TO VISIT US BECAUSE MY FATHER PARTICIPATED IN THE WAR.))
[OUT Q=participated in the war]
And when they come, some new additions will be in place by November first.
Take the English Gardens.
This will represent the planning stages of the D-Day invasion.
It currently includes a sword-shaped garden and soon will have a gazebo like structure with an Eisenhower statue.
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((HAZEL FRITH/VISITOR: I THINK THE GARDENS, ITS A BENEFIT FOR ALL OF US BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON'T REMEMBER SOME OF THIS.))
[OUT Q=remember some of this]
And more remembrances are on the way.
Next week, workers will begin adding bronze plates with more than 6-thousand names of the soldiers who died on D-Day.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ONE PROJECT THATS ON HOLD AT LEAST FOR NOW IS THE PROPOSED EDUCATION CENTER. THE REASON? A LACK OF MONEY. THE FOUNDATION NEEDS TO RAISE ROUGHLY 8 TO 9 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD IT. EVEN SO, BOARD MEMBERS ARE OPTIMISTIC THIS CENTER WILL BE UP AND RUNNING WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.))
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((MICHAEL SHELTON/D-DAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE ENTIRE COMPLEX IS THE EDUCATION SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE READY TO GO AND WHEN WE ARE WE ARE GOING TO TAKE OFF AND GO FULL-STEAM.))
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In the future, two more sculptures will be placed in the pool and one on the beach.
Its all designed to bring visitors back for more.
But before you head out, take note, summer hours are over.
The memorial is now open 10 to 5 P.M., 7 days a week.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Bedford.))
The state Lotto is also making some changes.
That's because the lotto game officially became Lotto South yesterday.
It's a multistate venture with Kentucky and Georgia designed to produce bigger payoffs for players.
For example, the base jackpot now starts at two million dollars rather than one million for Lotto Virginia.
The state created Lotto South because Lotto Virginia sales have fallen short of expectations.
Tickets for the new game went on sale yesterday, the first drawing is Wednesday.
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One of the music world's award shows is generating a lot of controversy. After this break, we'll tell you why people are upset about this year's Latin Grammys.
Following that, we'll see what some big names thought about Friday night's Michael Jackson comeback concert.
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The second annual Latin Grammys will be awarded tomorrow night in Los Angeles, but the ceremony is striking the wrong chord with some people both in and out of the music industry.
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The show's return to L-A was sparked by plans of protests against seven Cuban artists in Miami, where the awards were supposed to be held.
Many Cuban exiles believe supporting the musicians is like supporting dictator Fidel Castro.
But not everyone agrees the two are the same.
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((JORGE MAS SANTOS/CUBAN AMERICAN NATIONAL FOUNDATIN: OUR STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM IS AGAINST A BANKRUPT REGIME.
IT'S AGAINST FIDEL CASTRO WHO ENSLAVED A NATION. IT'S NOT AGAINST ANY
ARTIST OR FIVE PEOPLE PLAYING GUITAR OR PLAYING DRUMS.))
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Police expect as many as a thousand protestors outside the forum in L-A tomorrow, far fewer than would have been expected in Miami.
The shows air tomorrow night at nine on C-B-S.
Tonight at Madison Square Garden, Michael Jackson will hold the second of two performances celebrating his 30 years as a solo artist.
Friday night some of the entertainment world's biggest names lined up to pay tribute to Jackson.
Rebecca Rankin was backstage.
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((( JACKSON 5)
("I WANT YOU BACK")
LONG BEFORE MICHAEL JACKSON AND HIS BROTHERS WENT ON FRIDAY NIGHT.. HIS
SHOW BUSINESS FANS WERE OUT IN FORCE.
(TRACK 2)SOME WERE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER THE LAST JACKSONS' TOUR.
(SOT BILLY THE KID)
(YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MICHAEL JACKSON SONG?)
(the music in me.)
(YOU WANNA GIVE US A COUPLE VERSES?)
(SINGING: we've been together for such a long time, the music, music and
EVERYBODY HAD A FAVORITE JACKSON TUNE.
(FAVORITE SONG FOR YOU?)
(DIONNE WARWICK: don't stop till you get enough. that's my tune.)
(FAVORITE MICHAEL JACKSON SONG?)
(ROBERT WAGNER AND JILL ST JOHN: bad. i like bad too.)
(SING A LITTLE BIT FOR ME.)
(JILL ST. JOHN: no way!)
(FAVORITE SONG FOR YOU?)
(DEBORAH COX: favorite song? she's out of my life.)
(SOT NATALIE COLE)
(FAVORITE MICHAEL JACKSON SONG FOR YOU?)
DESTINY'S CHILD PERFORMED A DANCE NUMBER WITH MOVES MICHAEL MADE
FAMOUS.. BUT IT WASN'T REALLY THE SAME.
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(BEYONCE: you have to respect him. he makes you humble. he makes all of
us get up and act a fool.)
BY THE TIME MICHAEL HIMSELF FINALLY WALKED LIZ TAYLOR DOWN THE RED
CARPET--IT SEEMED LIKE HE'D NEVER BEEN AWAY.
SOT TYRESE: oh man i got the ticket in my hand. it's all over baby. i
don't care if i'm sitting in the nosebleeds. i would have been an usher
tonight baby. i got to have it!))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 58 Points.
Nasdaq has gained 12 points.
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Still to come .. football season is now in full gear ... we'll have highlights from N-F-L action.
And .. The heat is on for Salem.
Last night's loss to the Blue Rocks ties the series at 2 game a-piece ... so the Carolina League championship is still up for grabs.
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It's on to game five for Salem.
The Avalanche failed to clinch the Carolina League title last night and as a result .. tonight's game will be the deciding factor.
Mike Stevens and photographer Rich Maxey show us how the Wilmington Blue Rocks delayed the Avalanche's victory party with a 4-to-1 win in game four.
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(( Another huge crowd of more than 4000 fans turned out for game four hoping the Avs would put the Blue Rocks out of their misery.
Instead Wilmington goes yard in the top of the first inning as Eric Nelson takes 1-1 Cory Vance offering and curves it around the pole in left field. 1-to-nothing Wilmington.
But in the next frame, Salem's Greg Catalanotte would even things up with a drive to the wall in the left center field. Scott Seal wasn't running on the pitch, but he was scooting after the hit. Watch him beat the throw to the plate. It's 1-all after 2 innings.
The Blue Rocks got what turned out to be the eventual game winning run in the top of the 3rd as Norris Hopper, who went three for four on the night drive in Corey Hart to with outs in the innings to make it 2-to-1.
Defense would then take over for both teams. First watch Marco Cunningham in right field rob Javier Colina with the diving catch in the gap.
But that was nothing compared to the four defensive gems turned in at third base by Salem's Seth Taylor. The Florida native did his best to keep it a one run game.
((SETH TAYLOR/AVALANCHE THIRD BASEMAN:))
But Hart would break the hearts of the Avalanche faithful again in the 7th with a solo homer to right to make it a 3-to-1 game.
Wilmington got one more insurance run in the top of the 8th as Hopper is squeezed home by the bobbled bunt.
The series is now all tied up at 2 games a piece.))
((DAVE COLLINS/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
In N-F-L action .. running back LaDainian Tomlinson takes charge and leads San Diego to victory.
The Rookie player rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns .. helping the Chargers take the 30-to-3 win over the Washington Redskins.
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The Redskins fell behind in the first quarter when Tim Dwight set the tone with this 84 yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Chargers took the early 7 to nothing lead.
Then, leading 10 to nothing, Tomlinson takes the hand- off from Doug Flutie and scores on the three- yard run to make it 20 to nothing Chargers at the half.
Washington finally got on the board in the third quarter, when Brett Conway booted this 40- yard field goal.
But the Redskins trailed 20 to 3.
Tomlinson scored his second T-D of the game cutting outside from the one- yard line, and the Chargers rout the Redskins 30 to zip.
Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke comes out victorious in his first N-F-L start.
The Carolina Panthers rock the Minnesota Vikings 24-to-13.
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The Panthers gave Weinke a lead in the first quarter.
Steve Smith takes the opening kickoff to the house--
The 93 yard return gave Carolina a 7 to nothing lead on the Vikings.
But Minnesota would take the lead in the third.
Daunte Culpepper scrambles, then hits Cris Carter on the 12- yard T-D pass to make it 13 to 10 Vikings.
Weinke then led the drive and go ahead T-D, on this pass to Mushin Muhammad.
The 16 yarder made it 17 to 13 Carolina in the third quarter.
Weinke would also score the first T-D of his career in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers beat the Vikings 24 to 13.
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In tennis action .. Lleyton Hewitt scores a straight set win over Pete Sampras to become the U-S Open champion.
It's the first Grand Slam title for the 20-year-old.
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Sampras entered the final with a streak of 87 games without a service break.
But Hewitt showed his quickness, and defeated the tenth- seeded Sampras in straight sets 7-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Hewitt would capture the match with a strong backhand pass.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Sampras/Runner Up; :11]
[OUT Q=.....in the game."]
And finally today--
It's the ultimate competition for luxury boat owners and Olympic- medalist sailors from around the world.
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The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Race is getting underway in Sardinia.
The yachts range from 68- to 183- feet, and will compete in both inshore and distance races over the course of the week.
The race includes coastal courses around rocks and islands that'll test navigational skills AND probably the contestants' resistance to sea sickness...
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