Coming up on News 7-
Another suspected case of inhalation anthrax.. this time in Connecticut.
Are you flying this holiday.. what you need to know.. coming up.
And look who's welcoming some troops home in Norfolk... We'll catch up wtih Garth as he gets ready for tomorrow night's show.
News 7 is next.
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Passengers prepare for tighter security at the nation's airports this holiday season.
But will as many people be taking to the air?
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The answer seems to be no.
While this week is one of the busiest travel times of the year- this year is different..
A record number are expected to drive while the number taking airplanes, trains and buses is expected to drop.
Teresa Hamilton reports-- the Roanoke Regional Airport appears to be following the national trend.
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[SUPER=01-Sara Lundgren/Roanoke College; :37 VERY QUICK!!!!]
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(( Here at the Roanoke Regional Airport the number of people traveling by air is down compared to this time last year...
By early estimates--- as much as 20- percent.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK/ROANOKE AIRPORT: IT'S SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER THAN IT WAS TWO WEEKS AGO BUT CERTAINLY NOT THE RECORD CROWDS WE SAW LAST YEAR.))
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Travel industry experts say a fear of flying and a weak economy are to blame.
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((JEFF FEDERICO/RADFORD UNIVERSITY: I'D RATHER DRIVE BUT TO BUFFALO NEW YORK THAT'S TOO FAR... BUT IT'S SCARY.))
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Those who do decide to fly-- will face tighter security.
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((SARA LUNDGREN: I CAME A LOT EARLIER, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE SECURITY WOULD BE LIKE.))
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Here at the Roanoke Airport... officials say passengers need to arrive two hours early and to carry a valid I-D.
Passengers are also advised not to wrap any gifts or packages.
You may also be asked to remove your shoes and bulky coats for closer inspection.
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Airport officials say it's also important to note, that because of security, the short term parking lot remains closed.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
If you're travelling in and around Blacksburg.. V-Dot says do the opposite of what you're used to.
Beginning today- changes for lane entrances for both the bypass and downtown ramp.
People traveling downtown on South Main Street should now be in the left lane...while 460 bypass traffic must be on the right.
The new pattern will remain in place until construction is done this time next year.
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((DAIL STANCILL/VDOT ASST. ENGINEER; IT SHOULD IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH THIS AREA BECAUSE WERE NOT REDUCING A LANE FROM TWO LANES TO ONE. / IT DOESN'T EXTEND THE TRAVEL TIME IT'S BASICALLY THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME TO TRAVEL EITHER AROUND THE BYPASS OR TO DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG.))
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V-DOT officials hope message boards make changes clear to Virginia Tech students returning from Thanksgiving break and football fans attending the next home game.
Eastbound traffic on Route 460 is not affected.
Tonight another suspected case of anthrax... and this one is puzzling to authorities.
An elderly woman who lives alone in the farm country of Connecticut may have inhalation anthrax.
Tonight teams of investigators arrived at the woman's home to try and figure out where the bacteria came from.
The woman is in her 90's and is hospitalized in critical condition.
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((GOV. JOHN ROWLAND/CONNECTICUT: IT'S VERY DIFFICULT AT THIS TIME TO EXPLAIN HOW SHE GOT ANTHRAX. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT ANYTHING MAILED TO HER CONTAINED ANTHRAX. NO EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS THE RESULT OF SOME CRIMINAL ACT.))
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Five tests conducted by the hospital and the state health department have come back positive for anthrax, but until testing by the Centers for Disease control is complete, this is still only a suspected case.
Results of those tests should be back tomorrow.
The Taliban is out, but who will be the next ruling party in Afghanistan?
Several Afghan groups have agreed to meet on Monday- for U-N sponsored talks on a transitional government
As Teri Okita reports, it's the first step in bringing peace to the that nation.
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((IT WILL BE A HIGH STAKES SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN.
THE UNITED FRONT WILL SIT DOWN WITH THE MAJORITY PASHTUN ETHNIC GROUP AND OTHERS IN BERLIN.
THEY'LL MEET FOR TALKS ON AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT FOR THE WAR TORN COUNTRY.
THE UNITED NATIONS SAYING ALL SIDES WILL BE HEARD.
Francesc Vendrell/U.N. Special Envoy:
The meeting will be important as a signal that there is no intention for anybody to consider they have acquired legitimacy through force of arms.
UNITED FRONT COMMANDERS HAVE TAKEN OVER ALMOST THREE-FOURTHS OF THE COUNTRY, AND HISTORY SHOWS THEY'D RATHER FIGHT THAN GIVE AWAY POWER.
BUT THEIR FOREIGN MINISTER BELIEVES HIS SIDE WILL COOPERATE.
Abdullah Abdullah/United Front Foreign Minister:
If one or two doesn't want to do that, he will be isolated. There is enough pressure from grassroots, pressure to create that system to put an end to the old structure.
AS TALKS ARE ORGANIZED, THE FIGHTING CONTINUES IN THE TALIBAN STRONGHOLDS OF KANDAHAR AND KUNDUZ. SEVERAL THOUSAND DEFIANT TALIBAN TROOPS ARE HOLDING OUT IN KUNDUZ.
Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem/Joint Chiefs of Staff:
At the moment, it would appear that they would not intend to surrender or necessarily to give up fighting.
THE UNITED FRONT HAS OFFERED THOSE TALIBAN SOLDIERS A DEADLY ULTIMATUM SURRENDER BY FRIDAY OR FACE AN ALL-OUT, BLOODY BATTLE.
OPPOSITION FORCES ARE HOPING TO NEGOTIATE A SURRENDER, BUT DEFENSE
SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD SAYS THE U-S STRONGLY OPPOSES A DEAL THAT GIVES OSAMA BIN LADEN'S FIGHTERS THE CHANCE TO ESCAPE.
Teri Okita/Reporting: 15-hundred U-S Marine have now been moved into position off the coast of Pakistan. They're commando-trained forces that could be mobilized within a moments notice to help in the hunt for Bin Laden. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
Auto detailers in Richmond are warning customers that some patriotic displays may come with a hefty price- a new paint job for their cars.
Some drivers who have magnetic flags on their cars are finding problems with the vehicles paint.
That's because the magnets are so thin, water gets behind them and causes the paint to fade or peel.
Detailers in Richmond say several customers come in for a wax job only to learn their car needs a paint job instead.
The men and women of the U-S-S Enterprise battle group will get a special treat tomorrow.
Garth Brooks will perform on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier.
The concert is both a welcome home and Thanksgiving celebration for the sailors, who recently returned from Operation Enduring Freedom.
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((GARTH BROOKS; THE LAST TIME WE ACTUALLY PLAYED IN NORFOLK WAS FOR THE TROOPS RETURNING FROM THE GULF WAR SO IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK. IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK FOR THE SAME HONOR, THE SAME PURPOSE.))
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Jewel will also join Garth on stage.
You can see the concert live tomorrow night here on WDBJ-7.
It starts at 10 o-clock.
In Downtown Roanoke tonight, Christmas started a little early...
Farmers and Merchants of the Historic City Market gathered tonight to "deck-the-stalls" for the holiday season.
The event kicks-off the holiday season for the market community.
The farmer's decorated their stalls with pine (b.. ough) boughs and red bows.
Some even chose to show their patriotic spirit by hanging American flags along with the decorations.
And farmer's aren't the only ones in the holiday spirit tonight, businesses are also busy decorating their windows for the Christmas season.
The Commonwealth may be shorting local schools by 500 million dollars.
Find out why and what some lawmakers want to do about when News 7 returns.
And one group says some common toys can be dangerous for children- including balloons.
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We'll find out what you should stay away from when shopping for toys.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as the Dazzle goes for its second straight home win of the year. The Tech men also look to make it two and a row at the Cassell.
Speaking of two and row Carolina loses again at the Dean Dome.
JMU looks for some tobacco road success in Raleigh, and Bridgewater gets some in the ODAC postseason. Tonight on the
Now is the time when children are making their wish lists.... but there is another list parents should know about.
It's the one that lists the dos and dont's for buying safe toys... Marti Johnson reports.
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(( 2 YEAR OLD AVIVA DOES LIKE THIS TOY, BUT HER MOTHER ISN'T SO SURE.
Lori Fein "Obviously, the kids love it, but it's obnoxiously loud."
TOO MUCH VOLUME IS ONLY ONE OF THE HAZARDS THAT CONSUMER ADVOCATES WANT PARENTS TO LEAVE IN THE TOY STORES HOLIDAY SEASON. TOY-RELATED INJURIES KILLED 17 CHILDREN LAST YEAR. THOSE WHO TREAT CHILDREN SAY THE BIGGEST RISK:
Dr. Ben Gitterman "There are many small parts in many different ways, which children choke on. They go down the throat, they go in their ears, they go up their nose, but the choking, the fact that we have had respiratory distress, and real deaths, is really a tremendous danger."
U-S PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP IS RELEASING ITS ANNUAL SURVEY, TROUBLE IN TOYLAND, TO MAKE PARENTS AWARE OF THE HAZARDS. NOT JUST SMALL PARTS ON THE LATEST TOYS, BUT CHILDHOOD FAVORITES LIKE BALLS, MARBLES, EVEN BALLOONS.
ALSO A RISK, SCOOTERS, WHICH SENT 68-THOUSAND CHILDREN TO EMERGENCY ROOMS FROM JANUARY TO JULY OF THIS YEAR.
TO HELP PARENTS CHOOSE BETTER TOYS, US PIRG FOLLOW AGE APPROPRIATE SUGGESTIONS ON LABELS, OPEN SOME TOYS TO CHECK FOR SMALL PARTS, AND KEEP YOUR CHILD IN MIND.
Rachel Weintraub "They should be thinking of how their child actually plays with toys, does their child put things in their mouth, they need to avoid everything with a small part."
THE ADVOCATES HOPE BY HELPING PARENTS SHOP MORE CAUTIOUSLY, THEY'LL PREVENT SOME OF THE 200-THOUSAND TOY-RELATED INJURIES EXPECTED THIS YEAR. IN WASHINGTON, MARTI JOHNSON.))
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For a complete list of dangerous toys you can find a link in the Webwatch section of our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
A toy industry group complains that once-a-year media events around the holidays create unnecessary fear about dangerous toys that really are safe.
A Toy Industry Association spokesperson notes the Consumer Product Safety Commission says toys are the safest of 14 categories of products brought into the home.
She says most toy injuries are preventable by better parental supervision.
The battle between the haves and the have-nots is heating up in Virginia.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission is dominated by Republicans from northern Virginia.
Today, a study -- vetoed by the Governor, but ordered by the Commission in May-- showed the state is NOT meeting its Constitutional obligation to local schools by about a half BILLION dollars each year.
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((DEL. KIRK COX/(R) COLONIAL HEIGHTS: LET ME BOTTOM LINE IT. MAYBE I'M GOING OUT ON A LIMB HERE. BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO COME UP WITH THAT KIND OF MONEY. SO BOTTOM LINE IT FOR ME, TO FULFILL WHAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER THE BASE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY THAT WOULD BE?))
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If lawmakers wanted to raise teacher pay to the national average -- a campaign promise of both candidates for governor -- it could cost the state and localities another 789 million dollars a year.
Difficult news for Democratic Governor- Elect Mark Warner.
But good news from the man he had lunch with... the Republican who heads up the House Appropriations Committee.
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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/(R) FAIRFAX: WENT VERY WELL. VERY CORDIAL DISCUSSION. WE DISCUSSED THIS. WE DISCUSSED THIS. WE DISCUSSED OUR RELATIONSHIP. AND MY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP TO HIM. AND I PLEDGED ALL THE SUPPORT THAT HE WANTS, AND HE'S GONNA GET IT FROM ME.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax;]
[OUT Q=he's gonna get it from me.]
Warner's already had dinner with other top Republicans: Senate Finance Chairman John Chichester last night, and House Speaker Vance Wilkins last week.
Franklin County schools say the state is giving them 445-thousand dollars LESS than expected.
That means they had to look elsewhere for the 53-thousand dollars needed to remove old asbestos pipe from Lee M. Waid Elementary School.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors pitched in THAT money... along with 406-thousand dollars to pay the architects for the new Windy Gap Elementary School.
The school won't open until 20-04, but will meet growth in the northern part of the county.
Supervisors also passed a resolution asking the state police to station more troopers in Franklin County.
The county had a record 21 fatalities this year on its roads.
Officials say Franklin County has the most fatal accidents in western Virginia ... yet it has fewer troopers than many of its neighbors.
A dangerous new drug is hitting the streets of Central Virginia.
That's next on News 7.
And as the temperature drops, so does the snow at one area ski resort.
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It looks like the popular club drug ecstasy.. but authorities say there's a dangerous lookalike drug that may be making the rounds in central Virginia.
Last month, a 17- year- old Bedford County boy was found naked and combative in some bushes on Laurel Street in Bedford.
Police say he'd ingested (para-meth-OXY amphetamine) paramethoxyamphetamine or P--M-A..
It looks just like ecstasy but it's far more lethal.
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((CAPT. TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD POLICE: SOMEBODY IN THIS VIEWING AREA HAS THIS DRUG AND IS DISTRIBUTING THIS DRUG AND FROM OUR STANDPOINT.. IT'S IMPORTANT FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, NOT REALLY A LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE, TO GET THIS OUT RIGHT NOW.))
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[OUT Q=out right now.]
Police say ecstasy users are at risk because they can't be sure what they're taking is not P-M-A.
P-M-A was popular in the early 1970's, but has re-surfaced in the last couple of years.
It started at 4:30 this morning and will continue around the clock.
We're talking about snow-making.
With temperatures in the 20-s, the folks at Snowshoe Ski Resort in Pocahontas County are finally busy.
When conditions are absolutely perfect, Snowshoe can cover an area equal to four football fields with a foot of snow in just one hour.
The resort plans to welcome skiiers and snowboarders on December 6th.
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Hoops highlights from the Cassell, the Dean dome and the Civic Center.
Plus, some football items and this baseball note in the Extra Point.
The baseball writer's have honored the first year wonder from Japan.
Ichiro Suzuki, who earlier this month was named the American League's rookie of the year, nipped Jason Giambi in today's balloting for the American League Most Valuable player award.
Ichiro got 11 first place to Giambi's 8 - as he won the won award 289 to 281.
Ichiro led the big leagues this season with a 350 average. He also had 56 steals.
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The Virginia Tech men's basketball team, that won just 8 games all of last season, is now 2-and-0 on the year after whacking Rhode Island last night 86 to 63 at the Cassell.
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The Hokies played well in their opener last Saturday night, they hoped to make quick work of the once mighty Rams.
Rhode Island gets it going first but not for long as this hoop by Marcel Momplasir tied the game at 27-all in the first half.
But Tech went on a 59-to-34 run the rest of the way. Terry Taylor get two of his 16 points as he converts the board and the bucket for the Hokies.
Howard Smith did his best to make this thing close as he gets the hoop and harm for Rhode Island.
But Brian Chase fakes the pass and drain the long ball from downtown.
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He scores 9, Carlos Dixon and Joe Hamilton add 31 more as the Hokies move to 2-and-0 with the 86-to-63 win.
Meanwhile, history was made last night in Chapel Hill as the North Carolina Tarheels lost again!
This time Davidson beat the Tarheels at the Dean Dome.
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UNC football players Julius Peppers and Ronald Curry were watching helplessly from the sidelines knowing they could have made a difference last night.
But Davidson took care of business with ten seconds to go knocking in two free throws to make it a four point game.
Carolina got off a couple of three pointers, but made neither of them.
Davidson shocks North Carolina 58-to-54.
This makes the first time ever Carolina has started a season in basketball 0-and-2.
JMU figured if one mid-major can do why not another.
The Dukes and
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head coach Sherman Dillard, the Bassett Native were in Raleigh last night trying to upset N.C. State.
JMU's big man Kenny Whitehead works the paint and uses his superior size to get a nice bucket inside.
But N.C. State is all about the perimeter this year and last night Archie Miller and his teammates would
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knock the bottom out of the hoop.
The Wolfpack beat JMU 75-to-58.
The Virginia women's basketball team has been picked as low as 8th in the ACC this preseason, but don't blame the coach if they struggle early as they did last night against Richmond.
Tonight Debbie Ryan was named the USA basketball's developmental coach of the year.
Ryan coaches the USA to the gold and a 6-and-1 record in the World University Games over China this year.
The Roanoke Dazzle was home again last night taking on the Asheville Altitude.
Remember what your teacher used to say - "Your attitude determines tour altitude."
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Former Depaul head coach Joey Meyer is now the bench boss for Asheville.
This one was tight throughout. In the fourth, the Dazzle's Artie Griffin takes the inbounds pass and he drives to the hoop and scoops it in to cut the Asheville lead to 54-to-48.
Asheville outrebounded the Dazzle last night and big man Paul Grant led the visitors with 11 rebounds and 18 points.
But the Dazzle can play huge inside this dunk by Marshall Phillips cuts it to two. He had a team high 18.
But Asheville controlled the tempo thanks to Tyson Patterson who banged in 10 points.
The Dazzle loses its first game of the year last night 70-to-66.
Derrick Hines did not play last night. The Dazzle is back home Friday night hosting Fayetteville.
Only three other teams in the entire ECHL have more wins than the Roanoke Express.
Yet this team is hardly playing to its potential.
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Greensboro will be in town to tangle with the Express on Thanksgiving night at 7.
Bridgewater College rules the postseason trophy case in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Bridgewater senior quarterback Jason Lutz was named the ODAC's player of the year. He led the conference in passing, and with Lutz at the controls, the unbeaten Eagles averaged 500 yards and 45 points a game.
His coach Mike Clark is the co-coach of the year on the conference.
He shares the honor with Washington & Lee's Frank Miriello, who led the Generals to a 500 mark.
Bridgewater's NCAA opener against Trinity College kicks off at Noon Saturday at Jopson Field in Bridgewater.
The Ferrum College Panthers put 13 players on the Dixie's all-conference's team.
Junior quarterback Phil Hairston was named the league's offensive player of the year.
Tim Boothe from Vinton, last season's player of the year, also earned first team honors along with Rocky Mount's Jamie Dunn.
r game in Mexico on December 15th.
Tim Carter also made the Dixie first team defensive unit and he has been picked to represent Ferrum in the D-3 all-sta