One of the Reverend Jerry Falwell's prayers has been answered-- a judge has ruled that the state ban on church incorporation is unconstitutional.
And a case of mistaken identity at a northwest Roanoke park raises the issue of child safety.
Sunny and hot across the region with near record highs...I'll have your forecast..
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A four year old Roanoke boy is mistakenly taken from a nearby park.
His neighborhood is still celebrating his return.
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The Northwest Roanoke neighborhood surrounding Horton Park is thankful for the boy's safe return..
Four year old Taimere Robinson was taken from the area yesterday by mistake.
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Jennifer Miele is at the park now with an update on the story.
Kim, what's interesting about this story is that the very park he was taken from was designed to protect small children like Tai.
Two weeks ago, he would have had to cross the street to get to the playground.
But recent construction on this smaller park gave him a place to play just a stone's throw from his home.
Neighbors say they'll be keeping a closer watch on both parks from now on.
Tai -- the boy on the left - was taken by mistake from the smaller park. He was mistaken for the boy on the right -- Isaiah -- who's mother sent a friend to pick him up after school.
Isaiah's mother realized Tai wasn't her son, and she and the friend quickly returned the boy to his family.
Eye witnesses saw Tai being taken by a stranger who handed him some bubble gum in the small park.
They immediately alerted police.
Neighbors got the feeling that this small park wasn't as safe as it was intended to be.
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Police are pleased with how quickly the community and the media responded to the missing child alert system they use called "Amber Alert."
We'll tell you more about that Kim, tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell has won the first round of his battle against the state over whether churches can incorporate.
Judge Norman Moon ruled yesterday that the state ban on church incorporation is unconstitutional.
The law dates back to the 18th century, when state leaders wanted to prevent churches from becoming too powerful.
Virginia and West Virginia are the only two states with such laws still on the books.
Falwell is STILL challenging the limits on how much property a church can own.
He filed a new federal lawsuit on that issue last week.
It's their first major combat operation since Operation Anaconda last month--
American, British and Afghan troops are back in the eastern mountains of Afghanistan.
The coalition forces are looking for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters that may still be hiding out.
Britain is deploying 17- hundred special forces for the operation.
That brings the total number of British troops committed to Afghanistan to more than six- thousand.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is back in power-- but his country remains in a state of chaos.
There's been widespread burning and looting in the capital city of Caracas.
That, as political leaders try to restore some normalcy in the aftermath of the attempted coup against President Chavez.
Soldiers are also out in force, trying to keep the peace.
So far, no reports of any arrests or violence among police, soldiers or civilians.
Just one day after the Israeli prime minister promised a major troop withdrawal, his army has moved into several more Palestinian towns.
Teri Okita reports.
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after another day of diplomacy, sec. of state Colin Powell is hearing a
lot....but not seeing a lot of action toward ending the bloodshed. He
met earlier with a Palestinian delegation in Jerusalem and would only
say they had good conversations.
sot: Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state
"we are making progress and I look forward to furthering that progress
overt he next 24 hours but I don't want to get into specifics as to what
I will be able to achieve.
but also in Jerusalem, Israeli tanks rolled into 3 Palestinian towns, as
well as a west bank city, just a day after Israeli prime minister Ariel
Sharon promised to start withdrawing. Powell was trying to remain
optimistic as he met again with Sharon...he'll also make a repeat visit
to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat tomorrow. But chances for a cease
fire seem highly unlikely....
natz of gunfire...
exchanges of gunfire continue in Bethlehem...the standoff between
Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen hold up in the church of the
nativity have gone on for weeks now with no end in site.
and Israeli official are now interrogating one of Arafat's top aides,
ARLEN barghouti...who was arrested yesterday.
SOT: Yaffa Ben Ari/is foreign ministry spokeswoman
"Marwan Barghouti is the head, the acting head of the al-aqsa brigade,
the two organizations that are responsible for killing dozens of
Bargoo tee denies the allegations and Palestinians say if anything
happens to him, there will be grave consequences.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the mad rush is on for Big Game tickets as the multistate lottery breaks the 320 MILLION dollar mark,
Plus the entertainment world has lost another star. Actor Robert Urich passes away at the age of 55.
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He played a dashing detective on the '70s T-V show "Vega$," and also starred in such series as "Spenser: For Hire" and "Soap."
Veteran actor Robert Urich died early today in a Southern California hospital after a long battle with cancer.
In 1996, the Emmy-winning actor announced that he was suffering from a rare form of cancer that attacks the joints.
Urich spent his later years devoted to cancer research and education.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday.
Robert Urich was 55.
City Council has cleared the way for the expansion of the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Last night Council's decision to rezone property in southeast Roanoke did not come without opposition from residents of the neighborhood.
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Linda Wyatt echoed the concerns of opponents, who spoke against the Rescue Mission expansion.
But a room full of Rescue Mission supporters and the rest of city council supported the plan for a new women's recovery program.
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Council approved the rezoning request, but members said they would not support another expansion of the Rescue Mission at that location.
In the seven "Big Game" lottery states-- including Virginia-- people are lining up for their chance at tonight's 325- million dollar jackpot.
Mark Strassmann reports from Atlanta.
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"tickets spit out"
They're hunting the Big Game.
"I want five big game quick picks"
Six lucky numbers ... and a nine-figure payday.
325-MILLION, at least.
"ticket spits out"
That's a lot of JACK in one POT.
"I'D SAY FIFTY MILLION AND I START PAYING ATTENTION." 'Now that
it's 325?" "A LOT OF ATTENTION."
At times this evening, stores will sell a million tickets an HOUR.
Seven states offer the Big Game, which no one has won since
The jackpot has rolled over a record NINETEEN times.
Now 325-million dollars ... in Georgia ...
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... that jackpot is too bloated billboards to keep up.
"CASH, TWENTY DOLLARS FOR QUICK PICK." "YEAH."
In Ft. Lee, New Jersey ...
"IT'S JUST A DOLLAR AND A DREAM."
... so many people bought into the dream, the line wrapped around
the store, and the store ran out of playing sheets.
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"I'M IN WITH LIKE TEN OTHER GUYS. WE'RE SPENDING $200."
(File of record payout ... in May, 2000)
"...THE LARGEST CHECK OF ALL TIME."
Two years ago, the Big Game had the biggest jackpot EVER ...
Split by two families.
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"THEIR SHARE WHICH IS 181-MILLION, FIVE-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS."
If no one wins tonight's Big Game, the jackpot will climb above
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"THERE'S PROBABLY A NINETY PERCENT CHANCE WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST ONE
WINNER IF NOT MULTIPLE WINNERS."
The winner's odds? Seventy-six million to one.
(SOT) (Luvern Lipscomb/Lottery Player)
"DON'T TAKE OUT LOANS, DON'T SKIP A CAR PAYMENT OR MORTGAGE
PAYMENT. JUST STAY WITHIN YOUR LIMIT."
But hit the right combination, and you'll have few limits ever
MARK STRASSMANN, CBS NEWS, ATLANTA
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Coming up next, Leo Hirshbrunner will have our detailed forescast,
and we'll have the latest dish as we prepare for our big move into our new facilities.
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This is a busy week at your hometown station. We're only days away from moving into our new home.
Crews dis-assembled a large satellite dish from our roof yesterday and prepared it for the overnight move.
Early this morning, the dish was transported from our studios on Colonial Avenue to our new digital broadcast facility on Hershberger Road.
It will be installed later today.
We'll broadcast our first newscast from the new facility this Saturday morning at 8 o-clock.
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Television technology is rapidly changing .. and that's why we're moving into our Digital Broadcast Center this weekend.
As we do, we are taking some time this week to remember the technology, programs, and people that make up this station's history.
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One of the earliest news anchors was Ron McDonald, and he remembers "Top of the Chinn" as we go "Building for the Future."
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Tonight on News 7 at 5:00, what a difference 40 years makes. Teresa Hamilton looks at life in Roanoke .. when we moved into our present building on Colonial Avenue.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was up 178 points.
The Nasdaq has gained 51.
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A NASCAR legend has passed away. We'll have the details after the break,
...And Steve Mason tells us how some members of the Roanoke Express are using their time off the ice to perk up the life of a young fan.
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Kevin Harvick was hit hard in the pocket this past weekend at Martinsville.
He was fined 35 thousand dollars, because he violated his probation with NASCAR, and he was NOT allowed to race on Sunday.
His probation was extended to the rest of the season.
But he can return to racing this week at Talladega.
Kenny Wallace was called in to sub for Harvick and drive the Goodwrench Chevy.
Wallace says Harvick needs to understand that not only is he NOT Dale Earnhardt - but this is a far cry from the heyday era of the Intimidator of the late 80's.
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NASCAR has lost one of its legendary drivers.
Buck Baker passed away Sunday at the age of 83.
He was named one of NASCAR's 50 all-time greatest drivers in 1998.
Baker entered 636 events and won 46 races and two championships.
He retired in 1976 and was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in 1982, as well as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Fans were disappointed when the Roanoke Express ended its season earlier than they planned.
But as Steve Mason tells us two players are still working overtime off the ice to encourage a young fan.
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((Hockey games are her escape from severe Aplastic anemia, a rare bone marrow disease. Kayleigh attended every home Express game from November on to watch her favorites, Terrence Tootoo and Joe Dusbabek.
This 13 year old saved her allowance and rented a Prestige Limousine Service limo, which charged her half price, to take the two hockey players out. They had lunch and then played putt putt.
Every 10 days Kayleigh has a blood transfusion or immune suppression chemotherapy until a blood match can be found. This compensates for the bone marrow that has stopped producing red and white blood cells. Her hospital stay is a little easier when Terrence and Joe are there.
Kayleigh is also extremely giving. Two days after her diagnosis, her aunt, a heroine and cocaine addict, called with an incredible request.
This family, which includes a few hockey players, is almost complete, the adoption papers for five month Baby Isaiah, now nearly weaned off his drug addiction, should come through soon. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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