An accident on Interstate 81 had all the right ingredients for one big mess.
A busy interstate at rush-hour, coupled with rain and slick roads yesterday.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the accident that blocked the interstate for hours and tied traffic up for miles.
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(( State police say it will likely be days before they sort out exactly what happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81, near Salem.
A chain reaction collision that would leave more than a dozen people injured and some 40- vehicles damaged.
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Shannon Phipps and his co-workers are employed by a tree trimming company and because they often work along the Interstate are trained in first AID and CPR.
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((JEREMY GIFT/WITNESS: AS SOON AS I CAME UP ON THEM I NOTICED THE PASSENGER HAD LACERATIONS ACROSS HIS NECK, I TOOK MY SHIRT OFF AND I SAID PUT THIS ON YOUR NECK, I SAID THE AMBULANCE IS ON ITS WAY, DON'T MOVE, I ASKED HIM THE DAY, THE DATE, ALL OF THE FIRST AID STEPS. ))
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Seven other people would also be transported to the hospital-- But authorities say only one of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. For those working the accident-- it would prove to be a challenging evening.
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((MAKING SURE WE KEPT UP WITH EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AND MAKING SURE WE GOT EVERYONE ADEQUATELY TREATED. ))
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State police believe slick roads are to blame for the chain reaction collision... which covered approximately a half mile of the interstate.
Witnesses say it was raining at the time of the accident.
((IT WAS REAL SLICK OUT HERE, I MEAN A STORM HAD JUST COME THROUGH AND IT WAS RAINING PRETTY HARD.))
But State police say even if weather was a factor, charges could be filed, once they figure out exactly what happened.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.
The southbound lanes reopened around 9:30 last night and traffic is now moving again.
The on-again, off- again deal to end the five-week-old standoff at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is now OFF again.
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Negotiations are said to have broken down over new Palestinian demands that European monitors be sent to the church.
Negotiators also can't agree on how to handle 13
Palestinians who are to be deported.
More than 200 Palestinians sought refuge April second during Isarel's West Bank invasion.
Many have since left, but scores are still inside, including civilians, clergy, and militants.
The parents of the admitted mailbox pipe bomber plan to visit their son in jail today in Nevada.
They're flying out from their home in Minnesota.
Authorities say 21- year- old college student Luke Helder has confessed to planting 18 pipe bombs in mailboxes in five Midwestern states.
Helder made his first court appearance yesterday.
He was denied bail, and told that he'd be extradited to Iowa.
He faces charges that could put him behind bars for life.
On Monday, Helder's father tipped off officials about a letter he received from his son.
It read quote, "Mailboxes are exploding."
Suspicions were also aroused when Helder's college roommates found potential bomb- making materials under his bed.
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Authorities caught up with Helder on Tuesday after a police chase along a desert highway in Nevada.
A struggling New River Valley technology company is filing for bankruptcy.
Yesterday, Haleos filed papers with Federal Bankruptcy court in Roanoke.
Management at the fiber optic company had been trying to secure funding for its future.
The Blacksburg-based business had two rounds of layoffs and furloughed all employees except management in February.
Officials blame a downturn in the telecommunications industry.
Montgomery County stepped in to re-possess the company's building last month when Haleos couldn't make lease payments.
That process is now on hold because of bankruptcy proceedings.
Haleos officials could not be reached for comment.
A different story for another local high-tech company.
I-T-T Industries Night Vision beat out a Texas company for what could amount to a 450- million dollar contract over the next five years.
The Roanoke County company will supply night vision equipment for ground forces of the U-S Army.
I-T-T will also provide state-of- the-art night-vision goggles for pilots.
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The company does NOT expect to hire any additional workers-- but says this contract will certainly provide job security for the company's 848- employees over the next several years.
In business news, Stocks soared yesterday as unexpectedly strong profits at Cisco Systems gave investors some good news.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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(( WAS IT A BEAR MARKET RALLY, OR WILL IT STICK. THE STOCK MARKET ENJOYED ITS BEST DAY OF THE YEAR AFTER CISCO SYSTEMS GAVE INVESTORS HOPE THAT A TURNAROUND IN THE TECH SECTOR IS AT HAND. (GR) THE DOW UP ROCKETED 305 POINTS OR 3 PERCENT, ITS BIGGEST ONE DAY GAIN SINCE SEPTEMBER. (GR) THE NASDAQ ALSO CAME ALONG FOR THE RIDE UP 122 POINTS OR MORE THAN 7 PERCENT, ITS BIGGEST ONE DAY GAIN SINCE APRIL OF LAST YEAR. (GR) WALL STREET'S DARLING WAS CISCO SYSTEMS. INVESTORS PUSHED THE STOCK UP 24 PERCENT AFTER A CHEERY PROFIT REPORT AND OUTLOOK. (GR) THAT GAVE OTHER TECH COMPANIES HOPE.. IBM, INTEL AND MICROSOFT ALL RALLIED IN TANDEM. (GR) MERRILL LYNCH LIFTED FINANCIAL SHARES. THE BIGGEST BROKERAGE SAID IT'S CLOSE TO SETTLING NEW YORK STATE'S CLAIMS THAT IT MISLED INVESTORS WITH BIASED STOCK RESEARCH. (OC) WITH ANALYST RESEARCH UNDER INTENSE SCRUTINY RECENTLY, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION HAS ADOPTED NEW RULES FOR WHAT WALL STREET ANALYSTS CAN AND CANNOT DO. AMONG THE RULES, Brokerage firms that provide analyst research are now prohibited from tying analyst compensation to specific investment banking transactions. Investment bankers can only discuss unpublished research with their analysts if lawyers or compliance officers monitor the conversation. And analysts must disclose potential conflicts during public appearances. (GR) TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... (OC) AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY. ))
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Cardinal Bernard Law still faces more questions in Boston about the sex abuse scandal.
Yesterday, Law was grilled by attorneys representing 86 people who say they were abused by now- defrocked priest John (GAY-gun) Geoghan.
Law says he doesn't recall getting letters, warning of abuse by Geoghan.
But one such letter was actually forwarded by Law himself.
One alleged victim says the Cardinal's testimony amounts to "selective amnesia."
The deposition is scheduled to continue tomorrow and Monday.
Virginia will soon have a new prison director.
Ron Angelone announced yesterday he's stepping down after running the state's prisons for eight years.
Angelone served during the administrations of Governors Allen and Gilmore.
He was sometimes criticized for putting prison security concerns over efforts to rehabilitate prisoners.
But yesterday state leaders said Angelone did a good job.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: I THINK ALL VIRGINIANS ARE SAFER BECAUSE OF HIS LEADERSHIP.))
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Angelone's resignation takes effect on June 20th.
No successor has been named.
The National Guard will be marching out of Virginia's airports by the end of the month.
The Virginia Army National Guard has helped with airport security since October-- a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
President Bush requested National Guard members be posted in commercial service airports to provide increased security for the traveling public.
That job will be taken over by the Transportation Security Agency.
Troops will leave the Lynchburg Airport on Friday and the Roanoke airport Monday.
Tuesday's election will bring two new faces to Roanoke City Council.
And the newcomers say they hope to make council more open and responsive to citizens' concerns.
Yesterday afternoon, members of the Electoral Board doublechecked the figures that precinct officials reported Tuesday night, and they found no major flaws.
The Reverend Nelson Harris will return to council as Vice-Mayor.
The newcomers, Alfred Dowe and Rupert Cutler, say they want citizens to feel welcome at council meetings.
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((RUPERT CUTLER: I'VE SPENT A LOT OF MY LIFE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BE INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT AND NOW THAT I AM BEHIND THE DAIS SO TO SPEAK, I WILL THANK THEM FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COME TO ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL AND EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS AND GIVE US THEIR SUGGESTIONS.))
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Republican Jack Parrott missed a second term on city council by just over 100 votes, and he conceded the election after officials certified Tuesday's results.
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The family of a Mennonite peace activist from Roanoke is appealing to Israeli authorities to release their son.
Nathan Musselman is being held in a prison near Tel Aviv for aiding Palestinians in the West Bank.
Yesterday, Keith Humphry spoke with the protester's father.
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Neal Musselman has seen it for himself. He visited his son in late January and early February and saw the living conditions.
He feels his son Nathan is simply coming to the aid of an oppressed people, the Palestinians.
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((HE WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH SOME OF THE ISRAELI DOMESTIC POLICIES, BUT IS THERE TO OFFER ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE TO THE VIOLENCE IN THIS CONFLICT, THAT IS A NON-VIOLENT, PEACEFUL MEANS OF RECONCILIATION.))
Nathan has been held for a week now- -after he and five other Americans enabled another group of activists to re-supply Palestinian gunmen holed up in the Church of the Nativity.
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((HE SAYS HE IS BEING TREATED WELL, NOT BEEN ABUSED IN ANY WAY.))
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Nathan Musselman's primary concern at the moment is that he'll be deported without being able to return to Palestine to complete his studies.
He was due to come home in the Fall.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
The Feds are joining the state investigation into claims that Republicans illegally listened to confidential Democratic conference calls.
Eastern District U-S Attorney Paul McNulty will join Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney David Hicks in directing the inquiry.
Hicks had asked federal authorities to become involved because of a state law that limits how much Virginia State Police can do to investigate legislators.
Former state Republican Party executive director Ed Matricardi was indicted last month on four felony wiretapping charges.
Two other Republican staffers have been implicated, but have not been charged.
Yokohama tire plant continues to trim workers...
In protest, Union employees marched yesterday afternoon.
They began at the Salem Civic Center and ended at the tire plant.
Each pledged to follow procedures, so that even if they are doing more with less, they'll try to make quality and safety a priority.
The company's response was as follows: "The cutbacks were part of our ongoing plan to adjust inventory and production levels to meet slowing market conditions. We don't plan on hiring anybody back at this point. In the mean time, we are working with employees about the situation."
Flood victims in Buchanan County are in need of drinking water.
And Roanokers are coming to their aid.
The Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project is sponsoring a water drive to help families in Hurley, Virginia that lost homes during recent flooding.
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((MAXINE WALLER/SE RCAP: YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT A LOT OF THINGS BUT ITS WATER. YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT FOOD BUT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT WATER. ))
((MARY TERRY/SE RCAP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THERE ARE ABOUT 200 FAMILIES IN HURLEY. EVERYTHING IN THIS SMALL COMMUNITY IS GONE. THEY HAVE SET UP A SHELTER IN THE HURLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHOSE HOMES ARE JUST NOT LIVABLE.))
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The group is extending the drive for another day.
Beginning at 8:30 this morning they will be accepting donations in the parking lot next to Crystal Tower on Campbell Avenue.
Cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby clothes and formula are also appreciated.
A trucking industry group wants more information on a plan to widen Interstate 81.
The Virginia Trucking Association has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get access to the Star Solutions proposal to widen the highway.
V-Dot says Star was the only company to submit a bid on the project, but has refused to say how much it will cost.
Star Solutions says it will pay for the work by placing tolls on big rigs.
A Henry County woman accused of killing her son was convicted of INvoluntary manslaughter.
Brenda Norman entered an Alford plea in the death of her son, Stephen Kelly.
That means she admits the state has enough evidence to convict her, but she's not admitting guilt.
Norman had been charged with second degree murder.
She faces up to 10 years in prison, according to the prosecutor. Norman will be sentenced in August.