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Today on News 7, Roanoke's Arena Football Team says contrary to published reports, it is not bankrupt.
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Also ten people are injured when a passenger train strikes a logging truck.
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Our windy, cool weather today also included some rain sprinkles. A slightly warmer forecast is coming up. Details in a few minues.

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Also today, a priest is shot in Baltimore by a man who says he was abused as a child.
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Plus what seemed like a simple problem got a lot more serious for Los Angeles firefighters.
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Also if you like cantaloupe you will want to stay tuned. A leading seller has been recalled. News 7 at Five is next.

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Management for the Roanoke Steam says the team is NOT bankrupt.
But it is on the verge of scoring a new owner.
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The General Manager of the Roanoke Steam said today media reports that the arena football team filed for Chapter 7 last week are inaccurate- it wasn't actually the team filing-
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Jennifer Miele is following this story.
Jean, court documents show it was the former owners who filed for bankruptcy.
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The Arena Football League has assumed ownership of the Steam. The league says the team will play on here in Roanoke -- and that it's on the hunt for a new, local owner.
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(( It's a hard hitting, in-your-face business.
And the game is over for the former owners of the Roanoke Steam.
They filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy last week -- and now the league itself is in charge.
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((ANDY GOLDSTEIN/ARENA FOOTBALL ATTORNEY:IT RUNS 34 OTHER TEAMS AND ITS IN SOUND FINANCIAL CONDITION.)) [RUNS06]
The team's record is 4 and 2. But management says playoff hopes are overshadowed by low attendance numbers.
It's his goal to change that.
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((ED JENKINS/STEAM'S GENERAL MANAGER: PEOPLE SHOULD HOLD TIGHT, SOME GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN ROANOKE AS FAR AS ARENA FOOTBALL IS CONCERNED. FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO JUMP SHIP, I WOULDN'T JUMP QUITE YET.)) [RUNS10]
The Roanoke Civic Center is glad to hear the Steam will stay in town for the rest of the season -- and likely far longer than that.
Management there says the city's put a lot of time and effort into this team, and it's helping to look for new owners who won't drop the ball.
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((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER: I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND A STRONG LOCAL OWNERSHIP WITH AN INTERESTS IN THE COMMUNITY TO DEVELOP GRASS ROOTS PROMOTIONS.)) [RUNS11]
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That chapter 7 bankruptcy means the former owners will liquidate their assets... those being helmets, shoulder pads, and so on.
League reps say they'll offer to buy all of that, but if no agreement can be reached, they'll buy the team all new equipment without hesitation.
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An Amtrak Train on its way from New York to Miami never made it today-
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The train hit a log truck at a crossing in South Carolina- and derailed.
The train was carrying 103 passengers and 20 crew members- At least ten people were hurt- two seriously.
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((MIKE HODGES/EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES: THERE APPEARS TO BE NO LIFE THREATENING .. NECK BACK, DECELERATIONS TYPE INJURIES. SOME PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING OF STOMACH PAIN THEY WERE IN THE DINING CAR AND STRUCK TABLES.))
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South Carolina police say the train was travelling at about 79 miles an hour when it hit the back of the truck- sending logs for a quarter of a mile.
The truck's driver was not hurt. He says he did not see the train.
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A Baltimore priest was shot and wounded by a man who says the priest sexually abused him years ago.
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Police say a 26 year old man - Dante Stokes- confessed to shooting former priest Maurice Blakcwell last night- claiming it was in retaliation for abuse that happened in 1993.
Officials have said Blackwell was removed from his parish in 1998- after admitting to a previous sexual relationship with a different person.
In that case, Blackwell apparently confessed he had a consenual affair with a teenager more than 20 years ago.
Blackwell is in serious but stable condition.
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A Church bombing happened 39 years ago- killing four black girls.
Today the last of the defendants standing trial for the bombing is on trial.
As Drew Levinson says, Bobby Frank Cherry says his side of the story has never been told.
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((Attorneys for accused murderer Bobby Frank Cherry say with all the years of publicity from this historic case...it's time to tell his side of the story. The former Klansman is charged with murder for allegedly planting dynamite outside the Sixteenth Street Baptist church. It was a Sunday morning in September 1963 when the blast killed four little girls. Prosecutor Robert Posey described Cherry as a racist and a braggart...."Over the years, he wore this crime on his chest like a badge of honor, like a Klan medal" ROBERT POSEY/PROSECUTOR: WE WERE JUST TRYING TO OUTLINE WHAT WE EXPECT THE EVIDENCE WILL BE AND STATEMENTS MADE BY THE DEFENDANT TO OTHER PEOPLE.
Cherry's attorney--Mickey Johnson said his client never boasted and never did it. "This was never an investigation, it was a target," said Johnson, let's build this case around Bobby Cherry." Johnson added during the civil rights era there were thousands of others, like Cherry, against integration--and the net of suspicion should have also been cast upon them. MICKEY JOHNSON/CHERRY'S ATTORNEY "EVERYBODY ESCAPED THIS NET BUT BOBBY CHERRY, HE'S THE ONLY ONE HERE UNDER THE NET RIGHT NOW." Alpha Robertson's 14-year old daughter Carole was one of the girls killed. She told the court it was the first day her girl had ever worn her new white dress. The jury is made up of nine white women, three white men and four black men. The local leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has a problem with that since--all the victims were black girls. REV. ABRAHAM WOODS/SCLC: THINK IT IS A LEGITIMATE CONCERN THAT THERE ARE NO BLACK FEMALES AT ALL ON THE JURY...NOT ONE.
Cherry--now 71 is the last of four men accused in the bombing.
IT TOOK 39 YEARS TO BRING THIS CASE TO COURT--NOW IT WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO TRY IT. IF CONVICTED CHERRY COULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, BIRMINGHAM.))

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State eavesdropping charges are dropped against a former Republican leader, but that doesn't mean his problems are over. We'll explain after the break.
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And a local hospital is making some big changes. Joy Sutton will have the details coming up on Health Check.
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GOP official Ed Matricardi is no longer under state indictment for wiretapping.
As expected, prosecutors today asked that the charges be dropped in order for federal authorities to take over.
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Matricardi walked into a Richmond courthouse facing four felony counts.
He walked out a man free from state prosecution.
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Last week federal authorities joined the state investigation of eavesdropping that has also implicated the aides of Republican lawmakers.
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((BILL DINKIN/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE SCOPE OF THIS INVESTIGATION HAS EXPANDED GREATLY. IT HAS EXPANDED TO INDIVIDUALS AND PHONE CALLS THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND IT WILL BE OUTSIDE OF OUR OFFICE'S JURISDICTION AND THIS COURT'S JURISDICTION. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE. STEVEN BENJAMIN/MATRICARDI'S ATTORNEY: WHAT THE COMMONWEALTH DONE IS TO INDICT MR MATRICARDI , ABANDON THE CASE AND LEAVE THE STENCH BEHIND.))
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The state will continue working with federal authorities.
No timeline has been set but it is expected that Matricardi will be charged with FEDERAL wiretapping.
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Matricardi is accused of eavesdropping on a teleconference call between top state Democrats and their lawyers in which they discussed a G-O-P-authored redistricting plan.

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A national brand of fresh cantaloupe is being recalled because of Salmonella contamination.
Susie brand cantaloupes are being pulled from the shelves after dozens of people across the country contracted Salmonella.
The Susie brand of cantaloupes were sold in retail stores and restaurants.
They have a shelf life of about seven to 10 days.
This form of Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.

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A local hospital says its recent improvements are bringing top-of-the-line health care to its patients.
Lexington's Stonewall Jackson Hospital has doubled in size as it added new equipment and services.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton took a tour of the hospital and joins us with details.
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Jean, This is all part of the 20 million dollar expansion project.
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While there are still renovations to complete and some buildings still need to be torn down ---the community can alre

ady tell the difference.
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It's not everyday you find a hospital equipped with a workout facility open to the public.
But this is all part of the new Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
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((ROY WRIGHT/CEO & PRESIDENT: WHY NOT KEEP PEOPLE IN A HEALTHY MODE SO THEY DON'T REPEAT AND IF THAT'S LOGICAL WHY SHOULDN'T WE OPEN IT UP TO ANYONE WHO DOESN'T WANT TO GO THROUGH A HEART ATTACK AND RECOVERY CYCLE)) [RUNS13]
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James Bradford Junior has already completed cardiac rehabilitation, for him the "Fit For Life Center" is a healthy next step to avoid another heart attack. He pays 20 dollars a month and come as often as 6 days a week.
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In the same area you'll find patients going through physical therapy. And aqua therapy is now available as well.
And the hospital has added some of the latest technology. This gamma camera can detect heart disease, cancer and stress fractures too small to be detected by an x-ray. Speaking of cameras --they're inside the I-C-U rooms so nurses can keep a close watch.
Even the labor and delivery area has some very neat gadgets.
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OMES DOWN FROM THE CEILING WITH A MIRROR SO YOU CAN WATCH YOUR DELIVERY... AND THEN AFTER THE DELIVERY THE BABY BED IS RIGHT INSIDE SO WE CAN DO ANY TYPE OF RECITATION THAT WE NEED WITHOUT AND YOUR BABY NEVER HAS TO LEAVE THE ROOM)) [RUNS23]
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Other changes, the hospital plans to eliminate 35 in-house beds because officials believe most services can be peformed on outpatient basis. ))
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The hospital will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday the 18th from 10 to 1pm. It will be offering tours to the public.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see how Opera Roanoke is closing its season on a high note.
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Commissioned for the opening of the Suez Canal in Egypt, Verdi's masterwork (Eye-ee-da) "Aida" is an enduring monument to the art of Opera.
To round out Opera Roanoke's 25th anniversary season, the opera company will bring "Aida" to life at the Jefferson Center this weekend, and Patrick Evans has a preview.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see if the stock markets can repeat yesterdays' big gains.
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[VO] Then a little later, we'll see how one mother cat is fighting stereotypes.
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On Wall Street today, stocks rallied for a second consecutive session.
The Dow Jones posted another triple-digit gain.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your two minute ticker. The Salem Avalanche won it's six straight last night, pounding the Frederick Keys 15 to 1.
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The Avalanche is now 5 and OH against the Keys this season, but, even for a team that finds itself in first place in the Southern Division, that means very little.
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The Avs take on Frederick tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at Salem Memorial and the Potomac comes to town for a three game series.

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The 19th annual Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf event gets underway later this week at the Roanoke Country Club. 38 states and a number of foreign countries will be represented in the star studded field.
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But on Wednesday a handful of junior golfers who weren't quite good enough to make it into the field with the their application and credentials will attempt to play their way in through a nerve-racking 18 hole qualifier.
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The handful of kids who can survive on Wednesday and advance will have shown what they are made of under pressure.
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The 54 hole main event begins on Friday and winds up this coming Sunday. That's it for the ticker. See ya at six everybody.

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A broken fire hydrant in Los Angeles turned out to be a greater problem than originally thought.
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The hydrant shot water about a hundred feet into the air. It sparked off power lines near Universal City.
Los Angeles fire fighters couldn't turn the hydrant off after the power lines began igniting.
A trash hauler ran over the hydrant.
One firefighter received minor injuries to his arm.
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Finally today, fighting like cats and dogs is a common phrase,
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but one mother in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is determined to change that.
This mama cat has taken on the role of surrogate mother to a pair of orphaned puppies.
The dogs' mother died last week during an emergency C-Section.
Fortunately for them, the cat who just had a litter of her own, took on the extra mouths to feed.
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