Today on News 7 at 5, a Roanoke peace activist, jailed in the Middle East, returns home.
And the first Memorial Day since September 11 .. a Roanoke native is honored for giving his life at the Pentagon.
More showers are on the way, plus cooler weather enters the mix. I'll have the latest from the News 7 Weather Center, coming right up.
Miss U-S-A has a lot more than another title on her mind. We'll tell you her story.
And on Healthcheck, even though it's with horses, it's called hippotherapy, and it can help many children in many ways.
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It's hard to imagine anyone survived the fall over a collapsed bridge- but this truck driver did.
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((THE LAST THING I REMEMBER WAS GOING OFF THE BRIDGE, EVERYTHING ELSE IS A BLUR.))
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((WE WERE GOING APRROXIMATELY SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT HUNDRED FEET FROM IT WHEN IT FELL KEPT SEEING SPLASHES FINALLY REALIZED THAT WAS CARS GOING OFF THE BRIDGE.))
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Tonight the search for more bodies is on hold- until more equipment can be brought in.
Divers believe the remaining cars may be lodged under large slabs from the highway.
As Jim Acosta reports- so far four bodies have been recovered- and there could be up to eight more.
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Up close it is a sight that is difficult to behold. Among the debris
scattered along the river's edge, a cargo full of dictionaries. The
images are the definition of a holiday weekend traffic disaster.
Trucker Rodney Tidwell was driving his big rig 70 MPH when he came upon
the gaping hole that was once the bridge carrying interstate 40 over the Arkansas River.
"Last thing I remember..."
He is one of the few survivors to walk away from Sunday's bridge
collapse in Southeast Oklahoma. A dozen motorists, perhaps more, are feared dead. Divers are feeling their way around the swift, muddy
current at depths of up to 40 feet to find the rest of the victims.
The NTSB is investigating why a river barge collided with the bridge and how it's pilot with 30 years of experience suddenly blacked out before
As for survivor Rodney Tidwell, he says Sunday was the first day he ever wore a seatbelt. Lucky to be alive, he wants to get back on the road
for one reason.
Rodney Tidwell/Victim ))
Another suicide bombing rocked Israel today .. and a group associated with Yasser Arafat's (Fa-TAH) Fatah movement is claiming responsibility.
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The suicide bomber blew himself up at an outdoor mall in a Tel Aviv suburb, killing himself and two others. About 20 more people were wounded.
Police and hospital officials identify the victims as a woman and a two-year-old girl. They say several babies were wounded.
The Roanoke County man who was held in an Israeli prison for over three weeks is now back in western Virginia.
Peace Activist Nathan Musselman stepped off a plane at Roanoke Regional Airport this afternoon.
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Joe Dashiell was there, and has more tonight on Musselman's return.
Jean... Nathan Musselman had been held in a prison outside Tel Aviv for 24 days...
Though he's clearly happy to be home, Musselman says he returns to the Roanoke Valley with mixed emotions.
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((Nathan Musselman walked from his plane and into his parents's embrace...
He was welcomed home by family and friends who had waited anxiously for word of his release.
[IN Q=I know they've been so supportive.]
[OUT Q=all that I was living for over there.]
A student of Arabic, Musselman had worked with an international group of peace activisits for about a year. He was detained after he participated in a demonstration outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem... a demonstration that allowed others to deliver food to Palestinians involved in a stand-off with Israeli authorities.))
Musselman would have completed his studies in Arabic this summer. Now that he has been deported from Isreal, Musselman says he doesn't know whether he will return to another country in the middle east, or pursue his activities here in the United States.
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Jean, we'll hear more from nathan Musselman and his family tonight on News 7 at Six.
Friends and family of fallen Navy Officer and Roanoke native Donald McArthur Young gathered to remember him this Memorial day.
Young was killed at the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks.
Today Roanoke City Councilman Bill Bestpitch presented Young's widow with the key to the city.
Dozens of Veterans attended the memorial ceremony, and remembered hundreds of others who lost their lives for America, especially those of September 11th.
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((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCILMAN: IT'S TAKEN A TRAGEDY BUT AMERICANS HAVE REALLY COME TOGETHER. WE'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A LOT OF CONFLICTS THAT HAVE BEEN VIEWED AS OTHER PEOPLE'S WAR. BUT THIS TIME OUR COUNTRY WAS DIRECTLY ATTACKED.))
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Young was one of 189 people killed at the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks.
He was a high school football star and graduate of William Fleming High School.
His name has been added to the Roanoke Valley War Memorial Wall of Honor in Lee Plaza.
Many local men lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
Today President Bush stood on the site in Normandy- where he remembered their sacrifices.
As Chris Lawrence reports, it was just one of many memorial day observances today.
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[Super=01-Alvan Majors/Vietnam Veteran; :50]
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((Americans are celebrating Memorial Day around the world. At Arlington National Cemetery, two hymns. One that celebrates the nation.
Another, that remembers its dead.
In the nations capital, thousands gathered at the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. Soldiers and sons, dads and daughters.
with liberty and justice for all.
CHRIS LAWRENCE/CBS NEWS:
For a lot of Americans Memorial Day is a very personal one, where they remember brothers, fathers and friends who died in battle.
Some came to see the names of three veterans added to the wall. Others, to reflect on what the nation has gained and families have lost.
ALVAN MAJORS/VIETNAM VETERAN:
The cost of freedom is not free. Americas sons and daughters, the
reason were free today is because they gave the ultimate. They gave their lives.
Across the Atlantic, President Bush toured the D-Day battlefields of Normandy. And talked of sacrifices still to come.
Our security is still bound up together in a transatlantic alliance,
with soldiers in many uniforms defending the world from terrorists at this very hour.
From the President in Europe to Americans in the capital, millions have marked a holiday made more poignant by the nations new war on
terrorism. Chris Lawrence CBS News Washington.))
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Still to come on the newscast, Healthcheck goes horsing around ... and kids are the winners.
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There is a new home for Mental health services in the New River Valley.
Four programs for adults with mental illness are now sharing a brand new facility in Radford.
The location celebrated with an open house today. It houses a clubhouse, resource center, medical and psychiatric services.
Since opening in April, clients have come from across the New River Valley.
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((MIKE WADE/NRV COMMUNITY SERVICES; THIS LOCATION GIVES UP A MORE VISIBLE PRESENCE IN THE COMMUNITY I THINK IT WILL HELP PEOPLE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE PROGRAMS WE HAVE HERE AND ALSO GIVE THE COMMUNITY A CHANCE TO COME IN VISIT WITH OUR STAFF OUR CONSUMERS OUR CLIENTS AND GET TO KNOW THEM TO BE ABLE TO PUT A FACE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.))
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Officials say putting all the services in one location saves money.
May is Mental Health Month. Officials are trying to raise awareness about mental illness and retardation.
At special therapeutic riding centers around the country, children with special needs are literally horsing around .. and improving their health.
Dr. Sean Kenniff reports from one center in south Florida.
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[SUPER=01-Amy Choto/Physical Therapist; :21]
[SUPER=01-Ellen Garrett/Speech Pathologist; :47]
[SUPER=01-Jeanne Shermack/Brett's Mom; :56]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News; 1:02]
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((EVERY WEEKEND...KIDS WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES...LIKE BRETT
AND KAYLA...GATHER HERE FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE...IT'S CALLED
"HIPPOTHERAPY"...OR HORSE THERAPY...AND AFTER SEEING THESE CHILDREN
STRUT THEIR STUFF...IT'S EASY TO SEE...THEY'RE NOT JUST HORSING AROUND.
SOT: AMY CHOTO/PHYSICAL THERAPIST
"...kids with disabilities that would benefit from hippotherapy...such
as those with cerebral palsy, down's syndrome, neurologic
PLENTY OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF ARE PART OF THE FARM FAMILY...SPEECH AND
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS...PROVIDE BARNYARD LESSONS...WHILE PHYSICAL
THERAPISTS DOUBLE AS HORSE HANDS...BUT IT'S THE ADDITION OF EQUINES TO
THE EQUATION...THAT BREEDS EXCITEMENT AND ENTHUSIASM.
SOT: ELLEN GARRETT/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
"...for one thing the kids are enjoying themselves immensely...while
they're riding...but they're getting the benefit of hippotherapy...which
we can't do in a traditional setting."
SOT: JEANNE SHERMACK/BRETT'S MOM
"...all of his other therapies he tolerates...but this one...he actually
enjoys his therapy."
"...but hippotherapy is so much more than fun...it helps kids
posture...it helps their behavior...it helps their self esteem."
SCIENTISTS NOTED YEARS AGO...THE HORSE'S GAIT...IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE
WAY HUMANS WALK...SO WHEN A CHILD IS PLACED IN THE SADDLE...THEIR
POSTURE IMPROVES NATURALLY...AND THEY CAN BETTER LEARN HOW TO USE
APPROPRIATE MUSCLES FOR STANDING...AND AMBULATION. PLUS THE WARMTH AND
WIDTH OF THE HORSE ARE THOUGHT TO LOOSEN UP TIGHTENED MUSCLES...MAKING
PHYSICAL THERAPY MORE EFFECTIVE.
SOT: AMY CHOTO
"...it makes them feel better about themselves...and their smile really
says it all."
NAT: (KAYLA HUGGING SEAN "...aren't you sweet.")
DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.
When Miss U-S-A takes the stage this week, she'll have a lot more on her mind than another title.
Still ahead, Shauntay Hinton's search for a parent who never came home.
The Miss Universe competition gets into full swing Wednesday night, but for Miss U-S-A .. there is a bigger and longer-standing battle back home.
Shauntay Hinton is searching for the parent who suddenly disappeared.
Bob Winsor has her story.
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[SUPER=01-Shanutay Hinton/Miss USA; :26]
[SUPER=01-Bob Winsor/Reporting; 1:58]
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((SHAUNTAY HINTON SAYS OC: I AM THE NEWLY CROWNED Miss USA 2002
Nat sound winning the 2002 pageant
TRACK: IT'S PRETTY EASY TO ADORE 23 YEAR OLD SHAUNTAY HINTON WHO WON THE
MISS USA TITLE BACK IN MARCH. BUT SHE SAYS A LOT OF THE CREDIT SHOULD
GO TO HER MOM.
SHAUNTAY HINTON SAYS OC: I grew up in a single parent home for my mom
that really means a lot. When I won Miss USA that meant that my mom won
it just goes to show that I turned out to be a pretty good kid after all.
TRACK: SHE CERTAINLY HAS BECAUSE WHEN SHE WAS JUST A CHILD , HER WORLD
WAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN HER FATHER, A COLLEGE PROFESSOR WHO SPOKE 4
LANGUAGES ONE DAY..SIMPLY DISAPPEARED.
SHAUNTAY HINTON SAYS OC: He was diagnosed with clinical depression and
it became so severe that he literally ran away from home I was in 5th
grade when that happened and I haven't spoken to him since.
TRACK: NOW 13 YEARS LATER.. SHAUNTAY CONTINUES HER SEARCH FOR HER DAD
AND SUSPECTS HE MAY BE IN A HOMELESS SHELTER.
TRACK: SO SHE SPENDS A GREAT DEAL OF HER TIME VOLUNTEERING AT VARIOUS
SHAUNTAY HINTON SAYS OC: 4:45 I want to send a strong message out not
only to my homeless clients but also to all American citizens that these
are not just lazy or shiftless people as they are stereotyped to be but
they are brilliant people who may have lost their way and deserve a way
back to re-building their lives and their families.
TRACK: ALTHOUGH SHE STILL HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO TRACK HIM DOWN..HE STILL
REMAINS VERY MUCH IN HER MIND.
5;42 I do have hope in my heart that my father is doing well but there's
always fear of the unknown because I haven't spoken to him since I was
ten years old.
9:14 My father would be very proud that I am volunteering and all my
accomplishments up to this point/////9:30 I definitely see him shining
through me at this moment
TRACK: WHEN HER REIGN AS MISS USA ENDS, SHAUNTAY HOPES TO FINISH COLLEGE
AND PURSUE HER DREAM JOB OF BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER IN THE
MEANTIME, PERHAPS HER DAD WILL BE WATCHING WEDNESDAY NIGHT.FOR CBS..
THIS IS BOB WINSOR REPORTING.
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Three Virginia college teams move on to the playoffs. Mike Stevens has that just ahead in sports.
And still ahead .. keep this really quiet .. there's a hotel price war going on this summer, if you know how to use the Internet.
Welcome folks to your Memorial Day and the Two minute ticker.
The N-C-Double-A annonced its 64 selections for the Division one-College Baseball tournament today.
Eight teams grabbed the top seeds and will host regional tournaments this weekend
The top two seeds in the field come from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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Florida State is the top seed. The Seminoles won the A-C-C title by beating Clemson in the championship game on Saturday night.
That loss did little to damage Clemson's seeding. The Tigers are seeded second in the tournament and will also host a regional tournament this weekend.
Three teams from Virginia made the N-C-Double-A field. Colonial Champion V-C-U will face the tournament's sixth seed South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
James Madison meets North Carolina -- that game also in Columbia.
And Richmond faces Navy in a first round game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. [S5-Race]
Mark Martin ended his 73 race winless streak last night, holding off teammate Matt Kenseth to take the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600.
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But the man no one could touch all day was Jimmie Johnson who led a race high 263 of the 400 laps. However on a pit stop after a caution, Johnson over shot his pit and Martin came out first while Johnson slipped to seventh.
Martin battled Kenseth to the end and its a one two punch for Roush Racing, which has won four consecutive Coke 600's.
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Now there was a problem in inspection after the race. Martin's car was found to be one-eighth of an inch to low. His punishment will be announced tomorrow.
Also, don't forget tonight that the Salem Avalanche is back in town.
The Avs open a seven game home stand.
This is turn back the clock tonight at the stadium, and there also will be fireworks at the end of tonight's contest with Wilmington.
Take care everybody.
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Now that the summer travel season is heating up .. so is the price competition for hotels.
The chains are taking on those on-line travel sites .. and as Lisa Black reports, they're offering to beat any deal you might find on the web.
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[SUPER=01-Eric Pearson/Six Continents; :37]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Black/Reporting; 1:30]
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(( SAVVY TRAVELERS KNOW THEY CAN CHECK IN AT BETTER RATES AT JUST
ABOUT ANY HOTEL BY CHECKING OUT DISCOUNT SITES ON THE WEB.
THE BIG HOTEL CHAINS.. SICK OF LOSING EVEN LOYAL CUSTOMERS.. ARE
NOW PUTTING UP A FIGHT.
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ERIC PEARSON IS WITH SIX CONTINENTS.. WHICH OWNS CROWNE PLAZA..
INTER-CONTINENTAL AND HOLIDAY INN.
THE COMPANY HAS COME UP WITH A NEW POLICY: IF YOU FIND A CHEAPER
ROOM RATE AT A DISCOUNT WEB SITE.. IT'LL BEAT THAT PRICE BY TEN
(SOT PEARSON "You're travelling down to Orlando for a nice getaway
with your family. You go online to holiday dash inn dot com and you
find the best available rate for one hundred dollars, per night for
hotel in Orlando. And by some chance you're out surfing the web or
you're actually following up and you do find a rate available at let's
say ninety dollars. We'll actually guarantee it to you at 81 dollars.
You'll save an entire nine dollars off the reservation.")
IT'S NOT QUITE THAT EASY.
THE HOTEL WILL WANT TO CONFIRM A BETTER DEAL REALLY EXISTS.. SO BE
PREPARED TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE WEB ADDRESS SHOWING THE DISCOUNT.
AND OF COURSE ..IT CAN TAKE A LOT OF SURFING TO FIND THAT BETTER
DEAL.. BUT IT COULD BE TIME WELL SPENT.
AND SOON.. THE PRICE WAR WILL GET MORE INTERESTING.
STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS.. WHICH OWNS THE WESTIN AND SHERATON
CHAINS.. IS EXPECTED TO OFFER THE SAME DEAL AS SIX CONTINENTS..
STARTING JUNE FIRST.
SO.. BEFORE YOU CHECK IN.. LOG ON.. THIS FIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS
CAN MAKE YOU THE WINNER.
LISA BLACK REPORTING.))
Last year, travelers bought more than four billion dollars worth of hotel rooms online, quadruple the number just two years earlier.
Ever wonder what it would be like to live on Mars?
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You'll soon be able to... right here on Earth.
That story at Eleven.