A disaster on Oregon's Mount Hood has left three hikers dead.
And a rescue effort nearly ended in disaster as a military helicopter crashed and tumbled 3-thousand feet down the mountainside.
All six crew members survived, but one was injured critically.
It happened yesterday, after a group of nine climbers slipped on some ice and fell into a crevasse at 11-thousand feet.
One climber called for help on his cellphone ... and a daring air rescue took a frightening turn.
It's not known what caused the helicopter to crash.
Efforts to remove the bodies of one climber continue this morning.
Chris Lawrence has more now from Oregon.
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[SUPER=03-Mt. Hood, OR;]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Livtek/Timberline Ski Patrol;]
((AT 11-THOUSAND FEET RESCUERS SOON BECAME RESCUEES AFTER THIS AIR FORCE
HELICOPTER SLAMMED INTO OREGON'S MOUNT HOOD.
THE AIRCRAFT THEN ROLLED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.... AND WITNESSES SAY WITH
EACH TUMBLE ANOTHER PASSENGER WAS THROWN OUT.
AMAZINGLY ALL FOUR CREW MEMBERS SURVIVED.
23:08:03 SOT- Jeff Livtek/Timberline Ski Patrol
"I watched one guy take two entire flips in the helicopter hanging
outside side of it until his belt finally broke at which point it just
left him sitting in the snow."
THE MISSION WAS TO SAVE THREE SEPERATE GROUPS OF CLIMBERS.
WHEN THEY WERE NEARING THE SUMMIT, TWO CLIMBERS AT THE FRONT OF THE PACK
SLIPPED STARTING A CHAIN REACTION.
23:10:00 SOT- unidentified
"one guy was struggling, then his leader lost his footing.. they came
down hit those three people, then they hit our three people and they all
disappeared into the crevasse"
A TOTAL OF NINE WERE TOSSED INTO THE CREVASSE.
THE FALL KILLED THREE OF THEM, TWO WERE CRITICALLY INJURED.
22:53:19(NATS OF CHOPPER)
AFTER THE FIRST RESCUE FAILED ANOTHER HELICOPTER WAS SENT UP.
THE SURVIVING CLIMBERS WERE PICKED UP ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL HELICOPTER
THE INJURED WERE TRANSFERRED TO AMBULANCES AND RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.
THE THREE CLIMBERS KILLED WERE THE LAST TO BE BROUGHT OFF THE MOUNTAIN.
THIS IS THE WORST ACCIDENT AT MOUNT HOOD SINCE MAY OF 19-86 WHEN 11
PEOPLE WERE KILLED.))
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The U-S is increasing diplomatic pressure on India and Pakistan to pull back from the brink of war.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is traveling to the region next week to encourage both nations to stand down and ease tensions.
Both countries have nuclear weapons ... and officials fear a border war will escalate into an all-out war between the long-time rivals.
A Blacksburg biotechnology company is moving to South Carolina...
CropTech uses tobacco plants to develop vaccines for life threatening human diseases.
The company has benefited from Virginia's tobacco settlement money.
Almost 2-years ago CropTech received 2-million dollars to help find alternative uses for tobacco.
Officials say construction of CropTech's facility in Charleston will be completed later this year.
The company's website lists 28-employees. A news release says it will employ 40-people in South Carolina during the first year of operations and at least 110 by 2004.
It's a different story in Franklin County where Trinity Packaging Corporation is moving in... and already hiring.
The Virginia Employment Commission held a job fair yesterday, which will continue through tonight.
With recent layoffs.... the job fair attracted hundreds of people half an hour before it even started.
300 new jobs will be created...ranging from a machine operator to a electrical technician.
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[IN Q=i was formerly]
((DAVID TURNER/UNEMPLOYED; I WAS FORMERLY EMPLOYED AT V.F. NETWARE AND LOST MY JOB IN DECEMBER. SO I'M LOOKING FOR A JOB TO MAKE MORE MONEY AND TO TRY TO SURVIVE.))
[OUT Q=try to survive]
The former Standard Register building in Rocky Mount will house the new Packaging Corporation.
Fire destroyed a home in Bedford County.
More than two dozen firefighters from four volunteer companies responded to the blaze on Falling Creek Road just before noon yesterday.
Half the house was already engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived.
The home's owner was not home when the fire broke out.. he says he built the house himself when he moved to Bedford County ten years ago.
Investigators are looking into the cause.
In business news, U-S Airways will re-activate its defunct Potomac Air subsidiary this fall.
It'll have a new name-- MidAtlantic Airways-- and help its parent company nearly double its number of regional jets.
The U-S Airways Express system will have 140 regional jets when the expansion is complete.
About 500 people are expected to get jobs with MidAtlantic, and the carrier says it'll try to hire U-S Airways employees who were laid-off after the September eleventh terrorist attacks.
No word yet on how that might affect service or jobs in Roanoke or Lynchburg.
Stocks ended mixed yesterday... Investors were cautious as international tensions rose and fears
grew that a business rebound may take longer than hoped.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((THE NASDAQ SNAPPED ITS THREE DAY LOSING STREAK BUT IT WAS HARD FOR THE
TO GET THE RED OUT.
RISING TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN, THE WEAK DOLLAR, CONCERN
ECONOMIC STRENGTH AND ONGOING ACCOUNTING INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE TO DOG
AFTER A CHOPPY DAY OF TRADING, THE DOW DIPPED 11 POINTS TO 9911
WHILE THE NASDAQ ERASED AN EARLY LOSS TO INCH UP 7 AND A HALF POINTS.
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST:
PALM - AFTER THE CLOSING BELL THE MAKER OF HANDHELD ORGANIZERS WARNED
FOURTH QTR REVENUE WILL BE 22 PERCENT BELOW ESTIMATES.
PALM ALSO WARNED IT WON'T MEET ITS EXPECTATIONS FOR BREAKEVEN RESULTS.THE
COMPANY CITED WEAKER THAN EXPECTED DEMAND FOR ITS PRODUCTS.
STARBUCKS IS ANOTHER ONE TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON. THE COFFEE RETAILER SAID
SAME STORES SALES PERKED UP A HEALTHY 10 PERCENT -
GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUYERS..
MORTGAGE RATES SLIPPED THIS WEEK TO A SIX MONTH LOW. ACCORDING TO
MAC, THE AVERAGE ON A 30 YEAR FIXED LOAN IS 6.76%, DOWN FROM 6.81% LAST
AND U-S AND EUROPEAN CARMAKERS TOOK A BACKSEAT TO JAPAN IN THE LATEST JD
POWER ANS ASSOCIATES SURVEY.
TOYTOA TOPPED THE AUTO INDUSTRY QUALITY RANKING FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT
WINNING MORE THAN HALF THE CATEORIES... RATINGS FOR GENERAL MOTORS, FORD
AND DAIMLERCHRSYLER IMPROVED FROM LAST YEAR.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Governor Mark Warner is standing by a Virginia law that makes cross burning illegal.
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In November, the statute was declared unconstitutional by the Virginia Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the U-S Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments about the case.
Yesterday, Governor Warner said burning a cross to intimidate someone has no place in Virginia.
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[IN Q=My hope is the...]
((GOV. MARK WARNER; MY HOPE IS THE SOONER THE SUPREME COURT CAN GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS AND FIND A WAY THAT WE CAN PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AGAINST THESE ACTS OF INTIMIDATION THE BETTER.))
[OUT Q=of intimidation, the better.]
The General Assembly has passed a re-write of the cross-burning law, and Warner says it WILL stand a constitutional challenge.
Roanoke's history is up for sale.
It's all part of the estate of one area collector which is being auctioned off this week in Salem.
As Justin McLeod explains the sale is bringing a whole new meaning to the saying one man's junk is another man's treasure.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of auction]
[SUPER=01-Danny Altice/Buyer; :47]
[SUPER=01-Mark Layman/Auctioneer; 1:11]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF AUCTION; 14:25:12))
In this room, you'll find everything and anything you'd want to know about Roanoke.....and it's all up for sale.
[IN Q=If you can't find]
((MARK LAYMAN/AUCTIONEER: IF YOU CAN'T FIND IT HERE YOU'LL NEVER FIND IT BECAUSE MARVIN COLLECTED EVERYTHING.))
[OUT Q=collected everything]
They called Marvin Short a collector's collector.
And for good reason, according to auctioneer Mark Layman.
[IN Q=Marvin was the]
((MARK LAYMAN/AUCTIONEER: MARVIN WAS THE BIGGEST COLLECTOR IN ROANOKE VIRGINIA, NO DOUBT IT.))
[OUT Q=no doubt it]
And there's no doubt Marvin loved Roanoke, his collection proves it.
There are plenty of pictures, from the 1915 Police force to this 1870's photograph of Roanoke back when it was known as Big Lick.
There are also shot glasses from Roanoke saloons, a tea set from the Hotel Roanoke, even Jefferson High School memorabilla.
Already sold is this clock set from the Jefferson Theater.
[IN Q=I went there]
((DANNY ALTICE/BUYER: I WENT THERE A LOT AS A KID. I REALLY HATED WHEN THEY TORE IT DOWN. TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL.))
[OUT Q=was pretty special]
Special and also unique.
The collection contains 350 lunch boxes, 20,000 postcards, even a set of WDBJ playing cards.
Altogether, thousands of items are up for sale, some of which come with a hefty price tag.
[IN Q=So far a little]
((MARK LAYMAN/AUCTIONEER: SO FAR, A LITTLE COLLECTION OF G-MEN CARDS WHICH I KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT. THEY BROUGHT 1200 DOLLARS.))
[OUT Q=brought 1200 dollars]
And that may be just the beginning.
Take a look at these portraits which hung in Roanoke saloons in the early 1900's.
They're expected to sell for several thousand dollars.
In fact, the whole collection could net several hundred thousand dollars.
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((JUSTIN MCLEOD/REPORTING: MARVIN SHORT COLLECTED SO MUCH THAT THIS IN FACT IS JUST ONE OF TWO AUCTIONS TO BE HELD THIS MONTH. THIS ONE CONTINUES UNTIL SATURDAY AT THIS PLACE NEXT TO THE COMFORT INN LOCATED ON WILDWOOD ROAD IN SALEM. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))
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(Marya tosses to bump)
News 7 Mornin' will be right back
State and local authorities want to know who planted a fake pipe bomb outside a home in Lynchburg yesterday afternoon.
Authorities were called to the 1300 block of Radcliff Avenue around three o-clock.
A homeowner had found what looked like a pipe bomb with batteries wrapped around it next to his house.
Officers cordoned off the area while bomb experts examined the device and determined it to be fake.
Police have no suspects at this time.
A 14-year-old Roanoke County boy who took a disarmed grenade to school may get treatment instead of punishment.
He pleaded NO CONTEST yesterday to charges that he threatened to bomb his school.
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One-thousand students at Hidden Valley Junior High were evacuated earlier this month, after students said the 8th grader showed them a hollowed out World War Two grenade.
The boy told police he was playing with the grenade and accidentally took it to school.
The judge took the boy's case under advisement until next month.
In the meantime, he ordered the boy to undergo comprehensive psychiatric testing.
The 14-year-old's attorney says his client faces other charges in court and is under a psychiatrist's care.
A father and son team of bank robbers has pled guilty to an armed robbery in Galax on Christmas Eve.
Forty year old Edgar Lynwood Burton and his son, 18-year old Edgar Lynwood Burton the Second, admitted they were the ones caught on the bank surveillance camera at the Galax branch of the National Bank of Blacksburg. They got away with about 37 hundred dollars.
They're from Spartanburg, South Carolina.
They were apprehended as suspects in a string of bank jobs in that area.
Authorities contacted federal prosecutors in Roanoke and arranged to have the Burtons plead guilty to the Virginia charges without leaving South Carolina.
An old school building in Amherst County slated for demolition is getting a stay of execution while a citizens group tries to find a new use for it.
The Madison Heights Elementary School has been vacant for more than ten years, and county supervisors had started taking bids to tear down the building.
But a former student thinks the structure can be saved.
Lynn Cunningham is an architect who says the school could qualify for historic tax credits that could be applied to its renovation.
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((LYNN CUNNINGHAM/ARCHITECT: I THINK WHEN THE COUNTY.. ...ENHANCE OUR AREA.))
[OUT Q=enhance our area.]
Cunningham would like to see the building renovated into office space and community rooms.
A northwest Roanoke community is trying to take back the streets.
Last night, members of Williams Memorial Baptist and First Church of the Brethren brought their concerns to city officials.
They say speeding traffic, heavy crime and unsightly trash are destroying their community.
They're asking the city to put up more four-way stop signs, increase police patrols and clean up dilapidated houses.
Community leaders are hopeful that officials will meet them halfway.
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[IN Q=Now we're not asking]
((REVEREND DAVID MILLER: NOW WE'RE NOT ASKING SOMEBODY TO DO SOMETHING THAT WE'RE NOT WILLING TO DO ON OUR OWN. SO WE'RE GOING TO BE PARTNERS IN THIS. MICHAEL BURWELL: WE PAY TAXES, WE WORK HARD TO TRY TO HAVE SOMETHING AND WE'RE JUST ASKING THE CITY A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP US ALONG.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. David Miller/First Church of the Brethren; :01]
[SUPER=01-Michael Burwell/Resident; :07]
[OUT Q=can do to help us along.]
About 150 residents were expected to attend last night's meeting.
(Marya tosses to Steve for weekend preview)
The City of Radford wants to make its streets safer by adding more police officers.
A federal grant will provide 75-thousand dollars for each new officer over a three year period.
Last night, the city council agreed on two new hires.
The police chief wanted five... but since the city has to pay for salaries after the grant runs out - they decided on the lower number.
Officials say two will still help.
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((RYAN FUNK/CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANNER; WHEN YOU COMPARE RADFORD CITY TO MUNICIPALITIES OF SIMILAR SIZE WE DO LACK A FORCE THAT IS NEEDED TO COVER THE CITY BASICALLY COMPARED TO OTHER MUNICIPALITIES WE'RE AT A MINIMUM OF 10 OFFICERS BELOW THAT STRENGTH. ))
[SUPER=01-Ryan Funk/Criminal Justice Planner;]
[OUT Q=THAT STRENGTH]
The department expects to hear back on the grant in a few months.
At that point they can start advertising for the positions and begin hiring.