Officials say strong winds may have caused a helicopter to crash while trying to rescue climbers on Mount Hood in Oregon.
And a biotechnology company says it's moving out of Blacksburg -- dealing a blow to economic development.
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The Danville Police Department is investigating the fourth murder in the area this year.
Around one o clock this morning....police were called to 642 Monument Street.
They found Marco Duwan Banks lying in the street with what appeared to be a stab wound.
Banks was pronounced dead.
His body was sent to the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy.
No one has been arrested for the crime.
Officials say strong winds may have caused the dramatic crash of a rescue helicopter in Oregon yesterday.
The Air Force chopper plummeted down Mount Hood, while trying to save survivors of a tragic climbing accident.
Three people died on the mountain Thursday.
As Manuel Gallegus reports, witnesses say the death toll could have been much worse.
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ONE DAY AFTER THIS SPECTACULAR CRASH THAT SENT A HELICOPTER ROLLING DOWN
OREGON'S MOUNT HOOD...WITNESSES SAY IT'S AMAZING THAT ALL CREW MEMBERS
ONE CREW MEMBER HAS SERIOUS INJURIES...BUT FIVE OTHERS ARE IN GOOD
SOT: JEFF LIVICK/TIMBERLINE PROFESSIONAL SKI PATROL
"I WATCHED ONE GUY TAKE TWO ENTIRE FLIPS IN THE HELICOPTER AND EACH
CONSECUTIVE ROLL LEFT ONE MORE PERSON SITTING IN THE SNOW."
(NATZ FROM 911 CALL..."THEY FELL INTO THE CREVASSE."
THE AIR FORCE RESERVE HELICOPTER HAD RESPONDED TO A CLIMBING ACCIDENT
AND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF EVACUATING SEVERAL INJURED PEOPLE FROM A
CREVASSE WHEN THE HELICOPTER PILOT LOST CONTROL. THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR
BUT STRONG WINDS MAY HAVE GIVEN THE CHOPPER PROBLEMS.
SOT: STEVE ROLLINS/PORTLAND MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
"IT SEEMED TO LOSE POWER, KIND OF PITCHED DOWNWARD. ONCE IT LOST POWER,
ONE OF THE BLADES HIT THE SLOPE, AT THAT POINT IT WAS ALL OVER."
THE CLIMBING ACCIDENT HAPPENED THURSDAY MORNING WHEN A ONE MEMBER OF A 4
PERSON TEAM APPARENTLY SLIPPED..TRIGGERING A CHAIN REACTION...THAT
KNOCKED NINE PEOPLE INTO THE CREVASSE. THREE CLIMBERS WERE KILLED.
SOT: COLE JOINER/MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
"THE FALL WAS QUICK, I REALLY DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT. DOWN
IN THE CREVASSE IT WAS DAMP, KIND OF DARK, JUST AN EERIE FEELING."
(LAST BODY DOWN......)))
Just north in Washington, officials attributed the deaths of three climbers on Mount Rainier to bad weather.
Park rangers in an army helicopter picked up the bodies of a German man and woman.
The body of another woman was brought down yesterday, before swirling snow and 60-mile-an-hour winds drove rescuers away.
Another member of the group left the mountain yesterday to summon help.
The weather turned bad after the climbers made the summit Tuesday, trapping them.
It's believed the three people who died fell in whiteout conditions.
A Blacksburg biotechnology company is leaving the state.
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.
Residents of northwest Roanoke community say they want to make their
neighborhood a safer and happier place.
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.
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((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.))
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Community leaders are hopeful that officials will meet them halfway.
U-S Airways is bringing back its Potomac Air subsidiary.
Beginning this fall, it will operate under 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.
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Coming up -
The legacy of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter will live on...
An opening in the medical field gives M-R-I patients the feeling of no boundries.
We'll explain later on News 7 at Noon.
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A police car clearing the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin's motorcade crashed at high speed,
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... killing the driver of a car that pulled in its path.
The fatal crash happened today just a few hundred metres from the Kremlin and one of Moscow's busiest roads and pedestrian areas.
The Russian President commonly drives down the road as he enters and leaves the Kremlin each day.
A red Volkswagen Passat ignored stop-traffic orders and bashed into the police motorcade, sending both cars flying into the busy pedestrian sidewalk.
No pedestrians were injured.
Israel's army is on the attack ... looking for those responsible for recent murders of Israeli civilians.
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About 100 tanks rolled into the West Bank city of Nablus today.
Troops imposed a curfew as they arrested 23 suspects and searched a refugee camp.
The camp is the headquarters of a militant group linked to Yasser Arafat's movement.
Meanwhile, diplomats are resuming efforts to negotiate an end to 20 months of violence as they meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
The widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl now has a living remembrance of her husband.
Marianne Pearl gave birth to a boy on May 28th in Paris.
The baby, named Adam, is doing well.
His father was taken hostage on January 23rd, while investigating links between Osama bin Laden and suspected shoe-bomber Richard Reid.
Some patients describe M-R-I imaging machines as intimidating or even claustrophobic.
Now there is a new option. It's a state-of-the-art open M-R-I.
Dr. (MAHL-UH-CUH) Mallika Marshal gives us a look at one in use in Boston.
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((old Ross Silverman injured his knee during a soccer game a few
weeks ago. But instead of having to undergo a traditional MRI,. doctors
at Children's hospital were able to examine his knee using a new
SOT:Ross Silverman/New MRI patient
"It's pretty cool, you just stick one left in the hole.. That's pretty
The new MRI system allows doctors to take images of a child's arm or
leg without having to confine him in the machine's cylinder core.
SOT; Dr. Paul Kleinman/Radiologist, Children's Hospital
"They can be scanned with very good images without having to go into the
machine and having the wait associated with one of the bigger magnets."
This new MRI was developed by a wilmington company and is a third of
the size and cost of the traditional machines..
Doctors say it's especially helpful in treating children who are
often frightened by the noise of the bigger machines and the feeling of
being trapped inside.
"Kids can get lost in the midst of all this technology. This device is
clearly crearting a niche for children who are intimidated by the more
So far-- there are a total of six of these mri machines in the
country....three in Massachusetts -- and three in California.
Dr. Mallika Marshall, CBS News.))
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Still to come on the newscast, Steven Spielberg graduates from college,
and then a little bit later we will show you a man who spent 20 years on a hobby of biblical proportions.
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An old school building in Amherst County slated for demolition will be spared 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.))
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Cunningham would like to see the building renovated into office space and community rooms.
He's made 44 films and won three Academy Awards ... but today, film director Steven Spielberg is quietly celebrating another milestone.
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He's graduating from California State University in Long Beach, where he began studying film 33 years ago.
But he dropped out in his junior year to begin directing.
Over the last year, he completed his degree over the Internet... even taking a course in screen writing.
His instructors had already studied Spielberg's work while THEY were in college.
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((SHARON BLUMENTHAL/FILM DEPT. CHAIR: - AND NOW THEY WERE IN A POSITION TO JUDGE HIS
WORK. SO FOR THEM YES, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE HONOR AND THRILL AND REALLY
FUN, AN INSPIRATIONAL TIME.))
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Though he has a number of honorary degrees, Spielberg says this one is the most meaningful.
He says he wanted to do it as a "thank you" to his parents and to show young people the importance of a college education.
A favorite for flowering perennials locally is the Hydrangia, and it has some unique characteristics.
Yesterday Patrick caught up with one local grower to find out more about these popular plants and what it takes to grow them.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 88 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13.
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Coming up after this break-
we'll check in with Duke-bound J-J Redick who's been helping out some local A-A-U teams.
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A-A-U basketball teams from the valley have been going to national tournaments for many years now.
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The 11 and under Botetourt Wolves are one of three teams from Botetourt County that qualified for national play.
Wednesday night this group of players got some top flight advice from Duke-bound J.J. Redick.
The sharp shooter has played in 8 national AAU tournaments, and was on the national title team the past two years. But he warned these young guys that the road to the top can get bumpy in national play.
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The Wolves also are getting some help from new Hidden Valley high school coach Chris Morris, who has a son on the team.
The Wolves will play in New Orleans next month, and they are raising 5- to- 10 thousand dollars to pay for the trip to the Big Easy.
Winston Cup drivers travel to Dover this weekend and will be without one of their own again.
Rick Mast is still suffering from fatigue and weight loss.
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Mast's illness will sideline him for two more weeks and that means that, in his absence, Hermie Sadler is back in the number 90 (Dun-levy) Dunlavey Racing Ford for the next two weeks.
Sadler will race the Sauer's Ford at Dover and then again at Pocono, according to team manager Jason Hedlesky.
Sources tell News 7 Sports that the Express will change it's logo back to its original train logo.
The Express logo and mascot since 1997 has been Loco, the junk yard dog with a hockey stick in its mouth.
The announcement should come sometime in July.
Also, the Express is set to announce the signing of three players.
Center Mike Peron is one of them. Peron has been in Roanoke for the past week and a half having arthroscopic knee surgery. Defenseman Duncan Dalmao and right wing Brad Essex will also be signed.
The Express has also announced that the team signed Mike McPhearson as Roanoke's new scout.
He will serve in place of an assistant coach.
McPhearson was a scout for the E-C-H-L Mississippi Bandits this past season.
He will work out of Ontario, Canada and will scout potential players for the Express.
He has a one year contract and will also scout next season for an A-H-L team.
The original noah's ark was said to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and it took a 120 years to build.
A minnesota man has set out to duplicate the project, just on a smaller scale.
Jason Davis has more.
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( (SOT- KRAFT "Make
a roof for the Ark. Finish it to the cubit above.")
TO HARRY KRAFT THE INSTRUCTIONS SEEMED CLEAR ENOUGH. WHICH WAS
JUST AS WELL...HE HAD DECIDED TO MAKE A MODEL OF A BOAT THAT HE
BELIEVED WAS BUILT MORE THAN SIX THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
(SOT- KRAFT "We came up with the Ark in Sunday school. And I came home
one day and thought that it would be nice to build one for the kids.")
THAT WAS MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS AGO. NOW HARRY IS NEARING
COMPLETION OF HIS VERSION OF NOAH'S ARK.
(SOT- KRAFT "I just took a liking to it. I just love to do it. And
it's a challenge to get all the boards, to cut all the little timbers
so they look real. Gather the animals so they are realistic.")
(SOT DAVIS - "Where did he stay?"
KRAFT "They had tents they stayed in.")
HARRY'S ARK IS NEARLY TEN FEET LONG AND THREE FEET WIDE.
DRY DOCKED ON HIS LIVING ROOM COUCH IT DOMINATES HIS SMALL HOME,
AND HIS LIFE.
TO HARRY IT'S MORE THAN JUST A MODEL IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF HIS
(SOT- KRAFT "It's an odd mission. There's very few people who will do
(SOT- KRAFT "To show realistically, to show what Noah and his family
really went through and what they did to start the world again.")
(STAND UP- "Only a handful of people knew that Harry was building his
Noah's Ark. But now it's almost finished he says he wants as many
people as possible to see it. Jason Davis reporting)
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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