Going once, going twice .. V-DOT is in a selling mood.
And it's too hot in class. Today's hot weather forces one school to close early.
Another hot and humid day across the region with the potential for some strong to severe weather later today....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Terrorists blow up a bus in Israel ... The attack claims 16 lives and now Israel considers how to stike back.
President Bush is condemning today's suicide bombing in Israel...
He calls those behind the deadly attack on a crowded bus the "worst enemies" of peace.
The bombing left 16 people dead and dozens injured.
David Hawkins has more from Tel Aviv.
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(( THE EXPLOSION WAS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO TOSS THE BUS INTO THE AIR AND TO
THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. IT'S THE BIGGEST AND MOST DEADLY TERORIST
ATTACK IN ISRAEL SINCE THE END OF ISRAEL'S WIDE-RANGING MILITARY ASSAULT
ON THE WEST BANK ENDED ALMOST A MONTH AGO.
THE ATTACK OCCURED DURING THE MORNING RUSH-HOUR NEAR THE NORTHERN
ISRAELI TOWN OF MEGIDDO...
THE HEBREW NAME FOR ARMAGEDDON.
DEBRIS AND HUMAN BODY PARTS WERE SCATTED OVER A LARGE AREA.
A FIRE ON THE BUS HINDERED RESCUE WORKERS ATTEMPTING TO TREAT THE
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It's obvious the Palestinians are determined to continue to try and kill
as many Israelis and Jews as they can to disrupt any chance for peace...
THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY DENOUNCED THE ATTACK AND CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD
NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. A PALESTINIAN MILITANT GROUP... ISLAMIC JIHAD...
TOOK RESPONSIBLITY... SAYING THE BOMBER CAME FROM THE NEARBY ISRAELI
CITY OF JENIN... THE SITE OF ONE OF THE FIERCEST BATTLES OF
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PALESTINIAN SOURCES SAY ISRAELI TANKS AND ARMORED VEHICLES HAVE MOVED
BACK INTO JENIN... AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS ARE FIRING AT TARGETS IN THE
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An unruly passenger forced a plane to make an emergency landing in Boston today.
The Boeing 777 was headed from Cancun to Rome when it made the unplanned stop at Logan Airport.
No word on what the passenger was doing.
An airport spokesman says he had to be tied to his seat.
The man was carried off the plane with his hands and feet bound... and turned over to the F-B-I.
There were 307 passengers and 13 crewmembers on the Air Europe flight.
Today's hot weather is responsible for an early school closing today.
E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg will close at 12-30 today, due to the heat. Again, this is for E.C. Glass only .. closing at 12-30.
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Testimony continues in a Bedford courtroom today .. in the murder trial of Roy Denver Sluder.
Sluder is charged with killing his wife seven years ago in their home near Smith Mountain Lake.
Loria Sluder's death was originally ruled a suicide, but investigators re-opened the case eighteen months ago .. after retesting physical evidence.
The local medical examiner testified this morning that Sluder's body was lying in an unusual position for someone who would have shot herself.
Judge James Updike overruled a motion for a mistrial this morning, after the jury inadvertently heard Sluder had requested an attorney before talking to police.
The case is expected to continue through Friday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of an infant.
Officials say an autopsy shows Toby Robert Harris of Elliston died last month of a drug overdose when he was less than a week old.
The death is now being ruled a homicide because blood tests reveal drugs in the baby's system.
No arrests have been made yet.
If you plan to attend graduation ceremonies or the circus at the Roanoke Civic Center later today, plan ahead and leave home early. It will all add up to a lot of people in one place at one time.
More than five thousand people are expected to be on the premises later today, and parking will likely be a problem.
So the Civic Center will be running shuttle buses from the Gainsboro Parking Garage on Center Avenue near the Hotel Roanoke... beginning today at four o'clock and running until 9.
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Shuttles will also run on tomorrow morning because both Patrick Henry High School's graduation and UniverSoul Circus will take place at the same time.
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V-DOT is selling what it no longer wants. Still ahead .. what's on the auction block.
And former Columbine students hope their experience can help present-day students in Germany cope with a more recent school shooting.
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Survivors of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School are reliving their experience to help victims of a similar attack in Germany.
A group of former Columbine students their pastor arrived in Stuttgart this morning.
They'll be visiting families of the kids killed in Germany's worst school shooting ever.
In April, a former student shot 16 people at a German high school, before killing himself.
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((BRUCE PORTER/PASTOR: We understand something of
what the people are going through - the grief process and the sorrow that they are experiencing, the loss of their loved ones. Unfortunately we now both belong to a club that neither one of us
wanted membership in."))
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The former Columbine students say they also want to share their experience with other German children, to help them avoid similar tragedies in school.
A new medical school is on the rise in southwest Virginia.
The Edward (VYE-uh) Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome its first students a year from September.
Construction of the privately funded school is ahead of schedule.
Located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, classes are set to begin next Fall with a target enrollment of 150-students.
Right now officials are busy recruiting faculty and developing a curriculum.
They say the school has two major goals.
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((JOHN ROCOVICH/MEDICAL COLLEGE CHAIRMAN; FILL THE UNDER SERVED MEDICAL NEEDS IN SOUTHWEST, SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA AND THE OTHER COUNTIES IN THE STATE THAT ARE UNDER SERVED WITH PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL SERVICES. AND SECONDLY WE WANT TO BE A SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL RESEARCH COLLEGE AND IN DOING THAT WE HOPE TO HELP VIRGINIA TECH REACH ITS TOP 30 STATUS.))
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Officials say thanks to an affiliation agreement with Tech, research at the (Vie-A) Via College will count for Tech when measuring its success.
They believe it will help the university reach its goal of becoming a top 30 research university.
If you or that special person in your life ever fantasized about owning a dump truck or a back-hoe, here's your chance..
The Virginia Department of Transportation's auctioning off surplus property..
Aside from large pieces of construction and farming equipment, you can find all sorts of chain saws, mowers and weed-eaters..
Today, people are out getting a sneak peek at the merchandise -- in all more than 3-hundred items will be sold to the highest bidder..
Organizers say there are some great bargains, and the auction benefits the state as well...
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[OUT Q=1:56:02 "vehicles or other necessities."]
The auction begins tomorrow at 9 in the morning, at V-DOT's district office in Salem..
Today's preview runs until 3:30.
An area group that appeared to be heading for country music stardown has hit a major bump in the road.
The Clark Family Experience -- six brothers with ties to Franklin County -- filed for bankruptcy protection.
With roots in bluegrass gospel, the Clarks are show business veterans.
They won a major recording contract, produced a hit single, and performed with some of the biggest names in country music.
But their Roanoke Attorney says members of the group haven't received the benefits they believe they're due.
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((RICHARD FOSTER/CLARK FAMILY'S ATTORNEY: AS A RESULT THEIR INCOME HAS NOT BEEN WHAT THEY EXPECTED. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF EXPENSES. THEY ARE OUT ON THE ROAD MOST OF THE YEAR. A LOT OF EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH RECORDING AND JUST KEEPING YOUR NAME OUT IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC AND THEY JUST HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY.))
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A creditors meeting has been scheduled for July 3rd.
The group is expected to perform in Victory Stadium on July 4th.
When the city streets get too crowded ... one man in Bangkok, Thailand hits the water ...
.... on a bicycle.
A water bike, to be exact.
The invention is Pravit Yongvanich's remedy for traffic jams and expensive commutes.
It's like your average bike, mounted on two pontoons, attached to a propeller.
The bike costs about 70 U-S dollars and is a environmentally-friendly alternative to cars and boats.
The only downside is it's run by pedal power, so you have to work to use it.
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Losing weight is fine .. and in many cases it makes a lot of sense. But many women don't diet in sensible ways.
Just ahead, we'll talk live with an expert on eating and living well.
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To live well, you have to eat well.
Sounds obvious enough ... except that as summer approaches, many women are taking drastic measures to get in shape.
Trying to cut calories, they sometimes ignore their health in the process.
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And joining us to talk about that this afternoon is Doctor Miriam Nelson.
Doctor Nelson is an associate professor at Tufts University and the author of "Strong Women Eat Well."
- How can women slim down but still have a healthy diet?
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- What do you think of the new craze for high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets?
- Do foods that are labeled "fat-free" make a difference?
- What are some easy tips for women looking to boost their health and energy?
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Thanks for joining us today ... Dr. Miriam Nelson.
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The U-S World Cup team gets off to a big start. Details are just ahead in sports.
And Blacksburg gets its kicks .. as it goes for another appearance in the final four.
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The U-S World Cup team is off to a strong and suprising start .. upsetting Portugal 3-to-2 in their opening contest. Portugal is the world's fifth-ranked team.
What a difference from the last World Cup in 1998, when the U-S lost all three games and finished last out of 32 teams.
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In high school soccer, Blacksburg continues its quest for another state title, after soundly defeating Graham.
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The Indians were pumped up looking for win number 21 on the season and a trip to final four.
Blacksburg would waste no time as Zak Kurtz takes the nice pass and feeds Elliott Stallings, who closes the play with the shot to make it 1-to-nothing.
The G-Men would have a chance to get back in it, but the Blacksburg attack turns the tide with Scott Sterett passing to Stallings for his second goal of the night.
The Indians went up 3-to- nothing and then made it 4 -to- zip as Michael Walker takes the centering pass from Stallings and heads the ball in... And the rout is on at Bill Brown Stadium.
Nathan Belcher would keep Graham from getting shutout with the successful penalty kick.
The Indians roll to the 9 -to- 1 win.
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In other Group Double-A action-- William Byrd won both of its games as the Boys beat Martinsville 4-to-1 and the Byrd girls topped the Bulldogs 1-to-nothing.
The James River boys also got a close, tough win last night against Rappahanock in the Group A quarterfinals.
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The two battled through a scoreless first half before the home team broke through ten minutes into the second half.
Jamie Tharpe shows some fancy footwork and then finds the back of the net to put the Knights on top 1 -to- nothing.
But Rappahanock made things interesting with this goal in the 23rd minute of the second half tying the game at one.
James River goalie Derek Hepler kept the visitors at bay the rest of the night with several big saves.
Then with just under 6 minutes to go-- Chris McNeil puts home the penalty kick and that was the difference.
James River advances to the state semifinals with a 2- to- 1 win.
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And the soccer team wasn't the only winner for the Knights last night-- John Shotwell and his softball team ran home with a win over Castlewood.
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James River got four runs in the first two innings and then handed the ball to Angela Tincher.
Tincher pitched a complete game, striking out 11- Blue Devils.
The Knights lit up the scoreboard again in the 5th.
Kasey Austin strokes this pitch to left field.
Molly Marshall and Kim Ayers cross the dish as part of a 4 run inning.
Tincher did the rest. After striking out 54- batters in three regional games last week, the sophomore pitches a perfect game last night as James River advances over Castlewood 8- to- nothing.
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The hyped up baseball game with Jefferson Forest and Virginia High will try to resume again tonight after rains cancelled last night...
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The rains came down shortly before the start of the contest as the Forest players spread out the tarp around home plate and covered the pitcher's mound.
But the rain wasn't nearly as big of a problem as the lightning was.
Take a took at this multiple lightning strike caught on tape out of the Cavs' press box last night by News 7 photographer Howard Swank.
The two teams will try again tonight at 6.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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