A court appearance today from a former member of the Lynchburg electoral board.
Al Grant faces 13 counts of embezzlement.
And a morning accident slows down traffic on Route 460-- we'll have details.
A nice summer day across the region as humidity levels continue to climb....I'll have your muggy forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
An accident has shut down part of a major road in our area and officials say it may be a while before things are clear again.
Traffic on Route 460 near Bedford is down to one lane in each direction after a tanker truck overturned spilling fuel.
The truck, which was carrying 8-thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel, overturned in the eastbound lanes near the Moose Lodge this morning.
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((TROOPER G. R. SNEAD/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: BASICALLY, THE FUEL TRUCK CAME INTO THE CURB, FLIPPED OVER AND SLID DOWN THE BANK, PUNCTURED THE TANK IN FIVE DIFFERENT PLACES AND IS LEAKING FUEL.))
[OUT Q=and is leaking fuel.]
The driver suffered cuts and was taken to Bedford Memorial for treatment.
Trooper Snead estimates at least 6-thousand gallons of fuel have leaked so far.
HAZMAT crews are working to contain the spill.
They plan to remove contaminated soil and replace it with clean dirt this afternoon.
They say, as of right now, there doesn't appear to be any ground water contamination.
One westbound lane is now serving eastbound traffic.
Officials hope to be able to open part of the eastbound side of the highway by five this afternoon.
A former member of the Lynchburg electoral board made his first court appearance today after being indicted on 13 counts of embezzlement.
Al Grant is accused of misusing his city-issued credit card by charging more than 20-thousand dollars worth of travel, meals and entertainment.
An audit last year turned up the discrepancies, and Grant was indicted by a special grand jury last month.
Prosecutors say this is "not" a typical embezzlement case.
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((MIKE DOUCETTE/PROSECUTOR: I CAN'T IN EIGHTEEN YEARS REMEMBER A PUBLIC OFFICIAL BEING INDICTED FOR ANY SORT OF OFFENSE SUCH AS THIS. SO THERE IS NO TYPICAL IN THIS SITUATION. WE'RE CUTTING THIS OUT OF WHOLECLOTH.))
[OUT Q=out of wholecloth.]
Grant has hired Tony Anderson of Roanoke to represent him.
He remains free on bond.. a trial date will be set in August.
They'll plead the Fifth--
That's what lawmakers have been told about two former executives who are supposed to testify at today's hearing on the Worldcom accounting scandal.
A House committee is opening hearings into whether the telecommunications giant defrauded its investors out of billions of dollars.
WorldCom revealed two weeks ago that it improperly accounted for nearly four billion dollars in expenses.
At least 20 people were killed when fire swept through a crowded karaoke bar in Indonesia.
Dozens of others are missing, and are believed to be trapped inside.
Police say thick smoke is preventing them from entering the four- story building.
Some of the victims died after jumping from upper floor windows to escape the fire, which broke out last night.
The building had no proper fire exits, and the only elevator was broken.
Authorities believe a faulty electrical installation caused the blaze.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into the beating of a juvenile by police officers.
The incident was caught on tape.
Donna (Tay-troh) Tetreault has more.
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Much of the rain has stopped-- at least for now.
But residents in South-Central Texas are still keeping an eye on swollen rivers, as they begin the task of cleaning up the mess that floodwaters have left behind.
Jim Acosta has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Angel Ximinez/Flood Victim;]
[SUPER=01-Marlene Maxwell/Flood Victim;]
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(LOCATOR: NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS)
AS RESIDENTS OF NEW BRAUNFELS RETURN HOME...MANY ARE FINDING OUT WHAT'S
LEFT OF THEIR HOMES...AND JUST HOW MUCH WORK THEY HAVE AHEAD OF THEM.
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"THIS IS MY LIVING ROOM, THIS IS MY DAUGHTER'S BEDROOM, YOU USED TO HAVE
TO GO AROUND THE WALL THE GET IN."
THIS HOME IS ONE OF HUNDREDS... OVERRUN BY RAGING FLOOD WATERS. AT
LEAST EIGHT DEATHS HAVE ALREADY BEEN BLAMED ON THE FLOODS AND PROPERTY
DAMAGE TOTALS COULD HIT OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS.
(NATZ OF SHOVELING MUD)
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"OH MY LORD, I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THIS, GOT ENOUGH MUD HERE TO BUILD A
IN ABILENE...OVER 400 RESIDENTS WERE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES.
SOT: BUBBA WINCHESTER/FLOOD VICTIM
"SOMETHING YOU SEE ON TV, IT DON'T HAPPEN ON YOUR SIDE OF TOWN."
(NATZ FLOOD WATERS)
THIRTEEN TEXAS COUNTIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN DECLARED FEDERAL DISASTER
AREAS...AND ANOTHER 17 COULD SOON JOIN THAT LIST. TORRENTIAL RAINS IN
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN TEXAS CAUSED ALL THIS. IN SOME AREAS, MORE THAN 30
INCHES OF RAIN FELL LAST WEEK.
MORE RAIN COULD BE ON THE WAY...
FIRST TROPICAL DEPRESSION OF THE SEASON COULD BE FORMING IN GULF OF
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Coming up next on the newscast, one of President Bush's most trusted aides decides to pack it up and head home,
also, we will see what kind of tests are performed to make sure the Salem Fair keeps its patrons both happy and safe.
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After several well publicized accidents over the last couple of summers, the amusement industry is coming under new scrutiny.
Theme parks and fairs are being watched carefully to make sure the thrills you experience are more illusion than reality.
Justin McLeod shows us what steps the Salem Fair takes to make sure your ride is both fun and safe.
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[SUPER=01-Danny Abner/Safety Consultant; 1:28]
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They're fast....scary (SHOT AT 54:02)...and definitely mind boggling. (SHOT AT 57:34)
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They're just some of the thrill rides at this year's Salem Fair.
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((RACHEL BELTZ: IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD RIDE TWICE IN A HOUR.))
((TONYA BELTZ: IT WAS AWESOME.))
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Awesome but also sometimes dangerous.
A recent study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports park rides sent more than ten thousand people to the emergency room in 1999.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MOST OF THOSE INJURIES WERE CAUSE BY THE RIDER NOT THE MACHINE. THAT'S PARTLY WHY THE STATE OF VIRGINIA RECENTLY PASSED A NEW LAW THAT WENT INTO EFFECT JULY 1ST. IT IS CALLED THE RIDER RESPONSIBILITY LAW AND IT BASICALLY SAYS YOU CAN BE CHARGED IF YOU ACT UP ON A RIDE.))
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Even so, safety is taken very seriously here at the Salem Fair.
An independent safety consultant conducts a four day inspection before the fair opens.
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Each ride then undergoes a two hour daily inspection.
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((TOM DiDONATO/ASST. RIDE SUPERINTENDENT: THESE ARE MACHINERY. THESE ARE JUST LIKE YOUR CAR. WHEN YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN YOU DON'T BLAME IT ON ANYBODY YOU REPAIR IT. IT IS THE SAME THING WITH THESE MACHINES HERE. WHEN THEY BREAK, WE REPAIR EM. WE'RE CONSTANTLY ON TOP OF EVERYTHING.))
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To prove it, we went along for an inspection.
((NAT SOUND "THAT'S WHAT THAT IS FOR" (SLAM) 23:45))
We watched as workers checked safety harnesses, pins, and did routine maintenance.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF RIDE RUNNING))
Each ride also runs empty every morning.
And if something even small goes wrong, the ride is shut down immediately.
That happened to this ride even though the manufacture says it is still safe to operate.
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((DANNY ABNER/SAFETY CONSULTANT: IF WE SET IT ON MANUAL THE LIGHT NO LONGER WORKS AND WE CHOOSE NOT TO RUN THE RIDE UNLESS WE KNOW IT IS 100-PERCENT.))
Even then, accidents can and will happen.
But these guys work day and night to make sure your thrill ride doesn't turn into a fatal attraction.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))
Safety concerns haven't kept people away from the fair... in fact they're showing up in record numbers.
The event is in its 15th year and is the second largest in the state.
A record crowd of more than forty thousand people attended the fair July fourth.
However, organizers do report crowds have been down when the temperature goes up.
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[IN Q=The crowds still come]
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/SALEM FAIR DIRECTOR: THE CROWDS STILL COME BUT THEY COME LATER WHEN IT IS REALLY HOT. IT WAS EXTREMELY WARM AT THE MIDDLE PART OF LAST WEEK AND LATER PART. SO THE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO COME OUT AT 4:30, 5, 6 O'CLOCK COME OUT AT 7:30, EIGHT O'CLOCK WHEN IT GETS COOLER IN THE EVENING.))
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The total attendance at the fair is expected to top more than 300-hundred thousand this year.
The Salem Fair daily until July 14th at the Salem Civic Center.
Today marks the final day at work for one of President Bush's closest and most trusted advisors, Karen Hughes.
She says she's moving back home to Texas to spend more time with her family.
Bill Plante recently sat down with Hughes to discuss her decision.
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That was Bill Plante reporting.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, a Winston Cup veteran say he will definitely be with a new team next year,
Also we'll see how married men are doing some pretty serious carrying on.
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There was one major injury this morning during the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
One Spaniard was gored in the shoulder.
Three other people suffered minor injuries during the three-minute dash.
Today the bulls stayed in a pack, and raced to the arena where they'll fight this afternoon.
During yesterday's opening event, three people were gored.
Among those was a 19- year- old woman from Kansas.
Since 1924, 13 people have lost their lives in the running of the
The last death was an American in 1995.
You've heard of a man sweeping a woman off her feet...
In Finland, it's a CONTEST.
36- couples from eight countries took part in the annual event, in which a man has to carry his wife across a rough track that includes two timber hurdles and a pool of water.
This year, the weight requirement for the women changed.
Now the wives have to weigh at least 108 pounds.
The winning couple in this year's event is from Estonia..
It's the fifth year in a row that the Estonians have won the world WIFE- carrying title....
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 127 points. The NASDAQ has lost 32.
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Coming up next in sports- some major league players could get some new uniforms...
Plus- J-J Reddick has one last chance to play in the high school ranks.... we'll find out why...
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Winston Cup driver Bobby Hamilton says he will be driving for a new team next year.
Hamilton says he will not remain with Andy Pee- tree racing after this season.
He told reporters Saturday night that he did not want to go through the changes expected at Pee- tree's shops.
Pee- tree has been longed rumored to be selling part of his team to Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones.
Published reports say Hamilton has already worked out a deal to return to Petty Enterprises, where he drove from 1995 to 1997.
He had his best season there, when in 1996, he finished ninth in the points race.
Cave Spring basketball star J-J Reddick will take to the high school court one last time tomorrow night in Hampton.
Reddick will be the headliner in the Virginia High School Basketball All-Star Game.
And the Duke- bound star is excited about the chance to showcase his skills one last time.
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Reddick's high school coach, Billy Hicks will call the shots for the West, and he's gotten some words of wisdom from his star player.
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Reddick will be joined on the West team by Martinsville's Brian Frazier and Kameron King, as well as Laurel Park's
Frankie Harris. [S-Trade]
Big league all-stars convene in Milwaukee tomorrow for the Midsummer Classic-
And there is already talk of some trading...
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An apparent deal between the Expos and Marlins is in the works.
Montreal would get catcher Cliff Floyd and pitcher Ryan Dempster.
Graeme Lloyd and two other prospects would head to the Marlins.
The deal still needs the approval of Major League Baseball.
The Expos are gearing up for a playoff run after acquiring Bartolo (Cologne) Colon from Cleveland last month.
Colorado is also working on a deal that could send pitcher Denny (NAY'-guhl) Neagle to Pittsburgh for catcher Jason Kendall.
(Nay-guhl) Neagle is 4-and-6 and hasn't had a win since May 30th.
The Rockies have sent him to the bullpen.
That's not a lot of production from a guy who's owed 41 MILLION dollars on his five-year contract.
Both players have no trade clause in their contract, and (Nay-guhl) Neagle has already vetoed two deals that would have sent him to Detroit.
Kendall's father is a member of the Rockies coaching staff.
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