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Straight ahead on News 7-
After a foot chase, authorities have arrested two suspects in Philadelphia for the kidnapping of seven- year-old Erica Pratt.
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And an agency in Roanoke is working on plans for a children's advocacy center.
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A mainly cloudy day with scattered showers developing...I'll have your forecast.....
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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The clock is ticking as rescue workers struggle to save the lives of coal miners trapped underground in Pennsylvania.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
One crew of miners got out-- a second did NOT.
But there are signs of life from nine of them, trapped hundreds of feet below the surface in Pennsylvania.
Rescue workers are fighting agains the clock to get them out, before water fills she shaft.
Drew Levinson has details.
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Narr: The drama is unfolding 300 feet underground. For rescue workers it's a race against time to free nine coal miners trapped after they accidentally drilled into an abandoned shaft filled with water.

SOT: DAVID HESS/EPA

"This is a very delicate operation, we remain hopeful of a rescue effort here but we're just very, very concerned for the welfare of the trapped miners and their families involved in this situation."
Rescuers are communicating with the workers by tapping on a drill rig that's piercing an airway to their underground chamber. The small hole has been cut to force air into the tunnel--giving the men oxygen and help protect them from the rising water..

SOT: JOE SAFFONI/Dept. of Environmental Response

We're hoping it will create an air bubble to keep that water away from them and create an air pocket.
Now the plan is to drill a second hole that will allow a bucket to be lowered down and pull the miners out before time runs out.

SOT: DAVID HESS/EPA

If we can't get down into that pocket and get a person down there and hopefully find those miners alive, but it's a very ticklish situation we're in, it's very touch and go.
The mining crew had been excavating coal when they accidentally drilled into the adjacent mine that was filled with water. it had been abandoned for more than 40 years. The miners did not know the second shaft existed and had to scramble to save their lives.

SOT: DAVID HESS/EPA

"Pennsylvania is full of deep mines, some of which were mined 100 years ago so the mapping isn't what you might call precise."
A second crew of nine miners managed to escape through fast-rising waters that quickly reached chest high..
The mine is located just 10 miles northwest of Shanksville...that's where the United Airlines flight hijacked on September 11th crashed to the ground. Today the folks there are hoping to avoid another tragedy. Drew Levinson, CBS News.
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Two men are in custody in Philadelphia, in connection with the kidnapping of a seven-year-old girl, who escaped by chewing her way through duct tape.
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Police arrested 29- year- old James Burns and 23- year- old Edward Johnson around 5-30 this morning in southwest Philadelphia, not far from where Erica Pratt was abducted.
Authorities first spotted the pair inside a blue Ford Explorer.
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((ROBERT DAVIS/CHIEF INSPECTOR:. AS THEY APPROACHED, THE TWO MALES JUMPED OUT OF THE EXPLORER AND FLED DOWN THE STREET THERE WAS A SHORT FOOT PURSUIT. BOTH MALES WERE APPREHENDED. THEY WERE BOTH TAKEN TO MERCY HOSPITAL. ))
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Both men were treated for scrapes they received while fleeing police.
Authorities say some members of Erica Pratt's family know the suspects.
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[Child-Abuse]


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A Roanoke agency to prevent child abuse is now working to develop a Children's Advocacy Center.
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Prevent Child Abuse Roanoke Valley today announced the creation of a task force that will design a center to serve child abuse victims and their families. In a recent one- year period, there were more than 200-founded cases of abuse.
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((JANICE DINKINS/PREVENT CHILD ABUSE ROANOKE VALLEY: OF THOSE 222, ONE CHILD ACTUALLY DIED. WE'RE ALSO AT HIGH RISK. AMONG THE RISK FACTORS, WE'RE IN THE TOP 20-PERCENT.))
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Officials say the Roanoke area is in serious need of a program that can help social services and the judicial system work together in cases of abuse. The task force will consist of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim's advocates, and mental health and medical professionals from Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Salem and Vinton.
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[Roanoke-Mayor]


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Roanoke's water problems and recent efforts to foster regional cooperation took center stage this morning, as Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith delivered his second State of the City Address.
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Officials from Roanoke County, the city of Salem and other local governments were among the invited guests at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
Smith said the recent start of negotiations on a regional water authority is one example of improving relations among local governments.
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((MAYOR RALPH SMITH: TODAY NEW CIRCUMSTANCES BRING US TO NEW DISCUSSIONS ABOUT SHARING THESE RESOURCES WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND WE'RE TRULY EXCITED ABOUT THE HANDS OF FRIENDSHIP THAT NOW EXTEND BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.))
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The mayor praised the city and county officials who are now working on a water agreement.
"It is my belief," the mayor told the audience, "that politicians should stay out of the way, and let these four professionals do their jobs."
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Coming up next on the newscast, there is a Whopper of a business deal to report this afternoon.
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Also authorities arrest a woman who accidentally set the forest fire that is threatening some of the nation's oldest and most beautiful trees.
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Two men remain hospitalized after suffering burns from an explosion at the Ronile plant yesterday.
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John Gregory -- a 48-year-old contractor from Collinsville -- is in critical but stable condition.
He was burned on more than 85 percent of his body when a boiler blew.
Jeff Jones -- a Ronile maintenence worker -- is in fair condition.
Officials still don't know what caused the boiler to explode.
It was being serviced at the time.
About 75 of Ronile's 340 employees were back at work this morning.
The plant's owner, Abe Essig, says he estimates at least half a million dollars in damage.
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Family, friends, and strangers gathered at an emotional service in California to remember five-year- old murder victim Samantha Runnion.
Bill Whitaker reports.
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( TRACK 1) The enormous Crystal Cathedral was packed to capacity.. as

thousands of mourners, most who never knew her,came to say goodbye to Samantha Runnion.. the little girl snatched outside her home less than two weeks ago.

( nat applause sheriff).
( TRACK 2) A standing ovation greeted sheriff Michael Carona.. the man

who tirelessly led the search for Samantha and her killer.

sot- ( Sheriff Michael Carona-Orange County) SAMANTHA WAS OUR LITTLE

GIRL, WE LOVED HER DEARLY AND THERE WAS A PASSION TO FIND HER KILLER."

( TRACK 3) Barely holding back tears, Samantha's mother Errin thanked

the crowd.

KEN AND I WERE TRULY HONORED TO BE HER PARENTS..WE ALWAYS KNEW SHE HAD A GIFT FOR THE WORLD.. BUT IT NEVER OCCURRED TO HER THAT HER GREATNESS WOULD BE REALIZED IN HER DEATH.
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( TRACK 4) And with the mournful sound of Amazing Grace.. her family

said goodbye to the little girl who touched our hearts. Bill Whitaker CBS News Los Angeles ))

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In California's Sequoia National Forest, a wildfire is still burning.
The woman accused of SETTING the blaze is now in custody.
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Crews worked through the night fighting the wildfire that's burning 50- thousand acres.
The woman who allegedly started the fire could be charged with a federal crime.
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((JIM PAXSON/FOREST SERVICE: SHE IS BEING INTERVIEWED WE DO NOT BELIEVE IT WAS ARSON IT WAS ACCIDENTAL FIRE. ))
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Witnesses say she allowed an illegal campfire to get out of control, wiping out roads, resorts, and several vacation homes.
Firefighters are working especially hard to keep the flames away from sequoias-- some of which are nearly two thousand years old.
But they're fighting an uphill battle, as the forecast is calling for hot and dry weather to continue in the area.
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[Burger-King]


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A group of venture capital firms is gobbling up Burger King.
Texas Pacific Group is leading the acquisition of the fast food giant from Britain's (dee-AH'-zhee-oh) Diageo for two-point-2-6 billion dollars in cash.
Also included in the purchase are Boston-based Bain Capital and the private- equity arm of investment bank Goldman Sachs.
The long-awaited deal was reached after days of intense negotiations.
Second only to McDonald's, Burger King has more than 11-thousand-400 restaurants worldwide.

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The Radford Arsenal has changed the plan that would have closed sections of the New River around the plant. Officials are proposing a modified plan they say will keep the plant safe, while also allowing recreation on the waterway. But as Rachel Cannon reports, many residents are still unhappy.
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Under the modified plan...boaters can travel through the section of river that borders the arsenal....but they wouldn't be allowed to stop and fish. Several months ago, officials proposed shutting down that 4-miles of water.
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((BRIAN BUTLER/RADFORD ARSENAL COMMANDER: I FEEL ITS A GREAT COMPROMISE ON OUR PART AND I FEEL I CAN DO THIS WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE SECURITY OF THE PLANT.))
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Security is on Colonel Butler's mind. Officials say the arsenal is classified at medium risk....known in the military as forced protection Charlie. But many in the crowd of over 1-hundred say the latest plan restricts but doesn't protect.
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((MARIANNA FILLMORE/CONCERNED RESIDENT; IT IS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION HOW CLOSING ACCESS TO THE ARSENAL SECTION OF THE RIVER WILL SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF THE ARSENAL TERRORISTS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND COULD EASILY PENETRATE THE PROPERTY BY LAND, BY WATER, OR AIR.))
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Speakers had a 5-minute limit, many gave ideas on how to let the fishermen fish while tightening security. Army officials say they will consider all comments.
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((ROCKY FORTNER/CONCERNED RESIDENT; MY CONCERNS ARE WITH RIGHTS AND I DON'T WANT TO SEE OUR RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY.))
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((RACHEL CANNON/RCANNON@WDBJ7.COM; THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO COMMENT ON THE PLAN UNTIL AUGUST 30TH, AT THAT POINT COLONEL DAVID HANSEN WILL GO OVER THOSE COMMENTS AND MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THEY HAVE THE FINAL SAY IN THIS MATTER AND WHAT THEY DECIDE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FAIRLY QUICKLY. RC, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, it doesn't seem like Winter,
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but a group of Santa's helpers are gathering together in Denmark. We'll tell you why after the break.
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You could call it "Christmas in July"--
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More than 130 Santa Clauses from all over the world have gathered in Denmark for their 39th annual world Congress at Bakken, the oldest amusement park in the world.
The Santas are debating some important holiday- related issues....
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Some of these Saint Nicks come from as far away as Japan, Congo, and Greenland.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 106 points. The NASDAQ has lost 23 points.

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Coming up next in sports... Virginia Tech ranks high in a pre-season poll...
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Plus... two former Florida Gators are in quarterback contention at the Redskins camp... we'll find out how the competition stacks up...
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Steve Spurrier is in good compnay with a line- up that includes a number of former Florida Gators. Two of those players are competing for the starting quarterback job- along with Sage Rosenfels. As Mike Stevens found out... the competition is just getting started.
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Virginia Tech is projected to finish second in the Big East this season. That's according to a pre-season poll released at the conference's annual media day yesterday.
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For the 8th time in ten years, Miami was picked by the media as the pre-season favorite to win the league, collecting all 24 first place votes.
The Hokies hope to make a run at the 'Canes with eleven returning starters.
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Another big question mark for the Hokies is the quarterback spot, where Grant Noel is recovering quickly from that ACL injury.
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And finally this afternoon--
A 77 year old tradition continued yesterday on the Eastern Shore.
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About 150 wild ponies hit the water at Assateague Island and swam 80 yards across a channel to Chincoteague.
50 thousand tourists looked on.
Yearlings and younger will be auctioned today to thin the herd, and to raise money for the town's volunteer fire department.
Firefighters care for the animals all year long and drive the ponies into the water for the swim.
Ponies that aren't sold will swim back Friday to roam free for another year on a national wildlife refuge.
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