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Today on News 7 at Noon, attempts to rescue nine people trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine have run into a proble
m. We'll have the latest in a live report.
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Also one of the men injured Wednesday in an explosion at a local factory has died.
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Some sunshine return across the region this afternoon as temperatures will once again soar into the 90s for the weekend....I'll have your 7 day planner
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News 7 at Noon starts right now... [WX-Head]
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Some sunshine return across the region this afternoon as temperatures will once again soar into the 90s for the weekend....I'll have your 7 day planner
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The families of nine miners trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine are still waiting for news...but so far things aren't looking good...

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A huge setback in the rescue of nine miners trapped far below the ground in Pennsylvania.
Part of a drill being used to dig to the miners broke early this morning, bringing the effort to a standstill until the situation can be fixed.
A new drill bit has been flown in to replace it.
The miners have been trapped 240 feet beneath the ground for more than 36 hours in frigid water.
Crews were only able to dig about 100 feet down before the drill broke.
Still, rescuers remain hopeful that the miners are alive.
They heard tapping yesterday ... but have not heard any more since the drilling started.
Chris Lawrence has the latest now from Pennsylvania.
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((Rescue efforts have ground to halt as the drilling efforts to save 9 miners trapped hundreds of feet below is on hold.
The bit used to carve a rescue tunnel to their underground chamber is broken and now work crews must race against time to replace it.. and start the process again.

SOT: GOVERNOR MARK SCHWEIKER, PA.



"We got stopped, hit some coal or rock..not only stopped the drilling it damaged it to what extent we dont know yet."
The broken bit must be pulled from the rescue shaft. A delicate process that could set back recovery efforts for hours.

SOT: PA GOV MARK SCHWEIKER:

"You know it's 50-50 about the likelihood of success. We got to bring it back up and replace it and begin anew.

Yesterday officials said they heard tapping sounds coming from the mine and brought in sophisticated listening devices to help monitor any signals. There has been no tapping since Thursday...although the drilling process drowns out what can be heard.

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"We're still holding our hope that everyting will be the same as it was when we heard the tapping."
The Quecreek Mine has no accidents or fatalities on record in the last seven years. The biggest mining disaster in Pennsylvania history came in 1907 when an explosion claimed 239 lives.
Lawrence Close:TO COME: (SECOND HOLE...WATER PUMPED OUT..)
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A Collinsville man who was severely burned when a boiler exploded at a Rocky Mount plant has died.
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John Gregory -- a 48-year-old contractor -- was servicing a boiler at the Ronile yarn-dyeing plant Wednesday when it blew.
Gregory suffered burns to more than 85 percent of his body.
Jeff Jones -- a 38-year-old Ronile employee who received minor burns -- was released from the hospital last night.

Crews returned to the boiler room yesterday to clean up and investigate what caused the blast.
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((PHILLIP ESSIG/RONILE CEO: WE NEED TO DETERMINE A CAUSE SO EFFORTS CAN BE MADE TO PREVENT THOSE SORTS OF THINGS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE, NOT ONLY HERE BUT AT OTHER PLANTS THAT HAVE SIMILAR TYPES OF BOILERS OPERATING.))
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The plant's owner says he estimates at least "half a million dollars" in damage.
The boiler was less than a year old.
The plant's owner says workers were having trouble starting it.
It exploded as they tried to service it.
About 75 of the plant's 350 employees were back at work yesterday.
The company hopes it can bring more back this weekend.
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A clarification, now, to a story we aired on Adelphia Business Solutions.
The company has notified SOME of its customers in central and western Virginia that they will have to find a new service provider by mid- September, but the change will NOT affect all of Adelphia's customers in our region.
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Adelphia is a business telecommunications company that provides local, long distance, high speed data and internet services.
Customers who are served by Adelphia-owned facilities will not be affected.
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((JAMIE FERGUSON/ADELPHIA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS: WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF ABANDONING OR INTERRUPTING YOUR SERVICE WITH ADELPHIA. AGAIN, THIS DOES NOT AFFECT CUSTOMERS RECEIVING OR SOON TO BE RECEIVING SERVICES THROUGH ADELPHIA-OWNED FACILITIES.))
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The change WILL affect Adelphia customers who receive their service through the facilities of another provider. Those customers have been notified.

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A Federal Express cargo jet crashed and burned while trying to land this morning.
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The three-member crew escaped with minor injuries and are reported to be in good condition.
The Boeing 727 crashed and burst into flames about a half-mile short of the Tallahassee runway.
It's still not clear what caused the plane to crash.
The airport has been closed until debris can be removed.
The National Safety Transportation Safety Board and FedEx's own safety team are investigating.
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Today's crash could mean an extension in the filing deadline for Florida state elections.

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Officials are awaiting an inspection of a damaged bridge over Interstate 81 later today - to find out when it can re-open.
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A northbound tractor trailer carrying an oversized load struck the Route 6-23 overpass last night.
No one was hurt, but the crash left concrete and steel dangling from the bridge.
Rescue workers had to close one northbound lane of the interstate while they cut the debris with a torch.
Route 623 will remain closed until the bridge can be inspected.
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One of the lawyers appointed to help defend Zacarias Moussaoui says he believes his client is ready to ask for help.
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Moussaoui is the only person charged as a conspirator in the September 11th attacks.
He tried to plead guilty but then changed his mind after tangling with the judge yesterday.
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Jury selection in the trial begins at the end of September.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon - Congress is debating legislation that could give President Bush most of the power and agencies he wants.
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AND - renovations to an old, run - down lot in Roanoke have hit a grand slam with the neighborhood.
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President Bush says he won't accept a new Homeland Security Department that limits his powers.
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The legislation is moving quickly through Congress, but a Senate version limits his flexibility to hire and fire in the department.
Democrats say what the president wants is an assault on worker's rights.
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Bush has threatened to veto the legislation if it does not allow him more decision-making power.
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While many people doubted its future - changes to an old, run-down lot in Roanoke have become a hit. And these improvments are making everyone a winner... Justin McLeod explains why.
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The game plan was simple, bring everyone together and play some ball.
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This is all been in the making for several years now.
Rev. Todd Meyer of the Roanoke Valley Baptist Association decided to start a T-ball league.
He first found an investor to buy an abandoned lot here on Day Avenue.
Volunteers then fixed it up and this June it was time for the games to begin.
The only problem? Many of the kids never had played baseball.
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Over time, the kids ranging from 5 to 12 not only learned how to play baseball but also how to play as a team.
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Win or lose, everyone you see here is coming out a winner off the field.
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That community has definetely stepped up to the plate, from driving the kids to practices and games to pitching in their time and money.
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Part of that sharing includes a bible study during the seventh inning stretch.
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It is a glory that has brought together an entire neighborhood to catch (SHOT OF CATCHING) the spirit of the game.
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Still to come on News-7 at noon....
Washington has wrapped up Day Four of training camp ... we'll check in with the Skins a little later...
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But first - since rain drops aren't falling on your head very often this summer... Patrick Evans has some tips on keeping the moisture in when it's dry outside...
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With the drought taking its toll on lawns and gardens... finding ways to make what rain we do get go further is vitally important to your yards' health and beauty. One way to protect the moisture is a little mulch... Patrick Evans explains in today's Growin It
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Asian stocks took a dive as fears of an extended downturn in the technology sector weakened investor confidence.


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Tokyo's Nikkei average tumbled to a five-month closing low today as chip issues crumbled in the wake of a technology-sector rout on Wall Street. Japan's biggest chip equipment maker - Tokyo Electron - plunged 10-and a half percent. Economists said they were starting to worry about the effects of the stock market weakness in Asia.
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In Hong Kong, the key share index was sharply lower by midday as the benchmark Hang Seng index lost nearly 2 percent ... it's lowest since late September.
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On Wall Street at Noon,

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, the Dow was up 24 points. Nasdaq gained 12 points.


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Coming up in sports - For the first time ever - Frank Beamer and Al Groh come together for a meeting at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club...
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And we'll tell you why the Washington Redskins are plesantly surprised by rookie Ladell Betts.
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The Salem Civic Center played host to a packed event last night - as both Frank Beamer and Al Groh were face-to-face to meet the members of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.
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Last night marked the first time that the two head coaches had appeared together at the club's monthly meeting.


Tech and UVA won't clash on the gridiron until November 30th.
Last night's meeting between Beamer and Groh was a little more laid back than that one will be.
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Both the Hokies and Cavaliers face tough, 13-game schedules in the upcoming season, but the old coaching motto of taking one at a time still applies.
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Day Number four of the Redskins training camp came to a close yesterday. And one rookie running back showed teammates his skills are up and running.
Washington's second draft pick Ladell Betts was a pleasant surprise, to say the least.
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Betts, who was the 56th overall selection in the draft out of Iowa where he led the team in rushing four straight years, has been one of the brightest spots in this the first week of camp. He is the front-runner to back-up Stephen Davis.
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[VO NAT CON'T] The drive from Roanoke to Carlisle is about five hours - and that's allowing several stops along the way.
Tomorrow is fan appreciation day with the Skins. The activities begin at Biddle Field at Dickinson College at one o-clock. Fans will get a chance to watch practice and the players will then sign autographs from 4 to 5pm. The event is free.


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After two knee surgeries - Bruce Smith is anything but at his best. In fact, he's been placed on the physically unable to perform list. But, despite being a little week in the knees, he is very excited about the Skins' defense as a whole - which is under new Coordinator Marvin Lewis.
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