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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
The body of a missing 6-year-old is found in an abandoned warehouse.
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The digging continues in Pennsylvania to rescue 9 trapped coal miners.
It's a race against time because the miners could be suffering the effects hypothermia.
Rescue efforts were halted much of Friday because the drill bit broke.
But many are hopeful the miners will be rescued sometime this morning. .
Chris Lawrence joins us live from Pennsylvania with the latest on efforts to reach the miners as soon as possible.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Sbaffoni/State Bureau of Deep Mine Safety;]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Mark Schweiker/(R) Pennsylvania;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News;]
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(( THE PLAN IS TO DRILL TWO ESCAPE HOLES TO THE AIR POCKET WHERE THE MINERS
HAVE BEEN BOXED IN SINCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. BUT ENTERING THE TINY
PASSAGEWAY ... WILL DEPEND ON HOW MUCH WATER IS IN THE FLOODED AREA.
'If that water elevation is down lower, and we're not concerned about
breaching that area and having an influx of water, we can just punch it
ON FRIDAY, THE RESCUE EFFORT HAD A MAJOR SETBACK. A 15-HUNDRED POUND BIT
ON ONE OF THE DRILLS BROKE AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. THAT ONLY ADDED TO
THE STRESS ON FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO'VE BEEN WAITING FOR WORD ON LOVED
ONES. THE STATE'S GOVERNOR IS KEEPING THEM INFORMED.
(SOT: GOV. MARK SCHWEIKER/R-PENNSYLVANIA)
"They certainly remain hopeful, and it says something about their
BUT IT'S BECOMING HARDER TO HANG ON TO THAT HOPE. OFFICIALS HAVE NOT
HEARD ANY TAPPING NOISES FROM THE MINERS SINCE THURSDAY. AND THEY FEAR
HYPOTHERMIA MIGHT SET IN. THAT'S WHY RESCUE CREWS ARE PUMPING
100-DEGREE AIR INTO THE SHAFT ... TO KEEP THE MINERS WARM.))
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The House of Representatives has passed a homeland security bill.
Yesterday, lawmakers voted 295 to 132 for the largest government reorganization ever.
The bill combines 170-thousand employees from 20 different agencies into one homeland security department. It also grants the President broader personnel power and gives airports until the end of next year to inspect all checked baggage for explosives.
The bill could clash in the Senate. Democrats there have already written a version of their own.
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Congressmen Rick Boucher and Virgil Good both voted against the bill. Representative Bob Goodlatte voted for it.
The missing six year old from Missouri was found dead in abandoned glass warehouse yesterday.
Cassandra Williamson disappeared Friday morning. Her body was found unclothed covered with debris.
Police say the man they believe is responsible for the kidnapping and murder led them to her body.
The suspect 24 -year old Johnny Johnson stayed in the same house as Williamson Thursday night. Authorities describe him as a drifter.
An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
Giles County residents are being asked to conserve water ... even though they are cleaning up from flooding.
Officials say they still haven't been able to find and repair a leak in the area's water main.
About 3-hundred homes and businesses were hit by flash flooding yesterday.
Now most residents are dealing with soaked basements and other property damage.
Pembroke resident Margie Ferrel says the experience was scary...
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((MARGIE FERREL/FLOOD VICTIM; I SAW WE WERE BEING FLOODED AND SEE MY HUSBAND IS IN A WHEELCHAIR SO I WAS THINKING I GOTTA GET HIM OUT OF HERE I WENT TO USE THE TELEPHONE AND IT WASN'T WORKING...SO I WENT IN AND TOLD HIM WE'RE BEING FLOODED I DON'T THINK WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT.))
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[SUPER=01-Margie Ferrel/Flood Victim;]
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Ferrel and her husband are safe.
Officials say the only injury in the County was a broken leg.
The State Department of Emergency Management was called in to control a fuel spill.
A basement had about 4-hundred gallons of fuel oil... which needed to be collected and disposed of properly.
A much different situation here in Roanoke ... but luckily the sporadic rainfalls this week have given a little boost to the city's main water supply.
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Like the stock market - Carvins Cove has rebounded a bit from its historic low this week.
It registered 29-point-4 feet below the spillway this morning.
That's a tenth of a foot higher than Thursday.
Thunderstorms in the cove's watershed have swelled the creeks that feed the reservoir.
The Collinsville man burned in a boiler explosion Wednesday has died.
48- year- old John Gregory was servicing equipment at the Ronile yarn-dyeing plant in Rocky Mount, when the boiler blew.
He suffered burns to more than 85 percent of his body.
Another man, 38- year- old Ronile employee Jeff Jones was also injured in the blast, but he has been released from the hospital.
Two men have been charged with the shooting deaths of a Lynchburg couple in April after prosecutors used a special grand jury to help build their case.
Kevin Eugene Brown and Leon Jermaine Winston.. both 22.. were indicted yesterday on capital murder, burglary and firearms charges.
They allegedly shot to death Anthony and Rhonda Robinson inside their home on April 19th.
It was a crime investigators had a tough time getting witnesses to talk about.
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((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: SOMETIMES THEY TALK TO POLICE, SOMETIMES THEY DON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT REASONS, AND SOME OF THEM ARE QUITE UNDERSTANDABLE QUITE FRANKLY. (52) THIS JUST GIVES US THAT ABILITY TO GET THAT EVIDENCE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO GIVE US THAT ASSISTANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Lynchburg Prosecutor;]
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Brown and Winston will make their first court appearance Monday.
With the recent kidnappings in the news.. many parents are concerned about their children's safety.
As Casey Curry reports there is a school in Colorado teaching kids how to get a way from an attacker.
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[IN Q=Escape School is designed to teach]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stacie Schubert/Escape School; :07]
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That was Casey Curry reporting.
For more information about the school you can go to their website it's listed at the bottom of your screen at escape-school-dot-com.
A former Virginia lawmaker is stepping up to help ease financial troubles at the D-Day Memorial.
Former State Senator Elmon Gray of Sussex gave The Memorial Foundation 200-thousand dollars worth of land in Isle of Wight County.
He says when he heard about the Foundation's financial situation he knew he needed to help and convince others to do the same.
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[IN Q=Well, I've already converted my brother...]
((ELMON GRAY/FORMER STATE SENATOR: WELL, I'VE ALREADY CONVERTED MY BROTHER WHO SAID, "I DON'T WANNA HAVE THE FEELING OF PUTTING GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD." I SAID, "WELL, THE PROJECTS STILL GREAT. NOBODY FEATHERED THE NEST. SO LET'S GET ON WITH IT AND FINISH IT."))
[SUPER=01-Elmon Gray/Former State Senator;]
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The Foundation, which borrowed large sums of money to complete the memorial in time for its dedication, has cut its debt down from 5-million to about 3 and a half million.
An additional 15-thousand dollars in donations was pledged yesterday by two other sources.
In the wake of bankruptcy proceedings, Adelphia Business Solutions has notified SOME of its customers 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.
Adelphia is a business telecommunications company that provides local, long distance, high speed data and internet services.
Customers who receive their service through Adelphia- owned facilities will not be affected.
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((JAMIE FERGUSON/ADELPHIA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS: OUR MOTIVATION IS TO CONTINUE TO GROW OUR BUSINESS AND CONTINUE TO GROW RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR CUSTOMERS.))
[SUPER=01-Jamie Ferguson/Adelphia Business Solutions]
[OUT Q=and continue to grow relationships with our customers.]
The change WILL affect Adelphia customers who receive their service through the facilities of another provider. Those customers have been notified of the pending change.
Some 27-hundred Virginia drivers may have problems renewing their licenses next month.
The state's Department of Motor Vehicles is reporting thousands of discrepancies in its computer system.
Starting in August, the state will begin refusing to renew driver's license to people whose information doesn't match their data from the federal Social Security Administration.
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DMV officials say 200,000 of the state's drivers will be affected.
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Still to come on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
We'll tell you about an upcoming event that will have you Jumping for a good cause...
And He's back... and shagadelic as ever... We'll take a look at Austin Powers' Goldmember after the break!
But first if you are traveling today........
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A couple of English blokes are running a soccer camp in Southwest Virginia...
45-kids in Wytheville are learning the basics from coaches Chris Lee and Daniel Moss.
The two Manchester, England natives are spending the summer touring the East and Midwest to run camps.
Lee says soccer is really catching on in the states since Team USA's success at the World Cup.
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((CHRIS LEE/EUROTECH SOCCER CAMP; WE'VE GOT REALLY GOOD KIDS COMING THROUGH NOW WE'RE COACHING SOME KIDS WITH SOME REALLY GOOD QUALITY AND THE KIDS OVER HERE ARE REALLY KEEN TO LEARN BEHAVIOR IS GOOD THEY LISTEN TO WHAT WE SAY AND WE SEE IMPROVEMENT.))
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The week long camp ended yesterday.
County officials say they decided to invite Eurotech to Wytheville so local children can learn the fundamentals and join school teams.
They hope to offer the camp annually.