Today on News 7 at Five, a construction accident in Greensboro claims three lives.
Also the person convicted of killing a local man takes a long sought-after secret to his grave.
A significant weather change as the high humidity comes to a temporary end. A more comfortable forecast just ahead.
Also today we'll see a controversial medical procedure claimed to be almost 100 percent guaranteed to let you select the sex of your child before it is born.
A piece of American history could soon be recovered off the North Carolina coast.
And, we'll tell you why some children are petting sharks.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Authorities are investigating a construction accident in Greensboro that killed three people.
The trio was killed when a pre-cast concrete wall collapsed at a construction site near a highway.
Greensboro Fire Chief David Douglas says the 30-foot high by 20-foot wide wall was tilted up at a new Home Depot off Interstate 85 and fell around 11:45 a-m.
He says it was originally believed two people were trapped under the wall.
It was after rescue workers arrived that a third victim was believed to be under the wall.
Douglas says there are no other injuries.
Nine miners who's rescue from a Pennsylvania mine was witnessed by the nation today got another thrill: a meeting with President Bush.
Drew Levinson reports.
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((President Bush came to Western Pennsylvania to embrace the men whose
four day saga helped unite a country.
"WHAT TOOK PLACE HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA REALLY REPRESENTS THE BEST OF OUR
Just over a week ago the nation's eyes were focused on a tireless rescue
effort in the little town of Somerset.
Nine miners were trapped 240 feet underground.
They had broken through the wall of an abandoned mine filled with water.
With little food and little air and a lot of help from hundreds of
rescuers above they survived--and one by one they were pulled from the
For the President--it served as a microcosm of society.
"I WANT YOU TO KNOW AMERICA CAN BE SAVED ONE PERSON AT A TIME.
"YOU SEE THIS GREAT SOCIETY CAN BE CHANGED ONE HEART, ONE SOUL, ONE
CONSCIENCE AT A TIME."
The president seized the opportunity to link the courage of the miners
and the challenge of those who saved them to the nation's war on terror.
Likening the resolve of the rescuers to the country's resolve to conquer
"THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING SURE THAT WE HUNT DOWN EVERY TERRORIST AND
BRING THEM TO JUSTICE BECAUSE WE LOVE FREEDOM...(APPLAUSE)
The president is not the only one to recognize the miners' story--is no
A movie about their plight will be filmed and the US postal service is
considering a postage stamp.
Drew Levinson, CBS News.))
More details are being released today about a deadly shooting in Giles County...
Officials say a 17-year old boy shot his 19-year-old brother at this home in the White Gate community last Wednesday .
The Commonwealth's Attorney says it was a violent domestic situation as the older brother was fighting with his mother when the younger boy fired a gun.
Officials will not release names in the case because the alleged shooter is a minor. But neighbors say the man killed was 19-year-old Hazen Smith.
White Gate is a small, rural, farming community on the Bland/Giles County line.
Residents say this kind of incident is rare.
There's no word on criminal charges in the case. Prosecutors say they're still conducting interviews.
The career criminal who tied local law enforcement agencies in knots in the 1980s has died.
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John Colclasure ((COAL-clay-shure)) was handed a life sentence, after he confessed to murdering the brother of Craig County Sheriff B. B. McPherson.
Gene McPherson disappeared in 1987. His remains were never found, although Colclasure led police on a number of wild goose chases to look for the body.
Colclasure died of natural causes on Friday, in a Southhampton hospital.
Sheriff McPherson won't miss him.
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McPherson is convinced Cloclasure was hired to kill his brother, because of Gene McPherson's involvement in a love triangle.
It may not be long before the world gets a better look at the gun turret from the Civil War ironclad U-S-S Monitor.
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Navy divers hoped to be able to lift the turret this afternoon depending on weather condition.
They got a break from fickle weather off Hatteras Island today and made good progress in raising the turret from under 240-feet of water.
They're using a crane aboard a barge moored above the Monitor wreckage to lift what's considered to be among the most significant innovations in naval warfare.
The rotating turret weighs 120-tons.
The U-S-S Monitor sank in December 1862.
Coming up next on the newscast, the U-N says it may accept Iraq's invitation to allow weapons inspectors back into the country.
Please we will have an update as doctors begin a long delicate surgery to separate a pair of cojoined twins.
The U-N may be ready to talk with Iraq.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan (KOH'-fee AN'-nan) says the U-N's chief weapons inspector could accept an invitation to Baghdad -- if Saddam Hussein allows the return of inspectors who have been barred for nearly four years.
Iraq has invited the chief weapons inspector for talks on resolving disputes over its banned weapons programs.
Annan says if Iraq honors U-N requirements the invitation ``can be considered.''
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((KOFI ANNAN/SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS: THE WAY MR. BLIX SEES IT, HE AND HIS TEAM WOULD GO TO IRAQ ONCE IRAQ AGREES, SPEND ABOUT 60 DAYS TO DETERMINE WHAT HAS TO BE DONE AND THEY WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WITH THE IRAQIS, GO OVER THE PROCEDURES AND HOW THEY INTEND TO DO THERE WORK AND COME BACK AND REPORT TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL.))
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Iraq has also invited U-S lawmakers and experts of their choice to search Iraqi sites where suspect weapons of mass destruction are hidden.
The White House says the offer as hardly worth talking about.
The West Nile virus is spreading...this time into Southwest Virginia.
A dead crow found in Patrick County has tested positive for the virus.
The bird found in Claudville is the area's first reported case since West Nile appeared in New York three years ago.
The virus is spread to humans, birds and other mammals through the bite of an infected mosquito.
There have been no human cases reported in the state.
West Nile virus can cause death.
People over 50 are at the greatest risk.
State health officials say the public can help control the spread of the virus.
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((DR. SUZANNE JENKINS/VA DEPT OF HEALTH: MOST OF THOSE SPECIES OF MOSQUITOES BREED IN SMALL AMOUNTS OF WATER THAT ARE FOUND IN CONTAINERS IN THE BACKYARD SO GET RID OF THAT WATER. THE SAUCERS UNDER THE PLANTS, THE TOYS THAT ARE LEFT OUT THAT COLLECT WATER, THE TARP ON THE WOODPILE THAT COLLECTS WATER, IF THAT'S THERE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS MOSQUITOES ARE GOING TO HATCH OUT.))
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Officials are also asking the public to help monitor the virus by reporting all dead birds to the local health department.
Doctors in Los Angeles are undertaking surgery to separate a set of conjoined twins from Guatemala.
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The one year old girls are joined at the top of the skull.
Doctors will have to sever blood vessels and bone in the long, risky procedure.
The girls share the same skull but have two separate brains.
A spokeswoman at U-C-L-A Medical Center says the sisters, who are both named Maria, were smiling and playful before going into surgery this morning. The hospital's director says he's cautiously
Doctors have said the girls faced at least five hours of anesthesia and plastic surgery before neurosurgeons could start the actual work of separation.
The procedure could take up to 24 hours to complete.
By some estimates, nearly 25 percent of American children have trouble eating. The degrees of the problem can vary widely and require all different kinds of therapy.
But finding the right therapy can be difficult. Dr. Sean Kenniff has more.
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(((NAT: "IT'S SUCH A NATURAL THING...AND WE ALL TAKE IT FOR GRANTED." )
TRACK: ...NEW JERSEY MOM ERIKA CRAMER TOOK EATING FOR GRANTED
TOO...UNTIL SHE HAD JESSICA ...THE SURVIVOR OF TWINS-- BORN AT 24-WEEKS.
JESSICA IS AMONG A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICAN CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN WITH
-- OR DEVELOP VARIOUS DEGREES OF FEEDING AND SWALLOWING PROBLEMS.
SOT: DR. PEGGY EICHER/CTR. FOR PEDIATRIC FEEDING AND SWALLOWING
DISORDERS/ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
A FEEDING DISORDER IS ACTUALLY DIFFICULTY WITH THE WHOLE PROCESS OF
EATING-- WHETHER IT'S INTAKE OR DIGESTION-- OR ELIMINATION.
TRACK: SOLVING 3-YEAR OLD JESSICA'S PROBLEM REQUIRED MANY DIFFERENT
THERAPIES... WHICH IS WHAT MAKES HER FEEDING CENTER -- AT ST. JOSEPH'S
HOSPITAL IN PATERSON NEW JERSEY-- DIFFERENT...AND WHY IT IS GAINING
DAILY-- SHE GOES TO PHYSICAL THERAPY-- SPEECH THERAPY-- AND SEVERAL
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ALL OF THE THERAPY SHE'S BEEN ABLE TO DO HAS LOOSENED UP HER ENTIRE
CHEST-- AND MADE HER FREE-ER TO EAT AND SWALLOW AND BREATHE MUCH BETTER.
IT'S BEEN TRULY AMAZING.
TRACK: ....AND IN LESS THAN 3-MONTHS...JESSICA WHO WAS GETTING ALL HER
NUTRITION BY FEEDING TUBE... IS NOW GETTING LESS THAN HALF. FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE-- HER REFLUX IS UNDER CONTROL AND SHE'S NOT
THROWING UP EVERY DAY. FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE HAD A HARD TIME BELIEVING
SHE'S TALKING NON-STOP. SHE LOVES TO SING...SHE COUNTS-- SHE KNOWS HER
(NAT: YEAH FOR YOU!!)
TRACK: ...THAT'S BECAUSE ALL THE THERAPY HAS GIVEN HER ORAL-MOTOR
STRENGTH AS WELL ... BUT----- PERHAPS THE BEST NEWS -- COMES AT WEIGH-IN
(NAT: SHE'S UP 9-OUNCES-- THAT'S MORE THAN HALF A POUND-- HURRAY! HURRAY
DOCTORS TOLD HER MOM...SHE WOULDN'T WALK... WOULDN'T TALK... AND WOULD
BE TUBE FED FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.
NO WONDER WHY HER MOM CALLS HER....HER LITTLE MIRACLE....
(NAT: YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE.... )
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If you had the opportunity to select the sex of your unborn child would you? At least one doctor says he can almost guarantee you can make such a choice.
But as Jerry Bowen tells us the process is creating a lot of controversy.
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(NARR) 34 YEAR OLD JOY PABLO HAS A DILEMMA. SHE DESPERATELY WANTS A
SECOND CHILD...JUST NOT ANOTHER GIRL. BECAUSE AS A BREAST CANCER
SURVIVOR JOY'S BEEN WARNED HER LITTLE ISABEL ALREADY HAS A 75 PERCENT
CHANCE OF INHERITING THE DISEASE WHEN SHE GROWS UP:
(SOT: Joy Pablo) It's hard to be sick. It's hard to be ill. It's even
harder to watch your child go through what you've been through.
(NARR:) SO JOY IS BANKING ON A CONTROVERSIAL HI-TECH SCREENING PROCESS
TO GUARANTEE HER A SON...A NEW REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY CALLED PRE
IMPLANTATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS- OR P.G.D.:.
(SOT: Dr. Jaroslav Marik/ Tyler Medical Clinic) With PGD and embryo
testing we can practically guarantee, we can practically give 100% short
of a mistake in the lab or so, to give a baby of the sex that they want.
(NARR:) WITH PGD, AN EMBRYO IS SCREENED BEFORE BEING IMPLANTED IN THE
MOTHER'S WOMB....ALLOWING DOCTOR'S TO DETECT A NUMBER OF GENETICALLY
LINKED DISEASES SUCH AS TAY SACHS AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS. BUT
INCREASINGLY, PATIENTS JUST LIKE JOY PABLO WANT TO USE IT TO SELECT THE
GENDER OF THEIR NEXT CHILD:
(SOT: Joy Pablo) I know cancer is not one of the diseases that PGD can
help detect, but still, having a boy would lower the risk.
O/C: BUT THE PROCEDURE-WHICH COSTS AROUND $10,000- IS RAISING SERIOUS
QUESTIONS. IS IT PROPER TO DISCARD EMBRYOS WHICH DON'T MEET THE
PARENT'S DEFINITION OF A DESIRABLE BABY....EMBRYOS THAT ARE THE WRONG
GENDER OR THAT CONTAIN A GENETIC DISEASE?
(NARR:) ADVOCATES FOR THE DISABLED ARGUE THAT SCREENING EMBRYOS TO WEED
OUT ILLNESS SENDS A VERY DANGEROUS MESSAGE:
(SOT: DEBORAH KAPLN/ WORLD INSTITUTE ON DISABILITIES) The message to
people already alive with disabilities is also somewhat difficult to
escape- the message is "you would be better off if you weren't here.
(NARR) OTHERS WARN THAT IT MAY TURN CHILDREN INTO MERE COMMODITIES.
(SOT: Alex Capron/Center for Health and Policy, USC 1559) Imagine if the
parent is basically with you " Well, i ordered someone who is going to
be this tall and this fast and this smart and 'look this way and have
these capabilities, and that's not what I got?"
NARR: JOY PABLO DID WRESTLE WITH HER DECISION AND CONCLUDED IT WAS THE
BEST CHOICE FOR HER...AND HER NEXT CHILD:
(SOT: JOY PABLO) I have the chance to make it better for my next child,
so why not take the chance? (7secs)
NARR: A NEW DILEMMA IN THE BRAVE NEW WORLD....WHERE HI TECH MEDICINE
CAN GUARANTEE THE BOUNCING BABY OF YOUR DREAMS. JERRY BOWEN CBS NEWS
The City of Salem is honoring a long-time former leader ..
with a reception at the Salem Civic Center.
Former mayor Jim Taliaferro died Saturday .. after a battle with liver cancer. He was 66.
He led the city as mayor for 22 years.
Tonight, hundreds of citizens and friends are paying respects to Taliaferro's family.
The reception continues until 7 .. again it is at the Salem Civic Center. Taliaferro will be buried tomorrow at 10 .. and East Hill Cemetery.
Still to come on our newscast, Robin Reed will have our detailed forecast,
Plus we will see if the stock markets were able to recover from last week's sharp selloff.
Today in Sports, we'll tell you why some workers at Virginia Tech will be putting in long work weeks,
Plus we will see whether Mel Gibson's next SIGN will say "Box Office Blockbuster" or "Will Work For Food."
Stocks have ended the day sharply lower as anxiety about the sluggish economy weighed on Wall Street yet
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Good afternoon everybody. The Monday ticker usually marks the start of a new work week, but the folks working on the stadium expansion at Virginia Tech might agree you with us on that one.
They are on seven day work weeks until further notice as the 12 thousand seat south endzone project nears its completion.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six, Mike Stevens takes a look at how the Hokies stayed cool during their first day of two a day workouts.
Florida State has been picked to win the ACC football title this season. Last year, the Seminoles failed to win at least a share of the conference crown for the first time since 1991.
Maryland brought home the ACC championship last season, but this year the Terps are very young with only 11 seniors.
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Perhaps the parity in the ACC is most evident this season with Clemson's pick. The Tigers were chosen to finish fifth and the folks in Clemson, while wishing they were picked higher, are quite outspoken about the strength of ACC football.
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Winston Cup drivers are off to Watkins Glen this Sunday and no one heads into the weekend with more confidence or momentum that Awesome Bill Elliott.
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Elliott's win in the Brickyard 400 now gives him two wins in a row and moves him up to sixth in the Winston Cup points race, 210 behind leader Sterling Marlin. With 11 laps to go, Elliott took the lead from Rusty Wallace to win the race.
Coming up at six, more o the ACC, see ya then everybody
If you came across a shark would your first instinct be to pet it?
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Well that is just what some children in San Diego are doing.
What would make an adult nervous is just plain fun to them.
The San Diego Scipps Institution of Oceanography is having Shark Discovery Days.
In addition to shark petting, there are preserved shark specimens, shark jaws, shark eggs, and shark models for kids to explore.
Mel Gibson's new movie stole some of Austin Power's mojo as
it blasted its way to the top of the weekend box office.
Film studios estimate that ``Signs'' -- a movie about a farmer who finds crop circles in his field -- grabbed 60-point-three MILLION dollars at the box office.
That's Gibson's best opening ever.
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```Austin Powers in Goldmember'' slips to second after one week on top.
The flick's already made about 143 MILLION.
``The Master of Disguise'' premiered stronger than expected in third place with 13 MILLION.
Rounding out the top five are ``Martin Lawrence Live" and ``Road to Perdition.''
An industry analyst says this weekend's strong performance at the box office comes at a time that's usually slow.