Crews rescued a nine year old girl who fell down an embankment off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A park ranger says the girl was with her family on a fishing trip when she wandered off the trail...
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and fell more than thirty feet down a steep embankment near the Roanoke River.
Crews tried to airlift the girl at first, but decided that would take too long, so they devised another plan.
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[IN Q=WHAT WE ENDED ]
((CAPT. JONATHAN MCGUIRE/VINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT-WHAT WE ENDED UP DOING IS WE PUT A BOAT IN AT NIAGRA DAM ACROSS THE RIVER AND WE TOOK HER STRAIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE OTHER SHORE AND THEN WE WALKED HER BACK UP TO THE DAM AND TRANSPORTED HER BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Jonathan McGuire/Vinton Fire Department]
[OUT Q=to the hospital by ambulance.]
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The girl was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
This man who wished to remain unidentified was nearby when she fell and rushed to help before rescue crews arrived.
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[IN Q=WE WERE JUST PASSING ]
((WE WERE JUST PASSING BY WHEN WE HEARD THAT A GIRL HAD FALLEN OFF A CLIFF. ME AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS SHANE, WHO'S STILL DOWN THERE, RAN DOWN THERE AS FAST AS WE COULD TO TRY AND DO SOME FIRST AID AND KEEP THE GIRL STILL... JUST TRY TO HELP OUT.))
[OUT Q=TRY TO HELP OUT]
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Authorities have not released the girl's name or condition.
Time is running out for flood victims to apply for federal assistance.
If your home or business was damaged by the storms and flooding in February, you have until May 27 to apply for disaster aid.
Renters and homeowners in the counties of Buchanan, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Tazewell, and Wise and the cities of Roanoke and Salem can qualify.
Aid is available under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance and grants for serious disaster related needs not covered by insurance.
[TAKE FEMA PHONE FS]
For more information or to register you can contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-621-F-E-M-A.
With the death toll from a week of severe storms nearing 50, President Bush says he plans to visit tornado- stricken Missouri tomorrow.
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Meanwhile, another round of storms ripped through the middle of the country over the weekend.
There was heavy damage in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Meteorologists say the past week has been the most active week of tornadoes on record.
More than 380 twisters have been reported across the Midwest since the start of May.
Continuing his Middle East peace mission, Secretary of State Colin Powell is meeting with officials today in Egypt.
Yesterday in Jerusalem, Powell talked with both the Israeli and Palestinian Prime Ministers.
He says the key is to start following the course now.
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[IN Q=Let's get started]
((COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE:LET'S GET STARTED NOW. LET'S NOT WASTE ANOTHER DAY. LET'S NOT WASTE ANOTHER DISCUSSION SESSION. LET'S GET ON WITH THE ACTIONS REQUIRED. ))
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Secretary of State;]
[OUT Q=actions required.]
As part of the road map for peace, Powell says the U-S would provide 50- million dollars to revive the economy in Palestinian areas.
The proposal would allow for Palestinian statehood by 2005, as long as the violence in the Middle East comes to an end.
Meanwhile, after Palestian gunfire killed an Israeli yesterday, the military has sealed off the Gaza Strip until further notice.
Fallen Christiansburg Police officer Scott Hylton will be laid to rest tomorrow.
Yesterday, his church family remembered him.
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Hylton was a member of Topeca Church of the Brethren in Willis.
Church leaders say he was active in the church and will be missed.
The same pastor that married Scott and his wife will perform Hylton's funeral services tomorrow at 11 o'clock.
It's Police Week, and for Christiansburg officers the timing is hitting close to home.
Lieutenant Dalton Reid says the past few days have been extremely difficult.
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[IN Q=With the loss of]
((WITH THE LOSS OF SCOTT HYLTON, THAT'S THE SECOND OFFICER WE'VE LOST HERE IN THE TOWN OF CHRISTIANSBURG IN EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS AND IT'S NEVER EASY.))
[OUT Q=it's never easy]
Reid says sometimes citizens forget their police officers are part of the community.
He says unfortunately it sometimes takes a tragedy for people to realize the sacrifice officers are willing to make for the love of their communities.
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[IN Q=We're t-ball coaches]
((LT.DALTON REID/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT: WE'RE T-BALL COACHES, WE'RE MEMBERS OF CHURCHES, WE'RE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OUT THERE AT FOOD LION RIGHT ALONG YOU SHOPPING. AND WE HOPE, OR WE LIKE TO THINK, THAT THE PERCEPTION IS THAT WE ARE THERE FOR EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Dalton Reid/Christiansburg Police Department;]
[OUT Q=and every individual]
The Christiansburg Police Department usually sends its color guard team to Washington D-C to participate in the national memorial for fallen officers.
They won't make the trip this year, but some officers will still ride their bikes from Richmond to the capitol as part of the Bike- for- Blue campaign.
Right now Reid says the department's number one priority is to assist the Hylton family with whatever they need.
They are also providing counseling to the officers who were on the scene at the time Officer Hylton and Christopher Holmes were shot.
In business news, Some key economic reports will be released this week.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((WALL STREET MAY SOON GET SOME CLUES AS TO WHETHER THE POST WAR ECONOMIC
RECOVERY IS ON TRACK...
THE COMING WEEK WILL BRING SOME BIG REPORTS INCLUDING APRIL RETAIL SALES..
CONSUMER SENTIMENT AND NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON OIL STOCKS IN THE COMING DAYS.
IT LOOKS LIKE OIL PRODUCTION COMING OUT OF IRAQ WILL TAKE LONGER THAN
EXPECTED.. Damage to oil facilities from looting will prevent iraq from
resuming its oil output until January. Iraq pumped 2.5 mln barrels of oil a
day or 3 percent of world supply before the war.
This delay could push the price of crude and gasoline higher just in time
for the busy summer driving season.
ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS ENDED A VOLATILE WEEK HIGHER. BARGAIN HUNTERS CAME
OUT IN FULL FORCE FRIDAY
SENDING THE DOW UP 113 POINTS...
THE NASDAQ JUMPED 30 POINTS...
INTEL WAS THE CATALYST FOR TECH STOCKS AFTER THE CHIP GIANT PREDICTED A
TURNAROUND FOR THE INDUSTRY IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The mayor of Frederick, Maryland says the F-B-I is considering draining a city pond to search for clues in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
This follows a Washington Post report that says divers found equipment and other material in the area.
That's led to a new theory that the killer waded in shallow water to put the anthrax bacteria into envelopes, using a partially- submerged airtight chamber.
The attacks in the fall of 2001 killed five people, and made 13 others sick.
Virginia Military Institute cadets will be paying significantly more next year in tuition.
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VMI is raising tuition for in-state students by 23 percent. And out-of-state students will see an 11-percent increase.
School officials have also decided to increase the room and board fees for next year.
So now in-state students will be paying close to 13-thousand a year and out-of-state student will be dishing out more than 25-thousand.
VMI says the increase in fees will make up for recent budget cuts.
Officials say the school lost about 2-point-six-million dollars in state budget cuts.
The X-Men reunite to take top honors at the box office.
Jim Ribble has more in today's Hollywood Minute.
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[IN Q=With the Hollywood minute]
[SUPER=04-"X2: X-Men United" - Twentieth Century Fox; :03]
[SUPER=04-"Daddy Day Care" - Columbia Pictures; :16]
[SUPER=04-"The Lizzie Mcguire Movie" - Walt Disney; :21]
[SUPER=04-"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" - UPN; :29]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/September 7, 2000; :48]
[SUPER=04-"Better Days" - EMI; 105:]
[OUT Q=I'm Jim Ribble.]
((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE...I'M JIM RIBBLE.
X-2 IS MUTATING INTO QUITE A CONTENDER AT THE BOX OFFICE. IT LOCKED DOWN THE TOP SPOT FOR A SECOND WEEKEND IN A ROW...EARNING AN ESTIMATED 41 POINT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS.
MEANWHILE--THE EDDIE MURPHY FAMILY COMEDY "DADDY DAY CARE" OPENED IN SECOND .. WITH AN ESTIMATED 27 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE PLACED THIRD.
WELL-- BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER MIGHT BE RETIRING HER STAKE ON THE SMALL SCREEN THIS MAY 20-TH.. BUT DON'T PUT A NAIL IN THE COFFIN JUST YET.
A COMIC BOOK AND VIDEO GAME BASED ON THE SHOW, ARE JUST BEGINNING.
IT'S CALLED 'BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: CHAOS BLEEDS"...AND THE STORY IS BEING DEVELOPED AS A LOST EPISODE FROM THE CURRENT SHOW.
THERE ARE SIX PLAYABLE CHARACTERS IN THE VIDEOGAME...AND EXCEPT FOR BUFFY AND WILLOW, THE ACTUAL CAST MEMBERS DID THE VOICES FOR THEM.
MEANWHILE--TWO OF THE BEST IN JAZZ AND ROCK AND ROLL HAVE BEEN HONORED AT BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN BOSTON.
AEROSMITH FRONTMAN STEVE TYLER AND JAZZ VOCALIST DIANNE REEVES WERE GIVEN HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES IN MUSIC FRIDAY.
TYLER TOLD STUDENTS THAT A CAREER IN MUSIC IS A ROAD THAT'S CONSTANTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION....WHILE REEVES TOLD THE AUDIENCE MUSIC IS QUOTE "A LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL.
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE...I'M JIM RIBBLE.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, A rally in technology shares gave the market a strong close for the week.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
BUYERS WERE BACK FRIDAY AFTER TWO DAYS OF PROFIT-TAKING.
THE DOW JUMPED 113 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ GAINED 30.
PRESIDENT BUSH'S PLAN FOR STIMULATING THE ECONOMY TOOK CENTER STAGE IN CONGRESS.
THE HOUSE PASSED ITS VERSION TODAY.
IT CALLS FOR 550-BILLION DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS OVER 10 YEARS.. AND IT WOULD REDUCE TAXES ON DIVIDENDS, SOMETHING PRESIDENT BUSH WANTS TO ELIMINATE ENTIRELY.
GENERAL ELECTRIC IS REPORTEDLY MOVING INTO THE PERSONAL LOANS BUSINESS.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS THE COMPANY KNOWN FOR ITS LIGHTBULBS WILL BEGIN OFFERING UNSECURED PERSONAL LOANS FOR AS MUCH AS 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
IT'S PART OF G-E'S PLAN TO EXPAND ITS CONSUMER-FINANCE BUSINESS BEYOND PRIVATE LABEL CREDIT CARDS. G-E HAS BEEN OFFERING SIMILAR LOANS IN EUROPE AND ASIA FOR NEARLY A DECADE.
BURGER KING IS WAVING THE WHITE FLAG IN THE FAST FOOD PRICE WARS.
THE NATION'S SECOND BIGGEST FAST FOOD CHAIN SAYS IT WILL SIMPLIFY ITS MENU AND MOVE AWAY FROM DISCOUNTING... IN A NEW STRATEGY TO BOOST SALES.
B-K SAYS ITS NEW BRAND WILL FOCUS ON TASTE AND HEALTHIER CHOICES.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Some moms celebrated their day at the Mill Mountain Zoo.
With a paying child moms got into Mill Mountain Zoo free of charge.
The first 50 mothers through the gate received a gift certificate to Ginger's Jewelry.
They say diamonds are a girl's best friend and that was what the mom who won the grand prize took home.
Some moms and their children monkeyed around while others took a ride on the Zoo-Choo.
The moms who live at the zoo, didn't seem to mind the company.