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New intelligence shows that al-Qaida may be plotting to disrupt the November elections in the U-S.
And, the pieces only run you about 25 cents each in the vending machine, but some toy jewelry may be costly to your child's health.
A passing front will usher in drier weather, but there's no relief from the heat. Expect highs ranging from low 80's to low 90's.
We'll take a sneak peak at the weekend forecast is coming up.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Governor Warner is calling the General Assembly back into session next week.
The second special session this year is to deal with the "day of rest" exemption.
Warner says the legislature will meet this Tuesday to restore the exemption that allowed businesses to require people to work on Saturdays and Sundays.
That part of the state code was changed by mistake in the last session.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
New warnings of a terrorist threat between now and Election Day.
Homeland Security officials say there's ''credible'' information indicating that al-Qaida is moving ahead with plans for a ''large-scale attack'' in the U-S -- aimed at disrupting the November elections.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he doesn't believe the national threat warning will be raised, nor does he think the American public should panic.
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((SEN. BILL FRIST/(R) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER:. BUT THE FACT THAT GENERAL INTELLIGENCE IS THAT THE COUNTRY IS AT SOME INCREASED RISK BETWEEN NOW AND THE TIME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF THAT.))
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Recent terrorist bombings in Spain led to the ouster of the pro- Bush Spanish government in elections just three days later, fueling fears that al Qaeda may try a similar tactic here in the U.S.
Five U- S soldiers are now confirmed dead in a mortar attack in the Iraqi city of Samarra.
An Iraqi guardsman also died in the attack on a headquarters building used by both U-S and
Also- some new developments today in the case of kidnapped U-S Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun.
Kimberly Dozier has the latest from Baghdad.
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It's one of the largest recalls in U-S history.
Four import companies are voluntarily recalling 150- million pieces of toy jewelry sold in vending machines.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says some of the pieces
have dangerous levels of lead, which could be poisonous to children.
Officials say about HALF of the 150 million pieces contain lead, but the industry decided to recall all of it, since it's difficult to distinguish lead from non-lead jewelry.
So far, there are no reports of any injury or illness from the recalled products.
The commission says parents should simply throw away the jewelry.
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For more information, you can go to this website.
www- dot- toy jewelry recall- dot- com.
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Edwin Hodnett could spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted yesterday of the murder of Lyndell Powell.
As Steve Smallshaw tells us, it happened just outside a Gretna High School football game.
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(( 23-year-old Edwin Rontae Hodnett maintained his innocence Wednesday as he told the jury he only fired once into the air during a fight outside the Gretna High School football game November 21st.
But prosecutors convinced a jury that Hodnett shot 29-year-old Lyndell Powell twice in the back as Powell was fighting with Hodnett's cousin, Jonathan Carter.
It took the jury an hour to convict Hodnett of first degree murder...his family then asked for leniency for a man they know as fun-loving and a good father.
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But the jury felt otherwise and recommended a life term for Hodnett... a sentence that both the prosecution and Powell's family says is appropriate.
((DAVID GRIMES/PROSECUTOR: CARRYING A GUN IS THE START OF A LOT OF BAD THINGS AND DON'T CARRY IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO USE IT AND IF YOU DON'T CARRY IT OBVIOUSLY YOU PREVENT A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING.))
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((SHANTA POWELL/VICTIM'S SISTER: I MEAN HE WAS A HAPPY PERSON AND HE'S GONE. HE'S GOT A DAUGHTER THAT WILL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN, WE'LL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. AND LIKE I SAID, AT LEAST THEY WILL STILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR SON, HE'S JUST IN JAIL. ALL WE CAN LOOK AT IS THE GROUND, THAT'S ALL WE GOT IS THE GROUND, THAT'S ALL WE GOT.))
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The second defendant in Powell's murder.. Jonathan Carter.. will stand trial in September.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Chatham. ))
The last suspect of a major New River Valley drug ring has surrendered to police.
14-people were indicted last week on federal drug charges, but two were still at large.
Authorities say one of them, Steven Edmunds of Pulaski, turned himself in yesterday afternoon.
The other, Crystal Stigger of Radford, was arrested Tuesday night.
Authorities believe the group sold up to 10-million dollars worth of cocaine over the past five years.
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Coming up next on the newscast, big changes are coming to one of the region's largest real estate companies.
Plus we'll see what the city of Roanoke is doing to add more security to the classroom.
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The Roanoke City School system will soon begin using camera in its classrooms.
As Justin McLeod tells us, it is expected to add more security without adding more staff.
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The next time you walk into a Roanoke school, there's a good chance you'll be caught on tape.
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He's talking about the 32 cameras here at Madison Middle School.
They were installed last December and administrators say they're invaluable.
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((DAVE AMOS/MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL: WE HAD A CASE WHERE A STUDENT WENT INTO A CLASSROOM AND TOOK SOME MONEY. TEACHER WASN'T IN THE CLASSROOM, IT WAS DURING LUNCH TIME. BUT USING THE VIDEOS IT NARROWED DOWN THE STUDENTS WHO WERE IN THAT HALLWAY AND HAD ENTERED THAT CLASSROOM DURING THAT TIME.))
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The cameras are located in hallways, stairways, and near the bathrooms.
There are none actually in any classroom unless you count the gym.
A number of cameras can also be found outside the school and administrators watch all of them on monitors located in the principal's office.
It is a type of surveillance that is becoming the norm here in Roanoke.
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21 schools to be exact.
The school board has voted to spend fifty thousand dollars installing cameras in the high schools and a number of elementary schools.
All the middle schools currently have them.
This all may seem like big brother but the school system says these are serious times and they call for serious measures.
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Virginia's largest real estate company will now have a presence in Southwest Virginia.
Long and Foster real estate is merging with Owens and Company and taking over six local offices.
Last year Owens had five-hundred million dollars in sales. Long and Foster had sales of nearly 44-billion.
Long and Foster has headquarters in Fairfax, but the local offices will continue to be run by the current management team.
A 14- year- old is in custody for killing his father, step-mother and step-sister at a ranch owned by A-B-C News anchor Sam Donaldson.
The bodies of ranch manager Delbert Posey, his wife and step-daughter were discovered yesterday.
Donaldson says he never saw the victims' bodies, and was only in the house long enough to know that something was wrong.
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Sheriff's deputies searched the area and found the victims buried in shallow graves.
A 14-year-old son of the ranch manager has been arrested and charged with the murders.
He's expected to appear in court today.
Handcuffs were the order of the day as Enron's former chairman and C-E-O faced charges for his role in what the government calls a wide- ranging scheme to trick the public and company shareholders.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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Coming next on the newscast,
we'll see how some busy commuters are finding time to grab a quick 40 winks.
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It's a place to catch a power nap, right in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world.
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The 24th floor of the Empire State Building is home to a small room, filling with futuristic chairs called "napping pods."
Clients sit in them for a Metronap, New York's version of a Spanish siesta.
This daytime sleeping salon specifically targets busy executives, who just need forty winks to rejuvenate themselves..
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For 14- dollars, customers can snooze for 20 minutes.
The founders of Metronaps say the napping pods are designed to work in corporate offices, as well as airports, highway rest stops, and hospital waiting rooms.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN one point. The NASDAQ has dropped nine.
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Coming up after the break, a former Salem high school great takes over one of the top jobs in U-V-A's basketball program.
and we'll see if Lance Armstrong can hold his lead in the Tour de France.
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Lance Armstrong has given up the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, but he remains ahead of the riders expected to challenge him for the championship.
Australian Stuart O'Grady won today's stage. Armstrong is now in 6th place, 9 and a half minutes behind, but he expects to jump ahead of the current leaders when they enter the mountain stages.
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Rainy weather and high winds were common in today's fifth stage, bringing the average speed way down compared to yesterday.
Armstrong started as the leader, and a group of five breakaway riders took an early and substantial lead of more than 16 minutes, at times.
The US Postal team had 2 riders involved in a minor crash, but it didn't affect its overall standing.
Pete Gillen has been reworking his basketball staff ever since he was given a vote of confidence back on April 1st, and now he's looking to a Salem native to fill one of the vacant spots on the bench.
Former Salem high school great Mark Byington has been hired
to serve as the director of basketball operations for the University.
He spent two seasons at UVa as a graduate student manager while getting his masters degree.
The past two years he has been an assistant coach at the College of Charleston.
Gillen also hired John Fitzpatrick to be an assistant.
And if you're tired of behavior that many college athletes have been showing lately, you're not alone.
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Tonight, News 7 sports will try to offer up some reasons for the unacceptable behavior as we begin a two part series entitled "Above the Game."
Steve Mason has spent the past several weeks talking with a coaches and administrators at both Virginia Tech and UVa to find out why athletes feel like they're above the law and the games they play.
Join us tonight and Friday night on News 7 at six and 11.
Finally today, if your special someone has stopped giving you the special treatment you may try to shop for someone new.
You can find a new Mister or Miss Wonderful on a store shelf near you.
Jeanne Moos has more.
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COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE GUY, HE'S A DOLL.
let's just cuddle tonight.
A DOLL WHO SAYS ALL THE RIGHT THINGS.
No you don't look fat in that dress.
HIS NAME IS MR. WONDERFUL. AND HE SPAWNED MS. WONDERFUL..
you don't need a glass. just drink right out of the carton.
COMING SOON...THE WONDERFUL KIDS.
When I grow up I want to be just like you.
AND AFRICAN AMERICAN MR. WONDERFUL...
ah can't your mama stay another week (guy laughs LOUD)
SURE THERE ARE NAYSAYERS...
this thing will never sell, not furry enough
BUT OVER 2 MILLION SOLD THE FIRST YEAR; THEY'RE HOPING FOR 5 MILLION THE NEXT.
A DOLL PHENOMENON CREATED BY A FORMER DIVORCE ATTORNEY, HERSELF DIVORCED...
I just came out the other side of a very tempestuous marriage
I guess I needed my own Mr. wonderful
SO SHE CREATED HIM...
let me rub your feet
ONE GIFT SHOP MANAGER TOLD OF A CUSTOMER WANTING ONE FOR HIS WIFE WHO'D JUST
FOUND OUT ABOUT HIS MISTRESS..
would this be an appropriate gift to give my wife now that she knows I have a
girlfriend. What did you say? I said there's a jewelry store down block you
need to give her a really big diamond.
I love you. He says that. yes dear. he says that/they kinda look like you
I think it's really important that we talk about our relationship. ohhhhhhh
THE VOICES OF MR AND MS WONDERFUL ARE DONE BY AN ACTUAL MARRIED COUPLE. THE
WONDERFULS ARE EERILY REMINISCENT OF THE STEPFORD WIVES.
you look great. i love you in khakis. (Stepford film clip)
YOU CAN EVEN INSERT YOUR OWN MR. WONDERFUL INTO THE "MY MR. WONDERFUL" PICTURE
Hi smoothie poo (kiss noises)
I think its' really important we talk about our relationship. is he gay?
Imagine If Mr. Wonderful and Mrs. wonderful got married?
ahhh can your mother stay another week? It really doesn't matter if you leave
the toilet seat up. It's easier to clean.
JEANNE MOOS CNN have I told you I loved you lately NEW YORK
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