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Democrats descend on Beantown---


The weeklong Democratic National Convention gets under way today.
We'll have a live update on the preparations.
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And, state police say alcohol played a role in last night's fatal crash in Bedford County.
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Showers and even a few thunderstorm's are in the forecast for the next couple of days. I'll have your details.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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The Democratic party gets into high gear today, as its convention kicks off in Boston.
That, as John Kerry and John Edwards continue to barnstorm the country, chasing all those important voters who remain un- decided.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
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The only thing overshadowing politics today in Boston is SECURITY.
Helicopters are buzzing over the city, while police officers and soldiers keep an eye on things on the ground.
Meanwhile, there was a hitch along the campaign trail in Florida today for John Kerry.
An officer escorting his motorcade crashed on the way to the Kennedy Space Center. But Kerry says the officer seems to be "okay."
Aleen Sirgany is at the Fleet Center in Boston, and joins us now with an update on the convention.
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TRACK: THE CITY OF BOSTON IS JOHN KERRY'S POLITICAL AND CONVENTION HOME, BUT IT'S THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHERE...BASED ON THE LAST ELECTION...HE'LL NEED A STRONG BASE. SO THE SENATOR FLEW TO THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN CAPE CANAVERAL, HOPING HIS POLL NUMBERS TAKE OFF.

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(Boston/Last Night)

THE SENATOR MADE A SURPRISE TRIP TO BOSTON LAST NIGHT, THROWING THE FIRST PITCH AT THE RED-SOX YANKEES GAME BEFORE HITTING THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AGAIN. HE LEFT PINCH HITTERS TO COME TO THE PLATE FOR HIM AS THE CONVENTION OPENS. IN JUST A VERY SHORT WHILE.

NAT SOT/convention hall worker or volunteer....floor "we are ready"


READY TO TAKE THE STAGE TONIGHT.... FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE AND FORMER PRESIDENTS JIMMY CARTER AND BILL CLINTON. CLINTON WILL BE INTRODUCED BY HIS WIFE, SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, A KERRY COLLEAGUE AND CAMPAIGNER.

(SOT: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton/(D-New York) He is someone who gets

where he intends to go, and where he intends to go is the Presidency of the United States.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE CONVENTION HALL EARLY MONDAY...FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE MADEINE ALBRIGHT. HER MESSAGE: .... NOW IS THE MOMENT TO RE-TAKE THE WHITE HOUSE.

(SOT: Madeleine Albright/Former Secretary of State) at a time when we're

at a desperate need for a change in leadership at a time when our credibility is at zero.)
TRACK: THE FORTY-THREE HUNDRED DELAGES POURING INTO BOSTON AGREE...

SOT: "glad I've lived this long to see this"

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While the broadcast networks have scaled back their live coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions, you can catch both live on our digital channel "7-too."
We will present both party conventions gavel-to-gavel, without interruptions.
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[Take 7-too FS Event523] Our presentation of the Democratic convention begins today at 4:00 p.m. on Digital Channel 7-too. Cox digital cable customers can see it on Channel 107.
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A 48 year old woman was killed in an automobile accident last night in Bedford County. It happened shortly after six on Route 654.
State Police say the victim, Wanda Faye Hicks of Vinton, came around a curve too fast, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.
Hicks and her passenger, Allen Shelor of Moneta, were ejected from the car.
Shelor's injuries are not life threatening.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Authorities say alcohol played a part in the accident.

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A new transportation service could save you gas money.
Valley Metro has started the Smart Way commuter bus service which will link the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

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Regular fare is six dollars round trip.
There are seven stops, starting at the Campbell Court Transportation Center and ending at Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech. Valley Metro Manager David Morgan hopes the service will relieve some of the traffic on Interstate 81.
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For more information on the bus routes and times, you can find a link to the Smart Way website on our page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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In Utah, it was a week ago today when a pregnant woman vanished.
Now investigators are taking a closer look at Lori Hacking's husband, who's described as a person of interest in the case.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Salt Lake City.
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That was Lee Cowan reporting from Salt Lake City.
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Coming up next on the newscast, terrorists in Iraq threaten to kill more hostages.
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Also there were some tense moments today for a trucker as he discovered hanging out in Florida is not always a fun thing to do.
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South Korean officials have captured a self- proclaimed serial killer.
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Police say 34- year- old Yoo Young-chul is suspected in the murders of 21 people, but he might have killed even more.
Yoo was arrested two weeks ago, and confessed to the crime spree.
Authorities say his apparent motive was hatred for women and the wealthy.
He's managed to escape from police custody three times.
Yoo escaped from a police station in January and killed at least a dozen of his victims before he was arrested again nearly two weeks ago.
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Militants in Iraq have seized more foreign hostages and are threatening to kill them.
The latest video shows two Jordanians surrounded by militants.
Another group holding two Pakistanis is threatening to kill them.
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Meanwhile, U-S military officials now say a car rigged with explosives was used to launch a suicide bombing at a U-S military base in Mosul.
Four people were killed in the blast, including the bomber.
Three U- S soldiers were injured.
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It's been six months since vandals heavily damaged a church in Roanoke. Yesterday, the congregation at Mount Moriah Baptist celebrated the milestone with a renewed sense of security. Jennifer Wishon has more.
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((It's been around for more than a hundred years. But when vandals ransacked Mount Moriah Baptist Church in January the small congregation didn't have the money to clean it up. The community stepped in to help and on Sunday their good deeds were put under lock and key.
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((REV. PLEASANT: WHEN I RECEIVED THE FIRST CALL HE TOLD ME WHO HE WAS FROM THE MEDECO LOCK COMPANY AND HE SAID WE'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU SOME HARDWARE FOR YOUR DOORS. AND I SAID, HAVE YOU SEEN THE DOORS?))
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They obviously had not. Once Salem based Medeco saw the building they decided not only to install new hardware, but also all new metal doors and frames. Sunday the company presented the new keys.
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((DALE BOWMAN: IT WAS GREAT. IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HELP SOMEONE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY IN A TIME OF NEED.))
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((Reporter: Would you have otherwise been able to afford doors like this? REV. PLEASANT: NO WAY IN THE WORLD. WE CAN'T HARDLY PAY THE LIGHT BILL. WE'RE JUST A POOR CONGREGATION AND THE FUEL AND LIGHT BILL AND TIME WE PAY THAT GIVE ME A LITTLE DONATIONS IT'S EXHAUSTING. THE FUNDS ARE EXHAUSED.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: AFTER THE CONGREGATION GAVE THANKS FOR IT'S NEW FOUND SECURITY FRIENDS, OLD AND NEW, CAME HOME TO CELEBRATE 146 YEARS AT MOUNT MORIAH.))
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As visitor Bill Matthews played his saxophone homecoming attendees marveled at all that's been accomplished since the vandalism - some for the first time.
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((EVELYN CLEMENTS: THE CHANDALIERS REALLY CAUGHT MY EYE AND JUST THE ENTIRE EDIFICE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL. IT'S NICE.))
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Now as Mount Moriah
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((QUICK NATS OF DOOR CLOSING.)) closes the door on 146 years, Reverend Pleasant believes it's on the brink of something special. Something he hopes will carry the church back into its glory days. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, a fire in the subway makes the morning commute a little more difficult in New York City.
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Plus just in time for lunch, we'll show you a Texas sized hot dog contest.
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In Florida, a tractor- trailer is hanging on by a wing and a prayer-- and little else.
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The rig is literally dangling from the side of a bridge following a morning accident that involved several vehicles.
It's hanging by only one of its rear tires, which is still hooked onto a concrete guardrail.
Police say the road, which links the Florida Keys to the mainland, will be closed down until later this afternoon.

Authorities say at least one person was injured.
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In New York, authorities are investigating a subway fire that broke out this morning near Madison Square Garden.
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The blaze broke out near 34th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Thick black smoke could be seen coming through underground subway grates.
The streets surrounding the fire were completely shut down to all traffic and pedestrians.
No word yet on what may have caused the fire--
So far, there are no reports of any injuries.
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In El Paso this weekend, all you needed was a Texas- sized appetite and some antacid.
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In honor of National Hotdog Month, it was an open call for hot dog eaters at the Memorial Park Senior Center in El Paso.
The winner of the competition managed to gobble down seven and a quarter hot dogs in just 10 minutes.
Besides probably satisfying his craving for hot dogs for a while, he also walked away with 100- dollars in prize money.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 35 points. The NASDAQ has lost 16.

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Coming up next on the newscast, Frank Beamer makes plans to coach into January,
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Plus the Miami Dolphins plans for the season are up in smoke as a star player says he is retiring.
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Nextel Cup drivers were in New Hampshire yesterday and
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Dale Junior was in uniform and in action for the start of the Siemens 300-- just one week after he was in a fiery crash in California.
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He has burns on his legs, neck and face - and he is still in a lot of pain.
But he wanted to start the race to get his points, and keep his hopes alive of winning the championship. He stayed in the car for 63 laps before he was pulled from the car and replaced by Martin Truex, Junior.
The driver swap happened so quickly that the team didn't lose a lap. Truex would settle into the seat, but the current Busch Series points leader, would soon find trouble as he tangles with veteran Ken Schrader, and ends up backing into the outside wall.
Truex would be able to continue and he ended up with a 31st place finish. Ricky Rudd and the Wood Brothers were rolling right along until Brian Vickers forced Rudd to slow, and Mark Martin plowed into the back of the car and ended their day. Pole sitter Ryan Newman led a race high 187 laps, but he was no match for Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon in the final laps. Busch was rolling to the victory, but then Dale Jarrett wrecked Rusty Wallace with seven laps to go to bring out the caution. Gordon would get close, but Kurt Busch wins the Seimens 300 for his second win of the season.
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Newman ended up third, with Matt Kenseth 4th and Tony Stewart 5th.

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It's a decision that has a lot of football fans scratching their heads, and coach Dave Wannstedt looking for a new running back.
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27 year old Ricky Williams announced his retirement yesterday in Miami. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas, has had the reputation of being a free spirit since entering the NFL, announced his retirement after just five seasons in the league. Williams was set to make nearly $4 million bucks with the Dolphins this season, and he was considered the key to their offense. Williams says there is no way he will change his mind and come back, and he's already bought a one way ticket to Asia.

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No matter how Virginia Tech fares in its first season of Atlantic Coast Conference football, Frank Beamer will be coaching into January.
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Beamer and Ohio State's Jim Tressel have been named as the head coaches for the Gridiron Classic -- the postseason all-star is set for January 15th just outside Orlando. Beamer -- preparing for his 18th season as the Hokies head coach -- ranks fourth among active Division 1- A coaches with 167 victories. Tressel is entering his fourth year with the Buckeyes, and is 32-and-7, including a national championship in 2002.
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Lance Armstrong finished off a historic Tour De France with a record breaking win yesterday.
He's the first cyclist to win the two thousand mile event six times in a row.
Jim Acosta has more.
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((HIS FINISH WAS ESSENTIALLY A VICTORY LAP... AS LANCE ARMSTRONG CRUISED INTO CYCLING HISTORY.)

(nats: crossing the finish line, CBS SPORTS) cheering


IT WAS PICTURE PERFECT. WEARING THE YELLOW JERSEY... UNDER A BRIGHT BLUE SKY... LANCE ARMSTRONG APPEARED TO BE GLIDING ON AIR AS HE RODE INTO THE RECORD BOOKS WITH TOUR DE FRANCE VICTORY NUMBER SIX.

(nats: national anthem) first few notes


IT WAS AN AMERICAN TRIUMPH IN A COMPETITION REVERED BY THE FRENCH. BUT ARMSTRONG MASTERED THE MOMENT WITH HUMILITY.

(sot: Lance Armstrong, Tour de France Champion ) "It's special to

stand on this street. There's really a lot of history. To hear our national anthem... I've heard it six times. It's really really special."
SPECIAL... CONSIDERING THE CLIMB FROM THE DEPTHS OF HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER TO THE SUMMIT OF CYCLING'S GREATEST RACE.

(nats: mother cheering from stands) cheering


HIS MOTHER WATCHED FROM THE STANDS... WITH TEARS IN HER EYES.

(sot: Linda Armstrong Kelly, Armstrong's mother ) "The sixth Tour is

history being made. And it's my son. It makes me extremely proud."
AT TIMES DURING THE TOUR... HIS DOMINATION DREW JEERS FROM SOME ENTHUSIASTS...

(sot: Robin Williams, Armstrong friend) "People jumping in front ...

majority are wonderful. A few angry ones. Germans!"
BUT COMEDIAN AND ARMSTRONG FRIEND ROBIN WILLIAMS DISPUTES THE NOTION... THAT THE TEXAN HAS TAKEN THE DRAMA OUT OF CYCLING.

(sot: Robin Williams, Armstrong friend,) "Drama was first kick the

cancer's ass. Then go onto the next phase. I think the Alps kind of pale."
AFTER THE RACE... ARMSTRONG ALL BUT SHATTERED THE SPECULATION THAT THIS WILL BE HIS FINAL TOUR.

(sot: Armstrong, NEW cbs sports i-view ) " This is the race that gets

me up. I'll definitely be back on the tour."
THE NEXT QUESTION FOR ARMSTRONG SEEMS TO BE... JUST WHAT HE WILL DO FOR AN ENCORE.

(nats: national anthem) home of the brave



(CLOSE): BY SEIZING CYCLING'S THRONE... ARMSTRONG IS ALREADY THE

SUBJECT OF SOME FLATTERING COMPARISONS. SOME SPORTS WRITERS SAY THE AMERICAN CYCLIST HAS RISEN INTO THE RANKS OF ALI AND PELE.
JA, CBS NEWS, PARIS.)
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