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The Simpson jury heads into deliberations.
The F-B-I prepares for the worst following terrorism trial verdicts.
And V-M-I is on the docket in the new term of the Supreme Court.
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A historic Hurricane is spinning in the gulf, we'll check in on Opal, the first Atlantic storm to begin with "O", and we'll also examine the work week forecast.
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Stay with us.
The News nis next.

SIMPSON


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In just a few minutes, ten women and two men will begin deliberating the fate of O-J Simpson.
Simpson stands accused of the June 19-94 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend, Ron Goldman.
The jurors have listened to eight months of testimony in the trial.
And they have thousands of pages of transcripts to consider, along with more than 850 pieces of evidence.
As for the threat of any problems, Los Angeles police are now on standby tactical alert.
Dave Fehling joins us with the latest.
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(( JUDGE LANCE ITO/SUPERIOR COURT/FRIDAY: YOU SHALL NOW RETIRE TO BEGIN YOUR DELIBERATIONS.
It was a long time coming for the Simpson jury members who have lived together, eaten together and listened in court together for some 9 months. Yet, as one veteran jury watcher notes, they've never been able to talk amongst themselves about the case until now.
KITTY FELDE/COURTROOM OBSERVER: I THINK THEY'RE GONNA... A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO.
The first thing the jury agreed upon Friday was a foreperson, a process which took only three minutes, and was signaled by a buzzer into Judge Ito's courtroom.
While it's possible the jury could come to a quick verdict, it's unlikely with hundreds of exhibits and over 44-thousand pages of trial testimony to consider.))
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WTC


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Stepped up security is in place at airports across the nation following yesterday's guilty verdicts in the biggest terrorism trial in U-S history.
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Ten Muslims were found guilty of conspiring to bomb the United Nations and other New York landmarks to frighten the U-S into changing its Middle East policies.
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The head of the F-B-I's New York office says the current security measures are not aimed at any specific threat.
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((JAMES KALLSTROM/N.Y. FBI DIRECTOR: WE DON'T THINK AMERICANS SHOULD CHANGE THEIR TRAVEL PLANS, WE SHOULD NOT BE INTIMIDATED, WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC SAFETY. ))
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It's the highest state of security since the Persian Gulf War.
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Opal


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Folks along the Louisiana Coast are preparing for the worst as Hurricane Opal churns in the Gulf of Mexico.
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In New Orleans, officials have closed the city's 31 flood gates.
They are also sandbagging around some bridges.
Right now, Opal is a minimal hurricane, but some additional strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours.
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Sybil


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Meantime, Tropical Storm Sybil has left behind death and destruction in the Philippines.
Another huge landslide caused by the storm has killed at least 14 people, bringing the death count to 45.
About 28-thousand were displaced by the storm's high winds and heavy rains.
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EARTHQUAKE


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And the death toll continues to rise from a magnitude six earthquake that rocked Turkey yesterday.
The death toll stands at 43 -- but searchers expect the number to increase as rubble is cleared away.
Almost 45 percent of the buildings collapsed in (dih-NAHR') Di-nar, a city of 100-thousand people.
Witnesses say many people remain trapped in toppled buildings.
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Still to come,
Some Hollins students protest the school's landscaping plans,
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and at Virginia Tech, one student's fish project is beached following a fire.
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Roanoke-Fatal


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The city of Roanoke records it's first fatal traffic accident of the year.
Police say 65-year old Elmer E. Amos of Salem was killed when his vehicle collided with a another vehicle head on.
The accident happened at about eight-forty on Tenth street North West.
According to police, the other vehicle, driven by 34-year old Harry E. Cunningham of Roanoke, veered to the wrong side of road and collided with Amos.
Amos died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police are still investigating.

SCOTUS


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It's the first Monday in October and that means it's back to work for members of the Supreme Court.
The high court has already dealt anti-abortion forces a setback.
The Court today let stand lower court rulings that upheld a federal law protecting access to abortion clinics.
Another case that could gain lots of attention is the Clinton administration's effort to end 156 years of excluding women at Virginia Military Institute.
The court also faces a case
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brought by three Charlottesville students who say the state Republican Convention violated the Federal Voting Rights Act when it met last year to nominate Oliver North in the U-S Senate race.
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The state party charged a 35-dollar registration fee-- and local parties added surcharges.
The students say the fees amounted to illegal poll taxes.


Hollins-Protest


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Some students at Hollins College have a beef of their own -- they say the administration is chopping down the school's tradition.
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They're upset over the fact that 38 trees were lost in an effort to widen Route 11 in front of Hollins, and that they were not given the chance to save the trees.
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((KELLY SHINN/HOLLINS COLLEGE STUDENT: NOW IT'S JUST LIKE A BIG OPEN DESERT AND IT'S ANOTHER COLLEGE THAT'S GOING TO BE ENCAVED BY A BRICK WALL. IT LOSES A LOT OF IT'S TRADITION, AND HOLLINS PRIDES ITSELF ON TRADITION. IT'S VERY CONTRADICTORY. ))
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But school officials have a different story.
They say students WERE involved in the landscaping process.
Plus the new design shows the lost trees will be replaced with 86 oaks and more than 300 boxwoods.
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((LINDA STEELE/HOLLINS COLLEGE FACULTY: THE EVENTUAL RESULT WILL BE FOR A MUCH GREENER ENTRY AS YOU ENTER THE HOLLINS CAMPUS, AND WE THINK IT WILL BE A MORE BEAUTIFUL ENTRANCE ONCE IT IS COMPLETED. ))
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Steele is hoping that both the roadwork and the landscaping will be finished by the end of this month.
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Fire


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Years of research went up in smoke early yesterday morning at Virginia Tech.
The blaze broke out at the Aqua-culture Center at about four, causing about 20-thousand dollars in damage.
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The fire started in a small outbuilding and then quickly spread to the main structure which housed thousands of fish used in experiments.
The graduate student in charge of the project was trying to find better ways to raise fish for commercial purposes.
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Shoe-Store


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Later that night in Roanoke, a fire did extensive damage to the inventory at the Rack Room Shoe Store in the Towne Square Shopping Center.
S- &- K Menswear and Hobby U-S-A were also damaged.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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Mentally-Ill


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Managed health care is on the agenda today for some Virginia lawmakers.
The Department of Medical Assistance is presenting the proposal.
Some mental health advocates hope it includes plans to help meet the needs of the mentally ill.
Denise Allen has the story.
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(( Daniel Willis died three years ago.
His mother says he took his own life because living with schizophrenia was too much for him.
But Mildred Willis says Daniel's story might have been different if there had been some sort of half way house to help him make the transition from the hospital to the real world. ((MILDRED WILLIS/ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO AN ADULT HOME AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE WITH ME. HE WAS 32 YEARS OLD AND HE WANTED TO BE ON HIS OWN.))
In 1976, the Bagley Commission de-institutionalized mental patients.
Mildred Will says this would have been a great idea had some funding been set aside to help communities meet the housing needs of people with mental illness.
She says at least one third of the homeless population suffers from some type of mental illness.
Newell Falkinburg is running for the state house of delegates.
He calls funding for housing for the mentally ill an investment. ((NEWELL FALKINBURG/(R) CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IT HAS TO BE ADEQUATELY FUNDED ON THE FRONTEND IN ORDER TO MAKE IT WORK ON THE BACKEND. TO KEEP THE PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL WHICH IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACE TO RECEIVE YOUR CARE.))
Chip Woodrum says the state HAS the money to help meet these needs. ((CHIP WOODRUM/(D)HOUSE OF DELEGATES: ONE I HAVE IN MIND IS TO REQUIRE THE RETURN OF THE FUNDS OF THE SALE OF PORTIONS OF SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE STATE INTO THE HOUSING FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.)) ((JEFF ARTIS/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATE CANDIDATE: THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THE LOTTERY PROCEEDS COULD BE USED FOR. THERE'S MONEY OUT THERE BUT FIRST WE NEED TO LOBBY OUR U-S CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS.)) ((VIC THOMAS/HOUSE OF DELEGATES: JUST A LITTLE QUICK HELP MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. BEFORE THAT THEY HAD TO GO INTO THE SYSTEM WHERE THE COST TO THE TAXPAYER IS CONSIDERABLY MORE.))
Mildred Willis says local health care agencies are poorly funded.
She's watching these political hopefuls.
Her wish is for a system which would help people like her son live a life of their own.
Denise Allen news 7.))

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And there's more to come,
We'll take a look at what's on track for the upcoming railway festival,
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and the man who makes these trains is sure to be there.
He's turned his childhood hobby into a business.
More on that when News-7 at Noon continues.
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Rail-Festival


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This weekend's Railway Festival could draw thousands to the downtown area.
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The Virginia Museum of Transportation hosts the festival which honors railroad heritage in the Roanoke Valley.
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The old "6-11" will be back home for the festival.
The steam locomotive has been completely restored and will permanently be kept in the museum.
This is one of many items transportation buffs will celebrate.
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Trains aren't the only attraction... there will be plenty of antique cars, food and music.
The festival starts Friday and goes through Sunday.
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Made-In-VA


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Speaking of railroads, a local man has turned his love affair with trains into a business.
Len Bestoff has more in his latest installment of "Made in Virginia."
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(( (( You'd never know it, but Salem Virginia is home to the country's largest maker of railroad cars.
But the hoppers, tankers, and passenger cars made by the Mountain Car Company are one eighth the size of a normal freight car; and instead of cargo, they carry people. ((JIM HUMPRHEY/MOUNTAIN CAR COMPANY PRESIDENT: THESE YOU WILL FIND MAINLY IN PEOPLE'S BACKYARDS OR PEOPLE IN A CLUB WHO GOT TOGETHER ON THE PROPERTY AND HAD A COMMON MEET, OR COMMON CLUB.))
Jim Humphrey founded the Mountain Car Company more than a decade ago.
His interest in model trains dates back to his childhood. ((HUMPHREY: FROM THERE I STAYED INTERESTED AND ACTIVE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE HOBBY UP UNTIL THE TIME, I WENT TO COLLEGE WHEN I WAS INTERESTED IN THE LIVE STEAM PART OF THE HOBBY. AND I SAW THAT IT WAS A CHANCE TO GO INTO BUSINESS AND MAKE SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT MYSELF.))
The company does not make steam engines, but a number of them are in the shop, since workers like repairing them in their spare time. ((RANDY PRATT/MOUNTAIN CAR COMPANY EMPLOYEE: WE'RE NOT ONLY CAPTURING A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HAVING SOME FUN DOING IT.))
With nearly all the parts made in house, the cars cost anywhere from 500 to five thousand dollars.
Pretty soon collectors will have another type of car to choose from...the Mountain Car Company is developing a boxcar they hope to begin selling soon.
Len Besthoff, for Made in Virginia.)) ))
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Stocks


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On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN 10 points.
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Coming up in sports,
Ernie Irvan make his return to the racetrack,
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and the Redskins make quite an impression in Washington.
We'll take a look at their win over the Cowboys when News 7 continues.
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Skins


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The Washington Redskins yesterday snapped a three-game losing streak defeating Dallas 27-23 at R-F-K Stadium.
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The Cowboys lost Troy Aikman in their first series of play.
He pulled a calf muscle while throwing a pass and never returned to the game.
With the score tied at 3, Washington Quarterback Gus (Fur-ott) Frerrote goes to the air.
The pass is picked off by Darren Woodson and returned 37 yards for a touchdown.
The Cowboys led 10 to 3.
Frerrote came right back marching the Skins down field.
He hit Mark Logan on this 9 yard T-D pass to tie the game at 10.
Then as time was running out, Frerrote hit Terry Allen, he bounces off a tackle and scores and the Redskins lead 20 to 10 at the half.
The Redskins came out hot in the SUPER=30-Washington/=27/Dallas/=23; third

quarter and Terry Allen bulls over from the one for what would be the winning touchdown.
Washington beats Dallas 27 to 23.
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Panthers


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The Carolina Panthers remain winless following yesterday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Rookie Kerry Collins was making his first start.
And in the second quarter he goes to the air and hits Pete (Mets-sue-lars) Metzellars on this 8 yard touchdown pass and the game is tied at 13.
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Race


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In the Holly Farms 400, Ernie Irvan finishes sixth but Mark Martin takes the checkered flag.
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Ernie Irvan returned to Winston Cup Racing for the first time since his near fatal crash at Michigan.
In the Texaco Havoline number 88 Ford, Irvan moved from the 8-th spot to lead the race for 31 laps.
Jeff Gordon would then take the lead with Irvan running second.
But Mark Martin would make his move after a caution and cruise the rest of the way winning the Holly Farms 400.
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Rounding out the top five were Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Rudd.

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Have a great afternoon. That's it for News 7 at Noon.