A dare may be behind a fire in a fireworks store in Ohio that killed eight
And Boris Yeltsin's Communist challenger refuses to accept defeat in
Russia's presidential runoff election.
An easy ride on the weather slide today.
Early morning cool readings will only top out around 80 on this Fourth.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
A 24-year-old man is in jail in southern Ohio after allegedly starting a
fire that killed eight people in a fireworks store.
Todd Hall has been charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Police say it appears Hall was dared by two friends to set off firecrackers
in the back of the store.
Twelve other people were injured in the fire, three of them critically.
Maureen Coe- sohn has the story.
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Meantime the American Academy of Pediatrics has published a study urging a
ban on ALL private fireworks sales.
The "Los Angeles Times" reports the study looked at fireworks injuries
over a 20-year period.
About half the injuries happened on July Fourth.
It found many cases were so devastating they changed the children's lives.
Boris Yeltsin says it's time to rebuild Russia, not divide it into winners
His call for unity came in a
T-V address this morning, one day after he easily defeated Communist Gennady
Zyuganov in a presidential election runoff.
((VYACHESLAV NIKONOV/YELTSIN CAMPAIGN AIDE I THINK IT'S A VICTORY FOR RUSSIAN
DEMOCRACY, FOR RUSSIAN MARKET REFORMS AND FOR RUSSIA. ))
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Meantime, Zyuganov, has refused to concede defeat, suggesting the voting in
some areas may have been rigged.
The fast food restaurant in Salem shut down last week for a salmonella scare
is once again under attack for an alleged health code violation.
This time it's a because of an insect.
Patricia Artz of Salem is suing a Hardee's on Electric Road after allegedly
finding a roach in her breakfast biscuit.
The incident happened about two months ago.
She filed the lawsuit when managers at the restaurant didn't apologize to
She's seeking 25 thousand dollars.
Last Wednesday, health officials closed that Hardee's after two workers
tested positive for salmonella poisoning.
Employees there are not commenting about the incident.
Rubber workers in Bedford will have a second chance to vote on a proposal
that could prevent hundreds of jobs from leaving central Virginia.
Last Sunday, union members narrowly rejected a Rubatex Corporation plan to
make its Bedford intrusion facility more efficient.
Rubatex then said it would move the operation to its Colt, Arkansas plant,
taking with it 287 jobs.
While the company proposal remains the same, a NEW union vote has been
scheduled for next Monday.
Human Resources Director Jerry Kirschke (kersh-kee) says if the vote is
strongly in favor this time, the company would reconsider closing the Bedford
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In Henry County, the United Mine Workers union is lashing out at Dupont.
The chemical company recently said it might close its nylon plant because of
increasing competition from abroad.
The U-M-W-A represents a portion of the 600 workers at the plant but another
union represents the majority.
U-M-W-A accuses Dupont of choosing profits over people.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon-
We'll join a couple taking the ULTIMATE road trip,
and touch therapy makes an important difference in this baby's life.
Four months ago her family didn't think she'd see her first birthday.
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A Danville man is dead following an early morning car accident.
Jack Francisco lost control of his car while exiting off of route 2-65.
The car flipped over pinning Francisco underneath.
He died at the scene.
Smokers who want to quit the habit are getting some help from the federal
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved
over-the-counter sales of nicotine patches.
They're stronger than nicotine gums which also are available without
Dr. Michael Breen reports.
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What's it like in the middle of winter when you gotta get out here? it's cold
out here but it's okay. everybody usually huddles around the front here so..and
just smokes? yeah.
THat's an addiction..more evidence stop smoking and for most smokers the
irritability and headaches become unbearable. but the nicotine patch canprevent
those symptoms. you put it on your arm once a day.
The patch slowly releases nicotine into your bloodstream... nicotine that
reaches your blood and stops your craving.
And here's why the patch should be especially useful for women. many women
can't quit because they can't handle the average five to seven pound weight
The patch has been shown to largely prevent that gain.
It should be available non-prescription by next week.
If at that time you decide to get the patch, you should first know
it's only to be used for six weeks.
Second, if you use the patch and keep smoking, you're running a risk.
A small number of patients who also smoked have had heart attacks as a
It's a small risk and you stand to gain your health...and a lot more
YOU THINK YOU'D EVER GIVE THE NICOTINE PATCH A TRY? SURE, DEFINITELY.
Dr. Michael Breen, for CBS News.))
Now some people shouldn't use the patch without talking to their own
Included are pregnant women and people with heart disease and high
The cost of the patches is expected to be about 180 dollars for six weeks.
Four months ago the Long family of Pembroke didn't think their baby would
live to see her first birthday.
But thanks to surgery and hours of TOUCH THERAPY, Carlie Long is finally
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((RICHARD LONG/FATHER: SHE'S A MIRACLE BABY. I'LL SAY WHEN SHE WAS BORN SHE
WAS 12 INCHES LONG. WE CALLED HER A FOOT LONG HOT DOG.))
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Nurses at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital use touch therapy on premature
babies in the intensive care unit.
They bathe the infants before the therapy, then use a light, vegetable-based
oil for the massage.
Parents take lessons at the hospital twice a week to learn the hand
The therapy helps to comfort the infants and strengthen their physical
It also helps to create an early bond between the babies and their parents.
If you're going on vacation this summer, but aren't sure what you want to
do, this next story is for you.
Ron Jones talks to some folks who found happiness traveling the open road.
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((Shirley Slater and Harry Basch have been blazing trails for 20 years.
From adventures on hot-air balloons to luxury cruise ships these writing
globe trotters have shared their experiences with thousands of readers cross
Their latest mode of transport?... an R-V.
((SHIRLEY SLATER/TRAVEL WRITER: I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THINGS.
IF I GET EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING AS I AM RIGHT NOW ABOUT RV'ING. I WANT OTHER
PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT IT. BECAUSE WHEN WE STARTED IN RV'S IN 92 I HAD NEVER
THOUGHT BEFORE THAT I WOULD EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE
GREATEST VACATION, I SAID I'VE GOT TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THIS.))
After a pit stop at Dixie Caverns they showed us all the amenities-- a
kitchen, bedroom, but more important-- a hook up for cable T-V!
Harry says travelling is fun if you use common sense.
((HARRY BASCH/TRAVEL WRITER: I'VE ENCOUNTERED NO PROBLEMS THAT WAY AND I THINK
PART OF IT IS BECAUSE THE CAMP GROUNDS ARE WELL MANAGED. A LOT OF THEM ARE
SECURED AT NIGHT AND THEY HAVE SECURITY PERSONNEL. I DON'T THINK ITS A GOOD
IDEA TO PULL OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND PARK...))
They're so caught up in R-Ving, as they call it, they even wrote a book
((WE WENT OUT LOOKING FOR A BOOK TO TELL US THE BASIC THINGS AND WE COULDN'T
FIND ONE. SO A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER WE DECIDED TO WRITE ONE. AND WE HAVE A
BOOK CALLED FREE WHEELING USA WHICH IS PUBLISHED BY FIELDING BOOKS AND IS
AVAILABLE IN THE BOOK STORES EVERYWHERE.))
They also have columns in several newspapers and make T-V appearances.
((THIS IS HARRY AND SHIRLEY'S VERSION OF ROUGHING IT. AFTER A LONG HARD DAY
HUNTING AND FISHING YOU CAN RELAX IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, SO TO SPEAK, AND ENJOY
THE RIDE. RJ N7, DIXIE CAVERNS.))))
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon-
The city of Galax is working to its low-cost housing crunch,
and where can you go to see an Ostrich race?
They're just one of the attractions at the Salem Fair this weekend.
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You may want to spend your Fourth of July on the Wacky Worm, the Scrambler,
or the Star Ship two thousand.
Those are just a few of the attractions at the Salem Fair.
Last night it kicked off its ninth year in valley.
It kicked off last night with all the traditional fair food and rides.
This year it features a few action packed acts as well, including the Wild
Ones-- a daredevil trio from Canada.
On the pet patrol, Ostriches are highlighted this year.
Ostrich races are scheduled for this weekend...or you can select Ostrich
meat from the menu to eat.
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((DAVID AKER/OSTRICH MEAT PROMOTER: IT HAS LESS FAT, CHOLESTEROL AND CALORIES
THAN SKINLESS TURKEY OR CHICKEN. IT HAS 22 GRAMS OF PROTEIN AND IT'S RED MEAT.
IT'S VERY HEALTHY.))
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In other acts, Robinson's Racing Pigs returned to the Fair-- including
Shorty who's on the fast track to win cookies.
The Salem Fair at the Salem Civic Center runs through the 14th.
Another memeber of Governor Allen's cabinet calls it quites.
This time, it's the Secretary of Finance.
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51-year-old Paul Timmreck announced yesterday he's leaving to become a vice
president at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He'll begin there August first.
Timmreck worked on Capitol Square for more than two decades and was also in
Governor Doug Wilder's Cabinet.
Timmreck's departure follows Kay Coles James who was Secretary of Health
and Human Resources, also Superintendent of Public Instruction William Bosher,
and top lawyer Frank Atkinson.
Wall Street is closed today in observance of Independence Day.
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Up next in sports, two Cuban boxers meet their toughest match in a fight for
and- a former player for the Roanoke Rush - is on his way to national turf.
We'll tell you who he when we come back.
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On this Independence day two Cuban boxers are in Los Angeles, tasting
freedom for the first time.
They were released from immigration custody last night pending a hearing for
As Judy Hsu (SUE) reports, this is a fight they say they can't afford to
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Tired but confident Joel Casamayor and Ramon Garbey walked out of the El
Centro INS processing center, both sporting an American flag on their shirts.
Two men who have won many medals in the boxing ring, now fighting for the
They said they fled the the communist regime to help their families.
ATTORNEY:- ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS...AS ASYLUM APPLICANT.
The fighters' journey to democracy began last week. On Sunday the boxers
crossed the San Ysidro border...Requesting asylum in the US after slipping out
of their olympic training camp in Guadalajara.
The boxers arrived with horrifying tales of abuse and neglect because they
said they refused to pledge loyalty to President Fidel Castro. After thanking
US immigration officials...the boxers left San Diego after three days in
Later, arriving in Los Angeles with their attorneys...to begin their life of
freedom for now.
Judy Hsu for CBS News.))
A lawyer for the athletes says they came to the US before the '96 Olympic
games because they would rather die than fight again for Castro.
Another day of Michael Irvin's drug trial in Dallas.
Yesterday, the defense attempted
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to show among other things how Irvin's fingerprints inadvertently ended up on
the dishes holding the Marijuana and Cocaine that was discovered in the hotel
room he occupied that night.
Irvin faces ten years in prison and $10 thousand dollar fine is convicted.
Another soggy day in England has slowed play at Wimbledon.
Some big matches are scheduled today, including the women's semis and the
Top-seed Pete Sampras and Goran
Ivanisevic enter play trailing their
matches two sets to love.
The Roanoke Rush got a big lift when one of its former players returned to
spread the news that he's headed to the NFL.
Robbie Colley, the former Virginia Tech punter, who failed to make the 49ers
roster out of college, played with the Rush last season, and then in the World
League, before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.
The Tazewell native inked a two year deal.
((ROBBIE COLLEY/SIGNS WITH TAMPA BAY:))
((DUKE STRAGER/RUSH HEAD COACH:))
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The city of Galax is lacking affordable housing for working-class residents.
But hopefully the new Knob Hill subdivision will provide a solution.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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In just a matter of weeks, Knob Hill subdivision's first home will be ready
for its family.
The city of Galax obtained a grant to extend a road and utilities and create
In most cases, it will donate the lots to keep prices low for homebuyers.
Knob Hill is the city's effort to relieve a low-cost housing crunch, and
ensure a stable work force for the industries which give the city a stable
((DAN CAMPBELL/GALAX CITY MANAGER: MOST OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE THOSE JOBS
HERE IN GALAX AREN'T NECESSARILY ABLE TO AFFORD 200, 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR HOMES
AS WE'VE BEEN SEEING GOING UP HERE IN THE LAST FOUR TO FIVE TO SIX YEARS. ))
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The city has contracted with Virginia Mountain Housing to build the homes,
help homebuyers get their financial houses in order, and help homebuyers secure
low- interest financing.
The agency is already processing applications.
((CYNTHIA SCHOOLFIELD/VMH PROGRAM MANAGER: ONCE WE'VE RECEIVED THAT OUR
FINANCIAL DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE CARE OF QUALIFYING THE CUSTOMER, MAKING SURE
THAT THEIR CREDIT HISTORY IS WORKABLE FOR THE LOAN PROGRAMS. THEY NEED TO HAVE
STEADY INCOME. ))
Once it's all said and done, what was once a steep, wooded, unused hillside
will provide homes, a neighborhood for 22 families, and 22 new tax tickets for
the city books. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Galax.))
Thanks for joining us - Have a Great holiday.
And that's it for NEWS-7 at Noon--