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Next on News 7-
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A judge decides whether O-J Simpson will get a new trial.
Scary moments for passengers- as a Continental jet makes an emergency landing in Roanoke.
And a tough ride for some passengers aboard Valley Metro when it slams into a home.
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Wx-Heads
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After two days of rain, the Tuesday forecast looks sunny and mild. Details coming up.

MEDICAL-HEADS


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On health Check-- it's the banana vaccine--
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Genetically altered fruit which could revolutionize the fight against killer diseases.
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((I THINK PLANT BIO-TECHNOLOGY IN TERMS OF VACCINES, IS POTENTIALLY UNLIMITED.))
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((FRED GOLDMAN/RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: I THINK CLEARLY THE JUDGE RECOGNIZED THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN EQUAL THE VIOLENT ACT, THE MURDERS HE COMMITTED.))
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The judge upholds the 33 million dollars in damages O-J Simpson must pay.
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5-Simpson


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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
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The judge also refused to grant Simpson a new civil trial.
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Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman--and ordered to pay 33 million dollars in damages.
Today the Goldmans were in court when Simpson's attorneys appealed.
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((FRED GOLDMAN/RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: THIS IS A MAN WHO BELONGS IN JAIL SITTING ON DEATH ROW. THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN COMPENSATE. THAT CAN MAKE EQUITABLE WHAT HE DID.))
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Simpson's lawyers say today's ruling is just a formality and that the appeals process is just beginning.
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5-Ok-Trial


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Jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial heard from the state trooper who arrested Timothy McVeigh- just hours after the bombing.
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The officer who stopped McVeigh told how he pulled a car over about 60 miles north of Oklahoma City- just a couple of hours after the blast.
The officer said McVeigh had a gun, bullets and ear plugs.
Officers arrested McVeigh for carrying a concealed weapon.
The trooper described how McVeigh's clothes were handled after that arrest.
The government is trying to show McVeigh had residue from explosives on his clothing.
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5-Plane-Emergency


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A Continental Airlines jet with engine trouble made an emergency landing today at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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Passengers celebrated when the Boeing 737 touched down shortly before noon.
Flying from Newark, New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia the plane was diverted to Roanoke after pilots shut down one of the engines as a precaution.
Passengers praised the crew, but admitted some tense moments as the plane made its approach.
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((SUSAN MORAN/PASSENGER: I'M NOT READY TO DIE YET. I WANT TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THEM YET. I THINK GOD WAS ON MY SIDE.)) ((MARK COURTNEY/AIRPORT SPOKESMAN:))
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Most of the passengers on the Continental flight continued their travel on US Airways, but a few are still waiting to leave Roanoke.
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5-Metro-Ax


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wipe wipe
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A Valley Metro bus struck a northwest Roanoke home this morning.
Witnesses say the bus hit a utility pole, then a pine tree, before plowing into this home on Troutland Avenue.
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((PHILLIP CARDWELL/RESIDENT: I RUN OUTSIDE, TRYING TO GET THEM OUT OF THE BUS, KNOWING THAT MY FAMILY WAS SAFE. THE BUS DRIVER, HE WAS STILL TRYING TO START IT, OR STEER THE BUS. HE SAID HE BLACKED OUT. I GUESS BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE WERE SAVED. ))
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The driver, Charles Saunders says he blacked out after feeling sick.
Linda Ferris, a passenger, managed to grab the steering wheel and pull the driver's foot off the accelator.
None of the passengers on the bus was injured...so far charges have not been filed.
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The Salem V-A Medical Center says director John Presley will remain on temporary assignment for up to 30 more days.
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Presley and associate director William Dalamater (DELL-ah-mater) got new assignments a month ago, after an investigation by Veterans Affairs officials.
Three staff members from V-A headquarters will be conducting a followup visit to the Salem hospital next month.

5-Radford-Arsenal


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Layoffs are looming at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;


Alliant Techsystems, which operates the arsenal, has yet to release any official details.
But spokesman Chuck Lee confirmed some of the affected workers have already been notified.
In January, the arsenal recalled about 75 previously laid off workers to help fill an increased number of orders during the first quarter.
Lee says the workers receiving pink slips this time are among those who were called back in January.
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Trash tags in Lynchburg could be scrapped-- the latest on the controversy heading your way on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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Three living Presidents, the wife of a fourth, two different Parties all in support of one movement...community service.
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Anchor=Connie


On Health Check-- we'll feature an all-too common form of breast cancer--
Plus, taking high-tech to the extreme, in fighting the disease. 2-SHOT
ANCHOR=Jean


Also coming up-- Patrick is observing national dance week...
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Fortunately for us, he is just watching...stick around. cc sponsor
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5-Volunteer


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Presidents past and present are calling on America to reach out and volunteer.
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It's part of the volunteer summit.
Former Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush were at Independence Hall in Philadelphia- along with former first lady Nancy Reagan.
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((THE ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT MABYBE OVER, BUT THE TERA OF BIG CHALLENGES FOR OUR COUNTRY IS NOT AND SO WE NEED AN ERA OF BIG CITIZENSHIP.))
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Bush, Ford and Reagan added their signatures to the proclamation. The leaders then urged Americans to volunteer to help America's children.
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5-Westvaco


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Westvaco retirees say they're filing a discrimination lawsuit against their former company.
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This afternoon, about 50 retired workers picketed outside the Covington plant.
They claim the company is trying to short- change them when it comes to their pensions.
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((CLARENCE FARMER/WESTVACO RETIREES ASSOCIATION: I'D LIKE TO SEE WESTVACO GIVE RECOGNITION TO THE RETIREES AND SET DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE DISPARITIES WITHIN THE PENSION PLAN. MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT FOR THE FOLKS WHO REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED IT. ))
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Company spokesman Robert Crockett says there are currently no plans to make adjustments to pension benefits.
He says the Westvaco Retirees Association has no formal relationship with the plant in Covington.

5-Trash-Tags


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With its landfill posting huge profits, one city council member says Lynchburg can afford to do away with its controversial trash tag system.
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When he ran for city council last year, Robert Garber promised to get rid of the trash tags.
Now he says he has the votes to do it.
Garber and three other council members announced today they would work to repeal the four-year old program within the next few weeks.
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((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES IN LYNCHBURG, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO SPEND A COUPLE OF DOLLARS A WEEK, COMES OUT TO A COUPLE OF HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR POTENTIALLY, TO GET RID OF THEIR TRASH. SO IT MAKES SENSE TO GIVE THEM FREE TRASH PICKUP AND TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THAT ILLEGAL DUMPING.))
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Garber says getting rid of the trash tags should "not" affect the city's recycling efforts.
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The Southwest Virginia Ballet will be well represented in the Lone Star State this summer...
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5-BALLET


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This is National Dance week, and today we highlight some of the fancy footwork going on throughout the Valley. DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Post School of Ballet, where students are taught the fine art of dance.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Rain is still slowing down the Winston 500-- the race was postponed yesterday...Mike has an update.
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ANCHOR=Connie


On Health Check-- reaching to outer-space, for help in cancer research.
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Also, a report on a form of breast cancer--
Called Ductal Carcinoma in Situ--
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((THERE WAS JUST A LITTLE SMALL BLIP ON THE MAMMOGRAM THAT SHOWED A LITTLE CLUSTER OF CALCIUM FLAKES. ))
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Good Afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry.
Southside soldiers are helping Bosnians re-build after years of fighting.
NEWS 7 sent Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco to Bosnia for a detailed look at the role of peacekeeper.
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((WAR HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON BOSNIA- HERZEGOVINA. AT ONE TIME THE COUNTRY WAS THRIVING BUT INTERNAL CONFLICT HAS LEFT COUNTLESS FAMILIES WITHOUT A PLACE TO CALL HOME. TODAY, THOUGH, A NUMBER OF THOSE REFUGEES ARE BEGINNING TO RETURN HOME NOW THAT OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE INTERVENED. 46 DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN FROM DANVILLE VIRGINIA ARE AMONG THE SOLDIERS TRYING TO RESTORE PEACE. THIS WEEK, WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO THOSE HOMETOWN SOLDIERS AND SHOW YOU WHAT THEIR JOB IS ALL ABOUT, FROM SEARCHING FOR LAND MINES TO BRINGING SUPPLIES TO THE POOR.
AGAIN, THAT'S ALL THIS WEEK ON NEWS 7 AT SIX AND ELEVEN. ))
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Also coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX...an update on our story of Peggy Childers-- she's the woman who spent the Winter living along the Appalachian Trail...she's being released from jail.
double boxes Jean/KEith


Tune in for these stories and more news in about 40-minutes on NEWS-7 at Six.
ANCHOR=Jean


Thanks Keith, we'll see you then.

5-Banana-Vaccine


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Genetic engineering isn't just about cloning sheep--
It's a real science that is producing real advancements in medicine.
A case in point-- the banana vaccine.
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Scientists are working on a new cholera vaccine--
There is already an injectable vaccine for the disease-- but in developing countries, they may not have syringes, refrigeration for the serum, or the money to pay for it.
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((DAVE FEHLING: HOW IS IT THAT CHOLERA, IF IT GETS INTRODUCED INTO AN AREA LIKE THIS, CAN SPREAD SO EASILY? VANESSA CRUZ/PUBLIC HEALTH WORKER: YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEM IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE VERY CLOSE THE WATER TO THE BATHROOM.))
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So at Cornell University in New York, they are genetically altering bananas.
By splicing cholera bacteria genes into seedlings, the result should be a banana that when eaten, would stimulate the person's immune system to produce the antibodies to fight off the disease.
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((CHARLES ARNTZEN, BOYCE THOMPSON INSTITUTE: IT'S TAKEN US ABOUT SIX YEARS NOW, BUT WE CAN SAY YES, IT WORKS, IN PRINCIPLE, IT WORKS.))
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Human tests are just getting underway-- but in five more years, lead researcher Charles Arntzen believes the banana vaccine could be ready.
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((LAURANCE NICKEY/FORMER EL PASO HEALTH DIRECTOR: BUT IF WE CAN GET A VACCINE THAT IS IN BANANAS, MY GOODNESS, YOU COULD DISTRIBUTE THAT TO CHILDREN, DISTRIBUTE IT TO ADULTS IN AREAS WHERE GOOD SANITATION AND GOOD WATER MAY BE A LONG TIME COMING.))
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Arntzen's team is working to produce edible vaccines for other diseases as well, including hepatitis.
The beauty of bananas is they are easily and cheaply grown in many developing countries, and easy to get kids to eat.
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The experts say one in nine American women will develop breast cancer, but not all cancers are the same.
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ is cancer of the breast ducts and makes up at least one quarter of all breast cancer cases.
Virtually all cases are treatable, but HOW they should be treated is still a controversy that was addressed over the weekend by an international group of physicians.
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(( DR. GORDON SCHWARTZ, BREAST HEALTH INSTITUTE, JEFFERSON MEDICAL COLLEGE: WE KNOW THAT A MAJORITY OF THE WOMEN WHO HAVE IN SITU CARCINOMA LIKE THIS WILL NEVER DEVELOP A REAL CANCER OF THE BREAST. ))
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That's where the controversy lies. Dr. Schwartz believes only a small percent of women with ductal carcinoma in situ will develop a cancer that is life threatening.
But doctors can't yet define which patients will develop a problem.
So some question the options patients are given-- radiation, or mastectomy, complete removal of the breast.
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((DR. GORDON SCHWARTZ: WE DON'T KNOW THEREFORE HOW TO TREAT IT. SHOULD WE LEAVE SOME PEOPLE ALONE SHOULD WE DO MASTECTOMIES ON PEOPLE SO THAT WE PROTECT THEM AGAINST SOMETHING HAPPENING))
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At this weekend's meeting, physicians agreed on a system to examine the tissue once its removed, to assess the risk of a patient developing life-threatening cancer in the future.
Doctors hope this information will translate into the best treatment-- whether it's a mastectomy, radiation therapy, or lumpectomy alone.

5-Cancer


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Cancer research is now reaching out of this world-- to the stars and the people who study them.
A doctor from the Detroit Cancer Institute has recruited a NASA Astrophysicist who believes faint signals in space can pick up indications of cells going haywire. The institute plans to bring in 15 non-medical researchers to quote "rewrite the rules of cancer research." 2-SHOT 2-shot-toss
ANCHOR=Jean


Time now for sports-- and a soggy start for the Winston 500--
ANCHOR=Connie


So how about some dry indoor sports highlights? Here's Mike.

S5-Talladega


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Welcome folks to the Monday ticker, and the start of a brand new work week.
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Let's get started in Talladega, Alabama where mother nature finally was declared the winner in the Winston 500.
Rain yesterday forced the race to be postponed until today at Noon,
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Well, dense fog and a persistent drizzle covered the track most of the morning, and again delayed the start.
The skies did finally clear just a bit and NASCAR was abel to get the track dry, and at 2:05 eastern time, it looked like the race would actually get underway.
But after a few laps to get some heat into the track surface, the rains returned in full force.
NASCAR had to call off the race, and postpone it to Saturday, May 10th at one o'clock.
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NASCAR would liked to have held the race tomorrow, but it's just not feasible
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The crews and drivers have to get back to North Carolina and then immediately head out to California, the site of this weekend's Road Race at Sears Point.

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The NBA playoffs resume tonight in two series with the Jazz trying to eliminate the Clippers, and the Knicks trying to sweep the Hornets.
Charlotte dropped the first two games of the best of series in the Big Apple, but tonight the team is back home in a do or die situation.
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((DELL CURRY/HORNETS GUARD:)) ((GLEN RICE/HORNETS FORWARD:))
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Speaking of firing, Michael Jordan threw down 55 points last night as the Bulls came back from a first half deficit to beat the Stubborn Bullets 109-to-104 in game two of their best of five series.
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And in one other hoop note the Women's NBA held its first ever draft today and former UVa star Tammi Reiss, on the front row on your right was the first pick of the Utah Starrz.
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ANCHOR=Mike
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER


Another former Cavaliers Tora Suber was the first round pick of the Charlotte Sting.
More sports coming your way tonight at six, including comments from Fuzzy Zoeller, who was back on the golf course today in Greenville, South Carolina.
Have a good night everybody. take a break

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The guest of honor was nowhere in sight, but
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SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;

Iraqis celebrated in the streets to mark Saddam Hussein's 60th birthday. The festivities include a military parade in his hometown and scattered street parties around the country.
The Iraqi News Agency reports the Iraqi president did not appear in public for the celebrations.
He apparently did meet privately with senior government and military officials who congratulated him on his birthday.
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That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight-- full screen
Join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC. See you later! Goodnight ANCHOR=Jean