A chemical fire still burns more than 24 hours after it broke out.
Hudson Foods recalls 25 million pounds of beef from stores and restaurants
around the nation.
A dig behind a prison for the missing wife of the prison warden.
Plus how to make your halogen light safer.
News 7 is next.
Fire is still burning in Smyth County tonight.
The blaze at Marley Mouldings has been spreading a chemical cloud since
Tonight crews from out of state are arriving to help spray foam on the
Authorities say residents in Atkins who've been evacuated probably won't be
allowed back until tomorrow.
A dig is going on behind a Pulaski Prison- Officials may be looking for the
missing wife of the prison warden.
And a new device makes your Halogen lamps safer.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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500 hundred people are still NOT allowed home tonight.
That's because a Smyth County Plastics warehouse is still burning- sending
heavy smoke into the sky.
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stacey Martin is at the scene where there is no sign the fire is letting up
stacey what's going on there now?
((Rollcue: home sometime soon.))
SUPER=01-Mark Farris/Atkins Resident; :13
SUPER=01-David Russell/Atkins Resident; :32
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The chemical fire is causing some schedule changes--
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Atkins Elementary School will be closed tomorrow, as will Woodgrain
Millworks. All other industries will be open, but employees will have to
travel I-81. Again, Atkins Elementary and Woodgrain Millworks are closed
It's been three years since Carol Smith of Roanoke County was reported
At the time, police went on an all out search for the woman married to the
the warden of the Pulaski Correctional Unit- but she was never found.
Now according to people familiar with the situation, the investigation has
For the past two days state police have been digging in a trash pit behind
the correctional unit- The prison headed by Carol Smith's husband, David L.
Len Besthoff has more.
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Hudson Foods is recalling 25 million pounds of frozen hamburger- and
shutting down its Nebraska plant.
The company will also destroy all the product it has at the plant- and
adopt stricter safety standards- proposed by the Agriculture department.
((DAN GLICKMAN/AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: THESE ARE NON NEGOTIABLE PROPOSALS. THE
PLANT WILL NOT REOPEN UNTIL THEY ARE ALL MET.))
SUPER=01-Dan Glickman/Agriculture Secretary;
OUT Q=they are all met."
And government officials are urging everyone who eats beef to take
((COOK HAMBURGER THOROUGHLY. COOK TO 160 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. USE A THERMOMETER
TO DO THAT. IT'S CRITICAL.))
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All of the suspect meat was shipped out as frozen hamburger patties-
Walmart, Sam's Club, Safeway Grocery Stores and Burger King- were the main
buyers of the hamburger. All will return their Hudson products.
A Tobacco executive concedes- cigarettes may have killed thousands of
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The man who not only makes- but smokes his company's Marlboro cigarettes-
told a Florida state attorney cigarettes might kill.
((ATTORNEY: WOULD PHILIP MORRIS AGREE THAT A SINGLE AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO SMOKED
THEIR PRODUCTS FOR THIRTY OR MORE YEARS, A SINGLE ONE HAS EVER DIED OF A
DISEASE CAUSED IN PART BY SMOKING CIGARETTES? GEOFFREY BIBLE/PHILIP MORRIS
CEO: I THINK THERE'S A FAIR CHANCE ONE WOULD HAVE YES. ATTORNEY: HOW ABOUT ONE
THOUSAND? BIBLE: MIGHT HAVE. ATTORNEY: HOW ABOUT ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND? BIBLE:
MIGHT HAVE. ATTORNEY: NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.))
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OUT Q=no further questions."
The statement came during a deposition for Florida's lawsuit against the
((I SAID HALLELUJAH A CIGARETTE COMPANY EXECUTIVE HAS FINALLY OWNED UP TO THE
SUPER=01-Ron Motley/Florida State Attorney;
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Florida is trying to recoup millions of dollars from the tobacco industry-
to cover the cost of smoking related illnesses.
Southside tobacco farmers are welcoming national health advocates onto their
fields- in hopes of finding middle ground.
A two day conference will include tours of local farms where families have
spent generations raising tobacco.
Representatives for growers and health advocates say they both want to
protect the children.
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((REBECCA REEVE/HEALTH ADVOCATE: NO ONE WANTS KIDS TO SMOKE. NOT HEALTH
ADVOCATES, NONE OF THE TOBACCO GROWERS I'VE EVER MET.))
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Still, farmers were quick to point out they've done nothing wrong.
IN Q=Putting us out of business
((J.T.DAVIS/TOBACCO FARMER: PUTTING US OUT OF BUSINESS DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH ONE
THING. IT'S NOT GOING TO KEEP ONE CIGARETTE FROM BEING MADE AND WE'RE ACTUALLY
PART OF THE SOLUTION NOT THE PROBLEM WHEN IT COMES TO YOUTH ACCESS.))
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Delegate Ted Bennett compared the proposed national settlement to the stock
market crash of 1929- saying it would devastate families.
Meanwhile Congressman Virgil Goode pledged to protect tobacco farmers.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/(D) 5TH DISTRICT: THOSE ADULTS WHO CHOOSE TO SMOKE SHOULD
HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SMOKE AND IF THEY SMOKE I WANT THEM TO BE SMOKING
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J-T Davis says tobacco growers have a story to tell over the next two
He hopes negotiators won't forget the farmer's faces when they head to
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's a new twist to the Sheriff's race in Lynchburg. After this break
we'll meet the latest candidate and hear what SHE has to say,
and we will see what can be done to make a popular type of lamp safer for your
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Five years after the shootout at Ruby Ridge, the case will be replayed in
an Idaho courtroom.
Kevin Harris was re-arrested today for the murder of a U-S Marshal-
Harris has already been acquitted once of the murder- but prosecutors say
they have fresh evidence.
((DAVID NEVIN/HARRIS' ATTORNEY: HE'S NOT GUILTY OF ANYTHING. A JURY SAW THAT
BEFORE IT'S ASTONISHING TO ME THAT WE HAVE TO REPLAY THIS VERY BAD MOVIE. ))
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Meanwhile an F-B-I sniper is charged with manslaughter for killing a woman.
Lon (Horee- OO-chee) Horiuchi was part of a federal team- he put a shot
through the door of Randy Weaver's cabin thinking he was aiming at an armed
man- Instead he killed Weaver's unarmed wife.
Halogen Lamps can cause fires-
But soon they may be safer to use.
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Most halogen lamps burn much hotter than standard light bulbs-
During testing it was found the bulbs could ignite draperies nearby.
Now, new guards are being made to protect the bulb and prevent fires.
Major retailers like
Wal-Mart and Kmart already sell the safety device.
The new guards can only be used on bulbs of 300 watts or less.
Since 1992, the lamps are considered the cause of 189 fires and eleven
fire related deaths.
They're NOT waiting for any judges in Virginia Beach.
The 15 year court battle may continue.
But the water is flowing out of the Lake Gaston pipeline.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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This is it.
Rain that fell in the Blue Ridge mountains and flowed through the farms and
rivers of Southside and southwest Virginia -- it's pouring out into the
reservoirs that serve Virginia Beach.
((TOM LEAHY/VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC UTILITIES: I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE PROJECT
15 YEARS NOW, AND YES, IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THE WATER FLOW OVER FOR THE FIRST
That's almost laughable understatement for Virginia Beach-- which will have
spent 15 years and about a quarter BILLION dollars fighting to, finally
building, and operating this 76 mile pipeline.
((I DON'T BELIEVE YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO FIND ANY CITY THAT'S HAD TO RESTRICT OR
CONSERVE WATER AS FREQUENTLY AS WE HAVE, OR USES LESS WATER PER PERSON.))
But it's a cascade of frustration for Virginians to the west who've been
watching their water levels -- no matter what Virginia Beach says.
((THE PROJECT WILL HAVE NO IMPACT WHATSOEVER ON THE UPPER ROANOKE RIVER BASIN
AROUND SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND THE CITY OF ROANOKE IN THE UPPER BASIN. IN LAKE
GASTON, THE PROJECT WILL HAVE NO DISCERNIBLE EFFECT ON THE LAKE. CERTAINLY NO
VISUAL EFFECT -- NO SOUND EFFECTS.))
It's possible -- but unlikely -- that a federal appeals court in D.C. could
still dampen Virginia Beach's fun.
But until then -- this flow will increase from 4 million gallons a day to 60
million sometime in November.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Isle of Wight County.))
Lynchburg's newest candidate for sheriff says being the first woman to run
for the job can only help her campaign.
Mary Randolph- Preston announced her candidacy on the steps of Monument
Terrace this afternoon.
She's worked as a deputy in Appomattox County and helped operate regional
jails in Tampa, Florida and Hopewell, Virginia.
Randolph- Preston says she's ready to change people's perception of what a
sheriff should be.
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((MARY RANDOLPH- PRESTON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF CANDIDATE: I HAVE HAD A LOT OF
PEOPLE TELL ME `WELL, I ALWAYS SEE THE SHERIFF AS BEING A MAN'. BUT ONCE THEY
TALK TO ME AND GET TO REALIZE MY EXPERIENCE AND MY BACKGROUND AND THEN GET TO
KNOW ME AS A PERSON, THEN THE ATTITUDE CHANGES BECAUSE THEY REALIZE I'M REALLY
SERIOUS ABOUT IT.))
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Incumbent sheriff Lawrence Simpson and retired city police officer Ron
Gillispie are the other two candidates running for the post.
Robin Reed will be along with your weekend forecast,
and we'll tell you why there's a few less rats at V-M-I today.
The first woman has folded her tent and shipped out- -rather than continue
to endure the RAT LINE at V-M-I.
Just hours after the toughest part of the training program began, the first
woman- and nine more men dropped out.
That's a total of 13 men and one woman- below the expected average for the
The Institute expects some of the new recruits to quit- especially the day
after they "meet the cadre."
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI PUBLIC RELATIONS: PRIMARILY MOST OF THEM LEAVE, "THIS
JUST ISN'T FOR ME." THERE ARE CERTAIN QUESTIONS WE ASK, AND WE WRITE DOWN THE
ANSWERS, BUT THAT'S CONFIDENTIAL.))
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V-M-I won't release the names of those who drop out.
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Skins low lights from Miami coming up plus, Roy Stanley with Art Monk and the
Radford U. Hall of fame inductees, and Steve Mason checks in from VMI with the
Keydet football team.
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But first, Courtney Alexander announced this afternoon that he not returning
to UVa next season.
Alexander was kicked off the team indefinitely after being charged with
assaulting his girlfriend back in July.
Reports out of Charlottesville say he may transfer to U-Conn.
Now tonight's baseball boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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take a break
The Redskins now know what it feels like to be hit by Michael Westbrook. last
night they were knocked out in their preseason finale 28-to-7 by the Dolphins.
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Gus Frerotte was absolutely horrible in the first quarter completing just two
of seven passes and throwing 2 interceptions to Miami defensive backs.
Benny Parmalee put the first score on the board with this four yard TD run to
make it 7-to-nothing Fins.
It was 14-to-nothing and then 21 to nothing at the four minute mark of the
first half when Jerris McPhael danced in from 10 yards out.
The Redskins had five turnovers in the first half including this fumble by
Kerry Joseph, that results in a Sam Madison TD. Miami whips Washington
28 to 7.
The Redskins could have used Art Monk tonight, but he was in Radford as the
University inducted its third Sports Hall of Fame class.
Roy Stanley says this year's group includes 3 former players and a long time
coach and administrator.
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SUPER=01-Chuck Taylor/Radford Hall of Fame; :49
SUPER=01-Nan Millner/Radford Hall of Fame; :1:13
SUPER=01-Dante Washington/Radford Hall of Fame; 1:44
SUPER=01-Art Monk/940 Career Catches & 66 TDS; 2:14
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Steve Robinson of Roanoke was one of the first scholarship athletes ever at
Radford. He was a 2 year starter and co-captain of the basketball team from
1978 to 1980.
Robinson led tulsa to 3 consecutive NCAA appearances and he was named the
head coach at Florida State last month.))
((STEVE ROBINSON/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((Chuck Taylor coached the Highlanders basketball team in the mid 70's He also
served as Radford's athletic director for 20 years leading the school into
division one athletics.))
((CHUCK TAYLOR/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((In the early 80's the girls basket5ball program was led by Nan Millner of
Martinsville. She was the first basketball player with 1-thousand points and
1-thousand rebounds in a career.))
((NAN MILLNER/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((Dante Washington put Radford's soccer program in the national spot light from
1988 to 1992. Washington is the second leading scorer in NCAA history and he
now plays for the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer.))
((DANTE WASHINGTON/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((The guest speaker at this years ceremonies was former Washington Redskin all
pro wide receiver Art Monk.
Monk officially retired this year as a Redskin and the next phase of his
athletic career is the N-F-L Hall of Fame.))
((ART MONK/940 CAREER CATCHES & 66 TDS:))
((Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
The Carolina League pennant chase took center stage last night in the Hill
City, as the Lynchburg Hillcats hooked up with Salem hoping to reduce their
magic number to just 3 in the Northern Division.
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It was a great night for baseball at historic City Stadium and the nachos
were even better.
We pick up the action in the 3rd and the Hillcats threatening. Alex
Hernandez goes back up the middle plating Luis Figueroa for a 1-zip 'Cats lead.
Two batters later Aramis Ramirez bounces one into left, just over the bag
at 3rd, and Hernandez and Mike Asche score for a 3 run lead.
That was all Paul Ah-Yat would need on the mound as the Hillcats move a
step closer to the pennant with a 3 to 1 win.
VMI's annual football media day yesterday took a little of the attention off
the coed rat watch.
But Steve Mason says even the football team is undergoing some major
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SUPER=01-Al Lester/VMI Senior Quarterback; :37
SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/VMI Senior Linebacker; :54
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Still to come tonight, Steve Mason takes us down to the post at VMI
with a look at something other than the female rats - the 1997 Keydet
And before we leave you tonight we wanted to remind those folks affected by
the chemical fire in Smyth County that
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Atkins Elementary School will be closed tomorrow, as well as Woodgrain
Millworks. All the other industries in the area will be open, but employees
will have to travel on Interstate-81.
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