Coming up on News 7-
Norfolk Southern crews work non stop to clean up after a train derails- We'll have a live report from the site of last night's train crash.
A Roanoke man facing charges of killing his son is released from the hospital.
Plus video turns up of the President meeting Kathleen Willey.
Rain is slow to clear out during this forecast cycle. Scattered showers and a warmup expected through Friday.[medical-head]
In medical news --
U-N-C scientists receive funding for cystic fibrosis research.
A New Orleans doctor has found way to keep the heart muscle cells beating and dividing even after death.
And how well does your toothpaste really work?
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Freight trains are free to roll through Elliston less than 24 hours after a derailment brought service to a halt.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Norfolk Southern train was pulling about 100 cars through the Montgomery County community when the accident happened around eight thirty last night.
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Teresa Hamilton is at the site-- and joins us now with an update.
Teresa, it looks much different than it did late last night.
That's right, Jean.
Last night-- twisted metal and debris littered this area.
But this evening it's a much different site.
Norfolk Southern and contract crews have been working 'round the clock and it's definitely paid off.
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This was the scene around nine last night-- short after the Norfolk Southern train derailed-- sending about a dozen cars on their sides.
The cars were carrying lumber, paper products and animal feed-- some of which actually spilled onto Route 460.
This morning-- it was a much different site-- as contract crews began clearing away the debris-- while Norfolk Southern began repairing the tracks.
The site drew many spectators-- including a couple of Norfolk Southern retirees-- who weren't surprised at how quickly the scene changed..
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((GENE WHITE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN RETIREE:THEY TRY TO GET EVERYTHING OFF THE RAIL AND GET THE LINE BACK IN SHAPE SO THEY CAN RUN THEIR TRAINS THROUGH, THEN THEY'LL COME BACK LATER AND PICK THE STUFF UP. ))
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(Any idea how long it will take to determine what happened?)[5-Vaughn]
A Roanoke man involved in a police standoff that left his young son fatally wounded has been released from the hospital-- and headed straight for court.
38-year old Kelvin Vaughn is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.
Police say Vaughn fired shots at officers who responded to a domestic dispute at his ex-girlfriend's apartment.
Flying shrapnel injured Officer Marge Dillon.
Officer Blake Critz then shot Vaughn twice in the stomach.
Judge Vincent Lilley appointed a Salem lawyer to defend Vaughn and scheduled a court hearing for April 14th.
Police say they also intend to charge Vaughn with killing his three-year-old son as soon as they collect more evidence.
A former Virginia Tech employee is facing felony charges of distribution of child pornography.
25-year old Thomas Brooks Jenkins was arrested last week after meeting with an undercover Bedford County investigator.
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Posing as a pedophile, the officer had been communicating with Jenkins on the Internet for several weeks.
Jenkins allegedly sent the investigator dozens of pornographic images involving children.
Police also seized a computer, diskettes and sexual paraphernalia from his home.
Jenkins was released on a 25-thousand dollar bond.
It may be the toughest thing they'll ever have to do.
And their life as VMI rats is behind them while they're still in their teens.
The first female cadets at V-M-I were allowed to speak to the media for the first time, and Keith Humphry returned to Virginia Military Institute for an earful.
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It looked like an insurmountable obstacle.
When you know that freedom and other intangible rewards await on the other side, though you may be able to steel yourself to the point where you actually looking forward to it.
((I WAS, BECAUSE I KNEW THAT AFTER WE WENT UP THE HILL THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE RATS ANYMORE, SO I KNEW IT WAS COLD BUT I WAS KIND OF LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. ))
Alexis Abrams is a psychology major from Alexandria.
Though she has no way of experiencing the rat line without women, she believes VMI has held true to it mission without compromise.
((THE SCHOOLS' DONE A VERY GOOD JOB OF TRYING TO KEEP THINGS EQUAL, SO THAT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE WE'RE HAVING AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. ))
Several women made a point of saying V-M-I is not for everyone, and no one seemed willing to hazard a reason 92 of their classmates dropped out... seven of them women.
Men and women will tell you enduring the rat line is not easy.
((IT THE HARDEST THING I'VE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE. I HOPE IT IS THE HARDEST THING I'LL EVER DO IN MY LIFE. ))
Melissa Graham was another one of the women who dived into the mud... rather than be pushed... eager to get it overwith.
((I CAN'T IMAGINE MOST WOMEN WANTING TO DO WHAT YOU DID YESTERDAY.
I CAN'T EITHER. HA HA. ))
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Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))[(toss to R)]
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A dispute over the auction of a former President's belongings. We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
And Kathleen Willey is making headlines with her claims of sexual misconduct against President Clinton--but a few years ago she was welcoming the President to Virginia.
In medical news, a New Orleans biologist has discovered a way to make heart cells immortal -- now researchers from around the world want the information.
Of course this is the day when everyone's Irish--Patrick Evans
is celebrating St. Patrick's Day at Hurley's restaurant in Roanoke.
He'll bring up some favorite Irish recipes, coming up.
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The group that campaigned for a modified ward system in the city of Roanoke is throwing its support behind two challengers in the city council race.
Today, the group Citizens for Better Representation endorsed council candidates Bill Bestpitch and Joe Nash.
Speaking to reporters on the steps of city hall, members of the group said they believe the two independents will be more responsive to citizens' concerns.
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((LISA WILSON FARTHING/CITIZENS FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION: WE'VE WORKED WITH THEM. WE'VE FOLLOWED THEM. THEY'RE ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY'RE OBVIOUSLY VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE CITIZEN IMPACT, AND WE FEEL LIKE IF THEY GOT ON COUNCIL THEY WOULD COME TO THE CITIZENS. THEY WOULD ASK FOR OUR INVOLVEMENT. AND THEY WOULD LET US KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING.))
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Seven candidates are vying for three seats on city council in the May elections.[5-Danville-Fire]
They worked for months to figure out what caused a destructive Thanksgiving Day fire.
But they came up empty-handed.
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After an exhaustive investigation into the fire at the Cabin Lake Apartments in Danville, the Danville Fire Department has ruled the cause "undetermined."
250-people were left without a place to live after flames destroyed a section of the aparments last November.
The Danville Fire Department says it will continue to accept information which may lead to an actual cause.
Kennedy family items are set to go up for bids tomorrow- but not without some controversy.
The children of the late John F. Kennedy want some of their father's letters returned along with a St. Christopher medal money clip.
((SEN. TED KENNNEDY/D- MASSACHUSETTS: THERE WERE OBVIOULSY PERSONAL PAPERS IN THERE WHICH THE FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE RETAINED BUT THIS IS A MATTER NOW BEING IN NEGOTIATIONS AND WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT'LL BE A SATISFACTORY OUTCOME.))
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Three items have already been pulled after the government claimed they were a risk to national security- Three more items will now go the National Archives.
It's being called the chance of a lifetime.
On this St. Patricks Day- key players in the Northern Ireland talks are being asked to make concessions for the sake of peace.
((BERTIE AHREN/IRISH PRIME MINISTER: WE ARE NOW IN THE END GAME SUCCESS WILL REQUIRE COURAGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE AND PERHAPS ABOVE ALL A GENEROUS VISION WHICH TRANSCENDS A PARTNERHIP.))
((GERRY ADAMS/SINN FEIN POLICIAL LEADER: THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND DESERVE PEACE ADN DESERVE JUSTICE AND IT'S OUR JOB TO BRING THAT ABOUT.))
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Adams is also in Washington for a series of meetings aimed at peace.
Irish cooking is always hearty and satisfying--and what better day to
sample a few favorites.
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Irish cuisine is world famous, at least a couple of dishes are, especially popular on Saint Patrick's day.
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Patrick Evans joins us from Hurley's, where authentic Irish food and drink are served up daily.
Patrick, you say there is a right way and a wrong way to carve corned beef?
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The Roanoke Express hopes to keep rolling tonight at the Roundhouse. Mike Stevens has that story and more coming up in the Two Minute Ticker.
Coming up next on health check --
Researchers are developing new medications to treat a life-threatening genetic disease.
And a doctor in Louisiana is working on a gene that could be a big breakthrough in the treatment of cancer and heart disease.
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((DR. WILLIAM CLAYCOMB/BIOCHEMIST:WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS IMMORTALIZE THE CARDIAC HEART MUSCLE CELL.))
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A biologist in New Orleans, Louisiana has become the first scientist in the world to create a heart cell that doesn't die.
The discovery could one day reverse the damage caused by a heart attack, and even stop cancer from growing.
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Molecular Biologist Doctor William Claycomb has made the heart muscle immortal taking heart cells from a mouse mixed with a cancer gene that grows uncontollably in an incubator, but stops dividing when it's in the heart -- then he was able to put these mouse cells in the heart of a pig with heart damage...and new blood vessels grew.
So if he can figure out why the cancer gene is turned off by the heart maybe new drugs could be made to turn off cancer cells in other areas of the body.
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((DR. WILLIAM CLAYCOMB/BIOCHEMIST:WE COULD TAKE A BIOPSY FROM SOMEONE'S HEART, PUT IT IN A PETRI DISH THIS MUSCLE, MAKE THE CELLS DIVIDE TO GROW A PATCH TO ADD BACK TO THE HEART, THIS IS SCIENCE FICTION THOUGH, RIGHT NOW.))
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Even tough that human heart patch is years down the road, Doctor Claycomb expects to see it in his lifetime.
The findings will be published today in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cystic fibrosis is a fatal, genetic respiratory illness that affects about 30-thousand children and young adults in America.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of seven health-care centers nationwide chosen to develop new therapies for treating C-F.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced that it will give the university 750-thousand dollars over a five-year period.
U-N-C researchers helped to define the causes of the disease and design gene therapy and mucus-thinning drugs to treat it.
The first toothpaste that includes an antibiotic -- is on the market.
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Total is the first toothpaste with an antibiotic called try-clisan.
Dentists say it works -- but there's a catch.
((DR. KEN BUELTMAN/DENTIST:TRICLOSAN HAS BEEN SHOWN ONLY TO WORK ABOVE THE GUM LINE-- TO REDUCE THE GINGIVITIS AND INFLAMMATION.))
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That means it can't cure the underlying gum disease you may already have.
Total is not the only deceiving toothpaste -- anti-tartar formulas work because they're very abrasive-- the down-side: they can make your teeth sensitive.
Baking soda and peroxide makes toothpaste bubble, but dentists say that's about all they do.
And those whitening toothpastes only whiten by about two shades.
Dentists say the only ingredient in any brand that they recommend is fluoride.
In sports, another dose of March Madness is heading your way on Your Hometown Station.
And the Roanoke Express are inching closer to a 40-win season.
Here's Mike Stevens with more. [S5-Express]
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker that gets rolling over at the Roundhouse where
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The Roanoke Express can tie a record tonight with a victory over Huntington in a seven o'clock faceoff.
Roanoke notched its 38th victory Sunday, beating Johnstown 6-to-4.
But the road to a 40 win season and the franchise's first ever division championship is full of twists and turns.
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((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS COACH: THE LAST TIME THEY WERE IN HERE THEY DIDN'T SCORE ANY AND WE DIDN'T SCORE ANY AND WE LOST IN A SHOOT OUT. THEN WE WENT IN THERE AND TURNED IT UP A NOTCH AND BEAT THEM 7-TO-2. SO I DON'T EXPECT ANY MAJOR EXCITEMENT. WE NEED TO CONTROL THE BIRMINGHAM LINE. WE HAVE TO GET TO THEIR GOALTENDER. WE HAVE TO KEEP THE GAME DEFENSE ORIENTED. THAT'S OUR STYLE AND THAT'S THE STYLE THAT WORKS BEST FOR BOTH TEAMS AT THIS TIME.))
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The last time a team posted 39 wins was the 94-95 season.
Tonight's game is the first of a four game home stand.
Denise Allen will have more on the team coming up tonight at six.[S5-NCAA]
If you're making party plans for Thursday and Friday night of this week around the NCAA tournament
here is the schedule of games for Thursday night. Coverage begins at 7:30 with the Carolina-Michigan State game tipping off at 7:39.
Then at 10:25 Thursday night you'll get to see Maryland and Arizona.
Then Friday night the coverage resumes at 7:30 with Duke and Syracuse opening up the doubleheader.
The late game on Friday night has Kentucky taking on UCLA. That one should tip off around ten o'clock.
The only place to catch the tournament is right here on WDBJ-7.
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Fresno State isn't part of the NCAA tournament, but Jerry Tarkanian's BUlldogs are in the NIT, but now they are without some of their of their top players.
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This afternoon center Avondre Jones was kicked off the team after he and recruit Kenny Brunner were arrested and charged with assault with a
deadly weapon and grand theft.
Police in Fresno say Jones is accused of pointing a gun at
someone in an apartment where they were partying early this morning.
They say Jones and Brunner then picked up two large swords
and began poking at the victim.
Officers also were told Jones took $230 dollars in cash and a $500 dollar camera out of the victim's backpack.
Ironically, all of this happened less than 36 hours after a report on the problems with the Fresno State basketball program aired Sunday night on 60 minutes.
Coming up six we'll talk with Dell Curry about his comeback, and hear more from Terry Holland.
Take care everybody.
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A sea of green made its way up New York's famed Fifth Avenue today--
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as the 237th St. Patrick's Day parade weaved through Manhattan.
The largest and the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the
world, parade organizers estimated 100,000 people marched with
Gaelic pride to honor both Ireland and their forefathers.
The theme of this year's parade was the Irish Uprising of 1798, a failed quest for independence.
St. Patrick's Day honors the patron saint of Ireland who drove the snakes from the Emerald Isle.
Former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds served as
the grand marshal of this year s parade.