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The fire is out and the cleanup continues, but many questions remain following yesterday's train derailment in downtown Lynchburg.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us live from the scene near Lynchburg's Public Works Department.. Steve, bring us up to date on the situation there.
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[SUPER=01-Russell Gober/NTSB Investigator; :52]
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6 Virginia Military Institute cadets are scheduled to face the school's Honor Court next week.
The proceedings will involve 3 freshmen cadets and the 3 senior cadets they accuse of beating them with belts.
The freshmen cadets face charges of lying because they initially denied the incidents occurred.
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It nearly killed one Bedford County teen-ager, but a so-called date-rape drug can still be purchased on the Internet.
The ingredients that make up G-H-B are legal.
The kits marketed on the World Wide Web make it easy to stir up a batch in your kitchen.
One website even offered step-by-step illustrated instructions.
The drug is promoted on-line as a harmless anti-depressant.
But a Roanoke Pharmacist says that's dead wrong.
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(( GREGG MORROW/PHARMACIST; AND WHAT IT WILL DO IS CAUSE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AS WELL AS YOUR HEART RATE AND YOUR RESPIRATION TO DECREASE AND EVEN TO THE POINT THAT YOU CAN HAVE DEATH OCCURR ))
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One of the drug's ingredients, sodium hydroxide, is also used as drain cleaner, and if improperly mixed, can cause serious burns to the mouth and throat.
Hope and healing are on the minds of residents of Jonesboro, Arkansas after last night's memorial service for the teacher and four children gunned down at west-side middle school.
Those attending the community-wide service were told not to lose faith in human good.
On stage, five white wreaths arranged like olympic rings, one for each victim.
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President clinton gave words of assurance via video from Africa.
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAPPENED.
THIS IS HARDER TO GRASPS THAN THAT."
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Attorney General Janet Reno appeared in person and said the children and teacher who died in the shootings have touched the spirit of the nation.
President Clinton is wrapping up his African trip in Senegal -- where he was greeted by thousands of people cheering and dancing in the street.
He's is hoping to establish a new role for the former French colony -- the role of American partner and African peacekeeper.
Just one week before President Clinton opens a series of town hall meetings on overhauling the Social Security
system -- Republicans today are laying out their own plans for the retirement system.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich is backing the creation of an eight-member bipartsan panel that would have until
early next year to come up with ideas to save the system.
Philadelphia police are reopening a dead baby mystery that dates back to 1949.
From 19-49 to 19-68 Arthur and Marie Noe had ten babies.
Not one lived to celebrate a second birthday.
The couple claimed the babies died of so-called crib death.
At least two of the deaths can be explained but New medical knowledge
about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, has prompted police to launch a homicide investigation.[HAMAS-LEBANON]
In a major policy shift, the Israeli Cabinet today formally accepted a 20- year old U-N resolution calling for the withdrawal of troops from Lebannon.
Israeli troops have been in the security zone on Israel's northern border since 19-85.
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Meantime, there's more drama today in the wake of Sunday's fatal car bombing on the West Bank.
Not only has the victim been identified as a major fugitive from
the militant Hamas group, but a Palestinian pathologist says the man had actually been shot to death sometime before the explosion.
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A warning from Virginia's forestry officials: burning of debris and trash is the number one cause of forest fires.
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The Virginia Department of Forestry is on the lookout for potential fire hazards.
It's working with pilots and spotters who look for smoke from the air and then report the location of the fire to ground crews.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/VA DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE HAVE 2 SPOTTER PLANES THAT FLY. ONE FLIES UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. THE OTHER FLIES THE PIEDMONT. AND THESE PLANES ARE NOT ONLY LOOKING FOR ESCAPED FIRES BUT THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE BURNING BEFORE 4:00 VIOLATING THE BURN LAW.))
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The months of March and April provide the prime conditions for brush and forest fires.
The temperatures are warm, the humidity is low, and the trees are dry.
For people who want to burn their yard debris, the Forestry Department suggests waiting until things get a little greener outside.
The King of so called shock rock is bringing his controversial act to late night television.
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From New York today Howard Stern talked about his new show.
THE HOWARD STERN SHOW, which will be produced in association with C-B-S, will combine the Howard Stern Radio Show with original content developed specifically for the program, including animation.
It will air Saturday nights beginning this summer.
C-B-S stations in 30 percent of the country have so far cleared the way for the show.
The Gardening Season is nearly upon, so it's time to whip those garden spots into shape.
Patrick Evans has a special guest to tell us more about what we need to do this early in the season.
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Melanie, with me today is Mark Taylor from Pennington Seed Company, and he's brought in some items to help us prepare for the upcoming gardening year.
Mark, what are some of the most important things to remember when getting started?
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(Patrick ad-libs questions)
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The Roanoke Express kicks off round number one of the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a win over Huntington 4-1.
Steve Mason has highlights.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Scored Two Goals; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Stopped 33 of 34 Shots; :32]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :40]
[SUPER=01-Michael Smith/Express Defenseman; 1:22 ]
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(( Two un-sung heroes stepped up ad delivered. Travis Smith Notched just his third goal of the entire season
and Mike Peron scored his 15th and 16th of the year.
While the Express outplayed Huntington; Frank Anzalone;s team still had on ice troubles. puddles former in patches that not even a visiting Blizzard could cool.
Luckily for the 2 thousand, 700 and 2 fans; the Express was just as hot. Dave Gagnon was a brick wall; turing away 33 of 34 shots. In front of him; Dave Stewart nd Michael Smith held Jim Birmingham; the leagues 7th leading sniper; scoreless.
Game two faces off friday night in Huntington on the Blizzard's home ice. At the Round House, Steve mason news 7 sports.))
The NASCAR family lost of one of its early stars last night with the death of two time Winston Cup champ Tim Flock.
He died at his home after a brief battle with Liver and throat cancer.
Back in January, Flock was the life of the party at a Champions' dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of NASCAR.
Flock was named one of NASCAR's top 50 drivers and appeared to be in great health at the time.
But, in February he was diagnosed with the cancer.
He won the title in 1952 and 55. In 55 he won a record 19 poles.
He also ran 8 races with a monkey in his car.
Tim Flock was 73.
Legal troubles could be in the future of Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte.
He faces a 324-thousand dollar lawsuit for allegedly breaking a contract.
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According to court documents, the Washington quarterback signed a contract in '96 with Deck-America.
Apparently Frerotte agreed to tape a T-V commercial, promotional video and make personal appearances.
In exchange the company built a 15-thousand dollar deck at Frerotte's home.
THe Q-B's attorney says the dispute was caused by scheduling problems and that Frerotte has already paid Deck-America the cost of the deck plus interest.
China has completed a 15-million dollar renovation on a portion of the Great Wall.
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Once again, the watch towers, temples and pavilions, along with the
adjacent stretch of the Wall itself, are open to the pubic.
Some five-thousand came out to the opening day.
The latest addition to the Great Wall offers a forward-looking
Millenium Countdown Clock.
The 18 and a half foot digital clock ticks down the days to the year 2-thousand.