Up next on News 7 at 5, six people admit to running a major drug operation in Southside.
and they're sifting throught the rubble in South Dakota as an entire town has to rebuild.
It was a blustery day but temperatures were down a bit. Forecast details straight ahead.[medical-head]
Tonight on health check -- food for thought. A new product claims to take the heat out of heartburn naturally.
And we'll have the latest on contamination in the Roanoke River.
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A small plane has apparently crashed into a yard in Floyd County.
The Floyd County Sheriff's department confirms someone is in the plane- but no word on their condition.
It happened on Route 8 behind the Floyd True Value Hardware Store late this afternoon.
A news 7 crew is on the way. We'll have pictures and more information as soon as they become available. [5-Spencer
[GRAPHIC=] In the rubble of Spencer, South Dakota one woman finds her wedding ring-
Just one story as a town tries to salvage anything thats left.
The twister destroyed 90 percent of Spencer- but today the Governor says Spencer will be rebuilt.
And while the town may have been nearly wiped off the map- the spirits are not destroyed.
Governor Bill Janklow visited the region- telling residents the money is there to help.
Maureen Maher is in Spencer with the latest.
Weather forcasters say you can probably blame some of the recent severe storms on El Nino, but not for long.
The large pool of warm water in the Pacific that causes the El Nino effect is almost gone, so it won't be influencing our weather.
That also means this year's hurricane season, which begins today, will be back to normal.
Last year El Nino kept hurricanes from forming, and only one hit the U.S.
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((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE; SINCE EL NINO IS JUST ABOUT OVER WITH, ALL THE EFFECTS WILL PROBABLY BE OVER WITH BY THE END OF THE MONTH. IT'S BASICALLY GOING TO HAVE NO AFFECT ON THIS YEARS'S HURRICANE SEASON.))
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The National Hurricane Center in Miami is predicting ten storms this year.
Six players in a major drug operation in Halifax County all pleaded guilty today in Federal Court.
Kenneth Traynham, in the blue T-shirt, is the alleged ring leader.
Investigators say he bought crack cocaine in New York and sold it in Halifax County at twice what he paid for it.
Five others pleaded guilty to various drug charges including conspiracy and distribution.
These convictions come after a year-long investigation involving undercover drug agents.
Possible sentences for these defendants range from five years to life in prison.
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Up next, residents are worried because a Campbell County Couple are missing
And a member of a popular rock band decides what she really wants is to go home.
On Health Check, residents raise more concerns about raw sewage running into the Roanoke River.
and Patrick Evans will bring us a look at some beautiful hand painted pottery made locally and sold in Downtown Roanoke.
The strange disappearance of a Campbell County family has friends, neighbors and the police concerned for their safety.
42-year old Jagjeet Singh (jag-JEET SING) and his wife own and operate this convenience store on Timberlake Road.
They closed the business for Memorial Day, but they haven't re-opened since.. and no one's heard from from the couple and their three young daughters since then.
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((INVEST. L.T. GUTHRIE/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE HAVE NO REASON TO SUSPECT FOUL PLAY, JUST THAT IT'S UNUSUAL FOR A STORE OWNER TO DISAPPEAR WITHOUT GIVING ANY NOTICE TO THE EMPLOYEES OR THE VENDORS THAT SUPPLY THEIR MERCHANDISE AND SO FORTH, SO WE'RE JUST TRYING TO LOCATE THEM TO VERIFY THAT THEY ARE OKAY.))
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Guthrie says the family reportedly was headed to Kings Dominion last Monday.
The F-B-I is assisting in the investigation.
Testimony began today in the trial of a Galax woman accused of stabbing an elderly man 21- times.
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Investigators believe robbery is what lead Tisha (Tee-sha) Howard to kill 79- year old Willie Goins in September of '96.
A state medical examiner testified any one of three wounds would have been fatal.
Goins also suffered scrapes and bruises.
Investigators say Howard confessed to the crime and that D-N-A evidence will bolster their case.
But Howard's attorneys says she'll prove reasonable doubt.
The city of Roanoke has completed its dig at the public works center and the number of drums discovered at the site now numbers more than one-thousand.
Crews found a sustancial amount of scrap metal on the site, but most of the drums were located in an area 70 feet by 90 feet.
Workers have now removed 1,068 drums, only 16 had any contents.
Testing will determine the nature of those materials.
The city must now dispose of the empty drums and determine if there's been any contamination of the site, but offici
als say they're confident the search has revealed all of the drums that were buried there.[5-Welfare-Grant]
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Help is on its way for welfare receipients in the Roanoke Valley.
At a news conference today, Total Action Against Poverty announced it received a federal grant for the "This Valley Works" campaign.
The organization will get more than 2 and a half million dollars over the next three years.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the money to help people on welfare find jobs.
The program has 450 participants who will be trained in four areas--office skills, food service, warehouse, and construction.
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((ANNETTE LEWIS/DIRECTOR-THIS VALLEY WORKS; THEY WILL GET TO WORK ON TIME DAILY. THEY WILL BE TEAM WORKERS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO KNOW HOW TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. THEY WILL KNOW TO DRESS FOR THE JOB. THEY WILL KNOW HOW TO INTERVIEW.))
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The program is expected to begin in the next couple of months.
If you're looking for a special gift for someone, you may want to head down town to the city market. Patrick Evans has a look at some hand decorated pottery.
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In sports, John Elway decides if he will retire or defend the Bronco's Super Bowl title.
Coming up on health check -- there's a new product on the market that claims to reduce hidden acid in foods and drink.
The difference between traditional remedies and Prelief is the dietary supplement neutralizes acid in the food, instead of in your body.
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[IN Q=That includes]
((ALAN KLIGERMAN/CHAIRMAN AKPHARMA:THAT INCLUDES THE HOT ACID IN THE MORNING WHICH IS COFFEE, THE COLD ACID IN ORANGE JUICE, THE BUBBLE ACID WHICH IS COLA, THE RED ACID WHICH IS TOMATO SUACE, THE ALCOHOLIC ACID WHICH IS WINE AND BEER, THEY ALL CAUSE PROBLEMS.))
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The health department says children are especially at risk, after the sewage spill into the Roanoke River.
Heavy rain and too many users apparently caused a sewer pipe to overflow into the river last week.
The spill has stopped.
But health officials say swallowing the water directly could make you ill.
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((DICK TABB/HEALTH DEP'T: KIDS ARE ESPECIALLY AT RISK, MAINLY BECAUSE THEY TEND TO STICK THEIR HANDS IN THEIR MOUTH WITHOUT WASHING THEM. THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS AREN'T AS WELL DEVELOPED BUT MAINLY THEIR HAND TO MOUTH IS WHAT YOU NEED TO WATCH.))
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Linda Scott's son recently got a rash after fishing in the river.
[IN Q=Kids they're going]
((LINDA SCOTT/PARENT: KIDS, THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOWN THERE, SWIMMING AND FISHING, AND THEY LOVE TO PLAY IN THE WATER. IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO KEEP THEM OUT. BUT I WOULD BE TOO CONCERNED TO LET THEM GO.))
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The health department says fish from the river are still safe to eat, as long as they're properly cooked.
But a recent D-E-Q study says even without sewage spills, the river does not meet swimming standards -- rain constantly carries waste into the water.
Doctors at Stanford University have a word of warning concerning the AIDS virus.
They say people should not fool themselves into thinking medicine has the upper hand on H-I-V.
The study points out that while some progress has been made, the virus could become resistant at any time.
That would mean the drugs currently used to treat the epidemic would no longer work.
Meanwhile doctors in the caribbean are about embark on a controversial new study of an AIDS vaccine developed in Paris.
By the year two-thousand, researchers in Trinidad will begin injecting healthy people with the vaccine.
Some politicians are concerned that could create a more powerful strain of the virus.
Millions of people suffer from food acid intolerance or heartburn.
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A new product neutralizes acid by cutting the acid content in food.
The makers of Prelief say it's not an acid blocker or a drug antacid, it's a natural dietary supplement.
Researchers found the ingredient in Prelief calcium gliss-ero-phosphate works instantly on acid rich foods by acting like a buffer.
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((CHRISTINE WECK/ACID SUFFERER:I HAVE A PROBLEM EATING ACIDY FOOD, USUALLY IT'S A PROBLEM WITH SPAGHETTI SAUCE OR COFFEE, PIZZA AND I USUALLY CUT BACK ON THEM, NOT EAT THEM BECAUSE OTHERWISE I KNOW I'LL HAVE PROBLEMS LATER.ALAN KLIGERMAN/CHAIRMAN AKPHARMA:WE DO THIS BY TREATING THE FOOD NOT THE PERSON, WE REMOVE THE LACTOSE FROM MILK, THE GAS QUALITIES FROM BEANS, WE REMOVE THE ACID FROM OTHER FOODS))
[SUPER=01-Christine Weck/Acid Sufferer; :00]
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[OUT Q=other foods]
As a natural product Prelief is not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
A 30 tablet bottle costs about four dollars and a box of granulated packets run about eight dollars.
For a link to product information, check out News 7 Health Check on the W-D-B-J web site at W-D-B-J-7.com [5-Wine]
A new study contradicts a common belief.
Most people believe if you drink wine, you gain weight. But that may not always be true.
Researchers at Colorado State University say preliminary data acutally suggests a glass of red wine with dinner may help people lose weight.
Now the team is trying a new test to verify that.
It will test 20 moderately overweight women who abstain from alcohol for 10 weeks and then drink a glass of wine with dinner for another 10 weeks.
The team will measure weight, body fat, dietary intake, insulin and blood glucose levels before and after the experiment.
The NASCAR truck series was making an appearance today at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
In addition to checking out their setups, they tested the nerves of a News 7 photographer. Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-
Good afternoon everyone. We're going to start the work week off by talking football.
Bronco Quarterback John Elway will return for another season.
There had been talk the Super Bowl Champion would retire after winning the ring.
Today the soon to be 38 year old told reporters he'd play his 16th season with Denver.
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The Bristol Motor Speedway will host the Craftsman Truck Series later this month, but today a couple of series' top drivers were in town to take part in a
media ride along program on the high banked concrete oval.
Steve Mason takes us along for a ride.
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Don't forget tonight at seven, the Salem Avalanche is still at home at Salem Memorial. Tonight the team begins a four game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
And coming up at six, area high school news and two Bath County Chargers ink scholarship papers, and Dan River high school celebrates its state champion baseball team in Ringgold.
Have a good night folks.
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The world's top girl group is getting a little less spicy.
Vicki Mabry has the latest on the defection of a Spice Girl.
[SUPER=01-Julian Turton/Halliwell's Attorney;:06]
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((ENDING DAYS OF SPECULATION, GINGER SPICE (REAL NAME GERI HALLIWELL) DROPPED
THE BOMB THROUGH HER ATTORNEY.
SOT/JULIAN TURTON, GERI HALLIWELL'S ATTORNEY:
This is a message for the fans: 'Sadly I would like to confirm that I have
left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure
the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best.'
ginger spice ended the message by saying she'll be back.. speculation is that
she'll try acting. the other girls vow to go ahead with scheduled tour dates,
including their upcoming u.s. and canada tour later this month. but critics
aren't so sure the band can continue minus its feistiest member.
SOT/SHARON SWART, VARIETY MAGAZINE: I THINK WHAT YOU'RE SEEING IS THE
DISINTEGRATION OF THE SPICE GIRLS. (04)
it was obvious the end was near when ginger didn't appear with the group last
week in norway. analysts predict there could be problems from sponsors who
now are getting less than they paid for, but the promoters will keep playing
as long as fans keep paying.
SOT (UNIDENTIFIED FAN)
CERTAINLY NONE OF MY FRIENDS AE GOING TO FOLLOW THEM ANYMORE. WE LIKE GERI.
GERI'S BEST. (04)
I THINK SHE'S A RUBBISH SINGER, SHE CAN'T SING AND I REALLY DON'T THINK IT
WILL AFFECT THE BAND BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T DO A VERY GOOD JOB ANYWAY. (09)
I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE HARD. THEY WILL PROBABLY CARRY ON FOR A BIT AND THEN
I THINK THEY WILL JUST DISBAND AFTER THAT. (06)
as a manufactured group, brought together by an ad in an entertainment
magazine, the spice girls probably had a limited shelf life anyway. but with
a talent for self promotion rivalled only by madonna, they just might manage
to extend their sell-by date.
vicki mabrey, cbs news, london.))