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Federal emergency officials will assess the damage left by a tornado that ripped apart the farming town of Spencer, South Dakota.
Six people lost their lives-- many more lost their homes.
Meanwhile, South Dakota's Governor says the biggest housing need now is for the elderly, because they have nowhere else to go.
But the future of all 300 of the town's residents remains uncertain.
Maureen Maher has an update on the situation.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Weiland/F.E.M.A. Regional Dir.;]
[OUT Q=Spencer, SD]
AS IF TO DEMONSTRATE THE MOOD IN SPENCER..OMINOUS STORM CLOUDS MET SURVIVORS
AS THEY PREPARED FOR ANOTHER DAY OF GRUELING CLEANUP. .
NATIONAL GUARD TRANSPORT (R-801/9/44/39)
THE NATIONAL GUARD IS HERE..KEEPING WATCH OVER A TOWN THAT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS
HIT BY A BOMB. THE TOWN WAS LEVELLED BY A TORNADO SATURDAY. ONE THAT COULD
DRIVE A PIECE OF WOOD THROUGH A WINDSHIELD. AND WRAP TIN AROUND A WOODEN POLE.
IT WILL BE HARD TO PICK UP THE PIECES OF LIVES SCATTERED TO THE FOUR CORNERS
BY MOTHER NATURE. A TASK THAT IS HARD ON EVERYONE
SOT/RICK WEILAND/REGIONAL DIRECTOR FEMA
THE TORNADO WAS SOUTH DAKOTA'S DEADLIEST IN ALMOST 50 YEARS OF RECORD KEEPING.
SIX PEOPLE DIED AND 150 MORE WERE INJURED. MOST OF THE DEAD WERE RESIDENTS OF
A SENIOR CITIZENS APARTMENT COMPLEX..
MAUREEN MAHER STANDUP
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After leaving South Dakota, the destructive weather made a repeat performance in the Northeast.
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Officials estimate about a dozen tornadoes touched down in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
A line of storms caused dangerous lightning, smashed home, and uprooted trees.
Dozens of people were injured, more than a million were left without power.
A 13- year- old girl was killed when a tornado touched down in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, hundreds of those people who survived the storms are having to stay in temporary shelters, and think about what to do next.
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Six players in a major drug operation in Halifax County all pleaded guilty today in Federal Court.
Kenneth Traynham (TRAIN-EM), in the royal blue T-shirt, is said to have been the 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.
Health officials want to know why sewer leakage is making its way into the Roanoke River.
But one fisherman says the leak should come as no surprise to Roanoke officials because he reported it months ago.
Tina Tenret has the story.
[IN Q=Michael Tabor was]
[SUPER=07-Michael Tabor; :10]
[SUPER=01-Reginald Campbell/Fisherman; 1:10]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]
((Michael Tabor was on a father-son canoe trip down the Roanoke River -- when he spotted raw sewage gushing from a pipe into the water.
[IN Q=You couldn't miss]
((MICHAEL TABOR: YOU COULDN'T MISS IT. IT WAS SO BIG. IT WAS A BIG GRAY SPILL, AT LEAST A THOUSAND GALLONS A MINUTE DUMPING IN THERE. YOU COULDN'T MISS IT. YOU COULD SEE IT FOR 100 FEET AND YOU COULD SMELL IT FOR A QUARTER MILE.))
[OUT Q=QUARTER MILE]
He reported the leak to city officials, who put a red marker at the site.
That was at Easter time.
A month later, on Memorial Day, more sewage was overflowing from the same hole.
This time Tabor called the health department.
Investigators say they have since found additional sewage spills.
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Roanoke, Roanoke County and Salem are building a 30-million-dollar sewer replacement facility.
Officials say the current system has too many customers, and that's what caused the overflow.
Now -- Tabor drives an hour and a half out of Roanoke, to fish in the James River instead.
But others hike down to the exact site of the sewage spill, unafraid.
[IN Q=I'm trying to get a couple]
((I'M TRYING TO GET A COUPLE. GOTTA EAT. GET MY DINNER.
IT DON'T BOTHER THE FISH NONE SO IT SHOULDN'T BOTHER ME EITHER IF IT DON'T BOTHER THE FISH.))
[OUT Q=bother the fish]
The health department says fishermen should stay on the bank and avoid touching this water -- although cooking the fish should kill bacteria.
The danger lies in someone swallowing the water directly -- when swimming or wading, for example.
Ingesting the water could cause e.coli infections, diarrhea or fevers.
[IN Q=Roanoke County]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ROANOKE COUNTY AND SALEM USE THIS RIVER FOR DRINKING WATER. BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT IS SAFE, SINCE DRINKING WATER IS FILTERED AND SANITIZED.))
The health department says this river ranks well below swimming standards -- and even if the sewage pipe is fixed -- rain will still carry waste into this water.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
A dive team is searching for a man reported missing in Henry County yesterday afternoon.
Authorities say the man had been fishing with friends. He was expected to meet them on the other side of a 10-acre pond, but never showed up.
Police started searching last night- that search turned up nothing, and was temporarily called off because of darkness.
Still no word on the identity of the man.
Some civil rights organizations might see to it that Louis Ceparano's legal battles aren't finished, despite his plea bargain Friday.
Ceparano is one of two white men accused of killing Garnett Johnson-- who was black.
The civil rights organizations have vowed to urge U-S- Attorney General Janet Reno to launch an investigation to determine if the killing was a hate crime.
They're hoping the investigation will prompt a federal trial focusing on the role race played in the murder.
The other defendent in the case-- Emmitt Cressell Junior is in jail and if convicted could get the death penalty.
White House attorneys have until 4-30 this afternoon to announce whether the President will pursue his claim of executive privilege in the Monica Lewinsky case.
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr bypassed the U-S Court of Appeals and went straight to the Supreme Court, asking it to decide the issue.
Starr is investigating allegations that Clinton had sex with the former intern and then asked her to lie about it.
He had a few words for reporters this morning--
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[IN Q=The sooner]
((KENNETH STARR/INDEPENDENT COUNSEL: THE SOONER WE CAN GET THESE ISSUES RESOLVED, THE BETTER WE WANT TO MOVE FOWARD AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. WE WOULD WELCOME ACCESS TO INFORMATION.))
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Independent Counsel;]
[OUT Q=access to information]
Meanwhile, White House sources say Clinton may not appeal a judge's decision blocking him from using executive privilege.
They say he might appeal on attorney- client privilege grounds instead.
One man remains in guarded condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a car wreck in Roanoke yesterday.
According to police, speed may have been a factor in the accident at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Granby Street Northeast.
Authorities say 37-year-old Richard Spain Junior drove a Jeep into the intersection and slammed into two stopped vehicles.
Spain was ejected from the Jeep and is hospitalized.
Kenneth and Doris Calvert, who were in a stopped Chevrolet, were also injured in the accident.
Roanoke Police say they are still investigating the cause of the wreck.
Most Air France flights are grounded today after pilots went on strike over a wage dispute.
Pilots are threatening the walk-out could last up to 15 days.
That could disrupt travel plans for the World Cup Soccer tournament beginning June 10th.
Air France is the official airline for the event.
Company officials say despite the strike, they'll still be able to carry through with plans to fly World Cup teams.
French officials, meanwhile, are asking both management and pilots to resume talks.
That's what two U-S lawmakers representing western Virginia are saying to the possibility of a Congressional raise.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode were in Roanoke last week for a forum on the future of Social Security.
During interviews, both Goodlatte and Goode said they would not support the move to increase Congressional pay on January 1st.
[IN Q=Absolutely opposed]
((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/D- 5TH DISTRICT: ABSOLUTELY OPPOSED. DID NOT SUPPORT THE PAST ONE, AND I WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS ONE. IT IS ABSURD AND SHOULD NOT BE DONE.))
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: THERE WAS JUST A PAY INCREASE PUT INTO EFFECT, AND I DON'T THINK THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR ANOTHER PAY INCREASE. DO YOU THINK THERE'S MUCH SUPPORT AMONG YOUR COLLEAGUES FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS? I HAVEN'T TALKED TO THEM. I'M SURE THERE'S ALWAYS INTEREST IN GETTING A PAY RAISE, BUT QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT.))
[OUT Q=the time to do it.]
The cost of living increase would amount to about three thousand dollars, and would give lawmakers an annual salary of just over 140- thousand dollars.
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Looks like Welfare receipients in the Roanoke Valley will be getting some much needed help.
At a press conference today, TAP--Total Action Against Poverty announced that one of its departments called "This Valley Works"
received a federal grant.
The organization will receive more than 2 and a half million dollars over the next three years.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the money to conduct a new Welfare-to-Work program.
The program has 450 participants and they will be trained in 4 areas--office skills, food service, warehouse, and construction.
[IN Q= They will graduate]
((ANNETTE LEWIS/DIRECTOR- THIS VALLEY WORKS; THEY WILL GRADUATE WITH POSITIVE ATTITIUDES, A WILLINGNESS AND READINESS TO WORK AND A DEMONSTRATED SOUND WORK ETHIC.))
[SUPER=01-Annette Lewis/Dir., "This Valley Works"]
[OUT Q= sound work ethic]
The program is expected to start in the next couple of months.
You might say it was "uphill" battle for a world record in Sydney, Australia.
A man spent six days continuously riding a shopping mall escalator to claim his seventh world record yesterday.
Suresh Arulanan rode 14- THOUSAND trips up and down the escalator-- that amounts to nearly 140 miles.
The Sri Lankan man is no stranger to going that extra mile for a world record--
He already holds the world record for standing on one foot, and for continuous running.