Coming up on News 7 at 5, More than a hundred people are killed as a high speed train crashes in Germany.
and the proposed merger between two railroad giants comes under the srutiny of Washington.[Wx-Heads]
Another round of severe weather. This time in far southwest Virginia. We will track them on the radar in a few minutes.
In medical news -- the government gives the green light for a new AIDS vaccine test.
And how is getting these beasts of burden to follow autistic children from Roanoke County through an obstacle course helping them communicate?
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One hundred people are killed and more than 200 injured as a high speed train crashes in Germany.
The train was traveling at 125 miles an hour when the front locomotive apparently broke away from the passenger cars.
That forced several several cars to derail and crash into an overpass.
Peter Bild has more from the scene near Hanover, Germany.
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THE BRUTAL SCENE LOOKED LIKE THE SCENE FROM A MOVIE... BUT IT WAS REAL... ALL
THAT REMAINS OF A GERMAN HIGH-SPEED TRAIN.
DOZENS OF PASSENGERS WERE KILLED AND HUNDREDS INJURED IN THE WRECK-- INVOLVING
ONE OF GERMANY'S FASTEST, MOST EXPENSIVE PASSENGER TRAINS. AN INTER CITY
THE TRAIN WAS NEARING THE END OF A TRIP FROM MUNICH, IN SOUTHERN GERMANY, TO
HAMBURG IN THE NORTH. AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH -- IT WAS WAS TRAVELLING AT
THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE DERAILMENT IS STILL UNCLEAR. WHAT IS KNOWN, ACCORDING
TO A POLICE SPOKESMAN, IS THAT PART OF THE TRAIN APPEARED TO HIT A HIGHWAY
OVERPASS, COLLAPSING IT ON TO SEVERAL PASSENGER CARS. OTHER TRAIN CARS ALSO
DERAILED AND JACKKNIFED INTO EACH OTHER.
MORE THAN 800 EMERGENCY WORKERS, INCLUDING TRAUMA SURGEONS, GERMAN BORDER
POLICE AND MEMBERS OF A BRITISH MILITARY UNIT, CONVERGED ON THE SCENE TO HELP
EXTRICATE TRAPPED PASSENGERS.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT WAS EVENTUALLY BROUGHT IN TO LIFT OFF PIECES OF THE BRIDGE AND
THE WRECKAGE-- SO EMERGENCY WORKERS COULD SEARCH FOR VICTIMS. OTHER RESCUERS
BEGAN THE GRIM TASK OF MOVING THE BODIES TO A GRASSY FIELD NEAR THE TRACKS AND
RUSH THE INJURED TO NEARBY HOSPITALS.
THIS IS THE WORST ACCIDENT INVOLVING AN I-C-E TRAIN SINCE THE LINE WAS
INAUGURATED IN 1991. THE HIGH-SPEED TRAINS ARE GERMANY'S FASTEST, TRAVELING AT
SPEEDS UP TO 175-MILES PER HOUR. THEY TRANSPORT AS MANY AS 65-THOUSAND
PETER BILD, FOR CBS NEWS, BONN, GERMANY
For the last year it's been full speed ahead for Norfolk Southern. Now there are some signs the railroad's merger with Conrail may be slowing down.
In Washington today the Surface Transportation Board heard testimony from members of Congress who were split over their support of the merger.
Some are not convinced the plan for Norfolk Southern and CSX to carve up Conrail would guarantee more competition in the industry.
When Norfolk Southern's C-E-O Dave Goode took the stand, he faced some tough questions about how Norfolk Southern would make sure the merger was safe.
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Goode said repeatedly that N-S has developed an elaborate safety plan.
The S-T-B is supposed to vote on the merger next week, but it could take longer if the board decides the railroads must meet stricter conditions.
A trial date was set today for the second defendant charged with capital murder in the death of Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
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Emmett Cressell, Junior was originally charged with first degree murder for allegedly burning and beheading the former black marine.
But last week that charge was elevated to capital murder after Louis Ceparano entered a plea that guaranteed him life in prison over a possible death sentence.
In exchange-- Ceparano agreed to testify for the prosecution.
Cressell will be tried in July for allegedly robbing Johnson.
His capital murder case is scheduled for late August.
The judge also appointed Cressell's current attorneys as public defenders now that Cressell's in jail and can no longer work.
The question of bond was never raised in court.[tease#1]
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A contemporary Christian singer gathers a million signitures in support of school prayer. We'll see what he's doing with them next on News 7.
And then we'll see what the Virginia Lottery is doing to make sure tonight's 22 million dollar drawing is fair and square.
On Health Check, local therapists are taking a unique approach to reach children with special needs.
We'll have that and the two minute sports ticker coming up.
The U-S Senate is about to vote on the Resolution Freedom Amendment.
Supporters say the proposed Constituional amendment would return religious freedom to schools, the government and the workplace.
At least one popular contemporary Christian singer wants to make sure Senators know where his followers stands.
Carman traveled to Washington to present the signatures of over one million people to Oklahoma representative Ernest Ishtook.
Carman says the 1.1 million signitures show there is overwhelming grass roots support for the amendment.
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The amendment would make it easier for students to pray in school.
Opponents including President Clinton say a Constitutional amendment is not needed.
A three- judge panel has okayed a unique "revenue sharing" agreement between the city of Bedford and Bedford County.
The deal is designed to bring new economic development to the Bedford area.
The county would provide the land for four new industrial parks.. the CITY provides the utilities.
Both localities would then share the tax revenues from any new businesses that move in.
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((TONY WARE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: BASICALLY IT WOULD NOT BE ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE TO PROVIDE WATER AND SEWER AROUND THE CITY THAT WOULD NEED IT TO HAVE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH THAT WE ANTICIPATE GOING INTO THESE AREAS.))
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: THE COOPERATIVE EFFORT, THE DISCUSSIONS AND THE ACTION IS A PAYOFF AND WE'RE AN EXAMPLE FOR THE ENTIRE COMMONWEALTH OF HOW IT CAN HAPPEN.))
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Before giving their unanimous approval, the judges praised both sides for coming up with a "win- win" situation.
State law currently requires that a three-judge panel approve any kind of "revenue sharing" agreement between two localities.
Remember, the odds are only one in 7-point-1 million.
As the Virginia Lottery tries to hype its sixth biggest Lotto jackpot ever in a Powerball era-- those long odds are actually a selling point.
Lottery officials also want to remind you: it's NOT a rigged game.
The drawings are totally random.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's going on at lottery headquarters today?
Jean, part of the excitement for lottery workers is that if the jackpot rolls tonight with NO winner-- it WILL set a record.
And the more it rolls-- the higher sales are for the year.
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(( So don't forget the strict ethical standards these folks are under as they conduct these drawings with your money.
More than an hour of preparation, with an outside auditor observing and recording.
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((TANYA DAVIS/AUDITOR: WHEN I FIRST COME IN, I GET THE ENVELOPES THAT HAVE THE NUMBERS IN THEM. AND THEN I RANDOMLY SELECT THE MACHINES THAT WILL BE USED. THEN WE RANDOMLY SELECT THE BALL SETS THAT WILL BE USED. SO IT'S ALL RANDOM. NO ONE KNOWS.))
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They weigh the balls.
They must fall within a range of 14 one-hundreths of a gram.
They run three or more test runs to make sure the same numbers don't pop up.
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((ED SCARBOROUGH/LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: JUST GIVE US A CALL IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME IN EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING...WELCOME TO DO THAT.))
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We showed you the preparations for today's daytime Pick Three and Pick Four drawings.
The process is the same for all drawings.
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[Q&A=]So tonight's jackpot is 25-million?
That's right, Jean.
If no one wins tonight, the jackpot surges beyond the top five jackpots ever for Saturday-- they're projecting a 30-
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If you're tired of the same old scene and want to see some beautiful landscapes, you're in luck.
Patrick Evans will show us where you can see several under one roof.
((PATRICK EVANS: A LITTLE SLICE OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL HAS ARRIVED IN THE STAR CITY. MASTERPIECES BY AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTERS ARE NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE ART MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA, WE'LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT COMING UP NEXT.))
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The Art Museum of Western Virginia plays host to a traveling exhibit from the prestigious National Gallery of Art.
We dispatched Patrick Evans to bring back some details on this outstanding collection of LANDSCAPE paintings.
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A NASCAR truck series driver from our area may be making the leap to the Winston Cup Series. Mike will have that in sports.
Coming up on health check --testing will begin soon on a possible AIDS vaccine.
And some children with special needs are progressing in therapy with the help of a gentle fuzzy friend.
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((MONA SAMS/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST:WE DO USE DOGS AND RABBITS AND WE HAVE WONDERFUL GOATS THAT ARE PART OF OUR PROGRAM. THE LLAMA IS AN EXTREMELY INTELLEGENT ANIMAL AND A POWERFUL ANIMAL.))
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A California drug-maker has gotten the go-ahead for the first large scale trial for an AIDS vaccine.
The Food and Drug administration has approved the drug AIDSVAX for a three year trial.
The test will include five thousand volunteers in the U-S and 25 hundred volunteers in Thailand.
The head of one AIDS group says it is a watershed event in the aids crisis.
Critics say the vaccine is unlikely to provide immunity against HIV.
Helping children break through the barrier of autism is a difficult task.
But they're doing it in Roanoke with a woman named Mona and a llama by their side.
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((ALEEOOP, C'MON, AAWWW MEAGAN C'MON. (LAUGHS).))
It's not always easy, but these special needs children seem to have of way of making the llama's do what they want.
Some would even jump through hoops to get the animal to follow them.
There's Meagan, Ricardo and the baby --
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((JERALE RUSSEL/8 YRS. OLD:I LIKE BATMAN))
Batman was popular today winding through the obstacle course of cones -- each step bringing the children closer to their goal.
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((MONA SAMS/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST:IT'S VERY INTERACTIVE AND THAT'S ONE OF THE KEY POINTS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM BECAUSE INTERACTION IS SO DIFFICULT FOR THEM AND SO THE LLAMA DOESN'T PASS JUDGEMENT ON THE CHILDREN AND IT JUST WORKS BEAUTIFUL WITH THEM. THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THEY CAN DO WITH THE LLAMA.))
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((WHAT DO YOU SAY, GOOD JOB))
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The students have animal assited therapy once a week for a half hour combined with conventional classroom therapy for a half hour throughout the school year.
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((CHERYL BRENTON/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST:I CAN SHOW THEM AN EAR AND SAY EAR, BUT THEN THEY CAN ASSOCIATE THAT WITH THE ANIMLAS EAR AND IT WILL BE MORE SPONTANEOUS AND THEN I TAKE THEM BACK IN THE CLASSROOM, THEY'LL TOUCH THEIR EAR AND SAY EAR AUTOMATICALLY.))
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((MONA EARS, EARS RIGHT. NICE TALKING TIMMY NICE TALKING.))
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But perhaps the most benefical aspect to the animal therapy is it helps the children become more socially skilled.
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((CHERYL BRENTON/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST:THEY CAN NAME AN ANIMAL THEY'LL NAME THEIR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, THEIR FRIEND IN THE CLASSROOM. THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT, YOU WANT THAT CARRY OVER AND THE ANIMALS REALLY DO PROVIDE THAT.))
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The children are really looking forward to particiapting in a llama show on June 20th.
Therapists say it helps raise their self esteem.
There's good news today for children who suffer ear infections.
When it comes to treatment, less may be more.
The week's Journal of the American medical association reports the standard ten days of anti-biotic treatment can be cut in half and still clear up most infections.
Welcome folks to the midweek ticker that marks the start of the NBA championship series.
Later tonight the Bulls and Jazz play game one of their best of seven series.
The Bulls are coming off their tough seven game brawl with the Pacers while Utah has had 10 days of rest since whipping the Lakers.
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Speaking of today's happenings. A day after getting a new General manager, the team now has a new president.
Richard Yancey takes over as chairman of the board and president of the Express, effective immediately.
He replaces Joe Steffen, who remains a part owner and member of the team's board of directors.
Already this afternoon in the majors, The Cubs beat the Florida Marlins 5-to-1.
Stacy Compton and the RC Cola racing team will try and tackle the Texas Motor Speedway this Friday night in the Craftsmen Truck Series Pronto Autoparts 400.
The Hurt native was at Bristol this week promoting the series.
Compton is currently 5th in the points race with a win and 3 top five finishes in seven races. While Compton and RC Cola are firmly rooted in the trucks division, sources tell news 7 sports that Stacy could be Winston Cup racing soon.
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We will have more on Stacy's transition into Winston Cup on News 7 at six.
Plus, don't forget tonight at Thunder Valley go carts on Apperson Drive pro wrestling returns to the area.
The action begins at 7:30, and we'll have some highlights tonight at 11.
Denise Allen will have the rest of today's sports tonight at six.
Have a good night everybody.
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If you're planning to build a sand castle this summer, you may want to pay close attention to this next story.
Famous Disney characters cover more than a mile of a Dutch beach.
Over one-hundred artists made up 10 teams in this international festival to build the world's biggest sand castle.
Most are over 12 feet high.
This year's competition celebrated animated classics.
Unless there's an unusually high tide, the sculptures can be viewed until June 14th.