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This is not a movie- but real life.
Fire breaks out aboard a Cruise ship.
Another big bank merger- this time Crestar is involved.
Campbell County authorities decide whehter to file charges against the
parents who's baby was accidentally shot.
News 7 is next.
A Carnival Cruise ship
Caught fire in the stern shortly after departure.
The blaze broke out in the laundry room of the ship.
The cause of the fire is not known and no injuries were reported.
People in Halifax County came out tonight.
They told supervisors what they think about spending 1.7 million dollars on continiung education.
Crestar plans to merge with a big Atlanta bank.
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and in the video of the day we will see what some people are doing with their milk cartons.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Another big Virginia bank follows the trend and merges with a larger bank outside the Commonwealth.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
And then there was one.
First Virginia is the only big Virginia bank left by itself, after Crestar announced its plans to merge with a big Atlanta bank.
Crestar said customers should not notice any big changes.
It will keep the Crestar name for two years.
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Then, Atlanta's SunTrust Bank will take over.
The nine-and-a half billion dollar deal will make SunTrust the country's tenth biggest bank, with branches stretching from Florida to Maryland.
And because SunTrust and Crestar don't have branches in the same states, analysts said the merger should not lead to many job cuts.
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((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPTIAL: THEY PROBABLY WON'T CUT A WHOLE LOT OF PERSONNEL SO IT'S BETTER FOR CRESTAR EMPLOYEES THAN IT WAS FOR, SAY, SIGNET EMPLOYEES WHEN THEY WERE BOUGHT BY FIRST UNION. SO THERE WON'T BE AS MUCH ... BLOOD LETTING.))
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Speculation now focuses on First Virginia, the last big Virginia bank standing by itself.
Its stock went up more than three-and-a half tics today.
Analysts say it's just a matter of time before First Virginia is taken over.
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Fire broke out aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship- four miles from the Miami shore.
The blaze started in the laundry room on the Ecstacy-
Boats sprayed water at the ship to put the blaze out- while the 25 hundred passengers were told to put life jackets on and move to the front of the ship.
The Ecstasy which had just left for a four day cruise to Mexico- is now being towed back to Miami.
Strikes at two GM parts plants could last past labor day.
That assessment came after local union leaders from across the country met today in Flint Michigan.
((RICHARD SHOEMAKER/UAW VICE PRESIDENT; THERE'S THE WHOLE QUESTION OF THE COMPANY MAKING A COMMITTMENT AND THEN FAILING TO KEEP THOSE COMMITTMENTS.))
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A tractor trailer pileup- four big rigs and a car crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning-
The trucks piled up on top of each other on the highway- one passenger car was crushed under a truck.
So far no reports of fatalities. One person with serious injuries was flown by helicopter to the hospital.
An explosion at an oil plant- filled the sky with smoke and flames- and forced evacuations in Superior Wisconsin.
Three people were injured in the blast at the Como Oil plant.
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A crowd of rescuers broke into cheers-
A caver stuck for 43 hours was freed today.
The 24-year old was passing through a tunnel in Upstate New York when his leg got stuck.
A Henry County woman accused of killing her baby will face first degree murder charges when she goes on trial.
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A grand jury indicted Sharon Alley today.
She's charged with stabbing her eight-month old daughter Brooke in the heart on Mother's Day.
Alley is also charged with felony neglect for allegedly throwing the little girl on the floor last year.
Henry County's prosecutor said he would like to combine the charges against Alley into one trial.
Her next hearing is set for Thursday.
No charges will be filed against a Campbell County couple who lost their daughter to an accidental shooting three weeks ago.
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One-year old Sabrina Sheppard died when her four-year old brother shot her in the head.
The boy was playing with a gun he had found in his father's dresser.
Authorities say Thomas and Janet Sheppard could have done more to prevent the tragedy, but their actions were NOT reckless.
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((NEIL VENER/CAMPBELL CO. PROSECUTOR: THESE CASES ARE HORRIBLE CASES, THE FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED TRAGEDIES, BUT I MADE MY DECISION BASED ON THE FACTS AND THE LAW IN THIS CASE, AND THE LAW WOULD NOT SUPPORT A CHARGE IN THIS CASE.))
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Failing to keep a loaded weapon away from a child is a Class Three misdemeanor which carries a 500 dollar fine.
The woman who led police on a high speed chase in Roanoke and Botetourt Counties was sentenced to a six year jail term today.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( Prosecutors say this case cried out for a maximum sentence.
When she led officers on a 2 hour chase in May, police say Karen Thompson had already jumped bond on a drug conviction.
The chase hit speeds approaching 120 miles an hour, ending at the Botetourt County jail.
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((RONNIE CLAY/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; THOSE TWO FACTORS ALONG WITH HER PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY AND WHAT NOT, I DON'T THINK THE JUDGE HAD TO GO TO FAR TO FIND THAT SHE WAS DESERVING OF MAXIMUM PUNISHMENTS IN THESE CASES.))
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Thompson pleaded no contest to the traffic charges, but will appeal the conviction.
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((STEPHEN HEBBLETHWAITE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; BECAUSE OF THE SENTENCE AND THE SEVERITY, AND TO COMBINE ALL THE PROCEEDINGS UP IN CIRCUT COURT AND HAVE IT ALL DONE AT ONE TIME))
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Along with the drug conviction, Thompson faces felony charges for failing to appear in court.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Police are still looking for the man who robbed a Roanoke bank today.
Roanoke police say a masked man with a gun walked into the First Union Bank in front of the Roanoke-Salem Plaza.
He demanded money from two tellers and fled on foot.
No one was injured.
The F-B-I are helping local police with the investigation.
This is the third bank robbery on Melrose Avenue this year.
Will Halifax County offer its support and its money to a new-and-improved continuing education center?
We'll know in November.
That's when residents will vote on a one-point-seven million dollar referendum to relocate and expand the existing C-E-C.
As Christy Hubley tells us, the center got a strong show of support at tonight's public hearing.
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(( The Halifax County Board of Supervisors heard nothing but praise for the Continuing Education Center.
More than a dozen people spoke in support of the C-E-C-- and the need to have higher education at their fingertips.
People like Scott McAlexander, who-- thanks to a C-E-C satellite program-- is getting his MBA from Virginia Tech-- without ever leaving Halifax County.
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((SCOTT MCALEXANDER/CEC STUDENT: HAVING THE CEC THERE, HAVING THE MBA PROGRAM THERE HAS MADE IT CONVENIENT FOR ME. I WOULD NOT HAVE DRIVEN ALL THE WAY TO DANVILLE TO GO TO AVERETT.))
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Total cost of renovating an old tobacco warehouse and moving to C-E-C into it will be 3-point-5 million dollars.
Half would come from taxpayers-- the other half from private donations.
Peg Anderson says it's worth the money for all the help the C-E-C gave her and her son.
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((PEG ANDERSON/CEC SUPPORTER: I COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT THEM. AND FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL AND I THINK WE'VE GOT A HIDDEN ASSET HERE THAT WE NEED TO BRING TO THE COMMUNITY'S ATTENTION.))
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Once a judge signs off on the referendum it will appear on the ballot November 3rd.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Halifax County.
Jean tosses to Andrew in the Chromakey
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Some Roanoke residents are trying to stop a Habitat House already being built in their neighborhood.
That story coming up,
That's how some people are staying afloat... we'll have all the details in tonight's video of the day.
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((All right Jean it's another busy Monday in sports.
Good evening everybody I'm Mike Stevens former UVa star Germane Crowell checked into the Lions' camp today, Bimbo Coles was at the Avalanche game tonight.
Rick Carlisle talks about saying no to the Bulls, and we have new WCW tag team champs. And yes, they cheated.
I'll prove it tonight in sports.))
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The F-B-I arrested a former Lynchburg pediatrician today.
John Gary Powell was indicted on FEDERAL charges of receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Powell's been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and EIGHT counts of receiving the same material over the Internet.
If convicted, he could face up to 130 years in prison.
An Evington man was also indicted for possessing child pornography.
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The controversy over a Habitat for Humanity housing development reached Roanoke city council today.
Residents of the neighborhood aired their complaints. And Council members asked the group to halt construction while officials try to mediate the dispute.
Habitat has plans to build 34 homes on the site.
But residents of Westview Terrace say they fear the development will alter the character of their neighborhood and lower property values.
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((DAVID CAMPER/HABITAT BOARD MEMBER: WE HAVE A CONTRACT. AND THERE IS EQUIPMENT ON SITE. FOR THEM TO STOP AT THIS POINT I THINK WOULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE. I'M NOT SURE WE CAN DO THAT.))
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WHEN YOU DEAL WITH COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS, YOU DON'T START CONSTRUCTION AND THEN START DIALOGUE. THE DIALOGUE COMES FIRST.))
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT COST, BUT SOMETIMES THERE'S NO PRICE FOR GOOD FAITH.))
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Habitat officials agreed to meet with residents, but they said a two-week delay could cost the group ten thousand dollars.
City council asked administrators to review the city's options, set up a meeting between the two groups, and encourage Habitat to suspend work while the two sides are talking.
Business for one part of the tobacco industry is growing in southwest Virginia.
CropTech says it will add eight new workers in the next few months, and plans to have 100 employees in three years.
The company does genetic research on plants, including tobacco.
CropTech researchers say they may be able to make drugs from tobacco to cure rare diseases.
The governor's office says CropTech's latest expansion represents a one-point-one million dollar investment.
A Smith Mountain Lake developer is suing Franklin County for changing the rules.
John Robbins wants to sell 42 lots on Route 949, each with its own boat dock.
He says the county gave him permission to build, until lake residents complained about traffic.
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County supervisors now require a special use permit to build docks in this area.
But Robbins already spent 30-thousand dollars on development.
Now he's fighting for the right to finish his docks.
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((C. JOHN ROBBINS/DEVELOPER: THIS IS ALL BECAUSE SOMEBODY DOESN'T WANT A BOAT TO GO PAST THEIR HOUSE. THEY NEVER LIVED ON THE WATER BEFORE. I'VE LIVED ON THE WATER ALL MY LIFE. I KNOW WHAT THE WATER'S ABOUT.))
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County officials say they never approved Robbins' subdivision plans.
Bruce Lee's legend is still being felt worldwide, 25 years after his death.
We'll show you how some local students and teachers of martial arts are honoring Lee when the news continues.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Bruce Lee.
His martial arts and action movies are legendary.
A Roanoke Kung Fu school paid tribute to the man who taught that there was more to life than fighting.
David Johnson has more.
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Bruce Lee. The name is synonmous with martial arts worldwide.
He died in 1973 when he was only 32.
But at the Shao Lin Dragons Martial Arts Academy, his legacy lives on.
Five "sticks of life" were lit, each recognizing five years of his passing.
The school honored Lee with traditional performances and rituals.
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((DAVID WHITE/SIFU "TEACHER"; HE BROUGHT THE CHINESE CULTURE NOT JUST THE MARTIAL ARTS, BUT THE HISTORY BEHIND IT. BEING THE PERSON THAT COULD TURN THE OTHER CHEEK. AND KNOWING BRUCE LEE, HE DIDN'T HAVE TO.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BRUCE LEE IS ALSO CREDITED WITH BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EASTERN AND WESTERN CULTURES.))
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((PEARL FU; HE SHOWED THAT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF DIFFERENCE BUT THERE'S A LOT OF SIMILARITIES BETWEEN US. AND TO UNDERSTAND. TO OPEN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. TO ACCEPT THE CULTURES OF OUR DIFFERENT HERITAGE. AND THAT BRINGS US A LOT CLOSER.))
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((ALEX HUYNH/SHAO LIN STUDENT; HE ACTUALLY MAKES ME STRIVE MORE TO BECOME A BETTER ASIAN-AMERICAN.))
((AND THAT WAY TWO CULTURES COME TOGETHER. AND THE MIXTURE OF BOTH IS A VERY GOOD MIXTURE.))
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Bruce successfuly merged his invincible persona and non-violent teachings in his movies.
25 years after his death, local students still honor his memory.
David Johnson, News 7.))
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Avalanche highlights for you tonight with a real Bimbo at the game.
We'll hear from Rick Carlisle and Germane Crowell, check out tonight's WCW from Salt Lake City, and check out Winston Cup warrior Jeff Gordon.
And speaking of warriors, the first annual Football Skills camp kicks off our extra point with some die hard football players. The camp is Christian based with an emphasis on fighting to win as well as fighting to do what is right off the field. Former Virginia tight end Walt Derey and one time Wake Forest all ACC safety Richard Goodpasture are two of the coaches. More on the Blue Ridge district products and the camp's philosophy tomorrow, now your numbers.
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Let's begin at the yard in Salem where the Avalanche hosted the Winston Salem Warthogs last night for the sixth game of a 10 game homestand.
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After four the Avalanche led 2 to 0. That would change on this sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 5th by Doug Livingston. He scores Bernard Hutchison to increase the lead to 3 to 0 after after five.
Winston Salem responded with this center field single by Kevin Connacher scoring Mckay Christensen in the top of the sixth inning to make it 3 to 1.
In the end the Avalanche had the total package
last night. Check out this 4-5-3 double play to retire the Warthogs in the sixth.
The Avalanche closed the deal with a 6 to 2 win.
Former Virginia Tech and now Golden State Warriors guard Bimbo Coles was at the game last night. Coles is in town visiting his former coach Charlie Moir and good friend Page Moir.
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Today, Coles will talk about the NBA lockout and how he is adjusting to California and his second year with Golden State.
The Detroit Lions opened their rookie camp yesterday in Pontiac, Michigan with all of their picks under contract
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including former UVa great Germane Crowell.
The all-acc receiver who was the Lions' second round pick was anxious to get the contract mess behind him.
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Crowell's former teammates back in Charlottesville are picked to finish third in the preseason ACC media poll.
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Florida State, the six time champions captured all 66 first place votes submitted by the sportscasters and writers who attended the league meeting in Georgia today.
Virginia is the only team to have shared the ACC crown with the seminoles.
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conference last season, 11 and 1 overall while beating Virginia Tech 42-3 in the Gator Bowl.
Virginia was only three points behind the Tarheels, picked to finish third. The Cavaliers finished last season 7 and 4 after beating the Hokies 34 to 20 in Charlottesville.
Georgia Tech was picked to finish fourth and Clemson fifth. The pre season poll lists Wake Forest, NC. State, Duke and Maryland as the bottom four.
Most early prognostications in the Big East have Tech also finishing third in their conference.
The Hokies will open their season against East Carolina on September 5th at Lane Stadium in front of a record number of season ticket holders.
For the first time ever, season ticket sales in Blacksburg have topped the 17 thousand mark.
This is the fifth straight year that a new season ticket high has been set at Tech.
And it is the earliest the previous high has been topped.
Still to come tonight, Jeff Gordon talks about the points race as the series gets back to business in the Poconos this weekend.
And we'll head out to Salt Lake City, Utah for tonight's WCW action. That will be painful for some of you out there.
After taking last weekend off, the Winston Cup Warriors return to the track this Friday in Pocono. Last week most of the drivers spent time in Indianapolis
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testing for the August 1st Brickyard 400.
Among those turning some of the quick laps was Jeff Gordon.
Jeff currently leads Mark Martin by 52 points in the series points race heading into Pennsylvania.
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General Motors car began a final private three day test session at the track yesterday.
So far the fastest Ford driver at Indy is Bill Elliott.
And finally WCW highlights from the land of Karl Malone, Salt Lake City, Utah.
No Malone last night
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in the ring, but the Mailman did deliver Jazz teammate Antoine Carr, who escorted Konnan to the ring, but did not wrestle.
There was a some wrestling for the world tag team title last night as the champs Sting and Kevin Nash had the Giant and Scott Hall beaten before Bret Hart interfered. HIs distraction would eventually lead to the defeat of Sting and Nash and the crowing of new tag champs.
And the NWO black and white made it a clean sweep as Bret Hart beat Diamond Dallas Page to win the vacant US title.