A sigh of relief from some Roanoke Valley residents after family members make it back to dry land.
They had been aboard the burning Carnvial Cruise ship.
Interstate 81 could be growing.
And Keith Humphrey follows Bedford's D-Day veterans to Los Angeles.
We'll have a live report on the eve of the "Saving Private Ryan" premier.
Tonight in sports, the NBA lockout comes closer to home as we check in with Golden State Warrior guard Bimbo Coles.
Steve Mason has the story of an area football clinic that's also teaching life skills.
And Hot Dot Bolling leads the women's City County championship after the first round of play at Countryside.
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Some Southwest Virginia residents were relieved to see the burning cruise ship Ecstasy finally arrive at a Miami port.
Carnival Cruise Line's president says a welder's spark in a laundry room could have started the fire.
The National transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Elizabeth Whitlock of Roanoke is just glad her children are safe on dry land.
Her daughter Chrissy and son Tim were on board with their grandmother.
Tim's room was just a few feet away from the fire.
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((ELIZABETH WHITLOCK/PARENT; IN FACT HE HAD PASSED BY THE LAUNDRY ROOM A FEW MINUTES EARLIER, BECAUSE HE HAD SEEN THE SIGN ON THE DOOR, HE TOLD ME I WAS RIGHT BY IT JUST A FEW MINUTES BEFORE IT STARTED.))
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Joann Trent of Covington carried a message for her mother as she got off the boat.
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((JOANN TRENT/PASSENGER FROM COVINGTON; THEY JUST SAID THEY WERE HAVING A LITTLE PROBLEM AND EVERYTHING WAS UNDER CONTROL AND REMAIN CALM AND GO TO THE STATION YOU WERE ORDERED TO GO TO.))
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About 60 people suffered from smoke inhalation, many of them were crew members who helped fight the fire.
Carnival says passengers will receive a full refund, and free tickets for a future cruise.
The future widening of Intersate 81 is the topic tonight in Blacksburg- It is the second in a series of meetings on the plan.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from outside the Blacksburg Inn--- where consultants and V-DOT officials are answerin
g questions and taking comments.
Jean-- V-DOT is planning to improve all 324 miles of Interstate 81 here in Virginia.
Some of those improvements include widening portions of I-81 from Wythe County to Natural Bridge-- in an effort to make the road safer and less congested through the year two thousand 20.
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((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER: INITIALLY IT WAS RECOGNIZED THAT THERE WERE AREAS ON 81 THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AND LOOKING AT TRAFFIC PROJECTIONS IT TELLS US THAT THE WHOLE CORRIDOR NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. ))
[OUT Q=to be addressed.]
Dan Brugh is a resident engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
He says depending on the area-- some places are in need of one additional lane while others are in need of more.
Plans are also in the works for certain interchanges.
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((IN MOST CASES WE'RE WORKING SOME OF THE INTERCHANGES WHICH DO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL RIGHT OF WAYS SO IN SOME THERE ARE GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND OTHERS NOT VERY MUCH. ))
[OUT Q=not very much.]
Brugh says its NOT so much commuter traffic as tractor trailers trying to scale mountainous areas that are creating congestion.
Whatever the case-- Christiansburg Town Manager Lance Terpenny says widening is needed.
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((LANCE TERPENNY/CHRISTIANSBURG TOWN MANAGER:IT'S LONG OVERDUE, IT SEEMS VDOT WAS PLANNING FOR THIS SOME TIME AGO, THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE DEFINITELY NEEDED TO CARRY THE TRAFFIC VOLUMES WE'VE SEEN THROUGH CHRISTIANSBURG AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN GENERAL. ))
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Lynchburg's Big Brothers- Big Sisters program has found itself in the center of a controversy over whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to work with young boys and girls.
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Steve Smallshaw is live in our central Virginia newsroom with more.. Steve?
Jean, Big Brothers- Big Sisters says it doesn't want to discriminate against ANYONE who wants to be a mentor.. but the move could mean the loss of both volunteers and money for the program.
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[OUT Q=for the future.]
(( The decision has sparked a flurry of letters to the editor.. but Big Brothers says all the new policy means is ANYONE-- gay or straight, young or old, black or white-- can be a volunteer.
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((MIKE DALY/BIG BROTHERS DIRECTOR: WE WOULD JUST EMPHASIZE THAT THIS IS A NON- DISCRIMINATION POLICY, THIS DOES IN NO WAY SHOW ENDORSEMENT OR APPROVAL OF THE HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE.))
[OUT Q=homosexual lifestyle.]
But that's not enough to sway the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who's asking his Liberty University students NOT to volunteer with the program anymore.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: I CAN'T IMAGINE ANYONE WANTING THEIR LITTLE BROTHER OR LITTLE SISTER MENTORED BY A GAY OR LESBIAN. IT'S CONVOLUTED THINKING AND IT'S GOING TO BE DEVASTATING TO THE PROGRAM. A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY RESIGNED THERE.))
[OUT Q=resigned there.]
In line with Falwell is former city councilman Bob Davenport.
Davenport.. who declined to be interviewed.. wrote the local newspaper, saying it was "inappropriate for gay men and women to enter into the kind of intimate relationships" that Big Brothers- Big Sisters promotes.
Davenport also says he'll think twice about donating to the United Way.. which provides Big Brothers with half its operating budget every year.
[IN Q=We hope that]
((ERIC AFT/UNITED WAY DIRECTOR: WE HOPE THAT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT UNITED WAY DOLLARS ARE USED TO HELP THOUSANDS OF KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY, AND WHEN THEY DONATE THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, AND MAKE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN STRONGER FOR THE FUTURE.))
[OUT Q=for the future.]))
United Way donors can specify whether they don't want their donation to go to a certain charity.
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And Big Brothers says a parent can also decide whether they want their child to have a gay mentor. Jean?[Lesbian-Mot
What a difference a judge makes.
A Henrico (hen-RYE-ko) County judge has granted custody of two children to their lesbian mother.
Same court, but a different judge from the one who took Sharon Bottoms' son away from her in 1993.
Custody of Bottoms' son was granted to his grandmother-- ostensibly because of Bottoms' sexual orientation.
Unlike Bottoms, "Karen C." has chosen to remain anonymous.
Her attorney says she had other advantages that may have set her apart from Bottoms' case.
[IN Q=This was]
((SUSANNE SHILLING/ATTORNEY FOR "KAREN C.": THIS WAS A PERSON OF PARTICULAR INTELLIGENCE, WHOSE LIFESTYLE WAS VERY PREDICTABLE AND PLANNED AND ORGANIZED, AND SHE HAD A BUSINESS OF HER OWN, AND WAS FUNCTIONING WELL WITHIN HER COMMUNITY. AND I THINK THE JUDGE WEIGHED ALL OF THAT IN MAKING THE DECISION.))
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The lawyer for "Karen C." points out that Sharon Bottoms' appeals paved the way for her client.
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A live report from Los Angeles.
Our own Keith Humphrey is with Bedford veterans as they ask Hollywood stars to help build the D-Day Memorial.
Professional sports come to Danville.
Women from across the country are hoping for strikes at the Country Club Lanes.
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As construction continues on the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the battle to keep the money coming in moves to Hollywood.
Tonight, D-Day veterans will be at the premier of the new film "Saving Private Ryan".
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So will Keith Humphry, who has been with those vets most of the day in Los Angeles.
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A lawsuit that followed the collision of two trains in 1995 has been settled.
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The trains collided on the Radford side of the New River Trestle, derailing a dozen cars and sending one of the engines into the water below.
The railroad blamed the crew of the westbound train, but the crew members argued it was the signal system that failed.
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((RICHARD SLUSHER/FORMER NS ENGINEER: I DO BELIEVE THIS IS A VICTORY ON OUR PART, BECAUSE THE RAILROAD HAD STATED ALL ALONG THAT THEY WOULD NOT OFFER US AN OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENT IN THIS MATTER. AND THEY DID MAKE THE OFFER. WE DID NOT REQUEST THE OFFER.))
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The railroad agreed to pay former engineer Richard Slusher approximately 425- thousand dollars, plus some medical expenses. A second plaintiff, Robert Johnson, received just over 100- thousand dollars.
An attorney representing the railroad said the settlement was a practical matter, that does not reflect any concessions on the part of Norfolk Southern.
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If you want to see bowling at its best-- head to Danville.
The world's top female bowlers are there this week-- hoping to strike it rich in the Southern Virginia Open.
Christy Hubley takes us to the lanes where a Martinsville woman is among those trying to score a championship title.
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(( Concentration and determination.
That's what Gail Hardie hopes will help her bowl over the competition at the Southern Virginia Open.
The home of the tournament is the County Club Lanes in Danville.
That makes Hardie-- who hails from Martinsville-- sort of a hometown favorite.
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((GAIL HARDIE/REGIONAL PRO-BOWLER: MY DAUGHTER IS ABLE TO COME AND CARRY MY BALLS FOR ME. USUALLY I GO OUT OF TOWN BY MYSELF AND I DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY.))
[OUT Q=have that luxury.]
Hardie's tournament average of 190 isn't enough to bring her to the head of the pack.
The top spot is held by Kim Adler of Las Vegas, Nevada-- with a 233 average.
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((KIM ADLER/NATIONAL PRO-BOWLER: I DON'T EXPECT THE LANE CONDITIONS AS SIMILAR FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. HOPEFULLY THEY ARE BUT IF THEY'RE NOT I WANT TO BE PREPARED WITH THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT AND THE RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS SO THAT I CAN STAY ON TOP.))
[OUT Q=stay on top.]
[IN Q=This field of 60-bowlers]
((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: THIS FIELD OF 60-BOWLERS WILL BE NARROWED DOWN TO 24 THEN TO JUST 5. THOSE FIVE LADY BOWLERS WILL COMPETE THURSDAY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AND THE TOP PRIZE OF $9,000.))
[OUT Q=prize of nine-thousand dollars.]
The prize for Danville is national exposure on ESPN-- which will tape the final round of the tournament and air it next week.
The lanes' owner says local bowlers benefit too.
[IN Q=These are the greatest]
((CHICO VALENZUELA/COUNTRY CLUB LANES: THESE ARE THE GREATEST WOMEN BOWLERS IN THE WORLD AND OUT LOCAL BOWLERS GET TO SEE HOW GOOD THEY REALLY AND SO MAYBE ENHANCE THEIR GAME, PICK UP SOME TIPS DURING THE COURSE OF WATCHING THEM BOWL DURING THE TV FINALS.))
[OUT Q=enhance their game.]
Those televised finals will air on ESPN next Tuesday and Thursday.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, highlights from the opening round of the women's City-County.
We'll check on night time football clinic the area.
Plus, these pickup games are the only kind taking place in the NBA these days.
We'll get Bimbo Coles throughts on the lockout labor dispute right after this break.
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The first round of the Roanoke City County Golf Championship is said and done and a familiar face is leading the way.
Dot Bolling shot a 70 today. If she comes out on top this will be her fourth straight City-County title.
Marilyn Bussey and Brenda King-Harvey are tied for second with a 74.
And with two more rounds to go this is still anyone's tournament.
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The second round tees off tomorrow at Hanging Rock and the final is at the Botetourt Country Club.
The NBA lockout is nearly three weeks old, the league and the players union met today. At the core of the economic issue is the amount of revenue being devoted to player salaries. The NBA contends half of the league's 29 teams lost money last season while the player union says only four teams didn't turn a profit.
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Former Virginia Tech star and now Golden State Warrior Bimbo Coles, who attended the Avalanche game last night, commented on the lockout.
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Eight owners are prepared to sit out the upcoming season. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, owners had the right to seek a new deal if player payrolls exceeded 52 percent of all team revenue.
That figure was at 57 percent last season.
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The football skills camp kicked off at Oakeys field in Salem yesterday. Steve Mason says, the three day clinic's objective is to shed light on both gridiron and Godly fundamentals.
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((Fresh off their Roanoke Valley All-Stars clinic with Ronde and Tiki Barber, Blue Ridge District products Walt Derey and Richard Goodpasture are once again tackling challenges kids face on and off the field. However, this clinic welcomes some devine intervention.
Westminister Presbuterian Church in Salem sponsors the clinic. Derey, a former tight end at the University of Virginia, has these camps down to a science, but he uses a very unscientific approach to reach kids hearts.
The Clinic, which is free to kids, concludes Thursday with a banquet for those who attended, In Salem, Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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