The United States strikes back at terrorism in Africa.
We've got a LIVE report from Washington on today's retaliation.
...as well as local reaction.
In sports, a talk with Jimmy Hensley about his late season truck charge, the Express and the patrick henry football team increase their numbers,
and Roy Stanley was in Lexington today practicing with the VMI football team. How will the kedets stack up? He will tell you in sports.
Wonderfully clear and cool here but Tropical Storm Bonnie may be a hurricane by the weekend. Details just ahead.
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U-S military forces launched attacks against The Sudan and Afghanistan this afternoon in retaliation for last week's embassy bombings in Africa.
The Afghan targets were said to be terrorist training camps owned and operated by Osama bin Laden- -a wealthy Saudi businessman.
bin Laden has admitted using his millions to finance terrorism.
He was not injured in today's attack.
Officials in The Sudan say the former pharmaceutical factory that was struck in Khartoum still makes medicine not chemical weapons.
Jonathan Freed has the latest in Washington.
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((It was entirely unexpected. The President broke off his summer vacation
with an urgent announcement...that the United States had struck back
following the terrorist bombings of the U-S embassies in East Africa.
BITE (CLINTON): I ORDERED THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO
STRIKE AT TERRORIST-RELATED FACILITIES IN AFGANISTAN AND THE SUDAN.
The targets were said to be part of what was described as the terrorism
network of extremist Saudi millionaire, Osama bin Laden: a terrorist
camp in remote Afghanistan. And what Mr. Clinton described as a
chemical weapons site in the Sudan.
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THESE PICTURES FROM SUDANESE TELEVISION SHOW THE BUILDING IN FLAMES
FOLLOWING THE ATTACK. THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WAS NOT A CHEMICAL
WEAPONS FACILITY, BUT A FACTORY THAT MADE MEDICINE.
BITE (CLINTON): TODAY WE HAVE STRUCK BACK.
The President said there was compelling evidence that bin Laden's forces
played key roles in the embassy bombings...as well as previous attacks.
And that the United States had information that still more assaults
were being planned.
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STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): UNTIL THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THE
MILITARY STRIKES, ATTENTION WAS RIVETED ON THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE HERE
IN WASHINGTON WHERE MONICA LEWINSKY WAS TESTIFYING AGAIN. AT LEAST TWO
REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE QUESTIONING THE TIMING OF THE ATTACKS. J.F., CBS
Most folks around the nation are still waiting to hear the details of these military strikes.
But already, people in Roanoke are reacting to the news.
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Scott Goldberg is in our newsroom tonight and has that part of the story.
Keith, Congressman Bob Goodlatte was one of the first to respond.
He is supporting President Clinton, saying the United States needs to take a tough stand against terrorists.
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((IT'S IMPORTANT THAT ANYTIME YOU FIND TERRORIST ACTIVITY THAT YOU STRIKE AT THEM BEFORE THEY STRIKE AT YOU AND IF INDEED THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE BASE CAMPS AND THE BOMBINGS IN KENYA AND TANZANIA THEN IT WAS IMPORTANT TO TAKE STEPS TO RETALIATE.))
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For the most part, Quigg Lawrence would agree with the congressman.
But he sees another side to this story.
Lawrence is a pastor whose church went on a mission to the Sudan earlier this year.
He visited refugees who fled to the south of the war-torn country.
Lawrence said the Sudanese live under a constant threat of terrorism -- from both domestic and international organizations.
He worries about what the military calls "collateral damage" -- when innocent people are hurt in military strikes.
But Lawrence believes this action by the U-S to take out a suspected chemical weapons plant, could ultimately SAVE lives.
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((QUIGG LAWRENCE/PASTOR, CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: IT'S A TERRIBLE THING BUT SOMETIMES IT'S BETTER TO TAKE OUT THE FACILITY AND HAVINGT TEN PEOPLE KILLED, THAN NOT TAKE IT OUT AND HAVE THEM USE THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS.))
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Some members of Lawrence's church are planning another mission to the Sudan later this fall.
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Ten federal appeals court judges have upheld the one- year- old state law that requires teenagers to notify their parents before getting an abortion.
Judge J- Michael Luttig writes in the opinion:
"A mother and father... are obligated to know, and they are entitled to know, the life-defining decisions their children face."
Since the law took effect in July 1997, 31 teenagers around Virginia have notified a judge instead of their parents.
Of those, three were denied permission for an abortion.
Planned Parenthood of Virginia is debating whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Virginia is three hours from executing its youngest inmate in modern history.
Lance Antonio Chandler was only 19 when he robbed Mother Hubbard's convenience store near South Boston in 1993.
He turned 25 just last month. He's set to be the youngest person executed in Virginia in modern times.
Chandler shot store clerk Billy Dix in the face-- and later allegedly marvelled that Dix would risk his life to protect his employer's money.
Governor Jim Gilmore declined to intervene in the execution.
Chandler's scheduled for lethal injection at nine p-m.
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State police were digging up parts of the place Earl Bramblett called home before being sent to prison on murder convictions.
An accident on 2-20 holds up traffic for a number of hours today.
We'll have details when the news continues.
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State police have ruled out the possibility that the remains of two missing girls from Roanoke were buried beneath a concrete slab in Bedford County.
At the time Angela Rader and Tammy Akers disappeared more than 20 years ago, capital killer Earl Bramblett lived in an A-frame home near Chamblissburg.
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The girls were frequent visitors.
Police theorized that Bramblett could have hidden body parts in the post holes of a shed he built below the house.
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Angela Rader's mother is actually encouraged by the fact that nothing turned up at the house in Bedford County.
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((I'M SO GLAD THAT THAT PART IS OVER, AND OF COURSE IT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND THAT, WELL, MAYBE, THEY ARE STILL AROUND.))
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If she is still alive forensic experts- -with the help of computer-driven image- enhancement- -figure this is what she might look like.
Halifax County authorities say they have the man who shot and killed a mother of three nearly two weeks ago.
44-year old Denny Coggins Melton of Semora, North Carolina, was arrested today for the murder of Rhonda Bowes Stone.
Stone was found dead in her Alton trailer August 7th.
Halifax County Sheriff's Deputies say the fatal shots were fired from OUTSIDE the home-- through a window that is now covered with paper.
Melton was picked up by North Carolina authorities two days after the murder on seperate charges.
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((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: MELTON HAD BEEN HELD IN THE ROXBORO/PERSON COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF HAVING A FIREARM IN HIS POSSESSION AFTER BEING A CONVICTED FELON.))
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Melton now faces a first degree murder charge which carries a possible life sentence.
The ten- year- old boy Salem police charged with arson is no longer in protective custody.
The boy accused of starting one of the fires at the Willow River apartment complex is reportedly living with his grandmother in Tazewell.
Last week a judge denied a reuqest from the boy's family to let him live in a Roanoke County apartment complex.
The 10- year- old must be kept under constant adult supervision.
His arson trial is set to begin September 21st.
An accident on Route 220 in Roanoke County has left a woman in critical condition.
It happened this morning, just before noon, tying up traffic for a couple of hours.
Police say Sherry Ann West of Boones Mill pulled out in front of a Jeep heading south.
The broadside collision tipped her car over. She was taken to the hospital and is now in the neuro-trauma unit.
The four people in the Jeep were treated and sent home.
Bland County may soon become a magnet for industry and tourists.
The county hopes to attract businesses to its new 22- acre industrial park, near Bastian.
The Board of Supervisors also has an option to buy an additional 35- acres.
They're looking for smaller industries compatible with the county's rigid zoning ordinance.
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((FRANK CHANDLER/BLAND CO. SUPERVISOR: IT'S GOING TO PROVIDE A TAX BASE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE COUNTY GOVERNMENT WITHOUT HAVE TO RAISE TAXES ON PEOPLE'S PERSONAL PROPERTY AND IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE JOBS FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS THAT ARE GRADUATING NOW. ))
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The Board also hopes to strengthen tourism with the addition of new water and sewer lines in Bastian.
They hope this will attract motels and restaurants, especially around the I-77 exit, near the Wolf Creek Indian Museum.
In fact, one major motel and restaurant have already purchased land there.
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((MOLLY THOMPSON/BLAND CO. BOARD CHAIRMAN:I'D LIKE TO SEE MORE BED AND BREAKFASTS THAT TYPE OF THING TO PROMOTE THE SMALLER AND MORE ECONOMICAL LINE FOR FOLKS WHO ARE TRAVELING. ))
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The new water and sewer lines will also benefit Bastian residents--who've been without adequate drinking water for several years.
The stock market finished near its session low in
The Dow closed down 82 points at 86-hundred-11.
NASDAQ lost 10 points.
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A physician at Lewis Gale Hospital has been indicted for falsifying tax returns.
Doctor Verna Lewis is charged with filing false tax returns, obstructing the I-R-S, fabricating documents and soliciting people to lie for her before a federal grand jury.
Dr. Lewis lives in Daleville, but could not be reached this afternoon for comment about the federal indictment.[Ra
Radford University just received its largest grant, ever.
The U-S Department of Education awarded the school more than one and half million dollars.
University officials say a portion of the money will be used to reach out to certain students.
The school wants to attract more minorities and older students as well as students from rural areas whose families never went to college.
To do so: the university plans to rework several of its majors, such as elementary education, in order to offer them through distance learning.
Roy Stanley will tell us how the VMI football team plans tot recover from last year's winless season, the Express gets defensive with it's ever growing roster,
and Jimmy hensley was in Martinsville last night to throw out the first pitch, his thoughts about his truck season.
The Craftsman Truck series move to Topeka Kansas this weekend. Ridgeway's own Jimmy Hensley will be looking for his second win of the season
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in the Lund Look 275. After 70 Craftsman truck races, Hensley finally found victory lane in this past weekend's Federated Auto parts 250 in Nashville, Tennessee. The win is a culmination of a late season charge thanks to a new crew chief.
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Last night, hensley, who is now 8th in the points, signed autographs and met with fans before the Martinsville Phillies game. Jimmy also threw out the first pitch. On the track, he struck out in the first part of the season.
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V-M-I is preparing to take the first step in rebuilding its football program.
And Roy Stanley says while the Keydets are young and lack experience the talent is there to make a difference this season.
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((As Ted Cain begins his second year as the head coach at V-M-I, He and his assistant coaches may feel like construction workers.
After an 0 and 11 season last year, 1998 is a rebuilding year for the Keydets. And that rebuilding begins with 29 recruits and 14 walkons.))
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((Cain will have to work with one of the least experience teams in the Southern Conference.
Sophomore Robbie Chenault is beginning his first full season at quarterback. There are new faces in the offensive line, 7 starters return on a defense that gave up an over 34 points a game last season.
But Cain has noticed a considerable amount of progress from the spring and the players are taking this season one step at a time to achieve one common goal.))
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And the News 7 Sports team gets started tomorrow night with its 15th anniversary hour-long Primetime show at nine o'clock.
With more on that, here's Mike Stevens.
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Roanoke Express head coach Scott Gordon announced today that defenseman Travis Smith has signed
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on for another season. The 6 foot, 200 pounder played in 46 games last year. he had 10 points. He will hopefull shore up a defense that lost Michael Smith and Dave Stewart.
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What's wrong with some of the fish in the Staunton River?
Answers might come tonight at a public hearing in Brookneal.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more.
Last month, the state department of health issued a warning for a 50-mile stretch of the Staunton River.
The problem: fish caught in Halifax, Pittsylvania, Campbell, and Charlotte Counties may contain P-C-B's.
P-C-B's are industrial chemicals that may increase the risk of cancer in humans.
So where are the toxins coming from and how can the contaminated river be cleaned-up?
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The departments of health and environmental quality will answer public questions tonight at Brookneal Elementary School.
We'll have that story for you tonight at 11, plus the latest on the U-S Military strikes.
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