At least 26 deaths are being attributed to the U-S strike against alleged terrorist targets in Afghanistan yesterday, including five in neighboring Pakistan where one missile exploded by accident.
Sudanese officials continue to claim the building destroyed in the U-S attack in their country was not a chemical weapons plant.
Security is being increased at U.S. facilities around the world, while outrage is the order of the day in the countries where the missiles landed.
Drew Levinson has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Elfathi Erwa/Sudanese Ambassador to the U.N.;]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Berger/National Security Advisor;]
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THE U-S MISSILE STRIKES DESTROYED AT LEAST TWO GUERRILLA TRAINING CAMPS
IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN.. AND A SUSPECTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS PLANT IN
SUDAN. BOTH TARGETS ARE LINKED TO OSAMA BIN LADEN. HE'S THE SAUDI
MILLIONAIRE ALLEGEDLY CONNECTED TO THE DEADLY BOMBINGS EARLIER THIS
MONTH OF U-S EMBASSIES IN KENYA AND TANZANIA. THIS MORNING, SUDAN'S
AMBASSADOR TO THE U-N INSISTED THE BUILDING THE U-S BOMBED WAS A
SOT: (Elfathi Erwa/Sudanese Ambassador to the U.N.) "I think the
problem here is lack of intelligence, also bombing this plant shows me
the real lack of intelligence I think people need good intelligence to
avoid such things."
(LOCATOR: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN)
PAKISTAN SAYS ONE OF THE U-S MISSILES AIMED AT NEIGHBORING AFGHANISTAN..
LANDED ON ITS SOIL.. KILLING AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE. STUDENTS IN
ISLAMABAD PROTESTED THE ATTACK.. SETTING FIRE TO THE U-S FLAG OUTSIDE
THE AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SANDY BERGER REFUSED TO RULE OUT FURTHER U-S
SOT:(Sandy Berger/National Security Advisor) "As the President said,
this is a long term enterprise we know this is a evil directed at the
United States it's going to persist and we have to be ready to take a
wide range of actions from apprehending terrorists where we can."
(LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC)
SECURITY HAS BEEN TIGHTENED AT U-S AIRPORTS AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS,
AND THE F-B-I HAS ISSUED A NATIONWIDE ALERT TO U-S LAW ENFORCEMENT
(LEVINSON STANDUP CLOSE, DEALING WITH THE PRESIDENT LEAVING WASHINGTON
THIS AFTERNOON TO RESUME HIS VACATION ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD)))
Both Virginia Senators Chuck Robb and John Warner declared their support for the President's actions.
But the pastor of one local church has mixed reactions to yesterday's bombing.
He was IN the Sudan earlier this year.
Quigg Lawrence said he supports the U-S action against suspected terrorists.
But he worries about the Sudanese people.
Lawrence said the Sudanese live under the constant threat of terrorism from both domestic and international organizations.
And many times, he said, innocent people are hurt in terrorist attacks.
Lawrence hopes the U-S bombing of a suspected chemical weapons plant will eliminate part of the threat facing the Sudanese people.
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((QUIGG LAWRENCE/CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: IF THEY GO IN AND BOMB A FACILITY THEY KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE. BUT THEY'RE GOING TO PREVENT HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS MORE DEATHS.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Quigg Lawrence/Church of the Holy Spirit;]
[OUT Q=MORE DEATHS]
Some members of Lawrence's church are planning another trip to the Sudan in the fall.
The U-S military strikes are contributing uncertainty on Wall Street.
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The Dow plunged 160 points in the first hour of trading.
And continues to drop, at the noon hour it was DOWN 260-points.
Anaylst also cite other global worries, including Russia.
Lawmakers there provided an angry reception to the prime minister, who sought support for the government's plan for economic reform.
As the President was announcing yesterday's military strikes, Monica Lewinsky was finishing up her second round and possible last day of questioning before the Ken Starr grand jury.
A legal source says during Mr. Clinton's testimony on Monday he told grand jurors about a half dozen sexual enounters with Lewinsky.
As prosecutors look into possible obstruction of justice charges, they're reportedly focusing on gifts Mr. Clinton gave Lewinsky and then had his secretary retrieve.
Meantime, the Attorney General could be ready to seek another independent counsel, this one to look into Clinton - Gore campaign fund raising.
Sources say she's expected to launch 90-day preliminary inquiries into the 19-96 fund-raising activities of Vice President Gore and former White House aide Harold Ickes.
Sources also say the F-B-I questioned both of them last week about whether Gore knew that some of the money he raised by phone at the White House was used illegally.
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He murdered a South Boston convenience store clerk in 19-93.
Last night, he became the youngest person to be executed in Virginia since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Ellen Qualls has more on the execution of Lance Antonio Chandler.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Traylor/Virginia Corrections Spokesman;:22]
[SUPER=01-Joe Chandler/Media Witness;:38]
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Death row inmate Earl Bramblett was once a suspect in the disappearance of two teen aged girls from Roanoke.
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./December 1997]
But attempts to locate the remains of the two girls near Chamblissburg have turned up empty.
This week State Police dug up the foundation of a shed Bramblett built below the house he owned in the mid-70's.
They told the mothers of the two missing girls that the search turned up nothing useful.
Angela Rader and Tammy Akers disappeared in 1977 at age 14... after having spent a lot of time with Bramblett.
The man Halifax County authorities say shot and killed a mother of three nearly two weeks ago is back in Virginia.
44-year old Denny Coggins Melton of Semora, North Carolina, was arrested yesterday for the murder of Rhonda Bowes Stone.
Stone was found dead in her Alton trailer August 7th.
Melton was picked up by North Carolina authorities two days after the murder on separate charges.
He's now in the Halifax County jail.
Lewis Gale physician Verna Lewis is facing criminal charges for falsifying tax returns.
The federal indictment handed up yesterday says the 47 year old psychiatrist fabricated documents and got people to lie to the I-R-S and in testimony before the grand jury
Dr. Lewis was not available for comment, but her attorney issued a statement last night saying: "Dr. Lewis is confident that once the audits are completed, she will not have any additional tax liabilities."
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A Virginia University is tops in the nation according to new rankings, and it's one Patrick will be happy about.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
Is it safe to eat fish from this Southside river?
The latest from a public meeting in Brookneal in just a few minutes. (---------------)
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A Virginia University gets high marks from a top national magazine.
U-S News and World Report names U-V-A and the University of California at Berkley as the top public institutions in the nation.
Harvard, Yale and Princeton share top honors as best private college.
The rankings appear in the magazine yearly publication "America's Best Colleges."
The criteria for its ranking system, includes academic standing, faculty pay, class size, and spending per student.
Virginia's parental notification law is constitutional.
Thats the unanimous ruling from a federal appeals court.
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.
Are fish from the Roanoke-Staunton River safe?
That's what people at a public hearing in Brookneal last night wanted to know.
Christy Hubley reports there were few firm answers.
[IN Q=The public hearing at]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./July; :11]
[SUPER=01-Larry Lawson/Dept. of Environmental Quality; :24]
[SUPER=01-Kizar Wasti/Department of Health; :45]
[SUPER=01-William Hayden/Dept. of Environmental Quality; 1:03]
[OUT Q=as soon as we can.]
(( The public hearing at Brookneal Elementary was called by Delegate Ted Bennett-- in response to a 1994 study just recently released by the departments of health and enviromental quality.
The study found P-C-B's in certain fish caught in Halifax, Pittsylvania, Campbell and Charlotte Counties.
P-C-B's are potentially cancer-causing chemicals-- and people at the hearing wanted to know what took so long for fish warning.
[IN Q=We're not pleased with]
((LARRY LAWSON/DEQ: ))
[OUT Q=problems with the data.]
Health department representatives told the group the fish warning is not cause for panic.
[IN Q=The advice is merely]
((KIZAR WASTI/HEALTH DEPARTMENT: ))
[OUT Q=pose an imminent threat.]
Before the meeting was over, we pulled a DEQ representative aside to ask what's next.
[IN Q=We need to figure out]
((WILLIAM HAYDEN/DEQ: ))
[OUT Q=as soon as we can.]))
The 1994 fish study will be available at the Brookneal and Halifax public libraries.
The document is more than 800-pages long.
Habitat for Humanity says it may have a new plan to end the dispute with Roanoke's Westview Terrace neighborhood.
But they say they need more time to consider a buyout offer from the city. And this morning, the city agreed to an extension.
Roanoke wants to purchase the site of several planned Habitat homes and turn it into a park.
City council came up with that idea, after neighbors fought to stop the project.
Habitat's president says the organization is considering another proposal, but needs more time to work out the details.
The city has now given Habitat until September 11th to accept its offer.
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A four-million dollar addition is in the works for a local four-H center.
We'll have that story when News-7 at Noon returns.
And the wheels are turning to provide child-care to kids in Southeast Roanoke.
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What do children, adults and the water quality at Smith Mountain Lake have in common?
They all stand to benefit from a five million dollar expansion project at the Smith Mountain Lake Four-H Center.
The site's already staked out for the nature education building, right near the lake so campers can test the water.
[IN Q=We're really]
((JOHN DOOLEY/4-H ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: WE'VE REALLY FOCUSED THIS CENTER ON ITS ABILITY TO SERVICE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES OR HANDICAPS. SO ONE OF THE AREAS WE'RE LOOKING AT EXPANDING THIS PROGRAM IS TO THAT AUDIENCE.))
[SUPER=01-John Dooley/4-H Associate Director;]
[OUT Q=is to that audience]
Also in the works -- a two million dollar lodge and conference center where adults can attend training workshops -- and an indoor gym.
[IN Q=They said]
((TAYLOR ROLAND/CAMPER: THEY SAID THERE'S GOING TO BE A RIFLERY RANGE AND I LIKE SHOOTING SO I LOOK FORWARD TO USING THAT.))
[OUT Q=look forward to using that]
The buildings are scheduled to be completed next summer.
The Greenvale School in Roanoke County has been around since 1934, and since then the Junior League of Roanoke Valley has been involved in its development.
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300 children ages six weeks to 12 years old are enrolled in the school.
That number grew yesterday.
Children got a first hand look at the new 15-passenger van dedicated to the school.
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[IN Q=Ten, eleven]
((TEN, ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN, FIFTEEN. FIFTEEN SEATS.))
[OUT Q=15 seats]
The van will provide transportation to children from the Southeast section of the city who otherwise would not be eligible to attend the child care center.
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[IN Q=Our studies have]
((SANDRA CARROLL/GREENVALE EXECUTIVE DIR.: OUR STUDIES HAVE INDICATED THAT THERE ARE NO SLIDING FEE SCALE PROGRAMS IN THAT PART OF TOWN, BUT OUR STUDIES DETERMINED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE FOR US TO OPEN AN ADDITIONAL CENTER THAT WE WOULD REACH OUT WITH THE ACCESS OF TRANSPORTATION FIRST AND ADDRESS THE NEED THAT WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Sandra Carroll/Greenvale Executive Dir.; ]
[OUT Q=that way]
The van was funded through Care that Counts.
The Junior League will also pay for a bus driver, assistant, gas, insurance and maintenance for one year.
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Still ahead in sports, McGwire puts his "mark" of excellence on the Big Apple.
Plus, some former U-V-A standouts make some noise in the N-F-L. We'll show you the big battle in New York, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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Mark McGwire blew past the half- century mark yesterday in New York, leaving him only 11 homers shy of tying Roger Maris' single- season record.
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In the first game of a double header with the Mets, Mac crushes a towering shot in the top of the seventh to lead St. Louis to a 2- nothing victory.
In the second game, he didn't wait as long, notching number 51 in the first. McGwire now becomes the ONLY player to ever hit at least 50 homers in three consecutive seasons.
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In some action from the Appalachian League, the Elizabethton Twins came to town to take on the Pulaski Rangers- and the Rangers kindly showed them the way home, taking both ends of a doubleheader.
Pick it up in game two. Cesar Casteneda hits a bloop single to left, bringing home David Meliah for a 2- nothing lead.
Still in the first, the Twins pitcher can only watch as K-J Harris connects for a three run homer and the Rangers win the second game 8 to 2.
The Roanoke Express announced the addition
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of another familiar face yesterday.
Defenseman Travis Smith will join the team for another season.
He played in 46 games last year and had 10 points.
N-F-L preseason action stayed hot yesterday as the New York Giants battled the cross-town Jets.
And it was none other than Tiki Barber that had the hot hands for the Giants.
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Tiki started the action early. In the first quarter, Barber scooots in from a few yards out to give the Giants the early lead.
He almost went two for two, but the officals called him out of bounds after a nice second effort.
Then on defense, former Cavalier pass defender Percy Ellsworth intercepts a Glenn Foley pass and goes 42 yards for the touchdown. The Jets go on to win 27 to 23.
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In Carolina, Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins has been relegated to the bench while he recovers from a broken nose.
He has taken the rest of the week off and will not play against Minnesota this weekend.
One Friday Football Extra team is finally filling up its roster.
Patrick Henry had only 15 players in uniform for their first workout back on August 3rd.
Their combined jayvee and varsity numbers are now up to 57 players.
The Patriots open up against Jefferson Forest next Friday.
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For more Friday Football Extra news and a look back at the past 15 years of high school football, tune in tonight at nine o'clock for an hour-long primetime show. Join Mike Stevens in the huddle tonight for F-F-E's 15th anniversary special.