Today on news 7 at 5, a respected Covington business man is arrested after he's accused of hiring someone to commit murder 22 years ago.
and residents along the Gulf Coast brace themselves as Hurricane Earl prepares to hit land.
Indications for some weekend rain from Earl, mainly Saturday. The latest forecast straight ahead.
In Health News, an advisory panel recomends a new preventative treatment for breast cancer,
and the F-D-A approves the controversial Morning After Pill.
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A Covington man is in jail charged with planning a murder 22 years ago in West Virginia.
Carroll Eugene Humphries, a respected businessman, is one of four people accused in the case.
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Eric Earnhart is in Covington.
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He's served decades in prison for killing his wife and then setting a revenge bomb that wounded the man who prosecuted him.
Now Frank DeWease is back in jail.
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NEWS 7 spoke with DeWease after he was paroled.
He still denied setting the bomb that blew off the hands of then-Montgomery County prosecutor Patrick Graybeal.
DeWease even brought a model of the bomb to try to prove his innocence.
But after a few months in a D-C halfway house, DeWease earned a trip to the Arlington County jail while his parole status is reviewed.
Corrections officials say DeWease got drunk and threatened other residents.
Hurricane Earl is slowy making its way toward the Florida Panhandle- packing 90 mile an hour winds.
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Heavy rain is already pounding down on the coast of Alabama and Florida.
But the system is stalled in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it's not in a hurry to get anywhere.
Still people in the region have evacuated just to be safe.
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Forecastsers say Earl's poorly defined center will most likely come ashore near Panama City sometime tonight.
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Striking pilots lead to thousands of layoffs for one ariline. We'll have that story next.
and we'll meet a Henry County man who knows sometimes you get stung on the way to a sweet success.
On Health Check, the Food and Drug Administration approves the Morning After form of birth control.
There's more News 7 to come. Stay tuned
The pilots are striking but it's the other employees getting pink slips.
Northwest Airlines laid off 27 thousand workers yesterday because of the pilots strike-
They include mechanics and flight attendants.
((MARK STURGILL/NORTHWEST PILOT: WE'RE VERY SORRY FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE BUT WE'RE ALL UNIFIED TOGETHER AND WE'RE GONNA STAY TOGETHER UNTIL THIS IS DONE.))
((ANDREW NEWMAN/NORTHWEST SPOKESWOMAN: THE PEOPLE GETTING LAID OFF DON'T MAKE THE KIND OF MONEY THE PILOTS MAKE AND WE FEEL TERRIBLE THERE WERE EMPLOYEES IN TEARS HERE LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE TALKING TO THEM.))
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More than 6-thousand pilots walked off the job five days ago.
You now have to look a little closer to distinguish among the students at Noel C-Taylor Learning Academy.
Students there have started the new year in school UNIFORMS.
Most of them told us the outfits are comfortable.
But there are still some who miss picking out their OWN clothes every morning.
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Dent says she likes the uniforms, because she can hold on to her money instead of buying clothes.
But school officials say the real goal of the policy is to reduce classroom distractions and keep students in school.
So far, the principal says students are cooperating.
Did you know that September is National Honey Month. Last year over 192 million pounds of the golden treat were produced in the United States. As Steve Pardon reports some of it, came from Fieldale
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Bill Hartis is one of over 211 thousand beekeepers in the United States. He's not considered a commercial producer, but by bottling between 2 and 3 thousand pounds of honey a year, he's more than just an enthusiast. However he says he's a part of a dying breed in Virginia, pointing out that there are only half as many hives in the commonwealth as there were several years ago. The wild bee population is almost non-existant, a problem for farmers since bees are responsible for polinating 80% of all insect pollinated plants.
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ND THATS GOOD FOR THE BEEKEEPERS BUT MORE EXPENSIVE I GUESS TO THE FARMERS.)
Hartis doesn't rent his bees. He has enough work to keep him buzzing through out the year. Periodically he has to open his 175 hives to make sure mites and other insects aren't hunting his flock or digging for his sticky gold. The bees hoever, don't always welcome his visits.
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Although he's been stung thousands of times over the years, he says his suit and a little smoke is usually all it takes to calm the beasts. Bees react to smoke in they're home like we would in ours. They grab what ever they can and get out of the house.
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YOU DON'T WANT TO FIGHT NOBODY AFTER YOU GOT A STOMACH FULL.)
A trick of the trade that has turned his hobby into sweet success.
Steve Pardon, News 7.))
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They're getting ready for some serious bidding as Mill Mountain Theater prepares for it's big fund raiser of the year.
Patrick Evans has more on the Cork and Curtain event.
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Cork & Curtain, Mill Mountain Theater's biggest annual fundraiser, is just around the corner, and it always features a wide selection of wines.
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This year, a new local winery has contributed several wines to the auction-
Patrick Evans joins us from Valhalla Vineyards in Roanoke County, to tell us more about both the event and this new winery.
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In Sports, it's time for the first Hometown Hoops for the season. Steve Mason will have that in today's two minute Sports ticker.
Coming up next on health check --
The first and only emergency contraceptive has just been approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration.
Planned Parenthood says there has been such a local demand for the morning after pill, that the clinic has expanded it's hours.
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Emergency contraception or the so called "morning after pills" now have the go ahead to be marketed in the United States.
The F-D-A today approved Preven to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.
Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge is one clinic carrying the emergency contraceptive that they say is needed in the Roanoke Valley.
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These pills have been available by prescription for a few years, but now Gynetics is the only company to actually make and market the emergency contraception.
Physicians say the pills prevent or delay ovulation.
However, they'll have no effect if an embryo is already implanted and growing.
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((DR. BARBARA MOORE,OBGYN/PHYSICAINS TO WOMEN: THE EFFECTIVENESS RATE IS ABOUT 75-PERCENT AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE IS A 25-PERCENT CHANCE OF HER GETTING PREGNANT IT MEANS THAT IT CUTS THE NORMAL RISK OF GETTING PREGNANT ON ANY DAY OF THE CYCLE, IT CUTS IT THREE QUARTERS SO THE RISK IS ABOUT 2 OUT OF 100.))
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Gynetics says the PREVEN kits will be available by prescription by the end of this month.
Side effects include nausea and vomiting, but it can be lessened with anti-nausea pills taken first.
Tomorrow we'll talk to a local pharmacist who says the pill is still considered unethical by abortion opponents.
Critics say it's just another form of abortion.
Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration have relunctantly recommended the first preventative treatment for breast cancer.
Tamoxifen made headlines last year when the National Cancer Institute said it could help prevent breast cancer in healthy women at high risk for the disease.
However a Bristish study contradicted those findings. It found tamoxifen doubles the risk of getting uterine cancer and triples the risk of developing blood clots in the lungs.
The F-D-A advisers say they're still not sure who should take tamoxifen, in light of the serious side effects.
The panel also says there's no proof the drug prevents breast cancer. It may just delay tumors for a few years.
With more Americans getting sick from contaminated meat and produce, irradiated foods are becoming more popular.
One Bedford County company hopes to capitalize on that trend.
Applied Radiant Energy has been using the irradiation process to treat wood for 35 years.
Now it wants to start building irradiators for MEAT processors to kill the germs in beef and poultry.
Even at eight million dollars apiece, customers are lining up.
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Irradiation is a process in which food is exposed to gamma rays from the chemical Cobalt 60.
The radiation prevents bacteria from spreading and can increase the shelf life of meat or produce.
The Labor Day holiday is fast approaching-- and State Police urge you to play it safe if you're travelling.
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Troopers conducted this checkpoint near Danville today as part of their "Smart, Safe, and Sober" campaign.
State Police looked for drunk drivers and equipment violations.
They also made sure everyone was wearing a seatbelt and kids were properly locked into child restraint seats.
Troopers say those safety features save lives.
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All total, troopers issued 13-tickets and 4-warnings here.
It's Wednesday and time to start another season of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Steve Mason tips off the year with our defending group A and double A state champs, Glenvar and William Byrd.
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((Brian Harvey accomplished last year, what every high school coach dreams about. While winning, he almost lost his father.
That something was loose weight. Harvey embarked on the zone, a weight loss program for heart patience. This past spring, Glenvar JV coach Tim Williams helped Harvey shed 42 pounds.
Williams has lost 35 pounds, his fellow assistant JV coach..takes the cake. Randy Hale has dropped a wopping 45 pounds.
Richie Waggoner, Harvey's assistant has lost 25 pounds. Their hard work and dedication hasn't gone unnoticed.
Though the foresome has reached their goal, they continue to exercise and watch their fat intake, Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
Imagine walking into a floral shop and having someone hand you a dozen roses-- FREE of charge.
It may sound too good to be true--
But that was exactly what happened today at Radford City Florist on Norwood Street.
This morning, the owners along with a few helpers began giving away 5-thousand roses in bunches of 12- with just one hitch.
Those receiving the flowers were asked to keep one for themselves...
And to give the other eleven away as an act of kindness.
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BRANDON FILIP:I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE WOULD GIVE OUT THIS MANY DOZENS OF ROSES, I MEAN, IT'S NICE, REALLY, REALLY NICE. ))
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This is the fifth year participating F-T-D florists have celebrated what they call "Good Neighbor Day".