Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The mystery of a fatal car-bombing back in the mid-70's is finally solved.
And there's a more uniform appearance to the students at one of the city's public schools.
Tonight in sports, the Super Trucks were rocked at Martinsville today we'll check in with Irvan and Compton.
Plus, the weekend football schedule is all set here on Your Hometown Station,
And Sammy does his best to keep pace with McGwire by hitting his 56th homer today.
It's a tricky forecast for the first part of the weekend. But lots of sun tomorrow and fairly warm as well.
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More than 20 years after a deadly car-bombing, four people have now been charged with the murder.
They include a man who ran a successful insurance company in the Alleghany Highlands.
The car bombing dates back to 19-76 near the West Virginia town of Rupert.
One of the suspects is a well-known resident of Covington, That's where Eric Earnhart is tonight. He's got the latest on all this.
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David Johnson is in Rupert, the site of the car bombing. He will have reaction from people there on News 7 at 11.[DeWe
The man who set a bomb that blew off the hands of Montgomery County's prosecutor is back in jail.
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NEWS 7 caught up with Frank DeWease in April.
He'd just been paroled from prison [SUPER=@file;]
for the 1973 bombing of then- prosecutor Pat Graybeal.
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DeWease even brought a mock-up of the bomb to try to convince us he couldn't have set it.
Now DeWease is back in jail, this time in Arlington County.
He's accused of violating his parole conditions at the halfway house.
He allegedly got drunk, threatened other residents, and stayed out after his curfew.
The hard times keep coming for Floyd County's Freeman Cockram.
He lost his general store to bankrupcy, and had to give up running the popular bluegrass jamborees.
Now, he's been indicted for fraud.
Cockram's accused of bilking a North Carolina man of 30-thousand dollars, money the man thought was a loan but never got back.
If convicted, Cockram could be facing two to ten years in prison.
Federal safety investigators confirm human error caused a costly train derailment in Lynchburg last spring.
65 Norfolk Southern cars got away from a brakeman March 31st .. and rolled three miles before plowing into three locomotives.
The collision sparked a large fire that destroyed a road salt storage facility and snow-removal equipment.
The city is still waiting for the railroad to reimburse 700-thousand dollars in losses.
The principal at the Noel C- Taylor Learning Academy calls his students "pioneers".
They're the first students to don uniforms at a Roanoke public school.
It's an effort to focus students' attention on classwork, instead of fashion.
And as Kimberly McBroom found out today, most of them are finding their new threads EASY to WEAR.
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Students resembled soldiers as they strolled back into school after a morning fire drill.
But THESE uniforms look more comfortable than anything you'd see in the military.
They also simplify life for teenagers.
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((MALIA DENT/FRESHMAN: I THINK IT'S NICE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO AND SPREAD A LOT OF MONEY FOR CLOTHES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE 60 OR 70- DOLLAR PAIR OF JEANS AND THE 100- DOLLAR PAIR OF SHOES.))
Most of the students we spoke with say they don't mind wearing the uniforms, and hope they'll prevent teasing among students.
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((MICHAEL GALLAGHER/EIGHTH GRADER: THEY'D SAY "YOUR CLOTHES ARE BOBO'S AND STUFF LIKE THAT. YOUR PANTS ARE TOO TIGHT, I CAN COUNTY YOUR MONEY AND STUFF LIKE THAT.))
Meanwhile, SCHOOL officials hope the mandatory white shirt and khaki pant ensemble will help improve classroom performance and reduce the drop-out rate.
So far, they've met with little opposition.
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((RAY WILLIAMS/PRINCIPAL: THE ONES THAT ARE HERE, WE HAVEN'T HAD ANYONE TO REFUSE TO WEAR THEM. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF MISTAKES THAT WERE MADE IN WHAT THE UNIFORM WAS, BUT THOSE STUDENTS GLADLY CHANGED, AND ARE BACK IN SCHOOL.))
Williams says only time will tell as to how successful the policy will be.
And at least one student says she still misses putting together outfits for school.
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She won't have to wait much longer-- her graduation from the learning academy is coming up in January.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
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Concerns over e-coli may mean big business for one local company. That story is still ahead.
And the federal government okays use of the "morning-after" pill. We'll answer some of the big questions, next.
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American women will soon have easy access to emergency birth control that Europeans have had for years.
No, it's not the RU 486, abortion pill, it's the morning after pill.
But as Health Check reporter Tonya Flory explains it's still not without controversy in the Roanoke Valley.
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((Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge has been administering the morning after pill to patients for the last couple of years.
Even though advocates say there is a growing need for it to be marketed in Southwest Virginia, it's not a replacement for birth control.
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U-S contraceptive manufacturers have refused to sell emergency
birth control for years, citing fears of lawsuits.
Now Gynetics has been given the government's okay to market emergency contraceptives.
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Time is an important factor in the effectiveness of this medication.
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((DR. BARBARA MOORE, OBGYN/PHYSICANS TO WOMEN: IT DEFINITELY STILL HAS AN EFFECT IF YOU START, WE DEFINITELY WANT YOU TO START IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER UNPROTECTED INTERCOURSE, BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO START IT IF YOU DON'T CALL THE NEXT DAY.))
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Gynetics says Preven will be in pharmacies and clinics by the end of September.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
Tomorrow we'll hear from some critics of the newly approved morning after pill.
They say making emergency contraception more easily available is immoral.
Recent health scares over E. Coli and salmonella outbreaks are making irradiated foods more popular than ever.
Irradiation is the process where meat or produce is subjected to low- level gamma rays that kill bacteria.
Steve Smallshaw tells us the increased demand for irradiation is good news for one local company.
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(( You may not recognize the name, but chances are you've walked on their product.
For 35 years, Applied Radiant Energy has been using irradiation to produce "Gammapar".. a wood flooring that's three times harder and more durable than regular wood.
Business is booming.. and A-R-E is building a NEW, bigger irradiator that will triple the company's output.
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((WAYNE ZEIGLER/APPLIED RADIANT ENERGY: NOW THAT WE'LL BE IN THIS FACILITY PRETTY MUCH FULL TIME IN OCTOBER, THOSE CONSTRAINTS HAVE BEEN LIFTED. WE'RE ABLE TO EXPAND THIS MARKET AND TO GO INTO THE OTHER INDUSTRIES.))
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And that's where the money lies.
A-R-E has also invented a packaging line irradiator for processing things like meat, produce or tobacco.
Irradiated food has less bacteria and a longer shelf life.. and consumers are starting to overcome their fears.
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A-R-E is building a demonstration model at its Forest plant where processors can see the irradiator in action.
Zeigler says the orders are already coming in.
At eight million dollars apiece, he expects his company's sales to quadruple in the next few years.
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A mixed day on Wall Street, but a down one for the blue chips.
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The Dow Jones Industrial average closed down more than 45 points to finish near 77-82 ... but the NASDAQ composite index rose more than 17 and a half points to climb above 15-92.
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When Javier Cruz skipped the country last Spring, the government decided that meant he no longer deserved any consideration for five years of work as a "snitch."
The prosecutor recommended life sentences for Cruz- -rather than give him credit for "substantial assistance."
Though Cruz remains on the lam- -presumably in Columbia- -his lawyer argued today that the court should reconsider and depart from the sentencing guidelines to give Cruz a break ...in recognition for all his undercover drug trafficking work.
Judge James Turk refused, though he encouraged Cruz's lawyer to appeal.
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State Police want this Labor Day holiday to be a safe one on Virginia's highways.
Troopers are joining their North Carolina counterparts to conduct safety checkpoints this week.
At this one near Danville today, they issued 13-tickets and 4-warnings.
Violations ranged from no seatbelts to no brake lights.
State Police say observing speed limits and wearing seatbelts can greatly reduce your risk of injury or death on the highway.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Sosa hits another and McGwire talks about why Sammy is the man!
Druck has a bad day on the bay,
and Steve Mason checks in from Martinsville where the Thunder was back in the Foothills courtesy of the super trucks today.
Not everyone was hard at work this afternoon.
Sammy Sosa was busy playing homerun derby at Wrigley Field as he attempted to play catch up to Mark McGwire.
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Sosa came into today with 55 homers, two behind McGwire.
In the sixth inning he cut that deficit to one by hitting this opposite field shot to right field.
The homer helps give the Cubs a 4-to-2 win and keep them in front in the wildcard chase.
Last night McGwire hit his 56th and 57th homers to break Hack Wilson's 68 year old national league single season mark.
But the Mac Daddy is the first to tell you that it's Sosa and not McGwire who is having the magical year.
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For you collectors out there, remember back in June we told you how Mark McGwire rookie card was in the rise.
Before the season you could have bought it for $20.
Now the 1985 Topps number 401 card is seeling for $135.
The Craftsman Truck series rolled into Martinsville today for its only test session of the year.
Steve Mason caught with some of the big names driving big Fords today at the track.
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As the Virginia Tech football team nears its opening date with the East Carolina Pirates some question marks remain.
THe Hokies' defense has pushed around the Tech offensive line in scrimmages.
But Coach Frank Beamer says just because the offensive squad is inexperienced doesn't mean it won't be good.
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Tech opens its season at home this Saturday against East Carolina.
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And again keep in mind that this Saturday night Your Hometown Station is the only place you can catch the West Virginia - Ohio State game from Morgantown. Kickoff is set for eight o'clock this Saturday.
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And the NFL returns to CBS this weekend.
It's our first Sunday and it's a doubleheader weekend!
The NFL Today returns at High Noon, and then you can catch the Steelers and Ravens at one o'clock.
Right after that the Jets tangle with the 49ers at four o'clock.
But don't look for this guy to play.
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Former Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller got demoted to third team yesterday.
Ty Detmer was named the Niners backup to Steve Young.
That means the majority of Druck's work will come before and after practices.
The number 3, or emergercy quarterback, plays on Sunday only after the first two are injured.
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20 years after a deadly car bombing, a community must re-live the incident all over again.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more on that.
Keith, as we reported earlier in this newscast, a Covington man is among four people now charged with the bombing death back in 19-76.
How do the arrests of Carroll "Gene" Humphries and three others affect their community? David Johnson is in Rupert, West Virginia to find out.
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Their reaction, plus the rest of the day's news, sports and weather tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
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