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All 229 people on board a Swiss Air Jet were killed when the plane crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia this morning.
We'll have a live report.
And a 15- year old boy has been charged in connection with the first in a string of suspicious fires at a Salem apartment complex.
News 7 at noon is next.
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Canadian authorities say there is nothing to indicate that last night's crash of a Swiss-Air liner off the coast of Nova Scotia was anything but an accident.
The plane crashed after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and tried to make an emergency landing.
Liz Gonzalez reports 136 Americans were among the 229 people who died in the crash.
[SUPER=05-New York, NY;]
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[SUPER=03-Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia;]
[SUPER=01-Corporal Frank Skidmore/Mounted Police;]
[SUPER=01-Jim Buckley/Search Boat Captain;]
[SUPER=01-Walter Vollenweider/Swiss Air Vice President;]
[SUPER=01-Terry Ryan/Deputy Commissioner RCMP;]
(LOCATOR: PEGGY'S COVE, NOVA SCOTIA)
VO: RESCUE TEAMS ARE COMBING A SIX-MILE AREA OFF NOVA SCOTIA.. LOOKING
FOR BODIES AND DEBRIS FROM SWISSAIR FLIGHT 111. BUT OFFICIALS SAY
DIVERS ARE HAVING A TOUGH TIME IN THE COLD WATERS BECAUSE OF ROUGH
(SOT/08:02:34) Cpl. Frank Skidmore/Royal Canadian Mounted Police
"We're hampered somewhat by high seas. There is some offshore wind
which is causing us some wave action. Also, we're occassionally
hampered by visability problems caused by rain and fog. However, we're
still continuing to search."
(SOT/06:50:53) Jim Buckley/Search Boat Captain
"There's a lot of debris around, pieces, not so much of the aircraft,
but things that floated, pieces of wood, pieces of foam, pieces of
VO: THE MD-DONNELL DOUGLAS M-D 11, EN ROUTE TO GENEVA, CRASHED LAST
NIGHT ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER TAKING OFF FROM NEW YORK'S KENNEDY AIRPORT.
ALL 229 PEOPLE ON BOARD WERE KILLED.. INCLUDING 136 AMERICANS. THE PILOT
HAD REPORTED SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT AND TRIED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING
IN NOVA SCOTIA.
(SOT/07:50:38) Walter Vollenweider/Vice President, Swissair
"They requested an emergency landing in Halifax, the closest airport
about 30 miles south of the airport. The aircraft disappeared from the
VO: AMERICAN INVESTIGATORS FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
BOARD ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE CRASH SCENE. THEY'LL HELP CANADIAN
OFFICIALS WITH THE INVESTIGATION INCLUDING THE RECOVERY OF THE COCKPIT
VOICE AND FLIGHT DATA RECORDERS.
(SOT, TERRY RYAN, DEP. COMM., RCMP)
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[OUT Q=back to you in the studio.]
Salem police have charged another juvenile with arson at the Willow River apartment complex.
Police say a 15-year-old who lives at the complex broke into an apartment and started this fire on July 28th.
It was the first of seven fires that terrorized the apartments.
According to police, the 15-year-old boy still lives at the copmlex.
This is the second arson arrest at Willow River.
Police have already charged a 10-year-old with starting one of the fires.
The seventh -- and most destructive fire -- is still under investigation.
Neighbors of a Covington businessman say they are shocked that he is charged with plotting a deadly car bomb in West Virginia.
Carroll Eugene Humphries, and his ex-wife, Kitty (Ab-shire) Abshire Humphries are accused of hiring two men to plant a bomb 22 years ago.
The Rupert explosion killed Kitty Humphries' then-husband, Bill Ray Abshire.
She married Humphries four months later.
Humphries was living on a farm outside the Covington City limits.
His friends and neighbors, like Arthur Elmore, say they were shocked to hear the news of his arrest.
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((ARTHUR ELMORE/NEIGHBOR; IT HAS, YES SIR, YES SIR.
WAS HE A GOOD NEIGHBOR?
OH YEA, GOOD NEIGHBOR, OH YEA.))
[OUT Q=good neighbor, yea]
Humphries is being held in the Alleghany County jail without bond.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for next week.
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Residents of the West Virginia community where the bombing occurred say the decades-old murder is fresh in their memories.
David Johnson has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Greenbrier Co., WV; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Mundy/Rupert Mayor; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Alvis/Rupert Oil Company; :45]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Coughlin/Retired Rupert Postmaster; 1:02]
[OUT Q=West Virginia.]
(( It happened the morning of February 5th, 1976 in Rupert, West Virginia. Charles Mundy says he was at work when he heard a tremendous "BOOM".
[IN Q=WE RAN]
((CHARLES MUNDY/MAYOR OF RUPERT; WE RAN OUT ON THE PORCH AND I SAW A MUSHROOM CLOUD OF SMOKE COMING FROM RUPERT OIL AND I WENT UP THERE AND MISTER ABSHIRE WAS DEAD AT THE TIME.))
[OUT Q=THE TIME]
People say the blast rattled walls and shook windows up to three blocks away.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; WHAT PEOPLE HEARD WAS THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP BILLY RAY ABSHIRE IN HIS CAR. IT HAPPENED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE, WHICH USED TO BE IN THIS ViCINITY AND HAS SINCE BEEN REMOVED.))
One man recalls the gruesome sight found by firefighters responding to the scene.
[IN Q=BASICALL WHAT]
((JIMMY ALVIS/RUPERT OIL COMPANY; BASICALLY WHAT WAS LEFT OF BILLY WHICH WASN'T MUCH FROM THE WAIST UP. I MEAN THE BOMB REALLY TORE HIM APART. THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT OF HIM.))
[OUT Q=OF HIM.]
Several people in the community say the death of Billy Ray Alvis made no sense.
They remember the former AEP employee as being a pleasant fellow.
[IN Q=HE'D JUST BEEN]
((ELIZABETH COUGHLIN/RETIRED RUPERT POSTMASTER; HE'D JUST BEEN IN THE POST OFFICE THE DAY BEFORE. SAID HE HAD SOME GOOD NEWS TO TELL ME, BUT I HAD SO MANY CUSTOMERS. SO HE SAID I'LL TELL YOU TOMORROW. IT HAPPENED THE NEXT DAY.))
[OUT Q=NEXT DAY]
And the demeanor of Kitty Abshire Humphries shortly after her husband's death was characterized as "peculiar".
[IN Q=JOLLY! JUST LIKE]
((COUGHLIN; JOLLY! JUST LIKE SHE'D ALWAYS BEEN. JUST HAPPY, LIKE NOTHING HAD EVER HAPPENED. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TWO TO THREE WEEKS AFTER IT HAPPENED, WHEN I SEEN HER.))
[OUT Q=SEEN HER.]
Residents say they have often thought about the case and wondered who was behind the bombing.
Now, with the arrest of Abshire's widow and her ex-husband and with their trial, which is set to begin in January, it would appear that they will finally find out.
David Johnson, News7, Greenbrier County, West Va.))
Police in 14 countries have exposed a global Internet child pornography ring.
And there's a possible LOCAL connection.
Authorities seized a computer belonging to a Virginia Tech student as part of the investigation.
No charges have been filed.
[SUPER=03-Washington DC ;]
But police have arrested more than a hundred suspects after raiding their homes and offices around the world.
Officials say the pornography ring began in the U-S, then spread to England.
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[IN Q=The people who]
((RAYMOND KELLY/COMMISSIONER:THE PEOPLE WHO EXPLOIT CHILDREN IN THIS WAY THINK THEY CAN HIDE IN CYBERSPACE, THEY ARE WORNG. WE WILL
FIND THEM AND BRING THEM TO JUSTICE. ))
[OUT Q=bring them to justice]
Investigators say the images depict everything from sexual abuse to the actual rape of children.
The man who went to prison for mutilating the arms a former Montgomery County prosecutor is back behind bars.
Frank Dewease was out on parole only a few months before he was sent back to jail.
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/April 3;]
NEWS 7 caught up with DeWease in April.
He'd been paroled from prison
for the 1973 bombing that took the hands of then- prosecutor Pat Graybeal.
[IN Q=24 years]
((24 YEARS OF MY LIFE WENT DOWN THE DRAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Frank DeWease/April 3;]
[OUT Q=the drain.]
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 abused alcohol, threatened other residents, and stayed out after his curfew.
[GRAPHIC=Train Crash Investigation]
Federal investigators say human error is behind the train derailment that sparked a costly fire in Lynchburg in March.
Safety officials say a Norfolk Southern railroad worker failed to properly set the brakes on a line of cars he was uncoupling.
65 freight cars broke free and rolled for three miles before slamming into three locomotives.
The resulting fire destroyed Lynchburg's salt storage facility and most of its snow removal equipment.
After slamming into the Florida panhandle early this morning as a hurricane, Earl is now a Tropical Storm, setting his sights on Georgia.
Earl's arrival did some damage along Florida's gulf coast.
The hurricane knocked down trees and power lines, and even triggered some tornadoes.
So far, no word of any injuries.
Recent outbreaks of E-Coli and salmonella have consumers scrambling for safe foods.
One local company specializes in irradiation -- a process that can kill bacteria in meat and produce.
Though the company has just used the gamma-ray process on wood products so far, they're ready to turn their time and attention to making food safe.
Steve Smallshaw has details.
[IN Q=You may not]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Zeigler/Applied Radiant Energy; :22]
[OUT Q=News7, Forest.]
(( 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.
[IN Q=Now that we'll]
((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.))
[OUT Q=other industries.]
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.
[IN Q=Once Mr. and]
((WAYNE ZEIGLER: ONCE MR. AND MRS. CONSUMER IS CONVINCED, AND STUDIES SHOW NOW THAT 70 PERCENT OF THEM ARE, THEN THIS TECHNOLOGY WILL TAKE OFF.))
[OUT Q=will take off.]
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.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Forest.))
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A Mongolian ballet dancer is gracing a Roanoke stage with fancy footwork influenced by Russian dance.
But he's also tasting the flavor that American life has to offer.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[SUPER=02-Munkhbaatar Javkhlan/Translator; :29]
[SUPER=02-Michelle Goacher/Ballerina; :41]
[SUPER=02-Jenefer Davies/Executive Director; :54]
[OUT Q=TTE, News7, Roanoke.]
29-year-old (OO-ner-bat GOO-na-jav) Unurbat Gunaajav was a principal dancer with the Mongolia National Ballet.
He's toured Russia, Germany, China and Korea.
Now he's dancing for the Roanoke Ballet Theater and learning English.
Using a translator -- he says he likes Roanoke's natural beauty and friendly faces.
[IN Q=All the people]
((ALL THE PEOPLE ... HAPPY FACE.))
[OUT Q=happy face]
[IN Q=As a partner]
((MICHELLE GOACHER/BALLERINA: AS A PARTNER ... IS WONDERFUL.))
[OUT Q=IS WONDERFUL]
[IN Q=He comes]
((JENEFER DAVIES/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: HE COMES FROM A VERY STRICT ... MOVED THEIR BODIES.))
Oo-ner hopes next year, he'll be able to bring his ballerina wife and four-year-old daughter to Roanoke.
But as far as climbing higher to a big-city ballet, Oo-ner says he's happy dancing here.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
Oo-ner and the Roanoke Ballet Theater will perform at the Hotel Roanoke on November 7th.
After hitting four homeruns in his last two games, Mark McGwire only needs to go longball three more times to break the record.
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Cards vs. Marlins-MLB; :00]
Mac started off slowly again last night, waiting until the late innings against the Marlins.
In the seventh against Brian Edmounson, McGwire rips his 58th homer of the year. The two run shot to left put the Cards in front 9-to-nothing.
Then with two outs in the 8th, he hit another two run blast.
He now has 59 homers with 23 games left to play.
The Cards win 14-to-4. McGwire also ups his average to 300. And even though he appreciates the attention, Big Mac says it's Sosa who's magical.
[wipe wipe wipe][McGwire]
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[IN Q=If you look...]
[SUPER=01-Mark McGwire/57 Homers This Season;:00]
[OUT Q=...it's magical."]
The two sluggers have provided each other with motivation all season, as the homerun lead see-saws back and forth.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Reds vs. Cubs - WGN; :00]
Sosa came into yesterday with 55 homers on the year.
In the sixth inning he added another, by hitting this opposite field shot to right field.
The homer also helps give the Cubs get a 4-to-2 win and it keeps them in front in the wildcard chase.
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Virginia Tech is still looking for some answers as this weekend's home opener with the East Carolina Panthers approaches.
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.
[IN Q=we're going to]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Football Coach;]
[OUT Q=right now(DOUBLE OUT)]
Tech opens its season at home this Saturday against East Carolina.
Not only do the Virginia Cavaliers have to battle the Auburn Tigers tonight, but they may also have to take on Tropical Storm Earl.
The Cavs have been practicing all month in dry conditions, but today the forecast in Auburn calls for heavy rain and thunderstorms.
[IN Q=aLL OF ...]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :16]
[OUT Q=...AND HUMID.]
Kickoff tonight is set for eight. The Cavs are ahead of Auburn is all of the preseason polls.
A formal sendoff for Virginia's contestant in the Miss America pageant attracted a crowd in the Roanoke airport.
Nicole Johnson crossed her fingers before boarding a plane this morning.
She will meet 49 other Miss America contestants at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Johnson was honored at a reception this morning in Roanoke where she spoke about her platform for diabetes.
[SOT TC 06:21:15- 06:21:34]
[IN Q=I've had diabetes]
((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS VIRGINIA:I'VE HAD DIABETES FOR FIVE YEARS. I CAUGHT IT WHEN I WAS NINETEEN YEARS OLD AND IT WAS A RESULT OF THE FLU. SO IT'S AN OBSTACLE THAT I'VE HAD TO TRY TO OVERCOME, TO ACCEPT IN MY OWN LIFE AND THAT'S ACTUALLY MY MISSION AS MISS VIRGINIA TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY DIABETICS, MAYBE TURN THEIR LIFE AROUND.))
[SUPER=01-Nicole Johnson/Miss Virginia]
[OUT Q=turn their lives around]
The Miss America pageant is in Atlantic City on September nineteenth.