A pipe bomb explodes in Southeast Roanoke neighborhood.
And a robber hits the First National Bank in Dublin.
Police have a suspect in custody.
A sunny Labor Day Weekend outlook awaits you as we head into Holiday territory, and the Cavs are celebrating like it was a Holiday, we'll tell you why in sports.
News 7 at noon is next.
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A construction contractor was injured by a pipe bomb in South Roanoke this morning.
Norvell West, the Third, was getting into his truck around 8:40.
He went back to the house to get something.
The second time he got in the truck the bomb went off.
A next door neighbor says it was a "right loud explosion."
[IN Q=I looked over]
((HUME POWERS/NEIGHBOR; I LOOKED OVER HERE, SAW A PUFF OF SMOKE, THEN SAW NORVELL SPRAWLED ON THE GROUND BETWEEN THE TRUCK AND THE DECK. HE WAS SOMEHWAT INCOHERENT.))
It's not the first time police have been called to this address.
A police department spokesman says a rear window of the house was shot out last month, and there have been other incidents.
City police are still investigating with the help of the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
A suspected bank robber was caught within minutes of a holdup in Dublin this morning....and within a few feet of the police station.
It happened about 9:40 at the First National Bank on Route 100.
It took Dublin police less than a minute to get there, and less than 10 minutes to catch the man.
That's because the bank is located near the police department-- about 250 yards away.
The suspect's name hasn't been released.
And police aren't saying whether this latest bank robbery is connected to two others in Dublin this summer.
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Rescue crews and victim's families are taking on the grueling, emotional task of looking through the wreckage of Swissair Flight 111.
The search operation is trying to recover the very important flight recorders, in hopes of finding the cause of Wednesday night's crash.
[SUPER=03-Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia;]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Don McInnes/Rescue Coord. Center;]
[SUPER=01-Claire Moritmer/Victims' Daughter;]
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(LOCATOR: PEGGY'S COVE, NOVA SCOTIA)
AS RESCUE WORKERS RECOVER BODIES AND WRECKAGE FROM SWISSAIR FLIGHT 111..
A CANADIAN NAVY SUBMARINE HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN TO HELP FIND THE PLANE'S
CRUCIAL "BLACK BOXES." IT IS THESE BLACK BOXES WHICH OFFICIALS HOPE
WILL SHED LIGHT ON THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH.
(SOT/08:16:18) Sgt. Don McInnes/Rescue Coordination Center
"We are going to use the submarine because of its sophisticated sonar to
locate the wreckage on the sea floor and see exactly how much wreckage
there is there and how many large pieces there are."
HUNDREDS OF GRIEVING RELATIVES FROM NEW YORK AND SWITZERLAND ARE HEADED
TO THE DISASTER SITE.. TO HELP IDENTIFY THE REMAINS RETRIEVED SO FAR.
(SOT/08:59:05) Claire Moritmer/Victims' Daughter
"For me, it will help me to have some sense of completion to see where
their lives ended."
ALL 229 PEOPLE ON BOARD WERE KILLED WHEN THE MCDONNELL DOUGLASS MD-11
WENT DOWN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ABOUT 90-MINUTES AFTER TAKE-OFF. SWISSAIR HAS OFFERED TO GIVE THE VICTIMS' FAMILY MEMBERS 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH ..
TO HELP THEM COVER IMMEDIATE EXPENSES. AND, AFTER RE-EXAMINING THE
PASSENGER LIST, THE AIRLINE NOW CONFIRMS THERE WERE 132 AMERICANS ON
BOARD, FEWER THAN ORIGINALLY BELIEVED.
(STANDUP) Jonathan Freed/CBS News))
Another crash, this one involving two Air Force helicopters happened in Nevada.
No word yet on the fate of the 12 crew members on board.
A Pentagon spokesman says the choppers apparently collided and plunged on the Nellis Air Force Base, about 60 miles north of Las Vegas.
The helicopoters were on night training mission.
Salem authorities have charged a second juvenile with arson in connection with a string of fires at the Willow River Apartment complex.
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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 to terrify residents there.
Police said the 15-year-old boy is still living at the complex.
Last month, a 10-year-old was charged with starting one of the other fires.
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The seventh -- and most destructive fire -- is still under investigation.
A Danville man who killed a friend of his estranged wife will spend 33-years behind bars.
Laquan Stone was sentenced yesterday for the murder of Alvin Averette in April.
Stone found the victim hiding in his estranged wife's shower when he fired the fatal shots.
A jury found him guilty in July of first degree murder.
Defense attorneys were hoping for a lesser manslaughter conviction.
The suspected gunman in the robbery of a Botetourt COunty restuarant is a V-M-I student.
The county's commonwealth's attorney says 20-year old Bradley Clay Purcell was wearing a mask and carrying a rifle Saturday night, when he allegedly stole 100-dollars from the North Star Country Restaurant.
The James River High School graduate is in the Botetourt County jail on 40-thousand-dollars bond.
Two alleged scam artists didn't escape Roanoke yesterday morning, after both city and county police caught up with them.
The pair had come back to get the 14-hundred dollars they intended to charge for a paving job they'd done Wednesday night.
Benjamin John Keene of Virginia Beach was arrested, along with Harry Lee Small of Concord, North Carolina.
They showed up at James Blackburn's home late Wednesday with what they said was a load of asphalt left over from another job.
Without saying how much it would cost they started putting it down.
[IN Q=So I said]
((JAMES BLACKBURN/PAVING SCAM VICTIM: SO I SAID, "STOP RIGHT THERE. STOP STOP." HE SAID, "IT AIN'T GOING TO LOOK RIGHT. JUST THAT MUCH, IF I STOP NOW." HE SAID "I GOT A LITTLE BIT LEFT HERE SO I MIGHT AS WELL AS THROW IT AWAY."))
[SUPER=01-James Blackburn/Paving Scam Victim]
[OUT Q=throw it away.]
Police say the men have prior records in other states for similar offenses..
Today President Clinton said the words that many have been waiting to hear, that he's sorry for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
The President was in the middle of a photo opportunity with the Irish Prime Minister when he responded to criticism from Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman.
[IN Q=There's nothing]
((THERE'S NOTHING THAT HE (LIEBERMAN) OR
ANYONE ELSE COULD SAY IN A PERSONALLY CRITICAL WAY THAT I DON'T IMAGINE
I WOULD DISAGREE WITH SINCE I HAVE ALREADY SAID IT MYSELF, TO MYSELF,
AND I'M VERY SORRY ABOUT IT BUT THERE'S NOTHING ELSE I CAN SAY.))
[OUT Q=else I can say]
Yesterday, Lieberman called Clinton's behavior immoral, and said some kind of public rebuke was needed.
But he fell short of calling for the President to be impeached.
Meanwhile, Mr. Clinton is in Ireland this week to show support for the peace process in that country.
In a last- minute move, Russia's parliament postponed today's vote on whether to confirm President Boris Yeltsin's choice as the next prime minister.
The vote is now scheduled for Monday.
Opponents in the Communist- led Duma were set to vote against Viktor Chernomyrdin for the second time.
The delay came after Yeltsin called for more talks, and is seen as an indication that hardliners are no longer confident of winning their showdown with the Russian president.
Six children in Minnesota are believed to have died at the hands of their mother.
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Authorities say they received a call from the 24- year- old woman, who said she was suicidal.
Once they arrived at her home, police found the bodies of the three boys and three girls, ranging in age from five to 11.
[IN Q=We all like]
((LT. JOHN VOMASTEK/ST. PAUL POLICE: WE ALL LIKE TO THINK WERE TOUGH BUT ANYTHING LIKE THIS IS TOUGH ITS
REALLY HARD ON US AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. John Vomastek/St. Paul Police;]
[OUT Q=on us as well]
There's no official word on how exactly the children died.
But a Minnesota newspaper is reporting that they were strangled.
Police have the mother in custody at a local hospital.
Meanwhile, neighbors say the woman came to the U-S from Laos several years ago in an arranged marriage, and that the father of the children moved out six months ago.
A Bedford County couple who lost their daughter to suicide hopes a new state law will prevent other parents from suffering through a similar tragedy.
In 1995, Lisa Renee Hall had told friends at Staunton River Middle School that she was feeling suicidal.
Her friends notified school officials, who never called Lisa's parents.
Lisa ended up killing herself a few days later.
[IN Q=The school never]
((KAREN HALL/MOTHER: THE SCHOOL NEVER CONTACTED ME.. THE SAD PART OF HER.))
[SUPER=01-Karen Hall/Mother; :00]
[OUT Q=sad part of her.]
The Halls have enlisted the help of state senator Steve Newman to get a bill passed that would require school personnel to notify parents if their child reports feeling suicidal.
Newman has drafted three pieces of legislation to address the problem.
He says the bills already have widespread bipartisan support.
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Governor Jim Gilmore has ordered the state to improve conditions at the Western State Hospital in Staunton.
Gilmore told the Department of Mental Health he wants to see improvement in the hospital's conditions, policies and practices.
The plan is to cut the number of patients by one hundred while adding 41 new staff positions.
The Governor intends to seek almost seven and a-half million dollars in additional funding for the hospital.
Two patients at Western State have died in recent years.
Maura Patten died last July after the hospital failed to treat her respiratory problems.
John McCloskey died in February of 1996 after he was allegedly sodomized.[S-Morning-After]
The new F-D-A approved "morning-after" pills will be available by prescription within a few weeks.
But a local pharmacist has decided not to carry the Preven Emergency Contraceptive kits at his pharmacy.
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Larry Lewis has moral objections to selling this form of pregnancy prevention.
He says even though it's not an abortion, it's still killing a life.
[SOT ub ]
[IN Q=Life begins]
((LARRY LEWIS/PHARMACIST: LIFE BEGINS WITH FERTILIZATION, SO YOU HAVE FERTILIZATION TAKING PLACE, YOU HAVE A NEW ENTITY A NEW LIFE THAT HAS BEGUN INCLUDING CELL DIVISION THAT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL IMPLANTATION.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Lewis/Pharmacist; ]
[OUT Q=until implantation.]
If taken within three days of unprotected intercouse, Preven prevents the egg from implanting in the uterus.
Norfolk Southern has footed the bill for the train derailment that caused a fiery crash in Lynchburg earlier in the year.
65 freight cars broke loose March 31st and rolled for three miles before smashing into three locomotives.
The resulting fire destroyed Lynchburg's salt storage building and much of the city's snowplow equipment.
Norfolk Southern has reimbursed the city for more than 621-thousand dollars in damages.
It could still face a fine for the accident, which investigators blamed on human error.
Two-point-seven million dollars is headed to Virginia Tech thanks to the estate of an Albemarle County Horse Breeder.
The money is for equine teaching and research programs.
Tech officials announced the gift yesterday from the estate of
Patricia Bonsall Stuart, who died in 1996.
The money will be split equally between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Averett College is a million dollars richer-- thanks to an anonymous donor.
The Danville institution hasn't received the gift yet.
The money is to be willed to the college when the donor dies.
Averett administrators say the million dollars will be used for a new student center.
They hope this committment to the college will encourage others to contribute.
Roanoke city school students will get a glimpse into the business world, thanks to a new partnership.
The school system is teaming up with local businesses to help prepare students for the working world.
The program encourages students interaction with business leaders to promote practical job skills.
Mentoring, field trips to businesses, and tutoring are all part of the partnership.
A September forum will teach schools how to form these business alliances in the community.
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[IN Q=The businesses throughout]
((DR. WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDANT:THE BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT ROANOKE UNDERSTAND WHICH SKILLS AND WHAT TALENTS OUR STUDENTS NEED. THIS GIVES THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST US AS WE DO OUR VERY BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE PREPARED.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Schools Sup.;]
[OUT Q=that our students are prepared]
Coca Cola, the N-A-A-C-P, the Roanoke Jaycees, and First Union are sponsoring the forum.
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Still ahead in sports, the Woods brothers take on a rookie driver.
Plus, U-V-A had a hard time with Auburn in the past, but last night, the Cav's found out that revenge is sweet.
We'll have highlights, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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The 19th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers started off the '98 season with a boom last night, blanking the Auburn Tigers 19 to nothing.
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Auburn coach Terry Bowden was just looking for solid play out of his new quarterback Ben Leard.
But this game was all about defense, and the all-American from Forest- Anthony Poindexter- picks off this Leard pass in the second quarter to set up the first score of the game.
Aaron Brooks hangs in the pocket looking to his left, but then comes back to his right and finds sophomore Kevin Coffey. He outruns the defense down the right side into the endzone for the 6-to-nothing UVa lead after the missed kick.
Todd Braverman added two field goals in the final two quarters and Thomas Jones scored with just over 2 minutes to play as
[super=36-Virginia #19/19/Auburn #22/0;]
the Cavs get defensive in their season opener and become the first non-SEC team to shutout Auburn in 31 years. 19-to-nothing the final.
The second week of Friday Football Extra takes off tonight, and News 7 crews will be all around town catching the action.
Here's where you can find us...
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The drivers are starting their engines today for qualifying at the Southern 500 at Darlington.
Ernie Irvan was in Martinsville Wednesday testing with his craftsman #44 Ford truck team driven by Boris Said.
Irvan has posted seven Top 10 finishes this season in Cup, but knows Darlington is always tough to tame.
[SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/14th in Winston Cup Points; :00]
[OUT Q=....top 5"]
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The Wood Brothers will take on the new NASCAR schedule with a new driver. The Woods have signed Elliott Sadler to a four year deal to drive the Citgo Ford starting next season.
The 23- year old Emporia native, who attended JMU and won the Late Model track championship at South Boston in 1995, has four career wins on the Busch series in 68 tries.
The Woods have been in racing since 1953, but this will be the first time they have ever competed for rookie of the year honors.
Sadler likely will make his debut at the season ending race in Japan.
In other Nascar news, Andy Petree Racing has signed Kenny Wallace to drive its car for the next three years. Wallace And Joe Gibbs has signed Tony Stewart to drive his second car next season with the Home Depot sponsorship. is bringing his Square "D" sponsorship with him.