Coming up on News 7, we'll have an update on yesterday's massive accident on Interstate 81,
and heavy damage is reported as Southern Florida is hit hard by Hurricane Georges.
The weekend is setting up to be warm and dry. Readings near 90 are likely.
In medical news --
Researchers say a deadly bacteria is growing stronger and becoming harder to treat.
And a team of microsurgeons in France make medical history.
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Twenty four hours after a massive accident on Interstate 81, state Police continue looking for answers to explain what went wrong.
State Police say at least one person is in critical condition following yesterday's chain reaction crash. A tractor trailer driver is described as in critical condition at the U-V-A Medical Center.
Joe Dashiell covered the accident yesterday... and updates the story for us tonight. Joe, What can you tell us?
Jean, Here on Interstate 81 there are few reminders of yesterday's pile-up. Traffic is back to normal today... But for those who were on Christiansburg mountain as this accident unfolded, this was a day they won't easily forget.
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The people who earn their livings driving 18-wheelers say yesterday's accident would have been hard to avoid.
On Interstate-81, which passes through a lot of mountainous country ... it takes a while for big rigs to brake.
Truckers driving 65 miles an hour need a stretch of road as long as three football fields to come to a complete stop.
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((JOHN EDWARDS/TRUCKER: A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THESE THINGS HAVE 18 BRAKES. THEY DON'T. YOU GOT A SET OF BRAKES HERE, THERE, THERE AND TWO MORE IN THE BACK. YOU DON'T HAVE 18 BRAKES YOU GOT TEN BRAKES.))
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State police randomly inspect trucks to make sure everything's working.
But they say it's not possible to look at every truck on the road.
Police say the best way to avoid accidents is to make sure you're alert
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((SGT. VERN JONES/VA. STATE POLICE: EVERYBODY, INCLUDING PEOPLE DRIVING CARS AND VANS, THEY NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THEM AT ALL TIMES.))
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Both police and truckers say too many people are using cell phones and reading, when their eyes should be on the road.
Hurricane Georges has ripped through the Florida Keys.
There are already widespread reports of damage- Drew Levinson is in Naples, Florida with the latest.
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( Packed with fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricane georges invaded
the florida keys. the powerful storm rocked boats and sent waves
crashing on top of a landmark buoy marking the southernmost point in the
continental u-s. the heavy winds also toppled dozens of trees.
WE HEARD THE THING GO AND I SAW IT FROM THAT WINDOW.
IT REALLY MADE A TREMENDOUS NOISE.. RIPPED OFF.
Tree branches littered the only highway that connects the chain of
islands. at several points, parts of the highway were submerged in water.
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles is asking for federal aid as he predicts
Damage estimates will go higher as georges moves along.
Residents in Miami and Fort Lauderdale breathed a sigh of relief as they
escaped the brunt of the storm.. although strong winds still bent trees
and heavy rain showers pounded the area.)[(toss to R)]
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Next on News 7, the leader of a school for troubled boys vows to fight to keep his school open.
And some proposed taxes could make it more expensive for race fans to head to the Martinsville Speedway.
On Health Check, doctors warn time is running out on traditional treatments for meningitis.
And Patrick Evans is ready to go up, up and away in a beautiful balloon.
It's been a week now since 24-year old Robert Leroy Kovack was last seen leaving his Blacksburg apartment.
Police believe the Virginia Tech graduate student in architecture was en route to a West Virginia football game.
His parents, who are from West Virginia, reported their son missing, earlier this week.
Kovack's abandoned red Geo Tracker was located Tuesday along Route 19 near Oak Hill, West Virginia.
Blacksburg police say they've already received several calls with information.
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((SGT. DONNIE GOODMAN/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.:WE'VE, YOU KNOW, FOLLOWED UP EVERY LEAD THAT HAS COME IN TO TRY AND DETERMINE WHAT HAS HAPPENED, WE HAVEN'T RULED OUT ANYTHING. ))
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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Blacksburg police department.
No one was hurt when a large tour bus rolled down a steep embankment and came close to hitting railroad tracks this afternoon in Lynchburg.
It happened around four, near historic Point of Honor.
A man had parked the bus on the street and was washing it for a friend when the brakes apparently failed.
The bus rolled through a large pile of lumber and went crashing down a steep, 150- foot hill before coming to a rest just above the Norfolk Southern tracks.
Authorities are still trying to figure out how to get the bus back up the hill.
The headmaster of a Botetourt County school is going to fight to keep it open.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy is about to lose its license next week.
Department of Education inspectors say the school is filthy and its headmaster, Colonel Gene Nervo, does not report suspected child abuse.
This is the first time the Department of Education has ever tried to close a school.
Nervo plans to appeal in Richmond on Monday -- a decision will be rendered Wednesday.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy has never earned a customary three-year license.
Instead, officials required it to re-apply every year because they say the school always had violations.
Thousands of NASCAR fans are flocking to Martinsville this weekend for the big racing action.
Henry County says speedway visitors may become a new revenue source.
The county is considering an admissions tax that would add between two and three dollars to the cost of each ticket.
The proposed tax is needed to make up revenues the county lost when the local DuPont plant closed.
The admissions tax, coupled with a new meals tax, might generate more than a million dollars.
Henry County's administrator says there are still many unknowns.
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((SID CLOWER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: NUMBER ONE THE MEALS TAX HAS GOT TO PASS. WE DON'T KNOW THAT. SECOND THING IS THAT WE'VE GOT TO DETERMINE THAT WE DO NEED IT. AND THIRD THING IS THAT WE'VE GOT TO GET IT PASSED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
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If the General Assembly allows Henry County to add an admissions tax, speedway patrons wouldn't have to shell out the extra money until after the year 2000.
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Anyone who has heard Patrick Evans tell a story, knows he's capable of telling some Whoppers. But the question is..."Is there enough hot air around to launch one of those puppies?"
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Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, turbulence WILL upset us-- It's the world's biggest hamburger-shaped hot-air balloon!
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And our own hot-air specialist, Patrick Evans, gets to ride in it, weather permitting.
Here he is to tell us more.
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Coming up next, we'll have Steve Mason live with today's qualifying results from Martinsville.
Coming up in tonight's health check report --
A new flu remedy -- a pill can cut the ailment's duration and make you feel better while you have it.
Plus a revolutionary operation could mean living a more complete life for patients who have undergone amputations.
Flu Season is just around the corner and no one is looking forward to the aches and pains caused by the virus.
But this year, flu sufferers may find faster relief in a pill.
Unlike many over the counter remedies that treat the symptoms, the drug know as G-S-4-1-0-4 actually attacks the virus itself.
So it is able to reduce common flu symptoms such as coughing and fever much faster.
Researchers found a significant drop in the number of days a patient was sick after taking the drug.
Health officials warn bacterial Meningitis is becoming more difficult to treat.
French doctors say the germ that attacks the brain and spinal cord is growing more resistant to common anitbiotics.
The problem is expected to have its greatest impact on developing countries.
Surgeons have performed a revolutionary transplant in Lyon, France.
They gave a new arm to an amputee.
If it works, the procedure could bring hope to thousands across the globe.
Tom Fenton reports.
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An international team of surgeons had rehearsed for days. If
successful, it would be the first time a human limb has been
Prior to the operation, Australian microsurgeon Earl Owen assured his
patient he hoped to give him full feeling and movement with someone
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NO NEED TO BE NERVOUS.
Australian businessman Clint Hallam has been dreaming of holding his
wife and four children and playing the piano since an accident took his
right hand 14 years ago. An attempt to reattach it failed. Now he hopes
to make medical history.
SOT CLINT HALLAM, AMPUTEE
IT IS AS MAJOR A BREAKTHROUGH AS THE FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT.
SOT DR. OWEN
THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN TO OFFER THE HAND OF HELP TO ANOTHER
A donor was found yesterday.
The procedure involves attaching the new limb at the midpoint of the
forearm, and requires doctors to attach all the arteries, veins, nerves,
tendons, muscles and the skin. say The greatest risk comes after the
operation, say American doctors who are nearly ready to perform the same
SOT DR. WARREN BREIDENBACH, LOUISVILLE SURGEON
THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE DRUGS YOU NEED TO USE TO PREVENT REJECTION CAN
BE LIFE THREATENING.
After last night's operation, Dr. Owen was exhausted but hopeful.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. I CAN'T PREDICT IT BECAUSE IT'S THE FIRST
IT WILL BE WEEKS BEFORE THEY KNOW WHETHER THE TRANSPLANT HAS BEEN
SUCCESSFUL. AND UP TO A YEAR AND A HALF BEFORE THEY KNOW WHETHER THE
NERVES HAVE REGENERATED DOWN TO THE FINGER TIPS AND THE HAND IS FULLY
FUNCTIONAL. BUT IF IT WORKS, IT WILL GIVE HOPE TO ALL AMPUTEES. AND
PERHAPS EVEN TO PEOPLE BORN WITH CONGENITAL DEFECTS.
TOM FENTON, CBS NEWS, LONDON))
It's now time for our two minute ticker on this Friday and lets begin down at Martinsville was the track was hoping with Winston Cup and some truck drivers.
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Steve Mason joins us from track side.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Green//7. Sterling Marlin//8. John Andretti//9. Ted Musgrave//10. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Brett Bodine//12. Todd Bodine//13. Mark Martin//14. Dennis Setzer//15. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jeff Burton//17. Rusty Wallace//18. Ken Schrader//19. Bobby Hamilton//20. Bill Elliott//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Bobby Labonte//22. Joe Nemechek//23. Mike Skinner//24. Johnny Benson//25. Mike Bliss//;]
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Steve tosses to FFE Boards
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It's a first for Virginia Tech.
This morning, the university dedicated its first UNDERGROUND academic building.
Burchard Hall is named in honor of the former Charles Burchard, founding dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.
The building's design is not only unique but also practical.
The 42-thousand square foot building provides much needed space for the architecture and industrial design programs.
The roof of the building is also one of a kind...
There you'll find four pyramid shaped skylights that illuminate a 16- thousand square foot studio below.
The top of the building is also a popular place for students and faculty to congregate.