Coming up on News 7, Senator John Glenn makes a successful return to trip but not without a small glitch.
and attorneys are another step closer to beginning the murder trial of accused murderer Emmett Cressel Junior.
Another sunny day with very comfortable temperatures. Look for skies to cloud up tomorrow.
Chew on this -- there's a new way to keep your teeth clean and now you don't have to bristle at the thought of brushing.
And high tech dentistry is making getting a cavity filled -- painless.
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((BOOSTER... AND LIFTOFF SIX HEROS AND ONE AMERICAN LEGEND.))
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John Glenn and a crew of six lift off into the history books.
It is 36 years after his first trip to space- and John Glenn is now back in orbit.
Lee Cowan is at Kennedy Space Center with more.
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[SUPER=01-Ralph Roe/Launch Director;]
[OUT Q=now back to you]
((The waiting was finally over - not only for John Glenn, but
the rest of the country too. As Discovery rocketed into the heavens into a perfectly blue sky - the past met the present - the American who was first to orbit
the earth, was now the oldest in space.
and for those fleeting seconds before it all disapeared - it
seemed time stood still - even narrated by with voices from the past.
Godspeed John Glenn
A Perfect day, a near perfect launch. tens of thousands lined
almost every inch of nearby beaches and roads to catch a glimpse of history - the President and first lady included.
there was hardly a bad seat in the house.
CLINTON: I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU TODAY, BECAUSE YOU MADE ALL OF US TERRIBLY PROUD.
Although everything is going as planned, nasa oficials did notice a small panel that appeared to fall off the shuttle shortly after lift off. It poses no safety concerns they say - indeed a small plane encroaching on the shuttle's air space just before the launch seemed even more dangerous.
RALPH ROE/KSC LAUNCH DIRECTOR:
For the crew though, the work is just beginning. the orange
flight suits will come off shortly after establishing orbit, when the astronauts will roll up their sleeves and begin a battery of tests and experiments.
8 full days with a hero on board - before returning to earth with stories to tell. ))
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The hopes of some Floyd County students are flying with John Glenn and the rest of the Shuttle Crew.
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Students at Blue Mountain school gathered around a television this afternoon, as the Shuttle Discovery rocketed into space.
They were concerned for the welfare of the crew, but also excited that experiments they designed are part of the mission.
[IN Q=Its kind of neat]
((KIM BARTEL/STUDENT: IT'S KIND OF NEAT THAT WE, A SMALL SCHOOL COULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.))
((DAVID LANDER/PARENT: I THINK ITS GOOD TO GET SOME EXCITEMENT OVER WHAT IS TRULY A TECHNOLOGICAL MARVEL. IN THIS DAY WHEN EVERY KID SEEMS TO HAVE COMPUTERS AND ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT WERE PRETTY SURPRISING TO US AS KIDS.))
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[OUT Q=surprising to us as kids.]
The students' experiments will measure the effects of microgravity and extreme temperature changes on ordinary materials.
The students say they're looking forward to the shuttle's return next week... and the return of their experiments early next year.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are at the half way point.
Today-- seven more potential jurors were selected. They could possibly decide Emmett Cressell, Junior's fate.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from the Grayson County courthouse with an update.
Teresa, what's going on?
Jean, prosecutors and defense attorneys are clearly on their way to securing a jury.
Yesterday-- six potential jurors were selected.
Today another seven were added to the pool, bringing the total number of potential jurors to 13. All that's needed are 24.
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(( It's beginning to look more and more likely that opening arguements will begin Monday morning--
But even if a jury is selected defense attorneys aren't convinced Grayson County is the best place to try their client.
In court-- Cressell's attorneys renewed their request for a change of venue-- arguing that so many of the potential jurors are aware of the case or know the victim-- that seating a jury has become an impossible task.
It's a motion-- the judge said he'd take up-- if it appeared they were to run into any future problems seating a jury.))
So far, there's only on black person on the jury. A black female who was selected this morning. But there's a good chance she's won't stay on the panel. At one point in court-- she said quote "if you've been arrested and indicted, you wouldn't be here unless you were guilty."
(QUESTION:What are some of the reasons the jurors are being dismissed?) [(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)
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Still to come on the newscast, there could be more industrial waste under the ground of the former Singer Furniture building. We'll have that next,
And the girl who killed her baby at her high school prom receives her sentence.
On Health Check, the government approves a controversial medicine to help prevent breast cancer.
A Roanoke man is facing 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last spring.
David Lee Mason was set for trial next month, for shooting Michelle Saunders outside her apartment at Lee-Hi Manor.
Saunders died a couple of days after the shooting.
Mason went to court today, and pleaded guilty to first degree murder and firearms charges.
A sentencing date has NOT been set.
13-barrels filled with material to finish furniture were unearthed at the old Singer Furniture plant but that's apparently not all there is.
On some of the remaining 26 acres of land that still belongs to Singer, there's plenty of debris and industrial waste.
It may be similar to the lacquer thinner and other hazardous wastes Star City Lumber discovered last June.
The company bought six acres of the Singer property in May.
Dick Morgan believes Singer workers buried the barrels before the plant was shut down in 1996.
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((WELL, YOU KNOW THE LAWS HAVE CHANGED. PRIOR TO 1980, I THINK IT WAS LEGAL AND NORMAL PRACTICE. THE ISSUING QUESTIONING WITH THE DEQ IS THE TIMING AND WHEN THESE WERE INVOLVED AND WHO WAS INSTRUCTED TO BURY THEM.))
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[OUT Q=to bury them]
Star City Lumber sued Singer in federal court to recover the cost of cleaning up the mess: almost 37-thousand dollars.
The Natural History Museum in Martinsville is beginning to look like Jurassic Park.
That's where we find Patrick Evans hanging out with the other fossils.
(Mast-ta-dons ) Mastedons are roaming around Southside, and there is no escaping them!
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Actually, they're only roaming at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and our own Patrick Evans is on hand with a live report about these prehistoric beasts.
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In sports, the Roanoke Express gets back to the ice after a long break. Mike Stevens will have that in today's Two Minute Sports Ticker
Coming up next on health check --
The manufacterers of a new toothbrush say it will change the way we clean our teeth.
And only one school in Southwest Virginia caters exclusively to children with learning disabilities.
The Achievement Center is trying to raise awareness this month about how parents can tell if their child has a problem.
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((BARBARA WHITWELL/DIRECTOR: LEARNING DISABILITIES REALLY IS A HIDDEN HANDICAP. IT'S INVISIBLE, YOU DON'T KNOW SOMEONE HAS A LEARNING DISABILITY, BUT IF YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT IT YOU CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CHILD.))
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Healthy women with a high risk of breast cancer will now be able to take the drug tamoxifen to cut the odds of developing a tumor.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the drug today.
Tamoxifen becomes the first medicine ever approved to help prevent breast cancer.
The drug does have some life threatening side effects.
The F-D-A says women should talk with their doctors to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of its use.
The F-D-A has just made light work out of going to the dentist.
It has just approved the use of lasers to treat cavities in children.
Dentists will now be able to use the lasers instead of drills to prepare large holes for filling.
The laser vaporizes the water in the tooth, destroying the decayed areas.
It's supposed to be pain free and is done without anesthesia.
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[IN Q=It's fine.]
[OUT Q=feel a thing (3RD TIME)]
The device was already approved for adults.
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Of course the best way to prevent cavities is by brushing your teeth regularly.
Now one of the nation's leading toothbrush manufacturers says it is making that task easier.
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Oral B says its new Cross Action Brush will revolutionize the way people brush their teeth.
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[IN Q=Oral B Cross Action]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Cleverly/Oral B;]
[OUT Q=leading brush.]
The company says the brush uses three different types of bristles, all set at different angles.
Oral B says that helps clean between the teeth.
But at least one dentist who tried the brush says it's still not better than flossing.
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((DR. JONATHAN LEVINE DENTIST/I THINK IT IS A LITTLE HARD TO SAY. IT'S A NEW BRUSH, I'D SAY THE JURY IS STILL OUT ON IT YET. I THINK IT REALLY HAS MORE TO DO WITH BRUSH TECHNIQUES AND THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND ACTIVELY BRUSHING.))
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Levine says the brush does have some improvements. It's handle is more comfortable to use which may help people brush longer.
The brush will hit the market in February.
It will carry a five dollar price tag.
Governor Gilmore has declared October Learning Disabilities Month.
A private school in Roanoke uses an intervention program that's helping parents and teachers better understand children with learning problems.
Most schools don't let students write on their desks, but the Achievement Center is the only school of it's kind in Southwest Virginia teaching students to overcome problems like dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
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((BARBARA WHITWELL/DIRECTOR: WE BELIEVE THAT THE MULTISENSORY APPROACH IS WHAT THESE CHILDREN NEED. THAT THEY NEED TO LEARN VISUALLY, AUDITORILY, WITH THE TACTILE SENSE, KINETIC SENSE ALL SIMULTANEOUSLY.))
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For example one lesson has students trace letters in a sand tray while they say the word out loud.
They also use flash cards because it's easier for them to see one word at a time.
A teacher and an assistant are assigned to 10 students in each class which allows children more individualized attention.
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[IN Q=There are less]
((GRAY GILCHRIST/STUDENT: THERE ARE LESS KIDS IN THE CLASS AND AT CRYSTAL SPRING THERE'S ONLY ONE TEACHER AND HERE THERE ARE TWO TEACHERS.IT'S A LOT SMALLER, WE GET A LOT MORE ATTENTION FROM THE TEACHERS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SIT AND HOLD YOUR HAND UP FOR TWENTY MINUTES.))
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90 students are currently enrolled at the Achievement Center and there's a waiting list to get in.
In Sports, the Virginia Tech-West Virginia game is not the only big game this weekend.
Mike Stevens has more on a big rugby matchup.
After nearly a two week break, the Roanoke Express returns to the ice this weekend for back to back road games in Richmond and Huntington.
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This morning the team practiced at the Ice Station. Express coach Scott Gordon heads into this weekend with a positive dilemma. He has two of the leagues' top goalies back at full sthrength.
Daniel Berthiuame is 2 and OH since returning from his suspension and will start tomorrow.
Dave Gagnon's fractured right index finger has healed and he will start Saturday night against Huntington.
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The best rugby players in the state will be in the Roanoke Valley this weekend competing in the 24th annual Ed & Sandy Lee Cup championships.
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26 college and club rugby teams featuring both men and women will take part in the two days of competition.
The event, which is being held at Green Hill Park in western Roanoke County, is itself competing for spectators.
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[SUPER=01-Johnny McLean/U.S. Rugby Representative; :00]
[OUT Q=...NINE O'CLOCK."]
It costs absolutetly nothing to watch the rugby this weekend, and this is a good chance to come out an support your favorite college.
[IN Q="University of...]
[OUT Q=...enjoy seeing."]
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And the weekend sports schedule on Your Hometown Station is now finalized.
Saturday at 3pm, CBS has the Florida - Georgia SEC battle from the swamp in Gainesville.
And on Sunday, right after the NFL Today the Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins at one right here on Your Hometown station.
A chat with NFL sophomore Tiki Barber is coming up at six. Take Care everybody.
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Designers in Paris combined two of their greatest loves this week...
high fashion and chocolate.
The City of Lights hosted the international chocolate fair this week.
The highlight of the event was a fashion show complete with top models wearing dresses made out of chocolate.
A Parisienne chef assisted the designers in the creation of the clothing that looked good enough to eat.