Coming up today on News 7 at 5, police make an arrest in last May's fire than killed six people.
and seven thousand people are believed dead as heavy rains and mudslides hit Central America.
Plenty of clouds hanging around tomorrow and a good chance we will get wet as well. Forecast details staight ahead.
Researchers have discovered a link between heart disease and Alzheimers.
And a popular drug among club goers is found to cause permanent brain damage.
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It was a huge fire that filled Roanokes sky with flames and left six people dead-
Tonight Roanoke police make an arrest- charging someone with setting the deadly blaze.
An arrest has been made in connection with the May 18th Church Avenue fire in which six people were killed.
Michael Jerrod Clements has been charged with six counts of first degree murder plus one count of arson.
Prosecutors say all of the evidence and witness accounts led to Clements.
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Clements is being held in the Roanoke City Jail. No word yet on a possible motive.
It was a bizarre day in Grayson County as prosecutors began laying oiut their case against capital murder supect Emmett Cressell.
At one point Judge Colin Campbell threatened to jail the prosecution's key witness for refusing to divulge the nature of her relationship with co-defendent Louis Ceparano.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from Independence with the latest.
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Teresa has Louis Ceperano testified yet?
More tension is building between Iraq and the United States.
This time becaues Iraq is once again refusing to let weapons inspectors do their job-
President Clinton says that continued defiance will backfire.
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Clinton does not specifically mention military force but says all options are being considered.
Iraq says it won't back down until the U-N Security Council takes steps toward lifting sanctions against Iraq.
The situation is getting worse in Central America where 7-thousand people are now feared dead-
Heavy rain and mudlides brought on by Hurricane Mitch have wiped out entire villages.
Liz Gonzalez has more.
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((With thousands killed and rivers swollen up to ten times their normal size, Hurricane Mitch shapes up to be the worst disaster to hit Central
History in modern history. Rescue workers making their way to isolated
communities in Nicaragua have found villages wiped out by mudslides.
Over a thousand people were buried alive when a volcano crater overflowed, wiping away four villages.
Thousands have no homes left. Army helicopters ferry survivors. The
torrential rains and flood waters which destroyed roads and bridges have
caused millions of dollars of crop damage. The United States is
pitching in to help its battered neighbors to the south.
James Rubin, U.S. State Department Spokesman
Though outside assistance will help the Central Americans with some of
the immediate concerns of survival, it cannot do anything about the
horrendous death toll of Hurricane Mitch...a death toll which continues
to climb with officials saying they will never have an exact count of
the lives lost.
Liz Gonzales, for CBS News, New York))
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Up next on the newscast, local candidates stump for those last undecided votes,
And then a little later we'll see how John Glenn is spending an off day in space.
On Health Check, doctors at Duke Univesity find a link between heart disease and Alzheimer's.
Stay with us, there's more News 7 at 5 to come.
A Pittsylvania County man has died from a wound he received during a fight Halloween night.
37-year old Kenneth Waddell Carter sustained a puncture wound to his left thigh.
It happened in Chatham at a party that got out of hand.
Carter died early this moring from the injury.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
The candidates running for Congress in the sixth district rallied the troops on opposite ends of the city market today.
Bob Goodlatte and ninth district candidate Joe Barta were joined by Governor Jim Gilmore at the midday gathering.
Goodlatte says he's pleased with the campaign he has waged... and the continuing effort to get out the vote.
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This morning, Goodlatte also picked up an award from the National Association of Manufacturers.
The trade group recognized the congressman for his support of the group's legislative agenda.
The Democratic candidate for the sixth district for rallied today with the people who know him best.
About 50 people cheered Roanoke's mayor in his bid for congress.
Many were local elected officials.
The Democrat urged his supporters to round up more votes, including independents and moderate Republicans.
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Bowers says he supports social security, schools, health care reform and the environment.
Roanoke's sister city project is about to get a boost. Patrick Evans has more on efforts to help orphanans in Pskov, Russia.
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Roanoke has many sister cities, but none in more need that Pskov (skov) in the former Soviet Union.
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Patrick Evans is here to tell us about a special fund-raising event that will help orphanned children in our Russian Sister city.
It all comes up this weekend, and Patrick, how are you involved in this effort?
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Coming up in Sports, a former Glenvar cross country runner makes an impression on the A-C-C.
On Health Check, researchers find an illegal drug used by teenagers is causing permanent brain damage.
and doctors at Duke University find what they believe is a link between heart problems and Alzheimer's disease.
If passed, this egislation would impose
stricter restrictions on managed-care organizations.
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President Clinton held a press conference today at the White House to discuss the patients bill of rights.
He says it safeguards the security of patients and their families.
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The Republican controlled Congress did not pass the administration's
version of patient protection legislation this fall. Clinton's new plan
would allow people to challenge decisions made by managed-care
Use of the drug Ecstacy could cause permenant brain damage.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the illegal drug can sever nerves in the brain that control memory and mood.
Brain Damage was found even in occasional users.
Ecstacy is a combination Hallucinogen and stimulant that is popular on the club scene.
Researchers at the American Medical Association have reported a possible link between heart disease and Alzheimers.
The study found higher than normal levels of an amino acid in both groups. Helen Chickering has more.
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In Sports, the number 12 ranked Cavaliers prepare for the number six Florida State Seminoles.
With that and an update on former Glenvar runner Trish Nervo, here's Mike Stevens.
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Welcome to the Monday two minute sports ticker that begins and ends in Charlottesville.
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The ACC men's and women's cross country championships dug u the turf earlier today on the UVa grounds.
Former Glenvar state champion runner Trish Nervo, who is now a junior at the University of North Carolina and one of the top cross country performers in the ACC.
Nervo had an outstanding run today as she finished second overall. She completed the 3 point one mile course in 17 minutes and 17 seconds.
Nervo is also an all-ACC performer for the second straight year.
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The Virginia Cavaliers football team climbed back up to number 12 in the rankings this week after its 38-to-17 win at Wake Forest.
But Steve Mason says the next obstacle is 6th Ranked Florida State.
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More sports at six, including details of Kerry Collins DUI in Charlotte early this morning.
Take care folks.
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The Discovery astronauts got to play tourist today.
John Glenn and the other six members of the crew had eight hours off to relax and recuperate following four busy days of work.
The astronuats use most of their free time looking out the window and taking pictures from the high perch above the earth.
A mid mission break is routinely scheduled into all shuttle flights to avoid crew fatigue.
The 77 year old Glenn is using part of his break to speak to students in Spain where fellow astronaut Pedro Duque (DUE-KAY) was born.
Glenn says he feels so good, he wouldn't rule out another trip to space in the future.