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A housefire kills a disabled Henry County man and his wife.
An accident spills a truckload of legal drugs onto a Virginia highway.
And the first two pieces of the space station come together.
Plus we'll tell you who Tech and UVA will play at their bowl games.
News 7 is next.
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A deadly house fire has claimed two lives...one of the victims believed to be a quadriplegic.
Firefighters couldn't reach the scene in time to help. Now, as David Johnson reports, investigators will try to learn what happened.
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(( It was around four in the morning, when this house at 282 Wingfield Orchard Road caught fire.
Pleasant Grove residents were awakened by Jeff Barker, who they say was the only survivor. He came to their door asking them to call for help.
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((JOANNA CARTER/NEIGHBOR; AS SOON AS WE DID, WE CAME OUT AND BY THEN THE BASEMENT WAS TOTALLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. I GUESS IT HAD SPREAD SOME UPSTAIRS, BECAUSE WHEN WE TOUCHED THE DOOR, THE DOOR WAS REALLY HOT.))
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Officials haven't confirmed who the victims were, but five different neighbors say it was Jeff's parents and the home owners, William and Bonnie Barker.
They say William Barker was handicapped, a quadraplegic.
The home is far from any fire stations, and fire officials say they needed twenty minutes after the call to reach the house, only to find it nearly destroyed.
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((RODNEY HOWELL/FIRE MARSHALL; IT TOOK A WHILE TO EXTINGUISH IT BECAUSE THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN THE BASEMENT. AS A RESULT WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT GOT HERE, WE HAD FIRE ON BOTH FLOORS. WE COULDN'T MAKE AN INTERIOR ATTACK BECAUSE THE FLOOR ON THE FIRST FLOOR HAD ALREADY COLLAPSED. WE WERE PRETTY WELL HAMPERED BY THAT.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; AN AUTOPSY IS BEING PERFORMED ON THE COUPLE TO CONFIRM THEIR IDENTITY AND TO DETERMINE THEIR CAUSE OF DEATH. MEANWHILE, FIREFIGHTERS WILL CONTINUE TO SIFT THROUGH THE DEBRIS, TRYNG TO DETERMINE WHAT STARTED THE FIRE. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
Danville police are trying to learn why a Pennsylvania man was apparently shot in an apartment, and determine who pulled the trigger.
Details are still sketchy at this point, but officials say the victim was a 29-year old Philadelphia man.
No word yet on his identity, pending notification of next of kin, but we do know he was apparently shot in the head at the West End Apartment Complex around 10 last night.
All this comes as a surprise to one neighbor, who says he didn't recall seeing or hearing anything unusual.
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((SYLVESTER STEPHENS/WEST END APT. RESIDENT; THIS IS A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT I'M SURPRISED WE DIDN'T SEE IT HAPPENED. FRANKLY, I'M REALLY SUPRISED. Is this very unusual? YEAH, DEFINITELY.))
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The victim has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy. Police say they have no suspects at this time.
State police say high speed played a role in two traffic deaths overnight.
21 year old Rufus Harston of Martinsville was at the wheel on Route 966 in Henry County, when his car went out of control and struck several trees.
Harston died at the scene. His passenger, 21 year old Larry Dodson died later while under hospital care.
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Police say high speed also led to a TRUCK accident in Henry County, one that dumped more than a half million dollars of drugs onto the median.
It happened on highway 2-20 this afternoon. State police say Donald (Suff-kur) Soefker, of Winston-Salem, was headed north when his rig rolled twice on a curve.
Officials tell us Soefker was hauling a load of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Most of the cargo spilled out when the trailer ripped open.
Soefker wasn't seriously hurt, but police say reckless driving charges are pending.
Success in space, where shuttle astronauts have connected the first two pieces of the international space station.
The U-S made module "Unity" left the shuttle cargo bay yesterday.
Today the crew grabbed the Russian-made "Zarya" section from orbit.
Tonight, astronaut Nancy Currie used her steady hand and video cameras to bring the pieces together... all while flying through space at 17 thousand miles per hour.
Some key lawmakers say a House impeachment of President Clinton now appears inevitable, perhaps this week.
Meanwhile, any chance of
censuring the president instead of impeaching him seems to be
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay says he's ruling out a separate censure as "unconstitutional".
Other Republicans on the Sunday talk show circuit say the president has lost ground recently among congressmen who had been previously inclined not to impeach.
A Missouri man could spend the rest of his life in prison for injecting his son with the AIDS virus.
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32 year old Brian Stewart was convicted last night.
Prosecutors say he injected his 11 month old son to avoid paying child support.
The jury reccomended a life sentence.
The child is now seven.
His mother, known only as Jennifer, says her son is ALSO serving a life sentence, one he doesn't deserve.
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((JENNIFER/VICTIM'S MOTHER; HIS SENTENCE IS FILLED WITH DAILY MEDICATIONS, CONTINUOUS DOCTORS VISITS, FEAR OF INFECTIONS, AND KNOWING THE END RESULT OF HAVING AIDS))
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Stewarts lawyer wouldn't comment after the trial, he's expected to appeal.
Good news for one of the cadets hurt in yesterday's railing collapse at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
Kevin Galligan broke a bone in his neck, suffering the worst injury in the fall that hurt ten people at the Army-Navy football game.
Today he left the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
City inspectors spent the day checking out the rest of the railings on the 27 year old stadium's temporary stands.
Remembering one of Virginia's deadliest railroad accidents ... that's still ahead on News 7.
Next, a fallen sailor is finally honored ... more than a half-century after giving his life for his country.
Almost 57-years to the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the country honors a Danville man who died in the attack.
A posthumous ceremony was held today to pay tribute to Carl David (Door)Dorr.
Dorr was one of the 448-men who died on the U-S-S Oklahoma when the ship was bombed December 7, 1941.
Several of Dorr's family members were on hand as his great nephew was awarded his ancestors medals.
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((CARL DAVID DORR/DORR'S GREAT NEPHEW; IT IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME BECAUSE I AM THE NAMESAKE AND I WAS ABLE TO ACCEPT IT FOR THE FAMILY. IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT TO ME THAT I COULD HAVE THE HONRO TO RECEIVE IT FOR THE FAMILY.))
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Shots were fired and "Taps" was played in Dorr's honor.
Dorr was awarded ten war medals, including the Purple Heart, the Gold Star and the World War II Victory medals.
Western Virginia farmers should keep their statewide clout, with the election of a new Farm Bureau leader from our region.
Bruce Hiatt is a Carroll County fruit grower, elected as Bureau president last week. He succeeds Wayne Ashworth, a Pittsylvania County tobacco farmer, who led the Farm Bureau for 10 years.
During that time, membership has grown dramatically, and the organization has raised its profile as an advocate for the state's farmers.
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((WAYNE ASHWORTH/FARM BUREAU PAST PRESIDENT: WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD AT WORKING WITH OTHER FARM ORGANIZATIONS BUILDING COALITIONS, WORKING ON ISSUES THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON AND I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE SINCE I'VE BEEN IN FARM BUREAU, TO HELP PUSH US ALONG AND BE MORE EFFECTIVE IN FARM BUREAU.))
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The Virginia Farm Bureau is the state's largest farm organization representing more than 35- thousand farmers.
A lot of people in Nelson County will never forget what happened 20 years ago this week.
One of Virginia's worst rail accidents ever is the subject of this "Virginia Newsreel" with Andrew Freiden.
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(( On December 3-rd 1978 the Southern Crescent Luxery Liner was bound from Atlanta to Washington DCTERMS. Around 5-30 Sunday morning 7 train cars and three locamotives jumped the tracks at Elma, an abandoned Nelson County Railstop.
65 passengers were on board the train when it rounded a curve too fast and crashed into a 40 foot ravine. Only the lead locomotive and the last car remained untouched.
Passenger Tariq Muhammed said the passengers were filled with fear.
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((They were caught between beds,chairs, tables,luggage and they were screaming and they wanted out. The only way to get them out was to break the windows.))
6 people died and 50 were injured,but getting the injured to the hospital would take hours. There was Only room for a few rescue vehicles at a time around the crash site. This became a nightmare for Nelson County Sheriff Bill Harris who was heading up the rescue effort.
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((We had to coordiante it some rescue units up to three miles where the site was at. Some about a half a mile or a quarter of a mile and we had to let two or three in at a time load them come out send two or three more in.))
One of the six people who died was Lewis Price seen here in an ad for the Southern Crescent. Price had worked 37 years for the crescent and was about to retire.
That is Virginia Newsreel, I'm Andrew Freiden.))
Who will UVA and Virginia Tech play in their bowl games? Roy Stanley reveals the opponents just ahead.
And as we bask in warm sunshine, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- where you wouldn't expect.
Kroger employees wonder what a warehouse sale means for them.
And companies that depend on lots of winter business are getting burned.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((The company that bought the Kroger distribution center has not told workers how much money they'll make or what kind of benefits they'll get.
But CSI Retail Services said not to expect layoffs.
Kroger sold the warehouse to focus more attention on its retail stores.
A Lynchburg company is the target of federal investigators.
Waytec releases copper waste into the James River.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to make sure the company is not releasing too much of the toxin and exceeding federal limits.
Spring-like weather is cooling off sales of heating oil.
Companies that sell the fuel say demand is down 22-percent from last year.
If it does get cold, consumers can buy the oil at a bargain price, down 15 cents a gallon thanks to the global economic crisis.
Also left high and dry this season: the ski industry.
Slopes can't hold the snow when it's in the 70s.
Snowshoe is letting people mountain bike until it gets cold enough to ski again.
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On Wall Street, lots of profit taking brought down both averages this week.
The Dow lost 317 points.
The NASDAQ lost 103.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
It make not feel like December around here....but that is not what they are saying in Las Vegas.
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A series of Pacific storms delivered up to two inches of moderate to heavy snow last night.
Cold fronts started hitting the area early yesterday along with overcast skies that sent the temperatures falling.
They are expected to dip to the upper 30's tomorrow morning.
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Virginia and Virginia Tech found out their opponents for the Bowl Season today.
The Hokies will put their 8 and 3 record on the line against 7 and 4 Alabama in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Tuesday December 29-th.
While the 9 and 2 Virginia Cavaliers will face Georgia in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on New Years Eve.
Virginia beat Georgia 34 to 27 in the 1995 Peach Bowl.
Florida State of the A-C-C will play for the National Championship.
The Seminoles take on Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl January fourth.
The Washington Redskins have won back to back games for the first time this season.
Trent Green's 20 yard T-D pass to Leslie Shepherd carried the Skins to a 24 to 20 win over San Diego.
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((Michael Westbrook leaving the game for the day after suffering a jammed neck.
But Trent Green found another able receiver on this play he hits a wide open James Thrasher on the 25 yard touchdown pass play and the Redskins led 7 to 3 in the first quarter.
The Chargers closed to within 7 to 6 on a field goal then the Redskins strike again. Brian Mitchell takes the kickoff 1 yard deep into the end zone he follows the blocking up the right side of the field holding off a tackler and taking the ball in for the 101 yard touchdown Washington led 14 to 6 in the second quarter.
San Diego then goes to the trick play Terrell Fletcher takes the pitch and throws the half back pass to Freddie Jones the 23 yard touchdown pass play and two point conversion tied the game at 14 to 14 at the half.
There was no score in the third quarter and the Chargers scored in the fourth on this John Carney field goal to take a 20 to 17 lead with over 4 minutes left in the game.
But the Redskins got it back in good field position. Green drops back and pump fakes hitting a wide open Leslie Shepherd on the 20 yard touchdown pass play and the Redskins beat the Chargers 24 to 20.))
With the victory the Redskins go to 4 and 9.
A Carolina fumble set up Wade Richey's field goal in overtime as the San Francisco 49-ers beat the panthers 31 to 28.
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The Panther fans were out in full force for the game.
Former U-V-A running back Terry Kirby takes the pitch from Steve Young and throws the 32 yard T-D pass to Terrell Owens and the Niners led 14 to 7.
Frisco would lead 28 to 7 in the third then Steve Beurlien throws the short pass to Anthony Johnson he turns it into a 38 yard touchdown run to make the score 28 to 14 Niners.
The game was tied at 28 to 28 at the end of
regulation and Richey booted the 23 yard field goal and Frisco wins it 31 to 28 in overtime.
John Elway leads another comeback as the Broncos remain undefeated with a 35 to 31 win over Kansas City.
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Denver was down 14 to nothing before scoring their first touchdown.
But Elway rallied the Broncos from 10 points down in the fourth quarter hooking up with Shannon Sharpe on
this 24 yard touchdown pass and the Broncos hold on for the 35 to 31 win.
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The Patriots dropped the Steelers three games back of Jacksonville in the A-F-C Central race.
Drew Bledsoe was 21 of 34 for 327 yards and an 86 yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn as the Patriots beat the Steelers 23 to 99.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
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The Dallas Cowboys will have to wait another week before clinching their 25-th playoff berth in franchise history.
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The Saints were hostng the Cowboys at the Dome.
Kerry Collins tossed a pair of T-D passes. On this play he hits Aaron Craver on the run the 4 yard T-D pass gave the Saints a 9 to 3 lead.
Then Collins goes to the air again in the second quarter hitting Andre Hasting's who takes off like
bullet out running the Cowboy defensive back for the 89 yard T-D pass play and the Saints win it 22 to 3.
The Ferrum Panthers got rocked in the Championship game of the Rotary Classice in Ferrum this afternoon.
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The Panthers coming out for the showdown and they appeared ready to play.
But the Panther defense was to short to handle the Embry-Riddle big man Dewayne Gordon who slams down the two handed jam.
Ferrums J.R. Reynolds of Roanoke would make this steal and take it down the court for the short jumper and two of his game high 12 points.
The Panthers then move the ball around the court
and get it to Curtis Lipscomb who makes the nice reverse move but the Panthers lose it 88 to 68.
Maryland upped its record to 9 and 0 with a 62 to 60 win over fifth ranked Stanford in the BB and T Classic.
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Terp Coach Gary Williams watches as Steve Francis takes over the show.
On this play Francis runs the floor and scores the layup as the Terps took the 54 to 51 lead late in the second half.
Then the next time down the floor Frances makes the
steal and scores the layup and the second ranked Terps hold on for the 62 to 60 win.
And coming up in sports, Denise Allen has a report on a new gym in Daleville second ranked Maryland remains undefeated on the hardwood.
And the Ferrum Panthers come up short in the Rotary Classic.
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A new gym in Daleville is helping everyone from the most fit to the most unlikely athlete reach thier athletic peak.
Denise Allen has more.
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((Hollie Flynn's dream came true on September 8th.
Curves For Women opened--a business of her own--a chance to help other women.
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((HOLLIE FLYNN/CURVES FOR WOMEN OWNER: I REALLY WANT WOMEN TO BE AWARE OF HEALTH AND LOOK AT DOING THINGS THEY CAN DO AS A LIFESTYLE CHANGE, NOT A DIET. DIETS ARE TEMPORARY AND YOU'LL HAVE TEMPORARY RESULTS.))
Curves is a no frills gym for women. It offers a 30 minute circuit workout. You stay at each station for 35 seconds.
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((FLYNN: THEY'LL GO AROUND THREE TIMES ALTERNATING BETWEEN UPPER AND LOWER BODY STATIONS AND THEY'LL HIT AEROBIC STATIONS. THEY GET THE AEROBIC BENEFIT BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR WOMEN THEY GET STRENGTH TRAINING, THE THING THAT WOMEN SKIP.))
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The faster you work the machines the more resistance they provide.
Flynn says this enables people of all fitness levels to get a good workout.
In the three months since the Daleville gym opened more than 200 women have joined.
Their ages range from 11 to 75.
Marathon runners and aerobic instructors as well as women who've had strokes and knee replacements make up the clientele.
And when Flynn and her employees talk to their overweight clients they speak from experience.
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((FLYNN: SEVERAL YEARS AGOI WAS 40 TO 50 POUNDS HEAVIER THAN I AM NOW, BUT BEFORE THAT I WAS THIS SIZE, SO I KNEW THE DIFFERENCE AND I REALLY FELT MISERABLE))
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((KAREN MEZZA/EXERCISE COUNSELOR: THERE'S SO MANY WOMEN THAT FEEL REALLY POORLY ABOUT THEMSELVES. THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU ASK SOME ONE 'WHAT IS YOUR REASON FOR BEING HERE?' AND THEY SAY,'JUST TO BUILD UP MY SELF ESTEEM.'))
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Flynn says shes glad that achieving her goal of opening Curves for Women will help others reach thiers.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
While many of us may feel fortunate to not be shoveling snow just yet...in our video of the day...
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people in Florida are making it. It took 72,000 pounds of ice and four hours to make mounds of snow for local children to play in.
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((MY GRANDMA SAID SHE WAS BORN UP WHERE IT SNOWS AND I NEVER SAW SNOW AND I JUST WANTED TO PLAY. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN AND IT IS.))
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It was sneakers and shorts instead of snow suits and boots but the kids still had a great time and for many it as close to the "real white stuff" as they will ever get.
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