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The last of three convicted killers who escaped from prison is recaptured.
President Clinton says people on Social Security now have one less thing to worry about.
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Convicted killer Tyrone James was found shortly before 5 o'clock tonight, hiding under a house.
The recent escape is NOT his first.
Lee Cowan reports.
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FREEDOM WAS BRIEF AND MISERABLE FOR A BAND OF INMATES WHO
SEEMED BOUND TO START OFF THE NEW YEAR AS FUGITIVES.
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THE END TO THAT DREAM CAME QUICKLY _THE FIRST THREE INMATES
FOUND THEMSELVES BACK BEHIND BARS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS - THE OTHER
PAIR LASTED ONLY A FEW HOURS MORE.
NONE OF THEM HAD MADE IT MORE THAN THREE MILES AWAY FROM THEIR
MAXIMUM SECURITY HOME.
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BUT FOR ONE - AARON JAMES - A 24 YEAR OLD SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS
IN PRISON FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER, KIDNAPPING AND ROBBERY - FREEDOM
LASTED THE LONGEST.
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"Perhaps because he had been down this road before. It was only last
March when he and another inmate used a home made knife to steal a
delivery truck and crash through the prison gates. That didn't work --
so this time, he and the others used a different approach.
PRISON OFFICIALS SAY TWO OF THE INMATES OVERPOWERED A PAIR OF
GUARDS - HANDCUFFED THEM TOGETHER IN A LAUNDRY ROOM - AND FORCED THEIR
WAY INTO PRISON CONTROL WHERE THEY ELECTRONICALLY OPENED UP THE OTHER
FROM THERE, IT WAS UP AND OVER A 12 FOOT RAZOR WIRE FENCE AND
INTO THE NEARBY WOODS.
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BY NIGHTFALL, THE SEARCH WAS NEARLY THREE DAYS OLD BUT IT HAD
FINALLY PAID OFF.
COLD AND TIRED, THE LAST OF THE SIX ESCAPEES WAS FOUND HIDING
IN THE DARK - HIS SECOND ATTEMPT TO BREAK FREE HAD FAILED.
HE AND THE REST WILL LIKELY FACE ADDITIONAL TIME - UP TO FIVE
MORE YEARS - FOR EVEN TRYING TO ESCAPE. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))[Monty-Fall]
A construction worker is hospitalized tonight after falling 45 to 50 feet while working on the "Smart Road".
Authorities say 37- year old Wesley Burford was inside a concrete pillar when he slipped and fell--landing in a pool of water.
The pillar will eventually support a bridge that will cut through Ellett Valley in Montgomery County.
Burford was trapped for more than an hour before rescue crews were able to get him out.
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Burford broke both his legs and was flown to Roanoke Memorial where he underwent surgery.
Authorities say Burford was wearing a safety harness but aren't certain if it was properly hooked up.
His condition has not yet been released.
A Troutville woman was killed this morning in an accident near Elliston.
It happened around 11 o'clock when a dump truck collided with a car on the Route 460 straightaway.
The driver of the car, 51-year-old Vicki Suzanne Hopkins of Troutville, was seriously hurt in the crash.
She died a short time later.
State Police are still investigating.
So far, no charges have been filed.
Iraq says a U.S. attack on one of it's anti-aircraft sites is an act of war.
U.S. warplanes launched missiles and dropped bombs on the site after they were fired on from the ground.
Four Iraqi soldiers were reportedly killed.
Iraqi citizens reacted angrily, while Iraqi officials refused to back down.
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CHKALIL SHAABAN; CRIMINAL, THAT'S THE JOB OF A CRIMINAL.
MOHAMMED MAHDI SALLEH/TRADE MINISTER; WE HAVE TO DEFEND OUR TERRITORY ANYHOW... WE CAN'T SURRENDER.))
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President Clinton says the U.S. pilots reacted appropriately, and were only defending themselves.
He says U.S. planes will continue patrolling Iraqi no-fly zones.
The number of homes out of power, since Christmas Eve, make last week's ice storm the worst to hit the state in five years, according to Virginia Power.
Tonight, nearly 60-thousand homes and businesses are still in the dark, despite three round-the-clock efforts by Virginia Power crews.
But there is an end in sight.
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((TOM HYMAN/V.P. VIRGINIA POWER: THE BIG CIRCUITS ARE BACK IN. WE'RE NOW IN RESIDETIAL NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE RIGH HERE OFF OF ROUTE 5 HERE IN WILLIAMBURG. YEAH, WE'RE GETTING TO THE END OF THE LINE.))
The power outages in freezing temperatures proved fatal to some elderly Virginians.
The State Medical Examiner today confirmed that three deaths in the Richmond area were caused by hypothermia.
Each was discovered by neighbors, alone in their homes without power.
Two more Virginia deaths are being investigated as hypothermia-related.
At the height of the Christmas Eve storm, 310-thousand customers were without power, mostly in central and eastern Virginia.
Saddled with a 270 million dollar sewer repair bill, the city of Lynchburg is looking for any financial help it can get.
State officials came through today with a belated Christmas present.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( A hundred years ago, Lynchburg's sewer system was ahead of its time.. today, it allows unhealthy amounts of solid waste to overflow into the James River every time there's a heavy rain.
Fixing the problem is a 270- million dollar undertaking.. but three and a half million dollars from the state will help.
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((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THIS ASSISTANCE WILL HELP THE CITY ACCELERATE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR CSO PROJECT, WHICH IS BY FAR OUR MOST IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITY AND CHALLENGE.))
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So far the city has received more than 11 million dollars in state and federal help.
If the economy continues to boom, these kinds of presentations could become an annual tradition.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THIS IS AN INITIATIVE WHERE THE GOVERNOR HAS LISTENED TO US AND HELPED US. CLEARLY TRADITION WILL HELP BE BENEFITTED BY ECONOMIC GOOD TIMES AND SO WE'RE ALL HOPING FOR THAT ON MANY LEVELS.))
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The extra help also means city residents won't see any more double digit increases in their sewer bills.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
It took more than ten years, but today Roanoke's rocket finally followed the transportation museum downtown.
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The rocket rolled through city streets on the way to its new home next to the Second Street Bridge.
Removed from Wasena Park a few months ago, the rocket had been under cover, while it was repainted and repaired.
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((RALPH SMITH: THEY JUST DIDN'T DESIGN IT TO SIT AROUND FOR 35 YEARS. WE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE HERE AND THE NEXT GENERATION WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEXT PAINT JOB.))
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Officials at the Virginia Museum of Transportation say they're pleased to have the rocket re-united with the rest of their collection.
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((KAY STRICKLAND: THE ROCKET COMING HOME IS A GREAT EXCITING THING FOR US. ONCE AGAIN IT'S BESIDE A BRIDGE. AND IT'S TOTALLY RESTORED THANKS TO THE CITY OF ROANOKE AND RALPH SMITH. WE'RE JUST REAL THRILLED THAT WE CAN ONCE AGAIN HAVE THIS AS A LANDMARK FOR THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE.))
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The Jupiter rocket has been a Roanoke landmark for more than 30 years. It was brought to Roanoke from Hunstville Alabama in 1965.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When News 7 returns -- will the Y2K bug put a bite into your social security benefits next year?
And, a Roanoke County family will return to find their home has been destroyed by fire.
Details straight ahead.
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((IN SPORTS, STEVE MASON JOINS US FROM THE MUSIC CITY WITH MORE ON TECH'S BOWL PREPS, THE LADY HOKIES REMAIN UNDEFEATED AND ADVANCE IN THE DIAMOND CLUB TOURNAMENT. AND HELP WANTED IN THE NFL AS SEVEN TEAMS ARE LOOKING FOR HEAD COACHES. ALL THAT AND MORE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.))
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An early morning fire completely destroyed the home of a Roanoke County family while they were away for the holidays.
The house in the 800 block of Commander Drive had flames coming through the roof when firefighters arrived.
A newspaper carrier had seen the smoke and called the fire department.
The home belongs to Agnes and Darren Skellington.
They were away, visiting relatives in New England.
Investigators say the house is a total loss.
Firefighters also got a call this morning to the Melrose Towers apartment building in Roanoke.
A wastebasket fire filled part of the seventh floor with smoke. Authorities had things under control there in a few minutes.
People on Social Security have one less thing to worry about, according to President Clinton.
Today he announced the system has finished preparing for the year 2000, and will not be affected by the so-called millenium bug, or Y2K.
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((PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON; THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM IS 100 PERCENT COMPLIANT
WITH OUR STANDARDS AND SAFEGUARDS FOR THE YEAR 2000. TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY
CERTAIN, THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN TESTED AND VALIDATED BY A PANEL OF
INDEPENDENT EXPERTS. THE SYSTEM WORKS AND AND IS SECURE AND OLDER
AMERICANS CAN FEEL SECURE. ))
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It wasn't easy, it took 700 programmers to make sure the agency's computers were prepared.
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Roanoke County officials have been working to make sure the 911 system and other vital equipment will still work on January 1, 2000.
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((CRAIG HATMAKER/ROANOKE COUNTY; IF YOU'RE IN THE POLICE, THEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR RADIOS ARE WORKING, IF YOU'RE IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR DEFIBRILLATORS ARE WORKING (FIRE AND RESCUE) ))
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But can they fix it all in time, and what about everybody else working on the Y2K problem?
And are YOU prepared?
Find out tomorrow as we continue our series... Battline the Bug... on News 7 at Six.
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If you're thinking about converting your retirement account to a Roth I-R-A, now's the time to do it.
Scott Goldberg explains why, and has some additional end-of-the-year tax tips.
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With a Roth I-R-A, you pay taxes up front, but don't pay taxes on your earnings or withdrawals.
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If you convert your traditional I-R-A to a Roth account by Thursday, the government will let you spread out that up-front tax payment over the next four years.
But you won't be able to deduct Roth I-R-A contributions on your tax returns.
Accountant Gary Duerk said it's probably a good idea to get a Roth if you're 50 or younger and expect your income to go up.
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Some other tax tips to keep in mind this year:
In 19-98, you can deduct 400-dollars for each dependent child in your household who's younger than 17.
And you can deduct another 15-hundred for each child in college.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
Thursday also is the deadline for giving charitable contributions and gifts.
You can deduct money you donate to charities.
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Still to come on News 7... Patch Adams is a name that just became familiar to millions of movie-goers in the past week.. but Virginia patients have known him for decades.
And a Florida couple didn't flinch when they rescued this tiger cub, found walking along a highway.
The story later in our newscast.
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His patients in Virginia found him entertaining for years.
Now movie-goers across the country have shelled out 25-point-three million dollars to see the story of Patch Adams.
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Robin Williams portrays the Virginia doctor in the film that ranked number one at the box office this weekend.
Adams attended the Medical College of Virginia 30 years ago...
He was constantly breaking rules, and finding himself at odds with professors.
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A few years ago he told News 7 that his dream is to create a health care village in Pocahontas County, West Virginia... where there would be no malpractice insurance, and care would be free for the poor.
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((DR. PATCH ADAMS: WE'RE NOT THE ANSWER TO AMERICA'S HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS, WE ARE A STIMULANT AND AN IRRITANT, WE WANT TO IRRITATE ANYBODY WHO THINKS THEY CAN'T DREAM BIG.))
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Universal Pictures has donated 500-thousand dollars to help market Adams' hospital idea.
It would be called the Gesundheit Institute.
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In sports, Steve Mason joins us from Nashville, highlights from the hardwood, Tech's Diamond Club Classic.
First our Extra Point.
It's begining to look more and more like pick up games like this one will be the only NBA action.
The Commissioner wants the players to vote on the leagues final offer.
Union boss Billy Hunter says forget it.
League officials don't anticipate any further negotiations between now and the January seventh, deadline for saving the season.
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An undefeated Virginia Tech Women's basketball team took to the court last night in the first day of the Diamond Club Tournament.
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Akron invaded the Cassell in hopes of knocking off the tournament host.
Tech takes the lead early Katie O'Conner on the pass to Tere Williams, Williams gets the layup and the points.
Akron's Erica Glover dishes off to Cheryl Bowles, Bowles sinks the turnaround "J".
Tech's power is just too much as Lisa Witherspoon unleashes the nice outlet pass to Williams for the bucket.
But the Zips just don't have enough zip and Tech wins this one 80-to-59 and plays Mississippi State in the tournament championsip this afternoon at three.
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In the first game a couple of familiar faces were on the floor last night as Sarah Moore and Kathy Smith psyched up the Lady Camels before the game.
The Campbell defense made the impact here as April Cromartie gets the steal and finishes the job with a lay up to tie it early,
The lady Bull Dogs then took command as Angela Harris looks down the court and finds Nitra Perry who taps in the easy lay up for a 10 point State lead.
Later in the half Harris took things into her own hands as she drives into the lane and knocks the shot off the glass and Mississippi State wins 83-to-56.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are preparing for today's five p-m kickoff for the Music City Bowl.
Steve Mason has the latest from Nashville.
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Coming up seven vacancies open up in the NFL and
The Express will reach a milestone Tuesday night when they host the Richmond Renegades.
The one millionth fan will walk into the Round House.
Those stories and more after this.
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The one millionth Roanoke Express fan will most likely walk into the Round House tonight.
Roanoke needs just two-thousand-10 fans to reach the milestone.
Once again Express management will have all the fans enter through one door. The one millionth fan will get a special prize package which includes lifetime season passes.
The Express won its 10th home game of the season with a three-to-two win over Chesapeake on Saturday.
Dru Burgess extended his point streak to ten games with a second period goal.
Burgess and Duane Harmer will represent the Express in the ECHL All-Star game.
Roanoke is third in the Northeast Division just one point behind today's opponent the Richmond Renegades.
The Express also signed rookie center Scott Campbell who played the last four seasons with Northeastern.
HE finished his college career with 96 points on 43 goals and 53 assists.
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Changers are in order for the Washington Redskins.
Coach Norv Turner says he expects them to be announced next month.
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Of course he's talking ownership changes and possibly coaching changes.
Turner says he's excited about the possiblities, but his job is jeopardy as the Skins finished this season six and 10, the team's third losing season in five years.
That includes yesterday's 23-to-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The estate of Jack Kent Cooke is selling the team and its facilities. The league is expected to announce the name of the new owners in late January.
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It was Black Monday in the NFL as five coaches get their walking papers.
Two more franchises have openings as well.
Philadelphia's Ray Rhodes was fired today.
And to no one's surprise Dom Capers is looking for work after a horrible season in North Carolina.
THe list includes Chicago's Dave Wannstedt, Baltimore's Ted Marchibroda and Dennis Erickson of Seattle.
The five teams that fired coaches had a combined record of 25 and 55.
The sixth coach, San Diego's June Jones announced earlier this season that he's taking a college job.
And expansion Cleveland is looking for a leader.[Kicker]
It may not shock you to see a cat or dog strolling along the side of a highway, but how about a tiger?
On Christmas Day a Florida couple found a white Siberian tiger cub wandering along the Interstate.
They captured the 50-pound cub to keep it from getting hit by a car.
The 5-month old cub was apparently being transported in the back of a vehicle when he jumped from his cage onto the highway.
He has a few scratches but is currently in good hands with the director of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.
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