Coming up today on News 7, we'll see how Americans are commemorating this Memorial Day,
including the unveiling of the statue at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
The weather story includes increasing clouds but the best chance of rain continues to hold off to the west. Details ahead.
On Health Check, Consumer Reports takes on Sports Drinks,
and we'll see how a new device is helping doctors detect hearing loss in children much earlier than before.
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A tribute to Veterans from coast to coast on this Memorial Day.
On this day to remember the war dead, the President spoke of the crisis in Kosovo-
He says he hopes he reaches Americans who are against the air war.
Clinton says Kosovo is a big test of what we believe in.
Lisa Hughes has more as Veterans are remembered across the nation.
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((IT WAS A MORNING OF SOLEMN CEREMONY.
PRESIDENT CLINTON PLACING A WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER.
THE PRESENTATION OF COLORS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
AND THE REMEMBRANCE OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS SOLDIERS BURIED BOTH
HERE.AND AROUND THE WORLD.
William Cohen/Defense Secretary:
WE MUST NEVER FORGET THEIR
UNDYING EXPECTATIONS OF US AND OUR UNDYING OBLIGATION TO THEM.
ON THIS LAST MEMORIAL DAY OF THE
MILLENIUM, AMERICA SALUTES THE MEN AND WOMEN NOW SERVING IN OPERATION ALLIED FORCE. THE PRESIDENT CALLS THE CONFLICT IN KOSOVO A TEST OF WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.
WE DON'T EXPECT EVERYBODY TO GET ALONG ALL THE TIME BUT WE CAN SAY NO TO ETHNIC CLEANSING. WE CAN SAY NO TO MASS SLAUGHTER OF
PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY WORSHIP GOD AND WHO THEIR PARENTS WERE. WE CAN SAY NO TO THAT AND WE SHOULD.
THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN TWO AMERICAN CASUALTIES IN THE BALKANS. 58-THOUSAND
U-S SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN VIETNAM.
TODAY, ALMOST A QUARTER-CENTURY AFTER THE END OF THAT WAR. FIVE MORE NAMES WERE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL. MEN WHOSE NAMES HAD BEEN MISSING UNTIL NOW.
Robert Fitzgibbon/Veteran's Son
IT'S A DAY OF RECOGNITION. IT LETS US KNOW THAT EVERYBODY'S AWARE NOW
THAT MY FATHER WAS KILLED IN VIETNAM
LISA HUGHES: STILL MISSING HERE IN WASHINGTON.A NATIONAL WORLD WAR TWO
VETERANS MEMORIAL. BUT THAT IS CHANGING. A HIGHLY-PUBLICIZED PUSH IS
UNDERWAY TO RAISE 100-MILLION DOLLARS. IF ORGANIZERS REACH THEIR GOAL,
GROUND-BREAKING IS SET FOR VETERAN'S DAY NEXT YEAR. LISA HUGHES. CBS
As the President speaks about Kosovo the strikes on Belgrade continue.
Serb TV has word of another NATO attack that's left civilians dead.
It says an apartment building about 120 miles from Beglrade was hit- killing ten people and injuring 20 others.
Earlier, Serb TV reported NATO attacks hit a sanitarium and a retirement home killing sixteen civilians.
In the past 24 hours NATO air operations over Yugoslavia have been the most intensive since bombing began.
NATO flew 772 sorties, the second highest mission total of the campaign.
Veterans of World War Two, in particular the D-Day invasion, were honored during ceremonies in Bedford today.
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Steve Smallshaw was on hand for the unveiling of a new statue at the national D-Day Memorial..
Jean, one of the speakers at today's ceremony said he was surprised this D-Day project hadn't been done sooner..
But even 55 years later, memories of that fateful day haven't faded.
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(( The hillside overlooking Bedford County still bears just the outline of what will be the Operation Overlord monument.. but central Virginia's D-Day Memorial now has something tangible for visitors to appreciate.
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Hundreds of veterans and their families got their first look today at "Across the Beach".. the cast bronze work of sculptor Jim Bishop, showing a D-Day soldier carrying a wounded comrade to safety.
Bishop got a present himself earlier in the day,
a G.I. helmet worn on Normandy beach 55 years ago.. and signed by the surviving veterans who attended today's ceremony.
((JIM BISHOP/SCULPTOR: THIS MEANS AN AWFUL LOT IS ALL I CAN SAY.. THE PEOPLE THAT SHED THEIR BLOOD FOR US, THAT WENT OVER THERE AND RISKED THEIR LIVES.))
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Nearly everyone in this crowd has a story to tell about D-Day, including Bernard Marie, who was just five years old the day the Allieds stormed the beach in his hometown.
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At least 54 people are dead and many more injured in a stampede at a concert in the former Soviet republic of Belarus.
A huge crowd made up mostly of teenage girls was attending a beer festival and rock concert.
Authorities say many in the crowd of twenty five thousand were under the influence of alcohol when it started raining.
As people flocked to an underground passage for shelter, people began slipping on the wet stairs of the tunnel.
They were trampled as people outside kept pushing to get in.
As the situation got out of control, police officers tried to intervene to save those being crushed.
Two officers were killed in the stampede.
Reports tell of hundreds of casualties being transported to hospitals near the site of the accident.
One 19 year old survivor says he escaped by crawling between the legs of others.
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Up next on the newscast, we'll meet the members of C-Note as the group prepares to perform at tonight's Star Party in the Park,
but first, we'll see what the astronauts on the Space Shuttle Discovery are doing to help prepare the international Space Station.
A man was shot and killed in Danville late last night.
Police responded just after midnight to a report of a fight at the Quick-Check parking lot on Worsham Street.
They did not find anything at first, but shortly after police found an injured man at the intersection of Halifax Street and Wilie (Wiley) Avenue.
24 year old Fabian DeMarcus Wimbush had been shot in the left leg.
He later died at Danville Regional Medical Center.
His body will be sent to Roanoke for an autopsy tomorrow.
Danville police say they dont have any suspects.
Seven astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery opened the hatches and entered the international space station last night.
It took about an hour for the crew to equalize the pressure in the various compartments.
The astronauts will spend the next three days making repairs and deliveries to the station which has been vacant since December.
First they'll try to fix a broken communication system and then install mufflers to reduce the noise inside the Russian built module.
One way folks are spending memorial day is sampling the sounds of several pop bands at the 19-99 Star Party in the Park.
Among them is the Orlando quartet, C-Note.
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Melanie Moon joins live from Victory Stadium to tell us more about the group that could be the next teen musical sensation.
Mention the city Orlando, Florida and Disney World probably pops into your head, but these days its also getting the reputation for being ground zero for the current explosion of pop boy bands.
Orlando based Trans contential Entertainment has launched the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, and now meet its latest creation C-Note.
C-Note's debut album, Different Kind of Love just hit the record stores this month and the single Wait Till I Get Home is already getting a lot of airplay in the Valley.
And you can hear the boys and four other pop groups tonight at Victory stadium.
Folks are already starting to fill the staduim, the first act takes the stage in less than an hour.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will let us know what the weather is going to be like for the return to the work week.
and then a little later, we'll see what happened as a historic hotel refused to go down without a fight.
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Coming up in Sports, Denise Allen will have the highlights from today's Festival Cup Bicycle Race,
and on Health Check, a national consumer magazine tries to answer the debate over which is better, sports drinks or water.
New babies are screened for many potential problems. But that's not true for one of the most common of all birth defects...a hearing problem.
That's because there has not been a very reliable test to check for hearing loss.
But a Chicago company says that's changing.
Dr. Micheal Breen has more.
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((ABOUT ONE IN EVERY 300 BABIES IS BORN WITH A SEVERE HEARING PROBLEM.
YET GOVERNMENT STUDIES SHOW ON AVERAGE, NO ONE WILL KNOW THEY'RE
LIVING IN SILENCE TILL THEY'RE TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLD.
THEY NEVER CATCH UP. THEY'RE ALWAYS SOCIALLY ON THE OUTSIDE. THEY ARE
IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS, SPECIAL CLASSES AND THEY NEVER CATCH UP IF YOU CATCH
IT TOO LATE.
THE SOLUTION IS A NEWBORN HEARING TEST.
BUT YOU MAY WONDER HOW CAN YOU TEST THE HEARING OF A NEWBORN BABY?
WELL THIS COMPANY HAS DEVELOPED A DEVICE TO DO JUST THAT.
THIS DEVICE MEASURES OF THIS, THE EAR'S COCHLEA, IT'S CAUSES MORE
THAN 99-PERCENT OF HEARING PROBLEMS.
AFTER AN EARPHONE'S PUT IN, THE DEVICE EMITS A SERIES OF TONES.
IF THE COCHLEA'S FUNCTIONING THOSE SOUNDS ARE REFLECTED BACK AND
RECORDED BY THE DEVICE.
TELLING YOU WHETHER THE BABY HEARD THE FREQENCIES OR NOT.
IF A BABY CAN'T HEAR THOSE FREQUENCIES, EVEN A NEWBORN CAN GET A HEARING AID...AND THAT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
THEY ARE LIKE REGULAR KIDS. THEY HEAR WHAT YOU SAY. THEIR DEVELOPMENT
IS TOTALLY NORMAL AND IT'S PART OF THEM.
THE KEY IS A 30-SECOND TEST THAT CAN DETERMINE THE COURSE OF A
I'M DR. MICHAEL BREEN FOR CBS NEWS))
Doctors may soon have a better method of predicting who is at the highest risk for having a heart attack.
Research at the University of Rochester found that higher levels of some proteins in the blood are a fairly accurate indicator of future heart problems.
Previously doctors simply monitored cholesterol levels to assess future risk.
But with this indicator, doctors can detect future risks even in someone who's cholesterol levels are normal.[5-Spor
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Finally before we hand it off to Sports, we thought we would look at the billion dollar business of sports drinks.
For years atheletes have argued if the Gatorades and the Powerades are better than water.
Now Consumer Reports is weighing in on the subject.
It says for the most part, sports drinks are a waste of money.
The magazine says if you are exercising less than an hour, water will give you everything you need.
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((REGGIE LONG PERSONAL TRAINEER: IF I'M DOING THAT I WOULD RATHER DRINK WATER. FOR I DON'T NEED IT AT
THAT POINT. YOU NEED IT A POINT WHERE YOU'RE A LITTLE DEPLETED, YOU'RE
PRETTY MUCH SOAKED WITH PERSPIRATION.))
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If you work out more than an hour, you could benefit from a sports drink's carbohydrates and sodium.
But even then you could get the same benefits from diluted fruit juice.
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Good afternoon and welcome to your holiday ticker. The day off proved profitable for many cyclists in town for the festival Races.
Nearly 15-thousand dollars in prizes have been awarded during today's Saturn Festival Cup events.
And one of the most competive races of the day was the Women's Pro.
21 professional cyclists from all over the country tried to master the one kilometer course.
The route travels down Church, Franklin and Jefferson and a few other streets in downtown Roanoke.
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Julie Taylor is from Roanoke so she was comfortable with the course and it's a good thing too because this is one h
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It's been a big weekend in NASCAR racing as well.
Last night South Boston native, Jeff Burton dominated early and won the Coca Cola 600 at the Lowes Motor Speedway.
Burton picked up the lead after 76 laps.
He missed this wreck when Geoffery Bodine loses it and backs into Rusty Wallace, both hit the wall bringing out the caution.
It turned into a battle between Bobby Labonte and Burton, but Jeff holds on winning the Coca Cola 600 for his third victory on the Circuit this year.
Burton also won the million dollar bonus.
Mark Martin was third, Tony Stewart fourth, Dale Jarrett fifth.
Stewart was taken away from the Lowes Speedway on a stretcher and treated with fluids.
The Coca Cola 600 was his second race of the day.
He finished ninth in the Indianapolis 500.
It's the first time a driver has run both races in the same day.
Stewart wound up driving eleven-hundred competitive miles in less
than 12 hours --the equivalent of going from Los Angeles to Denver.
Kenny Brack won the Indianapolis 500 giving A-J Foyt his first win in Indianapolis as an owner.
Coming up at six highlights from the men's pro race in the Saturn Cup.
Jean will have more News 7 at Five after this.
A Seattle, Washington landmark was demolished yesterday, but the Waldorf Towers did manage to get a little revenge in the process.
The 93-year old hotel was supposed to implode, meaning the walls were suppose to fall in on themselves.
But something went wrong.
One of the walls buckled sending debris crashing out onto the street below.
Chunks of concrete, wood and other material broke windows and tore through a sidewalk canopy on the neighboring building.
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No one was injured, but power lines and trolley cables were damaged.