Somber services around the nation remember our War dead.
And the number of civilian casualities mounts.. as nato continues its assault on yugoslavia.
Some cloudiness this morning, but it looks like we'll still see plenty of afternoon sun...
We're watching temperatures steadily climb through the 70s right now.
They should wind up in the upper 80s later today.
A pleasant Memorial Day forecast coming up in a few minutes.
News 7 at noon is next.
A Danville man is dead after a late night shooting.
Police responded just after midnight to a report of a fight and shots fired at the Quick-Check parking lot on Worsham Street.
They didn't find anything but shortly after found 24-year old Fabian DeMarcus Wimbush at the intersection of Halifax Street and Wilie (Wiley) Avenue.
Wimbush had been shot in the left eye and later died at Danville Regional Medical Center.
His body will be sent to Roanoke for an autopsy tomorrow.
Danville police say they have no suspects or motive.
Across the country, Americans are remembering those who died fighting for our country.
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About a hundred and fifty people gathered in Roanoke's Lee Plaza to remember America's fallen soldiers.
But the memorial address also remembered all veterans.
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Another service was held at the National D-Day memorial in Bedford.
We'll have more on that service and the unveiling of "Across the Beach" on News-7 at Five and Six.
President Clinton's Memorial Day takes him to Arlington National Cemetery.
At Arlington National cemetary the President placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns.
President Clinton is calling on Americans to pray for the NATO troops taking part in the Kosovo mission.
He says NATO has a moral obligation to oppose ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.
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The number of civilian casualities mounts.. as nato continues its assault on Yugoslavia.
Serb media reports allied warplanes struck a retirement home and a sanitaruim, killing at least 20.
This latest attack comes one day after NATO bombs destroyed a bridge packed with cars and pedestrians, killing at least eleven.
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NATO is not admitting responsibility for today's civilian attack.
A Rock concert in the former soviet republic of Belarus turned to tragedy as a storm breaks out.
As rain and hail poured down, the crowd of over two-thousand ran for shelter in an underground tunnel.
That led to a stampede that killed at least 54 and injured more than 100.
Most of those attending the concert were teenage girls.
An investigation is now underway.
One of the world's most famous leaders is stepping down.
Across South Africa, election rallies have turned into parties for Nelson Mandela-- the man who fought to end Apartheid.
Tom Fenton has the story.
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It's the end of the line for Conrail-- the railroad will be split up tomorrow.
More on the merger is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And the International Space Station has a few guests this afternoon.
First let's talk to Kimberly about the Memorial Day forecast.
Well, what can we say?
It's turning out to be a rather pleasant afternoon, with rapidly rising temperatures.
Humidity levels are ALSO on the rise, and we do have some clouds moving in...here's a peek at the satellite picture....
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Norfolk-Southern is about to get bigger.
Tomorrow, N-S and C-S-X will split up Conrail as a more than 10-billion dollar deal takes effect.
The railroads say they'll restore competition to a number of Northeast cities.
They also believe they can put a dent in truck competition-- predicting one million fewer trucks on highways over three years.
N-S also predicts a lot more rail traffic through Western Virginia.
N-S and C-S-X are hoping for a smooth transition.
During the last major rail takeover in 1996-- delivery delays were common.
The internet is helping get rid of all kinds of paperwork-- from changes of address, to vehicle registrations.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's Webwatch.
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More cyber attacks on Government websites last week.
The senate website shut down after hackers posted obscene messages.
The attack was allegedly in retaliation for ongoing FBI investigations of hacker activity... the FBI site was also hacked last week.
It's the premiere online site for finding your roots. The Mormon Church has posted its geaneological records online, listing 400 million names, some dating back to the year 1500.
If you're moving, here's one less thing to worry about.
Get your change of address form at the U.S.Postal Service website.
Enter your new address and print out a customized form you can leave in your mailbox.
But don't log-off yet, as long as you're online, you might at well register your car.
The Virginia DMV website says it's the first in the country to offer online registration renewals.
You just need your rewnewal card, and a credit card.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website, at wdbj7-dot-com.))
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Our story about a woman from Vinton who has filed a lawsuit over an allergy prompted a viewer to send us her thoughts.
Here's News-7's Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
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((Lisa Williams had to give up her career as a nurse, because she's allergic to the Latex gloves commonly used in the health care industry.
She blames the manufacturers and has filed a lawsuit in Roanoke's federal court, asking for back pay and damages.
"While I feel for the young woman with the allergy to the latex gloves," wrote a viewer from Roanoke, "I sit here and wonder just how far we are going to go in this lawsuit mess. Does anybody just stop and think that while this is too bad for the young woman but why in the heck should the industry that makes the gloves be held to task? I feel the same way about smoking. I did it and I quit. You have free will and if you want to keep on smoking you are to blame not the cigarette industry. Nobody wants to sit down and say "well, this is the way it is and I have to learn to live with it". My advice, get a life and stop trying to soak somebody to make up your 40% paycut."
We're always interested in what you think about current affairs and our news coverage.
If you'd like to write to us, the address is P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
To send a fax, use 540-343-7269.
Our e-mail goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And on our web site, wdbj7.com, you may take part in a moderated on-line forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
His arrest earlier this year led to violent protests around the world.
Today, a Kurdish rebel goes on trial in Turkey.
Abdullah Ocalan (ab-D00L'-uh OH'-juh-lahn) -- who's guerillas spent 15 years fighting Turk soldiers for Kurdish self rule -- is now pleading for his life and offering to cooperate with Turkey.
Ocalan is widely expected to be convicted of treason and sentenced to death by the state security court.
After a busy night of work, the crew of the shuttle "Discovery" is sleeping now.
The astronauts began making repairs and deliveries to the international space station.
The list of chores included fixing mechanical problems, and loading the space station with 36-hundred pounds of spare parts and supplies.
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They'll be performing at Festival in the Park's Star Party tonight.
We'll talk with No Authority and listen to a little of their music when News-7 at Noon returns.
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The international pop band No Authority first made a trip to Roanoke about a year and a half ago for a Charity Concert.
The Los Angeles quartet is back in the Valley for tonight's Star City in the Park Concert and they join us this afternoon.
(You have a new Album set to be released in July and a single that debuts next month, tell us what's on the new release?)
( And you have a big tour kicking of this summer with some other big name acts, tell us about that.)
(Your ages range from 16 to 19, you're all very young, how do you manage your recording and touring and maintaing a somewhat normal teen life, is that possible?)
The Nicoldean tour swings through Virginia Beach June 23rd and Manassas August 21.
But you don't have to wait that long to hear the foresome,
They'll be performing tonight at Victory Staduim along with five other pop groups, the gates open at five and the first act takes the stage at six.
(Toss to Kimberely)
The stock market is closed today in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.
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Coming up in sports...
Indianapolis was the place to be last night--hosting the Indy 500 AND the N-B-A playoffs.
And the Coca Cola 600 was in high gear at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte yesterday.
We'll have all the highlights right after this break.
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Jeff Burton started strong and ended strong in yesterday's Coca Cola 600--taking the checkered flag in Charlotte.
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Burton would dominate the early going of the race, leading after 76 laps.
Then Geoffery Bodine loses it and backs into Rusty Wallace--Both hit the wall bringing out the caution as Burton misses the wreck on the low side of the track.
Jeff Gordon would again have some type of mechanical problems, taking him several laps off the pace.
Leading at the halfway point, Steve Park was having the ride of his lif--but he would later crash and have to drop out of the race.
After flying in from the Indy 500, Tony Stewart made it to Charlotte -- here he passes his teammate Bobby Labonte to take the lead of the race on lap 268. He came from the 43-rd position.
It turned into a battle between Labonte and Burton.
Burton holds on to win Coca Cola 600 for his third victory on the Circuit this year.
Burton also won the million dollar bonus.
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Mark Martin was third, Tony Stewart fourth, Dale Jarrett fifth. Dale Earnhardt Junior was 16-th in his Winston Cup debut.
Jeff Gordon finished 39-th.
Robby Gordon gambled on gas and Kenny Brack, driving for A.J. Foyt, took advantage to win the Indianapolis 500.
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Steve Fried, the crew chief for Robbie McGhee's team was injured when he was struck by a car in the Pits. Team manager Linda Conti said Freid was awake and alert in an Indiana Hospital.
Running his last race--sentimental favorite Arie Luyenduyk dominated early but he crashed just past the halfway mark.
Tony Stewart, who left right after the race for Charlotte, makes a pit stop.
He would finish ninth in the race.
Brack would take the lead on the white flag lap when Gordon's car runs out of gas and Brack is the 1999 Indy 500 winner.
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Jeff Ward was second and Brack's teammate Billy Boat third.
Taking the E-C-H-L championship series all the way to a seventh and final game wasn't enough for Mississippi and Richmond.
It took TWO overtime periods for Mississippi to down the Renegades by a score of four to three.
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Not all the excitement in Indianapolis was on the racetrack.
The New York Knicks opened the Eastern Conference with a 93 to 90 win over the Indiana Pacers are Market Square Arena.
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The Knicks were going for their first win over Indiana in two years.
And the Pacers get the ball to Reggie Miller he hits the jump shot but the Pacers trailed 6 to 4.
The Knicks would answer that score getting the ball to Allan Houston who nails this jumper to keep New York on top by two.
Indiana would take its first lead of the game in the second quarter Jalen Rose pulls up and hits the Jumper to make it 26 to 25.
But Larry Johnson steps behind the line and hits this three pointer from the corner and the Knicks win it 93 to 90.
Veteran Patrick Ewing was clutch down the stretch, knocking down crucial free throws in the game's final minute.
Eric Karros doubled in the eleventh then scored the winning run on an error as the Los Angeles dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves five to four in eleven innings.
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Kevin Brown and Greg Maddux before the games's start.
The Braves started the rally in the 8-th Brian Jordon doubles to left field two runs score and the Braves trailed by a score of 4 to 3.
Atlanta would tie the score moments later. Ryan Klesko hits a double off the wall in right field scoring Jordan and the game was tied 4 to 4.
The Dodgers get the winner in the 11-th.
Chipper Jones fields the grounder and his throw to first is high, giving L-A the win.