Coming up on news 7, nine people are dead after a plane crash lands in Little Rock Arkansas. We'll have a live report.
and truckers face more surprise inspections as state police officers crack down on Interstate 81.[Weather-Head]
What was that strange stuff falling from the sky? Why, it was much needed rain. We will tell you how long it lasts in the forecast coming up.
In medical news --
Health experts recommend adding more OJ to prevent a deadly disease.
And whether you're a serious athlete or an occaisional treadmill runner -- we'll help you find the right shoe for you.
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((AND IT WAS A FIRE BALL... I COULD NOT GET OUT OF HERE AND I COULDN'T GET OUT OF MY SEATBELT.))
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Survivors of last nights plane crash tell of the terrifying moments- when the plane hit the runway, slid, and broke apart-
The American Airlines jet was on approach to Little Rock Arkansas when something went terribly wrong-
The airliner hit a rain slickened runway and began to skid- it then broke apart and caught fire-
At least nine people were killed in the crash.
Investigators don't know if stormy weather contributed to the crash-
Lee Cowan is at the scene with the latest.
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((With storm clouds still hanging overhead, the wreckage of American
flight 1420 lay near the end of the runway at little rock's national
Its fuselage charred and in pieces, the cockpit sinking into the muddy
banks of the Arkansas river.
Passengers say the super md-80 with 145 people on board came in fast and
steep, winds were gusting at up to 90 miles per hour, lightning lit up
the night sky and sheets of rain and hail were obscuring the runway.
Although the cause of the crash is far from being known, few here say
they would be surprised if weather didn't play a major factor.
sot: ROBERT BAKER/vice president, American airlines
"WE DON'T KNOW THE CONDITIONS...
the flight enroute from Dallas to little rock had already been delayed
two hours because of the storm. Investigators say the weather service
had warned the tower and those concerns had been relayed to the pilot,
but exactly what was said will have to be determined from the cockpit
voice and data recorders..both already on their way to Washington.
at a nearby theater, families met survivors, there were few words and
a lot of hugs.
"thank the lord"
most told how they felt the plane spin almost completely around,
slipping and sliding uncontrollably until it slammed into a steel light
post that ripped the plane in two. It was then the ball of fire came,
but others could feel the rain on their face instead.
sot: steve simmons, crash survivor
The question of how many lives saved remains in
the balance, nearly half the planes' passengers were taken to area hospitals, some in critical condition.))
A truck carrying 40-thousand pounds of explosive fireworks powder overturned this morning in Northern Virginia.
Traffic on the Capital Beltway was tied up for hours after the truck crashed around four this morning.
Fairfax County police did not want to take any chances with the explosives and evacuated 150 residents from their homes.
The driver told police she heard a popping sound before the accident.
Juanita Kirk was charged with reckless driving.
No one was injured and none of the powder spilled from its container.
By noon traffic was getting back to normal. Officials hope to have the truck removed by the end of the day.
A truck safety marathon is underway at the Troutville scales on Interstate 81. State troopers from across Virginia are conducting a comprehensive truck safety check for 48 consecutive hours.
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Joe Dashiell has been following their progress. Joe, what have they found?
Jean... we won't know until Friday, how many trucks have been inspected, how many were removed from the highway... but in the short time we've been watching today we've seen a variety of violations including some that required repairs right here at the scales.
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((Trooper Billy Crutchfield has received special training to inspect trucks and enforce federal regulations... and he takes a close look at the brakes, suspension and other systems that affect safety.
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Normally assigned to Richmond, Crutchfield is one of 16 troopers conducting Road Check '99 at the Troutville scales and on other area highways.
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Their work brings a range of reaction from truckers... but some, including South Carolina Driver Tom Reese, aren't happy with the troopers attention to detail.
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That opinion is not unanimous among the truckers we met today Jean
Tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll speak with a driver who supports the State Police in their efforts to improve truck safety.
A sudden storm capsized 77 vessels in a boat race off the South Coast of England today.
150-sailors were cast in the water. At first it was feared 22-people were missing- Helicopters and lifeboats searched for the sailors battling 35-mile an hour winds.
Everyone is now accounted for .
One sailor was hospitalized apparently for hypothermia.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the people who haul new cars to the market narrowly avert a strike.
and we'll visit some local actors as they prepare to take a part of this area to the bright lights of Broadway.
Today on HealthCheck, Japanese women get a new alternative for birth control.
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and Patrick Evans is back with this week's edition of Growing It.[5-Car-Haulers]
The cars will keep rolling in.
The car haulers labor union struck an agreement with hauling companies-
That means new cars will keep coming into dealers.
The teamsters announced an agreement earlier today- after all night negotiations.
It will go up for a vote by the rank and file.
The drivers have been arguing for better pensions for drivers who voluntarily retire after 25 years.
Experts say a strike by truck haulers would have played havoc with new car deliveries affecting both consumers and car companies.
They're making their case to the public.
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employees demonstrated for the media how they physically subdue juvenile inmates.
The so-called "Handle With Care Plus" program has come under fire after state Juvenile Justice board members realized they never approved it-- and then a 16-year old inmate died in custody in April.
But department trainers say they chose offensive fighting techniques after officers asked what to do when restraints alone did NOT work.
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((ANDY DICKERSON/DEPT. OF JUVENILE JUSTICE: QUITE FRANKLY WE HAD TO STAND THERE AND SAY YOU'LL HAVE TO USE WHATEVER MEANS YOU CAN TO BRING THAT UNDER CONTROL. THAT'S NOT APPROPRIATE....WE DON'T WANT UTILIZED.))
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The Juvenile Justice Board will meet next week to discuss whether it should try to halt the program.
Seven department employees were suspended last month, while the 16-year old's death is being investigated.
The Department has NOT yet said if "Handle With Care Plus" techniques were used on the teen.
A Ferrum College theater group has hit the big time -- New York City.
The Jack Tale Players have been invited to perform off-Broadway this weekend.
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((NOW IF YOU'RE EVER IN NEW YORK YOU BETTER WALK ON BY, YOU BETTER NOT GAMBLE BOY, YOU BETTER NOT FIGHT.))
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They'll perform their musicals at the historic Provincetown Playhouse -- where famous playwright Eugene O'Neill got his start.
They plan to give New Yorkers a taste of Blue Ridge folklore.
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((WELL THERE HE IS, ABOUT LYNCHBURG WAY. LYNCHBURG? AND HIS HEAD IS RESTING ON THAT WITCH'S DIVINING ROD. I BET SHE PUT A WITCHING ON HIM.))
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: HOW DO YOU THINK IT WILL FEEL BEING OFF BROADWAY? JOANNA CHOPSKI: I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I'M READY FOR IT YET. IT ACTUALLY HASN'T EVEN SUNK IN YET. WE'VE PACKED AND EVERYTHING BUT I THINK I WON'T REALLY FEEL IT UNTIL WE GET THERE. I'M PRETTY EXCITED THOUGH.))
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Over the past two decades, the Jack Tale Players have performed in 34 states.
They also put on family shows in local schools.
Next on the newscast, Patrick Evans is back just in time for this week's edition of Growin' It.
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The showers and storms are always a help, but with Carvin's Cove twenty feet below full pond, nurseries are dealing with the dry weather as best they can to preserve their stock of live greenery.
Patrick Evans has more, today on Growin' It.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will have news of some upsets at the French Open.
Today on Health Check one of the world's leading nations approves the use of birth control pills for the first time.
and we'll tell you why experts are warning when it comes to buying running shoes, forget fashion.
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As running shoes are getting more and more high tech, some runners are getting confused about which shoe is best for them. As a result..
Experts say people are buying the wrong style or size shoe half the time.
It doesn't matter if you are running on a treadmill or on concrete, an inappropriate shoe can cause some serious foot problems.
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Zimmer says there is one basic rule when it comes to buying shoes.
You should go for fit and function. Fashion should come last.
Don't ever buy a pair of shoes simply because you like the color.
He also says you should try on shoes at the end of the day when your feet are slightly bigger. Also you should always make sure there's a thumb's width of space at the end of the toes.
Zimmer advises against buying shoes that are uncomfortable in any way. There's no such thing as a break in period.
Women in Japan will finally be able to take birth control pills.
A government official says the Pill should get final approval from Japan's Ministry of Health by the end of the month.
Birth Control pills have been legal in most industrialized countries for years, even decades.
Critics blamed sexism for the delay in Japan.
When the anti-impotency drug Viagra was approved in record time in January, women's groups pressured the government to take action on the pill.
Until now condoms were the most common type of contraception in Japan where 20 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion.
Doctors say new evidence shows an increase in the antioxidant Vitamin C may reduce the risk of cancer.
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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests raising the R-D-A, recommended daily allowance, of Vitamin C from 60 up to 200 milligrams a day.
The American Cancer Society wants doctors to advise patients to get it by eating more fruits and vegetables.
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((DR. DAVID ROSENTHAL/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: START OFF THE DAY WITH A GLASS OF ORANGE JUICE, TAKE A PIECE OF FRUIT WITH YOU TO WORK, GET A SALAD AND LUNCHTIME, DRINK ANOTHER GLASS OF JUICE IN THE AFTERNOON AND YOU'RE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO FIVE FRUITS AND VEGETABLE SERVINGS A DAY.))
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Doctor Rosenthal says there is no evidence that taking supplements containing antioxidants cuts the risk of certain cancers.
He says children are getting even less Vitamin C than adults.
It's time now for sports and a major story from the N-B-A Playoffs.
Here's Mike Stevens with some bad news for the Knicks
Welcome folks to the midweek sports ticker here at the Big 7.
Some big news is just its way out of New York at this hour.
Patrick Ewing, the Knicks' all-star center will miss the rest of the NBA eastern conference final with the Indiana Pacers due to a partially torn achilles tendon.
Ewing is 36 years old.
While that news is upsetting to Knick fans, the upsets continued today in Paris at the French Open.
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Alex Corretja, who made it all the way to the French Open final last year and was seeded sixth this year was blasted by Brazilian Fernando Melegeni in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 and 6-0.
1997 champ Gustavo Kuerten os Brazil was also upset today by Andrei Medvedev.
That means 13th seeded Andre Agassi is the only seeded player to reach the men's semi-finals at Rolnad Garros.
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The final leg of horse racing triple crown, the Belmont Stakes is this Saturday in New York.
This afternoon the owners drew for post positions for the race.
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And "Charismatic" the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness drew the number four starting spot.
"Charasmatic" is the third straight horse in to make it to the Belmont with a chance to win the Crown.
The horse which got little respect in the first two legs is now listed a 2-to-1 favorite.
The highly successful all-star football clinic that debuted in the valley last summer is gearing up for yet another run.
Here's Steve Mason with more on that.
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Thanks Steve, also coming up at six tonight Anthony Poindexter, the former Friday Football Extra great from Jefferson Forest who later went on to become an all-american at UVa already has a pro football trading card out.
We'll check it out tonight on News 7 at six.
Have a safe night everybody.
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The wife of singer Michael Jackson says her son is not as seriously ill as reported.
Debbie Rowe says her son Prince Jackson has a viral infection, but is going to be fine.
Michael Jackson pulled out of a charity concert with Luciano Pavarotti last night.
His spokesman said the singer had to return to the States to be with his son who had suffered a serious seizure and was paralyzed by a high fever.
The spokesman says the boy has been unconscious since Friday and the next 24 hours are critical.
Pavarotti sought prayers for the child at last night's concert.