[Cable-Car]

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Tragedy today in the French Alps.
A cable car plunged some 250 feet today killing twenty people.
Richard Roth has the latest details.
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NARR: IT HAPPENED IN EARLY MORNING IN THE HIGH PEAKS SOUTH OF GRENOBLE FRANCE....EMPLOYEES OF AN OBSERVATORY ABOVE THE SKI RESORT OF SAINT ETIENNE WERE ON THEIR WAY TO WORK....WHEN A CABLE APPARENTLY SNAPPED.
THE CABLE CAR WENT INTO A FREE-FALL, DROPPING SOME SOME 260 FEET...AND AUTHORITIES SAY NO ONE SURVIVED.
VICTIMS INCLUDED SCIENTISTS EMPLOYED AT THE OBSERVATORY...ALONG WITH CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE STAFF AND SOME TELEPHONE COMPANY WORKERS.

(Workers fly off in chopper, French Alps)

LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY IT IS THE WORST CABLE CAR DISASTER EVER IN FRANCE....WHERE A SERIES OF ALPINE ACCIDENTS THIS YEAR, FROM AVALANCHES TO A TUNNEL FIRE, HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN FIFTY LIVES.
ROTH O/C CLOSE: AUTHORITIES IN FRANCE SAY THE CABLE CAR WASNT OLD AND WAS RECENTLY INSPECTED. THEY DONT KNOW YET WHAT WENT WRONG. RR, CBSN,

London.))[powerball]


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It's played in 20 states and there are millions of hopefuls.
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But today there's just ONE lucky winner of the Powerball jackpot.
Officials with the multi-state lottery say the 150 million dollar ticket was sold in Minnesota.


The winning numbers were five, ten 12, 20 , 40 and the Powerball three.
The jackpot is the third largest in Powerball history.
Powerball is played in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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The much-heralded plant expansion for Volvo trucks gets its ceremonial start later today.
Governor Gilmore will be on hand with Volvo's president to break ground in Dublin for a 148-million dollar plant expansion.
The governor said earlier this year that state incentives for the expansion will help bring 13-hundred new jobs to the Volvo truck plant.



[Lake-Drought]


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The fourth of July is a big money weekend for Smith Mountain Lake businesses.
But this year, boaters may not enjoy such smooth sailing.
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The drought has dropped the lake so low that rocks poke up through the water.
These shoals for example are marked, but many are not.
Sometimes shallow spots hide just barely underwater so it's tough to see them.
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((TOM WIBERG/CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS: PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW THIS LAKE AND DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING AROUND HERE ARE GOING TO RUN RIGHT ACROSS THIS. WHEN THEY RUN ACROSS THIS, THEY'RE GOING TO TEAR THE PROP UP AND TEAR THE LOWER UNIT UP POSSIBLY.))
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Marinas charge boat renters at least 150 dollars for each damaged propeller.
Owners say the best policy is to stay in the middle of the channel rather than close to the shore.
Tonight on News7 at Five, see why some Smith Mountain Lake residents cannot even use their boats this holiday weekend.
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[Salem-SOL]


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Salem school officials are happy with the results of the latest Standards of Learning tests.
They were released just a few hours ago.
The numbers show South Salem met the 70 percent pass rate in all subjects.
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Students at the city's other three elementary schools missed that mark by just one test.
Overall, the number of students passing increased 10 to 30 percent over the first round.
And very few students failed all of the SOL exams.
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[Danville-Manager]


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Danville City Council members are meeting at this hour .. and they promise to offer more details on the sudden resignation of City Manager Ray Griffin.
He stepped down yesterday under pressure from city council.
Still unresolved is exactly when he's leaving.
Griffin says Council told him he could remain through the end of the year.
But Mayor Ruby Archie says tomorrow is Griffin's final day.


[White-House]


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A bit of scare today in the Nation's capital.
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The area east of the White House had to be blocked off while police searched for a reported rooftop gunman.
Someone apparently called Park police on a cell phone and reported seeing a man on the roof of a building near the white house.
The caller said the man might have a rifle.
Police on the ground and in the air checked rooftops, and found nothing.
They then reopened the streets and sidewalks.
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[Tax-Cut]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The Congressional Budget Office is expected to announce today, that its projections show federal budget surpluses for the next ten years will be much less that President Clinton estimates.
About 120 billion less.
The difference means lawmakers may have less extra money than first expected ... for either tax cuts or more spending.







[Irish-Peace]


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Peace in Northern Ireland remains an uncertainty after Protestant and Catholic leaders failed to meet a midnight deadline for setting up a unified government.
A major sticking point is deciding when the Irish Republican Army should disarm.
For now both sides are still talking.
Anne McMIllan Reports.
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[OUT Q=For CBS news, London][E-Trash-Law]



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Governor Gilmore says he's ready to take will take his garbage fight to the U-S Supreme Court.
And from the looks of things, he'll have to .. after Virginia lost another court battle over out-of-state trash.
A federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision Wednesday, blocking two new state laws to limit new trash imports.
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[TAPE#=99-17 1:12:00]
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Governor Gilmore had used tape like this, showing medical waste from New York being illegally dumped in Virginia, in efforts to block more imports.
But a federal appeals court denied a Gilmore request yesterday, to overturn a lower court ruling. It means laws to limit incoming trash cannot take effect.
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[Gas-Prices]


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Expect to pay more at gas pump than you did last July 4th, when you head out on the highway this holiday weekend.

Triple-A reports that average gas prices in Virginia are 3-and-a half cents higher per gallon than they were a year ago.
The same increases generally hold true across the country.

[Grandparents]


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Nearly five and a-half (m) million kids are living with their grandparents -- and it's not just for summer vacation.
The Census Bureau has released its first report on the subject. It finds the kids are moving to grandma's because their own parents can't or won't care for them.
In many cases, the parents are drug users, are too poor to take care of their kids or are in prison.


[Miss-America]


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First she was Miss Lynchburg. Just over a year ago, she became Miss Virginia. And Since September, Nicole Johnson has been Miss America.
Now she's starting to think ahead to life once she passes the crown.
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Nicole Johnson appeared on Regis and Kathie Lee this morning. She said one of her proudest accomplishments is raising awareness, and raising money, for diabetes research.
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Nicole's future plans? More work for diabetes, and a career in television.
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[Sunken-Spacecraft]


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Eyes across the world are following a special ship into the port of Tampa, Florida.
Once the crew arrives there, explorers will spell out a fantastic mission.
Craig Patrick has the story of a missing spaceship.. and explorers who plan to pluck it from the ocean floor.

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[Japan-Market]


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Will it be another red-hot day on Wall Street? Yesterday, the federal reserve raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point--
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[10:01:29]
But it also signaled there would be no new rate hikes in the near future... easing concerns of investors.
That helped the Dow close up 155 points.
But Stock prices earlier today were losing ground.
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[7:14:31]
Meantime, Japanese stocks took their cue from the U-S market today, sending their major barometer to a nearly two year high.
By the close of trade the Nikkei Stock average jumped 1.89 percent, to its highest close since September 30th 1997.

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[S-Rudd]


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Ricky Rudd will be looking for a win at Daytona this weekend, and a new sponsor next year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/1998 NAPA 500; :00]


Proctor and Gamble announced last night that after this season, Tide will no longer sponsor Rudd's cars on the Winston Cup circuit.
Tide has been on Rudd's car for the past nine years.
Rudd says he has other sponsors on the back burner and he may go to a multi-car team next year.
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[S-Tennis]


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U-S Open champ Lindsay Davenport has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon by defeating defending champ Jana Novotna (YAH'-nah noh-VAHT'-nah) 6-3, 6-4. Rain held up the start of play and interrupted matches twice after they got underway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC; :00]


Boris Becker said so long with a loss in the fourth round. He was beaten by Patrick Rafter 6-3, 6-2- and 6-3 and this time he says it is definitely his final Wimbledon appearance.
He received a standing ovation after the match at center court.
On the women's side, 6th seeded Venus Williams eliminated 17th seed Anna Lournikova 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2 to win her fourth round match and advance to the quarterfinals.
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[S-Draft]


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Duke was in the spotlight in last night's NBA draft in Washington, DC
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/TNT; :00]


The Blue Devil who got the party started was Elton Brand. The big 6-8 power forward was the number one overall pick going to the Chicago Bulls.
Brand was the first ever Duke player to leave school early for the draft.
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[go to pinnacle board]
but he was soon followed by teammates William Avery and Corey Maggette. All of the underclassmen join senior Trajan Langdon as 1st round picks. In fact the four Dookies went in the first 14 selections.
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Maryland's Steve Francis went to the Grizzlies with the 2nd pick. the Hornets took UCLA's Baron Davis with the 3rd pick. Lamar Odom was 4th going to the Clippers.

[S-Golf]


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The Boonsboro Country Club welcomes match play at the Virgina State Amateur tournament today.
Appomattox's Faber Jameson won medalist honors after posting a 140 two day score.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :]


Keith Decker of Martinsville finished a shot back with a two round total of 141 after shooting 72. Decker won the event in 1988 and 91.
His playing partner, first round leader David Partridge also finished a shot back with a 141 total.
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[S-Speak]


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The Roanoke Valley football clinic is giving our little "All-Stars" a few lessons on life.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


The 11 & 12 year old campers were treated to a couple of motivatonal speakers Wednesday.
George Coghill, a third year defensive back for the Denver Broncos talked to the kids about making smart decision. They also got a chance to take a peek at his rather large Super Bowl ring.
The kids also got some tips on how attitude can affect your altitude from WDBJ-7 Vice president Jim Shaver, A former Floyd County Football Player.
After his talk one kid asked Shaver if the helmets had face masks back when he played.
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[wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!!]


[S-Camp]


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


From five o'clock to six this afternoon at the Kroger store on route 221 in southwest Roanoke County, Tiki and Ronde will hold a free autograph session along with the Jets Doug Karczewski and the Vikings John Henry Mills.
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[Chimney-Boy]


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Finally, a British boy had to be rescued by firemen when he copied a scene from the film Mary Poppins, and ended up stuck in a chimney for nearly five hours.
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[VO-NAT]

[07/01/99 - 07NA - 07:32:07]
[SUPER=03-Westcliff-on-Sea, England]


Jonathan Grosvenor (GROVE-ner) loves the dancing chimney sweeps in the Disney classic.
So much so that he climbed onto the roof of his family home, and lowered himself through a one-foot wide chimney pot.
You can figure the rest. Jonathan fell 30 feet inside of the chimney and became wedged in a 10-inch square space.

(------------) Firefighters had to smash a hole in the chimney to free the boy.