Today on News 7 at 5, the N-Double-A-C-P says it is suing gun manufacturers.
and we'll hear if Republicans are worried about their candidate's chances for election after he is charged with assault for spanking someone else's child.
Wow...a soaking rain that continues through tonight. Cool temperatures and more showers highlight this forecast.
Pediatricians say don't bank on saving umbilical cord blood for future use.
Plus -- can breast milk be contaminated? The answer tonight in health check.
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The NAACP is taking on the gun industry- with a class action lawsuit.
The NAACP doesn't want a financial reward- but social change.
Bobbi Harley reports-
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[SUPER=01-Kweisi Mfume/NAACP President;]
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[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Wayne LaPierre/V.P. NRA;]
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((THE SWAT TEAM MOVES IN..
INJURED STUDENTS MOVED OUT..
WHAT YOU'RE WATCHING IS NOT REAL - IT'S ONLY A DRILL AT THIS OHIO
SCHOOL - A PREPARATION FOR THE WORST IN THE WAKE OF SHOOTINGS LIKE THE
ONE IN LITTLETON, COLORADO.
BUT IT'S AN ALL TOO REAL TRAGEDY THAT PLAYS OUT IN AMERICAN STREETS
EACH DAY -- AND SOME SAY WHERE TO PLACE THE BLAME IS CLEAR.
KWEISI MFUME/PRESIDENT, NAACP - - Those guns are not going to
legally authorized gun dealers - they're getting into the hands of
criminals for criminal use.
SO THE NAACP IS TAKING THE GUN INDUSTRY TO TASK.
FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY - THE CIVIL RIGHTS
ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCED PLANS TO FILE THIS WEEK ITS OWN CLASS ACTION
LAWSUIT AGAINST DOZENS OF GUN MANUFACTURERS.
JULIAN BOND/NAACP - - We hope this lititgation will be the beginning of the end of the mindless distribution of guns in our
BOBBI HARLEY/CBS NEWS: Money is not the motive here - rather to effect change - to force more regulation of the gun industry.
DENISE DUNLEAVY/ATTORNEY: -
Things like making sure
that the distributors and retailers don't sell multiple guns to one individual in a certain amount of time.
GUN ADVOCATES ARGUE IT'S NOT THE WEAPONS -- BUT THE PEOPLE WHO
MISUSE THEM WHO SHOULD BE TARGETED.
WAYNE LaPIERRE/EXEC. VP, NRA TAPE
Who we ought to be holding responsible is the criminal, the person who
pulls the trigger, the person who commits the crime, we ought to pull
them off the street and that's the way to reduce crime
BUT THE NAACP SAYS IT MAY SUCCEED TAKING THIS ISSUE TO COURT. UNLIKE
CONGRESSIONAL CHANGE -- THERE'S NO GUN LOBBY, NO CAMPAIGN
CONTRIBUTION TO INFLUENCE ITS COURSE -- INSTEAD IT WILL BE UP TO A JUDGE TO DECIDE.
BH, CBS NEWS, NY))
A tractor-trailer accident in Bedford County today left one person dead and caused a big traffic jam.
The truck overturned on Route 460 near Thaxton this morning, blocking the westbound lanes for several hours.
The driver of the truck was killed. State police have not yet released his name.
The highway has re-opened and traffic is moving smoothly in both directions.
Police say wet roads and excessive speed cause a fatal accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway this afternoon.
It happened in Floyd County, about three miles from Adney (AD-nee) Gap.
A North Carolina couple traveling with their grandson, lost control in a curve and hit a tree.
Police say the driver was dead when rescue workers arrived.
His wife and grandchild escaped from the pickup truck with the help of a passer-by.
They were taken to a local hospital.
Police have NOT released the victim's name yet.
The Vinton woman who tried hiring a hit man to kill her husband won't learn her fate until she sees a psychiatrist.
Peggy Irene Hanna was supposed to get her sentence today.
But Roanoke County Judge Roy Willett said he won't consider putting her behind bars until he finds out if she's mentally ill. Hanna was arrested in February when the hit man she hired turned out to be an undercover cop.
Her husband said after 12 years of marriage he never would've guessed his wife wanted him dead.
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((BLAIR HANNA: WHEN PEGGY GETS OUT OF JAIL, THAT'S WHEN I FEEL MY NEXT CHALLENGE WILL BE -- AS TO HOW TO MAINTAIN A CIVIL RELATIONSHIP THAT IS PRODUCTIVE FOR THE CHILDREN.))
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The Hannas have two children.
Peggy could be sentenced to as many as five years in prison.
A massive chip mill in southwest Virginia is scheduled to start cutting lumber tomorrow.
Today, Dickenson County activists who oppose the mill took their case to Richmond.
Pittston Coal company owns three-quarters of the county.
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The protesters say clear-cutting operations, like this one in Washington County, could ruin the environment.
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((KENNETH MULLINS/RETIRED PITTSTON COAL MINER: AFTER THAT TIMBER'S BEEN CUT, THE STREAMS HAS BEEN ALL CLOGGED UP, AND THE BEAUTY IS ALL GONE, IT'S TOO LATE TO PUT IN THE SAFETY RULES.))
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((JOSHUA LIEF/DEP. COMMERCE SECRETARY: THE TENDENCY OF THE LARGER COMPANIES IS TO FOLLOW THE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. PEOPLE HAVE SAID 100-THOUSAND ACRES IS UP FOR HARVESTING. ASSUMING THAT'S DONE OVER TIME AND WITH BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, IT DOES NOT CONCERN ME.THE FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY IS THE LEADING AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IN THE COMMONWEALTH.))
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Mullins/Retired Pittston Coal Miner; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Joshua Lief/Dep. Commerce Secretary; :10 ]
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Chip mill opponents say Governor Jim Gilmore seems uninterested in their concerns.
Gilmore's accepted more than 78- thousand dollars in political donations from Pittston.
A legislative committee will meet this week to begin studying the environmental impact of logging in Virginia.
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Giles County's prosecutor gets to keep his job following a public reprimand. We'll have that story in a moment,
but first protesters stop traffic on a busy interstate highway. We'll tell you why after this break.
On Health Check, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate argue over their own Patients' Bill of Rights.
We'll have that and Patrick Evans shows us how to grill healthy. Stay with us.
It was traffic stopping- and we really mean it.
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The 3-hundred protestors who took to the highway north of St. Louis- stoped traffic on Interstate 70.
Just as rush hour traffic began- the Reverand Al Sharpton led the protest on the freeway to encourage the hiring of more minorities for highway construction.
They shouted no justice, no peace and sat down in the middle of the road- backing up traffic for hours.
Sharpton was arrested 20 minutes into the protest- other arrests followed.
Garland Spangler will continue as Giles County's commonwealth's attorney.
Spangler had been in danger of losing his law license following a state bar investigation.
This morning, a three judge panel granted Spangler's request for a "public reprimand" to avoid a trial.
The investigation found that, since taking office, Spangler has missed the speedy trial deadline in two cases.
In two other instances he failed to file the paperwork required to bring out a suspects prior record-- which helps ensure tougher sentences.
Spangler's attorney, Roberts Moore, indicated his client was NOT incompetent.
He says the paperwork was simply overlooked.
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((ROBERTS MOORE/SPANGLER'S ATTORNEY: HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE BEHIND EVERYONE AND IT WON'T LINGER IN GILES COUNTY AND IT WON'T CONTINUE TO BE AN ISSUE THAT REALLY ADVERSELY AFFECTS THE WHOLE COURT SYSTEM AND THE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.))
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A public reprimand means that anyone who contacts the state bar will be told about the investigation and outcome.
Spangler is running for re-election.
The Republican party says the fact that Al Bedrosian hit someone else's child will show some voters he's a family man.
Bedrosian is running against Delegate Dick Cranwell.
He faces assault and battery charges for spanking a two year old child Friday at the Lewis Gale Medical Clinic.
Malik Campbell knocked over a jar of candy and flew past Bedrosian's infant daughter, so Bedrosian spanked him and told him to stop.
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((THERE WAS REPEATED PROVOCATION. ANY PARENT KNOWS DOCTORS' WAITING ROOMS WITH CHILDREN PRODUCE UNUSUALLY HIGH STRESS LEVELS.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Lynch/Republican Party Chairman;]
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Lynch says this will show some voters how strongly the Republican candidate supports family values.
Bedrosian says he was protecting his daughter -- but the boy's mother says Bedrosian over-reacted.
Delegate Dick Cranwell says the court system will sort this out.
Bedrosian goes to court later this month.
Up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans braves the rain to show us how to us our outdoor grills to cook up something healthy.
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All we have to do to get rain in the Roanoke Valley is have Patrick Evans plan a cook-out, and that's just what we did.
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In fact, Patrick's at his house, and despite the rain, he's ready to show us some great grilling tips that make the food both tasty and healthy.
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Coming up today in Sports, some local Junior golfers refuse to let the rain wash out their game.
Next on health check --
Breast milk is still the best -- but is it becoming polluted?
and the so called Patients' Bill of Rights for Health Care is caught in a Capitol Hill battle between the two major parties.
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While it still believes that breast milk is the best and most nutritious food for babies, a conservation group says it is concerned about growing evidence of contamination by man made chemicals.
The study released this week by the World Wide Fund for Nature says that breast milk in Britain contains chemical pollutants that expose babies to toxic substances.
The study found 350 contaminants including 87 forms of dioxin, which is a very toxic chemical.
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The organization says the study shows the need for tighter controls on hazardous substances.
A new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend banking cord blood for an infant's future use.
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Umbilical blood can be used to successfully treat a variety of pediatric genetic disorders and cancers.
This has created an interest in parents storing the nutrient rich blood.
The A-A-P reports no accurate estimates exist of how likely it is that children will need their own stores cells.
The policy also points out that if cord clamping is done too soon -- it could result in increased risk for anemia.
Patients and their rights to health care are the main topic this week on Capitol Hill as the Senate takes up two proposals for protecting consumers.
Both are called the Patient's Bill of Rights," but as Lisa Hughes reports, the similarities end there.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Tom Daschle/(D) South Dakota;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Phil Gramm/(R) Texas]
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At the heart of this week's health care debate are questions of cost
and coverage. Each party calls its measure a Patients Bill of Rights.
But the two bills don't have much in common.
(Super: Sen. Edward Kennedy/D-MA 14:21:09-:14
THE REPUBLICAN PROGRAM IS THE PROFIT PROTECTIO PROGRAM OF THE INSURANCE
(Sen. Tom Daschle/D-SD
11:10:31 THEIRS ISN'T A BILL OF RIGHTS. IT'S A BILL OF GOODS)
Republicans insist the Democrats would add so many new regulations,
insurance costs would skyrocket. The industry's flooding the airwaves
with tv spots like this.
(PORTER/NOVELLI TAPE 1:12:00 "It's Ted Kennedy's bill of rights. But
you'll pay the price. I've gotta pay more for new government
Both bills would give patients greater access to emergency rooms and
obstetricians. But Democrats want to force insurance companies to cover
care doctors deem medically necessary. They also want to give patients
the right to sue HMOs when care is denied. Republicans propose a review
process. They insist lawsuits will cost so much money, some employers
would have to drop coverage altogether.
(Sen. Phil Gramm/R-TX 14:28:12 THEY WANT TO EXPAND YOUR ACCESS TO
BUREAUCRATS AND LAWYERS.)
(Sen. Susan Collins/R-ME 13:33:15 I DON'T BELIEVE YOU CAN SUE YOUR WAY
TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE)
Republicans are in the majority. So any Patients Bill of
Rights that passes will likely be theirs. They're expected to debate
the Democrats' bill for days, shoot it down and pass a GOP version.
Democrats have 20 amendments and just hope some of them will make it in
the final plan. Lisa Hughes. CBS News. Washington)))
Today in Sports, tempers flare following yesterday's Winston Cup race.
With that and news from the Valley's Junior Golfers, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Golf]
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Good afternoon, and welcome to the two minute ticker, rainy days on Mondays didn't get the young golfers down today.
A record number of junior golfers hit the links in the Roanoke Valley Golf Association Valley Junior Golf Tournament.
Everyone teed off on time or even ahead of schedule, but the rain did shortened play for the juniors and seniors to 12 holes.
The weather was no surprise to Brenda King Harvey who predicted it to our own Roy Stanley just last week.
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We'll check on the leaders tonight at six. The tournament continues tomorrow rain or shine at Country Side.
This time last year Dale Earnhardt was telling us NASCAR had gotten too nice. He said none of the controvrsy that defined the old days exisited any more.
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Scratch that talk. Yesterday at New Hampshire, the golden boy Jeff Gordon was in the line of fire after first tangling with Rusty Wallace and then giving Dale Jarrett a love lap on the final lap of the race.
Afterwards the two exchanged words.
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The two hot heads have a week to cool off before heading to Pocono on July 25th.
Already today the Lynchburg Hillcats have played and lost in the Carolina League.
The Hillcats played in the rain in a noon game in Winston-Salem. The Hillcats fall 5-to-nothing.
Salem is on the road tonight in Wilmington. Both the Cats and Avs will have tomorrow off for the major league all-star break.
Then Salem returns home on Wednesday night to open up a three game series with the Hillcats at Salem Memorial.
Jean will close out the Monday edition of News 7 at five right after this short break. Have a safe night everybody.
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A Utah boy is trying to mow at least 50 lawns this summer.
While that number seems impressive, it is even more so when you realize he wants to do it by mowing the lawn on every state capitol in the country.
Ryan Tripp is taking on this special task to raise awareness of the urgent need for organ donors.
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(( "I just want to get out the message its important to be an organ donor and let them know how important it is...12 people die each day awaiting organs and 63,000 are on the waiting list...less
people will die))
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The New York State Capitol lawn is the 32nd one Ryan has cut.