A court appearance in California for a man linked to at least 4 murders.
And a call to conserve energy in the wake of a heatwave.
Staying cool will be a challenge once again today, as temperatures soar into the 90s under mostly sunny skies.
This week promises a couple of breaks in the heat...otherwise, look for dry weather with a few widely scattered thunderstorms.
News 7 at noon is next.
A California man originally ruled out as a suspect in the murders of three female tourists is being arraigned today in the brutal killing of another woman at Yosemite National Park.
The F-B-I says it now has information linking Cary Stayner to the earlier homicides.
John Blackstone reports.
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((It's a major break in an investigation now six months old.
The F-B-I has arrested a man investigators say is linked to the killing of three women in Yosemite National Park last February. But it was the brutal slaying of another woman last week that led to the arrest.
Twenty-six year old Joie Armstrong, a nature instructor at Yosemite, was beheaded. Her body found just inside the park. On a tip, investigators put out a wanted notice for 37 year old Cary Stayner, a maintenance
worker at a motel near the park.
Stayner was recognized when he checked into a nudist colony near Sacramento.
120119 STEVEN SAILORS, RESORT MANAGER:
We had his driver's license number, his vehicle license number and that's the car we're looking for that's the guy we're looking for.
With Stayner in custody investigators discovered something else...
120579 JAMES MADDOCK, F-B-I:
We know believe there is a connection between Armstrong's murder and the murders of Carole Sund, her daughter Julie Sund, and their family friend Sylvia Peloso.
The three women were abducted and killed in February. They stayed at the same motel where Stayner lived and worked. While he was questioned in the case, he was never considered a suspect.
121618 JAMES MADDOCK, F-B-I:
If there are lessons to be learned or mistakes to be made, we will, we will identify those.
JB ON CAMERA:
Investigators now say they are confident that no one involved in the Yosemite murders is still on the loose...but they wish they could have said that before one more woman died.
JB CBS in San Francisco.))
In another twist to the story, Stayner is the brother of Steven Stayner, a kidnap victim who made national healines in 19-80.
His story of being snatched off the street and held captive by a child molester for seven years was the subject of a television movie.
An Israeli taxi driver who suspected his wife of having a romantic relationship over the Internet now stands accused of murdering her as she slept.
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He is also accused of having killed the couple's two young children before setting fire to the family home.
Authorities say the man exploded into a jealous rage after finding letters written to his wife over the Internet from a man he thought to be her lover.
A third defendant in the 1976 car-bombing death of a Greenbrier County, West Virginia, man goes on trial today.
Carroll Eugene Humphries is accused of hiring a hitman to kill romantic rival Billy Ray Abshire.
Pre-trial publicity forced the case to be moved from Greenbrier County to Putnam County.
Abshire's wife-- Kitty-- also faces charges.
Gene Gaylor and Robert Vernon Brown have already been convicted for acting as the hitmen.
Police say a drowning at a motel pool in Roanoke last night appears to be an accident.
It happened at the Quality Inn near the Civic Center on Orange Avenue.
A police spokesperson says the victim was a motel guest, who was apparently swimming by himself late last night.
His body was discovered at the bottom of the pool around 11:30.
Police are still trying to notify the victim's out-of-state relatives.
Woodstock 99 ends on a sour note.
The three day festival turned chaotic when several bonfires near the main stage turned into raging infernos.
Hundreds of fans then looted vendors trucks and began using merchandise as firewood.
Police in riot gear had to move in to protect the vendors.
Some speculated that the high vendor prices incited the fires.
Others say concert goers had been rowdy all weekend.
((OVER THE COURSE OF THE THREE DAYS HERE THERE HAS BEEN KIND OF AN ANNOYING TENDENCY OF EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE THROWING THINGS, RANGING FROM WATER BOTTLES TO BATTERIES TO ROCKS...TOMATOS... AT EACH OTHER AT PEOPLE ON STAGE. IT GOT KIND OF OLD AFTER A WHILE. ))
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It took several hours to contain the fires, but most were out early this morning.
And most of the 225-thousand concert-goers had left the festival grounds.
The July heat that has settled in over much
of the nation is proving deadly.
More than a half-dozen heat-related deaths are reported in ohio.
Locally power companies are putting out an urgent call to conserve electricity.
Virginia Power expects near record demand today,
And an A-E-P press release states it expects -quote- "a serious electric power problem" all week.
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They suggest customers avoid using washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and ranges.
Turn off unnecessary lights and use air conditioning only if necessary.
They also suggest either turning up the thermostat or just turning the air off.
Hotter than usual temperatures are expected from Florida to Canada.
That could put a strain on the entire eastern power grid.
If power users don't cut back, electric companies say there might be temporary interruptions in the power supply.
(Toss to Kimberly)
Let's talkt to Kimberly McBroom and see if there's any relief in sight.
(toss to Kimberly in WX Center)
[Kimberly in WX Center]
(toss back to Melanie)
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Unionized workers at Valleydale won't be walking off the job.
Still ahead on News-7 at Noon-- we'll have the details of their new contract.
And it could have been a disasterous trip into space for the crew of the shuttle Columbia.
Find out why when we return.
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NASA says hydrogen may have escaped from cooling tubes in one of the space shuttle'sengines just after last week's launch.
They say the leak could have caused the engine to shut down -- forcing an emergency landing for the first time in NASA history.
Shuttle COmmander Eileen Collins says the possible fuel leak isn't a concern for the current mission.
But the first woman to command a U-S spacecraft says NASA engineers will check to make sure they understand what happened, and to try to correct it.
There wont' be a strike at Valleydale
Unionized workers ratified an agreement yesterday.
The new five year contract was supported by an overwhelming majority of the workers.
Many of the workers say they were very pleased with what the company had to offer.
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The new contract will increase wages by 35 cents the first year, 25 cents the third and fourth years, and 40 cents the fifth year.
And workers no longer have to pay a 250-deductible for health care coverage.
Union Representative Donald Cash says that although the pay increase is not as much as some would like, the company is spending a lot of money on health benefits.
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((DONALD CASH/UNION REPRESENTATIVE:I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO BE MISLED WITH THE WAGE INCREASE, BECAUSE THE SIGNIFICANT COST THE COMPANY IS GOING TO BE FACED WITH IS HEALTH CARE AND THAT GOES INTO AFFECT RIGHT NOW WHICH MEANS THE SAVINGS IS PASSED ONTO OUR MEMBERSHIP RIGHT AWAY))
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Company and union officials had been in negotiation for about a month.
[Feedback, July 25]
his week's viewer mail contained some criticism and some praise.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((After four days of testimony and argument, a jury in Montgomery County circuit court found the former Virginia Tech quarterback not guilty of raping a female student last March.
But one viewer believed we were guilty of bad judgement.
"The graphic details reported in the Druckenmiller rape trial during the last several broadcasts were unnecessary, offensive and outrageous," he wrote. "These details were immaterial to the story...Such information is better left in the court record rather than beamed into the homes of thousands across the region. I am deeply disturbed at such signs that my hometown station continues to depart from its tradition of accurate and tasteful reporting for the latest tactics characterizing the Springerization of journalism."
Al Bedrosian's spanking of a child in a hospital emergency room brought these comments:
"We need to start rediscovering good old fashioned discipline in an attempt to save our future from anymore Columbine-like disasters. Scapegoating does not solve the problem. Simple discipline, not abuse, will solve the problem...Personally, if my infant's arms were being pulled on despite my admonition to stop that behavior, I would have corrected that child's behavior in the same manner as Mr. Bedrosian."
And there was praise for the piece on the tent revival in Botetourt County.
"I could not have been more pleased with the story that was aired. It was a fair, accurate and honest piece and I simply wanted to say thanks. May God bless you."
Send your letters to News-7 at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
The e-mail address: email@example.com.
There's also a moderated on-line forum, at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
People world-wide are saying goodbye to John F. Kennedy Junior, his wife and sister-in-law online.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's WebWatch.
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Many mourners chose to express their grief and condolences to the families involved through websites, such as JFKjrmemorialonline.com.
You can attach a message to a virtual flower on a memorial wall... or post your thoughts on the forum.
The site also tells you how to send condolences to the victims families directly.
If there's a movie you REALLY love, why not take a piece of it home with you? Major studios are setting up their own on-line auction site and are bolstering the bottom line by selling off movie props.
Newline Cinema is selling Mini-Me's grand piano from the latest Austin Powers movie... the price is up to 4 thousand.
And over at Universal, the sword of Xena, Warrior Princess could be hanging over YOUR mantle... starting bid... 2 thousand bucks..
There was plenty of peace and love streaming across the internet over the weekend.
Woodstock online offered a glimps of the performers, people and parties that makes the festival unique.
After it's all over, you can still check out the photo gallery...
There are also video archives of memorable events, like the Dave Matthews Band performance, and the traditional woodstock mudfight.
For links to these sites, click on Webwatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ=7.dot.com.))
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They've been in the spotlight all their lives.
And when one of Britain's royalty gets behind the wheel for the first time, the spotlight is especially bright.
More on Prince William's driving lessons when News-7 at Noon returns.
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England's Prince Wiliam is now old enough to get behind the wheel and today he showed off his driving skills.
The 17-year-old smiled as he emerged from car outside his father's country estate.
Prince Charles and 14-year-old brother, Harry, stood by and watched.
William can drive on public roads with an instructor and hopes to get his license by the end of the summer.
The boys also hope that after today's demonstration, the media will leave them alone for the rest of the summer.
They building castles in the sand in Imperial Beach, California.
It's a competition that's nothing short of amazing.
Aimee Nuzzo has the story.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP nine points.
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Still ahead in sports, Bobby Labonte captures the checkered flag.
And he overcame the odds to become just the second American to ever take the Tour de France.
More on Lance Armstrong's amazing comeback when News-7 at Noon returns.
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Bobby Labonte maked a sweep at Pocono yesterday-- winning the Pennsylvania 500.
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Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett work their way through traffic fighing for position in the top 5. Gordon was third and Jarrett fourth after 32 laps.
They were chasing the leader Ward Burton. But Ward blew a tire at the entrance to the tunnel turn hitting the wall and banging up the right side on lap 39.
Ward's brother Jeff was on the move he passes his teammate Mark Martin to take over the fifth spot on the track.
Then Gordon blows a tire on the right side of his car he went a lap down and returned to the track in the 39-th position.
Pole sitter Mike Skinner would cover the field and lead the race at the halfway point.
Rick Mast would lead the race twice-- once on a green flag stop and then again with over 40 laps to go.
Then Jerry Nadeau taps the rear of Bill Elliott's car sending him into the wall-- Elliott was running in the top five.
Bobby Labonte would take the lead near the end of the race and he takes the checkered flag winning the Pennsylvania 500 by more than 8 seconds.
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Jarrett was second, Mark Martin third, Tony Stewart was fourth and Wally Dallenbach finished fifth.
He beat cancer and now he's beaten the world.
Lance Armstrong has become only the second American to win the Tour de France.
What makes his win even more amazing is that just three years ago,the 27 year Texan was diagnosed with cancer and giving just a 50 percent chance of living.
Tom Fenton reports.
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(( Life has been an uphill battle for Lance Armstrong -- a three-year struggle with testicular cancer that almost took
his life --- rejection by all the top racing teams --- defiance of the odds in the grueling 2,290 miles of the world's
greatest bike race. The 27-year-old Texan overcame it all with guts and an unbeatable ambition that he tried to define after one of the final legs..
SOT LANCE ARMSTRONG
MY DESIRE TO TELL THE STORY AND SHOW IT CAN BE DONE IS MOST OF MY AMBITION .. TO GET REVENGE ON A SPORT THAT DIDN'T TRUST IN ME AND BELIEVE IN ME IS ALSO PART OF IT.
His victory in the 86th Tour de France was an unbelievable tale starring an American. The half-million French spectators who lined the final route through the heart of Paris appreciated his style. The Americans
in Paris applauded his determination.
THIS GUY HAS BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH. HE DESERVES THIS MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE.
As he stood on the podium to receive the highest acolade in the cycling world, he was already plaiikng to come back next year to try to win again.
Meanwhile he and his wife Kristin have a lot to celebrate. They are expecting their first child in October.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London))
There are four new members in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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The newest members are all Star Pitcher Nolan Ryan the greatest strikeout pitcher of all time, George Brett, who earned the title as the best clutch hitter in Baseball and Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers all three went in on their first year of eligibility.
But for the man they called the Bull, Orlando (seh-PAY-duh) Cepeda, he goes in after waiting for 25 years.
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