Next on News 7, closing arguments are underway in the case of twin brothers accused of committing murder in a Blacksburg restaurant.
and authorities say they have busted a major drug operation as employees of American Airlines allegedly smuggle drugs on the job.
Locally heavy downpours for some, garden variety thunderstorms for others. A check on the radar in a moment.
On health check -- we'll show you what steps women can take for better health,
and Virginia politicians and health officials are playing tug of war with tobacco settlement money.
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U-S drug authorities believe they have cracked a major plan to smuggle drugs into the country.
Dozens of American Airlines employees were charged today with using their jobs and their companies planes to smuggle cocaine and heroin into the country.
Brian Andrews has the story.
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Dozens of workers for American Airlines got an unexpected wake
up call from law enforcement agents. Employees in Miami and New York
were rounded up and hauled off to jail... for allegedly smuggling drugs
using company planes.
((sot: Vincent Mazzilli/Special Agent in charge, DEA 12:42:40)) "These
people have sunk to the lowest depths in pursuit of greed."
Fifty-eight people in all were indicted... in a drug ring federal
investigators say involved an intricate network of ramp workers, baggage
handlers, and employees from outside firms. A two-year investigation
uncovered workers trafficking cocaine and other drugs aboard flights to
places like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Authorities say the suspects hid the stash in food carts and backpacks.
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"In many of these transactions, these individuals were not suppose to be
at the airport, they were not working that day. They had come to the
airport literally to perform criminal conduct utilizing their security
passes, utilizing their uniforms.. in order to bypass security, bypass
the laws of the United States and take contraband onto these airplanes."
Officials say the operation was not just limited to drugs... but
used for transporting guns and explosives as well.
While American Airlines maintains those arrested represent only a
handful of bad employees, the company says it will continue to work
closely with federal agencies to combat drug smuggling.
Are Terry and Kerry Scales guilty of murder? Or were they defending themselves the night they opened fire inside a crowded bar in downtown Blacksburg?
It's a decision a jury will soon have to make.
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Teresa Hamilton is at the Montgomery County Courthouse where closing arguments are still underway.
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Rescue teams still aren't giving up hope of finding victims of the earthquake last week in Turkey.
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A tapping noise was heard deep under the remains of a collapsed five story apartment block.
The rescue workers searched for hours in an attempt to reach a number of children known to have been in the building when the quake struck - but their efforts were in vain.
Today officials revised the death toll to 12,514.
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Next on News 7 at 5, we'll see what the state is doing to try and collect more than a billion dollars from deadbeat parents,
and then a little later in the newscast, we'll see what could be the world's largest food fight.
Closing arguments are underway in the retrial of the man accused of murdering a fellow guest on the Jenny Jones show. Jonathan Schmitz
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is being tried a second time on charges of murdering Scott Amedure.
Amedure admitted on national television he had a crush on Schmitz.
Schmitz' conviction was dismissed on a technicality.
The attorney for Schmitz stressed in his closing arguments Amedure was to blame for his own death.
He spoke for his client in Schmitz own words.
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((JEROME SABOTA/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I KILLED SCOTT AMADURE BECAUSE I WAS PUSHED. I WAS PUSHED TO THE POINT
AND I LOST ALL REASON. I WAS PUSHED TO THE POINT THAT I ACTED OUT OF IMPULSE AND OUT OF PASSION.))
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The prosecutor maintains Schmitz was not provoked -- instead he was a calculating, ruthless killer.
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IT WAS PREPLANNED AND THAT PLAN WAS EXECUTED AND A HUMAN BEING WAS EXECUTED IN COLD BLOOD IN A HORRIFIC AND PAINFUL MANNER))
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If he is once again convicted of second degree murder, Schmitz faces more than 50 years in prison.
A manslaughter conviction would be just 15 years.
A Henry County boy who was hit by a car on his way to school this morning is in critical condition.
The 13-year-old boy was walking to the bus stop for his first day at Drewry Mason Middle School.
State Police say he was accidentally struck by a car driven by a Martinsville woman.
She has not been charged.
The boy was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital with broken bones and internal injuries.
He was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem this afternoon.
A state-wide effort to collect child support from dead-beat parents is underway this week.
Pulaski County officials are ordering 70 parents to appear in court next month to arrange payment.
If they don't they'll be arrested.
According to State Child Support Enforcement officials, delinquent parents now owe 1-point-six-BILLION dollars to Virginia children.
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State officials expect to collect about 400 million dollars in back child support this year.
The University of Virginia Medical Center has taken disciplinary action against several employees following the latest switched baby incident.
Last month a couple was given the wrong baby by mistake. The mix up was corrected after just a couple of minutes, but officials say the incident should have been documented and reported.
The hospital has not identified the employees involved or the punishment.
The U-V-A medical center has focused on training and security involving newborns since the discovery last year that two babies were switched at birth in 1995.
Up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans refuses to let a little rain spoil his golf game. At least he says there's a good reason for him to play a round on company time.
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Despite the wet weather, some golfers just have to get out and play.
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Patrick Evans has been following over 100 local golfers who've raised 15-thousand dollars for the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia.
Patrick, YOU didn't try to play, did you?
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Will the Atlanta Braves continue their dominance over the Cincinnati Reds? Mike Stevens will have highlights of today's game in Sports.
On Health Check, is that brisk walk good exercise for women? We'll have the answer in a moment.
and the Governor says he is considering spending part of Virginia's billion dollar settlement with the tobacco industry on roads. At least one person says the money should go to health care.
The national tobacco settlement was about smoking related health care costs to States.
At least that's what several Virginia health organizations are saying... now that the politicians are eyeing the money to build new roads.
The Master Settlement Agreement could mean four BILLION dollars to Virginia over 25 years.
Ten percent would go to keeping teens from smoking.
Fifty percent would go to the tobacco dependent communities.
It's the other 40- percent, or 1-point-6 BILLION dollars, that the fight is now over.
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((PAUL KITCHEN/VIRGINIA MEDICAL SOCIETY: WE'D LIKE TO SEE IT STAY IN THE MEDICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. AND AGAIN WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHERE IT GOES, TO MEDICAL EDUCATION OR RESEARCH, OR INDIGENT CARE, ETCETERA. BUT I DON'T THINK WE'RE PREPARED TO JUST STAND BY AND HAVE IT SPENT ON TRANSPORTATION OR ANYTHING ELSE.))
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The Medical Society of Virginia sent a letter to the Governor today.
Tuesday, he's expected to unveil a road building plan that spends tobacco money.
The government's anti-smoking campaign appears to be working, at least in some states.
Both Oregon and California have seen a decline in the number of smokers.
However, Kentucky has actually seen a three precent increase in the number of smokers since 1995.
The Centers for Disease Control says Utah is the state with the lowest number of smokers. Many residents there are Mormon which is a religion that frowns upon smoking.
The American Lung Association reports 87% of lung cancer cases are directly caused by smoking.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. But a study in this week's New england Journal of Medicine finds it doesn't take much to cut a woman's risk of heart attack.
As Dr. Dave Hnida reports, protection can be as simple as going for a walk.
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((WHICH GROUP OF WOMEN DO YOU FIT IN, THE 20-PERCENT WHO EXERCISE ON A
REGULAR BASIS, OR THE 80-PERCENT WHO DO NOT? YOUR HEART NEEDS THE RIGHT
EXPERTS SAY A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE IS JUST AS DANGEROUS TO THE HEART AS
CIGARETTE SMOKING OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. BUT A NEW STUDY OF MORE THAN
72-THOUSAND WOMEN FINDS PROTECITNG A WOMAN'S HEART MAY BE AS SIMPLE AS
PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER.
(HNIDA BRIDGE: WHAT THAT MEANS IS YOU DON'T NEED TO WORK UP A MAJOR
SWEAT TO GET HEART PROTECTION. THE RESEARCHERS SAY JUST 3 HOURS OF BRISK
WALKING PER WEEK, WHICH WORKS OUT TO ABOUT 25 MINUTES A DAY, CAN CUT
YOUR RISK OF A HEART ATTACK BY UP TO 40-PERCENT.)
IT'S BELIEVED WALKING HELPS YOUR HEART BY LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE,
CHOLESTEROL AND WEIGHT. AND THOSE BENEFITS COME QUICKLY. WITHIN 3 WEEKS
OF STARTING A WALKING PROGRAM.
AND EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START MOVING. IN
THE STUDY, WOMEN WHO TOOK UP A WALKING PROGRAM AFTER MENOPAUSE STILL CUT
THEIR RISK OF HEART DISEASE.
ONE FINAL POINT, IF YOU LIKE A MORE VIGOROUS EXERCISE PROGRAM, BY ALL
MEANS STICK WITH IT. THE STUDY FOUND AN HOUR AND A HALF A WEEK OF
TOUGHER WORKOUTS ALSO CUT THE RISK BY KEEPING YOUR HEART TICKING AT A
HEALTHIER BEAT. DR. DAVE HNIDA, FOR CBS NEWS))
The Study found less than three hours of brisk walking still provided protection from heart disease. But the less time spent and the less brisk the walk, the less heart protection.
The midweek ticker begins with a warning for the New York Mets - the Atlanta Braves aren't ready to give up the NL East without a fight.
Earlier this month the Braves fell out of first place, but this week's series with the Cincinnati Reds has been impressive.
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Although it didn't start out that way today as the Reds Mike Cameron led off the game with his 17th home run of the season to right field.
But Glavine would settle down and pitch seven strong innings, while Andruw Jones got the game winning hit with this three run that bounces off the top of the wall in left just past Greg Vaughn's glove.
The Braves have now beaten the Reds six straight times this season and won 22 out of the last 26 meetings between the two teams.
Ricky Williams will be ready for the season opener if you believe head coach Mike Ditka.
But if you believe Williams he may not be ready for a month and a half.
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Williams limped off the field in the exhibition opener on Friday the 13th of this month with a bruised shin, that was later called a sprained ankle. He missed last week's game and now there are reports in New Orleans saying he may need surgery to repair the ankle.
Williams hasn't practiced since injuring the ankle and he is currently wearing a protective boot on the ankle.
And don't forget that coming up tomorrow night here on Your Hometown Station we will have NFL preseason action for you as the Chiefs battle the Jaguars. That's tomorrow night at eight here on WDBJ-7.
The Winston Cup circuit and the Busch Grand National guys are getting ready for a big weekend of racing in Bristol.
But today, fan favorite Ricky Rudd was in Lynchburg taking care of business.
He took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Roy Stanley about a number of topics. We'll have that story for you tonight on News 7 at six.
Also, coming up at six, the Salem Spartans says they are anything but defending state champs.
But first Tonya will put the wraps on News at Five after this quick break.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Hunters in remote British Colombia have stumbled on an amazing archeological discovery.
They found an ancient ice man in a frozen glacier in Canada.
Officials say the well preserved remains appear to be a hunter who died in a fall.
Archaeologists say the tools and clothing found with the man lead them to believe he lived during the last ice age 10-thousand years ago.
This discovery is the first of its kind in the western Canadian mountains.
Valencia, Spain sponsored the world's biggest food fight today.
It's the annual tomato throwing festival know as the Tomatina.
Tens of thousands of people gather every year to toss 125 TONS of ripe tomatoes at each other.
Seven trucks full of the fruit rolled through the normally quiet town.
It's a free for all with people splattering anyone and everyone in the crowd.
Regulars at the event say the secret is to pierce the skin of the tomato first.
Although the event is supposed to be fun, several people suffered minor injuries.
The event began more than 50 years ago when some young people became bored at the annual balloon festival.
They decided to take a balloon out with a ripe tomato.
About 35-thousand people showed up this year.
The locals praised this year's tourists, saying they were the best tomato tossers they've seen in years.