A rush hour disaster in London.
And Trigon announces some major layoffs.
News 7 at noon is next.
200 Trigon employees in Roanoke are losing their jobs.
Trigon told employees the news this morning.
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Tonya Flory joins us from the newsroom with more.
Tonya, why such a big layoff?
It's because Mid-South Insurance Company -- a subsidiary headquartered in Fayetteville, North Carolina -- is leaving the health insurance market effective April 30, 2000.
Trigon President Thomas Snead says the six month notice should give customers enough time to find other health insurance coverage.
As for affected employees, they'll receive a work-through bonus and severance pay.
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Mid-South provides insurance coverage for about 100-thousand mostly small group and individual members in rural areas of several states including North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
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Coming up at 5:00, we'll talk about what this exodus of insurance providers from the market means for Trigon business in Virginia.
A new look at the retirement complex where more than a thousand people live in Roanoke.
The good news for residents of Friendship Manor is they're getting a modernized health care center.
The Bad news is they're getting a hike in their rent.
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Scott Goldberg is at Friendship Manor where the changes were announced this morning.
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A woman accused of killing her infant son by putting him in a microwave oven will be allowed to leave jail and stay with her father.
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19-year-old Elizabeth Otte (OAT-ee) left the New Kent County Courthouse in a prison van this morning, after a judge set her bond at 20 thousand dollars.
The Commonwealth's attorney asked that Otte (OAT-ee) remain in custody, because she threatened to kill herself.
The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation, and told her father to report any suicide threats to the court.
No criminal charges will be filed in the case of a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
Sheriff's deputies say 24-year-old (KIER-sten) Kirsten Lee Worsham left her two young children without a parent when she disappeared nearly two weeks ago.
Worsham contacted her family on Saturday when her car broke down near Danville.
But deputies say the family hid that from them until Sunday.
A trailer plunged off an interstate overpass this morning and crashed onto the road below.
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No one was injured in the accident near Mile Marker 138, but it backed up southbound traffic for miles.
The trailer broke loose from the vehicle that was towing it around 8:30 this morning. It fell from the interstate bridge over Goodwin Avenue in Salem.
State Police believe the trailer was overloaded. It was carrying household items, and the accident dumped the contents on the side of the road.
Some six hours after a train collision in London three passengers have been freed from the wreckage.
The collision between two packed commuter trains happened at the height of London's busy morning rush hour.
Eight people are confirmed dead, another 160 were injured.
But British police say they believe a number of bodies are still trapped in the wreckage.
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(( DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER JOHN PRESCOTT:'OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE INJURED & THEIR RELATIVES ... MUCH ADMIRATION FOR THE EMERGENCY CREWS ... THE EMERGENCY EFFORT IS STILL IN EFFECT ... THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC INQUIRY .. PEOPLE WILL EXPECT THAT THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC INQUIRY ...'))
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Several cars derailed and at least one burst into flames.
It's the biggest corporate takeover in history.
M-C-I World Com is paying 115 billion dollars in stock for Sprint.
It's also assuming 14 billion dollars in debt.
The new company, which combines the number two and three players in the long distance field, will be called WorldCom.
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The deal still the needs the approval of federal regulators.
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There's been another nuclear accident-- this time in South Korea.
The details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And 45 years after the infamous Shepherd murder case-- the victim has been dis-interred.
Find out why when we return.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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The body of Marilyn Sheppard has been exhumed from an Ohio cemetery -- by prosecutors who want to show she was murdered by her husband 45 years ago.
It's yet another chapter in the case that inspired the T-V series and film ''The Fugitive.''
Drew Levinson reports.
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AS THE SUN BEGAN TO RISE SAM REESE SHEPPARD STOOD OUTSIDE THE MAUSOLEUM WHERE HIS PARENTS ARE INTERRED.
LIKE A SCENE FROM THE TELEVISION SHOW AND MOVIE IT INSPIRED-"THE FUGITIVE"-- THE HALF-CENTURY OLD SAM SHEPPARD DRAMA ADDED YET ANOTHER EPISODE.
FLANKED BY POLICE CARS-- A HEARSE BEARING THE BODIES OF MARILYN SHEPPARD AND THE FETUS SHE WAS CARRYING THE DAY SHE WAS MURDERED--LEFT A SUBURBAN CLEVELAND CEMETERY.
PROMPTED BY A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE-OHIO PROSECUTORS EXHUMED THE BODIES FOR DNA TESTING.
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IN 1954 MARILYN SHEPPARD WAS BEATEN TO DEATH INSIDE HER HOME NEAR THE BANKS OF LAKE ERIE.
THOUGH THE DOCTOR CLAIMED A BUSHY HAIR INTRUDER KILLED HIS PREGNANT WIFE-SHEPPARD WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER.
AFTER SERVING 10 YEARS, IT WAS OVERTURNED. AFTER A SECOND TRIAL HE WAS ACQUITTED.
UNTIL HIS DEATH-HE TRIED TO CLEAR HIS NAME.
(sot Sheppard black and white video from 1960's ) "I think I can purely, absolutely vindicate myself.
TWO YEARS AGO SAM SHEPPARD'S BODY WAS ALSO EXHUMED FOR DNA EVIDENCE.
SAM REESE SHEPPARD IS SUING THE STATE FOR TWO MILLION DOLLARS-HE CLAIMS HIS FATHER WAS WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED.
(sot Sam Reese Sheppard-Son/September 1997)
"COLUMBUS WAS A TORTURE CHAMBER FOR MY DAD, MY DAD DID 10 YEARS IN THAT
OLD PENN, WHICH WAS HELL.
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"Sheppard is not only suing for the money, but he wants his father declared innocent-a much stronger legal statement than -not guilty."
The trial is set to begin January 31.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Mayfield Heights, Ohio.))
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A signing ceremony will be held today in Jerusalem for a deal that would establish the first open land link between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The "Safe Passage" agreement allows Palestinians to travel freely on Israeli highways between the two territories.
These Palestinian controlled regions are about 24 miles apart.
Not everyone is happy about this latest step in the on going peace process.
Some Israelis fear the route will open up their country to more terrorists attacks.
Just days after Japan's worst nuclear accident -- there's been a radioactive water leak at a South Korean nuclear power plant.
South Korean officials say at least 22 people were exposed to radiation, but they say the leak was contained inside a building.
In the wake of the Japan disaster, President Clinton wants all American nuclear fuel plants to re- evaluate their safety procedures.
Seven U-S companies are involved in uranium fuel processing and recycling.. two of those are located just outside Lynchburg.
But officials at Framatome Cogema (co-JEEM-uh) Fuels say their work only involves the use of dry uranium pellets, and NO chemical reactions.
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((JOHN MATHESON/FRAMATOME V.P. OPERATIONS: IT'S INHERENTLY SAFER FROM EVERYTHING THEY WERE DOING IN JAPAN FROM WHAT I'VE READ. EVEN IF WE HAD A PROCESS LIKE THAT WE WOULD NEVER HANDLE MATERIAL IN THAT WAY HERE. WE WOULD HAVE A VOLUME METRICALLY CONTROLLED PROCESS, SO WE'VE NEVER HAD A CRITICALITY EVENT.))
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B-W-X Technologies DOES process uranium for the nuclear fuel it makes for the U-S Navy.
But officials say the U-S nuclear industry is much more heavily regulated than Japan's, and the likelihood of a similar accident here is "extremely remote."
Fire marshals are investigating an overnight blaze that drove seven people from their Lynchburg home.
Fire crews were called to 113 Federal Street at about 11:30.
The two- story home was engulfed in flames when they arrived.
Initial reports that people were still trapped inside kept firefighters busy at first searching for possible victims.
No one was found inside the house, and it took about a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
Residents say the fire started on the front porch.
There were some tense moments in Christiansburg last night, as police tried to disarm a man threatening suicide.
At about seven last night-- dispatchers learned that a man living in an apartment below the Deli Mart on West Main street was threatening to kill himself.
When officers arrived and looked through the window, they saw that he was holding a shotgun to his throat.
At first, a dispatcher tried to talk the man into coming outside.
When that failed-- a Christiansburg officer began negotiating and was eventually able to enter the apartment.
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((CAPT. TOM LAWSON/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPT.: I SAID LET ME BE YOUR FRIEND, JUST TRUST ME THIS ONE TIME. AND, AT THAT POINT, HE DROPPED HIS HEAD AND STARTED TO CRY AND I SEEN HIM TAKE HIS FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER AND WHEN HE DID HE JUST KIND OF MOVED THE BUTT TOWARD ME AND I REACHED OUT AND GOT IT FROM UNDER HIS CHIN. ))
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Captain Lawson says it was a situation that could've easily ended negatively-- had it not been for his fellow officers' patience and ability to work together.
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Still ahead on News-7 at Noon, Patrick Evans will be here with the forecast.
And we'll start getting in that Halloween spirit.
Stay with us.
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Some promising news for men worried about baldness.
[599-18 or 598-20]
It comes from Cornell University.
Gene therapists at the University say they've used injections of a gene in mice to force resting hair follicles into a growth phase.
Halloween is only a few weeks away and haunted houses are already starting to open their doors.
But one is trying to find just the right ghouls, ghosts and goblins.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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Some didn't need a costume to make the cut for Salem's newest haunted house called Nightmares. Organizers for the first annual Nites of Fright at the Thunder Valley Family Entertainment Center wanted actors and actresses to play the roles.
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In two days this indoor race track will be transformed for the actors to begin their work.
((CRAIG SLOMCZEWSKI/ORGANIZER: WE ARE GOING TO RIP UP THIS SHEET METAL AND TIRES AND WE HAVE A BUNCH OF ROOM WITH ZIG ZAGS AND IN THE DARK YOU WON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO NEXT.))
Slomczewski says this haunted house will be different from the rest because they will play on people's natural fears.
((CRAIG SLOMCZEWSKI/ORGANIZER: WE WILL HAVE LIVE CREATURES AND YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHAT'S REAL WHAT'S FAKE.))
And with a cast of actors ready to scare the life out of you, it might be one haunted house you don't want to pass up.
((IF YOU THINK YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE SCARED, THEN YOU HAVE JUST ENTERED THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF YOUR LIFE.))
Kate Weidaw News 7 Salem.))
Nites of Fright will be open October 15th through the 31st.
And if you want to see the actor who played Jason in Friday the 13th, he'll be there the 18th through the 20th.
Members of the Federal Reserve Board's Open Market committee are meeting at this hour to decide whether to raise interest rates.
Most analysts say the lack of inflationary pressure should be enough to persuade policymakers not to hike rates for the third time this year.
That's kept the Dow up for most of the morning, and at Noon it was UP 64 points.
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Coming up in sports, defense was the name of the game for the Bills as they sink the Dolphins,
And the New York Mets get to play a few more games this season.
They're headed to the playoffs after last night's win over the Reds.
Patrick has the highlights next.
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The Buffalo Bills sank the Miami Dolphins 23 to 18 on their home turf last night.
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Buffalo's defense came up big, forcing Dan Marino into three turnovers.
The game was tied 6 to 6 when John Holecek forced Marino to fumble, allowing Gabe Northern to recover the ball and race for a 59 yard T-D.
Marino ended the night with 251 yards despite two interceptions and two sacks, his first of the year.
Bills Q-B Doug Flutie threw for 186 yards, completing 15 of 25 passes.
He engineered an 80-yard drive which resulted in a 6 yard T-D pass to Eric Moulds in the fourth quarter that put the Bills up 20 to 12.
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The Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos are having a tough time this season.
Besides being oh and four, the Broncos have lost a team leader.
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Star running back Terrell Davis is out for the remainder of the year.
Davis injured his knee during Sunday's 21-to-13 loss to the New York Jets.
Denver Coach Mike Shanahan says yesterday's medical tests reveal injuries to Davis' ACL and MCL as well as cartilage damage.
Davis will have surgery in the next 10 days.
Shanahan says his recovery period could last anywhere from four to six months.
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The New York Mets are playoff bound for the first time in 11 seasons.
They beat the Cincinnati Reds last night for the National League wild card spot.
Al Leiter allowed just two hits and struck out seven in the Mets five to nothing win.
Edgardo Alfonzo gave New York a two to nothing lead with a first inning homer scoring Rickey Henderson.
Henderson added a home run of his own and the Mets go on to win five to nothing and will open the National League Division Series tomorrow in Arizona.
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The NHL season is underway and last night Toronto and Boston hit the ice.
Toronto opened 99 with a win, while the Bruins were still looking for that first 'W.'
And they are still waiting. Mats Sundin gets three shots on goal. The third goes in, for the one nothing lead. It's Sundin's second goal in as many games.
Mike Johnson gets his first goal of the season here and Toronto gets its second win as the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins four to nothing.
In Rome, they're stepping up the pace of preparations for its millennium jubilee.
Some 30 million pilgrims are expected in the city.
That lead to a frantic effort to finish renovation work.
The Italian government has forked out roughly two-billion dollars on improvements around Rome that includes restoration of most of Rome's monuments.
That includes a massive facelift of Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.