An explosion in Wythe County badly burns two people.
And a progress report on the renovation plans for Lynchburg's baseball stadium.
News 7 at noon is next.
Two people were badly burned this morning when a set of gas pumps exploded at a Wythe County truck stop.
A Florida couple was filling the tank of their truck when an employee at the Flying J Truck Stop tried to change a filter on the pumps.
The pumps exploded-- severely burning the employee and a bystander who tried to help him.
Another bystander was not hurt by the explosion but was taken to the hospital for observation.
The Florida couple was not hurt, but lost everything when the resulting fire destroyed a truck and travel-trailer.
Exit 77 on Interstate 81 was closed for a time while the fire was put out, but has since reopened.
Danville authorities are trying to clean up a car accident that's turned part of Piedmont Drive into a rushing river.
Fire department officials say a man drove his van into oncoming traffic, swerved, and knocked out a fire hydrant near Piedmont Mall.
That flooded part of Piedmont Drive and the mall parking lot.
Authorities say they don't know WHY the man was driving on the wrong side of the street.
He was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.
His name and condition are available at this time.
If you build it they will come.. that's what Lynchburg officials are hoping as they try to raise enough money to renovate the city's old minor league baseball stadium.
City leaders gathered today to give a progress report on their fundraising efforts.
The city has already kicked in three million dollars, but the team has raised just 350- thousand dollars over the past year.
They need at least a million and a half more to bring the ballpark up to Carolina League standards.
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((CALVIN FALWELL/HILLCATS PRESIDENT: WE FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WE'RE GOING TO GET THIS FACILITY UPGRADED TO BE COMPARABLE WITH THE OTHER BALLCLUBS IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY, SO WE FEEL CONFIDENT OF THAT AND SO I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ANYBODY PUTTING PRESSURE ON US FROM THE BIG LEAGUES TO MOVE THE BALL CLUB, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS THING WORK.))
[SUPER=01-Calvin Falwell/Hillcats President; :00]
[OUT Q=make this thing work.]
Falwell and Mayor Pete Warren are still pursuing a corporate sponsor that would contribute 1- point- 25 million dollars and have the stadium named after them.
The deadline for contributions is December 31st.
Later today on Capitol Hill, the House is expected to vote on the Patients Bill of Rights.
President Clinton promises a veto if it's attached to a Republican plan for tax breaks for the uninsured.
That bill was passed yesterday in a near party line vote.
Republicans say the 48 billion dollars in tax breaks will help the uninsured get health coverage.
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((REP. PORTER GOSS, R-FLORIDA "THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON HERE EXCEPT CLEAR TRANSPARENT DEBATE ON WHAT I BELIEVE IS A VERY GOOD RULE WHICH PROVIDES FOR FULL FAIR DEBATE."))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Porter Goss/(R) Florida;]
[OUT Q=for full fair debate.]
Before the final vote today, the House will consider several competing health care bills that would be added to the health-care tax breaks, passed yesterday.
He's three year's old and he's been missing since Saturday in the rugged Colorado Mountains, ----now officials fear
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One law official says the chances of finding Jaryd Atadero alive are dwindling and today the search scaled back today.
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[video of searchers]
Meanwhile, authorities are casting doubt on a theory that the boy was dragged off by a cougar.
Yesterday some trackers found what they believed to be the foot and handprints of Jaryd that disappeared at the point where cougar prints were also found.
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((BASICALLY THEIR INTERPRETATION TO WHAT HE HAD READ, THEY BELIEVE TO BE A COMBINATION OF BEAR TRACKS AND THEY ALSO SAW SOME CAT TRACKS. BUT THEY BELIEVE WHAT HE HAD IDENTIFIED AS PLACES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY CRAWLING UP THE SIDE OF A HILL WERE IN FACT IN THEIR OPINION BEAR TRACKS GOING UP IN DOWN. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Justin Smith/Larimer Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
[OUT Q=going up in down.]
But authorities say a bootprint still thought to be Jaryd's was found nearby.
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In London today, the search continues for more bodies at the site of Tuesday's train collision.
Thirty-three are confirmed dead, but officials fear the death toll could be much higher.
Authorities have received reports from friends and relatives about another 100 people who may have boarded the commuter trains.
Since the accident the number of commuters traveling the rails has dropped dramatically.
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((PHILIP BECKERLEGGE, COMMUTER: "YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE AT LEAST ONE OR TWO PEOPLE AT EVERYONE OF THESE SEATS. I MEAN THERE WOULD NORMALLY BE TWO HERE, MY PARTNER AND MYSELF, A COUPLE BEHIND, YOU KNOW, WOULD BE, WELL, HALF FULL AT LEAST."))
[OUT Q=half full at the least.]
Meantime, British rail authorities are investigating the train protection systems designed to stop trains from going through red lights.
It comes in the wake of Monday's deadly train collision in London.
Investigators now believe one of the trains ran a red light.
An Ohio judge has thrown out Cincinnati's lawsuit against gun makers.
Cincinnati wanted reimbursement for the costs of providing police, emergency, court and prison services in connection with shootings.
The judge said the suit was vague and without
More than two-dozen city or county governments around the country have sued the industry for damages over gun crimes, but an industry lawyer says this is the first one to be dismissed.
A former Franklin County administrator faces malicious wounding and firearms charges.
Sammy Quinn is accused of shooting his 76 year old mother Pauline in the head.
It happened shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon at this house on Towne Creek Road in the town of Henry.
So far authorities do not have a motive for the shooting.
Sammy Quinn was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid 80's and has had several run ins with the law.
Authorities say they were not shocked when he called 911 yesterday afternoon.
((W.Q. OVERTON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF: IT DIDN'T COME AS A SURPRISE. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HENRY VILLAGE THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT ACCORDING TO THE LAW WE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-W. Q. Overton/Franklin Co. Sheriff;]
[OUTQ=couldn't do anything]
Quinn's mother was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is in critical condition.
He is being held in the Franklin County jail without bond.
Sammy Quinn served as Franklin County administrator from 1973 to 1978.
Martinsville's second-largest employer is shrinking again.
Tultex announced yesterday it's laying off 135 salaried employees and 25 more hourly workers.
This comes just two weeks after the apparel company closed a Bland County sewing plant and laid off 125 people.
Tultex also says it's closing 12 retail stores.
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Should the University of Virginia drop its current admissions policy?
It's stirring emotions on campus and we have the story later on News-7 at Noon.
And researchers say there's a direct link between being obese and dying young.
The latest study results are still ahead.
But first, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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It's the largest study ever done on obesity and mortality.
The American Cancer Society looked at one MILLION Americans and now has the best evidence yet that being overweight can cut your life short.
In the words of one researcher, We're too fat and it's killing us.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eugenia Calle/American Cancer Society; :10]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; :18]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Louis Aronne/Obesity Specialist; 1:24]
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((Track: It's the largest study of it's kind ever done....mapping a direct link between being fat and dying prematurely.
((SOT) Eugenia Calle/American Cancer Society)
we have not been successful in getting out the message that overweight in this country is a severe public health problem...
(Stand Up Bridge/EK OC) In fact the study found that our addiction to food is killing us as fast as our addiction to c
igarettes....that just as many people die prematurely from being overweight as they do from
(GFX/) conducted by the American Cancer Society...the study tracked a million people....300-thousand of them were healt
hy non smokers...showing that even healthy people who put on the pounds were at
risk...excess weight for a five foot five woman started at 150 pounds...for men it was five foot ten...174 pounds.
((SOT) Eugenia Calle again)
the increase in risk really begins at the very early levels of moderate overweight and increases consistently and quite dramatically throughout the levels of severe overweight.
(Track:) The only exception is obese black women...who for unknown reasons do not show a significantly higher risk of p
Perhaps as a backlash to media images telling us thin is in...some recent studies have gone so far to suggest that it's okay to be overweight as long as you are healthy...a myth obesity experts want dispelled.
(SOT) DR. Louis J. Aronne: Obesity specialist
I think that has been a vogue that we are trying to make people feel better about being overweight//I think it's high time we started a comprehensive program to try to prevent obesity..it's a lot easier to prevent than it is to treat.
Track: It's a message we've heard before..but since more than half of all Americans are now overweight..it appears to be falling on deaf ears.
EK CBS News NY.))[E-Accident-charges]
Authorities say the accident that killed three people in Roanoke last Friday was caused by a drunk driver who'd been charged with driving under the influence before.
Timothy Wayne Sayers was driving on a restricted license when his car slammed into a tree on Hershberger Road at 2 A-M Friday.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's office says speed and alcohol were factors in the accident. Sayers was indicted yesterday on three counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Sayers had been charged with D-U-I last December, but the charge was reduced to reckless driving.
A quota system would be illegal.
But U-V-A students rallying to defend affirmative action say their admissions policy is different -- and would stand up in court.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Thomas Sikes/Affirmative Action Opponent; :28 ]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Taylor/Advocates for Diversity in Ed.; 1:05 ]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Ellis/Affirmative Action Supporter; 1:22]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Charlottesville.]
(( It's NOT just a philosophical debate--
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((IF WE TAKE AWAY... ))
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For years, the University of Virginia's policy has been: if all things are equal on paper -- minority students should be given preference in admissions, to create a more diverse student body.
The policy has critics.
((THOMAS SIKES/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OPPONENT: YOU SAY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION... ON A CRITERIA.))
The Governor says he trusts the Board of Visitors.
The Rector says he's looking to the University's President.
A source on the Board says the President's "tweaking" the policy to avoid legal challenge.
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((In Michigan...their lawsuit.))
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((I WOULD HATE TO COME BACK HERE FOR HOMECOMING AND SEE THIS SCHOOL ONE PERCENT BLACK.))
When the Board meets next week, NO resolution to scrap affirmative action is expected.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville. ))
Three lawsuits connected to the University of Virginia balcony collapse have been withdrawn.
The collapse killed one woman and injured several others at commencement in 1997.
The lawsuits that were withdrawn yesterday had all been filed by injured parties.
Attorney General Mark Earley says the withdrawals will allow lawyers on both sides to focus on reaching settlements.
Two other lawsuits against the state are still active.
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Radar isn't just for planes anymore.
Next on News-7 at Noon, find out how it's making the trucking industry safer.
And he died 170 years ago-- but in just a moment on News-7 at Noon, we'll listen to a brand new composition by Ludwig van Beethoven.
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A Roanoke trucking company is using fighter plane technology to make their trucks safer.
Fleetmaster Express is outfitting ALL it's new tractor-trailors with the VORAD system.
It tracks the motion and speed of vehicles around the truck as it travels down the road, and sounds a warning if a nearby car slows down or gets too close.
It's the same kind of radar F-16 jets use to track incoming missiles.
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[IN Q=this is the same]
((LINIEL GREGORY/FLEETMASTER; THIS IS THE SAME SYSTEM THAT WE HOPE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO DETECT WHEN A VEHICLE SLOWS OR STOPS IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE TO AVOID REAR-END COLLISIONS. IT'S GOING TO ASSIST US IN THE "NO-ZONE" SIDE OF THE TRUCK WHERE A DRIVER PHYSICALLY CAN'T SEE A VEHICLE ON THAT SIDE ))
[OUT Q=on that side]
The system is also similar to an airplane's "black box".
If an accident happens, it records everything the truck and surrounding drivers did before the accident occurred.
Beethoven is back with a new composition over 170 years after his death.
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That is the newly discovered work of Beethoven, played for the first time Sotheby's auction house in London.
It was composed in 18-17 and was found in a house in southern England.
The autographed composition has never been published before.
It's expected to sell for around 300-thousand dollars when it's auctioned in December.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 15 points.
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Still to come in sports, the road to the World Series heats up after last night's playoff action,
and second round qualifying is underway at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Patrick will tell you who's on top, next.
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Second Round qualifying is underway at the Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte.
And Bobby Labonte is on top again.
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Last night Bobby just missed setting a track record in time trials for this coming Sunday's UAW GM Quality 500 at the track.
His lap at 185 point 682 miles an hour was good enough to put him on the pole for the third time this year at Charlotte. He also won the pole for the Coke 600 and the Winston.
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[IN Q="The car...]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/3 Poles At Charlotte This Year; :00]
[OUT Q=...great job.]
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Rusty Wallace also topped the 185 mark to grab the outside pole. Here are the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/185.682/2. Rusty Wallace/185.033/3. John Andretti//4. Mark Martin//5. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Ward Burton//7. Jimmy Spencer//8. Rick Mast//9. Dale Jarrett//10. Jerry Nadeau//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Kenny Wallace//12. Mike Skinner//13. Terry Labonte//14. Steve Park//15. Bobby Hamilton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ted Musgrave//17. Dale Earnhardt//18. Geoffrey Bodine//19. Jeremy Mayfield//20. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jeff Gordon//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Derrike Cope//24. Todd Bodine//25. Matt Kenseth//;]
[OUT Q=...last driver."]
"Miller-time" may be over in Baltimore.
Today's Washington Post quotes sources saying the Orioles have not chosen to exercise their contract option on manager Ray Miller.
The team went 78 and 84 this year despite having the major league's third highest payroll.
The Braves and Astros best of five series is now all even at a game a piece.
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The Braves can thank pitcher Kevin Millwood for getting them back in the series. He pitched a masterful complete game one hitter - only giving up a Ken Caminiti Homer.
[SUPER=35-Houston/1/Atlanta/5/Series Tied 1-1;]
The Braves broke it open with 3 runs in the seventh to take the 5-to-1 win.
Game three is tomorrow night.
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The Red Sox and Indians series opened last night. Sox ace Pedro Martinez left the game in the fifth with a strained back.
And that opened the door for the Indians to come back. Travis Fryman drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Tribe wins 3-to-2 to take game one.
The Arizona Diamondbacks got a little revenge last night, tying up their N-L series with a 7 to 1 win over the Mets.
The D'backs pitching was on last night as Todd Stottlemyre threw a four hitter over six innings.
Arizona's Steve Finley provided the offense driving in five of the team's 7 runs.
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Rickey Henderson was the Mets' bright spot with two hits and three stolen bases.
But Arizona picks up the 7 to 1 victory.