Parents who don't buckle up their kids could be in trouble this week.
Something to remember when hitting the roads for holiday travel, we'll also have some tips for air travelers.
News 7 at noon is next.
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As millions of people prepare to take to the roads this week, law enforcement has this reminder-- buckling up your children is the law.
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More than seven-thousand law enforcement agencies across the U-S are cracking down on people who don't follow child-safety and seat-belt laws.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say highway deaths are the number one killer of children.
Just like the highways, the airports will also be filled this week with folks heading to see relatives.
Everywhere, the rush to the runways has already started and that means some adjustments for holiday travelers.
Ken (Body) Boddie reports.
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A historic day for President Clinton.
Today he made the first ever visit by a U-S President to Bulgaria.
Mr. Clinton laid a wreath at a World War I Memorial, and thanked Bulgaria for its support during the Kosovo campaign.
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President Clinton will be in Kosovo tomorrow for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with American troops.
He'll also urge Albanians and Serbs to put aside their bitterness.
Churches throughout the Holy Land have shut their doors today in protest.. a move that is increasing tensions between Christians and Muslims.
Jesse Schulman explains.
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Christians following in the footsteps of Jesus found the churches of the Holy Land barred shut today. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth... some the most important shrines of Christianity were closed in a two-day protest.
MOS SOT/tourist (no ID): I'm very very disappointed.
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The reason - church elders are angry that in Jesus's home town of Nazareth, local Muslims have been given permission to build a mosque, just next door to the town's cathedral. Israeli officials agreed to the mosque,
after a two-year Islamic pray-in on the disputed site - and an outbreak of Muslim-Christian violence in the town this past Easter. The Israeli government has tried to cool passions - any hint of conflict could dash
hopes for a Millennium tourism boom.
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But Israel's efforts have thus far left the Jewish state caught in the verbal cross-fire between Muslims and Christians... and the visiting faithful, praying before closed church doors.
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The Vatican is also unhappy about the Nazareth mosque, church officials threatened the Pope might cancel his planned Millennium trip to the Holy Land in protest - but just last week the Vatican announced Pope's
pilgrimage will go ahead - whether he visits Nazareth, is still an open question. Jesse Schulman, CBS News, Tel Aviv.))
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Hundreds of thousands are without power in Tokyo today.
Find out why when News-7 at noon returns.
And after ten days underground, seven trapped cavers are rescued.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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After ten days of searching, rescue workers in southwestern France have found seven trapped cave explorers.
They'd been under 330 feet of earth since November 11th.
Heavy rains forced them to take refuge in an underground chamber.
They got stuck as the water level rose, blocking the exit.
They're reported to be in good condition.
The first explorer to come out smiled and walked on his own as people gathered to applaud him.
Much of Tokyo's transportation and power supply was crippled by a massive power cut today.
It was caused by the crash of a small military plane into a powerline.
The plane's two crew members were killed.
Some 800 thousand homes were affected by the power outage.
Around 500 traffic lights went dead and train services on several lines were temporarily halted.
It also affected bank A-T-M'S and temporarily stopped trading on the Tokyo Stock exchange.
Democratic Delegate Barnie Day of Patrick
County says he has no plans to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2001.
A state Democratic party official says Day has been mentioned as a possible candidate for statewide office, but added he's only one of the potential candidates on a list that's sure to grow.
Day says any talk of a run is premature and he has no plans beyond serving in the next session of the General Assembly.
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He stepped down a little more than a week ago amid a special grand jury investigation of the police department.
Now former Vinton Police Chief Ricky Foutz is speaking out.
As Joy Sutton reports.
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Ricky Foutz says the letters and phone calls have been pouring in-- since he announced he was taking early retirement in the midst of special grand jury investigation.
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And Foutz says that kind of support means a lot to him -- especially since he believes he hasn't done anything criminal.
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Foutz says he was given few options other than to retire -- saying, at this point, he hasn't even been briefed on all of the allegations.
Vinton Town Council convinced Foutz and Lieutenant William Brown Junior, to quit -- and that has upset many town residents -- who made their views known at the last town council meeting .
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Some town residents have even protested outside town hall -- saying they want Foutz back in office.
But Foutz says even if it is proven he has done nothing wrong -- it would be almost impossible for him to return to the Vinton Police Department.
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In fact, Foutz says he will NOT be looking for a job in law enforcement.
As far as the investigation, officials say it may be next year before its complete. Joy Sutton News 7.))
One aspect of the investigation-- deals with allegations of missing evidence.
Foutz says most of it has been located.
He also acknowledges there may have been some procedural problems but says the department had been working to correct that.
A Lynchburg woman shot outside a Lynchburg restaurant on Sunday Morning is still in critical condition
It happened around two A-M at Pisces Restaurant.
36 year old Tammy Smith of Lynchburg-- was shot in the head.
She was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
37 year old Bruce Johnson, also of Lynchburg, has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
He's charged with malicious wounding.
No word on a motive.
Alcohol may have contributed to Saturday's drowning at Smith Mountain Lake.
27 year old Scott Allen Carr of Roanoke drowned while fishing with a friend in the Glenville Creek Area of Franklin County.
Authorities say Carr fell overboard when his friend snagged a fishing lure and tipped the boat over, while trying to free the line.
Carr was underwater for about 30 minutes before dive teams found his body in 19- feet of water.
His friend was able to make it to safety.
Authorities say both men had been drinking, but they are continuing their investigation.
A Roanoke County accident sent two people to the hospital last night.
It happened when the driver of this car swerved to miss a deer on Back Creek Circle in Roanoke County.
The driver ended up hitting a ditch and flipping the car on its side.
The passenger was thrown through the windshield but was not seriously hurt.
Both were taken Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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Roanoke is getting smaller-- that's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at noon.
And The Santa Train Express rolls again.
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Roanoke is shrinking.
The latest census numbers show that Roanoke lost population over the past decade while several counties around it saw double-digit growth.
The big gainers were Bedford, Botetourt and Franklin counties.
The population grew only two percent in Roanoke County.
But the city's population has dropped by more than three-thousand since the 1990 census.
That put it at just over 93-thousand.
A decades old tradition rolled through parts of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, bringing smiles and holiday cheer to residents of one of the poorest parts of the nation.
Winding it's way down the Clinchfield railroad this weekend, the "Santa Train Express" brought tens of thousands of toys to children of Appalachia.
The Santa train passed through small towns like (Hay-sigh) Haysi, and Elkhorn City, in Kentucky, and ended up in Kingsport, Tennessee handing out presents to those less fortunate.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 25 points.
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Still to come in sports, Bobby Labonte wins the NAPA 500 in Atlanta,
and the Redskins return to their winning ways and return to the top of the N-F-C East with a victory over the Giants.
Patrick has the highlights, next.
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Bobby Labonte took home the checkered flag winning the NAPA 500 yesterday.
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Points champion Dale Jarrett was running strong chasing down Mark Martin to take over the second spot with 249 laps to go.
Rick Rudd, hoping to continue his consecutive win streak and Steve Park, who led 35 laps early, battle for the second spot.
Jeff Gordon heads to the pits with engine problems. He went to the garage area and didn't return to the race.
Then Michael Waltrip apparently blew an engine, ran through the oil, and hit the wall. The wreck collected Terry Labonte and Rick Mast.
Waltrip had to be cut out of the car. He was treated at the infield care center, then transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
Jarrett's pit crew huddled for a little prayer as Jarrett was running third.
But he was not able to catch Labonte as he takes the checkered flag winning the NAPA 500 for his fifth win of the season.
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Jarrett was second, Jeremy Mayfield third, Mark Martin fourth and Jeff Burton was fifth.
The Washington Redskins are back on top of the N-F-C East.
Stephen Davis rushed for a career high 183 yards and one touchdown as the Skins beat the Giants 23 to 13.
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The Hogs were out in Landover.
Davis put the Redskins up in the first quarter when he scored his 15-th rushing T-D of the season on the 1 yard run. Washington led 7 to nothing.
Field goals kept it close, and when Charles Way bulled his way into the end zone from the one, the score was 20 to 13 Washington in the fourth quarter.
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Brett Conway, who missed two earlier, booted this 38 yard field goal in the fourth and the Redskins hold on for the 23 to 13 win.
That win, coupled with the Cardinals 13 to 9 win over Dallas, puts the Skins on top of the N-F-C East at 6 and 4.
Steve Beuerlein's 199 yards passing and two touchdowns led Carolina to a 31 to 17 win over the Cleveland Browns.
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The Browns still haven't won at home since returning to the N-F-L.
The bulk of the scoring startred in the second quarter. Tim Floyd takes it in from the one yard line to make it 10 to 3 Carolina.
Still in the second, Beuerlein goes to the air and hits Wesley Walls on the 8 yard touchdown pass play and the Panthers led 17 to 3 at the half.
Beuerlein hooked up with Brian Kinchen on this one yarder in the third and the Panthers win the game 31 to 17.
On to the court, the Virginia Cavaliers routed state rival V-M-I 98 to 57 in Charlottesville last night.
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The fans came out in full force to U-Hall for the state match up.
Virginia gets the jump in the first half. Donald Hand swings the ball to Keith Friel who shoots the three drawing the foul for the 4 point play. U-V-A led 23 to 13.
Midway through the first half, the Keydets break the press as Andre Quarles finds Richard Bruce open on the wing for the three pointer. It's 27 to 16 U-V-A.
Later in the half, Friel brings it up court passing to Hand who touch passes it to Adam Hall for the jam to make it 35 to 18 Virginia.
Adam Hall gets the steal and throws the pass to Hand who hits Stephane (Stef-fon) Dondon for the easy layup and the Cavaliers rout the Keydets 98 to 57.