Coming up today on news 7 at 5, more than a dozen people are sent to local hospitals following a school bus accident this morning,
and a popular cigarette with teenagers could be banned after it is revealed they are made by child labor.
Looking pretty wet this holiday weekend. The latest radar pictures coming up.
On Health Check, the makers of those zinc tablets that reportedly fight colds say they can't back up all their claims,
and an elderly man is in critical condition after doctors mistakenly remove his one healthy kidney.
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The day gets off to a scary start- a school bus accident in Bedford County sends 13 people to local hospitals.
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A dozen Bedford County students and their driver were injured this morning, when a bus ran off the road and hit a tree.
Tonight, four of them are still in the hospital... Joe Dashiell has more on their conditions.
Jean, most of the injuries were minor, primarily bumps and bruises... but at least one student broke a leg, and the driver underwent surgery this afternoon.
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((Bus Number Eight was on its way to Stewartsville Elementary School when the accident occurred shortly before eight o'clock this morning.
The vehicle was heading down a hill when it ran off the road and hit a tree.
Investigators say the driver apparently blacked out.
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Rescue Squads responded quickly.
According to school officials, the driver and a dozen students were taken to Roanoke hospitals.
Despite the injuries, Stewartsville residents were giving thanks that the accident wasn't much worse.
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The driver, Ferris Booth, has been charged with reckless driving... He's a veteran driver who residents say has an excellent relationship with the students on his route.
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Jean, it's unclear at this point if a medical condition may have contributed to the accident today. School officials say a physical gave Booth a clean bill of health... but according to state police Booth indicated that he has some medical problems including diabetes and high blood pressure.
They are Indian made flavored cigarettes-
They appeal to children- and now federal authorities say they're made by children too- who work ten hours a day.
Bobbi Harley has more.
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(( THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TAKING MAJOR STEPS TO SNUFF OUT A CIGARETTE
POPULAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.
THEY'RE CALLED BIDIS -- A POTENT TOBACCO WRAPPED IN A LEAF. THE
CIGARETTES ARE IMPORTED FROM INDIA -- AND COME IN FLAVORS SUCH AS
CHOCOLATE AND EVEN BUBBLE GUM.
BUT NOW U-S OFFICIALS WANT TO STOP BIDIS FROM ENTERING THIS COUNTRY.
THAT'S BECAUSE MANY OF THE CIGARETTES ARE HAND ROLLED BY CHILDREN --
CAUGHT UP IN A WORLD OF FORCED LABOR.
RAYMOND KELLY/COMMISSIONER, U.S CUSTOMS: There is a practice in India that has gone on for hundreds of years..
people incurring debts and using young children in a form of servitude to work off the debt. And that's what was happening in this case.
ALTHOUGH THE COMPANY THAT EXPORTS BIDIS DENIES USING INDENTURED CHILD
LABOR ... A REPORT THAT AIRED ON 60 MINUTES II TOLD A DIFFERENT STORY.
"These girls have to work ten hours
a day. They produce 1000 bidis each in order to make their quota"
A thousand beedis a day?
Every single day, six days
a week and they've been doing this for two years."
THE U-S CUSTOMS SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THESE
ALLEGATIONS ... IN THE HOPE OF STOPPING CHILDREN OVERSEAS FROM MAKING
BIDIS -- AND STOPPING CHILDREN HERE FROM SMOKING THEM.
IN NEW YORK, BOBBI HARLEY, CBS NEWS))
Fire broke out while a family was sleeping- this morning- killing five people.
It happened in Lynn Massachusetts, just north of Boston. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters got there.
One fire official says the victims never had a chance to get out.
One man tried to save his relatives but could not.
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((HE TRIED TO GET HIS MOTHER IN LAW OUT BUT HE COULDN'T GET HER OUT.))
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The bodies of the five were found in bedrooms. The victims are identified as a mother, son , two nephews and a girlfriend of the nephew.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Coming up in just a moment, it's tax day in the Commonwealth, but not for everybody. We'll explain.
and we'll see how commuters are doing across the country on this the busiest traveling day of the year.
Today is the busiest travel day of the year and across America, people are piling into cars, trains and planes for their Thanksgiving visits. Lisa Hughes has our report.
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(((NATS, HURRY UP!)
You can arrive early pack light and breathe deeply. But nothing makes
Thanksgiving travel any easier.
A record-breaking two-point-two million of us are traveling by air this
holiday which makes heading homea headache.
(SOT, NO SUPER, WE HAVE ABOUT THREE HOURS TO WAIT HERE, FLY THROUGH
PHILADELPHIA WITH A LAYOVER THERE AND FINALLY GET HOME AT 5-OCLOCK
(SOT, NO SUPER, I DONT ENJOY THIS PART OF IT)
At Chicagos OHare Airport, the Rockettes tried to make the wait a
little less painful.
But just try cheering someone up after this-- long-term airport lots in
Atlanta FULL by Tuesday afternoon.. In Boston and New York-morning fog
delayed dozens of flights. So many travelers opted for plan B.
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(nats-10:35:38 DING! DING! DING!)
Amtraks added enough extra cars to accommodate roughly 45-thousand
extra passengers. But even here-expect to stand in line.
(10:43:17 I COULD HAVE LEFT A WEEK AGO AND PROBABLY THE SAME THING)
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An annual test of patience.
(10:46:30 IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR. SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?)
(12:02:40 I HAVE THREE TICKETS HERE)
Its the price we pay to be with family. For most of us, its more
than worth it.
(10:48:22 FOR ME, I WOULD DO A MILLION TIMES THIS TO GET WHERE I NEEDED
TO BE WITH THEM.)
If only we didnt have to do it all again-three short days from now.
Lisa Hughes. CBS News. Washington.))
This Thanksgiving holds special meaning for a Pittsylvania County family and the seven Russian orphans the family recently adopted.
Brian and Anita Robbins say their house is full ... but it's never been happier.
That's because of the seven boys and girls they brought from a Russian orphanage to their Chatham farm about three months ago.
The kids spent two years in the orphanage after their mother died of cancer and were about to be split up for adoption.
But the couple and their two sons decided to take them in.
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((BRIAN ROBBINS: IF YOU CAN'T HEAR THEM SPEAK, I BET YOU CAN'T TELL WHICH ARE MY BIOLOGICAL ONES AND WHICH AREN'T. THEY ARE LIKE BROTHERS AND SISTER THAT HAVE BEEN TOGETHER ALL THEIR LIVES.))
((ANITA ROBBINS: AND I THINK IT'S ALSO SELFISHLY REWARDING TO ME WITH THEM JUST RUNNING UP AND SAYING MOM, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, MOM. ))
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Of course, having nine kids under one roof isn't without it's difficulties.
On News 7 at 6, we'll tell you about some of the growing pains the Robbins are going through as they head into their first Thanksgiving holiday together.
If you feel like you've been paying taxes forever, think about Virginia's Indian tribes.
Today, they made their 353rd annual tribute to Virginia's Governor.
The custom of an annual tax began in 1646, with 20 beaver pelts.
Governor Jim Gilmore proclaimed today the Day of the American Indian in the Commonwealth and thanked the chiefs of the Mattaponi (MATTA-pa-NYE) and Pamunkey people.
Up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans will speak live with Greg (Pick-a-low) Piccolo. And with a name like that, any guess on what Greg does for a living?
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Jazz fans from around the region will be treated to a pre-Thanksgiving feast of sound tonight at "The Club" on the lower level of Fiji Island.
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Patrick Evans tells us about jazz & blues artist Greg Piccolo, whose making an appearance at the Club this evening.
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Sports is coming up in a moment. Today Steve Mason will have a look at local high school basketball.
But first in today's medical news, we'll see a new device that can take much of the risk out of the surgery that prevents strokes.
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An elderly cancer patient is in critical condition after a surgeon accidentially removed his one health kidney.
The man was admitted to a hospital in the Netherlands last month to have a cancerous kidney removed. But the surgeon apparently had the X-Ray turned the wrong way.
The hosptial's director says the doctor only realized the mistake after it was too late to save the healthy kidney.
The patient has been kept under anesthesia since the operation and is being treated for a serious infection that resulted from the botched surgery. Doctors do NOT believe the patient would survive another
operation to replace the cancerous kidney.
Over 700-thousand Americans will suffer a stroke this year. It will kill about 160-thousand of them.
Surgery can lessen the risk of stroke, but it can prove dangerous as well.
But a new device can actually protect the brain while it removes blockages from the carotid artery.
Paul (Fleur-on-ghess) Fleuranges reports.
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The company that makes Cold-Eeze brand zinc lozenges is settling a lawsuit brought against it by the Federal Trade Commission.
The F-T-C says the companies made unsubstantiated claims that Cold-Eeze could prevent colds and reduce the severity of symptoms in children.
The makers of the tablets says it has scientific evidence to back up it claim that Cold-Eeze reduces symptoms in adults.
It concedes it cannot back up other claims.
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it's now time for our midweek two minute ticker.
Lets go to the basketball floor. The Heritage Lady Pioneers are attempting to carve their names into basketball history. Steve Mason explains.
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Heritage and Carroll County aren't the only local teams in action. Gretna takes on Virginia High at John Battle High School in another double A state quarterfinal match up.
Also on Saturday, Shawsville battles Thomas Walker at Lee County in a single A quarterfinal. All games are at 7pm.
Stay with us. There's still more News 7 to come.
The holidays are a traditional time to get in touch with family and friends.
Today at the Roanoke Rescue Mission US Celluar along with the HOPE program gave some homeless and less fortunate people a chance to call loved ones.
Anyone walking through the door could use a cell phone to make a long distance call for free.
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((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSTON/EX. DIR. ROANOKE RESCUE MISSION: IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE HERETO CALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO GET IN TOUCH THAT THEY HAVE LEFT IN OTHER LIVES BUT IT IS ALSO A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO RECEIVE WORD THAT THEY'RE OKAY.))
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Many folks called family they hadn't spoken to months or years.
This is the first year for the program in Roanoke.