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A Roanoke woman is recovering from a morning house fire.
We'll show you what firefighters found when they arrived.
Plus, a rescue crew reaches a sunken Russian sub but the effort is in vain.
A batch of thunderstorms rolled through our area this morning and more are expected for this afternoon. Your weather forecast is coming up.
News 7 at noon is next.
Neighbors come to the rescue of a woman in a burning home this morning.
Fire swept through the house in Southwest Roanoke... The woman inside the home has been taken to the hospital.
It happened in the 500 block of Marshall Avenue.
Smoke was coming from the windows of the building when firefighters got there.
It took them about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Neighbors helped rescue the woman who was inside at the time.
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[IN Q=I looked over that way]
((ROBERT SHELTON: I LOOKED OVER THAT WAY AND SAW FLAMES SHOOTING UP FROM THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT AND THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT ABOUT WSA GETTING HER BECAUSE I DIDN'T SEE HER OUTSIDE. SO, I WENT IN THE HOUSE LOOKING FOR HER.))
[OUT Q=looking for her.]
Another man found her in the kitchen at the back of the house.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Community Hospital.
Officials don't know yet what started the fire.
The line of thunderstorms that rolled through the Roanoke Valley this morning touched off a house fire in the Glenvar (GLENN-ver) area.
Lightning struck the roof of a stone house on West Main Street.
The owner, stone mason David Wygal (WHY-guhl), was getting ready to leave for work when he realized the roof was on fire.
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((IT WAS A LIGHTENING STORM. I WAS PUTTING MY SHOES ON IN THE GARAGE. AND I LOOKED OUT IN THE WINDOW OF THE GARAGE DOOR, AND I SAW THE FIRE FALLING DOWN. SO I WENT OUTSIDE AND TOOK THE WATER HOSE AND STEP LADDER AND STARTED FIGHTING THE FIRE. AND THEN I WENT IN AND CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THEN WENT BACK OUT AND FOUGHT THE FIRE AND PUT IT OUT.))
[SUPER=01-David Wygal/Homeowner & Firefighter]
[OUT Q=put it out.]
He says the fire was "going pretty good" for a bit. If it had happened ten minutes later, Wygal said, it could have been really serious. He'd have already left for work, with his wife asleep in the back of the house.
The National Bank of Blacksburg plans to expand.
The bank's holding company is buying six AmSouth branch offices in western Virginia.
The purchase includes banks in Dublin, Pulaski, Radford and Wytheville.
The deal is valued at about 95 million dollars, and will have to get government approval.
The threat of a strike has been called off for a third time at Celanese.
Company and union officials worked well into this morning to reach a tentative new 3-year contract deal.
Union negotiators approved it unanimously.
The deal does NOT address mandatory overtime at the Giles County plant, but workers say it includes increases to wages, pension and a large ratification bonus.
The more than one-thousand union members will vote on the deal Thursday and Friday of next week.
This will be the third contract they've considered since their last one expired in June.
The lines of communication are still open between union negotiators and Verizon.
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The union negotiators threatened to walk out at midnight unless significant progress was made.
The decision to continue talking came a few hours after the company said it had ``fine-tuned'' its contract proposal.
A spokesman for the Communications Workers of America says the two sides have made headway on resolving key union concerns.
They include mandatory overtime and moving work to areas where labor is cheaper.
Norfolk Southern is attempting to buyout 164 non-union employees.
The company has offered to buyout management personnel in mechanical divisions across Virginia, including some in Roanoke's locomotive shops.
Those who accept the buyout will receive a severance pay based on years of service, health benefits for a period of time, and job placement assistance.
Norfolk Southern laid off more than 200 Union workers last week at the East End Carshops.
Even as time runs out for more than 100-sailors trapped in a sunken Russian submarine, the country's president is defending his response to the crisis.
Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) has been widely criticized for staying on vacation during the 7-day ordeal.
Putin is quoted as saying he didn't fly to the rescue site because having ``non-specialists and high-ranking officials'' at the scene of a disaster does not help, but usually interferes."
Attempts to rescue the sailors continue, but hope is fading.
For the first time this morning a rescue craft reached an escape hatch on the
crippled sub, but couldn't latch onto to the vessel because of extensive damage.
Islanders off the coast of Japan are keeping a wary eye on a temperamental volcano.
[SUPER=03-Miyakejima Island, Japan;]
Mount Oyama sits at the center of the island of Miyakejima, south of Tokyo.
An eruption today is the fifth in about a month.
The mountain belched smoke as three strong earthquakes shook the region.
Since late June, the island and others in the area have been rocked by tens of thousands of quakes.
Injuries and damages have been light.
While no evacuation orders have been given, the Japanese government is warning residents to stay away from the volcano and expect falling ash.
The race for the White House is officially underway.
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After a rousing finale at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Al Gore and running mate, Joseph Leiberman are rallying in Wisconsin.
There they'll board the riverboat the "Mark Twain" for a four day campaign trip down the Mississippi River.
Wisconsin Democrats say the trip shows Gore is serious about the Midwest.
[INQ-Getting the right...]
((Getting the right kind of policies... resistance that's out there.))
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[OUT Q-resistance that's out there.]
Meantime, George W. Bush is returning to the campaign trail.
The Republican vacationed during the Democratic National convention.
Bush plans to travel to Tennessee, All Gore's home state.
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Two long time Middle Eastern enemies are once again talking about talking.
Israelis and Palestinians have re-opened high-level negotiations about a possible new summit.
The talks come three weeks after a summit at Camp David that collapsed primarily over Jerusalem.
Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat had demanded sovereignty over the eastern portion of the city.
Both government say there won't be another summit unless it's clear both sides are close to an agreement.
Meantime, U-S envoy Dennis Ross is due to arrive in the region
The Roanoke Rescue Mission wants to expand by building a residential and recovery unit for women and children.
But some Southeast residents are unhappy with the proposal.
They say the plan will tear down houses and change the landscape.
Kate Weidaw was at a community meeting last night where three options for the plan were presented.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Walker/Lives on 4th Street; :17 ]
[SUPER=01-Christine Proffitt/Southeast Resident; :38]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 29; :45]
[SUPER=01-David Diaz/City Planner; 1:06]
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((KAREN WALKER: YOU WILL HAVE TO MOVE BY SEPTEMBER OF 2000.))
Karen Walker is being forced to move from the home she has leased for the past two and a half years. In fact the landlord has decided not to renew any of the leases on these five homes on fourth street.
((KAREN WALKER: I KNEW THE LAND LORD EVENTUALLY WANTED TO TEAR THE HOUSES DOWN SO HE COULD SELL THEM, BUT I WAS HOPING IT WOULD BE A LITTLE LONGER.))
The land these homes occupy is part of the Mission's expansion blueprint for a recovery unit for women and children. A point of frustration for residents not wanting to see these homes torn down.
((CHRISTINE PROFFITT: THAT'S PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD STRUCTURE AND I JUST FEEL IT'S PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND PEOPLE SHOULD STAY THEY ARE DISPLACING RESIDENTS.))
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Last month the Mission gave walking tours to residents to show them how the recovery unit would affect the community. Input from the tours led to three plans, all would include tearing down homes and changing the landscape.
It's not just the loss of homes that bothers many residents, they don't want the extra problems, like litter, caused by residents in the Mission.
((DAVID DIAZ/CITY PLANNER: THE RESCUE MISSION HAS OFFERED AN OFFICE FOR A POTENTIAL POLICE STATION THAT CAN MONITOR SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT GO ON IN THIS AREA THAT PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE ANYTHING IS BUILT. THE MISSION IS STILL WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO DECIDE ON THE BEST PLAN. ONCE THAT'S DECIDED IT STILL HAS TO GO BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
An elderly Wythe County man who was trapped under his outhouse for several days plans to move to into an assisted living home.
75-year-old Coolidge Wine-sett is in good shape now.
He spent three days trapped beneath his outhouse after falling five feet through the rotted floor Saturday.
Winesett had declined free indoor plumbing -- available through Virginia's Water Project.
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((COOLIDGE WINESETT: I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING LOOSE. I SHOULD'VE KNOWN BUILT IN 1950. IT WAS GETTING OLD. MY FAULT. I SHOULD'VE KNOWN.))
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((MAXINE WALLER/VIRGINIA WATER PROGRAM: PRIDE STANDS IN PEOPLE'S WAYS PLUS THAT YOU DON'T SEE THE NEED FOR IT. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE TO GO OUTSIDE TO THE PRIVY. UNTIL YOU HAVE A CRISIS, THEN YOU'RE OK. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE OLDER PEOPLE NEED TO PREPARE FOR.))
[SUPER=07-Coolidge Winesett; :00]
[SUPER=01-Maxine Waller/Virginia Water Program; :12]
[OUT Q=to prepare for.]
Virginia ranks second in the nation for the number of homes without indoor plumbing.
Nearly 5 percent of the state's rural households are without it.
Winesett says that after his experience, he's moving to an assisted living home.
Bluegrass musician Mark Newton has recorded more than 20 albums since the 70s... as a member of groups such as the Knoxville Grass, and the Virginia Squires.
But it's his second solo project that's attracting plenty of attention this summer.
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Joe Dashiell is with us this afternoon to introduce us to Newton, his latest recording project and some other fine musicians.
[Live=Joe Full/in Small Studio]
Shannon, Mark Newton's latest project is "Follow Me Back to the Fold," a tribute to women in Bluegrass. Mark and his band are with us this afternoon, as well as Rhonda Vincent, a superb bluegrass musician , and one of the women who joined Mark on this project. They're both appearing tonight at the Farmer Auction Center in Radford... Thanks for stopping by.
(1. Mark, what were you trying to accomplish with this project?)
(1a. "Follow Me Back to the Fold" is a reference to southwest Virginia, isn't it?)
(2. Rhonda, did Mark have to twist your arm to be a part of this?)
`We'd certainly like to hear one of the songs... Mark Newton and Rhonda Vincent.
((NEWTON & BAND PLAY SONG))
The music of Mark Newton and Rhonda Vincent, just a taste of what their fans will hear tonight at the Farmer Auction Center in Radford.
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Tickets are still available... and you can find out all the particulars by calling the auction center at 540 639- 0939.
So Shannon, if you're a fan of bluegrass, Radford is the place to be tonight.[Double Boxes=Shannon ANCHOR/ Joe SMALL STUDIO]