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Today on News 7, divers confirm the worst for a sunken russian submarine,
and thousands of Verizon employees leave the picket line to return to work. But that's not case locally.
Some clouds hanging around but another cool evening in store for your hometown forecast. Details just ahead.
Coming up in Sports, one of the biggest names in sports may be traded,
also we'll see how a new program is sparing the lives of some pets at the animal shelter.
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Norwegian Divers open a hatch on the Kursk Submarine... confirming no one on board can be alive.
The Russians are beginning plans to salvage what's left of the Kursk- now that they've confirmed no one on board could still be alive.
Today divers opened the hatch.. to what is supposed to be an air-tight emergency area-
That area was filled with water.
Drew Levinson reports.
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Finally the Russians confirmed what most had expected...the 118 crewmen
on board the sunken submarine Kursk were dead.
The official word came after Norwegian divers opened the hatches on the
Nuclear submarine and discovered it was flooded.
"SO ONE OF YOU WITH THE HAND ON THE VALVE......."
The grim discovery came Nine days after the Kursk sank 350 feet to the bottom of the Barents Sea.
Though no divers went inside the Hull a Norwegian spokesman say he believes there is no chance of finding any survivors.
Russian officials still have given no explanation as to what happened-one explanation is that the sub collided with another vessel.
The more widely held reason is that there was one, possibly two explosions on board.
In the Northern Port city of Murmansk, where the Kursk is based most people had lost hope days ago that any survivors would be found....still
the official word was not easy to take.
Many of these people are angry with the Russian government because it waited four days before asking for help from other countries.))
A freak accident in South Carolina this morning- nine Amtrak train cars derailed.
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Forty people were hospitalized as a result of the accident- although none of the injuuries appears serious.
The Silver Meteor Passenger train was on its way from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida-
Police say a street sweeper bent the tracks about fifteen minutes before the train passed through- that caused several cars to come off the tracks.
Federal investigators are heading ot the scene-
There were 218 passengers and 15 crew aboard the Silver Meteor.
Virginia's tax cuts remain on schedule -- just barely.
Governor Jim Gilmore delivered the news to the money committees of the General Assembly today.
The fiscal year ended in June one-tenth of one percent ahead of budget forecast-- which means the tax on cars and trucks is on schedule for 70-percent phase-out next year -- and total elimination in 2002.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BUT THE EXACTNESS OF THE REVENUE ESTIMATE MEANS THAT THE FOOD TAX IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY TRIGGERED. NEVERTHELESS, I WILL KEEP MY PROMISE TO ELIMINATE THE STATE'S SHARE OF THE SALES TAX ON FOOD. ))
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Finance Secretary Ron Tillett says next year's revenue increase is projected to be half what it is this year.
It's part of an expected downturn in the economy that is beginning this year.
50 thousand striking Verizon workers went back to work today, but thousands in Virginia are still on strike.
Workers in New England and New York settled on a new three-year contract yesterday.
While the issues are the same for all the unions, members here say they have not gained enough ground on mandatory overtime and stress in the workplace.
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((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL UNION PRESIDENT: WE HAVE A BARGAINING COMMITTEE THAT SEES FIT THAT IT'S NECESSARY TO DIG IN DEEPER AND TRY TO ATTAIN THOSE ISSUES. THAT'S WHY WE'RE STILL HERE, STILL TRYING TO GET A FAIR SETTLEMENT FOR OUR FOLKS.))
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Company managers say they are hopeful that a new contract agreement will be reached soon.
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((MIKE RIELEY/AREA MANAGER: THEY'RE STILL TALKING. SO AS LONG AS THEY ARE AT THE BARGAINING TABLES, THERE IS ALWAYS THE HOPE THAT WE'RE GOING TO REACH AN AGREEMENT. WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE ONE OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. SO WE HOPE WE HAVE ONE SOON.))
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Talks will continue in Washington until a new labor agreement is reached.
Meanwhile 35 thousand workers still remain out in the mid-Atlantic region.
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Actress Ann Heche ends up in the hospital under mysterious circumstances. We'll have the details next,
and we'll see if a Washington summit can figure out what has travelers flying off the handle at the nation's airlines.
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Today students in Botetourt County learned what eight million dollars can buy,
as the new Greenfield Elementary School opened for the first time.
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((NAT SOT: YOU ALL WERE WONDERING WHO YOUR TEACHER WOULD BE AND WHAT SHE'D BE LIKE.))
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Charging into the next grade can be scary enough, but every child at Greenfield Elementary left friends at other schools to learn here.
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((PAHL PAPPAS/STUDENT: IT'S REALLY FUN. THEY HAVE A NEAT CONVEYOR BELT AT LUNCHTIME WHERE YOU PUT THE DISHES ON AND IT GOES IN. IT'S GOING TO BE SO NEAT. WE HAVE AN AMPITHEATER OUTSIDE, NOT UNDER A ROOF. IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY COOL.))
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At Greenfield, classrooms are different colors depending on the grade, and the gym is big enough for a pro basketball game.
Kids get to pick their mascot and school slogan, but there's a tradeoff:
The school lacks the money to buy a full library collection, and some desks still haven't arrived.
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((SANDRA THOMAS/PRINCIPAL: WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR WINDOWSILLS BUT THAT'S PRETYT MUCH COSMETIC. WE'RE STILL DOING LANDSCAPING BUT WE'LL STILL HAVE PLACES TO PLAY, HARDTOP AREAS AND OUR BEAUTIFUL GYM.))
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Tonight on News7 at Six, we will take a full tour of Greenfield Elementary School.
A summer of delays at American airports was the subject of a summit in Washington today. But as Lee Cowan reports, it's unclear exactly what the transportation secretary could resolve in a sixty minute meeting.
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(( Stung by the worst summer on record for airline delays--and
"The whole summer has been a horror story."
---the Transportation Department summoned experts to Washington--Airline
CEO's, Labor Unions and government officials -- brought here with a
danting task: stop finger pointing and fix the problem.
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But they do agree on one thing: the airline industry is a victim of
its own success.
Since it was deregulated in 1978 --- the number of air passengers
has nearly doubled. Fares have gone down -- flights have gone up -- and
there simply isn't any more room in a system that could be handling as
many as 1 billion passengers a year by 2010.
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"Too many people, too many airplanes, not enough airports. It's that
And few passengers want more runways put in their back yard -- part
of the reason Denver has been the only city to build a NEW airport in
the last decade.
But there are other growing pains such as antiquated air traffic
control equipment -- impossible schedules set by the airlines -- and an
a shortage of alternatives to deal with bad weather.
Too much, critics charge, to deal with in one meeting that was
shorter than most passenger delays.
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"What we need here is a Manhatten style project or a shot to the moon
kind of project, to try to get everyone together to try to correct this
And after a summer full of delays-- few have the patience to wait
for solutions. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.
Actress Anne (Haysch) Heche lands in a California hostpital- just hours after her breakup with Ellen DeGeneres became public.
Fresno authorities say Heche wandered up to the front door of a home appearing shaken and confused Saturday.
The spokesman says Heche knocked on the door and began making strange statements to the people who live there.
Authorities were called and they took Heche to the hospital. No one would say if Heche was on drugs at the time, but there was no criminal investigation.
A local T-V station reports Heche has been released from the hospital.
The 31- year-old Heche and 34-year-old DeGeneres announced their break-up this weekend, ending a three and a-half year relationship.
In a matter of days, three presidential heads are expected to take up residence in Buena Vista.
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The developer of a theme park has agreed to store three of his giant concrete statues in Maury Park.
A giant bust of Abraham Lincoln and two smaller busts of William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor will be temporarily displayed.
The owner of the giant heads wants to develop a 17- million dollar outdoor attraction called "President's Park" near Williamsburg but is currently in legal battle with York County.
So-- the arrangement is not permenant.
Even though they're are a lot of students who are upset now that school is back in session, coming up next, we'll meet some who are literally jumping for joy.
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The first day back to school promises more than just studying and new teachers for returning students.
It's also time to hit the fields and get ready for the new sports seasons.
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Jacey Birch is live at William Byrd High School to tell us about the athletes that 'cheer' the other athletes on.
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Coming up today in Sports, one of the biggest names in the N-B-A is about to be traded. Mike Stevens will have the details,
And on health check, forget the saying you can't teach an old dog, new tricks. A new study says that learning is the key to successful aging.
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Today on Health check, we have part two of our series on aging. The stereotype of grandma and grandpa rocking away their declining years on the front porch is changing. A new study says today's senior citizens are still out there active and learning. Dr. Steve Brody explains.
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Walt Cole isnt your typical teenage drummer. Hes 90 years
old, and hes still learning.
SOT: I just picked it up and started playing.
His wife Mary, 91, is also an avid learner. Now a well
respected artist, she didnt start painting until she was almost 50.
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SOT: I didnt think I had any particular talent. I had a lot of
appreciation, but I also had a big ambition to travel, and I felt that
there were a lot of workshops given in foreign countries.
Learning hands-on, and on your own, is not unusual for todays
older people, according to Constance Swank, director of research at the
American Association of Retired Persons. AARP interviewed over 1000
people over 50 to see how they learned. The results?
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SOT: Older adults tell us that the way they most prefer to learn is to
get into it, to put their hands on things, to manipulate them, to try
The survey also discovered why adults
over 50 want to learn. For 93%, its to help keep up with world
events. 92% learn for spiritual or personal growth. And 91% for the
simple joy of learning.
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Stand-Up: Older adults are less interested in formal classes as well.
They prefer loosely-structured groups or workshops or teaching
themselves. And they love to learn.
SOT: And the good news is that we know from a lot of research that
staying cognitively engaged, mentally engaged, is one of the ingredients
for successful aging.
Like the success of Walt and Mary Cole. Dr. Steve Brody for CBS
Other research shows that keeping mentally active in such things as playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles can also help you stay sharper, longer.
Tomorrow we will wrap up our series on Successful Aging with a look at how religious faith can add years to your life.
Good afternoon folks - the Monday ticker is not only ticking but about to explode tonight.
There is news this afternoon from the NBA front that one of the biggest deals in recent memory could be finalized by this evening.
It's a complicated four team, 15 players deal with the biggest move sending Patrick Ewing from the Knicks to the Sonics.
The 38 year old Ewing, who has spent his entire career with New York, would head west - and the Knicks would get the Sonics Vin Baker and the Lakers Glen Rice.
Los Angeles would get the Knicks Chris Dudley and the Pistons Christian Laetttner.
ESPN reports that several other minor players and two draft picks are also involved in the deal.
Some critics say the ACC is in for a down year in football this season. But don't tell the Bowdens that. According to father Bobby at Florida State and son Tommy of Clemson the conference is in for a highly competitive year with the marquee matchup pitting father against son.
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In Florida State's closest game last year, Tommy nearly upset Bobby's Seminoles in Death Valley, but the game ended at 17-14 'Noles. Now, Tommy's Tigers are being touted as the top ACC contender to de-throne the defending national champions.
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Father and Son will square off November 4th in Tallahassee.[S5-Tech]
The Virginia Tech Hokies are now beginning their game preparation phase of preseason practice as this coming Sunday night's date with Ga. Tech draws closer.
The Hokies will kick things off with the Yellow Jackets at eight Sunday night, but Your Hometown Station will get the party started a day early.
Join us this coming Saturday night
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as News 7 Sports presents - Tech 2000 - the VICK-tory tour.
It's a preseason look at the Hokies a rare chance to see a side of Michael Vick you've never seen before as we take you inside his home and his world back in Newport News.
Jean's world continues here on News 7 at Five in just a moment.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Do you love cats but sneeze at the sight of one?
Would you like to own a dog, but don't have the space?
The Lynchburg Humane Society has the answer for you..
Now you can "adopt" a pet from the local animal shelter without actually taking it home.
By making a financial donation, donors can "sponsor" a cat or dog.. the money pays for things like a new collar or grooming.. or a much- needed medical procedure.
It all helps make the animal more marketable to a prospective family.
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((DIANE PROUT/LYNCHBURG HUMANE SOCIETY: YOU CAN INVEST AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE, IT DEFINITELY IS A LIFESAVER IF YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A HOMELESS ANIMAL, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO DO IT WITHOUT HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE THE PET HOME WITH YOU.))
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More than two dozen people have taken part in the adoption enhancement program so far.
The first surviving panda cub born in the United States is one year old today.
Hua Mei (hyoo may) celebrated with a special ice cake, but for the most part she spent the day in her usuaul fashion, sleeping, eating bamboo, and lounging in a tree.
Zoologists say the 60 pound cub has taught them a lot about the way the endangered pandas live.
People often stand in line for an hour to catch a glimpse of the
cub and her panda parents. Officials say she's attracted three million visitors to the zoo in the past year.
If you would like to watch Hua Mei live, check out our website of the day. There you can hook up with the Panda cam. Children can even send birthday wishes by e-mail.
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