Today on News 7, searchers look for bodies as investigators try to find out what caused last night's plane crash in Nova Scotia.
and Salem police make another arrest in the Willow River arsons.
The clouds from Earl certainly moved in quickly today but the rain is having trouble making its way here. Show you why in a moment.
The governor has a plan to provide better care to patients at one state mental health hospital.
And the controversial new morning after pill will NOT be available at some local pharmacies.
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Luggage and other belongings are pulled from the sea-
as the greuling search for victims continues off Nova Scotia.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Divers are searching the cold Atlantic waters off the coast for victims of last nights Swiss Air Crash-
All 229 people aboard were killed in the crash including 137 Americans.
Manuel Gallegus has the latest.
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A second boy has been charged with arson at the Willow River apartment complex.
Salem police say a 15-year-old broke into an apartment and started this fire on July 28th.
It was the first in a series of fires that terrorized people who live at Willow River.
Police say the teenager is still living at the complex with his family.
A 10-year-old boy is accused of one of the other fires.
He is waiting for his court date later this month.
He is reportedly living with his grandmother in Tazewell.
State police are still investigating the seventh--and most destructive-- fire.
A Bedford County couple who lost their daughter to suicide hopes a new state law will prevent other parents from suffering through a similar tragedy.
In 1995, Lisa Renee Hall had told friends at Staunton River Middle School that she was feeling suicidal.
Her friends notified school officials, who never called Lisa's parents.
Lisa ended up killing herself a few days later.
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The Halls have enlisted the help of state senator Steve Newman to get a bill passed that would require school personnel to notify parents if their child reports feeling suicidal.
Newman has drafted three pieces of legislation to address the problem.
He says the bills already have widespread bipartisan support.
A Danville man has been sentenced for murdering a man he found hiding in his estranged wife's shower.
Laquan Stone received 33-years in jail for killing Alvin Averette in April.
A jury convicted Stone in July of first degree murder-- defense lawyers were hoping they would return a manslaughter conviction.
The victim was a friend of Stone's wife-- who apparently hid in the shower in fear of Stone's jealousy.
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Still to come on the newscast, a local resident blows the whistle on some alleged scam artists,
and from Blacksburg, we'll see what Virginia Tech is doing to make sure fans obey the stadiums no alcohol policy.
On Health Check, we'll hear from a pharmacist who says the new Morning After form of emergency birth control is morally wrong.
and Patrick Evans is standing by with advice on how to get water to your parched garden.
Many people are heading to Virginia Tech for the first game of the season. Virginia Tech does NOT allow fans to bring alcohol into the stands, during football games.
It's a policy that will be enforced more than ever.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from Lane Stadium where the Hokies will welcome East Carolina, this Saturday.
Jean, the first home game of the season is almost always a sell out for Virginia Tech.
This year is NO different-- except you'll probably detect even more officers than ever monitoring the crowd.
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Virginia Tech police chief Mike Jones relies on police officers from surrounding jurisdictions to maintain order.
This year, he expects to bring in anywhere from 150- to 200 officers.
The officers help with traffic and gate checks as well as enforce the college's policy of NO alcohol in the stands or in the parking lot.
It's a tough job considering students can get creative when it comes to concealing alcohol.
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((MIKE JONES/VIRGINIA TECH POLICE CHIEF: WE REALLY RATCHETED IT UP IN 1994, WHEN SOME OF THE FAN BEHAVIOR BECAME UNACCEPTABLE.))
Jones says this year there IS a sense of added pressure.
It comes from the Attorney general, who's encouraging universities to curtail student binge drinking.
But Jones says he doesn't think the school needs to change much in terms of how it conducts itself-- except there will probably be ever more officers on hand.
He says Tech is actually a role model for other schools.
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Jones says ABC officials are also pleased with the way the university handles security during games.
Two men were arrested in Roanoke this morning after a city resident complained he was the victim of a paving scam.
The two arrested this morning both had prior records for similar offenses.
One's from North Carolina. He was held without bond.
The other lives in Virginia Beach. His bond was set at 10-thousand dollars.
The pair showed up at James Blackburn's house around five last night... offering a deal on asphalt left over from another job.
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((I SAID WELL SOMETHING AIN'T RIGHT HERE. YOU DON'T GET NO BILL OF SALE. YOU DON'T SIGN NOTHING. YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. NOTHING ON THE TRUCK. I SAID, "WE'VE BEEN SCAMMED THEY AIN'T GETTING A DIME."))
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They put down about 40-feet of black top- -about one inch thick... and tried to collect 14-hundred dollars for the job.
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Habitat for Humanity began a campaign to win back its good name today.
The group is getting ready to build another housing development in Roanoke.
And this time, Habitat wants to do it right.
The group hopes to build three new homes in the Villa Heights neighborhood.
It's a small development.
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But Habitat wants to avoid the public outcry that was sparked by the Westview Terrace project.
People who live in that neighborhood said they were not notified before Habitat started building a cluster of new homes.
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This time, Habitat is scheduling a meeting with Villa Heights residents.
The group ran an ad in today's Roanoke Tribune...hoping lots of people will give their input on this project.
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((PATRICIA SMITH/VILLA HEIGHTS CRIME PREVENTION GROUP: WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ALLOWING THEM A FORMAT TO COME TO A MEETING AND GET INFORMATION AND ASK QUESTIONS AND GET ANSWERS PERTAINING TO THE HABITAT PROJECT.))
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The meeting is scheduled for next Thursday.
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If this dry summer has been bad on your garden, stay tuned Patrick Evans is standing by with some help.
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Despite Tropical Storms creeping along the coastal Carolinas, we are still relatively rain-free, and the dry conditions are creating serious problems in the agricultural community.
Patrick Evans joins us from Lowe's, where he is exploring options to alleviate dry conditions, and we're dealing with more than your average sprinkler, right Patrick?
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Coming up on Sports, the Wood Brothers sign a new driver for their Nascar team. Mike Stevens will let us know who it is in today's Sportsticker.
Coming up next on health check --
The controversy surrounding the morning after pill is increasing after yesterday's governmental approval of it's sale.
Critics of emergency contraceptives say the pregnancy prevention method is morally wrong.
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((LARRY LEWIS/PHARMACIST: IF YOU HAVE A PRODUCT THAT PREVENTS IMPLANTATION YOU HAVE A LIFE THAT HAS DEVELOPED FOR SEVEN DAYS AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT CAN'T IMPLANT IN THE UTERUS, SO THAT LIFE IS DESTROYED.))
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The new Morning after pills go on the market by the end of the month, but you won't be able to get them everywhere.
At least one local pharmacist is choosing not to carry the controversial Preven Emergency Contraception kits.
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Larry Lewis says it is against his and his family's religious beliefs to sell emergency contraception.
He has asked we not reveal the pharmacy where he works, because it is not a company policy, just his individual attitude.
Lewis says yesterday's government approval for the marketing of the morning after pill is an indication of medical research outweighing ethics.
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By medical definition the emergency contraception is not an abortion.
It doesn't remove the fetus from the uterus, it prevents implantation of the egg to the uterus.
Since fertilization may have taken place, opponents of the pill say it is destroying a life.
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Governor Jim Gilmore has ordered the state to improve conditions at the Western State Hospital in Staunton.
Gilmore has told the Department of Mental Health he wants to see improvement in the hospital's conditions, policies and practices.
The plan is to cut the number of patients by one hundred while adding 41 new staff positions.
The Governor intends to seek almost seven and a-half million dollars in additional funding for the hospital.
Two patients at Western State have died in recent years.
Maura Patten died last July after the hospital failed to treat her respiratory problems.
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In sports, the Cavaliers are in Auburn for tonight's season kickoff.
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Tonight at 8, the Virginia Cavaliers open the 1998 season against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Alabama.
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The Tigers defeated the cavaliers 28-7 in last year's opener for both teams. Auburn's 3-4 defense flies around the ball and takes chances. The unit hurt UVa last year on it's way to recording 34 sacks a season ago.
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Play maker and Tiger receiver Karsten Bailey is back for his senior season. He burned the cavs for two touchdowns that went for over 50 yards each last year. Auburn is replacing the versatile Dameyune Craig with an unproven quarterback. Ben Leard, who has thrown only two college passes in a game. will start tonight.
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And don't forget this weekend you can catch the West Virginia Mountaineers hosting number one ranked Ohio State right here on Your Hometown Station at eight Saturday night.
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And Sunday marks the NFL's return to CBS and Your Hometown Station.
The NFL Today begins at Noon, followed by the Steelers and the Ravens at one, and the Jets and 49ers at four right here WDBJ-7.
The Wood Brothers have decided to stay in state and take a chance with one of NASCAR's up and coming stars to lead them into the future.
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News 7 Sports confirmed today that the Stuart based racing team has signed Elliott Sadler to a four deal to drive the Citgo Ford starting next season.
The 23 year old Emporia native who attended JMU and won the Late Model track championship at South Boston in 1995, has four career wins on the Busch series in 68 tries.
Len Wood says Sadler could make his debut at the season ending race in Japan. Citgo will remain the team's sponsor.
The football-lightning connection is up top at six.
Take care everybody.
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Virginia's contender for the Miss America crown attracted a crowd this morning at the Roanoke airport.
Nicole Johnson, Miss Virginia, crossed her fingers before boarding a plane this morning.
She is on her way to the Miss America pageant.
First she will meet 49 other at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Johnson wants to take her fight against diabetes to a national platform.
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((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS VIRGINIA:I'VE HAD DIABETES FOR FIVE YEARS. I CAUGHT IT WHEN I WAS NINETEEN YEARS OLD AND IT WAS A RESULT OF THE FLU. SO IT'S AN OBSTACLE THAT I'VE HAD TO TRY TO OVERCOME, TO ACCEPT IN MY OWN LIFE AND THAT'S ACTUALLY MY MISSION AS MISS VIRGINIA TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY DIABETICS, MAYBE TURN THEIR LIFE AROUND.))
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