Coming up on News 7 at Five, three people are shot to death when firefighters arrive at a house fire in Memphis.
Also the search for two women buried under the rubble of this weekend's explosion in radford gets a boost with the arrival of more heavy equipment.
Records take a tumble as the mercury shoots to around 80. Gusty winds tomorrow may push more records from the book.
Also a local school is getting some attention,
as a national magazine names it one of the best high schools in the country.
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((THERE WERE ACTUALLY SHOTS FIRED OUTSIDE THE HOUSE AND INSIDE THE HOUSE AS WELL.))
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Yet another shooting to report. This time gunfire rocks a quiet Memphis neighborhood-
This latest shooting is unusual-
Firefighters resonding to a house fire were met with much more than flames.
Gunfire erupted from the home- and when it was over, three people were dead- including at least one firefighter.
Bobbi Harley has the latest.
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((Police say it started with a 911 call.
When it was over, SIX people were shot in the shadow of a burning home
on the southeast side of Memphis.
Inspector Richard Sojourner, Memphis Police Dept.:
Police say the violence began as sheriff's deputies and firefighters arrived at this home in the Germantown section of Memphis.
A man suddenly came out of the burning building and opened fire.
When it was all over, a firefighter and a deputy were killed.
Another body, that of a woman, was discovered inside the home.
Witnesses say the suspect waved a shotgun and shouted, "get away" as
rescuers arrived on the scene.
Police later apprehended the man after they shot and wounded him.
Meanwhile the investigation continues into a bizarre incident that has left this Tennessee city in shock.
Bobbi Harley CBS News New York.))
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The search for two women at New River Castings is still underway tonight.
The two are believed buried under the wreckage from Sunday's explosion.
Today the search got a boost as heavy equipment rolled in with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms National Response Team-
Marya Jones is outside the plant with an update
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On this Wednesday the candidates are assessing Super TUESDAY-
The numbers are in, and the field narrows.
As Lee Cowan reports it's now shaping up to be two man race.
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((Just a day after landing a Super Tuesday Knockout Punch to Senator
John McCain, George W. Bush seemed itching for a fight.
GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH, R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
If people are happy with the status quo in Washington, then vote for Al
Gore. If people are happy with Al Gore and Bill Clinton, and the tone
theyve set for America, then youve got a perfect person to vote for.
What had begun as a gradual shift in the last few days, took a sharp
turn today, as the GOP frontrunner set his sites squarely on the Vice
President who had already landed a few punches of his own.
Last night Al Gore dug into Bushs tax plan, playing off recent stock market jitters to label it risky.
AL GORE, D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
We need to build on our record of prosperity, we dont need to go back to where we were 8 years ago.
The shift in tenor all but leaves out last nights losers. The first casualty of the numbers was Bill Bradley who didnt carry a SINGLE
Aids say he will likely announce tomorrow, that he is dropping out of the race and putting his support behind Al Gore.
That leaves all eyes focused on the last remaining underdog. McCain -- the man who couldn't resist a camera before did so today.
Silently making his way to his desert hideaway to consult with his staff.
He has few options either spend what little money he has left on a spat of primaries where Bush is heavily favored, or drop out of the race
Either way, he has said he will remain a Republican, and in the end,
support whoever the party deems its nominee.
COWAN: But that is going to be difficult. George W Bush has said there is plenty of time to heal the wounds left behind after a nasty campaign.
But Al Gore wants McCain supporters just as much as Bush does. How the rift is handled may determine who gets the votes. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
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President Clinton says its time for lawmakers to get serious about increasing the minimum wage. We'll have that after this break.
Plus the General Assmebly considers a so-called super drunk law that could give some drunk drivers a mandatory five days in jail.
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If you make the minimum wage, the President wants to give you a raise-
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((PRESIDENT CLINTON: THEY WORK HARD EVERY DAY. THEY STOCK OUR STORE SHELVES, WASH OUR DISHES AT THE RESTAURANT, CLEAN OUR OFFICES AT NIGHT, CARE FOR OUR KIDS DURING THE DAY. THEY'RE IN EVERY TOWN AND CITY AND COUNTY, EVERY RACIAL AND ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS GROUP. THEY HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON THE MINIMUM WAGE AND THEY NEED A RAISE.))
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Despite the President's words-he's urging Congress to vote down the Republican plan to raise the minimun wage by a dollar-
That's because the bill is tied to 123-billion dollars in tax cuts.
The House is expected to vote on the minimum wage tomorrow.
The Martinsville Salvation Army and local schools are conducting an emergency food drive to feed laid off workers.
All week long students from Henry County and Martinsville schools are bringing in the basic necessities. The Salvation Army is asking for canned meat, pasta, and toiletries.
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The food drive lasts until Friday. Anyone else wanting to donate food can contact the Salvation Army.
The House of Delegates has voted to put so-called "super drunk" drivers in jail for five days.
Current Virginia law lets judges give jail time for first drunk driving offenses, at their discretion.
The bill the House passed on an 83 to 14 vote today would mandate five days in jail for a "point two" blood alcohol level-- or more than twice the legal limit.
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65-percent of all drunk driving fatalities in Virginia in 1998 were the result of drivers with blood alcohol levels of almost twice the legal limit or higher.
Coming up a little later on the newscast, Patrick Evans will join us from the Valley View Mall where teachers are helping some young artists get off on the right foot.
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Coming up today in Health Check a proposed biomedical center in Roanoke gets a financial boost as it narrows down its list of possible locations.
and Steve Mason will join us with Hometown Hoops weekly as the basketball season gears up for the playoffs.
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Carilion is taking the first major step in getting its C-B-I Biomedical Institute built in the Roanoke Valley.
Partner universities Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia are getting two million of the 20-million dollars in funding from Carilion to begin programs.
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((DENNIS FISHER/PRES. CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE: I THINK IT WILL TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY OF THE REGION AND ON BENEFITING HEALTHCARE IN GENERAL AND I THINK IT WILL HELP STRENGTHEN OUR TWO MAJOR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS AND THEIR ABILITY TO ATTRACT FUNDING AND HEALTHCARE.))
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Biomedical Institute President Doctor Dennis Fisher says C-B-I will be located somewhere in the Roanoke Valley.
Fisher says Carilion has weeded out several possible locations.
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The two million dollars will be divided equally between U-V-A and Tech.
One million for five separate projects that apply robotic concepts for medical use at U-V-A and one million to start six projects dealing with laser surgery optics and diagnostic patches at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech beat Fordham 51-48 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 men's basketball tournament.
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Here's Steve Mason with a high school state tournament preview.
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((STEVE MASON:A COMBINED 419 TRIPLE A GIRLS, TRIPLE. DOUBLE AND SINGLE A BOYS TEAMS BEGAN THE HUNT FOR THE STATE PLAYOFFS A FEW MONTHS AGO AND ONLY SIX OF OUR HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY LOCAL TEAMS REMAIN IN THE CHASE FOR A STATE TITLE. HERE'S A LOOK AT WHOSE LEFT.))
((14 year coach Al Copenhaver has 24 and 2 George Wythe back in the state tournament for the first time since 1991 and he has brought the Maroons back without a post player.
((AL COPENHAVER/GEORGE WYTHE HEAD COACH:))
This press and trap team is lead by Lance Goff who is a one thousand point scorer along with Matt Williams. Goff is a three sport star and was all state as a quarterback for the Maroons who hopes to draw on his gridiron toughness to beat Haysi in the state quareterfinals.
((LANCE GOFF/GEORGE WYTHE TRI-CAPTAIN:))
21 and 4 Gretna is making it's third straightt appearance in the state tourney. The heart of the Hawks is a nucleus of five starting seniors who have been playing together since seventh grade.
((ROBERT LOCUST/GRETNA HEAD COACH:))
Locust has not only found a way to deal with Gretna's limited gym space, but he has turned this negative into a positive.
The Hawks open tournemtn play against the strong City of Troy and his mighty Martinsville Bulldogs, winners of the region IV title. Here's a look at the other state tournament mtach ups.))
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It's time now for our website of the day. And as Patrick Evans tells us, today's selection shines the spotlight on some overlooked entertainers.
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(( If you never forget a face, but can't ever remember a name, we have a website for you.
What a character-dot-com is dedicated to all those what-his-names....you know that guy that played that character on that show you like.
They're the people who never got major billing but played an important part on on some of the biggest movies and television shows.
For example, how many of you know who Howard McNear is? You're sure to know him, but you just don't know it. I'll give you a minute to think about that.
Anyway the site gives you the picture of the actor and tells you where you know him or her from.
Or you can check out who worked on some of your favorite shows like Mash and Star Trek.
In the trivia section, you can learn some obscure facts. Did you know Ted Knight was in a Hitchcock movie? He played a prison guard in Psycho.
Anyway test your memory or learn some more about people you already thought you knew.
By the way, you probably know Howard McNear better as Floyd the Barber from the Andy Griffith Show.
You can find a link to today's site on our webpage at WDBJ7-dot-com. I'm Patrick Evans.))
A national magazine has recognized Blacksburg High school as one of the best in the nation.
The latest issue of Newsweek ranked the school among the top 100 high schools in the country.
Teachers, staff and students are honored to be included.
The school has an outstanding advanced placement program-- which allows high school students to earn college credit in a variety of subjects.
But administrators are quick to point out, in their eyes, the school excels all around.
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((MARY: I THINK..... A WINNER. DAVE PETERSEN: ARE WE....OUR GOAL.))
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Blacksburg high school was ranked 91st out of 100.
Area students from throughout Southwest Virginia have stampeded the art world, almost literally.
Patrick Evans explains.
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