One man is dead, another seriously injured after a high-speed chase in Roanoke early this morning.
Police say the car was reached speeds up to 85 miles an hour on Melrose Avenue.
And a Bedford county man gets a three- year prison sentence for tax evasion.
The only thing we're missing out on is rain. Another beautiful autumn day is in store and we're getting warmer.
Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.
Flames tear through two vacant houses in Lynchburg this morning.
Firefighters are still on the scene of a fire that destroyed two homes in Lynchburg.
A passerby spotted the blaze at these two condemned homes on Winston Ridge Road around 10:45 this morning.
Crews arrived to find both homes engulfed in flames.
Authorities say it appears one building caught fire and the blaze spread to the other house next door.
Downed power lines created a hazard for firefighters battling the blaze.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
A high-speed chase in Roanoke claimed one life early this morning, and another hangs in the balance.
Police say the car was going 80 to 85 miles an hour on Melrose Avenue when it hit a concrete median, went airborne and totaled a police car going in the opposite direction. Officer K.D. Assenat (ASS-en-ay) was treated and released. The driver of the car being chased was dead at the scene, his passenger suffered serious injuries.
The wreck occurred around two o'clock this morning.
An officer first spotted the car with expired tags near the Wyndam Hotel. When he turned on his lights and siren, the car took off on Hershberger Road.
Police haven't released the names of the people in the car. Both men were from the Roanoke area. [Mideast-Bomb]
The announcement of a Mideast cease- fire is delayed--
Although the deal appears to be in serious jeopardy, Israeli leaders say today's car bombing in Jerusalem will NOT change their minds about a truce.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/Reporting; 1:08]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, London.]
Just as another Palestinian/Israeli truce was declared, the terror
attack Israelis feared and expected.
A car bomb exploded in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, in the center
of the city.
Emergency teams rushed in... to separate the wounded from the dead.
It's the third attack on this market, but the first terror attack on
Israel proper in more than two years. The Palestinian authority had
held extremists in check, until now.
Palestinian Chief Yasser Arafat and Israel's Ehud Barak had been about
to announce a ceasefire, painstakingly brokered by former Israeli Prime
Minister Shimon Peres.
Palestinian police had already started holding back young rock throwers.
Palestinian officials also called the gunmen who spurred this firefight
with Israeli soldiers on the edge of Jerusalem yesterday, to hold their
Israel responded by pulling back some of its tanks and troops from the
But the militant group Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups had
already rejected this truce, pledging to avenge the deaths of
Palestinians killed in more than a month of protests.
No one has claimed responsibility for today's attack, but Hamas did bomb
this very market, once before.
KD, CBS News, London.
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Fire ]
The Rubatex plant in Bedford resumed production this morning after a fire last night.
A supervisor discovered the fire around 7 o'clock.
About 15 employees were inside at the time.
Everyone was evacuated safely.
The exact cause of the fire is still unknown but it's believed to have started in the ventilation system of a curing oven.
Plant officials are still adding up the damage to the machine and the building.
A Bedford County man convicted of tax evasion has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Jeffrey Randall Breeden had been found guilty of promoting a scheme in which people declared no income and paid no federal income taxes.
In court this morning, the judge said he gave Breeden the most he could get under federal sentencing guidelines because he denies he's done anything wrong.
Breeden said he plans to find a new attorney and file an appeal.
Authorities are looking for two men who robbed a Pittsylvania County bank at gunpoint.
The suspects entered the Chatham branch of the American National Bank and Trust around two yesterday afternoon.
Investigators say one of the men handed the teller a note and displayed a handgun.
The pair made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and may have gotten into a Toyota Forerunner or Nissan Pathfinder.
One of the suspects is described as a black male wearing a black Oakland Raiders jacket and ballcap.
The other man is described as black or hispanic with a mustache and light beard.
He was wearing a plaid jacket.
Officials are trying to figure out the best way to improve safety on Interstate 81.
Law enforcement and transportation officials discussed some long and short term solutions at a public forum last night.
Meredyth Censullo has more.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 1998; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gerald Massengill/Va. State Police Superintendent; :16]
[SUPER=01-P. Dale Bennett/Virginia Trucking Association; :53]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke.]
((Seven people were killed in this accident on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County in 19-98.
That accident was an eye-opener for the Virginia State Police and Highway Safety Officials - who decided it was time they took a closer look at improving the interstate.
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[IN Q=I don't know...]
((GERALD MASSENGILL/VSP SUPERINTENDENT: I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY THAT AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF LIFE AS TO WHAT GOES ON OUR HIGHWAYS.))
[OUT Q=our highways.]
900 people die on Virginia's highways each year.
And I-81 has gotten a reputation for being one of the deadliest in the state.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says speed and capacity issues near the 5 river basins the interstate crosses make it unsafe.
Truck traffic has often been blamed.... but the Virginia Truckers Association says "no so fast."
They say a truck is involved in an accident only about a third of the time - proportionate to the number of trucks on the road.
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[IN Q=A truck is...]
((P. DALE BENNETT: VA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION: A TRUCK IS INVOLVED IN THE CRASH...THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE TRUCK CAUSED THE CRASH. THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS, SOME PUBLICIZED, WHERE ACTIONS BY OTHER DRIVERS CAUSED THE TRUCK TO BE IN IT AND THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THE TRUCK DRIVER COULD DO.))
[OUT Q=could do.]
Bennett says motorists need to be better educated about truck drivers' "blind spots" called "no zones."
The panelists agree that's one way to make the interstate safer in the short term.
Other short term solutions, they say, include efforts under way by VDOT to add guard rails on the interstate and to extend accel-decel lanes near exits.
They say more visible police patrols are needed as well.
But they say a longterm fix - which includes widening I-81, is still many years away - and, the panelists joke, might not be completed in their lifetime.
Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke. ))
Eight people have died on I-81 this year.
State police say so far that's below average.
As investigators try to determine why the Singapore Airlines plane crashed in Taiwan, the relatives of victims face the difficult task of identifying loved ones.
Barry Petersen has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Taipei, Taiwan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Choong Kong/Singapore Airlines C.E.O.; :28]
[SUPER=04-TVBS Taiwan; :45]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; :56]
[OUT Q=Barry Petersen, CBS News, Taipei.]
(Morgue APTN Plane )
They came to find the truth they dreaded since the first word of the
crash...that their loved ones were among those killed in the fiery end
of Singapore Airlines 006.
(Pix of Register)
For some the news came from a register of the dead
others from pictures and personal effects found with the bodies.
(Last night CBS crash pix--)
It is not hard to see how so many died in these CBS news pictures but
airline officials say it's too soon to pinpoint what went wrong.
(From APTN )
SOT: Dr Choong Kong, CEO, Singapore Airlines
"This tragic accident in Taipei--the cause has not been determined so I
think it's premature to talk about what we think about our safety
(Mandatory on screen credit: "From TVBS, Taiwan" --Use Pix used at end
of today's 7a piece, rescue efforts in storm).
Weather remains a contributing factor, a typhoon some suggest
overwhelmed the departing jumbo jet.
There is always hope at moments like this of some horrible mistake, that
it is not the one you love. For these people...now
(nat snd of woman crying)
this was where hope ended.
BP CBSN Taipei.
As the reporter just mentioned, the typhoon near Taiwan may be a factor in the fatal crash.
It's already brought heavy rains and high winds which have claimed the lives of more than 10 people.
Several elderly people drowned in the basement of their rest home, when it filled with water.
The death toll could climb higher, as authorities continue investigating.
The storm also left many people homeless.
Forecasters say the typhoon, packing wind gusts up to 96- miles- per hour, is beginning to move away from Taiwan.
The latest News 7 Poll shows George Bush is holding his lead over Al Gore in Virginia.
[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Mason-Dixon research says the Republican candidate leads the vice president by eight points, well above the 4 percent margin of error.
Ralph Nader is picking up 3 percent of the likely voters, Pat Buchanan one percent.
Lynchburg voters will decide next week whether to increase the sales tax.
Supporters of the increase are keeping the pressure on voters to support the measure at the polls.
The money would help pay for about one hundred million dollars in school repairs.
Proponents say the tax referendum will have to pass by a large margin next week to have any chance of success in Richmond.
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[IN Q=We need to]
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: WE NEED TO LOOK AT THIS PROPOSAL AND KNOW THAT IT'S WELL- DEVELOPED, WELL THOUGHT OUT AND THAT IT'S NOT OVERLY BURDENSOME TO TAXPAYERS. BY HAVING A 26 MILLION DOLLAR REAL ESTATE TAX CUT ASSOCIATED WITH IT, I THINK WE CAN MAKE A VERY STRONG CASE.))
[SUPER=201-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg]
[OUT Q=very strong case.]
Next week's vote only petitions the General Assembly to change Lynchburg's charter to allow a sales tax increase.
Another referendum on the tax itself would have to be held next spring.
Like Danville, Pittsylvania County is investigating a complicated money scheme.
Tuesday, Danville's Police Chief announced that 52 people had been indicted by a grand jury for their alleged participation in a "pyramid scheme".
By investing two- thousand dollars-- participants were expected to get rich by convincing more people to get involved.
Unlike Danville-- Pittsylvania County officials say they won't seek indictments.
They plan to pursue warrants in general district court.
Both jurisdictions have been investigating for months.
[in q=There's been]
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THERE'S BEEN SOME CRITICISM OF THE LENGTH OF TIME WE TOOK BUT I THOUGHT WE DID IT IN A VERY REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME CONSIDERING THE VOLUME OF PEOPLE WE HAD TO TALK WITH. ))
[SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; ]
[out q=talk with.]
Three Danville police officers were among those charged by the grand jury with a misdemeanor.
Morris says he does NOT expect them to lose their jobs.
DirecTV is watching.
While you're watching satellite TV, the company can tell whether you've paid for it.
That two-way technology is what led the F-B-I to Danny Dehart- -"a significant dealer" in satellite- encrypted programming.
He and Wallace Payne specialized in selling computer cards that enabled their customers to watch DirecTV without subscribing.
The two men from Stuart pled guilty yesterday.
Dehart and Payne face up to five years in prison, though it's unlikely they'll do any time. Since they got cau
ght in May, they've been helping DirecTV and the F-B-I identify other satellite TV pirates.[Campbell-Threat]
A 15- year- old girl is charged with sending a threatening e-mail to a classmate at Brookville High School.
Campbell County authorities say the message involved the use of a gun, but no weapon was found and they don't believe the teen intended to carry out the threat.
Sending threats via electronic communication is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Virginia Blood Services has closed its doors in Roanoke.
For two years the company was the supplemental supplier for Carilion Health System.
But V-B-S decided unless Carilion chose it as its main supplier -- it would not sign another contract -- and would close shop.
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[IN Q=We choose not to renew]
((LAURA CAMERON/VIRGINIA BLOOD SERVICES: WE CHOSE NOT TO RENEW IT BECAUSE WE CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON OUR FULL SERVICE HOSPITALS AND WE HAVE SOME OTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP))
[SUPER=01-Laura Cameron/Virginia Blood Services]
[OUT Q=opportunities coming up.]
Carilion says it chose the American Red Cross as its primary supplier because of its long history in the region and the ability to go into other regions in an emergency situation and bring blood to this area.
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[SOT20:55:53,blood supply tape]
[IN Q=Virginia Blood Services]
((ERIC EARNHART: VIRGINIA BLOOD SERVICES PROVIDED ABOUT 5 PERCENT OF THE BLOOD AND BLOOD PRODUCTS THAT OUR PATIENTS REQUIRED AND RED CROSS HAS ASSURED US THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO COVER THAT AMOUNT))
[SUPER=01-Eric Earnhart/Carilion Spokesperson]
[OUT Q=cover that amount.]
Virginia Blood Services says if asked it will provide blood to the area on an informal basis.
The first residents of the International Space Station arrived at their new home this morning.
Hundreds of people at Russia's mission control broke into applause as the capsule hooked up to the space station.
American astronaut Bill Shepherd and his two Russian crewmates settled in for their four- month stay.
Their priorities inside the space station-- flipping on lights and alarm systems, as well as turning on all the life- support systems.
But probably the most important after two days inside a cramped capsule with no privacy-- getting the toilet work (------------)