Up next on News 7--
The search is on for the suspect in yesterday's shootings at a Roanoke car shop.
Police have released his identity.
And it's "swearing in" day on Capitol Hill--
George Allen and Hillary Rodham Clinton are among the Senators- Elect taking the oath of office.
Sunny skies, calm winds and a small warm-up in store for us today. Our weather forecast is next.
News 7 at noon is coming up.
Good AFternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Authorities released a photo of 29- year old Earl Allen Hale this morning.
He's accused of shooting and killing 27- year old Charlene Denise Ramsey outside a Roanoke car shop yesterday afternoon.
29- year old Rodney Eugene Basham was also shot several times outside Hot Rods Car Care and remains hospitalized.
Don Sharrer works next door to Basham and called for help just after the shooting.
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[SUPER=07-Don Sharrar; :00]
29- year old Earl Allen Hale is still at large.
Authorities believe the shooting is the result of a domestic dispute between Hale and Charlene Ramsey.
Police say just days before the shooting... Ramsey had called authorities to report Hale trespassing on her property and damaging her car.
Two murder suspects will be indicted today.
One of the suspects is the victim's son-- 22-year old Charles English. He's accused of murder and robbery.
Police found the body of 61-year-old Ralph English at his home on Anderson Street in Rocky Mount Saturday night.
The other defendant, 18-year-old Christopher Dorman, is also facing murder and robbery charges.
Authorities have also arrested a 14-year-old boy.
The police chief says all three suspects visited the victim earlier in the day, and some type of struggle took place.
They were arrested the next day near Charlottesville.
Authorities are awaiting an autopsy report on a Danville man.
His body was found Monday night in the Sandy River near the Wal-mart.
Police identified the victim as 34-year old Robert Early Lipford.
Friends of the victim went looking for him and discovered his body just before ten Monday night.
Friends say Lipford ended up there after being chased from Wal-mart Saturday night.
No one from Wal-mart would comment yesterday.
George Allen is among the freshmen U-S Senators taking their oath of office today.
He shares that distinction with Senator- Elect Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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You're now looking at a live picture of the swearing- in ceremony for the 107th Congress.
The Senate's 50-50 split makes it one for the history books.
Gretchen Carlson has more from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Lee Hamilton/Former Congressman;]
[SUPER=01-Norman Ornstein/American Enterprise Institute;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News, Washington.]
At her new office on Capitol Hilll, the writing is on the wall -
literally -- for Senator Elect Hillary Rodham Clinton. Boxes stacked up
-- will soon be unpacked - as Clinton begins her term as Senator from
Mrs. Clinton will join 12 other women in the Senate. And a divided one
at that -- 50 Democrats, 50 Republicans.
Add to that - one of the closest Presidential elections in history.
Finding compromise on Capitol Hill will be an uphill battle.
(SOT) Lee Hamilton/Former Congressman
There are a lot of members of Congress that can do that I think theyll
step forward to do it on some of the tough issues-- but no one should
expect major progress.
So this is how it breaks down. The House will hold on to a 10 seat
Republican majority - while the Senate welcomes 11 new members to make
up the 50-50 tie. The narrow margin wont make it easy for
President-Elect Bush and his agenda.
(SOT) Norman Ornstein/American Enterprise Institute
He may be able to get a quick victory on education, that would be good
for him and give him momentum to move in another direction.
Bush could then move on to his 1-point-three trillion dollar tax cut
plan then battle campaign finance reform an issue Republican Senator
John McCain has promised to push.
(SOT) Senator John McCain/R-Arizona
If we dont it early our chances diminish as time goes by.
(STAND-UP CLOSE) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
In this wild election year, it remains to be seen how Republicans and
Democrats will get along... business starts tomorrow when confirmation
hearings begin for Bushs Cabinet. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News,
We'll have more on Allen's first day on the job tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
Meantime, Chuck Robb was apparently ready to give up his U-S Senate seat before the last election season ever got underway.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Robb says he tried to coax two other Democrats into taking on former Republican Governor George Allen.
The 61-year-old Robb says he checked with other Democrats because he didn't want to die in office.
He declined to release the two Democrats' names.
At least a dozen immigrants died when a Spanish commuter train crashed into their van.
Two Ecuadorean farm workers were hospitalized in critical condition after the accident at a rail crossing.
Meanwhile the three- car commuter train then derailed after hitting the van.
About 30 people were on board the train, several of whom suffered minor injuries.
The rail crossing was clearly marked, but had no barriers.
Eleven family members in Delaware died early this morning when their home caught fire.
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Police say the victims range in age from an elderly woman to several young children.
The fire apparently started around three in the morning.
Once they arrived, firefighters say they found heavy smoke billowing from the house, but the actual flames were minimal and were quickly extinguished.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims.
No word yet on what sparked the blaze.
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Meanwhile, a fast-moving brush fire has burned several hundred acres in southern California.
The blaze is about 30 miles east of San Diego.
It's forced evacuations and shut down interstate freeway traffic.
65-mile-an-hour winds and hot temperatures are fanning the flames.
Lack of rain forced fire officials to issue a wildfire warning yesterday.
No word yet on any injuries.
A California Highway Patrol officer says the fire has the potential to become a ``major incident.''
Roanoke City Council has requested a progress report on Henry Street redevelopment, after some members raised concerns about the pace of improvements there.
Council voted to extend a contract with the Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation for another six months, but not before some members questioned the amount of progress on the project.
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((ALVIN HUDSON/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I SUPPORTED IT. I STILL SUPPORT IT, BUT I THINK THERE SHOULD BE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY ON HOW OUR MONEY'S BEING SPENT.))
((LINDA WYATT:THE FOLKS WHO WERE DOING THE PROJECT STARTED FORWARD IN GOOD FAITH TO DO WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO, WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO, ONLY TO FIND OUT SOMEONE PUT ANOTHER STUMBLING BLOCK IN THEIR WAY AND SAID NO THAT'S NOT WHAT WE MEANT.))
[SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Roanoke City Council;]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council;]
[OUT Q=not what we meant.]
Yesterday's meeting marked council's return to a renovated meeting room on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building.
The make-over was the first major renovation since the council chamber was completed in 1967.
The cost of the project was just over 250- thousand dollars.
Lynchburg residents won't have pay out of pocket to fund millions of dollars worth of school repairs over the next ten years.
State lawmakers, school board members and city councilmen say they've come up with a formula to pay for better schools WITHOUT raising taxes.
Most of it involves some belt- tightening in the city and school- board budgets.. and Lynchburg says it will have to borrow the rest.
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[IN Q=This is not]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: THIS IS NOT A PERFECT PLAN. IF YOU'VE STUDIED THIS LIKE BONNIE HAS AND OTHERS IN THIS ROOM, YOU MIGHT FIND SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT IT. BUT I THINK WORKING TOGETHER, IT'S THE BEST THAT WE COULD COME UP WITH THAT WILL SUPPLY 85 MILLION DOLLARS IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SCHOOLS.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; ]
[OUT Q=to the schools.]
In November, Lynchburg voters rejected a plan to pay for school repairs by raising the state sales tax.
Although he's never been called "Your Honor", a former delegate has won a seat on Virginia's Court of Appeals.
Former Delegate Steve Agee was sworn in as one of the state's nine Appellate judges.
He's comes to the job without any experience as a judge.
He takes his place on the bench after 21 years in private practice.
Agee is a graduate of Cave Spring High School, Bridgewater College and U-V-A Law School.
Virginia's Court of Appeals convened in Salem yesterday to welcome its newest member.
The new postal rates go into effect next week.
The increase starts next Sunday, January 7th.
It will cost you 34-cents to mail a first class letter... thats up a penny.
Many customers say they don't mind the increase...in fact, some wish the postal service would go one step further.
[IN Q= I wish they would just go to 35]
((LAURA LACKEY/POSTAL CUSTOMER: I WISH THEY WOULD JUST GO TO 35 JUST MAKE IT EASIER. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IS WHEN IT GOES FROM PENNY TO PENNY.))
((CATHY SHELTON/POSTAL CUSTOMER: I WOULD JUST ASSUME PERSONALLY THEY GO UP TO 35 INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH THE PENNIES.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Lackey/Postal Customer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Shelton/Postal Customer; :05]
[OUT Q=with the pennies]
If you have the old stamps when the increase begins, don't worry, all you have to do is buy one cent stamps.
Priority mail goes up from 3.20 to $3.50.
You can also expect an increase of fifty cents for Express mail.
A Dublin women claims a diet including Subway sandwiches helped her lose more than 100 pounds.
Now Subway is sharing her story with its customers.
Kimberly Johnston attributes some of her weight loss success to eating subway sandwiches.
Subway now features her on its posters-- and is paying her to be in its commercials.
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[IN Q=I just wanted to lose weight]
((KIMBERLY JOHNSTON; I JUST WANTED TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE HEALTHY, ITS KIND OF SCARY THAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ME AND FOLLOWING MY PLAN, BUT IT'S NICE WHEN PEOPLE WRITE IN AND TELL YOU THAT I HAVE MADE DIFFERENCE, THAT MY STORY DID INSPIRE THEM IT'S REALLY A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE AND A GOOD FEELING ))
[OUT Q=good feeling]
Johnston used to weigh more than 3-hundred pounds and wore a size 28.
But she says she shed the pounds by eating better -- which included eating a low fat Subway sandwich for lunch and dinner, four times a week.
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[IN Q=It's a small change]
((IT WAS A SMALL CHANGE, IT WAS SOMETHING I THOUGHT I COULD DO AND THAT SMALL CHANGE MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE ))
[OUT Q=a big difference]
Johnston also has her own website which she hopes will inspire others to get healthy.
You go indoors to escape the winter chill, right?
That's not necessarily the case at a new hotel in Canada.
This hotel is made of ICE.
Mi-TAY Ormichaya has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Mytay Ormichaya/Reporting; 2:00]
[OUT Q=Ormichaya for CBS News, QUEBEC CITY]