Up next on News 7--
We'll hear from one of the passengers injured in the deadly Amtrak derailment in Iowa.
Investigators are still looking for what caused the accident.
And a mysterious benefactor of Bedford's D- Day Memorial will soon reveal his identity.
Sunny and mild today, but as Spring officially starts tomorrow... there may be some winter precipitation on the way. Details ahead.
News 7 at noon, right after this break.
Pieces of broken rail may hold the clue to the fatal crash of a California- bound Amtrak train.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Federal safety investigators will test broken pieces of rail as they search for the cause of this weekend's deadly Amtrak derailment.
The wreck late Saturday night, just southwest of Des Moines, Iowa killed one passenger and injured 96.
The California Zephyr was enroute from Chicago to California when it de-railed.
Joshua May was one of the passengers.
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OUT...AND IT GOT A LITTLE BIT SCARY."
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Investigators say it's still too early to determine what caused the train to slip off the track.
They'll look at whether saturation from melting snow could have been a factor.
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A crewman of the U-S-S Greeneville will testify today before a Navy panel looking into the fatal sinking of a Japanese fishing boat.
John Blackstone has a preview.
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A sonar technician who may have been able to stop the collision will
tell his story to the naval court of inquiry Monday. In the tiny
control room of the Greeneville, a room much like this the technician,
Patrick Thomas Seacrest apparently located the Japanese boat six minutes
before the crash. But he failed to tell the subs commander Scott
Seacrest has been granted partial immunity to explain why. He's already
told naval investigators it was difficult to get the captain's attention
with the control room crowded with civilian guests
While Waddle has accepted responsibility for the collision that killed
nine Japanese students and crewmembers.... it is clear that one of his
defenses will be the lack of information given to him by his crew... a
shortcoming that may have led him to look less intently through the
periscope than he otherwise would have. Waddle's attorney, Charles
Gittins, says only the commander has the answers to this mystery.
SOT Charles Gittins/Sub Commander's Attorney "The key issues in the case
are periscope search and his decision matrix around the periscope
search. There is no one else who has any knowledge about that fact
other than Commander Waddle. That's the bottom line."
STANDUP: A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows most Americans feel
that Commander Waddle should NOT be criminally charged... by a margin of
49 to 32 percent. But fearing prosecution the commander will not
testify to the court of inquiry here unless he's guaranteed what he says
won't be used against him in a court martial.
John Blackstone, CBS News, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Meanwhile, President Bush is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori today in Washington.
The two will discuss the submarine collision, as well as the global economic slowdown.
The identity of the person who donated a million dollars to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will be revealed this afternoon.
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The donation brings the fund-raising total to 18 million dollars.
Construction on the D-Day Memorial is scheduled to be completed by June 6th on the 57-th anniversary of the invasion.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.[Gypsy-Moths]
Many areas are planning for the return of the gypsy moth.
They plan to begin spraying for the MOTHS next month in order to protect Virginia's trees.
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Defoliation reached its highest mark ever in Virginia in 1996 when the moth left its mark on 850-thousand acres.
The gypsy moth returned to Virginia last year-- stripping 71- thousand acres of forest in western and northwestern parts of the state.
A state official says last year's resurgence was mainly caused by dry weather.
Airport authorities arrest a Southside man after they found around 15 pounds of cocaine in some luggage.
45-year-old David Hairston of Danville is charged with felony conspiracy to traffic drugs.
Authorities claim he was meeting a California man at the Raleigh- Durham International Airport.
The man was arrested after dogs sniffed out cocaine in some luggage.
Hairston's being held in a North Carolina jail under a million dollars bond.
The Senate opens a two- week debate on campaign finance reform this afternoon.
Two bills are up for discussion, including one co- sponsored by Arizona Senator John McCain.
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McCain's legislation calls for a ban of so- called "soft money" donations.
He says he sees a " 60- perecent chance" that Congress will overhaul the laws this year.
He says both Republicans and Democrats see the need for reform.
Israel's new Prime Minister is in Washington, preparing for talks with President Bush.
Ariel Sharon is looking to Bush to endorse his cautious approach to peace-making with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The two leaders will meet at the White House tomorrow.
It'll be the first time since his inauguration that Bush has met a Middle East leader.
Sharon's visit comes at a time of uncertainty within the new Bush administration over how to deal with the Mideast crisis.
A new blacksmith is using his craft to keep a historic Lexington shop in business.
The Village Blacksmith was in operation until the owner passed away in 1999.
Now the forge is lit again.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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Jack Chaffee has been crafting his skill as a blacksmith for the last 25 years, but never had a shop of his own. That is... until he pulled into Lexington.
((JACK CHAFFEE: I SAW THIS SIGN OUT HERE THE BLACKSMITH SHOP LOOKED IN THE WINDOW NOBODY'S HERE IT'S OBVIOUSLY INTACT SO I BEGAN TO INQUIRE AROUND.))
What he found was that Manly Brown, the third generation of blacksmiths to run the shop, had passed away. The Brown family was looking for a skilled blacksmith to take over and keep the 19-th century history of the place alive.
((JACK CHAFFEE: WHAT WE HOPE TO DO HERE IS NOT ONLY KEEP THE SMITHY RUNNING TO CURATE THIS TREMENDOUS WEALTH OF TOOLS THAT ARE USED TO MAKE THINGS BEGINNING IN 1855.))
So when Chaffee began digging through the old piles of steel - he found what may look like rust to some, but to Chaffee - it was a treasure.
((JACK CHAFFEE: THIS IS A SCALE MODEL OF A WAGON BRAKING SYSTEM AND THIS IS A FOOT PEDAL TO OPERATE THEM.))
Covered in plastic in the back of the shop are machines from the late 18 hundreds - used to bend and cut steel. This one was used to make wagon wheels.
((JACK CHAFFEE: YOU FEED IT INTO THIS END AND DEPENDING ON HOW YOU ADJUST THE MACHINE OUT THE OTHER END COMES A CURVED PIECE OF METAL.))
At the young age of 70, Chaffee hopes to make his retirement years some of the most productive, by preserving the tools of the trade.
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And he hopes to keep a piece of Lexington history alive... just like the Brown family did for so many years. Kate Weidaw News 7 Lexington.))
A proposal against unwanted e-mail tops the list of issues in this week's News 7 Feedback.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has more.
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((Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher want to take a slice out of spam, or unwanted e-mail.
A viewer from Ringgold (Joseph Bradford) says forget making it a federal crime.
"Tell folks NOT to respond and the senders will move on. Given the number of free email sites on the Internet there is little to no way for anyone to really track down where an email came from..."
He also had a few thoughts about Richmond correspondent Ellen Qualls' piece on a restaurant's controversial menu item, the ghetto burger.
"...'ghetto' means a neighborhood of people with similar backgrounds...In its purest sense it is neither good nor bad! Do a little research, like read a dictionary, before airing such a report that advances stereotypes."
The March Madness basketball games pre-empting regular programming made one viewer (Carolyn Wyatt/Dublin) just mad.
"The majority of viewers must be at work; why take the day programs off?...The same goes with special news reports; isn't that what the 6 o'clock and 11 o'clock news are for?"
To send us a letter, write to PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
If you prefer to send a fax, the number is 343-7269.
E-mail goes to email@example.com.
And our website has an on-line forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Some scientists say eating so called "good bacteria" can actually help your digestive tract.
The bacteria is found in some yogurt and some dietary supplements.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with a scientist from North Carolina State University who studies the bacteria --and their impact on the human body.
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Taking a look at business news--
So far, so good on Wall Street today.
It appears to be making a partial recovery from last week's decline.
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The market opened higher this morning, and then turned mixed after about an hour of trading.
Investors are pinning their hopes on the Fed approving an interest rate cut tomorrow.
Some Fed watchers are calling for a reduction of three-quarters-of-a percent, or more.