Up next on News 7--
A man dies on Interstate 81...after leading authorities on a chase through Rockbridge and Botetourt Counties.
And are cellphones safe? The verdict is still out.
A cold front is heading our way...bringing showers and thunderstorms...some of which could be on the strong side...I'll have the forecast....
News 7 at noon is next.
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One man is dead after leading police on a chase this morning.
After driving down Interstate 81 from Rockbridge County to Botetourt County the man stopped his car near Arcadia, got out and darted into traffic.
He was hit by a truck and killed.
A witness says, before the accident the man was overheard saying he would not go back to jail.
Police have yet to release the man's identity or the circumstances surrounding the chase.
We'll have more information coming up later on News 7 at 5.
The head of the Ford Motor Company is meeting with Congressional leaders today to discuss what is EXPECTED to be a massive recall of up to 13-million Firestone tires.
It's the latest move in the battle between the auto industry giants.
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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((LAST SUMMERS MASSIVE RECALL OF SIX-AND-A-HALF MILLION TIRES COULD PALE
IN COMPARISON TO THIS GO-ROUND. FORD IS EXPECTED TO REPLACE BETWEEN
10-MILLION AND 13-MILLION FIRESTONE WILDERNESS A-T TIRES AND IT COMES
JUST ONE DAY AFTER THE TIRE COMPANY SEVERED A CENTURY-OLD RELATIONSHIP
(Super: John Lampe/Bridgestone-Firestone)
SOT: We believe there are substantial safety concerns with a large
segment of the Ford Explorer market. We told Ford of our concerns and
they have steadfastly refused to discuss or even acknowledge these
TRACK: FIRESTONE CLAIMS FORD REFUSES TO DISCUSS OR ACKNOWLEDGE PROBLEMS
WITH THE ENGINEERING OF THE FORD EXPLORER. THEIR DATA SHOWS THE TIRES
HAVE TEN TIMES MORE PROBLEMS ON EXPLORERS THAN SOME OTHER VEHICLES. FORD
DENIES THE CLAIMS AND SAYS THE TIRES ARE TO BLAME.
(Super: John Rintamaki/Ford)
SOT: We plan to inform our customers of our analysis of Firestone tires,
as well as our testing of competitive tires and vehicles.
SOT: Were disappointed that Firestone has decided not to work together
for the safety of our shared customers, thats the only issue that
TRACK: CONSUMER ADVOCATES SAY, IN THIS BITTER TIT-FOR-TAT BETWEEN FORD
AND FIRESTONE, ITS THE CUSTOMER WHOS LEFT BEHIND.
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SOT:we're very pleased that these tires will be taken off the road. we
aked last august for this to happen and it's taken a long time and I'm
afraid some people have died and many have been injured in the meantime.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: THE WILDERNESS A-T TIRES THAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE RECALLED TODAY
ARE STANDARD EQUIPMENT ON THE FORED EXPLORER. THE TIRES HAVE BEEN LINKED
TO ABOUT 175-DEATHS AND MORE THAN 700-INJURIES. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS,
There's still no answer on whether cellphones are harmful to your health.
A report by the General Accounting Office today says the latest research fails to show any adverse health effects from using the phones.
Senator Joseph Lieberman released the report earlier today.
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More than 100-million people use cellphones.
The report urges the government to do a better job of informing consumers about radiation levels of phones.[Victory-
After eleven months of debate, Roanoke City Council last night authorized the city manager to move forward on a new stadium.
Council members want to build the multi-purpose facility near the Roanoke Civic Center.
Joe Dashiell has details.
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((Officials aren't revealing the precise location ... though it's across Orange Avenue from the Civic Center. They hope to acquire the property through negotiation without using eminent domain.
The multi-purpose facility they envision there would be similar to the plans we've already seen combining a football stadium with an amphitheater... large enough officials say to be financially self-supporting.
The vote was unanimous...
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: I VOTED TO SUPPORT THIS BECAUSE I SEE IT AS THE SECOND BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR US. SOME THINGS I SEE COMING TOGETHER, TO BRING THE COUNCIL TOGETHER, AND ALSO BRING THE CITY TOGETHER WITH AN ISSUE I THINK WE CAN LIVE WITH.))
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If the plan develops as city officials believe it will, Victory Stadium's days are numbered... but not necessarily the tribute to the city's World War II veterans.
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((I SEE NO REASON WHY THIS IS NOT A NEW VICTORY STADIUM. WE CAN CONTINUE TO HONOR THE VETERANS WE HAVE ALWAYS HONORED, THE VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II. NONE OF THAT HAS TO CHANGE AT ALL.))
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This raises the question of what will happen with current Victory stadium site.
But city manager Darlene Burcham says no decision has been made on that.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Stachybotrys is leaving Jefferson Forest High School with a costly price tag.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the cost and the latest on plans to possibly replace the aging high school.
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(( The potentially hazardous fungus that's been growing inside Jefferson Forest High school is the result of several factors.
An engineer told the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and School Board a leaking roof, poor ventilation and dehumidification all contributed to the problem.... a problem which will cost nearly one point seven million dollars to fix.
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The supervisors agreed to foot the bill so that students can return to Jefferson Forest High school this fall.
And, while parents we spoke with say they're satisfied with the temporary fix-- they hope supervisors and the school board won't delay replacing the aging school.
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It appears supervisors and the school board are indeed looking to the future.
Last night, engineers cautioned both boards that solving the mold problem is only a band aid approach designed to last three to four years.
Minutes later-- the supervisors gave the school board permission to hire an architectural firm to study what to do with Jefferson Forest High school in the future.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bedford.))
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Severe flooding in Siberia has killed five people and left two others missing.
Emergency workers are using sand to reinforce dikes against an ice-swollen river.
A heavy fog settled over the region is grounding bomb- dropping jets.
The jets are attempting to break the 18- mile ice jam that's causing the devastating floods.
Officials say the river's level is more than 3 feet higher than the critical point, with water flowing onto the flood plain.
Tent camps are set up for residents who are being forced out of their homes.
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Congressman Rick Boucher has good news for the state's coal mining industry. We'll have that story after the break,
Plus college students have to abandon their exams as a massive fire burns their university.
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A morning house fire in Danville causes extensive smoke damage.
The fire broke out in the kicthen of this home on Melrose Avenue just after 9:30 this morning.
It took firefighters less than ten minutes to have the fire under control.
But the blaze did cause extensive damage to the kitchen as well as smoke damage throughout the rest of the home.
Firefighters remain at the scene at this hour to determine a cause.
A massive fire overnight consumed a major university building in London, England... just as students were taking exams.
It took 12 fire engines and 60 firefighters to get the blaze at the City University's College building under control.
No one was hurt.
The building contains the journalism department, one of the best music rooms in the United Kingdom, and the administration offices.
Exams were being held inside the building before the fire.
University officials say they're planning to continue them elsewhere.
No word on what caused the blaze.
Violence continues in the Middle East as the Israelis and Palestinians argue over how to implement a U-S plan for peace.
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There was an exchange of gunfire in two areas of the West Bank.
The gun battle raged on for six hours, injuring five people.
A report from a commission chaired by former U-S Senator George Mitchell calls for a construction freeze on Jewish settlements and an immediate cease- fire.
Mitchell says U-S involvement in the Mideast peace process is crucial.
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The Israelis are taking issue with the idea of a construction freeze.
Palestinians, meanwhile, say the freeze is a goodwill gesture that's necessary in order for peace talks to resume.
Coal and utility leaders seem happy at the Virginia Coal Council's energy conference.
Federal officials say coal prices are rising as the nation copes with high energy demands and short supplies.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher told the group yesterday that utility companies are seriously considering coal as the fuel of choice.
Boucher says the U-S has 250 years' worth of coal reserves.
But Senator John Warner say the number of mines is dwindling, and he wonders how difficult it will be for the coal industry to change that.
Lynchburg could soon add a sixth historic district.
The Board of Historic and Architectural Review voted unanimously yesterday to designate a three- mile stretch of Rivermont Avenue as a historic district.
Supporters say it will help maintain the beauty of the neighborhood and preserve property values.
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The plan still must be approved by the planning commission and city council.
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Still to come on the newscast, a member of Britain's royal family makes a rare public appearance,
also our next story has us wondering "how much do you have to tip to get a pizza delivered to outer space?"
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Delivery took a lot longer than 30 minutes, but an American fast food chain has sent its first pizza to outer space.
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Pizza Hut used a Russian rocket to send a salami pizza to the international space station last month.
A Russian cosmonaut enjoyed his free treat.
Salami was used on the pizza because pepperoni would have spoiled too quickly.
It also came with extra salt and spices, because life in space can deaden the taste buds.
Pizza Hutt paid the Russian space agency one million dollars for the promotional stunt.
A rare public appearance for Britain's Princess Margaret, following her recent series of strokes.
The Queen's 70- year- old sister looked looked frail as she toured the famous Chelsea Flower Show in a wheelchair.
The flower show is an annual festival of the finest blooms in Britain, attracting tourists and royals alike.
It also traditionally marks the beginning of summer in the region.
Despite some of the coldest, wettest conditions on record recently, the exhibitors used a dazzling array of color.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW is DOWN 59 points.
Nasdaq has lost 6 poins.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon -
The Lakers stay on top of the Western Conference finals -
And survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor return to see history recreated. We'll have details coming up.
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Kobe, Shaq and the rest of the Lakers kept the Spurs at their heels - winning game two of the Western Conference Final last night.
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The Spurs were manhandled in the opening game, losing by 14 points.
But in game two, Tim Duncan came out and took matters into his own hands, scoring 25 in the first half alone.
Duncan also was a huge force on the defensive end, with 5 blocks in the first two quarters.
The Lakers battled back, but had to play most of the way without coach Phil Jackson
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who was ejected in the 3rd.
It mattered very little - The Lakers win it 88-to-81.
The Philadelphia 76ers and visiting Milwaukee Bucks battle tonight in the opener of the Eastern
Both teams endured a seven-game series in the conference semi-finals before advancing.
The Roanoke Valley District soccer wars hadn't yielded a champion - until last night.
The regular season ended with the PH girls and boys beating Cave Spring to force this game.
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The Cave Spring girls got revenge and claimed their R-V-D regular season crown first.
And their success rubbed off on the boy's team.
Cave with the intense pressure, as John Hartman centers the perfect corner kick.
Brad Newton gets all head on it, as does Michael Kraemer on the put- back.
But PH smothers it and the game stays scoreless.
Hartman would burn them again. This time he uses the great touch pass from Tyler McLellan and
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strikes on the top shelf in the right corner.
Cave Spring wins the Roanoke Valley district regular season crown, with the 3-to-0 win.
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Mike Reid is known as a straight shooter. The 25 year PGA Tour veteran was in Roanoke County yesterday passing along the tricks of his trade to golfers at the Hanging Rock Golf Club.
Denise Allen has more.
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Chip Sullivan also will be playing in the Kemper Open this weekend. Chip is scheduled to play a practice round tomorrow, then take part in the pro-am at the TPC at Avenel course on Wednesday.
Don't forget the final two rounds of the Kemper are right here on Your Hometown Station WDBJ-7.
Nearly two thousand guests were on board the aircraft carrier U-S-S John C. Stennis last night for the premiere of the new movie Pearl Harbor.
As Chris Lawrence reports the audience included hundreds of enlisted personnel and Pearl Harbor survivors.
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