More anthrax testing in the nation's capital--
28 Congressional staffers test positive for anthrax exposure.
Workers from dozens of area post offices are also being tested.
We'll have the latest, coming up.
And a teenaged girl dies from her injuries after being thrown off the back of a car yesterday.
Another warm dry day hits our area but changes are not that far off...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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The U-S Postal Service is defending the delay in testing for anthrax in Washington D-C.
That after Anthrax is believed to have killed two postal workers.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Postal paranoia is gripping the nation's capital.
Workers from all 36 Washington- area post offices are undergoing testing for exposure to anthrax.
Meanwhile, Congress is back in business today, but office buildings for House and Senate staffers remain closed for anthrax testing.
One representative is even offering his opinion about who HE believes is responsible for the anthrax mailings.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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(LOCATOR: CAPITOL HILL)
CONGRESS RECONVENED TODAY BUT CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE BUILDINGS REMAIN SHUT
FOR HAZMAT TESTING. CONGRESSIONAL WORKERS ARE CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN
TEMPORARY OFFICES. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER RICHARD GEPHARDT SAYS THE
ANTHRAX SENT TO SENATOR TOM DASCHLES OFFICE WAS VERY POTENT, AND HE
SUSPECTS IT IS LINKED TO THE SEPTMEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
(SOT)REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/D-HOUSE MINORITY LEADER
This is weapons-grade material. Its serious material and weve got to
air on the side of caution.
THOUSANDS OF WORRIED DC POSTAL WORKERS, JUST NOW GETTING TESTED AND
TREATED, WANT TO KNOW WHY THAT DIDNT HAPPEN SOONER. TWO POSTAL
WORKERS HAVE ALREADY DIED AND TWO OTHERS ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR
LIVESSUFFERING FROM INHALATION ANTHRAX. ALL FOUR WORKED HERE AT THE
BRENTWOOD POSTAL FACILITY THAT SERVICES CAPITOL HILL. WHILE
CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS WERE TESTED IMMEDIATELY... POSTAL WORKERS WERE
INITIALLY TOLD THEY DIDNT NEED TO BE TESTED. AMONG THOSE NOW BEING
SCREENED: DCS MAYOR, WHO HAD VISITED THE BRENTWOOD FACILITY TO SHOW
(SOT)ANTHONY WILLIAMS/DC MAYOR
Believe me I understand the anxiety, the concern and the anger of the
NOW POSTAL WORKERS AT ALL 36 DC FACILITIES ARE BEING TESTED AND TAKING
ANTIBIOTICS. THE BRENTWOOD FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED AND HEALTH EXPERTS
NOW ADMIT THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED.
(SOT)TOMMY THOMPSON/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY, Remember, we've
never had anthrax in this country before...
Roanoke Police and Haz-Mat teams were sent to the main Post Office building this morning, when employees reported what police call "suspicious circumstances".
A police spokeswoman says one item was removed from the Post Office and was taken for further investigation.
The move was precautionary. There is no way to tell yet whether the item actually posed any danger to anyone.
US- led air raids are continuing to hit more targets across Afghanistan, as the focus of the anti- terrorism campaign shifts to frontline Taliban positions.
Maureen Maher has an update.
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A head-on collision on North Franklin Street in Christiansburg killed an elderly driver yesterday.
Officials are not releasing the name of the man.
They say his 19-98 Oldsmobile was traveling south in the northbound lane when it hit another car.
A preliminary investigation indicates he exited a shopping center parking lot and turned into oncoming traffic.
The passengers in the car that was hit were treated and released with minor injuries.
In another accident, a 15-year-old girl who was thrown off the back of a car yesterday has died of her injuries.
The accident happened in Northwest Roanoke.
Police say the girl was sitting on the trunk of a car when the driver, a 17-year-old girl from Salem, started to drive off.
The 15-year-old fell off the trunk onto the pavement, injuring her head and neck.
Roanoke police are still investigating the incident.
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Coming up next, we'll tell you about a local school that is turning a little magic on the basketball court into some new equipment.
Also we will see the new life boat for the international space station.
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The population of the Roanoke Valley is changing, and the region's housing must change to meet different needs.
That was the message this morning as the Roanoke Regional Housing Network, brought together bankers, builders, local government leaders and other interested citizens to discuss housing trends.
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((WHAT'S QUITE APPARENT TO MOST FOLKS IS THAT WE'RE GETTING AN INCREASINGLY ELDERLY POPULATION SO WE NEED FOR EXAMPLE, PROBABLY MORE SINGLE LEVEL HOUSING AVAILABLE, BECAUSE AS WE GET OLDER IT'S NOT AS EASY TO GET UP AND DOWN STAIRS.))
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Other changes may include the need for more upscale, high-tech housing as the biomedical institute and related developments move forward in downtown Roanoke.
The first earnings report is out about the merged Wachovia and First Union, and bank officials say they're disappointed.
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The bank reports a third quarter loss of 334 million dollars, and is blaming that number in part on the merger.
Ken Thompson, Wachovia's president and chief executive officer, says he's not satisfied with the bottom line, but is taking the right steps to strengthen the bank's balance sheet.
A group of local teachers could have used a little magic last night on the basketball court.
They were taking on the Harlem Wizards, a trick basketball team. But even if the teachers lost, their school was the real winner.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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There was no shortage of energy and crazy antics at William Byrd High....as local teachers, administrators and members of the community put their best foot forward against the Harlem Wizards...
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((I'M EXCITED, I'M ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT WE DO HAVE TO DO AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO TO US, SO I'M KIND OF NERVOUS TOO.))
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The Harlem Wizards are similar to what we know as the Harlem Globetrotters--- a team that relies heavily on entertainm
ent and audience participation.
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((IT'S A GOOD CROWD AND I'VE TRIED TO DRUM IT UP WITH STUDENTS AT MY SCHOOL TOO AND IT'S ALWAYS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT, A LOT OF FUN AND ANTICS AND JUST A LOT OF FUN.))
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The event is a fundraiser for the Mount Pleasant P-T-A... which actually brought the Wizards to Roanoke Valley a year ago.
((Last year the two teamed up to raise over four thousand dollar to purchase new playground equipment.))
This year-- the P-T-A hopes to raise enough money to purchase a lighted sign for the front of Mount Pleasant elementary as well as accelerated reading material for each classroom.
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((IT WAS SUCH A GREAT SUCCESS AND WE DID SO WELL THAT WE FELT LIKE WE COULD BUILD UP ON WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR AND MAKE IT EVE BETTER SO WE HOPE THAT WILL HAPPEN FOR US TONIGHT.))
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The Harlem Wizards are also doing some celebrating of their own... this is their 40th anniversary.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Vinton.))
A Russian space capsule has been delivered and docked--
NASA says it'll serve as a lifeboat aboard the international space station, Alpha.
The three men living on the space station welcomed their first guests today-- two Russian cosmonauts and a French researcher who delivered the Soyuz capsule.
The capsule replaces an older one.
Besides delivering the new capsule, the visitors will conduct
scientific experiments before leaving and returning to earth
The remaining space station crew isn't due back home until December.
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Coming up next,
Leo Hirshbrunner will have a little competition with the weather forecasting, but we don't think it will BUG him too much.
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If you believe one weather predictor, we will have some cold wet weather this winter.
One of the nation's best wooly worm watchers says all the signs point to a rough winter.
Mark Bellinger has details from Crab Orchard, Tennessee.
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(("I feel like this year it is definitely going to be cold."
"Over the course of the winter, you know not a lot of measurable
" but I think we'll have a lot more than we've had in the last couple
MELINDA HEDGECOTH IS CARRYING ON A FAMILY TRADITION HER MOTHER STARTED
41 YEARS AGO.
"The wooly worms are indicating we're going to have a cold, hard
winter from beginning to end because they're solid black."
MELINDA'S DECEASED MOTHER WAS THE LEGENDARY HELEN LANE OF CRAB
LANE ANALYSED WOOLY WORMS, THE EARLY MORNING FOG OF AUGUST AND OTHER
SIGNS IN MOTHER NATURE TO PREDICT THE WINTERS IN TENNESSEE.
"I'm very proud of what she accomplished in her lifetime."
NOW, IT'S UP TO MELINDA TO CARRY ON IN HER MOTHER'S FOOTSTEPS.
"So, what does it look like this winter? It looks heavy."
LIKE HER MOTHER BEFORE HER MELINDA SEES THE UNUSUALLY LARGE SUPPLY OF
HICKORY NUTS AND ACORNS THIS YEAR WHICH SHE SAYS CAN ONLY MEAN ONE
"That would denote a hard winter, because nature is providing for its
SHE SAYS HER MOTHER TAUGHT HER A LARGE AND THICK HORNETS' NEST LIKE
THIS ONE IS ANOTHER WARNING SIGN THAT IT WILL BE COLD WINTER.
"We watched for the early morning fogs in August and this year I
counted eight early morning fogs in August. Two were heavy."
SHE SAYS THAT MEANS TWO HEAVY SNOWS -- AND SIX DUSTINGS.
ENOUGH FROZEN PRECIPITATION TO FREEZE OUT WOOLY WORMS, WHICH WE NEVER
COULD FIND ON THIS COLDER THAN NORMAL OCTOBER DAY.
MELINDA SAYS GET USED TO THE COLD, BECAUSE WOOLY WORMS NEVER LIE.))[Weather]
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN nine points.
NASDAQ has GAINED 15.
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Still to come - NASCAR hands out some hefty fines for cheating at Talladega.
And .. the New York Yankees gain their 38th pennant .. defeating the Mariners in game five, and securing another trip to the World Series.
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New Yorkers now have something to celebrate.
The Yankees are making their fourth straight trip to the World Series after beating the Seattle Mariners in Game Five of the A-L-C-S last night, 12 to 3.
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The Yanks scored four times in both the third and sixth innings.
Bernie Williams ripped a two- run homer to cap the THIRD inning fireworks.
Chuck Knoblauch and David Justice supplied R-B-I singles in the sixth.
But Tino Martinez delivered the final blow, a three- run homer in the eighth.
Game one of the World Series against Arizona is Saturday night.
The Virginia Cavaliers hope to end a three-game slide this weekend in Raleigh against N.C. State.
Steve Mason has more on a UVa squad that is suddenly a game under 500.
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This week's game with the Wolfpack is not being televised by the ACC.
However, last night the league announced that UVa's home game on November 3rd against Wake Forest WILL be on TV with a noon kickoff.
NASCAR put its foot down yesterday and fined 11 crew chiefs for cheating at Talladega.
They had to pay anywhere from 250 dollars to 25-thousand dollars.
The winner's crew chief got the biggest fine.
Tony Eury was fined $25 thousand dollars, because Dale Earnhardt Junior's winning car was one- 18th- of an inch too low.
Others were fined for having illegal or unapproved rear deck lids, fuel cells, windshield clips and air deflectors.
The most interesting fine was levied against Terry Spalding, a member of Jimmy Spencer's team.
Spalding was fined 5-thousand dollars and placed on indefinite suspension from NASCAR for selling credentials to get i
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How many times have you felt like doing THIS??
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28- competitor lined up in Thailand for a special screaming contest today.
Organizers set it up as a way for the Thai people to vent their feelings about the war in Afghanistan.
Judges scored the screamers in four major categories-- loudness, duration, weirdness and attitude.
A man from Bangkok proved he had the strongest lungs.
He blasted the other contestants out of the running with a four- second, 102-decibel howl.
Three years ago, the same tourist attraction held a LAUGHING contest to cheer up Thais struggling through the Asian economic crisis.
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