As U-S postal workers line up for treatment against anthrax, health officials are still learning how the bacteria is spread.
Meanwhile, White House officials are telling people NOT to be afraid of the mail.
And life returns to normal in Downtown Roanoke after a bomb and anthrax threat.
Some record highs will be broken today but then the cold air will begin to move in...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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Medical testing and antibiotics remain the order of the day in Washington D-C, where thousands of postal workers are trying to protect themselves against Anthrax.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Doctors are working around-the-clock to determine how many people with suspicious symptoms really have anthrax.
The extra efforts come after a trace of anthrax is discovered at a White House mail- sorting facility, located several miles from the executive mansion.
Testing is under way for all workers there and in mail rooms within the White House complex.
Meanwhile, President Bush says he's confident about the safety of the White House-- and his own safety, as well.
Aleen Sirgany joins us now from Washington with more.
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IN A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK, THOUSANDS OF DC POSTAL WORKERS LINE UP FOR
THEIR CIPRO AS TWO OF THEIR OWN, SUFFERING FROM INHALATION ANTRHAX,
CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES.
(SOT)DR. SUSAN MATCHA/INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL"They've made it through
the critical first 48 hours," They've beat the odds so far, so we are
THREE ADDITIONAL DC POSTAL WORKERS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH ANTHRAX
LIKE SYMPTOMS. ALL OF THE VICTIMS, INCLUDING THE TWO WHO DIED, WORKED
HERE AT THE BRENTWOOD MAIL FACILITY. ITS THE SAME POST OFFICE THAT
HANDLED THE ANTRAX TAINED MAIL SENT TO SENATOR TOM DASCHLES OFFICE.
EVEN THOUGH CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS WERE TESTED AND TREATED RIGHT AWAY,
POSTAL WORKERS WERENT. THE SURGEON GENERAL SAYS THATS BECAUSE HEALTH
EXPERTS DIDNT THINK IT WAS NECESSARY.
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we now know and we didn't know this a week ago, that the mere passing of
a sealed envelope to a postal facility can expose people to it, we don't
know what happened in that post office that resulted in that exposure,
but we know more than we did last week
meantime, investigators are working with one concrete lead, the hand
writing and content of the letters sent to nbc news, senator tom
daschele and the new york post. but while they are all nearly
identical, police have not yet been able to conclusively tie them
Postal workers in New York City are threatening to stage a "sick out" if they don't get better treatment in light of the increasing anthrax cases.
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This comes after a heated meeting last night between the New York Metro Postal Union and Postal Service officials.
There are no known cases of anthrax among New York postal workers, but many are very concerned.
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Postal officials say they plan to offer seven-thousand workers the antibiotic, Cipro.
They work at six different facilities that MAY have been in the path of anthrax-contaminated letters sent to the major T-V networks.
Anthrax worries made their way to Roanoke's main post office yesterday, but all tests came up negative.
A postal official says the workers were evacuated yesterday morning .. after a white powder was found on a mail processing machine.
A hazardous materials unit responded, and took samples of the substance for analysis.
All tests came back negative.
It was a different kind of scare that shut down parts of Downtown Roanoke last night.
After several hours police determined a package sent to an office in the SunTrust bank building did not pose a threat.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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((For nearly six hours this was the scene outside the Sun Trust bank building in downtown Roanoke.
A two block radius cordoned off after an employee in the Catawba Capital Management office on the sixth floor said they received a threatening phone call.
Police say the caller talked about a bomb and anthrax.
((At that time.....orderly evacuation))
Initially Roanoke police said the caller also referred to a package delivered in the mail.... but authorities now say they misspoke that the caller only talked about the bomb and anthrax.
Police will now be working to find the person who made the threatening call.
They're also be working to get to the bottom of something else.
While searching the Catawba Capital Management office--- three police dogs found a package delivered to the office to b
((The package was a federal express... nothing suspicious about it.))
Police say the box was apparently mailed from Memphis, Tennessee. Authorities will be investigating that angel... as well as working to determine who made that original call.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.
There's a clear indication today that the U-S military is making progress in rooting out terrorism.
Nearly two dozen known terrorists were reportedly killed in overnight raids.
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A Pakistani militant group says 22 of its fighters were killed.
That would be the deadliest strike against a group linked to Osama bin Laden since the U-S-led air campaign began 17 days ago.
This is the first time in several days U-S planes conducted an all-out assault on Kabul.
U-S attacks had been focusing on the Taliban's front lines to the north during the last three days.
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More than 100 local workers are losing their jobs. We will have the latest business closing after this break.
Also we'll see how New York is dealing with its newest, number one tourist attraction...Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks.
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Two children and an adult were killed in a head-on collision in Floyd County yesterday morning.
It happened on Route 221 near Copper Hill.
State police say 41-year old David Lawson of Copper Hill crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a farm truck.
Lawson and two children riding with him -- ages 4 and 8 -- died at the scene.
The driver of the farm truck, Skip Conner, was taken the hospital.
Cultural organizations in Southwestern Virginia are going ahead with a plan to become financially secure.
18-institutions gathered this morning to announce the completion of nine months of work on a Master Plan.
Directors hope the collaborative effort will preserve and enhance the emphasis placed on the Roanoke Valley's cultural resources.
Along with boosting tourism and education, the plan focuses on raising funds to replace those lost when Virginia's lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement.
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Jennings says, even if the state comes through with funding in the future, the Arts Council will continue with its plan.
As part of the marketing portion of the plan, the group now sports a new logo complete with the slogan: "Arts, History, Science, Zoo: A Shared Cultural View."
Other areas of focus include transportation and architecture.
Norfolk Southern says a slowing economy is to blame for its 20 percent drop in earnings.
The third quarter report showed a 20 million dollar net income loss, but earnings per share matched analyst expectations exactly at 20 cents.
Operating costs for the railroad dropped five percent, thanks to the company's massive restructuring plan, which included hundreds of layoffs in Southwest Virginia.
Analysts say third quarter results are not a good performance indication because of the slowdown September 11th created.
They'll be watching to see how much ground N-S can recover in the fourth quarter.
A Clifton Forge call center will leave 120 people out of work when it shuts down at the end of the year.
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Telegate U-S-A, formerly known as C-F-W, informed workers yesterday that it is closing for good.
Operators there handle directory assistance calls for long distance companies.
Telegate officials say business has been decreasing as their clients cut back on service.
Company leaders are meeting with Telegate's union next week to discuss severance packages.
New York City is trying to determine what to do about tourists who want to visit and photograph Ground Zero.
While celebrities like Oprah and Prince Albert have gotten up-close views of the site, other people are being kept at a distance.
Morry Alter has the story.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon
NASA hopes the third time is the charm as its latest MARS mission hits a crucial point.
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NASA scientists are celebrating the beginning of the "2001 Mars Space Odyssey".
After two failed attempts, the NASA spacecraft finally entered orbit around the Red Planet last night.
Mission control even erupted in cheers, hugs, and high-fives.
The six-month journey to Mars is the first since two other NASA missions failed in 1999.
The un-manned Odyssey will look for minerals, and search for water across Mars' dusty surface.
You've heard of walk-a-thons--
Now, toy giants F-A-O Schwartz and Hasbro have teamed up to launch a PLAY-a-thon.
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Actress Susan Sarandon is helping the companies raise money and awareness.
Those involved will get sponsors to donate money, based on how many hours they play with toys and games.
The play-a-thon is happening at F-A-O Schwartz stores across the country from now through Halloween.
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Money raised from the Play-a-thon will go to Youth Service America.
It's a national organization that encourages youth to get involved in community projects.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 26 points.
NASDAQ has gained 17 points.
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Still to come on the newscast ... Rick Mast gets a new set of wheels for this weekend's Winston Cup race.
And .. He had surgery just a week ago .. but a little determination and a lot of hard work has this Hokie back in the game already.
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Rick Mast will have a new Winston Cup ride this weekend for the Checker Autoparts 500.
Mast will be getting behind the wheel for Junie Dunleavy in Phoenix on Sunday.
Mast, who has had more than his share of rough times this season, attempted to make last weekend's race at Talladega in a Dunleavy car but failed.
Mast replaces Hut Stricklin for this Sunday's race, and sources say Mast will be the main driver for the 90 Ford race team for next season.
News 7 sports has learned that the Richmond based team and the Rockbridge Bath's driver will have sponsorship from several Virginia based companies including the Virginia Lottery and Sauers mayonaise.
We have also been told that Governor Gilmore was involved in putting this all Virginia deal together. All that is left now is signing on the dotted line.
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The Syracuse/Virginia Tech game this Saturday at Lane Stadium is a sell out, with Tech favored by two touchdowns and a field goal.
And as Mike Stevens reports, one particular Hokie is determined to make the game.
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((Just over a week ago Jake Houseright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to have the meniscus cartilage trimmed. This ultrasound treatment stimulates the healing process, but Houseright already is recovering so well, that he has been cleared to play the entire game against Syracuse.
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The senior from Gate City has had 5 different knee surgeries since arriving at Tech. Yet he's never backed down from rehabilitation or wavered in his desire to play.
Sophomore Eric Green will start in Austin's place at the field corner position where he started 5 games last season. In Blacksburg, Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
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