A main Roanoke thoroughfare is closed this morning for fear a church could collapse into the road.
It is the Solid Rock Pentecostal church, but there are questions over just how solid the structure is. That after a load-bearing basement wall inside the church collapsed around six o'clock last night.
Experts say that's made the whole building so unstable it could fall into Campbell Avenue.
City inspectors will get a closer look at the structure later today.
Until then, Campbell Avenue will be closed between 8th and 9th streets.
The city's building commissioner says the church COULD be repaired, but the area is too dangerous to work in right now.
They're cleaning up and praying more rain doesn't bring more flooding in Southwest Virginia.
Wytheville is still asking residents to boil water because the town's treatment plant was flooded
Most of the hundreds who fled to temporary shelters yesterday are back in their homes.
There are NO reports of deaths or injuries caused by the flooding.
State transportation officials say most main roads in the region re-opened yesterday. But more than 100 secondary roads are blocked by water or mud.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
In Saltville, overflowing creeks and rivers ripped down bridges and trees....forcing about 75-people to evacuate their homes.
Officials say no was injured or killed.
Volunteer firefighters have been working since the rain started on Sunday.
They say cleaning up is now the priority.
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[IN Q=PUMP BASEMENTS]
((STEVE ROUTH/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; PUMP BASEMENTS THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE'VE GOT TRYING TO GET THE BASEMENTS PUMPED OUT AND DEAL WITH THE PUBLIC AND HELP THEM ANYWAY WE CAN. ))
((JOHNNY WILSON/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; IT TORE MY BRIDGE OUT AND IT TORE THE DRIVEWAY OUT AND I LOST MY WATER ITS JUST, JUST TERRIBLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Steve Routh/Volunteer Firefighter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Wilson/Volunteer Firefighter; :10]
[OUT Q=JUST TERRIBLE]
Yesterday, state crews worked to contain mudslides and re-opened the heavily traveled Route 91.
Officials say they believe this is the worst flooding the area has ever seen.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
Making international news--
A U-S military spokesman says terrorists with machine guns, grenades and mortars have attacked U-S coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan.
The firefight lasted for about two hours.
Authorities say they don't know of any casualties.
The city is on the southeastern end of the valley where Operation Anaconda was staged.
That operation's over, but troops continue searching for al-Qaida hideouts.
As President Bush considers revamping the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the head of the I-N-S got a good grilling from Congress about recent lapses in visas-- including those for the September 11th hijackers.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :13]
[SUPER=01-Darrell Issa/(R) California; :23]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Lieberman/(D) Connecticut; :53]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; 1:12]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS news, Washington.]
TRACK: WHEN A FLORIDA FLIGHT SCHOOL RECEIVED NOTIFICATION FROM THE
I-N-S LAST WEEK REGARDING STUDENT VISAS FOR TWO OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH
HIJACKERS, IT BECAME A CASE STUDY FOR WHAT'S BEEN CHRONICALLY WRONG WITH
(TOO QUICK TO SUPER!)
SOT: (16:15:07) March 11th created a red-alert day. (:03)
TRACK: THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LAID INTO I-N-S COMMISSIONER,
JAMES ZIGLAR, FOR EMBARRASSING HOLES WITHIN THE SYSTEM.
(Super: Darrell Issa/R-California)
SOT: (16:29:59) I consider your organization, today, worse than useless
because it expends funds while accomplishing a net nothing. (:08)
TRACK: ZIGLAR BLAMES PART OF THE PROBLEM ON AN OUTDATED SYSTEM OF
PAPERWORK AND EQUIPMENT AND AGREES HIS AGENCY NEEDS REFORM. ONE OF THE
PROPOSALS FOR SCRUTINIZING VISAS AND TIGHTENING BORDERS WOULD BE TO
MERGE THE I-N-S AND THE CUSTOMS SERVICE CREATING A NEW AGENCY IN
CHARGE OF SECURING AMERICAS POROUS BORDERS.
(Super: Joseph Lieberman/D-Connecticut)
SOT: Its a step in the right direction because it brings together
agencies that are, right now, tripping over each other at our borders,
and they're not doing the job they should do to protect our security.
TRACK: THE NEW U-S BUREAU OF BORDER ENFORCEMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE
APPROVED BY CONGRESS AND WOULD FALL UNDER THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. MOST
EXPECT PRESIDENT BUSH TO ENDORSE THE PLAN BY WEEK'S END.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Attempts by other administrations to merge the I-N-S and
Customs have failed in the past, but in light of the attacks on 9-11,
most believe the new agency will be given the green light. Teri Okita,
CBS News, Washington.
The Senate is expected to give final Congressional approval today to campaign finance reform.
Republican opponents have conceded defeat in their efforts to derail the measure.
The bill would prohibit un- regulated "soft money" donations.
The House passed the bill last month.
President Bush has never been enthusiastic about the measure, but has indicated he would sign it.
The Lotto South "Mystery Winner" is expected to step forward in Richmond today .. and claim a prize worth up 21 million dollars.
That ticket became valuable after the March 2nd drawing, but we have not heard anything from the winner until now.
The Virginia Lottery plans to hand over a big check to the winner .. who purchased the ticket a Roanoke County Kroger store.
A special prosecutor has been designated to look into last month's fatal accident involving a Vinton patrol car.
Officer John Munsey was pursuing a speeding pick-up when a car carrying Audrey St. Clair and Onita (Ah-NEE-ta) Bryant collided with Munsey's vehicle. The two women were killed instantly. There's been no public account of how fast the police car was traveling.
A report from state police was turned over to the County Commonwealth's Attorney, but he has asked his counterpart in Botetourt to consider what should be done. A judge signed the order yesterday naming Joel Branscom Special Prosecutor.
Ninety days.. that's how long Appomattox County supervisors and the judges of the Tenth Circuit have to come up with and approve a compromise design for the county's new courthouse.
The county says it can't afford to build the kind of facility the judges want.. the two sides are about two million dollars apart in their proposals.
The judges had sued the county over its run-down, unsafe courthouse, and the case was scheduled to go to trial today.
Now, after some last- minute negotiations, both sides have agreed to postpone that trial while architects for the two sides try to hash out a compromise.
They have thirty days to come up with a new design to either renovate the existing courthouse or build a new one.
The supervisors and the judges then have sixty days to approve it.
If they can't, the trial will start no later than June 15th.
Franklin County taxpayers will feel some effects of state budget cuts in the coming year.
Here are some highlights from the proposed budget unveiled yesterday:
Real estate and property taxes will stay the same, but the county administrator is recommending an increase in the 9-1-1 tax ... from 80 cents to a dollar a month.
The cost of county vehicle decals would go up 5 dollars.
Schools would get a 3 percent INCREASE in funding.
The county administrator also proposes using one-million dollars set aside for the central library to cover the shortfall.
The county would then borrow 1-point-5 million dollars to build the library.
Some local atheletes are using their status as role models to influence the health habits of kids.
As part of the Red Cross's "Kick Butts" day atheletes from Virginia Tech, the Roanoke Dazzle and Roanoke Stars soccer spoke to 8th graders at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem yesterday afternoon.
Their message: take care of your body. Don't smoke, dip or chew.
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[IN Q=I'm here today to educate...]
[SUPER=01-Grant Noel/Virginia Tech Quarterback;]
((GRANT NOEL/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: I'M HERE TODAY TO EDUCATE THESE YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS ABOUT THE DANGER OF SMOKING, USING TOBACCO, AND TRY TO TELL THEM WHERE I COME FROM AND WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT NOT USING TOBACCO AND HOW GOOD IT IS NOT TO USE IT AND WHAT IT CAN DO TO YOUR BODY.))
[OUT Q=and what it can do to your body.]
Yesterday's program was called "Kick, Shoot and Throw Your Way to Health."
Kick Butts day officially falls on April third.
The assembly was held early because of spring break.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Six people are dead and dozens of others wounded in the latest suicide bombing in the Middle East.
It happened aboard a crowded commuter bus during morning rush hour in northern Israel.
The explosion is putting a dent in U-S efforts to broker an end to nearly 18 months of intense fighting.
There's been an un- confirmed claim of responsibility by the militant Islamic Jihad.
The attack occurred just a day after Vice President Dick Cheney visited the region.
But it's not yet known whether it'll affect today's meeting between Israeli and Palestinian security officials, along with U-S mediator Anthony Zinni.
A total of 55 people are being sought on a variety of drug and firearms charges as part of a county-wide drug sting in Bedford.
A 10-month undercover investigation led to 117 charges against suspects in Bedford County and the Southwest Virginia area.
Authorities have also seized two dozen guns, more than ten thousand dollars in cash and a variety of illicit drugs.
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[IN Q=It's more difficult]
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: IT'S MORE DIFFICULT TO BUY DRUGS IN BEDFORD COUNTY NOW. OUR GUYS HAVE REALLY GOT TO GET OUT AND WORK.. IT'S NOT EASY TO BUY 'EM AS IT WAS AT ONE TIME AND I THINK BECAUSE OF OUR REPUTATION.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff]
[OUT Q=because of our reputation.]
Officers with the D-E-A, state police, Franklin County and Roanoke City and County assisted with the operation.
Bedford County has also nabbed two suspects in its investigation into child pornography on the Internet.
Steven L. Reynolds of Kenbridge was arrested last month on a total of 17 counts involving the possession and reproduction of child pornography.
He's already pleaded guilty and is serving a 21- month jail term.
Last week, authorities charged Steven Keith Herron of Goodview with twenty counts of possession of child porn.
The arrests follow a nationwide sting that led to charges against more than 130 people in 26 states.
City police apparently did NOT find the mask they were looking for when they searched Mark Lamont Neamo's apartment last week.
The search warrant indicates sources told police they recognized Neamo's voice from the surveillance tape recorded during the robbery at the Texaco Stop In on Hershberger Road.
While both suspects wore masks, police cite individuals who say Neamo told them he was the one who fatally shot store clerk Joyce Parrish.
Some of the same people said they saw a mask- -like the one in the horror movie "Scream"- -in Neamo's apartment. A list filed with the court yesterday indicates the mask was NOT among a dozen or so items seized from Neamo's apartment Thursday.
Residents are answering the call for help in Craig County.
The rescue squad found itself in desperate need of volunteers after several members recently resigned.
The squad's new captain says 24 people have since signed up to take a basic E-M-T class.
It will cost each person about 100- dollars to take the course.
Last night, Tim Reynolds asked the Craig County Board of Supervisors to consider footing the cost of tuition.
[IN Q= A LOT OF TIMES]
((A LOT OF TIMES WE'VE HAD EMT CLASSES IN THE PAST PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN CERTIFIED FOR THEIR OWN KNOWLEDGE AND HAVEN'T STEPPED UP TO HELP, AND WE'VE STILL BEEN SHORT HANDED SO MAYBE WITH THIS INCENTIVE, OK, WE'LL PAY FOR IT IF YOU JOIN, MAYBE WE CAN GET SOME MORE ACTIVE MEMBERS TO HELP SERVE EVERYBODY BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Reynolds/Craig Co. Rescue Squad Captain; :00]
[OUT Q= EVERYBODY BETTER.]
The board of supervisors should know next week if it will be able to fund part or all of the tuition for the course-- which will take about six months to complete.
In business news this morning, Hewlett Packard chairwoman and
chief executive Carly Fiorina is claiming victory in her company's
hard-fought battle to buy Compaq Computer.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS WEDNESDAY THE 20TH OF MARCH.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
NOW THAT SHAREHOLDERS HAVE APPARENTLY GIVEN HEWLETT PACKARD THE
O-K TO MERGE WITH COMPAQ.. C-E-O CARLY FIORINA HAS SOME NETWORK
REBUILDING TO DO ... AND WERE NOT TALKING ABOUT COMPUTERS.
FIORINA CLAIMED VICTORY AFTER A SPECIAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING ON
THE MERGER TUESDAY.. BUT NOW...ANALYSTS SAY SHE FACES AN EVEN BIGGER
CHALLENGE: GETTING 135,000 EMPLOYEES TO WORK TOGETHER. .
COMPAQ SHAREHOLDERS ARE EXPECTED TO APPROVE THE MERGER IN THEIR
VOTE TODAY. THEN THE FENCE MENDING BEGINS.
GOT LEMONS.. MAKE LEMONADE.
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY WILL MOVE A BUSINESS COURSE ENTITLED "THE
ENRON IMPLOSION" TO A 700-SEAT AUDITORIUM BECAUSE SO MANY STUDENTS
THE COURSE -
ORIGINALLY WITH 300 SEATS--WILL BE A FORUM FOR ANALYZING THE EVENTS
THAT LED UP TO THE ENRON COLLAPSE, AND THE EFFECTS THAT CONTINUE TO
MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE SAYS DOZENS OF BIG, HIGH-QUALITY
COMPANIES WHOSE BUSINESS POSITIONS MAY FIND MAKE THEMSELVES UNABLE
TO RAISE CASH BY TAPPING THEIR CREDIT LINES.
IT'S PUBLISHED REPORTS ON 236 COMPANIES, ALL BUT ONE WITH
INVESTMENT-GRADE RATINGS, AS PART OF ITS PUSH TO HAVE COMPANIES
DISCLOSE THEIR FINANCES BETTER.
NOW THAT THE FED'S STOOD FIRM ON INTEREST RATES FOR NOW... TODAY
LOOK FOR WALL STREET REACTION TO TURN TO HOUSING STARTS DATA FOR
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. STOCKS DOWN IN JAPAN ON FEARS THE
GOVERNMENT WILL SLOW TRYING TO FIX THE BANKING SYSTEM NOW THAT EXPORTS
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, the FDA has yet to approve a new drug that researchers say can combat the common cold.
And studies show that calcium may help fight cancer.
Melissa McDermott has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((AN FDA ADVISORY PANEL IS RECOMMENDING AGAINST APPROVING THE FIRST DRUG
TO DIRECTLY ATTACK THE COMMON COLD.
UNLIKE COLD REMEDIES THAT MASK SYMPTOMS, THE DRUG pleh-CON-ah-rill
ATTACKS THE VIRUS ITSELF.
BUT THE PANEL SAYS ONE OF ITS CONCERNS IS THAT WHEN WOMEN TAKE
pleh-CON-ah-rill, IT SEEMS TO MAKE THEIR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS LESS
MILLIONS OF HEART ATTACK PATIENTS WOULD LIVE LONGER IF THEY GOT A COSTLY
THE DEVICE IS A TINY DEFIBRILLATOR, USED TO SHOCK A SICK HEART BACK INTO
ITS NORMAL RHYTHM.
IT'S THE SAME DEVICE USED BY VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY.
IN A NEW STUDY, HEART ATTACK PATIENTS WHO USED THE DEFIBRILLATOR REDUCED
THEIR RISK OF CARDIAC ARREST OR SUDDEN DEATH BY ONE-THIRD.
AN EXTRA GLASS OF MILK COULD REDUCE YOUR RISK OF COLON CANCER.
HARVARD RESEARCHERS SAY A MODEST INCREASE IN CALCIUM APPEARS TO OFFER
SOME PROTECTION AGAINST CANCER, AMONG PEOPLE WITH LOW-CALCIUM DIETS.
THE FINDINGS APPEAR IN TODAY'S JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE.
(BACK ON CAM)
THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
New parents worry about everything including feeding their babies.
One of the biggest concerns is when to introduce solid foods and what kind.
[TAKE FS EARY YEARS]
In today's early years segment, Marilyn Mitzel gives you a guide to what those first foods should be.
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[IN Q=It is so]
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Mitzel/Reporting; :26]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Amada Romano-Silva/Miami Pediatrics; :34]
[OUT Q=talk to your pediatrician.]
IT'S SO EASY WHEN YOUR BABY'S FIRST BORN - YOU EITHER BOTTLE OR
BUT SOON - CONFUSION SETS IN.
(Fast music--messy babies)
(Baby crying. Mom: No, no.)
(Mmm, que rico.)
(No, no, no.)
("What solids to give him is very confusing.")
"It was very scary and at first she would try the food and make all
of funny faces because she didn't like it.")
Funny faces or not - pediatricians say as babies grow they need
calories so you've got to start giving them solid food.
But - what kind - how much and exactly when?)
"Between four to six months is the first stage of introducing solid
foods, and we usually start with the cereals.")
PEDIATRICIANS SAYS YOU'LL KNOW WHEN TO START BECAUSE YOUR BABY
MAY CRY EVEN AFTER DRINKING SEVEN TO EIGHT OUNCES OF MILK -- OR MAY
WANT TO EAT MORE OFTEN.
(NATS-"Hello, we hungry, yes we are.")
YOUR BABY'S FIRST FOODS SHOULD BE SINGLE-GRAIN, IRON FORTIFIED
CEREALS LIKE RICE CEREAL, MIXED WITH BREAST MILK OR FORMULA.
"In addition to introducing a new food, you're also providing a new
texture other than pure liquid.")
NEXT - INTRODUCE JUICES, WATER AND PUREED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
BUT ONLY ONE FOOD AT A TIME IN CASE OF AN ALLERGIC REACTION.
"If you find that the baby develops a rash or diarrhea or some
intolerance what you would do is just discontinue that baby food.")
BUT SINCE BABIES USUALLY OUTGROW ALLERGIES...TRY GIVING THAT FOOD
AGAIN IN A FEW MONTHS.
BETWEEN SIX AND EIGHT MONTHS, INFANTS ARE READY FOR STRAINED AND
"He eats a lot of vegetables and he loves his fruits.")
BUT HOW MUCH?
START WITH TWO OUNCES, THEN WORK UP TO FOUR OUNCES.
BETWEEN EIGHT MONTHS AND A YEAR, AS BABIES GET MORE TEETH AND GET
AT CHEWING -- IT'S SAFE TO GIVE THEM FINELY CHOPPED TABLE FOODS.
"Her favorite is rice and beans, and we also tried some chicken.")
YOU CAN ALSO BEGIN ADDING SNACKS - AND ENCOURAGE BABY TO DRINK
FROM A CUP
NOT A BOTTLE.
BY AGE ONE - SUBSTITUTE FORMULA OR BREAST MILK WITH WHOLE COW'S
"Baby's organs are still forming and you still need that extra fat
which the whole milk provides. An infant's nutrition and a child's
nutrition is the most important thing you can offer your baby.")
BOTH DANIEL AND ALEXANDRIA'S MOMS KNOW THAT ALL TOO WELL.
"I'm trying to teach him now how to eat properly, what types of food I
him to get used to eating so that he follow that trend.")
"It's hard and it takes time, but it's important for their future to
how to eat different types of foods.")
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT YOUR BABY'S FIRST FOODS, TALK TO YOUR
That was Marilyn Mitzel reporting.
For more information on what to feed your baby you can log onto www dot kids health dot org and type baby first food in the window. OR..
[TAKE FS WEB ADDRESS]
you can find a link on our homepage at WDBJ-7 dot com. Then click on News 7 Mornin. We'll be right back.
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An accident near the Bedford-Campbell County line killed a man yesterday afternoon.
State Police say 35 year old Carl Douglas Hardy of Bedford was headed west on Route 24 just before five when he failed to negotiate a turn.
He ran off the side of the road, plunged down an embankment, hit a tree and was ejected.
Troopers say he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Another chapter in the switched-babies case is about to begin.
A Buena Vista judge has agreed to hear arguments by Paula Johnson, who is still seeking custody of her biological child.
Johnson has been raising another couple's child since a well-known baby switch at the University of Virginia Medical Center in 1995.
The switch was not discovered until three years later.
Johnson has custody of Callie Conley, the child she has raised since birth.
Johnson's attorney says she's married and financially stable and can raise her biological daughter Rebecca, who now lives in Buena Vista with her grandparents.
The custody hearing will be held May 24th.
The Supreme Court has sided with a former Lynchburg College professor in a case that could make it easier for employees to meet deadlines in discrimination cases.
Leonard Edelman claimed he was denied tenure as a biology professor because he is white.
A lower court ruled that Edelman's complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was filed in time, but was NOT a sworn statement.
In its unanimous decision yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled those complaints do NOT have to be sworn statements.