President Bush takes off on a Latin American tour... vowing he won't let a deadly terrorist bombing in Peru alter his plans.
And... a Bedford County woman who sparked a search for a gun-toting suspect yesterday has admitted to shooting herself.
Sunshine returns allowing temperatures to climb....But windy cold conditions are not that far away...I'll have your hometown forecast....
News 7 at Noon is next.
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((TWO-BIT TERRORISTS AREN'T GOING TO PREVENT ME FROM DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO.))
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The President responds to a deadly bombing near the U-S embassy in Lima, Peru... a city he's set to visit this weekend.
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Good afternoon, I'm Marya Jones.
Kimberly is off today.
President Bush says he's moving forward with the trip to Peru -- despite a deadly car bomb attack.
At least nine people died in the blast.
The State Department says no Americans were hurt in the attack, which damaged cars and buildings near the embassy.
Police have not said WHO is responsible yet.
Bush left this morning for a four-day trip to Mexico, El Salvador and Peru.
He said he's sure Peru's president will do everything possible to make the area safe.
A Palestinian official says Israel has canceled the next round of truce talks -- after two days of suicide bombings in Jerusalem.
Police say at least three people died in the attack today, including the bomber.
More than 40 others were hurt.
It happened in the city's main shopping area.
Yesterday, a bomber killed himself and seven passengers on a bus nearby.
Israelis say they're holding Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accountable.
A militia linked to Arafat has claimed responsibility for today's bombing.
Governor Mark Warner will tour parts of flood-ravaged Southwest Virginia today.
Authorities say flooding in far southwest Virginia will cost nearly 51-million dollars to repair.
V-DOT says it will cost more than 9-million to fix roads and bridges in flood-damaged areas.
The Governor has asked President Bush to declare ten counties a federal disaster area. That would make flood victims eligible for federal grants and loans.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will survey the area tomorrow.
A Bedford County woman who sparked a frantic search for a gun-toting suspect yesterday has admitted to shooting herself.
44- year- old Linda Moorefield Ferrell walked into the China Royal restaurant in Forest and told employees she'd been shot by an unidentified white male.
As Ferrell was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, more than a dozen police officers combed the area for the gunman.
Ferrell later told her husband she'd shot herself.. police recovered the gun from a dumpster where she'd thrown it.
Charges against Ferrell are pending.
The reward is up to 60-thousand dollars in the search for two kidnapped teenage girls in Oregon.
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Ashley Pond disappeared January 9th on her way to school.
Her friend Miranda Gaddis spoke to the media afterward.
Two months later, Gaddis vanished on HER way to school.
The two 13-year-olds went to the same school, lived in the same apartment complex and are on the school dance team.
Officials now fear they have a serial abductor on their hands.
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((CHARLES MATHEWS/FBI SPECIAL AGENT; THE INVESTIGATORS HAVE GENERALLY CONCLUDED THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH AN INDIVIDUAL WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTH DISAPPEARANCES.))
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In Washington, D.C., an Oregon congresswoman also asked for the public's help.
F-B-I investigators are telling the public to be on the lookout for acquaintances who recently changed their appearance or moved away suddenly.
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Today the Pope broke his silence about the sexual abuse scandals plaguing the Roman Catholic Church.
He used his annual message to priests worldwide to say the problems are casting a "dark shadow of suspicion" over all priests.
Tom Fenton has more.
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((With the growing scandal of child abuse by priests, the silence of the Pope has troubled many Catholics. Today, John Paul II broke that silence in his annual letter to priests.
In two paragraphs near the end, he wrote:
"...we are personally and profoundly afflicted by the sins of some of our brothers who have betrayed the grace of ordination." He said that "grave scandal is caused, with the result that a dark shadow of
suspicion is cast" over other priests.
He added that "the Church shows her concern for the victims and strives to respond in truth and justice to each of the painful situations.."
Whether that will restore the damaged credibility of the Catholic church remains to be seen ... especially in America, where hundreds of priests have been formally accused of sexually molesting boys and young men.
In a recent poll of American Catholics, twenty percent said priests in their diocese have been accused of child molesting. Only two out of three Catholics now have confidence in their church leaders.
FENTON ON CAM CLOSE
THIS IS MORE THAN AN AMERICAN PROBLEM. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND HAS JUST PAID 110 MILLION DOLLARS TO CHILDREN ABUSED BY THE CLERGY OVER THE YEARS. AND CASES INVOLVING COVER-UPS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AROUND THE WORLD. WHAT WAS MISSING IN THE POPE'S LETTER WAS ANY PLAN OF ACTION, OTHER THAN TO URGE PRIESTS "TO COMMIT THEMSELVES MORE FULLY TO THE SEARCH FOR HOLINESS."
TOM FENTON CBS NEWS LONDON.))
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Time is running out for a crumbling Roanoke chuch.
We'll have the latest when News 7 at noon returns.
Also more women are putting off pregnancy until they are older. Coming up after this break, we see what physical challenges their children might face as a result.
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Members of a local church are still trying to figure out to do with their crumbling building.
Cracks in the front wall of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church on Campbell Avenue were discovered earlier this week after the foundation wall collapsed.
Building inspectors who toured the building yesterday say there's nothing holding the wall up.
They've given the church's pastor until tomorrow to develop a plan to fix the damage.
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((RON SMITH/BUILDING COMMISSIONER: THE PROBLEM IS THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE RIGHT AWAY. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME BECAUSE IT IS SEVERE AND IF THE CHURCH FAILS TO ACT PROMPTLY THE CITY MAY HAVE TO TAKE ACTION TO ABATE THE PROBLEM.))
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Smith says the city told Pastor George Taylor to contact an engineer to find out how to repair the more than 50-year old building.
Taylor is confident everything will work out.
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((PASTOR GEORGE TAYLOR/SOLID ROCK PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: IT LOOKS KINDA GRAY AS FAR AS THE PHYSICAL SIDE GOES 'CAUSE IT MAY LOOK IMPOSSIBLE. BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU NEVER KNOW. GOD CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN.))
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In the meantime, Taylor says services will be held at Greater Life Ministries at 16th and Rorer Avenue.
Both of Roanoke's major airlines are calling it quits for travel agent commissions.
US Airways has followed its competitors' lead by announcing today it is eliminating base commission for tickets issued by travel agents in the U-S and Canada.
United Airlines did the same last week.
All six of America's largest airlines made the move in an effort to cut costs.
More women these days are waiting until they're older to have children.
A new study says their newborns are more likely to be underweight and premature.
Not only that, but some experts say those infants are at a higher risk for other medical problems and learning disabilities.
Andy Skoogman has more.
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(((SOT-BOO HOLMES "I had Peter when I was 36.")
KATY BOO HOLMES IS LIKE MANY NEW MOTHERS.
(SOT-BOO HOLMES "Looking at it now, I wish I would've started having babies when I was 25, but that wasn't in my care
HER SON PETER IS JUST OVER A YEAR OLD.
HAPPY AND HEALTHY.
BUT A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS HE MAY ALSO BE FORTUNATE.
THE FINDINGS, PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS, SAY BABIES BORN TO WOMEN 35 AND OLDER ARE 20 TO 40 PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO HAVE LOW BIRTH WEIGHT...
AND ARE 20 PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO BE BORN PREMATURELY.
(SOT-LUPO "There definitely are more smaller babies to older women due to high blood pressure.")
DOCTOR VIRGINIA LUPO SAYS MOTHERS OVER 35, LIKE BOO HOLMES, OFTEN
DEVELOP HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES.
BUT THAT CERTAINLY DOESN'T MEAN THEIR CHILDREN WILL DEVELOP DISABILITIES.
(SOT-LUPO "I sure wouldn't want women to read this study and to in anyway get the message that they shouldn't have a
baby or consider it just because they're over age 35.")
BOO HOLMES HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING HER PREGNANCY.
BUT SAYS PETER'S LIVING PROOF---OLDER WOMEN CAN HAVE PERFECTLY
(SOT-BOO HOLMES "Certainly, there are risks, with having a baby when you're a little bit older, but the reward is so gr
eat, having a child, I'd do it again.")
IN FACT, SHE IS DOING IT AGAIN.
5 MONTHS PREGNANT, PETER'S NEW SIBLING---AND PLAYMATE-- WILL ARRIVE THIS SUMMER.))
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The study looked at all babies born in Alberta, Canada from 19-90 thru 19-96.
For more information on health issues concerning late age pregnancies, visit the March of Dimes website. You can find it through a link to our website at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Spending time in the hospital is a little more fun thanks to some Botetourt County high school students.
The Lord Botetourt students came to Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital to deliver two Sony Playstations Twos and a stack of D-V-Ds.
They raised one-thousand dollars in 10 days for the pediatric cancer center.
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((CARON LEONARD/LORD BOTETOURT JUNIOR: WE JUST CARRIED A JAR AROUND IN CLASS, GAVE SOME TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND OUR PARENTS EACH TOOK ONE TO WORK.))
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((DR. DARRYL LONGEE/CARILION ROANOKE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: IT'S TREMENDOUS FOR US FROM THE STANDPOINT OF HAVING TO DISTRACT THE KIDS FROM THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH. TREATMENTS THEY'RE TAKING, TRANSFUSIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
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The students' government teacher Greg Hupp inspired the fundraiser.
His three year old daughter was treated for cancer at the pediatric center.
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Still ahead on News 7 at noon, we'll walk in the footsteps of Stonewall Jackson with author Clint Johnson.
Plus the world's first photograph goes on sale.
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He's a legendary Civil War general ... known as one of history's most brilliant military leaders.
But, by some accounts, Stonewall Jackson was also a bit of a kook.
Clint Johnson tackles the Confederate general in his latest book, "In the Footsteps of Stonewall Jackson."
Thanks for joining us today.
(Marya ad libs questions.)
Clint Johnson will be signing copies of his book today at Cantos Books here in Roanoke from 12:30 until 2 today.
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(toss to Leo)[Stocks]
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was down 86 points. Nasdaq was up a point.
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Coming up in sports, Steve Mason will tell us how the Salem Avalanche is preparing for the upcoming season....
...And after a battle with Vermont....the Lady Hokies advance to the W-N-I-T semifinals. We'll have all the details straight ahead in sports.
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The Lady hokies have made it to the semi finals of the W-N-I-T.
Sarah Hicks took the lead with 22 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 76 to 48 win over Vermont at the Cassell.
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Bonnie Henrickson coaching the Hokies from the bench.
Vermont's Libby Smith drives to the hole and hits a wide open Morgan Hall outside for three ... and the Cats led by 1 early in the first half.
Tech answers when Sarah Hicks pulls up and hits a three pointer from the top of the Key. Hicks scored 22.
Then Hicks finds Nicole Jones under the hoop ... She goes up and scores off the glass ... and the Hokies led 24 to 17.
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The Hokies get it to Ivea Kublina. She scores in the paint ... hitting the short jumper ... and Tech advances with the 76 to 48 win.
The Road to the Final Four continues tonight with doubleheader action from the Sweet 16.
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The games begin tonight with Duke and Indiana from the South region with coverage beginning at 7:30.
The second game has Pittsburgh and Kent State - a team that has now won 20 straight contests.
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Tomorrow night U-Conn carries the Big East banner against one of the remaining Cinderellas - Southern Illinois and former Hokie Rolan Roberts.
And Friday night late - Maryland takes on Kentucky. All the action is right here on WDBJ-7.
On April 5th, the Salem Avalanche will begin the 2002 season.
But the roster for the defending Carolina League champions won't be complete until the end of March.
Steve Mason attended the Avalanche media day and has all the details.
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Some call it the Mona Lisa of photography and today it sold for nearly 400-thousand dollars.
In 1825, a French chemist succeeded in using light to make a plate from which an image could be printed.
The grainy image sold at a Sotheby's auction today.
The French National Library bought the photo for 396-thousand dollars.