Hundreds of acres have been consumed in and around the Keeling tire dump in Roanoke County.
Right now the brush and forest fire is under control, but the tire-fire is still going strong.
Teresa Hamilton has more on efforts to keep the situation under control.
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Thompson/Roanoke City Firefighter; 1:03]
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Winds are bringing smoke and ash from the fire right to Roanoke County homes.
To check air quality, about 15 monitors are in place throughout the county.
So far no hazardous chemicals have been detected.
The haze is just a nuisance to some residents who continued their daily outdoor activities despite the smoky smell.
But the health department is warning those with asthma or emphysema to stay inside until the smoke clears.
They say the hotter the fire burns the better -- that way less debris escapes from the flames.
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((CHARLOTTE ENGLEBY/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT; LAST NIGHT WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE WHEN THEY HAD THE BURN, THE DOOR WAS OPEN. BUT THERE ARE ASHES INSIDE MY HOUSE ON THE WINDOW SEAL, SO IT'S VERY SMOKY.))
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[OUT Q=very smoky.]
Officials will continue to monitor air quality for several weeks.
A new report is casting more doubt on security at our nation's airports.
Government tests done at airports after the terrorist attacks showed screeners routinely missed guns, knives, and simulated explosives.
Critics say part of the problem is that workers are poorly paid and poorly trained.
The Transportation Security Administration has since taken over security from the F-A-A.
A spokesman for the new security administration says the idea of the tests was to get a realistic assessment of security needs.
A Texas prosecutor says he's looking into whether Andrea Yates' husband should share any blame for the deaths of their five children.
Andrea Yates is now serving a life sentence for drowning her children.
Her husband, Russell, has been blaming the medical community for failing his wife.
But now the state of Texas may go after him for what he may NOT have done.
Charges against Russell Yates could include crimes of omission and child endangerment.
But prosecutors admit getting a conviction would be difficult.
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The District Attorney says his office started looking at Russell Yates after getting thousands of E-mails about the case.
The proposed National Slavery Museum could take a step forward today.
Fredricksburg City Council is scheduled to take the final vote on a one-million dollar loan for the museum.
A majority of the City Council said they will want some questions answered before
they'll approve the loan.
City Manager Marvin Bolinger says he believes he can answer most of those questions tonight.
The public will also have the opportunity to speak out.
The principal proponent of the museum is former Governor Doug Wilder.
By this summer, the marquee will light up again at Roanoke's historic Grandin Theatre.
The Grandin Theatre Foundation yesterday announced it'll buy the 1930's era landmark for 375-thousand dollars.
The money will come from 800-thousand dollars already raised in cash, pledges, and matching funds from the city of Roanoke, as well as anticipated grants and tax credits.
But fundraising will go on, as the group tries to meet its one- point- two million dollar goal.
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((ANN TRINKLE/GRANDIN THEATRE FOUNDATION CO-CHAIR: EVERYBODY LOVES THE GRANDIN AND WANTS TO SEE IT REOPENED AND NOW THAT THE PURCHASE IS DONE AND THE BUILDING IS OURS WE CAN REALLY MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Trinkle/Grandin Theatre Foundation Co-Chair;]
[OUT Q=we can really move forward with this.]
The Foundation will take over operations from current owner Julie Hunsaker, who closed the art-deco movie house in November.
Plans are to renovate and refurbish the Grandin, and reopen it in July.
Hollins University's new President met faculty and students yesterday.
Then Nora Kizer Bell was introduced to the media.
She's a big believer in single- sex education. She's a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg.
As the President of Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia- -the nation's oldest college for women- - she's looking forward
to returning to Virginia to head the state's oldest women's college.
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((NORA KIZER BELL/HOLLINS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; IT'S NATIONAL RECOGNIZED FOR A NUMBER OF ITS PROGRAMS RIGHT NOW, AND I CAN SEE IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO TAKE HOLLINS TO THE TOP TIER.))
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She says the only thing she can see, so far, that might need changing is to better market Hollins... so that it can gain visibility beyond the mid-Atlantic states.
In business news, Consumer confidence is higher this month after a retreat in February.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((INVESTORS EARS ARE TO THE GROUND FOR EARNINGS WARNINGS AND UPDATES.. THE
PROFIT REPORTING SEASON IS NEARLY UPON US AND INVESTORS ARE BRACING
THEMSELVES FOR EARNINGS CONFESSIONS.
THAT, COUPLED WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF HIGHER INTEREST RATES THIS YEAR
THE FED, SENT STOCKS SOUTH..
THE DOW TUMBLED 146 POINTS LED LOWER BY PHILIP MORRIS
WHILE THE NASDAQ TANKED NEARLY 39 POINTS.
TODAY'S MARKET ACTION WILL ALSO BE DETERMINED BY THE DAY'S ECONOMIC
REPORTS.. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FOR MARCH AND DURABLE GOODS ORDERS FOR
FEBRUARY ARE EXPECTED.
YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED THAT SALES OF PREVIOUSLY OWNED HOMES FELL A SCANT
PERCENT IN FEBRUARY.. STILL THE SECOND STRONGEST
PACE ON RECORD AND MORE PROOF THAT THE HOUSING MARKET IS LEADING THE
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE AIRLINE STOCKS TODAY.. AMERICA WEST IS OFFERING
DRASTICALLY REDUCED FARES.. THE new pricing structure includes
reduced fares for one-way travel and for tickets bought with less than 14
days in advance and without a Saturday night stay.
The roundtrip fare, for example, between Los Angeles and Boston, booked
weeks prior to departure with no Saturday night stay is $492, 76 percent
less than the $1,900 charged by other major airlines.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Over a hundred acres of brush and timber have been burned by a fire in Wythe County.
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It started around noon yesterday, in the Stroupe (stroop) Mountain area south of Wytheville.
State and federal firefighters have contained the fire.
Officials say forestry crews are putting out hot spots this morning.
They don't yet know how the fire started.
So far, it has stayed away from the homes in the area and no one has been evacuated.
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An elderly woman died in an accident on Interstate 81.
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State police say the 74-year old woman got on the interstate at Exit 180 last night in Rockbridge County going the wrong direction.
Troopers say while she was trying to turn around, her car was t-boned by a Ford Explorer headed South.
The woman died at the scene... her passenger was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with very serious injuries.
The driver of the Explorer was taken to a hospital in Lexington and is expected to be transferred to Roanoke Memorial.
His injuries are said to be NOT life-threatening.
It appears that the panel studying government efficiency will miss its first deadline.
Governor Mark Warner expects the commission to give him specific recommendations that can be acted on by August first.
But the panel's chairman, former Governor Doug Wilder, says that's unlikely to occur.
He says commission members need an additional four to six weeks to generate the report.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that terrorists could unleash worse things than anthrax.
Health officials are meeting in Atlanta this week, focusing on terror threats-- such as spreading deadly germs through the nation's food supply.
The C-D-C will give more than 900- million dollars to state and local health departments later this year to guard against deadlier attacks.
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A Southwest Roanoke church is coming down piece by piece.
Contractors started tearing brick off the face of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church Saturday.
The more than 50-year old building was condemned last week after a foundation wall broke, leaving the facade in danger of collapsing.
Because of the potential danger the city of Roanoke closed Campbell Avenue in front of the church between 8th and 9th Streets.
Contractors say their main concern is dismantling the portion of the church closest to high voltage power lines.
They're not sure how long the work will take.
Pastor George Taylor says his insurance company has denied his claim.
If you want to help the church find a new home, a fund for donations has been set up at First Union Bank.
Vandals hit the streets of Roanoke over the weekend, and now dozens of people are dealing with the damage.
Roanoke police say car windows in several neighborhoods around the city were shot out with a B-B gun.
In the Morningside area, there were numerous reports of paintball damage to vehicles.
Roanoke police don't know yet whether the B-B gun and paintball incidents are related.
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In medical news, a new study reveals binge drinking is STILL a big problem on college campuses.
And research shows that high blood pressure may NOT be the cause of headaches.
Melissa McDermott has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
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((DESPITE DRY DORMITORIES AND ALCOHOL-FREE FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES..
BINGE DRINKING STILL PERSISTS ON CAMPUS.
A NEW REPORT SHOWS 44 PERCENT OF COLLEGE STUDENTS QUALIFIED AS BINGE
DRINKERS LAST YEAR, BY DOWNING AT LEAST FOUR OR FIVE DRINKS IN A ROW.
THE FINDINGS APPEAR IN THIS WEEK'S JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR THOUGHT, HAVING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DOESN'T
NECESSARILY GO TO YOUR HEAD.
IN FACT, NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS IT MAY ACTUALLY REDUCE YOUR RISK OF
RESEARCHERS FIRST LINKED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TO HEADACHES NEARLY 100
YEARS AGO, BUT SINCE THEN SEVERAL STUDIES HAVE FAULTED THOSE FINDINGS.
YOU CAN LEARN MORE BY LOGGING ON TO WEB MD HEALTH DOT COM.
PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE LIVING TWICE AS LONG AS THEY DID JUST 20
A NEW STUDY SHOWS LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR DOWN PATIENTS HAS GONE FROM 25
YEARS IN 1983 -- TO 49 YEARS IN 1997.
THE STUDY IS PUBLISHED IN THE MARCH 23RD ISSUE OF THE LANCET.
(BACK ON CAM)
THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA McDermott, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))