Smoke is still in the air, three days after a fire breaks out at an illegal tire dump in Roanoke County.
A health advisory remain in effect.
And one of the areas largest employers is adding a hundred new jobs.
Scattered showers are moving across the region and we can't rule out an isolated thunderstorms especially toward southside Virginia. I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon is next.
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Residents of the Roanoke Valley are being told to stay inside as officials work to contain environmental hazards from a massive tire fire.
A health advisory remains in effect for Roanoke, Roanoke County and Salem, three days after an illegal tire dump caught fire.
Officials say the tire fire could burn for weeks.
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Marya Jones is at Starkey Park, near the fire. Marya, how is the rain affecting the fire fighting efforts today?
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The Red Cross has decided to close the emergency shelter it set up for people affected by the fire. But they will find motel rooms for anyone who lives near it and needs a place to stay. They also have nurses available to consult with anyone who has health concerns.
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Investigators are working to find the cause of a destructive fire at a Roanoke business this morning.
Flames were showing when firefighters arrived at Giles Truck Sales on Baker Avenue at around 5:45.
The fire was contained to one side of the office area, but the building is considered a total loss with damage estimated at 70-thousand dollars
Firefighters say they saw a number of guns while they were inside battling the blaze.
At least one of the weapons discharged.
One person was inside the building at the time of the fire but no one was hurt.
An elderly woman from Meadows of Dan was killed in an accident on Interstate 81.
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State police say 74-year-old Thelma Lee Handy got on the interstate at Exit 180 last night in Rockbridge County going in the wrong direction.
Troopers say while she was trying to turn around, her car was hit broadside by a Ford Explorer..
Her passenger, 72-year-old Goldie Mae Young was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with very serious injuries.
She's also from Meadows of Dan.
The driver of the Explorer was also hurt, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
America's growing appetite for snack chips is good news for one of our area's largest employers.
Frito Lay announced today it would spend 30 MILLION dollars to add new production lines at its Lynchburg plant.
The expansion will also create 100 new jobs over the next 6 to 18 months.
Frito Lay currently employs about 400 people in Lynchburg.
That plant produces more than 45 million pounds of snack chips every year.
Congressman Gary Condit is back in the news again--
"The Washington Post" is reporting that a grand jury has subpoenaed the California Congressman.
The grand jury is looking into the disappearance of former intern Chandra Levy.
The paper states that Condit is expected to testify early next month.
Sources say members of Condit's staff will also be called in to testify.
Condit has not been named a suspect in the case.
But authorities have complained he's been less than forthright during interviews.
The death toll has reached 18- hundred from yesterday's powerful earthquake in Afghanistan.
More than two- thousand people were injured, and thousands of others are homeless.
The U-S has sent a team to see whether American troops can help in rescue and recovery.
U-S seismologists put the quake's magnitude at five-point-nine.
But Afghan officials say it was higher, at six-point-two.
It's the second deadly earthquake to hit the region this month.
An American flag that flew over the rubble of the World Trade Center was brought back to New York today during a ceremony aboard the U-S-S Theodore Roosevelt.
The flag flew on the Norfolk-based carrier and six other ships
as they fought the war on terror.
Meanwhile, the Naval airwing attached to the Roosevelt battle group has returned to the Oceana naval air station.
The U-S-S Roosevelt is on its way back to the Norfolk Naval Base.
It's scheduled to arrive there tomorrow.
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The man who admitted he killed a Roanoke waitress was sentenced this morning. We'll have the details next.
Also negotiations will have to take place before the leaders in the Middle East can even begin the peace process.
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A life sentence for the Army enlisted man who beat a Hooter's waitress to death last year in Roanoke.
Christopher Haynes had arranged to meet Tina Foster the night they first met at the restaurant.
He said he wanted her to pose for pictures.
Instead he beat her to death inside her car.
The case went unsolved until two Hooter's waitresses in Richmond came forward to say Haynes had tried to set up a similar meeting with them just a few days earlier.
At the end of a two hour hearing this morning, Judge Clifford Weckstein pronounced the LIFE sentence without comment.
A summit aimed at ending the bloodshed in the Middle East opens tomorrow.
But the big question is whether Yasser Arafat will be allowed to attend.
Elizabeth Palmer reports.
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There are 11th hour negotiations going on - both formal and behind the
scenes this morning... The Arab summit officially opens tomorrow in
Beirut - but it doesn't look as if the Israeli government will make a
decision on lifting Arafat's travel restrictions until tonight at the
So far - Palestinians have staged peaceful demonstrations in support
of Arafat...but Israel refusing to let him travel could ignite more
Arab delegates have already begun to arrive at the summit in Beirut -
prepared to discuss a new Middle East peace proposal drawn up by Saudi
There's international concern that if Arafat can't join them... the
peace proposal will be eclipsed by outrage over Israel's hard line.
The Israelis say they're willing to let Arafat go...on condition that he
call for a cease fire first....something Arafat has so far refused to do.
Although violence between Palestinians and Israelis has diminished over
the past few days...this morning the Isreali security services say a
booby-trapped car exploded after police ordered it to stop at a
checkpoint. The two Palestinians inside it were killed.
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Talks aimed at establishing a truce continue today - chaired by the
American envoy Anthony Zinni....with both sides sounding quite
optimistic about reaching a deal. ELIZABETH PALMER, CBS NEWS, TEL-AVIV
It is probably not the way they wanted to get started, but 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.
It is common knowledge that the prescription drugs in other countries cost much less than those sold in the United States.
Now there is a bus service devoted solely to taking Americans across the Mexican border to have their prescriptions filled.
Hattie Kauffman has more.
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(((TRACK) WELCOME ABOARD THE PRESCRIPTION EXPRESS, .AN ORGANIZED BUS TRIP
OF MAINLY SENIOR CITIZENS FROM TUSCON ARIZONA TO NOGALES MEXICO.
(SOT PASSENGER" JEAN NYLANDER) I asked my doctor if I could come down
and he said its the same medicine.. he was just all in favor of it."
( TRACK) THE TRIP IS ABOUT A TWO HOUR RIDE. THERE ARE TWO PHARMACISTS ON
BOARD TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.
(NAT SND) " Mexico has a lot more generics available than we have here."
( TRACK) THE BUS QUICKLY PASSES THROUGH MEXICAN CUSTOMS AND ENTERS THE
BORDER TOWN OF NOGALES. LIKE OTHER MEXICAN BORDER TOWNS THIS ONE IS
LINED WITH PHARMACIES OFFERING CHEAP DRUGS.
(SOT SAUL RUTIN) This would be our second bus. The first bus we took
over, one of our patients that we took over saved in a 90 day supply,
about 11100 dollars, so its quite a lot, quite a large amount of savings.
(TRACK) THE PRESCRIPTION EXPRESS TAKES ALL ITS PASSENGERS TO ONE
PHARMACY THE COMPANY CALLS IN THE PRESCRIPTIONS AHEAD OF TIME.. AND
WHEN THE CUSTOMERS ARRIVE THEIR MEDICINES ARE WAITING FOR THEM.
(NAT SOT BOY) it looks like I bought the drug store out.
( TRACK) GRETA KRUEGER BOUGHT THE MAXIMUM ALLOWED.. A 90 DAY SUPPLY OF
SHE SPENT ABOUT 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS.. BUT BELIEVES SHE SAVED OVER A
" on the one drug I pay 123 a month that's the inhalant and here I got
it for 38-dollars a three month supply."
(TRACK) BUS TOURS FROM U-S BORDER STATES TO CANADA HAVE BEEN AROUND
FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THAT'S WHAT GAVE BUSINESSMAN RON SWAGER THE IDEA
OF TRYING THE SAME THING IN MEXICO
(SOT SWAGER ) I approached some friends of mine who owned Gray Line
Tours .. a couple of pharmacists .. and I said let's get together and
put together an educational transportation system to facilitate people
going down and getting cheaper medications and also educating on
medications for the price.
(TRACK) U-S CUSTOMS LETS THE DRUGS GO THROUGH PROVIDED EACH PERSON
PRESENTS A PRESCRIPTION.. BUT THE U-S FEDERAL DRUG ADMINISTRATION FROWNS
ON THE PRACTICE.
(TRACK) STILL CUSTOMERS ON THIS BUS ALL CAME WITH THEIR DOCTORS AND
PHARMACISTS APPROVAL AND PLAN TO BE BACK.
(SOT CONSTANCE RICHARDESON) I think its great what a great service
he's doing for all of us.. its really hard to live on retirement income."
OF COURSE YOU COULD GET IN YOUR CAR AND DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE BORDER..
BUT MANY PEOPLE ESPECIALLY SENIOR CITIZENS ARE RELUCTANT TO DRIVE AND
TO SHOP ALONE IN MEXICO.
(TRACK) AND SO THEY PAY FOR THE BUS SERVICE. IT'S 20-DOLLARS PER TRIP
AND AN ANNUAL FEE OF 25 DOLLARS. THESE PASSENGERS MADE UP THAT COST IN
JUST ONE TRIP. HATTIE KAUFFMAN CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES..))
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Still to come on the newscast, Leo will have the wet forecast,
Also we will tell you why singer Britney Spears must think when it rains it pours.
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Pop singer Britney Spears has upset some of her fans in London.
Spears was in London for the European premiere of her movie, "Crossroads."
Her fans were reduced to tears when their pop idol refused to talk to them or sign autographs.
Meanwhile reporters were warned at a news conference not to ask about her possible split with 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake.
One reporter tried to get around it by asking if she was currently in ``an intense relationship.''
Spears' answer was ``No, I would not say I was in an intense relationship with anyone at the moment.''
Egg shells and SEA shells mixed together over the weekend in Florida.
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The Key West Scuba Club staged its "Great Underwater Easter Egg Hunt" in a sheltered lagoon.
50 people-- including a flipper hopping Easter Bunny-- took part in the search for about 200 eggs.
Prizes included dive, snorkel, and sailing trips for the Easter egg hunters who found the largest number of eggs-- as well as those who discovered golden and silver eggs.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 130 points.
The NASDAQ has gained 23.
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Coming up in sports, NASCAR slaps fines on a few drivers who thought they were in bumper cars,
...And it's baseball season for the Franklin County Eagles, and they're off to a good start. We'll have more details coming up in sports.
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While the Major Leagues are doing their spring cleaning --high school baseball is in full swing.
You'll want to pay attention to the 2002 Franklin County Eagles.
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The 2 and OH Eagles would play host to the Martinsville Bulldogs in their third game of the season.
After the Dogs took a one nothing lead, the Eagles take flight in the bottom half of the first.
Early Page gets a hold of this Adam Wyatt pitch.
The base hit is gonna score Jesse Bowles and Jacob Naff.
It's 3-1 Eagles.
A few batters later, Jason Jones connects on a bloop single to center that plates Page.
The score is now 5-1 Franklin County.
Travis Hundley then cranks this shot down the third base line and two more runs come on down.
Franklin County improves to 3 and OH on the season with the 17-to-5 win.
The Final Four will battle it out for the National Championship title this weekend.
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Saturday Oklahoma and Indiana tip-off the doubleheader at 6:07.
The Maryland-Kansas game should start at 8:47.
The NCAA says it will officially tip-off 40 minutes after the end of the first game right here on WDBJ-7.
One Cave Spring student will be featured in a magazine.
J-J Redick has been named a PARADE all-American.
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Redick, who earlier this year was named a McDonald's All-American, lands on PARADE's second team of 10 players.
In all, 40 players from across the US are on the team.
You can check out the entire all-American list in this coming Sunday's PARADE magazine in your Sunday paper.
Look for Sandra Bullock on the cover and JJ Redick's name on page 16.
Mothers often warn that a smart mouth can get you into a lot of trouble--
And a few NASCAR drivers have done just that- gotten themselves in trouble because of filthy mouths, and also, for using a chrome bumper this past weekend at Bristol.
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For starters, Kevin Harvick, on the right, was fined 15 thousand dollars and placed on probation until August 28th for his run-in with Greg Biffle in Saturday's Busch race.
His RCR teammate Robby Gordon was fined 10 thousand dollars, and was also placed on probation until August 28th for his run-in with Dale Earnhardt, Junior yesterday.
Dale Junior was fined just $5 thousand dollars.
He was NOT placed on any kind of probation.
The Roanoke Express season comes to a close this weekend.
BUT in the meantime --The Roanoke Junior Express hockey team has WON the Mid Atlantic Hockey League championship, and finished its season 14-1 and 1.
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The biggest victories for these kids appear to be the lessons learned off the ice.
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FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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