Up next on News 7--
A big welcome home for the thousands of crew members aboard the U-S-S Theodore Roosevelt, as it enters its home port in Norfolk.
And as a health advisory is lifted in the Roanoke Valley, federal authorities make a burning tire dump eligible for Superfund clean up money.
Sunshine to our east clouds to our west as drier air continues to move into the region...I'll have your sunny forecast...
News 7 at Noon is next.
A health advisory is lifted for the Roanoke Valley as federal assistance rolls in to help fight the tire fire.
Roanoke County's efforts to fight the tire fire got its first dose of federal aid this morning. The Environmental Protection Agency has pledged 500 thousand dollars for fire fighting and cleanup at the Keeling tire dump. It has been burning for five days, but officials say the air is now safe.
Marya Jones has more.
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Thousands of American servicemen and women came home today after six months at sea, fighting the war in Afghanistan.
Drew Levinson is in Norfolk, where about 20- thousand people were on hand to greet their loved ones arriving on the U-S-S Roosevelt.
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(LOCATOR: NORFOLK, VA)
IT WAS A SCENE OF UNABASHED JOY... PATRIOTISM... AND RELIEF.
THOUSANDS OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS REUNITED WITH OVER 5000 SAILORS
AND MARINES....PROUD CREW MEMBERS OF THE U-S-S THEODORE ROOSEVELT. AN
EMOTIONAL HOMECOMING THAT WAS MORE THAN 6 AND A HALF MONTHS IN THE
MAKING, THE LONGEST DEPLOYMENT IN CARRIER HISTORY WITHOUT A PORT CALL.
sot: FAMILY MEMBER
THIS IS TRULY AS TRIUMPHANT RETURN. WHILE FIGHTING THE WAR OR TERRORISM
IN THE ARABIAN SEA...THE ROOSEVELT LAUNCHED HUNDREDS OF COMBAT SORTIES
WITHOUT LOSING A SINGLE PILOT OR SAILOR.
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BEGINNING EARLY THIS MORNING...AN ESTIMATED 20,000 ANXIOUS PEOPLE...
LINED THIS PIER IN NORFOLK WAITING FOR THE T.R. AS THE GIANT CARRIER
APPROACHED....SOME USED CELL PHONES TO TALK TO THEIR LOVED ONES...OTHERS
SIMPLY WATCHED WITH TEARS OF HAPPINESS TRICKLING DOWN THEIR CHEEKS.
SOT: FAMILY MEMBER
THREE ADDITIONAL SHIPS IN THE ROOSEVELT BATTLE GROUP ALSO ARRIVED HOME
TODAY...RAISING THE HOMECOMING TOTAL TO MORE THAN 7000 SAILORS AND
Investigators are trying to find a motive in today's mass shooting at a town hall outside Paris.
The lone gunman opened fire at the end of a city council meeting, killing eight people and wounding at least 20 others.
Police arrested the gunman, who was finally subdued after a town official threw a chair at him.
Witnesses say the suspect had often attended the council meetings, but they don't know what prompted the rampage.
Meanwhile, French President Jacques Chirac visited the scene of the shooting, and expressed sympathy for the families of the victims.
Campaign finance reform is now law.
President Bush signed the measure today, just before setting out on a trip aimed at raising millions of dollars in campaign funds.
The President arrived in South Carolina this morning.
He's attending a fundraiser today for Congressman Lindsey Graham, who's running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Strom Thurmond.
Meanwhile, opponents of campaign finance legislation aren't wasting any time.
Moments after the President signed it into law, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit, arguing that it violates the Constitution.
A witness to a deadly shooting outside a Roanoke restaurant has been charged with passing counterfeit money.
A federal indictment against James Albert Bumbry Junior was unsealed yesterday.
Bumbry, seen here at the funeral of Keith Bailey, is one of two known witnesses to the man's death.
Bailey was shot during a scuffle in the parking lot of O'Charley's Restaurant in February.
Timothy Workman, a federal drug enforcement agent from Texas, is charged with his murder.
He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for later this week.
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The next president of Washington and Lee University will be Thomas Burish of Vanderbilt University.
Burish's appointment will begin July First, but he immediately will take charge of a 225 million dollar fund-raising campaign.
Burish announced last year that he would step down as Vanderbilt provost this summer to seek a college presidency.
Burish is a licensed psychologist who has focused on the psychological issues affecting cancer patients.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see some of the first video to show the damage caused by a large earthquake in Afghanistan,
also we will tell you why some descendants of slaves are taking three of the nation's largest companies to court.
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Strong aftershocks today in Northern Afghanistan in the wake of Monday's deadly earthquake.
Aerial video shows the damage left from the quake, which was centered about 100 miles north of Kabul.
Afghan officials initially estimated up to 18- hundred people were killed.
But aid agencies operating in the region say the death toll is likely lower.
Hundreds of local volunteers are helping to clear away the rubble, but landslides are making their work difficult.
In Beirut, an Arab summit is under way.
Topping the agenda is a Saudi plan for peace in the Middle East-- even though Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is not attending.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah formally presented his plan today.
It offers Israel peace with the Arab world, in exchange for withdrawing from Palestinian territories.
Meanwhile, three key leaders aren't attending the meeting.
King Abdullah of Jordan called in sick.
Egyptian president Hosni (moo-BAR-ick) Mubarak says he's staying away in solidarity with Yasser Arafat, who's not allowed to travel to the summit.
Some descendants of African slaves have filed suit against the Aetna insurance company, FleetBoston, and railroad giant C-S-X.
They are seeking unspecified reparations for the company's use of slaves between the years 16-19 and 18-65.
Mika Brzezinski has more.
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((IN A BROOKLYN COURT, DESCENDANTS OF AMERICAN SLAVES BEGAN AN
UNPRECEDENTED LEGAL BATTLE WHEN THEY FILED SUIT AGAINST THREE COMPANIES
WHO THEY SAY, PROFITED OFF THE BACKS OF THEIR ANCESTORS.
It started out with my grandfather as a child always talking about the 40
acres and a mule we were promised
DEADRIA FARMER-PAELLMAN, WHOSE GREAT GRANDPARENTS, EZEKIAL AND ALICE
CAPERS WERE SLAVES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, IS THE LEAD PLAINTIFF IN A SUIT
THAT SHE SAYS IS ABOUT FAR MORE THAN MONEY.
this lawsuit sets out to educate the world about what slavery has done
NAMED IN THE SUIT: AETNA INSURANCE
DOCUMENTS LIKE THIS SHOW THE COMPANY, MORE THAN 150 YEARS AGO, PROVIDED
POLICIES ON THE LIVES OF SLAVES.
THE LAWSUIT ALSO NAMES FLEET BOSTON, WHOSE EARLIEST BANK WAS FUNDED BY A
AND CSX WHICH OWNS RAIL LINES BUILT BY SLAVES.
companies built on the backs of people who were kidnapped, raped to
breed additional slaves tortured, the list goes on
THE LAWSUIT CHARGES THAT THESE COMPANIES CONTRIBUTED TO TODAY'S DISPARITY
BETWEEN BLACKS AND WHITES AND THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE STILL SUFFERING
FROM THE RESULTS OF SLAVERY.
IT DEMANDS A JURY TRIAL AND POTENTIALLY BILLIONS IN DAMAGES.
(SOT) Roger Wreham
The tenant of US law is where there is a wrong there is a remedy.. and
that's why we are seeking .. a remedy.
AETNA RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING IN PART, " WE DO NOT BELIEVE A COURT
WOULD PERMIT A LAWSUIT OVER EVENTS WHICH --HOWEVER REGRETTABLE--
OCCURRED HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO. THESE ISSUES IN NO WAY REFLECT AETNA
LAW PROFESSOR, ANTHONY SEBOK SAYS THIS MAY NEVER GET TO A JURY.
certainly the companies are looking at this model
the companies do not want to leave the possibility for damages open -
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mb cbs news, ny.))
A spokesman for C-S-X says the lawsuits have NO merit.
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll tell you a baseball park is the perfect field of dreams for a Kentucky woman.
Also a federal grant may bring some new life to an old theater.
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The federal government is helping Pulaski with its downtown revitalization.
A 30-thousand-dollar federal grant was awarded to the Friends of the Pulaski Theater.
The group is working to transform downtown buildings into a theater and civic center for live productions, speakers and music.
U-S Senator George Allen says the money will be used to refurbish the theater and purchase new seats.
Friends of the Pulaski Theater have been working to raise funds for the project since last September.
She played in a league of her own...
Now a Baseball Hall of Fame member is going to have a FIELD of her own.
Jeff Hirsch has the story of a Kentucky ball player who slid her way into sports history.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 86 points.
The NASDAQ was up three points.
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Coming up in sports - Things are heating up for the Roanoke Steam as the team gets ready for the upcoming season.
......And we will tell you why a NASCAR legend says he wants to keep on truckin'.
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The Roanoke Steam is now in its third week of training camp.
Last night, the inclement weather forced the team to practice in William Fleming's gym.
25 players worked out.
That number will be cut to 21.
The coaches are focused on linemen right now.
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Winston Cup legend Darrell Waltrip is officially coming out of retirement.
He is set to race in the April 13th Advance Auto Parts 250 at the Martinsville Speedway.
Waltrip, who won 11 of his 84 Winston Cup events at Martinsville, will be reunited with his old crew chief Jeff Hammond for the race.
Waltrip will drive a truck with his old number 17 on the side, and that truck knows how to find victory lane at Martinsville.
In 1997, Rich Bickle won the race for DW.
The truck Darrell will drive is owned in part by Mark Melling and Lynchburg businessman Jim Harris, a long time backer of Stacy Compton.
The Roanoke College Maroons have a 20 and 2 record and are a strong 10th in the nation.
But this season, the Maroons are losing four seniors and two All Americans.
Intern reporter Meagan (GUY-ber-sun) Giberson has the details.
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((Three time All-American Amy Layman helped Roanoke win 76 games the last two years. Now as an assistant coach, she hopes the knowledge from her 68 career wins can help pitching staff that included one junior and two freshman.
((PRISCILLA HILL/ROANOKE JUNIOR PITCHER:))
Catcher Marcie Poff is one of three seniors battle tested in the national championship round. Experience useful with seven first year players.
((MARCIE POFF/ROANOKE SENIOR CATCHER:))
A fourth straight ODAC title will depend on power at the plate. The Maroons are batting .364 .))
((ALAN BAYSE/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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