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Today on News 7 at 5, we'll tell you why the fire marshall says this week's massive tire fire in Roanoke County was deliberately set.
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Plus, two people are suspended as authorities in Henry County begin to investigate allegations of embezzlement.
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Looks like the warm up continues tomorrow with a good chance for rain during the weekend. Forecast details coming up.

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Also today, P-L-O leader Yasser Arafat says he's ready to work for an immediate cease-fire with Israel.
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and we will see how students at one local school are helping a fellow classmate beat cancer.
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The massive fire that has burned at a Roanoke County tire dump since Saturday was deliberately set.
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Now the county fire marshall is looking for an arsonist.
So far, the E-P-A estimates that more than two-million tires have burned since the fire started Saturday.
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Marya Jones is out in Starkey Park tonight with more.
So, they no longer think a train could have started it?
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Jean,
The fire marshall says the fire was set along a road ... too far from the railroad tracks to have been started by a train.
Not only that -- the fire was lit in TWO separate locations, about 100 feet from one another.
AND fire investigators NOW say they believe the train passed AFTER the fire had already started.
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((DON GILLISPIE/FIRE MARSHAL: THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES US FEEL LIKE WHOEVER DONE THIS... THERE WASN'T A PLAN TO SET A FIRE AND JUST HAVE A BRUSH FIRE. WE THINK THERE WAS SOME BROADER REASON FOR THIS. THE WIND'S BLOWING IN THAT DIRECTION, IT GETS RIGHT IN THE TIRE PILE, THEN WE GOT A MAJOR FIRE.))
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Fire Marshal Don Gillispie says whoever set the two separate fires knew what he was doing.
The winds blew the fire right up the bank, across the tracks, and into a pile of tires.
Fire investigators say no accelerants were used... but they did find a lighter which has been sent to a crime lab for testing.
Gillispie says he has NO suspects ... and no one saw who set the fire.
The tire dump's owner says he didn't do it.
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((WILLIE KEELING/TIRE DUMP OWNER: HOW IN THE WORLD COULD I GET ON A BANK NEXT TO THE RAILROAD AND SET A FIRE AND WALK UP THE BANK WITHOUT GETTING KILLED? WITHOUT GETTING BURNED UP?))
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Henry County's administrator was suspended today pending a criminal investigation into the possible embezzlement of county funds.
Sid Clower headed both the county administration and the Public Service Authority Board since 1996.
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Since the county believes the investigation centers around the finances of the P-S-A it suspended Clower today with pay.
Clower's assistant at the PSA -- Rosemary Pace -- was suspended with pay as well. She was responsible for billing, payroll and invoices.
Both the PSA Board and County Supervisors say the decision to suspend Clower was extremely difficult.
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((JIM MCINERNEY/PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY BOARD: THE ACTION THIS BOARD HAS TAKEN TODAY IS IN NO WAY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT IS ALLOWING DUE PROCESS TO TAKE ITS COURSE.))
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Both boards chose deputy county administrator Benny Summerlin to fill Clower's shoes until the investigation is complete.
Board members sent their prayers to Clower and his family today after he threatened suicide on Tuesday.
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A large plane has crash landed into Elliot Bay in Seattle-
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K-I-R-O TV in Seattle -is reporting that all eight people on board the plane have been recovered.
There are no reports of injuries.
A TV meteorologist saw the plane crash into the bay- in shallow water-
He says an engine on the plane had gone out as the plane was headed toward Boeing Field.
The plane then turned toward Elliot Bay-
The plane appears to be a 1940's vintage plane-
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Another American has died fighting the war on Terrorism.
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Chief Petty Officer Matthew Bourgeois from Florida- died after stepping on a land mane near Kandahar yesterday.
Another soldier was injured.
The two elite soliders were on a training unit exercise when the blast occurred in a remote area.
Bourgeois was a NAVY seal from Tallahassee Florida.
A total of 31 U-S troops have now died in support of the U-S lead war on terrorism.
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A federal judge promises a quick decision as Jerry Falwell sues the state over what he calls an unconstituional law. We'll have the details,
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Also if your children have a portable basketball hoop, you will want to stay tuned. Some popular models have been recalled.
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Palestinians all over the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River are evacuating. They are preparing for possible Israeli military strikes.
That even after Yasser Arafat said he was ready to negotiate a cease fire.
Kimberly Dozier has more.
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((THESE TANKS ARE HEADED TO THE WEST BANK. ISRAEL APPEARS TO BE GEARING UP FOR MASSIVE RETALIATION AFTER ONE OF THE WORST TERROR ATTACKS ON ISRAELIS IN 18 MONTHS OF VIOLENCE HERE.
TONIGHT, PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT REITERATED HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOWARDS A CEASE FIRE HE SAID WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS. BUT HIS COMMENTS SEEMED TO FALL SHORT OF THE TRUCE DECLARATION ISRAEL HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.

(DOZIER STANDUP, HERE IN RAMALLAH, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY CONDEMNS

THE PASSOVER ATTACK. OFFICIALS SAY YASSER ARAFAT HAS ALSO CALLED FOR THE ARREST OF KEY MILITANTS FROM HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD AND FATAH, BUT PEOPLE ARE STILL EXPECTING AN ATTACK.)
PALESTINIAN SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA CLOSED EARLY AND PEOPLE CROWDED ISRAELI CHECKPOINTS, TRYING TO GET THEIR FAMILIES TO THE RELATIVE SAFETY OF EAST JERUSALEM. THOSE LEFT BEHIND WERE DEFIANT.

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(SOT, YOUNG MAN, IF THEY COME, THERE WILL BE RETALIATION. THE CYCLE OF

VIOLENCE CAN NEVER BE BROKEN)
THAT CYCLE HAS ALREADY CONTINUED, EVEN AS THESE PEACE CAMPAIGNERS WERE MARCHING THROUGH THE STREETS HERE, PALESTINIAN GUNMEN STAGED A DEADLY ATTACK ON AN ISRAELI SETTLEMENT. ONE SHOP KEEPER SUMMED UP THE MOOD, SAYING THIS TIME THE ISRAELIS ARE GOING TO DESTROY US.
KIMBERLY DOZIER, CBS NEWS, RAMALLAH.))


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Portable basketball hoops can be fun- but two brands are causing injuries- with some consuners needing medical attention.
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Two makers of the hoops- Lifetime Products Incorporated and Escalade Sports have voluntarily recalled the product after receiving numerous reports of injury from customers-
They say a sharp, protruding bolt on the players side of the pole caused injuries- ranging from scrapes and bruises to deep cuts that require stitches.
There is a solution though- Consumers can call Lifetime Products or Escalade Sports to receive free capt nuts to cover the bolts.
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Here are the phone numbers to call
Lifetime Products Incorporated at 800- 225-3865-
and Escalade Sports at 800 467-1397

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In health check tonight,
A local student learns what school spirit is all about after receiving more than 5-thousand dollars from his classmates to help pay for his medicine.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details
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Jean, Students at James River High school did everything from selling beef jerky to holding a dance-a-thon to raise the money.
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Money they hope will help Erastus Hylton pay for chemotherapy and the other medications he needs to beat testicular cancer.
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Erastus Hylton is still mister popularity at James River High School even though he hasn't been at school for the past few months.
That's because many of his classmates say he's an inspiration --a 16 year old whose battling cancer --without letting it get him down.
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((MEGAN BASS: EVERYBODY IS LIKE "ERASTUS? THEY ALL WANT TO TALK TO HIM GIVE HIM A HUG AND SEE HOW HE'S DOING. HE GETS ASKED THE SAME QUESTIONS ABOUT 10 TIMES BUT HE STILL HAS A SMILE ON HIS FACE)) [RUNS09]
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((MYRA BANKERT:HE'S GOING THROUGH A LOT AND EVERYBODY SEES THIS AND IT'S JUST GREAT. THE WAY HE'S ACTED IT'S EXCELLENT)) [RUNS07]
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And it's his courage that inspired the student body to start a fundraising campaign for him.
Over the past few months the students have raised 56-hundred dollars to help pay for his chemotherapy and other medical expenses.
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((ERASTUS HYLTON:IT KIND OF TOOK ME OFF GUARD. I KNEW SOME OF THEM WOULD DO SOMETHING BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT THEY'VE DONE SO FAR. ESPECIALLY RAISING ALL THE MONEY THEY DID THAT'S A LOT FOR A SMALL SCHOOL LIKE THIS)) [RUNS14]
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((I JUST THINK IT SHOWS HOW YOUNG PEOPLE REALLY DO CARE --YOU HEAR SO MANY NEGATIVE THINGS AND THIS IS VERY POSITIVE ))
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Hylton still has one round of chemotherapy left and if everything goes well, he could be back at school this year.


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((IT REALLY NEVER SET IN THAT I HAD CANCER IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO SAYING I DON'T HAVE CANCER IS JUST DON'T MEAN THAT MUCH. I'LL BE GLAD TO GET IT OVER WITH AND COME BACK TO SCHOOL AND SEE EVERYBODY)) [RUNS11]
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Students says they will continue to raise money for Hylton. This Friday there will be another dance at the Buchanan Moose Lodge.
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A federal judge says he'll rule fairly quickly in a lawsuit involving the Reverend Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.
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Falwell is suing the State Corporation Commission which denied Thomas Road's request to incorporate because state law prohibits it.
Falwell's lawyers say the centuries-old statute is unconstitutional and it's time to do away with it.
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((MATHEW STAVER/LIBERTY COUNSEL: BACK IN THE 1800'S WHEN THIS PROVISION WAS PASSED, THAT WAS A DIFFERENT DAY THEN, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY AND TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND THE ISSUE OF INCORPORATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ALL PERSONS OR ENTITIES, IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION.))
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The law was originally passed to keep churches from gaining too much power.
Only Virginia and West Virginia still have such a statute on the books.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will show us some of the latest Easter fashions.
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Along with a new season often comes a change in wardrobe... so spring cleaning is due for many of our closets and not only for the dust bunnies.
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Jacey Birch is at the "Bliss" boutique to show us the latest styles for Spring and the latest must haves in the fashion world.
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Coming up a little later, a local high school wins the state cheer leading championship. We'll show you who it is.

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[VO] Also we will see how some chefs are preparing for Easter with their edible art.
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On Wall Street today, the stock markets finished mixed as investors are apparently holding off making any big moves until earnings reports begin next week.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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The Express wraps up the regular season this weekend, taking on Dayton tomorrow and then Richmond Saturday.
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Vern Fiddler has been named to the ECHL all rookie team. He had 55 points in 44 games for the Express. Fiddler is with the AHL Norfolk Admirals at this time. A productive year, considering he was almost out of hockey when the season started.
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Florio is sitting Mike Peron this weekend in order to rest his injured knee for the first round of the playoffs which begin Tuesday in Trenton.
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The Virginia football team began its spring football season foccussed on the future while also making sure to forget last seasons 5 and 7 record. Steve Mason has more on who will be leading the Hoos next season.
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Coming up at six, Jeff Gordon did not test at Martinsville this week but his presence was certainly felt at the track, more on that at six, see ya then everybody.

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The competition cheerleading squad at William Byrd High School is celebrating its first ever win at the state competition.
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The 20-members of the team performed their award winning routine in front of their classmates this morning. The competition team is made up of 9 through 12 graders and includes members of the varsity and j-v squads. Coach Barbara Shutt says the squad beat 15 other teams at the state championships in Richmond last weekend. It was the fourth time the Double-A school's cheerleaders had earned a spot at state after winning district and regional competitions.
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Forget mass produced Easter Eggs- we're about to show you some creations that may be too good to eat.
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Master Chocolate artists are hard at work in Belgium.
First they melt the chocolate- Then it's spread on a marble slab and cooled.
The slow cooling allows the formation of crystals that give the eggs a shiny effect when they come out of the mold.
After that it's up to the artists- using sculpting tools and their imaginations.
The handmade eggs are not cheap with some designs costing the equivalent of several hundred dollars.
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