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Authorities now say the still- burning tire fire in Roanoke County was the work of an ARSONIST.
Details, straight ahead.
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And two Henry County officials are suspended, following an embezzlement investigation.
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A beautiful sunny day across the area as temperatures climb into the 50s.....Warmer weather tomorrow...I'll have your weekend forecast.....
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News 7 at Noon is next.

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Fire investigators rule that Roanoke County's massive tire fire was DELIBERATELY set.
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The tire fire that's consumed Virginia's largest illegal tire dump was arson.
That's the determination of Roanoke County's fire marshal today.
The fire has consumed more than two-million tires since it started Saturday.
Marya Jones has the latest.
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((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: Firefighters say the fire was deliberately set because it started in two distant locations right here along the road. It then burned up the hill, jumped the railroad tracks and continued up to the tire dump.
The Fire Marshal ruled out sparks from a passing train as the cause because the train passed sometime after the fire broke out.))
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((DON GILLISPIE/FIRE MARSHAL: WE FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT NORFOLK SOUTHERN TRAIN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRE... IT'S AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AT THIS POINT AND WE HAVE NO SUSPECTS.))
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((DON GILLISPIE: WE HAVE FOUND A LIGHTER ... BEING DETERMINED BY THAT.))
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((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THE ONLY SUSPECT THAT THE FIRE MARSHAL WOULD RULE OUT IS NORFOLK SOUTHERN. HE DID SAY THAT WHOEVER SET IT KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. BUT PROVING WHO IT IS WILL BE A TOUGH TASK. MJN7, RKE. CO.))
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The owner of the tire dump says he did NOT set fire to his property.
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((I'M 70-SOME YEARS OLD, I DONE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND THREE STROKES. I CAN'T EVEN WALK ON A STEEP BANK. HOW COULD I SET A FIRE? IF I SET A FIRE IT WOULD BURN ME UP BEFORE I COULD GET OUT OF THE WAY OF IT.))
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The E-P-A had to get a federal magistrate's permission to enter the property BECAUSE Keeling wouldn't let them on the property withOUT a warrant. He signed an agreement with the STATE and the COUNTY last November that gave THEM access to his land in exchange for 25-hundred dollars a year. But he refused to extend the deal to the feds.
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The warrant issued last night gives the E-P-A access to the property for 90 days. Though various authorities have assured residents that health hazards are minimal, the declaration in support of the warrant warns of an imminent and substantial threat to public health. It says emissions from the tire fire may include toxic compounds such as sulfur dioxide and benzene, a suspected cancer- causing substance.
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[Falwell]


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The Reverend Jerry Falwell's battle to incorporate Thomas Road Baptist Church took another turn in federal court this morning.
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Falwell is suing the State Corporation Commission which denied Thomas Road's request because state law doesn't allow churches to incorporate.
Falwell's lawyers say the 200- year- old law is unconstitutional and it's time someone at the state level admitted that.
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((MATHEW STAVER/LIBERTY COUNSEL: UNLIKE ANY OTHER CASE THAT I'VE EVER BEEN IN, EVERYONE WANTS TO WIGGLE AWAY SO THAT THEY'RE NOT THE DEFENDANT. AND THE REASON FOR THAT I THINK IS VERY CLEAR.. THESE LAWS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS AND THERE'S NO MORE CHAIRS, WHOEVER'S LEFT IS GOING TO BE LEFT DEFENDING AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW.))
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The S-C-C's lawyer argued his client only enforces the law and doesn't decide whether it's constitutional.
Judge Norman Moon says he'll issue a ruling shortly.
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Another American loses his life in the fight against terrorism. We'll have the details after the break.
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Also the entertainment world has lost the man known as Mister Television and Uncle Miltie. We'll look back at the career of Milton Berle.
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The Pentagon believes a land mine accident has claimed the life of a U-S Special Operations member in Afghanistan.

In a statement, officials say the American soldier stepped on a mine while conducting a small training exercise near Kandahar.
The blast also injured another serviceman, but his injuries aren't considered life- threatening.
The Pentagon has not yet released the victim's name.

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The man accused of conspiring with Osama bin laden in the September 11th attacks will face the death penalty.
Justice department officials made the announcement today.
Aleen Sirgany has details.
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THE ONLY PERSON TO BE CHARGED IN THE SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH ATTACKS WILL FACE THE DEATH PENALTY.
33 YEAR OLD ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI IS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING WITH OSAM BIN LADEN, THE HIJACKERS AND OTHERS TO COMMITT THE ATTACKS.
SUPER: John Ashcroft/USAtty Gen
SOT: Following my instructions the US attorneys have filed a notice of

intent to seek a sentence of death. In the notice we have alleged numerous reasons called aggrevating factors which we believe indicate why the death penalty is appropriate. Among these reasons is the impact of the crime on thousands of victims.
FOUR OF THE SIX CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST MOUSSAOUI CARRY THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF DEATH:

(COURT DOCUMENT) IN THE FILING TODAY THE GOVERNMENT SAID THE FRENCH

CITIZEN COMMITTED THE OFFENSES IN "AN ESPECIALLY HEINOUS ,CRUEL AND DEPRAVED MANNER IN THAT THEY INVOLVED TORTURE AND SERIOUS PHYSICAL ABUSE TO THE VICTIMS. "
ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT DESCRIBED MOUSSAOUI AS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE HIJACKINGS WHICH KILLED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS...THE LARGEST LOSS OF LIFE RESULTING FROM A CRIMINAL ACT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THE TRIAL WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 30 IN VIRGINIA.
STANDUP: ( NOT VERBATIM. The decision is certain to have international implications ....especially in europe where the terrorism investigation is continuing in several countries that oppose capital punishment.)
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Israel is plotting its next move-- which may include military force-- following a Passover attack that killed at least 20 people.
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The Palestinian suicide bombing happened just as Israeli families were sitting down to their holiday meal at a hotel.
The radical Islamic group, Hamas has claimed responsibility.
President Bush condemned the attack, and called on Palestinians to put an end to the violence.
Meanwhile, the White House says American envoy Anthony Zinni will stay in Israel and continue to work on brokering some kind of truce.
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A Saudi Arabian plan for peace in the Middle East has won unanimous support at the Arab summit.
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The plan offers Israel normal relations with the Arab world if it withdraws from all occupied Arab land, accepts a Palestinian state, AND agrees to the return of Palestinian refugees.
Meanwhile, an adviser to Israel's prime minister calls the peace plan ``something that should be pursued.''
In other developments, it was a blow to President Bush's war on terror.
Summit leaders rejected any attack on Iraq, and called for an end to U-N sanctions.
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Henry County officials have suspended Sid Clower from both of his positions, with pay.
An assistant at the Public Service Authority, Rosemary Pace, has also been suspended, with pay.
This after state police seized computer hard drives from both their offices Tuesday, while investigating the possible embezzlement of Henry County Funds.
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Jennifer Miele is at the county administration center with more on the decisions.
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Jennifer adlibs ((ROLLCUE:...tough one to make.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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we'll tell you why after TWO million miles in the same car, a New York man is getting a new Volvo.
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One of America's legendary entertainers, Milton Berle has died at the age of 93.
With his trademark cigar and witty one- liners, Berle was a ground breaking comedian who helped launch the age of television.
Jerry Bowen looks back on the life and career of the man known as "Uncle Miltie."
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It seemed there was no stopping Milton Berle;

NATSOT Berle "I'm laughing because I know what's coming next."


Even late in life, the master of the one-liner was still going for just one more laugh;

NATSOT Berle "Thank you for this award. Of all the awards I've

received, this is the most...recent."
Mr. Television he was called. And for a very good reason;

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Back in 1948, it was Milton Berle who risked his career on this infant medium. No other big-name entertainer would touch it. But Berle grabbed the show and ran with it... taking America laughing and giggling into the Television Age;

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And nobody laughed harder or louder than that lady in the balcony;

NATSOT Berle -- another "hey lady" joke


The lady was Berle's mother Sandra. The ultimate stage mother who pushed Milton into show business when he was just five years old. As a child actor, Berle appeared in a dozen silent films with the legendary Charlie Chaplin;

SOT BERLE "If it wasn't for Charlie Chaplin, there wouldn't be a Berle.

I learned a lot from Chaplin."
Vaudeville followed where Berle learned standup comedy and the art of putting down hecklers. He was a headliner on Broadway and in nightclubs. A minor star in the movies;

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NATSOT Berle "The kind of girls I dream about; but you should see the

kind I get."
But television changed everything. Tuesday nights, Berle owned America. 80 percent of the TV sets were turned on to him. Even Berle was stunned as he later told Ed Murrow on "Person to Person."

SOT Berle "The biggest thrill I ever had in my career was when on a

Tuesday night, I used to pass a restaurant or a theater and I'd see a sign in the window saying, we're closed tonight, we're all home watching Milton Berle on television. That's the biggest thrill I had."
It was Berle's unpredictable live show that sold millions of TV sets... and attracted a surprising mix of celebrities;

NAT SOT Berle with Carl Sandberg "I'm pretty brash." "I'm not brash,

but rash."
From poet and author Carl Sandberg to Frank Sinatra to Elvis:

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So popular that parents appealed to Berle for help... too many children were staying up late to see him;

SOT Berle "One night, I said, good night children, don't stay up late,

this is Uncle Miltie. And it sort of caught on right after that. And everyone called me Uncle Miltie."
NBC signed Uncle Miltie to a lifetime contract; 30 years. It expired long before he did. And his show went off the air in the mid 50s... a victim of TV Westerns and bad ratings. Berle the host became Berle the guest on other shows. But he had led the way;

SOT Berle "I feel like a 20 year old. Unfortunately, there's never one

around."
And he'll be remembered for his jokes... the collection of nearly 7 million jokes he acquired over the years. The one liners he was frequently accused of borrowing from others. Didn't matter; the man was funny;

SOT Berle "Do I laugh every day? No. I don't think anyone laughs every

day. But as long as I can make people laugh-- that's my great pleasure."

NAT SOT Berle "Hey lady, don't laugh, this is what you look like when

you wake up every morning."
Hey lady... your kid did just fine;

SOT Berle "The only advice I'd have is live it up, because you only go

around once, baby."
In Hollywood, I'm Jerry Bowen, CBS News ))

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Two million miles and still going strong--
That could be the next advertising slogan for Volvo.
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The Swedish company held a party in New York's Times Square yesterday, celebrating 75 years in the automaking business.
And no question, the real guest of honor was Irv Gordon.
Gordon is the first man to travel two MILLION miles in the same car.
As Gordon pulled his 19-66 Cherry red Volvo off Broadway and into the party, the odomoter rolled over to zero for the 20th time....
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((IRV GORDON/VOLVO OWNER: I DIDN'T
REALIZE I WAS GOING TO HAVE AN ESCORT, YOU KNOW, SO I WAS A
LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT WHERE I HAD TO BE AND SO ON, BUT I SAW
THAT LAST ZERO COME UP AND I SAID 'WE'RE HERE,' YOU KNOW, SO IT'S TERRIFIC." ))
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Gordon earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, and appropriately, Volvo awarded him a brand new car...

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 28 points. The NASDAQ was up 18.

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Coming up in sports, NASCAR racers and drivers
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are trying for "high marks" at the upcoming race weekend in Martinsville.
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The spring race weekend at the Martinsville Speedway is right around the corner. Mike Stevens tells us how drivers and fans alike were trying to make the "grade."
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