Coming up on News 7-
Work continues-- one week after fire ignites an illegal tire dump in Roanoke County.
Residents at a local apartment complex are angry after spending more than a day without water.
And, Britain mourns the loss of its beloved Queen Mum-- who passes away at the age of 101.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=We're still developing]
((CARRIE DEITZEL/ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: WE'RE STILL DEVELOPING THE PLAN OF ATTACK. OBVIOUSLY, THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT THE ROADS ARE SAFE FOR THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT.))
[OUT Q=the heavy equipment]
The E-P-A is still devising a strategy as a Roanoke County tire dump fire enters its second week.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
We don't know for certain but it's estimated anywhere from two to five million tires are smoldering at Willie Keeling's illegal tire dump.
What we do know for sure is the fire was deliberately set and it could burn for months.
Justin McLeod has more on the plan of attack and what it's like to live near the line of fire.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of truck going up the road]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carrie Deitzel/Environmental Protection Agency; :16]
[SUPER=01-Terry Kemp/Penn Forest Church of God; :35]
[SUPER=01-Jason Cook/Nearby Resident; :49]
[SUPER=01-Annie Fountain/Nearby Resident; 1:24]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke County.]
((((NAT SOUND OF TRUCK GOING UP THE ROAD))
This weekend, crews concentrated their efforts on one thing, making the road leading to the fire safe and accessible for the heavy equipment that soon will arrive.
Only then can the cleanup begin.
[IN Q=They've been talking]
((CARRIE DEITZEL/ENVIROMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: THEY'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT A SUPPRESSANT. THE FIRST CONCERN WITH A SUPRESSANT, WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT IT AS SOMETHING TO PUT THE FIRE OUT. WE'RE LOOKING AT IT AS SOMETHING TO CONTROL THE SMOKE.))
[OUT Q=control the smoke]
The smoke has prompted officials to issue several health warnings.
The concern almost postponed this year annual easter egg hunt in Penn Forest Park.
[IN Q=There was some folks]
((TERRY KEMP/PENN FOREST CHURCH OF GOD: THERE WAS SOME FOLKS OUT THIS MORNING DOING SOME AIR MONITORING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TESTS ALL CAME BACK NEGATIVE.))
[OUT Q=back negative]
((NAT SOUND OF THE PLAYGROUND))
The event attracted nearly two hundred people, many who are nearby residents,just happy to be back outside.
[IN Q=I know my son]
((JASON COOK/NEARBY RESIDENT: I KNOW MY SON HAS REALLY HAD CABIN FEVER STUCK IN THE HOUSE AND JUST THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER TODAY AND IT'S JUST A GREAT DAY FOR KIDS TO COME OUT AND ENJOY THEMSELVES.))
[OUT Q=enjoy themselves]
[IN Q=Life still hasn't]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: LIFE STILL HASN'T RETURNED BACK TO NORMAL FOR THE RESIDENTS WHO LIVE DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE TIRE DUMP FIRE. MANY HAVENT RETURNED TO THEIR HOMES, CHOOSING TO STAY WITH FRIENDS OR RELATIVES. THE E-P-A SAYS THE AIR IS SAFE BUT MANY OF THESE RESIDENTS SAY LIVING WITH THAT SMOKE IS STILL UNBEARABLE.))
[OUT Q=still unbearable]
((NAT SOUND OF TIRE DUMP FIRE))
Tests reveal there are hazardous materials in the fire itself, but so far none have registered in nearby neighborhoods.
Even so, residents believe the danger remains.
[IN Q=At night, it's really]
((ANNIE FOUNTAIN: AT NIGHT, IT'S REALLY REALLY BAD WHEN YOU'RE OUT HERE AT NIGHT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T COME OUT UNLESS YOU HAVE A MASK ON. THEY SAY THE AIR IS OK BUT THIS AIR IS NOT OK BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT BREATHING IT, WE ARE.))
[OUT Q=breathing it, we are]
And they'll probably be breathing it for months.
Whatever the plan of attack, the EPA believes it will take that long before the tire dump fire is completely out.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.
New information has surfaced about a state criminal probe into whether Virginia's top Republican Party staffer eavesdropped on a Democratic conference call.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape; ]
Ed Matricardi is accused of listening in on two conference calls in which Democratic legislators, including Governor Mark Warner, discussed strategy on the state redistricting case.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch today cites unidentified Republicans as saying a Democrat angry with Warner gave Matricardi the phone number and password to join the conference call.
Officials said that would make it LEGAL for Matricardi to monitor the call.
Today's rain may have helped water levels, but it meant little to some Roanoke county residents.
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Some residents in the Sans (SOO-see) Souci Apartment complex say they have been without water since around eleven o'clock yesterday morning.
Several buildings were affected when a water line broke.
Residents say they are concerned because backed up sewage has caused odor problems in some of the buildings.
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[IN Q=We haven't been able]
((TAMMIE MONTGOMERY/RESIDENT: WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO TAKE A SHOWER, NOT BEEN ABLE TO FLUSH THE COMMODE. MY DAUGHTER HAS PNEUMONIA AND I CAN JUST IMAGINE THE GERMS FLOATING IN THE APARTMENT BECAUSE OF THE COMMODE NOT BEING ABLE TO BE FLUSHED.))
[OUT Q=being able to be flushed.]
[VO-NAT - :10+]
Residents say they have tried to contact the property management but have NOT been successful.
Officials with Sans Souci did not return phone messages left by News 7 this evening.
The casualty count has risen to at least 32 after another Palestinian suicide bombing in Israel.
Meanwhile-- Israeli troops continue to surround the West Bank compound of Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.
Jim Acosta brings us the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv; :00]
[SUPER=01-Yasser Arafat/Palestinian President; :27]
[SUPER=01-Jim Acosta/CBS News; 1:12]
[OUT Q=Acosta, CBS News, Washington.]
(((nats of attack)
It was the third suicide bombing in just four days.
A 22-year-old palestinian blew himself up in a crowded Tel Aviv cafe --
injuring dozens of people.
A group linked to Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat -- the Al Aqsa
Martyrs Brigade is claiming responsibility.
(NAT POP- ARAFAT)
As for Arafat he remains barricaded inside his Rahmallah compound --
with no electricity and surrounded by Israeli troops.
However that hasn't kept Arafat (lead into sot)from pleading his case to
(SOT - YASSER ARAFAT/ PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT)
"I am appealing to the whole international world to stop this aggression
against our people"
Troops haven't actually come face-to-face with Arafat.
But that could soon change.
Palestinian officials say the Israelis told them soldiers plan to enter
Arafat's domain and arrest any wanted Palestinians who may be hiding
(NAT POP - bush) "he won't be harmed"
The Israeli government has assured President Bush Arafat is safe.
But at the same time mister Bush says the Palestinian leader needs to do
more to stop the violence.
(SOT - BUSH)
"He's got to make it absolutely clear that the Palestinian Authority
does not support these terrorist activities, and use his security forces
to prevent them from happening."
AND WHILE THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS ISRAEL'S NEED TO DEFEND
ITSELF.... HE ALSO TOLD REPORTERS THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION IS SUPPORTING
THE U-N RESOLUTION WHICH CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWL OF ISRAELI
TROOPS FROM PALESTINIAN CITIES. JA CBS NEWS WASHINGTON. ))
Severe weather is causing problems in Alabama.
[SUPER=03-Marshall Co., AL]
Storms tore through Northeast Alabama last night-- including a small tornado.
Officials say the tornado damaged about 15- homes.
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[IN Q=Well we]
((WELL, WE LEFT HERE THIS MORNING. WE TOOK THE MOTOR HOME AND THE MULES WHEN THERE WAS A HOLLERIN' THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE A-COMIN.))
[OUT Q=was another one a comin.]
Some roofs were blown off and trees knocked down by high winds but no one was seriously injured.
At least four people were killed and more than 30 injured when two trains collided in the northeastern Spain.
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[SUPER=03-Torredembarra, Spain; ]
A Euromed express train and a regional express train crashed at the (TOR-ay-dem-BAR-uh) Torredembarra station.
The injured passengers were ferried to local hospitals by ambulances and taxis as firefighters worked to free people trapped in the carriages of the two trains.
The Euromed express train -- which can reach speeds of up to 135 miles per hour -- was travelling towards Valencia at the time of the crash.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, the N-C-double-A championship is set, with Indiana taking on Maryland. Roy Stanley will have all of today's Final Four highlights coming up...
and Britain is mourning the death of Queen Mother Elizabeth, the nation's favorite grandmother. We'll have a look at her life coming up. Stay with us.
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In the past few days-- Pope John Paul has skipped a number of Holy Week traditions.
But the 81- year old pope did NOT skip today's ceremony.
Earlier today-- the pope celebrated a three hour long Easter vigil Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.
During parts of the ceremony, his head was bowed forward, his eyelids were almost closed, and his speech was slurred.
But his voice grew stronger as he delivered his message.
After a few hours' rest, John Paul plans to celebrate another Mass in the morning.
The people of Britain paid respect to their beloved Queen Mum today.
The Queen Mother died in her sleep at the age of 101 with her daughter Queen Elizabeth by her side.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/CBS News; ]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News.]
((Narr: She was born with the century - August, 1900. The daughter of a
Scottish earl...she was educated at home.
In April 1923 she became the bride of the Duke of York...he was second
in line to the throne. Then his brother, Edward abdicated to follow his
love, American divorcee Wallace Simpson.
Suddenly - 1936 - the duke and his young wife found themselves the King
and Queen of England.
Nineteen forty - troubled times turned to war - the German's bombed
London every night. Thousands fled the city - but Elizabeth and George
Daylight would find them amid the ruin, amid the people - they were the
face of a nation unbowed. Even when Buckingham palace was hit - George
stayed in London, Elizabeth stayed by his side.
"She was winning universal affection for her courage and her
cheerfulness - qualities that stayed with her through the death of her
husband and her new role from 1952 as Queen Mother.
Narr: Mother of Queen Elizabeth the second. To the man on the street -
she was - quite simply, the Queen Mum. And in that role she remained a
Nat sot "happy birthday"
Narr: On her 100th birthday...it seemed like the whole country turned
out to help her celebrate.
She was from another era...the days of empire, grace and good manner.
When she died - for everyone in Britian a cherished part of history
slipped away forever. GC...cbs news.))
Virginia Tech is getting some recognition for the number of its alumni serving in the peace corps.
Christopher Doherty is the service group's representative on the Tech campus.
He says 35-alums are serving overseas...ranking them 21st in the country.
Peace Corps volunteers commit for two-years and work in 78-countries.
Doherty served for three years in Liberia and the Dominican Republic...
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((CHRISTOPHER DOHERTY/PEACE CORPS VT REP.; THERE IS SORT OF A NEW REBORN INTEREST NATIONALLY AND BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS MENTIONED IT AND WANTS TO GROW THE PEACE CORPS BY TWO TIMES TWO FOLD IN THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Christopher Doherty/Virginia Tech Peace Corps Representative;]
[OUT Q=FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.]
Doherty says a majority of volunteers are female and between the ages of 22 and 26.
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His wife and children remind him about his own experience in the corps...we'll explain why tomorrow morning in our Virginia Profile.
Still to come, one Southside city is hoping a unique blend of science will make learning more fun...
and an exhibit at Virginia Tech is showing off the best in nature that the area has to offer.
We'll have that and more when News 7 at 11 returns.
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If you're interested in natural history you have three Virginia museums to choose from.
But if you want to focus on the Southern Appalachian region, your only option is in Blacksburg.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to Virginia Tech to brush up on biology.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Rosenzweig/VA Tech Museum of Natural History; :23]
[OUT Q=SY, N7, Blacksburg.]
[IN Q=If you look at this...]
((If you look at this... it's absolutely beautiful.))
[OUT Q=It's absolutely beautiful.]
From butterfiles to buffalo, birds to bees, you'll find them all in a handful of rooms in downtown Blacksburg.
Welcome to the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, a haven for those into serious research or the casually curious.
[IN Q=Over one million specimens...]
((Over one million specimens of all different groups of animals, insects, mammals, birds, fossils.))
[OUT Q=mammals, birds, fossils.]
But don't go expecting elaborate scenes.
This is one museum where viewing a speciman often means uncovering it first.
[IN Q=Unlike, maybe, a storage facility...]
((Unlike, maybe, a storage facility where you might put your furniture where you would care about moisture and temperature, we really care about that here.))
[OUT Q=care about that here.]
Specimans are kept under glass or plastic, or are filed away in a series of cabinets.
The goal is to preserve all species, from the prolific to the extinct.
[IN Q=There are a lot of people...]
((There are a lot of people that don't know that we had a native parrot in North America. Reporter: You wouldn't think that, would you? Rosenzweig: And there it is.))
[OUT Q=And there it is.]
Ask for a tour or guide yourself, or tag along with a school group.
Rosenzweig hopes you'll leave the museum with a better understanding of life.
[IN Q=What we like to say is...]
((What we like to say is that this museum is trying to teach people about what's going on outside the walls of the place and how to get into the world around us.))
[OUT Q=into the world around us.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Blacksburg.))
Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5.
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For more information log on to our website at wdbj7 dot com and click on the Time Off suitcase.
An experiment in Danville is working out well for the city.
The Danville Science Center has received donations totaling half a million dollars from the Kiwanis and Lions clubs.
The money will be used to renovate and expand into the Southern Railway Administrative Building which is located next to the center.
Part of the building will house the Womack Collection which consists of insects, rocks, minerals, and local Native American artifacts.
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[IN Q=Education wise this]
((GINNY LAUBINGER/SCIENCE CENTER DIRECTOR: EDUCATION WISE THIS IT'S AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE WITH THEIR NATURAL HISTORY VENT AND OUR PHYSICAL SCIENCE VENT THAT COMBINATION IS A TREMENDOUS DRAWING POWER NOT ONLY FOR SCHOOL GROUPS BUT ALSO FOR SCOUTING GROUPS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AT THAT OUT INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT AS WELL THIS IS ALSO DRAW FOR THE GENERAL COMMUNITY TO COME DOWN HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Ginny Laubinger/Science Center Director]
[OUT Q=to come down here]
The renovations should begin sometime later this year.
The Danville Science Center is located at the Crossing of the Dan in downtown.
More entertainment is also coming to the Crossing of the Dan.
The city of Danville is currently building a 12-hundred seat amphitheater behind the Danville Science Center.
Construction began six months ago and city leaders hope to have it completed sometime this summer.
The 1.2 million dollar project is being financed by city money and funds provided by the Carrington Foundation.
The first event scheduled for the Carrington Center is the Harvest Jubilee Concert which takes place September 7th.
The Indiana Hoosiers will play one more day. Indiana came back in the second half to knock off Oklahoma 73 to 64.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/CBS SPORTS; :]
The Hoosiers advance for a shot at a national championship.
Oklahoma came out hot Andre McGhee takes it inside and the Sooners led 23 to 17.
But the Hoosiers rallied and when George Leach scored the basket Indiana led by 2, 26 to 24.
Oklahoma hit key free throws down the stretch and this jumper made it 34 to 27 late in the second half.
The Hoosiers took control in the second half Jeff Newton stepped up and scored completing a 9 to 2 run and Indiana led by 7.
But the Sooners rallied and when Selvie takes it to the hoop and scores the game was tied at 60 to 60.
Indiana continued the strong play this hoop put the Hoosiers up by 2 and Indiana wins it 73 to 64.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Davis/Indiana Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=.....to win.]
Maryland advances to the national championship game after beating beating Kansas 97 to 88 in the second game of the final four.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/CBS SPORTS; :]
The Terps move to the championship game against Indiana.
Kansas came out hot Drew Gooden takes it inside and scores and the Jayhawks led the game 20 to 15.
Then moments later Kansas works the break Henreich gets out on the break and passes to miles for the score to make it 24 to 21.
But Maryland's Juan Dixon rallied the Terps with the three pointer and Maryland led at the half 44 to 37.
The Jayhawks rallied in the second half Nick Collison takes it inside for the score and Kansas trailed by 2
But the Jayhawks fell asleep on this inbounds play Nicholas scores and the Terps led by 6.
Then Lonny Baxter who had foul trouble gets it inside for the score the Terps led by 8 and Maryland goes on to win it 97 to 88.
Without Allen Iverson in the Philly lineup to stop him Jason Kid ran free in leading the New Jersey Nets to a 102 to 92 win over the 76-ers.
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/NBC SPORTS; :]
The two teams meeting for the second time in four days.
Kidd scored 19 points and had 17 assists in the Nets victory now lets look at some of the other scores.
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[OUT Q=...last score."]
The Roanoke Express played its final regular game at the Roundhouse before beginning the playoffs against Trenton.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Renegades; :]
Dean Weasler making his first start in the East Coast Hockey League a week ago he was still in College.
Richmond took the lead in the first but when Frank Novac fires the slap shot for the goal the Express tied the game at 1 to 1.
Roanoke Rallied in the second period. Novack lights it up again this time he breaks free for the shot and the Express took the 2 to 1 lead in the period.
The Renegades answered when David Cundiff gets out on the break and scores to tie it at 2 to 2 and but Roanoke goes on to win it 5 to 3.
Roanoke's Duncan Dalmao is the East Coast Hockey League's defenseman of the year.
Dalmao leads the league in points by a defenseman with 57. His 22 goals are tops in the league as well. Dalmao is the first Express defenseman to earn this awards.
The last Roanoke player to win the honor was Bill Whitfield of the Virginia Lancers after the 1989-90 season.
The Carolina Hurricanes picked up a big win today shutting out the Boston Bruins 2 to nothing at the Fleet Center.
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/WSBK; :]
Bill Guerin presented the seventh player award as team M-V-P.
Then in the second period Jeff O'Neill takes the pass from Ron Francis and score and the Canes took the one to nothing lead.
The Hurricanes beat the Eastern Division Leaders and extended their lead in the Southeast division to 8 Points.
Serena Williams has won the Nasdaq 100 by beating the worlds top two tennis players in consecutive matches.
She beat her sister Venus in the semi's and today she came from behind in the first set and then withstood 7 set points in the second to beat Jennifer Capriati.
[SUPER=03-Key Biscayne, FL/CBS SPORTS; :]
The tournament played in Key Biscayne, Florida.
The title is Williams first at Key Biscayne and she didn't lose a set through the entire event.
She won the match 7-5, 7-6 and it evens Williams and Capriati's career records against each other at four wins apiece.
Abe Naff and his Ferrum baseball team made a statement today. The Panthers beat Methodist today 9 to 4.
Ferrum splits the weekend in set with Methodist. Methodist is the top ranked team in the country.