Today on News 7--
A brush fire is burning in Roanoke County-- leaving some residents without power.
And as fighting continues in the Middle East, the rest of us will feel the impact at the gas pumps.
Sunshine today will help boost temperatures into the 60's as a front heads our way tomorrow....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Mideast violence continues to escalate, as Israel's prime minister suggests the Palestinians overthrow Yasser Arafat.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
In a speech to his parliament, Ariel Sharon says Israel wants to live with Palestinians "side by side, with dignity and honor."
At the same time, he urged the Palestinian people to change their leadership.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=01-Father David Jaeger/Franciscan Order;]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON ...IS SUGGESTING PALESTINIANS
OVERTHROW YASER ARAFAT. AND HAS ORDERED HIS SOLDIERS TO CONTINUE THEIR
ATTACK IN THE WEST BANK. THIS, DESPITE DEMANDS FROM PRESIDENT BUSH ...
AND OTHER WORLD LEADERS... THAT THEY GET OUT OF PALESTINIAN TERRITORY.
SOT: KOFI ANNAN/ U.N. Secretary General.
HOPING TO REDUCE THE VIOLENCE, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL HAS
ARRIVED IN MOROCCO AND HAS STARTED MEETING WITH ARAB LEADERS. EVEN AS
TALKS BEGAN, THE VIOLENCE ESCALATED.
IN BETHLEHEM, ISRAELI TROOPS FIRED SHOTS AND GRENADES AT THE CHURCH OF
THE NATIVITY WHERE HUNDREDS OF ARMED PALESTINIANS REMAIN HOLED UP IN ONE
OF CHRISTIANITY'S HOLIEST SHRINES. FRANCISCANS ARE ACCUSING THE ISRAELIS
OF BREAKING THEIR PROMISE NOT TO FIRE AT THE CHURCH.
(SOT) FATHER DAVID JAEGER/Franciscan Order.
"I dread to think of the consequences this catastrophe is going to
IN JENIN, WITNESSES SAY ISRAELI TROOPS FIRED MISSILES AT A REFUGEE CAMP
WHERE THE MILITARY SAYS MORE THAN A HUNDRED ARMED PALESTINIANS HAVE
SURRENDERED. STILL, OTHERS HAVE VOWED TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH. IN NABLUS,
MORE THAN A DOZEN PALESTINIANS WERE REPORTEDLY KILLED TODAY AND ISRAELI
TROOPS SHOW NO SIGN OF LEAVING.
STAND-UP: (TO COME:.... SHARON SAYS WILL SPEED UP INCURSIONS...)
The conflict in the Middle East is translating to soaring prices for crude oil.
Iraq stopped exporting oil today, and prices immediately shot upward.
Saddam Hussein says he'll keep the spigot off for 30 days, or until Israel withdraws from Palestinian territories.
There's been a call from Iran for a similar boycott. Libya says it supports Iran.
But a boycott would be ineffective without Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, who have rejected using oil as a weapon.
Firefighters are working to get the upper hand on a small brush fire in Roanoke County.
The fire started beside a Girl Scout camp on Route 311 this morning.
Firefighters say a tree trimming crew accidentally knocked a tree onto a powerline while trying to cut brush away from the powerlines.
Right now, firefighters estimate that five to ten acres are burning.
They say good weather conditions should help them contain it soon.
In the meantime, A-E-P is working to restore power to Roanoke County homes along 311 that lost it because of the fire.
A dust storm in Colorado caused a huge multi- car pile-up on a major highway.
[SUPER=03-Grand Junction, CO;]
Yesterday, more than 30 vehicles were involved in the accident on Interstate 70, when the storm caused nearly zero visibility.
The drivers collided with each other after slowing down to make it through the dark rolling cloud.
19 people were treated for minor injuries.
Police closed the Interstate in both directions for over three hours to clean up the roadway.
A storm system in north Texas produced a tornado yesterday.
[VO-NAT 03:28:53 CBS :23+]
The tornado, spotted in a field near the town of Throckmorton, touched down but never caused any damage.
The short-lived, but spectacular tornado made for some incredible video before becoming very small, and eventually dissipating.
Two other tornados were also spotted in Texas, both in an open field in Crockett County in far West Texas.
Neither of those tornados caused any damage.
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Doctors say the latest sextuplets born in the U-S are all in excellent shape. We'll have details after this break.
Also we will tell you why some patients on Medicare are having a difficult time getting a doctor to treat them.
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The community of Rago, Kansas experienced a population explosion over the weekend.
That's because one of its 12 residents gave birth to sextuplets.
The three boys and three girls were born yesterday to Sondra and Eldon Headrick.
Their doctor says everyone is doing excellent.
Four remain on respirators, but doctors expect to begin weaning them off in the next day or two.
So far doctors say they're very pleased with the babies' size, growth and development.
The sextuplets were born at 31 weeks, which is the longest any American sextuplets had been carried.
People on Medicare could have a problem finding a physician willing to treat them.
The federal government has cut the amount of money it will pay doctors for taking care of Medicare patients.
Now some doctors say the hassles with bureaucracy mean it is no longer worth treating the recipients.
Randall Pinkston has more.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Krotowski/Primary Care Physician; :14]
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Moon/Urban Institute; 1:38]
[SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/CBS News; 1:50]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS NEW YORK]
(( DR. MARK KROTOWSKI IS A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IN A WORKING
CLASS NEW YORK NEIGHBORHOOD..HE HAS ABOUT 2000 PATIENTS... ONE-QUARTER
OF THEM RELY ON MEDICARE..
(SOT: DR. MARK KROTOWSKI /PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN) I love those
patients. The ones that become Medicare eligible when they hit 65, they
continue in the practice. I don't have a problem with that.
(VO2) BUT KROTOWSKI DOES HAVE A PROBLEM ACCEPTING NEW MEDICARE
PATIENTS... HE SAYS HE WON'T DO IT... BECAUSE THE FEES THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT PAYS HIM ARE TOO LOW...
(SOT: DR. MARK KROTOWSKI)
I was tired of all the paperwork involved with the patients and making
referrals and getting authorizations and I decided to stop taking New
Medicare patients because of those reasons.
( VO3) KROTOWSKI IS PART OF A GROWING MOVEMENT OF PHYSICIANS UNHAPPY
WITH MEDICARE. According to a family physicians group, 17 PER CENT OF
their members have stopped TREATING NEW MEDICARE PATIENTS BECAUSE A
REDUCTION IN FEES.
(VO3 -) UNDER A CONGRESSIONAL FORMULA, MEDICARE FEES WERE CUT 5.4 PER
CENT THIS YEAR... BY 2006, THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PREDICTS
PAYMENTS WILL DROP ANOTHER 14 PER CENT ... .
(SOT: DR. MARK KROTOWSKI) I don't mind getting my costs cut as long as
everything else goes down. My rent doesn't get cut, My staff wants more
money. My surgical supplier keeps increasing. You know? That's just the
(FULLSOT..) It's very hard on the patients....
(VO4)KROTOWSKI INSISTS he won't drop EXISTING PATIENTS. ANALYSTS SAY
the Medicare system needs more money and Americans need a new
perspective on the value of medical care.
(SOT: MARILYN MOON / URBAN INSTITUTE) We like, as a society, not to pay
a lot. We want Tiffany goods at Kmart prices and that's kind of the
American way and we've been doing that in Medicare.
(randall on cam close:) WITH BABY BOOMERS ENTERING THEIR GOLDEN
YEARS, AND DOCTORS SHUNNING MEDICARE PATIENTS, AMERICA'S FUTURE
RETIREES MAY HAVE no choice but to spend more of their own money for
health care- ..... RANDALL PINKSTON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
A nine year old boy from Roanoke County refuses to let his medical condition stand in the way of his dreams.
Yesterday Jacob Tyree was the center of attention as he took the mound at Salem Memorial Field.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Tyree/Jacob's Dad; :21]
[SUPER=07-Jacob Tyree; :49]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF JACOB PLAYING BASEBALL IN BACKYARD))
Nine year old Jacob Tyree is a kid who truly lives for the game of baseball.
[IN Q=It's just my life]
((JACOB TYREE: IT'S JUST MY LIFE, I LOVE IT.))
[OUT Q=I love it]
It's a love these days that doesn't come easy.
You see Jacob has a tumor, not in his brain, but rather in his spinal chord.
[IN Q=He had surgery]
((JERRY TYREE/JACOB'S DAD: HE HAD SURGERY NOVEMBER 13 OF LAST YEAR AND THEY WERE ABLE TO REMOVE PART OF IT BUT WE JUST FINISHED THE RADIATION AS A FOLLOW-UP AND HOPEFULLY THE RADIATION HAS TAKEN CARE OF IT.))
[OUT Q=care of it]
Jacob must now wear hinged braces on his legs.
And as a result of his back surgery, he has to wear a brace twenty hours a day that keeps him upright.
[IN Q=It's difficult, painful]
((JACOB TYREE: IT'S DIFFICULT, PAINFUL AND KINDA EXCITING IN A WAY.))
[OUT Q=exciting in a way]
Exciting because of all the new people and opportunities that have come Jacbob's way.
A big one happened Sunday afternoon when Jacob got the chance to throw out the first ball at the Salem Avalanche game.
[IN Q=As you might imagine]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE JACOB'S TREATMENT CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE. THAT'S WHY THIS GAME IS A FUNDRAISER. FOR EVERY FIVE DOLLAR TICKET THE FAMILY SELLS, TWO DOLLARS JACOB'S TRUST FUND. NEARLY A THOUSAND PEOPLE CAME OUT TODAY TO SUPPORT JACOB'S CAUSE.))
[OUT Q=support Jacob's cause]
It is a cause that has an uncertain future.
Jacob's condition is so rare doctors don't know whether the tumor will eventually threaten his life.
For now, Jacob has a simple game plan. (SHOT OF JACOB PLAYING VIDEO GAMES)
[SOT 14:40:41; 14:36:21]
[IN Q=I ignore it]
((JACOB TYREE: I IGNORE IT.))
((JERRY TYREE: HIS ATTITUDE HASN'T A CHANGED A BIT. HE'S STILL JACOB. HE'S NOT AS FAST AS WE WAS, WE'RE GOING TO GET THERE.))
[OUT Q=to get there]
With that optimism, there's no doubt Jacob has only brighter days ahead. (SHOT OF SUNLIGHT AND JACOB PITCHING)
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
First Union is among a handful of big banks failing to identify all of their automated teller
machines, then charging their OWN customers fees to use the un-marked machines.
At Trump Plaza in New Jersey, First Union charges everyone three dollars for using the cash machines, even First Union customers.
Then the bank adds ANOTHER dollar for using another bank's machine, even though it really owns the un-marked A-T-Ms.
A spokeswoman for First Union, which is owned by Wachovia, says Trump Plaza wanted to keep First Union's logo and name off the cash machines.
But critics say the bank decided to slap fees on its own customers.
Bank of America has agreed to pay 700-hundred thousand dollars to account holders in Washington state for operating undercover ATMs at supermarkets.
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Coming up next, Leo will have the wet forecast for us.
Also the Space Shuttle Atlantis is still on the ground. After this break we'll tell you what might delay its mission-- again.
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Technology produced here in the Valley is helping American soldiers in the war effort.
I-T-T Industries Night Vision is being used extensively in Afghanistan.
A few weeks ago, at a conference attended by I-T-T executives, a former Army Chief of Staff praised the technology developed in Roanoke.
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[IN Q=A Black Hawk helicopter...]
((NEIL GALLAGHER/ITT INDUSTRIES NIGHT VISION PRESIDENT: A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER COMES TO A PREDETERMINED PLACE, LANDS IN A COUNTRY NOBODY'S EVER BEEN AT, MEETS SOME OF OUR HELPERS THERE. HE SAYS THE TEAM GETS OUT, DONS THEIR NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT, THEN RIDES ON HORSES TO WHERE THEY CAN IDENTIFY THE ENEMY, AND POINT LASERS ON THEM AND CALL AIR STRIKES IN. ALL DONE IN THE DARK, AND IT WAS A HIGH TRIBUTE TO OUR NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT, AND WE CERTAINLY FELT PROUD THAT DAY.))
[SUPER=01-Neil Gallagher/ITT Industries Night Vision President; ]
[OUT Q=felt proud that day.]
[VO-NAT - :07+]
Gallagher says I-T-T Night Vision technology first saw active duty in Panama City, and earned its reputation during the Gulf War.
NASA has begun fueling Space Shuttle Atlantis-- but it may not get off the ground.
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;]
Officials kept the scheduled 4:39 p-m launch time a secret until late yesterday afternoon, under a new security policy.
Forecasters are calling for wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour this afternoon at the Kennedy Space Center.
That's just at the safety limit for a launch.
The mission has already been put off for four days, because of a leaky fuel line.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 82 points. The NASDAQ has lost 24.
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Coming up next, a local soccer player could soon be getting his kicks in Europe,
and the Roanoke Express was at the Roundhouse last night trying to extend their season by another game.
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[GRAPHIC=Texas motor speedway]
The Winston Cup drivers are racing in Roanoke .. as in Roanoke, TEXAS.
The Samsung-Radio Shack 500 is now under way .. a day late.
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX/FOX; :00]
There was no way they could race yesterday .. as rain and thunder storms pelted the Texas Motor Speedway most of the day.
This is the seventh race in this year's Winston Cup season.
It's "wait till next year" for the Express.
Their season came to an end yesterday, when Roanoke lost to Trenton 5-2 in game four of the best of five E-C-H-L series.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Titans vs. Express; :00]
Roanoke fans knew that everyone would have to come together to help the Express against the Titans, a team that scored six goals in game three.
The Express went with reserve goalie Dean Weasler, and he played well most of the game,
[SUPER=34-Trenton/5/Roanoke/2;]stopping Trenton with several nice saves in the cage.
But the Titans finally beat him here on this shot.
That made it 1-1, and the Titans go up 4-2 before icing the win with an empty netter.
They win the series 3 games to 1.
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[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Center; :13]
[SUPER=01-Joe Dusbabek/Express Left Wing; :23]
[SUPER=01-Duncan Dalmao/Express Defenseman; :36]
[OUT Q=.....they never quit""]
The Salem Avalanche has a rare day off today .. before returning to action tomorrow night at Salem Memorial.
The Avalanche closed the weekend with a narrow loss to Potomac.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Cannons vs. Avalanche; :00]
Unlike Saturday's chilly conditions, it was a bright sunny day for game three of this weekend series.
The Cannons would strike first using some infield tactics.
Matt Williams with the bunt [SUPER=37-Potomac/2/Salem/1;]down the first baseline.
He is out, but a runner advances to second.
Dan Moylan would reach third, and then Seth Davidson rockets a shot into right field.
Moylan will come on down from third.
2-1 Potomac in the top of the seventh.
Some good news for the Avs, a Potomac runner is gunned down at third.
Cannons win 2-1.
Former Cave Spring standout soccer player Drew Harrison is already getting attention from pro scouts in Europe.
The 16 year old was in Roanoke over the weekend on spring break.
He left Cave Spring this past January to attend Nick Bellot-tari's school for gifted athletes in Florida.
The school grooms young athletes like Drew for professional sports.
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[SUPER=01-Drew Harrison/USA Under 17 Team Member; :00]
[OUT Q=...just the game"]
Drew and the USA 17- and- under national team have traveled to Italy, Brazil, Coasta Rica, France and Germany over the last three months.
Unfortunately, competition brought out the world's worst in some fans in Brazil during one of Harrison's games.
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[IN Q="once we]
[OUT Q=......mad and frustrated"]
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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