Straight ahead on News 7--
Today marks the single deadliest incident involving Israeli forces in
the past 18 months of fighting in the Middle East.
And W-D-B-J loses a much- loved member of its sports staff.
Rain showers continue to move into the region....I'll have your wet forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Roy Stanley, the man who helped define WDBJ 7 with his Hometown Sports on the weekends, died early this morning after a short and sudden illness.
Roy's friend and colleague Mike Stevens takes a look back at his 30- year career at Your Hometown Station.
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(( That trademark laugh and his outgoing personality were as much a part of what made Roy Stanley so special as anything else.
He was the state of Virginia's dean of sportscasters with more than 30 years of air experience at Your Hometown Station.
The weekends were his place to shine as he anchored the sports each Saturday and Sunday nights for more than two decades.
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Anchoring the sports desk at WDBJ-7 hardly seemed possible when he arrived in Roanoke looking for a job in February of 1972.
The Wytheville native, who attended Scott Memorial before integration, graduated from George Wythe high school in 1969.
He was officially hired at WDBJ on Valentines' Day of 1972.
He quickly established himself as a strong supporter of sports throughout the valley.
And no one knew how to work a room or establish relationships with athletes and coaches like Roy Stanley.
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He won the prestigious Marshal Johnson Award from the Virginia High School coaches association recognizing his outstanding contributions to high school athletics - his true love.
During the 2001 Friday Football Extra season Roy proudly watched a kid whose diapers he once changed earn player of the week honors.
((ROY WITH JERMAINE:))
Roy Stanley was "Old school" and took pride in as he liked to put it "Keeping It Real."
He did just that in the year 2000 - when the N Double A CP honored Roy with that year's Image Award.
Family was also extremely important to Roy. He is survived by his wife and two grown children, his dad and a sister.
His extended family here at WDBJ-7 will find it very hard to walk the halls without his boisterous blasts of laughter - the thousands and thousands of viewers who grew up and changed their hair styles right along with Roy Stanley will no doubt also find something missing in their own homes.))
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At this time funeral arrangements are still pending. We will pass them along when we know them.
In the Middle East--
The Israeli army suffered heavy losses fighting Palestinian gunmen in a refugee camp today.
At least 13 soldiers were killed in one accident.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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During heaving fighting at a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin, the 13
Israeli soldiers were killed in a booby trapped building.
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This, as Sec. of State Colin Powell arrived in Cairo today amid pressure
from Arab leaders to stop the offensive. Powell now says he will meet
with Yassar Arafat.
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"Both sides recognize they have to make hard choices..."
EVEN AS ISRAEL PULLED OUT OF TWO WEST BANK TOWNS, WITNESSES SAY ISRAELI
TANKS ROLLED INTO ANOTHER PALESTINIAN TERRITORY.
TROOPS LEFT TULKAREM (TUHL-KA-RUM) AND QALQILIYA (KAHL-KEEL-YUH) BUT
REPORTEDLY RAIDED DURA, A SMALL TOWN IN THE SOUTHERN WEST BANK. THE
PALESTINIANS SAY THAT'S A CLEAR SIGN ARIEL SHARON IS NOT COMPLYING WITH
HANAN ASHRAWI/PALESTINIAN LEGISLATOR "These are all tactical
by the Israeli occupation army to give the impression that it is in
compliance with the will of the U.S. and international community."
DORI GOLD/SENIOR ADVISOR TO ARIEL SHARON "Israel
is expediting its military operations to dismantle the infrastructure of
terrorism in the areas under Yasser Arafat's jurisdiction, a dismantling
that he refused to implement."
Sirgany Close: The White House says they still are not satisfied...
More than 50 students at Randolph-Macon Woman's College students have contracted a gastro-intestinal illness.
Cases began surfacing on Thursday, and seemed to have peaked yesterday.
The outbreak is under investigation by the Central Virginia Health District.
The district's director Joanna Harris thinks the illness is food-borne, because it was apparently NOT passed from person to person, and because the symptoms came on suddenly and then faded.
All of the students who got ill live on campus.
Firefighters have extinguished the brush fire on Fort Lewis Mountain in Roanoke County.
The blaze burned at least 30 acres of trees and brush- starting yesterday morning and going all day and into the night.
The fire was located along Route 3-11 near the Dark Hollow Girl Scout Camp.
Three structures at the camp were threatened by the flames, but they were not occupied.
The Scout Camp is used only during the summer.
Firefighters say reaching the fire was difficult-- because of the terrain, but say the blaze is now out.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency says its making progress on Roanoke County's smoldering tire fire.
Senator John Warner and Congressman Bob Goodlatte flew in to offer praise and support to firefighters yesterday.
Marya Jones reports.
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Warner and Goodlatte also visited poultry farms in the Shenandoah Valley hit by an avian flu outbreak.
Some 540-thousand birds exposed to the illness have been, or will be, destroyed.
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A plant in Chilhowie is closing, laying off more than 200 workers. We'll have details next.
Also thousands of Brits line the streets of London again, as they pay their final respects to the Queen Mum.
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La-Z-Boy will close its plant in Chilhowie this summer.
Some 245 people will lose their jobs when the facility closes in mid-June.
The plant makes furniture for the hospitality industry.
A North Carolina plant will also be closed down, as the company re-structures its wood furniture operations.
Britain came to a standstill today for the funeral of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Police in London say up to a million people lined the streets to see the funeral procession.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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IT WAS A SOLEMN DAY OF MOURNING....BUT FOR MANY... ALSO A TIME TO
CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF THE QUEEN MOTHER.....ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED
FIGURES IN BRITISH HISTORY.
SOT: "IN GRATITUDE WE BID FAREWELL TO A GREATLY LOVED QUEEN"
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INSIDE HISTORIC WESTMINSTER ABBEY... QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND, HER SON
PRINCE CHARLES AND MANY OTHER ROYALS PARTICIPATED IN A CENTURIES OLD
BURIAL SERVICE. FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH REPRESENTED THE UNITED STATES.
THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY EULOGIZED THE QUEEN MUM...MAKING SPECIAL
NOTE OF HER ENDLESS STRENGTH, DIGNITY AND LAUGHTER.
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"IT WAS A DIGNITY THAT RESTED NOT ON THE SPLENDID TRAPPINGS OF ROYALTY,
BUT ON A SENSE OF THE NOBILITY OF SERVICE."
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"MANY HAVE DONE EXCELLENTLY, BUT YOU HAVE EXCEEDED THEM ALL"
OUTSIDE THE 13TH CENTURY ABBEY..THOUSANDS STOOD IN SILENT VIGIL. ACROSS
THE NATION, MILLIONS PAUSED FOR THE FUNERAL.
"SHE STANDS FOR EVERYTHING BRITISH... THE BRITISH SPIRIT."
"IT'S A FAMILY THING, A COUNTRY THING, THAT WE ALL SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND WE ARE SUPPORTING THE ROYAL FAMILY NOW."
AT A PRIVATE BURIAL IN WINDSOR CASTLE... THE QUEEN MUM'S BODY WILL BE
(WAS) PLACED ALONGSIDE HER HUSBAND, KING GEORGE THE 6TH WHO DIED IN
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THE FINAL SALUTE CAME FROM VINTAGE WAR PLANES...A SMALL WAY OF SHOWING
THANKS TO A QUEEN WHO LIFTED THE SPIRITS OF MILLIONS DURING THE DARKEST
DAYS OF WORLD WAR 2.
JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS))
A Wisconsin sixth grader who was expelled after bringing a kitchen knife to school for a science project, WILL be allowed to return to school.
The auditorium burst into applause after the Madison School Board held a hearing over the expulsion of Chris Schmidt.
The board decided that the school could not prove its zero tolerance case.
Schmidt says he brought the knife to cut an onion for a science class project.
The school's zero-tolerance policy meant that Schmidt was automatically expelled.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll tell you when the next increase in stamp prices will take effect,
Plus we will see what the town of Pulaski is doing to attract high tech business.
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Pulaski County officials want to attract more high tech companies to the New River Valley....
Yesterday, was the official groundbreaking for Phase One of the region's Commerce Park.
Construction on an access road and grading of the property is underway.
Congressman Rick Boucher says the property is ideal for technology based 21st century jobs...
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((US REP. RICK BOUCHER/9TH DISTRICT; GIVEN THE PRESENCE HERE OF THE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE AND UNITED STATES CUSTOMS HOUSE GIVEN PROXIMITY OF RADFORD UNIVERSITY AND VIRGINIA TECH AND NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND ALL OF THE TECHNICAL EXPERTISE THAT RESIDES THERE I THINK THIS COMMERCE PARK WILL BE IDEAL FOR TECHNOLOGY BASED INDUSTRY.))
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When completed, the park is expected to be about 1-thousand acres.
Officials say construction on actual buildings will depend on when they can attract companies to the site.
Start saving those pennies--
The Postal Service has officially set the date for when its next rate increase will take effect.
That date is June 30th.
Sending first-class mail will cost 37 cents, a three-cent hike.
The cost of mailing a postcard will also go up-- it'll jump to 23- cents.
Postal service officials are raising rates to cope with declining business and millions of dollars in costs after the 9-11 attacks and anthrax scare.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 27 points.
The NASDAQ has lost 20 points.
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In sports, we'll tell you why the Augusta National is on the minds of many golfers...
...AND Roger Mason says 'BYE-BYE' to UVA...and heads to the NBA draft.
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The University of Virginia men's basketball team may lose its LEADING scorer to the N-B-A.
Three year letterman Roger Mason, Junior says he's submitting his name for this year's NBA draft.
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The six-foot five inch guard from Silver Spring, Maryland averaged 19 points and four assists a game, this past season.
He was a second team, all-ACC selection and was a top 30 finalist for the prestigious Wooden Award.
Mason says he's confident he will make it in the NBA - but he finds out otherwise before the deadline, he could return to UVa for his senior season.
Pete Gillen says he wishes Mason well, and knows he'll keep his options open and do what's best for his future and his family.
The past few weeks have brought concern to the faces of many golfers because of the course changes for this week's Masters.
Augusta National has been stretched more than 300 yards, and should look a lot different to the veterans on tour.
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But for rookie Bubba Dickerson - it's no big deal.
The reigning U-S Amateur champ is just happy to be playing.
He already has a huge fan base and it's not just because of his "game," but also his "name."
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WDBJ-7 is the place to be for late night Masters' highlights on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Join us both nights at 11:35, plus complete coverage Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Matt Kenseth was the suprise winner of yesterday's Samsung-Radio Shack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
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The wicked one and a half mile tri-oval was high and dry for the re-scheduled event, and one of the guys who has been struggling all season long came out smoking in the event.
Dale Jarrett led early and often, and was the man to beat for the first third of the race.
But he ran out of gas late and finished 24th.
Bill Elliott, started on the pole and led for the first time this season.
Elliott finished a strong ninth.
Wrecks wiped out several of the contenders, including Ward Burton, who had this to show for his efforts.
He was dead last.
Dale Earnhardt, Junior, who hit the outside wall, tried to come back from the crash, but finished 42nd.
The final caution of the day was brought out when Kurt Busch had a tire go down, and he was involved in a single car spin.
25 laps remained after the final pit stops, in which some teams took on just two tires.
Matt Kenseth was one of those, as he held off Jeff Gordon to win his second race of the season.
Kenseth started the race dead last and won from the 43rd position for his second victory of the year.
Jeff Burton was 39th, Stacy Compton was 19th, and Rick Mast 29th.
The circuit pulls into Martinsville later this week for the Virginia 500 and Advance Auto Parts 250 weekend.
Qualifying is on Friday, the truck race on Saturday, and the Cup event on Sunday.
Tickets are still available for all events.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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