A military coup forces the resignation of Venezuela's president--
State oil executives say his resignation will mean oil production and exports will be up to speed again soon.
And another suicide bombing in Israel-- this time a WOMAN blew herself up.
Clouds will be with us for the next several days and could lead to a few scattered showers...I'll have your forecast......
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
An all-too familiar scene in Jerusalem --where a suicide bomber set off explosives at a bus stop today.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Authorities say six people were killed in the suicide attack, and about 50 others were injured.
It happened at a bus stop in Jerusalem's crowded outdoor market.
Authorities also say the bomber was a WOMAN.
The attack took place not far from where U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell was reportedly preparing to take a flight.
Israeli T-V says he was planning to head to the Israeli- Lebanese border to tour the region.
Powell earlier met with top Israeli officials, trying to broker a cease- fire and end Israel's military campaign in the West Bank.
But he was not able to find an agreement on a time- table to end Israel's campaign.
Jennifer Jones joins us now from Washington D-C with an update on the situation in the Middle East.
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Just within hours of the 1st round of peace talks between Secretary of
State Colin Powell and Israeli PM Ariel Sheron another suicide bombing.
A bus exploded in central Jerusalem during the busy time just before the
start of the Jewish Sabbath.
In: (Yaffa Ben Ari, Israeli Government Minister)
A tragic though timely example of the kind of violence PM Sheron says
led him some two weeks ago to aim military strikes at Palestinian
Militants. And after a more than 3-hour meeting today with Powell,
Sheron was clear, despite international criticism, his aggressive
campaign must continue at least for now.
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in: Israel is waging a war against the infrastructure of Palestinian
terrorism and Israel hopes to conclude this war very soon. Terrorism
cannot exist with peace. The suicide bombers terrorism represents a
danger for Israel and the entire free world.
Still Powell is pushing for peace. Compasionate towards Israel's cause,
but looking ahead to the future.
Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
We understand the need for Israel to defend herself. We understand
Israel is under the threat from terrorist attack. We have been
supportive but we believe as a friend of Israel we have to take note of
the long-term strategic consequences of the incursions that are underway
and its effect on the durations in the region and the international
Powell toured some of the areas destroyed by Israels Military Attacks
a war that has lead to the deaths of Palestinians and Israelis a war
clearly with no end in sight.
Venezuela's former President, who resigned overnight, is now in detention at an army base.
A military coup forced Hugo Chavez to leave office.
It happened just hours after 13 people died, and more than 100 others were wounded when protesters were met with a violent response from the government.
Oil workers had walked out this week to support executives within the state oil company, who were protesting Chavez' appointments to top company posts.
36 schools in Virginia, including one in southside, are failing to make the grade.
Woodrow Wilson Magnet school in Danville is one school that could be forced to let its students transfer to a better school next year.
The school received an "accredited with warning" rating from the state Department of Education because of low test scores.
Under the new federal "No Child Left Behind" act, parents can send their children to higher rated schools if the numbers don't improve this spring.
Woodrow Wilson is also in danger of losing state funding.
After months of controversy the Henry County school board has adopted a budget for next year.
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The school system had to make several cuts to deal with more than a million dollar budget shortfall.
The budget calls for a reduction in staff by more than three percent.
Teachers will get a nearly three percent raise next year, but they will also have to pay more in health insurance.
The cuts come less than a month after the school board voted to scrap a plan that would have consolidated and closed several schools to make up for the deficit.
Calls for the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law continue in Boston.
David (Roe-bih-showed) Robichaud reports.
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At least 30 people are dead and about 100 others injured after an earthquake shakes northern Afghanistan today.
Officials say most of the casualties died in a village about 90 miles northeast of the capital, Kabul.
The five- point-eight magnitude earthquake was located near the site of a March earthquake that killed nearly a thousand people.
Flooding has struck northern Peru, sweeping away homes and blocking roads.
More than five- thousand people are affected by heavy rains that hit the area along the border of Ecuador.
Hundreds are left homeless, but there are no immediate reports of any casualties.
Officials say the flooding is also affecting the region's agriculture-- damaging more than 700 acres of cotton and rice crops.
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Still to come on the newscast, Mill Mountain Zoo announces a new partnership,
and Jeff Gordon says his wife doesn't deserve what she is asking a divorce court to give her.
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A police chase in Philadelphia leads to an explosion--
Before authorities were able to catch up with the driver of a STOLEN flatbed truck, he slammed into utility poles-- causing a huge explosion and bringing down power lines.
The accident happened as the truck rounded a corner, with police cruisers right on his tail.
There were no reports of any injuries.
The divorce of Jeff and Brooke Gordon could be turning ugly.
Jeff Gordon denied he had committed marital misconduct as he filed a countersuit this week in a Florida court.
Also the four-time Winston Cup champion says he shouldn't have to equally split the couple's estate, because he risked his life driving to earn it.
Brooke Gordon wants alimony, exclusive use of the couple's nine MILLION million dollar oceanfront home in Florida, and periodic use of cars, boats and an airplane.
Her attorney says Jeff Gordon is ``arrogant and selfish'' for claiming he should get more money because his job is dangerous.
The Gordons have been married seven years and have no children.
Jeff Gordon has won 58 races and more than 45 (m) million dollars in prize money.
A Minnesota woman has proven you're never too old to learn--
Monica Schindler has earned her G-E-D at the age of 76.
Schindler was six months old when she left Germany with her family in 1925.
Times were tough, and she had to work on the family farm, leaving little time for school.
Schindler attended school until the seventh grade, but never got her high school diploma.
Now she has some advice for younger students...
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She's been working on getting her GED since 1985, and passed her test this past December.
She just recently received her diploma.
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Valley View Mall is going to help raise money for Mill Mountain Zoo.
The partnership announced this morning will benefit the zoo in a couple of ways.
Starting this month, the mall's club for kids will donate part of its fundraising events to the zoo.
Part of the membership fees in the club will also be set aside for the agency's education and outreach programs.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo has a detailed look at the weekend forecast,
and Patrick Evans will tell us how to prepare new plants for the dry season.
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Selecting hardy plants that'lll withstand dry weather is only half of the equation as we enter our spring planting season.
HOW we plant those new additions to our gardens and yards is just as important as WHAT we plant.
Here's Patrick Evans with Growin' It.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 33 points. The NASDAQ was up FOUR.
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IN sports, we'll tell you who's leading the way so far in the 66th Masters golf championship....
And the Wood Brothers racing family shares their special memories of our own Roy Stanley.
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The Salem Avalanche finished up a season- opening, six- game homestand with one more win last night--they beat Wilmington 5-to-3.
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The night began with a moment of silence at the park for our own Roy Stanley - one of the regulars at Salem Memorial.
The Blue Rocks' Scott Walter would open the night with a shot to third base.
Wilmington scores on the fielder's choice, and it's one to nothing in favor of the visitors.
The Avs would tie the game in the first, and then come alive in the second inning as not one, but TWO runs were walked in courtesy of the Blue Rocks.
Salem would get the eventual game- winning run in the same second inning, as Kevin Sullivan drives in
Melvin Rosario with the bases loaded, fielder's choice.
Salem wins it 5-to-3, and now hits the road until April 19th.
Today the Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck series team are focused on the Martinsville Speedway.
Last night the Wood Brothers racing team, that's been in operation for 52 years, stopped by Grand Piano at Valley View mall.
Team owners Eddie and Len Wood, who once helped Roy Stanley with a pinewood derby car, took a few moments to offer their thoughts on Roy's passing earlier this week.
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Drivers Elliott Sadler and Jon Wood also were on hand last night, along with hundreds of fans who stood in line way before the two hour event started, just to get a few autographs.
Alvin Pearman is carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders in the UVA backfield this spring, and despite his lack of size -- a lot is expected of him in the fall.
Steve Mason has more a young man who is playing in the shadows of Tiki, Thomas and Antwoine.
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((He's like the little engine that could. Alvin Pearman came out of no where to become UVa's primary running back after first team all ACC selection Antwoine Womack went down with injury in the opening game of the season. He ended the season with 371 yards rushing and became the first true freshman to lead the wahoos in rushing since 1986. But he took a beating along the way.
What a difference an off season makes. Pearman found the answers to his durability questions in the weight room.
While he is bigger, the most attractive thing about him is his versatility, something that will be utilized this season.
Pearman is quite aware that there was another UVa back in the mid 90's his exact size who is now one of the NFL's best backs. Tiki Barber isn't the only pro Pearman has been linked to.
Sophomore Marquis Weeks is the only other tailback on the roster who lettered last season. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The 66th Masters golf championship has a familiar name leading the board.
Davis Love, the third is all alone on top with a five under round after day one.
The day took an early twist as Sam Snead hit a spectator with his tee shot.
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Also a rough day for Arnold Palmer, a four-time Masters champion.
Palmer shot an 89 yesterday, prompting the 72-year-old to announce that today will be his final round of golf at the Masters.
His Bay Hill Country Club buddy, Tiger Woods opened up the tournament in good shape.
Tiger shot a 34-36 first round of 70.
He is three off the lead.
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