A passenger jet goes down in the midst of rain and fog in South Korea-- killing more than 100 people.
An investigation is under way.
And an overnight car accident leaves a Salem man dead.
Partly to mostly sunny skies will allow temperatures to soar into the 80s....with just a slight chance for an afternoon thundershower...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
An explosion kills four American soldiers in Afghanistan.
And a new tape of Osama bin Laden surfaces on Arab T-V.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Arab television network, Al-Jazeera has released another tape of Osama bin laden.
But again, it's hard to tell exactly what's on the tape.
Gretchen Carlson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News, New York.]
(NAT - deputy on tape)
The new tape shows Osama bin Laden and his top deputy talking about the
September 11th attacks. Bin Laden - looking gaunt -- does not speak in
any of the clips. In Arabic, his deputy says he believes the 9-11
attacks were a great victory achieved with Gods help.
(NAT - al jazeera)
The tape was played on the Arab network, Al Jazeera TV. For now, its
only showing clips of the two men kneeling side by side.
(NAT - hijacker)
The tape also shows one of the September 11th hijackers in front of a
photo of the World Trade Center in flames. The hijacker says its time
to kill Americans in their heartland.
Its a similar type of tape we've seen from Palestinian suicide bombers
before their attacks. But what's not clear is if the picture of the
World Trade Center in flames was added to the tape after 9-11 or if the
hijacker was able to predict how the building would look after one of
the planes hit.
(NAT - deputy on tape)
Al-Jazeera says it received the footage a few days ago and plans to
air the complete tape on Thursday. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.
Roanoke Police are investigating an overnight car accident that killed a Salem man.
It happened just before two this morning.
Officers say a 22-year-old Jimar Edward Hubbard was driving too fast and lost control of his car on Frontage Road in Northwest Roanoke.
He ran off the right shoulder of the road, went through a fence, and rolled down an embankment.
The car landed on an exit ramp to I-581.
Police say Hubbard was not wearing a seatbelt -- and was thrown from the car.
Meanwhile, an accident early yesterday morning in the parking lot of a grocery store claimed the life of another Salem man.
Authorities say 43 year old Michael A. Davis died when his own car ran over him at the Kroger on Electric Road.
An investigation has determined Davis was standing in front of his running car when it jumped into gear, struck, and dragged him a short distance.
The car had a history of transmission trouble.
Davis was transported to Lewis Gale hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
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An Air China passenger jet crashed this morning in the southeastern corner of South Korea.
A witness says the jet was ``trembling'' just before it slammed into a mountain.
More than 100 people were killed.
Barry Petersen reports.
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At 11:20 in the morning local time...amid thick fog and heavy rain...Air
China Flight 129 from Beijing was told to circle Pusan airport. Seconds
later..with no indication of trouble...radar controllers lost
contact...the plane smashing into a remote hillside.
South Korean officials say the pilot was in the normal process of
waiting to land in bad weather...Chinese authorities claim the plane was
being diverting to another airport.
On board...166 passengers and crew..and despite the crash and the
fire...dozens on board survived...some literally walked away from what
was left of the Boeing 767.
(WOMAN IN HOSPITAL/Barry narrates/SECOND SURVIVOR INTERVIEW)
I don't know what happened, says this women. It happened so suddenly
that I didn't know what happened. Was there any warning from the flight
attendants, she was asked: No.
Air China is owned by the Chinese government...and this is the carrier's
first ever crash. Now begins the investigation...why a routine flight
in a plane designed for weather far worse than this...ended in death on
a hillside. Bp, cbs news, Tokyo
In Colombia, the leading presidential candidate has survived an apparent assassination attempt.
A bomb exploded under a bridge just after Alvaro (yoor-EE'-bayz) Uribe's motorcade and a passenger bus crossed over the bridge.
Authorities say three bystanders were killed and 15 others were hurt-- including several passengers on the bus and some police officers.
(yoor-EE-bay) Uribe has pledged to crack down on leftist guerrillas.
He appeared on television and radio shortly after the blast to confirm that he was okay.
Colombia's presidential election is May 26th.
The President of Venezuela is back in power-- just a couple of days after military officers pushed him out.
Hugo Chavez returned to the Presidential palace early yesterday after being replaced with an interim leader.
Military officers blamed Chavez for violence last week that killed 11 people.
Meanwhile, the oil markets are reacting to the recent events in Venezuela.
Prices rose today, and analysts predict higher prices will continue over the next few months.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, Keith Humphry takes a look back at the history of your Hometown Station as we prepare to move to a nice new facility,
and as one of Yassar Arafat's top aides is arrested, Secretary of State Colin Powell asks more countries to help bring peace to the middle east.
[music up full]
Shuttle diplomacy has now taken Secretary of State Colin Powell to Syria and Lebanon, as he tries to put an end to guerilla attacks.
That, as a leader of the Palestinian uprising-- and close aide to Yasser Arafat-- is reportedly captured.
Teri Okita has the latest on the Middle East.
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[SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Israeli Foreign Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
CONTINUING HIS WHIRLWIND TRIP THROUGH THE MID-EAST, SECRETARY OF STATE
COLIN POWELL WARNED THE LEADERS OF SYRIA AND LEBANON THAT RECENT
GUERRILLA ATTACKS ON ISRAEL COULD SPAWN A WIDER CONFLICT.
(Super: Colin Powell/Secretary of State)
SOT: It is essential for all those committed to peace to act immediately
to stop aggressive actions across the border.
DURING TODAYS TALKS, POWELL TESTED THE WATERS TO SEE IF A U-S HOSTED,
MIDEAST PEACE CONFERENCE WOULD BE WELL-RECEIVED IN THE ARAB WORLD.
(Super: Shimon Peres/Israeli Foreign Minister)
SOT: It must have a certain openness, in a way, even like a brainstorm,
to permit all parties to express their problems, their hopes, and try to
reach an agreement peacefully.
BUT ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, ARIEL SHARON ... WHO PROPOSED THE IDEA ...
SAYS HE'LL ONLY ATTEND IF ARAFAT IS NOT INVITED. MANY PALESTINIANS SAY A
CONFERENCE IS A WASTE OF TIME, ESPECIALLY WITHOUT ARAFAT AND NO
SUBSTITUTE FOR THE ARAB PEACE PLAN PROPOSED LAST MONTH IN BEIRUT.
SOT: Possible Palestinian?
TRACK: ALL THIS TALK HAS LED TO LITTLE ACTION. THE ONLY REAL MOVEMENT
REMAINS ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN TOWNS, LIKE BETHLEHEM WHERE ISRAELI
TROOPS EXCHANGED FIRE WITH PALESTINIAN GUNMEN STILL HOLED UP IN THE
SACRED CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY.
TRACK: THE 17-DAY BATTLE HAS IGNITED DEMONSTRATIONS NOT ONLY IN
PLACES LIKE LEBANON WHERE THEY GREETED POWELL WITH ANGRY SHOUTS
AGAINST AMERICA AND ISRAEL BUT ALSO IN WASHINGTON. TODAY, THOUSANDS
OF AMERICANS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RALLYING IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL
AND AGAINST GLOBAL TERRORISM.
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In case you haven't heard, in less than a week Your Hometown Station is moving into a new home.
This week we'll offer you a preview of our new building and talk about some of the special things that have happened here in our old one.
[Take Building FS 4688]
Here's Keith Humphry to kick off "Building for the Future".
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[IN Q=We've been broadcasting]
[SUPER=01-Ron MacDonald/WDBJ 1960's News Director; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bob Lee/WDBJ General Manager; :18]
[SUPER=01-John Harkrader/Former General Manager; 1:08]
[SUPER=07-Irv Sharp; 1:28]
[OUT Q=it's all here. Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.]
(( We've been broadcasting at 2001 Colonial Avenue in SouthWEST Roanoke for more than 40 years.
Now, there's a new home waiting for us on Hershberger Road near the airport.
RON MACDONALD/FORMER WDBJ7 ANCHOR: THIS WAS A GREAT BUILDING FOR 1960s TV.
We outgrew the newsroom years ago.
The roof leaks.
BOB LEE/WDBJ7 GENERAL MANAGER: AND WE'VE HAD PLUMBING PROBLEMS, AND SOME, THE BEGINNINGS OF SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS.
Someday pretty soon, somebody will stop the revolving sign on top of the building, turn out the lights for the last time, and an era in Virginia broadcasting will come to an end.
You've heard the phrase, "If these walls could only talk...." Well, in a way, they CAN. In many places throughout the building, the walls are lined with videotapes. Thousands of news stories we've told over the years.
These stories were once up-to-the-minute news. Today, they're a record of our region's history over the last half century.
While we're packing up, we'll reach into our archives for a look back at some memorable stories from the past.
We'll show you how our business has changed during our years on Colonial Avenue. Some of the changes happened right in your living room.
JOHN HARKRADER/FORMER WDBJ7 GENERAL MANAGER: LAST NIGHT AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK, CHANNEL 7 BROADCAST ITS FIRST PROGRAM IN LIVE, LOCAL COLOR.
Of course, a television station is more than just concrete and electronics.
ANN COMPTON/FORMER WDBJ7 REPORTER: ANN COMPTON, CHANNEL 7 NEWS.
We remember the PEOPLE who laid the figurative foundation we stand on today... no matter where our building is located.
As we begin broadcasting from our NEW home, we'll turn our attention to the future. We'll take you inside one of the most advanced television stations in the world. We'll report on developments that will soon change the way you look at television -- even the way you THINK about television. Our own experts will provide information you'll need to prepare for the world of digital T-V.
We're still Your Hometown Station and it's all right here. Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
Today on News 7 at 5:00, Joe Dashiell takes us back to the first homes for the this station, where television pioneers learned as they went along.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo says we'll have to look at the calendar. It seems Summer is coming a little early this year.
Also we will see if this weekend's rain helped refill Carvin's Cove.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
This weekend's rain has kept a bad situation from getting worse in Roanoke. It has helped the city's water supply remain stable.
Carvins Cove is currently 23-point-7 feet below the spillway.
The lowest level came last month when the cove reached nearly 25 feet below the spillway.
City officials say recent rains, partial water restrictions, and an educational brochure mailed to every resident have all been effective.
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[IN Q=Through the middle of March]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: WE ACTUALLY CUT CONSUMPTION BY A MILLION GALLONS A DAY AND THAT'S PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF BOTH CONSERVATION AND JUST THE WEATHER TIME OF THE YEAR SO APRIL WILL BE GOOD, WHEN OUR DATA FOR THE END OF APRIL COMES OUT IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THAT TREND CONTINUES.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Director of Utilities]
[OUT Q=that trend continues]
Mandatory water restrictions will kick in if Carvin's Cove reaches 26 feet below the spillway.
McEvoy (MAC-uh-voy) says that could come sometime in early May if we don't get substantial rain soon.
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[IN Q=Eveytime it rains]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: EVERYTIME IT RAINS EVEN IF IT DOESN'T ACTUALLY RAISE THE LEVEL OF THE RESERVOIR IT DOES HELP PEOPLE'S YARDS AND THEIR PLANTINGS OUTSIDE WHICH DEFERS THEIR NEED TO WATER AT THEIR HOUSE.))
[OUT Q=at their house]
For now, partial water restrictions remain in effect.
City residents are asked not to use water outside from ten in the morning to seven at night.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 91 points. The NASDAQ has lost seven.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, Tiger Woods makes his second debut as the winner of the Masters title.
Also yesterday's race in Martinsville makes the news, not only for the winner, but also for who was NOT even allowed to run.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
In Martinsville this weekend - the largest crowd in track history came out to the Virginia 500. Bobby Labonte took the checkered flag as Kevin Harvick was forced to watch from the sidelines. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Virginia 500 Winner; 1:39]
[SUPER=01-Jack Roush/Car Owner; 2:02]
[OUT Q=......steve mason news 7 sports"]
((Over 85 thousand fell silent before racing to honor WDBJ -7's Roy Stanley and it was only fitting that a forecast calling for scattered showers lost out to a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
It was a dark day for Kevin Harvick. Suspended for this race by NASCAR for rough driving in the truck race Saturday, he watched replacement driver Kenny Wallace sport the GM Goodwrench colors.
The 29 car had a new driver and a new engine by race time. Richard Childress's headache continued when Mike Skinner spun Wallace out on lap 74. The 29 car finished 32nd after starting 7th.
Elliott Sadler , along with brother Hermi in the Virginia Lottery car, had a case of the spins, thanks to a Ward and Jeff Burton crunch. The Wood Brothers number 21 Motorcraft Ford ended up 28th.
Jeff Gordon's luck ran out under caution when Jimmy Spencer bumped the rainbow warrior who left with a 23rd place finish.
Tony Stewart led the most laps, 152 of them and came home third in the homedepot Pontiac.
Stewart joined four other cars in a shoot out with eight laps left in the race after Johnny Benson and Buckshot Jones brought out the 13th caution.
A 14th and final yellow flag ended the suspence as Bobby Labonte wins the Virginia 500 under caution. Matt Kenseth was second, Stewart, third, Dale Jarrett fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fifth.
Joe Gibbs got first and third, but Jack Rousch hit the jackpot. All four of his cars finished in the top 10.
Stacy Compton finished 18th and Rick Mast 37th.))
Meanwhile Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell isn't happy with suggestions that his track doesn't deserve to be on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule.
Martinsville hosts two races a year for the auto-racing association. Last week, the president of the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth said it isn't fair that Martinsville should get two races when Fort Worth only gets one.
Campbell says those comments are irritating. He says Martinsville has helped make NASCAR racing what it is today.
The Martinsville Speedway is the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit. It was founded by Campbell's grandfather 55 years ago.
Tiger Woods has done it again - He's won his second straight Masters title, and his third overall.
This win marks his seventh career championship in a P-G-A Grand Slam event.
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He joins Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the tournament in consecutive years.
Woods closed with a 1-under-par 71, leaving him at 12-under-par 276.
Retief Goosen, with a closing 74, was second at 279.
Phil Mickelson was third at 280 after his final-round 71.
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[OUT Q=older now"]
Yesterday, Atlanta hit the road in a game against Florida. The Braves ended up right behind Montreal and New York in the NL East.
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And the Marlins would blank the Atlanta Braves 7-to-0 on an A-J Burnett four-hitter.
Burnett struck out eight and walked three in his third career complete game.
[SUPER=35-Florida/7/Atlanta/0;]Reserve catcher Ramon Castro homered twice, including a shot to left on a 3-2 pitch
and that's his first homer.
Speaking of multiple homerun perfomances, Alex Rodriguez hit a pair against Seattle.
The Rangers pulled off the the first triple play in the majors this season.
Texas gets Seattle's John Olerud at first, Ruben Sierra at third and Ron Wright, who grounded out.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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