Straight ahead on News 7--
A plea this morning from a woman involved in a road rage case in Montgomery County.
And a man from Natural Bridge was died in an accident this morning--
Authorities say alcohol was a factor.
Rain sowers move out and sunshine moves in....I'll have your windy forecast......
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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State police say alcohol was a factor in a fatal accident that killed a passenger in Botetourt County early this morning.
It happened on Route 43 between Buchanan and Eagle Rock just after midnight.
State police say 19-year-old John Perry Crouch of Buchanan ran off the road and hit a tree.
His passenger, 26-year-old Joseph Daren Wood of Natural Bridge, later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.
State police say Crouch suffered non-life threatening injuries.
They plan to charge him in the accident.
The woman involved in a road rage case in Montgomery County pled guilty this morning.
Victoria Diane Shepherd pled guilty to two felony counts of attempted malicious wounding and reckless endangerment of a child.
Shepherd also was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges.
Last August she was accused of road rage while driving on Route 460 with her six week old infant in the car.
Shepherd told the court today she suffers from anxiety attacks, but was off her medication at the time of the incident. Her attorney says she is now under the care of a doctor
Shepherd will pay more than one thousand dollars in restitution and will lose her license for a year.
American cardinals are expected to meet privately later today with Pope John Paul -- before two days of formal talks begin tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Cardinals disagree over whether Boston Cardinal
Bernard Law should resign.
Chris Lawrence reports.
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US catholic leaders have arrived in Rome where the Pope has summoned them for
talks on the sex abuse scandal in America. Twelve Cardinals were expected to
meet privately with the Pope Monday and reportedly several will push the
Vatican to ask Cardinal Bernard Law to resign.
Law has been accused of transferring and promoting predator priests ... but as
he arrived in Rome to a media crush, the defiant cardinal refused to answer
questions about his resignation.
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"Not addressing the issue"
Cardinal Law had a secret meeting with the Pope last week where Law says John
Paul II refused his resignation and some inside the Vatican say for political
reasons, he will never accept it.
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laced so much trust in. "
Insiders say the needs of the Americans will have to be balanced against the
church as a whole. The President of the US Bishops conference says the
meetings will help devise national rules for supervising priests, healing
victims and removing sex offenders from the priesthood.
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"What we need now is healing."
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The Pope reiterated his vision for the church on Sunday, telling new priests
they must be perfect, holy, and celibate.
Standup: Lawrence Close
Also on agenda how to deal with law suits....so far paid out one billion
An arraignment is expected later today in a Los Angeles area court for actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard.
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Blake is facing a possible murder charge in the death of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley last year.
He remains in custody without bail.
Blake is being held at the medical section of the L-A county jail.
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The former "Baretta" star is accused of lying in wait before fatally shooting his wife, as she sat in a car outside a restaurant.
After nearly a year of investigating, detectives say they have evidence that Blake himself pulled the trigger.
Blake may face the death penalty.
A state department official spent two hours today with Yasser Arafat at the Palestinian leader's headquarters in the West Bank.
U-S envoy William Burns is trying to resolve the standoffs in Ramallah and Bethlehem that are preventing negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The meeting also covered peace deal prospects and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
Arafat and about 300 aides, guards and foreign volunteers have been confined to his headquarters since last month.
Meanwhile, an Israeli military commentator confirms there are hints of a possible Israeli invasion of the compound and removal of Arafat.
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Microsoft calls out the biggest of its big guns as it tries to fight more state anti-trust suits. We'll have details after this break,
and we will see why it took a daring rescue to save the life of a dog abandoned at sea.
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Some frightening moments today at the Tokyo Stock Exchange-- but it had nothing to do with the world's financial markets.
The Stock Exchange was evacuated after fire department officials receive a bomb threat over the phone.
But preliminary investigations found nothing.
About 800 people were told to leave this morning just before the start of trading at nine.
They were allowed to return to work soon afterward.
Bomb threats are relatively rare in Japan.
But a rash of scares forced several financial firms to clear their offices in the wake of September 11th.
The dog who's gained international attention for being abandoned at sea is on his way to safety.
The 2-year old pooch was stranded aboard the abandoned ship Insiko (in-seek-o).
But yesterday, a Honolulu fishing crew boarded the abandoned tanker to rescue the dog.
Mariza Reyes reports.
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Microsoft's top man is expected to testify today in Washington--
Bill Gates will likely take the stand, as his company tries to fend off government allegations that it squashed competition.
The federal government and nine states settled their antitrust case against Microsoft last year.
The states now want to force Microsoft to create a modular version of Windows software that could include competitors' features.
Legal experts say Gates is the best person to argue that the penalties now hanging over the company will eventually hurt consumers.
Fewer tourists are visiting to George Washington's historic home in Mount Vernon.
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Unlike other area landmarks-- tourism at Mount Vernon has not bounced back after September 11th.
Officials say foot traffic at the historic home is down 20- to 30- percent compared to last year.
Visits by school groups are also down 50- percent.
The home's executive director suspects that months ago, when out of town school districts were making decisions about whether to travel to Washington, the feeling was the area was unsafe and not easily accessible.
Mount Vernon does NOT receive federal money-- it relies on gate receipts for its budget.
Investigators who try to catch Internet child pornographers are meeting today in Lynchburg.
They include Bedford County's Operation Blue Ridge Thunder.
It is one of 30 federally funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces.
Agents pose as minors and organize stings to catch adults who agree to meet children for sex.
Investigators also track down collectors and traders of child porn over the Internet.
The Bedford County group has assisted with 564 national cases and 28 cases in the state.
The regional task force investigators will discuss -- among other things -- last week's decision by the U-S Supreme Court that struck down a federal ban on computer- simulated child pornography.
Some Navy Reservist helped out at the D-Day memorial this weekend.
They are part of a Construction Battalion unit from Roanoke.
C-B's help build forts, air strips, and other projects for the military.
From time to time, they also do community service work.
This weekend, the reservists helped construct an army tent for the D-Day site.
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The tent will be used as a classroom that will house period costumes and other artifacts from D-Day.
The D-Day Memorial expects more than 6-thousand school children to visit the site in the month of May.
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Coming up after this break, Leo Hirshbrunner will have our detailed forecast,
and we will hear if we are out of danger from brush and forest fires.
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The spring fire season is almost over, but the drought could lead to bigger problems in the future.
As Justin McLeod tells us, the Department of Forestry is still very concerned.
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Putting out this spring's forest fires has been nothing but an uphill battle.
Just ask Chris Thomsen.
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And the numbers prove it.
Typically, five thousand acres burns in Virginia each year.
Just four months into 2002, we've already seen that number double and we still have eight months to go.
But there is some good news, the spring fire season is almost over.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF FORESTRY: EVERYTHING GREENS UP. THE LEAVES, THE GRASS, THE VEGETATION THAT WOULD NORMALLY BURN IS GREEN AND IT DOESN'T BURN AND SO USUALLY BY EARLY MAY WE'RE OUT OF THE FIRE SEASON, OUT OF THE WOODS SORT OF SPEAK WHEN IT COMES TO FIRE DANGER.))
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That's why the state wide fire ban which prohibits all outdoor burning before four o'clock will officially come to an end April 30th.
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As a result of the budget crunch, 50 open positions will not be filled.
To help alleviate the problem, the Department of Forestry has applied for a FEMA grant to pay for this year's fire season.
And as those fire fighting funds dry up, state officials also worry what will it happen if the forests continue to stay bone-dry.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE THIS SUMMER AS THIS DROUGHT CONTINUES, IT WEAKENS TREES, IT KILLS TREES ESPECIALLY THE OAKS AND AGAIN THAT JUST ADDS MORE FUEL TO THE FOREST FOR NEXT FIRE SEASON.))
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It a season that could see more fires, additional damage, and an even bigger price tag.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Despite this weekend's rain, Roanoke's main water supply is still very low.
Carvin's Cove is currently twenty four point one feet below the spillway.
Mandatory water restrictions will kick in once the cove hits 26 feet below the spillway.
City leaders believe that will most likely happen sometime in early May.
In the meantime, construction on the new Crystal Spring pumping station is ahead of schedule due to the nice weather.
Once completed in December, the station will supply roughly 20- percent of the city's total water.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has LOST 76 points. The NASDAQ is DOWN 34.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Dale Earnhardt Junior and the Chevrolet teams have something to talk about ....
and a former N-F-L All-Pro quarterback has changed teams. We'll tell you where he is heading after this break.
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Chevrolet finally has a race to call its own.
In the ninth race of the season, Dale Earnhardt Junior won his and CHEVY's first race of the season, taking the checkered flag at Talladega.
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Tony Stewart, wearing an appropriate shirt, letting everyone know what he's about.
On a serious note, all drivers were keeping Jack (ROWSH) Roush in their thoughts and prayers after he was his plane crash on Friday night.
This race got exciting late.
With 25 laps to go, a 24 car crash littered the super speedway.
Mike Wallace and Tony Stewart got together to start it.
Elliott Sadler, who finished 40th, got the worst of it, hitting the inside retaining wall.
Another caution later forced a 4 lap shootout.
Junior wins after leading 133 of 188 laps, and D-E-I teammate Michael Waltrip is second.
Kurt Busch was third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Sterling Marlin fifth, a spot Kenny Wallace owned until a NASCAR dropped him to 21st for driving below the yellow line.
The Buffalo Bills have landed the starting quarterback they wanted.
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The Bills acquired Drew Bledsoe yesterday from the New England Patriots for the Bills' first round draft pick in next year's draft.
Bledsoe had been rumored to be on his way out since the end of last season, when Tom Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Bledsoe began the year as New England's starting Q-B, but he suffered a chest injury against the New York Jets in the second game of the season.
Brady became the number-one quarterback and kept the job even after Bledsoe recovered.
The 30-year-old quarterback is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
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Rounds four through seven of the NFL draft kicked off yesterday.
Virginia Tech and Virginia were well represented in those rounds.
In the fourth round, Tech linebacker Ben Taylor was the 111th pick.
Taylor will join his teammate Andre Davis in Cleveland.
Virginia Tight End Chris Luzar was the 118th pick in the fourth round.
He goes to Jacksonville from the Redskins.
Tech defensive tackle David Pugh was taken in the sixth round, 182nd overall by Indianapolis.
In the fifth round, Tech defensive back Kevin McCadem was taken 148th overall by the Atlanta Falcons.
The Cowboys take Tech tight end Bob Slowikowski, 211th, the last pick in the sixth round.
In the 7th, tech defensive tackle Chad Beasley, was 218th, going to Minnesota.
Darius Monroe went to New Orleans, as the 224th pick.
UVA's Mon-santo Pope goes to Denver as 231st pick.
Antoine Womack went to the Patriots as the 237th pick.
And Tech running- back Jarrett Ferguson was the 251st pick, going to Buffalo.
As the Virginia Tech football team's spring season winds down, injured Quaterback Grant Noel is preparing for his own season of hard work and training.
He must now strengthen that anterior cruciate ligament tear in his knee that he suffered last Wednesday.
Noel has decided NOT to have surgery, so he can play during his senior year at Tech.
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Noel already is willing himself to play, putting all of his faith in the team's doctors and trainers.
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