Caught on tape-- a ninth grade boy from California hijacks a school bus in Nevada.
Authorities say he used a Samurai sword to force the driver off the bus.
And Roanoke police are on the hunt for some real "time bandits"-- four people are wanted for stealing Rolex watches at a local store.
Some sunshine today will lead to a few showers and even a thunderstorm tonight....I'll have your hometown forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
It was a fiery wake-up call this morning for residents living near a chemical plant in Texas.
At this hour, firefighters are finally getting the upper hand.
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Firefighters have managed to contain the blaze at a chemical packing plant near Houston, Texas.
This morning's explosions and fire sent flames and clouds of
smoke hundreds of feet into the air.
Residents as far as five miles away awoke to several explosions coming from Third Coast Packaging, followed by the spectacular blaze.
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((JERRY EVANS/HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: WE HAVE 150,00 SQUARE FEET OF BUILDING UP IN FLAMES...UP IN SMOKE.))
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About 100 people were evacuated from their homes, but there were no injuries.
Authorities say the plant packages motor oil, brake fluid,
antifreeze and other automotive fluids.
A California ninth-grader hijacked a school bus in Nevada--
As authorities caught up with him, the incident was captured on tape in a police cruiser.
The boy caused the bus to flip over onto its side, as he tried avoid authorities.
It all started when the 15- year- old confronted a school bus driver with a Samurai sword early Monday morning in Nevada, forcing her off the bus.
After apprehending the boy in California, authorities found maps of his high school, as well as a plot to blow it up.
Students were quickly evacuated from the high school, but no explosive devices were found.
The teenager now faces several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.
Roanoke City Police are investigating a theft of some costly timepieces last month...
Police say two men and two women entered Finks Jewelers at Valley View Mall on April 14th and distracted the clerks.
One of the women then allegedly sliced the seal on a display case, lifted the glass, and stole three Rolex watches valued at more than 13-thousand dollars.
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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimeline, at 344-8500.
Work got underway this morning to make room for Roanoke's proposed biomedical park.
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Crews were busy tearing down a tire company building on Reserve Avenue to make way for construction to begin on the first building of the complex.
The demolition of the building should take about a week while crews remove asbestos.
Carilion is expected to start construction of a thousand- car parking garage sometime this summer on the site .
About half of the land has been acquired for the first phase of the biomedical park.
The park is expected to bring as many as 25-hundred jobs to Roanoke.
A new medical procedure can help relieve the pain of one of the most common problems of the elderly.
As Elizabeth Kaledin tells us, one hour of surgery can correct the crippling pain of osteoporosis.
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((For 79 year old Ruth Shad, even the simplest movements cause her great pain (SOT)
RUTH SHAD WALKING, SITTING, BENDING, IT TOOK ME FIFTEEN MINUTES JUST TO COME OUT OF THE BED
Track: osteoporosis has made her bones so brittle and weak...she fractured her spine just opening the window. It's the most common bone fracture among people with osteoporosis: leading to the spinal deformity known as dowager's hump... Orthopedists like Brian Cole see about 700-000 spinal fractures a year...and until recently have had little to offer patients like Ruth other than painkillers...but new technology is changing that. It's called kyphoplasty...a minimally invasive procedure which involves blowing p tiny balloons like this one..inside the soft part of a fractured vertebra.
TRACK/GFX in a surgery that takes about an hour....doctors insert two balloons into the spine using large needles...and blow them up to create cavities. (dissolve to vo) then they mix up a plaster-like bone cement... (dissolve back to gfx) GFX/ and inject the cement into the spaces provided by the balloons...restoring the vertebra to it's normal size and strength.
(SOT) DR. BRIAN COLE AGAIN TYPICALLY IT'S NEAR IMMEDIATE RELIEF OF PAIN..ONCE THEY RECOVER FROM THE ANESTHETIC AGENT TH
EY ARE ABLE TO GET OUT OF BED...JUST ABOUT ALL OF OUR PATIENTS HAVE GONE HOME THE NEXT DAY.
Track: like any surgical procedure, kyphoplasty has risks and limits: it involves general anesthesia which can be dange
rous for the elderly...and it cannot reverse years of damage. (SOT) Dr. Cole again This procedure is not going to take
someone who is crooked and make them straight. Track: Still...Ruth Shad is hoping the surgery restores her mobility....
(SOT) Ruth Shad Because for me...from the bathroom to the chair is not living for me.... Track: so she can enjoy her t
rips to Atlantic City and the young children in her life...pain free. Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News, Englewood New Jersey. ))
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The standoff in the Middle East could soon come to an end. We'll have the lastest after the break,
and we will hear what a group of consultants is recommending about the future of Jefferson Forest High School.
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Bedford County is still trying to decide what it should do about Jefferson Forest High School.
Last night some paid experts presented their opinion.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( Jefferson Forest High school was built in the 1970's... and has recently endured its share of problems-- most notably when the stachybotrys bacteria was found inside the building.
Since then, debate over what to do with the aging school has widened...
But deciding whether to renovate Jefferson Forest or build a new school has been challenging.
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To help with the decision-- the Bedford County school board and Board of Supervisors heard from a group of architects and engineers.
The firm Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern recommend constructing a new building... an idea supported by many in the audience.
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((NAN CARMACK/PARENT: A LOT OF THE ELEMENTARY PARENTS MADE AN EFFORT TO GET OUT TONIGHT TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT AND KNOW THAT WE'RE THE ONES TO REAP THE BENEFIT OF THE CURRENT HARD WORK.))
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Renovating Jefferson Forest would cost about 37- million dollars....
While it would cost about 43- million to construct a new building.
But those who have to make the decision say it won't be easy.
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(( TALBOT HUFF/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: YOU HAVE TO THINK OF THE REST OF THE COUNTY AND ALSO WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PUTTING THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY INTO BRICK AND MORTAR WHEN WE NEED TO PUT MONEY INTO TEACHER'S SALARIES, SUPPLIES AND THINK HAVING DO WITH EDUCATION.))
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The school board will meet again on May 23rd to discuss the firm's recommendation in greater detail. But a date for a final decision has NOT yet been determined.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bedford. ))
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is spending his last day in confinement -- if all goes as planned.
The Palestinians have agreed to a plan under which six men wanted by Israel will be transferred to the town of Jericho -- where they'll be watched with U-S assistance.
Arafat would then be free to leave his compound.
Tom Fenton has more.
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Since the Israeli incursion there four weeks ago, the Jenin refugee camp has become the center of a controversy over whether this was a battleground with Palestinian terrorists or the scene of an Israeli massacre. The UN was supposed to send in a fact finding mission. But faced with Israeli insistence on a number of pre-conditions and restrictions, it seems to have abandoned the effort. Another American-backed step to defuse the Mideast, however, seems to have made progress. Under the terms of a deal worked in the past few days, the Israelis seem ready to release Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat from his headquarters in Ramallah, where he has been a virtual prisoner for months. In Bethlehem, there is still no end to the Israeli siege of the church of the nativity, despite the release of 26 Palestinians yesterday. But there was progress on another front, with the Israeli pullback from Hebron, where Israel said it rounded up dozens of wanted
terrorists in a two-day operation. There WAS a proviso. (SOT MARK SOFER, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN) WE HAVE NOW COM
PLETED THE OPERATION AND WE HAVE LEFT. NEVERTHELESS, WE HAVE TO CONTINUE THE OPERATIONS AGAINST THE TERRORIST INFRASTRUCTURE JUST IN ORDER TO TRY AND STOP THE TYPE OF ATROCITY WE'VE BEEN FACING. (ON CAM TAG) The White House has repeatedly urged Israel to wind up its campaign in the West Bank as quickly as possible. Reports from Washington say American officials plan to talk bluntly with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon when he goes Washington next week. Tom Fenton, CBS News, Tel Aviv. ))
May Day has meant violence in Germany--
Rioting erupted in Berlin during protests marking the occasion.
Hundreds of demonstrators threw bottles and stones at police, and burned debris in the streets.
Cars were damaged and motorcycles were set on fire.
Police responded with gas-grenades and water cannons.
There have been several arrests and injuries.
May Day protests are also taking place in other areas of the world, including France and the Philippines.
Your Hometown Station is now broadcasting digitally.
We started sending a digital signal on Channel 18 at 8:15 last night.
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About 70 percent of the nation's t-v stations will miss the deadline mandated by the Federal Communications Commission .
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo Hirshbrunner will have our detailed forecast,
and we'll have some helpful household hints from Heloise, as she tells us what simple AND inexpensive supplies you SHOULD have in your pantry.
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Contrary to what many chemical companies will tell you, you don't need a lot of expensive household cleaners to make your home shine.
In fact, the woman behind Hints from Heloise says five things you probably have on hand work just as well.
Cindy Roesel has more.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has dropped 110 points. The NASDAQ has lost 42.
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Coming up next, in sports, changes could becoming to the Wood Brothers racing team,
Also we will see why police in Maine had a lot of trouble catching up to a slippery road hog.
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Winston Cup driver Elliot Sadler is apparently considering changing teams.
NASCAR's internet web site says Elliott Sadler has asked to be released from his contract with the Wood Brothers.
Sadler has supposedly been approached by several other teams and wants out of the contract he has had with the team so he can exlplore the other options.
Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated is one of the teams rumored to be interested .
Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel will not have his injured knee operated on.
Orthopaedic surgeon Marc Siegel says Noel has progressed well with his injury.
Siegel says the knee that Noel injured April 17th has a full range of motion.
Noel will begin a rehab program in the next couple of weeks.
But Siegel does say just because they are ruling out surgery at this point, that does not mean that it won't be needed later.
The Salem Avalanche finished its 3 game series with Kinston last night with a loss.
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The game also featured a wedding proposal.
We hope Desiree said yes.
Salem's Jeff Winchester connects on this pitch and rips it to left field.
Dan Conway and Edmund (Mooth) Muth come on home.
The Avs come back to lead 6-to-5 after falling behind 5-to-nothing.
But the Indians would erupt again, as Ryan Church hit one to second base.
The runner leaving first is tagged out.
But Maicer Izturis scores from third on the fielder's choice.
And Kinston is back on top 8-to-6.
That would turn out to be the game winner, as Salem would just get one more run off Kevin Sullivan's shot to right.
The Avs lose by one.
Some cool sports memorabilia was auctioned off last night at "Boomer's Deli" in North Roanoke County.
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The annual event is geared to send all of the proceeds to the "Children's Miracle Network."
Items includedan autographed Larry Bird jersey, a Mike Skinner autographed quarterpanel from the Kodak Chevy, and a Tiki Barber autographed Giants helmet.
There were also signed Michael Vick items and even P-Buckley Moss prints, all on the auction block.
The auction raised just over 20- thousand dollars for the Children's Miracle Network.
Police were combing a wooded area in Maine yesterday.
But it wasn't a HUMAN fugitive they were searching for-- it was a pot- bellied pig that was on the loose.
For two weeks Lisa Pendleton watched the dark shape in the woods hovering around her home.
A former pet pot-bellied pig, full grown and hungry, had been wreaking havoc on her lawn.
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((LISA PENDLETON/HOMEOWNER:HE'S JUST TEARING UP MY BUSHES AND MY GARDENS-- TEARING UP ALL MY GARDENS. ))
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Pendleton called in deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.
A wildlife rescuer came, armed with tranquilizers, but his needle couldn't pierce the pig's thick skin.
Eventually, the slippery swine was gathered up by a net and subdued.
The pig will be taken to a family farm.
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