Coming up on News 7--
Federal assistance is on the way, more than two weeks after a tornado ripped through Bedford and Campbell counties.
And authorities in Martinsville are investigating a fatal, drive-by shooting that happened last night.
Some changes are on the horizon the weather department, we'll cover that with your complete forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt is asking for public hearings on who knew what before the 9-11 attacks.
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The White House has acknowledged that it was tipped off about a possible terrorist attack PRIOR to September 11th.
But today, officials say they took appropriate action against the threats.
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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((PKG. TRACK: THE WHITE HOUSE IS DEFENDING ITS ACTIONS AFTER CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES REVEALED PRESIDENT BUSH KNEW ABOUT
POTENTIAL TERRORIST ATTACKS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11TH. (Super: Rep. Richard Gephardt/House Minority Leader) SOT: TRACK: (g
raphic 1)TODAY SPOKESMAN ARI FLEISCHER ACKNOWLEDGED...THAT BEGINNING IN MAY, "THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVED HEIGHTENED REPORTING ON THREATS TO UNITED STATES INTERESTS OR TERRITORY MOST OF IT, FOCUSED ON THREATS ABROAD". (graphic 2) "ALL APPROPRIATE ACTION WAS TAKEN BASED ON THE THREAT INFORMATION THAT WE HAD". TRACK: IN AUGUST, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WERE QUIETLY PUT ON ALERT, BUT THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT HAD NO INTELLIGENCE STATING THAT THE SUICIDE HIJACKERS WERE PLOTTING TO USE THE PLANES AS MISSILES. TRACK: SOME OF THE INTELLIGENCE THAT CIRCULATED BEFORE 9-11 WAS EITHER IGNORED O OF LOW PRIORITY INCLUDING AN F-B-I MEMO, DATED IN JULY, THAT MADE PASSING REFERENCE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN. F-B-I EXPERT, RON KESSLER
, SAYS THEY JUST DIDN T PUT TWO-AND-TWO TOGETHER. (Super: Ron Kessler/F.B.I. Expert) SOT: They really didn t have the n
umber of people necessary to analyze what was happening in terrorism. So, they would get leads. Sometimes, they d follow them. Sometimes, they wouldn t. (:13) (Super: Teri Okita/Reporting) STANDUP:
Police say a man was shot and killed in Martinsville last night.
Nineteen year old Delvin Lamonte Hairston was shot in a drive by shooting.
Hairston was transported to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville where he was pronounced dead.
Police are pursuing several leads...but no suspects have been charged.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Martinsville Police Department.
Central Virginia has been added to the federal government's disaster list.
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More than two weeks after a tornado cut a path of destruction in Bedford and Campbell counties, FEMA authorized adding them to the list.
The declaration will help provide businesses with low-interest loans to rebuild.
Residents can qualify for federal grants to make up for losses that were NOT covered by insurance.
Authorities say it's important that affected residents call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA to pre-register for assistance.
Some Arizona residents had only minutes to evacuate, as an out-of-control wildfire headed toward their homes.
The fire is located in the Prescott National Forest.
It started yesterday afternoon-- and in just an hour, it had charred 100 acres.
By nightfall, the blaze had burned 800 acres, and damaged at least six homes.
Fire officials blame high winds for the flames spreading so quickly.
The governor of Arizona, meanwhile, has declared a state of emergency.
Two other wildfires are also burning across the state.
Massive flooding has forced the evacuations of more than three-thousand people in Argentina--
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No serious injuries or deaths have been reported so far, but the torrential rains have been pounding the country since Tuesday.
Areas in southern Argentina were the hardest hit.
Those who had to evacuate their homes found shelter in schools and community centers, while other residents stayed put and built blockades out of sandbags and rocks.
Meteorologists are predicting the rains will start letting up later this week.
A heat wave is taking its toll on southern India--
More than 400 people have died so far in the worst heat wave in four years.
Temperatures have soared as high as 114- degrees, with weather casters promising no relief anytime soon.
People suffering from heat stroke and dehydration are pouring into area hospitals for treatment.
Doctors have advised people to stay indoors in the afternoon.
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A local antique dealer is going to prison after he admits he was selling more than antiques. We'll have the details after the break,
also we will see how fans reacted to the late night debut of the Attack of the Clones.
The owner of George's Place on Williamson Road in Roanoke has admitted he's a crack dealer.
54-year old George Spence was busted in January, the day the D-E-A raided the place.
He was indicted for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. His case WAS set for trial tomorrow.
Rather than face a jury on ten counts of distribution, Spence pled guilty yesterday to the conspiracy and possession of a firearm.
The government estimates Spence was responsible for selling between 50 and 150 grams of crack.
"I know I'm guilty," Spence told the judge. "I've got to face it."
Spence faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison.
He has also agreed to hand over everything in the shop to the government.
Thousands of U-S workers are expected to develop the Skywalker Flu today.
That's what some are blaming for the rash of people calling in sick.
They're not ill, they're just going to see Star Wars.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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((YOU USUALLY DON'T SEE KIDS OUT AT MIDNIGHT ON A THURSDAY. BUT WHEN IT'S FOR THIS .... (NATS OF MOVIE) PARENTS ARE READY TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION. THE LATEST STAR WARS MOVIE IS NOW IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE. AND FOR THE FIRST FANS TO GET IN.. I
T WAS A MOMENT OF BLISS. (SOTS) (FAN- "it's by far the best one yet") (FAN- "I didn't set my expectations very high, bu
t it totally surpassed my expectations") (FAN- "Great, I told you it would be double twice as cool") THEATERS SHOWING 'ATTACK OF THE CLONES' ARE EXPECTED TO BE PACKED TODAY AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THIS IS WHY. FANS WAITING IN LINE FOR DAYS JUST TO GET A TICKET. SOME SLEPT.... OTHERS PLAYED STAR WARS MONOPOLY... AND SOME DRESSED AS THEIR FAVORITE CHARACTERS. THIS IS THE 5th INSTALLMENT OF STAR WARS AND MOVIE GOERS ARE SEEING THE LATEST CTHIS IS THE 5th INSTALLMENT OF STAR
WARS AND MOVIE GOERS ARE SEEING THE LATEST �_�� THE CHARACTERS. (SOT-GEORGE LUCAS/DIRECTOR):10 "in the first trilogy y
oda was a puppet. And I knew in Episode II I had this giant battle, and this giant swordfight that he's involved in" SO NOW YODA IS A FULLY DIGITAL CHARACTER. (NATS) AND REMEMBER THOSE JEDI FIGHTS WITH JUST ONE OR TWO OF THE FUTURISTIC KN
IGHTS. THIS TIME THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THEM FIGHTING. (SOT-"begun this clone war has"):03 AND IT WON'T END UNTIL EPISOD
E THREE... WHEN FANS WILL BE DOING THINGS LIKE THIS.... (NAT-star wars song on guitar) :04 ONCE AGAIN. MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS. ))
It was a late night for fans in Roanoke last night.
Attack of the Clones hit the screens here at midnight as well.
At the Valley View Grande in Roanoke, fans began arriving early to claim a seat and to take in the atmosphere.
[SUPER=01-Gary Harras/Star Wars Fan;]
((IT SHOWS FAN APPRECIATION, LIKE I SAID, GEORGE LUCAS WAS A FATHER TO ME GROWING UP, EVEN THOUGH I NEVER MET HIM, I'VE BEEN TO EVER PREMIER AND IT'S MORE FUN IF YOU DRESS UP, IT'S LIKE GOING TO A PARTY, INSTEAD OF GOING TO A MOVIE.))
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For other fans-- watching Star Wars is like taking a trip back in time. Many who showed up last night-- remembered watching the original Star Wars movie, as a child.
Virginians can now try their luck at a new lottery game.
Mega Millions was unveiled yesterday by Virginia Lottery officials.
It will replace the Big Game.
True to its name, Mega Millions is expected to generate the largest jackpots ever.
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[SUPER=01-Penny Kyle/Virginia Lottery Director]
[OUT Q=played by more people.]
The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday night.
Governor Mark Warner honored some Civil War legends yesterday.
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Of the nearly 250 teenagers at V-M-I who marched to New Market to aid in the battle against Union troops, 10 cadets were killed and 47 were wounded.
Yesterday, the school remembered the dead on the anniversary of the 1864 battle.
As V-M-I prepares to graduate some cadets into the armed forces, leaders say today's cadets can look back at the heroism of their brothers 138-years ago.
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[IN Q=the volunteer]
((GOV. MARK WARNER; THE VOLUNTEER PATRIOT SOLDIER IS AS GENERAL JACKSON SAID IS THE BEST BULWARK IN TERMS OF PROTECTING DEMOCRACY AND THE BEST SOLDIER THE WORLD WILL EVER PRODUCE. AND YOU ARE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE BEST SOLDIERS THAT OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD WILL PRODUCE RIGHT HERE.))
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT; THERE IS TRULY SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR REMEMBERING IN A CEREMONIAL WAY AND BEING MOVED EMOTIONALLY BY THAT MEMORY. IT'S VERY GOOD THAT WE PAUSE FROM TIME TO TIME AND REMEMBER THINGS LIKE THIS, AND BE INSPIRED BY THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 17]
[OUT Q=like this, and be inspired by them.]
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The ceremony included a roll call of the ten cadets, and the placing of a wreath at a statue commemorating the dead.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll speak with a master chef as he share his ideas to bring a little variety to your Memorial Day barbecues,
And then a little later, we'll see a man who found a different way to ask his girlfriend to take the plunge.
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As the weather gets warmer, a lot of us are cleaning off the grills and getting them all set for a busy summer.
Master Chef Fritz Sonnen-schmidt joins us now via satellite with some new ideas for the grill.
[SUPER=01-Fritz Sonnenschmidt/Master Chef;]
(Being a master chef, I'm kind of suprised that you spend so much time at the GRILL?)
(Usually, people grill up hamburgers and hot dogs-- but you have some grilling recipes for TURKEY...)
(What are some other healthy items for the grill?)
(There are so many kinds of B-B-Q sauces and marinades out on the market right now-- is there any one that can be used
for both red meat and poultry?)
Some great summer ideas...thanks for joining us this afternoon...
You can find all the recipes mentioned today on our website at WDBJ7.com.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 13 points. The NASDAQ was DOWN Seven.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see if the Charlotte Hornets will have one more game in their franchise history...
And the Avalanche and Keys finish up their three game series at Salem Memorial. We'll have the highlights after the break.
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The Winston All-Star race will heat up at the Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend.
Joe Nemechek will be there racing for his brand new team.
Yesterday, front row Joe was hired by Hendrick Motorsports to drive the #25 Chevrolet the rest of the season.
He will compete in the Winston because he won a race last year.
If he performs well in the car, he likely will be back in it full-time in 2003.
Winston qualifying is tomorrow night under the lights.
The Salem Avalanche wrapped up its three game series with the Keys last night.
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Express coach Perry Florio was in the house, spending a night out with the family.
This one was all Salem, as Cory Sullivan hits one sharply to right.
Jorge Piedra comes home from second on the play, and it's 1-to-nothing in the first.
Next, Piedra will bunt down the third base line.
And what should have been a close play at home turns into an easy run for Melvin Rosario.
It's 2-to-nothing in the second.
Miguel Vilorio would then hit one fair up the third base line.
Rosario will motor around and score all the way from first.
Salem beat the Keys with ease, 7-to-1.
In the N-B-A playoffs last night- the Charlotte Hornets took on the Nets on the prospect of it being their last game as a franchise.
And George Lynch knew exactly what his team needed to do to extend the series AND the season.
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[OUT Q=...THE GAMES."]
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George would lead by example as he snares the rebound and fires the outlet pass to P.J. Brown.
He makes the catch, then plants the ball in the floor with the slam.
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But it was not to be, as the Hornets' 14 year run in the Queen City ended.
Jersey wins the game and the series 103 to 95.
And finally this afternoon--
You hear the expression "taking the plunge" all the time, in regards to getting married--
But a couple from Oregon is taking the plunge, for real.
While on a trip to the Oregon coast aquarium, Dennis Robins put on a diving suit and proposed to his girlfriend by flashing a sign under water.
Without hesitating, Kristin Clark replied to the un-usual proposal, with a thumbs- up sign.
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((DENNIS ROBINS/PROPOSED UNDERWATER: SHE THINKS WE TOOK THE DAY OFF FOR MY BIRTHDAY." SOT-"I DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING LIK
E THIS. I DIDN'T THINK THIS WAS EVER GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT HE TURNED IT AROUND AND ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM....I'M STILL SHAKING.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Robins/Proposed Underwater; quick!]
[SUPER=01-Krisen Clark/Dennis' Fiancee; :04]
[OUT Q=still shaking.]
Dennis and Kristin say they'll go home and share the good news with their families.
Then they'll work on setting a wedding date.
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