Up next on News 7--
A suspect is named in the murders of a Pittsylvania county couple found dead in their home earlier this week.
And the F-B-I is warning about a new terror threat that not only targets Americans, but the U-S economy.
Clouds begin to thicken up across the area as a storm system heads our way....I'll have your wet forecast......
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Pittsylvania County authorities say they have a suspect in the murders of a Blairs couple.
The sheriff's office has issued a warrant for James Antonio (JEN-uh- retti) Generetie of Durham, North Carolina.
The believe the 27-year-old man is responsible for the deaths of Willie and Clara Harston earlier this week.
Autopsies show the Harstons died of blows to the head, at their home in the Blairs community.
Officials say the suspect, (JEN-uh-retti) Generetie, had been in the area visiting someone.
They now think he's back in North Carolina.
A single car accident tied up traffic on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County this morning.
Virginia State Police say the Chevy Blazer was traveling south, when it lost control coming around a curve just south of the weigh station, and flipped several times.
One person was transported to the hospital.
Troopers say they need to speak to witnesses and check with the hospital before releasing any other information.
No other vehicles or people were involved.
A Shawsville man will serve jail time for calling-in a fake bomb threat at the Montgomery County Courthouse.
Todd Lawson, Junior was convicted this morning of communicating a bomb threat and possession of methadone.
The 26-year-old was supposed to have been sentenced in May on separate charges, but, excused himself from the courtroom to call police about a bomb threat he supposedly overheard.
The building was evacuated and Lawson's hearing was delayed.
He was sentenced to 10-years in jail, but, through a plea agreement, got eight years suspended.
The F-B-I has put a terror alert that advises al-Qaida may be plotting some kind of attack against the U-S and its economy.
As Teri Okita reports, the bureau warns the attack could inflict large- scale casualties.
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TRACK: ITS AN FBI ALERT THAT GIVES NO SPECIFICS ON TIME, DATE, OR
LOCATION, BUT THE HEADLINES SAY IT ALL: AL-QAEDA MAY BE PLANNING A
"SPECTACULAR" ATTACK AIMED TO HURT THE U-S ECONOMY AND CREATE MASS
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....americans asked to remain vigilant
TRACK: FBI SOURCES SAY AL-QAEDA MAY CHOOSE HIGHLY SYMBOLIC TARGETS:
AMERICAN LANDMARKS, PLANES, AND OIL REFINERIES. BUT, THEY SAY, THERES
ALSO A CHANCE THE NEXT ATTACK COULD COME ON A LOWER SCALE FOR
INSTANCE, A TRUCK BOMB OR EXPLOSIVES PLANTED SOMEWHERE.
(Super: Sen. Joseph Lieberman/D-Connecticut)
SOT: It's better to be safe than sorry. The FBI has info that
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TRACK: THREE DAYS AGO, AL-JAZEERA TELEVISION BROADCAST A NEW AUDIOTAPE
BELIEVED TO BE FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN. THE SPEAKER PRAISES SEVERAL RECENT
ATTACKS AGAINST WESTERN INTERESTS WORLDWIDE. THAT TAPE, ALONG WITH
GROWING CHATTER PICKED UP THROUGH INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS ... AND THE
CONTINUING SHOWDOWN WITH IRAQ ... PROMPTED U-S AUTHORITIES TO RELEASE
THIS LATEST WARNING.
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STANDUP: But officials havent ramped up the Homeland Security threat
level just yet. It remains at yellow the middle range of risk.
Authorities say theres not enough specific information, at this time,
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The threat of terrorist retaliation did not stop Virginia from executing the man convicted of killing two CIA employees.
Last night, Mir Aimal (KAH-zee) Kasi was put to death by lethal injection.
Meghan Muldoon reports.
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Iraq's state- run media say Saddam Hussein only accepted the U-N's new resolution to spare his people from harm.
At the end of the month, U-N weapons inspectors will begin their work in Iraq.
In the meantime, the U-S continues to talk about what it believes Saddam Hussein has, and what inspectors hope to find.
Bill Plante reports.
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That was Bill Plante reporting.
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Still to come on the newscast, a local community college has reason to celebrate.
Plus firefighters in two parts of the country have to deal with hazardous materials fires.
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Thick smoke and flames filled the skies over Cleveland, Ohio early this morning--
That, after a series of explosions at a trucking company.
At least three fire departments came out to battle the blaze.
Officials say the blaze started in the back of the building, then spread to the roof and burned rapidly.
One eyewitness said shockwaves from explosions could be felt as the fire burned.
One of the explosions was captured live on camera as it happened. It's not yet clear what may have started the explosions.
A hazardous material team is now on the scene of a huge blaze at a Southern California metal plating company.
Firefighters are still putting out hot spots at the fire in Glendale, located about 10 miles south of Los Angeles.
Investigators are trying to determine if any dangerous chemicals are involved in the fire.
There are no reports of any injuries, and authorities are still trying to figure out what triggered it.
Virginia Western Community College is celebrating the dedication of its new Corporate Center.
The downtown location is in the Roanoke Higher Education Center on North Jefferson Street.
It houses the college's Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Division.
The goal is to provide continuing education and training directed towards business and industry.
The average age of students is 33.
Most are employed and are looking to upgrade or obtain new skills.
College officials say the goal of the Corporate Center is to provide hands-on, real world business experiences.
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Fans of the Grateful Dead filled the Roanoke Civic Center last night.
Nearly 11-thousand dead-heads turned out for the "Other Ones" concert.
While the performance went off without a hitch, police did have some problems with the fans.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will tell us if we need flippers to get through the soggy weekend.
Speaking of flippers, we'll tell you why the world's most famous frog was in Hollywood yesterday.
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It ain't easy being green-- but being honored as a celebrity sure helps.
Kermit the Frog has become the first amphibian to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The lovable Muppet character was created by the late Jim Henson.
After entertaining children of ALL ages for decades, Kermit is finally winning some recognition by his peers in the industry.
By the way, Kermit has a new film coming out just in time for the holiday season called "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie."
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Kermit's star isn't the ONLY new celebrity artwork decorating the streets of Hollywood--
A chalk portrait of legendary actress Audrey Hepburn is now on display.
The canvas is 160- feet long and 60- feet wide.
And it's probably no surprise that it took several hours to complete the mural.
Also yesterday, a necklace and watch that belonged to Hepburn was auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund at L-A's Children's Hospital.
Hepburn was known for her work in helping children around the world.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 53. The NASDAQ lost 20.
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Coming up in sports... the competition will be narrowed down again tonight in regional semi-final football action... the line-up of games is still ahead...
And the U-V-A men's basketball program bounces back after losing three leaders with graduation..
Steve Mason will tell us how, up next...
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Leaders from last year may have left- but the Virginia Cavaliers still have high hopes for their men's basketball team.
With the exit of Roger Mason, Chris Williams and Adam Hall, the team has ushered in one transfer that could fill the gap.
Steve Mason tell us more.
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For the former Rutgers shooting star, one of three UVa transfers, there is nothing funny about sitting out last season to meet NCAA requirements.
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Before sitting out last season, the red shirt junior started two seasons for the Big East school. Billet feels averaging 36 minutes a game for the Scarlet Knights will come in handy at UVa.
Anytime a player transfers in, there is a question of whether or not he will gel with the other players, so far Billet has received rave reviews.
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UVa plays its' second exhibition game of the season Sunday at three at University Hall against the One World All-Stars. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The Roanoke Dazzle made its final roster cuts today - releasing one of last year's players Anthony Pelle
and former Hokie Mibindo Dongo.
Head Coach Kent Davison pared the team down to a 10 man roster with 4 cuts overall.
Dongo started four games for the Hokies last season and appeared in 26 games.
The Dazzle opens the season tomorrow night at the Civic Center against the Huntsville Flight. And on Saturday the Dazzle plays Fayetteville.
The Hokies hit the practice field yesterday for the first time since their loss at Syracuse.
Kevin Jones, Vegas Robinson, Kevin Lewis and Justin Hamilton all practiced- BUT all are listed as probable for WVU game.
However, Lance Goff a walk-on from Wytheville suffered a possible torn A-C-L in his left knee yesterday.
Goff did everything from kicking to quarterbacking in the Tech J-V win over Fork Union. He will be evaluated later today and will miss the J-V game with Hargrave.
The playoffs begin tonight in high school football with the regional semi-finals.
Here's the Friday Football rundown - with the home teams listed on the bottom of each matchup.
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