Some new developments in the investigation of a fire at a warehouse in Roanoke that's been used to store hazardous materials in the past.
And, opponents of a high- voltage power line in our area plan to appeal a decision by the U-S Forest Service.
Rain showers will or already have changed over to some snow showers in the mountains. Will it continue.. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
A warehouse with a history of hazardous materials burned last night in Roanoke.
The fire at the Evans Paint warehouse on Cleveland Avenue may have been started by homeless people.
Investigators at the scene this morning said preliminary
indications are that vagrants had been living in the building and could have sparked the fire while cooking or trying to stay warm.
Crews said the building was filled with pallets, most of which were on fire.
In 2000, The Environmental Protection Agency found 600 drums inside the building, some that contained hazardous materials.
Some had leaked and fluid solidified on the warehouse floor.
At the time, federal agents were cleaning up the site and trying to find the owners of the building.
A year ago, environmental experts found traces of cancer-causing P-C-B's in the soil around the building, but said the levels weren't high enough to cause any health problems.
Opponents of a high-voltage power line through southwest Virginia say they plan to appeal the U-S Forest Service's approval of the project.
American Electric Power has been seeking to build the 765-kilovolt transmission line for more than 10 years.
The company says it hopes to start construction later this year.
The 287- MILLION dollar project would run through Tazewell, Bland and Wythe counties. It reportedly would generate nearly 600-thousand dollars a year in property taxes for the counties.
But the Alliance for the Protection and Preservation of Appalachian Land says the forest service did NOT give opponents enough chances to present their case.
An avalanche of mud has claimed at least eight lives in Peru.
The massive mudslide swept down a buried this community, just southeast of Lima.
Torrential rainfall in the region caused the mudslide, which happened during the early morning hours of New Years Day.
According to witnesses, a very loud noise was heard just before the avalanche, and many people went outside to see what it was.
The mudslide also destroyed at least 20 homes and several crops.
It also wiped out much of the livestock in the area.
The rain is also coming down too hard and too fast over much of Europe this week.
A powerful storm has swept across several southern Germany states, killing two people and injuring dozens.
Many rivers are over their banks, and winds have been gusting at over 90- miles- an- hour.
Forecasters say the threat of flooding will diminish as falling
temperatures turn the rain to snow over the weekend.
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The water is also rising in the streets of Portugal.
Firefighters are on red alert today for the second time in two weeks.
Heavy rain overnight caused landslides, closed roads and flooded several towns.
President Bush has a plan that he hopes will boost the economy in the new year.
Bill Plante is at the White House with more.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Plante/CBS News; :47]
[OUT Q=Plante, CBS News, Washington.]
I will talk about how to create jobs, how best to create jobs, as well
as how to take care of those who don't have a job.
ADMINISTRATION SOURCES SAY THE PRESIDENT'S STIMULUS PLAN WILL PROBABLY
OFFER A SPEED-UP IN THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF TAX BREAKS AND RATE CUTS
PASSED IN 2001 -- VERY LIKELY INCLUDING THE VERY TOP TAX RATE, DESPITE
THE CRITICISM THAT IT WILL DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFIT THE WEALTHIEST
ALSO UNDER CONSIDERATION: A REDUCTION IN THE TAX ON STOCK DIVIDENDS,
WHICH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THINK MAY BE AN EASIER SELL NOW THAT A
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS OWN STOCK.
THE PRESIDENT BRUSHED ASIDE THE DEBATE OVER WHETHER HIS TAX POLICIES
FAVOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS.
Some would like to turn this into class warfare. That's not how I think.
I think about the overall economy and how best to help those folks who
are looking for work.
(AS FOR THE JUST-UNDERWAY RACE FOR THE DEMOCRATS' NOMINATION, THE
PRESIDENT SHRUGGED IT OFF AS SO MUCH BACKGROUND NOISE. BUT HE'S WELL
AWARE THERE'S AN ELECTION COMING - AND IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT HE'S
BEGINNING 2003 WITH TAX CUTS bp cbs)
The Roanoke City Fire Department is celebrating what may be its largest round of promotions ever.
Chief Jim Grigsby today pinned badges on 36 officers ranging in rank from lieutenant to Deputy Chief.
The department also marked a couple of milestones with the promotion of Nicole Wade, the first minority female to make Lieutenant and Marci Stone, the first female in Roanoke ever to make First Lieutenant.
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[IN Q=I forgot to mention...]
[SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire-EMS Chief;]
((CHIEF JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: I FORGOT TO MENTION ON MARCI THAT ON THE SHE CAME OUT NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST. SHE'S EXCELLED THROUGH THE RANKS REAL WELL. SHE'S PUT HERSELF IN A POSITION TO BE PROMOTED.))
[OUT Q=in a position to be promoted.]
Since 1995 when the department started hiring women, four have earned an officer rank.
Chief Grigsby says the department is one big family, and everybody supports everybody else and their career.
Good news for industries looking for qualified workers in central Virginia..
Officials with Central Virginia Community College broke ground this morning on a new 4-point-5 million dollar manufacturing technology facility.
The building will house labs for training students in machinery, electronics and engineering.
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[IN Q=Our labs were]
((DARREL STAAT/CENTRAL VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT: OUR LABS WERE SMALL, THEY'RE CRAMPED AND THEY HAVE VERY OUTDATED EQUIPMENT THAT REALLY NEEDED TO BE UPGRADED, AND IT'S TAKEN US NOW THIS LONG TO GET ALL THAT TOGETHER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Darrel Staat/Central Va. Community College President]
[OUT Q=make that happen.]
Staat (staht) says the facility will make it easier to train students on the updated equipment they'll be using when they enter the workforce.
The 35-thousand square foot building should be finished by the spring of 2004.
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Coming up next on the newscast, authorities searching for a missing pregnant woman begin to center their attention on her husband,
and the man who murdered a young California girl will soon learn if he will die for his crime.
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An intese manhunt continues today in the Pacific Northwest for an Oregon man suspected of killing his wife and children.
Despite several sightings, Edward Morris has managed to evade authorities.
But as Jerry Bowen reports, family members are pleading with him to turn himself in.
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[OUT Q=Bowen, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
CRIME SCENE/PERP PIC/FAMILY HOME)
ITS BEEN TWO WEEKS TO THE DAY THAT EDWARD MORRIS ALLEGEDLY MURDERED HIS
PREGNANT WIFE AND THEIR THREE YOUNG CHILDREN IN OREGON....LEAVING THEIR
BODIES IN A FOREST WHERE THEY WERE FOUND BY ELK HUNTERS...STUNNING
FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ERECTED A MAKE-SHIFT MEMORIAL AT THE FAMILY HOME.
NOW HIS FATHER IS BEGGING HIM TO GIVE UP:
SOT: (PAUL MORRIS/FATHER)
"I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN APPEAL TO YOU TO IMMEDIATELY SURRENDER YOURSELF
TO THE CLOSEST AUTHORITIES. IF YOU NEED US TO HELP YOU DO THIS, CALL
ONE OF US. AND WE WILL MEET YOU SOMEWHERE AND HELP YOU THROUGH THIS."
THE 37 YEAR OLD MORRIS WAS LAST SEEN IN THIS 1993 GRAY DODGE CARAVAN THE
DAY AFTER THE MURDERS IN NORTHERN WASHINGTON STATE NEAR THE CANADIAN
BORDER. THERE'VE BEEN HUNDREDS OF UNCONFIRMED SIGHTINGS SINCE. THE
FBI'S POSTED A 50-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD:
SOT: (CHARLES MATTHEWS/FBI SPECIAL AGENT/PORTLAND OFFICE)
"HE COULD BE ANYWHERE. THERE'VE BEEN A NUMBER OF UNCONFIRMED SIGHTINGS
IN THE NORTHWEST. HE COULD BE ANYWHERE."
INVESTIGATORS ARE CLOSELY WATCHING THE BORDER WITH CANADA FOR MORRIS AND
HIS VAN AND CONSIDER HIM ARMED AND DANGEROUS.
JERRY BOWEN CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES
In California, a man convicted of kidnapping and killing his seven- year- old neighbor is about to learn his fate.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;]
David Westerfield was found guilty last year in the murder of Danielle Van Dam.
Today he's being formally sentenced for his crimes.
A jury has recommended the death penalty, and the judge said moments ago he will go along with that recommendation.
Danielle's disappearance was the first in a string of high- profile abductions last summer.
The girl's mother, meanwhile, said earlier that she was just happy Westerfield was off the streets.
The investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant woman from Modesto, California is shifting focus.
As Gloria Gomez tells us, now authorities are looking closer at her husband.
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[SUPER=01-Doug Ridenour/Modesto Police Department;]
[SUPER=01-Ed Steele/Modesto Police Department;]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Rocha/Laci's Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Ed Galvan/Berkley Police Department;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Modesto California]
((they're not calling him a suspect, but it's clear that laci's
husband scott is under an investigative microscope.
sot: i'd like to announce the description of scott peterson's pickup.
track: detective's want to know scott's comings and goings the day
before laci went missing. scott told investigators he was on a fishing
trip in the bay area, when his wife disappeared on christmas eve. it's
a story police still struggle to confirm.
sot: he would remain a suspect simply cause we cannot rule him out
entirely based on circumstances and where he was because there's no
track: investigators are looking for anyone who witnessed scott in his
for f150 pickup or his 14 ft aluminum boat before christmas. while
police remain focused on scott, laci's mother doesn't share the same
sot: we feel scott has nothing to do with the disappearance of laci.
track: meanwhile investigators on harbor boats spend another day
searching the berkley marina.
sot: no not specifically a body. anything relating specifically to the
o/c: for the first time investigators say scott is somewhat cooperating
with investigators when it comes to his whereabouts the day his wife
disappeared. they're hoping the public can fill in the gaps. gloria
gomez, cbs news, modesto, ca.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, a controversial plan to reconfigure Henry County schools could reappear in the future.
And we'll see why the claim that things are bigger in Texas is not always a good thing.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Henry County school officials are getting the word out early this year.
The system faces a budget shortfall of almost two million dollars, and major cuts are on the way.
That was the message at Thursday's school board budget work session.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[IN Q=Nat Sound]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./December 2001; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. Superintendent; 34]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN SCREAMING AT 01-57 28:09-28:13))
Last year at this time, the Henry County school system was moving forward with a plan to consolidate and close several schools.
It was a decision that angered many.
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[IN Q=Don't you care]
((STUDENT BITE: DON'T YOU CARE? ISN'T THERE A FUNDRAISER WE CAN DO?))
[OUT Q=WE CAN DO]
In the end, that wasn't needed.
In March, the school board voted to scrap the controversial configuration plan.
The issue however may resurface again in the future.
[IN Q=I don't feel it will]
((DR. SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I DON'T FEEL IT WILL COME THROUGH THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WAS PRETTY DEFINITIVE IN THEIR LACK OF SUPPORT OF THAT ISSUE.))
[OUT Q=of that issue]
And because of that, the schools will most likely remain open for at least another year.
But budget cuts are on their way.
The Henry County school system projects it will lose at least 1.8 million dollars in local and state funding next year.
[IN Q=I'd say everything]
((DR. SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I'D SAY EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE AS FAR AS HOW WE CONDUCT SCHOOL.))
[OUT Q=we conduct school]
That could mean reductions in staff and programs.
The school board will also look into cutting athletic programs at the middle school level, decreasing field trips, as well as eliminate the need for teacher aides.
But none of this will happen until the school system first conducts a public survey.
[IN Q=WHAT DO YOU HOPE ]
((DR. SHARON DODSON: WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO GET FROM THE SURVEY? SOME FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY ON WHAT THE PRIORITIES ARE THAT THEY SEE FOR THE SCHOOL BUDGET.))
[OUT Q=school budget]
[IN Q=The survey is open]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SURVEY IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS IN HENRY COUNTY AND WILL GO HOME WITH STUDENTS IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. IT ASKS SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AND THE POTENTIAL SAVINGS OF A PARTICULAR CUT. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
One of the questions basically asks residents whether they would support another reconfiguration plan in the future.
Houston, we have a problem-- with WEIGHT, that is.
For the third year in a row, "Men's Fitness" Magazine has named Houston, Texas as the fattest city in the country.
The magazine cites Houston's hot and humid climate, poor air quality and residents' love of junk food as the main reasons.
Last year, the city began the "Get Lean Houston" initiative to encourage residents to get in shape and live healthier lifestyles.
It also named former Mr. Universe Lee Labrada as the city's first fitness czar.
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[IN Q=America is obese]
((LEE LABRADA/HOUSTON FITNESS CZAR: AMERICA IS OBESE. HOUSTON IS ONE SUCH AMERICAN CITY. WE HAVE 61% OF ALL AMERICAN ADULTS THAT ARE OVERWEIGHT. WE HAVE OUR PERCENTAGE HERE IN HOUSTON, CERTAINLY WE DON'T DESERVE THE FATTEST CITY IN AMERICA TITLE." ))
[SUPER=01-Lee Labrada/Houston Fitness Czar;]
[OUT Q=in America title]
Houston apparently isn't the only Texas city that has a problem with flab.
The magazine ranked Dallas at number 9 and San Antonio at number 13.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 36 points. The NASDAQ has lost eight points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up in sports, the cowboys get a new head coach...
and Nascar may be changing a few rules regarding visitors in the pits.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
An autograph from your favorite Nascar driver might be a little tougher to come by in the upcoming season.
[SUPER=03-Daytona, FL; :00]
Admission to the garage and pit areas could be severely restricted by the sanctioning body in the upcoming season.
Only "working" personnel will be allowed in the pits during practice, qualifying and the races themselves.
Each race team will be issued 30 passes to use at their discretion, while each track will be allowed to distribute an additional 50 passes. Details of the new policy have NOT been finalized.
It's official. Bill Parcells is the new head coach in Dallas.
The Tuna was formally introduced as the 6th head coach in Cowboy history yesterday.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Parcells/New Cowboys Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=on the Dallas Cowboys."]
In just eight games, J-J Redick has made quite a name for himself on the court.
Off the court, Duke's shooting guard is equally as talented.
Steve Mason has more from Durham.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/2002 AAA State Championship; :00]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :10]
[SUPER=01-Shavlik Randolph/Duke Forward & Redick's Roommate; :41]
[SUPER=01-J. J. Redick/Averaging 15.1 Points a Game; :52]
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Ohio State vs. Duke; :59]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((During post game interviews at cave Spring, his teammates loved him and jokingly showed it. Some things never change, new school, new place, same old love from his teammates
That was star Duke Forward Shavlik Randolph playing a joke on his roommate. Part of Redick's success is his ability to make his teammates truly love each other, gel, and work together as one. He leads by example and stays focussed, even with all of the freedoms the college life presents.
Redick has had his fare share of hard knocks. He had to leave the Ohio State game after being bloodied in a collision under the basket. But games hardly match the intensity and competitiveness of Duke's practices.
Redick and his Blue Devils open ACC play this Sunday on the road at Clemson. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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