A Norfolk Southern train struck a mini- van in Salem this morning, killing two people.
We'll have a live report, straight ahead.
And police are searching for whoever shot and killed a man as he rode in jeep in Northeast Roanoke.
Near record warmth today but don't get used to it because winter temperatures return for the weekend. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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An accident involving a freight train and a van has left two people dead in Salem.
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Two women died after their mini-van was struck by a freight train this morning.
It happened in Salem just before seven at the Union Street crossing.
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Marya Jones is there with an update on what happened
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Shots fired from one vehicle to another on Orange Avenue late last night resulted in the death of a 26-year old Roanoke man.
Three men in their 20's were headed west on 460 in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Around the intersection of Orange Avenune and Plantation Road, police say multiple shots were fired at the Jeep from a red Dodge Neon.
The driver of the Jeep pulled into a nearby gas station to get help.
Antwone Lamont Preston was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.
Police say they "do not believe this was a random act of violence."
But, so far, no arrests have been made.
Nearly four-thousand people are without power after an AEP transmission line went down around 2-thirty this morning.
32- hundred Craig-Botetourt Electric Co-op customers in five counties and around 800 A-E-P customers around New Castle are still without power.
A-E-P has crews working to repair the transmission line, and hopes to have the line fixed by mid-afternoon.
The voice recorder from the commuter plane that crashed in North Carolina yesterday is giving investigators some insight into what happened.
The accident killed all 21 people on board.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Charlotte.
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FEDERAL AVIATION INVESTIGATORS ARE BACK AT THE AIRFIELD IN CHARLOTTE,
PROBING FOR CLUES IN THE CRASH OF FLIGHT 548I.
...AS OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON EXAMINE TWO CRUCIAL PIECES OF
EVIDENCE...THE COCKPIT VOICE TAPE AND FLIGHT DATA RECORDER.
THE BADLY BURNED BOXES COULD HOLD CRUCIAL INFORMATION, ABOUT WHAT WENT
TERRIBLY WRONG..JUST MINUTES AFTER TAKE OFF... AND WHAT FORCED U-S
AIRWAYS PILOT KATIE LESLIE TO RADIO A GARBLED DISTRESS CALL JUST BEFORE
THE PLANE WENT DOWN.
INVESTIGATORS SAY 34 MINUTES OF TAPE MAY REVEAL HOW THE COMMUTER PLANE
LOST IT'S ALTITUDE AND TOOK A DEADLY, TWISTED DIVE.
THEY ARE LOOKING AT A NUMBER OF CAUSES, INCLUDING PILOT ERROR, A JAMMED
CONTROL...OR THAT THE PLANE WAS TOO HEAVY AND UNBALANCED. BUT THEY'RE
LOOKING FIRST AT THE PLANE'S ENGINES...
WITNESSES SAY THE IMAGES OF THE CRASH STILL HAUNT THEM.
SOT - TOMMY STACY/WITNESSED THE CRASH
"All I could see was debris all over the ground, not much of the plane
A WORKER IN THE AREA CAUGHT THE CHAOS ON TAPE....
SOT - DAVID ISOLA/VIDEOTAPED THE AFTERMATH
"I saw the fire department frantically trying to put out the fire..(cut)
trying to get through the smoke and get the fire out."
STANDUP ....IT COULD BE THAT FAST ACTION BY FIRE CREWS.. SAVED THE
CRUCIAL BLACK BOXES. THERE IS LITTLE LEFT OF THE PLANE.. TO OFFER MORE
CLUES. ALEEN SIRGANY...
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Families have begun identifying the remains of their loved ones who were killed in a Turkish Airlines crash.
Officials say 75 people were killed and five were injured when the plane crashed and burst into flames on landing.
One American was reportedly aboard the flight, but it's not clear whether that person is dead, or among the five survivors.
Turkey's Prime Minister is dismissing the possiblity of a terror attack, and says heavy fog in the area was likely what led to the crash.
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Still to come on the newscast, authorities make an arrest in the apparent starvation death of a child.
Plus the leader of the U-N weapons inspectors says they have not find any signs Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction.
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The U-N's chief weapons inspector says there is no "smoking gun" so far in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
But as Teri Okita reports, U-S officials say they've still got proof of illegal weapons.
Teri Okita reports.
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TRACK: EVEN THOUGH IRAQS ARMS DECLARATION IS INCOMPLETE AND FAILS TO
ANSWER A GREAT MANY QUESTIONS, THE CHIEF U-N WEAPONS INSPECTOR SAYS
THERES NO REAL PROOF YET THAT THE COUNTRY HAS WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION. HE SAYS THAT'S WHAT HE TOLD THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL
(Super: Hans Blix/Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector)
SOT: (10:20:52) Weve been covering the country in ever-wider sweeps
without finding firm evidence of prohibited weapons programs.
TRACK: EVEN SO, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SAYS ITS GOT THE EVIDENCE
AND IS WITHHOLDING SOME OF THE MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION. SECRETARY
OF STATE COLIN POWELL TOLD THE WASHINGTON POST THAT THE U-S HAS
STARTED GIVING U-N INSPECTORS SOME INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION ON ALLEGED
SITES AND WEAPONS STORAGE INFORMATION THAT BLIX EXPECTS WILL KEEP
SOT: (blix) intelligence from several sources, not into details,
havent looked at yet.
TRACK: BAD WEATHER FORCED INSPECTORS TO ABANDON AERIAL SEARCHES OF
SUSPECT SITES NEAR BAGHDAD TODAY, BUT TEAMS ON THE GROUND VISITED AT
LEAST SEVEN SITES, INCLUDING A GAS COMPANY AND AN ENGINEERING PLANT.
TRACK: IN SPITE OF THE INSPECTORS FINDINGS, THE U-S MILITARYS MASSIVE
BUILD-UP IN THE PERSIAN GULF CONTINUES. A CONVOY OF CAMOUFLAGED
EQUIPMENT ROLLED OUT READY TO BE SHIPPED TO THE GULF FROM A U-S BASE
(Super: Lt. Col. Paul Grosskruger/94th Engineer Combat Battalion)
SOT: Everything from pavers to graders to bulldozers, bucket loaders,
carpentry equipment. We have all sorts of equipment: roads, base camps.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Inspectors will hand-over a formal report on January 27th,
but British Prime Minister Tony Blair says experts must be allowed time
to make a complete assessment of Iraqs arms situation and that the
27th should not be considered a deadline for a decision on war. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Authorities in New Jersey say a tip from a cab driver helped them track down a woman wanted on child endangerment charges.
She was found early this morning, and could face more serious charges.
They'd been on the lookout for 41- year- old Sherry Murphy since Sunday,
when they found the remains of a seven- year- old boy in a storage bin at her home.
He'd been dead for over a month.
One day before police found the remains of Faheem Williams, his two brothers were found starving in a locked room.
Murphy, who worked as a go- go dancer, was supposed to be taking care of the three boys after their mother was jailed in March.
Police, meanwhile, have taken Mursphy to a New Jersey hospital after she complained of lightheadness and blood pressure problems.
The last of three women pleaded guilty to taking part in a murder of a Covington man whose death had originally been attributed to a heart attack.
Lisa Lynn Ely pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy charges yesterday.
A murder charge against her was dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Ely, her twin sister Lauri Ann Benedict, and Jeanna Marie Wright had been charged in the February death of 61 year old Jimmy Rose.
Benedict and Wright have already plead guilty to first-degree murder.
Governor Mark Warner is wasting no time implementing the plans he laid out in last night's State of the Commonwealth address.
Higher education is a key focus of Warner's plan - and today he's visiting Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke as part of a trip to three western Virginia cities.
Richmond Bureau chief Meghan Muldoon has more about last night's address and reaction to it.
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(( Lawmakers gave Governor Warner a warm welcome as he asked them to tackle the state's multi- billion dollar shortfall through sweeping reforms in state government.
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Warner presented an upbeat outlook for Virginia's budget problems which seemed to puzzle even fellow Democrats.
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Republicans applauded the Governor's commitment to protect funding for education and his decision to balance the budget without tax increases.
But when Warner announced he found funds from a recent settlement to reopen the twelve D-M-V offices he closed in the fall, the gloves came off.
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Although Warner left the lawmakers with a view of what is to come, Republican say he left just as many questions behind.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will tell us why we shouldn't get used to the warmer temperatures.
Also we'll tell you how one of the country's best known weather forecasters is getting his own doll.
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Can't wait for Groundhog Day?
Now you can have your own Punxsutawney Phil.
The demand for the famous prognosticator is so great, the Ty Company has come out with Beanie Babies in honor of the famous groundhog.
They went on sale yesterday morning at the chamber of commerce office in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and sold out after an hour.
Now, you have to go online
[SUPER=@File;]if you want your own fuzzy Phil. However, the Beanie Babies sold online are just a little different t
han the ones sold in the "weather capital of the world."
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Las Vegas is being flooded this week with thousands of electronics junkies.
100 thousand people are attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
It is where manufacturers debut the next generation of their products.
The V-C-R, the D-V-D and the C-D were all first un-veiled there.
Katlean De Monchy (CAT-LEAN DAY MON-SHAY) has covered the show the past six years and she joins us now by satellite.
(Katlean, it seems like the electronics industry has discovered that men aren't the only people buying electronics.
What's new there that might appeal to women?)
( It seems like digital photography is exploding in the marketplace, is there anything new in that area?)
( What other new trends should we look for?)
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 154 points. The NASDAQ has gained 42.
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Coming up next on the newcast,
they're friends off the field, but bitter competitors on it.
After the break, we'll see what it takes to get Lee Suggs and John St. Clair to play on the same team.
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Lee Suggs and John St. Clair - two Colonels - who played their college ball at Tech and UVa are back on the same team.
Steve Mason tells us how their reunion benefits area youth.
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((The college arch rivals held their first meeting as teammates again Wednesday at Corned Beef and Company to begin organizing their Celebrity football camp for kids. Suggs, who has been involved in community functions like DARE graduation, and St. Clair will combine forces with former UVa star and now Baltimore Ravens linebacker Shannon Taylor and his camp that was held at Patrick Henry high school this past summer.
While they are excited about the camp, both have other pressing issues right now. St. Clair is a restricted free agent and the St. Louis Rams still have his rights.
Suggs will begin working out for the NFL combine that kicks off in March in Indianapolis next week. His goals will be to lower his 40 yard dash time and to get stronger in the weight room. Lee is racking his brain this week trying to decide on an agent. Suggs has received at least 75 emails and some video presentations from potential agents and financial advisors.))
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