Fire destroyed a home in Botetourt County early this morning.
Authorities do not know whether anyone was in the house on Catawba Road, but they are investigating.
We do have a crew on the scene and we'll pass along any additional information as soon as it becomes available.
Authorities report a fatal stabbing last night at Roanoke nail salon.
Police say 40- year- old Thanh Quang Ha of Salem was stabbed repeatedly last night during an altercation at American Nails on Williamson Road.
He was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Authorities have charged Den Hoang Pham of Northwest Roanoke with murder.
He's being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond.
A report today by the U-N chief weapons inspector could help or hinder the Bush administration's effort to convince allies that war is needed against Iraq.
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After two months of inspections, Hans Blix will give the U-N security council a progress report.
And while some in the international community don't believe war is necessary, the White House seems to have its mind made up.
The Bush administration says America will go to war with or without the United Nations.
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((COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE: WE WILL NOT SHRINK FROM WAR IF THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO RID IRAQ OF ITS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. ))
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Meanwhile, President Bush is working on his Sate of the Union address, which is coming up tomorrow.
He's expected to address the natin's doubts about a possible war with Iraq.
Two abortion bills that were considered last year - but failed to become law - will be brought before the House Courts of Justice Committee today.
One would ban late-term -"partial-birth abortions" and the other would require minors to get parental consent before having an abortion.
Currently parents of minors only have to be NOTIFIED of the abortion.
Both bills were considered last year, but neither became law.
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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline plan to fight to the end.
Ron Meadows of Stuart is one of 134 landowners who refuses to sell his land to Duke Energy.
Duke wants the land to build a 95-mile gas pipeline called the Patriot Extension.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has already approved the project but opponents are hoping F-E-R-C will reverse its decision.
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[IN Q=The Blue Ridge Coalition]
((RON MEADOWS/PIPELINE OPPONENT: THE BLUE RIDGE COALITION WILL FIGHT THIS TO THE SUPREME COURT. WE ARE HAVING OUR ATTORNEY'S PREPARE AN APPEAL IF FERC DECIDES TO LET DUKE GO THROUGH THE PIPELINE THEN WE WILL APPEAL THAT DECISION.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Meadows/Pipeline Opponent]
[OUT Q=appeal that decision]
Duke Energy has begun condemnation proceedings against some landowners.
A spokesperson for the company says it would rather negotiate with landowners than head to court.
Duke hopes to begin construction on the pipeline within a matter of weeks.
A new study shows that the Lynchburg area is among the safest places to live in the country.
Crime statistics from the year 2001 show that the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area, or M-S-A, ranks among the top 5 percent of the safest communities in America.
Out of 274 M-S-A's nationwide, Lynchburg comes in 15th with about 24-hundred crimes per 100-thousand residents.. Roanoke is 68th.
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[IN Q=I really feel]
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: I REALLY FEEL LIKE THIS IS A RESOURCE, JUST LIKE A GOOD WATER SUPPLY AND A TRAINED WORKFORCE AND GOOD ROADS. THE FACT THAT WE LIVE IN THE TOP FIVE PERCENT OF SAFE COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY I THINK IS SOMETHING THAT BODES WELL FOR DEVELOPMENTAL THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON HERE AND FOR GENERALLY THE QUALITY OF LIFE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief]
[OUT Q=quality of life.]
Bennett says many factors, not just law enforcement, go into the city's high ranking.
The Lynchburg M-S-A includes the counties of Amherst, Bedford and Campbell and the city of Bedford.
In business news, Wall Street gets back to work today after seeing stocks slide to their lowest levels in three months on
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch, NY.]
((GOOD MORNING AND FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS FOR WHAT COULD BE A VERY BUMPY RIDE
ON WALL STREET.
THE MARKETS ARE MIRED IN A GEOPOLITICAL FUNK, WORRIED ABOUT THE FALLING
DOLLAR, DOWN FOR NINE STRAIGHT SESSIONS AND THE GROWING PERCEPTION THAT WAR
WITH IRAQ IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.LOOK FOR INVESTORS TO BE ON EDGE, RIGHT
THROUGH TUESDAY, AS THEY AWAIT PRESIDENT BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION
MESSAGE...EVEN SOME FAIRLY GOOD EARNINGS NEWS COULDN'T PREVENT A BLUE CHIP
BLOOD BATH FRIDAY.
THE DOW FELL 238 POINTS, SLIDING TO A THREE MONTH LOW, THE NASDAQ DOWN SOME
8 PERCENT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS SLID 46 POINTS.
AMONG THE STOCKS GETTING SLAMMED INTEL AND J-P MORGAN CHASE, SPC AND ALCOA,
AMERICAN EXPRESS AND DISNEY.
BUT THERE WERE A COUPLE OF WINNERS. STARBUCKS EARNINGS HIT THE STREET LIKE A
DOUBLE EXPRESSO...THEY EASILY BEAT EXPECTATIONS AS THE COMPANY RANG UP A
BILLION DOLLARS IN SALES LAST QUARTER.
SOME INTERNET FIRMS HAD A GOOD DAY.
E TRADE MOVES HIGHER ON A MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP, VIEWED POSITIVELY BY WALL
STREET, AND AMAZON DOT COM IS MODESTLY HIGHER AFTER RELEASING SOLID EARNINGS
AFTER YESTERDAYS CLOSE...
SEARCH ENGINE ASK JEEVES GAINED MORE THAN 25 PERCENT AFTER EARNINGS THAT
BEAT THE STREET BY SIX CENTS PER SHARE.
OIL CLOSED HERE IN NEW YORK AT BIT MORE THAN 33 DOLLARS PER BARREL. THAT IS
A 69 PERCENT RISE FROM A YEAR AGO, AS THE NATION ENDURES ONE OF THE COLDER
WINTERS IN RECENT YEAR
GOLD CLOSED AT A 6 YEAR HIGH OF 368 DOLLARS AN OUNCE.
GET MORE BUSINESS NEWS 24 7 AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM...
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Our viewer mail ranged from speedboats to Interstate taxes this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((The arrival at Smith Mountain Lake of a boat that can do up to 140 miles an hour had one viewer (Kent Cartner/Roanoke) making waves.
"I enjoyed your story on the high performance boat on Smith Mountain Lake but do we really need a 140 MPH boat or boats on an already crowded lake? I hope whoever buys these uses great caution."
The two-day walkout by workers at G-E over rising health insurance costs prompted this response from a viewer in Radford (Robert Hipps):
"As a retired engineer who has seen his (supposedly company paid) insurance premium increase more than 360 percent in eight years, I find it difficult to muster up any sympathy for the striking GE workers. Also, I'm sure that the 1.7 million people who have lost their jobs in 2002 would be happy to replace them at GE."
The state is looking over two proposals for widening Interstate 81, and financing it with vehicle tolls. That brought a comment from a viewer in Fincastle (Griffin Overstreet):
"Truckers play a big role in my life, bringing me food, clothes, my bed, almost everything I can think of. Now we are told truckers may have to pay a toll of $10 versus $3 for cars. And they already pay big taxes when they purchase diesel at the pumps...Give them a break!"
Any thoughts you have on issues in the news and our coverage of them are welcome, by US mail...fax...or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
"Darkness Falls'' rose to the top of the box office this weekend.
The horror movie about a vengeful spirit tormenting the town that lynched her brought in 12 and a-half million dollars.
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Kangaroo Jack fell to second place. Chicago finished in third place. Just Married is number 4 and National Security rounds out the top five.
Music lovers will soon have a new way to obtain
Six retail record store chains are teaming up
to offer downloads in stores, and over the internet.
The new venture -- called Echo -- will offer individual tracks
for download and playback on portable devices and computers.
Record sellers hope the new venture will help bring customers back into their stores.
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Some charities in Southwest Virginia say they need your help now more than ever.
It costs nearly 300- thousand dollars a year to run the TRUST House on Elm Avenue in Roanoke.
TRUST provides an emergency and transitional living program for homeless individuals and families.
But providing those services is becoming quite difficult since the organization recently saw cuts in both state and local aid.
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((COLLEEN CARRELL/TRUST HOUSE: WE REALLY NEED FUNDS TO KEEP GOING STRONG. RIGHT NOW, WE'RE JUST PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS TO TRYING TO KEEP THE SHELTER ALIVE AND WELL AND RUNNING EFFICENTLY TO THE HIGHEST CAPACITY SO THAT WE CAN SERVE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THE WAY THEY DESERVE.))
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Another area charity needs help but of another kind.
The Homeless Assistance Team or HAT cruises the streets of Roanoke Monday thru Friday looking for homeless people to take to shelters.
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((CAROL TUNING/HOMELESS ASSISTANCE TEAM: WE ALSO NEED WINTER COATS, THERE IS A GREAT DEMAND FOR THE WINTER COATS, AND THE HATS AND THE GLOVES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.))
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Last year, H-A-T helped close to a thousand homeless people in the city of Roanoke.
A couple from Russia is spreading the gospel thousands of miles from home.
The (KISS-uh-loavs) Kisselyovs work full time for the organization "Campus Crusade for Christ" back home.
Yesterday, the were in Roanoke County sharing their story with members of New Century Community Church.
The couple says most college students in Russia are non-believers and are trying to raise money to help spread the gospel back home through their organization.
[IN Q=The main message]
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(( THE MAIN MESSAGE IS THE GOSPEL, THE MAIN THING THEY DON'T KNOW, THE MESSAGE ABOUT GOD'S LOVE ABOUT HOW THEY CAN GET SAVED. ))
[OUT Q=can get saved.]
"Campus Crusade for Christ" has a staff of 40 who work on 10- campuses around Russia.