Coming up on News 7--
State police say a trooper was killed in the Richmond area early this morning.
And, Norfolk Southern makes a big donation to preserve Roanoke's rail history.
Details, up next.
Rain showers continue to push through the area. How long will it last. I'll have your hometown forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Details are sketchy, but a spokesman for the state police says a trooper was killed this morning in the Richmond area.
Officers found the trooper off a ramp of Interstate 64 in Henrico County around 2:30.
He was flown by helicopter to M-C-V Hospital in Richmond where he later died.
His name has not been released.
A damaged 2000 B-M-W was at the scene. Officials say another injured person was found nearby, but offered NO other details about that person.
There are unconfirmed reports that the trooper may have been pinned under the B-M-W.
Virginia State Police will hold a news conference about the incident this afternoon at two o'clock.
Fire broke out in a Roanoke County apartment complex, damaging two units this morning.
The fire started around 10-15 this morning on the first floor of a unit at the Quail Valley apartments in Hunting Hills.
Smoke soon spread throughout the building, damaging the second floor apartment.
One person was transported to the hospital after suffering mild smoke inhalation, and several cats escaped the blaze unhurt.
Officials are still investigating what started the fire.
A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Brookville High School for about an hour this morning.
Authorities say a note was found in a hallway threatening to blow up certain parts of the building.
After students and teachers were evacuated, bomb-sniffing dogs were called in, and a search of the building turned up nothing.
The school is back in session once again.
Federal investigators are hoping to find some clues in the wreckage of a medical helicopter that crashed late last night near Chicago, killing the pilot.
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The chopper was with the Air Angels medivac service, which transports people in need of emergency care to hospitals.
The pilot was NOT on a medical run at the time of the crash.
It's believed he was doing practice maneuvers when the chopper went down in a snow- covered field, just two miles south of the runway.
Authorities say the pilot was a Vietnam veteran, who had plenty of experience.
Two years after fire damaged the old passenger station of the Virginian Railway, a plan is under way to restore the Roanoke landmark.
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It was two years ago tonight, that Depot Feed and Seed went up in flames. A homeless person started the fire in a trash barrel and the flames spread to the building nearby.
Today, representatives of the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society announced that the Norfolk Southern Corporation has agreed to donate the property.
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The groups have raised enough money to begin repairing the roof, and they plan to seek grants and donations to pay for a full restoration of the building.
It was a state of the union speech with two key aims-- to convince the nation that war with Iraq is necessary and that the country's economy and health care are on the road to recovery.
Now, President Bush has hit the road to start selling those points.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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AFTER LAYING OUT HIS DOMESTIC AGENDA AND PREPARING THE NATION FOR A
POSSIBLE WAR, PRESIDENT BUSH HEADED TO MICHIGAN TO TALK MEDICARE.AN
ISSUE HE PUSHED IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION.
(SOT BUSH) (State of Union speech)
LEADERS OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE TALKED FOR YEARS ABOUT
STRENGTHENING MEDICARE.I URGE CONGRESS TO ACT THIS YEAR.
THE 400-BILLION DOLLAR DRIVE TO REFORM THE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH PROGRAM
WOULD RELY MORE ON PRIVATE SECTOR HEALTH PLANS, AND OFFER A PRESCRIPTION
DRUG BENEFIT FOR AMERICANS OVER AGE 65. IT'S AN EFFORT TO SHOW THE
COUNTRY THAT THE PRESIDENT "IS" FOCUSED ON ISSUES HERE AT HOME. AND
APPARENTLY IT WORKED.
A CBS NEWS POLL FINDS 81 PERCENT OF THOSE QUESTIONED NOW THINK THE
PRESIDENT SHARES THEIR PRIORITIES...UP FROM 54 PERCENT BEFORE THE STATE
OF THE UNION. AND THE SPEECH HELPED MISTER BUSH MAKE HIS CASE FOR WAR
AGAINST IRAQ..SUPPORT FOR MILITARY ACTION JUMPED FROM 67 TO 77 PERCENT.
BUT SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE NOT YET CONVINCED. THE PRESIDENT SENT
SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL AND DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD TO
CAPITOL HILL TODAY FOR A CLOSED BRIEFING TO SWAY THE SKEPTICS.
We're going to have to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan
excuse me. Well, Afghanistan is wrong but in Iraq after a victory. I
don't think the people understand that yet. (14)
(STANDUP: more on war.............Colin Powell to address UN, )))
Meanwhile, tension in the Gulf region is building in the wake of the President's speech.
Drew Levinson reports from Kuwait, a major staging post for a war that seems more and more likely.
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AS AMERICAN TROOPS POUR TOWARDS THE GULF--THE US MILITARY ANNOUNCED MORE
RESERVISTS ARE BEING CALLED UP.
lOCATOR: ABUS-GHUREIB, IRAQ
IN BAGHDAD....WEAPONS INSPECTORS ARE SCOURING SEVERAL NEW SITES.
cHIEF INSPECTOR HANS BLIX IS DOWNPLAYING REPORTS THAT SUGGEST THE
IRAQI'S ARE ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE INSPECTORS, BY BEING TIPPED OFF IN
ADVANCE AS TO WHAT SITES THEY PLAN TO VISIT..
HOWEVER - IT'S CLEAR, TIME MAY BE RUNNING OUT FOR IRAQ.. PRESIDENT BUSH
HAS WAGED ANOTHER HARSH WAR OF WORDS AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN.
AGAIN MR. BUSH IS ACCUSING THE IRAQI LEADER OF PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME
BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER ECHOED THE PRESIDENT'S CALL FOR DISARMAMENT,
SAYING ALLIES MUST STAND TOGETHER -- TO HOLD IRAQ ACCOUNTABLE.
TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
7:08:54 "Because the one thing that would make conflict inevitable is a
signal of weakness in our determination to deal with it."
(STANDUP BRIDGE) DREW LEVINSON/KUWAIT CITY
WHILE THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO ASK FOR HELP IN A POTENTIAL WAR--
FOUR NATO MEMBERS ARE STALLING. FRANCE, GERMANY, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG
ARE ARGUING FOR DIPLOMACY, NOT PLANES AND MISSILES.
(nats..protests) LOCATOR: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
AS THE THREAT OF WAR LOOMS LARGER BY THE DAY -- PROTESTERS FILL THE
STREETS OF BAGHDAD, HOPING FOR ANY CHANCE OF PEACE. WITHIN WEEKS,
MEMBERS OF THE IRAQI OPPOSITION WILL REPORTEDLY ARRIVE IN NORTHERN IRAQ
- TO BEGIN MAPPING OUT THE POLITICAL TRANSITION IF SADDAM HUSSEIN IS
TOSSEED FROM POWER
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will tell you why one university is encouraging its students to get drunk.
Plus, it's a big birthday for the world's richest girl.
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She's 18 today, and becomes one of the richest people in the world.
Athina Roussel has inherited part of the multi- billion fortune created by her famous grandfather, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
Tom Fenton reports.
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The Onasis legend is reborn today on the 29th of January. It's the same
jet set world of nightclubs, paparazzi and huge amounts of money.
But along with her billions -- exactly how many only her bankers know --
she is also heir to a troubled family history.
When Athina was three, her mother went to Buenos Aeries and she died
over there in rather mysterious circumstances.
It all began well. Aristotle Onassis launched his fabulous career with
sixty dollars in his pocket and built one of the world's biggest
fortunes in shipping. But his family life was anything but smooth
sailing. He ditched his first wife, Athina's grandmother, for the opera
star Maria Callas. And then ditched Callas for Jackie Kennedy.
When his son was killed in an airplane crash, his daughter Christina --
Athina's mother -- became his heir.
Everybody was after Christina's money.
In her short and troubled life, Christina went through four marriages
and a number of lovers before her mysterious death in a bathtub in
Buenos Aires. French playboy Thierry Roussel was husband number four,
and after Christina's death, he tried to give their daughter Athina what
he thought was a normal life.
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ROUSSEL OBVIOUSLY KNEW HOW ATTRACTIVE A GOOD LOOKING MAN WITH CHARM AND
NO MONEY CAN BE. HE WAS SAID TO BE DETERMINED THAT WHEN ATHINA MARRIED,
HER HUSBAND WOULD BE RESPECTABLE AND INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY ... SOME ONE
WHO WOULD LOVE HER FOR HERSELF AND NOT FOR HER MONEY.
But Athina's love of horses has already linked her with a dashing
Brazilian showjumping champion, Alvaro Alfonso de Miranda Neto, known as
Doda to his friends). He is twelve years her senior, and his ex-wife
says he is better at spending money than making it.
SOT THOMPSON ON ATHINA AND HER FUTURE
The thought is that he's a gold-digging opportunist. He may be a lovely
chap and a great show jumper, but that's what his ex-wife is saying
about him that he's after her money, but then of course that's a
familiar story. Everyone says her father is after her money.
If Athina's life were a movie, you would be tempted to call it the "Poor
Little Rich Girl." And to hope that it will not be a remake of earlier
episodes of the Onassis story.
But I think Athina may surprise everybody and in her life get the
happiness that was denied her mother. She may even find true love.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, Davos, Switzerland.
Hundreds of Iowa drivers will be swilling vodka and getting behind the wheel.
But it's all in the name of research.
The imbibing motorists are actually testing what's called the world's most sophisticated driving simulator.
The government-owned machine at the University of Iowa re-creates a variety of traffic scenarios.
Researchers will use it in a three-year study of drivers' performance and reaction times after a few drinks.
The simulator was first used last year to study drivers talking on cell phones.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a best selling author on the subject of Menopause will share her thoughts on Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Then a little later, we'll see how some on NASCAR's finest are racing to support the troops.
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Her book, "The Wisdom of Menopause" went straight to the top of the New York Times bestselling list.
It's now out in a paperback version.
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In the book, Doctor Christiane Northrup talks about the "change of life," as well as offers information about the latest study on Hormone Replacement Therapy.
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She joins us now via satellite.
Good Afternoon, Doctor Northrup.
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(In some of the critics' comments, your book is referred to as providing a "pep talk for the future." Do you think tha
t's an accurate description?)
(It was interesting to read that 40- million American women are entering mid- life...Is it safe to say that they'll hav
e an easier time dealing with it than their mothers?)
(There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy-- It's something we hear about a lot in T-V
ads-- What is the latest ruling on its benefits?)
(Is there anything women could do diet- wise, if they don't want to use Hormone Replacement Therapy?)
(Did you share a lot about your own experience with menopause in this book? And if so, was that difficult?)
Thanks so much for joining us today, Doctor Northrup.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 83 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 12.
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Coming today in Sports,
Steve Mason will introduce us to a basketball player some people are calling the best in the ODAC.
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The NASCAR community- is again stepping up to do its part for many of our troops who already are on the move for the military.
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Monday night the group of well wishers, including Ernie Irvan, Mike Wallace, Humpy Wheeler and Richard Childress gathered at the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte before heading overseas.
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The group of NASCAR folks plans to make stops at American bases in Italy, Germany, England and Bosnia.
The Roanoke Maroons basketball team swings back into action tonight at Eastern Mennonite.
The team has been led by Robby Pridgen this year.
Steve Mason has more on his connection to the nation's prep king.
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((STEVE MASON:ROBBY PRIDGEN AND LEBRON JAMES, THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER IN THE NATION, HAVE A FEW THINGS IN COMMON. ROBBY PLAYED AT SAINT VINCENT SAINT MARY, THE SAME SCHOOL LEBRON PLAYS FOR RIGHT NOW. THE TWO KNOW EACH OTHER, AND HAVE PLAYED AGAINST ONE ANOTHER, BUT ROBBY HAS BECOME ARGUABLY THE ODAC'S BEST PLAYER ON HIS OWN.))
((Robby bleeds maroon and white, but he also wears his heart on his sleeve, a saint Vincent-saint Mary varsity jacket. He graduated in 1997 before LeBron James.
Pridgen has followed this year's expected number one NBA draft pick. He feels for LeBron, who was cleared yesterday after an investigation into how he obtained a 50 thousand dollar Hummer H2. Unlike most who have monitored James story from a far, Robby has a much closer connection to Lebron.
While he respects LeBron's game, Robby's idol is former Maroon Hilliary Scott. Pridgen hopes to become an Al-American like Scott and has worked on developing into not only a complete player, but a complete person.
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Pridgen, who is second in the ODAC in scoring, third in three point percentage and first in free throws, hopes to play pro basketball overseas. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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