A Norfolk Southern train derailed this morning just outside the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, injuring two railroad employees.
We'll have details, up next.
And, officials say a new statement from Osama bin Laden suggests that he has connections to Iraq.
Snow showers move back into the mountains as the rest of us will see a mix of sun and clouds. I'll have your hometown forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Two people were slightly injured when a train derailed this morning in Pulaski County.
It happened around three-thirty near the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
The Norfolk Southern train was carrying limestone and grain, when about 13-hopper cars fell off track.
Haz-mat crews are now at the scene cleaning up a small amount of oil that leaked from a derailed engine.
Norfolk Southern investigators are trying to determine the cause of the derailment.
A bomb threat shut down Pulaski County High School this morning.
A school official says an anonymous caller made the threat just after 8 am.
Students went to the gym, and then were sent home for the day because it was going to take a while to do a complete search of the school.
The world apparently hasn't heard the last word from Osama bin Laden.
Secretary of State Colin Powell told a Senate panel that a statement the U-S believes is
from bin Laden will appear on an Arab T-V station today.
In it, Bin Laden reportedly says that he's a partner of Iraq.
Meanwhile, the disagreement continues over whether war should be declared against Iraq.
And several of America's allies are NOT standing alongside the U-S.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Washington.
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((NATO IS IN CRISIS AFTER THREE MEMBERS BLOCKED PLANS TO HELP PROTECT
TURKEY IN THE EVENT OF WAR. AFTER POSTPONING AN EMERGENCY MEETING,
DIPLOMATS ARE NOW STRUGGLING TO TRY TO FIND A COMPROMISE BETWEEN FRANCE,
GERMANY AND BELGIUM AND THE REST OF THE ALLIANCE.
THE SPLIT HAS OUTRAGED ALLIES WHO SAY IT DEVALUES NATO'S "ALL-FOR-ONE,
ONE-FOR-ALL" PLEDGE... AND SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL TO SADDAM HUSSEIN.
THERE'S ALSO A RIFT AT THE U-N. FRANCE AND RUSSIA BOTH FAVOR CONTINUED
INSPECTIONS AND DIPLOMACY OVER WAR... AND BOTH HAVE VETO POWER IN THE
COME FRIDAY, WHEN INSPECTORS REPORT THEIR FINDINGS TO THE COUNCIL, THAT
COULD SQUASH U.S HOPES FOR A NEW RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MILITARY ACTION
TESTIFYING ON CAPITOL HILL TODAY, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL
CONTINUED HIS INDICTMENT OF IRAQ
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BUT HIS TRUE CHALLENGE ISNT CONVINCING LAWMAKERSITS THE REST OF THE
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Concerns about terrorism extend across the Atlantic--
Great Britain is preparing for a possible terrorist attack.
More than 400 British soldiers have been drafted to provide extra security at London's Heathrow Airport, as well as at a number of other sites around the city.
The "precautionary measure" is linked to a new fear that al
Qaida could use the end of a Muslim festival as a trigger for more attacks.
The state Supreme Court made history today.
Leroy Rountree Hassell became the first black chief justice for the court.
The Norfolk native was chosen by his fellow justices to become the state's 24th chief justice.
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Still to come, Archaelogists believe they have dug up a little dirt on one of the leaders of early Jamestown...
and the Academy Award nominations are out. We'll see who has a date with Oscar after the break.
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An abandoned factory in Lynchburg may soon be embarking on a new life.
Six years after it closed, the old Allen Morrison industrial site could become a recreational spot..
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(( Its closing in 1997 surprised everyone, including the 100 employees who worked there.
It wasn't long after the Allen-Morrison sign company went out of business that the city learned there were major problems with the abandoned property.
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The E-P-A was called in to remove some of the more dangerous chemicals that had been left behind.
But over the last four years the 17-acre site has fallen steadily into disrepair.. and continues to be an eyesore to the neighborhood.
((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: THERE'S NO ISSUE THAT WE'RE AWARE OF OF ANY ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD. WE'RE CONCERNED NOW THAT THE BUILDINGS ARE OPEN, THERE'S SOME ROOF DAMAGE TO SOME. WE'VE GOTTEN SOME INDICATIONS THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME TRESPASSING IN THE BUILDINGS AND WE THINK THE BUILDINGS NEED TO BE SECURED, NEED TO BE CLEANED OUT, AND THEN HOPEFULLY PUT INTO PRODUCTIVE REUSE.))
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The now-defunct Allen-Morrison company owes Lynchburg more than 200-thousand dollars in back taxes.
With its former owners nowhere to be found, city council will decide Tuesday whether to condemn the property and take it over for city use.
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The Roanoke Civic Center says it's a business issue.
The facility wants to lure additional concerts and money to Roanoke by selling more alcohol.
But opponents say it would only lure more problems.
Last night-- a crowd of more than 200- gathered at Hollins Road Baptist Church to discuss the issue.
Opponents say the city is putting money ahead of moral values and plan to fight the civic center's request for a new A-B-C license when a hearing is held February 20th.
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A representative from the Civic Center was on hand to answer questions.
Chip Snead explained that the facility currently sells beer at professional sporting events-- but would like to sell beer and wine at other events to remain competitive.
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Snead says the civic center is NOT interested in selling alcohol at children's events-- or concerts where most of the crowd is under the age of 21.
The movie musical, "Chicago" has blown into Tinseltown, leading the pack with 13 Oscar nominations.
Chris Lawrence has a look at all the films and stars who are up for Academy Awards this year.
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In the hearts of Academy voters, the second city is first.
The musical topped all contenders with 13 nominations including one
surprise supporting actress..Queen Latifah
Baby, you couldnt buy that kind of publicity!
and nods for Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellwegger
They love me!
Joining Chicago on the Best Picture list are: The Hours, Gangs of New
York, The Two Towers and The Pianist. Jack Nicholson earned his 12th
Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor in About Schmidt. Hes
competing with Adrien Brody, Michael Caine, Daniel Day Lewis and Nicolas
Cage in Adaptation.
You seem chipper. Im good.
Best actress nominees include Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, Salma
Hayek, Diane Lane, and Julianne Moore whos got good odds to go home a
But she shouldnt be having also been nominated for Best Supporting
Actress in Far from Heaven.
What do you mean whos it for?
Meryl Streep was shut out for best actress in the hours but did pick up
a supporting nod in Adaptation. That puts her in the record books as the
most nominated actor ever.
I didnt do as well as Id hoped.
That should have been Richard Geres line as the only major actor in
Chicago without a nomination. And the winners will have to wait about
six weeks to find out who wins.
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And for those of you on the East Coast, heres a presidential promise:
Youll know the Best Picture winner before the clock strikes twelve.
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Archaeologists working at Jamestown believe they have found the remains of Caprtain Barthomew Gosnold.
He was one of the driving forces behind the first permanent English settlement in America.
In December, researchers found the skeleton of a high-ranking male colonist buried inside the historic fort at Jamestown.
Researchers say the skeleton is in ``remarkable'' condition, and that D-N-A tests will be performed to try and verify the identity.
Gosnold was the captain of one of the three ships that landed at Jamestown and the architect of the fort there.
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Coming up next, a former member of the Jackson Five comes forward to defend his brother's reputation.
Also we'll tell you why one Japanese cleaner is going to the dogs.
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Michael Jackson is fighting back after a tell- all documentary aired last week.
The pop star says he plans to release his own video tape that shows the reporter actually complimenting his parenting skills.
Meanwhile, Jackson's older brother, Marlon, who didn't watch the interview, is speaking out in defense of Michael.
He criticized the media's treatment of his brother, especially regarding his close relationships with children.
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Marlon added that the public wants a "Jackon Fix," but should instead focus on more important issues, like the impending war with Iraq.
In this country, you'd get into trouble for putting your pet inside a washing machine.
But in western Japan, a pet laundromat is the latest luxury for dog owners.
It allows pooches to get a bath, while people wait for their clothes to get washed at the adjacent laundromat.
Jets of warm, soapy water bathe the dog and massage the dirt, fleas and ticks away.
After the washing is done, warm air swirls throughout the cubicle,
drying the canine customer.
The result is a sweet- smelling, fluffy dog.
While owners claim to love the convenience, some of their pets seem to be eager for the ordeal to end.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 12 points. The NASDAQ has GAINED 7.
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Coming up in sports, a big name from the world of professional wrestling has died.
Plus Travis Wells will tell us why a pole at the Daytona 500 could mean a lot of green for one driver.
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The professional wrestler known as "Mr. Perfect" has been found dead in a hotel room in Florida.
A hotel housekeeper found 44 year old Curt Hennig yesterday afternoon.
He was scheduled to appear at the Florida State Fair in Tampa last night.
His body has been turned over to the medical examiner's office, and the sheriff's office is conducting an investigation.
Hennig had worked for the World Wrestling Federation, and most recently wrestled for Jimmy Hart All-Star Wrestling.
Hart says he had dinner with Hennig and his wife Sunday night, and the wrestler seemed healthy and in good spirits.
He says Hennig was a great showman.
A dark horse named Green became an "instant messenger" for AOL yesterday, as Jeff Green won the pole for the Daytona 500.
Travis Wells has more on yesterday's time trials from Daytona.
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Ricky Rudd - in his first try for the Wood Brothers- was a solid fifth, and he will start third in the first Twin on Thursday.
Hampden-Sydney improved to 22 and OH with a 71-63 win over Roanoke last night.
Steve Mason has a recap from the Bast Center.
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