A suspect is in custody in South Korea-- police believe he's responsible for setting fire to a subway train, killing more than 100 people.
And, we'll get an update on road condition here, as remnants of the winter storm leaves travelers stranded throughout the Northeast.
Drier air's slowly moving into the region. Will we see the sunshine. I'll let you know in the forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
V-DOT says the region's main roads are in pretty good shape, but that is not the case for other routes.
People there may be stuck for another day or so.
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The main roads are mostly clear, but it may take a few days and some warmer weather before we see improvements on the secondary roads.
VDOT says its having trouble plowing the more than 72-hundred miles of secondary roads in our district, because the ice is so packed down.
Instead, most trucks are dropping gravel, sand and salt ON TOP of the ice.
Road crews are asking residents to be patient as they try to get to their streets.
They're working 24-hour shifts to get the roads in shape for drivers.
The storm being dubbed "The Beast in the East" is still living up to its nickname.
Manuel Gallegus is in New York with the latest on the big clean-up.
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(nat of shovel)
THE BLIZZARD OF 2003 HIT THE MASSACHUSETTS AREA LASTAND PETER FINE WAS
READY FOR IT, UP BEFORE THE SUN TO CLEAR IT AWAY.
(SOT: Peter Fine/Shoveling Snow)
Its not the end of the world. Weve had worse.
BUT MANY WOULD JUST FLAT OUT DISAGREE. IN MARYLAND, HUMVEES TOOK POLICE
TO WORK BECAUSE BACK ROADS ARE STILL IMPASSABLE.
IN NEW YORK, SOME 15 HUNDRED PLOWS AND 3 HUNDRED SALT TRUCKS WORKED
THROUGH THE NIGHT TO TACKLE THE CITYS 6-THOUSAND MILES OF ROAD. AND IN
BOSTON, THE STORM IS ALREADY ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS--MORE THAN
27-INCHES OF SNOW.
(nat of lines at DC airport)
AIRPORTS ALL ALONG THE NORTHEAST ARE FILLED WITH STRANDED
TRAVELERSANXIOUS FOR THEIR FLIGHTS TO LEAVE AND FOR A WARM BED.
(SOT: Kathy Ludwiczak/Traveler)
First plane just went out. Were excited.
THE STORM WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE WORST IN DECADES. SINCE LEAVING
THE MIDWEST, ITS CLAIMED MORE THAN 25 LIVESMOST OF THEM IN ACCIDENTS.
TROOPERS IN THE NEW ENGLAND AREA WARN THE ROADS ARE WORSE THAN THEY
(SOT: Sue Harbour/New Hampshire Trooper)
If you dont have to go to work, youre not essential personel, we
recommend that you stay home.
AND THATS JUST WHAT GOVERNEMENT WORKERS IN WASHINGTON D-C ARE DOING
TODAY. BUT OTHERS ARENT SO LUCKY. IN NEW YORK CITY, WORKERS BRAVED
THE STREETS AND THE MASS TRASIT.
(commuter, no name)
Id rather deal with the snow than have to deal with my boss and all the
phone calls hell give me today.
(Not verbatim:Winter storm warning remains in effect for parts of
Connecticut, Massachusetts and rhode island with biggest damage expected
from costal flooding. Manuel Gallegus, Cbs news.)
New jobs are coming to Roanoke City and County.
Vidette Group, a technology sales firm, will move into the InSystems Technologies building in downtown Roanoke.
They will hire up to 100 people within five-months, according to a state government source.
Meanwhile, many more jobs are said to be coming to Roanoke County.
Those will be manufacturing positions.
Governor Mark Warner will provide more details on both projects with official announcements tomorrow.
In South Korea, it's believed that around 120 people were killed in a subway fire that was set intentionally.
But officials say it could take weeks for D-N-A tests to determine the exact number of deaths.
Barry Petersen reports.
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It was, on a Tuesday morning, the most routine of things to do in a city
- ride the subway.
Then a man reportedly poured a liquid from a milk carton and lit it
igniting a hellish inferno from which - for many - there was simply no
For hours, firefighters crawled down into the smoke bringing out the
lucky, hunting the dead.
In an eerie and sad reminder of what happened in the US on 9 -11, people
with cell phones called loved ones one man begging his wife help me
there's a fire and the doors are locked.
(suspect on stretcher)
Authorities arrested a man at the scene believed to be the arsonist.He
was rushed to a hospital for treatment and for a psychiatric examination.
(burned out subway cars)
To answer the question that all over South Korea today they are asking
why would anyone do something so horrible, and so murderous.
Barry Petersen, CBS news, Tokyo.
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Next on News 7 at Noon, a teenager is not expected to survive after she is mistakenly given the wrong organs during transplant surgery at Duke Hospital.
Also attorneys for a Chicago nightclub says a remark about terrorism led to a stampede that killed more than 20 people.
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As investigators try to get to the bottom of the deadly stampede at a Chicago nightclub, the club's attorney says the incident may have come after someone shouted a warning about a terrorist attack.
Now, the club's owner could face criminal charges.
Club- goers panicked and rushed to the only exit after someone sprayed pepper spray or mace late Sunday night.
21- people were trampled to death.
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Chicago officials are threatening criminal charges against the owner, saying the club was supposed to be closed under a court order because of safety violations.
But an attorney for the club says his client had a deal to keep its doors open.
He says the city also knew that the club was operating.
President Bush says taking no action could be far worse than taking military action against Iraq.
Bush says a weekend of anti- war protests haven't changed his mind.
He says he "respectfully disagrees" with those who don't believe Saddam Hussein is a threat.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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A mistake at Duke University Hospital has put a 17- year- old's life in jeopardy.
Jesica Santillan (sahn-TEE-yahn) received a heart and lung transplant from a donor with a different blood type.
Authorities say she's in critical condition.
Family members say Jesica isn't expected to live more than a few days.
Officials at the hospital in Durham are calling the mixup ``a
The girl's family was told a "clerical error" allowed her name to come up on a list of possible recipients.
The hospital, meanwhile, vows to create additional safeguards.
A man from Eagle Rock has died following a collision with a propane truck.
70-year old Isaac Merchant's pickup truck collided with the tanker on Route 220 in Botetourt County yesterday afternoon.
He died about 90 minutes later.
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((TROOPER RUSTY LAMBERT/STATE POLICE; I DON'T THINK IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ROADS BEING WET. I JUST THINK THAT THE DRIVER OF THE PICKUP TRUCK MAY HAVE FELL ASLEEP OR SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper Rusty Lambert/State Police]
[OUT Q=ASLEEP OR SOMETHING]
State police say it appears Merchant veered into the opposite lane, and sideswiped the propane truck.
The propane truck flipped onto its side and it began leaking small amounts of propane.
Police say there was no danger.
The driver of the propane truck was not seriously hurt.
A man Danville police say shot two people ended up killing himself after a lengthy standoff yesterday.
36-year-old Darin Edward Barksdale was suspected of shooting two people in a home on Swanson Street early Sunday.
Barksdale later called police from the Travel Inn on West Main Street and authorities, with the help of a family member, tried to negotiate his surrender.
Barksdale reportedly cut off communications Sunday night and officers kept surveillance on his room until about noon yesterday.
That's when police found Barksdale dead on the bed from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The two people he reportedly shot remain hospitalized.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will let us know when we can expect a thaw,
Then a little later, promoters worry about the stability of boxer Mike Tyson after he cancels his latest comeback attempt.
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As the fight against AIDS enters its third decade, researchers are beginning to rethink conventional wisdom.
In the U-S alone, women account for one out of every three new H-I-V cases.
Dr. Sean Kenniff takes a look at the issue of women and clinical trials.
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[SUPER=07-Bridget Tuch; :05]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Donna Mildvan/Beth Israel Medical Center; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/Reporting; 1:34]
(((LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY)
THIS SIMPLE OFFICE HAS BECOME A HOME-AWAY FROM HOME (NAT)FOR BRIDGET
SOT: BRIDGET TUCH
ALL I REALLY KNEW ABOUT HIV WAS-WHEN YOU GET AIDS-YOU DIE.
SHE ALSO KNEW BACK THEN--- THE GAY COMMUNITY COULD HELP.
I WANTED TO BE AROUND THOSE THAT KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON.
SO.... SHE FOLLOWED SOME MEN SHE KNEW HAD HIV - TO A CLINIC...AND GOT
HERSELF IN A CLINICAL TRIAL BASED IN THAT SIMPLE OFFICE AT BETH ISRAEL
MEDICAL CTR. IN NY . BUT AS WE ENTER THE 3RD DECADE OF AIDSBRIDGETS
STORY HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY RARE (NAT)
ARMED WITH A NUMBER OF APPROVED MEDICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF
HIV-AIDS, DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERS LIKE DONNA MILDVAN (MILD-VAN) ARE
SEEING FEWER PEOPLE VOLUNTEER FOR CLINICAL TRIALSESPECIALLY MINORITY
WOMEN---WHO ARE QUICKLY BECOMING THE NEW FACE OF AIDS IN THE
U-S...ACCOUNTING FOR AN ESTIMATED 30-PERCENT OF --NEW-- HIV INFECTIONS.
SIMPLY PUT...CLINICAL TRIALS ARE OFTEN THE BEST WAY TO BEAT DISEASES.
SOT: DR. DONNA MILDVAN/CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL
NOBODY KNOWS THIS STORY.//ITS THE BEST KEPT SECRET AROUND.
STANDUP: A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. BECAUSE SOMETIMES CLINICAL
TRIALS CAN PROVIDE TOMORROW'S CURE...TODAY. AND MOST DOCTORS SAY THEY
REMAIN THE SINGLE BEST WAY TO ACCESS LEADING EXPERTS...AND LEADING
SOT: DR. MILDVAN
YOUVE GOT ACCESS TO THE MOST CURRENT, THE MOST CUTTING EDGE NOT ONLY
BUT WOMEN OFTEN THINK OF THEMSELVES LAST...AND MANY MINORITY WOMEN DON'T
HAVE COMPUTERS...SO ACCESS TO TRIALS IS LIMITED.
YET INFORMATION IS WHAT HELPED BRIDGET PLOT HER SURVIVAL STRATEGY.
SHE'S BEEN ABLE TO WATCH HER TWIN BOYS GROW UP AND ONE -- HEAD OUT TO
KUWAIT....WAR IS NOW HER BIGGEST WORRY.
DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.
State Senators are considering a bill that would allow local school boards to implement
four-day weeks at schools.
The House of Delegates already passed the bill.
More than 100 school districts in several western and midwestern states are experimenting with four-day weeks this year, and more are considering it for next school year.
Supporters say the schedule saves money for the district immediately, by cutting food services, transportation costs and other overhead by 20 percent.
The average school day would be lengthened from six hours to seven, to meet state requirements of 990 hours of instruction each year.
But Governor Mark Warner says four-day weeks might compromise educational standards.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 130 points. The NASDAQ has gained 23.
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Coming up in sports,
Steve Mason talks to the owner of the Roanoke Express about rumors that the team is up for sale.
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Mike Tyson has cancelled his latest attempt at a comeback.
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His heavyweight fight with Clifford Etienne was postponed on Monday.
The former-champion says he had the flu and is not fit to fight.
Concerns the bout might be in jeopardy surfaced last week, when Tyson missed three days of training at his Las Vegas camp, saying he was ill.
Tyson' behaviour had grown increasingly erratic in the weeks leading up to the fight.
There have been reports that the former champion recently had a large tattoo put on the left side of his face.
She might be the only woman alive who could scare Mike Tyson.
Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding is preparing for her first professional boxing match in Memphis.
Harding is supposed to fight another first-time pro boxer Samantha Browning.
The female fight was scheduled to be the under card for Tyson and Clifford Etienne.
Harding says once it's rescheduled, her first fight will be a stepping stone to a professional career in the ring.
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[IN Q=My whole life]
((TONYA HARDING/BOXER:MY WHOLE LIFE I'VE BEEN FIGHTING TO WANT TO BELONG, WANTED PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN ME AND WHAT I CAN DO. AND MY TRAINERS AND MY PROMOTERS, THEY BELIEVE IN ME AND IT'S GREAT. IT'S A GREAT FEELING. ))
[OUT Q=it's a great feeling.]
Harding's fight will be rescheduled for sometime in the near future.
The Roanoke Express seems to be sold on new coach Tony McCaulay, but the question yesterday was, is the team just plain SOLD?
Steve Mason sat down with owner Ashby Coleman to clear the ice.
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[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Interim Head Coach; 1:55]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((Express owner Ashby Coleman spent part of a snowy Monday preparing on ice signage that will be installed under the Roanoke Civic Center ice this week. The graphics promote next seasons ticket sales. But the Augusta Chronicle, a newspaper out of Georgia reports that the Express is on the market for 600 thousand dollars and that one potential buyer, an Augusta businessman told the Chronicle that he and a small group of investors are putting together a strong bid to purchase the Express and relocate the team to Savannah for the 2003-2004 season.
((ASHBY COLEMAN:EXPRESS OWNER:))
The newspaper article also said that the Express could suspend operations or fold after the season unless a new buyer is found. Coleman did say the team is losing money but that the ownership group is working hard to sell more tickets.
((STEVE MASON:THE ECHL IS ALSO HELPING THE EXPRESS. EACH MOTH, THE EXPRESS JOIN S LEAGUE PRESIDENT BRIAN MCKENNA AND THE OTHER ECHL TEAMS ON A CONFERENCE CALL TO TALK ABOUT TICKET PROMOTIONS. ONE IDEA SUBMITTED BY ONE OF THE TEAMS IS ALREADY GOING INTO AFFECT FOR THE EXPRESS.))
The Express has also already submitted dates for next years season to the ECHL. Next season, the Express should have 25 Friday and Saturday dates, four more than this season. There is change on the ice. Express goalie Sebastian Laplante was called up to AHL Norfolk late Monday afternoon because the Admirals back up goalie is sick. Evan Lindsay steps into a starting role to replace a hot Laplante.
The Express is looking for a temporary goalie to back up Lindsay. Steve Mason News7 sports))
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