A huge fire at a nightclub in Rhode Island early this morning has killed at least 10 and possibly, as many as 20 people.
A West Warwick town official says more than 160 people have been taken to hospitals.
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This video was taken inside the club, during a concert by the rock group, Great White, when something apparently went wrong with a pyro-technics display.
The whole building went up in flames.
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((ANYBODY IN HERE?))
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Meanwhile, Great White singer Jack Russell told a local T-V station that he checked with the club's manager before the show and got a go- ahead for the fireworks.
He says the place went up "like the Fourth of July."
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It took twelve hours from beginning to end, a marathon hearing in which the civic center made the case for a new A-B-C license, and opponents argued it's a bad idea.
Joe Dashiell has more on the debate over a plan to sell beer and wine at more civic center events.
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark Washington/Hollins Road Baptist Church; :00]
[SUPER=01-Raphael Ferris/Civic Center's Attorney; :38]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Juan Barr/Midland Baptist Church; :52]
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((REV. MARK WASHINGTON/HOLLINS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: I DIDN'T HEAR THEM ADDRESSING OUR CONCERNS ABOUT REGARDING SOME OF THE SAFETY ISSUES, SOME OF THE ISSUES ABOUT DRUNKENESS INSIDE THE ARENA, AND I THINK IT'S JUST REALLY SAD.))
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Opponents said a prayer before the hearing and offered a parade of witnesses who questioned the civic center's record on drug and alcohol violations... most notably last November when the remaining members of the Grateful Dead played the civic center as the Other Ones.
But civic center officials argued their experience with that event, and the facility's overall record were much better than critics claim.
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((RAPHAEL FERRIS/CIVIC CENTER'S ATTORNEY: NO ARRESTS AT ALCOHOL RELATED EVENTS. ARRESTS IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF THE CIVIC CENTER A FACILITY THAT'S HANDLING OVER ONE MILLION PATRONS IN A TWO YEAR PERIOD, SO WE BELIEVE THAT THE RECORD IS EXCELLENT.))
((REV. JUAN BARR/MIDLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: I THINK THE JUDGE IS GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING, AND LOOK AT IT REAL CAREFULLY BEFORE HE RENDERS HIS DECISION. OF COURSE WE HOPE HE'LL RENDER IN OUR FAVOR, BUT WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THAT DECISION.))
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The hearing officer said he will consider all of the evidence and put his ruling in writing... and we're told to expect it within 30 days.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[VA-Budget]
House and Senate budget negotiators are scheduled to resume talks today after ending another late night without reaching agreement.
Four senators and five delegates began talks Sunday afternoon to smooth differences between the House and Senate budget bills.
If NO agreement is reached by day's end, the session will NOT end on schedule tomorrow and will continue into next week.
The Virginia Department of Health is investigating five mysterious deaths involving children.
This is one of the kids who died in the Tidewater area.
The children are all under the age of seven and the deaths ocurred within the past five days.
Four of the children are from the Tidewater area, and one is from the Richmond area.
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((ROBERT STROUBE: FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD SO FAR MOST OF THEM HAD COLD LIKE SYMPTONS UPPER RESPIROTARY INFECT, SORE THROATS, OR EAR ACHE, NOTHING VERY SERIOUS, JUST THE NORMAL TYPE STUFF KIDS GET.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Stroube/State Health Commissioner;]
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But apparently it was serious since five children have died.
(Strew-bee) Stroube says however it is very unlikely that this is due to bioterrorism.
The state's medical examiner's office and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the deaths.
Police are hoping someone's seen a missing West Virginia woman in this area.
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46-year old Lory Ann Keaton's been missing from Gary, West Virginia since late January.
Police found her dog earlier this month in Salem.
She was last known to be driving a red 1998 Grand Marquis.
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Anyone who's seen her is asked to call Crimeline at 344-8500.
The Bush administration now says it could be Monday when the U-N Security Council receives a resolution authorizing force against Saddam Hussein.
However, most of the 15 council members are opposed to war.
Meanwhile, the Iraqis are allowing U- 2 surveillance planes to fly over the country.
Leaders have also submitted a list of people reportedly involved in the destruction of banned weapons.
However, a U-N spokesman says Saddam still is NOT cooperating fully.
In business news, With the propect of war in Iraq and instability in Venezuela, the price at the pump continues to surge.
Experts warn prices could get higher as both political situations and the weather heat up.
A gallon of gas has risen 56- cents since the beginning of the year.
But because whole gas prices have increased just 14- cents over the same period, some consumers suspect oil companies are trying to cash in.
Meanwhile, lawmakers are calling for an investigation.
Job cuts in Tidewater Virginia means more jobs here.
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Phone and internet provider Ntelos says it will close one of its three call centers in Virginia.
The Portsmouth location will shut down in June or July, eliminating 100 jobs.
Seventy of those jobs will be transferred to NTelos' Daleville location and thirty will go to Waynesboro.
The company will hold a job fair February 28th and March 1st.
A company spokesman says the move is an operational cost-saving measure.
NTelos is struggling with debt and just this week missed scheduled annual interest payments totaling 24-point-6 million dollars.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
The wait is finally over for Bedford-area residents who have their D-M-V service center back.
The office was one of twelve in the state to close last fall because of state budget cuts.
But pressure from the public forced lawmakers to find the money to re-open the customer service centers.
People were lined up an hour early in Bedford this morning.
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(( KATHY ORANGE-KING/DMV CUSTOMER: I'M REALLY GLAD THAT WE GOT THIS BACK HERE IN BEDFORD AND I'M SURE THAT ALL THE FOLKS HERE IN BEDFORD ARE AS GLAD AS I AM. I KNOW WHEN YOU'RE HAVING TO GO TO ROANOKE, THERE'S A LONG WAIT. SOME PEOPLE ARE WAITING AS LONG AS EIGHT HOURS JUST TO GET RENEWALS AND THAT'S A LONG WAIT FOR EVERYBODY. SO I'M REALLY PLEASED AND I'M SURE EVERYBODY HERE IN BEDFORD IS PLEASED TOO.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Orange-King/DMV Customer]
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Bedford's D-M-V hours will remain the same, but the office will be closed on Wednesdays.
Rocky Mount's office should re-open next month.
Couples in the Roanoke Valley who need medical assistance conceiving a child will no longer have to travel outside of the region.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center is starting an assisted fertility program in April.
The program will offer couples all types of advanced treatments for male and female infertility including in-vitro fertilization.
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((DR. MARWAN SHAYKH/FERTILITY SPECIALIST; THE TECHNOLOGY IS AVAILABLE, PATIENTS HAVE TO BE PERSISTENT AND IF THEY'RE PERSISTENT THEIR CHANCES FOR PREGNANCY IN GENERAL ARE VERY GOOD. BUT AGAIN THAT DEPENDS ON MANY FACTORS))
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Lewis-Gale Medical Center says it wanted to open a fertility clinic in the area because it found that dozens of couples were traveling hours away for the service.
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((BOB LINDSEY/LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CENTER; WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO BRING IT HERE BECAUSE OF THE DRIVING DISTANCE. THIS IS A VERY EMOTIONAL ISSUE AND DRIVING IS JUST ANOTHER STRESS THAT THEY PLACE UPON A COUPLE))
[SUPER=01-Bob Lindsey/Lewis-Gale Medical Center]
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Lewis-Gale Medical Center is already accepting appointments for the assisted fertility program. For more information you can call 1-888-633-9944 or
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you can find a link to the Medical Center's web page on our web site.
Teenagers and food normally go hand in hand, but not THIS weekend.
The Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision is sponsoring a fast for American teens, who will consume only water and fruit juice.
Organizers say the 30- Hour Famine will raise awareness about world hunger and money for relief efforts.
The teens will donate the money they would have spent on food for themselves.
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Authorities are not sure what started a fire in a vacant house this morning.
Firefighters were called to the 12-hundred block of Dale Avenue in Roanoke around 4 A-M.
They were concerned that the blaze would spread to nearby houses, and one did suffer minor damage.
No one was injured.
Authorities are investigating.
Robins are popping up all over the state, but biologists say that doesn't mean spring is here.
V-C-U biologist Charles Blem says it's NOT true that robins are a harbinger of spring.
They like to eat worms and insects and tend to hover near the``frost line,'' where the ground is soft.
That means if the ground is frozen in New Jersey, but soft here, the robins wait here.
If the ground freezes in Virginia, they may move south or southeast.
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