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Black smoke is filling the air over New York today after an explosion at an oil refinery on Staten Island.
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And at least 60 people are confirmed dead after a nightclub fire in Rhode Island.
A live update is next.
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Rain moves into the area could it cause some flooding problems. I'll let you know in your hometown forecast..
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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Tragedy at a rock concert in Rhode Island--
The death toll has climbed to at least 60, though officials say that number could grow higher.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A nightclub in the town of West Warwick, Rhode Island went up in flames early this morning.
A pyro-technics display got out of hand during a Great White concert.
Firefighters say the club was engulfed in flames within just three minutes.
Officials say the building had passed a recent fire inspection, but did NOT have a permit for pyro-technics.
Police say charges are likely against the club's owners.
Christina Hager is at the scene in West Warwick this afternoon, and joins us now with the latest.
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AS FIREFIGHTERS AND RESCUE CREWS PICK THROUGH THE RUMBLE THAT WAS A CROWDED WARICK RHODE ISLAND NIGHTCLUB... EVERYONE IS ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PYROTECHNICS DISPLAY THAT OPENED THE SHOW LAST NIGHT. DOZENS WERE KILLED...OVER A HUNDRED INJURED.

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A explosion at an oil refinery on Staten Island is sending flames and black smoke hundreds of feet into the air over New York.
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The blast happened at Port Mobile in the southwestern part of the island.
New York Fire Chief William Van Wart says a preliminary report indicates a tanker was transferring cargo or being fueled -- and somehow ignited.
No injuries have been immediately reported.
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the situation, but an F-B-I spokesman in Newark, New Jersey says there's no sign of terrorism.
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Fire destroyed an abandoned house in South East Roanoke this morning.
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The fire broke out around 4-o'clock on the 12-hundred block of Dale Avenue, and it took firefighters more than an hour to put out the blaze. Two buildings next door suffered minor exterior damage, and there were no injuries as a result of the blaze. Damage to the vacant structure was estimated at about 50-thousand dollars. The fire is still under investigation.
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Teams of doctors and epidemiologists are investigating the deaths of 5 children in Virginia since Saturday.
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All of the deaths have come in children under the age of 8. Authorities say it is very unlikely the deaths are linked to bioterrorism, and are looking into the cause. Meanwhile, state officials say the deaths could have been mere chance, and may not be connected in any way.
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Four of the deaths happened in the Tidewater region, while another death occurred in Richmond.

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At first, it was a another chance to live.
Now, a setback for the teenager who received her second double transplant in two weeks.
Doctors at Duke University Medical Center say the girl's brain is swelling, and the condition could be life- threatening.
Stacy Case reports from Durham, North Carolina.
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THREATENING COMPLICATION FOR THE 17 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO'S CLINGING TO LIFE AFTER A 2ND DOUBLE TRANSPLANT. DOCTORS AT DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER SAY A 3AM BRAIN SCAN SHOWS JESICA SANTILLIAN'S BRAIN IS SWELLING.
SUPER: MACK MAHONEY/FAMILY SPOKESMAN "THEY TOLD US THIS WAS A POSSIBILITY. WE'VE HIT A BUMP, HOPEFULLY IT WON'T BE A BIG BUMP."
TRACK: DOCTORS SAY IF THEY AREN'T ABLE TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE, JESICA COULD SUFFER BRAIN DAMAGE OR EVEN BRAIN DEATH. jESSICA'S FAMILY IS ASKING FOR HELP.
SUPER: AMERICA SANTILLAN/JESSICA'S COUSIN "I ASK THE COMMUNITY FOR PRAYERS FOR JESSICA."
TRACK: JESICA'S JOURNEY GOES BACK YEARS. THE MEXICAN GIRL CAME TO THIS COUNTRY TRYING TO FIND A HEART AND LUNGS TO KEEP HER ALIVE. DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS TRANSPLANT INSTITUTIONS IN THE COUNTRY, FOUND THOSE ORGANS. BUT DUKE SAYS THE TRANSPLANT SURGEON FAILED TO VERIFY THE BLOOD TYPE. TYPE A ORGANS WERE PUT INTO JESICA'S TYPE O BODY. A NEAR FATAL MISTAKE-- A RARE MISTAKE....
THEN SOMETHING EVEN MORE RARE--- A 2ND TRANSPLANT FOR JESICA IN AS

MANY WEEKS.
SUPER: MAHONEY AGAIN "THAT'S A TOUGH LITTLE GIRL DON'T UNDERESTIMATE HER."
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AT THE SAME TIME STRUGGLING TO KEEP JESICA ALIVE. THEY'VE ADMITTED THE FIRST TRANSPLANT WAS A MISTAKE. NOW EVERYONE'S WAITING TO SEE IF THE SECOND CAME TOO LATE. STACY CASE, CBS NEWS, DURHAM, NC. ))

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After five days of heated debates, divided sides and deadlocked budget negotiations, the House and Senate budget negotiators have reached an agreement. The revised budget includes two-point-two-five percent pay raises for public school teachers and state employees
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- but NO money for private, non-profit cultural, historic and educational organizations. The stalemate ended this morning, with both sides divided over funding for "non-state agencies" The House pushed for three-point six million dollars for nonprofit groups - but the deal apparently contains NO money for the groups. The compromise means the General Assembly could still adjourn tomorrow as scheduled.
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The Roanoke County school system has decided how to handle lost time from the bad weather this winter.
Students will have class on Memorial Day, to make-up the day they were out this week.
If school is cancelled again, students will lose part of their spring break in April.
In that situation, Memorial Day will once again be a day off. And a previously scheduled make-up day in June will be cancelled.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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the U-N is trying to make it easier to evacuate its personnel in the event of war in Iraq.
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The Bush administration is getting signals that Turkey is willing to TALK TURKEY now, about allowing the U-S to stage a northern front in a possible war with Iraq.
Elizabeth Sanchez reports from Washington.
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(( After driving a hard bargain, Turkey is a step closer to allowing U-S troops to use the country as a Northern staging area. Although no final agreement has been reached, both sides say they're close on an aid package they've been wrangling over for weeks.

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"We are continuing our discussions, and I think we are continuing to overcome obstacles between us and that's good."
Track: The U-S's latest offer was a package of $6 billion in grants and $20 billion in loan guarantees in exchange for passage of U-S troops across it's territory. Once the deal is settled with Turkey..... the next step toward war is getting a final resolution through the U-N.

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there is a moral dimension: if we fail to disarm peacefully, where does that leave un?
But with France and other countries continuing to say there's no need for war there may not be enough votes. Nevertheless, U-S troops continue heading to the Iraqi region. And Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the military is ready if the Presidents gives the go ahead.
Stand UP: The U-N is pulling some people out of Iraq. A U-N official says half of the organization's humanitarian staff has left Iraq in the last two weeks -- on the recommendation of headquarters. Elizabeth Sanchez CBS News Washington ))

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R and B singer R- Kelly is again in the spotlight for something other than his music.
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Police have raided his Chicago recording studio.
It's part of an investigation into a complaint that Kelly allegedly sexually abused a 24- year- old woman there earlier this week.
The singer's already facing a 21- count child pornography indictment in Chicago, related to a video tape allegedly showing him taking part in sex acts with a minor.
He's also facing separate charges of child pornography in Florida.
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Among all the recent Presidential campaign announcements, there's one familiar face that WON'T likely be joining them.
Republican Senator John McCain says he's running for a fourth term, essentially ruling out another bid for the Presidency.
McCain says he decided after his unsuccessful 2000 bid, that he didn't want to be remembered as someone who stayed in office too long.
But he says the nation's struggle to recover from the terrorist attacks has convinced him there's a lot more work to do.

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Authorities are asking Valley residents for help in solving the case of a missing West Virginia woman.
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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. [TAKE CRIMELINE FS]
Anyone who's seen her is asked to call Crimeline at 344-8500.
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An apparent case of road rage gets a local man in trouble. We'll have that story after the break.
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Plus we'll tell you why authorities in California are looking for a monkey escape artist.
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A man from Goodview admits he assaulted 15 cyclists last Setember on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
33-year old Gary Hamilton pled guilty to attacking the riders after they argued over who had the right to the road.
Hamilton drove up quickly in a red Mitsubishi behind the group on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
He honked his horn at the group, and drove very close to them, then threw a hat and sunglasses at one of the cyclists.
Prosecutors say that both Hamilton and the group eventually stopped at an overlook, where Hamilton told the group that he had something under his seat that would take care of all of them.
Some of the riders thought Hamilton might have a gun under the seat.
He'll be sentenced May 1st.

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She might have been trying to escape a little "monkey business."
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University of California at Davis police are looking for a monkey that escaped from a research facility at the school.
She was supposed to be part of a breeding colony.
The two- year- old female escaped the day before Valentine's Day, while a handler was cleaning her cage.
Handlers searched the building, but couldn't find her.
They say the monkey may still be on the 300- acre grounds of the primate center, because alarms on the fence haven't been triggered.
Others, meanwhile, believe it's possible the monkey escaped through the sewer system.
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University officials say the primate is worth five-thousand-dollars, and is an important part of their research efforts.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has gained 83 points. The NASDQ is up nine.

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NASCAR may get on Mother Nature's bad side again this weekend. We'll explain after the break.
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Also former Roanoke Express head coach Perry Florio has a new job and its in a place were ice is a way of life.
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On the ice - some hardwater a long way from here. Wednesday night, former Express head coach Perry Florio was named the interim head coach of Alaskas Anchorage Aces.
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Florio got the call late Wednesday night, and left Roanoke yesterday morning at 6:45. He was in the air for over 9 hours before touching down in Anchorage last night. He is now in charge of the state's only pro sports' team. But he will have to work some magic in the next seven weeks. The Aces are in the last place in the West Coast Hockey League with 12 wins and 39 losses. And he'll barely have time to shower, shave and change clothes.
His first game as head coach is tonight at home against Idaho.
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Now that Annika Sorenstam has announced her intention to play in a man's event, a man wants to play in the WOMEN'S U-S Open.
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The bottom line on the woman - is that she can play with the best of them. Sorenstam is the Tiger of the LPGA. She has 42 career wins - and her appearance in the Colonial in May will mark the first time since 1945, that a woman has played in a men's tour event.
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31 year old Brian Kontak is trying to play in the women's U.S. Open this year in Oregon. Kontak has five wins in Canada, but missed getting his PGA Tour card this year.
His friends say he just wants the publicity. He may get into the Women's Open because it is a USGA event, however, he will not be on the LPGA tour anytime soon.
Their rules say you must be born a female to play on tour.

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The Winston Circuit hopes to avoid the rain as it brings the tour to North Carolina tomorrow.
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If the one mile long track somehow avoids the wet stuff - they'll need to be on the look- out for the young driver with the "right stuff." Matt Kenseth won the Subway 400 last February at the Rock, and then went on to win a total of five races. Does being the defending champ make it easier this weekend?
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The forecast has rain moving in today, thunderstorms tomorrow, and maybe the rain ending on Sunday
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