Up next on News 7--
We'll have information about a major ground beef recall.
Kroger store officials say more than 100- thousand pounds of the meat has already been sold.
And a Texas man is arraigned today in the murders of his three small children.
One of the children had been decapitated.
As the sun continues to rise in the late winter sky the temperatures will climb right along with it. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
106-thousand pounds of ground beef sold at Kroger stores are being recalled because they may be contaminated with E-coli.
The beef was produced at an American Foods Group Ohio plant on January 24th.
Kroger says all of it has already been sold.
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The recall includes ground beef in one, two and three pound foam trays AND ground hamburger patties.
The beef has the code numbers 3-0-2-4 and 3-0-2-5 below the Kroger logo.
Customers can return the beef to the store where they bought it for a refund.
You can also call American Foods Customer Hotline for more information at 1 - 800 - 829 - 2838.
The Health Department officials say there have been no reports of E-coli infection.
They remind you that all beef should be cooked to 160 degrees Farenheit until it's brown or grey to kill E-coli bacteria.
As President Bush continues lobbying for support on Iraq, his closest ally is trying to sell some new ideas to the U-N.
Britain and the U-S are finding that compromise may be the only way to salvage their tough stance on disarming Saddam Hussein.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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((SCRAMBLING TO GAIN THE SUPPORT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL, BRITISH PRIME
MINISTER TONY BLAIR IS REVISING THE LATEST RESOLUTION CALLING FOR
MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ. AMONG SIX NEW CONDITIONS SADDAM HUSSEIN
MUST MEET TO AVOID WAR. A TELEVISED DECLARATION THAT HE WILL GIVE UP
HIDDEN WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. HE MUST ALSO MUST ALLOW 30
SCIENTISTS TO TRAVEL TO CYPRUS TO BE INTERVIEWED, AND ACCOUNT FOR AN
AERIAL DRONE DISCOVERED BY INSPECTORS.
(SOT)TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINSTER
What we are looking at is whether we can set out a very clear set of
tests for Iraq to meet in order to demonstrate that it is in full
compliance, not partial compliance but full compliance.
AS THE DEBATE CONTINUES AT THE U.N, CANADA IS NOW CALLING FOR A THREE
WEEK DEADLINE FOR SADDAM TO DISARM. WITH A VOTE TO COME THIS WEEK, THE
BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS INDICATED THERES A LITTLE WIGGLE ROOM TO THE
MARCH 17TH DEADLINE BUT NOT MUCH.
BUT INTERNATIONAL OPPOSITION IS HOLDING STEADY. THE EUROPEAN UNION WARNS
EUROPE MIGHT WITHOLD FUNDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION IF THE U.S GOES AT IT
(SOT)CHRIS PATTEN/EU COMMISSIONER
"It's hard to build democracy at the barrel of a gun when history
suggests that it's more usually the product of long internal development
within a society.
EVEN AS WEAPONS INSPECTORS CONTINUED TO SEARCH FOR WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION, THE U.N STEPPED UP THE EVACUATION OF NON-ESSENTIAL STAFF
FROM THE KUWAIT-IRAQ BOARDER, FEARING AN OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES.
THERE WILL NOT BE A VOTE TODAY BUT THE SECURITY COUNCIL COULD VOTE ON
THE RESOLUTION TOMORROW... FRIDAY THE LATEST. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS,
A frightening ordeal appears to be winding down at a high-rise bank building in Miami that was evacuated this morning..
Police were called to the MetroBank building today after a security guard confronted a couple of burglary suspects.
The building was locked down, and workers were told to stay in their offices -- as police went through to see if the suspects were still there.
Authorities now say there's a good chance the pair fled.
There are no reports of any injuries.
The bank is located on one of Miami's busiest streets, which was blocked off, making morning rush hour a mess.
The father of three children who were found murdered in Brownsville, Texas was arraigned this morning.
Police say he's confessed to the killings.
Both parents were taken into custody last night after the children's bodies were discovered in a rundown apartment.
A one- year- old had been decapitated.
Police say the other two children had been stuffed inside garbage bags.
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((CARLOS GARCIA/BROWNSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: NOT IN THE 22 YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN HERE HAVE I BEEN INVOLVED IN SUCH AN INVESTIGATION LIKE THIS." ))
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All three children were under five years old.
Police say they'd apparently been dead since Monday.
Authorities were called to the apartment after a neighbor stopped by and discovered the children's bodies.
The government of Serbia is meeting in emergency session after today's assassination of its prime minister.
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Police sources say gunmen today ambushed Zoran Djindjic (JIHN'-jihch) outside the government complex in Belgrade.
The 50- year- old was fatally shot in the back and abdomen.
Witnesses say two suspects were arrested.
He made enemies because of his pro-reformist and Western stands.
Djindjic (JIHN- jihch) was also a key leader in the revolt that toppled former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000.
There's confirmation from the Army that 11 soldiers died and two others were seriously injured in yesterday's Black Hawk helicopter crash.
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The military is still investigating what caused the chopper to go down while returning from a routine training mission in upstate New York.
Colonel Robert Caslen is chief of staff of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.
He offered an update on the two soldiers who survived the crash.
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The Army isn't releasing the names of the victims, because their families haven't yet been notified.
He first tried marijuana at the age of eleven and was mainlining drugs by age twelve.
Later, Leifel (luh-FELL) Jackson was one of Little Rock, Arkansas's most ruthless gang leaders.. a life that eventually landed him in prison.
Jackson is sharing his story with the youth of Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Albert Jennings/Lynchburg Anti-Gang Assistant; :55]
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(( He couldn't read or write but he was a gang-banging, drug-dealing millionaire whose way of life was featured on an H-B-O special ten years ago.
But Leifel Jackson was lucky...instead of ending up on the wrong end of a gun, he was sent to prison.. and that's where his life turned around.
((I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU KIDS HOW BEING A GANG LEADER OR A GANG MEMBER, HOW YOUR PROMISES ARE ALL ILLUSIONS..))
Jackson now takes his anti-gang message to communities around the country.. his latest stop here at Lynchburg's Jubilee Family Development Center, where his stories of gang life and death held the attention of a crowd of several hundred young people and their parents.
Jackson says if parents aren't more involved in their kids' lives, gang members will be.
((WE HAVE TO STOP LETTING PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE DICTATING TO US WHO OUR CHILDREN ARE..))
((ALBERT JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG ANTI-GANG ASSISTANT: LISTENING TO LEIFEL'S TRUE EXPERIENCES I THINK SHOOK SOME OF US UP. THAT IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS, WE AS PARENTS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, POLICE.. WE'RE CREATING GANGS BY NOT DEALING WITH THE ISSUE, GETTING TO KNOW OUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS.))
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The city has begun dealing with the issue: these Safe City Forums were begun last fall following a rash of gang violence in the Hill City.
((LEIFEL JACKSON/FORMER GANG LEADER: IT'S OUTSTANDING THAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH IT RIGHT AT THE CENTER. THEY'RE NOT JUST WAITING TILL IT JUST BLOW OUT OF PROPORTION, THEY'RE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW AND THAT IS OUTSTANDING.))
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Jackson takes his message to the Lynchburg city schools on Wednesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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Still to come on the newscast, another state lawmaker says she will not run for re-election.
Plus we will tell you why one company is pulling its electric car off the streets.
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Officials are still searching for the cause of a fire
that destroyed a trailer in Montgomery County last night.
No one was at the home on North Fork Road when the blaze broke out last night.
The mobile home was already engulfed when firefighters got there.
The General Assembly's lone black Republican says she won't seek a second term.
Delegate Winsome Sears of Norfolk was the first black Republican woman elected to the General Assembly.
She said yesterday that God told her to run back then and that God's telling her to get out now.
When General Motors announced it was producing an electric car, it called it the automobile of the future.
But it will soon become a thing of the past.
John Blackstone has more.
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Coming up after the break, Leo will have our detailed forecast,
Plus he's not exactly a chimp off the old block, but he's close.
We'll meet the latest addition to the Big Apple, in just a moment.
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In a matter of days, a Franklin County couple will bid a final farewell to part of their family.
One of their prize winning stallions is about to make his way on a trip- across the Atlantic.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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(( Six year old "Cruiser" is enjoying one of his last days here at the family farm in Ferrum.
Later this week-- the prize winning Percheron will leave the quiet countryside for a new life in France.
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(( SALLY MOORE/HORSE BREEDER: HE'S SWEET BUT HE'S YOUNG SO, HE'S ENERGETIC AND ACTIVE, BUT HE'S A VERY SWEET HORSE BASICALLY.))
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In fact, it's those very qualities that Sally Moore and her husband suspect led the French government to select their horse from among 14 others for breeding.
Percherons are actually a French breed, but in France the draft horses are built slightly different.
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((WE'VE DEVELOPED A MORE ATHLETIC BREED OF THE HORSE HERE AND THE FRENCH ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING SOME OF THAT ATHLETIC ABILITY BACK INTO THE HORSES THAT THEY'RE RAISING IN FRANCE.))
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In France, Percherons have long been used for farm work but the French are hoping the American qualities will help their horses succeed in another line of work.
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((FOR THE FARM WORK A SLOW HEAVY HORSE IS FINE, BUT FOR CARRIAGE DRIVING AND PULLING WAGONS AND THAT SORT OF THING YOU NEED A MORE ENERGETIC ATHLETIC HORSE, SO THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO CREATE.))
[out q= to create.]
The Moores acknowledge the deal has come at an awkward time in terms of relations between the American and French government-- but prefer to think about the positive.
((YES, IT'S AN HONOR AND HE'LL HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE IN FRANCE AT ONE OF THE FRENCH NATIONAL STUD FARMS. Laughter. ))
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The Moores will say bon voyage Thursday or Friday.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Ferrum. ))
A-O-L members have chosen the name of a New York City newborn--
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It's a baby gorilla, the 54th gorilla born in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.
The name Zola was the name of choice, garnering 33 percent of the online vote.
Zola may sound like a girl's name, but he's definitely a boy.
The gorillas are among the most popular inhabitants at the zoo.
Aside from visitors, Zola will have plenty of other company.
There are six other young gorillas in the exhibit, creating their own gorilla romper room.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 65 points. The NASDAQ has lost 10 points.
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Coming up today in Sports, the Express gets involved in a shootout...
and we'll take a look at how the team is getting along with the new head coach.
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The Roanoke Express came out on the short end of a shootout last night, falling to Charlotte 5-to-4.
Despite the setback, interim head coach Tony McAulay has to be given credit for keeping this team in contention.
Steve Mason has more on the coach's first 42 days on the job.
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((STEVE MASON/SINCE TAKING OVER THE TEAM AS INTERIM HEAD COACH in LATE JANUARY TONY MACUALAY HAS POSTED A RECORD OF 8-3 AND 2, NOT BAD FOR A FORMER HIGH SCHOOL AND CANADIAN JUNIORS COACH RUNNING HIS FIRST ECHL TEAM FROM THE BENCH. HOW IS HE DOING IT? BY SHOWING RESPECT, HE HAS EARNED THE LOYALTY OF HIS PLAYERS.))
((The panic began almost immediately after Perry Florio was fired. The Express was losing one of the top young coaches in the league, not to mention one heck of a recruiter of young talent, for someone with no ECHL head coaching experience.
((JASON JAFFRAY/EXPRESS LEADING SCORER:))
The Express is playing inspired hockey, losing only three times in the teams last 13 games.
((TONY MACAULAY/EXPRESS INTERIM HEAD COACH:))
While MacAulay refuses to take credit for the teams success, the players are linking their solid play to their coach.
((RICK KOWALSKY/EXPRESS RIGHT WING:))
MacAulay's quiet confidence has even the Express veterans believing that, with the continued solid play in goal, this team could erase longtime memories of early post season exits.
((MIKE PERON/SIXTH SEASON WITH EXPRESS:))
the Express begins a four game home stand Tuesday night at the Roanoke Civic Center against Charlotte. Steve Mason Round House Wrap Up.))
There was a BIG upset last night in the BIG East women's title game.
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Villanova, playing much like the Wildcat men did against Georgetown in the 1985 national title game, slowed the tempo significantly last night on the mighty Huskies, and as result stayed in the game from start to finish.
The key for Nova was a 17-to-2 run that erased a nine point deficit.
During that span, senior Nicole Druckenmiller, the sister, of former Hokie Jim Druckenmiller scored 11 points.
Villanova snaps UConn's 70 game winning streak and wins the Big East tournament title 52-to-48.
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