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A shooting at a Roanoke home during the early morning hours leaves four people dead.
Some children are among the victims.
Joe Dashiell has a live report, coming up.
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And, Saddam Hussein makes another appearance on Iraqi T-V, urging his people to strike back at coalition forces.
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Clouds are on the increase as a cold front heads our way. What does that mean for your weekend plans. I'll let you know in your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Some Roanoke residents are stunned after they wake up to news of four murders in their neighborhood.
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A shooting early this morning in the city of Roanoke has claimed four lives and a fifth person is in the hospital with serious injuries.
Police also confirm they have a suspect in custody.
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Joe Dashiell is on Madison Avenue this afternoon with more details. Joe what can you tell us?
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((ROLLCUE:..the whole neighborhood is greiving this afternoon.))
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As U-S forces settled in at the newly- named Baghdad International Airport, Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi television.
It's an appearance that seems to confirm that he survived the bunker attack on him.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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IT IS THE MOST CONVINCING EVIDENCE YET THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN IS STILL ALIVE, A SPEECH ON IRAQI TV REFERRING TO THE DOWNING AN AMERICAN APACHE HELICOPTER TWO WEEKS AGO. WHILE IT'S NOT KNOWN WHETHER THE SPEECH WAS LIVE OR TAPED, IT IS APPARENT HE SURVIVED THE ATTACK ON HIS BUNKER THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE WAR.

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WHILE U.S. TROOPS ROUND UP PRISONERS AND SECURE REMOTE AREAS, COMBAT ENGINEERS ARE ALREADY REPAIRING RUNWAYS AT THE NEWLY-NAMED "BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT".

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"WE COULD USE IT FOR TACTICAL U.S. ARMY AIRCRAFT AS SOON AS TODAY IF THAT WAS THE DESIRE."
TROOPS OF THE 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION FOUGHT THEIR WAY INTO THIS FACILITY OVERNIGHT ... CAPTURING IT MUCH QUICKER THAN ANYONE EXPECTED.

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"THE AMOUNT OF FORCE WE ENCOUNTERED THERE WAS NOT INTENSE IN TERMS OF THE NATURE OF THE FIGHTING."

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THE IRAQI ARMY APPEARS TO BE CRUMBLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND U-S MARINES HAVE REPORTEDLY WIPED OUT THE NIDA DIVISION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD ... AS THEY PUSH TOWARD BAGHDAD. SOLDIERS, BY THE THOUSANDS, ARE SURRENDERING.

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"JUST LAST NIGHT A REPORT OF ABOUT 2500 SOLDIERS FROM THE BAGHDAD DIVISION, SURRENDERING, STRIPPING OFF THEIR UNIFORMS."
NORTHWEST OF BAGHDAD ANOTHER SUICIDE BOMBING HAS KILLED TWO CIVILIANS AND THREE COALITION SOLDIERS.

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"A VEHICLE APPROACHED THE CHECKPOINT, A WOMAN WHO APPEARED TO BE PREGNANT, EXITED THE VEHICLE SCREAMING FOR ASSISTANCE IN SOME DEGREE OF DISTRESS..AS FORCES BEGAN TO APPROACH, SHE AND THE VEHICLE WERE DETONATED."

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STANDUP: And a startling discovery today just south of Baghdad. U-S troops found thousands of boxes of white powder, nerve agent antidote, and Arabic instructions on chemical warfare. After initial testing, the white powder is believed to be explosives. Teri Okita, CBS News, Kuwait. ))

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Two central Virginia men are headed to prison for their role in an interstate drug trafficking operation.
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42-year-old Wayne H. Wood Junior was given a two-year prison term in federal court today.
Wood was one of six men arrested last summer after a lengthy undercover investigation.
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((DON WOLTHUIS/ASSISTANT U. S. ATTORNEY: THERE WAS A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS FROM LYNCHBURG THAT WAS TRAVELING REGULARLY TO ARIZONA BRINGING BACK MULTIPLE-POUND QUANTITIES OF MARIJUANA, HALF POUND AND POUND QUANTITIES OF METHAMPHETAMINE, HALF KILOS AND KILOS OF COCAINE, PRETTY MUCH ON A MONTHLY BASIS GOING BACK FROM THE LATE '90'S ALL THE WAY TO THEIR ARRESTS IN 2002.))
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46-year-old Michael Edward Cheek also was sentenced today.. he got a 44-month prison term.
Two other defendants: 51-year-old Fernando Valenzuela and his 32-year-old son Ariel, are due in court this afternoon.
A fifth suspect: 47-year-old Kenneth Bradley Creger will be sentenced later this month.

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An armed robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from a Lynchburg convenience store last night.
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Authorities say the suspect robbed the Quik-E store on Fort Avenue around 11:30.
After showing a gun and demanding money, he ordered the employees to lie down on the floor while he ran from the scene.
He's described as a black male, six feet tall with medium build.. he had gray facial hair and was wearing a wig.
Employees thought the man was in his late 40's or early 50's.
Anyone with information should contact the Lynchburg police.
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Coming up next on the newscast, two explosions hit an American military base overseas.
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Plus a plane has apparently struck a building in Massachusetts.
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Authorities says a small plane has crashed into a building in Massachusetts.
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There is no word yet on any injuries, but the crash occured around 9:30 in Leominster (Lemon- stir).
That is about 35 miles northwest of Boston.
Witnesses say a small jet crashed into an industrial building, sparking a huge fireball.
There were six people on the plane.
Pam Costa, a receptionist at a nearby company, said the plane flew over so low that people joked it was going to land on the floor.
Moments later, she said she looked out the window in time to see fire fill the skies.
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Three tour buses crashed this morning near Orlando, Florida, injuring nearly 60 students.
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The buses were carrying high school band students from Edgewood, Maryland.
They were traveling to Orlando for a band festival.
Authorities say one of the buses had stopped for traffic on an interstate when it was rear- ended by the second bus.

A THIRD bus then hit them both.
Two of the students are said to be in critical condition, dozens of others received minor injuries.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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An American soldier, his wife, and child are dead.
But their deaths had nothing to do with the ongoing war.
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The soldier, based out of Washington State was killed earlier this week in a car crash in Oregon.
Yesterday, military officials found the bodies of the soldier's 17- year- old wife and two- year- old son in the family's apartment.
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The local sheriff's department says both had been killed, and apparently had been dead for several days.
The 21- year- old soldier is at the center of the investigation.
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Police haven't yet released the names of soldier or his family.
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Two loud explosions have been heard outside the gates of a U-S military base near Tokyo.
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It was the latest in a series of attacks against American interests.
The blasts happened last night just outside the U-S Naval Air Facility.
Authorities say no one was injured.
Japanese police say the attack might have been one by local radicals, who are opposed to the war in Iraq.
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The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will roll on this year.
But officials say the event will be much smaller than in years past because of war- related concerns.
It'll be held the Monday after Easter, but will be limited to 12- thousand children.
In the past, upwards of 40- thousand kids have taken part.
Tickets will only go to the families of military personnel.
The Easter Egg Roll has been a White House tradition since 1878.

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Former P-O-W Private Jessica Lynch had more surgery this morning in Germany.
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Three days after her dramatic rescue in Iraq, doctors say Jessica has no gunshot or stab wounds.
But the 19- year- old does have a cut and multiple broken bones.
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Her father says Jessica is improving, and that she's in great spirits.
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((GREG LYNCH, SR./JESSICA'S FATHER:SHE TOLD US THAT THIS MORNING THEY WOULD BE DOING THE OPERATION ON HER LEGS AND ARM AND IT WOULD BE A PEA CAST LIKE SHE HAD IN THIRD GRADE AND I SAID "WELL GREAT!" ))
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Reports in "The Washington Post" and "U-S-A Today" say that it was an Iraqi attorney who told U-S forces where Jessica was, before American troops rescued her from an Iraqi hospital.
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A jury in Minnesota has cleared former major leaguer Kirby Puckett of charges of assault and sexual misconduct.
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Jurors reached the verdict in Minneapolis yesterday.
The former Twins star was accused of dragging a women into a men's room at a restaurant.
The victim says Puckett grabbed her breast and forced her into a stall.
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The woman who brought the charges says she doesn't regret accusing Puckett.
She also says she hopes it will help prevent assaults against other women.
Prosecutors say they knew convicting Puckett would be difficult.
One juror says the prosecution lacked evidence.
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Next on the newscast, Leo will let us know if the nice weather will stick around for the weekend.
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Plus a zoo in Australia welcomes a couple of redheaded twins.
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You can visit this set of twins in Australia, but you can't get too close.
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Australia's world famous Taronga Zoo is home to new Red Panda twins.
They were born in December, and are a sub- species of pandas found in southwestern China.
The red panda lives primarily in the bamboo forests of the Himalayan mountains.
Like Giant Pandas, they have an extra thumb to help them hold bamboo shoots.
Zookeepers say the twins were numbers 39 and 40 for Taronga Zoo, which started its red panda breeding program in 1977.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 23 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 10.

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It's "Play Ball" once again in Salem. Just ahead in sports, the Avalanche prepares for opening night.
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But first, if the Roanoke Express is going to advance in the playoffs, the team will first have to get by the Generals.
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The Express hopes to erase the memory of a 7-2 loss to Greensboro tonight in game two against the Generals.
Steve Mason has a recap of the opening game of their E-C-H-L playoff series.
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((The Generals began the post season riding a seven game win streak and claimed to be a a different team from the one that was 3 and 4 against Roanoke in the regular season. ((ROCCO SCARFONE/GREENSBORO GENERALS OWNER:))
Both goalies took turns making strong saves in net and Evan Lindsay and the Express went into intermission trailing 1-nothing. ((STEVE MASON:)) The night was summed up for Roanoke on this Mike Bayrack's goal. Two Express players collide as the generals score. Brad Essex went down but did return. Chad Mazurak scored one of only two goals for Roanoke as Berthiaume shut the door for a team on a mission. ((:))
If there is a game five, it will be played April ninth at 8:30 at the Triangle SportsPlex which is located about 40 minutes from the Greensboro Coliseum. Steve M ason news 7 sports.))

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St. John's is the new N-I-T champion, winning an all Big-East final that went down to the final buzzer.
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St. John's Elijah Ingram stepped to the line with a one point lead and 4 point 1 seconds to play.
He made both free throws to give the Red Storm a three point lead on the Hoyas. Georgetown 's Tony Bethel missed a final three- pointer that would have tied things, and the Red Storm wins the NIT title 70-to-67.
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The search for a coach is over at Virginia Tech.
Now the search for a winning basketball program at Tech can resume. And leading that effort is Seth Greenberg, who leaves South Florida for a six year contract worth 429-thousand dollars a year. Travis Wells has more on his hiring.
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It's back to baseball for the Salem Avalanche. The Carolina League team begins play this year as a Houston Astros affiliate, and its opening game is set for tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium. The Avalanche will take on the Potomac Cannons.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7-05 PM.


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