Firefighters battle another blaze at Dublin United Methodist church.
It's the second of two fires that have broken out this month.
As New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens tells us, many people in the community say they want some answers.
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[IN Q=RESIDENTS IN THE AREA]
[SUPER=01-Freda Hubble/Former Church Member; :10]
[SUPER=01-Bob Brouse/Church Member; :19]
[SUPER=01-Mary Trueheart/Lives Nearby; :32]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, DUBLIN]
((Residents in the area stood by in shock as they watched firefighters battle yet another blaze at the Dublin United Methodist Church.
((FREDA: IT'S VERY EMOTIONAL TO SEE THIS AND TO GO THROUGH IT ONCE AND THINK EVERYTHING'S OKAY AND NOW TO HAPPEN AGAIN ONLY IT'S A LOT WORSE 57))
((EVERYBODY'S JUST SHOOK UP AND THIS IS MUCH WORSE THIS TIME THAN THE LAST TIME 4737))
Officials say the fire started around four Monday afternoon, in the oldest section of the church, the same area that caught fire earlier this month.
((WHEN WE GOT DOWN HERE THE FLAMES WAS SHOOTING OUT OF THE TOP OF IT AND FIRE TRUCKS WERE COMING ON AS WE WERE COMING TOO 5033))
It took firefighters more than two hours to put out the blaze, but officials say it may be some time before they can determine what started it or if the fires were connected.
Residents, however, are already calling it suspicious.
((MOSTLY PEOPLE SAYING THAT SOMEONE STARTED IT AND WANTED TO FINISH IT 4407))
(( SOMEONE SICK THEY WOULD HAVE TO 4446THIS CHURCH IS A COMMIUNITY CHURCH HELPS EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY I JUST CAN'T SEE ANYONE TRYING TO DO ANY HARM TO THE CHURCH 4453))
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Dublin.))
The Dublin United Methodist church is one of that oldest in the area, built back in the late 1800s.
Iraq's former oil minister, also known as the six of spades in the deck of the most wanted, has surrendered to American forces.
U-S officials say Amer Rashid Muhammad al-Ubaydi (BY- dee) could provide information about weapons of mass destruction.
At one time, he handled Iraq's weapons delivery systems.
His wife, who's still at large, is known as "Doctor Germ,"a micro- biologist.
Meanwhile, it's still unclear if Saddam Hussein is dead or alive.
While two attacks targeted Saddam and his sons, there are reports the two sons are still alive.
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[IN Q=We get reports]
((BUFORD BLOUND/3RD INFANTRY DIVISION COMMANDER: WE GET REPORTS THAT WE SAW HIM ON THE STREET, NOT SADDAM, BUT THE SON, SOME OF THE SONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN SEEN. ))
[SUPER=201-Buford Blount/3rd Infantry Division Commander;]
[OUT Q=to have been seen.]
Whether or not Saddam and his sons are alive, the new interim government could take control of Iraq in just over a month.
Virginia state officials hope to put the wham on "spam".
Governor Warner and Attorney General Kilgore will travel to A-O-L headquarters in northern Virginia today, where Warner will sign what is called the toughest anti-spam law in the country.
If you have a computer with e-mail, you probably know all about spam which is all those unwanted ads.
For Internet providers and businesses, it's much more than a nuisance.
The annual cost to transmit all the messages, and in lost productivity nationwide, is estimated in the billions of dollars.
A Radford native who has spent his entire adult life working in the federal judicial system is in line to become the newest federal Judge in western Virginia.
Glen Conrad was nominated by President Bush yesterday to the U-S District bench.
Judge Conrad worked briefly as a federal probation officer in Abingdon before being named a U-S Magistrate in 1976.
He spent three years in Charlottesville, and has been THE federal magistrate judge in Roanoke since 1981.
Once he's confirmed by the Senate, Judge Conrad will fill the position created when Judge James Turk assumed senior status last year.
A former state senator was honored last night.
Shawsville Democrat Madison Marye retired last summer after serving the 39th Senate district for nearly thirty years.
Last night, a reception at the Art Museum of Western Virginia honored Marye's years of service.
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[IN Q=I miss being able]
((MADISON MARYE/RETIRING SENATOR: I MISS BEING ABLE TO STAND UP AND HAVE AN AUDIENCE TO VOICE MY OPINION, BULLY PULPIT JUST TALKING TO MYSELF DOESN'T HELP VERY MUCH SOMETIMES.))
[SUPER=01-Madison Marye/Retired State Senator]
[OUT Q=much sometimes]
Marye says he is disappointed that several races, including the one to replace Senator Bo Trumbo, currently have no Democratic candidates.
Lt. Governor Tim Kaine, who was on hand for last night's reception, says there's nothing to worry about it.
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[IN Q=There are couple]
((LT. GOV. TIM KAINE: THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED. I KNOW THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN DILIGENT IN TALKING WITH POTENTIAL CANDIDATES. REDISTRICTING TENDS TO MAKE DISTRICTS PRETTY MUCH ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BUT WE'LL HAVE A VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN FOR BO'S DISTRICT I AM SURE.))
[OUT Q=I am sure]
Marye says if he knew Bo Trumbo was retiring he would have considered running for Trumbo's seat, but says he has no regrets about retiring.
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A piece of World Trade Center history now stands tall in Salem.
Last night, several hundred people attended a ceremony to dedicate a memorial to the September 11th attacks.
The memorial is made up of twin beams from the 33rd to 36th floors of Tower One.
Located on the beams is a 60 foot flagpole topped with a gold covered eagle.
In front of the memorial is a plaque that lists the number of people who died in each attack.
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[IN Q=There was an attack]
((FLETCHER SMOAK/OLD VIRGINIA BRICK COMPANY: THERE WAS AN ATTACK ON NEW YORK, AND THERE WAS AN ATTACK ON WASHINGTON BUT IT WAS AN ATTACK ON ALL OF AMERICA, IT WAS AN ATTACK ON THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA AND WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING IN OUR OWN LITTLE WAY TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THIS COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Fletcher Smoak/Old Virginia Brick Company; ]
[OUT Q=for this country]
Old Virginia Brick Company spent nearly a hundred thousand dollars to obtain and ship the materials needed to build the memorial.
It is located on West Main Street in Salem and is open to the public from dawn until dusk.
In business news, better-than-expected earnings from McDonald's and an upbeat outlook from Procter and Gamble helped to boost stocks yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((WALL STREET WILL TRY TO KEEP ITS RECENT WINNING STREAK ALIVE. STOCKS KICKED
OFF THE TRADING WEEK IN HIGH GEAR.. BETTER THAN EXPECTED PROFITS FROM
MCDONALD'S AND PROCTER AND GAMBLE FUELED THE BUYING...
THE DOW RAN UP 165 POINTS
THE NASDAQ CLIMBED NEARLY 28 .. OR ABOUT 2 PERCENT.
WALL STREET BROKERAGE FIRMS RALLIED AFTER 10 OF STREET'S BIGGEST FIRMS
AGREED TO PAY 1.4 BLN DOLLARS TO THE GOVERNMENT TO SETTLE ACCUSATIONS OF
BIASED ANALYST RESEARCH.
CITIGROUP WILL PAY 400-MLN DOLLARS, THAT THE BIGGEST PENALTY.. MERRILL LYNCH
WILL PAY 200 MILLION WHILE JP MORGAN WILL PAY 20 MLN DOLLARS. The 10 firms
all agreed to the charges without admitting or denying wrongdoing.
INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS WHO WANT TO RECLAIM MONEY LOST DURING THE TECH BUBBLE
OF THE NINETIES CAN USE
SCORES OF EMAILS AND OTHER INTERNAL DOCUMENTS FROM THE INVESTIGATION AS
AMMUNITION IN CIVIL LAWSUITS.
MASTERCARD REACHED A LAST MINUTE SETTLEMENT WITH WALMART AND THOUSANDS OF
OTHER RETAILERS JUST BEFORE A MULTI BILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT OVER DEBIT CARD
FEES WAS SET TO GO TO TRIAL. DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT WERE NOT MADE
PUBLIC.. THOUSANDS OF MERCHANTS SUED VISA AND MASTERCARD FOR FORCING THEM
TO ACCEPT HIGHER FEE DEBIT CARDS AS A CONDITION OF TAKING CREDIT CARDS.
DEBIT CARDS USED WITH SIGNATURES CARRY FEES AS MUCH AS 15 TIMES HIGHER THAN
OTHER DEBIT CARDS. CO-DEFENDANT VISA DID NOT SETTLE THE SUIT AND PLANS TO GO
ON THE ECONOMIC CALENDAR TODAY.. A REPORT ON APRIL CONSUMER CONFIDENCE.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW
(tape tosses to stocks)
Today the Senate will get an update on efforts to fight SARS in the U-S, Canada, and worldwide.
It's been 20 days since the last case of SARS in Toronto.
Officials say that should be enough to get the World Health
Organization to lift its travel advisory.
Meanwhile, drug company Eli Lilly might have a medication that could combat SARS.
Xigris (ZY'-griss) was approved in 2001 to treat sepsis, a potentially fatal blood infection.
According to the company, some SARS patients show symptoms of sepsis in the latter stages of the infection.
A controversial vote on the morning after pill brought protest at James Madison University.
Yesterday, students demonstrated against a recent decision ending the distribution of emergency contraceptives at a university health center.
Students gathered on campus, and then walked to the office of Mark Obenshain, a Harrisonburg attorney and a member of the JMU Board of Visitors.
Protest organizers hope the board will reconsider.
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[IN Q=This past week]
((LEVAR STONEY/STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT: THIS PAST WEEK WE HAD OUR LARGEST PETITION DRIVE EVER. OVER 20 PERCENT OF THE CAMPUS SHOWED UP TO SIGN A PETITION. THAT'S MORE THAT ACTUALLY SHOW UP TO STUDENT ELECTIONS. SO THIS IS DEFINITELY A CONCERN TO MANY STUDENTS HERE AT JMU BECAUSE IT'S A SERVICE THAT MANY OF THEM USE.))
((MARK OBENSHAIN/JMU BOARD MEMBER: WE'RE GOING TO MAKE DECISIONS UPON WHICH STUDENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS GOING TO AGREE WITH, AND I'VE RECEIVED GREAT SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY, GREAT SUPPORT FROM STUDENTS, GREAT SUPPORT FROM PARENTS FOR THE DECISION OF THE BOARD AND THERE ARE CLEARLY DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON THE ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Levar Stoney/Student Government President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Obenshain/JMU Board Member; :17]
[OUT Q=clearly different opinions on the issue.]
Obenshain met with two student leaders for about 45 minutes, but told reporters he stands by the board's decision.
Organized prayer at the start of the evening meal at V-M-I is STILL un-Constitutional.
That's the decision yesterday from a federal appeals court.
The ruling upholds last year's injunction against Virginia Military Institute and its Superintendent.
General Josiah Bunting reinstated the "supper prayer" in 1995 to "build solidarity and bring the corps together as a family."
"In this context" though, the Court of Appeals said, "V-M-I's cadets are plainly coerced into participating in a religious exercise."
General Bunting had said the prayer was voluntary and cadets were free not to take part.
But a footnote to the 28-page published opinion said religious objectors run the risk of alienating themselves from the V-M-I community by not participating.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The trial of a Henry County couple charged with defrauding their church is under way in Lynchburg's federal court.
Terry Lynn Moore and his wife Myra are named in a six-count indictment accusing them of wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy.
Terry Moore is the former financial secretary of the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bassett.
Prosecutors say the Moores took advantage of poor record-keeping and a lack of financial oversight to embezzle close to 100-thousand dollars from the church over a six-year period.
Moore allegedly took out two credit cards in the church's name and used church funds to pay his telephone bill and education expenses.
Myra Moore also is accused of writing checks to herself from the church account.
Their attorneys say there were no written rules as to how Terry Moore could spend the church money and that the dispute arises more from personal disagreements within the congregation.
The trial is expected to last all week.
Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a Roanoke bank.
The suspect walked into the bank around noon yesterday and demanded money.
He was not wearing a mask and did not show a weapon.
[SUPER=04-Bank Surveillance Photo]
A bank surveillance camera recorded the incident on videotape. And the authorities released a copy of the tape yesterday evening.
Bank employees said the man stood about 5-7 to 5-8 and weighed 230 to 250 pounds, wore a dark navy blue wind breaker and dark denim pants.
It happened at F-N-B Southwest- -across from Crossroads Mall on Hershberger Road around 12:15 yesterday afternoon.
Police said the robber took the cash and ran, making his get- away on foot.
In business news,
Some of the largest firms on Wall Street have to pay up as part of a landmark settlement.
10- brokerages are being fined one- and- a- half BILLION dollars for deceiving people into buying bad stocks.
Analysts say the fines will dramatically change how firms do business.
However, in the settlement, no money will be returned to investors.
The chairman of the S-E-C says such abuses must never happen again.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.[Paws-Claws]
[GRAPHIC=Paws and Claws]
Recent advances in medication for arthritis have brought relief to millions of people.
Now the F-D-A has approved similar medicine for man's best friend.
[Take FS Paws and Claws]
In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, we'll learn more about the canine treatment.
Colleen Williams reports.
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[IN Q=Sometimes we]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Brian Beale/Houston Veterinarian; :30]
[SUPER=01-Desirae Beard/Rock's Owner; :53]
[SUPER=01-Colleen Williams/Reporting; 1:38]
[OUT Q=Colleen Williams, reporting.]
SOMETIMES WE CAN'T TELL BY LOOKING AT THEM BUT TEN MILLION DOGS IN THE U.S. SUFFER SILENTLY IN PAIN EVERY DAY. THE CAUSE? CANINE OSTEOARTHRITIS. FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS LIKE CELEBREX AND VIOXX HAVE REPRESENTED A BREAKTHROUGH IN ARTHRITIS PAIN CONTROL. FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS LIKE CELEBREX AND VIOXX HAVE REPRESENTED A BREAKTHROUGH IN ARTHRITIS PAIN CONTROL. NOW THE F-D-A'S APPROVAL OF DERAMAXX (DERACOXIB) PUTS THAT SAME REVOLUTIONARY CLASS OF NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS OR N-SAIDSINTO THE HANDS OF VETERINARIANSTO HELP OUR DOGS.
CANINE ARTHRITIS PAIN EXPERT DOCTOR BRIAN BEALE SAYS ADVANCES IN CONTROLLING ARTHRITIS PAIN AND INFLAMMATION STAND AS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW MEDICAL RESEARCH FOR HUMANS ALSO HELPS PETS.
sot dr beale --arthritis affects dogs in a similar fashion to people. it occurs very frequently -about one out of every
five dogs gets arthritis. it causes the same excruciating pain. it also develops in the same manner. the process of inflammation is very, very similar and thus the type of drugs we use to treat this condition in man will also work in dogs
MEET ROCKTHIS NINE-YEAR-OLD LAB MIX IS ONE OF THE "ONE IN FIVE" ADULT DOGS SUFFERING FROM ARTHRITIS.
sot desirae beard (rock's owner)-- we came home one afternoon and noticed that he was favoring a front leg. he didn't
want to walk on it at all. and so we decided to take him into the veterinarian and see if we could do something.
A BRIEF EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT ROCK HAS ARTHRITIS IN HIS "ELBOW."
JUST AS IN HUMANS, ARTHRITIS IS NOT SELECTIVE ABOUT WHICH DOGS IT ATTACKS.
WHILE OLDER DOGS ARE MORE PRONE TO THE DISEASE, ARTHRITIS CAN STRIKE ANY DOG, ANY BREED, AT ANY AGE. BUT THE SIGNS OF PAIN ARE OFTEN SIMILAR.
sot dr. beale --they act like they are getting old. they may act like they are slowing down. they may have trouble ris
ing from a sitting or lying position, or trouble getting into cars or going up stairs.
AT A CLINICDOGS ARE OFTEN DISTRACTED FROM SHOWING THE SIGNS OF ARTHRITIS PAIN, SO IT'S UP TO YOU AS A PET OWNER TO RECOGNIZE THEM. AND IF YOU SEE THE SIGNS, GO A VETERINARIAN FOR TREATMENT. FOR ROCK, THAT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
sot desirae beard-- It's great to have him back to his old self. He's back to being part of our family again.
Colleen Williams reporting.
News 7 Mornin will be right back.
(Kim tosses to bump)
The director of a unique treatment for war veterans says reinforcements are being called in.
Yesterday, dozens of protestors hoisted signs outside the VA Medical Center in Salem in support of its treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
They say they're concerned years of cutbacks in funding and staffing are taking a toll.
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[IN Q=I'd like to see them professionaly...]
((REX WOOD/VETERAN: I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM PROFESSIONALLY STAFF THE PROGRAM. THEY SAY THE PROGRAM IS ONE OF THE CROWN JEWELS OF THE SYSTEM AS FAR AS TREATING POST TRAUMATIC STRESS. I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM LIVE UP TO THAT COMMITMENT.))
[OUT Q=live up to that commmitment.]
[VO NAT :08]
Wood says the counseling, which includes role-playing and group therapy, makes it possible for many veterans to function in normal society.
Yesterday, Wood met with Bob Cox, the program's director, who blames the short staffing on retirement and military deployment.
Cox says more employees will be hired.