A historic church in Dublin burns twice in less than a month.
Now investigators are looking for answers.
A live update, is next.
And it's not something you hear about every day-- an earthquake hits Alabama.
A mix of sun and clouds will be with us through the afternoon with an outside chance for an isolated thundershowers. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Invesitgators want to know what caused a Dublin landmark to burn for the second time in less than a month.
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It happened yesterday at the Dublin United Methodist Church on East Main. The church was heavily damaged for the second time in three weeks.
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New River Valley newsroom chief Myranda Stephens is at the church with more.
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Anti- American sentiment is growing in Iraq, as soldiers open fire on an angry crowd of protestors.
An Iraqi hospital says 13 people were killed.
Teri Okita has more on that and other developments from Baghdad.
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TRACK: Angry Iraqis buried their dead ... following a shooting west of
Baghdad overnight. It happened during an anti-American protest. The
U-S military says troops fired in self-defense after rounds from AK-47
assault rifles were sent their way. But residents see it much
differently ... accusing soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division of
shooting after a rock was thrown at them.
TRACK: And there are conflicting accounts of the number dead. A local
doctor reported 13 fatalities ... while U-S estimates are lower.
What is certain: many here view Americans as intruders and blame the U-S
for the lack of food, water, electricity and order.
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STANDUP BRIDGE: With no traffic lights and no traffic cops, it's
absolute chaos on the streets of Baghdad. (:06)
TRACK: And the people here continue to believe the United States is
after Iraq's oil. But in Saudi Arabia, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said America has no hidden agenda in the region.
sot: Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense
"In the United States with our free press, for whatever reason, we can't
(natz of guy selling paper)
Baghdad's free press is booming, as well. Two daily newspapers went on
sale Tuesday for the first time since the fall of the regime. The big
topic: what really happened to Saddam Hussein.
And once forbidden T.V. Satellite antennas..are also on sale ...
"he wants to buy the truth ... to see from the outside world ... to see
what is happening."
And another member of the 55-most wanted Iraqis has surrendered. Oil
minister Amir Muhammed Rasheed is in custody, but his wife, a
bio-weapons scientist, known as Dr. Germ, is still nowhere to be found.
Teri Okita, CBS News, Baghdad.))
Southerners and earthquakes don't usually meet.
But this morning, a quake was felt from its center along the Alabama-Georgia state line all the way up to North Carolina.
Some residents woke up to a loud roar, but there were no serious injuries.
A spokesman for the U-S Geological Survey says the quake registered at four-point-nine on the Richter scale, which he adds was plenty strong enough to break some dishes.
Canadian officials are hoping a CLEANER bill of health will help lift a travel ban.
That after officials reported that SARS cases have already peaked in Toronto, and the worst of the outbreak should be over for that region.
Meanwhile, representatives of 10 southeast Asian countries are meeting in Thailand.
They're pledging to share information in a bid to halt the spread of SARS.
Leaders holding the SARS summit are also agreeing to keep their borders and economies open, despite the crisis.
It was a frightening wake- up call for some residents in upstate New York today.
A gas tanker crashed early this morning at an intersection in Rochester, sending burning gas into a nearby neighborhood.
Police say the tanker truck was carrying over 12- thousand gallons of fuel when it flipped over and exploded.
One person was killed, nine others were injured, and several homes caught fire.
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Firefighters have brought the blaze under control, but are sticking around to make sure it doesn't re- ignite.
The driver of the tanker truck suffered second and third
degree burns to his face.
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Pieces of the world trade center have been transformed into a memorial in Salem. We'll have the details after the break.
Also we will tell you why the handling of some popular allergy medications has some people scratching their heads.
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It is allergy season in many parts of the U-S.
That is nothing new, but it is the first one since a popular allergy drug has become available over the counter.
And as Elizabeth Kaledin tells us, the ripple effect it's causing is nothing to sneeze at.
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((The flowers are in full bloom.. the pollen is leaving it's dusty
calling card as far as the itchy eyes can see. But, it's shaping up to
be anything BUT your typical sneezing season:
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Track: For the first time, the popular drug Claritin is being sold over
the counter...and it's having a wide ranging effect.
At two dollars a pill patients are complaining to doctors like Alan
Goodman.. about having to foot the bill withOUT insurance:
find me something else that will be covered, I can't afford to pay for
Track: at the same time, it's making other prescription allergy drugs
harder to get. Just ask Dawn Dahmer...3 of her 4 kids are miserable all
(SOT) Dawn Dahmer
marky's eyes swell shut, literally swell shut, jessica can't breathe,
stephanie sneezes constantly...
Track: Claritin doesn't work for them...so Dahmer must pay a higher
co-payment for medications like Zyrtec and Allegra which insurers are
now charging more to cover.
Stand Up Bridge/EK OC: The move to sell Claritin over the counter is
just the beginning of having patients manage their own allergies
without a trip to the doctor's office. But many are wondering who
benefits from the trend...medically and financially?
Track: the FDA, led by Commissioner Mark Mclellan is considering an
unprecedented move to force the makers of allergy drugs Zyrtec and
Allegra to go over the counter.
(SOT) this is a new area...
Track: no decision has been made yet...but McLellan believes in the long
run...over-the-counter means price eventually goes DOWN...while access
SOT) Dr.Mark Mclellan//Cmsr. FDA
we see a lot more use of treatments after they go over the counter//and
that's something we do think about in terms of our public health mission.
Track: and as for safety...industry experts believe allergy drugs are
the perfect test case:
(SOT) Steve Francesco:
switching non sedating antihistamines over the counter is a no brainer
Track: but it's consumers who remain unconvinced...
(SOT) I can't afford to buy them over the counter.
Track: they may crave allergy relief..but not at their own expense..EK
CBS New NY.
Residents of the Roanoke Valley now have a place to remember the heroes and victims of the World Trade Center attack.
Two pieces of the collapsed building have been turned into a memorial.
Justin McLeod has more.
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On a warm bright afternoon, hundreds gathered in Salem to remember America's darkest hour.
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((FLETCHER SMOAK/OLD VIRGINIA BRICK COMPANY: THESE PEOPLE THOUGHT I THINK COULD BREAK OUR SPIRIT MAYBE AND DRAG US INTO SOMETHING CONFLICT, BUT THEY WERE DEAD WRONG.))
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And this memorial proves it.
Old Virginia Brick Company has memorialized the events of 9/11 with twin beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
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Monday afternoon, the community came together to dedicate the memorial.
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((KATIE BLACKBURN: IT WASN'T JUST IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON D.C., IT AFFECTED THE WHOLE COUNTRY. PEOPLE'S LIVES WERE LOST AND WE TO REMEMBER THEM HERE JUST AS EVERYWHERE ELSE.))
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And it won't be hard to miss.
The memorial is located on West Main Street in Salem.
The steel beams stand 36 feet tall and on them is a 60 foot flagpole topped with a gold covered eagle.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN FRONT OF THE MEMORIAL THERE'S THIS PLAQUE WHICH LISTS THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO DIED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH INCLUDING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE PENTAGON, AND THE PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO THE PENNSYLVANIA FIELD. ALSO INCLUDED ON IT IS THE AMOUNT OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL WHO DIED THAT DAY TRYING TO RESCUE LIVES.))
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One of those rescuers came all the way from New York to recount his story of survival.
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((CPT. RICHARD RONTANZ/NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT: WHEN YOU START WAKING UP AND YEAH IT WAS HEART WARMING ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WORK WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, AND IT'S ALL JUST ONE BIG FAMILY.))
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A family that now includes the Roanoke Valley thanks to this memorial.
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It is open to the public each day from dawn until dusk.
It is a place where the public can reflect (SHOT OF GLASSES) and remember America's darkest day but also it's finest hour.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))
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 today 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 longtime state senator was honored last night for his service to the region.
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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((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.))
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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 the reception says there's nothing to worry about it.
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((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.))
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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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Coming up next, a restaurant owner is all shook up after his black velvet Elvis is stolen.
Plus rescue workers respond to a call of a cat up a tree, but this definitely wasn't your typical kitten.
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You've heard of kittens getting stuck in trees.
But how about a mountain lion?
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A 130- pound cat was seen wandering around in a Colorado Springs neighborhood.
Wildlife officials chased the mountain lion up a tree, where it received a tranquilizer.
Once it fell asleep, a firefighter tied a rope to the cat, and gently lowered it to the ground.
Wildlife officials then took the mountain lion back into the area where it belongs.
Experts say more wild visitors will be making their way into populated areas now that spring is here and the animals are looking for food.
Elvis has left the building, but it was apparently a THIEF who gave him a lift.
Someone removed the "King" from his throne.
A "Velvet Elvis" painting once graced the restroom of this Alabama restaurant
Owner Dave Morrison bought the painting at a roadside stand 10 years ago.
The longtime Elvis fan has one of the largest exhibits outside of Graceland.
Understandably, Morrison was heartbroken over the painting's disappearance.
But recently a few ransom notes started arriving at his business.
As you can see the "Velvet Elvis" is alive and well, and on tour.
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((DAVE MORRISON/VELVET ELVIS OWNER: HAVE FUN WITH HIM, AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF HIM, BUT WE WANT HIM BACK. WE DO WANT HIM BACK. ))
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Morrison says he doesn't mind the globe trotting, just as long as the thief remembers to "Return To Sender."
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP three points. The NASDAQ increased six.
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Coming up, baseball highlights from Salem and Glenvar...
And J. J. Redick is let off the hook for drug paraphenalia charges in a dorm room.
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According to his father, Duke basketball star J.J. Redick has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a dorm room marijuana incident.
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Redick, two Duke soccer players, and two other students were found in a room in the Blackwell dormitory on April 1st, where police say there was a very strong smell of marijuana.
The police searched the room and did not find any drugs, but did find a homemade bong.
Neither Redick nor any of the other students were charged at the time, instead police referred them to the office of the Dean of Students.
The case has now been resolved administratively, and JJ will not be punished by the school.
According to sources close to the situation, Redick was in the room checking email from a professor pertaining to a meeting he was supposed to have with the teacher the following day.
Redick was not in the room participating in any illegal activities.
His father, Ken Redick says "J.J. made an error in judgment, which was being in a room where someone was smoking marijuana.
He recognizes that he made an error by not just getting up and leaving."
His father went on to say "the thing J.J. struggles with is that sometimes he just wants to be just another kid, he wants to be somebody without a face and without a name.
I keep telling him he's not like everybody else and with that comes greater responsibilities."
Four UVa players signed free agent contracts with the NFL yesterday.
Linebacker Merrill Robertson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Arlen Harris was picked up by the St. Louis Rams
And wide receiver James Johnson signed with the Washington Redskins.
And Jerton Evans, who played at Jefferson Forest high school in Forest has signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills where he will join Angelo Crowell.
Five players with Tech ties were signed as free agents by NFL clubs as well.
Offensive lineman Anthony Davis was picked up by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
He'll be joined on the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs by cornerback Ronyell Whitaker.
Grant Noel - who worked out for the scouts during the combine at Tech was signed yesterday by the Baltimore Ravens.
Another guy - who has worked extremely hard to get a chance in the league - Shawn Witten was signed by the Jets.
And former Hokie Keith Burnell gets a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.
Some big names were teed off around Blacksburg yesterday.
Virginia Tech head football coach, Frank Beamer, was one of many who took part in a golf tournament to benefit the New River Valley Boys and Girls Club.
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((21:10 FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH; I'VE ASSISTED BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ACROSS THE STATE AND WHEN THE ONE RIGHT HERE IN MY HOMETOWN CALLED ME TO BE APART OF THIS GOLF TOURNAMENT AND RAISE SOME MONEY I JUST WANTED TO DO IT. 2122))
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About 300-kids participate in activities and programs offered through the club.
The event raised about 15-thousand dollars.