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Straight ahead, an update on the underground transformer fire that turned out the lights for several hours in downtown Roanoke.
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And as President Bush prepares to declare an end to the war, the bloodshed continues in Iraq.
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We have a good chance of seeing some scattered thunderstorms as we head through the afternoon. I'll have your forecast.

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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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An underground fire last night left parts of Downtown Roanoke in the dark. Hours later, business are just now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Power is back on for about 450 AEP customers, after an underground fire wiped it out for about nine hours last night.
But it's still causing a headache for several local businesses who are dealing with the aftermath.
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Marya Jones is here with more.
Kimberly,
It's the second time in two months that an underground electrical failure has wiped out power in downtown Roanoke.

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It's had a severe impact on businesses like The Roanoke Times, which had to drastically delay printing of 100-thousand newspapers for the second time in two months.
But AEP is reassuring customers its not a sign of any underlying problem.
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((TODD BURNS: THIS IS THE SECOND TIME.... IN 20 YEARS ONLY GONE DOWN ABOUT THREE TIMES.)) ((DAN WHEELER/ROANOKE TIMES CIRCULATION DIRECTOR: THIS IS ACTUALLY THE THIRD OR FOURTH TIME.... AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THE BUSINESS.))
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The fire broke out about 9 last night at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Franklin Road.
AEP says a piece on a transformer underground malfunctioned, causing flames to shoot out of a manhole and into the air.
As crews worked to fix it, they had to cut off power to 450 downtown customers.
AEP says it will take about a week to fix the problem -- but that customers' power will stay on in the meantime.


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AEP has a full-time crew to maintain the downtown power grid and it says the network is sound.
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However, it says there's no way to anticipate mechanical failure. And that's what's caused the most recent downtown outages.


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A water main break yesterday at the Montgomery County courthouse is still causing problems today.
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Due to water damage from the leak, the Clerk of Circuit Court's Office will remain closed today. However, officials say all the other offices and courts in the building ARE open, as well as the jail. No word yet on how long it will be before the Clerk's office re-opens.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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No victory sign from President Bush just yet.
But tomorrow, he'll declare that the major combat of the war in Iraq is over.
Now the new crisis pertains to growing anti-American sentiment, which is leading to OTHER skirmishes.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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(( MAJOR COMBAT IN IRAQ IS OVER...THE PRESIDENT WILL SOON MAKE THAT OFFICIAL...BUT ONCE AGAIN....THERE'S IRAQI BLOOD ON THE STREETS OF FALLUJA. FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK ...PEOPLE IN THE SMALL TOWN WEST OF BAGHDAD ....ARE SEETHING WITH HATRED FOR AMERICAN TROOPS.

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"THE AMERICAN WHO ARE THERE BEGIN TO SHOOT DELIBERATELY."
A LOCAL DOCTOR SAYS 2 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND SEVERAL OTHERS WOUNDED WHEN U.S. TROOPS OPENED FIRE DURING A PROTEST. BUT JUST LIKE MONDAY, THE AMERICANS SAY THEY WERE ATTACKED FIRST...WITH ROCKS AND GUNSHOTS.
FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING, U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS AND TOWN LEADERS HELD A MEETING HOPING TO AVERT FURTHER VIOLENCE.

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THE UNREST COMES ON THE SAME DAY...SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD MAKES A TRIP TO IRAQ.

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Key to Donald Rumsfeld's visit will be exploring ways to get basic services back on track. Each day that passes without electricity and water - the Iraqi's grow more impatient.

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"there still work to do.
Earlier, THE SECRETARY CONGRATULATED BRITISH TROOPS IN BASRA FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

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"WHAT A TRULY REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT THEY HAVE HAD HERE."
RUMSFELD ALSO TAPED A MESSAGE FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE. TELLING THEM THAT THE COALITION HAS NO INTENTION OF OWNING OR RUNNING IRAQ. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD. ))

[Terror-Arrests]


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A key terrorist suspect is now in the hands of authorities in Pakistan.
Officials say he's one of six men police have arrested that are suspected of having links to al-Qaida.
They include a Yemeni man wanted in connection with the October, 2000 bombing of the U-S-S Cole, which killed 17 American sailors.
All six suspects are still in Pakistan.
U-S law enforcement officials haven't yet questioned them.

[Great-White]


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These days, they're probably better known for a deadly fire at one of their shows than for their hit songs of the '80s.
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Surviving members of the rock band Great White were back on stage last night for a benefit concert to raise money for the family of the band's guitarist.
Ty Longley was one of 99 people who died last February, when the band's pyrotechnics ignited a massive blaze at a Rhode Island nightclub.
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((JACK RUSSELL/GREAT WHITE LEAD SINGER:WORDS CAN NEVER EXPRESS THE PAIN AND SORROW AND SADNESS THAT WE FEEL IN OUR HEARTS AT THE LOSS OF OUR GUITARIST AND FRIEND TY LONGLEY AND THE 98 OTHER OF OUR GREAT WHITE FAMILY MEMBERS.))
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The fund- raiser will establish music scholarships and a trust for Longley's unborn child, who's due in August.


Meanwhile, the nightclub fire is still under a grand jury investigation.
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Coming up after the break, we'll have an interview that will keep you in stitches as we look at sewing projects just about anyone can do.
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But first, investigators are trying to determine how arsenic got into a church's coffee urn. One person is dead and others are ill.
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A Lynchburg man could spend the rest of his life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in Campbell County.
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23-year-old Bryan Keith Jones was charged along with two others in the shooting death of 25-year-old Tony Stone last August.
Stone was shot to death inside his Lynch Station home during an apparent robbery in which the suspects stole money and crack cocaine.
Authorities say Jones provided the guns and acted as a lookout while a 16-year-old boy entered the home and shot Stone during a struggle.
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Jones pled guilty yesterday to seven charges including first degree murder, burglary and robbery.
He could get three life terms plus 24 years when he's sentenced later this summer.

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There's something in the water in northern Maine, and it isn't good.
Health officials believe they've tracked down what killed one man and made a dozen others sick following services at a church last Sunday.
Jim Acosta explains.
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NARR 1 (runs :15) AT GUSTAF ADOLPH LUTHERAN CHURCH IN NORTHERN MAINE. THEY'RE CLEARING THE AISLES FOR HAZ-MAT CREWS WHO ARE INVESTIGATING A STRANGE CLUSTER OF ARSENIC POISONINGS THAT KILLED ONE CONGREGATION MEMBER AND SENT A DOZEN OTHERS TO THE HOSPITAL.
SARA ANDERSON/STORE OWNER: All of a sudden 13 people are violently ill, and one person has died. I mean the shock is incredible throughout the town as far as the people I've talked to.
NARR 2 (runs :18) STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE 78 YEAR OLD MAN WHO DIED SOMEHOW SWALLOWED THE ARSENIC AT A CHURCH GATHERING FOLLOWING SUNDAY SERVICE. THE CHURCH GOERS WERE ENJOYING SNACKS WHEN SOMEBODY NOTICED THE COFFEE TASTED FUNNY. SOME OF THE SICK THAT WERE TREATED AND RELEASED HAD TO BE READMITTED.
BILL FLAGG/CARY MEDICAL CENTER: The long-term effects of arsenic made it prudent to bring them back and give them some additional treatment.
JIM ACOSTA OC TAG: INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOING INTO THE POSSIBILITY THE COFFEE IN QUESTION WAS MADE WITH CONTAMINATED WATER. ARSENIC NATURALLY APPEARS IN THE GROUNDWATER IN MAINE IN HIGHER LEVELS THAN IN OTHER STATES, ITS SOMETHING THE RESIDENTS ARE SUPPOSE TO TEST FOR ARSENIC OFTEN. JIM ACOSTA, CBS NEWS, CARIBOU, MAINE.))

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Federal and state regulators are bringing in reinforcements in the battle against online auction fraud.
The Federal Trade Commission says it's joining more than 30 state and local law enforcement agencies in a big crackdown.
Auction fraud was the top Internet- related complaint recorded by the F-T-C last year, with thousands of people getting cheated out of money and merchandise.
Many of the cases involve consumers winning an online auction, paying up, but never receiving what they purchased.
Others were victims of identity theft.

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She discovered the timeless art of sewing, and began designing her own pants while she was still in college.
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Stacey Bendet is a fashion designer and store owner.
She joins us today courtesy of the Home Sewing Association with some advice for those of us who feel awkward just sewing on a button.
Good Afternoon, Stacey.
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(When a lot of us think of sewing, we think about a hobby primarily for older people-- But there are some very hip tren

ds now that you're going to show us...)

(How skilled do you have to be with a needle and thread? )




(What's something quick and easy that you can do just to change the look of a specific item?)



(And we're not just talking about clothing here-- you can make changes to home decor...)



(What's new in terms of sewing technology....have sewing machines changed much over the years?)




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Thanks so much for talking with us today, Stacey. [PINNACLE WEB ADDRESS FULL] You can fin more information on the Home Sewing Association on its website. You can find it through a link on our page at WDBJ7 .com
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Up next on the newscast, Leo will give us a look at our weekend weather,
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plus if the weather holds up, diners will able to eat at Roanoke's latest sidewalk cafes.
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Diners on Roanoke's City Market can enjoy the outdoors again.
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"Tavern On The Market" is once again the first downtown restaurant to get outside dining up and running for customers.
But they won't be unique for long. In this, the second year of the outdoor dining program for the City of Roanoke, at least nine restaurants have applied. Last year there were only two.
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((BOB BENGTSON/ROANOKE DIR. OF PUBLIC WORKS; I THINK FOLKS HAVE SEEN THAT INITIAL RISK TAKEN AND ARE SATISFIED THAT IT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE AND CAN SUCCEED IN DOWNTOWN ROANOKE.))
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Tavern On The Market owner Matthew Anderson says he expects his business to dramatically increase with outdoor dining.
City officials started the program to bring a sense of vibrancy to downtown. They expect it to grow each year. The permit process for restaurants involves fees, seating plans along with compliance with the ABC laws and fire regulations.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 33 points. The NASDAQ has dropped eight.

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Coming up.. one of Virginia Tech's best known football players has a run in with the law.
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Plus one High School baseball coach is back behind the team after beating the odds to survive.
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One of the horses favored to win the Kentcuky Derby has been injured.
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"Empire Maker" bruised a foot during practice at Churchill Downs yesterday. His trainer Bobby Frankel says he will walk him this afternoon and thinks he should be fine for the Derby.
Dr. Ken Reed, a veterinarian, examined the foot and also said the horse should be fine by Saturday's 6:04pm post time. Post position will be drawn today at five.
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Washington Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was stopped for speeding in Virginia Beach.
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The 39-year-old member of the Tech board of visitors was ticketed for going 61 in a 45 mile per hour zone when he was pulled over at 2:21 a.m. Sunday Lawrence M. Cardon, Smith's attorney, said today Smith's blood-alcohol breath test registered point 07, which is below the state legal limit of point 08. He believes that the case eventually will be dismissed. Smith was released on a personal recognizance bond.
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10 months ago Glenvar baseball coach Larry Wood wasn't sure he would even see a baseball season in 2003. Last July he suffered burns over 50 percent of his body in a gasoline fire in his basement. Steve Mason has more on his recovery, his comeback and his return to the diamond.
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((Larry Wood is back where he belongs. Coaching baseball at Glenvar. The fact he stand at first and direct base runners is a miracle considering Wood spent one month in the Burn unit at the University of Virginia Medical center with burns from his neck down to his feet. He almost lost his right foot and has been through many skin graft surgeries. ((:)) Wood returned to help head coach Larry Long and teach five health and P.E. classes in March. He has no lateral motion, walks with pain and deals with swelling and lack of circulation and is limited to a simple catch with a player now and then. But his presents is crucial to the Highlanders. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) His home was devastated from the fire. The Byrd family, neighbors across the street, took in Larry and his wife Sandy, also badly burned, in December and gave them the lower level of their house rent free. And while the Wood's home has been leveled for reconstruction, the Glenvar community stands on a solid foundation.)) ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:THE ENTIRE GLENVAR EIGHTH GRADE PITCHED IN AND RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY COACH WOOD, WHO IS KNOW FOR HIS LOVE OF EXERCISE, A 400 DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A MOUNTAIN BIKE. LARRY RIDES THE BIKE JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEKEND, ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE GLENVAR COMMUNITY IS HELPING A COACH TAKE A LOAD OFF HIS BURNED BUT HEALING FEET. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
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