Investigators determine whether ARSON was the cause of two mysterious fires at Dublin United Methodist Church .
And the city of Salem prepares for a weekend of worship and baseball.
Rachel Cannon checks in live with that story, coming up.
We have a lot of outdoor activities going on across the valley, what will the weather be like? I'll let you know in the weekend forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Salem is the destination for thousands this weekend as evangelist Franklin Graham kicks off the first Southwest Virginia Festival. With that many people expected to pour in Salem Stadium, preparations are underway to keep traffic tie ups to a minimum.
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Our Rachel Cannon is into Salem with the details.
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Investigators still don't know the cause of TWO fires at a Dublin Church - but say they don't suspect arson.
The Dublin United Methodist Church caught fire Monday - just three weeks after the first fire.
Both fires started in the oldest part of the church, which was built in the late 1800's.
Agents with the department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said today that they found NO evidence of foul play.
Few details are out, but Chinese officials say a deadly submarine accident has killed 70 people.
The report from the official Chinese news agency says the crew members died because of a mechanical
It says the accident happened ``recently,'' and the submarine has been towed back to port.
The submarine was on a routine exercise when the accident occurred.
D-N-A test results could be back today in the case of a missing six- year- old boy from North Carolina.
Authorities are awaiting the results that'll determine if the boy identified as Eli Quick is actually Tristen "Buddy" Myers, who disappeared two and a-half years ago.
But new published and broadcast reports say investigators are beginning to doubt that they're the same boy.
That's welcome news to Ricky Quick, who has always claimed to be the boy's father.
State officials put the boy in foster care after Quick took him to a Chicago area hospital.
More Americans are out looking for jobs.
The labor department says the nation's unemployment rate rose to six percent, which is up two- tenths of a percent.
It also says businesses trimmed payrolls by 48- thousand jobs.
Jobs were lost in manufacturing, travel-related industries and in department stores.
Analysts say the trend was expected, and add that it'll be at least several months before hiring picks up again.
A Roanoke man accused of murder was convicted of a lesser charge yesterday.
37- year- old Darrell Jeffrey Carter pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old Timothy Smithers.
The prosecutor says Carter and Smithers got into a fight in southwest Roanoke one night.
At one point, Carter had Smithers in a bear hug. Smithers was able to free himself, but lost his balance, hitting his head.
The blow turned out to be fatal.
Carter will be sentenced in June.
An emergency crew responding to a call in Roanoke got more than it was counting on last night.
The incident unfolded outside an apartment complex on Plantation Road.
A report of an injured child brought emergency medical personnel to the scene.
Once they arrived, a fight broke out between an adult male and a teenager, and police say the 14- year- old pulled a gun.
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((AMIE SHEAFF: THEN ABOUT THAT TIME THE EMT WAS STANDING THERE AND THEN HE KIND OF WAVED AROUND AND POINTED AT HER. AND SHE JUST KIND OF PUT HER HANDS UP AND SHE RAN BEHIND THE AMBULANCE AND IMMEDIATELY CALLED POLICE I GUESS. ))
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Police were planning to charge the adult with assault... the teen with brandishing a weapon.
The gun turned out to be an air pistol, but police say it looked like a real gun.
The family of a man killed by Danville police last year is suing the city.
67-year-old Rennie Hunt died last May after a standoff with police inside his North Main Street apartment.
Police shot Hunt when he allegedly brandished a screwdriver after holding his girlfriend hostage for several hours.
The lawsuit--filed in federal court--is seeking seven and half million dollars in punitive and compensatory damages.
It also wants a court-ordered reform of how Danville police deal with mentally ill persons.
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Coming up next on the newscast, another member of Saddam Hussein's government is captured.
Plus the Dixie Chicks faced the music last night for the first time in a long time. We'll see what kind of reception they got.
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Iraq is still a dangerous place.
That's according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
But there's some encouraging news today out of Baghdad, as U-S forces capture more members of the former regime.
Teri Okita reports.
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THE FATE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN IS STILL UNKNOWN, BUT THREE MORE TOP MEMBERS
OF HIS REGIME ARE NOW IN U-S CUSTODY.
ABDUL HWAISH IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CATCH. HE WAS A DEPUTY PRIME
MINISTER AND HEAD OF THE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION IN THE 1980'S.
A KURD WHO SERVED AS A LARGELY CEREMONIAL VICE-PRESIDENT WAS ALSO
CAUGHT, AS WELL AS A TOP MILITARY COMMANDER FROM THE BAATH OFFICIAL.
IN FALLUJAH WEST OF BAGHDAD, FRIDAY PRAYERS WERE PEACEFUL, BUT TENSIONS
REMAIN HIGH FOLLOWING A WEEK OF VIOLENT EXCHANGES BETWEEN PROTESTORS AND
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THIS MAN IS CALLING ON ALL DEVOUT MUSLIMS TO KILL AMERICANS.
THIS DOCTOR IS MORE PRACTICAL.
"EITHER LEAVE OR MAKE A SOLUTION FOR OUR PROBLEMS, WE ARE IN TROUBLE, AS
YOU SEE WE ARE IN TROUBLE."
AND MORE PRAYERS AND PROTEST IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD.
AS U-S FORCES STAND WATCH, SOME TROOPS SAY THE DEMONSTRATORS ARE "THE
UNSILENT MINORITY" ... AND THAT MANY IRAQIS WANT THEM TO STAY A BIT
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"HOPEFULLY AS SOON AS THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT GETS ESTABLISHED, WE CAN GO
AHEAD AND PULL OUT AND LET THE IRAQI PEOPLE HANDLE IRAQI BUSINESS."
TRACK: THE AIRLINE BUSINESS IS SLOWLY STARTING UP AGAIN IN IRAQ. A
VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS JET BROUGHT 60-TONS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO BASRA
TODAY. IT'S THE FIRST COMMERCIAL AIRLINER TO LAND SINCE THE WAR BEGAN.
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Two months after Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush, the group is flying high after a sold- out performance last night in South Carolina.
They gave the audience a chance to boo, but instead the crowd cheered.
Laurie Hibberd was there.
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Deafening cheers and a standing ovation greeted The Dixie Chicks they
opened their first U.S. tour since Maines made her controversial
comment. The down-home greeting came just as President Bush addressed
the nation aboard the USS Lincoln.
Everything out of your pockets
The threat of protests brought out extra security.. but it wasn't
necessary. The media outnumbered the protesters..but the 20 or so who
did show up had two main beefs
010119-21 (Laurie) What exactly are you protesting here tonight?
The fact that they opened their big mouths on foreign soil.
011104 Their apology was phony.. they just wanted to get better sales
over here anyway. They wanted the fans to go back on their side and
support them and buy their cds and go to their concerts.
NAT: The Marshall Tucker Band..
NARRATION: In nearby Spartanburg an anti-Chicks concert offered free
admission to anyone who traded in their Dixie Chicks tickets.
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My husband is serving over in Kuwait//and he usually buys me the Dixie
Chicks CD every year//and I was so disappointed by Natalie's comments
that I've written a thousand letters and told him no more.
NAT: You did it.. over 100-thousand dollars..
NARRATION: The concert also raised more than 100-thousand dollars for
military families. Radio talk show host Mike Gallagher helped organize
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I was happy to speak out against Natalie Maines. What she said on the
eve of a war.. about our commander in chief.. was despicable. (poss
extra.. but this is isn't about getting at the Chicks.. it's about
NAT: Travelin' Soldier girls singing outside arena
NARRATION: It was before a performance of Travelin' Soldier that Maines
said,, "We are ashamed that the President of the United States is from
Texas." The backlash was brutal but on this night in this town, their
fans were with them.
I'm so glad all these people are in the line.. 'cuz this is going to be
a great concert.. and the people who boycott it are gonna be missing out.
NAT: DIXIE CHICKS IN CONCERT TRAILS OUT
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That was Laurie Hibbard reporting.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll have information on this weekend's walk to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Plus we'll see what happened when one of our fine feathered friends forgot to duck.
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Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects about 30- thousand Americans.
There is no cure for the disease, but Jennifer Wishon is here to tell us about an opportunity for people to help change that.
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Kimberly tomorrow morning the Roanoke Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is walking to raise money for a cure.
I'm joined now by Lori Bodzioney (Be-Johnny) who is a coordinator for Roanoke's Great Strides Walk.
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If you'd like more information you can call 1-888-233-4682.
The walk will be held tomorrow at Hollins University.
Registration starts at 9 and the walk kicks off at 10.
So Kimberly a good opportunity for people to get some exercise and help fund research for a life- threatening disease.
This week's thunderstorms brought hail to some parts of the viewing area.
And while we tend to AVOID it...the same isn't always true for wildlife.
In Denver yesterday, this mallard learned first- hand just what a headache severe weather can be.
The mallard was sitting on the ground as a hail storm was passing through the area.
A photographer captured the bird being hit on the head with a good size piece of hail.
The bird wasn't seriously hurt, but it did have a change of heart as to where it was going to ride out the storm.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 110. The NASDAQ has gained 25.
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coming up next on the newscast, Salem is the place to be this weekend as...
eleven-hundred high school students head to today's regional track meet.
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The Cosmopolitan Invitational track and field meet begins this afternoon at Salem high school.
33 area schools will bring about 11 hundred athletes from the middle to senior high ranks.
William Fleming won its fourth Cosmo in five years and 24th overall last year.
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Fleming's Ryan McCoy became the national high school triple jump champion in March at the national meet in Landover, Maryland. Tierra Hubbard, is the defending Cosmo champion in shot put and discus. She is also ranked 10th in the nation in indoor shot put.
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The meet begins this afternoon at three.
Saturday's competition begins at 9.
Alabama's new football coach is already in hot water with the school.
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The Birmingham News reports today that Mike Price, who has yet to coach a game for the Crimson Tide, spent hundreds of dollars at a topless bar in Florida last month.
The Mobile Register, also reports that a young woman tried to charge more than one-thousand dollars in food and drinks to his hotel bill the next morning.
All of this took place in Pensacola, Florida at a pro-am golf event. The University is still investigating, Price isn't talking.
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One of the report says the woman at the hotel ordered one of everything on the menu and asked the kitchen crew to pack it up so she would take it with her.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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