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Morning rush hour came to a halt this morning after an accident on Peters Creek Road in Roanoke.
Authorites say both drivers involved were injured.
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And it's homecoming day for members of the 229th Chemical company, as they return to the Roanoke armory.
We'll have a live report.
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Scattered showers are here and will continue to fall for the rest of the week. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Hundreds of families are eagerly anticipating the return of their loved ones this afternoon. One hundred twenty members of the 229th Chemical Company of the National Guard are on their way home.
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Richard Lesko joins us with more
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((Richard adlibs)) ((ROLLCUE:...WE'RE TOLD THEIR MISSION WAS CANCELED))
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Traffic on a busy roadway came to a halt this morning, after an accident left vehicles backed up for miles.
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A chain-reaction collision on Peters Creek Road at I-581 left one car perched on the hood of another.
Westbound cars, trucks and school buses were backed up bumper to bumper in the rain for about an hour. The cause of the accident remains unclear, but drivers of both cars were taken to the hospital.
The names of the drivers and the extent of their injuries have not been released.
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A Fortune five hundred firm is coming to Franklin County. Lincoln Consulting will open an office this summer in the Techstart building in Rocky Mount. 60-new jobs are being created over 30-months. Employees will contact major corporations about consulting opportunities from Lincoln. The company is headquartered in Warrentown, Virginia.

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Saudi Arabian officials may have disrupted a plot that could have led to a 9-11 style attack.
Security officials say three al- Qaida suspects arrested there this week had planned to hijack a plane.
And a private security analyst says the three were part of a terrorist cell planning ''suicide attacks against landmarks.''
Meanwhile, it appears that al-Qaida is sending a new message to the American public.
This comes as the country deals with extra security, heading into the Memorial Day Weekend.
Jennifer Miller has the latest.
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PKG AMONG THE NOISE AND CHATTER THAT PROMPTED THE PRESIDENT TO RAISE THE NATION'S TERROR WARNING, OFFICIALS TODAY ARE HEARING ONE THREATENING VOICE LOUD AND CLEAR.

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AL JAZEERA TELEVISION BROADCAST AN AUDIO RECORDING ...SAID TO BE FROM A TOP LIEUTENANT OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S, ENCOURAGING ATTACKS ON AMERICA.

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BY RAISING THE NATION'S THREAT LEVEL FROM YELLOW TO ORANGE -- FROM ELEVATED TO HIGH -- SECURITY ACROSS THE THE COUNTRY IS TIGHTENED. FEDERAL BUILDINGS ARE ON GUARD, THE SKIES OVER SPORTS STADIUMS ARE RESTRICTED, AND THE COAST GUARD HAS STEPPED UP PATROLS. ON LAND AND AT SEA, THE CHALLENGE IS THE SAME.

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"Being the first one to see enemy before they see us."
BUT ALL OF THIS OVERTIME POLICING COSTS EXTRA MONEY ... MONEY MANY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SAY THEY ARE STILL WAITING TO RECIEVE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

(SOT CHIEF WILLIAM BRATTON/LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPT.)

We've been promised close to $30 million and we've filled out a few applications but haven't seen it yet.
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LEVEL) JENNIFER MILLER CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))

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The U-S Embassy in Afghanistan is expressing its apologies for a shooting incident involving American troops.
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An embassy spokesman says "heightened tensions" led U-S soldiers to shoot and kill four Afghan soldiers outside the embassy in Kabul.
Four other Afghan soldiers were injured.
Afghan officials say the U-S troops apparently mistook the Afghans for attackers.
But there are conflicting reports about who fired the first shot.
The embassy spokesman says both sides will work to ensure security in the area.
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Mounting concerns about terrorism have prompted tightened security for Fleet Week, which is now under way in New York Harbor.
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The Coast Guard is patrolling the area, along with other federal and state agencies.
Overhead, the Navy has already launched surveillance helicopters.
The plans were made before the latest terror alert announcement.
Ever since 9-11, Homeland Security has regularly brought in more boats to patrol the New York City waterfront.
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Coming up next on the newscast, for the second time this week a key member of President Bush's administration is stepping down.
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Also Canada's meat industry could suffer after a case of mad cow disease is found there.
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On the heels of White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, another high- ranking official has announced she's leaving the Bush administration.
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Christie Whitman is resigning as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a post she's held for two and a half years.
Whitman's been at odds with the White House over key environmental issues-- such as Bush's decision to back out of an international treaty on global warming.
But in a letter to the President, Whitman says she's leaving to spend more time with her family.
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Along with the U-S, Japan and South Korea are now banning all beef imports from Canada.
The Bush administration blocked imports from north of the border yesterday, after Canadian officials announced the discovery of a cow with mad cow disease.
Kelly Crowe reports.
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Danville City Council is moving forward with aplant to raise the monthly cell phone tax from 90 cents to three dollars.
Also there will be a new face on the city's school board.
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Last night, city council narrowed the field from eight candidates to three.
Council members voted to appoint Renee Hughes to a three year term on the school board.
They also voted to reappoint Rebecca Bolton and George Wilson.
Members say it is important to have familiar faces on the school board since the city will be getting a new superintendent July first.
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For the fourth time in three years, Adelphia Cable is raising its rates in Danville.
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Beginning June first, basic cable service will go up 2 dollars and 76 cents bringing the monthly cost to nearly 47 dollars.
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That is more than ten dollars higher than it was two years ago.
Adelphia Cable says it has no choice since program fees continue to rise.
But the latest increase has prompted city officials to look into the possibility of getting into the cable business.

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((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE MAYOR: SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD WE MAY BE APPLYING AND LOOKING AT THE STATE AND ASKING FOR THAT PERMISSION. THEY'RE ONLY TWO COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA THAT HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. THAT'S BRISTOL AND ABINGDON AT THIS POINT AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD BUT RIGHT NOW OUR HANDS ARE PRETTY MUCH TIED.)) ((JEAN ELKINS/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I THINK IT'S TOO MUCH OF AN INCREASE. I CAN SEE MAYBE A DOLLAR OR A DOLLAR QUARTER BUT NOT AS MUCH AS THREE DOLLARS.))
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To help offset the increase, Adelphia will discontinue charging customers a monthly fee for an extra outlet.
The cable company also points out it has recently spent more than 17-million dollars to provide customers with high speed internet access and digital cable.
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Currently, Adelphia is the only cable provider in Danville.
However, the contract is up and the city is in talks about renewing that contract.
The mayor says the latest increase will play a role in negotiations.
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Next on the newscast,
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we'll will tell you why one farmer says he has a patriotic chicken.
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Gas prices are at their lowest since January, allowing more Americans to travel this Memorial Day weekend.
Nationwide, the average price of gasoline has dropped 10 cents to $1.50 per gallon.
More than 34 MILLION Americans are expected to travel over the holiday weekend.
Triple A says that's especially good news given the slow economy and the lingering effects of the war with Iraq.
84 percent of holiday travelers will hit the roads, with beaches topping the list of destinations.

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Gene Eudy claims he has some REAL Dixie chicks on his farm in Oklahoma.
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The 84- year- old says he's SO patriotic, even his chickens lay eggs that bear the colors of the American flag.
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((THESE ARE THE RED EGGS, THE WHITE EGGS, AND AND THE BLUE EGGS. GENE EUDY/PATRIOTIC CHICKEN OWNER: THAT'S JUST THE NATURAL COLOR EGG THAT THEY LAY.)) ((MARYANN EUDY/GENE'S WIFE: HE'S PROUD OF THEM BECAUSE HE LOVES AMERICA AND IT'S SOMETHING HE CAN DO, YOU KNOW, HE FEELS PROUD WHEN HE GATHERS THEM. ))
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Gene Eudy has been raising chickens for years, but only recently noticed that his hens share his patriotism.
And just like any good American, Eudy says he also loves sharing his eggs with his neighbors.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 20 points. The NASDAQ has lost nine.

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Up next on the newscast, the Big East wraps up its meetings in Florida without a solution to its problems.
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Also the A-C-C baseball tournament is in town, but it has problems of its own.
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The Big East meetings have wrapped up in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Mike Stevens has more on the final day's happenings and the continued offensive against the ACC.
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Mother Nature apparently has a problem with the A-C-C as well. It's baseball tournament started last night in Salem, but it will not continue today.
The rain has forced the postponement of all today's games.
There is no word yet when the games will be rescheduled.
Meanwhile Maryland and Duke managed to get their game in last night.
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There was a slight breeze at the ballpark, as the Devils and Terps fought for survival.
Duke would get four runs in the third inning.
Troy Caradonna delivers a shot thru the hole, scoring Brian Patrick from third, and the Blue Devils went up 1-nothing.
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Still in the third, Adam Murray drives in Tim Layden and Caradonna with a two run double, making the score 3-nothing.
Duke advances 5 to 3.
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Tonight is the big night for some of the best known country music artists. They have traveled to Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards show.
As Harry Chapman tells us, the stars are getting more than just awards.
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