A garage in Southeast Roanoke catches fire early this morning.
The owner says he suspects it was arson.
And hundreds of people are feared dead after an over- crowded ferry capsizes in Bangladesh.
A cool front is heading our way bringing the chance of showers and thunderstorms but also a nice change. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
The owner of a Roanoke business says an early morning fire was the work of an arsonist.
The owner of Southeast Automotive Service says this morning's incident is the third such fire in recent weeks.
The fire broke out around 4:45 this morning at the business located at 13th Street and Tazewell Avenue in Southeast.
The fire was contained to the garage, which includes a second story apartment.
Nobody was injured in the blaze, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Fire officials esimated damages at 25-thousand dollars.
The search continues in a Bangladesh river for at least 400 people missing and feared dead after an overcrowded ferry capsizes.
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Strong currents have made search efforts difficult.
The triple- deck ferry sank Tuesday night, with about 750 people on board.
About 200 of them were rescued by fishing boats, or managed to reach the shore.
Rescue officials say four bodies have been found so far.
They fear many others are trapped inside the ferry, which still has not been located.
President Bush says the U-S needs to stay on track in Iraq, despite daily attacks on American troops.
But as Teri Okita tells us, a new poll shows the patience of Americans could be wearing thin.
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[SUPER=01-Jay Maguie/U. S. Military Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Massachusetts;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
: U-S TROOPS ROLLED OUT THE BARBED WIRE AT A POLICE STATION IN
FALLUJAH TRYING TO KEEP THE BAD GUYS OUT. IN SEVERAL VOLATILE TOWNS
TODAY, AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE FACED FIREFIGHTS, MORTAR ROUNDS, AND
ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE ASSAULTS. TWO MORE SOLDIERS DIED IN THE
ATTACKS. THE U-S HAS TRIED TO RESTORE ORDER IN THE STREETS BY REHIRING
IRAQI POLICE OFFICERS MANY WHOVE HAD LITTLE TRAINING.
(Super: Lt. Jay Maguie/U.S. Military Spokesman) (NAME IS SPELLED
SOT: We had to reconstitute the entire force to, essentially, help these
guys take care of themselves. In essence, showing them the road.
TRACK: BUT THE WIRE BARRIER HAS DONE LITTLE TO HELP RELATIONS WITH
IRAQIS AND SUSPICIONS RUN HIGH ON BOTH SIDES. NOW, MANY IRAQI POLICE
ARE SIGNING A PETITION AND THREATENING TO WALK OFF THE JOB IF U-S
FORCES DONT LEAVE. BUT PRESIDENT BUSH IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS AFRICA
TRIP SAYS THE U-S MUST STAY THE COURSE.
SOT: (Bush ) There is no question that we have a security issue in Iraq,
and we are going to have to deal with it, person by person. We are
going to have to remain tough.
TRACK: (graphic) NOT EVERYONE AGREES. IN A NEW CBS NEWS POLL, LESS THAN
HALF 45-PERCENT OF AMERICANS NOW BELIEVE THE U-S IS CONTROL IN IRAQ.
THATS DOWN FROM 71-PERCENT IN EARLY APRIL. AND MANY DEMOCRATS IN
WASHINGTON QUESTIONING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS POST-WAR STRATEGY.
(Super: Sen. John Kerry/D-Massachusetts) to come
SOT: Its time to tell the truth we lack sufficient forces to
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: President Bushs approval rating for his handling of
Iraq has dropped 14-points, but more than half of those polled still say
removing Saddam was worth the cost. Teri Okita, CBS News,
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A 10- year old Bedford County boy says the allegations of staged fights at a 4-H camp at Smith Mountain Lake are true.
Last night Teresa Hamilton spoke with the boy and his parents.
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[IN Q=I was actually ]
[SUPER=01-D. J. Rawls/Bedford Co. Camper; :00]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :10]
[SUPER=01-Poppy Rawls/D. J.'s Mother; 1:02]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7. ]
[in q= I was ]
((I WAS ACTUALLY KNOCKED OUT ONE TIME AND DIDN'T KNOW IT.))
[OUT Q= DIDN'T KNOW IT.]
10- year old D- J Rawls is describing the injuries he says he suffered last week while attending 4- H camp near Burnt Chimney.
He says he was attacked five times and that teenagers who volunteered to work as counselors at the camp were behind the violence.
[in q= The couselor]
((THE COUNSELOR WOULD WALK UP TO A BOY, AND WHISPER IN HIS EAR GO PUNCH SO AND SO AND THE BOY WOULD ACTUALLY MOST OF THE TIME WALK UP AND PUNCH THE BOY. ))
[out q= and punch the boy. ]
Rawls says once the fight started... the teenage counselors would then charge admission and even bet on the outcome.
[in q= They charged ]
((THEY CHARGED ONE DOLLAR ADMISSION FOR EACH KID TO WATCH AS MANY AS HE WANTED, JUST ONE DOLLAR, THEY TOOK BETS FROM THE CHILDREN, RANGING FROM ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY WANTED. ))
[out q= they watned.]
Rawls parents don't believe any paid staff were aware of what was allegedly going on but insist the camp is still responsible.
[in q= I think ]
((POPPY RAWLS/MOTHER: I THINK FOUR H DOES A LOT OF GOOD FOR A LOT OF CHILDREN BUT I THINK THEY NEED TO LOOK AT PROCESS... AND THEY NEED TO HAVE CHECKS AND BALANCES IN PLACE. ))
[outq = in place.]
The Virginia Cooperative Extension, which runs the state's 4-H programs and centers, says it's doing just that.
The extension's director says it's prepared to implement new policies to ensure the care and safety of campers.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7.
The camp's programming director says the volunteer counselors under scrutiny were only at the camp for one week and all current campers are safe.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the sentencing phase continues for a man involved in a murder for hire plot.
Plus, two people cure the nation's Powerball fever. They matched the winning number in last night's 261 MILLION dollar lottery.
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He's out of jail now, but police say he could be arrested again.
Vincent Brothers was released from jail in North Carolina, less than 12 hours after being arrested in the shooting deaths of five family members in California.
Craig Feigener (Fig- ner) reports.
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[SUPER=01-Neil Mahan/Bakersfield Police Department; :11]
[SUPER=01-Craig Feigener/Reporting; :36]
[OUT Q=Fiegener for CBS News.]
The mother of Matthew Shallenberger says her son should be put to death for his crimes.
Shallenberger has pled guilty to the October murders of Julian Lewis Junior and his 25 year old son at their Keeling home.
Prosecutors say Shallenberger and another man, Rodney Fuller, joined Lewis' wife Theresa in a murder for hire scheme.
During yesterday's penalty phase, Fuller took the stand to say insurance money was the motive.
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[IN Q=Who told you about]
((RODNEY FULLER/CO-DEFENDANT: WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT THE INSURANCE MONEY? SHALLENBERGER. WHAT DID HE TELL YOU ABOUT THE INSURANCE MONEY? HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO KILL HER HUSBAND, THEY WERE GOING TO GET THE INSURANCE MONEY.))
[OUT Q=insurance money]
The Commonwealth's Attorney argued that Shallenberger deserves to die because he planned the murders and showed no remorse for it.
Defense Attorneys argue putting Shallenberger to death would be too easy and believe the ultimate punishment would be life without parole.
Shallenberger's mother took the stand yesterday afternoon and said her son deserves life in prison as well as the death penalty.
A power outtage yesterday afternoon forced the judge to reschedule closing arguments for tomorrow morning.
A program that helps ex-offenders in Virginia get back on their feet has found funding for another year.
State funding cutbacks placed the future of "Virginia Cares" in jeopardy, but federal funds will allow it to continue for at least one more year.
Beyond this year, the organization will have to raise matching private and state funds to receive federal money.
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[IN Q=Without these programs to provide]
((ANNE FISHER/VIRGINIA CARES: WITHOUT THESE PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF INTERVENTION AND HELP THEM FIND JOBS AND PLACES TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE AREAS WHERE THEY WERE ORIGINALLY DOING THE CRIMES THEY WERE DOING, THE CRIME IS ONLY GOING TO INCREASE.))
[SUPER=01-Anne Fisher/Virginia Cares]
[OUT Q=only going to increase]
The cash-match will go up 25 percent every year for the next three years.
Virginia Cares says it has been receiving money from private donations and sub-contracting agencies.
The program has been in operation since 1980.
Someone's visit to a Fuel Mart in Hermann, Missouri has netted them half of a multi- million dollar jackpot.
That's where one of the two winning tickets was purchased in the 261- million dollar Powerball lottery.
The other winning ticket was bought somewhere in Pennsylvania.
So far, neither winner has come forward.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=04-Multi-State Lottery Association;]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
(Mandatory Courtesy: Multi-State Lottery Assoc.)
(nats- "so thanks for playing good luck")
AND TWO PEOPLE WERE VERY LUCKY.
SOMEONE IN MISSOURI AND SOMEONE IN PENNSYLVANIA MATCHED ALL 6 NUMBERS
AND NOW GET TO SPLIT 261 MILLION DOLLARS.
IT WAS THE DREAM OF THOSE RICHES THAT SENT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY
RUSHING TO GET THEIR TICKETS.
"well we had lines of people that were maybe like 12, 15 people deep,
two lines some of them were buying one dollar some of them were buying
IN SOME STATES LOTTERY MACHINES WERE PUMPING OUT 2-THOUSAND TICKETS A
"Been totally off the wall, non-stop from open to close"
POWERBALL IS ONLY IN 24 STATES AND HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, SO
MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING NEW YORKERS HAD TO CROSS STATE LINES..
"how much money are you spending. We bought 60 dollars, actually I come
from New York"
PEOPLE HAVE TO PICK A LUMP SUM PAYMENT OR AN ANNUAL PAYMENT.
WHICH MEANS TODAY'S WINNERS WILL GET ROUGHLY 70 MILLION DOLLARS OR FOUR
MILLION ANUALLY FOR 30 YEARS.... BEFORE TAXES.
AND IF YOU THINK LUCK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT CONSIDER THESE ODDS...
120 MILLION 526-THOUSAND TO ONE.
STANDUP: (Aleen Sirgany/CBS NEWS/Washington, DC)
SO EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T WIN YOU CAN ALWAYS TRY AGAIN SATURDAY.
OF COURSE IT IS A MUCH SMALLER JACKPOT.
A MEASLY 10 MILLION DOLLARS.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
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Coming up next, Leo will give us a look at the weekend forecast,
Plus a little comic relief at a major league game last night is getting national exposure after a player breaks up the weiner race.
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Pieces of art are often stored in a trunk, but seldom is a trunk used to CREATE art.
That is, unless you're talking about Hansa, the baby elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
She's become quite the painter, using her trunk to express herself.
While she's not quite Picasso, Hansa's zookeepers and visitors are impressed.
A large painting by Hansa will be auctioned off tomorow at the zoo's annual fundraising "Jungle Party."
Finances aside, zookeepers say painting stimulates the elephants.
A hot dogging baseball player may be in trouble with the law.
Prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon.
Simon hit one of the Milwaukee Brewer's sausage mascots with a bat during last night's baseball
He swung his bat at the Italian sausage, as the group of four raced past the Pirates' dugout.
The woman in the costume tumbled to the ground, knocking down another character.
Simon was booked for misdemeanor battery and released.
A Milwaukee Brewers official says it was ``one of most outrageous things'' he's ever seen.
But Simon's teammate Reggie Sanders says the incident ``looks worse than it was.''
He says the weight of the costume helped knock the woman over. Both mascots were treated for scraped knees.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 110 points. The NASDAQ has lost 29 points.
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Coming up in the newscast... 3 NASCAR drivers are fined for using ilegal parts on their cars... we'll tell you who....
and we'll tell you why Glasgow wants everybody to remember it as the town that time forgot.
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The Fourth of July racing weekend at Daytona produced more than just a surprise winner.
Yesterday NASCAR fined three Winston Cup teams, and docked them championship points for cheating in the Pepsi 400.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
Michael Waltrip was fined 25 thousand dollars, and lost 25 points for having an un-approved carburetor on his car.
Kyle Petty also lost 25 thousand dollars and 25 points for using un- approved jacking bolts.
And Morgan McClure Racing and its driver that night, Stacy Compton, lost points and received a 25 thousand dollar deduction for having an illegal fuel cell.
The Tour De France is starting to get interesting four stages into the race.
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In yesterday's 43 mile time trial, four time champion Lance Armstrong led the US Postal Service team to the individual and team wins.
It's the first time Armstrong's ever been on top in this particular stage.
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[IN Q=THIS IS THE FIRST TIME...]
[SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/2nd Place Overall; :00]
[OUT Q=...and not have won."]
[VO NAT CON'T]
Armstrong's teammate, Victor Hugo Pena, claimed the yellow jersey and became the first Colombian to hold the overall lead in the Tour's 100-year history.
Today they hit the Alps.
A local town is hoping its flirtation with the past will guarantee it a bright future.
Richard Lesko explains from Glasgow.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Cline/Artist; :20]
[SUPER=01-Ray Berkstresser; 33 QUICK!!!]
[OUT Q=News 7, Glasgow.]
[INQ=She's got the eyes...]
((SHE'S GOT THE EYES, DOES IT LOOK GOOD UP HERE?))
[OUTQ=good up here?]
On April First, dinosaurs invaded the town of Glasgow, and now it's happened again.
Artist Mark Cline has unveiled three of his latest creations, and is finding out the dinos have found a home.
[SOT - 1:09:57]
[INQ=When you see a dinosaur...]
((MARK CLINE/ARTIST; WHEN YOU SEE A DINOSAUR IN ITS PROPER SETTING, LIKE A DISPLAY, IT'S NICE. BUT WHEN YOU SEE IT HERE IT'S SOMETHING A LITTE EXTRA, SPECIAL. PEOPLE REALLY TAKE NOTICE TO IT.))
[OUTQ=take notice to it.]
[SOT - 52:37]
((WE'LL SEE ABOUT GETTING ONE FOR YOUR YARD, MAYBE ONE COMING OUT OF A TAR PIT.))
[SOT - 53:22]
[INQ=I think it's neat...]
((RAY BERKSTRESSER; I THINK IT'S NEAT WHAT HE'S DOING DOWN HERE. KINDA LIKE TO HAVE ONE IN MY YARD.))
[OUTQ=have one in my yard.]
[SOT - 1:02:33]
[INQ=I like them in...]
((I LIKE THEM IN THE OTHER YARDS, THE BUSINESSES, I LIKE THEM THERE.))
[INQ= - 1:16:31]
((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; NOW THESE DINOSAURS AREN'T JUST FOR PEOPLE IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY TO SEE, IN FACT THE TOWN HAS GOTTEN CALLS FROM AS FAR AWAY AS ALABAMA FROM PEOPLE WANTING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ANIMALS ARE STILL HERE.))
[OUTQ=animals are still here.]
In the first two months that the dinosaurs have been resurrected in Glasgow, the townspeople have grown used to the fiberglass creatures, and now Glasgow is promoting itself as the Town that Time Forgot, to try to lure more dollars from other nearby tourist attractions.
[SOT - 1:13:24]
[INQ=I would hate to see...]
((I WOULD HATE TO SEE TRAFFIC CONGEST THIS TOWN, BUT IF IT CAN HELP BRING IN A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS TO HELP THE TOWN PEOPLE, WHY NOT?))
[SOT - 1:12:30]
[INQ=The people in the town...]
((MARK CLINE/ARTIST; THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN LOVE "THEIR" DINOSAURS, THEY'VE COME UP AND THANKED ME FOR BRINGING THEM HERE, FOR ME IT'S ALL IN A DAY'S WORK.))
[OUTQ=all in a day's work.]
Richard Lesko, News 7, Glasgow.))
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