He may be in hiding, but Saddam Hussein is hardly keeping quiet.
Another audiotape surfaces that supposedly features the voice of the former dictator.
But U-S officials say they're not sure it's him.
Meanwhile, a soldier and Roanoke native is injured while serving in Iraq.
Cloudy skies and scattered showers continue through the afternoon, what will the weekend bring. I'll let you know in your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
A voice claiming to be that of Saddam Hussein predicts a return to power.
The audiotape aired today on the Arab television station Al-Jazeera.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Saddam Hussein is apparently back in an audiotape that attempts to rally more Iraqis into a guerrilla war against Americans.
It's the fourth tape from the deposed dictator that's aired in two weeks.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=04-Al-Jazeera Television; :14]
[SUPER=01-David Kay/U. S. Weapons Expert; :53]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; 1:06]
(( TRACK: SADDAM HUSSEIN MAY HAVE GONE UNDERGROUND, BUT HIS MESSAGES KEEP
SURFACING. AL-JAZEERA ARAB TELEVISION BROADCAST YET ANOTHER AUDIOTAPE PURPORTEDLY OF SADDAM BUT STILL UNCONFIRMED BY THE U-S. THE SPEAKER
ISSUED A NEW CALL TO ARMS AGAINST U-S TROOPS AND SAID, AT ANY MOMENT,
HELL DEFEAT THE AMERICANS AND RETURN TO POWER.
TRACK: ITS HARD TO TELL IF THESE TAPES HAVE ANY REAL IMPACT, BUT
INSURGENTS CONTINUE TO PREY ON AMERICANS. TO HELP STOP GUERRILLA
ATTACKS NEAR BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE ARMY IS CLEARING THE
AREA ALONG THE HIGHWAY.
SOT: Were just making it safer so that we can see what it is out here in the trees.
TRACK: WHILE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION HAVE BEEN FOUND YET,
LAWMAKERS IN WASHINGTON ARE REVIEWING TESTIMONY FROM U-S INSPECTORS WHO
SAY THEYVE UNCOVERED DOCUMENTS SHOWING A WEAPONS PROGRAM WAS IN
(Super: David Kay/U.S. Weapons Expert)
SOT: This is a program that, for over 25-years, spent billions of dollars, involved thousands of people and was active
ly shielded by a security and deception plan so it is not something that we are going
to unwrap easily.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: In the hunt for Saddam, the army has created images of what the former dictator may look like after three months in hiding, but so far, its refusing to release the pictures to the public. Teri Okita,
CBS News, Washington.))
Another soldier from our area has been wounded in Iraq.
The mother of 31- year- old Kong Manivong says her son was shot, but she has not received any word on his condition at this time.
She stays in contact through e-mail, and hopes to hear from him soon.
Manivong is from Roanoke.
He's a 19-92 graduate of Patrick Henry High School and is in the Army.
A former Lynchburg priest has been asked to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Father Dwight Shrader was a vicar at Holy Cross from 1986 to 1989.
Shrader has been the pastor at St. John the Apostle in Virginia Beach since leaving Lynchburg.
In May, he was placed on administrative leave while a Review Board looked into an allegation of sexual misconduct involving an adolescent.
Since that time, four more alleged victims have come forward.
[IN Q=AFTER COMPLETING ITS INVESTIGATION]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Pat Apuzzo/Bishop's Spokesman]
[OUT Q=FROM THE PRIESTHOOD.]
Church officials say the former priest will continue to undergo therapy.
Bedford County authorities are investigating a shooting that injured one person.
They say it happened off Route 43 North towards the Peaks of Otter. around 11:30 last night.
The victim was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police caught up with the suspect after he lost control of his car and flipped it over.
He is now in police custody.
The clock is ticking for Verizon and its employees to hammer out an agreeement.
Company officials and union leaders continue to negotiate, but so far there is no agreement on a new contract.
Verizon employees walked the picket line yesterday in Richmond.
Their contract expires at midnight Saturday, and union leaders say differences on health insurance and job security have not been resolved.
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[IN Q=we're always hopeful that a strike]
((GUY ANGELL/CWA LOCAL 2204 PRESIDENT: WE'RE ALWAYS HOPEFUL THAT A STRIKE CAN BE AVERTED AND CAN REACH AGREEMENT, BUT AT THIS TIME WE ARE FAR APART AND WE ARE PLANNING FOR A WALKOUT.))
((PAUL MILLER/VERIZON SPOKESMAN: WE WOULD HOPE THAT THERE ISN'T A STRIKE. WE CERTAINLY WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN. AND I DON'T THINK OUR CUSTOMERS WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Guy Angell/CWA Local 2204 President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Miller/Verizon Spokesman; :10]
[OUT Q=want to see that happen.]
There are roughly 13- thousand Verizon employees in Virginia, and about 900 in the area from Roanoke to far southwest Virginia.
[TAPE#=03-29 TC 48:49]
The discussion over the future of Victory Stadium just keeps coming.
Roanoke City Council voted to build a new stadium amphitheater two years ago, but that didn't stop the debate.
Jennifer Wishon has reaction from last night's public forum where the city presented its case.
[SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/Favors New Stadium; :13]
[SUPER=01-Brian Wishneff/Favors Renovating Victory Stadium; :34]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Favors Renovating Victory Stadium; :51]
[SUPER=01-Jessica Howe/Favors New Stadium; 1:05]
[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Roanoke]
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon, a huge fire is raging in an Atlanta warehouse that stores antiques.
and also, a woman charged with posing as the long-lost daughter of an Indiana couple gets her first day in court.
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The Atlanta skyline is filled with smoke this afternoon.
Large plumes of black smoke are billowing from a fire at a warehouse in the city's downtown area.
Witnesses say they heard an explosion and saw flames shoot up from the building, which serves as a finishing studio for antiques.
Authorities aren't yet saying whether there are any injuries, or what may have caused the fire.
Dozens of pieces of art were being stored in the warehouse.
Flames also made their way to a structure next door.
The woman who claimed to be the victim of a kidnapping 17 years ago will appear at a bail hearing today in Kansas.
Now that 35- year- old Donna Walker has turned herself in to authorities in Topeka, Kansas, they're hoping she'll answer the question WHY?
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[IN Q=What she has done]
[OUT Q=mentall ill.]
Last Saturday, Walker allegedly claimed to be Shannon Sherrill, the daughter of an Indiana family whose six- year- old disappeared in 1986.
Meanwhile, Walker's attorney says his client is "remorseful", but doesn't feel she's done anything wrong.
But authorities say Walker's had previous brushes with the law.
She's accused of making crank calls, bomb threats, writing bad checks and using stolen credit cards.
Two explosions have rocked parts of Turkey.
Authorities found a couple of suspicious packages on the grounds of the Turkish Justice Ministry Training Center.
The first one exploded and shattered windows of the building, but no one was injured.
However when the second package was detonated, six police officers nearby were wounded.
Authorities are still trying to figure out who was behind the explosions.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Up ahead on the newscast, we'll meet a woman who has been working at the same place for 60 years, and is finally getting some recognition from the state.
and also, bachelors beware! Hundreds of women now have wedding dresses after a huge bridal sale in New York.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
All it takes is one wheel and a lot of balance--
The national unicycle competition is under way at Augsburg College in Minneapolis-- and there doesn't appear to be a clown in sight.
These riders come from all over the U-S, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
About 250 riders are taking part.
Their ages range from four to 70.
Just to make it even more challenging, participants also have to play basketball and hockey while riding the unicycles.
"Gone in 60 Seconds" may be the title of a movie about stealing cars--but it also applies to a bridal shop in New York City.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Filene's Basement held its famous bridal gown sale this morning.
The doors opened promptly at eight o'clock, and every bride-to-be was on her own.
In less than a minute, the racks were stripped bare.
The eager shoppers grabbed whatever gowns they could, and then headed to a corner of the store to try them on, because there are NO dressing rooms.
After they try them on, the trading begins.
Each dress-- no matter what size, style, or color-- is bartered for another, until each bride-to-be ends up with the gown of her dreams.
She's 96 years old, and not showing any signs of slowing down.
Now an Alleghany County woman is getting some recognition from the General Assembly, just for being herself.
Richard Lesko has more from the Averill Store in Alleghany County.
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[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; :00]
[SUPER=07-Alpha "Granny" Averill; :37]
[SUPER=01-Temple Kessinger/Alleghany Co. Chamber of Commerce; 1:15]
[OUT Q= News 7, Alleghany County]
(( Granny Averill is 96 years old, and is still behind the same counter of the family store that her brother-in-law bought more than 60 years ago. In the 40's she had no idea that she or the store would be around now.
[SOT - 14:37]
[INQ=I didn't think...]
((ALPHA "GRANNY" AVERILL; I DIDN'T THINK I'D BE HERE, YOU KNOW THE OLD STORE HERE IS ABOUT TO FALL DOWN ON US. ))
There may not be a lot on the shelves, but you can find almost anything a household needs, but now they specialize in a brisk breakfast and lunch trade.
And the down-home feel is a favorite of regulars and a few famous visitors.
[SOT - 15:56]
[INQ=They're just carried away...]
((ALPHA "GRANNY" AVERILL; THEY'RE JUST CARRIED AWAY WITH IT. I JUST CAN'T SEE THAT. I WONDER WHAT THEY SEE THAT THEY THOUGHT WAS SO GOOD.))
[OUTQ=thought was so good.]
In fact more than a few people like what Granny has done for the past 60 years, including Delegate Jim Shuler and State Senator Creigh Deeds. They co-sponsored a resolution that recognizes Granny for being a daily reminder of a simpler, and less stressful time.
[SOT - 10:17]
[INQ=This has been an...]
((DEL. JIM SHULER/(D) BLACKSBURG; THIS HAS BEEN AN INSTITUTION IN LOW MOOR FOR YEARS, THERE'S NO COMPUTERS, GOOD FOOD, GRANNY ADDS IT UP ON A NOTEBOOK PAD, WISHES YOU WELL, HOPES YOU COME BACK TOMORROW. SHE'S JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON. ))
[OUTQ=she's just a wonderful person.]
[SOT - 12:25]
[INQ=It's a place to come..]
((TEMPLE KESSINGER/ALLEGHANY CO. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; IT'S A PLACE TO COME FOR SOME PEACE AND QUIETNESS IN YOUR NORMAL DAY OF HUSTLE AND BUSTLE. IT'S LESS STRESSFUL TO EAT HERE THAN A LOT OF FAST FOOD RESTARAUNTS. AND I THINK THAT'S APPEALING FOR A LOT OF FOLKS. ))
[OUTQ=appealing for a lot of folks.]
And while Averill is being recognized, she says she'll probably keep on going, even at 96.
[SOT - 16:15]
[INQ=As long as...]
((ALPHA "GRANNY" AVERILL; AS LONG AS I'VE GOT THIS STORE, I CAN'T RETIRE. YOU SELL THIS FOR ME AND I'LL QUIT!"))
[OUTQ=for me and I'll quit!]
Richard Lesko, News 7, Alleghany County.))
Depending on how you look at it, there's some good news to report about the nation's unemployment numbers.
The jobless rate fell two- tenths of a point last month, down to six-point-two percent.
But on the flip side, payrolls also declined.
Economists say the unemployment figure is down because many Americans have stopped looking for wrok.
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was DOWN 71 points. Nasdaq fell 17 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
coming up in sports... John Andretti prepares to race his third different car this season at the Brickyard 400....
and we'll take a look at who will be indoctrinated to the NFL hall of fame this year.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2003 will be inducted this weekend in Canton, Ohio.
And as Mike Stevens explains, the ceremony will have a bit of a local flavor.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Canton, OH; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Horrigan/Pro Football Hall of Fame Spokesman; :25]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
The Pre-Season Top 25 Coaches Poll was released last night and both the Hokies and the Hoos are ranked.
Tech checks in at number 10 while Virginia is number 17.
The Cavs start the season in the poll for the first time under Al Groh.
The Big 12 placed three teams in the top five with Oklahoma first, Texas fourth and Kansas State fifth.
John Andretti will drive his third different car this season when he gets behind the wheel of a car for Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated at this weekend's Brickyard 400.
Andretti practically grew up around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00]
that means that he needs plenty of extra tickets for the race in his home state of Indiana.
He recently bought 12 seats for his friends and family.
Andretti hopes the opportunity to hook up with D-E-I pays off.
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[SUPER=01-John Andretti/Will Drive DEI Car in Brickyard; :05]
[OUT Q=call him for a credit card."]
And finally, one minister is finding out if you pay them, they will come.
[VO-NAT - :18+]
Bishop Fred Caldwell of the Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, has a radical idea to diversify the largely black congregation of his church.
This month, Caldwell will pay white people to attend his sermons: five dollars for a Sunday service, and ten for a Thursday service.
Needless to say, the idea has already sparked controversy in the community.