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In the news this morning, The Roanoke County Public Safety Building on Peters Creek Road was evacuated earlier today.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co/This Morning;]
Officials say around 3:45 this morning the fire alam malfunctioned.
When a dispatcher disconnected the system, the fire suppression gas was released.
A dispatcher was hit in the eyes with the gas but is reportedly okay.
During the evacuation, 911 services were transferred to Roanoke City.
The transfer lasted about 15 minutes.
All emergency systems are back up and running at this time.
The cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.
Botetourt County authorities are still searching for the suspect in Tuesday's fatal shooting.
They think the suspect is a man who lives
in the Willowbrook Trailer Park.
It was here they found his cousin 46 year old David Bowman with a bullet in his chest about 7:45 Tuesday night.
The last time the suspect Milen Goins had a gun in his hand, neighbors say he shot up his Ford truck.
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[IN Q=He said this]
((HE SAID THIS IS WHY I DON'T LIKE 'EM. IT WOULDN'T START, SO I DECIDED TO SHOOT IT.
Had he been drinking? YEAH. HE DRUNK ALL THE TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Nichols/Suspect's Neighbor]
[OUT Q=all the time.]
Several neighbors said shots were frequently heard in and around Goins' trailer.
Authorities have not found him, but they released a tag number and the description of two pick-trucks Goins may be driving: a '94 white Chevy and a '92 brown Ford.
Police say the man who went on a shooting rampage at a Chicago auto parts warehouse was a former employee, who'd been fired about six months ago.
Investigators say 36- year- old Salvador Tapia (TUH- pee- uh) went through the warehouse yesterday morning with a semi- automatic pistol, killing six workers.
After ducking bullets, officers finally got inside the building.
They exchanged gunfire with Tapia, eventually killing him.
The incident came as a shock to those who knew the owner of the business-- who was also one of the victims.
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[IN Q=Very good father]
((SID BROTTMAN/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR: VERY GOOD FATHER, VERY GOOD PERSON, I HAVE NOTHING BAD TO SAY. I'VE KNOWN HIM 18 YEARS AT LEAST, HE'S BEEN A VERY GOOD NEIGHBOR AND WE GOT ALONG VERY WELL))
[SUPER=01-Sid Brottman/Victim's Neighbor;]
[OUT Q=got along very well.]
Meanwhile, authorites say Tapia was arrested 12 times for a number of offenses, including unlawfully carrying a gun, aggravated assault and domestic battery.
As the number of U-S troops killed in Iraq rises, so does the price tag for putting the country back in working order.
But American troops aren't the only ones being killed.
Yesterday, a British soldier died when Iraqis fired on his patrol.
Now the Bush administration wants the U-N to endorse a multi- national force to help out with the situation.
But that's not likely, since the U-S will not relinquish any control in Iraq.
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[IN Q=It is still averaging]
((GUY SHIELDS/COALITION SPOKESMAN: IT IS STILL AVERAGING JUST OVER A DOZEN ATTACKS BUT WE HAVE DAYS WHEN IT IS MORE, OR DAYS WHEN IT IS LESS. ))
[SUPER=01-Guy Shields/Coalition Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=when it is less.]
It costs a billion dollars a week to run the U-S military occupation.
Tens of billions more are needed to rebuild the country.
Meanwhile, President Bush is cutting a pay raise for civilian government workers in half to pay for the Iraqi operation, as well as other efforts to fight terrorism.
Good news for Lynchburg's police officers.. city leaders have heard their complaints about low morale and low pay and are ready to do something about it.
The next task is finding a way to pay for it.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/Lynchburg Council Member; :21]
[SUPER=01-Kimball Payne/Lynchburg City Manager; :47]
[SUPER=01-Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; 1:01]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( They've been making noise for months, and now Lynchburg's squeaky wheel appears it will soon get some grease.
Dozens of police officers have left the department in the last year, most headed for higher-paying jobs in the private sector.
The problem is a large number of Lynchburg cops are making a lot less than their colleagues around central Virginia.
((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: PAY IS NEVER REALLY A SATISFIER FOR EMPLOYEES, BUT IT CAN BE A HELL OF A DISSATISFIER. AND WHEN YOU HAVE CERTAIN RANKS OR DIVISIONS AT ONLY 85 PERCENT OF THE MARKET, THAT'S A HORRIBLE DISSATISFIER.))
[OUT Q=horrible dissatisfier.]
So city leaders are looking for solutions.
At a two-day retreat, city council hashed out the basis for a compensation philosophy for all city employees.. one that follows the market average but also ties raises to specific job performance.
((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: THE NEXT STEP IS TO GET THIS COMPENSATION PHILOSOPHY DOCUMENT DOWN AND HOPEFULLY COUNCIL WILL ENDORSE THAT, AND THEN TO LOOK AT THE SITUATION WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO SEE WHERE IT DIVERGES FROM THAT PHILOSOPHY AND TRY TO BRING IT INTO CONVERGENCE WITH THAT.))
[OUT Q=with that.]
((CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: THE MAJORITY OF THEM WILL CERTAINLY BE HEARTENED TO SEE WHERE COUNCIL AND THE MANAGER ARE COMMITTING TO WORK WITH THEM TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, AS RESOURCES WILL ALLOW.))
[OUT Q=will allow.]
Payne promised to start working on a concrete pay philosophy for all city employees, and one that would bring relief to police officers by the first of the year.
Finding a way to pay for it.. about a half million dollars to start.. has not been decided yet.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
Just before the holiday weekend, state officials have announced a new intiative against drunk driving.
Last year 375 people died in drunk driving accidents on Virginia's roads.
That is the highest fatality rate since 1994.
To reduce the number of alchohol-related crashes, police are increasing the number of sobriety check-points.
[IN Q=THIS WEEK, THIS WEEKEND AND FOR]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS WEEK, THIS WEEKEND AND FOR THE COMING WEEKS, IF YOU DRIVE DRUNK, WE'RE GOING TO FIND YOU, WE'RE GOING TO ARREST YOU AND WE'RE GOING TO GET YOU OFF THE ROAD. COLONEL GERALD MASSENGILL/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE GRIEF ASSOCIATED WITH ANY NEEDLESS DEATH IS THE SAME. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHETHER THE LIFE WAS TAKEN WITH AN AK-47 OR WITH A MERCEDES BENZ.))
[SUPER=01-Gerald Massengill/Virginia State Police; :08]
[OUT Q=OR WITH A MERCEDES BENZ.]
State officials are also starting an awareness campaign to warn motorists of the consequences of driving under the influence.
In business news, A computer company has announced its cutting hundreds of jobs.
And, fewer people are filling out mortgage applications
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Computer maker Silicon Graphics plans to cut 600 jobs, or 17 percent of
> its work force to save money. Management said the cuts will trim quarterly
> expenses to $100 million.
> The New York Stock Exchange is digging deep into its pockets to keep
> Chairman Dick Grasso. The exchange paid the 57 year old Grasso $140
> million dollars in accrued savings, benefits and incentives he has vested
> in the big board during his 35 years there. grasso also reupped his
> contract through 2007 for a minimum of 2.4mln dollars a year in salary
> including bonuses...
> The disclosure follows criticism that Grasso is overpaid.
For the first time since the accounting scandal at WorldCom came to light,
former C-E-O Bernie Ebbers is
facing criminal charges. The state of Oklahoma has charged WorldCom,
Ebbers and other
former executives with violating state securities laws by giving false
information to investors. WorldCom, now operating under the name M-C-I,
hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection this fall. It filed for
bankruptcy over a year ago in the face of an accounting scandal now
estimated at eleven billion dollars.
> on wall street... it was another quiet trading day in august with most
> traders in vacation mode ahead of the labor day weekend...
> the dow dipped 6 points.
> the nasaq moved up 11 to a 16 month high
> Those rising mortgage rates are causing a drop in loan
> applications..according to the mortage bankers association,
> Mortgage loan and refinance applications fell more than 13 percent in the
> latest week. Meantime mortgage interest rates held steady this week.. the
> average rate for a 30 year loan is 6.22 percent.
> TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM... I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
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We could know the cause of a fire at a Salem hardware store by the end of the week.
The True Value Hardware Store on West Main Street was destroyed in last Wednesday's fire.
Investigators have been on scene in the days since, looking for specific information.
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[IN Q=We'll, we're looking for burn patterns...]
((TOM ROSEBERRY/SALEM ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF: WELL, WE'RE LOOKING FOR BURN PATTERNS ON THE FLOOR JOISTS AND CEILING JOISTS. WE CAN TELL WHICH WAY THE FIRE WENT BY WHICH STRUCTURES ARE BURNED. WE'RE LOOKING AT ELECTRICAL WIRING, WHETHER THE COVER'S BURNED OFF OR FUSED TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Roseberry/Salem Assistant Fire Chief;]
[OUT Q=burned off or fused together.]
Roseberry says the fire was most likely accidental, starting at one of two places in the attic.
In the meantime, preliminary reports showed herbicides in a creek near the hardware store.
The creek feeds into the Roanoke River.
Summer vacation just got a little longer for some students in Grayson county.
Students there are now scheduled to go back to school September Eighth, nearly a month later than usual.
The reason stems back to Fries (Freeze) Middle School, which will be closed this Fall because of mold.
Mobile classroom units were being set up at two nearby middle schools to accommodate the students, but the work is taking longer than expected because of rain.
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((JERRY COCK/GRAYSON CO. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT: 919 WE COULDN'T PUT THEM IN POSITION BECAUSE THIS WAS A MUDHOLE AND EVERYTIME IT WOULD JUST ABOUT GET DRY ENOUGH IT WOULD RAIN AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Cock/Grayson Co. Assistant Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=would rain again]
The school board delayed opening nine of the county's 10 schools, while the situation is being worked out.
Officials say removing the mold at Fries could cost a million dollars, but they hope to reopen the school by mid to late January.
It's that time of year again.
Folks are getting set for an annual tradition in Hillsville.
This year marks the 36-th year for the annual Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market.
The event is sponsored by the Grover King Post 11-15 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Yesterday, vendors were busy getting set up for the annual event which attracts thousands.
The gun show and flea market will run from Friday through Monday.
Admission is one dollar-- children under 12 get in free.
Steve Pardon will be in Hillsville tomorrow on News 7 Mornin' beginning at 5:30.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The O. Winston Link Museum is scheduled to open in Roanoke in January, but some of the people who'll be IN the museum are marking a milestone today.
It was 45 years ago tonight that Link shot one of his most well-known photographs.
On August 28th 1958, Link noticed three young women at a swimming pool in Welch, West Virginia, and asked them to come back again later that night.
The three friends posed for the picture -- then forgot about it for more than 20 years.
Then, in the early 1980s, one of the women -- Vesta Kitchens Dajani ((duh-JOHN-ee)) -- picked up a New York Times and got a surprise.
She spread the word to her friend Nilda Ramella, who also appeared in the shot.
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[IN Q=Vesta's husband]
((NILDA RAMELLA: SHE MUST HAVE PERUSED IT IN EVERY SECTION, BECAUSE SHE SAW THE ARTICLE THAT TALKED ABOUT O. WINSTON LINK, AND SHE READ IT, AND THERE WAS A, THEY HAD MENTIONED A SWIMMING POOL, WELCH SWIMMING POOL. SO, SHE WROTE ME, AND SHE SAID "NILDA, COULD THIS BE US?"))
[OUT Q=this be us?]
Ramella says she regrets she never got to talk to Link again after the night at the pool.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of that famous speech by Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior.
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[IN Q=I have a ]
[OUT Q=dream today]
King spoke those words to a crowd of 250- thousand people at the Lincoln Memorial during the 19-63 March on Washington.
Last weekend, a rally was held in honor of the anniversary.
And a new monument was unveiled with King's words inscribed in stone.