They're the people you call in case of an emergency.
But this morning, the Roanoke County Public Safety Building was evacuated.
The story, coming up.
And the search is on for four men suspected in a shooting last night in Henry County.
Another hot and humid day with a slightly higher chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Roanoke County had to ask for some help from its neighbors this morning.
Roanoke City handled 9-1-1 services for the County during the evacuation of the county public safety building.
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Officials say around 3:45, the fire alarm 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.
Henry County authorities are looking for four men they say are responsible for a shooting last night.
It happened after nine at 2600 Kings Mountain Road.
Investigators say the men broke into a home there and beat and shot one of the residents because of a dispute over a C-D player.
25 year old Timothy Alley Janey was shot in the stomach. He's recovering at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.
Investigators haven't identified the suspects yet. They say they may be driving a 1993 burgundy Nissan Altima.
More schools are closing early due to the heat.
Bland County schools are closing at 1:00 today and tomorrow.
In Henry County, the elementary schools are closing at noon today and tomorrow. The Middle Schools at 12:45, and the Henry County High Schools will close at 1:00.
In Martinsville, both Druid Hills and Patrick Henry Elementary schools will close at 12:30.
And in Roanoke Patrick Henry High School and William Fleming both closed today at 11:30.
Severe flooding has residents in other states scrambling to to get back to normal this week.
Firefighters were called in to pump water out of basements around Morgantown.
The 9-1-1 center has had its share of calls this week from residents looking for flood assistance.
Unfortunately, rising floodwaters were not the only hardship for homeowners.
The passing storms also caused thousands to lose power.
Meanwhile, stormy weather also made its way through western Ohio-- tearing down trees and power lines.
Residents reported power outages, lightning strikes and hail in their neighborhoods.
It could help solve a problem for the U-S.
For the first time, the Bush administration is admitting that a multi- national peacekeeping force would be welcome in Iraq.
But there are strings attached.
Scott Rapoport is at the United Nations with more.
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WITH THE TOLL OF DEATH, AN ALMOST DAILY OCCURENCE FOR U.S. AND BRITISH
TROOPS IN IRAQ..
...THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS NOW FLOATING THE IDEA OF ALLOWING A U-N
APPROVED ..MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE..TO HELP KEEP THE FRAGILE PEACE.
SOT: LT. GEN. RICHARD SANCHEZ/COMMANDER U-S FORCES IN IRAQ
"I THINK IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND WE WOULD WELCOME ANYONE WHO
WANTS TO JOIN THIS COALITION."
BUT THE TENTATIVE PLAN COMES WITH A CONTROVERSIAL CATCH. THE U.S.
INSISTS THAT THE FORCE BE HEADED BY AN AMERICAN COMMANDER.
SO FAR, THE U-N HASN'T SIGNED OFF ON THE PROPOSAL...NOT WILLING TO TAKE
ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PEACE-KEEPING WITHOUT MORE ADMINISTRATIVE
(NATZ OF FROM IRAQ)
NO MATTER WHO IS IN CHARGE...IT'S CLEAR.. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO
STABILIZE IRAQ. MORE THAN 150 AMERICAN AND BRITISH SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN
KILLED THERE SINCE MAJOR COMBAT ENDED ALMOST 4 MONTHS AGO.
WITH SOME MEMBERS OF THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL STILL RESENTFUL OF THE
U-S' DECISION TO GO TO WAR WITHOUT THEIR ENDORSEMENT...THIS NEW BUSH
ADMINISTRATION PLAN FACES AN UPHILL BATTLE.
SCOTT RAPOPORT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is still taking heat for his role in the war in Iraq.
People camped out overnight to see Blair arrive for court this morning.
He testified during a probe into the apparent suicide of weapons expert, David Kelly.
Kelly was named the likely source of the report that said the government had exaggerated estimations of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to gain more public support for the war.
Blair says the report was based on information from British intelligence, and was NOT an exaggeration.
He says if the charges were true, he would have had to leave office.
Since an investigative panel's hard- hitting report criticizing NASA because of the Shuttle Columbia accident, the space agency has promised to make major changes.
NASA's top administrator Sean O'Keefe says the agency has taken to heart all of the recommendations in the report.
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((SEAN O'KEEFE/NASA ADMINISTRATOR: WELL I THINK THEY FURTHER WENT ON TO SAY, THAT IF WE MAKE THE CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY, THIS IS INHERENTLY A USEFUL EXPLORATION VEHICLE, THE SHUTTLE IS, AND THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SEE MORE OF TIME COMING FROM THIS, IF WE DO THIS RIGHT, AND WE ARE COMMITED TO DOING JUST THAT. ))
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O'Keefe says the agency will make several repairs to shuttle hardware-- vowing that safety will be NASA's top priority.
And he says if they're not safe, the agency won't proceed.
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The state wants to make sure the number of drunk drivers does not go up again this year. We'll tell you what it is doing after the break.
Also a new study suggests drinking red wine could extend your life.
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Police officers across the commonwealth will be cracking down on drunk drivers even more this holiday weekend.
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.
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((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.))
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State officials are also starting an awareness campaign to warn motorists of the consequences of driving under the influence.
Researchers in Boston believe they may have discovered one key to the fountain of youth - and it may be just a sip of wine away.
Doctor Sean Kennif has details.
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STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT A LOW-CALORIE DIET CAN EXTEND THE LIVES OF RATS
AND OTHER ORGANISMS.
BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT'S HARD FOR HUMANS TO STAY ON THAT TYPE OF
SO SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MIMIC THAT PROCESS..
AND THE ANSWER COULD LIE IN THE CONTENTS OF A GLASS OF WINE.
ON CAMERA; DR. SEAN KENNIFF.
RESEARCHERS AT HARVARD HAVE DISCOVERED THAT A CERTAIN MOLECULE CALLED
RES-VERATROL, WHICH IS FOUND IN RED WINES..CAN EXTEND THE LIFESPAN OF
YEAST BY 80 PERCENT.
AND IT ALSO APPEARED TO PROTECT HUMAN CELLS AGAINST D-N-A DAMAGE..
SOT:DAVID SINCLAIR /HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
WE FOUND THAT THIS MOLECULE INTERACTS WITH A KEY PROTEIN WHICH CONTROLS
AGING IN YEAST AND HUMANS.. OUR PREDICTION IS THAT IT WOULD PROTECT THEM
AGAINST STRESS AND IT TURNED OUT THAT IT DID
THE LONG TERM HOPE IS THAT IT COULD NOT ONLY HELP HUMANS LIVE LONGER..
BUT WITH FEWER MEDICAL PROBLEMS.
IF IT DOES WORK IN HUMANS, IT WOULD BE A WAY OF KEEPING PEOPLE FREE OF
THE HORRIBLE DISEASE OF AGING AND THEY COULD REACH 90 AND BE FREE OF THE
FEAR OF AGING.
BUT EXPERTS CAUTION WHILE THESE NEW FINDINGS ARE VERY INTRIGUING.. A LOT
MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE.. AND IT COULD BE YEARS BEFORE THESE
COMPOUNDS CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE IN A PILL FORM.
DR. SEAN KENNIFF CBS NEWS.
Some diehard Christmas fans try to keep the holiday spirit year round.
It's probably a little easier for a farmer in Carroll County.
As Teresa Hamilton tells us, he makes his living growing Christmas trees.
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(( THIS TREE IS 14 YEARS OLD, THAT MEANS IT'S BEEN FERTILIZED ABOUT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 14 AND 28 TIMES, AND SHEARED. ))
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Billy Cornette enjoys spending time at his farm in Carroll County.
Here he and his wife grow some 35 acres of Christmas trees-- without using insecticides.
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((I'VE TIRED TO FIND ANOTHER WAY, WHAT I DO, IS TO PROVIDE A HAVEN FOR THE BENEFICIAL INSECTICIDE THAt THEY HELP ME CONTROL THE BAD INSECTS.))
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Cornette's definitely doing something right.
Just recently, one of his eight foot Fraser firs won Grand Champion at the Virginia Christmas Tree Grower's Association annual convention.
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(( ONE OF THESE WILL BE THE TREE THAT WILL GO THE GOVERNOR. ))
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For winning the award, Cornette gets to select one of his trees to display at the Governor's Mansion for the holiday.
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((TERESA HAMILTON: THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SECOND TIME CORNETTE HAS WON THE HONOR, THE FIRST WAS BACK IN 1998. ))
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Back then his tree, spent the holiday with a Republican governor-- this time it will a Democrat. But to Cornette-- politics don't get in the way of the holiday spirit.
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((I'M REAL PLEASED TO BE TAKING A TREE TO THE GOVERNOR, AND IT WON'T BE THIS ONE OF COURSE, IT WILL BE A BIGGER TREE AND WILL BE OUT OF THE SAME FIELD AND BE THE SAME AGE AS THIS FRASER FIR.))
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Cornette hasn't decide which tree will actually go to Richmond-- Time is on his side. He won't have to do that until November.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Carroll County. ))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
one of twoVirginia Tech Hokies could be the next million dollar winner on television's Survivor.
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So, who are the REAL supermodels -- women who pose for famous clothing designers, or women who pose for famous pictures?
Fans of the late photographer O. Winston Link may be asking themselves that question today.
It was 45 years ago tonight that Link shot one of his most well-known images.
On August 28th, 1958, Link picked out three college students at a swimming pool in Welch, West Virginia, and asked them to come back again later that night.
The three women 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 copy of the New York Times and got a surprise.
She dashed off a note to her friend Nilda Ramella, who also appeared in the shot.
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((NILDA RAMELLA/PHOTOGRAPHED BY LINK: 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?"))
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Ramella never met Link again after the night at the pool.
The O. Winston Link Museum is scheduled to open in Roanoke early next year.
It could be called "Survivor: BLACKSBURG."
Not one, but TWO former Virginia Tech Hokies are trying to outwit, outplay and outlast the competition on the new "Survivor" series.
Jon Dalton is originally from Danville.
After graduating from Tech, Dalton bounced from Washington, D-C to Los Angeles.
The 29-year-old spent time as a production assistant for pro- wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, but now works as an art consultant.
And he doesn't appear to be short on self- confidence.
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One of the contestants he'll have to beat is fellow Hokie, Michelle Tesauro who just graduated from Tech this year.
The 22- year- old says she's prepared for a tough physical challenge after taking part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge every year for Special Olympics.
"Survivor: Pearl Islands" premieres Thursday, Sept. 18 th on CBS.
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Coming up next, we'll see if the Martinsville Astros were able to wrap up the Appalachian League Championship.
Also Tom Cruise is in Tokyo as the Last Samuri meets the Japanese Prime Minister.
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The Martinsville Astros failed to clinch the championship series of the Appalachian League last night.
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A nice crowd turned out at Hooker Field to see if the Astros could give the folks in Henry County something to cheer about.
Martinsville was trailing one to nothing in the bottom of the fourth, but Mark Saccomanno's home run tied the score.
Eliza-BETH- ton would comeback to
win it 4-to-2 to force a deciding game three tonight in Martinsville.
The defending Carolina League champs have cleaned up in the postseason awards in the League.
Chris Shelton, who hit 359 this season, was named the Carolina League's Most Valuable Player -
and his skipper, Dave Clark is the league's manager of the year.
Clark guided the Cats to the first half Northern division title, and he earns this award in his first year as a professional manager.
He spent the past two years as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg lost one of his big men.
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Yesterday he found out that guard Carlos Dixon is out for 6-to-8 weeks after re-fracturing the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.
Dixon will have surgery today, and will be well on his way to being healed by the time practice opens on October 18th.
He originally broke the foot last year at Miami.
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Pulaski County opens the football season Friday night at Northside.
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This is a season of change for the Maroon and Gold with Jack Turner taking over for the legendary Joel Hicks, who retired last season after 24 years in Pulaski.
Turner and his staff are simply trying to carry on the Hicks' tradition, and at the same time establish their own identity.
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Unlike some Pulaski teams of the past, there is no Anacostia to open the year.
Besides Northside - Turner's team plays Fleming, and three triple A teams to start the year.
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And if you have a chance on Friday, we hope you can join the News 7 sports team for a half hour special "Great Expectations."
They'l preview the upcoming college football season with the Hokies and the Hoos.
It's this Friday Night at 7:30 on WDBJ-7.
A "Top Gun" in Hollywood pays a visit to the leader of Japan.
Tom Cruise met with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi today in Tokyo.
The superstar is in Japan to promote his latest film, "The Last Samurai," which is due out in December.
The film is set in the late 19th century in a rapidly modernising
Japan as the samurai were going extinct.
Cruise presented Koizumi with a photo album from the movie.
The occasion also provided a good photo- op for star-struck fans.
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