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Today on News 7 at Noon, a man and wife missing from Roanoke are found in Tennessee.
Plus two big storms are threatening different parts of the globe. We'll have the latest on Fabian and Henri.
The rain has left the area as drier air moves in and it's going to last. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A Roanoke couple that was reported missing from an assisted living center has been found in Tennessee.
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Authorities say John and Sara Crow are O-K.
The couple called their daughter yesterday from Sparta, Tennessee.
She's going to pick them up later today.
The Crows were last seen Wednesday night asking for directions at a store off Interstate 81 in Botetourt County.
There was some concern about their disappearance because they are both in their 70's, and have health problems.
Verizon has reached a tentative, five-year contract agreement with its unions.
The deal affects about 78-thousand Verizon workers.
It comes more than a month after contracts expired and the unions threatened to strike.
Members of two unions still have to approve the agreement.
The deal calls for a two percent increase in base wages annually.
Workers will receive immediate cash bonuses of three percent, or an average of 16-hundred dollars, when the contract's approved.
Hurricane Fabian is barreling its way toward Bermuda and forecasters say it could be the island's worst storm in years.
Fabian is expected to hit late tonight.
Cruise ships have left port and airlines have canceled all flights in.
The government shut down all of its offices and directed residents to secure their homes, boats and belongings.
Businesses have also shut down and boarded up.
Bermuda hasn't had a category three storm since 1963.
Forecasters say this storm has the potential to knock buildings off their foundations.
A tropical storm is also bearing down on Florida's Gulf Coast.
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Tropical storm Henri is expected to hit land this evening.
Coastal areas could see winds of 40 miles an hour and 15 inches of rain.
That's on top of the ususually heavy rains they've already had this summer.
Members of the United Nations are warming up to the idea of helping out U-S troops in Iraq.
France and Germany say they're willing to work on an agreement to send troops and money ... but there's still plenty to negotiate.
Teri Okita has more from Washington.
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TRACK: IN SADDAM HUSSEINS HOMETOWN OF TIKRIT, DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD
RUMSFELD TRIED TO RALLY MANY TIRED AND HOMESICK U-S TROOPS REMINDING
them ABOUT WHY THEY ARE THERE AND THE MISSION THATS STILL AHEAD.
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TRACK: BUT THE PRESSURES OF LOW TROOP MORALE AND LACK OF INTERNATIONAL
SUPPORT MAY BE WEIGHING HEAVY ON THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. THE U-N WILL
HOLD INFORMAL TALKS TODAY ON A U-S PLAN TO BRING MORE INTERNATIONAL
TROOPS AND MONEY INTO IRAQ. WHILE RUSSIA SAYS IT'S CONSIDERING THE
PLAN, MORE SERIOUS WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE. OTHER COUNTRIES, LIKE FRANCE
AND GERMANY, ARE STILL HOLDING OUT: THEY WANT WASHINGTON TO GIVE THE U-N
A BIGGER ROLE IN IRAQS POLITICAL FUTURE.
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TRACK: THAT COULD BE SOMETHING TO CONSIDER AS MORE VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN
IRAQ EACH DAY. AT A SUNNI MOSQUE IN BAGHDAD, GUNMEN ATTACKED A CROWD OF
WORSHIPPERS DURING DAWN PRAYER WOUNDING THREE MEN.
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STANDUP: How much will it take to curb the violence and keep
reconstruction going? The Pentagon could be asking for between 60 and
70-BILLION dollars in a new request to Congress. Teri Okita, CBS News,
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Next on News 7, a Roanoke doctor is coming to the aid of the state police. We'll tell you how.
Plus we will see what average citizens are doing to prepare for terrorism.
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State Police officials hope that a new volunteer will help save lives in the most dangerous situations.
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Michael Donato (duh-NAH-to) is an emergency physician with Carilion. After three weeks of training, he will run with the Virginia State Police tactical team.
After a rash of schools shootings about four years ago, Donato thought it would be a good idea to have a physician on the front lines.
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((MICHAEL DONATO/EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN; THERE WERE REALLY NO TACTICALLY TRAINED PEOPLE WHO COULD ACTUALLY GO IN THERE. SO I DECIDED IT WOULD REALLY BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE SOMEONE MEDICALLY TRAINED WHO COULD FOLLOW THE TEAM, START WORKING ON PATIENTS BEFORE THE TEAM HAS COMPLETELY CLEARED THE SCHOOL, OR WHATEVER BUILDING. IT WOULD SAVE A HECK OF A LOT OF TIME, AND PROBABLY SAVE A LOT OF LIVES.))
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Donato is NOT authorized to carry a weapon. Instead he carries about 40 pounds of emergency medical gear, and 40 pounds of armor.
He is just one of 65 volunteers statewide with the Virginia State Police.
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With the uncertainity of terrorism, federal, state, and local governments are taking steps to prepare average citizens for the unexpected.
Justin McLeod has more on what's being done here in the Roanoke Valley.
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Here's something you don't see everyday.....ordinary citizens, like you and me, training to save lives.
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It's all part of the Community Emergency Response Training.
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This is all in response to the 9/11 attacks.
Last year, Governor Warner asked that Citizen Corps Councils be designated across the state to help train people to respond to emergency situations in their communities.
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So Stephen Niamke got several of his neighbors together to take the training which locally is offered by the Red Cross.
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The 28 hour free course teaches everything from putting out small fires, providing first aid, to search and rescue operations.
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((CAROL BEASLEY/DISASTER TRAINEE: WE HAVE A RAILROAD HERE, WE HAVE CARVIN'S COVE, WE HAVE 36 SCHOOLS HERE, WE HAVE ALL KIND OF PLACES WHERE TERRORISTS COULD ATTACK AND ALL OF US NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY I FEEL.))
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A community effort that could provide medical assistance to victims, volunteers at a disaster site, and support for first responders.
The Red Cross hopes more citizens will take the classes since the agency can train 200 people free of charge, thanks to a 35-thousand dollar grant.
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((BETTY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE'RE LOOKING FOR TEAMS OF 10 OR MORE. NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS, CHURCHES, COMPANIES, BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, ANY OF THOSE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION NOW'S THE TIME TO COME ON BOARD.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE RED CROSS IS OFFERING THE TRAINING FREE OF CHARGE UNTIL THE GRANT RUNS OUT IN DECEMBER.
IT IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS IN ROANOKE CITY, ROANOKE COUNTY, SALEM, VINTON, AND BOTETOURT COUNTY. THE FIRST TEAM LOCALLY WILL GRADUATE NEXT THURSDAY, THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
The pastor of a church in Giles County faces child molestation charges.
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52-year-old Roger Holcomb of the Pembroke Church of God is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery on a young girl.
Investigators say she attended his church and the abuse went on for about six months before social services reported it to authorities.
Holcomb has been pastor at the Pembroke Church of God for about a year and a half.
He's being held without bond.
Roanoke police are hoping some pictures from an Automatic Teller Machine will lead them to a thief.
Police believe the man in this surveillance video took a woman's purse from her home last June.
They say he also stole some of Thelma Cole's jewelry, checks and credit cards.
Police would like anyone who recognizes him to call the detective division, or Crime Line.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will have the weekend forecast,
and we'll hear from a California songwriter who wants to make a hit of the recall election.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off last night in the first major debate of the 2004 campaign.
It was their first chance to get their digs in at one another before a national audience.
But as Candy Crowley reports, they had a different target in mind.
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Coming soon to a radio near you: a SONG inspried by the California governor's recall vote.
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"Loose Bruce" Kerr composed the song in his garage.
He IS keeping his day job as a staff attorney at Sun Microsystems.
But he moonlights as a parody composer.
He's also responsible for such little-known songs as "You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Us Dan Quayle" and "OJ's On and Me Wanna Stay Home."
The Labor Department says employers continued to cut payrolls for the seventh straight month in August.
While the national unemployment rate declined to 6-point-2 percent, a separate survey of businesses shows they cut 93-thousand jobs last month.
That includes the loss of 44-thousand manufacturing jobs.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 44 points. The NASDAQ has GAINED seven,
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NASCAR drivers heat things up at the Richmond International Speedway last night.
And we'll find out if Jimmy Spencer will spend anytime behind bars for punching Kurt Busch.
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Winston Cup driver Kurt Busch has dropped assault charges against on-track rival Jimmy Spencer.
Spencer punched Busch following a race at Michigan last month.
A spokesman for Busch called the sheriff's department Wednesday, asking that the case be dropped.
Sheriff's Captain Jack Welsh says the representative told him NASCAR's penalties against Spencer were enough.
Following the August 17th fight, NASCAR barred Spencer from driving in any NASCAR-sanctioned event for a week and fined him 25-thousand dollars.
Busch was fined ten-thousand dollars and placed on probation for the rest of the season.
The Nascar Craftsman Truck Series took center stage at the Richmond International Raceway last night for the "Virginia is for Lovers 200."
Tina Gordon had a short night as she tried to make it three wide with Brendan (GONE) Gaughan and Dennis Setzer. Gordon ended up in the fence.
Later, Bobby Hamilton and Ted Musgrave locked up in a battle for second, but Musgrave spun Hamilton around ending his shot at the win.
Hamilton returned the favor wrecking (GONE) Gaughan on the last lap.
It didn't matter to Tony Stewart who held off Robert Pressley over the final laps to claim the checkered flag for the second straight year.
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The Washington Redskins have opened the season with a 16 to 13 win over the New York Jets.
Former Jet Laveranues (lah-VUR-nee-us) Coles and kicker John Hall played key roles in the Redskins' win.
Coles had five receptions for 106 yards, all before halftime.
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey also had a strong first half, going 12-of-13 for 156 yards and one touchdown.
He finished 17-of-23 for 185 yards, and had a 24-yard run that set up Hall's game-winning kick in the last five seconds of the game.
Virginia Tech flanker Fred Lee has been released from his scholarship and plans to transfer.
The redshirt freshman from Pennsylvania was a high school all-american before coming to Blacksburg.
With the emergence of true freshmen David Clowney and Josh Hyman in a receiving corps led by Ernest Wilford, Lee's chance to contribute was certainly diminished.
Meanwhile fans wanting to attend tomorrow's game against J-M-U can still get tickets.
Tech says it has more than nine hundred still available.
Two hundred and 25 are for students. The rest are up for sale to the general public.
Week Number two of the high school football season rolls around tonight.
We'll bring you highlights of 14 games on Friday Football Extra.
Here's a look at the complete schedule.
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