Today on News 7 at Noon, the Roanoke Valley prepares for a visit from the Vice President.
We'll have a live report.
And the trial of Roanoke pain specialist Cecil Knox is underway ... despite a last-ditch effort to delay it.
Will the remnants of tropical storm Henri continue to influence our weather. I'll let you know in your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The Roanoke Valley is getting ready for a visit today from the vice president.
Dick Cheney is scheduled to attend a re-election campaign fundraiser in Roanoke County tonight.
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Justin McLeod is live in at the Roanoke Regional Airport with more on the visit. Justin?
Marya, we know why he'll be here and where he'll eventually end up.
But we don't know how he'll get there or exactly when.
The White House and the secret service are releasing very few details about the vice president's visit.
There is a strong possibility he could land here at the Roanoke Regional Airport and then travel by motorcade which could lead to road closures.
We do know for certain the vice president will end up at the Clearbrook home of Kent Greenawalt who is the president of Footlevelers.
The Roanoke based company makes custom orthoepdic show inserts.
Tonight's fundraiser is expected to attract nearly two hundred people and at a thousand dollar a head the event should raise nearly two hundred thousand dollars.
The event is closed to the public and the news media.
The fundraiser is expected to get underway around 5:30 this evening but we are not sure exactly when the vice president will arrive or how long he'll stay.
Currently, Dick Cheney is attending a fundraiser in Ohio.
As we've mentioned the vice president's plane could land here in Roanoke but the airport will not confirm that. A spokesperson did say if the plane does land here it will cause only a minor disruption on passengers.
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Marya, the State Police says if the secret service uses a motorcade, motorists may see the closure of 581 and Route 220 but it only be for a short period.
Roanoke pain doctor Cecil Knox is now on trial in federal court ... despite last-minute efforts by his lawyers to delay it.
Knox's attorneys told the judge he's not ready to begin because of his mental state.
They say depression, sleeplessness, and Non-Hodgkins lymphoma have taken a toll on the doctor.
But the judge ordered the trial to move forward, and jury selection is now underway.
Charges against Knox include illegal drug distribution, conspiracy, mail fraud, health care fraud and obstruction of justice.
The trial is expected to last at least six weeks.
The owners of a Radford pet shop were convicted today on charges of animal NEGLECT.
Classy Critters Pet Center manager Stephen Sorrow was convicted on 13-charges of failure to care for an animal.
The owner, Alexander Nelson, was convicted on five similar charges -- and possession of marijuana.
Officers say they searched the store July Eleventh and found dozens of animals covered in their own waste.
Sorrow says he cleans the animal cages every week, and he was going to clean them when police arrived that day.
He was fined 650-dollars; Nelson 250-dollars.
Officers say the shop has since been cleaned.
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The U-S Supreme Court returned early from its summer break today for a special one-day session on campaign finance reform.
The justices are being asked to decide if new campaign finance rules violate free speech protections in the Constitution.
Groups ranging from the N-R-A to the A-C-L-U are challenging the rules.
They ban huge, unlimited donations to political parties known as "soft money."
A ruling could come by the end of the year.
The last of the 343 firefighters killed in the September 11th attacks is being buried today.
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Hundreds of firefighters gathered in New York to pay their final respects to Michael Ragusa.
The 29-year-old's remains have never been identified, so his family chose to bury a vial of blood that he'd donated to a bone marrow center.
The funeral comes just three days before the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Of the two-thousand-792 people who died in the attack, remains of just over half have been identified.
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It's not the West Nile Virus, but it's something close .. and La Crosse encephalitis has made two Virginia children sick.
One of the children is from Augusta County, the other is from Tazewell County.
La Crosse encephalitis is a rare mosquito-borne disease similar to West Nile.
Unlike West Nile, which is more common in older people, La Crosse cases are seen predominately in children under 16.
Grayson County students are now back in class, after an extended summer vacation.
Schools opened today, nearly a month later than usual.
The late opening stems back to Fries (Freeze) Middle School, which will remain closed this Fall because of mold.
Mobile classroom units have been set up at two nearby middle schools to accommodate the students, but the persistent summer rains led to delays in getting the work done.
Officials say they hope to remove the mold and reopen Fries by mid to late January.
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The U-S effort is on at the U-N, for more countries to send their troops to Iraq.
And U-S troops weather another attack inside Iraq. The latest after the break.
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The President wants more money and muscle to help out with a dangerous situation in Iraq ... and some allies are starting to deliver.
Britain is already sending more troops; France and Germany are weighing their options.
Drew Levinson has the latest from the United Nations.
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LITARY AND INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND ELSEWHERE." The 87 billion comes on top of the 79 billion Congress approved in April. (NATSOUND IRAQ) Despite the daily casualty count, and calls for more forces to be sent i
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PRESIDENT BUSH WANTS THE MEMBER NATIONS HERE AT THE U.N. TO SEND IN SOLDIERS. SO FAR A U-S BACKED RESOLUTION TO DO THAT HAS MET WITH RESISTENCE...ESPECIALLY FROM FRANCE AND GERMANY--THE TWO MAJOR COUNTRIES OPPOSED TO THE WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE." To get those countries to change their attitudes--the U.S will have to change its attitude and give them more control. In his speech Mr. Bush downplayed weapons of mass destruction... and played up Iraq as a hotbed for terrorism
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DEFEATED." Democratic Presidential Hopeful Howard Dean critisized Mr. Bush for linking Saddam Hussein with Al Qaeda.
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ECTLY SAYING SO, THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR 9-11." Appealing to American patriotism the president said the U.S will do what's necessary to win. And today Great Britain proved it too was committed to the war effort as it announced it is sending in another 12-hundred troops to help stabilize Iraq. Drew Levinson, CBS News, the United Nations. ))
A guerilla attack wounded two more U-S soldiers in Iraq this morning.
The military says their patrol unit was hit by explosives as they drove into a tunnel.
Two Humvees were damaged and one overturned and caught fire.
Before dawn this morning, U-S troops stormed houses in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, arresting four men suspected of planning attacks on Americans.
Elsewhere in the Middle East, the speaker of the Palestinian Parliament say's he'll accept the prime minister's job on one condition...
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Ahmed Qureia (Akh-med Curria) wants a guarantee that Israelis will comply with a U-S backed peace plan.
President Yasser Arafat picked Qureia to replace Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas resigned Saturday after Arafat refused to grant him more power over security forces.
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Talk about a hot project. The new computer cluster at Virginia Tech needs special A-C. The details are still ahead.
And talk about some hot coffee drinkers. A proposed espresso tax in Seattle has them steaming.
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Work is now under way at Virginia Tech to install one of the world's largest and fastest computer clusters.
If all goes according to plan, it will be up and running early next year...
But as Myranda Stephens reports, the project involves much more than just connecting wires and plugs.
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It's move-in day at Virginia Tech.
But this time it's not for the students.
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More than one thousand Mac G-5 computers will be arriving on campus this week, as the university works to build the world's largest supercomputer cluster at an academic institution.
Engineers say the system will enhance the university's researching capabilities and perhaps put Virginia Tech on the list of the top research institutions in the country.
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The project was started back in March, and engineers say despite all the work, the process has been a smooth one.
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And their hope is to have that same luck once the computers are actually turned on.
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Danville's new police chief is wasting little time in making changes, and City Council has already given its okay.
Philip Broadfoot is ready to begin a restructuring within the department.
The plan will create intermediate supervisory positions such as sergeant and corporal.
It will also include new promotion procedures.
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Broadfoot also believes the reorganization will give officers in the field better access to supervisors who can counsel and coach them.
The department's staffing levels and funding will remain the same once the new structure is adopted.
Wall Street's week is off to a strong start.
the Dow was UP 71 points. Nasdaq UP 23 points.
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Some former local football stars have a big day in the N-F-L. That's still ahead in sports.
And he just turned 21. Now Andy Roddick holds his first grand slam title at the U.S. Open.
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The New York Giants got a big day from Roanoke's Tiki Barber yesterday with a 10 point win over the Rams.
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Kenny Holmes and the Giants defense did their part to help the cause.
Holmes recovered one of six Kurt Warner fumbles in the endzone for a touchdown.
Warner was beaten up all day long and following the game was sent to the hospital with a concussion.
Barber jump-started the Giants' offense with this scamper down to the Rams' one-yard line to setup a Brian Mitchell touchdown. Tiki ran for 146 yards on 24 carries.
The Rams came up short twice on fourth-down attempts late in the fourth quarter. Keith Hamilton,
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the former Heritage Pioneer, comes up with the tipped pass and the Giants beat the Rams 23 to 13.
It wasn't Michael Vick or Bill Parcells, but Doug Johnson who stole the spotlight yesterday when the Falcons took on the Cowboys.
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The former Florida Gator threw for 228 yards and two scores with Vick watching from the coaches' box with that broken leg.
This play with Alge (AL-gee) Crumpler covered 41 yards and gave Atlanta a 14-10 lead that it would not give up.
Later, Johnson found Peerless Price for another 22 yards, setting up a touchdown. The Falcons won
it 27 to 13. Dallas has now lost four straight season openers.
It was a wacky day in the AFC yesterday where a former Hokie got the first interception of his career.
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Browns' linebacker Ben Taylor picked off Peyton Manning as he tried to go over the middle in the first half. But the Colts rallied to win a field goal fest 9 to 6.
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The shocker of the day came in South Florida, as the Texans won their second straight season opener thanks to five field goals off the foot of Kris Brown, including the game winner with 25 seconds left.
The Texans beat the Dolphins 21-20.
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And in Pittsburgh, it was the Tommy Maddox show.
Maddox tossed three TD passes including two to Hines Ward, as the Steelers humbled the Ravens defense, spoiling Kyle Boller's debut 35 to 14.
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At the U.S. Open, Andy Roddick captured his first grand slam title.
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The 21-year-old American quickly took care of French Open Champ Juan Carlos Ferrerro of Spain.
Roddick's powerful serve consistently topped the 130-mile-an-hour mark, helping him tally 23 aces, including three straight to finish off the match.
Roddick won it in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, and 6-3.
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Things got ugly at a Roanoke concert yesterday, and as far as organizers were concerned, that was beautiful.
The first annual Uglyfest was held yesterday at Highland Park.
A collection of seven different punk rock and metal bands played for more than eight hours.
The concert organizer says ten percent of the profits will go toward an artists' scholarship fund.
Another ten percent will help pay the medical bills of a guitar player who was injured in a car accident.
A move by the city of Seattle to tax espresso drinks is brewing strong controversy.
The ballot measure would raise money for preschool programs.
But more than 200 coffee drinkers turned out yesterday with a message for the city: Don't mess with their caffeine.
Kevin McCarthy has the story.
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That ws Kevin McCarthy reporting.
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