A new company is making Vinton's economic future crystal clear--
bringing 200 jobs to the town.
Meanwhile, a Salem business is under investigation for possible environmental violations.
Another shot of cold air heads our way. I'll have the details in your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The town of Vinton is celebrating its biggest economic development announcement in its 110 year history. This morning a window glass manufacturing company announced it would locate there bringing as many as 200 jobs with it.
[VINTON DOUBLE BOXES= /Microwave;]
Marya Jones is in Vinton with more details.
((ROLLCUE:..from the people.))
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The Enviromental Protection Agency is apparently investigating a local business.
Special Agents with the E-P-A executed search warrants this morning at KIK Industries in Salem.
The company which makes household products is located on Mill Lane across the street from the Sheetz on West Main Street.
Agents on the scene told News 7 they are investigating whether something from the building is causing recent chemical spills in the area.
The justice department is starting a criminal probe into the release of a C-I-A officer's name.
But many Democrats say that's not good enough-- they want an independent investigation.
Bill Plante has the latest.
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If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is.
And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."
DEMOCRATS CHARGE THAT ANY INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY THE PRESIDENT'S
ATTORNEY GENERAL CAN'T BE OJBECTIVE - AND THEY'RE DEMANDING A SPECIAL
PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE.
(SOT: REP. NANCY PELOSI / D-MINORITY LEADER / D-CALIFORNIA)
An independent investigation of this despicable matter must be
THE PRESIDENT SHRUGGED OFF THAT IDEA.
I welcome the investigation. I, uh -- I'm absolutely confident that the
Justice Department will do a very good job.
AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IGNORED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW HE COULD ASSURE
(SOT: JOHN ASHCROFT / ATTORNEY GENERAL)
I will not be making any further comment on this matter at this time.
ON THE FRINGES OF THE INVESTIGATION, A POLITICAL BATTLE.
REPUBLICANS ARE NOW TRYING TO DISCREDIT FORMER AMBASSADOR JOSEPH WILSON.
IT WAS WILSON'S WIFE, SEEN HERE WITH HIM AT A 1999 STATE DINNER, WHOSE
STATUS AS AN UNDERCOVER CIA AGENT WAS THE TOPIC OF THE LEAK. WILSON
HIMSELF IS DOGGED BY A COMMENT HE MADE IN AUGUST BLAMING THE PRESIDENT'S
CHIEF POLITICAL ADVISOR FOR THE LEAK.
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(DATE FONT: AUGUST 21)
It's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove
frogmarched out of the White House in handcuffs.
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BUT THAT'S NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN SOON..IF EVER...BECAUSE LEAK
TYPICALLY GO ON FOR MONTHS, EVEN YEARS. IT'S VERY RARE THAT SOMEONE IS
CHARGED..EVEN RARER THAT ANYOBODY CONFESSES. BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS, THE
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A new poll suggests there is not much of a "gray" area when it comes to the California recall election. We'll have the details next.
Plus, some air travelers in Boston have trouble getting their day off the ground.
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In Boston, it was a scary beginning of a flight that never got off the ground.
32- passengers and crew members of an AirTran Airways plane were evacuated at Logan International Airport this morning.
Flames shot out of one of the engines, as the plane was taxiing to the runway for take- off.
Ground crew members notified the captain, who activated fire bottles in the engine that extinguished the fire.
The plane was on its way to Philadelphia.
Authorities say no one was injured.
Likely voters in California have spoken-- they want Governor Gray Davis out.
Meanwhile, the list of candidates to take the job has grown smaller.
A week before the recall election, a high- profile candidate has called it quits.
Jerry Bowen reports.
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LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER THE RECALL CAMPAIGN'S ONLY MAJOR DEBATE,
INDEPENDENT ARIANNA HUFFINGTON IS GETTING OUT...CONCEDING LAST NIGHT
THAT ITS DOWN TO A TWO MAN RACE:
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(SOT:/) Arianna Huffington "I'm pulling out and going to concentrate
every ounce of time to going up and down the state to defeat the recall,
because that's the only way to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger."
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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS THE FRONT RUNNER TO REPLACE CALIFORNIA'S
EMBATTLED GOVERNOR. HE WAS IN SAN FRANCISCO FLEXING HIS PUMPED UP
(SUPER: Arnold Schwarzenegger/(R)-Candidate For Governor)
(SOT/) Schwarzenegger "I'm very excited... because everything is going
BUT RECALL TARGET GRAY DAVIS SAYS HE'S FAR FROM DEAD:
(SUPER: Gov. Gray Davis/(D)-California)
(SOT/135100) "I'VE BEEN IN MANY ELECTIONS WHERE I'VE BEEN CALLED ROAD
KILL AND TOTALLY DISMISSED. SOMEHOW THE SOPHISTICATED CALIFORNIANS HAVE
DECIDED THEY WANTED ME TO SERVE IN PUBLIC OFFICE."
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HE WAS WORKING THE PHONES TO GET OUT THE VOTE...AND EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T
RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE:
(SOT/) "ITS THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, GRAY DAVIS."
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EVERYBODY KNOWS HIS NAME....ESPECIALLY MOTORISTS IN THE LONG LINES
TRYING TO REGISTER VEHICLES BEFORE CALIFORNIA'S NEW HIGHER CAR TAX
KICKS IN TODAY. AFTER LOWERING IT FIVE YEARS AGO, DAVIS SAID BAD
ECONOMIC TIMES FORCED HIM TO TRIPLE THE CAR TAX TO HELP BALANCE THE
(SUPER: David Stoilkovich/Motorist)
(SOT/DAVID STOILKOVICH/MOTORIST) "THIS IS THE REASON I VOTED ON THE
RECALL. THIS IS THE SINGLE REASON I VOTED FOR IT."
(SUPER: Jerry Bowen/CBS News)
STANDUP: "IN A STATE WHERE THE CAR IS KING, THE CAR TAX IS ONE BIG
REASON WHY GRAY DAVIS IS IN SUCH BIG TROUBLE. JERRY BOWEN CBS NEWS LOS
Today's events in Iraq have resulted in injuries of both Americans and Iraqis.
A roadside bomb exploded as a U-S convoy was driving through Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit.
U-S officials say three soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division were wounded.
Meanwhile, several Iraqi police officers and at least one demonstrator were injured during a protest in downtown Baghdad.
Iraqi police say they opened fire after unemployed protestors demanding jobs stormed a police station and threw rocks at officers.
The demonstrators say they'd been promised jobs in July, but they never materialized.
Eleven months ago, they gathered at Lynchburg's National Guard Armory.. families hugging, kissing and crying.
It was much the same scene yesterday, except that these were tears of joy, as members of the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry returned home.
Hundreds of people turned out as the soldiers marched into the Armory parking lot to the sound of cheers and a local high school band.
After a few brief speeches, the soldiers were released to their families.. and the tearful reunions began.
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((DIANE SHIELDS/SOLDIER'S WIFE: JUST ELATED.. PROUD OF THEM.))
((CHRIS PERDIEU/VA NATIONAL GUARD: THERE'S NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT.. NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT. What were you thinking as you were coming home today? CAN'T GET THERE FAST ENOUGH.))
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[OUT Q=get there fast enough.]
The unit spent most of its time providing security for the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Guard units also returned yesterday to Lexington, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.
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Despite concerns about his health, the Pope keeps up a busy schedule. We'll have that story next.
Also a production of "The Sound of Music" really brought down the house in England last night, but it wasn't what was expected.
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Amid growing concerns about his heath, Pope John Paul is sticking to his schedule.
The 83- year- old pope held his weekly general audience today in St. Peter's Square, but skipped reading much of his speech apparently to conserve strength.
He already has difficulty speaking because of Parkinson's Disease.
Last week, the pope had to miss the general audience because of an intestinal disorder.
But the Vatican says he'll honor his numerous engagements for this month, which revolve around the 25th anniversary of his election on October 16.
Meanwhile, some women dressed up as Catholic nuns LITERALLY brought the curtain down during a musical.
What should have been a jolly performance of "Sing-A-Long-- A Sound of Music" at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre ended on a sour note.
Most of the audience had dressed up for the evening to take part in the performance -- basically a karoke for devoted fans of the musical.
Half an hour into the show, they were were encouraged to join the cast for one of the numbers.
As various nuns and members of the Von Trapp family took to the stage, it collapsed, sending them tumbling into the orchestra pit.
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Despite plunging some 10 to 20 feet, the only serious injuries were a few broken bones.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 96 points. The NASDAQ has gained 19.
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The ECHL finally makes a goal as an agreement is reached between players and owners.
And we'll tell you why the Atlanta Braves had trouble getting good wood on the ball last night.
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The first round of the Major League Playoffs got underway yesterday.
Kerry Wood was the only weapon the Chicago Cubs needed to beat the Atlanta Braves.
He pitched into the eighth inning, giving up two hits and one run.
Wood also hit a double that snapped a one- all tie.
The Cubs' starter gave up two hits over seven and a-third, including a solo homer by Javy Lopez in the third.
The 4-2 win was the Cubs' first road playoff victory since the 1945 World Series.
Carlos Zambrano starts for Chicago this afternoon.
The Braves counter with Mike Hampton.
In the other National League game, Jason Schmidt shutdown the Florida Marlins en route to the San Francisco Giants 2-to-nothing win.
Marlins starter Josh Beckett was almost as impressive, allowing just two hits and a run in seven innings.
But Beckett also walked five and gave up a run on Miguel Cabrera's throwing error.
Eduardo Alfonzo's eighth-inning double brought home Barry Bonds with the second run.
Bonds went 0-for-1 with three walks for the Giants.
Later today Brad Penny goes for the Marlins against Sidney Ponson.
In the American League, Boston and Oakland play game one of their American League Division Series tonight.
Fourteen-game winner Pedro Martinez starts for the Red Sox.
SIXTEEN- game winner Troy Hudson goes for the A's.
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the Minnesota Twins out- hustled and out- pitched New York to win the opening game of their American League playoff ser
Cristian Guzman produced Minnesota's first run in the third, with
[SUPER=35-Minnesota/3/New York/1;]an infield single, a daring first-to-third run on a base hit into short left, and a L
uis Rivas fly ball to short center.
Tori Hunter then tripled home a run in the sixth, and circled the bases when his drive to center skipped past center- fielder Bernie Williams, and Alfonso Soriano made a wild throw on the relay.
The Roanoke Express will begin training camp this Saturday in Roanoke on schedule.
The ECHL strike ended just after 5 PM yesterday, as a new collective bargaining agreement was forged by players and owners.
It's a three year agreement.
The negotiation focus shifted from the veteran rule, which is still four per team, to player insurance, to other topics before both sides agreed.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Lonchar/Express Owner; :03]
[OUT Q=......play hockey on the 17th"]
The Express could not sign any players until the strike was resolved, giving the team just a few weeks to get immigration papers in order, get the players to Roanoke, and get contracts signed.
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[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=..and that's our goal"]
Rick Kowalsky will be back, as will Joe Dusbabek, David Silverstone, and Sean Limpright.
The high school football season has been extended another week due to the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel.
The Virginia High School League's executive committee met yesterday in Charlottesville, and unanimously voted to extend the season to accommodate the schools that have been forced to postpone games the past two weeks.
The new deadline to complete district play is November 15th, the deadline to finish regionals is November 29th.
The state semifinals are December sixth and the state finals will now be played on December 13th.
The revisions leave schools with several options on how to complete their existing schedules.
Virginia Tech is a 26 point favorite against Rutgers this weekend in the Hokies first road game of the season.
Mike Stevens has more on a few line up changes.
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