***This edition of News 7 at Noon did not air to electrical problems at our WDBJ Studios.
Power lines are falling and lights are flickering -- the result of high winds across the area.
A-E-P says three thousand homes are without electricity. There is fear the wind will fuel a brush fire in the New River Valley.
Meanwhile, gusty winds make a bad situation worse, as they fan the flames of an apartment fire in New Jersey.
Wind warnings and advisories continue through tonight with winds gusts as high as 60 mph. When will the winds subside. I'll let you know in your forecast.
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Some residents are in the dark this afternoon as high winds known down trees and power lines in parts of the News 7 area.
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Almost the entire region is under a high wind warning. Some gusts in Roanoke have been in excess of 56 miles per hour.
A tree fell on a car at 18th and Melrose in Roanoke this morning, pulling down power lines in the process.
And a power outage in the area of Brambleton Avenue and Overland blacked out traffic lights, giving one police officer an opportunity to brush up on his directing skills.
As of nine this morning, AEP reported 3-thousand households were without power in the Roanoke, Lynchburg, Rocky Mount and Fieldale areas.
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The high winds have firefighters in Giles County concerned.
They've been battling a small brush fire on Big Falls Road all morning. Investigators believe a train may have started the three acre fire. Firefighters have come close to putting the flames out several times, but the rough terrain and 30-mile an hour winds are making it hard to keep out. Forest official say, at this point, no homes are in danger. Crews are expected to be on the scene well into the night.
High winds added fuel to the flames at an apartment building in New Jersey this morning.
A three- alarm blaze broke out just before seven o'clock in the five- story building.
Fire officials say the gusty winds were fanning the flames up to 30- feet in the air.
The winds also blew burning debris down onto neighboring streets and onto the adjacent interstate.
Families inside the apartment building were evacuated and there was no word of injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Meanwhile, lives were lost in an another apartment fire-- this one happened last night in Chicago.
Officials say at least three people are dead and at least 20 others were injured.
Residents were left scrambling to escape the four- story building.
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Fire investigators believe the blaze started in the basement, which was used as a storage area.
When it rain, it pours, but that seldom happens in Southern California.
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Take a look at this--
An usual storm pummeled Los Angeles with nearly five inches of rain last night, leaving thousands of residents without power.
The storm also brought enough hail for a good snowball fight.
With nearby hillsides left bare by the recent wildfires, fire officials are asking residents to take precautions.
The storm is expected to move out by late tonight, and forecasters are calling for more typical sunny California weather this weekend.
The search for a man suspected in a drive-by shooting last week in Bedford County brought police to Campbell County this morning.
Officers surrounded this apartment building on Timberlake Road around nine a-m after a Bedford County investigator spotted the suspect's car in the parking lot.
A SWAT team was called in to enter Apartment 3-B, but the man they were looking for.. 21-year-old Brandon McDaniel.. was "not" inside.
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((COLIN BYRNE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: BECAUSE THERE'S A FIREARM INVOLVED AND THERE'S A SHOOTING SO WE TAKE A LOT OF PRECAUTIONS HERE, WE DON'T WANT ANYONE ELSE GETTING HURT, WHETHER IT'S US OR ANYONE ELSE.))
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Authorities say McDaniel and two others were involved in a drive-by shooting on Blackwater Road last Thursday.
McDaniel is being sought on attempted murder and attempted capital murder warrants.
Henry County deputies have made an arrest in the deadly shooting of a Martinsville man.
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18-year old Marcus Jerome Rumley was arrested and charged with second degree murder yesterday.
Investigators believe Rumley shot 28-year old Fredriquez (Fred-reek-ezz) Monzale Finney several times Monday, then took his Ford Expedition SUV.
Rumley's being held in the Henry County jail without bond.
The trial of one sniper suspect is coming to a close today, as his fellow suspect's trial gets started.
Opening statements are under way in the trial of 18- year- old Lee Malvo.
As Jennifer Donelan tells us, the trial will focus on the teenager's mental state.
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LEE BOYD MALVO HAD A RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL AND, SO FAR, HE IS GETTING
IT. JURY SELECTION WAS SUPPOSED TO LAST A WEEKIT ONLY TOOK 3 DAYS.
AS THE DRAMA OF THE RANDOM SHOOTING SPREE THAT LEFT 10 DEAD UNFOLDS
INSIDE THESE COURTOOM WALLS...THE QUESTION WILL BE LESS ABOUT MALVO-S
GUILT OR INNOCENCE AND MORE ABOUT HIS STATE OF MIND.
BRIDGE THE GOVERNMENT IS POISED TO ATTACK THE NOTION MADE BY THE DEFENSE
THAT MALVO WAS BRAINWASHED TO KILL.
IN OPENING ARGUMENTS TODAY, PROSECUTORS ARE EXPECTED TO (WILD LINE:
PLAY TAPE RECORDED INTERVIEWS BETWEEN MALVO AND POLICE.. THE SAY THE
18 YEAR OLD DETAILS THE KILLINGS. LATER THEY WILL PRESENT D-N-A
EVIDENCE LINKING HIM TO THE CRIME SCENES.
MALVO-S LAWYERS PLAN TO PRESENT A LENGTHY CASE PAINTING THE YOUNG
SUSPECT AS A POOR KID WHOSE MOTHER WAS GONE FOR LONG PERIODSA TEEN
VULNERABLE TO THE MANIPULATIONS OF HIS PARTNER JOHN MUHAMMADTHE ACCUSED
MASTERMIND OF THE SHOOTINGS.
DURING THE COURSE OF THIS TRIAL WHICH FOCUSES ON LINDA
FRANKLIN.....GUNNED DOWN WHILE LOADING HER CAR AT A HOME DEPOT - BOTH OF
MALVO-S PARENTS AND MUHAMMAD-S EX-WIFE MAY TAKE THE STAND. THAT IN THE
EFFORT TO PROVE....IN THIS DEATH PENALTY CASE - THAT MALVO WAS
TEMPORARILY INSANE WHILE UNDER THE CONTROL OF HIS OLDER PARTNER.
TRACK: - OF THE 12 JURORS AND 4 ALTERNATES PICKED TO HEAR THIS CASE,
TWO SAID THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH DEATH SENTENCES FOR PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE
OF 18. LEE BOYD MALVO WAS 17 AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTINGS. JENNIFER
DONELAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
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Coming up next on the newscast, President Bush urges Iraq to take control of its own destiny.
And closer to home, we'll see if producers are making any changes to a controversial show at Virginia Tech.
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President Bush has renewed the call for Iraq's governing council to hurry up and take more control over the future of its country.
This, as the U- S military implements a get- tough policy on those launching deadly attacks against its forces.
Teri Okita reports.
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TRACK: IN THE WAKE OF CONTINUED VIOLENCE AGAINST COALITION FORCES, THE
U-S WANTS TO SPEED UP THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT IRAQI GOVERNMENT.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING AT DIFFERENT OPTIONS, INCLUDING
EXPANDED ROLES FOR SOME MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OR
HANDPICKING ONE PERSON AS AN INTERIM LEADER.
SOT: (Bush) 8:47:06 Ambassador Bremer, with my instructions, is going
back to talk to the governing council to develop a strategy. And he'll
report back after he's consulted with the very people that we want to
assume more responsibility.
TRACK: THE PLAN HAS TAKEN ON URGENCY BECAUSE OF A RECENT SPIKE IN
VIOLENCE. THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE AFTER YESTERDAYS SUICIDE
ATTACK ON AN ITALIAN MILITARY BASE IN NASARIYAH. TODAY IN ROME, THE
POPE LED MOURNERS IN PRAYER FOR THE TWO DOZEN ITALIANS AND IRAQIS WHO
DIED IN THE BOMBING.
TRACK: ITALY BLAMES SADDAM LOYALISTS AND AL-QAEDA TERRORISTS, AND THE
ATTACK HAS PROMPTED OTHER INTERNATIONAL FORCES TO EITHER POSTPONE
DEPLOYMENT OR RE-LOCATE THEIR TROOPS TO OTHER PARTS OF IRAQ.
TRACK: BUT VIOLENCE AGAINST U-S TROOPS AND THEIR ALLIES GOES ON. TODAY
IN FALLUJAH, A ROADSIDE BOMB HIT AN AMERICAN MILITARY CONVOY ONE OF
DOZENS SOLDIERS ARE REPORTEDLY FACING EACH DAY.
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STANDUP: But the U-S military is now striking back. Operation Iron
Hammer yesterdays mission that took out a resistance headquarters
is part of the militarys new get-tough strategy against insurgents.
Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Construction bids for Roanoke's new stadium and amphitheater came in higher than expected.
Six companies submitted bids ranging from 13 point four million dollars to 14 and a half million.
As Joe Dashiell reports it was not what city officials were hoping to see.
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((R.L. PRICE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATED, BASE BID 14 MILLION.))
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As Sharon Gentry opened the six bids, a collection of contractors, city officials and reporters tallied the results.
The site work that's now under way came in under budget, and city offiicals had hoped for the same with the construction bids, but that was not to be.
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((TODAY WE'RE VERY PLEASED WE GOT THE RESPONSE THAT WE DID. THEY'RE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN WE HOPED FOR OBVIOUSLY, WE NEED TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT OUR BUDGET AND ASSESS WHERE WE WANT TO GO NEXT.))
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Meanwhile, stadium Opponent Brian Wishneff says the bids support his argument that the city will have trouble completing the project for the 18-million dollars city officials have set aside.
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((HIS ONLY CHOICE NORMALLY IS TO ADJUST THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT OR THE QUALITY OF THE PROJECT, WHICH MEANS CUT DOWN THE SIZE OR CUT DOWN ON SOME ASPECT OF THE PROJECT.))
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State law allows the city to negotiate with the apparent low bidder, Thor Incorporated. Or the project could be redesigned to bring it under budget.
City engineer Phil Schirmer says members of his staff will take a week or two to analyze the bids and consider their options.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
The flu is hitting Virginia hard.
The state health department is reporting a higher-than-normal number of flu cases.
A spokeswoman with the state Department of Health, says the department usually doesn't confirm the start of the flu season until December, January, or even February.
The state does NOT have specific numbers of flu cases, but it has confirmed some cases and several reports of the flu in different parts of the state.
The early start to the flu season could mean a longer-than-usual or more severe season.
The health department says people at risk of the flu should get vaccinated immediately.
A controversial "sex themed TV show" is back on the Virginia Tech campus.
The last time it was held, it angered several people, including a member of the House of Delegates.
Justin McLeod has the story from Blacksburg.
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A little over sixty students showed up for the latest taping of Sex Talk Live.
The producers say it's entertaining but educational.
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((ANDREA BONIFACE/VIRGINA TECH FRESHMEN: IT'S NOT EDUCATION. IT'S DEFINITELY ENTERTAINMENT.))
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Entertainment that in the past has offered sexual counseling, sexual games, and sexual toys as prizes.
Some feel the show is degrading and protested outside.
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((STEPHANIE NICHOLAS/VT STUDENT: THEY'RE ASKING WOMEN TO PARTAKE IN FAKE ORGASM CONTESTS AND DEEP THROATING BANANA CONTESTS AND SEXUAL POSITION CHARADES AND I JUST FEEL THAT IS NOT A VERY GOOD PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN.))
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Others like Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas find the show inappropriate altogether.
He's threatened to shut off funding if Virginia Tech doesn't pull the plug.
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Even so, the producers have toned down the show.
There are still sexual games and plenty of sexual talk, but the sexual toys are now wrapped up and contestants can request a non sexual prize.
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((JEFF CHANG/VIRGINIA TECH FRESHMEN: I THINK IT IS FUNNY. IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, IT'S NOT LIKE THERE'S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HERE WATCHING THE SHOW.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VOLUNTEERS WITH THE SHOW CHECKED I'D'S TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE WAS OVER 18. AS FOR DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL'S THREATS TO PULL FUNDING FOR VIRGINIA TECH, HE SAID OVER THE PHONE HE WANTS TO SEE WHAT THE LATEST TAPING WAS LIKE BEFORE MOVING FORWARD. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Coming up next, one of country music's divas is arrested.
Then after that, we'll let you know what it will cost if you want to buy this piece of the rock.
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Police in Nashville, Tennessee have arrested singer Wynonna Judd.
They charged the country singer with driving under the influence.
An officer clocked her Land Rover going 47 miles an hour in a 30-mile-an-hour zone early this morning.
The arrest report says the singer consented to a breath test after police smelled alcohol and noticed her watery eyes and dilated pupils.
Police say she registered more than twice the legal limit of point OH- eight.
Police also say Judd told them she didn't remember how many drinks she'd had.
She's been released on bond.
The biggest diamond EVER to be put on the auction block is up for sale in Geneva, Switzerland.
The flawless white diamond weighs nearly 104 carats, and is said to be worth up to 10 million dollars.
The winning bidder not only gets to take the gem home...they also get to NAME the diamond, which was discovered inside a mine in South Africa.
It's one of only three diamonds in the world to have gone to auction that weighed over 100 carats.
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was points. Nasdaq points.
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Coming up next on the newscast, there's good news for a couple former Hokies. Michael Vick returns to practice...
and Roanoke native Lee Suggs could play in his first N-F-L game very soon.
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Roanoke native Lee Suggs could get into his first NFL game this Sunday.
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Suggs, who starred at William Fleming and Virginia Tech, has been sitting on the sidelines for the Cleveland Browns this season.
Drafted in the fourth round, Suggs has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list, due a shoulder injury.
He started practicing October 28th and the Browns activated Suggs yesterday.
He could play against Arizona this Sunday.
Michael Vick finally returned to the practice field for the first time yesterday since he blew his ankle and fibula back in the preseason on August 16th.
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There's a chance that Vick will dress for the Saints game this weekend, but there is virtually no chance he will play.
If all goes well, he could make his first start of the season against Tennessee the following week.
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Tonight Virginia will be in the national spotlight against the Maryland Terrapins in College Park.
The Cavs need a win to keep from dropping to 5-and-5 on the season.
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[OUT Q=...COME OUT VICTORS."]
Maryland is favored by 6 points.
The best softball player in our end of the state made her college choice yesterday.
James River's Angela Tincher signed her letter of intent to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies next season.
The senior fireballer led the Knights to a state title last year with a record of 23 and 1, striking out 225 batters.
She becomes the first player ever from James River to sign a Division One scholarship.
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There was at least one soccer commitment yesterday, as Hidden Valley senior Phil Hartman made his college choice.
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Hartman has verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of Richmond.
The center mid-fielder will accept a 75 percent scholarship to play for the Spiders.
Hartman's older brother John is playing at UVa where he is a junior.
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