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Concerns about the air quality after a chemical spill today in Chatham prompts officials to close schools early today
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We'll have a live report.
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And, a portable classroom caught fire this morning at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.
No one was injured.
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We have weather advisories to our west because of snow and clouds to our east with dry conditions. What will the rest of the day hold. I'll let you know in your forecast.
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Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Officials say an early morning gas leak is now under control. It happened about six this morning at a plant in Pittsylvania County.
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Susan Bahorich is at the Cook Composites and Polymers plant. Susan, do officials know what caused the leak.
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A faulty heating unit is believed to be the cause of a fire this morning at one Roanoke County school.
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It happened inside a mobile classroom unit at Mount Pleasant Elementary. Officials say a teacher's assistant spotted heavy smoke and flames coming from the building around 6:30 this morning, although they believe the fire may have been burning long before that. School officials say this is the first time anything like this has ever happened.
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Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze, and no students were at the school at the time. Estimated damage is 12-thousand dollars.
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Firefighters are warning some residents in the Houston, Texas area residents to stay indoors, as they battle a huge fire at a chemical warehouse.
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Plumes of smoke can be seen for miles--
The fire broke out this morning at the Controlled Solutions warehouse.
Authorities are asking residents in several neighboring communities to seal themselves indoors.
Just as firefighters were getting a handle on the blaze, another explosion occurred.
The building is full of flammable materials, including pesticides. Firefighters also say the warehouse contains combustible items like wood and paper.
Officials aren't sure how the fire started.
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Attorney General John Ashcroft is going under the knife today.
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Ashcroft is having surgery to remove his gall bladder.
Doctors say the procedure is needed to prevent a recurrence of gallstone pancreatitis, the condition that landed him in the hospital last week.
A surgeon at George Washington University Hospital says Ashcroft's gall bladder contains several stones ``that are of concern.''
Ashcroft will likely be hospitalized for another week to recover.
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Coming up next on the newscast, two suspects in a Patrick County murder are in custody in Texas. The hospital in Martinsville is damaged in an explosion.
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Also we'll see the reunion of a six year old girl and the mother who was told she was dead.
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Authorities in Texas has arrested two suspects in a Patrick County murder case.
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26-year-old Justin Cain Manning is being held on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His wife, 23-year-old Virginia McKeehan Manning, is being held on charges of grand larceny of a vehicle taken from a homicide.
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The two were arrested in Mexico.
They were turned over to American authorities in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday. Both will be interviewed about the double murder of Kenneth and Deanna Williams, who were found shot to death in their home in January.

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A boiler at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville exploded last night.
Officials say it happened around midnight and damaged several windows in the back of the facility and a rear boiler room wall.
Hospital C-E-O Joseph Roach says no one was hurt, and that an investigation is ongoing.
He adds that all patient care areas, including the emergency department, are operational.

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Blacksburg will vote tonight on controversial plans for a new sewer system.
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The town wants to extend service to the Toms Creek Basin.
Council members are deciding whether to approve a bond issue to pay for an estimated 11-million dollar conventional, gravity- fed sewer through the town's least developed area.
Proponents say they don't want to develop the area, they just want to be prepared for future growth.
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Opponents say the project will pollute the environment.
They favor an alternate plan that would run a central pipe along 460, and NOT Toms Creek.
The meeting is tonight at 7:30 at the Municipal building.
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Students attending Ferrum College NEXT fall will be the first to try a brand new academic schedule.
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Right now, students typically take five courses in a fifteen week semester.
The college plans to change the calendar to create a three week and 12 week block.
Under this plan, students would complete a single course in just three weeks and then take a normal schedule for the remaining twelve.
After concerns from students, the school has decided to delay implementation of the plan until fall of 2005.
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State lawmakers are trying to help doctors who are having malpractice insurance problems.
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The House passed a bill yesterday to establish a state-run risk management pool for physicians who can not afford medical malpractice insurance.
Doctors whose premiums have increased 25 percent or more in one year will be eligible for the program.
The legislation also creates a special subcommittee to study the reasons behind the soaring cost of medical malpractice insurance.
The bill has already passed the Senate - it's now headed for the Governor's desk.
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A joyful reunion in Philadelphia--
Emotions ran high as a six- year- old girl was returned to the mother she never knew she had.
Tamsen Fadal (Fih-DEL) reports.
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Coming up after the break, Leo will have the detailed forecast,
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but first, Hollywood is mourning the loss of an accomplished character actor.
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Just moments ago a judge formally sentenced sniper mastermind John Muhammad to death for one of the ten killings that took place in and around Washington, D-C.
Stacy Case has the latest from Manassas.
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He was known for his versatility on stage, in film, and on television.
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Oscar- nominated actor Paul Winfield has died.
His agent says Winfield died Sunday of a heart attack.
He played dozens of roles in a career that spanned four decades, including the role of the father in the 19-72 film, "Sounder", which earned him his Academy award nomination.
Winfield also appeared in T-V's "Roots: The Next Generation" and picked up an Emmy in 19-95 for a guest appearance on "Picket Fences."
Paul Winfield was 62.
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As part of the ongoing celebration for what WOULD have been Doctor Seuss's 100th birthday, a touring exhibit of his art is on display in San Francisco.
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It's all part of the "Seuss-entennial" for the best- selling children's author in the country.
Doctor Seuss- otherwise known as Ted Geisel-- began his career with editorial cartoons in the '20s.
He then moved into advertising, sculpture, and eventually into the children's literature he's best known for.
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Doctor Seuss' goal was to make reading fun.
And more than a decade after his death, kids still respond to his message.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 33 points. The Nasdaq has lost two.

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Coming up next on the newscast,
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one of the longest serving coaches in the Friday Football region decides to hang up his whistle.
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One of the coaches who has traveled the road with Friday Football Extra for all 20 years of its existence is retiring.
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Willis White, the head coach at Salem High school for the past 21 years is stepping down at the end of the current school year. The six-time Friday Football Extra Coach of the Year told News 7 sports last week that he would know something definite about his future in a couple of weeks.
However, sources within the Salem school system and the City's government have confirmed that he is stepping down.


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White won four state titles and 8 regional championships in his more than two decades as the Spartans' head coach. During that time he also won the admiration of perhaps the most football crazed community in the entire state. In 2001, the Commonwealth also took note of his accomplishments, and inducted him into the Virginia High School League's Hall of fame. The Spartans missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons, but that had little to do with White's decision.
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The Colonial Conference crowned its champion last night, as VCU beat George Mason 55-to-54 to earn an invitation to the Big Dance.
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Former Tarheel Jason Capel and dad Jeff Capel, Junior were on hand to see if Jeff, the Third could coach VCU to the title. They also would get an eyeful of Suffolk native Troy Godwin. The six-six, 300 pounder dominated for the Patriots last nights as
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VCU was able to improve to 23-and-7, with the 55-to-54 win. The win sends the Rams to the NCAAs for the first time since 1996.
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The Duke women beat North Carolina in the ACC women's championship game last night to capture a record fifth straight ACC tournament title.
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Iciss (Ice-es) Tillis had another big game for the Blue Devils with 17 points, and she was named the tournament's MVP.
But the BIG FISH of the night was Mistie Bass. She was unstoppable, playing 28 minutes, scoring 16 points on
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on 7-of-7 shooting while dominating the court. Duke beats Carolina 63-to-47 for the ACC title.
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The Liberty University women open up the Big South Conference tournament tonight as the top seed on the their home floor against Winthrop.
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Last night the league passed out its postseason awards, and not surprisingly - six foot eight inch Liberty center, Katie Feenstra, earned her second straight player of the year honor. She led the Conference in scoring, averaging 22 points a game. She also was tops in rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots.
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The Hokies open the Big East tournament tomorrow at Noon against Rutgers. The combination of the Hokies and fast- talking, first year head coach Seth Greenberg is an unlikely union that has actually turned out much better than most expected.
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Calloway is not referring to coach Greenberg, but rather the lone senior on the team - Bryant Matthews - who yesterday became the first Hokie ever to earn first team all-Big East honors.
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[VO NAT CON'T] The Hokies flew out of Roanoke right after finishing up this workout. They'll practice in New York City today, and then attend the Big East postseason banquet tonight.
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