Up next on News 7--
A tractor- trailer hauling trash catches fire, and causes a morning rush hour mess on Route 460.
And, they're still counting the dead in Madrid, after this morning's series of bombings at train stations.
Sunny and pleasant right now but a few more clouds are heading our way. I'll have your weekend forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Haz- Mat crews check streams for contamination after a tractor- trailer carrying garbage caught fire this morning.
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State Police say they're not sure why a tractor- trailer caught fire
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this morning on Route 460. It happened just before 6 o'clock this morning.
Route 460 on the Bedford- Campbell County line was closed in both directions for about 45 minutes.
That's because firefighters had to stretch their hose across the west- bound lane to fight the fire.
The truck was hauling garbage, but the driver has no idea how his load caught fire.
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Bedford County Haz- Mat crews were out this morning testing run- off that may have reached nearby streams.
There's no word on the results of those tests.
No one was injured in the fire.
The death toll keeps rising from a series of morning rush hour explosions today in Madrid.
More than 180 people are confirmed dead.
At least 900 others are injured.
Although the Spanish government believes the militant Basque separatist group is responsible, the group denies its involvement.
We warn you some of this video is graphic.
Tom Fenton reports.
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Locator: Madrid, Spain
The bombs were powerful, carefully timed and coordinated, and the
terrorists, whoever they were, gave no advance warning. The result was
Three passenger trains were targeted in the midst of the morning rush
hour in Madrid. One, an intercity express, was shattered by several
Two other commuter trains were hit as they were pulling into suburban
stations. In all, there were more than a dozen bombs.. Many passengers
were blown to bits, trapped in the wreckage, or hurled onto the tracks.
A huge rescue operation swung into action. Station platforms were
littered with casualties as the dead and injured were sorted out for
treatment and transport to hospitals.
The Spanish government blamed the Basque separatist group ETA, even
though the political wing of that organization has denied the charge.
The scale of the attack and the precision of the timing have shocked the
government, which has recently been claiming that the Basque separatists
are close to defeat.
The aim of the bombers was to kill as many people as possible, and in
this they succeeded.
This is the deadliest terrorist attack in Europe for years, and a
reminder that Islamic fundamentalists are not the only threat to public
Europe has suffered from its own home-grown terrorism for decades. And
of all the European terrorist groups, ETA has long been the most deadly.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London
While the state budget is still up in the air, some local officers can count on a raise this year.
The county administrator and budget committee in Botetourt has recommended the approval of the Sheriff's Office five-point-four million dollar budget.
Regardless of what happens in Richmond, County Administrator Jerry Burgess says deputies in Botetourt will see a two-and-a quarter percent raise.
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((SHERIFF RONNIE SPRINKLE, BOTETOURT CO.: NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART, I GUESS, IS BEING ABLE TO PAY MY PEOPLE FOR A RAISE EACH YEAR. I THINK THEY DEFINITELY DESERVE IT. THERE AREN'T TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO TO TO WORK WITH A BULLET PROOF VEST ON, SO THAT'S WHY I THINK WE NEED TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE WORK THEY DO.))
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Currently there are 89-employees at the Sheriff's office, 69 of them are sworn officers.
Deputies in Botetourt start off at just under 24-thousand dollars.
Hockey players are notorious for their tempers--
But in the case of Vancouver's All-Star Forward Todd Bertuzzi, things got WAY out of hand.
The N-H-L has suspended Bertuzzi at least until next season for
punching an opponent and breaking his neck during a game.
The team was also fined 250- thousand dollars for the incident.
Drew Levinson reports.
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FONT: Courtesy. NHL
It was this vicious hit Monday night that not only broke Steve Moore's
neck but also put Todd Bertuzzi out of the game.
NOW HERE'S THE PUNCH FROM BEHIND, LOOK AT THAT, DRIVES HIS HEAD INTO THE
ICE, THE MAN IS UNCONCIOUS"
Today the National Hockey League suspended the Vancouver Canucks player
for the rest of the season.
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During a game between Vancouver and the Colorado Avalanche, Bertuzzi
slugged Moore--forcing him to land face-first with the 245-pound
Bertuzzi on top him.
For Several minutes Moore lay in a pool of blood before finally being
removed on a stretcher.
IF THE LEAGUE ISN'T ON THIS RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE COMPLETELY AND
ABSOLUTELY OUT OF THEIR....."
Bertuzzi will not only miss the final 12 games of the season and all
playoff games, but he also forfeits at least a half million dollars.
Moore is also out for the season, but doctors say he will recover and
Last night an emotional Bertuzzi apologized to Moore, his family and
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"I DON'T PLAY THE GAME THAT WAY, AND I AM NOT A MEAN SPIRITED PERSON AND
I AM SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED...(SNIFFS)....THANK YOU"
The attack was apparently in retaliation for a hit by Moore on
Vancouver's captain Markus Naslund in February. Naslund sustained a
concussion and missed three games.
Many fans say fighting is part of the game--in fact there's an old joke
about going to a fight and a hockey game broke out.
"OH HE DROPS HANSUZ WITH A HAMMER!"
Now police in Vancouver are considering charges against Bertuzzi.
Hockey has always been considered a violent sport often pushing the
envelope--but now some fear even Hockey has crossed the line. Drew
Levinson, CBS News.
The sexual assault scandal at the University of Colorado has gone from the campus to Congress.
A hearing begins today on the school's alleged recruitment violations.
Since 19-97, seven women have claimed they were raped by football players or recruits.
University President Betsy Hoffman is one of those scheduled to testify before the Congressional committee.
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((BETSY HOFFMAN/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO PRESIDENT: AS PAINFUL AN EXPERIENCE AS IT MAY BE, WE VIEW IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SET THE STANDARD FOR AN ISSUE ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT. ))
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The university is taking steps toward that end--
It's announced a strict set of rules for recruits, including 11 P-M curfews, supervision by parents or coaches, and NO visits to private parties, bars, or strip clubs.
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Coming up next on the newscast, incriminating photographs will not be used in the prosecution of a celebrity singer.
Also, firefighters take a big risk to save a child from a burning building.
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A child was rescued from a raging fire at a New York apartment building early this morning.
It all began with a plume of smoke rising from the top of the three- floor building.
But within minutes, flames were visible over the entire roof and the fire spread across the building.
Firefighters entered the burning building to rescue a child, who was then rushed to the hospital.
Authorities there were no fatalities, and no word yet on what caused the blaze.
Massachusetts lawmakers are debating gay marriage again.
A month ago, lawmakers met to consider a constitutional
amendment that would ban gay marriage.
But after two days of debate, there was no agreement.
Advocates on both sides started lining up early this morning
outside the Statehouse.
Both the House Speaker and the Senate President are predicting victory for their constitutional amendment, which would ban gay marriage, but legalize civil unions.
Prosecutors in Florida may have to drop child porn charges against R-and-B singer R- Kelly.
A judge says detectives illegally seized photos that allegedly showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.
The photos were on a digital camera seized from Kelly's home during a 2002 drug raid.
Meanwhile, the singer is also facing 14 child porn counts in Chicago.
Those charges are NOT affected by today's ruling.
State and local governments want people to know if they damage public property, they should get ready to pay for it.
Justin McLeod has more.
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When you drive along Interstate 81, you often see damaged guardrails.
You may have wondered who pays for its repair.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: IF SOMEONE HITS A GUARDRAIL THEN ULTIMATELY THEY ARE GOING TO GET THE BILL.))
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And V-Dot has quite a success rate for reimbursement.
Last year for example, there were 24 accidents involving guardrails on I-81 in Botetourt County.
The state billed for all of them and 16 have been paid.
Two were simply written off and another six have been sent to the Attorney General's office for collection.
Nearly 21-thousand dollars.
More than 18-thousand dollars.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: IF IT'S DAMAGED IT ISN'T FAIR TO ASK THE TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR IT AGAIN.))
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The Department of Forestry feels the same way about forest fires.
State law requires them to recover the cost of putting out the fire.
In 2003, there were 49 forest fires in the Salem region.
24 were found to have a responsible party and so far 22 have paid.
26,000 thousand dollars.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF FORESTRY: NUMBER ONE CAUSE IS DEBRIS BURNING AND IT'S PRETTY EASY TO FIND WHO WAS BURNING TRASH OR YARD DEBRIS IN THEIR BACKYARD AND ONCE WE DO THAT WE GO AFTER COSTS OF THAT PERSON.))
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It is much of the same at the local level.
The City of Roanoke for example seeks reimbursement everytime a motorist damages a street sign, a fire hydrant, or a curb.
Last year, there were six such incidents.
Three have been paid, two are active, and one is delinquent.
More than 55-thousand dollars.
A little over 52-thousand dollars.
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((DANA LONG/ROANOKE'S BILLINGS AND COLLECTIONS MANAGER: WE BILL AND COLLECT FOR 100-PERCENT OF THE COST, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE MATERIALS, LABOR, AND PARTS EVERYTHING IT WOULD TAKE TO REPAIR AND REPLACE THAT ITEM.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SOME OTHER THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR, ROANOKE COUNTY RECOVERS COSTS FROM ARSON FIRES AND SEES ABOUT A 45-PERCENT SUCCESS RATE. THE COUNTY EVEN SEEKS REIMBURSEMENT FROM PEOPLE WHO BUY DRUGS OR CAUSE DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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You've heard it hundreds, if not thousands of times, but do you know the national anthem?
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Some satellite customers are dishing to find out exactly who's getting the last laugh.
Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, M-T-V, and V-H-1 are all back on the air for DISH Network customers.
EchoStar Communications and Viacom have settled a fee dispute that left millions without the popular programming.
The dispute also pulled the plug on two million viewers' CBS stations in the nation's biggest cities.
DISH subscribers in those cities could have had a different sort of March Madness when the NCAA tournament begins next week.
Financial terms of the new contract have not been disclosed.
You've probably sung along hundreds of times, but a new poll shows more than half of Americans do not know all the words to the National Anthem.
As Teri Okita reports, it's a startling statistic for music educators who fear young people will soon be singing a different tune.
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TRACK: OKAY, ADMIT IT. YOU WINCE WHEN SOMEONE FORGETS THE WORDS TO THE
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TRACK: OF COURSE SOME PEOPLE CAN SING ALONG PERFECTLY....
TRACK: BUT NOT SO FAST! ITS NOT SO EASY WITHOUT THE CHEAT SHEET ON THE
BALLPARK SCREEN. SO, WE TESTED FELLOW AMERICANS ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE
AT THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN
MOS: Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light. What so proudly we
hail oh wow. (LAUGHS) (:09)
MOS: What so proudly we hail (mistake) at the twilights last gleaming
(mistake) and the rockets (mistake) thorugh the perilous fight. (:13)
MOS: And the rockets red glare. The bombs eh! (GIRL WALKS OFF) (:09)
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STANDUP BRIDGE: The words to the Star-Spangled banner were written by
Francis Scott Key first as a poem during the War of 1812. It
officially became the National Anthem in 1931. (:12)
TRACK: BUT FOR ALL ITS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE, EDUCATORS FEAR SCHOOL
MUSIC CUTS COULD PUT THE SONG ON A SOUR NOTE WITH YOUNG AMERICANS
NEVER EVEN LEARNING THE WORDS. (use little 2nd graders singing)
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SOT:The only place you really do learn music, and thats evidenced in
the average citizens or performers, is in school music programs. (:07)
TRACK: 61-PERCENT OF AMERICANS POLLED CANT SING ALL THE WORDS ... AND
THERE ARE THREE MORE VERSES TO THE ANTHEM! BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD
NEWS. IT APPEARS WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES TO FORGET OUR LINES.
NAT SOT : CHINESE PEOPLE SINGING THEIR ANTHEM.
TRACK: TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 29 points. The NASDAQ has gained one.
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Up next in sports,
Steve Mason takes a closer look at one school where BOTH the boys and girls basketball teams are in the state finals.
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Four days of final four action for area high school basketball teams begin today in Richmond.
Both the Radford girls and boys teams open the Group- A state tournament.
It's the first time both have made the tournament together.
Steve Mason has more in this edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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[SUPER=01-Darris Nichols/Radford Senior Guard; :41]
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((The banners tell a story of success but the boys have not experienced a title in 55 years. It has been over a decade since the girls last state title. Both teams are sharpening each other for tournament play with some friendly competition.
Darris Nichols situation is much like J.J. Redick's. A great talent but can he lead his team to a state title? Redick finally did it his senior year. Nichols, the region player of the year and a favorite for state player of the year, won't let his worth be determined by whether or not his team wins a state crown.
The Bobcats are on an 18 game win streak after a 5 and 4 start and five seniors that either start or play have been key for a team that learned a great deal from a state championship runner up season last year.
Larry Mannon was 8 and 15 last year and is 23 and 5 this season. He continues his rebuilding project from a 2002 team that had 8 seniors and went to the state championship with a three junior/two sophomore starting lien up.))
((STEVE MASON:THE BOBCATS AND THE ALTAVISTA COLONELS MAKE UP JUST FOUR OF THE NINE HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY TEAMS PLAYING IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT. A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SALEM SPARTANS, THE HERITAGE PIONEERS, THE LADY WARRIORS OF MAGNA VISTA, THE NORTHSIDE LADY VIKINGS AND THE GLENVAR LADY HIGHLANDERS. STEVE MASON HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY.))
The Virginia Tech Hokies are on the court at this hour. They are behind Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first half.
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