Just ahead on News 7 at Noon...
22-prisoners are dead and more than 90 others are injured after mortar fire in Iraq.
We'll have the latest..
Plus, five-years after a deadly shooting a community remembers the Columbine massacre.
Clouds are starting to filter into the region which will lead to a few isolated showers later on. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
21-Iraqi detainees are killed after a hail of mortar fire at a Baghdad prison.
Good Afternoon, I'm Susan Bahorich, filling in for Kimberly McBroom.
It's believed about 18 mortars were fired into a Baghdad Confinement Facility run by the coalition -killing the 21 people.
Meanwhile, Halliburton Company says three of four bodies found near an attack on a fuel convoy in Iraq this month were contract workers for one of its subsidiaries.
Lisa Barron has the story.
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[IN Q=Although fragile..]
[SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt/Deputy Director of Operations]
((ALTHOUGH FRAGILE CEASE FIRES ARE HOLDING IN FALLUJAH AND NAJEF...THE UNREST CONTINUES ELSWHERE WITH A MORTAR BOMBING IN BAGHDAD. LISA BARRON REPORTS.
FOR THE THOUSANDS OF IRAQIS WHO FLED THE BLOODY
CLASHES IN FALLUJAH, THE DEAL BROKERED BY US
AND LOCAL LEADERS MEANS THE CHANCE TO RETURN HOME.
THEY'VE STARTED VENTURING BACK TO THE CITY... A DAY
AFTER THE U.S. MILITARY SAID IT WOn'T RESUME
OPERATIONS ...IF INSURGENTS TURN IN THEIR HEAVY
WEAPONS. (APTN FOOTAGE ENDS)
((MARINE (NO NAME PROVIDED) TELL THEM WE WANT TO HELP FALLUJAH, NOT TO FIGHT HERE.))
BUT ITS NOT CLEAR HOW MUCH INFLUENCE FALLUJAH
OFFICIALS HAVE ON THE 1-2,000 FIGHTERS STILL IN THE
CITY. IF THE TENTATIVE TRUCE BREAKS DOWN, AN ALL OUT
ASSAULT COULD FOLLOW
COALITION TROOPS ARE ALSO OBSERVING A SHAKY
IN THE HOLY CITY OF NAJAF....WHILE TALKS CONTINUE ON
THE DISBANDING OF MILITAMEN LOYAL TO RADICAL
CLERIC MOQTADA AL SADR....
((LISA BARRON, REPORTING: THERE'S BEEN MORE BLOODSHED THOUGH IN BAGHDAD...18
MORTAR ROUNDS HIT A COALITION DETENTION CENTER IN
CAPITAL TODAY, KILLING AT LEAST TWENTY PEOPLE. THE
US MILITARY SAYS
EARLY REPORTS SHOW ALL THE CASUALTIES WERE PRISONERS))
((BRIG.GEN. MARK KIMMITT: NOT SURE IF PRISONERS WERE SUSPECTED CRIMINALS OR 'SECURITY DETAINEES'...))
ELSEWHERE IN THE CITY,.HUNDREDS OF RELATIVES AND
COLLEAGUES GATHERED FOR THE FUNERAL OF TWO EMPLOYEES
OF THE PENTAGON FUNDED TV STATION AL IRAQIYA, ..THE
STATION SAYS A CORRESPONDENT AND A DRIVER WERE SHOT
DEAD BY AMERICAN FORCES YESTERDAY...THE US MILITARY
CLAIMS ITS TROOPS ACTED ACCORDING TO THE RULES OF
((SOT: BRIG.GEN.MARK KIMMITT: THEY DIDNT HEED WARNING SHOTS, THEY WERE FILMING ILLEGALLY))
BUT AS THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AROUND THE COUNTRY
CONTINUES, THE COALITION OF THE WILLING APPEARS TO
LESS WILLING THAN IT WAS.....THE HONDURAN PRESIDENT
HAS ALREADY FOLLOWED SPAINS LEAD, PLEDGING TO PULL
COUNTRYS 370 TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
LB CBS NEWS BAGHDAD))
President Bush is continuing his three day campaign to renew the Patriot Act.
Today Bush was in Buffalo, New York trying to gain support for the controversial measure which gives law enforcement expanded surveillance powers to use against terror suspects.
But, both conservative and liberal lawmakers say it's too big an encroachment on individual liberty- something the President disagrees with.
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[IN Q=A THREAT...]
((PRESIDENT BUSH: A THREAT OVERSEAS NOW MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY HERE AT HOME. IT'S ONE THING TO PROTECT OUR EMBASSIES AND WE WORK HARD TO DO SO; BUT NOW A THREAT OVERSEAS COULD END UP BEING A THREAT TO THE HOMELAND. AND IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE HOMELAND THESE GOOD PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE INFORMATION))
[OUT Q=SHARE INFORMATION.]
Many protesters are expected to make their voices heard during Bush's visit.
Buffalo is the site of several criminal cases against the so-called "Lackawanna six."
Last year, several young Yemeni-American men pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism by briefly attending Al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan.
Five years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School in Colorado and started a killing spree that would become the worst school shooting in American history.
Drew Levinson reports from Littleton.
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[IN Q=There are no...]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/April 20, 1999;]
[SUPER=01-Michael Johnson/Columbine Survivor;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
((((There are no classes at Columbine today-there never are on April 20th. ...Just a sign out front,.... a sign that reflects the feelings here. It s a time to remember, a time to hope.
(LOCATOR: APRIL 20, 1999)
Five years ago today-this was the setting for the deadliest school shooting in U-S history.
Seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold marched into their high school with guns blasting. When they were done, 12 students and a teacher were deadthen the killers, killed themselves.
Michael Johnson was one of 20 students injured that day.
[inq= i was shot...]
((MICHAEL JOHNSON/COLUMBINE SURIVOR: I WAS SHOT IN THE LEG AND THE BACK OF THE NECK AND THE BACK OF THE ARM.))
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Today he s a college freshman and co-author of a book called surviving Columbine.
[inq=i personally feel..]
((MICHAEL JOHNSON/COLUMBINE SURVIVOR: I PERSONALLY FEEL I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE ON. THERE STILL ISN T A DAY THAT I DON T AT LEAST THINK OF THE SHOOTING IN PASSING. BUT IT S VERY MUCH A GROWING EXPERIENCE AND SOMETHING THAT I VE LEARNED FROM.))
[outq= learned from.]
((STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON: THE PARENTS OF THE TEEN GUNMEN STILL LIVE IN THE AREA...AND SOME FEEL THEY SHOULD BEAR SOME OF THE BLAME. BUT A PROSECUTOR SAID TODAY ....HIS OFFICE NEVER SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED FILING CHARGES AGAINST THEM.))
((I M GOING TO MISS MY SON FOREVER))
[outq= son forever]
Michael Shoals son Isiah was killed that day.
Now traveling the country and speaking out against violence-Shoals refuses self pity.
[inq= i don't want..]
((MICHAEL SHOALS/PARENT: I DON T WANT TO SIT HERE AND CLAIM A ROAD AND WALLOW IN VICTIMHOOD BECAUSE HIS NAME WAS WORTH MORE THAN THAT. BUT I LOVE MY SON, HE S THE GREATEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME. ))
[outq= happened to me.]
Tonight Isiah and the 12 others who died will be remembered with a candlelight vigil. 13 lights will flicker for the 13 people who should still be here.Drew Levinson, CBS News, Littleton, Colorado.))
Authorities have arrest a North Carolina man for allegedly robbing a woman in Henry County.
Police say 51 year old Cynthia Adkins Hairston was at Leatherwood Wash and Dry around two yesterday afternoon when 23 year old Gerald Lamont Whittington entered the laundromat with his 4 month old daughter.
Whittington reportedly struck Hairston several times in the head, took her purse then fled the scene in her car.
Police later stopped the vehicle and arrested him.
Whittington is charged with three felonies and is held in the Danville City jail.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the city of Roanoke will have a bigger budget next month. But city leaders say residents should not have to pay higher taxes.
Plus deputies from one county in our area say they need a pay raise.
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A Franklin County man is under arrest after police say he attacked someone in a convenience store.
57-year old George Oscar Hodges allegedly entered the Redwood Minute Market carrying a rifle yesterday.
He walked around the store briefly before another customer asked him why he had the gun.
Deputies say Hodges then hit the customer with the butt of the gun and left the store.
Less than ten minutes later, Hodges was apprehended when deputies spotted his vehicle.
He was arrested and charged with DUI, felonius assault, and other gun charges.
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Deputies in Pittsylvania County would like to see a raise in pay.
They are among the lowest paid in the area. Some even have to use food stamps just to make ends meet..
But as Justin McLeod tells us, they may find getting a raise a tough job.
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[SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :12]
[SUPER=01-Coy Harville/Board of Supervisors Chairman; :49]
[SUPER=01-Danny Tate/Pittsylvania Co. Resident; 1:07]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF DEPUTY OR RADIO))
It is their duty to protect and serve, a job that means big sacrifices and some say very little pay.
[IN Q=It's an embarassment really]
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: IT'S AN EMBARRASSMENT REALLY. YOU KNOW THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYDAY.))
[OUT Q=on the line everyday]
And they're having trouble making ends meet.
The starting salary in Pittsylvania County is nearly 24-thousand dollars.
As a result, the department has lost 12 deputies in the last three years.
[IN Q=They can go to]
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: THEY CAN GO TO STATE POLICE. THEY CAN GO TO OTHER PLACES AND START OUT ROUGHLY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE THAN THEY ARE MAKING HERE.))
[OUT Q=ARE MAKING HERE]
The sheriff says the solution is a nine percent raise which would cost the county about 350-thousand dollars.
But the proposed 118 million dollar county budget currently has no raises for sheriff's deputies.
[IN Q=Right now]
((COY HARVILLE/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO HOLD OUR LINE UNTIL THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ACTS TO SEE WHAT FUNDING WE CAN GET TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=make that happen]
Some citizens say it needs to happen regardless of whether more funding comes from Richmond.
At a public hearing Monday night, they made their case that's its a public safety issue.
[IN Q=Do you know]
((DANNY TATE/PITTSYLVANIA CO. RESIDENT: DO YOU KNOW THAT MANY DAYS AND NIGHTS THERE ARE ONLY 3 OFFICERS WORKING THE WHOLE COUNTY OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY?))
[OUT Q=OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY]
((JUSTIN McLEOD: THE COUNTY BUDGET CALLS FOR NO TAX INCREASES SO UNLESS RICHMOND INCREASES FUNDING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SAYS IT IS UNLIKELY DEPUTIES WILL GET A RAISE THIS YEAR. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Despite some movement, a state budget appears to be a way off.
A Senate counterproposal to a House tax plan will *NOT* be ready today as intially expected.
Senate leaders worked the telephones over the weekend and yesterday tried to draft a tax package favorable to middle-of-the road Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate.
Full afternoon Senate and House sessions were scheduled for today, but late yesterday they were reduced to ``pro forma'' sessions.
No business will be conducted at the sessions, which involve only a handful of legislators.
City leaders say Roanoke's budget is growing by 7 million dollars but it will not cost taxpayers any more.
They expect the increase can be covered by a growing tax base, instead of new or higher taxes.
Teachers can also expect an average raise of three percent.
Meanwhile, Radford city council *is* considering a few tax and fee increases.
If approved, a pack of cigarettes would cost an extra 15 cents.
Officials estimate the tax could mean an extra 50-thousand dollars a year.
Council members are also thinking about increasing electric rates, which could generate another 60-thousand dollars.
Officials say the tax increases may not be necessary. It all depends on what legislators decide to do with the state budget.
Roanoke residents will notice a change when they turn the lever at the election booth this fall. First off, there's no lever.
Voters will begin using new, touch-screen voting machines in November.
Officials say a demonstration will be set up during the city's May election, but even if you don't vote then, they assure you you won't be left in the dark.
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[IN Q=there will be]
((BERYL BROOKS/ROANOKE CITY REGISTRAR; THERE WILL BE STAFF FROM THE COMPANY THAT WILL ACTUALLY BE IN EACH PRECINCT. OUR MAINTENANCE MEN WILL ALSO BE TRAINED TO DO EASIER MAINTENANCE, MORE SIMPLE MAINTENANCE ON THE MACHINES. SO ANY ISSUES THAT WE HAVE, THERE WILL ACTUALLY BE ENOUGH STAFF IN THE CITY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Beryl Brooks/Roanoke City Registrar;]
[OUT Q=take care of any of them]
Officials say the machines are safer and easier than the mechanical ones used now.
They say they're also more reliable, because voters can actually review their selections BEFORE submitting them.
Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby crafts store chain is making good on its promise to donate Lynchburg's former Ericsson building to Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Church leaders expect the title for the property to be handed over to them this week.
Falwell will use the 800-thousand square foot building to expand his church and Liberty University.
Another deal to turn 35 nearby acres into a shopping center has fallen through.
Developers say the city wasn't receptive to another strip-mall type project.
The land is now up for sale.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll speak with Italian chef, Eleanora Scarpetta about her new cook book.
Stay with us.
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If you are getting ready for lunch, we have something that might whet your appetite.
Chef Eleanora Scarpetta is starting to get some attention for some her down home authentic Italian recipes.
She has appeared on television with Martha Stewart and Al Roker on the Food Network.
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She has just published her first book called "Eleanora's Kitchen."
It not only features 125 Italian recipes, it also offers practical advice for their preparation.
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Eleanora Scarpetta joins us live from New York. Welcome.
Before you even get to the recipes, your book starts out with advice on what any Italian cook needs in the pantry. What are three or four things that are essential to keep on the shelf?
Your book includes alot of advice for cooks, what is the best thing you can tell someone who feels intimidated about cooking a big Italian meal?
What one recipe should the people who buy your book try first?
Obviously you love to cook, who inspired your interest?
"Eleanora's Kitchen" features authentic Italian recipes, but these aren't exactly the recipes your mother made. Typically speaking what kind of changes have you made to update them?
[SUPER=01-Eleanora Scarpetta/Chef & Author;]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP five points. The NASDAQ has dropped two.
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Up next in sports,
the Avalanche and the Frederick Keys meet again on the diamond after facing off last night.
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The Salem Avalanche will take on the Frederick Keys tonight.
The two played yesterday afternoon at Salem Memorial Stadium.
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During the in between inning festivities, this woman is apparently hurt during the Sumo wrestling event. They had to pull her up and drag her off the field, but fortunately she was OK.
In the fourth inning, the Keys Ryan Hubele hits a homerun and puts Frederick was up 4-zip.
Salem scores in the bottom of the fifth when Wade Robinson gets a base hit to center field.
Frederick came in with a 1-and-8 record, but wins it 8-3.
The two play tonight and tomorrow night at 7 o-clock.
The Bruins and Canadians played game seven in the NHL's old school playoff series.
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Richard Zednik scored twice in the 3rd period to break open a scoreless game and give the Canadians a 2-to-nothing win in the deciding game seven.
The Habs are now the 20th NHL team to win a playoff series
[SUPER=31-Montreal/2/Boston/0/Canadians Win Series 4-3;]
after trailing three-games-to-one.
They now get Tampa Bay and former Lancer head coach John Tortarella.
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