Coming up on News 7 at noon...
A devastating series of storms sweep through Illinois- claiming at least four-lives.
We'll have a live report.
And, a national pet food company turns its attention from our finned friends to American soldiers in the Middle East.
After some patchy dense fog this morning the sunshine has returned and that will allow temperatures to warm once again. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
Rescuers in Illinois are still hoping to find tornado victims who may be trapped but still alive- but time is ticking away.
Good Afternoon, I'm Susan Bahorich filling in for Kimberly McBroom.
At least four people are believed dead in north central Illinois after a series of storms swept across the region on last night.
The rumble of heavy equipment is mixed with the sounds of rescue workers using shovels -- in an effort to reach possible survivors from a tornado-flattened Illinois tavern.
Fragile sandstone from the century-old building is complicating the effort in Utica, one of several areas hit yesterday in the north-central part of the state.
Five people were rescued and at least three people died when the twister crushed the Milestone Tap.
Authorities believe as many as five people may still be inside.
The governor of Illinois plans to travel to the area.
CBS' Jennifer Donelan is in Utica with more.
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Rescuers in Utica Illinois are still hoping to find tornado victims who
may be trapped but still alive. A crane is lifting away debris at a
collapsed tavern where three people died. Jennifer Donelan reports from
It took just minutes...to rip through utica and uproot the lives of almost everyone living there.
With a handful of people still unaccounted for in this small illinois town ... rescue workers in are still searching for survivors.
((MIKE CHAMNESS/ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: ITS A METICULOUS OPERATION AND AS LONG AS THERE ARE HOPES PEOPLE BEING FOUND ALIVE IN THERE, WE ARE GOING TO PICK THROUGH THAT PIECE BY PIECE THRU THE RUBBLE.))
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A massive storm...spinning off as many as 25 tornados...tore through north central illinois right around dinner time tuesday. utica was hit the hardest....a downtown tavern crowded with patrons after work was flattened . three people were found dead in the rubble of the century old restaurant.
((GWEN ANDERSON/UTICA RESIDENT: EVERYTHING IT JUST SMASHED, ALL THE HOUSES, EVERYTHING, GONE, JUST LIKE THAT 3 MINUTES.))
even tractor trailers were no match for the storm. during it's height....they were blown right off the highways.
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Officials say all of this could have been worse...they credit tornado sirens with saving numerous lives.))
School children are among the more than 60-people who are dead after a number of early morning car bombings in Basra.
... And the governor of the Iraqi city says he thinks Al-Qaida was involved.
Lisa Barron has the story.
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A bloody morning in the southern port city of Basra.....at the height of morning rush hour, several car bombs set to go off simultaneously ripped through iraq police stations, killing at least 60 people and leaving more than 200 injured.
at the citys morgues, dead children....some burned beyond recognition...their buses caught up in a blast as they were making their way to school.
the iraqi interior minister blamed terrorists.
((SAMIR AL-SUMAIDI/MINISTER OF INTERIOR: THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS THIS AND IS DETERMINED TO FIND THESE PEOPLE AND BRING AN END TO THIS CANCER THAT IS INVADING THE BODY OF IRAQ.))
And violence has re-ignited in Fallujah after several days of relative calm..an early morning attack by up to dozens of insurgents.sparked off a firefight with us marines which lasted hours.
"the widow right up above it, do it again, take your
the us military says at least several iraqis were killed,
and three marines wounded.
((LISA BARRON, REPORTING: SO FAR, NO IRAQI FIGHTERS HAVE TURNED IN THEIR HEAVY WEAPONS, A CRITICAL PART OF THE AGREEMENT STRUCK BETWEEN US OFFICIALS AND LOCAL LEADERS TWO DAYS AGO. THE US MILITARY IS WARNING OF AN ALL OUT ASSAULT ON
FALLUJAH IF THE DEAL COLLAPSES...))
The timing couldn't be worse for American forces still locked in another standoff.. with radical shiite cleric moqtada al sadr in the holy city of Najaf.
The pressure on coalition troops continued to take it's toll.
The Dominican Republic has become the third country in two days to announce its leaving southern iraq....spanish troops have already started pulling
out of the country. ,
The coalition is racing to fill the gaps....as new pockets of resistance continue to spring up in previously peaceful areas of the war torn country.
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A suicide bombing killed nine people and injured 125-others today in Saudi Arabia.
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Workers at three hospitals in Riyadh (re-odd) say policemen and civilians are among the dead.
Officials say they do NOT know whether the body of the bomber was among those received at the hospitals.
Rescue crews responding to the scene say the entire front of a five story "General Security" building was shattered.
Saudi officials say they were "tipped off" about six planned explosions and were able to find and defuse five of them before they detonated.
There's nothing "fishy" about what one Blacksburg company is doing for our troops.
Tetra Incorporated, a fish food maker, collected hundreds of dollars in supplies for 9 local soldiers in Iraq.
The eight men and one woman are Army Reservists out of Salem's 7th Brigade.
The company spent the last week collecting dozens of items including snack foods, visine, cough drops, gum, razors, and lotion.
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((BARBARA MORENO: WE HAD A DRIVE GOING ON AND PEOPLE WERE JUST PUTTING DOLLARS IN BUCKETS AND WE RAISED SO MUCH MONEY. AND WE RAISED SO MUCH MONEY. WE WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS WITH THOSE DOLLARS THAT WERE DONATED.
PAULETTE TERRY: THEY'RE OVER THERE TO PROTECT US AND WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO HELP THEM.))
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For every dollar spent at Tetra's company store, 25-cents was donated to the troops for supplies.
Army officials say the items will help remind the soldiers of some of the comforts of home.
The 7th Brigade picked up the donation this morning and will immediately begin sending monthly care packages to the local reservists.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the head of the Federal Reserve says interest rates are going to go up.
Also we'll tell you why residents of one Roanoke neighborhood want more done to protect their safety.
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Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan says the economic recovery is solidly on track -- and interest rates will eventually rise.
Greenspan testified this morning before Congress saying the recovery has good momentum.
He says the record-low short-term interest rates will have to rise at some point -- but he didn't say exactly when.
Greenspan says, looking forward, the prospects for sustaining solid economic growth are good.
An accident last night in Floyd County left one woman dead.
It happened around 6:30 near Route-221 and 610 in Check.
State police say 22-year-old Cristin Leigh Collins of Roanoke was driving eastbound on 610, when she ran a stop sign and hit another car.
Collins died at the scene.
The people inside the other car were treated at the hospital, but their injuries are NOT considered life threatening.
No charges have been placed.
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Some residents of a neighborhood in Northwest Roanoke say they are concerned about the drug dealing and violence on their streets.
They are asking the city to help.
Justin McLeod reports.
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The sounds of sirens are quite common here in Northwest Roanoke.
Residents say when the sun goes down, the crime rate goes up.
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Those fears are valid.
The latest statistics from the Roanoke Police Department show that for the last week in March there were 32 major incidents citywide, 41-percent were in Northwest.
A group made up of area churches says the problem is especially bad on Hanover Avenue near Lucy Addison Middle School.
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That happened here in front of St. Gerard's Church.
Tuesday night the church hosted a community meeting where concerned residents asked city leaders for help.
They want the sidewalks repaired and more lights put up.
They want increased bike patrols in the area and for the city to shut down a notorius drug house.
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Those who hear these promises are hopeful but skeptical.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD: SHE'LL HAVE ETO WAIT UNTIL AT LEAST THIS SUMMER. CITY LEADERSE SAY NO IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE UNTIL AFTER THE NEW FISCAL YEAR BEGINS WHICH IS JULY FIRST. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Smokers in Pulaski may soon have to pay more for their cigarettes.
The town is considering raising the cigarette tax to 15 cents a pack which is a five cent increase.
Radford is also looking at a similar tax.
Town Managers say the increases may not be necessary, it just depends on what Richmond finally does with its budget.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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John Feinstein (fine-stein) will join us to tell us about his new book.
It chronicles the story of a remarkable Caddy for Life.
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If you have followed professional golf anytime in the past 30 years, you know who Tom Watson is. After winning 39 tour events including eight majors, Watson has had his share of the limelight.
But casual observers may not have noticed the man at his side.
Bruce Edwards knew from the first time he stepped on a golf course he wanted to be a caddy. With Watson, he formed one of the longest lasting and most success teams on the P-G-A tour.
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In his new book, "Caddy for Life," best selling author John Feinstein has chronicled Edwards' life including the struggle that began last year as he was diagnosed with A-L-S, or as it is more commonly known, Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Sadly Edwards died recently, how is he going to be remembered?
How did you decide to bring Edwards' story to the public?
What made the team of Bruce Edwards and Tom Watson so successful?
One of the pivotal moments in the book revolves around the 2003 U-S Open. Why was that so significant in Edward's life?
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN two points. The NASDAQ has gained 10.
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Coming up next in sports, another game seven in the playoffs is played in the NHL, as teams battle it out on the ice.
and Steve Mason takes a closer look at Elliott Sadler and how his wins are paying off close to home.
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Another game seven was played in an NHL playoff series last night as Ottawa hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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This had all of the excitement of a Stanley Cup final - and the Maple Leafs stepped up and played like it was just that by taking care of business early.
Toronto jumped out to a 3-to-nothing lead on the strength of two Joe
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Nieuwendyk (NOO'-ehn-dyk) goals and held on for the 4-to-1 win.
The Maple Leafs advance to meet the Flyers in round two.
Elliott Sadler is off to a hot start this racing season in the "M&M" Ford.
But the Emporia native is also driven more than ever these days to help others to fight autism.
Steve Mason tells us how his efforts are hitting close to home.
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((At the recent Salem Civic center Kyle Petty victory junction gang fund raiser Sadler met Roanoke based graphics arts designer Chad Durham and his autistic son Jackson. Durham learned quickly about Sadlers personal passion to fight autism.
Sadler autographed Durham's autism designed poster, which will be on display at Lynn Adam's Radford University Center for Autism. Chad, with support form stars like Sadler, hopes to raise some of the 60 thousand dollars needed to keep the Radford autism program alive.
Through Adams diagnosis, Durham and his wife Aileen discovered Jackson's regressive type autism when he was 2 and a half. Cases like Jackson's are on the rise in Virginia, making Sadler's involvement even more important.))
((STEVE MASON:MAY 25TH SADLER JOINS UP WITH DALE JARRETT, KYLE PETTY, JIMMIE JOHNSON, TONY STEWART MICHAEL AND DARRELL WALTRIP AN OTHER NASCAR STARS AT THE NASCAR SPEED PARK IN CONCORD NORTH CAROLINA FOR ELLIOTT'S RACE FOR HOPE. FOR 15 TO 70 DOLLARS FANS CAN GET AUTOGRAPHS AND EVEN HAVE DINNER WITH THE DRIVERS. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO HELP AUTISTIC KIDS LIKE JACKSON DURHAM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS. ))
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