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Coming up today on News 7 at noon..
An accident in Wythe county ties up traffic all morning -sending one man to the hospital.
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.. and he gave up a lucrative NFL career to join one of the military's elite special forces. Now, word comes former football player Pat Tillman, has been killed in a firefight in Afghanistan.
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Increasing clouds through the afternoon which could lead to a few late day thundershowers. I'll have your weekend forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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An accident shut down part of Interstate 81 in Wythe County this morning.
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State police say a delivery truck carrying beer headed southbound and crossed the median about 8 o'clock.
The van hit a tractor-trailer headed north at Exit 80 near Fort Chiswell (chiz-well).
The van's driver was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Bristol.
No word yet on his condition or identity, but police say he's from Dublin.
The wreck closed both northbound lanes for a time, but one lane did re-open.
Police say the accident backed up traffic for about three miles.
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A pro football player -- who walked away from a football career to become a soldier -- has been killed in Afghanistan.
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Pat Tillman had played for the Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the Army in 2002. The safety had turned down a three-year, three-point-six MILLION dollar contract to enlist.
Tillman was an Army Ranger. Some members of the elite unit had been taking part in the hunt for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in southeastern Afghanistan. No details on how he died. Tillman's brother Kevin also joined the Rangers and served in the Mideast. He had been a minor league baseball prospect with the Cleveland Indians' club.
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Members of Saddam Hussein's former bath party will be allowed to hold government and military jobs in Iraq. *This* as the situation there remains at a boiling point in Najaf (nah-jaff) and Fallujah. Lisa Barron reports.

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((Refugees in their own country.... residents now of a tent city set up on the outskirts of Baghdad....these families fled fallujah earlier this month... yesterday, their road home was blocked.

US troops have surrounded the city, and are preparing for an all out assault.. if insurgents dont turn in their heavy weapons.....and soon.
((BRIG. GEN. MARK KIMMITT: I THINK WE ARE TALKING DAYS ))
((LISA BARRON, REPORTING: US COMMANDERS SAY DESPITE OVERWHELMING FIREPOWER, THE BATTLE WONT BE EASY. THEY EXPECT TO FACE A WIDE RANGE OF ENEMIES...LOCAL GUERRILLAS JOINED BY FOREIGN FIGHTERS, EX MILITARY OFFICERS, AND COMMON CRIMINALS ))
Some 2,000 American troops are also poised to move into the holy city of Najaf....where the us has vowed to take radical shiite cleric moqtada al sadr....dead or alive.
His militia has led a bloody uprising in the south over the past month.
and once again ...sadr upped the ante, using friday prayers to warn that if najaf is attacked, he and his followers will become human bombs, suicide bombers, in the face of the enemy.
meanwhile, in a major policy reversal, u.s. administrator paul bremer that some former members of saddam hussines baath party will be allowed to retake military and government jobs.
many members of iraqs traditional elite welcomed the move....but it could open old wounds. shiite and kurdish muslims were severely repressed by the former regime. one member of the governing council said it's like putting nazis in charge of post world war ii germany.
lb cbs news baghdad))

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It is one of the most poignant reminders of the cost of war, a flag drapped casket, and it lies at the heart of a stand-off with the pentagon. Stacy Case has more from Washington, D.C.
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(( It's a debate rekindled by fresh photographs. poignant images of flag-draped coffins carrying the war dead home from
iraq---- something the Pentagon doesn't want you to see. ))


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As opinions volley back and forth--- two military contractors have already lost their jobs over the release of this pic

ture. The Seattle Times published it.
((DAVID BOARDMAN/SEATTLE TIMES: AS A JOURNALIST, I TEND TO RESIST ANY SORT OF GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON OUR ACCESS. WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FIGHTING A WAR, I THINK MOST JOURNALISTS AND THE PUBLIC WOULD AGREE THAT THEY WANT TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. ))
Also, more than 350 pictures were released yesterday under the freedom of information act and posted on the internet.


Just as the war started, the pentagon announced the media would be prohibited from photographing coffins upon arrival at dover air force base.
The pentagon says the policy has been in effect since 1991. It has been tested over time and it reflects what families tell us that they would like as far as treatment of shipment of remains.
((SPECIALIST JOSEPH WIGHTMAN/GULF TROOP, 10TH CALVARY: YOU ALL KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY SOLDIERS HAVE PASSED AWAY, YOU DON'T NEED TO SEE MASS AMOUNTS OF COFFINS SITTING THERE LYING TO BE TAKEN OFF THE PLANE. THAT'S WRONG. THAT'S COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY WRONG.))
The policy has been inconsistent from administration to administration and war to war. But critics say this administration is more concerned about public opinion in an all important election year.
((STACY CASE/REPORTING: AS THE DEATH TOLL RISES AND THE ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERS SENDING MORE U-S TROOPS - THE PENTAGON IS REMINDED THAT A PICTURE CAN BE WORTH MORE THAN JUST 1,000 WORDS - IT COULD COST PUBLIC SUPPORT. STACY CASE CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))


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A business that wants to build a shopping center in Roanoke County is trying to compromise with the neighborhood association that opposes it.
Justin Mcleod has more on the debate and the future of the project.
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What was supposed to be a pep rally in preparation for Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting quickly turned into a hotly contested debate.
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((GEORGE AKERS/NEARBY RESIDENT: YOU WILL NEVER GET EVERYONE TO AGREE. I JUST WANT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE PROTECTED.))
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That neighborhood is located on Route 419 and Keagy Road.
It is here where Kahn Development wants to build a village style shopping complex.
Many neighbors oppose the project and as a result the developer has proposed a compromise.
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((GEORGE AKERS/NEARBY RESIDENT: I THINK IT HAS SOME POSSIBILITIES PERSONALLY BECAUSE I THINK WE NEED TO GET THE DEVELOPMENT OUT OF THE RESIDENTIAL AREA AND MORE ON 419 WHICH IS ALREADY COMMERCIAL.)) [Runs08]
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A land swap with a nearby owner may do just that.
Kahn Development has agreed in principal to move the project on land that fronts 419 which would basically shift it away from Keagy Road.
Some like the idea, others say it just shifts the problem to another area.
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((NORMA BURNS/NEARBY RESIDENT: BUT 419 HITS ME BECAUSE I AM ON 419 AND I AM CLOSE ENOUGH FOR ANY OTHER LANE TO BE PUT IN THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HIT MY PROPERTY AND I AM NOT FOR THAT AT ALL.)) [Runs10]
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((JUSTIN McLEOD: ))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD: THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WAS TO VOTE ON THE PROJECT AT TUESDAY'S MEETING BUT THE DEVELOPER HAS ASKED FOR A COUNTINUANCE. IF IT'S GRANTED THE PROJECT WILL THEN GO BACK TO THE PLANNING AND ZONNING COMMISSION FOR FURTHER STUDY. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Recent tests aren't convincing some Bedford residents that their water is completely free flowing
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and a steam pipe explodes in the nation's capital - turning city streets into virtual geysers. That story's coming up.
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More details are emerging from yesterday's deadly train blast in North Korea.
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Most recent numbers from the Red Cross indicate 54-people were killed and more than 12-hundred were injured after two fuel-laden trains triggered an explosion. But, officials expect the numbers and death toll to rise as they search through the rumble.
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((JOHN SPARROW, RED CROSS: WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT 1850 HOUSES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED AND 6350 HOUSEHOLDS PARTIALLY DESTROYED.))
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The accident happened just hours after reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (ill) had passed through en route to the capital, after a rare visit to China. An intelligence source in the south said there was no hint of sabotage or an attempt on his life.
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Three people were injured after a massive steam pipe rupture in D.C.
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It happened around nine o'clock near the new executive office building this morning close to 17th and "H" streets. Two workers were critically injured, while a third person received minor injuries. An eyewitness describes the explosion as looking like "old faithful," spewing heavy steel manhole covers into the sky.

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((ALAN ETTER, DC FIRE-EMS SPOKESMAN: TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE IN THE HOLE. ONE WAS ON THE SURFACE AREA WHERE THIS MAN HOLE IS. THE STEAM- THE FORCE OF THE STEAM FORCED TWO INDIVIDUALS UP OUT OF THE HOLE ARE MOST CRITICALLY BURNED.))
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Streets are closed around the area of the accident. Steam released from the explosion reached temperatures between 900 to 1200 degrees.
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A recent test shows the drinking water near an old Bedford landfill is safe to drink. But some residents near the landfill still find it hard to swallow.
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31 of the wells indicated no presence of contaminates-- only seven showed a small amount.
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During a question and answer session last night, residents voiced concern over the long terms effects of the contamination.
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((ELLEN OVERSTREET/CITIZEN: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM RUN THE CITY WATER DOWN THROUGHOUT BELL TOWN, DRAPER ROADS AND BELL TOWN ROADS AND SUPPLY US WITH SAFE DRINKING WATER AND AT NO CHARGE TO THE RESIDENTS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMETHING THE CITY CAUSED.))
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City officials say they are in compliance with federal environmental regulations.
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((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER:THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONCERN OVER THIS ISSUE BUT WE FELL VERY GOOD ABOUT THE FACT THE CITY IS TRYING TO MOVE AS AGGRESSIVELY AS POSSIBLE IN ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE.))
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In the meantime, the city will continue monitoring the wells for contamination.
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It looks like a controversial sewer project is becoming the driving force behind Blacksburg's Town Council race.
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The town voted by a 4 to 3 margin to approve a new 12 mile sewer line to Toms Creek. Opponents want sewer service in Toms Creek but favor bringing a sewer line along route 460. This issue has become so controversials there is now a lawsuit against the town. Also, two people are now running as write in candidates for the 3 open council seats because of this issue.
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((FRANCES PARSONS: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S DESPERATELY NEEDED BY THE TOWN. IT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR 30 YEARS AND IT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED. TOBY ROCK: THIS IS A VITAL PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE NEED TO GET TO BLACKSBURG. IT PREPARES FOR INEVITABLE GROWTH THAT WE'RE TRYING TO MANAGE LIKE MOST MUNICIPALITIES ARE AND IT PROVIDES FOR FUTURE SERVICE THE NORTHWEST AND NORTHEAST PARTS OF TOWN.))
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There are 3 open seats and now 3 candidates in support of the current sewer project and 3 candidates against it. The election is May 4th.
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Coming up, Leo has a look at your weekend forecast.
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Plus the War has moved off the front page and onto the funny papers. We'll see what some think of that.
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Over the past year, people have not been surprised when the war in Iraq was on the front page of their local newspaper.
However lately some have been offended when it turned up in another section.
Adaora Udoji has more.
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((On the comic pages, two popular characters faced the harsh realities of the Iraq war this week. Not all newspapers were pleased.
graphic comic
In Get Fuzzy, main character Rob Wilco learned his cousin lost a leg in the embattled country.
graphic comic
Even more personal in Doonesbury, Gary Trudeaus's BD ... a beloved football coach reservist fighting in Iraq ... was hit.
graphic comic
Medics on the scene told him, not your time bro. BD didn't die, he did lose a leg.
Taleeb Noornohmaad T 02676385 010138

SOT: IT'S TYPICAL DOONESBURY. IT'S COMMENTARY ON SOCIETY.


But Doonsbury's distributor says it triggered calls of concern from a handful of newspaper editors.. not convinced the storyline was appropriate for their readers.
Academics say the comics are following a hundred year tradition by taking on polarizing issues... that often have triggered debate among editors.

SOT: I THINK THEY HAVE TO BALANCE OUT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE NEWS LITERACY OF THE COMMUNITY VERSUS WHAT MIGHT OFFEND.


b-roll Trudeau
Trudeau has never shied away from current events in his thirty-five year career.
b-roll Iraq soldiers
He says given the burst of American casualties the past two weeks in Iraq ... he felt compelled to address it.
Writing to CNN, "IT SEEMED MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO FOCUS ON AND HONOR THE SACRIFICE THAT MANY OF OUR SOLDIERS ARE MAKING."
StandUp:
Readers who like Doonesbury and those who don't say Trudeau's strip, along with others plays a critical role.
Beth Cochran same tape 10050

SOT: I THINK IT HELPS PEOPLE THINK ABOUT WHERE THEY STAND.


Mathew Adkins same tape 010513

SOT: Generally, I'M MORE AGAINST WHAT HE WRITES NORMALLY, BUT I DO FIND IT ENTERTAINING AND IN THIS CASE I WOULD AGREE

WITH HIM.
Distributors for Get uzzy and Doonesbury say the Iraq story lines worried some newspaper editors, but they don't know of any newspapers that removed them.
Adaora Udoji, CNN, New York))

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 21 points. The NASDAQ has gained seven.

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Coming up next on the newscast,
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Mike Stevens has more on a former Virginia Tech player who is preparing for tomorrow's NFL Draft.
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News reports from Danville indicate that Pittsylvania County authorities have found a body near Brosville. The Danville Register and Bee reports the body was found "deep in some woods", but further details are not yet available. We have a crew on the way to the scene.

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For the first time in five seasons the ODAC softball tournament will begin with a new number one seed. Roanoke College has given way to Lynchburg College.
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One main reason for the Hornets success is former Liberty high school star pitcher Jen Overstreet. The junior is second in the nation in all of division III in wins with 22 this season.
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Overstreet has a 1.68 ERA. She's striking out nearly 10 batters a game, almost two an inning.
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In high school softball. James River senior ace Angela Tincher struck out all 18 batters she faced as her Knights beat Parry McCluer 12-nothing. Angela found out last week that she will be pitching against the U.S. Olympic team at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem June 18th as part of the Olympic team's tour.

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Among in state atheltes, Virginia Tech's DeAngelo Hall will most likely hear his name first in Saturday's NFL draft. Mike Stevens spoke with the corner this week.
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