Three different fire crews responded to a fire at the Electroplate Rite plant in Dublin early this morning.
The first call came in about a quarter after four.
Pulaski, Dublin, and Newbern fire departments had the flames under control in about 30 minutes, but crews are still on the scene at this time.
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There will soon be a new set of eyes in Roanoke City Schools.
It doesn't involve additional staff, rather it's cameras that will be keeping an eye on your kids.
Justin McLeod tells us exactly what they'll be looking for.
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[SUPER=01-Dave Amos/Madison Middle School; :22]
[SUPER=01-Lissy Merenda/Roanoke City Schools; 1:14]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF JUSTIN WALKING THROUGH THE FRONT))
The next time you walk into a Roanoke school, there's a good chance you'll be caught on tape.
[IN Q=It's very clear]
((DAVE AMOS/MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL: IT'S VERY CLEAR TO THE POINT. IT'S BLACK AND WHITE.))
[OUT Q=black and white]
He's talking about the 32 cameras here at Madison Middle School.
They were installed last December and administrators say they're invaluable.
[IN Q=We had a case]
((DAVE AMOS/MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL: WE HAD A CASE WHERE A STUDENT WENT INTO A CLASSROOM AND TOOK SOME MONEY. TEACHER WASN'T IN THE CLASSROOM, IT WAS DURING LUNCH TIME. BUT USING THE VIDEOS IT NARROWED DOWN THE STUDENTS WHO WERE IN THAT HALLWAY AND HAD ENTERED THAT CLASSROOM DURING THAT TIME.))
[OUT Q=during that time]
The cameras are located in hallways, stairways, and near the bathrooms.
There are none actually in any classroom unless you count the gym.
A number of cameras can also be found outside the school and administrators watch all of them on monitors located in the principal's office.
It is a type of surveillance that is becoming the norm here in Roanoke.
[IN Q=Yes the goal]
((LISSY MERENDA/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: YES THE GOAL IS TO GET TO ALL OF THOSE SCHOOLS.))
[OUT Q=all of those schools]
21 schools to be exact.
The school board has voted to spend fifty thousand dollars installing cameras in the high schools and a number of elementary schools.
All the middle schools currently have them.
This all may seem like big brother but the school system says these are serious times and they call for serious measures.
[IN Q=I think even sadly]
((LISSY MERENDA/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: I THINK EVEN SADLY ENOUGH A HEIGHTENED AWARENESS AFTER COLUMBINE THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE THIS WHOLESOME COMMUNITY AND THESE TRAGEDIES CAN HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=these tragedies can happen]
[IN Q=You may remember]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: YOU MAY REMEMBER THE SCHOOL SAFETY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDED IN MAY THAT SECURITY CAMERAS BE INSTALLED. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM STRESSES THIS WAS ALREADY IN THE WORKS LONG BEFORE THAT RECOMMENDATION. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Governor Warner may be close to calling a special session to deal with Virginia's Day of Rest law.
A spokeswoman says the governor met with legislative leaders last night and will speak with a coalition of businesses today before making a decision.
If the governor calls for a special session, it could happen as early as next week.
A murder outside a high school football game last fall could send a Pittsylvania County man to prison for the rest of his life.
It took a jury just one hour to convict 23-year old Edwin Rontae Hodnett of the first degree murder of Lyndell Powell.
The two were part of a group that was arguing and fighting outside the gates of Gretna High School's Football field.
Hodnett claimed he fired once in the air in self defense.
The 29 year old Powell died of two gunshot wounds to the back.
The jury recommended life in prison. Hodnett also faces eight years on related firearms charges.
He'll be sentenced next month.
A second suspect Jonathan Lynn Carter will stand trial in September.
There's still confusion over the fate of a missing U-S Marine Corporal.
The U-S Embassy says it has credible information that Iraqi militants have released Wassef Ali Hassoun, and that he's now safe in his native Lebanon.
But Hassoun's family members in Utah say they haven't heard anything from him.
F-B-I agents met with the family to determine if they were communicating with Hassoun.
He's been missing for two weeks.
Deshon Otey (DEE-shon OH-TAY) grew up in Kentucky, but the death of the young Marine in Iraq is also hitting home in western Virginia.
Otey was born and raised near Fort Knox Kentucky, and joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school.
His father, and several aunts and uncles, live in the Roanoke Valley. Yesterday, Ronald Otey remembered his son as a football fan, who loved music and the Marine Corps.
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[IN Q=He did one hell of a job]
((RONALD OTEY: HE DID ONE HELL OF A JOB. HE'S SLEEPING WITH SOME OF THE FINEST MEN AHEAD OF HIM NOW. I KNOW HE'S IN GOOD COMPANY NOW. REAL GOOD COMPANY.))
[SUPER=01-Ronald Otey/Deshon Otey's Father;]
[OUT Q=real good company.]
Otey was one of four Marines killed in an ambush in Iraq on June 21st.
The 24- year- old Lance Corporal was buried with full military honors Saturday in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
The self- proclaimed "dream ticket" will spend the day campaigning in the key battleground state of Florida-- then head to New York for a benefit concert.
[SUPER=03-Fox Chapel, PA;]
Yesterday John Kerry and John Edwards hit the ground running.
After their first joint appearance in Pennsylvania, they headed to Ohio to rally voters.
Traveling in Edwards' home state of North Carolina, President Bush implied the one- term Senator is not experienced enough to be President, while HIS number two man, Dick Cheney, is.
In business news, Former Enron Chairman Ken Lay has been indicted.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((ANOTHER CORPORATE CEO WILL SOON HAVE HIS DAY IN COURT.
FORMER ENRON CHAIRMAN KEN LAY HAS BEEN INDICTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE COLLAPSE OF THE ENERGY TRADING FIRM NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO. LAY IS EXPECTED SURRENDER TO AUTHORITIES LATER TODAY IN HOUSTON AND HE IS EXPECTED TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY. LAY WAS AT THE HELM OF ENRON WHILE FORMER CFO ANDREW FASTOW USED OFF THE BOOKS PARTNERSHIPS TO HIDE ENRON'S DEBT AND INFLATE INCOME. ENRON'S COLLAPSE COST INVESTORS AN ESTIMATED 30 BILLION DOLLARS IN STOCK LOSSES...
MEANTIME ANOTHER FORMER ENRON CEO - JEFFREY SKILLING - IS AWAITING TRIAL ON INISDER TRADING, FRAUD AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES.
ALCOA, THE ALUMINUM GIANT AND DOW STOCK, KICKED OFF THE EARNINGS PARADE AFTER THE CLOSING BELL. ALCOA'S PROFITS MISSED ESTIMATES BY A PENNY A SHARE.. REVENUE WAS SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN EXPECTED.
YAHOO ALSO STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AFTER THE CLOSING BELL. THE WEB PORTAL SAID PROFIT MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO 113 MILLION DOLLARS AS IT SOLD MORE ADVERTISING... THAT WAS RIGHT IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS.
REVENUE WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW ESTIMATES.
ON WALL STREET... STOCKS SNAPPED A THREE DAY LOSING STREAK...
THE DOW ROSE ABOUT 21 POINTS
THE NASDAQ MOVED UP NEARLY 3.
GOOD NEWS IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CAR..
General Motors increased rebates to $5,000 on most sport-utility vehicles. Ford also boosted incentives on several models after U.S. sales for the automakers fell in June.
APPLE COMPUTER WILLlaunch its iPod mini digitalmusic player internationally July 24. The release ends a three-month delay of the iPod mini's debut outside the United States.
stay on top of your stocks and all the biz news at cbs.mw.com in ny I'm Alexis Christoforous.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
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Authorities say they've now captured ALL of the suspected members of a major NEw River Valley drug ring.
14-people were indicted last week on federal drug charges, but two were still at large.
Authorities say one of them, Steven Edmunds of Pulaski, turned himself in yesterday afternoon.
The other, Crystal Stigger of Radford, was arrested Tuesday night.
Authorities believe the group sold up to 10-million dollars worth of cocaine over the past five years.
Henry County deputies need help finding a bank robber.
[TAKE SUSPECT FS]
Around 11 yesterday morning, a man entered the Fidelity Bank in Collinsville and handed a teller a note demanding money.
He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Deputies say minutes before the robbery, the man was seen at an ATM in front of the bank with a white man.
The two suspects were believed to be driving a black or dark- blue, four- door vehicle, possibly a Nissan Altima.
Anyone with information should call the Henry County Sheriff's Office.
A Salem bookstore owner says he can't believe how much attention his "small sign" generated.
The sarcastic message thanking Salem's mayor and city manager for road construction in front of Givens Books is back up after being removed by the city on Tuesday.
Chip Givens says the message had been on display a little over a week when Salem building official Charles Aldridge personally removed the letters.
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[IN Q=Because that's a reader board...]
((CHARLES ALDRIDGE/SALEM BUILDING OFFICIAL: BECAUSE THAT'S A READER BOARD, THAT'S TO BE USED FOR HIS BUSINESS ONLY, NOT FOR ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN HIS BUSINESS.))
((CHIP GIVENS/GIVENS BOOKS: I'D LIKE TO SEE AN APOLOGY FROM HIM AND THE CITY COUNCIL, THE MEMBERS WHO PUT HIM UP TO IT AND I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM GET THEIR BUTT IN GEAR AND GET THIS ROAD IN FRONT OF MY BOOKSTORE FINISHED.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Aldridge/Salem Building Official; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Givens/Givens Books; :07]
[OUT Q=road in front of my bookstore finished.]
The city said it supported Aldridge's actions.
But yesterday afternoon, Aldridge decided to take the matter up with the city attorney.
In the meantime, Givens would be allowed to replace the message.
Early yesterday evening, he said he planned to do so- as soon as his phone stopped ringing.
(Kim tosses to bump)
The former head of energy giant Enron plans to surrender to authorities this morning.
After a two and a half year investigation, federal prosecutors have indicted Kenneth Lay.
The charges against him are sealed, but sources say he'll likely be
accused of helping to hide the company's crumbling financial condition in the weeks before its collapse in December, 2001.
Lay took the fifth when Congress launched its investigation, but last month he broke his silence and maintained his innocence.
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[IN Q=Obviously, I wish ]
((KENNETH LAY/FORMER ENRON CHAIRMAN: OBVIOUSLY I WISH WHAT HAPPEN HADNT HAPPENED. BUT WE CANT REDO HISTORY NOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Lay/Former Enron Chairman;]
[RUNS=:07] (estimated bite runs time)
[OUT Q=can't redo history now.]
A federal court hearing is scheduled for today in Houston.
In business news, stocks bounced back yesterday.
Stan Case has more on that in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS HELD FAST TO THEIR GAINS WEDNESDAY.
THE DOW INDUSTRIALS GAINED NEARLY 21-POINTS...
AS THE NASDAQ ADDED TWO.
OIL PRICES DROPPED AFTER CONFIRMATION OPEC WILL FOLLOW THROUGH WITH PLANS TO INCREASE OUTPUT, AND A NIGERIAN UNION AGREED TO RESUME PRODUCTION.
U-S LIGHT CRUDE, WHICH PEAKED AT 39-DOLLARS AND 55-CENTS A BARREL IN THE DAY, SETTLED DOWN AT 39-DOLLARS AND EIGHT-CENTS A BARREL.
PFIZER IS REACHING OUT TO THE UNINSURED.
THE COMPANY IS LAUNCHING A PLAN TO ENABLE 43 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME OR AGE, TO GET PFIZER'S MEDICATIONS FOR FREE OR AT WHAT THE COMPANY CALLS "SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS."
INDUSTRY ANALYSTS SAY PART OF PFIZER'S MOTIVATION MAY BE AN ATTEMPT TO STEM THE TIDE OF AMERICANS HEADING TO CANADA TO GET MEDICATIONS AT DISCOUNTED PRICES.
WEAK U-S SALES IN JUNE HAVE PUSHED THE NATION'S BIGGEST AUTOMAKERS TO BEEF UP INCENTIVES.
G-M UPPED ITS CASH REBATE ON MANY OF ITS S-U-V's TO FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND TO FOUR-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON OTHER MODELS.
MEANWHILE, FORD HAS BOOSTED CASH REBATES FOR CONSUMERS ON SOME VEHICLES BY A THOUSAND DOLLARS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
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The family of a Galax teenager who was killed nearly two years is now trying to keep his case from growing cold.
18 year old Brandon Billings was found shot to death in his pick-up truck in October of 2002
Billings was a senior at Galax High School and a tackle on the football team.
Investigators have NO new leads and NO suspects in the crime.
His family is now scattering flyers in the area about their son.
They're trying to stir up memories, hoping someone will come forward with some information.
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[SOT:13:23:00 to :38]
[IN Q=We'll just]
((SHERRY BILLINGS: WE'LL JUST KEEP PUTTING THEM UP, YOU KNOW I SAID A PRAY THIS MORNING THAT JUST ONE OF THEM WILL GET INTO THE RIGHT HAND. IF WE COULD HAVE ONE GET TO THE RIGHT PERSON AND THAT PERSON CALLING TELLS SOMETHING YOU KNOW IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Billings/Brandon's Cousin;]
[OUT Q=be worth it]
The family is offering a 13-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Brandon's killer.
A controversial sign in a Salem bookstore parking lot is back up.
Chip Givens of Givens Books is using a signage board in his parking to express displeasure with road construction outside his East Main Street store.
The words read "Thank Mayor Tarpley and Forest Jones for this road mess" and are followed by a phone number for the city manager's office.
On Tuesday, building official Charles Aldridge personally removed the letters.
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[SOT 3:16:00 - 3:16:11]
[IN Q=He claimed the sign was in violation...]
((CHIP GIVENS/GIVENS BOOKS: HE CLAIMED THE SIGN WAS IN VIOLATION OF CITY ORDINANCES AND I DON'T SEE HOW A SIGN LIKE THAT CAN BE IN VIOLATION OF ANY CITY ORDINANCES. I DON'T SEE HOW THEY CAN CIRCUMVENT THE FIRST AMENDMENT.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 3:26:04 - 3:26:24]
((CHARLES ALDRIDGE/SALEM BUILDING OFFICIAL: TYPICALLY ON SIGNS LIKE TEMPORARY BANNERS OR SOMETHING THAT HAS PERMISSION WE DO GIVE THEM NOTICE BUT THIS IS KIND OF LIKE BEING ON THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY SO, IT'S AN ILLEGAL SIGN SO I DON'T FEEL I HAD TO GIVE HIM ANY NOTICE.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Givens/Givens Books; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Aldridge/Salem Building Official; :12]
[OUT Q=had to give him any notice.]
Yesterday afternoon, though, Aldridge decided to consult with the city attorney about the matter.
In the meantime, Givens is being allowed allowed to replace the message.
The ACLU yesterday wrote Aldridge a letter accusing Salem of suppressing Givens' right to free speech and demanding that the city allow Givens to restore the sign.
The city says Aldridge made his decision before seeing that letter.
He won't head the International Fire Chiefs Association this year, but Rick Burch says he hasn't given up the dream.
Roanoke County's Fire Chief spent more than a year campaigning for the office, even printing up pins and pamphlets.
He was running for 2nd Vice President, a four year term that would have allowed him to serve one year as the organization's president.
Burch says recently tallied results from the May 14th mail- in election show he lost to a candidate from Michigan by 281 votes.
He says he''ll take a breather the rest of the year, but may run again for 2006.
(Kim tosses to Bump)
[TAPE#=04-17 TC 1:03:88]
In the coming months, Roanoke will see some 200 Somali Bantu refugees make their home in this area.
Many are coming from refugee camps, or were treated like slaves in their homeland.
They are here through the efforts of the Refugee and Immigration Services offices--
The office helps refugees find and furnish apartments, matches them with tutors, and teaches them the American way of life.
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[IN Q=Only one]
((BARBARA SMITH/REFUGEE & IMMIGRATION SERVICES; ONLY ONE IN 200 EVER GET THAT CHANCE OF RESETTLEMENT. IT IS THE LAST COURSE FOR A REFUGEE, THEY TRY TO RESETTLE FIRST IN AN ADJOINING COUNTRY, SO OFTEN IT'S A DECADE OR MORE BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY GET TO THE UNITED STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Refugee & Immigration Services]
[OUT Q=get to the United States.]
Roanoke's newest Somali Bantu resident is little Linda here-- named after her mother's mentor, Linda Malone.
Linda and her family are one of 22 Somali families already in the region. This year will mark the largest number of refugees the R-I-S office has ever resettled here.
(Kim tosses to bump)
Authorities are investigating the death of an elderly woman.
Around 7 o-clock Tuesday morning, the rescue squad was called to a home in the Speedwell section of Wythe County.
Rescuers found 65 year old Ester Crigger dead.
The sheriff's office was called out for what look liked a case of neglect.
Ester's husband, 79 year old Elmer Crigger and her two sons, 39 year old Daniel and 37 year old Donald Crigger have each been charged with felony neglect of an incapacitated adult.
Investigators won't say HOW Crigger died, ONLY that they are waiting on medical tests and more charges are likely.