A search is underway for an 82- year- old man in Botetourt County.
Family members say he's known to spend time in wooded areas.
And, the panel investigating the 9-11 attacks has released its final report.
You can get your own copy at local bookstores.
Showers and thunderstorms on the move this afternoon. The latest on where they are with Skytracker7. Plus, we'll take a sneak peek at the weekend forecast.
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The much anticipated 9- 11 report is out--
And while it doesn't point fingers at either President Bush or President Clinton, it does blame the goverment for a lack of imagination and a lack of understanding prior to the terrorist attacks.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
In the 567- page report, the 9-11 commission recommends creating a new intelligence center and a high- level intelligence director to improve the nation's ability to avoid future attacks.
President Bush, meanwhile, is praising the commission for learning what went wrong prior to 9-11.
He thanked the panel members for their service to the country and for their suggestions.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington this afternoon and joins us now with more on the report.
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(( THE LONG AWAITED NINE/ELEVEN COMMISSION REPORT SAYS THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS SHOULD HAVE NOT SURPRISED THE U.S. IT SHOWS THE KEY FAILURE LEADING UP TO THAT HORRIFYING DAY WAS U.S LEADERS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF A TERRORIST T
HREAT... SOT 9-11 COMMISSION: (GOES AT 11:30AM EST) (NAT)ROSE GARDEN AS HE WAS FORMALLY PRESENTED WITH THE FIVE HUN
DRED PLUS PAGE REPORT , PRESIDENT BUSH WARNED AMERICA IS STILL IN DANGER AND WELCOMED THE COMMISION'S HELP IN PREVENTIN
G ANOTHER ATTACK. (SOT/BUSH)"WE ALL RECOGNIZE THERE'S STILL A THREAT AND THAT WE IN GOV. HAVE OBLIGATION TO SAFEGUARD
AMERICAN PEOPLE" THE REPORT LISTS AT LEAST TEN MISSED OPPORTUNITIES BY THE BUSH AND CLINTON ADMINISTRATIONS AND OFFERS
A LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENSURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. .(GRAPHIC) AMONG THEM...APPOINTING A NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR...AND UPGRADING THE PRESENT TERRORIST THREAT INTEGRATION CENTER WITH A NATIONAL COUNTER INTELLIGENCE CENTER. (NATS: 9-11 ATTACK) THE COMMISSION SITES "FAILURE OF IMAGINATION" NOT GOVERNMENT NEGLECT THAT ALLOWED 19 HIJACKERS TO CARRY OUT THE ATTACK. THIS NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO SHOWS FOUR OF THE HIJACKERS GOING THROUGH SECURITY AT WASHINGTON'S DULLES AIRPORT JUST BEFORE CRASHING THE PLANE INTO THE PENTAGON. THE COMMISSION, SAYS THE THE HIJACKERS PLANNED METICULOUSLY...AND SUCCESSFULLY SOUGHT TO EXPLOIT WEAKNESS IN AIRLINE AND BOARDER PROCEDURES. ))
At least one local bookstore is already selling copies of the 9-11 Commissioners report.
The Books-A-Million store in Roanoke received a special shipment of the books this morning just minutes before they opened.
The reports arrived in unmarked boxes under tight security from the publisher to prevent any leaks.
Books- A- Million only received a couple hundred copies of the report and doesn't expect any additional shipments.
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((STEVE WASILEWSKI: WE PROBABLY WON'T SEE THE KIND OF REPLENISHMENT THAT THE CLINTON BOOK OR LAST YEAR'S HILLARY CLINTON BOOK GOT, WHERE IT'S A STEADY SELLER. WE EXPECT TO SELL IT CONTINUOUSLY OF COURSE, BUT IT'LL BE THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT REALLY DRIVE THESE SALES.))
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The report is being marketed with other 9-11 related books that sold well in 2001.
Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Roanoke plans to start selling copies of the report as soon as they arrive.
It retails for ten dollars, but you can also read the report for free online. You can find a link to it on our website at WDBJ7.com.
Botetourt County officials are searching for a man reported missing in the woods around Kelly Hollow.
The Sheriff's department says 82 year old James Clayton Hall has been missing since early July, but was only reported missing Tuesday.
Hall's son, Gene Hall, says his father is known to camp alone for up to a week in the woods.
Gene Hall says he noticed his father's car parked near the Hollow last week.
He returned to the car earlier this week, and realized his father has not been back.
Officials say the area is rough and steep, with a lot of snakes.
James Hall is described as 6 feet two inches tall with brown eyes and hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's department at (540) 473-8230.
Verizon says it has finished repairs to phone lines that were damaged in an underground fire over the weekend.
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More than 17-hundred customers in Roanoke and Salem had been without phone service while repairs to the underground lines were being made.
Verizon workers completed the repairs last night, although they say a few customers still may be without service.
Customers who are still without phone service can contact the Verizon repair office.
Montgomery County is looking for a new school superintendent.
Fred Morton is leaving the post this August to become the head of another Virginia school district.
Morton has been the top administrator since 1997.
The school board voted last night to release him from his contract on August 31st.
The county will annouce where Morton is going at 1:00 this afternoon.
The U-S military is releasing the number of reported cases of prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan-- and it's higher than all of the earlier estimates.
The Army's inspector general says there are 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U-S soldiers.
Meanwhile, the latest clashes with U-S Marines have left 25 Iraqi insurgents dead.
25- others were captured.
The military says most of the 14 troops who were wounded in the battle have returned to duty.
In other developments, police say they've found a decapitated body in northern Iraq.
No word yet on the identity.
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As fuel prices get higher, OPEC is hoping to put a cap on them.
The head of the oil cartel says it plans to raise its output
capacity at least ten percent by the end of next year.
It's an effort to keep crude prices stable.
OPEC is already pumping two million barrels a day above its
output target of more than 25 - million barrels.
The cartel also wants to soothe the market, which OPEC says is
nervous over what it calls ``unwarranted fears'' about possible
crude oil shortages.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a threatening note delays a passenger train for more than 90 minutes.
and relatives of a missing woman say her husband has been telling them lies.
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As more than a thousand volunteers help search for a missing Salt Lake City woman, her husband is caught in a lie.
Jennifer Miller has the latest on the new twist in the investigation into the pregnant woman's disappearance.
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A truck accident on New Hampshire roadway during morning rush hour could have been a lot worse.
The truck carrying a cleaning chemical, along with blasting caps, rolled over.
Authorities aren't sure what caused the truck to roll onto its side.
The driver of the truck was trapped inside the vehicle, until firefighters were able to get him out.
He was taken to a nearby hospital-- no word on his injuries.
Police say it was a threatening note that prompted them to detain
a New York- bound Amtrak train this morning.
The train was stopped for about 90- minutes in Newark, New Jersey.
It was allowed to continue on to New York after police checked the I-D's of the passengers and searched overhead luggage compartments.
An Amtrak spokesman says a passenger found the threatening note attached to a bathroom mirror in the train's dining car.
The note is being sent to a crime lab.
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While it may be fun to grill out this summer, up next on the newscast, we'll tell you how you can prevent having a blast.
Also some hungry children in the Valley will benefit from this week's motorcycle rally. We'll tell you how.
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Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the U-S helped feed Roanoke families this morning.
As part of a charity event, the STAR Touring and Riding Association teamed up with Feed The Children.
The Yahama riders strapped food and personal care boxes to their motorcycle, which will go to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.
With about 4-hundred and 40 needy families in the area, Feed The Children says they have a mission.
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((CHUCK SHILLINGS/SENIOR VP OF FEED THE CHILDREN; WE BRING A LOAD OF FOOD SUCH AS YOU SEE TODAY TO DISTRIBUTE TO THE FOLKS THAT ARE IN NEED.))
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Members of the charity say it's the first time the ride has been held in Roanoke.
It's the time of year that many people enjoy cooking outside.
While steaks, hamburgers, and hotdogs are popular, Justin McLeod has some advice to make sure you don't cook your goose.
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There's nothing like firing up the grill and cooking outside.
Most of the time everything goes just fine, but sometimes problems can happen just ask Susie Freeman.
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((SUSIE FREEMAN/BOTETOURT COUNTY RESIDENT: I NEVER ASSUMED IT WOULD HAPPEN.))
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It did happen last week at her Botetourt County home.
The problem began when she tried to light the grill but the ignitor failed to work.
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((SUSIE FREEMAN: MY SON CAME UP AND HE SAID MOM I THINK YOU NEED TO WAIT FIVE MINUTES BEFORE YOU TRY THAT AGAIN AND I SAID OK.))
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So she waited but apparently not long enough.
She also made the mistake of covering the grill with foil, trapping the gas, so when the grill finally ignited, it caused an explosion.
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((SUSIE FREEMAN: IT JUST CAME UP SO QUICKLY I DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT HAD HAPPENED. ALL I SAW WAS A RED BALL OF FIRE AT MY FACE.))
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Susie thought she was ok but her daughter who was watering the plants nearby knew differently.
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((SUSIE FREEMAN: I DIDN'T REALIZE ANYTHING WAS ON FIRE UNTIL MY DAUGHTER SAID YOUR HAIR IS ON FIRE AND I SAID PLEASE SPRAY ME.))
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Luckily, she escaped with just minor injuries.
Not everyone is so fortunate. It is estimated barbecue grills of all kinds are involved in more 6-thousand fires and explosions in an average year.
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((GARY HUFFMAN/ROANOKE CO. FIRE INSPECTOR: WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IS THAT THE GAS IS HEAVIER THAN AIR AND YOU SHOULD LIGHT IT FROM THE BOTTOM AND NOT IN THE TOP SO A LOT OF GAS WILL PULL UP BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY LIT AND YOU'LL THAT FLASH THAT WOOF TYPE OF SOUND.))
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Firefighters suggest you also maintain your grill by checking the hose and fittings.
The best advice though is to use common sense something Susie Freeman now realizes is a must.
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((SUSIE FREEMAN: JUST BE CAREFUL AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND IT IS SAFE. I WILL USE THE GRILL AGAIN.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ANOTHER TIP FOR YOU IT IS OK TO USE FOIL ON THE GRILL, BUT YOU MUST FIRST LIGHT THE GRILL. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
[CK/SKYTRACKER] Radar Loop
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 43 points. The NASDAQ has lost 6.
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Coming up after the break, hockey may not be over in Roanoke. Next month, the United Hockey League comes for a visit.
Plus we'll see if Lance Armstrong can hold off his competitors and keep the lead in the Tour de France.
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Lance Armstrong takes back to back stage victories.
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The American won today's mountain stage in dramatic fashion.
Dozens of yards behind the leader, Armstrong powers his way up to the line to finish first in the 17th stage of the Tour de France.
This makes his fourth stage win of the year.
The only way he can lose the Tour now is if he has a drastic accident or fails to complete a stage.
With around 60 days until most pro hockey teams start training camp, it appears there will be no hockey at the Roanoke Civic Center this season.
Fans are trying to get over the shock of the end of the Express, but some answers did come yesterday when minority owner and team general manager Chris Pollock did a phone interview with Steve Mason.
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UHL president Richard Brosal says he'll be in Roanoke in August to meet with Boyd about the exhibition games at the Roanoke Civic Center and to talk about possibly bringing a new UHL franchise to Roanoke in 2005.
ECHL commisioner Bryan Mckenna said by phone yesterday that the ECHL would like to have a team in Roanoke but that another strong ownership group would have to come forward.
Think of them as the next generation of jet fighters-- only without the pilots.
They're called Unmanned Air Vehicles, or U-A-V's, and they're on display right now at an air show in England.
Every major defense contractor is unveilling a U-A-V.
The defense industry has spent billions of dollars on the technology to use the vehicles not just for surveillance and targeting, but also for combat.
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((FRANK LAZA/L3 COMMUNICATIONS: HAVE AN INEXPENSIVE UAV, FLY OVER THE MOUNTAIN, OR WHEREVER YOU WANT TO GO, GET PICTURES OF WHAT IS HAPPENING OVER THERE, SEND THEM BACK IN REAL TIME. IF IT GETS SHOW DOWN, WHO CARES? THAT'S WHAT THESE KINDS OF THINGS DO.))
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One company with a display at the airshow, Northrop Grunman, says its U-A-V's helped the U-S military identify half the targets hit in Iraq.
Spectators won't see the U-A-V's actually fly at this airshow.
They're not considered safe enough to buzz around in public places.
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