A multi-vehicle accident in Botetourt County leaves five people injured.
We'll have a live update, straight ahead.
And, an early morning shooting in a Roanoke apartment lands two men in jail and another in the hospital.
The low clouds and drizzle will persist through tonight with a few breaks of sunshine to our west. I'll have your weekend forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Five people are injured in an accident this morning on Interstate 81. Traffic is expected to be slow moving for hours.
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State police officials say the accident started when a tractor trailer skidded on some spilled
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diesel fuel, and jackknifed on Southbound I-81 near Buchanan.
Jean Jadhon is at the scene and joins us now by telephone.
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Jean, what's it like out there?
We will B-Roll part of Jean's Phoner.
Jean, any idea how long traffic will be backed up?
One man was injured and two suspects are in custody following an early morning shooting in Roanoke.
Police say 31 year old Vincent King, was shot in the neck around three this morning after two men entered his apartment on Old Spanish Trail.
King's girlfriend was allegedly abducted by the shooters.
Roanoke police later stopped a vehicle and found King's girlfriend.
36 year old Maurice White is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and abduction.
36 year old Wayne McDonald is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
Both suspects are Roanoke residents and being held without bond in the City Jail.
King is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial.
Another scene of horror is repeated in Iraq today, a hostage pleading for her life on videotape.
Don Kirk reports from Baghdad.
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NAT: THE WOMAN PLEADING ON AL JAZEERA
MARGARET HASSAN WAS SNATCHED FROM A CAR AS SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO WORK AT
CARE INTERNATIONAL -- TO WHICH SHE'S DEDICATED HERSELF FOR THE PAST 25
NOW HASSAN APPEARS TO BE IN THE HANDS OF THE GROUP LED BY IRAQI
MILITANT ABU MUSAB AL ZARQAWI. SHE SEZ SHE DOESN'T WANT TO DIE -- LIKE
KEN BIGLEY -- THE BRITISH ENGINEER WHO'S THE LATEST VICTIM OF BEHEADING
BY THIS BAND OF TERRORISTS.
AND SHE REPEATS THE DEMAND OF TERRORISTS FOR THE BRITIHS TO WITHDRAW ALL
THEIR TROOPS FROM IRAQ.
THE BRITISH MEANWHILE ARE GEARING UP TO MOVE A BATTALION OF THEIR BLACK
WATCH REGIMENT FROM BASRAH TO SOUTH OF BAGHDAD.
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Iraq: "We've worked with the Americans before, it's nothing new and we
will just get on with what they're going to do.
KIRK ON-CAMERA BRIDGE:
THE AMERICAN TROOPS ARE ALSO MOVING...FROM THE HOTBED SOUTH OF BAGHDAD
TO THE FLASHPOINT OF FALLUJAH. U.S. FORCES HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP THE
PRESSURE NIGHT AND DAY ON THE REBEL STRONGHOLD.
NATS: BOMBING AFTERMATH
THE MARINES BATTLED INSURGENTS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF FALLUJAH AFTER
OVERNIGHT AIR STRIKES. THE MILITARY INSISTS THE STRIKES ALWAYS TARGET
MEETING SITES AND SAFEHOUSES OF ZARQAWI AND HIS FOLLOWERS.....AND SAY
THEY'VE KILLED SOME OF HIS TOP AIDES.
THE BATTLE FOR FALLUJAH MAY BE JUST BEGINNING. THE CAPTURE OF MARGARET
HASSAN GIVES THE AMERICANS -- AND THE BRIITISH -- ONE MORE REASON TO
RECAPTURE FALLUJAH -- AND DESTROY THE TERRORISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
RUTHLESS KILLINGS OF BOTH FOREIGNERS AND IRAQIS. DK))
The Chinese government says the death toll has risen to 64 after a gas explosion in a coal mine.
Officials say there's little chance of finding the dozens of missing miners alive.
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Wednesday's was the deadliest this year in China's accident-plagued mines.
The blast ripped through the mine, while 446 miners were working.
The government says nearly 300 managed to escape.
Most of the dead miners whose bodies have been found so far suffocated from toxic gas.
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Still to come on the newscast, a conservative commentator narrowly escapes some pie throwing attackers.
But first Boston police are accepting full responsibility after a celebration for the Boston Red Sox turns deadly.
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A Red Sox fan celebrating Boston's victory Wednesday night has died from injuries inflicted by police attempting to get the crowd under control.
Sharyn Alfonsi reports.
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SCRIPT (VIDEO: Still of victoria then shots of crazy crowds) TRACK: 21 YEAR OLD VICTORIA SNELGROVE WAS WITH FRIENDS OUTSIDE FENWAY CELEBRATING WEDNESDAY NIGHT...A WILD SCENE, THAT WOULD LATER ERUPT. (nats up full/car on fire) TRACK: EYEWITNESS SAY A ROWDY REVELER THREW A GATORADE BOTTLE AT A POLICE HORSE. (GFX IN) AN OFFICER FIRED BACK WITH SOME SORT OF
PROJECTION GUN (GFX OUT). BRETT SCHEWEINBERG SAW VICTORIA GET HIT...BY SOMETHING...IN THE EYE. SOT ( BRETT SCHWEINB
ERG/EYEWITNESS FROM BOSTON CREW) I saw a bunch of people running away and she hit the ground and there was a pretty big pool of blood on the ground. TRACK: HOURS LATER, VICTORIA...A JUNIOR AT NEARBY EMERSON COLLEGE... DIED. HER FATHER IS
DEVASTATED. SOT (RICK SNELGROVE/FATHER) "she loved the red sox, she went in to celebrate with her friends she was a b
ystander. she was out of the way. but she still got shot. awful things happned to good people and my daughter was an exceptional person." BOSTON POLICE SAY THEY TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND WILL CONDUCT A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. BUT BOST
ON'S MAYOR POINTS OUT THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES TO BLAME. SOT (MAYOR THOMAS MENINO, BOSTON) "what about the activity
of the young people? don't they havea a responsibility for what's going on? everyone wants to pick on the poplice to say they are not doing their job but i think students have a responsibility for their actions. i saw them, did you see t
hem? they were ridiculous." BRETT SCHWEINBERG ADMITS HE WAS AMONG THEM. SOT: (BRETT SCHWEINBERG/EYEWITNESS) "i mean
i was climbing on the girders and ig ot shot a couple of times and i'm okay wiht that but i mean this girl didn't do anything it was pretty unprovoked. (000636/cover edit and end with shots of rioting, etc) she happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time." ))
That was Sharyn Alfonsi reporting from Boston.
An Appomattox County man is recovering after he was almost buried alive last night.
Emergency crews were called to a home on Route 609 around six o-clock last night, where a newly-installed septic system had collapsed.
The victim had been standing on top of the system at the time, and was buried in more than three feet of dirt.
Rescuers were able to stabilize the situation and get him oxygen while trench rescue experts from Lynchburg were called to the scene.
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It took about an hour to free the man, whose name has not been released.
He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
It was literally almost a "pie in the face" moment last night for conservative columnist Ann Coulter.
Two men were arrested at the University of Arizona after running on stage and throwing custard pies at Coulter while she was giving a speech.
University police say one of the pies glanced off Coulter's shoulder.
In her 30- minute speech, Coulter trashed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
Coulter writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate.
Her appearance was sponsored by the University of Arizona College Republicans.
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Meanwhile the candidates for the 9th Congressional District will face off in their only televised debate tonight.
The one-hour debate begins at 7 o'clock right here on your hometown station.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the writer and Host of the Prairie Home Companion,
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Garrison Keillor will join us live to talk about his new book, which details his thoughts on being a Homegrown Democrat.
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The "love match" is now a tie-breaker for the tennis world's most prominent couple.
A Web site for Kim Clijsters (KLY-sturs) says she and Lleyton Hewitt have called off their wedding.
The former number one players were planning to get married in February in Australia. They got engaged last year.
Halloween arrived early for the polar bears at Cincinnati's Zoo--
Yesterday, two of the huge bears went pumpkin- bobbing.
Polar bears love the juice of the raw pumpkin.
Of course, there has to be one guy who decides not to share, grabbing both pumpkins for himself.
But it didn't seem to matter much whether the pumpkins were on dry land, or bobbing in the water.
It all tasted good to the hungry bears...
For over 25- years, he's amused and entertained radio listeners and readers. While he's best known for his radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion,"
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Garrison joins us now to talk about "Homegrown Democrat," now on bookstores shelves.
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(As one would expect, this book is critical of Republicans-- but it's done with humor-- do you think that could make it
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(You write that something has "gone haywire" with the Republican party-- is there one major issue-- or several that hav
e led you to that opinion?)
Thanks for joining us today-- good luck to you.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 18 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 15.
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It's on to Boston to start the series. Still ahead, St. Louis earns the ticket to Fenway.
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In sports, the World Series is all set.
It's Saint Louis moving on to face Boston, with the first pitch tomorrow night at Fenway Park.
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Houston got off to an early 2-nothing lead until Cardinals' pitcher Jeff Suppan (SOO-pahn) put down a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the third that brought home Tony Womack.
But Saint Louis did the most damage in the sixth.
Scott Rolen got the big hit, a two-run homer that made it 4 to 2.
The Cards added one more to make it a 5 to 2 victory in game 7.
It's their first World Series appearance since 1987.
The Sox haven't been there since '86.
Ronde and Tiki Barber are both off to good starts this season.
That's especially true for Tiki, who is among the league leaders on the ground.
Steve Mason tells us both are still doing the little things that bring success.
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