A chemical leak shut down a trade show at the Salem Civic center tonight.
The Salem Fire Department says more than a thousand people were evacuated because of a strong ammonia smell.
A few people inside had to be treated on the scene by rescue workers.
Most of them were there attending the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Show.
Fire officials say they think the smell came from a leak from an air conditioning unit in the basement.
Civic center organizers say the show is scheduled to continue tomorrow at 10.
An emergency room doctor in Danville apparently set himself on fire yesterday morning.
Authorities found Doctor Carl Clark
bleeding and on fire underneath this overpass about one mile from his home.
Police say Dr. Clark-- who works at the Danville Regional Medical Center-- apparently inflicted his own wounds.
The doctor also had a noose around his neck and nails stuck into his chest and thigh.
He suffered second degree burns to his face, chest and abdomen.
He is in critical condition at the University of North Carolina's Hospital burn unit.
There were three more funerals in Jonesboro, Arkansas today, as the town buried the remaining victims of this week's school shooting.
Dave Fehling has the latest.
[IN Q=For the second day]
[SUPER=01-Shawna Schinader/Student; :20]
[SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; :28]
[SUPER=01-Mark West/Student; :42-quick;]
[SUPER=10-Gretchen Woodard/Mother/Courtesy ABC News; 1:04-quick]
[SUPER=01-Scott Johnson/Father; 1:10]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Jonesboro.]
((FOR THE SECOND DAY, FUNERAL PROCESSIONS ROLLED THROUGH JONESBORO.
FROM THE VOLUNTEERS WHO STOPPED TRAFFIC, TO THE CLASSMATES WHO
COMFORTED EACH OTHER, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MOURNED THE DEATHS OF STUDENTS
STEPHANIE JOHNSON, BRITTHNEY VARNER AND TEACHER SHANNON WRIGHT.
ON THE DAY BEFORE, THEY HAD BURIED THE OTHER TWO YOUNG VICTIMS.
(YOUNG GIRL AT CAR WASH)S/SHAWNA SCHINADER, STUDENT
"I DON'T THINK IT'LL HAPPEN AGAIN AND ITS A TRAGEDY IT DID BUT I THINK
EVERYBODY'S GOING TO BE OK."
(STDUP--LAST TAKE)S/DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS, JONESBORO
"A FUND SET-UP TO BENEFIT THE FAMILIES OF THE SHOOTING VICTIMS HAS RAISED
UPWARDS OF 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS. AND HERE IN JONESBORO, THERE ARE SIGNS OF
AT A PANCAKE HOUSE, EMPLOYEES AND THEIR KIDS WASHED CARS TO RAISE
MONEY FOR A CO-WORKER WHO'S DAUGHTER WAS WOUNDED IN THE AMBUSH.
(YOUNG MAN WASHING CAR)S/MARK WEST, STUDENT
"WE'RE DOING THIS TO LET HER AND THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY KNOW THAT WE CARE
ABOUT THEM AND WE'RE HERE FOR HER."
THE TWO ACCUSED KILLERS REMAIN JAILED.
CLASSMATES OF 13 YEAR OLD MITCHELL JOHNSON HAVE CALLED HIM A BULLY
WHO MAY HAVE RECRUITED 11 YEAR OLD DREW GOLDEN.
BY CONTRAST, JOHNSON'S FAMILY SAYS HE WAS AN EXCELLENT STUDENT, A
CARING YOUNGSTER, BUT THAT HE NONETHELESS DID THE UNEXPLAINABLE.
(20/20 - MANDATORY COURTESY FOR :03 "COURTESY ABC NEWS" )S/GRETCHEN WOODARD,
MOTHER OF MITCHELL JOHNSON
"MITCHELL KNEW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND HE WILL PAY FOR THIS THE REST OF HIS
(CBS MORNING NEWS PKG FATHER)S/SCOTT JOHNSON, FATHER OF MITCHELL JOHNSON
"I PUT MY ARM AROUND HIM AND TOLD HIM ...HE SAID DAD, I'M SORRY I'D TAKE IT
BACK IF I COULD, THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS."
HARD AS IT MAY BE FOR THOSE WHO LOVED THE LITTLE GIRLS AND THEIR
TEACHER, ONE MINISTER TOLD MOURNERS THEY WOULD HAVE TO FORGIVE THE KILLERS
BEFORE THEIR HEARTS COULD HEAL.
DF CBS NEWS JONESBORO.))
U.N. weapons inspectors spent the day in what was once forbidden territory.
The inspectors traveled to northern Iraq to survey eight of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces that were previously off-limits.
20 diplomats accompanied the inspectors on the trip, a spokesman says everything went smoothly.
[IN Q=everything as I]
((ANTONIO MONTEIRO/DIPLOMATIC SPOKESPERSON; EVERYTHING, AS I SAID, WENT SMOOTHLY, AND WHEN WE HAD DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW, WE WERE ABLE TO TALK AND THAT'S WHY THINGS WERE SOLVED THROUGH DIALOGUE.))
[SUPER=01-Antonio Monteiro/Diplomatic Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=through dialogue]
The inspectors are trying to determine if all of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles have been destroyed.
Hospital officials in Los Angeles are trying to reassure patients after an employee claimed he killed as many as 50 terminally ill people.
Jason Carroll has more.
[IN Q=behind these glass]
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[SUPER=01-Frank Dupper/Hospital Chairman; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Mark Newmyer/Hospital Spokesman; 1:56]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
Coming up when the newscast continues
a seventeen hour search for a hiker in Alleghany County had a happy ending today.
And, residents in Henry County continue picking up the pieces following last week's devestating tornado.
We'll have those stories coming up when the news continues.
Democratic and Republican legislators from Southwest and Southside Virginia agree its time to lend a helping hand to school districts.
The two sides met today at Northside Middle School to discuss funding for construction.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=WE'RE REALLY PLEASED]
[SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. Schools Supt.; :01]
[OUT Q=DJO, NEWS 7.]
[IN Q=WE'RE REALLY PLEASED]
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT; WE'RE REALLY PLEASED TO SEE ALL THE LEGISLATORS FROM WESTERN AND SOUTHSIDE IN THE VALLEY OF VIRGINIA HERE TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FUNDING FOR THE SCHOOLS IN OUR AREA.))
[OUT Q=IN OUR AREA.]
For the first time ever, school districts will get financial assistance from the state for construction needs.
But the specifics of the plan still require fine tuning.
Some delegates say it's vitally important that legislators understand that this part of the state lacks construction funding more so than any other.
[IN Q=THE 110-MILLION DOLLARS]
((DICK CRANWELL/VINTON DELEGATE; THE 110-MILLION DOLLARS IS JUST A START IN WHAT WE NEED TO DO. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IS HOW THE MONEY IS DISTRIBUTED.))
[OUT Q=IS DISTRIBUTED.]
Roanoke County recently had its facility needs
spelled out by a blue ribbon committee-- to the tune of about 120-million dollars.
The General Assembly's present formula would appropriate about 550-thousand dollars a year to the county-- money school officials say gives them something to work with.
[IN Q=FIVE-HUNDRED THOUSAND]
((FIVE-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS WOULD BE THE BONDING POWER TO REPAY FIVE-MILLION DOLLARS. SO IT DOES BECOME A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE A RENEWABLE STREAM OF MONEY.))
[OUT Q=STREAM OF MONEY.]
Others warn that the funding may come with some strings attached-- that the powers in Richmond may spell out how the money will be spent.
[IN Q=YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT]
((MORGAN GRIFFITH/SALEM DELEGATE; YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT THE LEGISLATURE'S DOING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MIGHT SLIP BY WHEN YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. BUT THIS IS A GOOD PROPOSAL WE'RE WORKING ON. WE'VE GOT 110-MILLION DOLLARS IN THE BUDGET. WE JUST HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THE FUNDING FORMULA.))
[OUT Q=FUNDING FORMULA.]
((STATE LEGISLATORS SAY THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FUNDING ISSUE WILL ACT AS A COUNTER BALANCE TO THE GOVERNOR'S CAR TAX CUT. DETAILS OF THAT PLAN WILL BE WORKED OUT AT AN APRIL 22ND SPECIAL SESSION. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
[DJO, NEWS 7.][Storm-Cleanup]
Henry County volunteers helped residents today as they continued cleaning up from last week's tornado.
People used wood chippers, tree splitters and chain saws-- clearing a path for people surrounded by debris.
Some homes were badly damaged by the tornado.
Still-- county officials say it wasn't as bad as the damage done in Stoneville, North Carolina.
[IN Q=WITH THE DAMAGE]
((PAULA BURNETTE/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR; WITH THE DAMAGE THAT TOWN HAD SUFFERED AND THE LOSS OF LIFE. I MEAN, IT WAS BAD ENOUGH SEEING THE DEBRIS AND DESTRUCTION LEFT HERE. FORTUNATELY WE WERE JUST HIT IN RURAL AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Paula Burnette/Henry Co. Supervisor;]
[OUT Q=IN RURAL AREAS.]
One of the churches got a helping hand from members of the Penn Forest Wesleyan Church--its sister-congregation in Roanoke.
[IN Q=WE NEVER WOULD]
((PASTOR DALE REYNOLDS/AIKEN SUMMIT WESLEYAN CHURCH; WE NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN DONE WHAT WE GOT DONE WITHOUT THEM TODAY. THEY JUST JUMPED IN AND OF COURSE THEY ARE THE ONES WHO BROUGHT THE EQUIPMENT. THE CHIPPER AT LEAST AND THEN A LOT OF CHAIN SAWS. AND OF COURSE FURNISHED THE MANPOWER FOR THOSE THINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Pastor Dale Reynolds/Aiken Summit Wesleyan Church;]
[OUT Q=FOR THOSE THINGS.]
Officials estimate it will take at least another couple of weeks to fully recover from the storm.
About 200 people turned up at a state park last night to search for a lost hiker.
A 62-year old man was hiking along the Douthat State Park trails with his wife when the two became separated around 6:30 in the evening.
Rescuers from Bath and Alleghany County joined local residents in searching for him.
The man was finally found unharmed about 11:30 this morning almost a mile outside the park's limits.
Straight-ahead on News 7,
a computer hacker wants some leniency from authorities.
And, a local group is trying to change the way people think of those who go hungry.
We'll tell you more about the works of the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank when the news continues.
Washington State outlaws SPAM, and Nike says stop sending us your old smelly sneakers!
Those stories and more in this week's WebWatch.
[IN Q=This week]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :45]
(( This week Washington's governer signed a bill making it illegal to send a Washington resident un-solicited, or junk e-mail, often called spam.
The new law says spam costs money and invades people's privacy, and can't be effectively blocked.
Illegal spammers face a minimum 500 dollar fine.
An e-mail hoax has hoards of people sending their old sneakers to Nike, expecting new ones.
The bogus chain-letter says Nike is offering the deal in an effort to recycle old shoes..
Nike says they do recycle old shoes into playgrounds, but they're not giving new ones in return.
If YOU sent your old shoes in, Nike says you can have them back.
An Israeli hacker accused of breaking into the Pentagon's computer system isn't cooperating with police anymore
The 18 year old, called "The Analyzer", feels the authorities are coming down too hard on him. Some of his other alleged victims say they plan to sue him for causing thousands of dollars in damage to their computer systems.
Speaking of spying... who's looking at you? Microsofts Terra-server is an interesting new site under development. It will offer Russian Satelite images, and survey maps of various locations...
Most of the links don't work yet, but you can look at some satellite images... Here's a bird's eye view of Alcatraz...
The picks of the week page includes a nice shot of downtown Baghdad.
For links to all these sites, visit the WebWatchpage on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))[Hunger]
This week's Eye on Virginia focused on a local group that's trying to bring more attention to those who go hungry in our region.
But, it's turning out to be a hard-sell.
The Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank released an extensive study, trying to dispel some myths about poverty and hunger.
But, they say many people still believe it's a matter of personal responsibility.
[IN Q=We have a lot of people that just feel]
((PAM IRVINE/SW VIRGINIA SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT JUST FEEL PEOPLE AREN'T HUNGRY AND IF THEY ARE HUNGRY IT'S BECAUSE IT'S A CHOICE OR THEY ARE LAZY AND WE KNEW THAT WAS NOT TRUE.))
[OUT Q=was not true.]
Irvine says another problem is that those who go hungry aren't as visible here as in some communities.
[IN Q=I think it's a hidden problem because]
((IRVINE: I THINK IT'S A HIDDEN PROBLEM BECAUSE I THINK WE DON'T HAVE, AS IN A LOT OF METROPOLITIAN AREAS, A LOT OF PEOPLE LAYING ON THE STREETS, SLEEPING ON THE STREETS. SO HUNGER IN RURAL AMERICA, AND RURAL SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS HIDDEN AND I THINK A LOT OF THE PEOPLE STAY IN HOUSEHOLDS OF FAMILIES BUT STILL IT'S NOT ENOUGH INCOME TO MEET THOSE NEEDS OF THOSE FAMILIES. SO WE PROBABLY DON'T SEE IT AS THEY DO IN LARGER CITIES, BUT IT'S STILL HERE.))
[OUT Q=but it's still here.]
Five-point-two million pounds of food flowed through the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank last year.
This distribution center sells food at 14 cents a pound or less to charities and churches in our region that in turn distribute it to needy people.
But, with demand for the group's products on the rise, they say more supplies are needed.
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The search for a head basketball coach at the University of Virginia is over. It ended yesterday when Pete Gillen signed a 7 year deal with the Cavaliers.
Virginia Athletic Director Terry Holland confirmed Gillen's selection last night from San Antonio, the site of the Final Four.
Terms of the contract were not released but its expected that Gillen's total compensation package will exceed 500 thousand dollars a year.
He replaces Jeff Jones who resigned March 15-th after 8 seasons at the school.
Gillen has won at two schools, Xavier and Providence and both schools made it to the final 8.
He will take over a Virginia team that was 11 and 19 this year the worst record in more than 3 decades.
One of the stipulations in the agreement is that Gillen hire a black coach. He currently has an all white staff whi
ch means that at least 1 coach will not make the trip to Charlottesville.[S-Heels]
Utah advances to the N-C-A-C championship game with a 65 to 59 win over North Carolina.
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/CBS SPORTS; :]
Bill Guthridge and his Tar Heels trailing in the first half.
And this is why. Andre Miller with the nice move and score his second basket in a row makes it 28 to 12.
Utah would then open the lead to 31 to 16 when freshman Britton Johensen pulls up at the line and nails the three.
Carolina's Vince Carter will get the ball in the paint and hit the short jumper but Carolina trailed 35 to 22 at the half.
Utah led by 15 in the second half but Ed Cota drives to the hoop and scores and the lead was 57 to 55.
But the Utes get it to Miller he [SUPER=33-Utah/65/UNC/59/;]takes it all the way for the score and utah holds on for
the 65 to 59 win.
[IN Q=First audio]
((RICK MAJERUS/UTAH HEAD COACH: ))
[SUPER=01-Rick Majerus/Utah Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....and we are."]
The Kentucky Wildcats are headed to the N-C-A-A championship game for the third straight year after beating Stanford in overtime 86 to 85.
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/CBS SPORTS; :]
Tubby Smith working the sideline in the second half of the game.
Late in the Half Jeff Shepherd hits his second straight three pointer and the Wildcats took a four point 72 to 68 lead.
But Stanford would come back and cut it to two then with seconds left on the clock Arthur Lee hits the long range three pointer to send it to overtime tied at 73.
Kentucky scored the first five [SUPER=33-Kentucky/86/Stanford/85/;]
points of the overtime period and the Wildcats hold off Stanford to win the game by a score of 86 to 85.
[IN Q="You know]
((TUBBY SMITH/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH: ))
[SUPER=01-Tubby Smith/Kentucky Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=......for us."]
The Roanoke Express played its final regular season game tonight on the road at Johnstown.
And the Express wins the game 4 to 1.
Now, Here's the rest of today's scores.
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[SUPER=0096-/L.A. Lakers/79//Utah/94/4///New York/33//Seattle/55/3//;]
[SUPER=0103-/Detroit///St. Louis////j/San Jose/4//Dallas/1///;]
[SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/2/j/Montreal/8///j/N.Y. Islanders/4//Toronto/3//Overtime/;]
[OUT Q=....last score."]
And coming up, Lee Janzen leads after three rounds of the Players championship the field is set for tomorrow's Food city 500 at Bristol.
And Venus Williams picks up a big win on the tennis court today to advance in the world rankings.
17 year old Venus Williams has scored the biggest tournament title of her career.
[SUPER=03-Key Biscayne, FL/CBS SPORTS; :]
Williams fell behind in the match with Anna Kournikova losing the first set but she cranked up her game a notch to come from behind and win the match in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
With the win Williams will move to the number 10 spot in the world tennis rankings.
And, that's a wrap from the News 7 Sports Department.[S-Golf]
Trying to match his tour victory in 1995, Lee Janzen is the leader afte4r three rounds of the Players Championship.
[SUPER=03-Ponte Verda, FL/NBC SPORTS; :]
Ernie Els had a good front nine he birdied 8 and 9 shooting 70 yesterday putting him at three under par for the tournament.
But Janzen, who birdied the 11-th hole here, shot a 3 under par 69 yesteray to finish at 206, 10 under par for a three shot lead on the day.
Justin Leonard is third at five under par and several golfers are tied
for fourth at 4 under.
Utah will play Kentucky in the championship on Monday. We'll have that in our next sports segment.[S-Rudd]
Veteran driver Ricky Rudd will reach a milestone in his career when he takes the green flag in tomorrow's Food city 500 at the Bristol International Raceway.
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :]
Rudd began his racing career in 1975 and he's won a total of 17 races. And tomorrow he'll get his 600-th start in Winston Cup Racing.
[IN Q="yes it....]
((RICKY RUDD/600-TH CAREER START: ))
[SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/600-th Career Start; :]
[OUT Q=.......Time flys by."]
Jimmy Spencer led second round qualifying today as the final 19 spots were filled for the Food city 500. He turned in a speed of 122 point 552 miles per hour.
Now, Here's the rest of the second round qualifiers.
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[SUPER=0107-26. Jimmy Spencer/122.521/27. Kenny Irwin//28. Ernie Irvan//29. Ted Musgrave//30. David Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Robert Pressley//32. Michael Waltrip//33. Kyle Petty//34. Chad Little//35. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Lake Speed//37. Dale Earnhardt/Prov./38. Bill Elliott/Prov./39. Ward Burton/Prov./40. Bobby Hamilton//;
[SUPER=0107-41. Dick Trickle/Prov./42. Steve Grissom/Prov./43. Darrell Waltrip/Prov./;]
[OUT Q=....last driver."]
Elliott Sadler was winner on the Busch circuit today.
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :]
A smooth start to this afternoon's Busch Moors Snacks 250.
But early in the race the cars are bunched together and Eric Berrier's car gets loose and slides on the track collecting several others in the crash.
Sadler dominated the second half of the race and he takes the checkered flag winning his fourth race at Bristol Dale Earnhardt Junior was second.
For the first time in three years, Washington and Lee has beaten Roanoke College in Lacrosse.
This afternoon in Salem Ed Dougherty scored the winning goal in overtime as the Generals beat the Maroons 6 to 5.[Zo
Volunteers for the Roanoke Jaycees took advantage of today's warm weather, hosting Mill Mountain's annual "Zoo Choo Work Day".
Starting in April each year, kids of all ages take a ride around the zoo's park in its miniature train.
But, before the fun can begin, the scaled-down version of Norfolk-Southern's "Starlink" has to be given the once over.
[IN Q=WE DO A LOT]
((MARY KNAPP/ROANOKE JAYCEES: WE DO A LOT OF MAINTENANCE AND PREPATORY WORK IN TERMS OF THE TRACK, IN TERMS OF THE TRAIN. MAKING SURE THAT IT'S SPRUCED UP AND READY TO GO TO TAKE PEOPLE AROUND.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Knapp/Roanoke Jaycees;]
[OUT Q=TAKE PEOPLE AROUND.]
Within the next year or so, part of the Jaycees spring spruce-up plans will also include planting some wildflowers in (------------)open areas on the scenic mountain.