Residents have been evacuated from a site in downtown Lynchburg where a Norfolk-Southern freight train derailed this morning.
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The train derailed and caught fire at the intersection near Fifth and Pierce Streets--not far from E-C Glass High School.
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Steve Smallshaw is on the scene--Steve what is the latest you can tell us?
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Firefighters say arson is a possible cause of a house fire in Northwest Roanoke last night.
No one was home when the blaze broke out.
Some neighbors were the first to spot the fire.
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Firefighters say it took them fifteen to twenty minutes to douse the blaze.
Police had been out to the home earlier last night, responding to a report of a burglary.
Investigators are looking into the possibility of arson.
Lawyers for Paula Jones will try again today to get Monica Lewinsky- related evidence admitted in
Jones' lawsuit against President Clinton.
Meanwhile, the New York
``Daily News'' quotes a former Miss America as saying she had
consensual sex with Mr. Clinton in 1983, when he was governor of Arkansas.
The report comes as the President continues his African tour.
Until now Elizabeth Ward Gracen had denied any affair with Mr. Clinton.
The paper quotes Gracen as saying she decided to come forward to counter allegations Clinton forced himself on her.
From Africa President Clinton today will address residents of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
His speech will be part of a memorial service tonight for the five victims of the schoolyard shooting.
The school will also hold a moment of silence at 12:40.
That's the time when the shootings occurred, one week ago today.
Meanwhile there are new allegations concerning one of the young suspects.
Mitchell Johnson's aunt says he is accused of molesting a toddler in Minnesota last summer.
A source close to the investigation says the 13 year old has been charged with inappropriately touching the girl.
Some Cats from Kentucky certainly proved to have many lives during the N-C-A-A tournament.
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The Wildcats are national
champions for the second time in three years after turning a 12-point, second-half deficit into a 78-to-69 victory over Utah.
But the win sparked chaos back in Lexington, Kentucky.
Police estimate up to 16-thousand jubilant fans poured into city
streets after the game.
Police say seven people have been injured and four arrested in the celebration.
A chartered plane carrying a British soccer team crash-landed in London today in an aborted take-off after the right engine caught fire.
None of the forty passengers or crew was injured.
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In Florida an engine Fire forced a Toronto- bound 7-27 to abort its takeoff last night.
Emergency chutes were used to evacuate more than 180 passengers.
Seventeen were injured, none seriously.
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A new leader is at the helm of Virginia's public schools.
And he says school safety will be top priority.
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((AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT, WHEN WE WATCH THE TV AND WHEN WE SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN JONESBORO, ARKANSAS, AND EVERY PLACE ELSE. I WILL TRY TO PULL TOGETHER SUPERINTENDENTS FROM AROUND THE STATE, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, PARENTS, PTAS-- I'M GONNA TRY TO PULL A GROUP TOGETHER SO WE CAN START WORKING ON WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA THE SAFEST IN THE NATION.))
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Paul Stapleton was appointed Superintendent of Public Instruction by Governor Jim Gilmore yesterday.
He was Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 19-96 for his leadership of the school system in rural Charlotte County.
Officials in southern Minnesota are still adding up the damage from Sunday's tornados.
Officials estimate at least 600 homes were destroyed.
Take a look at this dramatic video of just one of the twisters that touched down.
You can see the storm is about a mile wide.
The man who shot this video shot it from his backyard just before he he and his son ran to the basement for cover.
Winter's not over for those in the Rocky Mountains.
Several inches has fallen in the Denver area causing major traffic problems.
A chance discovery in pregnant lab mice a few years ago could provide a new tool in the fight against AIDS and cancer.
Researchers say they believe a protein in the urine of pregnant women, produced during the first trimester, appears to suppress the
AIDS virus and promote the growth of bone marrow.
The research appears in today's issue of ``Nature Medicine.''
Technology takes center stage at Virginia Tech as educators from around the country come together.
The two- day conference is underway.
It's aimed at teaching educators new ways to put computers to work in the classroom.
Franklin County's director of secondary education was among yesterday's speakers.
The school system and Virginia Tech have worked out a partnership that provides additional training for Franklin County's teachers.
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((BETTY BLAIR/FRANKLIN CO. SECONDARY ED. DIR.:WE DON'T WANT CHILDREN SITTING DOWN AND USING THE INTERNET JUST FOR THE SAKE OF USING THE INTERNET WE WANT THEM TO USE IT BECAUSE THERE'S INSTRUCTIONAL VALUE AND BECAUSE THESE THINGS ARE SO NEW WE HAVE TO TRAIN OUR TEACHERS FIRST SO THAT THEY CAN, IN TURN, TEACH THE CHILDREN HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE THESE NEW TOOLS. ))
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The two day conference will wrap up today at Virginia Tech.
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A rock concert in Roanoke next month could bring a record crowd to Victory Stadium.
Close to 25-thousand tickets have already been sold for the April 18th concert that features the Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Hornsby.
Though Victory Stadium has a capacity of 35-thousand for the concert, sales have been strong up and down the east coast, and a sell-out is possible.
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((JIM EVANS/CIVIC CENTER MANAGER: THE MAJORITY OF THEM OF COURSE ARE COMING FROM VIRGINIA, BUT FROM ALL OVER THE STATE. IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY A NEAT THING TO HAVE THAT MANY PEOPLE COME IN. IT SHOULD BE A HUGE ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR EVERYBODY.))
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The concert will be held rain or shine. The city will have shuttle buses bringing fans to the stadium from satellite parking areas.
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The Kentucky Wildcats, the Comeback Cats this entire tournament, did it again last night as they beat Utah to claim the University's 7th title.
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Utah coach Rick Majerus liked what he saw from his team in the first half as Michael Doleac goes to the hoop with authority with the drop step for the slam.
Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed would answer with a jump hook on the other end for the Cats.
Scott Padgett would then use some more UK muscle inside and hit yet another jump hook in traffic, as the Cats stay close.
But Utah dominated most of the first 20 minutes outrebounding the Wildcats, shooting 57 percent and playing great in transition. Utah led 41-to-31 at halftime.
But as this team has all season, Kentucky battled back. Jeff Sheppard turns the steal into a breakaway dunk to give UK the lead for the first time in the half.
Utah went ice cold from the field and Kentucky makes some tournament history by coming from 12 points
down - the biggest deficit in the title game history to win the 1998 championship 78 to 69.
North Carolina not only lost out on its chance to play for the title, but the Tarheels also lost last night in the human relations department.
Saturday night Tarheel senior Makhtar Ndiaye created a swarm of controversy when he said Utah's Britton Johnsen called him the "N" word.
Last night, Ndiaye recanted, saying that he had lied and that Johnson never said such a thing.
Utah coach Rick Majerus was so confident in his player he offered to quit if Johnsen was found guilty.
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Every sport has its gold crown... For College Basketball, it's the N-C-Double-A and N-I-T Tournaments.
What you might not know is that university cheerleading and dance squads vie for national championships as well.
Virginia Tech's squad is leaving for the N-C-Double-A Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona, Florida.
The competition starts Thursday, as the top 20 squads in the nation try to earn a spot in Friday's finals.
Former Lord Botetourt cheerleader Christy Fons is competing in nationals for the first time.
As a sophomore, she's also performing in the stunt partner competition.
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The cheer and dance squads submit video tapes to earn an invitation to the competition.
The High Tech's video placed sixth.
Members say they're looking for a top five placing so they can perform their act on national television.
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You can watch the final round of the National Cheerleading Association Championships right here on WDBJ and CBS on Apr
And now to recap our top story--a train derailment in Lynchburg sparked a fire and evacuations this morning.
It happened at the intersection near Fifth and Pierce Streets.
A Norfolk Southern train headed west apparently collided with a rail car that was sitting on the tracks.
At least 10 cars derailed--one containing acetone caught fire. The flames spread to at least one nearby building. There have been no injuries reported.
Students from Dearington Elementary School were taken to E-C Glass High School, where they will spend the rest of the(------------) school day.