Fire officials say it will probably take a few days before they can determine the source of a blaze that destroyed a Collinsville church.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Starlink]
Kimberly McBroom is in Collinsville where she's been speaking with fire investigators and members of the first presbyterian church of Collinsville.
Kimberly when did the fire begin?
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[SUPER=01-Daryl Emberson/Collinsville Fire Chief; :16]
[SUPER=01-Hal Nelson/Church Elder; :54]
[SUPER=01-Janet Bennett/Church Elder; 1:07]
[OUT Q=friends all the time.]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Starlink]
(QUESTION: You mentioned earlier that A-T-F agents are there, but the fire is not yet considered suspicious?)
Back in May, a game of horseshoes in Amherst County ended in a shootout.
Today, the man who police say opened fire goes on trial.
29-year old Kenneth Branham faces murder and malicious wounding charges.
Police say an argument broke out and Branham pulled a shotgun out of his car.
He allegedly killed 43-year old Richard Eubank, critically wounded Bobby Beverly and shot a third man who was treated and released.
The trial is expected to last two days.
The Israeli troop pullback from the West Bank is on hold.
Israel's prime minister says he's suspending plans for the troop withdrawal, until the Palestinians drop their plans to declare independence in May.
The timetable for the deal has Israel withdrawing from two percent of the West Bank and releasing 250 Palestinian prisoners Friday.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said yesterday he's planning on declaring statehood next year -- whether there's a final peace deal or not.
U.N. relief workers return to Baghdad today.
They'll be followed tomorrow by weapons inspectors who are hoping to get full cooperation from Iraq.
But President Clinton is making it clear-- he'll order military strikes if Saddam Hussein doesn't keep his word.
Lee Cowan reports.
[SUPER=01-Sandy Berger/National Security Advisor; :26]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :36]
[SUPER=01-David Kay/Former U. N. Weapons Inspector; :41]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Fidel Zamora/U. S. Army; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:18]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
((IN NEIGHBORING BAHRAIN, U-N WEAPON INSPECTORS ARE PREPARING
FOR THE LONG ARDUOUS TRIP BACK ACROSS THE DESERT TO RESUME THEIR WORK IN AND AROUND BAHGDAD.
(( SUPER CAROLINE CROSS//UNSCOM SPOKESPERSON ))
"We're expecting, we hoping for --- that's what they've said."
BUT IRAQ HAS SAID THAT BEFORE - SKEPTICISM IS SLOWING BCOMING A
VERY REAL PART OF U-S POLICY.
(( SUPER: SANDY BERGER//NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR )) "world will be
watching - see if Iraq keeps promise."
IN BAGHDAD, NEWSPAPERS ARE TOUTING VICTORY AGAIN - CLAIMING
SADDAM'S LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF HEART CONFUSED AMERICANS AND BROUGHT
ABOUT AN END TO THE CRISIS.
(( SUPER: DAVID KAYE//FRMR U-N WEAPONS INSPECTOR ))
"I think he's gained political stature in the Middle East --- really
smarter than those guys."
THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND WEEKS WILL BE ANOTHER TESTING PERIOD,
AND U-N INSPECTORS PLAN TO PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT.
AS FOR THE SOLIDERS ALREADY THERE, IT'S GETTING A LITTLE OLD.
(( SUPER: SGT. FIDEL ZAMORA//US ARMY ))
"It's tough, I've got a wife and kid back home - until our mission's
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"With the U-S military poised to strike, the next confrontation could be
over before it starts -- the U-S saying it does not need to go back to
the U-N before launching another strike - an attack that could by some
estimates leave as many 10-thousand Iraqi's dead. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
The Iraqi situation is keeping the president away from the Asian Pacific economic summit.
[SUPER=03-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; ]
Vice-President Gore arrived in his place yesterday in Malaysia.
At the APEC summit today the U-S and Japan announced plans aimed at fixing troubled Asian economies.
The proposals would pump an additional ten billion dollars into the region to help lift it out of its worst financial crisis in decades.
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Monica Lewinsky will be a few million dollars richer-- and she'll tell her side of the Clinton scandal.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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And it's an explosive sendoff for five towering smokestacks.
[music up full]
Explosives experts have razed the last remnants of what was once a power
station in Hong Kong.
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China;]
[OUT Q=(nats of implosion)]
More than 400 pounds of high explosives helped bring down the five enormous chimneys.
They stood more than 400 feet tall
and weighed nearly 22- thousand pounds.
The oil-run plant, owned by China Light and Power, was closed in 19-96 to be replaced by more economical sources of energy.
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under FIre]
The White House says President Clinton is set to endorse a deal
between eight states and the nation's four largest tobacco makers.
Details of the 206 billion dollar out-of-court settlement will be announced later today.
The states involved include Washington, California, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.
((MIKE FISHER/PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL:IT'S A VERY GOOD FIRST STEP, STEP TO HELP REDUCE YOUTH SMOKING IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ))
[SUPER=01-Mike Fisher/Pennsylvania Attorney General;]
[OUT Q=across the country.]
The deal still faces approval by states that have lawsuits pending against the industry or plan to sue.
It's not yet clear how
many states need to O-K the plan, but Virginia Attorney General Mark Early is among other state attorneys who are impressed with it.
Monica Lewinsky reportedly has signed a seven figure deal for a tell all book.
The New York Post reports the book will be published in February and co-written by Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton.
Lewinsky also reportedly has agreed to an interview with A-B-C's Barbara Walters, to be broadcast when the book is released.
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr would have to approve the television interview since a no-talk provision was part of her immunity agreement.
A planned protest outside Jerry Falwell's Lynchburg church failed to materialize this weekend.
The Reverend Fred Phelps and about 30 members of the Wetboro Baptist church planned to protest yesterday, calling Falwell's stand on homosexuals too lenient.
But church members said it would be better to reschedule the protest for later in the month.
Phelps also led a protest at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student murdered in October.
A Falwell spokesman says the planned protest is absurd and hateful.
Our viewer mail this week brought a complaint about an event that we didn't cover, and a compliment for an issue that we did.
Here's News-7 Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
[IN Q=The camera was there]
[SUPER=03-Floyd/November 9, 1997; :00]
[OUT Q=McKean, News-7.]
((The camera was there for the first Veterans Day parade last year in the town of Floyd.
It's become an annual event, but we didn't get there this year.
And that upset one veteran.
"No pictures, no mention of the parade, no nothing," he wrote." Let's get with the program, Channel 7. The citizens of Floyd ARE WITHIN YOUR AREA OF REPORTING. Don't they deserve a little more time? There are a lot of Veterans in Floyd and they deserve something more than has been shown in the past."
The series that Health Check reporter Tonya Flory produced on infertility prompted a note about insurance policies that don't cover some of the techniques mentioned in those stories.
"We are a young couple that cannot afford the cost of...high-tech procedures (because) of lack of insurance coverage. I doubt we would be denied medical coverage if this were cancer, or any other medical condition. As one of your guests said "it does cause heart-break", and stress, and mental turmoil that may end up costing insurance companies more in the long run. I know how powerful the news is...is there anything you can do to help bring about change with insurance companies? Thank you for making more people aware of infertility with your broadcast.
Here's how to get in touch with us at News-7.
Send your letters to Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 540-343-7269.
And our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A moderated on-line forum is part of our web site, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
The big Christmas push by the music industry starts tonight.
Ahead on News-7 at Noon, we'll see how some local music stores are getting ready.
And if you noticed a few thousand people wearing orange this morning, it wasn't your imagination.
Deer season is underway.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Record stores are preparing for a little midnight madness.
Many of them will open at midnight for what the music industry is calling "Super Tuesday."
Some major recording stars release their new C-D's tomorrow, including Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Jewel, Whitney Houston, Puff Daddy and Seal.
Soundscan, the company that tracks music sales, predicts between 14-and-15 MILLION C-D's and tapes will be sold this week in an unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.
Deer hunters are taking to the woods for the first day of rifle season.
According to the owner of Mitchell's Store in Franklin County, the number of deer checked in during the past 2 weeks of Muzzle Loading Season has been lower than normal.
[IN Q=there not seeing]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Mitchell/Mitchell's Store;]
[OUT Q=checked in here]
Hunters say a good acorn crop and foliage still on the trees will make finding their target more of a challenge.
But Audrey Mitchell didn't seem to have any problem.
Just after sunrise this morning she bagged a four point buck.
[IN Q=Like a kid]
[OUT Q=I got mine]
The men have plenty of time to catch up.
Deer season runs through November 28th.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 72 Points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead in sports, the Redskins shine in Washington.
Plus, the stars that shined in Roanoke yesterday were on the ground- helping needy children celebrate a happier holiday season.
That story's straight ahead, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
It was a battle for the basement in the N-F-C East yesterday, as Philadelphia traveled to the nation's capitol to take on the Redskins.
And running back Skip Hicks stepped it up for Washington, leading the Skins over the Eagles 28 to 3.
[SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/FOX Sports; :]
An interception set up Hicks' first T-D. He goes in from the one, and the Skins took the 7- nothing lead.
Philly added a field goal before Washington scored again on a Hicks dive. The Skins go up 14 to 3 at the half.
Halfway through the third quarter, Trent Green finds Albert Connell on the 56 yard touchdown pass. The Skins led 21 to 3.
The defense made a big play late in the game.
Chris Dishman picks off the deflected Bobby Hoying pass and returns it to the Eagle two yard line- setting up another score.
Several plays later, Hicks goes to the outside. He
scores from five yards out and the Skins beat the Eagles 28 to 3.
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[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/CBS Sports; :]
Jimmy Johnson and the Dolphins held on to a 13-9 lead to beat the Panthers in Charlotte.
Karim Abdul-Jabbar takes the hand off. He scores from the one yardline and the Dolphins led 7 to nothing in the first quarter.
Then, up 7- 6, Miami's Orlindo Mare nails the 27- yard field goal and the Dolphins took the 10-6 lead at the half.
The Dolphins defense made the plays in the second
half. Bryan Walker intercepts Steve Buerlein and the Dolphins hold on for the 13 to 9 win over the Panthers.
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Some movement in the polls this week for local football teams.
Virginia's 30 to 13 win over North Carolina Saturday moved the Cavaliers to the number 18 spot in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.
Meantime, Tech's last-second loss to Syracuse dropped the Hokies in both polls.
Tech is now 23-rd in the A-P and 20-th in the Coaches poll.[Racing]
In his first year on the Circuit, Dale Earnhardt Junior is the Busch Grand National points champion.
[SUPER=03-Homestead, FL/ESPN; :]
All he had to do to clinch the title was start the Jiffy Lube 300- and that's about all he would be able to do.
Earnhardt started the race 15-th, and he was leading the race with 137 laps to go when his car started smoking. He took it to pit road and his day was finished with a blown engine.
Earnhardt won 7 races in his rookie season.
[IN Q="We worked...]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt, Jr./Busch Points Champion; :]
[OUT Q=....this championship."]
Jeff Burton won the final race of the season. Jimmy Spencer finished second and Mark Martin third.
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The Roanoke Stars soccer teams are helping kick off a happy Christmas for some local youngsters.
The teams spent the weekend playing for the championship of the First Virginia Bank Fall Classic Tournament, and
members of the Stars 14 and 18 and under girls teams are helping News 7 and the Salvation Army give needy children a merry Christmas.
The girls filled stockings with goodies, which the Salvation Army will distribute during the holidays.
[IN Q=i bought]
[SUPER=01-Keri Kidd/Roanoke Stars; :00]
[super=01-Lindsay Leffler/Roanoke Stars; :11]
[OUT Q=a good Christmas]
The two teams were among the more that 200 that decended upon the valley to play in this weekend's tournament.
And even though this weekend was a good chance to sharpen soccer skills, filling the stockings taught the girls other lessons.
[IN Q=a lot of them]
[SUPER=01-Lang Wedemeyer/Soccer Coach;]
[OUT Q=what they have]
Both the 14 and 18 and under soccer teams qualified for yesterday's championship games.