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A live picture of Fort Lewis Mountain where dozens of firefighters are battling an out of control brush fire.
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And it looks like the probe into Egyptair Flight 9-90 is now a criminal investigation.
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News 7 at noon is next.

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They're not just fighting a massive brush fire, they're fighting the elements on Fort Lewis Mountain.
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You're looking at a live picture now of the fire on Fort Lewis Mountain. Gusting winds have made it impossible for firefighters to get the upper hand. So far this far near the Hanging Rock area has spread over 300 acres. The wind and dry conditions continue to help it spread quickly.
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There are several homes near Fort Lewis Mountain, but officials say they are still not close to ordering an evacutaion.
Scott Goldberg is on Fort Lewis Mountain and has an update.
Scott-- what's the situation now?
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Firefighters are also battling blazes in the Shenandoah Valley.
Up to 200 acres is on fire near Mount Olive in Shenandoah County.
A fire near Stanley in Page County will likely consume hundreds of acres by the time it's out.

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A man who helped build auto racing both here and across the country has died.
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H. Clay Earles died this morning following a year long illness.
Carving the Martinsville Speedway out of a 30 acre corn field in 1947, Earles helped pioneer the sport he loved.
His track opened a year before NASCAR even existed and it was 12 years before the Daytona Speedway was built.
Earles was an innovator in the sport. When fans grew tired of getting dusty from the dirt track, he became the first owner to pave. It was a move that NASCAR owner Bill France Senior originally opposed.
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From its humble beginnings as a dirt track, Earles' Martinsville Speedway now covers more than 300 acres and holds 80 thousand fans.
The track and the entire sport prospered under his guidance.
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Clay Earles was 86 years old.
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Vinton town officials are conferring with engineers today, trying to decide how to deal with the roof collapse at the Roanoke County health department building.
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Joe Dahiell is there this afternoon with more on the situation.
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For the third time this year short term interest rates could be raised.
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The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee is meeting at this hour in Washington, reviewing the interest rate policy.
Market analysts are split over whether rates will be hiked by a quarter point.
The Fed is expected to make an announcement sometime after 2 16
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A verdict has been reached in the trial of one of the nation's youngest muder defendants.
The jury has found 13 Year old Nathanial Abraham guilty of second degree murder.
The jury has been deliberated since Thursday.
Abraham was eleven when he allegedly shot to death 18-year-old Ronnie Green Junior.
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The F-B-I is taking over the Egyptair crash investigation.
The latest is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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And President Clinton tries to rally the shaken survivors of Turkey's earthquakes.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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New Developments in the crash of Egyptair Flight 9-90 reportedly has put the investigation in the hands of the F-B-I.
According to the voice recorder someone in the cockpit uttered a short prayer just before the plane plunged into the Atlantic.
And Government sources say that could suggest the plane was deliberately brought down.
Lee Cowan reports.
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(( The NTSB is expected announce later today that it is bowing out as the lead investigative agency in the Crash of EgyptAir flight 990 turning it over instead, to the FBI.
It means the probe would no longer be an accident investigation, it would be a criminal one instead.
The decision comes after analysis of the cockpit voice recorder raised serious questions about the actions of at least one of the pilots. GRAPHIC:
Analysts at the NTSBS lab in Washington say a voice in the cockpit probably the co-pilot-- can be heard uttering what sounds like a prayer in Arabic just before the plane started its fatal plunge toward the North Atlantic.
But theres disagreement about what that may mean. Even the co-pilots friend tells CBS he may have been simply reacting to a problem, not beginning something more ominous.
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This words mean that somebody is in danger. Not mean that hes doing something. NARR:
But it does appear that he was alone. A few seconds later, the voice tape records what sounds like the cockpit door opening and what may be the pilot asking: Whats going on?
Shortly after that, it appears he sits back down and begins a struggle to pull the plane out of its zero gravity dive, apparently urging his co-pilot to pull with me.
The last voice heard on the tape is one saying cut the engines.
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I think every word, every space on this tape is going to be synced with the data recorder and is going to be analyzed by multiple experts. COWAN ON CAM:))

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Officials say the death toll from Friday's earthquake in Turkey has climbed to at least 600.
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At least 80-thousand homeless.
President Clinton, first lady Hillary and their daughter Chelsea met today with earthquake survivors of the August 17th quake that killed 17-thousand.
They toured a tent camp in Dogukisla (doe-KOOSH-la), set up by U-S Marines.
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Nine thousand survivors are living in 12-hundred tents in the camp.
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Jesse Jackson says he's giving an Illinois school board one more chance to reinstate six students.
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They were expelled for two years for fighting at a football game.
Jackson wants them reinstated in January.
The civil rights leader had said he'd cross police lines at a high school and risk arrest today.
But he now says he'll hold off.
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[10:02:38] ((WHETHER WHITE OR BLACK, ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSTILITY TOWARDS AMERICA'S CHILDREN - SUSPEND THEM, EXPEL THEM, TRACK THEM, SUBTRACT THEM, PUT THEM IN JAIL, THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT, ZERO TOLERANCE, MANDATORY SENTENCING ALL OF THIS HOSTILITY AGAINST AMERICA'S CHILDREN MUST STOP. ))
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Instead of demonstrating today representatives of his Rainbow-PUSH Coalition will meet with school officials.
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One of Roanoke's most prominent streets will not have a second name added to it.
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City council decided that something other than Orange Avenue should be named after Martin Luther King Junior.
During a public hearing last night, council listened to residents, business owners, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The President of the S-C-L-C says she wasn't shocked by the decision.
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One Opponent of the plan said he didn't like the way supporters tried to change the street name.
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No word yet on what will be named after Martin Luther King. One person suggested naming the Higher Education Center after King.

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Virginia inmates will soon have a more clean-cut look.
The department of corrections has a new set of guidelines for prisoners.
Male inmates will be required to have their hair cut above the shirt collar.
Braids, dreadlocks, ponytails and shaved designs will be forbidden.
Men will also have to shave their beards, goatees and long sideburns.
Female inmates can't grow their hair longer than their shoulders and can only have one or two braids or a ponytail.

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Attorney General Mark Earley is in the early stages of a run for the Governor's office.
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Earley formed a committee yesterday to explore a possible run in 2000.
Former Attorney General Richard Cullen is chairman of Earley's exploratory committee.
He's sending letters to nearly 5-thousand Republicans asking them to support Earley.
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Lieutenant Governor John Hager is expected to oppose Earley for the Republican nomination.
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Still ahead-- we'll check out the new look for Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton.
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And eyes will be on the sky tonight.
Find out why when News-7 at noon returns.
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If your just now getting use to those new 20 dollar bills that some say look more like monopoly money, well get ready to fill your wallets with some more strange cash.
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[11:30-update window]
These are the new five and ten dollars bills that will soon hit the printing press at the U-S Treasury Department.


Officials with the Department showed off the design this morning.
They'll be in circulation by next summer.
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You don't have to be an astronomer to get a thrill from the stars tonight.
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[9:11:02]
If the weather is clear you will see the start of a spectacular meteor shower.
Millions of tiny dust particles will crash into the Earth's atmosphere creating a celestial light show as they burn up.
The Leonid meteor shower is an annual event, caused by particles from the tail of the comet Tempel-Tuttle.
Scientists expect the meteor shower to be more dramatic this year.
The show will reach its peak just after 2 A-M Thursday.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was
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Still to come in sports, the struggling New York Jets steal a win from New England in last night's N-F-L action,
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and police are questioning Carolina Panther Rae Carruth today in connection with the shooting of his pregnant girlfriend.
Patrick has the details, next.
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Charlotte police are questioning Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth for the shooting of his pregnant girlfriend.
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Carruth's girlfriend was eight months pregnant when she was shot in south Charlotte earlier this morning.
The woman is in critical but stable condition after having surgery last night.
Her baby was delivered and is doing fine.
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It was an upset in New England as the New York Jets ran past the Patriots last night 24 to 17.
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New York Q-B Ray Lucas sparked the Jet's offense.
In the second quarter, he hits Keyshawn Johnson on this one yarder to go up 7-zip.
Later in the second, Curtis Martin breaks away and sprints 36 yards to put the Jets up 14 to 3.
But the Patriots didn't die. Drew Bledsoe got the team back into the game throwing two T-Ds late in the fourth including this 31 yarder to Troy Brown.
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