Fires at two different Roanoke apartment houses claim one life, and leave several people homeless.
We'll have an update on the fire investigation.
In national news--
A man is arrested after allegedly firing shots at the White House.
We'll have the latest.
And a Shawsville man is arrested for a string of charges including carjacking, abduction, and armed robbery.
Warm weather is in store for today and tomorrow... and by the end of the week, we could be setting record high temperatures. The forecast is next.
News 7 at noon, right after this break.
Several Roanoke residents lose their homes as fire rips through their downtown apartment building.
One man was found dead.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
More on that story in just a moment--
Our top story...
There's been a flurry of police activity at
the White House.
There are reports that shots were fired at the white house.
Police closed off the south side of the White House to look for the gunman.
The gunman is reportedly in custody.
Stephen Clark is in Washington, DC with the latest.
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Firefighters returned today to the scene of the fire in an attempt to put out some hot spots.
The apartment house located at the corner of Elm and third street caught fire around 10 o' clock last night.
Fire fighters found a man's body inside.
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Jennifer Miele is in Roanoke this afternoon with the latest.
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Another Roanoke apartment was damaged by fire late last night..
Firefighters say a couple and their two children were taken to the hospital after flames and smoke filled their apartment in the 21-hundred block of King Charles Avenue.
Fire officials say the two children were upstairs. One of them suffered burns and was taken to the UVA burn center.
Authorities say the blaze appears to have started in an upstairs bedroom.
Fire fighters say concrete barriers on either side of the apartment kept the fire from spreading to other homes.
What Texas authorities originally believed was a hostage standoff turns out to be a supermarket robbery gone wrong.
Witnesses say a man walked into a Houston store this morning with a handgun and demanded an employee open the safe.
But NONE of the employees there knew how to open it.
Police say all nine store employees were then able to flee after the foiled robbery attempt.
But the suspect also eluded a SWAT team.
Their search of the store turned up no gunman.
State police arrested a Shawsville man in connection with a carjacking, abduction, and armed robbery in Montgomery County.
Police say 39-year-old Jeffrey Austin Barron called a female taxi driver to the Montgomery Regional Hospital early this morning.
He got behind the wheel and dropped the driver off in Ironto.
Troopers say they found the car outside a Shell station in Christiansburg.
Two officers then saw a man wearing a ski mask, who had allegedly robbed the gas station with a BB pistol. Barron is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a variety of charges.
While tax cut proposals are taking most of the national and state spotlight these days-- some Virginia legislators
were talking a tax INCREASE to pay for new roads in northern Virginia.
The bill would let northern Virginia voters decide whether to increase the sales tax a half penny in that region only.
It would help meet a half BILLION dollar a year shortfall in road funds for Northern Virginia.
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((DEL. BOBBY ORROCK: I CAN'T BELIEVE THE SAME PEOPLE IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS ....GOTTA HAVE THE CAR TAX REPEAL, BUT GO TO BALLOT IN NOVEMBER AND SAY RAISE MY TAXES!))
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[SUPER=01-Del. Bobby Orrock/(R) Spotsylvania Co.; :07]
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Supporters say the sales tax increase would affect wealthy northern Virginians the most-- because they do the most shopping.
Southwest lawmakers joked that high tech C-E-Os don't shop enough to justify a tax increase.
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[OUT Q=very wealthy.]
The House approved its version last night.
The Senate had already passed a full penny increase.
The Governor says he'll look at whatever reaches him.
Last night ended several days of marathon meetings, leading up to the crossover deadline for both chambers to finish work on their own bills.
Each chamber will now begin work on the other chamber's bills.
The session ends February 24th.
Voters will decide whether Clifton Forge should become a town again or maintain its independent city status on March 6th.
City leaders are trying to get the reversion facts out. They've set up four meetings to present information and answer questions from citizens.
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The meeting date are--
Tuesday February 13th at 7 pm.
Saturday February 17th at 10 am.
Sunday February 25th at 3 pm.
And the final meeting will be Tuesday February 27th at 7 pm.
Authorities are looking for the man police say started a high speed chase on Interstate 81.
Yesterday's pursuit left two people injured, including a state trooper.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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(( This was the scene south of the Ironto exit in Montgomery County... just minutes after the high speed pursuit ended.
According to state police-- it all started when the driver of a mustang passed Trooper Jeff Hyer in the emergency lane traveling more than 100- miles an hour.
State police say Hyer sped up hoping to get a glimpse of the car's license plate.
But the car managed to slip in between a truck and this G-M-C Yukon before escaping onto the right shoulder.
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((SGT. TOM FOSTER/STATE POLICE: TROOPER HYER THEN SWERVED OVER TO THE RIGHT AND FOLLOWED THE SAME PATH OF THE VEHICLE HE WAS PURSUING HE WENT ON TO THE EMERGENCY LANE AND BEGAN TO SKID SIDEWAYS.))
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That's when Trooper Hyer struck the driver of the G-M-C.
The driver of the sport utility vehicle has been identified as Todd Setliff of Roanoke.
Authorities say both Setliff and Heyer suffered minor injuries.
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((ANTHONY MILANO/TRUCK DRIVER: IT WAS SUCH A TIGHT SPOT THERE WAS MAYBE THREE FEET BETWEEN ALL THE CARS.))
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Anthony Milano was behind the wheel of his tractor trailer and saw the accident unfold.
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((ANTHONY MILANO/TRUCK DRIVER: THE OFFICER MADE A GREAT RECOVERY IT'S GOOD HE WAS WEARING A SEAT BELT IT SAVED HIS LIFE.))
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Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Police are looking for a mid to late 1990's model red mustang with Ohio plates.
The driver of the car has been described as a young white male.
Authorities have arrested the suspect in a string of robberies which occurred last night in Roanoke and Roanoke County.
A man allegedly robbed the Food Lion on Hollins Road.
He allegedly ran out of the store with two cash register drawers around 10-30 last night.
No information on how much cash was actually taken.
Roanoke city police apprehended him, but are not yet releasing his name.
Opponents are letting the Montgomery County school board know they're not happy with a task force's decision to keep the Indian Mascot at Blacksburg High School.
More than 100 opponents crowded into the Montgomery County School Board meeting last night.
Members of the task force defended their research and last week's vote to keep the mascot.
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((JANET MCCARTHY: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN BROUGHT UP THAT IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY IT'S HOW YOU SAY IT... I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD CHOOSE SOMETHING TO REPRESENT THEM THAT'S NEGATIVE OR DEROGATORY. ))
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[SUPER=01-Basil Gooden/NRV NAACP Pres.; :19]
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The School Board plans to take a second look at the policy regarding the mascot.
The board may vote on the issue as early as its next meeting on February 20th.
Israelis are pinning their hopes for a peace agreement on newly- elected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
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In his victory speech, the 72-year-old Sharon said he will not give the Palestinians a foothold in Jerusalem.
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((ARIEL SHARON/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER-ELECT: ANY AGREEMENT WILL BE BASED ON THE SECURITY
NEEDS OF ALL THE PEOPLES IN OUR REGION. IT MUST PROTECT THE VITAL
AND HISTORICAL INTEREST OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL. INCLUDING A UNITED
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[OUT Q=a united Jerusalem.]
Security was tight for Sharon's visit to the Wailing Wall this morning.
His visit to the landmark will probably escalate tensions.
It'll likely remind Palestinians of his visit to the Muslim holy site last year-- an act widely seen as the catalyst to the current violence.
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Meanwhile, the "honeymoon" period for the new leader is already cut short--
Fighting has erupted between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers today in the West Bank.
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at Palestinians, who retaliated by throwing rocks.
Gun battles also broke out between suspected militant Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.
During the clashes, the Israeli army also shelled a local building.
If you can spare an hour a week, you can help a child learn to read.
That was the message at a meeting of business leaders in Roanoke this morning.
The group learned about the HOSTS program, which stands for "Help One Student to Succeed".
At least one local businessman is excited to pitch in.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Williams/GM, General Electric;:00]
[SUPER=01-E. Wayne Harris/Superintendent;:06]
((I love kids and most of our folks love kids. They're our future and we wanna support our future, so...))
((We would love to have mentors, individuals who want to assist us discover the wealth in every child by giving them a firm foundation in reading.))
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Second graders at four Roanoke elementary schools implemented the program late last year.
They are the first in Virginia to give HOSTS a try.
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If you'd like to donate your time, you can contact the Superintendent's office at 853-2381.
Everything is on schedule for tonight's planned launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.
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Workers have begun fueling the shuttle for the high- stakes trip to space station, "Alpha".
Lift- off is set for 6- 11 this evening.
Five astronauts will be aboard for the mission. They'll deliver a 1-point- four- billion- dollar lab module to the space station.
The lab will allow U-S flight controllers to assume command of the space station from their Russian counterpar (------------)