Coming up on News 7-
Two of the world's superpowers tell Israel to pull out of Palestinian cities.
Plans to widen Interstate 81 take another step forward.
A state funded program pays off for residents in Danville.
And, the action heats up at tonight's season opener for the Roanoke Steam.
News 7 is next.
President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon speak by telephone-- in a conversation one White House aid describes as "brutal".
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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During the 20- minute conversation, President Bush urged Ariel Sharon to pull his troops out of the West Bank immediately.
But the Israeli leader is not offering a timetable for a withdrawal.
Jim Acosta brings us more from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Jim Acosta/CBS News; ]
[OUT Q=Acosta, CBS News; ]
CONTRASTING IN STYLE AND IDEOLOGY -- THE PRESIDENT AND BRITISH PRIME
MINISTER TONY BLAIR WERE IN LOCK-STEP AS THEY CALLED ON ISRAEL -- IN MR.
BUSH'S WORDS -- "TO WITHDRAW WITHOUT DELAY" FROM PALESTINIAN CITIES.
SOT: Bush "I don't expect them to ignore. I expect them to heed the
SOT: Blair "I think that most people in Israel will realize that
they don't have two greater friends in the world than the United States
of America or Britain."
(nats of fighting)
SO FAR BOTH MEN ARE FINDING IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN WORDS TO STOP THE
AT LEAST 15 PALESTINIANS AND AN ISRAELI SOLDIER ARE DEAD AFTER THE
LATEST FIGHTING IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA.
THE ISRAELI ARMY SAYS SOME PALESTINIANS ARE HANDING OUT BELT-LIKE
EXPLOSIVES TO RESIDENTS WILLING TO CARRY OUT SUICIDE ATTACKS.
THOUGH OTHERS ARE TRYING TO SHOW THE ISRAELIS THEY ARE UNARMED.
AT THE BORDER WITH LEBANON -- ISRAEL'S JETS POUNDED LEBANESE HIZBOLLAH
GUERILLAS WHO FIRED MORTAR ROUNDS AT ISRAELI VILLAGERS.
(file of Powell)
THE BODY COUNT IS RISING AS SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL IS PREPARING
TO LAND IN THE REGION.
ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE -- POWELL HAS NO PLANS TO MEET PALESTINIAN
CHAIRMAN YASSER ARAFAT.
BUT THE PALESTINIANS SAY THEY WILL ONLY TALK WITH POWELL IF HE SITS DOWN
WITH THE BESIEGED CHAIRMAN.
BACK IN CRAWFORD -- ARAFAT IS NOT CONSIDERED A TRUSTED NEGOTIATOR.
SOT: Bush "In order to keep my trust somebody must keep their word.
And Chairman Arafat has not kept his word."
(file of Saddam)
THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO RESOLVE THE CURRENT CRISIS SO HE CAN TURN HIS
ATTENTION TO SADDAM HUSSEIN.
FOR NOW -- MR. BUSH AND PRIME MINISTER BLAIR APPEAR UNITED ON THE
POSSIBILITY OF MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ.
SOT: Bush "He's a man who obviously has something to hide."
Governor Mark Warner signed legislation that could pave the way for tolls on commercial vehicles to raise money to widen Interstate 81.
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Governor Warner says the sooner Interstate 81 is widened the safer it will be for all motorists.
The bill authorizes the Virginia Department of Transporation to work with private companies.
One such group, called Star Solutions, has proposed widening the interstate to eight lanes--
It would seperate passenger and commercial truck traffic.
Under the plan, truckers who use the road would also be charged a toll to help pay for the road.
Also today-- Governor Warner signed legislation making it illegal to burn an object, such as a cross in order to intimidate.
State lawmakers return to Richmond in a few weeks for a one-day veto session. Local officials are asking them to take a look at tax issues at a special session in September.
Roanoke officials say the city is facing the loss of one- point- three million dollars in state funds... and will have to make some difficult decisions when members of council begin their budget discussions later this month.
Roanoke is joining other members of the First Cities Coalition and calling for a special session to study the state's tax structure, and funding for local government.
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[IN Q=The First Cities Coalition is asking for it]
((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE VICE-MAYOR: THE FIRST CITIES COALITION IS ASKING FOR IT. THIS CITY IS ASKING FOR IT, TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THESE INEQUITIES, BECAUSE WE ARE FISCALLY STRESSED RIGHT NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Roanoke Vice-Mayor; :]
[OUT Q=fiscally stressed.]
At the very least, Carder says the state must look at funding for public education, and the dollars local governments need to pay for the state's Standards of Quality.
An attorney for the Henry County woman who says Sid Clower fathered her child wants to set the record straight.
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Sid Clower is accused of stealing at least 200- thousand dollars from the Henry County Public Service Authority.
Prosecutors contend part of that money was used to pay child support to Rosemary Pace.
Tonight-- Pace's attorney issued a statement saying although Pace and Clower worked at the P-S-A together-- Pace was NOT part of Clower's alleged scheme.
Pace's attorney says for years Clower deposited child support into Pace's account himself-- so she never saw his checks.
According to Pace's attorney-- Pace discovered the problem while gathering paperwork to establish formal paternity of her child.
There are some happy people in Rocky Mount tonight, their water is finally back on.
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Portions of the Franklin Heights subdivision had been without water since early Monday.
Contractors had been installing a new public water system and believe a leak during the hookup caused the problem.
Crews found and repaired the leak Friday night and the water was flowing again a short time later.
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[IN Q=I'm going to]
((EARNESTINE ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: I'M GOING TO HAVE SOME WATER ON RESERVE SO IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN AND I AM SURE IT WILL, WORKING ON THESE WATER LINES THROUGH HERE, I FEEL LIKE IT WILL BE OFF AGAIN, JUST WHEN I DON'T KNOW.))
[OUT Q=I don't know]
At one time, more than a hundred residents were without water during the week.
The move from a private water system to a public one should be completed by July.
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Another water problem, this one in Roanoke is fixed tonight.
A water main broke just after six this morning on the Salem Turnpike between Eugene and Thrush Drive.
Workers found and fixed the problem just after eleven o'clock.
But it took crews several more hours to completely restore water to all nearby homes.
Some roads in the area were also closed, all are back open at this hour.
We all know smoke detectors can save lives.
But many people still don't either have one or fail to keep it in good working order.
Justin McLeod tells us how one southside city is working to change that.
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[SUPER=01-Percy Hutchings/Danville Resident; :39]
[SUPER=01-Dayquan Anthony/Fire Victim; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Steve Dishman/Deputy Fire Chief; 1:32]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Danville]
((((NAT SOUND OF TRUCK DRIVING OFF))
On this day, the Danville Fire Department answers a much different call.
They're not putting out fires but rather working to prevent them.
[IN Q=We want to have]
((TIM YOUNG/DANVILLE FIREFIGHTER: WE WANT HAVE TO 100-PERCENT OF THE HOMES IN DANVILLE TO HAVE SMOKE DETECTORS.))
[OUT Q=have smoke detectors]
And thanks to a state grant Danville can make that goal a reality.
Through the 'Get Alarmed, Virginia program, the city of Danville recently received three thousand smoke detectors.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF DRILLING))
Firefighters are now working to install them in homes throughout the city, free of charge.
[IN Q=Real feel secure]
((PERCY HUTCHINGS/DANVILLE RESIDENT: REAL FEEL SECURE NOW THAT I GOT IT AND I KNOW I WILL BE SAFE NOW.))
[OUT Q=will be safe now]
((NAT SOUND OF WORK))
Safety that is now easier.
That's because each smoke detector is equipped with a ten year lithium battery.
The Danville Fire Department has already installed several hundred since the program began a few weeks ago.
[IN Q=It is a program]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT IS A PROGRAM THAT IS ALREADY SEEING SOME RESULTS. LAST WEEK, THERE WAS A FIRE AT THIS HOME HERE ON EPPS STREET. EVERYBODY GOT OUT SAFELY THANKS TO A FIRE DETECTOR, A DEVICE THAT DANVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAD JUST INSTALLED.))
[OUT Q=had just installed]
Dayquan Anthony was home at the time of the fire.
[IN Q=You were asleep right?]
((DAYQUAN ANTHONY/FIRE VICTIM: YOU WERE ASLEEP RIGHT? YEAH SO IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE SMOKE DETECTOR WE WOULD HAVE BEEN THROUGH.))
[OUT Q=have been through]
((NAT SOUND OF WORKING))
Danville is just one two localities in Virginia to receive this year's grant.
Since its inception four years ago, the Get Alarmed Virginia program is credited with saving nearly fifty lives statewide.
[IN Q=If anyone who doesn't]
((STEVE DISHMAN/DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: IF ANYONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE OR A WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR CAN GIVE US A CALL AND WE WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO MEET AND INSTALL ONE OF THESE DETECTORS FOR THEM.))
It's all in an effort to drill it (SHOT OF DRILL) into people's minds, smoke detectors can and will save lives.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))
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If you live in the city of Danville and would like a free smoke detector you can call the number you see on your screen.
Still ahead, the action heats up to a boil at the Roanoke Steam's home opener. Mike Stevens will have the highlights.
and some tough guys tried to pull in some money for the Special Olympics. Stay with us, we'll have that and more coming up.
Court hearings have been delayed in the murder case of reporter Daniel Pearl.
Security was tight as the trial got under way today for (SHAKE) Sheik Omar (sie-EED) Saeed-- the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping- and his three accomplices.
But shortly after court was in session- it was postponed to the end of next week.
Yesterday- the court issued a formal arrest warrant for seven other alleged accomplices.
Prosecutors say they plan to call on dozens of witnesses- including Pearl's pregnant wife Mariane.
The U-S government has also indicted Saeed and requested his extradiction.
He could face the death penalty in either country if found guilty.
Britons continue to mourn the death of the Queen Mother...
Many gathered overnight and through today at Westminister Hall to pay their last respects to the beloved Queen.
Queen Elizabeth's coffin was brought from the Saint James Palace yesterday in ceremony.
The Queen Mum was the widow of the late King George the sixth.
Most remember her courageous stay with her husband at the Buckingham Palace during the bombing of London in World War- two.
She died last Saturday at the age of 101.
They were flexing their muscles in the New River Valley today, all for a good cause.
The Department of Corrections held a fire truck pull at the Spradlin Farms Shopping Center in Christiansburg.
24 teams competed to see how quickly they could pull a fire truck twenty five feet.
The winning team did it in just eight seconds.
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[IN Q=Some of the teams have]
((DAVID SMITH/ORGANIZER: SOME OF THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN TALKING TO ME OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. A TEAM FROM MARSHALL CONCRETE HAS BEEN PRACTICING PULLING ONE OF THEIR CONCRETE TRUCKS. CHRISTIANSBURG'S FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PULLING A FIRE TRUCK. SOME OTHER PLACES HAVE BEEN PULLING BIG HEAVY VEHICLES, HTD BOWLING HAS BEEN PULLING A CRANE SO THERE IS ALL DIFFERENT WAYS TO TRAIN FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS.))
[OUT Q=something like this]
Today's event raised more than four thousand dollars.
All the money raised will help fund programs for Special Olympics Virginia.
Still to come on News 7 at 11, some local women had their eyes on a shot to appear at the Miss America pageant tonight...
and the winner of this very different competition is the one who can design the most complex machine to do one simple task... We'll explain in just a few minutes.
The Confederate general Jeb Stuart once lived at a home named Laurel Hill and always hoped to settle there once the war was over.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us near the Virginia-North Carolina border to the only preserved Jeb Stuart site in the country.
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[IN Q=We just, we love it here.]
[SUPER=03-Patrick Co.; :06]
[SUPER=01-John Broughton/J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace; :25]
[SUPER=01-Neva Smith/Re-Enactor; 1:22]
[IN Q=We just, we...]
((NEVA SMITH/RE-ENACTOR: WE JUST, WE LOVE IT HERE.))
[OUT Q=we love it here.]
Neva and Jasmine Smith are history buffs with a fondness for a particular hill in Patrick County.
This is the land on which Major General James Ewell Brown Sturat, otherwise known as Jeb, was born during the winter of 1833.
Fifteen years later he would leave Laurel Hill and make a name for himself as the "eyes and ears of the Confederacy."
[IN Q=HE WAS THE MOST FLAMBOYANT...]
((JOHN BROUGHTON/J.E.B. STUART BIRTHPLACE: HE WAS THE MOST FLAMBOYANT CIVIL WAR LEADER IN HISTORY. HIS TWO RIDES AROUND GENERAL MCCLELLAN WERE ENOUGH TO PUT HIM DOWN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS FOR EVER.))
[OUT Q=history books for ever.]
But Stuart longed for home.
During the winter of 1863 the red-head with the piercing blue eyes told his brother about his desire to return to Laurel Hill when the war ended.
But he never made it, dying half a year later in the Battle of Yellow Tavern.
[IN Q=His place in history...]
((JOHN BROUGHTON/J.E.B. STUART BIRTHPLACE: HIS PLACE IN HISTORY IS WELL CEMENTED, WELL CEMENTED.))
[OUT Q=well cemented (second time).]
As is his birthplace.
A walking tour will take you past the site of the house in which Stuart was born.
Also denoted is the site of the kitchen which housed Stuart's father and brother after fire destroyed the main house.
Two graveyards hold the remains of servants at Laurel Hill and a handful of Stuart's 10-siblings along with a stone marking the original resting place of his father.
But most apparent is the land itself.
[IN Q=it's a beautiful place...]
((NEVA SMITH/RE-ENACTOR: IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, COUPLE OF WATERFALLS, COUPLE OF NICE HIKING TRAILS. IT'S JUST A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO SPEND A DAY WITH YOUR FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=spend a day with your family.]
Stuart apparently thought so too stating "I would give anything to make a pilgrimage to the old place and when this war is over to quietly spend the rest of my days there."
Shannon Young, News 7, Patrick County.))
They Celebrated in Style and grace for a coveted crown tonight...
... at the Miss Roanoke Valley Scholarship Program in Roanoke.
The 18- contestants were judged on their interview, talent, swimsuit and evening wear skills.
Shaunna Payne of Harrisonburg will now have a second chance at the Miss Virginia crown.
All the young women are finalists from previous local Miss America preliminaries held throughout the state this past year.
But the contest was not the only thing that people came to watch--
The competition also featured a former Miss Virginia, and former local and national television personalities.
Everything from the Steam home opener to the return of Lee Suggs to full contact at today's Tech Scrimmage is on the way tonight along with the Avs and west racing in Texas, but first let's check your Saturday night scoreboard.
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The Roanoke Steam played its home opener last night.
All preseason the franchise has been talking about turning over a new leaf, increasing the talent level and racking up some wins.
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Well, last weekend the team opened up the season in Richmond with a loss, and last night they were on the Civic Center turf hosting the same Richmond Speed.
Unfortunately for Steam fans, the result would be the same as Bob Bees stings Roanoke with a perfect strike in the left corner of the endzone to Nian Taylor. At this point in the first half it's 28-to-3 Richmond.
It would only get worse as Bees fires one right over the middle to number seven, Jeff Townsly. He makes the catch in the endzone and the Steam trailed 41-to-3.
Steam quarterback Al Clark had all kinds of trouble. His throws weren't crisp often coming up short. Sometimes he didn't even have time to throw as the Speed gets the sack.
To make matters worse a fight broke out in the first half. There was a lot of pushing and shoving. A drink or two was thrown on the field and two players were kicked out of the game.
The Steam loses it 68-to-19.
The Salem Avalanche was home again last night for game two of its three game series with the Potomac Cannons.
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With the temperatures taking a tumble last night the crowd size was down a little tonight at Salem Memorial, although coffee and hot chocolate sales were way up.
Potomac got on the board first as Seth Davidson doubles to right field as Edmund Muth almost comes up with the catch. The Cannons chase a runner home.
But Salem came back last night to get the 9-to-6 win.
Today they can wrap up the series with a two o'clock matinee against the Cannons.
Whenever the NASCAR circuit rolls into the Texas Motor Speedway something wild and wacky always seems to happen.
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Yesterday is was unexpected rain that extended the Busch Series race to more than five hours in length.
The rain came early and again late.
After a three and a half hour delay things got started. But on lap 46 - Lyndon Amick gets sideways and Michael Waltrip eventually gets upside down. His car catches on fire, but he able to walk away.
The rain came out again late in the event right after a round of pit stops.
Jeff Purvis turned out to the man, as he took on just two tires and assumed the lead right before the skies opened.
Purvis wins with Jack Sprague second, Jeff Burton tenth and Stacy Compton 11th.
The Virginia Tech football team wrapped up week number two of its workouts yesterday.
The Hokies spent the day entertaining guests, acclimating players to new positions and turning Lee Suggs loose again.
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[IN Q=On a crisp afternoon...]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Tech Spring Practice; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Ballein/Tech Associate Athletic Director; :14]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/Back from Knee Injury; :50]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:35]
[OUT Q=...as a football team."]
((On a crisp afternoon that felt more like fall practice, the Tech coaches and players opened their practice field to 321 high school coaches from Virginia and elsewhere for their annual coaches clinic.))
((Bite: John Ballein))
((In...I think -- 12:00:00))
((The Hokie coaches saw a welcome sight at practice. Roanoke's Lee Suggs continued his rehab from last year's knee injury by seeing his first contact since last September. Suggs played just four plays, but will see more time during the final two weeks of Spring practice.))
((Bite: Lee Sugg -- 1:27:23))
((Out...Felt the same."))
((While Suggs action was limited, the Hokies other tailback got plenty of work. Kevin Jones carried the ball and, at times, exchanged hits and words with his defensive teammates))
((Nat Sound -- Jones hit))
((Two Tech players who changed positions this week continued to get used to their new spots. Both former Runningback Justin Hamilton and former Quarterback Chris Clifton are making steady improvement after just a few practices at the wide out position. The scrimmage itself lasted a little under two hours and left coach Frank Beamer satisfied with his team's progress thus far))
((Bite: Frank Beamer -- 1:25:32))
((Out...as a football team))
[Hold Tech Football Logo]
Carter Warley hit all three of his field goal attempts, Keith Burnell scored two TDs. Burnell has four catches for 109 yards.
The Hokies will hold another scrimmage on Saturday. The Spring game is at Lane Stadium on Saturday April 20th and Two o'clock.
The Virginia Cavaliers will be in the area next Wednesday when they travel to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Hokies in a three o'clock game.
Today the Cavaliers were on the road playing the Maryland Terrapins.
Maryland came into the game a dismal 0-and-7 in the ACC including yesterday 5-to-nothing shutout at the hands of Virginia.
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It was a nasty, chilly day in College Park, and when it's cold outside nothing better for a baseball player than to get hit right in the back with a pitch.
Maryland would answer that with a menagerie of hits.
The Terrapins pound out 15 hits and score 10 runs to finally get an ACC win and beat Virginia
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In high school baseball today, the Radford Bobcats beat Graham in both ends of a doubleheader 3-and-2 and 11-to-3.
The Bobcats dedicated the wins to head coach Wayne Pridgen. This past Tuesday the coach was hit in the head during batting practice and rushed to Roanoke Memorial. He suffered a fractured skull and spent two nights in the hospital, but is now back home and he is making great progress toward a full recovery.
The PGA Tour is making its pre-Masters stop in Duluth, Georgia this weekend.
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South African Retief Goosen has the third round lead at the Bell South Classic after shooting a four under round of 68 today.
He is two strokes in front of Phil Mickelson.
The final round is tomorrow.
Doug Tewell has a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Senior Tour's Legends of Golf in St. Augustine.
The LPGA tour is in Los Angeles. __________is in the lead heading into tomorrow's final round of the Office Depot Cha
And don't forget this afternoon at four at the Roundhouse - the Express hosts Trenton in game four of their best of five ECHL playoff series.
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On Friday the Titans took a two games to one lead on the Express and in the process got the home folks attention with a 6-to-1 shellacking.
Trenton can clinch the series and end Roanoke's season in game four this afternoon.
Finally tonight, we end with a competition to invent the most complicated machine capable of raising an American flag.
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Purdue University hosted the annual Rube Goldberg competition today.
The winning contraption built by a University of Texas engineering fraternity used 63 steps to raise the flag.
The machine boasted a replica of the Alamo, a fire alarm that released a dog, and a fireman sliding down a pole.