Roanoke is inching towards FULL mandatory water restrictions.
Carvin's Cove is currently 25 point 7 feet below the spillway.
The water level is dropping nearly a tenth of a foot each day.
City officials say mandatory water restrictions will most likely kick in within the next seven to ten days.
That will prohibit all outdoor watering in the city of Roanoke.
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[IN Q=We have the ability]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO ISSUE FINES IF WE HAVE TO BUT SO FAR WE HAVEN'T. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN COOPERATIVE AND MOST OF THE TIME ITS PEOPLE NOT REALIZING THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WE'RE ASKING FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Director of Utilities]
[OUT Q=we're asking for]
Residents in Roanoke are already helping to conserve.
McEvoy says city residents are using a million gallons less of water than they did this past winter.
A forest fire in the James River Face Wilderness in Rockbridge County doubled in size in just one day.
The fire started nearly two weeks ago after lightning struck a tree in the Devil's Marbleyard.
The blaze has charred more than 11-hundred acres of wilderness.
As Justin McLeod discovered, it could take several more weeks to completely put the fire out.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Freeman/Helicopter Pilot; :25]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beum/U.S. Forest Service; :44 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-William Gordon/Firefighter; :58 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Gary Bowman/Homeowner; 1:28]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Rockbridge County]
((((NAT SOUND OF FIRE FROM FILE TAPE;))
It is an impressive fire whether you're up close or from a distance.
But to understand the magnitude of this fire, you need to head to the skies.
[IN Q=We're pretty much]
((SOLIM GARCIA/HELICOPTER PILOT: WE'RE PRETTY MUCH THEIR EYES IN THE SKY.))
[OUT Q=in the sky]
((NAT SOUND OF HELICOPTER TAKING OFF))
Four helicopters are constantly working this fire.
Some drop water on the flames, others have a more important role.
[IN Q=We get an aerial]
((GARY FREEMAN/HELICOPTER PILOT: WE GET AN AERIAL VIEW, WE GET THE WHOLE PICTURE. ON THE GROUND THEY ARE JUST SEEING ONE SMALL PIECE AND WE CAN DIRECT THEM.))
[OUT Q=direct them]
On the ground there are nearly two hundred firefighters from all over the country.
Not only do they have trouble seeing the fire, they sometimes find it difficult just to get to the flames.
[IN Q=A lot of those guys]
((FRANK BEUM/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: A LOT OF THOSE GUYS HAVE BEEN HIKING TWO OR THREE HOURS JUST TO GET TO WHERE THEY NEED TO BE BEFORE THEY START BUILDING THE LINE.))
[OUT Q=building the line]
Mother nature is providing very little help.
High winds and low humidity are making a difficult fire that much more difficult to extinguish.
[SOT 41:55; 48:35]
[IN Q=It'd be nice]
((WILLIAM GORDON/FIREFIGHTER: IT'D BE NICE ABOUT 2 TO 3 WEEKS OF STRAIGHT RAIN WOULD BE REALLY NICE TO HELP US OUT.))
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS FIRE HAS BEEN BURNING FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS NOW. IT IS A FIRE CREWS HOPE TO GET COMPLETELY CONTAINED BY WEDNESDAY. AND WHEN IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND ACRES WILL HAVE GONE UP IN FLAMES.))
[OUT Q=up in flames]
((NAT SOUND OF SOMETHING))
It could be weeks before the fire is completely under control.
Two nearby homes remain threatened by the fire, but a bulldozed fire line is expected to keep them safe.
[IN Q=I was nervous]
((GARY BOWMAN/HOMEOWNER: I WAS NERVOUS EARLIER IN THE WEEK BUT THIS WEEKEND HASN'T BEEN TOO BAD AND TALKING TO THEM THEY'RE REASSURED ME EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE.))
[OUT Q=to be fine]
But it won't be completely fine until much needed rain arrives to alleviate the fire danger for good.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
Friends of Terry Barton say they're in shock, after the 18- year U-S forest Service veteran confessed to setting the huge wildfire in Colorado.
Barton was apparently burning a letter from her estranged husband in a campfire ring, when the fire grew out of control.
Earlier, Barton told authorities that she had discovered the illegal campfire.
The blaze has grown into the biggest wildfire the state has ever seen.
A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives today near a group of Israeli border police.
The blast killed the bomber, but did not injure anyone else.
The incident comes, just as Israel begins construction on a fence along the West Bank, aimed at keeping suicide bombers from entering Israel.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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[SUPER=01-Binyamin Ben-Eliezer/Israeli Defense Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Gassan Al Khattib/Palestinian Government Minister;]
[OUT Q=McDermott, CBS News.]
OVER THE PAST 20 MONTHS THERE HAVE BEEN 70 SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN ISRAEL.
THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TRIED RETALIATION TO STOP THE TERRORIST ATTACKS.
BUT IT HASN'T PROVEN EFFECTIVE.
SECURITY AT THE BORDERS HAS BEEN UPGRADED..... BUT BOMBERS ARE STILL
GETTING THROUGH FROM THE WEST BANK.
(NATS OF BULLDOZERS)
TODAY WORK CONTINUES ON ISRAEL'S LATEST ANSWER.
IT'S BEING CALLED A FENCE BUT IT WILL ACTUALLY BE A COMBINATION OF
CONCRETE WALLS AND TRENCHES.
THE BARRIER WILL EVENTUALLY SEPERATE ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK... A
STRETCH OF 215 MILES.
RIGHT WING ISRAELI POLITICIANS WORRY WHAT IS BEING BILLED AS A
'TEMPORARY FENCE' WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME A PERMANENT BORDER.
BUT, DESPITE THEIR FEARS, LEADERS SAY IT IS A NECESSITY.
(SOT-Binyamin Ben-Eliezer/Israeli Defence Minister)
"As you know terror attacks which have been haunting Israel and
particularly the suicide bombing has obligated us to build a continuous
obstacle in order to stop the infiltration of the terrorists into Israel"
BUT THOSE WHO WILL BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF BARRIER BELIEVE IT IS JUST
ONE MORE WAY FOR ISRAEL TO CONTROL THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
(SOT- Gassan Al Khattib/ Palestinian Government Minister)
"This wall and fences that Israel is erecting inside Palestinian
territories is another way of consolidating the Israeli occupation."
THERE'S NO WORD ON A TARGET COMPLETION DATE... BUT THE FIRST SECTION OF
THE PROJECT WILL BE 75 MILES LONG AND IS EXPECTED TO COST 220 MILLION
MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS.
Today attorneys for the so- called American Taliban, John Walker Lindh, will seek a change of venue.
Lindh is scheduled to be tried in the Washington, D-C area.
His attorneys argue that their client cannot get a fair trial 10 miles from the Pentagon, where 189 people died on September 11th.
Lindh was captured in Afghanistan, and is charged with conspiring to kill Americans.
In business news, Several key economic reports are due out this week.
And some big name companies are expected to release their earnings numbers.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
(tape tosses to stocks)
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, palm pilots can help diabetes patients monitor their health.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( RESEARCHERS SAY KIDNEY CANCER IS ON THE RISE. APPROXIMATELY 30-THOUSAND NEW CASES ARE DIAGNOSED ANNUALLY IN THE U-S. 10-THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL DIE EACH YEAR FROM THE DISEASE. KIDNEY CANCER IS VERY HARD TO DETECT AND WORSE YET IT IS HARD TO TREAT BECAUSE THE DISEASE DOES NOT RESPOND TO CHEMOTHERAPY. IF YOU'RE A WOMAN WHO OFTEN SKIPS PERIODS YOU COULD BE AT RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS. THE RESEARCH BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SAYS IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLES MAY BE A WARNING SIGN OF POTENTIAL BONE LOSS. THE REASON: THE OVARIES ARE CRUCIAL FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HORMONES. ONE OF THOSE HORMONES, ESTROGEN, HELPS TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN STRONG BONES. NEW SOFTWARE IS ALLOWING DIABETES SUFFERERS TO MONITOR THEIR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS ON THEIR PALM PILOT. THE ACCU-CHECK POCKET COMPACT CHECKS THE LEVELS. THAT INFORMATION IS THEN BEAMED TO THE HANDHELD COMPUTER. THE SOFTWARE CAN STORE AND ANALYZE THOUSANDS OF BLOOD SUGAR READINGS. THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR DOCTORS TO BETTER TRACK TRENDS IN THEIR PATIENTS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS. AND THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK. ))
The 30th annual Roanoke Valley Horse Show gets underway later today at the Salem Civic Center.
[VO-NAT - :18]
During the first day local riders will take the spotlight, and yesterday exhibitors were busy moving in and getting ready.
The six day show is capped off with the Grand Prix Saturday night when 50-thousand dollars in prize money is up for grabs.
However, the show is about more than just horses.
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[SOT - 58:28]
[IN Q=This event is for...]
((JUNE CAMPER/RVHS CHAIRWOMAN; THIS EVENT IS FOR FAMILIES, THERE'S SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE. WE HAVE LEADLINE ON MONDAY NIGHT, A STICK HORSE CLASS ON THURSDAY NIGHT, AND THE JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS ARE RACING ON FRIDAY NIGHT. SO THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS OTHER THAN HORSES.))
[SUPER=01-June Camper/RVHS Chairwoman;]
[OUT Q=things other than horses.]
There is no charge to spectators during the morning and afternoon sessions. However, there is a fee during the evening.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Now that Vance Wilkins has stepped down, the House of Delegates must choose a new speaker.
For one area lawmaker the decision is easy.
Lynchburg Delegate Preston Bryant says he would support Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith to become the next Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates.
Bryant says Griffith would be right for the Republican Party and southwest and southside Virginia.
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[IN Q=I think its important]
((PRESTON BRYANT: I THINK ITS IMPORTANT POST IN THIS PART OF THE STATE BECAUSE WE ARE INCREASINGLY AT THE WHIMS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, METRO RICHMOND, AND TIDEWATER. THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. WE DO HAVE A DWINDLING POPULATION THAT MEANS WE HAVE A DWINDLING REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE SO ITS TO OUR ADVANTAGE TO KEEP POWERFUL POSTS IN THIS PART OF THE STATE.))
[OUT Q=of the state]
Delegate Lacey Putney of Bedford is interim speaker until the full House selects a permanent replacement.
A series of public hearings has wrapped up regarding a proposed pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held meetings in Henry and Montgomery counties... as well as West Virginia and North Carolina.
Dominion Transmissions says there's a need for the 271 miles of pipeline but is being met by resistance.
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[SOT 00:59:57 09:31:55]
[IN Q=WE'VE HAD ]
((WE'VE HAD GREAT INTEREST FROM GAS MARKETERS FROM INDUSTRIAL USERS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUPS AND FOR POWER GENERATORS TO GET GAS DOWN IN THIS PART OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
((I JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE IT'S SAFE, THAT PLUS THE FACT THAT WE GET NOTHING OUT OF IT, HENRY COUNTY REALLY IS NOT GETTING ANYTHING OUT OF THIS PIPELINE GOING ACROSS US.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Fulton/Dominion Spokesman; :00]
[super=01-Joe Keen/Pipeline Opponent; :10]
[OUT Q=ACROSS US.]
Dominion plans to submit a formal application of need next month.
A traffic accident on Callaway Road in Franklin County has left one man dead.
State police say 41 year old Barry Lynn Becknor of Roanoke was a passenger in a Pontiac Bonneville that went off the road, hit a highway sign and several trees around eight o-clock Saturday night.
Police say Mark Wilson Reynolds was driving the car. There is no word on whether charges will be filed.
An accident on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County injured one person, and destroyed a camper trailer.
[VO-NAT - :15]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; ]
The wreck happened in the southbound lanes near mile marker 154 around nine yesterday morning.
Police say the driver of a pickup truck was towing a new camper trailer for the first time, and was changing lanes when the camper flipped.
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[SOT - 30:32]
[IN Q=The driver indicated...]
((MIKE BRADLEY/VA STATE POLICE; THE DRIVER INDICATED HE MOVED TO THE LEFT LANE, THE TRAILER STARTED FISHTAILING, AND HE LOST IT AND OVERTURNED. HIS WIFE WAS INJURED ALONG WITH TWO SMALL CHILDREN, THE REST OF THE FAMILY WAS NO INJURIES.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Bradley/Va. State Police; ]
[OUT Q=was no injuries.]
[VO-NAT - :06+]
There is no word on the condition of the woman who was injured.
Two children suffered bumps and bruises.