The Red Cross is patrolling southwest Georgia today, offering help to those left homeless by yesterday's tornadoes.
President Clinton sits down with Internet executives and security experts today to talk about the recent
attacks on top Web sites.
News 7 at noon is next.
Hundreds of volunteers from around Georgia are helping with clean-up efforts, following yesterday's deadly twisters.
The tornadoes raked the southwestern part of the state-- killing at least 22 people and injuring more than a hundred.
Lisa Hughes has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Camilla, GA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Church/Victim's Cousin;]
[SUPER=01-Jay Powell/Camilla Mayor;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, CAMILLA, GA.]
((LARRY CHURCH IS HERE TO HELP. HE'S ONE OF MANY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO ARE PITCHING-IN WHILE FAMILY MEMBERS RECOVER IN LOCAL HOSPITALS.
SOT, LARRY CHURCH/COUSIN OF VICTIM
"RIGHT OVER THERE I FOUND THEIR WEDDING PICTURE, ALL OF THAT, A BUNCH OF
STUFF LIKE THAT."
LARRY SAYS HIS COUSIN LAURA AND HER HUSBAND ZEKA WINFIELD WILL BE OKAY.
THE COUPLE EVEN PLANS TO PUT A NEW TRAILER ON THEIR PROPERTY ONCE THE DEBRIS IS CLEARED. THEIR DETERMINATION... DESPITE THIS DEVASTATION... IS A REFLECTION OF SURVIVORS HERE.
SOT: JAY POWELL/CAMILLA MAYOR
"IT WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL, PEOPLE HERE ARE VERY RESILIENT, THEY'VE GOT A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, EVERYTHING."
(NATZ OF CHAIN SAW OR SOMETHING)
SO WHILE MANY WORK TO RECLAIM SOME SENSE OF NORMALCY... OTHERS STILL SEEM STUNNED, WANDERING AMID THE RUBBLE.. POSSIBLY WONDERING HOW THEIR LIVES COULD BE THROWN INTO CHAOS SO QUICKLY.
SOT: CHURCH AGAIN
"I'M 34 YEARS OLD AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS EXCEPT ON THE NEWS."
Technology experts are joining President Clinton at the White House today -- they're brainstorming new ways of protecting the Internet from hacker attacks.
A self-professed hacker is joining the meeting to lend his insider's expertise.
Meantime, the F-B-I reportedly has three possible suspects in the wave of cyber-attacks on Yahoo!, e-Bay and other Web sites.
The Washington Post says authorities have been able to link some of the suspect hackers' online aliases to real names and addresses.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has become the target of an Internet attacker.
Authorities say a disgruntled customer tried to disable the D-M-V website over the weekend with bogus information requests in an incident that mirrors large-scale attacks on some of the
nation's most popular sites.
D-M-V officials say its website was shut down for about 45 minutes early Sunday morning.
Authorities were able to find a suspect within an hour of the attack.
State police have charged 26-year-old Robert Kasbohm of Haymarket with felony computer trespass.
Investigators say they think the website was targeted because he was dissatisfied with his
car insurance coverage.
Another doctor is departing the Lewis-Gale Clinic.
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This time it's cardiologist William Rutherford, Junior.
He is the 31st doctor to resign this year, in a dispute with the clinic's parent company.
The clinic and its doctors remain mired in talks ... working on a deal to buy back the clinic from its current owner, PhyCor.
The invstigation of V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting's spending has claimed the job of the school's business executive.
John Rowe resigned over the weekend.
Sources say Rowe refused to use V-M-I funds to pay Bunting's legal fees which amounted to 65-thousand dollars.
Bunting eventually was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Lynchburg's only remaining Republican city councilman says he WILL seek re- election this spring.
Ward Three representative Robert Garber made the announcement this morning surrounded by friends and constituents.
Garber says it's important to keep a conservative voice on council.
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[IN Q=The next four]
((ROBERT GARBER/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR LYNCHBURG. THERE ARE SEVERAL ISSUES THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. AMONG THESE ARE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION COST, A GROWING CITY GOVERNMENT, RUNAWAY SPENDING AND A SHRINKING POPULATION.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Garber/(R) Lynchburg Council Member]
[OUT Q=a shrinking population.]
All four Ward seats are up for grabs in May.
Incumbent Mayor Pete Warren and Ward Four councilman Jim Whitaker have said they won't run again.
Both houses of the General Assembly have a midnight deadline to act on their own bills.
Today's is Crossover day.
The Senate and House of Delegates must complete work today on their own bills, then send those that pass to the other chamber.
One of the bills the Senate approved today would raise the price of car inspections.
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The effort to rename part of route 460 hits a surprise roadblock.
That's still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
And find out who's in the running for this year's Ocsars. And maybe more noteably-- who's not.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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"American Beauty" is getting prettier all the time.
The dark Comedy leads the slate of Oscar contenders with eight nominations.
The Nominees were announced this morning in Hollywood.
Manuel Gallegus has the list.
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[SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA;]
[SUPER=01-"American Beauty"/Best Picture Nominee;]
[SUPER=01-"The Insider"/Best Picture Nominee;]
[SUPER=01-"The Sixth Sense"/Best Picture Nominee;]
[SUPER=01-"The Green Mile"/Best Picture Nominee;]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles.]
((SOT, DUSTIN HOFFMAN-AMERICAN BEAUTY
LEADING THE PACK WITH EIGHT NOMINATIONS, AMERICAN BEAUTY, A DARK TALE OF SUBURBIA GONE AWRY.
CLIP: AMERICAN BEAUTY
ITS UP FOR BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTOR, KEVIN SPACEY, BEST ACTRESS, ANNETTE BENING, AND BEST DIRECTOR FOR NEWCOMER SAM MENDES
-SOT-CLIP: FROM "TUMBLEWEEDS "GET IN THE CAR RIGHT NOW.."
ALSO FOR BEST ACTRESS, MORE FIRST TIME NOMINEES, JANET MCTEER IN TUMBLEWEEDS.. JULIANNE MOORE, IN THE END OF THE AFFAIR. AND HILARY SWANK IN BOYS DONT CRY. THE ONLY RETURNEE IS MERYL STREEP IN MUSIC OF THE HEART.
-SOT-CLIP: THE INSIDER
FOR BEST ACTOR, AUSTRALIAN RUSSELL CROWE FOR THE INSIDER. DENZEL WASHINGTON IN THE HURRICANE. SEAN PENN IN SWEET AND LOWDOWN. AND RICHARD FARNSWORTH IN THE STRAIGHT STORY.
-SOT-FROM THE SIXTH SENSE
THE THRILLER, SIXTH SENSE IS UP FOR BEST PICTURE, AND ALSO ONE OF THE YOUNGEST OSCAR CONTENDERS EVER, 11 YEAR OLD HALEY JOEL OSMENT FOR SUPPORTING ACTOR.
HIS COMPETITION, TOM CRUISE, MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, AND JUDE LAW, FROM THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.
-SOT-THE GREEN MILE
ROUNDING OUT THE BEST PICTURE CATEGORY, THE GREEN MILE, THE INSIDER, AND THE CIDER HOUSE RULES.
NOTICEABLY ABSENT FROM THE NOMINATIONS JIM CARREY FOR PLAYING ANDY KAUFMAN, AND TOM HANKS AND THE YEARS BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER THE PHANTOM MENACE WAS NOMINATED ONLY FOR THREE TECHNICAL AWARDS. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
It's already received approval from Bedford City.
But the effort to re-name part of Route 460 after Dr. Martin Luther King hit a roadblock last night at a county supervisors meeting.
More than 500 citizens signed a petition saying they oppose the move..
in part because King never set foot in the area.
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[IN Q=If a street]
((PETER SNELLING/OPPOSES RENAMING BYPASS: IF A STREET, ROAD OR ANYTHING IS TO BE NAMED AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL, WE ARE ASKING THAT IT BE NAMED AFTER A CITIZEN OF OUR GREAT COMMUNITY.))
((REV. I.L. WARD/SUPPORTS RENAMING BYPASS: IT'S SENDING A MESSAGE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, 'STAY IN SCHOOL, STUDY, BE PRODUCTIVE, DO SOMETHING TO AFFECT THE COUNTRY, BUT YET YOU CAN ONLY BE HONORED IN BEDFORD'?))
[SUPER=01-Peter Snelling/Opposes Renaming Bypass; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rev. I. L. Ward/Supports Renaming Bypass; ]
[OUT Q=honored in Bedford.]
A scheduling problem prevented Reverend Ward and a group of supporters from speaking at last night's board of supervisors meeting.
They plan to return in two weeks.
Stonewall Jackson and "Jeb" Stuart are out, and Curtis Holt and Samuel Tucker are in.
Richmond's City Council has renamed two bridges to honor civil rights leaders instead of Confederate generals.
Ellen Qualls was at the meeting.
[IN Q=The decision]
[SUPER=01-Tim Kaine/Richmond Mayor; :10]
[SUPER=01-Julia Tucker/Tucker's Widow; :21]
[SUPER=01-Sa'ad El-Amin/Richmond City Council; :43 ]
[SUPER=01-Red Barbour/Sons of Confederate Veterans; :56]
[SUPER=01-Henry Kidd/Sons of Confederate Veterans; 1:13]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:29 ]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( The decision to rename the rebuilt bridges was made three years ago.
But who to honor?
Samuel Tucker was a civil rights lawyer who fought for desegregation.
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((MAYOR TIM KAINE: ))
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((JULIA TUCKER: TAPE ONE ))
And Curtis Holt, who uncovered a racist conspiracy to annex white voters into the city in the 70s.
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((SA'AD EL-AMIN: ))
But Roanoke's Red Barbour - Virginia Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans was on hand the protest-- NOT the men, but the monument.
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((RED BARBOUR ))
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((HENRY KIDD ))
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((RON DOGGETT: DIXIE.. ))
In the end, seven votes to rename for the civil rights leaders..
Two abstentions over process.
In Buena Vista, the controversy is over a statement made by the ciy school superintendent.
In a private conversation, Superintendent James Bradford reportedly told city manager Dan Collins the city should just accept the fact that the schools were going to get athletic facilities no matter what.
Bradford said "it's like being raped, so you might as well lay there and enjoy it."
The superintendent says he's received calls from residents who are shocked and disappointed by his statement.
City council member Steve Douty says he wishes the statement was never made.
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[IN Q=i was sorry]
((STEVE DOUTY/CITY COUNCIL MEMBER; I WAS SORRY TO SEE THAT THE DISCUSSION GOT TO A PUBLIC LEVEL. I HOPE ALL PARTIES CONCERNED WILL MEET ABOUT IT AND RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Douty/City Council Member]
[OUT Q=their differences.]
Bradford said he used the word rape to mean "destroy" -- and if you're going to destroy the city finances you might as well enjoy it.
Wytheville Town Council paved the way for a big-bucks retailer to move into town last night.
After a public hearing, Town Council unanimously voted to rezone farm land into commercial land.
The vote will allow a Wal-Mart Super Center to move in.
It was a controversial debate. Many townspeople had opposed the move, saying a large retailer could drive out small businesses.
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Even more national recognition for Tech's football team-- That story's still ahead in sports.
And David Letterman is ready to get back on the air.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Just five weeks after open heart surgery, David Letterman is returning to Late Night Television.
Letterman will tape his first show Friday, it will air on Monday.
His first guest will Regis Philbin.
Philbin was Letterman's last guest before his surgery.
But Dave's not quite ready to resume a full work load.
For two or three nights a week, until he fully recovers, he'll hand his desk over to a few different guest hosts, including Philbin and Bill Cosby.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 31 points.
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Still to come in sports, Radford men's basketball maintains its top position in the Big South conference,
and the accolades just keep coming for Tech quarterback Michael Vick as he adds another award to his already extensive collection.
Patrick returns with the details.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The Hokie High is taking a break for the off season, but Tech football is still bringing in the awards.
[SUPER=04-1999 - 2000 Season]
Last night, freshman quarterback Michael Vick was named the 1999 College Football Performer of the Year by E-S-P-N.
The 19 year old was awarded the ESPY at the sports network's awards ceremony last night in Las Vegas.
Vick's stellar 1999-2000 season, including an appearance in the national championship game, propelled the award.
Local soccer standout Lang Wedemeyer is headed west.
He'll coach the first women's soccer team at South Dakota State University.
Wedemeyer has played for the Roanoke Wrath for the last three years and was in charge of coaching and women's programs with the Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Club.
The Roanoke Express have returned to the home ice after it's first three game losing skid of the season, two of which came against the Florida Everblades.
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[IN Q="from ]
[SUPER=01-Ben Schust/Express Leading Goal Scorer; :]
((BEN SCHUST/EXPRESS LEADING GOAL SCORER:))
[OUT Q=.....different outcome""]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; ]
Kris Cantu skated for the first time last night since breaking his left ankle.
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((KRIS CANTU/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER:))
[SUPER=01-Kris Cantu/Express Left Winger; :00]
[OUT Q=..."flow of things"]
[TAPE#=SP-58 1:07:35 ]
Last second heroics from Peanut Arrington led Radford to a big W against Big South rival Coastal Carolina.
[SUPER=03-Radford/Chanticleers vs. Highlanders; :0]
Ryan Charles needed just 10 points to reach the one-thousandth point plateau.
Coastal had the lead in the second half and when Derrick Robinson hits this pull up jumper, Coastal lead 52-40.
Charles gets his one-thousandth point on this jumper. He scored a game high 23 points.
R-U had the lead until Todd Shannon hits this three and the Chanticleers lead by 1 with 15 seconds to play.
But, on the in bounds, Peanut Arrington, nails the pressure shot on the right side.
R-U wins 73-72 and secures a first round bye in the conference tournament.
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[IN Q="i new time]
[SUPER=01-Peanut Arrington/Scored Winning Basket; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Charles/Scored 1000th Point; :]
[OUT Q=...gave us a win"]
[GRAPHIC=High school hoops]
On the high school hardwood, Western District powerhouse E-C Glass traveled to William Fleming to take on the Colonels.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hilltoppers vs. Colonels; :00]
The Rev and coach Hankins were their usual energetic selves.
Jermaine Hardy gave them lots to cheer about, draining shots from all over the court.
He had a game high 17.
[SUPER=33-William Fleming/67/E. C. Glass/36;]
The Toppers Allen Robinson tried to slow Fleming with this shot but it would not be enough.
Ryan Hubbard walks in and its all net making it 54-24 in the third.
Fleming wins 67-36.
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In high school net action last night, Craig County looked to win it's second straight Pioneer District Volleyball tournament crown. Only, James River stood in the way.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Craig Co. vs. James River;]
The Rockets jumped out quickly, Ashlei Tripp stops the volley by blocking James River's return.
The Knights' Mirandia Schechterly (SCHEK-ter-lee) gets the points for James River with power.
But Craig County wins 15-9, 15-7, to pick up the tournament title. Sophomore Heather St.Clair won District player of the year and Coach Stacey Jones won coach of the year for the third time in five years.
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[IN Q=the last three]
((STACEY JONES/PIONEER DIST. COACH OF THE YEAR: THE LAST THREE YEARS WE'VE WON THE DISTRICT TWICE AND ALL THE WORK WE PUT INTO TURING THIS PROGRAM AROUND. IT'S NICE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY YOUR FRIENDS BECAUSE I THINK THEY REALIZE ALL THE HARD WORK WE PUT INTO IT.
HEATHER ST.CLAIR/PIONEER DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR: IN BASKETBALL I DIDN'T GET IT AND I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET IT. IT'S USUALLY A SENIOR AWARD SO I DIDN'T THINK I WAS GOING TO GET IT IN VOLLEYBALL SO WHEN I JUST FOUND OUT IT WAS REALLY EXCITING.))
[SUPER=01-Stacey Jones/Pioneer Dist. Coach of The Year; :00]
[SUPER=01-Heather St. Clair/Pioneer Dist. Player of The Year; :14]
[OUT Q=was real exciting]