As the death toll rises from the terrorist attack on a U-S Navy warship-- we learn TWO of the victims are from Virginia, one near Danville.
An update on the investigation into the bombing of the U-S-S Cole, coming up.
And another person faces charges in the barracks fire at Virginia Military Institute.
Hope you have outside weekend plans because you might as well enjoy sunny skies and summer-like temperatures. We'll find out when there will be a change in this weather pattern coming up.
News 7 at noon is next.
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The terrorist attack on the U-S-S Cole hit home. Two Virginia sailors are dead.
The Navy's chief officer confirms yesterday's explosion WAS an act of terrorism.
As officials search for the responsible party, they believe it was a well- organized group with good connections to the Yemin port.
Drew Levinson joins us now from Norfolk with the latest.
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((THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO YESTERDAY'S BOMBING
OF THE USS COLE IN YEMEN CONTINUES PICKING UP STEAM TODAY. EXPERTS ARE
FORMING A PICTURE OF A HIGHLY PLANNED AND PROFESSIONAL OPERATION. THIS,
AS THE DEATH COUNT RISES TO 7 KILLED AND 10 OTHERS PRESUMED DEAD. DREW
LEVINSON HAS THE LATEST.
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THE U-S NAVY IS MOVING IN MORE SHIPS AND A TEAM OF TERRORISM EXPERTS TO
THE SCENE OF THE BLAST.
THEY WILL HELP RECOVER THE MISSING AND HELP IN THE INVESTIGATION.
THOUGH A YEMEN BASED TERRORIST GROUP HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBITY FOR
ATTACKING THE USS COLE, U-S OFFICIALS ARE SKEPTICAL.
HOWEVER, THEY DO BELIEVE THE EXPLOSION WAS A DELIBERATE ACT OF
SOT: ADMIRAL VERN CLARK/U.S. NAVY
"THIS KIND OF ATTACK COULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED WITHOUT A GREAT DEAL
OF PLANNING AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WHAT OUR MOVEMENTS WERE GOING TO BE."
THE COLE WAS MAKING A REFUELING STOP IN THE PORT OF ADEN WHEN IT WAS
ATTACKED. MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THE DESTROYER'S CAPTAIN HAD NO REASON
TO FEAR A SMALL BOAT THAT APPROACHED WITH TWO MEN STANDING AT ATTENTION.
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"IT WAS PART OF THE PARTY THE SUPPORT PARTY THAT WAS ASSISTING THE SHIP
IN TYING UP TO THEIR BERTHING POSITION.
HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, FAMILIES OF THE MISSING ARE STILL CLINGING
TO HOPE. SARAH GUANA IS THE MOTHER OF MISSING SAILOR TIMOTHY GUANA.
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"AND HE TOLD ME HE WAS GOING TO CALL ME LAST NIGHT AND HE DIDN'T CALL
ME. BUT HE ALWAYS SAYS THAT HE LOVES ME WHEN HE TALKS TO HER TO TELL
HER HE LOVES ME. HE'S ALIVE, HE'S ALIVE.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Norfolk.
The Navy has set up a toll - free phone number...
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for relatives of U-S-S Cole crew members looking for information.
That number is 1-800-368-3202.
A second person has been charged with setting the fire at Virginia Military Institute two and a half years ago.
Twan Redmond was indicted Wednesday. He's charged with arson and perjury, for allegedly helping to set the fire, then lying about it to the Grand Jury.
The new charges are apparently based on information provided by V-M-I Graduate John Daniel Payne.
Payne has already pled guilty to setting the fire in a barracks room in May, 1998.
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((THEY WERE ANGRY AT V.M.I., BECAUSE OF A "DRUM OUT" THAT OCCURRED. THAT "DRUM OUT" INVOLVED A CLOSE FRIEND OF JOHN DANIEL PAYNE, ALSO THE BROTHER OF TWAN REDMOND.))
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A federal magistrate set bond for Redmond this morning at 25-thousand dollars, UNsecured.
A Franklin County man admits to killing a Pennsylvania teenager and leaving her body in Floyd County.
William Housman and Beth Markman moved to Pennsylvania after meeting in the Roanoke area.
Police say Housman then met 18-year old Leslie White at a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart.
Investigators say the couple confessed yesterday to killing the teenager, putting her body in her Jeep and leaving the vehicle on family land in Floyd County.
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((EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: THEY GAVE STATEMENTS IN WHICH THEY ADMIT TO CAUSING HER HARM THAT EVENTUALLY CAUSED HER DEATH. TINA TENRET/NEWS7: FOR EXAMPLE, STUFFING A BAG IN HER MOUTH? EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: YES. THAT'S CORRECT.))
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The couple was arrested at a friend's home in Franklin County Wednesday night.
Housman and Markman are charged with first degree murder and could face the death penalty for the crime.
For now, the case is in the hands of Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams.
State law says when authorities DO NOT know where a murder occurred, the case must be tried in the county where the body was found.
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((GINO WILLIAMS/FLOYD CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT COULD INDICATE SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLACES. SOME OF IT HAS TO DO WITH WHERE THE VICTIM MAY HAVE DIED IN TIME AND WE'LL JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT WHEN EVERYTHING'S TOGETHER. ))
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Leslie White's family is calling for the maximum penalty in the case.
The District Attorney in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, says capital murder charges are easier to obtain in Virginia.
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Coming up after the break, more layoffs hit the railroad and textile industries.
And more violence in the Middle East, as leaders hope to agree on possible weekend peace talks.
More on those stories shortly, but first let's check in with Jacey Birch
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A Mideast Summit looks promising for this weekend, that is, if the two leaders can agree on CONDITIONS for the meeting.
Those negotiations continue, along with more violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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Narr: Israel fires ...and the young Palestinian men of Ramallah hit
back at the Friday prayer session... as they headed for this check point
to face off with their enemy.
So it went too in Jerusalem. Young Palestinians clashed with soldiers
trying to gain access to the mosque on Temple Mount.
The Israeli army put an age limit on prayer in these places today. Only
Jews and Arabs 45 years or older could get in.
Meanwhile the Israelis have cordoned off entire villages and compounds.
Helicopters scanned the skies.. gunboats the coast. Everywhere in
Israel ... people are on alert.
Lt. Col. Raaman Gissin/Israeli Spokesperson SOT:
There have been persistent reports about the green light that Arafat has
given.. to large scale attacks & suicide attacks.
American officials along with Jordan and Egypt are keeping up their
efforts to end this all out war.
They are hoping to get a weekend summit in Egypt.
But Arafat says the army must first stop menacing his people or face
more of this.
Nat Sot. (gun fire)
Kimberly Dozier..CBS News Ramallah.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The U-S Navy has released the names of the victims in the terrorist ship explosion, just off Yemen yesterday.
A Ringgold man, operations specialist Timothy Lamont Saunders is among the seven confirmed dead.
Ringgold is in Pittsylvania County, near Danville.
Sureae Chinn has been talking with relative this morning, and she's with us on the phone. Surae, what have you learned so far?
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By this time next week hundreds more Norfolk Southern employees will be laid off.
The company says it's cutting costs because of a declining coal export market and high fuel prices.
The 215 workers to be furloughed are travelling teams who lay rail, install ties and pave crossings.
More than one hundred textile workers in Radford could soon be out of a job.
Workers at N-R-B Industries say the company told them it would shut down the Norwood Street plant by the end of the year.
They say the layoffs of 125 workers are being blamed on stiff overseas competition.
N-R-B makes acetate fabric used in graduation gowns.
The other N-R-B Industries plant in Fairlawn will remain open.
Bedford County teachers are campaigning for more money.
After a failed attempt to include a raise in this year's budget, they now have their sights set on next year.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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((They hoped their numbers would speak louder then their words at Bedford County's school board meeting. More then 100 teachers came to show the board they need a raise and need it this year.
((JESSE TUCKER/PRES. BEDFORD CO. EDUC. ASSOC.: WE'RE SO FAR BEHIND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE A BIG STEP LIKE THIS SO WE CAN COMPETE WITH SURROUNDING COUNTIES.))
The starting salary for a teacher in Bedford County is 26-thousand dollars - that's at least 5-thousand dollars less a year than a first year teacher makes in Roanoke County. As a result Bedford County has lost 50 percent of its teaching staff over the last 3 years.
((MARIANNE NESTER/TEACHER STEWARTSVILLE ELEMENTARY: 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS A LOT OF MONEY TEACHERS ARE BECOMING SHORT AND SOME OF US ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IF WE DON'T GET THE RESPECT HERE.))
Calling for a raise isn't anything new to these teachers. In April they asked the school board to include a raise in the 2000-2001 budget but were denied.
((DR. JAMES BLEVINS/BEDFORD CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE WERE OPENING 2 NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AT THE COST OF ABOUT 5 MILLION DOLLARS SO WE WERE HAVING TO PUT SOME THINGS IN PRIORITY.))
Blevins says with fewer projects in the works for next year, he's hopeful the teachers will see a raise.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THE SCHOOL BOARD HOPES TO HAVE A DRAFT OF THE 2001-2002 BUDGET FINISHED BY MARCH 15-TH. IN THE MEANTIME THE TEACHERS PLAN TO TAKE THEIR CONCERNS TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND START A TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN TO GET THE SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY.))
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Coming up after the break, an Asian pioneer takes home the Nobel Peace Prize...
and a half-dozen Americans are among a group that's been kidnapped and being held in Columbia. We'll have more when we come back.
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Six Americans are among 10 kidnapping victims now held in Columbia.
Military officials in Ecuador say the men were on a helicopter in the Amazon jungle when the gunmen seized the helicopter.
They say the hostage- takers claimed to be part of Columbia's largest guerilla group.
But a rebel spokesman denies the group's involvement.
Ecuador's Vice- President says the kidnappers claimed they were acting in response to anti- drug efforts in Columbia that are getting more than a billion dollars in U-S aid.
Peace-making efforts in the Korean Peninsula made a Nobel Peace Prize winner out of South Korea's President.
Kim Dae-jung says he wants to share the
prize with the people of South Korea.
He's being honored for his work toward reconciling with North Korea and for the ground- breaking summit in June.
Kim will receive the award December 10th.
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World markets have been lower, but not as bad
as the dramatic drop Wall Street yesterday.
It was the fifth- largest Dow decline in a history on a point basis, after news of the attack on a Navy warship and renewed violence in the Middle East..
Stock prices are modestly lower in early
Oil prices have stablized on world markets, helping to give the
market a steadier tone.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 144 points.
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Coming up next, the Mets take a two-game lead over the Cards.
and it was close for the first half, but then the floodgates opened on the Mountaineers. Mike Stevens has a wrap-up on the Hokie's explosive win.
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It was a win for Virginia Tech last night, but for the first half it wasn't easy. Mike Stevens has more on the Hokies' 48-to-20 explosive win.
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The New York Mets got some late-game heroics to take a 2-game-to-none lead over the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.
The mets jumped out to an early 2-nothing lead, then in the ninth, with the score tied at 5, Jay Payton singles up the middle off this pitch. Jim Edmonds has trouble with it, and one run will score. And the Mets win game 2, 6-to-5. Game three will be in New York tomorrow.
Repeating today's top story, A Danville area man is among the sailors killed in the terrorist ship explosion in Yemen.
Operations specialist Timothy Lamont Saunders of Ringgold is among the seven confirmed dead.
One of the sailors listed as missing is from Mechanicsville, near Richmond.
A plane carrying the first victims has returned them to Germany. This is a live picture.
We have crews in Danville and Richmond working on the story. We will have much more later today on News 7 at 5 and 6.
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