Today on news 7 at 5, the military says human error is to blame for yesterday's accident that left six people dead in Kuwait.
and a Botetourt County teenager could face 10 years in prison for his role in building a pipe bomb that killed his friend.
Also today, another local company is laying off one hundred workers.
And in medical news, we'll see what Roanoke county is doing to help save the lives of heart patients.
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These pictures are released today- the site of yesterday's accidental bombing.
That military mistake killed six servicemen.
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((THE AIRCRAFT DROPPED THREE MARK 82 BOMB. THESE ARE 500 POUN GENERAL PURPOSE BOMBS.))
[OUT Q=GENERAL PURPOSE BOMBS]
More new details are emerging about the bombing.
It now appears an American serving as a ground controller gave the approval for the bombing- and realized too late that the plane was over the wrong target.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Craig Quigley/U.S. Navy Rear Adm.;:22 ]
[SUPER=01-Paul Beaver/Military Expert; 1:06 ]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; ]
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(( U-S OFFICIALS SAY A GROUND CONTROLLER TAKING PART IN THE
NIGHT-TIME TRAINING EXERCISE MISTAKENLY DIRECTED COMMANDER DAVID
ZIMMERMAN, THE PILOT OF AN F-18 HORNET JET, TO BOMB A TARGET AREA. WHEN
THE CONTROLLER REALIZED THE MISTAKE, THEY SAY HE YELLED, ABORT, ABORT,
BUT IT WAS TOO LATE.
Rear Adm. Craig Quigley/U.S. Navy:
Tragically, the hit was near the servicemembers that were at an
obervation post on the range.
FIVE U-S MILITARY PERSONNEL AND ONE NEW ZEALANDER WERE KILLED.
SEVEN OTHERS INJURED, INCLUDING FIVE AMERICANS AND TWO KUWAITIS.
THE HORNET WAS PART OF A ROUTINE, MULTI-NATIONAL, LIVE-FIRE,
TRAINING EXERCISE WHERE GROUND TROOPS POINT OUT TARGETS TO FIGHTER
AIRCRAFT OVERHEAD. THE PENTAGON SAYS A TOTAL OF THREE 500-POUND GRAVITY
BOMBS WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED NEAR THE TARGET AREA.
Sot: Quigley: And these three bombs, in some combination, caused the
deaths and injuries that we have here. (:06)
TRACK: MILITARY EXPERTS SAY THESE TYPES OF OPERATIONS ARENT ALWAYS SAFE
AND ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN.
Paul Beaver/Janes Defence Weekly)
If you want to be good, if you want to be among the best in the world, you have to practice. When you practice, you expose yourself to risks.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: THIS IS THE SECOND MAJOR ACCIDENT INVOLVING THE U-S NAVY IN A
LITTLE MORE THAN A MONTH. THE MARINE CORPS WILL HEAD THE INVESTIGATION
IN THE GULF AND HAVE INVITED REPRESENTATIVES FROM NEW ZEALAND AND
KUWAIT TO JOIN IN. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.)
The survivor of two young men who built a fatal pipe bomb last Fall pled "no contest" in Botetourt County today.
Geoffrey Glass admitted to investigators he helped make the explosive device out of an old "C-O-2" cartridge.
Glass and his friend, Mike Henry, were experimenting with various explosives, intending to play a joke on someone.
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[IN Q=They had some]
((THEY HAD SOME OLD FIRECRACKERS. THEY PULLED THE FUSES OUT, PUT THE POWDER IN FISHING BOBBER. SET IT OFF, BUT IT DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Tolley/Sheriff's Investigator]
[OUT Q=didn't do anything.]
They kept experimenting until it did.
When Henry lit the home-made fuse, a piece of metal ripped through his back, killing him.
Glass faces up to 10 years when he's sentenced in June.
Mistakes were made, but now it's time to move on.. that's the feeling of Lynchburg city council after reviewing last month's police dog attack on an officer.
It was the fourth police dog attack on a human in two years, and prompted some shuffling in the department's K-9 unit.
But council members said they were satisfied with chief Charles Bennett's report on the incident and commended the officers involved.
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[IN Q=And the third]
((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AND THE THIRD THING I WANTED TO SAY IS OFFICER RUGGIERI THAT DAY HAD A TIGER BY THE TAIL.. AND OFFICER CARTER'S.))
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: THERE'S ANOTHER HERO HERE AND THAT'S KAREN CARTER.. WANT TO COMMEND HER.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/Lynchburg Council Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :17]
[OUT Q=to commend her.]
Both Carter and Ruggieri have been reassigned to patrol duty and the K-9 unit has been scaled back from five dogs to three.
Teachers, college presidents, and advocates for the mentally ill and disabled say the state budget crisis is NOT over.
Governor Jim Gilmore announced his unilateral budget fix yesterday -- with NO plans to call lawmakers back to Richmond for a special session.
[IN Q=I don't want us to be]
((VAL MARSH/ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL: I DON'T WANT US TO BE BALANCING OUR BUDGETS ON THE BACKS OF DISABLED PEOPLE.))06
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((JEAN BANKOS/VIRGINIA EDUCATION ASSOC.: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK... IN THE CAPITAL CITY IN RICHMOND.))
[SUPER=01-Val Marsh/Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jean Bankos/Virginia Education Assoc.; :07]
[OUT Q=the capital city in Richmond.]
Senate Finance Committee members of both parties -- who have opposed the speed of the Governor's NO car tax plan -- called in the college presidents this afternoon.
Virginia colleges absorb the bulk of the budget cuts, including the freezing of 215 million dollars of current buidling and renovation projects.
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[IN Q=To this moment, no exemption]
((ALAN MERTEN/GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: TO THIS MOMENT, NO EXEMPTION HAS BEEN GRANTED. PROMISES MADE. PROMISES THAT NEED TO BE KEPT.))
[SUPER=01-Alan Merten/George Mason Univ. President;]
[OUT Q=that need to be kept.]
Later, Republican House Speaker Vance Wilkins held a closed door summit with the college presidents.
The Governor's press office promised a statement on mental health funding this afternoon... but has not responsed at this hour.
Bassett Furniture says it is laying off 100 employees at its table making plant in Henry County.
Company spokesman Jay Moore says Bassett is combining its chair and table plants.
The consolidated factory will offer jobs to the 160 remaining employees.
Employees learned of the layoffs yesterday, but they don't know when the layoffs will be effective.
Bassett expects a 13 percent sales drop in the first quarter of this year.
It blames much of the decline on Montgomery Ward's bankruptcy. The former department store was a big customer of Bassett furniture.
Did Sean Puffy Combs have a gun in a New York Night club or not?
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Prosecutors say he did- Today in closing arguments prosecutors said Combs pulled out a gun because he was insulted.
The prosecutor asked jurors to look beyond his celebrity- and think about people wounded in the shootings.
The prosecutor said there are three defendants and three guns.
Jury deliberations will start after the panel gets instructions from the judge.
If found guilty of illegal gun possession.. Combs could face up to 15 years in prison.
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A man who was once the host of a top rated talk show has died. We'll have the details after this break.
And one of the country's most notorious killers has died in prison. We'll tell you who it was and how he was connected to our region.
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One of America's most notorious killers has died in prison. Texas authorities say Henry Lee Lucas apparently died of natural causes in the Huntsville prison where he was serving time for nine murders.
Lucas, who used to live in Blacksburg, confessed to hundreds of murders. Although physical evidence linked him to only two deaths, his confessions led authorities nationwide to clear their books of 600 unsolved murders.
[IN Q=I started confessing]
((HENRY LEE LUCAS/CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER;.; I STARTED CONFESSING TO EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD. IF THEY BROUGHT A MURDER CASE TO ME, I TOOK IT.
RS QUESTION: YOU CONFESSED TO IT?
SOT LUCAS: I CONFESSED TO IT...I ACCEPTED MURDER CASED FOR MONEY, I
ACCEPTED MURDER CASES FOR HAMBURGERS, I ACCEPTED MURDER CASES FOR
[SUPER=10-Henry Lee Lucas/Convicted Killer/1998;]
A prosecutor says he doesn't think Lucas even really knew how many people he killed.
Lucas was 64 years old and had a history of heart problems.
Former talk show host Morton Downey Junior has died.
Downey's "in your face" style shocked audiences and helped open the door for other confrontational progams. Known as Mort the Mouth during his heydey in the 1980's, Downey was known for mocking his guests and blowing cigarette smoke in their faces.
He became an anti-smoking crusader after developing lung cancer.
Morton Downey Junior was 67 years old.
When a persons heart stops beating -- there is only a 10 minute window to get help before the person's chance of surviving drastically decreases.
That's why Roanoke County Fire and E-M-S plans to equip its employees with Automated External De-fib- rillators.
The County Board of Supervisors has approved funding for 20 of the A-E-D devices.
They will be placed inside fire trucks, E-M-S vehicles and other government buildings.
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[IN Q=For every minute the heart]
((CAPT. STEPHEN SIMON/ROANOKE CO. FIRE AND EMS: FOR EVERY MINUTE THE HEART GOES WITHOUT OXYGEN OR WHEN ITS IN VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION YOU HAVE A 10 PERCENT LESS LIKELIHOOD OF SURVIVING))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Simon/Roanoke Co. Fire EMS]
[OUT Q=of surving]
The A-E-D is an easy to use device that shocks the heart back into it's normal rhythm.
The machine talks and gives directions --and only requires pushing one button.
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[IN Q=To utilize this machine]
((CAPT. STEPHEN SIMON:TO UTILIZE THIS MACHINE IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT 4 HOURS OF TRAINING. ONCE YOU PUT THEM IN BUILDINGS AND EVERYTHING THERE SORT OF MOUNTED ON THE WALL LIKE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND THEY ARE THERE JUST IN CASE SOMEONE GOES UNCONSCIOUS AND GOES INTO CARDIAC ARREST))
[OUT Q=and goes into cardiac]
Officials hope to have the machines in place by April.
Cloning- It's been done with pigs and sheep- now the next step may be in the works.
An Italian doctor says he will be the first to clone a human being.
But as New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon tells us...the idea is not getting a lot of support from others in the industry...
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[SUPER=01-David Ayares/PPL Therapeutics V.P.; :18]
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As Vice-president of Research and Development for PPL Therapeutics, David Ayares is proud of his company's successful attempts to clone pigs, cows and the famous sheep dolly...but ask him about cloning humans and he says it's not a good idea
[IN Q=THE CLONING]
((DAVID AYARES/VP RESEARCH PPL THeRAPEUTICS; THE CLONING PROCEDURE IS VERY INEFFICIENT NEEDS TO BE OPTIMIZED IT HAS BEEN OPTIMIZED FOR SHEEP AND PIGS BUT FOR HUMANS IT'S ALL UNKNOWN))
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Nats - at tv
While the results are unknown, the technology is readily available, cloning humans would entail the same cell procedure used for animals
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((THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CLONE HUMANS WHAT'S GOING ON IN FERTILITY CLINICS RIGHT NOW IS VERY CLOSE TO TECHNICALLY TO WHAT YOU WOULD NEED TO DO FOR HUMAN CLONING))
[OUT Q=FOR HUMAN CLONING]
((RACHEL CANNON; REPRODUCTIVE CLONING IS BANNED IN THE UNITED STATES BUT THE HUMAN CLONING PROJECT TEAM PLANS ON WORKING IN A MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRY WHERE THEY WILL NOT FACE SUCH REGULATIONS, AND EVEN THOUGH SCIENTIOST FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE CONDEMNED THE PROJECT, AYARES BELIEVES THE CLONING WILL ULTIMATELY HAPPEN.))
[IN Q=I THINK IT WILL]
((I THINK IT WILL FOR REPRODUCTIVE PURPOSES THERE WILL BE INFERTILE COUPLES, GAY COUPLES ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT WOULD WANT TO FOR THE RIGHT PRICE GENERATE A LIVE OFFSPRING WHO'S FROM PART OF THEIR GENETICS))
[OUT Q=THEIR GENETICS]
Those involved in the human cloning project say it could happen in a year. In Blacksburg, Rachel Cannon, News 7))
Still to come on the newscast, we'll show you a website that can save you money at your favorite grocery store,
and we'll see how investors react following yesterday's bad day on the stock market.
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The Roanoke Express is back in the Valley for the first time in nearly a month. Mike Stevens will have a preview in Sports.
Also we'll see how a crew of volunteers is helping to get an old steam engine back on track.
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Many investors had their eyes on Wall Street today as they tried to determine just what the "see-saw" stock market was going to do.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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[SUPER=01-Alan Skranika/Edward Jones Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=CBS Marketwatch-dot-com]
NARR: NERVOUS INVESTORS BEGAN TO EASE THEIR WAY BACK INTO THE MARKET ONE
DAY AFTER THAT GUT-WRENCHING SELLOFF... BARGAIN HUNTERS SNAPPED UP
RECENTLY BEATEN DOWN TECH STOCKS LIKE CISCO SYSTEMS, INTEL AND ORACLE..
SOT:John Ryding. Senior economist/Bear Stearns
"we're starting to see the kind of values that eventually tend to bring
about market bottoms and ultimately rallies..."
BUT INVESTORS LIKE BRIAN DALE ARE UNDERSTANDABLY NERVOUS...HE'S LOST 60
PERCENT IN HIS TECK STOCK PORTFOLIO BUT SAYS HE'S STILL HOLDING ON...
Brian Dale :08 - Uncertain of buying more certainly, but also I am very
hesitant to take any money out of the market because what do you do with
WHAT YOU DON'T DO, SAY MARKET EXPERTS, IS BUY OR SELL ON EMOTION
ALAN Skranika/Chief Market Strategist at Edward Jones Company.
"winners foucs on stayng with their longterm goals they say calm they
for opportunities and losers eith panie sell or they load the boat with
their speculative issues..
BUT MORE CORPORATE PROFIT WARNINGS AND LAYOFFS CONTINUE TO PLAGUE
MOTOROLA SAID IT WILL CUT ANOTHER 7-THOUSAND JOBS IN ITS MOBILE PHONE
UNIT.. THAT'S ON TOP OF THE 5-THOUSAND LAYOFFS ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER.
AND RETAIL SALES IN FEBRUARY FELL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 3 MONTHS.. PROOF
THAT WANING CONSUMERCONFIDENCE IS CRIMPING SPENDING...
John Ryding/economist Bear Stearns 10:38:45 SOT: what investors need to
is a bigger than expected cut from the fed, (when the fed delivered that
1/3, when they surprised with a half point cut in rates, the markets
acutally did relatively well for the rest of the month)
LIVE ON CAMERA: THE FED MEETS ONE WEEK FROM TODAY TO DECIDE THE FATE OF
INTEREST RATES.. MOST MARKETWATCHERS EXPECT AT LEAST A HALF POINT CUT..
THEY SAY IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN THAT TO CHANGE INVESTOR PSYCHOLOGY AND
THE BUYERS BACK TO MARKET.AC CBSMW.COM))
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker.
For the first time since February 19th - the Roanoke Express is back home in the Roundhouse.
Tonight the team hosts the Toledo Storm - the team that is directly in front of Roanoke in the Northern Conference as the jostling for home ice in the playoffs begins to heat up.
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[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Center; :20]
[OUT Q=...AND IN THE PLAYOFFS."]
Tonight's game faces off at seven o'clock at the Roanoke Civic Center. If you can't make it - we'll have your highlig
hts tonight on News 7 at 11.[S5-NHL]
The NHL trading deadline passed this afternoon and perhaps no teams was busier than the Washington Caps.
The Caps traded forwards Jan Bulis and Richard Zednik to Montreal in exchange for Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus and a second round pick.
They also get defenseman Jason Marshall from Anaheim in exchange for defensman Alexei Tezikov and a fourth round pick in the 2001 N-H-L Entry Draft.
The big man on the block never hit the block at all today as the Flyers refused to trade him.
As a result Lindros, who will not report to the Flyers because of an ongoing feud with general manager Bobby Clarke will not be able to play until next fall at the earliest.
The NCAA tournament actually opens tonight in Dayton, Ohio with the "play-in" game as Big South Champ Winthrop takes on Northwestern State at 8. That game is on TNN.
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But starting Thursday the March Madness is exclusively here on WDBJ-7.
Thursday afternoon its Kentucky Wildcats and Holy Cross followed by
Maryland and George Mason.
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Then Thursday night Duke takes on Monmouth at 7:30 followed by Iowa State & Hampton.
The Hampton Pirates are in the big dance for the first time in school history.
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Friday afternoon the UVa-Gonzaga game tips off right here on WDBJ-7 shortly after high noon. And right after that game the Tennessee Vols battle UNC Charlotte.
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The Friday night session has Penn State and Providence followed by North Carolina and Princeton.
Jean will wrap up News 7 at Five on this Tuesday in just a moment. Take care everyone.
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If you thought your Sunday paper was getting a little lighter, you may be right.
A company that tracks coupon use says recent mergers involving companies like Nestle, General Mills and Pillsbury led to a drop in supermarket coupons last year.
But it also says things should be looking up this year as the merged companies plan to use the cents off coupons to push new products and acquired brands.
If you don't want to wait for more coupons to hit your paper, you can order them online through our website of the day.
Once you register on "Smart Source dot com," you can tell the computer which coupons you want from the current offerings and they will be mailed to your home mailbox.
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You can find our website of the day through a link to our page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Norfolk Southern ended steam excursions in 1994 but on the West Coast an old steam locomotive is coming out of retirement.
The S-P- and S-700 will retrace its old run across Eastern Washington to Spokane and back.
The "700" still knows the way and as Mark Sanchez shows us, so do the people who love it.
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[SUPER=03-Portland, OR; :19]
[SUPER=02-Linda Vanderbeck/Pacific RR Preservation Assn.; :50 ]
[SUPER=01-Don Wheeler/Pacific RR Preservation Assn.; 1:13]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
(( Sights and sounds that stay in the memory. 1990. People took
pictures as the "700" passed.. grabbing a glimpse of an earlier time
when steam was the only way to travel.
CG: SE Portland
(("NOISY RESTORATION ACTIVITY UNDERWAY."))
It's been a decade since the "700" traveled any distance..
It retired in 1956. Nowadays, it wouldn't go anywhere without these
(("SANDBLASTING THE ENGINE AREA"))
They stripped it clean... spending almost a year rebuilding the steam
(Linda is heard..just enough to draw attention to her)
(("Linda Vanderbrock on the job"))
(she's still working) For Linda Vanderbeck.. a true labor of love.
(wedding pix)She and Jim Vanderbeck got married in the Roundhouse.. She
KNEW she'd find him there!
CG: speaking: Linda Vanderbeck/PACIFIC RAILROAD PRESERVATION ASOCIATION
(("LINDA VANDERBROCK SAYS SHE EITHER JOINED HER HUSBAND WORKING ON THE
STEAM ENGINE... OR SHE'D NEVER SEE HIM."))
CG: Newschopper 6
Several weeks ago.. the preservationists tested their work-- a
shakedown run from Longview to Portland. No problem. Now.. they
prepare for a step into history... running the "700" from Portland to
Spokane and back.
CG: Don Wheeler/PACIFIC RAILROAD PRESERVATION ASSOCIATIION
(("PRESERVATIONIST DON WHEELER SAYS THE GROUP WANTS TO PUT THE 700 ON A
HOMECOMING EXCURSION TO SPOKANE... AS IT DID FROM 1938 ON."))
(("...AND FOR US.. WHEELER SAYS IT'S THE EVENT OF THE YEAR."))
For them.. it might be the event of a lifetime.
Mark Sanchez..FOR CBS NEWS.