Just when the federal government thought it had an air-tight case against Timothy McVeigh, an F-B-I mistake is revealed.
Thousands of documents were withheld from the Oklahoma City bomber's attorneys.
We'll have the latest on how that might affect next week's scheduled execution.
And an F-D-A hearing in Washington is nothing to sneeze at---
An insurance company wants three popular allergy medicines made available over the counter.
The sunshine's helping temperatures race through the 70s on there way to the 80s... will it lead to rain... I'll let you know in my forecast.....
Stay tuned-- for News 7 at noon.
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Attorneys for Timothy McVeigh may ask for a stay of execution after a surprising disclosure from the F-B-I.
But if the Oklahoma City bomber DOESN'T win a stay...he might still have his execution DELAYED.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Officials say Justice Department attorneys are recommending Timothy McVeigh's
execution be DELAYED for 30 days.
They add that Attorney General John Ashcroft is expected to approve the request.
He's holding a news conference later this afternoon.
This latest development comes just one day after the F-B-I admitted that it failed to turn over documents to McVeigh's attorneys.
McVeigh is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Aleen Sirgany joins us now from Washington with the latest.
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THE F-B-I SAYS IT WAS A MISTAKE. A MISTAKE THAT IS NOW MAKING AN
ALREADY EMOTIONAL SITUATION EVEN MORE TRYING.
(SOT)TC 9:53:11 Marsha Knight/MOTHER OF VICTIM
Its hard to comprehend the execution date being postponed. I think
this has to be looked at and well just have to live with it.
THE JUSTICE DEPARMENT REPORTEDLY DECIDED TO ASK FOR THE STAY AFTER IT
WAS REVEALED THAT THE F-B-I NEVER HANDED OVER THREE THOUSAND PAGES OF
DOCUMENTS TO MCVEIGHS LAWYERS. THEY INCLUDE WITNESS ACCOUNTS MADE TO
THE F-B-I AFTER THE BOMBING, AND INFORMATION ABOUT A POSSIBLE SUSPECT
KNOWN AS JOHN DOE NUMBER 2.
GRAPHIC: THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS "WHILE THE DEPARTMENT IS CONFIDENT
THE DOCUMENTS DO NOT IN ANY WAY CREATE ANY RESONABLE DOUBT ABOUT
MCVEIGHS GUILT. THE DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED THAT MCVEIGHS ATTORNEYS
WERE NOT ABLE TO REVIEW THEM AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME."
NOW THAT MCVEIGHS ATTORNEYS HAVE THE DOCUMENTS, THEY SAY MCVEIGH, WHO
HAS SAID HE WANTS TO DIE, IS NOW CONSIDERING ALL OF HIS OPTIONS.
(SOT) Nathan Chambers/McVeigh's Attorney: We obviously have to review
the documents. We need to do some legal research. My co-counsel and I
need to discuss it in great detail and we need to spend some time in
thoughtful discussion with our client.
In another high profile case--
Los Angeles police investigating the murder of actor Robert Blake's wife plan to interview Blake's bodyguard.
Sandra Hughes has the latest on the investigation.
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SIX MONTHS AFTER MARRYING HER HOLLYWOOD HUSBAND, BONNIE LEE BAKLEY
WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH OUTSIDE THE RESTAURANT WHERE SHE AND ROBERT
BLAKE HAD JUST EATEN DINNER.
BLAKE TOLD POLICE HE LEFT HIS WIFE IN THE CAR WHILE HE WENT BACK TO THE
RESTAURANT TO RETRIEVE HIS GUN. HE SAID HE RETURNED TO FIND HER WITH A
BULLET IN HER HEAD:
(CAPT JIM TATREAU, LAPD ) " WE HAVE NOT RULED ANYONE OUT AS A SUSPECT
IN THIS CASE--
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THAT INCLUDES THE LONG TIME ACTOR. ROBERT BLAKE ROCKETED TO FAME IN
THE MOVIE "IN COLD BLOOD" , BUT IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS 1970'S ROLE AS A
DETECTIVE IN THE TV SERIES "BARETTA"
POLICE SEARCHED HIS STUDIO CITY HOME TWICE SINCE THE MURDER LAST
FRIDAY. THEY REMOVED GUNS, DOCUMENTS AND PERSONAL ITEMS.
SOT: Harland Braun/Blake's attorney "We want lapd to investigate Robert
Blake because the more they investigate the more they'll find he didn't
YESTERDAY BLAKE'S ATTORNEY TURNED OVER BAKELY'S PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE
TO THE LAPD. HE HAS PUSHED THE THEORY THAT BAKLEY, A CONVICTED CON
ARTIST, MAY HAVE HAD ENEMIES WHO WANTED HER DEAD.
REPORTS TELL A TELL OF A STRANGE MARRIAGE BETWEEN BAKLEY AND BLAKE.
THEY MARRIED ONLY AFTER DNA TESTS PROVED HER 11-MONTH OLD DAUGHTER
BELONGED TO BLAKE.
SOT: Braun/ he married someone he wouldnt' ahve married. But he wanted
to co-exist with her. He wanted to get her out of this sorded business
she was in and they seemed to be getting along
O.C. IRONICALLY--BAKLEY A WOMAN WHO DESPERATELY YEARNED FOR THE
SPOTLIGHT AND SOUGHT RELATIONSHIPS WITH CELEBRITY MEN...IS ONLY NOW
FINDING FAME..IN DEATH. FOR THE EARLY SHOW SH CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES
Investigators will try to find out what caused a fire that destroyed a dentist's office last night in Roanoke County.
A section of Williamson Road was closed for a few hours last night as fire fighters tried to put out the blaze at Dr. David (BRA-jick's) Brajdic's office.
Flames also touched the pet store next door.
Damage to both buildings is estimated at a quarter of a million dollars.
Bedford County school officials say they plan to re-open Jefferson Forest High School in the fall.
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This despite rumoured health problems related to a mold found growing in the building.
The school board has hired a medical team to test the levels of mold, and its potential health consequences.
Officials say the presence of the mold is not suprising, but the LEVELS of contamination make the situation serious.
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((JOHN OWEN/MEDICAL TEAM LEADER; THE MOLD IS IN EVERY BUILDING AND WE'RE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE SPECIES OF THE MOLD AND THE LEVELS THAT ARE AIRBORNE OR IN ANY BUILDING MATERIAL.))
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Officials say they don't know how much it will cost to clean up the school.
Environmental and air quality tests are expected to be ready in about a month.
If you're an allergy sufferer, you'll be interested in the F-D-A hearing going on today in Washington.
A California insurance company is petitioning the F-D-A to allow over-the-counter sales of the allergy drugs Claritin, Allegra, and Zyrtec.
WellPoint Health Networks of California wants the F-D-A to make the drugs available without a prescription.
The makers of the drugs are opposed to the idea, claiming people would self- diagnose and self- medicate.
They also stand to lose profits.
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Governor Gilmore rescinds a state proclamation that some people say is racist. We'll have the details after the break,
and in South Carolina, some people find they have little reason to celebrate that state's newest holiday.
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Engineers for the state Department of Transportation have selected the route they want to see Interstate73 follow.
If the plan is accepted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, I-73 will follow I-581, leaving the road near the Elm Avenue Exit.
From there it would track along the Roanoke River, then near Windy Gap and east of Rocky Mount.
The road would then roughly follow route 2-20, joining the Martinsville bypass, continuing to the Virginia-North Carolina line.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESWOMAN; THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION FROM VDOT ENGINEERS. IT IS THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD WILL RECEIVE IN ORDER TO MAKE A DECISION. THEY ARE THE DECISION MAKERS IN THIS CASE.))
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The recommendation would put more than 450-homes in the path of Interstate 73.
Even if the plan is quickly approved, the start of construction could still be years away.
Homeowners who live along the proposed route are concerned about the interstate coming through their back yards.
Residents in Southeast Roanoke say if I- 73 comes through their neighborhood, their property value will plummet.
Many say if the plan gets approved they may sell their homes now, instead of waiting until construction starts.
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((SAM POWELL/CONCERNED RESIDENT: I'M SURE IT'S GOING TO CREATE SOME PROBLEMS MAYBE NOISE I'D HAVE TO RECONSIDER I MAY HAVE TO SELL, I WOULDN'T BE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT.))
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The Transportation Board could decide on the proposal as early as next week.
Governor Jim Gilmore's proclamation naming May "European American Heritage and History Month" only lasted one day.
Then, when reporters called, his staff realized the proclamation had been requested by the Virginia Chapter of David Duke's "NO FEAR" group.
Last year, Gilmore himself had labeled the group a "white supremacist" organization-- and yesterday, his staff rescinded the proclamation.
So yesterday, NO FEAR's Virginia president showed up to confront him.
The Governor refused to come out and answer questions.
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((RON DOGGETT/WHITE RIGHTS ACTIVIST: THIS IS EXACTLY REVERSE RACISM. WE HAVE A SOCIETY GEARED AND ORIENTED TOWARD THE WISHES OF MINORITY GROUPS IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THIS IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF IT. HE'S NOT ONLY GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, HE'S CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE. THE EUROPEAN AMERICANS ARE THE ONLY RACIAL GROUP THAT VOTE MAJORITY REPUBLICAN. EVERY OTHER GROUP VOTES MAJORITY DEMOCRAT.))
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The Governor's staff says he never saw the European American proclamation.
They say his signature at the bottom was generated "electronically."
A state holiday is dividing residents in South Carolina. Yesterday was the first official Confederate Day, but not everyone was celebrating.
Jennifer Jones has more.
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((In a place that already captures the essence of the old South..South
Carolina is for first time OFFICIALLY celebrating a part of it's past.
From now on May 10th will be Confederate Memorial Day. Men and women
celebrating what they consider an important part of history.
sot: Shirley Faciane/Charleston resident.
Bridge: governor Jim hodges signed a bill last year...creating this
state holiday but he did it as part of a compromise..it seemed it was
about the only way to ensure that Martin Luther King Day would go on the
books as a holiday - in South Carolina.
Nat sot ..I feel like it was tit for tat
Narr: And while ......... says her friends and even many of her white
co-workers won't acknowledge confederate memorial day.. she must accept
Sot; Ruth Middleton/Charleston resident
Narr: State Senator Glenn McConnell has been the driving force in making
sure this holiday is officially observed...stressing the importance of
both Martin Luther King and Confederate Memorial Day.
Sot: Glen McConnell, State Senator (R)
Narr: And as far as some folks in South Carolina refusing to take part
in one holiday or another ...many see it as just another battle to
overcome in the old South. JJ))
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Still to come on the newscast, a former M-V-P is going to have to sit out the rest of the baseball season,
but first, Jacey Birch will introduce us to some lovely wildflowers in this week's Growin It.
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A young woman from California who's been interning in Washington is missing.
Police say 24- year-old Chandra Ann Levy hasn't been seen since April 30th.
She was an intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Her parents called police, because Levy was supposed to return to Modesto, California for her college graduation but never made it.
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((SUSAN LEVY/MISSING WOMAN'S MOTHER: WE'RE VERY FRIGHTENED. WE WANT HER HOME. WE WANT HER HOME
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[OUT Q=her home safely.]
Authorities found packed luggage, credit cards and Levy's driver's license in her home.
There was NO sign of any struggle.
Meanwhile, her parents are offering a 25- thousand- dollar reward for her safe return.
A high-ranking American delegation is in Moscow today for meetings with Russian officials on U-S plans to establish a national defense shield.
The U-S delegation includes the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Deputy National Security Advisor.
This visit, as well as trips by American officials to OTHER countries, is part of the Bush administration's efforts to explain the
core of its defense plans.
But a spokesman for Russia's Foreign Ministry indicates the U-S has not presented a strong enough argument for such a defense system.
***** Kimberly tosses it to the Growing It Sponsor*****
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On this week's edition of Growin' It, Jacey Birch and Tyler Palmer are celebrating National Wildflower Month.
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[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was down 110 points. Nasdaq dropped 21 points.
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Coming up in Sports -
The "One Lap of America Race" gears through Virginia- and
The Extreme Football League is now the EX-Football League. We'll explain after the break.
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The X-F-L is axed.
After one season of low attendance and near rock-bottom T-V ratings, the league jointly owned by the W-W-F and N-B-C has folded.
The W-W-F says its share of after-tax losses will be about 35-million dollars, and N-B-C's loss should be similar.
The X-F-L tackled the T-V scene in February- scoring better than expected ratings.
But it was all downhill from there.
The championship game drew a TWO-POINT-ONE rating, which tied for 93RD place among prime-time shows that week.
The death of the league may in fact mean life for some its players.
Dozens have signed contracts with N-F-L teams.
The Chicago White Sox's hopes of striking back this season seemed to disappear upon hearing the news about one of their top sluggers.
Frank Thomas - Chicago's designated hitter and first baseman -returned from his father's funeral to find out he has a torn muscle in his arm and will need season-ending surgery.
He hurt his triceps diving for a grounder last month.
The two- time American league M-V-P had four homers and ten r-b-i's in 20 games this season.
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It's the 'Cannonball Run of All Races" to some drivers -
Yesterday, the One Lap of America Race made at stop at the Virginia International Raceway.
For one week, amateur drivers compete at racetracks across the country.
Many drivers use the very same cars they'd use driving around town.
John Bailey of Roanoke uses his Volvo station wagon.
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((JOHN BAILEY/ROANOKE DRIVER: THIS IS ALL ABOUT DOING IT, JUST RUNNING THIS EVENT JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN.))
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[OUT Q=just because you can]
The rules are simple. Drivers must use street tires and there are no support teams.
They run three laps at each racetrack and are scored on technique and racetime.
The Sabres and Penguins faced off for the final game of the eastern conference semifinals last night.
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Dominic Hasek, one of the best goalies against an up and coming young netminder Johan Edberg.
In the third, it's tied 1-1.
Buffalo on the power play and Jason Wooley's
shot is deflected into the net by Steve Heinze.
It's 2-1 Sabres.
Pittsburgh evens it at 2 all, with 11 minutes left in the third.
Robert Lang beats Hasek and we go to overtime.
In O-T, Pittsburgh's Darius (CAS-PIR-ITUS) Casperitus beats Hasek and the penguins advance to the conference finals to meat New Jersey with the 3-2 OT win.
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