Timothy McVeigh's attorneys are scrambling to keep their client and his case ALIVE.
They've filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling to keep McVeigh's execution date as scheduled.
And a Norfolk Southern subsidiary gets the green light to install fiber optic cable in over a dozen states, including Virginia.
We still have a chance for a few scattered showers but drier weather will return for the upcoming weekend....I'll have your forecast...
Stay tuned-- News 7 at noon is next.
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The clock is ticking for Timothy McVeigh, as his attorneys make a last- minute appeal.
The case could go to the U-S Supreme Court.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Timothy McVeigh's attorneys say they've filed an appeal, hoping to delay the convicted Oklahoma City bomber's execution.
That after a federal judge in Denver yesterday denied a SIMILAR request.
At this point, McVeigh's scheduled to be put to death on Monday.
A defense attorney says McVeigh's team is asking for the extra time in order to review thousands of pages of recently- released F-B-I documents.
Manuel Gallegus joins us now from Denver with an update.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Howell/Bombing Victim's Relative;]
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Narr: LAWYERS FOR TIMOTHY MCVEIGH HAVE NOT GIVEN UP HOPE... NOT STOPPED
FIGHTING TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE SELF CONFESSED OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER.
sot: Christopher Tritica/McVeigh Attorney
Narr: HOWEVER...THE APPEAL TO THE 10TH CIRCUIT COURT IS SEEN BY MANY
EXPERTS AS A LONGSHOT.
MCVEIGH'S PETITION FOR A STAY OF EXECUTION WAS DENIED YESTERDAY BY JUDGE
RICHARD MATSCH AFTER A HEARING IN DENVER.. AND MATSCH'S DECISIONS HAVE
RARELY BEEN OVERTURNED BY THIS APPEAL COURT.
WHILE MATSCH EXPRESSED SHOCK OVER THE F-B-I'S LAST MINUTE DISCOVERY OF
DOCUMENTS.... HE ALSO SAID...."WHATEVER MAY IN TIME BE DISCOVERED ABOUT
THE POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT OF OTHERS DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT TIMOTHY
MCVEIGH WAS THE INSTRUMENT OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION."
IN OKLAHOMA CITY, SURVIVORS OF THE BOMBING AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF VICTIMS
ARE RELIEVED THE END MAY BE NEAR FOR MCVEIGH.
SOT: PAUL HOWELL/FAMILY MEMBER OF BOMBING VICTIM
"IT'S ONE OF THESE THING I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR..FOR A LONG TIME AND I'M
GLAD IT'S JUST ABOUT TO BE OVER." ))
A subsidiary of Norfolk Southern gets the go-ahead to install fiber optic cable in 15 states including Virginia.
The N-S technology company called "T-cubed" has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with landowners.
The company can now install fiber optic cable along side twenty five hundred miles of active railroad track.
At least 60-thousand property owners could receive more than 31-thousand dollars for every mile of cable laid through their property.
We'll tell you where this fiber optic cable will go on News 7 tonight.
A house in Roanoke caught fire this morning.
The blaze at 30 Fugate Avenue started at 8:40.
There were no reported injuries.
The flames were quickly contained -- keeping the fire to one room in the house.
Authorities estimate 35,000 dollars worth of damages caused mostly from smoke.
The renters of the house have no where to go -- and will be placed elsewhere by the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A legislative victory for President Bush is now in black and white--
Bush has signed his tax cut into law.
It's the largest tax cut in 20 years.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Washington.
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CELEBRATING HIS BIGGEST LEGISLATIVE VICTORY, PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNED THE
CONTROVERSIAL TAX CUT INTO LAW.
(SOT)BUSH SOT 10:04:46 the surplus is the peoples money and we ought
to trust them with their own money (applause)
THE TEN-YEAR PACKAGE GIVES ALMOST ALL HOUSEHOLDS A REFUND.
SINGLES WILL RECEIVE UP TO THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS,
SINGLE PARENTS WILL GET 5-HUNDRED-DOLLARS
AND MARRIED COUPLES SIX-HUNDRED.
(SOT)BUSH 9:59:45 A year ago a tax cut was an impossibility, six months
ago it was a liability, today it becomes reality.
IN ADDITION TO CUTTING TAX RATES, THE ONE-POINT THREE-FIVE TRILLION
DOLLAR PACKAGE ALSO EASES THE MARRIAGE PENALTY, REPEALS THE ESTATE TAX
AND DOUBLES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT. BUT MANY OF THESE CREDITS TAKE YEARS
TO PHASE IN.
DEMOCRATS, NOW IN CONTROL OF THE SENATE, SAY THEY WOULD HAVE HANDLED
AMERICA'S MONEY DIFFERENTLY.
(SOT)SEN. TOM DASCHLE/MAJORITY LEADER TC10:26:02
We would have had a tax bill, but certainly not a tax bill of the
magnitude and in my view, the responsibility that this one represents.
But now we start anew.
DEMOCRATS SAY THE TAX CUT COMES AT TOO HIGH A PRICE, ROBBING FUNDS FROM
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES, LIKE HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY.
SO WHEN WILL YOU GET YOUR REFUND? 95 MILLION REFUND CHECKS WILL GO OUT
THIS SUMMER. THE FIRST BATCH WILL BE MAILED THE END OF JULY AND ALL
CHECKS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OUT BY SEPTEMBER. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS,
Yesterday the President took part in the biggest event in Bedford history... the dedication of the National D-Day Memorial.
Bush 's visit to our area began in Roanoke.
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After the 45-minute trip to Bedford from Roanoke, Bush acknowledged the sacrifices of the D-Day vets from the nation and the Bedford area.
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((TODAY WE GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THAT WAS GAINED ON THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY. WE REMEMBER WHAT WAS LOST WITH RESPECT, ADMIRATION AND LOVE.))
[OUT Q=admiration and love.]
After the ceremony, the President gave Roanoke a quick farewell before getting back onboard Air Force One.
While yesterday's event was a brief stop in the President's schedule - it was the culmination of years of work and anticipation for many in Bedford...
Steve Smallshaw reports on the big day - that appears to have met expectations.
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The National D-Day Memorial officially opened for business this morning at 10 a.m.
A Bedford woman says she didn't know her story would become part of the President's speech... until she heard it yesterday.
Teresa Hamilton spoke with Lucille (Bogus) Boggess and several others, including visitors from France... who were especially moved by yesterday's ceremony.
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((LUCILLE BOGGESS: WE WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE SO MANY VETERANS ESPECIALLY THE D-DAY VETERANS.))
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The National D-Day Memorial holds special significance for Lucille Hoback Boggess.
Lucille lost two brothers in the invasion... an event touched on during the dedication.
(( PRESIDENT BUSH: BOTH WERE KILLED... THE ONLY TRACE OF RAYMOND HOBACK WAS HIS BIBLE FOUND IN THE SAND. ))
Boggess says she had no idea the president was planning to tell her family's story... until just before the ceremony.
((LUCILLE BOGGESS: I GOT TO MEET HIM PRIOR TO GOING DOWN AND HE SAID I'D LIKE TO TELL YOUR STORY AND I SAID THAT WOULD BE FINE.))
[OUT Q= WOULD BE FINE.]
We spoke with Lucille at a picnic held later for veterans and their families.
A group that traveled from France to attend the dedication-- also attended the get together.
((MARIE-FRANCE BENOIST/FRENCH VISITOR: MY FATHER WAS A FRENCH OFFICER AND LANDED IN OMAHA BEACH SO IT'S IMPORTANT ANT FOR ME AND THE FAMILY TO BE IN TOUCH WITH AMERICAN VETERANS.))
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This woman was also deeply moved by the ceremony...
[nat of her speaking in french]
She not only witnessed the D-Day invasion from a window... but her husband fought in the war.
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((JACKY MORAINE/FRENCH VISITOR: THAT IS WHY IT'S SUCH A TOUCHING EMOTION. IT'S VERY STRONG TODAY.))
[OUT Q= very strong today.]
Emotions clearly shared by people from two lands, who share a history they will never forget.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bedford County.))
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Still ahead... a candidate for attorney general campaigns in Roanoke today.
We'll hear from him, coming up...
And... A camera is rolling as skydivers survive a close call ...
The pictures are still ahead...
But first... here's Leo ...
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With less than a week before the Democratic primary, the candidates for Virginia Attorney General are vying for the voters' attention.
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This morning, it was Danville Delegate Whitt Clement speaking with reporters in Lee Plaza.
Today he's traveling with Bob Crouch, the former U.S. Attorney for the western district of Virginia.
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Clement faces Henrico Co. Delegate Don McEachin, Roanoke Senator John Edwards, and Richmond Attorney Sylvia Clute for the Democratic nomination.
McEachin has scheduled a news conference in Richmond today... and Edwards is planning a rally of local supporters downtown this afternoon.
The national elections are under way in Britain.
Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labor party were considered shoe-ins for another term-- but the gap appears to be narrowing.
The latest opinion polls of the campaign put the Labor party 11 points ahead of opponent William Hague's Conservative Party.
In Northern Ireland, the election will serve as a major test to the 19-98 peace accord between Protestant and Catholic parties.
The downed U-S Navy spy plane in China may soon be on its way back home.
China's Foreign Ministry says negotiators have agreed on plans for taking the plane apart and flying it back to the U-S on a transport jet.
The aircraft's been sitting on Hainan Island since its emergency landing April first after a mid- air collision with a Chinese fighter jet.
The two dozen U-S crew members aboard the plane were freed after being detained for 11 days.
American officials confirm the two sides have agreed on a ``plan of action'' for return of the plane. But neither side will say WHEN it'll return.
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Northside's softball team fought to keep the dream season alive yesterday... We'll have highlights coming up in sports.
Plus... We're checking up on the snow leopard cubs... just ahead on News 7 at Noon.
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Two members of the Australian skydiving team are lucky to be alive after their parachutes became entangled.
Amateur video captured the skydivers as they plunged from five- thousand feet in the air.
The pair had performed the feat numerous times before, but Tuesday everything went wrong.
Skydivers Archie Jamieson and Wayne McLaughlin fell for 13- seconds before McLaughlin was able to cut himself loose.
Both men went into free fall, but managed to activate their reserve chutes just in the nick of time.
Jamieson suffered burns to his wrist, otherwise, both men came out of the ordeal okay.
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((ANDREW WHITTEN/SKYDIVING TEAM CAPTAIN:IN THE OVERALL SCHEME OF THINGS IT'S NOT GOING TO COST US A REAL LOT
OF TIME OR JUMPS SO IT'S JUST ANOTHER LEARNING EXPERIENCE. ))
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[OUT Q=learning experience.]
The two divers resumed training yesterday for the world championships in Spain, happening later this month.
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The snow leopard cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo will soon go on display.
The male and female were weighed this morning.
They're gaining an average of about a half pound a week.
Employees say the cubs are developing teeth... and are getting closer to venturing out of their den.
The zoo says it could be another couple of weeks before the cubs are available for the public to see.
[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was DOWN 44 points. Nasdaq was up 11 points.
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Coming up in sports... UVA baseball survives the cut.
The story ahead.
And, the 76ers pack a powerful punch in the NBA finals... putting a halt to the Lakers' winning streak.
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The NBA finals start with a shock to the Lakers. The Philadelphia 76ers defeat Los Angeles 107-101, snapping the Lakers' 19-game winning streak.
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The game would go into overtime with the score tied at 94.
The Lakers jumped out to a 2 point lead in overtime, and looked to have matters in hand as Shaquille O'Neil scores two of his 44 points.
But the 76ers answered, as Allen Iverson shook off a mid game scoring drought to score 5 points in overtime.
He finished with a game high 48 points. Philadelphia beats the Lakers to take a 1 game to none lead in the best of seven series.
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Game two is tomorrow night in L-A.
After two days of delays, the Group 2-A softball quarterfinal game between Northside and Gate City wrapped up yesterday.. Gate City beat Northside 1 to nothing, ending the Vikings dream season.
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The game postponed Tuesday night was delayed AGAIN yesterday afternoon for about 30 minutes after two innings because of a rain shower.
Then in the top of the seventh with a runner on second, Gate City's Ashley Baker hits a shot up the middle.
The ball is relayed
to Pitcher Brandy Bailey.
Her throw home was low, allowing a run to score.
Gate City advances to the state semi finals with the 1 to nothing win.
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[OUT Q=.....proud of."]
Good news for UVA sports fans....The University of Virginia board of visitors along with the school's athletic and finance committees have announced they will make efforts in fundraising rather than cut or downsize budgets for sports.
The meeting between these groups took place this week and at its conclusion, the committees unanimously approved a resolution to direct the University's administration to develop options, like fundraising, to ensure the long term financial stability of UVa athletic programs like baseball. No sports will be eliminated or suffer budget cut backs.
You may have seen Kimberly McBroom in ANOTHER television studio on the West Coast this morning.
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She and her husband, Kevin, were vacationing in California last week and sat in the studio audience for "The Price is Right."
Kimberly sat near the front, wearing her "Kiss me, Bob" T-shirt.
You can see her right behind the contestant.
She could NOT be a contestant on the show because she works for a CBS affiliate.
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