Coming up on News 7--
A father eulogizes his five children in Houston.
Meanwhile, their mother Andrea Yates is NOT attending the funeral-- she's sitting in a jail cell.
And THREE children die mysteriously in North Carolina, along with their mother.
The victim's bodies were discovered yesterday in their garage.
Plenty of sunshine today with highs topping out in the upper eighties... more warm air is on the way before a shower chance creeps back into the forecast.
News 7 at noon is next.
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The Yates children are laid to rest today, as their mother awaits her fate behind bars.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Funeral services are under way in Houston for the five small children who were allegedly drowned by their mother.
Meanwhile, their father, Russell Yates is delivering their eulogy.
Drew Levinson reports.
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A week after a suburban Houston woman admitted to drowning her five
hildren-family and friends came to help her husband--their father--say
"terrible..terrible..I can't believe it happened"
Russell Yates is eulogising the children one by one.
Though the theme of today's service is tragedy to triumph... it is
still hard to believe what happened. Four little boys none older than
seven and a baby girl-just six months.. five lives cut short, .
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TRAGEDY IS EVEN AN INAPPROPRIATE WORD BECAUSE THERE IS NO WORD TO
DESCRIBE THE HORRIBLENESS OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE.
While the children are being buried today, their mother-36-year-old
Andrea Yates remains in jail charged with murder.
Police say last week Yates systematically drowned her children in a
bathtub inside the familys home.Russell Yates said his wife suffered
from postpartum depression.
Based on her medical records--Andrea Yates attorneys said they are
considering an insanity defense.
But now they cant comment on the case-neither can the prosecutors, nor
Fearing all the media attention could prevent Yates from getting a fair
trial---a judge yesterday issued a gag order.
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THE JUDGE SAYS THE GAG ORDER WILL HELP ENSURE THE CASE IS NOT MOVED TO
BUT TODAY THE FOCUS IS NOT ON THE CASE OR ANDREA YATES-RATHER THE BURIAL
OF HER FIVE CHILDREN.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, CLEAR LAKE, TX.
A North Carolina sheriff says it's the "worst he's ever seen"....
Authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of 33- year- old Robin Parker and her three daughters.
Parker's fiance found the victims inside the garage of their home yesterday afternoon.
The children ranged in age from 11- months to 10- years.
A TWO- year- old victim would have turned three today.
Authorities don't know whether it was a murder, homicide or suicide.
Investigators are waiting for autopsy results.
Attorneys for convicted killer Earl Bramblett are in Roanoke's federal court this morning.
They're trying to make a case for a new trial for the man convicted of murdering a Vinton family seven years ago.
Bramblett was sentenced to death for the murders of Teresa and Blaine Hodges, and their two children.
He's insisted all along that he didn't do it, despite all the evidence that he did.
A freezer and cooler manufacturer is leaving Nelson County out in the cold.
International Cold Storage canceled its three million dollar plan to move from Albemarle County to Nelson County.
Company officials said yesterday that a market downturn caused the plan to fall through.
Nelson County was counting on recieving 21-thousand dollars in taxes from I-C-S.
I-C-S officials had planned on doubling its current workforce after the move.
This would have made I-C-S the second largest employer in Nelson County behind Wintergreen.
Officials plan to reopen negotiations in the future.
Some say the price of water is too high in the Town of Pulaski.
Viola Morefield is one resident complaining to officials about growing water bills.
Morefield says even though her usage has stayed the same, prices have gone up.
Town officials say a 20-percent increase took effect January First after a public meeting on the issue.
The say the hike was necessary for pipe maintenance and repair funds.
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((VIOLA MOREFIELD/PULASKI RESIDENT; THEY JUST KEEP GOING UP MONTH TO MONTH AND I GET LIKE 627 DOLLARS A MONTH AND I GET ALL THESE BILLS TO PAY BECAUSE I 'M IN CITY LIMITS.))
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Trash and sewer charges are included on water bills, but Morefield says it still doesn't explain why her bill is so high.
A large chicken statue is ruffling feathers for some Smith Mountain Lake residents.
The chicken stands at the entrance of West Lake Plaza near the lake.
But county officials say it's violating zoning laws because businesses are only allowed one sign on their property, and it has to be 250 feet away from other signs.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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((JOE ALTADONNA: I LIKE IT IT'S AN ORNAMENT FOR ME.))
The 8 foot bird Joe Altadonna put in front of West Lake Plaza is at the center of controversy. The county wants to know is it a sign or a statue?
((JOE ALTADONNA: SEE THE SIGN IT SAYS SAFARI MINIGOLF THE CHICKEN IS NOT SAFARI SO TO ME IT'S A STATUE.))
For others the issue over the big bird is down right silly.
((DOROTHY SCALSKY: IT'S A BIG TO DO ABOUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.))
Dorothy Scalsky has turned the controversey into profit at her t-shirt shop. Save The Chicken shirts are flying off the shelves for about 7 bucks a pop.
((DOROTHY SCALSKY: I'VE SOLD A LOT OF SHIRTS A LOT OF CHICKEN SHIRTS.))
Besides the shirts Altadonna is getting support from drivers passing by, even during our interview.
((JOE ALTADONNA: SAVE THE CHICKEN, SAVE THE CHICKEN.))
Altadonna says the only squawking about his prominent bird is from the county.
((TIM KRAWCZEL/ZONING COMMISSIONER: HE'S ATTRACTING ATTENTION AND WHAT HE'S DOING BY PUTTING IT CLOSE TO THE ROAD IS HE'S USING THE ROAD.))
And the Franklin County zoning board agreed that the big chicken is attracting more then just strange looks it's attracting miniature golf business. The final decision, the chicken must fly it's coop.
But the decision isn't ruffling Altadonna's feathers.
((JOE ALTADONNA: I'LL NEVER TAKE IT DOWN I'LL FIGHT IT TO THE LAST MINUTE.))
((IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE CHICKEN I CAN PUT SOMETHING ELSE, DINOSAUR, ELEPHANT, HIPPOS.))
But even foul have to pay attention to the law and may have to become part of the safari park after all. Kate Weidaw News7 Franklin County.))
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Still to come on the newscast, Lynchburg officials say a potentially offensive mural could be coming down,
and marine biologists are not optimistic they will be able to save the life of an endangered whale.
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Temperatures are heating up these days, even though we're less than a week into summer. Last night we received about a tenth of an inch of rain, but that only helped cool down early morning temperatures to a mere 68 degrees. At this noon hour, we are already rapidly rising into the high seventies. Right now, Lewisburg, Beckley and Bluefield sit in the low seventies. Wytheville and Roanoke at 79 and Martinsville, you are already up to a warm 84. And we've already seen considerable sunshine across the area this morning, but what about this afternoon? Those temps will continue to jump... all the way to the upper eighties, but things might start to feel a little muggy in the mountains as the clouds are on the increase in our western areas. And because there is a chance, we'll go ahead and let you know that the rum
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The former leader of the Philippines becomes the FIRST to be arraigned on criminal charges.
Ousted President Joseph Estrada arrived in court today amid tight security.
Government troops across Manila are on high alert.
The court entered an innocent plea to perjury charges on Estrada's behalf.
That's after he refused to enter a plea to charges he mis-declared his assets in 19-99.
The 64- year- old Estrada is scheduled to be arraigned again in two weeks on other
He's accused of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks and payoffs, and could get the death penalty if convicted.
Over a million people attended Pope John Paul, the Second's open- air mass in western Ukraine today.
It was the final mass before the Pope wrapped up his five- day visit.
Many people had the day off from work, and most schools were closed in honor of the service.
His visit to the Ukraine was aimed at bringing closer ties between the Catholic and Orthodox religions.
The pope spoke of re-unification and peace, saying there's still much resentment and intolerance between Catholics and other Christians.
While the business of being president should be judged purely on substance, the fact is what's most often noted is a president's style.
George W. Bush's style is described as decidely low key.
He admits he's benefited greatly from being....as he put it....mis-underestimated.
Bill Plante has more on the President's style in his first five months on the job.
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He's being judged by the last president. If they were judging him off of
Jimmy Carter they would say - wow! what a wild man, look at this guy
he's a maniac! What are we going to do - we've got to settle him down!
OK - MAYBE THAT'S A SLIGHT EXAGGERATION - BUT GEORGE W. BUSH DEFINITELY
CULTIVATES A "REGULAR GUY" IMAGE.
My fellow citizens!
WITH A GRIN ON HIS FACE AND A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE, HE WINKS, HE JOKES, HE
SLAPS PEOPLE ON THE BACK, AND GIVES THEM NICKNAMES.
Where's strech is he in here?
(SOT/LANDON PARVIN/BUSH SPEECHWRITER:)
He does have a very good sense of humor. It's a self-deprecating,
good-natured sense of humor.// Although it's collegial, you're never in
any doubt about who's in charge.//He is very focused and managment
oriented. He didn't get that MBA for nothing.
Then there is my most famous statement: "Rarely is the question asked,
is our children learning?"// You have to admit, in my sentences, I go
where no man has gone before.
MR. BUSH FIGURED OUT LONG AGO HOW TO TURN EMBARASSMENT INTO POSITIVE
PRESS. ON A DOVE HUNTING EXPEDITION WITH REPORTERS IN 1994, HE SHOT A
DIFFERENT BIRD - A PROTECTED SPECIES. HE TURNED HIMSELF IN, AND PAID A
Can anybody say nice shot? (Nice Shot)
I made the front page of every Texas newspaper with the wrong bird.
Thank goodness it wasn't deer season. I might of shot me a cow.
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FIVE MONTHS INTO THE JOB, HE'S MORE AT EASE IN PUBLIC THAN HE WAS IN THE
BEGINNING. BUT HE KEEPS HIS SPEECHES SHORT, AND HE'S CAREFUL NOT TO
WANDER FROM THE TEXT.
OFF DUTY, GEORGE W. BUSH'S IMAGE IS THAT OF A STAY-AT-HOME FAMILY GUY. A
GUY WHO CAN'T DANCE BUT IS WILLING TO TRY. A GUY WHO'D RATHER HAVE A
BARBEQUE THAN A STATE DINNER.
(SOT/SUSAN TOEPFER/PEOPLE MAGAZINE:)
He's a lot like the men we know. He's not a charasmatic guy like
clinton. He's not a flashy guy. But he's sort of like everybody's
husband. He's the guy sitting on the couch watching football.
OR MAYBE WATCHING KIDS PLAY T-BALL ON THE SOUTH LAWN.
SUSAN TOEPFER OF PEOPLE MAGAZINE THINKS WOMEN - WHO WERE MORE LIKELY TO
VOTE FOR BILL CLINTON - ARE WARMING UP TO GEORGE W. BUSH.
(SOT/SUSAN TOEPFER/PEOPLE MAGAZINE:)
I think he's done the best he can to be everybody's President.// I think
we were all in the mood for a lighter presidency, for something that
wasn't so dramatic.))
Lynchburg officials may be willing to remove two controversial pieces of art from city court buildings.
Minorities and others say the mural "Going Down to Lynchburg".. which shows a white man and a black man presumed to be his slave.. is racist and has no place in the juvenile court building.
They also object to stylized metal figures in the circuit court lobby.
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((ED BARKSDALE/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: BUT BOTH OF THEM ARE VERY OBJECTIONABLE. AND IN A CITY LIKE LYNCHBURG AND IN A CITY IN A DEMOCRACY WE DON'T NEED TO BE ADVOCATING ANYTHING THAT'S OBJECTIONABLE TO OUR CITIZENS.))
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It will cost about 55- thousand dollars to remove the mural.. the city is still waiting on an estimate for the other figures.
Council will take up the issue again in August.
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Still to come on the newscast, Jacey will have our detailed forecast,
and we'll tell you why Los Angeles' replaced its traffic jams with ostrich races.
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Rescue workers are still hoping an injured whale swimming off the coast of Cape Cod will survive.
But so far, attempt to rescue the whale have failed.
Gretchen Carlson has the latest.
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(( It's almost an impossible task..trying to catch-up to a 50-ton
whale in the open sea..to remove a fishing line entangled in the
Tuesday, a valiant effort by a rescue team to help the whale failed.
Rescuers in raft-like boats made two attempst to sedate the
whale..shooting harpoons into it's back but the whale shook off the
relaxing drug and kept swimming strong.
Sot: Peter Borrelli/Director, Center for Coastal Studie)
"The whale showed no visible effects or continued to pull that boat
around at a rate of about 5 knots for nearly 6 hours, and at that point
fog set in and the rescue attempt was discontinued."
Narr: Rescuers had to be careful how much sedative they could give the
whale. Too much could knock the whale out.. causing it to drown. Now
they hope the fishing gear will continue to move through the whale's
"If it does we may attempt to apply some pressure. If that fails, we'll
probably move in on the left side of the animal and trim the gear
clear..and hope for the best."
Narr: But no matter how much the gear shifts, there still the bigger
problem of infection. Rescuers believe the infection has spread because
the whale's skin has turned gray.
Standup: Scientists won't say how long the whale may survive. They may
try to reach the animal again in the next three to four days.
....Gretchen Carlson..CBS News.
Traffic was for the birds yesterday in Los Angeles.
The normal hum of traffic zipping through the streets was replaced by another sound.
Ostriches raced down Westwood Boulevard toward a video store.
The birds, "Dude" and "Sweet" were racing to launch the home video release of the movie "Dude, Where's My Car."
If you believe movie critics, you may argue it would have been more appropriate to race turkeys.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 38 points. NASDAQ has gained 14.
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Still to come on News 7 -
Things are running smoothly so far at Twins camp -
And a rarely seen painting makes a temporary public appearance. We'll have details after the break.
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Atlanta is on its way up in the National League East Standings.
But the Braves had to work for it last night against the Phillies.
In the 11th inning, this sacrifice- fly brings home Brian Jordan for the winning run.
The Braves close out the inning with two more, and go on to win it four to
one in 11 innings.
Atlanta has won five straight. The Phillies are 7-and-15 since June first. The Braves are now a half game out of first behind Philadelphia
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Ten and 11 year old football players hoped to learn some new moves from Tiki and Ronde Barber at The NFL Twins football camp yesterday at River's Edge.
This is the fourth year for the camp.
And while things are running smoother than ever this week, just blocking out a week of time is getting to be more and more difficult for the twins.
As their NFL stature increases, so does the amount of off-season commitments.
But Tiki and Ronde feel so strongly about this camp, that it is currently the ONLY thing they will commit to do a year in advance.
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And finally this afternoon--
A rarely- viewed Claude Monet painting has set a new record.
The original brought in 14-point-three-MILLION dollars at a Sotheby's auction in London.
"Haystacks, Last Rays of the Sun" is one of 23 in the French impressionist's series.
The painting has not been seen in public for more than a hundred years.
Now it will probably go back into privacy.
The successful buyer remained anonymous.
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