Two students are still in critical condition.
They were members of a group aboard the Roanoke church van that overturned yesterday in North Carolina.
A live report, coming up.
No public appearances, but an otherwise typical work day for Vice President Dick Cheney after he received a pacemaker over the weekend.
Cooler drier air is just now beginning to enter the region..but don't get use to it...I'll tell you why in my upcoming forecast...
Join us for News 7 at noon.
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A Roanoke congregation is planning a special prayer service tonight for its members who were involved in a van accident.
Two students remain in critical condition after a church van from Roanoke overturned on Route 220 near Greensboro yesterday.
The van was on its way back to Virginia Heights Baptist Church after a weekend Christian retreat in Myrtle Beach.
Shannon Young joins us live now from outside the church with the latest.
Kim, the two critically injured students are middle schoolers Jessica Lewis and Helen Vandegrift.
They are being treated at a hospital in Greensboro.
A high school boy is also still hospitalized at Chapel Hill.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
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The van was carrying 14-passengers when it blew its left rear tire on northbound route 220 near Level Cross.
North Carolina State Police say the van lost control and flipped several times.
11 people were injured with several students thrown from the vehicle.
We spoke to youth minister Jonathon Newcomb who was driving at the time of the accident.
He says, aside from the three students still hospitalized, the others suffered only bruises and cuts.
He is nursing a concussion.
The van was an 1980's model capable of carrying 15-passengers.
Newcomb and his wife were wearing their seatbelts but police say they don't think any of the kids were belted in.
Police say no charges will be filed.
Kim, Virginia Heights Baptist Church will hold a prayer service for the injured students tonight.
The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.
QUESTION (KIM): Had there been any past problems with the van?
The youth minister says he's unaware of any problems with the van itself.
He says he drove it to Emerald Point and back just two weeks ago with no trouble.
But he's not as certain about the condition of the tires.
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11 people in Henry County are facing drug charges.
The charges are a result of an undercover drug investigation from several jurisdictions between May 2000 and June 2001.
The focus was to combat illegal drug activity in the Sandy Level, Piedmont Estates, and Ridgeway communities of Henry County.
The investigation has resulted in 11 adults being charged -- with a total of 32 felonies on charges including possessing and distributing cocaine.
Vice President Dick Cheney is back at work after receiving a pacemaker over the weekend.
After spending the past couple of days resting and recuperating at home, Cheney arrived at the White House this morning.
It was Cheney's THIRD major cardiac procedure since November.
The new equipment will regulate his heartbeat.
Aside from making no public appearances today, Cheney's spokesman says it'll be a typical work day.
After meeting with President Bush, Cheny planned to sit down with his staff to discuss a range of policy topics.
Former Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic is getting an offer of help from an unusual source.
Former U-S attorney general Ramsey Clark says he's considering joining Milosevic's defense team.
Clark served as Attorney General during President Lyndon Johnson's administration.
Mark Phillips has more.
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[SUPER=03-Belgrade, Yugoslavia; :31]
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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
Slobodan Milosevic -- last seen on his arrival in The Netherlands -- is
due to make his first court appearance in The Hague tomorrow. And the
indication from the formation of his legal defense team is that he does
not intend to go down without a fight.
BELGRADE THIS MORNING
The first members -- Yugoslav lawyers -- flew to the Netherlands this
morning, enduring that scourge of air travel -- missing luggage. They
will be getting help from some international heavy hitters including
former US attourney General Ramsey Clark.
Ramsey Clark's sympathy for the Serbs was demonstrated when he supported
them during the NATO bombing of Belgrade. Now it seems he'll be
bringing his own arsenal to bear by arguing that the Milosevic case is
just another example -- in his view -- of The Hague Tribunal targeting
For the prosecution team under Carla Del Ponte, it'll make the prospect
of proving Milosevoc's guilt all the more difficult.
There is plenty of evidence that war crimes took place in the various
breakaway Yugoslav republics, but tying Milosevic to those crimes
directly will be the legal challenge.
Mark Philips CBS News London
Police are confirming Japanese media reports that they've requested an arrest warrant for a U-S Air Force sergeant.
The un- identified officer is suspected of raping a woman outside an Okinawa nightclub.
A police spokesman says the warrant request comes after four days of intense questioning.
Meanwhile, the suspect denies the charges.
Friends and families of Tara Rose Munsey remembered the murder victim in a prayer service last night.
The families of Tara Munsey and Jeffrey Thomas held the Hope, Healing, and Reconciliation service at Grace Episcopal Church in Radford.
Thomas was convicted of capital murder in March.
Munsey's mother says she has been graced with the power to forgive and is opposed to his death sentence.
She says one life has already been lost, and Tara wouldn't want anyone to die over her, .
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((KITTY IRWIN/TARA MUNSEY'S MOTHER: THE LOVE OF JESUS AND HIS FORGIVENESS, AND HOW THAT APPLIES TO EVERYTHING EVEN WHEN IT'S HARD. IN PARTICULAR WHEN IT'S HARD.))
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[OUT Q=in particular when it's hard.]
Thomas will be in court on July 9th for formal sentencing.
A Salem company has been bought by a world leader in biotech development.
Sybron Biochemical now belongs to a Denmark company called Novozymes.
The two companies announced merger plans last month.
Sybron says it now has the money it needs to expand the Salem facility... and that the merger is just the beginning of expansion plans for biotechnology firms in the Roanoke Valley.
Sybron products contain micro-organisms that do everything from growing better tomato plants, to cleaning spots off the floor.
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A huge merger in the airline industry is off. We'll have the details after the break.
Also we'll tell you waht police officers in Washington D-C have learned after spending time this summer at the Holocaust Museum.
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"To Protect and to Serve"...
Law enforcement officers in Washington D-C are learning the importance of protecting the RIGHTS of individuals, not just individuals themselves.
Diana Olick explains.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Ramsey/DC Metro Police Chief; :29]
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[SUPER=01-James Meagher/DC Metro Police Officer; :58]
[SUPER=01-David Friedman/Anti-Defamation League; 1:35]
[SUPER=01-Diana Olick/CBS News; 1:48]
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nat/ What does it mean to be a witness?
VO THESE DC POLICE OFFICERS ARE ABOUT TO GET A LESSON IN LAW
ENFORCEMENT...FROM ADOLPH HITLER.
I'm going to ask you as we go through, why do you think Hitler
targetted all these groups? Cop: He didn't have control over them. 07
VO THE OFFICERS ARE TAKING A TOUR THROUGH THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM.
IT'S NOT THE AVERAGE SENSITIVITY TRAINING, BUT THE BRAINCHILD OF DC
POLICE CHIEF CHARLES RAMSEY.
I mean it took more than just soldiers to participate in the holocaust.
That just happens to be a backdrop to kind of get us into this whole
discussion of the role of police in a democratic society. 12
VO THAT ROLE HAS COME UNDER FIRE RECENTLY, DURING THE CINCINNATI RIOTS.
Your name doesn't exist, you have no rights, and you're made to feel
like a criminal. 05
VO OFFICERS QUICKLY RECOGNIZE THE PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS, BUT SLOWLY
THEY LEARN OF HOW LOCAL COPS LIKE THEM WERE DRAWN INTO HITLER'S GRAND
SUPER: OFFICER JAMES MAH?
This will bring that back into my head in saying look, people, in the
past, people's rights have been violated and try not to do that now. 08
NAT IN CLASS
FRIEDMAN Generally stereo types, are they positive or negative?
VO AFTER THE TOUR, THE OFFICERS ARE ASKED TURN WHAT THEY'VE LEARNED
NAT the number one stereotype of police? donuts? laughing...donuts.
NAT COP The first thing they say, well you're corrupt, the rodney king
thing, you're brutal. -06
NAT FRIEDMAN You're not just enforcing laws, you're protecting rights,
you're not just looking at people as groups, you're not allowed to,
you're protecting all. 08
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SUPER: DAVID FRIEDMAN, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE
They begin to understand that the very things that make their lives
difficult, the accountability, the scrutiny the lack of thanks are the
very things that they're protecting. 11
SUPER: DIANA OLICK, CBS NEWS
OC: MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND OFFICERS HAVE NOW COME THROUGH THIS MUSEUM,
FROM MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, EVEN THE FBI...BUT NOT ALL OF THEM WENT
WILLINGLY. MANY WORRIED THEY WERE BEING COMPARED TO STORM TROOPERS.
I really never associated police with the holocaust.// This is a way
for them to kind of get inside themselves and understand themselves
VO AND IN DOING SO, GAIN A STRONGER RESPECT NOT JUST FOR RACE BUT FOR
INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS...ONE AS FAR FROM THE NAZI MENTALITY AS WASHINGTON DC
IS FROM GERMANY. DO, CBSN, DCTERMS.
Police officers in Los Angeles are coming under criticism. Some say a federally mandated program designed to fight racial profiling could lead to the problem it is supposed to PREVENT.
Sandra Hughes has more.
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[SUPER=01-Raquelle de la Rocha/L.A.P.D. Police Commission; :50]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/CBS News; :59]
[SUPER=01-Gregory Rodriquez/New America Foundation; 1:18 Quick;]
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(( LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICERS ARE ARRIVING ON CRIME SCENES ARMED WITH A
NEW WEAPON IN THE WAR AGAINST RACIAL PROFILING-A PALM PILOT LIKE DEVICE
TO RECORD THE ETHNICITY OF EVERY PERSON THEY DETAIN.
NATS UP How=s it going champ, what happened?
IN A CITY PLAGUED BY PAST POLICE SCANDALS AND RACIAL DIVISIONS, THIS
FEDERALLY MANDATED PROGRAM AIMS TO FIND OUT WHETHER POLICE TARGET
CERTAIN MINORITIES FOR ARREST.
SOT: LAPD Officer Jim Talmage 04:19:46 there=s just a pull down menu
where I put the descent of the person I=ve contacted..Hughes: What does
that mean? Descent-white Hispanic, African American (11 seconds)
THE DATA COLLECTION PROGRAM IS JUST IN ITS PILOT PHASE AND IS ALREADY
UNDER ATTACK. ONE REASON? OFFICERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ASK A PERSON
THEIR ETHNICITY BECAUSE OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT WOULD BE OFFENSIVE,
INSTEAD THE OFFICER WILL GUESS THE PERSON=S RACE:
SOT: Raquelle de la Rocha/Pres. LAPD Police Commission 23:14:35 The
data is basically going to be junk in , junk out./// But even if we had
just pure race people, and we were guessing those races...we don=t know
what to compare it to..(9 seconds)
O.C. CRITICS LIKE THE LA POLICE COMMISSIONER POINT OUT ANOTHER
PROBLEM WITH THE PROGRAM...ONCE ALL THE RACIAL DATA IS COLLECTED.. IT
HASN=T BEEN DECIDED HOW IT WILL BE ANALYZED... TO PROVE OR DISPROVE THAT
RACIAL PROFILING EXISTS.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THAT OFFICERS ARE BEING ASKED TO REDEFINE RACES
THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IGNORING?
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SOT: Gregory Rodriguez/Sr. Fellow, New America Foundation A 161035
bottom line is that America is slowly but surely breaking out of the old
categories and the most visible arm of the government, the police seems
to be intent on placing us back into those categories (11 seconds)
CIVIL RIGHT=S ADVOCATES SAY FOCUSING ON RACE IS THE ONLY WAY TO
DETERMINE IF THE POLICE TARGET MINORITIES. AND THEY REJECT THE IDEA
THAT GUESSING SOMEONE=S RACE WILL ONLY RE-ESTABLISH STEREOTYPESB EVEN
ONE CRITIC OF THE PLAN CAN SEE SOME GOOD COMING FROM THE PROGRAM:
SOT: Raquelle de la Rocha 23:17:22 A I think there will be some positive
impact of raising the issue in the officers minds about racial profiling
is illegal, and we don=t allow it and we=re checking to see if you=re
doing it. (11 seconds)
PROBLEM IS...OFFICIALS AREN=T DOING THE CHECKING..THE PROGRAM RELIES ON
THE HONESTY OF THE OFFICER... THE POLICE POLICING THEMSELVES AND SOME
QUESTION WHETHER THAT CAN EVER WORK .. SH CBS NEWS LA.))[Breathalyzer-Tests]
A new law to fight drunk driving is now in effect.
Judges and juries in Virginia WILL be informed when a defendant refuses to take a breathalyzer test.
But the law also instructs judges and juries not to consider their refusal as evidence of guilt.
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Also among the hundreds of other new laws in effect in Virginia ..
One puts your phone off-limits to telemarketers after nine p-m and allows you to take the most persistent phone pests to court.
For public schools, a U-S flag must be in every classroom and students are required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stalkers face added penalties ... pharmacists will have to supervise technicians more closely ... and human cloning is banned.
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Still to come on News 7 -
Air travel in and out of London will bring passengers some musical memories next spring...
And can humans love a machine? Steven Spielberg is banking on it.
We'll have details after the break.
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There are several reports-- but NO confirmation that United Airlines's plan to buy U-S Airways is grounded.
Several newspapers report that United notified U-S Air a coupld of days ago that it wanted to discuss scrapping the four-billion- dollar deal.
United is reportedly worried about the shaky economy and getting regulatory approval.
But the airline will reportedly still have to shell out a lot of money to U-S Air, a 50- million- dollar fee for ending the agreement.
Meanwhile, airline passengers flying in and out of Liverpool, England may find themselves humming old Beatles tunes--
The airport has been re- named after late singer John Lennon.
It'll officially become the Liverpool John Lennon Airport when a new terminal opens next Spring.
Officials say the number of passengers who used the airport had quadrupled to two million in the past few years, and it was time for a new beginning.
The airport's new logo includes a Lennon self-portrait, and the line "above us only sky," from his song "Imagine."
Stephen Spielberg is laughing all the way to the bank.
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[IN Q=Ha ha]
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[OUT Q=ha ha]
Spielberg's new movie, "A-I" is sitting on top of the box office after bringing in a little more than 30 MILLION dollars over the weekend.
A project Spielberg inherited from Stanley Kubrick, "A-I" is the story of a robot boy programmed to love.
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Last weekend's top film, "The Fast and the Furious" slipped to number two, bringing in 20 MILLION.
Eddie Murphy's new movie, Dr. Doolittle Two, was in third place.
"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" continued to drop hard. After a solid opening, it dropped to 9.8 million dollars in just its third week.
John Singleton's new film "Baby Boy" opened at fifth place.
[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 116 points.
Nasdaq has gained 17 points.
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Still to come on the newscast, some pet owners are crowing about their pet's accomplishments,
We'll show you what they will do to make a rooster say 'cocka-doodle-doo'.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon will be right back.
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News 7 has learned that Peter Gillespie - the majority owner of the E-C-H-L's Augusta Lynx, and Larry Kish have submitted an offer to buy the Roanoke Express.
Gillespie also holds a minor interest in the Macon Woopie team.
Sources say IF Gillespie buys the team, he COULD move the Express to Fayetteville, North Carolina to play in the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum.
The Central Hockey league team that played there this past season, the Fayetteville Force, is dormant at this time.
Gillespie could not be reached for comment.
His offering price is also not known.
Sources also tell news 7 sports, that a local group is not only interested in buying the Express but submitted its offer to buy the team over the weekend.
More on this story as details become available.
In other Express news, head coach Perry Florio has been mentioned as a strong candidate for the Mississippi Seawolves head job.
It came open yesterday after Al Peterson stepped down.
The Seawolves are owned by former Express owner John Gagnon.
A source says the job is between Florio and current Seawolves player assistant Bob Woods, a good friend of Perry's who was in his wedding party in 1993.
Florio is still the Express's head coach.[Rooster]
And finally today--
It wasn't the crack of dawn, but some roosters in Oregon were still singing cockle-doodle-doo...
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[OUT Q=crowing ends...]
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Bird owners near Medford gathered yesterday for the National Rooster Crowing Championships.
Owners had to use whatever means necessary to get their fine- feathered friends to crow as many times as they could in 30- minutes.
But for the WINNING rooster, it was all in a day's work...
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[IN Q=He's just]
((ANTHONY SPREGES/WINNING ROOSTER OWNER: HE'S JUST A NATURAL CROWER, ACTUALLY. AT HOME, HE JUST CROWS ALL THE TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Anthony Spreges/Winning Rooster Owner;]
[OUT Q=all the time.]
The competition was fierce, as owners did everything from rocking their bird's cages to singing to their birds.
Some even wondered which was more entertaining, the birds or the owners.
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