A man's body is found on Patterson Avenue in Roanoke overnight--
The person who says he discovered it claims he heard someone screaming about a half- hour before.
More on the murder investigation, coming up.
And authorities find the body of a drowning victim in the New River.
This dreary humid weather's now leaving the area allowing cooler drier air to move in...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at noon is next.
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Police are investigating a murder in southwest Roanoke.
A police spokeswoman says a body was found on the 14-hundred block of Patterson Avenue around one this morning.
A man who says he found the body lying face down in the alley way between Patterson and Chapman also says he heard screams about a half hour beforehand.
He says he thinks the man was beaten to death.
A nearby resident says he saw police box up a rock as evidence.
Police are awaiting an autopsy before they'll say how the man was killed.
The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of his family.
The body of a drowning victim has been recovered from the New River in Giles County.
Authorities pulled 42-year-old Kenneth Smith from the Shumate Falls area of Glen Lyn less than an hour ago.
The Bluefield, West Virginia man was fishing with a friend Sunday evening when he disappeared into deep water.
Rescue crews combed the water for three hours last night looking for Smith.
They resumed the search this morning around eight.
Authorities say they do NOT suspect foul play or alcohol as a factor.
Authorities say a loss of BRAKES caused a fatal bus crash in western Colombia.
[SUPER=03-Plan la Vaca, Colombia;]
23 passengers died when the bus plunged into a ravine and flipped over yesterday.
14- others were seriously injured, and were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Authorities say the bus was part of a caravan transporting a group of sugar mill workers.
They say the workers had spent the weekend at a popular lake area and were on their way back home when the accident happened.
Opening arguments are scheduled today in Texas, in what'll be the first faulty- tire lawsuit against Firestone to go to trial.
The suit involves the case of a Texas family injured when their
Ford Explorer rolled over on a Mexican highway.
Sharyl Attkisson has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Joel Rodriguez/Firestone Tire Plaintiff; :23]
[SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/CBS News; 1:12]
[OUT Q=Attkisson, CBS News, Washington ]
Four members of the Rodriguez family were injured when a Firestone tire
blew on their Ford Explorer, causing it to roll over. More than a year
later, Marisa Rodriguez can't speak normally, and is no longer the
active, doting mother of three that she once was. Her youngest child is
still traumatized after believing he saw his mother lying dead after the
(SOT-DR. JOEL RODRIGUEZ)
(10:41:18) HE WAS ALREADY TOILET TRAINED AND HE WAS SLEEPING IN HIS OWN
ROOM. AND RIGHT NOW HE HAS TO SLEEP WITH US AND I HAVE TO GIVE HIM MY
HAND SO HE CAN GO TO SLEEP BECAUSE HE'S AFRAID MOST OF THE TIME HE WILL
BE SAYING HE'S REMEMBERING HIS MAMA THAT SHE WAS DEAD AND HOW THAT
HAPPENED AND WHY THAT HAPPENED. (:19)
The Rodriguezes are among hundreds of people injured in Ford Explorer
rollovers after Firestone tire tread separations. Now, they're set to be
the first to have their day in court...with opening statements today in
their trial in Texas.
Ford already settled with the family, but Firestone insists its tire may
not share in the blame.
"We are concerned that this accident involved one of our products...."
says the tiremaker...but "accidents can happen for any number...of
reasons...Explorers have a greater propensity to roll over than other
THE TRIAL IS ONE MORE DISTRACTION FOR FIRESTONE, TRYING TO GET BACK ON
ITS FEET AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR OF TURMOIL. THE TIREMAKER IS ALSO
EMBROILED IN A BATTLE WITH FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS AFTER REFUSING THEIR
DEMAND TO RECALL MORE WILDERNESS TIRES LAST MONTH. NOW THAT CONFLICT
COULD END UP IN COURT, TOO. SHARYL ATTKISSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Ford Motors has decided to settle a lawsuit over an alleged ignition problem.
The suit involves MILLIONS of Ford cars and trucks built in the 1980s and 90s. The contention was that ignition problems caused the vehicles to stall, leading to accidents.
A California judge had said the automaker was living in a "dreamland" for denying that ignition switches were defective on about 23 MILLION automobiles on the nation's roads.
Ford denies the ignition devices are faulty.
But it's already settled hundreds of wrongful death, injury and other lawsuits in connection to allegations that Ford vehicles stall.
Lawyers say this settlement could cost Ford up to a BILLION dollars.
Two more Democratic legislators have figured out what they'll do in November.
Delegates Benny Keister and Jim Shuler plan a news conference tomorrow to announce re-election bids.
The Republicans put them in the same House district, sharing parts of Pulaski and Giles counties.
Keister intends to run in the Sixth District; Shuler, in the Seventh.
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Authorities in the middle east are bracing themselves for more conflict. We'll have the details after this break,
and we'll meet a 12 year old writer who wrote a book to fight summer boredom. He ended up on the best sellers list.
Let's find out from Leo if today's FORECAST will be anything to write home about...
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The Henry County Sheriff's Department has made a pair of arrests following a gunfight that killed a teenager, and wounded two others Friday night.
22-year old James Scales and 21- year old Terris Dandridge, both of Martinsville, are charged with shooting and wounding Joseph Taylor.
Dandridge was also injured in the shooting.
The incident took place outside the Horsepasture Ruritan Club on Route 58 just after eleven Friday night.
Deputies say a fight erupted with as many as 30 shots being fired.
16 year old Lorenzo Hairston died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Another Martinsville man wounded in the shooting is recovering.
Palestinians are on strike today-- shutting down shops and government offices.
They're protesting Israel's take-over of their unofficial headquarters in east Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, dozens of demonstrators had a run- in with Israeli police.
Kimberly Dozier has more.
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[SUPER=01-Hanan Ashrawi/Palestinian Legislator;]
[SUPER=01-Hebron, West Bank;]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, Jerusalem.]
((The violence came as promised from the Palestinians - though not quite
on the scale some had predicted. Israeli troops scuffled with a small
but angry crowd outside the unofficial Palestinian headquarters, Orient
House, in East Jerusalem this morning.
This is the building the Israeli government took over. The Palestinians
want it back.
(SOT: Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Legislator)
This is a city under siege. They may have the army, they may have the
weapons, they have the force and the brutality, but we have the will,
we have the cause, we have the right. And this is the something they
can never defeat, the Palestinian will to resist, to be free, to gain
our liberation and it starts from Jerusalem.
Throughout the West Bank and Gaza, shops and businesses shut as part of
a general strike in protest.
(Locator: Hebron, West Bank) 1/8nat of bombing overnight3/8
The day of rage reared its head early in the West Bank city of Hebron.
The violence was fanned by another death -- Palestinian security sources
say a 7-year-old girl died of a gunshot wound to the head after being
hit by live fire from Israeli troops.
(Locator: Haifa, Israel)
Meanwhile, Israeli security is high following Sunday's suicide bombing.
The bomber walked into this outdoor cafe, in a northern suburb of
Haifa. He blew himself up on the patio, killing only himself but
injuring 20 others.
Narr: Washington is urging restraint.
SOT: George Bush
This is a continuing terrorist campaign.. it has to stop. I will invite
both parties to come and see me at the appropriate time.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he'll talk about a ceasefire,
but there will be no talks about peace, until Palestinian violence ends.
He says that Palestinian symbol of authority, Orient House will stay
under Israeli control for six months and maybe more.
It's a marathon visit to Russia for U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Talks with Russian dignarities were originally scheduled to last two days, instead Rumsfeld is cramming the meetings into a 14- hour day.
It's his first visit to Moscow.
He's hoping to gain Russia's acceptance of the missile defense intiative.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is rejecting the Bush administration's push to jointly withdraw from a 19-72 treaty that bans national missile defenses.
But Putin's in favor of both nations agreeing to mutual cuts in nuclear weapons.
The dispute over a proposed drag strip in Pittsylvania County is heading to court.
Many residents of the community of Java are afraid of what the track would do their neighborhoods.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[IN Q=Nat sound file of drag strip]
[SUPER=03-Natural Bridge/September 1998; :00]
[SUPER=01-Leslie Redd/Area Resident; :15]
[SUPER=01-Stone Gregory, III/Property Owner; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Anderson-Hager/Opponent; 1:24]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Pittsylvania County]
((((NAT SOUND FILE OF DRAG STRIP))
A drag strip much like the one you see here could arrive in Pittsylvania County in less than a year.
Its would be located in an area that's generally pretty quiet.
[IN Q=That was the reason we moved out here]
((LESLIE REDD/AREA RESIDENT: THAT WAS THE REASON WE MOVED OUT HERE AND STARTED WITH BECAUSE IT WAS FARMING COMMUNITY AND MOST PEOPLE AROUND HERE ENJOY THAT PEACE AND QUIET.))
[Runs=peace and quiet]
That community is here in Java off Route 832.
Many residents believe the 1/4 mile strip would generate too much noise, pollution, and traffic.
[IN Q=My brother has a saw mill]
((STONE GREGORY III/LANE OWNER: MY BROTHER HAS A SAW MILL ABOUT A MILE DOWN THE ROAD FROM HERE. AND HE HAS 45 TO 55 TRACTOR TRAILER LOADS GOING IN AND OUT OF THERE OF LUMBER AND LOGS. I DONT THINK THE RACE TRAFFIC WILL BE ANY WORSE THAN TRUCK TRAFFIC ON 832.))
[OUT Q=truck traffic on 832]
Stone Gregory is the man who wants to build the drag strip.
He believes the project would bring much needed revenue and jobs to Pittsylvania County.
The Board of Zoning Appeals agreed, aprroving the strip by a 4 to 1 vote.
[IN Q=The residents headed]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE RESIDENTS HEADED TO COURT IN FEBRUARY TO SEEK AN INJUNCTION TO PREVENT ANY CONSTRUCTION ON THIS SITE. IT WAS REJECTED. NOW THEY'RE HEADING BACK TO COURT, THIS TIME TO SUE THE COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=sue the county]
((NAT SOUND OF RESIDENTS LOOKING AT THE LAWSUIT))
Ten residents are suing hoping a judge will overturn the board's decision.
They argue the county failed to consider the general welfare of residents.
[IN Q=If thats the only way]
((BONNIE ANDERSON-HAGER/OPPONENT: IF THATS THE ONLY WAY THAT A COMMUNITY WHO IS AT THE EDGE OF THE COMMUNITY WHO IS SEEMINGLY NOT BEING HEARD BECAUSE SOMEONE WHO LIVES 30 MILES AWAY IS MAKING THE DECISIONS FOR THIS PARTICULAR COMMUNITY, THE ONLY WAY IT CAN BE HEARD WITHOUT A MOTION IS LEGALLY.))
[OUT Q=motion is legally]
A hearing is set for a week from Tuesday.
Gregory hopes to win and have the drag strip open by sometime next Spring.
Area residents remain hopeful a judge will stop him dead in his tracks.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
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Coming up a little later, we'll see how the Redskins' new chief did against his old team,
but first we'll tell you what film was the apple in moviegoers' eyes this weekend.
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Move over "Harry Potter"--
This summer's hottest read may be "Adirondack Kids".
The author of this children's book is actually a youngster himself.
Mary Beth Wenger has a profile of this up-and-coming writer from upstate New York.
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[SUPER=01-Justin VanRiper/Author; :07]
[SUPER=01-Gary VanRiper/Dad and Co-Author; :44]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Snyder/Book Buyer; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Mary Beth Wenger/Reporting; 1:05]
[OUT Q=for CBS News, in Saratoga Springs, NY.]
like many great accomplishments...the book adirondack kids started as a
(dad) and i one day...bored...project.
but the project took on a life of its own. the story line features a
fictional boy named "justin" and his adventures in the adirondacks.
there are similarities between him and the author.
I like peanut butter cups...got some in the car.
the first edition came out in march and has already nearly sold
out..much to justin's delight.
I think geez i can't believe i did that....lot of writing experience.
justin's dad gary co-wrote the book with him. he has always read with
justin and encouraged him to develop writing skills, which he says is
crucial at certain ages.
(CG=Gary VanRiper/Co-Author & Dad)
fourth grade and ninth grade...kids interest wanes....to continue to
this woman bought 2 books for her kids.
(Debbie Snyder/Saratoga Springs)
just ah, kind of a fun story...relate more...that it's in this area.
justin hopes this inspires other kids to write...so will this be the
start of a big career ?
last time i checked he wanted to be a kickboxing, singing, writing
hockey player...those professions as well.
GARY AND JUSTIN'S SECOND BOOK IS ALREADY IN PROGRESS...THEY HOPE IT WILL
BE OUT NEXT FEBRUARY.
[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
It's been a rough Monday for overseas financial markets--
Japan's benchmark Nikkei stock average fell nearly 244 points, its lowest level in nearly 17 years.
Analysts say the stocks fell this morning on the selling of technology shares.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 29 points.
Nasdaq has lost one.
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Still to come .. The Salem Avalanche takes on Wilmington
and .. Jeff Gordon proves he's got royal blood in his veins .. he battles it out with Jeff Burton to become King of the Road Course once again.
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The Salem Avalanche is still looking for a spot in the Carolina League Playoffs, and a win over Wilmington can only help their chances.
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The game was delayed for about an hour because of the rain.
In the first, Garrett Atkinson hits a shot to shallow centerfield.
It scores Javier Colina to make the score 1 to nothing Salem.
But the Blue Rocks come back in the second.
Willie Ruiz hits this single past second base.
James McAuley rounds the bases to score, and it was tied at 1 to 1.
Salem takes the lead in the second--
Choo Freeman hits a shot up the first base line, scoring Clint Barnes to make it 2 to 1, and the Avalanche wins it 8 to 3.
Arizona finished a three game sweep of the Braves yesterday with a 9 to 1 win.
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The Diamond Backs got on the board in the top of the thir--
Luis Gonzalez hits the single to right field, scoring Craig Counsell to make it 2 to nothing.
Braves' pitcher Greg Maddux saw his walk- streak end at 72 and 2-third innings, when he issued this intentional walk to Damian Millere in the third.
Then in the top of the fifth, Steve Finley gets all of the Maddux pitch for a solo homer over the right field wall.
The Diamondbacks win it 9 to 1.
The Redskins hit the road to open their exhibition season last night in Kansas City.
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Marty Shottenheimer returned to his old stomping grounds in K-C.
The Chiefs came out smoking-
Trent Green goes up top and hits Derrick Mayes on the 29 -yard touchdown pass play.
The Chiefs went on top, 10 to nothing.
Washington struggled on offense and on the special teams.
Dante Hall fields this punt, and he races up the field for the 91- yard T-D run.
Kansas City beat the Redskins 20 to nothing.
Kenny Perry gets his first P-G-A tour victory in 6 years by winning the Buick Open with a 25 under par 263.
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Billy Mayfair stepped into the P-G-A tour record book in the final round.
Mayfair closed with an 11 under par 61, that included a 9 under par 27 on the back nine.
The 9 under par for 9 holes is a record.
Jeff Gordon gets to keep his of King of the Road Course, by winning his 7-th yesterday ..
Gordon took the checkered flag in the Global Crossing at Watkins Glen.
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After the first pit stop, Robby Gordon came out and was running second with Jeff Gordon running a close third.
Joe Nemechek slides off the road course in turn one.
He runs through the gravel and gets his car back on the track.
Ron Fellows was leading the race after 33 laps, but he broke an axle.
Jeff Burton took the lead.
He and Dale Earnhardt Junior would battle, but Burton kept his car in the front spot.
Jarrett worked his way back to 13-th--
But he and Mark Martin hook up in turn one, leaving Jarrett in the sand and the 35-th position.
After a couple of cautions, including one on the final lap, Gordon takes the checkered flag for his second win in a row, and his seventh road course victory.
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[IN Q="With as...]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Global Crossing Winner; :05]
[OUT Q=.......Michigan, I think."]
Another comedy has grabbed the biggest piece of the box office pie.
[SUPER=04-"American Pie 2"]
"American Pie Two" debuted at the top spot this weekend, taking in more than 45 MILLION dollars.
That's the best opening ever for an R-Rated comedy.
It pushed "Rush Hour 2" to second place with 31 and a-half million dollars.
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"The Princess Diaries" remains in third place for the second week.
Nicole Kidman's ghost story "The Others" opened in fourth place with just under 14 Million dollars.
"The Planet of the Apes" was close behind to take the fifth spot.
Bill Murray's new movie "Osmosis Jones" has to be one of the weekend's biggest disappointments.
It opened in seventh place with a meager five point six million dollars.
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