There may be light at the end of the tunnel for firefighters out west--
A rainy forecast could bring the break they've been waiting for in the battle against more than 30 wildfires.
And we'll hear from one of the victims of the shark attacks that happened over the weekend in Florida.
We're seeing a beautiful sunny day with low humidity and a nice breeze...I'll have your forecast.....
Join us-- News 7 at noon is next.
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Firefighters in Washington and Oregon have their hands full, but they're keeping an eye to the sky.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Firefighters in the wildfire- ravaged West are hoping for relief from Mother Nature.
The weather forecast looks promising for Washington State, where firefighters are battling a seven-thousand-acre blaze outside the resort town of Leavenworth..
Jennifer Miller has an update.
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[OUT Q=Jennifer Miller, CBS News, Leavenworth, WA.]
(LOCATOR: LEAVENWORTH, WA)
Firefighters weary from battling wildfires in central Washington State
may be getting some assistance from the weather today. Temperatures
dropped over the weekend and rain is predicted for tomorrow.
Over 65-hundred acres near the resort town of Leavenworth have already
been engulfed by flames. But that's just one blaze among 33 others
burning throughout seven Western states. The hot, dry weather and
mountainous territory have made the battle that much harder.
"Steep terrain, windy conditions lots of fire activity, we're just
trying to do the best we can with the resources we have."
(LOCATOR: MONUMENT, OR)
It took one thousand firefighters to save the ranching community of
"There is no way to express how grateful we are. These men and women put
their lives on the line."
The weather forecasts say there could be snow in some parts of
Washington but for these firefighters the outlook is likely to be warm
for some time yet.
(MILLER STANDUP CLOSE, paraphrased, while they're hopeful for rain, they
don't want TOO much rain because of possible water erosion caused by
A teenage driver has died following an accident Saturday in Bedford County.
State police say 16 year old Amy Lynn Ives of Roanoke was on route 122, when she turned into the path of a pickup truck.
Ives died that night at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No one else involved in the accident suffered any life-threatening injuries.
The Missouri pharmacist accused of diluting cancer-fighting drugs is scheduled to appear in court today.
Robert Courtney's attorney says he hopes his client will be released on bail after the hearing.
He says Courtney will plead innocent.
The pharmacist is charged with adulterating and misbranding two chemotherapy drugs.
More than 400 people have called an F-B-I hot line set up for cancer patients who believe they were given the drugs.
If convicted, Courtney faces up to three years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine.
The effort to keep a potentially lethal disease out of the U-S has some doctors focusing on some medical procedures.
A doctor at U-V-A says the use of cadaver tissue in brain surgeries could bring something similiar to Mad Cow Disease to America. Sharyl Attkisson has more.
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((Amid growing concern that Europe's mad cow disease could spread to
animals or people in the US, health officials have cracked down on the
US blood supply, vaccines, and animal feed--all possible sources of
But some medical experts argue one danger has been seriously
overlooked: common surgery in which tissue from cadavers is used to
repair brain injuries in living patients.
(SOT-DR. PETER LURIE, FDA ADVISOR & DEPUTY DIR. OF PUBLIC CITIZEN HEALTH
(11:10:02) THERE COULD BE DISEASE TRANSMITTED FROM DEAD DONORS TO LIVE
PEOPLE DURING OPERATIONS ON THEIR BRAIN. (:07)
Dr. Peter Lurie says it may only be a matter of time. There are
already dozens of cases in which a close cousin to mad cow has been
spread from cadavers to people through brain grafts.
Both illnesses attack the brain--and are always fatal.
Because of the risk, the head of neurosurgery at the University of
Virginia won't transplant the tissue from cadavers anymore.
(SOT-DR. JOHN JANE, Sr./ CHAIRMAN OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY AT UNIV OF VA,
AND EDITOR OF THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY)
130924 IT SHOULD BE BANNED I SEE NO REASON FOR IT ITS JUST ITS A RISK
WITHOUT A BENEFIT (6)
On the other side of the issue are neurosurgeons like Dr. Raymond
Sawaya who argue there's simply nothing more effective than the human
(SOT-DR. RAYMOND SAWAYA, PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF DEPT OF
NEUROLOGY--check--UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER)
TBA: WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT HUMAN TISSUE REMAINS THE GOLD STANDARD BY
WHICH ALL OTHER THINGS ARE COMPARED, AND THAT ALONE MEANS A LOT TO BE.
THE ALTERNATIVES, SYNTHETIC MATERIAL OR ANIMAL GRAFTS--ARE BOTH USED IN
GREAT BRITAIN AND JAPAN ---COUNTRIES WHICH BANNED CADAVER BRAIN TISSUE
YEARS AGO. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ADVISES DOCTORS ONLY TO USE THE
HUMAN MATERIAL WHEN THERE'S NO OTHER OPTION.
Dr. Jane has now joined with the watchdog group Public Citizen in
asking the FDA to ban the use of the cadaver tissue in human brain
surgery, claiming it poses a needless risk at a time when the US is
working so hard to keep out any form of mad cow disease. Sharyl
Attkisson, CBS News, Washington.))
This may go down on record as the "summer of the shark"--
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That after six attacks over the weekend on the same stretch of shoreline in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
The surfers' injuries from the shark bites were not life- threatening.
Two of the surfers looked no worse for the wear when they appeared on "The Early Show" to talk about their experience.
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((JEFF WHITE/SHARK ATTACK VICTIM: AT FIRST I DIN'T FEEL ANYTHING BECAUSE MY
ADRENALINE WAS ALL PUMPING I MEAN, ONCE I GOT TO THE HOSPITAL IT WAS
VERY PAINFUL, DON'T RECOMMEND ANYBODY TO GO THROUGH THE PAIN AT ALL OR
TO GET BIT BY A SHARK.))
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[OUT Q=get bit by a shark.]
Meanwhile, Florida officials say DON"T blame the recent series of attacks on the sharks.
They say hungry sharks are attracted by fish in the water, NOT people.
Sharks often get disoriented in murky water and snap
at anything that moves.
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Local authorities continue to search for clues to the whereabouts of a local woman who disappeared. We'll have that story next,
Also we'll see why the increased use of D-N-A evidence is causing problems for the F-B-I.
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Betty Jo McNeil disappeared a week ago without a trace.
She failed to return home from an errand last Monday.
Since that time, investigators have found few clues as to what happened to the missing woman.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Steve McNeil/Betty Jo's Husband; :17]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Singleton/Betty Jo's Friend; 1:03]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Fincastle]
((SOT/COVER WITH PICTURE OF BETTY JO))
((STEVE McNEIL: VERY MUCH LOVED, BY US AND MANY MANY FRIENDS.))
[OUT Q=many many friends]
A wife, a mother, a friend, and now a missing woman for nearly a week.
[IN Q=Its been very stressful]
((STEVE McNEIL/HUSBAND: ITS BEEN VERY STRESSFUL. WE JUST HOPE AND PRAY THAT SHE'S OK AND THAT WE CAN FIND HER SOON.))
[OUT Q=find her soon]
There's no evidence of foul play and no indication she ran away.
Betty Jo McNeil has just vanished without a trace.
[IN Q=Betty Joe was last seen]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: BETTY JOE WAS LAST SEEN LAST MONDAY AROUND 5:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. SHE TOLD HER KIDS SHE WAS HEADING TO THE LIBRARY, MOST LIKELY HERE AT THE FINCASTLE LIBRARY. BUT SHE NEVER RETURNED HOME, IN FACT, THERE'S NO INDICATION SHE MADE IT HERE TO THE LIBRARY.))
[OUT Q=to the library]
Library records show she checked out no books on Monday and no one recalls seeing her.
We do know she was driving a white four door Dodge Spirit.
Part of the grille is missing from the car, and the windshield has a crack across it.
Friends have searched on foot and horseback fearing Betty Jo may have had an accident.
[IN Q=There is a lot of thickness]
((DEBBIE SINGLETON/FRIEND: THERE'S A LOT OF THICKNESS AND LOT OF BRUSH AND ITS REAL HARD TO SEARCH FOR ANYTHING SO YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO JUST REALLY LOOK FOR THE DETAILS.))
[OUT Q=look for the details]
They're looking for tire marks, overturned leaves, and broken branches.
Its like finding a needle in a hay stack but friends and family its worth it.
After all, one small clue could be the big break they need to finding out what happened to Betty Jo or where she is, hopefully alive.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Fincastle.))
Two men are under arrest, charged in connection with the beating and shooting of Louis Farrakhan's son.
Police say 42- year- old Joshua Farrakhan was shot once in each leg.
The shooting happened at a friend's home in Chicago last Thursday morning.
Authorities say Clarence Goree and Jason Bailey burst into the house and allegedly attacked Farrakhan and his female companion.
The injuries were not life threatening.
Goree and Bailey are charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.
They're due in court on Thursday.
The use of genetic evidence has changed the way authorities investigate crime.
While its use can many times determine the guilt or innocence of a suspect, there is a problem.
Labs are being flooded with more requests than they can handle.
Stephanie Lambidakis reports.
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(( For police, DNA technology was supposed to be the magic bullet --
close to 100% accuracy identifying the real criminal in the toughest
murder and rape cases. But so many DNA samples now pour into law
enforcement agencies, crime labs across the country are swamped.
(SOT/JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL/AUG 1) "BACKLOGS OF UNANALYZED
DNA SAMPLES AND UNACCEPTABLE DELAYS IN ANALYSIS OF DNA EVIDENCE ARE NOW
PREVENTING FULL UTILIZATION OF THIS REMARKABLE TECHNOLOGY."
(BLUELINE: Richmond, VA)
Delays are causing tragedies. In 1998, DNA evidence from one
Virginia rape case sat untouched almost 6 months. Meanwhile, Christopher
Banks, a suspect in the case, was released from custody for lack of
evidence. By the time technicians finally matched his DNA to the crime,
Banks had raped and killed another young woman. He has since been
convicted in BOTH cases.
Nationwide, the delays are running "six months to a year."
"One million samples await testing" including
" More than 180-thousand samples from rapes, and
"More than 750-thousand from convicted offenders being archived for
(ON CAMERA BRIDGE IN FBI LAB/12:30:00)
AND HERE AT THE FBI, THE LAB IS ABOUT TO BE INUNDATED WITH EVEN MORE
DNA WORK -- THESE KITS CONTAINING THE BLOOD SAMPLES FROM 30-THOUSAND
FEDERAL INMATES, WHOSE DNA WILL BE ANALYZED AND THEN UPLOADED INTO THE
NATIONAL DNA SYSTEM.
In their zeal to use DNA for ALL kinds of crimes, police departments
are adding to the overload. They are SCOURING crime scenes for all
potential evidence, sending it to the FBI by the box-full.
(SOT/JENNIFER SMITH/FBI SPECIAL AGENT/11:09:58)
"AND THAT'S WHAT'S TAXING OUR LABS... THAT WE'LL GET, WE DON'T
CONTROL WHAT'S COLLECTED.
The Justice Department is now sending an emergency $30 million to
help local police process evidence faster -- and Congress will soon
consider spending millions more -- both to clean up the backlog and to
build a nationwide system capable of dealing with an ever growing load
of DNA evidence. Stephanie Lambidakis, CBS News, Washington.))
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Up next on the newscast, we'll see if American Pie can repeat at the top of the box office,
and we'll tell you why a U-S Senator hopes he does NOT see a repeat of any kind of pie.
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The movie "American Pie Two" has managed to stay on top of the box office.
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The sequel brought in nearly 21 and a-half MILLION dollars this weekend.
It's the first movie since "Pearl Harbor" to stay at number one for two straight weekends.
The teen comedy made 45 Million dollars last weekend.
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"Rush Hour Two" came in second with 19 MILLION dollars.
The slapstick comedy, "Rat Race" debuted in third place.
Nicole Kidman's "The Others" brought in almost 11 million dollars.
And "The Princess Diaries" took the fifth spot.
Studio executives must be disappointed with the openings of two new films.
Neither "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" nor "American Outlaws" were able to crack the top five.
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While "American Pie" is sweetening box office profits this summer, a pie in the FACE was a bittersweet birthday surprise for a U-S Senator.
Senator Fred Thompson was celebrating his 59th birthday yesterday, when he visited the Tennessee Titans training camp in Nashville.
Rooky defensive lineman Donovan Arp and Offensive lineman Chris Valletta snuck up on Thompson, and smeared on the creamy concoction.
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[OUT Q=big trouble...laughs]
Thompson says this was a first for him--
He's had pie on his face figuratively, but never LITERALLY, until now.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 50 points.
Nasdaq has gained six points.
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Still to come - Coach Frank Beamer's finally made some decisions on positions for the Hokies' upcoming football season.
AND we'll tell you why Dodge and Sterling Marlin refused to let thunderstorms rain on their parade.
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Phil Mickelson comes up short on the final day of the P-G-A championship.
Mickelson loses to David Toms, who scores his first major championship.
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Mickelson and Toms were tied after 15 holes.
Mickelson came from 2 shots down with 4 to go.
But he three- putted the 16th green, dropping a shot behind Toms.
After hitting the green at 18 in 2, Mickelson missed the put for birdie and a tie, as Toms laid up rather than challenge the water protected 490 yard final hole.
Toms then rolled in the par putt, closing with a 1 under par 69.
He finished at 15 under par 265 for the tournament, and a one shot win over Mickelson.
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[OUT Q=.....wasn't enough."]
Steve Lowery finished third at 12 under par.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer is making final touches to the lineup .. including a decision for backup quarterback.
Beamer announced yesterday that freshman tailback Kevin Jones will battle red shirt freshman Keith Burnell for playing time behind junior starter Lee Suggs.
Jones was the nation's top high school player last year.
Grant Noel will start at quarterback, while freshmen Bryan Randall of Williamsburg and Chris Clifton of Chesapeake competed for the back- up spot.
Beamer picked Randall to back up Noel.
Randall was the Gatorade player of the year in Virginia.
Beamer also said Tech plans to use red shirt freshman Jason Davis as the number 3 quarterback, allowing Clifton and Freshman Will Hunt to red shirt.
Sterling Marlin gave Dodge its first Winston Cup Victory in 24 years yesterday when he won the rain-shortened Pepsi 400.
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Dale Jarrett started 17-th, and he was closing on 7-th place Jimmy Spencer after 20 laps of the race.
Points leader Jeff Gordon was cruising along too.
He was in the 12-th position after 25 laps.
Bill Elliott was the leader after 57 laps of the race--
But he was being challenged by Ricky Rudd.
Later in the race Rudd blew a cylinder and had to run on 7 the rest of the way.
Then as the cars crossed the line at the half way mark, rain hit the track.
That brought out the red flag, sending the cars to pit road.
Mark Martin was the leader.
After the rain delay, Ricky Rudd's car finally broke, ending his day.
Rudd was second in points.
Marlin, the 2- time Daytona 500 Winner passed Bill Elliott with 53 laps to go and won when the rain halted the event with 162 laps to go.
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[OUT Q=........us today."]
Rick Craven was second, Elliott third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Johnny Benson fifth.
And finally this afternoon--
It's the start of a baby boom in China--
But THESE babies are aren't your typical bundles of joy.
A giant panda has just given birth to twins.
She was one of 13 pandas due to give birth in the next few months.
The twins' arrival is a double blessing, considering the giant panda is one of the world's most endangered species.
Fewer than a thousand giant pandas are living in the wild, most of them in western China.
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