As the nation prepares for a possible war overseas, security on the homefront and in the skies is at the very top of Washington's agenda today.
The latest, coming up.
And a judge sentences a Carroll County teenager for killing her grandfather.
Robin Martin will be almost 40 years old when she's eligible for parole.
After a stormy Monday... beautiful Fall weather enters the region..I'll have your forecast...
Join us-- News 7 at noon is next.
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Guns in the cockpit--
It's a safety precaution U-S pilots are lobbying for on Capitol Hill today.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The pilots union is pushing the U-S government to allow pilots to carry guns during flights, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks.
Officials representing both pilots and flight attendants are testifying today before a Congressional sub-committee.
The head of the pilots union says the bullets that would be supplied to pilots are dangerous to human tissue--but would not do any serious damage to a plane.
Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden's (ahl-KY-duh) al-Qaida group has issued a statement, warning Washington not to make any attacks on bin Laden or Afghanistan.
But the group won't likely get any help from Saudi Arabia, which is cutting all relations with Afghanistan's
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington D-C with an update.
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AMID FEAR IN THE SKIES...THE AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION IS PRESSING
CONGRESS TO ALLOW THEM TO CARRY GUNS IN THE COCKPIT. SOME FLIGHT
ATTENDANTS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA BUT PILOTS ARGUE THE MOVE
COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.
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(Today we are dealing with hijackers... protect their place of work )
OFFICALS SAY OVER 3-HUNDRED- PEOPLE ARE BEING DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING
IN THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CONTINUES TO
SEARCH FOR NEARLY 4-HUNDRED OTHERS.
THIS AS ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT PUSHES FOR MORE ANTI-TERRORISM
LAWS BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY.
(SOT)ATTORNEY GENERAL, JOHN ASHCROFT
MEANWHILE, SAUDI ARABIA OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED ON STATE-RUN TV THAT THEY
HAVE CUT OFF ALL TIES WITH THE RULING TALIBAN PARTY IN AFGHANISTAN.
NEIGHBORING PAKISTAN IS NOW THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO MAINTAIN
TIES WITH THE TALIBAN.
AND A MILLION AND A HALF AFGHANS ARE SAID TO BE TRYING TO FLEE THEIR
COUNTRY.. CREATING A REFUGEE CRISIS AT THEIR BORDERS WITH PAKISTAN AND
It's a sign that things are slowly getting back to normal in New York-- Voters are heading to the polls today for the mayoral primary.
Meanwhile, search teams continue working through the rubble of the World trade Center, as victims' families begin obtaining death certificates for those still missing.
Drew Levinson has more.
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EVEN FROM A SEARCH DOG'S VIEW, THE CHANCES OF LOCATING ANY MORE
SURVIVORS SEEMS BLEAK.
WITH A SPECIALLY DESIGNED CAMERA ATTACHED TO THEIR COLLARS--RESCUE DOGS
ARE COMBING THE RUBBLE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.. FOR ANY REMAINING
SIGNS OF LIFE.
MEANWHILE, THE CITY HAS LOWERED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE MISSING TO NEARLY
TODAY, MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI ADDRESSED THE GRIM REALITY MANY OF THE
VICTIM'S FAMILIES NOW FACE -- OBTAINING DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR
LOVED-ONES STILL MISSING -- AND WHO MAY NEVER BE FOUND.
(SOT: MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK CITY) - "I know this is a
painstaking and difficult process ... up to the family."
ALSO ON THE MINDS OF MANY NEW YORKERS -- WHO WILL BE THEIR NEXT MAYOR?
THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR MAYOR FINALLY GOT A CHANCE TO CAST THEIR
VOTES IN TODAY'S PRIMARY ELECTIONS. IT HAD BEEN DELAYED AFTER THE
SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
BUT THOSE IMPRESSED WITH GIULIANI'S HANDLING OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
CRISIS ARE NOW PUSHING TO ELIMINATE TERM LIMITS ... SO THAT HE CAN RUN
FOR A THIRD TERM.
THOUGH GIULIANI HAS NOT RULED OUT GOING FOR A THIRD TERM, HE URGED
VOTERS TO GO TO THE POLLS TODAY AND ADDED DON'T MAKE HIM A WRITE-IN
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
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A frail looking Pope John Paul, the second is on a tour of Central Asia, spreading a message of peace.
The Pope appeared to be unable to complete his speech after arriving today in the capital of Armenia.
A priest finished reading the prepared text, as the pope sat down.
But the Vatican says the 81- year-old meant to break off during the middle of his speech.
He's in Armenia, after spending four days in Kazakstan.
The Pope is calling for ending violent religious disputes in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the U-S.
A Carroll County teenager will spend the next 21 years in prison for killing her 80 year old grandfather.
Robin Martin was 15 years old when she shot John Mesics in the head with a 12 gauge shotgun in July of 1999.
Prosecutors called it a cold, premeditated murder and a jury convicted her of first degree murder last year.
Yesterday a judge senteneced her to 21 years in prison.
Martin will be eligible for parole in 2020, when she is 36 years old.
The court also ordered her to pay 35 hundred dollars in restitution to her grandmother for her grandfather's funeral expenses.
The death count has risen from killer tornadoes that struck a Washington area suburb.
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Two sisters were killed on the University of Maryland campus, and 50 others were injured.
They died when the highs winds flipped over their car, and tossed it around outside a dorm.
Their father is the deputy director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, whose trailers on the campus were destroyed.
Meanwhile, a 78- year- old volunteer firefighter collapsed and died today after helping to clean up the damage from yesterday's twisters.
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Rescue workers in Alabama have to stand by and wait at the scene of a coal mine explosion. We'll have the details after this break,
New statistics show consumer confidence in the economy is falling. Also profits are falling for a local furniture maker.
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Rescue workers are standing by at the scene of a deadly explosion in an Alabama coal mine.
Fires and high levels of methane are keeping them out of the mine.
As many as 13 people were killed Sunday in two blasts.
Ten of the victims were co-workers who rushed in to rescue the others who were caught by the first explosion.
One of the would-be rescuers died of burns at a hospital
Officials say the other nine are missing and presumed dead.
Debris from the Pentagon could end up in a Roanoke County landfill.
The state wants to haul the debris to the regional landfill-- located off Bradshaw Road along the Roanoke/Montgomery County line.
Many residents are not happy about the decision, and they plan to let the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors know that tonight.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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Members of the Bradshaw Citizens Association found out on Saturday about the state's request to haul debris to the Smith Gap landfill.
Last night-- about 30 members of the group came together with a Roanoke County public information officer to go over the issue.
Residents, who spoke, say they want to do their part to help the nation recover but say Bradshaw Road is simply too narrow.
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((GARY SNYDER: IT'S HARD ENOUGH TO TRAVEL THE ROAD WITH REGULAR CARS AND TRUCKS BUT TO BRING SOMETHING OF THE SIZE THAT THEY'RE TAKING ABOUT IS GOING TO DESTROY SOMETHING THAT'S NOT MUCH MORE OF A PATH IN SOME WAYS.))
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((WHEN THE LANDFILL WAS PERMITTED, IT WAS PERMITTED FOR RAIL TRANSPORTATION ONLY TO BRING TRASH INTO THE LANDFILL, NOT TO COME OVER LAND DOWN OUR ROADS AND DESTROY THE COMMUNITY AROUND IT.))
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Roanoke County officials say the landfill is equipped to handle asbestos and they say no more than five trucks will haul the debris down Bradshaw Road.
This evening-- county supervisors will hold a public hearing for comment.
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((THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. IT'S A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD HELP OUR NEIGHBORS. WE WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP THE ATTACK ON AMERICA. ALL OF US HAVE TO HELP. WE ALSO WANT TO WORK THAT THROUGH WITH THE CITIZENS. AND THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON.))
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Roanoke City and the town of Vinton also participate in the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority and will have to sign off as well.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
Consumer confidence appears to be one of the casualties of the September 11th attacks.
The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index dropped 16 points to 97-point-six this month.
It is the largest single monthly point drop since the Persian Gulf War, raising further concerns that the economy may dip into recession.
Meanwhile Vaughan Furniture is calling third quarter earnings "extremely disappointing."
Earnings per share were down nearly 50 percent.
The company blames a lack of sufficient orders for reduced work schedules throughout the quarter.
Vaughan says a slight increase in daily orders for dining room suites has bumped all plants back to full schedules.
The company says its determined to emerge successfully though uncertain times.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll meet the new cast of this season's Survivor which includes a man from our area.
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A goat farmer from Southwestern Virginia is among the 16 contestants who will vie for the million dollar prize on C-B-S's "Survivor Three."
46- year- old Tom Buchanan is from Rich Valley, Virginia.
He'll be among those stranded in Kenya, Africa when the series begins airing next month.
Manuel Gallegus introduces us to Buchanan, and a few of the other contestants.
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THE DATELINE IS KENYA, AFRICA, BUT THEY COME FROM ALL OVER AMERICA... A
GOAT FARMER FROM VIRGINIA, A BASKETBALL COACH FROM DETROIT... A RESEARCH
ANALYST FROM CALIFORNIA. ALL HERE FOR SURVIVOR 3.. AND ALL LOOKING TO
WIN A MILLION BUCKS.
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"EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE GETTING INTO, EVERYONE KNOWS WE ARE ALL
OUT THERE TO STAB EACH OTHER IN THE BACK."
THE GROUND RULES ARE BASICALLY THE SAME... 16 STRANGERS, TWO TRIBES, ONE
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"IT'S SCARY AS HELL, IT'S AFRICA MAN, LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY."
AS FOR STRATEGY, EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN IDEAS.
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"PLANNING TO FLY LOW."
SOT: KIM JOHNSON, 57, RETIRED TEACHER, OYSTER BAY, NY 01:29;47
"I LIKE TO KEEP PEOPLE GUESSING."
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"WHAT I CAN TELL, THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE, THE WEAK WILL PERISH."
PARTICIPANTS ON SURVIVOR: AFRICA WILL BE SPILT INTO TEAMS NAMED AFTER
EXISTING AFRICAN TRIBES...THE BORAN AND THE SAMBURU. THEY'LL BE
COMPETING IN A MASSIVE RESERVE HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS
ANIMALS IN THE WORLD.
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On Wall Street at Noon, both the DOW and the NASDQ were UP four points.
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Still to come - the Roanoke Dazzle will be naming its first two players this afternoon .. and one of them is from right here in the Roanoke Valley.
AND ..in Monday Night Football action, the Washington Redskins make franchise history .. but not in a good way.
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The Washington Redskins have yet to score a touchdown this season.
And last night they became part of football history, as Green Bay beat the Skins 37-to-nothing in the most lopsided game in Monday Night football history.
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Redskins' quarterback Jeff George played miserably, while his counterpart Brett Favre (FARVE) was outstanding.
Favre completed 20-of 31 passes for 236 yards, including this TD pass to former Hokie Antonio Freeman.
The Redskins only trailed 13-to-nothing in the third quarter, but Favre and Green Bay were simply too much as they dominate Washington over the final 20 minutes to win-- going away 37-to-nothing.
Washington is now 0-and-2.
The VMI-East Tennessee State game that was postponed on September 15th, has been rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day in Lexington with the kick-off time set for noon.
And though admission is free .. V-M-I athletic director Donnie White says donations will be accepted at the game for relief efforts.
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VMI used to regularly play on Thanksgiving Day against Virginia Tech in Roanoke at Victory Stadium.
The Keydets' LAST Thanksgiving Day kickoff was on November 27th of 1971 in a 34- to- nothing loss to the Hokies at the Stadium.
Those with tickets for the ETSU game can trade them in for any remaining home games.
Fans heading to this weekend's races in Martinsville will be allowed to take their coolers to the Speedway.
Track president Clay Campbell says coolers, camera bags and backpacks are welcome, but they will be searched.
Campbell says the Speedway wants to make sure nothing compromises the safety of fans and drivers.
This Saturday's UCF-Tech game at Lane Stadium will see an increase in security.
Tech will not allow anyone to exit and re-enter Lane Stadium at halftime, or any other time.
Plus, expect to have your pocketbooks, bookbags and even diaper bags searched.
Tech fans got a first taste of this new security last weekend
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at Rutgers Stadium in nearby Pis-CAT-away.
Each and every fan was searched before entering the stadium.
And armed security officers watched over the field, the stands, and the horizon.
Tech quarterback Grant Noel had four TD passes against Rutgers.
He was named the Big East Conference's Offensive player of the week yesterday.
On the injury front, Wayne Ward's ribs are not broken - only bruised, and he'll likely play Saturday.
Deangelo Hall has a broken hand, but will play with a special cast.
Billy Hardee has a slight tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and he will miss the UCF game.
UVa may have had a huge win over Clemson last Saturday--
But as Steve Mason says, this Saturday's homecoming game at Scott Stadium will serve as a true wake-up call for not only the Cavs, but also their fans.
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The Roanoke Dazzle will annouce the franchise's first two player signings this afternoon.
And News 7 Sports has learned that one of those players is right here in the Star City.
Former Fleming great Derrick Hines has signed an NBDL contract, and will be one of team's allocated players.
Hines was a two- time, all-state selection at Fleming and later went on to star at Elizabeth City State.
This appointment does not insure Hines a spot on the final roster, but it is a huge step in that direction.
By signing now with the NBDL, Hines will not have to go through the tryout process. Derrick currently works as a counselor at the Coyner Springs juvenile detention center.
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