The halls of justice are re-located--
For the first time in its over 60- year history, the U-S Supreme Court buiding is closed, as authorities test for anthrax.
And Valley View Mall in Roanoke is losing another store.
Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.
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After anthrax fears evict them from the U-S Supreme Court building, justices are holding court elsewhere today.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
People lined up at a courthouse in the nation's capital this morning to watch Supreme Court justices holding hearings outside their headquarters for the first time in more than 60 years.
The Supreme Court building is closed for anthrax testing. About 400 people who work at the court, including the justices, have been tested for anthrax exposure and given antibiotics.
Meanwhile, President Bush is convening his Homeland Security Council for the first time today.
The council was created after last month's terrorist attacks, and is now focused mainly on the anthrax threat.
Gretchen Carlson is in New York with an update.
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In New York City this morning Mayor Rudy Giuliani led a meeting of
Governors to discuss terrorism. Ironically, the hearing had been
scheduled before the events of September 11th some of it was even
supposed to take place in the World Trade Center.
But at ground zero now only wreckage remains along with the many
lessons Mayor Giuliani says the city has learned like creating a
committee on counter-terrorism.
(SOT) Rudy Giuliani - Mayor, New York City
The purpose is to share intelligence, investigation, and communicate as
one voice as opposed to separate law enforcement agencies, to train
together so we can respond better.
Meantime, in Washington D.C., the Supreme Court Justices are meeting
outside the High Court for the first time in 66 years. The High Court
was closed on Friday, after anthrax was discovered in a remote
mail-handling facility serving the court so the Justices hear arguments
at the U.S. District Court a mile away.
Justice Department employees who may have been exposed to the bacteria
are also being given a 10-day supply of antibiotics.
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But in Afghanistan, its more of the same. U.S. jets continue to pound
Taliban targets. Theres also talk the U.S. government will set up a
base in Afghanistan to provide support for Special Forces and ground
A Taliban spokesperson says Americans won't have an easy fight.
(SOT) Sohail Shaeen -- Deputy Taliban Ambassador
"America has destroyed so many countries of the world for acheiving its
interests, but we are sure this time their dream will not be realized,
because the U.S. is faced with the strong determination of an Islamic
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A different kind of war could be brewing in New York City though. The
postal workers union could go to court as early as today to try and
shut down the main mail sorting facility here in Manhattan. The union
is concerned employees may have been exposed to anthrax and that the
facility is not safe. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.
Virginia's minute of silence law will remain.
That's the word from the U-S Supreme Court.
It today refused to hear a challenge to the state law requiring school children to observe a moment of silence each day.
Opponents claim Virginia's minute of silence is un-constitutional, and call it an encouragement of prayer in the classroom.
But the state says the minute of silence doesn't violate the separation of church and state.
The law says prayer is just ONE silent activity that students might choose.
In Afganistan, there's no sign of Taliban troops withdrawing from the front lines.
That's led to Taliban opposition forces urging the U-S to intensify its bombing raids.
Maureen Maher reports via videophone from Northern Afghanistan.
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Montgomery County is investing in technology for search and rescue missions.
The Sheriff's Department is the second public safety agency in our region and 17th in Virginia to implement Project Lifesaver.
A radio transmitter device helps authorities locate missing people quickly.
Individuals confused from Alzheimer's, Downs Syndrome, autism and mental dysfunction often wander and get lost.
Statistics show 661-individuals in Montgomery County areat high risk for dementia.
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((SHERIFF DOUGLAS MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO.; THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED FOR PERSONS WHO ARE RECEIVING IN HOME CARE. INDIVIDUALS WHO JOIN PROJECT LIFESAVER ARE EQUIPPED WITH A SMALL PERSONALIZED RADIO TRANSMITTER THAT IS WORN ON A WRIST BAND.)) (cover end of bite)
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The responding search team uses an antennae to pick up a signal, and that sound leads them to the missing individual.
The average rescue time using project lifesaver is 22-minutes.
The department used grants and County funds to purchase the system and 8-wristbands for under 5-thousand dollars.
Individuals who call and join will pay a monthly fee.
Another store in Roanoke's Valley View Mall is closing.
Housewares reatailer Lechter Incorporated is closing all of its 315 stores in 37 states.
It operated stores under the names of Lechters, Famous Brand and Kitchen Place.
There are 13 locations in Virginia.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection in the spring, but was unable to recover.
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A former leader will face more war crime charges. We'll have the details after this break,
and a new public opinion poll shows the gap is getting bigger in the race for the Governor's mansion.
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Former Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic is once again testifying that he's the target of false accusations.
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Milosevic is back before the U-N war crimes tribunal.
He lost his first legal battle of the day when the court allowed the prosecution to include new charges of war crimes in Kosovo from 19-99.
Milosevic is also facing new charges of murder and persecution in Croatia, dating back 10 years.
He protested against the appointment of three attorneys to protect his interests.
He also called the court "illegitimate," and refused to cooperate with it.
For the first time since last year, Air France's Concorde has safely completed a cross- country flight.
The supersonic jet landed at J-F-K Airport this morning,
after taking off from Paris.
It was Air France's first Paris-to-New York run since a deadly crash outside Paris in July of last year.
It was also the last training flight before resuming commercial service next week.
69- Air France employees were aboard the flight, which took just under four hours.
British Airways, meanwhile, completed ITS first trans-Atlantic Concorde test flight earlier this month.
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A new statewide poll says democratic candidate Mark Warner's lead is growing in the Governor's race.
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The latest Washington Post poll shows Warner with 51- percent support-- while 41 percent support Republican Mark Earley.
Two percent supported Libertarian William Redpath and six percent were undecided.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
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In just two years since it opened, Virginia's International raceway has had a major effect on the Southside economy.
As Justin McLeod tells us, VIR has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
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Virginia International Raceway is not your typical racetrack.
Its 3 1/2 mile course is known for its challenging terrain and sharp turns.
This weekend the track wrapped up his second season.
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And that fun is just beginning.
60 million dollars worth of improvements are set to arrive within the next decade.
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Its already heading in that direction.
VIR recently opened its new race plex which houses several racing businesses.
And a newly renovated country club is now up and running.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VIRGINIA'S TOBACCO COMMISSION PLEDGED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS ON FRIDAY TO HELP THE RACEWAY DEVELOP ON-SITE SEWAGE DISPOSAL. ONCE THAT'S COMPLETED, CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN EARLY NEXT YEAR ON A NEW HOTEL CONFERENCE CENTER HERE AT THE RACEWAY.))
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Developers believe an on-site hotel will only help, rather than hurt other hotels in the area.
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That study also revealed the raceway currently generates more than 22-million dollars for area businesses.
With more races and double the crowds expected next year, VIR and the area's economy have a brighter future down the road.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Halifax County.))
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Another large multi-plex is coming to the region... we'll tell you where after the break
and we'll meet a man who is using Lady Liberty's light to illuminate a jack o' lantern.
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Southside is getting some new movie theaters.
Construction recently began on a new megaplex in Danville.
The facility will be located on Highway 58 between the Big-K and the Robertson Street bridge
It will feature 12 screens, stadium seating, and digital sound.
The Georgia Theatre company hopes to finish the new theater by Spring.
A man in Portland, Oregon is using his talent as a pumpkin carver to express his patriotism and his Halloween spirit--
Kerry Sisk taught himself how to carve pumpkins 20 years ago.
But now, he's taking his art to a new level.
Sisk is carving the Statue of Liberty out of a giant pumpkin.
He decided to make his latest masterpiece a tribute to America and the victims of the September 11th attacks.
On Wall Street at Noon, the dow was DOWN 203 points.
Nasdaq has lost 29 points.
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Still to come....
The Skins bring home their second win over the Giants...
and in the World Series - the Diamondbacks upset the Yankees with a 4 to nothing win, leading the series 2 to nothing.
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Randy Johnson pitched a complete game, striking out 10 and holding the Yankee bats in check as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat New York 4 to Nothing.
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Joe Torre looking on, as his Yankees face going down, 2 to nothing.
In the second, Danny Batista hits this shot to right centerfield, scoring Reggie Sanders from first.
The Diamondbacks took the 1 to nothing lead on the Yankees.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, Matt Williams gets all of this Andy Pettitte pitch, sending it over the left field wall for a three run homer. The Diamondbacks win it 4 to nothing to go up 2 to zip in the series.
Washington started off the season 0h-and-5.
But after yesterday's 35-to-21 win over the New York Giants .. they've stepped up with 2 wins under their belt.
Roy Stanley has highlights from the game.
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((The Giants turned it over on their first possession and the Redskins took advantage of the mistake Tony banks hitting Rod Gardner on the 12 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to nothing Skins.
Then the Redskins special teams stepped up Eric Metcalf catches this punt and he cuts it outside and takes it 89 yards for the score setting an N-F-L record with his 12-th kick return for a touchdown and Washington led 14 to nothing still in the first.
But the Giants scored 14 unanswered points. Kerry Collins tosses the 6 yard T-D pass to Amani Toomer to make it 14 to 7 skins with 6 minutes left in the second quarter.
Then with just 3 minutes left in the half Collins Rolls outside and hits Ike Hillard he takes it 27 yards for the score and the game was tied at 14 to 14.
The Redskins led 17 to 14 then in the third Banks passes to Derrius Thompson he then puts it into the air and hits a wide open Kevin Lockett and the Skins took the 24 to 14 lead.
New York cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter when Collins hooks up with Greg Comellia on this one yard pass play to make it 27 to 21.
But Washington put it away late in the fourth Banks goes deep and hits Michael Westbrook down the sideline he cuts it up field for the 76 yard T-D and the Redskins get the 35 to 21 win.))
The Redskins are only one game back of the defending N-F-C champions in the N-F-C East.
Virginia Tech's 22 to 14 loss to Syracuse yesterday in Blacksburg has knocked the Hokies out of the top 10 in the College football polls.
The Hokies were soundly beaten by the Orangemen in all parts of the game and Tech dropped to 12-th in the A-P and the Coaches poll.
The Hokies will have to regroup because they travel to Pittsburgh next week for another Big East Game.
Jeff Burton took the checkered flag yesterday in the Checker Auto Parts Dura Lube 500.
Dale Jarrett was having all sorts of problems.
Instead of working his way to the front, he was dropping back.
Jarrett was 32-nd after 10 laps.
But Rusty Wallace had the dominate car early in the race.
Here, he passes Casey Atwood for first place after 66 of the 312 laps.
South Boston's Jeff Burton was strong too.
He works his way to the front, taking the lead from Wallace after 95 laps.
The two would remain at the front of the field.
Atwood, who started on the pole, led a couple of laps.
Here he passes Jeff Burton for second place, just past the halfway mark of the race.
Dale Earnhardt Junior was making a move, but he was held in the 15-th spot after 236 laps of the race.
Then with 70 to go, Robert Pressley and Jerry Nadeau get together.
Pressley hits the wall bringing out the caution.
But Jeff Burton moved to the front.
And he takes the checkered flag for back- to- back wins at Phoenix.
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Mike Wallace was second followed by Ricky Rudd, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Points leader Jeff Gordon finished sixth.
It could be after the first of the year before Charlotte Hornet fans see George Lynch on the floor.
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Earlier this week Lynch was traded to Charlotte for Derrick Coleman. Lynch needs foot surgery and could be sidelined for two to three months.
Lynch had surgery on his left foot in May and during the off season. He's missed the preseason and doctors recommended more surgery when they examined him following the trade.
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