Up next on News 7--
Commuters in several Western states are dealing with more than just the usual pressures of rush hour traffic.
The F-B-I is warns that terrorists may be targeting major West Coast bridges.
And a tentative settlement is reached between Microsoft and the federal government.
Another mild day across the area with a slight chance for a passing shower late tonight....I'll have your forecast
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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Landmark bridges on the west coast could become the latest targets of terrorism--
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The National Guard is joining the Coast guard and police on the Golden Gate and Bay bridges in San Francisco.
California Governor Gray Davis says the F-B-I has warned that terrorists may be planning attacks on bridges in San Francisco and in Southern California.
The agency says the information is un-corroborated and
didn't mention specific bridges.
Meanwhile, President Bush is reacting to today's unemployment report-- showing a half-point jump in the jobless rate.
And on the war front, U-S bombs are falling on Taliban positions in nothern Afghanistan.
Jim Acosta is in Washington today with the latest.
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NARR: IT WAS A NERVE-WRACKING COMMUTE ACROSS WEST COAST BRIDGES THIS
MORNING... AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY WERE TARGETED FOR TERRORIST
ATTACKS BEGINNING TODAY. BUT THE FBI SAYS NO ONE SHOULD PANIC:
SOT: John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General
HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR TOM RIDGE RESPONDED TO QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY IT
WAS CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS -- AND NOT THE WHITE HOUSE -- WHO PUT
THE GOLDEN STATE ON NOTICE.
SOT: Tom Ridge, Homeland Security Director
MEANWHILE THE ANTHRAX SCARE IS GOING GLOBAL... WITH POSITIVE TEST
RESULTS TODAY IN GERMANY AND PAKISTAN.. U-S OFFICIALS ARE CLOSELY
MONITORING REPORTS THAT AN ANTHRAX TAINTED ENVELOPE CONTAINING WHITE
POWDER WAS HAND-DELIVERED TO A NEWSPAPER IN KARACHI... THE FIRST ANTHRAX
CASE THERE. ALSO IN PAKISTAN TALIBAN LEADERS SAY OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
SAFE FROM ANY (QUOTE) "AMERICAN HARM" -- REFERRING TO THE HEAVY BOMBING
BY AMERICAN JETS IN AFGHANISTAN.
nats -- Bush walks in...
AT THE WHITE HOUSE -- PRESIDENT BUSH REACTED TO NEW UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES
-- THE WORST ONE MONTH JUMP IN THE JOBLESS RATE IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES
-- URGING CONGRESS TO PASS MORE TAX CUTS.
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Microsoft's anti-trust battle with the government is nearing an end--
Both the software giant and the justice department have asked a federal judge to approve a settlement.
The judge will review the deal, and is giving the states involved a Tuesday deadline to decide whether the plan is okay with them.
Microsoft would agree to provide information to help rivals make software products compatible with its Windows operating system.
The Justice Department says the settlement imposes a `broad range of restrictions that'll stop Microsoft's "unlawful conduct.''
A Roanoke woman who claimed a trip to a Roanoke salon permanently damaged her nails.. won her lawsuit.. and 150 thousand dollars.
But Carol Webb may never see that cash-
As Jean Jadhon reports... nearly three months after the verdict, the judge is throwing out the award.. saying it's excessive.
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((CAROL WEBB: IT WASN'T THAT DAMAGE... THAT'S BASICLALY THEY'RE QUOTE. I'M NOT SUFFERING. YES I AAM SUFFERING EVERY SINGLE DAY.. LOOK AT THESE.
Carol Webb's upset... It's been a six year battle and it still isn't over.
It was 1995 when Webb got acyrlic nails put on at Top Nails.
She sued saying her real nails peeled off and never grew back.
At the first trial the jury awarded only the amount of her medical bills... a little more than 16-hundred dollars... At the second trial the jury agreed on a larger award-- 150 thousand dollars.
THANK YOU JESUS.. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Webb thought the case was over.
But the attorneys for Top Nails asked the judge to throw out the verdict and the award.
While Circuit court Judge James Swanson did NOT set aside the jury's decision that the salon is liable, he did order a new trial to determine just how much Webb is owed.
WEBB: I AM STRESSED. I'M UPSET HE DID THAT AFTER SIX YEARS AND TWO TRIALS.
In the judges decision he says the damage award was not the product of a fair and impartial decision based on the facts and the law.
He mentions media coverage.... and says expert witness testimony may have confused or misled the jury.
That nail expert testified about a chemical agent used in artificial nails.
News 7 spoke with the attorneys for Top Nails who say they're pleased with the judge's decision.. although they had hoped the entire case could be re-tried.
What WAS Tropical Storm Michelle is now a hurricane--
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The storm system is making its way northward after causing floods in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Jamaica.
Six people have been killed so far, 26 others are missing.
Forecasters say the hurricane could threaten Cuba or Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
The storm may also make a push toward Florida next week.
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Coming up next on the newscast, one of the candidates in the Governor's race pulls out a big name for the last days of the campaign,
Also the parents of a teenager killed on her way to school tell Amherst County officials they need to take steps to prevent another tragedy.
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The parents of an Amherst County student who was struck and killed near her bus stop last month made an emotional plea last night.
They told county officials they need to take a hard look at overcrowding on the county's buses.. so no other parents have to go through what they did.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( 17- year- old Dana Roberson died October 17th, trying to cross a dark, busy highway to get to her schoolbus.
Roberson apparently was one of many students who would risk crossing Route 29 in order to get a seat on the bus.. which parents say was dangerously overcrowded.
Roberson's parents are asking the school board to do something.
((LYNN ROBERSON/FATHER: WE FEEL THAT THE OVERCROWDING SITUATION ON OUR SCHOOL BUSES CONTRIBUTED TO CHILDREN PUTTING THEMSELVES AT RISK IN ORDER TO CATCH A BUS SO THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO STAND OR SIT ON THE FLOORBOARD.))
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School officials say they've identified about ten buses that may be overcrowded and are keeping an eye on those daily ridership figures.
But Bus 78.. Dana Roberson's bus.. has been much lighter since the accident.. parents apparently are reluctant to let their kids back near the highway.
Superintendent John Walker says without reliable figures, he can't yet recommend any changes.
((DR. JOHN WALKER/AMHERST CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: WE HAVE NOT MADE CHANGES AT THIS MOMENT FOR THE MOST PART, BECAUSE WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD ALL THE INPUT WE COULD SO WHEN IT WAS TIME TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS WE'D HAVE THE BEST INFORMATION POSSIBLE AND WE DIDN'T WANT TO BE HASTY AND WE DIDN'T WANT TO EXCLUDE ANYONE'S COMMENTS.))
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((LYNN ROBERSON: WHATEVER YOU DO WILL NOT BRING MY DAUGHTER BACK. BUT I THINK THIS NEED IS URGENT.))
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Walker says he'll have more detailed information at the next board meeting.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
Chances for lasting peace in Northern Ireland may have just gotten worse.
David Trimble has narrowly lost his bid for re- election as leader of the Catholic- Protestant coalition, which is the heart of the 1998 peace accord.
It was Trimble's OWN Protestant party that voted against him.
Trimble resigned in July over the Irish Republican Army's
refusal to disarm.
However, he made a bid for re-election after a breakthrough last week, when the I-R-A got rid of part of its arsenal.
Behind six to ten points in the latest polls, Republican Mark Earley is pulling out a big campaign gun to try and convince voters to cast their ballots for him.
His campaign hopes a new T-V and web-site ad by New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani can help provide the needed boost.
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((BUT NOW, MORE THAN EVER, VIRGINIA AND AMERICA NEEDS REAL LEADERSHIP AND YOU'VE GOT A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN MARK EARLEY WHO CAN PROVIDE EXACTLY THAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP. IF I WERE A VIRGINIAN, I WOULD VOTE FOR MARK EARLEY.))
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A spokesman for Mark Warner says Warner has a great deal of respect for Mayor Guiliani.
But the Democrat thinks the race will be decided by Virginians on Virginia issues... like the budget impasse and resulting lack of resources for law enforcement officers.
There is little doubt that the events of September 11th have changed America forever.
As a result, folks all over the country are rolling up their sleeves trying to contribute to the recovery.
Correspondent Jim Acosta takes us to Holden, Louisiana, where they are working to send a little of their spirit to New York City.
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TRACK: FOR LOUISIANA FIRE TRUCK BUILDER RANDALL HARRELL IT'S A PROJECT
OF A LIFE TIME...
IT'S JUST A SHELL NOW.. BUT THE SIGN INSIDE REMINDS HARRELL AND HIS
CO-WORKERS OF WHERE IT'S GOING... "FDNY: FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK."
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I can't be there to contribute but in this small way of doing what I'm
doing, I doing a big part."
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A BIG PART...IN BEGINNING TO REPLACE THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES DESTROYED ON
SEPTEMBER 11TH A LOSS ESTIMATED AT 47 MILLION DOLLARS.THE TRUCK ALREADY
HAS A NAME - "THE SPIRIT OF LOUISIANA."
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on - of
all places - talk radio. The governor was hosting a call-in show and a
listener phoned in and said hey governor, why dont we build a
firetruck for New York? And the program Bucks for Firetrucks was
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GOVERNOR M.J. FOSTER HOPES TO RAISE 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THE
TRUCK - THEN ENCOURAGE OTHER STATES TO FOLLOW.
Governor M.J. Foster, LOUISIANA
I'm gonna call my fellow governors and
say it's not that hard to do. It's a nice great thing to do. (IF
NECESSARY CUT FOR TIME) And here's the blueprint for how we did it."
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Step inside the cab...
ITS A PROUD MOMENT FOR THE FACTORYS OWNER - A FORMER FIREFIGHTER --
WHO SAYS ONE FIRETRUCK HE SOLD TO NEW YORK - SEEN HERE IN THIS PICTURE
TAKEN IN FRONT OF THE TWIN TOWERS - WAS ALSO DEMOLISHED IN THE ATTACK.
Chris Ferrara, Ferrara Fire Apparatus,
It's a touching moment to a lot of our workers here...
(EDIT) ...They want to be on the project from start to finish. It's
Q: Acosta: They had to fight over it.?
Ans That's it. That's it."
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FIGHTING TO HELP FIREFIGHTERS. FROM THE ASSEMBLY LINE OF LOUISIANA TO
THE FRONT LINE OF NEW YORK --WHERE LIFE IS ON THE LINE
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THE SPIRIT OF LOUISIANA IS COMING. JIM ACOSTA CBS NEWS HOLDEN
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Coming up on the newscast, Leo will join us with a detailed look at our weeekend weather,
But first, we will tell you why Monsters are invading a theater near you.
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Producers of a new children's film opening today are expecting a "Monster" of a weekend.
"Monsters, Incorporated" is the latest movie from the people who brought us the "Toy Story" films.
C-B-S' Laurie Hibbard recently visited Pixar Studios.
And as she tells us, what goes on behind the screen may be stranger than anything you'll see on it.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 46 points.
The NASDAQ has gained four.
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Still to come..... NASCAR drivers and crew members are putting their heads together to find ways to eliminate the dangers on the raceway.
and It takes 12 innings, but the Yanks pull out a win over the Diamondbacks, making the series three to two.
We'll have highlights.
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The New York Yankees are now only one win away from their fourth consecutive World Series title.
For the second night in a row, a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth helped the Yanks beat Arizona.
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The Diamondbacks took a 2-to-nothing lead in the fifth on solo homers
by Steve Finley and Rod(bah-RAH'-hahs) Barajas .
But it would stay 2-nothing until the ninth, when the Yankees pull another two-out, two-run homer .. this time by Scott Brosius.
It would take New York 12 innings, though, to get the win .. when Alfonso Soriano gets the good hit and sends Chuck Knoblauch home.
The Yanks win 3-to-2 and now lead the series 3-to-2.
Game six is Saturday night in Arizona.
A meeting to discuss ways of putting an end to the super dangerous, super speedway racing was held at Joe Gibbs race shop in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Nearly 100 drivers, crew members and car owners came out.
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The changes appear to be marginal, at this point, with the restrictor plate openings remaining the same.
The rear spoilers are being dropped 15 degrees, and the roof blade is being taken off.
But really, the biggest change is that preseason testing January will have different makes at the same test.
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