A motions hearing is scheduled this afternoon for the man accused of killing three people during a shooting rampage at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy.
Prosecutors have said they'll seek the death penalty against Peter (oh-dee-guh-zoo-uh) Odighizuwa.
But his attorneys have requested a court- appointed psychiatrist to help them prepare a defense
43- year- old Peter- O maintains he was mentally ill at the time of the fatal shootings.
Police say he opened fire in the school's main building after learning he'd been expelled for poor grades.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
An Afghan commander says it could take a month to get the upper hand on al-Qaida and Taliban forces believed to be holed up in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan.
U-S jets are carpet-bombing the region.
More than a thousand U-S and Afghan troops are there.
Yesterday, warplanes pummeled the caves where opposition forces are believed to be hiding.
But ground troops had to retreat after coming under heavy machine- gun fire and mortar attacks.
One U-S soldier and three Afghan fighters were killed, dozens were injured.
A Blacksburg native and 20- other National Guardsmen were remembered in Virginia Beach ... one year after a fatal plane crash.
The majority of the guardsmen killed in the crash were based in Virginia Beach... including Blacksburg native, Greg (Skirpee) Skurupey.
The men lost their lives when their plane went down in a field in Georgia while returning from training.
Yesterday, friends and family dedicated a memorial in their name at Camp Pendleton.
Stephanie Sy has more.
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[IN Q=March 3rd]
[SUPER=03-Near Macon, GA/March 3, 2001; :00]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :09]
[SUPER=01-Martha Bartles/Mother of Crash Victim; :29]
[SUPER=02-Kathy Skurupey/Wife of Crash Victim; :55 (QUICK!)]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Sy/Reporting; 1:05]
[OUT Q=men will never be replaced.]
That was Stephanie Sy reporting.
[GRAPHIC=Henry Co. School Consol.]
It's back to the drawing board for the Henry County school system.
Last week, the Superintendent asked the school board to scrap its controversial reconfiguration plan.
As Justin McLeod discovered the next step could be even more drastic.
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[IN Q=Nat sound at public hearing]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./December; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Superintendent of Schools; :34]
[OUT Q=News7, Henry Co.]
((((NAT SOUND OF PUBLIC HEARING))
The plan to close and consolidate several schools had people fired up for months.
Now, a cooling off period.
It appears the school board will most likely kill the plan.
[SOT 31:40; 30:25]
[IN Q=I think it's great]
((LAUREN STUBBLEFIELD/FIELDALE-COLLINSVILLE JUNIOR: I THINK IT'S GREAT, IT'S JUST, I LOVE IT.))
((COURTNEY HALE/FIELDALE-COLLINSVILLE JUNIOR: THEY'RE ALL EXCITED. THEY'RE READY TO DO, STAY HERE.))
[OUT Q=stay here]
But that excitement may be short-lived.
The school system is still facing a more than a million dollar budget shortfall next year.
And state law requires a school system to operate with a balanced budget.
[IN Q=The big issue]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: THE BIG ISSUE IS A MILLION AND HALF DEFICIT, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT? IT'S GOING TO AFFECT PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=to effect people]
The first to feel the effects could be the staff.
Dodson says teacher raises for next year are highly unlikely.
Another possibility? Teachers may have to pay more for health insurance.
[IN Q=Cuts in staff]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CUTS IN STAFF ARE ALSO MOST LIKELY ON THEIR WAY. LAST YEAR, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM CUT NEARLY 60 POSITIONS MAINLY THROUGH RETIREMENT AND ATTRITION. THIS TIME AROUND, THOSE CUTS COULD COME IN THE FORM OF LAYOFFS.))
[OUT Q=in the form of layoffs]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF TEACHING))
After all, 80-percent of the budget goes towards personnel.
Courses and other programs may also have to be cut.
And there may be very little money left to upgrade and fix aging buildings.
[IN Q=We have to deal]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN DEALT TO US. THERE'S JUST NO WAY AROUND THAT. WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES.))
[OUT Q=with the issues]
They are issues Dodson hopes to consult with the public.
She plans to set up a citizen's advisory committee to help her deal with a budget that must be completed by April 15th.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))
The school board has not officially voted to end the reconfiguration plan.
It is expected to do so at its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday.
Virginia's first Lotto South multi-millionaire remains a mystery.
But here's what we do know, the winner has a local connection.
The winning ticket was sold at the Kroger in the old Harris Teeter building on Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke.
The winner is still unknown.
But we do know he or she will receive 20-million dollars plus a one million dollar bonus.
The winner can choose one lump sum payment or 30 annual payments of 667-thousand dollars.
The one million dollar bonus is derived from jackpot funds reserved from the last "Lotto Virginia" drawing back in September.
The winning numbers are 21-26-27-32-33, and 34.
In business news, The Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computer buyout may not happen.
A report due out today could sway shareholders to vote no to the deal.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((IT'S A BIG DAY FOR HEWLETT PACKARD AND COMPAQ COMPUTER. A REPORT DUE OUT
LATER TODAY COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE PROPOSED 21 BLN DOLLAR BUYOUT.
INSTITUTIONAL SHAREHOLDER SERVICES OR I-S-S ADVISES ON HOW TO VOTE ON
CERTAIN ISSUES. ITS REPORT COULD BE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL IN THE DEAL. AN
ESTIMATED 40-PERCENT OF SHAREHOLDERS COULD BE SWAYED BY THE GROUP'S
REPORT AND A "NO" VOTE WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD SINKING THE BUYOUT..
WALL STREET HOPES TO PICK UP WHERE IT LEFT OFF FRIDAY...
STOCKS SPRINTED HIGHER ON THE HEELS OF MORE ECONOMIC REPORTS THAT POINT
TO A RECOVERY.
THE DOW RACED AHEAD 262 POINTS TO ITS HIGHEST CLOSE IN 6 MONTHS
THE NASDAQ RAN UP 71 POINTS OR MORE THAN 3 PERCENT.
WE'LL GET MORE EVIDENCE OF THE HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY THIS WEEK WITH
REPORTS ON JANUARY FACTORY ORDERS, FOURTH QTR PRODUCTIVITY AND THE FED'S
SO-CALLED BEIGE BOOK, IT'S ASSESSMENT OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.
WE TOP IT ALL OFF WITH THE KEY FEBRUARY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ON FRIDAY...
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC
(tape tosses to stocks)
[TAPE#=FdBack - 36:54]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback]
The shooting of a teenager in Roanoke last week drew plenty of attention from our viewers.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((The people who have written to us so far about the fatal shooting of Charlotte Brown on the porch of a house on Hanover Avenue are defending Hallis Jamison, the elderly homeowner charged in her death.
From Blue Ridge (Tom Bridges): "I would like to know why is Mr. Jamison, age 82, being charged with a crime and held without bail! I assure you that if a gang of teenagers came to my house after dark and started banging on the doors and windows, I would shoot more than one. Mr. Jamison should be released from jail immediately and given a medal."
From Bland (Bonnie Blankenship): "Regarding the arrest and possible charge of murder of the 82-year-old man, I think this is an outrage. The teenagers should have been off the streets at 11pm instead of harassing an old man who was minding his business. I feel he had every right to have the firearm and use it teenager or not. If someone was beating on my door and windows at this time of night or any other time with no apparent reason for being there, I would probably have done the same thing...When the people who have worked their entire life to have a safe, secure home have no more rights to protect it and live in peace something has happened to our law."
Your comments on the news stories of the week and our reporting are always welcome. Send us a letter...a fax...or an email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
The City of Roanoke is now home to the world's largest bread manufacturing line.
Maple Leaf Bakery has just completed a 12 million dollar expansion at Roanoke's Center for Industry and Technology.
A formal ribbon-cutting will be held on Friday.
The Canada-based company has hired about 40 people to staff the facility.
Six people will operate the new bread line... and no one will ever have to handle the bread.
You can buy these locally produced baked goods at Wal-Mart stores across the region under the California Goldminer brand name.
Volunteers are making sure a Bedford County program keeps its wheels.
Roger Henderson recently briefed the Bedford County supervisors on the "Bedford Ride" program.
It's a program that provides transportation for disabled, low income or elderly residents who need a way to get to medical appointments or to a pharmacy.
Bedford Ride got its start in September--
Today it has 85 volunteers and by the end of the year hopes to provide transportation for residents throughout the county.
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[IN Q=We have three ]
[SUPER=01-Roger Henderson/Bedford Community Health Foundation; ]
((ROGER HENDERSON/BEDFORD COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION, INC. : WE HAVE THREE LEADERSHIP TEAMS FUNCTIONING AT THIS TIME ONE AT BEDFORD CITY WHICH DOES THE CITY AREA AND SURROUNDING COUNTY. ONE IN THE TAYLOR MOUNTAIN AND THAXTON AREA AND ONE IN BIG ISLAND. NEXT MONDAY, FORREST AND GOODE COME ON LINE, THE NEXT TEAM WILL BE MONTVALE AND THEN WE'RE HOPING FOR TWO TEAMS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE COUNTY LATER THIS YEAR.))
[OUT Q=later this year.]
[TAKE BEDFORD RIDE FS #1001ESSC]
The Bedford Ride program charges a small fee based on the distance traveled and the person's ability to pay.
If you would like more information-- you can contact Bedford Ride at 540- 587-3315.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The White House is using technology to step up its defense against terrorism.
Thalia Assuras reports.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Milhollin/Nuclear Arms Expert; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tom Daschle/(D) Majority Leader; :37]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Minority Leader; :49]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Armed Services Committee; 1:18 hot change to]
[SUPER=04-"Face the Nation";]
[SUPER=01-Thalia Assuras/Reporting; 1:31]
[OUT Q=Assuras, CBS News, the White House.]
narr: With the threat of a terrorist nuclear attack now its top
priority, the Bush administration is blanketing the nation with
sophisticated sensors to detect the presence of deadly radiologic
SOT: GARY MILHOLLIN (NUCLEAR TERRORIST EXPERT)
"IT IS A GOOD PRECAUTION TO POST SENSORS AROUND SENSITIVE PLACES. BUT
IF TERRORISTS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO MAKE A NUCLEAR WEAPON THEY ARE SMART
ENOUGH TO SHIELD IT, SO THE CHANCE OF DETECTING SOMETHING COMING IN A
NUCLEAR WEAPON IS VERY SMALL."
NARR: The sensors are being placed at border crossings...and at check
points to federal buildings. They were in operation at last month's
Olympic Games, and are already in place around the White House.....the
Capitol....and the Pentagon.
SOT: DASCHLE (STAKEOUT)
"I KNOW OF NO PARTICULAR INSTANCE THAT MAY HAVE TRIGGERED THIS. BUT I
DO BELIEVE THAT THE SENSORS ARE APPROPRIATE AND A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF
OUR HOMELAND SECURITY NETWORK."
SOT: TRENT LOTT (STAKEOUT)
I THINK WE'D BE DERELICT, THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE DERELICT, IF THEY
WEREN'T TAKING THESE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS RIGHT NOW.
NARR: Searches of secret Al Qaeda locations have not turned up any
specific evidence so far that the terrorists have acquired materials to
make chemical or nuclear weapons. Samples sent to American labs for
analysis did not detect radioactivity.
But there is growing concern that nuclear materials are improperly
accounted for in countries like Pakistan and Russia....materials which
COULD end up in the hands of terorrists.
SOT: McCain (face the nation)
LOOK , OUR GREAT FEAR EVER SINCE THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION WAS
THAT THERE WAS VERY LARGE AMOUNTS OF MATERIAL AND TECHNOLOGY AND
SCIENTISTS AROUND THAT MIGHT BE PURCHASED IN THE OLD SOVIET UNION."
The government is far from fully prepared for a terrorist nuclear
attack. The sensors have limitations - they're unable to detect
radiological mateirals through shielding for example. Then there's the
question of how to react if a nuclear device is discovered. The
nation's elite Delta Froce commando unit is prepared to kill anyone
found to have one, but how do they get that person before he gets a
chance to trigger the device? tta, cbs news, washington.
[TAPE#=02-10 tc 14:34]
Eighteen Air National Guardsmen from Virginia were remembered with a memorial yesterday, one year after their plane went down in a field in Georgia.
One of those men was from Blacksburg.
Staff Sergeant Greg (Skir-pee) Skurupey and his unit were on their way home to Virginia after two weeks of training in Florida at the time of the crash.
Military investigators initially blamed the crash on the crew for improper loading... but the general who ordered the probe later blamed bad weather and equipment malfunctions.
The families of 11 of the Guardsmen killed have sued the plane's manufacturer and other companies - saying malfunctioning equipment was at fault.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news -- Are you looking for exciting ways to spice up the taste of fruits and vegetables? Melissa McDermott has a cooking lesson that may blow away your taste buds in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((WHEN YOU CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET, DO YOU REACH FOR A CANDY BAR - OR SOME
YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT, BUT IT'S POSSIBLE TO RETRAIN YOUR TASTE BUDS, SO
YOU CAN EAT MORE HEALTHY.
(TAKE FULL SCREEN)
START, BY SWEETENING THE POT.
IF A TEASPOON OF SUGAR ON YOUR BROCCOLI SEEMS TOO ODD, TRY STIR-FRYING
VEGGIES WITH A MIX OF SOY SAUCE, SUGAR, GARLIC AND GINGER, TO CREATE A
IF YOU TURN UP YOUR NOSE AT BRUSSEL SPROUTS, BEET GREENS AND OTHER
BITTER VEGGIES, BANISH BITTERNESS WITH JUST A SHAKE OF THE HAND.
SPRINKLE A LITTLE SALT, OR STIR IN A FEW OLIVES.
SPICY SAUCES AND SALSAS NOT ONLY CHANGE THE FLAVOR OF A FOOD, BUT THEY
CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL.
HOT FOODS ARE BELIEVED TO TRIGGER GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS.
TO ADD MORE VEGGIES TO YOUR DIET, CHOOSE COOKED OVER RAW.
COOKING SOFTENS THE FLAVOR AND TEXTURE - SO YOU FEEL LIKE EATING MORE.
OR GIVE ROASTING A SHOT.
IN A HOT OVEN, EVEN ASPARAGUS AND SQUASH CAN TAKE ON A SWEET,
AND FINALLY, DON'T FEAR FAT.
SOMETIMES FOODS ARE JUST UNACCEPTABLE WITHOUT SOME FAT TO EASE THE WAY.
TRY BRUSHING SQUASH OR ZUCCHINI WITH OLIVE OIL...
OR GRILL VEGGIES ON THE BARBEQUE WITH SOME SALT.
(BACK ON CAMERA)
IT'S A LOT HEALTHIER THAN EATING A BAG OF POTATO CHIPS.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RETRAINING YOUR TASTE BUDS IN THE CURRENT ISSUE OF
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS NEW YORK.))
One thing everyone agrees on in Henry County is the economy must change.
Many hope the new head of the Commerce Office is the right man for the job.
Wayne Sterling began working for the county in late October.
He is responsible for all aspects of the county's economic development program.
It is work that has even taken him out west.
Sterling has spent the last two weeks in the Silicon Valley hoping to attract new businesses to the area.
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[IN Q=One thing Wayne]
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesperson]
((TIM HALL/HENRY CO. SPOKESPERSON: ONE THING WAYNE STERLING BRINGS TO HENRY COUNTY IS NAME RECOGNITION. WAYNE STERLING CAN PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL A CEO AND THAT CEO KNOWS WHO HE IS AND THAT'S OPENED DOORS FOR US LITERALLY OPENED DOORS WITH WAYNE GOING TO VISIT COMPANY'S AND FIGURATIVELY IT'S OPENED DOORS BECAUSE PEOPLE NOW ARE AWARE THAT WE ARE TOGETHER, HENRY COUNTY AND WAYNE STERLING ARE TOGETHER.))
[OUT Q=Wayne Sterling are together]
Since January first, more than six hundred jobs have been announced in Henry County.
Sterling is expected to return from his trip and be back on the job this week.
It is one of the largest and most popular anti-drug programs in the country, but some say it just doesn't work.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. as it's commonly known-- is taught in more than eighty percent of our nation's school systems.
It usually involves a police officer lecturing to kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol at the fifth grade level.
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[SOT 2:06:04; TAPE 1]
[IN Q=I think if you can]
((BONNIE ENGLISH/ROANOKE D.A.R.E. OFFICER: I THINK IF YOU CAN GET THE POINT ACROSS TO THEM EARLY AND GIVE THEM THAT POSITIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT DRUGS, THEIR FUTURE AND GOALS, I THINK IT'S THE BEST THING.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie English/Roanoke D.A.R.E. Officer; ]
[OUT Q=the best thing]
But study after study suggests D.A.R.E. does very little to prevent teens from abusing drugs.
In fact, one study found kids who go through the D.A.R.E. program in elementary school are just as likely to use illegal drugs later as kids who don't.
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[SOT 13:13:52; TAPE 4]
[IN Q=As soon as you go into]
((DR. TOD BURKE/RADFORD UNIVERSITY CRIMINALOGIST PROFESSOR: AS SOON AS YOU GO INTO THE SCHOOLS AND TELL VERY YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T DO SOMETHING THAT THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED, IT'S POSSIBLE THEY MAY TRY IT JUST TO SAY I WANT TO SEE WHAT ALL THIS HOO-HAH IS ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tod Burke/Radford University Criminalogist Professor]
[OUT Q=is about]
So why then is D.A.R.E. still being taught in school system's across our region?
We'll tell you why tonight on News 7 at Six, in part one of Justin McLeod's series, "Truth or Dare."