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Straight ahead on New 7 --
Optical Cable's board of directors is in the hot seat today.
A meeting with shareholders is under way in Roanoke.
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And a Houston jury COULD get the case today, as closing arguments begin in the Andrea Yates trial.
[WX-Head]
Cloudy skies and light rain showers will continue through the afternoon....what can you expect for the rest of the week..I'll have the answer in your hometown forecast......

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Today is the day Optical Cable shareholders have a chance to question the board of directors about the collapse of the company's stock price, AND its decision to fire president Bob Kopstein.
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[Optical-Cable]


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In the past year, the company's stock reached a high price of 14 dollars a share. But after recent problems, it has dropped considerably, opening today at just over a dollar a share. That has shareholders concerned.
They're meeting with Optical Cable at this hour in Roanoke.
Jennifer Miele filed this report before the meeting began.
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[Yates]


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Closing arguments are under way in the trial of Andrea Yates.
The jury must decide whether Yates knew right from wrong on the day she drowned her children.
Yates faces life in prison or the death penalty if she's convicted.
Jim Acosta brings us up to date from Houston.
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[SUPER=01-Wendell Odom/Defense Attorney;]
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"All Rise"

(Andrea walks in)


THE TRIAL OF ANDREA YATES HAS REACHED ITS ENDGAME -- THE FINAL DAY FOR BOTH SIDES TO SWAY THE EIGHT WOMEN AND FOUR MEN ON THE JURY.

SOT: Joe Owmby, Prosecutor


THE PROSECUTION WANTS JURORS TO REMEMBER HOW YATES METHODICALLY DROWNED EACH OF HER FIVE CHILDREN AND LAID FOUR OF THEM IN A BED LAST JUNE. THE STATE CONCEDES YATES WAS ILL ON THE DAY OF THE KILLINGS. BUT PROSECUTORS POINT TO HER STATEMENTS TO POLICE ADMITTING HER ACTIONS WERE WRONG. THAT'S KEY BECAUSE THE ABILITY TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG IS THE TEXAS STANDARD FOR SANITY.

SOT: Joe Owmby, Prosecutor


THE DEFENSE ARGUES YATES WAS TOO SICK TO KNOW WHAT SHE WAS DOING. HER LAWYERS CITE MEDICAL RECORDS THAT SHOW YATES WAS PSYCHOTIC BEFORE AND AFTER THE KILLINGS.

SOT: Wendell Odom/Defense Attorney


THE DEFENSE BELIEVES MISTAKES WERE MADE BY YATES' PSYCHIATRIST DOCTOR MOHAMMAD SAEED WHO PULLED THE MOTHER OFF HER ANTI-PSYCHOTIC TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE KILLINGS AND BY YATES' FAMILY WHO MISUNDERSTOOD THE SEVERITY OF HER MENTAL ILLNESS.

SOT: POSS. Odom again.



(shots of Rusty and Yates' mother)


THROUGH IT ALL YATES FAMILY REMAINS LOYAL. BOTH HER MOTHER AND HUSBAND MADE THEIR WAY INTO THE COURTROOM AFTER THEIR ROLES AS WITNESSES FORCED THEM TO SPEND MUCH OF THIS TRIAL AWAY FROM THE ACTION.
STAND-UP: TO COME.
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A Campbell County woman is being held without bond after she was charged with killing her husband last month.
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43- year- old Frank Farinacci (fair-uh-NAH-chee) was found shot to death in his garage February 13th.
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./February 13]


The regional homicide squad spent the last several weeks investigating the killing.. and yesterday a grand jury indicted 48- year- old Elizabeth Farinacci on murder and firearm charges.
Police would not comment on possible motives for the killing.
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A shooting attack has left at least seven Israelis dead and six wounded.
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Authorities say three gunmen opened fire on vehicles from a hillside near the Israeli-Lebanon border.
Israeli troops killed two of the gunmen.
Meanwhile, another Israeli died in a shooting that happened in the West Bank.
Both attacks are apparent retaliation for recent military strikes-- the biggest Israeli operation in 20 years.
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A search is on for three crewmen who were aboard a U-S Navy helicopter that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea this morning.
The Seahawk chopper crashed off the coast of Greece after taking off from a U-S destroyer in the area on a routine training flight.
The destroyer lost communications and radar contact with the helicopter, which is assigned to a squadron based in Mayport, Florida.
No word on the cause of the crash.

[War-Latest]


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Meanwhile U-S war planes are pounding targets in Eastern Afghanistan, where dug- in al Qaida fighters are making a last stand.
Lee Cowan reports from Kabul.
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COWAN ON CAM The final push could be on for Operation Anaconda. After long 11 days -- some say the fiercest battle of the war so far, could be over in a matter of days.

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(NARR:)Font: Shah-e-kot Valley


With the best weather in a week, hundreds of US and allied Afghan fighters were preparing for what the Governor of this embattled province called the last of the serious fighting.
Font: Gardez
(SOT/TAJ WARDAK, GOVERNOR OF PAKTIA PROVINCE)

"...nat Pashtun..."

(NARR:)


You'll be seeing the total destruction of the Taliban tomorrow or the day after tomorrow." Taj Wardak told us. "99 percent of them will die in their caves."

But Afghanistan's Defense Minister says he fears something else. A large number of Taliban and al-Quada regrouping in an area just south of Kabul.

If true, it could mean another long battle for soldiers already weary from fighting in harsh conditions. Many of the latest battles were taking place in freezing temperatures, at altitudes as high as 12-thousand feet.

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US troops returning from the front lines say they have not received sustained or accurate fire from opposition forces for the last several days. What's unknown is how many have fled -- and how many are saving their ammunition for one last bloody stand. Lee Cowan, CBS NEWS, Kabul. ))

[Gas-Line]


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A natural gas line ruptures in an Ohio neighborhood--
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igniting everything in its path like a giant blowtorch.
Authorities say the 20- inch line exploded, as crews were doing some sewer work in the area.
Firefighters from several districts had to help put out the flames.
No one was injured, but the fire wiped out some construction equipment and a couple of cars.
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Republicans vow to appeal a decision that throws out their redistricting plan. We'll have that story in a moment.

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Also David Letterman has made his decision about the future of his Late Show...will he stay or will he go. We'll have the answer after the break.
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The D-E-A says a Roanoke pain doctor was writing prescriptions for people who were not on his official patient list.
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Papers filed in support of last month's raid on Doctor Cecil Knox's office indicate the feds suspect he "omitted incriminating information from his patients files on at least two occasions." In one case, the Doctor allegedly knew the patient was a drug ABUSER, but the drug abuse was not recorded in the patient's official file. In another instance, the Williamson Road Pharmacy had called Knox to report that one of his patients had been arrested for robbing a pharmacy.
The D-E-A believes Knox omitted the morphine robbery from the patient's file.
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Republicans plan to appeal a state judge's ruling that finds Virginia's new redistricting plan un-constitutional.

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Judge Richard Pattisall issued his opinion yesterday. The judge has ordered that new districts be drawn. He also wants new elections to be held this year for the House of Delegates. Delegate Vic Thomas says this is welcome news.... The Democrat says redistricting unfairly pushed out delegates like Tom Jackson of Hillsville.
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((VIC THOMAS: WE'D LIKE TO HAVE HIM BACK THERE BECAUSE HE'S A BIG HELP ON EDUCATION AND BARNIE DAY AND A FEW OTHER PEOPLE, YOU KNOW WE'D JUST LIKE TO GET THEM BACK.))
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In his ruling-- Judge Pattisall essentially said race was the predominant factor in drawing up the new districts. House Majority leader Morgan Griffith begs to differ.
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((MORGAN GRIFFITH: WE WEREN'T LOOKING AT RACE AS A MAJOR FACTOR WE LOOK AT POLITICS SOME, WE NEVER DENIED THAT, BUT THAT IS PERMISSIBLE.))
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Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says the redistricting is constitutionally sound.

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The Bedford County board of Supervisors is supporting a planned industrial park.
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Opponents of the park tell us the board voted unanimously in favor of the New London Business and Technology Center.
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape; ]

Before the plan could move forward-- the land had to be zoned industrial. Opponents say it will jeopardize their safety and property values. Supporters, on the other hand, say it will bring money and jobs into the county.
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It was billed as the most challenging and risky mission in the 21- year history of NASA's shuttle program.
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But today Space Shuttle Columbia landed safely-- and smoothly-- at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, just after 4-30 this morning.
The 11- day- mission was a success.
It included five space walks, as crew members repaired the Hubble telescope.
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[Letterman]


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No joke--
Late night funny man David Letterman is staying put at C-B-S.
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All the rumors about Letterman possibly accepting a multi-million dollar offer from A-B-C came to a stop when he returned from vacation.
A-B-C executives WERE planning to replace Ted Koppel's "Nightline" with The Late Show.
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Letterman's been with C-B-S since 1993.
His new contract is for up to five years.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Coming up next, Leo will let us know if we can expect more precipitation,
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also who tell you why it was easy to find Blue Suede Shoes, Sequined jumpsuits, and leather jackets recently in Kentucky.
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[Elvis]


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There was a whole lotta shakin' going on this weekend in Winchester, Kentucky. Men from all over the country came to act like the King.
Danny Trease has more on Elvis-Fest.
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(( THIRTEEN ELVIS IMPERSONATORS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY DISPLAYED THEIR TALENTS, AND THERE WERE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ELVIS'S PRESENTED.

(SOT):

"Fifties Elvises. The Rockabilly Elvises, the movie years, the Las Vegas Years."

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"The coffin stage. I'm a little past where he was, less hair, more fat. I just try to sound like him, and that's my era."

AND ONCE AN ELVIS FAN, ALWAYS A FAN.

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"The first time I ever saw him, it was the greatest experience of my life. There's a lot of guys that sound so much like Elvis, it's just unbelievable.")

AS GOOD AS MANY OF THEM ARE, MOST DO NOT DELUDE THEMSELVES INTO THINKING THEY CAN BE THE NEXT ELVIS.

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"It's a good to be the King, but when it comes down to the end of the day, none of us is Elvis. We use Elvis as a platform to display our own talents. He was the great American dream. Who better to impersonate.")

[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has lost 46 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 35.

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Coming up next, the A-C-C names its coach of the year,
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And Frank Beamer makes a special appearance in Danville, to help out some local boys and girls...
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[S-Little]


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The Boston Red Sox hired Cleveland Indians' bench coach Grady Little as their new manager yesterday.
They're getting a veteran baseball man, and a successful manager, all in one.
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[S-ACC]


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Maryland has a squad full of star players...
But none shone as brightly as their coach- Gary Williams.
He was honored by the ACC sportswriters and named the conference's coach of the year.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Season; :00]

Williams got 44 out of a possible 84 first place votes to edge N.C. State's Herb Sendek in the balloting. Williams returned four starters off of last year's final four team.
He also managed to keep them focused and win the ACC regular season title with a 15-and-1 record. The Terrapins were unbeaten at Cole Field House this season.
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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Danville held their second annual Outback Steakhouse fundraiser , and who was the lucky guest speaker? Tech's Frank Beamer... Steve Mason has details.
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A local boy scout troop took a minute last night to honor the country's leading symbol.
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Boy Scout Troop 2-21 gathered at Cave Spring Methodist Church for a special ceremony. The troop burned about 20 worn-out flags-- it's tradition to burn old flags to properly dispose of them. The boys collected the flags in their neighborhoods and from the community over the past few months. The flags were doused with kerosene to accelerate the burning process. A spokesperson for the troop said the scouts hope to repeat the ceremony on Flag Day.
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