A deadly rampage in a Paris suburb this morning left eight people dead, and dozens more injured.
A gunman opened fire at the end of a city council meeting.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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THEIR FACES DESCRIBE THE HORROR THAT UNFOLDED IN THIS PARIS SUBURB EARLY
A RATHER CALM CITY COUNCIL MEETING HAD JUST ENDED...
PEOPLE WERE PUTTING ON THEIR COATS TO LEAVE..
WHEN A GUNMAN PULLED OUT AUTOMATIC PISTOLS -- AND STARTED SHOOTING.
(nats..french - prime minister)
THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTER CALLED IT AN ACT OF RAGING MADNESS, THAT NO
ONE COULD EXPECT.
"SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE BRAVE"...HE SAYS. "THEY TRIED TO STOP HIM,
BUT HE JUST KEPT SHOOTING."
WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THE MAN FIRED AT ANYTHING THAT MOVED, BUT WAS
KILLING AT LEAST EIGHT PEOPLE, AND WOUNDING 30 MORE.
AUTHORITIES SAY THE GUNMAN IS ACTIVE IN LOCAL POLITICS, AND HAD ATTENDED
SEVERAL COUNCIL MEETINGS.
PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, EXPRESSING SYMPATHY FOR
FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS.
FAMILIES WHO SHARE THE SAME QUESTION AS INVESTIGATORS -- WHY.
MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS.
The tire fire at Keeling's tire dump could continue burning for months.
That according to Roanoke County's fire and rescue chief-- who says clean-up and management of the tire fire could soon be in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((The forest and brush fire that's consumed some one thousand acres since Saturday afternoon is now officially under control-- a welcome relief for those fighting the fire.
((RICK BURCH: WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THAT... BEFORE THE EPA COULD COME IN AND ASSESS THE TIRE SITE. ))
Roanoke County fire and rescue chief Rick Burch expects to hand clean up and management of the tire fire over to the E-P-A in a matter of days.
He says the hold up now is waiting for air quality at the site of the tire fire to improve.
The E-P-A also has to secure permission from the owner of the tire dump to access the property.
((We're really.... those matters up ))
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Back at the site of the tire fire-- run off is now a concern.
But officials say they were prepared for the rain and that no problems have been detected-- though a health advisory remains in affect.
((IT IS..... AT THIS POINT.))
More air testing will be taking place.... in the meantime people with lung or heart problems are being advised to stay indoors.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Roanoke Co.))
The cause of this brush and tire fire has still NOT been determined.
Nor has a cost for clean-up. [11County-Supervisors]
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Members of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors say they've been criticized by some residents who believe the county did not do enough to prevent the tire fire.
Yesterday, they defended the steps they've taken during the last decade to address the problem.
County officials responded to rumors that they had rejected legitimate offers to clean up the tires at no cost to the county. Officials say that is simply untrue.
And though the clean-up was slow in starting, they insist the county did the best it could with a difficult situation.
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((FUZZY MINNIX/CAVE SPRING SUPERVISOR: THIS IS NOT NAZI GERMANY. THIS IS NOT COMMUNIST RUSSIA. YOU JUST CAN'T GO AND TAKE PEOPLE'S PROPERTY. THE PROCESS YOU MUST GO THROUGH SOMETIMES TAKES YEARS, BECAUSE OF APPEAL TO APPEAL.))
[OUT Q=appeal to appeal.]
During yesterday's meeting, officials recognized the local, state and federal agencies that came to the county's aid after the dump caught fire.
They say the Roanoke Valley hasn't seen that level of cooperation since the Flood of '85.
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Technology that was deployed during the Olympics and the Super Bowl, will help hazmat teams fighting the Roanoke County tire fire.
Low clouds kept the Aero Commander in its hangar yesterday.
But once the weather clears, it will fly over the tire dump and gather information on the fire.
Under contract to the E-P-A, the twin engine, high wing aircraft is equipped with high resolution cameras and equipment that can identify toxic chemicals.
It also uses infrared technology to help crews on the ground find the fire's hotspots.
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((KEVIN LARSON/EPA ON-SCENE COORDINATOR: THEY CAN USUALLY DO THAT, BUT WE CAN FLY OVER IT AND NOT PUT ANYONE AT RISK, WALKING THROUGH AN AREA THAT COULD COLLAPSE INTO A HOT ZONE.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Larson/EPA On-Scene Coordinator;]
[OUT Q=into a hot zone.]
The plane and its crew have been called out for train derailments, but this is their first tire fire.
They were also on hand at the Super Bowl and the Olympics, prepared to respond in the event of a terrorist attack.
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The U-S-S Theodore Roosevelt is coming home this morning, after a nearly 200- day cruise that included air strikes against Afghanistan.
Yesterday morning, about 60 aircraft flew off the Roosevelt, on their way back to their bases, including this one in Norfolk.
The fighter pilots were greeted with hugs and kisses from family and friends.
The Roosevelt and its 55- hundred sailors and marines are scheduled to dock in Norfolk at around nine this morning.
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Washington and Lee University will announce today that it has chosen Thomas Burish of Vanderbilt University as its new president.
Burish's appointment will begin July First, but he immediately will take charge of a 225 million dollar fund-raising campaign.
Burish announced last year that he would step down as Vanderbilt provost this summer to seek a college presidency.
Burish is a licensed psychologist who has focused on the psychological issues affecting cancer patients and how to reduce their stress.
In business news, Five former Waste Management executives are facing a lawsuit.
And a dose of good economic news has energized Wall Street after several losing sessions.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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> THE FED'S ON DUMPING ON WASTE MANAGEMENT.. THE TRASH HAULER SAYS THE
> SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS SUING FIVE FORMER EXECUTIVES
> INCLUDING THE COMPANY'S FOUNDER WITH ACCOUNTING FRAUD. THE FORMER EXECS
> ARE CHARGED WITH INFLATION PROFITS BY MORE THAN 1.7 BLN DOLLARS FROM
> TO 97.
> The SEC said the executives collectively reaped about $28 million from
> cooking the books. AND ARTHUR ANDERSEN, THE AUDITOR CHARGED WITH
> OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN THE ENRON COLLAPSE, IS SAID TO HAVE AIDED THE
> FRAUD AT WASTE MANAGEMENT.
> KEEP YOUR EYE ON RECORDING INDUSTRY STOCKS TODAY. Napster, forced to
> down its Internet music-swapping service in a copyright dispute, is
> a judge for industry documents to help make an antitrust case against
> leading recording companies.
> ON WALL STREET...A BOOST IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE GAVE A NICE BOOST TO
> STOCK MARKET. STOCKS GOT A LIFT ON NEWS THAT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HIT A
> SEVEN MONTH HIGH IN MARCH.
> THE DOW CLIMBED MORE THAN 71 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ CHALKED UP AN 11 POINT GAIN.
> TRADING VOLUME IS EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT AS WE NEAR THE PASSOVER AND
> HOLIDAYS AND ON TODAY'S ECONOMIC CALENDAR A REPORT ON NEW HOME SALES
> TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
> I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The prosecutor called him a sexual predator.
But Christopher Haynes attorney says his client is truly sorry for killing a Hooter's waitress in Roanoke last year.
At yesterday's sentencing hearing, the DEFENSE asked a city detective to play part of a taped statement in which Haynes confessed to the crime.
Much of it was unintelligible weeping.
Haynes told the judge he took full responsibility for killing 20-year old Tina Foster.
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((CHRISTOPHER HAYNES/MURDERER; I HAD A GOOD LIFE. BUT I TOOK AWAY SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE. I DON'T PUT BLAME ON NO ONE, ESPECIALLY MS FOSTER. SHE'S INNOCENT. SHE DIDN'T DESERVE TO LOSE HER LIFE THAT NIGHT.))
[OUT Q=life that night.]
The judge offered no comment, quickly sentencing the 27-year old Army specialist to life in prison.
The Henry County administrator was committed to a mental hospital yesterday, after he apparently tried to kill himself.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says deputies found Sid (CLOUGH-er) Clower in some woods behind the county administration building yesterday morning, after a brief search.
Cassell says Clower had a gun and was threatening to shoot himself.
Clower was taken into custody, without a struggle.
Cassell says county officials became concerned about Clower after he left a note on the desk of an assistant, indicating that he might harm himself.
All those snack chips you've been eating have been paying off for Lynchburg's Frito-Lay plant.
Officials have announced a 30-million dollar expansion that will also create 100 new jobs.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Lighthiser/Operations Manager; :29]
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor; :50]
[SUPER=01-Stan Goldsmith/Region 2000; 1:06]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Lynchburg's Frito-Lay plant already produces 45 million pounds of six different snack chips every year.. the company is betting Americans have room for a few more.
((BUT WE ALL HOPE THAT YOU'LL CONTINUE TO EAT MORE, BECAUSE WE CAN MAKE MORE.))
And they will, starting with a new product line for Frito-Lay's latest innovation, Tostito's Scoops.
The company says Americans are demanding more and newer snack chips these days.. news that makes a nutritionist cringe but chip makers smile.
((LARRY LIGHTHISER/FRITO-LAY OPERATIONS MANAGER: WHILE WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND OUR MARKETS, OUR GEOGRAPHIES AND THE PRODUCT LINES THAT WE PRODUCE, WE'RE FINDING THAT'S OUR SUCCESS RATE IS PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE INDULGENT OCCASIONS TO SNACK MORE.))
[OUT Q=to snack more.]
So the company will spend 30 million dollars over the next eighteen months and hire another 100 people.
It's the third such expansion since Frito-Lay opened in Lynchburg in 1998.
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: AND THAT THIS WAS BECOMING A HABIT, A HABIT THAT NONE OF US REALLY WANT TO BREAK, BECAUSE TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR THIS COMMUNITY AND FOR ITS CITIZENS.))
[OUT Q=for its citizens.]
Officials also say the expansion helps send a message to other companies across central Virginia.
((STAN GOLDSMITH/REGION 2000: WE'RE STILL ALIVE, WE'VE STILL GOT A GROWING ECONOMY, DIVERSITY IS THE ANSWER, WE CAN SUPPORT YOU, WE'VE GOT THE EMPLOYEES, WE'VE GOT THE ABILITY TO TRAIN THEM, WE'VE GOT ALL THE THINGS WE NEED.))
[OUT Q=things we need.]
Now all they need are more companies to make the investment.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
An Arab peace summit is now under way in Lebanon.
But not everyone who was invited is actually showing up.
The King of Jordan is the latest high- ranking leader to back out of the summit.
Meanwhile, two key players-- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni (moo-BAR-ick) Mubarak-- are also not traveling to Beirut.
However, Arafat will address assembled leaders via satellite.
About half the leaders of 22 Arab states are debating a Saudi plan that offers Israel peace, IF it gives up key territory and if it agrees to a fair solution for Palestinian refugees.
An effort to revitalize Pulaski's downtown area is getting some help from Washington...
A 30-thousand-dollar federal grant is being awarded to the Friends of the Pulaski Theater.
The group is working to transform downtown buildings into a theater and civic center for live productions, speakers and music.
U-S Senator George Allen says the money will be used to refurbish the theater and purchase new seats.
Friends of the Pulaski Theater have been working to raise funds for the project since last September.
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In medical news, a new study says that aspirin may not help prevent heart problems.
And new research shows long term use of birth control pills could be linked to cervical cancer.
Melissa McDermott has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((AN ASPIRIN A DAY MAY NOT KEEP THAT HEART ATTACK AWAY.
DOCTORS OFTEN RECOMMEND DAILY USE OF ASPIRIN TO PREVENT HEART ATTACKS.
BUT A NEW STUDY FOUND AS MANY AS 75 PERCENT OF HEART PATIENTS ARE
RESISTANT TO THE BLOOD THINNING BENEFITS OF ASPIRIN.
THE FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE MARCH 26TH ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL
SOME WOMEN THAT TAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS FOR SEVERAL YEARS ARE MORE
LIKELY TO GET CERVICAL CANCER..ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY.
RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT WHEN A COMMON VIRUS INFECTION, CALLED HPV, IS
COMBINED WITH THE PILL, THE CHANCE OF GETTING CERVICAL CANCER CAN
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STUDY BY LOGGING ON TO WEB MD HEALTH DOT COM.
ALTHOUGH DRINKING A CUP OF COFFEE A DAY MAY SLIGHTLY RAISE YOUR BLOOD
PRESSURE, IT WON'T LIKELY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING LONG TERM
IN A NEW STUDY, RESEARCHERS SAY A CONNECTION BETWEEN HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
AND COFFEE DRINKING HAS BEEN DISCUSSED FOR DECADES, BUT NO RESEARCH HAS
ACTUALLY ESTABLISHED A LINK.
(BACK ON CAM)
THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
A witness to a deadly shooting outside a Roanoke restaurant is now charged with passing counterfeit money.
A federal indictment against James Albert Bumbry Junior was unsealed yesterday.
Bumbry, seen here at the funeral of Keith Bailey, is one of two known witnesses to the man's death.
Bailey was shot during a scuffle in the parking lot of O'Charley's Restaurant in February.
Timothy Workman, a federal drug enforcement agent from Texas, is charged with his murder.
He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for later this week.
The bankruptcy of a Florida travel company has left Virginia Tech and James Madison University thousands of dollars in the hole.
Tech's marching band and J-M-U's choir both made reservations last year with the company, International Sport.
The trips had to be canceled when the company filed for bankruptcy in November.
James Madison is trying to recover 49-thousand dollars, while students at Virginia Tech say they're owed about 67