A rough morning commute on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County today--
State police say a tractor- trailer overturned in the southbound lanes.
Also, a truck pulling a camper lost control-- blocking NORTHbound lanes.
And a family dog may have prevented a 10- year- old girl from getting kidnapped in Bedford county.
Some clouds are building into the region which will hold down temperatures just a bit across the area...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
The war on terrorism in Afghanistan has claimed four more victims.
This time, it was an incident of "friendly fire."
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Late last night, a U-S warplane mistakenly bombed Canadian troops-- killing four soldiers and wounding eight others.
Today, investigations are under way.
Jennifer Jones has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Ray Henault/Canadian Defense Chief;]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Brian Hilferty/U. S. Army;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS news, Washington.]
IT'S THE FIRST TIME CANADIAN TROOPS HAVE DIED IN COMBAT SINCE THE KOREAN
OVERNIGHT, A U-S F-16 WARPLANE LIKE THIS ONE MISTAKENLY DROPPED A
5-HUNDRED POUND BOMB ON CANADIAN SOLDIERS.
..KILLING FOUR - WOUNDING EIGHT OTHERS.
A U-S DEFENSE OFFICIAL SAYS THE AMERICAN PILOT THOUGHT HE WAS UNDER
ATTACK WHEN HE DROPPED THE DEADLY WEAPON.
BUT CANADA'S CHIEF OF DEFENSE SAYS THE SOLDIERS WERE IN A 'CLEARLY'
RECOGNIZED TRAINING GROUND.
(SOT- Lt. Gen. Ray Henault/Defense Chief, Canada "How this sort of
thing can happen it's a mystery to us. That's what the investigation
U-S OFFICIALS SAY UNTIL THEY HAVE CLEAR ANSWERS, ALL THEY CAN SAY NOW
IS, WE'RE SORRY.
(SOT-MAJOR BRIAN HILFERTY/U-S ARMY)
"I'd like to convey to the families and friends of the injured and dead
soldiers the condolences and prayers from all of us here"
(LOCATOR: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN)
THE TRAGEDY CAME ON A HISTORIC DAY IN AFGHANISTAN.
AFTER 29 YEARS IN EXILE, THE FORMER KING ZAHIR SHAH ARRIVED BACK IN HIS
HOME COUNTRY TO A HERO'S WELCOME.
NEWS OF SHAH'S RETURN HAS REACHED PAKISTAN, PROMPTING HUNDREDS OF AFGHAN
REFUGEES LIVING THERE TO RETURN HOME.
MEANWHILE, AN INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO THE FRIENDLY
FIRE ACCIDENT THAT KILLED CANADIAN TROOPS.
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS CALLED CANADA'S PRIME MINISTER TO OFFER HIS
JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
At least 15 people have died in an explosion today in the capital of Chechnya.
A vehicle carrying pro- Russian police blew up.
It's not known what caused the blast.
But Chechen rebels have frequently targeted Russian troops and police officers.
The Russians lost a bitter war with Chechnya in 1996.
In a state of the nation address just today, Russia's President declared that the military stage of the Chechen conflict ``can be considered over.''
Bedford County authorities say a family dog may have prevented the abduction of a ten-year-old girl yesterday.
The girl told deputies she was getting her grandmother's mail from a mailbox when a man and woman drove up and the male ordered her into the vehicle.
The child's dog apparently bit the man on his arm and leg and the pair drove off.
They're described as a white male, 6- feet tall, bald with a thin build and a tattoo on his left forearm.
The other was a white female with purple spiked hair.
They were driving a white, possibly four-door sedan.
Two accidents tie up traffic on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County this morning...
State Police say around 2 a-m a tractor trailer traveling north crossed the median and landed in southbound lanes near milemarker 113 close to Christiansburg.
The driver, Kenneth Jaycox of Tennessee was not hurt. The co-driver, his wife, suffered minor injuries.
Officials say Jaycox is being charged with reckless driving
Traffic in the area resumed at 9 a-m.
Also on the Interstate near Ironto....a truck pulling a camper lost control while trying to pass a tractor trailer around 6 a-m.
The vehicles collided and the camper driven by Stewart Sanborn of Vermont overturned.
It blocked both northbound lanes near milemarker 126 for several hours.
No one was hurt...Sanborn faces charges of reckless driving.
State democrats have responded to allegations that Claudia Tucker, a key aid to Republican House Speaker Vance Wilkins, may have listened to a democratic conference call.
Democratic Party Chairman Lawrence (Frahm-mee) Framme says the party has provided the state police with the phone number of someone who listened in on the conference call for 21 minutes.
State GOP executive director Ed Matricardi was charged in the case earlier this month.
The story broke as lawmakers were completing their work on the Veto Session.
Joe Dashiell has more details.
[IN Q=Mister Speaker]
[SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hall/(D) House Minority Leader; :14]
[SUPER=01-Julie Overy/Wilkins' Spokesperson; :34]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Richmond]
The Virginia Tech student who contracted bacterial meningitis is now in fair condition.
[VO-NAT 02-10, 33:54, :08 ]
18-year- old Rayna Dubose (Do-bose) had been in critical condition for the past several weeks at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Bacterial meningitis is a potentially fatal infection of the central nervous system.
Dubose is a freshman at Tech and plays on the basketball team.
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Still to come on the newscast, two network sportscasters are in stable condition following an automobile accident.
Also the families of the people killed on Flight 93 listen to the tapes of plane's final moments on September 11th.
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The horror of one of the September 11th hijackings is being re- lived today.
The families of victims of the ill- fated Pennsylvania plane will hear the voices of their loved ones on the cockpit's tape recording.
Gretchen Carlson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Alice Hoglan/Victim's Relative;]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hall/Former N.T.S.B. Chairman;]
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News, Princeton, NJ.]
(LOCATOR: PRINCETON, NJ)
INSIDE THIS NEW JERSEY HOTEL....VICTIMS' FAMILY MEMBERS OF UNITED FLIGHT
93 ARE RE-LIVING A DAY THAT WILL LIKELY HAUNT THEM FOREVER.
SOT: ALICE HOGLAN/RELATIVE OF VICTIM (10:04:12)
"IT WILL BE PAINFUL, THERE ARE SOME REAL EXCRUCIATING MOMENTS, I HOPE I
AM EMOTIONALLY PREPARED FOR THAT"
NEVER BEFORE RELEASED COCKPIT VOICE RECORDINGS OF THE LAST 30 MINUTES OF
THE HIJACKED FLIGHT ARE BEING PLAYED FOR RELATIVES. ON SEPTEMBER 11TH,
FLIGHT 93 CRASHED INTO A PENNSYLVANIA FIELD...APPARENTLY FORCED DOWN BY
HEROIC PASSENGERS WHO BATTLED THE HIJACKERS TO THE VERY END.
THE TAPES ARE SAID TO BE VERY DRAMATIC.
"THE TAPE APPARENTLY AT SOME POINT HAS THE SOUNDS OF A WOMAN, PLEADING
FOR HER LIFE, IT ALSO HAS MUFFLED CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE MURDERERS IN
NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES RELEASING THE TAPES IS A GOOD IDEA....FOR
EMOTIONAL AND LEGAL REASONS...
SOT: JIM HALL/FORMER CHAIRMAN N.T.S.B.
"I BELIEVE THREATENS TO UNRAVEL THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN
PLACE TO PROTECT these conversations and use them only in the context of
some family member choose not to attend, too emotional...)
Sportscasters Marv Albert and Mike Fratello were involved in a car accident in New Jersey.
Authorities say both men are listed in stable condition at a Trenton hospital.
State police say the sportscasters' limousine hit a delivery truck that had broken down along a highway early this morning.
Albert and Fratello suffered cuts on their faces.
Albert also has a concussion.
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Four decades in one building can produce plenty of lasting memories .. and that's the case here at Your Hometown Station.
As we prepare to move into our "Building for the Future," Steve Pardon and friends remember 40 years from Colonial Avenue.
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[SUPER=07-John Harkrader; :27]
[SUPER=07-Ron MacDonald; :36]
[SUPER=07-Jim Shaver; 1:04]
[SUPER=07-Ted Powers; 1:14]
[OUT Q=at WDBJ7.]
Tonight on News 7 at 5, we begin the look ahead to our new Digital Broadcast Center. We're already moving in .. and Patrick Evans will show you what's going on as we get ready.
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Coming up next Leo will let us know if this early summer will continue through the weekend,
Also we will tell you why News Seven's Joy Sutton was sharing the stage last night with singer Harry Belafonte.
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Singer and civil rights leader Harry Belafonte was in Roanoke last night.
He was the guest of honor at the Roanoke N-double A-C-P Citizens of the Year awards banquet.
But as Teresa Hamilton reports another familiar face was honored as well.
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[SUPER=01-Harry Belafonte/Actor & Singer; :22]
[SUPER=01-Edward Murphy/Carilion President & CEO; :45]
[SUPER=01-Joy Sutton/WDBJ Reporter & Anchor; 1:03]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.]
[in q=On behalf]
((ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF ROANOKE... THAT IS THE KEY TO THE CITY.))
[OUT Q= to the city.]
Mayor Ralph Smith was among the first to welcome Harry Belafonte to Roanoke-- The singer and actor was selected to speak at the Roanoke N-double-A-C-P awards banquet based on his many years of work in promoting civil rights.
[in q= A lot of my life]
((A LOT OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE SERVICE OF COMMUNITIES AND SO WHEN ROANOKE AND THE NAACP EXTENDED THE INVITATION TO ME TO COME HERE I TREATED IT LIKE I'D COME TO LONDON.))
[OUT Q= come to London.]
This is the fourth year that the Roanoke N-double-A-C-P has honored several local citizens for their dedication to the community.
Among those singled out-- the president and C-E-O of Carilion Health System.
[in q= It was really]
((EDWARD MURPHY/CARILION CEO AND PRESIDENT: IT WAS REALLY HUMBLING, AS I MENTIONED I DIDN'T EXPECT IT, IT WAS OUT OF THE BLUE AND I WAS PROUD AND HUMBLED BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.))
[OUT Q= both at the same time.]
NEWS 7 Health Check reporter Joy Sutton was also honored for her many contributions to the community.
[in q= It has always]
((JOY SUTTON/WDBJ REPORTER: IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY DREAM TO BE A TV REPORTER AND I WOULD SAY IF YOU STRIVE HARD AND IF YOU KEEP GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN'T ACCOMPLISH.))
[OUT Q = you can't accomplish.]
This year's ceremony also remembered previous honorees who've since passed away-- including former NEWS 7 sportscaster Roy Stanley.
[IN Q= I remember]
((JOY SUTTON/WDBJ REPORTER: I REMEMBER WHEN I TOLD PEOPLE IN THE NEWSROOM I WAS GOING TO GET THIS AWARD FOR HIM THEY SAID IT MEANT THE WORLD AND TO KNOW THAT I'M FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS OR THAT PEOPLE EVEN THINK OF ME ON THAT LEVEL REALLY REALLY MEANS A LOT TO ME.))
[out q= means a lot to me.]
Sutton says because of Roy-- she will also strive to continue to do her part in the community.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke. ))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has lost 100 points. The NASDAQ has lost 22.
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In Sports, one of NASCAR's best known race teams has made a driver change. We'll have the details.
...And one of Tech's starting players begins the spring season with an injury.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Italian news reports say a small plane has
crashed into a skyscraper in Milan.
This is a live picture from Italian television
No word yet on possible casualties. The high-rise building
houses area government offices.
Italian state T-V says the crash punched a hole in the 25th
floor of the Pirelli building, and that smoke is pouring from the
Police and ambulances are rushing to the downtown scene.
The last few years have not been kind to NASCAR's Petty Enterprises.years.
So yesterday, the team made a driver change.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Friday; :00]
Buckshot Jones, the driver of the number 44 Dodge, has been replaced at least for this weekend's Talladega - Aaron's 499.
Steve Grissom, who has been with Petty Enterprises in research and development for the last few years, will drive the car.
No word on whether or not the change is permanent.
Team owner Kyle Petty says simply it was time to shake things up.
It was a disappointing final practice for one of Virginia Tech's players ---
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Spring Practice; :00]
Starting quarterback Grant Noel torn the lateral meniscus cartilage in his left knee.
Following tests this morning, the Hokies head trainer said Noel was a candidate for a conservative treatment including rehabilitation.
If he does not require surgery, he should be ready for practice in August. If surgery is needed, Noel would be out until at least October.
The Washington Redskins grabbed the 18th pick in the First Round of Saturday's NFL Draft...
AND new head coach Steve Spurrier may look to snag some star Florida players.
Spurrier says every day at Redskins' Park is just like old home week.
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[IN Q="At Florida...]
[SUPER=03-Ashburn/Redskins Mini-Camp; :00]
[SUPER=01-Danny Wuerffel/Redskins' Quarterback; :21]
[SUPER=01-Jacquez Green/Redskins' Wide Receiver; :50]
[SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/122-27-1 at Florida; 1:12]
[OUT Q=...to do here."]
((At Florida Quarterback Danny Wuerffel and Coach Steve Spurrier teamed up to win a Heisman Trophy and a national championship. So, when Spurrier acquired Wuerffel as one of his first moves as the Redskins Head Coach, the 5-year pro found himself in a familiar situation.))
((Bite: Wuerfel -- 7:03:04))
((Out...a great time."))
((Wuerffel was just the first of Spurrier's former players to sign with the Redskins. Receiver's Riedell Anthony and Jacquez Green also re-joined their old coach during the off-season. And while some have suggested that Spurrier's gathering of former Florida Gators won't equal success in the NFL, Green isn't buying that for a moment.))
((Bite: Green -- 9:48:14))
((In..."College's and the...))
((Out...it will work."))
((Spurrier won 122 games, 7 Southeastern Conference Championships and a national title at Florida. And, while he's traded his Florida Orange for Redskin Maroon, his offensive system and his style remain uniquely Steve Spurrier.))
((Bite: Spurrier -- 19:47))
((In...I'd probably have...))
((Out...to do here."))
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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