Federal safety investigators are headed to Florida to try to figure out what caused last night's fatal derailment of an Amtrak train.
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Six people were killed, and dozens were injured when the Auto Train jumped the tracks in a remote area on its daily route from Orlando to Washington.
Firefighters used ladders to help people escape.
After surviving the crash, many passengers said they were amazed that more people didn't die.
The Auto Train is one of Amtrak's most successful routes.
It's billed as the longest passenger train in the world.
Police say actor Robert Blake shot and killed his wife, and they found the weapon in a trash bin a day or so after the crime.
They add that Blake killed his wife of five months-- Bonny Lee Bakley-- because he felt trapped in the marriage.
Blake and his bodyguard are under arrest.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SUPER=01-Bernard Parks/Los Angeles Police Chief; :14]
[SUPER=01-Jim Tatreau/Los Angeles Police Department; :52]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:22]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
IN HANDCUFFS, WEARING A BASEBALL CAP AND A WHITE SHIRT, ACTOR ROBERT
BLAKE WAS PLACED INTO A LOS ANGELES POLICE DETECTIVE CAR, AND LED
HE HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE, BONNIE
-SOT-BERNARD PARKS, LA POLICE CHIEF
la pd case has developed both physical and significant circumstantial
evidence that Robert Blake killed bonnie bakley.
POLICE ALSO ARRESTED BLAKES BODYGUARD.
-SOT-BERNARD PARKS, CHIEF
Detectives have also arrested 46 year old earl Caldwell, for conspiracy
to commit murdere of ms. Bakley.
ON MAY 4TH, 2001, BAKLEY WAS SHOT TO DEATH ONE BLOCK FROM THE STUDIO
CITY RESTAURANT WHERE SHE AND BLAKE HAD JUST HAD DINNER.
BLAKE CLAIMED THAT AFTER DINNER, HE WALKED HIS WIFE TO THEIR CAR. BUT
HE REALIZED HE LEFT HIS GUN IN THE RESTAURANT.
HE WENT BACK FOR IT, AND WHEN HE RETURNED, BAKLEY WAS DEAD.
-SOT-CAPTAIN JIM TATREAU, LAPD HOMICIDE
Its the weapon that was alreadfy documented in the media that was
recovered from a dumpster.
-SOT-robert Blake shot Bonnie bakley, wheres the weapon?
THE MURDER PUT THE ACTOR KNOWN BEST FOR HIS ROLE AS TVS BARETTA BACK
IN THE SPOTLIGHT.
SHORTLY AFTER THE MURDER, BLAKES ATTORNEY, HARLAN BRAUN REVEALED
STRANGE DETAILS ABOUT BAKLEY, SAYING SHE HAD A LOT OF ENEMIES.
BRAUN MAY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PROTECT BLAKE, BUT HE WAS CRITICIZED FOR
MAKING DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT THE VICTIM.
RE. BLAKES ATTY. REACTION
Actor Robert Duvall is said to be recovering at his home in Virginia after a horse-riding accident.
The 71- year- old fractured several ribs.
A publicist said it happened while Duvall was rehearsing
for a new Western.
He's best known for his roles `The Godfather'' and ``Tender Mercies.''
Officials say Duvall is expected to recover by the time the new
film, "Open Range" begins production on June 3rd.
An eavesdropping probe is expanding in Richmond, and so is the political rhetoric.
Allegations that Republicans listened in on a Democratic conference call now involve a second GOP official... Claudia Tucker, the chief of staff to House Speaker Vance Wilkins.
Yesterday, Democratic Chairman Lawrence (frahm-me) Framme spoke with reporters.
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((LAWRENCE FRAMME: OUR COMMONWEALTH IS NOW FACED WITH A SITUATION WHERE THAT WRONG MAY WELL HAVE BEEN A PART OF A CONTINUING COURSE OF CONDUCT IN WHICH THAT OFFICE PARTICIPATED.))
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Framme/Virginia Democratic Chairman;]
[OUT Q=in which that office participated.]
Republican officials have declined comment while the case is under investigation.
Former GOP Executive Director Ed Matricardi was charged earlier this month.
He is due in a Richmond court later today, when his attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the case against him.
Blacksburg Police are investigating the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old girl.
Police say the girl was approached by two men in a teal-colored car near her home.
When they asked her to get in the vehicle she ran.
The suspects are described as two white males - one with spiked orange hair.
Officials say the car had a trash bag covering one window.
If you have any information on the case - call Blacksburg Police.
In business news, Microsoft's profits rose nearly 12 percent for its fiscal third quarter, but the results missed Wall Street's expectations by about two cents a share.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((IT WAS EARNINGS GALORE AFTER THE CLOSING BELL.. MORE TECH TITANS HANDED
OVER THEIR PROFIT REPORT CARDS...
AMONG THE NOTABLES..
MICROSOFT MISSED ITS PROFIT NUMBERS BY 2 CENTS .. REVENUE WAS ALSO LOWER
THAN EXPECTED.. AND WHAT IS REALLY EXPECTED TO SOUR INVESTORS TODAY..
MICROSOFT'S OUTLOOK.. THE SOFTWARE GIANT LOWERED ITS PROFIT FORECAST
FOR THE JUNE QUARTER. THE STOCK TANKED MORE THAN 2 DOLLARS IN AFTER
HOURS TRADING... ESS=sunw
ALSO OUT AFTER THE BELL, SUN MICROSYSTEMS REPORTED A SMALLER LOSS THAN
EXPECTED OF ONE CENT A SHARE IN ITS THIRD QTR.
AND IT LOOKS LIKE EMBATTLED AUDITOR ARTHUR ANDERSEN IS HEADED TO COURT.
SETTLEMENT TALKS BETWEEN ANDERSEN AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNRAVELED
LATE YESTERDAY AND NO NEW TALKS ARE SCHEDULED. THAT MEANS THE
GOVERNMENT IS NOW ALLOWED TO PROCEED WITH ITS TRIAL AGAINST ANDERSEN FOR
ITS ROLL IN THE ENRON COLLAPSE. THE COURT DATE IS MAY 6TH IN HOUSTON.
ON WALL STREET.. MUCH OF THE ACTION WAS DICTATED BY EVENTS UNFOLDING
OVERSEAS.. STOCKS INITIALLY SANK AS INVESTORS REACTED EMOTIONALLY TO
WORD THAT A SMALL PLANE CRASHED INTO A BUILDING IN MILAN ITALY. STOCKS
CAME BACK THOUGH, AS OFFICIALS SAID THEY BELIEVED THE CRASH WAS AN
ACCIDENT AND NOT AN ACT OF TERRORISM.
THE DOW LOST 15 AND A HALF POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ FELL MORE THAN 8 POINTS.
A SALES WARNING FROM CELL PHONE GIANT NOKIA OVERSHADOWED A SOLID PROFIT
REPORT FROM IBM. BIG BLUE ALSO SAID IT SEES A PICKUP IN DEMAND IN THE
ANOTHER STARTUP AIRLINE LANDED ON WALL STREET. EXPRESS JET RALLIED XX IN
ITS WALL STREET DEBUT.. A FAR CRY FROM JETBLUE'S 70 NEARLY 70 PERCENT
JUMP IN ITS IPO LAST WEEK.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBSMW.COM I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Montgomery County is taking steps to repossess a building that houses a struggling technology company.
Officials say it's apparent Haleos will not be able to survive financially at its Blacksburg Industrial Park location.
The company, which makes fiber optic components, has been unable to keep up with lease payments and has furloughed or laid off nearly its entire staff.
Repossession papers were filed yesterday in General District Court.
The county's Industrial Development Authority owns the 108-thousand square foot building.
A spokesman say they've been generous to the company, but that time has run out.
Investigators suspect a fire that gutted a Bedford County business Wednesday night was intentionally set.
Crews from around central Virginia spent several hours battling the blaze at Innovative Machining on Graves Mill Road.
Arson investigators and an accelerant-sniffing dog were on the scene yesterday.. and authorities say the fire is suspicious.
Damages are estimated at three million dollars.
Worshippers at the Lexington Presbyterian Church are relieved to see scaffolding in their church's sanctuary instead of charred wood.
After the fire there more than a year and a half ago, work continues to rebuild the church, almost exactly as it looked before the fire.
Richard Lesko has more.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Parsons/Church Reconstruction Manager; :20]
[OUT Q=rl, n7, Lexington; ]
(( In the summer of 2000 the future didn't look so bright for the Lexington Presbyterian church. Fire destroyed the church's roof, steeple, and sanctuary and left little undamaged.
In March the church got its new steeple, and now, work continues full bore on the interior of the building.
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[INQ=There's a lot of...]
((FRANK PARSONS/CHURCH RECONSTRUCTION MANAGER; THERE'S A LOT OF PAINTING TO DO, A LOT OF STUCCO REPAIR, REPAIRS TO THE AREA AROUND THE WINDOWS. A GOOD BIT OF THAT STILL TO GO ON, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE DOWN THE EXTERIOR SCAFFOLDING. THAT ALSO GAVE THE APPEARANCE THAT WE WERE MAKING PROGRESS.))
[OUTQ=were making progress.]
Workers are busy rebuilding the massive balcony which overlooked the sanctuary. The church is using steel beams instead of the original wooden ones, because of cost, and technology not available when the church was built in 1845.
Work has been slow at times, but officials say it's all a part of the process of rebuilding a church from ashes.
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[INQ=It's coming along, and...]
((FRANK PARSONS/CHURCH RECONSTRUCTION MANAGER; IT'S COMING ALONG AND TAKING LONGER THAN IT SHOULD HAVE, BUT PART OF THAT WAS INEVITABLE, PART OF THE RESTORATION PROCESS. WE HAD TO DO A LOT OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH, AND HAD TO LEARN TO WORK WITH OUR INSURANCE COMPANY. THEY'RE NOT BAD PEOPLE, THEY JUST HAVE THEIR PROCESSES, AND WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THEM.))
[OUTQ=abide by them]
And if all those plans come off without a hitch, the church should be holding services in its sanctuary by the middle of November.
Richard Lesko, News 7, Lexington.))
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Blacksburg High School students will now be known as Bruins...
Students voted in the new mascot yesterday.
Out of nearly two-thousand ballots, 55-percent of the vote went to Bruins and 45-percent chose Blacksburg - meaning no mascot at all.
But many students say they still want to keep the Indians.
Last year the school board decided to change it because it was offensive to some.
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[SOT 2:05:24 // 2:03:34]
[IN Q=MOST ARE]
((MARIA SLEIMAN/BHS STUDENT; MOST ARE REALLY UPSET ABOUT IT BUT WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT HAS TO HAPPEN I GUESS.))
((JOHN BORRELL/BHS STUDENT; I GUESS SO WE ALL GOT TO VOTE ON IT SO WE CAN'T BE TOO UPSET ABOUT IT AND IT'S JUST BEEN BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION I THINK IT'S NOT REALLY THAT BIG OF A DEAL.))
[SUPER=01-Maria Sleiman/Blacksburg High School Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Borrell/Blacksburg High School Student; :07]
[OUT Q=BIG OF A DEAL.]
The school has two-years to make the change to the bear symbol.
One of the next steps will be to pick a Bruins mascot design.
The rebuilt U-S-S Cole will head for Norfolk later today.
The guided missile destroyer spent the last 14 months in southern Mississippi where it was being repaired following the terrorist attack on the ship in Yemen.
17 sailors were killed in the bombing in October 2000.
Naval officials expect the repair bill to come to 250 million dollars -- about one quarter the ship's original cost.
Emergency health care for veterans in our area is getting a shot in the arm.
Officials at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center held a ribbon cutting yesterday to show off upgrades to the emergency room.
The hospital doubled the number of E-R beds from 5 to 10...
It also doubled the number of psychological exam rooms from 2 to 4 -- AND upgraded equipment throughout the E-R.
The V-A Medical Center says the expansion and state-of-the-art equipment will help it provide veterans with some of the finest emergency care in the region.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, scientists may have come up with way to use eye tissue to treat Parkinson's disease.
And they say the weather can cause many things - but what about strokes?
Melissa McDermott has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((SCIENTISTS ARE LOOKING AT AN EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON'S
DISEASE IN A WHOLE NEW WAY.
THAT'S BECAUSE THE PROCEDURE USES HUMAN EYE TISSUE.
IN THE EXPERIMENT RETINAL CELLS WERE INFUSED INTO THE BRAIN OF SIX
THE CELLS PRODUCE DOPAMINE AND DOCTOR'S SAY WITHIN A MONTH THEIR
PATIENT'S MOTOR SKILLS IMPROVED.
HOWEVER, THE PROCEDURE IS YEARS AWAY FROM GOVERNMENT APPROVAL.
CAN YOU BLAME MOTHER NATURE FOR STROKES?
A NEW STUDY RECENTLY SAYS THE WEATHER MAY PLAY A ROLE.
THE EUROPEAN STUDY SHOWS CHANGES IN BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, TEMPERATURE,
HUMIDITY AND EVEN WIND CAN TRIGGER BLOOD CLOTS WHICH CUT OFF CIRCULATION
TO THE BRAIN.
EVERY YEAR MORE THAN 80-THOUSAND LIMBS ARE AMPUTATED IN THE U-S BECAUSE
OF DIABETIC COMPLICATIONS.
MANY TIMES POOR CIRCULATION AND CHRONIC WOUNDS ARE TO BLAME.
NOW SOME DOCTORS BELIEVE THE ANSWER TO HEALING THOSE WOUNDS AND
IMPROVING CIRCULATION COULD BE IN THE AIR.
SOME PATIENTS ARE UNDERGOING HYPERBARIC THERAPY.
LOCKED IN A PRESSURIZED CHAMBER, PATIENTS BREATH IN PURE OXYGEN.
THE OXYGEN DISSOLVES MORE RAPIDLY IN THE BLOOD, CARRYING IT FASTER TO
OXYGEN STARVED TISSUE.
AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Roanoke Police are investigating the alleged rape of a 14 year old girl at center for troubled teens.
On Wednesday, police arrested an employee of the Sanctuary Crisis Intervention Center, a program run by the City of Roanoke.
30 year old Jimmy Lee Jones faces rape and sodomy charges.
About 100 relatives of the September 11th crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania gathered to hear the cockpit voice recording from the doomed airliner.
It's the first time the government has let relatives of anyone
in a U-S plane crash hear the cockpit tapes.
Gretchen Carlson reports.
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[SUPER=03-Princeton, NJ; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenny Nacke/Victim's Relative; :08 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-John Beaven/Victim's Relative; :11]
[SUPER=01-Hamilton Peterson/Victim's Son; :28]
[SUPER=01-Paula Nacke-Jacobs/Victim's Relative; :45]
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/Reporting; 1:01]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News, Princeton, NJ.]
LOCATOR: PRINCETON, NJ)
AS RELATIVES OF VICTIMS OF UNITED FLIGHT 93 GATHER TO HEAR THE DRAMATIC
COCKPIT VOICE TAPE....FAMILY MEMBERS TALK ABOUT WHY THEY HAD TO BE HERE.
SOT: KENNY NACKE
"WE COME HERE TO HONOR OUR BROTHER."
SOT: JOHN BEAVEN (12:49:21)
"WE FEEL WE CAN REALLY EXPERIENCE WHAT OUR FATHER'S LAST HALF HOUR WAS
THE TAPE FROM SEPTEMBER 11TH, IS SAID TO BE VIOLENT AND DISTRESSING. IT
WAS A BATTLE THAT APPARENTLY ENDED WHEN FLIGHT 93 CRASHED INTO A
PENNSYLVANIA FIELD....HUNDREDS OF MILES SHORT OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
sot: HAMILTON PETERSON/SON OF VICTIM
"These were clearly people ... and acted."
SOME WERE AGAINST THE TAPES BEING PLAYED. PAULA NACKE JACOBS IS HERE
BUT SAYS LISTENING TO THE TAPES WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT.
SOT: PAULA NACKE-JACOBS/RELATIVE OF VICTIM
"I THINK THAT EVERY TIME WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO GO ABOUT THE
NORMALCY OF YOUR LIFE, SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS AND THESE WOUNDS ARE
OPENED UP AGAIN AND THAT TO ME IS VERY HARD."
The former treasurer of the Altavista Lifesaving Crew could be headed to federal prison.. for stealing thousands of dollars of the crew's money.
55- year- old Edward Daniel Dudley pleaded guilty to a federal charge of mail fraud yesterday in U-S District Court.
Prosecutors say Dudley embezzled more than 175- thousand dollars during his five years as the squad's treasurer.. by altering checks.
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[IN Q=It was very]
((JENNIE WAERING/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: IT WAS VERY CLEVER.. ..CHANGE IT FOR HIS RECORDS.))
[SUPER=01-Jennie Waering/Assistant U. S. Attorney]
[OUT Q=change it for his records.]
Dudley has paid back all the money.. he faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced in July.