Three lives are lost as tensions escalate between India and Pakistan.
Some fear the two nuclear-capable neighbours could be on the brink of war.
And after new warnings about terrorism in the U-S, officials decide whether pilots can have guns in the cockpit.
Cloudy and cool across the region with a few sprinkles and even some light snow....will it continue.....I'll have your hometown forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Who knew what and WHEN, concerning warnings about the impending 9-11 attacks?
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A pre- September 11th FBI memo about followers of Osama bin Laden studying at American flight schools continues to stir up controversy.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Larsen/Retired Air Force Colonel;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/(D) House Minority Leader;]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
NEW INFORMATION ON WHO KNEW WHAT...AND WHEN...ABOUT LAST SUMMERS FBI
MEMO WARNING OF POSSIBLE TERRORISTS TRAINING IN THE U-S.
THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS F-B-I DIRECTOR ROBERT MUELLER AND ATTORNEY
GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT WERE TOLD ABOUT THE MEMO A FEW DAYS AFTER
SEPTEMBER 11TH, BUT NEITHER TOLD THE PRESIDENT UNTIL RECENTLY.
(SOT)Ret. AF Col.Randy Larsen
8:22:09 Think back to the 13th of September. The attorney general and
FBI director were worried about what was going to be happening on the
14th of September.
BUT THE TIMES REPORT CONTRADICTS A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT STATEMENT THAT
ASHCROFT LEARNED OF THE MEMO ONLY A MONTH AGO.
THE JULY 10TH MEMO FROM AN FBI AGENT IN PHOENIX WARNED THAT OSAMA BIN
LADENS AL-QAIDA NETWORK COULD BE TRAINING AT AMERICAN FLIGHT SCHOOLS.
WHILE PRESIDENT BUSH WAS BRIEFED IN AUGUST ABOUT POSSIBLE ATTACKS, THE
WHITE HOUSE SAYS ITS STILL NOT SURE IF THE PRESIDENT HAS EVER ACTUALLY
READ THE MEMO. THE NEW INFORMATION SPARKED A CRY FOR MORE
INVESTIGATING ON CAPITOL HILL.
(SOT) Rep. Richard Gephardt/House Minority Leader:
STAND-UP: (TO COME) (...THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT DOESN'T MATTER EXACTLY
WHEN BUSH KNEW...EITHER WAY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AFTER SEPTEMBER 11.. AS,
CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.)
Also today, transportation officials say pilots will NOT be allowed to have guns in the cockpits of commercial planes.
For months, there's been debate over whether arming pilots would
help deter hijackers.
Three civilians become the latest casualties in the continued fighting between Indian and Pakistani soldiers.
More than 20-thousand people have fled border villages since the firefights began on Friday.
More heavy fire today has increased fears that the tension between the two neighboring countries could push them into an all-out war.
The violence is also making financial markets nervous.
Shops and businesses were closed today and the streets remained deserted.
An accident is backing up traffic on Interstate 581 in Roanoke.
One of the vehicles involved is a tractor-trailer that jack-knifed, blocking all the southbound lanes.
It happened about 45 minutes ago, in the southbound lanes between the 10th Street and Liberty Road overpasses.
No word yet on injuries.
Authorities would like motorists to avoid that stretch of 581 if at all possible.
The Governor has ordered state flags flown at half mast in honor of a slain Pittsylvania County deputy.
Officer Frankie Betterton was shot and killed Friday afternoon while making a traffic stop.
Flags across the state should be flown at half staff beginning tomorrow at sunrise and should remain that way until sunset.
Plans for a new Victory Stadium moved forward last night.
Plans call for the new stadium and amphitheater to be built near to the Roanoke Civic Center.
But to proceed with the project, zoning at the proposed site needed to be changed.
Last night, Roanoke City council voted on the issue.
At first, Mayor Ralph Smith thought the measure passed, but learned it actually failed because five yes votes were needed, leaving the costly project hanging in the balance.
After a brief recess and some negotiation, another vote was taken, and the measure passed unanimously.
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[SUPER=02-Alvin Hudson/Roanoke City Council Member; :00]
[SUPER=02-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor; :12]
[OUT Q=I vote aye.]
All of the council members who spoke at last night's council meeting said they were in favor of the new stadium and amphitheater... some members, however, want a detailed traffic study conducted BEFORE construction begins.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will tell you about new jobs coming to the region,
Also we will see if a jury believes a teenager should get paid because his teacher had sex with him while he was underage.
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A soft drink maker could bring some new jpbs to the region.
Pepsi is considering developing a plant in the Wytheville area.
Officials say it would create 235-jobs and mean a 65-million dollar investment in buildings and equipment.
Both Wytheville Town Council and the Wythe County Board of Supervisors are taking steps to help ease the purchase of land for the deal.
A final decision from Pepsi is expected at the end of the month or early June.
The family of a missing 13- year- old Connecticut girl now know her fate--
Authorities say the sixth grader was strangled by an online predator, who confessed to the crime, and then led police to her body.
Jon Frankel has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Jon Frankel/CBS News; :37]
[SUPER=01-Michael Wolf/FBI Special Agent; :44]
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(GRAPHIC WITH PHOTOS OF DEAD GIRL - From 1008 on blue tape and jpeg's on
13-YEAR OLD CHRISTINA LONG OF DANBURY, CONNECTICUT WAS LAST SEEN AT A
MALL ON FRIDAY. POLICE SAY THAT'S WHEN SHE WAS PICKED UP BY A MAN SHE
MET ON THE INTERNET.
Chief Robert Paquette, Danbury Police
"You never know who's on the other end of that mouse that you got in
(Suspect house pan --)
...AUTHORITIES SAY THIS TIME -- IT WAS 25-YEAR-OLD SAUL DOS REIS
(DOSE-Ray-iss)...WHO LIVES 45 MINUTES AWAY..IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT.
"We were able to determine that there was extensive internet
contact...secured some of that info from her internet provider..and
began following up on those leads."
(Pan from road to creek
DOS REIS (DOSE-Ray-iss) DIRECTED POLICE TO A CREEK WHERE THEY FOUND
CHRISTINA LONG'S BODY. DOS REIS LATER CONFESSED TO HER MURDER.
Special Agent Michael Wolf, FBI
"Unfortunately we are seeing an increase in the number of these cases
nationwide and even here in the state of Connecticut"
THE NUMBER OF ON-LINE PREDATOR CASES INVESTIGATED NATIONWIDE BY THE
F-B-I HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 1998 TO FIFTEEN-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY-NINE
LAST YEAR. THIS YEAR..THE F-B-I HAS ALREADY OPENED MORE THAN 1300
AND SAYS IT IS HIGHLY UNUSUAL FOR A CASE TO END THE WAY IT DID FOR
CHRISTINA LONG..IN MURDER. JON FRANKEL CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Oscar- winning actress Angelina Jolie is taking a break from shooting her latest film to visit a refugee camp in Thailand.
Jolie went to the camp as part of her work for the U-N high Commission for Refugees.
She was named a goodwill ambassador by the organization last year, and has visited camps in Cambodia and Namibia.
The actress says she's always surprised by the high spirits of those in refugee camps, despite their living conditions.
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[IN Q=They want things]
((ANGELINA JOLIE/ACTRESS: "THEY WANT THINGS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR
CHILDREN HAVE A FUTURE. BUT THEY SEEM HAPPY WITH WHAT LITTLE THEY HAVE AND YET THERE'S OBVIOUSLY SO MUCH MORE THEY SHOULD HAVE AS HUMAN BEINGS.AFTER HAVING GONE THROUGH WHAT THEY HAVE. ))
[OUT Q=gone through what they have.]
Jolie and her husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton adopted a young Cambodian boy after she shot the film, "Tomb Raider" in neighboring Cambodia.
She says she'd like to adopt another Cambodian child.
A jury in suburban Seattle has ruled against awarding damages to a teenager who blamed local officials for his affair with a teacher.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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[SUPER=01-Vili Fualaau/Plaintiff; :15]
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[SUPER=01-Mike Patterson/Attorney for School District; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/CBS News; 1:18]
[OUT Q=Hughes, CBS News, L.A.]
18-YEARS OLD AND NOW THE FATHER OF TWO CHILDREN PRODUCED DURING HIS
AFFAIR WITH HIS SIXTH GRADE TEACHER, VILI FUALAAU ( FOO-LOUH) WANTED HIS
FORMER SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HIS CITY'S POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PAY A PRICE
FOR HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MARY KAY LETOURNEAU:
SOT: Vili Fualaau/ We had sex in the gym, in the girl's bathroom, we had
sex in the classroom"
SEX THAT FUALAAU AND HIS MOTHER CLAIMED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND
POLICE, WHO CAUGHT THE TWO IN THE BACK OF LETOURNEAU'S VAN, SHOULD HAVE
PREVENTED. THE JURY DISAGREED:
SOT: nats up courtroom...in counts one and two...no"
VILI'S FAMILY HAS ALREADY PROFITED SOMEWHAT FROM THE AFFAIR THAT PUT
LETOURNAU BEHIND BARS FOR SEVEN YEARS. THEY WERE PAID FOR THE STORY THAT
LED TO THIS MADE FOR TV MOVIE.
NATS (FONT-- COURTESY: USA NETWORKS)
LAWYERS FOR THE HIGHLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT THINK THAT MAY HAVE PLAYED A
ROLE IN THE JURORS DECISION:
SOT: Mike Patterson/ (Attorney for School Dist.) " They're involvement
with the media and diametrically opposed statements were very
significant to the jury"
STILL, VILI CLAIMS TAUNTS AT SCHOOL ENDED HIS ACADEMIC CAREER AND HE
CAN'T HOLD DOWN A JOB TO SUPPORT HIS CHILDREN. HIS LAWYERS, WHO CHOSE
NOT TO CALL LETOURNAU TO THE STAND, SAY THEY HAVEN'T DECIDED IF THEY'LL
APPEAL. SH CBS NEWS LA.
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Coming up next, we will show Leo a calendar as we get him to explain this unseasonable cold snap,
and we will tell you why a plucky professor believes his featherless chickens will revolutionize the poultry industry.
Chickens could fly even faster to the dinner table if an Israeli (gen-EH-ti-cist) geneticist gets his way, and develops a featherless fowl.
Avigdor Cahaner has cross-bred a small, bare- skinned bird with a regular broiler chicken.
It's part of a research project to develop low- fat poultry that is environmentally friendly.
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((AVIGDOR CAHANER/ISRAELI SCIENTIST: WE ARE TRYING TO TRANSFER THIS GENE JUST BY CROSSING A LARGE BODY, FAST GROWING BOILER CHICKENS WITH
THE IDEA TO HELP BOILER CHICKENS TO LIVE IN HOT REGIONS." ))
[SUPER=01-Avigdor Cahaner/Israeli Scientist;]
[OUT Q=live in hot regions.]
By keeping the chickens feather-free, the birds would direct their energy to growing larger, rather than keeping cool.
This would save poultry farmers a lot of money that's normally spent on ventilation to keep chickens from over- heating.
Cahaner believes the hybrids could revolutionize the entire chicken industry.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 42 points. The NASDAQ has lost 24.
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Coming up after this break- Winston Cup driver Elliott Sadler will have to throw a wad of cash at NASCAR...
And we will see a new school that wants to teach you how to work in racing.
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The Division II national softball championship was decided yesterday at the Moyer Sports complex in Salem, as St. Mary's of Texas beat Michigan's Grand Valley State.
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The tournament came down to the 15th and final game of the double elimination event.
It was a rematch of Sunday night's game that Grand Valley State won 1 to nothing.
But the Rattlers would not be foiled at the plate two days in a row.
St. Mary's would score four runs in this one.
In the top of the sixth, Ashley Boedeker connects on the base hit, and that brings Kristin Simmons in from third.
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St. Mary's, the eighth ranked team in the country coming in to the tournament, wins the Division II national championship 4-0.
This is the second- ever national title for the Lady Rattlers, who finish the season with 58 wins.
The Salem Avalanche was off last night.
But in minor league baseball you never really have a day off - even if you are the boss.
Steve Mason explains.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Stan Macko/Avalanche General Manager; :16]
[SUPER=01-Brad Hawpe/Carolina League Batting Leader; :30]
[SUPER=01-Kip Bouknight/Avalanche Pitcher; :46]
[SUPER=01-Stu Cole/Avalanche Manager; 1:18]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
((Do not adjust your television set, that is indeed Avalanche General Manager Stan Macko working and getting dirty right along side the grounds crew and NOT sitting back with his feet kicked up in an air conditioned office like most G.M.'s
Macko's blue collar work ethic has been infectious with the front office and the players. The team has hovered around first place most of the year.
First baseman Brad Hawpe has been inspired. He has 12 homeruns and there are still 27 games left before the all star break. An amazing pace considering the Salem Avalanche franchise record for homers in a SEASON is 18.
The Avalanche pitching staff has climbed from second to last in the league to the middle of the pack. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
In racing notes- NASCAR hit Elliott Sadler with a five thousand dollar fine last night.
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This, coming two days after Sadler hit Ryan Newman's car with his helmet.
Sadler felt that Newman wrecked him on purpose.
As a result he was penalized under Section 12-4-A of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rule Book - conduct detrimental to the sport.
It's not a guaranteed ticket for a sweet job with a NASCAR team, but a new school for race car mechanics opened yesterday in Charlotte.
Jon Robinson has more.
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[SUPER=01-John Dotson/NASCAR Training Institute; :12]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Hendrix/Institute Director; :25]
[SUPER=01-Jon Robinson/Reporting; :32]
[OUT Q=have the dedication.]
(( IT'S AN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY LIKE NONE OTHER.
(SOT - MOS "We'll have Engines One and Engines Two.")
THE CURRICULUM...FAST AND FURIOUS.
(SOT - DOTSON "We'll actually run the dyno...charge the chasis
dyno..learn how the body goes on a race care.")
THE NASCAR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IS REVVING UP TO MEET THE NEEDS OF
AN EXPLODING INDUSTRY.
(SOT - HENDRIX "With thousands of race series across the U-S...the
elite here will get jobs in racing.")
(STANDUP - "This 12 million dollar, 150 thousand square foot facility
is unique combination of automotive technology and NASCAR specific
training. For some students the chance of a lifetime.")
(SOT - "It's going to give you a step up when going to race shops
trying to get in.")
THE NEWEST ADDITION TO RACE CITY USA WILL TRAIN NEARLY TWO
THOUSAND STUDENTS A DAY AND EMPLOY 150 PEOPLE.
AND WHILE STUDENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A JOB WITH NASCAR, SKILLS
LEARNED HERE WILL TAKE THEM A LONG WAY.
(SOT - "Free labor and hard work...you just have to show you have
There are two courses at the school.
A 57 week course will run about 24-thousand dollars.
A 69 week course will cost students about 29-thousand
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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