New Yorkers embark upon the "Fleet Week" celebration, despite new terrorist warnings.
But a scare did shut down the Brooklyn Bridge for a while this morning.
The latest, coming up.
And a fallen sheriff's deputy will be remembered at a funeral service later this afternoon.
Warmer weather's heading our way but first we have one more cold night ahead of us...I'll tell you how cold in your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Fears of terrorism, and how to handle it .. lead to this drill today in Richmond.
Federal, State and local agencies were only pretending there was a chemical weapons attack in Richmond today .. but they were practicing how to respond should there be real one.
They responded to this full scale mock disaster today as part of a program created by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The drill stimulated a chemical weapons attack and involved the rescue, treatment and decontamination of victims.
The federal program began in response to the Oklahoma City bombing to see how local, state, and federal officials can improve their response to terrorist attacks.
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Federal authorities gave Richmond high marks today for their work.
Meanwhile, a heightened state of alert isn't putting a damper on the annual "Fleet Week" event in New York City.
That, as some of the most famous landmarks in the Big Apple are said to be potential terrorist targets.
Teri Okita has more from New York.
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TRACK: THE NEW YORK TERRORIST ALERT HASN'T PUT A STOP TO THE ANNUAL
"FLEET WEEK" CELEBRATION WHERE SOME SIX-THOUSAND U-S SAILORS ON
TWO-DOZEN SHIPS CONVERGE ON THE CITY FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. BUT, THE
WARNINGS HAVEN'T GONE UNHEEDED, EITHER.
TRACK: AIR PATROLS WILL HOVER OVER THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE COAST WILL
CANVASS THE WATERS, AS WELL ENFORCING STRICT SECURITY ZONES. NEW YORK
CITY OFFICIALS SAYS THEY'RE TAKING ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AND ARE
TELLING PEOPLE TO ENJOY THE FLEET WEEK FESTIVITIES. MANY TOURISTS ARE
NOT ABOUT TO ALTER THEIR SIGHTSEEING PLANS, BUT SOME ARE CAUTIOUS.
SOT: Ed and Leanne Sowa /Tourists (from Virginia)
( She doesn't wanna go to the Empire State Building or the Statue of
Liberty..so it looks like we'll be stuck in Central Park)
SOT: Rob and Shari Rhoades/Tourists (from Denver,Co)
( I am not afraid of the Empire State Building ...we are planning to
walk the Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow. )
TRACK: TRAFFIC IS, ONCE AGAIN, MOVING ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE. THE
NEW YORK CITY LANDMARK WAS CLOSED EARLIER TODAY WHILE AUTHORITIES
INVESTIGATED A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE. IT TURNED OUT TO BE A FALSE ALARM.
POLICE CHECKPOINTS ARE SLOWING DOWN MANY DRIVERS, BUT MOST NEW YORKERS
ARE TAKING IT ALL IN STRIDE.
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(I'm going about my daily life..it's unfair not to because we'd give
people an edge to say - look what we've done to NY )
TRACK: THE HEIGHTENED STATE OF ALERT COMES JUST A DAY AFTER THE F-B-I
WARNED OF A POTENTIAL ATTACK. THE UNCORROBORATED INFORMATION WAS
REPORTEDLY GIVEN TO THE BUREAU BY AN AL-QAEDA DETAINEE.
TRACK: THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS ALSO NAMED AS A TARGET, BUT AUTHORITIES
HAVE NO PLANS TO SHUT DOWN LIBERTY ISLAND.
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STANDUP: In fact, just about every major tourist attraction is still
open here in New York, and officials are urging people go about their
daily lives. They say, with the extra security, it's simply better to
be safe than sorry. Teri Okita, CBS News, New York.
12 Palestinian militants are beginning their exile in Europe after Israel kicked them out of the West Bank.
They flew to their final destinations today after a week and
a-half in Cyprus.
A 13th man will be staying there until a European Union nation agrees to let him in.
All were wanted by Israel--
Their departure is part of a complicated deal that ended the siege at Bethlehem's Church of the
Officials say the men will be allowed to work and study in their
new countries but, in some cases, they'll be under security
Back in Virginia, law enforcement personnel from across the commonwealth, and beyond, are gathering in Pittsylvania County today .. for the funeral of Sheriff's Deputy Frankie Betterton. The funeral service begins in four hours, at the Brosville United Methodist Church.
As friends, family and colleagues mourn his loss and honor his sacrifice, there is more information on the traffic stop that took his life.
Authorities confirm reports from various sources that Betterton stopped not one, but two vehicles along Route 58 in Pittsylvania County on Friday.
One of those belonged to Roy Inge, the man charged with killing Betterton.
The other car belonged to Inge's girlfriend.
Those records indicate Inge was seated in the patrol car before the shooting, which would be consistent with reports that Betterton was shot from the passenger's side of the car.
The complaint states that Inge owns a 380 automatic handgun, and that a 380 shell case was found on the front seat of Betterton's patrol car.
A large crowd is expected for the funeral. Again, it begins at 4, and we will provide complete coverage on News 7 at 5 and 6.
Lynchburg prosecutors hope a former firefighter charged with stealing emergency radios will help them in their investigation into the theft of equipment from the S-C-I corporation.
32 year old Gregory Scott Simms pleaded "no contest" yesterday to charges of grand larceny.
Police say Simms and another man, Allen F. Johnson, stole radios, software and other equipment from Sanmina (san-MEE-nuh) S-C-I.
They then allegedly sold the radios to the Lynchburg Fire Department and other emergency personnel.
Johnson has been charged with embezzlement.
Under a plea agreement, sentencing will be postponed for one year .. while Simms cooperates with the ongoing investigation.
Franklin County supervisors have taken a step toward a new library.
Supervisors are once again eyeing the old Peebles department store building as a new home for the library.
They voted 5 to 2 last night in support of the idea... after rejecting it in previous years.
The present central library is overcrowded.
Expanding it would cost one-million dollars.
Moving it downtown to the Peebles building would cost 2-million.
Supervisors say it's the best option because no other sites have panned out.
They believe they can afford to renovate about 70 percent of the building and do the rest later.
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Opposition to a proposed pipeline .. and another proposal to change school attendance zones. The details are just ahead.
And opposition from Smith Mountain Lake residents couldn't stop a controversial development plan.
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Franklin County Supervisors have approved a controversial development plan at Smith Mountain Lake, over the objections of some people who live nearby.
Developers plan to build 37 upscale single family homes -- 11 of them waterfront -- along a small cove in Scruggs.
But the zoning they sought also allows "large-scale development."
Neighbors in the Deer Creek community wanted supervisors to reject the project, saying it placed too many homes and boats in the small cove.
Homeowners Jim and Karen (Kleh-Peck) Klepek just moved here from Alaska and built their retirement home.
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Neighbors like the Klepeks said they agree the land SHOULD be developed ... but with fewer homes.
The Roanoke County School board is scheduling a public hearing .. over a proposal to redraw some elementary school attendance zones.
Some parents are already urging the board to reconsider its plan.
By adjusting attendance zones, school officials hope to relieve overcrowding at Back Creek Elementary, and use space more efficiently at Penn Forest and Clearbrook Schools.
Current students aren't affected, but parents complain the proposal will split their families.
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((ED MCDOWELL: I FOR ONE DREAD THE THOUGHT OF HAVING MY TWO CHILDREN AT TWO SEPARATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. THAT MEANS WE'RE GOING TO BE JUGGLING SCHEDULES TO GET TO TEACHER NIGHT, FUNCTION HERE, FUNCTION THERE, NOT TO MENTION HAVING THE BITE PUT ON ME BY TWO PTAS FOR SELLING STUFF.))
((MICHELLE MITCHELL: AND I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THE PARENTS AND NOT SPLIT FAMILIES APART, OR SUBDIVISIONS APART FOR THAT MATTER, BECAUSE CHILDREN BUILD WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN SURROUNDING THEM AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOT BREAK US APART.))
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The school board's informational meeting and public hearing will be held on June 18-th at 7 P-M at Cave Spring High School.
If last night's meeting in Henry County is any indication, federal regulators can expect to hear a lot more opposition to a proposed pipeline later this week, when they meet in Stuart and Hillsville.
They're conducting public hearings over Duke Energy's plan to build a 90- mile natural gas pipeline through portions of southside.
Last night, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a public hearing in Henry County on the proposed pipeline.
It would cross through Carroll, Patrick and Henry counties before crossing the state line into North Carolina.
The commission recently issued a draft environmental impact statement that says the pipeline would have limited impact on the environment.
Yesterday, it was the public's turn to weigh in on the document.
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The F-E-R-C will take the comments and put together a final environmental impact statement before deciding whether to grant Duke permission to build the pipeline.
Roanoke Electric Steel Corporation is reporting a second quarter loss today, but company officials say they are encouraged by the prospects for improvement.
The company reported a 224- thousand- dollar loss, following a 4.8 million dollar loss in the first quarter of 2002.
It cites more competition, lower prices, and poor market conditions for its products,
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An area children's doctor, who already served time for child porn, could be in more trouble. The details are next on News 7 at Noon.
And later, Jeff Burton returns to his home turf .. as he prepares to defend a title. We'll rev up the details in sports.
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A Lynchburg pediatrician may be in trouble with the law again.
John Powell had already served time for trafficking in child pornography.
Earlier this week, the F-B-I seized new evidence from his home computer, indicating that he may still be in search of child erotica.
Federal records indicate the search turned up a list of Internet sites, a C-D, and 65 video tapes.
Doctor Powell pled guilty in 1998 and was sentenced to serve two years and nine months in prison.
He got out a year ago, apparently unchanged.
He told his parole officer last month that he "felt his life was out of control and that the only thing he could control was the computer."
He claimed he was not driven by the explicit images of children, rather by the "quest."
It's a promotion within Governor Warner's administration-- WITHOUT a job change.
Acting state health commissioner Robert Stroube has been named to the post.
This marks the second term for the 55- year- old as Virginia's health commissioner.
Stroube previously served as health commissioner from 1991 until
1994 under then-Governor Doug Wilder.
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 35 points. Nasdaq DOWN 11 points.
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Home court and home ice advantages get seriously re-arranged. Playoff highlights are still ahead.
And getting ready for the big show.
Country Music puts its best foot forward tonight .. we'll show you what's in store.
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The Boston Celtics are returning home, having taken the home court advantage away from the New Jersey Nets.
Last night, Boston evened the Eastern Championship series at one game each.
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The Nets had no shortage of Elvis impersonators in the arena last night.
But for most of the game had no answer for Boston.
Antoine Walker spins and scores as the Celtics lead by 15 in the fourth.
New Jersey climbed back in it.
Lucious Harris was big off the bench for the Nets, again draining the three pointer.
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But, it was not enough--
Boston evens the series with a 93-to-86 win over New Jersey
In the N-H-L Eastern Conference finals, Carolina has regained home ice advantage .. thanks to a game-three victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
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This one went to overtime before the Canes prevailed by posting a 2-to-1 win.
Jeff O'Neill scored the game winner after Toronto's defense had done a great job of disrupting Ron Francis in the offensive zone.
Game four is tomorrow in Toronto.
Jeff Burton may be looking ahead to Charlotte this weekend, but he's also looking ahead to the road courses later this season.
That's why he came to Virginia International Raceway yesterday.
Mike Stevens has more from his day with defending champ of the upcoming Coke 600.
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(( Burton grew up just 30 miles from the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County. Despite that proximity the track remained a mystery to him until he got a look at the facility last year.
Now that Burton has become familiar with the 3 point 27 mile track - he has joined a growing list of Winston Cup drivers who have found VIR to be the perfect place to test for Sonoma and Watkins Glen.
Burton and his Citgo team spent most of the day at VIR concentrating on the Taurus - although Jeff took some time to check out the Porsche 911s.
The biggest change today was making right turns after doing nothing but turn the wheel to the left since February.))
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Burton and the rest of the Winston Cup stars will qualify for the Coke 600 under the lights this tomorrow night at the Lowes Motor Speedway.
News 7 Sports will be LIVE in Charlotte on News 7 at 5 & 6 and have your qualifying results right here on News 7 at 11.
And finally today,
The Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are presented tonight at 8 on C-B-S.
Wendy Burch is in Los Angeles with a backstage preview.
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Once a year, country music gets a change of address. All fans can now
forward their applause to Los Angeles. It's marked by the special
delivery of the annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Tonight, you'll hear from singers who aren't from around these parts,
but still recognized by just one name, like Alan, Reba and good ol'
At this year's ACM's, the country music will be mixed with a little bit
of rock and roll. Brooks and Dunn have just added drummer Sheila E to
help them keep the beat.
(sot, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, "She says she's going to be here. And
who knows what she will be wearing.")
And Hank Williams, Junior, has invited one of his rowdy friends to join
him on stage. His name is Kidd rock.
(sotl, Hank Williams, Jr, "I would have never thought I would be sitting
here on this show with a guy from the rap field that does some pretty
strong material., that is not scared to walk out here in front of this
country audience and that's why I respect him.")
Other artists are using the ACM's as an opportunity to try out new
material: Alabama, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Martina McBride are all
performing songs they just released.
(sot, Martina McBride, "I always get so nervous with these award shows.
First of all, there are those two little words: live TV. It always
freaks me out.")
But the performances are only part of it. Awards will be handed out in
15 categories. And although there is camaraderie in country music,
nominees still want to win.
(sot, Kenny Chesney, "I want the best for all of them but I want to kick
their butt, too>")
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