A medical examiner is now looking over the remains of Chandra Levy, trying to determine HOW and WHEN the Washington D-C intern died.
Skeletal remains of the 24-year-old woman were found yesterday in a park not far from her apartment.
Levy had been missing for more than a year.
Her disappearance became a subject of national interest
because of her relationship with California Congressman Gary
A police source says he acknowledged the two had had an
affair, but denied any link to her disappearance.
Jennifer Jones is in Washington this morning, and joins us now with an update.
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[SUPER=01-Cathy King/Levy Family Friend;]
[SUPER=01-Charles Ramsey/Washington DC Police Chief;]
[SUPER=01-Judy Smith/Assistant to Levy Family Attorney;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
(NATS OF VIGIL)
TEARS SHED AND MEMORIES SHARED AS FRIENDS OF THE LEVY FAMILY GATHERED
WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN CHANDRA'S HOMETOWN OF MODESTO, CALIFORNIA.
FOR THESE PEOPLE THERE IS A SENSE OF CLOSURE NOW THAT THE SEARCH FOR
LEVY IS OVER.
BUT A NEW SEARCH IS JUST BEGINNING.
THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS.
#1 00:12:23 CATHY KING/LEVY FAMILY FRIEND
"Now we just have to find out who did this and why" :04
THAT'S THE QUESTION AUTHORITIES ARE WORKING ON TODAY.
MEDICAL EXAMINERS NOW HAVE THE REMAINS OF THE WASHINGTON INTERN, TRYING
TO DETERMINE THE TIME AND CAUSE OF DEATH.
(NATS OF SEARCH)
LEVY WAS DISCOVERED ON WEDNESDAY IN ROCK CREEK PARK BY A MAN WALKING HIS
THE AREA, ONLY FOUR MILES FROM HER APARTMENT, WAS EXTENSIVELY SEARCHED
BY POLICE BEFORE.
#2 18:00:50 SOT-CHIEF CHARLES RAMSEY/WASHINGTON, DC POLICE
"this is a very inaccessible area and that's why even with the number of
people that come through rock creek park, a body was just discovered":08
(NATS OF HOME VIDEO)
IT WAS OVER A YEAR AGO THAT LEVY WAS LAST SEEN.
SINCE THEN HER PARENTS HAVE HELD OUT HOPE THAT THEIR DAUGHTER WOULD BE
20:30:47 #3 SOT- Judy Smith/Assistant for Levy family Attorney
"but as any parent would say you could never let go and you could never
give up hope. So yes up until the point that they received the news
they were always hopeful." :09
LEVY'S DISAPPEARANCE QUICKLY BECAME THE SUBJECT OF NATIONAL HEADLINES.
AND THE MEDIA'S SPOTLIGHT ULTIMATELY BURNED CONGRESSMAN GARY CONDIT.
SCANDAL SURROUNDING THEIR RELATIONSHIP TORPEDOED HIS CAREER EVEN THOUGH
POLICE NEVER NAMED HIM AS A SUSPECT.
Family members say Stephanie Bennett was proud to be a recent Roanoke College graduate, proud to be living on her own- but her life was cut short.
Tuesday, the former Franklin County resident was found dead in her Raleigh, North Carolina apartment, an apparent victim of murder.
Bennett moved to Raleigh last summer to take a job with IBM, but she was planning to relocate to Greenville, South Carolina in July.
Police sealed off her ground floor apartment Tuesday afternoon, and they searched a wooded area nearby, but so far investigators have revealed few details about the crime.
Yesterday, T. Carmon Bennett described his daughter as an outstanding person, "a very nice young lady" who was "easy to talk to, and intelligent."
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
It's been an emotional week in Southside.
Yesterday, hundreds turned out as Pittsylvania County deputy Frankie Betterton was laid to rest.
Teresa Hamilton was in Brosville and has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; :17]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Week; :26]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Robert Hardy/Betterton's Brother-in-Law; 1:12]
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(( Friends, family and complete strangers made up the hundreds who gathered at Brosville United Methodist Church to remember deputy Frankie Betterton.
But it was the law enforcement community that truly stood out among those who came out to honor the slain officer.
[in q=Law enforcement is ]
((LAW ENFORCEMENT IS A BROTHERHOOD AND ANYTIME THAT ONE OF OUR PEOPLE IS HURT OR KILLED WE ALL HURT.))
[out q= we all hurt.]
Frankie Betterton was killed Friday afternoon. He was shot after pulling over two vehicles along Route 58 just outside Danville.
When Betterton's family arrived at the church... Betterton's fellow officers... as well as those who never knew the Pittsylvania County deputy... showed the utmost respect.
[in q= It's just a ]
((IT'S JUST A SAD DAY FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. THIS ONE OF THOSE EVENTS THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO BE PUBLIC BUT IT IS PUBLIC IT'S PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED AND PEOPLE WANT TO SHOW THEIR COMPASSION ABOUT WHAT'S TAKEN PLACE.))
[OUT Q = taken place.]
Inside the church-- friends and family received words of comfort... while others stood outside because there simply weren't enough seats.
Betterton's brother-in-law was among those who spoke from the pulpit... saying Betterton told him he was called by God to become an officer.
[in q= Many people live ]
((MANY PEOPLE LIVE THEIR WHOLE LIFE AND NEVER EXPERIENCE THE JOY AND SATISFACTION OF DOING THAT TO WHICH THEY ARE CALLED AND FRANKIE LOVED HIS JOB.))
[OUT Q= Frankie loved his job.]
A statement proven by the turnout--- comprised of officers from not only Virginia but North Carolina.
((TO GET AN EVEN BETTER HANDLE ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TURNED OUT... IT TOOK SOME 40- MINUTES JUST TO CLEAR THE PARKING LOT.))
As the cars pulled out-- most had their lights flashing, a final good-bye to a man who leaves behind a wife and three children and a community and state in mourning.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Brosville.))
The State Supreme Court considers a Salem judge's ruling today .. that could determine whether new legislative lines must be drawn for the state's House of Delegates.
Judge Richard Pattisall ruled earlier this year that the district lines had to be re-worked.
He ordered new House of Delegates elections later this year.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore wants the state's highest court to bar enforcement of that order.
The hearing is scheduled for later this morning in Richmond.
In business news, General Electric announced that it is trimming its workforce by more than a hundred workers at its Salem location.
[VO-NAT - :21+]
About 145 jobs will be eliminated through layoffs and early retirement. The Drives and Controls operations and the G-E Toshiba portion of the plant are part of the cuts.
All of the employees being let go are salaried workers.
A G-E spokesman says the cutbacks are the result of fewer orders, shifting market conditions, and the long-term outlook of the business.
Soloman Smith Barney is under investigation for allegedly misleading investors.
And the price of gold continues to rise.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((IT LOOKS LIKE A MAJOR WALL STREET BROKERAGE IS TAKING ITS CUE FROM
LYNCH. SALOMON SMITH BARNEY PROMISES TO SEPARATE ITS ANALYST PAY FROM ITS
INVESTMENT BANKING BUSINESS. SALOMON IS ONE OF SEVERAL WALL STREET FIRMS
BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE NY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR MISLEADING INVESTORS
STOCK RECOMMENDATIONS. EARLIER THIS WEEK, MERRILL LYNCH SETTLED CHARGES
THE NY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR 100MLN DOLLARS.
JUST HOW HIGH CAN THE PRICE OF GOLD GO?
WITH A SLOW ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND FRESH WARNINGS OF POSSIBLE TERRORISM,
INVESTORS ARE FLOCKING TO THE SAFETY OF GOLD. The benchmark June gold
contract ended up 10 cents to $316.10 an ounce. ANALYSTS EXPECT the
be subject to volatility throughout THIS YEAR AND NEXT AND PREDICT GOLD
COULD REACH $330 AN OUNCE.
SOME ANALYSTS believes it would take "world chaos" to push the price to
an ounce or higher.
Priceline.COM IS A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY.. THE NAME YOUR OWN PRICE
SITE STANDS BY ITS 2ND QTR OUTLOOK. OF 3-5 CENTS A SHARE AND REVENUES OF
BETWEEN 320 AND 350MLN DOLLARS.
AND QWEST COMMUNICATIONS HAD ITS CREDIT RATING CUT TO JUNK STATUS BY
STANDARD AND POORS.
DESPITE FRESH CONCERNS ABOUT ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK IN AMERICA, STOCKS
TURNED POSITIVE IN THE FINAL MINUTES OF TRADING.
THE DOW CLIMBED 52 POINTS LED BY EXXONMOBIL AND MICROSOFT
THE NASDAQ INCHED UP MORE THAN 8
ON TODAY'S ECONOMIC CALENDAR, DURABLE GOODS ORDERS FOR APRIL AND WEEKLY
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ...
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
It was one of the most notorious crimes of the civil rights era-- and now relatives of the Birmingham church bombing victims say they finally have justice.
Former Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was convicted of murder yesterday in the 1963 bombing that killed four black girls.
The 71-year-old was given an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Just after he was convicted, Cherry stood up in court, pointed his finger at prosecutors, and and called them a bunch of liars.
He said he didn't do anything, and didn't understand why
he was going to jail.
First it was the Blacksburg Indians, now it may be the Christiansburg Blue Demons.
Debbie Logwood is one parent questioning the use of the Demon as a mascot.
It's the symbol for Christiansburg middle and high schools.
She believes it's in violation of the new mascot policy the school board passed in February.
She would like to see it changed and says a petition has been started.
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[IN Q=THERE ]
((DEBBIE LOGWOOD/MASCOT OPPONENT; THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE THAT ARE BOTHERED BY THAT AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULD FIGHT AGAINST THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Logwood/Mascot Opponent;]
[OUT Q=AGAINST THAT.]
Montgomery County School Board policy bans any school mascot that depicts race, religion, nationality or ethnicity.
It was drafted and accepted after debate over the Indian mascot at Blacksburg High School. The Indian was banned and changed to a Bruin.
But Board Chair Wat Hopkins says the Demon is not policy violation.
A Lynchburg native was among the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
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[IN Q=With a promise (music)]
[OUT Q=an American Child.]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/CBS - dick clark productions, inc.]
Phil Vasser won the Top New Mail Vocalist Award.
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[IN Q=Thank you guys]
[OUT Q=you really did.]
The O Brother Where art thou soundtrack also won Album of the year and Vocal Event of the year awards.
That album features Franklin County's Dan Tyminski and Southwest Virginia native Ralph Stanley.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)