The U-S Senate has passed a 31-and-a-half BILLION dollar anti-terrorism bill.
And President Bush will meet with lawmakers today to push for the adoption of a new Cabinet member.
Melissa McDermott has the latest on his call for a new Department of Homeland Security.
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[IN Q=They work]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :15]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Joseph Lieberman/(D) Connecticut; :38]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/(D) Missouri; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; 1:08]
[OUT Q=MM, CBS News.]
((THEY WORK TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY.
AGENCIES SUCH AS BORDER PATROL, CUSTOMS AND THE COAST GUARD CURRENTLY
STRIVE TO KEEP US SAFE ON THEIR OWN.
BUT IF PRESIDENT BUSH HAS HIS WAY, THAT WILL NO LONGER BE THE CASE.
SOT: (Bush) I ask Congress to join me in creating a single, permanent
department with an overriding and urgent mission: securing the American
homeland and protecting the American people.
THE NEW DEPARTMENT WOULD ABSORB MORE THAN 100 FEDERAL ENTITIES AND
BECOME THE SECOND LARGEST GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
THE PRESIDENT AND LAWMAKERS HOPE IT BRINGS ABOUT MORE ACCOUNTABILITY.
(Super: Sen. Joseph Lieberman/D-Connecticut)
SOT: Weve go to admit the government failed to protect the American
people, and part of the reason for the failure was a lack of
A FIRST ATTEMPT AT COORDINATION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING 9-11 APPEARED
PRESIDENT BUSH CREATED THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY.
BUT LAWMAKERS SOON REALIZED ITS DIRECTOR, TOM RIDGE, HAD VERY LITTLE
SOT: Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO)
"We got to move. We got a front in the war. We got a general who has
no power right now. And the troops don't know where they're going...."
THE NEW DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT INCLUDE THE F-B-I AND C-I-A, DEPARTMENTS
CURRENTLY UNDER FIRE FOR INTELLIGENCE MISHAPS.
MELISSA McDERMOTT, CBS NEWS.))
Police are searching a canyon this morning for a Utah girl kidnapped from her home by a gunman.
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;]
Police say 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom in the middle of the night.
An area near Salt Lake City called Emigration Canyon has been roped off this morning...
A volunteer searcher says he heard gunshots and then saw a man who matched the suspect's description.
No ransom demand has been made.
About 12-hundred volunteers aided in yesterday's search.
The latest plans for Roanoke's new Stadium and Amphitheater were unveiled at the Civic Center last night.
The public's main concern seems to be over traffic, since the new facility will be built next to the Civic Center.
But architects are working on plans to help solve that problem.
They are considering widening roads around the stadium or coordinating traffic lights.
There's a plan in the works to link the Civic Center to the Stadium with a pedestrian bridge... eventually, that bridge may hold vehicles to cut down on congestion around the area.
Each event will have a pre-planned traffic set-up.
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[IN Q=There will be]
((FRED KRENSON/ARCHITECT: THERE WILL BE CERTAIN MEGA EVENTS LIKE THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND WE JUST HAD, AND THEN THERE WILL BE OTHER EVENTS SCALED DOWN WHERE WE'LL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT WITH JUST A MINIMAL NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS.))
[OUT Q=police officers.]
Construction is set to begin in about a year. And the expected completion date is September of 2004.
The Tara Munsey murder case is now closed.
Yesterday, in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Jeffrey Thomas pled no contest to three charges in the shooting death of the Radford teenager.
By entering into a plea agreement, Thomas is waiving his right to a second jury trial.
Earlier this year, the State Supreme Court overturned his conviction and death sentence and ordered a new trial... but attorneys says Thomas didn't want to risk it.
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[IN Q=i think]
((MIKE BARBOUR/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; I THINK THE ESSENCE OF THE PLEA AGREEMENT WAS THAT HE OPTED TO MAKE SURE THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO BE SUBJECTED TO THE POSSIBILITY OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE RETRIAL OF THIS CASE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Barbour/Defense Attorney;]
[OUT Q=OF THIS CASE.]
The judge sentenced Thomas to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 13-years.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says Tara Munsey's parents have no objections to the plea agreement.
Accused murderer Roy Sluder took the stand in his own defense yesterday, telling a Bedford County jury he would never have hurt his estranged wife, Loria.
Loria Sluder was shot to death in June of 1995. Roy Sluder claims she committed suicide, but prosecutors say the evidence doesn't back that up.
Authorities claim Sluder planted the gun back in the room after shooting Loria during an argument and lied to police about where he was when it happened.
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[SOT - 2:09:24]
[IN Q=I was shook up...]
[OUT Q=we was always together.]
The jury will hear closing arguments in the case later this morning.
A simple ceremony marked the 58th anniversary of D-Day... as officials of the National D-Day Memorial gathered to discuss the foundation's financial future.
Veterans and other visitors streamed across the site, while board members placed a wreath in the English Garden.
Despite a difficult year in which debts mounted, authorities investigated foundation finances, and the builder filed suit, board members say they hope to put those problems behind them.
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[IN Q=Our motto in the first division]
((PETER THOMAS/BOARD MEMBER: OUR MOTTO IN THE FIRST DIVISION WAS NO MISSION TOO DIFFICULT, NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT, DUTY FIRST. AND I FEEL THE SAME THING ABOUT THIS. THIS IS A MISSION THAT CAN'T FAIL. IT'S TOO IMPORTANT TO BEDFORD, TO THE VETERANS, TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
[SUPER=01-Peter Thomas/Memorial Board Member;]
[OUT Q=the United States of America.]
Board members met for several hours yesterday afternoon, but officials say more specifics about their financial plans will come later.
In business news, Intel is scaling back its second-quarter revenue forecasts.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((INVESTORS HOPE TO AVOID ANOTHER TECH WRECK ON WALL STREET...
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, INTEL LOWERED ITS SECOND QTR SALES FORECAST DUE
SOFTER THAN EXPECTED DEMAND IN EUROPE. THE STOCK WAS CLOBBERED AHEAD OF
ANNOUNCEMENT THANKS TO A DOWNGRADE AT MERRILL LYNCH.
HERE'S ONE CHIP MAKER THAT'S BUCKING THE TREND...
NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR REPORTED AN UNEXPECTED QUARTERLY PROFIT.. HELPED
SALES OF CHIPS FOR MOBILE PHONES AND FLAT PANELS.
THE DOW TANKED 172 POINTS TO A SIX MONTH LOW
WHILE THE NASDAQ SHED ANOTHER 2 1/2 PERCENT OR 40 POINTS.
THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE IS TAKING STEPS TO RESTORE INVESTOR
INCORPORATE AMERICA. THE WORLD'S LARGEST STOCK MARKET RECOMMENDED A 19
PLAN TO STRENGTHEN CORPORATE BOARD ROOMS IN THE WAKE OF THE ENRON
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUYERS.. MORTGAGE RATES EDGED DOWN AGAIN THIS
HOLDING UNDER 7 PERCENT FOR THE EIGHT CONSECUTIVE WEEK. THAT'S HELPING
RECORD NUMBERS OF HOMEBUYERS INTO THE MARKET.
ACCORDING TO FREDDIE MAC THE 30 YEAR FIXED RATE MORTGAGE AVERAGED 6.71
PERCENT THIS WEEK, DOWN FROM 6.76 PERCENT LAST WEEK. .. THAT'S A 7 MONTH
FREDDIE MAC'S HOME PRICE INDEX FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ALSO SHOWED HOME
PRICES APPRECATED AT A NATIONAL AVERAGE 5.7 PERCENT.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MARKETWATCH.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Federal agents arrested workers at two Virginia airports in an anti-terrorism crackdown.
32 airport employees were arrested yesterday in Richmond and Norfolk.
They're accused of gaining access to secure areas by lying on their employment applications.
Authorities say the workers are NOT believed to be connected to terrorist activity.
But they say those employees who lied about their criminal record, immigration status or social security number are a security risk.
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[IN Q=If there are individuals who]
((U.S. ATTORNEY PAUL MCNULTY: IF THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK THERE WHO HAVE LIED ABOUT WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY'VE DONE, IT PRESENTS A SECURITY RISK FOR THE FUTURE. THEY MIGHT DO THINGS OR MIGHT BE COERCED INTO DOING THINGS THAT COMPROMISE SAFETY AND THAT'S THE POINT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul McNulty/U. S. Attorney]
[OUT Q=AND THAT'S THE POINT.]
The statewide round up is part of a national anti-terrorism program.
127 employees have been arrested at Virginia airports since the initiative began in April.
Unattended cooking caused heavy smoke damage to a Danville duplex last night.
Firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 4-12 Overby Street just before 9 o'clock.
Upon arrival they found heavy smoke coming from the front of the duplex.
The fire started in the kitchen - but had spread into the attic shared by the other side of the duplex.
The resident had awoken to house full of smoke and escaped through a bathroom window.
He suffered a laceration to the back of his hand and was taken to the hospital.
Eleven years ago, Stephen Samuel (EE-lee) Ealy was charged with murder.... and found not guilty.
But, he is no longer a free man.
Ealy was found guilty by a federal jury in Abingdon yesterday for murders he committed in 1989.
He was charged with seven homicide counts for the murders of Robert and Una (YOO-na) Davis and her son, Robert Hopewell.
Evidence at the trial this week suggested Robert Davis was killed to prevent his testimony in the federal narcotics trial of former Pocahontas mayor Charles Gilmore.
A jury will decide on Monday whether Ealy will face life in prison or the death penalty.