The former director of the D-Day Memorial Foundation says he's NOT guilty of fraud.
Richard Burrow was arraigned this morning.
And at least 174 people are killed in the worst rail disaster ever in Tanzania.
Partly sunny, hot and humid with temperatures climbing into the 90s, and we have a slight chance for a few afternoon thunderstorms...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Former D-Day Memorial Director Richard Burrow told the judge today he's NOT guilty of the fraud charges leveled against him by the government last week.
A large crowd of supporters packed the federal courtroom for Burrow's initial court appearance.
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Keith Humphry was there and is here with us in the studio now to tell us how it went.
The arraignment was brief, Kim.
But we did get an opportunity to hear from some of Burrow's supporters afterwards.
It's clear that a lot of people are interested in this case. Many of them still literally don't believe it.
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[IN Q=The 55-year]
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[OUT Q=nothing knowingly wrong.]
((The 55 year old fund raiser held the position of executive director of the D-Day Memorial Foundation for five and half years. Few people who knew him then could have imagined Burrow would be in the position he's in now... charged with four counts of fraud.
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((I BELIEVE THAT HE'S ONE OF THE MOST CAPABLE ADMINISTRATORS AND MANGERS FOR A PROJECT SUCH AS THE D DAY MEMORIAL THAT I COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE. (:12) I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN HIM. I THINK WE WOULD HAVE NO MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD TODAY WERE IT NOT FOR HIM.))
The retired Army General said he had not read the indictment. He came to court- -along with 30 or 40 others to lend his support. Also among them was Sergeant Bob Slaughter, the man who spear-headed building the memorial.
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((I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE IN MY WILDEST NIGHTMARES THAT RICHARD BURROW WOULD SERVE ONE MINUTE IN ANY INCARCERATION OR BE FINED A NICKEL OF MONEY. BECAUSE HE DID NOTHING KNOWINGLY WRONG.))
[OUT Q=nothing knowingly wrong.]))
Burrow left the courtroom on a 50-thousand dollar, unsecured bond.
A 5-day trial was tentatively set to begin the day after Labor Day.
Kim, If the case goes to trial, that date could very well be postponed.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kimberly/Keith on BAM] Burrow's attorney indicated he hopes to make the charges go away, without a trial.
John Lichtenstein has not filed a motion to dismiss... yet, but that's very likely.
State Police say two teenagers died in a car accident in Tazewell County yesterday.
Police reports list the victims as 16-year-old Tracy Vance and 18-year-old James Wright.
State Police say the car they were driving in veered off the right side of Route-61 and crashed.
No word on if the pair was wearing their seatbelts.
Rescuers are struggling to pull more bodies from the wreckage of a train crash in Tanzania.
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It's said to be worst rail disaster ever in Tanzania-- officials say 174 bodies have been recovered so far.
But it's feared the death toll could climb above 200.
Volunteers are having trouble getting through the wreckage, because the cars are smashed together like crushed soda cans.
More than 900 people are reportedly injured.
The crash happened yesterday when the train's brakes and engine
reportedly failed and it rolled backward into a freight train.
President Bush will get a first- hand look at the Arizona fires today.
He's also declaring some sites federal disaster areas.
This, as crews continue their round-the-clock battle against the biggest blaze in the state's history.
Chris Lawrence has an update.
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FIRE CREWS SAY THEY ARE MAKING PROGRESS AS THEY BATTLE THE MASSIVE
WILDFIRE JUST OUTSIDE SHOW LOW, ARIZONA. OVERNIGHT, BACKFIRES WERE LIT
IN FRONT OF THE BLAZE...HOPING TO STARVE THE FIRE BY BURNING AWAY FUEL
AND OTHER BRUSH IN IT'S PATH.
SOT: JIM PAXON/FIRE SPOKESMAN
"IT'S BEEN BEATING US UP FOR A WEEK AND WE'RE BACK TO FIGHTING THIS
MONSTER, SO WE FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT."
THIS FIRE TRULY IS A MONSTER. IT HAS ALREADY DESTROYED HUNDREDS OF
HOMES AND SCORCHED AN AREA BIGGER THAN LOS ANGELES.
AND WHILE SHOW LOW'S LUCK MAY BE HOLDING... .FIREFIGHTERS SAY BLOWING
EMBERS ARE CAUSING SPOT FIRES...BLAZES THAT START SMALL, BUT CAN QUICKLY
GET OUT OF CONTROL.
SOT:BILL JACKSON, FIRE SCIENTIST.
"IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT 4 OR 5 MINUTES FOR A SPOT TO TURN INTO TORCHING."
(NATZ FROM SHELTER)
MEANWHILE, THOUSANDS OF EVACUATED RESIDENTS WAIT IN SHELTERS TO FIND OUT
IF THEIR HOMES WILL BE SPARED. FOR SOME, WORD THAT MOST OF SHOW LOW
WILL LIKELY BE LEFT STANDING...WAS NEWS THEY'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR.
SOT: EVACUEES/MOS, (MAN AND WOMAN..NO NAME AVAILABLE)
"I WANT TO SEE IT. I HOPE IT IS TRUE. I CERTAINLY HOPE IT IS TRUE, I
JUST WANT TO SEE IT."
(STANDUP...FIRE REMAINS HALF A MILE AWAY FROM THE TOWN...)
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Shareholders of one local publically traded company could see big changes in their stocks. We'll have the specifics after the break,
Also we will hear for the first time from Martha Stewart as she faces charges of insider stock trading.
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While major strides have been made in the prevention and treatment of H-I-V, it's important that people know their status.
That's where EARLY detection comes in.
National H-I-V Testing Day is coming up on Thursday.
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Joining us today via satellite to talk more about the importance of getting tested are Dr. Robert Janssen with the Centers for Disease Control and (Ter-JAY) Terje Anderson, who's the Executive Director of the National Association of People with AIDS.
Good afternoon to you both.
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[SUPER=01-Terje Anderson/National Assoc. of People with AIDS;]
(I've read that nearly 300- thousand people in this country have H-I-V and don't know it. Where is the trend going, in
terms of people getting tested these days?)
(With all of the advancements in treatment, do you think that people are still as careful as they should be...or do the
y take it for granted that they'll be able to live with H-I-V for a long time?)
(If you are diagnosed with H-I-V, what is the first thing you should do?)
(Ter-JAY, Let's talk about the National Association of People with AIDS-- How did that group come together?)
(What are some good resources to check, in order to find more information about H-I-V and AIDS?)
Thanks for joining us today.
Israeli officials are welcoming President Bush's hardened stance against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
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The Israelis are ALSO taking a tough stance in Palestinian territories across the West Bank.
Israeli soldiers are occupying seven of the eight main Palestinian centers-- including the city of Hebron.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials say their forces will remain there, until the attacks on Israelis come to an end.
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((DANIEL TAUB/ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN: ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES THE PRESIDENT (U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH) MADE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR IS THAT, IT ISN'T WE DON'T HAVE A PLAN, IT'S WE DON'T HAVE A PARTNER. UNTIL WE HAVE A PARTNER ON THE PALESTINIAN SIDE, UNTIL WE HAVE A LEADERSHIP THAT REALLY HAS THE SAME AGENDA AS THE TRUE AGENDA OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD." ))
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Meanwhile, Arafat says he doesn't believe President Bush is calling for his removal.
Yesterday, Bush urged the Palestinians to elect new leadership.
The Federal Reserve is meeting today, hoping to keep the economy on the road to recovery.
Analysts expect the nation's central bankers to keep interest rates where they are.
And since inflation has remained under control, there's no immediate pressure on the Fed to raise rates.
Meanwhile, consumer confidence is showing a decline this month.
The Consumer Confidence Index is down nearly four points from a
Martha Stewart says the questions about her stock trading will all be resolved shortly, and she'll be exonerated.
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Appearing this morning on her weekly segment on "The Early Show," Stewart did not want to talk about specifics of allegations of insider stock trading.
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((In the midst of all of this, Martha is here this morning for
her weekly turn here on the 'Early Show.' Martha it's good to see you.
STEWART SOT: Hi, well we're gonna make salad.
CLAYSON SOT: We are, but first let me ask you a few things about all
this. You've released a statement saying you were not involved in any
insider trading, but you haven't publicly commented on this. What do you
say about the allegations here?
STEWART SOT: Well, as you understand, I'm involved in an investigation
that has very serious implications. I, um, the investigation really
centers around InClone and this drug called urbatux, which many of us
thought had great potential and probably still does have great
potential, for curing cancer in seriously ill patients. So, uh and many
people involved in this whole investigation. Uh, I'm just not at liberty
at this time to make any comments whatsoever and I certainly hope that
the matter is resolved in the very near future.
CLAYSON SOT: The latest twist in this story is the fact that your stock
broker was suspended from Merrill Lynch and that seems to put more focus
on you in this whole situation of you selling your share of InClone
stocks on December 27th. Are you worried that what he did might further
complicate matters for you?
STEWART SOT: Well, again, I have nothing to say on the matter. I'm
really not at liberty to say. And as I said, I think this will all be
resolved in the very near future and I will be exonerated of any
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Congressional investigators are trying to find out whether Stewart had inside information when she sold nearly four-thousand shares of ImClone on
Roanoke's Optical Cable Corporation is trying to keep from getting kicked off the NASDAQ.
The company's Board of Directors is calling for a one-to-eight reverse stock split.
The move would have to be approved by the company's shareholders in a special meeting on July 30th.
If the reverse split goes through, shareholders would wind up with one share of common stock for every EIGHT shares they now own. However, the value of each share SHOULD be greater.
The company is trying to get its stock price back above one dollar per share, to avoid being de-listed by NASDAQ.
Two more leading contenders to replace Speaker Vance Wilkins dropped out of contention yesterday.
Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney and Virginia Beach Delegate Bob McDonnell both announced yesterday that they're bowing out of the Speaker race.
They join Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith who announced last week that he won't be a candidate, leaving Stafford Delegate Bill Howell as currently the only lawmaker seeking the post.
Putney said yesterday he will continue as Interim Speaker until the General Assembly convenes in January.
[IN Q=I had never intended to seek the Speakership]
[OUT Q=if I'd been asked to do it.]
House Republicans will meet on July 20th to officially nominate the next Speaker.
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Coming up next, Governor Mark Warner asks the President to keep Amtrak on track,
And we will see how one company is making waves with the latest Stealth Technology.
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Governor Mark Warner says that Amtrak is too important to Virginia's transportation to shut down.
He says it would be a terrible blow for all train travelers in Virginia, but especially for commuters.
Warner says the biggest impact is on Virginia Railway Express, which runs trains to D-C from Fredericksburg and Manassas.
He says those passengers joining traffic congestion would be the equivalent of adding another full lane of traffic on Interstates 95 and 66 in northern Virginia.
Warner says now is NOT the time to work out a long-term solution, while Amtrak is in a ``crisis point.''
The governor has written to President Bush, asking that Amtrak routes NOT be shut down.
Anywhere from 30 to 50 people a day catch the Amtrak train during its two stops in Lynchburg.. numbers that have increased slightly since September 11th.
One of Lynchburg's two ticket agents says he considers passenger rail an "essential option" for travelers that should be preserved.
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[IN Q=Our president says]
((GARLAND HARPER/AMTRAK TICKET AGENT: OUR PRESIDENT SAYS WE'RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF CASH, AND WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO PAY FOR DIESEL FUEL AMONG OTHER THINGS, WHAT CAN YOU DO? AND IF THE BANKS WON'T LET US MONEY BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID WE WON'T BE IN OPERATION THEN WE'RE REALLY CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Garland Harper/Amtrak Ticket Agent]
[OUT Q=and a hard place.]
Lynchburg also hopes to become a hub for regional passenger rail if the TransDominion Express becomes a reality.
Like something out of a James Bond movie, the first stealth (frig-it) frigate has been unveiled in Germany.
The "Visby" is practically un- detectable by radar, and hardly makes a sound.
The war ship is the first of five to be delivered to the Swedish Navy.
It can reach a speed of more than 40- knots per hour.
The U-S and Greece are among several countries that have expressed interest in acquiring stealth ships like the "Visby."
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 88 points. The NASDAQ has gained two points.
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Coming up after the break- the Avs return home to Salem Memorial after a long road trip....
Plus- we'll find out which top-seeded pros were an ace on the court in the opening rounds of Wimbledon.
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The Salem Avalanche returned home last night after a long road trip--
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The opponent was Myrtle Beach - the first half winners in the southern division.
And the visitors were in a giving mood.
In the first inning - Matt McClendon would make it through nine batters - but not even an entire inning.
(Hor-Hay) Jorge Piedra hits one to short-
Melvin Rosario jumps the ball and heads to third, and eventually home, as the throw to first is off- line.
Salem leads one to nothing.
McClendon then couldn't hit the strike zone, but had no trouble hitting the Salem batters.
Bryan Peck is the second batter to get pegged in the first inning.
The bases were full and (Am-bor-io) Ambioriox Reyes scores.
Jeff Winchester would later lift a sacrifice fly to left centerfield.
Brad Hawpe would score.
Salem gets four in the first and takes game one of the three- game set, 4-to-1.
The Senior's U-S Open is fast approaching- but two of the biggest names have withdrawn from the event.
Bad back problems are forcing 62-year-old Jack Nicklaus to sit this one out...
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And Hot Springs native J-C Snead has also withdrawn from the tournament.
Just Sunday, J-C became only the 11-th player over the age of 60 to win a Senior Tour event when he captured the Greater Baltimore Classic.
Snead- who is just four months shy of his 61-st birthday, says he is simply exhausted.
Before Sunday- Jesse Carlyle Snead's last senior tour win was in 19-95.
All of the top seeds won in the opening day of Wimbledon yesterday.
A big change from last year- when the seeded players were eliminated early...
Venus Williams won't play until today- but yesterday she watched younger sister Serena win her opening match without hardly breaking a sweat -
Serena rolls into the second round with a 6-1 and 6-1 victory.
Jennifer Capriati also recorded a straight set win in her opening match of the tournament.
Capriati wins 6-1 and 6-4 over Janette Husarova.
And 21-st seeded Tat-iana Panova probably made a lot of guys mad when she eliminated Anna Kournikova from the tournament.
Kournikova was beaten in three sets 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4.
And in the men's bracket- Andre Agassi was given the honor of opening the tournament at centre court, after defending champ Goran (ee-van-nee-suh-vich) Ivanisevic withdrew two months ago because of shoulder problems.
Agassi hammered fellow American Harel Levy, 6-love, 6-4 and 6-4.
Pete Sampras- the seven-time Wimbledon champion who had been questionable with a rib strain, then stepped on to centre court and served 27- aces to beat Britain's Martin Lee 6-3, 7-6 and 6-3.
Sampras' last tournament win was Wimbledon 2000.
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