Investigators in Germany believe they may know why two planes collided, killing dozens of people.
Now there's word that the Russian passenger jet involved in the crash was full of children.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; 1:00]
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(locator: Near Lake Constance, Germany)
IT'S A GRIM TASK FOR RESCUE WORKERS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY THIS MORNING.
THEY CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR AND COLLECT BODIES... MANY OF THEM CHILDREN.... VICTIMS OF A COLLISION OVER THE SKIES OF LAKE CONSTANCE.
LAST NIGHT IT WAS A FRANTIC SCENE.... PARTS OF BOTH PLANES STILL BURNING AFTER FALLING 7 MILES FROM THE SKY.
RESCUE WORKERS RUSHED IN.
HOWEVER THERE WAS NO ONE TO RESCUE.
ACCORDING TO THE TRAVEL AGENCY THAT BOOKED THE TRIP.... 44 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN LEFT AS A GROUP FROM MOSCOW HEADED FOR BARCELONA, SPAIN ABOARD A TUPELOV 1-54.
ALSO FLYING IN THE AREA AT AROUND 36-THOUSAND FEET..... A BOEING 7-57 CARGO PLANE.
ACCORDING TO A GERMAN STATE OFFICIAL THE PILOT OF THE PASSENGER JET DID NOT RESPOND WHEN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS' TOLD THE PLANE TO DESCEND TO A LOWER ALTITUDE.
APPARENTLY THE PILOT OF THE D-H-L CARGO PLANE TRIED TO CHANGE COURSE... BUT IT WAS TWO LATE.
WITNESSES SAY WHEN THE TWO COLLIDED IT CREATED A GIANT FIREBALL IN THE SKY.... WITH WRECKAGE SPREADING OVER A 20 MILE AREA.
ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS ONE ARE EXTREMELY RARE.
MOST AIRCRAFT CARRY COLLISION AVOIDANCE EQUIPMENT THAT CAN AUTOMATICALLY PULL THE PLANE AWAY FROM AN IMPENDING COLLISION.
NOW IT'S THE JOB OF INVESTIGATORS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WENT WRONG.
MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS.
The U-S military is investigating what could be one of the war's deadliest attacks on civilians in Afghanistan.
Yesterday, U-S warplanes launched an attack on a wedding near Kandahar.
Witnesses say people were firing weapons in the air in celebration.
Reports from Afghanistan suggest the American attackers mistook the gunfire for HOSTILE fire.
It's estimated that 100 people were killed, including women and children.
Roanoke City Council is taking steps that may lead to a regional water authority.
Yesterday, members also gave the go- ahead for a temporary filtration system that could supply an additional three million gallons of water a day.
Joe Dashiell has more on the latest developments.
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((With the level of Carvins Cove now at more than 27 feet below the spillway, city officials say they are looking for both immediate and long term solutions to the city's water problems.
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[OUT Q=in a cost-efficient manner.]
One answer may be a temporary filtration system, that could allow the city to begin using Crystal Spring again by August first, two months before improvements to the pumping station are due to be completed.
City Council has also authorized negotiations that could lead to a regional water authority.
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((I JUST HOPE THAT WE CAN GET THE MESSAGE OUT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THAT IS OUR GOAL. THAT IS OUR INTENTION AND WE ARE EAGER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ALL DUE HASTE.))
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The movement toward a regional water authority also brought a warning that it won't come cheap. City Manager Darlene Burcham said the construction needed for a regional system could cost millions, and raise rates for city water customers.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Members of City Council deferred a vote on another controversial issue, the council pay raise they were expected to consider yesterday. Facing criticism for the proposal, members sent it back for more study.
With two new members, yesterday's meeting opened a new chapter for Roanoke City Council, but it also showed that the rift between the mayor and other members is alive and well.
Yesterday afternoon, Alfred Dowe took his seat on city council along with fellow Democrat Rupert Cutler.
But the organizational meeting also angered Mayor Ralph Smith, when the other members refused to go along with all of his recommendations for committee assignments.
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[IN Q=It's been traditionally]
((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S BEEN TRADITIONALLY THE ROLE OF THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL. I HAVE BEEN VOTING IN THE MINORITY A NUMBER OF TIMES, I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT I THINK IT'S A DISHONOR TO THE OFFICE TO TAKE THAT PREROGATIVE AWAY FROM THE MAYOR.))
[OUT Q=away from the mayor.]
The other members of council declined to name Smith chairman of the legislative committee, as he had requested.
Members say Roanoke's mayor has never chaired council committees.
The city of Lynchburg will keep its current mayor for another two years..
The seven-member panel met yesterday morning to reorganize after the May elections.
Carl Hutcherson was a unanimous choice to serve another term as Lynchburg's mayor.
And two-term city councilman Bert Dodson won the vice-mayor's post by a 4- to- 3 vote over Ed Barksdale.
Dodson says he wanted to be vice- mayor so he could help promote the city.
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[IN Q=But it's a]
((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG VICE-MAYOR: BUT IT'S A LOW-KEY POSITION, THE FACT THAT NO MORE RESPONSIBILITY, NO MORE POWER THAN A COUNCIL MEMBER. BUT IT'S A LEADERSHIP POSITION AND TO REPRESENT THE CITY. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING OUTSIDE THE CITY TO REPRESENT THE CITY, AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO MOVE TO LYNCHBURG AND TO OPEN THEIR COMPANIES.))
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg Vice-Mayor]
[OUT Q=to open their companies.]
Yesterday was also the first official council meeting for Joan Foster.
Foster is the first woman elected to city council in eight years.
Electric rates could be going up or going down, depending on your provider.
Dominion Virginia Power is asking the Virginia State Corporation Commission to reduce its rates.
The company says the average monthly residential customer using one- thousand kilowatt hours of electricity would see a 37 cent decrease in their bill.
American Electric Power wants to increase its rates.
A-E-P says a residential customer who uses one thousand kilowatt hours in a billing month would see an increase of about three percent.
If approved-- the plans would take affect in January.
After several tries, American millionaire Steve Fossett is expected to become the first solo balloonist to fly around the world.
The adventurer left Australia on June 18th.
Now, Fossett is just hours away from completing his flight.
This is the SIXTH time Fossett has attempted the feat.
Ground controllers say he's expected to cross the finish line at around 11 this morning, while still above the Indian Ocean.
Then he hopes to land in Southern Australia several hours later.
Forecasters expect near- perfect weather conditions.
In business news, Wall Street has opened the second-half of the
year in much the same way it struggled through the first, by losing
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((THE THIRD QUARTER GOT OFF TO A DREARY START FOR INVESTORS WHO SAW MORE EROSION OF BOTH THE DOW AND THE NASDAQ, AND A RECORD SINGLE STOCK SELL OFF AS INVESTORS DUMPED WORLD COM.
AFTER OPENING HIGHER, THE DOW BEGAN A LATE MORNING FREEFALL THAT CARRIED THE REST OF THE DAY, ENDING WITH A 133 POINT FALL.
THE NASDAQ LOSS WAS WORSE ON A PERCENTAGE BASIS...IT FELL 59 POINTS ABOUT 4 PERCENT...TO CLOSE BARELY ABOVE THE 14 HUNDRED MARKET. THE BIG STORY THE RECORD SELLING VOLUME IN WORLD COM.
SHARES OF THE TROUBLED COMPANY RESUMED TRADING AFTER NEARLY A WEEK AND FELL 92 PERCENT. SHARES...NEARLY A THIRD OF ALL OUTSTANDING WORLD COM STOCK WERE SOLD AS WORLD COM DROPPED TO JUST 6 CENTS A SHARE. IT'S LIKELY TO BE DELISTED LATER THIS WEEK. WORLDCOM'S LONG DISTANCE UNIT M-C-I WHICH TRADES SEPARATELY WAS ALSO CRUSHED BY INVESTORS.
AFTER SWEETENING THE OFFER, NORTHRUP GRUMMAN FINALLY SUCCEEDS IN ITS HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF RIVAL TRW. NORTHROP UPPED THE ANTE BY THIRTEEN DOLLARS TO 60 BUCKS PER SHARE. THE NEAR 8 BILLION DOLLAR DEAL CREATES THE NATIONS SECOND LARGEST DEFENSE FIRM.
ONE BRIGHT SPOT ON THE DAY---3 M ANNOUNCED IT WOULD HAVE BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS DUE TO STRONG SALES OVER SEAS...
and martha stewart may be a visit to capitol hill to tetsify about her role in the alleged inside sale of imclone shares back in december. Congressional investigators say they've found no evidence to bolster stewarts claim that she had a standing order to sell the stock if it fell below 60 dollars.
for more business news head to our web site...cbs marketwatch dot com
i'm ed crane cbs marketwatch))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A rape suspect who committed suicide last week is considered the likely killer of three Virginia girls.
Richard Evonitz was being pursued by police as a suspect in the rape of a 15-year-old girl ....when he shot himself..
Sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk, and 16-year-old Sophia Silva -- all from Spotsylvania County -- were killed in 1996 and 1997.
Evonitz lived near the victims at the time of the murders. And investigators found a newspaper article referring to the Lisks' kidnapping in his apartment.
People who live in Spotsylvania hope this closes the case..
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((RON PURDY/SPOTSYLVANIA CO. RESIDENT; FOR SIX YEARS WE'VE LIVED WITH THE THOUGHT OF THIS PERSON COULD BE ANYWHERE AND UM, YOU KNOW TO GET THIS BEHIND US AND HOPEFULLY THIS PERSON AND IT'LL BE A BIG RELIEF I THINK FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.))
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The results of D-N-A tests, which could show whether Evonitz is indeed responsible for the Virginia murders, should be released later this week.
A Roanoke man is facing a charge of attempted capital murder in the beating death of his one-month-old son.
The grand jury yesterday also indicted Terry Dale Duncan on two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of child neglect.
At a preliminary hearing last month, a detective testified that Duncan confessed to hitting the four-week-old boy.
Duncan told the officer that he'd been involved in Satanism for several years, and that he planned to kill the child.
Duncan's jury trial is set for September.
While the courts decide whether the Pledge of Allegiance should be allowed in public schools... , the national motto is now required in Virginia schools.
A poster reading "In God We Trust, The National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956" is going up in schools around the state.
The General Assembly passed the measure and Governor Warner signed the law in May.
Posters are provided by the Family Policy Network, a socially conservative, Christian organization.
This school principal thinks kids will notice when they return from summer.
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((PAM HIGGINBOTHAM/EASTERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL; IT IS A HISTORICAL BASIS FOR OUR NATION FOR OUR SCHOOLS AND I THINK THAT WE CAN'T OVERLOOK THAT FACT MANY OF OUR PARENTS AND STUDENTS APPRECIATE THIS TYPE THING.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Higginbotham/Eastern Elementary School Principal; ]
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The posters must be hung in a prominent location....at Eastern it's next to the Ten Commandments and U-S Constitution.
Virginia school children are also required by law to observe a minute of silence and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The government wants to move the trial of former National D-Day Memorial Foundation President Richard Burrow to Lynchburg.
Burrow was indicted on fraud charges in federal court in Roanoke. The case was assigned to Judge James Turk.
Now, the U-S Attorney wants the case moved to federal court in Lynchburg.
The government says it's not "judge shopping" -- it just wants the case tried a few miles closer to the D-Day Memorial.
Burrow's attorney says he hopes to keep the September trial date set in Roanoke.
Burrow is accused of lying to banks and donors to secure funds for the D-Day Memorial.
A man facing a six-million dollar wrongful death suit for the death of his wife is being hit with another lawsuit.
Mark Faville is being sued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company.
Court documents show the company paid more than 200-thousand dollars to Faville for the accidental death of his wife Mickey Faville in March of 2000.
Now the company wants its money back, because the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Earlier this year, the Faville children sued their father, saying he drugged, beat and then strangled his wife after she decided to leave him.
In business news this morning, General Motors may once again offer zero percent finanicing.
And Worldcom gives the S-E-C a detailed report on its accounting..
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
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[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS TUESDAY THE 2ND OF JULY.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
GENERAL MOTORS IS LOOKING AT A 0% ENCORE... AND FORD IS DOING THE
G-M'S COMING OUT WITH A BUYER'S CHOICE OF EITHER ZERO PERCENT
FINANCING OR LARGE CASH BACK DISCOUNTS.
FORD IS ROLLING OUT A FIVE YEAR, 2.9 PERCENT LOAN PACKAGE.PLUS
ZERO PERCENT AND CASH BACK DEALS.
THE BIGGEST CORPORATE SCANDAL TO DATE, IS ON PAPER TODAY.
WORLDCOM HAS GIVEN THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION A
DETAILED REPORT ON ITS ACCOUNTING...
BUT S-E-C CHAIRMAN HARVEY PITT SAYS IT IS INADEQUATE AND
THE BRIEF, 24-POINT REPORT, OUTLINED HOW THE COMPANY MANAGED TO
HIDE NEARLY FOUR BILLION DOLLARS IN EXPENSES.
PITT SAYS WORLDCOM IS APPARENTLY NOT COMMITTED TO TO FULL
DISCLOSURE AND IS NOT GIVING ITS FULL COOPERATION TO THE S-E-C.
TRYING TO REBOUND TODAY FROM ANOTHER SLIDER ON WALL STREET AS
TECH STOCKS TUMBLED.,.
THE NASDAQ AT ITS LOWEST POINT IN FIVE YEARS!!!!!
WHO'S THE BIGGEST RETAILER IN THE LAND? WAL-MART OF COURSE.. BUT
NOW HOME DEPOT IS THE SECOND LARGEST PUSHING ASIDE THE KROGER
YOU HAVE BUS PASSES, BOARDING PASSES, SO WHY NOT GAME PASSES?
REAL NETWORKS IS SELLING THEM FOR THOSE WANTING TO PLAY GAMES
THE COMPANY IS LAUNCHING A NEW SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE THAT LETS
USERS PAY A MONTHLY FEE OR GET FREE AND DISCOUNTED COMPUTER GAMES TO
THE SITE COSTS 6-95 A MONTH.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
New York City's mayor says it's a great way to ''stick it to the terrorists.''
Michael Bloomberg says New Yorkers should show they're not afraid -- by celebrating the Fourth of July in the usual way.
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Independence Day preparations are under way.
Macy's Department Store has lit up the skies over New York for the past 26 years.
This year, they say it'll be extra special because of September 11th.
The theme for this year's event--"A Time for Heroes."
Fire officials say this year's dry conditions mean using fireworks *safely* is more important than ever..
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((NATS OF FIREWORKS))
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Roanoke County's fire and rescue department held a demonstration yesterday morning..
In Virginia, anything that explodes or shoots into the air is illegal -- that includes bottle rockets and roman candles.
The only legal fireworks are those that spray sparks.
But experts say even those *legal* fireworks can be dangerous.
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((CAPT. GARY HUFFMAN/ROANOKE CO. FIRE AND RESCUE "OUR NUMBER ONE SAFETY MESSAGE IS FOR EVERYONE TO LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS - GO TO ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL SHOWS IN TOWN"))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Gary Huffman/Roanoke Co. Fire and Rescue]
[OUT Q="shows in town]
Fireworks caused 11-thousand injuries across the country last year, and more than 25-hundred fires.
A Roanoke man who told police he had been abducted at gunpoint has been charged with making a false report.
Michael Gene Turman said a man and a woman got into his car and ordered him to drive them around the city for an entire weekend last month.
Police now say Turman made up the story to cover his absence from home for the weekend and that he knew the man an
d woman who had been in his car.