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A disturbing discovery for a group of people fishing in Roanoke County.
The four were fishing below the Roanoke River Bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway when they found the body of a white male.
Police arrived at the scene around nine thirty last night.
They say the man was lying on his back at the edge of the water and appeared to have been there less than a day.
Early this morning, police were working to verify the man's identity and how he died.
They say it's too soon to say if he committed suicide by jumping from the bridge or if foul play was involved.
Roanoke Police were chasing a suspect when they stumbled across a body.
About 4 o-clock yesterday afternoon, officers were running after a man they were trying to arrest near the Roanoke River.
The chase ended abruptly when they spotted a dead body on the river bank.
The man apparently died in his chair while fishing.
Police aren't releasing his name yet ... but they say he was in his 30s and appears to have died as a result of serious health problems.
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[SOT 48:39 - :53]
[IN Q=We had come]
((SHIELA PHILLIPS: WE HAD COME AROUND ABOUT TWO HOURS BEFORE THEN AND THE MAN WAS SITTING THERE FISHING. SO, EVIDENTLY THE POLICE STUMBLED UP ON HIM OR HE HAD DIED OR HAD A HEART ATTACK OR WHAT.))
[OUT Q=attack or what.]
The man police were trying to arrest got away.
Officers are still looking for him.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the pilot or air traffic controllers are to blame for Monday's deadly mid- air collision over Germany.
[SUPER=03-Near Lake Constance/Germany;]
Authorities are now sifting through the wreckage.
They've found the flight data and voice cockpit recorders, which investigators hope will answer the question of who is to blame for the collision.
The general director of the company that owned the Russian jet involved says it was the air traffic controller's fault.
But D-H-L says something else.
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[IN Q=Now, the Russian]
((AXEL GIETZ/D.H. L. BRUSSELS SPOKESMAN: NOW THE RUSSIAN PILOT NEVER RESPONDED TO THOSE WARNINGS FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AND BY THE TIME OUR PILOTS, THROUGH THIS WARNING SYSTEM WERE ALERTED, THEY HAD A MATTER OF TWO, THREE SECONDS MAYBE TO REACT AND OBVIOUSLY IT WAS TOO LATE." ))
[SUPER=01-Axel Gietz/D. H. L. Brussels Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=it was too late.]
71- people died in the crash, most of them children.
The weather woes have gone from drought to flooding in central Texas--
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;]
Several days of rain have dumped more than 15 inches in some areas.
Two people have died, and another is missing.
They were swept away by floodwaters.
San Antonio has been the hardest hit, with rain flooding homes and highways.
The Governor of Texas has called in the National Guard to help with relief efforts.
Both sides say they're ready to make a deal, but there are many details, both large and small, that must be ironed out before a regional water authority becomes a reality.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Carvins Cove]
As Roanoke's water problems have deepened, city and county officials have been meeting behind the scenes.
They say they have reached the conclusion that a regional authority is in both communities' best interest.
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[IN Q=I think that most people]
((GARY ROBERTSON/ROANOKE CO. UTILITIES DIR.: I THINK THAT MOST PEOPLE FEEL THAT FOR THE VALLEY AS A WHOLE, THAT IT WILL BE A BENEFIT, BUT IT WILL BE SOME TOUGH THINGS TO WORK OUT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.))
((MIKE MCEVOY/ROANOKE CITY UTILITIES DIR.: IT'S KIND OF, I WOULD SAY, SIMILAR TO AN OPTION ON A PIECE OF PROPERTY. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BUY IT, BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE'VE GOT TO GET SQUARED AWAY FIRST BEFORE WE CONSUMMATE THE DEAL.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Robertson/Roanoke Co. Utilities Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Roanoke City Utilities Director; :14]
[OUT Q=before we consummate the deal.]
Those negotiations could require several months, and it would likely be several years before the two systems are fully integrated.
Your baggage will soon be screened by FEDERAL employees at Roanoke Regional Airport.
The Transportation Safety Administration is required to take control of passenger and baggage screening at the nation's 429 airports by the end of the year.
Roanoke is among the first 160 airports to be assessed.
Starting today, federal officials will review the security checkpoint and start making changes.
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[SOT 10:29:27 - :36]
[IN Q=The end result]
((JACKIE SHUCK/AIRPORT DIRECTOR: THE END RESULT IS MORE DELAY. AND AFTER THE YEAR WE'VE GONE THROUGH AND WHAT PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN THROUGH, WHAT YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO IS MAKE TRAVELLING MORE DIFFICULT. YOU WANT TO MAKE IT LESS DIFFICULT.))
[SUPER=01-Jackie Shuck/Airport Director;]
[OUT Q=make it less difficult.]
Passengers' bags WILL be checked more thoroughly at the ticket counters and security checkpoints.
Right now, contract employees screen passengers and baggage.
Sometime before November, the Transportation Safety Administration will hire its own workers to do the job.
Steve Fossett has journeyed around the world by balloon--
But LANDING may prove to be the toughest part.
After nearly two weeks in the air, the 58- year- old millionaire became the first person to fly solo around the world in a hot air balloon.
Yesterday, Fossett crossed over the coast of South Australia and immediately ran into gusty winds.
His support crew decided to delay his landing by about 12 hours, in search of better weather.
He's now scheduled to land today at around 6 P-M Eastern time.
In business news, Yesterday's selloff extended the market's six-week losing streak.
The Nasdaq bore the brunt of the damage, closing at another five-year low.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=Marketwatch dot com New York]
((GOOD MORNING. ON THIS GETAWAY DAY BEFORE THE JULY 4TH WEEKEND INVESTORS ARE WONDERING IF THE BEAR MARKET MAY BE HITTING BOTTOM.
THATS BECAUSE THE DOW DIPPED BELOW THE PSYCHOLOGICAL LEVEL OF 9000 YESTERDAY THAN BOUNCED BACK, CLOSING BACK ABOVE THAT LEVEL.
THERES NO SIGN OF A BOTTOM FOR THE NASDAQ...WHICH SANK TO A DEEPER FIVE YEAR LOW WITH A LOSS OF ALMOST 46 POINTS.
WORLD COM'S STILL A PENNY STOCK BUT TRADED A BIT HIGHER TUESDAY...AS C-E-O JOHN SIDGEMORE TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE, THE ACCOUNTING IRREGULARITIES DID NOT OCCUR ON HIS WATCH AND THAT HE'LL DO HIS BEST TO KEEP THE COMPANY OUT OF BANKRUPTCY.
VIVENDI UNIVERSAL DIPPED MORE THAN 20 PERCENT AFTER A FRENCH NEWSPAPER REPORTED IT TRIED TO MASSAGE SOME ACCOUNTING NUMBERS BUT WAS THWARTED BY FRENCH REGULATORS.
ESS=message of no interest: f/gm
IF YOU MISSED OUT ON THOSE ZERO PERCENT AUTO FINANCE DEALS...YOU'RE GETTING A SECOND CHANCE. FORD AND GM ARE OFFERING ZERO INTEREST FINANCING AND OR CASH BACK DEALS ON SELECT 2002 MODEL CARS AND TRUCKS.
THE F-D-A HAS REJECTED A CALIFORNIA COMPANYS PLAN TO SELL BOTTLED WATER LACED WITH NICOTINE, AS AN AIDE TO SMOKERS WHO NEED A QUICK FIX IN THE OFFICE, ON THE PLANE OR ANYWHERE ELSE THAT SMOKING IS BANNED. NICO WATER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LAUNCHED LATER THIS MONTH.
FOR MORE BUSINESS NEWS, I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH.COM NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A special election will have to be held to fill the seat of retiring state senator Madison Marye.
The 76-year-old cattle farmer and Democratic representative for 29-years has announced his plans to leave the General Assembly.
Marye will send Governor Mark Warner his resignation in 60-days.
He says he wants to have more time with his family and that redistricting played a role.
When the new lines were drawn - the 39th District was moved to Northern Virginia.
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[IN Q=one person]
((MADISON MARYE/(D) VIRGINIA SENATOR; ONE PERSON TELLS ME WELL YOUR SUPPOSE TO REPRESENT PEOPLE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA THEN ANOTHER PERSON TELLS ME I WON'T SAY NAMES BUT YOU JUST STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND YOU REPRESENT THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED YOU IT'S NOT FAIR TO SOMEBODY IN MY JUDGMENT, IT'S VERY IRRITATING.))
[OUT Q= IT'S VERY IRRITATING]
Marye has a year and a half left in his current term.
Jerry Kilgore said yesterday that state law is clear that a special election should be held in Northern Virginia...the site of the new district... to fill the seat.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE ]
During his 29 years in the Senate, the colorful Shawsville Democrat championed populist causes like repealing the sales tax on groceries.
Marye was a vocal opponent of former Governor Jim Gilmore's car tax initiative.
The 76-year old cattle farmer is best known for his common sense appeal and folksy references.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore said yesterday that Marye's humor will be missed.
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[IN Q=I applaud Madison Marye's career even though]
[OUT Q=miss him but miss his wit.]
Governor Mark Warner said yesterday that the Virginia Senate is not only losing a great advocate of higher education but one of the best storytellers.
Summertime may be the season for family vacations, but high temperatures can also keep some tourists at home.
Steve Smallshaw shows us how the staff at Bedford's D-Day Memorial is helping some visitors beat the heat.
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[IN Q=As tourist sites]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shannon Brooks/Assistant Site Manager; :25]
[SUPER=01-Bill & Jean Tuck/Tourists; :52]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(( As tourist sites go, Bedford's National D-Day Memorial is fairly easy to navigate and interpret on your own.
But add the heat of a summer afternoon, and some tourists might find a visit to the site a little daunting.
So for a few extra dollars, the memorial now offers hourly walking and riding tours..
[natsot cart 14:09:41 or 14:13:03]
..predictably, more visitors are choosing to dodge the sun and hop on board a golf cart.
((SHANNON BROOKS/ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER: PEOPLE REALLY JUST WOULD RATHER RIDE THAN WALK. YOU'VE GOT YOUR BUILT-IN SHADE, YOU GET A NICE BREEZE, AND YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO TELL YOU ALL THE THINGS THAT OTHERWISE YOU REALLY WOULDN'T GET A CHANCE TO KNOW ABOUT, IF YOU JUST CAME THROUGH ON YOUR OWN.))
[OUT Q=on your own.]
((THE AIR CONDITIONER WORKS GOOD WHEN WE'RE MOVING. YOU STOP, THAT SUCKER CUTS OFF JUST LIKE THAT.))
In just two days, the response has been overwhelming.
Riders included Bill and Jean Tuck who have already visited Normandy.. and figured Bedford was a logical follow-up.
((BILL TUCK/TOURIST: AND WE WANTED TO COME UP HERE AND SEE THIS. JEAN TUCK/TOURIST: WITH THE GOLF CART WE FELT LIKE WE COULD TAKE IN SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST WALKING.))
[OUT Q=than just walking.]
Even at a time when the memorial needs every penny it can get, the fees for the tours are just a drop in the revenue bucket (14:18:xx)
Officials say the real value for tourists is getting more a personal, firsthand account from the men of D-Day.
((IT'S REALLY NOT ABOUT GENERATING REVENUE. CERTAINLY WE APPRECIATE THE REVENUE AND IT IS VERY USEFUL. BUT PRIMARILY OUR PURPOSE HERE IS EDUCATIONAL. AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF OFFERING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO THE PUBLIC OF TEACHING PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY AND WHY IT MATTERS NOW.))
[OUT Q=it matters now.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A 92- year old man shot his wife and then took his own life at a Roanoke County retirement community.
A spokesperson for Friendship Manor says Duane Collier shot his wife in the Health Care Center before turning the gun on himself around nine A-M yesterday.
Collier died at the scene. His 91- year old wife, Grace, remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound.
Her condition has NOT been released.
The couple lived in an apartment in the independent living section of Friendship Manor for several years.
But Grace Collier had recently been moved to a private room in the health care center.
Employees say when Duane Collier entered her room-- they heard a noise and went in to find the couple.
No one else was hurt.
New information on the man suspected of killing three teenage girls in Spotsylvania County more than five years ago.
South Carolina investigators say Richard Evonitz confessed to his sister that he had killed someone and committed many other crimes.
This was just hours before he took his own life in Florida last week.
Evonitz, though, did NOT identify his victim or say when he supposedly killed that person.
Investigators say he matches the profile of a serial killer, given what they know so far.
A task force is looking closely at Evonitz's life to see if any more clues connect him to the killings of sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk and Sophia Silva.
A search of his apartment and car turned up a newspaper article about the May, 1997 killings of Lisk sisters, as well as handwritten directions to a road near their home.
D-N-A tests are also being done on evidence from the murder scenes to determine if there is a connection to Evonitz.
A federal judge in Lynchburg will hear the case against Richard Burrow.
The attorney for former president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation wanted the case kept in Roanoke.
But the U-S Attorney's office said it should be moved to the Lynchburg division.
Yesterday, U-S District Judge James Turk sided with the government.
In business news this morning, Orders to U-S factories are expected to have
edged higher in May. That report is due out later today.
And Sprint has delayed the launch of its high speed mobile data service.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS WEDNESDAY THE 3RD OF JULY
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING
WORLDCOM'S NEW CEO SAYS THE COMPANY WILL PRESS ON, BEING OPEN
ABOUT THE 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN OVERSTATED REVENUE THAT SPARKED FRAUD
(SOT-SIDGMORE "And while the deeds that were uncovered were part of
the past administration, I want to apologize here today on behalf of
everyone at WorldCom.")
TODAY'S WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS A WORLDCOM AUDITOR'S ACCOUNT OF
UNCOVERING WIDESPREAD FRAUD CONFLICTS WITH THE COMPANY'S -- THAT SHE
DISCOVERED THE PROBLEMS ON HER OWN, AND MET WITH FIERCE RESISTANCE
FROM THE NOW FIRED CEO.
ON WALL STREET TODAY REACTION TO NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS.. MAY
FACTORY ORDERS .. AND THE ISM PURCHASING MANAGERS REPORT.
JUNE SALES FOR G-M ROSE NEARLY FOUR PERCENT LAST MONTH...
HOWEVER, FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW, FORD SAW SALES DROP.
THE EXPEDITION WAS A BIG SELLER.
AND DAIMLER-CHRYSLER DECLINED BY 4%. BUT THE PT CRUSER WAS HOT.
ASIAN AUTOMAKERS, LED BY HONDA AND HYUNDAI.. RAISED THEIR U.S.
MARKET SHARE IN JUNE.. FOR THE 7TH TIME IN 8 MONTHS
SPRINT PCS'S PLANS FOR A HIGH-SPEED MOBILE DATA SERVICE HAVE BEEN
DELAYED ONE MONTH AUGUST 10TH.
SPRINT HAS SAID IT EXPECTS TO LAUNCH HIGH-SPEED DATA OR SO CALLED
THIRD GENERATION OR "3-G" SERVICES NATIONWIDE IN THE SUMMER.
MOBILE PHONE COMPANIES SEE THE RELEASE OF HIGH-SPEED DATA DEVICES
AS KEY TO FUTURE REVENUE GROWTH.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A toothpaste tube factory is bringing new jobs to Danville.
Governor Warner's office says Essel Pro-Pack will locate its first U-S plant in Danville .. creating 81 new jobs.
The company is the world's largest maker of laminated and plastic tubes. The plant in Airside Industrial Park will manufacture toothpaste tubes for a Procter and Gamble factory in Greensboro.
The news is not as good in another part of Southside.
Martinsville had the highest May unemployment rate in Virginia at 18-point-6 percent.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the statewide jobless rate was four-point-one percent, a slight increase from the April level of
The May rate was Virginia's highest May jobless level in five years.
Five communities had an unemployment rate below two percent including the city of Lexington and Highland County.
The Mill Mountain Zoo is getting ready for a birthday celebration this Fourth of July..
It will be the zoo's 50-th birthday, to be exact..
The gates opened for the first time on July Fourth, 19-52..
Despite state budget cuts the zoo has *not* been forced to cut back on exhibits..
For Independence day the zoo will host a number of special programs, and in the evening zoo visitors will be able to view the fireworks show at Victory Stadium..
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[IN Q=1:07:28 (tape- 'zoo-clay #2')]
((BETH POFF/ZOO DIRECTOR; "I THINK IF NOTHING ELSE IT'S A CELEBRATION OF LONGEVITY AND HOPEFULLY A CELEBRATION OF LONGEVITY IN THE FUTURE AS WELL"))
[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Zoo Director;]
[OUT Q="the future as well"]
Officials expect more than 3-thousand visitors tomorrow.
Virginians can now use their cars to pay tribute to the victims of September Eleventh.
The Commonwealth unveiled a new license plate yesterday honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks and in the war on terrorism.
The widow of the pilot who died when his plane was crashed into the Pentagon received the first plate.
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[IN Q=This new license]
((SHERRI BURLINGAME/WIDOW; THIS NEW LICENSE PLATE SHOWS VIRGINIANS WILL NOT FORGET THE LIVES THAT WERE TAKEN THAT DAY AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE OTHER STATES TO FOLLOW AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT.))
[OUT Q=show their support.]
The plate's design came from a Texas artist who created it as part of a makeshift memorial in front of the Pentagon.