A 16- year- old girl appears in a Roanoke courtroom today to face murder charges.
Rebecca Price's attorneys say it was an accident.
And, it WASN'T part of the show--
Authorities in Christiansburg are investigating an alleged robbery inside a movie theatre.
A warm muggy day across the region will help trigger a few showers and storms late today....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
President Bush is hitting Wall Street hard today--
He's vowing to "expose and punish acts of corruption" within corporate America.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Enron, Andersen, Worldcom-- the list of companies with questionable financial practices keeps on growing.
Today, President Bush unveiled a 10- point plan to crack down on corporate cheating and to protect investors.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, New York.]
THE PRESIDENT CAME TO WALL STREET TO GET TOUGH ON THOSE WHO COOK THE
CORPORATE ACCOUNTING BOOKS.
(...misdeeds are threatening financial web)
THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT HIS NEW PROPOSALS TO BUSINESS LEADERS. THE
FINANCIAL WORLD..AND THE MARKETS HAVE SUFFERED ONE SETBACK AFTER THE
NEXT ..AS THE SCANDALS STACKED UP.
(executive order ..new corporate task force...financial crimes swat
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN UNDER POLITICAL PRESSURE TO HOLD
CORPORATIONS AND EXECUTIVES MORE ACCOUNTABLE FOR UNETHICAL OR CRIMINAL
- SOT - BUSH
(tough new prison terms...ten years).
-STAND-UP- (PRESIDENT CHALLEGED BUSINESS LEADER TO EXPLAIN LARGE
Prosecutors say a broken fingernail drove a 15 year old Roanoke girl to commit murder.
Rebecca Price, now 16, is on trial today for the murder of Neville (Nuh-Vell) Swain last year.
She is charged with shooting Swain in the head after he broke her fingernail.
Witnesses testified this morning that the teenagers had been playing with the gun the previous night and that it was not loaded.
Price's attorneys contend the shooting was an accident and she believed the gun was still empty.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 5 and Six.
Christiansburg police say a couple claims they were robbed while sitting in a movie theater at the New River Valley Mall last night.
The man and woman say two adult males sat in seats behind them, showed a weapon and then demanded money.
The couple says they handed over their cash, and then the pair left.
No one was hurt.
Officials are continuing their investigation.
VDOT is checking a portion of Route 460 through Bedford County for damage caused by a fuel spill.
A stretch of the highway between Bedford and Thaxton was closed yesterday morning after a tanker truck tipped over in the eastbound lanes, spilling thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.
HAZMAT crews spent the day removing polluted soil from the site.
Today, VDOT is checking to see whether the gasoline dissolved any of the pavement.
In the meantime, traffic remains reduced to one lane in each direction, shifted into the westbound lanes.
A VDOT spokesman says he hopes the agency will be able to make a decision regarding the highway's status this afternoon.
The National Institutes of Health says some doctors' assumptions about a popular form of hormone replacement therapy are apparently wrong.
The N-I-H is halting a study involving thousands of women taking estrogen and progestin.
Six MILLION women use the combination to get relief from the symptoms of menopause, or because doctors think it will protect them from heart disease and brittle bones in the long run.
N-I-H researchers now say long-term use can be bad for a woman's heart and increase the chances of breast cancer.
It did cut the risk of colon cancer and hip fractures.
But doctors say there are other ways to fend off those ailments.
Experts say women using the estrogen-progestin combo shouldn't panic, but should ask their doctors if they should quit.
Police are hoping a body found yesterday in Texas is NOT that of a four- year- old girl missing since the Fourth of July.
Maureen Maher has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Jaimie Arnold/Missing Girl's Mother; :18]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/CBS News; :48]
[OUT Q=Maher, CBS News, Dallas.]
(open w/nats of prayer service)
"In the name of Jesus - - we need a miracle"
track 1: (more prayer service, then search crews)
In Orange, Texas - they are in search of an angel
(vo of still)
4 year old Donnarriah Finley has been missing since the early hours of
July 4th -
(SOT/Reporter) "When was the last time you saw the baby?"
(SOT/Jaimie Arnold/Mother of Missing Child/) "I went to sleep about
3:30, four o'clock that morning and I woke up around 10:15"
(nat pop of search teams giving instructions)
track 2: Dozens of volunteers and search dogs have fanned out across
southeast Texas searching for Donnarriah
(SOT/m-o-s/volunteer) "I just couldn't sit at home knowing that
somebody's child is out there"
track 3: But late Monday, 30 miles from where the child disappeared -
the body of a small, African-American female was discovered in this field
Authorities aren't saying yet if it's Donnarriah
For now the search continues - and they're hoping for as much publicity
as the disappearance of Utah teen Elizabeth Smart has garnered
(SOT/Rep. Nick Lampson/U.S Rep - D-Texas) "When it can be done -(cut
away to still of child - and cut to in bit) ... your station, the other
stations, radio, t-v, newspapers who all know that to make a difference
in these cases, the public has to be knowledgeable and has to be aware
of it and it has to be quick."
track 4: For friends and family who await the official identification of
the body found on Monday -
(more nats of the prayer service) "Help this little baby oh god"
track 5: No prayer is too big - no miracle - too much for a mother to
(SOT/Jaimie Arnold/Mother of missing child) "I know in my heart that my
child is going to come home - alive."
track 6: This morning - the search continues
Maureen Maher, CBS News - Dallas))
First Texas, now the Philippines--
The number of deaths continues to rise in the wake of severe flooding and landslides.
Disaster officials say so far, 22 people have died and 37 others are injured.
More than 24- thousand residents are seeking shelter in evacuation centers.
Meteorologists say a new tropical depression will likely bring more rain to the region over the next few days.
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He quit his job in Virginia following criminal charges, now there is word the former head of the state Republican party has found work elsewhere. We'll tell you where after the break.
Also firefighters have to deal with high flames and dark smoke as a psychiatric hospital burns.
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The former executive director of Virginia's Republican party is now working for South Carolina's G-O-P.
Ed Matricardi resigned as the head of Virginia's G-O-P amid criminal charges that he illegally monitored Democratic Party conference calls.
Matricardi took the job as operations director in South Carolina after Virginia prosecutors dropped four felony wiretapping counts.
He denies breaking any laws.
Fire tore through a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey this morning---
Dark smoke could be seen pouring out of the complex, as flames burned the roof.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries.
The blaze started at around 8- A-M in a building that was evacuated.
According to a spokesperson, no patients are housed in that portion of the hospital.
The cause of fire is under investigation.
The police officer caught on tape slamming a California teenager onto the hood of a car and then punching him has been placed on administrative leave.
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The Inglewood police department, mayor, and district attorney now have pledged to investigate the incident.
A tourist captured the scene on his video camera from a motel across the street.
The attorney for 16- year- old Donovan Jackson says the video you see is just the latter half of a "five-on- one" attack, which he says Jackson did NOT provoke.
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[IN Q=This expired registration]
((JOE HOPKINS/DONOVAN JACKSON'S ATTORNEY:"THIS EXPIRED REGISTRATION IS A NEW STORY. WHEN HE CAME OUT,
DONOVAN WAS APPROACHED BY THE POLICE FIRST, TOLD TO DROP THE BAG OF POTATO CHIPS AND BACK AWAY FROM THE CAR. THEN THEY APPROACHED THE FATHER, AND THEY DIDN'T ASK HIM ABOUT REGISTRATION, THEY ASKED HIM DID
HE HAVE A LICENSE, WHICH HE SAID NO. ))
[SUPER=02-Joe Hopkins/Donovan Jackson's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=which he said no]
Hopkins says Jackson is a special education student with no arrest record.
He says the teen was quote "in the wrong place being the wrong color."
Bob Barker is expected to undergo prostate surgery today in Washington.
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"The Price is Right" host is checking into George Washington University Hospital for the procedure.
He's expected to stay in the hospital for one or two nights.
A spokesman for Barker says he's coming all the way from Los Angeles because he was impressed with the care he received at the hospital for a blocked artery in 19-99.
We've all heard the saying, "always a bridesmaid, never a bride."
But for one California woman, just the opposite is true.
Alice Wise always wanted to be a bridesmaid, but waited a long, long time for it to happen.
Her wish finally came true on her 100th birthday, when her grandson got married at a local community center.
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[IN Q=I wanted my grandmother]
((MICHAEL CATES/GROOM:I WANTED MY GRANDMOTHER TO BE THERE AND I KNEW SHE COULDN'T MAKE IT TO A CHURCH OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. SO I ASKED THE PEOPLE HERE IF IT BE ALRIGHT IF WE HAD THE WEDDING HERE, AND THEY WERE JUST ALL FOR IT." ))
[OUT Q=just all for it.]
Amid wedding flowers and wheelchairs, Wise served as matron of honor.
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[IN Q=I'm not nervous]
((ALICE WISE/100 YEAR OLD BRIDESMAID: I'M NOT NERVOUS, BUT I'M KIND OF EXCITED AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT." ))
[SUPER=01-Alice Wise/100- year- old Bridesmaid;]
[OUT Q=don't know what]
The wedding- slash- birthday celebration featured a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" after the nuptials.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we will see how one Roanoke family is doing its part to conserve water.
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Mandatory water restrictions have been in effect in Roanoke for several weeks.
So far most residents seem to have adapted with few problems.
One Roanoke couple in particular is setting the standard for conservation.
Chris Schaffer shows us what they are doing.
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[SUPER=01-Louise Markham/Roanoke Resident; :27]
[SUPER=19-Chris Schaffer; :51]
[OUT Q=Chris Schaffer, News 7, Roanoke.]
((Behind the home where Louise and Raymond Markham have lived for more than 40 years...
(nat-sot) 2:11:28 'good to the last drop'
A garden full of tomatoes that should be much larger this time of year, and Louise's beloved dianthus.
(nat-sot) - 2:06:50 - 'these are the prettiest flowers i ever had to plant'
They're still blooming because the Markhams do what Roanoke officials hope everyone's doing..
Re-use water from the washing machine and the air conditioner
Catch rain-water from the roof of their car-port
((louise - "IF WE LEAVE WATER IN OUR GLASSES I'LL POUR WHAT'S LEFT INTO THE FLOWERS -- ANYTHING I CAN SAVE A DROP I DO"))
[OUT Q="save a drop i do"]
And this morning..
(nats - water pouring)
A trip to one of three water-tanks provided by the city.
((raymond - "WELL NATURALLY I WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO DO IT BUT, SINCE WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER WAY I DO IT" (rob - get rid of middle part where louise talks)))
[OUT Q="any other way i do it"]
It's a a necessity for Roanoke residents, and it's not cheap..
((standup - "THE CITY'S PAYING 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH TO RENT THESE TANKS -- THAT'S IN ADDITION TO THE MORE THAN 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY THE CITY HAS TO PAY, TO BUY DRINKABLE WATER FROM SALEM AND ROANOKE COUNTY"))
[OUT Q="and roanoke county"]
With Carvins Cove at 28 feet below the spillway, conservation measures are quite likely to remain in effect for some time.
For the Markhams, conservation has become a way of life.
((louise - "I DON'T MIND DOING ANYTHING FOR MY FLOWERS UH-HUH"))
[OUT Q="for my flowers + chuckle"]
Extreme measures, to cope with an extremely serious drought.
Chris Schaffer, News-7 Roanoke.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 12 points. The NASDAQ has lost 5.
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Coming up next in sports- the best of the best was together on one field to show off who could connect for the homerun title...
And it is something you don't see everyday...a professional baseball team that wouldn't let fans into the stadium.
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The campus of Roanoke College has been invaded by the 13-th annual lacrosse camp.
And with hot weather and humidity in our region to stay.... trying to beat the heat has remained a priority...
230 kids are working on their game during three sessions a day at the college.
Coach Bill Pilat gives the campers a mix of instruction, scrimmaging and lectures.
He also is giving them plenty of liquid refreshment.
This counselor has devised a contraption that looks like a bug exterminator, but he is spraying ice cold water, not insecticides.
Hydrating the kids is number one on the list.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Lacrosse Camp Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kari Whitney/Roanoke Lacrosse Camp Trainer; :10]
[SUPER=01-Corey Simone/Michigan Lacrosse Player; :26]
[OUT Q=......all i drink"]
Roanoke Dazzle Assistant coach Harold Ellis has attracted players from all over to come to his Saturday camps at the Y-M-C-A Jefferson gym.
They have been going on for five weekends now... and Steve Mason went down there to see what it was all about.
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[SUPER=01-Harold Ellis/Dazzle Assistant Coach; :13]
[SUPER=01-Brad Dunleavy/NBDL Prospect; :28]
[SUPER=01-Norman Tyson/NBDL Prospect; :45(QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Joshua Moses/Christian Brothers University Guard; 1:05]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((H stands for Harold and E is for Ellis. While the translation is Harold Ellis the Man basketball clinic, the young coach is doing everything but drawing praise and publicity to himself.
Former Fleming product Brad Dunleavy feels Ellis presents him with an NBA camp atmosphere.
Norman Tyson, a chemical researcher, drives 500 miles round trip for the Saturday workouts.
Joshua Moses is a rising junior at Christian Brothers University and he drives four hours one way from Memphis to attend for reason much deeper than basketball.
Ellis will resume his camp when he returns during the first week of August. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
The Homerun Derby kicked off the all-star festivities in Milwaukee last night...
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The man most considered to be the odds- on favorite to win the thing didn't even make it out of the first round.
In fact, Barry Bonds hit just three homers before exiting the competition.
Sammy Sosa hit 12- homers in the opening round, and five more in the second to easily advance to the championship round.
Sosa hit more than six of his homers in excess of 500 feet - this one went out into the street.
But he ran out of gas in the finals, and lost to the Yankees Jason Giambi.
The New York slugger hit 11 in the first round, six in the second and beat Sosa 7-to-1 in the title round to claim this year's homerun derby title.
Everyone wanted to attend the homerun derby- but no one came out to last night's minor league game betweeen the Charleston Riverdogs and the Columbus Red stixx...
[SUPER=03-Charleston, SC; :00]
They couldn't come because the gates to the park were locked down and chained.
It was all part of a promotion to set a new record for the LEAST number of fans to attend a ball game.
The record was 12 - but now Charleston has it with zero.
More than 1000 fans partied in the parking lot while the game went on.
The fans were allowed into the stadium after five innings, when it became an official game.
Play-by-play announcer Jim Lucas says the previous mark for low attendance was 12 people who braved a rainstorm to see a game in 1881.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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