Today on News 7 at 5, Governor Warner gets a first hand look at how the drought is affecting this part of the state.
Also a Russian man is arrested and accused of fixing the controversial Olympic pairs skating.
Another day of hazy skies and hot temperatures across the region. I'll have your complete forecast coming up.
Also today, the Senate defeats a bill that would have helped pay for prescription medications.
A local fire department gets some federal money to help keep firefighters safe.
And we will tell you why this has been the worst season ever for wildfires.
News 7 at 5 is next.
The U-S government today says a Russian mob boss was behind the Olympic skating scandal-
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((THAT CLAIM ALLEGES THAT THE LONG OF THE RUSSIAN ORGANIZED CRIME WITH A PAIR OF FIXES FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS.))
[OUT Q=for the winter olympics.]
The alleged organized crime boss is under arrest in Italy- on charges he tried to fix two separate skaing events- the pairs event and the ice dancing competiton.
A federal criminal complaint was filed in New York today against (Ah-lim-zahn Talk-to Coonov) Alimzan Takhtakhounov- U-S officials say they've been investigating him for more than year.
Authorities allege a plan was made so that the French judges would support the Russians in the Pairs ice skating.
In return the Russians would support the French in Ice dancing.
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((JIM COMEY/U.S. ATTORNEY: THE RUSSIAN ORGANIZED CRIME FIGURE THE DEFENDANT IS ALLEGED TO HAVE ANTED TO HT HIS YOUNG WOMAN WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE FRENCH PAIRS TEAM.. DANCING TEAM AND ALSO HLEP HIMSELF. TO DO THAT HE ORGZNIED A CLASSIC QUID PRO QUO .. YOU LINE UP SUPPOR FRO THE RUSSIAN PAIRS YOU LINEUP SUPPORT FOR THE FRENCH PAIR SO EVERYOEN GOES AWAYW ITH GOLD AND PERHAPS THERE WILL BE A LITTLE GOLD FOR ME.. THE RUSSIAN ORGANIZED CRIME FIGURE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Comey/U.S. Attorney;]
[OUT Q=ORGANIZED CRIME FIGURE.]
In an unprecnted move the Canadian pairs were given gold- along with the Russians in the pairs event- after many complained the contest may have been fixed.
Italian officials apparently intercepted phone calls made
before the pairs competion, between the two events and after the ice dancing competiton-that officials say lay out a pattern of conducts that connects the two events-
Will the war on terror eventually target Saddam Hussein?
That seems to be the case- and today lawmakers are trying to find some answers? They want to know if and when an attack on Iraq is planned.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Biden/(D) Delaware;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Paul Wellstone/(D) Minnesota;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Khidir Hamza/Council on Middle Eastern Affairs;]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
((CALLING IRAQ AN AXIS OF EVIL, PRESIDENT BUSH HAS MADE IT CLEAR THE WAR
ON TERRORISM WILL EVENTUALLY TARGET SADDAM HUSSEIN. CONGRESS WANTS TO
SEN. JOSEPH BIDEN/D-DE: We need to weigh the risks of
actions versus the risks of inaction.
AT A SENATE HEARING WEDNESDAY, LAWMAKERS SAID AN ATTACK IS UNLIKELY
THIS YEAR. BUT THEY DISCUSSED THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE HUSSEIN FROM
POWER AND WHAT TO DO WITH IRAQ NEXT.
SEN. PAUL WELLSTONE/D-MN I think before any decision is taken about whether we go to war we need to have a careful and deliberate and
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY SAID IRAQ IS DEVELOPING WEAPONS OF
MASS DESTRUCTION. AND TODAY An IRAQI NUCLEAR SCIENTIST WHO DEFECTED
EIGHT YEARS AGO WARNED CONGRESS HUSSEIN COULD HAVE A NUCLEAR BOMB WITHIN
DR.KHIDIR HAMZA/Council on Middle Eastern Affairs:
"SADDAM HAS MANAGED FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF PAST 11 YEARS, TO TURN THE
WHOLE IRAQ SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ENTERPRISE INTO A GIANT WEAPON-MAKING
DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD WONT SAY IF THERE ARE INDEED PLANS TO
LAUNCH AN ATTACK AGAINST IRAQ BUT DOES SAY TIMING IS EVERYTHING.
DONALD RUMSFELD/SEC. OF DEFENSE:
RUMSFELD ALSO BRIEFED SENATORS ON THE ON-GOING WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. HE
SAID IT'S TOO SOON TO SET A DEADLINE FOR U-S TROOPS TO COME HOME, SAYING
FOR NOW THEY NEED TO KEEP HUNTING DOWN TALIBAN AND AL-QAIDA HIDEOUTS.
A bomb has killed and injured civilians in the Middle east. This time the target was the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Kimberly Dozier reports.
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[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS HEBREW UNIVERSITY,]
((Like nightmarish clockwork, another bomb tore through a civilian area in
Jerusalem the second in two days.
It was left in a bag or backpack, in the center of the main Hebrew
There was at least one American among the dead.
(WILD LINE: There are Americans among the dead.)
I heard a boom. I saw all the glass fell down..)
I ran in and theres like bodies everywhere. (butt edit) I saw things
that people dont want to know about. Its horrible.
This was exam week, and time to register for next years classes. When
the explosion went off, the cafeteria was packed.
Hebrew University was one of the last places in this city, where Arabs
and Jews still mix freely.
(SOT Daniel Seaman, Israel Government spokesman)
Not every Palestinian or Arab walking around here is an immediate
suspect, so some of them are going to get through. They take advantage
as theyve done all along.
(crowd of Palestinians)
After the attack, anyone who looked Arab was a suspect rounded up by
Hamas has claimed responsibility, saying this was revenge for Israels
killing of a Hamas commander, and more than a dozen civilians, in Gaza
(SOT MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR, Hamas spokesman)
If they are going to attack, if they are going to kill, if they are
going to continue their occupation, they have such operation.
Israels cabinet had just voted to punish families of suicide bombers.
One minister warned, there might be harsher measures to come.
(SOT Uzi Landau, Israeli minister of Public Security)
We can use much more force. We can crack down on the infrastructure by
the Palestinians much tougher.
So far, all the tough measures, have failed to stop this.
KD, CBS Two News, Hebrew University, Jerusalem/KD, CBS)
The Virginia State Police department has a new tool for investigating crime.
Officials today unveiled a state-of-the-art fingerprint finder.
They say it'll dramatically decrease the time spent at a crime scene searching for fingerprints.
The equipment should also help investigators locate evidence that might otherwise go unnoticed.
State police purchased seven fingerprint imagers.
Two are destined for Southwest Virginia.
Salem and Wytheville will both be receiving one of the high-tech crime-fighting units.
[IN Q=THIS TOOL WILL BE REALLY HELPFUL IN LOCATING]
((SPECIAL AGENT BILL JENNING/SALEM: THIS TOOL WILL BE REALLY HELPFUL IN LOCATING AND PROCESSING LATENT FINGERPRINTS AND CUT DOWN ON THE TIME IT TAKES TO DEVELOP THOSE PRINTS CAUSE OF THE DIGITAL CAMERA SET-UP YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY PROCESS A PRINT AND HAVE IT RIGHT AVAILABLE FOR COMPARISON.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Jenning/VA State Police/Salem]
[OUT Q=AVAILABLE FOR COMPARISON.]
Fighting crime isn't cheap however...each fingerprint imager cost the state 15 thousand dollars.
Farmers in our area are feeling some drastic effects of a three-year drought...
And today Governor Warner visited with one of them.
He surveyed the parched cornfields at Bill Poage's farm in Roanoke County.
Poage says this is the first time in 50 years of farming that he's had to buy feed to get his cows through the winter.
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[SOT 9:14:26 - :46]
[IN Q=I'm seeing]
((GOVERNOR WARNER: I'M SEEING THIS KIND OF DEVASTATION ALL OVER AND IT NOT ONLY HURTS THIS FAMILY, BUT IT HURTS THE PEOPLE HE BUYS FROM AND HE SELLS TO AND WE'LL ALL FEEL IT IN HIGHER FOODSTUFF PRICES. ))
[OUT Q=foodstuff prices.]
Warner cut the weight restrictions for trucks carrying hay ... to make it easier and cheaper for farmers who can not grow their own.
AND he's asking the federal government to hurry up in delivering disaster aid to the 23 worst drought-stricken counties.
Coming up on News-7 at 6, find out if OUR area may soon be added to that list.
Beginning tomorrow there is a new drug availible to treat a common ailment. We'll tell you what it is after this break.
and a bill that would have provided prescription drug coverage to the poorest of senior citizens is defeated in the Senate.
Some seniors may not be too happy with what's going on in Washington.
The Senate has rejected yet another Medicare prescription drug plan-
The latest measure was a scaled back version costing 390 billion dollars over ten years.
It would have provided coverage to the poorest of senior citizens and those with high drug bills.
Democrats and Republicans are blaming each other- ensuring the issue will have a high profile in the November election campaigns.
Patients with one specific form of irritable bowel syndrome may want to head to *their* doctors this week. For the first time.. there is a drug
that can help them. Dr. Mike Rosen explains.
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[SUPER=01-Lois Bishop/IBS Patient;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Rosen/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Christine Frissora/Weil Cornell Medical Center;]
[OUT Q=Mike Rosen, CBS NEWS]
it affects every area of my life being aqble to go out on a social area,
but also in work, i miss work because of it.
LOIS BISHOP HAS HAD TO SUFFER WITH NEVER-ENDING CONSTIPATION...
AND NOTHING WORKS WELL.
SOT : Lois Bishop/IBS Patient
It's a little manageable-- but it's still controlling my life.
on a beautiful day like today, a person with irritable bowel may spend
it inside. it causes terrible cramping and bloating, and can cause
diarrhea, constipation, or diarrhea alternating with constipation. now,
we do have a drug for the diarrheal form, called lotronex. but now
there's a drug for the constipation form as well.
THIS DRUG, ZELNORM, HAS JUST BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR THE TREATMENT
OF THE CONSTIPATION FORM OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME.
SOT DR.CHRISTINE FRISSORA/WEIL CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER.
irritable bowel syndrome is a comination of two things. motility and
sensitivity. so if someon has too much motility that's irritable bowel
with diarrhea. but if motility it's irritable bowel with constipation.
but they're still sensitive.. bothe patients are sensitive.
THE DISCOMFORT IS DUE TO .. PERHAPS.. THE WAY THE INTESTINES REACT TO
THE CHEMICAL SEROTONIN.
SOT: DR. CHRISTINE FRISSORA/WEIL CORNELL MEDICAL CTR.
zelnorm is a chemical that changes the serotonin in the intestine. it
increased it. so zelnorm.lincreases motility.
DR. FRISSORA SAYS UP TO 80 PERCENT OF PATIENTS STUDIED GOT BENEFITS FROM
THE DRUG IN CLINIAL TRIAL
i was so ecxited just the idea of a drug being released that can
actually address the problem and not put a bandaid over it . DR.
MIKE ROSEN, CBS NEWS. ))
A federal grant is helping the Salem Fire Department keep its firefighters safe....
Today Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped present officials with just over 111-thousand dollars.
Provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency... it will purchase two modern self-contained breathing apparatus units....
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((BOB GOOLATTE/(R) 6TH DISTRICT; WILL ALLOW THEIR FIREFIGHTERS TO STAY USING THE AIR LONGER ITS ABOUT HALF THE WEIGHT OF THE OLD EQUIPMENT IT ALLOWS ONE FIREFIGHTER TO HELP ANOTHER GET AWAY FROM AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.))
Salem had been using its previous breathing units for about 25-years.
As part of the FEMA program... the department will provide about 12-thousand dollars for the equipment upgrades.
Federal officials say there were more than Two-point-two billion dollars in requests from fire companies this year.... 360-million was awarded.
It is only July and the wild fire season is already one of the worst
ever. Millions of acres are charred. Firefighters are exhausted and overwhelmed. There have been several deaths. Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=03-Florence, OR; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]
((THEY ARE MASSIVE FIRES - NEARLY TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND ACRES-AND THEYVE
BECOME THE TOP FIREFIGHTING PRIORITY IN THE NATION.
THE FLORENCE AND SOUR BISCUIT FIRES IN SOUTHWESTERN OREGON ARE STILL
A FEW MILES APART.BUT TOGETHER THEY FORM A 30 MILE LONG LINE OF FLAME
THATS THREATENING SEVERAL COMMUNITIES.
RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN PUT ON A 30 MINUTE EVACUATION NOTICE.
SUGGESTED ANCHOR INTRO;
IT IS A WILD FIRE SEASON THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL. MANUEL GALLEGUS
FORTY MILES EAST OF SAN DIEGO, AIR TANKERS, HELICOPTERS AND NEARLY
2-THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND ARE JUST BEGINNING TO GET A HANDLE
ON A FAST MOVING WILDFIRE THERE.
SEVERAL HOMES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED AND A FEW WOLVES WERE KILLED AFTER
THE FIRE MOVED INTO THE CALIFORNIA WOLF CENTER A SANCTUARY FOR THE
THIS FIRE WAS APPARENTLY SPARKED WHEN A NATIONAL GUARD HELIPCOPTER
SLICED THROUGH A POWER LINE, WHILE IT WAS SEARCHING FOR ILLEGAL
AT THE SAME TIME, IN CALIFORNIAS SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, A SLOW BUT
STEADY FIRE BURNING THAT STARTED TEN DAYS AGO HAS GROWN TO NINETY
THOUSAND ACRES IT IS ABOUT 35 PERCENT CONTAINED.
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTERS ARE SPREAD OUT ALL ACROSS THE WEST
THE JOB IS DANGEROUS AND CAN TURN DEADLY IN AN INSTANT.
TUESDAY IN COLORADO A PILOT WAS KILLED WHEN HIS HELICOPTER SUDDENLY WENT
DOWN DURING A WATER DROP.
THE NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS KILLED SO FAR THIS SUMMER STANDS AT 20, AS
MILLIONS OF ACRES HAVE BURNED ACROSS THE WEST AND ITS ONLY JULY.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS.))
Coming up a little later in our newscast,
we will hear why a man who won 92 MILLION dollars in the lottery says this is the second time he has beaten the odds.
Coming up today following our Market Watch report,
we will be there as Virginia Tech's freshmen football players step on the field for the first time.
On Wall Street today, there was not a clear picture of which direction the markets wanted to head. The DOW finished up, while the NASDAQ lost ground.
Alexis Christoforous wraps it all up in today's Marketwatch report.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
(( INVESTORS WENT ON A LATE DAY BUYING SPREE... FINISHING OUT THE MONTH OF
> JULY MIXED. STOCKS SPENT MOST OF THE DAY IN THE RED AFTER ECONOMIC
> SHOWED THE ECONOMY IS GROWING AT A SLOWER PACE THAN EXPECTED.
> THE DOW WIPED OUT AN EARLY LOSS TO CLOSE 54 POINTS HIGHER.
> NO SUCH LUCK FOR THE NASDAQ,IT FELL 16.
> AOL TIME WARNER TOOK SOME HEAT AFTER THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID IT'S
> JOINED THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IN INVESTIGATING THE
> COMPANY'S ACCOUNTING PRACTICES.
> GENERAL ELECTRIC'S TOP BRASS FILED SWORN STATEMENTS AFFIRMING FINANCIAL
> STATEMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC. G-E WILL ALSO BEGIN EXPENSING ITS STOCK
> AND IBM LOST GROUND ON NEWS IT WILL PAY 3.5 BLN DOLLARS TO BUY THE
> CONSULTING ARM OF PRICEWATER HOUSE COOPERS..
> THE FORD EXCURSION IS ABOUT TO DRIVE INTO THE SUNSET. THE 45-THOUSAND
> DOLLAR SUV WILL BE DISCONTINUED AT THE END OF THE 2004 MODEL YEAR..
> JUST FOUR YEARS ON THE MARKET... THE EXCURSION WAS MEANT TO GRAB SALES
> AWAY FROM OTHER EXTRA LARGE SUVs LIKE THE CHEVY SUBURAN.
> TRACK ALL THE AFTER-THE-BELL ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ
> I'M AC IN NEW YORK.
Good afternoon folks it is a busy footbal day as both UVa and Virginia Tech got down to business and began serious preparation for thier respective 13 games seasons today.
The Virginia football team opens the season August 22nd against the Rams of Colorado State in the Jim Thorpe Classic at Scott Stadium.
Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville where the Cavaliers held their earliest football Media Day in history today.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Pearman/UVa Running Back; :15]
[SUPER=01-Angelo Crowell/UVa Senior Linebacker; :27]
[SUPER=01-Tom Hagan/UVa Freshman Punter; :37]
[OUT Q=...FOOTBALL DAY IN BLACKSURG, Mike!"]
Football orientation has begun for 29 Hokie freshman who got on the practice field for the first time today.
Marcus Vick and his mates worked out for an hour and a half this morning and then went through another session this afternoon.
Coach Frank Beamer expects around a third of the class to play as true freshmen. After just one day, he likes what he sees from Vick.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Hokies Head Coach; :02]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Vick/Hokies Freshman Quarterback; :26]
[OUT Q=..I'll be ready."]
Upperclassmen report to campus Friday, and will join the freshmen for practice on Sunday. Coming up at six, we'll hear more from Vick and receiver Michael Malone, son of Virginia native and former NBA great Moses Malone.
A semi-retired traveling salesman from New Jersey collected his winnings today from the 165 MILLION dollar lottery drawing held two weeks ago.
[SUPER=03-Cranford, NJ; :6 1/2]
73-year old Sonny Judson took the cash option of 92 MILLION dollars before taxes.
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[SOT 14:17:24 CBS]
[IN Q=She runs off...]
((SONNY JUDSON/LOTTERY WINNER: SHE RUNS OFF THE SECOND TICKET, NOT A WINNER. SHE RUNS OFF THE THIRD TICKET AND SHE STOPS AND SHE LOOKS SHE SAYS, 'IT'S A WINNER' AND I SAID, 'OKAY.' I FIGURE I WON ANOTHER MAYBE FIFTY DOLLARS MAYBE TEN DOLLARS I DON'T KNOW. AND SHE SAYS, 'IT'S A WINNER' AND I SAID, 'WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT' AND SHE SAID 'IT'S THE WINNER, YOU WON 92 MILLION DOLLARS.' AND
I LOOKED AT HER AND SAID, 'ARE YOU SURE.'))
[SUPER=01-Sonny Judson/Lottery Winner;]
[OUT Q=Are you sure?]
Judson has been married 52 years, and was diagnosed with leukemia and given only a few
months to live. That was almost 30 years ago. He says this is the second time he has beat the odds.