A flu- like virus is sidelining members of the Virginia Tech Football team.
The teams' doctor says the virus first surfaced last Friday.
And a Texas woman accused of kidnapping a baby is back in jail after her first court appearance.
A mix of sun and clouds with a better chance for a few scattered showers and storms later this afternoon....I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
The Texas woman who kidnapped a newborn, and passed it off as her own, is behind bars today after appearing in court.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The woman who allegedly snatched a baby from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Texas made a brief court appearance this morning.
Former prison guard Paula Roach is charged with aggravated
She's being held on 200- thousand dollars' bond.
Meanwhile, the one-month-old kidnapping victim is back home with her family.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[SUPER=01-Margarita Chavez/Baby's Mother; :10]
[SUPER=07-Rosie Gomez; :56]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/CBS News; 1:20]
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(nat sot of clapping as baby is brought into room let it run until Mom
sounds of moms cries)
For Margarita Chavez, holding her baby for the first time in 30-some
hours, left her speechless
(cover first bit, butt other up against it)
(SOT/Mom///) "I'm so grateful" / there are no words to express how I
Police say her baby girl, Nancy was abducted on Tuesday from this
Wal-Mart parking lot on (GRAPHIC STILL OF SUSPECT) Tuesday by this
woman - Paula Lynn Roach
(vo of crime scene)
Chavez had just put the baby in her mini-van and was returning the
shopping cart not 10 feet away - when a Roach allegedly pulled up in a
car and snatched the infant
(SOT/Mom???) "And then I yelled - that's my baby, don't take my baby"
Chavez can be seen on this surveillance tape being dragged by the
suspect's car - as she desperately tried to prevent the woman from
driving off with her child
From Abilene - the suspect, drove baby Nancy 200 miles north to Quanah ,
Texas - where she told an ex-boyfriend, she had just given birth to
(SOT/Rosie Gomez/) "She says she had a baby - and here she comes with
the baby - and saying it's my son's - but it's not"
Police had issued an Amber Alert - a tried and true information blitz
issued by authorities when a child in Texas is kidnapped .. (DROP IN
PERP WALK OR STILL AGAIN) someone in Quanah recognized Roach and called
Roach was picked up a short time later - and baby Nancy was returned
ON CAM CLOSE
Paula Roach has been charged with kidnapping. If convicted she could
face life in prison. Maureen Maher, CBS News, Abilene.
A California teenager who opened fire on his high school classmates near San Diego last year faces sentencing today.
Charles Andy Williams killed two students and injured 13 others, including a teacher.
The 16- year- old faces a minimum sentence of 50 years behind bars.
In June, Williams pleded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder for the March 5th, 2001 shooting spree at Santana High School.
Williams will go to a state prison, but won't be housed with adults until he turns 18.
The Virginia Tech football team is calling time out...after 42 players are sidelined because of a flu like virus.
So many players and coaches are sick that practice had to be canceled this morning.
The teams' doctor says the virus first appeared on Friday.
This comes just days after a Norwalk-like illness struck the cheerleading camp at Tech last week.
There is no treatment for the illness, but the players are advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids. They are also being asked to isolate themselves because the virus is contagious.
Authorities with state police say alcohol contributed to a single vehicle accident that killed a 14 year old Franklin County girl last night.
Amy Lucille Hudson of Penhook died after the truck driven by her mother overturned around 9 o-clock on Hatchett Road.
State Police say 40 year old Velda Mewcomb Hudson lost control of the vehicle after she ran off the right side of the road and overcorrected.
Velda Hudson was treated for minor injuries.
Charges are pending.
A Henry County man is hospitalized after being shot during a robbery.
Police say that three men entered Jose Valderrama's Martinsville home demanding money and drugs from the occupants.
Jose was NOT home at the time... and robbers went next door to his brother Lucas' home and had the same demands.
The robbers searched both homes and took cash.
They waited until Jose came home... and then demanded money and drugs from HIM.
Jose Valderrama was shot once in the arm and stomach.
Another man who arrived at the the home during the incident was also robbed.
In all... the robbers got away with more than ten- thousand dollars taken from seven people.
Speculation continues to mount that the U-S will launch a military campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice says the United States believes it has a ``moral case'' for removing the Iraqi leader.
Meanwhile, Saddam was nominated today to serve another seven- year term as Iraqi president.
A referendum on Saddam's second term is scheduled for sometime in October.
Southeast Germany is getting hit with new flooding today.
Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, recovery from the widespread flooding is only beginning.
Mark Phillips has more.
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Even as the waters begin to slowly receed in Prague they're trying to
assess the damage and the cost. The evacuations and the sand-bagging
have had the desired effect and -- while the flooding was extensive --
much of the city's historic old town seem to have been saved from
Still, across central and eastern Europe the death toll from the
flooding is now approaching one-hundred and residents are being told not
to return to their homes until the water receeds and sefvices can be
(Dresden aerials and train station) RTV
But the water that has flowed out of Prague is now taking it's toll
downstream. Dresden sits on the Elbe River which is now cresting.
German trains will not be running on time out of the city's main
station for awhile.
Mass evacuation have been organized here too including hospital patients
being readied to be moved to facilities on higher ground.
Emergency vehicles and supplies have been readied as a wall of water
moves inexorably toward the city. The river is expected to rise to
levels not seen for a hundred and fifty years.
The intense weather system which had stalled over central europe and
caused the flooding has now moved on.
But it will still be some time before its effects are fully known. MP
CBS News London.
Another locality is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.
The Floyd-Floyd County Service Authority says the drought has affected the water level in the county.
While the water level at the county's four wells is not critical, officials say residents need to conserve now to prevent a shortage later.
The authority serves about 500 customers in Floyd and Floyd County.
Longtime Amherst County prosecutor Ed Meeks has died.
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Meeks passed away at the hospital Wednesday after becoming ill over the weekend.
The 55- year old Meeks had served as Amherst's prosecutor since 1977.
The family will receive visitors tonight at the Whitten Monelison Funeral home in Amherst.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning.
More birds infected with the West Nile virus have now been found in the Lynchburg area.
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Wednesday, the Cenrtal Health District received word that a crow found near Campbell Avenue tested positive.
Yesterday, test results showed a bird found off of Route 24 in Appomattox was infected.
Last week, an infected pigeon was found in the Hill City
So far, no people in Southwest Virginia have been reported infected.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will have some practical advice on ways you can protect your finances while you change jobs,
Then a little later, we will see how Memphis, Tennessee is preparing for a large crowd as Elvis Presley fans mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
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Even though the market is volatile, American workers are still changing jobs.
A new survey says more than 40- million workers plan to switch jobs in the next year.
But making the change could be risky to your retirement savings.
Tracey Esherick is executive vice president for Fidelity Personal Investments.
She joins us now via satellite.
[SUPER=01-Tracey Esherick/Fidelity Personal Investments;]
(Given the current market conditions, what is Fidelity telling people switching jobs to do with their retirement savin
gs during the transition?)
(Do you think the number of people switching jobs is influenced at all by the current economic conditions?)
(What choices do job changers have for their retirement plans-- and How can they determine which one if the best for th
eir individual needs?)
(What is a Rollover I-R-A? Who's eligible for it?)
Thanks for talking with us this afternoon, Tracey.
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Coming up next, Leo will have our detailed weekend forecast,
and we will tell you why sleepyheads near you could become pod people.
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Memphis, Tennessee is rockin and rollin' this week with ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
Organizers estimate some 75-thousand people are in town to mark the occasion.
Tracy Smith reports.
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[SUPER=01-Edward Franklin/Images of the King Contest; :18]
[SUPER=04-Rhino Home Video; :23]
[SUPER=04-RCA- Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.; :30]
[SUPER=01-Jack Soden/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.; :48]
[SUPER=01-Robert Alaniz/Elvis Memorabilia Expert; 1:51 VERY QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Tracy Smith/CBS News; 2:17]
[OUT Q=be really proud.]
LOCATION: Memphis, TN
(Elvis impersonator comes on stage/Music up full)
AT WHAT'S CONSIDERED "THE SUPERBOWL" OF ELVIS IMPERSONATOR CONTESTS --
THE KING LIVES.
"That's all right mama..."
THE MAN BEHIND THIS 15 YEAR OLD CONTEST KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT HOUND
DOGS - HE WAS ELVIS PRESLEY'S VETERINARIAN...
(Edward Franklin - Founder - Images of the King Contest/)
" Here we are 25 years later and going stronger than ever..."
HOW STRONG? RHINO HOME VIDEO HAS A NEW ELVIS DVD..RCA IS RELEASING A
COMPILATION OF HIS 30 1 HITS...U-S SALES OF ELVIS PRESLEY RECORDS HAVE
JUST TOPPED 100 MILLION...AND HE'S 1 IN 9 COUNTRIES -- WITH A REMIX OF
HIS "LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION".
(Music from video)
ELVIS IS ENJOYING POPULARITY LIVING MUSICIANS WOULD DIE FOR....
(Jack Soden - CEO - Elvis Presley Enterprises)
"It's expanding the most rapidly in the youngest demographics"
JACK SODEN IS STEWARD OF AN ELVIS PRESLEY EMPIRE ESTIMATED TO EARN 35
MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
"The business has grown in a way well beyond what it was when Elvis
(Rosie Anderson - Elvis Fan)
"If you're an Elvis fan..you have to come here -- you just have to."
GRACELAND ALONE GETS OVER 700-THOUSAND VISITORS A YEAR .
"And now 53% of our vistors are 35 years old or younger and we're just
about at the point where a third of our visitors were born after he
EVEN THOUGH HE NEVER TOURED OUTRSIDE NORTH AMERICA -- ELVIS-MANIA HAS
TAKEN ROOT AROUND THE WORLD -- FROM TOKYO
(Man speak in Japanese)
WHERE THIS FAN CONSIDERS ELVIS AS ALMOST A CLASSICAL MUSICIAN LIKE
AND IN PARIS -- THIS ELVIS BOUTIQUE IS CHIC.
"He's got the looks he can dance..so he's got everything."
ELVIS EVERYTHING IS THE SPECIALTY OF MEMORABILIA EXPERT ROBERT ALANIZ
(Robert Alaniz - Elvis Memorabilia Collector)
"Elvis was uncool all through the 80s."
ALANIZ SAYS 2002 HAS BEEN THE BEST YEAR FOR PRESLEY COLLECTABLES SINCE
ELVIS LEFT THE BUILDING FOR GOOD.
"I think it touches something inside everybody because they got a piece
if rocknroll history and they got a piece of their own past they can
look at and relive."
KEEPING ELVIS ALIVE IS THE MISSION OF DEVOTED FANS..AND WISE MEN SAY
ONLY FOOLS AREN'T RUSHING IN.
"He would be amazed and surely thrilled to know he was so remembered and
so influential so he'd have to be really proud."
That was Tracy Smith reporting.
How often do you feel the need for a power nap, only there's nowhere to lie down?
A Colorado company has invented a new device that'll allow people to take a nap at airports, college campuses, or if the boss doesn't mind, at the office.
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[IN Q=We've come up with]
((KAREN RENZ/IT'S SNOOZE TO ME, INC.:WE'VE COME UP WITH A NEW PRODUCT, IT'S CALLED A ZAP NAP POD, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO GIVE EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A REST IN A CROWDED PLACE." ))
[SUPER=01-Karen Renz/"It's Snooze to Me, Inc.";]
[OUT Q=crowded place.]
Tom and Karen Renz say they got their idea for the sleep pods after they had a lengthy layover in the Dallas Airport.
The pods can hold up to 900 pounds and are equipped with shades for privacy.
They also include a light with two different settings.
Some even come with a T-V and internet access.
For 6-dollars, guests get their own fresh bedding, entry to their own private pod, and 30-minutes to themselves.
The couple is hoping to have the pods in work environments, rest stops and airports.
The first airport to get the "Zap Nap Pods" will be Denver International.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 83 points. The NASDAQ has gained 11.
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Coming up next in sports... we're preparing for tonight's Roy Stanley Memorial Auction,
And Stacy Compton will be in the driver's seat of a familiar ride this weekend in Michigan.
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It should be just like riding a bike... as Stacy Compton returns to drive one of his cars for the Pepsi 400 at the Michigan International Speedway...
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Compton will drive for Melling racing this weekend in the number- 92 Dodge, the car he drove in 2001.
Compton left Melling Racing when the team could not secure a sponsor for this season.
Stacy was released by A-J Foyt Racing earlier this month.
Stacy will pull double duty this weekend, also driving in the Busch Series race Saturday.
U-V-A star recruit Ahmad Brooks decided three days ago to withdraw from Fork Union and enroll at Hargrave Military Academy where he will play football this season.
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]
The stand-out linebacker is seen here in a high school game returning a kick.
Brooks made the decision because, if he meets N-C-double division- one requirements on his S-A-T's between now and October, Hargrave will allow him to leave school in January and enroll at Virginia in the spring, where he could play football.
Fork Union requires a student to stay the entire school year.
Brooks was on Hargrave's campus yesterday trying on his football uniform.
The Roy Stanley Memorial auction is tonight at the Salem Civic Center.
So many people from all different walks of life have donated items to make this a success in Roy's memory.
But no one has kicked in more than Radford University professor Dr. Dennie Templeton.
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[SUPER=01-Dennie Templeton/Radford University Professor; :00]
[OUT Q=...ABOUT IT."]
Templeton has donated more than 200 items, including the Ken Griffey, Junior autographed bat.
Also, The Dick Butkus, Joe Montana and Jim Brown footballs.
The Bart Starr- autographed Packers helmet and the Hank Aaron autographed cap, just to mention a few.
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FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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