New concerns about how the West Nile Virus is spread--
Officials are looking into whether organ recipients may have gotten the disease from their donor.
And while there's no disputing the outcome of yesterday's Tech- LSU game, fans ARE questioning the response of authorities to Saturday night's pre- game celebration.
Sunshine returns for a pleasant Labor Day forecast...will it last...I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Fresh from his trip to his Texas ranch, President Bush is encountering a flood of conflicting advice and some confusing signals from Iraq.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Colin Powell is breaking his silence, saying the next step should be sending weapons inspectors back to Iraq.
Bill Plante reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Eagleburger/Former Secretary of State;]
[SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; :58]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Chuck Hagel/(R) Foreign Relations Committee;]
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THE PRESIDENT RETURNED HOME FROM HIS TEXAS VACATION TO A CHORUS OF
ADVICE ABOUT IRAQ. BUT THE ADMINISTRATION MADE A NEW MOVE, SUGGESTING
THROUGH SECRETARY OF STATE POWELL THAT THE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE A RETURN
OF UNITED NATIONS WEAPONS INSPECTORS TO IRAQ.
(SOT: COLIN POWELL / SECRETARY OF STATE / FROM: BBC'S BREAKFAST WITH
The president has been clear that be believes weapons inspectors should
return. Iraq has been in violation of these many U.N. resolutions for
most of the last 11 or so years. And so as a first step, let's see what
the inspectors find -- Send them back in. Why are they being kept out?
IRAQ'S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DISMISSED ANY PROPOSAL FOR RENEWED
(SOT: TARIQ AZIZ / IRAQI DEPUTY RIME MINISTER / FROM: CNN'S LATE
"It's a non-starter because it's not going to bring about a conclusion."
OUTSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION, THE DEBATE CONTINUED - SOME OPPOSE U.S.
INTERVENTION EXCEPT IN VERY SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES.
(SOT: LAWRENCE EAGLEBURGER / FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE)
if Iraq does not now have a nuclear weapon and is not now close to
having a nuclear weapon, then i do not see any immediate need for going
to war with or invading Iraq.
OTHERS SAY THAT AT A MINIMUM, IT'S NECESSARY FOR THE PRESIDENT GET THE
CONSENT OF CONGRESS.
(SOT: SEN. CHUCK HAGEL / R-FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE / FROM: ABC'S
The president shouldn't have to carry that burden alone. He needs the
Congress with him, he needs the American people with him.
That was Bill Plante reporting.[West-Nile]
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There are fears that the West Nile Virus may be spreading in a "new" way.
And that's raised some disturbing questions about the nation's blood supply.
Paul Moniz reports.
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blueline: Miami, Florida)
(narr) A 63-year old Florida man remains under careful watch at Miami's
Jackson Memorial Hospital after developing West Nile fever and
neurological problems following a heart transplant.
(Dr. Mary Jo Trepka/Epidemiology Director for the Miami-Dade County
Health Department) "I can say that based on the information that we
have it seems extremely unlikely that he could have been bitten by a
mosquito in this county. (Q: off camera) Why does that seem unlikely?
(Trepka) Because of what we know about the kinds of activities that he
The CDC is looking into the disturbing possibility that the florida man
and 2 other organ recipients may have contracted West Nile from a
Georgia organ donor --who possibly became infected through blood
On August 1st, the Georgia woman died after multiple units of blood
failed to keep her alive following a motor vehicle accident. Doctors
later harvested her heart, liver and two kidneys.
On August 2nd and 3rd -- 2 patients in Florida and 2 others in Georgia
received the woman's organs.
3 of those patients later developed encephalitis, a swelling of the
brain and central nervous system that can be caused by the west nile
virus. One patient died.
(narr) So far this year - officials have confirmed MORE THAN 600 CASES
of west nile and 31 deaths -- But epidemiologists say for every
confirmed case, there could be as many as 200 people who are infected
and show no symptoms. That means theoretically there could be
thousands of people carrying active virus -- some of whom could be
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DICKSON DESPOMMIER, COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF HEALTH)
The blood bank ins where west nile broke out heavily like Louisiana,
Illinois, Mississippi could potentially have tainied blood from the west
nile virus as we speak.
Currently -- neither the nation's blood supply nor transplanted organs
are screened for West Nile. unlike the HIV virus and Hepatitis -- there
is no quick test to detect West Nile, though scientists are working to
develop one. This afternoon -- the fda issued an alert asking the public
not to donate blood if they are feverish.
The cdc and the fda maintain the risk of contracting west nile from blood or organs remains very low -- but can't say exactly what the risk is.
But without definitive tests TO SCREEN BLOOD -- the concern won't go away.
Many people will spend their Labor Day holiday on the highway.
If you're interested in road conditions, V-DOT encourages you to call its information line.
The number is 5-1-1.
It is a travel information service that offers news about everything from accidents on the Interstate to accommodations and attractions along the 81-corridor.
V-DOT launched the system this past winter but says so far very few motorists are using it.
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((JASON BOND/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: I'M JUST TRYING TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF IT. WE SEE A LOT MORE USE OF IT AROUND HOLIDAYS AND AROUND PEAK TRAVEL TIMES SO WE KNOW PEOPLE ARE USING IT. BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE IT ON A DAILY BASIS TO GET TRAFFIC INFORMATION. THIS ONE SYSTEM BRINGS TOGETHER ALL TYPES OF TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND NOT ONE SYSTEM OUT THERE DOES THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Jason Bond/VDOT Spokesperson]
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The only numbers you need to dial are 5-1-1....the rest of the service operates on voice recognition.
In case you forget the number, there are signs along Interstate 81 reminding you of the new system.
(Kim toss to Leo)
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Authorities arrested more than a dozen people after a night of pre-game partying in downtown Blacksburg got out of hand.
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The arrests were made as nearly a hundred police officers worked to clear Main Street and College Avenue.
That's where thousands of Virginia Tech and L-S-U fans gathered-- chanting and celebrating in anticipation of Sunday afternoon's match- up on the gridiron.
The partying began around nine thirty Saturday night...
Some six hours later-- downtown Blacksburg was finally clear.
Police say they called in reinforcements out of concern the celebrating would turn violent.
Football fans are taking sides on the way authorities handled the disturbance.
Some say they did the right thing, but others say the whole episode was blown out of proportion.
Justin McLeod has more from Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Suchy/LSU Fan; :20]
[SUPER=01-Heidi Cenac/LSU Fan; :38]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Newman/LSU Fan; :52 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Matt Newman/LSU Fan; :57]
[SUPER=01-John Rokisky/Tech Fan; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Cobbler/Tech Fan; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; 1:31]
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((((NAT SOUND OF THE PEP RALLY))
In between the pep rally's (NAT SOUND OF GRILLING) the grilling (NAT SOUND OF THE TAUNTING) and the taunts, fans at Sunday's game were busy talking about what happened Saturday night.
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[OUT Q=just having a lot of fun]
It is a fun many describe as harmless, disagreeing with the police's decision to send in the troops.
[SOT 55:01; 40:35]
[IN Q=It was harmless fun]
[OUT Q=didn't know what to expect]
LSU fans know what to expect.
Fans say what happened in the streets of downtown Blacksburg is actually quite common.
[SOT 44:56; 45:39]
[IN Q=We just like to have]
[Runs= 11][OUT Q=lifestyle I guess]
((NAT SOUND OF FANS))
Some fans would rather focus on the positive rather than the negative.
They point out that they are plenty of LSU and Tech fans who get along just fine.
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[IN Q=They're very cordial]
[OUT Q=spirit of the game]
It is a spirit the Blacksburg Police Chief hopes doesn't get out of hand again.
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The chief did take comfort in the fact there were no problems at the game.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Blacksburg.))
By the way, Virginia Tech went on to win 26 to 8.
Mike Stevens will have a wrap up of yesterday's game later in sports.
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A giant wildfire burning just east of Los Angeles has ruined the Labor Day holiday for about eight- thousand campers, hikers, and residents who were forced to evacuate.
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The blaze in the Angeles National Forest has grown to 10- thousand acres.
Officials say the fire started yesterday-- and was apparently caused by either a lightning strike or a propane tank explosion.
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[SUPER=01-Martin Esparanza/U. S. Forest Service;]
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Meanwhile, another fire just east of Sacramento, has consumed nearly 800 acres, and is threatening about 100 homes.
A boy playing with matches is suspected of setting that fire.
A gas leak triggers an explosion at a house in Maryland-- killing a utility worker and injuring 17 others-- three of them critically.
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Firefighters were literally blown off their feet.
The blast occured as firefighters were investigating the gas leak.
It turned the house into a pile of rubble and shook homes as far as four blocks away.
Authorities believe heavy rain and flooding may have caused
underground gas lines to shift, creating the leak.
A man suspected of planning to hijack a plane is in court today in Sweden.
He was arrested Thursday, after a gun was found in his carry-on bag as he was boarding a plane to London for an Islamic conference.
Prosecutors asked the court today to detain 29- year- old Kerim Chatty for two weeks, as they finalize charges.
Over the weekend, F-B-I officials visited a South Carolina
flight school that Chatty briefly attended.
Swedish intelligence sources say Chatty was planning to hijack a plane and crash it into a U-S embassy in Europe.
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[TEASE 2 Next]
There have been some strange creatures lurking on the streets of Washington lately.
As Mark Knoller explains, they're related to members of Congress in a "round-a-bout" sort of way.
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In business news, U-S Markets are closed today in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
The anticipated match-up between Virginia Tech and Louisiana State University proved to be a showing for the Hokie defense.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore have the highlights of a big day in Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=01-Brenda Boddie/Michael Vick's Mom; :42]
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[SUPER=01-Willie Pile/Virginia Tech Safety; 1:52]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/Va. Tech Defensive Coordinator; 2:05]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/89 Yards Rushing & 2 TDs; 2:46]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Jones/70 Yards Rushing & 1 TD; 2:52]
[SUPER=36-L.S.U. #14/8/Va. Tech #16/26; 3:02]
[SUPER=01-Nick Saban/18 and 8 as LSU Head Coach; 3:10]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/47 Yards Passing; 3:28]
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