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Investigators hope to learn later today if human remains discovered near the Virginia border are those of nine year old Jennifer Short.
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The remains were found near Madison, North Carolina-- that's in Rockingham County, about 15 miles south of the state line.
[SUPER=03-Rockingham Co., NC;]
Over the past six weeks, authorities in Rockingham County had been assisting Henry County investigators as they searched for the missing girl.
So when the remains were discovered yesterday afternoon by some dogs-- they contacted Henry County.
Investigators say the remains appeared to be those of a small adult or possibly a child.
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[IN Q=We don't ]
[super=01-Sam Page/Rockingham Co., NC Sheriff;]
((WE DON'T HAVE ANY MISSING PERSON HERE AS FAR AS WE KNOW AND SO WE KNEW THEY WERE WORKING ON THE JENNIFER SHORT CASE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW.))
[OUT Q=weeks now.]
Authorities will be back at the site today-- to search for more remains.
Meanwhile-- hair found at the site has been sent to the state crime lab in Roanoke.
It's being compared with that of Jennifer Short to determine if the remains are those of the missing girl.
Investigators hope to have an answer later today.
Tropical Storm Isidore made landfall this morning west of Grand Isle, Louisana.
Its winds are lashing the Gulf Coast.
And more than eight inches of rain have fallen in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :30]
[SUPER=01-Max Mayfield/National Hurricane Center; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News; 1;10]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, New Orleans.]
ISIDORE IS THROWING SHEETS OF RAIN ON MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA AND FLORIDA.
THE WORST OF IT IN LOUISIANA WHERE THE WATER IS RELENTLESS.
AN UMBRELLA IS ALMOST USELESS.
ON SOME STREETS A BOAT IS A BETTER WAY OF GETTING AROUND THAN A CAR.
AND THERE'S ONLY MORE TO COME.
THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO DUMP AROUND 20 INCHES IN CERTAIN AREAS.
PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR DAYS FOR THIS MOMENT.
NEW ORLEANS, KNOWN AS A PARTY TOWN, IS MORE LIKE A GHOST TOWN.
WINDOWS ARE BOARDED UP WITH SPECIAL MESSAGES FOR ISIDORE.
BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED AND THE PEOPLE HAVE FLED.
SOME OF THEM NOW CALLING A HIGH SCHOOL GYM HOME.
I didn't want to take any chances so that's why we left
ALL THESE PEOPLE CAN DO NOW IS WAIT.
HOPING THAT WHEN THEY GET BACK TO THEIR HOMES, THE DAMAGE WILL BE
once it gets torn down, just rebuild it. Our life is more important
than the material stuff.
ISIDORE IS READY TO THREATEN MORE STATES AS IT HEADS INLAND.
THE WINDS WILL DIE DOWN, BUT THE DANGER WILL STILL BE THERE.
(SOT-Max Mayfield/National Hurricane Center)
The studies show that most people really lose their lives from tropical
storms and hurricanes from the inland fresh water flooding than from
STORM IS HEADED NORTH, ETC
GALLEGUS SIG OUT
(Kim tosses to Leo in weather center)[1-Leo]
[LEO IN WEATHER CENTER]
(Leo toss back to Kim)
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The mother of a young woman shot during an apparent gang dispute in Lynchburg Monday night says she's tired of gang violence plaguing her neighborhood.
20-year-old Antoinette Watkins was shot in the arm while standing on the porch of her Pierce Street home.. the alleged gunman has turned himself in to police.
Watkins' mother said yesterday her daughter is "not" involved in any gangs.
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[IN Q=She's a]
((DORIS WATKINS: SHE'S A LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN, SHE'S RESPECTFUL AND EVERYTHING SHE'S A NICE PERSON, SHE WOULD DO FOR ANYBODY, AND SO WOULD I. SO THEREFORE I DON'T KNOW WHY THIS INCIDENT DID HAPPEN, THIS CAME FROM OUT OF NOWHERE. IT WAS UNCALLED FOR, AND I DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Doris Watkins/Shooting Victim's Mother;]
[OUT Q=nothing about it.]
Police say Antoinette Watkins told them she's friends with members of the Sixth Street Bloods.. and the alleged shooter belonged to a rival gang.
The White House is making some new claims about possible links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice says contacts between Iraqi officials an the terrorist network go back a long time.
She also says high- ranking al-Qaida detainees say Iraq has provided training in chemical weapons development, and al-Qaida members have found refuge in Iraq.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is demanding that President Bush apologize to the American people.
That's because the President recently said that the Democratic- controlled Senate is quote "not interested in the security of the
American people," and is putting politics first.
The White House brushed aside Daschle's call for an apology, saying he took the President's remarks out of context.
Governor Mark Warner says technology and hi tech jobs- are the key to new jobs.
While addressing a luncheon in the Alleghany Highlands, Mark Warner says three things will help bring new businesses to the region.
He says we need to change the way we attract new ventures.
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[IN Q=to continue]
((GOV MARK WARNER (D) VIRGINIA; TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM THE COMMUNITY TO UPGRADE THEIR EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS SO THAT THE PEOPLE ARE TRAINED FOR THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE TO ENCOURAGE MORE REGIONAL COOPERATION THE FACT IS THE OLD STYLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WHERE JUST GO BUILD A SHELL BUILDING IN EACH COMMUNITY AND HOPE AND PRAY THAT'S JUST NOT GOING TO WORK ANYMORE.))
[OUT Q=WORK ANYMORE.]
At Virginia Military Institute yesterday - Warner unveiled the state's technology plan.
The five step plan talks about consolidating computer systems, providing more government services online and additional development of broadband technology in rural areas.
In business news, Stocks ended on a positive note yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((WAS IT A ONE DAY WONDER OR IS IT THE BEGINNING OF A FALL RALLY? BARGAIN HUNTERS LIT A FIRE UNDER THE STOCK MARKET ONE DAY AFTER THE DOW AND NASDAQ SANK TO MULTI-YEAR LOWS.
THE DOW 158 POINTS
THE SP 500 ADDED 20 POINTS
THE NASDAQ BOUNCED BACK WITH A 40 POINT GAIN
ESS=earnings on track/ge/ip
AMONG THE DOW'S BEST PERFORMERS G-E AND INTERNATIONAL PAPER, BOTH AFFIRMING THEY WERE ON TRACK TO MEET EARNINGS PROJECTIONS FOR THE QUARTER.
ESS=On the move: f
FORD MOTOR COMPANY WAS ON THE MOVE.. THE STOCK, WHICH HAS BEEN TRADING AROUND
A TEN YEAR LOW GOT A BOOST TODAY WHEN WORD CAME THAT THE COMPANY WILL RATCHET UP 4TH QUARTER PRODUCTION DUE TO STRONG SALES.
MORE CORPORATE CREATIVE ACCOUNTING. 3 EXECUTIVES OF ONLINE REAL ESTATE ADVERTISER HOMESTORE.COM PLED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF FRAUDULENTLY BOOSTING CORPORATE EARNINGS AND INSIDER TRADING.
DESPITE THE LOWEST MORTGAGE RATES IN 30 YEARS IT APPEARS THE HOUSING MARKET IS SLOWING DOWN. SALES OF EXISTING HOMES FELL ALMOST 2 PERCENT LAST MONTH.. BUT THE HOUSING MARKET IS STILL ON TRACK FOR A RECORD YEAR...
MCDONALD'S MADE ITS BROADWAY DEBUT WITH PLENTY OF FANFARE
MEMBERS OF THE CAST OF 42ND STREET CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF MCDONALD'S NEW TIMES SQUARE RESTAURANT.. WITH A GLIZTY MARQUEE, THIS 17-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT RESTAURANT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MCDONALD'S IN THE WORLD. BUT YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THE ORANGE AND RED PLASTIC CHAIRS, THIS DECOR IS HI-TECH.. FEEDING OFF ITS THEATER DISTRICT LOCATION - THE INTERIOR IS REMINISCIENT OF A BACKSTAGE THEATER. THERE ARE ALSO NEW MENU ITEMS INCLUDING MC DONUTS AND A COFFEE BAR..
IT'S ALL PART OF MCDONALD'S PLAN TO BEEF UP SOGGY SALES AND A SAGGING STOCK PRICE.. WHICH IS AT A SEVEN YEAR LOW.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK, I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
One person is dead and 23 others are injured after a passenger train collided with a car and derailed in central Japan.
Authorities say the car had turned into the railway crossing, and had started driving down the track when the train struck it from behind early this morning.
It's not known why the driver of the car was on the tracks.
He was killed instantly.
An investigation is under way, while crews clean up the crash site.
[GRAPHIC=VT Fake Tickets]
Someone's apparently making fake Virginia Tech football tickets.
The Tech police department says it found about 30 counterfeit tickets at its last home game.
Lane Stadium officials say they became aware of the fake tickets at the September 12th Marshall game, when ticket holders attempted to sit in seats already occupied.
They say the tickets appear to have been re-produced through a color copy printer.
Police are now following several leads into an investigation, but, warn fans should be careful about where they buy their tickets.
A one- million dollar grant is expected to improve safety at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
The grant was awarded by the U-S Department of Transportation and will be used to purchase property adjacent to the airport.
The airport wants to purchase land next to U-P-S to prevent anyone from building on the site.
An airport spokesperson says the move will make it safer for planes to land-- because a building could interfere with information being relayed between the pilot and the control tower as the plane attempts to land.
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Dramatic cuts in state spending are on the way... That's the news from Governor Mark Warner.
The governor says every Virginia agency can expect cuts of at least 5 percent.
Some will be asked to reduce their budgets by more that 15 percent.
Warner says the spending cuts will cover only half of the state's nearly two billion dollar shortfall.
[IN Q=WE'LL TIGHTEN OUR BELTS]
((Governor Warner-----SENATOR BO TRUMBO/(R) FINCASTLE: SOMETIMES YOU GOT TO UNDERSTAND IT'S A LITTLE BIT BROADER THAN
THAT. IT'S NOT ALWAYS THE BOTTOM LINE. GOVERNMENT CAN ACT AS MUCH AS IT CAN LIKE PRIVATE BUSINESS. BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, IT'S A DIFFERENT ANIMAL.))
[OUT Q=it's a different animal]
The governor says his staff is currently reviewing the budget-cutting plans submitted by state agencies on Friday.
Warner says he will announce the cuts on October 15th.
Henry County has new administrator .. and the introductions won't take very long.
Benny Summerlin was officially appointed yesterday. Summerlin has worked in the county for years .. as a sheriff's deputy, public safety director .. and since 19-96, deputy County Administrator.
Summerlin had been acting county administrator since Sid Clower was suspended in March, then fired for embezzlement.
Carilion Health System is also making some budget cuts.
The health care giant is selling its insurance division, Carilion Health plans.
That will affect about 11-thousand people in our region.
Carilion says while it WILL honor all current contracts, its customers should be able to find comparable insurance plans.
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[IN Q=We recently signed parternship]
((WE RECENTLY SIGNED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS WITH FIVE INSURANCE CO. BASICALLY BRINING MORE INSURANCE CHOICE INTO THE MARKET SO OUR PULLING OUT OF THE INSURANCE OF MARKET IS NOT GOING NEGATIVELY AFFECT THAT BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT INSURANCE COVERAGE))
[SUPER=01-Eric Earnhart/Carilion Spokesperson]
[OUT Q=that insurance coverage]
Carilion says the cutbacks were necessary because it will have more 24 million dollars in additional expenses for next year and Medicaid and Medicare payments are not in line with inflation rates.
the affected employees are being moved into other jobs within the system.
Carilion also plans to eliminate approximately 47 jobs. But officials say most of those positions are vacant. Many of