A suspect is in custody-- but authorities still don't know what led a passenger to cut the throat of a Greyhound bus driver in California-- causing a fatal accident.
Plus, we'll have the latest on the investigation into the human remains found in North Carolina.
Sunshine will allow temperatures to climb above normal for the first day of October...I'll have your extended forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Divers are once again searching a pond in North Carolina as they try to find out what happened to a missing girl.
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Searchers have returned to property in Rocknigham County, North Carolina this morning.
That is the area where partial remains of a young girl were discovered last Wednesday and where investigators searching for missing nine year old Jennifer Short are now focusing their attention.
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Joe Dashiell is at the Rockingham County courthouse with more on their progress. Joe what is happening there this afternoon?
((ROLLCUE:..taking a closer look at a farm pond nearby..))
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell's long legal battle to incorporate and expand his church has finally come to an end.
Falwell had been suing to overturn state laws that prohibited churches from incorporating and limited how much land a church can own.
The incorporation ban was struck down in April, and today Falwell's lawyers and the state agreed that the land restrictions will "not" apply to incorporated churches.
Judge Norman Moon has agreed with the lawyers' decision.
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((JERRY FALWELL JR./TRBC COUNSEL: THIS GETS US 99 PERCENT OF WHAT WE WANTED. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT UNINCORPORATED CHURCHES WILL STILL HAVE TO OPERATE UNDER THESE RESTRICTIONS BUT SOMEBODY ELSE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT THAT BATTLE, BECAUSE FOR US TO WIN THAT BATTLE IT COULD TIE US UP FOR YEARS AND KEEP THOMAS ROAD FROM BEING ABLE TO EXPAND AS IT WOULD LIKE.))
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Thomas Road Baptist Church is looking to build a new 12-thousand seat sanctuary on Candler's Mountain.
With the land restrictions gone, officials say they can now begin raising money to build the new church.
Police have a suspect in the attack on board a Greyhound bus in California, but the still don't have a motive.
A passenger attacked the driver with a pair of scissors, causing the bus to swerve off the highway last night.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Margaret Mims/Fresno County Sheriff's Dept.;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News;]
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WHILE MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PEOPLE RECOVER FROM A THEIR INJURIES...POLICE
ARE QUESTIONING THIS MAN. ..27-YEAR OLD ARTURO TAPIA MARTINEZ. HE'S
FACING CHARGES OF TWO COUNTS OF MURDER AND ONE COUNT OF ATTEMPTED
MURDER. INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHY HE WOULD SLASH THE
THROAT OF A BUS DRIVER AS THE VEHICLE SPED DOWN A CALIFORNIA FREEWAY.
SOT: Mike McClure/Passenger
"IT HAPPENED SO FAST, IT WAS SECONDS, HE RAN FROM THE BACK OF THE BUS TO
THE FRONT IN LIKE 2 SECONDS."
SOT: LT. MARGARET MIMS/FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.
"THE DRIVER TRIED TO KEEP THE BUS ON THE ROADWAY, HOWEVER HE WAS NOT
ABLE TO, THEY LEFT INTERSTATE WOUND UP IN A COTTON FIELD, THE BUS
TIPPING OVER RON ITS SIDE."
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TWO PASSENGERS WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AT LEAST THREE OTHERS
WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE BUS DRIVER SURVIVED THE attack AND IS IN
AFTER THE CRASH, WITNESSES SAY THE SUSPECT TRIED TO HIDE IN A COTTON
FIELD. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT HAS OFFERED CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS OF WHY
HE SUDDENLY ATTACKED THE DRIVER.
SOT: LT. MARGARET MIMS, FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.
"WE'RE LOOKING AT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTICS OR DRUGS OR ALCOHOL,
WE'RE LOOKING AT MAYBE SOME METAL HEALTH ISSUES."
POLICE EMPHASIS THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT TERRORISM IS INVOLVED
HERE OR THAT HIJACKING WAS THE MOTIVE.
CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES
A Roanoke man was shot and wounded last night.
Police say it happened around 8:30 last night after an assault at the Frontier Apartment Complex on Plantation Road.
Officers say a group of men was walking away from the apartments when another group drove by in a car.
Someone fired one shot from inside the vehicle.
The bullet hit 19-year old Robert Hopson of Roanoke in the thigh.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A police spokesperson says officers aren't yet sure what set off the incident but they are looking for suspects.
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The United States continues its war of words with Iraq. We'll have the latest after the break.
and searchers in Tibet discover some soldiers missing since World War Two.
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The battle over how to deal with Iraq continues on all fronts--
In Europe, at the United Nations, and in Washington.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Hans Blix/Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector;]
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AS LAWMAKERS DEBATE WHAT TO DO ABOUT IRAQ, THE WHITE HOUSE IS REJECTING
A BIPARTISIAN CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION CIRCULATING ON CAPITOL HILL ...
THAT NARROWS THE CONDITIONS FOR AN INVASION OF IRAQ. PRESIDENT BUSH
SAYS HE DOESNT WANT A RESOLUTION THAT "TIES HIS HANDS" WHEN CONGRESS
ALREADY PASSED A TOUGHER RESOLUTION ON IRAQ BACK IN 1998.
BUSH: WHATS CHANGED? WHY WOULD CONGRESS WANT TO WEAKEN THE RESOLUTION>?
TRACK: AND U-S AND BRITISH DIPLOMATS HAVE A TOUGH JOB TODAY AS THEY
TRY TO CONVINCE KEY MEMBERS OF THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL TO ACCEPT A
JOINT, DRAFT RESOLUTION ALLOWING MILITARY ACTION SHOULD IRAQ FAIL TO
COMPLY WITH U-N WEAPONS INSPECTIONS. OFFICIALS FROM RUSSIA, FRANCE, AND
CHINA ALL WITH VETO-POWER ARE REVIEWING THE PROPOSAL.
TRACK: SPEAKING TO BRITISH LAWMAKERS, PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR SAID THE
U-NS AUTHORITY IS AT STAKE IF NOTHING IS DONE TO STOP SADDAM.
(Super: Tony Blair/British Prime Minister)
SOT: Sometimes and in particular when dealing with a dictator, the only
chance of peace is the readiness of war.
TRACK: FOR A SECOND DAY, THE LEAD U-N WEAPONS INSPECTOR IS TALKING TO
IRAQI OFFICIALS IN VIENNA LAYING THE GROUNDRULES FOR A RETURN TO IRAQ.
THEY WANT THE LOGISTICS, LIKE TRANSPORTATION, SECURITY, AND MOST
IMPORTANTLY, ACCESS, FIGURED OUT BEFOREHAND.
(Super: Hans Blix/Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector)
SOT: Discussions in the field is not desirable.You want things to be
going well then. That's why we are talking here, to avoid such things
and we will see and find out.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
Ole Miss is remembering a troubling part of its history today--
It's the 40th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi at Oxford.
The occasion marks a tumultuous time in which two people were killed and hundreds were injured in vicious riots, aimed at blocking the enrollment of James Meredith.
The Air Force veteran became the first black student to attend Ole Miss.
However, Meredith has never supported the Civil Rights movement.
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Meredith has long been controversial, supporting political figures like Senator Jesse Helms and David Duke.
But Meredith says he was able to be a positive influence on their attitudes toward minorities.
A U-S team investigating crash sites in Tibet has found the remains of American pilots who became missing in action in World War Two.
Officials say the remains of up to four airmen will be returned to the U-S on Thursday.
The crew members are believed to have been killed on impact when their twin- engine C- 46 plane crashed into a cliff in southeastern Tibet in 1944.
It'll take DNA tests to confirm the identities of the remains.
Results aren't expected before the end of the year.
The Virginia Science Museum in Richmond is opening an exhibit of Titanic scope.
As Meghan Muldoon tells us, it hopes to put a personal face on one of the worst disasters at seas.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Lach/Titanic Expert and Diver; :53]
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((A man's suit, a rusted clarinet and a charm necklace are some of the personal items on display at the Titanic Science exhibit.
More than one hundred artifacts have been recovered from the Titanic which rests two and a half miles beneath the surface of the ocean.
Helen McKinney is the great granddaughter of the famous Titanic survivor, the unsinkable Molly Brown.
She says the exhibit brings out the personal side of the tragedy.
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The exhibit also explores the science of the ship and its sinking through hands-on interactive displays.
Visitors can pilot a submersible vehicle, touch a stimulated iceberg and even attempt to steer the Titanic away from tragedy.
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The exhibit also explores the future of the Titanic wreck, which is being eaten away by micro-organisms on the ocean floor.
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[OUT Q=DISSOLVING THE SHIP.]
[IN Q=WHEN YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH]
[OUT Q=A REAL PIECE OF HISTORY.]
Virginians have until January 5th to experience a piece of Titanic history.
Richmond is only the third stop for the exhibit.
Museum officials say interest in the Titanic still remains as deep as the water it sank in.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond ))
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Up next on the newscast, a new store is coming to a local mall, but it is for a limited time only,
and we will tell you why one artist has decided to "chuck" convention in her new paintings of the Royal Family.
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The toys are back in town.
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F-A-O Schwarz will once again open a seasonal store in the old Brendle's location in Tanglewood Mall.
Mall officials say the famous toy store will likely open in mid October and stay through the Christmas season.
Last year F-A-O Schwarz set up shop in Tanglewood to test the market, planning to stay only through the Fall.
But sales were so good, they stayed through the end of the year.
The store sells toys and other specialty items out of its 50-thousand square foot location.
A Russian artist has captured the many faces of Britain's Prince Charles--
Her portraits feature the Prince in very modern styles-- including pictures of an "ethnic" looking Prince and a laid back Prince.
That one has been nick- named "Prince of Cool."
The artist spent a day observing Prince Charles' movements and mannerisms.
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((ALLA TKACHUK/ARTIST: WE HAVE CHOSEN THE PRINCE OF WALES AS A SUBJECT FROM THE
POINT OF VIEW OF BEING A PORTRAITIST AND HE'S...FOR HIS FORWARD LOOKING QUALITIES, HIS CHARISMA, HIS CONCERN WITH ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE SOCIETY.))
[OUT Q=important to the society.]
The paintings will be on sale for two weeks in London.
Prince Charles requested that a portion of the sale be donated to his charity, the Prince's Trust.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 46 points. The NASDAQ has dropped three.
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Coming up next in sports... U-V-A prepares to Duke it out this weekend,
And not one, but TWO Winston Cup teams make big changes today.
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Two Winston Cup teams have changed their crew chiefs.
Joe Gibbs Racing is moving Jimmy Makar (MAY'-kar), to team manager.
Makar is the crew chief for 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte.
The team struggled since then, and is currently 18th in the points race.
He'll finish the season with the Number 18 Pontiac and help search for his replacement.
Gibbs says Makar would then move into the team manager role in 2003.
Meanwhile Bill Davis Racing and crew chief Tommy Baldwin have parted ways.
Baldwin led driver Ward Burton to two victories this year, including the Daytona 500.
But the team is only 27th in points.
Frank Stoddard will replace Baldwin.
Stoddard was most recently the chief for Ward's brother Jeff.
When the Washington Redskins return to action on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, they will not have their starting quarterback...
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The Skins say Shane Matthews will be made in-active for the game on Sunday.
Matthews has been ailing with a bruised shoulder, but he says he disagrees with the decision and that he could play on Sunday, if needed.
Instead, it appears that Danny Wuerffel will start, and rookie Patrick Ramsey will be the backup.
Steve Spurrier will make his official quarterback call later in the week.
Despite the rumors- the Carolina Panthers did NOT cut former Hokie and Friday Football Extra player of the week- Shayne Graham.
Graham got the call while shopping in Christiansburg that the Panthers
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had signed him to a contract.
Two days later, he was in Green Bay trying to send the game to overtime.
His 24 yard field goal was wide right.
Yesterday afternoon head coach John Fox said he is considering several options - including keeping Shayne.
The Virginia Cavaliers are riding a three- game winning streak.
The Wahoos are now preparing to take on Duke in their second straight A-C-C road opponent.
Steve Mason has a preview.
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