Another fatal shooting in the Washington D-C area -- this time it happened at a Home Depot parking lot in Falls Church.
A woman was shot in the head.
Authorities are now searching for a cream-colored Chevy Astro van with a silver ladder rack and a rear tail light out.
It MAY be the ninth killing in the series of sniper shootings across the area.
Meanwhile, President Bush says the shootings make him sick.
Bush says he isn't sure if they're linked to organized terrorism, but he calls the attacks "a form of terrorism".
Jennifer Miller is in Rockville, Maryland this morning with an update.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Manger/Fairfax County Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
A SINGLE SHOT TO THE HEAD AND ANOTHER PERSON LAY DEAD IN SUBURBAN
WASHINGTON. THIS TIME A WOMAN WHO HAD JUST DEPARTED A HOME DEPOT IN
FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA.
"THE POOR WOMAN WAS JUST ON THE FLOOR."
IT'S TOO SOON TO CONFIRM WHETHER THIS SHOOTING IS THE WORK OF THE
SNIPER, BUT ONCE AGAIN POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A VAN.
SOT: COL. TOM MANGER/FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE CHIEF
AUTHORITIES SAY THE FATAL SHOT WAS FIRED FROM THE VAN BEFORE IT SPED
AWAY. ALL NEARBY ROADS AND HIGHWAYS WERE QUICKLY SHUT DOWN, SEVERAL
VEHICLES WERE STOPPED and people questioned, BUT NO ARRESTS WERE MADE.
AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING THE CRIME SCENE FOR EVIDENCE AND TALKING TO
WITNESSES....HOPING SOMEONE MAY HAVE GOTTEN A LOOK AT THE SHOOTER.
SOT: MANGER AGAIN
FOR TWO WEEKS NOW, THE SNIPER HAS BEEN ON THE LOOSE SHOOTING PEOPLE AT
RAMDOM. THERE'S NO DESCRIPTION OF THE SHOOTER, ONLY HIS VEHICLE OR
VEHICLES. POLICE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A WHITE ASTRO VAN AND A WHITE
State police and the F-B-I aren't taking anything for granted as they search for the serial sniper-- something an Oklahoma man found out for himself as he traveled through Roanoke County yesterday.
Otis Higginbotham was headed to Oklahoma City when he broke down near exit 140 on Interstate 81.
Ordinarily that wouldn't raise suspicion, except someone noticed Higginbotham was hauling a white van inside his Ryder truck.
The Oklahoma man also sounded more alarms after police learned he purchased the van in Maryland and had maps of the D-C area in his truck.
In the end though, it all turned out to be a coincidence.
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[OUT Q=it just progressed]
Higginbotham's ordeal lasted a little more than three hours before he was cleared to leave.
Governor Mark Warner is expected to say tonight how much he will cut from the state budget.
Yesterday, he responded to comments made by Republican Delegate Morgan Griffith that the governor lacks leadership.
Last week Griffith said Warner is taking too long to announce budget cuts and layoffs.
The governor says the state's budget crisis should not be a partisan issue.
[IN Q=I GUESS IT WAS TOO MUCH TO EXPECT]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I GUESS IT WAS TOO MUCH TO EXPECT THAT EVEN WITH THIS ENORMOUS CHALLENGE THAT EVERYBODY WOULD PUT ASIDE THE KIND OF OLD FASHIONED PARTISAN POLITICS.))
[OUT Q=OLD FASHIONED PARTISAN POLITICS.]
Warner will announce the first round of his budget cuts this evening in a statewide address.
At least one thousand state workers are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the two billion dollar budget shortfall.
[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN BOARD]
News 7 will carry the governor's address live tonight, beginning at 7-o-clock.
Salem is also dealing with a tight budget.
City residents will soon be charged extra for using their cellular phones.
Last night, city council voted unanimously to implement a 3-dollar cell phone tax.
The extra revenue will be used to help pay for renovations and additions at Andrew Lewis Middle School.
City Manager Forest Jones says, until now, Salem residents have been fortunate to escape the tax.
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[IN Q=We're the last, probably one of the last...]
((FOREST JONES/SALEM CITY MANAGER: WE'RE THE LAST, PROBABLY ONE OF THE LAST LOCALITIES IN VIRGINIA TO ADOPT THIS TAX. I'M SURE ALL THE OTHER VALLEY LOCALITIES HAVE A CELL PHONE TAX SO IT'S NOTHING MORE THAN WE'RE COMING IN LINE.))
[SUPER=01-Forest Jones/Salem City Manager;]
[OUT Q=more than we're coming in line.]
Renovations to Andrew Lewis Middle School will also be paid for by an increase in the car-decal fee, an increase in the lodging tax and Salem's new cigarette tax which will go into effect in December.
American and Australian investigators are in Bali--
They're helping to find whoever is responsible for the night club bombings that killed almost 200 people over the weekend.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but some officials suspect a group linked to al-Qaida.
Last night, the U-N Security Council voted unanimously to condemn the bombings, calling them an "act of internationa
In business news, The markets managed to extend last week's rally.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=Jean Lee, CBS Marketwatch]
((IT WAS A SEE-SAW KIND OF DAY FOR THE MARKETS ON MONDAY, AS WE OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF THE THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS SEASON.
BUT IN THE END THE MARKET MANAGED MODEST GAINS THE DOW ADDING 27 POINTS AND THE NASDAQ GAINING 10.
ASIDE FROM EARNINGS REPORTS DUE OUT THIS WEEK FROM HEAVYWEIGHTS LIKE INTEL, CITIGROUP, GENERAL MOTORS AND BOEING, INVESTORS ARE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE A FATAL EXPLOSION IN BALI OVER THE WEEKEND.
SOME OF THE COMPANIES DUE TO RELEASE EARNINGS ARE ALREADY MAKING NEWS. GM CLOSED LOWER AFTER MERRILL LYNCH DOWNGRADED THE AUTOMAKER, ALONG WITH ITS RIVAL FORD, ON CONCERNS OVER DETERIORATING PRICES FOR NEW AND USED CARS. THE WORLD'S TWO LARGEST AUTOMAKERS, HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN UNDER PRESSURE FROM WALL STREET FOR WEEKS NOW, ON WORRIES OVER THE INDUSTRY'S ABILITY, TO RIDE OUT NEXT YEAR.
IBM IS LOOKING BLUE, AFTER MORGAN STANLEY PUSHED ITS EARNINGS AND REVENUE TARGETS FOR BIG BLUE LOWER. THE BROKERAGE SAYS THE COMPANY HAS NOT EXPERIENCED THE NORMAL PICKUP IN HARDWARE ORDERS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS.
GPHX: EARNINGS REPORTS
ON TUESDAY LOOK FOR A NUMBER OF HI-TECH COMPANIES TO RELEASE THEIR EARNINGS. WALL STREET IS LOOKING FOR CHIP GIANT INTEL TO EARN 13 CENTS A SHARE. REPORTS FROM CHIP EQUIPMENT MAKERS NOVELLUS AND TERADYNE ARE ALSO ON TAP FOR TUESDAY.
YOU CAN CATCH ALL THE DAY S MARKET ACTION AT OUR WEBSITE, CBS.MARKETWATCH.COM. AT THE NASDAQ.
I M JEAN LEE, CBS MARKETWATCH.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Authorities have made a gruesome discovery inside a rail car in Iowa.
They've found as many as 11 badly decomposed bodies that may be those of immigrants being smuggled into the country from Mexico.
The bodies were discovered in a Union Pacific rail car at a grain elevator-- and may have been in the rail car for four months.
An immigration official says the rail car left Mexico in June.
A big thumbs up from Mission Control--
Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis have installed a 390- million- dollar girder on the International Space Station.
The crew also worked on an air conditioning system.
Atlantis and its crew will leave the space station tomorrow and return to Earth Friday.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will soon have a new member.
Last night, the board selected Mike Altizer to fill the seat vacated by Harry Nickens.
During the last election, Altizer actually ran against Nickens and garnered what Chairman Butch Church thought was impressive support.
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[OUT Q=decision making process.]
Mike Altizer was selected from 5 applicants.
The board hopes to have him sworn in by November First.
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Halloween sales are rebounding - after a scary holiday last October.
Costume retailers suffered in the wake of September 11th.
Irene Timko at Dance Etc. in Vinton says people's fears kept them from celebrating the usual way - with parties and trick or treating.
But Timko says this year ... children's sales are up and adults are really getting into the Halloween spirit too.
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[IN Q=WHEN IT COMES]
((IRENE TIMKO/STORE OWNER; WHEN IT COMES TO HALLOWEEN, AS FAR AS SPENDING MONEY IS NOT REALLY CHILDREN ITS THE ADULT THE ADULTS THAT SPEND MONEY ON THEMSELVES OR PARTIES))
[SUPER=01-Irene Timko/Store Owner;]
[OUT Q=OR PARTIES.]
Dance Etc. sells and rents costumes.
Timko says most of the customers are shopping for the weekend before Halloween - since October 31st falls on a Thursday.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The man investigators plan to question about the Short family murders wants to return home to clear his name.
[SUPER=03-Yellowknife, Canada/Last Week;]
That's according to Garrison Bowman's friends.
Several have come forward to contradict allegations laid out by Bowman's landlord in search warrants... and they say Bowman will set the record straight.
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[sot 6:48:31 - :40]
((ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE WANTS TO DO IS TAKE CARE AND RESOLVE, GET TO THE BOTTOM AND RESOLVE. HE DEFINITELY WANTS TO DO THAT BECAUSE HE DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE. HE WAS NOT A PART OF THAT. ))
[sot 6:42:33 - :44]
((I KNOW IN MY HEART... THAT HE DID NOT HAVE ANY PART OF THAT WHATSOEVER. HE LOVED LIFE, HE WAS AN ENVIRONMENTALIST AND LOVED THE ANIMALS, LOVED CHILDREN.))
[OUT Q=loved children.]
Authorities say Bowman MAY be deported from Canada to the U-S sometime in the next two weeks.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says Canadian officials will escort Bowman to an undisclosed location in the U-S ... then local investigators will meet him.
Because Bowman is NOT a suspect, he's not obligated to talk to them.
The night manager at Shenandoah Homes who was found dead nearly two weeks ago was asphyxiated.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./October 3]
With that ruling from the Medical Examiner's Office yesterday, Roanoke County Police have ruled Helen Cadd's death a homicide.
They have yet to make a link between her and Danny Ray Taylor. The homeless man from Chesapeake was found at the retirement center the night Cadd's body was found.
They've taken hair and skin samples from Taylor, but the lab work has not been complete.
Authorities said earlier that Cadd had also been the victim of sexual assault.
In this morning's Tech 2002 report Mike Stevens is living out a childhood fantasy - and he says each of you can do the very same thing thanks toa new Tech product.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[OC=...see you later today."]
((A 6-and-0 start to the season and the number three ranking in both of this week's polls for the Hokies - it's the stuff of which dreams are made.
Especially, when the team in question wasn't expected to be at this lofty level until a year from now.
Not so coincidentally, the fantasy world and the licensing of it are the subjects of this morning's Tech 2002 Report.
Locke White is Virginia Tech 's director of licensing and trademarks - in short he is the keeper of the VT.
His office decides who gets to use it and how much they must pay for that right.
Not surprisingly, the better Tech plays and the higher the team moves in the rankings - the greater the demand from entrepreneurs.
The money earned goes into the University's general scholarship fund. The number of licenses granted in the past three years has almost doubled to more than 500.
The latest product to hit stores is a unique audio CD that puts Tech fans right in the game.
Uhhm! He did say kids and parents. And since I am a parent and often act like a kid I think I qualify. Plus, I never used up by redshirt year.
The CDs can only be purchased locally at CMT sporting goods in Roanoke and Blacksburg.
The company that creates them will customize them not only for the Hokies, but for UVa, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and a total of 30 schools.
One other quick note the Temple game in two weeks will kick off at one pm. NO TV.))
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