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Police are now wondering if the Washington area sniper is trying to talk to them.
Law enforcement sources say a phone number was left at Saturday night's shooting at a restaurant in Ashland.
The male victim is still in critical condition.
Authorities still haven't confirmed whether that shooting is connected to the serial sniper.
There ARE similarities-- and police now have the bullet that will tell them for certain.
Jim Acosta is in Rockville, Maryland this morning and joins us now with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Moose/Montgomery Co., MD Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
at :00(Ashland, VA)
AFTER FINDING A MESSAGE THAT INCLUDED A PHONE NUMBER AT THE SCENE OF A
SUSPECTED SNIPER SHOOTING IN VIRGINIA -- POLICE ARE NOW SENDING OUT THE
MESSAGE THAT THEIR LINES OF COMMUNICATION ARE OPEN.
at :12(sot-CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE/MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE)
"To the person who left us a message at the ponderosa last night, you
gave us a telephone number, we do want to talk to you, call us at the
number you provided."
TASK FORCE LEADER CHARLES MOOSE WOULDN'T EXPAND ON THAT COMMENT... BUT
AUTHORITIES SAY THE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO HEAR IT, KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS.
MEANWHILE, THE SATURDAY NIGHT'S SHOOTING VICTIM IN THIS CASE IS IN
CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION AFTER A SECOND ROUND OF SURGERY SUNDAY.
at :40 (File)
DURING THE OPERATION DOCTORS WERE ABLE TO RECOVER THE BULLET FROM THE
37-YEAR-OLD MAN'S STOMACH.
NOW IT WILL BE PUT THROUGH A BALLISTICS TEST TO CONFIRM THE SHOOTING IS
THE MAN WAS SHOT WALKING THROUGH THE STEAKHOUSE PARKING LOT.
WITNESSES SAY THE GUNFIRE CAME FROM THIS WOODED AREA JUST BEHIND THE
BUT JUST LIKE 12 OTHER D-C AREA ATTACKS NO ONE SAW THE FACE OF THE
SHOOTER (804-14:20:32)AND NO ONE SEEMS TO HAVE A FIRM DESCRIPTION OF THE
Iraq is blaming the U-S for delaying the return of U-N weapons inspectors.
Saddam Hussein's cabinet says the inspectors failure to show up at the agreed time this weekend is an "illegal" move.
The U-N's chief inspector said last week he's waiting for the security council to adopt a stronger mandate before his team returns.
Meanwhile, debate on a new resolution continues, as the U-S tries to get France to come on board.
Virginia Tech received a visit from the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates, where the issue of state budget cuts was high on the agenda.
Virginia Tech President Charles Steger talked to the committee about research efforts and the University's economic role in southwest Virginia.
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[IN Q=We're one of the]
((CHARLES STEGER/PRESIDENT VIRGINIA TECH: WE'RE ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS YOU KNOW WITH OVER 6,000 EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE RESEARCH EXPENDITURES, LAST YEAR 236 MILLION DOLLARS AND IN ADDITION, JUST AN EXAMPLE THIS WEEKEND WE HAD 65,000 PEOPLE COMING IN FOR THE FOOTBALL GAME SO WE ARE A VERY IMPORTANT ENGINE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE WHOLE WESTERN REGION OF VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President]
[OUT Q=region of Virginia]
Steger says the latest round of budget cuts are so large the school can't absorb the loss without harming the institution.
When added together he says the cuts equal more than 70- million dollars.
To put things in perspective, Steger says the operating budget for the College of Engineering alone is 40- million.
The Appropriations Committee spent the afternoon touring a few key research labs and the "Smart Road."
Today, the committee plans to visit the Roanoke Valley Governor's School before heading to Carilion Health Systems for another meeting.
A local lawmaker says cutbacks at the Department of Motor Vehicles may get worse.
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State-wide, nearly 600 D-M-V workers will be laid-off and Virginia's Transportation Secretary says the situation could worsen.
Secretary Whitt Clement spoke to the Virginia Transportation Conference in Lexington last week, just days after Governor Mark Warner announced the cuts.
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[SOT - 47:59]
[IN Q=To many citizens...]
((WHITT CLEMENT/VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY; TO MANY CITIZENS, DMV IS THE FACE OF STATE GOVERNMENT. BUT THAT FACE IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT, OFFICES ARE GOING TO BE CLOSED ONE DAY A WEEK, THE 12 OFFICE CLOSINGS. SO, THE IMPACT IS GOING TO BE VERY REAL, AND IT'S NOT OVER WITH, THERE'S MORE TO COME.))
[OUT Q=over with, there's more to come.]
[VO-NAT - :08+]
D-M-V branches in Rocky Mount and Bedford are the only offices in our area to close.
They are scheduled to close on November 15th.
There was plenty of spirit in Roanoke over the weekend.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department hosted the seventh annual Cheerleading Olympics at Victory Stadium.
The event allows cheerleaders ages 6 to 14 to perform their routine in front of other squads without having to compete.
Each team had six minutes to perform a chant, a cheer, and a dance routine.
More than 200- cheerleaders from 19- area squads took part in yesterday's Cheerleading Olympics.
In business news, Microsoft beat Wall Street's expectations.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane CBS Marketwatch.]
((A LOT OF FOLKS MAY BE WONDERING IF IT'S TIME TO JUMP BACK INTO STOCKS AND
STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS---AS THE MARKETS ENJOYED THEIR BEST WEEK IN 13 MONTHS.
THE DOW GAINED 47 POINTS IT'S 6TH POSITIVE CLOSE IN THE LAST SEVEN SESSIONS.
THE S AND P TACKED ON 5 POINTS
AND THE NASDAQ PERKED UP 15POINTS. BOTH THE DOW AND NASDAQ GETTING A
BOOST FROM MICROSOFT
THE SOFTWARE GIANT UNVEILED SOME BLOCKBUSTER EARNINGS GAINING 5 PERCENT.
BUT THERE WERE SOME TECH LOSERS LAST WEEK INCLUDING SUN MICROSYSTEMS, AND
ORACLE. NEW JERSEY BASED LUCENT IS ALSO TRADING LOWER, IT'S SEEKING
PERMISSION FOR A REVERSE STOCKS SPLIT, TO PUSH UP IT'S SHARE PRICE LEST IT
BE DELISTED FROM THE NYSE.
UAL, THE PARENT OF UNITED AIRLINES FELL AFTER LOSING ABOUT 900 MILLION
LAST QUARTER THE STREET HAD BEEN EXPECTING MORE RED INK AND APPARENTLY WAS
WITH A NEW LABOR AGREEMENT AND GUIDANCE THAT BUSINESS WILL IMPROVE IN THE
DELTA AIRLINES WHICH ANNOUNCED A 300 MILLION DOLLAR LOSS EARLIER THIS WEEK
ANNOUNCED IT WILL CUT ANOTHER 8 THOUSAND JOBS. SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001,
DELTA HAS CUT 21 THOUSAND JOBS 21 PERCENT OF IT'S WORK FORCE.
THE U-S TRADE DEFECIT'S GETTING BIGGER. OUR TASTE FOR IMPORTS PUSHING THE
SHORT FALL TO 38 BILLION DOLLARS, A QUARTER OF THAT GAP WITH ONE NATION,
INFLATION'S BARELY ON THE ECONOMIC RADAR SCREEN..CONSUMER PRICES ROSE JUST 2
TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT. AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN
NOTICE. NEXT YEARS COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS,
JUST ONE POINT 4 PERCENT. THAT WORKS OUT TO ABOUT 13 DOLLARS PER MONTH.
A BUSY WEEK AHEAD WITH EARNINGS FROM THE LIKES OF 3 M. MC DONALDS, AOL TIME
WARNER AND DUPONT. WE'LL GET THE LATEST CONSUMER SENTIMENT REPORT AND THE
EXISTING HOME SALES FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER.
GET MORE ON OUR WEBSITE. CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
AT THE NASDAQ MARKETSITE, I'M ED CRANE IN NEW YORK.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ MARKET SITE,
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH))
(tape tosses to stocks)
At least two people are dead and eight others are injured after a gunman opens fire at a university in Australia.
Police have arrested a suspect who they say walked into a classroom with several handguns.
A group of students was able to tackle the gunman.
The suspect is described as an Asian- looking man in his mid-30s.
There's no word yet on a motive.
Classes have been cancelled for the day in the building where the attack took place.
Two crew members are missing after a fishing boat exploded and caught fire in the Bering Sea off Alaska.
24- other people from the Seattle- based Galaxy are accounted for.
The Coast Guard says some were rescued from life rafts.
Officials say some crew members are being treated
for broken bones, hypothermia and third-degree burns.
The 180-foot vessel was still on fire four hours after the original emergency call.
Dozens of athletes were shooting for a chance at the big time at the Y-M-C-A in Roanoke yesterday.
That's where the Roanoke Dazzle held open player tryouts over the weekend for the N-B-D-L.
The tryouts gave players an opportunity to make the Dazzle's training camp for the upcoming season.
More than a hundred athletes from all over the country took part in this weekend's tryouts.
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[IN Q=I just had a guy]
((KENT DAVISON/DAZZLE'S HEAD COACH: I JUST HAD A GUY SAY TO ME YOU KNOW COACH EVEN IF YOU CUT ME I'M GLAD I CAME AND HAD A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU HOW I CAN PLAY AND THAT'S A NEAT ATTITUDE.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle's Head Coach]
[OUT Q=that's a neat attitude]
Team management also has a new attitude.
The Dazzle has a new president and a new outlook for the upcoming season.
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[IN Q=The two biggest things]
((JOE PRESEREN/DAZZLE PRESIDENT: THE TWO BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE HEARD FROM OUR FANS THAT WE FELT WERE LEGITIMATE COMMENTS WERE OUR TICKET PRICES BEING A LITTLE HIGHER THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND WE NEEDED MORE WEEKEND HOME DATES AND WE'VE ADDRESSED BOTH OF THOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Preseren/Dazzle President]
[OUT Q=both of those]
The Dazzle has lowered ticket prices in some cases by half of what they were last year.
The Dazzle begins its season November 15th.
Their first three games are home in Roanoke.
Some bikers are in the holiday spirit.
The Salem Rotary Club sponsored the fourth annual "Ride Round the Valley Toy Run" in Salem yesterday afternoon.
More than forty bikers brought an unwrapped toy or donated ten dollars to participate in a ride around the Valley.
The toys will now be donated to the Community Christmas Store.
The bikers ended up collecting more than 400- dollars worth of toys.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Virginia's Museum of Natural History in Martinsville is taking a close look at its finances.
A cutback in its budget is forcing the museum to make some major cuts this week.
Justin McLeod shows us what steps the museum is taking to keep from becoming ancient history.
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[SUPER=01-Kathy Lineberry/Museum Visitor; :12]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Museum Director; :32 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Martinsville]
((((NAT SOUND OF COMPUTER TALKING AT 24:55))
If you've ever wanted to learn about our natural history then the place to go is here at Virginia's Museum of Natural History.
[IN Q=It's a great place]
((KATHY LINEBERRY/MUSEUM VISITOR: IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO BRING YOUR KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL HISTORY. IT'S FUN.))
[OUT Q=it's fun]
It hasn't however been fun for the museum's employees.
On Tuesday, Governor Warner ordered the museum to cut its budget by 15-percent.
The next day, the museum's director was forced to lay-off six full-time workers.
[IN Q=We're cut to the bone]
((STEPHEN PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE'RE CUT TO THE BONE RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF OPERATING THE BUILDING BUT WE CAN DO IT.))
[OUT Q=we can do it]
It won't be easy.
The museum already laid off three employees earlier in the year.
The latest round of cuts eliminated the exhibits department.
Luckily, future shows are already planned well into next year.
[IN Q=Not all of it is]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: NOT ALL OF IT IS BAD NEWS FOR THE MUSEUM. THE NEARLY 15-MILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS NEEDED TO BUILD A BRAND NEW FACILITY ARE STILL INTACT. IT WILL BE BUILT HERE ON STARLING AVENUE AND CONSTRUCTION IS SET TO BEGIN SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.))
[OUT Q=sometime next year]
((NAT SOUND OF OPENING DRAWER AT 16:03))
The new building is needed now more than ever.
The current facility is too small and is more than 80 years old.
But for now, the museum will try to make the best of its current building and the state's financial crisis.
[IN Q=We'll be doing more fundraising]
((STEPHEN PIKE: WE'LL BE DOING MORE FUNDRAISING AND OUR SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE HELPED OUT WILL HAVE TO STEP UP AND WE'LL HAVE TO FIND NEW SUPPORTERS. BUT I THINK WE'RE LOOKING PRIMARILY TO THE FOLKS WHO ALREADY KNOW THE VALUE OF THIS INSTITUTION WHO CAN BRING OTHERS ALONG.))
[OUT Q=bring others along]
After all, the museum could face even more state cuts later this year.
That's why the museum's director believes public support is needed now more than ever as the museum attempts to write a new chapter in its history.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Martinsville.))