High speed and no seat belts. Police say it was a fatal combination overnight in Radford.
And Jimmy Carter makes an appeal for peace as he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Radford Police say high speed and unused seat belts appear to be responsible for a fatal traffic accident. Another person was critically hurt.
Police say two men were in a car that ran off Tyler Avenue in Radford around 1 this morning .. and struck a utility pole.
48 year old Frederick Alan Fields was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
37 year old Charles Meredith was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where police say he is in critical condition.
Franklin County authorities are treating the shooting deaths of a Moneta area couple as a murder-suicide.
Sheriff Quint Overton says 85-year-old William Thomas English and his 85-year-old wife Flora were found dead of gunshot wounds in their home Sunday morning.
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The home is on Blue Water Road, on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake.
Overton says investigators have determined that English shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
The sheriff would not talk about what may have led to the shootings.
Allied aircraft have bombed an Iraqi missile system.
Defense officials say Iraqi forces moved the surface-to-air missile system into a no-fly zone, threatening British and American patrols.
Meanwhile, U-N weapons inspectors are fanning out to five different locations... places where at one time, Iraq tried to build weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq says it no longer has the weapons or the capability to make them.
It's accusing the U-S of trying to change its weapons report to the United Nations as a pretext for launching a military strike.
Saying that war is always evil, former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway today.
He's being honored for his pursuit of peace, health and human rights that began with the 1978 Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((WITH THAT BIG TOOTHY GRIN THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS AS THE PEANUT FARMER FROM
PLAINS, GEORGIA--JIMMY CARTER ACCEPTED THE 2002 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.
AND THOUGH HE WAS ALL SMILES--THE 78-YEAR OLD FORMER PRESIDENT WAS
SERIOUS WHEN IT CAME TO ADDRESSING THE MANY CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD.
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"``Instead of entering a millennium of peace, the world is now, in many
ways, a more dangerous place. The greater ease of travel and
communication has not been matched by equal understanding and mutual
CARTER WAS HONORED FOR HIS PURSUIT OF PEACE, HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
THAT BEGAN BACK IN 1978 WITH THE CAMP DAVID ACCORDS WHEN HE BROKERED A
PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND EGYPT.
IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER HE LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE THAT CARTER'S
ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE REALLY APPRECIATED.
HE BECAME A STATESMAN COMMITTED TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND WORLD PEACE.
HE HELPED BUILD LOW INCOME HOMES FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.
AND HE OPENED THE CARTER CENTER--AN ORGANIZATION CREATED TO NEGOTIATE
WITH THE PROSPECT OF WAR CARTER URGED RESPECT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS TO
TRY TO SOLVE THE DISPUTE FIRST - BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, ITS ALLIES
``War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary,
it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together
in peace by killing each other's children.''
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PEACE PRIZE COMMITTEE SAID JIMMY CARTER WILL NOT GO
DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE U-S PRESIDENT, BUT HE IS CERTAINLY
THE BEST EX-PRESIDENT THE COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS.))
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It's been almost six days since that huge traffic tie-up on route 220, but a lot of people who were in the middle of it aren't easily forgetting.
Roanoke County's Board of Supervisors Chairman says officials continue to receive phone calls and e-mails about the mess.
People want to know what caused traffic to be at a standstill for as many as 8-hours and why police and rescue weren't there to help.
Butch Church says County services were busy with many accidents, calls and the winter elements.
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((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. BOARD CHAIRMAN; WE WERE OVERWHELMED THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT AND I DON'T WANT THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY TO THINK THAT WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE NOT CARING. THE MOST FRUSTRATING THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO A PUBLIC OFFICIAL FOR FIRE AND SAFETY IS TO NOT BE ABLE TO REACH A SITUATION.))
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Church says officials are now gathering a timeline of when, how and what happened.
The idea is to figure out what went wrong and to adjust things if they can.
Church says it was no one's "fault" but described it as "bizzarre to say the least."
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A convicted felon says he has information on Jennifer Short's murder. Still ahead, whatever he said wasn't enough to sway the judge.
And Richard Burrow is back in court. He's on trial for fraud while he ran the D-Day Memorial.
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It's another day in court for Richard Burrow, the former D-Day Memorial Director.
He's on trial for fraud in Lynchburg's federal court building.
Burrow is charged with improperly using a bank loan to secure millions of dollars in state funding for the project, and with defrauding another bank for two separate loans.
His supporters say Burrow never profited himself from his actions, and that everything was done for the Memorial.
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((JIM FIELDS/BURROW SUPPORTER: I FEEL LIKE ALL THE VETERANS, ALL THE VETERANS ALL THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE HONORED AND PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THIS MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD, AND I THINK ALL THE MONEY, EVERY SINGLE BIT, ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE TO THE D-DAY MEMORIAL.))
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Burrow's attorney says all the loan applications he made were based on good-faith estimates of pledges he expected the memorial to receive.
He claimed to have information about the Short family murder case.
But whatever it was, it didn't lessen the prison sentence for convicted drug smuggler Michael Fulcher.
Fulcher was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 7 years behind bars for conspiracy and money laundering.
The charges stem from what authorities called a "continuing criminal enterprise" at the Bland Correctional Center during the 1990s.
Fulcher was convicted in the case three years ago but the trial was thrown out after a D-E-A agent acknowledged Fulcher may have thought he was working for the government while in prison.
Fulcher's 69-year old mother, Ethel, was also sentenced for her role in the crimes.
She received two years probation and a 5-thousand dollar fine.
Investigators in the Jennifer Short case were also at the hearing, but would only say they were in search of information.
Judge Jackson Kiser said whatever information was gleaned during the hearing was too vague to be of any use and wouldn't alter Mike Fulcher's sentence.
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One of Washington's best-known chefs has some ideas for holiday parties. Just ahead, he'll talk about making things both fun and safe.
And later .. if you want to follow the Hokies for the holidays .. agents are already selling the tours. We'll have the pre-game travel stats.
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If you haven't hit the holiday party circuit yet, chances are pretty good you will soon.
And if you are hosting a get-together, one frequent concern is throwing a party that's a hit -- while making sure that everyone gets home safely.
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We have some suggestions today from Chef Jacques (HARR-in-jer) Haeringer of L'Auberge Chez Francois, consistently voted one of the Washington area's most popular restaurants.
He also hosts a popular cooking show on P-B-S and is the author of two cookbooks.
Thanks for joining us.
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Senator George Allen was at Virginia Tech this morning to talk about the university's role in the future of biotechnology.
Allen got a tour of the Bioinformatics Institute, and spoke with university officials about his efforts to increase funding for research at the facility.
The Senator says the institute is one of the best in the country -- and that its research will have benefits that help protecting the country from biological threats.
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(( I LOOK AT IT AS A PART OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN THAT IS GREAT FOR VT, GREAT FOR BIOINFORMATICS, BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY WILL PUT THIS AREA AND THE PEOPLE IN THIS AREA TO GET SOME GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR THE FUTURE 17:34))
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Senator Allen's tour this morning was the first stop in his all-day tour across the Southwest.
On Wall Street at this hour,
the Dow is UP 43 points. Nasdaq is UP 24 points.
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What's happening to Tech basketball? Just ahead in sports, the men's team is taking some hard-to-explain losses.
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And what's the score with Springer? No fighting this one .. Jer-REE becomes the basis for an opera.
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If you want to watch the Hokies play in California New Years' Eve, the early line on package tours is about 13-hundred dollars.
The Hokies play Air Force by the bay, in San Francisco's first-ever Diamond Walnuts Bowl.
And according to area travel agents, the three-thousand mile trip is not stopping fans from joining their team.
University Travel is the official travel agency for Virginia Tech.
It booked over two-thousand reservations last year for the Gator Bowl, and agents say they expect just as many this year.
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((BILL ORTEGA/UNIVERSITY TRAVEL PRESIDENT; SO FAR THE AMOUNT WAS JUST AS STRONG AS THE GATOR BOWL FOR US, LAST YEAR FOR US. WE'RE LOOKING AT PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE TALK MORE TO THEIR FRIENDS, IT'LL BUILD UP.))
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As we said, you can expect to pay 13-hundred dollars for a deluxe package through University Travel, but that does NOT include the price of the ticket.
Tickets for the bowl range anywhere from 40-to-65 dollars.
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team seems to be headed nowhere.
After a heralded recruiting class, a promising preseason and decent start to the year, the Hokies have now lost to Wofford, William & Mary and Sunday night, East Carolina.
The Pirates whipped Tech 76-to-60.
Things are a little brighter on the women's side - Carrie Mason is this week's Big East Rookie of the week.
She averaged 17 points a game in wins over UVa and JMU.
The Associated Press college football player of the year isn't from Miami or Southern Cal.
Iowa's number 7, quarterback Brad Banks was voted the honor yesterday in what has to be a mild surprise.
He completed 155 passes for 2,369 yards, with 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
He also ran for 387 yards and five scores.
He was the nation's top rated passer, even though he never started a college game until this season.
He will lead the Hawkeyes against USC in this year's Orange Bowl.
And finally, what do Jerry Springer and the opera have in common? Apparently, a lot more than you'd think.
Or at least Britain's prestigious National Theater thinks so.
It's turning its artistic spotlight to the show ... and auditions for an opera based on the daytime talk show have just opened.
Richard Roth reports.
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(queue outside and people getting ready inside, humming, etc and handing
music to pianist)
NARR: COLD AND ANXIOUS OUTSIDE A THEATER IN LONDON'S WEST END WHERE
THE LINE STRETCHED AROUND THE CORNER; MAKING UP AND WARMING UP AS THEY
PREPARED TO AUDITION, ALMOST A HUNDRED PERFORMERS CAME TO TRY OUT FOR
ROLES IN WHAT'S TO BE NEXT SEASON'S BIG PRODUCTION BY BRITAIN'S
PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL THEATER.
NAT SOT: woman singing from Carmen...
NARR: IT'S TO BE AN OPERA. BUT IT WON'T BE CARMEN.
NAT SOT: springer show - shouting or whatever
NARR: IT'S JERRY. THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, FAMOUS FOR ITS LURID LIFE
STORIES AND ITS LOUTISH AUDIENCE, IS COMING TO THE LONDON STAGE,
TRANSFORMED, AS "JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA." THE ARTISTIC POTENTIAL IN
THIS WAS IRRESISTABLE, ACCORDING TO COMPOSER RICHARD THOMAS.
SOT RICHARD THOMAS: eight people screaming at each other, the audience
screaming at the eight people screaming, and i suddenly thought this is
a gift as an opera, i thought, imagine that just sung
NATSOT: singer what's love got to do with it...
NARR: THE HOPEFULS HERE HAVEN'T SEEN THE OPERA'S LIBRETTO OR SCORE; THEY
WERE JUST TOLD TO SING A FEW SECONDS OF THEIR BEST.
THOMAS SAYS HE'S LOOKING FOR OFF-BEAT TALENT.
SOT THOMAS: opera is a great medium for extremes and it will soak up
any extreme, most operas are about murder death rape incest so its not,
there's no point in using opera unless you are going to have a very
NAT SOT MAN: guy singing maria...
NAT SOT: someone else, maybe woman w/red hair
NARR: AND IF YOU'RE THINKING OPERA'S NOT OPERA IF IT'S NOT VERDI OR
PUCCINI, THE NATIONAL THEATER THINKS YOU'RE WRONG.
SOT STEWART LEE / DIRECTOR: and people often make the mistake of
confusing the subject of a material of a thing with whether its art
whereas really 4550 what makes something good is how you handle that
material, how you treat it and i think we've treated it with respect and
also a sense of humor.
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NARR: A TENOR'S ALREADY BEEN HIRED THOUGH RIGHT NOW HE'S WORKING AS A
DEPARTMENT STORE CLOTHING SALESMAN; THE REST OF THE CAST WILL BE PICKED
THIS MONTH. THE OPERA OPENS IN APRIL AND IT WON'T BE OVER - OBVIOUSLY -
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON.))
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