Roanoke authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy on the man whose body was found yesterday at the Jefferson Motor Lodge.
And a discovery in North Carolina MIGHT solve a three- year- old missing person's case in Pittsylvania County.
Showers are heading our way. when will they arrive here. I'll let you know in the forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Authorities want to learn whether remains found yesterday are those of a woman missing for three years.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department has sent the dental records of Patty Jo Pulley to investigators in North Carolina for comparison.
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The 37-year-old woman's disappearance led to a series of searches along the Virginia-Carolina border.
Authorities found her car, but no trace of Pulley.
Yesterday, a passerby saw some human remains near a bridge on Route 158 in Caswell County, southeast of Danville.
Medical examiners in North Carolina are conducting an autopsy.
Roanoke police are investigating two much more RECENT cases.
In one, they aren't ready yet to identify a man's body, as they await an autopsy.
The manager of the Jefferson Motor Lodge discovered a man's body in one of the rooms yesterday and called police.
He wouldn't tell us which room or for how long the person had been staying there.
Officials say the body is that of a 52-year old resident of Southwest Roanoke.
They're not releasing his name because family members have yet to be notified.
And Roanoke police have not released the name of a woman found dead yesterday, as they await an autopsy in her case.
A passer-by found the body in the woods near Shenandoah Avenue and Honeysuckle Street.
Police say the body is that of a white woman in her 30's or 40's.
A chase in Carroll County led a North Carolina man to even more trouble.
Deputies attempted to pull over 22 year old Shannon Archer Smith of Mount Airy when they saw him weaving in the Wards Gap area.
After a four mile chase, Smith wrecked his vehicle.
Deputies say they found 2 pounds of marijuana and untaxed whiskey in Smith's car.
Charges include drunk driving, eluding a police officer, and liquor and drug charges.
Turning to national news--
The pressure is on today for both Iraq and the White House, as the chief weapons inspector pays a visit to the U- N.
Scott Rapoport is there with the latest.
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With the threat of war looming -- chief UN weapons inspector hans blix
gave his assesment of iraq's weapons declaration...in a closed door
meeting with the security council.
....after telling reporters the 12-thousand page document contains
little new information.
The Bush administration...is already on record as saying Iraq's weapons
declaration is full of gaps and ommissions. And reports say the
president is now leaning toward declaring Iraq in violation of it's
obligation to disarm. A move that could lead to war.
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"the u.s. and the united kingdom have said that iraq is currently
producing chemical and biological weapons and it goes without saying
that they have not stated so in this new declaration."
Later today...Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to press the
President's case against iraq in a formal announcement.
to date...Iraq continues to claim it has no weapons of mass
Sot:Amir al-Saadi/Advisor to Saddam Hussein.
As the hunt for illegal weapons continued in Baghdad.... UN inspectors
were held at bay for up to 30 minutes before given access to a military
guest house it wanted to check out.
Iraq of course is trying desparately to head off a war with the United
States...and under the gun to fess' up when it comes to weapons of mass
With war drums beating, more than 50,000 US troops are already in the
Gulf region...another 50,000 may be deployed in early January.
Standup - TO COME: Schedule Bush has set for war decision
Nine people suspected of having ties to the al-Qaida group were arrested today in Pakistan.
The suspects include two Americans and one Canadian from the
same family -- and six of their relatives.
F-B-I agents took part in the raid, and reportedly seized four computers and C-D's from the family's home.
A Pakistani official says some of the men might have been smuggling weapons to use in terrorist attacks.
She earned the nickname "Hanoi Jane" during the Vietnam War; now Jane Fonda is ruffling the right wing's feathers again.
The actress and political activist is in Jerusalem to meet with feminist Israeli and Palestinian groups involved in promoting dialogue and peace in the Middle East.
But Fonda received a less than welcoming greeting by a group of demonstrators.
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((NADIA MATAR/RIGHT WING ACTIVIST:BECAUSE OF HER, MANY AMERICAN SOLDIERS WERE KILLED. SHE WENT TO VIETNAM DURING THE WAR AND SHE VILIFIED AMERICA AND NOW JANE FONDA, AN
AMERICAN TRAITOR, IS BEING HOSTED BY 'PEACE NOW', WHO ARE ISRAELI TRAITORS. ))
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The two- time Oscar winner has pursued a leftist political agenda for the past three decades.
Recently, Fonda retired from films and distanced herself from Hollywood circles while dedicating herself to political causes.
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A historic Blacksburg home became a mobile home for just one day, but like the house itself, the move is now history.
As New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens explains, many people turned out to witness this moving experience.
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((With cameras and babies in hand, dozens of people stood by and watched as a piece of their town's history made history.
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The Alexander Black House was named after a prominent local businessman, who built the house in the late 1800s.
Since then, it has stood in its same location on Main Street.
So, when the house got in the way of a new downtown parking project, officials knew tearing it down was not an option, so instead they just moved it across the street.
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The town now hopes to restore the house to its orginal condition, and develop it into some type of cultural facility, like a museum.
But, officials say in order to do that, they're going to need the community's help.
((WE'RE ESTIMATING THAT THE RESTORATION OF THIS HOUSE WOULD COST IN THE RANGE OF 250-TO 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS 43:24))
((SO WE'RE REALLY HOPING THAT THE COMMUNITY WILL RALLY TOGETHER TO HELP US WITH THAT EFFORT AND TO MOVE FORWARD AND TO HELP US RAISE MONEY, SO THAT WE CAN RESTORE IT BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL INTEGRITY 43:38))
In the meantime, history will live on in the house that Black built, only now, it lives across the street.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Blacksburg.))
The move will permit construction of the Kent Square Development. It will include a parking garage with 400-new parking spaces.
Officials say work should begin early next month.
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Governor Warner prepares to deliver his budget proposal. Still ahead, what it means for state workers.
And the nominees are .. well, they are many.
We'll run down the big names in the running for this year's Golden Globes.
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When Governor Mark Warner presents his budget proposal to the General Assembly tomorrow, it will call for 100 state layoffs, not as many as first expected.
Sources tell the Associated Press the governor plans to minimize the number of layoffs by using the state's ``Rainy Day'' reserve fund, merging agencies and capturing some unspent cash balances.
The governor also says he has a plan to help the state detect and avoid shortfalls in the future.
Warner is proposing that the state reforecast revenues at the first signs of an economic downturn.
The governor also wants more money put into the Rainy Day fund during times of extraordinary revenue growth.
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Sources close to the governor say his announcement will include some fee increase proposals and some reforms to strengthen the state's income tax collections.
More help will soon be on the way for Lynchburg area residents left homeless by fire or an unexpected emergency.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, several agencies are teaming up to make it possible.
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(( Fire and police authorities say they've seen it happen countless times.
After responding to a fire or serious car accident, they finish their work and head home.. often leaving behind homeless or stranded victims.
((BUDDY MARTINETTE/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: AND I THINK GREAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS DO A MUCH BETTER JOB AND GREAT POLICE DEPARTMENTS DO A BETTER JOB OF TAKING CARE OF THEIR CITIZENS THAN THAT.))
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So the Lynchburg police and fire departments and Victory Christian Fellowship church are banding together to make a difference.
Through generous contractors and private donations, they plan to build Victory House.. a three bedroom home where families can walk in with just the clothes on their back and be fed, clothed and sheltered for up to 90 days.
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT RESOURCE FOR THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND I JUST THINK IT'S A GOOD THING FOR THE COMMUNITY TO DO FOR ITS CITIZENS AND FOR ITS VISITORS AS WELL.))
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((Officials say the Victory House is a project that can be duplicated anywhere in the U-S, and in some sense, it already has been right here in Lynchburg. On Friday, the local Community Action Group will unveil two homes here on Rivermont Avenue that have been renovated to provide transitional housing for up to four families in need.))
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Officials figure it will cost 50-thousand dollars to build and furnish the house.
They hope to break ground and have it open next spring.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
More than ten years of planning, organizing and fundraising are ready to pay off, as Lynchburg's newest downtown venture gets set to take off.
Officials with Riverviews Artspace celebrated the start of construction on a seven- story artist colony on Jefferson Street.
The old shoe warehouse is being renovated into apartments, retail space and artist galleries... city leaders say they're excited about what the project will bring to the riverfront.
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((STUART HERSHEY/URBAN VENTURES INC.: IT'S VERY EXCITING. I THINK THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF LEGS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BEING JUST ONE OF MANY REVITALIZATION EFFORTS GOING ON DOWNTOWN.))
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A 900-thousand dollar loan is helping fund the renovation.
More than half the colony's 36 residential spaces have been reserved.
Construction should finish next summer.
Roanoke's Center in the Square is also celebrating.
The law firm of Gentry, Lock, Rakes and Moore donated 100-thousand dollars to the Center's endowment fund.
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Still ahead, we'll see whether stocks are holding up on this Thursday.
But don't try holding this up .. a 200 pound jellyfish. The squishy details are coming up.
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The Golden Globe nominations were announced today.
And while acting honors might make you think of Hollywood, CHICAGO is the city that's in the spotlight this time around.
Chris Lawrence explains.
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Chicago may be affectionately known as the "second city," but the film
was first in line for Golden Globe nominations.
"They love me."
The movie version of the popular musical earned 8 nominations, including
best musical or comedy and best acting for stars Richard Gere, Renee
Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
You want some advice? Keeps your paws off my lawyer.
Unlike the Oscars, the Globes split categories between comedy/musical
and Best Motion Picture Drama which include The Hours, Gangs of New
York, The Pianist, The Two Towers and About Schmidt.
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Some of the stars of those same films are also nominated for (graphic)
Best Actor such as Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Michael Caine and Adrien Brody. (change graphic)The ladies nominated in
the Drama category include Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore,
Salma Hayek and Diane Lane.
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In the television drama category "The Sopranos" is competing with (poss
graphic) the West Wing, Six Feet Under, The Shield and 24. And for the
shows that keep us laughing, Best Actor nominees included.
Matt Leblanc for Friends, Bernie Mac in the Bernie Mac Show, Eric
McCormick in Will & Grace, Tony Shalhoub, Monk.
Apparently Noah Wylie liked that category so much he almost read it
I did that already..Thank you very much.
And there was a little mix-up as to which star was supposed to read the
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There will be no confusion next month when the winners are announced,
which could be a preview to the even bigger Academy Awards. Chris
Lawrence CBS News Hollywood.
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 13 points. Nasdaq was UP 1 point.
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Coming up in sports, the newest N-B-A owner makes history in Charlotte.
And Salem gears up for Saturday's Stagg Bowl matchup.
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The Stagg Bowl will kick off Saturday at noon and there's plenty of work to do before then.
Mike Stevens caught up with the people in charge of getting Salem Stadium ready for the Division Three national championship.
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The NBA is on its way back to Charlotte in 2004 under the ownership of Washington, DC businessman Robert Johnson.
Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and becomes the first black majority owner in all of pro sports.
He beat out Larry Bird in the bid for the Charlotte franchise.
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And finally today--
What's poisonous and squishy and weighs more than 200 pounds?
It's an Echi- zen Jellyfish, and a surprising discovery for some fishermen in Japan.
They became alarmed by the recent appearance of the giant jellyfish, which is not native to the waters.
A jellyfish sting kills other fish, and makes them in- edible.
The last time such jellyfish were sighted on Japan's eastern coast
was 44 years ago.
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