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Roanoke City council members and the Planning Commission unanimously approved a controversial rezoning.
Last night, critics of a proposed stadium and amphitheater asked officials to address their concerns before moving forward...
As Joe Dashiell reports, the possibility of a second legal challenge still hangs over the project.
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[IN Q=We think it's an important project]
[SUPER=01-Phil Schirmer/Roanoke City Engineer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Rezoning Opponent; :30]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell New 7 Roanoke]
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[IN Q=We think it's an important project]
[OUT Q=for the entire region]
City officials say they're planning an innovative amphitheater and stadium that will have a minimal impact on the neighborhood.
Most who spoke at the public hearing said they don't oppose construction of the facility, but they do have lingering concerns about traffic, parking, pedestrian access, noise and many other issues.
They encouraged the planning commission and city council to slow down.
[IN Q=I would characterize]
[OUT Q=look at it closely.]
[IN Q=We're not moving too quickly]
[OUT Q=proud of it as a city.]
Critics of the project challenged the last rezoning with a lawsuit and they won.
They believe the latest vote was improper as well, and say the issue could end up in court once again.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Meanwhile, Roanoke residents will have to pay more for water.
In last night's meeting, city council approved a 35 percent increase in water rates on a unanimous vote.
In Mexico, a powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people.
The quake struck an area about 300 miles west of Mexico City.
Officials say many people were killed when office buildings and homes collapsed.
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Meanwhile in Mexico City, the earthquake triggered power outages.
U-S officials say the quake had a magnitude of seven-point-eight.
President Bush is expressing frustration toward other world leaders, who want more time to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
He says the world can't trust Saddam Hussein.
America's push for possible military action isn't persuading allies.
Many countries on the U-N security council say they don't support an attack.
France, Germany, Russia, and China say they won't be rushed into war.
North Korea says it has no intentions of making nuclear weapons.
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That's the message South Korean delegates say they got after about an hour of talks today in Seoul.
North Korea also tells the South that the nuclear standoff can be resolved through dialogue with the U-S.
Meanwhile, a U-S official says the U-N Security Council will likely consider the issue in the near future.
A Martinsville man is charged with murding a man in October.
Henry County investigators arrested 33-year old Maurice V. Wood yesterday and charged him with second degree murder, robbery and firearms violations.
Wood is in the Henry County Jail without bond.
He's charged with the killing of Charles Antwan Saunders on October 27 of last year.
Saunders was shot in the head inside his Fieldale home.
Five weeks after the case against Richard Burrow ended in a mis-trial, the U-S Attorney says he's still considering whether to re-try it.
Dressed for active duty in the Army JAG Corps, U-S Attorney John Brownlee said he's reviewing the transcript from the Burrow trial.
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[IN Q=We want to be able]
((JOHN BROWNLEE/US ATTORNEY: WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT HIS TESTIMONY VERY CLOSELY AND SEE WHERE THERE WERE AREAS IN WHICH HE MAY OR MAY NOT BEEN COMPLETELY TRUTHFUL. JOHN LICHTENSTEIN/BURROW'S ATTORNEY: THIS THING'S ALREADY BEEN THERE FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. IT'S BEEN TRIED. THE JURY SAID "NOT GUILTY" IN THE MAJORITY. AND IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON. IT'S TIME TO LET THIS GO.))
[SUPER=01-John Brownlee/U. S. Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Lichtenstein/Burrow's Attorney; :10]
[OUT Q=let this go.]
Seven of the 12 jurors favored acquittal, but the judge declared a hung jury after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.
Without a decision from the U-S Attorney, the former D-Day Memorial President still has four fraud counts pending against him.
In business news, B-B-and-T will purchase the oldest and largest bank holding company headquartered in Virginia.
First Virginia Bank made the announcement yesterday.
The deal between the two banks actually involves a stock swap of nearly three and half billion dollars.
If it's approved by shareholders and regulators, the merger would combine two of the country's highest performing bank holding companies.
Bank officials expect the transition to be complete by October, though they say it will be some time before deciding on any branch closings or layoffs.
In other news, Fear of war with Iraq overshadowed good economic and earnings news yesterday.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch.]
GOOD EARNINGS NEWS FROM SOME TOP BLUE CHIP COMPANIES HAS FAILED TO LIFT
THE MARKETS. INVESTORS ARE CLEARLY WORRIED ABOUT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ,
THE PRICE OF OIL AND FRESH EVIDENCE THAT MORE MONEY'S GOING OUT OF THE
STOCK MARKET THAN FLOWING INTO IT. ACCORDING TO THE MUTUAL FUND
MONITORING COMPANY, LIPPER
THERE WAS A NET OUTFLOW OF TEN BILLION DOLLARS FROM STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS
IN 2002. THE FIRST YEAR IN WHICH MORE FLOWED OUT THAN FLOWED IN, SINCE
AS FOR THE MARKETS....
THE DOW LOST 43 POINTS..
STRONG MOST OF THE DAY, THE NASDAQ FELL ALMOST 12 POINTS.
ESS=nifty numbers: johnson and johnson/3M/ford
IN A WEEK WHEN HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES ARE REPORTING THEIR EARNINGS, WE'RE
ALREADY SEEING SOME BRIGHT SPOTS. JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AND 3 M HAD BETTER
THAN EXPECTED NUMBERS, AND WHILE FORD LOST 7 CENTS PER SHARE IN THE 4TH
QUARTER, THAT WAS A BIG IMPROVEMENT FROM THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO WHEN
FORD LOST CLOSE TO 3 DOLLARS PER SHARE.THE AUTOMAKER IS BOOSTING
PRODUCTION AND CONFIDENT IT WILL TURN A PROFIT THIS QUARTER.
ESS=mixed news:c/wells fargo
IT WAS TOUGH TO GET A HANDLE ON THE BANKING BUSINESS, DRAGGED DOWN BY
STEEP COSTS TO SETTLE CHARGES AGAINST IT'S SMITH SALOMAN BARNEY UNIT,
CITIGROUP REPORTED A NET LOSS FOR THE 4TH QUARTER. WHILE WELLS FARGO ON
THE STRENGTH OF REFINANCING AND A WELL PERFORMING LOAN PORTFOLIO,
REPORTED A 25 PERCENT BOOST IN IT'S NET PROFIT.
DESPITE FRIGID WEATHER IN MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BUILDERS WERE BUSY LAST
MONTH. HOUSING STARTS ROSE AGAIN, UP FIVE PERCENT, MAKING 2002 THE
BUSIEST YEAR SINCE 1987.AND THERE'S NO INDICATION THINGS WILL SLOW DOWN
ANY TIME SOON. PERMITS TAKEN OUT FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION JUMPED 8 PERCENT
ESS="tale of 2 brokers": schwabb/ameritrade
THE COST OF DOWNSIZING IT'S STAFF CAUSED CHARLES SCHWABB TO MISS IT';S
EARNINGS TARGET BY A PENNY PER SHARE. THE 4TH QUARTER WAS KINDER TO
SCHWABB'S SMALLER RIVAL AMERI-TRADE, WHICH BEAT THE STREET BY A PENNY
CHECK YOUR STOCKS AND THE LATEST BUSINESS NEWS ROUND THE CLOCK AT CBS
(tape tosses to stocks)
An heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune has been found guilty of raping and drugging women.
Andrew Luster is a fugitive, and the target of an international manhunt.
If Luster is ever found, he could face life in prison.
A jury found him guilty of 86 charges including rape, drug and weapons possession, and poisoning.
Prosecutors says he attacked three women after giving two of them the so-called ``date rape'' drug and liquid Ecstasy.
The defense, meanwhile, argued the sex was consensual.
The House of Delegates is moving forward with a bill that abortion right supporters say is an attempt to limit access to abortion.
Supporters of the bill say it's a matter of safety.
Yesterday, a House Committee approved legislation that would impose the same health regulations on abortion clinics that are imposed on hospitals.
Opponents say the regulations are unnecessary since first-trimester abortions are not considered surgical procedures.
But the patron of the bill says women are at risk after two died in the state this past year after having abortions.
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[IN Q=A WOMAN WHO HAS]
((DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL/(R) MANASSAS: A WOMAN WHO HAS AN ABORTION IN VIRGINIA, COUNTING THOSE TWO DEATHS, IS TWENTY-NINE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.))
((DELEGATE VIVIAN WATTS/(D) ANNANDALE: TO SINGLE OUT ONE PROCEDURE TO LIMIT ITS AVAILABILITY, AGAIN, IS NOT ACTING IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vivian Watts/(D) Annandale; :08]
[OUT Q=OF THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH.]
Under the bill, abortion clinics would be required to have a registered nurse and licensed doctor on duty at all times.
The House passed a similar measure last year.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A Lynchburg man suspected in a gang-related shooting last fall will have to wait two more months for his trial... while prosecutors try to figure out whether they have the right man.
21-year-old Mario Antwane Scott is charged with shooting a woman in the arm in front of her Pierce Street home September 23rd.
He was supposed to go on trial yesterday, but the Commonwealth's Attorney says he's still waiting for D-N-A and ballistics test results.
The gun police believe was used in the crime was found just last week.
Prosecutor Cary Payne also says investigators have uncovered evidence that may indicate Scott is innocent.
A new trial date is set for March.
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There's also a delay in the case against accused murderer Peter Odighizuwa (oh-dig-uh-ZOO-uh).
It may be another three months before he appears in court again.
Odighizuwa's competency hearing that was re-scheduled for tomorrow has now been continued.
His attorney says the doctors at the state hospital where he is being treated for schizophrenia need more time to restore his mental capacity.
Odighizuwa faces capital murder charges for the shooting deaths of three people LAST January at the Appalachian School of Law.
If your plans for summer vacation include a trip to a major theme park, you'll want to hear the results of a new study.
Research finds there's no public health risk to riding roller coasters.
Neurological surgeons say there's no proof that roller coasters cause neurological injury, despite previous allegations.
The study was conducted for Six Flags by the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons and a scientific engineering
Salem will soon be highly represented on the Virginia Supreme Court.
Yesterday, the General Assembly elected former Salem delegate Steven Agee to the state's highest court.
Agee, a state appeals court judge, will fill the vacancy on the Supreme court created by the retirement of Chief Justice Harry Carrico.
Agee is the second Salem native on the Supreme Court, joining Lawrence Koontz.