Next on News 7, NASA officials warn it is too early to speculate on the cause of this weekend's Columbia disaster.
Plus one of the recording industries most successful producers is arrested after a murdered woman is found in his home.
We expect a strong cold front to cross the regioal tomorrow with showers and gusty winds as a result. Details ahead.
Roanoke City Council hears a new suggestion to honor Martin Luther King Junior.
We'll look at a new generation of drugs that may replace hormone therapy for menopausal women.
And the A-C-L-U threatens to sue the state.
News 7 at 5 is next.
Columbia's thermal tiles were damaged during liftoff, but NASA officials say they're not ready to conclude that's what caused the shuttle to break up in flight.
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((THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE LOOKING AT EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE LEAPING TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THAT WAS THE CAUSE I'M NOT SURE WE'RE READY TO SAY THAT.))
[OUT Q=to say that.]
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While NASA officials would not say tile damage is the cause- they did say it is the leading theory at this point.
Meanwhile the search for pieces of the shuttle has expanded westward- into the hills of Texas and parts of New Orleans.
We may have more information shortly- NASA officials are expected to hold a press conference at any moment.
Jennifer Miller is following this story- and joins us live with the latest from Texas.
[LIVE=Miller Newspath FULL]
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[SUPER=01-Bill Readdy/NASA Associate Administrator; :23]
[SUPER=01-Gen. Mike Kostelnik/NASA Deputy Associate Administrator; :47]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
THE COLUMBIA DEBRIS FIELD NOW OFFICIALLY STRETCHES FROM CENTRAL TEXAS TO
WESTERN LOUISIANA...WITH HUNDREDS OF INVESTIGATORS LOOKING FOR CLUES.
SO FAR, THERE'S SOME EVIDENCE THAT A STRAY PIECE OF INSULATION MAY HAVE
DAMAGED COLUMBIA THERMAL TILES DURING LIFTOFF, HOWEVER NASA IS NOT
LEAPING TO ANY CONCLUSIONS.
BILL READDY/NASA ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR:
"IT CERTAINLY WOULD BE THE LEADING CANDIDATE RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE TO GO
THROUGH ALL THE EVIDENCE AND RULE THINGS OUT METHODICALLY IN ORDER TO
ARRIVE AT THE CAUSE."
AFTER NASA ENGINEERS NOTICED DEBRIS HITTING THE SHUTTLE...SOMETHING THEY
SAY HAS HAPPENED BEFORE...A THOROUGH ANALYSIS WAS ORDERED. NASA BELIEVED
THERE COULD HAVE BEEN SOME TILE DAMAGE, BUT CERTAINLY NOT ENOUGH TO
BRING COLUMBIA DOWN.
GEN. MIKE KOSTELNIK/NASA DEPUTY ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR:
"THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST ENGINEERS WE HAVE WHO HELPED DESIGN AND BUILD
THIS SYSTEM LOOKED CAREFULLY AT ALL THE ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION AND
MADE A DETERMINATION THIS WAS NOT A SAFETY OF FLIGHT ISSUE."
UNTIL THE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT IS FOUND, ALL SHUTTLES ARE
GROUNDED...BUT FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE LOST ASTRONAUTS ARE HOPING THAT
WON'T LAST FOREVER.
IN A STATEMENT THEY SAID...THE BOLD EXPLORATION OF SPACE MUST GO
ON...FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CHILDREN AND YOURS."
THE FAMILY MEMBERS WILL BE GATHERED HERE TOMORROW, along with president
bush for a memorial service))
A local woman affiliated with NASA says, if there's a silver lining in the Shuttle loss- it's that attention will be called to the continued risk of space flight.
April Tensen works with the Space Day Foundation on a program that gets children interested in space.
Students at two local schools, Clearbrook Elementary and the Community School, have taken part in the program, signing giant posters that are then sent up on a shuttle mission.
The program is designed to interest young people in all facets of space exploration.
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[IN Q=I think interest drops off...]
[SUPER=01-April Tensen/Student Signatures in Space Program;]
((APRIL TENSEN/STUDENT SIGNATURES IN SPACE PROGRAM: I THINK THE INTEREST DROPS OFF IN THE SPACE PROGRAM BECAUSE WE TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED. ALL THE SPIN-OFFS WE'VE GOTTEN, THEY'RE SO EVERYDAY NOW. PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT GOES INTO THESE GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS.))
[OUT Q=what goes into these great achievements.]
The last mission launched with student signatures on board flew in December.
Authorities in California arrested legendary music producer Phil Spector today after a woman was found murdered in his home.
Chris Lawrence reports.
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[SUPER=01-Fay Bugarin/L.A. Co. Sheriff's Department;]
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Bennett/Spector's Ex-Wife;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS News Los Angeles]
(LOCATOR: Alhambra, California)
Police have surrounded the home of a legendary record producer, after
investigators found a woman shot to death inside.
(FAYE BUGARIN/LA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT)
Mr. Phillip Spector from Motown Records has been taken into custody and
is being detained at the Alhambra Police Department.
Detectives tell us Phil Spector owned the home in suburban Los Angeles,
where police have blocked off a large section of the area. Neighbors
have described living near the famous producer.
Pretty quiet guy. You know, comes and goes.
The mansion is gated and sprawling but neighbors would occasionally see
famous people arriving and leaving the home.
I guess when they host some kind of parties once in a while, you see
all these limos and Rolls Royces come up the street, stuff like that.
Spectors techniques changed the way records were produced, and made him
a millionaire by the age of 21. But in later years, some say Spector
became eccentric and reclusive. And during an interview well before
Mondays incident, his ex-wife accused him of using death threats to
stop her from performing.
(RONNIE BENNETT/SPECTORS EX-WIFE)
I get a phone call and it was from my ex-husband Phil Spector, saying
Ill have you killed if you go out on that stage. Nat music
Bennett and Spector were divorced in 1974, and he has been living in the
Los Angeles area.
(CHRIS LAWRENCE/CBS NEWS)
Police are still trying to notify the deceased womans family, and have
not yet released her name. Theyre also interviewing several witnesses.
Chris Lawrence CBS News Los Angeles.
Jury selection began today in the trial of a man accused of killing a Pittsylvania County deputy.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./May 2002]
Roy Inge is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of officer Frankie Betterton last spring.
Attorneys are questioning prospective jurors about their attitudes toward the death penalty and their knowledge of the case from media accounts.
Defense lawyers filed a motion to move Inge's trial to a different court because of publicity surrounding the murder.
The trial is set to last all week.
Recent efforts to honor Martin Luther King in the city of Roanoke have stalled amid controversy, but today a member of Roanoke City Council offered a new idea that he hopes the community can rally behind.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean/Joe Microwave;]
Joe Dashiell is Gainsboro tonight with more on the latest proposal.
Jean, the city is moving forward with plans to renovate the First Street Bridge... The specifics of that project are still a matter of debate... but council members appear to agree on a proposal that Alfred Dowe made today... rename the renovated bridge in honor of Dr. King.
The First Street Bridge was built in the 1890s... perhaps the oldest bridge still standing in the city.
Its iron trusses were state of the art back then, but today they're cause for concern.
The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for over two years... and as the city moves forward with plans to renovate it, Dowe says it's an excellent opportunity to honor Dr. King in a meaningful way.
City Council hasn't voted on the plan. Dowe said he was simply offering the idea in the hope that the community will unite behind it, but Jean it was clear from today's discussion that a majority of council members support the idea.
Jean, we'll have more on the plan to honor Dr. King... and council reaction tonight on News 7 at Six.
Still to come on the newscast, there could be new evidence Saddam Hussein is seeking weapons of mass destruction.
Also doctors in another state walked off the job today to protest rising insurance rates.
Some possible new evidence against Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi regime.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]
It comes from this woman- the Vice Chair of the European Foreign Parliament.
Emma Nicholson is turning over the evidence to Chief U-N Weapons inspector Hans Blix.
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((EMMA NICHOLSON/VICE CHAIR FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: THE EVIDENCE I GAVE TO DR. BLIX IDENTIFIED AT LEAST TWO PLACES THAT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE STORED AS MY INFORMANT TOLD ME.))
[SUPER=01-Emma Nicholson/Minister of European Parliament;]
[OUT Q=my informant told me.]
Nicholson also says she has an order form that indicates the Iraqi government had been requesting this kind of material right up through the current crisis.
She said she was asked to pass along the information from sources who wanted assurances of confidentiality.
Nicholson said her first concern is human rights.
It's been happening all across the nation- doctors walking off the job to protest the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance.
Today doctors in New Jersey walked out of the hospital to do just that.
Physicians across the state withheld non-emergency services and rallied instead.
It is not clear how many of New Jersey's 22-thousand doctors are taking part.
Hospital officials say patients needing emergency care are being treated.
For women suffering from the symptoms of menopause, hormone replacement therapy may or may not be the answer.
In today's Healthcheck report, Dr. Sean Kenniff takes a look at another class of drugs that may prove helpful.
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[SUPER=01-Irva Badami/H.R.T. Patient;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steven Goldstein/New York Medical Center;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Keniff/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Keniff, CBS News.]
((WHEN IRVA BADAMI STARTED HAVING HOT FLASHES AND PROBLEMS SLEEPING IN
19-95HER DOCTOR PUT HER ON HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY.
SOT: IRVA BADAMI
WHEN HE PUT ME ON IT-HE SAID I WOULD BE ON IT FOR 4-YEARS AND THEN HE
WOULD TAKE ME OFF GRADUALLY.
AND 4-YEARS TO THE MONTH-HE TAPERED HER OFF IT. EVEN THEN - DR.
GOLDSTEIN SAYS THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT LONG-TERM USE OF H-R-T COULD
BE DANGEROUS. RESULTS FROM A NATIONWIDE STUDY LAST SUMMER CONFIRMED
AMONG WOMEN TAKING ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE-- THE RISK WAS UP - FOR
BREAST CANCER, HEART DISEASE, STROKE AND BLOOD CLOTS.
SOT: DR. STEVEN GOLDSTEIN/OBGYN, NYU MEDICAL CTR.
THE MESSAGE THAT GOT THROUGH TO MY PATIENTS UNFORTUNATELY WAS THAT
HORMONE THERAPY IS BAD. AND THATS NOT THE CASE.
HE ARGUES H-R-T STILL HAS ITS PLACEFOR SHORT-TERM RELIEF OF
FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DISEASE THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONSA CLASS OF DRUGS
KNOWN AS THE SERMS. EVISTA IS THE MOST PROMINENT. IT ACTS LIKE
ESTROGEN IN SOME PARTS OF THE BODYBLOCKS IT IN OTHERS. (GRAPHIC) IN
GENERAL-- ESTROGEN CAN HARM A WOMAN'S BREASTS AND UTERUS.....BUT IT'S
NEEDED FOR GOOD BONE AND VAGINAL HEALTH.
(NAT: T2: BONE DENSITY)
THERE ARE MAJOR TRIALS STILL ONGOING, but PREVIOUS RESEARCH HAS SHOWN
THAT THE DRUG CAN HELP WITH BONE FRACTURES, BREAST CANCER AND HEART
DISEASE IN WOMEN WITH OSTEOPOROSIS.
(SOT: IRVA: I FEEL ABSOLUTELY FINE.)
IRVA-A MOTHER OF TWO AND GRANDMOTHER OF ALMOST TWO PLANS TO STAY ON
EVISTA DR. GOLDSTEIN THINKS SHE WILL HAVE LOTS OF COMPANYAS THE BABY
BOOMERS COME OF AGE DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
A House of Delegates committee has approved an anti-abortion license plate but it may be a long road ahead for supporters of the tag.
The specialty plate would read "Choose Life."
But the American Civil Liberties Union is calling the measure unconstitutional and threatening to sue if it becomes law.
Supporters say the plate's message serves a worthy purpose.
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[IN Q=WE LIVE IN A CULTURE]
((DELEGATE DICK BLACK/R-STERLING: WE LIVE IN A CULTURE OF DEATH WHERE WE ENCOURAGE EXPECTANT MOTHERS TO GO TO ABORTIONISTS. THERE HAS BEEN ALMOST NO ENCOURAGEMENT GIVEN TO EXPECTANT MOTHERS TO GO AHEAD, HAVE THE CHILD.))
((WHEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES A BILL AUTHORIZING A LICENSE PLATE WITH A VIEWPOINT ON IT THEN WHAT ITS DOING IS SHOWING A PREFERENCE FOR ONE PARTICULAR VIEWPOINT AND ITS NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Dick Black/(R) Sterling; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/ACLU of Va.; :16]
[OUT Q=ALLOWED TO DO THAT.]
A similar "Choose Life" tag issued in South Carolina last year was ruled unconstitutional.
ACLU officials say the legislature should stop issuing specialty plates altogether.
Coming up in today's Marketwatch report, we will see if investors can continue Friday's rally.
Then in Sports, Mike Stevebns will tell us why former Cave Spring and current N-F-L star Ronde Barber is going under the knife.
Coming up a little later in the newscast, there is more bad news for Whitney Houston.
Plus we will see if Al Pacino and Colin Ferrell could recruit fans out to the movies this weekend.
On Wall Street today, investors extended the markets' rally to a second day, but the major averages ended off their session-best levels.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Monday Ticker. Former Cave Spring star Ronde Barber has a super bowl ring but what folks might not have known is that he limped through the playoffs with an injured left knee.
Barber will have surgery within a week or two to repair a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. Following the arthroscopic surgery, Ronde likely will require rehab period of about two months. He could miss the start of Tampa Bay's off season training program. Barber says he should be ready for mini camps.
The 27 year old Barber injured the knee December 15th in the Buccaneers win over Detroit when he landed hard on his knee cap.
The Roanoke Dazzle is 16 and 13 on the season and in third place in the NBDL standings.
One key all season for the team has been the play of point guard Cory Alexander. Cory played six season with three different teams in the NBA and is applying that knowledge to help the Dazzle. He is sixth in the league in scoring and second in steals. He is still working to become a complete player.
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[SUPER=01-Cory Alexander/16.3 Pts. & 6.2 Assists Per Game; :00]
[OUT Q=......from the perimeter"]
Alexander is also leading the NBDL is assists, averaging 6.2 a game while committed 4.3 turnovers. While he hopes to one day get back to the NBA, his coach knows he is committed to Roanoke.
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[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=.....pro basketball players"]
The Roanoke Express had a tough weekend. The team lost to Richmond and Dayton by a combined score of 10 to 2. Interim coach Tony MacAulay is 2 and 2 so far and understands that the highs and lows of coaching professional hockey will not side track him.
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[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Interim Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=......here in Roanoke"]
Coming up tonight on News 7 at Six - the Tech Hokie Bird strikes a pose like you've never seen before.
Plus, don't forget tonight at Northside a big Blue Ridge hoop is on tap as Cave Spring visits the Vikings.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Singer Whitney Houston's father has died. John Houston's company had been suing his daughter for 100 MILLION dollars.
He claimed he was owed the money for getting Whitney's marijuana charge thrown out and
for getting her a new record contract. John Houston had diabetes
and heart disease and had been in and out of the hospital recently.
He was 82.
The new movie, "The Recruit" did not have any trouble getting fans out to theaters this weekend.
The Al Pacino and Colin Farrell spy film debuted at the top of the rankings.
It made an estimated sixteen and a-half million dollars this weekend.
The horror movie "Final Destination Two" opened just behind it with 16 point two million dollars.
Laurence Fishburne's ``Biker Boyz'' opened in third, followed by ``Kangaroo Jack.''
Last weekend's number one, ``Darkness Falls'' fell all the way to fifth.