Flowers, flags, and pictures now adorn the front gate of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where a memorial service is planned for Columbia crew this afternoon.
A live preview, straight ahead.
And, the first pieces of evidence are being presented in the capital murder trial of the man accused of shooting a Pittsylvania county deputy.
A rainy start to the day is leading to a windy afternoon. I'll have your cool hometown forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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As the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts are mourned today in a special ceremony...the
search for clues to the cause of the disaster continues.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The memorial service gets under way later today in Houston for the seven crew members of the Shuttle Columbia.
A couple of former astronuats, Neil Armstrong and John Glenn, are accompanying President Bush to the service.
The President will also meet privately with the relatives of the Columbia crew.
As for the investigation, NASA engineers are second- guessing an earlier ruling about a chunk of insulation that fell after liftoff.
Searchers say they've recovered about 12-thousand bits and pieces of the shuttle so far.
Jennifer Miller is in Houston this afternoon, and joins us now with the latest.
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SORROW... AND A TRIBUTE TO HEROS ...AT THE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER TODAY.
LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE, THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BUSH JOINED FAMILY
AND FRIENDS TO HONOR THE SEVEN LOST ASTRONAUTS... IN A MEMORIAL
SERVICE . HE SAYS THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND
THEIR SENSE OF WONDER.
THE HOME OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM IS ALSO WHERE NASA ENGINEERS ARE
WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED COLUMBIA TO BREAK
APART OVER TEXAS.
THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE ORBITERS LEFT SIDE AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT
NASA ENGINEERS COULD HAVE WRONGLY ESTIMATED JUST HOW DRAMATICALLY THIS
FALLING PIECE OF DEBRIS COULD HAVE DAMAGE THE SHUTTLE.
SOT: RON DITTEMORE/SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM MANAGER
"WE HAVE PIECES OF INFORMATION, BUT I THINK ITS AROUND THE EDGES AND
THAT MISSING LINK IS OUT THERE AND WE HAVE TO BE PERSISTENT AND GO FIND
TO FIND IT ENGINEERS ARE COMPLETELY REDOING THE ANALYSIS FROM SCRATCH
LOOKING TO COMPUTER DATA AND A MASSIVE DEBRIS FIELD FOR ANSWERS.
NEAR HEMPHILL, COLUMBIAS NOSE CONE WAS FOUND BURRIED INTO THE EARTH.
SHERIFF TOMMY MADDOX/SABINE COUNTY, TX
"IT WAS REPORTED THAT IT HAS BEEN RECOVERED, THAT IT WAS IN PRETTY GOOD
You can watch the memorial service for the Columbia crew right here on your Hometown Station beginning at one o'clock.
A jury is hearing its first day of evidence in the capital murder trial of Roy Inge Junior in Pittsylvania County.
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Inge is on trial for the death of deputy Frankie Betterton during a traffic stop last May.
Prosecutors say Inge shot Betterton while sitting in the front seat of Betterton's patrol car.
The officer had pulled Inge over after he had been reported trespassing at the Brosville Animal Clinic, which is owned by Betterton's wife.
Several witnesses this morning say they saw a man who resembled Inge running towards his truck just after the shooting on Route 58 east of Danville.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The trial is expected to last all week.
Commonwealth's Attorney Fred King says a Salem Police officer was acting appropriately when he accidentally shot a suspect in December.
Today, King said the incident does not warrant any action against the officer.
20- year- old Michael Scott Peery was shot in the abdomen by Salem Officer Michael H. Brightwell Junior.
Authorities said it was an accidental shooting that happened as officers were making an undercover drug buy.
Police said the gun discharged as Brightwell was trying to make an arrest.
In a news release, King said Brightwell's actions were appropriate for the investigation he was conducting. The prosecutor agreed that the shooting was an accident, and said it was proper for the detective to have his gun drawn.
It's been a busy day for U-N weapons inspectors in Iraq.
They've been checking several sites for the possible production of missiles or other prohibited weapons.
And as Iraqi officials say the U-S doesn't have proof of illegal weapons, the debate over whether there should be a war continues between other nations.
Drew Levinson brings us up to date.
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THE BATTLE OVER TO WAGE WAR ON IRAQ IS BEING FOUGHT WITH WORDS AS
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR AND FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC
MEET TO TRY TO SETTLE THEIR DIFFERENCES. BLAIR SUPPORTS MILITARY ACTION
AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN....BUT CHIRAC BELIEVES THE U-N WEAPONS
INSPECTORS NEED MORE TIME.
THE DEBATE IS CAUSING A WEDGE IN THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL -- WHICH
HEARS FROM SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL ON WEDNESDAY.
BAGHDAD OFFICIALS SAY THEY DOUBT POWELL HAS ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE
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"I would be very surprised if the Americans could be able to convince
the Security Council members of their point of view. I think they are
failing and continue to fail -- even Colin Powell."
SOUTH OF BAGHDAD, INSPECTORS FOUND AN ABANDONED WARHEAD AT A MISSILE
PARTS FACTORY. IN AN UNEXPECTED MOVE, IT WAS IRAQ THAT ANNOUNCED THE
DISCOVERY---OFFICIALS THERE SAYING THE WARHEAD DID NOT VIOLATE U.N.
SO FAR, THE INSPECTIONS HAVE REVEALED NO SMOKING GUN. BUT WHITE HOUSE
OFFICIALS SAY ONE WILL EVENTUALLY TURN UP. ... AND THEY'RE MAKING SURE
U.S. TROOPS HERE IN THE GULF ARE READY.
GETTING READY FOR WAR CAN BE A CHALLENGE FOR THESE MARINES STATIONED IN
THE KUWAITI DESERT. A SAND STORM CUT SHORT A TANK TRAINING EXERCISE.
BUT THEY SAY THESE CONDITIONS WON'T HOLD THEM BACK IN A REAL FIGHT.
sot- capt. greg poland battalion commander
" i would rather flight on a tank in the desert than anywhere else
because we are survivable and we have mobility out there
IN THE MEANTIME, THEY WAIT ... MILES AWAY FROM ANY HIGHWAY .... AND ONLY
A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE IRAQI BORDER.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.
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Still to come on the newscast, the husband of a missing California woman makes some big changes in his homelife.
Also a singer who is known as much for her lifestyle as her music is arrested in London.
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New information related to the case of a missing California woman.
The focus remains on Scott Peterson in the disappearance of his wife, Laci.
Last night, sources reportedly said Peterson was trying to put their home on the market, just one week after Laci vanished.
But that's not all he was trying to sell.
Peterson also traded in his wife's S-U-V.
Gloria Gomez reports.
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Family and friends in Botetourt County remembered the victims of last week's deadly house fire.
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The service was held last night as investigators continue to search for the cause of the blaze which took the lives of Mycol Street, his young son and daughter.
At this time, officials say they believe the fire originated on the first floor of the log house.
But investigators say material has been sent to the lab for testing, in hopes of finding the cause and place where the fire started.
Lawmakers in Richmond spent a good deal of yesterday debating a proposal that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in restaurants.
Meghan Muldoon has more.
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The normally peace-loving delegates were up-in-arms about a measure allowing those with concealed handgun permits to bring their weapon into bars.
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The "gun" fight ended with passage of the bill.
Members of both the House and Senate also wrangled over eliminating the death tax, the 16 percent inheritance tax on family farms and businesses.
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In the end, both chambers approved killing the death tax but Governor Mark Warner says he plans to veto it.
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A new study suggests that job worries, in the short term, might actually be GOOD for your health.
A report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that when jobs are
scarce, both jobless workers and those who have jobs behave in a more healthy way.
He says they're more likely to exercise, and less likely to pig
out at restaurants or skip doctors' appointments.
Previous studies have suggested economic downturns harm health.
The latest study admits MENTAL health doesn't necessarily fit
the same pattern, and it focused on temporary economic problems.
In the long run, the study says economic growth is still good for health.
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After this break, Leo will let us know why this front will blow through,
but first, we will meet an award winning group of cheerleaders. They refuse to let the fact they are deaf slow them down.
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British police have arrested singer Courtney Love after she arrived on a trans-Atlantic flight at London's Heathrow Airport.
A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic Airlines says the 38 year singer was detained this morning after a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles.
Love allegedly argued with the cabin crew while the plane was in the air.
The plane's captain called police during the flight to notify them.
Witnesses said officers met the flight when it arrived, and after about 20 minutes, Love was escorted off and put into a police van.
She's had several well publicized problems with drugs and alcohol.
They run and jump and defy gravity like any other top cheerleading squad.
These cheerleaders have one other major distinction-- they're all deaf.
But that hasn't prevented them from qualifying for the International Spirit Competition in Hawaii.
With a hand count and a clap of the coach's hand, the cheerleading team from the California School for the Deaf is working hard on their dances and routines.
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During the competition, they perform to high-energy music.
The audience hears the music, but the team members perform their routines by count.
And to show that they're in step, the Riverside team competed against hearing teams at U-C-L-A in November, and finished fourth.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 165 points. The NASDAQ has lost 28
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Coming up in sports...UVA guard Keith Jenifer is suspended indefinitely for his behavior....
and the Roanoke Dazzle's Cory Alexander is named the N-B-D-L's player of the month.
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The best swimmers in the Blue Ridge district competed last night.
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Boys' and girls' swimmers from throughout the district packed the Dedmon Center pool on the Radford University campus.
Hidden Valley, in its first year as a high school, came in unbeaten on the boys' side.
And the Titans would not disappoint as Jake Bova, Jordan Anderson and Kevin Lynch led Hidden Valley to the title.
The Titans beat Blacksburg 171 to 148, with Salem third, and Cave Spring fourth.
On the girls side, William Byrd won the title easily with 148 points.
Cave Spring was second, Hidden Valley third and Blacksburg fourth.
The Regionals are this Saturday back at the Dedmon Center pool.
The Dazzle's Cory Alexander became the first Roanoke player named the NBDL's player of the month last night.
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Alexander averaged 20 points, 8 assists and two steals a game while leading the Dazzle to an 8-and-3 record in the month of January.
Cory, who played six seasons for three different NBA teams, understands this is a business.
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Cory is a leader to his teammates, and makes sure they know where to be at all times on the court.
His floor general tactics are nothing new for Jamal Robinson, who played with Alexander at UVa.
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The Dazzle hosts Fayetteville Wednesday night.
The UVa women have had their own troubles this season, but last night the Cavs were looking for success against Clemson.
The Cavs had lost five straight to last night's opponent - Clemson.
But U-Hall would prove to be a perfect venue to right some wrongs.
Cherrise Graham scored 22 points, and three Cavaliers hit in double figures.
Debbie Ryan's team turned a 3 point halftime deficit into a 69-to-54 blowout win.
Virginia is now 9-and-11 overall on the season.
For the second time this season a UVa men's basketball player has been suspended from the team.
Jermaine Harper was booted for 4 games at the start of the year, and this morning it's point guard Keith Jenifer.
Head coach Pete Gillen says Jenifer's suspension is indefinite for what he calls conduct detrimental to the team.
He will not practice or play in games during the suspension.
Jenifer has played in all 19 games this year and started 14.
He leads the team in assists, but also in turnovers.
The word is that the suspension is for an incident that happened this past Saturday night.
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