The widow of a Pittsylvania County deputy testified today in the capital murder trial of Roy Inge, Junior.
We'll hear from her, straight ahead.
And, it's going to be a long day AND night for road and power crews, as they prepare for the latest blast of winter weather.
Another snow storm heads our way as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for this afternoon and tonight. I'll tell you how much we might get in your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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It's Thursday and if recent history proves true that must mean snow is in the forecast.
Let's check in now with Leo Hirsbrunner in the Weather Center.
School children aren't the only ones waiting for the winter weather. Road and power crews are preparing for yet another long night as they battle the elements to keep the power on and the streets cleared
Richard Lesko joins us from Roanoke County to see how they are bracing themselves for another bout with snow and ice.
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State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Campbell County this morning.
The accident occured on the southbound side of route-29 at the first Altavista exit. There are few details on exactly what happened. Police have not identified the person who died in the crash. The accident slowed traffic in the primary lanes, and blocked the exit lane for a period of time.
The widow of Deputy Frankie Betterton testified this morning, as a Pittsylvania County jury considered whether Roy Inge Junior should receive the death penalty or life in prison.
Yesterday, the jury convicted Inge of capital murder for shooting Betterton during a traffic stop last May.
This morning, Mary Betterton told the jury how the murder has affected her children, and shattered their sense of security.
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((MARY BETTERTON: I GUESS MY FAMILY FEELS LIKE MAY 17TH WAS OUR SEPTEMBER 11TH. FRANKIE LEFT FOR WORK AND HE NEVER WOKE US UP TO SAY GOODBYE.))
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The sentencing phase of the trial will continue this afternoon, and we'll have more on the hearing tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
NASA is backing away from a theory that lift-off debris-- in this case a chunk of foam-- could have started a chain of events that ended in disaster.
As the investigation continues, so do the farewells.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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AT WASHINGTONS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND NASAS TOP
ADMINSTRATOR OFFERED PRAYERS FOR THE SHUTTLES ASTRONAUTS..
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NASA ENGINEERS HAVE SEVERAL WORKING THEORIES ABOUT WHAT MAY HAVE
HAPPENED TO COLUMBIA, BUT FEW ANSWERS.
THEY NO LONGER BELIEVE THAT A BREAKAWAY CHUNK OF FOAM COULD HAVE
ULTIMATELY DESTROYED THE SHUTTLE.
THEY SAY AN ANALYSIS SHOWS THE IMPACT JUST WOULDNT HAVE BEEN STRONG
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It just doesn't make sense to us that a piece of debris would be the
root cause for the loss of Columbia and its crew.
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SHORTLY BEFORE THE COLUMBIA DISASTER, SENSORS PICKED UP HEAT SPIKES ON
THE LEFT SIDE AND THE SHUTTLE BEGAN PULLING STRONGLY TO THE LEFT THE
AUTO PILOT SYSTEM STRUGGLED TO KEEP THE SHUTTLE AT THE PROPER ANGLEEVEN
FIRING SMALL ROCKETS TO TRY TO KEEP THE CRAFT ALIGNED.
AND ALL OF THIS AERODYNAMIC DISTURBANCE COULD HAVE TORN THE SHUTTLE
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We're trying to find missing link, we're focusing attention on what we
didn't see. We believe there is something else."
KEY CLUES MAY COME FROM THE DEBRIS BEING COLLECTED ACROSS TEXAS AND
LOUSIANAAND FROM AS FAR AWAY AS CALIFORNIA.
INVESTIGATORS ARE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN PIECES OF THE LEFT WINGTHE
HEAT SHIELD TILES... AND VOICE OR DATA RECORDERS. BUT NONE OF THESE
ITEMS HAVE BEEN FOUND.
Meanwhile, President Bush took another opportunity to remember the fallen Columbia crew members.
Bush says the entire nation is praying, along with the families of the astronauts.
The President also spoke about how the country is handling other difficult situations, like the impending war with Iraq.
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Bush made his remarks during the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a student in Danville is diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Also as a war with Iraq appears likely, Secretary of State Colin Powell tries again to line up support from hesitant countries.
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It's a crucial time for members of the Bush administration.
The question facing them now-- what's their next move on Iraq?
Scott Rapoport has the latest from the United Nations.
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The UN security council...back in session this morning. If Iraq wasn't
on their agenda ....it was surely on their minds.
One day after they watched Secretary of State Colin powell present
satellite photo's and secret message promoting a case for military
action ...it appears that so far Powells argument's have not pursuaded
any crucial allies to change their position.
In London...at a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair... the
UN's chief nuclear weapons inspector sent a clear message to Saddam
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"iraq is not cooperating fully...that they need to show drastic change
in terms of cooperation."
nat/sot Pres. Bush
"at this hour we have troops assembling in the middle east..."
And at a prayer breakfast in washington...President Bush says America
stands at the ready to disarm saddam.
While behind the scenes...a senior white house official says the next
24-36 hours...will be critical to the presidents case.
As the Bush administration, tries to guage whether Security Council
nations are willing to support a new UN resolution ... specifically
authoring the use of force against iraq.
Bush "there's oppressive regimes who seek terrible weapons...we face an
ongoing threat of terror."..."
But...an administration official also says...if French president Jaques
Chirac insists on vetoing a resolution to disarm iraq...President bush
won't seek one.
And one day after making his case against Iraq to the U-N Security
Council, Colin Powell appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee. He's looking for more support of the administration's view
that the weapons inspections in Iraq have run their course.
STANDUP: BIG PICTURE...ONE WEEK BEFORE HANS BLIX NEXT REPORT TO UN.
What began as a joy ride on a school bus turned into a scary trip for a developmentally- challenged student.
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Authorities say the student walked out of his middle school class in Oklahoma City, and climbed aboard a school bus parked outside.
The keys were inside the bus.
Officials say the boy accidentally put the bus in reverse, panicked, and took off in the vehicle.
Authorities say the bus slammed into a truck, but kept on going, leaving the truck driver pinned in his vehicle.
Two miles down the road, the bus ended up rolling over on its side.
Both the student and the truck driver escaped with minor injuries.
The Houston dentist who's accused of murdering her husband by running him over with a car, is telling her side of the story on the witness stand.
But before Clara Harris could continue her testimony, her attorney got sick.
Lee Cowan reports.
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Against the advise of her attorney -- accused killer Clara Harris
-- took the stand in her own defense -- smiling as she described her
decade long marriage to the man she repeatedly ran over with her
Mercedes -- captured on amateur video in a hotel parking lot last summer.
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roll video into next track)
"We were best friends" she told the jury..."We are mature people...we
had both gone through divorce..we were the perfect team."
(NARR: her on stand , then still pix)
But in 90 minutes of testimony -- Harris described how that team of
two dentists -- who had two successful practices -- (end harris video)
and two boys together -- suddenly began to change.
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Her husband -- David -- began to get "more stressed" and "retracted"
- she said -- spending less time with the family.
(PIC: Gail Bridges, then harris on stand)
When she found out he was actually having an affair with his
receptionist - Gail Bridges -- Harris told the jury she "went to slap
him in the face" -- but was thrown to the bathroom floor.
(NARR: vo: courtroom, Parnham w/ Harris)
That's where her testimony ended just before a recess -- but that
wasn't the end of the twists.
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Her lead attorney George Parnham walked out of court only to
collapse in a hallway -- putting a halt to the proceedings before Harris
ever got a chance to explain her side of what happened the night she ran
her husband down.
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"The trial will resume tomorrow morning where it left off -- with an
effort by Clara Harris to get sympathy from a jury -- not as a murderer
-- but as a woman scorned by a cheating husband. Lee Cowan, CBS News
A child at a Danville leaning center is suspected of contracting tuberculosis.
The child attends Christ the King Learning Center along with about 90- other children.
According to the church's pastor-- notes were sent to home to parents notifying them of the situation.
The pastor says there's little chance any other children are at risk, because the illness was caught early.
The always controversial topic of abortion is living up to its reputation in the General Assembly.
Abortion rights supporters say they are under attack by conservative lawmakers.
And they are pointing to a plastic doll as proof that Republicans are going too far.
Meghan Muldoon has more.
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(( Democratic lawmakers say Republicans are pushing through an unprecedented number of anti-abortion measures.
That list includes a ban on partial-birth abortions, creating a Choose Life license plate and a budget amendment that restricts state funding for Planned Parenthood.
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((SENATOR RICHARD SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: I THINK THAT SOONER OR LATER THE WOMEN IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA WILL WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT THEIR ACCESS TO THIS PROCESS IS GOING TO BE ELIMINATED.))
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Abortion rights supporters say they're offended by the in-your-face approach of some anti-abortion advocates, like Delegate Dick Black who sent lawmakers a plastic doll purported to represent the size and shape of an 11-week old fetus.
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((SENATOR RICHARD SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: QUITE FRANKLY THE PEOPLE WHO SAW THIS WERE PRETTY REPULSED BY IT.))
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Speaker Bill Howell had a hard time defending his fellow Republican.
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The Governor says he, too, has grave concerns about many of the anti-abortion measures going through the General Assembly.
Warner had this message for those who support requiring parental consent for minors to get an abortion.
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The governor hinted that the same fate may befall the bill banning so-called partial birth abortions.
Although he says the majority of his initiatives are moving forward, he and other abortion rights supporters are clearly frustrated over how the session is going.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
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Coming up on the newscast, Leo will have a more detailed look at the weather,
But first we will tell you why Winston Cup Racing could end after this season.
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The days of Winston Cup racing could soon be over.
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R-J Reynolds tobacco is considering ending its longtime partnership with NASCAR.
Reynold's signed a five year contract extension with NASCAR in July, exactly one year after the company picked the stock car series as the one program it can bankroll under the 1998 tobacco
But a weak economy has forced R-J-R to reevaluate its commitment.
NASCAR vice president George Pyne says the sanctioning body enjoys its 32-year relationship with the tobacco company. But it is now looking at future opportunities with other companies.
Reynolds Tobacco has been the top sponsor for NASCAR's Winston Cup Series since 1971.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 13 points. The NASDAQ has gained eight.
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Coming up in sports,
it takes a trip to court, but the nation's top high school player is allowed to suit up again..
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The nation's best high school basketball player will be allowed back on the court.
That, after LeBron James won IN court.
A judge has cleared James to play again by blocking a ruling that stripped James of his high school eligibility.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association declared James ineligible last week after he accepted two jerseys worth a total of 845 dollars from an Ohio sporting goods store.
James missed one game, and will have to sit out another one at his school's choosing.
James has led St. Vincent-St. Mary to a number-one ranking in U-S-A Today.
UVa picked up signatures from 21 high school players yesterday, including one local product - 6 foot seven inch Eddie Pinigis from Jefferson Forest in Bedford County.
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The Cavs signed four wide receivers, including six foot five inch wideout Fontell Mines from Richmond's Hermitage high school.
Overall, Al Groh loaded up on speed.
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