An accident this morning on northbound I- 81 involving a car and two tractor trailers is causing delays.
Rachel Cannon checks in with details, straight ahead.
And U-S officials say the clock is ticking, as they try to get information from a terrorist mastermind who was arrested over the weekend.
Warmer weather's heading our way tomorrow. I'll have your 7-day planner coming up.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
State police officials say someone trying to illegally cross a median caused a bad accident on Interstate 81 this morning.
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The three vehicle wreck tied up traffic for a couple hours this morning on Interstates 81 and 5-81. Crews have cleared the accident scene, but traffic is still slow moving.
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Rachel Cannon joins us with more on the story. Rachel?
Kim, the accident happened just before 10 a-m near where 581 merges onto Interstate 81 North.
Three vehicles were involved, two tractor trailers and a four-door compact car.
Witnesses say that a female driver of the car was attempting to make a U-turn in median of the Interstate to change her travel to Southbound.
But once she did that she went in the path of one of the tractor trailers and then he hit her.
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((THE LADY ... COULDN'T STOP.))
[SUPER=01-Danny Daggett/Tractor Trailer Driver;]
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Two people were taken to area hospitals, there is no word on their exact condition.
All northbound lanes on Interstate 81 are now open to traffic,
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officials do say to still watch out for tow trucks that may be removing some of the debris.
Intelligence officials believe he was the brains behind the 9-11 attacks.
One of the most wanted men in the world, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is now in custody.
But officials worry that what he knows could become less useful as time passes.
They're rushing to obtain information from the wealth of computer files and documents found at his hiding place.
Scott Rapoport has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Milt Bearden/Former C. I. A. Officer;]
[SUPER=01-Porter Goss/House Intelligence Committee Chairman;]
[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Rapoport, CBS news, New York.]
HE'S THE MAN WHO AUTHORITIES SAY NOT ONLY MASTER-MINDED THE SEPTEMBER
11TH ..BUT WAS REPORTEDLY PLANNING NEW STRIKES ON GAS STATIONS AND
BRIDGES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. NOW, 37 YEAR OLD KHALID SHAIKH
MOMHAMMED...THE MAN WHO KNEW ALL THE
FUTURE PLANS OF AL QAEDA IS UNDER ARREST AND FACING U.S. INTERROGATION.
SOT: Milt Bearden / Former C.I.A. Officer
"Bin Laden is a north star, a metaphor for terroreism. But this guy is
the man that puts the thoughts on paper and gets people to do them."
THE MASTER OF DISGUISE...WHO CONSTANTLY CHANGED APPEARANCES...AND ELUDED
U.S. CAPTURE ALMOST A DOZEN TIMES...
...STAYED AT THIS PAKISTANI HOME, JUST BEFORE BEING NABBED IN AN EARLY
MORNING RAID, SATURDAY.
OFFICIALS SAY HE DID NOT PUT UP A FIGHT...AND DESPITE
APPEARANCES...THAT HE SEEMED IN GOOD HEALTH. THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE
MOHAMMED COULD HAVE MUCH TO TELL.
NAT/SOT up and under...
IT WAS MOHAMMED SAY AUTHORITIES, WHO NOT ONLY DREAMED UP THE IDEA TO
CRASH PLANES INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER...BUT APPROVED THE SELECTION OF
THE 9-11 HIJACKERS.
MOHAMMED, WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE 1998 U.S. EMBASSY BOMBINGS IN EAST
AFRICA...THE BOMBING OF THE U-S-S COLE IN YEMEN...AND THE KIDNAPPING OF
WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTER DANIEL PEARL.
MOHAMMED--THE MOST WANTED TERROR SUSPECT...RIGHT NEXT TO THE TOP MAN
SOT: PORTER GOSS/HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN.
(If he's smart he'll cooperate)
GETTING MOHAMMED TO TALK...AND FAST...IS JOB 1 FOR U.S.
INTERROGATORS...LOOKING TO IDENTIFY AND ROUND UP MOHAMMED'S
ASSOCIATES...BEFORE THE TRAIL GOES COLD.
SCOTT RAPOPORT...FOR CBS NEWS...NEW YORK.
The bulldozers are rolling over more Al- Samoud Two missiles in Iraq today.
The Iraqis are also preparing a new report on their chemical and biological stocks for the U-N.
The U-S, meanwhile, says that should have been done sooner, and continues its troop build- up in the Gulf.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Hiro Ueki/U. N. Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-George Papandreou/Greek Foreign Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, WAshington.]
TRACK: AS U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS LOOKED ON, THE IRAQIS CRUSHED SIX MORE
AL SAMOUD-2 MISSILES MONDAY JUST SOME OF 120-ILLEGAL MISSILES THAT
NEED TO BE DESTROYED. THEYRE ALSO DISMANTLING CHAMBERS USED TO
MANUFACTURE PARTS FOR THE AL SAMOUD.
(Super: Hiro Ueki/U.N. Spokesman)
SOT: We think the total destruction of the casting chambers will be
complete by tomorrow and the destruction of the al Samoud missiles is
TRACK: IRAQ IS ALSO PREPARING A NEW REPORT ON VX NERVE GAS AND ANTHRAX
STOCKS THAT IT CLAIMS IT DESTROYED. INSPECTORS PLAN TO VERIFY THOSE
CLAIMS IN THE COMING WEEKS.
TRACK: AT A MEETING IN QATAR, A GROUP OF GULF FOREIGN MINISTERS STOPPED
SHORT OF FORMALLY CALLING FOR SADDAM HUSSEIN TO STEP DOWN AND GO INTO
EXILE SAYING THEY NEED TO DISCUSS IT FURTHER. BUT THEY DID AGREE THAT
WAR CAN BE AVOIDED.
(Super: George Papandreou/Greek Foreign Minister)
SOT: We feel that there is still a window of opportunity if Saddam
Hussein is to make a dramatic move on the issue of compliance and
particularly on disarmament.
(ANY NATSD OF B-52 BOMBERS)
TRACK: BUT BAGHDADS APPARENT COOPERATION CONTINUES TO BE TOO LITTLE,
TOO LATE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THE U-S IS DISPATCHING MORE WARPLANES
FOR A POSSIBLE CONFLICT IN THE GULF. INCREASED AIRPOWER MAY BE KEY
SINCE TURKEYS PARLIAMENT VOTED NOT TO ALLOW 60-THOUSAND U-S GROUND
TROOPS TO USE ITS BASES FOR AN ATTACK ON IRAQ. THAT COULD SEVERELY HURT
U-S WAR PLANS FOR AN INVASION ON IRAQS NORTHERN FRONT.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Turkeys vote stunned Washington because the U-S believed an
agreement had been reached. Some Turkish lawmakers have left the door
open for another vote later this week, but it may take even more
concessions meaning a bigger aid package from the U-S. Teri Okita,
CBS News, Washington.
17- year- old sniper shooting suspect Lee Malvo is the subject of another hearing today in Fairfax.
Malvo's court- appointed guardian is expected to ask a judge to grant him more access to the teen's records.
Also today, prosecutors will ask a grand jury to formally indict Malvo for murder, a step that would allow him to be tried as an adult and face the death penalty.
The judge is also expected to consider media requests that cameras be allowed in the courtroom.
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Still to come on the newscast, there is bad news for businesses who had hoped Americans would spend their money to improve the economy.
Plus, we will see how many American soldiers are appealing to an authority higher than the Pentagon.
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Many of the men and women in the U-S military now in Kuwait to prepare for a possible war, are taking time to connect or re- connect with their religions.
Byron Pitts spent time with some of the most sought- after people at base camp, the chaplains.
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[SUPER=01-Russell Stewart/U. S. Marine Corps; :38]
[SUPER=01-Darren Stennett/U. S. Navy Chaplain; :1:08]
[SUPER=01-Douglas Snow/U. S. Marine Corps; 1:41]
[SUPER=01-Joshua Garrison/U. S. Marine Corps; 1:48]
[SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/CBS News; 2:01]
[OUT Q=Pitts, CBS News, Kuwait.]
From dawn to dusk here...they're all business...and their business is
war. US Marines and US Army soldiers...now more than 100-thousand
strong... train in the Kuwaiti desert for a possible war with Iraq:
Days are long...and loud:
But in those quiet moments:
NATSOT: "Amazing Grace"
Moments rare as rain in this region... many of America's fighters...
reflect upon their faith:
(SUPER: Lance Cpl. Russell Stewart/USMC)
SOT Cpl. Russell Stewart "This is a hard time; you need to have faith to
make it through the hard times."
There are Navy chaplains here of almost every faith; a Catholic priest,
a Jewish rabbi, a Baptist preacher:
SOT Gospel Music
Each conducts a separate service...and services have been full:
(SUPER: Lt. Darren Stennett/US Navy Chaplain)
SOT Lt. Stennett "Up to this point they're ten feet tall and
bulletproof. And now they're starting to think more about their
mortality.// So I think it's wakened their spirtual senses, absolutely."
NATSOT "I baptize you..."
One Sunday, a group of soldiers were christened in the Persian Gulf.
This Sunday, four Marines were baptized... dipped in a pool dug in the
sand. Some said they rarely attended church back home. But the
prospect of battle and bloodshed, killing or being killed, can change a
(SUPER: Lance Cpl. Douglas Snow/USMC)
SOT Lance Cpl. Snow "Since I've been out here, I've gotten a lot closer
to God because of the situation."
(SUPER: Cpl. Joshua Garrison/USMC)
SOT Cpl. Garrison "Out here you need the good Lord above more than you
need anything. Because he watches over you. He takes care of you."
It's been said, there are no atheists in a foxhole. So here, as in
conflicts past, young men decide, often dozens at a time, that when war
comes, a gun may provide safety... but there's a security that can only
come from God. Byron Pitts, CBS News, Kuwait.
An inter- denominational effort wants to bring its Christian message to your television.
Nearly one hundred churches want to send everyone in the Roanoke Valley a video detailing the life of Jesus.
Justin McLeod reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Flack/Pastor; :13]
[SUPER=04-Warner Bros.; :22]
[SUPER=01-Clyde Snavely/Jesus Video Project; :33]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Glen Pearce/Cave Spring Baptist Church; 1:24]
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On any given Sunday many here in the Roanoke Valley crowd into pews to hear the gospel.
It is those who don't some churches want to reach.
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((TIM FLACK/PASTOR: WE CAN REACH A HUNDRED THOUSAND HOMES WITH THE GOSPEL WHICH WE COULD NOT DO IF WE STAYED BEHIND OUR CHURCH WALLS.))
[OUT Q=our church walls]
They plan to do it through the Jesus Video Project.
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It is a movie that tells the life of Jesus according to the gospel of Luke.
The goal is to mail one of these videos to every home in the Roanoke Valley.
[IN Q=It's a way]
((CLYDE SNAVELY/JESUS VIDEO PROJECT: IT'S A WAY THAT THE PEOPLE DON'T FEEL INHIBITIVE BY IT BECAUSE IT'S IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR HOME. THEY HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WATCHING IT OR NOT WATCHING IT.))
[OUT Q=watching it]
((NAT SOUND OF CHURCH SERVICE))
The project here locally is run by several churches and therefore is not tied to any specific religion.
To make the plan a reality, the group needs to come up with 300-thousand dollars to send out 100-thousand Jesus Videos.
[IN Q=Organizers of the Jesus]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ORGANIZERS OF THE JESUS VIDEO PROJECT HAD FIRST HOPED TO GET THIS VIDEO OUT THROUGHOUT THE ROANOKE VALLEY BY SEPTEMBER 11TH. BUT A LACK OF FUNDS FORCED THEM TO PUSH THAT DATE BACK TO EASTER. BUT IT APPEARS NOW THEY WILL ALSO MISS THAT GOAL.))
[OUT Q=miss that goal]
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The hope now is to send the video out by the Franklin Graham Crusade in early May.
But another seventeen thousand dollars still needs to be raised.
[IN Q=It was our hope]
((REV. GLEN PEARCE/CAVE SPRING BAPTIST CHURCH: IT WAS OUR HOPE THAT IT WOULD TAKE A LOT SOONER BUT ALSO WE HAVE TO KNOW IT'S GOD'S TIMING.))
[OUT Q=God's timing]
It's a timing that has come many times before.
More than 4 billion of these videos have already been sent out worldwide.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
The estimates on the damage caused by the recent floods are still going up.
City officials in Roanoke now say more than two and a half million dollars in damage was done to both public and private property.
State inspectors were in town Friday to asses the damage around Roanoke.
City leaders hope federal assistance will soon be on its way.
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[IN Q=We know that]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: WE KNOW THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS ASKED FOR A FEDERAL DECLARATION AND WE WILL ALL BE WAITING ANXIOUSLY TO SEE IF THAT DECLARATION OCCURS. OBVIOUSLY, IF IT DOES THEN WE AND OTHER COMMUNITIES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SOME FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO TRY TO DEAL WITH THAT 2.4 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/City Manager]
[OUT Q=worth of damage]
Considerable damage happened at Victory Stadium, some city parks, and to a number of city vehicles and other equipment.
Burcham says the city will have to prioritize funds if the city fails to receive any federal assistance.
Danville's fire department is trying to save a program designed to save lives.
Since 1999, the Danville Fire Department has installed more than four thousand smoke detectors in homes across the city.
But now the city has fewer than 100 detectors left.
The department is hoping a civic organization will help raise the 9-thousand dollars needed annually to install a thousand smoke detectors.
Fire Chief B. G. Lewis estimates that more than 50-percent of the homes in Danville do not have a working detectors.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we will show you a household fixture so decadent, it would make even the richest man flush with pride.
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Americans have been tightening their belts this winter.
The government reports consumers cut back on their spending in January.
The Commerce Department says while personal incomes rose that month, spending dropped one- tenth of a percent, the first such decline since September.
Officials say worries over a possible war and general financial woes led to the drop.
It's a toilet fit for a King.
But this throne isn't made of porcelain, it's made of GOLD.
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Crowds of Chinese tourists, desperate to catch a glimpse of the world's most expensive toilets, are flocking to a Hong Kong jewelry store.
The entire bathroom costs seven-point-six- million dollars.
Not only is the commode gold, the toilet brush and paper holder are also designed in 24- carat gold.
The opulent restroom attracts nearly four thousand visitors every day.
The working toilets boast a state-of-the-art automatic flushing system, but they're off- limits to tourists.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 24 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 2.
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Coming up next on the newscast... Matt Kinseth gets a first place victory in Las Vegas...
and the Washington Redskins sign some more free agents including a new quarterback.
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The Washington Redskins have signed more free agents.
The team agreed to terms yesterday with quarterback Rob Johnson and kicker John Hall.
Rob Johnson backed up Brad Johnson in Tampa Bay last season.
Before that, he played for several years in Buffalo.
Johnson will back up Patrick Ramsey.
Hall, meanwhile, has played six years with the New York Jets.
Roush Racing won its 4th race in six tries at Las Vegas Motor Speedway yesterday.
Matt Kenseth, who led the circuit with five victories a year ago led 88 of the final 96 laps for the win.
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Yellow was a popular color on the day.
Driver patience on the other hand wasn't very common.
At lap 133, Steve Park gets held up by Kenny Wallace and puts Dale Jarrett and the UPS machine into the wall.
Last week's winner was obviously wondering what that was all about.
Just a few laps later, Mike Skinner triggers a huge multi-car pileup, getting into Rusty Wallace.
Jeff Gordon was also collected in the mess of smoke and twisted sheet metal.
Matt Kenseth beat Dale, Junior out of the pits late, and held on to take the checkered flag for his first win of the season, and the 7th of his career.
As Kenseth crossed the finish line, Sterling Marlin and Jimmie Johnson tounched fenders in the last turn as they battled for 8th.
Johnson got the worst of it, ending up 11th, but Matt Kenseth was the man of the hour.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt, Junior/Finished 2nd; :25]
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[SUPER=0106-1. Matt Kenseth//2. Dale Earnhardt, Junior//3. Michael Waltrip//4. Bobby Labonte//5. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Jeff Burton//7. Ryan Newman//8. Sterling Marlin//9. Joe Nemechek//10. Steve Park//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Jimmie Johnson//12. Johnny Benson//13. Kevin Harvick//14. Bill Elliott//15. Casey Mears//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Terry Labonte//17. Jimmy Spencer//18. Ricky Rudd//19. John Andretti//20. Todd Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Jeremy Mayfield//22. Jerry Nadeau//23. Robby Gordon//24. Tony Raines//25. Ward Burton//;]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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