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After being missing for nine months, Elizabeth Smart will wake up in her own Salt Lake City home this morning.
The now 15- year- old arrived home last night in an un-marked police van.
Elizabeth was wearing a wig when police picked her up on a Utah street corner yesterday with Brian Mitchell.
Relatives describe the man, also known as Emanuell, as a self- appointed prophet for the homeless.
Jennifer Miller joins us now with an update from Salt Lake City, Utah.
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
[SUPER=05-Salt Lake City, UT;]
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[SUPER=01-Ed Smart/Elizabeth's Father;]
[SUPER=01-Laurie Gaylor/Suspect's Step-Daughter;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomas/Smart Family Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Rick Dinse/Salt Lake City Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
[SUPER=05-Salt Lake City, UT;]
DISGUISED LIKE THIS, IT IS EASY TO SEE HOW ELIZABETH SMARTS CAPTORS HID
HER EVEN IN HER OWN NEIGHBORHOOD. THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AT A PARTY
ONLY BLOCKS FROM HOME.
PEOPLE THERE SAY THE MAN WITH ELIZABETH DAVID BRIAN MITCHELL CLAIMED
TO BE HER FATHER.
WEDNESDAY HER TRUE FATHER SOBBED TEARS OF JOY HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER
(SOT: Ed Smart/Elizabeths Father)
21:26:28 And when she opened the door and she was there, I just
couldnt believe it. I just couldn't believe it. She was just sitting
there on the sofa. And I just went up and grabbed her. And I was just
IT WAS A REUNION MANY THOUGHT THEY WOULD NEVER SEE. ELIZABETH HAD
BEEN STOLEN FROM HER OWN BED LAST JUNE. HER YOUNGER SISTER WHO
WITNESSED THE KIDNAPPING LATER SAID THE ABDUCTOR RESEMBLED MITCHELL.
HE WAS A STREET-PREACHER WHO ONCE WORKED AT THE SMART HOME. A MONTH
AGO, HE BECAME THE NUMBER ONE SUSPECT.
(SOT: Laurie Gaylor / Suspect's Step-Daughter)
"To my belief, he thought he was higher than God. Angels, prophets, they
believed that they were higher than everybody."
WEDNESDAY POLICE CAUGHT UP WITH MITCHELL , A FEMALE FRIEND AND ELIZABETH
DISGUISED ONCE AGAIN IN A WIG AND VEIL. BUT IT WAS HER CAPTORS,
ELIZABETH SAYS, WHO KEPT HER FROM ESCAPING.
(SOT Chris Thomas/Smart Family Spokesman)
20:57:43 She definitely wanted to come homeshe was very happy to see
her family. She said apparently, there was no way. She had 2 people
with her at all times.
BUT PEOPLE AT THIS PARTY SAY ELIZABETH DIDN'T SEEM UNCOMFORTABLE
STILL POLICE SAY SHE WAS HELD AGAINST HER WILL.
(SOT: Chief Rick Dinse/Salt Lake City Police)
19:18:30 Are we convinced she was kidnapped? Yes we are convinced
that she was kidnapped.
The U-N Security Council is meeting again today.
Meanwhile, the conflict over a possible war with Iraq could have its final battle tomorrow.
That's when a vote could come on a U-N resolution backing military action.
The Bush administration is turning up the heat on the security council members against war.
For the first time, the White House is suggesting that voting against the resolution could hurt a country's relationship with the U-S.
60 cattle have died on a Bland County farm.
Now sheriffs deputies and the health department are investigating.
Sheriff Melvin Cox says it appears the animals died of starvation, but he said one of the carcasses has been sent to a department of health lab for testing.
Cox said there are between 50 and 60 cattle still alive on the farm, but they look like they're starving. He says their ribs
are visible and they are unsteady on their feet.
He says it's likely the owner will face criminal charges.
The owner told investigators that the cattle died from eating laurel.
Have a word or two to share with Virginia's Department of Transportation?
Or do you want to check the status of road construction in your area?
Now you can do both with just a click of your mouse.
Virginians can now find up-to-date information on all of the state's highway projects on V-DOT's website.
It's called the Dashboard.
By using it, the public can find out what projects are on-schedule and on budget and which ones aren't.
It also allows citizens to send email messages directly to V-DOT officials.
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[IN Q=I EXPECT US TO GET A LOT]
((PHILIP SHUCET/VDOT COMMISSIONER: I EXPECT US TO GET A LOT OF FEEDBACK. I THINK CITIZENS HAVE PROBABLY BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS TO BE ABLE TO GET FEEDBACK DIRECTLY TO ANY PUBLIC AGENCY.))
[SUPER=01-Philip Shucet/Virginia Department of Transportation;]
[OUT Q=TO ANY PUBLIC AGENCY.]
Officials say Dashboard will help the agency become more accountable.
A five-year-old Bedford County girl is continuing her slow recovery from a drive-by shooting last month in North Carolina.
Now her friends, teachers and neighbors are asking what they can do to help.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=Her desk]
[SUPER=01-Lori Manley/Forest Elementary School Principal; :24]
[SUPER=01-Lauren Calvert/Classmate; :50]
[SUPER=01-Meg Garfield/Classmate; :58]
[SUPER=01-Tiffany Nielsen/Classmate; 1:03]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(( Her desk in Mrs. Coulson's kindergarten class has been empty for weeks, but her classmates still hold Rachel Sanchez in their hearts.
The five-year-old was shot in the head while driving with her grandparents in North Carolina last month.. she remains hospitalized in critical condition with her family by her side.
Their expenses grow daily, so Rachel's extended family at Forest Elementary School decided to help.
((LORI MANLEY/FOREST E.S. PRINCIPAL: SO WE'VE GOT A COMMITTEE OF TEACHERS THAT MEET ONCE A MONTH AND WE JUST KIND OF BRAINSTORMED AND CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF REACHING OUT FOR RACHEL.))
[OUT Q=for Rachel.]
[natsot coins dropping 12:13:32]
Coin by coin, the fund is growing.
In just the first few hours, the school had collected more than 13-hundred dollars, and the calls kept coming in.
((MANLEY: WE'RE HAVING BUSINESSES CALL MAKING DONATIONS, IF YOU SELL THIS YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE MONEY, IT'S BEEN VERY OVERWHELMING TODAY.))
[OUT Q=overwhelming today.]
(( Why do you want to help your friend Rachel? LAUREN CALVERT/CLASSMATE: BECAUSE SHE'S MY FRIEND. Do you miss her? MM-HMM.))
[OUT Q=mm hmm.]
((Tell me why you want to help? MEG GARFIELD/CLASSMATE: BECAUSE I WANT TO HELP HER GET BETTER.))
[OUT Q=get better.]
((TIFFANY NIELSEN/CLASSMATE: BECAUSE RACHEL'S MY FRIEND AND SHE REALLY LIKES TO PLAY WITH ME OUT ON THE PLAYGROUND AND I REALLY MISS HER AND I WORRY ABOUT HER.))
[OUT Q=worry about her.]
((In addition to the school drive, another fund is being set up here at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, where Rachel would come to the ECHO Early Learning program on snow days, and where her younger sister still attends.))
[OUT Q=sister still attends.]
School officials say they talk with the Sanchez family twice a week and that Rachel seems to improve a little every day.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County. ))
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To contribute to the Rachel Sanchez fund, you can call Forest Elementary at 434-525-2681.
We've been enjoying a preview of warm spring weather--
[SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO;]
But springlike THUNDERSTORMS have left their mark in the midwest.
Authorities say hail fell across northeastern Kansas and western Missouri last night, ranging from dime- sized up to even baseball- sized in some places.
Officials say along with the hail, winds reached speeds of 30 to 40 miles per hour.
In business news, The S-E-C investigates Schering Plough.
And, Wall Street bounces back from a two day losing streak.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((A MAJOR DRUG COMPANY COULD FACE S-E-C CHARGES. THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION WILL LIKELY CHARGE
SCHERING PLOUGH AND ITS CEO WITH IMPROPERLY RELEASING IMPORTANT
INFORMATION TO SELECT INVESTORS. AT QUESTION IS CEO RICHARD KOGAN'S
MEETING WITH SELECT INVESTORS LAST OCTOBER DURING WHICH TIME SCHERING
PLOUGH'S STOCK TUMBLED 20 PERCENT.
ALSO, KEEP YOUR EYE ON SHARES OF H&R Block. The No. 1 U.S. tax preparer,
said tax fees for January and February rose 5.4 percent from a year ago.
driven in part by strong online filings.
RETAIL STOCKS WILL MAKE HEADLINES TODAY.. MANY OF THE NATION'S BIG
RETAILERS WILL REPORT FEBRUARY SALES.. THE NEWS IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE
GOOD, WITH SEVERE WEATHER LAST MONTH EXPECTED TO HAVE TAKEN A BITE OUT
OF SALES. ON WALL STREET STOCKS SNAPPED BACK LATE IN THE DAY.
THE DOW RAN UP 28 POINTS TO 7552
AND THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 7 POINTS.
INTEL RALLIED 2 PERCENT... THE COMPANY UNVEILED A NEW SET OF CHIPS THAT
PROMISE TO MAKE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS A STANDARD FEATURE ON LAPTOP
COMPUTERS WITHIN A YEAR.
AND MCDONALD'S STOCK WAS IN THE DEEP FRYER.. HITTING A NEW 10 YEAR LOW.
THE FAST FOOD GIANT SAID SAME STORE SALES FOR FEBRUARY FELL A WHOPPING
4.7 PERCENT THANKS TO BAD WEATHER AND AN ONGOING HAMBURGER PRICE WAR.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ..
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A California judge could decide today if actor Robert Blake will stand trial for murdering his wife.
The judge says he'll hear from attorneys on both sides before making his ruling.
[SUPER=03-Van Nuys, CA;]
The prosecution has rested its case in a preliminary hearing.
Yesterday, a gun expert testified that ammunition found in Blake's home was different from the bullets used to kill his wife.
In May of 2001, Bonnie Lee Bakley was shot to death near a restaurant where the couple had just dined.
Since construction began over a year ago, the Roanoke Times Print Facility has become an imposing presence downtown.
The project is on schedule. The building is almost complete, and Joe Dashiell reports the work is far from over.
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[IN Q=Construction workers are hitting the home stretch]
[SUPER=01-Chip Harris/Project Director; :14 QUICK]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((Construction workers are hitting the home stretch, just 8 to 10 weeks from completing the building's interior, but others are just beginning to lay the foundation for the newspaper's new state of the art Heidelberg Mainstream 80 press.
[NAT SOT OF CHIP HARRIS 16:47:09]
[IN Q=This is our press bay]
((THIS IS OUR PRESS BAY. WE'RE 42 FEET UP TO THE CEILING FROM THE FLOOR AND THE PRESS IS GOING TO BE SOMEWHERE FROM 32 TO 35 FEET UP.))
[OUT Q=32 TO 35 FEET UP.]
The newspaper now depends on printing technology designed before World War II.
Elements of the current press were installed in November 1948. Though the equipment was updated in the mid-80s, it requires constant care.
Major parts of the new press, the first of more than 50 tractor- trailer loads will start arriving by the end of next week...
[IN Q=Everything has to be very, very precise]
(( EVERYTHING HAS TO BE VERY VERY PRECISE, THE ALIGNMENT OF THE PRESS, AS THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE PRESS ARE BROUGHT IN AND THEY'RE SET DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND THEN ON TOP OF OTHER UNITS, IT HAS TO BE JUST PERFECT.))
[OUT Q=has to be just perfect.]
The new press offers greater speed, better print quality, and more color capability.
And if all goes according to plan, the new print facility will deliver on that promise by the end of October.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Former Governor Doug Wilder says he is not happy with Virginia Tech's decision to change its affirmative action policy.
But that is not the only thing that's bothering him.
Wilder says he has grave problems with the Board of Visitor's move to eliminate race as a factor when considering new students.
He says he is equally concerned that veterans will no longer receive special consideration.
But his harshest criticism was of Governor Mark Warner for remaining silent on the issue.
[IN Q=WHAT'S THE POSITION]
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: WHAT'S THE POSITION OF THE GOVERNOR ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE? IS THERE SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT IT? I'M QUITE CERTAIN IT WILL BE BUT WHEN?))
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor]
[OUT Q=IT WILL BE BUT WHEN.]
Yesterday, a Warner spokesman said that the governor is out of state on vacation and has not been briefed on Monday's action by the Board.
Virginia Tech says, legally, it had no choice but to remove its affirmative action policy.
Officials say the decision is based on an accord made two years ago between the state and federal government.
[IN Q=WHICH BASICALLY]
((LARRY HINCKER/VT SPOKESPERSON; WHICH BASICALLY SAID THAT WE NO LONGER NOT ONLY MUST, BUT WE NO LONGER CAN HAVE REMEDIAL PROGRAMS TO CORRECT PAST ACTIONS OF DISCRIMINATION 28:48))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=ACTIONS OF DISCRIMINATION ]
Despite the explanation, Tech's student government association says it plans to sue the university, for removing sexual orientation from the new policy.
While, the policy says it won't discriminate IN FAVOR of certain groups, it also says it won't discriminate AGAINST them either.
But, the university says sexual orientation is not legally protected under law, therefore it has the right not to include it.
A major sell off on Wall Street, gave the markets an upward spike late Wednesday.
Stan Case has more in the business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((SELLING CONTINUED TO DOMINATE THE MAJOR MARKETS MOST OF WEDNESDAY.
BUT LATE IN THE DAY THE INDEXES BOUNCED SHARPLY OFF THEIR MULTI-MONTH LOWS TO END THE DAY CLOSE TO THE FLAT LINE.
THE DOW GAINED 28 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ PUSHED UP 7 POINTS.
A-O-L TIME WARNER TRADED LOWER ON THE DAY.
A WASHINGTON POST REPORT SUGGESTED THE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE COMMUNICATIONS GIANT WILL BE BROADENED.
S-E-C INVESTIGATORS WILL LOOK AT WHETHER A-O-L ARTIFICIALLY INFLATED ITS REVENUES THROUGH FAKE CASH TRANSACTIONS WITH OTHER COMPANIES.
A-O-L IS THE PARENT OF C-N-N, WHICH PRODUCES THIS REPORT.
MCDONALD'S CORPORATION REPORTED ITS TWELFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF DECLINING WORLDWIDE SALES.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST FAST FOOD CHAIN SAID FEBRUARY SALES DROPPED FOUR -POINT -SEVEN PERCENT IN RESTAURANTS OPEN MORE THAN A YEAR.
MCDONALD'S BLAMES INCREASED U-S COMPETITION AND A WEAK GLOBAL ECONOMY FOR THE NEGATIVE REPORT.
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION REAFFIRMED ITS FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS OUTLOOK.
THE WORLD'S LEADING MANUFACTURER AND MARKETER OF HOME APPLIANCES SAID U-S APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS WILL BE DOWN FOUR PERCENT AND RETAIL SALES WILL BE DOWN THREE PERCENT FROM 2002.
THESE PROJECTIONS ARE IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS.
WHIRLPOOL SHARES TRADED SIX PERCENT HIGHER ON THE NEWS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Rescue squads members in Patrick County say they will fight to keep the emergency room open at their local hospital.
They're worried the prospective buyer of bankrupt R-J Reynolds-Patrick County Hospital may shut down the E-R.
A purchase deal isn't final yet because it has to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, but the County's Board of Supervisors and medical workers say they haven't been given any details about what changes may happen at the hospital if the sale goes through.
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[IN Q=WE PROVIDE]
((DR. DIANE ROWELL/ER PHYSICIAN; WE PROVIDE EXCELLENT MEDICAL CARE AND I'D BE CONCERNED THAT WE WOULD BE AT A LOSS HERE IF WE LOST IT THERE WOULD BE LIVES LOST LITERALLY.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Diane Rowell/Emergency Room Physician;]
[OUT Q=LIVES LOST LITERALLY.]
E-M-Ts say the loss of the E-R would be life threatening for critical patients that would have to travel to Martinsville for care and that ambulance service in the County would be hurt.
The hospital says it can't comment while negotiations are underway but a member of the Hospital's Board of Trustees says an E-R is guaranteed for five-years in the sale agreement with the prospective buyer.
Another hospital is giving Virginia Western Community College a major gift.
Lewis Gale Medical Center plans to give the college one million dollars in cash and half a million dollars in services over the next five years.
The gift will allow Virginia Western to expand its allied health programs.
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[IN Q=This will allow us to double the size]
((ROBERT SANDEL/VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRES.; THIS WILL ALLOW US TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF OUR NURSING PROGRAMS THAT MEANS RN, LPN AN INCREASE THE RADIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM BY ABOUT 30-PERCENT))
[SUPER=01-Robert Sandel/Virginia Western Community College;]
[OUT Q=by about 30-percent]
Lewis-Gale believes partnering with Virginia Western will make an impact on the nursing shortage in the region.
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[IN Q=Virginia Western is the local provider]
((JAMES THWEATT/CEO LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CTR.; VIRGINIA WESTERN IS THE LOCAL PROVIDER OF THE MAJORITY OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN THIS COMMUNITY SO WE FELT THAT IT WAS A NATURAL FIT FOR US TO PARTNER WITH THEM))
[SUPER=01-James Thweatt/Lewis-Gale Medical Center;]
[OUT Q=partner with them]
85-Percent of Virginia Western's graduates stay and work in the region.
Some ground beef sold at Kroger is being recalled because it may be contaminated with E-coli.
The beef came from an American Foods Group plant in Ohio on January 24th.
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The recall includes ground beef in one, two and three pound foam trays AND ground hamburger patties.
The ground beef has the code numbers 3-0-2-4 and 3-0-2-5 under the Kroger label.
Customers can return it to the store for a refund.
American Foods has set up a customer hotline at 1 - 800 - 829 - 2838.
Health officials say there have been no local cases of E-coli infection.