Clearing away rubble and restoring power are top priority in tornado ravaged parts of the Midwest and Southeast.
That, as another round of severe storms is unleashed across the region.
And a key ruling today in the case of the teenage sniper shooting suspect.
More severe weather to our west but for us just a few showers and maybe even a thunderstorm. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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((WE'RE JUST GOING TO CLEAN UP WHAT WE CAN, AND GET WHATEVER WE CAN AND AFTER THAT THEY SAID THEY ARE JUST GOING TO DEMO THE WHOLE THING.. AND I GUES START CLEANING UP THE TOWN. I GUESS THAT'S ALL YOU CAN DO.))
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A scary situation evolves into a messy one, as residents begin cleaning up from tornadoes.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
It's a long road ahead for those trying to recover from the series of twisters in the Midwest and Southeast.
What's worse is that severe weather continues adding insult to injury.
Elizabeth Sanchez has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Darryl Robinson/Pierce City Business Owner;]
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Track: (Pierce City)
PIERCE CITY, MISSOURI LOOKS LIKE IT WAS HIT BY A HUGE BOMB. TWO DAYS
AFTER A TORNADO SWEPT THRU HERE RESIDENTS STILL CAN'T BELIEVE HOW BAD IT
SOT: DARRYL ROBINSON/PIERCE CITY BUSINESS OWNER(09:28:40)
"IT'S KIND OF WEIRD TO LOOK AT TOWN AND NOT SEE ANYTHING LEFT."
IN MANY OF THE MOST SEVERELY DAMAGED AREAS...PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO
SALVAGE WHAT THEY CAN BEFORE THE BULLDOZERS COME IN.
SOT: STEVE FENSKE
"WE'VE GOT ONE DAY, THAT'S WHAT WE UNDERSTAND AND THEN THEY ARE GOING TO
LEVEL THIS TOWN."
BESIDES THE MASSIVE PROPERTY DAMAGE....SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE STILL MISSING
AND HOPE IS FADING THAT THEY'LL BE FOUND ALIVE.
TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE...(font:STORM PRODUCTIONS) MORE BAD WEATHER IS ON
THE WAY.. AS PEOPLE CLEAR UP..THEY'VE GOT THEIR EYES ON THE SKIES.
FORCASTERS ARE WARNING... PARTS OF NORTHERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN
TENNESSEE COULD SEE MORE OF THOSE BIG BLACK FUNNELS TODAY.
JACKSON, TENNESSEE IS ALREADY MESS. A CENTURY OLD DOWNTOWN WAS
VIRTUALLY LEVELED....BUILDINGS AND HISTORY THAT RESIDENTS SAY CAN NEVER
"RIGHT NOW DOWNTOWN IS AS SHUTDOWN AS IT CAN BE."
(NATZ OF TWISTERS)
RESIDENTS HAVE HAD AS MUCH AS THEY CAN TAKE...BUT THEY MAY NOT HAVE A
CHOICE...MOTHER NATURE COULD BE READY TO DELIVER ANOTHER POUNDING.
FEMA ON THE SCHNE
The words of sniper shooting suspect Lee Malvo will be used against him.
That's the decision of a judge today in Fairfax.
He says he'll allow prosecutors to use nearly all of the teenager's confession at his trial in November.
Prosecutors say Malvo confessed to several of the shootings.
He's awaiting trial for the slaying of F-B-I analyst Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot store.
Defense attorneys had tried to get the confession tossed out.
For the first time in a long time, air travelers can now get jet service out of Lynchburg.
Delta A-S-A has upgraded its local fleet and is now flying regional jets into the central Virginia area.
The improved service means more seats and flights in and out of Lynchburg, which is trying to recapture its market lost to other nearby airports.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: LYNCHBURG IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. AND WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL BUSINESS TO BOTH LYNCHBURG AND A-S-A DELTA CONNECTION. WE WANT TO FLY AS MANY FOLK AS WE CAN FLY.))
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A half million dollar federal grant is helping to subsidize the jet service by guaranteeing the airline will not lose any money.
The grant is good for one year.
Meanwhile, the federal government is laying off thousands of airport security screeners around the country.
It will make 3-thousand cuts by May 31st with more planned by September 30th.
At Roanoke Regional Airport, 13-screeners will lose their jobs, bringing the total number at the facility to 35.
The Lynchburg Airport will go from 28 to 18 -screeners, a loss of ten jobs.
The Transportation Security Administration says the move will save about 280-million dollars nationwide.
The nation's drug czar says student drug testing could help America win the war on drugs.
In Richmond yesterday, John Walters met with Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
Walters says 23 percent of those treated for drug use are teenagers.
He praised Virginia for enacting a first-in-the-nation law that allows local school districts to start testing for drug use.
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((JOHN WALTERS/DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY: IT'S NOT USED FOR PUNISHMENT ITS USED FOR INTERVENTION. WE HAVE 23 PERCENT OF THOSE WE HAVE TO TREAT THAT ARE TEENAGERS. WE NEED TO FIND THEM AND TREAT THEM BEFORE THEY DIE, BEFORE THEY SERIOUSLY HARM THEMSELVES OR OTHERS.))
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Kilgore says it will be up to each school board to determine whether it wants to adopt a student drug testing policy.
Carilion Health System hopes its new care center at Community Hospital will give more women a fighting chance against breast cancer.
The new center will double the number of women Carilion can screen and test for cancer.
The company hopes the move will reduce the number of women who die from the disease.
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((DR. F. LEE TUCKER:WOMEN WHO WILL COME TO THIS CENTER ARE WOMEN THAT HAVE A MAMMOGRAM ALREADY THAT HAS FOUND TO BE ABNORMAL OR A LUMP IN THE BREAST AND HAVE BEEN REFERRED IN FOR A WORK-UP. WHAT THEY WILL FIND IS STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT, SHORT WAIT TIMES ))
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The center has several mammography and ultrasound machines, as well as two computer aided detection systems.
One breast cancer survivor who attended the dedication and ribbon cutting says she believes it will give women a better chance of survival.
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((SHERRY KWELLER/BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR: IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE I THINK IT GIVES HOPE FOR THE FUTURE AND. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND IN MY EXPERIENCE WITH BREAST CANCER MINE WAS DONE WITH A REGULAR MAMMOGRAM ))
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Carilion also has three other screening locations.
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Coming up next, its the end of a long journey for some sailors on the U-S-S Lincoln.
Plus authorities believe they have more answers to the mystery of a church coffee urn that had been spiked with arsenic.
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A huge homecoming party is planned for the U-S-S Abraham Lincoln.
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The aircraft carrier is scheduled to dock today in Washington State to a hero's welcome.
It's returning from more than nine months of duty, including strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More than 10- thousand cheering family members, friends, and well wishers are expected to be dockside for the big arrival.
Authorities in Maine are looking into a connection between a man who died of a gunshot wound and the deadly arsenic poisoning at a nearby church.
But officials aren't ready to close the case.
Jim Acosta reports.
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(nats: investigators at farm)
INSISTING THEY WANT TO GET IT RIGHT MAINE STATE POLICE AREN'T READY TO
DECLARE THE ARSENIC MYSTERY CASE CLOSED.
AN AUTOPSY CONCLUDED THE MAN LINKED TO THE CHURCH ARSENIC POISONING
DANIEL BONDESON WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST.
WHILE SOME IN THE COMMUNITY SAY BONDESON LEFT A SUICIDE NOTE
INVESTIGATORS WON'T COMMENT.
THEY APPEAR TO BE LEANING IN HIS DIRECTION AS A SUSPECT SENDING
MATERIALS RECOVERED AT HIS FARM TO A LAB FOR TESTING.
(SOT: Lt. Dennis Appleton, Maine State Police, )
(STAND-UP) "Away from the investigation there is the recovery process
for the victims. More than a dozen congregation members are still
receiving treatment. Some are fighting for their lives."
(NATS: Erich and his kid) "Where's your daddy? Son: Here."
THOUGH HE'S STILL IN THE HOSPITAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ERICH MARGESON IS
ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES ONLY SUFFERING BLURRY VISION AFTER DRINKING THAT
LETHAL ARSENIC-SPIKED COFFEE.
(SOT: Erich Margeson, Arsenic Victim, ) "It was the aftertaste that
caught my attention."
(BUTT TO SOT: ) My gut reaction was that the coffee pot didn't get
rinsed out that there was a cleaner in there that didn't get rinsed
AS FOR DANIEL BONDESON, MARGESON ISN 'T READY TO CONVICT.
EVEN IF THE RECLUSIVE FARMER DID DO IT, MARGESON IS NOT ANGRY
DESPITE WHAT WOULD BE AN ACT OF BETRAYAL FROM A MAN WHO WAS BAPTIZED AT
(SOT: Margeson, ) "I'm not really willing to speculate who dunnit?
Why? Jim: Do you think he did it? I'm not a judge."
MARGESON IS GRATEFUL HIS CHURCH IS NO LONGER A CRIME SCENE.
(SOT: Margeson, ) "You have a comfort zone and to see it get broken.
It is hard. But we'll get over it."
GETTING OVER IT MEANS GOING HOME BACK TO THE SCHOOL CHILDREN BACK TO
HIS FAMILY... BACK TO THE COMFORT ZONE.
JIM ACOSTA CBS NEWS NEW SWEDEN MAINE.
Avid rock climber Aaron Ralston could be released from a Colorado hospital later this week.
27- year old Ralston disappeared in a maze of canyons, and hadn't told anyone where he was going, including his parents.
For five days, Ralston tried to free himself from an 800- pound boulder.
Finally, he ended up using a pocket knife to sever his arm, and save his life.
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((DONNA RALSTON/CLIMBER'S MOTHER:IT WAS JUST A FEW MINUTES AFTER THREE ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON WHEN THE CALL CAME BACK AGAIN THAT THEY HAD FOUND HIM AND THAT HE WAS ALIVE AND ALL I COULD SAY WAS...THANK GOD. ))
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[OUT Q=thank God.]
Doctors couldn't re-attach Ralston's arm, but he underwent surgery to prepare him for an artificial one.
His family says he's in good spirits, and will probably resume rock climbing in the future.
The old saying the early bird gets the worm is apparently true after all.
The D-M-V is changing its hours again.
Beginning this week, customer service centers will open earlier on Thursdays.
In Roanoke it's now 8 a-m.
Operating hours on Thursdays had been changed to 10 a-m because of budget cuts but officials say people prefer to go to DMV first thing in the morning.
Just last week, the Roanoke D-M-V had long lines of people who thought the office was open at 8. The office decided to open at 9 am to accommodate the crowd.
You can go to DMV's website to check the operating hours at your local service center.
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Coming up next on the newscast, he was once one of the youngest world leaders. Now he's firmly in middle age. We'll see how Tony Blair is celebrating his birthday.
Also, the United Kingdom is in an uproar over rumors that Prince William wants to move to America.
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Britain's youngest prime minister in over two centuries is going from facing the crisis in Iraq to facing MIDDLE AGE.
Today Tony Blair celebrates his 50th birthday.
He's receiving a great present, a rise in popularity at the polls.
Blair has been elected twice, and is said to be considering a third term.
There is, however, some political discord within his Labor party.
Many left- wing lawmakers fear Blair could be moving toward privatizing the publicly funded National Health Service.
But Blair says he's working to improve efficiency and drive up standards.
Meanwhile, there's one Brit who might be changing his view from Big Ben to the Big APPLE.
Prince William is reportedly planning to head to New York City for a couple of years after he finishes college.
As Mark Phillips reports, William is hoping the move will provide an escape from the media presence that's always with him at home.
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Prince William -- teen age heart-throb and heir to the thone -- seems to
have inherited not only his mother's good looks, but her quirkiness too.
Now, according to at least one newspaper here, he wants to go where no
one in his position has gone before -- to America. And whether that's a
real possibility or not -- America... at least some of it... seems to
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AMERICANS ARE GOING TO BE SO EXCITED TO HAVE PRINCE WILLIAM ON THEIR
SOIL. EVERYBODY WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF HIM. HE'S SO GORGEOUS.
(William at St Andrews?)
Yes... well... but if it's some semblance of privacy that William is
seeking after he finishes his university course in Scotland, would New
York really be the place? Already the prince, who turns twenty one next
month, is getting plenty of unsolicited advice.
(SOT Donald Trump)
- THE MEDIA WOULD LOVE HIM. HE'S A GREAT LOOKING GUY. HE'S SMART.
HE'S COMES FROM NICE PARENTS. HE'S GOT A LOT GOING FOR HIM, PROBABLY
MORE THAN ANYBODY.
The plan -- according to un-named palace sources quoted by the Sunday
Mirror -- would be for William to take a post graduate business degree
or work one of the big art auction houses. They're worthy enough
ambitions for a royal heir, but not the traditional road to the throne.
Certainly not the one followed by his father.
PRINCE CHARLES IS KEEN FOR HIM TO GO INTO THE ARMED FORCES BECAUSE IT
PRESENTS THE KIND OF DISCIPLINE THAT YOU CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE AND ITS
VERY GOOD TRAINING REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU WANT TO DO IT FOR THE REST
OF YOUR LIFE OR NOT. 04 28
(Stills of William horsing around with Kate Middleton?)
But discipline may not be at the heart of Prince William's current
agenda. He is, after all, near... perhaps at... the top of the eligible
bachelor list. Friends are quoted as saying the girl he's been seen
horsing around with -- Kate Middleton -- is just a friend. He could
have a lot of friends in New York.
(SOT Atoosa Rubenstein)
PRINCE WILLIAM COMING TO THE US MEANS THAT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND
GIRLS HAVE A CHANCE AT BEING THE NEXT QUEEN OF ENGLAND. THAT'S PRETTY
AMAZING, AN AMERICAN QUEEN OF ENGLAND.
Probably too amazing -- actually. Still, it could be fun for awhile.
(SOT Ingrid Seward)
WILLIAM IS NOT GOING TO FROLIC AROUND IN PUBLIC WITH SOMEONE THAT'S HIS
GIRLFRIEND, HE'S FAR TOO CANNY TO DO THAT, HE'S MUCH MORE LIKELY TO BE
SEEN IN PUBLIC WITH SOMEONE WHO ISN'T HIS GIRLFRIEND.
And, of course, it's impossible to talk about William without a mention
of his mother. So here it is. Diana, too was often said to crave the
alleged anonymity that New York supposedly might offer. She never got
to do it. Her son has time to think about it.
He doesn't graduate until the summer of two-thousand-and-five. Until
then he can consider all the advice he's already getting.
(SOT Ed Koch -- former Mayor of NY)
I'd tell "Willy", get a job in city government, you'd love it. (looks
into the camera) You'd absolutely love it. It's the pinnacle of jobs
here in NYC.
And it's not like he'll need the money. William will inherit the first
lump of his fortune next month too -- about five million dollars. MP
CBS News London.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 50 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13.
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Coming up...yesterday was a bad day for job security in the sports world. One coach steps down,
While a driver for one of NASCAR's top owners is fired.
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Jeff Green was spun out by his teammate Kevin Harvick on Saturday night at Richmond.
Last night his owner Richard Childress sent him packing.
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Childress said in a statement issued through R-C-R racing that the relationship with Jeff is not where they had hoped it would be at this point.
Childress says Green is a very good race car driver, but sometimes change can be good for everyone involved.
Green and Harvick have never liked each other - and when they were paired together in 2002- most folks figured it was just a matter of time.
No replacement driver for the AOL Chevy has been named at this time.
Iowa State head basketball coach Larry Eustachy, the man who was caught partying with coeds on a rival campus, resigned last night - less than a week after he said he wouldn't quit.
Eustachy was suspended with pay last Wednesday and had until yesterday to appeal the suspension.
Instead - his lawyers worked out a settlement.
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[SUPER=01-Greg Geoffrey/Iowa State President; :00]
[OUT Q=...our athletic director."]
Eustachy was the highest paid public employee in the state of Iowa and he had 8 years left on a 10 year - one million a year deal.
The settlement will give just under one million dollars for agreeing to resign.
Alabama is now looking to possibly hire Dave Shula to coach the Crimson Tide.
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Saturday, the school fired Mike Price before he even coached a game or signed his contract.
spent several hundred dollars at this strip club in Pensacola, Florida on a stripper named Destiny.
She also is the one who ordered $1000 worth of room service from Price's room.
Ironically, the sign outside the strip club says, "Come inside and Meet Your Destiny."
Meanwhile one coach is being recognized for his good works.
Marshall University head football coach Bob Pruett,
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a 1965 Marshall Alum is set to receive the University's distinguished alumni award from the College of education and Human services.
The award honors graduates who have made exceptional impacts on the environments in which they serve.
Pruett's teams have won a staggering 86 percent of their games in his seven seasons as head coach.
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