New details are emerging about the sweltering ride inside a trailer truck that killed more than a dozen illegal immigrants in Texas.
One of the victims had actually called 9-1-1.
And a veteran actor of stage and screen dies of heart failure.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon. I'll let you know if the clouds will break in time for the full lunar eclipse tonight, in your forecast.
Plus, we'll talk to legendary singer- songwriter James Taylor.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The man driving a truck loaded with illegal immigrants looking for a better life could find himself spending years behind bars.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Authorities say Tyrone Williams was driving the trailer- truck carrying dozens of illegal immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
18 of them suffocated to death.
As Elizabeth Sanchez reports, Williams could face the death penalty, or at least a long prison sentence.
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AS THE DRIVER OF THIS TRUCK APPEARS IN FEDERAL COURT TO FACE HUMAN
SMUGGLING CHARGES...CHILLING DETAILS OF THE FINAL MINUTES INSIDE THE
SWELTERING TRAILER ARE EMERGING.
ONE IMMIGRANT MADE A DESPERATE 9-1-1 CALL FROM INSIDE THE TRUCK, BUT IT
WAS CUT OFF BEFORE A SPANISH TRANSLATOR WAS FOUND.
ANOTHER WAVED A BANDANA OUT OF A HOLE IN THE TRUCK. A MOTORIST SAW IT
BUT DID NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE TO CALL POLICE.
SOT: DEXTER EAVES, VICTORIA COUNTY DA.
"I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET EVERY OUNCE OF JUSTICE FOR THESE PEOPLE."
WITH 18 IMMIGRANTS DEAD, PROSECUTORS SAY THE DRIVER COULD FACE LIFE IN
PRISON AND EVEN THE DEATH PENALTY IF ITS FOUND HE INTENDED TO KILL.
POLICE DON'T BELIEVE HE ACTED ALONE.
"I THINK THERE'S SEVERAL PEOPLE WE ARE LOOKING FOR AT THIS POINT."
44 PEOPLE SURVIVED THE ORDEAL, A FEW ARE IN THE HOSPITAL WHILE MOST OF
THEM ARE STAYING IN A LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTER. ONE SURVIVOR TOLD POLICE
THAT THE TRUCK'S REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WAS WORKING AT FIRST, BUT TURNED
OFF WHEN THE DRIVER UNHOOKED HIS CAB FROM THE TRAILER.
THE FATE OF THE SURVIVORS IS UNCLEAR...
Eighteen Shell gas stations have exploded in Pakistan.
Authorities say it was the work of attackers on a motorcycle.
Four people suffered minor injuries in the blasts.
Police say two men rode from gas station to gas station over a three hour period, placing explosives in garbage cans.
No one's claimed responsibility, but officials think it may be the work of Islamic militants who oppose Pakistan's support for the U-S- led war on terrorism.
Meanwhile, security is being tightened at other foreign-owned businesses in Karachi.
An F-B-I team is expected to begin helping in the investigation of Monday's car bombing in Saudi Arabia that left eight Americans dead.
Meanwhile, relations are tense between U-S and Saudi officials.
Tom Fenton has the latest.
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AN EERIE CALM HAS NOW DESCENDED ON THIS COMPOUND AT AL HAMRA, AS THE
ACRIMONIOUS ATMOSPHERE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SAUDI OFFICIALS
RESIDENTS OF THIS SHATTERED COMPOUND ARE HIGHLY CRITICAL OF SAUDI
SECURITY, BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE ATTACK.
Eugene and Lisl Brand, Riyadh residents
AND ALTHOUGH THE SAUDIS SAY FORENSIC WORK IS INTENSE, THERE IS LITTLE
SIGN HERE TODAY OF SUCH ACTIVITY. WESTERN OFFICIALS WERE THE ONLY ONES
WHO SEEMED TO BE INSPECTING THE SCENE OF THE ATTACKS. IN ADDITION, AN
;TEAM IS EXPECTED WITHIN HOURS, BUT THE TEAM HAS BEEN DELIGERATELY BEEN
KEPT SMALL BECAUSE THE US DOES NOT WANT THE SAUDIS TO THINK THEY ARE
TAKING OVER THE INVESTIGATION. US OFFICIALS ARE WORRIED THAT SAUDIS
OFFICIALS WILL LIMIT ACCESS TO SUSPECTS AND EVIDENCE, AS THEY HAVE IN
NOT SURPRISINGLY, AND EXODUS OF FOREIGNERS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN, AND THE
REST ARE CONSIDERING THEIR FUTURE.
Tim Young, American Resident in Riyadh
AS QUESTIONS ARE BEING ASKED ABOUT UP TO SIX ATTACKERS WHO HAVE SO FAR
BEEN UNACCOUNTED FOR, THERE ARE FEARS NOW THAT MORE ATTACKS ARE IN THE
TOM FENTON, CBS NEWS, RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
U- S Central Command says a former top official in Saddam Hussein's Baath party is under arrest.
Fadil Gharib was number 47 on the U- S list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqi officials.
Authorities say he wasn't among those arrested in today's raid in northern Iraq, in which the U-S Army captured more than 260 people.
Meanwhile, Iraqi families are digging through piles of bones at a mass grave.
They're hoping to find out if their loved ones are among the nearly 15- thousand people reported missing during the rule of Saddam Hussein.
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((PETER BOUCKAERT/HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH:THIS IS A REAL TRAGEDY - HOW THIS MASS GRAVE IS BEING EXHUMED. THEY'RE USING A BULLDOZER TO DIG UP THESE CORPSES AND WE HAVE LITERALLY
SEEN SCOOPS BEING PULLED OUT OF THIS GRAVE CONTAINING DOZENS OF BODIES AT A TIME. ))
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Officials say if captured, Saddam could be tried for war crimes in Iraq.
A company with a factory in our area may be having more financial problems than it thought.
The Pillowtex Corporation may have to report an additional two million dollars in losses for last year.
The company which employs one thousand people in Fieldale lost 27 MILLION dollars in the seven months after it emerged from bankruptcy last June.
Pillowtex makes pillows, blankets and comforters.
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Criminal suspects are getting a little air time on local cable television.
Law enforcement in theValley is using public access television as a modern day alternative to the wanted poster.
Three weeks ago, Roanoke Valley Television began airing information about wanted persons from Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and the town of Vinton.
The T-V screen shows among other things, the person's face, their name, and the crime they are wanted for.
People who have information are then provided with a crimeline number to call.
Viewer tips have already led to two arrests, and two other suspects have turned themselves in after seeing their picture on tv.
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((ELAINE SIMPSON/RVTV DIRECTOR: AT ONE CASE A FRIEND OF THE PERSON THAT WAS WANTED TOLD THIS INDIVIDUAL THAT THEY HAD SEEN HIS PICTURE AND WHEN HE SAW IT FOR HIMSELF HE TURNED HIMSELF IN.))
((TRISH HURLEY/ROANOKE CO. POLICE OFFICER: SOME OF OUR CASES ARE JUST OLDER CASES THAT HAD BEEN FORGOTTEN ABOUT, STUCK IN A DRAWER, THE WARRANTS WERE THERE AND NO ONE'S REALLY BEEN ABLE TO WORK THEM ANYMORE, THEY WERE LOST.))
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Right now, the most wanted pictures are being shown during the message board segment.
That typically airs when there is no regular programming on the tube.
Because this program is associated with crimeline, viewers who call with information, which eventually leads to an arrest, could be eligible for an award up to a thousand dollars.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a longtime star of television has passed away.
Also we'll hear from some people who say what you eat can make a real difference in how you feel.
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He's known as the narrator on T-V's "Unsolved Mysteries" and for his role as Eliot Ness on the classic 1960s series, "The Untouchables."
Veteran performer Robert Stack died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles.
His wife says he died of heart failure.
He'd been treated for prostate cancer in October.
Stack won an Emmy for playing crimefighter Eliot Ness in "The Untouchables" from 1959 to 1963.
He'd hosted ``Unsolved Mysteries'' since 1987.
Stack also enjoyed doing comedy, and had roles in the films, "Airplane" and "Beavis and Butt-head Do America" as the voice of Agent Flemming.
Robert Stack was 84.
The former station manager for radio station W-V-T-F has lost a court appeal.
Steve Mills was fired from the public station three years ago- -after canceling broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera and then referring to listeners who objected as "Opera Nazi's."
The federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Virginia Tech retaliated against Mills for his remarks, violating Mills' First Amendment rights.
However, the three judges concluded Tech is entitled to immunity, as a state agency and upheld Judge Sam Wilson's ruling last year that dismissed the case before trial.
Residents of the Bath County Trailer Park may not have to move after all.
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Cedar Creek Associates has agreed to buy and maintain the park, effective June first.
The company is based in Pennsylvania, but has ties to the area.
The park's current owner had told residents that unless he could sell the park, he would clear most of the lots.
Bath County officials say they're optimistic they'll get a 1-point-4 million dollar grant from the state.
If approved, the grant would pay for upgrades to the park's roads and sewer system, as well as provide financial assistance and workforce development services for residents.
Just about all of us appreciate a good meal. But some doctors are now looking at the role food can play in the healing process.
It sounds like an unusual concept, but as Dr. Sean Kenniff tells us, it really seems to work for some.
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((;JIM LANGSTONS 10-YEAR BATTLE WITH HIS WEIGHT AND HIS DIET IS
ALMOST A TYPICAL AMERICAN...TALE
(NAT: I AM FEELING A LOT BETTER)
UNTIL HE TELLS YOU HOW HE LEARNED FIRST-HAND ABOUT THE HEALING POWERS
SOT: JIM LANGSTON
IN A MONTHS PERIOD OF TIME I BEGAN TO REALIZE - WOW I CAN BEGIN TO SEE
THE LIGHTS FROM A BLOCK AWAY AGAIN.
ALL FROM EATING MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND LESS FAT.
EVENTUALLY-HE WAS ABLE TO DRIVE AGAIN. JIM SAYS HE HAD NO IDEA THAT
CHANGING WHAT HE ATE COULD MAKE SUCH AN IMPACT ON HIS VISION.
AND THATS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WITH DIET IN THE U-S -- SAY
DOCTORS AND NUTRITIONISTS AT BASTYR UNIVERSITY --THE COUNTRYS OLDEST
UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL HEALTH SCIENCE
SOT: DR. JANE GUILTINAN/BASTYR UNIVERSITY (ND)
THE IDEA AND THE CONCEPT THAT FOOD IS YOUR VERY FOUNDATIONAL SOURCE OF
HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS A CONCEPT THAT MOST AMERICANS HAVE NEVER HEARD OF.
BUT CHANGING THE AMERICAN MINDSET IS A MONUMENTAL TASK. BASTYR
(BASS-TEAR) STAFF ADVOCATE WHATS KNOWN AS THE WHOLE FOODS APPROACH.
SOT: BUCK LEVIN/BASTYR UNIVERSITY, NUTRITIONIST
WHOLE FOODS REALLY JUST MEANS THAT YOU EAT THE FOOD-AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
- IN THE WAY THAT YOU PULLED IT OUT OF THE GROUND-PLUCKED IT OFF THE
STEM-CAUGHT IT ON A FISHING LINE OUT OF THE WATER.
;GETTING BACK TO THE BASICSWHICH IS NOT HOW MOST AMERICANS EAT AT
EVERY MEAL. IT TAKES THOUGHT-AND PREPARATION. AND TIME
EXPERTS NATIONWIDE SEEM TO AGREE THAT EVEN MOVING SLOWLY-LIKE JIM--
TOWARDS A DIET RICHER IN WHOLE FRUITS AND WHOLE VEGETABLES WILL LEAD
YOU ON A PATH TO HEALING
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AT BASTYR-HEALING MEANS-NOT JUST MOVING AWAY FROM A NEGATIVE HEALTH
PROBLEM. IT ALSO MEANS YOU MOVE FORWARD TO SOME KIND OF VITALITY AND
ONE BITE AT A TIME. DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll have a preview of tonight's Lunar Eclipse. And Leo will tell us if we should be able to see it.
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The clouds and showers may put a damper on OUR view of it, but a rare lunar eclipse is happening tonight.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes in the shadow of the Earth.
To the naked eye, it makes the moon take on an unusual color.
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Dr. Espenak says the eclipse will happen at around 10 tonight.
It'll be the first TOTAL lunar eclipse in more than three years.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP six points. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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Coming up in sports... Virginia Tech struggles to get out of the Big East, and into the A-C-C.
and we'll tell you why one golfer may be barking up the wrong tree with his latest caddy.
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The Hokies haven't given up on getting into the Atlantic Coast Conference, but they're worried about the "uncertainty" they'll face if they're not part of the expansion.
Mike Stevens has more.
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[SUPER=01-Seth Greenberg/Virginia Tech Basketball Coach; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Women's Head Coach; 1:38]
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(( Despite the appearance of this serene drill field moment, it has not been a beautiful day in the neighborhood for the Hokies.
From the athletic fields on the western side of the campus to the administrative offices - there is uncertainty about the Hokies' future and which conference the school's athletes and coaches will end up serving.
((FRANK BEAMER: 412TC))
Beamer spent part of the morning meeting with athletic director Jim Weaver and school president Charles Steger.
Weaver told us that due to the urgency of the matter he did not have time to talk and refused to do an interview.
His latest hire believes that Weaver will get the job done.
((SETH GREENBERG: 1236TC))
Maybe so - but football drives the athletic department and if Tech doesn't get in the ACC and the Big East falls apart - every team on campus will feel the fallout.))
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A golfer's best friend is his caddy--
Now man's best friend is proving he's up for the job.
Skip Johnson has rigged his golf bag, so that his two- year- old dog, Indie, can pull it across the course like a cart.
Johnson says Indie has always walked slowly, so it made perfect sense to bring him along on golfing trips.
Teaching him how to caddy just took a little training.
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((SKIP JOHNSON/INDIE'S GOLF PARTNER:AT FIRST I HAD HIM DRAGGING A STICK BEHIND HIM FOR A WHILE. AND THEN I KEPT INCREASING THE WEIGHT A LITTLE BIT UNTIL I GOT UP TO GOLF CART SIZE. ))
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Now that Indie's learned the golf course, it's almost like he can read his master's mind.
Johnson says his canine caddy is the perfect companion for 18- holes, even if he can't find lost golf balls.
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