Hillary Clinton invites you to feel her pain. She talks about the Monica affair in her new book.
And Martha Stewart could be just hours away from facing federal charges.
We're finding a few breaks of sunshine as temperatures warm up but afternoon thunderstorms are still in the forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Falling company stock prices may be the least of Martha Stewart's worries.
C-B-S reports that federal charges could heading her way as early as today.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Martha Stewart may soon stand before a judge and jury.
The domestic diva is expected to face indictment this afternoon.
Her attorney has stated that Martha Stewart plans to
plead innocent if she IS indicted in the insider trading scandal.
He adds that she's ready to go to trial.
Stewart has been the target of a criminal investigation, stemming
from the sale of her Inclone shares in December 2001.
She's denied any wrongdoing in the sale.
Jennifer Miller joins now us from New York with the latest.
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PROSECUTORS ARE BEFORE A FEDERAL GRAND JURY SEEKING AN INDICTMENT
AGAINST MARTHA STEWART. AMONG THE POSSIBLE CHARGES... insider trading,
obstruction of justice, and making false statements.
HER ATTORNEY HAS ALREADY SAID, STEWART WILL PLEAD NOT GUILTY.
THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN WHEN STEWART SOLD 4-THOUSAND SHARES OF INCLOME
SYSTEMS STOCK. NOT A CRIME BUT SHE SOLD IT JUST BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT
RELEASED INFORMATION THAT SENT THE STOCK TUMBLING.
STEWART IS FRIENDS WITH THE COMPANYS FOUNDER, SAM WAKSAL, WHO HAS PLEAD
GUILTY TO INSIDER TRADING BUT HE HAS NEVER IMPLICATED STEWART.
HER ATTORNEY SAYS STEWART DESIGNED A PLAN TO CUT HER LOSSES ... DUMP
THE STOCK IF IT FELL BELOW 60-DOLLARS.
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SHARES OF HER COMPANY, MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA, HAVE DIPPED FROM
19-DOLLARS A SHARE ... TO ABOUT NINE-DOLLARS AT WEDNESDAYS OPENING
BUT SHAREHOLDERS ARE STANDING BY HER.
"Who is to say it really happened. It's just their word against hers."
President Bush is covering more miles as he pushes his road map to peace in the Middle East.
He's heading to Qatar after wrapping up today's summit with Iraeli and Palestinian leaders in Jordan.
Both sides made crucial promises at the summit, during which President Bush told them they must learn to share the Holy Land.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud (MAHK- mood) Abbas vowed to end terror attacks on Israelis.
Likewise, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the immediate scrapping of some Jewish outposts on the West Bank.
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Bush's plan calls for a Palestinian state at peace with Israel by the year 2005.
Meanwhile, an explosion has rocked another part of Jordan.
A tanker truck carrying gasoline overturned today, and exploded in Amman.
Officials say at least 15 people were killed, including two children.
There's still no word on what caused the blast.
Several vehicles were burned in the blaze, but the driver of the tanker truck was able to escape.
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Closer to home, a chemical spill in Christiansburg brought out Haz-Mat crews last night and sent one person to the hospital.
A truck loaded with calcium chloride overturned just before 11:00 last night.
The accident happened near the intersection of Peppers Ferry and Jenelle Roads.
At least one person has been taken to the hospital. There's no word on the severity of that person's injuries.
A Roanoke-based National Guard infantry unit is making final preparations to head out for active duty.
35 members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry leave for Fort Dix, New Jersey tomorrow. They're expected to serve a year in support of Operation Noble Eagle, the nation's Homeland Security response to the 9-11 attacks.
The National Guard will honor them in a departure ceremony late this afternoon, and we'll bring you the story on News 7 at 6.
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Governor Warner says Virginia is taking steps to help thousands of high school students graduate next year. It will be the first year that students must pass S-O-L tests to receive their diplomas.
Warner yesterday announced a series of pilot programs called "Project Graduation."
The program offers summer school and online courses to students who need extra help to pass the Standards of Learning exams.
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The program is being funded as part of President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform plan.
In other news from Richmond, opponents have lost another round in their battle to prevent expanded alcohol sales at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Their only recourse now is going to court.
The A-B-C board yesterday granted the Civic Center an expanded wine and beer license for Civic Center events.
The board said objections from opponents had not been substantiated.
City officials say the new license will help make the Civic Center more competitive.
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Opponents have thirty days to appeal the decision in circuit court.
They tell us they'll consider the action, but have not yet decided.
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Actress Rita Moreno has much different role at the moment. Just ahead, we'll talk live with her about heart disease and diabetes.
And our most recent former First Lady has plenty to say about Monica and Bill in her new book. That story is next.
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Award- winning actress Rita Moreno is known for a variety of roles ranging from the children's T-V show, "Electric Company" to the current H-B-O hit, "Oz."
These days, she's also serving as the national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's The Heart of Diabetes program.
Rita joins us now via satellite, along with Harvard University cardiologist Doctor Jorge Plutzky.
Good afternoon to both of you.
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(Rita, I understand that your mother and sister in law died of Type Two Diabetes- related illnesses... Did their death
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isease and diabetes?)
(How can people enroll in your free program?)
Thank you both so much for talking to us this afternoon.
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Former First Lady and current Senator Hillary Clinton has written an eye- opening book describing the infamous affair that nearly destroyed her husband's Presidency.
Tracy Smith has details on the candid new book, which goes on sale next week.
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In her upcoming memoirs, Democratic Senator and former first lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton describes in candid detail her pain and anguish
over her husband's affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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"I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."
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Senator Clinton says in her book, "Living History," that she believed
that explanation at first, writing:
"For me, the Lewinsky imbroglio seemed like just another vicious scandal
manufactured by political opponents."
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In the much-anticipated 562-page volume, Senator Clinton says her
husband confessed the affair to her only days before he testified before
a grand jury and admitted to the country,
"Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was
inappropriate. In fact, it was wrong."
"He told me what had happened between then had been brief and sporadic,"
Mrs. Clinton writes.
"I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling
at him, 'What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to
"He just stood there saying over and over again, 'I'm sorry. I'm so
sorry. I was trying to protect you and Chelsea.' "
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The former first lady says she decided that she still loved her husband,
"as a wife, I wanted to wring Bill's neck."
Mrs. Clinton says her decision to stay married in the wake of the
Lewinsky scandal was one of the two most difficult decisions of her life
-- along with her decision to run for Senate in 2000. The former first
lady was paid a whopping 8 million dollars to write the book, which will
hit shelves next Tuesday. Tracy Smith, CBS News, New York.
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A key abortion vote in Congress today. The details are still ahead.
And we'll meet the new Miss Universe, who is doing more than just filling her mother's shoes.
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Those on both sides of the abortion debate are keeping a close eye on Congress today.
House Republicans are expected to easily pass a ban on what some call ``partial birth'' abortions.
A similar ban has already passed in the Senate, and is likely to be signed by President Bush.
Meanwhile, abortion rights groups say they'll fight it in court.
In Spain, a head- on collision between a passenger train and a freight train has left at least 11 people dead.
The accident happened yesterday, but smoke can still be seen rising from the charred wreckage.
Rescue workers are searching for more than a dozen others who are missing and feared dead.
Rail officials say dozens more were injured.
The crews of both locomotives were killed in the accident.
She's following in her mother's footsteps, and then some.
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Miss Dominican Republic Amelia Vega has gone on to earn the title of Miss Universe.
The 18- year- old beat out 70 other contestants in last night's pageant in Panama City.
Vega's mother, meanwhile, represented the Dominican Republic in the 19- 80 Miss World pageant.
The first runner- up last night was Miss Venezuela, followed by Miss South Africa in third place.
Wall Street is on a roll today. At Noon,
the Dow was UP 70 points. Nasdaq was UP 14 points.
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Falcons find a home in the city. We'll fly in with the details after sports.
And Sammy Sosa uncorks a controversy, when his broken bat reveals a major league no-no.
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In sports, Sammy Sosa didn't get a chance to knock one out of the park during last night's game against Tampa Bay, because HE was thrown out of the game.
The Cubs had runners at second and third in the first inning, when Sosa broke his bat with what appeared to be an R-B-I grounder.
He was ejected when umpires found cork in his shattered bat.
Sosa later explained it was a case of mistaken identity.
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Sosa apologized for the incident.
He says Major League Baseball has taken all of his bats to check them for cork.
Despite the distraction, the Cubs went on to beat the Devil Rays, 3 to 2.
Peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out by pesticides, but now the rare birds are making a comeback.
Meghan Muldoon takes us to Richmond for this avian success story.
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This mama peregrine falcon is not happy about all of the attention her chicks are receiving.
But the one female and two males hatched two months ago on the 17th floor balcony of a downtown Richmond office building are making history.
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Once an endangered species, peregrine falcons have made a strong comeback in much of the U-S but are still a threatened species in Virginia.
This family of falcons is part of a two-decade long effort to bring the birds back to the Commonwealth.
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The chicks are expected to leave the nest and start flying in the next few days.
They have been outfitted with solar-powered transmitters and id bands so they can be tracked.
Conservationists are eager to learn where the falcons go and why so few of them survive.
The falcons, whose native homes are the cliffs of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, have caused quite a stir.
There has been so much interest, a website has been set up so bird-watchers can get a minute-by-minute view of the family.
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State conservationists are hoping that the flight of the falcons will become an annual spectacle for years to come.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
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