Summer vacation begins a day early for students at a Roanoke Elementary school.
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Classes for 3rd and 4th graders at Huff Lane Microvilliage Elementary have been cancelled today because of an electrical emergency.
The 5th grade promotion ceremony will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Buses will provide transportation to and from the ceremony on regular routes.
A rocket- propelled grenade has killed an American soldier and wounded five others in Iraq.
It came one day after more than 15- hundred soldiers from the U-S Army's Third Infantry Division moved into the Fallujah area to stop attacks against American forces.
The military says it doesn't know who launched today's grenade attack.
As President Bush prepares to head home from the Middle East, new questions are arising about the war in Iraq.
Today Bush visited coalition troops in Qatar, congratulating them on a job well done.
But now the reason for which he sent them into battle is coming under fire.
More than a month after major combat ended in Iraq, there's still no sign of any weapons of mass destruction.
Now critics question whether the intelligence reports about such weapons were exaggerated to justify war.
Pentagon officials that's not true.
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[IN Q=This suggestion that we ]
((DOUGLAS FEITH/U. S. UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE: THIS SUGGESTION THAT WE SAID TO THEM 'THIS IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR, GO FIND IT,' IS PRECISELY THE INACCURACY THAT WE ARE HERE TO REBUT. ))
[SUPER=01-Douglas Feith/U. S. Undersecretary of Defense;]
[OUT Q=we are here to rebut.]
Meanwhile, British leaders have launched an investigation.
A U-S senate committee plans to do the same, trying to determine if there was political pressure to find weapons of mass destruction.
A measure banning late- term abortions is a step closer to President Bush's signature.
The House passed the bill last night.
The Senate approved a similar measure in March, but differences between the two must be ironed out before it's sent on to the President.
One provision of the bill says doctors could spend two years in prison if they knowingly perform a partial- birth abortion.
Meanwhile, abortion rights supporters say they'll challenge the measure in court.
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As quickly as it came in, it quickly left.
Storms rumbled through southside last night, dumping torrential rains and flooding some roads and homes.
Henry County authorities reported several evacuations across the county.
Some areas like this road in Fieldale saw several inches of rain and had to be closed for several hours.
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Wet weather has forced one of Lynchburg's most popular events out of its traditional home along the riverfront.
This year's Fair By the James actually will "not" take place along the James River.
Heavy rains have delayed crews working to revitalize the Jefferson Street area.
So the Fair has been relocated to the lower level of the Plaza shopping center off Memorial Avenue.
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[IN Q=We cast about]
((FRANK SMITH/FRIENDS OF LYNCHBURG SYMPHONY: WE CAST ABOUT LOOKING FOR A NEW AREA, AND WE THOUGH THE PLAZA WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO HAVE IT AND THEY WANTED US HERE SO HERE WE ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Smith/Friends of Lynchburg Symphony]
[OUT Q=here we are.]
The Fair gets underway tonight and runs through Sunday.
Smith says organizers don't expect any dropoff in attendance because of the new location.
We also want to note that Frank Smith, in addition to being one of the Fair organizers, is a sales representative
35 local national guardsmen will leave family and friends today to begin active duty.
For the next year, the men of "Company C, First Battalion, 116th Infantry" will help with homeland security at Fort Monroe in Virginia.
Marya Jones was there as they said goodbye to their families.
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[IN Q=NATS of National Anthem]
[SUPER=01-Mike Hardgrove/National Guardsman; :15]
[SUPER=01-Brian Tuck/National Guardsman; :51]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Roanoke.]
Martha Stewart is no longer in charge of the media empire she created.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
The domestic diva is stepping down as C-E-O after being charged by the government in the Imclone insider trading scandal.
But a statement says Stewart will remain on the company's board.
Stewart pleaded not guilty to charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice
If convicted, she'll face prison time.
She still says she didn't do anything wrong.
In business news, Taco Bell is in the dog house over its talking Chihuahua ad campaign.
A federal jury in Michigan has ruled the fast food chain has to pay more than 30 million dollars to Thomas Rinks and Joseph
Shields, who say Taco Bell stole their idea for the ad campaign.
The men said they pitched the idea of a ``Psycho Chihuahua'' more than a year before Taco Bell began airing the ads.
However, the company says the proposal came from a big advertising company.
It plans to appeal.
In other news, Stocks rallied yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Investors went on a buying spree, as they cheered a couple of upbeat
THAT PUSHED THE DOW UP 116 POINTS TO CLOSE ABOVE 9THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
THE NASDAQ RAN UP 31 POINTS TO A 52 WEEK HIGH....
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: Delta Air Lines outlined plans to save $2.5
billion in costs by the end of 2005. Among the company's plans -- is an
investment of more than $200 million in technology to improve productivity.
DELTA WILL ALSO REDESIGN employee benefits as part of a review of its
contracted services and other overhead expenses.
Delta said it expects to see significant cost savings by the third and
fourth quarters of 2003.
United Airlines is launching its biggest marketing campaign in years in
hopes of luring back more business travelers.
The promotion -- four trips for the price of three -- will be backed by
full-page ads in national newspapers throughout the summer travel season.
Customers who fly three eligible paid round trips between today and
September 30th will earn a free round-trip ticket for travel within the
us.United airlines filed for bankruptcy last December it hopes to emerge
from chapter 11 next year.
track all the premarket action at cbs.mw.com i'm ac in new york.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Patrick Henry High School's football coach says he may have taken his rapport with players too far.
Yesterday, Kevin Clifford was convicted of assault for smacking 16-year old Brett Moyer in the face after a winning game against Halifax last November.
During his testimony in Halifax County Court, the teacher and coach said he was just joking around.
But Moyer says Clifford appeared angry although his coach hugged him after the slap.
Word about the incident eventually spread although Moyer did *not* report it.
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[IN Q=He's a 16 year old boy...]
((CATHY ESWORTHY/BRETT MOYER'S MOTHER: HE'S A 16-YEAR OLD BOY, COMING FORWARD ABOUT A COACH SMACKING HIM... IT'S NOT THE KIND OF THING A TEENAGE BOY WANTS TO COME HOME AND TELL HIS MOMMY AND THERE'S SOME CONFLICTS WITH MY HUSBAND BEING THE HEAD BASKETBALL COACH.))
[SUPER=01-Cathy Esworthy/Brett Moyer's Mother;]
[OUT Q=husband being the head basketball coach.]
Clifford had also been charged with cursing at the student but Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Anderson Nelson dropped that charge.
For the assault, Clifford was sentenced to pay a 50-dollar fine.
Aside from thanking his supporters, he had no comment.
His attorney says he's unsure what the ruling means for Clifford's job.
More arrests have been made in a decade old Halifax County murder case.
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It happened on December 21st 1993 in the parking lot of the Riverdale Amoco on Highway 58, near South Boston.
23 year old Joseph Gibbons and 20 year old John LaPrade both of Lynchburg were found shot in the back of the head.
Yesterday, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 30 year old Verlie Word Junior of Halifax.
Investigators say the motive appears to have been robbery.
A drug investigation two years ago produced several clues that led to yesterday arrest.
Yesterday evening, deputies arrested a second man in connection with this case.
He is 30 year old Dexter Dixon of South Boston.
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A Lynchburg non-profit agency says it's making progress in its effort to close a 44-thousand dollar budget gap created by a cut in city funding.
Last month, Lynchburg city council voted not to fund two programs run by the Alliance for Families and Children.. in part because Alliance C-O-O Joan Foster is a council member.
The agency hopes the high-profile battle over the funds will help convince the public to respond to a recent fund-raising letter.
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[IN Q=The community believes]
((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES: THE COMMUNITY BELIEVES IN OUR CAUSE AND MY GUESS WOULD BE THAT 90 PERCENT OF THE COMMUNITY WOULD BE BEHIND US. WE HAVE RECEIVED SO MUCH SUPPORT VERBALLY AND NOW FINANCIALLY.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Prest/Alliance for Families]
[OUT Q=and now financially.]
Prest says in just a week, they've raised more than 16-thousand dollars to keep the programs going.
Good news for the child who's been called a "miracle girl."
9 year old Tessa Milliner is now resting at her home in Roanoke.
Her mother said she came home from the U-V-A medical center Tuesday night and is doing great.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 11;]
The little girl suffered severe head injuries after slipping off a path along the Roanoke River last month.
Her mother said last night that she's hopeful she'll have a full recovery, though it's going to take time.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The Presidents of several Big East Schools met with Miami president Donna Shalala yesterday, in hopes of holding the conference together.
The woman calling the plays at Miami did not speak to reporters, but through a statement last night said she understands the importance of doing the right thing for her institution, for both the short term and the long haul.
The other presidents did speak yesterday.
Meghan Muldoon caught up with them in Washington.
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[IN Q=The Big East wants to know]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Richard McCormick/Rutgers University President; :25]
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President; :42 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Philip Austin/University of Connecticut President; 1:13]
[OUT Q=News 7, Washington.]
In business news, The Dow closed above 9-thousand for the first time in ten months.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((INVESTORS SEIZED ON SIGNS OF STRENGTH IN THE SERVICES SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY AND STOCKS BENEFITTED WEDNESDAY.
THE DOW GAINED 116 POINTS AND CLOSED ABOVE NINE-THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN MONTHS.
THE NASDAQ WAS UP 31 TO ANOTHER 12-MONTH HIGH.
ACTIVITY IN AMERICA'S SERVICE INDUSTRIES PICKED UP IN MAY.
THE INSTITUTE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT'S REPORTS ITS INDEX OF NON-MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY REGISTERED 54-POINT-5 COMPARED TO 50-POINT SEVEN IN APRIL.
ANY READING ABOVE 50 INDICATES A GROWTH IN THE SECTOR.
THE SERVICE SECTOR MAKES UP 80-PERCENT OF THE TOTAL U-S ECONOMY. IT'S ALSO THE NATION'S LARGEST EMPLOYER.
PALM IS SET TO BUY HANDSPRING FOR 169-MILLION-DOLLARS.
THE COMPETING HANDHELD DEVICE MANUFACTURES ANNOUNCED
THEY WILL CLOSE THE AGREEMENT THIS FALL AFTER PALM SPINS OFF ITS SOFTWARE UNIT.
HANDSPRING WAS CREATED BY THREE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUNDERS OF PALM.
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS HAVE OFFICIALLY CHARGED MARTHA STEWART WITH NINE FELONY COUNTS, SAYING SHE LIED TO INVESTIGATORS WHO WERE PROBING HER SALE OF IMCLONE STOCK.
SIMILAR INDICTMENTS WERE LODGED AGAINST PETER BACANOVIC (BAHK-ah-NOH-vick) HER FORMER STOCKBROKER AT MERRILL LYNCH.
BOTH DEFENDANTS PLEADED INNOCENT.
CONVICTIONS COULD MEAN JAIL TIME.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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A spring water bottling company is looking to possibly expand in Rockbridge County.
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The Big Springs in the Kerr's (CARS) Creek region of Rockbridge County is one of several sites Nestle Water is looking at for its next spring water bottling plant.
The company will spend the next year and a half looking into water quality and environmental impact of the plant, and if the results are positive, the plant could create nearly 250 jobs.
Nestle Water is working with the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council to look into potential environmental hazards.
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[IN Q=We will...]
((LAURENCE MANN/ROCKBRIDGE AREA CONSERVATION COUNCIL; WE WILL HAVE INPUT REALLY FROM THE BEGINNING, FROM EXACTLY WHAT THE STUDIES ARE AND HOW THEY ARE PUT TOGETHER, AND EVALUATING WHAT THE RESULTS ARE AND WHAT THEY TELL US.))
[SUPER=01-Laurence Mann/Rockbridge Area Conservation Council;]
[OUT Q=what they tell us.]
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Barring rain, the R-A-C-C is planning an open seminar Saturday morning at the Big Springs site on Route 60. The event starts at 10 o'clock, and scientists will review the history of the site and environmental issues that might arise if the plant is built.