A major headache for drivers this morning on a section of Interstate 5-81.
More than a dozen motorists got flat tires after running over nails and spikes in the northbound lanes near Orange Avenue.
And Altavista police say they've found the body of a man who went over a bridge last week.
After some heavy showers late yesterday we can finally dry out today. I'll have your sunny forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Part of Interstate 581 were closed this morning after more than a dozen drivers ended up with flat tires.
State officials say nails and spikes in the northbound lanes of 581 near Orange Avenue punctured tires on approximately 15 to 20 cars.
V-DOT crews then blocked off two of the three lanes of traffic and cleaned up the debris.
Police are investigating how the nails got on the roadway in the first place. The road has reopened
A missing- person search has come to an end in Altavista, as police discover the body of a man who fell over a bridge last week.
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Authorities in Pittsylvania County have spent nine days searching for Roger Timothy Farmer of Roanoke. He was last seen going over the east side of the Staunton River Bridge in the Hurt community.
Miles of the Roanoke River were searched by air and with police dogs before the body was discovered yesterday evening by a passer-by at Riverside Park.
The case remains under investigation, pending an autopsy.
Meanwhile, there are STILL no answers in the search for a missing woman who fell over a rail in the Cascade community during the Memorial Day weekend.
A conservative Christian group based in Bedford County is taking the federal government to court, because of a NO-fly zone over Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The Family Policy Network says the rule violates its freedom of speech.
It wants to fly planes carrying banners over the park this weekend for the annual Gay Days celebration.
Chris Trenkmann has more.
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That was Chris Trenkmann reporting.
Authorities are still trying to determine how a woman carried out a suicide bombing aboard a bus in southern Russia.
There are also differing accounts of the number of casualties.
Russian prosecutors say at least 16 people died, but a government official says 19 were killed.
One official says the woman blew herself up after boarding the bus at a railway crossing.
But a prosecutor says she was standing next to the bus when she detonated the explosives.
The bus was carrying military and civilian personnel to an airfield near Chechnya when the blast occurred.
This was the third attack in three weeks by a female suicide bomber.
President Bush wrapped up his week- long trip to Europe and the Middle East with a stop in Qatar to give thanks to U-S troops.
But even as the President made his rounds, American soldiers were still under attack.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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IN A FLAG-WAVING, THANK-YOU SPEECH TO U-S TROOPS IN QATAR, THE
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF SHOWED NO SIGNS OF PULLING OUT OF THE REGION ANYTIME
SOT: (Bush) Weve got a lot of work to do in Iraq. And were going to
stay the course until the job gets done.
THE PRESIDENTS PEP RALLY COMES AS MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ADVISORS IN
IRAQ STRUGGLE TO REBUILD THE COUNTRY WHILE STILL SEARCHING FOR CLUES
TO SADDAM HUSSEINS WHEREABOUTS AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
SOT: (Bush) Were on the look, well reveal the truth.
BUT THE U-S AND BRITAIN ARE FACING MOUNTING CRITICISM OVER FAILURE TO
DISCOVER ANY REAL SMOKING GUN. AT THE SAME TIME, ATTACKS AGAINST
AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ KEEP COMING.
(LOCATOR: FALLUJAH, IRAQ)
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IN FALLUJAH, JUST WEST OF BAGHDAD, THE LOUDSPEAKER WARNS IRAQIS NOT TO
LEAVE THEIR HOMES OR THEY COULD BE KILLED. THE AMERICANS BROADCAST THE
MESSAGE AFTER A U-S SOLDIER WAS KILLED AND SEVERAL OTHERS WOUNDED TODAY
IN A GRENADE ATTACK. TWO OTHER SOLDIERS WERE HURT IN A SEPARATE GUN
BATTLE IN BAGHDAD.
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STANDUP: On his way home, President Bush didnt stop in Iraq, but Air
Force One did fly over Iraqi airspace for about an hour ... escorted by
four F-18s. As Mr. Bush flew over Baghdad, he pointed out several
landmarks that had been hit the first night of the war. Teri Okita, CBS
All along the east coast, dry weather's been hard to come by this spring.
In New Jersey, continued heavy rain has led to flooding this week.
Some motorists had to abandon their cars and get around by boat or by raft.
These folks, stranded in floodwaters, had to be rescued by paramedics and firefighters.
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It was a similar story last night in Southside.
Storms rumbled through Henry County, dumping torrential rains and flooding some roads and homes.
Henry County authorities reported several evacuations across the area.
Some places, like this road in Fieldale, saw several inches of rain and had to be closed for several hours.
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Coming up next on the newscast, troubled domestic diva Martha Stewart answers her critics.
Also authorities are learning more about how accused bomber Eric Ruldolph avoided detection for five years in the woods of North Carolina.
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She's been in the news a LOT this week.
Now Martha Stewart is launching her own public relations campaign to fight the list of federal charges against her.
Jennifer Miller has more.
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THE QUEEN OF GOOD LIVING, FACING A NINE COUNT CRIMINAL INDICTMENT, IS
DESIGNING HER OWN PUBLIC DEFENSE. CLAIMING SHE IS INNOCENT AND WILL
FIGHT TO CLEAR HER NAME ... THURSDAY MARTHA STEWART PRINTED A FULL PAGE
AD IN USA TODAY TELLING READERS ... "THE GOVERNMENT'S ATTEMPT TO
CRIMINALIZE THESE ACTIONS MAKES NO SENSE TO ME."
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"It's a little too late... and I also think this is kind of throwing a
little salt in the face of prosecutors."
WEDNESDAY THOSE PROSECUTORS CHARGED HER WITH SECURITIES FRAUD,
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND CONSPIRACY.
SOT, JAMES COMEY, U.S. ATTORNEY
"Martha Stewart may be famous but that's no reason for treating her any
different from any other defendant."
MUCH OF THE CASE APPEARS HINGED ON WHETHER STEWART HAD A STANDING
AGREEMENT WITH HER BROKER TO SELL HER IMCLONE STOCK IF IT FELL BELOW
60-DOLLARS A SHARE ... OR WHETHER SHE DUMPED THE STOCK UPON GETTING
INSIDE INFORMATION IT WOULD SOON DROP.
SOT, THOMAS AJAMIE/ EXPERT IN SECURITIES LAW:
"The government looks like it has a case from the indictment. If you
look at this very lengthy document they've filed at the court they've
layed out very specific facts about documents it looks like she altered
and also documents that her stock broker forged."
MILLER STANDUP BRIDGE:
STEWART'S SIDE IS LAID OUT ON HER NEW WEBSITE MARTHATALKS.COM .... WHERE
VISITORS CAN READ HER ATTORNEY'S STATEMENT AND SEND EMAILS.
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AFTER THE INDICTMENT, STEWART STEPPED DOWN AS CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF
EXECUTIVE OF HER COMPANY. FOR THE TIME BEING, SHE REMAINS ON THE BOARD
JENNIFER MILLER CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Federal agents have completed their searches of two campsites, where suspected bomber Eric Rudolph is believed to have spent much of his time on the run.
His ability to survive in the woods near his home in Murphy, North Carolina kept him out of the reach of authorities for five years.
Thalia Assuras has the story.
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q: is this fairly well camouflaged, a hard place to find? a: most
everything is fairly well camouflaged in the mountains in the spring and
summer because you can see the foliage is heavy.
JUST SIX MILES FROM TOWN, UP A STEEP SLOPE ARE THE REMAINS OF ONE
CAMPSITE ... UNDER A THICK CANOPY OF LEAVES THAT AREIAL SEARCHES
a: you can see where he's had a campfire and tried to make it where it
wouldnt get out of control and -- of course, if he set the woods on
fire, i guess people would come and look.
RUDOLPH TOLD SOME OF HIS JAILERS THAT HUNTERS ALMOST SPOTTED HIM A
COUPLE OF TIMES, BUT HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS FINDING FOOD.
He talked about livin' on lizards and acorns and he said that he almost
starved to death for the first few months.
q: there are onions, tomatoes, looks like a: squash. q: squash // a:
looks like some broccoli stalk. q: mm-hmm // q: did he survive
completely on -- on his skills as a survialist? a: not really. i mean if
he was really surviving on his skills as a survivalist, then you
wouldn't see the onions, tomatoes, and the squash.
RUDOLPH APPARENTLY FORAGED FOR FOOD IN DUMPSTERS AND GARDENS. HE HAD
SUPPLIES OF GRAINS, LIKELY FROM NEARBY FARMS. INVESTIGATORS ALSO SAY HE
HUNTED -- WILD TURKEY, DEER AND BOAR -- USING A RIFLE. STILL, HE WAS
HUNGRY WHEN CAUGHT.
we fed him -- he actually ate two breakfasts.// he wanted some extra
fruit and vegetables and we went and got those for him.
(STANDUP) RUDOLPH WAS CAPTURED IN THAT GROCERY STORE LOT. CAMOUFLAGE
NEARBY PROVIDED BY DENSE WOODS. THE CAMPSITE IS ON THAT HEAVILY
FORESTED MOUNTAIN, SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS UP.
a: now these are just basic boyscout kind of things -- nothing really
fancy. // q: what would he use that tarpaper for? a: well, to cover
things, to keep 'em waterproof, even to cover himself if the weather got
bad. // the wire would be used to keep animals out of things.
THOUGH RUDOLPH ELUDED AUTHORITIES FOR SO LONG, ONCE IN THIS DETENTION
ROOM, DRINKING COFFEE AND SMOKING CIGARETTES, HE TALKED WITH HIS
He asked me which political affiliation i was and i said democrat and
that kind of took him back a little bit and i saidnow wait a minute -
southern democrat - more, more on the conservative side than the liberal
...AND ABOUT RELIGION.
he probably felt more strongly in ways in religion avenues than i did.
otherwise, he wouldn't be in birminghamn today.
THAT'S WHERE RUDLOPH FACES TRIAL FOR THE BOMBING OF AN ABORTION CLINIC.
HE IS NOW BEHIND BARS INDOORS ... RATHER THAN IN A SELF-IMPOSED PRISON
OUTDOORS. THALIA ASSURAS, CBS NEWS, MURPHY, NORTH CAROLINA.
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Next on the newscast, Governor Warner says if Virginians want better roads, they will have to pay for them, one way or another.
Plus we'll see why some inhabitants of a zoo are trying to horn their way into bowling.
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A girl doctors say is lucky to be alive returned home to Roanoke this week.
Nine year old Tessa Milliner is now resting at home.
Her mother said she came home from the U-V-A medical center Tuesday night, and is doing great.
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Milliner suffered severe head injuries after slipping off a path along the Roanoke River last month.
Her mother said last night that she's hopeful Tessa will have a full recovery, though it's going to take some time.
Governor Mark Warner says Virginians have a decision to make. They will have to pay for costlier roads or face increases in traffic problems.
The state government has cut its budget by six-billion dollars in the last year-and-a-half. After the harsh winter, money that was set aside to build new roads was instead spent on road repairs and snow removal.
Warner says there is an alternative. If Virginians do not want to pay additional gasoline or sales taxes, tolls roads are a consideration.
Most amateur bowlers spend a lot of time searching for a ball that fits their hand--
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But two Rhinos at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City bypassed that step, and just rolled the ball with their horns and snouts.
Zookeepers stuffed paper mache bowling balls with fruit, and scented them with peppermint.
It's all part of an enrichment program that triggers the rhinos' sense of smell, and behavioral response.
And both seemed bowled over by their newfound past- time.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 23 points. The NASDAQ has dropped four.
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Next on the newscast, the N-B-A finals get underway in Texas,
And slugger Sammy Sosa prepares for a big meeting as the league considers uncorking a controversy.
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Sammy Sosa will be meeting with baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson to talk about a possible suspension after cork was found in the slugger's bat.
Meanwhile the rest of Sosa's bats appear to be cork free.
The organization has found nothing wrong with the 76 bats it confiscated from Sosa on Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs outfielder was ejected in the first inning of Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.
The rest of his bats were X-rayed yesterday.
Major League Baseball won't likely decide how it'll punish Sosa before tonight or tomorrow.
The N-B-A finals tipped off last night in San Antonio.
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In honor of the first all A-B-A / N-B-A finals, former ABA greats Julius Erving and George Gervin, Doctor J , and the IceMan joined David Robinson and Jason Kidd for the ceremonial opening tip.
The Nets came into the game with a 10- game postseason winning streak.
They played very well in the first half, as Kenyon Martin kept his team in front most of the first two quarters.
But Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and David Robinson were too much.
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The Spurs beat the Nets, 101 to 89 in game one.
Game two is tomorrow night.
Will they stay or will they go?
That's what Big East big- wigs wanted to know from Miami's Donna Shalala, when they met yesterday.
Tech President Charles Steger - along with the presidents from four other Big East Schools- voiced their concerns with Shalala in an hour- long meeting in Washington.
While she wasn't talking to reporters, she later issued a statement, saying she understands the importance of doing the right thing for her institution, for both the short term and the long haul.
ACC reps are heading back from Syracuse after trying to make what's considered its toughest sell out of the three schools targeted for expansion.
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John Swofford says the tours and the constant dialogue are essential for both the Orangemen and the ACC.
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Swofford said the next step will be for the presidents of the ACC schools to hear reports about each of the three site visits.
Then there will be additional conversations with Syracuse, Boston College and Miami.
A final decision should be made by the end of the month.
Syracuse's athletic director said the visit was "fruitful" and "encouraging," but added the school is not ready to make a decision on leaving the Big East.
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