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After months of speculation, Dick Cranwell has finally made up his mind.
Last night, Cranwell officially announced that he will not run for the state Senate in the 22nd district.
However, another candidate has stepped up to the plate.
Justin Mcleod reports.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dick Cranwell/Former Delegate; :12]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Emick/(D) Candidate for Senate; :45]
[SUPER=01-David Layman/Botetourt Co. Democratic Chrm.; 1:09]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE CLAPPING FOR DICK CRANWELL AT 15:37))
Dick Cranwell arrived to enthusiastic applause.
Within minutes, the Vinton Democrat would take the stage to tell his supporters it wasn't meant to be.
[IN Q=I will tell you]
((DICK CRANWELL/FORMER DELEGATE: I WILL TELL YOU THAT I OBVIOUSLY NOT GOING TO BE THE CANDIDATE FOR ELECTED OFFICE THIS FALL.))
[OUT Q=office this fall]
Cranwell says his family must come first.
However, he did admit after the meeting he was disappointing many.
[IN Q=I understand that]
((DICK CRANWELL/FORMER DELEGATE: I UNDERSTAND THAT. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU THINK IS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FOR YOU.))
[OUT Q=family and for you]
Cranwell plans to actively campaign for Stephen Emick who will be the Democratic candidate.
Emick brushes off any criticism that Cranwell took too long to make his decision.
[IN Q=Campaigns don't start]
((STEVE EMICK/(D) CANDIDATE FOR SENATE: CAMPAIGNS DON'T START IN EARNEST ANY EVENT UNTIL MID-AUGUST ON INTO LABOR DAY AND I WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO PUT TOGETHER AN EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGN.))
[OUT Q=effective campaign]
In that campaign, Emick plans to run on a fiscal conservative platform.
He will make education and those he feels have been left behind the focus of his campaign.
Local Democrats expect a tough campaign.
[IN Q=Obviously with the]
((DAVID LAYMAN/BOTETOURT CO. DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: OBVIOUSLY WITH THE RESTRUCTURE THE WAY IT'S BEEN IT IS GOING TO BE AN EXCITING RACE.))
[OUT Q=exciting race]
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE EMICK NAME MAY BE FAMILIAR TO MANY. BUZZ EMICK IS A FORMER STATE SENATOR AND STEPHEN'S BROTHER MARK IS CURRENTLY RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AGAINST SALEM REPUBLICAN MORGAN GRIFFITH. STEPHEN EMICK WILL RUN AGAINST FORMER REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR BRANDON BELL IN THE NOVEMBER 5TH ELECTION.))
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Another soldier from our area has been killed in Iraq.
Sergeant Michael Dooley of Pulaski was shot and killed when gunmen opened fire at a roadblock Sunday night.
The U-S military says the attackers pulled up to a checkpoint near the Syrian border and asked for medical help for a person in
Then they pulled out pistols and shot Dooley.
Other U-S troops shot back, killing one person and arresting another.
At least one other assailant fled in a vehicle.
Dooley was deployed with the Army in March.
He was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Dooley was 23-years-old.
He and his wife were expecting their first child in October.
Opening statements are expected to begin later today in the capital murder trial of "Leon Jermain Winston".
The 22-year-old Winston is one of two men charged with killing Anthony and Rhonda Robinson in their Sussex Street home last year.
Police say the murders took place in front of the couple's two small children.
Jury selection began yesterday in Lynchburg circuit court.
A Lynchburg man is in custody, charged with the city's second homicide of the year.
On Saturday, police investigating a missing person report found the body of 42-year-old Letitia Farmer Giles inside the Virginian Apartments on Rivermont Avenue.
She had been dead about five days, and police say positive identification was difficult.
Yesterday, Giles' boyfriend, 45-year-old Clarence Edward Elder, Junior was charged with her murder.
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[IN Q=We can't go]
((LT. TOM LAWTON/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE CAN'T GO INTO ANY MORE DETAIL THAN THAT AT THIS TIME. THE CASE IS REALLY BRAND NEW AND WE'RE STILL GETTING INTO THE INVESTIGATION AT THIS POINT AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO JEOPARDIZE THE CASE BY GIVING OUT ANY INFORMATION.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Tom Lawton/Lynchburg Police Department]
[OUT Q=giving out any information.]
Lawton says Giles was identified through her fingerprints.
A medical examiner has confirmed she was murdered, but the exact cause of death has not been released.
Elder is being held without bond.
Authorities say the man arrested for kidnapping a nine year old California girl also sexually assaulted her.
[SUPER=03-San Jose, CA;]
David Cruz is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.
Police say Cruz staked out Jennette Tamayo's (tuh- MY- oh's) home in San Jose, and then grabbed her when she showed up alone after school on Friday.
Jennette turned up at a convenience store on Sunday several cities away.
She helped lead police to her alleged kidnapper.
The U- S government says since 9-11, al- Qaida terrorists have been working hard to build weapons of mass destruction.
In a report to the U-N, U-S officials say al- Qaida will likely try to use a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon within two years.
However, the report does NOT say where the Bush administration believes the attack may happen.
The U-S says despite recent setbacks, al-Qaida still has the ability to ``inflict significant casualties'' with little or no warning.
The city of Radford has passed an ordinance that would allow the sale of alcohol at city parks.
City council approved the ordinance last night with a vote of 3-2.
It would allow vendors to sell beer and alcohol in restricted areas of Bissett Park, Riverside Park and the city's new Recreation Center during non-city events.
Officials say vendors would be required to pay a five-hundred dollar rental fee, and would have to meet several other guidelines before the event is approved.
The ordinance must still undergo another reading later this month before it is enacted.
In business news, Amazon-dot-com is opening a fancy food shop on its website this summer.
Several merchants that have agreed to sell their products on-line include a chocolate wholesaler and a seafood seller.
Also a producer of specialty jams, chocolate-covered cherries and dried-fruit products.
The retailers say they'll take care of shipping the products and will give Amazon a commission from orders placed over the site.
In other news this morning, new information has been released about Worldcom.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((More information is being made public about the downfall of Worldcom.. a
court appointed investigator found that WorldCom's board of directors gave
former Ceo Bernie Ebbers almost unfettered control of the company and its
finances, allowing him to lead the company to the largest bankruptcy in U.S.
THe investigator, Richard Thornburg says Ebbers and former CEO Scott
Sullivan were given discretion to rack up more than $30 billion in debt and
make multibillion acquisitions with minimal input from the board,
Thornburgh said the lack of governance made many people, rather than a few,
responsible for driving WorldCom, into bankruptcy.
on wall street.. a profit warning from Motorola put investors in a selling
the dow fell back 83 points to cloe below the 9k level
the nasdaq dropped 23 points
A new mortgage service allows home buyers to get a current, low-rate mortgage, then
take it with them the next time they move.
E-Trade says its "Mortgage on the Move" program is the first portable mortgage concept
widely available in the U-S. The offer is available for a limited time, and comes with
mortgage interest rates at record lows.
MOVE OVER MARTHA.. KATE SPADE IS LAUNCHING A NEW LIFESTYLE BRAND. BEST KNOWN
FOR HER FABRIC HANDBAGS, KATE SPADE HAS INKED A LICENSING DEAL TO LEND HER
NAME TO FABRICS, WALLPAPER, PLATES AND SHEETS.
LENOX WILL MAKE THE CASUAL AND CHINA PLATES.. WSPRINGS INDUSTRIES WILL
PRODUCE A LINE FOR BOTH BEDROOM AND BATH.. KATE SPADE RECENTLY LAUNCHED HER
OWN PERFUME THAT BARES HER NAME.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
L.I.F.E Bible College East in Christainsburg will close after graduating its senior class next year.
The four-year college is owned and operated by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, headquartered
in Los Angeles.
The organization said in a news release that it will focus on developing more two-year ``church institutes.''
The L.I.F.E. Bible colleges train students for ministry.
About 60 of the 115 students in Christiansburg will transfer to L.I.F.E. Pacific College in San Dimas, California.
Authorities continue draining a Maryland pond today, as part of their anthrax investigation.
It should take around three or four weeks to empty the pond, where agents found a suspicious box last winter.
The F-B-I believes that the person who sent the anthrax spores in 2001 handled them under water, using special equipment.
Five people died in those attacks.
More than a dozen others got sick.
Around 40 people in the Midwest are in the hospital, fighting an exotic disease known as monkey pox.
Like the West Nile Virus and SARS, monkeypox has health officials getting hit with a barrage of questions, only to have very few answers.
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[IN Q=At this point..]
((DR. STEPHEN OSTROFF/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL:AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW HOW MAY ANIMALS OR HUMANS MAY BE INVOLVED
AND WE DON'T KNOW THE EXTENT OR SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Ostroff/Centers for Disease Control;]
[RUNS=:08] (estimated bite runs time)
[OUT Q=scope of the problem.]
What they do know is that pet prairie dogs are spreading the illness, many at pet stores.
Dozens of infected people developed blisters and lesions, but not all symptoms are that obvious.
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[IN Q=The chills...]
((EILEEN WHITMARSH/PET STORE OWNER:THE CHILLS AND THE FEVER AND THE ACHINESS. AND I JUST THOUGHT I GOT THE FLU. ))
[SUPER=01-Eileen Whitmarsh/Pet Store Owner;]
[RUNS=:05] (estimated bite runs time)
[OUT Q=I got the flu.]
Doctors say there's no need to panic.
Monkeypox kills very few of its victims, and officials believe the U-S version of the virus is even less lethal.
[GRAPHIC=West Nile Virus]
Health officials say it's only a matter of time before West Nile shows up again in our area.
While they will be testing dead birds...
their main concern is mosquitos because infected mosquitos transfer the virus to humans.
The constant rain has made it difficult for them to breed. But once it stops for a week or more they will have more places to reproduce.
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[IN Q=As little as a teaspoon of water]
((AS LITTLE AS TEASPOON OF WATER CAN BE A PLACE WHERE MOSQUITOS CAN BREED. SO CITIZENS CAN GREATLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MOSQUITOS. BY CONTROLLING WHAT THEY CAN CONTROL AND ELIMINATING THAT MOSQUITO HABITAT))
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Manager]
[OUT Q=mosquito habitat]
The health department does plan to do mosquito surveillance. They will be setting up traps in the Roanoke Valley starting next week.
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[IN Q=We expect to see more presence]
((WE EXPECT TO SEE MORE PRESENCE OF THE VIRUS THIS YEAR. THAT'S ONE REASON WHY WE DO MONITORING))
[OUT Q=we do monitoring]
Last year, there were 29 human cases of West Nile virus in Virginia --including one person from Roanoke County.
Health officials are asking people to report mosquito problems and suspicious dead birds to their local health departments.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A Salem man will spend the next six months behind bars for his part in a drug deal that turned deadly.
Ben Chastang cried in court yesterdsy, as a judge sentenced him to six months in jail for the distribution of about 200-dollars worth of cocaine.
In August 2001, Chastang's best friend, Ryan Fischer, was shot and killed as he tried to get away from robbers.
Chastang told the court he ruined his own life and the lives of Ryan Fischer's family.
In addition to jail time, Chastang will serve six years probation and 400 hours of community service.
There's a possible lead in the search for a woman who's been missing for more than two weeks.
The Halifax Rescue Squad has recovered the body of a woman in the Dan River near Riverdale.
Authorities in Pittsylvania County have been notified, because of their search for a woman last seen falling from a bridge in Cascade on Memorial Day.
Autopsy results have not been released, but deputies say identification of the woman could come today.
In business news, Value City Department Store posted a first quarter loss of 39 cents a share after the markets closed yesterday.
The discount retailer says higher costs and expenses as well as lower store sales contributed to the loss.
In other news, the Dow and Nasdaq each lost ground yesterday
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS CLOSED SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER MONDAY.
THE DOW WAS DOWN 82 POINTS ON THE DAY.
AND THE NASDAQ LOST 23.
FREDDIE MAC HAS FIRED ITS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER.
THE MORTGAGE LENDER SAYS DAVID GLENN DID NOT FULLY COOPERATE WITH A RECENT
AUDIT OF THE COMPANY'S EARNINGS STATEMENTS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.
A SPECIAL TEAM FROM THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL HOUSING ENTERPRISE OVERSIGHT IS SET
TO REEXAMINE THE COMPANY'S BOOKS.
IN ADDITION TO GLENN'S DEPARTURE, TWO MORE TOP FREDDIE MAC EXECUTIVES HAVE
ANNOUNCED THEY ARE STEPPING DOWN.
FREDDIE MAC MANAGES A ONE-POINT-29 TRILLION DOLLAR HOME LOAN PORTFOLIO.
GENERAL DYNAMICS HAS AGREED TO BUY VERIDIAN CORPORATION.
THE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR WILL PAY 35-DOLLARS PER SHARE FOR THE INFORMATION
SECURITY COMPANY, A PREMIUM OF ABOUT 28 PERCENT OVER FRIDAY'S CLOSING PRICE OF
THE DEAL ALSO INCLUDES 270-MILLION IN ASSUMED DEBT.
GEMSTAR-TV GUIDE INTERNATIONAL AND TIVO HAVE ENDED A PATENT DISPUTE.
TIVO WILL GET A PATENT LICENSE FROM GEMSTAR TO PUT T-V PROGRAM INFORMATION ON
THEIR DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS.
UNDER THE AGREEMENT, GEMSTAR WILL PROVIDE THE T-V GUIDE-BRANDED INFORMATION.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE. ))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A Roanoke Valley company's relocation means new jobs for the city.
Atlantic Credit and Finance says it will move into the former Litton Building on Orange Avenue this summer.
The move creates 226-jobs over the next two to three-years.
Atlantic is a receivable management company. It purchases charged-off credit card debt and then recovers the money by calling debtors and negotiating payment.
It's currently located in the Pheasant Ridge office building with 150-employees.
The company's founders are Roanoke natives who say they are very satisfied with the region's quality workforce.
There's been an explosion at an oil plant south of New Orleans.
Crews are working to contain the fire at Murphy Oil Plant and Refinery in Chalmette (CHALM-AH), Louisiana.
Two mobile home parks near the plant have been evacuated as a precaution.
As of now, there are no reports of any injuries.