An accident killed one person and sent two more to the hospital overnight.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night]
Police say a car headed north on Route 3-11 around 10 last night hit a pickup going the same direction.
Officials say the passenger of the car - 23 year old Tiffany Christina Allen was killed.
The two drivers were taken to the hospital. They have not been identified.
Investigators are looking into the possibility of alcohol as a factor.
Route 3-11 was closed for about four hours, but is now open to traffic.
Health officials in Franklin County have issued a warning to swimmers at the upper Blackwater River section of Smith Mountain Lake.
Recent water samples taken near Ponderosa Campground had high bacteria counts.
That means anyone swimming in the area is more likely to become ill with stomach, respiratory, or skin infections.
The elevated levels only appeared in the upper Blackwater River section, and are likely the result of heavy rainfall washing surface contaminants into the water.
A Radford photographer charged following the death of one his models is known by his neighbors as a quiet guy.
56-year-old Robert Edward Lee Shell is charged with sodomy and object sexual penetration, in connection with the death of 19-year-old model Marion Franklin of Boone, North Carolina.
Franklin was Shell's assistant and went by the professional name of Chloe Jennings.
Police say they were responding to a report of an overdose at Shell's studio June third, when they found Franklin unconscious.
Shell told officers she'd taken medication that night before the two of them had sex.
Franklin later died at the hospital.
Neighbors who know Shell say they were shocked to learn what had happened.
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[IN Q=i was utterly]
((5708 I WAS UTTERLY SHOCKED. IT WAS AS IF A METEOR SUDDENLY STRIKES YOUR HOUSE. SHOCKED. 18))
[OUT Q=your house. shocked.]
Police say they later found bottles of Valium and other drugs inside Shell's studio and his home on Grove Avenue.
Shell is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
In new attacks, Israeli troops have killed two Palestinian militants in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Colin Powell plans to meet in Jordan with leaders from Russia, the European Union and the United Nations in an effort to repair the road map to peace.
It needs a lot of work-- as the death toll keeps rising in the Middle East.
More than three dozen people have been killed in the past two days, and militant Palestinians are promising more bloodshed.
The group Hamas is ordering all of its military cells to destroy Israel.
Israel's Prime Minister vows to fight "to the bitter end."
It could be the biggest expansion of the Medicare program since its creation in the mid- 1960s.
The first step has been taken to provide a prescription drug benefit under Medicare, largely due to the urging of President Bush.
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[IN Q=Congress must ]
[OUT Q=fourth of July break.]
And it looks like that may happen.
The Senate Finance Committee has approved adding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
But Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and other Democrats feel the bill can be improved, and plan to seek some changes when the full Senate debate begins Monday.
House Republicans, meanwhile, are working on their own proposal.
America's low- income families will have to be patient.
While the House has voted to extend one- thousand- dollar child tax credits through the rest of the decade,
the measure would NOT give checks to the six- point- five million low- income families it's intended to benefit until NEXT year.
The 82- billion - dollar measure also sets up a confrontation with the Senate, which has passed a smaller package.
Now the two governing bodies will have to reconcile their bills.
On Wall Street - the bulls are up despite mixed economic reports - and Oracle's earnings beat expectations. Alexis Christoforus has more on those stories plus the two dollar bill makes a comeback.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((It may not have been business as usual this week at Freddie Mac, with the company struggling under questions about its accounting, but it was business as usual in the mortgage markets as the benchmark 30-year loan fell yet again to a new record low for the ninth straight week.
THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR A 30 YEAR DIPPED TO 5.21 PERCENT .. . THE AVERAGE 15 YEAR IS 4.60 PERCENT....
ORACLE IS A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY.. THE SOFTWARE GIANT SAID FOURTH QTR PROFIT CAME IN AT 16 CENTS A SHARE..
TWO PENNIES BETTER THAN EXPECTED.. THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S WINNING CUSTOMERS
AWAY FROM RIVAL PEOPLESOFT.. THE VERY COMPANY IT'S TRYING TO BUY IN AN UNSOLICITED 5.1 BILLION DOLLAR
TAKEOVER OFFER. YESTERDAY'S PEOPLESOFT'S BOARD UNANIMOUSLY REJECTED THE OFFER, SAYING IT UNDERVALUES PEOPLESOFT'S STOCK.
ON WALL STREET.. SOME LATE-DAY BUYING PUSHED STOCKS HIGHER (GR)
THE DOW MOVED UP 13 POINTS
AND THE NASDAQ CLIMBED MORE THAN 7 AND A HALF.
THE U-S GOVERNMENT WILL ONCE AGAIN START PRINTING TWO DOLLAR BILLS.. THAT 'S BECAUSE PEOPLE SEEM TO BE STASHING THEM AWAY AND THERE IS NOW A SHORTAGE OF THE TWO DOLLAR NOTES.THE FEDERAL RESERVE LAST PRINTED THE BILLS IN 1996.. THE U-S BUREAU OF ENRGRAVING AND PRINTING PLANS TO ISSUE MORE THAN 100 MILLION ADDITIONAL TWO DOLLAR BILLS SOMETIME THIS FALL.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.
(tape tosses to stocks)
One of three resource officers at Patrick Henry High School has been reassigned... and supporters say they believe he's being punished for speaking out.
Officer Ray Lewis has worked at Patrick Henry for the last ten years, but was reassigned to the Police Department's Patrol Division last week.
A school board member recently asked city officials to identify the officer who was quoted anonymously in a newspaper article about school safety.
Patrick Henry Parent Alice Hincker says Lewis's departure from the school will be a tremendous loss.
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[IN Q=I think it's totally wrong]
((ALICE HINCKER/PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL PARENT; I THINK IT'S TOTALLY WRONG. AND I'M HOPING THAT SOMEONE WILL LOOK INTO EXACTLY WHY THIS REASSIGNMENT TOOK PLACE OR MAKE A PUBLIC EXPLANATION FOR WHY HE'S BEEN REASSIGNED, WHY HE'S BEEN TAKEN OUT OF PATRICK HENRY AND OUT OF THE RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM.))
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/Patrick Henry High School Parent]
[OUT Q=the resource officer program.]
Officials with the Roanoke City Schools and the Police Department declined comment.
Home schooling is gaining popularity in Virginia - and parents are gathering in Richmond to find out more about the growing trend.
More than 22-thousand students in the state are home-schooled.
And that number is going up every year by more than twelve percent.
Home-educators say being both parent and teacher offers many benefits.
[IN Q=BY HAVING HIM HOME]
((BECKY FLORA/HOMESCHOOLING PARENT: BY HAVING HIM HOME AND REALLY BEING INVOLVED IN EVERYTHING THAT HE'S LEARNING AND SPENDING THE TIME WITH HIM WE'VE JUST REALLY SEEN THE QUALITY.))
((JACQUELYN PHILLIPS/SALEM PARENT: ALOT OF RESPONSIBILITY NEEDS TO BE PUT BACK ON THE PARENT INSTEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT AND LATELY I'VE BEEN FEELING THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL HAS AN INSTITUTIONAL FEELING, CONCRETE WALLS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
((JODY PHILLIPS/SALEM PARENT: I JUST FEEL LIKE HE CAN LEARN BETTER AT HOME.))
[SUPER=01-Becky Flora/Homeschooling Parent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jacquelyn Phillips/Salem Parent; :10]
[SUPER=01-Jody Phillips/Salem Parent; :20]
[OUT Q=LEARN BETTER AT HOME.]
The annual home-schoolers' convention ends tomorrow.
Team work, team spirit and fun are key to little league play - and one Roanoke team is all game when it comes to the field.
In fact, the only thing this team doesn't seem to do together is lose.
Justin McLeod has more on the youngsters who are in a league of their own.
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF HIT))
They can hit pretty well.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF A PLAY))
They can field pretty nicely.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF CHEERING))
And they can win.
[IN Q=Right now]
((RALPH ALEXANDER/COACH: RIGHT NOW, WE'RE 55 AND O.))
[OUT Q=55 AND 0]
You heard it right.
This team is undeafted and has been for five straight years.
They're called the Northwest Braves.
[IN Q=We just give]
((TEVIN STARKEY/PLAYER: WE JUST GIVE IT ALL AND JUST TRY HARD.))
[OUT Q=just try hard]
Hard work that began when most of these kids were six or seven.
They've moved up together from T-Ball to now little league.
Along the way, they've had the same three coaches.
[IN Q=Sometimes I think]
((RICHARD BROWN/HEAD COACH: SOMETIMES I JUST FEEL LIKE I AM OUT HERE AND THEY ARE DOING THERE THING.))
[OUT Q=doing there thing]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
Of course there have been a few close calls.
But the team always seems to get it together and win.
[IN Q=It's hard to get]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT'S HARD TO GET OUT OF THEM THE SECRET OF THEIR SUCCESS REALLY IS. YEAH, THEY'RE GOOD BALLPLAYERS BUT IT IS MORE THAN THAT. WHEN YOU WATCH THEM YOU REALIZE THE COACHES AND PLAYERS NOT ONLY LIKE ONE ANOTHER BUT THEY RESPECT EACH OTHER.))
[OUT Q=respect each other]
((NAT SOUND OF COACH TALKING TO A PLAYER))
The coaches are there to offer reassurance when a player does wrong.
And they're the first with a pat on the back when a player does it right.
[IN Q=They're like]
((BUD TOLLIVER/PLAYER: THEY'RE LIKE OUR SECOND FATHERS TO US.))
[OUT Q=fathers to us]
[IN Q=We're like one]
((RALPH ALEXANDER: WE'RE LIKE ONE BIG FAMILY HERE AND I LOVE THEM ALL.))
[OUT Q=love them all]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
The coaches says it's nice to win but that's not what their game is all about.
They want these kids to have fun and realize they can do good things together.
[IN Q=We've been friends]
((TEVIN STARKEY/PLAYER: WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE SECOND GRADE AND I GUESS WE ARE GOING TO BE FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES.))
[OUT Q=rest of our lives]
That along with their playing skills puts them in a league of their own.
((NAT SOUND OF PLAYERS CHEERING WITH ONE ANOTHER))
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
[toss to bump]
Seven inmates at a prison in Central Virginia were injured in yesterday's thunderstorms.
Lightning struck the Dillwyn Correctional Center in Buckingham County.
Corrections officials say the inmates were in an open space between buildings when they were struck shortly after 4 p-m.
They were taken away from the prison for medical care.
It's not clear how badly they were injured.
Neighbors say a Radford photographer arrested on sexual charges is a nice guy who didn't say much.
56-year-old Robert Edward Lee Shell is charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old model Marion Franklin of Boone, North Carolina.
Franklin was Shell's assistant.
She went by the name Chloe Jennings.
Officers say they responded to a report of an overdose at Shell's studio June third , when they found Franklin unconscious.
She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Neighbors who knew Shell say they're shocked.
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[IN Q=he seemed]
((725 HE SEEMED SORT OF FEEBLE IN A WAY, HE WALKED VERY SLOWLY EVERYTHING I'VE HEARD WAS THAT HE WAS A NICE GUY. IT'S JUST VERY BIZARRE.))
[OUT Q=just very bizarre]
Police say they found Valium and other drugs in Shell's studio and his home on Grove Avenue.
He is being held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail.
Police say he could face more charges.
He says it could happen to anyone.
Vater Colbert isn't bitter. He recognizes police have a job to do.
But they may have been a little too quick to close the bank robbery case after people saw the bank surveillance photo and identified the suspect as Reverend Colbert.
It probably didn't help Colbert that he admitted to embezzling 25-thousand dollars last year.
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[IN Q=I made a mistake]
((VATER COLBERT/FORMER BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT: I MADE A MISTAKE EARLIER. I CONFESSED TO WHAT I'D DONE. I'D HAVE CONFESSED TO THIS IF I'D DONE IT. Keith Humphry/NEWS7: Do you think because of that embezzlement charge you were more likely to be a suspect, or they were more ready to believe it? IT WAS THAT, AND PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE EMBEZZLEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Vater Colbert/Former Bank Robbery Suspect]
[OUT Q=about the embezzlement.]
It showed up on his record in the courthouse, but people in the community were unaware he is serving a 10-month sentence with a home monitor.
Colbert was released from jail this week once authorities identified another suspect in the robbery.
In other business news,
Oracle reported its fourth quarter earnings after the closing bell on Thursday. The database software company says it earned 16 cents per share for the quarter ending on May 31st. Analysts had expected a 14 cent increase per share.
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 MANAGED TO EKE OUT GAINS THURSDAY AFTER A ROCKY TRADING SESSION TO CLOSE AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN ABOUT A YEAR.
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY ABOVE 9-THOUSAND, UP 13 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ WAS ALSO UP SEVEN.
THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS RETAIL SALES ROSE POINT-ONE PERCENT TO 308-POINT-8 BILLION DOLLARS IN MAY, AFTER FALLING A REVISED POINT-THREE PERCENT IN APRIL.
A STRONG SHOWING IN CLOTHING, ELECTRONICS AND FURNITURE SALES HELPED BOOST THE NUMBERS...
BUT A FOUR-PERCENT DROP IN GASOLINE SALES, DUE TO LOWER PRICES, HELD THE OVERALL GAIN IN CHECK.
NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DROPPED LAST WEEK.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS FILING NEW JOBLESS CLAIMS FELL 17-THOUSAND TO 430-THOUSAND.
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS HIT A FIVE-WEEK HIGH
AT 447-THOUSAND TWO-WEEKS-AGO.
SPRINT AND EARTHLINK HAVE A DEAL...
SPRINT HAS AGREED TO LET ITS CUSTOMERS ACCESS THE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER THROUGH ITS P-C-S VISION CELL PHONES.
P-C-S VISION IS SPRINT'S LATEST DATA SERVICE.
THE FINANCIAL TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT HAVEN'T BEEN RELEASED.
EARTHLINK STOCK HIT A 52-WEEK HIGH AFTER THE DEAL WAS ANNOUNCED.
TAG-WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
In Iraq today - the U-S military says American troops have killed 27 Iraqi fighters in ground and air fights today.
Officials say it happened after the Iraqis attacked an American tank patrol north of Baghdad.
There is no word yet on U-S Casualties.
Two local athletes hope their hard work gives them a leg up on their competition.
Hardy native James Foley and Charvay Perdue of Roanoke are heading to Dublin, Ireland today.
Nine- year- old Perdue is the youngest athlete from Virginia to compete in the games, while Foley is a 22- year veteran.
The two will arrive in Ireland one week before the competition begins to learn more about the culture.
Special Olympics World Games are held every four years.
Hollywood says goodbye to a legend, a renowned journalist passes away and "Chicago" is tapping into audiences again on the big screen.
Brooke Anderson has more in today's Hollywood Minute
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[OUT Q=I'm Brooke Anderson]
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE...I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.
A WEEK AGO, GREGORY PECK'S PORTRAYAL OF LAWYER ATTICUS FINCH IN "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" WAS NAMED THE GREATEST HERO IN HOLLYWOOD HISTORY. NOW, HOLLYWOOD IS MOURNING THE PASSING OF THAT HERO. GREGORY PECK DIED PEACFULLY IN HIS SLEEP EARLY THURSDAY AT HIS LOS ANGELES HOME.
THE OSCAR WINNING ACTOR IS SURVIVED BY THREE SONS AND A DAUGHTER. GREGORY PECK WAS 87 YEARS OLD.
AND MORE SAD NEWS NOW...
RENOWNED JOURNALIST DAVID BRINKLEY ALSO HAS DIED. HE REPORTEDLY PASSED AWAY LATE WEDNESDAY AT HIS HOME IN HOUSTON...FROM COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO A FALL. AS BOTH THE FORMER HOST OF ABC'S "THIS WEEK WITH DAVID BRINKLEY."...AND AN EX CO-HOST OF THE NBC NIGHTLY NEWSCAST--BRINKLEY WAS ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED NAMES IN AMERICAN BROADCASTING. DAVID BRINKLEY WAS 82 YEARS OLD.
HERE'S SOME EXCITING NEWS... IF YOU DIDN'T CATCH THE HIT FILM "CHICAGO" THE FIRST TIME IT WAS IN THEATERS! THE BROADWAY BASED MUSICAL IS SET TO DANCE ITS WAY BACK ONTO THE SILVER ACREEN.THAT'S RIGHT... IN CONJUNTION WITH ITS DVD RELEASE...MIRAMAX IS PLANNING TO RE-RELEASE THIS YEAR'S BEST PICTURE WINNER IN THEATERS NEXT MONTH. THE NEW VERSION... IS GOING
TO INCLUDE AN EXTRA SONG AND DANCE NUMBER. WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE...I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.))[11Gregory-Peck]
As Brooke Anderson just told you, Gregory Peck passed away Thursday night - and while his career made him a legend,
but his rise to stardom started on the stage at the Barter Theater in Abingdon.
In 1989 Peck returned to the area for the Virginia Festival of Film in Charlottesville where he was honored for his contributions to classic film.