A couple of area lawmakers want the decision process to pick up speed when it comes to choosing an expansion plan for I-81.
They say if the state doesn't get into high gear, it could lose millions in federal aid.
And a car accident kills one woman and closes a road for hours last night in Roanoke County.
Another round of showers and thunderstorms are beginning to develop, some of which could drop some hevy rain and gusty winds. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Republican leaders say delaying the decision on how to proceed with the widening of Interstate 81 could jeopardize the state from receiving significant federal funds.
Congressman Bob Goodlate and Delegate Morgan Griffith say VDOT's commissioner Philip Shucet (shoo-KET) needs to act now, and pick a plan for the expansion of Interstate 81.
The republican leaders say the state could receive anywhere from 8-hundred million to one billion dollars earmarked in the upcoming Surface Transportation Bill, if VDOT pursues a plan that would separate cars and trucks.
If no decision is made, the state could lose the opportunity to receive the money.
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[IN Q=The problem we have...]
((BOB GOODLATTE; THE PROBLEM WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS THAT THERE ARE POTENTIALLY SOME ADDITIONAL DOLLARS THAT COULD COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT COULD HELP PAY FOR THIS, BUT THE STATE NEEDS TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS, AND THEY NEED TO MAKE THEM FAIRLY SOON.))
[OUT Q=need to make them fairly soon.]
Goodlatte says the Surface Transportation Bill is expected to come before Congress in the next few months, but a decision on whether to separate cars and trucks on I-81 needs to be made much sooner.
An accident on Route 3-11 killed one person and sent two others to the hospital last night.
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Police say a car headed north on Route 3-11 around 10 last night hit a pickup truck going in the same direction.
Officials say a passenger in the car - 23 year old Tiffany Christina Allen was killed.
19 year old David Lee Hunter was driving the car that struck 29 year old Christopher Walker Lowe's truck.
They were both taken to the hospital. There is no word on their conditions.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that alcohol was a factor.
A jury is still deliberating the fate of a Fairfax man charged with killing a Lynchburg couple last year.
22-year-old Leon Jermain Winston is one of two men charged with the murders of Anthony and Ronda Robinson in their Sussex Street home in April of 2002.
Prosecutors say D-N-A and witness testimony positively link Winston to one of the murder weapons.. and a friend of Winston's told police Winston admitted to him he killed the couple.
The jury began deliberations about nine this morning.
Their actions indicate otherwise, but both the Israelis and Palestinians say they're still committed to the peace process.
That's according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Meanwhile, Israel is on high alert, following two days of attacks that have left more than three dozen people dead.
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Among the latest violence, Israeli soldiers killed two militants late yesterday in the West Bank.
Israeli officials today said their government will keep targeting Hamas officials -- including the group's leader.
American troops in Iraq continue to face opposition fighting, and in turn, continue to crack down hard on those forces.
Stacy Case has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Major Gibson/U. S. Military Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-David McKiernan/Commander of U. S. Ground Forces;]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Case, CBS News, Washington.]
TRACK: THE WAR MAY BE OVER, BUT THE FIGHTING IS NOT. U-S TROOPS KILLED
MORE THAN TWO DOZEN IRAQI FIGHTERS FRIDAY AFTER AN ORGANIZED GROUP
AMBUSHED AN AMERICAN TANK PATROL NEAR BALAD, NORTH OF BAGHDAD. IN A
SEPARATE INCIDENT, THE PENTAGON CONFIRMS TROOPS KILLED 70 OPPOSITION
FIGHTERS THURSDAY DURING A RAID ON A SUSPECTED TERRORIST TRAINING CAMP.
ONE U-S SOLDIER WAS INJURED.
SUPER: MAJOR GIBSON/U.S MILITARY SPOKESMAN
the coalition raid was conducted about 150 km northwest of Baghdad on
Thursday as part of the continued effort to eradicate Baath party
subversive elements, paramilitary groups.
TRACK: AND THAT--- SAY OFFICIALS--- WILL TAKE MORE TIME.
TRACK: BUT MANY IRAQIS ARE TIRED OF WAITING. THEY WANT U-S FORCES TO
LEAVE. MILITARY LEADERS SAY THAT'S FAR OFF---
SUPER: LIEUTENANT GENERAL DAVID MCKIERNAN/COMMANDER OF U-S GROUND FORCES
there are still those that are loyal to a regime that is no longer in
power that we will continue to have to seek out.
TRACK: AS TROOPS PRESSED FORWARD TO WEED OUT SADDAM LOYALISTS, THEY
TOOK DOZENS OF IRAQIS INTO CUSTODY--- MANY OF WHOM ARE PROVING
STAND UP: STACY CASE/REPORTING
COMMANDERS SAY THOSE CAPTURED ARE GIVING U-S INTERROGATORS INFORMATION
ABOUT POSSIBLE CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS SITES. THE FAILURE TO
FIND ANY SO FAR-- HAS PROMPTED CRITICS TO QUESTION WHETHER THE BUSH
ADMINISTRATION EXXAGERATED THE NEED TO GO TO WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE.
STACY CASE, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
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Next on the newscast, doctors are concerned now that the monkeypox virus has apparently spread by human to human contact.
Also it's not even summer yet, but we will show you how President Bush has already had a big fall.
[music up full]
Officials are now looking into whether two Wisconsin health care workers may have gotten monkeypox
from their patients.
Until now, the virus hadn't been known to have moved from one human to another in the U-S.
Animal to animal contact among those shipped to an Illinois exotic pet store is believed to have spread the virus to animals and humans in Wisconsin.
More than 20 Wisconsin residents are being treated for Monkey Pox.
A pair of rulings from separate judges will affect what you're able to see and hear about the Laci Peterson case.
One judge has issued a gag order.
Gloria Gomez has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Geragos/Scott Peterson's Attorney; :39]
[SUPER=01-Robert Himelblau/Deputy District Attorney; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Gloria Gomez/CBS News; 1:10]
[OUT Q=Gomez for CBS News;]
((NATS OF JACKIE PETERSON))
WE HAVE NO COMMMENT.
FROM THIS POINT ON.. EVERY INTERVIEW..EVERY PRESS CONFERENCE
CONNECTED TO THE PETERSON CASE.. ARE OFF LIMITS. THE BLANKET GAG ORDER
EVEN COVERS THE D.A.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER COMMENTS MADE BY ANY
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE..THANK YOU FOR CALLING."
THE JUDGE IN THE CASE ISSUED THE RULING SAYING IT WAS THE ONLY WAY
TO STOP EVIDENCE LEAKS AND RUMORS FROM RERAILING SCOTT PETERSON'S RIGHT
TO A FAIR TRIAL.
IRONICALLY, PETERSON'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY MARK GERAGOS HAD ARGUED
AGAINST THE GAG ORDER... SAYING IT WOULD HARM HIS ABILITY TO DEFEND
THE PROSECUTION, STUNG BY LEAKED AUTOPSY REPORTS ON LACI AND CONNER
PETERSON SUPPORTED THE PROTECTIVE ORDER.
STILL A DEPUTY D.A FROM A NEIGHBORING COUNTY SAYS A GAG ORDER HURTS
PROSECUTION A LOT MORE THAN THE DEFENSE..ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO
(BITE-ROBERT HIMELBLAU/DEP. DIST. ATTY.)
IF THERE'S A GAG ORDER THAT DOESN'T ALLOW THE PROSECUTION TO COME
OUT AND SAY
EXCUSE YOU'VE MADE A MISTAKE. THIS ISN'T EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
AND IN A SURPRISE MOVE... ANOTHER STANISLAUS COUNTY JUDGE, GIVING
INTO MEDIA REQUESTS, YESTERDAY DECIDED TO UN-SEAL ALL EIGHT SEARCH
WARRANTS ISSUED BEFORE SCOTT PETERSON'S ARREST.
BUT ANY APPEAL WILL PUT THE BRAKES ON THAT DECISION.
IN MODESTO, GLORIA GOMEZ FOR CBS NEWS.
Over the last week, nine people have drowned along a stretch of the Florida panhandle.
Swimmers anxious to make the most of what had been a rainy vacation were apparently NOT aware of the dangerous riptides that had formed off shore.
Bobbi Harley has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eric Wallis/Tourist; :09]
[SUPER=01-Seburn Dunn/Tourist; :41 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/CBS News; :47]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Wise/Walton Co. Sheriff's Office; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Harley, CBS News, Miami Beach.]
ONCE THE THUNDERSTORMS CLEARED ... PEOPLE PACKED THIS FLORIDA PANHANDLE
BEACH ... ONLY TO FIND OUT THE REMNANTS OF THE STORM STILL LINGERED.
(SOT - ERIC WALLIS/TOURIST -)- The undertow kept pulling my younger
girls back out and my wife kept losing her footing trying to pull 'em
BUT NOT EVERYONE MADE IT BACK TO SHORE ... SIX PEOPLE DROWNED IN THE
GULF OF MEXICO ALONG THIS FORTY MILE STRETCH OF BEACH JUST LAST WEEKEND
.... DOZENS MORE HAD TO BE PULLED TO SAFETY.
(NAT SOT - MOS - - They didn't realize the currents were so strong.
CREATED BY CRASHING WAVES, THEY'RE LIKE FAST MOVING UNDERWATER RIVERS
RUSHING BACK OUT TO SEA. TRYING TO SWIM TO SHORE AGAINST ONE IS NEARLY
(SOT - SEBURN DUNN/TOURIST - )- You could barely walk out on the uhhh,
bank there, it would just pull you in. (04)
OC - BOBBI HARLEY/MIAMI BEACH - MOST OF THOSE PANHANDLE BEACHES HAVE NO
LIFEGUARDS ... INSTEAD THEY USE A FLAG SYSTEM TO WARN PEOPLE OF
(vo of flag flying)
AND THE RED FLAGS WERE FLYING .... EVEN SHERIFF'S OFFICERS WERE DRIVING
UP AND DOWN THE BEACH ADVISING PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER .... BUT
TO LITTLE AVAIL.
(SOT - DENNIS WISE/WALTON CO., FL SHERIFF'S OFFICE - ) When the unit
would stop and order everybody out they would clear the Gulf. As soon
as he would go down about a quarter of a mile they'd go back in the
FOR SOME TOURISTS, TRYING TO MAKE THE MOST OF A RAINED-OUT VACATION, IT
MEANT PAYING FOR IT WITH THEIR LIVES. BH, CBS NEWS, MIAMI BEACH.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll look at some ways to get rid of pests in your garden.
Plus, we will show you a fashion show which features some models with a lot of CAT-itude.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Even Presidents can fall from grace every now and then--
But this presidential tumble happened on a scooter.
No moving video, but still photographs show President Bush falling off a high- tech scooter near his family's summer home in Maine.
He wasn't injured in the fall.
Bush arrived in Maine yesterday to celebrate his father George Bush, Senior's birthday.
The elder Bush turned 79 yesterday-- and by the way, he managed to ride his scooter just fine.
In a more graceful display--
Some models were strutting their stuff down a runway, or rather, a CATWALK.
20 cats donned everything from baseball caps to bonnets to capes in a first- ever fashion competition during the launch of the Indonesian Cat Association.
Chico, a 10-month- old Persian slept through most of the CATTY competition, but woke up a winner.
Lying in a baby cart and dressed in baby clothing, Chico took the trophy for Best Dressed cat, along with a cash prize and products from sponsors.
Chico's owner admits that her cat's favorite past time is sleeping, and he could use some exercise.
This spring's wet weather has been a mixed blessing for local gardeners.
While the water will help their plants grow, it is also boosted the bug, slug and snail populations.
Each of these pests can shorten the life span of your plants, especially in wet weather.
Brent Watts has more in this week's Growin' It.
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[IN Q=The wet weather...]
[SUPER=01-Tyler Palmer/Obenchain's Garden Center; :22]
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 89 points. The NASDAQ has lost 26.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, we'll meet a local baseball team that is on quite the winning streak.
Plus if you are considering seeing a movie this weekend, you'll want to stick around to see what's playing at a theater near you.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Most little league teams would be happy with a five GAME winning streak.
That is not the case for the Northwest Braves.
They haven't lost a game in five YEARS.
Justin McLeod has more.
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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]
If the weather puts a damper on your outside plans this weekend, you may just want to head to your local movie house.
Anna Hovind has a few suggestions for something to see.
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[OUT Q=anna hovind reporting.]
(("HOW DID YOU FIND ME."
VETERAN DETECTIVE HARRISON FORD HAS A NEW PARTNER, JOSH HARTNETT, IN HOLLYWOOD
"WHAT WE GOT, WRITE THIS DOWN."
HARTNETT HAS A LOT TO LEARN
"THAT9S IT, I9M DRIVING"
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE IS RATED PG-13.
"HIGH SCHOOL IS ALL ABOUT."
IF YOU WONDER HOW THEY BECAME DUMB AND DUMBER, NOW WE KNOW.
"MONTAGE, ARE YOU TRYING TO BE FUNNY."
DUMB AND DUMBERER, WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD IS RATED PG-13.
"WE ARE STUCK ON A TOPICAL ISLAND"
THE RUGRATS ARE STRANDED ON WHAT THEY THINK IS A DESERTED ISLAND.
"WHERE DID YOU COME FROM, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DESERTED ISLAND."
THEY RUN INTO THE WILD THORNBERRY9S, Whose YOUNGEST DAUGHTER HAS A UNIQUE
ABILITY TO TALK TO THE ANIMALS.
"YOU TALKING TO ME."
RUGRATS GO WILD IS RATED PG.
"LETS GOTHAT9S THE BALD LEADING THE BALD." ))
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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