It's been a day of watches and warnings, as the rain keeps falling on already- saturated ground.
Joe Dashiell will check in live with the latest on flooding conditions around the region.
And a judge in Roanoke re- considers the case of a condemned killer.
Heavy rains continue to push through some parts of our region as the flood watches continue and also a few flash flood warnings. I'll have more coming up.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
It's a sight we are all too familiar with... rain across the viewing area has residents watching creeks, lake and rivers swell with water.
The heavy rain is causing problems for some people in the News 7 region. Let's head over to Leo in the Weather Center to see if we are going to get a break anytime soon.
((KIM TOSS TO LEO))
[SS=NONE]LEO in WX-CENTER
(LEO TOSS to KIM)
[ANCHOR=LEO in DOUBLE BOX with JOE]
[ROANOKE DOUBLE BOXES=Leo/Joe Microwave;]
((ROLLCUE:..that's no so unusual these days.))
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[OUT Q=continues to rise.]
[Roanoke DOUBLE BOXES=Kimberly/Joe Microwave;]
Attorney's debated what it means to be mentally retarded in federal court this morning.
It's the case of Percy Levar Walton. He pled guilty to capital murder and asked to be executed by electrocution.
Now his lawyers say he's mentally retarded and, therefore, should be spared the death sentence.
Several relatives of the three murder victims attended today's court hearing.
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[SOT 10:47:20 ]
[IN Q=It's funny how]
((IT'S FUNNY NOW HOW HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING. I THINK HE'S PUTTIN' ON, REALLY.))
[SUPER=01-Helen Gilley/Victims' Neice]
[OUT Q=puttin on really]
An assistant state attorney general pointed out Walton's mental retardation claim first came up June third. Robert Harris declined to discuss the case on camera.
WALTON's lawyers went out the back door of the courtroom after the hearing.
As U-S troops in Iraq continue their effort to wipe out resistance from pro- Saddam loyalists, they're coming under attack.
At least four soldiers were injured over the weekend.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Near Baghdad, Iraq;]
[SUPER=01-David Perkins/U. S. Commander;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, New York.]
WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS DRAWN AND READY...U-S TROOPS ARE SWEEPING THROUGH
TOWNS AND VILLAGES WEST OF BAGHDAD.
SOT: U-S SOLDIER
"WE FOUND BLASTING CAPS, C4, ARTILLERY ROUNDS, AMMUNITION AND A FEW
WEAPONS, THAT KIND OF THING."
U-S COMMANDERS ARE CALLING THIS... OPERATION DESERT SCORPION... BESIDES
WEAPONS...TROOPS ARE ALSO SEARCHING FOR SADDAM HUSSEIN LOYALISTS WHO
HAVE BEEN AMBUSHING U-S TROOPS.
IN FALLUJAH..SOME INSURGENTS ARE SUSPECTED OF PUTTING BOUNTIES ON
(SOT Col David Perkins -- Commander US troops, Falluja)
OUR BELIEF IS THAT THEY'RE ARE PROBABLY INSTIGATING SOME SORT OF THE
ACTIVITIES THAT ARE DOWN HERE, PAYING PEOPLE A COUPLE OF HUNDRED
DOLLARS TO SHOOT AN RPG AT AN AMERICAN OR TRY TO SHOOT HIM WITH AN AK47."
(NATZ OF BURNING)
ON SUNDAY...A MILITARY CONVOY WAS HIT TRAVELING FROM BAGHDAD TO THE
SMALL TOWN OF BALAD. IN ANOTHER INCIDENT, A CIVILIAN BUS WAS HIT BY A
ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE...AIMED AT A U-S VEHICLE. A MILITARY SPOKESMAN
SAYS AT LEAST
4 AMERICANS WERE WOUNDED IN THE ATTACKS.
ABOUT 40 U-S SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN HOSTILE ATTACKS SINCE THE
START OF MAY MOSTLY IN BAGHDAD AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
ON CAMERA CLOSE;
MANY IRAQIS REMAIN ARMED...IGNORING A TWO WEEK AMNESTY OFFER TO HAND IN
THEIR GUNS WITHOUT PENALTY. MOST SAY THE STREETS OF IRAQ ARE STILL TOO
DANGEROUS TO TRAVEL WITHOUT PROTECTION.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEW
A hearing gets under way today at Fort Knox, Kentucky for a soldier accused in a deadly grenade attack on fellow U- S troops in Kuwait.
The hearing will determine whether the case against Sergeant Hasan Akbar will go to a court martial.
He's charged with killing two officers and injuring 14 others in the attack on March 23rd.
If convicted in a court martial, he could face the death penalty.
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Coming up next on the newscast, union workers with a local factory could have a new contract.
Also accused wife killer Scott Peterson is getting a lot of attention in a California jail. We'll tell you why after the break.
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General Electric has reached a tentative national agreement with union leaders for a new contract for its workers.
Employees at Salem's G-E Plant walked the picket lines in January, hoping for some leverage in the negotiations.
Their major issues were affordable health insurance and job security.
IUE- CWA officials say the agreement safeguards affordable health insurance and substantially increases pensions for its members.
Union leaders will meet Wednesday to vote on whether to submit the agreement to 14-thousand members for ratification.
If that happens, the members would vote by June 24th on a new contract, which would run through June 2007.
A leader of the militant group, Hamas is saying NO to a truce in the Middle East.
He's rejecting the peace efforts of Egyptian mediators, who are calling on Palestinian militias to stop attacking Israelis.
[SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza Strip;]
The mediators are gathered in Gaza City.
Palestinian officials say they're hoping for more positive answers from the militant groups tomorrow.
The mediators told the Palestinian factions that they had been given guarantees from the U-S that Israel will stop trying to kill militant leaders.
However, Israel's foreign minister says the militias should be crushed not bargained with.
He's probably one of the last guys you'd think would be getting fan mail--
Murder suspect Scott Peterson has a large stack of letters at the Stanislaus County Jail, mostly from women.
A fellow inmate at the jail told a Modesto, California newspaper that one of Peterson's letter writers is an inmate herself, serving time for killing her husband.
The sheriff's department confirms that Peterson is receiving more mail than most immates.
Peterson is accused of killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn son.
He's been in jail for nearly two months.
A fishing trip over Father's Day weekend took a deadly turn when a chartered boat capsized off the coast of Oregon.
Nine people are confirmed dead...two others are missing.
Hattie Kauffman reports.
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[SUPER=03-Garibaldi, OR; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Hamlett/Survivor; :22]
[SUPER=01-Brian Loll/Survivor; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Hattie Kauffman/CBS News; 1:21]
[OUT Q=Kauffman, CBS News, Tillamook Bay , OR. ]
BY THE TIME COAST GUARD HELICOPTERS ARRIVED ... THERE WERE MORE
DEAD THAN THERE WERE SURVIVORS. THE 32 FOOT FISHING VESSEL HAD JUST
DEPARTED INTO ROUGH SEAS, WHEN IT WAS HIT WITH A MONSTER WAVE.
JENNIE WRIGHT WAS CAMPING NEAR THE BEACH.
sot-"there were just clumps of bodies lying there."
MARK HAMLETT WAS INSIDE THE CABIN WHEN THE BOAT ROLLED.
(MARK HAMLETT, SURVIVOR,145540) When we rolled, I did not expect to take
THE WATER TEMPERATURE WAS NEAR 50 DEGREES PEOPLE DONT SURVIVE LONG IN
WATER THAT COLD.
IN THE FISHING VILLAGES NEARBY, PEOPLE ARE GRIEVING.
sot- small community we care.
sot- this is a really good community. people do come together.
(TRACK) NONE OF THE THOSE WHO DIED WERE WEARING LIFE JACKETS, BUT THE
JACKETS WERE VITAL TO THOSE WHO SURVIVED.
(MARK HAMLETT 152444) It really is the grace of God that we got out. We
were nothing special, we were in the right place at the right time to be
able to get to the life jackets (10)
(TRACK) AMONG THE SURVIVORS IS BRIAN LOLL, WHO LOST HIS DAD ON WHAT WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE A FATHER'S DAY FISHING TRIP.
(BRIAN LOLL, SURVIVOR 150545) It was the one thing he wanted man,(3) and
he was excited//he always wanted to go deep sea fishing, never done
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
If rainy days and Mondays always get you down, you're not alone.
Coming up next, we'll see how this year's wacky weather is having physical and mental effects on people across the country.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
One can only imagine what summer will bring, considering the unseasonable weather that's been affecting the country during the first half of 2003.
Jon Frankel reports.
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[SUPER=01-Craig Allen/Metereologist; :25]
[SUPER=01-Mark Blumenthal/Astroland General Manager; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Norman Rosenthal/"Winter Blues" Author; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Cyrus Lesser/Mosquito Control Expert; 1:49]
[SUPER=01-Jon Frankel/CBS News; 2:22]
[OUT Q=Frankel, CBS News, New York.]
WHEN IT COMES TO THE WEATHER -- THERE HASN'T BEEN A WHOLE LOT TO SMILE
nats: empty shots...
(BLUMENTHAL) 1.06.28 - we need some sunshine.. to get us going now.
MARK BLUMENTHAL -- RUNS ASTROLAND - AT CONEY ISLAND IN NEW YORK --
WHERE THE BAD WEATHER HAS LEFT ONLY THE BIRDS FLOCKING TO THE BEACHES --
AND THE BUSINESSES HIGH AND DRY.
1.10.08 - JF is this worst in a long time.. the worst in 28 years. //
1.10.14 - JF and what are yo udoing about it... there's nothing to do.
can't do nothing about it. (OR -- 1.10.57 - there's nothing we can do
its up to the weather.)
1.03.32 - jf you open the shades every morning and go - not again? -- ah
i guess i stop listening to the weather reports.
17.23.14 (weather girl - WBZ)
so again occassional rain overnight patchy fog temperatures in the mids
50-s to low 60s its going to be pretty soggy and humid out there
AND BAD WEATHER CAN LEAD TO BAD MOODS.
DR. NORMAN ROSENTHAL --
23:47 A very high % of people experience some change in mood or behavior
or creativity when the days are dark and short, and they expect this in
the winter but they don't expect this in the spring.
CRAIG ALLEN - 1.00.45 -
nobody has really had late winter and early spring and late spring
weather so far. / we've had hotter than normal colder than normal in the
various parts of the nation.
IN THE NORTHEAST IT'S BEEN RAIN AND COLD TEMPERATURES
nats: heavy rain
FROM SOUTH DAKOTA TO MISSIISSIPI: TORNADOS
(nats:) oh my god there it is there it is.
IN MAY -- STORMS LEFT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IN THEIR WAKE.
18.10.57 - (tape # red 2) make me feel like i escaped death.. is what it
make me feel like.
THERE'S BEEN FLOODING FROM ARKANSAS TO NORTH CAROLINA --
15.49.20 - (FLOODING RALEIGH NC - TAPE)
the water was all the way up by the tree line..
CRAIG ALLEN POP -- 1.01.03 -
the east has gotten the worst of the snowfall and rainfall. ever since
the winter pattern took over it's almost been impossible to get rid of.
EVEN THE BOYS OF SUMMER FELT WINTER. THERE WAS SNOW ON OPENING DAY AT
YANKEE STADIUM - AND THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS RAIN DELAYS AND
CYRUS LESSER - 12.03.25 - this year because of the rainfall there's just
a lot more habitat available to them (4)
CYRUS LESSER IS A MOSQUITO CONTROL EXPERT ON MARYLAND'S EASTERN SHORE
WHERE THE FLOODED MARSH LAND IS THE PERFECT BREADING GROUND FOR
MOSQUITOS AND DISEASE.
CYRUS LESSER - 11.57.07.
"they do transmit diseases which have negative impacts both on people
and on domestic animals/ (GOOD B-ROLL SHOT OF HIM LOOKING DOWN INTO
GRASS AND WATER)
nats: crickets on the road
IF IT'S NOT MOSQUITOS IN THE RAIN THEN IT'S CRICKETS IN A DROUT. THEY
ARE TAKING OVER PARTS OF IDAHO, NEVADA AND UTAH -
girls in swimsuits -- (blackstone tape)
BACK IN CONEY ISLAND -- THEY'RE HOPING THE END OF SPRING WILL BRING
1.01.03 - we're getting off to a slow start. but there's a lot of summer
and weekends ahead of us.
FRANKEL AUDIO TAG.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 132 points. The NASDAQ has gained 28 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up in sports... Ryan Newman has a hot ride in Michigan, but he doesn't win the race.
and the Spurs take home the N-B-A championship in game six.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The San Antonio Spurs are the NBA champs for the second time, coming from behind last night to beat the Nets in Game Six of the Finals.
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/ABC; :00]
The Nets led through three quarters, thanks in large part to this three pointer from Jason Kidd to end the first half.
But the Spurs rallied with 19 consecutive points.
[SUPER=32-New Jersey/77/San Antonio/88/;]
Tim Duncan, David Robinson and the Spurs claim the trophy in the 88 to 77 victory over Jersey, winning the series 4 games to 2.
Duncan was named M-V-P. He averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds for the series.
After 14 seasons, Robinson is retiring from the N-B-A on top.
[GRAPHIC=US Open Golf]
Jim Furyk now a U-S Open Champion.
He claimed his first major victory in relatively easy fashion.
[SUPER=03-Olympia Fields, IL/NBC; :00]
Playing with Furyk in the final grouping was Aussie Stephen Leaney, who got to within three shots with a long birdie putt that finds the cup.
But not even a topless member of the gallery could distract the 33 year old Furyk.
On his approach to the 14th hole.
He hits a near perfect shot within about three feet from the hole. He would knock that in for birdie.
Despite a three putt at the 18th, Furyk tied a US Open record with a four day total of 272, finishing with a three shot win at 8-under par, and joining elite company.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Furyk/First Major Victory; :00]
[OUT Q=it's a special feeling."]
24 year old Kurt Busch grabbed the lead from Jeff Gordon with 24 laps to go in yesterday's Winston Cup race.
He went to victory lane for the 7th time in his career at the Michigan International Speedway.
[SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI/Fox Sports; :00]
For the second straight week, Ken Schrader got caught up in an early wreck.
Schrader was caught in the middle between Steve Park and Ricky Rudd.
Park bumped Schrader, setting off a chain reaction bringing out the day's first caution flag.
Rudd and Wood Brothers have finished 33rd or worse in four of the last five races.
At lap 37, Ryan Newman blew an engine and his car burst in flames.
Newman was finally able to get the car stopped and escape with just minor burns to his face.
Later Greg Biffle swerved, and was nudged by Ricky Craven to slow things down again.
Then with 10 laps left, Todd Bodine brought out the final caution, setting up a five- lap shootout to the finish.
Busch pulled away from Bobby Labonte for his first Michigan win, and his third this season.
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[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/Third Win of the Season; :]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Finished 2nd; :19]
[OUT Q=great job for them."]
[go to boards]
[SUPER=0106-1. Kurt Busch//2. Bobby Labonte//3. Jeff Gordon//4. Matt Kenseth//5. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Sterling Marlin//7. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//8. Tony Stewart//9. Mark Martin//10. Terry Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Jeff Burton//12. Rusty Wallace//13. Jeremy Mayfield//14. Jamie McMurray//15. Ricky Craven//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Jimmie Johnson//17. Elliott Sadler//18. Kevin Harvick//19. Jack Sprague//20. Casey Mears//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Robby Gordon//23. Mike Wallace//24. Bill Elliott//25. Kenny Wallace//;]
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