The aftermath of yesterday's heavy rain could affect your morning commute.
V-DOT reports scattered road closures in Giles, Montgomery, Botetourt and Bedford Counties, but in terms of damage, Bedford appears hardest hit so far.
Repairs on this washed-out road are being delayed because of yesterday's heavy rain.
If it keeps raining, residents of the Fairdale Farms subdivision fear rushing waters will take down the temporary foot bridge that allows them to get to their homes.
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[IN Q=THIS MORNING]
((KERMIT POFF/RESIDENT; THIS MORNING WHEN I WENT OUT THIS MORNING IT WAS WAY DOWN AND IT THE PAST TWO HOURS IT'S WHEN ALL THIS STARTED COMING UP AGAIN. ))
[OUT Q=UP AGAIN.]
Route 757 in Bedford County is among those closed right now.
Flood waters washed away much of one side of the road.
Verizon is repairing damaged phone lines for about 100 customers while V-DOT officials say road work is slated to start tomorrow.
Yesterday's heavy rain produced high water and the potential for significant flooding throughout central and western Virginia.
Many creeks, streams and rivers were close to their capacity, and some low-lying areas were under water.
There were no reports of serious flooding around here, but residents kept a watchful eye on the water level and the weather forecast.
The heavy downpours also contributed to a number of accidents on area highways, including one on I-581 when a car hydroplaned out of control.
Flash flooding caused numerous problems in Charleston, West Virginia.
This was the scene at the Fed Ex Depot yesterday.
Getting it there on time was a little more difficult thanks to Mother Nature.
A fed ex truck floated off a Bridge and into a creek and then hit another vehicle.
At least a dozen workers sought refuge on a roof.
Flash flooding also blocked a road leading to the main airport- although the airport did remain open.
Flooding also destroyed several homes and forced about 60 residents to evacuate from a nursing home.
The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Charleston Civic Center.
One suspect is dead and another is hospitilized after an attempted robbery in Franklin County.
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It happened after ten o'clock Sunday night at 24-81 Doe Run Road, southeast of Rocky Mount.
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Sheriff Quint Overton says two men wearing ski masks went into the home and demanded drugs and money.
That is when one of the residents, William Davis, allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the two assailants.
22 year old Travis Richards of Rocky Mount was found dead at the scene.
26 year old Claude Elton Wray of Martinsville is currently at Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he listed in stable condition this morning.
Investigators are still trying to determine whether charges will be filed against the shooter.
A U-S soldier has been killed while on patrol in Baghdad.
The military says the soldier was struck in the chest by a single shot fired by a sniper, and died at a first aid station.
The gunman got away.
The shooting came on the second day of a major operation in
Iraq to seek out those leading the anti- American resistance.
Nearly 50 U-S soldiers have died in Iraq since major combat ended nearly two months ago.
After making headlines in the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, the head of the Diocese of Phoenix is under arrest.
Bishop Thomas O' Brien is now charged with a fatal hit and run accident.
O'Brien faces trial for leaving the scene of an accident Saturday night.
43- year- old Jim Reed was hit by two cars as he crossed the street.
Both cars drove off.
But witnesses were able to get a partial plate number from one of the vehicles, which led them to O'Brien.
His diocese promises to cooperate with the investigation.
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[IN Q=The sympathy of all]
((CHRIS GUNTY/DIOCESE OF PHOENIX:THE SYMPATHY OF ALL OF US IN THE DIOCESE OF PHOENIX AS WELL OUR PRAYER AND SUPPORT GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS FAMILY. THE DIOCESE WILL COOPERATE FULLY IN ANY POLICE INVESTIGATION AND NO FURTHER STATEMENT WILL BE MADE WHILE THE INVESTIGATION PROCEEDS. ))
[SUPER=01-Chris Gunty/Diocese of Phoenix;]
[OUT Q=investigation proceeds.]
O'Brien has been accused of protecting pedophile priests.
Earlier this month, he made a deal with prosecutors to avoid his own indictment, by admitting to transferring priests to different ministries.
Senator Hillary Clinton continues making the rounds on television to promote her new tell- all book "Living History."
[SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants, Inc.;]
Last night, she joked around with David Letterman, especially on the subject of a possible run for President.
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[IN Q=Have you ever told, like your husband..]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Hillary Clinton/(D) New York;]
The former First Lady says she has no intention of campaigning for her husband's former job.
Meanwhile, her writing career is taking off....
Her publishers say Senator Clinton's book is the top- selling adult non- fiction book of all time.
An additional half million copies have been ordered on top of the initial order of a million.
In business news, The markets begin the week with big gains .
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((The market will try to build on yesterday's spectacular rally... A
better-than-expected reading of the New York manufacturing sector put
investors in a buying mood
the dow rocketed 201 points
the sp 500 ran up 22 for its first close above a thousand in a year...
the nasdaq raced ahead 40 points.
on the economic calendar,
may housing starts and inflation at the wholesale level.. unless the reports
are much better than expected,
economists are betting on an interest rate cut of at least 25 percent at
the fed's june 25th meeting.
Rite Aid's former chief executive officer, Martin Grass, will plead
guilty today to accounting fraud. in federal court in
Harrisburg,Pennsylvania, 49 year old Grass,is the first CEO to plead
guilty in a major accounting fraud case since the collapse of Enron in
Rite Aid's former chief financial officer, Frank Bergonzi, and ex-
President Timothy Noonan have admitted their roles in a scheme to
inflate earnings at the No. 3 U.S. drugstore chain by $1.6 billion.
Guidant - the world's largest maker of heart stents, said it will stop
making a device to prevent aneurysms. That's after the company pleaded
guilty last week to concealing problems linked to the product, including
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM . I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Twelve former Texas prisoners are tasting freedom for the first time in as many as four years.
[SUPER=03- Tulia, TX;]
They were all sent to jail on drug charges, primarily with one undercover agent's testimony.
But that testimony has been discredited, and now the former Texas Lawman of the Year faces perjury charges.
Two dozen other prisoners have already been released.
Some of them were behind bars for as many as 20 years.
Percy Walton pled guilty to capital murder in 1997 and asked for the electric chair.
He was sentenced to die. But five days before the sentence was to be carried out, his attorneys filed a new petition, claiming he was mentally retarded.
The victims' families attended a hearing in federal court in Roanoke yesterday.
The lawyers argued over whether Walton's I-Q of 66 falls within the range of mental retardation and whether he understands what it means to be executed.
The terrorist attacks nearly two years ago helped shine the spotlight on public safety and those who protect American citizens.
The September 11th assault actually inspired a New York fireman to get into another line of public service in this area.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[IN Q=Eight new police]
[SUPER=03-New York City/Sept. 11, 2001; :18]
[SUPER=01-Officer Brian K. Smith/New Lynchburg Police Officer; :29]
[SUPER=01-Officer Mark E. Rolfes/New Lynchburg Police Officer; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; 1:28]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Eight new police officers took their oath in Lynchburg Monday.. for most it was the realization of a lifelong dream.
[natsot 14:41:44 oath]
((I WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE COURAGE.. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE COURAGE..))
Courage is something Brian K. Smith knows a little about.
Smith is a former New York City firefighter who barely escaped the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th.. his father, also a firefighter, died when one of the towers collapsed.
((OFFICER BRIAN K. SMITH/NEW LYNCHBURG POLICE OFFICER: MY DAD ALWAYS KNEW THAT I WANTED TO GET INTO POLICE WORK AND HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING ME, HELPING ME OUT WITH THE JOB WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY, AND I KNOW HE WAS PROUD OF ME NO MATTER WHAT I WAS DOING.))
[OUT Q=I was doing.]
About a year ago, Smith came south looking for a quieter way of life for his family.. but the call to public service was too strong.
((SMITH: I TELL PEOPLE IT'S FUNNY I COME DOWN HERE BECAUSE I WANT LESS STRESS AND NOW I'M GOING TO BE A POLICE OFFICER, BUT IT'S GREAT, THE AREA'S GREAT AND I JUST COULDN'T BE HAPPIER.))
[OUT Q=be happier.]
The 9-11 attacks also prompted one of Smith's classmates to leave behind twenty years in the printing business for a new career at the age of 42.
((OFFICER MARK ROLFES/NEW LYNCHBURG POLICE OFFICER: THE EVENTS OF 9-11, WHEN I SAW THE SECOND PLANE HIT THE SECOND WORLD TRADE CENTER, I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO PURSUE A LIFELONG DREAM. AT MY AGE I WANTED TO MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT IN MY COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER.))
[OUT Q=a police officer.]
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: I THINK THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PEOPLE WHO HAVE FELT A CALLING TO DO THIS, BUT CERTAINLY I BELIEVE IT'S BEEN BROUGHT INTO SHARPER FOCUS SINCE OUR FREEDOMS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED AND CLEARLY THESE PEOPLE ARE HERE WITH THE IDEA OF ENSURING THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE A SAFE AND FREE SOCIETY.))
[OUT Q=and free society.]
They'll start doing just that this week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Carroll County authorities have uncovered an indoor marijuana growing operation.
21 year old Joshua Adam Duncan of Cana is charged with manufacturing marijuana with the intent to distribute.
Deputies found over thirty marijuana plants growing inside his residence at 185 Spring Meadow Lane just after midnight Saturday.
They have an estimated street value of 32-thousand dollars.
In business news, Stocks surged ahead 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 RALLIED TO CLOSE HIGHER MONDAY.
INVESTORS WERE ESPECIALLY CHEERED BY A POSITIVE REPORT ON MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IN NEW YORK STATE.
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY UP 201 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ WAS ALSO UP 40.
K-MART POSTED ITS FIRST QUARTERLY EARNINGS SINCE EMERGING FROM BANKRUPTCY.
THE RETAILER TOOK A LOSS OF A-DOLLAR-63-CENTS PER SHARE.
BUT THAT COMPARED FAVORABLY WITH THE TWO-DOLLAR-37-CENT LOSS A YEAR AGO.
THE NATION'S THIRD LARGEST DISCOUNT CHAIN SAYS REORGANIZATION COSTS CONTRIBUTED TO THE 862-MILLION-DOLLAR LOSS.
IT BEGAN TRADING ITS NEW SHARES ON THE NASDAQ LAST WEEK.
PRICELINE SHARES HAVE SPLIT, BUT NOT IN THE DIRECTION USUALLY PLEASING TO INVESTORS.
THE COMPANY EXECUTED A ONE-FOR-SIX REVERSE STOCK SPLIT, SAYING IT SIMPLY WANTED TO DEAL WITH FEWER OUTSTANDING SHARES.
THE ONLINE TRAVEL WEBSITE EXPECTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS OF 12-TO-18 CENTS ON THE NEW SHARES.
BEST BUY HAS SOLD ITS MUSICLAND GROUP.
THE MINNEAPOLIS BASED RETAILER SOLD THE UNIT'S OPERATING ASSETS TO SUN CAPITAL PARTNERS.
BEST BUY SAYS THE DEAL WAS A CASH-FREE TRANSACTION.
MUSICLAND OPERATES 11-THOUSAND STORES IN THE U-S UNDER SUCH NAMES AS MEDIA PLAY AND SUNCOAST.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Attorneys for condemned killer Percy Walton told a federal judge that Walton should be spared the death sentence.
They say he's mentally retarded and "cannot conceptualize death."
Yesterday, Judge Sam Wilson asked when that happened, pointing out that Walton certainly could conceptualize death when he killed a Danville couple, then another man before spraying his body with perfume to conceal the smell.
A prison psychiatrist believes Walton's faking retardation.
The claim arose just days before his scheduled execution last month.
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[IN Q=I think he knew]
((HELEN GILLEY/VICTIMS' NIECE: IT THINK HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. I THINK HE'S JUST PUTTING ON NOW TO GET OUT OF IT.
Keith Humphry/NEWS 7: The judge made that point, talking about if he doesn't know about death, he knew about it then.
THAT'S RIGHT. HE KNEW ABOUT KILLING THREE, AND HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH THEM WHEN HE KILLED THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Helen Gilley/Victims' Niece]
[OUT Q=he killed them.]
There were indications Walton planned to load the bodies in the back of a car, but he wrecked the car first.
The judge will have to decide if he wants to hear evidence- -rather than just lawyers' arguments- -on Walton's mental state.
A Bedford County woman who was keeping more than 60 cats and dogs at her home is found guilty of animal neglect.
A judge told her to cut the number to no more than three.
Valerie Green has had numerous run-ins with law-enforcement in different counties over the amount of animals she keeps.
A plea agreement last year set the limit at 25.
But a recent surprise inspection showed she was over that number, so a judge gave year a two-year suspended sentence for violating that agreement.
Green also was given a ten-day jail sentence for obstructing justice.
The U-S Supreme Court has upheld a policy that gives residents of public housing the right to keep unwanted people out of their neighborhood.
Yesterday, the high court voted unanimously that the government CAN ban non-residents from public housing projects in an effort to reduce crime.
The justices ruled that the no-trespassing policy at a Richmond housing project did not violate the First Amendment.
[IN Q=I AM PLEASED THAT THE]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Benjamin/Defendant's Attorney; :08]
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: I AM PLEASED THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS UNANIMOUSLY RULED ON THE SIDE OF KEEPING OUR STREETS AND OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE.))
((STEPHEN BENJAMIN/DEFENDANT'S ATTORNEY: THIS IS NOT EVEN A SETBACK ON OUR CHALLENGE TO THE TRESPASS POLICY. THIS POLICY WAS POORLY WRITTEN, IT'S HOPELESSLY VAGUE. AND I KNOW THAT WE WILL PREVAIL AT THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT LEVEL.))
[OUT Q=AT VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT LEVEL.]
The case has been sent to the state Supreme Court to consider other constitutional issues.
Actor Hume Cronyn has passed away.
And, memorial service was held for Gregory Peck
Brooke Anderson has more in today's Hollywood Minute
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/Monday; :31]
[SUPER=04-"To Kill A Mockingbird" - Universal Pictures; :51]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/February 28, 1996; 1:04]
[SUPER=04-"Every Heartbeat" - A&M Records; 1:11]
[OUT Q=I'm Brooke Anderson]
((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE--I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.
HOLLYWOOD HAS LOST YET ANOTHER ONE OF ITS MOST BELOVED VETERANS....ACTOR HUME CRONYN HAS PASSED AWAY. THE LONGTIME STAGE AND SCREEN STAR DIED OF PROSTATE CANCER SUNDAY AT HIS HOME IN FAIRFIRLD, CONNECTICUT. MODERN AUDIENCES MAY BE MOST FAMILIAR WITH CRONYN FROM HIS ROLE IN THE FILM "COCOON." BUT HIS FILM CAREER SPANNED FIVE DECADES, AS DID HIS MARRIAGE TO ACTRESS JESSICA TANDY. AS WAS THE CASE IN "COCOON," THE TWO WERE OFTEN PAIRED TOGETHER IN PRODUCTIONS.
MEANWHILE-- IN LOS ANGELES, MOURNERS ATTENDED A MEMORIAL SERVICE MONDAY FOR ACTOR GREGORY PECK.
PECK'S CHILDREN SPOKE...AND FELLOW ACTOR AND LONGTIME FRIEND BROCK PETERS SANG AND DELIVERED A EULOGY, IN WHICH HE PRAISED THE INCREDIBLE VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES AND CHALLENGES PECK TOOK ON.
PECK'S FAMILY SHOWED A FILM THEY'D MADE FOR HIM, PARTLY STYLED AFTER THE OPENING SCENE OF 'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. GREGORY PECK DIED LAST THURSDAY.
AND SOME OF COUNTRY MUSIC'S BIGGEST STARS ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR VICTIMS OF LAST MONTH'S KILLER TORNADOES. VINCE GILL, AMY GRANT AND DARRYL WORLEY ARE GOING TO HEADLINE THE "STORM AID" CONCERT, AS ITS BEING CALLED. 11 PEOPLE DIED AND THOUSANDS OF BUSINESSES WERE DESTROYED BY THE TORNADOES, WHICH RIPPED THROUGH WESTERN TENNESSEE. PROCEEDS FROM THE AUGUST 12TH SHOW WILL GO TO THE WESTERN TENNESSEE HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION.
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE...I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.))