A Texas woman charged with committing a gruesome murder with her car faces a second day in court.
And police charge a Salem man with killing his passenger in a Roanoke County accident.
Sunshine continues with increasing humidity levels which will eventually lead to hazy, hot, and humid conditions. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A fatal accident 12 days ago has led to criminal charges and sent one of the drivers to jail.
19-year old David Lee Hunter of Salem is charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
Police believe he's responsible for the June 12th accident on Route 3-11 that killed his passenger.
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Hunter was traveling northbound on 3-11 near Mason's Cove when he hit a pickup truck driving in the same direction.
The accident took the life of 23 year old Tiffany Christina Allen, who was riding in Hunter's car.
Investigators say alcohol may have been involved.
Another traffic case is into its second day of testimony today in Texas.
Chante Mallard (MAHL-urd) is accused of hitting a man with her car -- driving home with him lodged in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((Prosecutors in Texas accuse Chante Mallard of being selfish----but her attorneys say she was scared that night back i
n October of 2001. (JEFF KEARNEY/MALLARD'S ATTORNEY) "IT WAS DARK AND TO MANY IT BECAME THE DARKEST NIGHT OF ALL." For Mallard it WAS her darkest night--the same for Gregg Biggs The former nurse's aide is charged with murder in the homeless man's death.. She's accused of hitting Biggs with her car...on a major highway. Then with his bleeding body lodged in the windshield ...she allegedly drove home and parked in her garage...returning over ..& over to say she was so
rry to the man moaning in agony. (SOT CHRISTY JACK/PROSECUTOR) WHEN MISS MALLARD TRANSPORTED GREG BIGGS HOME IN HER CA
R , SERIOUSLY WOUNDED AND BLEEDING, AND SHUT THE DOOR TO THE GARAGE, SHE GUARANTEED HIS DEATH." Biggs was later dumped
in a park..off duty firefighter Todd Breedlove discovered the body. (SOT: TODD BREEDLOVE/DISCOVERED THE BODY) THE BOD
Y WAS COLD TO THE TOUCH, THERE WAS NO PULSE HE WAS NOT BREATHING" Four months later--a tipster lead police to Mallard. When the officers arrived--she confessed.. (MALLARD'S ATTORNEY) "SHE SAYS TO THE OFFICERS, I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT I DIDN'T MEAN TO DO IT, I'M SORRY." The medical examiner says Biggs probably lived a few hours--but could have survived had he received medical attention. Nats: Prosecutors said Mallard took ecstasy and drank before driving home. Her lawyer admits his client was in a drug induced haze. If convicted, the 27 year old could spend the rest of her life behind bars. Drew Levinson, CBS News. ))
Bedford County Supervisors have given the go-ahead to renovate Jefferson Forest High School.
Approval of the 26-million dollar project was unanimous.
Architects recommend expanding the schools auditorium, relocating its cafeteria and library and adding new classrooms.
The concept got the O-K from the school board earlier this month.
Some supervisors believed they should not override that decision, but others still have concerns about whether the plan goes far enough.
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County officials say they won't need to borrow money for the project until construction begins in 2005.
In Halifax County, the cost of renovation still figures heavily into plans to close down Virgilina Elementary School.
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School board members say even if supervisors come up with more money, Virgilina Elementary will still have to close.
The school board cites declining enrollment and hefty renovation costs as reasons behind the decision.
Radford voters may get the chance to decide whether alcohol sales should be permitted in city parks.
This comes after a city council member who was originally for the move changed her mind.
That announcement came after the council heard once again from supporters and opponents.
The ordinance passed two weeks ago 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.
It passed by a 3 to 2 vote.
But now the Vice Mayor wants the city to look into the possibility of residents deciding the issue through a referendum.
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((LAURIE BUCHWALD/COUNCIL MEMBER: THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY ALLOW FOR THE RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL AND DOING SO DOESN'T NOT MAKE ME OR ANYONE ELSE IMMORAL AND I AM OFFENDED BY THAT ASSERTION.))
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Council members took no action on the second reading of this ordinance.
But council agreed to have the City Attorney ask the General Assembly to put this issue on a referendum in the future.
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Still to come on the newscast, a looting spree in Iraq isn't quite what people bargained for.
And consumer confidence is holding steady. But with good reason? That answer when we return.
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Americans like what they see down the road, when it comes to the economy.
A business research group says consumers aren't all that enthusiastic about current economic conditions -- but expectations for the coming months are up.
Despite the consumer confidence, a prolongued drop in prices could spell long-term economic problems -- and deflation.
Sean Callebs (CAL-ubs) has more.
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(( PRICES DROPPING...
AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AS FLAT AS A KANSAS CORNFIELD.
IF THE U-S ECONOMY WAS A PATIENT....
sot-we are out of the I-C-U. We're mending, but not mending very quickly.
AND, CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN AND FED MEMBERS ARE TALKING ABOUT DEFLATION.
sot-People have the understanding (that) what deflation will ultimately mean for them, but it's very hard to actually d
MOST THINK OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN THE '30'S...
OF THE PUNISHING DEFLATIONARY CYCLE THAT HAS GRIPPED JAPAN FOR A DECADE.
THE PRICE OF CLOTHES, CARS..AND OTHER GOODS DROPS...
BUT ..PEOPLE AREN'T BUYING.
FACTORIES AND COMPANIES THEN CUT BACK PRODUCTION...
AND IN THE PROCESS MORE PEOPLE ARE LAID OFF.
IT IS A HARSH CYCLE, THAT SOME ECONOMISTS COMPARE TO QUICKSAND --ONCE MIRED IN, IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESCAPE.
sot-I look at it from a corporate executive's viewpoint. If a corporate executive looks at his sales figures and says .
"Oh my god, they used to grow 4-5%. Now they are just flat or even falling. That's deflation."
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS.
THE ECONOMY WEATHERED 9-11 AND THE IRAQ WAR..
SURVIVED A SARS SCARE.
THE MARKET IS UP..
AND FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS, CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HAS SHOWED SOME SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT.
THAT IS IMPORTANT. IT SENDS A SIGNAL TO CORPORATE AMERICA THAT BUYERS WILL START BUYING THEIR GOODS...
A KEY PART OF THE EQUATION THAT COULD LIFT THE U-S FROM THE SHADOW OF DEFLATION.
TAG-SEAN CALLEBS, CNN, ATLANTA.))
Israeli troops say they've captured 130 people with links to Palestinian militants.
The troops raided the West Bank city of Hebron this morning, arresting people they say are connected to the group Hamas.
Palestinians say Hamas and other militant groups are on the verge of agreeing to halt attacks on Israelis.
City residents say even relatives of Hamas members were brought in for questioning.
Dozens of Iraqis are suffering from radiation sickness after looting a nuclear facility.
The environmental group Greenpeace handed over the looted nuclear material to U-S soldiers today.
It was taken from residents who went on a looting spree after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
They were unaware that the material they were carting away was radioactive.
Local doctors say people have been showing signs of radiation sickness, like nosebleeds and vomiting, in the past few days.
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It's a bit risky, but a fund-raising ad campaign appears to be working. The details are still ahead.
And it's back to the books at Tech -- the law books, that is-- as colleges review Supreme Court decisions on Affirmative Action.
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Virginia Tech officials say they'll take another look at Affirmative Action policies in light of yesterday's Supreme Court decisions.
The court ruled that colleges and universities may use race as a factor in selecting students, but it can't be an overwhelming factor.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens has reaction from Blacksburg.
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((Virginia Tech Senior Clarence Brown says he was pleased, yet surprised by the Supreme Court's decision.
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While some may view the Court's decision as a step forward in achieving campus diversity, others see it as a step backwards.
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But university officials agree with the Court that it could be a start.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker says the university will go back and take a second look at some of its minority programs that were scaled back in order to comply with state guidelines.
Out of about 70 race-based programs, 16 were either modified or eliminated.
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This will be the second time the university will review a decision it made regarding affirmative action.
In March, the board of visitors voted to eliminate affirmative action for admissions, only to reinstate the policy two weeks later.
Hincker says the university still stands by its decisions.
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Center in the Square officials say a risky advertising campaign is paying off.
The series of print ads depicts downtown Roanoke as it was before the Design '79 project.
The photographs show a prostitute, a wine bottle and a homeless person rummaging through a dumpster.
The President of Center in the Square says the idea was to compare the market area's past with its present in hopes of drumming up financial support to keep the Center open.
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Sears credits the campaign with raising 600-thousand dollars in donations during the current capital campaign, more than the annual fundraiser has EVER raised.
But he stresses that the non-profit's also running a 600-thousand dollar *deficit*.
He says, if finances continue to be as strained as as they have been since Center lost its state funding, the organization could close in three to four years.
A mixed day on Wall Street. At Noon,
the Dow was UP 25 points, but Nasdaq was DOWN almost 8 points.
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When we come back, we'll tell about the COOLEST addition to Chicago's lakefront.
And the Barber twins return to Virginia to coach kids on football, AND the importance of education.
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Tiki and Ronde Barber were in Roanoke yesterday for the NFL Twins football camp, and then it was off to Richmond to promote literacy.
But as Steve Mason tells us, the end was nothing compared to the start and the middle of a rather "Manic Monday."
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((They've played in two of the last three super bowls, but the two NFL super stars gladly deflected the limelight to some rising stars who are learning football on the same field Ronde and Tiki got their star.
Ronde allowed a few lucky friends to wear his Tampa Bay Buccaneers superbowl ring. His brother played in a super bowl a few years back. Their popularity has ski rocketed as has their camps which has forced the NFL Twins to unfortunately turn away 40 youngsters on day one.
organizing donations and coaching was just the beginning to their day. At three, after working out with the 150 8 and 9 year olds, the Barbers flew to Richmond for a news conference with Governor Warner. Verizon and the Virginia Literacy Foundation named the brothers literacy champions for the Old Dominion.
The Barbers camp runs through Friday and the camp is full. Steve Mason News 7 Sports.))
This is the week for the Roy Stanley Memorial golf events.
This Friday is our first-ever celebrity tournament and there are still some spots open if you have a foursome and would like to play alongside the likes of Rick Mast, Jim Bibby, Shayne Graham, Charlie (Moyer) Moir and many others.
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If you can't play on Friday, but you would like to meet some of these folks... right after the tournament, there is an autograph session that's open to the public, along with a sports memorabilia auction.
It all takes place at Hanging Rock this Friday with the autograph session set for 6pm and the auction at seven.
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Among the many items, you will have a chance to bid on are Upper Deck authenticated photos, portraits and jerseys signed by Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Much more on the auction in the coming days.
It's called the windy city, but today Chicago's getting attention not for its weather, but because of four baby penguins.
The temperature in Chicago hit 90 degrees on Monday, but that didn't keep these cold weather fans from making their debut.
The four baby pengiuns are the newest additions to the Shedd Aquarium.
They're two weeks old and weigh under one pound.
In three months, they'll reach their full size of about 12 pounds and eat about two pounds of food each day.
The penguins are avaliable to hear you ooh and ahh over them seven days a week.
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