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A Covington soldier is under hospital treatment in Kuwait, after he was injured during the attack that killed Sadam Hussein's sons.
21 year old Adam Loan is listed in serious condition after suffering electrical burns to his hand and buttocks.
He was injured Tuesday night as he secured fencing around the perimeter of a house occupied by Uday and Qusay Hussein.
His family in Covington has not talked to Adam or even knows his prognosis but understands he will be transported to a military hospital in Germany next week.
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[IN Q=I would be just]
((DONNA LOAN/ADAM'S MOTHER: I WOULD BE JUST REALLY HAPPY TO JUST HEAR HIS VOICE RIGHT NOW BUT AS A MOM YOU NEVER ARE SATISFIED UNTIL YOU SEE THEIR FACES, THE WAITING UNTIL THEN IS GOING TO BE HARD.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Loan/Adam's Mother]
[OUT Q=going to be hard]
Adam is a member of the Army's 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He joined the army more than a year ago and has been in Iraq since March.
The Bush administration wants to show Iraqis that the old regime is NOT coming back.
As evidence of that, pictures of the dead bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons were broadcast.
But some Iraqis question the pictures.
And members of the Saddam Fedayeen are vowing revenge, calling for a holy war on all Americans.
Before the videotape was released, three more U-S soldiers were killed near the city of Mosul, where U-S forces found Saddam's sons.
Meanwhile, critics in the U-S still question the motivation of the war in Iraq.
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[IN Q=If, however, no weapons]
((JOHN DEUTCH/FORMER C. I. A. DIRECTOR:F, HOWEVER, NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION OR ONLY A RESIDUAL CAPABILITY IS FOUND, THE PRINCIPLE JUSTIFICATION ENUNCIATED BY THE U-S GOVERNMENT FOR LAUNCHING THIS WAR WILL HAVE PROVEN NOT TO BE CREDIBLE. ))
[SUPER=01-John Deutch/Former C. I. A. Director;]
[OUT Q=proven not to be credible.]
But the Bush administration is standing by its decision to go to war.
The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give over 28- BILLION dollars to the new Homeland Security Department.
Even though they voted for it, democrats say the measure short- changes emergency responders and security for chemical plants and other areas.
Attempts by Democrats to ammend the bill were blocked by Republicans.
The 93- to- one vote illustrated lawmakers' reluctance to vote against a bill for domestic security.
Meanwhile, a vote in the House has pitted America's senior citizens against the powerful pharmaceutical industry.
Early today, lawmakers approved a measure allowing the sale of imported, lower- cost prescription drugs from Canada and 24 other countries.
Americans would be able to get prescription medication at a fraction of the cost the drugs would run in the U-S.
Opponents of the bill say it's not safe.
The legislation still faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
A federal appeals court in Richmond has ruled that Appomattox County can not stop eleven farmers from spreading
treated human waste on their fields.
The farmers filed a lawsuit against the county last year.
U-S District Judge Norman Moon in Lynchburg agreed and issued an injunction ordering the county to let the farmers spread the sludge.
The county appealed, but the appeals court yesterday upheld Judge Moon's decision.
Three teen- counselors will be held responsible for organized fighting at 4H- Camp.
The Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney says 58 juvenile petitions will be filed early next week.
Two 16-year olds from Pittsylvania and Halifax counties and one 15-year old from Bedford County are being cited.
But, the investigation is NOT over.
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[IN Q=There is still an]
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THERE IS STILL AN INVESTIGATION PENDING INTO THE ADULTS IN THIS MATTER AND WE HAVE NOT CONCLUDED THAT AND PROBABLY WON'T BE CONCLUDING IT FOR A COUPLE MORE DAYS IN THAT REGARD.))
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=in that regard]
Hapgood says he hasn't seen any evidence that indicates adult leaders took part in violence against campers.
Charges against the juveniles include child abuse, assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
A trial is expected within the next two months.
A Botetourt County teen is facing several charges after an accident that knocked out power to parts of Roanoke County.
[VO-NAT 15 plus pad]
Police say 19-year Carly King was drunk when she missed a stop sign hitting a guy wire on North Barrons Road at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon.
The telephone pole buckled causing power outages to the entire area including parts of Peters Creek and Williamson roads.
King then allegedly hit a parked car on Gates Circle before police arrested her at a convenience store on Peter's Creek Road.
King is facing DUI charges and two separate hit and run charges.
In business news, More workers are finding themselves out of jobs.
Yesterday, Federal Mogul confirmed about 50-workers have been cut this year in Blacksburg.
Once again the weak economy is to blame. Officials also mentioned a drop in demand.
Despite rumors, officials say they have no plans for more layoffs at the automotive plant.
Federal-Mogul makes automotive engine parts and has been in business for more than 30-years.
The company currently employs about 430-people.
Mortgage rates are on the rise.
And, Microsoft is looking to hire thousands of employees.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((Thirty-year mortgage rates are knocking on the door of six percent
again. THE MORTGAGE COMPANY FREDDIE MAC SAYS THE 30 YR FIXED RATE
MORTGAGEAVERAGES 5.94 PERCENT THIS WEEK, UP SHARPLY FROM LAST WEEK'S
5.67 PERCENT. WHILE MORTGAGE RATES ARE STILL NEAR HISTORIC LOWS.. THEY
HAVEN'T BEEN THIS HIGH SINCE MID-JANUARY. ECONOMISTS BELIEVE THE HIGHER
MORTGAGE RATES MAY SLOW THE CURRENT REFINANCING CRAZE.
Mortgage rates track the yields on Treasury bonds, which have been
jumping as investors have shifted money out of bonds and into stocks.
INTERNET STOCKS WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE ON WALL STREET TODAY THANKS TO
SOME BIG AFTER THE CLOSING BELL:
THE ONLINE AUCTION SITE EBAY SAID PROFITS MORE THAN DOUBLED WHILE SALES
JUMPED 91 PERCENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER. EBAY ALSO RAISED IS PROFIT AND
SALES OUTLOOK FOR THE YEAR AND ANNOUNCED A 2 FOR 1 STOCK SPLIT.
ALSO ON DECK WAS PRICELINE.COM.. THE NAME YOUR OWN PRICE TRAVEL SITE
posted a 22 percent rise in second-quarter profit as summer vacationers
went to the Web to reserve hotel rooms and rental cars.
ON WALL STREET.. AN EARLY RALLY FIZZLED.. STOCKS had been lively earlier
in the day thanks to strong profits and a rosier outlook for the
the dow finished 81 points lower
while the nasdaq gave up 17 points.
MICROSOFT IS HANGING OUT THE "HELP WANTED" SIGN.. THE SOFTWARE GIANT
PLANS TO HIRE BETWEEN 3 THOUSAND AND 35-HUNDERD ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN
THE U-S. MICROSOFT WILL ALSO INCREASE ITS SPENDING ON RESEARCH ANDA
DEVELOPMENT TO ABOUT 7 BILLION DOLLARS.
track all the premarket action at cbs.mw.com.. in new york i'm ac.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
President Bush will roll out the red carpet for Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas at the White House later today.
Abbas wants the U-S to force Israel to dismantle Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories, and release three- thousand prisoners.
The Prime Minister believes if the conditions are not followed, radical groups may break a current cease fire and attack Israelis.
But Abbas also says he's still working hard toward establishing the Palestinian state called for in the U-S road map to peace in the middle east.
Unmarried or unrelated couples are not eligible for state housing loans in Virginia.
But a vote scheduled for later today could change that policy.
The Virginia Housing Development Authority held a public hearing yesterday.
The agency is looking at changing its policy that limits loan eligibility to borrowers who are related by blood, marriage or adoption.
The so-called family rule was first adopted in 1980 and reinstated in 1996 after a two-year lapse.
Supporters say the rule is good public policy but critics say it discriminates against many groups.
[IN Q=THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED,]
[SUPER=01-Aimee Perron/ACLU of Virginia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Victoria Cobb/Family Foundation of Virginia; :13]
((THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, ENGAGED COUPLES, COUPLES WHO COHABITATE, GAY/LESBIAN COUPLES AND EVEN THOSE PEOPLE WHO MAY QUALIFY FINANCIALLY FOR THE LOANS ARE INELIGIBLE BECAUSE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP STATUS. .))
((VICTORIA COBB/FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA: WE SAW THAT AT THE LAST PUBLIC HEARING A YEAR AGO OR SO IT WAS NOT THE ELDERLY THAT WERE STANDING THERE ASKING FOR THIS CHANGE IT WAS REALLY NONTRADITIONAL FAMILIES, SO-CALLED AND LOOKING TO BASICALLY GET THE SAME RIGHTS AND BENEFITS THAT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH MARRIAGE.))
[OUT Q=BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH MARRIAGE.]
The VHDA will vote on the policy change today.
Bill Carder stepped down from Roanoke City Council earlier this year, but he still has something to say about city business.
With plans to replace Victory Stadium with a new stadium and amphitheater increasingly in doubt, Carder says he fears council is turning back the clock on a period of progress.
Joe Dashiell spoke with him yesterday in South Boston.
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[IN Q=When they considered the future]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Former City Council Member; :25]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Halifax County]
((When they considered the future of Victory Stadium in 2001, and voted to build a new multi-purpose facility, council members said they were making a decision and moving on. but two years later the issue is back in play.
Carder has been watching the controversy from Berry Hill Mansion, the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center near South Boston that he manages.
He says the view from here is one of concern.
[IN Q=So I think there is some concern]
((SO I THINK THERE IS SOME CONCERN ALL OVER THE CITY IN TERMS OF LEADERSHIP OF WHAT THIS POSSIBLE REVERSAL MIGHT SIGNAL FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CITY.))
[OUT Q=for the future of the city.]
Carder says he remains convinced city council made the right decision in 2001, and now worries that members are sending the wrong message by revisiting the issue. If Victory Stadium is now up for review, Carder wonders what will be next?
[IN Q=I heard that the mayor]
((I HEARD THAT THE MAYOR TALKED YESTERDAY IN THE STATE OF THE CITY, ABOUT THE CIVIC CENTER EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENTS THERE. HE'S ALSO BEEN VOCAL IN THE PAST ABOUT NOT SUPPORTING THE RIVERSIDE BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER.))
[OUT Q=biotechnology center.]
From his vantage point 90 miles away, Carder keeps in close touch with old allies, and says he believes city council's indecision is already sending ripples through Roanoke's business community.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Halifax County))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, E-Bay posted its second quarter earnings after the closing bell yesterday.
The internet auction company reported earning a net income of 33 cents per share.
That's up from 19 cents a year earlier.
In other news, Stan Case has a look at yesterday's closing numbers in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((STOCKS FELL THURSDAY AFTER SOME LATE-SESSION PROFIT TAKING ERASED THE MORNING'S RALLY FUELED BY POSITIVE EARNINGS REPORTS AND A SURPRISE DROP IN JOBLESS BENEFIT CLAIMS.
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY DOWN 81 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ LOST 17.
FIRST TIME JOBLESS CLAIMS DROPPED BY 29-THOUSAND LAST WEEK TO A FIVE-MONTH LOW.
386,000 AMERICANS FILED FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN THE WEEK ENDING JULY 19TH.
THE NUMBER HAD BEEN ABOVE 400-THOUSAND FOR THE PRECEDING 22 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS, INDICATING A WEAK JOB MARKET.
THE U-S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AT SIX-POINT-TWO PERCENT.
A-T-AND-T REPORTS SECOND QUARTER PROFITS OF 68-CENTS A SHARE.
THATS UP FROM LAST YEAR'S LOSS OF 17-DOLLARS A SHARE WHICH INCLUDED A SIGNIFICANT DEFICIT FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS.
REVENUES FOR THE NATION'S LARGEST LONG-DISTANCE COMPANY WERE OFF BY A LITTLE MORE THAN EIGHT-PERCENT FOR THE QUARTER BECAUSE OF A DECREASE IN RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS.
BUT A-T-AND-T STILL MANAGED TO RAISE ITS DIVIDEND BY 27 PERCENT.
OFFICE DEPOT POSTED SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS OF 19-CENTS PER SHARE--UP A PENNY FROM A YEAR AGO.
THE OFFICE SUPPLY CHAIN SAYS FAVORABLE FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES HELPED THE FIVE-PERCENT JUMP.
THE COMPANY RECENTLY PURCHASED ITS EUROPEAN COMPETITOR, GILBERT S-A, WHICH IT EXPECTS TO ADD AT LEAST TWO CENTS PER SHARE TO EARNINGS FOR THE YEAR.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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The future of a local independent living facility appears uncertain.
Residents of Shenandoah Homes say the facility is going on two months without management.
Byrd Patterson says problems include broken air conditioners, unkempt areas and vacant units that are in poor condition.
He says this one has milk dating back to a year ago.
About 80-people live at the facility.
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[IN Q=they don't]
((BYRD PATTERSON/SHENANDOAH HOMES RESIDENT; THEY DON'T WANT TO MOVE THEY JUST WANT BETTER MANAGEMENT HEY WANT THE PLACE TAKEN CARE OF LIKE THE AGREEMENT SAID WHEN THEY MOVED IN.))
((SHELIA ARRINGTON/SHENANDOAH HOMES RESIDENT; I USED TO FEEL SAFE LEAVING MY DOOR UNLOCKED BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYBODY HERE BUT I DON'T FEEL SAFE ANYMORE.))
[SUPER=01-Byrd Patterson/Shenandoah Homes Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shelia Arrington/Shenandoah Homes Resident; :12]
[OUT Q=FEEL SAFE ANYMORE.]
Residents say First Church of God in Roanoke once owned the building but that they've been told ownership is in limbo while financial and legal matters are worked out.
The Department of Housing and Development is expected to send an inspector to check out health and safety violations at the facility within two weeks.