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This time it's Mother Nature that's putting I-T-T Night Vision back in the news.
And an apparent terrorist bombing kills more than a dozen people in Indonesia.
A mix of sun and clouds will help lead to a few scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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ITT Night vision workers are back to work, but are facing some other challenges today.
A storm early this morning caused some damage to the administrative building.
Strong winds also pushed over a fence and damaged one employee's vehicle.
An ITT official says the company is consulting with the National Weather Service to try to determine what happened.
No one was hurt.
American Electric Power says a cable failure behind the ITT plant left about 2-thousand customers without power starting at about 7:30.
Power was restored about 40 minutes later.
ITT says plant operations were not affected.
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Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people in Danville.
Their bodies were discovered yesterday.
Charlie Saunders Junior rented the house next to his own to 27 -year old David Duane Totten and his 20- year old girlfriend Davida Edmonds.
Yesterday, Saunders found the couple dead inside the house.
He says the two were lying on the floor and appeared to have been shot to death.
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(( CHARLIE SAUNDERS, JR./LANDLORD: WE'VE NEVER HAD NOTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN ON THIS STREET BEFORE, IT'S QUIET AND PEACEFUL, MORE OR LESS ON THIS STREET YES. ))
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Danville police are treating the deaths as suspicious until autopsies determine whether the case is a homicide.
Craig County is looking for a new administrator.
Matthew Collins resigned last night, after a year as the county's top appointed official.
Before coming to Craig County, Collins had worked as a project manager at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Members of Roanoke City Council want to see a new task force on school safety.
Last night, they asked that changes in the resource officer program be put on hold until a new study is completed.
Former Resource officer Butch Lewis was in the audience yesterday afternoon.
Supporters spoke in favor of his return to Patrick Henry High School.
Council member Bill Bestpitch proposed the task force develop recommendations by the end of the year.
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((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK THIS WILL GIVE US A MUCH BETTER PROCESS THAT WILL GIVE ALL THE PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, OFFICERS, ANY CITIZEN OF ROANOKE WHO HAS A CONCERN ABOUT THIS ISSUE TO COME FORWARD, GET INVOLVED AND MAKE POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE, AND HELP US MOVE IN A BETTER DIRECTION.))
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The resolution also asked the city manager to consider suspending changes related to school safety until the review can be completed.
Officials say it was clearly an act of terrorism.
In Indonesia, a bomb has left at least 13 people dead and nearly 150 others injured.
Two Americans are among the wounded.
It's the second major explosion to rip through Indonesia this year.
Teri Okita has more on why some say THIS attack shouldn't have come as a surprise.
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(LOCATOR: JAKARTA, INDONESIA)
TRACK: IT WAS PANIC. MAD PANIC, SAY WITNESSES OF A CAR BOMB ATTACK AT
A MARRIOTT HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN JAKARTA. THICK SMOKE AND FLAMES POURED OUT
OF THE BUILDING. CARS AND TAXIS CAUGHT FIRE. SHATTERED GLASS LAY
EVERYWHERE. THIS TOURIST SAVED A BYSTANDER WHO WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE
(Super: Simon Leuning/Australian Tourist)
SOT: He was just in the bushes. We found him in the bushes, and he was
alive, so we carried him out.
TRACK: INDONESIAN OFFICIALS BLAME TERRORISTS. THEY BELIEVE A SUICIDE
BOMBER POSSIBLY SITTING IN A CAR IN THE HOTELS BASEMENT WAS
RESPONSIBLE. THE BLAST WAS TIMED AT THE HEIGHT OF LUNCH-HOUR IN
JAKARTAS MAIN BUSINESS DISTRICT.
TRACK: FOR SOME, THE ATTACK DIDNT COME AS A BIG SHOCK. OFFICIALS IN
WASHINGTON SAID LAST WEEK THAT AL-QAEDA HAS BEEN PLANNING NEW SUICIDE
BOMBINGS AND HIJACKINGS IN THE U-S AND ABROAD. MANY AL-QAEDA MEMBERS
LIVE AND TRAIN IN INDONESIA. AND THIS BOMBING COINCIDES WITH SEVERAL
HIGH-PROFILE TRIALS OF ISLAMIC MILITANTS THERE, INCLUDING A VERDICT IN
THE BALI BOMBING TRIAL THAT KILLED MORE THAN 200-PEOPLE LAST OCTOBER.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: The Marriott Jakarta is popular with foreign businesspeople
and is close to dozens of Western embassies. On July 4th, the U-S
embassy held its Independence Day celebrations at the hotel. Teri
Okita, CBS News, Washington.
In an effort to avoid future terrorist attacks, screeners at the nation's airports will delve a little deeper into your personal items.
As early as today, the Department of Homeland Security could issue the new security alert.
Authorities will be asked to pay closer attention to things like cameras and laptop computers.
Overseas investigators have found that al-Qaida terrorists have the know- how to camouflage weapons within electronic devices.
Also, as of this weekend, foreign travelers with U-S layovers must now have a visa.
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Help could be coming to the five thousand Pillowtex workers who lost their jobs in North Carolina. WE'll have that after the break.
Plus there is more information on the Kobe Bryant case. He's due in court tomorrow.
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While the shutdown of Pillowtex eliminated a thousand positions in Henry County, things are even worse in North Carolina where about five thousand people lost their jobs..
Yesterday, Governor Mike Easley and U-S Senator Elizabeth Dole met with many of the laid-off workers in North Carolina.
They offered more than just a shoulder to cry on.
Four North Carolina corporations have pledged 350-thousand dollars for an emergency fund to help the employees.
Blue-Cross and Blue-Shield of North Carolina has started a low-cost health insurance program.
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((GOV. MIKE EASLEY/(D) NORTH CAROLINA; WORKERS AT PILLOWTEX AND OTHER TEXTILE MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY BUILT THIS COUNTRY. THEY WERE THERE WHEN AMERICA NEEDED THEM AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO BE THERE WHEN THEY NEED US.
SEN. ELIZABETH DOLE/(R) NORTH CAROLINA; THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING THINGS I'VE EVER DEALTH WITH.))
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Easley says his government won't rest until it finds workers all the help available.
California's Democratic party faces a tough decision this week, ahead of a deadline in the state's recall election.
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Governor Gray Davis' attorneys went to the California Supreme Court yesterday, in an attempt to delay the election scheduled for October seventh.
They say officials don't have enough time or money to properly prepare.
They also want Davis's name to be on the ballot.
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((MICHAEL KAHN/GOVERNOR DAVIS' ATTORNEY: IT'S NOT FAIR TO HAVE AN ELECTION WHERE A VERY SMALL MINORITY VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE AND HE GETS 10% AND THAT PERSON IS ELECTED GOVERNOR WHEN 49% OF THE PEOPLE WANT THE GOVERNOR
TO BE GOVERNOR. ))
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Among the POSSIBLE candidates-- Senator Dianne Feinstein and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Meanwhile, "Hustler" magazine publisher Larry Flynt has made his intentions known.
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((LARRY FLYNT/"HUSTLER" MAGAZINE PUBLISHER: I HONESTLY THINK CALIFORNIA WOULDN'T MIND HAVING A SMUT PEDDLER WHO CARES AS GOVERNOR! ))
[SUPER=01-Larry Flynt/"Hustler" Magazine Publisher;]
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All candidates have a Saturday deadline to officially get into the race.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant is expected to enter a plea of not guilty in a Colorado courtroom tomorrow on rape charges.
But he's not the only one under a microscope-- so is the small resort town where the crime allegedly happened.
John Blackstone reports from Eagle, Colorado.
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Usually the annual rodeo and fair is the biggest event of summer in
Eagle Colorado. But this summer much of life here has been turned
RANDY WYRICK, Vail Daily Reporter
the story of the year just fell out of the sky and landed on me."
Randy Wyrick reports for the Vail Daily and he's hard pressed these
days to cover anything other than Kobe Bryant.
it's a conversation piece, it's a curiosity. People are talking about
it here just like they're talking about it everywhere else.
Since last month when a 19 year old woman from Eagle accused basketball
star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault this town has been under national
A media army has moved in and it's not always pretty. (nat tent falling
on still guy)
It may be Bryant who is facing trial but it sometimes seems a whole
community is being judged.
Henri Stone/Eagle Co. Resident
we're kind of amazed at some of the negativity
that's being directed in here
High in the Rockies and between the high priced resorts of Vail and
Aspen, Eagle is the kind of place where people come to get away from it
But Eagle means something different to many fans of Kobe Bryant who
can't believe the superstar with the clean cut image could ever have
committed sexual assault.
In a town where there are few African Americans some outsiders see the
accusations against Bryant as evidence of racism.
MICHAEL CACIOPPO/Publisher, Speakout!
we may not have a lot of black people here but
to suggest that this county is racist is absurd.
Michael Cacioppo runs a local alternative newspaper Speak out Vail, that
also publishes on the internet. Visits to the site have increased ten
fold and are now measured in the millions. Many online readers,
Cacioppo says, have written angry responses to his reports.
INTV MICHAEL CACIOPPO
He reads a letter from his paper.
you freaking half-witted blankety blank. your
reporting of the blank story is a complete crock of
blankety blank. it goes onn to say the lakers rule,
kobe is innocent."
At the Eagle Diner, the manager is willing to talk but gives only her
first name, Barb because of e-mail and phone threats to some who have
spoken to the media.
BARB/Manager, Eagle Diner
"I THINK AT THIS POINT WE ALL JUST WISH IT COULD GO AWAY, I MEAN ITS
GOTTEN THAT BAD."//
BARB "THEY'RE TRASHING OUR COMMUNITY. THEY'RE TRASHING THE YOUNG WOMAN."
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While the young woman has not been named, its hard to remain anonymous
in a small town. Here in Eagle her identity is no secret.
YANDLE FRIEND/Alleged Victim's Friend
everyone knows everybody here.
Joshua Yandle, is a school friend of the alleged victim. He says her
true friends are honoring a plea from her family to say nothing publicly
i've seen her around and i've talked to her a
couple times but i really haven't talked to her about
anything that happened.
The rodeo stops here for only a weekbut many in Eagle fear the media
circus will stay for months. John Blackstone, CBS News, Eagle Colorado.
A report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows H-I-V infection rates are climbing.
There are more than four hundred cases reported now in Roanoke.
As Intern reporter Elyce Kirchner tells us, that number could also rise.
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((The latest report from the CDC says more people are getting infected with HIV and the already infected are getting sicker.
The disease infected over 42 thousand people in the US last year which is a 2.2 percent increase from the year before.
Mark Martin recently lost a friend to the disease and is scared that many more are going to follow.
((THE EDUCATION THAT WAS OUT THERE OBVIOUSLY IT SLACKED DOWN AND NOW ITS ON THE RISE AGAIN. WE ARE AT 2003 AND ITS ON THE RISE AGAIN.))
Pam Meador works at the Council of Community Services in Roanoke and thinks the increase reflects a growing complacency about the dangers of AIDS.
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((I THINK THROUGH THE YEARS PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TIRED OF WEARING CONDOMS. PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING PREACHED TO THEM. WITH THE YOUNGER AGE GROUP THAT IS COMING UP THEY HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE PASS AWAY FROM AIDS COMPLICATIONS.))
That is in part because medical treatments have improved.
HIV patients are living longer but that may be changing.
((THEY BECOME RESISTANT TO ALL OF OUR CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MEDICATIONS AND SO WE ARE SEEING SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE BEGINNING TO DO POORLY. ))
((HIV ACTIVISTS SAY THE REPORT IS A REMINDER THAT MEDICATION CAN CONTROL THE DISEASE BUT ONLY FOR A SHORT WHILE. THAT MEANS RESEARCH ALONG WITH HIV PREVENTION AND EDUCATION ARE NEEDED. ELYCE KIRCHNER NEWS 7 ROANOKE. ))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll tell you who is rich enough to find out "Who's So Vain."
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A family in Roanoke lost its home to fire this morning.
A fire broke out around 10:30 this morning on the 700 hundred block of Bib Street.
Residents were in the house when the fire began but officials say they were able to escape unharmed.
Firefighters think it is a total loss for the family.
Authorities are still investigating the cause.
It's been a musical mystery for more than 30 years--
Who exactly was Carly Simon referring to in the '70s hit, "You're So Vain"?
The mystery is over for a network television producer, who bid 50- thousand dollars at a charity auction to find out the truth from the pop singer herself.
Dick Ebersol, the president of N-B-C Sports, was the bidder who also won lunch at Simon's home in Masschusetts.
There, she'll perform the legendary tune, and then reveal its subject.
In return, Ebersol has to swear not to tell anyone else.
Over the years, speculation has centered on Warren Beatty, who Simon once dated; Mick Jagger, who sang back-up on the song; and of course, James Taylor, Simon's ex-husband.
If you were watching "Live with Regis and Kelly" this morning, you saw Regis Philbin give a plug to Your Hometown Station.
But the host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire should have phoned a friend before he showed off his new T-Shirt.
He put us in the wrong city.
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Still it was nice Regis acknowledged his gift and all is forgiven.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 24 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 12.
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Coming up next in Sports,
we'll speak with the Washington Redskins half million dollar insurance policy.
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The Redskins training camp opened up week number two yesterday with a familiar face behind center.
Danny Wuerffel, who won the Heisman in 1996 under Steve Spurrier at Florida, and barely won anything as his quarterback in DC last season - returned to the Redskins as an insurance policy.
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[SUPER=01-Rob Johnson/Redskins Backup Quarterback; :18]
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Wuerffel, who is now 29, had been out of work.
He signed a one year deal for the league minimum of 530 thousand dollars.
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