The top U-S official in Iraq says the "evil face of terrorism" has surfaced once again--
A car bombing today reportedly killed 75 people, including a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric.
And authorities are investigating an explosion at a plant in Henry County.
Details, coming up.
Warm and humid weather continues with a chance for showers and thunderstorms some of which may contain heavy downpours. I'll have your holiday weekend forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A Blue Ridge man wanted in connection with a murder Tuesday night is in custody.
The Botetourt County Sheriff's Department says Milen Rube Goins was arrested in Stokes County, North Carolina this morning.
The 47-year old man was apparently visiting his sister.
Goins is charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin, 46-year old David Bowman, at the Willowbrook Trailer Park Tuesday night.
When confronted by law enforcement Goins surrendered without resistance.
Investigators are on their way to North Carolina to bring him back to Virginia.
Authorities in Henry County responded to an explosion and fire this morning at the Mehler (MAILER) plant in the Beaver Creek Industrial Park.
No one was injured when a piece of machinery exploded around ten o'clock this morning, and workers were safely evacuated from the building.
The facility is NOT burning at this hour, but Fire and Rescue officials remain on the scene investigating the cause.
They are using air masks to protect against chemicals in the plant.
They're not sure about damage estimates but say a fire extinguishing system kept the explosion from being much worse.
The explosion was confined to one work station.
Mehler Incorporated manufactures nylon cord used in fan belts, radiator hoses and tires.
Students in a couple counties will get an early start to the weekend.
The heat has lead Bland County schools to close at one. Elementary schools in Henry County closed at noon. Its Middle Schools will close at 12:45 and high schools in Henry County will close at one.
In Martinsville, both Druid Hills and Patrick Henry Elementary Schools will close at 12:30.
Montgomery County schools will close two and a half hours early.
Pulaski County is closing two hours early.
Finally Wythe County schools will close at 1:30.
A woman from Ridgeway was killed last night in a car crash.
State Troopers say 45 year old Nancy Kellem Spencer was traveling south on Horsepasture Price Road in Henry County around 8:30.
Investigators believe her vehicle ran off the side of the road, lost control, hit an embankment and overturned.
Spencer was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.
Authorities in India say at least 22 children are confirmed dead and 20 others are FEARED dead after a bridge collapse.
It happened yesterday in western India, sending vehicles plummeting into the water.
The 38- year- old bridge had moderately heavy traffic on it when it fell.
Officials say among those traveling across the bridge at the time were a school bus and other vehicles carrying children.
Local residents have been helping naval divers and coast guard patrols boats search for victims.
One of Iraq's most prominent Shiite clerics was killed today in a car bombing.
It happened outside a mosque during Friday prayers-- the latest sign that religious infighting is only complicating an already challenging security problem.
Stacy Case has the latest.
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TRACK: HE HAD JUST DELIVERED A SERMON CALLING FOR UNITY IN IRAQ---
MOMENTS LATER, SOMEONE BLEW UP A CAR, KILLING AYATOLLAH MOHAMMED BAQIR
AL-HAKIM AND SEVERAL OTHERS.
TRACK: THE TOP SHIITE CLERIC IS THE LATEST CASUALTY IN RELIGIOUS ATTACKS
THAT ARE GAINING MOMENTUM. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAD HOPED TO AVOID
THE LONG STANDING RELIGIOUS TUSSLES. BUT WITH THE DUST BARELY SETTLED,
SOME ARE ALREADY CALLING THIS ATTACK A BIG BLOW TO AMERICA'S SECURITY
EFFORTS. HAKIM AND HIS FAMILY PUBLICALLY SUPPORT AMERICA. THE MESSAGE?
THERE'S A PRICE TO BE PAID FOR THAT SUPPORT.
TRACK: AND LIKE CLOCKWORK, GUERILLAS CONTINUED THEIR ATTACKS ON U-S
TROOPS FRIDAY. ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADES HIT TWO U-S CONVOYS, KILLING
ONE SOLDIER AND INJURING SIX OTHERS. ONE MEMBER WILL HAVE TO HAVE HIS
STAND UP: STACY CASE/CBS NEWS
AND SOME SAY THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. IF THE U-S WANTS INTERNATIONAL
HELP IN IRAQ, IT MAY HAVE TO CONCEDE MORE POWER TO THE U-N.
STACY CASE CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
It was no pleasure cruise for travelers this morning at the Port of Miami--
An ammonia leak shut down the port for about two hours today, and brought Miami's morning rush hour to a crawl.
It was re- opened after the leak from a shipping container was stopped.
Earlier, a large vapor cloud could be seen over the city.
Fire officials say one worker was injured.
Miami's port is a major stopping point for more than three million cruise ship passengers every year.
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Coming up next a judge makes a decision on the liquidation of Pillowtex,
Plus a teenager's high tech prank lands him in custody after he infects a half million computers with a virus.
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The F-B-I isn't amused by a teenager's high- tech prank, and today he was arrested.
18- year- old Jeffrey Parson of Minnesota was taken into custody this morning.
Federal officials blame Parson for launching the massive computer virus that affected more than half a million computers.
He's expected to be in court later today.
A witness reportedly saw Parson testing the infection and called authorities.
Different versions of the virus- like "Blaster" snarled personal and corporate computer networks all over the world.
Protests and a bomb threat couldn't stop a controversial civil rights lawyer from speaking at Roanoke College last night.
Morris Dees was instrumental in having the ten commandments removed from the Alabama Supreme Court, and is also known for bankrupting the K-K-K.
Justin McLeod reports.
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((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE CLAPPING AS DEES TAKES THE PODIUM AT 21:07:40))
Morris Dees received a warm welcome as he took the podium to deliver a message he calls "voices of hope and tolerance."
He acknowledged early on people either love him or hate him.
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((MORRIS DEES/SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER: I'VE BEEN REVILED, CURSED, AND PRAISED.))
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Dees was specifically referring to his recent role in the fight over the ten commandments in Alabama.
He talked about the controversy in depth when he sat down with News 7 before the speech.
Dees made a point to criticize Justice Roy Moore who fought to keep the memorial in the Supreme Court Building.
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((MORRIS DEES: I THINK IN THE SHORT RUN HE'S GAINING POLITICALLY IN THE LONG RUN I THINK HE'LL JUST BE A MINOR FOOTNOTE IN HISTORY AND IT WILL BE A TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR JUDICIARY.))
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Dees has also been known to criticize the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization he feels is being overtaken by racist groups.
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((RON WILSON/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: IT'S TOTALLY AN ERROR, EVERY POSITION IS ELECTED, NOBODY IS GOING TO TAKE THIS ORGANIZATION OVER UNLESS THE MEMBERSHIP ELECTS THEM.))
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A handful from the Sons of Confederate Veterans protested outside Roanoke College.
They're angry the school invited Dees in the first place.
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((TERESA GREAUX/ROANOKE COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON: OVER THE COURSE OF YEAR WE DO TRY TO CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS AND LIBERAL SPEAKERS. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT CERTAIN ISSUES AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST CERTAIN ISSUES.))
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Students we talked to after the speech feel they heard both sides.
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((JAMIE WRIGHT/ROANOKE COLLEGE FRESHMEN: WE REALLY ENJOYED BEING ABLE TO SEE BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY BECAUSE WE REALIZE THERE IS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: AS FOR THE BOMB THREAT, WE'RE TOLD THE CALL CAME INTO THE COLLEGE AROUND SIX O'CLOCK. NO ONE HAD TO BE EVACUATED BECAUSE THE BUILDING HAD NOT YET OPENED TO THE PUBLIC. WE'RE TOLD THE SALEM POLICE IS FULLY INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
A bankruptcy judge has agreed to let Pillowtex sell off all of its plants and brand names at an auction in October for at least 56 MILLION dollars.
The federal judge yesterday agreed to the opening bid.
It came from a group of four companies that deal in retail liquidation.
The textile manufacturer announced last month it would close its plants, putting 76-hundred people out of
work, including about a thousand in southside.
The judge did NOT rule on a Pillowtex plan to pay 143 top-tier executives more than four MILLION dollars in incentives, or a plan to pay 2-point-5 MILLION dollars in unpaid employee medical claims.
Hearings will be held on those issues next month.
Newly- released documents show the final hours of New York's World Trade Center in gripping detail.
But they're also helping to answer some lingering questions.
Byron Pitts explains.
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Some 2-thousand pages: written transcripts of radio transmissions
...phone calls... from Police officers and civilians.
SOT/GREG TREVOR, PORT AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN
'THEY SHOW PEOPLE PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES VERY HEROICALLY AND
PROFESSIONSALY ON A DAY OF UNIMAGINABLE HORROR.'
September 11th 2001... two commercial airliners have hit the World
Trade Center towers:
Initial emergency calls show the confusion that marked the day
a caller asks:
should we stay or should we not?
an officer replys:
I would wait till furthur notice
the caller replys
ok all right
the officer then says
(SOT/LORIE VAN AUKEN, VICTIM'S WIFE)
'FINALLLY WERE GOING TO HAVE SOME INFORMATION...'
Lauri Van Auken's husband Kenneth worked on the 105th floor. Besides
the Port Authority transcripts... she has her husband's own words. His
final phone call home.
'I LOVE YOU. I'M IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE BUILDING WAS HIT BY
SOMETHING. I, I DON'T KNOW IF I'M GOING TO GET OUT, BUT I LOVE YOU VERY
'IT MAY CLEAR NOTHIGN UP FOR ME OR IT MAY CLEAR SOMETHIG UP FOR ME IT IT
CLEARS SOMETHING UP FOR ME THEN I VE LARNED SOMETHIHG AND I HAVE MORE
TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HUSBAND THAT DAY
As for the Port Authority's transcript... they were ordered by a judge
to release it. Whether it helps or hurts... opinions are as varied as
the lives lost that day.
Men and women.. who will always mean more to their friends and
family... than simply printed words... on paper. Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS
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Coming up after the break, Leo will have our holiday forecast.
Also a British man says a leopard apparently CAN change it spots.
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Zeus is not only the king in Greek mythology, he's also ruler of the FELINE kingdom.
THIS version of Zeus is 90- percent leopard and 10- percent housecat.
He's the closest thing to a domesticated wild leopard Britain has ever seen.
Bred by cat fans Lord Esmond Gay and his partner, Sarah, Zeus lives in the couple's home in Britain.
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((LORD ESMOND GAY/BREEDER: ZEUS IS SPECIAL BECAUSE HE'S ONE OF THE FIRST BENGALS TO HAVE 90 PERCENT WILD BLOOD AND ONLY TEN PERCENT DOMESTIC BLOOD. ))
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Gay's a well-known breeder, having sold his Bengals to celebrities such as Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon and the Sultan of Brunei.
Despite their privileged upbringings, the Bengals apparently aren't finicky eaters, and will happily eat cat food from a can.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has GAINED four points. The NASDAQ is up three.
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Up next in sports, the 20th season of Friday Football extra starts tonight as 13 teams begin the season.
And we'll see what generated some controversy at last night's M-T-V awards show.
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The Martinsville Astros had the Appalachian League championship within its grasp last night... but the team just couldn't bring it home.
The game would be a no handshake deal for the Astros.
We pick up a 1-nothing game in the bottom of the third, when Mark Saccamanno cranks a solo homer to deep centerfield, his second homer in as many nights.
But in the 7th, the Eliza-BETHton Twins' Brock Peterson goes to right field, scoring Dusty Gomon.
That cut the lead to 2-1.
Moments later, the Twins' Justin Arnesson got a hit into right.
That scores the tying run.
ElizaBETHton would go on to win the game and the title by a final of 5 to 3.
The Washington Redskins wrapped up the preseason with a narrow loss last night.
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The Skins were on the road, where Mark Brunell got the Jaguars on the board with a touchdown
toss to Kyle Brady.
Byron Leftwich is the heir apparent to Brunell.
He led the Jaguars on a scoring drive in the second quarter,
as Joe Smith caps it off with the 8 yard run.
Jacksonville dropped the Redskins to 1 and 3 in the preseason, with a 17 to 15 win.
The 20th season of Friday Football Extra kicks off tonight here on Your Hometown Station as we bring you highlights of 13 games. Here's the complete schedule for week number one.
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And finally today--
The 20th Annual M-T-V Video Music Awards lived up to the hype last night.
As always, there were plenty of surprises and of course, some eye-opening performances.
Perhaps the one most talked about was by the Queen of Controversy herself-- Madonna.
Jon Frankel reports.
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A KISS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER KISS --
AND WHO KNOWS THAT BETTER THAN MADONNA who planted one on BRITTANY
SPEARS AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA.
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SHOW-STOPPER -- BUT IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
WITH TODAY'S POP-PRINCESSES HONORING -- THE POP-QUEEN.
AND IF THAT DIDN'T TURN HEADS -- BEYONCE TURNED HEADS UPSIDE DOWN.
HARDLY AS PROVOCATIVE -- BUT SHE DID MORE THAN JUST MAKE AN ENTRANCE.
SHE WON THREE TIMES:
INCLUDING BEST R & B AND BEST FEMALE VIDEO.
nats: some video.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WAS IN-SYNC WITH THE JUDGES TOO -- ALSO TAKING HOME
THREE TROPHY'S -- BEST POP, BEST DANCE AND BEST MALE VIDEO.
HE BEAT OUT JOHNNY CASH -- BUT TIMBERLAKE DIDN'T FORGET THE MAN IN
nat: timberlake acceptance.
IN TWENTY YEARS OF M-T-V -- THE VIDEOS HAVE HELPED MAKE PERFORMERS
FAMOUS. -- LAST NIGHT - DURAN DURAN EARLY STARS OF THE VIDEO ERA WERE
RECOGNIZED WITH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD.
THE BIG AWARD OF THE NIGHT -- VIDEO OF THE YEAR -- WENT TO MISSY ELLIOT
- FOR HER SONG "WORK IT".
JON FRANKEL, CBS NEWS NY.))
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