The racketeering trial of pain Doctor Cecil Knox is underway in federal court.
Ordinarily, the first order of business is to pick a jury.
But in this case, the lead defendant was called in yesterday to examine the doctor's mental status.
A neurologist testified that Dr. Knox hasn't been able to keep food down or sleep for more than a month.
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[IN Q=I think there's]
((I THINK THERE'S SIGNIFICANT QUESTION AS TO HIS ABILITY TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN AN ACTIVE MANNER TO HIS BEST ABILITY IN HIS DEFENSE, YES.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tim Hormel/Neurologist]
[OUT Q=in his defense, yes.]
Doctor Hormel said Knox needs further psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
But the judge concluded Knox is "fully, rationally oriented to time, place and circumstances."
Judge Sam Wilson proceeded in whittling down a jury pool of 200 people to begin the trial.
It's expected to last six weeks.
Republicans in the Roanoke Valley are helping move the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign forward.
The vice- president arrived in Roanoke yesterday to take part in a private fundraiser in Roanoke County.
About 200 people attended the event at the home of businessman Kent Greenawalt--
Each paid a thousand dollars to meet Cheney.
He told the guests the campaign ahead will be a tough one.
Congressman Virgil Goode says that Cheney also touched on the president's recent speech to the nation.
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[IN Q=I guess ]
((I GUESS MY VIEW OF WHAT HE SAID WAS THE TERRORISM ATTACKS OF TWO YEARS AGO HAVE CHANGED AND SHAPED THE BUSH/CHENEY ADMINISTRATION PERHAPS MORE THAN ANY OTHER EVENT AND THAT THE EVENT WILL LIKELY ALSO HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON FUTURE PRESIDENT FOR HTE NEAR FUTURE.))
[OUT Q=the near future. ]
The Vice-President stayed for a little less than an hour and a half before leaving for the airport.
Lawmakers from both parties expect the President's 87-billion-dollar request for post-war Iraq to be approved.
Bush is sending two top Pentagon officials to face sharp questions about it to Capitol Hill today.
Many Democrats want specifics on the administration's post-war plans and how the money will be spent.
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[IN Q=What we'd like]
((TED KENNEDY: what we'd like to find out from the admin. is what their time table is for the reconstruction, rehabilitation, the turning over of the govt and then eventually when americans will be able to come home and come home honorably.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ted Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts;]
[OUT Q=come home honorably.]
At the same time, U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan is trying to get nations to unite behind a plan to stabilize Iraq.
Britain has already pledged additional troops.
The U-S Army has reportedly extended the tours of duty in Iraq for National Guard and Reserve troops anywhere from one to six months.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte is voicing his concerns about the current plans for improvements to Interstate 81.
He says that if the tolls needed to finance the project are too high, businesses will leave the area and take more jobs with them.
Both Fluor Virginia and Star Solutions have submitted new detailed proposals to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The proposals include different toll alternatives, but in both cases, Goodlatte says, he believes the fees are too high.
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[IN Q=And some businesses]
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R) SIXTH DISTRICT: AND SOME BUSINESSES IN THE AREA HAVE HUNDREDS OF TRUCKS A DAY, THAT GO INTO THEIR FACILITIES. AT 68 DOLLARS A TRIP, THAT IS FAR TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THEM TO BE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WHAT HAS BEEN A GREAT ECONOMIC VITALITY FOR THIS AREA, THAT IS THE I-81 CORRIDOR.))
[OUT Q=the interstate 81 corridor.]
A representative of Fluor Virginia says his team will continue to refine its proposal in an effort to reduce tolls, and minimize the impact on local drivers.
Goodlatte says the state should step up to the plate with substantial funding, pursue federal funds, and use modest tolls to fill the gap.
A gas- fired power plant will NOT be built in Henry County.
Cogentrix (Co-gen-trix) notified Henry County officials that it's abandoning plans to build a plant in Axton.
The company cited economic reasons.
The plant would have created about 40 jobs.
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Some Roanoke children showed off their smiles to Governor Mark Warner.
Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Roanoke Valley were on hand yesterday for the statewide launch of Smart Smiles.
[SUPER=04-Delta Dental Video]
The program provides free dental care to children of low-income families.
Smart Smiles originated in Roanoke two years ago.
Children enrolled in the program receive regular check-ups, transportation to their appointments and education about dental care.
[IN Q=IT TELLS KIDS THEY NEED TO]
((KERRIE BELCHER/SMART SMILES PARTICIPANT :IT TELLS KIDS THEY NEED TO ALWAYS BRUSH THEIR TEETH AND ITS HEALTHY FOR YOUR TEETH. SAMANTHA THOMAS/ROANOKE'S BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: IT JUST INSPIRES KIDS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR TEETH. GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THAT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT OF KIDS ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT BETTER SMILES COMING UP.))
[SUPER=01-Kerrie Belcher/Smart Smiles Participant; :00 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Samantha Thomas/Smart Smiles; :04 QUICK!]
[OUT Q=A LOT BETTER SMILES COMING UP.]
Organizers of Smart Smiles say tooth decay is the most common disease in children from low to moderate income families.
A V-M-I grad hopes to re-create the traditional Southern military college... the way it was before women were allowed and before courts banned mealtime prayers.
A nonprofit group headed by Michael Guthrie is planning to buy a 450-acre farm in Tennessee and open the Southern Military Institute.
It would be the nation's only private, all-male, four-year military college.
Guthrie says the school will extol the virtues of military discipline and the legacy of General Robert E. Lee.
Guthrie says he hopes to open with a first class of about 30 cadets in the fall of 2004 and eventually grow to about 12-hundred cadets.
In business news, Stocks soared yesterday.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
> Stocks chalked up a win, with the Dow maintaining wins for a 6th straight
> week, while the Nasdaq hit a new 18-month high.
> The industrials gained nearly 83-points while the hi-tech Nasdaq added 30.
> McDonald's stock was active today, gaining fractionally. Shares could
> rise again tomorrow, after the world's biggest fast-food company, said
> sales rose nearly 4-percent August. It's the 4th straight monthly
> increase, and was helped by the addition of new salads at stores in the in
> the U-S, and efforts to improve flagging service.
> Overseas, McDonald's has announced plans More Mickey D's in China! The
> chain will pick up the pace of its expansion, with plans to open about 100
> stores next year in China - and a similar number in each of the next
> several years.
> The parent of United Airlines stock got some air today, as shares rocketed
> more than 17-percent. Deutsche Bank raised its outlook on 10 U.S.
> airlines including UAL, citing a slow but steady recovery in travel.
> Other airlines named by the brokerage include American, Delta and
> Investors will also watch Nokia, as the cell phone maker gives Wall Street
> an update Tuesday morning. The company is expected to talk about market
> trends, and also its own financial targets for the third quarter.
> Shares have been on the mend since mid-July. That's when Nokia surprised
> the market with a sales warning, that triggered a nearly 20 percent plunge
> in the stock.
> Get up to date on all the latest market-moving news by logging on to our
> website, cbs.mw.com
> I'm jl cbs mw in ny. ))
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Authorities have filed more charges against a Giles County minister accused of child molestation.
Police arrested Roger Holcomb of the Pembroke Church of God last Wednesday for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old girl.
Yesterday, the Sheriff's office filed ELEVEN additional charges against Holcomb.
Authorities say Holcomb abused four other juveniles ranging in ages from seven to 13.
All of the alleged victims attended his church.
Holcomb is being held without bond and will be arraigned next week on all 13-charges.
Doctors say the chances of recovery for Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon are uncertain.
The 73-year-old suffered a massive stroke in his Chicago hotel room Monday.
He underwent brain surgery and is in a coma.
The lieutenant Governor has assumed his duties, but has not officially been named acting governor.
If you illegally download music off the Internet, the Recording Industry Association of America wants to rock your world.
261 lawsuits have been filed against people who distributed more than a-thousand copyrighted music files.
Lawyers warn thousands more may follow.
They say music downloads are killing their C-D sales.
But they add that people who admit to illegally sharing music won't be sued as long as they promise not to do it again.
It's not funny money -- but it looks that way.
The first colorized 20-dollar bills are set for release next month.
They'll come with splashes of peach, blue and yellow.
Color is the government's latest technique to get phony bills off the market.
Many banks and ATMs will start stocking the new 20s October 9th.
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The Patrick Henry High School band will not have to march into court after all.
The band has settled its lawsuit over a missed trip to Orlando earlier this year.
Last March, the band paid 23-thousand dollars to a Richmond travel company called Complete Custom Itinerary Service.
The trip was canceled because of the war in Iraq, and the company refused to refund the money.
The terms of the settlement are confidential but the group's attorney, John Edwards, says his clients are pleased.
Edwards is now representing Roanoke County Schools in a similar problem with the same company.
He hopes the issue will be resolved before a lawsuit is filed.
[Paws-Claws-For Tues. September 9]
Cancer is a disease that not only strikes people, but also animals.
After diagnosing cancer in several of her patients over the years, veterinarian Doctor Teresa Koogler lost her own dog to bone cancer last year.
Kimberly McBroom recently spoke with Doctor Koogler.
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In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, we'll find out how losing a pet inspired her to come up with a NEW way to help other animals.
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[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin will be right back.]
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