Today, the nation will pause to remember the victims of September 11th, 2001.
Services are planned to honor them across the nation and at the locations where they died.
At Ground Zero this morning, preparations are underway for a huge gathering of friends and families who lost loved ones in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Construction on a new tower at the site will halt temporarily, as the victims are remembered in a memorial service.
200 children whose relatives died will read the names of the nearly 28-hundred victims.
Jennifer Donelan is at Ground Zero this morning with details.
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((ALTHOUGH IT NOW LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE A CONSTRUCTION SITE THIS IS AND
WILL FOREVER BE GROUND ZERO.
FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS IT IS SACRED GROUND.... THE
PLACE WHERE LOVED ONES WERE LOST FOREVER.
THEY WERE HERE LAST YEAR.... AND IN 2003 THEY RETURN FOR A SIMILAR
ONCE AGAIN THE SOUND OF A BAGPIPE WILL BE HEARD.
MOMENTS OF SILENCE WILL BE HELD TO OBSERVE WHEN THE TWO PLANES HIT.
AND THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS WILL BE SPOKEN..... BUT THIS TIME THEY WILL
BE READ BY CHILDREN.
FOR SOME THIS YEAR'S REMEMBERANCE BEGAN YESTERDAY WITH A CANDLELIGHT
SOME RECALLED THE TRAGEDY THEY LIVED THROUGH.
"it's not something to forget, it's horrible, it should have never
happened and no more people should die." :05
BUT TWO YEARS AFTER THE ATTACKS FOR SOME SORROW HAS BEEN JOINED BY ANGER.
THE PLANS ARE SET TO REBUILD THE SITE.... HOWEVER, MANY FAMILIES ARGUE
THIS AREA MUST BE PRESERVED.
lev(SOT- Bud Kiefer/Father of Victim)
"This is a sacred ground, a cemetary and I would like to know how
elected officials would feel if their loved ones were still here and if
something was built over the top of them. How dare they do this." :13
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"I don't want to stop and think someone is trampling on my daughter's
body parts ... I mean they're heroes." :09
STANDUP: (Jennifer Donelan/CBS NEWS/New York)
2, 792 HEROS LOST THEIR LIVES HERE.
AN ESTIMATED 15-THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL BE HERE TO MOURN THEIR DEATHS.
ONE PERSON WHO WILL NOT BE HERE IS VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY... HE WAS
ASKED BY THE MAYOR TO NOT ATTEND THE SERVICE TO TO AVOID HAVING
THOUSANDS UNDERGO TIGHT SECURITY CHECKS.
JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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At the Pentagon, officials and families will mark the attack's anniversary with a moment of silence.
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At 9:37 A-M two years ago, American Airlines Flight 77, flying from Dulles Airport to Los Angeles, plowed into the Defense Department headquarters.
All 64 people aboard were killed, along with 125 people inside the building.
The family of Pentagon budget analyst Brenda Kegler is still overwhelmed with grief.
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((Robert Hunter: "Believe it or not I still have her phone number on my wall with the
important numbers. It's kind of hard for me to erase it."))
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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery before helping dedicate a stained glass window to the victims at the Pentagon.
President Bush is attending a private church service, then observing a moment of silence on the White House South Lawn.
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The man accused of masterminding the 9-11 attacks is still threatening the United States.
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A new tape of Osama bin Laden has surfaced on Arab T-V... apparently shot last April.
In it, bin Laden praises the 9-11 attacks and another voice, believed to be his deputy's, calls for Iraqis to "bury" American troops.
The tape hasn't been authenticated, but if it's real, it's the first video image of the Al-Qaida leader in nearly two years.
The trial of Roanoke pain specialist Cecil Knox resumes today.
The jury heard the first testimony in the case yesterday.
Witnesses from Perdue Pharma, the makers of the powerful pain medicine OxyContin, were called to testify on behalf of the government.
A sales representative for the drug company testified that Doctor Knox's rate of OxyContin prescriptions was "flat" during the time she was calling on him.
During opening statements the government portrayed Knox as a physician pushing opiates, contrary to his patients' wishes.
The defense painted Knox as a compassionate advocate for his patients.
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((THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF MEDICINE HAS REVIEWED MANY OF THE CHARTS THAT MAKE UP THE INDICTMENT AND CONCLUDED THAT HE WAS ACTING PROPERLY AND WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL MEDICINE.))
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Attorneys for the government declined to summarize their case on camera.
A Radford photographer now faces a murder charge.
A grand jury indicted Robert Shell yesterday afternoon on nine charges, including felony homicide, defilement of a dead human body, forcible sodomy and distribution of drugs.
The 56-year-old photographer had already been charged with object sexual penetration, in connection with the death of his model and assistant, Marion Franklin of North Carolina.
Police found the 19-year-old model dead in Shell's studio June 3rd. The prosecution will NOT release results of an autopsy.
Franklin's family released a statement yesterday, saying Shell was a much older man who took advantage of a young girl's desire to better herself - and for that there must be justice.
Shell will remain on house arrest if he is able to make a 75-thousand dollar bond and show proof that his wife will allow him to stay with her.
A judge also allowed Shell to visit his office once a week to finish work on a book.
Some Montgomery County parents say they weren't surprised when they heard about Tuesday's school bus accident.
Police say Joan Moses was driving on McCoy Road Tuesday, when the school bus she was driving crashed into the back of a pickup truck.
Two children and the driver of the truck, Frank Harrison were hurt.
The pickup truck driver was charged in the crash, but many parents say their children have complained about the bus driver's bad driving.
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((TAMMY SIMPKIMS: RUNNING OFF THE ROAD, FIXING HER HAIR OR WHATEVER SHE DOES.))
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Court documents show Moses has had at least four traffic violations in the last THREE years, including speeding and following too close.
School superintendent Fred Morton says he can't address Moses' driving history, but that he was unaware of any complaints.
Moses has been placed on leave while school officials investigate.
She didn't respond when NEWS 7 called her about this story.
In business news, Wall Street will pause today to remember the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((THE FINANCIAL MARKETS WILL OBSERVE FOUR MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND TRADING
INTERRUPTIONS TODAY TOCOMMEMORATE THE VICTIMS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH
THE OPENING BELL ON WALL STREET WILL BE RUNG BY THE FAMILIE OF THE NYSE
MEMBERS AND TRADING FLOOR COMMUNITY WHO WERE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACKS.
SINCE THE TWO YEARS SINCE THE ATTACKS.. WALL STREET HAS WEATHERED A
RECESSION, A WAR, A LITANY OF CORPORATE SCANDALS AND THE BLACKOUT OF '03
AND WHILE THESE MAY NOT BE THE BOOM DAYS OF THE 90s FOR THE STOCK
MARKET, INVESTORS ARE JUST GRATEFUL TO SEE SOME GREEN ARROWS.
SINCE IT'S POST 9/11 LOWS THE DOW HAS RALLIED 14 PERCENT... THE NASDAQ
HAS GAINED A WHOPPING 30 PERCENT.
AN IMPROVING ECONOMY HAS BROUGHT THE BUYERS BACK TO WALL STREET AND MANY
BELIEVE THE WEAK LABOR MARKET WILL FOLLOW.
IN THE LAST SESSION, STOCKS
SUFFERED THEIR BIGGEST LOSS IN FIVE WEEKS AFTER Atape allegedly made by
Osama bin Laden aired on the eve of the second anniversary of the Sept.
THE DOW LOST 86 POINTS
THE NASDAQ WAS WHALLOPED DOWN 49 POINTS
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: Southwest Airlines has asked for a federal
mediator to complete talks with its 7,200 flight attendants. The flight
attendants are looking for better pay.. they are the last major union at
Southwest with an open contract... The two sides have been in
negotiations for 16 months.
And publishing software maker Adobe Systems says strong growth in its
EPaper sales helped third-quarter profit grow almost 37 percent.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM... I'M AC IN NY.))
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Microsoft says new flaws discovered in its Windows software leave it vulnerable to Internet attacks.
Outside experts say the problems are nearly identical to the ones exposed by the Blaster worm last month.
Company officials are offering a free patch they say will fix the software flaw.
Customers can go to Microsoft's website to download it.
It's a potential medical crisis.
But one local lawmaker wants to help Virginia avert a problem by bringing malpractice insurance reform to the Old Dominion.
Last night, Lynchburg state senator Steve Newman chaired a malpractice reform summit at Virginia Baptist Hospital.
Dozens of doctors, employers, attorneys and insurance agents talked about what to do about the problem.
Some local physicians say they're seeing more doctors retire or refuse to enter specialized fields because of the rising costs of malpractice insurance.
Newman says consumers are suffering as well.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO US, I THINK, IS MAKING SURE ONE: ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINE REMAINS AND NUMBER TWO THAT ACCESS TO SPECIALTIES REMAINS. TO DO THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SOME KIND OF CONTROL ON THE MALPRACTICE RATES THAT ARE GOING CONTINUALLY UP IN VIRGINIA.))
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Newman says he hopes to avoid crises like what have happened in other states where doctors have staged strikes and walkouts in protest of insurance rates.
He also downplays the importance of the issue to his re-election campaign.
Finance reports show that more than fifty doctors and medical groups have donated over 27-thousand dollars to his campaign since last summer.
Newman says most of those donors have given to his previous campaigns and that last night's summit was "not" about politics.
Newman is opposed by Democrat Bob Clarke in the 23rd District state senate race.
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The YMCA is celebrating a successful capital campaign, that has raised millions of dollars for two new buildings.
The Y exceeded its goal and raised more than ten and a half million dollars.
In the process, the organization also secured a half million dollar challenge grant from the Kresge (KREZ-gee) foundation.
Two new buildings are now under construction in Salem, and Roanoke.
And yesterday, officials announced that the new Downtown Y will be named for the Kirk family to recognize their financial support and volunteer leadership.
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In business news, U-S financial markets will
mark the second anniversary of the September eleventh terrorist attacks with four seperate minutes of silence.
The observances mark the exact times the Twin
Towers were struck and their subsequent collapse. The last
two observances will occur during the trading session. All trading activity during those times will be halted.
In other news, stocks fell yesterday.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((STOCKS TUMBLED TO A LOWER CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY AS INVESTORS CASHED OUT MANY OF THE TECHNOLOGY SHARES THAT HAVE FUELED THE RALLY'S LATEST RUN.
THE DOW LOST 86 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 49.
REQUESTS TO REFINANCE U-S HOME LOANS JUMPED 45-POINT-FIVE PERCENT LAST WEEK...THAT'S THE LARGEST INCREASE SINCE JANUARY OF 2001.
THE DEMAND FOR REFINANCING HAD FALLEN OVER THE PAST NINE WEEKS BECAUSE OF INCREASES IN MORTGAGE RATES.
LAST FRIDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS AND TREASURY YIELDS ONCE AGAIN PUSHED THE AVERAGE 30-YEAR MORTGAGE RATE BELOW SIX-PERCENT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JULY.
INTERNATIONAL PAPER IS DOWNSIZING.
THE COMPANY IS CUTTING THREE-THOUSAND JOBS --OR THREE-AND-A-HALF PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE-- WORLDWIDE.
THE LAY-OFFS ARE PART OF AN ALREADY ANNOUNCED ONE-POINT-FIVE-BILLION DOLLAR COST-REDUCTION PLAN.
OFFICIALS SAY THE JOB REDUCTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT THE NEXT YEAR IN THE COMPANY'S SALARIED WORKFORCE.
THERE'S A MANAGEMENT CHANGE AT SUN MICROSYSTEMS.
COMPANY CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENTIST BILL JOY HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION.
JOY SAYS HE IS LEAVING THE NETWORK COMPUTER BUSINESS TO "MOVE ON TO DIFFERENT CHALLENGES."
THE COMPANY'S CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER WILL BE TAKING OVER FOR JOY.
JOY HELPED ESTABLISH SUN MICROSYSTEMS IN 19-82.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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A proposed tire burning power plant in Henry County is gaining speed.
Tuesday night, Martinsville city council unanimously voted to sell city-owned property to Tire Energy Corporation.
The company wants to build the plant in the Martinsville Industrial Park.
Some nearby residents oppose the project- they're concerned about the environmental impact.
The Department of Environmental Quality must now issue a permit and a spokesperson says it will most likely be granted within the next two weeks.
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