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Commentator Rush Limbaugh offers an explanation, but no apologies after resigning from his job at E-S-P-N because of inflammatory comments about a black football player.
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And health officials report the first possible death from West Nile in Virginia this year.
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A freeze warning has been issued for tonight so all agricultural interests should take action now and cover up tender vegetation. I'll tell you how cold it'll get in your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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Rush Limbaugh has resigned from his job as a sports commentator for E-S-P-N. The conservative radio personality chose to give up the T-V gig, after comments he made about a black quarterback sparked controversy.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Rush Limbaugh is not only out of his sports job, he's also
reportedly under investigation for drug violations.
Drew Levinson reports.
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(FROM ESPN SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN)


Before ESPN could sack him, conservative commentator--turned football analyst Rush Limbaugh took himself out of the game late last night.

(NATSOUND McNABB FILE PLAYING FOOTBALL)


His resignation comes just three days after he said Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is overrated because the media wants to see a black quarterback succeed.

(RUSH LIMBAUGH/SUNDAY)

"I DON'T THINK HE'S BEEN THAT GOOD FROM THE GET-GO. I THINK WHAT WE HAVE HAD HERE IS A LITTLE SOCIAL CONCERN IN THE NFL. I THINK THE MEDIA HAS BEEN VERY DESIROUS THAT A BLACK QUARTERBACK DO WELL."
In a game consumed with offense and defense--to many Limbaugh's remarks came off as offensive and he had little defense. He didn't apologize to McNabb and today speaking to the National Association of broadcasters he again said it was an opinion not a racial issue.

(RUSH LIMBAUGH/COMMENTATOR)

"IT IS SUCH A TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT, PARTICULARLY IN THE SENSE THAT WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THERE ARE SUPPOSEDLY, THERE IS A FIRST AMENDMENT AND YOU CAN OFFER OPINIONS."
Even before Limbaugh quit, McNabb said he didn't need an apology.

(SOT DONOVAN McNABB/PHILADELPHIA QUARTERBACK--YESTERDAY)


"WHAT IS THAT GOING TO DO? YOU'VE ALREADY SAID IT, YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT SO YOU'VE HAD TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE YOU SAID IT, SO WHEN YOU SAY, WHAT'S I'M SORRY GOING TO DO?"
And Limbaugh now has more problems--published reports today say he's under investigation in Florida for illegally buying thousands of addictive painkillers including OxyContin ....drugs which are legal only if prescribed by a doctor. Limbaugh says he knows nothing of the investigation. Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York. ))

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Another General Assembly candidate is weighing in on a controversial methadone clinic.
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Gary Bowman is running as an Independent in the district now represented by Delegate Vic Thomas.
He lives near the site of the proposed methadone clinic, and says he supports a proposal that would restrict drug treatment programs near schools.
But he says state and local governments must tighten up existing zoning laws.
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Bowman faces Republican William Fralin and Democrat Linda Wyatt in the 17th house district.

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An tractor trailer accident in Rockbridge County will keep a northbound lane of Interstate 81 closed through the afternoon.
The left lane around mile marker 198 south of Fairfield should reopen around four. The right lane is still open, but drivers should expect delays.
V-DOT is asking motorists to use extra caution through the work zone as the accident is cleared.

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Health officials say Virginia may have its first West Nile death of the year.
A spokesman for the Central Shenandoah Health District says that a 79-year-old Augusta County resident who died this week almost certainly was a victim of the mosquito-borne illness.
Final confirmation will come after test results return from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, but he says he's 99 percent sure it was West Nile.
The victim, who was NOT identified, was ill for about a week.
The state has had ten suspected human cases of the disease this year.
People who get sick usually suffer a mild flu- like illness.
People over the age of 50 are at greatest risk for more serious problems.
Virginia had 29 human cases of West Nile last year, and two deaths.

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A missing teenager was reunited with her parents last night. Jenni Northrup says she was kidnapped ten days ago in Roanoke. After escaping from her abductors, she says she wandered the city for days before hopping a coal train that took her across the state. Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((Jenni Northrup's long journey ended in Crewe, Virginia west of Petersburg. That's where last night, the teenager was reunited with her parents.
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((JENNI NORTHRUP; MY DAD HUGGED ME AND EVERYBODY HUGGED ME AND WAS CRYING. AND MY DAD TOOK OFF THIS SHIRT THAT HAD MY PICTURE ON IT AND SAID JENNI'S MISSING AND GAVE IT TO THE LADY I WAS STAYING WITH. )) [RUNS:12]
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Jenni's ordeal started September 21 in Roanoke.
While going for a walk on Williamson Road, she says she stopped at a car wash and asked someone for a cigarette.

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((I GOT INTO THIS TRUCK TO GET THE CIGARETTES OUT AND HE JUST TOLD ME TO STAY IN THE TRUCK. )) [RUNS:04]
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Jenni was able to call her father from a payphone at the Roanoke Weiner Stand across town and used a code word to let him know she was in trouble. She says she was able to escape a day or so later, but was afraid to call her parents again.
Jenni's father says she has a history of bi-polar disorder.
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((I WAS REALLY SCARED TO CALL MY PARENTS BECAUSE I THOUGHT WOULD PUT ME IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL AND I WOULDN'T SEE THEM UNTIL I WAS 18 BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT I WOULD RUN AWAY. AND I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT. )) [RUNS:11]
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Jenni says she stayed in a house in Roanoke for a few days until she heard police coming. She left and eventually hopped a coal train and ended up in Crewe. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
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Jenni says she was staying with a woman in Crewe until she told her she was underage.
They both went to the police and called her parents.

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Attorney General Jerry Kilgore wants to have a sexual predator civilly committed upon release from prison.
Kilgore's office is seeking to have 46-year-old James Rodney Lester committed after he is released from the Roanoke City Jail on October 18th.
Lester was convicted in 1991 of sexually assaulting two six-year-old girls.
Kilgore says Lester has been diagnosed with pedophilia by a mental health examiner and still poses a threat to society.
Lester has two prior convictions for sexual assault.
A probable cause hearing has been set for October eighth.
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As the California recall campaign enters its final days, more women accuse Arnold Schwarzenegger of groping them. We'll have the details next.
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Also we'll have an update on the two year old girl who had to survive for three weeks on her own.
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A two- year- old Jacksonville, Florida girl who was left home alone for nearly three weeks is back with her father.
He calls her recovery a miracle.
Meanwhile, the mother has been charged with child abuse.
Jim Acosta reports.
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NATS: DAD REUNITES WITH DAUGHTER, "AHHH"
While this is not the reaction a father wants when he hugs his daughter...

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...this is no little girl with a case of the terrible twos.

(SOT: OGDEN LEE, FATHER OF ABANDONED TODDLER, ) "I'M JUST HAPPY I HAVE HER. HAPPY SHE'S ALL RIGHT. REPORTER: SHE LOOKS

PRETTY GOOD. DAD: YEAH, SHE'S A GOOD GIRL."
Brianna is the girl who was left home... abandoned... for a staggering two and a half weeks. Police say she survived eating ketchup and mustard in her mother's Jacksonville apartment. Her father found her nude in a bathtub covered in filth, watching cartoons.

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It all happened while Brianna's mother was in jail... on charges of aggravated assault. Authorities say Dakeysha Lee never told them Brianna was home alone. Today, the girl's father won temporary custody of his daughter in court... his eyes welling up with tears as the state described how Brianna was living in squalor.

(SOT: VOICE OF MEIKA NELSON, FLA. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES,

"THERE WAS FOOD EVERYWHERE. THERE WAS FECES ON THE GROUND."
(BUTT TO SOT: SAME WOMAN ) "THERE WAS AN OPEN CLOROX BLEACH CONTAINER.

BROKEN PLATES IN THE KITCHEN AND THE BEDROOM."

(STAND-UP: JIM ACOSTA) "IT'S A GOOD THING BRIANNA IS SO YOUNG. CHILDREN'S DOCTORS SAY, AT HER AGE, IT'S HIGHLY DOUBTFUL

THIS ORDEAL WILL HAVE A LASTING IMPACT."

(SOT: OGDEN LEE,) "CHILDREN ARE ELASTIC SO I GOT HER. I'M GLAD I GOT HER."


It wasn't long before those first tears Brianna shed had dried up...as the healing process for this small survivor began in her father's arms. Jim Acosta CBS News Miami. ))

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He was perhaps best known for being a member of the "dream team" of defense attorneys during the O-J Simpson murder trial.
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Robert Kardashian has died of cancer.
Simpson stayed at Kardashian's home in the days after the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in 19-94.
It was from Kardashian's home that the infamous white Bronco chase began.
Although he stood by Simpson, he later expressed some doubts about his innocence.
Robert Kardashian was 59.
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New allegations are surfacing against Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the Republican actor continues making strides in his campaign for California Governor.
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In interviews with the L-A Times, six women accuse Schwarzenegger of groping them on movie sets and in other settings over the last three decades.
A Schwarzenegger spokesman denies the allegations.
He tells the newspaper that the actor hasn't behaved improperly toward women, and accuses Democrats and others of launching a political attack just before the October seventh recall vote.
A new poll shows the actor with a big lead over other candidates.
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Verizon Communications is offering to buy out more than 70 - thousand non union employees in management. The plan includes two weeks pay for each year of employment up to 35 weeks -- plus a 15 to 30 thousand dollar bonus. A separate buyout offer will be made to at least 12 thousand union technicians and phone operators eligible for retirement.

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Governor Warner says a high school diploma is often not enough to get a good job.
But he has a plan to help Virginia's seniors get the additional training or education that most jobs require.
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Warner says his education program, Senior- year- plus, will allow all high school seniors to earn up to a semester's worth of college credit.
The governor says shortening a college education by one semester will save money for students, parents and taxpayers.
Virginia students not going on to college can earn industry certification for a trade or technical job, at public expense.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I BELIEVE IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM WE NEED TO PUT AS MUCH EMPHASIS ON THOSE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GO ON TO BECOME PLUMBERS OR ELECTRICIANS AS WE DO FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BECOME DOCTORS AND LAWYERS. TOO OFTEN WE DON'T DO THAT.))
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Warner estimates the program will cost no more than five million dollars a year when fully implemented in 2007.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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we'll tell you why a photographer's family says a singing superstar is ripping them off.
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South African writer John Maxwell Coetzee (kut-SEE-uh) has won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature.
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The Swedish Academy made the announcement this morning, saying Coetzee's (kut-SEE-uh's) novels are characterized by their well-crafted composition and analytical brilliance.
He wrote about South Africa during and after apartheid, the Vietnam War, and other issues.
His novels contained characters in the grip of intense moral struggles.
The coted Nobel Prize includes a check for more than one-point three- million dollars.
Some of Coetzee's (kut- SEE- uh's) works include ``Dusklands'' and ``Disgrace."
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The original Material Girl may NOT be so original after all.
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Madonna has been hit with a lawsuit, accusing her of copyright infringement for her new video, "Hollywood."
The lawsuit claims that the poses Madonna strikes in the video are copies of shots by the late French fashion photographer, Guy Bourdin.
His son filed the suit against the queen of pop, as well as Warner Brothers Records, MTV Networks, and others.
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((JOHN KOEGEL/ATTORNEY: IT'S KIND OF WRONG FOR MADONNA TO BE GOING AROUND AND ABSORBING THE CREATIVITY OF OTHERS AND BEING PRAISED AS SUCH A GROUND BREAKING ARTIST HERSELF, WHEN REALLY ALL SHE IS DOING IS FLIPPING THROUGH THE BOOKS AND TAKING EARLIER CREATIVITY. ))
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Koegel explained that a fine line exists between being inspired by art, and stealing it.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP three points. The NASDAQ has lost three.

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Steve Mason takes a closer look at the Keydets as they get ready for Saturday's game.
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And we'll have the highlights of the Red Sox-Oakland game for those people who couldn't stay up so late.
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You can add a bunt single to the list of ways the Boston Red Sox have lost playoff games.
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Ramon Hernandez laid down the bunt with the bases filled in the bottom of the 12th to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-to-4 win over the Red Sox in game one of the American League Division series.
Losing pitcher Derek Lowe walked the bases loaded before Hernandez drove in Eric Chavez.
Boston was one out from winning until Erubiel Durazo (eh-ROO'-bee-ul) (dur-AH'-zoh) singled home the tying run in the ninth.
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The Minnesota Twins will try to go up two-games-to-none in their playoff series when they face the New York Yank

ees tonight.
The Twins had dropped 13 straight to the Yankees until their 3-to-1 win in the opener Tuesday.
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In the National League, the Braves beat the Cubs 5-to-3 to even up their best of five series at one game a piece. A two- run pinch hit RBI in the bottom of the 8th inning by Atlanta's Mark DeRosa was the game winner, and Atlanta wins it 5-to-3.
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The Florida Marlins also got even last night as they beat the San Francisco Giants 9-to-5. Juan Pierre went four for five, and the Marlins banged out 14 hits to tie that series at a game apiece.
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VMI takes on Liberty Saturday night in a huge Big South game. Steve Mason takes a look at one of the reasons VMI is much improved on defense heading into the contest - former Heritage star Derik Screen.
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((The senior linebacker moved from the outside to the inside this spring. The adjustment has hardly thrown off his game. After five games, Screen leads the Keydets in tackles and is tied for first in interceptions with two. But for Screen, its all about the team and being a part of rebuilding VMI football. ((:)) Screen's VMI defense is giving up just 20 points a game, two touchdowns less than last year. Cal McCombs is Screen's biggest fan. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) ((GENE WILLIAMS/VMI all-American CORNERBACK:))
Screen and the Keydets will try an improve to 4 and 2 This Saturday at Liberty in VMI's Big South opener. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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