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Just days after a Virginia Tech student fell to his death from a window-- there's been a similar incident involving ANOTHER Tech student.
Myranda Stephens joins us with a live report, coming up.
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And a former employee of Virginia Tech is sentenced for embezzlement.
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After a very cold start, sunny skies will help warm temperatures up into the 50's and 60's. A look at the coolest spots this morning and what you can expect this weekend coming up.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

[Blacksburg-Accident]


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Another Virginia Tech student is in the hospital, after falling from a three-story building. Police say it happened around 1:30 this morning at "The Chase" apartments in Blacksburg.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with the details? Kimberly, police say 21-year-old Keara Murphy had locked herself out of her apartment and was trying to get in through the balcony, when she fell. This is the second accidental fall involving a Virginia Tech student this week,
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But, police say this time it appears alcohol WAS involved. ((ROLLCUE:...))
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[RUNS12] ((BRUCE BRADBERRY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: MISS MURPHY AND A FRIEND HAD RETURNED FROM DOWNTOWN THEY HAD BEEN DOWNTOWN TO SOME NIGHTSPOTS AND HAD BEEN DRINKING. WHEN THEY GOT BACK SHE DIDN'T HAVE HER KEYS WITH HER AND SHE TOLD A FRIEND TO WAIT IN THE BREEZEWAY AND SHE WAS GOING TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE APARTMENT 21)) Police say it appears Murphy was trying to climb from one balcony to another, when she lost her grip and fell. They say her friend didn't even realize she fell until ambulances arrived.
Just earlier this week, six people fell from a windown at the Solar Haus, where they were attending a private concert.
[INSERT PICTURE] 19-year-old Virginia Tech student Daniel Martin died. Another one of the victims, 21-year-old Jason Kontkanen is still listed in critical condition at Roanoke Memorial hospital.
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[RUNS13] ((HOPEFULLY WE CAN CREATE SOME AWARENESS THROUGH SOME PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS AND SEE IF WE CAN MAKE PEOPLE AWARE THAT FALLS OF ANY KIND CAN BE DANGEROUS AND DISASTROUS FOR THE PERSON 58))))
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Murphy was flown to Roanoke Memorial hospital

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She was last listed in serious condition.

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A former Virginia Tech employee was convicted today of embezzlement.
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37-year-old Angela Harvey was sentenced this morning to 10-days in jail, for embezzling more than 70-thousand dollars from the university's Foreign Language department. Harvey was a program support technician for the department, and embezzled the money through false reports of overtime and travel reimbursements. The three felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors through a plea agreement. Harvey was also fined one thousand dollars and must serve 100-hours of community service. She has since paid back all of the money.
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Last year it was drought. This year too much rain has meant disaster for farmers.
The federal government has declared an agricultural disaster in Carroll, Floyd, Henry and Patrick Counties.
Farmers there may be eligible for federal loans to cover substantial damage to their crops.

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An industrial expansion in Bland County will bring 75 new jobs to the area.
ABB Incorporated says it will expand its Small Power Transformer Manufacturing operations.
The three million dollar expansion will add to the company's current workforce of 220.
ABB is Bland County's largest private employer.

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President Bush isn't surrendering to the latest findings by weapons inspectors in Iraq-- who say they've found NO proof that Saddam Hussein had illegal weapons.
Instead, Bush is putting his own spin on the weapons report.
As Teri Okita tells us, even though the report fails to support some of the arguments for going to war, Bush says Saddam was still defying the world.
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((TRACK: EVEN THOUGH U-S EXPERTS HAVE FOUND NO PROOF, SO FAR, OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IRAQ THE WHITE HOUSE IS FOCUSING ON EVIDENCE SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS VIOLATING U-N RESOLUTIONS BY BUILDING ILLEGAL, LONG-RANGE MISSILES.

SOT: (Bush) These finding already make clear that Saddam Hussein

actively deceived the international community.
TRACK: THE HEAD OF THE WEAPONS SEARCH TEAM HANDED OVER AN INTERIM REPORT YESTERDAY ... DESCRIBING A CLANDESTINE NETWORK OF LABS AND SAFEHOUSES FOR CARRYING OUT RESEARCH. WHETHER THEY WERE FOR BUILDING ILLEGAL WEAPONS IS STILL UNCLEAR.
TRACK: THATS WHY SOME DEMOCRATS SAY PRE-WAR DIPLOMACY SHOULD HAVE CONTINUED AND CRITICIZE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR RUSHING TO WAR.

(Super: Rep. Nancy Pelosi/D-House Minority Leader)
SOT: (not verbatim) The intelligence did not support the threat..


TRACK: PRESIDENT BUSH BRUSHED ASIDE A CBS NEWS-NEW YORK TIMES POLL THAT SAID PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN HIS DEALINGS WITH AN INTERNATIONAL CRISIS IS ERODING.

SOT: (Bush) I make tough decisions, based upon what I think is right,

given the intelligence I know, in order to do my job, which is to secure this country.

(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: Weapons teams say they still need another six to nine months, and possibly, millions of dollars more before they can reach any definitive conclusions about Saddams weapons program. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
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Coming up next, the Los Angeles Lakers begin training camp without troubled star Kobe Bryant.
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Plus another controversy hits the Arnold Schwarzenegger campaign. This time its over alleged comments about Adolph Hitler.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently DOESN'T have total recall.
The Republican candidate for Governor says he doesn't remember making comments in which he reportedly said he admired Adolph Hitler.
This, as he continues his campaign bus tour through California.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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PKGE; ONLY DAYS BEFORE THE RECALL ELECTION, AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS FOCUSED ON DAMAGE CONTROL. THURSDAY HE ADMITTED THERE WAS SOME TRUTH TO ACCUSATIONS HE HARRASSED WOMEN.

-SOT-ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, (QUICK)

I did behave badly..
NOW CHARGES THAT IN AN OLD INTERVIEW HE SAID HE ADMIRED NAZI DICTATOR ADOLPH HITLER.

-SOT-ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, CANDIDATE

I dont remember any of those comments because I always despised everything Hitler stood for.
IN A 1975 INTERVIEW, SCHWARZENEGGER ALLEGEDLY SAID HE ADMIRED HITLER FOR BEING "A GOOD PUBLIC SPEAKER" AND WHAT HE DID WITH IT

SOT: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER:

"I JUST KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS AND HAVE RAISED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO FIGHT PREJUDICE."
THE NAZI ISSUE AND THE CANDIDATES ALLEGED MISTREATEMENT OF WOMEN ARE NOT NEW ISSUES IN THE CAMPAIGN. BUT SO CLOSE TO ELECTION DAY, ITS UNCLEAR HOW IT MIGHT AFFECT THE RACE.

SOT: MARY ANNE OSTROM /SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.

"WILL IT HURT HIM? PROBABLY TO SOME DEGREE. WILL IT SEND VOTERS SCURRYING AWAY FROM HIM? I DOUBT IT."
ARNOLD IS NOW ON A CROSS THE STATE BUS CAMPAIGN HEADED FOR SACRAMENTO.
NAT: CHEERING
HES MET BY CHEERING CROWDS AND HIS SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN FORGIVING ABOUT THE ACCUSATIONS
STANDUP: TO COME. MANUEL GALLEGUS REPORTS. ))

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The L-A Lakers are in Hawaii for training camp, but star player Kobe Bryant isn't with them.
The team says only that he's ''under the weather.''
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Bryant is due in court next week in Colorado for a preliminary hearing in the sexual assault case against him.
But despite the efforts of defense attorneys, the alleged victim will NOT be there.
Now legal experts say Bryant needs to decide whether he wants to waive his right to the hearing.
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((LAURIE LEVENSON/LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL:
SOT: Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School/ IF THERE IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING THE PROSECUTOR WILL JUST HAVE AN OFFICER DES

CRIBE ALL OF THE THINGS THE VICTIM SAID AND SHOW THE INJURIES OF THE VICTIM. THAT DOESN'T PARTICULARLY HELP THE KOBE BRYANT TEAM. ))
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Bryant's defense also failed to get the closed hearing it had requested, as well as copies of the accuser's medical records.
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[Killen]


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A Pulaski County man was convicted yesterday of murdering his wife.
A jury found 36 year Jerry Killen guilty of first degree murder and use of a firearm.
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Police found Amanda Killen's body in front of the couple's home last August. She was 24 years old.
Killen first told police it was a drive by shooting, but later confessed.
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[Pillowtex]


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The Pillowtex company says its assest will be liquidated.
The bankupt textile company announced last night that joint-venture GGST submitted the highest bid for its assets.
The 128-million dollar sale must be approved by a judge.
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The company closed its doors on July 30.
It laid-off some 75-hundred employees, including about a thousand at the Fieldale plant.
It was hoped that another company might buy and reopen the Fieldale plant, where Pillowtex made its highest-quality towels.
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Coming up next, we'll tell you why a group of Christian celebrities is coming to the Valley this weekend.
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Then a little later we'll see what changes are coming to the English language.
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What's an event that features actors from "Star Trek", the "Dukes of Hazzard," and Shakespearean theatre?
They're all appearing together this weekend at the Salem Civic Center for the second Point North Christian media convention.
One of the stars, actress Joyce Meadows, is here with us in the studio this afternoon to talk more about the event.

Thanks for coming in today, Joyce.

[SUPER=01-Joyce Meadows/Actress and Point North Moderator;]



(I read that you're currently involved in productions of Shakespeare on college campuses across the country, but viewer

s may also remember you from a starring role in a Sci Fi movie-- what was that and who did you play?)

(You're one of several actors and actresses who are taking part in the Point North convention- How did you get involve

d?)

(You're also serving as a moderator for a panel on Christian message in the media-- what kind of programs are you focus

ing on?)

(This is a public event that's meant to appeal to people from all walks of life and beliefs... that features workshops

and musical performances--What do you hope people come away with when they leave the convention?)

(How much is admission and where do the proceeds?)



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Thanks for coming in today, Joyce.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 136 points. The NASDAQ has gained 46.

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Coming up in sports, Tech faces a tough challenge on the road this weekend.
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Plus we'll see if the New York Yankees could even their playoff series with the Minnesota Twins.
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The New York Yankees evened their best of five series at one game a piece with a win over Minnesota last night.
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Alfonso Soriano provided the go-ahead R-B-I single to spark three-runs in the seventh inning. Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) struck out ten batters over seven innings for the 4 to 1 victory. The Twins will host game three of the American League division series tomorrow.
Roger Clemens will start for the Yankees against Kyle Lohse (lohsh).
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In other games, San Francisco visits Florida this afternoon in game three. A pair of lefties start today, Mark Redman for the Marlins and Kirk Rueter (REE'-tur) for the Giants.
The Atlanta-Chicago National League playoff series is tied 1-to-1 with game three tonight at Wrigley Field. Sixteen-game winner Greg Maddux starts for the Braves.

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Virginia Tech hits the road for Rutgers and its Big East opener on Saturday.
The Hokies have won the last ten meetings between the two.
But at 3 and 1, this year's Scarlet Knights are a different bunch.
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The Hokies are favored by 26 points.

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Week Six of the high school football season is upon us. Here's a look at tonight's schedule of games.
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[New-Words]


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You hear terms like "Dot- commer", "frankenfood," and even "botox" nearly every day.
Now they're officially part of our language.
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That's because they're among the newest words added to the dictionary.
America's bestselling, Merriam- Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is out now, and it's packed with all kinds of new words and phrases that have appeared in pop culture like "phat," with a P-H and "yada yada."
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((LINDA WOOD/DICTIONARY EDITOR: SLANG GOES INTO THE DICTIONARY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WORD, WHAT WE DO IS MONITOR THE LANGUAGE. ))
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A word that doesn't even SOUND like a real word,"snollygoster," is also in the book.
It means a rude, nasty person.
Meanwhile, old words like cookie, browse and burn have also taken on new meaning in the latest edition-- thanks to our computer savvy society.
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