Up next on News 7--
Roanoke pain specialist Doctor Cecil Knox has MORE charges against him dropped.
And Kobe Bryant is missing THIS kind of court appearance in Hawaii with his fellow Lakers, to make a court appearance of another kind in Colorado.
Light rain and drizzle make up your Thursday forecast. We'll see where it's rained the most and we'll take a sneak peak at your weekend weather coming up in the 7-Day Planner.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A judge drops still more charges against Dr. Cecil Knox this morning, as the defense begins its case.
Judge Sam Wilson dismissed 10 more counts this morning against the Roanoke pain specialist and his codefendants.
This comes after Wilson dropped all the charges against Katy O'Gee (KAY-tee OH-gee) last night.
He also dismissed three of the fraud counts against Doctor Knox and his office manager.
The government rested its case yesterday morning, and the lawyers spent the rest of the day arguing motions to strike the evidence.
As the defense begins its case, Knox still faces scores of criminal counts growing out of what the government claims is the distribution of OxyContin without a legitimate medical purpose.
In another local courtroom, teenage counselors accused of arranging fights between 4-H campers at Smith Mountain Lake are scheduled to face the judge at this hour.
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They're also accused of charging admission to the fights and taking bets.
There's a chance the case, which has drawn national attention, will be resolved with plea agreements.
Meanwhile, Franklin County's top prosecutor has told the parents of children who'd been called to testify that they do NOT need to come to court today.
In Colorado, Kobe Bryant will make a court appearance later this afternoon.
But what exactly will happen still isn't clear.
A preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to go to trial IS scheduled, but the defense could waive that.
Jennifer Donelan has more.
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Kobe Bryant left behind his teammates at preseason practice and headed
for his own court-time at the Eagle County Justice Center as his legal
team continues their defense in the sexual assault case against the LA
Today's preliminary hearing could be a turning point
where Bryant will find out if he will stand trial for his alleged crime.
SOT: Krista Flannigan/Eagle Colorado DA Office
"The DA's office is confident that they will have enough evidence to
establish probable cause."
If that evidence is strong enough, it will pave the way for a trial.
The judge is meeting with attorneys before Bryant appears today. He will
review the prosecution's evidence and give defense lawyers one last
chance to challenge it's admissibility. Based on those discussions,
Bryant's lawyers may waive the preliminary hearing and ask for an
arraignment date. Next stop...the trial.
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Despite the accusations, there is no shortage of support for the Los
Angeles Lakers star. Sports fans are flocking to the small Colorado
town to cheer on their hero. However, some local residents have had
SOT: Wes Ginger/Local Resident
"I'm a big Laker fan but I'm sick of all this."
Employees at the court say the media attention is overwhelming.
Karen Salaz/Denver Judicial Courts Spokesman
"7,000 cases this is just one"
Bryant is accused of raping a 19 year old woman while staying at this
Colorado resort last June. He admits to comitting adultery but says it
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A string of new violence today in Iraq--
A U-S soldier was killed when a rocket- propelled grenade hit his convoy.
Meanwhile, a Spanish diplomat was shot and killed outside his home in Baghdad.
But the deadliest incident today so far was a suicide car bombing at a police station in a Baghdad slum, which killed at least eight people.
45- others were injured.
The driver and a passenger also died when their car went through the gates of the police station, during the officers' morning roll call.
Here at home, President Bush offered a pat on the back for members of the National Guard.
Bush spoke this morning to a group of guardsmen and reservists in New Hampshire, telling them that their fellow citizens are grateful for their efforts.
More than 166- thousand National Guard and reserve troops are on active duty, and Bush vowed the U-S will continue waging war on terror until it's won.
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The trip is part of an effort by Bush to convince Americans he's made the right choices overseas and at home.
Before President Bush spoke to the National Guard troops, he was welcomed to New Hampshire by U-S Senator Judd Gregg and his wife, who was recently abducted and robbed.
Police have arrested two suspects.
And as Teri Okita reports, more details are emerging about Kathleen Gregg's ordeal and her attempt to escape.
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TRACK: A PRESIDENTIAL HUG AND WELL WISHES FOR KATHLEEN GREGG THE WIFE
OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATOR, JUDD GREGG AFTER A TERRIFYING ORDEAL WHERE
SHE WAS ABDUCTED AND ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT. NOW, AFTER A
TWO-DAY SEARCH, POLICE THINK THEYVE FOUND THE SUSPECTS.
TRACK: THEIR GETAWAY BEGAN AT THIS BANK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. THE
TO NEW JERSEY, AND IT WASNT LONG BEFORE POLICE SPOTTED A VEHICLE
MATCHING THE DESCRIPTION OF THE GETAWAY CAR.
(Super: Chief Tom Manger/Fairfax Co., VA Police)
SOT: Carteret officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a chase ensued.
One suspect was caught outside the car. The driver fled and was
apprehended after driving into a body of water. During the pursuit, the
Monte Carlo rammed a police vehicle.
TRACK: POLICE SAY THE MEN ARE ALSO WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AT LEAST
FOUR OTHER CRIMES IN VIRGINIA AND FACE A LAUNDRY LIST OF CHARGES,
INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER AND RESISTING ARREST.
SOT: (Tom Manger) They have been involved in Northern Virginia with
attempted burglary, burglary, certainly stolen auto, and abduction and
robbery, as well.
TRACK: THE MEN ALLEGEDLY HELD KATHLEEN GREGG AT KNIFEPOINT AND TIED HER
UP IN HER VIRGINIA HOME. SHE SAYS THE INTRUDERS RIFLED THROUGH THE
HOUSE, TAKING JEWELRY, GOLF CLUBS, AND 50-DOLLARS. SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO
GET OUT OF THERE, SO MRS. GREGG CONVINCED THEM TO TAKE HER TO HER BANK.
SHE SAYS ONE OF THE ASSAILANTS HELD A KNIFE TO HER SIDE AS SHE ASKED THE
TELLER FOR CASH.
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STANDUP: Authorities credit Kathleen Gregg for her quick-thinking. Once
she handed the money over, she made a run for it saying she wasnt
about to get back into the suspects' car. Police say theres no
indication the men knew she was a senators wife. Teri Okita, CBS News,
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A local company want to hire 400 people, and soon. The details are just ahead.
and a construction worker in a cherry-picker is injured when his lift ventures a little too far into traffic.
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A worker was injured in a morning accident, when a garbage truck got in his way.
Around 8 o'clock, the worker was preparing to perform maintenance on the steeple of the Virginia Heights Baptist Church on Memorial Avenue in Roanoke.
Police say he swung the basket over the road, and into the path of an oncoming Roanoke City garbage truck.
The worker was thrown from the basket in the accident.
He was taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
The accident is still under investigation.
A Martinsville company wants to fill 400 part-time and tull-time seasonal positions, so it's holding a job fair today.
New Roads has a distribution and call center in Martinsville, and the hirings will make it the city's
largest employer with more than 16-hundred employees.
The job fair is being held today at the old Tultex plant.
Construction could begin as soon as next summer, for a major expansion project at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
It's part of Carilion's plans to combine all services with Community Hospital under one roof at R-M-H.
The plan will require major construction at Roanoke Memorial... adding five floors to the the top of the south pavilion.. and additional space at the base of the building.
The plan includes a new traffic pattern and new entrances to allow better access around the complex.
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((DR. ROBERT KEELEY: IT'S AN EXCITING TIME. IT CAN'T HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH FROM MY POINT OF VIEW.))
((NANCY AGEE/CARILION CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: WE'RE REALLY DEVELOPING SOMETHING HERE THAT'S REALLY ON PAR WITH ANYTHING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'RE PUTTING ALL OUR SERVICES TOGETHER IN A VERY HIGH TECH NEW BUILDING, BUT A BUILDING THAT PAYS ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS OF THE PATIENTS.))
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Carilion says it will apply for a certificate of public need by January.
As part of the same overall plan, Community Hospital will no longer be a hospital -- although it will remain part of Carilion Health System.
Keith Humphry reports on the building's expected new role.
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(( Carilion acquired Community 13 years ago in a merger at first hotly- contested by the Justice Department.
For the past 11 years, Community has been primarily devoted to women and children, with the practice of obstetrics and pediatrics.
All that will be consolidated at Roanoke MEMORIAL.
((EVERYTHING'S BIGGER AND BETTER... LABOR ROOM'S ARE BIGGER NOW. AMENITIES WHICH IS REALLY NICE.))
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((I SOMETIMES WONDER IF BIG IS BETTER.
BIG IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. HA HA, LOT OF CONFUSION.))
Sonya Stokes is not a Carilion staffer, but a student from Virginia Western.
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((I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF ADVANTAGES...BETTER FOR PATIENT CARE TO BE UNDER ONE ROOF.))
As the new home of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the 36-year old Community hospital will be converted to classrooms, dormitory and office space.
Community planners promised there would always be a hospital in the downtown area, a COMMUNITY hospital where no one would be turned away.
((What I'm wondering now, is this abrogating that covenant with the community by taking it away?))
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ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT THE HEALTH-CARE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE NOT STATIC AND DON'T STAND STILL.))
Dr. Murphy says health care facilities must grow to meet the modern needs of patients.
He points out that the Emergency Room at Community will remain open, though it is what's now called an "urgent care" center. The TRAUMA Center is at Memorial.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
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Environmental awareness with a paint can. Still ahead, they hope their work doesn't go down the drain.
And the Liberty Bell is on the move. We'll tell you where it's going and why.
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What goes down the drain often ends up in the river.
So there is a new effort to make you more aware of what can happen, and as Justin McLeod reports, it's difficult to miss.
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There's a lot of painting the town in Roanoke these days.
Just take downtown, if you've driven or walked around, you've probably seen this on the sidewalk.
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((ANDREW MOWLES/COMMUNITY SCHOOL STUDENT: I'VE NOTICED THEM JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY WHEN I WALK DOWNTOWN AND I DIDN'T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT THEM UNTIL TODAY.))
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Today, there are more than a hundred of these all over the Roanoke Valley.
They are messages painted on storm drains.
Volunteers with The Clean Valley Council do it to educate the public.
Many mistakenly believe what ends up in storm drain empties into a water treatment plant.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS WE DO EVERYDAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROBLEM. FROM THROWING CIGARETTE BUTTS OUT THE WINDOW TO WORKING ON YOUR CAR. YOU COULD SPILL SOME ANTI FREEZE OR EVEN SOME OIL. THE RAIN COMES ALONG AND IT ENDS UP HERE IN THE STORM DRAIN.))
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It eventually ends up in small streams which lead here to the Roanoke River.
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((ANN MASTERS/CLEAN VALLEY COUNCIL: IT'S POLLUTING IT AND IT TRAVELS DOWN STREAM. OUR PROBLEMS LITERALLY DOWN THAT CLICHE DOWN STREAM TOWARDS SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE.))
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Federal legislation now requires local governments to educate the public about water pollution.
That is why the Clean Valley Council will soon put these messages in Salem, Vinton, Botetourt County, and eventually residental neighborhoods.
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((ANN MASTERS/CLEAN VALLEY COUNCIL: I DON'T THINK THEY WILL CARE, I MEAN HOW ATTRACTIVE IS A STORM DRAIN ANYWAY.))
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A storm drain that could lead to something fishy if we fail to clean it up.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
It's a big day on Wall Street. At Noon,
the Dow was UP 127 points. Nasdaq UP 41 points.
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Is the curse lifted off the Red Sox, or is it just bad karma for the Yankees, as the Red Sox take game one.
And the Express adds two players as the team gets ready for tonight's preseason game.
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Bad karma is what the Yankees felt last night as the Red Sox belted the balls out of the park.
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The Red Sox belted three homers and grabbed game one of the American League Championship Series 5 to 2.
Former Salem Buccaneer Pitcher Tim Wakefield held the Yankees to just a pair of singles over six innings to get the win.
Game two is tonight in the Bronx.
Meanwhile, the National League Championship Series is tied at one game a piece.
The Chicago Cubs built a lead they couldn't blow, and rolled on to the 12-to-3 win over the Florida Marlins.
Among the homers hit last night, Sammy Sosa belted a two-run blast that traveled an estimated 495 feet.
Game three is Friday in Miami.
Virgnia Tech's basketball program is already reaping the rewards of its new home in the ACC.
Yesterday one of the top guards in the nation, Marquie Cooke from Suffolk's Nansemond River, threw his Clemson cap in the crowd and then donned a Tech hat - to indicate that he had picked the Hokies over the Tigers.
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Cooke made his big visit to Tech during the Texas A&M football game. He also considered NC State and VCU.
The New Jersey Devils began defense of their Stanley Cup championship, as the NHL picked a terrible night to open up its new season.
Last night the Devils took on Boston, but it came with most New Yorkers and New Englanders thinking about the baseball playoffs.
Thanks to efforts like this from Scott Niedemeyer,
the two teams took it into overtime and the game ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Roanoke Express picked up two more players as the team prepares to play one of its two preseason games at the Ice Station tonight at 8.
Joe Dusbabek returns for his fourth season in Roanoke.
Dusbabek had career highs in points, assists, goals and penalty minutes last season.
He is a Minnesota native who graduated from Notre Dame.
Roanoke also signed goalie Jason Wolfe.
Wolfe should cover a lot of the net. He is six-feet five inches tall.
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There's plenty of football coming up on Your Hometown Station this weekend.
The opener from Death Valley comes your way at Noon, as the Clemson Tigers host the 24th ranked Virginia Cavaliers.
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UVa is favored by a two and half points, although many of the oddsmakers are calling the game a toss-up.
After that on,e we're off to Baton Rouge, where the unbeaten LSU Tigers host the slumping Florida Gators.
The action begins Saturday at Noon.
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Sunday we also have back-to-back action for you, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Patriots at one, and then the late game has the Steelers trying to salvage their season against the Broncos.
Freedom will still ring in Philadelphia...just from a new location.
The Liberty Bell is on the move to its new home, about 300 feet from where it used to sit.
The bell will be the centerpiece of the new complex, a 314- million dollar transformation of the Independence Mall.
This morning's ceremony featured re- enactors dressed as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass and Susan B- Anthony.
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((THE STATEHOUSE BELL HAS SERVED THE PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA WELL THESE MANY YEARS AND AS OF 1776 STILL HAS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO RENDER TO PENNSYLVANIA. ))
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The bell was mounted on a wheeled crate and was closely monitored during the move
Those who showed up for the event received a free breakfast of Liberty Bell- shaped pancakes.
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