A woman is injured when she has a run- in with a school bus in Franklin County this morning.
NO students aboard the bus were hurt.
Meanwhile, two Virginia Tech students WERE injured after another fall from a balcony.
A few folks seeing some breaks in the clouds this morning, but consider yourself lucky. A cloudy and somewhat wet first half of your weekend. But, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. I'll let you know when in just a bit.
Join us for News 7 at Noon--
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It's happened again. For the third time in recent weeks, a third story fall in Blacksburg.
Two Virginia Tech students are in the hospital at this hour after falling more than 20 feet from an apartment balcony.
Blacksburg police say they responded to this building at Hunter's Ridge Apartment Complex shortly before three this morning.
That's when they found 20- year- old Elisabeth McFadyen and 20- year- old Devin Welch on the ground after falling from the third floor.
Police say the two had celebrating McFadyen's birthday.
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[IN Q=A young lady]
[SUPER=01-B. E. Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Department;]
[OUT Q=he went with her]
Police say the two had been drinking and that the balcony appears to be structurally sound.
McFadyen is in stable condition with spinal injuries, Welch is also stable with multiple unknown injuries.
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No students were hurt, but one woman suffered minor injuries after running into the back of a school bus this morning.
The accident happened shortly before 8 o'clock on Grassy Hill Road between the Uttermost and Cooper Wood plants in Franklin County.
The bus was filled with high school and middle school students, none of whom were injured. Students were put on another bus and taken to school.
The woman was transported to the hospital, and has been released after receiving stitches.
She has been charged with failure to maintain control of her vehicle.
Police say wet roads may have contributed to the accident.
"You can be a Muslim and at the same time, have human rights."
Those words are from this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, who's the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to receive the award.
Scott Rapoport has more.
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[IN Q=For most of her life,]
[SUPER=02-Shirin Ebadi/2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner; :15]
[SUPER=03-Oslo, Norway; :24]
[SUPER=01-Ole Danbolt Mjoes/Nobel Prize Spokesperson; :40]
[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U. N. Secretary General; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/Reporting; 1:20]
[OUT Q=Rapoport, CBS News, New York.]
FOR MOST OF HER LIFE...SHE'S BEEN KNOWN AS AN IRANIAN LAWYER --
PASSIONATE ABOUT DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROMOTING DEMOCRACY.
NOW, FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE...56 YEAR OLD SHIRIN EBADI WILL BE
KNOWN AS A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER.
SOT: Shirin Ebadi / 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
"I'm schocked because I didnt imagine I would win.
EBADI WAS AWARDED THE 2003 HONOR THIS MORNING IN OSLO, NORWAY.
THE PEACE PRIZE COMMITTEE OF 5...CHOOSING HER FROM A FIELD OF
CANDIDATES THAT INCLUDED POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND...PRESIDENT GEORGE
BUSH...BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR...AND U-2 ROCK STAR, BONO.
SOT: Ole Danbolt Mjoes/Nobel Prize Spokesperson
"She has stood up as a sound professional, a courageous person who has
never heeded the threats to her own safety."
EBADI IS FAMOUS FOR BEING THE FIRST FEMALE JUDGE IN IRAN. A POSITION
SHE HAD TO RESIGN IN 1979 WHEN CONSERVATIVE ISLAMIC CLERICS TOOK CONTROL
OF THER COUNTRY...AND PUT SEVERE RESTRICTIONS OF THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN
SOCIETY. SHE WAS ARRESTED AND SPENT THREE WEEKS IN JAIL IN 2000.
STILL...EBADI NEVER GAVE UP THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. MAKING HER
HONOR TODAY...A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT.
SOT: Kofi Anan/UN Secretary General
"I think it is signficant that she is also the first Islamic woman to
win the award.
AN EXAMPLE FOR EVERY WOMEN...SHE'S SPENT HER LIFE TRYING TO HELP.
SCOTT RAPOPORT...CBS NEWS...NEW YORK.
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Meanwhile, disappointment rippled through the Vatican as the news spread that the Pope did NOT win the award.
Many at the Vatican believe Pope John Paul has done more than anyone else to promote peace in the world.
The pope was among the favorites in the running for the Nobel peace prize.
But some in the Roman Catholic community say they're not surprised he didn't win.
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[IN Q=I don't think it's a ]
((MARIO MARAZZITI/ST. EGIDIO PEACE ORGANIZATION: I DON'T THINK ITS A SURPRISE THAT THE POPE DIDN'T WIN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN HISTORY BEFORE. I THINK
THAT THE POPE DOESN'T NEED A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AND HE WASNT LOOKING FOR ONE NOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Mario Marazziti/St. Egidio Peace Organization;]
[OUT Q=looking for one now.]
Meanwhile, the 83- year- old Pope has kept a busy schedule during celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of his papacy.
Peace is nowhere to be found in Iraq--
Last night, two more U-S soldiers were killed in an ambush attack and four others were wounded.
It happened in the same neighborhood of yesterday's suicide car bombing.
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[IN Q=nat sound of chimes as Prince Charles arrives.]
[OUT Q=fade out chimes...]
Meanwhile in London today, there was a service of remembrance for those who've died in the Iraqi war.
Relatives of British troops who were killed in Iraq joined Prime Minister Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other royals for the service in St Paul's Cathedral.
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There's not much left on the site of the former True Value Hardware Store in Salem.
Since Monday, demolition crews have been tearing down the charred remains of the business on West Main Street.
The nearly 80-year old building went up in flames August 20th.
It took firefighters most of the day to put down the fire because of the many flammable chemicals inside.
The cause was officially listed as "undetermined".
Foul play is *not* suspected.
Crews have one final building to tear down Monday.
The sign, however, is still standing and says the store will re-open by April.
Lynchburg will soon put the wheels on a skateboard park.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, a local civic organization will help get the project rolling.
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[IN Q=They didn't actually]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Young/Rotary Club; :33]
[SUPER=01-Mort Sajadian/Amazement Square; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Craig Cassell/Skateboarder; 1:16]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( They didn't actually move any dirt at this groundbreaking but organizers have already moved mountains to get Lynchburg's first skatepark project off the ground.
For years, skating and boarding enthusiasts have been forced to ply their craft in back alleys and empty parking lots.. that's about to change.
Thanks to a 100-thousand dollar donation from Lynchburg's two Rotary clubs, the Riverfront Skatepark will soon be under construction.
For its hundred grand, Rotary gets the naming rights and a perfect way to celebrate its centennial in 2005.
((NANCY YOUNG/NOON ROTARY CLUB: THE TWO ROTARY CLUBS IN LYNCHBURG HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LOOKING AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PAST IN SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS IN THE COMMUNITY. AND WE LIKE TO ALSO BE INVOLVED IN PROJECTS THAT ARE SERVING YOUTH AND REVITALIZING OUR COMMUNITY AND THE SKATEBOARD PARK JUST MET ALL OF OUR NEEDS.))
[OUT Q=all of our needs.]
The skatepark will sit on city-donated land along the riverfront.. in the shadow of the Amazement Square children's museum which will oversee its operation.
((MORT SAJADIAN/AMAZEMENT SQUARE: THE LOGISTICS OF BEING ON THE RIVERFRONT AS PART OF THE COMPLEX THAT WE HAVE MASTER-PLANNED FOR THE RIVERFRONT AREA, THAT JUST WORKS PERFECTLY AND OF COURSE THE WHOLE COMBINATION OF THESE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS COMING TOGETHER, PART OF THE BIG PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN, ALL PERFECT, ALL PERFECT.))
[OUT Q=all perfect.]
((CRAIG CASSELL/SKATEBOARDER: IT'S COME TOGETHER AT THE RIGHT TIME, HE RIGHT PEOPLE AT THE RIGHT TIME. YOU HAVE THE DEMAND HERE FOR THE PARK AND IT'S GOING TO BE AN AWESOME SIGHT TO SEE IT COME UP.))
[OUT Q=see it come up.]
Volunteers will start cleaning up and staking out the area this month.. construction should be finished by next summer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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Virginia's first lady visits two Roanoke schools this morning. Just ahead, we'll tell you why.
And we'll visit the Radford University campus, where faculty members send a message to the president.
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Radford University's faculty wants a bigger say in major university decisions.
Yesterday, the faculty senate passed a resolution criticizing Radford's president.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Kovarik/Radford University Faculty Member; :13]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Hayes/Radford University Faculty Member; :19]
[SUPER=01-James Lollar/Radford University Faculty Senate; :44]
[SUPER=01-Martin Aylesworth/Radford University Faculty Member; :55 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Stephan Cassaday/Radford University Board of Visitors; 1:24]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF THE VOTE))
Long before the vote, faculty members gathered one last time for a heated debate.
[SOT 3:53:02; 3:50:48]
[IN Q=Frequently we have]
((BILL KOVARIK/FACULTY MEMBER: FREQUENTLY WE HAVE HAD THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER US BY THE ADMINISTRATION.))
((CHUCK HAYES/FACULTY MEMBER: WE ARE IN THE MIST OF SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THEREFORE TO RICHMOND.))
[OUT Q=therefore to Richmond]
At issue is the administration at Radford University.
Some believe president Douglas Covington makes important decisions without input from the faculty.
That prompted the faculty senate to pass a resolution 28 to 15 criticizing Covington's style of governance.
[IN Q=What I would expect]
((JAMES LOLLAR/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHAT I WOULD EXPECT IS THAT THIS WOULD LIE A FOUNDATION TO BEGIN A DIALOGUE.))
[OUT Q=begin a dialogue]
A dialogue some faculty members say is not needed.
[IN Q=I personally believe]
((MARTIN AYLESWORTH/FACULTY MEMBER: I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THE FACULTY ARE VERY VERY INVOLVED IN THE DECISION MAKING AT RADFORD.))
[OUT Q=making at Radford]
What President Covington thinks about this we don't know since he declined to comment through a spokesperson.
He did however put out a letter Wednesday detailing his accomplishments.
He also addressed his critics saying he would not be distracted from the important business at the university.
After the faculty vote, one member of the Board of Visitors vowed there would be better relations between the faculty and the administration.
[IN Q=We hear what they]
((STEPHAN CASSADY/BOARD OF VISITOR MEMBER: WE HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS GROUP REPRESENTS THE FACULTY, IT IS AN ELECTED BODY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE FACULTY IS ATTENDED TO.))
[OUT Q=attended to]
[IN Q=Cassady goes on to say]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CASSADY GOES ON TO SAY PRESIDENT COVINGTON HAS THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM THE BOARD OF VISITORS AND HE EXPECTS THAT TO REMAIN IN THE FUTURE. WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION THIS VOTE WAS NOT BINDING AND THEREFORE WAS MORE SYMOBLIC THAN ANYTHING ELSE.))))
It's a record year for Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista.
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[SUPER=03-Buena Vista/September 12;]
Yesterday, the school announced its enrollment for this school year reached 576 students, an 18 percent increase from last year.
The students hail from 48 states, and 10 foreign countries.
The school also achieved a 30 percent increase in the number of applications.
Southern Virginia has announced plans to double in size within the next 7 years.
Student fitness and nutrition were in the spotlight this morning, as Virginia's first lady visited two Roanoke public schools.
Lisa Collis is the honorary chair of the Virginia Action for Healthy Kids task force.
Today, she visited Fairview Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Middle School to take a closer look at innovative physical education and school lunch programs.
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[IN Q=I also visited an elementary school this morning]
((LISA COLLIS/FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA: I ALSO VISITED AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS MORNING WHERE THEY'RE IMPLEMENTING CHANGES IN THE CAFETERIA, TRYING TO IMPROVE THE SELECTION OF FOODS TO THE KIDS.))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Collis/First Lady of Virginia]
[OUT Q=the selection of foods to the kids.]
The Healthy Kids task force is committed to improving the nutritional value of school lunches, and the quality of physical activities during and after the school day.
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It's time to get ready for the weekend, and still ahead, Brent has your complete forecast.
And what did the tiger really do? A surveillance tape may give investigators get a much better picture at what happened to Roy Horn.
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Did the tiger that attacked Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy" intentionally try to hurt him?
Investigators are still trying to settle that debate, and they're hoping a tape holds the answer.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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[IN Q=If there were]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andrea Timbol/Spotlight Operator; :21]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; :40]
[SUPER=01-Steve Wynn/Casino Developer; :51]
[SUPER=01-Bob Salyer/Production Manager; 1:05]
[OUT Q=Cowan, CBS News, Las Vegas.]
If there were safety considerations overlooked by Siegfried and Roy
- federal regulators say they never saw it.
Surprise inspections by the USDA showed nothing out of the ordinary
- a clean slate said one investigator - year after year.
Workers say they never gave safety a second thought - but now some
wonder if perhaps they took it for granted.
(SOT/ANDREA TIMBOL, SPOTLIGHT OPERATOR )
"I just assumed when I started working for the show that the regulations
were in place and we were following them."
(NARR: vo flowers at shrine, then more performance)
In the seven days since the attack - in the middle of all this
mourning -- everything from an audience member's perfume, to the
slamming of a stage door have been offered up as reasons for the tiger's
sudden change in behavior.
(COWAN ON CAM: )
"But the real answer may lie on a surveillance tape of the performance -
a tape federal investigators say they want to examine. Those who have
the tape say they already have a different take on the accident.
(SOT/STEVE WYNN, CASINO DEVELOPER )
"The cat did not attack him, the cat picked him up. There was not a
speck of violence in any of this. There was no shaking, there was no
biting, there was no use of full strength. Roy's neck would have been
snapped like a twig."
The show's production manager agrees.
(SOT/BOB SALYER, PRODUCTION MANAGER)
"It absolutely did not have a vicious appearance to it. He didn't like
grab him and shake him, it was nothing like that all. So I could see
what people thought this was part of the show, wow, how does he get out
of the cat's mouth, ya know?"
For hundreds of the show's employees - the question now is how they
get out of unemployment. This afternoon - officials from MGM/Mirage
will announce what - if anything they are going to do for those who are
now out of a job - just as tourists are now out of the one of the
hottest tickets in town. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Las Vegas.
A quiet day so far on Wall Street. At Noon,
the Dow was UP 4 points. Nasdaq DOWN 1 point.
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Up next in sports, Ryan Newman is hot at Charlotte.
And here we go again .. you can tell Halloween must be near. It's time to send those pumpkins flying.
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Winston Cup drivers have set the starting lineup for tomorrow night's UAW-GM 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway.
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Less than a week after winning his eighth race of the season, Ryan Newman won his eighth pole this year, turning the 1-point-5 mile lap at a new record speed.
Here's a look at the starting grid.
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[go to qualifying boards]
[SUPER=0107-1. Ryan Newman//2. Jeff Gordon//3. Jimmie Johnson//4. Bill Elliott//5. Kevin Lepage//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Tony Stewart//7. Elliott Sadler//8. Todd Bodine//9. Kevin Harvick//10. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//12. Bobby Labonte//13. Ricky Craven//14. Rusty Wallace//15. Robby Gordon//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Kurt Busch//18. Kenny Wallace//19. Jamie McMurray//20. Brian Vickers//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Terry Labonte//22. Greg Biffle//23. Johnny Benson//24. Jason Leffler//25. Jimmy Spencer//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Steve Park//27. Mark Martin//28. Casey Mears//29. Matt Kenseth//30. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Christian Fittipaldi//32. Jeremy Mayfield//33. Sterling Marlin//34. Dave Blaney//35. Tony Raines//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Jeff Green//37. Jeff Burton/Prov/38. Ward Burton/Prov/39. Ricky Rudd/Prov/40. Joe Nemechek/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. John Andretti/Prov/42. Kyle Petty/Prov/43. Derrike Cope/Prov/;]
The Roanoke Express opened its exhibition season against the Greenville Grrowl.
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The Express hit the ice at the Ice Station, and Roanoke would score first.
In the opening period, Tom Kotsopulos comes around the goal and is gonna rip rope from in close to make it 1-nothing Express.
[SUPER=34-Greenville/5/Roanoke/4;]Greenville ties it up on Matt Demarski's tally in the first period, as well.
But the Express breaks the 1-1 tie.
The gloves drop here, as two players get into it.
The Express has been fighting immigration.
Several players have yet to cross the Canadian border.
The delay is due to the strike.
The Grrowl wins 5-4 in a shootout.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Pollock/Express General Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=by Sunday"]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Mighty Ducks vs. Predators;]
In Express- related news, Jordin Tootoo, the brother of Terrence who died last season, lived out his brother's dream when he became the first Inuit to ever play in an NHL game.
Tootoo's Nashville Predators beat Anaheim 3-1.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Blue Jackets vs. Thrashers;]
The Atlanta Thrashers wore Dan Snyder's number on their jerseys.
He was the player who died this week from injuries in a car accident.
His Thrashers beat Columbus 2-1.
One major bright spot in Tech's triple overtime loss to Syracuse last year was Ernest Wilford.
He racked up a school record 279 receiving yards in what turned out to be a turning point in his career.
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[IN Q=I THINK IT...]
[SUPER=01-Ernest Wilford/279 Yards & 4 TDs Last Year vs. SU; :00]
[SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/Last Season; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/504 Yards Passing vs. SU Last Year; :25]
[OUT Q=...A GAME LIKE THAT."]
And finally today--
Thoughts of Halloween don't typically center around DELAWARE.
But that's the setting for the annual "Punkin Chunkin" World Championship.
[SUPER=03-La Belle, FL;]
Waddy Thompson and his family will be making the pumpkin pilgrimage all the way from Florida.
The purpose of the competition is to see who can launch a pumpkin into the air the farthest.
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[IN Q=It began]
((WADDY THOMPSON/PUMPKIN LAUNCHER: IT BEGAN BY DROPPING WATERMELONS OUT OF PLANES AT OUR BARBECUE PARTIES, WHICH WAS A LOT OF FUN, BUT NOT TOO SAFE.))
[SUPER=01-Waddy Thompson/Pumpkin Launcher;]
[OUT Q=but not too safe.]
Thompson says about five years ago, he got the idea to build an air cannon capable of propelling watermelons and pumpkins great distances.
His invention has a 27-foot barrel and launches the fruit at 500 feet per second, landing as far as 35- hundred feet away.
The "Punkin Chunkin" World Championship usually draws tens of thousands of spectators every year.
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