Sniper suspect John Muhammad says he's prepared to go to trial, as he enters a plea this morning in Virginia Beach.
And a candidate for the House of Delegates is campaigning on the promise of getting I- 81 back on the right track.
A strong storm system moving into the Ohio Valley will bring showers and a few storms this afternoon. But it's the wind that could cause some problems overnight.
The full forecast details coming up.
Join us for News 7 at Noon--
All eyes are on a Virginia Beach courtroom, as the trial of one of the Washington area snipers gets under way.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Accused sniper John Muhammad has pleaded innocent to capital murder and firearms charges.
Muhammad and teenage suspect Lee Malvo are accused in a string of deadly shootings that happened a year ago.
Jennifer Donelan reports from Virginia Beach.
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[SUPER=01-Jonathan Shapiro/Defense Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Cohen/CBS News Legal Analyst;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Virginia Beach.]
HE IS THE ACCUSED CAPTAIN OF A TWO-MAN KILLNG TEAM THAT TERRORIZED THE
WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA.
NOW, IN A VIRGINA BEACH COURT, JURY SELECTION IS UNDER WAY IN THE TRIAL
OF JOHN MUHAMMED. .
SOT: Jonathan Shapiro, Defense Attorney
"We're ready to go, and hope to have a good and fair trial with
tremendous jurors from the city of Virginia Beach."
ONE YEAR AGO, FOR THREE WEEKS IN OCTOBER, 13 PEOPLE WERE SHOT AT RANDOM
IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, AND D.C. PICKED OFF AS THEY WENT ABOUT THEIR
DAILY ROUTINES. 10 DIED. IN THIS FIRST TRIAL OF THE SNIPER SHOOTINGS,
MUHAMMAD WILL FACE CHARGES IN THE KILLING OF 53-YEAR-OLD DEAN MEYERS,
SHOT IN THE HEAD, WHILE PUMPING GAS IN MANASSAS, VIRGINIA.
THE TRIAL IS 200 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE THE CRIME SCENES HAD THOUSANDS
LIVING IN FEAR. THE CHANGE OF VENUE GRANTED IN HOPES OF FINDING AN
(NAT: Court Security)
SECURITY IS A TOP PRIORITY. OFFICERS WILL LEAD A SHACKLED MUHAMMAD TO
THE COURTHOUSE THROUGH A TUNNEL FROM HIS ONE ROOM CELL IN JAIL. OUTSIDE
BARRIERS AND POLICE PROTECT THE COURT COMPLEX.
EACH DAY 140 PROSPECTIVE JURORS WILL BE QUESTIONED. IT COULD TAKE THE
JUDGE A WEEK TO PICK THE FINAL DOZEN.
SOT : Andrew Cohen/CBS Legal Analyst
"He's going to be asking them whether they were directly effected,
whether they were crouching down while fillng their gas tanks, running
across parking lots or paying people to do chores for them.
MUHAMMED IS INDICTED FOR CAPITAL MURDER UNDER TWO STATE LAWS ONE, A NEW
TERRORISM STATUTE, WHERE PROSECUTORS DONT HAVE TO PROVE THAT HE WAS THE
TRIGGERMAN ONLY THAT HE WAS A PARTICIPANT IN THE VIOLENCE.
MUHAMMAD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO TRYAND PIN THE BLAME ON HIS SUSPECTED
ACCOMPLICE, 18-YEAR-OLD LEE BOYD MALVO WHO IS BEING TRIED SEPERATELY.
MALVO IS SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL IN NOVEMBER.
THE PROSECUTION HAS SAID THAT, LEGALLY, THIS IS NOT A SLAM DUNK CASE.
ALL OF THE EVIDENCE IS CIRCUMSTANTIAL THERES NO DIRECT EVIDENCE
LINKING MUHAMMAD TO THE SHOOTINGS. THERE ARE NO EYEWITNESSES AND HE HAS
NEVER CONFESSED. JENNIFER DONELAN CBS NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH
In other news- there's been another suicide bombing in Iraq.
Authorities say it could have been much worse if the U-S hadn't put extra security measures in place.
The intended target this time was an American ally, Turkey.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Peter Mansoor/1st Armored Division;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
TRACK: FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE DAYS, A SUICIDE BOMBER DETONATED A
CAR PACKED WITH EXPLOSIVES ON THE CROWDED STREETS OF BAGHDAD. THE
DRIVER TRIED TO RAM THROUGH THE GATES OF THE TURKISH EMBASSY A CONCRETE
SECURITY BARRIER ABSORBED MOST OF THE BLAST AND ONLY TWO PEOPLE WERE
HURT. THE DRIVER WAS KILLED. U-S MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE
PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE VIOLENCE.
(Super: Col. Peter Mansoor/1st Armored Division)
SOT: We assessed that there was an increased threat to security here at
the embassy. This was also based on some walk-in informants who said
that there was potential of an explosion at the embassy.
TRACK: WIDESPREAD IRAQI ANGER OVER TURKEYS PLANS TO DEPLOY PEACEKEEPING
TROOPS IN IRAQ MAY HAVE PROMPTED THE EMBASSY BOMBING. MANY IRAQIS FEAR
NEIGHBORING TURKEY WILL TRY TO GRAB TERRITORY IN THEIR COUNTRY, AND
ALTHOUGH THE U-S BACKS THE PEACEKEEPING PLAN, IRAQS GOVERNING COUNCIL
AND MANY KURDS OPPOSE IT.
(NATS ) Soldier: Hold it. Stop right there, maam.
TRACK: ITS THE EIGHTH SUICIDE BOMBING IN IRAQ SINCE AUGUST.
REGARDLESS OF THE VIOLENCE, PRESIDENT BUSH IS DETERMINED TO STAY THE
COURTESY: Hearst-Argyle Television
SOT: ( Bush: Anytime you take away power from a group of thugs, they
dont like it, and thats exactly whats happening.)
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: At the U-N, several security councilmembers and
Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, have major concerns over a revised, U-S
resolution concerning the transfer of power back to Iraq. The U-S wants
a vote on the resolution this week, but other council members say it
still needs work. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
William Fralin says the state must move quickly to negotiate Interstate 81 improvements, and get construction under way.
A Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, Fralin met with reporters this morning along the interstate in Roanoke County.
Fralin says he made the same call four years ago when he was running for the state senate, and would make highway improvements a top priority if he reaches the House of Delegates.
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[IN Q=Every little bit we delay]
((WILLIAM FRALIN/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: EVERY LITTLE BIT WE DELAY THE COST GOES UP. EVERY LITTLE BIT WE DELAY PEOPLE GET INJURED. EVERY LITTLE BIT WE DELAY, WE LOSE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. AND IT'S A SENSE OF URGENCY THAT I THINK I COULD HAVE BROUGHT, AND A SENSE OF URGENCY I WILL BRING IF I'M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE ELECTED THIS YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-William Fralin/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;]
[OUT Q=fortunate enough to be elected this year.]
Fralin says transportation is the backbone of western Virginia's economy, and he says he will seek a seat on the House Transportation Committee if he wins the November election.
Fralin faces Democrat Linda Wyatt, and Independent Gary Bowman in the 17th District race.
Many motorists on Interstate 81 were frustrated by Sunday's long delays
Eight accidents caused backups of more than 20 miles.
But state police officials hope a new system of warning signs can help prevent this from happening again.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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[IN Q=This is how]
[SUPER=01-Rodney King/State Police; :16 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY ON INTERSTATE 81))
This is how we expect Interstate 81 to be, a smooth ride with very few problems.
It was anything but Sunday afternoon when motorists got stuck in traffic for hours.
[IN Q=Traffic was backed up]
((RODNEY KING/STATE POLICE TROOPER: TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP FOR OVER 22 MILES AS A RESULT OF THE INITIAL ACCIDENT.))
[OUT Q=initial accident]
An accident that happened around noon on northbound 81 in Salem.
Then one after the other, accidents kept popping up in the backup, damaging at least 16 vehicles.
It would take nearly 10 hours for traffic to get back to normal.
[IN Q=People just didn't have]
((RODNEY KING/STATE POLICE TROOPER: PEOPLE JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET OFF THE INTERSTATE BEFORE THEY WERE JUST CAUGHT UP IN TRAFFIC AND HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO STAY THERE.))
[OUT Q=to stay there]
But that will soon change.
V-Dot recently installed these permanent message boards on roadways leading to the interstate.
They'll be used to warn motorists of problems ahead and possibly how long the delay will be as well advise motorists on alternate routes.
Eventually, V-Dot will go a step further and provide real time traffic information over the radio.
[IN Q=It will give people some options]
((RODNEY KING/STATE POLICE TROOPER: IT WILL GIVE PEOPLE SOME OPTIONS EITHER TO GET OFF THE INTERSTATE AND MAYBE STOP AND GET THEM A BITE TO EAT AND GET OFF THE HIGHWAY FOR A LITTLE AWHILE UNTIL WE GET THINGS UNDER CONTROL OUT HERE.))
[OUT Q=control out here]
[IN Q=The radio component]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE RADIO COMPONENT COULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY SPRING AND WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THE ONE USED BY MOTORISTS FOR VIRGINIA TECH GAMES. AS FOR THOSE PERMANENT MESSAGE BOARDS WHICH YOU HAVE PROBABLY SEEN POPPING UP, THEY SHOULD BE OPERATIONAL BY THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, the U-S Supreme Court decides if states can allow doctors to prescribe marijuana.
Plus dozens of local workers are losing their jobs. We'll tell you why.
[music up full]
Members of a Baptist congregation in Texas are calling it a "horrible loss."
Eight people were killed when the church bus they were riding in collided with an 18- wheeler in northeastern Louisiana.
State police say the bus slammed into the tractor -trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the highway.
It was taking a group of senior citizens from Texas on a tour of historical sites.
The driver of the church bus admits he fell asleep at the wheel.
The Supreme Court is weighing in on pot and the pledge of allegiance--
The Bush administration has lost its bid to punish doctors who prescribe marijuana to patients.
They're allowed to do so in nine states, and an appeals court said the federal government cannot interfere.
The Supreme Court is refusing to hear the administration's appeal of that ruling.
Meanwhile, the court will also decide whether the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and blurs the line between church and state.
The case is expected to settle whether the phrase ``one nation under God'' will remain part of the pledge that's recited in most classrooms.
They're not out of the woods yet, but they're on road to recovery.
Doctors say the two-year- old Egyptian twin boys who were surgically separated over the weekend are doing fine.
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[IN Q=Both boys appear]
((DR. JIM THOMAS/INTENSIVE CARE UNIT PHYSICIAN: BOTH BOYS APPEAR TO BE IN TRULY REMARKABLE CONDITION CONSIDERING THE ORDEAL THAT THEY'VE JUST COME THROUGH. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jim Thomas/Intensive Care Unit Physician;]
[OUT Q=just come through.]
Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim (EE- bra- HEEM) underwent more than 30 hours of surgery.
They'd been attached at the top of their heads, and are now in drug- induced comas to minimize the risk of brain swelling.
Mental illness, paralysis, and speech impediments could all result from the surgery.
Doctors won't know for days, maybe even weeks if they were truly successful.
A Radford plant has closed, leaving dozens of people without jobs.
Plymouth, Incorporated terminated all of its operations Saturday.
The company makes back-to-school paper products for brands like Crayola and C-V-S.
Officials say the company has been struggling over the past three years, and recently filed for bankruptcy in August.
Martin Designs, an Ohio-based company, won the company's assets Friday, and will move manufacturing overseas.
[IN Q=the entire]
((JOEY ALTIZER/PLYMOUTH, INC. CFO; THE ENTIRE BACK TO SCHOOL INDUSTRY HAS BECOME SUCH A COMPETITIVE INDUSTRY ITSELF WITH COMPETITION OVERSEAS, THAT U.S. MANUFACTURING AGAIN, WAS COMING UP SHORT.))
[SUPER=01-Joey Altizer/Plymouth, Inc. CFO ]
[OUT Q=coming up short]
57-workers lost their jobs.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Halloween is just around the corner and coming up next on the newscast, we'll hear from someone who will tell us how to make more than just a so-so costume.
Also, commuters in one of the nation's largest cities are finding it difficult to get around today. We'll tell you why after the break.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]
Nearly half- a- million commuters are scrambling to get to work as best they can today in Los Angeles.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]
Mechanics for the nation's third- largest transportation system
are on strike, shutting down buses and trains.
16- months of talks between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union negotiators broke off Sunday.
The strike is over the mechanics' health plan, which is in bad financial shape.
Meanwhile, three years ago a walkout by bus drivers shut down the M-T-A's bus, subway and light-rail service for more than a month.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 15 points. The NASDAQ has lost three.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next in sports, Boston College has gotten more than it expected by joining the A-C-C. It has also gotten a lawsuit.
Also we'll see if the New York Yankees will knuckle under again to Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have tied the series with both teams at two games each in the American League Championship series.
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Fox-MLB; :00]
Boston pitcher Tim Wakefield was looking for his second victory of the series.
His knuckleball baffled the Yankees for most of the night, as he pitched 7-plus innings and struck out 8 batters.
In the fourth, Wakefield gets his run support from Todd Walker, who lifts one out of the park in right field to make it one to nothing.
The Yankees get one in the top of the fifth, but the Sox get another homer in their half of the frame.
[super=35-New York/2/Boston/3/Series Tied 2-to-2;]
Trot Nixon hit this shot out to center.
Boston hangs on for the 3-to-2 win to tie the series at 2 games a piece.
Before the game, Major League Baseball handed out some hefty fines.
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Saturday-FOX ;:00]
The League office handed down a fine for the bench clearing brawl on Saturday between the Yankees and Red Sox in Boston.
Pedro Martinez was fined $50 thousand bucks for his part in the incident.
Manny Ramirez was hit with a $25 thousand dollar fine.
And Yankees Karim Garcia was fined $10 thousand and coach Don Zimmer five thousand .
Just days after announcing its decision to join the A-C-C, Boston College found out it's going to be sued by four other Big East schools.
The suit is expected to be filed today in Connecticut.
It alleges that the Atlantic Coast Conference and Boston College conspired to weaken the Big East.
B-C's athletic director and four ACC officials will also be named in the suit.
Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and West Virginia are filing this suit and they're already suing the University of Miami.
A judge last week threw out a case against the ACC on jurisdictional grounds.
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Published reports out of Raleigh say that East Carolina University's next season's football game at Virginia Tech has been called off.
E-C-U interim athletics director Nick Floyd says while there's nothing official, it appears the game won't take place.
The game was set as a fundraiser for the Black Coaches' Association.
Although neither side specified why the matchup wouldn't take place, the Pirates' current struggles didn't help the game's appeal. East Carolina has fallen to oh-and-six this year.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/2002 L.S.U. Game; :00]
Meanwhile the Hokies game with LSU next season has officially been postponed.
Yesterday afternoon officials from both schools announced that the game has been moved to the 2007 season.
Tech asked LSU to move the game when the Hokies' all-but-certain hosting role in next year's Black Coaches Association Classic fell through.
Tech needed to free up the space on the schedule to secure a seventh home game for next season.
LSU coach Nick Saban says he's not happy about it, but both Frank Beamer and Jim Weaver say it had to be done.
Doctors in Florida are testing a new weight loss alternative to gastric bypass surgery.
It uses an electronic device that fools the body into thinking its full.
Dr. Sean Kenniff explains.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Carlos Carrassquilla/Bariatric Surgeon;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Kenniff CBS News]
((DOCTORS ARE TESTING A NEW WEIGHT LOSS ALTERNATIVE TO
GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY, A DEVICE THAT FOOLS THE BODY INTO THINKING IT'S
NOT HUNGRY ANYMORE. DR. SEAN KENNIFF HAS THE STORY.
THIS IS HOW KATHRYN OLSON USED TO LOOK, AND THIS IS HER JUST ONE YEAR
AFTER SHE HAD GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY. NO DOUBT SINCE IT'S INTRODUCTION
THE SURGERY HAS CHANGED--PERHAPS EVEN SAVED--THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BUT
THERE ARE SOME RISKS.
SOT: DR. CARLOS CARRASSQUILLA /BARIATRIC SURGEON
"It's a major surgery, it's a big surgery."
THAT'S WHY DR. CARLOS CARRASQUILLA, A BARIATRIC SURGEON AT THE FLORIDA
CENTER FOR SURGICAL WEIGHT CONTROL, IS PART OF A CLINICAL TRIAL USING
THIS DEVICE: AN IMPLANTABLE GASTRIC STIMULATOR.
"The implantable gastric stimualtor is sort of a pacemaker for your
appetite, and according to the preliminary results presented at a
conference in Fort Lauderdale this weekend, for some obese people the
device may be a safer way to slim down."
THROUGH SMALL INCISIONS AN ELECTRICAL STIMULATOR IS PLACED UNDER THE
SKIN IN THE ABDOMEN. THEN A WIRE IS IMPLANTED INTO THE STOMACH WALL.
WHEN PULSED, IT STIMULATES THE STOMACH MUSCLES, TELLING THE BRAIN THAT
IT'S FULL. THE PATIENTS EAT LESS, AND THE POUNDS COME OFF.
IN THE CLINICAL TRIAL, PEOPLE WITH THE DEVICE LOST AN AVERAGE OF 18
PERCENT OF THEIR EXTRA BODY WEIGHT. NOT AS PROFOUND AS GASTRIC BYPASS,
BUT STILL IMPRESSIVE. DR. CARASSQUILLA SAYS IT WILL LIKELY HELP THOSE
WHO ARE OBESE, BUT NOT MORBIDLY OBESE.
"They are not really candidates for the big surgery, but they wanna lose
some weight, and they need to lose some weight to decrease the health
AND CONSIDERING THE PROCEDURE IS REVERSIBLE, AND TAKES LESS THAN AN HOUR
TO PERFORM--THE GASTRIC STIMULATOR IS WHETTING AND CURBING APPETITES
ALREADY. DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS. ))
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