Authorities are searching the Roanoke River for an apparant suicide victim.
And, ferry service resumes in New York, as many question what happened to the pilot who rammed a Staten Island Ferry into a pier yesterday , killing 10 people.
The high winds of yesterday have been replaced by beautiful sunny weather today but will it last. I'll let you know in your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Divers are being called in to search the Roanoke River for an apparent suicide victim.
Roanoke County Police say a woman driving on the Parkway between 7:30 and 8 this morning saw a man running on the Roanoke River Bridge.
As she got closer the man did something odd.
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[IN Q=As she continued past he stopped...]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Jeffrey Herrick/Roanoke Co. Police;]
((SGT. JEFFREY HERRICK/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: AS SHE CONTINUED PAST HE STOPPED JUST PRIOR TO THE RAILING AND, AS SHE WENT ON PAST, HE STEPPED OVER THE RAILING, TURNED HIS BACK TO THE DAM AND SQUATTED DOWN ADN THEN SHE WAS OUT OF SIGHT.))
[OUT Q=then she was out of sight.]
Herrick estimates it's about a 200-foot drop from the bridge to the river but he says nobody saw the man fall.
Police did find a wallet, a cell phone and a suicide note nearby.
Herrick says the Scruggs Dive Team is being called in to search for the body.
After yesterday's deadly Staten Island Ferry accident, investigators are focusing their attention on the man behind the wheel.
Scott Rappoport has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Bloomberg/New York City Mayor;]
[SUPER=01-Ellen Engleman/National Transportation Safety Board;]
[OUT Q=Rappoport, CBS News, New York.]
SERVICE HAS RESUMED THIS MORNING ON NEW YORK'S STATEN ISLAND
FERRY...WHILE INVESTIGATORS TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WENT TERRIBLY WRONG
SOT: MAYOR MIKE BLOOMBERG
(not verbatim)"WE'LL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS"
THE INVESTIGATION IS CLEARLY CENTERED ON THE FERRY'S PILOT, NOW
IDENTIFIED AS THE ASSISTANT CAPTAIN....AND WHAT CAUSED HIM TO APPARENTLY
LOSE CONTROL OF THE MASSIVE FERRY AS IT APPROACHED THE DOCK.
AT LEAST ONE CREW MEMBER SAYS THE PILOT WAS ASLEEP, SLUMPED AT THE
CONTROLS...BUT THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS NOT READY TO
RUSH TO JUDGEMENT.
sot: ELLEN ENGLEMAN/NTSB
"WE FOCUS ON FACT AND NOT SUPPOSITION, AS SOON AS WE HAVE FACTS WE WILL
THE PILOT IS IN THE HOSPITAL THIS MORNING RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS THAT
WERE reportedly SELF INFLICTED AFTER HE LEFT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.
POLICE SAY HE SLIT HIS WRISTS AND SHOT HIMSELF WITH A PELLET GUN.
TEN PEOPLE DIED AND DOZENS ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED. FOR SURVIVORS...it
was a day they will never forget.
"I HAD A MAN DIE IN MY HANDS, A FATHER, A SON OR BROTHER, DIED RIGHT
THERE WITH ME, ITRIED TO DO MY BEST TO HELP HIM BUT I COULDN'T."
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"YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT I SAW, NO ONE COULD IMAGINE UNLESS YOU WERE THERE,
NOTHING COULD EXPLAIN WHAT I SAW, NOTHING."
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President Bush is going to get his way on the Iraqi resolution that's just been approved by members of the United Nations.
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The U-N Security Council today unanimously approved the U-S backed policy.
Earlier today, Germany, France, and Russia said they'd vote in favor of the resolution, but that they're not going to send any troops to Iraq, at least not yet.
No guarantees, but the U-S hopes the resolution will eventually bring more troops and money into Iraq, to help restore order and rebuild the country.
The trial is continuing today for a Roanoke doctor who was accused of over-prescribing the pain killer OxyContin.
The widow of one former patient testified in defense of Dr. Cecil Knox yesterday, as did a patient who ALMOST died.
Keith Humphry has more.
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[IN Q=Sherry Boyer's husband]
[SUPER=01-Sherry Boyer/Knox Patient's Widow; :13]
[SUPER=04-August 1994; :22]
[SUPER=01-Pete Whitlock/Former Knox Patient; :41]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Boone/Defendant's Step-Son; 1:20]
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(( Sherry Boyer's husband died of an overdose in May of 2000.
Dr. Knox had written the prescription, but Sherry figures her husband Don was not in his right mind because of the pain.
((I THINK, DON MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT, "MAYBE IF I TAKE A COUPLE MORE, IT'LL EASE IT." NO, DON WOULD NEVER KILL HIMSELF.))
In 1979 Pete Whitlock was assaulted by a co-worker at the V-A Hospital. When we met him 15 years later, Hospice had been called in.
((THEY HAD TO RE-TEACH ME HOW TO WALK.))
In this 1994 interview, Whitlock told us he didn't expect to live another month.
((IF THE JURORS COULD SEE THE DIFFERENCE. I WAS A SICK HUMAN BEING WHEN YOU INTERVIEWED ME.))
He's very much alive today, and he credits Dr. Knox. Whitlock was on 12 different drugs when he first saw Knox.
((HE SAYS YOUR OVERMEDICATED.))
...just the opposite of what so many of the government's witnesses have said... that Knox overmedicated them.
The day also featured an alibi witness for Knox Office Manager Beverly Boone.
Her step-son says she was out of town when 19 of the overt acts of the drug conspiracy were committed.
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((I GUESS THEY LOOKED AT THE DATES OF THE CHARGES, THEY KNEW, WHEN THEY LOOKED AT THE CHARGES THAT THOSE WERE THE DATES THAT THEY WERE OUT OF TOWN.))
It's a small part of the indictment, but Boone's lawyer says it shows that much of what was going on at the practice occurred whether she was there or not.
The trial continues with Knox himself on the stand.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, the government tells Social Security recipients what kind of increase they will see next year.
Also a company in our region says it needs to see an increase in business or its difficult times may get worse.
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Danville's largest employer saw its stock value fall by more than 30 percent yesterday and Dan River says things could get worse before they get better.
The company's third quarter sales fell to 104 million dollars, down 30-percent from this time last year.
As a result, the company breached its contract with its lenders and had to renegotiate to avoid a penalty.
A local analyst blames the economy and uncertainty in the textile industry for the slump in sales.
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((PAUL HIGGINS/LEGG MASON ANAYLST: IT COULD BE A BUMP IN THE ROAD, IT COULD BE A PART OF A LONGER TERM TREND. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IS THAT IT IS IN A LONGER TERM DOWNARD SPIRAL SO WHETHER OR NOT A COMPANY LIKE DAN RIVER CAN BUCK THAT TYPE OF TREND WE'LL HAVE TO SEE.))
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[OUT Q=we'll have to see]
Dan River hinted meeting fourth quarter expectations would also be difficult.
Plans to widen Interstate 81 are still moving foward. While supporters agree something needs to be done, they disagree over how to do it.
Last night, the public got its chance to sound off during a forum sponsored by the New River Valley Coalition of Chambers of Commerce.
They heard formal presentations from two builders' consortiums.
Star Solutions wants to have separate lanes for cars and trucks and charge truckers a toll.
Fluor Virginia recommends adding car lanes and charging both cars and trucks.
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[IN Q=You have to address]
((HAL McGRATH/FLOYD RESIDENT: YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM EVENTUALLY AND THE BEST SOLUTION IS GO AHEAD AND BITE THE BULLET AND ADDRESS AND GET IT PAID FOR BUT NO TOLLS.))
((J.B. STANLEY/DUBLIN RESIDENT: SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR IT, SO I DON'T KNOW. THEY SAY V-DOT THEY AIN'T GOT IT SO TOLLS ARE ABOUT THE ONLY WAY TO GET IT.))
((PHYLLIS STANLEY/DUBLIN RESIDENT: I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE TRUCKERS HAVING THEIR OWN ROAD BECAUSE WHEN I TRAVEL THE INTERSTATE THEY MAKE ME NERVOUS, I LOVE THAT IDEA.))
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[SUPER=01-J. B. Stanley/Dublin Resident; :09]
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Stanley/Dublin Resident; :16]
[OUT Q=I LOVE THAT IDEA]
V-Dot is currently asking local governments along the I-81 corridor to consider if one or both proposals merit further consideration.
An I-81 Advisory Panel will then decide which plan to move forward with by December.
It could choose one plan, parts of both, or neither.
Social Security recipients are getting a raise next year.
The government announced a two-point- one percent cost of living increase.
That means an extra 19- dollars a month for the average retiree and 31- dollars for retired couples.
They'll receive the higher monthly checks beginning in January.
But for most seniors, the increase will be depleted by a 13-and-a-half-percent hike in Medicare premiums that also takes effect next year.
Despite his 83 years and declining health, Pope John Paul, the Second is celebrating his 25th anniversary on a large scale.
Stacy Case has the story from Rome.
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[SUPER=01-Freda Peteuil/Visitor from Michigan;]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Sophia Solecki/Visitor from Michigan;]
[OUT Q=Case, CBS News, at the Vatican.]
LOCATOR: VATICAN CITY
TRACK: THEY'VE COME FROM NEAR AND FAR. THOUSANDS OF CATHOLIC PILGRIMS
PILING INTO SAINT PETER'S SQUARE.
SUPER: FREDA PETEUIL/MICHIGAN
"I don't know how to describe the pope. i don't see an aura but i feel
TRACK: IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1978 THAT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
ELECTED ITS FIRST NON ITALIAN POPE IN MORE THAN 400 YEARS. SINCE THEN,
JOHN PAUL II HAS TAKEN THE PAPACY TO THE PEOPLE, VISITING MORE THAN 130
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES DURING HIS 25 YEARS OF SERVICE.
STAND UP BRIDGE: STACY CASE/CBS NEWS
EARLIER TODAY THE POPE RELEASED A VERY IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS DOCUMENT WITH
POLITICAL UNDERTONES AS WELL. HE REAFFIRMED CELIBACY FOR PRIESTS AND HE
CRITICIZED THE US CHURCH FOR ITS SEX ABUSE SCANDAL.
NAT: earlier ceremony--choir singing
TRACK: IN THE NEARLY 200 PAGE DOCUMENT, JOHN PAUL II SAID US BISHOPS
HAVE TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE AND PROTECT VICTIMS.
SUPER: SOPHIA SOLECKI/MICHIGAN
I think this isn't just a catholic thing there's been such things happen
in other religions as well the pope ahs been doing such great things i
think it is a devil movement against him.
TRACK: THE POPE ALSO CRITICIZED RICH NATIONS SAYING QUOTE "A WAR OF THE
POWERFUL AGAINST THE WEAK SEEMS TO BE EMBROILING THE WORLD." HE MAY
BE AILING, BUT THE VATICAN SAYS--- HE STILL ABLE TO LEAD AND GUIDE,
MAKING HIM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS FIGURES THIS CENTURY---
A GLOBAL POPE.
STACY CASE CBS NEWS AT THE VATICAN.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will speak live with musician Todd Snider.
Then a little later, China's first astronaut gets a hero's welcome back on earth.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly ON PERFORMANCE SET]
Singer- Songwriter Todd Snider enjoys the admiration of critics and a loyal corps of fans.
Often compared to one of his idols, John Prine, he shared the stage with the legendary performer on his last visit to the Roanoke Valley.
He's back in town for a performance tonight at the Cinema Cafe, and we're lucky to have him with us this afternoon. Welcome
Todd... you're equally at home on the civic center stage and smaller venues like the cinema cafe. How important to you is that live performance?
You're known for poignant ballads, and humorous songs that highlight the lighter side of life. What inspires your songwriting?
Who are some of your musical influences?
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Todd Snider, appearing tonight at the Cinema Cafe. The show begins at 8pm, and tickets are 15 dollars.
If you need more information call 527-1000.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 36 points. The NASDAQ has gained two.
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Coming up next, NASCAR drives into Salem tonight.
And Chicago apparently falls to the curse, will the Boston Red Sox be next? We'll have the playoff highlights after the break.
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The Boston Red Sox have forced a 7th and deciding game in the American League Championship series.
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Nomar Garciaparra, who has had a miserable series came through in game six, going 4-for-5, including a triple in the 7th.
Nomar would eventually score when the relay throw went into the stands.
That cut the Yankee's lead to 6-to-5.
The eventual game- winning run was walked in by Felix Heredia, as David Ortiz comes in from third.
It's 7-to-6 Sox heading to the 9th.
Boston got some insurance from Trot Nixon -who homered one
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into the upper deck.
The Red Sox win it 9-to-6.
Tonight's matchup will see Pedro Martinez facing Roger Clemens.
They weren't playing poker, but Florida's wild card proved better than Chicago's two aces at Wrigley Field last night.
That means the Marlins are National League champs.
When the Cubs' Paul Bako (Bahko) flied out to end the game, Florida's celebration began, and Chicago fans were left once again to wonder what went wrong.
The Marlins win the final three games to take the N-L-C-S four games to 3.
They'll face the Yankees or Red Sox in the World Series.
While Chicago fans have to wait until next year-- there's one fan who feels partly responsible for the Cubs missing another chance to go to the World Series.
Steve Bartman made that now- infamous grab in Game six.
He interfered with a catchable foul ball-- a play that ultimately contributed to the Cubs' defeat.
Ron and Gary Cohen are long-time neighbors and friends of Bartman.
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[IN Q=I know he feels]
((RON COHEN/STEVE BARTMAN'S NEIGHBOR: KNOW HE FEELS TERRIBLE. IT WAS A SPUR OF THE MOMENT TYPE OF SITUATION. HE'S AN AVID BASEBALL FAN. AND I THINK IT'S JUST A NATURAL SITUATION A FOUL BALL COMES TO YOU AND YOU HAVE AN INDICATION YOU'RE GOING TO REACH FOR THE BALL. ))
[SUPER=01-Ron Cohen/Steve Bartman's Neighbor;]
[OUT Q=reach for the ball.]
Cohen says he doesn't believe the incident has anything to do with a Cubs curse.
He says the Marlins just played outstanding baseball, and the Cubs just got beat.
Kyle Petty and some of NASCAR's finest will be at the Salem Civic Center tonight for a night of fun designed to raise money for Kyle's Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally ill children.
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[SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Georgia Pacific Dodge Driver; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Kenseth/Dewalt Tools Ford Driver; :24]
[OUT Q=help a lot of kids."]
Tickets are 20 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children twelve and under.
They are available at all Kroger stores and at the Salem Civic Center.
It was a hero's welcome for China's first astronaut.
Lieutenant Colonal Yang (yahng) Liwei (lee- WAY) returned safely to earth early this morning.
The Chinese government says the 38-year-old former fighter pilot landed three miles from his target after a planned 14- orbit, 21-hour flight.
A top space program official says that China's space dreams will
continue with plans for a space lab and a space station.
China is only the third nation, behind the U-S and the former Soviet Union to complete a manned spaceflight.
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