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A Willis man is dead after a glider accident in Floyd County.
It happened yesterday afternoon just after five on Kyle Weeks Road in the Willis section of Floyd County.
State Police say Charlie West was attempting to take off in his homemade glider.
The aircraft was being towed from a pickup truck when it lifted into the air, rolled over and crashed into the ground.
West died at the scene.
State Police say it was windy at the time but say it is too early to determine an exact cause.
The F-A-A is expected to arrive at the scene this morning to take over the investigation.
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Dive teams will search again this morning for a local man who apparently jumped off a bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A woman driving on the Parkway between 7:30 and 8 yesterday morning saw a man running on the Roanoke River Bridge.
As she passed him, he climbed over the railing, turned his back toward the Niagra Dam and squatted down.
Roanoke County police estimate it's about a 200-foot drop from the bridge to the river.
Nobody actually saw the man fall but police found a suicide note, wallet and cell phone nearby.
They have yet to release his identity or find his body.
Police say seven divers searched for several hours yesterday near the bridge where the water is 10 to 15 feet deep and visibility is under twelve inches.
State Police will also send up a helicopter today to do a flyover.
Officials have scheduled a news conference later today to release more details about the fatal shooting of a Virginia State Police Sergeant.
First Sergeant Taylor Blanton was found in his home near Richmond yesterday with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Officials say Blanton was shot with one of his own guns.
Blanton headed the Computer Evidence Recovery Unit of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Authorities are trying to figure out if the killing could have been related to an intruder's appearance at the home earlier this week.
Police say his wife was home at the time of the shooting and may have seen the shooter.
Attorneys for a man accused of killing two Appalachian Trail hikers are pointing the finger at someone else.
Darrell David Rice's attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to delay his trial so they can ask Attorney General John Ashcroft to dismiss the death penalty.
The trial is set to begin in Charlottesville federal court next week.
Rice is charged with a hate crime in the murders of two women in the Shenandoah National Park seven years ago.
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His attorneys say new DNA evidence from the FBI shows that hair samples taken from the crime scene did NOT belong to Rice or the victims.
BUT the lab said they were microscopically similar to hairs taken from serial killer Richard Evonitz (ee-VONN'-its) .
Evonitz killed himself in Florida last summer.
Afterward, he was linked to the murders of three Virginia girls: Sofia Silva and sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk.
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A Virginia Tech alum couldn't Survive the Pearl Islands.
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Michelle Tesauro was the latest castaway voted off the popular CBS reality show.
Tesauro is from New Jersey, but just got her degree in business and marketing from Tech this past Spring.
Another local survivor is still in the running to win a million dollars.
Jon Dalton is a Danville native and also went to Virginia Tech.
It may sound a bit odd, but some folks in Montgomery County aren't very happy about lower taxes.
This week the county voted to cut its merchants tax by a fourth, from a dollar-21-cents per 100-dollars to 90-cents.
However, that does NOT sit well with some area car dealers, like Shelor Automotive, who wanted the tax cut in half.
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[IN Q=and half]
((LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY: AND HALF WOULD ACCOMMODATE THE ECONOMICS OF IT SO WE CAN BE COMPETITIVE. AND SO WE'LL BE FORCED TO CONTINUE TO MOVE OUR CARS AND THE OTHER CAR DEALERS FEEL THE SAME WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Shelor/Shelor Automotive;]
[OUT Q=the same way]
Board of supervisors chair, Nick Rush, was one of the three members who voted against the tax, but says the new rate is a fair compromise.
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[IN Q=this was]
((NICK RUSH/MONTGOMERY CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIR: THIS WAS SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS A FAIR COMPROMISE FOR BOTH SIDES AND THE COUNTY WOULD ACTUALLY RECRUIT MORE REVENUE BY THESE FOLKS KEEPING THEIR INVENTORY IN THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Nick Rush/Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors Chair;]
[OUT Q=in the county]
In addition to lowering the tax, the county will exempt the first one-thousand dollars of inventory and make assessments twice a year.
The merchants will then pay the average of the two assessments.
In business news,
Quarterly reports were released yesterday... and the results were as mixed for different companies as stocks were at the closing bell.
Jean Lee has more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[IN Q=STocks finished]
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=JL in New York.]
((Stocks finished mixed on Thursday, as investors weighed evidence of
higher factory activity, against a disappointing report from Caterpillar.
The dow lost 11 points to close at 97-91. The nasdaq managed a gain of 11 points, to 19-50. After the bell, EBay reported sales results, that topped analysts' expectations. But the online auction company also put out a WARNING about its upcoming profit numbers for the year, saying its goal will be below forecasts. Sun Microsystems could cast a cloud over the markets. It announce earnings that MISSED expectations. The computer and software maker has been facing criticism from Wall Street lately, with Merrill Lynch
analyst Steve Milunovich sending an open letter last month to the company's
top brass, calling Sun underachieving and unfocused. More news out of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. First, a PROBE at the NYSE heated up. The exchange said it's going to discipline and fine SEVERAL specialist firms, for improper trading, which it says has cost investors more than $100 million.
Meanwhile, in Washington, interim Exchange chairman John Reed, told House lawmakers that specialist firms need scrutiny, but seem to be in good shape. Reed cautioned that alternatives to the NYSE's auction-based system, like fast-trading electronic markets, haven't proved they can bring more benefits and profits to investors, or, to listed companies.
Get more on the day in business at our website, CBS.MW.com
I'm jl cbs mw in ny
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State police say work on a sinkhole on Interstate 81 could continue for several days.
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The sinkhole opened up in Wythe County.
State Police say crews have closed one northbound lane and part of another at mile-marker 82, in the Fort Chiswell area.
The emergency shoulder is open to traffic.
They broke ground more than a year ago and it was supposed to be up and running by now.
But very little has been done on the Rescue Mission's new women and children's center.
As Justin McLeod discovered construction is set to begin next week.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September 2002; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission Director; :29]
[SUPER=01-Sidney Miller/Rescue Mission Board Member; :56]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE SINGING AND DANCING ON 02-36 16:11))
It was a joyous occasion more than a year ago when the Rescue Mission broke ground on its latest project.
But 13 months later, this has been the extent of the shoveling. (SHOT at 3:29)
[IN Q=Right now the only]
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: RIGHT NOW THE ONLY HOLD UP IS MONEY.))
[OUT Q=up is money]
Money that isn't there thanks to the tough economy.
The price tag for the new women and children's center is just under four million dollars but so far the Rescue Mission has raised only 2.8 million.
[IN Q=We've decided]
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: WE'VE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND BUILD WITH THE MONEY THAT WE HAVE AND GO AS FAR AS WE CAN UNTIL THE REST OF IT COMES IN, WE HOPE THAT COMES IN BY THE TIME WE NEED IT.))
[OUT Q=we need it]
That will be ten months from now when the project is completed here on Dale Avenue.
The three story facility will have 130 beds and will house an emergency shelter for families as well as a substance abuse program for women.
With four thousand chemically addicted women believed to be in Roanoke the Rescue Mission says it could wait no longer.
[IN Q=We know it is going]
((SIDNEY MILLER/RESCUE MISSION MEMBER: WE KNOW IT IS GOING TO COST MORE IF WE WAIT SO WE WANTED TO GO ON AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT NEED OUR HELP AND WE FELT LIKE NOW WAS THE TIME TO DO IT.))
[OUT Q=TIME TO DO IT]
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE RESCUE MISSION IS CONFIDENT THEY CAN RAISE THE ONE AND HALF MILLION DOLLARS NEEDED BEFORE THE FACILITY OPENS NEXT SUMMER. WE SHOULD MENTION SOME NEIGHBORS IN SOUTHEAST ROANOKE STILL OPPOSE THE PROJECT BELIEVING IT WILL BRING MORE VAGRANTS AND TRANSIENTS TO THE AREA. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Residents of one community in Covington say they've had enough with sewer problems.
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People in the Parrish Court area say insufficient sewer lines are to blame for sewage rolling into their basements during heavy rains.
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[IN Q=A four inch line...]
((ERIC MERCER/COVINGTON RESIDENT; A FOUR INCH LINE WILL NOT HOLD ALL THESE RESIDENCES WHEN IT RAINS. SURE, WHEN IT'S NOT RAINING, SEWER FLOWS EVENLY WITH NO BACKUPS. BUT WHEN THAT HEAVY RAIN COMES THAT'S WHEN IT ALL GOES.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Mercer/Covington Resident;]
[OUT Q=that's when it all goes.]
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Residents in that area have scheduled a community meeting for next Saturday to talk about how to fix the problem.
Representatives from the City of Covington declined an opportunity for an on-camera interview.
They say they have already done all they can to correct the issue, and now it's up to the landowners to fix individual problems.
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U-S Central Command has confirmed that three American soldiers have been killed and seven injured in a
clash in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala.
The Americans were members of the 101st Airborne Division. The casualties happened during an exchange of fire at a Shiite Muslim cleric's headquarters.
Witnesses and Polish sources also say several Iraqis were killed. Polish peacekeepers are in command in the area.
The Bush administration hopes a unanimous vote by the U-N Security Council will get international help to Iraq in a hurry.
The new resolution is aimed at getting troops and money into the country.
But officials say planners don't think enough international troops will be available by early next year.
The U-S is doing its part, though.
The Pentagon is drawing up plans to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve forces for duty in Iraq.
Meanwhile, a new survey finds a third of the troops in Iraq say morale is low.
President Bush is in Japan today to kick off his six- day tour of Asia.
The President will discuss trade and the economy with leaders of several countries.
But tops on his list is support for the war in Iraq and the fight against terrorism.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Lindsey Graham/(R) South Carolina; :41]
[SUPER=03-Manila, Philippines; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; 1:14]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
PRESIDENT BUSH ARRIVED IN TOKYO THIS MORNING READY TO TALK TRADE...
TRYING TO ESTABLISH WHAT HE CALLS A MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD .
THE PRESIDENT WANTS COUNTRIES TO ALLOW MORE U-S IMPORTS.
BUT ON THIS SIX NATION ASIAN TOUR HE ALSO WANTS HIS HOSTS TO EXPORT
MONEY AND TROOPS TO IRAQ.
THAT EFFORT WAS BOLSTERED ON THURSDAY WHEN THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL
UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A U-S BACKED RESOLUTION THAT 'CALLS' FOR A
MULTINATIONAL FORCE IN IRAQ.
HOWEVER, EVEN BEFORE THE PRESIDENT COULD MAKE HIS PITCH THE REPUBLICAN
LED U-S SENATE DEALT HIM A SERIOUS DEFEAT LAST NIGHT.
IT TOOK THE WHITE HOUSE'S REQUEST FOR 20 BILLION DOLLARS TO REBUILD
IRAQ... AND TURNED HALF OF IT INTO A LOAN.
28:42 (SOT-Sen. Lindsey Graham/(R) South Carolina)
"It's very hard for me to go home and explain how you have to give 20
billion dollars to a country that is sitting on 1 trillion dollars worth
of oil." :08
BESIDES IRAQ THE PRESIDENT WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE WAR ON TERRORISM WHEN
HE TOURS INDONESIA, THE SITE OF LAST YEAR'S BOMBING IN BALI THAT KILLED
AND THE PHILIPPINES WHERE PROTESTERS ARE ALREADY AWAITING HIS ARRIVAL.
DEMONSTRATORS HOPE TO IGNITE ANTI-BUSH SENTIMENT THROUGHOUT THE
REGION.....RIOT POLICE ARE TRAINING DAILY TO MAKE SURE THEIR EFFORTS
DON'T BLOW UP INTO SOMETHING BIGGER.
(STANDUP: Teri Okita/CBS NEWS/Washington, DC)
THE PRESIDENT'S SAFETY IS A MAJOR CONCERN ON THIS TRIP.... AS HE TRAVELS
THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS BATTLE GROUNDS IN THE WAR ON
THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS IT A "SECURITY CHALLENGE".... EXPERTS DESCRIBE IT
AS A "SECURITY NIGHTMARE".
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
In business news, E-Bay posted its third quarter numbers after the closing bell yesterday. The internet auction company reported a net income of 16 cents per share, That's up 11 cents per share a year earlier.
Stan Case has a look at some other quarterly reports in today's Business Brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :12]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((STOCKS CLOSED MIXED ON THURSDAY AS THE NASDAQ HIT A NEW MULTI-MONTH HIGH.
THE DOW WAS DOWN 11 POINTS AND...
...THE NASDAQ GAINED 11.
SHARES OF I-B-M LOST MORE THAN THREE-PERCENT A DAY AFTER THE COMPANY REPORTED
THIRD QUARTER NUMBERS.
THE COMPUTER MAKER POSTED EARNINGS OF A DOLLAR-TWO A SHARE AFTER THE CLOSING
BELL WEDNESDAY...THAT'S UP FROM 99-CENTS A SHARE ONE YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY SAYS FAVORABLE FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES CONTRIBUTED TO THE
I-B-M ANTICIPATES FOURTH-QUARTER EARNINGS OF A DOLLAR-51 PER-SHARE...UP
13-PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO.
CATERPILLAR MISSED ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER.
THE COMPANY POSTED EARNINGS OF 62-CENTS A SHARE.
THAT'S UP JUST A PENNY ON THE YEAR.
ANALYSTS ON AVERAGE THOUGHT CATERPILLAR WOULD POST EARNINGS OF 74-CENTS.
THE COMPANY SAYS IMPROVED SALES WERE A FACTOR IN THE QUARTERLY NUMBERS.
CATERPILLAR IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MAKER.
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL REPORTS THIRD-QUARTER NET INCOME FELL 17 PERCENT EVEN
AS REVENUES CLIMBED BY FOUR PERCENT ON FAVORABLE FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES.
THE COMPANY MATCHED THE ANALYSTS' CONSENSUS WITH EARNINGS OF 40 CENTS A SHARE,
DOWN FROM 50 CENTS A YEAR EARLIER.
HONEYWELL SAYS PENSION EXPENSES LARGELY ACCOUNTED FOR THE SLIPPAGE.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.
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