A search by AIR, as well as by water, for a missing man last seen on a Blue Ridge Parkway bridge.
And, the F-D-A approves a new treatment for advanced forms of Alzheimers' Disease.
Clouds continue to move into the region as we still have a chance for a few scattered showers this afternoon. I'll have your improving weekend forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Four more American soldiers have died in Iraq.
Three were killed in a midnight clash in the holy city of Karbala.
A roadside bomb in Baghdad left another soldier dead.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The rising death toll comes as President Bush begins his Asian tour..... starting in Japan where he is trying to gather support for post- war Iraq.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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U-S TROOPS WERE TRYING TO ENFORCE A CURFEW IN IRAQ'S HOLY CITY OF KERBALA -- WHEN GUNFIRE BROKE OUT. WITNESSES SAY THE GUNMEN HAD GATHERED NEAR A SHIITE MUSLIM CLERIC'S HEADQUARTERS...IN AN AREA KNOWN FOR CLASHES BETWEEN RIVAL MUSLIM FACTIONS. THE MILITARY SAYS THE TROOPS DIED IN AN EXCHANGE OF SMALL-ARMS FIRE AND ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADES.
THE ATTACK COMES AS PRESIDENT BUSH ARRIVED IN TOKYO THIS MORNING, BEGINNING A SIX-DAY TOUR THROUGH ASIA. MISTER BUSH IS TRYING TO GAIN MONEY AND TROOPS FOR IRAQ -- AN EFFORT THAT 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.
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 202 PEOPLE.
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.
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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 TERRORISM.
THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS IT A "SECURITY CHALLENGE".... EXPERTS DESCRIBE IT AS A "SECURITY NIGHTMARE".
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Meanwhile, President Bush is praising Japan's Prime Minister for his commitment to helping post- war Iraq.
Earlier this week, the Japanese government pledged one- and a-half- billion dollars for reconstruction.
It may also send non- combat troops to Iraq.
State Police are assisting in the search for a missing Roanoke County man presumed dead.
A State Police helicopter is scanning the Roanoke River from the Niagra Dam to Smith Mountain Lake.
Divers are back in the water for a second day.
They're looking for a man believed to have jumped nearly 200-feet off the Parkway's Roanoke River Bridge yesterday.
A woman driving on the bridge says she saw the man climb over the railing but police say there were no eyewitnesses to his fall.
A suicide note and wallet were found nearby.
Police say, until they find a body they'll treat the situation as a missing person's case.
The judge in the case of Dr. Cecil Knox has ordered the doctor to reveal his source of marijuana.
In testimony this morning the doctor said he had never gotten pot from a patient, but he declined to say where he did get it.
Knox has admitted smoking marijuana only after hours.
The government alleges Knox accepted marijuana in exchange for oxcycontin.
When the jury returns from lunch, Knox will be under pressure to reveal his source or possibly face a contempt charge.
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The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the glider accident that killed a man in Floyd County yesterday.
It happened just after five P-M on Kyle Weeks Road in the Willis section of the 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.
Investigators have learned that the Staten Island ferry was traveling at full- speed, with no signs of slowing down when it crashed on Wednesday.
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The head of the National Transporation Safety Board says the evidence comes from the engine and other technical data.
Ten people died in the crash.
Authorities are looking into whether the pilot's blood pressure medication caused him to slump at the controls.
The pilot reportedly tried to kill himself after the accident, and is now hospitalized.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug used to treat advanced Alzheimer's disease.
The F-D-A will allow sales of memantine (MEH'-muhn-teen) for patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's.
For most patients, the drug slows the progression of the mind-robbing illness.
These patients can maintain some functions, such as using the bathroom independently, for a little while longer.
Memory and thinking skills actually improved in some patients.
Memantine works differently than do current drugs for early-stage Alzheimer's.
So doctors could prescribe both types to the same patient.
It should be available for users in January.
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LEO in WX-CENTER
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They rejected Wa-Wa, Waterworld, and close to 60 other names, but this morning officials from Roanoke City and Roanoke County settled on a name for the new regional water authority.
The supervisors and city council sat down this morning to iron out a number of details including the process for selecting board members.
And they quickly decided on a name for the new entity, The Western Virginia Water Authority.
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Council members and supervisors will name board members before the end of the year. State approval is expected by next February. The board will then set water and sewer rates that would take effect on July first.
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Coming up next on the newscast, attornies for an accused murder believe they have evidence that proves their client is innocent.
Also an American is heading up to work on the space station, but he is not getting their on an U-S rocket.
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Attorneys for a man accused of killing two Appalachian Trail hikers say someone else committed the crime.
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.
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.
Empty churches in Europe, poverty in Latin American, and a scarce number of priests....
All are issues Cardinals are discussing as they gather for the Pope's 25th anniversary.
Stacy Case reports from the Vatican.
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LOCATOR: VATICAN CITY
TRACK: AS CATHOLIC PILGRIMS STARTED TO POUR INTO SAINT PETER'S SQUARE
FOR AN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT , THE WORLD'S CARDINALS GOT DOWN TO BUSINESS
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS FRIDAY MORNING.
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when we do get together we talk about challenges in our own dioceses,
the hopes and sorrows, issues and disasppointments.
TRACK: AND THOSE ISSUES DIFFER AROUND THE WORLD--- IN AMERICA, IT'S THE
SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS.
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CRITICS SAY ALLOWING MARRIED PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH WOULD HELP. A
VATICAN AFFAIRS ANALYST FOR 20 YEARS BELIEVES JOHN PAUL'S REPLACEMENT
WILL EVENTUALLY RELAX THE RULES.
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I think you will find this come gradually I think they will grant
permission here and there you'll see it gradually.
TRACK: THIS CATHOLIC COUPLE FROM SAN DIEGO IS NOT PUSHING CHANGE, BUT
THEY'RE OPEN TO IT.
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it might wake up certain parts of the catholic church to realize certain
changes have to be made maybe married priests maybe not. everyone wants
to throw that in because they think it will be a bigger pool to draw
from. I'm not smart enough to figure that one out.
TRACK: THE FALLONE'S 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY COINCIDES WITH THE POPE'S
NAT: mass last night--- singing
TRACK: THEY ATTENDED THE KICK OFF TO THE CELEBRATION THURSDAY---- JOHN
PAUL II'S ANNIVERSARY MASS. HE MENTIONED HIS HEALTH AND SAYS HE
RESPONDS TO IT WITH FAITH.
NAT: pope talking.. slurring
TRACK: WITH HIS FRAILTY ON DISPLAY--- CARDINALS WILL ONLY SAY THEY HOPE
HE LEADS FOR YEARS TO COME. PRIVATELY, THEY'RE SAID TO BE OFFERING AT
LEAST SOME HINTS ABOUT WHO COULD SERVE AS SUCCESSOR. STACY CASE CBS
NEWS AT THE VATICAN.
It's proving to be a busy week for space travel--
Just days after China sent its first astronaut into orbit, the next crew of the International Space Station is preparing for liftoff.
American Michael Foale and Russian Alexander Kaleri will blast off in a Soyuz capsule early tomorrow morning, at 1:38 A-M Eastern time.
The two veteran space travelers plan to spend the next six months aboard space station ``Alpha.''
There are some safety concerns over tomorrow's launch after the last mission ended in confusion-- with the crew landing hundreds of miles off course.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will have the weekend forecast.
Plus one of two hokies is voted off the island on television's Survivor.
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A 22- year- old Virginia Tech graduate was the latest "Survivor" castaway voted off the Pearl Islands.
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The once- dominant Drake tribe lost their second Immunity Challenge in a row, and decided that it was time for Michelle Tesauro to hit the road.
Michelle's failure to feign weakness in the challenge angered her tribemates.
But she has no regrets having alliances with the guys, as opposed to the girls in the tribe.
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((MICHELLE TESAURO/FORMER "SURVIVOR" CONTESTANT: FROM THE BEGGINING THE PEOPLE THAT I FELT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH WERE SEAN AND BURTON. THEY WERE LIKE MY BROTHERS, THEY
TREATED ME WITH A LOT OF RESPECT AND THEY WERE FUN TO BE AROUND.I AM NOT ONE TO SIT AROUND AND BRAID PEOPLES HAIR, AND GIVE MASSAGES, SO THAT WAS OUT OF THE QUESTION. I WOULD RATHER PLAY WITH HERMIT CRABS AND TALK TO THE GUYS. ))
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Tesauro graduated from Tech this spring, and is now living in Washington, D-C.
Meanwhile, you can still root for another local "Survivor."
Danville native Jon Dalton and fellow Tech grad is still in the running for the million dollar prize.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 39 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 26.
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In sports, high school football is in the final stretch as teams get ready for tonight's kick off.
And the curse of the bambino is still alive in Boston, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox to go on to the World Series.
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Fans of the Boston Red Sox may be thinking "Curses Folied Again" today. That after the Sox lost a big lead and a trip to the World Series to the New York Yankees.
Josie Burke has more.
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Kyle Petty's night with the drivers at the Salem Civic Center was a rousing success, as an estimated crowd of 5 thousand race fans
showed up for an autograph and a picture.
Petty was joined by Tony Stewart, Jeremy Mayfield, Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Kenseth-- all in the name of the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally ill children.
The camp, which is currently under construction in Level Cross, will include kids from this region.
Appropriately, the Nascar community has rallied around the cause.
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One Friday Football Coach has garnered a top honor. Heritage High School's Chris Jones has been named the 2003 Coach of the Year by
the National High School Coaches Association.
Jones led Bath County to the state title, before duplicating the feat last year in Lynchburg with the Pioneers in his very first season at the school.
Speaking of Friday football Extra, tonight high school football teams are ready to hit the home- stretch run.
Here's a look at the matchups for week 8.
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