A month and and a half after the trial against Doctor Cecil Knox started, prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to begin their final arguments today.
Each side rested its case yesterday afternoon.
Knox was back on the witness stand yesterday.
He said he encouraged pharmacies to call his office to authenticate prescriptions, if there was any doubt about them.
Throughout the trial- -now in its seventh week- - certain people have been there almost every day.
Fourteen year old Brittany Boone is one of them. She's grown up considering Knox and his associates family.
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[IN Q=There's a lot]
((THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW, OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE I WASN'T THERE. THERE'S NOTHING MAKES ME TURN AROUND AND THINK THEY WOULDN'T BE INNOCENT.))
[SUPER=01-Brittany Boone/Co-Defendant's Daughter]
[OUT Q=be innocent.]
The indictment charges her Mother, Bev Boone, with many of the same things Dr. Knox is accused of.
The jury could get the case as early as today... or sometime tomorrow.
After a surprising turn of events on the first day of trial, testimony will continue today in the case of accused sniper John Muhammad.
The sniper suspect has decided to defend himself.
His decision to fire his attorneys came as a shock, since it was just last week that Muhammad said he was pleased with his lawyers.
The 42- year- old is charged with the murder of Dean Meyers at a gas station-- the seventh victim in last year's shooting spree that left 10 people dead.
Prosecutors did not point to Muhammad as the triggerman, but instead, the critical "spotter" in a two- man terrorist team.
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[IN Q=Prosecutors have to]
((ANDREW COHEN/CBS NEWS LEGAL ANALYST:PROSECUTORS HAVE TO COMBINE THE TWO AND TELL JURORS THAT THESE TWO WERE
SO INDISPENSABLE TO EACH OTHER IN THE SHOOTING SPREE THAT THEY BOTH ARE CULPABLE AND BOTH DESERVE TO DIE. ))
[SUPER=01-Andrew Cohen/CBS News Legal Analyst;]
[OUT Q=deserve to die.]
If convicted, Muhammad could face the death penalty.
L-A Laker star Kobe Bryant will stand trial for sexual assault.
A Colorado judge made that ruling yesterday, saying prosecutors presented "minimal" evidence, but that there's enough to proceed.
Bryant will head back to court in mid- November.
A 19- year- old hotel worker says Bryant raped her, while Bryant maintains it was consensual.
He could face a life sentence, if he's convicted.
Roanoke City school officials say they followed proper procedure in the investigation of an assault charge against a teacher who committed suicide, but the teacher's family wants some answers.
In a letter to Superintendent Wayne Harris, a spokesman for Ronald Mayfield's family is requesting an explanation of events leading up to his suicide.
The 55- year- old's body was discovered below the Niagara Dam last week.
That after a witness saw a man leap from the railing of the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge.
A suicide note was found at the scene.
Mayfield had been suspended with pay after a middle school student accused him of assault.
An investigation cleared the teacher of any wrong doing, but his family says he was never notified.
The family wants to know why, along with why the complaint was not immediately reported to police.
The family's spokesman writes: "It certainly appears that the Roanoke City School Administration mishandled the entire situation and our family wants some answers to our questions...."
However, in another letter to school board members yesterday, superintendent Wayne Harris said the administration followed normal procedures.
Harris said the school system did not notify police about the assault charge because there was no evidence of a crime.
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If you build it, they will come.
But some residents in Southwest Roanoke County say not so fast.
At issue is a developer's plan to build up to 200 homes in the Back Creek area.
Justin McLeod has more on an upscale subdivision for an area that is mainly rural.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Thomason/Roanoke Co. Resident; :12]
[SUPER=01-David Vaughn/Developer; :33]
[SUPER=01-Bob Seymour/Roanoke Co. Resident; :45]
[SUPER=01-Pam Berberich/Citizens for Smart Growth; 1:12]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF THE AREA; USE THE SHOT OF 9:25:09))
Here nestled near the Blue Ridge Parkway is 200 acres of undeveloped land.
But soon these trees may be replaced with houses.
[IN Q=I have a beautiful]
((DAVID THOMASON/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THAT AREA AND THE PARKWAY RIGHT NOW AND IF HE SLAPS IN THESE HOMES I WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF ROOFTOPS.))
[OUT Q=view of rooftops]
Those rooftops would be located behind Back Creek Elementary.
Developer David Vaughn wants to build up to 200 homes that will range in price from 300 to 800-thousand dollars.
He explained the project to nearby residents at a community meeting Monday night.
[IN Q=I want to work with]
((DAVID VAUGHN/DEVELOPER: I WANT TO WORK WITH THEM AND I HAVE IN THE PAST AND I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING IT IN THE FUTURE.))
[OUT Q=in the future]
A future many residents say would be ruined if this development is built.
Their first concern?
The schools in the area.
[IN Q=We are very concerned]
((BOB SEYMOUR/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONTINUAL GROWTH THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE NEED TO EXPAND THE FACILITIES IN ANTICIPATION OF THAT GROWTH.))
[OUT Q=of that growth]
The developer has offered to a build a new elementary school and lease it back to the county.
He's also agreed to add a turn lane on Route 221 which many residents point out is already overcrowded.
In the end however, the property is already zoned and the developer hopes to acquire the land and begin construction within three months.
[IN Q=We're not saying]
((PAM BERBERICH/CITIZENS FOR SMART GROWTH: WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT WE DON'T WANT IT EVER WE'RE SAYING AT THIS POINT WE CAN'T HANDLE A NEIGHBORHOOD OF 200.))
[OUT Q=neigborhood of 200]
[IN Q=A group called Citizens for]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: A GROUP CALLED CITIZENS FOR SMART GROWTH CONCEDES IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO STOP THIS PROJECT UNLESS THE DEVELOPER PLANS TO TAP INTO THE COUNTY'S WATER AND SEPTIC SYSTEM. IF THAT HAPPENS, IT WOULD HAVE TO GO TO A VOTE BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND THEN THEN BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Thirty new cardinals are recieving their red hats today, when Pope John Paul officially installs them as the new "princes of the church".
You are looking at a live picture of the mass from Vatican City.
The men come from around the world, including American Justin Regall.
Cardinals under the age of 80 will eventually elect the next Pope, and some see this ceremony as a dress rehearsal for the selection of a new leader.
The ceremony comes after a week of celebrations of the 25th
anniversary of John Paul's papacy, and increasing signs of the 83- year- old's failing health.
In business news, Texas Instruments released its earnings report.
A-T-T is expected to do the same later today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
> THIS IS THE BUSIEST WEEK YET FOR EARNINGS REPORTS... AND THE GOOD NEWS
> KEEPS ROLLING IN.
> TEXAS INSTRUMENTS whose chips power half the mobile phones sold last year,
> said third-quarter profit more than doubled. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS ALSO DID
> SOMETHING WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN A WHILE..IT RAISED ITS GUIDANCE FOR THE
> FOURTH QUARTER.
> LATER TODAY, ATT IS SET TO REPORT .. LOOK FOR MICROSOFT TO GIVE ITS PROFIT
> REPORT CARD TOMORROW.
> ON WALL STREET.. STRONG PROFITS LIFTED STOCKS
> THE DOW ADDED 56 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ ROSE 12.
> And Southwest becomes the last major airline to stop paying commissions
> on flights booked by travel agents.
> Sony reportedly plans to slash up to 20-thousand jobs, or more than 12
> percent of its work force, by March 2006... A spokesperson for Sony
> confirms the company is conducting a
> review of its worldwide operations, and expects to announce a major
> restructuring next week.
> TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The process of screening airline passengers is itself under the microscope again.
Congress wants to know how a 20- year- old college student was able to hide box cutters onto two different commercial airliners.
Nathaniel Heatwole (Heat- wall) has been banned from flying or even entering an airport until his trial.
He's charged with taking a deadly weapon on an aircraft.
Heatwole says he did it to show flaws in airline security.
Some of the containers found at Roanoke's new Stadium/Amphitheatre site have hazardous chemicals inside.
Crews have dug up containers several times since late August, including one barrel and four pails unearthed earlier this month.
Tests on those containers revealed chloroform, trichloro-ethene, and lead in amounts exceeding federal regulatory thresholds.
That means they have to be handled as hazardous waste.
City officials say the chemicals are the same ones already identified on the site going back to the 19-70's, and no new containers have been found since.
The state has approved a controversial tire burning power plant, but not before placing a few speed-bumps in its path.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit to Tire Energy Corporation.
The company plans to build the plant in the Martinsville Industrial Park and have it up and running by early next year.
Some nearby residents oppose the project; they're concerned about the impact on the environment.
That prompted D-E-Q to limit the emission of five additional pollutants.
Tire Energy Corporation has also agreed to reduce the number of tires it can burn each year.
If you like to download music, then you'll want to listen up.
The Recording Industry Association of America is threatening to sue another 204 people for copyright infringement.
This in addition to the 261 individuals the association has already sued for illegally swapping songs over the internet.
What do the artists think about this? We put that question to members of Matchbox 20 when the band played in Roanoke over the weekend.
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[IN Q=if you can]
((ROB THOMAS/LEAD SINGER: IF YOU CAN BUY A COMPUTER AND CD BURNING YOU CAN BUY A CD, C'MON.))
((PAUL DOUCETTE/DRUMMER: THAT SAID I THINK IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF PAYING 17 DOLLARS FOR A CD THEY ONLY LIKE ONE SONG ON.))
[SUPER=01-Rob Thomas/Matchbox 20 Lead Singer; :00 HOT CHANGE To]
[SUPER=01-Paul Doucette/Matchbox 20 Drummer; :04]
[OUT Q=like one song on]
The band says the solution is to lower c-d prices and ticket prices for concerts.
Members also think it is wrong for the music industry to sue 16 year olds for music piracy.
(Kim tosses to bump)
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident]
A tractor trailer rear-ended a Bedford County school bus yesterday afternoon.
No students were inside the bus at the time of the accident.
It happened around 2:30.
Bus number 60 was headed north on Route 122 near the intersection with Stony Fork Road.
That's when it was struck from behind by a truck driven by 32-year-old Jeffrey Cook of Glade Hill.
The bus driver, 41-year-old Angelika Donahue of Moneta, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
State police are looking into whether to charge the truck driver.
[NOTE ANCHOR TAG!]
As they get older, dogs typically start moving a little slower and aren't as playful as they once were.
But the problem may not be their AGE, it could be ARTHRITIS.
About one in five dogs of all ages suffer from the debilitating disease.
[Take Fs Paws and Claws]
In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, courtesy of Iams, we spoke with veterinarian Doctor Ernest Ward and Bob Evans, the owner of two world champion dogs about how to recognize the signs of arthritis in your own pet.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Ernest E. Ward, Jr./Veterinarian;]
[SUPER=01-Bob Evans/Champion Dog Owner;]
[OUT Q=long, healthy life.]
Iams sponsored this interview.
Stay with us...News 7 Mornin will be right back.
[Kim tosses to Break]