The jury in Dr. Cecil Knox's case is having trouble reaching a verdict on some of the charges, so it will try again today.
Around two o-clock yesterday afternoon, the jury foreperson sent the judge a note, indicating the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on the racketeering and fraud charges, but had settled the drug distribution charges.
One of the attorneys moved for a mis-trial.
But the judge asked the jury to go back and try again to reach a verdict on all counts.
The jurors agreed to return today.
It will be their SIXTH day of deliberations.
The jury could not settle on a verdict on any of the five charges against Bill James.
Fifty counts against Office Manager Bev Boone WERE resolved.
No one- -outside the jury room- -knows whether the verdicts the jury did reach are "guilty" or "not guilty."
If the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision, the judge may have no choice but to declare a mistrial.
It's up to the U-S Attorney's office whether to try the case again.
Members of the jury were moved to tears yesterday in Virginia Beach during the capital murder trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad.
They heard the 9-1-1 call from a man whose wife had just been fatally shot.
Muhammad is one of the suspected D-C area snipers, charged with murder, terrorism, and conspiracy in connection with the shooting of a Virginia man.
Muhammad and Lee Malvo are suspects in 13 shootings that terrorized the D-C area last year.
The trial resumes today.
A U-S special forces soldier has died while fighting in southern Afghanistan.
The military says yesterday's incident involved a joint U-S Afghan patrol and as many as 15- enemy fighters.
With the lives of U-S soldiers on the line, the House approved an 87- billion dollar package for Iraq and Afghanistan.
The package includes nearly 65- billion for military personnel and operations.
The Senate is expected to quickly pass a similar bill, sending President Bush a package that closely resembles his original request.
Rain and fog are offering some help to firefighters in Southern California, but they're not putting out all the flames just yet.
So far, 20 people have died and more than 26-hundred homes have burned to the ground.
[SUPER=03-San Bernardino Co., CA;]
Thousands of residents are camping out in evacuation centers, waiting to see if their homes will still be standing when it's all over.
Hoping to boost morale among evacuees and firefighters, Governor- Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger toured San Bernardino from the air and later thanked fire crews for their hard work.
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[IN Q=I play]
((ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER/R- CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR-ELECT: I PLAY A HERO IN THE MOVIES, BUT THESE ARE THE REAL HEROES. ))
[SUPER=01-Arnold Schwarzenegger/(R) California Governor-Elect;]
[RUNS=:04] (estimated runs time for bite!)
[OUT Q=are the real heroes.]
Later today, Schwarzenegger and current California Governor Gray Davis are scheduled to appear together at the opening of a
relief center for fire victims.
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Some say it the cruelest thing you can do to an animal, but apparently it happens often in Virginia.
We're talking about cockfighting.
The Humane Society of the United States held an informational meeting last night at the Hollins library.
The group is drumming up support for the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act.
[SUPER=04-Humane Society Video; ]
It is legislation that would turn cockfighting, some of which you see here, from a misdemeanor to a felony.
The group is targeting Southwest Virginia for a specific reason.
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[IN Q=Cock fights and dog]
((JOHN GOODWIN/HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES: COCK FIGHTS AND DOG FIGHTS ARE A VERY SERIOUS CRUELTY ISSUES. KNIVES ARE ATTACHED TO THE HEELS OF THESE BIRDS AND THEY SUFFER VERY SERIOUS INJURIES AND WE ARE IN ROANOKE BECAUSE CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE FROM THIS AREA IS IN A POSITION WHERE WE CAN REALLY HELP ADVANCE LEGISLATION IN THE CONGRESS THAT WOULD PUT IN TEETH IN ANIMAL FIGHTING LAWS.))
[SUPER=01-John Goodwin/Humane Society of the United States; :05]
[OUT Q=in animal fighting laws]
The group believes Congressman Goodlatte can help because he is currently the chairman of the House Agriculture committee.
[SUPER=04-Humane Society Video;]
He could be instrumental in deciding whether the bill leaves committee for a full vote on the House floor.
The Humane Society says there are a few known cockfighting pits in Virginia, including one in Danville.
Bedford County is looking for someone to fill an empty supervisor seat.
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./October 14]
The deadline for residents to submit their names to become the next Supervisor for the Smith Mountain Lake area is today at 5 PM.
The opening came after Kirby Richardson's resignation earlier this month.
He is the Supervisor who was indicted for allegedly forging V-Dot public documents.
So far, eleven people have submitted their names to serve for a one year term.
The Board of Supervisors plans to interview the candidates next Wednesday and then appoint someone at its November 13th meeting.
In business news, Mortgage rates are going down.
The mortgage company Freddie Mac reports the average for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages has fallen to five-point-94 percent.
That's down from six-point-oh-five last week.
The company's weekly survey also shows declining rates for 15-year mortgages and one-year adjustable-rate mortgages.
Alexis Christoforous has a look at the rest of the day's news in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
Wildfires raging through Southern California could cost insurers several hundred million dollars but analysts say the true cost won't be known until the fires stop and claims pour in. Allstate and SAFECO are among insurers with the most exposure to the wildfires. Allstate is the largest publicly traded home and auto insurer. It has about 14 percent market share in California, Safeco about 3.5 percent exposure.
ANOTHER BLOW FOR PUTNAM INVESTMENTS...
TWO DAYS AFTER FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATORS BROUGHT CIVIL FRAUD CHARGES AGAINST THE BOSTON MUTUAL FUND GIANT, THE FIRM IS
BEING SUPOENAED BY THE US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.. AND
MASSACHUSETTS HAS FIRED PUTNAM AS THE ITS MONEY MANAGER.. PULLING 1.7 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PENSION MONEY OUT OF THE FIRM. LATER TODAY, RHODE ISLAND WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO PULL 631 MILLION DOLLARS OF ITS PENSION MONEY OUT OF PUTNAM.
ON WALL STREET... STOCKS INITIALLY RALLIED ON NEWS THAT THE ECONOMY GREW AT THE FASTEST RATE SINCE 1984 IN THE THIRD QUARTER.
BUT SOME BARGAIN HUNTERS WENT TO WORK LATE IN THE DAY LEAVING STOCKS MIXED.
THE DOW ROSE 12
BUT THE NASDAQ DIPPED 3 POINTS.
ON THE CALENDAR LOOK FOR REPORTS ON PERSONAL INCOME AND SPENDING AND CONSUMER SENTIMENT.
TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The mission is no longer rescue, but recovery for authorities in following the collapse of a parking garage that was under construction in Atlantic City.
[SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ;]
The top five stories of the structure collapsed on Thursday.
Three people were killed, and one is missing.
About 20 people were injured in the collapse at the Tropicana
Casino and Resort, several of them critically.
Authorities are worried about the ten-story building's
They say the remainder of the garage ``could go at any
Peters Creek Road is open once again.
An accident had shut down parts of the road for several hours last night.
Two people were injured around eight o'clock when a car crashed into a light pole at Peters Creek and Frontage Roads near the 581 overpass.
One person had to be extricated from their vehicle and was later taken to the hospital.
There's no word on their condition.
A Roanoke County school board member says he and others are trying to work out a solution to a boundary issue near Bonsack.
Mike Stovall says he believes officials will find a way to keep several students in the schools they've been attending.
15 families on Hill Drive have paid Roanoke County taxes and received Roanoke County services for years, but they recently discovered they actually live in Botetourt.
Eight school age children will have to switch schools in January of 2005, unless officials come up with a compromise.
Stovall and other officials will meet with residents of the neighborhood this weekend.
And he says he hopes to have a plan that will resolve the issue by November 18th.
Virginia Tech is weighing in on diet debate.
As Joy Sutton tells us, researchers are studying more than just weight loss results.
They're also are looking at other health factors to determine the safety of both diets.
[IN Q=Regular bone density screenings]
[SUPER=01-Janet Rankin/Department of Nutrition, Food & Exercise; :19]
[SUPER=01-Tonya Smith-Jackson/Atkins Diet Participant; :38]
[SUPER=01-Linda Caudill/Low Fat Diet Participant; :50]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News 7.]
(( Regular bone density screenings are just one of the tests Linda Caudill and other participants must undergo. Researchers want to know how different diets affect things such as bone health and body composition.
They're also looking at how Atkins and low fat diets impact the risk of disease.
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[IN Q=Diet might be able to influence]
((DIET MIGHT BE ABLE TO INFLUENCE THESE PROBLEMS AND WE THINK THEY'RE MIGHT BE A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE DIET. HOW MUCH PROTEIN, CARBS, DIFFERENT NUTRIENTS YOU CONSUME))
[OUT Q=different nutrients you consume]
Researcher's aren't the only ones learning. Participants have weekly support meetings to learn about proper nutrition.
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[IN Q=I wanted to be on some type of monitored program]
((I WANTED TO BE ON SOME TYPE OF MONITORED PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT WOULD MONITOR MY HEALTH AND ALSO OF COURSE WEIGHT LOSS. IT WAS ALSO A WAY TO GIVE BACK I'M OFFERING DATA BACK TO SCIENCE))
[OUT Q=back to science]
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[IN Q=My goal was to lose 20 pounds]
((MY GOAL WAS TO LOSE 20 POUNDS AND I'M HALF THE WAY THERE AND I FEEL GREAT AND I HAVE LOST OF OF ENERGY AND FOR THE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL IN CONTROL OF WHAT I'M PUTTING IN MY BODY))
[OUT Q=putting in my body]
And with many Americans searching for the best weight loss plan -- Virginia Tech researchers are hoping give them some health advice.
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[IN Q=This we see just as the pilot study]
((THIS WE SEE JUST AS THE PILOT STUDY WHICH WILL BE A KICKOFF FOR FUTURE WORK THAT WILL EXPAND OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW DIETS INFLUENCE OUR HEALTH AND WHICH DIETS ARE THE SAFEST AND THE BEST FOR OUR HEALTH))
[OUT Q=the best for our health]
There are still six more weeks left in the study. Tech researchers hopes to have the results published in a nutritional journal.
Joy Sutton, News 7.))
Heads were rolling down the streets of Buena Vista yesterday.
[VO-NAT - :24+]
The giant busts of Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor were cut into parts, and loaded on a truck bound for the Williamsburg area.
The statues were temporarily placed in Buena Vista three years ago while the zoning issues for the Presidents' Park in York County could be ironed out.
Developers of that park say they hope to have ALL 42 busts in place this weekend, and open the attraction early next year.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, U-S economic growth exceeded expectations.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((STOCKS CLOSED MIXED ON THURSDAY.
THE DOW GAINED 12 POINTS...
...AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN THREE.
U-S ECONOMIC GROWTH JUMPED SEVEN-POINT-TWO PERCENT FOR THE THIRD QUARTER...THAT'S THE LARGEST GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT INCREASE IN 20-YEARS.
ECONOMISTS EXPECTED THE G-D-P TO GROW SIX-PERCENT.
THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS CONSUMER SPENDING, WHICH INCREASED SIX-POINT-SIX PERCENT DURING THE QUARTER, LED TO THE GROWTH.
NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS REMAINED BELOW 400-THOUSAND FOR A FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS 386-THOUSAND PEOPLE FILED FOR FIRST-TIME BENEFITS FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 25TH.
U-A-L CORPORATION POSTED A NET LOSS OF THREE-DOLLARS-47 CENTS PER SHARE FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER...THAT'S UP FROM A NET LOSS OF 15-DOLLARS-57 CENTS PER SHARE A YEAR EARLIER.
THE UNITED AIRLINES PARENT COMPANY SAYS RESTRUCTURING COSTS CONTINUE TO IMPACT THEIR QUARTERLY NUMBERS.
EXXON-MOBILE FELL SHORT OF ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY SEVEN-CENTS FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER.
THE COMPANY POSTED NET INCOME OF 55-CENTS PER SHARE...THAT'S UP FROM 39-CENTS A YEAR EARLIER.
EXXON SAYS CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRICES CONTRIBUTED TO THE NUMBERS.
EXXON MOBILE IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST INVESTOR-OWNED OIL COMPANY.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
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The New River Valley has a new leader and it's a familiar face.
The town manager of Vinton is leaving to become Montgomery County's new administrator.
Clayton Goodman is a native of Christiansburg and a graduate of Virginia Tech.
He was also once the county's assistant administrator.
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[IN Q=Like my wife and]
((CLAYTON GOODMAN/NEW MONTGOMERY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: LIKE MY WIFE AND I TALKED ABOUT WE'RE COMING BACK FULL CIRCLE. WE STARTED OUT BACK HERE AT LONG TIME AGO AND LOOK FORWARD TO COME BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Clayton Goodman/New Montgomery Co. Administrator;]
[OUT Q=to the community.]
Goodman's first day on the job will be December first.
He replaces Jeffrey Johnson who will retire at the end of the year.
In his 30 years as a state senator, Madison Marye spent a lot of time on the road.
Now he has one named in his honor.
A section of the Route 460 bypass outside Blacksburg is now the Madison E. Marye Highway.
Marye retired last summer.
Halloween in Hollywood wouldn't be complete without a dose of showbiz glitz.
From special effects to scary scripts, one group of movie industry insiders has turned a haunted house into a true tinsletown production.
Julie Cevene has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Keith Kaminski/"The Fright Gallery" Founder;]
[OUT Q=I'm Julie Cevene.]
IT HAS ITS SHARE OF MONSTERS AND MAYHEM...
"Where's the serving utensil?"
BUT FROM CRAFT SERVICES TO PANCAKE MAKE-UP, THIS HAUNTED HOUSE PLAYS MORE LIKE A HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION. IT EVEN FOLLOWS A 20-PAGE SCRIPT.
"We've got people that do just about everything in the entertainment industry that have just come on board."
ILLUSTRATOR KEITH KAMINSKI HAS BUILT HAUNTED HOUSES SINCE HE WAS A KID. IN FACT, HIS EARLY CREATIONS LANDED HIM HIS FIRST JOB, DESIGNING THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS FOR UNIVERSAL STUDIOS.
FOR MORE THAN 15-YEARS, HE'S KEPT THE SCARE GOING.
(nats) ghost effect
THE COMPUTER-GENERATED APPARITIONS AND FANCY LIGHTING EFFECTS ARE JUST PART OF THE BEWITCHING CHARM. THE STORY ITSELF MAKES THE EXPERIENCE TRULY ORIGINAL.
THIS YEAR'S PRODUCTION INCLUDES FIFTY OR SO WORKING ACTORS. THEY HAD TO AUDITION FOR THESE ROLES AND THE COMPETITION WAS PRETTY SCARY.
KEVIN WHITAKER BEAT OUT DOZENS TO NAB HIS ROLE. LIKE THE REST OF THE CAST AND CREW, HE WON'T BE GETTING PAID FOR HIS PERFORMANCE, BUT HE DOES GET TO PUT IT ON HIS RESUME.
UNLIKE BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE BUDGETS, THIS SCARY SCENE DOESN'T OPERATE IN THE MILLIONS. MOST OF THE 65-THOUSAND OR SO COMES FROM DONATIONS AND INVESTORS.
BUT FOR THESE INDUSTRY INSIDERS, IT'S MORE ABOUT OFFERING THEIR HOLLYWOOD TRICKS AS A HALLOWEEN TREAT.
IN BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, I'M JULIE CEVENE.))
[Tape tosses to bump]