A nation pauses on this Veteran's Day to remember those who put their lives on the line for the love of their country.
And, a man on trial for capital murder in Franklin County is off the hook, at least for now.
After a few morning sprinkles the afternoon will bring variably cloudy skies and warmer conditions. I'll have your forecast.
Murder charges are dropped against the man accused of murdering a Franklin County teacher's aide.
Christopher Picard was on trial for capital murder, but he was set free today after prosecutors dropped the charges agianst him.
Opening arguments in the case against Christopher Picard were set to begin this morning, but prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss the charges so they could investigate some new information that emerged yesterday.
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Picard has spent the last 13 months in jail on charges he murdered Lori Metts Hodges Boyd. She was found strangled in her burning car in September of last year.
Picard was set free, but prosecutors could still bring murder charges against him.
As he left the Franklin County jail, deputies served him with a warrant accusing him of larceny in Henry County.
He was set free on those charges and was reunited with his family.
On a day when America honors its war veterans, those still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are very much on the minds of the nation.
After a wreath- laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, President Bush will speak later about what is at stake in Iraq.
Jennifer Donelan has more from Washington.
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A PRESIDENTIAL TRIP TO THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER...THE LAYING OF A
WREATH...A TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO DIED SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.
Sot - President George W. Bush
ON THIS VETERAN-S DAY...A NATION REMEMBERS WARS OF YEARS PAST AND AN
ONGOING CONFLICT HALF A WORLD AWAY. ...
AND WITH THE DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ MOUNTING....HOW TO PREVENT EVEN MORE
LIVES BEING LOST IS A QUESTION WITH NO EASY ANSWER. THE DEFENSE
SECRETARY SAYS THE TROOPS UNDERSTAND THE DANGER THEY FACE...BUT KNOW
THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM.
Sot - Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense.
"we are so fortunate as a country to have such wonderful men and women,
willing to volunteer...every one is a volunteer."
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IN IRAQ, THOSE LEFT BEHIND TO KEEP THE PEACE TOOK A FEW MOMENTS TO SAY
THANK YOU...A PRECIOUS PAUSE TO REMEMBER .
STANDUP: TO COME: BUSH SIGNS VET DAY BILLS /death benefits and more
A soldier from Bedford was welcomed home last night for the first time in months.
Ray Perdue arrived back in Southwest Virginia last night after spending nearly a year away ... and the past eight months in Iraq.
The Private First Class is in the U-S Army mlitary police.
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((PFC RAY PERDUE: I'M A GUNNER. I SIT ON TOP OF THE HUMVEE AND I PULL SECURITY. IT'S GREAT. ))
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A special suprise for Perdue - his buddy since 9th grade who enlisted with him was there at the airport.
Paul Lawton injured his foot in Iraq and came home in May.
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((PAUL LAWTON/U.S. ARMY: IT'S PRETTY EXCITING. I'M READY TO SEE HIM. I'M GLAD HE'S ALRIGHT.))
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[OUT Q=he's alright.]
So are Perdue's parents who spent many hours worrying.
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((MANY TOUCH AND GO MOMENTS WHERE WE HEAR REPORTS... WHAT'S GOING ON. CHECK HIS BANK ACCOUNT THEN WE KNOW HE'S OK. LAUGHS.))
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Private First Class Perdue turns 20 on Thursday. He says he'll spend his two week break with family and friends then it is back to Iraq.
As U-S forces continue coming under fire in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he believes there ARE enough troops there.
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In South Korea, dozens of protestors burned photographs of Rumsfeld and flags bearing his image.
The demonstrators are against the South Korean government's decision to send additional troops to Iraq.
They also oppose Rumsfeld's scheduled visit to South Korea this coming Sunday.
Highland County will get some help paying for the cleanup of Hurricane Isabel.
The federal government has added Highland to the list of county and local governments eligible for grants and reimbursement.
It pays for things like debris removal, and repair or restoration of hurricane-damaged infrastructure.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll tell you why some local teachers say they need more support from the school administration.
Also we'll see how some California residents are recovering from the fires that devasted much of the state.
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Dozens of Roanoke teachers told the city's school board last night, they need more support.
As Justin McLeod tells us, they voiced their concerns following the recent suicide of a teacher.
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[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/Roanoke City School Board Member; 1:05]
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((ANITA PRICE/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE NEED ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=we have a problem]
A problem that prompted more than 70 Roanoke City teachers to show up at Monday night's school board's meeting.
They feel the Roanoke school system needs to do a better job supporting its teachers.
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((JEAN WARREN/ROANOKE CITY TEACHER: PLEASE LOOK THROUGH OUR EYES WHEN HOW FRIGHTENING IT IS TO HAVE OUR DIGNITY STRIPPED AS A PROFESSIONAL TO THINK THAT IT IS FROM THE STUDENT'S STANDPOINT THAT THEY COME OVER OURS.))
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Many believe that is what happened with Ron Mayfield.
He is the Roanoke City teacher who committed suicide after being accused of assaulting a student.
A police investigation cleared Mayfield of any wrong doing but his family claims he was never notified.
Teachers say there are still too many questions and not enough answers.
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((JANE OCKRIM/ROANOKE CITY TEACHER: IS POLICY GOING TO BE REVISED? IF SO HOW LONG BEFORE A POLICY IS IN PLACE?))
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School officials have said repeatedly they followed proper procedure in the investigation.
However one school board member wonders if there should be changes.
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((MELINDA PAYNE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I AM ALWAYS TROUBLED WHENEVER WE LOSE GOOD TEACHERS NO MATTER WHAT THE WHY IT HAPPENS. I JUST HOPE THAT WE LEARN FROM THIS AND I THINK WE HAVE. SOME THINGS WILL BE CHANGING.))
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What exactly those changes will be is unclear at this time since the school board only listened at its meeting.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Two teenage boys say they got the idea to shoot at motorists from the video game "Grand Theft Auto."
Now the game's creator is claiming free- speech protection, and asking a federal judge to dismiss a 246- million dollar lawsuit.
Sixteen-year-old William Buckner and his 14-year-old stepbrother, Joshua Buckner admitted that they randomly shot at motorists last June in Tennessee.
They killed Aaron Hamel of Knoxville and severely wounded Kimberly Bede of Moneta.
Bede has since moved to North Carolina.
Rockstar Games says ``the expressive content'' of the video game as well as the ``purported psychological effects'' on the boys are protected by the First Amendment.
Danville may be spared job cuts despite a dismal third-quarter for textile-maker Dan River.
The company said yesterday it lost 103.5 million dollars in the third quarter. Sales were down nearly 30 percent.
Dan River's closing a manufacturing facility in Sevierville (Severe-ville) , Tennessee, eliminating 416 jobs. Most of the work that's performed there will be moved to Danville.
The company says the fourth quarter doesn't look any better and it's already scheduled several weeks of production downtime.
It's been two weeks since the devastating wildfires ignited in Southern California.
The blazes killed 14 people, and destroyed more than two thousand homes.
As they dig through the ashes, many residents vow they'll re- build their homes and their lives.
Bill Whitaker has an update.
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[SUPER=01-Elise Hamner/Resident; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jack Hamner/Resident; :33]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Chase/Neighbor; 1:04]
[SUPER=02-Mark Opdahal/Neighbor; 1:14]
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(SOT:) (Jack Hamner, walking through rubble of burned house w/ wife
Elise & Whitaker)/ I LOVE THIS HOUSE.
(NARR:) The last embers have cooled, the firemen have gone ... but for
Jack and Elise Hamner, the profound loss still is sinking in.
(SOT:) Elise Hamner / HEARTBREAKING, A LOT OF YEARS, 25 YEARS, RAISE
CHILDREN AND THEN IT'S GONE.
(NARR:) They are out of house - in a camper ... and to compound the
pain; breadwinner Jack is out of work ... walking the line in the
California supermarket strike for a month now. A "double whammy," he
(SOT:) Jack Hamner/ AND I'M JUST NOT SLEEPING WELL, THAT'S ALL. (edit
to) (YOU STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE INSURANCE
COMPANY. // HOW LONG THE STRIKE'S GONNA LAST. // YOU GOTTA TAKE IT DAY
BY DAY AND HOPEFULLY THINGS WORK OUT. )
(NARR:) Day by day ... the healthiest way to deal with loss, say trauma
experts. After such devastation, loss comes in many forms. Bonnie
Chase is clearing her canyon in case burned hills become mud slides in
winter rains. Cleanup usually is a community activity, but fire wiped
out all but three of her neighbors.
(SOT:) Bonnie Chase/ IT'S A BIG LOSS. I MISS THEM AND I WANT THEM
BACK. IT'S CERTAINLY NOT THE SAME WITHOUT MY COMMUNITY UP HERE.
(NARR:) Neighbors like Mark and Trisha Opdahal.
(SOT:) Mark Opdahal) AND SO, EVERY 100 YEARS OR SO A FIRE IS GOING TO
COME THROUGH. GUESS WE CHOSE THE WRONG YEAR TO BE HERE.
(SOT:) Trisha Opdahal/ BUT WE'LL REBUILD AND IT'LL BE JUST AS GOOD.
(NARR:) Almost all the fire victims will tell you they're going to
rebuild and statistically, they will. Financial experts say it's good
for the economy. Therapists say it's good for the soul.
(SOT:) Elise Hamner/ YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.
(NARR:) Yes, the embers have cooled, the firemen have gone ...
(SOT over Grand Prix Fire:) Elaine Hamner/ THE FIRE CRESTED AND WITHIN
15 MINUTES IT WAS DOWN HERE.
(NARR: ... it's the painful memories that linger. BW, CBSN, SAN
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jessica Lynch receives a national honor.
Also we'll tell you why a woman is giving up her large pets.
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Former Army P-O-W Jessica Lynch is back in the spotlight.
Today her biography, "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story" hits bookstores.
The book discredits stories that Lynch shot at her captors, and that the Iraqi hospital she was in was hostile territory.
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Meanwhile, Lynch was among those honored last night in New York City as Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year.
Fellow ex P-O-W Shoshana Johnson was also recognized for her heroic efforts in Iraq.
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11- American soldiers were killed when Lynch's Army convoy was ambushed last March.
They've got more than just a tiger by the tail-- they have about two dozen of them.
By court order, 24 Bengal tigers are being transferred from their cages at a private sanctuary in New Jersey to tractor- trailers bound for Texas.
That after officials began investigating the conditions of the sanctuary.
A 430- pound tiger was found roaming a neighborhood near the property back in 19-99.
Officials later denied renewal of owner Joan Byron-Marasek's permit to keep the tigers.
The woman fought a lengthy court battle to keep the animals, but exhausted her appeals.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 17 points. The NASDAQ has lost 11.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the Packers come up empty as they try to capture a win from the Eagles.
And another Hokie is honored for his play Saturday night. We'll have the details.
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Philadelphia took home the cheese last night by beating Green Bay 17 to 14.
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Todd Pinkston's first touchdown reception of the season lifted the Eagles to the win.
Pinkston had just two catches in the game before hauling in Donovan McNabb's six-yard touchdown strike with 27 seconds remaining.
The 6-and-3 Eagles remain a game behind Dallas in the N-F-C East.
The Packers are 4-and-5, two games behind Minnesota in the N-F-C North.
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The Friday Football Extra area is alive and kicking again in the Associated Press top 10 high school football polls that came out last night.
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In Group A, ranked Bath is third behind Sussex Central and Gate City.
William Campbell is 6th, the Radford Bobcats are 7th and George Wythe is 10th
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The Blacksburg Bruins tuned up for the playoffs last Friday night by clinching the inaugural River Ridge district title with a win over Christiansburg.
The artist formerly known as the Indians crack the top 10 this week.
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The Bruins come in at the 9 spot.
Gretna is still number one with Heritage third, Liberty 7th, Carroll County and Amherst fell out this week.
The brand new Bowl Championship Series rankings are out tonight and once again Oklahoma leads the BCS by a mile.
Southern Call is second, Ohio State third, LSU fourth, Texas is now fifth, but the big deal is that unbeaten TCU is now 6th.
If the Horned Frogs can finish in the top 6 - they must get a BCS invite.
TCU's strength of schedule is 87th in the nation.
Tennessee, by the way, is now 7th, while the Hokies fall to 15th this week.
Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones did everything he could to beat Pittsburgh this past Saturday night in the Big East battle for first.
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KJ rushed for a school record 241 yards and four touchdowns against the Panthers.
For his efforts he has been named the Big East conference's co-offensive player of the week.
Jones now leads the conference in rushing and is 7th nationally.
For the season he has rushed for 11 hundred and four yards in nine games while averaging 6 yards a carry.
Jones also has 14 touchdowns on the season.
Pittsburgh's Rod Rutherford, who passed for 300 yards against Tech, shares the honor with Jones this week.
The Cavaliers of U-V-A are not having the kind of year they hope for.
The team has lost three of it's last four, and with games against Maryland, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech on the horizon, the Wahoos could be in for a stormy finish.
Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kai Parham/UVa Freshman Linebacker; :42]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Pearman/UVa Junior Running Back; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/13 TD Passes, 8 INT's This Season; 1:33]
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((STEVE MASON:THE VIRGINIA CAVALIERS NERVOUS NOVEMBER IS OFF TO A STOMACH CHURNING, UNSETTLING OH AND 1 START AFTER SATURDAY'S 51-37 LOSS TO N.C.STATE. AND ACCORDING TO AL GROH, SOME STRESSFUL TIMES, NOT PEACEFUL TIMES ARE A HEAD FOR THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS.))
((AL GROH/3-5 RECORD IN THREE NOVEMBER MONTHS:))
((Whatever the case may be, UVa is becoming a team hard to figure out. Take the defense, a unit that held Florida State, who is ninth in the country in TD's scored among teams that have played nine games, to one touchdown, yet turns around two games later and gives up five to the Wolfpack.
N.C. State's running game piled up 143 yards thanks to the return of a re-energized T.A. McLendon who accounted for 216 of State's 553 yards. UVa's rushing attack could muster just 50 yards against the nations 89th ranked defense.
Obviously one bright spot for the Cavaliers is Matt Schaub. The senior is averaging two touchdowns a game and pumped out four TD tosses against the Wolfpack. But how his team finishes is most important.))
((UVA IS OFF THIS WEEK AND DOES NOT PLAY AGAIN NOVEMBER 13TH ON THE ROAD AGAINST MARYLAND. THE TERPS HAVE WON SIX OF THEIR LAST SEVEN. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
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