A call about a suspicious vehicle escalates into a high speed chase from Lynchburg to Amherst County.
Two men are now in custody.
Details, coming up.
And, while Vermont has legalized same- sex unions, another state may not be far behind.
After a beautiful start to the work week the rain is about to fall as the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for late tonight through tomorrow for part of our viewing area. I'll have your details.
A high-speed chase through central Virginia ends with the arrest of two men in Amherst County.. and it appears one of them is a suspect from another jurisdiction.
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The pursuit started with a call about a suspicious vehicle on Centerdale Street in Lynchburg.
When police came to check it out, the car took off and the chase was on.
It reached speeds up to ninety miles an hour, as it headed north on Route 29 into Amherst County.
About a dozen officers from three jurisdictions joined in, as the vehicle first turned south, then headed back north again.
That's when one officer was able to spin the suspects' car around near the entrance to Sweet Briar College.
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[IN Q=After that point]
((JEFF ROWE/AMHERST TOWN POLICE: AFTER THAT POINT I WAS TRYING TO FORCE HIM OFF THE ROAD.. ...MADE SURE HE COULDN'T JUMP OUT THE DOOR.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Rowe/Amherst Town Police]
[OUT Q=jump out the door.]
Police quickly arrested the two men inside the car.. and discovered that one of them was already wearing handcuffs on one wrist that he was trying to get off.
The car had been reported as stolen.. authorities are still investigating the incident.
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Drivers headed down Interstate-77 in Carroll County will want to allow a little more time.
A tractor-trailer accident has blocked one of the northbound lanes between Hillsville and Interstate-81.
Crews are now working to clean-up the wreck, but officials say the lane will remain closed for at least another five hours.
It's a partial victory for advocates of gay rights.
The highest court in Massachusetts has announced that the state constitution gives gay couples the right to get married.
But the court has stopped short of allowing them to obtain marriage licenses.
In a four-to-three ruling, the court has ordered state lawmakers to come up with a solution within six months.
The ruling, meanwhile, resembles a 19- 99 Vermont Supreme Court decision that led to the approval of civil unions, giving same- sex couples many of the same benefits of marriage.
The sniper trials continue in two Virginia courtrooms.
In Chesapeake, the testimony is shedding some light on the
personality of 18- year- old suspect Lee Malvo, who one police detective called "intelligent".
And in Virginia Beach, the penalty phase continues in the trial of convicted sniper John Muhammad.
The jury found him guilty on all four counts in connection with the shooting death of Dean Meyers at a gas station last year.
The panel is considering whether the 42- year- old Muhammad should get the death penalty or a life sentence.
Mother Nature is again showing her dark side--
Violent weather remains a threat along the Gulf Coast today, where tornadoes are expected from Tennesee to Arkansas.
But stormy weather has already left its mark on Houston, Texas, where roads have become rivers.
At least 16 people were injured yesterday, when possible tornadoes damaged buildings and overturned cars.
The Houston area received as much as 10 inches of rain in a 24- hours period, and more rain is expected there today.
Many farmers in Virginia are dealing with the effects of too much rain.
As a result, more communities have been declared disaster areas.
Four more counties, including Bedford and Mecklenburg counties, were added to the list yesterday.
Farmers in those and adjoining counties are now eligible for low-interest emergency loans and other assistance.
President Bush is crossing the Atlantic.
He's on his way to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair in a show of friendship between the two nations and a unity over the war in Iraq.
But tens of thousands of protestors are expected to try to spoil the Presidential visit.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
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TRACK: THEYVE ABANDONED MUCH OF THE POMP DURING PRESIDENT BUSHS
VISIT TO BRITAIN. NO TRADITIONAL CARRIAGE RIDE THROUGH LONDON WITH THE
QUEEN. NO SPEECHES IN FRONT OF PARLIAMENT TO AVOID HECKLING. AND
THREATS OF A POSSIBLE AL-QAEDA ATTACK OVERSHADOW THE TRIP. BUT RIGHT
NOW, BOTH MR. BUSH AND BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR SEEM UNAFFECTED.
(Super: Tony Blair/British Prime Minister)
SOT: This is the right moment for us to stand firm with the United
States of America in defeating terrorism, wherever it is, and delivering
TRACK: LONDON IS IN VIRTUAL LOCKDOWN ALMOST NINE-MILLION DOLLARS
SPENT ON SECURING THE CITY WHILE THE PRESIDENT VISITS WITH BLAIR AND
STAYS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE. BUT PROTESTS OVER THE WAR IN IRAQ HAVE
ALREADY BEGUN. PLANS TO TOPPLE A STATUE OF MR. BUSH MIRRORING THE ONE
OF SADDAM HUSSEIN IN BAGHDAD IS IN THE WORKS. AND TENS OF THOUSANDS
MORE DEMONSTRATORS ARE EXPECTED.
TRACK: THE PRESIDENTS TRIP WAS PLANNED MONTHS AGO A SHOW OF ALLIED
SUCCESS AFTER THE OVERTHROW OF SADDAM. BUT CONTINUING DEADLY ATTACKS ON
COALITION FORCES IN IRAQ HAVE HURT THE POPULARITY OF BOTH LEADERS AT
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: During his four-day stay, Mr. Bush will mix business with
pleasure talks and press briefings on Iraq, trade, prisoners at
Guantanamo Bay along with state dinners with the Queen and a stop in
Mr. Blairs hometown. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
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Coming up next, Martha Stewart goes to court to get charges against her dropped.
Plus, we'll see what wedding day surprise was waiting for a bride in Utah.
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Embattled domestic diva Martha Stewart is heading back to court today.
Stewart is trying to get some of the charges against her dropped before her obstruction of justice trial, which is set to begin in January.
Her attorneys will ask a federal judge to drop two of the five counts against her in the ImClone stock scandal.
She's pleaded innocent to all charges pertaining to her sale of ImClone stock nearly two years ago.
There is something new brewing for a longtime Roanoke City landmark.
Roanoke City Council yesterday approved an ordinance to move the H&C Coffee sign from the top of Billy's Ritz to the Shenandoah Hotel nearby.
The sign has long been at the center of a renovation campaign.
City Council also voted to clarify the zoning definition in connection with a proposed methadone clinic on Hershberger Road.
Members agree the facility would create unique circumstances and say more clearly defining "outpatient clinics" could help.
Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing on the issue December 15th.
The city also want the Virginia code to be amended to require the state to notify any locality when an application for such a facility is made.
City Manager Darlene Burcham says the locality should then be given 30-days to comment on the proposed location.
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Health clubs across the country are getting worried about cell phones.
Many, including some in our region, are considering banning the high tech devices.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=01-Lori Stobl/YMCA Member; :08]
[SUPER=01-Cal Johnson/YMCA Executive Director; :23]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Spangler/YMCA Member; :49]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE WORKING OUT))
When you work out at the gym, the last thing you want is to be on camera.
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((LORI STOBL/YMCA MEMBER: YOU ALWAYS THINK ABOUT WHENEVER YOU GO INTO A DRESSING ROOM OR WHENEVER I AM IN A LOCKERROOM YOU ALWAYS WONDER IF THERE ARE CAMERAS SOMEWHERE.))
[OUT Q=are cameras somewhere]
These days those cameras could be built right into your cell phone.
They're called camera phones which can be used to take pictures anytime anywhere.
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((CAL JOHNSON/YMCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: I THINK WE BEGAN TO SEE THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY THERE WERE INAPPROPRIATE USES FOR PARTICULARLY PHOTO CELL PHONES IN PUBLIC AREAS, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS THAT HAD LOCKER ROOM FACILITIES.))
[OUT Q=locker room facilities]
Although there have been no problems locally, the Y-M-C-A in Roanoke wants to be proactive rather than reactive.
It may soon follow a recommendation from its national headquarters and ban cell phones altogether.
[IN Q=I would go along]
((JACKIE SPANGLER/YMCA MEMBER: I WOULD GO ALONG WITH IT BUT I'M NOT SURE IT IS RIGHT TO BAN THEM ALTOGETHER.))
[OUT Q=ban them altogether]
The "Y" says it may have no choice.
Managers point out it would be impossible to search everyone and then tell the difference between regular and camera phones.
But some Y members wonder if a ban would do more harm than good.
[IN Q=I am sure there are]
((LORI STROBL/YMCA MEMBER: I AM SURE THERE'S ALOT OF PEOPLE WORKING OUT THAT HAVE CHILDREN, THAT COULD HAVE A BABYSITTER AND PEOPLE MAY NEED TO CONTACT THEM. THERE MAY BE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION IN THE LOCKERROOM OR SOMEONE MAY NEED TO CALL 9-1-1.))
[OUT Q=need to call 911]
The Y will consider this and other issues as it drafts its policy which should be completed by March.
Justin Mcleod, News 7, Roanoke.))
It was a wedding surprise to beat all others--
A military dad serving in Iraq told his daughter that he couldn't make it home for her wedding in Utah.
But at the last minute, just as the bride was walking down the aisle, her father appeared, shocking the bride and the wedding guests.
David Flitton's appearance at his daughter's wedding almost didn't happen, because all of the military flights out of Baghdad were filling up.
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[IN Q=So, I told my wife, I couldn't come.]
[SUPER=01-David Flitton/Military Dad;]
[OUT Q=easy to do.]
Newlyweds Tessa and Brandon McClellan are now enjoying their honeymoon in Nevada.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
Disney celebrates the "birth" of the mouse who started it all.
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Construction workers in Brighton, Colorado working on a new housing development, stumble across something that has been waiting to be found for as many as 67-million years.
Crews found the skull of an animal that turned out to be a "Tri- cer- atops," a dinosaur that roamed around the area where Denver, Colorado is now located.
Finders of the skull say an earth mover, moving a chunk of dirt uncovered something.
A volunteer from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was visiting his son and was walking in the area and saw part of the skull and called in the experts.
A mouse celebrated his 75 birthday today.
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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse appeared on the screen on this date in 1928 in ``Steamboat Willie.''
The film portrayed him as an irreverent rodent.
But the years have subdued Mickey's personality, and he's become the corporate face of a multi-billion dollar entertainment empire.
Mickey is one of the most merchandised faces ever -- with about four-point-five billion dollars a year in sales.
Walt Disney always used to remind his employees that the entire Disney empire was built around a mouse.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 12 points. The NASDAQ has gained 7.
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Coming up in sports, UVA tries to stay together and win for its chance at a bowl game.
And Tech hit the hardwood last night for its first exhibition game.
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The Virginia Tech men's basketball team signed its third top- 100 prospect yesterday, inking Deron Washington - the son of Packers assistant coach Lionel Washington.
Seth Greenberg's current team hit the hardwood for an exhibition game against a team from Lithuania last night.
Only one senior started along with two freshman and two sophomores, including Marcus Sailes who turns the steal into 2 points.
Tech led by 15 in the first half.
Fellow sophomore Phillip McCandies passes the ball inside to freshman Coleman Collins.
The 17 year old powers in the jam.
He had 20 points last night.
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Sailes would fly in again for the lay-in.
He had 17, Bryant Matthews had 26 and Tech wins it 100-to-74.
The Virginia Cavaliers are basically faced with a two game season.
UVa is not yet bowl eligible, and unless the team can win its last two games, it will not even have a winning record.
Steve Mason tells us how the 5-and-5 Wahoos are trying to remain positive.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/14 TDs & 8 Interceptions This Year; :15]
[SUPER=01-Ottowa Anderson/2 Touchdown Catches This Season; :44]
[SUPER=01-Chris Canty/UVa's Second Leading Tackler with 83; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Coach; 1:25]
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The Cavaliers are favored by 7 points over the Yellow Jackets.
As for the Virginia Tech - UVa game the following Saturday - November 29th - the kickoff time will either be 1pm or 8pm.
ABC Sports will make the time definite this coming Sunday.
The State Tournament for volleyball begins tonight with quarterfinal action.
In group Three- A, Franklin County is at James Robinson, while in Group Two A - defending state champ Cave Spring travels to Abingdon.
Region Three champ Jefferson Forest stays home to host Carroll County.
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[SUPER=01-Kristy Mistretta/Jefferson Forest Head Coach; :03]
[SUPER=01-Tamalyn Tanis/Cave Spring Head Coach; :10]
[OUT Q=...about that at all."]
In Group A - Parry McCluer is at Rye Cove, William Campbell travels to North-umberland, and George Wythe hosts Gate City.
The semi-finals and finals are in Williamsburg.
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