A fatal accident early this morning on Interstate- 77 leads to ANOTHER crash involving a tractor trailer.
The story, coming up.
And, John Kerry sets his sights on another primary win-- this time in Wisconsin.
But his Democratic challengers say they're not ready to concede the race.
Another winter storm passes to our south and east, who will it affect. I'll let you know in your forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Once again parts of the News 7 viewing area is facing the threat of winter weather.
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As a result, some school systems are changing their schedule. Clearview Elementary School in Martinsville is cancelling its Primetime After School program. Also Halifax County Schools and Halifax Christian School will close at 1:00.
Unlike previous storms, for once most of us should be able to avoid it.
Let's head over to meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner to find out where the latest snow could fall.
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LEO in WX-CENTER
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Two separate accidents overnight on Interstate 77 claimed one person's life and backed up traffic for several hours.
A passenger was killed when a Chevy Blazer rear-ended a pick-up truck just before 2-30 this morning on Northbound 77 at milemarker 22 in Carroll County.
Both vehicles went over the guardrail and down a steep embankment.
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While state police were working on THAT accident, a tractor- trailer ran through the flare line and hit an ambulance, a fire truck, and another tractor trailer.
No one was injured in the second accident, but it did block both northbound lanes of traffic until all the wreckage was cleared. All lanes are now open.
Officials at Virginia Tech say a freshman collapsed and died yesterday after a work-out with his rowing team.
The university's web site says Clayton William Waterfield of Redmond, Washington had just completed a run with the team when he collapsed at War Memorial Gym.
Tech officials say Waterfield went into cardiac arrest, and was pronounced dead a short time later at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Roanoke County officials say their public safety center is overcrowded and increasingly out-of- date.
And today, they made the case for a new facility.
This morning, county officials lead reporters on a tour of the cramped building.
In the 9-1-1 center, for example, dispatchers have recently seen a 40 percent increase in emergency calls. And there's little room to expand to deal with the cell phone calls that were previously handled by state police.
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(( THIS BUILDING IS A LITTLE OVER 70 YEARS OLD. IT'S AN EXCELLENT BUILDING. IT WAS CONSTRUCTED AS A SCHOOL. IT WORKED VERY WELL AS A SCHOOL. IT WAS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND IT'S STILL A GOOD BUILDING. IT'S A GOOD STRONG BUILDING, IT'S JUST NOT SUITED FOR THE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND WE'VE SIMPLY OUTGROWN IT.))
[OUT Q=and we've simply outgrown it.]
The county is now entertaining proposals from two firms that would like to construct the new public safety center.
If all goes according to plan, the county could select the winning proposal by the end of the summer... Construction would require another two years after that.
Wisconsin voters head to the polls today to choose their Democratic nominee for President.
Although Senator John Kerry has a large lead in the polls, his top rivals are not giving up.
Jennifer Miller reports.
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[SUPER=01-Greg Leaf/Wisconsin Voter;]
[SUPER=01-Dale Hawley/Edwards Supporter;]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS News, Madison.]
(LOCATOR: MADISON, WI)
(NATS OF KERRY/CANDIDATE
"Bring it On!!! Let's go out and get the job done!)
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES HAVE CAMPAIGNED HARD. NOW WISCONSIN VOTERS HAVE
(NATS OF VOTING)
WITH PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOWING JOHN KERRY AHEAD BY 20 POINTS, HE'S
EXPECTED TO CHALK UP ANOTHER WIN AND GIVE HOWARD DEAN ANOTHER REASON TO
DROP OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
THE FORMER GOVERNOR HAS NOT WON A SINGLE CONTEST. EARLIER HE PINNED HIS
CAMPAIGN ON HOPES HE WOULD TAP INTO WISCONSINS LIBERAL VOTERS AND WIN
BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD.
(NATS OF DEAN)
YESTERDAY, DEANS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN QUIT AND AIDES SAY DEAN
SHOULD DO THE SAME IF HE DOESNT WIN HERE IN WISCONSIN. THOUGH THE ODDS
SEEMED STACKED AGAINST HIM, DEAN SAYS HE'S UP FOR THE FIGHT.
SOT - HOWARD DEAN, (D)PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE - "I think we desparately
need real change in Washington and I think since I'm the only person who
hasn't served in Washington, I'd make a pretty good bet."
AND SOME VOTERS BACK HIS EFFORT.
SOT, GREG LEAF/WISCONSIN VOTER
"Kerry got a quick start coming out of the chute, but there's a lot of
delegates to be won, so I think they all ought to stay in."
(NATS OF EDWARDS)
BUT SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS HOPES WISCONSINS PRIMARY WILL TRIM THE RACE TO
A TWO-MAN CONTEST. WISCONSINS LARGEST NEWSPAPER HAS ENDORSED HIM AND
DESPITE KERRYS DOMINANCE, VOTERS SAY THEY LIKE HIM.
SOT, DALE HAWLEY/EDWARDS SUPPORTER
"I decided to vote for who I thought would be the better candidate,
rather than who I thought might win the election."
TODAY, KERRY IS EXPECTED TO WIN WITH EDWARDS AND DEAN FIGHTING FOR
SECOND. JM, CBS NEWS, MADISON.
An earthquake in Indonesia has killed four people and left dozens of homes in shambles.
The quake, measuring five-point-six on the Richter Scale, shook Indonesia's Sumatra island last night.
Families forced out of their homes huddled under makeshift tents, as rescue workers searched for survivors.
Officials say the quake was felt across a wide area-- including a hill resort that's popular with foreign backpackers.
But there are no reports of any injured tourists.
Meanwhile, another earthquake that hit Indonesia earlier this month left 37 people dead.
Severe flooding has forced hundreds of New Zealanders to evacuate--
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The North Island looks more like Atlantis, with buildings, roads and bridges virtually under water.
Residents had to sit back and watch as a house slid into a river.
Authorities have warned that more houses in the area could be washed away, as heavy rain continues to fall.
While there are no reports of any deaths-- local newspapers say a woman was injured after a tree crashed through the roof of her home.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a court could put a stop to the same sex marraiges in San Francisco today.
Also Buckingham Palace is concerned one of the heirs to the throne may be caught up in a family tradition.
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Since late last week, it's been a race down the wedding aisle for hundreds of gay couples in San Francisco.
But the honeymoon may be over if the court decides to step in.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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they lined up around city hall again this morning, but SAN FRANCISCO'S
FIVE DAY MARRIAGE marathon FOR SAME SEX COUPLES COULD COME TO AN ABRUPT
OPPOSITION GROUPS WILL PETITION TWO SEPARATE COURTS TO STOP THE WEDDINGS.
SOT: RANDY THOMASSON/CAMPAIGN FOR CALIFORNIA FAMILIES
"MARRIAGE IS ONLY FOR A MAN A WOMAN AND THE PEOPLE VOTED TO KEEP IT THAT
WAY JUST 4 YEARS AGO."
BUT CITY ATTORNEYS SAY THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE IN THE STATE'S
CONSTITUTION GIVES GAY COUPLES THE RIGHT TO MARRY. AND THEY INTEND TO
KEEP ISSUING LICENSES UNTIL A JUDGE TELLS THEM TO STOP.
SOT: DENNIS HERRERA/SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY
"WHEN YOU SEE THAT THERE'S BEEN INJUSTICE AND YOU SEE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
WORK TO ENSURE THAT EVERYBODY IS GETTING EQUAL PROTECTION IN THE LAW,
THAT'S A VERY GRATIFYING ENDEAVOR."
IF THE JUDGE DECIDES THE GAY AND LESBIAN MARRIAGES are NOT LEGAL UNDER
STATE LAW...MORE THAN 2000 WEEKEND UNIONS...would be NULL AND VOID.
"IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE ITS BEEN DONE AND WE ARE THE FIRST AND
FINALLY THE CONSTITUTION WILL MEAN EQUAL PROTECTION FOR ALL."
"THEY MAY BLOCK THIS. BUT ONCE AGAIN I FEEL LIKE WE ARE PART OF A
Its possible that A COMPROMISE RULING COULD BE ISSUED...ALLOWING THE
MARRIAGES TO CONTINUE, BUT DECLARING THE UNIONS HAVE NO LEGAL STATUS.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, san Francisco.
Gay rights supporters scored political victories in the Virginia House of Delegates yesterday.
That's when the House passed a bill allowing employers to offer health insurance benefits to homosexual partners.
Identical legislation did not even make it out of committee last year.
The House also voted against excluding same-sex and unmarried couples from applying for state mortgage loans.
The Virginia Housing Development Authority used to require borrowers to be married or related but that restriction was repealed last year.
Gay rights supporters say the votes are not just a victory for them because they will benefit all Virginians.
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((DYANA MASON/EQUALITY VIRGINIA: they do affect our community it is a victory, it is a step but we have a lot more work to do these things affect all of us not just the gay community.))
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Gay rights supporters say their other priorities include legalizing gay marriage and revoking the state's anti-sodomy law.
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A state advisory panel would like to see everyone who travels Interstate 81 pay a toll.
But what has to be determined is how much.
Justin McLeod has more.
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Trucks are the norm here on Interstate 81.
As a result, some believe the ones who use it to the most should pay for its improvement.
But truckers say not so fast.
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((WILLIE KNOX/TRUCK DRIVER: I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE ONE-SIDED ORDEAL. IF ALL OF US TRAVEL IT THEN I FEEL ALL OF US SHOULD PAY FOR IT.))
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A state transportation panel agrees.
On Friday, it endorsed a plan by Star Solutions that would create separate lanes for cars and trucks.
To pay for the improvements, the panel recommended charging a toll on both trucks and cars.
Star solutions original plan would only charge truckers.
[IN Q=I guess I kinda]
((SUSAN RUDOLPH/ROANOKE MOTORST: I GUESS I KINDA FEEL LIKE WHAT'S FAIR FOR ONE PERSON IS FAIR FOR EVERYONE ELSE. I DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY SHOULD TOLL ANYONE.))
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How much that toll would be is unclear.
Star Solutions originally wanted to charge truckers 21 cents per mile.
It now says that would be cut in half if both trucks and cars have to pay.
As for motorists, Star Solutions says the toll would be comparable to those in other parts of the country.
[IN Q=For the people who]
((LORETTA LAMBERT/SALEM MOTORIST: FOR THE PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL IT IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE UNFAIR TO THEM. BUT IF IT IS GOING TO IMPROVE THE HIGHWAY THEN I THINK IT WILL BE OK.))
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Especially when you consider Star Solutions says it has no plans to toll local traffic, only long distance.
The current plan calls for six toll barriers along 81, 3 of which are north of Roanoke.
So cars may be able to avoid the toll but truckers would probably have to pay up.
[IN Q=It would be easier]
((WILLIE KNOX/TRUCK DRIVER: IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR ME TO TRAVEL 81 SO I DON'T THINK I COULD GO AROUND IT TO KEEP FROM PAYING A TOLL, I REALLY DON'T THINK I WOULD.))
[OUT Q=don't think i would]
[IN Q=V-Dot's commissioner will now decide]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: V-DOT'S COMMISSIONER WILL NOW DECIDE WHETHER STAR SOLUTIONS PROPOSAL MOVES FORWARD. HE CAN EITHER CHOOSE THE PANEL'S RECOMMENDATION OR MAKE HIS OWN DECISION. EITHER WAY, IT'S EXPECTED WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Leo is standing by in the weather center. After this break, he'll have our detailed forecast.
Also the latest invention from Japan could help women who hate to struggle with their panty hose.
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Britain's Prince Harry has recently been living up to his "Wild Child" reputation, and it's caused something of a royal dilemma.
Richard Roth has more from London.
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(good harry, in australia or wherever)
NARR: IN THE BRITISH TRADITION HE'S TAKING A YEAR OFF BEFORE
UNIVERSITY....WHEN IT'S NOT UNKNOWN FOR NINETEEN YEAR OLDS TO BEHAVE IN
WAYS THEIR FAMILIES WISH THEY WOULDN'T. OR AS ONE REPORT HAD IT, WHEN
SHE SAW THE LATEST ACCOUNTS OF HER GRANDSON'S BEHAVIOR, THE QUEEN MUST
HAVE CHOKED ON HER TEA.
(bad harry, in clubs etc)
THE PRESS HERE, WHICH COVERS HIM LIKE WALLPAPER, HAS BEEN FOLLOWING
HARRY AT NIGHT: TO CLUBS WHERE HE'S EXCHANGED MORE THAN FRIENDLY GLANCES
WITH SOME YOUNG WOMEN, AND REPORTEDLY ENJOYED A DRINK OR FEW, INCLUDING
A COCKTAIL CALLED ''SEX ON THE BEACH.'' WITH THE PRESS NOW ASKING IF
THE YOUNG PRINCE HAS BECOME A ROYAL ROMEO, IT'S A DILEMMA FOR HIS
0350 PRINCE CHARLES WANTS BOTH HIS SONS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE NOT TO BE
SHACKLED BY UM ROYAL DUTY AS MUCH AS HE WAS BUT AT SAME TIME EXPECTS
THEM TO BEHAVE IN A MANNER THAT DOESN'T BRING THE MONARCHY INTO
NARR: YOU MIGHT CALL IT A MODEST NATIONAL DEBATE: SHOULD HARRY BE
ENCOURAGED TO PURSUE HIS PASSION FOR POLO AND OTHER GAMES, OR MADE TO
SHOW THE MONARCHY'S MORE CARING SIDE, THROUGH HIGH PROFILE INVOLVEMENT
IN CHARITIBLE CAUSES? NOW HE'S OFF TO AFRICA, FOR A BIT OF THE
LATTER...WITH ONE COLUMNIST SUGGESTING HE'S ALREADY SHOWN A DEDICATION
TO GOOD WORK -- BY INJECTING THE KIND OF FUN BRITAIN'S FIRST FAMILY
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON
For women who wear panty hose every day, the latest Japanese invention could mean never having to worry about runs again.
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They've been dubbed "spray- on stockings".
The inventor-- who happens to be a man-- says he came up with the idea when a woman in his office complained about having to wear stockings during the hot summer months.
The product, Air-Stocking, is a silk aerosol.
It'll go on sale in Japan later this month, and is expected to arrive in several other countries, including the U-S, this spring.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 71 points. The NASDAQ has gained 23.
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Four North Carolina schools are in the nation's top 20.
A strong A-C-C showing is just ahead in sports.
And this former Ranger prepares for the Hot Corner in the Big Apple.
The Yankees roll out the welcome mat for A-Rod.
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The New York Yankees are presenting their newest player at this hour.
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This is a live picture from New York.
And he is not just any player.
Alex Rodgriuez is the American League's reigning M-V-P.
He is a career shortstop, and he's won several awards for his defensive play at that position.
But Rodriguez will now field at third base alongside Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter.
For the first time since December 1999, all four North Carolina schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference are ranked
among the top 20 teams in the Associated Press college basketball poll.
Duke is ranked third, N.C. State is 13th, Wake Forest comes in at 15, and North Carolina is ranked one behind at 16.
The Roanoke Express is back home after completing a brutal 10- game road trip.
The Express went 2 and 8 on the 19 day excursion.
Six of the team's eight remaining games this month are at home.
And Steve Mason says they better win them all.
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