Next on News 7 at 5, two accidents on different ends of the highway close parts of Route 460 today. We'll have an update.
Plus lawmakers return to Richmond to work on the budget, but not everyone shows up.
We are getting ready to settle into an early spring pattern of partly cloudy and mild weather with only a stray shower on the horizon. Details ahead.
The holy war over the Pledge of Allegiance makes it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Parents have a new tool to regulate what their children watch on T-V.
Plus we'll tell you why some Brits think Americans should try using the English language.
News 7 at 5 is next.
Excessive speed is being blamed for a tractor trailer crash near Lynchburg that sent one man to the hospital.
State police say 46-year-old Jerome White of North Carolina was going too fast on this ramp from Route 29 North to Route 460 East this morning.
White's truck flipped over onto its side, trapping his passenger underneath.
Rescue crews spent two hours freeing 57-year-old Robert Howard Cox of Hurt from under the vehicle.
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[IN Q=He let us]
((CAPT. PAUL GINTHER/LFD TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM: HE LET US KNOW WHEN WE STARTED MOVING THE VEHICLE WHAT WAS HURTING HIM, WHAT WAS PINNED AND ALL THAT. SO YEAH, DEFINITELY GETTING THE FLUID STARTED ON HIM, WITH HIS INJURIES, WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Paul Ginther/LFD Technical Rescue Team]
[OUT Q=was extremely important.]
Cox was flown to U-V-A Medical Center with internal injuries.
White is charged with reckless driving.
The ramp to Route 460 was blocked for several hours while crews removed the truck.
Another accident in Montgomery County temporarily closed Route 460 this afternoon.
At around 12:45 a driver lost control and flipped her car over about a mile outside the Giles County line on 460-eastbound.
51 year old Jodi Beth Lambert from Giles County was trapped in the car for over an hour.
She was flown by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with head trauma.
State police say Lambert crossed onto the wrong side of the road before crossing back into the east bound lanes and flipping over.
Investigators are trying to figure out why she lost control.
The state Senate was back at work today but the House conferees are AWOL.
The Senate revived its budget plan today.
The plan does not include additional money for transportation
but it does remove a tax break for public utilities.
The budget bill allows the utilities to pass the increase directly to customers.
Some Senators say the provision is just another tax increase.
[IN Q=THE BODY THAT PASSED A 62 BILLION]
((SENATOR MARK OBENSHAIN/R-HARRISONBURG: THE BODY THAT PASSED A 62 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET AND RAISE TAXES EVEN MORE THIS IS HARDLY IN THE SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE. :13))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Obenshain/(R) Harrisonburg; :00]
[OUT Q=this is hardly in the spirit of compromise.]
Other legislators say the 128 million dollars raised by eliminating the tax break is needed to fund public safety.
[IN Q=WE HAVE DEPUTY SHERIFFS ON FOOD]
((SENATOR KEN STOLLE/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: WE HAVE DEPUTY SHERIFFS ON FOOD STAMPS BUT WE SUPPOSEDLY SUPPORT OUR STATE POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT'S NOT SUPPORTING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach; :]
[OUT Q=SUPPORTING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT.]
Budget conferees were scheduled to meet this afternoon but House lawmakers failed to show up.
For a second day, the 9-11 commission grilled top government officials from the Bush and Clinton administrations on security and intelligence lapses prior to september 11th.
Of most interest: testimony from the former head of counter-terrorism who, earlier this week, made explosive allegations about the Bush white house.
Teri Okita reports.
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[IN Q=Richard Clarke began his much anticipated...]
[SUPER=01-Richard Clarke/Former Counter-Terrorism Coordinator;]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Berger/Clinton National Security Advisor;]
[SUPER=01-George Tenet/CIA Director;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
((((RICHARD CLARKE BEGAN HIS MUCH-ANTICIPATED TESTIMONY WITH A
MESSAGE AND AN APOLOGY TO THE 9-11 VICTIMS.
(Super: Richard Clarke/Former Counter-Terrorism Coordinator)
SOT: Your government failed you. I failed you. We tried hard, but it
TRACK: THE FORMER COUNTER-TERRORISM COORDINATOR FOR BOTH PRESIDENTS BUSH
AND CLINTON, SAID THAT, IN THE MONTHS BEFORE 9-11, HE HAD A HARD TIME
CONVINCING BUSH OFFICIALS THAT AL QAEDA WAS AN IMMEDIATE THREAT. AND
HE SAID IF ALL AGENCIES HAD WORKED TOGETHER, THE ATTACKS MIGHT HAVE BEEN
SOT: Clarke: i would like to think i could have connected those dots
TRACK: THE COMMISSIONS REPORT ALSO SAYS UNNAMED C-I-A OFFICIALS DIDNT
THINK THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WAS CLEAR ABOUT WHETHER TO CAPTURE
OR KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN. CLINTON OFFICIALS CLAIM THEY HAD AUTHORIZED
LETHAL FORCE BUT ALSO HAD TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
(Super: Sandy Berger/Clinton National Security Advisor)
SOT: To fire a bunch of cruise missiles (BUTT TO) would have made Bin
Laden look stronger, glorified him in the Islamic world, created more
TRACK: THE REPORT SAYS NO AGENCY DID MORE TO GO AFTER AL QAEDA THAN THE
C-I-A, BUT THAT THE AGENCY FACED MANY CHALLENGES. COMMISSIONERS ASKED
DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET WHY THE ATTACKS WERENT STOPPED.
(Super: TOO SHORT TO SUPER THE COMMISSIONER)
SOT: Commissioner: Why were we unable to do it?
(Super: George Tenet/CIA Director)
SOT: We didnt steal the secret that told us what the plot was. We
didnt recruit the right people or technically collect the right data,
notwithstanding enormous effort to do so.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: One thing almost all of these government officials agree on:
with or without Osama Bin Laden, terrorists will continue to plan
attacks against the U-S. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
A California atheist says the Pledge of Allegiance has no place in school.
Michael Newdow told the Supreme Court today that the words ``under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional -- and offend people who don't believe in God.
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[IN Q=It says no law respecting an..]
((MICHAEL NEWDOW/PLAINTIFF: IT SAYS NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION. IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT PRAYER. IT JUST SAYS THAT IT'S
NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE RELIGION BUSINESS. AND I THINK IT'S HARD TO ARGUE THAT THE TWO WORDS 'UNDER GOD' ARE NOT RELIGIOUS.))
[OUT Q="under God' are not religious.]
Newdow had filed a lawsuit, objecting to the reciting of the Pledge in his nine year old daughter's classroom.
The court is hearing arguments on whether the words ``under God'' violate the line between church and state.
Newdow told the court that the government should stay out of religion.
But some justices said they're not sure if the words are aimed at expressing religion -- or simply uniting the country.
Coming up after the break, local cable companies offer free equipment to help parents control their children's viewing habit.s
Also Kobe Bryant faces his accuser for the first time since an alleged incident in a Colorado hotel room.
Basketball player Kobe Bryabt was back in court today and this time his accuser was there as well.
Today's pre-trial hearing focused on the woman's sex life and whether any of it should be admitted at trial.
Jennifer Miller reports from Eagle, Colorado.
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[SUPER=03-Eagle, CO; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Eagle Colorado]
((((FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEIR ENCOUNTER AT A COLORADO RESORT ... KOBE
BRYANT AND HIS ACCUSER ARE FACING EACH OTHER AGAIN.
THE TWO ARRIVED FOR A CONTROVERSIAL PRE-TRIAL HEARING ... ONE WHICH
COULD GREATLY SHAPE EITHER SIDE'S CASE.
THE WOMAN CLAIMS BRYANT RAPED HER IN HIS COLORADO HOTEL ROOM LAST
SUMMER, BUT BRYANT SAYS THE SEX WAS CONSENSUAL. HIS DEFENSE IS
CHALLENGING A STATE LAW WHICH KEEPS THE ACCUSER'S SEXUAL PAST OUT OF THE
TRIAL ... UNLESS ATTORNEYS PROVE IT IS RELEVANT.
BRYANT'S TEAM SAYS THE WOMAN'S PREVIOUS SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS RELEVANT
BECAUSE IT COULD REVEAL A PATTERN SHOWING SHE INTENDED TO HAVE SEX.
THEY ALSO ARGUE INJURIES FOUND DURING THE WOMAN'S RAPE EXAM COULD HAVE
BEEN CAUSED BY OTHER MEN. AND TESTS SHOW BRYANT'S SEMEN AS WELL AS SOME
FROM A SECOND MAN WERE FOUND IN THE WOMAN'S UNDERWEAR.
BRYANT'S ATTORNEYS CLAIM SHE HAD INTERCOURSE SEVERAL TIMES IN THE THREE
DAYS BEFORE THE ALLEGED ASSAULT ... AND WITHIN 15 HOURS AFTER IT ... AN
ALLEGATION HER ATTORNEY DENIES.
MILLER STANDUP BRIDGE:
THE QUESTIONS INTO THE WOMAN'S SEX LIFE ARE SO PERSONAL THE PROCEEDINGS
ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. THE PROSECUTION UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIED TO LIMIT
THE HEARING ... THE REAL CONCERN IS WHETHER THE JUDGE WILL ALLOW ANY OF
THE EVIDENCE AT TRIAL. BUT THERE IS NO WORD ON WHEN THE COURT WILL RULE.
AND BECAUSE EXPERTS SAY A JURY'S VERDICT COULD COME DOWN TO
CREDIBILITY... THE CASE COULD HANG ON THE JUDGE'S DECISION.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, EAGLE COLORADO.))
In the midst of a public debate over indecent t-v and radio programming, the cable industry is now stepping up to give its customers more control over what they see on television.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Shannon BAM;]
Myranda Stephens joins us now with the details.
Shannon, the top 10 cable providers in the country announced this week an agreement to provide, upon request,
free equipment to customers who want to block unwanted programs or channels.
It's all part of a campaign initiative by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association called "Cable Puts You in Control."
Most cable companies, including Cox and Adelphia, already offer this service for free to customers, but legally they don't have to.
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[IN Q=this is an initiative]
[SUPER=01-Michael Pedelty/Cox Cable Director of Public Affairs; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Williams/Parent; :22]
[OUT Q=over the programming.]
(((( Subscribers with digital cable already have the ability to block out channels, but for those who don't, they can now request the proper equipment be installed in their homes, free of charge.
Both Cox and Adelphia cable say they already offer this service for free, but legally they don't have to.
((THIS IS AN INITATIVE THAT WE'VE TAKEN ON OURSELVES TO GO TO ESSENTIALLY CUSTOMERS TO SAY LISTEN, IF THERE'S PROGRAMS IF THERE'S THINGS THAT YOU DON'T WANT IN YOUR HOME, WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU THE TOOLS TO MAKE SURE THAT ONLY THE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOME ARE GOING TO SEE THE THINGS THAT YOU WANT TO THEM TO SEE IS GOING TO BE AVAILABLE 09))
Jackie Williams says she practices SELF-parental control with her daughter Alexis, but says it's nice to know there are other options.
((JACKIE WILLIAMS/PARENT: I THINK AS A PARENT THAT YOU HAVE TO BE SELECTIVE OF WHAT YOU PUT IN FRONT OF THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE, BUT I MEAN IF THERE'S ANYTING THAT CAN ASSIST IN THAT PROCESS YOU KNOW WE'RE ALL FOR IT 17))
And while the blocking equipment may be helpful in reducing the exposure of indecent material to kids, officials advise parents to perhaps take the same approach as Williams, for those unexpected moments.
((THE SUPERBOWL KIND OF HAPPENED VERY QUICKLY, THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT REALLY NOBODY CAN CONTROL, AND I THINK THE BROADCASTERS ARE TAKING STEPS TO MAKING SURE THAT WHEN IT COMES TO LIVE PROGRAMMING, THINGS THAT THEY CAN DO, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE TAKEN ON AS AN ORGANIZATION AS AN INDUSTRY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE MORE CONTROL OVER THE PROGRAMMING 39))))
Folks can find out more about the Cable Puts You in Control campaign
[TAKE WEB ADDRESS PINNACLE FULL]
through out website at wdbj7.com
Shannon, most television sets now come equipped with the V-Chip, so people who don't have cable, also have options.
Carilion's St. Albans Hospital is getting a new home and a new name.
It will be called Carilion's Saint Albans Behavioral Health and will be located inside the New River Valley Medical Center.
Officials say the new location will make it possible meet the growing demand for psychiatric care.
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[IN Q=We've never been able treat medicaid patients]
((WE'VE NEVER BEEN TO TREAT MEDICAID PATIENTS OVER AT ST. ALBANS BY MOVING TO THIS CAMPUS HERE WE WILL BE ABLE TO TREAT MEDICAID PATIENTS AND IT'S JUST PROVIDES US MORE ROOM ACTUALLY THAN THEY HAD AT THE OLD HOSPITAL))
[SUPER=01-Matthew Perry/New River Valley Med. Ctr. President;]
[OUT Q=at the old hopsital]
The new facility has 36 beds and will offer both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services.
Even though it's inside the medical center -- it is still separate.
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[IN Q=It has it's own separate]
((IT HAS IT'S OWN SEPARATE ENTRANCE FROM THE FRONT. THE AREAS WITHIN THIS UNIT HAVE TO BE ACCESSED BY STAFF. SO YOU HAVE TO BE BUZZED INTO THEM 11 SO NOT JUST ANYBODY CAN COME WANDERING THROUGH HERE ))
[OUT Q=wandering through here]
The new location officially opened Monday.
The old St. Albans hospital will be given to Radford University.
Coming up next,
we'll tell you why a group of trapped cave explorers could be accused of being a little picky about efforts to rescue them.
Some British military divers trapped in a cave want to be rescued but only by the right people.
The expedition team leader says the five divers and their guide are holed up in a non-flooded section of the cavern system about 110 miles northeast of Mexico City.
Stephen Whitlock says they're ``bored stiff'' and growing beards but are doing fine after nearly a week in the cave.
Whitlock is in contact with the group on a two-way radio.
The trapped divers have turned away a group of Mexican soldiers and rescuers who offered help.
Whitlock says the team prefers to wait for experienced cave diving experts from Britain.
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After this short break,
Steve Mason will check in from the Roundhouse where the Express is still outside looking in for a shot at the playoffs.
Good afternoon everybody.
The Roanoke Express is home tonight facing Greenville in a makeup game hoping to make up some ground.
Steve Mason is at the Roundhouse with some special pregame guests.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Dad For a Second Time; :]
[SUPER=01-Dan Carney/Express Right Winger;]
[OUT Q=...BACK TO THE STUDIO."]
One of the teams that often makes an appearance or two on Friday Football Extra every season is facing the ultimate adversity these days.
[SUPER=03-Augusta Co./This Afternoon; :00]
Stuarts Draft high school in Augusta County was devastated this past Saturday night when a fire swept through the school's field house.
The blaze destroyed all of the football equipment, the wrestling and track gear and the school's weight room - not to mention years and years of trophies, plaques and memorabilia.
Tonight on News 7 at Six - Travis Wells will get us up to date on how the folks are coping.
Have a safe night everybody. Shannon will be back in just a moment.
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The British are looking over their shoulders at Americans again.
They claim they have been left with the job of cleaning up the English language after Americans had their way with it.
Charlie D'Agata reports.
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[SUPER=03-London, England; :10]
[SUPER=01-Stuart Hall/Broadcaster; :18]
[SUPER=01-Sally Williams/Public Relations; :38]
[SUPER=01-Charlie D'Agata/CBS News; :47]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS London]
((BECKHAM: AT THE END OF THE DAY...AT THE END OF THE DAY...AT THE
END OF THE DAY
At the end of the day, bottom line, clichis are everywhere...basically,
and with all due respect, and some Brits have had it up to here with
SUPER: STUART HALL, BROADCASTER
SOT: BROADCASTER: I'VE HEARD SO MANY LIKES, AND YOU KNOWS AND AT THIS
MOMENT IN TIME. AND BASICALLY, I'M TOUCHING BASE, I'M OVER THE MOON, AND
SICK AS A PARROT, AND BOYS DONE GREAT. I COULD WRITE A LITANY OF THINGS
I HATE. I HAVEN'T THE TIME.
The Plain English Campaign has launched a "clichi awareness study,"
...some PR companies - totally hear - what they're saying.
SUPER: SALLY WILLIAMS, PORTER NOVELLI PR
SOT: WHAT WE FOUND IS USING CLICHES JUST SIMPLY DOESN'T HELP US, SO
WE'VE SOLD ALL OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR CLIENTS USE PLAIN ENGLISH, YOU'LL
GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS FAR MORE EFFECTIVELY.
FAIR ENOUGH...BUT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT
THE BURDEN OF BLAME RESTS SQUARELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE YANKS...WHO
ELSE...WHO INTRODUCED THINGS LIKE "THINKING OUT OF THE BOX," "BALLPARK
FIGURE" AND "LET'S TOUCH BASE"
LIKE, ...YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
SOT: IN MY OFFICE EVERYONE SAYS LET'S TOUCH BASE, OR LET'S TAKE THIS
OFFLINE. IT'S SO INSINCERE. IT DRIVES ME MAD.
SOT: I HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. QUOTE..BLATANTLY YOU DON'T AND SO WHAT'S
THE POINT OF THIS CONVERSATION WE'RE
HAVING IN THE FIRST PLACE...SO WHY SAY IT? WHY SAY IT?
SOT: I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE SAY "YOU KNOW." I MEAN, OF COURSE I KNOW.
SOT: BLAIR: SO IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE...IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.
No, it's not rocket science...it's just annoying...and a plenty of folks
here would like to push the envelope back over the Atlantic where it
CD, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))