This Winchester couple has 239- MILLION reasons to be smiling--
They've come forward as the winners of the second largest lottery jackpot in history.
And, a driver is injured after pulling out in front of a train in Salem.
A few glimpses of sunshine are mixing in with scattered rain showers across the area. When will the rain leave. I'll let you know in your forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
A five dollar gamble pays off in a BIG way for a Winchester couple.
A retired truck driver and his wife have made history in Virginia today after winning the nation's second largest lottery jackpot.
J-R and Peggy Triplett are the sole winners of the 239-million-dollar Mega Millions jackpot.
The couple lives in Winchester, and J-R bought the winning ticket at the Red Apple Country Store in Stephens City on the afternoon of the February 20th drawing.
He was watching the news the next day, and realized he had picked all the numbers correctly.
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[IN Q= I said sweetheart]
[SUPER=01-J. R. Triplett/Lottery Winner;]
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Triplett says that he and his wife of 35 years will still live in Winchester, although he plans to invest in real estate.
A man is in the hospital this afternoon after pulling his car into the path of a train in Salem this morning.
It happened shortly after nine- thirty off Apperson Drive on Sikes Road.
Witnesses say the crossing signal was working properly and aren't sure what led the driver to pull in front of the train.
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[IN Q=This is Apperson Drive]
((B. R. NUNLEY/SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT: THIS IS APPERSON DRIVE AND HE ACTUALLY PULLED IN AND STOPPED RIGHT ACROSS THE RAILROAD TRACKS. SAT THERE MOMENTARILY AND THEN MADE A U-TURN AND PULLED DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN.))
[SUPER=01-B. R. Nunley/Salem Police Department;]
[OUT Q=front of the train]
The car was then carried another 50- feet before being ejected from the tracks.
Police say Norfolk Southern employees quickly separated the train so rescue personnel could reach the driver.
His name has not yet been released, but officials say he was semi- conscious at the scene and is being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
A New Castle man faces murder charges after a weekend fight leaves one man dead.
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Initially, 32-year-old Jay Gallimore was charged with malicious wounding after a fight early Sunday morning with 49-year-old Stanley Ray Crawford.
Crawford was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Craig County Commonwealth Attorney Thad Cox modified the charges earlier in the week.
Gallimore is scheduled to appear in court on April sixth for first degree murder and felony assault charges.
The U-S is vowing to stay the course in Iraq, as more American troops come under attack.
Elizabeth Sanchez has more from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Bremer/U. S. Administrator in Iraq;]
[SUPER=01-Mark Kimmett/Coalition Military Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News;]
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((Track: The U.S. military is now in possession of the four American bodies that were mutilated and dragged through the streets of Fallujah yesterday. The American contractors were attacked as they drove through town. Angry mobs strung two of them from a bridge.
(SOT: Paul Bremer/US Administrator in Iraq: )
"The acts we have seen were despicable and inexcusable. They violate the tenets of all religions including Islam, as well as the foundations of civilised society. Their deaths will not go unpunished.")
Track: One Iraqi police official says their officers were ``shocked'' about yesterdays attack because, as he put it, ``our Islamic beliefs reject such behavior.
Track: But unrest continued this morning near Fallujah. A U-S military convoy once again came under attack. Iraqis torched a humvee and danced around the wreckage. Several American troops were injured.
(SOT: Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmett/Coalition Military Spokesman
" This is a cancer inside Iraq. although small, it's a malignant cancer. and we need to take care of this."
Track: Fallujah has been the scene of some of the worst violence since the war started. Five soldiers also died yesterday when a bomb exploded under their armored personnel carrier about 12 miles northwest of
Fallujah, making it the bloodiest day for Americans in the country since early January.
Stand up: Some say the grisly attacks recall what happened in Somalia in 1993, when a crowd dragged the bodies of US soldiers through the streets, hastening the US departure from the country. But officials
pledged to stay the course in Iraq. Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS News, Washington.))
A New Hampshire man is charged in not one, but TWO states for allegedly triggering an explosion at a gas station.
Surveillance video shows the man driving his truck into a gas pump outside a convenience store in Maine, then driving off as the pump exploded.
John Harrington of Portsmouth is charged with operating under the influence in Maine, and driving while intoxicated in New Hampshire. Police say another driver trailed Harrington to his home, where he was arrested.
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In Austin, Texas last night, fire ripped through an apartment complex, destroying 18 units and damaging dozens of others.
No was injured, but nearly 80 people are now homeless, including many University of Texas students.
Authorities say the five- alarm fire started in the attic of the apartment complex.
The Red Cross has already begun helping some of the victims, and the University of Texas is offering assistance to students who lost clothes and school supplies in the blaze.
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Police in Wisconsin plan to talk to a college student who was missing for four days. We'll tell you what they want to know, after the break.
And just two days before he is to answer questions about child molestation charges in California, Michael Jackson makes an unusual appearance on Capitol Hill.
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After being missing for days, a college student is discovered alive.
Now it's her alleged kidnapper who's disappeared without a trace.
Jennifer Donelan has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Madison, WI; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Kamhulz/Madison, WI Police Department; :18]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Seiler/Audrey's Mother; :44]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News; :56]
[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Madison, WI.]
((Sot - Officer Larry Kamhulz, Madison Police Dept. We'll see what we can get from the crime scene. Then number two in the coming hours we'll be interviewing Audrey in more detail
SATURDAY, A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA CAPTURED AUDREY LEAVING HER OFF-CAMPUS
APARTMENT...AT 2:30 IN THE MORNING...ALONE.
SHE WASNT SEEN AGAIN UNTIL A TIPSTER SPOTTED HER IN THE MARSH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. POLICE DELIVERED THE NEWS AUDREY WAS ALIVE. JOYOUS RELIEF FOR HER FRIENDSA PRAYER ANSWERED FOR HER FAMILY.
Sot - Stephanie Seiler/Audrey's Mom
We needed to stay strong for Audrey and Audrey needed to stay strong for us and believed in that.
Standup - Jennifer Donelan
POLIECE BELIEVE THE MAN WHO TOOK AUDREY HAS TIES IN MADISON....SO THEY THINK HE COULD STILL BE HERE. AN INTENSE MANHUNTWITH HELICOPTERS, SEARCH DOGS, AND GUN WIELDING OFFICERSRIGHT AFTER AUDREY WAS FOUND TURNED UP NOTHING.
RIGHT NOW, NO ONE IS SAYING HOW AUDREY BROKE FREE OR MUCH ELSE. AT LEAST ONE POLICE OFFICER HAS DISMISSED SUGGESTIONS THAT AUDREYS DISAPPEARANCE WAS A HOAX. AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES ARE FOCUSING ON AN ATTACK ALMOST 2 MONTHS AGO WHEN SOMEONE KNOCKED AUDREY UNCONSCIOUS NEAR HER APARTMENT. SHE NEVER SAW WHO DID IT. POLICE HOPE THAT WHAT AUDREY CAN TELL THEM THIS TIME WILL HELP GET A SUSPECT, WHO MAY BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS, OFF THE STREETS. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, MADISON, WISCONSIN.))
Michael Jackson faces a pre- trial hearing tomorrow in California on child molestation charges.
But yesterday on Capitol Hill, he was in the spotlight for a very different reason.
Thalia Assuras reports.
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[SUPER=04-Black Entertainment TV; :03]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee/(D) Texas; :33]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr./(R) Illinois; 1:07 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Thalia Assuras/CBS News; 1:20]
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THE STAR GOT SOME ENTERTAINMENT HIMSELF AT A B-E-T RECEPTION ... BUT NOT
UNTIL THE DAY'S WORK WAS DONE ... (VO) ...IN THE POLITICAL LIMELIGHT.
THERE...HE CAME. HE SAW -- AFRICAN AMBASSADORS AND MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS IN A PRIVATE MEETING ...
no closeups. waist up, please.
... AND THOUGH HE DIDN'T EXACTLY CONQUER ... THE REGALLY ATTIRED KING OF
POP GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS. THE ENTERTAINER WHO HAS WOWED FANS AT CONCERTS WILL BE MAKI
NG A DIFFERENT KIND OF TOUR WHEN LEGAL PROBLEMS ALLOW. (SOT - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / D-Texas)
michael jackson will go to africa on a specific basis of fighting the scourge of aids.
JACKSON DIDN'T MAKE ANY STATEMENTS NOR ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. THERE WERE
SOME THUMBS UP... ANOTHER REQUEST FOR A BETTER CAMERA ANGLE ...
please, please, please, please. sorry -- i'm sorry.
he's a director so you have to understand.
... AND EMPHASIS ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SCOURGE WHICH HAS CLAIMED
MILLIONS OF LIVES IN AFRICA.
(NATSOT - Jackson Jr.) the issue of aids in africa... (MJ pointing finger)
THOSE AROUND THE SILENT SINGER, RESEMBLED A BACKUP BAND. THIS WAS THEIR
MOMENT AND THEY SEIZED IT.
(SOT- Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. / R-Illinois)
were michael jackson not here today, there is no doubt in my mind that you would not be here.
(SOT - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / D-Texas)
if we could only get michael at every one of our press conferences, we might be able to generate the kind of movement in america that all of us are committed to.
(STANDUP - Thalia Assuras / National Correspondent)
CRITICS SAY MICHAEL JACKSON'S VISIT TO THE EAST COAST IS AN ATTEMPT TO SHORE UP HIS POPULARITY IN THE FACE OF HIS TROUBLES ON THE WEST COAST WHERE A GRAND JURY IS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO INDICT HIM ON CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES. BUT JACKSON DOES HAVE A RECORD OF HELPING FIGHT AIDS AND HE'S GETTING AN AWARD FOR HIS PHILANTHROPY. IT MAY HAVE BEEN A BIZARRE SCENE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, BUT YOU CAN'T SNIFF AT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CELEBRITY. THALIA ASSURAS, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.))
State police divers took the investigation of a Roanoke murder case underwater yesterday.
The dive team searched a community lake a few hundred yards away from Teresa Rogers' farm.
The 77 year old woman was killed in January in her home on Lake Drive.
So far, the murder investigation has focused on Teresa Rogers' son Christopher.
Court records indicate he has given police what they consider "inconsistent statements."
NO charges have been filed in the case.
The case against a Roanoke man accused in the biggest drug bust in Bedford County history is headed to a grand jury.
23-year-old Jermaine Niblet was arrested in January after police caught him driving on a suspended license.
A search of Niblet's car turned up more than 13 pounds of cocaine.
It was hidden behind a rear tail light in a compartment that was operated by remote control.
Officers also seized about 25-thousand dollars in cash.
Niblet's facing drug distribution and firearms charges.
A grand jury meets in May.
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A chance for soggy weather for the rest of the work week, Leo will have your full forecast in a moment.
Plus we will see a work of art that is outstanding in its field.
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A Rockbridge County artist has unveiled his latest work.
Mark Cline's re- creation of Stonehenge is another in a long line of April's Fools Day projects.
But as Justin McCleod tells us, it is the number of tourists it will attract that has merchants smiling.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Cline/Sculptor; :27]
[SUPER=01-Tina Duff/Rockbridge Co. Resident; :59]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((NAT SOUND OF UNVEILING))
You are looking at the unveiling of Rockbridge County's newest attraction.
It's a full size scale replica of Stonehenge.
[IN Q=Totally amazed]
((KARYN KOPP/NATURAL BRIDGE RESIDENT: TOTALLY AMAZED.))
[OUT Q=totally amazed]
An amazement made possible thanks to sculptor Mark Cline.
Every April Fool's Day he likes to create something to make people laugh.
The idea for his latest project came totally by accident.
[IN Q=There's a place where]
((MARK CLINE/SCULPTOR: THERE'S A PLACE WHERE I BUY MY SCULPTING MATERIALS CALLED INSULATING BUILDING SYSTEMS. I WALKED IN THERE FIFTEEN YEARS AGO AND SAW THESE HUGE BIG BLOCKS OF FOAM AND IMMEDIATELY I THOUGHT FOAMHENGE.))
[OUT Q=I thought foamhenge]
Foamhenge is now a reality on a hill off Route 11 near the Natural Bridge Zoo.
What makes it unique is that it's entirely made out of foam.
[IN Q=I could say]
((MARK CLINE/SCULPTOR: I COULD SAY THAT SCULPTING BLOCKS OF FOAM WAS A LITTLE BIT EASIER THAN CHISELING STONE.))
[OUT Q=CHISLING STONE]
As a result, the project took only seven people and less than a week to complete.
The original took more than 15-hundred years.
[IN Q=It's impressive]
((TINA DUFF/ROCKBRIDGE CO. RESIDENT: IT'S IMPRESSIVE. I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD LOOK SO MUCH LIKE ROCK BUT IT REALLY DOES. IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE ACTUAL STONE.))
[OUT Q=ACTUAL STONE]
Each stone is made to look exactly like the ones in England.
They stand 13 1/2 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
Cline chose foam because it is easy to sculpt and should weather the elements just fine.
He hopes Foamhenge will attract visitors from all over the country.
[IN Q=It's no secret]
((MARK CLINE/SCULPTOR: IT'S NO SECRET THAT VIRGINIA TOURISM HAS BEEN SUFFERING ESPECIALLY SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH AND I WOULD LIKE TO BRING TOURISM BACK TO LEVELS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11TH AND EVEN ABOVE.))
[OUT Q=AND EVEN ABOVE]
[IN Q=Foamhenge is free]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: FOAMHENGE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BUT CLINE HOPES TOURISTS WILL THEN VISIT AND SPEND MONEY AT THE OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA. FOAMHENGE WILL BE IN NATURAL BRIDGE UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, POSSIBLY LONGER. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was UP 35 points. Nasdaq was also up 16 points.
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Coming up next in sports, Dale Earnhart Junior gets fined for putting a spin on his story to reporters.
And Steve Mason takes a closer look at how the postseason fate of the Express rests in the Roanoke Civic Center.
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The Express closes out the regular season this weekend.
Both the team's post- season fate and its future will be determined within the walls of the Roanoke Civic Center.
Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Pollock/Express General Manager; :13]
[SUPER=01-Mina Boyd/Roanoke Civic Center Facilities Director; 1:03]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
((The Express controls its own destiny. Wins Friday and Saturday and the team makes the playoffs. Despite working around the clock, Express General manager Chris Pollock does not have his teams luxury when it comes keeping the team in Roanoke.
((CHRIS POLLOCK/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))
((MINA BOYD/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER HEAD OF FACILITIES:))
Boyd is referring to the permission the NBA, which has exlcusive Roanoke Civic Center advertising rights, must give to allow the Express to use vacated ad space. There is also the question of new ownership. Two potential ownership groups, who remain nameless are interested in buying the Express.
Boyd confirmed Wednesday that the president of the United Hockey League, who has a team at the Richmond Coliseum, spoke to her about putting a team in the Roanoke Civic Center recently.))
((STEVE MASON:THE DEADLINE FOR TEAMS TO LET THE ECHL KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL RETURN TO THEIR RESPECTIVE CITY, MOVE TO ANOTHER CITY, OR GO DORMANT WAS ORGINALLY SET FOR APRIL FIRST, BUT THE LEAGUE HAS MOVED THAT DEADLINE TO NEXT MONDAY, GIVING THE EXPRESS AND THE RONAOKE CITY A FEW MORE DAYS TO GET THE DEAL DONE. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
JMU had hoped to get its new men's hoops coach in place before the Final Four.
It appears the school may hire him before Friday and then hold a news conference to introduce him early next week.
Several sources on campus in tell News 7 sports that Matt Doherty, former North Carolina and Notre Dame boss, is the man.
He was on campus yesterday, and has been offered a contract.
He now has to decide if he wants it.
Dale Earnhardt, Junior is considered a guy who tells it like it is.
This time, his honesty cost him points and plenty of cash.
Sunday, Dale Junior brought out the caution flag at Bristol with this spin.
The problem isn't that he spun out, nor that he did it on purpose.
The problem is that he told the whole world he did on purpose over his team's two- way radio.
NASCAR fined him 10 thousand dollars yesterday, and more importantly, docked him 25 points.