Up next on New 7--
The latest on last night's double shooting near Radford University.
And, President Bush tells Arab television that American soldiers who abused Iraqi prisoners "WILL be brought to justice."
After some morning cloudiness the sunshine has return and temperatures are rising. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
One of the victims from last night's shooting in Radford has died.
The shooting happened last night in an apartment building just blocks from the Radford University Campus.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa was on the scene last night and has more details this afternoon from Blacksburg.
Good afternoon, Rachel.
Kimberly, the shooting victim died this morning around 1:00 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say quite possibly turning this case into a murder investigation.
They are not releasing the victim's name at this time.
The shooting happened around 10:45 last night in an apartment building at 606 Downey Street, just off of Jefferson.
Witnesses say two men were shot, one in the lower back and the other in the head.
Witnesses tell us neither man was a student at Radford University.
Kimberly Clance says she actually helped the victim who was shot in the back.
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[IN Q=We saw his ]
((Kimberly Clance: WE SAW HIS GUN SHOT WOUND AND EVERYTHING. ME AND MY ROOMMATE HAD TRAINING IN CPR AND FIRST AID SO WE JUST GRABBED GLOVES AND TOWELS AND EVERYTHING AND WE HAD HIM LAW DOWN ON HIS STOMACH AND WE JUST SAT THERE UNTIL I SAW A COP WALKING UP THROUGH THE PEEPHOLE AND THEN THE COP CAM AND THEY JUST TOOK EVERYTHING FROM THERE. ))
[OUT Q=everything from there.]
I just got off the phone with Radford Police. Investigators say no arrests have been made but they are working several good leads right now.
They don't want to speculate right now on why the shooting happened. They say the roommate who was shot in the back is doing okay, but is too upset to talk right now.
Police say they have collected a lot of good evidence from the scene and are still sifting through witness statements to see if they can come up with a description.
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Kimberly, police assure me they are working around the clock on this case and have some good leads to follow up on.
President Bush is leading an all- out public relations campaign to try to make amends for the alleged abuse of Iraqi inmates by American soldiers at a Baghdad prison.
Jennifer Miller has more now from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS News, Washington.]
AS OUTRAGE MOUNTS OVER ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS, THE
COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS TAKING HIS MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO THE ARAB WORLD.
THIS INTERVIEW WAS DONE FOR THE U.S. FUNDED, ARAB LANGUAGE STATION, AL
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(SOT, PRESIDENT BUSH, TEXT TO COME)
THE DISTURBING PHOTOS MAKE THE ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORT TO WIN OVER THE
HEARTS AND MINDS OF IRAQIS MORE DIFFICULT THAN EVER.
OUTSIDE BAGHDAD'S ABU GHRAIB PRISON, PROTESTORS ... INCLUDING MUSLIM
CLERICS ... CONDEMNED THE ABUSE, SOME DEMANDING REVENGE .. OTHERS
(NATS OF ARAB WOMAN)
THIS WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS TOLD HER SON WAS RELEASED IN DECEMBER, BUT SHE
STILL HASN'T SEEN HIM.
IN A SORT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN, THE MILITARY GAVE TOURS OF THE
PRISON. THE NEW COMMANDER OF PRISONS HAS APOLOGIZED AND SAYS THE
MILITARY WILL CUT IN HALF THE NUMBER OF INMATES AT ABU GHRAIB AND CHANGE
SENIOR MILITARY OFFICIALS ARE BRACING FOR INVESTIGATIONS TO WIDEN. THEY
ARE NOW LOOKING INTO 20 DEATHS AND ASSAULTS. A CIVILIAN, WORKING FOR
THE CIA, HAS ALREADY BEEN REFERRED FOR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. AND SIX
SUSPENDED MILITARY POLICE COULD FACE COURT MARTIAL IN IRAQ, SEVEN MORE
HAVE BEEN DISCIPLINED.
(SOT, BRIG. GEN. MARK KIMMETT, COALITION COMMAND)
"My Army has been embarrassed by this, my Army has been shamed by this. "
THE MILITARY SAYS IT IS MAKING A FULL FAITH EFFORT TO ENSURE SUCH ABUSE
NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, BUT CAN NOT GUARANTEE THAT IT WON'T.
ON CAPITOL HILL, SOME LAWMAKERS ARE QUESTIONING WHY THE WHITE HOUSE
WAITED SO LONG TO PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE ABUSE.
(SOT: SEN. PATRICK LEAHY, D-VT)
"I REALIZE THAT BY NOT ALLOWING IT TO COME OUT UNTIL IT DID IT DIDNT
INTERRUPT THE CAMPAIGN SCHEDULE."
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR CONDOLEEZA RICE SAYS THE PRESIDENT HAS TOLD
SECRETARY RUMSFELD HE EXPECTS A FULL ACCOUNTING. ON CAPITOL HILL,
DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JOE BIDEN SAYS IF ADEQUATE ANSWERS ARE NOT PROVIDED
... TOP OFFICIALS --INCLUDING SECRETARY RUMSFELD -- SHOULD RESIGN
JENNIFER MILLER CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON))
A controversial sewer project in Blacksburg has led to some big changes in the makeup of town council.
It was a clean sweep for opponents of the Toms Creek Sewer Project.
Ron Rordam, Paul Lancaster and Donald Langrehr all easily won the three open seats.
Incumbent J-B Jones was fourth and will lose his spot.
Frances Parsons and Toby Rock waged write-in campaigns, but with only 791 total write-in votes, they fell well short.
The sewer line project brought Blacksburg voters out in record numbers.
The town is planning to build a 12 mile sewer line along Toms Creek.
But the victors are all against the type of sewer line that will be used and the location.
They want it to run along 460 and NOT Toms Creek.
The winners -- Don Langrehr, Ron Rordam and Paul Lancaster -- say the turnout only proves the town was ready for change.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Lancaster/Blacksburg Councilman-Elect; :]
[SUPER=01-Ron Rordam/Blacksburg Councilman-Elect; :]
((PAUL LANCASTER: I THINK ITS AN INDICATION WE NEED TO SEE SOME CHANGES AROUND HERE ABOUT HOW THE TOWN COUNCIL LISTENS TO ITS CITIZENS AND I THINK THAT WAS TOLD BY THE OVERWHELMING VOTER TURNOUT OF THE CANDIDATES WHO WON.
RON RORDAM:I THINK ITS SAYING PEOPLE WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN TOWN COUNCIL AND PEOPLE WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN DECISION. I THINK IT'S A GOOD INDICATION WE NEED TO GO FORWARD WITH THAT CONCEPT. THAT WE NEED TO INCLUDE CITIZENS IN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION WITH THE TOWN. ))
[OUT Q=with the town.]
22-percent of registered voters turned out for the election.
That's far more people than any of the last 6 town elections, and according to the voter registrar, quite possibly a record.
Democrats in Roanoke made a clean sweep of their own.
Nelson Harris is the city's next mayor.
Plus, all three Democratic City Council candidates won election.
In the mayor's race, Harris gathered 37 percent of the vote.
Independent Mac McCadden was about 750 votes behind, and Republican Alice Hincker came in third.
The other Independent, George Sgorous (Score-us), was a distant fourth.
Incumbent Bev Fitzpatrick receive the most votes for Roanoke City Council.
The team of Sherman Lea and Brian Wishneff had nearly identical vote totals to gain spots on council.
Republican Wendy Jones was fourth, followed by former Republican-turned-independent Councilman Bill Carder and independent Angela Norman.
Duane Howard brought up the pack with four percent.
Roanoke Democrats celebrated Tuesday's returns.
After the firehouse primary in February, party officials said they thought they had a strong ticket.
But with a competitive contest, even the candidates admitted the results were far from certain.
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[IN Q=A lot of times]
((JIM BRUBAKER/ROANOKE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: A LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN LOOK AND SAY MAYBE THIS TIME THIS PERSON ISN'T VIABLE, BUT THERE WERE THREE VIABLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR MAYOR. AND THERE WERE AT LEAST FIVE OR SIX VIABLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE THREE COUNCIL SEATS, SO YES WE WERE ANXIOUS TO GET THE VOTES IN BUT WE WERE VERY HOPEFUL I GUESS IS THE WORD AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT. ))
((BEV FITZPATRICK/VICE MAYOR ELECT: I THINK THIS WAS A VERY HARD ELECTION TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT. I CERTAINLY HAD NO DIRECTION ON IT. AND I WAS READY FOR THE WORST AND I HOPE THAT WHAT IT MEANS IS THERE IS A SENSE THAT ROANOKE NEEDS TO MOVE, CONTINUE THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE BEEN MAKING ALBEIT VERY CAREFULLY.))
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[SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Roanoke Vice-Mayor Elect; :22]
[OUT Q=albeit very carefully.]
Nelson Harris' election as Mayor will create a new vacancy on city council. The new council will appoint a replacement after July first.
The night was also a disappointing one for Roanoke Independents.
History repeated itself as mayoral candidate Mac McCadden finished a close second for the second time.
McCadden says he ran an efficient grass- roots campaign, but was unable to win a few areas with strong party ties.
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((MAC MCCADDEN/(I) CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE MAYOR: I THINK I LAID OUT ANOTHER EFFECTIVE RACE AND I DO BELIEVE I MADE A CASE FOR PEOPLE IN TERMS OF LOOKING AT INDEPENDENTS AS THE WAY TO GO IN ROANOKE CITY IN TERMS OF ELECTIONS FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS. I AM REALLY STAUNCHLY AM AGAINST THE PARTY AFFILIATION FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS.))
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[OUT Q=for local elections]
McCadden says the only running he'll be doing any time soon is after his 2- year- old grand- daughter.
He congratulates Nelson Harris - calling him the "second best choice" for mayor.
Independent Bill Carder also lost his bid for a seat on council, but says he'll continue to work for Roanoke as a citizen.
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[IN Q=I love this city]
((BILL CARDER: I LOVE THIS CITY AND I'M INVOLVED IN A LOT OF THINGS YOU KNOW THE BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL AND SPECIAL EVENTS AROUND THE CITY SO I'LL CONTINUE TO VOLUNTEER AND CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS CITY A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.))
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[OUT Q=great place to live]
Carder calls his campaign a great experience that allowed him to meet a lot of good people.
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We have more election coverage following our break.
But first, we'll tell you why firefighers in California are a little more optimistic today.
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It's already been a long, hot wildfire season in California-- and it's only MAY.
Wildfires have forced thousands to flee their homes.
At least six fires are raging from north of Los Angeles to San Diego.
At last count, 19- thousand acres are scorched.
Bill Whitaker reports.
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NARR: Fires flared again last night ... along with fears that
California is in for another dreadful fire season.
SOUND UP: Crackling wildfire...
NARR: Just months after the most devastating wildfires in state history,
thousands of acres from San Diego to Santa Barbara are ablaze.
Thousands of firefighters are on the line ... and once again residents
are fleeing advancing flames.
SOT: Dan Govea, evacuee/ HOPING THEY PUT IT OUT REALLY SOON, DON'T WANT
A DISASTER LIKE BACK IN NOVEMBER.
NARR: Despite such hopes, conditions are as bad or worse than those
that ignited the fires last time, which consumed 740,000 acres and took
SOT: Rick Ochoa, national Interagency Fire Center/ WE'VE HAD A VERY DRY
WINTER, WE HAVE LONG TERM DROUGHT IN THAT AREA AND THEN COMBINED WITH
HOT TEMPERATURES AND LOW HUMIDITIES, MADE THE CONDITIONS RIPE FOR FIRE.
NARR: In fact the state declared the start of fire season three weeks
early this year ... after a searing, spring heat wave with temperatures
topping 100. And there are forests full of dead, beetle-battered pine
trees, standing like match sticks waiting to ignite.
(SOT: Mitch Villaliando/) WE KNOW THAT THE FUEL MOISTURES ARE VERY LOW,
NARR: It's more mid-summer than early spring.
SOT: Evacuee/ FIRES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, NOT IN
NARR: An ominous harbinger of a long, hot summer ahead. BW, CBSN, LA.
Three bombs exploded outside an Athens police station today--
Although the blasts happened 100 days before the start of the Olympics, government officials say they are NOT connected to the upcoming Games.
The attack caused serious damage, but there are no reports of any injuries.
An anonymous caller warned an Athens newspaper about the
attacks ten minutes before, but gave no motive or claim
Police believe the bombings are linked to domestic groups.
Lynchburg will see some new members on its City Council.
In the first ward, Michael Gillette upset incumbent Julian Adams. Marie Martin came in third.
In the second ward, Ceasor (Caeser) Johnson will replace incumbent Ed Barksdale, who did NOT run for re-election.
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In all, three new faces will join Lynchburg's City Council in July.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, the newcomers replace thirty years of experience.
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[SUPER=01-Ceasor Johnson/Lynchburg City Councilman-Elect; :15]
[SUPER=01-Michael Gillette/Lynchburg City Councilman-Elect; :43]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Helgeson/Lynchburg City Councilman-Elect; :57]
[OUT Q=Steve Smallshaw, News 7, Lynchburg]
Joe Seiffert was unopposed and will keep his seat in Ward Four.
Two long-time Salem City Council members were seeking re-election, but only one will return to council.
John Chris Clemens, incumbent Howard Packett and Jane Johnson all won seats on council.
Incumbent Gerald Pace was only 20 votes behind but will lose his seat.
Stephen Smeltzer came in fifth.
Lee Eubanks conducted an organized write-in effort, but with only 337 total write-ins.
In the Martinsville City Council race, three seats were available.
Jay Reynolds, Kook Clark and incumbent J. Ronald Ferrill are the winners.
Mel Cartwright came in about 200 votes short.
Mark Stroud, Kathy Lawson and Stephen Lemons rounded out the field.
Familiar faces will return to Danville City Council.
Sherman Saunders gathered the most votes... nearly 57-hundred.
Saunders was followed by John Hamlin, Peter Castiglione and David Luther.
Stokes Daniels won the final seat.
Three challengers -- former Police Chief Neal Morris, Gus Dyer and Christopher Dunlap -- failed to knock off any of the incumbents.
Danville residents overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for future school board members to be elected.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll see what happens when a news helicopter BECOMES the news.
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The latest chapter in the volatile marriage of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown unfolds today in court.
Brown is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Georgia.
He's facing charges of battery for allegedly hitting his wife, pop star
Whitney Houston during an apparent domestic dispute last December.
Police said Houston had visible injuries to her face, including a bruise on her left cheek and a cut inside her upper lip.
T-V news crews like to get to the heart of a breaking story-- but we typically don't like to be part of it.
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That's what happened to three people inside a W-N-B-C New York news helicopter.
Investigators are trying to find out what caused the chopper to spin out of control yesterday afternoon and smash onto the roof of a building in Brooklyn.
The chopper's doors were blown out-- but the three crew members survived.
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[IN Q=Right now it's]
((TOM GALVIN/ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF:RIGHT NOW IT'S THE THREE SERIOUS INJURIES UH THE THREE MINOR AND WE'RE JUST VERY FORTUNATE THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY ESCALATING COLLAPSE OR ADDITIONAL, UH, FIRE. ))
[SUPER=01-Tom Galvin/Assistant Fire Chief;]
The pilot, a trainee and a reporter were on their way to cover a shooting when an apparent mechanical problem forced an emergency landing on the building.
They're all said to be in stable condition.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 17 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13.
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Coming up in sports,
Hidden Valley battles Blacksburg on the soccer field for first place.
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Hidden Valley, the state's eighth- ranked boys soccer team, traveled to Blacksburg to face the 2003 group 2-A state runner- up Bruins.
Bill Brown Stadium was the site for this battle for the River Ridge District first place spot.
Early in the first half, the Bruins' Evan Carstensen gets the ball in close to the Hidden Valley net and scores.
It's 1-nothing Blacksburg.
Hidden Valley ties it up at the 28- minute mark, but that tie would not last for long.
Less than two minutes later, Blacksburg's Harrison LaPuasa uses his noggin, heading the ball in making it 2-1.
The Bruins would hold on to win by that count.
In the girls game, Hidden Valley beat Blacksburg 3-to-2 in double overtime, as Meredith Grunewald scored the game winner.
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