They reported a man's murder last weekend in Campbell County--
Now two people are charged with the crime.
And, an overnight house fire leaves one woman dead in Montgomery County.
Clouds continue to build across the area which could lead to a few afternoon showers and storms. I'll have your forecast.
And, we'll have a live interview with opera star Elizabeth Futral (FEW-trull).
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
Two arrests have been made in the murder of a man whose body was found in Campbell County over the weekend.. the people who first reported the crime are now being charged with it.
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Authorities were called to a mobile home on Autumn Drive near Evington Sunday afternoon for a
report of a dead body inside.
That's where Steven Wayne Walker had died from multiple stab wounds and trauma to his head and body.
Walker had been staying in the home while the owners claimed they were on vacation.
But investigators say their story had too many holes.
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[IN Q=Nothing added up]
((TERRY GADDY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: NOTHING ADDED UP. SO UPON OUR INVESTIGATION, LIKE I SAY, IT WAS FAIRLY EASY TO SEE THAT IT WAS A HOMICIDE AND IT WAS SUSPICIOUS RIGHT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.))
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[OUT Q=the very beginning.]
41-year-old Richard Roy Preas (preese) and 33-year-old Virginia Boothe Blankinship are both facing murder charges.
Both are being held without bond.
Gaddy says robbery was the likely motive for the murder.
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A woman is dead after a hit and run accident early this morning in Lynchburg.
Few details have been released, but Lynchburg Police say a 36 year old woman was on Route 29 around 1 o'clock this morning when she was hit by a vehicle.
It happened in the southbound lanes of Route 29 between Grace and Kemper Street.
Police are not releasing the victim's name at this time.
Officials say they're still interviewing witnesses and looking for the vehicle.
A woman was killed in a house fire in Montgomery County overnight.
The sheriff's office says it received a 9-1-1 call around midnight reporting a fire at 569 Friendship Road.
Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control, and later found the woman in the back upper area of the house.
The victim was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.
Her identity has not been released.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says those involved in the Iraqi prison abuse WILL be brought to justice.
Rumsfeld is on a surprise visit to Iraq, trying to smooth over some of the problems caused by the abuse scandal.
Teri Okita has more from Capitol Hill.
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[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/U. S. Secretary of Defense;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell/(R) Colorado;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
TRACK: AFTER TWO WEEKS OF TAKING THE HEAT FOR THE PRISON SCANDAL,
DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD WANTED A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT ABU GHARIB
PRISON IN BAGHDAD. HIS LAST-MINUTE TRIP TO IRAQ IS SEEN BY MANY AS AN
ATTEMPT TO TRY TO QUIET THE CONTROVERSY.
(Super: Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary)
SOT: RUMMY: I was stunned. it was a body blow.
TRACK: AND AN ATTEMPT TO SECURE HIS JOB.
NAT POP: I'M A SURVIVOR
TRACK: HIS VISIT COMES ONE DAY AFTER LAWMAKERS VIEWED CLOSE TO
TWO-THOUSAND MORE PICTURES OF IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE.
SEN. BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL (R-CO)
SOT: Some of them bordered on absolutely hard-core porn, as an example,
and there was a number of pictures of dead Iraqis in the pictures, too.
And they werent sure if those were in the prison or taken at another
location, but theyre investigating that now.
TRACK: GOVERNMENT LAWYERS ARE ARGUING AGAINST RELEASING THE PHOTOS TO
THE PUBLIC SAYING IT WOULD VIOLATE THE GENEVA CONVENTION BY PUTTING
OUT IMAGES OF PRISONERS BEING DEGRADED.
SOT: Rumsfeld: As far as Im concerned, Id be happy to release them
all to the public and to get it behind us. But, at the present time, I
dont know anyone in the legal shop, in any element of the government,
that is recommending that.
TRACK: SOME LAWMAKERS HAVE CONCERNS THAT NOT RELEASING THE PICTURES
MIGHT CONSTRUE A COVER-UP SOMETHING SECRETARY RUMSFELD ADAMANTLY
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: The Major General who runs the prison system defended the
procedures and training used to set up Abu Gharib. In the next month,
he says, they will reduce the prison population there by more than half.
Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
It's been a bizarre weather week from the Plains to the Rockies-- where spring appears to be far away.....
Up to 16 inches of snow is forecast for the Colorado mountains this afternoon.
Strong storms make their way across the country bringing a mix of wintry weather
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and summer-like tornadoes.
That's what they saw last night in South- Central Kansas.
The twister destroyed at least three homes, but no one was injured.
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LEO in WX-CENTER
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A task force that studied the safety of the Roanoke City schools says the system needs more security.
Its recommendations were presented to the public last night.
Justin McLeod reports.
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[SUPER=01-Kay McGrath/Safety Task Force Member; :12]
[SUPER=01-Paula Wilder/Safety Task Force Facilitator; :55]
[SUPER=01-Rodger Hogan/Safety Task Force Member; 1:23]
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((((NAT SOUND OF MEETING))
It took more than eight months, ten meetings, and 31 members.
Now Roanoke's school safety task force is ready to issue its final report.
[IN Q=We did have a goal]
((KAY McGRATH/SAFETY TASK FORCE MEMBER: WE DID HAVE A GOAL IN SIGHT AND I BELIEVE WE ARE CLOSING IN ON IT NOW.))
[OUT Q=IN ON IT NOW]
Closing in on it means changes in discipline.
The task force recommends better training for all staff, especially on how to prevent bullying.
There also needs to be more equity in discipline and students should sign a no bullying pledge.
[IN Q=We need to spend]
((PAULA WILDER/TASK FORCE FACILITATOR: WE NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME PREVENTING PROBLEMS THAN DEALING WITH THEM AFTER THEY HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=AFTER THEY HAPPEN]
To do that, the committee recommends increased hallway supervision and more security at the middle and high school levels.
The report even suggests metal detectors as a possibility.
The committee wants to see more teacher involvement particularly at the middle school level and additional guidance counselors.
They also stress there needs to be more parental involvement.
[IN Q=Everybody is a stake holder]
((PAULA WILDER/TASK FORCE FACILITATOR: EVERYBODY IS A STAKE HOLDER IN THIS SO WE WANT TO BE CLEAR EVERYBODY CAN TAKE SOME ACTION TO MAKE THIS A BETTER SITUATION FOR THE KIDDOS.))
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A situation the committee believes could get better if Roanoke City develops more alternative education programs for serious offenders.
Smaller schools would also help.
The report recommends equalizing the student population at the two high schools and that may mean redistricting.
These are recommendations task force members hope city leaders and the community take seriously.
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((RODGER HOGAN/TASK FORCE MEMBER: IT WOULD BE VERY INSULTING IF IT WERE TO PUT AWAY AND COLLECT DUST))
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[IN Q=That is partly]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THAT IS PARTLY WHY THE TASK WOULD LIKE TO SEE FOLLOW-UPS. IT RECOMMENDS THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SURVEY STUDENTS ANNUALLY TO CHECK THE PROGRSS. JUSTIN McLEOD,NEWS 7.))))
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Coming up next on the newscast, Dr. Sean Kenniff looks at the two most popular low carbohydrate diets.
Also we'll tell you why OPEC says it can't do much to help lower rising gas prices.
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A trial date has been set for the Alleghany County man accused of beating a wheelchair- bound man to death.
22-year-old William Riley Richardson was in a Craig County courtroom yesterday trying to be released on bond before his trial.
A judge denied his request.
The grand jury certified five-charges, including first degree murder, malicious wounding and attempted arson.
The judge set Richardson's jury trial for September first and second.
Richardson is accused of beating 65-year-old Richard Sarver to death in April after attacking an ex-girlfriend.
OPEC says while it's worried that skyrocketing fuel prices will slow down the world's economy, there's not much it can do about it.
The chief of the oil cartel blames high prices at the pump on such things as the war in Iraq, instability in the Middle East, and the high demand for gas in America.
But OPEC members still plan to meet next week to discuss a Saudi propsal for boosting production by one and a half million barrels a day.
OPEC hopes that'll help avoid a global recession.
It seems just about everyone is counting the number of carbohydrates they eat.
The phenomenon is fueled by the two most popular diets, Atkins and South Beach.
But which one is better?
Dr. Sean Kenniff examines the facts.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News; :21]
[SUPER=01-Carla Wopler/Nutritionist; :41]
[SUPER=01-Samantha Heller/Nutritionist; 1:00]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]
((WEIGHT LOSS PLANS AND PRODUCTS ARE A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY AND
RIGHT NOW LOW-CARB IS KING.
SITTING AT THE THRONE: THE ATKINS DIET AND THE SOUTH BEACH DIET.
(vo)"you can go with Atkins, you can go with South Beach, and lose
weight.(oc) But it doesnt mean youre eating healthy."
THE ATKINS DIET HAS TAKEN OFF IN RECENT YEARS WITH PRODUCTS AND TIE-INS
(standup)DURING THE INITIAL STAGE DIETERS ARE TOLD TO EAT 20 CARBS A DAY
OR LESS.... WHICH MEANS NO FRUIT.. A LARGE ORANGE HAS 21 CARBS BY ITSELF.
BUT YOU CAN EAT LOTS OF RED MEAT, EGGS, AND BUTTER BECAUSE, ATKINS SAYS,
A LOW CARB BODY ENTERS KETOSIS..... WHERE YOU BURN FAT INSTEAD OF CARBS.
BUT EXPERTS DISAGREE.
"in ketosis, you're losing a tremendous amount of (vo)body fluid. It's
the extraction of water (oc)from the blood that causes weight loss...
it's not fat."
HOWEVER, STUDIES CONTINUE TO SHOW PEOPLE LOSE WEIGHT ON ATKINS AND THE
DIET THAT SHARES IT'S NAME WITH THIS PART OF MIAMI... SOUTH BEACH.
"If I had to choose between the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet,
South Beach would win hands down."
THAT'S BECAUSE SOUTH BEACH USES THE SAME PHILOSOPHY AS ATKINS BUT WITH
ONE BIG DIFFERENCE.
INSTEAD OF FATTY FOODS THE SOUTH BEACH DIET CALLS FOR LEAN MEATS AND
VEGETABLES DURING INDUCTION.
EVENTUALLY YOU CAN ADD FRUIT AND WHOLE GRAINS.
(vo)"It's a healthier diet....(oc) it's not, in the end, the healthiest
(standup)MOST EXPERTS AGREE THE REASON LOW-CARB DIETS ARE SUCCESSFUL IS
BECAUSE THEY BAN DESSERTS AND OTHER HIGH CALORIE FOODS.....
(vo)FORCING PEOPLE TO TAKE IN NOT ONLY LESS CARBS BUT ALSO LESS CALORIES.
AND IN THE END THAT'S ALL WEIGHT LOSS IS... BURNING MORE CALORIES THAN
DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
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Coming up after the break, Leo will give us a sneak peek at the weekend forecast.
But first we will speak with opera singer Elizabeth Futral in advance of her recital tonight in Roanoke.
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It's not New York or Vienna, but Roanoke is building a reputation for presenting some of the world's best classical singers.
Opera stars Dawn Upshaw, Jane Bunnell and Richard Troxell have all performed here, and the Tallis Scholars were here in March.
Now, another opera star has landed in Roanoke. Soprano Elizabeth Futral ((FEW-trull)) has been making a name for herself in the major opera houses around the world, and tonight she'll be appearing in recital in Shaftman Performance Hall.
[Kimberly and Elizabeth]
And Elizabeth Futral joins us this afternoon.....
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Again, Elizabeth Futral (FEW- trull) will be performing tonight at 7:30 in Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center.
Tickets are still available.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP four points. The NASDAQ has gained nine.
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Up next in sports, the NASCAR drivers are focused on Richmond as they prepare for this weekend's race.
And we'll see how the ACC is reaping the benefits from its expansion.
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The ACC's constant expansion talk a year ago was supposed to be about securing its place in the future - on the college football landscape.
As it turns out, it also was about securing the conference's financial future.
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The powers that be tried to play down the power of the dollar a year ago, but yesterday the proof was supplied in the form of a new TV contract with ABC and ESPN.
The new seven-year deal is worth $258 million dollars, according to USA Today.
That's just under 38 million dollars a season, and almost double what the conference was getting.
Plus, the ACC will get 6 Thursday night games and have an annual Labor Day primetime game.
The first two will feature Miami and Florida State.
The end of the school year is approaching, and for many young men and women that means a chance to snag some much needed financial aid for college in the form of scholarships.
Salem high school senior Travis Light received a scholarhship yesterday when he was named the recipient of the Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship.
The Scholarship committee awarded Light the 16 thousand dollar scholarship in a news conference at 4-19 West.
Light will put the money toward his education at VMI next year.
He maintains a 3.77 grade point average, is a member of the national honor society, FCA and has played varsity golf for three years.
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[SUPER=01-Travis Light/Don Holliday Scholarship Winner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jerry English/Don Holliday Board Member; :13]
[OUT Q=........be able to help him out"]
Jeff Green posted some of the fastest times during the open test sessions at Lowe's Motor Speedway this week, as he topped the 182- mile- an hour mark.
Mark Martin led Monday night's speed chart, but is now focused on Richmond.
Martin has three poles in the state capital, and expects the track record to fall Friday, thanks to the new pavement.
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[SUPER=01-Greg Biffle/23rd in Nextel Cup Points; :22]
[OUT Q=great facility again."]
Time trials get started in Richmond tomorrow afternoon at 3.
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