Up next on News 7--
An accident today involving a school bus in Bath County leaves six people injured.
And, a standing ovation this morning for the woman selected as interim superintendent for Roanoke City Schools.
Warm and humid today will turn in to hot and muggy conditions over the next couple of days. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
The top spot in the Roanoke School System will temporarily fall to a longtime local educator
The school board announced it's choice for interim superintendent this morning.
Shannon Young was there.
Kim, the board started its search for an interim superintendent in March when Wayne Harris announced his retirement after eleven years of service.
Doris Ennis today received a standing ovation as school board members and Harris introduced her as their choice for acting superintendent.
Ennis will take over for Harris when he goes on leave this June and eventually retires at the end of the year.
After dedicating 42 years to Roanoke schools Ennis has earned a reputation as a "healer".
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[IN Q=I think we need to come together to...]
[SUPER=01-Doris Ennis/Acting School Superintendent;]
((DORIS ENNIS/ACTING SUPERINTENDENT, ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: I THINK WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO BUILD AND FOSTER HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIPS SO THAT WE CAN PROMOTE AND ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL ATTRACT THE MOST OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY. IF WE PROJECT THE IMAGE THAT THERE'S DISHARMONY THEN PEOPLE WILL HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Schools Superintendent;]
((WAYNE HARRIS/SUPERINTENDENT, ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: I THINK THEY'VE MADE A WISE DECISION. DORIS WILL DO FINE. I'M VERY PLEASED, AS I MAKE MY EXIT, I FEEL VERY GOOD THAT ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD.))
[OUT Q=will continue to move forward.]
Ennis has been a teacher, department head and principal of five schools.
She's currently the interim principal at Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy.
Her term will run until July of next year when the board hopes to hire a permanent superintendent.
Six people suffered minor injuries in an accident involving a school bus in Bath County this morning.
State Police say around 8 o'clock, 19 year old Michael Tolson lost control of his pickup truck on Route 649, crossed the center line and hit the school bus head on.
Tolson, a 15 year old passenger in the truck, and four elementary aged passengers on the bus were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the bus was not injured.
Tolson has been charged with reckless driving.
U-S soldiers and Iraqi forces raid the home of the man who calls himself "America's best friend in Iraq."
And the U-S military faces questions over why so many Iraqis were killed yesterday near the Syrian border.
Drew Levinson has more from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Gen. Mark Kimmitt/Coalition Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Ahmad Chalabi/Iraqi Governing Council;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Washington. ]
(NATZ OF IRAQI CRYING)
AS IRAQI'S BURIED THEIR DEAD THURSDAY---THE DEBATE RAGED ON OVER WHAT
WAS BEHIND A U-S MILITARY STRIKE NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER.
(NATZ GUNFIRE DURING FUNERAL PROCESSION)
ANGRY WITNESSES SAY U-S AIRCRAFT FIRED ON A WEDDING PARTY KILLING MORE
THAN 40 PEOPLE INCLUDING CHILDREN.
BUT COALITION OFFICIALS SAY THEY DIDN'T ATTACK A WEDDING BUT RATHER A
SUSPECTED SAFEHOUSE FOR INSURGENTS.
SOT: GEN. MARK KIMMITT/COALITION SPOKESMAN
"WE HAD SPECIFIC INTELLIGENCE THAT SHOWED FOREIGN FIGHTERS INFILTRATING
KIMMITT ADMITS THERE WERE MANY CASULAITIES, BUT HE SAYS U-S TROOPS
PICKED UP SEVERAL WEAPONS, SATELLITE EQUIPMENT FOREIGN PASSPORTS AND
LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH.
IN BAGHDAD U-S TROOPS CONDUCTED A RAID ON WHAT WOULD HAVE SEEMED A
MOSTLY UNLIKELY TARGET JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO....THE HOME OF IRAQI
POLITICIAN AHMAD CHALABI. AT ONE TIME, MANY CONSIDERED HIM WASHINGTON'S
HANDPICKED SUCCESSOR TO SADDAM HUSSEIN, BUT IN RECENT DAYS CHALBI HAS
BEEN CRITICAL OF U-S PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING TRANSFER OF POWER.
SOT: AHMAD CHALABI/IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL
"WE WELCOME INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION AND ASSISTANCE FOR IRAQ, BUT
THIS HAS TO BE DONE AT THE REQUEST OF THE SOVEREIGN IRAQI GOVERNMENT."
SO FAR, COALITION AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT REVEALED WHY THEY SEARCHED
CHALABI'S HOME OR HIS OFFICE. IRAQIS SAY IT'S TO PRESSURE HIM TO TOE
THE AMERICAN LINE.
Secretary of State Powell, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and President Bush
are all out today...pushing their agenda for Iraqi handoff.
In fact both Rumsfeld and the President are on Capital Hill meeting
with Congressional republicans.
More photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse have surfaced--An Arab T-V station is broadcasting what it says are new pictures.
A-B-C broadcast the same photos yesterday, identifying the
U-S soldiers as specialists Charles Graner and Sabrina Harmon, who are both facing charges.
The network says it obtained testimony from another U-S soldier that the dead Iraqi in the photo had been brought to the prison in good health.
The soldier reportedly told investigators he saw extensive bruising on the man's body after he'd died in prison.
Environmental groups say portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Roanoke Valley are threatened by development,
but today a developer made sure that one pristine view off the Parkway will never be touched.
With a few strokes of the pen, Radford and Company donated 60 acres of pasture land to the Western Virginia Land Trust, which will then grant the land to the Parkway.
Land Trust officials say this is a case of developers and environmentalists working together to minimize impact.
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[IN Q=We're not anti-growth...]
((ROGER HOLNBACK/WESTERN VIRGINIA LAND TRUST DIRECTOR; WE'RE NOT ANTI-GROWTH OR ANTI-DEVELOPMENT, WE DO LIKE TO SEE SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENT, AND THIS IS CERTAINLY SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENT. THEY'VE TAKEN THE NEEDS OF OUR NATION AND THE USERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY INTO CONSIDERATION AND MAKING A VERY GENEROUS GIFT.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Holnback/Western Virginia Land Trust Director;]
[OUT Q=a very generous gift.]
Radford and Company is planning to build up to 4-hundred upscale homes next to the donated land, but the homes will be shielded from the Parkway by trees and topography.
Just weeks after passing a major tax increase, Virginia may end the fiscal year with a surplus.
State revenue collections have grown nine and a half percent for the year.
That's well ahead of what was expected.
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says if the upswing continues, legislators may consider rolling back some of the recently-passed tax hikes.
Griffith says removing the cap on car tax relief could be the first thing to go if the state ends up with a surplus.
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Up next on the newscast, authorities in Rome find two bombs at a McDonald's Restaurant.
Plus, a reporter goes from covering a story to catching a suspect, and it's all caught on camera.
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They definitely weren't on the menu--
Two small home-made bombs were found outside a McDonald's restaurant in Rome today.
Police say they were concealed inside travel bags-- which also contained a pamphlet with the five-point star of the Red Brigades guerilla group.
The group is on the European Union list of suspected terrorist organizations.
But officials aren't sure if the group is responsible for planting the bombs.
Police were able to defuse them, but say the devices would have caused little damage had they exploded on their own.
The United Nations is already condemning one Israeli attack--
[SUPER=03-Rafah, Gaza Strip;]
And today, Palestinian officials say an Israeli helicopter strike killed seven more Palestinians.
Israeli troops and tanks pushed further into the refugee camp, despite international outrage over yesterday's killings of Palestinian children in an attack on a peaceful demonstration.
The U-N Security Council passed a resolution urging an end to violence.
The U-S, an Israeli ally, abstained from the vote.
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Two years ago this week, a Roanoke College graduate was found murdered in North Carolina.
The case has generated plenty of leads, but Stephanie Bennett's killer is still unknown.
As Justin McLeod tells us, changes are coming to the investigation.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carmon Bennett/Stephanie's Father; :51]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((CARMON SAYING AT 6:07:45 SAYING "STEPHANIE IS JUST A PART OF THE HOUSE, ALWAYS HAS BEEN, ALWAYS WILL BE" ****COVER THE BITE WITH PICTURES****))
There are reminders of Stephanie Bennett all over the home she grew up in.
There's even a lit candle in her bedroom window, a reminder her case is still unsolved.
[IN Q=It's frustration]
((CARMON BENNETT/STEPHANIE'S FATHER: IT'S FRUSTRATING.))
[OUT Q=it's frustrating]
A frustration that began on May 21st 2002.
That's when police found the 23 year old strangled in her Raleigh North Carolina apartment.
Two years later, her killer is still on the loose.
[IN Q=Remain hopeful]
((CARMON BENNETT/STEPHANIE'S FATHER: REMAIN VERY HOPEFUL. WE CAN'T HAVE A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD THIS SITUATION.))
[OUT Q=THIS SITUATION]
A situation that has been tough for investigators.
Raleigh Police say the case is still generating leads, especially after Stephanie's father offered a one hundred thousand dollar reward last summer.
But now the lead investigator is about to retire.
[IN Q=It hasn't set well]
((CARMON BENNETT: IT HASN'T SET WELL WITH US BECAUSE HE'S SO DEDICATED TO THE CASE.))
[OUT Q=TO THE CASE]
It is a case police are confident will be solved, even without its lead investigator.
Officers say they have a lot of evidence that ties the murderer to the crime.
They also believe someone out there has important information that could lead to an arrest.
Until that day comes, her parents can't put this behind them.
[IN Q=Everytime you see]
((CARMON BENNETT: EVERYTIME YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT REMINDS YOU OF STEPHANIE IT TRIGGERS EVERYTHING RIGHT BACK ESPECIALLY HER FIRST CAR, THE HONDA PRELUDE. EVERYTIME YOU SEE A RED HONDA PRELUDE THAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU THINK ABOUT IS STEPHANIE.))
[OUT Q=ABOUT IS STEPHANIE]
[IN Q=You'll be seeing]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: YOU'LL BE SEEING A LOT MORE OF STEPHANIE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. POLICE HOPE TO RELEASE A VIDEO TAPE THAT SHOWS SOME OF THE CRIME SCENE IN HOPES IT WILL JOG SOMEONE'S MEMORY. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
In Shreveport, Louisiana, a T-V reporter gave new meaning to "chasing a story."
Now he's being called a hero.
Robb Hayes has HIS story.
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[SUPER=01-Robb Hayes/Reporting; :46]
[OUT Q=Hays for CBS news.]
KSLA-TV REPORTER FRED CHILDERS IS USED TO CHASING STORIES - JUST NOT
QUITE LIKE THIS.
"nats, fred running"
AS CHILDERS STOOD OUTSIDE SHREVEPORT POLICE HEADQUARTERS WORKING ON AN
UNRELATED STORY, A MAN ESCAPED FROM NEARBY CITY COURT.
"STOP HIM ... STOP HIM"
WHEN CHILDERS HEARD A PURSUING CITY MARSHAL YELLING FOR HELP IN
CAPTURING THE MAN - THE REPORTER RAN AFTER HIM.
(NATS.... KEEP IT UP UNTIL REPORTER CAPTURES SUSPECT)
POLICE SAY, THE 20-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT TOOK OFF AFTER BEING TOLD HE HAD
WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST.
((video wipes here to more shots of suspect being arrested))
"Reporter/Standup: Police thanked Childers for his work but warned the
public ... getting involved to this extent is not always safe."
"chief Campbell: In the back of your mind, you need to have that safety
concern because you may end up with something more than what you
CHILDERS SAYS A FEW YEARS BACK - HE CONSIDERED BEING A POLICE OFFICER -
BUT OPTED FOR JOURNALISM.
NOW - HE'S GOTTEN A TASTE OF BOTH.
IN SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA, I'M ROBB HAYS FOR CBS NEWS.
Henry County's former administrator will spend 41 months in a federal prison for embezzling money from the area's utilities.
Sid Clower received the sentence on federal charges this morning.
In addition to the prison term, he was also fined more than one million dollars.
52-year old Clower has already served 17 months on state charges.
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Still to come on the newscast,
we'll have a dilly of a story that could put you off of pickles for a while.
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It's a contest for the truly "kosher"--
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
New York's Carnegie Deli hosted America's Annual Pickle Eating Contest.
Several of the world's top competitive eaters consumed more than two dozen pickles in barely two minutes.
Ed Cookie Jarvis came in first-- chowing down 28 pickles.
Jarvis says despite having filled his stomach, he had room for even more.
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[IN Q=I feel great..]
[SUPER=01-Ed Cookie Jarvis/Pickle Eating Contest Winner;]
[OUT Q=2.97 pounds.]
This isn't the first time Jarvis has out eaten the competition-- his prior achievements include eating over 40 meatballs in four minutes.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 21 points. The NASDAQ has lost three.
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Coming up next in sports, the Salem Avalanche and Winston-Salem Warthogs play catch-up today after rain gets in the way of their series.
And the NEXTEL Cup gets ready for all-stars weekend, as the President of Lowes Motor speedway makes his choice.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The ACC's new TV contract that was leaked out a week ago was made official yesterday, as ACC Commisioner John Swofford held an afternoon news conference.
The new seven-year deal is worth $258 million dollars, according to several published reports.
ESPN and ABC will the get the bulk of the games, but the good news for local fans is that RAYCOM-Jefferson Pilot will have football again this fall each and every Saturday, and we can tell you that the ACC games of week will be right here on WDBJ-7.
In one other college note - Washington & Lee lost in the lacrosse national quarterfinals on road against powerful Salisbury 15-to-6.
NASCAR wants to put the pedal to the metal in its drive for greater diversity.
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00]
At a news conference in Concord, North Carolina a short time ago, NASCAR announced a new drive to get more women and minorities involved in motor sports
Heading up the program will be basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
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[IN Q=They have]
(("MAGIC" JOHNSON: THEY HAVE THE NUMBER ONE SPORTS BRAND. I HAVE THE NUMBER ONE URBAN BRAND. SO BRINGING THESE TWO BRANDS TOGETHER, WE HOPE THAT WE CAN REACH OUT TO MINORITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, AND INTRODUCE A WONDERFUL SPORT THAT IS ALREADY DOING VERY, VERY, VERY WELL. AND HOPEFULLY, IT WILL DO VERY WELL IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-"Magic" Johnson/NASCAR Diversity Program; :00]
Johnson says he's working for NASCAR for free.
The NEXTEL all-star challenge is set for this Saturday night at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
NASCAR's all-star weekend always gets started with a little midweek fun.
And that was again the case yesterday afternoon, as Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler unveiled his pick to win the race.
Humpy has a knack for being right most of the time.
He's correctly picked 9 of the last 15 winners.
This year he's putting the pressure on Jeff Gordon.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Picked to Win Nextel Challenge;]
[OUT Q=...and win."]
[vo nat con't]
Also, Tony Stewart- the man who created a lot of the excitement in last year's event - will help promote the release of Shrek 2 - by driving a special Shrek and Donkey paint scheme this weekend.
The Tunstall baseball team is also making waves this year on the diamond.
This year the Trojans are 17 and 3, and poised for another playoff run that they hope will not come up short.
Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=03-Dry Fork; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barry Shelton/5th Season as Tunstall Baseball Coach; :15]
[SUPER=04-1994 Season; :47]
[SUPER=01-Will Inman/8-1, 0.50 ERA for Tunstall; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Jacob Thompson/7-1, 0.44 ERA for Tunstall; 1:16]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
The Salem Avalanche got rained out last night.
The Avs and Warthogs will play two tonight starting at 6:05 at Salem Memorial.
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