He weathered the storm after intelligence failures in Iraq and the September 11th attacks-- but today the director o
f the C-I-A stepped down.
And, a basement apartment catches fire this morning in Roanoke-- a day after neighbors say a family moved out.
A mix of sun and clouds right now but we do expect a few more clouds for the upcoming weekend. I'll have your details.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
The C-I-A is posting a Help Wanted Sign--
The agency will be looking for a new director following George Tenet's resignation today.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
George Tenet has resigned for what President Bush calls personal reasons, and that his deputy will temporarily lead the agency until a permanent replacement is found.
For months, Tenet's been under fire over Iraqi intelligence failures and the government's response to terrorist threats.
Bush says Tenet did a ``superb job'' for the nation, and was a ``strong and able leader.''
Tenet had led the spy agency for seven years, which officials say was an unusually long tenure.
Jennifer Miller is in Washington this afternoon and joins us now with the latest.
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IN A MOVE THAT STUNNED WASHINGTON ...CIA DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET RESIGNED
LATE THIS MORNING. PRESIDENT BUSH BROKE THE
(BUSH SOT) He told me he was resigning for personal reasons. I told him
I'm sorry he's leaving. He's done a superb job on behalf of the
American people. I accepted his letter.
TRACK: THE PRESIDENT SAID TENET ... THE HEAD OF THE NATION'S TOP SPY
AGENCY ... HAS BEEN A STRONG LEADER IN THE WAR ON TERROR AND THAT HE
WILL BE MISSED.
George Tenet is the kind of public servant you like to work with. He's
strong, he's resolute.
TRACK: TENET HAS "HAD" TO BE RESOLUTE: FOR MONTHS, HE'S BEEN AT THE
CENTER OF CONTROVERSY IN CONNECTION WITH INTELLIGENCE FAILURES. HE WAS
CALLED TO THE HILL TO EXPLAIN WHY THE U-S WRONGLY STATED THAT SADDAM
HUSSEIN HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. AND THE 9-11 PANEL HAD HARSH
CRITICISM FOR THE CIA FOR FAILING TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE THREAT POSED
BY AL-QAEDA BEFORE 9-11.
Investigators continue to look into an apartment fire in Roanoke.
Crews responded to the Laurel Ridge Apartments off of Old Spanish Trail just after eight o'clock this morning.
When they arrived there was heavy smoke and fire coming from a basement apartment.
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[IN Q=Guys got it..]
((BOBBIE SLAYTON, ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: GUYS GOT ON IT PRETTY QUICK- KNOCKED IT DOWN. MINOR SMOKE DAMAGE AND FIRE CONTROL DAMAGE. APARTMENT FOUR IS UNLIVEABLE... THERE WERE NO INJURIES.))
[SUPER=01-Bobbie Slayton/Roanoke City Fire Chief]
[OUT Q=... NO INJURIES.]
Slayton says the basement apartment sustained most of the damage, but there was some minor damage to the second floor.
Neighbors tell News7, the family who had been living there, moved out yesterday.
Investigators will be on the scene today to determine the cause of the fire.
The laws of supply and demand are at work today, as OPEC members meet to discuss soaring oil prices.
While it sounds like they're delivering welcome news for consumers, Teri Okita says today's announcement may not to much to lower gas prices.
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[SUPER=01-Pumomo Yusgiantoro/OPEC Spokesperson;]
[SUPER=01-Gary Barnes/Truck Driver;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS news, Washington.]
TRACK: WASHINGTON HAS BEEN PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON FOREIGN OIL
SUPPLIERS TO INCREASE PRODUCTION TO HELP EASE THE SUMMER'S SOARING GAS
PRICES. NOW, SAUDI ARABIA ... ALONG WITH OTHER OPEC NATIONS ... HAVE
PROMISED TO PRODUCE TWO-MILLION MORE BARRELS A DAY ... STARTING NEXT
MONTH. OPEC HAS ALSO AGREED TO RAISE PRODUCTION BY A HALF-MILLION MORE
BARRELS IN AUGUST, IF NECESSARY.
SOT: Poss: opec spokesman (to come from presser)
TRACK: THAT'S WELCOME NEWS TO CONSUMERS ... WHO'VE SEEN THEIR
POCKETBOOKS DRAINED RECENTLY.
(Super: Gary Barnes/Truck Driver)
SOT: (from assures pkg.) I shut my truck off. I told the guy that I haul
for and Ive hauled for him for 25-years and I just told him, no
longer, I cant afford it.
TRACK: LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN AT ODDS OVER WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE PRICE
HIKES. DEMOCRATS HAVE ACCUSED PRESIDENT BUSH OF PLAYING POLITICS OVER
SOARING GAS PRICES BY NOT RELEASING SOME OF THE GOVERNMENTS STRATEGIC
RESERVE. ITS BECOME A CAMPAIGN ISSUE FOR DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL
CANDIDATE JOHN KERRY WHO SAYS HES GOT A PLAN TO FREE AMERICANS FROM A
DANGEROUS DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
TRACK: BUT BUSH OFFICIALS SAY ITS DEMOCRATS WHOVE BLOCKED LEGISLATION
THAT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT RELIEF AT THE PUMPS LONG AGO.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Despite the increased production, analysts say consumers
probably wont see gas prices go down anytime soon. Thats because other
factors, such as refinery constraints and more demand during the summer,
will continue to affect the market. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
A key U-S ally in Iraq came under attack today in Baghdad.
Authorities say mortars were fired today at the Italian Embassy, killing at least one Iraqi and injuring several others.
Three children were reportedly injured.
Despite being targeted, officials say there were no Italian casualties.
The attack came hours before President Bush's scheduled arrival in Italy.
It looks like the lights will be out across parts of Texas for several more days--
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A line of severe thunderstorms hit the Dallas- Fort Worth area, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers.
It's the largest power outage the area has seen in a decade.
The storms also left their mark on Oklahoma and Arkansas.
They're blamed for three deaths -- two in Texas and another in Oklahoma City.
Strong winds flipped planes at a Fort Worth airport, and damaged several homes.
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LEO in WX-CENTER
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Still to come on the newscast, a man suspected of committing a murder in Franklin County surrenders to police.
Plus is Prozac an effective treatment for depressed teenagers? We'll see the results of a lengthy study.
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Anti- depressants have been at the center of a debate in recent months over fears the drugs may increase the risk of suicide in adolescents.
But apparently a new study has found that Prozac is effective in treating children's depression, and is even more effective when combined with conventional therapy.
Doctor Mallika Marshall has more.
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((IN THE U-S MILLIONS OF KIDS UNDER 18 ARE GIVEN ANTI-DEPRESSANTS... EVEN
THOUGH ONLY ONE, PROZAC, IS APPROVED FOR CHILDREN.
THAT HAS LED TO A DEBATE IN THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY.... WHAT IS THE
BEST WAY TO TREAT DEPRESSED ADOLESCENTS?: DRUGS OR CONVENTIONAL TALK
ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY RESULTS PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES... A
NEW STUDY FINDS: BOTH.
(SOT-Dr. Harold Koplewicz/NYU Child Study Center)
"we know that medication, specifically prozac, is effective in treating
teenagers with depression"
THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED STUDY FOUND THAT 43 PERCENT OF ADOLESCENTS WHO
RECEIVED TALK THERAPY ALONE RESPONDED WELL TO THE TREATMENT.
THOSE ON PROZAC ALONE HAD A 61 PERCENT SUCCESS RATE.
BUT KIDS RECEIVING BOTH THE DRUG AND THERAPY APPARENTLY DID THE BEST: 71
PERCENT RESPONDED WELL TO THE TREATMENT.
(STANDUP: Dr. Mallika Marshall/CBS NEWS/Boston, MA)
HOWEVER, THE FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY ARE UNLIKELY TO RESOLVE THE
CONTROVERSY OVER WHETHER PROZAC AND OTHER ANTI-DEPRESSANTS CAN INCREASE
THE RISK OF SUICIDE IN SOME ADOLESCENTS.
EARLIER THIS YEAR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WARNED THAT ANYONE
TAKING THESE DRUGS SHOULD BE CLOSELY OBSERVED FOR WARNING SIGNS OF
AND LAST YEAR BRITISH HEALTH OFFICIALS SAID RESEARCH SUGGESTED A
BUT EXPERTS SAY IF THERE IS A CONNECTION IT IS EXTREMELY RARE AND RIGHT
NOW PROZAC'S BENEFITS OUTWEIGH ITS RISKS.
"this is a serious illness that needs effective treatment and the
effective treatment is medication."
FOR THE PARENTS OF MILLIONS OF ADOLESCENTS TAKING PROZAC THE NEW
INFORMATION THAT THE DRUG SEEMS TO BE EFFECTIVE MAY NOT GIVE THEM TOTAL
PIECE OF MIND.
BUT IT MAY ALLOW THEM TO REST A BIT EASIER.
DOCTOR MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.))
Hunger is an issue affecting many households across the nation.
A study for America's Second Harvest says almost 41 percent of families with children are experiencing hunger.
In Roanoke today, Southwest Virginia's Second Harvest Food Bank hosted an open forum with panelists from local non-profit agencies.
The food bank serves twenty-six counties in Virginia. Ten of those counties are considered to be the poorest in the state.
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((PAMELA IRVINE/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: IT IS NATIONAL HUNGER AWARENESS DAY AROUND OUR NATION AND WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT CELEBRATING HUNGER BUT WE WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE FACT THERE IS HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITY IN OUR COUNTRY AND WE TRULY BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Pamela Irvine/SW Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank;]
[OUT Q=do about it]
The organization hopes this forum will help build awareness and support in reducing hunger in southwest Virginia.
A man wanted for murder in Franklin County surrendered to police in Danville last night.
Stanley Dion Tate gave up about eight o-clock last night.
Authorities say Tate's lawyer called them earlier and said he would turn himself in.
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Tate is wanted for the murder of a woman in Franklin County.
Charmane Tamika Davis was found shot to death last month inside a home on Water's Edge Road near Smith Mountain Lake.
Tate was her boyfriend and is the father of two of her three children.
Investigators believe she caught Tate at his home with another woman.
Franklin County officers were in Danville last night.
They hope to arraign Tate in Franklin County later today.
He also faces drug charges in Danville.
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The state Department of Transportation gave the public a detailed look at the new proposal for Interstate 73 last night.
And as Justin McLeod tells us, not everyone liked what they saw.
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[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Department of Transportation; :31]
[SUPER=01-Ann Rogers/Virginians for Appropriate Roads; :41]
[SUPER=01-Janet Shaner/Roanoke Co. Resident; 1:21]
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((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY ON 220))
Route 220 today, I-73 tomorrow?
It's a possibility that could take this woman's home.
[IN Q=I don't know]
((JANET SHANER/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. I REALLY DO NOT KNOW.))
[OUT Q=DO NOT KNOW]
What Janet Shaner knows for sure is that V-Dot has changed its mind.
The state originally planned to build I-73 through Southeast Roanoke which you can see here in orange.
That proposal recently changed and now the interstate will follow Route 220 through Clearbrook which you can see here in red.
[IN Q=It needs to be changed]
((LAURA BULLOCK/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED BECAUSE AN AREA THAT WAS NOT HISTORIC IN EARLIER YEARS NOW IS.))
[OUT Q=YEARS NOW IS]
Opponents believe there's a similar problem with the new route.
[IN Q=The project bisects]
((ANNE ROGERS/VIRGINIANS FOR APPROPRIATE ROADS: THE PROJECT BISECTS THE OAK HILL OLD GERMAN BAPTIST SETTLEMENT WHICH IS A HISTORIC SETTLEMENT.))
[OUT Q=HISTORIC SETTLMENT]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF OPEN HOUSE))
That concern along with many others were addressed at two public information meetings V-Dot held this week.
[IN Q=We will collect]
((LAURA BULLOCK/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: WE WILL COLLECT THE INFORMATION GATHERED FROM THE TWO NIGHTS OF MEETINGS AND WE WILL GIVE SOME NEW INFORMATION TO THE TRANSPORTATION BOARD MEMBERS LATER THIS SUMMER AND ASKED THEM TO MAKE A DECISION TO CHANGE THE I-73 CORRIDOR.))
[OUT Q=I-73 CORRIDOR]
The corridor from Roanoke to the North Carolina border could affect nearly four hundred households.
Some residents who live along the proposed route are taking a wait and see approach.
[IN Q=I know it's there]
((JANET SHANER/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: I KNOW IT'S THERE AND I KNOW I WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT BUT I JUST DON'T WANT TO DO IT TODAY.))
[OUT Q=WANT TO DO IT TODAY]
[IN Q=If the state gives]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IF THE STATE GIVES ITS APPROVAL LATER THIS SUMMER, THE PROPOSAL THEN GOES TOT HE FEDS. IT COULD BE EARLY NEXT YEAR BEFORE THAT DECISION IS MADE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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People in England didn't see many airplanes flying for a while this morning. We'll tell you why after the break.
But it was what people WERE seeing in the sky over Washington state that was causing an uproar there.
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Britain's air traffic control system went down for a while this morning, causing a major headache for thousands of travelers.
British airports are struggling to clear a backlog of flights.
Two hour delays have been the norm today at London's Heathrow Airport, and some flights were cancelled.
Meanwhile, Britain's transport secretary is blaming the computer failure on a lack of money in the country's infrasturcture over the past several decades.
A similar computer led to a major disruption of flights in June, 2000.
In Washington State, bright flashes of light streaked across the sky, followed by a loud noise-- but experts still aren't sure what it was.
Aviation officials say a METEOR may have
been the source of a big show early today over Puget Sound.
One witness describes what he saw--.
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[IN Q=Flash of light]
((FLASH OF LIGHT, AND LOOKED OVER, THOUGHT A TRANSFORMER WENT OUT, BUT IT WAS LIKE A FIRECRACKER COMING DOWN. IT WAS PRETTY COOL.))
[OUT Q=was pretty cool.]
Meanwhile, a meteorite expert from the University of Washington says a radio station was inaccurate when it reported that a meteorite may have hit about 30 miles south of Olympia .
He says scientists are still looking into the cause of the skybursts.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 11 points. The NASDAQ has LOST ten.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
a two time N-F-L M-V-P has signed with a new team. We'll tell you where Kurt Warner is heading next.
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Two time N-F-L M-V-P Kurt Warner signed with the New York Giants this morning.
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The signing gives the Giants a veteran quarterback, just in case top draft pick Eli Manning isn't ready to start this season.
Warner has battled injuries the last two years.
He missed half of the 2002 season with hand injuries.
He lost his starting job last season after sustaining a concussion in a season-opening loss to the Giants.
The NCAA Division One men's golf tournament is halfway over at the Homestead.
Cal still leads, but Travis Wells says some other folks out west are planning on some "Miller Time" by the end of the week.
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