Two people are taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Orange Avenue.
And, investigators will be on the scene of a Radford plant where one worker was fatally injured
A fiery crash in Roanoke this morning sends two people to the hospital.
It happened shortly before eleven o'clock at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Kimball Avenue.
A motorcycle hit a pick-up truck, and burst into flames.
[IN Q=Spoke with several witnesses]
((SPOKE WITH SEVERAL WITNESSES. THEY SAID THE MOTORCYCLE WAS TRAVELLING EAST BOUND ON ORANGE AVENUE POSSIBLY DOING A WHEELIE GOING DOWN THE ROAD. THIS GREEN TRUCK MADE A LEFT TURN IN FRONT OF THE MOTORCYCLE. MOTORCYCLE STRUCK THE TRUCK EJECTING THE DRIVER OFF OF THE MOTORCYCLE.))
[SUPER=01-Officer T.L. Reed/Roanoke Police Department;]
[OUT Q=ejecting the driver of the motorcycle.]
Both drivers were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
There's no word yet on the extent of their injuries.
One of the two workers who fell into a deep well at Radford's sewage pump station has died.
Police say an electrical worker fell about 60 feet around 9:30 last night.
The victim's name has not been released pending the notification of his family.
The second worker was taken to the hospital. No information has been released on his condtion.
The well, which is normally used for holding liquid, was empty at the time.
OSHA officials are expected on the scene today.
A federal bankruptcy judge says the R-B-X Corporation can end the retiree benefits for 985-workers at its plants in Bedford and Illinois.
The workers at the Rubatex plant will lose benefits included health insurance and a prescription drug card.
An attorney representing the company, said the benefits cost 290-thousand dollars a month.
R-B-X and its subsidiary are in Chapter Eleven bankruptcy.
Judge William Stone says the companies won't have enough money to pay secured creditors, let alone unsecured creditors such as the retirees.
Under bankruptcy law, secured creditors get higher priority over unsecured creditors.
As the June 30th handover of power in Iraq draws closer, so does one particular problem -who gets custody of Saddam Hussein?
Charlie D'Agata (DAG-it-ah) reports from Baghdad.
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[IN Q=NATS... IRAQI TROOPS...]
[SUPER=03-Qa' Al Salih, Southern Iraq]
[SUPER=01-Ghazi Al-Yawer/Iraqi Interim President]
[SUPER=01-Charlie D'Agata/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Dan Senor/Coalition Spokesman]
[OUT Q=CD, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD]
((nats..iraqi troops in training - LOCATOR: QA' AL SALIH, SOUTHERN IRAQ))
when iraqi forces take the reigns of power..... they also want control of iraq's number one prisoner -- saddam hussein.
((GHAZI AL-YAWER/IRAQI INTERIM PRESIDENT: THE UNITED STATES IS VERY KEEN TO HANDOVER THE EX-PRESIDENT TO THE IRAQI AUTHORITIES."))
((CHARLIE D'AGATA: AND THE IRAQIS ARE "KEEN" TO HAVE SADDAM HANDED OVER -- ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER DETAINEES -- WITH THE TRANSFER OF POWER AT THE END OF THE MONTH. BUT WITH SO MANY IRAQIS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE DICTATOR DEAD, AND A FAIR NUMBER THAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM FREED, US AUTHORITIES ARE NOT ABOUT TO LET SADDAM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT UNTIL THE IRAQIS ARE READY.))
((DAN SENOR/COALITION SPOKESMAN: WE CANNOT HAND OVER SADDAM HUSSEIN TO A NON-SOVEREIGN GOVERNMENT.))
u-s authorities say it has always been their plan.... to give saddam back to iraqis, for trial. but they it won't happen until much of the hostility ends.
((SOT - DAN SENOR: OUR PRIORITY IS TO GET HIM INTO IRAQI HANDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND WE EXPECT, SOMETIME AFTER JUNE
30TH, TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
u-s troops captured the iraqi dictator in december, near his hometown of tikrit. he's been in american hands ever since -- held as a prisoner of war at a secret location.
((SOT - YAWER : WE MUST FIRST MAKE SURE WE CAN MAINTAIN PROTECTION FOR HIS LIFE UNTIL HE GOES INTO TRIAL...WE MUST MAKE
SURE THE TRIAL GOES AS A LEGAL PROCESS, HE HAS HIS OWN FAIR CHANCE OF DEFENSE.))
saddam has not yet been charged -- and the international committee of the red cross is pressing coalition authorities to either file criminal charges...or let him go when sovereignty is transferred. the u-s says the case is still being built against the ex-president... and it's only a matter of time before saddam will face trial. charlie d 'agata, cbs news, baghdad.))
Afghanistan's commander in chief addressed a joint meeting of Congress today.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (car-zeye) told lawmakers the U-S holds a special place in Afghanistan's history for its help in fighting terrorism.
He also said Afghanistan is building on *that* help, with more children going to school and more people getting health care.
Karzai said because of the strides made an increasing number of people are registering to vote in the September elections.
He expects that half of them will be women.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come on the newscast, a local family continues its campaign to ban a type of passenger van.
Plus authorities say they have stopped a terrorist plot to blow up an Ohio shopping center.
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[COMM BREAK #1]
[TAPE#=04-12 TC 1:32:30]
A Roanoke family's cause is now almost three years old.
It's been that long since their teenage daughter was killed in a church van accident, and ever since, her family has been fighting for restrictions on 15-passenger vans.
Justin McLeod has their story.
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[SUPER=03-Randolph Co., NC/July 2001; :18]
[SUPER=01-Bridgette Helms/Jessika's Aunt; :36]
[SUPER=01-Joe Erndt/Jessika's Father; :55]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF JOE GOING THROUGH BOOK SAYING "THIS IS UP IN RICHMOND" AT 3:52:12))
Here in this book you'll find everything you need to know about 15 passenger vans.
Joe Erndt began gathering this information after he lost his daughter in a crash nearly three years ago.
[IN Q=It's a day]
((JOE ERNDT/FATHER: IT'S A DAY THAT WAS A DARK DAY FOR US AND ALWAYS WILL BE.))
[OUT Q=ALWAYS WILL BE]
That day is July first, 2001.
A van from Virginia Heights Baptist Church was heading back from a retreat when it overturned near Greensboro.
11 people were injured. 14 year Jessika Lewis later died at the hospital.
Her family has been on a crusade ever since.
[IN Q=People look at us]
((BRIDGET HELMS/JESSIKA'S AUNT: PEOPLE LOOK AT US AS A FAMILY IN PAIN, WHO HAS LOST A CHILD AND WE'RE LASHING OUT. WELL, YES WE ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN ALL OUR EFFORTS ARE BACK BY RESEARCH.))
[OUT Q=BACK BY RESEARCH]
That research prompted a new warning two weeks ago.
The government points out the vans continue to have high rollover rates.
[IN Q=The main goal]
((JOE ERNDT/FATHER: THE MAIN GOAL THAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO ANYBODY ELSE. IT'S AN EXISTING PROBLEM THAT IS GOING TO STAY.))
[OUT Q=GOING TO STAY]
As a result, Jesska's family has been trying to ban at the state level the use of 15 passenger vans to transport students.
Legislative efforts however have failed on two occasions.
Her family will continue the fight in Richmond but realizes it may be impossible to get these vans completely off the road.
[IN Q=What our hope is]
((BRIDGET HELMS: WHAT OUR HOPE IS THAT WE WILL GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WHICH IS THE MANUFCATURERS AND IT'S LOOKING AS IF THAT MAY BE HAPPENING EVENTUALLY. UNTIL THEN WHAT WE WANT TO IS EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AS TO THE DANGERS.))
[OUT Q=AS TO THE DANGERS]
[IN Q=Jessika's family]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: JESSIKA'S FAMILY HOPES THE LEGISLATION THEY'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR WILL BE REINTRODUCED IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUT IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT SESSION. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Amherst County authorities hope you can help them find the woman who robbed a Madison Heights bank last week. They also hope a bank surveillance photo will help.
The suspect held up the B-B-and-T in Amelon Square late Friday afternoon.
She escaped with some cash and is still on the run.
Police have released this photo of the suspect from bank surveillance cameras.. she's an African American female, about 5-foot-3, heavy build and in her 40's.
She also has a noticeable scar on her left forearm.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Right now we're]
((INVEST. LINDY INGE/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST ABLE TO GET PICTURES AND PUT THEM OUT TO THE PUBLIC. WE HAVE GOTTEN A FEW CALLS, BUT RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT WE CAN SINK OUR TEETH INTO.))
[SUPER=01-Invest. Lindy Inge/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Office]
[OUT Q=sink our teeth into.]
Anyone with information about the crime should call the Amherst County sheriff's office.
Shoppers can breathe easier in Ohio.
Authorities say a plot to bomb a shopping mall *there* has been foiled.
An indictment accuses a Somali native of conspiring with an al-Qaida member and others to bomb the mall in the Columbus area.
Jim Stewart has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=It's not clear.. ]
[SUPER=03-Columbus, Ohio; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Brock/FBI; :18]
[SUPER=01-Mohamed Abdi Karani/Brother of Terror Suspect; :57]
[SUPER=01-Jim Stewart/CBS News; 1:30]
[OUT Q=JS, CBS News, FBI.]
((It's not clear which, if any, of the six major shopping malls around Columbus the alleged terrorist wanted to blow up....and far from certain whether he had the actual wherewithal to do it....
....but federal investigators say Somali native and alleged Al Qaeda operative Nuradin Abdi has bragged to them that that was his goal.
((KEVIN BROCK, FBI: IT WAS AN UGLY THREAT, IT WAS A HATEFUL THREAT, BUT WE ARE COMFORTABLE BASED ON OUR INVESTIGATION THAT THERE WERE NO MALLS IN IMMINENT DANGER THEN OR NOW.))
In a four-count indictment the government charged that Abdi went to terrorist boot camp in Ethiopia in 1999....and when he came back to the United States a year later hooked up with Al Qaeda supporter Iyman Faris, an Ohio-based truck driver...who has already confessed to a far-fetched plot to cut the cables supporting the Brooklyn Bridge with an acetylene torch. Investigators first arrested Feris...who then led them to Abdi.
((MOHAMED ABDI KARANI, BROTHER OF TERROR SUSPECT: I THINK OF IT IT AS ALL LIES AND STUFF BECUASE IT'S NOT SOMETHING NOR ABDI WOULD BE CAPABLE OF DOING. USUALLY HE WOULD BE THE GUY THAT WOULD HATE TERRORISM AND STUFF LIKE THAT AND NOW HE'S BEING ACCUSED OF TERRORISM. ))
Investigators say Abdi had no explosives materials and no detailed plan for the mall attack. That would make it similiar to several other post 9-11 Al Qaeda plots in the U.S. which appeared rushed and ill-prepared....like gang member Jose Padilla's alleged dirty bomb plan...and Richard Reid's foiled attempt to set off a shoe bomb aboard a trans-Altantic flight.
((JIM STEWART, CBS NEWS: IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHAT THE MAKE OF THE COLUMBUS PLOT EXCEPT THAT IT FITS WITH ONE OF THE FBI'S GREATEST TERRORIST FEARS....THAT AN ATTACK ON A MALL COULD TAKE MANY LIVES AND CAUSE ENORMOUS ECONOMIC DAMAGE...TWO OF AL QAEDA'S CHIEF GOALS. JIM STEWART CBS NEWS AT THE FBI.)) ))
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come on the newscast,
tapes just released reportedly show how the Enron Corporation tried to steal millions of dollars by manipulating Calfornia's energy market.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]
Back in 2001 people in California suffered through countless blackouts while paying sky-high electricity bills.
Now there is new evidence that workers at Enron deliberately rigged the energy markets during the power crisis and gouged customers out of more than a billion dollars.
Vince Gonzales examines some of the damaging new audio tapes and documents.
(///// SOT /////)
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Los Angeles]
((On Enron audio tapes first aired by CBS News-- company energy traders
can be heard gloating and praising each other as they helped bring on--
and cash-in on-- the West Coast Power Crisis.
(EMPLOYEE-1) HE JUST FS CALIFORNIA....HE STEALS MONEY FROM CALIFORNIA
TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT A MILLION--
(EMPLOYEE-2) WILL YOU RE-PHRASE THAT?
(EMPLOYEE-1) OK, HE, UM-- HE ARBITRAGES THE CALIFORNIA MARKET TO THE
TUNE OF A MILLION BUCKS OR TWO A DAY.
In her fight to get some of that money back for consumers, Senator Maria
Cantwell gave hand delivered the tapes and 700 pages of new documents--
that show how Enron manipulated energy markets-- to federal regulators.
On the tapes, traders can be heard trying to bring California to its
(Employee-2) THIS IS WHERE CALIFORNIA BREAKS.
(Employee-3:) YEAH. IT SURE DOES, MAN. (00:33)
...by exporting energy out of the state so the company could drive up
prices even more.
(Employee-2:) WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO HELP IN THE CAUSE OF, AH,
DOWNFALL OF CALIFORNIA (LAUGHS)...YOU GUYS NEED TO PULL YOUR MEGAWATTS
OUT OF CALIFORNIA ON A DAILY BASIS.
As streets were lit only by headlights and familes were trapped in
elevators...Enron traders laughed.
(Employee-1) JUST CUT 'EM OFF.
(Employee-2) THEY'RE SO FD....
(edit to 102428)
(EMPLOYEE-1) ...THEY SHOULD JUST BRING BACK FG HORSES AND
CARRIAGES, FG LAMPS, FG KEROSENE LAMPS...
When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into California--
cutting power supplies and raising prices -- traders celebrated.
(NATS/SNO-203:) "BURN, BABY, BURN. THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING."
Now cities and states in the west hope to use the tapes and new
documents to get money back from Enron...
(EMPLOYEE-5) THEY'RE FG TAKIN' ALL THE MONEY BACK FROM YOU GUYS?
ALL THE MONEY YOU GUYS STOLE FROM THOSE POOR GRANDMOTHERS IN
It's clear Enron employees knew what they were doing was wrong...and
lied to cover it up.
(NATS/SNO-194: Pg. 5, 5:41)
(Employee-7:) IT'S ALL HOW WELL YOU CAN WEAVE THESE LIES TOGETHER,
SHARI. ALL RIGHT, SO.
(Employee-8:) I FEEL LIKE I'M BEING CORRUPTED NOW.
(Employee-7:) NO. THIS IS MARKETING.
Eventually, the lies unravelled and traders scrambled.
(EMPLOYEE-5/SNO-221) I'M JUST -- FK-- I'M JUST TRYING TO BE AN HONEST
CAMPER, SO I ONLY GO TO JAIL ONCE.
Gonzales, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 76 points. The NASDAQ has gained 28.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up after the break, Bobby Labonte may want to change his name to Mr. Consistency.
Plus the Tour De France champion, Lance Armstrong says he may sue over allegations he used performance enhancing drugs.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]
One of the two men accused of vandalizing a historic Roanoke church has admitted what he did.
Zachary Bryant pled guilty this morning to breaking and entering and defacing the church in January.
Damage to The Mt Moriah Baptist Church was extensive. Church members estimate 77-thousand dollars, though insurance covered less than 16-hundred dollars worth of it.
Bryant will be sentenced in September. His co-defendant has yet to be tried.
He's a five-time Tour de France champ, but now he's hoping to win in court.
Lance Armstrong's lawyers say allegations about him in a new book are untrue -- and they are preparing legal action.
Allegations that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs were made in a book called, ``L-A Confidential, the Secrets of Lance Armstrong.''
Armstrong's lawyers say they will be launching libel proceedings in France and Britain against the book's two authors in addition to the publishers of the book.
Meanwhile, Armstrong will begin working toward his sixth tour title on July third.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 sports]
Roanoke valley golfers raised more than 10-grand for the National Kidney Foundations of the Virginias yesterday.
The seventh annual Kidney Foundation event was held at the Roanoke Country Club and the committee works hard to raise funding.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Paige Thomas/Kidney Foundation Golf Organizer; :00]
[OUT Q=...of the virginias"]
One major way the committee raises money for kidney research and funding is the "skins" game.
Ashley Plantation pro Chip Sullivan competed as he prepares for a major PGA event.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Skins Game Competitor; :00]
[OUT Q=....things of that nature"]
[TAPE#=SP-178 7:39 ]
[GRAPHIC=nascar nextel cup]
14 of 36 Nextel Cup races are in the books.
The top 10 drivers and any other driver within 400 points of the number one spot qualify for the 10 race shootout that decides the points championship.
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00]
One driver no doubt in contention is Bobby Labonte.
He is sixth in the points race with no wins, but five top five finishes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/6th in Points Race; :00]
[OUT Q=.....stay on top of that"]
[super=03-Long Pond, PA/Sunday;]
NASCAR has penalized Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick for their exchange of heavy bumping incidents at the Pocono 500 Sunday.
NASCAR president Mike Helton says the extent of the penalties should be decided on later this week.
The Detroit Pistons are one game away from the N-B-A championship.
Last night, the Pistons used their suffocating defense to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 88 to 80 and take a 3 to one lead in the finals.
No team has ever come back from a 3 to one deficit to win the title.
[SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/ABC;]
And there won't be any charges filed in the confrontation between Lakers forward Karl Malone and a fan at The Palace of Auburn Hills before Game Three of the N-B-A Finals.
The Oakland County prosecutor says Malone did put a finger on the man's cheek, but it was a minor incident that does not warrant prosecution.
The prosecutor also noted the fan had broken laws by buying scalped tickets and going onto the court.
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