Clerical errors-- that's what administration officials are blaming for a faulty report on terrorist attacks.
And, two people are injured in a late- night tractor trailer accident in Narrows.
A frontal boundry's heading our way which could trigger a few showers and storms. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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It's an embarassing reversal for the State Department-- new numbers show deadly attacks from terrorists are actually on the rise.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Officials are having to revise an earlier report that had showed a decline in international terrorism.
They blame the flawed report on a faulty new data system, and say it's NOT a way to damage the President's image.
Teri Okita has more.
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(April 29, 2004)
TRACK: WHEN THE FIGURES CAME OUT TWO MONTHS AGO THAT GLOBAL TERRORISM
WAS DOWN, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TOUTED IT AS PROOF THAT AMERICA AND
ITS ALLIES WERE WINNING THE WAR ON TERRORISM.
FONT: APRIL 29TH, 2004
(Richard Armitage/Deputy Secretary of State)
(You will find in these pages clear evidence that we are prevailing in
TRACK: BUT IT TURNS OUT, THE NUMBER CRUNCHERS WERE WRONG. SEVERAL
HUNDRED MORE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS AROUND THE WORLD
IN 2003 THAN ORIGINALLY REPORTED. AND THE NUMBER OF ATTACKS ACTUALLY
ROSE. THEY DIDNT DECLINE AS U-S OFFICIALS HAD SAID LEAVING THE
STATE DEPARTMENT WITH AN EMBARRASSING MESS ON ITS HANDS. SECRETARY OF
STATE COLIN POWELL BLAMES CLERICAL ERRORS AND MISCLASSIFICATIONS.
TRACK: SINCE 9-11, PRESIDENT BUSH HAS USED STRONG RHETORIC THAT
TERRORISTS WILL LOSE THE FIGHT ...
SOT: FONT: JUNE 2004. (Bush) With those attacks, the terrorists and
declared war on the United States of America, and war is what they got.
TRACK: AND EVEN WITH NUMBERS ON THE RISE, U-S OFFICIALS PLAN TO ARGUE
THAT THEYVE STILL HAD SUCCESS AT BREAKING UP TERRORIST CELLS AND
IMPROVING COUNTER-TERRORISM OPERATIONS.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: It took independent experts to find the mistakes
demonstrating that, in this election year, officials have to be very
careful how they read the numbers. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Thousands of Russian troops are hunting for Chechen rebels suspecting of killing dozens in a series of attacks.
The reported death toll near the Chechen border stands at 46.
The latest attacks have raised new fears that the Russian army's failure to put down separatists in nearby Chechnya could lead to the spread of violence into other parts of the region.
Russian military personnel and anti- terrorism troops are streaming into the area as the rebels retreat, some stealing
cars to get away.
In Iraq, a deadline has passed, but a South Korean hostage is still alive, despite an earlier warning from his captors.
Kimberly Dozier is in Baghdad with the latest.
We caution you that some of the video is graphic.
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[SUPER=01-Chang Jae-Ryong/Head of South Korean Delegation; :30]
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Just an hour or so ago, militants extended their deadline to execute a South Korean hostage, and now negotiations are underway, to get him back. (v/o) SOUTH KOREAN HOSTAGE Kim Sung Il WAS TRANSLATING FOR KOREAN BUSINESSMEN HERE. HE WAS TAKEN SOMEWHERE NEAR FALLUJAH. THE MILITANTS THREATENED TO BEHEAD HIM UNLESS HIS GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS TROOPS FROM IRA
Q. THEY'VE EXTENDED THEIR DEADLINE. (UPSOT) "I DON'T WANT TO DIE. I DON'T WANT TO DIE." (vo:delegation) A SOUTH KOREA
N DELEGATION HAS ARRIVED TO SPEAK TO THE MILITANTS. (SOT CHANG JAE-RYONG, HEAD OF THE SOUTH KOREAN DELEGATION) "We are
making an appeal for the safe release of an innocent civilian of my country who is kept against his own will." (VO: reconstruction file) THE KIDNAPPING IS ALREADY HAVING A CHILLING AFFECT ON REBUILDING WORK - KOREAN CONTRACTORS ARE PULLING OUT. (vo: FILE Fallujah militants) SO THE MILITANTS, IN LARGE PART, HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THEIR WAY. FOREIGN SECURITY EXPERTS IN IRAQ FEAR THE MAN'S COMPANY WILL ALSO PAY A RANSOM FOR HIS RELEASE. (file Italian hostages) THEY BELIEVE MONEY WAS PAID TO FREE OTHER HOSTAGES, CREATING A COTTAGE INDUSTRY FOR TERRORISTS. (file Japanese hostages) FIRST, MI
LITANTS SPREAD FEAR WITH IMAGES LIKE THESE. (UPSOT?) THEN THEY GET THE CASH THEY NEED (file bombings) TO KEEP ATTACK
ING COALITION FORCES, AND IRAQI CIVILIANS. US FORCES ARE PREPARING FOR A BLOODY CRESCENDO OF VIOLENCE BEFORE THE HANDOVER - THEY'RE TRYING TO PROTECT KEY IRAQI OFFICIALS AND SYMBOLS. BUT THEY SAY THEIR ENEMY DOESN'T CARE WHAT IT HITS, AS LONG AS IT GRABS HEADLINES. (CLOSE) So the worry is, not just the safety of all the foreign hostages still being held by militants. HOW they win their freedom could affect everyone else here. Kimberly Dozier, CBS News, Baghdad. ))
Iranian television showed eight British sailors today--
They're accused of entering Iran's waters illegally.
T-V reports say Iran WILL prosecute the sailors, turning what appeared to be a minor border incident into a serious diplomatic dispute.
The broadcast also said the sailors ``confessed'' to straying about a
half- mile into Iranian waters.
Meanwhile, the British government has summoned the
Iranian ambassador to explain the detention and demanded a release.
British officials have had neither access to the men, nor have they been told where they're being held.
A tractor-trailor accident injured two people in Narrows.
State Police say the accident happened around midnight when the truck driver crossed the bridge next to the Celanese plant and struck the guardrail and overturned.
The driver sustained minor injuries.
There's no word on the condition of the passenger.
They were both taken to Giles Memorial Hospital.
One lane of westbound 460 was blocked while crews worked to remove the truck from the road, but is was re-opened around 10:30 this morning.
So far, life apart is going well for twin girls who were born attached to one another.
They underwent risky separation surgery over the weekend.
Thalia Assuras has a progress report.
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Coming up - Archeologist dig up an impressive piece of Virginia's architectural history
And opinions over his memoirs are as divided as the party lines.
We'll take a look at Bill Clinton's "Life" after the break.
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People tirelessly camping out for HOURS--
It sounds like more like a rock concert than a book release.
Drew Levinson has more on the hype surrounding Bill Clinton's new book.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Geraci/Clinton Fan; :13]
[SUPER=01-Joel Bhuiyan/Clinton Fan; :35]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Collings/Clinton Fan; :46]
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One person waiting here in New York called Bill Clinton a rock star--and
by the looks of these lines he might be right.
Some people waited 24 hours to meet the former President and have him
sign a copy of his memoir--"My Life."
(SOT CHARLES GERACI/CLINTON FAN)
"I WANT TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO BUY THIS BOOK AND THAT'S WHY I AM HERE
BRIGHT AND EARLY IN THE MORNING."
The much anticipated book went on sale at a Fifth Avenue bookstore at
For nearly 1000 pages Clinton documents his humble beginnings to his
(SOT JOEL BHUIYAN/CLINTON FAN)
"HE LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM, HE WENT FROM AN ARKANSAS BOY AND BECAME
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES."
He openly talks about his tryst with Monica Lewinsky.
(SOT ELIZABETH COLLINGS/CLINTON FAN )
"SHE'S OLD NEWS, THERE'S MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT NOW."
(SOT NO SUPER )
"AT LEAST HE IS SORT OF FINALLY BEING HONEST"
"My Life" is not getting stellar reviews, The New York times called it
"sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull."
But the reviews that count come at the cash register.
With a first printing of one and a half million copies, a spokeswoman
for Barnes and Noble expects it to be the best-selling presidential
memoir in the company's history.
And by the looks of these lines she may be right.
President Clinton has literally made his life an open book and many want
to read all about it.
(SOT NO SUPER)
"ALOT OF THINGS HAVE HAPPENED AND I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM HIS MOUTH, THE
HORSE'S MOUTH, INSTEAD OF NEWSCASTERS, I'D RATHER HEAR IT FROM HIM."
(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/NEW YORK )
FROM FIFTH AVENUE HERE TO HARLEM---THIS IS WHERE THE FORMER PRESIDENT
SPENDS HIS WORKDAYS SO IT'S ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT LATER HE'LL BE HERE TO
SIGNING MORE BOOKS.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
A Home Shopping Network employee found an apparent flaw in the company's accounting software, and issued herself 172 thousand dollars in fake refunds.
Stephanie Diane Lann pled guilty in federal court yesterday, more than a year after the F-B-I first approached her about the fraudulent refund scheme.
On the day she became a supervisor overseeing N-B-A -dot.com, Lann started buying merchandise on line, then issuing herself refunds in excess of the purchase amount.
She had the highest level of refund authority there is at H-S-N.
Over a period of a year and a half, Lann issued herself 565 refunds worth more than 170 thousand dollars.
Archaeologists have unearthed the State Capitol's original foundation.
Virginia's state house was designed by Thomas Jefferson.
However, building began on the State Capitol before Jefferson's original plans arrived.
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((CHARLES LEEDECKER/PRINCIPAL ARCHAEOLOGIST: THERE WAS A FOUNDATION THAT WAS BUILT IN 1785 BUT WHEN JEFFERSON'S PLANS ARRIVED HE FOUND IT WASN'T THE RIGHT SHAPE OR SIZE FOR THE BUILDING HE WANTED SO THAT FOUNDATION WAS ABANDONED AND A NEW FOUNDATION WAS BUILT ON WHICH THE CAPITOL RESTS TODAY SO WE'RE FINDING THE VERY FIRST FOUNDATION THAT WAS REJECTED BY JEFFERSON.))
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During the excavation, archaeologists will also look for other historical items.
The dig is part of a two-year-long Capitol renovation and restoration.
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Coming up a little later in sports, Steve Mason take a look at an increasingly popular group that's horsing around at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show
but first, We'll take a look at some of the changes the event has to offer to everyone who enters the "gait".
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There's going to be plenty of horsing around in the area this week.
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is prancing back into town, but this year you'll notice some changes.
Justin McLeod explains.
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[SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Director; :33]
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((((NAT SOUND OF HORSES))
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is back for its 33rd year here at the Salem Civic Center.
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It's considered to be one of the largest horse shows in the country.
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((MEG McKANN/RIDER: I DIDN'T KNOW IT TOO WELL BUT I HEARD IT WAS A PRETTY PRESTIGIOUS HORSESHOW SO I WAS OFFERED TO CHANCE TO SHOW IN IT AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT.))
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She'll have plenty of company.
The six day event attracts more than 20-thousand people and nearly a thousand horses.
Organizers say this year's show is bigger and better.
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((JUNE CAMPER/HORSE SHOW DIRECTOR: THIS IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST YEARS SIMPLY BECAUSE WE'VE ADDED ANOTHER RING. THE HORSE SHOW HAS NEVER HAD THREE SHOW RINGS GOING ALL DAY LONG.))
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The horse show needed to expand because it was simply running out of room.
The new outdoor show rings will be used to school horses and for competitions.
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((MARK STOPFORD/RIDER: EVERYTIME WE COME BACK TO THIS HORSE SHOW THEY'RE ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING A LITTLE BETTER AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES THIS HORSE SHOW SO NICE.))
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It is also nice for another reason.
It is estimated the horse show will pump in nearly 13 million dollars for the area's economy.
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((JUNE CAMPER/HORSE SHOW DIRECTOR: EXHIBITORS ARE EATING, THEY'RE SHOPPING, THEY'RE GETTING GAS. YOU'VE SEEN THE BIG TRACTOR TRAILERS THAT BRING THE HORSES IN HAVING TO HAVE GAS FOR THOSE. THEY ARE JUST ENJOYING ALL THE THINGS WE HAVE TO OFFER.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: PROCEEDS FROM THE SHOW GOES TO A NUMBER OF CHARITIES. 50-PERCENT FROM EXAMPLE GOES TO THE BRADLEY FREE CLINIC WHICH LAST YEAR RECEIVED 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE HORSE SHOW RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Danville's largest employer is cutting more than 300 jobs.
Dan River Incorporated says it plans to layoff 100 salaried workers.
The textile company is also eliminated 212 hourly workers at two plants.
Company officials say the job cuts were necessary to keep costs in line with current sales projections.
Dan River filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors last spring.
Wal-Mart says a San Francisco federal judge is expected to rule today in favor of a group of women who want class-action status in a discrimination case against the retail giant.
The suit charges that the mega-store set up a system of frequently paying women less than men with the same position and bypassing women for key promotions.
A company spokesperson says the ruling does NOT have anything to do with the strength of its defense, it only allows the class-action to move forward.
Wal-Mart plans to appeal.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was down 36 points. Nasdaq is up less than a point.
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Up next in sports, Steve Mason takes us inside the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
And, both the young and the old take court to see if they have what it takes to win at Wimbledon.
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The Roanoke Valley Horse has long been a must stop on the summer circuit for veteran riders.
But Steve Mason says - it's also turning out to be a real college hangout.
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[SUPER=01-Heather Hurst/Hollins University Rider; :40]
[SUPER=01-Teresa McDonald/Virginia Tech Equestrian Coach; 1:08]
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((Hollins finished fourth in the nation and to improve the program, there aren't many places better to recruit prospective student athletes than the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
((SANDY GERALD/HOLLINS UNIVERSITY EQUESTRIAN COACH:))
((REBECCA WALLIS/BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR:))
Hollins, Virginia Tech, Radford, James Madison, and Bridgewater coaches are looking for talent this week. But the Roanoke Valley Horse show is also advantageous to the college rider as well.
((TERESA MCDONALD/VIRGINIA TECH EQUESTRIAN COACH:))
Three Tech riders are already on partial scholarships as part of the a Roanoke Valley Horse Show program. In Salem Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Wimbledon opened yesterday with rain, a woman who once REIGNED, and another who HOPES to reign this year.
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With sister Serena and her dad watching from courtside, Venus Williams swept the 106th-ranked player in the world 6-3, 6-0.
Venus hit some serves at up to 122 miles an hour.
It only took her 48 minutes to win, even though the match was interrupted by rain, and finished just before another downpour.
The day also had a retro flavor to it.
Martina Navratilova - the Nine-time champion returned to Wimbledon for her first singles match in 10 years -- and at 47-years -- rolled to a straight set win over Columbia's Catalina Costano.
The victory makes her the oldest woman since 1922 to win a singles' match on the grass.
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