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A surprise guilty plea means a murder trial WON'T go on next week in Franklin County.
And despite more American deaths, U-S officials say Iraq is ready for next week's transfer of power.
Scattered rain's developing from west to east right now with some heavier showers embedded. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Christopher Picard was set to go on trial NEXT Monday for the murder of Lori Metts Boyd in 2002.
But last night, Picard unexpectedly pled guilty to the crime.
Myranda Stephens has more.
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((During an unusual after hours hearing Tuesday, Christopher Picard pled guilty to the murder of Lori Metts Boyd.
((WHAT DO YOU SAY GUILTY OR NOT GUILT? PICARD: GUILTY.))
Boyd's body was found inside her burning car in September 2002 -- an autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death.
Charged with capital murder, Picard went to trial in November -- but as proceedings began, prosecutors dropped the charges to find more evidence.
((WE HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO PRESENT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAD, BUT I THINK AS YOU CAN SEE WITH THE TWO ATTORNEYS THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE PLED GUILTY IF THERE WASN'T A FACTUAL BASIS FOR THIS.))
Picard's attorneys say up until two weeks ago, they were ready to go to trial AGAIN.
But new d-n-a evidence, which they wouldn't reveal, changed that plan.
((THE COMMONWEALTH PRODUCED ADDT'L EVIDENCE THAT CHANGED THAT STRATEGY, AND THEN THE STRATEGY BECAME TO SAVE HIS LIFE 51))
Through a plea agreement, Picard was sentenced to three terms of life in prison for first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.
However, all but 50-years of that sentence, was suspended, including the time Picard has already spent in jail.
((WE'RE VERY GLAD THAT THE RIGHT RESULTS HAS BEEN FINALLY RELEASED WE WISH IT HADN'T TAKEN QUITE THIS LONG BUT THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT HAPPENS 08))
Following his plea, Picard turned to Boyd's family to apologize -- saying he was quote, "truly sorry."
Whether that apology was accepted may be revealed in a statement the family says it plans to release at a later date.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Franklin County.))
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A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Franklin County.
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State police say the Cessna 182 was spotting for another plane spraying for Gypsy Moths when the engine began sputtering about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
The pilot landed in a field near the intersection of Retreat and Bethlehem Roads.
The pilot was not hurt.
The planes were under contract to the U-S Forest Service, which will now investigate the incident.
A tractor- trailer accident on a Connecticut interstate created a spectacle and a major headache for motorists.
Traffic was brought to a complete stop this morning as emergency crews worked to clear the remains of the trailer compartment of the rig-- which took up three lanes of traffic.
The crash happened in the southbound lane of I- 95, but northbound traffic was brought to a crawl because of rubbernecking.
Officials didn't report any injuries, and aren't sure yet what caused the accident.
Officials say the U- S is offering energy aid and a security guarantee for North Korea, in exchange for the dismantling of that country's nuclear program.
U- S officials say the proposal was presented today during a meeting in Beijing, China involving six nations.
The plan calls for North Korea to begin scrapping its nuclear program after three months of preparation.
Korean diplomats haven't responded yet.
Earlier, they said that they'd be willing to dismantle their program if the U-S ends what they call a ``hostile policy'' toward North Korea.
Only one week remains before the handover of power in Iraq, and insurgents are doing what they can to make the transition a difficult one.
Two more American soldiers have been killed in attacks.
Teri Okita brings us up to date.
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TRACK: SMASHED DOORS AND SCATTERED FURNITURE WERE LEFT BEHIND AFTER
HUNDREDS OF U-S SOLDIERS WENT DOOR-TO-DOOR IN A TOWN NORTH OF BAGHDAD
LOOKING FOR INSURGENTS WHO KILLED TWO AMERICANS IN AN AMBUSH. ROADSIDE
BOMBS, AMBUSHES, AND OTHER ATTACKS HAVE INTENSIFIED IN THE DAYS LEADING
UP TO WEDNESDAYS TRANSFER OF POWER.
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TRACK: AL QAEDAS TOP MAN IN IRAQ, ABU MUSAB AL ZARQAWI, IS APPARENTLY
THE VOICE HEARD ON AN AUDIOTAPE POSTED OVER THE INTERNET. THE MAN
THREATENS TO ASSASSINATE IRAQS NEW INTERIM PRIME MINISTER, IYAD ALLAWI,
FOR WORKING WITH THE AMERICANS. U-S LAWMAKERS SAYS ALLAWI WONT BACK
(Super: Sen. Joe Biden/D-Delaware)
SOT: He will not be intimidated. Hes a realist. He understands what
he has to do.
TRACK: BUT ZARQAWI PLEDGES TO KEEP UP THE VIOLENCE, IF COALITION TROOPS
DONT LEAVE IRAQ. HIS GROUP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BEHEADINGS OF
AMERICAN NICK BERG AND SOUTH KOREAN, KIM SUN-IL.
(NATSD OF SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT)
TRACK: SOUTH KOREAS PRESIDENT CONDEMNS KIMS KILLING BUT SAYS
ADDITIONAL TROOPS WILL BE DEPLOYED TO HELP IN THE RECONSTRUCTION. THE
DECISION HAS PROMPTED MIX REACTION FROM THE PUBLIC ... AS THEY MOURN
TRACK: DESPITE THE INCREASED VIOLENCE, U-S LAWMAKERS SAY IRAQ IS READY
FOR THE TRANSITION.
(Super: Sen. John McCain/R-Arizona)
SOT: The longer we keep control, the more fodder it is for the
terrorists to say that this is a U-S occupation.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: One important step in the transition process the new U-S
ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, is being sworn in today. Teri
Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Another soldier with roots in Southwest Virginia has been killed in Iraq.
Army Staff Sergeant Gregory V. Pennington is from Glade Spring in Washington County.
He died Monday.
The Defense Department says he was killed during a mortar attack on his camp in Baghdad.
The 36-year old was assigned to the First Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas.
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Coming up, a 13 year old campaigner for muscular dystrophy dies from the disease.
and mammograms are proven to help catch breast cancer early - but a surprising number of women are still not getting screened.
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A 13- year- old advocate for people with Muscular Dystrophy has died from a rare form of the illness.
Mattie Stepanek (stuh- PAN- ik) died yesterday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington.
He was the Muscular Dystrophy Association's national goodwill ambassador for the past two years.
In addition to his work for the M-D-A, Stepanek (stuh- PAN- ik) was
also a best- selling poet.
Mammograms are considered the standard for detecting breast cancer - and annual exams are one of the best ways to catch tumors early.
However, researchers have discovered that a surprising number of women are still not getting screened every year.
Doctor Mallika Marshall explains.
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THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL WOMEN 40 AND OLDER GET A
MAMMOGRAM AND A BREAST EXAM EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
BUT RESEARCHERS AT MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BOSTON FOLLOWED MORE THAN
72-THOUSAND WOMEN OVER A DECADE.. AND FOUND THAT THEY WERE ONLY GETTING
SCREENED ABOUT HALF AS OFTEN AS THEY SHOULD.
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"surprising and disappointing absence in screening. Of women who got a
mammogram in 1992 only six percent came back ten times in the next ten
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POOR WOMEN, UNINSURED WOMEN AND MINORITIES HAD PARTICULARY LOW RATES OF
BUT NO GROUP OF WOMEN GOT MAMMOGRAMS AS OFTEN AS THE SHOULD.
EXPERTS SAY THIS IS TROUBLING.. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH MAMMOGRAPHY ISN'T
FOOL-PROOF.. IT CAN PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN DETECTING TUMORS EARLY.. AND
CAN SIGNIFICANTLY BOOST A PATIENT'S CHANCES OF SURVIVAL.
"mammography is one of our most powerful preventative tools we have for
saving lives. Our studies have suggested that women who go for
screening promptly once a year, and have found to have breast cancer,
have about a 90 percent chance of surviving their disease."
CANCER SPECIALISTS SAY THESE NEW FINDINGS STRESS THE NEED FOR PHYSICIANS
TO DO A BETTER JOB OF REMINDING WOMEN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING
THEIR MAMMOGRAMS EVERY YEAR.
DOCTOR MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS))
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Coming up a little later - a Yankees' pitcher who defected from Cuba gets the ultimate homer - his family is reunited with him in the states.
and after the break, an upscale shopping complex is finally in the bag for Roanoke County.
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After months of debate and opposition, Roanoke County has finally decided the fate of the Keagy Road Village Project.
The Board of Supervisors voted to approve it.
As Justin McLeod tells us, what may have led to that decision is the fact many who were originally opponents are now supporters.
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Oil workers in Norway are threatening to expand their strike, shutting down another offshore platform.
Meanwhile, employers are considering retaliating with a lockout on ALL platforms.
A strike and lockout could shut down virtually all petroleum production from the world's third-largest oil exporter.
On Wall Street at Noon, , the Dow was up 4 points. The Nasdaq gained 10 points.
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Coming up after the break, we'll click our heels to go see a famous pair of shoes.
And horsepower's the word for this top ten rider at the Roanoke Valley Horse show.
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One of baseball's star pitchers had an all- star moment OFF the field last night, when he was reunited with his family after being away from them for almost two years.
Drew Levinson has the story.
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The week long "King of Ring" featured Aaron Vale during the second day of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
Steve Mason checks in with the masters of the show's Grand Prix.
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The Roy Stanley celebrity golf tournament and auction are this Friday at Hanging Rock.
All week long we're giving you a peek a some of the auction items.
Tiki and Ronde Barber have once again been gracious to provide us with several autographed fiber optic mini-helmets.
But with this auction, there is always more than just sports memorabilia.
Bassett Furniture has donated this brand new, all leather accent chair that has a retail value of just under Two Thousand dollars.
It will be up for grabs in the LIVE auction. along with a radio.
This Philco radio was the top of the line model back in 19- 41.
It is an A-M, tube table- top model that has both the AM band and the shortwave band.
It has been completely checked out, and the cabinet and the components are in mint condition.
It will be part of the LIVE auction.
And more than 30 items will be in a silent auction from 5-to-7pm.
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The celebrity golf event featuring Lee Suggs, Gary Clark, Ron McDole, Pat Fischer, Shayne Graham, Rick Mast and others is this Friday at one.
The autograph session runs from 6 to 7pm.
It's all in Roy's honor.
Dorothy's not in Kansas anymore, and neither are her ruby slippers--
One of four remaining pairs of slippers worn by actress Judy Garland in the film, "The Wizard of Oz" are on displa
y at the Mall of America in Minnesota.
Last night, shoppers had the chance to see the magical shoes up close.
And if that wasn't enough for classic film buffs, they can also get their fix in Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids.
The city's annual "Judy Festival" is coming up this weekend.
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