Former national security adviser Sandy Berger issues and apology and steps away from his role in the Democratic Presidential campaign.
And, Hollins University reveals who will become its 11th president.
Hazy sunshine for just about everyone this afternoon, as high heat and humidity settles in. Details on an unsettled forcast for the rest of the workweeek.
And Cooter from the "The Dukes of Hazzard" makes a pit stop to promote a big T-V anniversary.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
A very public investigation into a former Clinton White House official may affect this year's election.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Under a cloud of suspicion after removing classified information from the national archives, former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger has stepped down from his role in the John Kerry Campaign.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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SANDY BERGER ADMITS HE MADE AN HONEST MISTAKE IN MISHANDLING CLASSIFIED
DOCUMENTS... BUT THE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADIVSOR SAYS HE WASN'T
TRYING TO HIDE ANYTHING. EVEN AS BERGER WAS TESTIFYING BEFORE THE
NINE-ELEVEN COMMISSION.... HE WAS UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR
REMOVING COPIES OF HIGHLY SECRET DOCUMENTS FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
A FACT THAT HAS ONLY RECENTLY LEAKED OUT.
(Sandy Berger/Fmr. National Security Adviser)
Everything I have done all along in this process has been for the
purpose of aiding and supporting the 9/11 commission, any suggestion to
the contrary is simply absolutely wrong.
BERGER SAYS IT WAS ON ONE OF THREE TRIPS TO THE ARCHIVES LAST YEAR THAT,
IN PREPARING FOR HIS TESTIMONY BEFORE THE NINE-ELEVEN COMMISSION, HE
INADVERTENTLY PUT THE COPIES OF SEVERAL HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE
DOCUMENTS INTO THE PORTFOLIO HE WAS CARRYING. BERGER'S FORMER BOSS,
BILL CLINTON, IS DEFENDING HIM.
(SOT): Bill Clinton: "The innocent explanation is the most likely one
given the facts involved I know him, he's a good man..
REPUBLICANS ARGUE IT WAS MUCH MORE THAN A MISTAKE.
SOT: (Dennis Hastert, House Speaker, R-Ill)
I am troubled to hear that one of the members of the Clinton
administration, Sandy Berger, pilfered documents from the Archives.
BUT ON THE EVE OF THE NINE-ELEVEN COMMISSION REPORT BEING RELEASED, SOME
ARGUE THIS IS MANIPULATION OF THE POLITICAL KIND. THEY QUESTION THE
TIMING OF A LEAK.
SOT: Sen. Chuck Schumer/(D) New York:
my guess is at the end of the day they'll find it was much ado about
THE NOW VERY PUBLIC CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION HAS HAD AN EFFECT ON THE RACE
TO THE WHITE HOUSE. SANDY BERGER HAS STEPPED DOWN AS JOHN KERRY'S
ADVISER. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS, WASHINGTON.
Work is progressing faster than expected as crews try to restore phone service to parts of Northwest Roanoke and Salem.
A Verizon spokesman says the work should be completed by Thursday evening.
Crews are still splicing thousands of cables that were damaged in an underground fire Sunday night.
Meanwhile Verizon customers who are without service for more than 24 hours may be entitled to a partial refund.
They should contact Verizon as soon as possible.
Officials say a girl fell some 30 to 40 feet at the Cascades in Giles County.
She struck the rocks at the bottom of the waterfall, causing trauma to her face, arms and legs.
The girl was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and she is expected to make a full recovery.
Officials are not releasing her identity.
They say she apparently ignored signs reading "do not go beyond this point."
One of Virginia's oldest chartered women's college has a new president.
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Hollins University announced today that Nancy Oliver Gray will be its eleventh president.
Gray is currently president of Converse College, a liberal arts college for women in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
She will officially take office at Hollins in January 2005.
A militant group is claiming to have kidnapped more civilians in Iraq.
The group says it's taken six truck drivers hostage -- two Kenyans, three Indians and an Egyptian-- and is threatening to kill them if their counries don't agree to remove troops from Iraq.
None of those countries is part of the U-S- led coalition.
Meanwhile, there's been a grisly discovery in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi officials say they've found the head of slain American hostage Paul Johnson during a raid in the capital city, Riyadh.
The civilian contractor was kidnapped and beheaded by militants last month.
The discovery was made during a raid that left two militants dead.
That raid targeted Saudi Arabia's al-Qaida chief.
U-S Embassy officials indicate they're still working to confirm whether the head is actually Johnson's.
The Texas woman spending life behind bars for drowning her children in a bathtub has been transferred from prison to a hospital.
Andrea Yates' attorney says his client refuses to eat, and her condition is unclear.
She's described as incoherent.
Yates mounted an insanity defense in her 2002 trial, but jurors
found her guilty of capital murder in the deaths of three of the children.
During her trial, psychiatrists testified that Yates suffered from schizophrenia and postpartum depression.
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Coming up next on the newscast, officials say more people are beating the high cost of gas... by stealing it.
Plus singer Michael Jackson says people should not believe everything they hear about him.
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As gas prices begin going up again, more and more drivers are tempted to pump and run--without stopping to pay.
Drew Levinson reports.
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The rising gasoline prices across America are to causing an uptick in
pump piracy. The rate of gas theft is at an all time high.
(nats..wheels of car taking off)
It's called 'pump-and-run' -- drivers fill-up, but don't pay up.
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I WOULD THINK KIDS WOULD BE DOING IT BUT NOT GROWN ADULTS."
But adults are doing it, and it's fueling frustration for convenience
They lost 112-million dollars to pump and runs last year. That's up
about 10 million from 2001.
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"WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS PUMP RAGE."
Jeff Lenard of the National Association of Convenience stores, says
drivers are misdirecting their that anger toward the retailers who are
making but a couple of cents a gallon.
(SOT JEFF LENARD/NATIONAL ASSOC. OF CONVENIENCE STORES 13:02:00)
"THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT'S A ROBIN HOOD CRIME. YOU'RE NOT ROBBING
FROM THE RICH AND GIVING TO THE POOR. YOU'RE BASICALLY STEALING FROM
THE PEOPLE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT.")
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HERE IN NEW JERSEY AND OREGON THE PUMP AND RUN CAMPAIGN IS NOT AN ISSUE.
THAT'S BECAUSE THE FUEL PUMPS ARE OFF LIMITS TO MOTORISTS....IT'S
AGAINST THE LAW HERE TO FILL YOUR OWN TANK.
Though lawmakers passed the original bill because of safety
concerns---it turns out it's also saving the station owners money.
Now stores in other states are coming up with ways to stop people from
gassing up and taking off.
Sheetz operates 280 stores on the east coast. It's is testing a machine
that caters to about half its customer who still pay in cash.
Graphic:Drivers must feed the machine before they can pump. Change is
given at an ATM-like device nearby.
graphic cont.At a QuikTrip in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- cash customers must
give their driver's license number, which is put on a card, and swiped
every time before they pump gas.
So far the programs seem to be working. Now maybe Gas and go will no
longer mean gas and go.....without paying the dough.
A Danville man charged with murdering his girlfriend was convicted yesterday of UN-RELATED charges.
32-year-old Stanley Tate is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Tamika Davis.
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She was found shot to death inside Tate's Franklin County home in May.
Tate has been held in Danville on drug possession charges, which he was convicted of yesterday afternoon.
Sentencing is set for September.
Tate's preliminary hearing on the murder charge is scheduled for next month in Franklin County.
Centra Health is getting a 1-point-3 million dollar grant to provide care for low-income or medically under-served AIDS patients in central Virginia.
That grant apparently put a dent in the finances of a similar clinic in Charlottesville, which saw its funding drastically reduced.
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The money will help serve patients who drive more than an hour to other clinics around the region.
No more kids for pop star Michael Jackson--
The troubled singer is denying a magazine article that says he's adding more children to his family.
"US Weekly" reported that Jackson was going to become a father to quadruplets by way of a surrogate mother.
His publicist says that the story is "not true."
But a spokeswoman for "US Weekly" says the magazine is standing by its story.
The 45- year- old singer already has three children.
Jackson's facing trial in September on child molestation charges.
He's pleaded innocent.
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Fans of the television show, "The Dukes of Hazzard" will want to stay tuned.
Ben Jones, the Duke's Crazy Cooter, will join us in our studios to tell us about next week's Dukesfest in Bristol.
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Who could forget such colorful characters as Boss Hogg or Roscoe P- Coltrane?
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the classic T-V series, "The Dukes of Hazzard."
And for one weekend, the Bristol Motor Speedway will be transformed into Hazzard County.
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Today we're pleased to have Ben Jones here in our studio.
You remember him as Cooter from the show.
(You've had quiet an interesting career-- first being on a hit T-V show and then serving as a U-S Congressman...Did you
ever dream you'd stay in the public eye for so long?)
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(You recently had to close the popular Dukes museum up in Sperryville-- how difficult a decision was that, and what did
you do with your collection?)
(We have some clips from "The Dukes of Hazzard," just to remind folks of how much fun this was to watch... What all can
people expect at Dukesfest?)
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We have :40 of vo
(You and Catherine Bach-- or Daisy Duke- are co-hosting the event. Will some other cast members be there?)
(Now I know the event fetures some stunt driving and drag racing- are you going to be behind the wheel for any of that?
(Again it's happening at the Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend, July 31st and August 1st-- How much are tickets and w
here can folks get them?)
Thanks for coming in today, it was a pleasure to meet you.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 46 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 11.
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Up next on the newscast, Lance Armstron tries to hold onto the lead of the Tour DuFrance.
Plus we'll have reaction to an end of an era as the Roanoke Express closes its doors.
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Henry County Sheriff's Office is working a murder case.
Details are sketchy, but Captain Kimmy Nestor tells News7 that a white male was found this morning shot in the back on a dirt road in the Ridgeway- Axton area.
The victim's identity is unknown at this point.
Lance Armstrong continues to wear the yellow jersey after the 16th stage of the Tour de France.
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Armstrong finished more than a minute ahead of all competitors and he's virtually assured of a sixth victory in the Tour de France on Sunday.
The racers had their most difficult climb of the course, but this stage has been the turning poing of the Tour since it was announced.
Tomorrow's stage is the second longest mountain stage in the race.
The Roanoke Express hockey team announced that the team is dissolving after 11 seasons in the Roanoke Valley.
It's a loss for Express fans, the Civic Center and the city of Roanoke.
Steve Mason has more on what happened and why.
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((ECHL league president Byran McKenna visited with Express ownership this past January. After Express ownership failed to meet its deadline to have a legitimate buyer for the team, the league board of governors voted to terminate the membership of the Roanoke Express effective immediately. The ECHL went on to say that the termination of the membership comes as a result of the Express ownership group's inability to operate the team next season.
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The Express began in the 1993-94 season and has made the playoffs all 11 season in the league. Attendance peaked at nearly 5700 in 1996. But this past season only 2, 918 fans came out each night. Express general manager Chris Pollock worked tirelessly and was instrumental in bringing up the Express attendance up by almost 400 fans this past season, but the numbers were still the second lowest in franchise history. The Express players are now unrestricted free agents. The United Hockey League could be a possible home for them. The UHL is already in Richmond and Roanoke would be a natural new rivalry. MacAulay, a solid coaching commodity, Knows the UHL wants to expand.
Roanoke Civic Center facilities director Mina Boyd, must now fill nearly 40 vacated dates and make up substantial revenue the Express provided.))
((MINA BOYD/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER FACILITIES DIRECTOR:))
((STEVE MASON:THE END OF THE EXPRESS MEANS THE BEGINNING OF QUESTIONS THE DEFUNCT FRANCHISE WILL BE ASKED. 2004-2005 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS WHO HAVE ALREADY PAID WILL BE WONDERING WHEN THEY WILL BE GETTING THEIR MONEY BACK. LEAGUE COMMISSIONER BRYAN MCKENNA SAID TUESDAY EVENING THAT THE ECHL IS STILL INTERESTED IN ROANOKE. BUT WILL THE UNITED HOCKEY LEAGUE GET HERE FIRST OR WILL THERE BE ANY HOCKEY IN ROANOKE AT ALL THIS COMING SEASON. THE SEASON STARTS AROUND OCTOBER AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
Attempts to reach majority owners Ashby Coleman and Mike Lonchar today were unsuccessful.
IN one other ECHL note, the Greensboro Generals were also dissolved today.
Meanwhile, former Express forward Jeff Cowan has signed a new deal with the NHL Los Angeles Kings.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Cowan was traded to Los Angeles from the Atlanta Thrashers last March.
In five years in the NHL, he's had 32 goals, 27 assists and 387 penalty minutes.
Cowan played under Frank Anzalone in Roanoke during the 96- 97 ECHL season.
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