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A Russian airliner crashed, and another broke up in the air almost simultaneously last night.
All 89 people aboard both planes are believed to be dead.
Officials worry it may be the work of terrorists.
Susan Roberts reports.
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(( ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE MILES SOUTH OF THE RUSSIAN CAPITOL.. WRECKAGE STREWN IN A VILLAGE FIELD.. MARKED ONE OF THE CRASH SITES.
WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING AN EXPLOSION JUST BEFORE THE PLANE WENT DOWN. HUNDREDS OF POLICE AND RESCUE WORKERS CONVERGED ON THE SCENE. THEY FOUND NO SURVIVORS.. ONLY AN AIRCRAFT BROKEN INTO PIECES.
THIS PLANE CARRYING 43 PASSENGERS AND ANOTHER PLANE WITH AT LEAST 46 PEOPLE ON BOARD.. TOOK OFF FROM THE SAME MOSCOW AIRPORT LAST NIGHT.

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ONE CRASHED IN RUSSIAS TULA REGION.. JUST FOUR MINUTES LATER THE OTHER BROKE UP IN THE AIR ABOUT 600 MILES SOUTH OF MOSCOW IN THE RUSTOV REGION. OFFICIALS SAY THEY RECEIVED A DISTRESS SIGNAL FROM THE SECOND PLANE JUST BEFORE IT DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR.
IT WAS HEADED TO THIS AIRPORT.. WHERE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES RUSHED TO HEAR NEWS REPORTS. A REGIONAL EMERGENCY OFFICIAL SAID THE FLIGHT DATA RECORDER HAD BEEN FOUND.. BUT THAT RAIN WAS HAMPERING THE SEARCH OF WRECKAGE SPREAD OUT OVER A 30 MILE AREA.

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SECURITY HAS BEEN TIGHTENED AT ALL AIRPORTS ACROSS THE RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS ORDERED AN INVESTIGATION BY THE NATIONS TOP INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
AUTHORITIES HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN CHECHEN REBELS MIGHT CARRY OUT ATTACKS AHEAD OF AN ELECTION THIS SUNDAY TO REPLACE THE REGIONS PRESIDENT. HE WAS KILLED IN A BOMB ATTACK BACK IN MAY.. AND THE REBELS HAVE BEEN BLAMED FOR A SERIES OF TERROR STRIKES THAT HAVE CLAIMED HUNDREDS OF LIVES.
STAND-UP CLOSE: RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES SAY NO FOREIGNERS WHERE ON EITHER PLANES PASSENGER LIST. THE U-S HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT SAYS IT IS MONITORING SITUATION, BUT NOT IMPLEMENTING ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES HERE. SUSAN ROBERTS, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))

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At least four people are dead after U- S forces launched heavy attacks on the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
The U- S says it's targeting insurgent firing positions.
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In Najaf today, American tanks and troops advanced closer to the Imam Ali mosque, where supporters of rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr remain holed up.
Around 500 Iraqi troops are also deployed around the mosque.
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Meanwhile, another report on inmate abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will be released this afternoon.
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((JAMES SCHLESINGER/FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY: THERE WAS SADISM ON THE NIGHTSHIFT AT ABU GHRAIB. IT WAS KIND OF ANIMAL HOUSE ON THE NIGHT SHIFT." ))
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Schlesinger presented the findings of a special commission report on the abuse scandal.
Among those being held accountable are top Pentagon officials -- all the way up to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
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Funeral services were held yesterday for a Covington Marine who died while serving in Iraq.
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Staff Seargent Ryan Howard died two weeks ago, when his helicopter went down near Baghdad. Military offiicals say the helicopter had engine problems. Nearly 300-people attended funeral services yesterday at the Arritt Funeral Home in Covington. Howard was buried at the Palestine Cemetary next to the Presybeterian church, where he grew up. The 25-year-old leaves behind a wife and two children.
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[11Alleghany-Fatal]


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State police say a single vehicle accident in Alleghany County late last night left one person dead. It happened around 11:40 on Route 42 just south of Route 630. Troopers say 50 year old Wallace Eugene Carter, of Millboro ran off the right side of the road, hit the guardrail, drove across the roadway and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

[VOBGolf-Course]


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Plans to turn a Roanoke County farm into a golf course tee off.
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Golf Designer Lester George plans to build a 250 acre golf course on Pitzer Road in the Mount Pleasant Community.
Last night, the Board of Supervisors rezoned the property and granted the developer a special use permit.
The project also calls for the construction of up to forty homes around the golf course.
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((LESTER GEORGE/GOLF DESIGNER: DEPENDING ON WHO ARE DEVELOPER PARTNER IS AND WE HAVE ONGOING DISCUSSIONS WITH THREE OF FOUR INTERESTED PARTIES IT COULD BE SOMETHING APPLIED FOR RIGHT AWAY OR IT COULD BE SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T SEE ANY ACTION UNTIL THE GOLF COURSE IS BUILT AND OPENED.))
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Many nearby residents support the project because the way the property was zoned it could have meant the construction of up to 250 homes.
The golf course should be up and running by summer of 2006.
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[11Henry-Martinsville]


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The school merger issue in Martinsville and Henry County will be studied even further.
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Both school boards yesterday voted to create a new committee to research what members see as the three main obstacles to combining school systems. The Chairman of the city school board says the results of the *last* study were not comprehensive enough for either side to make a decision to merge. The first obstacle includes funding and budgets.
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((JIM JOHNSON/CHAIRMAN, MARTINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD: MARTINSVILLE HAS DIFFERENT SCHOOLS THAN THE COUNTY THAT ARE IN DIFFERENT STATES OF DISREPAIR OR REPAIR... AND THEN, WHO'S GOING TO FUND, HOW MUCH THE CITY WILL BE ASKED TO FUND, HOW MUCH THE COUNTY WILL BE ASKED TO FUND.))
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The second area of study will address the makeup of the merged school board. Members of the city board are currently appointed while county members are elected. The third obstacle to be researched will cover salaries and benefits. The committee will be made up of members of both boards and will hire a consultant to facilitate.

[Marketwatch]


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In business news, Alan Greenspan delivered some encouraging news about the global economy.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN SAID pickup in global growth has gained steam over the past year but some countries like Japan face a significant threat if oil prices remain high.
In written responses to questions submitted to Greenspan on July 20 before the Senate Banking Committee and made public Tuesday, Greenspan said the recovery "has become both stronger and more sustainable" over the past year.
Oil prices fell nearly a dollar to end just above $45 a barrel Tuesday. Oil was lower for a third straight session as more oil continues to flow from Iraqi pipelines that were recently shutdown because of violence in the region.
on wall street.. stock were mixed in light summer trading the dow rose 25 while the nasdaq slipped nearly 2
Verizon and Qwest Communications have challenged a government ruling that freezes wholesale local-phone service rates for the next six months.The court has repeatedly objected to the government's mechanism for setting wholesale prices and terms of access to the networks of the big local phone companies.
on the stocks to watch list: tax preparer H&R Block posted a 44 million dollars loss for its first quarter, saying its mortgage business was hurt by rising interest rates. but hr block is still standing by its profit forecast for the full year.
Royal Dutch/Shell Group will pay a $120 million penalty to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of its overstatement of nearly 4.5 billion barrels of proven reserves.
find out more at cbs.mw.com in ny I'm Alexis Christoforous.))

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[Terror-Hearings]


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Today an Australian man accused of fighting with the Taliban heads to a military courtoom at Guantanamo Bay.
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He's one of four terrorism suspects facing pre- trial hearings before a U-S military commission this week.
Yesterday, the commission arraigned Osama bin Laden's former driver.
His military- appointed attorney challenged the fairness of the military panel serving as judge and jury.
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[11Bus-Tour]


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It's been forty years since a Democrat won Virginia in a presidential contest, but John Kerry's supporters say he can reverse that trend.
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The Kerry campaign is sponsoring a bus tour of four battleground states, with the message of "America Can Do Better".
Its last Virginia stop came in Lynchburg this morning where dozens of supporters rallied in favor of Kerry's stand on issues like health care and the economy.
Recent polls show President Bush with a slight lead in the state, but within the margin of error.
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President Bush is also taking his campaign on the road.
An eight state tour leading up to the Republican National Convention begins tomorrow and will make a stop in Wheeling, West Virginia on Sunday.

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The town of Troutville is experiencing growing pains...
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Town officials are talking about expanding town boundaries. While it's something that was first introduced nearly four-years ago, officials are just getting the ball rolling on the project. A Virginia Tech group, which recently helped Fincastle with its boundary adjustment, has been contacted and is expected to start working on a proposal after the first of the year. Some residents who currently live in the county and would be affected by the proposal say they don't mind.
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((BARBARA FRALIN/BOTETOURT CO. RESIDENT: WAIT AND SEE, LIKE I SAID, I LIVE ON STONEY AND I THINK THE BOUNDARY WOULD BE GOING DOWN THERE, SO BASICALLY THAT'S ALL I KNOW.)) ((LOUIE CORBETT/BOTETOURT CO. RESIDENT: I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE A BIG ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE TO ANYONE. IT'S JUST TIME MOVING ON..))
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Fincastle announced its expansion proposal earlier this year to mixed reviews.
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[Biz-Brief]


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In business news, Stocks ended the day mixed. And, sales of existing homes fell in July. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((BLUE CHIPS BARELY HELD ON TO MODEST GAINS.


THE DOW INDUSTRIALS GAINED 25 -POINTS.
AS THE NASDAQ LOST ONE.


STOCKS FAILED TO RALLY EVEN THOUGH THE PRICE OF OIL FELL FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT SESSION, BRIEFLY DROPPING BELOW 45-DOLLARS A BARREL.
THE DROP COMES AS A RESUMPTION IN IRAQI OIL EXPORTS HELPED REDUCE SOME OF THE SUPPLY WORRIES THAT LIFTED PRICES TO RECORD LEVELS LAST WEEK.
THE PRICE OF U-S LIGHT CRUDE FOR OCTOBER DELIVERY SETTLED DOWN 84-CENTS AT 45-DOLLARS-AND-21-CENTS A BARREL.


THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS REPORTS SALES OF EXISTING HOMES FELL IN JULY.
SALES CAME IN AT ANNUAL RATE OF SIX-POINT-72 MILLION UNITS, DOWN TWO-POINT-NINE PERCENT FROM JUNE'S RECORD-HIGH PACE.
DESPITE BEING BELOW WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS, JULY'S SALES PACE REPRESENTED THE THIRD-BEST ON RECORD.


CITIGROUP IS BUYING A REGIONAL BANKING CHAIN IN TEXAS.
THE WORLD' LARGEST FINANCIAL AGREED TO ACQUIRE FIRST AMERICAN BANK, A UNIT OF THE ADAM CORPORATION-GROUP.
AFTER THE ACQUISITION, FIRST AMERICAN BRANCH LOCATIONS WILL BE CHANGED TO CITIBANK FINANCIAL CENTERS.
CITIGROUP SAYS IT WILL ACQUIRE THREE-POINT-FIVE BILLION DOLLARS IN ASSETS, 102 NEW BRANCHES AND 120-THOUSAND NEW CUSTOMERS IN THE DEAL.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))

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