President Bush defends his decision to invade Iraq, while addressing the U-N General Assembly this morning.
And a Virginia Tech student is found dead of apparent alcohol poisoning.
The last official full day of summer's a beauty and it will continue. I'll have the details and the latest on the tropics in my forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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It was a speech to the United Nations, but in this political season, President Bush's remarks are also a campaign speech.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The speech took a political turn, as President Bush made his case that the world is a better place because of his policies in Iraq.
Drew Levinson reports from the U-N.
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Speaking in front of world leaders this morning, President Bush went on
the offensive to defend the war in Iraq.
A coalition force now serving in Iraq are confronting the terrorists and
foreign fighter so peaceful nations will never have to face them within
their own borders.
He called for the world to remain patient while the Iraqis try to build
The government of Prime Minister Allawi has earned the support of every
nation that believes in self determination and desires peace.
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"FOR THE PRESIDENT THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR IN ROW HE'S COME HERE TO UN TO
PLEAD HIS CASE FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ.
IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN HE SOUGHT A RESOLUTION SAYING SADAM HAD
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND LAST YEAR HE DEFENDED GOING TO WAR
WITHOUT THE UN'S BACKING.
That decision still doesn't sit well with many world leaders including
UN secretary General Kofi Annan. Today the handshake was friendly...but
in a recent BBC interview the Secretary General...went so far as to
call the war - illegal.
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"I HAVE STATED CLEARLY THAT IS NOT IN CONFORMITY WITH THE SECURITY
COUNCIL, WITH THE UN CHARTER.
IT WAS ILLEGAL?
YES, IF YOU WISH."
Mr. Bush, he is dealing with other issues at the United Nations as
.... such as calling for the expansion of healthcare, fighting the
global hiv/aids crisis, hunger, and illiteracy, and expanding economic
opportunities for poor nations.
But Iraq remains front and center, and Mr. Bush is not softening his
stance...and neither apparently are his opponents.
Drew Levinson, CBS News.
A VDOT worker is injured after being hit by a car.
Witnesses say the man was acting as a flagger holding a stop sign on Route 221 in Floyd County.
A witness says one driver heading south towards Floyd failed to stop.
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State Police say the man was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
There's no word as to whether charges will be filed.
A Virginia Tech student died from apparent alcohol poisoning this week.
Roommates found 23 year old Thomas Ryan Hauser dead in his home on Center Street about 8:40 Sunday morning.
Blacksburg Police say the engineering student from Springfield had been bar hopping with friends Saturday night.
Police say the friends had to carry Hauser home from Sharkey's, their last stop of the night.
The last New River Valley campus death from alcohol overdose was at Radford University eight years ago.
The last alcohol overdose at Tech was in the early 1990's.
Four American soldiers were injured today in a car bombing in Baghdad.
The blast came as a U-S convoy was passing by.
Iraqi officials say several civilians were also injured.
In other developments, the families of two hostages still held captive in Iraq are pleading for their release.
That, after an American hostage was beheaded yesterday.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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ON THE EVE OF AMERICAN HOSTAGE... JACK HENSLEY'S 49TH BIRTHDAY -- HIS
WIFE, AT HOME IN GEORGIA... CONTINUES TO PLEAD FOR HER HUSBAND'S
RELEASE.... AND STRUGGLES TO EXPLAIN THESE PICTURES TO THEIR YOUNG
BUT THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR HENSLEY AND BRITISH HOSTAGE, KEN
BIGLEY....THEIR FATE COULD BE THE SAME AS EUGENE JACK ARMSTRONG.
IN THE LAST MOMENTS OF HIS LIFE, ARMSTRONG, SOBBED, ROCKING BACK AND
FORTH IN TERROR. ..SECONDS LATER HE WAS BEHEADED. AND THE MILITANTS,
REPRESENTING ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI, THE MOST WANTED MAN IN IRAQ, THREATEN
TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
UNLESS ALL THE MUSLIM WOMEN ARE RELEASED FROM U.S PRISONS IN IRAQ.
FAMILY MEMBERS ARE OVERWHELMED WITH DESPERATION.ALL THEY CAN DO IS
(SOT) PHILIP BIGLEY/ BROTHER OF BRITISH HOSTAGE
"We feel absolutely helpless, we do not have the power to save Ken's
CAPTORS WARN... THE PENTAGON MUST ACT NOW OR THEY WILL BEHEAD BOTH
HOSTAGES TODAY. HERE IN WASHINGTON -- THE MESSAGE... THE U-S DOES NOT
NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS.. WASHINGTON.
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Still to come on the newscast, Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo welcomes back a familiar face.
Plus C-B-S News Anchor Dan Rather says he has no excuse for the mistakes made in a 60 Minutes report.
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In California, a lead detective resumes testimony today in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial.
Yesterday, the detective said Peterson was acting strangely at the start of the investigation.
John Blackstone reports.
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SCRIPT Detective Craig Grogan, the lead investigator on Laci Peterson's disappearance had suspicions about her husband Scott from the very beginningsuspicions that grew as police searched the Peterson's Modesto home. Among the reasons, Grogan told the jury, was that Scott was the last person to see Laci, that his alibi that he was fishing, couldn't be immediately corroborated. DEAN JOHNSON, DEFENSE ATTORNEY 12:12:43 it's clear to the jury right now that everything he learned from Scott Peterson pointed to Scott Peterson, not away from Scott Peterson. So, he could not make that elimination. Grogan said that when he searched Peterson's Modesto warehouse he found a large amount of concrete residue. "A tremendous mess, he said, "for making one eight pound boat anchor as Peterson claimed. CHUCK SMITH, DEFENSE ATTORNEY THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS THIS IS THE LEAD DETECTIVE AND HE IS COMING ACROSS AS PROFESSIONAL HONEST CREDIBLE AND THE JURY NEEDS TO SEE THAT FROM THE PROSECUTION STANDUP Grogan may be crucial to the prosecution because the defense attorneys have argued that police rushed to judgment, ignoring any evidence that didn't lead to Scott Peterson. Grogan's testimony listed the many reasons why Peterson quickly became the prime suspect. Jb cbs news sf ))
C-B-S News says it expects to name an independent panel within the next few days to examine its reporting on President Bush's National Guard service.
The panel will look into how "60 Minutes" reported the story, and how mistakes were made.
C-B-S says those findings will be made public.
News anchor Dan Rather and the network have apologized for using documents that some experts say are bogus.
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((DAN RATHER/CBS NEWS ANCHOR: I MADE A MISTAKE. I DIDN'T DIG HARD ENOUGH, LONG ENOUGH. I DIDN'T ASK ENOUGH OF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS AND I TRUSTED A SOURCE WHO CHANGED HIS STORY - IT TURNS OUT HE MISLEAD US. LIED TO US ABOUT ONE THING. BUT THERE ARE NO EXCUSES. THIS IS NOT A DAY FOR EXCUSES. ))
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C-B-S says it can't vouch for the authenticity of documents that say Bush got preferential treatment in the Guard.
The White House says the incident also raises questions about the
connection between the network's source, a retired Texas National Guard member and John Kerry's campaign.
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So how much will this tarnish the reputation of CBS News and should Dan Rather lose his job?
We put those questions to the General Manager here at WDBJ and a local journalism professor.
Justin McLeod has their reactions.
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CBS News has finally admitted it made a mistake.
At least one journalism professor at Washington and Lee says it's too little too late.
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((EDWARD WASSERMAN/KNIGHT PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM ETHICS: NOT ONLY DID THEY GET IT WRONG DID THEY FALL VICTIM TO A HOAX, A HOAX THAT OUGHT HAVE BEEN FORESEEABLE BUT THEY SPENT TWO WEEKS STONEWALLING.))
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Bob Lee agrees.
As president and General Manager of WDBJ, he's heard from hundreds of viewers in the past two weeks unhappy with CBS.
Many call for Dan Rather's head.
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Lee is in a unique position.
He's also the chairman of the CBS affiliates board and believes the network's mistake also hurts the credibility of all CBS stations including WDBJ.
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((BOB LEE: THIS IS NOT AN INCIDENT THAT'S GOING TO GO AWAY QUICKLY AND NOT AN INCIDENT THAT IS GOING AWAY WITHOUT SOME FURTHER ANSWERS.))
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Answers that should come through an independent panel set up by CBS to review the incident.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME CBS AND OTHER NEWS ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE. CNN HAD THE TAILWIND SCANDAL AND DATELINE HAD THE RIGGED GM REPORT. FOR 60 MINUTES, IT WAS THE BIGGEST ETHICAL MESS SINCE THE TOBACCO WHISTLEBLOWER STORY WHICH WAS MADE FAMOUS BY THE MOVIE "THE INSIDER." JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Mill Mountain Zoo is no longer looking for a curator.
Dave Wood recently returned to the position after leaving last month to take a similar job at Virginia Safari Park.
His wife, Laurie left her job with Roanoke City to join him at the Natural Bridge attraction.
Now, just weeks later, Wood says both have stopped working for the park.
Wood had held the top position at Mill Mountain for more than four years when he left.
He reclaimed the job last Friday.
As for his short stay at Safari Park, Wood says "it just didn't work out."
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Doctors find out that rising blood sugar levels can actually lead to heart damage. We'll find out more later.
And Rodney Dangerfield has the respect of all his fans as they pray for his recovery following surgery last month.
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To predict the risk of heart disease, doctors pay close attention to
blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
But another test usually reserved for diabetics may be a better way to
predict heart health.
Doctor David Marks has more.
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((BROTHERS MIKE AND SCOTT CHANEY BOTH HAVE DIABETES AND CONTROL THEIR
BLOOD SUGAR WITH DIET AND EXERCISE.
BUT THEY ALSO COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER TO KEEP THEIR HEMOGLOBIN A-1-C
LEVEL UNDER THE RECOMMENDED LEVEL OF SEVEN.
"(mike)But I'm not going to let him beat me. If he gets a 6.5 I'm going
to get a 6.5 too.(flash)(scott)I'll just lie next time.(flash) (mike)no
if he calls me and says he has a 6.5 I'm going to demand to see the
actual lab report.
WHILE BLOOD SUGAR AND BLOOD GLUCOSE FINGER PRICK TESTS TELL A PERSON
WHERE THEIR LEVELS ARE AT THAT MOMENT, THE A-1-C TEST GIVES THE PATIENT
AN OVERALL LEVEL.
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"Give us an idea about how someone's blood sugar has been controlled
over a two to three month period."
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BUT NOW RESEARCHERS SAY THE MEASUREMENT MAY NOT BE FOR DIABETICS ALONE.
A NEW STUDY IN THE ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE FINDS A HIGH A-1-C LEVEL
CAN INCREASE ANYONE'S RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS LIKE HEART DISEASE
THE RECOMMENDED A-1-C LEVEL IS SEVEN.
BUT RESEARCHERS FOUND AS THAT NUMBER GOES UP SO TOO DOES(gfx)
A LEVEL OF EIGHT MEANT A 21 PERCENT INCREASE.
A LEVEL OF NINE EQUALS A 42 PERCENT INCREASE AND SO ONE.
THE THINKING IS THE A-1-C TEST COULD ONE DAY BECOME AS COMMON AS BLOOD
PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS IN PREDICTING HEART HEALTH.
(S0T- Dr. Suresh Baliga/Mount Sinai Medical Center)
"possibly in the near future but right now we don't know if this can
become a sole predictor of heart disease."
BUT THE RESEARCH IS POINTING IN THAT DIRECTION.
DOCTOR DAVID MARKS, CBS NEWS.))
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield is starting to show signs that he's coming out of a coma.
The 82- year- old slipped into a coma while recovering from heart surgery over the past several weeks.
The actor has been hooked to a respirator in intensive care since undergoing a heart-valve replacement last month.
A publicist says Dangerfield has been able to breathe on his own for the past 24 hours and is now in stable condition.
President Bush's tax cut proposals are a joke-- at least they were last night on David Letterman.
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Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry was Letterman's guest.
Kerry read the top 10 list of Bush's top 10 tax proposals.
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In addition to the Top 10 list, Kerry joked about the debate
negotiations, and also discussed the situation in Iraq during his appearance.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP eight points. The NASDAQ has gained four.
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Coming up after the break, high school football games washed out by Ivan roll on last night.
We'll find out which teams went home winners and who just went home.
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Ivan wiped out all of the high school football action last Friday night, and that meant plenty of folks were playing last night-- including William Byrd and Salem.
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Byrd head coach Jeff Highfill has had Salem's number more than any coach in the area.
And last night the Terriers would again put up a fight on a gorgeous night in Vinton.
Salem would make the first move, as Matt Shawver hands off to DuJuan Smith, and the five foot six inch junior takes off.
He is in the end zone before half the team knew what happened.
The score was 7-to-nothing Salem.
The Terriers would bring it back on the other end for Byrd.
The hike comes directly to Aaron Connor and the big senior back fights his way off the right side to tie the game.
Salem would show off its ground game again, however for the 27 to 7 win.
Yesterday the Cave Spring Knights were looking to go 3-and-0 as they visited Lord Botetourt.
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It was not only a nice night for football, but also to catch up on your knitting.
The Knights themselves would weave their way through the Cavaliers.
Will Osborne does a great job of following his blockers off the right side, as he slides into the endzone to make it 7-to-nothing midway through the opening period.
Ben Foutz likes his players to play with emotion, and number 11 Steven Fralin does just that-- with the tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
That would set up another Knights score, as Osbourn again
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stays patient and follows his teammates into the endzone.
Cave Spring stays unbeaten with the 42 to 7 win.
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The William Fleming Colonels picked up a big 35-to-14 win over Blacksburg in a game that was originally set for Victory Stadium last Saturday.
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Last night the Stadium was inhabited by Pulaski County and Patrick Henry, who were supposed to play there last Friday.
Pulaski's Kevin Crouse, the hero in the last minute win over Fleming, was again rolling in the first half last night against the Patriots.
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The Cougars would go to a 28-to-20.
Now let's look at all last night's scores.
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