For the first time in more than 20 years, the Supreme Court considers whether displaying the Ten Commandments on g
overnment property violates the Constitution.
And, after months of hearing the prosecution's version of what happened, the defense begins its case today in the Scott Peterson murder trial.
We can expect increasing clouds through the afternoon with a chance for showers starting late tonight. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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The Supreme Court is taking up the question of whether the Ten Commandments can be displayed on government property.
The court today made the surprise announcement that it will be hearing an appeal early next year involving displays in Kentucky and Texas.
In the Texas case, justices will decide if a Ten Commandments monument on state Capitol grounds is an attempt to establish state-sponsored religion.
In the other case, justices will decide if a lower court was wrong to bar the posting of the Ten Commandments in Kentucky courthouses.
The defense opens its case today in the Scott Peterson murder trial.
Prosecutors have painted Peterson as a cheating husband, while defense attorneys say that doesn't make him a murderer.
Manuel Gallegus reports from Redwood City, California.
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(nats...outside courthouse) LOCATOR: REDWOOD CITY, CA
WHEN JURORS RETURN TO COURT THIS MORNING -- THE TABLES WILL TURN.
PROSECUTORS SPENT FOUR MONTHS PRESENTING THEIR CASE. DEFENSE LAYWERS
HOPE TO DERAIL IT IN LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS.
SCOTT PETERSON'S LEAD DEFENSE LAWYER MARK GERAGOS WILL ARGUE.... WITHOUT
A MURDER WEAPON, OR AN EYEWITNESS... THE DOUBLE-MURDER CASE IS BASED
ENTIRELY ON CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE.
PROSECUTORS CALLED 174 WITNESSES TO HELP BACK THEIR ARGUMENT THAT
PETERSON KILLED LACI BECAUSE HE WAS TIRED OF HIS MARRIAGE, FEELING
PRESSURE FROM HER PREGNANCY... AND WANTED TO CONTINUE HIS AFFAIR WITH
BUT GERAGOS WILL ARGUE HIS CLIENT MAY BE GUILTY OF ADULTERY ...BUT NOT
AND THE DEFENSE WILL TELL JURORS -- PETERSON COULDN'T BE THE KILLER
-- BECAUSE LACI AND HER UNBORN SON CONNER....LIVED MUCH LONGER THAN
BELIEVED...AND DIED AFTER PETERSON WAS ARRESTED.
(nats...scott file - at house)
PETERSON CAME UNDER INTENSE MEDIA AND POLICE SCRUTINY IN THE MONTHS
AFTER LACI'S DISAPPEARANCE. THE DEFENSE WILL ARGUE - THAT LEFT HIM
LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO MURDER HIS WIFE.
BUT GERAGOS HAS SOME TOUGH BATTLES . HE'LL HAVE TO COUNTER DAMAGING
THE FACT THAT THE BODIES WASHED ASHORE EXACTLY WHERE PETERSON SAID HE
HAD BEEN FISHING.
AND THE HIGH PROFILE ATTORNEY WILL TRY TO DESTROY PROSECUTION CLAIMS
THAT PETERSON HAD REASON TO RUN. .... AND WORK TO EXPLAIN AWAY
WITNESSES WHO TESTIFIED ABOUT PETERSON'S STRANGE BEHAVIOR AFTER HIS WIFE
WHILE PROSECUTORS MUST PROVIDE PROOF THAT PETERSON COMMITTED THE
CRIME. ...... DEFENSE LAWYERS WILL ATTEMPT TO SPIN A LEGAL WEB OF
REASONABLE DOUBT - THAT COULD BE JUST AS EFFECTIVE. MANUEL GALLEGUS,
CBS NEWS, REDWOOD CITY, CA.
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LEO in WX Center
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Police in Roanoke are looking for two carjackers.
Dispatchers say two men wearing masks and black clothing took a white Chevrolet Impala by gunpoint on 29th Street Northwest around 2-30 this morning.
There have been possible sightings of the suspects since then, but police are still looking.
It's been more than four years since Lisa Nicole Thomas was murdered inside her Martinsville clothing store, but two people are now under arrest for it.
A teenager was first charged with the crime, but was found not guilty last year.
The case took a new twist yesterday when Thomas' husband and another man were arrested and charged with capital murder.
Maverick Demarco Thomas, more commonly known as Maverick Muhammad, led a number of vigils after his wife's murder.
While prosecutors often said the case was a murder for hire, Maverick Muhammad maintained his innocence, and was not charged until yesterday.
The other suspect is identified as Malvester Dixon Jr., also known as Malvester Muhammad.
Both men face the same charges-- including conspiracy, murder for hire, and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder for hire.
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Some Roanoke firefighters are no doubt grateful a close call was nothing more than that, but this one had nothing do with fires or rescues.
They were watching last night's baseball game on television when a bullet came through the roof.
The bullet landed near a battalion chief and another firefighter inside Station One near the Roanoke City Market.
Officials believe someone fired a shot into the air nearby.
On its way back down it went through the roof and ceiling, and landed on the floor.
No one was hurt.
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Colonial Downs' new off-track betting parlor in Vinton is off and running after opening yesterday.
Now the debate surrounding these facilities moves to Southside.
The company wants to open a similar facility in Henry County, but religious groups say don't bet on it.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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Colonial Downs may be off to the races in Vinton but in other parts of the state it's just leaving the starting gate.
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((JOHN MOODY/COLONIAL DOWNS: IT'S OUR GOAL TO EXPAND OUR SATELITTE WAGING OPERATIONS OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT NUMBER INCREASE BY TEN FACILITIES.))
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Colonial Downs hopes one of those facilities will be located in Henry County.
The proposed off track betting parlor would be built at an undetermined site near the Virginia North Carolina state line.
Colonial Downs says the facility would generate 230-thousand dollars in taxes for the county and would create jobs in the area.
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((JOHN MOODY/COLONIAL DOWNS: WE'RE PROBABLY TALKING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 35 JOBS THAT WOULD BE PERMANENT.))
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But many area churches say not so fast.
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((EDDIE HONEYCUTT/HENRY CO. BAPTIST ASSOCIATION: WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES. IT DOESN'T MENTION GAMBLING BUT IT DOES MENTION TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE UNDERPRVILEDGED, THE POOR, THE YOUNG, AND THE OLD, AND WE FEEL IT DOES THAT.))
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Opponents also argue it's more than just a moral issue, especially here in Henry County.
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((EDDIE HONEYCUTT/HENRY CO. BAPTIST ASSOCATION: WE HAVE A VERY DEPRESSED ECONOMY. THE JOB MARKET IS IN VERY BAD CONDITION AND WE JUST DON'T THINK WE NEED ANYTHING ELSE THAT TAKES MORE MONEY OUT OF OUR ECONOMY.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON A REFERENDUM NOVEMBER 2ND WHETHER TO ALLOW OFF TRACK BETTING IN HENRY COUNTY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT A SIMILAR PLAN IN MARTINSVILLE FAILED SEVERAL YEARS AGO. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Who's joyriding in the salvage yard?
Still ahead, police search for a one-person demolition derby.
And one day away from the final debate, we'll show you what George Bush and John Kerry are doing, and saying.
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President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry are only a day away from their third and final debate.
This time, they'll focus on domestic issues.
And if the past few days of campaigning are any example, it could be real slug fest.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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ONE DAY BEFORE THE THIRD AND FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, THE TWO
CANDIDATES ARE TAKING DIFFERENT APPROACHES.
THE PRESIDENT IS REACHING OUT TO MILITARY SUPPORTERS IN ANOTHER
SOUTHWESTERN SWING STATE, COLORADO, CONTINUING TO PREVIEW THEMES HE'S
BEEN HAMMERING HOME SINCE THE LAST DEBATE.
(NAT BUSH) yesterday.
(Several of his statements the other night simply don't pass credibility
KERRY HAS NO PUBLIC SCHEDULE...SPENDING THE DAY IN ARIZONA PREPPING
AFTER HIS OWN SOUTHWESTERN SWING.
(nat kerry yesterday )
(At the end of the day gw just couldn't get it done and we deserve a
president who can)
THE PRESSURE FOR BOTH CANDIDATES IS MOUNTING: A NEW CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS
THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL.
IN IT, THE BUSH-CHENEY CAMP IS UP BY THREE....AND UP A POINT FROM A POLL
TAKEN AFTER THE FIRST DEBATE.
BUT THE 48 TO 45 PERCENT LEAD IS WITHIN THIS POLL'S MARGIN OF ERROR.
AND WITH THE RACE THAT CLOSE, NEITHER CANDIDATE CAN AFFORD TO MAKE ANY
"ERRORS" WHEN THEY BATTLE IT OUT IN TEMPE, ARIZONA.
UNLIKE THE FIRST DEBATE, THIS ONE WILL FOCUS ON DOMESTIC ISSUES AND THE
ECONOMY. AND THAT COULD BODE WILL FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER. THE
CBS POLL GIVES KERRY THE ADVANTAGE ON THE ECONOMY: 53 PERCENT OF VOTERS
THINK HE'LL BOOST THE NUMBER OF JOBS IF ELECTED. 39 PERCENT SAY THE
SAME ABOUT THE PRESIDENT IF HE WINS A SECOND TERM.
THE THIRD DEBATE WILL "LOOK" A LOT LIKE THE FIRST: THE CANDIDATES WILL
STAND AT PODIUMS, AND QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY A SINGLE MODERATOR,
THIS TIME, CBS NEWS' BOB SCHIEFFER.
STAND-UP: LIKE THE FIRST TWO, THE FINAL DEBATE WILL LAST FOR 90 MINUTES.
BUT FOR THOSE WHO COUNT THE MOST, THE VOTERS, THE RESULTS COULD LAST
RIGHT UP TO THE FINAL DAY IN THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.
A Turkish man held hostage in Iraq, along with nine others, says the kidnappers treated them "quite well."
All 10 hostages worked for the same Turkish company.
They were released last night and arrived in Baghdad today.
Meanwhile, U- S and Iraqi forces launched a series of raids on mosques in Ramadi.
The mosques were suspected of supporting rebels by storing illegal weapons and harboring terrorists.
But some Iraqi residents say the Americans are displaying "cowboy behavior."
Roanoke police are trying to find someone who is joy- riding in the middle of a salvage yard.
It's happened more than once within the last month.
It might have happened again, if an intruder hadn't been run off Sunday night.
Amid all the wrecked cars up on blocks, Moon Mullins maintains as many as 50 vehicles that still run.
Twice now, vandals have gotten into the yard and turned the place into a demolition derby.
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((MOON MULLINS/MULLINS AUTO PARTS; IF THEY HAD JUST STOLE STUFF FROM US YOU KNOW, THE THIEVERY WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT LOT BETTER THAN THE VANDALISM SO FAR.))
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[OUT Q=vandalism so far.]
He estimates the damage at 40-to-50- thousand dollars.
With help from Shenandoah Auto Parts and Star City Auto Parts, Mullins has posted a three thousand dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responsible.
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Christopher Reeve did more in life than many realized. Still ahead, what we're learning after his death.
And a crocodile attacks a man sleeping in his tent, but fellow campers respond quickly to save his life.
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Christopher Reeve proved to be a real hero for people who suffer injuries that used to be considered untreatable.
The actor who first made a name for himself as Superman helped raise millions of dollars for spinal cord research.
Reeve also offered himself as a guinea pig for new therapies.
Susan Howley is the director of research at the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
She says his contributions reached even farther than many might think.
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[OUT Q=drove scientists there.]
Howley says the foundation will continue the work that Reeve started.
He died Sunday at the age of 52.
It sounds like an episode of "The Crocodile Hunter"--
But an encounter with a crocodile was too real for some campers in Australia.
Authorities say a 14- foot crocodile grabbed a man while he was sleeping in a tent with his wife and infant son.
It dragged the man outside, where another camper, a 60- year- old woman tackled the animal.
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[IN Q=My wife came]
((ALICIA SOROHAN'S HUSBAND:MY WIFE CAME AROUND FROM THIS SIDE, AND I WENT AROUND THAT SIDE, SHE THOUGHT THE CROC HAD THE BABY SO SHE JUMPED ON TOP OF THE CROC. THE CROC ACTUALLY BIT RIGHT INTO HER RIGHT ARM. ))
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Another camper eventually shot and killed the crocodile.
Sorohan was treated for a broken arm, cuts, and bruises.
The male victim was also treated for broken limbs.
Wildlife authorities are investigating whether fishermen dumping
bait in the area attracted the crocodile to the campsite.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 32 points. Nasdaq was DOWN 10 points.
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Another round of high school rankings is out. Coming up later we'll find out how some Friday Football Extra teams are doing.
And the Braves will NOT be National League champs this year. But another team DOES win a playoff round for the first time ever.
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It's on to the league championship series for the Yankees and Red Sox. They begin their battle for the pennant tonight at Yankee Stadium.
In the National League, the Houston Astros won a playoff series for the first time in their 43- year team history.
Last night, the Astros beat Atlanta 12-to-3 to eliminate the Braves and advance to the National League Championship Series.
Game one is tomorrow night in St. Louis.
The Green Bay Packers didn't really show up to host the Tennessee Titans last night.
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Tennessee scored 17 points in the opening nine minutes, and coasted past the 1-and-4
The 48 points is the most allowed by the Packers at Lambeau Field.
The nation's sixth and seventh rated college football teams meet Saturday in Tallahassee.
Despite the predictions, this could be the year U-V-A gets its first win at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
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Once again, teams from the Friday Football Extra area are all over the new Associated Press high school football polls that came out this week.
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And no team made a bigger jump this week than Friday Football Extra's number one team - Gretna.
After coming from behind and beating William Campbell, the Hawks jump from 9th to 2nd this week.
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The unbeaten Salem Spartans, who take on unbeaten Christiansburg this week, are number one just in front of the Hawks-- who got an equal number of first place votes.
[go to second aprisa aa]
Pulaski was off last week, but still fell two spots this week.
Liberty is 9th and Amherst 10th.
Those two play this Friday night in Bedford.
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In the Single A ranks, Gate City is unbeaten and number one, with George Wythe third.
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Floyd County is 7th this week, with William Campbell 8th, and Lebanon 10th.
A Franklin County school teacher got a big surprise today, in a big way.
Lisa Bowman, a fourth grade teacher at Burnt Chimney Elementary, was awarded the Milken National Educator Award today.
Each year, the foundation surprises two outstanding educators in each state with an award of 25-thousand dollars.
The recipients may can use the money however they choose.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll hear from Bowman and how school officials kept the big announcement secret.
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