There may be a break in the case of a 2002 disappearance after authorities find human remains in Chilhowie.
And, the search continues for a North Carolina woman and her granddaughter who vanished as they made their way to Salem earlier this week.
Scattered showers continue with the chance for a few stronger storms later today. What will the weekend bring. I'll let you know in your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Jurors continue to deliberate in the Scott Peterson murder case again today.
Good Afternoon I'm Susan Bahorich, filling in Kimberly McBroom.[Peterson]
Today's the first *full-day* jurors will have to deliberate whether Peterson deserves to be executed.
Teri Okita reports from Redwood City, California.
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TRACK: SCOTT PETERSON S LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE AND THE JURORS KNOW THIS IS THE TOUGHEST DECISION THEY LL EVER HAVE TO MAKE. THEY DELIBERATED FOR TWO HOURS THURSDAY BEFORE BEING SEQUESTERED OVERNIGHT NOW, THEY ENTER DAY TWO.
TRACK: ON THURSDAY, THEY LISTENED AS PROSECUTORS DESCRIBED THE 32-YEAR-OLD FORMER FERTILIZER SALESMAN AS A FRAUD SAYING HE PLAYED THE PART OF A GRIEVING HUSBAND WHEN ALL HE REALLY WANTED WAS TO BE WITH HIS MISTRESS, AMBER FREY. THEY SAY HE DOESN T DESERVE THEIR SYMPATHY.
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SOT: (gallegus pkg) I have to say that that was one of the most compelling, powerful arguments I ve seen (it goes on, b
ut I don t have verbatim)
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TRACK: During the seven-day penalty phase, more than three-dozen defense witnesses said the man THEY know isn t a cold-blooded murderer. The defense says he couldn t have fooled ALL those people.
TRACK: PETERSON'S DEFENSE BEGGED JURORS TO SPARE HIS LIFE A HUMBLED LEAD ATTORNEY, MARK GERAGOS SAYING THERE DOESN T NEED TO BE MORE DEATH IN THIS CASE AND TO OPT FOR LIFE IN PRISON.
(Super: Trent Copeland/Legal Analyst)
SOT: He also reminded jurors that if they have any lingering doubt, they must consider it.
TRACK: IT S BEEN ALMOST A MONTH SINCE THE JURY CONVICTED PETERSON OF KILLING HIS WIFE, LACI, AND THEIR UNBORN SON. THESE SAME JURORS WILL SEAL HIS FATE ANY DAY NOW. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA.))
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Authorities near Chilhowie have found human remains in the Jefferson National Forest.
They believe the skull and other bones may be the remains of 28-year old Stacy McCray.
She disappeared in November of 2002 after she left a friend's home in Abingdon.
Police found her car 10- days later in a downtown parking lot.
Her purse was found in the same area six months later.
Officials would NOT say what led authorities to the remains.
They were in a remote area past a locked gate in the Mill Creek community near the Smyth County line.
The remains are being brought to the state medical examiner's office in Roanoke today for identification.
Police have expanded their search for a missing woman and her granddaughter in North Carolina- while relatives in Salem await any word as to what happened.
They two were on their way to a visit loved ones in Virginia when they disappeared.
58 year old Gail Haddock-Dail and her granddaughter 15 year old Heather Roberts never made it to a birthday celebration for Dail's brother, Grady Hewitt in Salem.
The last person to reportedly hear from Dail was her estranged husband, who says she called him from her cell phone around three o'clock Tuesday morning asking for help.
Authorities say the call used towers in Lenoir County, North Carolina, and that's where the search for the missing travelers continues.
Hewitt says there are many unanswered questions the family is trying to sort through.
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((GRADY HEWITT:WE'RE STILL LEFT HANGING OVER WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING, COMMANDER THOMPSON SAYS HE IS INVESTIGATING BOTH THE HOUSE FIRE AND THE MISSING COUPLE, MY SISTER AND HER GRANDDAUGHTER.))
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Dail's house was gutted by fire last week, *before* she went missing and Hewitt says the police are looking into a connection between the two incidents.
A federal safety agency is asking that a popular model truck and S-U-V be recalled.
The federal safety agency asked this morning for a recall of 600-thousand Dodge Durango and Dakota trucks.
The investigation involves the vehicles from the 2000 to 2003 model years after wheels from the truck have flown off.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said there are reports of several crashes, but no injuries due to this particular issue.
DaimlerChrysler (dom-ler chrysler) says it will decide by early next week if it will go along with the recall.
The Roanoke County Police Department will be increasing efforts to stop drunk drivers.
Through the holiday season, officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints at several locations.
At least one checkpoint will be set up in an undisclosed location beginning at nine o'clock tonight.
They will continue every weekend until after the New Year.
Since Thanksgiving, two people have died in the County in alcohol related crashes.
If you haven't received the flu shot yet --several health departments in the region have announced they have more of the vaccine available.
The shots will be reserved for those in high-risk categories including: people 65 and older, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions, and children 6 to 23 months of age.
Some of the health departments with additional vaccine include Henry-Martinsville, Patrick County, and the Franklin County facilities.
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Coming up next on the newscast- the U-S Attorney General says goodbye to his staff.
Also a Marine who says he was held hostage- has now been charged with desertion.
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A corporal who disappeared from a U-S military camp in Iraq earlier this year has been charged with desertion.
Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun (wah-SEF' ah-LEE' hah-SOON') was an Arabic interpreter at a camp near Fallujah.
It was believed Hassoun was kidnapped when he disappeared in June, but he later turned up in his native Lebanon.
Marine officials at Camp Lejeune announced a number of charges today after a five-month investigation.
No date has been set for a hearing that would be one of the first steps toward a possible court-martial.
A massive high-rise fire in downtown Chicago earlier this week is expected to be ruled an accident.
More than three-dozen people were injured in Monday's blaze, many of them firefighters.
The Chicago Tribune reports that investigators came to their conclusion after taking extensive witness statements and examining the site.
An official familiar with the investigation says he can't provide exact details about where or how the fire started at the LaSalle (la-Sal)Bank headquarters.
Early estimates put damages at more than 10-million dollars.
John Ashcroft says he's proud of the American public's resolve after the Nine-Eleven attacks...and since the that time, America has shown an ``increased devotion to freedom.''
The conservative and often controversial politician ..made the remarks as he stepped down as U.S. Attorney General.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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STANDING BEFORE THE MEN AND WOMEN HE LED OVER 4 TURBULENT YEARS, OUTGOING ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT THANKED JUSTICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR PAST SERVICE AND THEIR VISION FOR THE FUTURE.
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"A VISION FOR HUMAN DECENCY AND DIGNITY, FOR AMERICA AND FOR THE GENERATIONS YET TO COME."
ASHCROFT'S TENURE BEGAN WITH THE EXECUTION OF OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER TIM MCVEIGH, BUT HIS DEPARTMENT, LIKE MANY OTHERS, WAS QUICKLY FORCED INTO NEW TERRITORY AFTER 9-11.
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"CRITICS SAID THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COULD NOT SUCCESSFULLY FIGHT CRIME AND TERRORISM, BUT HERE WE ARE 3 YEARS LATER, SAFER, NOT HAVING EXPERIENCED AN ADDITIONAL TERRORIST ATTACK."
IN THE WAR ON TERROR, CRITICS LOOK BACK AT THE MUCH HERALDED CAPTURE OF THE SO-CALLED 20TH HIJACKER ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI. BUT 3 YEARS LATER, IT APPEARS THAT'S NOT TRUE... AND MOUSSAOUI'S CASE HAS NOT YET COME TO TRIAL.
AND HIS DEPARTMENT DREW CRITICISM FOR AGGRESIVE TACTICS THAT MANY SAID WERE AN INVASION OF PRIVACY.
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ASHCROFT STEPPED DOWN SHORTLY AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION...ONE OF NUMEROUS BUSH CABINET MEMBERS WHO ARE CHOOSING NOT TO SERVE ANOTHER 4 YEARS. PRESIDENT BUSH HAS NOMINATED WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL ALBERTO GONZALEZ TO SUCCEED ASHCROFT.
ALLEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON))
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Up next on the newscast,
we'll tell you where you can learn more about a legend in the world of photography.... without ever leaving your home.
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With football season winding down, television viewers are about to get a look at some images of REAL power.
Tomorrow afternoon, WDBJ-7 will broadcast a documentary movie about a photographer known world-wide for his pictures of steam locomotives.
The half-hour program is entitled "What a Picture I Got! -- Images and Words of O. Winston Link."
It was created by News 7 for the Link Museum, but Saturday will mark the first time it's been seen on the air.
The documentary was written and directed by News 7 staff member Ted Stone.
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And Ted Stone joins us this afternoon to talk about the project....
How did this project come about?
Were there any surprises as you started putting the movie together?
And you have an excerpt for us?
[Ted tosses to excerpt]
[Roll cue: Let's take a look.]
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((Narrator: The least known aspect of his work has always been his dabbling with 16 millimeter movie film. On December 31st, 1958, he filmed part of a trip from Crewe, Virginia to Roanoke behind one of his beloved A-class locomotives.
VOICE OF O. WINSTON LINK: ON TOP OF THE CABOOSE, WHICH IS RIGHT BEHIND THE TENDER, AND BOY, IT IS SOME SIGHT. THE SMOKE IS ROLLING BACK WHITE. YOU CAN JUST SEE THE C-T SIGNALS PEEKING OUT OF THE SMOKE, THE BRIGHT CADMIUM YELLOW COLOR OF THE THREE DOTS. AND IT'S OBSCURED BY THE SMOKE, THEN IT PEEPS THROUGH THE SMOKE. BOY, IT IS PRETTY. WHAT SMOKE!))
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The documentary movie "What a Picture I Got" will be seen here on WDBJ-7 Saturday afternoon at one o'clock.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN nine points. The NASDAQ has dropped two.
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Coming up in Sports,
Tracy McGrady has a record breaking night as he flies his Rockets to victory over the Spurs.
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Tracy McGrady put-on one of the greatest game-ending performances in basketball history last night .. leading his Rockets to a one-point victory over the Spurs.
Houston trailed San Antonio by 10-points in the final minute, but McGrady was just getting started.
He scored 13-points in the game's last 35 seconds .. four three-pointers and a foul shot .. the final points coming with less than two seconds left.
The Rockets hand the Spurs their second straight loss .. 81 to 80.
The 2004 Holiday Hoopla Tournament returns to the Salem Civic Center later this month.
Steve Mason has a preview.
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