Officials reveal there's more than what meets the eye with a Monday morning fire in Roanoke...
And, she was convicted of murdering her own children.
Now, an appeals court is giving Andrea Yates another chance...
A cold front's heading our way bringing the chance for a few scattered showers and then cooler weather returns to the region tonight and tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
Roanoke authorities reveal what caused a fatal fire, and say the victim also suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Good Afternoon, I'm Susan Bahorich filling in for Kimberly McBroom.[Woodland-Fire]
Roanoke officials have determined a fatal fire was intentionally set.
The blaze started at a home on Woodland Road on Monday.
Terrence Palmer was killed in the fire.
An autopsy revealed he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as well as injuries sustained in the fire.
But officials are still trying to find out which killed him.
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[IN Q=There's really no way...]
((ASST. CHIEF RALPH TARTAGLIA/ROANOKE FIRE EMS; THERE'S REALLY NO WAY TO TELL THAT. THAT'S WHAT SOME OF OUR REPORTS AND INVESTIGATIONS HAVE BEEN DOING. WE REALLY HAVE NO WAY OF JUST BY REBUILDING THE SCENE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT IT, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THINGS PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY DO THEM IN PRIVATE. ))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Tartaglia/Roanoke Fire-EMS Department;]
[OUT Q=when they do them in private.]
Test results have shown the fire was intentionally set, but officials are still waiting on lab results that will determine what accelerants were used.
A Texas mother, who was serving a life sentence for drowning her children in 2001, is getting a new trial
A Texas appeals court issued a ruling today which overturns the capital murder convictions of Andrea Yates.
Yates was sentenced to life in prison for drowning three of her five children.
The panel issued a 12-page opinion saying the trial jury may have been prejudiced against Yates when a prosecution expert gave false testimony.
During the trial, psychiatrists testified Yates suffered from schizophrenia and post partum depression.
She is currently an inmate at a psychiatric prison and not eligible for parole until 2041.
A victory for U-S Airways in its bid to avoid liquidation.
A judge has canceled a collective bargaining agreement between the airline and its unionized machinists.
The judge's latest actions mean millions of dollars in annual savings- which the airline says will relieve immediate pressure to close down.
Termination of a contract with the International Association of Machinists would result in pay cuts for workers of up to 35-percent and the loss of thousands of union jobs.
As tsunami-shattered regions of Asia look to rebuild, world leaders are meeting in Indonesia to help push the process forward.
Along with offering financial aid- International officials have promised to establish a regional 'early warning system' to help prevent another disaster.
Kelly Cobiella reports.
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[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Cobiella/CBS News]
[OUT Q=KC, CBS News.]
WITH NEARLY 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN PLEDGES ON THE TABLE AND MILLIONS OF TSUNAMI REFUGEES STILL IN DESPERATE NEED....WORLD LEADERS GATHERED IN JAKARTA THIS MORNING TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO HELP.
AND CASH IS THE ANSWER, SAYS UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANAN, URGING COUNTRIES TO MAKE GOOD ON THEIR MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROMISES NOW ...SOMETHING THE UNITED STATES IS NOT WILLING TO DO.
SOT: COLIN POWELL/U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE
"THERE'S ONLY BEEN A DEMAND SO FAR FOR ROUGHLY 40 MILLION, SO WE WILL CONTINUE RESPONDING TO LEGITIMATE DEMANDS UNTIL THE 350 IS REACHED."
THE U-S, ALONG WITH INDIA, JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA IS WILLING TO LET THE U-N TAKE THE LEAD IN GETTING AID TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT.
THE U-S MILITARY IS DOING THAT NOW.... WITH WATER AND FOOD CARRIED BY HELICOPTER. IT'S BEING CALLED THE LARGEST RELIEF OPERATION IN U-S MILITARY HISTORY.
BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH. THOUSANDS OF TSUNAMI VICTIMS ARE HUNGRY...AND OUT OF REACH.
(NATZ LADY SPEAKING)
THIS WOMAN IN SRI LANKA SAYS.. "WE HAVE NO WATER, NO CLOTHING, NO FOOD."
A SITUATION MADE WORSE BY CIVIL UNREST IN SRI LANKA. AND WITH ALMOST 800,000 PEOPLE HOMELESS IN THAT NATION...THOUSANDS MAY DIE IF THE PROBLEMS THERE AREN'T PUT ASIDE AT LEAST TEMPORARILY.
KELLY COBIELLA, CBS NEWS.))
South Carolina officials say they're trying to confirm reports of deaths and injuries in an early morning train crash.
Dozens of people were sent to a decontamination site after two trains collided in Graniteville early this morning.
Officials say one of the trains was carrying a hazardous chemical which spilled at the crash site.
One of the rail cars struck as tree, which then toppled onto a car and apparently trapped a woman inside for about two hours.
A number of people reportedly complained of respiratory problems as authorities urged people to turn off air conditioners and heaters and stay inside.
A Marine accused of deserting last year in Iraq has gone AWOL.
A Marine spokesman says officials are ``actively looking for'' Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun (wah-SEF' ah-LEE' hah-SOON').
The military says has not yet returned to his North Carolina Base after a holiday leave period.
Hassoun was originally charged with desertion after he vanished in Iraq in June.
He later turned up in his native Lebanon- claiming he had been abducted.
He has a hearing scheduled next week.
Family members say they last saw him when they dropped him off at the airport to return to his base on December 28th.
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Mark Warner would like another term as Virginia's governor.
Coming up after the break- lawmakers propose changing Virginia's traditional one term limit.
And President Bush's pick for attorney general faces tough questions from the Senate.
Alberto Gonzalez is accused of creating policies that allow Americans to torture suspected terrorists.
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Blunt questions and blistering criticism at the confirmation hearing for Alberto Gonzalez.
He's the president's pick for Attorney General, but Senate critics say he supported policies that led to the torture of detainees.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest from Washington.
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[IN Q=HOPING TO BECOME...]
[SUPER=01-Alberto Gonzales/U. S. Attorney General Nominee]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ted Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News]
[OUT Q=AS, CBS News, Washington.]
HOPING TO BECOME THE NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, ALBERTO GONZALES IS FACING THE TOUGHEST INTERVIEW OF HIS LIFE. AND HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING IS DOMINATED BY ONE THEME:
(NAT/SOT, DO YOU APPROVE OF TORTURE? Absolutely not.)
THE QUESTIONING REFERS TO A SERIES OF MEMOS DEALING WITH THE TREATMENT OF ENEMY PRISONERS. IN ONE, GONZALES DESCRIBED PARTS OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION, WHICH PROVIDE PRISONER'S WITH CERTAIN RIGHTS, AS "QUAINT", AND SAID THE CONVENTION DID NOT APPLY TO AL QAEDA OR TALIBAN PRISONERS.
SENATE CRITICS SAY THOSE POLICIES LED TO THE TORTURE OF TERRORISM DETAINEES. BUT GONZALES SAID AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE WOULD NOT TOLERATE ABUSE.
(SOT: Alberto Gonzales/Attorney General Nominee: We must be committed to preserving civil rights and civil liberties.)
SOME SENATORS WEREN'T SWAYED:
(SOT: Sen. Ted Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts: There's a certain kind of sense by many of these - that the administration an
d yo'ure the point person has not been forthcoming on the issue of torture.)
BUT SENATORS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SAID THEY WERE INSPIRED BY GONZALES' LIFE STORY: THE 49 YEAR OLD SON OF MIGRANT WORKERS, HE GREW UP POOR. HE BECAME THE FIRST PERSON IN HIS FAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE AND GRADUATED FROM HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. HE THEN SERVED ON THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT AND BECAME WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TO PRESIDENT BUSH.
(SOT/NAT)Alberto Gonzales/Attorney General Nominee
If confirmed, I will no longer represent only the White House. I will represent the United States of America and its people.
EVEN WITH THIS CONTROVERSY, GONZALES IS EXPECTED TO BE CONFIRMED TO REPLACE JOHN ASHCROFT. THAT WOULD MAKE HIM THE FIRST HISPANIC TO HOLD THE JOB. HE IS ALSO CONSIDERED ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST CHOICES TO FILL ANY U.S SUPREME COURT VACANCY. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS, WASHINGTON.))
We could soon know if Victory Stadium is structurally sound.
The committee studying the stadium's future has selected a firm to do the work.
An engineering company out of North Carolina will determine if the stadium is sound, and what it will cost to make repairs.
The firm hopes to sign a contract within the next week.
Work should begin shortly there after.
A move is underway to let Virginia governors serve a second term, but it can't happen unless voters approve it.
A joint- subcommittee studying the issue voted yesterday to introduce a bill that would allow the governor to serve two consecutive terms.
If the bill makes it through the General Assembly, Virginia voters would then get to vote on whether to amend the Constitution.
Delegate Morgan Griffith voted against the resolution.
He'd like to see a package that includes a better balance of power.
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[IN Q=When you go to two term]
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/(R) SALEM: WHEN YOU GO TO TWO TERM- GOVERNORS YOU ARE CLEARLY GIVING THE GOVERNOR MORE POWER. WHEN YOU DO THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE POWER GIVEN FOR OVERSIGHT TO THE LEGISLATURE. THIS COMMISSION DID NOT RECOMMEND THAT SO I'M DISAPPOINTED IN THAT BUT ALSO THINK IT WILL BE PART OF THE ON- GOING DEBATE SO WE MAY HAVE TO WAIT A FEW MORE YEARS FOR TWO- TERM GOVERNOR.))
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Griffith says Virginia has enjoyed hundreds of years of success with a one- term governor.
V-DOT is preparing to make a lot of safety improvements along one of the region's busiest roads.
On average 26-thousand motorists take US Route 220 each day between Roanoke and Henry County.
As Justin McLeod reports, they will soon see plenty of changes.
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[SUPER=01-Lloyd Altice/Franklin Co. Resident; :09]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Department of Transportation; :31]
[SUPER=01-Joan Goss/Franklin Co. Resident; 1:00]
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((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY))
If you've ever traveled along Route 220, you know it's a busy roadway and some say a dangerous one.
[IN Q=My dad got]
((LLOYD ALTICE/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: MY DAD GOT HIT THERE. HE'S 80 SOME YEARS OLD AND HE PULLED OUT AND A CAR HIT HIM, ABOUT A YEAR OR SO BACK.))
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Like Lloyd, you may be happy to hear about the safety improvements V-Dot plans to make from Roanoke to the North Carolina border.
They include upgrading guardrails, installing permanent message signs, adding more turning lanes, and upgrading or closing median crossovers.
[IN Q=There are not]
((LAURA BULLOCK/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN PULL OVER SAFELY TO MAKE A TURN. IF WE CAN PROVIDE A TURNING LANE, IF WE CAN GET PEOPLE OUT OF THE MAIN LINE OF TRAFFIC SO THEY CAN MAKE THE MOVEMENTS THEY NEED TO MAKE IT WILL BE SAFER.))
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V-Dot plans to add or extend turn lanes at 18 crossovers on Route 220.
The state will also close 23 crossovers.
The improvements will cost more than 3 million dollars with an additional 4 1/2 million to be spent in the future.
Where that money will be spent is unclear.
So this week, the public is getting a chance to offer suggestions.
[IN Q=We come out 739]
((JOAN GOSS/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: WE COME OUT 739 FROM CALLAWAY INTO 220 AT BOONES MILL AND THAT'S A VERY DANGEROUS SPOT. WE'RE HOPING THEY'LL MAKE OTHER IMPROVEMENTS THERE BESIDES A LIGHT.))
[OUT Q=BESIDES A LIGHT]
Some however may wonder why the state is spending money on 220 when part of the road is the proposed path for I-73.
[IN Q=Our job is]
((LAURA BULLOCK/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: OUR JOB IS SAFETY. IT'S ALWAYS SAFETY FIRST EVEN ON THE EXISTING ROADWAYS WE HAVE WE'RE GOING CONSTANTLY LOOKING TO SEE HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THEM REGARDLESS OF 1-73.))
[OUT Q=THEM REGARDLESS OF I-73]
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUTE 220 WILL BEGIN THIS SPRING AND WILL TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE. MEANTIME, V-DOT WILL HOLD ONE MORE PUBLIC HEARING. IT TAKES PLACE THIS EVENING AT CLEARBROOK ELEMENTARY. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll tell you why dogs could be a doctor's best friend.
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Modern medicine has a number of ways to diagnose cancer from ultrasound, to biopsy, to mammograms.
But now researchers are looking into a rather unorthodox diagnostic tool, a dog's nose.
Dr. Debbye Turner, has more on these so-called 'Canine Cancer Sniffers.'
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[SUPER=07-Dr. Robert Gordon; :19]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Debbye Turner/CBS NEWS; :42]
[SUPER=07-Dr. Carolyn Willis; 1:22 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Michael Holman/Cancer Patient; 1:49]
[OUT Q=insights into the disease.]
THERE ARE FEW THINGS AS SENSITIVE AS A DOG'S NOSE AND THERE'S
PLENTY OF USES FOR IT ... FROM SEARCH AND RESCUE .. TO SNIFFING FOR
BOMBS OR DRUGS. BUT DR. BOB GORDON OF THE SCRIPTS CLINIC IN LA JOLLA,
CALIFORNIA BELIEVES THAT A DOG'S SENSE OF SMELL MAY HAVE YET ANOTHER
DR. ROBERT GORDON: 08:35:14 What we're trying to do is determine if one,
dogs can diagnose prostate cancer, then breast cancer. Then we want to
know to what level of accuracy they can do that.
NARR: DR. GORDON HAS RECEIVED A RESEARCH GRANT TO WORK WITH DOG TRAINERS
LIKE CAROL SCHATZ AND HER DOG JOSIE . JOSIE IS BEING TAUGHT TO SNIFF
URINE SAMPLES AND TO SIT WHEN SHE SMELLS THE SCENT OF CANCER.
DEBBYE: What is it that the dog is smelling? How are they able to sniff
DR. GORDON: What we know is that cancers give off volatile substances.
Now the dogs are generalizing from urine to urine and trying to find
whatever that odor signature from cancer is.
NARR: THE FACT IS SCIENTISTS DONT' KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE DOGS SMELL.
WHETHER ITS PROSTATE CANCER IN GORDON'S STUDY OR BLADDER CANCER IN A
SIMILAR STUDY CONDUCTED IN GREAT BRITIAN. NEVERTHELESS, DR. CAROLYN
WILLIS IS ENCOURAGED BY THE RESULTS OF HER RESEARCH.
CAROLYN WILLIS: 2:07:45 The dogs as a group chose the bladder cancer
sample 41% of the time. Now given that they had one urine sample amongst
seven, If they'd just been choosing at random their success rate would
have been 14 percent. And that when it's analysed statistically is very
NARR: DR. WILLIS BECAME INTERESTED IN THE RESEARCH AFTER HEARING
NUMEROUS ANTIDOTAL STORIES OF DOGS WHO HAD WARNED THEIR OWNERS OF A
HEALTH PROBLEM. MICHAEL HOLMAN SAYS HIS DOG PARKER LET HIM KNOW IT WAS
TIME TO SEE A DOCTOR.
MICHAEL HOLMAN 1:04:34 Basically I had a mark on my leg, a slight scab.
I noticed that he was really sniffing my leg. He was pushing his nose in
hard and concentrating so I said yeah obviously there is something
NARR: AFTER THE LESION WAS REMOVED AND BIOPSIED IT WAS DETERMINED THAT
IT WAS SKIN CANCER.
MICHAEL HOLMAN: And from that moment on Parker took no interest in the
leg. I was surprised but when you think about how sensitive a dog's nose
is there is no reason that a cancer cell might not have a different odor
than a normal body odor.
DEBBYE TURNER: Isn't there a machine? Do we really need a dog to do
this, to sniff urine to detect cancer?
DR. GORDON: Right now there are not electronic noses, so called machines
to diagnose cancer, obviously there are many companies that are looking
That was Debbye Turner reporting.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 47 points. The NASDAQ has gained five.
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Coming up in Sports -- the A-P names it's N-F-L players of the year.
Plus- the 81 year old star of "The Price is Right" signs on for season number 34.
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The San Francisco 49ers are cleaning house -- after a 2 and 14 season.
Head coach Dennis Erickson and General Manager Terry Donahue have both been fired.
The Niners went 9-and-23 with NO playoff appearances after Erickson replaced Steve Mariucci two years ago.
The Associated Press is handing out its annual pro football honors.
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning is named the N-F-L's Offensive Player of the Year.
Pittsburgh Q-B Ben Roethlisberger is the A-P's Offensive Rookie of the Year after winning all 13 of his starts.
And San Diego signal caller Drew Brees (breeze) is Comeback player of the year after throwing 27 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions for the A-F-C West champs.
The price was apparently right for televsion's most popular game show host.
[SUPER=04-"The Price Is Right";]
Bob Barker says he'll stay on The Price is Right for at least another year.
It will be the 34th year Barker has hosted the longest running game show in television history.
The 81 year old host has won a total of 15 Emmy's for his work on the show.
Barker said he was considering retiring this year and going into bodybuilding with the thought of becoming the governor of California.
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