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An expert witness says he made a mistake when he testified in the trial of Andrea Yatest-- the Texas woman who drow
ned her children in a bathtub.
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And, the fumes are still proving to be dangerous for residents near the site of a train wreck in South Carolina.
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Cool weather returns this afternoon but it won't last long as another warm up heads our way. I'll have your weekend forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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A T-V show plays a pivotal role in the case of a Houston mother behind bars for drowning her children.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimbelry McBroom.
The expert witness who made a false statement in the Andrea Yates murder trial says it was an honest mistake.
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It was Park Dietz's testimony that led a Texas appeals court to overturn Yates' conviction for drowning three of her five children.
Dietz testified that there had been an episode of T-V's "Law and Order" depicting a woman drowning her children.
But the episode doesn't exist.
Yates had been sentenced to life in prison, but her husband still defends her.
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A Houston prosecutor says he'll ask for a re- hearing by the appeals court.
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The United Nations is now coordinating relief efforts for tsunami victims.
Kelly Cobiella is at U- N headquarters with more on efforts to deliver aid, and the Secretary General's mission to make sure countries deliver the MONEY they pledged.
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The accused ringleader of a group of Army reservists who allegedly abused Iraqi detainees faces a military trial today at Fort Hood.
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Specialist Charles Graner of Pennsylvvania is slated to be the first soldier tried for alleged crimes at Abu Ghraib prison.
Among other charges, Graner is charged with committing indecent acts, obstruction of justice and adultery.
His attorneys say the soldier was ordered by higher- ranking soldiers and other government agents to go rough on detainees.
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Opponents of a Roanoke methadone clinic are still trying to keep it from opening next week as scheduled.
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A group calling themselves North West Concerned Citizens plans to file a lawsuit against CRC Health Group early next week.
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Their goal is to shut down the clinic on Hershberger Road.
Residents will also hold a meeting tonight to discuss what more they can do.
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The meeting takes place at La Cove Restaurant on Cove Road tonight at 6.

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The Horsepasture Volunteer Rescue Squad has a a lot to be proud of - namely, its perfect record for 2004. That's no easy feat for a volunteer rescue squad.
It takes time and dedication.
Over the past year, several area squads have struggled recruiting new members and responding to growing numbers of calls. Jeremy Butterfield shows us what's involved.
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Coming up after the break, we'll see what doctors are doing to make life a little easier for people who need knee replacements.
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Also a teen pop singer says he is lucky to be alive after a bad automobile accident in Orlando.
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The air in Graniteville, South Carolina is still to dangerous to breathe this morning. Eight people were killed and 240 were injured after train wreck yesterday released a toxic cloud of chlorine gas.
Moments ago, authorities revealed the danger is NOT over.
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A Norfolk Southern train carrying the chlorine crashed into a parked train.
Autopsies were planned, but authorities said all appeared to have died from inhaling the chlorine gas. One person is still missing.
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The toxic gas kept federal investigators from reaching the site, and officials don't know how the two trains ended up on the same track.

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A passenger train and a freight train collided today in northern Italy, killing about 10 people, according to rescue officials.
The rescue officials said there was thick fog at the time of the crash, though the cause of the collision was unclear.
About 200 rescue workers were on the scene, and officials have pulled six bodies from the wreckage, the report said.
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Teen pop star Aaron Carter is lucky to be alive after what he calls a "near death experience" on a South Florida highway.
Carter was headed to a photo shoot in Orlando, when his car went up in flames.
Beatriz Canals has the story.
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N ALONG THE FLORIDA TURNPIKE. VIDEO OF TURNPIKE.... THE YOUNG SINGER DRIVING NEAR SAMPLE ROAD WHEN A MATTRESS FLEW OFF A TRUCK INFRONT OF HIM...CARTER'S CADILLAC ESCALADE RUNNING RIGHT OVER IT... HIS CAR GOING UP IN FLAMES. THE TEEN STAR SAYING QUOTE.. PREPRO QUOTE"I am still in shock over everything that just happened but I really want to thank all the policemen and amergency workers who rushed to help me." CARTER SAID TO HAVE PULLED OVER.. AND JUMPED OUT. GOOD THING.. THE CAR CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS. BUT THIS ACCIDENT ISNT AARON'S FIRST BUMP ON WHAT HAS BEEN A ROCKY ROAD WHEN IT COMES TO HIS FAMILY. VIDEO OF MOTHER BACK IN 2003 CARTER SEVERED HIS TIES WITH HIS MOTHER JANE CARTER. SAYING SHE TOOK MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM HIS BANK ACCOUNT WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION.. THEN IN 2004- HIS MOTHER WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH BATTERY-- ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO HER HUSBAND'S HOME IN MARATHON-- ATTACKING HIS GIRLFRIEND WHILE THEY SLEPT. NAT.. CARTER PERFORMING CARTER'S FAMILY LIFE CLEARLY COMPLICATED. STILL THE 17 YEAR OLD WITH BIG PLANS FOR STARDOM.. SEEMS TO HAVE MADE A STELLAR PERFORMANCE ON THE ROADWAY.. MANAGING TO SURVIVE. CARTER SAYING QUOTE.. "I am so lucky to be alive right now. I cant believe I survived another near death experience. I feel like I am a cat and I only have 5 lives left." ))
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That was Beatriz Canals reporting from South Florida.

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Traditional knee replacement surgery is a major procedure with a long recovery-- sometimes up to six months.
But now a new surgical procedure called the mini- knee could have patients back on their feet in just a few weeks.

Doctor Sean Kenniff reports.
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PKG (nats)(Miami, FL) THE ARTHRITIS IN JOAN GLIDDEN'S RIGHT KNEE WAS SO BAD, SHE NEEDED A TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT. (
SOT-Joan Glidden/Needs Knee Replacement) "I couldn't step on it without horrendous pain." SHE HAD HER LEFT KNEE REPLAC

ED YEARS AGO--AND HAD TO GO THROUGH SIX MONTHS OF PAINFUL REHAB. BUT ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON DOCTOR DAVID BUCHALTER-- OFFERE
D JOAN A BETTER WAY TO GET BACK ON HER FEET--A MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY CALLED THE ZIMMER MINI-KNEE. (SOT-Dr. David

Buchalter/Orthopedic Surgeon) "Using a smaller incision you cause less damage to the muscles, less damage to the tissues, and it speeds up recovery." DURING THE NEW KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY, DOCTORS USE MINIATURIZED EQUIPMENT AND ARTHROSCOPES TO REMOVE THE OLD ARTHRITIC KNEE THEN WITH THE HELP OF A COMPUTER THE PROSTHEIC KNEE IS GUIDED IN PLACE. (STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS) THE NEW PROCEDURE IS SAFER BECAUSE THE SMALLER INSTRUMENTS AND COMPUTER PRECISION--ALLOW
S SURGEONS TO AVOID CUTTING THE MAJOR STABILIZING MUSCLE OF THE LEG ALTOGETHER. (SOT-Dr. David Buchalter/Orthopedic Su

rgeon) "We don't violate the muscle at all, people are back in the swing of things, and the pain is 80-90% less than what it used to be with traditional knee replacement." AND WHILE TRADITIONAL KNEE REPLACEMENTS CAN HAVE A SCAR UP TO 12 INCHES, THE MINI KNEE SCAR IS ONLY 4 INCHES. COMPARED TO HER OTHER SURGERY, JOAN HARDLY NOTICES THE SCAR. IN FACT, SHE HARDLY NOTICES HER NEW KNEE AT ALL--IT'S PAIN FREE. DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS. ))

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A half century ago, it was not unusual to see a cable car run in downtown Roanoke.
Now a consultant thinks it could happen again.
But the pricetag has made some members of City Council afraid to take the ride.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((Fifty years have passed since the last steel- wheeled electric trolley rolled down a Roanoke city street. But streetcars have made a comeback in more than a dozen cities across the country, and consultant Jim Graebner believes they could work in Roanoke as well.
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((WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN TEN OR FIFTEEN YEARS WORKING WITH LINES LIKE THIS IN CITIES LIKE MEMPHIS, KENOSHA, LITTLE ROCK YEAH IT CAN HAPPEN AND IF YOU DO IT AS PART OF AN OVERALL CAMPAIGN TO MAKE THE CITY MORE ATTRACTIVE AND ROANOKE ALREADY IS IT CAN CERTAINLY ADD TO IT, AND CERTAINLY ENHANCE THE NEIGHBORHOOD IDEA.))
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In Little Rock, trolleys began running through river market area November first. In Roanoke, Jefferson Street is the likely route. The pricetag could runs as high as 17-million dollars, but officials expect the federal government to pick up at least half of the cost.
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((CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE WOULD BE THE ANCHOR ON THE SOUTH END AND DOWNTOWN WOULD BE THE ANCHOR ON THE NORTH END AND ONE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IS TO SEE SOME GROWTH ALONG THAT ENTIRE CORRIDOR. WHEN YOU GO TO OTHER CITIES ALMOST TO HUNDRED PERCENT EVERY WHERE THEY'VE DONE IT RIGHT THEY'VE SEEN TREMENDOUS INVESTMENT.))
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Bev Fitzpatrick and other city council members say it's too early to tell if the plan is really feasible... but they're seeking a grant for a detailed study, that will help determine if the Star City has a streetcar in its future. Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Coming up next Leo will have our detailed weekend forecast.
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Plus President Bush welcomes a new resident to the White House.
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There's a NEW First Lady in the White House-- but this one has four legs.
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Two- month- old Scottish Terrier Ms. Beasley has joined the First Family.
The puppy was a birthday gift from President Bush to the First Lady.
No signs yet of any sibling rivalry.
The President says big brother Barney has already bonded with his little sister.
Ms. Beasley brings the pet total in the White House to three-- the Bushes also have a rarely- seen cat called Willie.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN one point. The NASDAQ has gained two.

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Coming up next, Kobe Bryant is having a hard time finding anyone to take the shirt off his back.
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And the University of Miami is farming yet another player out to the N-F-L.
This time its top reciever is leaving for a stint in the pros.
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USC Head Coach Pete Carroll is still basking in the glow of his team's second straight national title, and has said that he is not interested in returning to the NFL to coach the 49'ers in his native San Francisco.
But that isn't stopping the team from making Carroll their top candidate.
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Romeo Crennel is also on the Niners short list.
Team officials have received permission from the New England Patriots to interview Crennel for the coaching vacancy.
The Patriots' defensive coordinator will be the first candidate to interview for the job when he meets with San Francisco officials tomorrow.

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The Hokies and Cavs will have it a little bit easier playing in the A-C-C next year. The Miami Hurricanes top reciever is headed to the N-F-L next season.
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Roscoe Parrish caught 43 passes for 693 yards, and was also a prolific kick returner, averaging 16 yards a return, and taking two for touchdowns. Parrish was the very first player that Larry Coker offered a scholarship to upon taking the job four years ago. The Peach Bowl MVP is the 4th Miami player to leave early the past two seasons.
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It looks like the bad press associated with Kobe Bryant's recent rape trial is hurting his popularity. Data from a Florida market research firm shows Bryant's number 88 jersey went from bestseller to barely in the top 100. Last year Bryant's Lakers jersey was the tenth bestseller, but plunged to number 90 in one week.

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