Heavy rains overnight have left high water throughout western Virginia.
The flooding has caused some school systems to cancel classes today, but so
far most of the problems are minor.
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Joe Dashiell is keeping tabs on the rising tide, and he joins us now from
the banks of the Roanoke River.
Joe, How bad is it this afternoon?
Melanie, earlier reports predicted the a Roanoke River crest of 13 feet...
that has been revised downward to 11 feet... just one foot above flood stage...
While some roads may be blocked off, that should not cause any serious
trouble in the Roanoke Valley.
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The heavy rains are also pounding other southeastern states.
In North Carolina, mudslides are blocking roads, and dozens of people are
out of their homes.
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In South Carolina, heavy rains and high winds spawned what authorities think
was a tornado.
At least four people were taken to the hospital.
Another tornado was reported in Tennessee.
Also in Tennessee a rescue worker is missing after a boat he was in
And in Alabama and Kentucky at least two people are dead after being swept
away by floodwaters.
The jury could begin deliberating a Dickenson County murder case this
Attorney's for 35- year- old Kenneth Jessie rested their case this morning
after calling fewer than a dozen
Jessie's attorney tried to pin the murder on Jessie's wife Elizabeth--
saying Kenneth was a good provider and father
who never killed his four- year- old step-daughter, Annie Leftwich.
He was arrested last spring after SUPER=03-Dickenson Co./File Tape;
the child, who was covered with bruises and scrapes, died in the family's
Dickenson County home.
Prosecutors say Annie was gagged to death after something was placed in her
The inmates who testified yesterday were asked to recall a conversation they
allegedly had with Kenneth.
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((PATRICK MULLINS/PROSECUTION WITNESS:I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT, ANNIE, AND
STUFF, AND HE TOLD ME THAT. ASKED ME COULD THEY TRACE IF YOU HAD ORAL SEX WITH
THE BABY. ))
SUPER=01-Patrick Mullins/Prosecution Witness; :00
OUT Q=with the baby.
Four- year- old Annie's mother, Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to second degree
Yesterday she testified Kenneth repeatedly whipped Annie and imprisoned her
for days at a time as punishment for bed wetting.
She says the day Annie died her nude body was taped to her urine soaked bed.
Some more delays at the unabomber trial.
Opening statements were set to begin today, but Kaczynski has again brought
activity to a standstill.
He has requested that he be allowed to serve as his own attorney.
There is also some jury trouble today.
An alternate juror called in sick.
Yesterday, the judge rejected Kaczynski's request to fire his attorneys.
Relations have been strained over the defense team's plan to portray
Kaczynski as mentally ill.
The F-A-A could order urgent inspections as early as today on scores of
recently manufactured Boeing 7-37's.
The possible move comes after evidence from last month's crash of a Silk Air
7-37 in Indonesia suggests that missing rivets and bolts may have caused the
Bob Orr reports.
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OUT Q=CBS News Washington.
The jetliner slammed into a river......after a high speed dive from
35-thousand feet. Sources say....radar information indicates the plunging
plane hit speeds topping 600 miles per hour. On impact the jet was shattered
into thousands of tiny pieces.
But, investigators have discovered a startling clue in the fragmented
It seems as many as two dozen rivets and bolts may have been missing from the
plane's horizontal stabilizer -- that's the short wing in the tail that helps
the plane maintain level flight.
Sources say it appears that the missing fasteners were never installed in the
first place. And investigators report finding pieces of the tail section
more than a mile away from the main crash site. That suggests part of the tail
may have broken off in flight....dooming the plane and all 104 people aboard.
Investigators are still trying to confirm their fears, but want to know if
rivets and bolts may have been left out of other 737's manufactured in the
past two years. And that troubling question may prompt an urgent inspection
of the world's most popular passenger jet.
An inspection, if it's ordered, could involve nearly 200 late model 737s.
Meanwhile investigators at the NTSB continue listening to the recently
recovered cockpit voice tape....hoping to find the ultimate clues to cause of
the crash. Bob Orr, CBS News, Washington.))
There may be something to keep former astronaut John Glenn busy during his
An Ohio newspaper says NASA is considering another trip into space for the
76- year- old senator.
But NASA says it could take months to decide whether a flight by Glenn would
have any scientific value -- and whether Glenn would be safe.
Glenn thinks the flight could offer new clues about the aging process.
If Glenn does go up, he'd become the oldest person ever to fly in space.
A Giles County Republican wants a second chance to take on ninth district
congressman Rick Boucher.
This morning Patrick Muldoon announced he is seeking the Republican
Muldoon ran an unsuccessful campaign against Boucher during the last
Muldoon is an engineer at the Celanese Plant in Narrows.
Radford Opthamologist Joe Barta is also expected to seek the Republican
Jim Gilmore ran for Governor on the promise of getting rid of the car tax.
Now that he's set to take office, Gilmore is admitting abolishing the car
tax may cost much more than he estimated.
But Gilmore said through a spokesman yesterday that only as governor-elect
has he been able to get more accurate numbers on which to base the plan's cost.
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((JIM CAMPBELL/VA. ASSOC. OF COUNTIES: WE CERTAINLY TRIED TO WARN THEM THAT
THE NUMBERS WERE QUITE LOW. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET HOLD OF THE BETTER
NUMBERS. OR HE COULD HAVE TAKEN OUR ADVICE ON THE PROCESS.))
SUPER=01-Jim Campbell/Va. Association of Counties;
OUT Q=the process.
Gilmore's spokesman says he's still "one hundred percent committed" to the
car tax cut.
The Grammy Awards may seem removed from the Roanoke area, but one local
record label has racked up some nominations.
Two releases from Rebel Records are nominated for Bluegrass Album of the
Fiddler Richard Greene was nominated for "Sales Tax Toddle," a tribute to
the music of Bill Monroe.
And Ralph Stanley picked up a nomination for "Short Life of Trouble, Songs
of Grayson and Whitter."
IN Q=The criteria have
((DAVE FREEMAN/REBEL RECORDS: THE CRITERIA HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST FEW
YEARS, WHERE THEY'RE ACKNOWLEDGING MORE OF THE REAL MUSIC VALUE RATHER THAN THE
COMMERCIAL VALUE AND WE FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT. IT'S NOT JUST A POPULARITY
SUPER=01-Dave Freeman/Rebel Records;
OUT Q=popularity contest now.
The 40th annual Grammy Awards will be presented February 25th at Radio
City Music Hall in New York City.
Runners in the "Olympic Torch Relay" ran into some trouble yesterday in
The relay was brought to a halt when the flame went out.
The torch was quickly re- lit from a back-up flame kept nearby in an escort
The cause of the dying flame is still being investigated.
On Tuesday, the "Torch Run" started in three Japanese cities.
It is scheduled to arrive in Nagano on the eve of the Winter Olympics.
An indoor skate park may be the solution to the outdoor problems experienced
by those who enjoy in-line skating and skateboarding.
David Johnson has more on the newest activity at the New River Valley
ministry called "Straight Street".
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SUPER=01-Tom Arthur/In-Line Skater; :10 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Abe Hensley/In-Line Skater; :13
SUPER=01-Bob Anderson/"Straight Street"; :39
SUPER=01-Teresa Hensley/Abe's Mom; :50
SUPER=01-Carlene Arthur/Tom's Mom; 1:00
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((An indoor skate park could be the answer for those who ask, If I can't
skate outside, then where?
((TOM ARTHUR/IN-LINE SKATER; IT'S REALLY GOOD TO HAVE IT INDOORS, SHELTERED
FROM THE WEATHER. REAL NICE AND STRING STRUDY RAMPS. IT'S REAL NICE.))
((ABE HENSLEY/IN-LINE SKATER; IN THE WINTER, YOU GET SNOW AND THERE'S ALWAYS
RAIN TO CONTEND WITH. IT'S JUST BETTER BECAUSE YOU CAN COOL IT DOWN AND HEAT IT
UP AND IT'S MORE COMFORTABLE.))
The New River Valley's "Straight Street" is a ministry which offers teens a
safe place to hang out.
The teen center heard about kids being cited for skating in parking lots and
on sidewalks in some cities and decided to give them an alternative. It's
the only one of it's kind in the region.
((BOB ANDERSON/CHRISTIANSBURG STRAIGHT STREET TEEN CENTER; WE SAW A NEED FOR
IT. SO WE ASKED AROUND TO SOME OF THE KIDS AND WE FOUND OUT THAT IF WE BUILD
IT, THEY WILL COME.))
Parents say it's the right thing at the right time.
((TERESA HENSLEY/ABE'S MOM; IT'S NICE TO HAVE SOMETHING LOCALLY THAT MY SON CAN
ENJOY AND PARTICIPATE IN. SORT OF A NON TRADITIONAL SPORT, BUT IT'S IN A SAFE
ENVIRONMENT, IN A SUPERVISED ENVIRONMENT.))
((CARLENE ARTHUR/TOM'S MOM; I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO SKATE
ON THE STREETS. THEY HAVE THIS FACILITY AVAILABLE NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER
Participants say the only drawback is how small the building is. But plans
for expansion may be in the works.
((HOPEFULLY IN THE SPRING, IF THE INTEREST CONTINUES TO GROW AND WE GET THE
KIDS COMING OUT, WE'LL GET THE PARKING LOT PAVED. WE NEED HELP WITH THAT SO
WE'LL RAISE DONATIONS. WE'LL GET THE FRONT PARKING LOT PAVED. THEN WE'LL EXPAND
OUTDOORS WITH SOME MORE RAMPS AND STUFF. THEN STAGE THREE WILL BE GOING INTO A
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE SKATERS SAY THEY ARE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE
EXPANSION PLANS, BUT FOR NOW, THEY'RE HAPPY WITH JUST HAVING AN INDOOR
FACILITY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, CHRISTIANSBURG.))
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Liberty University handed U-V-A its first loss to an instate team in nearly
The Flames held off the Cavaliers for the 69 to 64 win.
Roy Stanley has more on the game.
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SUPER=01-Erik Sorensen/Scored 12 Points; :39
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/Scored 30 Points; :48
SUPER=01-Randy Dunton/Interim Head Coach; 1:26
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The same Liberty team that won last night was hammered 80-to-47 by the Hokies
back on December first.
And look at this, U-V-a beat V-M-I 92-to-55 just before Christmas.
But on New Year's Eve V-M-I knocked off Tech at the Cassell.
VMI's athletic director has resigned.
Davis Babb joined the athletic department 13 years ago. He'd been its head
for the past 7 years.
His resignation is effective immediately.
Mike Bozeman, the head track coach, will be the interim athletic director.
In a news release, V-M-I superintendent Josiah Bunting praised Babb for
being a devoted and loyal member of the administration.
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After defecting from his homeland, Cuban baseball player Orlando Hernandez
SUPER=03-San Jose, Costa Rica
arrived in Costa Rica last night from the Bahamas, seeking political asylum. He
was accompanied by several other Cuban players who also defected.
Hernandez is rumored to be staying in Costa Rica just long enough to sign a
major league deal in the United States. His wife is already here.
Orlando Hernandez is the brother of World Series M-V-P Florida Marlin, Livan
The Homestead has stood the test of time over the last two centuries.
The resort has recovered from fire and financial problems.
But new ownership and renovations have created a new LOOK for the old
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((MARY SANDERS/HOMESTEAD MARKETING DIR.: CLUB RESORTS, INCORPORATED HAD
PURCHASED THE RESORT FOUR YEARS AGO. WE'RE GOING NOW IN OUR FIFTH YEAR, AND
WE'VE COMPLETED 23- MILLION- DOLLARS IN RENOVATIONS. SO, IF THE FOLKS IN YOUR
VIEWING AREA HAVEN'T BEEN TO SEE THE HOMESTEAD IN A FEW YEARS, IT'S WELL WORTH
COMING UP. ))
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A look inside the Homestead is the first of our new weekly feature, "Time
Off" on News 7 Saturday morning, which gets under way this weekend.
Denise Allen and Andrew Frieden will bring you the latest news, weather,
sports and interesting features every weekend morning from 8 to 9.
Even if you don't like snakes you can still appreciate the folk art of Dave
The 80- year- old retired forestry worker whittles away his days making
walking sticks wrapped with wooden snakes.
Even though the end product is art, Rawlings keeps his creations true to
nature. Each snake is painted with the proper markings and colors that
identify it in the woods.
He makes about 150 sticks a year and sells them on the Blue Ridge Parkway for
15 dollars a piece. But money isn't his motivation, he says he makes just
enough to support his carving habit.