Four Marine fliers could face homicide charges as a grand jury probes February's fatal cable car crash.
And Roanoke details its new budget.
Yesterday's heavy rains seem like a distant memory with all off today's sunshine.
But there still some threat of minor flooding along area rivers and streams.
We'll have the complete work week forecast.
News 7 at noon is next.[City-Budget]
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Roanoke City Manager Bob Herbert is proposing a four and a half percent increase in spending during the next fiscal year.
The proposed budget does not include an increase in any tax rates, but it does call for a five percent hike in water and sewer rates effective in August.
Herbert outlined the plan this morning. He says the spending plan maintains current services, gives city workers an average four percent pay raise, adds neighborhood improvements, and fully funds the school budget.
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((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS BEEN VERY RESPONSIBLE. THEY HAVE SET THEIR PRIORITIES AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD ARE GOING TO GET FULLY FUNDED THEIR BASIC BUDGET, SO I DON'T BELIEVE THERE ARE MANY SCHOOL SYSTEMS OUT IN WESTERN VIRGINIA WHO ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT.))
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The budget also includes initial funding for Victory Stadium improvements, and the city's share of spending for the Higher Education Center that will be located in the old Norfolk Southern building.
The city will hold a public hearing on the budget April 30th at the Roanoke Civic Center.[E-BigIsland-Fire]
Police are investigating a fire that killed a Bedford County toddler.
Firefighters were called out just before eight a-m Sunday, and arrived to find the home near Big Island engulfed in flames.
Authorities say John Lee left his two children in the trailer with his brother while he went to work.
Lee's brother and five- year- old son escaped the trailer when it caught fire, but his two- year- old daughter was trapped inside.
[IN Q=The sheriff's department]
((DAVE NICHOLS/PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER: THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING THE ADULT PARENT THAT HAD LEFT FOR WORK THIS MORNING AND THERE WAS AN ADULT RELATIVE THAT WAS IN THE HOUSE WITH THE TWO JUVENILES THIS MORNING AND THEY WANT TO INTERVIEW THAT PERSON AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY SAW, WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED THAT AROUSED THEM TO THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A FIRE IN THE TRAILER.))
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Authorities believe the fire started in a recliner in the living room and spread to the rest of the house.
They've ruled out an electrical problem as the cause, but believe the fire was an accident.
A Liberty University student is dead following a car crash in Danville yesterday.
Police say 21-year old Michael Harris of Danville was driving on Kemper Road toward the intersection of Boswell Street.
Police say he attemped to make a U-turn and turned right into the path of a van.
Harris was taken to the hospital where he died a few hours later.
The other driver was not injured.[Marine-Hearing]
It's up to a military panel in North Carolina today to determine if
four Marine fliers will face negligent homicide charges.
The four will appear before the equivalent of a grand jury investigating the February Italian cable car accident.
The Marines were in a jet that sliced a cable wire sending a gondola crashing to the ground, killing 20 people.
Marine investigators say the plane was being flown too fast and well below the minimum height limit for that area.
Freed Chinese dissident Wang Dan (wahng dawn) could be released from a Detroit hospital as early as today.
But before that happens he'll face another round of neurological tests.
He has a bad cough and complains of lingering headaches.
Wang was released from a Chinese prison for medical treatment yesterday, after spending more than six years behind bars.
In 19-89 Wang helped lead the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen
A Chinese activist group says he'll soon speak publicly.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney is in his home in Southern England
today mourning the death of his wife Linda.
She died Friday while on
vacation with her husband in California.
Lady McCartney, as she was known in England, died after a battle against
Tom Fenton reports.
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Linda Eastman, the young American with an upper class background, was the envy
of teenage fans when she married the last bachelor in the Beatles. It was not
your usual megastar marriage. It was one of the closest and most loving
relations in show business.
Their secret was their shared passions. She loved Paul's music, and after the
Beatles broke up, she joined him on the keyboard in Wings, even though her own
musical talents were limited. She applauded everything he did, including his
foray last year into classical music.
He shared her interests. One of them was animal rights, for which they both
She was also a professional photographer who had a career of her own. But her
greatest passion was health foods. She was a vegetarian before it became
She built that committment into a multi-million dollar food business --
including a line of veggie burgers. That was O.K. with Paul, too.
And they both applauded the recent Paris debut of their daughter Stella as a
fashion designer for Chloe.
Riding was another shared passion. They rode together for the last time only
two days before she died. A statement from Paul's office said the end came
quickly, and that was a blessing.
TOM FENTON/CBS NEWS
A FAMILY SPOKEMAN SAID THAT PEOPLE WANTING TO SEND FLOWERS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE
INSTEAD TO CANCER RESEARCH OR ANIMAL RIGHTS, OR EVEN BETTER, BECOME A
VEGETARIAN AS LINDA WAS. TF, CBSN, London.))
Despite less than ideal weather condititons the 102nd Boston Marathon is underway this afternoon.
The runners began the race just minutes ago at noon.
More than 11-thousand are taking part in the marathon.
The men's and women's winners will each take home 80-thousand dollars.
But they are having to run in drizzle and 50 degree temperatures.
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Bad weather wreaked havoc and more on Afton Mountain yesterday-
When the fog cleared, more than 60 vehicles were scattered across the highway.
We'll have that story when News 7 at Noon continues.
But first a check of the forecast with Kimberly McBroom in the weather center.
Sunny, cool, and breezy for the lunch hour.
We've cleared out nicely in the wake of a cold front that brought one and two- inch rains to the region yesterday.
It looks like we'll hang on to dry weather throughout tomorrow.
Let's check out the current numbers at the Roanoke Regional Airport--
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More than a year after her murder, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation may go to a grand jury this week.
But experts say the case could have
been solved by now.
They suggest a kidnapping note was a diversion.
Two former F-B-I profilers say the note was NOT credible, but that police believed it was real.
They say during the ensuing eight-hour delay, the crime scene was tainted.
One profiler, Robert Ressler, suggests the six- year- old Ramsey
girl was killed accidentally, and that someone staged an elaborate
cover-up to divert police.
There were alot of shaken drivers yesterday afternoon on Afton Mountain after a 65 car pileup.
The wreck started in heavy fog, when one car ran into the back of another, starting a chain reaction that lasted almost 20 minutes and injured 40 people.
East-bound I-64 was closed for four hours, as wreckers worked to clear the highway.
A state police video shows the condition of the cars and tractor trailers involved.
The victims' injuries ranged from cuts and scratches to a few broken bones.
State police say they're amazed no one was seriously hurt.
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((SGT. JOE RADER/VA. STATE POLICE; IF YOU LOOK AT THE DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLES, YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU, I SHOULD PUT IT THAT WAY, BECAUSE CERTAINLY THERE COULD HAVE BEEN SOME EXTENSIVE INJURIES FROM SOME OF THE DAMAGED VEHICLES THAT WE LOOKED AT.))
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Rader says the fog lights and warning signs on the mountain were working properly at the time.
Officials haven't decided if any charges will be filed in the accident.
Is there a connection between three recent bombings in Louisa County? That's what investigators hope to determine within the next few days.
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The federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
has sent pieces of the three bombs to a lab in Maryland-- one person has died and three others were injured in the explosions.
The latest bombings happened just last week.
The condition of one of those injured is improving somewhat.
Doctors have upgraded Sabrina Johnson Brewer's condition from critical to serious.
She was injured Friday when a bomb exploded in a Louisa Pizza Hut parking lot.
Also Friday morning a bomb in a tackle box exploded inside a house in Mineral.
Two men were burned but they were not seriously hurt.
Drivers hoping to improve their defensive driving skills got behind the wheel yesterday at the Salem Civic Center.
The lesson was part of the Decisive Driving Car Control Program sponsored by Car Guys Incorporated.
The class teaches motorists how to steer clear of problem driving situations.
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((KENLEY SMITH/"CAR GUYS" PRESIDENT; IT'S AN EXERCISE THAT REALLY FORCES A DRIVER TO USE EVERY RESOURCE. NOT JUST THE PHYSICAL SKILLS, BUT THE ABILITY TO THINK, TO PLAN AHEAD. AND AS MUCH ANYTHING ELSE, THE VISUAL SKILLS. IF YOU'RE NOT LOOKING WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET THERE.))
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[OUT Q=TO GET THERE.]
Smith says the program is not meant to be a basic driver's education course.
Instead, these students learn to handle real world problems.
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((HEATHER GADDIE/DECISIVE DRIVER STUDENT; JUST PRACTICE FOR SITUATIONS THAT YOU NORMALLY CAN'T PRACTICE FOR, LIKE ACCIDENTS. I MEAN, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Heather Gaddie/Decisive Driver Student;]
[OUT Q=GOING TO DO.]
The program is an intensive one-day course which lasts about eight hours and costs 250-dollars per student.
The course is open to drivers of all ages.
Cultural diversity was the focus in downtown Roanoke for the annual "Local Colors" event.
It's a festival honoring international cultures, cuisine, arts and performances.
Heavy rains caused the event to close down early yesterday.
But the bad weather didn't dampen the spirits of some first-time participants.
[IN Q=THIS TIME IT]
((GOKMEN EKMEKCI/TURKISH NATIVE; THIS TIME IT WAS TOO WET. WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH RESPONSE TO OUR STAND HERE. NOT AS MUCH AS WE EXPECTED.))
((LIANA ARIAS/SPANISH NATIVE; HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR WE'LL DO BETTER. THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGH. A LOT OF PEOPLE CONSIDERING THE RAIN. I THOUGHT ABOUT COMING.))
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[SUPER=01-Liana Arias/Spanish Native; :11]
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Pearl Fu, who has organized Local Colors since it began, announced she is stepping down.
[IN Q=WHEN IT BEGAN]
((PEARL FU/LOCAL COLORS COORDINATOR; WHEN IT BEGAN IT WAS SMALL AND SO EASY TO MANAGE WITH ONLY FOUR COUNTRIES. AND IT HAS BLOSSOMED TO MORE THAN 50. SO IT HAS BECOME SO OVERWHELMING.))
[SUPER=01-Pearl Fu/Local Colors Coordinator;]
Fu says she doesn't know who will organize next year's event.
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Tom Snyder is hitting the road and he's speaking out about his talk show colleagues.
We'll hear what he has to say about tabloid television and the people who create it.
That's coming up right after the break when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Snyder/"Late, Late Show" Host; :22]
[OUT Q=happy about that]
((MELANIE- Tom Snyder brings the Late, Late show to the Big Apple this week. The show will feature one on one interviews and features taped at sites in and around New York City. Snyder, who is usually the interviewer, is changing hats today so we can ask him a few questions. Good afternoon Mr. Snyder.
Good afternoon, please call me Tom.
MELANIE- Well Tom, tell us about some of the celebrities you'll be talking to this week.
We'll be chatting with Barbara Walters, who works over at ABC, Bill Cosby, who's on here on CBS, Peter Jennings, who anchors the ABC World News Tonight. The Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt. And also we're visiting some places around town. We've already videotaped some stuff at the subway over on 42nd street in Times Square. We'll take the folks on a high speed New York City subway ride. We're going up to this very fancy restaurant, Melanie I'm sure you've heard of it, the Windows on the World on top of the World Trade Center with the chef up there. We'll get a birds-eye view of Manhattan and sample an item or two from the spring menu up there. Plus a few other surprises. Regis Philbin from Regis and Kathie Lee is coming on.
MELANIE- Sounds exciting. Now Tom, talk shows have really started to change a lot in recent years. Shows like Ricki Lake, the Jerry Springer show. What is your opinion on these "bare all" talk shows?
Well, they are popular because they attract an audience. People seem to like the excitement that these shows produce- especially Jerry Springer. Although I read his production company says there will be no more fights on the show. And of course if there are no more fights, than the ratings will probably take a nose dive and then somebody else will come on with a brand new show and and they'll have fights. I mean, it's not my type of television but, listen, I don't knock it because the peole who want to watch that stuff obviously have an appetite for it. While it's not for me, it's for them and it's a free country.
MELANIE- Now Shock Jock Howard Stern is bringing his show to a few CBS affiliates. Do you think he's a little too controversial for network television?
Well, you know we are happy. I'm personally happy that Howard Stern is coming to mainstream television. He's been flirting on cable with his radio show. It will give us a chance to find out if the type of comedy he does on radio will translate to late night television on Saturday night. He finally gets a chance to take a swing, and I for one am happy about that.))
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The stock market is enjoying yet another period of sustained growth.
Ever wonder what could bring the good times to an end?
Scott Goldberg looks at some possibilities in this week's Common Sense.
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[OUT Q=i'm SG]
(( The stock market has surged to new heights lately.
And it's done it despite turmoil in Asia...
Despite some rocky political events at home.
But the U.S. economy is not bulletproof.
Stockbroker George Brammer explains.
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[IN Q=the impact]
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS:
IF WE HIT A PERIOD THAT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, CAUSES THE FED TO RAISE INTEREST RATES, THE STOCK MARKET'S GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE REACTION TO THAT. SO CURRENTLY INTEREST RATES ARE FLAT AND SEEM TO BE VERY MUCH UNDER CONTROL. BUT IF THAT CHANGES, BE PREPARED.))
[OUT Q=BE PREPARED]
Now Brammer said the market could get stronger and surge even higher if the government privatizes social security, meaning people would pump even more money into stocks.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 30 points. [tease3]
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It's going to be a fight to the finish as the Express prepares to take on
Hampton Roads in game five of the playoffs tonight.
Roanoke officials are still trying to get a key player back on the ice.
We'll have the story, when News 7 returns.
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A lot of Nascar fans are playing hooky from work today to attend the Goody's 500 in Martinsville.
Steady rain forced the postponement of the Winston Cup race yesterday.
It's second year in a row the Goody's 500 had to be moved to Monday.
Fortunately the weather is cooperating today.
Things got underway about 11 this morning.
Bobby Hamilton started the race on the pole,
and he has taken the early lead.
Mike Stevens will have all the highlights coming up on News 7 at Five and Six.
Hurt native Stacy Compton had a big weekend, finishing third in the Chevy Trucks 150 after winning the Bud Pole Saturday.
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Compton was tough at the Phoenix International Raceway and would finish behind Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague.
[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Finished 3rd; :00]
[OUT Q=...to ron"]
This is it for the Roanoke Express--tonight the team plays at home, in the deciding Game Five of the Kelly Cup second round playoffs against Hampton Roads.
The team practiced yesterday at the Ice station. Express officials are trying to get goalie Daniel Berthiuame reinstated for tomorrow night's game. He was suspended for fighting.
In the meantime the Express practiced with emergency back up Rick Kelly. Berthiuame did work out with the team as well.
A big day in the N-F-L draft yesterday for the Virginia Tech Hokies. The backfield tandem of Marcus Parker and Ken Oxendine were selected back to back.
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Oxendine was the 12th pick selected in the 7th and final round of the draft. Ox goes to the Atlanta Falcons as the 201st overall pick.
Marcus Parker was right behind Ken as the 13th pick in the 7th round; 202nd overall. Parker goes to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tech offensive lineman Todd Washington was the 12th pick in the 4th round. He goes to Tampa Bay.
Hokie lineman Genarro DiNapoli was the 17th pick in the 4th round; going to the Oakland Raiders.
. And as for U-V-A--Cavaliers lineman Doug Karzewski was the 18th pick in the 5th round; selected by the New York Jets