An apparent robbery attempt leads to murder in northwest Roanoke.
And there were a lot fewer cars being produced in the United States last month -- the result of the G-M strikes.
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News 7 at noon is next.
Roanoke police are looking for the masked men whose robbery attempt turned into a murder this morning.
Melvin Andrew Lee died after he was shot once in the head at his Northwest Roanoke home.
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Scott Goldberg joins us live from the 900 block of Kellogg Avenue.
Scott how is the neighborhood reacting?
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[SUPER=01-David Baylor/Neighbor; :00]
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Despite the strike, General Motors has continued to crank out a new pickup truck at a plant in Canada.
The pickup is considered vital to G-M's 19-99 performance.
Meantime, G-M and the U-A-W will be back in court next week.
They'll report to a judge on what progress, if any, they've made in scheduling a meeting with an arbitrator.
Yesterday the U-A-W agreed to let an independant arbitrator decide if its two strikes are legal under its contract with General Motors.
FRANK JAWORSKI/GM ATTORNEY
HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PARTIES QUICKLY,
EXPEDITIOUSLY, GET TOGETHER. WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DO THAT. ))
[SUPER=01-Frank Jaworski/GM Attorney;]
[OUT Q=to do that]
You can see the impact of the G-M strike in the latest government economic report.
Industrial production fell six-tenths of one percent last month, -- its the biggest drop in five years. Most of the decline is due to an eleven percent drop in automotive production.
Crime survivors and family members are on Capitol Hill today to drum up support for legislation that calls for stricter sentences for violent criminals.
They're telling a house panel gut wrenching stories of rape and murder, urging support for what's called the No-Second Chances Bill.
Under the bill, federal sentencing guidelines would call for the death penalty or life in prison without parole for killers, rapists and child molesters.
The man who shot the owner of a religious bookstore in Danville will be going to prison.
Joseph Evans was convicted yesterday of malicious wounding, robbery, and two firearms charges.
The shooting happened January 5th at the Religious Book Center on Market Street.
Evans robbed Fred Bevill and shot him twice in the chest.
Bevill made a full recovery and was able to identify his shooter.
Evans will have to wait to be sentenced.
He must first be tried for his part in the robbery and murder of a North Carolina woman.
Former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney Jeff Rudd has been charged with attempted murder.
Roanoke County police say Rudd's ex-girlfriend was not hurt when he
fired two shots through a window at her home on Yellow Mountain Road.
Rudd surrendered his law license two years ago, rather than endure an investigation by the State Bar Disciplinary Board.
He'd been in private practice for about five years -having served as the Regional Drug Prosecutor before that.
Rudd was released on 75-thousand dollars bond.
He's scheduled for arraignment Friday.
He was once a prosecutor in Pittsylvania County -- now he faces jail time himself.
Joseph Motley Whitehead will spend six months in prison for pistol whipping a 15-year old boy in 19-97.
Motley is also required to pay 35-hundred dollars in fines.
Whitehead is actually no stranger to the inside of a prison.
In the late 70's, he spent 16-months in jail for bribery and protecting a prostitution ring.
Those crimes occurred during Whitehead's term as Pittsylvania County's prosecutor from 1964 to 1975.
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A last minute legal reprieve for Secret Service agents guarding the President--that story is coming up on News 7 at Noon.
Also police investigators think they know a little bit more about the most recent movements of suspected abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph.
First though let's check in with Patrick Evans in the WeatherCenter.
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A federal court has intervened and said that secret service agents who protect the president do not have to testify today before the Kenneth Starr grand jury.
Meanwhile, Linda Tripp, whose secret tape recordings
of Monica Lewinsky, opened up the investigation
into the alleged presidential affair is back for one more day of testimony.
Maureen Maher reports from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Special Prosecutor; :46]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]
((IT WAS A FULL HOUSE AT THE U-S FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN WASHINGTON THIS
MORNING. FIRST TO ARRIVE - LARRY COCKELL - THE LEAD SECRET SERVICE AGENT ON THE
PRESIDENT'S SECURITY DETAIL..AND SEVERAL OTHER AGENTS... SUBPOENAED BY
INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR KEN STARR TO TESTIFY IN THE CLINTON-LEWINSKY SEX
BUT A MID-MORNING REPRIEVE BY THE COURT OF APPEALS PUT THIER TESTIMONY
ON HOLD. IT RULED THAT IT DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO ANALYZE THE
SITUATION...HAD THE COURT NOT RULED, THE WHITE HOUSE WAS REPORTEDLY
PREPARED TO GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME
COURT...WILLIAM REHNQUIST. ALL OF THIS WAS SET IN MOTION BY YESTERDAY'S
RULING BY THE JUDGE OVERSEEING THE GRAND JURY ...THAT SECRET SERVICE
EMPLOYEES WOULD HAVE TO HONOR THE SUBPOENAS.
AS FOR THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL...KEN STARR/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR:
Q: DO YOU EXPECT THE ECRET SERVICE AGENTS TO TESTIFY TODAY? A: I CAN'T
COMMENT, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO GATHER THE FACTS.
STARR WAS PREPARED FOR THIS EVENTUALITY...STAR WITNESS LINDA TRIPP WAS
IN THE WINGS...BACK FOR A 6TH DAY OF TESTIMONY AS THE GRAND JURY
CONTINUES TO WEIGH THROUGH 20 HOURS OF HER TAPED CONVERSATIONS WITH
FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, MONICA LEWINSKY.
MAUREEN MAHER/REPORTING: THE APPEALS COURT RULING DOES NOT MEAN COCKELL AND
THE OTHER AGENTS WILL NOT HAVE TO TESTIFY...IT JUST BUYS THE AGENTS, THE
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE A LITTLE MORE TIME.
MAUREEN MAHER, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Police say suspected abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph may have been watching for days before
taking food and a truck from a North Carolina home.
The Atlanta Journal- Constitution
reports investigators have found what they think may have been the vantage point from which he watched the home.
Rudolph was spotted last weekend when he came out of hiding for the truck and food.
He's suspected in the January bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic.
This is the best lead federal officials have had in months, but as quickly as Rudolph disappeared six months ago, he did it again.
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((HOMER HOLBROOKS, MACON COUNTY SHERIFF "IT'S BAD.. BELLY TO GET
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[OUT Q=BELLY TO GET THROUGH.]
Rudolph has been linked to at least three other bombings, including the Olympic park bombing in Atlanta.
Health officials are clearing up some confusion over reports that a worker at last week's Salem Fair had tuberculosis.
An employee DID have the disease but he NEVER worked at the fair because he was too ill.
He was only on the payroll.
The health department did a screening of 200 people who traveled with him.
Three of those people tested positive for the infection but weren't considered a high risk to the public.
Still officials note T-B is on the rise.
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((MOLLY RUTLEDGE/ROANOKE CITY HEALTH DEPT.: JUST LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN TUBERCULOSIS AND PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE THAT IT IS A DISEASE THAT'S STILL HERE ALTHOUGH WE WERE HOPING TO ERADICATE IT BACK IN THE EIGHTIES.))
[SUPER=01-Molly Rutledge/Roanoke City Health Department;]
[OUT Q= in the eighties.]
The disease can only be contracted by sharing a signifcant amount of air with an infected person.
Common symptoms include night sweats, weight loss and coughing.
Another legal setback for the man convicted in the Rainbow murders.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied the latest appeal of Jacob Beard's conviction in the murder of two hitchhikers 18 years ago.
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Beard claimed prosecutors violated an immunity agreement when they prosecuted him for the murders of Vickie Durian and Nancy Santomero.
The two women were hitchhiking to a Rainbow Family Gathering when they were murdered in Greenbrier County.
Yesterday, the West Virginia Supreme Court declined to reverse the conviction.
Beard is also seeking a new trial based on the statements of Joseph Paul Franklin, a serial killer who has confessed to the Rainbow Family murders.
West Virginia authorities don't believe Franklin's story. A judge will rule on the motion later.
Residents in Clifton Forge will soon be paying more taxes on their garbage.
This comes after city council approved a monthlly hike of three dollars and fifty cents for trash pickup.
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[IN Q=What it does]
((MEREDITH MILLS/CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCILMEMBER: WHAT IT DOES IS IT MAKES IT A PAY AS YOU GO TYPE OF SITUATION IN THAT CASE. IN OTHER WORDS, GARBAGE COLLECTION IS A NECESSITY AND YOU DON'T WANT TO GO IN THE HOLE COLLECTING GARBAGE SO YOU PAY AS YOU GO, AND THAT INCREASE WILL MAKE IT JUST THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Meredith Mills/Clifton Forge City Council]
[OUT Q=make it just that.]
Clifton Forge used to dump its trash in a landfill in Covington.
But, that landfill is about to close.
So, now the city is paying Alleghany County more money to pick-up its trash and transfer it to another landfill.
The tax hike will effect each household and will begin August first.
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Texas residents are feeling the effects of the continuing heatwave--we'll have an update coming up on News 7 at Noon.
Also a training exercise in Pulaski keeps two SWAT teams on their toes.
That story and more when we return.
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Pulaski's police department is bringing two separate units together to perfect their skills.
David Johnson explains.
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[SUPER=01-Cmdr. Ervin Barr/Pulaski Police Department; :24]
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It's not your typical classroom, but then again it's NOT geared toward typical situations.
This is part of an advanced tactical training course to sharpen the abilities of SWAT teams from both Fort Lee military units and Petersburg's police department.
[IN Q=OVER THE NEXT]
((CMDR. ERVIN BARR/PULASKI POLICE DEPARTMENT; OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, WE'RE GOING TO BE PRACTICING VARIOUS SCENARIOS. HOSTAGE RESCUE SCENARIOS, OFFICER RESCUE SCENARIOS. BOTH MOUNTED AND DISMOUNTED, MEANING THE USE OF POLICE VEHICLES IN OPERATIONS.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE IDEA BEHIND THIS BASIC SWAT SCHOOL IS AN EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION. ABOUT TEACHING AND BEING TAUGHT THE GUIDELINES TO TACTICAL RESPONSE.))
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((BARR; WE GAIN A LOT BY DOING THAT. JUST SEEING HOW OTHER DEPARTMENTS FUNCTION AND OPERATE.))
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Swat teams and T-R-T's respond to most armed conflict situations, including drug raids, high risk warrant services and hostage situtations.
The plan is to have participating units return home with a keener sense of how to do that.
Pulaski's police department was asked to host the school when a member of its tactical response team displayed impressive skills during a sniper training exercise at Fort Lee.
David Johnson, News 7, Pulaski.))
Parts of Virginia have become a war zone -- it may be a game but the players are learning some valuable lessons.
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((CAPT. JOHN EPPERLY/VIRGINIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD: I HAVE SEVERAL NEW SOLDIERS THAT ARE JUST OUT OF BASIC TRAINING. SO THIS IS REALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE MANEUVERED AS A FULL SQUAD WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF PLATOON OPERATIONS.))09
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[OUT Q=platoon operations.]
Some three thousand Army National Guard reservists from the 29th Infantry Division are swarming the woods of Fort Pickett for their annual training.
This year's training is overshadowed by budget cuts to the Guard-- which means an artillery battery from the Danville area has limited live ammo with which to practice.
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[IN Q=We're trying]
((MAJ. GEN. CARROLL CHILDERS/29TH INFANTRY DIVISION COMMANDER: WE'RE TRYING TO GET VISIBILITY HERE BECAUSE THE RESOURCE CONSTRAINT ON THE NATIONAL GUARD. AND PARTICULARLY ON THE NATIONAL GUARD DIVISIONS. WE'VE GOT THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY, FOUR STAR GENERAL REIMER, COMING DOWN TODAY. AND WE'RE GOING TO SHOW HIM THAT THE GUARD CAN CONDUCT A COMPLEX OPERATION LIKE THIS. AND IF WE HAD MORE RESOURCES WE COULD BE EVEN BETTER.))
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The invasion of the fictitious Carribbean island of Marcala (mar-KAL-uh) continues for the next several days.
Still no letup from the deadly heat in the South.
The phone lines are jammed in Texas with callers wanting to find
out how to survive the sweltering heat.
Yesterday was the 10th straight day the mercury hit or went above the 100 degree mark.
Air conditioning is no longer a luxury, it's a lifesaver, literally. The elderly living without it are in danger of dying.
[IN Q=We're trying]
((MARY CASTILLO, DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION
THEY'VE BEEN COMING IN OUT OF BREATH...SOME OF THEM ARE SICK..A WHOLE LOT))
[SUPER=01-Mary Castillo/Dallas Co. Community Action;]
[OUT Q=a whole lot.]
But Texas isn't the only state affected.
The heat wave has stretched from Arizona into Colorado and east to Florida.
It's blamed for at least 50 deaths.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 17 points.
Good news for Houston Astros pitcher and former Ferrum College star Billy Wagner, whose CAT scan this morning was negative-
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following a bizarre accident during last night's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Houston was leading 8-7, when Arizona's Kelly Stinnett lined a ball off of Wagner's face.
Wagner immediately dropped to the ground.
He was hospitalized with a lacerated ear canal.
Wagner was a first team All-American at Ferrum. He was the 12th overall pick in the 1993 amateur draft.
The Avalanche used three homeruns to beat the Kinston Indians 4-3 last night at Memorial Stadium.
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The return home means the resumption of the ever popular Field of Dreams promotion as the West Salem Whitesox got the run on the field last night.
They also would get to see Rockies pitcher John Burke continue his rehab.
Once Burke was through, Scott Schroeffel came on and came up with a defensive gem snagging the grounder and getting the out.
Schroeffel would allow the Indians to get close with a wild pitch in the seventh that brings in Robin
Hariss, but Salem is able to win it 4-to-3.
They play again tonight at seven.
It's silly season for NASCAR teams, and it's already not a joke for one driver.
Last night Jerry Nadeau- the driver of the Bill Elliott-Dan Marino owned Ford Taurus, was fired effective immediately.
In 14 events this season he failed to make four races and his best finish all year has been a 21st and both Daytona and Pocono.
No replacement driver has been named at this time although the team plans to have a replacement in place by the July 26th race at Pocono.
In other NASCAR news, Rick Mast's Remington team is staying put.
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For the past three weeks reports have been surfacing in the garage area that Mast's car owner Butch Mock was ready to sell his entire race operation in Mooresville, North Carolina.
The rumored buyer was none other than Roger Penske. But Mast said in a phone conversation yesterday that while Mock's priorities have shifted some since he married earlier this year, he is not actively looking to sell the Remington team.
And Mast says if any sale takes place in the future, Mock wants a buyer who will keep the team members and sponsors in tact.