((I'M GETTING OLDER AND I DECIDED THAT I BETTER LEAVE AND DON'T WORRY
ABOUT WHAT'S IN MY HOUSE."))
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Hurricane Floyd moves into Virginia after slamming into North Carolina.
And a Texas Baptist Church is the site of another mass shooting.
News 7 at noon is next.
The worst is over for coastal North Carolina, but at this hour Hurricane Floyd is barelling into eastern Virginia.
Strong winds and heavy rains are lashing the Tidewater area-- flooding roads and cutting power to thousands.
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Floyd has already dumped between nine and 13 inches of rain, and Ellen Qualls is right in the middle of it, reporting from Virginia Beach.
What's the situation now Ellen?
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(Rollcue:appears they dodged the bullet )
[SUPER=01-Bruce Dungan/Danville Public Info. Officer;]
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From wet and windy to blue skies and breezy.. the weather in the Lynchburg area has made a 180 degree turnaround since earlier this morning.
It stopped raining around 9, and the cloud cover has been moving swiftly through the area.
Officials at the city's 9-1-1 center.. who had been on alert all night.. say their emergency response plan worked well.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: WE WILL OBVIOUSLY REVIEW THIS AND MAKE ANY NEEDED CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS, BUT IT APPEARS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO VERY QUICKLY BRING UP THE VITAL SERVICES THAT WERE NEEDED, IN THE EVENT THAT WE DID HAVE A SITUATION THAT PRODUCED MORE DAMAGE AND DISLOCATION THAN THIS ONE DID.))
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American Electric Power says high winds have knocked out power to about 20 to 30 customers in the central Virginia area.
As Floyd continues its trek up the east coast he's left behind plenty of flooding and damage.
Drew Levinson reports from Charleston, South Carolina.
[SUPER=01-Ed Rappaport/National Hurricane Center;]
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(((LOCATOR: CHARLESTON, SC)
FLOYD ARRIVED OVERNIGHT WITH HIS HURRICANE FORCE WINDS (PAUSE FOR NATZ),
BUT IT'S FLOOD WATERS THAT WILL LIKELY CAUSE THE MOST DAMAGE. TORRENTIAL RAIN...UP TO 15 INCHES IN SOME AREAS... IS CAUSING THE PROBLEM IN A REGION ALREADY SATURATED BY HURRICANE DENNIS ONLY TWO WEEKS AGO.
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AFTER TEASING RESIDENTS FROM MIAMI AND ON UP THE COAST FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS....FLOYD CHOSE CAPE FEAR , NORTH CAROLINA TO COME ASHORE. AND NOW THAT THE STORM IS OVER LAND... IT HAS PICKED UP SPEED.... FORCING THOUSANDS.. AS FAR NORTH AS NEW YORK CITY... TO BRACE FOR BUCKETS OF RAIN AND POWERFUL WINDS.
EARLY THIS MORNING NEAR RALEIGH, FLOYD BLEW A TREE RIGHT INTO A HOUSE...
RESULTING IN A RUDE AWAKENING FOR ONE MAN.
SOT: NO NAME
"IT WAS, REALLY WAS. THE WIFE AND KIDS WERE SLEEPING IN THE LIVING ROOM, SO THEY WERE OKAY, BUT IT GOT ME REALLY GOOD.
FLOYD HAS KNOCKED OUT POWER FOR UP THE A HALF A MILLION PEOPLE AND ALSO
SPAWN SEVERAL TORNADOS. SEVERAL STORM RELATED DEATHS HAVE BEEN
REPORTING AND OFFICIALS ARE URGING PEOPLE TO TREAT THIS STORM WITH RESPECT.
(SOT, ED RAPPAPORT, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER)
Police are trying to piece together a motive in the nation's latest mass shooting
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Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, a man burst into a Baptist church and opened fire killing seven teens and adults and then himself.
Several others were injured, some critically.
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((REV. MEREDITH:"THESE PEOPLE WERE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, AND ONE OF THE FAVORITE SOLOISTS IN THE CHURCH, THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR DIRECTOR, KIDS, YOUTH MEMBERS, SOME ACTIVE, SOME JUST GETTING ACTIVE, SOME JUST BEGINNING TO FIND GOD. ))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Al Meredith/Wedgewood Baptist Church;]
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Shortly after the shooting, a pipe bomb exploded in the church sanctuary.
A bomb squad sent in a robot, to look for more explosives.
After the bomb search, police were able to remove the bodies of the victims.
Another bomb has leveled an apartment building in Russia.
Authorities say explosives hidden in a truck demolished the front of a nine-story building in a southern Russia city today.
At least 17 were killed and 115 injured.
It was the fourth deadly explosion in Russia in the past two weeks.
Russian authorities suspect Islamic militants are responsible for the earlier explosions which have killed 275.
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President Clinton won't co-operate with Congress's investigation of his Puerto Rican clemency decision.
That's still ahead on News-7 at Noon
And when we return, get a sneak peek at the new look of "The Early Show"
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In November, Morning news on CBS will have a whole new look and two new faces.
Here's a look at the duo who will host The Early Show.
Kendra Farn reports.
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[SUPER=01-Bryant Gumbel/"The Early Show"; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jane Clayson/Co-Host; :35]
[SUPER=01-Steve Friedman/Executive Producer; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Kendra Farn/Reporting; 1:29]
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((Kendra Farn vo: Breakfast with Bryant and Jane...A chance for TV and newspaper critics to finally mingle with CBS's new morning team...actually, they're getting to know each other quite well these days.
Gumbel sot: We realize we have a common future...We have common goals we have a common...and vice versa. It's that sim
Farn vo: Together they're a great combination....Gumbel who's been a successful early riser before on TV... and Clayson
, a former ABC News correspondent who's used to reporting =hard= news.
Clayson sot: And this though is the fun and freedom that you can't have during hard new and its a different arena, it's
a different style of television.
Farn vo: A different style of television, though come November, the Early Show will =not= try to reinvent how AM TV is
done... In a digital state of the art home right in the heart of Manhattan...the goal of the
weekday broadcast is to get CBS...back on the map in the mornings...here on 5th avenue...viewers will be able to reach out and be a part of the show...as executive producer Steve Friedman puts it, the contributors
will represent America...different ages and different styles.
Steve Friedman sot: You can do parenting with...with an edge and a little bit of humor.
Farn vo: As for competitors...Bryant and Jane say they're not watching...instead they're just trying to make their program the best it can be...and having a lot of laughs in the meantime.
Gumbel sot: I told Jane she oughta buckle up she oughta buckle up because this is gonna be a lot of fun.
Farn vo: In New York, Kendra Farn, for CBS News.))
President Clinton has refused to turn over documents related to his Puerto Rican clemency grants.
The President cited executive privilege.
The clemency grants stirred up a political firestorm of criticism from law enforcers and congressional Republicans.
The lawmakers had sought the documents to find out just how and why the decision was made.
Some say it was designed to garner Puerto-Rican votes in Mrs. Clinton's bid for the Senate.
Yesterday's mis-trial in in the case against David Griffin resulted over a question.
It came down to whether the official cause of death was homicide, and when that determination was made.
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He was accused of killing his roommate and setting the house on fire two years ago.
James Cline's death was not officially labeled a homicide right away.
The medical examiner told the jury yesterday that it was homicide. That prompted a mistrial.
The case will be re-tried in January.
The driver charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident will spend time in jail on hit and run charges.
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John Claude Love was behind the wheel when his pickup struck a motorcycle head-on in Blacksburg.
The crash killed 21-year old Michael Perry and 21-year old Michael Dove.
Yesterday a jury sentenced Love to 18-months in prison for felony hit and run.
Love could've received five years in prison for leaving the scene of the accident.
But one jury member said-- the fact Love later flagged down a sheriff's deputy and returned to the crash site made an impact on his decision to opt for a lighter sentence.
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It's already a Roanoke landmark.
Now it's an official Virginia landmark.
More on the Mill Mountain Star's new designation-- when News-7 at noon returns.
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The decoration that gave Roanoke it's nickname is now a historic landmark.
Yesterday, The State Department of Historic Resources made the Mill Mountain star a state landmark.
The star will now be considered for national designation.
Made with two thousand feet of white neon tubing, the star was conceived 50 years ago as a Christmas decoration, but has since evolved into a symbol for the ``Star City of the South.''
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 156 points.
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Still ahead in sports, he was one of the greatest players in the N-B-A.
Now, after three years, he's giving up his coaching job.
And John Daly still has his golfing job, but not his sponsor.
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Larry Bird is quitting his coaching job with the Indiana Pacers.
Bird will step down at the end of the upcoming season.
Bird says the job was a great experience but believes no coach should spend more than three years with one team. He's entering the third year with the Pacers.
Team president Donnie Walsh hopes Bird will stay with the organization in some capacity once he leaves the bench.
Another set back in the golfing career of John Daly.
Yesterday, Callaway Golf announced it is ending its relationship with Daly because he violated a contract clause not to drink and gamble and then refused to get help.
The company chairman Ely Callaway says the company cares about Daly as a person, golfer and friend. But Callaway adds that Daly can't continue as a company rep when he's not prepared to deal with the alcohol and gambling problems he has.