Henry County deputies have a suspect in last week's murder-- the victim's cousin.
And authorities in Chicago think they have a serial killer in custody.
The clouds are starting to clear out of the region, and we'll be enjoying some sunshine this afternoon.
Cooler, drier high pressure is pushing in from the Great Lakes and should keep the sun around through tomorrow....
Complete forecast details, coming up.
News 7 at noon is next.
Sheriff's deputies have named a suspect in the murder of a Henry County man last week.
And they say he's on the run.
Last week, 23-year-old Abundio Mora-Soto told News 7 that his cousin, Jose Santos Mora-Soto, was just like a brother to him.
Now, he's charged with his first degree murder... Authorities say he strangled and sodomized his cousin.
Abundio Mora-Soto and some family members said they found Jose's body in a creek last week, after he had been missing for more than a day.
Deputies say Abundio Mora-Soto fled in a 1988 Mercury stolen from another family member.
They believe he may on his way to Mexico, to avoid prosecution.
Federal investigators are aiding in the search.
A man convicted of sexually assaulting two Danville children goes on trial today for abducting and raping a North Carolina girl.
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In April 19-98, police say Robin Wayne Martin lured a 12-year old girl away from a Charlotte church.
At the time, he was out on bond awaiting sentencing on the Virginia convictions.
Jury selection is set to begin today.
Martin could face 250 years in prison if he's convicted on all charges.
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A man featured on America's Most Wanted over the weekend has been apprehended in Roanoke County.
Terry Leon Boyd had been on the run after allegedly killing his step grandmother and her caretaker earlier this month in Washington DCTERMS.
He is hospitalized in critical condition this afternon at Roanoke Memorial after shooting himself when police closed in on him yesterday.
Authorities say Boyd was changing his tire on Interstate 81, when police showed up.
He then got into his car and grabbed his gun.
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((CAPT. CHARLES COMPTON/STATE POLICE: A SHOT WAS FIRED WITHIN THE VEHICLE AND THE SUSPECT APPARENTLY SHOT HIMSELF.))
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But Boyd was still conscious -- officials were able to get him safely out of the car and arrest him.
Police say they were worried about the people who had stopped along side the road to help.
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Authorities from Washington D.C. are in Roanoke today to make a positive I-D.
The town of Laramie, Wyoming is preparing to relive the most horrible crime in its recent history.
Jury selection begins today for the second of two men accused of murdering a young man because he was gay, and leaving his body tied to a fence post.
Terisa Estacio reports
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Nearly 600 people attended a vigil for Matthew Shepard Sunday night, on the eve of jury selection for the second defendant charged with murdering the 21 year old gay University of Wyoming Student.
Aaron Mckinny is one of two men charged with luring Shepard from a Laramie bar_ robbing him, pistol whipping him, tying him to a fence post and leaving him to die. Medical records indicate he suffered massive injuries to his face and skull. He died several days later in a hospital.
Henderson pleaded guilty last spring and received two life sentences.
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Shepard's parents were among hundreds attending a concert here last night, joining singers Peter, Paul & Mary and many others opposed to violence against gays. Judy Shepard has become an advocate for hate
crime legislation and a role model for parents of gay children.
(Sot, Judy Shepard, Victim's Mother, Oct. 7)
Prosecutors will select from a pool of 250 local residents to seat a jury. The process is expected to take about two weeks.))
In Chicago, a break in the search for a serial killer.
35 year old Ronald Macon had been in jail since August on a rape charge.
Using D-N-A police say they've linked him to three murders since 19-93.
They also say he's also confessed on videotape.
But the investigation is far from over: --- genetic evidence points to four separate attackers preying on prostitut
es and drug addicts in Chicago's poorest neighborhoods.
The search for victims in flood-ravaged Mexico continues, as the death toll continues to
Authorities have now certified 342 deaths, but local newspapers say the final count could run as high as 600.
Adriene Bard reports.
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Finding "address tags" can win you a Nobel Prize.
Find out how when News-7 at Noon returns.
And the world's population is ready to pass a big milestone tomorrow.
But first, let's talk to Kimberly McBroom.
We're seeing some brightening weather conditions on this Columbus Day...
The showers have tapered off and high pressure is slowly building in for the next day or so...outside right now we have a pleasant Fall afternoon...
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The world's population is about to break the six billion mark.
According to the United Nations Population Fund, the world's six billionth baby will be born tomorrow.
But the United Nations are warning of an imbalance between a growing population and declining natural resources.
(( DR. NAFIS SADIK:"YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE OF THREE TIMES OF YOUR POPULATION GROWTH RATE FOR YOU TO BE MAKING REAL PROGRESS."))
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The world's population has more than doubled since 1960.
If you're a science whiz, here's a question for you--- how do proteins find their way around cells in humans?
By answering that question Doctor Guenter Blobel (BLO'-buhl) of The Rockefeller University in New York earned himself the Nobel Prize in medicine.
The Nobel committee announced it this morning.
Experts say Blobel discovered that proteins carry their own chemical ``address tags,'' that help them find their correct destination.
A trucker was killed instantly when he was hit by a rig in the parking lot of a Rockbridge County truck stop.
It happened late yesterday afternoon at White's Truck Stop off Interstate 81 in Raphine [ray-FEEN].
State police say the victim was standing between two parked tractor-trailers when one of the trucks pulled away and turned, pinning him against the parked truck.
Police are withholding the man's identity until they notify his family.
No charges have been filed.
A Pulaski County controversy is the subject of this week's Feedback.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
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(( The story concerned Pulaski prosecutor Everett Shockley's failure to win the backing of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police for another term.
New River Valley bureau chief Teresa Hamilton learned Shockley was so upset, he wanted an assistant to write a letter to a newspaper, criticizing local law enforcement.
The assistant resigned, instead.
A viewer who asked not to be named wrote:
Thanks for doing the story about the Commonwealth's Attorney in Pulaski County. It's about time that people found out we have had a Persecutor instead of a Prosecutor. The law enforcement officers give a big THANK YOU to Theresa Hamilton and your station for having the courage to stand up to Everett Shockley.
The address at News-7 is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And another place to express your opinion is our on-line forum, at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
One of WDBJ's most well known sports directors has died.
Dexter Mills passed away Saturday at a Roanoke hospital.
Mills began his career as an announcer on WDBJ's radio station.
In the 60's he became the first sports broadcaster to emphasize NASCAR and give the drivers the same press as other sports figures.
He ended his 43 year career as the morning news anchor.
Mills was 82 years old.
An Internet company says it can make confidential e-mails disappear.
And a Roanoke College web site wins an award.
Eric Earnhart has more in WebWatch.
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Disappearing Incorporated, or Disappearing Inc says it's just like Mission Impossible. The San Francisco Company has developed a way to make confidential e-mail messages self-destruct after you read them.
Their software sends an encrypted e-mail along with a key to read it... after you read it, the key vanishes.
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((DAVE MARVIT/DISAPPEARING INC; THE KEYS ARE DELETED, GROUND UP, STOMPED ON, BURNED, DISSOLVED,
JUST GONE, GONE, GONE. ))
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The Roanoke College Web site won a national award this month.
Campustours-dot-com named the Roanoke College Virtual Campus tour it's four-star award winner for October.
The Roanoke College tour will be featured on the site all month.
That's not all college students can do online. If you missed that important lecture, you can still pick up the notes you need on the Web.
Sites such as Studyaid-dot-com and StudentU-dot-com pay students for their lecture notes, then make them available to other students... so far it's free.
Many professors don't like it, saying it encourages students to cut class.
For links to these sites, click on Webwatch, on the WDBJ web site, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
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Still ahead on News-7 at noon, Kimberly McBroom will have the back-to work forecast.
And in Taiwan, meet a dog who lived up to his name--Lucky.
Stay with us.
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If you drive a car.. you know how easy it is for road rage to occur.
Well, a scottish man has come up with an idea to cool-off heated situations.
Richard Roth reports.
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(Locator: Edinburgh, Scotland)
NARR: THE TERM ENTERED THE LANGUAGE IN BRITAIN MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AGO
( INCIDENTALLY WITHOUT SIGNALLING) AS TRAFFIC WAS GETTING BAD ENOUGH TO
THREATEN A NATIONAL REPUTATION FOR COURTESY.
BAD MANNERS BEHIND THE WHEEL BECAME ROAD RAGE.
SOT CONRAD KING / PSYCHOLOGIST, ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB: well road rage is when people actually lose control - its kind
a like having a temper tantrum. But you are having the tantrum when you are in control of a lethal weapon which is what a car is. (10)
( robbie driving)
NARR: IN SCOTLAND, ROBBIE CRAWFORD SAYS HE BECAME A DEVIL IN HIS WHITE
SOT Q & A W/ROTH: i cant believe i let myself get in that situation.
road rage? thats it. thats exactly what it was.
(robbie in car then w/ roth at kitchen table)
NARR: BUT WHILE LOSING HIS TEMPER HE FOUND INSPIRATION: AN INVENTION HES NOW POURED HIS LIFE SAVINGS INTO, FROM THE KITCHEN AT HIS HOME OUTSIDE EDINBURGH.
SOT ROBBIE CRAWFORD: theres no way anybody can actually change the message.
(device in his hands then in bmw window, flashing thanks and sorry)
NARR: A MESSAGE BOARD FOR MOTORISTS THAT HES SELLING FOR SIXTY DOLLARS, NOW LIGHTING UP REAR WINDOWS IN A HANDFUL OF CARS -- WITH A LIMITED BUILT-IN VOCABULARY DESIGNED TO APPEASE.
SOT ROTH AND ROBBIE IN CAR: you push the button for sorry and you can get away with anything? its incredible - it insta
ntly deflates anything thats going on.
NARR: A DASHBOARD CONTROL MEANS HE NEVER HAS TO SAY HES SORRY; HE JUST SENDS A MESSAGE...APOLOGETIC, OR GRATEFUL.
NOW HE HOPES IT WILL HELP BRING CALM TO THE ROAD, MAKE HIM A MILLIONAIRE, AND IF THE NEED ARISES - GET HIM OUT OF TROUBLE.
(sign flashes HELP!)
RICHARD ROTH, CBS NEWS, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.))
Eighteen days after a killer earthquake struck Taiwan, two dogs have been rescued from the rubble.
The family had written the pets off as dead.
They were trapped in the cellar of the families' home and survived by eating fish from a refrigerator that smashed open when the roof collapsed.
Lucky the dog had certainly lived up to his name, emerging from the rubble with buried treasure.
A medical check found Lucky and Treasure dehydrated but otherwise in good condition.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 46 points.
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Still to come in sports, the Cowboys are knocked from the unbeaten ranks,
and the Red Sox even the score in the American-League playoffs by blasting the Indians.
We'll have the highlights next.
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They're finally underway at the Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte.
The U-A-W G-M Quality 500 got underway around 11-15 after heavy rain washed out the event yesterday.
Dale Jarrett is the leader after 120 laps.
Bobby Labonte is second.
Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield fill out the top 5.
Generally only the best teams make it to the playoffs-- so you'd expect some close games.
That was NOT the case in Boston last night as the Red Sox crushed the Indians.
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Cleveland scored in first but the Red Sox would answer in the bottom of the inning. John Valentin takes this pitch over the Green Monster and Boston jumped out to the 2 to 1 lead.
After a two to two tie the Red Sox would go wild in the second.
Trot Nixon hits a shot off the wall in centerfield scoring two runs and Boston lead the game 5 to 2.
(ho-SAY) Jose Offerman had a big game in the second he sends this pitch over the right field wall for a two run homer and the Sox win it 23 to 7.
The fifth and deciding game will be played tonight in Cleveland.
The Dallas Cowboys lost their undefeated record yesterday with a 13 to 10 loss to Philadelphia.
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Dallas led 3 to nothing in the first.
Then star receiver Michael Irvan goes down hard to the turf landing on his head and shoulder.
The Cowboys say Irvan sustained trauma to the head and neck but added that he had movement in his legs and arms as he was taken from the field.
Dallas would then get on the board again.
Troy Aikman throws the screen to Emmitt Smith he takes it in for the score to make it 10 to nothing Cowboys.
The Eagles took the lead on a field goal and then Bobby Taylor intercepts this Aikman pass and Philadelphia gets its first win 13 to 10.