An update on a Roaonke man's custody battle with his wife and the state of Louisiana.
And Lynchburg's E-C Glass High School was closed for two hours this morning, ahead on News 7 at Noon we'll tell you why.
News 7 at noon is next.
A Roanoke man who enlisted the F-B-I to get his children back is enjoying a reunion.
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Tim Davis drove to Louisiana to pick up 6-year-old Carrie and 7-year-old Corey.
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The F-B-I arrested their mother for keeping the children in Louisiana illegally.
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Roanoke prosecutors say they've never seen such a case, where the Louisiana sheriff refused to arrest a fugitive.
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[IN Q=My ex]
((MY EX HAD A 94 COURT ORDER THAT SHE WENT TO LOUISIANA WITH AND THEY ACCEPTED HERS WITHOUT ENTERING IT INTO THE COURT AND MY COURT ORDER SUPERCEDES HERS AND THEY REFUSED MINE BECAUSE I WASN'T A RESIDENT OF LOUISIANA. IN MY OPINION THAT'S NOT RIGHT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO HONOR ONE YOU SHOULD HONOR THE OTHER ONE.))
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[kids from kids-custody tape]
Davis is sending the kids to school Monday and says he will also seek counseling for them.
Their mother's trial is set for February 29th.
A bomb threat this morning shut down Lynchburg's E.C. Glass High School for more than two hours.
The school received a call around 7:30 that a bomb had been placed somewhere in the building.
Only about a third of the students were in class at the time, the rest were still on buses that were diverted to Linkhorne Middle School.
The building was evacuated while a bomb- sniffing dog searched the area.
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[IN Q=The department's]
((OFFICER BRANDON ZUIDEMA/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE DEPARTMENT'S CANINE THAT IS TRAINED FOR NARCOTIC.. NO EXCUSE ME, FOR BOMB DETECTION, EXPLOSIVE DETECTION WAS CALLED AND SEARCHED THE AREA THAT WAS IDENTIFIED BY THE CALLER. THE DOG DID NOT ALERT OR INDICATE ANY PRESENCE OF EXPLOSIVES THERE.))
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Classes resumed around ten a-m.
Officials have a possible suspect but no arrests have been made.
A former cadet at Virginia Military Institute has been arrested and charged with arson.
FEDERAL authorities say John Daniel Payne set fire to the barracks the night six other cadets were "drummed out" for honor code violations.
The fire was quickly put out by cadets, and no one was hurt.
Payne faces up to 20-years in prison, if he's convicted.
Payne was arrested this morning in Ashland and arraigned in Richmond.
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We may find out later today exactly what a special grand jury investigating two Vinton police officers found.
A judge will decide at four this afternoon if the report should be made public.
She'll do that without input from Vinton residents.
Tuesday night, the public spoke out to town council-- after learning that a grand jury would not reccomend charges against former Police Chief Ricky Foutz and his Lieutenant, Bill Brown.
At the meeting, town attorney Buck Heartwell said Judge Diane Strickland would hear from the town and from attorneys for Foutz before deciding whether to make the grand jury report public.
Heartwell says he didn't mean the public could make statements.. but that HE would be speaking on BEHALF of the town.
Strickland says she will NOT hear from the public.
Instead-- she will listen to attorneys and then make a decision.
All three crewmen were killed last night when a cargo jet plowed into an auto-salvage yard near Sacramento, California.
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The pilot was trying to make an emergency landing after the cargo started to shift.
Investigators say the cargo included detonating explosives.
Flames shot high into the sky as nearly two hundred cars burned.
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[SUPER=01-Capt. Dan Haverty/American River Fire District;]
[OUT=in the wrecking yard.]
The plane took off from the former Mather Air Force base which is now a regional cargo hub.
Russian warplanes and artillery are pounding southern Chechnya.
The offensive is part of a plan to crush thousands of rebels hiding in the mountains.
Meanwhile, the Russians are searching the Chechen capital for separatists.
David Hawkins is the only American television correspondent on the ground in the breakaway republic.
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((Russian soldiers in Grozny are rounding up all the Chechens of fighting age they can find, and shipping them to "filtration camps." THIS FROM APTN
All across Russian-held Chechnya, 12 thousand men have been arrested and interrogated...
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to determine if they fought with the rebels against Russian troops. Wives of men who've been detained in the camps tell CBS News that severe beatings are common.
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GROZNY BORDER CLOSINGS, PEOPLE LEAVING CELLARS
In an effort to cleanse Grozny of all suspected rebel fighters...
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the Russian military has sealed off the city--
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prohibiting refugees from returning to their homes. The Russians also intend to kick out...
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what's left of civilian population...
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while they comb the city for remaining chechen fighters and booby-traps.
GROZNY DESTRUCTION SHOTS
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Grozny, which was for weeks the target of relentless Russian bombing, is now deemed too dangerous for civilians.
FIGHTING IN MOUNTAINS (NTV)
As Russian forces attempt to close Grozny, and the rest of Russian-occupied Chechnya, the fighting has moved south. The Russian military estimates that 8 thousand chechen rebelss remain in the mountains, and say they're now preparing a "decisive strike"...
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to finish them off.
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Governor Gilmore and the board in charge of distributing Virginia's tobacco settlement money can't see eye to eye.
About 80 percent of this year's money at the disposal of the state Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission will go to farmers.
The remaining 20 percent will go to community revitalization projects.
The split approved yesterday goes against the governor's recommendation , who wanted all of this year's money to go to tobacco farmers.
The panel also balked at Gilmore's call to spend tobacco money on college capital projects and tourism projects in tobacco-growing areas -- but will take up those proposals again later.
Tobacco farmers will get their money by June first.
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Still ahead on News 7 at Noon, investigators narrow their search for the killer of Tara Munsey.
We'll have the latest information.
And a Congressional committee backs troops who say an Anthrax vaccine is dangerous.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans about our icy forecast.
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A House panel is recommending that the military's plan to inoculate two-point-four million troops
against anthrax be suspended.
In its report the Panel calls the vaccine experimental.
But the Pentagon and F-D-A both insist the vaccine is safe.
Vince Gonzales has the details.
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((More than 300,000 members of the military have received anthrax vaccinations-- but a congressional subcommittee report (due to be released later today)
calls the vaccine "experimental." It also questions the "safety and effectiveness" of the shots-- and recommends the program be "suspended" until a new and improved vaccine can be developed. (END GFX)
(NATS) swearing in
During hearings last year-- subcommittee chairman Christopher Shays said if he was in the military-- he wouldn't take the shot.
(SOT/SHAYS) THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND. I WOULDN'T TAKE THE CHANCE.
He based that opinion, in part, on the testimony of military personnel who say the vaccine made them sick. A CBS News investigation found more than 100 service members at Dover Air Force base ALONE who reported vaccine-related illnesses. A base medical officer testified there were many more.
(SOT/Lt. Rich Rovet, USAF) FOR EVERY ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT COMES FORWARD, THERE ARE THREE INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL NOT.
The Defense Department has always maintained the vaccine is safe and effective.
Blanck, U.S. Army Surgeon General-MUST COURTESY 60 MINUTES IT'S PURE. IT'S STERILE. IT'S POTENT. IT DOES WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO. IT'S SAFE.
What it's "supposed to do" is protect members of the military from anthrax.
SOT/Blanck MUST COURTESY 60 MINUTES
WHAT WE'RE PROTECTING AGAINST IS-- IS A MASSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT. ANTHRAX IN THE HANDS OF OUR ENEMIES WOULD KILL THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES.
The pentagon says it is studying the congressional report but, for now, has no plans to halt the anthrax vaccinations. I'm Vince Gonzales, CBS News Los Angeles.))
Investigators looking for the killer of Tara Rose Munsey have narrowed their search.
Sources tell NEWS 7 that for now, they are zeroing in on one person.
This week, investigators secured search warrants in the case.
A judge has sealed the documents but sources close to the investigation say... they've impounded the man's car... this gold Nissan.
Investigators have also taken blood samples from him.
Investigators have also searched a residence in FLOYD County looking for a weapon.
All of the evidence has been sent to the state crime lab in Roanoke.
Sources confirm that Tara Munsey was shot in the head and -- though she was NOT sexually assaulted -- her shirt was found nearby.
It was a Giles County man who provided authorities with the first break in the case when he found Tara Munsey's body last week.
Marya Jones has that part of the story.
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[SUPER=10-Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff/Last Week; :55 VERY QUICK!]
(( Greg LaFon used to walk in these woods for recreation. But from now on, he'll be haunted by what he found here last Thursday.
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((GREG LAFON: I WAS EITHER IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME OR THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME, ONE OF THE TWO.))
Out taking a walk near the New River, the Vietnam veteran found himself thinking about Tara Munsey. She'd been missing for two and a half weeks. And was the daughter of an old friend, Billy Munsey.
That's when he spotted something about 50 yards away in a ravine. At first he didn't think much of it.
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((AS I WAS WALKING AWAY, I FELT LIKE I OWED IT TO HER FATHER TO GO BACK AND SOMETHING JUST TOLD ME I NEEDED TO GO BACK AND LOOK AND, OF COURSE, THERE WAS SOMETHING.))
It was Tara Munsey, shot several times in the head and dumped in the ravine.
Authorities say evidence indicates she was shot at the scene.
And sources say she was found with the shirt from her Taco Bell uniform lying beside her in the ditch.
LaFon's discovery confirmed a community's worst fears and gave authorities their first big break in the case.
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((JIM DAVIS: NOW HAVING A CRIME SCENE WILL PROVIDE CLUES.))
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((AT THE TIME IT DIDN'T ENTER MY MIND BUT LATER ON, I WAS GLAD. YOU HAVE FEELINGS OF HELPLESSNESS AT TIMES ABOUT NOT BEING THERE WHEN IT WOULD HAVE COUNTED.))
((MARYA JONES/NEWS7: PULASKI COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY THEY'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE WAY LAFON HELPED MOVE THE CASE FORWARD, BUT THEY'RE KEEPING A TIGHT LID ON THE INVESTIGATION. THEY URGE ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM. MARYA JONES, NEWS 7.))
Mac McCadden served on Roanoke City Council from 1992 until 1996.
He hopes to return later this year as mayor.
McCadden gathered family and friends outside the Roanoke Public Library for yesterday's announcement.
Though it's now a four-way race, McCadden believes he has the message and the public profile to run a competitive Independent campaign.
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((I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT I'M A PERSON OF ACTION. IF I SAY I'M GOING TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING, I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO TRY. THEY KNOW I'M A LISTENER. I LIKE LISTENING TO IDEAS AND OPINIONS AND APPROACHING THINGS FROM DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. AND I BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THIS ELECTION.))
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[OUT Q=in this election.]
In addition to McCadden, Democratic Incumbent David Bowers, Republican Ralph Smith, and Independent E. Duane Howard are running for mayor.
A former Lynchburg mayor got out of politics in 1994, after "overdosing" on city government.. now he's ready to get back in the ring.
Car dealer Julian Adams announced yesterday he's seeking the Ward One seat on Lynchburg city council.
Adams spent ten years in City Hall, two of them as mayor.. but says that may not help his campaign.
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[IN Q=It could be]
((JULIAN ADAMS/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT COULD BE A PLUS, IT COULD BE A MINUS. IF FOLKS DIDN'T LIKE WHAT I DID BEFORE THEN IT WOULD MAKE IT REAL EASY FOR THEM TO VOTE `NO' THIS TIME. I THINK THE EXPERIENCE IS WORTHWHILE. LIKE MOST OF THE OTHER THINGS I'VE DONE IN LIFE, I'VE LEARNED BY THE THINGS I DID ON COUNCIL AND AS MAYOR.))
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[OUT Q=and as mayor.]
Adams describes himself as a free- spirited, fiscal conservative who's concerned about quality of life issues in the city.
Current Ward One councilman Pete Warren is "not" running for re- election.
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Still ahead on News 7 at Noon, Patrick will be here with the messy forecast.
And for those of us with trouble keeping up with computer software-- Windows 2000 is on the market.
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As Bedford's Rubatex strike drags on the company has had to turn to outside help to keep its production lines running.
But the replacement workers who cross the picket lines are the targets of highly charged verbal abuse each day they come to work.
Eighty percent of those workers are black, and they say they've been subjected to many forms of racial harassment.
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(("MIKE"/RUBATEX REPLACEMENT WORKER: I'VE HAD ONE GUY WHO EVERY TIME HE SEES ME HE CALLS ME A NIGGER.. YOU SEE 'EM WAVING BANANAS OUT THERE AND MIMICKING GORILLAS AND MONKEYS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. I JUST LAUGH AT THEM NOW..))
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[OUT Q=laugh at them now.]
The conflict between strikers and their replacements has produced dozens of complaints and 28 arrests.
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We'll hear how the workers and police have survived the past five months in part two of our series "Life On The Line", tonight on News7 at Six.
Microsoft today is releasing Windows 2-thousand, the upgrade of the computer operating system for business users.
Microsoft promises it will perform better, be easier to and be more reliable.
That means fewer crashes.
The question is: Who needs to upgrade?
A Seattle-area consultant says most home users of Windows 98 might want to wait for the Windows Millennium Edition later this year.
If you're having trouble deciding, fun might be a factor: Windows 2000 won't play many existing computer games.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan thinks four interest rate hikes haven't been enough to slow down the economy.
On Capitol Hill today he told the House Banking Committee that inflation dangers remain and he's suggesting that the Fed will continue to slowly raise interest rates to keep inflation in check.
[IN=Interest sensitive spending has remained robust.....]
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[OUT=excelleration of productivity continue.]
His warning to Congress follows a Labor Department report showing no increase in wholesale
prices in January.
And on Wall Street at noon, the dow is DOWN 105 points.
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Still to come in sports, high school boys basketball action including highlights from William Fleming,
and the surging Indiana Pacers give the home fans their money's worth by caging the Toronto Raptors.
Patrick returns with the highlights.
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The William Fleming Colonels welcomed Halifax to town for a non-district match up. Fleming lead by 10 early in the second.
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But the Comets would not quit.
Fred Price passes inside to William Jennings and he scores using the soft tough and he draws the foul.
The Colonels answer. Jermaine Hardy with the bullet pass to Daray Waller and that made it 20-14 Fleming still in the first half.
Halifax's Jennings then gives to Terez Garland. He nails the shot but Fleming wins it 47-45 in double overtime.
The Toronto Raptors are one of the N-B-A's most exciting young teams.
Last night, Vince Carter and the boys took on Indiana.
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The Pacers Jalen Rose was hot early, knocking down this three pointer. Rose paced Indiana, scoring a game high 32 points.
But his output could not over shadow the antics of Reggie Miller. At the buzzer of a quarter, bank this shot off the glass from half court.
Vince Carter led the Raptors with 21 but Indiana wins 109-101.