Straight ahead on News 7--
Authorities are calling a late night house fire in Salem "suspicous."
The house is a total loss.
And an arrest is made in the murder of a Pulaski woman.
Mainly cloudy skies will be with us this afternoon with a slight chance for a few rain showers...I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Police have arrested a suspect in a yesterday's murder of a Pulaski woman.
Investigators have charged 36 year old Jerry G. Killen with second degree murder for allegedly shooting his wife.
Officers responding to calls of shots fired found the body of 24-year-old Amanda Killen on the lawn of their Newbern Road home.
Jerry Killen is also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Salem Police have charged an Elliston man with setting a house fire in Salem last night.
The fire broke out a little before 11 PM at this home on McCauley Avenue.
That's just off Electric Road.
No one was injured.
Authorities say the house is a total loss..
48 year old James Earl Potts is charged with arson. Salem police say he is jailed without bond.
Testimony continues in the murder trial of Elizabeth Faranacci in Campbell County.
The 48 year old Faranacci is accused of shooting to death her husband Frank last February.
Authorities say Elizabeth Faranacci killed him to cover up her role in the disappearance of Jeffrey Quick in Nelson County four years ago. This morning the jury saw a videotaped interview where Elizabeth denied killing her husband, and suggested that members of the Pagan motorcycle gang may have committed the murder.
The Prosecutor is trying to prove Elizabeth killed Frank, then concocted an alibi with the help of their friends.
A five- man, seven- woman jury is hearing the case.
A man with two prior D-U-I convictions goes on trial today .. charged with a D-U-I accident that killed a Smith Mountain Lake Woman. This is the same case dismissed earlier this year on a legal technicality.
State police say William Robert Fitzgerald was at the wheel of a car that struck Ellen Marie Schenker head-on and killed her .. seven hours after Fitzgerald was released from jail for drunk driving.
Witnesses at an earlier hearing said his blood alcohol content was well above the legal limit.
Fitzgerland's attorney says the wreck was the result of medication, not drunk driving.
Authorities are expanding their investigation into the kidnapping of a nine- year- old California boy.
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Nicholas Farber was taken at gunpoint from his home after two gunmen beat up his father.
The boy was apparently the subject of a bitter custody dispute.
Authorities say they're looking for Nicholas' mother Debra Rose -- but aren't calling her a suspect.
They're also interested in questioning Carla Bender-- who used to be Rose's roommate.
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Authorities are also asking people to look out for two vehicles related to the case -- a white S-U-V that Nicholas was driven away in, and a gray pickup truck the boy's mother might have had access to.
Doctors in Salt Lake City say it's still too soon to tell if Richard Ricci will survive.
The man police describe as a possible suspect in the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart remains in a coma after undergoing sugery.
Bill Whitaker has the latest.
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NARR: With Richard Ricci, the top potential suspect in the abduction of
Utah teen Elizabeth Smart now in the hospital in a coma, the
so-far-fruitless investigation has been dealt a critical blow.
SOT: Chief Rick Dinse, Salt Lake City PD/(093813) CLEARLY IF HE DOES NOT
THAT WOULD BE A BIG IMPACT ON THIS CASE AND I THINK A GREAT IMPACT TO
POTENTIALLY LOCATE ELIZABETH ASSUMING HE IS THE SUSPECT.
NARR: It's the latest bizarre twist in a baffling case. Elizabeth
Smart, snatched from her bedroom June 5th without a trace. Police
zeroed in on handyman Ricci, but could charge him only with burgling the
Smart home. He collapsed tuesday from a brain hemorrhage after a court
appearance on the burglary charges.
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Cntr./(5107) INDEED, HE DID HAVE PRESSURE ON HIS BRAIN AND IT CAUSED
SOME OF HIS BRAIN NOT TO BE FUNCTIONING THE WAY IT SHOULD.
NARR: The missing teen's father who has long accused Ricci of
involvement in his daughter's abduction, now is praying for Ricci to
pull through ... and fess up.
SOT: Ed Smart, father/(092735) ELIZABETH, WHEREVER YOU ARE OUT THERE,
PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE DOING WHATEVER WE CAN TO HELP FIND YOU.
NARR: Investigators are no closer to finding the missing girl than they
were the day she disappeared. Now it seems they could lose the one man
who may know more than he's said so far. BW, CBSN, LA.
The drought is hardly over, but recent rains have led Pittsylvania County to END its outdoor burning ban.
County Supervisors lifted their emergency declaration yesterday .. so outdoor burning is once again permitted in Pittsylvania County.
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Coming up next on the newscast, another country opposes an American plan to attack Iraq,
Plus, nearly a year after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, officials say it will be repaired before the anniversary.
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China is among the growing list of countries opposed to military action against Iraq.
But as talk of a possible war continues, the Bush administration is hoping to sway U-S allies to support an attack.
Bruce Dunning reports.
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There's word today that plans for the September 11th attacks may have been in the works for more than a year.
Germany's top prosecutor has charged a Moroccan student with serving as a terrorist accomplice.
Mounir El (mah-tuh-SAD-uhk) Motassadeq is the only person who's been apprehended in Germany in connection with the 9-11 attacks.
The prosecutor says there's evidence that the al-Qaida terrorist cell in Germany started planning an attack on the U-S in October of 1999.
The World Trade Center was chosen as a target about six months later.
The cell had included three of the 9-11 suicide pilots.
Since terrorists attacked the Pentagon on September 11th, workers there have put in long hours to make sure the structure had at least physically recovered in time for the first anniversary.
With less than two weeks to go, Pentagon officials say they'll be ready.
Meghan Muldoon has more.
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((This is how the western face of the Pentagon looked almost one year ago.
This is how it looks today.
The reconstruction of the Pentagon is being called the Phoenix Project.
((RACHEL DECKER/PENTAGON RENOVATION PROJECT: THE PHOENIX PROJECT, IS, OF COURSE, THE NAME PHOENIX BASED UPON THE MYTHOLOGICAL BIRD THAT ROSE FROM THE ASHES. I THINK THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE PROJECT ITSELF AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PENTAGON HAS EMBODIED.))
Since October, construction crews have worked 24 hours, 7 days a week rebuilding what was destroyed on September 11th.
They will complete the project next week, underbudget and ahead of schedule.
((RACHEL DECKER/PENTAGON RENOVATION PROJECT: THE BOTTOM LINE WAS THAT THE TERRORISTS DIDN'T GET US AND THAT WE WANTED TO RECONSTRUCT THE MILITARY HEADQUARTERS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.))
What can't be replaced, the lives of the 184 people who died in the attack, will be memorialized here next to a new chapel built just a few feet from where the plane hit.
All five floors of the damaged wing are reoccupied.
Three thousand displaced employees are back in the building and back at work.
((RACHEL DECKER/PENTAGON RENOVATION PROJECT: THEY ARE BACK AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE SNUBBING THEIR NOSES AT THE TERRORISTS. HERE THEY ARE LOCATED IN THEIR OFFICES BEING ABLE TO NOT STAND IN AN OFFICE THAT'S EMPTY AND VACANT BUT THEY'RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO PERFORM THEIR MISSIONS, SIT AT THEIR COMPUTERS, UM, AND WORK PRODUCTIVELY.))
As workers put on the finishing touches and the clock ticks down to the first year anniversary, the once defaced Pentagon, the symbol of American might, stands stronger and prouder than ever.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Arlington.))
The national debate over gay marriage has newspapers across the country reviewing their wedding page policies.
The New York Times recently decided to publish announcements of same-sex unions, and so has the Roanoke Times.
Publisher Wendy Zomparelli says The Roanoke Times considered the issue before the New York Times announcement focused fresh attention on the policy.
She says the paper will accept announcements of commitment ceremonies, provided the union is recognized by a government entity... and at least one partner is a native or resident of the newspaper's circulation area.
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((WARREN KING/SHENANDOAH BAPTIST CHURCH: I'M OPPOSED TO IT, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO CONDONE THAT WHICH I THINK IS WRONG IN GOD'S EYES. AND IF I REALLY LOVE SOMEBODY AND BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS, THEN I'M THE HYPOCRITE IF I CONDONE ON ONE HAND, WHAT IS OPPOSITE OF WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE TRUTH.))
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The Roanoke Times hasn't received any requests to publish a same- sex committment notice.
And because Vermont is the only state that currently recognizes same- sex unions, the paper isn't expecting to receive very many.
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You could have the opportunity to ask a question of this year's Miss America contestants. We'll explain after a quick break.
Plus a discovery off of Hawaii could tell us more about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Several high-profile properties were auctioned off in Blacksburg yesterday.
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H-C-M-F is a real-estate company that owns 20 properties in Southwest Virginia, including the Lyric Theatre in downtown Blacksburg.
19-of those properties were up for auction.
The money will make up for the company's debt after a Medicare-Medicaid fraud cost it last December.
Officials say the auction raked in more than 12 and a half million dollars...
An amazing discovery in Hawaii--
Researchers from the University of Hawaii have discovered a Japanese midget submarine that sank nearly two hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The two-man sub was sunk by a U-S Navy battleship.
The sub was discovered yesterday morning during a test and training dive in an area described as an "underwater military junkyard."
Historians say the sub is significant because its captain was the first person to die in the Pearl Harbor attack.
It's unclear whether the U-S or Japan will take ownership of the sub.
If you've always wanted to take part in the Miss America pageant-- you don't need an evening gown or a platform, just an inquisitive mind.
This year pageant officials are looking for help with the pop quiz for contestants.
Viewers can e-mail questions.
The results of the quiz will count for 10- percent of each contestant's score in the Miss America 2003 pageant.
Viewers will also get to vote on their favorite contestant after each event in the competition, but those results won't count in the judging.
The pageant finals are Saturday, September 21st.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 61 points. The NASDAQ has gained 14.
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Coming up next in sports.. owners and players are still trying agree on deal.. find out if baseball will be on strike tomorrow...
And local players will be a big part William and Mary's football team when they kick off their season opener this weekend...
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The owners and players are still meeting in New York with commissioner Bud Selig somewhere in Gotham. hoping an agreement can be reached before tomorrow's strike deadline.
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However, a strike is likely the ONLY way to stop the New York Yankees.
Last night in Boston with the RedSox best hope - Pedro Martinez on the mound - the Yanks pounded Boston 7-to-nothing .
Bernie Williams homered, and Mike Mussina pitched a three- hitter.
New York is now 35 games above 500, and 9 games in front of the Red Sox.
The Yanks have beaten Boston 4 straight.
Florida State is picked as a 26- point favorite over Virginia this Saturday.
Steve Mason has more on how the Noles can expect the Cavs to have their backs up in Tallahassee.
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((Which offensive players does the Seminoles defense prepare for? UVa has them guessing at quarterback, and also at running back where Al Groh used four against Colorado State.
But are there enough carriers to go around. Sophomore Marques Weeks had just one carry against in the opener.
True Freshman Wali Lundy touched the ball 26 times and racked up 184 all purpose yards.
Incumbent Alvin Pearman, who had 14 touches and scored twice against the Rams, sees no problem in sharing the ball.
The Running backs have there hands full against a Florida State defense that has held Uva to an average of five point
s in the last two meetings. Steve Mason News 7 sports.)) [S-Tribe]
The William and Mary football team is stacked with local players...
The Tribe opens its season this Saturday against the Indiana Hoosiers.
William & Mary is picked to win the Atlantic 10 conference, and the team is in virtually every pre-season top 10 poll.
This season, three former Cave Spring Knights are on the Tribe's roster in redshirt freshman Jacob Lewis, senior H-back Corey Paxton, and freshman walk-on Daniel Payne.
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Martinsville's Danny Wade is a starting receiver on the team, and Pulaski's Alan Wheeling is a freshman defensive back - giving the Tribe a distinctive southwest Virginia flavor.
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Much of the Tribe's success in recruiting in this area can be attributed to Wayne Lineburg - the Tribe's running back coach and recruiting coordinator who is in his third year at William & Mary.
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