A woman's body is discovered near Shenadoah Avenue in Roanoke.
Authorities suspect foul play.
And state police are looking into last night's shooting that involved a Salem police officer.
A cold front's heading our way but until then temperatures will soar. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The a woman's body was found in the woods off Shenandoah Avenue this morning.
Someone passing by Honeysuckle Street around 9-A-M noticed what looked like a person lying on her back several dozen yards up a steep embankment from the main Road.
At first authorities said the person was not carrying any identification, but later declined to re-confirm that.
The Medical Examiner pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
So far police don't have much to go on.
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((WE ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN IN THIS AREA IN THE PAST 24 HOURS AND SAW ANYTHING THAT APPEARED TO BE SUSPICIOUS TO GIVE US A CALL AT OUR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT AT 853-2571 OR CALL CRIME LINE ANONYMOUSLY AT 344-8500. Keith Humphry News 7: And this does not look like a case of exposure or natural causes? IT IS A SUSPICIOUS DEATH.))
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The body was discovered in Roanoke- -near Shenandoah and Honeysuckle... not far from the Salem city limits.
The Virginia State Police are now investigating the shooting Tuesday night, in which a Roanoke man was wounded by a Salem Police officer.
The incident happened shortly after eight o'clock in the parking lot between Lee Hi Lanes Bowling Alley and the Pancake House Restaurant.
According to authorities, two Salem police officers and a state police agent were making an undercover drug buy, when the two suspects fled.
The shooting occurred after one of the men tripped and fell, and the officer attempted to make an arrest.
Police say 20- year- old Michael Scott Peery was shot in the abdomen by Salem Police Officer Michael H Brightwell Junior.
Peery was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery, but there's no word on his condition this afternoon.
Brightwell has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
The other suspect in the case, 21- year- old John Crozier Draper Junior, is facing drug related charges.
Both the U-S and Great Britain say they don't like what they see, as they continue looking over Iraq's weapons declaration.
Meanwhile, a top Iraqi official says even though weapons inspections have gone well, "something bad could happen if the U-S continues to intervene".
Teri Okita has the latest.
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TRACK: ONE DAY BEFORE U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS ARE SCHEDULED TO GIVE
THEIR ANALYSIS OF IRAQS ARMS DECLARATION, BRITISH LEADERS SAY IRAQS
CLAIMS THAT IT HAS NO ILLEGAL WEAPONS WONT FOOL ANYONE.
(Super: Tony Blair/British Prime Minister)
SOT: "I think most people who have looked at this obviously very long
document are pretty skeptical about the claims that it makes but it's
important we study it in detail and make a formal and considered
TRACK: THOSE DOUBTS ECHO VIEWS OF THE WHITE HOUSE, WHICH SAYS IT IS
QUOTE, "CONCERNED ABOUT OMISSIONS" IN THE DECLARATION. BRITAIN SAYS IT
WANTS WEAPONS INSPECTORS TO ASK THE IRAQIS HARD QUESTIONS AND CONDUCT
TRACK: TO THAT END, U-N EXPERTS INSPECTED MORE THAN HALF-A-DOZEN SITES
NEAR BAGHDAD WEDNESDAY SOME FOR THE FIRST TIME, OTHERS FOR A REPEAT
VISIT. INSPECTORS HAVE INVESTIGATED THIS SPRAWLING FACTORY AND MILITARY
COMPLEX BEFORE. ITS BELIEVED TO HAVE PRODUCED SPECIAL MUNITIONS LIKE
AERIAL BOMBS THAT CONTAINED CHEMICAL AGENTS. THE COMPLEX IS ALSO SAID
TO HAVE PRODUCED LONGER-RANGE SCUD MISSILES. IRAQ CONTINUES TO SAY IT
HAS NO ILLEGAL WEAPONS.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Sources say President Bush considers Iraqs declaration
"laughably inadequate". The president's advisers are recommending he
allow inspectors to continue their work while using the declarations
omissions to increase public pressure on both the Iraq and the U-N.
TO, CBS News, Washington.))
If you often ignore a ringing telephone for fear that it's a telemarketer, this will be music to your ears.
The Federal Trade Commission is making new rules to protect consumers from unwanted phone solicitations.
Regulations are being announced later today aimed at creating a national ``do-not-call'' list.
Officials say under the new rules, telemarketers will be required to transmit information that can be viewed with Caller I-D.
They'll also have to limit the number of ``abandoned'' calls that hang up, or leave people listening to silence on the line.
Violent thunderstorms reportedly triggered tornadoes in southwestern Missouri, leaving two people dead and dozens
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An apparent twister leveled this mobile home park, sending residents scrambling for safety.
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((WE HEARD IT COMINGWE HEARD IT COMING BIG. I NEVER BEEN THROUGH THIS, I'M FROM CALIFORNIA. MY HUSBAND SAID GET THE KIDS AND GET UNDERNEATH THE BED AND THAT'S WHERE WE WENT AND OUR TRAILER BARELY WENT UP, IT WAS OVER IN SECONDS.))
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50 to 60 trailers once stood at the Chesapeake mobile home park.
Now, only a few remain.
All residents were evacuated because of concerns that propane and gas tanks nearby may have also been damaged.
A new study says an old fashioned treatment for high blood pressure is as good as, if not better, than more expensive medicines.
Researchers says simple diuretics should be a prime treatment.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
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((Fifty million Americans have high blood pressure....and there are
dozens of drugs on the market that treat it. But tonight doctors say
there's one RIGHT way : old-fashioned diuretics.
(SOT) Dr. Paul Whelton/Tulane University
If you need to begin drug treatment to lower your blood
pressure...diuretics should almost certainly always be the first choice.
Track/GFX that's the headline from a definitive new study.
GFX: More than 42-thousand people of both genders and several races
The effectiveness of a common diuretic was compared to the other
frequently prescribed blood pressure medications...such as ace
inhibitors and calcium channel blockers...the results leave little room
for doubt about what works best.
Diuretics were superior in lowering blood pressure and preventing
hypertension-related complications and they had few side effects.
Track: An added bonus is diuretics..which rid the body of excess water
and sodium...are the most inexpensive option around...costing just
pennies per pill.
Track: Dr. Ira Salom participated in the trial
(SOT) Dr. Ira Salom/Mt Sinai School of Medicine
they would probably cost four or five dollars a month...as opposed to 70
or 80 or 90 dollars a month for the newer drugs.
Track: Doctors hope the results will improve the standard of care...and
streamline treatment of a common, often deadly disease.
This gives policy makers, health care insurers and those who develop
treatment guidelines the green light to recommend the most effective
lowest cost option for starting hypertesnion treatment.
Stand Up Close: What the study should not do is give Americans the
green light to think lifestyle changes don't matter also...diuretics
won't work like magic...unless accompanied by a healthy diet and
exercise too. Elizabeth Kaledin CBS News NY.))
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Authorities in New York believe they have arrested more al-Qaida terrorists. We will have more on that after the break.
We'll see why some researchers are deliberately trying to flip their cars.
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Law enforcement sources say an anti- terrorism task force has arrested four men in Dallas.
The men had connections to a computer company that did business in the Middle East.
The four were arrested early this morning on money laundering charges.
Attorney General John Ashcroft is expected to discuss the arrests later today in a news conference.
Meanwhile, authorities have made three more arrests in connection with a suspected al-Qaida terror cell near Buffalo, New York.
Rich Newberg reports.
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The increase in popularity of Sport Utility Vehicles has some people concerned about their safety.
The vehicles are taller and less stable than cars.
That means they could be more prone to roll over.
As Bob Orr tells us there is at least one group testing those claims.
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((On a closed test track...a professional driver is about to perform an
emergency steering maneuver ...simulating what can happen when a car
drifts off the pavement and onto the shoulder of a road.
NAT SOT screeching
(VO: show it again slow motion)
The abrupt over-correction causes the Honda sport utility vehicle to
tip...at a speed of just 45 miles an hour.
On an actual highway...THAT would have resulted in a rollover
accident...and possibly a fatality.
(VO: crash pix)
Rollover crashes kill more than ten thousand people each year across
America. And rollover deaths are climbing as more people trade in
their cars for high-riding... less stable... pickup trucks and SUVs.
(SOT/CLARENCE DITLOW, CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY)
"It's the fastest growing form of fatalities in motor vehicles today.
And it's because we have sport utility vehicles that handle differently
and we need a real world test that distinguishes how they do in the real
(VO: show test ) That's precisely what's happening here at the Vehicle
Research and Test Center in Ohio. CBS News got a rare look at federal
regulators developing a test... that will ultimately be used to
compare...and rate...the stability of ALL vehicles.
ORR ON CAMERA (in front of test)
Currently cars and suvs are rated for rollover risks based on
mathmatical calculations. Narrow vehicles that sit high off the ground
are rated MORE likely to roll. But these tests may ultimately prove
to be more precise by measuring how cars actually perform in
real-driving maneuvers. (:17)
(SOT/JEFF RUNGE, NHTSA ADMINISTRATOR)
"We're all watching this very closely to see how these vehicles will
perform in these motion tests...."
(VO:) Jeff Runge...who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration...says the tests will NOT trigger new regulations. But,
publicizing rollover ratings will pressure car makers to improve
"If they make vehicles that are prone to rollover my hope is that
people will not buy them and they won't be able to sell them and they'll
have to make changes. This is the basic market forces at work.
NAT SOT another test
(VO:) The testing is expensive...and painstakingly tedious...
NAT SOT/RILEY GARROTT, NHTSA & orr
"...we'll bring it down a little bit and see what happens..." Orr:
You're looking for a threshhold where this thing becomes unstable?
Riley: (nods head) Threshhold...uh huh..that's right."
NAT SOT test
(VO:) And it could be model year 2005...before consumers have the
real-world rollover ratings.
"The public needs the numbers because more people are being killed,
we're getting more vehicles out there on the road with higher rollover
characteristics...and we don't know which are the good performers and
which are the bad performers." (:12)
(VO:) Regulators admit that the real world testing is overdue...but...
say automakers don't have to wait to make safety changes. And...people
can greatly improve their chances of surviving a rollover...by simply
buckling their seatbelts. ))
That was Bob Orr reporting.
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Coming up next, someone is playing Grinch to a bunch of boy scouts.
Also we will tell you why Santa Claus was swimming today in Japan.
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You might call him "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas TREES."
It's supposed to be the season of giving, but a Boy Scout troop selling Christmas trees in Ohio has learned it's also the season for stealing.
Over the last few weeks, 30 trees have disappeared from a church lot in Akron.
Police arrested a man after receiving a tip that he was selling Christmas trees behind a bar.
The man is expected to make a court appearance this week.
The Boy Scout troop uses money from the tree sales to pay for camping trips.
Authorities figure they're out around 12-hundred dollars.
He probably feels more at home hiking through snow, but THIS Santa Claus is trying out his sea legs.
Even without a chimney, Saint Nick took a plunge into Tokyo's Sunshine Aquarium, which was decorated with snowmen and Santa dolls.
Trading in his black boots for flippers, Santa delivered gifts of fish and shrimp to the underwater creatures.
And like their human counterparts, sting rays and eels crowded around Santa, hoping to get their share of the goodies.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 77 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 28.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the N-B-A welcomes its first minority owner.
Also we will tell you why one of the nation's best college quarterbacks has learned the hard way...if you snooze, you lose.
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The National Basketball Association has announced its first minority team owner.
Billionaire Robert Johnson becomes the first black majority owner in major sports.
The 56-year-old founder of Black Entertainment Television was chosen over the ownership group headed by Boston businessman Steve Belkin and former Celtics great Larry Bird.
The new Charlotte team replaces the Hornets, who moved to New Orleans earlier this year after struggling under the ownership of George Shinn.
They'll start up in the 2004-2005 season and will play one year in the Charlotte Coliseum before moving to a new downtown arena.
Still no word concerning whether or not Trinity quarterback Roy Hampton will be allowed to play in this Saturday's Stagg Bowl.
He was arrested on a public intoxication charge early Sunday Morning.
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It likely won't matter if he's here or not, because Mount Union has not only won six of the last nine national titles, but now the Purple Raiders have division three's player of the year.
Last night Dan Pugh, a senior running back for Mount Union, was named the recipient of the tenth annual Gagli-ardi Trophy.
The award will be presented to him Thursday at the Salem Civic Center.
Pugh, who is from Norwalk, Ohio, led Division III in scoring during the regular season with 26 touchdowns and 15.8 points per game.
Last week in a 57-19 national semifinal win against John Carroll, Pugh rushed for a career-high 254 yards and five touchdowns.
Pugh has now rushed for 2,050 yards in 13 games this season.
If the quarterbacks keep dropping off the team like they have in the past couple of weeks in Tallahassee - Florida State might need to see if former Seminole Burt Reynolds has any eligibility left.
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Yesterday afternoon FSU quarterback Chris Rix was declared ineligible for the upcoming Sugar Bowl against Georgia.
It seem that Rix failed to take a final exam.
That means the team will be without both of its top quarterbacks.
Adrian McPherson was kicked off the team after being arrested on a felony charge in November after he allegedly stole a check and forged it.
Bobby Bowden will now have to go with Sophomore Fabian Walker at quarterback.
He attempted just 8 passes this season.
Bowden says there is no chance Rix will be back.
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