Up next on News 7--
A passenger is trapped for two hours today after a tractor trailer accident in Lynchburg.
And, a debate over the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance goes to a HIGHER authority-- the Supreme Court.
After a chilly start, Spring returns to the region this afternoon. Despite increasing clouds, temperatures will top out near 60degrees. The full forecast straight ahead.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
A tractor trailer loaded with 20 tons of baby formula crashes in Lynchburg.. and rescue crews spend two hours trying to free a passenger from the wreckage.
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Police are still on the scene of the accident that occurred on the on-ramp from Route 29 North to Route 460 East.
Around 8:30, state police say the driver of this tractor trailer was going too fast on the ramp when his truck tipped and went over the guardrail.
A passenger in the truck was trapped under the cab while rescue crews worked to extricate him.
Three large tow trucks stabilized the vehicle, allowing rescuers to get underneath.
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[IN Q=His left arm]
((PAUL GINTHER/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TECHNICAL RESCUE: HIS LEFT ARM WAS TRAPPED UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE AND THE GUARDRAIL AND ALSO HIS LEGS WERE PINNED UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE ALSO. SO WE HAD TO RAISE THE VEHICLE UP SO WE COULD GET THE TRUCK OFF OF HIM SO WE COULD GET IT OUT.. GET HIM OUT.))
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Police have not released the names of the driver or the passenger who was injured.
The eastbound on-ramp will remain blocked for several hours.
Does the phrase "Under God" violate the Constitution?
Today the U-S Supreme Court is hearing the argument of a California man, who says his daughter shouldn't have to say those words while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Newdow/Filing Pledge Suit;]
[SUPER=01-David Gordon/School Superintendent;]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
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ONE NATION "DIVISIBLE"......
NOW DIVIDED OVER TWO WORDS IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE....
(NAT - protests outside court)
THE HEATED AND EMOTIONAL DEBATE HAS GONE ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME
COURT...BECAUSE OF THIS MAN...A 50 YEAR OLD FATHER WHO IS ARGUING THAT
HIS NINE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SHOULDN'T BE FORCED TO RECITE THE WORDS
"UNDER GOD" WHILE SAYING THE PLEDGE AT SCHOOL.
SOT - (SOT)MICHAEL NEWDOW/FILING PLEDGE SUIT
"I want our country to be one nation indivisible, not divided on the
basis of religion."
MICHAEL NEWDOW, AN ATHESIST WHO HAS SPENT A MILLION DOLLARS OF HIS OWN
MONEY ON THIS CASE, IS REPRENSETING HIMSELF. A LAWYER AND DOCTOR, HE'S
BEEN IN A BITTER CUSTODY BATTLE, WITH HIS DAUGHTER'S MOTHER...A BORN
SOT - SANDRA BANNING/MOTHER -
"I certainly don't want her to be remembered in American history as the
child who was used as a means to change the pledge of allegiance."
THE GIRL'S SCHOOL SAYS AMERICA'S HERITAGE - SUPPORTS THE PLEDGE.
SOT - DAVID GORDON/SUPERINTENDENT, ELK GROVE SCHOOL UNIFIED DISTRICT
"religion plays a major role in the history of this country."
BRIDGE: ALEEN SIRGANY REPORTING.
THE PHRASE WAS NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL PLEDGE WRITTEN IN 1892.
CONGRESS INSERTED THE WORDS "UNDER GOD" IN 1954.
AND AT LEAST ONE POLL SHOWS AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY WANT TO KEEP IT
BUT THAT COULD ALL CHANGE IF THIS FATHER, WHO HAS ALREADY WON ON APPEAL
IN CALIFORNIA, GET'S HIS WAY AT THE HIGH COURT.
BUT THE CASE COULD BE THROWN OUT ALL TOGETHER IF ITS DETERMINED NEWDOW
DIDN'T HAVE CUSTODY OF HIS DAUGHTER. WHEN HE FILED THE SUIT ALTHOUGH HE
HAS TOLD CBS NEWS HE DID. ALEEN SIRGANY CBS NEWS AT THE SUPREME COURT.
We now know more about a church bus accident last year in Henry County that left one person dead and eight people injured.
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A toxicology report released last month revealed 21-year-old Telisa Ann Hunt's blood-alcohol level WAS over the legal limit, when her car collided head-on with a church-bus on Route-57 west of Martinsville.
Hunt died instantly after the crash.
The bus went over a guardrail and down a 70-foot enbankment, sending all eight passengers to the hospital.
All are now said to be doing okay.
A recent federal study says hundreds of children die every year while riding with driver who's been drinking.
Today Mothers Against Drunk Driving is calling for tougher child endangerment laws, along with stricter enforcement by police and prosecutors.
The organization's president says there are things that kids can do to protect themselves if they're riding with an impaired driver.
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((WENDY HAMILTON/M.A.D.D. NATIONAL PRESIDENT: MAKE SURE THEY'RE BUCKLED UP, PUT ALL OF THEIR BELONGINGS ON THE FLOOR AND IF THEY THINK THAT THE DRIVER IS INTOXICATED TO BE QUIET TO NOT DISTRACT THEM BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S TOO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT THEY CAN'T DRIVE SAFELY AND WITH OTHER THINGS GOING ON IN THE CAR IT MAKES IT EVEN MORE UNSAFE. AND TO TELL A TRUSTED ADULT WHEN THEY GET OUT ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENED.))
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The study done by the Centers for Disease Control found that more than 23- hundred children died in car crashes involving drunk drivers between 19-97 and 2002.
Almost three years after VDOT selected a path for I-73 in Roanoke County, a change appears to be in the works.
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As things have stood since 2001, the highway would follow Interstate 5-8,1 then go through Southeast Roanoke and the Mount Pleasant area of Roanoke County.
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But Roanoke County officials say they were notified Monday that VDOT is considering a change that would keep the Interstate along Route 220 all the way through the Clearbrook area.
Supervisors were briefed by county community development staff about the possibility yesterday afternoon.
Staff members say they've been asked by VDOT to provide information on how the change could affect the Clearbrook community.
We will have more on this change, and its possible effects, on News 7 at 5:00 and 6:00.
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Coming up next, members of the Civil Air Patrol search for a missing plane carrying several NASCAR fans.
Plus, basketball star Kobe Bryant faces his accuser for the first time since an alleged rape in a Colorado hotel room.
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During a second day of hearings, C-I-A Director George Tenet said the Bush White House was aware that al-Qaida was an urgent threat.
But as Teri Okita reports, the 9-11 commission had many questions about lapses in judgment and miscommunication among officials.
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[SUPER=01-George Tenet/C. I. A. Director;]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Berger/Clinton National Security Advisor;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
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TRACK: IN ROUND TWO, 9-11 COMMISSION MEMBERS GOT RIGHT TO THE POINT
WITH C-I-A DIRECTOR, GEORGE TENET. THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHY INTELLIGENCE
WASNT GOOD ENOUGH TO STOP THE TERRORIST ATTACKS.
(Super: TOO SHORT TO SUPER COMMISSIONER)
SOT: (10:04:55) Commissioner: Why were we unable to do it?
(Super: George Tenet/CIA Director)
SOT: (10:05:02) We didnt steal the secret that told us what the plot
was. We didnt recruit the right people or technically collect the
right data, notwithstanding enormous effort to do so.
TRACK: THE COMMISSIONS REPORT SAYS THE CIA TOLD BUSH OFFICIALS, WHEN
THEY TOOK OFFICE, THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS ONE OF THE GRAVEST THREATS TO
THE U-S. TENET SAYS THE WHITE HOUSE UNDERSTOOD THE URGENCY OF THE
THREAT AND PRESIDENT BUSH ASKED IF KILLING BIN LADEN WOULD END THE
PROBLEM. HE WAS TOLD: PROBABLY NOT.
SOT: (9:34:20) Tenet: Decapitating one person, even Bin Laden, I do not
believe would have stopped this plot.
TRACK: BUT THE REPORT SAYS OTHERS IN THE CIA DIDNT THINK THE BUSH WHITE
HOUSE WAS AWARE OF THE URGENCY, AN ARGUMENT ALSO MADE BY FORMER
COUNTERTERRORISM HEAD RICHARD CLARKE, WHO TESTIFIES TODAY. UNNAMED CIA
OFFICIALS ALSO SAY THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WASNT CLEAR ABOUT WHETHER
TO CAPTURE OR KILL BIN LADEN BACK IN THE LATE 90S. CLINTON OFFICIALS
CLAIM THEY HAD AUTHORIZED LETHAL FORCE.
POSSIBLE SOT TO COME
(Super: Sandy Berger/Clinton National Security Adviser)
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: The report found that, in the summer of 2001, the number of
threats grew alarming with multiple, possibly catastrophic, attacks
being planned on American interests overseas. The CIA launched several
operations in response. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Rescue crews have been searching five states -- including Virginia -- for an airplane carrying six
people who were returning to Illinois from a weekend NASCAR race in South Carolina.
Civil Air Patrol crews flew over the projected flight path of the private, single-engine plane, covering parts of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois.
Authorities say the Piper Saratoga took off from Darlington, South Carolina on Sunday, headed for Bloomington, with a pilot and five others on board.
The plane was supposed to refuel in Kentucky but never made that stop.
Kobe Bryant is facing his accuser today for the first time since their encounter in a Colorado hotel room last summer.
In today's hearing, the woman has to testify about her sexual history.
It'll then be up to the judge to decide if that information should be heard during the trial.
Jennifer Miller brings us up to date.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS News, Eagle, CO.]
IN A COLORADO COURTROOM, KOBE BRYANT AND HIS ACCUSER ARE TOGETHER AGAIN.
IT IS THE FIRST TIME THE NBA STAR IS FACING THE RESORT EMPLOYEE SINCE
SHE ACCUSED HIM OF RAPE NEARLY 10 MONTHS AGO. BRYANT SAYS THE SEX WAS
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, BRYANT'S ATTORNEYS ARE EXPECTED TO ASK THE WOMAN
GRAPHIC PERSONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HER SEX LIFE.
TODAY'S PRE-TRIAL HEARING CHALLENGES A STATE LAW WHICH KEEPS THE
ACCUSER'S SEXUAL PAST OUT OF THE TRIAL ... UNLESS ATTORNEYS CAN PROVE IT
BRYANT'S TEAM CLAIMS THE WOMAN'S PREVIOUS SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS RELEVANT
BECAUSE IT COULD REVEAL A PATTERN SHOWING SHE INTENDED TO HAVE SEX.
THEY ALSO ARGUE INJURIES FOUND DURING THE WOMAN'S RAPE TEST COULD HAVE
BEEN CAUSED BY OTHER MEN. THEY CLAIM SHE HAD INTERCOURSE SEVERAL TIMES
IN THE THREE DAYS BEFORE THE ALLEGED ASSAULT ... AND WITHIN 15 HOURS
AFTER IT. AN ALLEGATION HER ATTORNEY DENIES.
THE HEARING IS A VICTORY FOR THE DEFENSE . THE PROSECUTION
DESPERATELY TRIED TO LIMIT TODAY'S QUESTIONING ... EVEN APPEALING
-UNSUCCESSFULLY- TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT. The judge is not expected
to rule immediately on whether anything he hears today will be admitted
into the trial.
AND BRYANT'S ATTORNEYS WANT MORE INFORMATION .... DOES THE WOMAN PLAN TO
FILE A CIVIL SUIT OR PUBLISH A BOOK ... AND DOES THE PROSECUTION HAS
EVIDENCE THAT COULD HELP THE DEFENDANT'S CASE. JENNIFER MILLER CBS
NEWS, EAGLE COLORADO.
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June sixth marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.
While that is still months away, preparations have already begun.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND AT MEMORIAL))
This time of year, there are few visitors to the D-Day Memorial.
But come early June, thousands will come here for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
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((JOE BANNER/NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE FEEL THIS THIS WILL BE THE LAST MAJOR ANNIVERSARY WHERE WE EXPECT A LARGE NUMBER OF VETERANS IN ATTENDANCE.))
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As a result, the D-Day Memorial is planning a week of events.
Freedom Week as its called will consist of a living history encampment, a 1940's dance, and displays of military vehicles.
On June 6th, there will be a ceremony that will include the United States Navy Band.
More than five thousand people are expected to attend and the event will cost nearly 75-thousand dollars.
[IN Q=We want to be able]
((JOE BANNER/NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO HONOR THEM IN A WAY THAT IS FITTING FOR ALL THEY'VE DONE FOR US. AND THROUGH AREVA'S SUPPORT AND AREVA'S ABLITITY TO UNDERWRITE THE ENTIRE WEEKEND WE'LL BE ABLE TO PRODUCE A MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL PROGRAM FOR THEM.))
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Since the Lynchburg based company Areva is paying for most of the event, the D-Day Memorial can worry about other matters.
The memorial is still 3 three million dollars in debt.
That is nearly half it was two years ago.
The D-Day Memorial Foundation plans to use the 60th anniversary to show the public it's becoming financially responsible.
It hopes people will give money so it can finally finish the memorial.
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((JOE BANNER/NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE HAVE ADDITIONS TO THE ENGLIGH GARDEN, OUR EISENHOWER STATUE. WE HAVE SOME OTHER ADDITIONS TO THE MEMORIAL AS WELL AS STATUES IN THE INVASION PLAZA. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD ANTICPATING THE EDUCATION CENTER TO COMPLETED. WE HOPE TO BEGIN A CAMPAIGN FOR THAT IN A FEW YEARS.))
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[IN Q=The ceremony on June 6th]
((JUSTIN McLEOD: THE CEREMONY ON JUNE 6TH WILL START AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. THEY COST FIVE DOLLARS. D-DAY VETERANS WILL RECEIVE FREE SEATING BUT MUST CALL AHEAD TO THE D-DAY FOUNDATION. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Up next on the newscast, the so-called word police study modern slang and at the end of the day there is little they like.
Plus two singing stars are recovering from health problems. We'll have the details after the break.
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The Queen of Soul is still in the hospital, while a pop diva has recovered and is back on stage.
Singing legend Aretha Franklin is in a Detroit hospital after having a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.
The singer's doctor says Franklin was admitted after her blood platelet count dropped, but yesterday she said she was feeling better.
Franklin turns 62 tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Britney Spears was in concert last night in Atlanta after a knee injury caused her to cancel two shows last week.
The 22-year-old singer's tour is scheduled to run through the summer.
The word police are out in force-- and "at the end of the day"- we're all guilty of over-using certain terms and phrases.
A group that hands out awards for good use of the English
language has come up with a list of the most irritating cliches.
Number-one on the list is ``at the end of the day.''
Number-two -- ``at this moment in time,'' and number-three is the constant use of the word ``like.''
The Plain English Campaign was formed in 19-79 to discourage the
use of cliches and jargon.
Other cliches that made the list include ``24-seven,'' ``absolutely,'' and ``address the issue.''
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 15 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13 points.
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Up next in sports, Steve Mason takes a closer look at J.J. Redick and how he deals with all the media attention.
And the Lady Hokies almost had a sweet night, but Penn State was just too much.
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The Virginia Tech women had their Sweet 16 dance ticket in hand for almost 30 minutes last night, before number one seed Penn State came alive and rallied to beat Tech 61 to 48 in a game that was much closer than the score indicates.
Tech led by three at the half, and by five in the second half, but the Hokies couldn't answer a 27-to-6 Penn State run that proved to be the difference in a physically and mentally exhausting contest.
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The Tech women finish the season 23-and-8.
His shooting was poor in the ACC tournament, and miserable in the NC-AA Sweet 16 loss to Kansas last year, when he shot 2 for 16.
But when you shoot like J.J. Redick does - no one thinks you're going to miss forever.
Steve Mason has more on the Duke sophomore, who's catching fire just at the right time.
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[SUPER=01-J. J. Redick/35 Points in Two NCAA Games; :12]
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((Nothing sweet about J.J. Redick's NCAA tournament warm up. His shooting slump during the ACC tournament prompted media attention. He found strength in his coach.
Redick, who broke out of his slump with 21 points against seton Hall, was proclaimed one of if not the most hated player in the ACC but channels the negative energy in a positive direction.
Redick's recollection of the sweet 16 last year was very bitter, a 2 for 16 night in a loss to Kansas and the sophomore heads into his second regional semifinal better for it.))
((STEVE MASON:JUST BEFORE THE NCAA TOURNAMENT BEGAN, THE DUKE EQUIPMENT MANAGER GAVE REDICK A NEW JERSEY BECAUSE HIS OLD ONE HAD BEEN STRETCHED OUT OF PROPORTION BY ALL OF THE GRABBING, CLUTCHING AND CLAWING FROM THE OPPOSITIONS TOP DEFENDERS THAT DRAW THE ASSIGNMENT OF COVERING OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S BEST SHOOTERS. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
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