DON CLARK/FBI:WHY DID HE GIVE IN? IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY.
BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS INVESTIGATIVE EFFORT PUT A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF PRESSURE ON THE RESENDEZ-RAMIREZ FAMILY))
[OUT=ON THE RESENDEZ RAMIREZ FAMILY.]
Another court appearance today for the suspected railroad serial killer.
A disturbing report today about Carnival Cruise Lines.
News 7 at noon is next.
[GRAPHIC=Ramirez in Custody]
Suspected railroad killer Raphael Resendez-Ramirez was in a Houston courtroom again today facing a burglary charge.
But the charge is expected to be upgraded to capital murder.
That's because the burglary charge is linked to the 19-98 death of a Texas woman.
Authorities have also linked him to at least seven other murders.
Resendez turned himself in yesterday following a six week manhunt.
He told a judge today his real name is Angel Maturino Resendez.
Lee Cowan joins us with the latest.
[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH***]
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[SUPER=01-Devon Anderson/Assistant District Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Alex Dominguez/Victim's Husband;]
((IT WAS HIS 3RD APPEARANCE IN COURT IN THE LAST TWO DAYS... RAPHAEL RESENDEZ RAMIREZ THIS MORNING FORMALLY ANSWERED A BURGLARY CHARGE IN CONNECTION WITH ONE OFTHE 8 MURDERS HE'S SUSPECTED OF COMMITTING.
HE ADMITTED GUILT TO THAT CHARGE - CAPITAL MURDER CHARGES ARE EXPECTED
TO FOLLOW -- WHEN THE DNA EVIDENCE COMES BACK FROM THE LABORATORY.
SUPER: DEVIN ANDERSON/ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, HARRIS CO. SOT: HE'S EVERYONE'S WORST NIGHTMARE...
THE MASSIVE MANHUNT FOR THE 39 YEAR OLD MEXICAN DRIFTER ENDED YESTERDAY
WHEN RAMIREZ PEACEFULLY SURRENDERED TO A TEXAS RANGER AT THE BORDER NEAR
AUTHORITIES BELIEVE HE HAD BEEN ROAMING THE RAILS EVER SINCE BEING LISTED AS ONE OF THE FBI'S TEN MOST WANTED -- CRISS-CROSSING THE MID SECTION OF THE COUNTRY - EVEN MANAGING TO MAKE IT TO THE BORDER OF MEXICO ONLY TO BE RELEASED BY BORDER AGENTS.
FOR VICTIM'S FAMILY'S -- THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF A LONG PROCESS OF
JUSTICE, MANY THOUGHT THEY MIGHT NEVER SEE.
(( SOT: ALEX DOMINGUEZ/VICTIM'S HUSBAND))
"We're anxious to put this behind us, grieving is a whole lot of fun and really we want to just stop grieving."
AS FOR THE 125-THOUSAND DOLLARS PROMISED AS REWARD MONEY - THE FBI ISN'T SAYING WHO GETS IT AT THIS POINT -
(( SUPER: DON CLARK//FBI SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE )) (( SOT AT 080603 ))
"There are no stipulations on where it will go and we're going to evaluate it and see.. and the people who provided the credible information to his surrender and capture, that's who's going to get the
REAL NAME.... SPEAKS ENGLISH.... ETC.))
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]
The road to a new south county high school has been a bumpy one, as the county has searched for a site and wrestled with the financing.
And it appears more difficult decisions are ahead.
The estimated cost of the high school is now at least five point seven million dollars over budget.
Add four and half million dollars more for the Glenvar Middle School project, and the pricetag for school improvements is climbing fast.
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[IN Q=the firts three]
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THE FIRST THREE PROJECTS, THAT BEING CLEARBROOK, BONSACK AND BURLINGTON HAVE ALL COME IN ON BUDGET AND ON TIME AND NOW TO HAVE ONE PROJECT OVER SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS, ANOTHER FOUR OR FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IS A LITTLE DEPRESSING.))
[OUT Q=a little depressing]
Johnson says he remains confident that the high school will be built, but with cost estimates rising, it now appears that all of those projects will be re-evaluated.
It's an apparent first for a cruise company.
Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's biggest cruise company, reportedly has disclosed claims of sexual assault against crew members.
The New York Times reports, Carnival says crew members were accused 62 times in a five-year span.
The disclosure was included in court papers filed in Miami.
Three employees of an airline maintenance company are expected to surrender tomorrow to face criminal charges in connection with the 19-96 Valujet crash in the Florida Everglades.
[SUPER=03-Florida Everglades/May 11, 1996;]
Sabretech Incorporated and three of its employees, are accused of conspiring and then trying to cover up.. illegally stored oxygen cans that started a fire on board.
110 died in the crash.
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(( KATHERINE FERNANDEZ-RUNDLE/FL STATE ATTORNEY; THIS CORPORATION IS NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO ESCAPE UNPUNISHED WHEN IT COMMITTED CRIMES AND ACTS THAT RESULTED IN THESE MANY, MANY DEATHS))
[SUPER=01-Katherine Rundle/Florida State Attorney;]
[OUT Q=many, many deaths.]
This is believed to be the first time such action has ever been taken against a company after a plane crash.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
It's a drastic measure-- a teenager goes through with surgery to remove half her brain to save the other half.
That's the next story on News-7 at Noon.
And heated public debate leads to a surprise decision on the move to rename a major Roanoke thoroughfare.
But first, lets's talk to Patrick about our forecast.
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She couldn't stand it anymore.
A Nebraska teenager was tired of living with constant seizures, so surgeons in Baltimore have removed half of her brain.
Amber Ramirez suffers from a rare disease that eats away at the brain.
Eric Engberg reports.
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Washington]
((IN AN ALL-DAY OPERATION AT BALTIMORE'S JOHN HOPKINS MEDICAL CENTER,
DOCTORS REMOVED HALF THE BRAIN OF AMBER RAMIREZ, A 15 YEAR OLD NEBRASKA
GIRL WITH RASMUSSEN'S SYNDROME.
SUPER: JOHN FREEMAN, NEUROLOGIST
"THIS IS A DISEASE THAT SEEMS TO EAT AWAY AT ONE SIDE O THE BRAIN, LIKE A PAC MAN, AND EVENTUALLY CAUSES PARALYSIS, CAUSES RETARDATION AND CAUSES UNCONTROLLABLE SEIZURES. ALL THESE THINGS HAV HAPPENED TO AMBER.
TIRED OF THE FREQUENT SEIZURES, AND FEARFUL OF THE LONG TERM DIBILITATING EFFECTS OF THE DISEASE, AMBER OPTED FOR RADICAL SURGERY TO REMOVE THE LEFT HEMISPHERE OF HER BRAIN. THE OPERATION WILL STOP THE SEIZURES, BUT WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY LEAVE HER UNABLE TO MOVE HER RIGHT ARM OR LEG AND PERHAPS STEAL HER ABILITY TO SPEAK OR READ.
SUPER: CHERI RAMIREZ, MOTHER
--------I THINK A LOT OF IT WAS AMBER'S FEELING ABOUT THE FUTURE FOR HERSELF.//THAT WAS NOT LIVING WITH SIEZURES ANYMOR
E, NOT HAVING SOMEONE WALK TWO STEPS BEHIND HER ALL THE TIME AND GAINING A LOT MORE INDEPENDENCE.
DOCTORS ARE CAUTIOUS, HOWEVER, ABOUT AMBER'S PROGNOSIS. HER AGE IS WORKING AGAINST HER. THE SURGERY IS MOST SUCCESSFUL ON YOUNGER CHILDREN. THE OUTCOME DEPENDS ON HOW THE REMAINING HALF OF HER BRAIN REACTS.
"WE HAVE TO HOPE AND PRAY THAT HER SPEECH WILL TRANSFER OVER TO THE RIGHT, THAT SHE WILL TALK, BUT ITS GONNA BE A WHILE REDEVELOPING THAT. IT'S SCARY FOR HER AND IT'S SCARY FOR US ALSO.
VO/CLOSE WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO YEARS OF REHABILITATION AND THERAPY, BUT SHE CHOSE THAT OVER ENDURING THE SEIZURES SHE HAS SUFFERED HALF HER LIFE. ERIC ENGBERG, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
It's being called the biggest opportunity for disabled people since the 19-90 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Federal Communications Commission votes today on new rules to make pagers, cell phones and other equipment easier for the disabled to use.
Under the rules, equipment like voice-activated phones, talking Caller I-D and phones with big key pads would be more commonplace.
So would phones with volume controls or headsets.
The proposal to change the name of Roanoke's Orange Avenue has been creating controversy for weeks.
Last night's city planning commission meeting was no different.
The final decision turned out to be a surprise.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
[IN Q=the people]
[SUPER=01-Carson Hurley/Orange Avenue Business Owner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Davis Bethel/Supporter; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/SCLC; :54]
[OUT Q=Kate Weidaw N7]
((((CARSON HURLEY/ORANGE AVENUE BUSINESSOWNER: THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT IT THE BLACKS DON'T WANT IT THE WHITES DON'T WANT IT BUT THE COMMISSION THEY WANT IT))
Carson Hurley a business owner along Orange Avenue he says he and other businesses can't afford the cost of changing signs and letter heads. Several residents and businessnessowners agreed with him. Supporters of the change like Evelyn Davis Bethel were shocked to see so much opposition.
((EVELYN DAVIS BETHEL/SUPPORTER: ROANOKE HAS TO STAND UP AND BRAG ABOUT BEING THE ALL AMERICAN CITY FIVE TIMES BUT HERE WE ARE QUARRLYING OVER THE NAME OF THE STREET WHICH IS REPRESTIVE.))
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference thought up the idea of the name change, they say concerns about money are just an excuse.
((JEFF ARTIS/SCLC: I THINK THE BUSINESSES IN ORANGE AVENUE WERE USING THE COST TO HIDE THEIR RACISUM HERE TONIGHT.))
But to the surprise of many the planning commission took their own approach by recommending to the city council adopt a dual name of Orange Avenue slash Martin Luther King Avenue.
The president of the SCLC said she came to tears during the meeting tonight because she didn't know there was so much racism in Roanoke. The final decision will be made by the city council. Kate Weidaw News 7. ))
The latest route for A-E-P's proposed high voltage powerline is facing a series of public hearings.
The first were held yesterday in Bland County.
About thirty people showed up for the afternoon session and nearly all spoke out against the line.
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[IN Q=We will all suffer]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Dodson/Power Line Opponent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesman; :12]
[OUT Q=decision-making process]
The next hearings will be held tomorrow in Pulaski County.
They're scheduled for one and seven in the Pulaski County Board Room.
[GRAPHIC=Out of State Garbage]
Virginia's Attorney General is trying a new attack on New York City garbage.
That's after two federal courts stopped Virginia's new trash laws from taking effect this month.
Yesterday afternoon, Attorney General Mark Earley filed a federal lawsuit against New York City.
It alleges New York has "distorted" interstate commerce by discouraging and preventing waste haulers from dumping its trash within New York state borders.
Planned Parenthood in Lynchburg is moving to a new, larger facility.
The Lynchburg Center is now at 2138 Langhorne Square -- a more secluded location with a private entrance.
The new building is bigger, offering more medical services to patients.
Planned Parenthood is also hiring a Community Educator to coordinate teen pregnancy prevention education and other services in the greater Lynchburg area.
[GRAPHIC=Va. State Democrats]
Virginia Democrats want to freeze real estate taxes senior citizens pay.
That's just part of a campaign the party's General Assembly candidates will be pushing around the state this fall.
[IN Q=We think]
((DEL. KEN PLUM/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: WE THINK THERE OUGHT TO BE A POINT AT WHICH WE SAY YOU'VE PAID ENOUGH, YOU'VE DONE YOUR PART. WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU, BECAUSE YOU'RE ON FIXED INCOME, WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU SOME STABILITY IN YOUR TAXES.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Ken Plum/Virginia Democratic Party;]
[OUT Q=your taxes.]
NO word yet on the cost of reimbursing localities on such a tax cut.
Democrats are also pushing for half the state's budget surplus to go toward road-building and mass transit.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Just a week after a Dublin woman won ten thousand dollars--
a Roanoke woman strikes it rich on the Regis and Kathy Lee show.
The details next when News-7 at Noon returns.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]
Watching the Regis and Kathie Lee show has paid off again for a viewer from southwest Virginia.
[SUPER=04-"Live with Regis & Kathie Lee";]
Marie Carter of Roanoke this morning won 8-thousand dollars in the program's trivia contest.
And she told the hosts in a phone call that the money will come in handy.
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[IN Q=I'm disabled.]
((MARIE CARTER: I'M DISABLED. I STAY AT HOME MOST OF THE TIME. REGIS: DO YOU WATCH US EVERY DAY? MARIE CARTER: EVERY MORNING. REGIS AND KATHIE LEE: GOD BLESS YOU, THANK YOU, WE APPRECIATE THAT.))
[OUT Q=we appreciate that.]
A woman from Dublin won 10-thousand dollars in the contest last week.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 44 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead in sport-- find out about a local star who's featured in Sports Illustrated with the U. S. women's soccer team.
And the All-Stars were out at Fenway last night, find out which league dominates the diamond.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]
The third time's the charm, that is for the American Leaguers who brought home their third straight win in last night's major league all-star game.
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA/MLB-FOX Sports;]
The Red Sox Pedro Martinez gave the home folks something to cheer about as he became the first pithcer ever to strike out the first three batters in the game.
He actually fanned the first four including Sosa and McGwire.
No big fireworks in this All-Star game, in fact there were no extra-base hits.
The A-L took control in the second-- Cleveland's Jim (Toe-mee) Thome singles in teamate Kenny Lofton for the one to nothing lead.
Later in the inning-- Ironman Cal Ripken knocks in Manny Ramirez and the A-L was up two to nothing.
In the third, Cincinatti's Barry Larkin drives in a run for the N-L,
[SUPER=35-National League/1/American League/4;]
but the American League goes on to win this one Four to one.
In hoops action, tonight the W-N-B-A players will tip off for the first ever all-star match up in New York City.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;:00]
Yesterday the league's top players gathered at the NBA store to meet some of their fans, sign some autographs and sell some products.
Most folks, including the players can't believe the WNBA has gotten this big.
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[SUPER=01-Chamique Holdsclaw/Mystics All-Star; :00]
[OUT Q=...a blessing."]
A Salem woman is teeing up to defend her golf title.
Lee Shirley is one step closer to reclaiming her Women's Amateur title.
Yesterday Shirley beat Lorraine Houlahan six-and-five to advance to the second round of the Virginia Sate Golf Association championship in Abingdon.
Roanoke's own all-star will be featured in this month's Sports Illustrated along with the US women's soccer team.
You can find Northside high school softball pitcher Brandy Bailey in the "Faces In the Crowd" section.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Season; :00]
It will be tougher to find her in the valley the rest of the summer.
She has been invited to play with an 18 and under AAU team out of Richmond in the national championships at Disney World beginning this Thursday.
The 15 year old pitcher then heads to Beaumont, Texas for an American Fastpitch Association tournament.
And then it's off to Los Angeles for the Friendship Games and competition against teams from Japan & Canada.
Unfortunately, this means she will miss the Commonwealth Games this weekend.
[GRAPHIC=TOUR DE FRANCE]
American Lance Armstrong continues to dominate the Tour De France.
[SUPER=03-Sestrieres, Italy/ESPN; :00]
Yesterday he weathered driving rain, wicked wind and a nasty climb to not only win the ninth stage of the Tour but dominate the 133 mile stage through the Alps.
He now has a six minute and three second lead after nine stages.