July 31st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/31/09

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There are stunning new allegations in the murder of a Florida couple. Were Byrd and Melanie Billings the victims of a murder for hire plot? Plus, the spotlight isn't just on Dr. Conrad Murray in the Jackson death investigation.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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  1. Sam(antha), Boston MA

    @ Anderson, I heard you were going away this weekend. Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself. No bug bites this time!

    July 31, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good job Anderson, take the next two days off. Good night and have a good weekend everyone!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Nattada, Houston, TX

    The shot tonight is scary.
    Lightning is dangerous when it hits close to you.

    Love your conversations, Anderson and Erica. 🙂

    Good night everyone.
    Have a great weekend!!
    Sweet dreams all.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Anderson, Erica, David and friends!

    A great weekend for all of us… Good rest and we see on Monday

    July 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, I think the abuse of prescription medication has quietly gotten out of control. Not covered enough with so many other huge stories in the news.

    Red heads more sensitive to pain, yes good to know that, I could see that increasing the anxiety level like you said Erica.

    That is wicked weather. The videographer had no business being out on the porch with a video camera attracting lightning.

    That time already. Good night Isabel, Good night everyone. Great weekend to you all.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I'm finding the Erica / Anderson chat regarding "The Shot" more enjoyable than "The Shot" itself. Thanks for the smiles! Glad the dude filming didn't get fried!

    Have a great weekend bloggers! Nite all!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Dulcie - Denver

    Ha ha Great shot guys!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Jacqueline, NY

    are you just a punchy? Good weekend to you. you need it more than I do.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Karin, Ky

    good night all

    July 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Also a redhead, thought I handle pain pretty well, but I do hate the dentist, did love the valium when I got the wisdom teeth out...

    July 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. LisaL - Canada

    is this like... freaky friday? too too too funny.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Cool storm footage, scary but cool. Crazy being out in that. Good night and happy weekend all.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Vicki

    I disagree about the red heads–a different study I read said that red headed women have a higher threshold for pain that most people. The study involved checking how much pain meds were needed.
    I'm red and definitely don't avoid the dentist!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Oh but I forgot we have cotton mouth snakes here in Tennessee. Eeeek!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    p.s. I love a good storm!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm |

    wow...that is scary

    July 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Lori, IL

    Anderson - safe travels this weekend and godspeed......

    Until Monday night, everyone .... peace....

    July 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Anderson ,I enjoyed your News report tonight just like every night. You're a pleasure to listen to. Even more a pleasure to watch. Sorry, that was a little flirty.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Sam(antha), Boston MA

    Today was my second day posting on here and I must say, it's nicer than having to watch the program alone.

    Have a good weekend everyone 🙂

    July 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They need do that study again about "red head." That does not sound right and I am not a red head for the record.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Jackie Cole

    Good night Erica and Anderson. Love your last few minutes. You always make me laugh. You two are wonderful together.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  21. adam new york

    i think we should have a federal investigation on all drs and scripts

    July 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Lori, IL

    About that time...

    Good show tonight, Anderson - interesting mix of topics

    Hope everyone has a good weekend.......

    July 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Kathy Chicago

    Thank goodness I got re-blonded today-I am safe from dental pain! Have a great week-end 360ers, and a safe and productive trip for AC to S Africa.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Dulcie - Denver

    Ha Anderson! I'm a red head (though mostly out of a bottle), but I really, really fear the dentist. I had laughing gas once and it worked out really well. Took my anxiety right down and I could barely get into the chair before that. I'd use it again. (as you said, in a dental setting)

    July 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Jacqueline, NY

    technically my hair is sandy brown / sandy red

    July 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Miranda H.B. CA

    Have a great weekend everyone.


    July 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    lightning....psssshhh! I know lightning like mah best friend......

    Well peoples I'm gonna go have some fun in this 90 degree weather....

    and Yes, Anderson....laughing gas is incredible stuff.....ahhh the days of wisdom teeth....ouch.... 😉

    July 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  28. tom

    Your still pretty smart Erica even without those extra teeth

    July 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Cynthia, NC

    Stolen explosives? Now that definitely is scary.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  30. Jacqueline, NY

    I told you. I'm a red head and i usual get about 6 needles

    July 31, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
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