Hundreds of F-B-I agents and police officers are searching through rubble in New York, but the chance of them finding any survivors is growing slim.
Meanwhile, the White House is turning up the heat on Afghanistan to hand over Osama bin Laden.
And we'll have the latest on how the tragedy's aftermath is hitting the airlines hard in the wallet.
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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Enough TALK-- the White House says-- the time to act is coming soon, as pressure mounts on Afghanistan to turn over Osama bin Laden.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A meeting of hundreds of Islamic clerics in Afghanistan ended
today without any agreements.
The group was discussing whether to turn over terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden.
An official says they'll meet again tomorrow.
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Meanwhile, more workers at the ruins of the World Trade Center are wearing badges labeled``Recovery''-- indicating they're looking for bodies, not survivors.
Some 218 people are confirmed dead, while more than 54- hundred are missing.
Stephen Clark has an update now from New York.
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[SUPER=141-Bernard Kerik/New York Police Commissioner;]
[SUPER=141-Charles Blankenship/U. S. N. S. Comfort;]
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[OUT Q=back to you.]
THE BODIES OF TWO NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS WERE PULLED FROM THE
WRECKAGE TODAY.... A SAD AND TOUCHING MOMENT THAT BROUGHT WORK THERE TO
NOW THAT OFFICIALS CONCEDE CHANCES OF LOCATING SURVIVORS ARE SLIM....
THE FOCUS FOR WORKERS IS TO FIND EVIDENCE AMONG THE RUBBLE.
MOST OF THE DEBRIS IS BEING TRUCKED TO A LANDFILL SITE FOR FURTHER
SOT: BERNARD KERIK/NYC POLICE COMMISSIONER
"THIS IS THE CRIME SCENE COLLECTION PROCESS. I'VE GOT TO BELIEVE THIS IS
BIGGEST CRIME SCENE IN THE HISTORY OF THE U-S."
WITH THOUSANDS OF OUT OF TOWNERS WORKING AT GROUND ZERO... THE U-S-N-S
COMFORT IS PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED SHELTER AND FOOD. THE U-S NAVY
HOSPITAL SHIP HAS BEEN DOCKED IN NEW YORK CITY SINCE LAST FRIDAY.
SOT: COMMANDER CHARLES BLANKENSHIP/U-S-N-S COMFORT.
"ROUGHLY IN THE LAST 24 HOURS WE'VE HAD ABOUT 200 WORKERS WHO ACTUALLY
STAYED ON BOARD OVER NIGHT, WE'VE PROBABLY GOT DOUBLE THAT NUMBER WHO
HAVE JUST COME IN TO GET A MEAL, A HOT CUP OF COFFEE AND TO RELAX FOR A
AND ACROSS THE NATION, CENTERS LIKE THIS ARE HANDLING HEART-WRENCHING
CALLS. THEIR JOB IS TO COLLECT DNA SAMPLES. A TOOTH BRUSH... A HAIRBRUSH
ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP IDENTIFY THE BODIES RECOVERED FROM THE WRECKAGE. ))
Meanwhile, the Bush administration continues planning for a war.
The U-S-S Roosevelt, based in Norfolk is on its way to the Middle East.
Aleen Sirgany reports on that angle of the story.
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[SUPER=141-Richard J. O'Hanlon/U. S. S. Roosevelt Captain;]
[SUPER=141-Allen Mulally/Boeing President & C.E.O.;]
[SUPER=141-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, the Pentagon. ]
IN THE FIRST DEPLOYMENT FROM THE WORLDS LARGEST NAVAL BASE SINCE THE
TERRORIST ATTACKS A BATTLE GROUP OF WARSHIPS TODAY LEFT NORFOLK NAVAL
THE GROUP, LED BY THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, HAD BEEN
SCHEDULED TO DEPLOY MONTHS AGO BUT NOW THE PENTAGON IS BEING
TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT WHERE THEY ARE HEADED.
(SOT: Capt. Richard J. O'Hanlon/Commanding Officer, USS Roosevelt: "We
are ready to go and the crew is excited about what lies ahead.")
TRACK: PRESIDENT BUSH CONTINUES TRYING TO DRUM UP INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
FOR A WAR ON TERRORISM, MEETING THIS MORNING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF
INDONESIA. INDONESIA IS THE WORLDS MOST POPULOUS MUSLIM COUNTRY.
(POSSIBLE SOT: Bush)
IN AFGHANISTAN, ISLAMIC CLERICS CONTINUE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO HAND
OVER THE PRIME SUSPECT... OSAMA BIN LADEN TO THE UNITED STATES.
THIS AS THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND MANY PAKISTANIS THREATEN TO WAGE A
HOLY WAR ON THE U.S IF PRESIDENT BUSH LAUNCHES AN ATTACK ON AFGHANISTAN.
SOT: IF YOU TAKE ON THETALIBAN OR PAKISTAN.. WE ARE GONNA TAKE ON
IN THE US. ..ONE IMMEDIATE CRISIS LIES WITHING THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY.
WITH BOEING THE LATEST TO WARN OF LAYOFFS: UP TO 30-THOUSAND.
(SOT:Allen Mulally, President, Boeing Commercial Airplane
Its sad at this time)
AND SEVERAL AIRLINES SAY THEY MAY HAVE TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY IN THE
COMING MONTHS IF THEY DON'T GET SOME HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT. THEYRE
TAKING THEIR CASE TO CONGRESS TODAY:
STAND-UP: WERE NOW LEARNING FIGHTER JETS WERE REPORTEDLY JUST 12
MINUTES AWAY FROM THE HIJACKED PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO THE PENTAGON AND
EIGHT MINUTES FROM ONE OF THE PLANES THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. BUT
NEITHER JET HAD PRESIDENT BUSHS APPROVAL TO SHOOT DOWN A PLANE, SO ITS
UNCLEAR WHAT THEY COULD HAVE DONE. ALEEN SIRGANY CBS NEWS, THE PENTAGON.
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Roanoke Regional Airport will cut back on expenses now that fewer travellers are taking to the sky.
Since last week's terrorist attacks, passenger loads have dropped off considerably.
As a result, US Air announced this week it will stop jet service into Roanoke as of October seventh.
Although the airline will continue to fly smaller planes into the valley, the lack of jets will cost the airport money.
That was just one of the financial issues addressed of a meeting of the airport commission this morning.
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[IN Q=We look for a loss, not only of landing fees...]
[SUPER=01-Art Whittaker/Airport Commission Chairman;]
((ART WHITTAKER/CHAIRMAN, AIRPORT COMMISSION: WE LOOK FOR A LOSS NOT ONLY OF LANDING FEES BUT IN OUR PARKING LOT AND LOSS OF PASSENGERS AND THE GENERAL ECONOMY THAT'S GENERATED BY THE AIRPORT ITSELF.))
[OUT Q=by the airport itself.]
Whittaker says the airport will consider ways to lessen spending but that he doesn't forsee any job cuts, at least as far as airPORT employees go.
AirLINES are still working on revised employee schedules and could implement layoffs.
Despite revenue concerns the commission says it will go forward with groundbreaking on a new control tower next week.
Pittsylvania County investigators say they've busted one of the largest indoor marijuana growing operations in county history.
The sheriff's office said today it searched a home on Cascade Mill Road, just east of Axton, last week .. and seized more than 63-thousand dollars worth of marijuana .. and a hydroponics growing system.
44 year old Ted Eugene Nichols is charged with manufacturing marijuana.
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A local man's standoff with police ends in gunfire. We'll have that story in just a moment,
Also dozens of people are feared dead after a hotel collapses in Turkey.
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Dramatic rescues in Istanbul, Turkey after a house and a small hotel collapse-- burying nearly 50 people in the rubble.
At least 10 people were pulled alive from the wreckage, including four children.
Several people were taken to the hospital.
People who were in the buildings at the time of the collapse tried to find others who were trapped in the debris before rescuers arrived.
Authorities don't know what caused the collapse, but there are reports that a train subway line was built beneath the buildings.
Police officials say a man involved in a standoff in Danville apparently ended his own life.
They say Nathaniel Spratt Junior barricaded himself inside a house on Lee Street yesterday afternoon.
Spratt was wanted for a shooting Monday night.
Police say they were negotiating with Spratt when he shot himself in the head. Authorities say he later died at Danville Regional Medical Center.
The victim in Monday night's shooting, Stanley Neal Brown is in critical condition at Duke Medical Center.
Across the country and here in western Virginia, a show of faith also provided prayers for the nation this morning.
At Bonsack Elementary and schools throughout the area, students and their parents gathered at flag poles to pray.
"See You at the Pole" has become an annual tradition, but the events of the last week were on the minds of many.
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[IN Q=Give us courage and strength]
((GIVE US COURAGE AND STRENGTH AND HOPE THROUGH YOUR POWER.))
((ROGER SLUDER: PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN GOD RIGHT NOW, PROBABLY LIKE THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE IN MANY, MANY YEARS.))
[OUT Q=in many, many years.]
Students in Texas organized the first "See you at the Pole" in 1990, and it has spread across the nation since then.
Since last week's attacks on America, there has not been a short supply of patriotism in the U-S.
However there HAS been a shortage of flags as patriots emptied store shelves.
Now one Halifax County company is trying hard to solve the problem.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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[IN Q=It's a symbol]
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[SUPER=141-Bill Kelehar/Annin & Co. Plant Manager; :11 quick!!!! ]
[SUPER=141-Patsy Noblin/Annin & Co. Employee; :19 quick!!!!]
[SUPER=141-Jay Chandler/Annin & Co. Employee; :33 quick!!!]
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[SUPER=141-Morris Damiano/Annin & Co. Employee; 1:05 quick!!!]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Halifax County.]
(( It's a symbol of American pride and here at Annin and Company in South Boston-- employees are working overtime to keep up with demand.
[in q=There's not much ]
((BILL KELEHAR/PLANT MANAGER: THERE'S NOT MUCH PRODUCT AROUND RIGHT NOW, SO THE DEMAND IS REALLY ON TO PRODUCE AS MUCH AS WE CAN PRODUCE.))
[OUT Q= as we can produce.]
[in q= I told Bill]
((PATSY NOBLIN/WORKER: I TOLD BILL TODAY I'D BE WILLING TO WORK 16 HOURS IF I HAD TO, I'M VERY PROUD OF MY COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q= proud of my country.]
A sentiment echoed by many of the plant's 110- workers--- who see their job as a way of serving their country.
[in q=With what's going on ]
((JAY CHANDLER/WORKER: WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN NEW YORK AND AT WASHING AT THE PENTAGON MY HEART CRIES FOR THESE FOLKS AND I WISH I WAS THERE TO HELP AND THIS IS HOW WE HELP.))
[OUT Q= this is how we help.]
Support that will be needed more than ever-- as demand for the American flag soars at retail stores around the country.
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In a typical week-- Annin produces about 20- thousand flags. But in the coming weeks the company expects to double their production.
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Annin officials estimate about 30- thousand of those flags will be American flags-- and have hired additional workers to staff their sewing department.
[IN Q= I never really ]
(( MORRIS DAMIANO/WORKER: I NEVER REALLY GIVE IT MUCH THOUGHT BEFORE. WE PRINT VIRGINIA FLAGS AND AMERICANS AND... IT JUST MAKES YOU PROUD.))
[out q= makes you proud.]
A feeling not only shared by these workers-- but the customers they proudly serve.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Halifax County.))
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll have the latest Dow Jones and NASDAQ numbers as the stock markets try to recover from Monday's sharp drops,
Also we'll meet a hospital chaplin who wants to return to his old job in order to make the airways safer for fliers.
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The Federal Aviation Administration is recruiting federal air marshals, to insure the safety of those people on the thousands of flights that criss- cross the nation every day.
Bob Johnson is ready to do his part to prevent hijackings and domestic terrorism.
A retired U-S Marshal and former Metropolitan D-C Police Officer, Johnson is SO eager he's almost ready to do it for nothing.
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[IN Q=If they'll give]
((BOB JOHNSON/RETIRED U. S. MARSHAL; IF THEY'LL GIVE ME A CAN OF BEANS NOW AND THEN AND A PLACE TO LAY MY HEAD, I WILL FLY, IF THEY'LL JUST SUPPORT ME WHEN I FLY. I MISS POLICE WORK TREMENDOUSLY. IT'S SO HARD TO SIT AT HOME AND WATCH. "WHAT CAN I DO? WHAT CAN I DO? WHAT CAN I DO?" YOU KNOW.))
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[OUT Q="What can I do? What can I do? What can I do?" you know.]
Johnson has been out of law enforcement since retiring from the Marshal's Service in 1975. He's now an ordained minister and serves as Chaplain at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
Even before the four flights were hijacked a week ago, he advocated a program to allow former lawmen to carry weapons on commercial flights to provide security.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down more than 190 points.
Nasdaq has lost 47 points.
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Still to come ... bad news overshadows the Boston Red Sox win over Tampa yesterday
And .. it was a tight fight last night as the lady Colonels battled it out with the lady Vikings.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly returns to W-D-B-J tonight .. but last night .. the ladies were battling it out on the hardwood.
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To Fleming we go where the Lady Colonels would play host to new district rival Northside.
We pick up the action in the final period.
Watch Shannelle Craighead get the long rebound and dish to Kadesha Winnington, who scores.
Northside would battle right back and keep the game close with baskets like this one .
But it would not be enough.
Tiana Saunders makes good on this shot, and Fleming holds off Northside with the 50-49 overtime win.
Major League Baseball continued last night as Boston got some bad news.
The season is over for Boston's three- time Cy Young Award Winner Pedro Martinez.
Martinez, who is headed for the disabled list, says his ailing right shoulder will prevent him from pitching for the rest of the year.
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[OUT Q=for the team and for me"]
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On to the game, where the Red Sox' pain over losing their ace was eased by a 7 to 2 win over the Devil Rays.
Manny Ramirez, with the icing on the cake homerun for the win, a two- run blast that gets over the green monster.
One of the ODAC's top teams is on the move in the national polls again.
Bridgewater's football team is now ranked third in one poll and fourth in the nation in another.
Despite not playing this past Saturday, the Eagles jumped two spots to number four in Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division III football poll. Bridgewater started the season in the number 13 spot.
Virginia Tech will fly out of Roanoke on a charter flight for Newark, New Jersey this Friday and Mike Stevens says the entire Tech football family will be right there with the team as it heads to Rutgers.
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[IN Q=HEAD COACH...]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/Virginia Tech Senior Flanker; :16]
[SUPER=01-Brian Welch/Virginia Tech Senior Linebacker; :52]
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[SUPER=01-Lester Karlin/Virginia Tech Equipment Manager; 1:54]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/Virginia Tech Career Touchdown Leader; 2:18]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
(( Head coach Frank Beamer has gone to great lengths this week to calm the fears of flying amongst his players. In fact, Beamer offered to accommodate any players who were afraid to fly and get them to the game by the highway.
((BRIAN WELCH/VT SENIOR LINEBACKER:))
Welch was actually born in Tehran, Iran in July of 1978 while his parents were stationed there in the US army.
All Tech players will have the red, white and blue on their minds this Saturday. American flag stickers have been placed on the back of each player's helmet.
Lost in the shuffle of the past week has been Lee Suggs. The Roanoke native had successful knee surgery last Friday and his rehabilitation has already begun.
Hope will remain the word of the day for sometime to come. In Blacksburg Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
The city of Roanoke has wasted no time preparing a patriotic statement.
Officials say that beginning tonight, the Mill Mountain Star will burn red, white and blue.
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Ten years ago, the Star became a symbol of support for U-S troops taking part in Operation Desert Storm.
And earlier this week, city council voted to make the change again as a patriotic statement following last week's terrorist attacks.
City officials are planning a star lighting ceremony at 8:30 tonight... It will be held on the top level of the parking garage located at the intersection of Williamson and Franklin Roads. [Quickcast]
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