Coming up on NEWS 7 at six.
The U-S and British forces launch 50- cruise missiles against terrorist targets inside Afghanistan.
A live report and local reaction coming up.
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((IN THE FACE OF TODAY'S NEW THREAT, THE ONLY WAY TO PURSUE PEACE IS TO PURSUE THOSE WHO THREATEN IT. WE DID NOT ASK FOR THIS MISSION BUT WE WILL FULFILL IT.))
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The U-S and British forces launch the first air strikes against terrorist targets inside Afghanistan.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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The attacks are in response to the terrorist attacks last month in New York and Washington.
Defense officials say the goal is to destroy the defenses of the Taliban, as well as their own ability to threatened U-S and allied forces from the air.
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Manuel Gallegus joins us now with more from Washington on "Operation Enduring Freedom."
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[IN Q=The attack]
[SUPER=143-Kabul, Afghanistan; :05]
[SUPER=141-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister; :38(QUICK)]
[SUPER=141-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary; :56]
THE ATTACK CAME JUST AFTER NIGHTFALL IN AFGHANISTAN.
EXPLOSIONS AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE IN KABUL TO THE NORTH IN JALALABAD,
AND TO THE SOUTH IN KANDAHAR, THE TALIBAN MILITIA HEADQUARTERS.
These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of
Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations, and to attack the
military capability of the Taliban regime.
THE PENTAGON CONFIRMS 15 LAND BASED BOMBERS INITIALLY ATTACKED AND 50
TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILES WERE LAUNCHED FROM AMERICAN AND BRITISH SHIPS
BRITAIN PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR CONFIRMED SUPPORT FROM GERMANY,
FRANCE, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA.
-QUICK SOT-TONY BLAIR, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
DEFENSE SECRETARY RUMSFELD SAYS THE ACTION IS DESIGNED TO DESTROY
INFRASTRUCTURE TO MAKE THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND TALIBAN IMPLODE
FROM WITHIN. BUT IT WONT BE EASY.
-SOT-DONALD RUMSFELD, DEFENSE SECRETARY
the fact is in this battle against terrorism there is no silver bullet.
There is no single thing that is going to suddenly make this threat
NAT -- OSAMA BIN LADEN
THEN THE FACE AND VOICE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. IN A TAPED MESSAGE THROUGH
A TRANSLATOR HE CALLED AMERICANS SINNERS AND HYPOCRITS AND SAID THE U.S
WILL NOT LIVE IN PEACE UNTIL PEACE REIGNED IN PALESTINE.
THE U.S INSISTS THIS IS NOT A WAR AGAINST THE AFGHAN PEOPLE OR ISLAM.
ITS UNCLEAR HOW MANY AFGHAN CASUALTIES THERE ARE.
BUT THE U..S IS ALSO BEGINNSING TO DROP FOOD AND SUPPLIES, AS PART OF
ITS HUMANITARIAN EFFORT.
MANUEL GALLEGUS CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
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Reaction is coming in from all over the world including right here at home.
Justin McLeod found out the reaction here is one of cheer and caution.
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[IN Q=(NATSOT) We hit the streets]
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[SUPER=147-Kenneth Oakes; :19]
[SUPER=147-Dave McIver; :28]
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[SUPER=147-Frank Austin; :57]
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We hit the streets of downtown Roanoke and many people we talked to say its about time.
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[IN Q=Its been nearly a month]
((KURT BASTIAN: ITS BEEN NEARLY A MONTH AND EVERYONE'S BEEN ITCHING TO SEE SOMETHING DONE.))
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But many more say they understand why the U.S. waited so long to strike.
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[IN Q=I think a lot of people]
((KENNETH OAKES: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED THE REACTION TO HAPPEN LIKE OVERNIGHT BUT WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE MID-EAST THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS YOU NEED TO GET IN LINE BEFORE YOU CAN ATTACK SOMEONE.))
((DAVE McIVER: I THINK EVERYBODY WANTED IT INSTANT AND I'M SURPRISED IT HAPPENED THIS SOON.))
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And now that its happened, some fear what's next.
After all, governmental officials have warned of future terrorist attacks here in the U.S.
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((MARY BASTIAN: IT DOES MAKE ME NERVOUS AND I THINK THAT MORE THINGS ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE DONE.))
[OUT Q=going to be done]
Thats why many say the U.S needs to stop the enemy before that can happen.
However, they realize victory won't come overnight.
[IN Q=You're not going to be]
((FRANK AUSTIN: YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE LOOKING AT A LOT OF VIOLENCE. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TROOPS GOING IN LIKE YOU HAD IN THE PAST. YOU'RE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF ENEMY. THEY BELIEVE IN FEAR RATHER THAN USING WEAPONS. FEAR IS A HARD ENEMY TO BEAT.))
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And its a fear that may be difficult to explain to our children.
[IN Q=I explain to them]
((ANDREA OAKES: I EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT I FEEL LIKE WE ARE IN A TYPE OF WAR, HOWEVER, ITS NOT A FULL BLOWN WAR. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS REACTING TO TERRORISM.))
[OUT Q=reacting to terrorism]
Its a reaction everyone realizes could take months, even years.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Tonight's scheduled debate between Republican Mark Earley and Democrat Mark Warner is off for now.
In light of today's military actions in Afghanistan, the debate will NOT be happening tonight. Organizers are still hopeful it can be rescheduled.
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Political analyst Larry Sabato, who was to moderate the debate, said quote -"We firmly believe that it is crucial for the citizens of Virginia to see the gubernatorial candidates in this forum, but we feel that it is necessary to postpone it to a later date in light of today's military efforts.
The Warner campaign is already proposing that a joint lunchtime appearance already scheduled in Norfolk this coming Thursday be turned into the makeup debate.
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((We have proposed making that the final debate and are inviting the statewide press corps to come on, to come on board and televise it so Virginians can see these two candidates side by side again.))
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Meanwhile, the president of the Virginia Capital Correspondents Association, News 7's Ellen Qualls says ... quote-
"the substitution of the lunchtime event in Norfolk doesn't meet the criteria for a statewide audience. We hope that the Warner campaign will work with us to reschedule a new date."
The Earley campaign has said it will debate anytime anywhere.[Abortion-Protest]
Today's attacks affected an annual event in Roanoke.
Only about a 100 people turned out for Respect Life Sunday.
It's an abortion protest that is held nationwide on the first Sunday of October ever year.
In Roanoke, protesters silently lined the sidewalk on the corner of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road holding signs.
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((LOU PATRICK/ORGANIZER: I THINK THEY ESTIMATE TRAFFIC IS ABOUT 2-THOUSAND VEHICLES A HOUR SO THIS IS PROBABLY THE BUSIEST SPOT IN THE AREA TO EXPOSE OUR SIGNS TO AND MESSAGE.))
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Normally the protest attracts about 250 people in Roanoke.
Organizers attribute the lower than expected turnout to today's bombings in Afghanistan.
Interstate 81 is now partially re-opened to northbound traffic at the Ironto exit. An accident there about three hours ago blocked both northbound lanes for a while. Even though one lane is now open, our crews at the scene report northbound traffic on 81 is still backed up AT LEAST 8 miles and is moving very slowly in the Ironto area.
Four people are dead, including two young children after a head-on collision in Pittsylvania County last night.
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The accident happened on Route 640 near Java just after eight o'clock.
State Police say 26 year Anthony Davis was driving a 95 Hyundai when he lost control, swerved into the left lane and hit a 98 Dodge Ram Truck head-on.
All four passengers in the Hyundai died, including a six year old boy and a three year old girl.
None were wearing seatbelts.
The driver of the Dodge Ram is in stable condition at a Roanoke Hospital.
Up ahead on News 7 at 6, viewers speak out against military action in Afghanistan...
and also, America is calling a local student away from college and into service. We'll have her story in just a minute, but first a look at today's weather. Here's Jacey in the Weathercenter.
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A few people across the country have been speaking out against military action in Afghanistan.
That debate is reflected in our viewer mail.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with this week's Feedback.
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((viewer from Hurt (Ronald E. Frustaglia) is wondering whether war on Afghanistan is the right answer to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "Inevitably, war will kill and injure innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11th. Most are already suffering from extreme oppression and poverty, especially in Afghanistan. A US-led war will only give the people who committed these crimes what they wanted...The US must not sacrifice its core values in the process of defending the nation from acts of terror. Rather, the way that the US responds should demonstrate the nation's enduring commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
Another viewer watching stories about protesters sent in this letter (Randy M. Fellows/Henry)
"These terrorists have entered the door of freedom and will not stop at anything to destroy our peace of mind. I wonder what these people would have said if one of their family members had perished in one of the attacks. These Peace Protesters want peace and for the United States to stay out of the region...It appalls me to see people that are so gullible think that all we have to do is turn our backs and walk away and nothing else will happen."
Your comments on issues in the news and our news coverage may be sent to PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007, to 343-7269, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
On Tuesday-- hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state will descend on Virginia Tech.
It's all part of the annual Virginia Tech Agricultural Education Society/ F-F-A Leadership Conference.
It's an event-- taught by Agricultural Education majors at Virginia Tech and State F-F-A officers.
Earlier-- some of the participants spoke on NEWS 7 Sunday morning.
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[SUPER=01-Mandy Lambert/Virginia FFA Association Secretary; :00]
((MANDY LAMBERT: WE'RE ACTUALLY BREAKING THE STUDENTS UP INTO SEVERAL DIFFERENT INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS WHERE WE'RE HOPING TO COVER AREAS SUCH AS COMMUNICATION, TEAM WORK, GOAL SETTING AND OVERALL BASICS OF THE FFA ITSELF.))
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This is the 21st year for the conference will be held on Tuesday-- at Squires Student Center.
Up ahead on News 7 at 6, oh-and-four, another dissapointing loss for the Redskins...
as the Skins turn the ball over 5 times against the Giants. Roy Stanley will join us with those highlights and more in just a few minutes.
Imagine it's your senior year in college. You are having fun with friends and playing a sport. Then one day your country calls you into service and you have to leave college life behind. That's what happened to one Roanoke College student. Steve Mason has her story.
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[SUPER=141-Sirena LaBrake/Roanoke College Senior; :00]
[SUPER=141-Julie Mazer/Roanoke College Field Hockey Coach; :49]
[SUPER=141-Emily Horton/Roanoke College Teammate; 1:26]
[SUPER=150-Steve Mason/smason*wdbj7.com; 2:03]
[OUT Q=..Steve Mason News 7"]
((Sirena LaBrake looks and acts like most college seniors. She hangs out with her friends, studies hard and plays field hockey for the Maroons, but get to know her and you will find more than you ever bargained for.
Her father and mother were both in the military. She wanted to serve her country and help pay for college so Sirena joined the army back in 1999. LaBrake, along with her friends, teammate, coaches and school, quickly gained a better understanding of serving and sacrificing for their country September 11th.
Sirena will serve as a military police officer at Fort Ustis in the Virginia Beach area. She could be there anywhere from 4 to 6 months or up to a year. She hopes to return to Roanoke College next fall, finish up her senior year and, take advantage of an NCAA rule that grants her a fifth year of field hockey eligibility. She's second on the team in scoring but her value extends far beyond the field.
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Her roommates and friends are praying hard for her but nothing makes her approaching departure any easier, although her roommates are helping her pack. No spring break bathing suits or suntan lotions here, just army fatigues and boots.
So, packed and ready for the call, Sirena enjoys her final days with friends, she even likes the grueling practices, after all she scored 298 out of a possible 300 in an Army fitness test which includes push ups sit ups and a short distance run. Knowing she could leave any day now, her teammates decided to scribbled her number 21 onto their cleats.
Job recruiters searching the country's big universities and major computer labs might want to visit a Roanoke College field hockey practice. There they will find someone dedicated to her teammates, friends and country. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Sterling Marlin drove Dodge to victory lane in Charlotte for the first time since 1977 he takes the checkered flag winning the UAW GM 500.
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Rusty Wallace had problems and he went down a lap early in the race.
But Sterling Marlin was strong in his Dodge. he passed Tony Stewart to take over the lead after 97 laps in the race.
Then later in the race Dave Blaney hits the wall bringing out the caution after several of the cars in the front went in for gas and tires.
Tony Stewart, who led several laps early in the race, went back to the front and he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Points leader Jeff Gordon never got his car up to speed he was two laps down at this point in the race chasing Marlin and trying to get his lap back.
Then with over 40 laps to go the leaders made their final pit stops under green.
And on the restart it was Marlin who took off like a bullett he led the final 30 laps taking the checkered flag winning the UAW GM 500 at the Lowes Motor Speedway.
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Stewart was second followed by Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Junior and Jeff Burton.
The Washington Redskins turned it over 5 times and the New York Giants took advantage winning the game this afternoon 23 to 9.
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Neither team scored a touchdown in the first half and when Washington's Brett Conway booted this 55 yard field goal the score was tied at 6 to 6 with 11 minutes left in the second quarter.
Then after a 9 to 9 tie in the third the Giants finally got it in the end zone. Kerry Collins rolls out and goes to the air hitting Dan Campbell on this one yard touchdown pass play to make it 16 to 9 Giants in the fourth quarter.
The Giant defense came up with a big play in the fourth, Jason Seahorn intercepts this Tony Banks pass, his second pick of the day, and he returns this one 30 yards for the touchdown and the Giants win it 23 to 9.
The Baltimore Ravens were at home this afternoon hosting the Tennessee Titans.
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Leading 7 to nothing, Raven Quarterback Elvis Grbac goes to the air and hits Qadry Ismail on the 77 yard touchdown pass play and the Ravens took the 14 to nothing lead in the second quarter.
Baltimore would add to its lead just before the half when Matt Stover booted the short field goal to make it 17 to nothing Ravens.
The Titans got on the board in the fourth quarter when Donald Mitchell blocks this punt then scoops it up and scores from 28 yards out but the Ravens hold on to win it 26 to 7.
A busy afternoon in the National Football League so lets check some of the early scores from the action.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies scored their third shutout of the season beating West Virginia in Morgantown yesterday 35 to nothing.
But head coach Frank Beamer says he'll have to wait awhile to see if his team's defense is better than the Hokies 1999 squad.
During the national championship run in 1999, Tech's defense allowed the fewest points in the country.
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But the 2001 team is giving up less than 5 points a game so far. That's about half the total of 2 years ago.
Yesterday, The Hokie defense intercepted 2 passes and Jim Davis returned one of them for a 27 yard touchdown.
The win gave Tech scores from its defense in 3 consecutive weeks.
And in the latest A-P poll released today the Hokies are ranked 5-th in the coaches poll and 8-th in the A-P. Tech hosts Boston College next Saturday with a 6-thirty kickoff at Lane Stadium.