Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are heading toward a key vote on aviation security.
Meanwhile officials are urging Kansas City mail workers to take anthrax- fighting drugs as a precaution, after traces of the bacteria are found.
And police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Pulaski county man in Northwest Roanoke.
Above normal temperatures continue as a cold front heads our way...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at noon is coming up.
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The debate rages on over airline safety.
A key vote is expected on what lawmakers consider crucial legislation.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Lawmakers are torn between a Senate-approved measure that
would make airport screeners government employees, and a Republican proposal that would NOT.
The vote is seen as very close, and President Bush is lobbying
lawmakers on the fence to support the Republican plan.
Meanwhile, two new cases have extended the anthrax threat from the East Coast to the Midwest.
Preliminary tests found traces of anthrax at a postal center in Kansas City, AND at a private postal maintenance center in Indianapolis.
Aleen Sirgany joins us now from the Capitol with an update on all the new developments.
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SEVEN WEEKS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH, THE STICKING POINT TO THE AVIATION
SECURITY BILL REVOLVES AROUND BAGGAGE SCREENERS. IF THE WHITE HOUSE
GETS ITS WAY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SIMPLY SUPERVISE SCREENERS.
THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO GO A STEP FURTHER.MAKING ALL SCREENERS FEDERAL
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BOTH SIDES AGREE A SECURITY PACKAGE SHOULD PUT MORE AIR MARSHALS ON
COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS AND BETTER SECURE COCKPIT DOORS.
AND THE CIRCLE OF ANTHRAX CONTINUES TO SPREAD...JUST THIS MORNING THE
FDA SAID THE BACTERIA WAS FOUND IN IT'S MAIL ROOM.
IN THE MIDWEST. SPORES WERE DISCOVERED IN A KANSAS CITY POST OFFICE AND
AT A PRIVATE POSTAL CENTER IN INDIANAPOLIS.
MEANTIME, HEALTH OFFICALS ARE SCRAMBLING TO TRACE THE FINAL STEPS OF THE
61 YEAR OLD NEW YORK WOMAN WHO DIED FROM INHALATION ANTHRAX. SHES THE
FIRST PERSON KILLED BY THE BACTERIA WHO HAD NO CONNECTION TO THE POSTAL
SERVICE OR THE MEDIA.
ON THE 26TH DAY OF U-S STRIKES IN AFGHANISTAN, ON THE GROUND, U-S TROOPS
ARE REPORTEDLY HELPING THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE GAIN STRENGTH IN THEIR PUSH
TO BREAK THROUGH TALIBAN FRONT-LINES.
Key Taliban opposition leader Abdul Haq is dead, after the Taliban captured and executed him.
His teenaged son, meanwhile, is living in California.
Hattie Kauffman has his story.
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(SOT) Your father was a hero? He was a man of dignity and not me not my
family, all of Adfghanistan our country lost a great son.
(TRACK 1) HIS FATHER ABDUL HAQ WAS A LONG TIME FRIEND OF AMERICA...
(TRACK) KNICKNAMED THE AFGHANI LION FOR HIS VICTORIES AGAINST THE
SOVIETS, THIS TIME HAQ HOPED TO RALLY TRIBAL LEADERS AGAINST THE
(SOT-Abdul Haq) "what we are saying is enough is enough . enough
killing..enough destruction enough blood shed let's come together.
(TRACK) BUT HE WAS QUICKLY CAPTURED. A U.S. RESCUE ATTEMPT CAME TO LATE.
(SOT MACFARLANE) "American aircraft had arrived on the
scene,//(edit)// but they got there too late to be helpful and Abdul Haq
was captured and subsequently executed ( 08)
I miss him very much. Every second I am just thinking aboutr him."
(TRACK) MAJEED ARSALA LAST SAW HIS FATHER SEPTEMBER 5TH .. JUST DAYS
BEFORE THE WORLD CHANGED.
(SOT Hattie reverse) This isn't the first time politics and war claimed
lives in your family?
(SOT) My mother and brother were killed in 1999
(TRACK) (walking shot) AFTER HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER WERE KILLED BY
GUNMAN AIMING FOR HIS FATHER .. MAJEED WAS SENT TO AMERICA. THOUGH HE'S
JUST 16 YEARS OLD , THERE IS LITTLE ABOUT HIM THAT RESEMBLES THE
CAREFREE AMERICAN TEEN.
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(TRACK) HE'S LIVING WITH COUSINS.. TOGETHER BECAUSE THEIR FATHERS MADE A
WARTIME PROMISE TO EACH OTHER 20 YEARS AGO.
(SOT ) They talked with each other and said it either one of us dies we
will take care of the others kid.
(SOT HATTIE) you are here america is offering you an education and
you're taking it? And I'm taking that but most of the people don't
have the opportunity to take that and I'm the luckiest person
(SOT -what should happen to osama bin laden? He has to be captured.
(SOT He destroyed our generation, as you can see right now, most of the
poeple don't know how to write, they know how to pull a trigger.
(SOT hattie reverse) what's next for you?)
() my next job is for me to fulfill my education in the united states go
back to my country and serve that country and i hope the mission that my
father started will be accomplished soon.
Hattie Kauffman, CBS News, San Francisco.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says most Arab leaders he's spoken with are upset about the violence of Muslim extremists.
Blair is visiting several leaders in the Mideast in an effort to end the violence.
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Blair met with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat today.
He also held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
But Blair won little sympathy for the U.S-led campaign against Afghanistan from Syrian and Saudi leaders during the first legs of his Middle Eastern tour.
Roanoke police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Pulaski County man.
It happened after midnight inside a building at the Lands Down apartments in Northwest.
Police say 29-year-old David Lee Tickle of Draper drove up to the building and went inside to talk to a friend.
He left his girlfriend and another friend waiting in his car.
He was shot while inside and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the investigation is continuing.
Despite the fact it has raised two million dollars so far, the United Way campaign in the Roanoke Valley is still one million behind last year's pace.
Yesterday United Way volunteers filled the Hotel Roanoke for a campaign update.
So far 2-point-2 million dollars have been pledged toward this year's goal of nearly 7 million dollars.
United Way officials admit that the events of September 11th have shaken their fundraising foundation.
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The United Way supports 77 health and human service organizations in Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig Counties.
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The final News 7 poll before the election is out. We'll see who's leading in the Governor's Race after this break,
Also firefighters in Colorado try to stop a wildfire that has already burned hundreds of acres.
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Firefighters in Colorado worked through the night to try to slow down a wildfire, burning about 40 miles outside Denver.
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It's already charred 600 acres, destroyed two homes, and threatened dozens of others.
About 120 more firefighters are expected to arrive today to help out local firefighters.
So far, no injuries have been reported.
Investigators say the blaze began late yesterday afternoon, and windy conditions caused the fire to race out of control.
A man from Florida was killed in an automobile accident in Roanoke last night.
Police say 74-year old Charles Bryant McCoy Junior pulled into the path of another car on Orange Avenue around 6:30.
He died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Two other passengers in his vehicle suffered minor injuries.
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Our last News 7-Mason Dixon poll on the race for governor is in -- and it's the best news Virginia Democrats have had since 1989.
Just two weeks ago, our poll showed Mark Warner with 45 percent support among likely voters, to Mark Earley's 42 percent.
Tuesday, Warner's lead grew to six points, 48 to 42 percent.
That's largely due to a 19 point lead in northern Virginia, an eight point lead in Roanoke and Southwest, and a lead that has grown to ten points in Hampton Roads.
But Mark Warner's also winning the personality contest, according to our pollsters.
His favorable name recognition has leapt five points in two weeks, to 49 percent.
Mark Earley's has stayed the same at 39 percent.
But while Warner's UNfavorable name recognition grew just one point in the last two weeks -- Earley's jumped SIX points.
Tonight at six, we'll have our final numbers on the two other state-wide races.
Halloween apparently was peaceful across the nation. There were no major reports of any trouble last night.
In light of the recent events, many parents decided to skip traditional door to door trick or treating for more organized community events.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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It didn't take long to fill the exhibition hall here at the Roanoke Civic Center.
In less than 30- minutes more than 600 kids and parents were making the most of the FREE event.
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(( I THOUGHT.....HE COULD HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
Which is why the event was organized-- The goal was to give parents and their children a place to trick or treat and feel secure.
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((BUT SAFETY WASN'T JUST A CONCERN IN BIGGER AREAS... IT WAS ALSO A CONCERN AMONG RURAL COMMUNITIES AS WELL.))
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Here at the Back Creek Fire and Rescue station in Roanoke County-- organizers invited the community to celebrate "trunk or treat" the station's driveway...
((THERE WAS A BIG MUMMY IN IT AND WE PUT DRY ICE IN . WAS IT SPOOKY? YESSSSSSS.))
More than a dozen other families also decorated the trunks of their vehicles--- giving the kids a chance to scout for
even more candy.
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((WE GOT TO GO TRICK OR TREATING AND IT WAS REALLY SAFE AND WE GOT LOTS OF CANDY.))
((I'M REALLY PLEASED WITH IT. I THINK THE KIDS ARE REALLY HAVING A GOOD TIME. THEY'RE PLAYING, IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT CANDY BUT GETTING TOGETHER AS NEIGHBORS.))
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This is the first year for the event--- and organizers say things went so well they plan to make it a yearly tradition
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.))
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Still to come on the newscast, the Roanoke Dazzle made its first draft picks last night. We'll tell you who the team selected today in Sports.
But first, if you think your children brought home a lot of chocolate last nigth, stay tuned. You haven't seen anything yet.
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Many of us indulged in chocolate on Halloween night--
But in Paris, it's a choco-holic's paradise.
The seventh annual Salon du Chocolat opened yesterday, featuring 150 international chocolate makers.
The fair gives traders and the public a chance to taste thousands of varieties of chocolate.
People can buy chocolate paraphernalia, including mugs, plates, shirts, and posters.
There was even a fashion show featuring dresses and lingerie made of chocolate.
And for the more studious chocolate lovers, the Institute of Chocolate offered a range of courses including one called "Everything you wanted to know about chocolate, but were afraid to ask."
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 94 points.
The Nasdaq has gained 28.
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Still to come in sports .. last year's World Series M-V-P is now the hero of this year's game 4.
Derek Jeter broke out of a World Series slump last night in a big way.
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Derek Jeter couldn't have picked a better time to come out of a hitting slump.
Jeter hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the tenth to give New York the 4-to-3 win over Arizona.
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The score was tied in the eighth inning, but Arizona's Erubial Durazo (eh-ROO'-bee-ul dur-AH'-zoh) snaps the one-all score with a go-ahead double.
A fielder's choice later in the inning would tack on another run for the D-backs.
The Yanks were then down to their last out, when a two- run homer by Tino Martinez ties the score again at 3-all.
Then Jeter, who had been 1-for-15 in the Series, stepped up and served the game- winning blast to right field.
The Yankees win it 4-3 tying the series at 2 games a-piece.
Game five is tonight in New York.
The National Basketball Development League held its first draft yesterday. The Roanoke Dazzle selected guard Artie Griffin from Alabama for its first pick.
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The team also picked Marshall Phillips from Appalachian State, Carl Thomas from the College of Charleston, Keil Zepernick of Barton, North Carolina, (sheek) Cheikh Fall of Long Island University.
For its sixth pick, the Dazzle took Lee Wilson of Arkansas.
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He was followed by Jaron Rush of UCLA, Cornelius Jackson of Marshall, Ceedric Goodwyn of Colorado State, Charles Hathaway from Tennessee, and Clayton Shields from New Mexico.
The Dazzle took Terry Sellers from Iona with its final pick.
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U-V-A takes on Wake Forest this Saturday, and the Cavaliers are going to do their best to end a four- game losing streak.
In the last two games .. the Wahoos have been outscored 67-to-7.
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You can catch the game right here on your Hometown Station at high noon.
Then at three , LSU and Alabama kick it off.
Both games are right here on WDBJ-7.
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team is keeping a postitive attitude.
After two less- than- stellar campaigns in which the Hokies lost 34 games and won just 24, Tech is ready to rejuvenate Cassell Coliseum.
Head coach Ricky Stokes met with the media to talk about how finally having some stability in his program will hopefully lead to more wins for his players.
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[OUT Q=...TEAM THIS YEAR."]
You can get an early look at the Hokies tonight at the Cassell Coliseum when they play an exhibition game against a NIKE all-star squad coached by former Michigan and Arizona State head coach Bill Frieder.
The game tips off at 7. Tickets are five dollars a piece.
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