President Bush speaks to the nation tonight, to reassure
Americans that the government is doing all it can to prevent more
And a tractor trailer gets into a tight squeeze in Bedford this morning.
Warm today and cool tomorrow but the dry conditions stay the same...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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The White House says President Bush believes it's important to take his message outside Washington and speak to the American people directly about the war against terrorism.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The President is gearing up for what is expected to be a major speech tonight.
It'll be a pep talk of sorts to urge patience in the war against terrorism.
This, as Congress tries to deal with the fallout from terrorist acts-- whether it be from bombs or anthrax.
Meanwhile, the U-S Postmaster General says the people who buy stamps shouldn't have to pay the extra costs now
being faced by the Postal Service.
Potter told a Senate panel today the government should cover the five- billion dollars that postal officials say they need to recover from the anthrax mailings.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington this afternoon, and joins us now with the latest.
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AFTER MONTHS OF ANTHRAX ATTACKS AND LOST REVENUES, THE POSTAL SERVICE
SAYS IT CAN'T AFFORD TO STAY AFLOAT WITHOUT A BAILOUT.
THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TURNED TO CONGRESS TODAY FOR FINANCIAL HELP,
ASKING FOR TWO BILLION DOLLARS. THIS SO THE PUBLIC DOESN'T PAY DIG
DEEPER INTO ITS POCKET TO SEND A LETTER.
(SOT)JOHN POTTER/POSTMASTER GENERAL 10:29:24 during sept and oct, total
revenues below last year and below what had been
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS "HIS" FIRST FACE-TO-FACE MEETING TONIGHT WITH POSTAL
WORKERS, STILL MOURNING THE LOSS OF TWO OF THEIR OWN TO INHALATION
WHEN BUSH HEADS TO ATLANTA TO GIVE A PEP TALK ON THE WAR ON TERRORISM TO
THOUSANDS OF POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS AND POSTAL WORKERS.
HE ALSO CONTINUES HIS STEADY PUSH FOR INTERNATIONAL UNITY IN THE FIGHT,
MEETING WITH THE LEADERS OF BRAZIL AND IRELAND TODAY.
AS THE FIGHTING CONTINUES IN AFGHANISTAN, THE PENTAGON SAYS U.S
AIRSTRIKES HAVE KILLED WHAT IT CALLS SCORES OF TALIBAN AND AL-QAIDA
MEMBERS BUT WONT SAY HOW MANY.
AND THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE CLAIMS THEY ARE MOVING STEADILY TOWARDS THE
CITY OF MAZAR-E-SHARIF.. A CRUCIAL TALIBAN STRONGHOLD.
U-S aircraft are pounding Taliban positions near a strategic stronghold.
Maureen Maher is in Afghanistan with the latest on that, plus the challenge of U-S humanitarian aid deliveries.
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MAHER ON CAM OPEN
AMERICA'S ALLIES FINALLY APPEAR TO BE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFENSIVE
U-S SPECIAL FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN ARE REPORTING THE UNITED FRONT HAS
GAINED GROUND NEAR THE KEY CITY OF MAZAR-E-SHARIF
RE-CAPTURING THAT REGION WOULD BE A MILITARY COUP FOR THE FRONT
...BUT BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION NEAR THE UZBEKISTAN BORDER, IT WOULD ALSO
OPEN UP A DESPERATELY NEEDED SUPPLY ROUTE...
SINCE THE AIRSTRIKES BEGAN - MILLIONS OF TERRIFIED AFGHANIS HAVE BEEN
FLOODING INTO ALREADY OVER-CROWDED, UNDER-SUPPLIED REFUGEE CAMPS
- AID WORKERS FEAR 100-THOUSAND CHILDREN WILL STARVE TO DEATH THIS
WINTER... (vo of people picking up yellow packets from the ground)
DESPITE MORE THAN A MILLION READY-TO EAT MEALS AIR-DROPPED BY THE U-S
(ON-CAM BRIDGE/MM) "MOST RELIEF AGENCIES DO NOT SUPPORT THE U-S
HUMANITARIAN DROPS INSIDE THESE YELLOW PACKETS IS FOOD THAT AFGHANIS
DON'T EAT - THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE WRITTEN IN LANGUAGES THEY DON'T SPEAK -
AND IN MANY CASES, THEY NEVER EVEN MAKE IT TO THE CAMPS"
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U-S RATIONS ARE BEING DROPPED A DAYS WALK FROM THIS COMPOUND -
(vo of a sheet of empty packets laying on the ground)
PACKETS SHOW UP - BUT LIKE A LONG LIST OF PROMISES FROM THE LOCAL
RELIEF AGENCIES - THEY ARE EMPTY
(vo in his home)
NO FOOD OR WATER HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO THE CAMP IN MORE THAN 2 WEEKS
CHILDREN ARE MALNURISHED, SICK, AND SHOELESS
(nighttime shots of kids cooking soup over fire)
THEIR ONE MEAL A DAY IS BROTH MADE FROM THE BOILED HOOVES OF CATTLE
AND FOR SOME, IT JUST ISN'T ENOUGH - NEARLY A PERSON A DAY IS DYING IN
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One man was killed and three people sent to the hospital after an accident this morning on Route 220 in Franklin County.
State police say a woman pulled onto 220 off of Route 635, right into the path of another car.
The man in THAT car swerved to avoid her and both cars flew across the median into oncoming traffic, striking a van head-on.
State police say the man who died was NOT wearing a seatbelt.
This is Franklin County's 21st fatal accident of the year.
The county already has the highest number of fatal crashes of any county west of Richmond.
A tractor-trailer accident blocked a road in Bedford for several hours this morning.
A truck carrying electrical equipment got stuck under a railroad trestle.
Several gallons of oil leaked from the transformers and had to be cleaned up.
Crews were able to contain the spill without much trouble.
No one was hurt.
Authorities in the Philippines are asking that anyone with a shovel help search for those still missing from a deadly storm.
The death toll from Tropical Storm Ling-ling has risen to 94.
Officials expect that figure to rise, with more than 140 people missing.
The rain was so heavy there that it knocked volcanic boulders loose and sent them crashing into villages.
Officials are worried that more victims may be buried under tons of mud.
Meanwhile, a cargo ship with 19 Filipino crew members on board sank today in the stormy seas.
There was no word on survivors as the poor weather hampered rescue efforts.
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Still to come on the newscast,
Franklin County's Dan Tyminski is not experiencing constant sorrow today...he won some major awards last night at the C-M-A's.
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A major setback for thousands of Alaskans--
A federal court has tossed out a five- billion dollar punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez disaster.
An Alaska jury had awarded the money to thousands of fishermen and property owners after the 1989 oil spill -- which was
the nation's worst ever.
Exxon said it shouldn't have to pay any punitive damages --
after spending three billion dollars to clean up the oil spill and settle lawsuits.
The appeals court says some damages are justified -- but
that five billion dollars is too much.
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It was another big night for Franklin County's Dan Tyminski.
The man who supplied George Clooney's singing voice in the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou," picked up two major country music awards Wednesday night.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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((I AM A MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW... THE SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS.))
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Dan Tyminski may have been surprised Wednesday night... but the two CMA awards were a fitting honor for a movie soundtrack that has sold more than two million copies.
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((NO WAY, NO WAY THIS JUST HAPPENED))
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A native of Vermont, Tyminski now makes his home in Franklin County.
A solo artist and a member of the group, Alison Krauss and Union Station... Tyminski has been riding an unprecedented wave of popularity since the "O Brother" Soundtrack was released last December.
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On Wednesday night Tyminski picked up the single of the year award for "Man of Constant Sorrow." And he joined other artists on stage when the soundtrack was named Album of the Year.
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((DAN TYMINSKI: I SHOULD THANK GEORGE CLOONEY FOR ONE, BUT I SHOULD THANK JOEL AND ETHAN COEN, T-BONE BURNETT, MERCURY RECORDS, AND ROUNDER RECORDS AND DOOBIE SHEA RECORDS, AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED ON SUCH A WONDERFUL RECORD AND ALL THE FANS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED IT. THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH.))
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Stay tuned, grammy nominations are due out in early January.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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Tim McGraw also walked away a winner on country music's big night out--
Jennifer Miller has highlights of the pomp and circumstance AND the patriotism of the C-M-A Awards.
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THE STARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC PROMISED A PATRIOTIC EVENING AND THEY
DELIVERED FROM START TO FINISH.
(NATZ OF BROOKS AND DUNN)
BROOKS AND DUNN KICKED OFF THE SHOW WITH THEIR HIT ONLY IN AMERICA.
(NATS OF SONG)
MORE THAN OTHER GENRES COUNTRY MUSIC GIVES VOICE TO AMERICA S HEART AND
WEDNESDAY THE SONG EVERYONE WANTED TO HEAR WAS ALAN JACKSON S NEW ONE
REFLECTING ON THE SEPTEMBER ATTACKS TITLED: WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE
WORLD STOPPED TURNING? --
(NATS OF SINGING)
IN BETWEEN PERFORMANCES THE CMA HONORED ITS BEST.
(NATZ OF PRESENTER ANNOUNCING TIM MCGRAW)
TIM MCGRAW WAS CROWNED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK O
BROTHER WHERE ART THOUGH?. TOOK HOME ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
AND A VISIBLY SURPRISED LEE ANN WOMACK, WON THE FEMALE VOCALIST AWARD.
BUT THE NIGHT WAS MOSTLY ABOUT AMERICA AND THE MUSIC MANY HOPE CAN HEAL
THE SHOW ENDED JUST AS IT BEGAN. ON A PATRIOTIC NOTE
SOT: OF SONG
THE SHOW WAS REALLY DESIGNED TO GIVE THE ARTISTS A CHANCE TO DO WHAT
THEY DO BEST ENTERTAIN.
AS BRAD PAISLY SAID TO ME THIS YEAR THE SHOW WASN T ABOUT AWARDS IT WAS
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, NASHVILLE.
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Still to come on the newscast, two local residents are honored for their charity work,
and from New York, Micheal Jackson proves he's invicible on the music charts, but how long can he stay there?
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Since the attacks on September 11th, travelers are learning there's no
place like home. Video conferencing is apparently replacing business travel.
Corporate travelers leery of flying are using systems from K-M-C telecom in Roanoke to keep business rolling.
For companies with several locations in more than one state, it's a cost efficient way to carry on.
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((MIKE HACK/MERIDIUM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: LAST YEAR WE HAD 127 TRIPS BETWEEN ROANOKE AND HOUSTON AND SOMETIMES THE MEETINGS ARE JUST AN HOUR OR TWO.))
[BUTT BUT BUTT BUTT]
((JASON ADKINS/KMC TELECOM: HE CAN SPEND A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS AND HAVE A DEDICATED VIDEO LINK BETWEEN HIS HOUSTON AND ROANOKE OFFICE.))
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Though leisure travel is picking up, business travel is seemingly grounded.
The proof is in the numbers.... Roanoke Regional Airport saw half as many travelers this September than last.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored two local men last night in Roanoke.
The Blue Ridge Chapter honored George Kegley and Bittle Porterfield the third for their many contributions to the Roanoke Valley.
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((JOHN WILLIAMSON, III/DINNER CHAIRMAN: CLEARLY THESE GENTLEMEN WERE CHOSEN BECAUSE OF THEIR COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS AND ALSO THEIR SUPPORT OF MS-- BITTLE AS AN EXAMPLE CHAIRED THIS DINNER SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND HELPED RAISE 75 OR 80 THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT EVENT AND WE RAISED OVER 83 THOUSAND DOLLARS TONIGHT.
FAY PAINTER: THAT 83 THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED TONIGHT WILL BE USED FOR MS RESEARCH, THAT WILL ONE DAY FIND THE CAUSE AND CURE FOR LOCAL PROGRAMS , EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE MS AND THEIR FAMILIES.))
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Porterfield and Kegley received the Silver Hope Award-- which is the National M-S Society's highest award.
The self- proclaimed "King of Pop" is polishing his crown a bit--
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Michael Jackson made the first in- store appearance of his career in New York City.
Jackson made the Virgin Mega-store visit to help promote "Invincible", his first studio album in six years.
He signed autographs and met with fans.
By the way, "Invincible" is debuting at number one on the Billboard album chart.
It sold over 366-thousand copies in the U-S its first week out.
"Invincible" also made its debut at number one in a dozen other countries.
Jackson may not stay "Invincible" for long. Britney Spears is expected to bump him off the nymber one slot when her album debuts on the charts next week.[Weather]
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 114 points.
Nasdaq was UP 41 points.
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Still to come in sports .. Roanoke's N-B-D-L team seems to be suited up and ready to go ....
but the only game this team will be playing is the waiting game.
It's the countdown to cut day for the Roanoke Dazzle.
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The Roanoke Dazzle held its media outing yesterday.
The players posed, practiced and put together predictions for the upcoming season.
But Roy Stanley says the reality is that four of these 15 players will be out of a job by next week.
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((15 players suited up for the media as the Dazzle went through a morning practice at Hollins College.
The players had their pictures taken for the Dazzle media guide. But 4 of those players will be cut before the team opens the regular season.))
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((Also among that group is former Fleming Star Derrick Hines. Hines put on a show during a camp in Atlanta a week ago and although he's the smallest player in camp he still has a shot at making the team.))
((DERRICK HINES/ELIZABETH CITY STATE:))
((Dazzle head coach Kent Davison has coached several of the players in camp before. But his worst nightmare will occur on November 14-th when the roster must be trimmed to 11 by 5-PM.))
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Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Ricky Stokes just can't seem to get a break this season.
But it seems his players aren't having a problem at all.
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Junior guard Eric Branham, who was expected to be the team's starting point guard this season is out indefinitely, after fracturing his LEFT hand in practice.
He transferred to Tech from Hagerstown Junior College.
The 5-11 guard will have the injury re-evaluated at the end of the week.
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On the football front - Your Hometown Station has another ACC-SEC doubleheader for you on Saturday. Wake Forest battles North Carolina at Noon and then Auburn hooks up with the Dawgs in Athens.
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Sunday - the AFC Central is back in the spotlight as both the Steelers and the Browns attempt to bounce back from tough losses this past weekend in their one o'clock kickoff.
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