Traces of anthrax have been found in two more Senate offices.
But officials say the samples are so small, they don't pose a health risk.
The bacteria was discovered in the office mailrooms of senators Ted Kennedy and Christopher Dodd.
And federal officials are conducting tests on a Connecticut woman who's hospitalized with possible inhalation anthrax.
Meanwhile, the American general leading the war operations in Afghanistan predicts the U-S will prevail over the Taliban.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington, and has the latest.
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[SUPER=141-Tommy Franks/U. S. War Commander;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
DESPITE SEVERAL DAYS OF TALKS, A TENSE STANDOFF CONTINUES AROUND KUHNDUZ
-- THE LAST TALIBAN STRONGHOLD IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN. BUT TODAY, THE
COMMANDER OF THE U.S. MILITARY EFFORT SOUNDED CONFIDENT ABOUT HOW IT
(SOT: GEN. TOMMY FRANKS/ U.S. WAR COMMANDER)
"I don't know how long that battle will continue but at the end of the
day we will prevail in the city of Kunduz."
TALIBAN TROOPS ARE STILL TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A SURRENDER WITH THE
NORTHERN ALLIANCE. HOWEVER, NON-AFGHAN FIGHTERS -- LOYAL TO OSAMA BIN
LADEN -- ARE VOWING TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH.
MEANWHILE, U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE TIGHTENING THE NOOSE AROUND THE
TALIBAN'S SOUTHERN HOME BASE OF KANDAHAR, AND THEY'RE HUNTING DOWN BIN
LADEN'S TERRORIST NETWORK.
(SOT: GEN. TOMMY FRANKS) - 2:25:20
"Our coalition is all about the destruction of Al-Qaida leadership and
the destruction of this Taliban regime that has provided safe haven."
U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE NOT RULED OUT DEPLOYING GROUND TROOPS IN
THE RUGGED AFGHAN COUNTRYSIDE.
AS MANY AS 15-HUNDRED MARINES STATIONED OFF THE COAST OF PAKISTAN COULD
BE SENT TO AFGHANISTAN AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK ... TO JOIN SPECIAL FORCES
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE U.S. HAS BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO PUT COMBAT
AIRCRAFT JUST OUTSIDE THE BORDER IN UZBEKISTAN.
A record number of people are expected to hit the highway for the Thanksgiving holiday.
That's according to travel industry experts who say a record 87 percent are expected drive....
[VO-NAT 10 before bite]
while the number taking airplanes, trains and buses is expected to drop 27- percent.
Officials at the Roanoke Regional airport say they've also noticed a decline in the number of travelers.
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[IN Q=Last year we ]
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Roanoke Regional Airport;]
((LAST YEAR WE REALLY HAD A BANNER YEAR IN TERMS OF THANKSGIVING AND SO, NO, WE'RE OFF I THINK NATIONALLY EVERYBODY IS OFF A LITTLE THIS YEAR. I'M SURE THE HIGHWAYS WILL BE PRETTY BUSY BUT THE AIRPORTS ARE DOWN.))
[OUT Q=ARE DOWN.]
[VO-NAT 6 plus pad]
Travel industry experts say gasoline prices under a dollar in some places are also enticing people into their cars.
If you're travelling in and around Blacksburg.. V-Dot says do the opposite of what you're used to.
The lane entrances for both the bypass and downtown ramp have changed.
People traveling downtown on South Main Street should now be in the left lane...while 460 bypass traffic must be on the right.
The new pattern will remain in place until construction is done this time next year.
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[SOT 10:27:12/ 11:22:04]
[IN Q=it should improve]
((DAIL STANCILL/VDOT ASST. ENGINEER; IT SHOULD IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH THIS AREA BECAUSE WERE NOT REDUCING A LANE FROM TWO LANES TO ONE. / IT DOESN'T EXTEND THE TRAVEL TIME IT'S BASICALLY THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME TO TRAVEL EITHER AROUND THE BYPASS OR TO DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG.))
[SUPER=01-Dail Stancill/VDOT Assistant Engineer;]
[OUT Q=TO DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG.]
V-DOT officials hope message boards make changes clear to Virginia Tech students returning from Thanksgiving break and football fans attending the next home game.
Eastbound traffic on Route 460 is not affected.
Two Virginia Indian tribes are scheduled to pay their state taxes today-- with deer.
Chiefs of the (`mat-uh-PUH'-nye) Mattaponi and
(PUH'-munk-ee) Pamunkey tribes will present Governor Gilmore with freshly killed deer to cover the taxes on their triba
It's a Thanksgiving tradition in Virginia.
The ceremony dates back to a 17th century treaty.
The (mat-uh-PUH-nye) Mattaponi Reservation sits on 150 acres along the Mattaponi River.
The Pamunkey Reservation covers 12-hundred acres in King William County.
Christmas has started a little early in downtown Roanoke.
Farmers and Merchants of the Historic City Market gathered last night to "deck-the-stalls" for the holiday season.
The event kicks-off the holiday season for the market community.
The farmers decorated their stalls with pine boughs and red bows.
Some even chose to show their patriotic spirit by hanging American flags, along with the decorations.
And farmers aren't the only ones in the holiday spirit, businesses are also busy decorating their windows for the Christmas season.
In business news this morning, Fed-Ex is raising its delivery rates, but not until after the holidays.
Here's Trish McShane with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Trish McShane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS WEDNESDAY THE 21ST OF NOVEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING.
IN THIS CASE...IT'S NOT NECESSARILY BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.
ABOUT A MONTH AFTER U-P-S RAISED RATES.. COMPETITOR FED-EX JOINS
STARTING JANUARY 7... FED EX WILL RAISE DELIVERY RATES ABOUT 3.5
PERCENT.. INCLUDING A DOLLAR THIRTY FIVE FEE FOR RESIDENTIAL DELIVER.
THE LEGACY OF SEPTEMBER 11 COULD DRIVE TRAFFIC THIS WEEK.
TRIPLE-A PREDICTS 30 MILLION AMERICANS WILL HIT THE NATION'S
ROADS THIS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.
A RECORD 87 PERCENT OF THE DRIVERS WILL BE GOING 50 MILES OR
MORE, RATHER THAN FLY.
IN ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT....THE NIKKEI FINISHED HIGHER UP
85.46-POINTS AS INVESTORS RETURNED TO BANK STOCKS.
ON WALL STREET..
THERE ARE WORRIES THAT THE ANTICIPATED REBOUND IN THE ECONOMY AND
CORPORATE EARNINGS IS STILL FAR OFF!
THE DOW... NASDAQ AND THE S P-500 WERE ALL OFF ON THE SESSION.
LONDON BASED "P AND O PRINCESS CRUISES" WILL MERGE WITH U-S RIVAL
THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MERGER WILL CREATE THE WORLD'S LARGEST
LUXURY CRUISE OPERATOR... WITH A 41-SHIP FLEET AND 75-THOUSAND BERTHS.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M TRISH MCSHANE IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Three years after they lost their representative on the board that oversees the regional landfill, residents of the Bradshaw Road area will soon have a new voice on the panel.
Residents were angered in early 1998, when the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors failed to reappoint their representative to the board of the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority.
But recently, at the request of Catawba Supervisor Joe "Butch" Church, the board appointed Suzie Snyder, who lives next door to the Smith Gap landfill.
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[IN Q=I personally, if I lived]
((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH: I PERSONALLY, IF I LIVED IN BRADSHAW ROAD AREA, I WOULD SURE LIKE TO HAVE A VOICE IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IT'S NOT A CORNER GROCERY STORE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A HUGE OPERATION HERE.))
((SUZIE SNYDER: THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT GO ON AT A LANDFILL AND THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA DEFINITELY NEED SOME TYPE OF REPRESENTATION. THEY NEED A VOICE AND WITHOUT HEARING WHAT'S GOING ON, WITHOUT REPRESENTATION THERE'S NO VOICE.))
[SUPER=01-Joe "Butch" Church/Catawba Supervisor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Suzie Snyder/New Resource Authority Board Member; :11]
[OUT Q=without representation there's no voice]
Church says he is hopeful that one day, the Catawba District will be guaranteed representation on the Resource Authority Board.
Auto detailers in Richmond are warning customers that some patriotic displays may come with a hefty price- a new paint job for their cars.
Some drivers who have magnetic flags on their cars are finding problems with the vehicle's paint.
That's because the magnets are so thin, water gets behind them and causes the paint to fade or peel.
Detailers in Richmond say several customers come in for a wax job only to learn their car needs a paint job instead.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, - The small pox vaccine may help fight cervical cancer.
And the F-D-A approves a new birth control skin patch.
Doctor Dave Hnida has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((THE VACCINE FOR SMALLPOX- MAY ALSO WORK AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER.
RESEARCHERS SAY A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE SMALLPOX VACCINE APPEARS TO
BOOST THE BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM TO ATTACK THE VIRUS THATS OFTEN
RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING CERVICAL CANCER'THE VACCINE MAY BE MOST VALUABLE
IN THOSE WOMEN WHO HAVE A PAP SMEAR THAT SHOWS PRE CANCEROUS CHANGES- THE
SHOT WOULD THEN BOOST THE BODY'S IMMUNE CELLS TO KILL OFF THE CANCER
CAUSING VIRUS BEFORE IT COULD CAUSE FURTHER DAMAGE.
GOOD NEWS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER-
THERE HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING
SCREENED FOR CANCER OVER THE PAST DECADE.
THE NUMBER OF WOMEN GETTING MAMMOGRAMS HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED- AND MORE
AND MORE WOMEN ARE GETTING PAP SMEARS-
ONE AREA WHERE SCREENING IS NOT SO GOOD- COLON CANCER
RESEARCH FINDS ONLY 30% OF WOMEN- AND 37% OF MEN OVER THE AGE OF 50 ARE
BEING SCREENED FOR COLON CANCER.
FINALLY TODAY- A NEW FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL HAS GOTTEN THE A-OK FROM THE
FDA- ITS JUST LIKE THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL- BUT IT COMES IN THE FORM OF A
THE PATCH: CALLED ORTHO-EVRA- IS WORN FOR ONE WEEK- AT WHICH TIME YOU
PUT ON A FRESH ONE.
THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA
FOR CBS NEWS.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Now marks one of the busiest travel times of the year...
But this year is different...
A record number are expected to DRIVE while the number taking airplanes, trains and buses is expected to drop.
Teresa Hamilton reports-- the Roanoke Regional Airport appears to be following the national trend.
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[IN Q=Here at the ]
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Roanoke Regional Airport; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Federico/Radford University; :26]
[SUPER=01-Sara Lundgren/Roanoke College; :37 VERY QUICK!!!!]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.]
(( Here at the Roanoke Regional Airport the number of people traveling by air is down compared to this time last year...
By early estimates--- as much as 20- percent.
[in q= It's substantially better ]
((JACQUELINE SHUCK/ROANOKE AIRPORT: IT'S SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER THAN IT WAS TWO WEEKS AGO BUT CERTAINLY NOT THE RECORD CROWDS WE SAW LAST YEAR.))
[OUT Q= we saw last year.]
Travel industry experts say a fear of flying and a weak economy are to blame.
[in q= I'd rather]
((JEFF FEDERICO/RADFORD UNIVERSITY: I'D RATHER DRIVE BUT TO BUFFALO NEW YORK THAT'S TOO FAR... BUT IT'S SCARY.))
[out q = but it's scary.]
Those who do decide to fly-- will face tighter security.
[IN Q= I CAME A LOT]
((SARA LUNDGREN: I CAME A LOT EARLIER, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE SECURITY WOULD BE LIKE.))
[OUT Q= WOULD BE LIKE. ]
Here at the Roanoke Airport... officials say passengers need to arrive two hours early and to carry a valid I-D.
Passengers are also advised not to wrap any gifts or packages.
You may also be asked to remove your shoes and bulky coats for closer inspection.
[IN Q= All of the carry on]
((SHUCK: ALL OF THE CARRY ON LUGGAGE IS SUBJECT TO INSPECTION IN ADDITIONAL YOU'RE ONLY PERMITTED ONE CARRY ON BAG AND ONE PERSONAL ITEMS, DEFINED AS PURSES, BRIEF CASES, BACKPACKS.))
Airport officials say it's also important to note, that because of security, the short term parking lot remains closed.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
Governor-elect Mark Warner is looking for ways to boost Virginia's economy.
The Democrat plans to meet with officials from across the southwestern part of the state next Monday.
The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Henry County Administration Building.
They'll be talking about ways to respond to massive job cuts in Southside.
The men and women of the U-S-S Enterprise battle group will get a special treat tonight.
Garth Brooks will perform on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier.
The concert is both a welcome home and Thanksgiving celebration for the sailors, who recently returned from Operation Enduring Freedom.
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[IN Q=The last time we]
((GARTH BROOKS; THE LAST TIME WE ACTUALLY PLAYED IN NORFOLK WAS FOR THE TROOPS RETURNING FROM THE GULF WAR SO IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK. IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK FOR THE SAME HONOR, THE SAME PURPOSE.))
[OUT Q=the same purpose.]
Jewel will also join Garth on stage.
You can see the concert live tonight here on WDBJ-7.
It starts at 10 o-clock.
The battle between the haves and the have-nots is heating up in Virginia.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission is dominated by Republicans from northern Virginia.
Yesterday, a study -- vetoed by the Governor, but ordered by the Commission in May-- showed the state is NOT meeting its Constitutional obligation to local schools by about a half BILLION dollars each year.
[IN Q=Let me bottom line it.]
((DEL. KIRK COX/(R) COLONIAL HEIGHTS: LET ME BOTTOM LINE IT. MAYBE I'M GOING OUT ON A LIMB HERE. BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO COME UP WITH THAT KIND OF MONEY. SO BOTTOM LINE IT FOR ME, TO FULFILL WHAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER THE BASE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY THAT WOULD BE?))
[SUPER=01-Del. Kirk Cox/(R) Colonial Heights; :06]
[OUT Q=how much money would that be?]
If lawmakers wanted to raise teacher pay to the national average -- a campaign promise of both candidates for governor -- it could cost the state and localities another 789 million dollars a year.
Difficult news for Democratic Governor- Elect Mark Warner.
But good news from the man he had lunch with... the Republican who heads up the House Appropriations Committee.
[IN Q=Went very well. Very cordial ]
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/(R) FAIRFAX: WENT VERY WELL. VERY CORDIAL DISCUSSION. WE DISCUSSED THIS. WE DISCUSSED THIS. WE DISCUSSED OUR RELATIONSHIP. AND MY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP TO HIM. AND I PLEDGED ALL THE SUPPORT THAT HE WANTS, AND HE'S GONNA GET IT FROM ME.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax;]
[OUT Q=he's gonna get it from me.]
Warner's already had dinner with other top Republicans: Senate Finance Chairman John Chichester last night, and House Speaker Vance Wilkins last week.
Franklin County schools say the state is giving them 445-thousand dollars LESS than expected.
That means they had to look elsewhere for the 53-thousand dollars needed to remove old asbestos pipe from Lee M. Waid Elementary School.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors pitched in THAT money... along with 406-thousand dollars to pay the architects for the new Windy Gap Elementary School.
The school won't open until 2004, but will meet growth in the northern part of the county.
Supervisors also passed a resolution asking the state police to station more troopers in Franklin County.
The county had a record 21 fatalities this year on its roads.
Officials say Franklin County has the most fatal accidents in western Virginia ... yet it has fewer troopers than many of its neighbors.
(Kim and Leo Hello)
Leo ----WEATHER PRO
Virginia Foresters are offering a 2-thousand dollar reward for the arrests of arsonists responsible for a series of fires in Franklin County.
Since October 27th, 19 small fires have been set along county roadsides.
At least two were set with the help of a "device."
Forestry officials believe more than one person is responsible.
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[SOT 4:10 - :25]
[IN Q=We've had D.O.F.]
((RICHARD LAW/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: WE'VE HAD DOF PERSONNEL AND NATIONAL GUARD IN THE AREA 24 HOURS A DAY, GOING DOOR TO DOOR, TRYING TO GATHER INFORMATION ON WHAT'S GOING ON.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Law/Virginia Department of Forestry;]
[OUT Q=what's going on.]
The last fire was set on Saturday, not far from a home.
It looks like the popular club drug ecstasy.. but authorities say there's a dangerous look-a-like drug that may be making the rounds in central Virginia.
Last month, a 17- year- old Bedford County boy was found naked and combative in some bushes on Laurel Street in Bedford.
Police say he'd ingested (para-meth-OXY ) amphetamine, or P--M-A..
It looks just like ecstasy, but it's far more lethal.
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[IN Q=Somebody in this]
((TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD POLICE: SOMEBODY IN THIS VIEWING AREA HAS THIS DRUG AND IS DISTRIBUTING THIS DRUG AND FROM OUR STANDPOINT.. IT'S IMPORTANT FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, NOT REALLY A LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE, TO GET THIS OUT RIGHT NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Sullivan/Bedford Police Department]
[OUT Q=out right now.]
Police say ecstasy users are at risk, because they can't be sure what they're taking is not P-M-A.
P-M-A was popular in the early 1970's, but has re-surfaced in the last couple of years.