Job cuts and the resulting loss in tax revenue could mean closings and consolidating of some Henry County schools.
We'll tell you which schools could be affected.
And an elderly woman in Connecticut becomes the latest person with a confirmed case of inhalation anthrax.
Sunny and cool weather for one of the busiest travel days of the year....I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at noon is coming up.
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Where in the world is Osama bin Laden?
A Taliban spokesman says they've lost contact with bin Laden -- and he's no longer under the militia's control
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
In fact, the Taliban official says he doesn't know of any members of the al-Qaida network in the areas still under under Taliban control.
Meanwhile, no Thanksgiving holiday rest for American forces as they continue their battle AGAINST the Taliban.
U-S warplanes are splitting their raids between Kandahar, the
Taliban's home base in the south, and Kunduz, the last Taliban stronghold in the north.
The general leading the war effort in Afghanistan predicts
the U-S and other anti-Taliban forces ``will prevail''.
Manuel Gallegus is in Washington today with an update on the war.
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[OUT Q=back to you.]
PRESIDENT BUSH LEFT FOR KENTUCKY THIS MORNINGHEADING TO FORT
CAMBELL-HOME OF THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION.
THE PRESIDENT WILL GIVE A MORALE BOOSTING SPEECH TO MORE THAN
10-THOUSAND SOLDIERS, AND REMIND THEM WE ARE IN FOR A LONG WAR.
ACCORDING TO THE PENTAGON, THREE QUARTERS OF AFGHAN TERRITORY IS NO
LONGER IN TALIBAN CONTROL.
BUT COALITION FORCES ARE STILL STRUGGLING AGAINST TALIBAN FIGHTERS IN
THE NORTHERN STRONGHOLD IN KUNDUZ
BUT THE COMMANDER OF THE US WAR EFFORT SAID ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME.
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I dont know how long that battle will continue. But at the end of the
day we will prevail.
AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE WORKING WITH NORTHERN ALLIANCE FORCES SEARCHING
FOR OSAMA BIN LADEN. A TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY HAVENT SEEN HIM.
SOT- Syed Tayyad Agha, Spokesman for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar
"We have no idea where he is. //EDIT//
Q: Does that mean he is no longer your guest? What is your
relationship to him?
STA: "So there is no relation right now, there is no communication."
MEANTIME MILLIONS AFGHAN REFUGEES ARE ENDURING DESPERATE CONDITIONS.
AND THE U.N. IS HANDING OUT AID TO RESIDENTS OF KABUL LEFT HOMELESS BY
THE FIGHTING AND THE US BOMBING
A 94- year- old Connecticut woman is fighting for her life--
Federal officials confirm she's the latest person diagnosed with inhalation anthrax.
The woman family members identify as Ottilie Lundgren is said to be in critical condition.
Doctors aren't saying much else, except that she's being treated with antibiotics that are normally used to fight anthrax.
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[IN Q=Treatment was started]
[OUT Q=very serious disease.]
Officials say it's not clear how Lundgren contracted the disease--but their focus is on the mail.
The F-B-I and state police have secured Lundgren's home, and are conducting a criminal investigation.
Job losses in Henry County are forcing the school board to make some hard choices.
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Local tax revenues will be going down because of the cuts at V-F Imagewear.
Today, the school board told officials to look at ways to trim expenses.
That could mean closing and consolidating some schools.
Among the possibilities: combining Laurel Park and Magna Vista high schools at the Magna Vista site;
closing Fieldale-Collinsville high school and sending those students to Bassett;
and closing at least three elementary schools.
The board will hold a public hearing on school consolidation on Monday, December 3rd.
A 23 year old father is charged with felony child abuse of his baby daughter, abuse that investigators say resulted in her death.
James Ray Hooker of Axton is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.
The sheriff's department says six month old Breanne Marie Hooker was injured at her home 12 days ago .. and died at Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
Investigators say James Hooker claimed the girl was hurt in a vehicle he was driving, but they determined that was not the case.
A Boston judge is reinstating a security company that screened passengers at Logan Airport.
That after ruling the airport's new security chief revoked the company's permit ILLEGALLY.
The security chief had revoked Argenbright Security's license after well- publicized security breaches.
Meanwhile, security breaches remain a problem at other airports across the country.
At Sea-Tac airport in Washington, an undercover camera shows construction workers repeatedly accessing runways, jets and the passenger terminal with little or no security check.
But airport officials say a plan to improve security has been in the works since the September 11th attacks.
The Thanksgiving travel rush is on locally as well. Many travelers chose to drive this year rather than fly.
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However, Keith Humphry is at the Roanoke Regional airport where he says the parking lot is almost full.
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[OUT Q=close to the terminal.]
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Q&A: Keith, what about the overflow parking?
Four tourists are dead after being swept away by flood waters in the Canary Islands.
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The four were part of a group hiking along a ravine in a national park.
Torrential rains have drenched Spain's normally sunny Canary Islands, located off the west coast of Africa.
Some residents have been evacuated from their homes.
The flood is the first that's hit the area in recent memory.
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The maker of Oxycontin takes steps to track the illegal use of the prescription drug. We'll have the details after this break.
Also a state auditing commission says Virginia should spend a half BILLION dollars more on schools every year. We'll tell you what that means to one local school.
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The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has taken another step to curb abuse of the drug.
Purdue Pharma is shipping specially- marked OxyContin tablets to Mexico, South America and Canada.
The company hopes this will help law enforcement agencies determine the source of the illegally- sold medication seized in America.
Law enforcement says cross-border smuggling is a significant source of illegal prescription drugs in the U-S.
A Ferrum woman whose baby overdosed on oxycontin will spend the next three and a half years in prison.
24-year-old Lisa Chaney entered an Alford plea and was convicted of felony child neglect.
Last June, her relatives took the 16-month-old baby to the hospital when it would not wake up from a nap and stopped breathing.
Chaney said the baby must have eaten oxycontin pills that had fallen on the floor.
The prescription drugs Xanax and oxycontin were found in the baby's blood.
The baby lived -- and is doing fine.
She and Chaney's 6-year-old daughter now live with their grandparents.
In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but concedes the prosecution has enough evidence to convict.
Local schools in Virginia have said for years that the state wasn't paying its fair share.
Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission reported a dollar figure.
It said the state should pay at least a half BILLION dollars more each year to localities to support their schools.
The Commission's chairman has an obvious regional bias for wanting to change how the state funds local schools.
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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R- FAIRFAX: WELL, RURAL AND LESS AFFLUENT LOCALITIES ARE ALREADY RECEIVING THE LION'S SHARE OF STATE APPROPRIATIONS AS A PERCENTAGE. MY JURISDICTION, FAIRFAX COUNTY, LESS THAN 20 PERCENT OF THEIR SCHOOL BUDGET COMES OUT OF THE STATE. WHERE YOU'LL GET SOME LOCALITIES THAT IT'S OVER 50 OR 60 PERCENT. ... SO WE FEEL WE'RE ALREADY BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.))
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[OUT Q=we're already being discriminated against.]
The commission also heard that bringing teacher pay up to the national average -- a campaign promise of both gubernatorial candidates -- could cost the state and localities 789 million MORE dollars per year.
Officials with the Franklin County school system say the state is giving them 445-thousand dollars LESS than expected.
That means it had to FIND 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.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see New York's first museum exhibit dedicated to the events of September 11th,
and we will tell you why those magnetic car flags may be good for the American spirit, but bad for your car.
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Auto detailers in Richmond are warning customers that some patriotic displays could damage the paint jobs on their cars.
Some drivers who have magnetic flags are finding problems with the vehicles' 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 have come in for a wax job, only to learn their car needs PAINTING instead.
While the rubble at Ground Zero is still smoldering, there's already an exhibit that looks back on the events of September 11th.
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The exhibit opened yesterday at the New York Historical Society.
The pictures were all taken by photographers of the famous Magnum photo agency.
Coincidentally, the agency had a meeting of its photographers on September 10th.
That meant a number of the world's most respected photojournalists were in New York when the terrorist attacks happened.
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[IN Q=As usual, the camera]
((THOMAS HOEPKER/MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHER: AS USUAL THE CAMERA SERVES AS YOUR SHIELD BETWEEN YOUR EMOTIONS AND REALITY. SO, THE CAMERA MAKES YOU A PROFESSIONAL VISITOR RATHER THAN A TOURIST. ))
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[OUT Q=rather than a tourist.]
Magnum has released a book entitled, "New York September 11."
A portion of both exhibition ticket sales and book proceeds will be donated to funds benefiting victims of the terrorist attacks.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 85 points.
Nasdaq has lost 24 points.
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IN sports, the Roanoke Express continues to move forward as it prepares to face Greensboro tomorrow...
AND we'll see if the Hokies were able to bring home a win against Rhode Island.
We'll have details coming up in sports.
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Only three other teams in the entire ECHL have more wins than the Roanoke Express.
Yet, this marks only the tip of the iceberg for its potential....
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[OUT Q=....in order to win"]
Greensboro will be in town to tangle with the Express on Thanksgiving night at 7.
Virginia Tech men's basketball team is now 2- and -0- , after sealing a victory over Rhode Island last night, 86 to 63.
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The Hokies played well in their opener last Saturday night.
They hoped to make quick work of the once- mighty Rams.
Rhode Island gets it going first, but not for long, as this hoop tied the game at 27-all in the first half.
But Tech went on a 59-to-34 run the rest of the way.
Terry Taylor get two of his 16 points as he converts the board and the bucket for the Hokies.
Howard Smith did his best to make this thing close, as he gets the hoop for Rhode Island.
But Brian Chase fakes the pass and drains the long ball from downtown.
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He scores 9.
Carlos Dixon and Joe Hamilton add 31 more, as the Hokies move to 2-and-0 with the 86-to-63 win.
The Roanoke Dazzle suffered from a little Altitude Sickness last night.
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Former Depaul head coach Joey Meyer is now the bench boss for the Asheville Altitude.
In the fourth, the Dazzle's Artie Griffin takes the inbounds pass.
He drives to the hoop and scoops it in to cut the Asheville lead to 54-to-48.
Asheville out rebounded the Dazzle last night.
Paul Grant led the visitors with 11 rebounds and 18 points.
But the Dazzle refused to give up.
The dunk by Marshall Phillips cuts it to two.
He had a team high 18.
But Asheville controlled the temp,o thanks to Tyson Patterson, who banged in 10 points.
The Dazzle loses its first game of the year last night, 70-to-66.
Derrick Hines did not play last night. The Dazzle is back home Friday night hosting Fayetteville.
Christmas started a little early last night in Downtown Roanoke.
Farmers and Merchants of the Historic City Market gathered to "deck-the-stalls" for the holiday season.
The event kicks-off the holiday season for the market community.
The farmer's 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 farmer's aren't the only ones in the holiday spirit tonight, businesses are also busy decorating their windows for the Christmas season.
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