Coming up on News 7-
A group of students is arrested for plotting a school massacre similar to Columbine....
A jetliner goes down in Switzerland.
Henry County prepares for a visit from Governor elect Mark Warner...
Plus, an update on a Collinsville landmark.
News 7 is next.
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The U-S continues to pound suspected terrorist hideouts among Afghanistan's tunnels and caves.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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A senior anti-Taliban commander says informants have reported seeing Osama bin Laden in the past week.
He was reportedly spotted near the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
Meanwhile-- more than a thousand Taliban troops have dropped their weapons... surrending to United Front soldiers.
But as Gretchen Carlson reports-- bin Laden loyalists are vowing to fight to the finish line.
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[SUPER=141-Gretchen Carlson/CBS News; ]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News.]
AMERICAN PILOTS MADE SCORES OF BOMBING RUNS ON SATURDAY, AIMED AT
TUNNELS AND CAVES, BELIEVED TO BE USED BY AL QAIDA LEADERS.
(nats - tanks/trucks)
ON THE GROUND, TALIBAN TROOPS SURRENDERED BY THE TRUCKLOAD.
BRINGING WITH THEM, RIFLES, ROCKETS - EVEN A FEW TALIBAN TANKS.
ALL TOLD, MORE THAN A THOUSAND TROOPS, AND A FEW COMMANDERS, SAY THEY
SNUCK OUT OF KUNDUZ.
(nats - fighter)
'WE WERE SURROUNDED, AND THE AMERICANS WERE BOMBARDING US', SAYS THIS
FORMER TALIBAN FIGHTER.
'WHAT ELSE COULD WE DO, BUT COME OVER TO THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE.'
REBEL COMMANDERS SAY AFGHAN TALIBAN SOLDIERS WHO SURRENDER WILL
EVENTUALLY BE DISARMED AND FREED.
BUT TRUST IS HARD TO COME BY - ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF AFGHANISTAN.
FEARING THE WORST, ONE FOREIGN FIGHTER KILLED HIMSELF AND TWO OTHERS IN
A SUICIDE ATTACK...INSIDE A PRISON IN MAIDAN SHAR.
(SOUNDBITE - UNIDENTIFIED PRISONER: All is fair in love and war and in
the war we are prisoners.")
(nats - refugees)
ON THE ROAD OUT OF KUNDUZ, MORE TALES OF ATROCITIES, FROM REFUGEES, AS
WELL AS THE SOLDIERS.
ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, WHEN THE TALIBAN CAPTURES UNITED FRONT FIGHTERS,
THEY TOSS THEM IN HOLES, THEN THROW HAND GRENADES ON TOP OF THEM.
(10:17:50 - nats..body bags)
SOME BIN LADEN FOLLOWERS ARE MEETING THEIR OWN FATE.
NORTH OF KABUL, DOZENS OF AL QAEDA LOYALISTS, ARE WRAPPED IN BODY
U-S COMMANDERS SAY IF AMERICAN TROOPS CAN KEEP BOMBING KUNDUZ FOR TWO
MORE DAYS, THE CITY WILL FALL.
BUT WITH FOREIGN FIGHTERS REFUSING TO SURRENDER, OFFICIALS THIS WAR
ON TERRORISM COULD QUICKLY TURN INTO A BLOODBATH.
A severe storm system has blasted the nation's midsection -- leaving more than a dozen people dead.
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Five people were killed in Mississippi, when a line of storms blew through earlier today uprooting tress and flipping over cars.
A devastating tornado was also reported in Madison, Mississippi.
[IN Q= I WAS ]
[SUPER=01-Harry David/Tornado Victim; ]
((I WAS JUST PRAYING TO GOD THAT... CALLING MY DAUGHTER, GET D OWN, GET DOWN... IN THREE TO FIVE MINUTES IT WAS GONE.))
[OUT Q= WAS GONE.]
Authorities also are out surveying the damage in Arkansas.
A round of storms last night left four people dead there.
Reports also indicate two women were killed in Alabama when a tornado lifted their home from its foundation.
Some serious storms there... here at home, though, a different story. Rain without the terrible wind to go with it.
Let's head over now and talk to Jacey.[Economic-Reaction]
Many expect a blue holiday season in Henry County this year.
Recent lay-offs, budget shortfalls, and possible school closings are all making for some tough times.
On Monday, Governor elect Mark Warner will meet with local and elected officials to discuss economic development for the region.
Residents welcome any input that may help turn this economy around.
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[IN Q=I think we all have]
((STEVE SHEPPARD/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES HERE AND BRING SOME BUSINESS IN AND I THINK HAVING THE STATE'S HELP ON THAT IS GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT HELP.))
((JOHNNIE PETERS/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: BY HIM COMING HE CAN GET A FULL VIEW WITH THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE OCCURING AT THIS TIME.))
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[SUPER=01-Johnnie Peters/Henry Co. Resident; :15]
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Governor-elect Warner's visit is scheduled for Monday at 11 in the morning at the Henry County Administration Building.
We're told Warner will discuss economic development in general terms only, rather than specific programs targeted to specific industries and their employees.
Area stores are making their lists and checking them twice.
One thing that is not missing this year is enough workers.
And that could mean shorter lines at the cash register.
As Justin McLeod discovered higher unemployment and a bad economy may be the reason why.
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[SUPER=01-Hunter Scott/Shopper; :12]
[SUPER=01-Michael Burkett/Wal-Mart Manager; :30]
[SUPER=01-Bob Campbell/Kmart Manager; 1:15]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF SCANNING AT REGISTER))
You usually expect to find longer lines and bigger crowds when you go holiday shopping.
But this year, some shoppers say there's a reason to be jolly.
[IN Q=Its actually a lot]
((HUNTER SCOTT/SHOPPER: ITS ACTUALLY A LOT MORE EFFICIENT, QUICKER, SMALLER LINES, MORE HELP.))
[Out Q=more help]
Indeed more help may be the reason why.
In the last few years, there have been too many job openings and not enough people to fill them.
Thats led to longer lines and shorter tempers.
But this year, help is on its way.
[IN Q=We've had more applicants]
((MICHAEL BURKETT/WAL-MART MANAGER: WE'VE HAD MORE APPLICANTS THIS YEAR BECAUSE THERE'S MORE JOBS OUT THERE AND PEOPLE ARE ALSO LOSING THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS.))
[OUT Q=way the economy is]
The applicants are there but are the jobs?
The answer is yes.
The Valley View Walmart is hiring more this year, an additional 50 over last year.
[IN Q=In the past]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN THE PAST, SOME STORES HAVE HAD TO OFFER INCENTIVES JUST TO GET APPLICANTS IN THE DOOR. THEY DID GIFT CERTIFICATES EVEN SIGNING BONUSES. THIS YEAR YOU'LL SEE LESS OF THAT BUT ONE THING THAT DOES REMAIN THE SAME IS A COMPETITIVE STARTING WAGE.))
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((NAT SOUND OF SCANNING))
Wal-mart recently raised their starting wage.
And now turnover is down nearly forty percent.
K-mart also starts above minimum wage.
They too still have a few more slots to fill.
[IN Q=We just need more people]
((BOB CAMPBELL/K-MART STORE MANAGER: WE JUST NEED MORE PEOPLE TO STOCK AND MORE PEOPLE TO RUN THE REGISTERS AND TRY TO GIVE BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE. IF YOU CUT BACK ON THE HELP, SOMETHING IS GOING TO SUFFER AND MORE THAN LIKELY ITS GOING TO BE THE CUSTOMER SERVICE ASPECT OF IT.))
[OUT Q=aspect of it]
Better service leads to more happier returns.
But remember you eventually, you have to pay for all those presents you buy.
So if your credit card is maxed out, you might want to consider a temporary job.
That would guarantee yourself and store managers a happy holiday.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Still ahead, Massachussetts authorities say they've prevented a repeat of Columbine... We'll have details in just a few minutes...
plus, friends and family gather to remember the latest victim of anthrax.
We'll be right back.
Mourners are remembering Ottilie (AH-til-ee) Lundgren as a loving woman who took joy in collecting knick-knacks.
About 250 friends and family gathered this morning in Oxford, Connecticut, to say good-bye to the 94- year old woman-- the latest victim of anthrax.
Her niece and grandniece recalled how Lundgren, whose initials
were O-W-L, loved to collect owls.
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[IN Q=It was a ]
[SUPER=01-David McKane/Friend; ]
((IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SERVICE AND ONE I'M SURE MS. LUNDGREN WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED. THE FOLKS IN T OWN OBVIOUSLY HAD A GREAT LOVE FOR MS. LUNDGREN, THERE WAS QUITE AN OUTPOURING OF PEOPLE HERE TODAY.))
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Lundgren died Wednesday of inhaled anthrax, five days after
being admitted to a hospital suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how she was
At least ten people are dead in a plane crash near the airport in Zurich, Switzerland.
The regional jetliner was carrying 32- people when it went down on its landing approach.
Officials say nine injured people have been pulled from the wreckage.
There was rain and intermittent snow at the time of the crash.
The Crossair plane was coming from Berlin.
Crossair is a subsidiary of the troubled Swissair Group.
[!!NOT A STANDARD OUT!!]
Police in southeastern Massachusetts say they've foiled a Columbine-like shooting rampage.
Authorities say they have arrested three high school students who were planning to bomb their school and shoot classmates as they fled to safety.
Peg Rusconi has more.
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[SUPER=01-Chief Arthur Kelly/New Bedford Police; :22]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Silvia/School Superintendent; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Peg Rusconi/CBS News; 1:32]
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Up ahead on News 7 at 11, Bath County rolls, and Liberty hands Gretna its first loss of the season, Roy Stanley will have highlights of todays action in the high school football playoffs...
but before that, today's rain was probably welcomed across the area, but one locality wasn't too merry about it. We'll have that and more in just a few minutes. Stay with us.
The owners of a Henry County landmark say they have a plan to raise their hotel up from the ashes.
It has been more than eight months since fire caused extensive damage to the Dutch Inn in Collinsville.
The fire destroyed the inn's lounge, lobby, offices, and trademark windmill.
The owners hope to begin rebuilding in a matter of weeks.
The plan was to start several months ago but the bidding process caused some delays.
The owners plan to rebuild the windmill tower but on a smaller scale.
Today's rain dampened the holiday spirit in southside today.
The weather forced organizers to cancel the annual Christmas parade in Uptown Martinsville.
The event consists of nearly 150 floats and usually attracts more than fifteen thousand spectators.
Organizers plan to announce Monday when the parade will be re-scheduled.
This year's parade will take on a racing theme in honor of the area's racing history.
Bath County advances to the state semi finals the Chargers shutout Galax yesterday 57 to nothing.
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[SUPER=03-Bath Co./Chargers vs Maroon Tide; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alex Shaver/140 Yards Rushing 5 Touchdowns; :32]
[SUPER=01-Jacob Phillips/206 Yards Passing; :52]
[SUPER=36-Bath Co./57/Galax/0/; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Chris Jones/Bath Co. Head Coach; 1:28]
[OUT Q=........"Region C Championship."]
((Bath county coach Chris Jones got a gatorade shower to celebrate his teams second straight Region C championship.....a championship that was never in doubt.
Bath County scored on all 5 of its first half possessions. Running back Alex Shaver scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns giving the Chargers a 14 to nothing lead after one.
Shaver would score twice more in the second quarter including this 32 yard dash down the sidelines as the Chargers quickly built a 28 to nothing lead.))
((ALEX SHAVER/140 YARDS RUSHING 5 TOUCHDOWNS:))
((As impressive as shaver was Bath County quarterback Jacob Phillips was jsut as impressive.
Phillips completed 8 of 9 passes for 206 yards including this 48 yard strike to Michael Bush to set up another Bath County Touchdown.))
((JACOB PHILLIPS/206 YARDS PASSING:))
((Meanwhile Galax struggled just to get yards. Their leading rusher Brandon Brown managed just 4 yards rushing for the game as Galax failed to score a single point.
Bath County's Michael Bush then finished off the Maroon Tide with a pair of second half touchdowns including this 32 yard T-d run in the third quarter. Busch ran for 209 yards and three scores while shaver ran for 140 yards and 5 touchdowns Bath County advances to the state semi finals with a 57 to nothing win.))
((CHRIS JONES/BATH CO. HEAD COACH:))
The Chargers host the state semi final this Saturday against Appalachia.
Gretna suffered its first loss and the Hawks end their season in the Region Three Division 3 finals Liberty getting the 30 to 6 win.
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Gretna Coach Robert Prunty trying to keep his season alive for one more game.
But the Minutmen would have different ideas. Quarterback Stephen Brawley fakes the handoff, and the cameraman, as he keeps it himself and breaks free for the 30 yard score. Liberty up 7-0.
They would look to add more. this time the ball does go to the running back Mike Glass and he rumbles down to the one. Brawley would score on the next play to put Liberty up 14-0 at the half.
The Hawks would look to mount a comeback in the third. Quarterback Vicqual Hall puts it in the air for Casey Hall as they connect for the 30 yard strike.
The Hawks would be driving again, but this time Hall's deep ball is picked off by Liberty's Josh Goff, and that seals the deal as Liberty shoots down the Hawks and move on in the playoffs 30-6.
The Minutemen advance to the state semi finals for a showdown with Graham in Bluefield on Saturday.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody!
Bridgewater College is another step closer to the Stagg Bowl.
Yesterday the Eagles won a wild second round shootout with San Antonio's Trinity University to advance to the elite 8.
Mike Stevens has the highlights from the 41-to-37 win.
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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
((A packed house at Jopson Field would see more than raindrops fill the air as Trinity quarterback Roy Hampton came out firing on the Eagles. His pinpoint passing put the visitors in front 13-to-nothing. Hampton would finish with 462 yards passing.
But those numbers paled in comparison to the Eagles balanced attack. All-American tailback Devon Cruz sweeps left for a TD. He had 169 yards rushing on 28 carries.
His backfield mate Jason Lutz the ODAC player of the year lived up to his billing with 134 yards rushing and 249 more passing.
Lutz misfired on his first nine passes, but then hit Andre Jones on the right sideline on a 44 scoring strike to tie the game at 13 heading to the half.
Lutz was just getting warmed up as opens the third with a 44 yard bomb to P.J. Berry. He makes the catch and breaks the plane before the ball is stripped.
The Eagles have their first lead.
Then senior Marcus Richardson from Halifax County got busy. The play action gets him free and he does the rest on the 48 yard score down the middle.
He had 3 and two were for touchdowns.
The final one came on this fourth quarter toss from Lutz who finished with 5 touchdown passes. Bridgewater survives with the 41-to-37 win over Trinity.))
Expect some major changes when the B-C-S bowl standings are released next week.
Ohio State wrecked Michigan's major bowl dreams upsetting the 11-th ranked Wolverines and Oklahoma State knocked off 4-th ranked Oklahoma.
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The Cowboys were 27 point underdogs.
But Freshman quarterback Josh Fields threw this 14 yard T-D pass to Rashaun Woods with just over a minute remaining the Cowboys win it 16 to 13.
And here are the scores.
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[SUPER=0101-j/South Carolina St./16//Norfolk St./10///j/Wake Forest/38//N. Illinois/35///;]
[SUPER=0101-/Michigan#11/20/j/Ohio St./26////Stanford#13/3//Notre Dame/13/4//;]
[SUPER=0101-/Georgia#19/31//Georgia Tech#21/17/4//j/Marshall#20/38//Youngstown St./24///;]
[OUT Q=...last score."]
The Lady Colonels of William Fleming advance to the girls state semi-finals with a 46 to 40 win over Bassett.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Colonels vs Bengals; :]
The Colonels and Bengals hooked up at Salem High School.
Bassett's Shirley McCall takes the pass underneath the basket and scores to make it 24 to 22 Bassett.
Fleming's Renicia Lovelace brings the Colonels back when she catches the pass and hits the jumper to tie it at 24.
But Bassett comes right back McCall this time she takes it inside for the Layup and it was tied at 26.
[SUPER=34-William Fleming/46/Bassett/40/; :]
The Colonels get out on the break Lovelace passes to Olivia Grant he scores drawing the foul and fleming wins it 46 to 40.
In the other Group 2 A game Northside downed Lee 55 to 53.
Glenvar advances to the state semi finals at the Salem Civic center with a 55 to 50 overtime win over J.J. Kelly
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Northside Middle school was the site of the quarterfinal game.
Glenvar's Leann Woodley passes to Amanda Kite she hits the duece for two and the Highlanders led by 2.
J.J. Kelly comes back Lashay Collier drives to the hole she passes to Sara Helton who misses but follows the shot to tie the game.
[SUPER=34-Glenver/55/J.J. Kelly/50/Overtime; :]
Kite was the big gun for the Highlanders she scores inside finishing the game with 24 and the Highlanders win it 55 to 50.
In other Group A action Radford beat Apalachia 33 to 31 In overtime.
Virginia Tech lost to Old Dominion in Norfolk 55 to 46.
Carlos Dixon was the leading scorer for Tech with 19.
The Tech women beat Northwestern State 71 to 46. Crystal Stallings had 17 and Sara Hicks 10.
The Roanoke College men lost to Trinity University today 88 to 60. Roanoke's Kenny Harrell led the Marons with 12.
And the University of St. Thomas beat the Roanoke women 62 to 50.
Ferrum's Tanisha Durham scored 20 as the Panthers beat Piedmont 81 to 73.
Glenvar advances to the girls state basketball semi-finals, more later on Sunday Morning.
And finally tonight, an early Christmas present for the Kansas City Zoo...
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Today the zoo unveiled three new baby lion cubs.
After being kept in isolation since early September, zoo keepers decided the cubs were old enough to see and be seen this afternoon.
Their very protective mother watches on as the cubs get used to the public eye.
Each cub weighs about three pounds now, but will grow to tip the scales at more than 200 pounds each.