Coming up next on the newscast,
More trouble for O-J Simpson...
Federal agents search his Miami home as part of a probe into a drug and theft ring.
And, missiles strike Palestinian targets for a second day in the Israeli "war on terror." We'll have a live report.
Warm and dry weather continues....with a chance for some record highs to be broken over the next couple of days....I'll have your forecast...
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A second day of Israel's war on terrorism claims at least two lives...
And one missile strike comes too close for comfort to the Palestinian leader.
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A second day of Israeli airstrikes in the West Bank...
A teenager and another person were killed during an attack on a Palestinian installation in the Gaza Strip.
And three missiles hit just 50 yards from Yasser Arafat's office as the Palestinian leader worked inside. Israeli officials say he was NOT hurt and was NOT the intended target.
All this, after Israel delared its own war on terrorism... in response to a spate of suicide bombings and shooting attacks over the weekend.
Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon has been meeting with his top military commanders to review their plans.
And the U-S has continued to hold Yasser Arafat's feet to the fire.
Teri Okita now has the latest from Washington.
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TRACK: HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN GAZA CITY WENT SCREAMING FOR COVER AS AN
ISRAELI FIGHTER PLANE FIRED ON A PALESTINIAN SECURITY COMPOUND NEAR
THEIR SCHOOL. SOME WERE INJURED BY FLYING GLASS AND DEBRIS IN THE
SECOND DAY OF BOMBINGS IN RETALIATION FOR A SERIES OF SUICIDE ATTACKS
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TRACK: ISRAELI GUNSHIPS ALSO ATTACKED PALESTINIAN LEADER YASSAR ARAFATS
HEADQUARTERS IN RAMALLAH. OFFICIALS SAY ARAFAT WAS THERE AT THE TIME
BUT WASNT INJURED. ISRAEL WARNS: ITS UP TO ARAFAT TO END, WHAT IT
CALLS, A WAR ON TERROR.
(Super: Gideon Meir/Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
SOT: The only one who can stop this is Chairman Yassar Arafat. There is
a clear message to him: get your act together now.
TRACK: BUT AS ISRAELI TANKS MOVE INTO POSITIONS ON THE WEST BANK,
PALESTINIANS ACCUSE ISRAEL OF USING ITS OWN BRAND OF TERROR AND, IN
THE PROCESS, DESTROYING ANY PLANS FOR PEACE.
(Super: Yassar Abed Rabbo/Palestinian Information Minister)
SOT: This is not a war against terrorism. This is a war in order to
undermine the Palestinian Authority and to prevent the international
vision of creating a Palenstinian state from being implemented.
TRACK: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS WAVING A FLAG OF CAUTION AT ISRAEL BUT
AGREES THAT ARAFAT NEEDS TO DO MORE.
(Super: Colin Powell/Secretary of State)
SOT: We have not yet seen 100 percent effort - I don't know that I can
say we can expect 100 percent results, but I think we can expect to see
a lot more of a result than we have seen so far.
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STANDUP: frozen assets/hamas
Fighting outside the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar is said to be fierce.
But talks in Germany about who gets to run Afghanistan when the dust settles are making progress.
Meanwhile, intelligence agencies say that Osama bin Laden could be closer to making a nuclear weapon than originally thought.
Jim Acosta has the latest from Washington.
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TALIBAN AND AL QUEDA FORCES ARE MOUNTING A STRONG RESISTANCE -- FIRING
MISSILES AT U-S WARPLANES -- TO DEFEND THE TALIBAN'S LAST MAINSTAY OF
(Kandahar marine base)
JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY -- U-S MARINES STAND READY TO DEFEND THEIR
RECENTLY ESTABLISHED AIR BASE.
SOT: Unidentified U.S. Marine "we'll shoot them if we have to."
THE MARINES ARE FLYING HELICOPTER PATROLS IN THE AREA -- AND ARE
FINDING AFGHAN CIVILIANS WHO WANT TO SURRENDER. BUT THE MARINES AREN'T
PICKING THEM UP.
MEANWHILE U-S FORCES ARE SAID TO BE HOLDING THREE FORMER TALIBAN
FIGHTERS WHO CLAIM TO BE AMERICAN. ONE OF THE MEN -- JOHN PHILLIP WALKER
IS STILL BEING QUESTIONED -- AS THE PENTAGON DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH
HIM. THE RED CROSS WANTS ACCESS TO LINDH -- WHO'S TOLD REPORTERS HE
HELPED THE TALIBAN TO BUILD A "PURE ISLAMIC STATE."
BUT THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE'S FATHER - SAYS HIS SON DOES NOT HAVE EXTREME
SOT: Frank Lindh, Walker's Father
"I DON'T THINK MY SON HAS EXTREME BELIEFS ABOUT ANYTHING. I THINK MY
SON HAS VERY SINCERE BELIEFS ABOUT THINGS AND I DON'T AGREE WITH ALL MY
SON'S BELIEFS, BUT I DON'T THINK MY SON HAS EXTREME BELIEFS."
ON THE HUNT FOR OSAMA BIN LADEN -- THE AL QUEDA LEADER MAY HAVE COMPANY
SOON IF HE'S HIDING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN AFGHANISTAN.AFGHAN
OPPOSITION FORCES SAY THEY'RE PREPARED TO CHASE TALIBAN TROOPS INTO THE
MOUNTAIN CAMP -- TORA BORA.... A POSSIBLE HEADQUARTERS FOR BIN LADEN'S
AND IN BONN -- AFTER A WEEK OF GRUELING TALKS -- RIVAL FACTIONS AGREED
ON A BLUEPRINT FOR AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT FOR AFGHANISTAN.
A U-N SPOKESMAN SAYS MORE NEGOTIATIONS ARE NEEDED SAYING "IT'S GOING TO
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One person was killed in an automobile accident in Christiansburg yesterday.
Officials say just after 4 p-m, two vehicles crashed at the intersection of Laurel Street and Sycamore Street.
Authorities say 71-year-old Panzie Elmore Dennis was transported to Montgomery Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
No charges have been filed.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department and Martinsville Police are asking for help in solving an apparent murder.
72-year old Ralph Alvin Hubbard was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head in the parking lot of Clearview Elementary School in Martinsville around 8:30 last night.
Shortly afterwards, Hubbard's red 19-95 Toyota Tacoma truck was found on fire over an embankment at the intersection of King's Mountain Road and Covington Street.
If you have any information about the case, you should call the Henry County Sheriff's Department or Martinsville Poli
There may be more trouble for O.J. Simpson...
Federal authorities searched Simpson's Miami home early this morning.
The F-B-I says it's part of a probe into the importing of the drug Ecstasy and the theft of equipment used to steal T-V satellite signals.
Agents say two people in the crime ring are in custody in Chicago as part of a two-year investigation.
Nine other homes in Miami were being searched.
The F-B-I says Simpson has NOT been arrested OR indicted.
There was no comment from the former football great or his attorney.
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Still to come on the newscat, the numbers keep getting worse for the state budget.
Also Roanoke City council says it will continue to cut the camera during parts of its public meetings.
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Governor Jim Gilmore delivered more bad news about the state budget yesterday.
He reduced the state's official revenue estimate by an additional 112- million dollars.
That means the state budget will have a shortfall of one billion dollars.
Gilmore would NOT discuss plans for spending cuts... but said he would NOT propose a tax increase in his budget.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE; MY GOAL IS TO LEAVE THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AND MY SUCCESSOR THE MOST FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET THAT I CAN. IT IS ALSO MY GOAL TO LEAVE A BUDGET THAT MAKES THE HARD CHOICES SO THERE'S NO NEED TO RAISE THE TAXES ON THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
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Gilmore said he made the decision after business leaders and economic advisors told him the recession would last longer, and economic recovery would be slower, than projected.
State lawmakers are telling local officials to prepare for more bad news.
Yesterday members of Roanoke City Council and the city school board sat down to discuss the upcoming General Assembly session.
Area legislators said: Expect the state budget shortfall and the prospect of significant funding cuts to continue to grow.
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((DEL. VIC THOMAS/(D) ROANOKE: IT'S GOING TO BE TIGHT. A LOT OF THINGS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE PUT ON HOLD. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE WORK HARD TO STAY ON TOP OF THINGS.))
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D) ROANOKE: IT'S GOING TO HURT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PROBABLY MORE THAN ANY OTHER COMPONENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH. OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN HURTING FOR THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, ANY WAY AND THIS IS JUST GOING TO AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION.))
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With the budget shortfall growing, lawmakers say a freeze of the car tax cut may not be enough.
They say the General Assembly may have to consider a roll back to something less than 70 percent.
Television cameras capture the action at regular meetings of Roanoke City Council, but not all of it...
And members of council are catching some heat for that decision.
R-V-TV routinely televises council meetings, but recently members voted to end the coverage before citizens speak at the end of the agenda.
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Council member Alvin Hudson said he believes the entire meeting should be televised, but a majority of council disagrees.
The Olympic torch is back in the U-S again... after a five-year absence.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali launched its American trek...passing the torch to another 1968 gold medalist, skater Peggy Fleming, in Atlanta today.
That began the torch's 46-state tour to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It arrived from Greece this morning on a specially painted jumbo jet.
The torch relay averages more than 400 miles a day.
It will visit 80 American cities with more than 11-thousand people carrying it before it reaches Salt Lake City on February 8th.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll see why a research lab near Washington is trying to shake up a few lawmakers.
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The earth now moves in Suburban Washington, D-C.
But it's science -- not disaster -- as a company has built a new high tech earthquake simulator.
Jim Acosta tells us why it was built on the east coast.
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IF YOU WANT TO BUILD A SKYSCRAPER THAT CAN WITHSTAND AN EARTHQUAKE
(aerial view nats) There are sensors that measure
IT HELPS IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE.
SOT: (2:10, T-1) Dr. Shahram Sarkani, George Washington University
This earthquake table can simulate any type of earthquake that we wish
to apply to structure.
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STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY THEN TAKE THEIR
FINDINGS AND DEVELOP STRONGER, SAFER BUILDING MATERIALS.
ITS THE FIRST SIMULATOR OF ITS KIND ON THE EAST COAST -- FAR AWAY FROM
AMERICAS EARTHQUAKE CAPITAL CALIFORNIA.
ACOSTA STAND-UP While there have been a few earthquakes in Virginia,
these researchers are not so much interested in seismic activity in
Washington D.C., but rather the movers and shakers on Capitol Hill.
SOT: Sarkani again, Jim: Dont bring the lawmakers to the earthquake,
bring the lawmakers to the earthquake. Ans: Thats our hope and idea.
Being a half hour drive or 45 minute drive from the hill, we can bring
the key decision makers here.
KEY DECISION MAKERS SUCH AS MARION BLAKEY OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION
SOT: Marion Blakey, NTSB Chairman It is invaluable to have good
research where you actually know what could happen under circumstances
before you allocate the money, before you put the regulations, the laws
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THIS PROGRAM HAS ATTRACTED STUDENTS FROM AS FAR AWAY AS IRAN AND
THAILAND COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE EARTHQUAKES BUT LACK THE LATEST
TECHNOLOGY TO STUDY THEM.
SOT: Nirand Anunthanakul, GWU PhD Student So I hope some day I can go
back to Thailand and take this kind of knowledge.
(nats of simulator, 20:58) Is that how an earthquake feels? Yep.
AND FEELING AN EARTHQUAKE THESE SCIENTISTS SAY IS THE BEST WAY TO
PREPARE FOR ONE.
JIM ACOSTA CBS NEWS ASHBURN VIRGINIA.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will try to sort out the Bowl Championship series,
AND - sporting a flawless record, the Virginia Men's basketball team is quickly rising to the top. We'll tell you about its latest victory.
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The VMI Keydets invaded the Cassell last night and almost seized a win over the Hokies on their home floor.
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Shoes and shirts are required to enter Cassell Coliseum, but once you're inside - anything goes!
VMI led by 4 heading to the second half and Tech needed a lift desperately.
Carlos Dixon's three pointer cut into the lead. He had 15 points.
The Keydets would not go away quietly, however. Ben Rand hit five 3-pointers on the night. He finished with 21 points and kept the Keydets in front.
But Tech was persistent with its inside game as Joe Hamilton gets two of his 10 points on the baseline drive and .. basket. Tech is now on top 54-to-52.
VMI's Jason Conley led all scorers last night as he scored 29 points against the Hokies. Conley also led all rebounders with 12.
But Tech managed to squeak past the Keydets 74-to-73 as Carlton Carter scores a team high 18 points.
The Virginia men's team is shooting for the top. They are 4 -and -O and ranked seventh in the country.
Now, they are simply taking it easy after their come-from-behind win over the Hokies on Saturday night.
Steve Mason takes a look at Cavalier big man Travis Watson - one of the big reasons the wahoos are so hot.
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((The junior have proven himself as a worthy giant killer. Last year the six foot 8 Watson fought through several injuries and had a streak of 45 straight starts before a hamstring injury sat him down. Thanks to an aggressive fitness program, Travis is tougher than ever.
Watson is averaging a double double through four games and has benefited from 6 foot 9, 265 pound freshman forward Elton Brown who scores over 10 points a game. But Watson, even as the shortest center in the ACC, won't relax.
Watson and the Cavaliers next take on Auburn, this Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
It's time again for the 2001 Dudley Award, an annual award given to the top college football player in the state.
It will be handed out tonight at the Downtown Club in Richmond.
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Last year the pride of Roanoke - Lee Suggs - dominated the voting by winning the award in unanimous fashion.
But this year the award is up for grabs. The three finalists are UVa wideout Billy McMullen, William and Mary quarterback David Corley and Tech linebacker Ben Taylor.
The award will be presented tonight at seven.
Two UVa players earned ACC player of the week honors yesterday.
Punter Mike Abram was named specialist of the week and John Duckett gets the ACC's defensive award for his play against Penn State.
Because of Miami's win over the Hokies, the team has to become the clear-cut number one team in the new BCS rankings.
The Hurricanes will play in the Rose Bowl, but will have to wait until this Saturday night to see who they face.
Tennessee has become the new Number 2 team in the Bowl Championship series standings and what happens is simple - If Tennessee beat LSU in the SEC title game Saturday night - the Vols play in the Rose Bowl.
If Tennessee loses - then Nebraska will battle Miami for the title. That is not what the BCS people want. If Nebraska sneaks in - that will mean a team that didn't even qualify to play for its conference title, will get a shot at the national title.
There is good news for you too - You don't have to go any farther than your Hometown Station to see what happens.
The SEC title game is right here on WDBJ-7 this Saturday night at 8. So, don't miss it!
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