Security and language barriers delay the release of the videotape of Osama bin Laden discussing the September 11th attacks.
And there's yet another deadline for al-Qaida fighters.
Plus, it's an early Christmas gift for Bedford county--20 acres of land are donated for a new fire and rescue facility.
The clouds and patchy fog are hanging around... as another storm system heads our way....I'll have your forecast...
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One deadline to surrender passes-- now al-Qaida fighters are battling against the clock again.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
There's a new deadline for al-Qaida fighters to surrender in the Tora Bora area of eastern Afghanistan.
The mostly Arab supporters of Osama bin Laden have been told to disarm by noon tomorrow, or 2-30 A-M our time.
The new ultimatum comes after the old surrender deadline passed last night.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is working on security and language issues before releasing a videotape of bin Laden talking about the September 11th attacks.
The tape is touted as the "smoking gun" that could directly tie bin Laden to prior knowledge of the attacks.
Teri Okita joins us now with an update.
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TRACK: RELENTLESS U-S AIRSTRIKES, ONCE AGAIN, POUNDED AL QAEDAS
MOUNTAIN BASES NEAR TORA BORA ENDING A CEASEFIRE LESS THAN 24-HOURS
AFTER IT TOOK EFFECT. INSTEAD OF LAYING DOWN THEIR WEAPONS, AL QAEDA
FIGHTERS REPORTEDLY SET NEW TERMS FOR THEIR SURRENDER..DEMANDING
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE U-N AND THEIR HOME COUNTRIES BE ON-HAND.
IN REPONSE, ALLIANCE FORCES TOLD THE AL QAEDA: THEY HAVE UNTIL NOON
THURSDAY TO GIVE UP.
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SOT: It will not be easy for the al-Qaeda to get of their situation. I
am not saying it is impossible for one or two or a handful to get out,
here and there, but in the main, it is going to be very, very tough and
the noose is tightening.
TRACK: THE ALLIANCE WILL ONLY ACCEPT THE SURRENDER "IF" TOP AL QAEDA
LEADERS TURN THEMSELVES IN. MANY AFGHAN TROOPS DOUBT THAT WILL HAPPEN
SO THEY CONTINUE TO PRESS FURTHER INTO THE MOUTAINS TO ROOT OUT THE
TRACK: THE PENTAGON IS NOT COMMENTING ON A WASHINGTON TIMES REPORT THAT
AMERICAN TALIBAN FIGHTER, JOHN WALKER LINDH, TOLD U-S INTELLIGENCE
OFFICERS THAT PHASE TWO OF AL QAEDAS WAR AGAINST THE U-S WOULD OCCUR
AT THE END OF RAMADAN WHICH IS SUNDAY. PHASE TWO REPORTEDLY INCLUDES
PLANS FOR SOME TYPE OF BIOLOGICAL ATTACK. SOME DOUBT LINDHS
CREDIBILITY BECAUSE OF HIS LOW-LEVEL STATUS WITHIN THE TALIBAN.
TRACK: AND THE PENTAGON SAYS ITS ALSO WORKING HARD TO ADDRESS SECURITY
AND TRANSLATION ISSUES BEFORE RELEASING A VIDEOTAPE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN
MADE AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. THERES NO PROMISE FOR WHEN IT
WILL BE MADE PUBLIC, BUT LAWMAKERS WHOVE SEEN IT SAY ITS A FRIGHTENING
DISPLAY OF EVIL.
U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft has launched a tour of several European cities.
He's meeting with authorities overseas who are investigating the September 11th attacks on America.
Ashcroft is in London now, and is scheduled to visit Madrid, Berlin, Brussels, and Rome before returning to Washington on Sunday.
His delegation includes several senior F-B-I officials, attorneys, and judges.
Ashcroft has received some criticism in Europe for his methods in fighting the war against terror.
It's now official-- House Majority Leader Dick Armey is stepping down.
The conservative leader has decided not to seek a 10th term next year.
Armey made the announcement today on the House floor, focusing on the legislative victories the Republican party has achieved in the past seven years.
The race is already on to replace Armey
G-O-P sources say House Whip Tom DeLay is planning to agressively campaign for the job.
Another potential candidate is the fourth-ranking Republican, Congressman J-C Watts of Oklahoma.
A Bedford County man who knows the value of emergency medical care is taking steps to help serve his fellow citizens.
Al (STROH-bonts) Stroobants donated more than twenty acres of land today to the county for the site of a new fire and rescue station along Route 460.
The donation will help bring emergency medical services closer to residents of the New London area.
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((AL STROOBANTS/LAND DONOR: I THINK ANYTHING THAT A CITIZEN CAN DO TO IMPROVE THE PLACE WHERE THEY ARE LIVING, I THINK IT SHOULD BE DONE. AND I FEEL IT WAS MY RESPONSIBILITY IN A SENSE.))
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(STROH-bonts) Stroobants has had five heart bypass operations.. the cardiac center at Lynchburg General Hospital was named for him after he made a large donation in 1994.
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The Henry County School Board will decide on Friday if it will apporve a controversial plan to consolidate some of its schools.
But last night, several hundred residents wanted to make sure the board knew how they felt.
Justin McCleod has more.
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Inevitable but how do you accomplish it?
The district's answer would consolidate four high schools into two as well as close three elementary schools.
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One popular alternative is to keep Irisbury Elementary school open.
Parents argue its a school that was recently renovated at a cost of more than two million dollars.
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Another controversial closing is Laurel Park High School.
The current plan would merge the county's predominately black school into Magna Vista.
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A citizen's group has put forth a plan that would keep three high schools.
But the superintedent says the plan is too costly.
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The majority of residents spoke out against the current reconfiguration plan.
But a few believe the plan could work.
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((ANDY PARKER: I URGE THE BOARD...))
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Still to come on the newscast, E-Toys is making an online comeback. We'll tell you why that will help some local workers,
and speaking of toys, we will look at some things you may want to consider when picking out a gift for your favorite young person.
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A Roanoke jury will watch a fatal shooting on videotape next week.
They'll even get to take the tape and a V-C-R to the jury room, if they want to ...
as they consider whether Bernard Maurice Walker is guilty of murder.
The two sides agreed to that yesterday- -one of several issues settled before the case goes to trial Monday.
Attorney David Damico says "the Commonwealth thinks Walker brought a pistol to a fist fight. We say it was self defense."
Whereever the truth lies, Reaco Hilton died on the floor of the Stop and Save Mini Mart on Melrose Avenue LAST December 24th. Walker was on the lam for almost seven months before his arrest in Atlanta last July.
A murder suspect wanted by Lynchburg police for two months surrendered yesterday.
24-year old Christopher Brusant Smith allegedly shot and killed a man on Bedford Avenue.
Police say Smith and another man approached a car and demanded that the occupants give them their wallets.
That's when Smith allegedly shot 20-year-old Michael Moseley once in the side.
Smith's being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Detention Center on charges of murder, armed robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony.
Mental health advocates say Lynchburg needs to take steps to make one of its major bridges less attractive to suicide jumpers.
38-year old Theresa Wilkerson died last August when she leapt to her death off the Rivermont Bridge near downtown.
Wilkerson's father asked city council last night to install protective fencing on the bridge to prevent others from killing themselves.
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((DON WILKERSON/FATHER OF SUICIDE VICTIM: IF THERE HAD BEEN A FENCE ON THE BRIDGE, MORE LIKELY SHE WOULD BE LIVING TODAY. FENCES DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. A FENCE ON RIVERMONT BRIDGE COULD STOP SOME PREMATURE DEATHS.))
((LINDA THEISEN/L'BURG DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS ASSOC'N: YOU CAN SAVE MONEY BY WAITING, BUT WITH LIFE, THAT'S A DIFFERENT STORY. THERE IS A CAUSE FOR GREAT CONCERN REGARDING RIVERMONT BRIDGE. THOUGH IT IS NOW TWENTY YEARS LATER, AS THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE MOVE FORWARD AND INSTALL THIS FENCING.))
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A rash of suicides on the bridge in 1981 prompted city council to study the problem then, but no action was taken.
Council last night did not respond to the request.
American Express is floating more pink slips.
The company says it plans to cut up to 65- hundred more jobs.
That's on top of the 77- hundred already announced this year.
American Express say the cuts will come mostly in its travel industry.
Company officials cite the sharp slowdown in the travel business since the September eleventh attacks.
A new ship is sailing into the New York State Museum.
The "Henrietta Marie" was used to transport slaves from Africa.
It sank off the coast of Florida in the year 1700.
The English ship was discovered under water in 19-72.
Now the wreckage, along with several period artifacts, have made their way to New York's Capital district.
The exhibit "A Slave Ship Speaks" opens this weekend and runs through the middle of March.
Probably one of the biggest challenges of shopping for holiday gifts for children is to find something that is both fun and safe.
Anne Peterson has some advice on things you will want to consider.
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Less than a year after filing for bankruptcy, e-Toys dot com is back on-line.
KB-Toys bought out e-Toys last year and took over all of its operations, but soon realized the magnitude of e-Toys name recognition.
Both websites will ship toys from the Blairs distribution and call center in Pittsylvania County.
Following its acquisition of e-Toys last summer, KB conducted focus groups to see whether it should fold the old e-Toys into its own web site.
A company spokesman explained the results by saying quote, "e-Toys was a hell of a lot more popular than KB."
200 new jobs are expected to be created over the next year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will let us know if sunny days are sweeping the clouds away...
meanwhile the head of the United Nations visits a place where the air is sweet.
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Three former Heilig-Meyers Stores in our area are up and running again.. but this time under new management.
The Room Store took over Heilig-Meyers stores in Roanoke, Salem and Lynchburg.
The new furniture retailer was able to retain many Heilig-Myers employees, and hired dozens more.
A Room Store manager says business is doing well.
And if the current pace continues, she's hopeful more people will be hired in the new year.
Heilig-Meyers stores were closed in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, Collinsville and (Rain-ell) Rainelle, West Virginia after the company filed for bankruptcy.
As the head of the United Nations, Kofi Annan has traveled all over the world--
But now he ALSO knows how to get to "Sesame Street."
The U-N Secretary General is making his debut on the popular P-B-S children's program, "Sesame Street."
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And in a show of diplomacy, Annan stopped the Sesame Street friends from fighting over who would sing the alphabet song-- asking them to all sing it together.
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The episode airs next spring.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has dropped 55 points.
Nasdaq has lost 11.
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Coming up next in Sports, the honors continue to pile up for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team.
AND we'll see if the Roanoke Dazzle was able to get into the groove last night.
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The All American teams wouldn't be the same without Virginia Tech football players. That's why All American teams across the country are littered with them.
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The Associated Press chose Tech linebacker Ben Taylor as a second team selection.
Taylor led the Hokies with 121 tackles and had 4-and-a-half sacks.
Taylor was also named to the third team by the Sporting News, and to the second team by Football News.
Defensive back Ronyell Whitaker was a third team selection by the Associated Press, joining Taylor as the only Hokies to make the AP All-American squad.
Defensive tackle David Pugh from Amherst was named to the Sporting News third team all American squad.
Pugh made 50 tackles this season.
Tech tailback Kevin Jones was selected to the Sporting News All American freshman team.
He led Tech in rushing with 957 yards, and had five TD's.
Tech defensive back DeAngelo Hall was named to the Sporting News freshman All American team, with 42 tackles and three interceptions.
The Roanoke Dazzle beat the Greenville Groove 82-72 last night in Greenville.
Artie Griffin led the Dazzle with 19 points.
Roanoke is now 5 and 6.
One other bright spot for the Dazzle this season has been forward Marshall Phillips, who has been one of the team's top two scorers this season.
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The Dazzle returns to the Roanoke Civic center Friday night to play Mobile.
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