They're still searching--
The Pentagon says U-S forces don't know where Talban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is, despite Afghani reports that he's about to be captured.
And Roanoke residents are being asked to conserve water.
Sunshine returns to the area leading to a beautiful afternoon..but the second part of the weekend maybe anything but beautiful...I'll tell you why in your forecast
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Conflicting reports on the condition and location of the world's second- most- wanted terrorist.
Some Afghan officials are reporting today that the leader of the Taliban could soon be in custody.
They say the village where Mullah Mohammed Omar has been hiding is now surrounded.
However, the Pentagon maintains that U-S forces still don't know where Omar is.
Cynthia Bowers is in Afghanistan with the latest.
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[OUT Q=Cynthia Bower, CBS News, Kabul.]
(Bowers on cam open)
Afghan leaders on the ground in Kandahar say Mullah Omar has been
spotted recently...and appeared to be wounded...that contrary to reports
made by an Afghan leader to German TV last night, Omar is still on the
loose, but likely not for long.
(pix German TV (rtv) and then today with Haji(CBS)
Afghan cabinet minister Muhammed Fuhang set off a firestorm when he told
German TV last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar had been arrested
already. Today the Pentagon..
and Afghan leaders on the ground in Kandahar said those reports just
aren't true, but the local Intelligence chief leading the hunt for Omar
says he is 100% sure the cleric will be captured....and that he may be
(nats haji gullalai afghan intelligence chief, Kandahar 033357) Haji
Goo-la-lie' says his officers saw Omar in the back of a car with a red
blanket, there were bandages on what appeared to be bullet holes in his
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but the quest for information on Al Qaeda continues...In Pakistan the
man who you may recall gave the daily press briefings for the Taliban,
Mullah Abdul Zaeef has been picked up for questioning.
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And yesterday the US unleashed an air assault in the Tora Bora region in
eastern Afghanistan on what it called a leadership training
compound...its first aerial attacks in several days. Cynthia Bowers CBS
The South Asian summit in Nepal has been delayed a day, because the plane carrying Pakistan President Pervez (moo-SHAH'-ruhv) Musharraf was grounded by fog during a stop in China.
Meanwhile, other leaders have already arrived.
The South Asian summit is aimed at promoting economic development among some of the world's poorest countries.
It'll also give the leaders of India and Pakistan a chance to defuse a crisis that's brought their nations to the brink of war.
India blames Pakistan-based terrorists for an attack on the Indian Parliament last month.
Israel has intercepted a boat which, it says, was carrying 50 tons of weapons, destined for Palestinian territory.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority says it has no connection to the weapons.
Israeli forces raided the ship in the Red Sea.
The interception reportedly came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accused the Palestinians of trying to smuggle arms into territories under their control.
But Palestinian officials says it's all an Israeli tactic to discredit them while U-S truce envoy Anthony Zinni is in the region.
Zinni is holding a second day of meetings to try to shore up a
The City of Roanoke is asking residents to conserve water.
That recommendation comes after the Carvins Cove Reservoir fell well below normal levels for this time of year.
As Justin McLeod tells us... those voluntary restrictions could soon become mandatory.
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Thursday morning's snowfall may have been a pretty site....but it did nothing to help the drought here in Southwest Virginia.
[IN Q=The flurries really]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: THE FLURRIES REALLY DIDN'T HELP MUCH. WE KINDA NEED ONE OF THOSE FRONTAL RAINS WHERE WE GET AN INCH OR SO.))
[OUT Q=inch or so]
So now the city of Roanoke is asking residents to voluntarily restrict their water use.
That's because the water level here at Carvins Cove has dropped 18 feet below the spillway, well below the average for this time of year.
[IN Q=To give you an idea]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE CURRENT SITUATION JUST TAKE A LOOK AROUND ME. WHERE I'M STANDING SHOULD NORMALLY BE UNDER WATER. EVEN THAT DOCK THERE IS NOWHERE THAT WATER. ALTHOUGH THINGS MAY LOOK BAD NOW CITY OFFICIALS WARN IT MAY GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.))
[OUT Q=it gets better]
((NAT SOUND OF 99 DROUGHT))
They're hoping to avoid a repeat of 1999.
Water levels got so low city officials had to enact mandatory restrictions.
That drastic measure could come again if water levels drop 26 feet below the spillway.
The city says we're well on our way.
[IN Q=We're hoping for some]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: WE'RE HOPING FOR SOME WINTER RAINS BUT THE CHANCE OF GETTING SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL ABOVE AVERAGE IS VERY SMALL.))
[OUT Q=is very small]
Here's how you can help.
The city recommends you take shorter showers.
Also, be sure to fully load your diswasher and washing machine before using.
And finally, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
[IN Q=The faucet runs]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: THE FAUCET RUNS ABOUT FIVE GALLONS A MINUTE IF THEY LEAVE THAT ON FOR FIVE MINUTES WHILE YOU'RE SHAVING OR BRUSHING YOUR TEETH YOU USE ABOUT 25 GALLONS WATER JUST RIGHT THERE.))
[OUT Q=just right there]
Just a few small steps you can take before it becomes a bigger problem.
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
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News jobs are coming to the region. We'll tell you where after a quick break.
Also we'll see if analysts think the stock markets will return to the boom days of the 1990's.
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High winds are making a bad situation worse for firefighters in Australia--
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The so-called ``Black Christmas'' fires that broke out Christmas Eve have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of land.
The fires have wiped out crops, and destroyed about 170 homes.
Forecasters predict the fires will burn into next week, but some residents are hesitant to abandon their homes..
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[IN Q=I'll stay]
((BILL MARROW/RESIDENT: "I'LL STAY WITH THE HOUSE UNTIL WE GET THE OK TO GET OUT OR GET
THE EVACUATION ORDERS, THEN WE'LL GO."))
[OUT Q=then we'll go.]
There are no reports of any deaths from the fires.
Officials say dozens were deliberately set.
Two more teen-agers suspected of arson were arrested today, bringing the total number of suspects in custody to 23.
Henry County could get an economic boost soon.
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The county announced yesterday that two furniture manufacturers will move into the area, bringing about 115 jobs.
Carolina Quality Components is building a plant and will provide wood panelling for several local companies.
A-C-Furniture supplies institutional furniture for restaraunts and hotels. That company will employ at least 50 people.
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((MIKE SEIDLE/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN; WHEN YOU LOSE 10-THOUSAND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO PICK UP TEN THOUSAND. THERE'S NOBODY BUILDING THAT SORT OF PLANT IN THIS ECONOMY. BUT WE'LL TAKE THE HUNDRED, TWO HUNDRED, FIVE HUNDRED AND SIT BACK AND SMILE ABOUT IT, JUST TAKE SOME MORE OF 'EM.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Seidle/Board of Supervisors Chairman;]
[OUT Q=take some more of 'em.]
A-C Furniture has purchased the old Brown Products building in Axton and Carolina Quality Components will move to the DuPont site.
Investors on Wall Street are hoping 2002 will be a better year. For the first time since the Depression, the leading stock markets lost ground for two consecutive years.
That has left many people who entered the market in the boom days of the nineties worried about their money and their futures. Anthony Mason has more.
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[IN Q=It's an annual ]
[OUT Q=like they're cleaning up]
((IT'S AN ANNUAL TRADITION ON THE FLOOR OF THE NEW YORK STOCK
EXCHANGE, ON THE FINAL TRADING SAY OF THE YEAR, A HOPEFUL CHORUS OF
TRADERS SINGS 'WAIT TIL THE SUN SHINES NELLY.'
ON WALL STREET THEY'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS TO CLEAR
FOR TWO YEARS NOW. IT'S BEEN ALL DOWNHILL. AND INVESTORS HAVE TAKEN THE
M.O.S. Lady: "Because all I was doing was losing. I felt like I was
taking it out of my paycheck and throwing it away."
NARR: ALL THREE MAJOR STOCK INDEXES: THE DOW, THE NASDAQ, & THE S&P
DECLINED IN 2001 AND 2002. ONLY THE FOURTH TIME THE MARKETS HAVE FALLEN
BACK TO BACK YEARS SINCE THE DEPRESSION:
ON CAMERA: "THE LESSON: IF YOU TRY RIDE A BULL YOU CAN GET THROWN.
STOCKS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER ALONG WITH THE ECONOMY THIS YEAR. BUT
ANALYSTS SAY INVESTORS NOSTALGIC FOR THOSE DOUBLE DIGIT GAINS OF THE
NINENTIES COULD BE IN FOR A DISAPPOINTING DECADE."
JEREMY SIEGAL/Wharton School, Prof. of Finance: "The next ten years are
not gonna be like the last ten years."
NARR: PROF. JEREMY SIEGEL, AUTHOR OF "STOCKS FOR THE LONG RUN", SAYS
FORGET 20% PROFITS. THE MARKETS WILL DO WELL TO HIT THEIR HISTORICAL
AVERAGE OF ABOUT 8% GROWTH A YEAR.
SIEGAL: "We'll have good growth, but nothing special. And that means
investors should not expect unusual returns in the future."
NARR: ON THE FLOOR OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE...
nat sot/Weisberg: "I started as a member in 1969..."
NARR: VETERAN TRADER TED WEISBERG SAYS THE LESSON OF THE LAST TWO YEARS
IS THAT STOCKS ARE LIKE TREES:
WEISBERG: "Because trees don't grow to the sky. They never have and they
MASON: "There are a lot of people who kind of got introduced to the
market in the nineties. This is a whole different market, isn't it."
TED WEISBERG/Seaport Securities: "This is reality. These are the
markets that I've grown up with. These are normal markets."
NARR: BUT NOW, AFTER THE WILD NINETIES, MANY INVESTORS SEEM READY FOR
A QUIETER RIDE:
MOS lady: "And I'm praying now. You know I'm 55 and I'm scared."
MOS Lady: "If we have gradual growth in the markets that's probably
better for all of us. Even though nobody will get rich quick."
NARR: WHEN THE CLOSING BELL RINGS ON 2002, ANY RISE IN STOCK PRICES
MAY MAKE INVESTORS FEEL LIKE THEY'RE CLEANING UP. ))[Campbell-Cars]
Campbell County car dealers who moved their inventory out of the county on New Year's Day say they had no choice if they wanted to to remain competitive with other dealers.
Five dealerships transferred their inventory to Lynchburg for one day to avoid paying the county's merchandise tax.
The county taxes any inventory that's physically in the county on January 1st.. by not having to pay the tax, dealers say they can keep the cost of a new car much lower.
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[IN Q=If you don't]
((ED FELLERS/FELLERS CHEVROLET: IF YOU DON'T COVER THE TAXES THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO THE STATE, TO THE COUNTY AND TO THE TOWN, YOU CAN'T STAY IN BUSINESS. THAT MEANS THE PRODUCT HAS GOT TO COST MORE.))
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[OUT Q=to cost more.]
The move is legal, but some county officials would like to see that loophole closed.
Campbell stands to lose about 130-thousand dollars in revenue if the dealers don't pay the inventory tax this year.
Around the world, his name means beer.
The former head of the world's third- largest brewer, Alfred Henry Heineken died yesterday at his home in the Netherlands.
No word on the cause of death, but company officials say the funeral will be private.
Heineken started his career at the age of 18, at the brewery founded by his grandfather.
He designed the famous green bottle, as well as the logo with the red star.
Alfred Heineken was 78.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a young pop star is arrested after a barroom brawl,
and we'll tell you why officials with Victoria's Secret are SUPPORTING efforts to clean up a littered highway.
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Virginia's contribution to the Survivor show has made the competition's final four.
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((JERRY JONES/TOM'S FRIEND; HE'S REALLY JUST WHAT YOU SEE. HE'S A COMPETITOR AND HE'S THE KIND OF GUY THAT NEVER SAW OBSTACLES. EVERYTHING IS JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE TO HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Jones/Tom's Friend]
[OUT Q=CHALLENGE TO HIM]
Over 50 friends and family members of Tom Buchanan gathered in his hometown to watch last night's episode.
Buchanan was among the crowd, but hid from our cameras because of his Survivor contract.
Thursday night gatherings have become a tradition in Rich Valley, and grow by the week.
Next Thursday, the ultimate survivor will be chosen in Los Angeles.
Big Tom supporters say they'll be watching.
The youngest member of the Backstreet Boys was arrested in Tampa, Florida, this week on suspicion of refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a nightclub after a fight broke out.
In a statement, Nick Carter says he believes his celebrity status motivated the police to arrest him.
He says he's certain that after a full investigation, his name will be cleared.
Tampa police say Carter's first court appearance is set for March fourth.
Carter lives outside Tampa.
A traffic incident near Columbus, Ohio revealed a few too many of Victoria's Secrets.....
Authorities say hundreds of bras were scattered across a major interstate yesterday-- creating a colorful hazard for drivers.
Road crews helped divert the traffic by putting up orange cones because motorists were driving over the bras.
No accidents or other traffic problems were reported.
Police aren't sure exactly HOW the bras got on the road.
However, the Victoria's Secret plant is about a mile from where the incident happened, and a representative of the company came by to help with the clean-up.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 41 points.
The Nasdaq has LOST 7 points.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll have the highlights as Nebraska falls hard to the Hurricanes.
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The Miami Hurricanes have ended the argument about who was the best college team in the nation.
With their 37 to 14 victory over Nebraska last night, the number one ranked team proved it really deserved the Rose Bowl honor.
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Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey tossed three touchdown passes, and threw for a career high 362 yards in the victory.
The Canes also got a stellar performance from their defense.
This Miami unit held the Huskers scoreless in the entire first half.
The Hurricanes led 34-nothing at intermission.
Miami also held Heisman trophy winner Eric Crouch in check, forcing him to the inside much of the night.
Miami head coach Larry Coker becomes only the second coach in NC-double-A history to win a national title in his first year as head coach.
The Tech Lady Hokies' record jumped to 10 and 2 on the season last night.
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They defeated Clemson with a 68-58 victory.
IN the second half, the Tigers' Julie Adderhold passes the ball to Crystal Scott, who makes the drive for a lay- up.
Virginia Tech takes the 40-24 lead.
Tech's Eva Kublina would pass the ball to Nicole Jones.
Jones makes good on the basket, scoring two of her 8 points on the night.
Then, Scott takes the ball down court, gives to Chrisy Floyd, who takes it in for the easy two points.
Tech comes right back.
Kublina gives to Crystal Starling, who hits the shot from the right side.
Tech wins by 10 points over Clemson.
In the N-B-A, the Dallas Mavericks saw their ten- game winning streak snapped by the New York Knicks.
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Latrell Sprewell (SPREE'-wehl) scored the Knicks' first five points of O-T, and finished with 22.
Mark Jackson had a season-high 17 assists, and Marcus Camby poured in 26 points.
Dirk (noh-VIHT'-skee) Nowitzki had 30 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, which hadn't lost since December 10th at Utah.
Steve Nash had 19 points for the Mavericks, who led 74-to-68 before missing 16 consecutive shots in the second half.
The Express returns to the Roanoke Civic Center ice tonight to face Charlotte.
The Express is 10-7 and 3 at home this season, and 1-1 and 2 in it's last four on the civic center ice.
It's a stat that head coach Perry Florio and his players want to improve on.
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[OUT Q=......see the home team"]
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The Grammy nominations are out... and two bluegrass musicians from western Virginia are on the list.
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released the nominations this morning in California.
Franklin County resident Dan Tyminski is in the running for Best Country Collaboration for the song "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow." He shares several other nominations for his work on the "O Brother Where Art Thou" Soundtrack, and with the band, Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Bluegrass veteran and Dickenson County native Ralph Stanley is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.
In other categories, the rock group U-2 has a leading eight Grammy nominations, including album, song and record of the year. Singer India.Arie (IN'-dee'-uh ah-REE') has seven nominations, while Alicia Keys has six. The Grammy Awards telecast will air on CBS February 27th.
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