After a month-and-a-half of interrogation, John Walker Lindh is in the air and on his way home to the U-S.
But the Pentagon is revealing few details about his transfer.
And police in Roanoke say they have a plan in place, in the event of terrorism.
A cloudy dreary day across the region but the raindrops are music to our ears, because we need it...I'll have your forecast....
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Heavy security on board the flight of the man known as the American Taliban, who faces charges of conspiring to kill fellow Americans.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The American who fought alongside the Taliban could be back on U-S soil within hours.
Aleen Sirgany is at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, where John Walker Lindh is expected to stand trial.
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AFTER 45 DAYS OF INTERROGATION OVERSEAS, JOHN WALKER WILL FACE
INTERROGATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THE AMERICAN TALIBAN LEFT
AFGHANISTAN ABOARD A C-17 MILITARY PLANE AMID HIGH SECURITY AFTER U-S
FORCES TRANSFERRED HIM FROM THE U-S-S BATAAN WARSHIP. THE PENTAGON IS
BEING TIGHT LIPPED ABOUT WALKER'S TRANSFER SAYING IT WOULD BE TOO
DANGEROUS TO RELEASE ANY DETAILS CONCERNING HIS WHEREABOUTS. BUT WE DO
KNOW HE WILL BE TRIED HERE AT THIS FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN NORTHERN
VIRGINIA. SOME ARGUE THE CHARGES WON'T STAND.
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(...THE GOVERNMENT'S CASE AGAINST WALKER...NO LAWYER PRESENT AT
WALKER TOLD INTERROGATORS THAT HE TRAINED WITH THE AL-QAIDA AT A
TERRORIST CAMP IN AFGHANISTAN AND EVEN MET OSAMA BIN LADEN AT THE CAMP.
THE 20 YEAR OLD IS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO KILL AMERICANS AND
COULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON.
STAND-UP: WALKER IS BEING TRIED HERE AND NOT BEING SENT TO GUANTANAMO
BAY BECAUSE HE'S AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. AND PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS THE
MILITARY TRIBUNALS IN CUBA ONLY APPLY TO FOREIGNERS. AS, CBS NEWS, DCTERMS.
The ONLY man convicted in the terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 is in court today, asking for an appeal.
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Abdel- Ahl (me-GRAH-hee) Megrahi was jailed for life last January for the deaths of 270 people, most of them Americans.
In 1988, a suitcase bomb blew up the London to New York flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.
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(me-GRAH-hee's) Megrahi's attorneys are raising questions today about when and where the deadly bomb was placed on the plane.
They're asking a Scottish court to hear new testimony about an alleged security breach at London's Heathrow Airport.
But a prosecutor says the appeal is based on insufficient evidence.
In the wake of September Eleventh, the Roanoke Police Department is readying its officers for future attacks.
Today they announced their Homeland Defense Initiative.
The program focuses on teaching police how to prepare and react to terrorist attacks of any kind.
One cited incident where this organization would have been helpful was last October's bomb scare at the SunTrust Bank Building.
Roanoke Police said they hope to include other area law enforcement agencies in the future.
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((ERIC HORNE/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY AND CRISIS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, ROANOKE COUNTY WOULD BE UTILIZED TO ASSIST IS IN OUR RESPONSE AND WE WOULD BE UTILIZED TO ASSIST ROANOKE COUNTY. SAME FOR VINTON, SALEM BEDFORD AND REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A WHOLE.))
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Fifteen Roanoke and two Carilion Police officers have already been trained, and they will begin to train their fellow officers soon.
Horne said he also hopes to get the community involved in the program with a web site and newsletter.
The fate of an old building is raising some question in Roanoke.
The city is handing over nine acres in Kennedy Park to build a new Roanoke Academy for Mathematics and Science.
Still undetermined: Whether the old building should be condemned or preserved.
The new site is just down 19th street from the old academy.
The school board hopes to complete the new 10-million dollar school over the next two years.
That means the city will decide the fate of the old building.
Superintendent Wayne Harris says it's in "bad shape" and should be torn down ...
But preliminary plans to turn the land into a park have raised some objections.
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((EVELYN BETHEL: I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD KEEP IT AND TRY TO COME UP WITH A RE-USE THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY OUR BLACK COMMUNITY. SO MANY STRUCTURES IN OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.))
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In other business, City Council is considering raising the admissions tax to help out struggling cultural institutions.
The city plans to study how much raising the tax would help before acting on the proposal.
Meanwhile council gave Calvary Baptist church what it wanted last night.
It granted the church permission to tear down a historic building for a parking lot.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( The debate centered on this piece of property located next to Calvary Baptist...
The church wants to buy the land to provide parking for its members... but says to do so two vacant buildings needed to be demolished.
Roanoke's architectural review board offered a compromise... saying one of the buildings could go but that one had historic value.
Tonight-- folks on both sides made passionate pleas to city council.
((MEGHAN MCCLURE: F WE WERE TO GET A PARKING LOT MORE PEOPLE WOULD COME TO CHURCH AND MR. MAYOR DON'T YOU THINK THAT'S WHAT WE NEED IN T HE WORLD SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH.))
((MARK MCCONNEL: ONCE THIS FABRIC IS GONE IT'S GONE AND I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY, NO WORTHWHILE CAUSE WAS DERAILED FOR A FEW PARKING SPACES.))
Councilmen Bill Bestpitch and Bill Carder hoped to save the buildings, but in the end, the mayor and a majority of council sided with the church... ruling against the Architectural Review board's recommendation.
((ALVIN HUDSON/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I JUST DISAGREE WITH THEM, I THINK WE HAVE ONE OF THE OLDEST CHURCHES IN THE CITY TO DEPRIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO BUILD A PARKING LOT WOULD BE WRONG.))
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Church leaders have NOT yet bought the property-- but say it's just a matter of time before plans are in place.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
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Two Henry County elementary schools have a one year reprieve, but they are still on the list of schools to be closed down.
Last night, the school board voted to keep Fieldale and Spencer-Penn Elementary Schools open for the 2002-2003 school year.
That way the county can complete renovations to the Carver school before Fieldale and Spencer-Penn close.
The two elementary schools as well as Fieldale-Collinsville and Laurel Park High Schools were scheduled to close at the end of this year as part of a consolidation plan.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Republicans and Democrats begin pointing fingers at each other over the latest economic numbers.
Also an embattled congressman says he is facing an uphill climb in his efforts to be re-elected.
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The September 11th attacks helped take Congressman Gary Condit out of the headlines.
But as the March primary draws near, the California Democrat is back on the campaign trail, trying to win re- election.
Condit says he hopes voters will focus on his public service record, instead of the negative publicity surrounding the disappearance of former intern Chandra Levy.
He says the investigation into her disappearance violated HIS civil rights.
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((REP. GARY CONDIT/D- CALIFORNIA: I SUSPECT THAT THE HEAT HAS BEEN ON THE WASHINGTON POLICE
DEPARTMENT, AND YOU KNOW SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO CAST BLAME OR GO FOR THE EASY PERSON TO SORT OF GET THE HEAT OFF OF YOU. BUT MULTIPLE TIMES THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS INDICATED I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS, AND I'VE DONE EVERYTHING THAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO, ))
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It's been almost nine months since anyone has seen or heard from Chandra Levy.
The deficits are coming back--
Congressional budget analysts predict deficits of 21- billion dollars this year, and 14- billion next year.
This comes after four consecutive years of surpluses.
Republicans say the budget picture worsened because of the recession and the war on terrorism.
Democrats, meanwhile, are pointing the finger at President Bush's tax cut and the Republicans' optimistic economic projections.
State employees will NOT get a pay raise this year and a full phase-out of the car tax will have to wait until 2005.
That word from Governor Warner yesterday as he delivered his budget amendments.
Warner said the state is in real danger of building a five- billion dollar shortfall over the next four and half years unless budget issues are addressed now.
Yesterday, he stood with lawmakers who have agreed on a framework for the budget fix.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER; ONE IN THIS ROOM. NO ONE IN THIS ROOM, LET ME ASSURE YOU, INCLUDING ME IS COMPLETELY HAPPY WITH THE DETAILS OF THIS FRAMEWORK, BUT THAT HOWEVER IS THE NATURE OF A COMPROMISE. WE HAVE ASKED VIRGINIANS TO MAKE A SHARED SACRIFICE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT OUR PEOPLE WILL RESPOND.))
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Warner's plan will increase the state agency cuts that were included in Governor Gilmore's budget, freeze the car tax repeal at 70 percent, eliminate a two percent pay raise for state employees, and raise some user fees.
Warner said one of his main goals was to protect public education, and his plan would restore some school construction money.
But the Governor's budget amendments do not include any funding for cultural organizations in western Virginia.
Norfolk Southern posted a small jump in fourth-quarter earnings today, coming in at 115 million dollars.
The company said the U.S. economic recession had weighed on its business.
While most revenues from car loads were flat, N-S says coal shipments were the bright spot.
Results were also helped by major cost-cutting efforts, which slashed operating expenses by more than a million dollars.
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Still to come on the newscast, sources tell news 7 who will be Patrick Henry High School's next head football coach,
also we will meet someone who wants to be the next big fish in the Guiness Book of World Records.
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His name is synonymous with high- dollar merchandise--
Stanley Marcus, the retired chairman of the famous Neiman Marcus retail chain, died yesterday at a Dallas hospital.
Neiman Marcus is known the world over for its extravagant gift ideas, especially those found in its catalog.
Stanley Marcus' father, aunt, and uncle founded the company back in 19-07.
He began working for the family business at the age of 21, eventually becoming chairman and C-E-O.
He retired in 1975.
Stanley Marcus was 96.
Two fish breeders in China are ANGLING for a place in the Guiness Book of Records--
They've bred a giant goldfish that's grown about as large as an average cat.
The Red Oranda named "Bruce" is 15 inches long, and plenty large enough to fight off any hungry cat that might come its way.
The breeders attribute Bruce's healthy size to selective breeding, a good diet, and plenty of exercise.
Guinness has no category for the longest goldfish, but the breeders are confident that Bruce will eventually swim his way into the record book.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP six points.
The Nasdaq has gained 20 points.
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Virginia Tech makes it pitch to bring Michael Vick's brother to the football team. We'll have that story after the break,
And UVA battles Georgia Tech, with high hopes of breaking the Yellow Jackets' winning streak....
We'll have details coming up in sports.
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The 7th ranked Virginia Cavaliers were in Atlanta last night trying to break a Yellow Jackets' streak.
The Georgia Tech has beaten UVA nine times out of 10.
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This one appeared like it would go the same way, even though Roger Mason Junior was doing everything within his power to keep Virginia in the game.
UVa got some great ball movement as Elton Brown goes inside to Travis Watson for the score.
But Georgia Tech still led 53-to-50.
UVa would not lead until the three- minute mark of the game.
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The Cavs come away with a 69-to-65 win, despite committing 19 turnovers.
UVa is now 13-and-2 overall and 4 and 2 in the ACC.
Hollins faced the number one women's team in the ODAC - Bridgewater, as they came and brought a band of local stars with them for support.
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Hollins coach Karen Harvey has gotten respectability back into the Hollins program.
But last night they wanted an upset, along with the respect.
The Eagles soar first, however, as Marie Bolton gets the pass in traffic and converts the hoop.
She finished with 7 points.
Later, Hollins' Lauren McKee would shoot Hollins in front by 4 points with this 3- point basket for the home team.
The Eagles' Katie Brennan then hits this short jumper for two of her team high 14.
Sarah Hagood also had 14.
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Hollins led by 7 at halftime.
But Bridgewater proved too much in the final 20 minutes to win 66-to-56.
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News 7 sports has learned that Kevin Clifford will replace Jeff Johnson as the new head football coach at Patrick Henry High school.
Clifford has been an assistant coach at P-H the last five years, and was the assistant head coach last season.
He should get formal school board approval later in the week.
Also, sources tell News 7 that the Glenvar head football coaching job will go to Byrd assistant coach Lee Johnson.
Longtime followers of Friday Football Extra will remember Johnson from his playing days at Salem.
The Virginia Tech coaching staff was in Newport News last night for its official in-home visit with Marcus Vick.
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Marcus, Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Tech recruiting coordinator Jim Cavanaugh, Marcus's parents, his high school coach Tommy Reamon and older brother Michael Vick were expected to weigh in at the visit.
All had to be sure to avoid the obvious temptation.
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That response should come very soon.
Marcus Vick took his official visit to the University of Virginia last weekend.
He will spend his official weekend in Blacksburg this coming Friday and Saturday.
In one other note, Jonathan Lewis, the younger brother of Tech lineman Kevin Lewis has scheduled a newsconference for tomorrow afternoon in Henrico County at Varina high school. He is expected to verbally commit to Tech at that time.
Friday Football Extra player of the week Jared White is Virginia's all-time leading pass receiver.
But, instead of staying close to home to further his sports career, he is heading north to play college ball.
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The Lord Botetourt senior has picked Boston based Northeastern University of the Atlantic 10.
White picked Northeastern over Rice, Vanderbilt and Miami of Ohio.
He was all-state, all-region and all-American.
He also is an excellent student with a 3 point 7 GPA, and he scored 11-90 on his SATs.
He hopes to major in engineering.
The East Coast Hockey League all-star game turned out a crowd last night in Trenton, New Jersey.
The Express had two players representing the Valley -Vern Fiddler and starter Rick Kowalsky.
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Roanoke head coach Perry Florio also was one of the assistant coaches for the North All-Star squad.
This was relatively un-eventful in the first period, as defense of all things dominated in the all-star tilt.
It was tied at one-all after one.
It was 4-to-2 South after two periods, before things blew up in the third.
North Star Vern Fiddler of the Express leads a North comeback with this goal.
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In all, there were 7 goals in the final 20 minutes, as the South hangs on for the 7-to-6 win.
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