The casualty count is growing in the war on terror in Afghanistan.
Eight American soldiers have lost their lives since Saturday.
Today, U-S forces continue to bomb Taliban and al-Qaida hideouts.
Jennifer Jones has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Eastern Afghanistan; :15 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary; :37]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:16]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS News, Washington.]
ONE DAY AFTER A DEADLY FIRE FIGHT WITH ENEMY FORCES, U-S WARPLANES ARE
SO ARE AMERICAN SOLDIERS ON THE GROUND.
A U-S LED FORCE OF 2-THOUSAND IS AIMING TO WIPE OUT AL-QAEDA HIDE-OUTS
IN THESE SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN AFGHANISTAN.
ON MONDAY, SEVEN AMERICAN SOLDIERS WERE KILLED - ELEVEN WOUNDED - WHEN
TWO U-S CHOPPERS TOOK ENEMY FIRE.
THE DEATHS UNDERSCORE NOT ONLY 'THE DANGERS' IN PURSUING OSAMA BIN
LADEN'S AL-QAEDA NETWORK.
..BUT 'THE DIFFICULTY' OF ASSAULTING WELL-ARMED AND WELL-ORGANIZED
POCKETS OF RESISTANCE.
(SOT - DONALD RUMSFELD/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE "We intend to continue the
operation until those al-qaeda and taliban that remain either surrender
or are killed, the choice is theirs.")
THIS LATEST MILITARY MISSION IS CODE-NAMED 'OPERATION ANACONDA' - AFTER
THE SOUTH AMERICAN SNAKE, THAT ENCIRCLES ITS PREY BEFORE CRUSHING IT.
IN THIS CASE ,AFGHAN FIGHTERS ARE GUARDING ONE ESCAPE ROUTE, AND
PAKISTANI SOLDIERS ARE PATROLING 'THEIR' SIDE OF THE BORDER.
...WHILE THE U-S AND ITS ALLIES TAKE THE FIGHT 'DIRECTLY' TO THE ENEMY.
(PRESIDENT BUSH SOT "It is a just cause, and as long as I am president
of the United States, I will pursue those who try to hurt America.")
JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
President Bush and other lawmakers say the U-S will fight 'til the end.
Republican House Whip Tom DeLay was in Roanoke fundraising for Congressman Bob Goodlatte's re-election campaign.
Last night, DeLay told reporters this will be a long war-- one that will take more lives before it's over.
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[SOT 11:15:24 11:15:50]
[IN Q=Today's events ]
((TOM DELAY: TODAY'S EVENTS HAVE SHOWN US THAT THIS IS A DANGEROUS JOB AND THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS JOB WE'RE GOING TO LOSE SOME OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ALL OF US FEEL AGGRIEVED AT THESE LOSSES.))
((BOB GOODLATTE: THE COUNTRY'S VIGILANCE IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE STRONGER THAN IT WAS BEFORE SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH AND I'M REMINDED OF WHAT THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID AT THE OUTSET OF OUR COUNTRY, THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Tom DeLay/(R) Texas; :00]
[OUT Q=eternal vigilance.]
DeLay is also busy campaigning--
He hopes to become the next House Majority leader.
An accident at the Radford Foundry leaves two men injured...
Matthew Sutphin suffered second and third degree burns and is in good condition this morning at the UVA burn center.
The other man, Dean Akers, suffered minor injuries and was expected to be released from the hospital yesterday.
An official with the Intermet Corporation says it appears the men were burned when some molten iron came into contact with water and exploded.
Incidentally, today marks the two year anniversary of the accident at Intermet's New River Foundry in which three people were killed.
The Grand Jury refused to indict the elderly Roanoke man who police say shot and killed a 15-year old girl last week.
It's unusual, but not unheard of, for Grand Jurors to reject an indictment, but it leaves open the question of what happens now.
Police initially charged Hallis (JAY-muh- son) Jamison with "malicious wounding," not knowing whether 15-year old Charlotte Brown would live through the night.
That charge is still set for a preliminary hearing April 16th in Juvenile and Domestic Relations court.
The Commonwealth's Attorney could wait until then to publicly lay out the case against Jamison.
The Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney says she's considering that.
Betty Jo Anthony emphasizes that no decision has been made, but that the Commonwealth could present the case again to the NEXT Grand Jury.
In the meantime, Jamison remains in jail, though his attorney is likely to renew the motion to have him released on bond.
The man accused of the January shooting at the Appalachian School of Law will be evaluated by a specially appointed psychiatrist.
Yesterday, attorneys for Peter (Oh-dee-gee-ZOO-uh) Odighizuwa requested the evaluation in Buchanan County Court.
Rachel Cannon has more.
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[SUPER=01-Roger Groot/Defense Attorney; :10 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Sheila Tolliver/Prosecutor; :26 QUICK]
[SUPER=04-January 17; :29]
[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Grundy.]
In business news, there's a new hurdle in the Hewlett Packard-Compaq Computer buyout.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((THE CLOCK IS TICKING DOWN TO THE SHAREHOLDER VOTE IN THE HEWLETT PACKARD/
COMPAQ COMPUTER BUYOUT. IN JUST 14 DAYS STOCKHOLDERS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY
THE PROPOSED 22 BLN DOLLAR DEAL.
BUT A NEW HURDLE HAS POPPED UP. A Los Angeles law firm has filed a
seeking to halt THE SHAREHODLER VOTE UNTIL HEWLETT PACKARD submits new
proxy materials and recalculates the value of the transaction.
The lawsuit is the latest hurdle erected to derail the controversial
Walter Hewlett, the dissident HP board member, has waged an aggressive
campaign to persuade shareholders to reject the deal.
STOCKS LET OFF FIREWORKS ON WALL STREET. THE DOW HAD ITS BIGGEST ONE DAY
GAIN IN SEVEN MONTHS AND THE NASDAQ CLIMBED THREE PERCENT ON OPTIMISTIM
AN ECONOMIC REBOUND WILL BOOST PROFITS.
DOW RACED AHEAD 217 POINTS OR 2 PERCENT.
WHILE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 6 POINTS OR 3 PERCENT..
THE TECH SECTOR WAS EVEN ABLE TO OVERCOME A PROFIT WARNING FROM ORACLE ..
WHICH SENT SHARES OF THE SOFTWARE MAKER DOWN 16 PERCENT.
Fewer homeowners had trouble making their mortgage payments in the fourth
quarter. The decline was the first since mortgage delinquencies hit a
22-year low in the first quarter of 2000 and supports the idea that the
economy is expanding.
SOME ANALSYTS BELIEVE THIS MARKET RALLY COULD HAVE SOME STAYING POWER.
WEEK'S REPORTS will likely show U.S. job losses have come to an end and
factory orders increased...MORE SIGNS OF A REBOUNDING ECONOMY.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
[GRAPHIC=Truth or Dare]
It "dares" to keep your kids off drugs.
But even the people behind the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program admit "Just Say No" just doesn't work.
So then why are school systems across our region continuing to teach it?
Justin McLeod went searching for answers in part one of "Truth or Dare."
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[SOT 1:02:40; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=Nat sound of Bonnie walking into classroom]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie English/Roanoke D.A.R.E. Officer; :15 QUICK!!!! ]
[SUPER=01-Tod Burke/Radford University Professor; :55]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF OFFICER ENGLISH WALKING INTO CLASSROOM))
Officer Bonnie English walks a much different beat from most cops.
Keeping kids off drugs.
She's one of 14 D.A.R.E. officers here in the city of Roanoke.
[SOT 2:02:55; TAPE 1]
[IN Q=A lot of kids]
((BONNIE ENGLISH/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: A LOT OF KIDS JUST LOVE IT. I'LL GET HERE AND THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY WANTING TO KNOW IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE D.A.R.E. SO THEY REALLY ENJOY THE PROGRAM.))
[OUT Q=enjoy the program]
It is a program that is now in 80-percent of our nation's school systems, reaching more than 36 million young people each year.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF BONNIE TALKING ABOUT DRUGS; 1:03:41))
The D.A.R.E. program has a simple mission, to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
[SOT 2:07:34; 2:07:54; TAPE 1]
[IN Q=So I know not]
((VINNYSA GILKES/HURT PARK ELEMENTARY: SO I KNOW NOT TO DO DRUGS OR DO ANYTHING THAT WILL HURT ME.))
((EDWARD DAY/HURT PARK ELEMENTARY: I LEARNED HOW NOT TO DO DRUGS AND HOW IT CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR SELF ESTEEM.))
[OUT Q=your self esteem]
But researchers have found that while D.A.R.E. may feel good, it doesn't do much good to prevent drug use among teens.
Just ask criminologist professor and former Maryland police officer Tod Burke.
[SOT 13:12:41; TAPE 4]
[IN Q=If you're looking]
((DR. TOD BURKE/RADFORD UNIVERSITY: IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT IT AT THE POINT OF VIEW OF D.A.R.E, THE STATISTICS AND THE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT IT REALLY IS NOT WORKING.))
[OUT Q=is not working]
Research that prompted the U.S. Dept. of Education to pull its funding of the D.A.R.E. program.
[SOT 1:12:57; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=A year ago, this month]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH, D.A.R.E ADMITTED THE PROGRAM IS FLAWED. SO RECENTLY THEY LAUNCHED A NEW ONE. GONE ARE THE JUST SAY NO LECTURES. IN ITS PLACE ARE MORE REAL LIFE SCENARIOS AND ROLE PLAYING SESSIONS. THE TARGET AUDIENCE IS ALSO MUCH OLDER.))
[OUT Q=also much older]
((NAT SOUND OF D.A.R.E. LECTURE))
D.A.R.E. is usually taught at the fifth grade level.
The new program will target seventh and ninth grades when kids are most likely to experiment with drugs.
But you won't see this new and improved D.A.R.E. program in any school system in our region anytime soon.
D.A.R.E first wants to test the program for five years.
[SOT 13:14:58; TAPE 4]
[IN Q=We're not going]
((DR. TOD BURKE/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TELL RIGHT OFF THE BAT AND WE CAN'T BE TOO QUICK TOO JUDGE ON THAT.))
[OUT Q=judge on that]
That's why Roanoke city schools and other school systems across the region plan to stick with the current D.A.R.E. program at least for now.
[IN Q=If they remember]
((BONNIE ENGLISH/D.A.R.E OFFICER: IF THEY REMEMBER WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IN THE 17 WEEK D.A.R.E. PROGRAM I THINK IT WILL WORK FOR EM. THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM. IT'S AN AWESOME PROGRAM. KIDS LOVE IT.))
[OUT Q=kids love it]
Love it or hate it, D.A.R.E. is not a complete failure.
Kids do learn how to deal with peer pressure and other stressful situations.
But when it comes to the most important lesson of all, the message of "Just Say No" is not getting through.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
There is an alternative program to D.A.R.E., one that is showing positive results.
And it's being taught in one area school system.
We'll take you there in part two of Truth or Dare, tonight on News 7 at six.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The drug-related death of a 17-year old in Botetourt County has a woman facing a murder charge.
Melanie Deanna Benzenhafer of Cloverdale was indicted yesterday for second degree murder.
Deputies say in January she sold the drug Lortab to Brian Kristopher Osborne.
Osborne died after using it.
Charges may be filed against the truck driver involved in a fatal car accident in Henry County yesterday afternoon.
Police say that Michael George Pratt was travelling south on Route 6-22 when he ran a stop sign and hit a North Carolina woman's car.
The 78-year old woman was thrown from her vehicle and died at the scene.
Pratt's truck flipped over. He was taken to a Hospital in Eden North Carolina with minor injuries.
A proposed industrial park in Bedford County is inching closer to reality.
[SUPER=03-Bedford/Last Week; ]
Last week-- residents urged the planning commission and board of supervisors to reject the plan.
Neighbors say if the New London Business and Technology Center is developed it will jeopardize their safety and property values.
Last night, the planning commission RECOMMENDED that zoning at the proposed site be changed from residential to allow for the industrial park.
The board of supervisors, though, will have the ultimate say in whether plans for the industrial park become a reality.
Lexington's skyline is one step closer to looking like it did before the Lexington Presbyterian Church was destroyed by fire.
Part of a new steeple made the trip up the Interstate 81 corridor from Montgomery County yesterday.
Richard Lesko followed the steeple's journey.
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[IN Q=nat sound]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Al Anderson/Blue Ridge Timberwrights; :34]
[OUT Q=RL, NEWS 7.]
[INQ=nat sound of truck leaving shawsville]
At around 10- o'clock in the morning, part of a 75 foot tall steeple left the Blue Ridge Timberwrights shop in Shawsville, bound for its new home at the Lexington Presbyterian Church.
On its side the steeple checks in at more than 16 feet tall, too high for several bridges, power lines and low hanging branches.
Detours around those obstacles turned the 78 mile trip into a more than four hour venture.
The builder of the steeple took all of the travelling hiccups in stride.
[SOT - 1:49:25]
[INQ=Murphy always gets..]
((AL ANDERSON/BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS; MURPHY ALWAYS GETS INVOLVED IN THESE THINGS. HE'S SHOWN HIS FACE BUT HE HASN'T KICKED US, SO WE'RE DOING GOOD.))
[OUTQ=so we're doing good.]
After months of construction, transportation turned out to be one of the most challenging parts.
Organizers had to get V-DOT, communities along the way and the trucking company on the same page.
[SOT - 1:50:35]
[INQ=It's been more of...]
((AL ANDERSON/BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS; IT'S BEEN MORE OF A PROJECT OF TRYING TO FORSEE WHAT YOU MIGHT BUMP UP AGAINST AND YOU MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE SOLUTIONS, BUT AT LEAST KEEP THINGS SLIPPERY SO YOU CAN SLIDE AROUND A BIT.))
[OUTQ=slide around a bit.]
Despite the hard work and transit headaches the builder says it will all be worth it, once the spire is delivered, and the steeple is in place.
[SOT - 1:52:09]
[INQ=It's going to be wonderful...]
((AL ANDERSON/BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS; IT'S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL TO SEE THE STEEPLE AND THE LEXINGTON SKYLINE BACK THE WAY IT WAS.))
[OUTQ=the way it was.]
Barring a kick from Murphy's law, that should come on Tuesday morning.
Richard Lesko, News 7.))
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, heart patients who take cholesterol lowering drugs should not abruptly stop taking their medication .
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((WARNING TODAY FOR HEART PATIENTS TAKING CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS.
A NEW STUDY SAYS STOPPING THE MEDICATION ABRUPTLY CAN TRIPLE YOUR RISK
OF DYING, OR HAVING A HEART ATTACK.
BUT EXPERTS POINT OUT, THE STUDY DOES NOT EXAMINE WHETHER THE SAME
DANGER WOULD APPLY TO OTHERWISE HEALTHY PEOPLE WHO STOP TAKING THEIR
THE FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL, CIRCULATION.
CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY, PEDIATRICIANS HAVE ISSUED SOME NEW SKATEBOARD
AND SCOOTER GUIDELINES.
UNLESS THEY'RE SUPERVISED BY ADULTS, KIDS UNDER 10 SHOULD NOT BE RIDING
AND THOSE UNDER 8 SHOULDN'T BE USING NON-MOTORIZED SCOOTERS.
THE SUGGESTIONS WERE ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS.
SOME ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR PARENTS WHO CAN'T SEEM TO POTTY TRAIN THEIR
A NEW TOILET TRAINING STUDY SAYS MOST CHILDREN AREN'T READY UNTIL AFTER
THEIR SECOND BIRTHDAY, CONTRARY TO THE POPULAR BELIEF THAT TRAINING
SHOULD BEGIN AT 18 MONTHS.
RESEARCHERS ALSO FOUND, GIRLS DEVELOP NEARLY ALL TOILET TRAINING SKILLS
EARLIER THAN BOYS.
THE FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN THIS MONTH'S EDITION OF 'PEDIATRICS.'
(BACK ON CAMERA)
THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
Roanoke and Roanoke County are teaming up to get a new image.
The City has asked for bids from local and national advertising agencies to create a regional imaging campaign.
Local leaders are hoping that publicizing the Roanoke Valley will attract new industry and younger residents from across the nation.
The idea is similar to Norfolk's branding campaign.
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[IN Q=They have this]
((VICE MAYOR BILL CARDER: THEY HAVE THIS IMAGE OF A MERMAID, IT SAYS NORFOLK, IT SAYS CELEBRATING LIFE DAILY. THAT KIND OF BRANDING SAYS EVERYTHING ABOUT EDUCATION, STYLE OF LIFE, JOBS, EVERYTHING. COMING BACK TO ROANOKE, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE WANT TO PROJECT.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Roanoke Vice-Mayor]
[OUT Q=want to project.]
So far, nine proposals have come in -- four from local firms.
One of the national firms has helped brand the Olympics, Hong Kong, Pepsi and KFC.