More rain today in areas across far southwest Virginia that don't need it...
Seven counties are under a state of emergency, and one area is being advised to boil its drinking water because of the flooding.
And Vice President Cheney is now considering meeting with Yasser Arafat, IF the Palestinian leader takes steps towards peace with Israel.
Patchy light rain will continue this afternoon...leading to a steadier rain tonight....I'll have your forecast....
Flooding in Wytheville has caused problems at the town's water treatment plant.
Rising waters knocked out many water and sewage treatment plants.
As a result, officials are advising people in Wytheville to boil their water before using it.
The health department is concerned that some creek water might get into the system.
The town says the threat of contamination is very low, and the treatment plant should be back to normal by late this afternoon.
Meanwhile flood weary residents across Southwest Virginia are waiting for floodwaters to recede AND for more rain to fall.
As a result of the damage, Governor Warner has called out the National Guard.
Seven counties are under a state of emergency.
In Pennington Gap, a six foot high wall of water washed through this grocery store.
It's now closed indefinitely.
In Gate City, the floodwaters hit businesses downtown.
Now they're cleaning up.
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[IN Q=We're trying to ]
((SCOTT MORGAN; WE'RE TRYING TO PUMP THE WATER. ALL OUR COMPUTERS ARE USELESS AT THIS POINT. MY FILES ARE ALL USELESS. THEY'RE TRYING TO SALVAGE THE INSURANCE FILES AND DO THE BEST THEY CAN.))
[OUT Q=best they can]
Hundreds all across the area were flooded out... many more were flooded in.
The Clinch River rose 20 feet Sunday night and early yesterday morning.
The north fork of the Holston River jumped to record levels in Saltville before cresting late yesterday morning.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is being offered some incentives to help move along the Middle East peace process.
Kimberly Dozier is in Jerusalem with details.
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[SUPER=01-Dick Cheney/Vice President;]
[SUPER=01-Yasser Abed Rabbo/Palestinian Minister of Information;]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, Jerusalem.]
Offering an olive branch for a ceasefire. In Jerusalem, U.S. Vice
President Dick Cheney offered to meet Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat,
at some point soon, if Arafat takes steps to implement a truce with
(SOT U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney):
"Namely, to speak to his own people personally about the importance of
ending violence and terrorism, to issue clear instructions to his
security services to enforce the ceasefire."
Palestinian Authority officials praised the American's offer, choosing
to ignore that this puts much of the responsibility on Yasser Arafat, to
stop the violence.
(SOT PALESTINIAN MINISTER OF INFORMATION YASSER ABED RABBO)
"We responded positively to this message and we hope that our bilateral
relations will improve and develop to the better in the future."
The Palestinians were more openly annoyed with the Israeli prime
minister's conditional offer to allow Arafat to travel if he declares a
Sharon warned that should Arafat say anything offensive, at the upcoming
Beirut summit to discuss a Saudi peace proposal, Arafat might not be
(show tanks, nuns)
Despite the tough talk, Sharon did bow to one major Palestinian demand,
withdrawing Israeli troops from areas under Palestinian self-rule,
including Bethlehem and Beit Jala on the West Bank.
(file Palestinian gunmen)
Arafat now has to convince a fairly undisciplined force of young
Palestinian fighters, that meeting with an American vice president, is
worth laying down arms, for now.
KD, CBS News, Jerusalem
The U-S Supreme Court is hearing a case today involving drug testing in schools.
The high court will decide whether it's okay for schools to conduct tests on students before allowing them to take part in after- school activities.
The ACLU says making drug tests mandatory could lead to the government demanding medical records and other personal information.
But supporters say the policy is designed to keep students from taking drugs.
A program that helps non-violent drug offenders avoid jail could become a casualty of the state budget crisis.
Without state funding, the drug court program could end.
But supporters are refusing to let it disappear without a fight.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of crowd]
[SUPER=01-Penny Houston/Former Drug Addict; :09 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Ben Eubank/Former Drug Addict; :14 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=03-Salem/September 2000; :20]
[SUPER=01-Diane Strickland/Circuit Judge; :51]
[SUPER=01-Johanna Jones/Substance Abuse Counselor; 1:15 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF CROWS))
The people you see here at success stories.
They have turned their lives around, thanks to the drug court program.
[SOT 16:40; 14:33]
[IN Q=It's given me my]
((PENNY HOUSTON/FORMER DRUG ADDICT: IT'S GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK, I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO SAY IT.))
((BEN EUBANK/FORMER DRUG ADDICT: I'M A DIFFERENT PERSON TODAY AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF DRUG COURT.))
[OUT Q=of drug court]
Drug court is for nonviolent drug offenders.
Instead of prison, they agree to participate in addiction treatment and other programs like community service.
There are currently 13 drug courts here in Virginia.
[IN Q=The Roanoke Valley]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE ROANOKE VALLEY ESTABLISHED ITS DRUG COURT SEVEN YEARS AGO. IN THAT TIME, 257 PEOPLE HAVE GRADUATED FROM THE PROGRAM, ONLY SEVEN PERCENT OF WHICH ENDED UP BACK IN COURT WITH NEW CONVICTIONS.))
[OUT Q=with new convictions]
But now drug court is fighting for its survival.
The General Assembly has failed to provide any money for the program next year.
[IN Q=There's a distinct possibility]
((DIANE STRICKLAND/CIRCUIT JUDGE: THERE'S A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WILL RELAPSE AND POSSIBILITY RE-OFFEND IF THEY DON'T HAVE THOSE SERVICES AVAILABLE.))
[OUT Q=services available]
So now supporters are lobbying Governor Warner to fund the 2.4 million dollars needed for the program.
They argue the program ends up saving the state money.
After all, drug court costs more than four thousand dollars per person while confinement costs more than 22-thousand per prisoner every year.
[IN Q=I think its incredible]
((JOHANNA JONES/SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR: I THINK ITS AN INCREDIBLE PROGRAM AND THE THOUGHT THEY WOULD TAKE AWAY JUST BLOWS MY MIND.))
[OUT Q=blow my mind]
It's a reality that could come as early as June if the governor fails to fund the program.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
If drug court shuts down, the people currently enrolled in the program would either be put on probation or thrown into jail.
Parts of Route 58 in Halifax County were covered in cocaine last night.
Deputies say when they tried to stop a suspected stolen vehicle near the industrial park, the driver started throwing bags of cocaine and methamphetamine out the window.
By the time they stopped him a mile and a half later, their patrol cars were covered in coke.
The driver, Timothy Allen Slate of Claudeville is being held without bond in the Halifax Adult Detention Center. Authorities did not say what he's been charged with.
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Still to come on the newscast, investors on Wall Street are watching closely as the Federal Reserve considers changing interest rates,
and the teacher who was jailed for seducing one of her students is back in court. Now her former lover AND his family are suing.
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A sixth grade teacher from Seattle, Washington who had a much publicized affair with a 12- year- old male student is still behind bars for her crimes.
The student-- who's now 18-- is suing the school district and local police for not protecting him.
Hattie Kauffman has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/File Tape;:00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Patterson/Attorney for School District; :33]
[SUPER=01-Cy Vance/Attorney; :40]
[SUPER=01-Ann Bremner/Attorney for Police Department; 1;00]
[SUPER=01-Hattie Kauffman/CBS News; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Hattie Kauffman, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
(TRACK) IT WAS 1996, MARY KAY LETOURNEAU WAS A TEACHER IN A SEATTLE
SUBURB...IN THIS CLASS PICTURE, YOU SEE TWELVE YEAR OLD VILI FUALAUU. HE
HID HIS IDENTITY IN AN EARLY INTERVIEW.
(SOT) she says she loves the man I am, the man I almost am.
(TRACK) (NOW IN A LAWSUIT, VILI CLAIMS STAFF AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WITNESSED EVIDENCE OF THEIR AFFAIR AND DID NOTHING. (INSERT GRAPHIC
HERE) THE BRIEF ALLEGES ANOTHER TEACHER "SAW THEM SLOW DANCING AFTER
AND A CUSTODIAN FOUND THEM IN THE FACULTY WOMEN'S BATHROOM "IN THE DARK
WITH THE LIGHTS OFF."
(SOT-MIKE PATTERSON/ATTORNEY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT)
(SOT-CY VANCE, ATTORNEY) What the they should have done is something.
What they did was nothing.
(TRACK) THE EVENTS PORTRAYED IN THIS MADE FOR TV MOVIE WILL BE A MAJOR
PART OF THE LAWSUIT. BACK IN 1996, WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP FIRST BEGAN,
POLICE DID FIND THEM IN THE BACK OF VAN, BUT THEN RELEASED VILII BACK
TO HIS TEACHER.
(SOT ANN BREMNER/ATTORNEY FOR POLICE DEPT. 010950) They say we could've
stopped the affair. It's our belief and I think the evidence will show
that nothing could've kept them apart.
(STAND UP) THE SUIT ALLEGES THAT BECAUSE POLICE OR SCHOOL OFFICIALS DID
THE AFFAIR ESCALATED, LEADING TO THE BIRTH OF NOT ONE CHILD BUT TWO...
AND TURNING A TEENAGER INTO A FATHER, AND INTERNATIONAL CURIOSITY.
(TRACK) LETOURNEAU BECAME PREGNANT WITH VILI'S CHILD IN 1997.
(SOT) what I did was wrong// help me.
(TRACK) CONVICTED OF CHILD RAPE, HER PRISON SENTENCE WAS SUSPENDED ON
CONDITION SHE GET COUNSELING AND STAY AWAY FROM THE BOY. BUT WITHIN THE
NEXT YEAR, SHE WAS PREGNANT AGAIN WITH HIS SECOND CHILD... MAKING
HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD.
(SOT CY VANCE 000525) I think there's been a significant and negative
impact on Vili Fualauu in terms of his emotional state, in terms of what
has happened to him since the relationship started.
(TRACK) IN A DEPOSITION, VILI MADE CLEAR THE THRILL IS GONE.
(SOT VILI 000327) I'm not in love anymore.
(TRACK) HE SAYS HE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO FINISH SCHOOL OR HOLD A JOB, AND
HAS SOUGHT ALCOHOL TREATMENT.
(SOT 000433) What I'm saying is that if I never would've met her or
never would've got that close with her, I probably wouldn't be in the
shoes I'm in right now.
(TRACK) FINALLY THE SUIT ALSO MAINTAINS LETOURNEAU MAY TORMENT VILI FOR
THE REST OF HIS LIFE. SHE'S SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON IN
2004. FOR THE EARLY SHOW, HK, CBS NEWS, LA.
Wall Street is keeping a close eye on Washington, where the Federal Reserve is meeting today to decide the future of interest rates.
Most analysts agree that Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and the central bank will keep rates at their current level.
However, they do feel that this will be the end of a year- long period during which rates have been slashed 11 times.
The Fed's seen improvement in the nation's economy, and will likely ease off on the rate cuts.
If some last- minute negotiations are successful, Appomattox County and the state can avoid a trial over what to do with the county's aging courthouse.
At least one supervisor says the county has already wasted too much taxpayer money on legal fees.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=About 36 hours]
[SUPER=01-Frank Carwile/Appomattox Co. Supervisor; :37]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Kendrick/Appomattox Co. Supervisor; 1:18]
[OUT Q=News7, Appomattox.]
(( About 36 hours before they're scheduled to face off in court, Appomattox County and the circuit court judges are trying to reach a compromise on what to do with an aging, out-of-date courthouse.
The two sides are about two million dollars apart in their respective renovation plans, but now the state says it's willing to bend.
It will drop the lawsuit if the county puts the issue to a referendum and lets voters decide whether to renovate according to the judges' wishes or build a new courthouse altogether.
The board discussed the offer in closed session but took no action.. much to the disgust of at least one member.
((FRANK CARWILE/APPOMATTOX CO. SUPERVISOR: YOU CAN VOTE IT DOWN, YOU CAN VOTE TO RENOVATE, IT'S THAT OPEN.. IT'S THAT FLEXIBLE AND THE ONLY THING I'M GOING TO SAY TO YOU MY FELLOW SUPERVISORS IS SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU.. IT'S THE WAY I FEEL.))
[OUT Q=the way I feel.]
Carwile says the county can't afford to keep litigating a case that, if it loses, it likely would have to pay the state's court costs as well.
((CARWILE: AND YOU THE TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO PAY IT. IT IS A CRYING SHAME THAT YOU CAN'T CLOSE THE WINDOW WHEN YOU'VE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY.))
[OUT Q=got the opportunity.]
But a majority of the board felt it was better to let the lawyers continue to talk.. and that a public meeting was not the place to discuss it.
((JERRY KENDRICK/APPOMATTOX CO. SUPERVISOR: I THINK HE DISRESPECTED THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS AND HE HAS DISRESPECTED OUR POSITION ON THIS, AND I REALLY WISHED HE HADN'T BUT HE FELT VERY STRONGLY THAT HE DID AND SO WE ALLOWED HIM TO AIR HIS OPINION.))
[OUT Q=air his opinion.]
((The county has made a counter- offer to the state and lawyers for both sides are expected to keep hashing out the details, hoping to reach some sort of compromise before Wednesday morning, when the case goes to court. Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.] ))
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Coming up next, Leo will tell us how much rain is in the forecast,
Also we'll see the latest class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Some Talking Heads and a former teen idol are among the performers who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night.
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The list includes R and B pioneer Isaac Hayes, punk rock group, The Ramones, the Talking Heads, and legendary singer Brenda Lee.
The Ramones' bassist Dee Dee Ramone took the ADDITIONAL honor of delivering the most humorous acceptance speech.
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[IN Q=I'd like to congratulate myself.]
[SUPER=01-Dee Dee Ramone/The Ramones;]
[OUT Q=pat on the back.]
Fellow nominees Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were among the groups that performed live.
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[SOT 3:41:39 ]
[IN Q=Well, I don't know but I've been told]
[OUT Q=tired of this town.]
But the show did have one major hitch-- the traditional jam session ran into some technical problems.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has gained 55 points. The NASDAQ is UP eight points.
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Still to come, Coach Bonnie Henrickson looks to lead the Lady Hokies to more victories for years to come....
...And the Dazzle has ONLY one HOME game left...
We'll show you why they brought "the dogs" for last night's game.
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The Dazzle season is drawing to a close.
The team played its next to last home game of the year last night.
Roanoke's Derrick Hines played a game high 33 minutes, and scored a game high 19 points.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Asheville vs. Roanoke; :00]
Kent Davison has had to make so many roster moves this season, that he decided to go with one more last night, and put a little "Bite" into the Dazzle lineup.
Off the inbounds pass, Hines finds Anthony Pelle, who moves inside and scores with the strong push to the basket.
Former Duke star, Chris Carrawell, backs in and drives right at Pelle on the other end for the score.
Artie Griffin-- back after a spell on the injured list--hit a long three pointer.
But Roanoke shot just 27 percent for the game, and scored only 5 points in the second quarter.
in losing last night 71-to-61. The team falls 18 games under 500 for the season.
This Wednesday night at seven , the Virginia Tech women's team will host Vermont at the Cassell Coliseum in the W-NIT quarterfinals.
In reaching this round of the WNIT, the Hokies have now put together five straight seasons with 20 or more wins.
Bonnie Henrickson has also taken Tech to five consecutive post season appearances.
She has two years remaining on her current contract, and she will begin negotiations on an extension at season's end.
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[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/112 Wins in Five Years; :00]
[OUT Q=and we can get quality people here"]
38 high school post grad students, including some former Friday Football Extra star athletes were in Chatham yesterday...
as Hargrave Military Academy held one of it's combines on campus.
Some of the nation's top high school prospects were put through drills, ranging from the 40 yard dash to the vertical jump.
Only five to ten of these football players will earn a spot on the Hargrave football roster for next season.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Prunty/Hargrave Post Graduate Football Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=.....athletic scholarship"]
The Roanoke Express will be home tonight against Wheeling, as John Brophy returns to the Roundhouse.
Roanoke got some good news, as newcomer Jeff Johnstone was named the league's Player of the Week.
Roanoke right winger Jeff Johnstone is the league's Player of the Week for March 11-17.
Playing in his first games for the Express since being acquired from Toledo for future considerations, Johnstone scored eight points in three games.
On behalf of Jeff Johnstone, a case of pucks will be donated to a Roanoke area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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