The current crisis in the Middle East is top on the agenda of President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair this weekend.
The two are meeting at the President's Texas ranch to discuss ways to end the violence.
Jim Acosta has the latest.
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[IN Q=Before prime minister tony blair]
[SUPER=03-Crawford, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Acosta/Reporting; 1:10]
[OUT Q=CBS News Crawford Texas.]
((BEFORE PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR WALKED OFF HIS PLANE TO MEET THE
PRESIDENT AT HIS TEXAS RANCH -- THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WAS ALREADY
CLARIFYING ITS MIDDLE EAST POLICY.
(file of Bush & Powell news conf.)
A WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN SAID COLIN POWELL HAS NO PLANS TO MEET WITH
PALESTINIAN LEADER YASSIR ARAFAT -- DURING THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S
UPCOMING PEACE MISSION TO THE TROUBLED REGION.
(pics of Zinni & Arafat)
MR. BUSH'S MIDDLE EAST ENVOY ANTHONY ZINNI DID MEET ARAFAT IN HIS
BESIEGED HEADQUARTERS IN RAMALLAH -- BUT WALKED AWAY WITH ONLY AN
AGREEMENT THAT OFFICIALS WILL TALK AGAIN.
(super: Israeli Defense Forces video)
AT THE VERY SAME TIME -- ISRAELI SOLDIERS WERE ON THE WARPATH -- KILLING
(SEVERAL) MEMBERS OF THE MILITANT GROUP HAMAS -- INCLUDING THE MAN
BELIEVED TO BE BEHIND THE DEADLY SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK ON A HOTEL LAST
IN THE TOWN OF HEBRON A DIFFERENT ISRAELI STRIKE MISSED ITS MARK --
BADLY BURNING AN EIGHT YEAR OLD BOY.
(Bush picking up Blair at ranch) "We'll see you tomorrow."
THE PRESIDENT -- WHO CALLED ON ISRAEL TO WITHDRAW ITS TROOPS -- IS SAID
TO BE RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE.
A SPOKESMAN SAYS MR. BUSH "EXPECTS RESULTS" FROM ISRAEL.
AND FOR GOOD REASON.
THE WHITE HOUSE IS CONCERNED THE ISRAELI OFFENSIVE IS WEAKENING ARAB
SUPPORT FOR MILITARY ACTION AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN.
HOW TO TOPPLE THE REGIME IN IRAQ WAS ONCE THE TOP ITEM ON THE AGENDA FOR
THE WEEKEND TALKS IN CRAWFORD.
BUT THE MIDDLE EAST CHANGED THAT.
THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT'S LEAVING IT UP TO POWELL TO DECIDE WHETHER TO
MEET WITH ARAFAT. AS ONE SPOKESMAN PUT IT -- THE SECRETARY IS TRAVELING
WITH MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY. JIM ACOSTA CBS NEWS CRAWFORD TEXAS.))
The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to get more information out about Roanoke County's tire fire.
The E-P-A has set up a community information trailer at the command post-- That's at the Merriman Road Soccer field.
The information trailer will be staffed from 9 to 5.
[WIPE TO PINNACLE]
The E-P-A has also set up a community information telephone line.
That number is (540) 772-0542.
Crews are still trying to restore water to a Rocky Mount neighborhood.
Portions of the Franklin Heights subdivision have been without water since early Monday.
Contractors had been installing a new public water system and believe a leak during the hookup caused the problem.
The town estimates nearly 100 homes currently have little or no water.
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[IN Q=We're doing the best we]
((EARNESTINE ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN AND WE ASK THE PEOPLE WHEN IT'S GOING TO BE BACK ON AND THEY TELL US, ONE TELLS US ONE THING AND ONE ANOTHER SO WE DON'T KNOW, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE AND WHO TO BELIEVE.))
((KEITH HOLLAND/TOWN MANAGER: IT DEPENDS IF WE CAN FIND SOME OF THESE LEAKS TODAY. IF WE CAN FIND THEM AND GET THEM PATCH I'M HOPING THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE SERVICE RESTORED THIS WEEKEND.))
[SUPER=01-Earnestine Arrington/Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Keith Holland/Rocky Mount Town Manager; :14]
[OUT Q=restored this weekend]
Town officials say residents who live on a hill especially Cornell Road are most affected because of a lack of water pressure.
Crews plan to work throughout the weekend until the water is back online.
The public water line won't be finished until July.
Virginia Tech students and faculty are gearing up for The Big Event.
They'll spend today completing service projects in local communities.
An estimated 2-thousand from the university campus will volunteer to complete over 4-hundred projects.
The Hand by Hand playground in Blacksburg is one site on the list.
About 30-volunteers are expected to complete maintenance work...
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[IN Q=every year]
((JODY DANIELS/FRIENDS OF HAND BY HAND PLAYGROUND; EVERY YEAR WE NEED TO SAND IT AND THEN AFTER IT'S SANDED A SEALANT IS APPLIED TO PRESERVE THE WOOD THERE ALSO GOING TO APPLY MULCH THE BOTTOM OF THE PLAYGROUND IS A VERY SPECIAL MULCH THAT IS VERY KIND TO CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Jody Daniels/Friends of Hand by Hand Playground;]
[OUT Q=TO CHILDREN.]
The idea for The Big Event started at Texas A&M in 19-82.
Officials say almost 30-universities across the country now participate.
Millions of Americans will be losing an hour's sleep tonight.
[TAKE FS BOARD]
Daylight Saving Time returns at 2 a-m.
Don't forget to set your clock ahead one hour before you go to bed.
Safety officials also say it's a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detector.
(toss to weather)[11Maple-Leaf]
The world's largest bread manufacturing line is getting some company.
Maple Leaf Bakery in Roanoke already boasts about the size of its fourth line. Yesterday, it announced it will add yet another.... meaning BOTH of the world's largest breadlines will operate in Roanoke.
The company employs 140 people and plans to hire 20 more workers by 2003.
You can buy these locally produced baked goods at Wal-Mart stores across the region under the California Goldminer brand name.
Baseball season is in full swing.
The Salem Avalanche played its first game last night since winning the Carolina League Championship last season.
Justin McLeod tells us why the victory party happened last night rather than the night of the win.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of cheering]
[SUPER=01-Stan Macko/Team General Manager; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Neel/Avalanche Fan; 1:23 (QUICK BITE)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Salem]
((((NAT SOUND OF CHEERING; 11:04))
There is something to cheer about this Friday night, baseball is back.
[IN Q=It's very exciting]
((ANJELI STEWART/FAN: IT'S VERY EXCITING, VERY EXCITING. WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO IT ALL MONTH.))
((NAT SOUND OF KID PLAYING HIS HORN))
And fans have a reason to toot their horns this season.
Their team is the Carolina League champions.
Last fall, Salem clinched the title by beating Wilmington six to four.
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[IN Q=It was great]
((ADAM WARD/FAN: IT WAS GREAT. IT WAS SO ENTHUSIASTIC. IT WAS TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE.))
((ZACH SECURE: WE WERE HERE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WE'LL SEE IF THEY CAN COME BACK THIS YEAR.))
[OUT Q=back this year]
But before this year got underway, the team took time to remember last year.
Fans got the chance to see the trophy as they entered the stadium.
And right before game time, the championship flag was raised for the first time in fourteen years.
[IN Q=You may have noticed]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THERE WASN'T MUCH FANFARE AFTER THE TEAM WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE REASON HAD TO DO WITH TIMING. YOU MAY REMEMBER THE TEAM WON THEIR TROPHY ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, ONE DAY BEFORE 9-11.))
[OUT Q=before 9-11]
Team officials say because of that no one was in the mood to celebrate.
[IN Q=We had our celebration]
((STAN MACKO/GENERAL MANAGER: WE HAD OUR CELEBRATION THAT NIGHT BUT THE NEXT DAY BASEBALL WAS PRETTY MUCH INCONSEQUENTIAL COMPARED TO EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOING ON OBVIOUSLY.))
[OUT Q=going on obviously]
((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
But now the focus turns to the new season.
Fans are hopeful the team can win the championship again.
But some concede it won't be a walk in the park. (WIDE SHOT OF THE PARK)
[IN Q=I don't have the same]
((KEVIN NEEL/FAN: I DON'T HAVE THE SAME EXPECTATIONS BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAVE BEEN PROMOTED THIS YEAR TO THE DOUBLE A TEAM SO IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE A REBUILDING PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=rebuilding process]
That may be true, but the teams hopes to score big again this year.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))
The Potomac Cannons went on to win last night's game 10 to 7. The Avalanche will play again tonight and tomorrow afternoon.
There's good news out of Volvo's New River Valley plant...
Officials say to meet demand for new trucks they will reactivate more than 140-workers laid off at the Dublin location.
Production is increasing from 50 to 60 units a day.
Officials say low inventory and a diminishing supply of quality pre-owned vehicles may be factors for the boost.
But Volvo warns it's too soon to be overly optimistic about the auto industry recovering from a downturn.
VDOT is getting ready for Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
Next week's campaign is designed to alert drivers to the hazards of failing to pay attention in highway work zones.
In preparation, VDOT gave out cookies, coffee and safety kits to drivers at all Virginia rest stops yesterday.
The goal is to inspire drivers, especially males between the ages of 18 and 25, to stay alert.
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[IN Q=Most of the accidents...]
((JASON BOND/VDOT: MOST OF THE ACCIDENTS THAT'RE CAUSED IN WORK ZONES ARE ACCOUNTED TO DRIVERS' INATTENTION. SO WE'RE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE THAT AGE GROUP IN PARTICULAR, TO PAY MORE ATTENTION IN THE WORK ZONES.))
[SUPER=01-Jason Bond/Virginia Department of Transportation;]
[OUT Q=pay more attention in the work zones.]
Since April of 2001 10-people died in accidents in Virginia work zones.
VDOT says drivers are most guilty of speeding, following too closely, failing to yield the right of way, improperly changing lanes and failing to maintain proper control.
Two doctors- husband and wife- in Buchanan County are expected to plead guilty next week to avoid a trial on racketeering charges.
Last July, Doctors Vinod and Kailas Modi were indicted for unlawfully dispensed prescription drugs through their Miners Medical Clinic in Oakwood.
They're scheduled to plead guilty Monday in Abingdon.
A Muslim couple from Charlotte County is headed to prison after sentencing on federal firearms charges.
Authorities say Vincente Pierre.. a convicted felon.. used his wife Tracie Upshur to illegally buy a gun from an Appomattox dealer three years ago.
Pierre has been linked to the terrorist group Al (Few-kra) Fuqra.. and officials believe the gun purchase was part of a larger scheme for Muslims in this "Red House compound" to obtain weapons.
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[IN Q=That was a]
((TOM BONDURANT/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: THAT WAS A COMMON PRACTICE AMONG THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE. THEY'D ALL GO IN AND THEY'D PURCHASE THE SAME KIND OF GUNS AND THAT CARRIED THE SAME AMMUNITION. THE PURPOSE WAS THAT THE AMMUNITION WOULD BE INTERCHANGEABLE WITH EACH OTHER SO THEY COULD ALWAYS BE ARMED, KIND OF LIKE HAVING A LITTLE ARMY ALL USING THE SAME WEAPONS.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Assistant U. S. Attorney]
[OUT Q=using the same weapons.]
Pierre was given a two- year prison term.. Tracie Upshur will serve fifteen months.
Governor Warner wants NORTHERN Virginia voters to decide whether to boost the sales tax to pay for transportation improvements in that area.
The General Assembly approved a referendum for parts of Tidewater to raise the sales tax for transportation projects.
But lawmakers would not extend the vote to the Washington suburbs.
Warner proposes a 290-million dollar bond authorization for public transportation and highway projects in northern Virginia.
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[IN Q=The people of northern]
((GOV. MARK WARNER; THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROADS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THESE REFERENDA TO RAISE AND KEEP 100% OF THESE TRANSPORTATION REVENUE RAISED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.))
[OUT Q=in their communities.]
The state sales tax currently stands at 4-and-one-half percent, and would remain at that rate in our area.