U-S led special forces in Afghanistan have made some progress in their hunt for al-Qaida fighters.
Officials say the up to four enemy fighters were killed in two firefights in eastern Afghanistan, near the border of Pakistan.
Two were shot yesterday, and another two today.
No coalition casualties were reported.
U-S forces have been focusing their hunt for enemy fighters throughout parts of rugged eastern Afghanistan.
The C-M-I Industries plant in Stuart will remain in operation, but it won't have the same owner.
Late yesterday, the plant announced it had been bought by Narroflex Incorporated.
According to a company press release, work will continue un-interrupted at the Stuart plant, which will be known as the United Elastic Plant.
All of the 300-or-so current employees will be kept on.
Narroflex is a Canadian company with plants in Graham, North Carolina and Ontario.
Martinsville is also celebrating.
The city made Site Selection magazine's top 50 list of small town development sites in the country.
Roanoke city council got an earful from residents last night.
Council held a public hearing to find out what people think about its proposed budget.
Some asked members to reflect on the events of September eleventh.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, many who spoke say more money needs to be spent keeping residents safe.
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[SUPER=01-Helen Davis/Roanoke Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Chandler/Roanoke Police Officer's Association; :34]
[SUPER=01-Zoe Hewitt-Stennett/Roanoke Resident; :44]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke. ]
((HELEN DAVIS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I THINK YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO THE TABLE SERIOUSLY AND LOOK AT THESE ISSUES, THIS IS CRUCIAL TO OUR CITY.))
[OUT Q= crucial to our city.]
Helen Davis-- like many in the audience-- wants council to reconsider its 194- million dollar budget.
The budget contains a small pay raise for city employees and an increase in funding for public education...
But it also calls for an increase in the admissions tax, higher fees and a reduction of 35 positions... more than a dozen of which could come from the police, fire and sheriffs departments.
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((MARK CHANDLER: THINK ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU, MOST WOULD AGREE, THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND TO FEEL SAFE AND SECURE IN YOUR HOUSES AND IN YOUR PERSONS.))
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((ZOE HEWITT-STENNETT/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THE POLICEMEN WHERE DO WE SEND THESE PEOPLE AT 12 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT AT THREE O'CLOCK AT NIGHT, THERE IS FIVE DRUG DEALERS WITH GUNS AND KNIVES, IF YOU SEND ME LIKE THIS I'M NOT GETTING OUT, I'M AFRAID SO HELP THEM CAN WE GIVE THEM GOOD MONEY CAN WE SUPPORT THEM, YOU ALL CAN DO IT YOU'RE GOOD MANAGERS, YOU CAN MANAGE THE MONEY GOOD, WE BELIEVE IN YOUR, YES, WE LOVE YOU, THANK YOU.))
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After the meeting-- Mayor Ralph Smith expressed sympathy but said-- the cuts have to come from somewhere-- adding that although some positions will be cut or phased out-- under the plan NO one will lose their job.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.
There was also a push to fund the Dumas Center for Artistic Development.
A final vote on the budget will take place May 13th.
The numbers are in.
Yesterday-- eight of the candidates for Roanoke city council turned in their latest campaign finance reports.
Figures show Rupert Cutler is the biggest fundraiser and spender... having raised a little more than 33- thousand dollars.
He's followed by Jack Parrott-- who's raised a little more than 27- thousand dollars.
Alfred Dowe, Mark Hurley and Nelson Harris have each raised more than 12-thousand dollars.
Steve Mabry, Don Hogan and write- in candidate Angela Norman round out the list.
Norman has raised just 500- dollars-- but has spent nearly eight thousand dollars in her quest for election.
Doug Troutt missed yesterday's deadline to turn in his information.
The provider that insures more than 2 million Virginians is being bought out by an Indiana company.
Anthem Incorporated will spend more than four Billion dollars to buy Trigon Healthcare.
Under the agreement, Trigon's shareholders will receive 30 dollars in cash and just over one share of Anthem common stock per Trigon share.
The merger would create the nation's fourth-largest managed-care health insurance company.
Company officials say they hope to close the deal by October.
It must be approved by state and federal regulators and shareholders.
Local law enforcement agencies want people to Buckle Up Now.
It's the name of a seat belt program happening in the month of May.
Officers will be stepping up enforcement of safety belt laws and putting out educational messages on how buckling up can save lives.
Over 20-jurisdictions along Interstate-81 are participating.
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((DOUGLAS MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF; BECAUSE ON INTERSTATE 81 YOU KNOW THE DANGERS THAT WE HAVE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND WITH THE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS WE CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO HAVE OUR CHILDREN IN SEAT BELTS I MEAN IN THE CHILD SAFETY SEATS AND THE PARENTS IN SEAT BELTS.))
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF; PROBABLY 97-PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE THAT I'VE SEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE TO DAY OR NOT HAVE SUCH SEVERE INJURIES IF THEY HAD THE SAFETY BELT ON.))
[SUPER=01-Douglas Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; :14]
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Officials say 72-percent of Virginians use seat belts.
They would like Buckle Up Now to increase that number to around 80-percent.
Lynchburg launched a similar program in 2000 - officials say usage jumped more than 10-percent.
In sports, Dale Earnhardt, Junior is sore, but determined to race on.
[SUPER=03-Fontana, CA/Fox; :00]
In fact, he not only will be at Richmond later this week, but he plans to test at Lakeland, Florida later today.
Dale Junior suffered a bruised right ankle during the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway on Sunday.
Central Virginia is still cleaning up after Sunday's tornado.
It touched down first in the city of Bedford. The storm destroyed three businesses, damaged 58 more businesses and 25 homes.
But many in the city are feeling fortunate that no one was seriously injured.
Plunkett Street had the worst damage.
A warehouse was reduced to rubble. Several buildings lost their roofs. And a cinderblock wall in Bob McKinney's Auto Repair Shop crumbled a few minutes after he left the building.
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((BOB MCKINNEY/AUTO REPAIR SHOP OWNER; I'M JUST THANKFUL IT WAS MY BUSINESS AND NOT MY HOME. AND AS FAR AS WE KNOW, NOBODY WAS INJURED. WE'RE STILL HERE. WE'LL SCRATCH UP A DOLLAR, TWO NINETY EIGHT AND WE'LL FIX THE OLD JOINT BACK UP.))
[SUPER=01-Bob McKinney/Auto Repair Shop Owner;]
[OUT Q=fix the old joint back up.]
Damage was widespread, though less serious in other parts of downtown Bedford.
Repairs are under way, but some businesses and homeowners will be feeling the impact of the storm for months to come.
Bedford County residents are digging out from the tornado's wreckage ... most with a sense of relief that the tornado claimed property and NOT lives.
Seven county homes were so severely damaged, they had to be condemned.
Winds of up to 200 miles-an-hour knocked them from their foundations, damaged roofs and uprooted trees.
Jim Hudgins will have to move into a new home.
He escaped his living room just seconds before the tornado hit his house.
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((JIM HUDGINS/HOMEOWNER: ALL OF A SUDDEN, ALL THE WINDOWS IN THAT ROOM BLEW OUT. I YELLED FOR MY WIFE, MARY. WE BOTH RAN INTO THE KITCHEN, LAID ON THE FLOOR. AND IN 5 SECONDS THE WHOLE THING WAS OVER.))
[OUT Q=thing was over.]
Contractors were already at work putting a new roof on Glen Hilbish's (HILL-BISH's) house -- after the tornado tore it off.
He says insurance will pay for it.
Bedford County estimates the damage to homes and businesses will be in the MILLIONS.
The Bedford County Red Cross is ready to help victims of Sunday storms.
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Anyone who needs assistance can call the Bedford County Chapter at 540-586-7792.
The storm injured ten people in Campbell County Sunday night, none seriously.
Dozens more came through without a scratch.. even as their homes were falling down around them.
Jennifer Simonton was home with her sister and two children when the skies turned black.
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((JENNIFER SIMONTON/HOMEOWNER: WE WERE IN THE KITCHEN AND WE ALL RAN BACK HERE. AND BY THE TIME WE DID, THE ROOF IN THE LIVING ROOM STARTED COMING OFF AND WE ALL JUST SAT RIGHT HERE BY THE DOORWAY WHERE WE'D BE OUT OF THE WAY OF EVERYTHING.))
[OUT Q=way of everything.]
Members of Simonton's church helped salvage what they could from the couple's home.
Down the road, the Lawyers Missionary Baptist Church was left with just two walls standing.. its congregation is vowing to rebuild.
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Authorities say a D-N-A sample taken from a man charged in the slayings of two female hikers does NOT match evidence in the unsolved slayings of three Spotsylvania County girls.
David Darrell Rice was charged earlier this month in the 1996 slayings of two hikers in the Shenandoah National Park.
The FBI compared the D-N-A of Darrell David Rice with evidence in the slayings of 16-year-old Sofia Silva, 15-year-old Kristin Lisk, and her twelve-year-old sister, Kati Lisk.
Authorities believe Silva and the Lisk girls were all killed by the same person.
It's been a year since former Washington intern Chandra Levy disappeared, but police in the nation's capital aren't apologizing for the way they've handled the case.
The disappearance of the Modesto, California native made headlines after it was discovered that she was romantically linked with Congressman Gary Condit.
Although Washington police never considered Condit a suspect, his relationship with Levy -- and her disappearance -- ruined his political career.
D.C. police are still investigating her disappearance, and a federal grand jury is also looking into it.
A Senate panel wants an explanation for why prices are so high at the gas pumps.
The Senate sub-committee report blames oil companies, saying some of them reduce
supplies when the markets are tight.
That boosts prices and profits.
Meanwhile, the oil industry disputes the report, saying the study doesn't take into account factors like crude oil prices.
The government expects the average price of regular unleaded
gasoline will be a-dollar- 46 a gallon this summer.
That's eight cents cheaper than last summer.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans may still get their special license plates... complete with the Confederate flag logo.
A U-S District judge from Danville last year rejected the General Assembly's restriction DIS-allowing the flag on the tag.
Yesterday, the Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Jackson Kiser's view.
The Sons said the purpose of the special plates was to allow individuals to express pride in their heritage.
The D-M-V had argued the plates allow the government to express state- approved messages.
The Court said they're both wrong; the program is designed to make money.
Virginia reaps 4-and a half million dollars a year from special plates.
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In medical news, the F-D-A says doctors may be too carefree about giving out drugs.
And researchers have found an odd new way to treat breast tumors.
Melissa McDermott has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR A PRESCRIPTION DRUG YOU SAW ADVERTISED ON T-V... AND 69 PERCENT OF THE TIME YOU'LL GO HOME WITH IT. THAT'S WHAT THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION JUST DISCOVERED IN A NEW SURVEY. NOW F-D-A OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF IT'S A GOOD OR A BAD THING. CRITICS SAY DOCTORS ARE HANDING OUT DRUGS TOO FAST. PROPONENTS SAY DRUG ADS HELP MORE SICK PEOPLE FIND TREATMENT. THE F-D-A IS NOW STUDYING WHY DOCTORS PRESCRIBE THE WAY THEY DO.
THERE'S A NEW WAY TO TREAT BENIGN BREAST TUMORS.... WITHOUT SURGERY AND WITHOUT STITCHES. THE PROCEDURE IS VIRTUALLY PAINLESS. DOCTORS TAKE A SUPER THIN NEEDLE AND PLACE IT INTO THE CENTER OF THE TUMOR WITH THE HELP OF ULTRASOUND GUIDANCE. EXTREME COLD IS APPLIED THROUGH THE NEEDLE TO FREEZE AND KILL THE TUMOR CELLS.
AND WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT??!! HOW ABOUT HEART... THAT CAN MAKE A PHONE CALL. THE NEW F-D-A APPROVED PACEMAKER COMES WITH CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY. PACEMAKER PATIENTS USUALLY HAVE TO VISIT THE HOSPITAL EVERY SIX MONTHS FOR A CHECK UP. NOW THE PATIENT JUST PUTS A MAGNET ON THEIR CHEST. THAT TRANSMITS A SIGNAL AND THE DOCTOR GETS A FAXED REPORT. AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M MELLISA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK. ))