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British Prime Minister Tony Blair warns Parliament about the dangers of Saddam Hussein.
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And President Bush makes another change to the nation's terror alert status.


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Tropical storm Isidore begins to regain strength as it makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico....Could it bring some rain to us...I'll have your forecast...
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Israeli troops have increased their assault on Palestinian areas, despite international calls to step back--
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Israel's siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters continues into a sixth day--
Troops have also raided Gaza city, killing nine Palestinians in gun battles.
Early this morning the U-N security council approved a reslution demanding that Israel pull out of Arafat's compound.

But Israel says the siege will continue until Arafat gives up the terrorists hiding inside.
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((SAEB EREKAT/PALESTINIAN SENIOR NEGOTIATOR: THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO KNOW THE NAMES OF EVERYONE IN THE COMPOUND. OF COURSE, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT ACCEPTABLE. WE CANNOT DO THAT. ))
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Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, protesting the Israeli siege of Arafat's headquarters.
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Israel's latest military action follows a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last week that killed six people.

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The nation's terror alert has been lowered a notch, to Code Yellow -- because of disruptions in the al-Qaida terror network.
President Bush's move comes two weeks after the alert status was raised to its second-highest level -- Code Orange -- for the first time.
In other developments-- Great Britain, Washington's best ally on Iraq says its intelligence reports show Saddam Hussein is ready to use chemical and biological weapons at a moment's notice.
British officials add that unless Saddam is challenged, many lives are at risk.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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PKGE; ARMED WITH A DOSSIER THAT HE SAYS PROVES SADDAM HUSSEIN IS A DANGER TO THE WORLD, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR LED AN AN EMERGENCY SESSION OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT.

(SOT)TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER:

Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons which could be activated within 45 minutes.
ACCORDING TO THE DOSSIER, SADDAM HAS TRIED TO GET URANIUM FROM AFRICA FOR A NUCLEAR BOMB. AND IT SAYS SADDAM HAS EXTENDED THE RANGE OF ITS BALLISTIC MISSILES.

(SOT)BLAIR:

His weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing. The policy of containment is not working.
IRAQ REJECTED BRITAINS CLAIMS, SAYING TONY BLAIR IS ON A CAMPAIGN OF LIES AND IS BEING LED BY - QUOTE, "ZIONISTS."

(SOT Hammed Youssef Hammadi/IRAQS CULTURE MINISTER )

ALL HIS CLAIMS ARE BASELESS.
AFTER A CABINET MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE.PRESIDENT BUSH SAID THE DOSSIER SUPPORTS WHAT HE'S SAID ALL ALONG ABOUT IRAQ.

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STAND-UP: THE PRESIDENT IS STILL TRYING TO CONVINCE CONGRESS TO GIVE HIM POWER TO ACT AGAINST IRAQ, ALONE IF NECESSARY. UNTIL NOW IT'S BEEN A TOUGH SELL TO SOME LAWMAKERS...IT REMAINS TO BE SEEM WHETHER THE NEW DOSSIER WILL HELP HIM. AS, CBS NEWS, WASH. ))

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A 15- story city landmark in Chicago went up in flames late last night--
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It took more than 100 firefighters to put out the blaze at the historic downtown department store.
Officials don't know what caused the fire, but they say roofing contractors were at work when it broke out.
They believe the blaze started with an explosion in one of their propane tanks.
Several other explosions followed, knocking out windows in neighboring buildings.
No injuries were reported.
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It could be another year before we know if a call for private proposals will bring major improvements to Interstate 81.
But today, the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation said he is hopeful the process will bear fruit.
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Last week, VDOT said it will solicit proposals for I-81 improvements under the state's Public Private Transportation Act.
Though an earlier proposal from Star Solutions was returned, Philip Shucet told members of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce that I-81 improvements are among his top priorities.
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((PHILIP SHUCET/VDOT COMMISSIONER: WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH INTERSTATE 81. IT'S HIGH ON MY PRIORITY LIST. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO. AND THAT'S WHY WE REALLY WORKED HARD TO GET THE PPTA BACK OUT ON THE STREET EARLIER. BUT BY GETTING IT OUT ON THE STREET AND TAKING THE LEAD IT PUTS VDOT IN CHARGE OF THE FUTURE OF I-81 AS OPPOSED TO ONLY REACTING TO SUGGESTIONS ABOUT I-81.))
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VDOT has set a mid-January deadline for proposals... and a September target for completing negotiations.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a local student is arrested after he allegedly sets off a home-made bomb at a bus stop.
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Plus as city officials discuss ways to prevent gang violence, another person is shot in Lynchburg.
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A woman in Lynchburg was wounded last night when she was shot in the arm.
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It happened in the 1-thousand block of Pierce Street just before nine o-clock last night.
She was hit while standing on a porch.
Another woman across the street says she heard gunshots being fired from the side of her home.. one of the bullets pierced her air conditioner.
The woman who was shot is expected to survive.
Authorities don't know the motive for the shooting and have not made an arrest.
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It's THIS sort of violence that leaders in Lynchburg want to prevent.
Last night, they held a summit on safe neighborhoods to find a way to accomplish that..
Lynchburg Bureau Chief Steve Smallshaw has more.
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(( They turned out by the hundreds: city leaders, area clergy, police and average citizens all drawn by their concern and desire to make Lynchburg a safe place to live.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I'M HOPING THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY THIS IS MY COMMUNITY, I WANT IT TO BE A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, A SAFE COMMUNITY AND GIVE THEIR INPUT.))
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((AS WE SAID TONIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO WORK ON WHAT CAN WE DO POSITIVE FOR OUR CITY?))
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They broke into groups of 25 to 50 to share concerns, ideas and possible solutions.
City leaders say if Lynchburg hopes to put a dent in gang-related violence, the time to act is now.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO ENSURE HERE THAT THE PROBLEM NEVER GETS TO THE POINT WHERE IT'S OBVIOUS TO ANYBODY. WHEN IT GETS TO THAT POINT, IT'S TOO LATE.))
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It already is obvious to many inner city residents who have been living with the drug deals and the shootings for years.
But they say the problem goes beyond the boundaries of their neighborhoods.
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((DEBORAH MARSHALL/RESIDENT: IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TOWN, THE OH-3 DISTRICT, THE OH-2 DISTRICT, PEOPLE FROM RUSTBURG, CAMPBELL, AMHERST. WE HAVE TO STOP PROFILING THAT IT'S ONLY A BLACK PROBLEM.))
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Anthony Howard is a former gang leader and drug dealer who says the key is putting more cops on the streets.
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((REV. ANTHONY HOWARD/FORMER GANG MEMBER: THE POLICE NEED TO GET BACK ON FOOT AND FAMILIARIZE WITH THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.))
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A 16- year- old Patrick Henry High School student is in custody after allegedly throwing a home- made bomb at a bus stop. Investigators say the student threw a what they called a "McGyver Bomb," causing it to explode in front of other students at the stop on 14th Street and Kenwood Boulevard. He has been charged with manufacturing or possessing an explosive device, and is being held at Coyner Springs Detention Center.

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Officials in Henry County thought releasing older pictures of Jennifer Short's mother would produce a lead in the investigation.
Now the sheriff says it looks more like a dead end.
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Sheriff Frank Cassell says a tip that Jennifer's mother may have been harassed by a man at Pluma ten years ago appears to be a "wild goose chase."
Last week, the sheriff released pictures of Mary Short from when she worked at Pluma, hoping to jog someone's memory.
Investigators heard from several people who remembered Mary ... but no one could identify the man who allegedly harassed her.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF; I'M BEGINNING TO WONDER IF THEY'VE MISTAKEN MARY FOR SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHY WE CAN'T FIND THIS MAN. ))
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The sheriff says there were several other employees who were harassed- people may be confusing those employees with Mary Short.
He says investigators have spent at least one-thousand hours chasing this lead.
In other news related to the case, a judge has appointed Michael Short's son from a previous marriage to be administrator of his estate.
Kenneth Short will take care of his father's business matters and allow investigators access to the home.
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An inmate in Martinsville escaped from custody yesterday.
Officials say Joseph Daniel Hundley walked away from a work detail. The crew was working on Spruce Street in Martinsville.
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These photos were released- but Hundley was last seen with a beard. He is 23- years- old, weighs 155- pounds and is 6 feet- 2 inches tall. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Hundley is asked to call the Martinsville Sheriff's Office at 276- 656- 5151.
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Coming up next on the newscast, investors on Wall Street are anxiously awaiting today's announcement on interest rates,
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plus just a few months into her reign, Miss Universe is stripped of her crown.
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Analysts are NOT expecting the Federal Reserve to make any more interest rate cuts during today's meeting.
Many economists believe Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues will decide that by leaving rates at a 40-year low, they're doing enough for a sustainable economic recovery.
Even though many analysts expect rates to remain un- changed, there's still a chance of a rate cut at one of the central bank's final two meetings this year, in November or December.

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On the heels of the Miss North Carolina scandal-- Miss UNIVERSE has lost her crown.
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Russian law student Oxana Fedorova lost the title yesterday after serving just four months of her year- long term.
It marked the first time in the pageant's 52- year history that a Miss Universe was stripped of her title.
The head of the Miss Universe Organization says Fedorova was fired because she was "unable to fulfill her duties."
But in an interview with a Russian T-V network, Fedorova reportedly denied she was fired, saying she gave up the title voluntarily.
Panama's Justine Pasek will be crowned the new Miss Universe.
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Reports in the New York Post say officials were concerned that Fedorova might have secretly married her boyfriend, in violation of pageant rules, and could even be pregnant.
Fedorova denied she was pregnant

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 143 points. The NASDAQ has lost one point.

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Coming up in sports... Virginia Tech gets a surprise visit from a former football star...
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And we will tell you why Pete Rose held his own goodbye party for his old home turf.
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The Hokies got more than a win at Texas A & M on Saturday. They got a promotion in the polls, and they ALSO got a couple of key players banged up.
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Linebacker (Mick- kyle) Mikal Ba-quee will miss practice for most of the week with a bad ankle sprain.
His foot will stay in a protective boot until at least tomorrow. Quarterback Bryan Randall will have his foot in a boot, as well. He has a grade- one foot sprain. Trainer Mike Goforth says both should be able to play on Saturday at Western Michigan.
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Andre Davis surprised the Hokie football team yesterday. The rookie wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns had 100 yards in catches and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Titans. The Browns were given yesterday and today off, so Andre drove all night to see his fiancee' and talk to the Tech players. Already this season, Andre the Great has four TD catches in three games.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 13099] And you can watch Andre and the Browns this weekend right here on Your Hometown Station. Sunday at one we'll have the Cleveland-Pittsburgh game, as the Steelers look for their first win of the year, and Andre looks for more success right here on WDBJ-7.
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Tech's defense against the rush is now ranked second in the nation after its performance against Texas A & M.
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Yesterday, one of the men who helped get them there - was honored by the Big East for his play against Texas A & M. Senior Safety Willie Pile is the Conference's defensive player of the week. He had an interception and fumble recovery to go along with 10 tackles against the Aggies on Saturday.
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The Virginia Cavaliers hit tobacco road this weekend to battle Wake Forest. Steve Mason checks in with U-V-A's "Three-Headed Monster."
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Nearly 40 thousand fans paid 20 to 30 dollars apiece to say goodbye to Pete Rose and the old Riverfront Stadium.
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Now known as Cinergy Field, the stadium held its last official baseball game on Sunday, but Rose was not allowed to take part.
He was banned from baseball for life for gambling.
So Rose put together his own exhibition softball game with former team mates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez.
Since technically, Riverfront Stadium is no longer the home of the Reds, Rose was allowed to set foot in the park without buying a ticket.
The park is slated to be torn down to make room for the new Great American Ball Park.
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