The United Nations is expected to vote today on a resolution aimed at dis- arming Saddam Hussein.
After eight weeks of intense lobbying and negotiating, President Bush appears confident that today is the day the U-N Security Council will pass a resolution giving Saddam one last chance to disarm.
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If the resolution goes through, U-N weapons inspectors will head into Iraq.
The new draft says inspectors will decide if Saddam has made violations-- which was a major sticking point for France and Russia.
They didn't like earlier versions that said the U-S would determine violations on its own.
If the council votes "Yes" today, Saddam has seven days to accept the resolution's terms or face the possibility of war.
Attorney General John Ashcroft says Virginia will put the sniper suspects on trial first, because it provides prosecutors with the best chance to win the death penalty if there's a conviction.
John Allen Muhammad appears in a Prince William County courtroom this morning.
17- year- old John Malvo will be tried as an adult for a separate murder in Fairfax County.
Like Muhammad, Malvo faces the death penalty if he's convicted.
A Pakistani man facing execution next week in Virginia hopes fellow Muslims do not retaliate against Americans if he is put to death.
Mir (eye-mall) (KAH'-zee) Kasi told The Associated Press in an interview from Death Row that he doesn't encourage attacks against anyone.
The State Department says the scheduled execution in Virginia next week "may trigger retali-atory attacks against American interests."
Kasi is to be put to death November 14th for killing two C-I-A employees and wounding three others outside C-I-A headquarters in 1993.
Despite the threats, the Governor says Virginians should feel safe.
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The F-B-I issued a separate warning of possible attacks during the holy month of Ramadan which started on Wednesday.
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Since the September 11th attacks, the United States has fought the war against terrorism at home and abroad.
Protecting American lives is the ultimate goal, but civil libertarians warn that freedom may be on the firing line.
That was the subject of a community forum last night and Joe Dashiell was there.
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[SUPER=01-John Brownlee/U. S. Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :31]
[SUPER=01-Kirk Ballin/Nat. Conf. for Community and Justice; :41]
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((JOHN BROWNLEE/U.S. ATTORNEY: AS LAW ENFORCEMENT WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PREVENT ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK, TO FIND THESE PEOPLE OUT THERE PLANNING AND TRYING TO CAUSE OUR PUBLIC HARM. AND AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ARE.))
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In the wake of September 11th, Brownlee says he believes, that law enforcement actions have been rooted in the constitution...
But he says the protection of civil liberties is an important and challenging issue his office must consider every day.
As a cross-section of community leaders gathered at Hollins University to discuss the fallout from the terrorist attacks... others raised concerns about profiling and prejudice.
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((KIRK BALLIN/NAT. CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE: IT'S A COMPLICATED ISSUE. I REALIZE THAT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE FEEL THAT ANY TIME ANY GROUP FINDS THEMSELVES COMPROMISED IT COMPROMISES THE INTEGRITY OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, SO WE'RE ALWAYS VIGILANT ABOUT BEING SURE THAT ALL OF OUR CITIZENS ARE GETTING EQUAL TREATMENT AND THE CONSTITUTION IS PROTECTING EVERYONE'S RIGHTS.))
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There are no easy answers to a difficult and challenging problem... but members of the Roanoke Hate Crimes Working Group hope that talking about it may be a first step.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))[Marketwatch]
In business news, A dim technology forecast from Cisco Systems sent stocks tumbling yesterday.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((GOOD MORNING, THE MARKETS FIVE DAY WINNING STREAK WAS SNAPPED IN A WAVE
PROFIT TAKING. LET'S SHOW YOU THE FINAL NUMBERS.
THE DOW SURRENDERED 184 POINTS MORE THAN 2 PERCENT.
THE NASDAQ LOST _42___POINTS OR ABOUT 3 PERCENT
BESIDES INVESTORS CASHING IN, WERE ARE ALL SORTS OF POCKETS OF BAD NEWS
THE CISCO SKID. IN REPORTING IT'S EARNINGS CISCO SYSTEMS STATED THAT
THINGS WILL BE SOFT IN THIS CURRENT QUARTER.
THAT SENT JITTERS THROUGH THE TECH SECTOR, BRINGING THE LIKES OF IBM,
AND MICROSOFT LOWER.
YAHOO FELL ON AN ANALYST DOWNGRADE, THE CONCERN IS THE PORTAL WON'T HAVE
ENOUGH ADVERTISING SUPPORT TO MAKE ITS FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS TARGET.
BANKING STOCKS FELL AFTER ONE ANALYST SUGGESTED THIS WEEKS CUT IN
RATES WILL ALSO CUT INTO BANK PROFITS.
AMONG THOSE HIT HARD CITIGROUP AND J-P MORGAN CHASE.
OTHER DOW LOSERS INCLUDED HOME DEPOT AND BOEING. THE ONLY DOW WINNERS ON
DAY, PHILLIP MORRIS, MC DONALDS AND PROCTER AND GAMBLE.
WATCH DISNEY WHICH REPORTED BETTER REVENUES AND IN INE PROFITS FOR IT'S
MORTGAGE RATES ARE FALLING AND PROBABLY WILL HEAD LOWER FOLLOWING THE FED
THE AVERAGE 30 YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE IS NOW AT 6 POINT 11 PERCENT. 15 YEAR
FIXED RATES DOWN TO 5 POINT 48 PERCENT.
DESPITE WHAT SOUNDS LIKE GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUILDERS, HOME BUILDING STOCKS
LIKE TOLL BROTHERS, CENTEX AND HOVNANIAN CLOSED LOWER AFTER A DOWNGRADE
THE SECTOR FROM CS FIRST BOSTON.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM
I'M ED CRANE IN NEW YORK.))
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He submitted to a lie detector test.
And next week, the man who raised suspicions about Gary Bowman's involvement in the Short family murders will be questioned by a federal grand jury.
As outlined in a search warrant affidavit, Bowman's landlord Gary Lemons told investigators Bowman had threatened to kill a Virginia mobile home mover.
He also claimed he saw Bowman installing a false floor in his van.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says that a search of the van showed no secret compartment.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: THE VAN APPEARS TO HAVE A SLEEPING PLATFORM BUILT IN IT. BEDDING AND A MATTRESS WAS THERE. IT APPEARED TO BE ABOUT 16 INCHES ABOVE THE FLOOR. NOTHING UNUSUAL ABOUT THAT. MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: BUT NO FALSE BOTTOM? SHERIFF CASSELL: NOT THAT THEY SAW. ))
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Lemons declined to talk on camera, but confirmed he was taking a polygraph test.
On November 12th, he'll appear before the same federal grand jury as Bowman.
Sheriff Cassell says Lemons is cooperating and is NOT a suspect.
About 200 Arkansas residents can now return to their homes after a fire at a plastics recycling plant forced them to evacuate last night.
The blaze-- about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock-- sent flames and toxic smoke billowing into the air for hours.
No one was injured.
With some help from the Little Rock Air Force Base, firefighters managed to get the blaze under control.
Authorities aren't sure yet how it got started.
In Chicago, more protests are expected today at a global trade conference.
Yesterday, hundreds of demonstrators marched loudly in the streets--
But there was none of the violence that has accompanied similar protests in other cities.
Lexington and Rockbridge County are being ordered to show why their aging courthouse should not be repaired or replaced, despite the defeat of a referendum to build a new one.
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Circuit Court Judge George Honts issued the order yesterday against the Lexington City Council and Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors.
On Tuesday, voters in the County and city rejected the 13-million dollar referendum to build a new courthouse and parking deck in Lexington.
Because of the order, a five person panel of architects and engineers will review the state of the courthouse, before the two sides meet in court.
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((DAVID HAWKINS/COURTHOUSE CONSTRUCTION ADVOCATE; WE STILL GOT THE PROBLEMS, THEY NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THERE WILL HAVE TO BE SOME FUNDAMENTAL RECONSIDERATIONS OF WHAT GETS DONE, SO THAT IT MEETS THE ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE FOLKS IN LEXINGTON AND ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.))
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If the communities build a new courthouse, they must either build it adjacent to the existing one, or ask the General Assembly to move the location.
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In business news this morning, Barr Laboratories is reporting strong sales in its latest earnings report despite no longer being the only producer of a specific drug.
The pharmaceutical company lists net earnings of 41-point-9 million or 92-cents per share.
The numbers are down compared to last year ... but Barr says that's because the company then had exclusive sales of Fluoxetine.
Officials say, excluding sales of the drug, ... revenues went up and earnings more than doubled.
Barr Labs produces more than one hundred name-brand and generic medicines.
The company has a facility in Bedford County.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
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