Classes will resume this morning for Craig County students... after yet another early dismissal yesterday.
Problems with a new heating system forced school to be canceled or let out early FOUR times in the last few weeks.
Yesterday, the elementary building was heated, but classrooms in the High School were cold.
A problem with a controls part was found and fixed.
700-students in grades K through 12 were sent home.
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((TRACY SURFACE/PARENT; THEY DO HAVE BUILT IN DAYS BUT A LOT OF THE SNOW DAYS AND WE DO GET A LOT OF SNOW AROUND HERE SO I AM A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT THEY'LL END UP TACKING ON DAYS AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE KIDS ARE GOING TO LOOSE THEIR EASTER VACATION AND WHATEVER I'M WORRIED ABOUT THAT.))
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The Superintendent of Schools says no changes are necessary for the school calendar at this point.
A message on a militant Islamic website claims that al-Qaida is behind last week's terrorist attacks in Kenya.
The bombing of an Israeli resort in Mombasa that killed more than a dozen people is similar to past al-Qaida attacks.
And an even stronger connection may be the anti- aircraft missile launchers used in an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner.
Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton is just one of several politicians calling for more guards outside U-S airports, in case of similar attacks here.
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((SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON/D- NEW YORK:WE NEED POLICE OFFICERS AND NATIONAL GUARD WHO ARE LOCATED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF AIRPORTS WITH THEIR EYES OPEN TRYING TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING HERE. ))
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Intelligence sources say at least one of the people who fired at the Israeli airliner trained at an al-Qaida camp.
For the first time, weapons inspectors have searched one of Saddam Hussein's Presidential palaces, and that sent Iraqi guards scrambling.
Guards swung open the gates after a delay of a few
minutes, allowing half a dozen U-N vehicles to drive through.
This morning's search comes a day after the U-N announced some equipment that inspectors wanted to see was missing from a missile-related site.
Meanwhile, the Iraqis say some was destroyed in U-S attacks.
Governor Mark Warner is expected to tell state agency heads later today that he will protect
state funding for public schools from budget cuts.
According to advance copies of the speech, Warner said he will not reduce the four-point-six billion dollars in annual funding
now budgeted for the state's one-point-two million public school students.
He also said he would refuse to sign any state budget approved by the legislature that includes cuts to core educational programs.
Planning for the future....
It's a question facing the city of Salem, but with no easy answers.
Last night a group of citizens presented its recommendations to the public.
But as Teresa Hamilton reports the reaction was less than favorable.
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[SUPER=01-Ann Thompson/Salem Resident; :13]
[SUPER=01-Bill Modica/Salem Resident; 1:02]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:15 ]
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(( The citizens sitting on this review committee want to guide the city of Salem into the future--
Here at the Salem Civic Center-- the group showcased its many ideas before turning the floor over for citizen comment.
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(( ANN THOMPSON/SALEM RESIDENT: WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS YOU'RE TRYING TO DO... OR IF WE DO, WE DON'T LIKE IT. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE. ))
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Ann Thompson's sentiment was shared by most who spoke...
Residents urged the committee to re-think its position on nearly everything from land use to economic development.
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((WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO FACE THE FACT THAT WE ARE LANDLOCKED... THERE IS NO MORE SPACE... AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO STOP TRYING TO BRING IN INDUSTRY...BECAUSE WE CAN'T... WE JUST HAVE NO PLACE TO PUT THEM. ))
[out q= to put them. ]
Most residents urged the committee to focus on promoting tourism and the area's many historical attributes.
Preserving the Elizabeth Campus was also a top priority.
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((BOB MODICA/SALEM RESIDENT: I REALIZE.... GATHERING MORE INFORMATION.. TO GET MORE INPUT. ))
[out q= more input. ]
At this point-- the committee's plan is only a draft.
The group says it will make changes based on citizen comment-- before presenting its final recommendations to the planning commission and city council... which will both hold public hearings.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Salem .))
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Salem residents who smoke now have to pay more to light up.
Salem's new tobacco tax took effect on Sunday.
The extra fifteen cents a pack will help pay for improvements at Andrew Lewis Middle School.
Some store owners have been concerned smokers will take their business to Roanoke County where the charter prevents the imposition of a cigarette tax.
Salem will also use revenue from the doubled car decal fee, a new cell phone tax and an increase in the lodging tax to pay for improvements to the school.
The water level may be going up at Carvins Cove, but that doesn't necessarily mean water restrictions will be coming down.
The level at the city's main reservoir has stabilized at 22- point- six feet below the spillway.
If more rain or snow raises the level to 22 feet, city officials say they'll begin looking at the possibility of relaxing some restrictions.
But city leaders say that decision won't be automatic.
City Manager Darlene Burcham says the cost of water purchased from Roanoke County and other improvements will likely require an increase in water rates early next year.
In business news, A mixed effort on Wall Street yesterday.
The Dow lost more than thirty points, but the Nasdaq posted a small gain.
And, Shares in United Airline's parent company soared on news that the carrier's mechanics plan to hold a second vote on
the airline's request for wage cuts.
Ed Crane has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch.]
((TOUGH START TO THE MONTH OF DECEMBER FOR INVESTORS. THE DOW OPENED STRONGLY, UP MORE THAN 100 POINTS..GAVE ALL THAT BACK,..WENT BACK INTO POSITIVE TERRITORY BRIEFLY AND THEN HEADED SOUTH AGAIN.
THE DOW CLOSING WITH A LOSS OF 33 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ WAS UP AND DOWN AS WELL BUT FINISHED WITH A GAIN OF 6 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ HAD BEEN RIDING A TECH WAVE BEFORE THE PROFIT TAKERS STEPPED IN, SENDING CISCO, APPLIED MICRODEVICES AND ORA
CLE LOWER. INTEL AND MICROSOFT TRADED A FEW CENTS HIGHER. TELECOM STOCKS WERE HOT WITH NOKIA---NORTEL NETWORKS AND A-T-
AND T WIRELESS MOVING UP..
THE DOW'S MORNING RALLY STALLED QUICKLY AFTER A NEW REPORT SHOWED MANUFACTURING CONTRACTED FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT MONTH. ECONOMISTS HAD BEEN BETTING ON AN INCREASE IN PRODUCTION.
IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO YESTERDAY THAT ENRON---ONCE NUMBER 7 ON THE FORTUNE 500--FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. TODAY IN
NEW YORK J-P MORGAN CHASE HEADS TO COURT SEEKING A BILLION DOLLARS FROM CHUBB ST. PAUL FIRE AND MARINE AND OTHER INSURERS WHO GUARANTEED SURETY BONDS IN ENRON'S DEALINGS WITH A J-P MORGAN SUBSIDIARY, BUT BALKED AT PAYING OFF WHEN ENRON WENT BUST.
THE AERIAL SOAP OPERA THAT IS UNITED AIRLINES MAY YET HAVE A HAPPY ENDING....UNION LEADERS ARE TAKING A REVISED PACKAGE OF WAGE CONCESSIONS TO THE MEMBERSHIP WHICH LAST WEEK BECAME THE ONLY UNITED WORKER GROUP TO REJECT THE AIRLINES CALL FOR HELP. THE CHANCE THAT A YES VOTE COULD KEEP THE CARRIER OUT OF BANKRUPTCY HAS SENT UNITED UP ABOUT 30 PERCENT.
AND WE'RE FOLLOWING AOL-TIME WARNER -IT'S TRADED LOWER AHEAD OF A MEETING WITH INVESTORS LATER TODAY IN WHICH EXECS WILL MAP OUT WHERE THE MULTI MEDIA GIANT HAS BEEN AND WHERE IT'S HEADED.
GOOD NEWS FOR RETAILERS, SALES FOR THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING JUMPED 12 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR AND WERE UP ABOUT TEN PERCENT FOR THE ENTIRE 3 DAY WEEKEND.
GET MORE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The Governor of Oregon is apologizing to more than 25- hundred people who were forcibly sterilized in the state between 19-17 and 19-83.
Oregon's Eugenics Law claimed that people considered "unfit" or "defective" should be kept from re- producing.
That including girls in reform school, mental patients, and poor women.
One victim was 68- year- old Velma Hayes, who was sterilized at age 15.
She says it was because she mis- behaved as a toddler.
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[SUPER=01-Velma Hayes/Sterilization Victim;]
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Earlier this year, Governor Mark Warner apologized for Virginia's participation in eugenics for nearly 50 years.
A Franklin County mother has been charged with drunk driving and involuntary manslaughter in the auto accident that killed her daughter.
A grand jury indicted 40-year-old Velda Newcomb Hudson yesterday.
On August 14th, the Toyota 4-Runner Hudson was driving overturned, killing her 14-year-old daughter, Amy.
Police say this is Hudson's SECOND D-U-I.
They're already moving some dirt, but the official groundbreaking will take place later today for a new ten-field soccer complex for central Virginia.
The non-profit group Lynchburg United Soccer bought this 96-acre parcel of land off Route 501 in Campbell County back in June.
Clearing of the land began a couple of months ago but officials will hold a formal ceremony later this morning.
The complex will feature ten full-sized soccer fields, along with concession facilities, restrooms and parking.
The total cost of the project is estimated at more than two million dollars.
Organizers say three thousand children in the greater Lynchburg area play soccer, and there are not enough fields.
The complex should be ready to open by next fall.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Five men have come forward to accuse a Franklin County man of sexually abusing them as boys.
The grand jury handed up indictments yesterday...
56-year-old Danny Lee Patsel (PATE-sul) is charged with forcible sodomy of two boys under the age of 13.
The charges span a period from 1986 to 1995.
He was also charged back in August with molesting three other boys, who are now adults.
Patsel's attorney says his client is innocent and that the accusations are fabricated.
Patsel is being held in the Franklin County jail without bond.
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Next time you pet your dog, take a good look.
Scientists say your dog -- over the past 15-thousand years or so -- has evolved with a link to humans that's closer than that of any other animal.
In fact, he may not learn to need you, he may need you from BIRTH.
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In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, Joel Thomas has more on the new scientific discoveries.
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[SUPER=01-Stacey Corbin/Humane Society; :55]
[OUT Q=Thomas for CBS News.]
WOULD YOU BELIEVE THIS DOG IS VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL WITH THIS ONE, AND THIS ONE AND THIS ONE?
WE KNOW DOGS ARE DOMESTICATED FROM WOLVES. BUT NEW D-N-A RESEARCH SAYS ALL DOGS -- ALL DOGS -- COME FROM A SORT OF WOLF ADAM AND EVE. SCIENTISTS DOING THE RESEARCH THOUGHT NEW WORLD DOGS HAD BEEN BRED SEPERATELY. NOT SO. THEY'VE FOUND ALL DOGS SEEM TO STEM FROM EAST ASIA, MIGRATED WITH MAN ACROSS EUROPE AND WERE PREFERRED BY AMERICAN INDIANS.
(but as much as they have in common with the wolf, dogs have developed
something else in the last 14-thousand years.)
"dogs naturally crave human attention."
IN FACT, RESEARCH NOW SEEMS TO SHOW DOGS ARE GENETICALLY DEPENDENT FOR COMPANIONSHIP.
" you'll see them. they'll jump and. put their paws up like 'give
me some attention.'"
Stacey Corbin/HUMANE SOCIETY
"Its just like children....and dogs have the same thing."
ITS BEEN 14-THOUSAND YEARS OF EVOLUTION, SAY RESEARCHERS, THAT'S MADE THE DOG MORE IN TOUCH WITH HUMANS THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL. JOEL THOMAS FOR C-B-S NEWS.))
(Kim tosses to bump)
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The Hokies play the defending national champs this Saturday, and while that much is certain, Mike Stevens says Tech's bowl destination is anything but a sure thing.
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(( While the Virginia Tech coaches and players are focused in on Saturday's date with number one ranked Miami - the fans who make up the "Hokie-Nation" are anxious to make their postseason bowl plans.
In this morning's Tech 2002 Report - we caution that making plans to head west may be bit premature.
This past Saturday as the on-the-field celebration was dying down - the Hokies were told that they were all but a shoe-in to play their 10th straight bowl game in Phoenix, Arizona in the Insight bowl. In fact - the itinerary for the cross-country trip already was being mapped out.
The Insight was and still is so interested in Tech - that it isn't even particularly concerned that the distance from Blacksburg and the game's day after Christmas date would limit the number of Tech fans attending the game.
But as Lee Corso would say - "not so fast my friend." Because West Virginia could still end up knocking West Virginia out of Gator Bowl - Neither Tech nor UVa will likely know its bowl destination until next weekend.
Also, the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte says the Hokies are their number priority. If Tech makes the short trip to the Queen City - then they not only fill Ericsson Stadium - but the Hokies would then also send UVa to Seattle, Washington.
If Tech ends up out West - then Tire bowl will likely pit West Virginia against UVa.
Lost in all of this speculation is the fact that the Hokies still one little game left this Saturday against number one ranked Miami.
Justin Hamilton, who blocked the UVa punt that keyed Saturday night's win over the Cavs was named Big East special teams player of the week today.
He says he and his teammates will be ready for the Canes.))
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A Botetourt County couple accused of selling heroin faces life in prison.
A grand jury indicted 19-year-old Sarah Thrasher and 20-year-old Kenaz (Keen-is) Pritchard yesterday on distribution charges.
Prosecutors say in July they sold heroin to a 19-year-old Radford University student who overdosed and died.
While out on bond, prosecutors say they were arrested again for selling heroin to an undercover officer.
Prosecutors say they the undercover officer recorded the pair saying "This stuff is so good it killed the last guy