Today on News 7 at Five, President Bush says America is prepared if it has to go to war with Iraq.
Also investigators believe vagrants may have caused last night's fire at an abandoned warehouse.
Brief snow flurries otherwise a clearing forecast for Saturday. Temperatures remain on the cool side.
A doctor's strike continues in parts of West Virginia. We will have the latest.
We will show you a new workout routine that promises to have something for everyone.
And one of college basketball's most successful coaches is stepping down.
News 7 at 5 is next.
Opponents of a proposed powerline say they will appeal a U-S Forestry decision to green light the project.
It's their last chance before taking the fight to court.
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The 90-mile American Electric Powerline would start in West Virginia and run through three Virginia counties.
But the decade long fight to stop its construction is continuing.
Sierra Club spokesman Dave Muhly says it will appeal the latest decision approving the line within 45-days.
It will be sent to the regional forester in Atlanta.
The filing will argue against the U-S Forest Service's decision this week to give the project a final green light.
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((DAVE MUHLY/SIERRA CLUB; THE FOREST SERVICE IS REQUIRED TO ABIDE BY THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACT WHEN THEY PRODUCED THIS DOCUMENT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THEY NEED TO DO CERTAIN THINGS THEY NEED TO FOLLOW. OUR POSITION IS THAT IN A NUMBER OF CASES THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES.))
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If the appeal is accepted, adjustments to the plan would have to be considered.
If it is denied, the only step left would be federal court.
Muhly says opponents would like to see it accepted but that they are prepared to take the matter to court.
An A-E-P spokesman say the U-S Forest Service made a sound decision in approving the line.
An abandoned warehouse in Roanoke was heavily damaged by fire overnight- -possibly the result of homeless squatters cooking or trying to stay warm inside.
Though it was a HOT fire, fueled by stacks of wooden pallets inside the warehouse, firefighters contained the blaze to one corner of the old Evans Paint Company building.
A police department investigator pointed out that steel girders were sagging- temperatures would have to be 2-thousand degress to bend them like that.
This one corner of the building sustained an estimated 100-thousand dollars damage. It's an area where the homeless often congregated and spent the night, according to police.
Arson investigators have yet to determine an official cause.
A Roanoke County woman has died following a traffic accident this morning near Hidden Valley High School.
Roanoke County Police say 54- year- old Joann Burton was turning left onto Brambleton Avenue from Pleasant Hill Drive.
She was killed when a sport utility vehicle travelling south on Brambleton struck the driver's side of her car. County Police are still investigating. No charges have been filed.
Human error is now being blamed for a deadly train wreck in India.
18 people are dead and another 18 are injured after an express passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train in Southern India.
Officials say a freight train would not normally travel on an express passenger track. That indicated that a switch had not been properly activiated.
India's railways minister says the switch operator and an assistant station manager reportedly fled the scene.
This is the third fatal train crash in the region since November.
The man convicted of kidnapping and murdering his seven year old neighbor did not plead for his life today.
A California judge followed a jury's recommendation as he sentence David Westerfield to death for killing Danielle Van Dam.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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More surgeries in West Virgina had to be cancelled today as doctors remain off the job. We'll have the latest.
Plus the people who said they had cloned a human now say the parents should NOT have to prove it.
President Bush is giving a pep talk to American Troops stationed in Texas- warning that some crucial hours may lie ahead.
The President is preparing the soldiers for a possible war with Iraq, but as Teri Okita reports, convincing other nations may not be so easy.
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(( THOUSANDS OF U-S TROOPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PACKING UP AND
READY TO MOVE OUT AND EACH DAY, MORE SOLDIERS ARE DEPLOYED. AT FORT
HOOD, TEXAS, THE NATIONS LARGEST ARMY BASE, THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF DID
A QUICK INSPECTION BEFORE JOINING SOLDIERS IN THE MESS TENT.
Bush "I dont think Ill have any broccoli.
TRACK: DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT MEANT TO BOOST MORALE BEFORE A
POSSIBLE WAR WITH IRAQ MR. BUSH TOLD THE TROOPS: WE ARE READY. WE ARE
Bush: If force becomes necessary to secure peace, American will act
deliberately, decisively prevail because we have the finest military in
the world. (CHEERS)
THE PRESIDENT SAID HE KNOWS THAT EVERY ORDER HE GIVES CAN BRING
A COST, AND WHILE HE HASNT MADE ANY DECISIONS ABOUT WAR WITH IRAQ, THE
SOLDIERS SEEM CONFIDENT FOR WHATEVER IS AHEAD.
Sgt. Teresa Hardnett/Ft. Hood:
Im a single parent. Im concerned about my son, but this is why I
joined the military for my son, for my country.
Staff Sgt. Gregory Tenore/Ft. Hood:
Were trained, ready, and prepared if this is what we need to do.
WHILE MR. BUSH HAS THE TROOPS BACKING, GETTING COOPERATION FROM
OTHER WORLD LEADERS WONT BE AS EASY. U-S WAR PLANS CALL FOR MOVING AN
ENTIRE ARMY DIVISION...UP TO 15-THOUSAND TROOPS, PLUS EQUIPMENT THROUGH
TURKEY INTO NORTHERN IRAQ.BUT TURKEY HAS YET TO OFFER UP ITS MILITARY
BASES, AIRSPACE, OR LOGISTICAL SUPPORT TO U-S TROOPS.
AND THE U-S WANTS TO PLACE SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES IN JORDAN, BUT AGAIN, JORDAN HAS YET TO GIVE THE GO-AHEAD FOR U-S TROOP
BUILD-UP. THE U-S CONTINUES TO PRESSURE BOTH COUNTRIES FOR THEIR
The State Department says "No Way" when it comes to bargaining and negotiating with North Korea- over the country re-starting its nuclear program.
The announcement comes as the President-Elect of South Korea says he will propose a plan to end the standoff.
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((RICHARD BOUCHER/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: WE'RE LOOKING FOR A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION. WE'RE NOT WILLING TO BARGAN OR NEGOTIATE OVER COMMITTMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BEFORE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR NORTH KOREA TO VISIBLY AND VERIFIABLY DISMANTLE ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAMS.))
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North Korea announced back in October they had nuclear weapons, a violation of a 1994 agreement.
The United States stopped sending oil to North Korea which in turn said they were starting their nuclear program back up.
A top state department officials is heading to Aisa to talk about the crisis in North Korea.
Dozens of surgeons in West Virginia remained off the job today. They are protesting the cost of medical malpractice insurance.
They refuse to return unless the state helps them out.
Governor Bob Wise has met with some of the doctors.
Gregory Saracco was one of them. Saracco says the Governor is expected to offer details of a new malpractice insurance plan in his State of the State address next week.
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((DR. GREGORY SARACCO: HE REALIZED WE NEED SWEEPING TORT REFORM AND APPARENTLY THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG PART OF HIS MESSAGE ON JANUARY 8TH. HE ALSO REALIZED WE NEED SOME ECONOMIC HELP WITH THE OUTRAGES PREMIUMS WE'RE PAYING. I BELIEVE THAT HE'S TRYING TO PUT AN ECONOMIC PACKAGE TOGETHER TO DO THAT))
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Officials say four hospital in the Wheeling area of West Virginia are down about 30 surgeons. That's meant the canceling of elective surgeries and the transferring of patients to other hospitals in state.
The company that claims to have cloned a human baby may not give the child D-N-A tests after all.
When she announced the birth of the child a week ago, a French scientist said there would be D-N-A testing to prove it. Now, she's backing away from that.
The head of Clonaid says the parents aren't sure they want the tests.
Clonaid is linked to a group that believes aliens created life on Earth.
That group's founder -- who calls himself Rael, says the parents should NOT allow D-N-A testing.
He says a Florida judge had signed a paper saying the baby should be taken from the family. But in fact, there's no indication the court has made a decision.
The Roanoke City Fire Department says it is proud to announce some major promotions today.
Chief Jim Grigsby today pinned badges on 35 officers ranging in rank from lieutenant to Deputy Chief.
He says the department is a close knit group.
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((CHIEF JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: WELL, ITS' FAMILY. I THINK THE NATION BECAME AWARE OF WHAT FIREFIGHTERS DO AND THEIR CAMARADERIE AFTER SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH. AND YOU SEE THAT DISPLAUED HERE WHERE EVERYBODY'S SUPPORTING OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR CAREERS..))
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The department also marked a couple of milestones with the promotion of Nicole Wade, the first minority female to make Lieutenant and Marci Stone, the first female in Roanoke ever to make First Lieutenant.
The department hired its first woman in 1995.
Since then, four women have earned a ranking as officer.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin will have our detailed weekend forecast,
and in our Marketwatch report, we'll see if worries about consumer spending put a damper on a Wall Street rally.
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Coming up today in sports,
we'll tell you why a retiring basketball coach is sure to receive plenty of left handed compliments.
On Wall Street today, the bulls could not make it two days in a row as profit taking pushed some markets lower.
Ed Crane has more.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Friday Ticker.
We begin on the home front with the Roanoke Dazzle.
As the team begins the new year - it is doing so with a new President.
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Joe Preseren, has been replaced as the Dazzle's top front-office man after a season and a half at the helm.
Preseren, in the middle of the screen is being replaced by Dennis Robarge.
Preseren joined the Dazzle after beginning the 2001 year with the Salem Avalanche.
The NBDL decided the Dazzle needed to go in a different direction and that in the best interest of the league a change was needed.
The Roanoke Dazzle is seven games away from the 50 game season midway point, Steve Mason has more on a few changes the coach hopes to make in the new year.
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And in one other hoop note - the legendary Lefty Driesell is retiring after 41 years in the college ranks.
The 71 year old Driesell announced his retirement today as head coach of Georgia State - effective immediately.
Lefty is the fifth winningest coach in NCAA history.
He is the only man to post 100 or more wins at four different schools - Davidson, Maryland, JMU, and Georgia State.
Lefty missed last night's game with the flu.
Assistant Michael Perry will take over the Georgia State program on an interim basis.
Coming up at the top of the hour - Steve Mason will show us how the Roanoke Civic Center staff will be hopping tomorrow.
Plus, the rodeo is in town.
Have a great weekend everybody.
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Most people who vowed to exercise and eat right in the new year are trying to prevent the expansion of their midsections.
But a new fitness plan wants them to expand in other ways.
Dr. Mallika Marshall reports.
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((FORGET THE POUNDING...AND SPINNING... AND CRUNCHING...
GYRO-TONICS MAY JUST BE THE WAY YOU KEEP THAT NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO
SLIM DOWN... IT'S DESCRIBED AS AN "EXPANSION SYSTEM"-- BUT THINK OF IT
AS A LITTLE IRON...A LITTLE PILATES...MAYBE EVEN A LITTLE YOGA AND
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I CONSIDER IT TO BE A COMBINATION OF MANY ASPECTS AND MANY DIFFERENT
KINDS OF TRAINING...
CAROL MINKIN, THE DIRECTOR OF A SPA IN SOUTH FLORIDA THINKS THE SYSTEM
MIGHT JUST REPLACE EVERYTHING ELSE...
I FIND THIS MACHINE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE SOLE FORM OF EXERCISE
BECAUSE OF THE VARIETY OF MOVEMENTS THAT IT GETS YOU TO DO.
....IT'S DESIGNED TO MOVE MORE LIKE THE BODY DOES NATURALLY....NOT JUST
IN A LINEAR WAY-- UP AND DOWN OR RIGHT AND LEFT-- LIKE TRADITIONAL
EXERCISE MACHINES. DEBORAH DIEHL...A YOGA INSTRUCTOR -- THINKS THE
CIRCULAR MOTIONS ARE PAYING OFF.
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IT'S ENABLING ME TO LENGTHEN AND STRENGTHEN MY MUSCLES, MAINTAIN THE
FLEXIBILITY I ACHIEVED THROUGH YOGA, BUT DEVELOP SOME STRENGTH WITH THE
WEIGHTS....IT'S WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE AS WELL.
TRACK: AND THERE ARE 180-DIFFERENT EXERCISES...SOME A BIT
TRICKY....WHICH IS WHY YOU'LL NEED AN INSTRUCTOR-- AT LEAST AT FIRST.
DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.))