Iraqi exiles who want to overthrow Saddam Hussein may get their chance.
Defense officials say opposition forces have been told to assemble in the next few days.
Meanwhile, U-N weapons inspectors say they've found evidence that Iraq smuggled in "weapons- related material."
But officials still want more information from the Iraqis themselves about their weapons programs.
Since that's not coming, a steady stream of troops are heading to the Persian Gulf.
By mid- February, 200- thousand troops could surround Iraq.
U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan hopes the show of force will convince Saddam to turn over any weapons.
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[IN Q=If they do]
((KOFI ANNAN/UN SECRETARY:IF THEY DO DISARM AND COMPLY WITH SECURITY COUNSEL, THE REGION MAY NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH ANOTHER MILITARY CONFRONTATION. ))
[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U. N. Secretary General;]
[OUT Q=military confrontation]
President Bush, in the meantime, is warning Saddam that his patience is running out.
In the midst of a nuclear crisis, North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks next week.
The South hopes to persuade the North to give up its nuclear ambitions.
At the same time, China has offered to host talks between the U-S and North Korea.
U-S assistant secretary of state James Kelly is in China and says he's very reassured by efforts to defuse the nuclear dispute.
The Catawba Valley fire station might soon be manned by professional fire and rescue personnel.
Right now, only volunteers answer calls there.
But that might change after last night's heated Roanoke County Supervisors work session.
Supervisor Butch Church says he has the support and the county has the money to staff the station with professionals during the week.
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[IN Q=No one is ]
((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; NO ONE IS GOING TO BE JEOPARDIZED BECAUSE CATAWBA VALLEY STATION IS GOING TO BE MANNED. JUST THE OPPOSITE. WE'VE GOT THE MONEY. WE'LL FIND THE MONEY TO MAKE THE RIGHT PRIORITY MOVES.))
((JOE MCNAMARA/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; WE OUGHT TO LET THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THAT PROGRAM MAKE RECCOMENDATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS AND TAKE IT OUT OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=the political process.]
Supervisors must still take a formal vote on the proposal.
The more than 100-thousand dollar price tag would be covered by the general fund unnapropriated balance.
The Roanoke City Board of Zoning Appeals voted against allowing 60- foot lighting at Hidden Valley Middle School.
Now the Roanoke County School Board must reconsider its options for a new high school football stadium.
The county school board was considering the site, to build a football and soccer stadium for Hidden Valley High. The property is located within the city limits, and residents of surrounding neighborhoods turned out in opposition.
The Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to deny the school board's request for a lighting variance.
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[IN Q=This has certainly ended]
((DREW BARRINEAU/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD: THIS HAS CERTAINLY ENDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIGHT TO 60 FEET, WE'LL GET BACK TOGETHER TO SEE WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. BUT WE'RE ALSO CONSIDERING TWO OTHER AREAS AS WELL))
[SUPER=01-Drew Barrineau/Roanoke Co. School Board]
[OUT Q=two other areas as well.]
The county could still use the field at Hidden Valley Middle, but with lighting no higher than 35 feet.
Other options include a new stadium near Merriman Road, or improvements to the existing stadium at Cave Spring Middle School.
Lynchburg has a new protest permit law.
It requires citizens to get a police permit for any rally that involves ten or more people.
City leaders say it should pass Constitutional muster, but as Steve Smallshaw reports, others say it's just another infringement on their right to free speech.
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Richard Knodel/Opposes Protest Ordinance; :24]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Bruce Murch/Opposes Protest Ordinance; :38]
[SUPER=01-Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police Department; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg Vice-Mayor; 1:26]
[OUT Q=Steve Smallshaw N7 Lynchburg.]
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In the past few years, Lynchburg has become a battleground for opposing forces in a number of different social issues ranging from homosexuality to abortion.
Since the city first adopted a protest permit law, NO group wanting to rally has ever been turned down, no matter what their message was.
But some feel the process is still unconstitutional.
((REV. RICHARD KNODEL/OPPOSES PERMIT LAW: DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE BILL OF RIGHTS CONTAINS WITHIN IT THE IMPLICIT DEFINITIONS OF TYRANNY. THE RESTRICTION OF FREE SPEECH IS TYRANNY.))
[OUT Q=is tyranny.]
((REV. BRUCE MURCH: I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO TAKE AN AGGRESSIVE APPROACH THAT IS ONLY GOING TO RESULT IN LOGGERHEADS RATHER THAN THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO EXERCISE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.))
[OUT Q=constitutional rights.]
But authorities say all they're asking for is advance notice of any protest, rally or any kind of event that might generate some conflict or jeopardize public safety.
The permit law, they say, is simply a good faith effort to help police do their job.
((JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IF WE HAVE MULTIPLE GROUPS... OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED.))
[OUT Q=are involved.]
((BERT DODSON/VICE-MAYOR: IF THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG WERE AGAINST IT, THEY'D BE FILLING THE SEATS OUT HERE. BUT I DON'T SEE ANYBODY.))
[OUT Q=see anybody.] ))
In business news, K-Mart is closing more than 300 stores nationwide to try and pull itself out of bankruptcy.
More than 30 thousand people will lose their jobs.
No stores in our area will close.
However, the company WILL shut down five other Virginia stores including ones in the Northern part of the state, Richmond and Virginia Beach.
A Kimball, West Virginia store will also close.
Workers at the General Electric plant in Salem are now in day two of a nationwide strike.
About 4-hundred local union workers are on the picket line protesting the rising cost of health care.
Union officials say the average employee saw 2-hundred dollars in increases last year and that the company is planning
more hikes during national contract negotiations in May.
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[IN Q=we've had]
((ROY ROGERS/UNION PRESIDENT; WE'VE HAD A REALLY GOOD TURNOUT FOR THIS THAT THE COMPANY WILL SEE THAT AND I DON'T THINK THE COMPANY WANTS A LONG NATIONAL STRIKE AND NEITHER DO WE BUT WE'RE PREPARED TO GO THERE IF ITS NECESSARY.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Rogers/Union President;]
[OUT Q= IT'S NECESSARY.]
General Electric says its health care benefits are among the best in the industry.
Officials say it will be business as usual for the company since the strikers are just 5-percent of the company's total workforce.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
The probable cause hearing against sniper suspect John Lee Malvo continues in Fairfax for a second day.
Prosecutors are trying to convince a judge that the 17- year- old should be tried as an adult.
The state says his fingerprints link him to four shootings, three of them fatal.
They also say Malvo contacted police by phone and with notes to try to extort more than 10- million dollars.
While there's NO evidence of contamination, an anthrax test is under way in Washington, D-C.
A preliminary field test on mail at the Federal Reserve got a positive result.
Now the Postal Service is testing a government mail facility, just in case.
Officials say preliminary field tests are often wrong.
Since the anthrax scare more than a year ago, the Federal
Reserve has been testing its mail in a trailer outside its headquarters in downtown Washington.
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Some off campus college students and their neighbors don't mix near Roanoke College, but relations may be getting a little bit better.
For the past three years, trash, noise and parking have been problems along several streets, including Craig Avenue.
Last night, students, landlords, law enforcement and others met to talk about the issues and potential solutions.
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[IN Q=We're hoping to bring all interested persons...]
((DAVID RORER/SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT: WE'RE HOPING TO BEING ALL INTERESTED PERSONS TO THE TABLE TO FIND COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL PRESERVE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY... STUDENTS WITH US FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.))
[SUPER=01-David Rorer/Salem Police Department;]
[OUT Q=for a short period of time.]
The first meeting of the task force was held last night.
Meetings are scheduled every other Tuesday through March.