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Forecasters are talking about snow.

That means a long day of preparations across the region.
A live update, is next.
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And a five- alarm blaze has destroyed a foam factory in St. Louis.
Flames and smoke could be seen for miles.
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Some light snow's heading our way as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for this afternoon into tonight. I'll have all the winter storm details coming up.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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[***WX-PRO****]
The winter storm that has raced across the country is still heading our way.
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[Snow-Preps]


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The Virginia Department of Transportation and local governments are preparing for the possibility for significant snow and ice.
They hope to avoid the problems that snarled traffic during the last major storm.
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Joe Dashiell is at V-DOT'S Hanging Rock area headquarters with more on their preparations
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Joe adlibs ((ROLLCUE:..ready when the first flakes begin to fall..))
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Joe adlibs

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An employee at Lynchburg's B-W-X Technologies died yesterday from injuries he suffered on the job earlier this month.
Squire Poe was a supervisor at the plant.
A statement from the company says Poe was injured January 2nd when hot water from a processing tank splashed onto him.
Poe was 56 years old and had worked at B-W-X for 33 years.
The company supplies supplies products and services to the U-S Department of Energy and other government programs. It began operating a nuclear facilities plant in Lynchburg in 1956.

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Firefighters are trying to get the upper hand on a five- alarm blaze at a factory in St. Louis.
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Flames are shooting out of virtually every window of the factory, which makes foam products.
The fire has just about gutted the entire building, forcing evacuations in the industrial area of the city.
A nearby highway has reportedly been shut down to keep motorists safe.
No word yet on any injuries, or what sparked the fire.
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[Affirmative-Action]


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The University of Michigan president says her school doesn't have racial quotas.
She says President Bush just doesn't understand the school's admission policies.
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That, as the President sends attorneys to the Supreme Court today.
They're expected to file a friend-of-the-court brief that sides with white students who were denied admission to the university.
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Meanwhile, minority groups disagree.
They say there is no quota system at the university.
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Hernandez says the case will NOT serve to eliminate discrimination.
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[Iraq]


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A top aide of Saddam Hussein says Iraq is ready to resolve any problems with U.N. weapons inspectors by early next week.
This, as weapons inspectors brought an Iraqi scientist in for questioning.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington with the latest on the stand-off with Iraq.
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(( AFTER WHAT APPEARED TO BE A HEATED DISCUSSION BETWEEN IRAQI OFFICIALS AND UN WEAPONS INSPECTORS, AN IRAQI SCIENTIST DROVE AWAY WITH THE INSPECTION TEAM...AND WITHOUT AN IRAQI OFFICIAL PRESENT. THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED. THE PHYSICIST, WHO BROUGHT ALONG A BOX OF DOCUMENTS, WAS DRIVEN TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION. AS THE INSPECTIONS INTENSIFY, CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR HANS BLIX IS PREPARING FOR A FACE TO FACE WARNING WITH THE IRAQIS THIS WEEKEND.

(SOT)HANS BLIX/CHIEF UN WEAPONS INSPECTOR:

the situation is very tense and very dangerous and that there are ... everybody wants to see.... a verified and credible disasrmament of Iraq.
BLIX IS AT THE CENTER OF WHAT COULD BECOME A HEATED DEBATE BETWEEN THE U-S AND THE U-N. BLIX, WHO WILL BRIEF THE SECURITY COUNSEL ON JANUARY 27TH, SAYS HE IS "ALSO" REQUIRED TO ISSUE A REPORT IN LATE MARCH. BUT THE U-S IS LOBBYING THE COUNSEL TO SUSPEND PLANS FOR THAT REPORT, SAYING THE LATE DATE COULD DELAY THE U-S TIMELINE FOR WAR.

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IN KUWAIT.. U.S TROOPS CONTINUE TRAINING FOR CONFLICT IN THE SANDY DESERT....DAY AND NIGHT. THE LIVE FIRE EXERCISES ARE INVOLVE WOODEN BUILDINGS, SAND STREETS AND WRECKED CARS.

(SOT) COLONEL STEPHEN TWITTY/U.S. 3rd Infantry Battalion 15th Regiment:

"This is close-quarters combat here, a three-dimensional fight. You have basements, you have three, four, five-storey buildings,
AND BRITISH TROOPS ARE ALSO GEARING UP FOR WAR. THE BRITISH HELICOPTER WARSHIP HMS OCEAN SET SAIL FOR THE GULF TODAY.

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ON THIS, THE EVE THE THE 12TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST GULF WAR, THOUSANDS MORE TROOPS ARE HEADED TO THE REGION. ONE ADMIRAL IS CALLING IT THE FASTEST DEPLOYMENT HE'S EVER SEEN. AS, CBS NEWS, WASH. ))
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Still to come on the newscast, another suspect is arrested in a murder from our region.
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plus actor Robert Blake is apparently losing his patience with his own attorney as the actor tries to answer charges he murdered his wife.
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Lawmakers in the General Assembly are trying to keep sexual offenders off the streets even after they get out of prison.
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Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith is a patron of a bill to civilly commit violent sexual predators after they have served time in jail.
He says his bill has bipartisan support and has passed the General Assembly before, but until now lacked the funds necessary to implement the program.
Griffith says he is concerned about the high rate of (re-SID-ivism) recidivism among sexual offenders.
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In other General Assembly news, a Senate Committee yesterday approved a measure to add clergy to the list of those who are required to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
The legislation, backed by Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine, now moves to the floor of the Senate for a vote.
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Also yesterday, a bill that would have required background checks for people buying guns from unlicensed dealers at gun shows failed to get out of committee.
The Senate Courts of Justice committee decided instead to request a study on the issue by the state Crime Commission.
The bill's sponsor, Democratic Senator Henry Marsh, said the move was a polite way of killing it.
The National Rifle Association hailed the committee's decision, saying federal statistics show an (in-fin- tess-imal) *infinitesimal* number of crimes are committed by guns purchased at gun shows.
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[Blairs-Murder]


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Another suspect has been arrested in connection with a double murder case.
25 year old Carlot Brown of Blairs was arrested yesterday.
Police charged Brown as an accessory after the fact in the murders of her neighbors Willie and Clara Belle Harston.
James Antonio (JEN-ah-RETT-tee) Generette is also charged in the case.

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Actor Robert Blake is speaking out from behind bars, or at least, is trying to.
His attorneys are focing the accused killer to keep mum.
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Yesterday, a camera captured Blake's tearful deposition during his wrongful death civil lawsuit.
He pleaded with attorneys for the opportunity to talk.
But his lawyer says that wouldn't be in Blake's best interest.
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Meanwhile, the deposition was suspended.
69- year- old Blake is awaiting trial in the 2001 killing his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley.
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Still to come on the newscast, a plane gets off to rocky start this morning.
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But that wasn't the case for the Space Shuttle Columbia which took off this morning on a history making journey.
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Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off this morning for a 16- day mission.
And as Stacy Case reports, there's something unique and historic about this particular journey in space.
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((
TRACK: AN ISRAELI ON BOARD--- THE FIRST IN OUTER SPACE. ILAN RAMON,

A COLONEL IN HIS NATION'S AIR FORCE, IS PART OF A 7 PERSON CREW ABOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.

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"I really represent a lot of people and being the first is a responsibility."
TRACK: SECURITY IS ALWAYS TIGHT BEFORE A LAUNCH, BUT PREPARATIONS FOR THIS FLIGHT WERE UNPRECEDENTED.

SOT: BILL HARWOOD/CBS NEWS CONSULTANT

"It is a natural consequence of 9/11, if you put an israeli on something as highly visible as a space shuttle, you can easily think it would be a better target than it would normally be.
TRACK: RAMON, THE SON OF A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, SPENT MORE THAN 2 YEARS
TRAINING FOR THIS MISSION. HE SAYS HE REPRESENTS ALL JEWS--- AND AT A
TIME WHEN HIS COUNTRY IS IN TURMOIL--- THIS FLIGHT REPRESENTS A SENSE OF

MOVING FORWARD. HE'LL EAT THE FIRST KOSHER MEALS PACKED FOR SPACE.

(NAT--of them in space shuttle or in training)

TRACK: FROM HIGH IN SPACE, RAMON WILL HAVE HIS EYE ON THE DESERT.
BILL HARWOOD/CBS NEWS SPACE CONSULTANT "The israelis have developed an experiment to look at dust particles suspended in the atmosphere over the Mediterranian base and to help with weather forecasting."
TRACK: IN ORDER TO FIND TIME FOR 80 OTHER EXPERIMENTS, THE ASTRONAUTS WILL WORK IN SHIFTS AROUND THE CLOCK.

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RAMON WASN'T THE ONLY ISRAELI IN TOWN FOR THE LAUNCH. ABOUT 300 OF HIS FELLOW COUNTRYMEN FLEW IN TO CHEER HIM ON. STACY CASE, CBS NEWS AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
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An A-T-A plane clipped de- icing truck today at the Indianapolis International Airport.
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The plane was reportedly backing away from the gate en route to Chicago.
Authorities say a passenger notified the pilot that he was too sick to continue on the flight.
As the pilot was making his way to the gate, the plane hit a de- icing vehicle, leaving it stuck under the plane's wing.
71- passengers and six crew members were on board.
There were no reports of any injuries.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 35 points. The NASDAQ has dropped one.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Coming up in sports... Virginia Tech Hokie Micheal Crawford has more reasons to celebrate life,
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and Roanoke native J-J Redick sets a school record as his team dukes it out with the Cavaliers.
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In sports, J-J Redick led number- one ranked Duke to a 104-93 win over ACC rival Virginia last night. Steve Mason has a recap of the record- setting night from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
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Tech defender Michael Crawford - who was diagnosed with Lymphoma like conditions in his neck last November - is now cancer free. Tech director of athletic training Mike Goforth told us yesterday that everything during the diagnostic process, including several needle biopsies, indicated that cancer existed in a lymph node in Crawford's neck. But after the bowl game he went back to his hometown of Baltimore.
When doctors did a complete biopsy and removed the lymph node - NO evidence of the cancer could be found.
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All along, the deeply religious Crawford, who also is engaged to be married, said he had put the outcome in the Lord's hands. This Friday he will be formally cleared to resume all activities with the team. Goforth also says the team's medical staff will monitor his health closely for precautionary reasons.
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[Kitten]


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A kitten is alive and well, thanks to some help from the city of Chicago.
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On a bitter, cold night, the kitten got its head stuck in a hole in a manhole cover and just couldn't get out. The Sewer Department was called in and had to pour oil all over the kitten's head, hoping that would let the kitten slip its head out.
They tried and tried, but it didn't work.
Instead, they had to pry the manhole cover loose.
The kitten was scared and oily, but not hurt.
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