If you've been outside, you've felt the frigid temperatures now setting up residence across much of the country.
And it's no day at the beach in North Carolina, where the coast could see its first major snowfall in over a decade.
Plus, war preparations continue, but the U-S may not have as much support as leaders would like.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Residents across the Commonwealth wake up to snow and temperatures well below normal.
Later today the cold temperatures and cold winds may cause more problems than the snow itself.
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Joe Dashiell is on Bent Moutain where a cold wind blows this afternoon.
((ROLLCUE:..to simply stay warm..))
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We're growing accustomed to seeing the ground covered in white.
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But it's a rare sight along the coast of North Carolina, where people haven't seen a major snowstorm in 13 years.
The storm hitting the Outer Banks islands, and throughout the
Carolinas could drop as much as 10 inches of snow.
In Nags Head, the manager of a hardware store says he's sold all of the snow shovels he had in stock, which was only about five.
Meanwhile, residents in much of the South are also encountering wind chill factors well below zero.
The Marines are trying to find out what caused the deadly crashes of two military helicopters last night.
Military officials say they're not sure yet whether it was a mid- air collision.
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It happened along the border between Texas and Mexico.
All four Marines on the two choppers were killed.
They were involved in an anti- drug operation to help out the U-S Border Patrol.
The crews were based in Camp Pendleton, California, but were operating out of Fort Bliss in western Texas.
In other news,
Authorities say a Kuwaiti man has confessed to shooting two American civilians near a U-S military camp yesterday, killing one of them.
The suspect had fled to neighboring Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the U-S and Britain may have to prepare to take on Iraq without the support of key allies.
Jennifer Miller has the latest.
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THE BUILD UP TO WAR IS NOT GOING THE WAY THE BUSH ADMISTRATION HAD
(NATS ANTI-BUSH) AS THE VOICE OF OPPOSITION GROWS LOUDER IN IRAQ ...
IT IS ALSO BEING ECHOED AMONG KEY WORLD LEADERS.
NATS OF CHINA) THURSDAY CHINA AND RUSSIA JOINED FRANCE AND GERMANY IN
REJECTING MILITARY ACTION AT THIS POINT IN TIME.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION APPEARS INCREASINGLY ISOLATED.
JAMES STEINBERG/ BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
"If the administration wants to get support, both in the United States
and abroad it's got to refocus this effort. It's got to make clear that
the problem is Saddam, not the focus of the failure of the inspectors to
THURSDAY U-N INSPECTORS CONTINUED THEIR HUNT FOR BANNED WEAPONS ...
VISITING AT LEAST FIVE SITES, INCLUDING THIS UNIVERSITY IN BAGHDAD.
WITH ONLY A FEW DAYS REMAINING BEFORE INSPECTORS REPORT TO THE U-N
SECURITY COUNCIL, IT'S NOW LOOKING UNLIKLEY THEY WILL DELIVER A SMOKING
(NATS OF AUSTRALIA)
BUT TROOPS CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO POSITION.
THESE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS RELUCTANTLY BOARDED NAVY SHIPS BOUND FOR THE
PERSIAN GULF WHERE THEY WILL JOIN THE AMERICANS AND OTHER ALLIES.
...AUSTRALIAN NAVAL ENGINEER
"I don't think it's my fight."
BUT ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THIS IS A DEFINATE FIGHT... THE WHITE
HOUSE IS PLAYING COY.
RICHARD ARMITAGE/ DEP. SEC. OF STATE
"The position of the United States government is that no decision has
been made on whether to attack Iraq."
EVEN IF THE U-S SAYS IT ISN'T READY TO GO TO WAR .. IRAQI'S SAY THEY ARE.
"We are ready to fight any enemy."
HERE AT THE U-N CHIEF INSPECTOR HANS BLIX HELD CLOSED-DOOR MEETINGS WITH
COMMISSIONERS .....AMONG THE AGENDA: THE UPCOMING REPORT FROM
INSPECTORS. A REPORT RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SAYS WILL BE KEY
IN DETERMING MILITARY ACTION.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.)
Five Moroccan men were armed with plastic explosives and a city map, and that was enough to arouse suspicion among Italian authorities.
Authorities took the terrorist suspects into custody last night in northern Italy, where police found the men in possession of a kilo of plastic explosives.
After questioning the men, authorities arrested them for violating the new Immigration Law.
Meanwhile, U-S officials are praising Italy for the arrests.
They believe Italy is one of the European headquarters for the al-Qaida terrorist group.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Carilion Health System says it is laying off more than 50 workers.
Plus a longtime Roanoke church is demolished to make way for Carilion's Biomedical Park.
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Another building that stands in the way of Carilion's biomedical park is meeting the wrecking ball today.
Workers are demolishing the Family Worship Center building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Albemarle Avenue.
The church was built in 1928, and Carilion bought the structure in 1995.
The church is being demolished to make way for an orthopedic and ear nose and throat outpatient surgery clinic.
That new building is already under construction and should be open later this year.
Meanwhile Carilion announced dozens of layoffs yesterday as a result of rising health care costs.
It is laying off 51- workers, primarily at its facilities in Roanoke.
The jobs will be phased out over the next few weeks in the areas of upper management, marketing and other support staff.
A company official says the cuts should save approximately six million dollars... money the health care system says it plans to invest in state of the art equipment as well as hiring and retaining nurses.
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((WE'RE STILL TRYING TO HIRE NURSES IN ORDER TO DO THAT THE MONEY HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE, REIMBURSEMENTS AREN'T GOING UP, WE HAVE TO FIND OTHER WAYS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND TO CHANNEL THAT MONEY INTO THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS. AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. ))
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Company officials say the layoffs are the result of rising health care costs and the possibility of cuts in Medicaid.
The company says no additional layoffs are planned but that other positions could be eliminated through attrition or retirement.
Authorities have arrested two Virginia Military Institute cadets who are accused of robbing four Radford University students.
Police say Robert Michael Lewis Lyles and Marlon Alexander Powell face various charges, including armed robbery.
Powell is on the Keydet football team.
Officials say shortly after reports of armed robbery near the Radford campus earlier this week, officers stopped the car Powell and Lyles were driving and found a toy gun, a black ski mask and cash that was reportedly stolen.
Some localities in our region are dealing with a shortage of rescue squad volunteers.
Now Campbell county is considering hiring E-M-T's.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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In Campbell County, emergency medical service has always been free, but that may soon change.
A shortage of volunteers has led to increased response times, and in a business where seconds can mean the difference between life and death, something needs to change.
((JOHN LARKIN/PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: PROVIDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE TO A COMMUNITY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN OPERATING A BUSINESS. WHEN THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH YOU DO BUSINESS IS CHANGING, YOU CHANGE THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS TO STAY IN BUSINESS.))
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So Campbell County.. like many other localities.. is considering introducing some kind of paid emergency medical service.
The options include hiring professional E-M-T's to respond to calls, charging patients for the volunteer service or allowing a paid ambulance service to handle any calls the volunteers can't.
((CHIP DECKER/LIFELINE AMBULANCE SERVICES: WE ARE A FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS. AND SO IF I WERE TO MOVE INTO CAMPBELL COUNTY.... GOT TO BE ENOUGH ACTIVITY HERE.))
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But the idea of paid personnel.. in one form or another.. sometimes meets with resistance.
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The county's rescue squad captains will meet next month to discuss their options.
Officials hope that.. like responding to an emergency call.. the solution comes sooner rather than later.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Altavista. ))
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Coming up after this break, Steve Pardon will have our detailed forecast,
But first we will hear from pediatrician, Doctor T- Berry Brazelton and Doctor Joshua Barrow. They've written a series of books to help new moms and dad's raise happy and healthy children.
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An anti-smoking group is supporting two bills in the General Assembly that would raise Virginia's cigarette tax from
two-and-a-half cents to 60 cents per pack.
Virginians for a Healthy Future -- includes more than 45 statewide and local organizations working to cut the use of tobacco
A spokeswoman with the American Lung Association of Virginia says studies indicate that higher cigarette prices would reduce
smoking, especially among teens and pregnant women.
Virginia's cigarette tax is the lowest in the nation.
Sleepless nights, crying babies, and rebellious toddlers--
These are just some of the issues for new moms and dads.
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But there is a way to deal with them, the BRAZELTON way.
A new series of books by America's favorite pediatrician, Doctor T- Berry Brazelton and his colleague Doctor Joshua Barrow, a child psychiatrist, offers some good advice for parents.
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They both join us now via satellite.
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(This series of three books offers advice on everything from getting babies to sleep through the night to easing tantru
ms... Doctor Brazelton, what is the number one concern that you hear most from new parents?)
(I like the format of these books...they offer pros and cons regarding just about every situation you can think of. )
(Doctor Barrow, let me ask you about the disclipine book... How important is it to use what you called the 'power of co
nsequences' when getting toddlers to behave?)
(How much of your own experiences have gone into these books?)
(Are these books in stores yet?)
Thanks so much to both of you for joining us this afternoon.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 24 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13.
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Coming up in sports, Mike Stevens checks in from the Nascar Media Tour...
and the Florida Marlins payroll is a little bloated after the team signs a pudgey player.
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To jump start his career, Rick Mast traded a cow for his first race car. Now years later it's his driving days that are being put out to pasture. He has been diagnosed with acute and chronic carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mike Stevens has reaction from the Nascar Media Tour in Charlotte.
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The Florida Marlins landed a big catch yesterday.
The team signed free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriquez to a one- year contract.
The ten time All-Star played last year for the Texas Rangers.
He hit .303 with 215 homers and 829 R-B-I's in nearly 15-hundred games for the Rangers.
But Texas refused to offer Rodriguez salary arbitration last December.
The Marlins contract is reportedly for ten MILLION dollars.
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