With a build-up of troops in the Gulf and a sagging economy here at home, President Bush tried to reassure Americans and warn them during his State of the Union speech last night.
Bush says Saddam Hussein seeks to ``dominate, intimidate or attack'' with weapons of mass destruction.
He added that Iraq will face the full force of American
military power if it doesn't disarm.
Elizabeth Sanchez joins us now from Washington with reaction to last night's speech.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Night;]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Gary Locke/(D) Washington;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
((WITH THE POLLS SHOWING AMERICANS ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR POCKETBOOK
THAN WAR... THE PRESIDENT FOCUSED THE FIRST PART OF HIS STATE OF THE
UNION ADDRESS ON THE SAGGING ECONOMY.
AND HE OFFERED HIS SOLUTION... TAX CUTS.
" The economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest;
and the best and fairest way to make sure Americans have the money is
not to tax it away in the first place. (:12)
REPUBLICANS APPLAUDED THOSE WORDS... BUT DEMOCRATS SAT ON THEIR HANDS.
THEY SAY THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC PLAN JUST WON'T WORK.
23:06(SOT- GOV. GARY LOCKE/(D) WASHINGTON)
''We think it's upside down economics: it does too little to stimulate
the economy now and does too much to weaken our economic future.'':07
"the dictator of Iraq is not disarming":02
THE PRESIDENT SAVED THE SUBJECT OF IRAQ UNTIL THE END BUT USED OVER 20
MINUTES TO STATE HIS CASE AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN.
MISTER BUSH DIDN'T OFFER ANY NEW EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT HIS CHARGES AGAINST
IRAQ BUT SAID SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL WILL GO BEFORE THE UNITED
NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL NEXT WEEK AND PRESENT A DETAILED CASE OF
"We are asking them to join us, and many are doing so. Yet the course
of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others.":09
BUT MANY DEMOCRATS BELIEVE AMERICA SHOULD NOT GO TO WAR WITHOUT THE
SUPPORT OF THE U-N.... AND WANT MORE TIME GIVEN TO INSPECTIONS.
" We support the President in the course he has followed so far-working
with Congress, working with the United Nations, insisting on strong and
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Also listening closely to the President's State of the Union Address were the families of the nation's servicemen and women.
That was the case here in western Virginia where many are wondering what the next few weeks will bring for their loved ones.
Joe Dashiell has one family's perspective on the prospect of war with Iraq.
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[SUPER=01-Barbara Mahaffey/Military Parent; :00]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :12]
[SUPER=01-Tim Mahaffey/Military Parent; :53]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7]
[IN Q=We're there]
((WE'RE THERE NOW. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO IT. AND IT NEEDS TO BE OVER, BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD.))
[OUT Q=needs to move forward.]
Barbara Mahaffey says she is still trying to understand why we're preparing to engage Iraq, but also worries that more delays will only increase the risk for US troops.
Her son, 19- year- old Phillip Mahaffey, is a private first class in the U.S. Army, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood Texas, who has spent most of his enlistment overseas.
He returned from Kuwait last October just in time for his wedding, and was redeployed early this year, days after learning his wife Melissa was pregnant with their first child.
From their home outside Lexington, Barbara and Tim Mahaffey, their sons Chris and Ethan keep a close eye on world events, their thoughts never far from the family member who is half a world away.
[IN Q=You know I worry]
((YOU KNOW I WORRY ABOUT MY SON. BARBARA DOES LIKE YOU COULDN'T BELIEVE OUR SON'S BLOOD RUNS RED, WHITE AND BLUE. AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF HIM AND GLAD THAT I KNOW HE'S DOING WHAT HE WANTS TO DO NOW. AND WE'RE SURE THAT HE'LL BE HOME SAFE. ))
[OUT Q=sure that he'll be home safe.]
As more troops are deployed overseas, more families in our area are feeling a very personal connection to the possibility of war.
Many will will be joining the Mahaffeys in their hope that U-S troops will return home safely, as soon as possible.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
It has been two years since fire destroyed the old passenger station for the Virginian Railway.
Today's anniversary may bring a plan to save the Roanoke landmark.
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The building suffered heavy damage when fire spread from a burning trailer nearby.
The Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation have scheduled a news conference at the site this morning.
And officials say they will discuss the fate of the station then.
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It could be some time before officials determine the cause of a deadly fire Botetourt County.
Investigators continue to comb through the log house on Catawba Road where three people were killed on Monday.
Neighbors identify the victims as Michol Street and his two young children Austin and Jessica.
Roanoke County, the A-T-F and a K-9 dog are helping Botetourt officials gather evidence.
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[IN Q=well you ]
((RONALD SPRINKLE/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF; WELL YOU GOT A LARGE FIRE HERE YOU KNOW YOU'VE ALSO GOT THREE PEOPLE THAT WERE RECOVERED FROM THE FIRE AND WE WANT TO GO TO THE EXTRA MILE AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT HERE. ))
[SUPER=01-Ronald Sprinkle/Botetourt Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=ALRIGHT HERE.]
Sheriff Sprinkle says large timbers are being taken from the fire scene for examination.
While there are no signs of foul play at this point, the site is being guarded around the clock.
It's costing more to gas up in Virginia.
Triple-A reports the price of gas has risen six cents per gallon over the last month.
It's blaming reduced oil and gas exports from Venezuela and the threat of war with Iraq.
In Virginia, the average price for self- serve regular gas is now a-dollar--41 a gallon.
But officials say some of the lowest gas prices are in Roanoke, where it's going for a-dollar--36 a gallon.
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The Volvo plant in the New River Valley is getting ready for an increase in production.
The company says it plans to recall 300-laid off workers sometime in late April.
Officials say they plan to increase the production rate for both of its truck lines around that time, and will need more people to get the job done.
Officials say the plant will increase its daily Volvo truck production from 44-a-day to 56 and its Mack line from 18 to 43-a-day.
About 18-hundred people now work at the Dublin plant.
That's about the same number of people laid off from the plant over the last two years.
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A federal bankruptcy judge has approved K-mart's plan to shut down 316 of its stores.
That's ten fewer closings than the discount retailer announced earlier this month.
About 30-thousand employees are expected to lose their jobs.
The judge also has approved the company's plan to borrow two billion dollars in its bid to exit bankruptcy and continue operating.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
(Kim tosses to stocks)
In Southern California, two half- brothers accused of decapitating their mother are headed back to court next month.
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No plea was entered during their arraignment yesterday in Santa Ana.
Although the younger brother is just 15 years old, prosecutors intend to try both as adults.
They allegedly patterned the murder after an episode of "The Sopranos."
A special grand jury in Nelson County has finished its investigation into the 1998 murder of Jeffrey Quick.. but has "not" issued any indictments.
Quick disappeared from his home near Tyro nearly five years ago.
Campbell County resident Frank Farinacci was seen there several times that day and the jury believes Farinacci, acting alone, murdered Quick.
Farinacci was killed by his wife last February.
authorities say Elizabeth Farinacci murdered her husband to cover up her own role in the disposal of Quick's body which has never been recovered.
The rest of the grand jury's report has been sealed.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says the city of Lynchburg has nothing to fear from his planned purchase of the Ericsson industrial site on Candler's Mountain Road.
Falwell is buying the 900-thousand square foot facility for ten million dollars, and plans to relocate his Thomas Road Baptist Church and Lynchburg Christian Academy there.
He's not asking the city to rezone the property.. only to allow him to locate a church there under the law's compatible use clause.
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[IN Q=And some of]
((JERRY FALWELL, JR./LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ATTORNEY: AND SOME OF THE USES THAT ARE PERMITTED BY RIGHT ARE UNION HALLS, ARMORIES, OTHER USES THAT ARE SIMILAR TO CHURCHES IN THAT THEY INVOLVE PUBIC ASSEMBLY, SO WE THINK IT'S A REASONABLE WAY TO GO.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Falwell, Jr./Liberty University Attorney]
[OUT Q=way to go.]
Falwell would continue to lease about a third of the property to S-C-I manufacturing.
He also wants to sell about 20 acres of land to a developer to turn into a retail shopping center.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A high school student-athelete received a special honor, but not for his grades or work on the football field.
16 year old Aaron Conner got special recognition last night for breaking up a robbery at a Roanoke restaurant.
Roanoke County Supervisors thanked the teenager for tackling a masked man who had just taken money from a Western Sizzlin cashier.
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[IN Q=It's one thing]
((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; IT'S ONE THING TO HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS WHEN SOMETHING'S GOING ON, BUT QUITE ANOTHER TO SIEZE THE BULL BY THE HORNS AND GET THERE.))
[OUT Q=and get there.]
Conner is a running back for William Byrd High School.
The House of Delegates has approved a bill that requires clergy to report suspected child abuse.
But some lawmakers are concerned it may prevent some families from seeking help.
Delegate Kathy Byron's bill would add members of the clergy to the list of occupations that must tell the state when they see evidence of child neglect and abuse.
Teachers and social workers are already required to do so.
But some lawmakers say it may hurt the relationships priests or pastors have with their congregation.
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[IN Q=I THINK YOU'RE]
((DEL. JACKIE STUMP/(D) BUCHANAN CO.: I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL STOP GOING TO THEIR PASTORS BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE AFRAID.))
((DEL. KATHY BYRON/(R) LYNCHBURG: WE CERTAINLY WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE PROTECTING THE CONFIDENTIALITY BETWEEN A PASTOR AND HIS CONGREGATION BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN WE HAVE SMALL CHILDREN WE WANT TO SEE THEY ARE PROTECTED AND GET THE PROTECTIONS THEY DESERVE AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=THEY DESERVE AS WELL.]
The Senate has already approved a similar measure.