President Bush is meeting today with Britain's Prime
Minister, as the clock continues ticking for Saddam Hussein.
Officials say the two allies will discuss diplomatic and military timetables for the coming weeks.
And, have a pencil ready--
Coming up, information about the recall of a popular brand of big- screen T-Vs.
The freezing drizzle from this morning has ended but the clouds are sticking around and we could see a little more winter weather tonight. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Freezing rain kept them from meeting at Camp David, but today President Bush and a key ally are holding a summit at the White House.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
As President Bush meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a top Iraqi official suggests the U-S may try to frame his country.
In a reported letter to the U-N chief, the Iraqi foreign minister is warning that the U-S may try to plant evidence that Iraq has banned weapons.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest on the showdown with Saddam Hussein.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Mike Ballesteros/1st Infantry Division;]
[SUPER=01-Yasar Yakis/Turkish Foreign Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
((BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR IS IN WASHINGTON TODAY FOR CRITICAL
TALKS WITH PRESIDENT BUSH THAT COULD INCLUDE SETTING A TIMELINE FOR WAR.
THE MEETING COMES A DAY AFTER PRESIDENT BUSH WARNED SADDAM HUSSEIN
THAT HE HAS WEEKS, NOT MONTHS FOR A DIPLOMATIC WINDOW TO CLOSE
SOT: TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
there's no doubt at all at present he's in breach. he either comes back
into compliance with the u-n or action has got to follow.
AND U.S TROOPS ARE GETTING READY. IN GERMANY, SOLDIERS ARE MAKING LAST
MINUTE PREPARATIONS TO HEAD OUT TO THE GULF REGION TO JOIN THE TENS OF
THOUSANDS ALREADY THERE.
(SOT) MAJ. MIKE BALLESTEROS/1ST INFANTRY DIVISION
"The morale of the 1st Infantry Division is good, its high. This is
what soldiers do - we deploy.
IN EUROPE, THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF TURKEY, ITALY AND GREECE SAY RAMPING
UP THE PRESSURE ON SADDAM IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET HIM TO COMPLY.
SOT: YASAR YAKIS/TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER
"If the military grip around Iraq is tightened than they will be more
encouraged to agree to a peaceful solution."
MEANWHILE, INSPECTORS CONTINUE THEIR HUNT FOR WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION. AND ONCE AGAIN TODAY, IRAQI LEADERS INVITED THE TOP WEAPONS
INSPECTORS BACK TO BAGHDAD FOR TALKS BEFORE THEY REPORT TO THE SECURITY
COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 14TH. BUT THE U-NS NUCLEAR WATCHDOG ARGUED IRAQ
NEEDS TO COOPERATE WITH INSPECTORS ALREADY THERE BEFORE HE ACCEPTS ANY
INVITATION. THAT MEANS ALLOWING SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS AS WELL AS PRIVATE
INTERVIEWS WITH IRAQI SCIENTISTS.))
Was it al-Qaida or Taliban?
That's who the leaders of Afghanistan are blaming for this morning's deadly bombing outside Kandahar.
Afghan officials say they're 100- percent sure the Taliban and al-Qaida are behind it.
At least 18 people on a bus were killed when a bomb destroyed a bridge.
Authorities believe Afghan soldiers stationed in the area were the actual targets.
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Meanwhile, American troops are guarding the site near Bagram Air Base where a Black Hawk helicopter went down yesterday, killing four soldiers.
The military says the crash was apparently just an accident.
It happened as U-S troops were searching for rebels in the mountains of southern Afghanistan.
Rescue officials are comparing the scene of a deadly train crash in Australia to a battlefield in a war movie.
A commuter train jumped the tracks near Sydney today, killing nine people.
23- others were badly hurt.
Doctors and paramedics had to be lowered into the ravine to treat those who were injured.
All four of the train's double- decker cars were crumpled along the tracks, and recsuers say bodies are also scattered across the area.
Investigators aren't sure what caused the crash, but are hoping for important clues from the train's ``black-box'' recorder.
An accident in Montgomery County killed one woman and sent another woman to the hospital.
It happened just before 6 last night on Route 11.
State police say Julie Marie Tomlinson of McCoy was driving north when she hit a car head-on in the southbound lanes.
Tomlinson died at the scene.
Sherry Lily Kostric of Radford was driving the second vehicle.
She was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital and later transferred to the trauma unit of Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say the cause of the accident is unknown.
A bloody fingerprint has linked a suspect to last year's murder of an 88-year old nursing home resident in Roanoke County.
At a preliminary hearing for Danny Ray Taylor yesterday,
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./October 3]
the prosecution revealed that police had recovered a lotion bottle with quite a bit of blood on it.
D-N-A tests show it's Helen Cadd's blood. The lab also found Taylor's palm print in her blood.
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[IN Q=I don't know that we have gotten]
((RANDY LEACH/ROANOKE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; I DON'T KNOW THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT THAT WE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHY THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED. ALL WE KNOW IS IT THAT HELEN CADD WAS MURDERED, AND WE HAVE EVIDENCE LINKING DANNY TAYLOR TO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attorney]
[OUT Q=Danny Taylor to it.]
The case goes to the Grand Jury a week from today.
A local union official says layoffs are coming to Salem's General Electric plant.
Roy Rogers, President of the Local I-U-E C-W-A, says about 40-salaried employees are being let go or offered early retirement.
The workers are NOT represented by the union.
Most of them are technical and some are management positions. Rogers says the layoffs with happen within one to three months.
G.E. officials were not available for comment.
An electronics manufacturer is recalling a popular brand of big screen televisons.
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Zenith is voluntarily recalling about 80-thousand big screen TV's due to the threat they could catch fire.
The recall involves analog projection T-V's made between 1995 and 1998.
It's an expansion of an even larger recall in 1998.
A tear in a gasket is to blame--
Coolant fluid can leak from the picture tube- which can cause smoking and charring, posing a fire hazard.
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In the past five years, Zenith has received 45 reports of such incidents, including four where property damage occurred.
If you have one of these televisions you can contact Zenith at 800- 777- 5195.
Roanoke's N-F-L twins didn't 'pass' up a chance to talk to daytime's Regis and Kelly this morning.
[SUPER=04-LIVE with Regis & Kelly]
Nor did Ronde and Tiki Barber miss a play when ragging on each other!
The football duo sat down with the talk show hosts on this morning's show - hamming it up about everything from Tiki's playoff loss and Ronde's Superbowl win to their childhood back here in Roanoke.
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[IN Q=We used to have]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/N. Y. Giants;]
((TIKI-WE USED TO HAVE THESE TWIN COMPETITIONS IN OUR HOMETOWN.. IN ROANOKE AT LAKESIDE SO WE WOULD DRESS ALIKE AND THE ONLY WAY YOU COULD TELL US APART WAS WHEN WE WOULD PUT OUR NAMES ON THE BOTTOM OF OUR SHOES))
[OUT Q=of our shoes]
Being the good sports they are, the twins indulged Regis and Kelly to a little round of football in the studio.
But judging from the plays, maybe they should stick with twins competition.
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Coming up next on the newscast, there could be more help coming to regions that lost their D-M-V offices.
Plus a daycare owner is arrested after a child is attacked and severely bitten by another child at the center.
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Police are calling it a "horrific case of neglect and abandonment."
A South Carolina toddler is recovering from severe bites he received at a day care center, when he and 15 other children were left alone for an hour.
Alex Bull was repeatedly bitten by another child while they were left unattended on Tuesday.
Police have arrested the owner of the day care center, who said she was out running errands.
Authorities say a worker who was in charge of the toddler room had also gone out to lunch.
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[IN Q=For an hour]
((LARRY BULL/INJURED CHILD'S FATHER:FOR AN HOUR, THIS BOY WAS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE IN THERE. THEY FOUND HIM BACKED TO THE DOOR WITH OTHER CHILDREN ON HIM."))
[SUPER=01-Larry Bull/Injured Child's Father;]
[OUT Q=children on him.]
Alex was bitten 15 times all over his face and body.
Authorities say to make matters worse, the day care center was aware that there was a child there that had a history of biting other children.
Republicans in the House of Delegates think they have a plant to cut the lines at the state's D-M-V offices.
They believe they can reopen all centers and keep them open six days a week.
Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon reports.
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[IN Q=HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bill Howell/House Speaker; :11]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; 1:11]
[OUT Q=MM, News 7, Richmond.]
(( House Republicans say they have scraped together 17.4 million dollars to reopen all of the closed D-M-V offices and restore service on Wednesdays.
[IN Q=IT USED TO BE]
((SPEAKER BILL HOWELL: ITS USED TO BE THE AVERAGE WAIT TIME AT D-M-V WAS FIFTEEN MINUTES, NOW OF COURSE ITS HOURS, WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE WAY IT USED TO BE.))
[OUT Q=GET BACK TO THE WAY IT USED TO BE.]
Republicans won't yet say how they plan to pay for it,
Governor Warner says their proposal doesn't add up.
[IN Q=I'M ANXIOUS TO SEE WHERE]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I'M ANXIOUS TO SEE WHERE THEY'RE GETTING THE MONIES AND I DO KIND OF QUESTION IF THE DMV CUTS WERE OVER 40 MILLION DOLLARS HOW 17 MILLION DOLLARS IS GOING TO RESTORE ALL OF THE PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=RESTORE ALL OF THE PROBLEMS.]
Republicans are also promising to pour more money into k-12 education than the Governor has.
Warner, in turn, is criticizing the Republican-led legislature for spending too much time on frivolous issues.
[SOT 13:37:06 House #2]
[IN Q=IS A YELLOW FLAG WITH]
[OUT Q=THREE RED STRIPES ACROSS IT.]
[IN Q=WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS THE LEGISLATURE FOCUSING ON COCK-FIGHTING, HAIR BRAIDING, THE VIETNAM FLAG.
WHEN WE PUT TOGETHER THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE REFORM PACKAGE IN THE LAST GENERATION.))
[OUT Q=IN THE LAST GENERATION.]
[IN Q=THESE STATEMENTS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE]
((HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN VINCE CALLAHAN/R-MCLEAN: THESE STATEMENTS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE HIS LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE BUDGET PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=BUDGET PROCESS.]
Also in the General Assembly today, primary seat belt legislation which died earlier in the House of Delegates has been given new life.
A Senate Committee today approved the bill, which gives police the authority to pull over drivers simply for failing to wear a seat belt.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista wants to field its first football team, but it has to tackle a big problem first.
It doesn't have a place to play.
Richard Lesko has more.
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[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Buer/SVU Football Coach; :22]
[SUPER=01-Don Chamberlain/SVU Athletic Director; :44]
[OUT Q=Richard Lesko, News 7, Buena Vista]
(( Southern Virginia University has its first football coach, some players, and most of next year's schedule, but right now the team doesn't have anywhere to play.
An athletic complex on land the school already owns is still under construction, and because of zoning issues it may not be ready for the beginning of the season.
[SOT - 42:38]
[INQ=It's not zoned for any...]
((GARY BUER/SVU FOOTBALL COACH; IT'S NOT ZONED FOR ANY TYPE OF COMPETITIVE USE, BUT WE CAN DEVELOP PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WHICH WOULD ALLOW US TO PRACTICE UP THERE.))
[OUTQ=allow us to practice up there.]
The school also had to equip its team on a fixed budget.
Mount Senario College in Wisconsin shut down recently, so school officials went to make a deal.
[SOT - 47:14]
[INQ=Made an offer...]
((DON CHAMBERLAIN/SVU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; MADE AN OFFER FOR MOST OF THEIR EQUIPMENT, SOME OF THEIR WEIGHT EQUIPMENT AND SOME OTHER THINGS TOO. SO WE ENDED UP BUYING A LOT OF THEIR STUFF AT A REASONABLE COST, A VERY REASONABLE COST.))
[OUTQ=a very reasonable cost.]
Now the school is hoping to work out another deal with Buena Vista to use Camden Field which was the site for most of the city's football glory.
[SOT - 40:44]
[INQ=We want to be able...]
((GARY BUER/SVU FOOTBALL COACH; WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADD TO THAT, NOT TO DETRACT FROM HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IN BUENA VISTA, OR IN THE AREA, BUT ADD ANOTHER SMALL COLLEGE PROGRAM AND GIVE THE COMMUNITY, THE AREA THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE SOME EXCITING SMALL COLLEGE FOOTBALL.))
[OUTQ=some exciting small college football.]
Wherever the team ends up, the season kicks off on September 6th.
Richard Lesko, News 7, Buena Vista.))
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The weekend's warming up - WAY up - Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast coming up -
But first - He's known for icing Tinsletown and giving the red carpet some special "Bling" - meet the man behind the shine after the break.
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His jewelry has donned the necks, wrists, and fingers of such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry.
Manuel Gallegus introduces us to the trendy designer known as "The Iceman."
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Aire/Jewelry Designer;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
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S CALLED BLING, BLING, THE SPARKLE WHEN JEWELRY CATCHES THE LIGHT. AND THESE DAYS, DESIGNER CHRIS AIRE IS THE BLING, BL
ING KING! -SOT-CHRIS AIRE, JEWELRY DESIGNER 12;53 We re the bold and beautiful, the subtle and the elegant, the dainty
and we re he outrageouswe re customized jewelry IN HIS LOS ANGELES WORKSHOPAIRE AND A SMALL TEAM OF JEWELERS ARE BUSY CREATING EDGY, MODERN, SOMETIMES SUPER FLASHY DESIGNS THAT HAVE CAUGHT THE EYE OF SPORTS STARS, RAPPERS AND ACTORS -NAT
SOT- What does that say to you when somebody wears that? It says, I got th money baby and I got the class BETTER HAVE T
HE CASH TO BACK UP THAT CHECK100-THOUSAND FOR THIS PLATINUM BRACELET 25-THOUSAND FOR THIS SIGNATURE RED-GOLD RING UP TO 125-THOUSAND FOR THE OVERSIZED WATCHES AIRE S CATALOGUE SHOWS OFF HIS HIGH PROFILE, WEALTHY CLIENTELE WILL SMITH IS A
FAN AND HALLE BERRY BOUGHT A FEW PIECES FOR HER FRIENDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS BERRY HAS A PINK WATCH -SOT- CHRIS AIRE, JEWEL
RY DESIGNER 10;33 Halle is dainty, she likes things more girly, more elegant. DAINTY DOES NOT DESCRIBE THE JEWELS WORN
BY NBA PLAYERS LIKE STROMILE SWIFT OF THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES. -NAT SOT- LIKE HIS CLIENTS, AIRE IS AN AMERICAN SUCCESS ST
ORY; THE WEST-AFRICAN IMMIGRANT STARTED HIS COMPANY 2AWESOME INTERNATIONAL, WITH FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS HE SAVED. -NAT MUSIC- NOW FOR AIRE, IT S MUSIC, PARTIES, AND PAYING ATTENTION IN THE HIGH-FLYING, EVER-CHANGING WORLD OF MONEY AND FASHION. MANUEL GALLEGUS CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 86 points. The NASDAQ has gained one.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up in sports, the Roanoke Express prepares for a three week trip on the road.
And we'll have the details as the Martinsville Speedway plans its most expensive expansion ever.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The owners of Martinsville Speedway are preparing for the priciest expansion in its history.
The plan includes adding two thousand seats and a new access road to get fans in and out faster.
The project will cost two and a half MILLION dollars.
Work will begin right after April's Winston Cup race, and it should be finished before October's event.
After the expansion, the 56 year old track will be able to seat 88-thousand fans.
That puts it in the top half of Winston Cup
The Roanoke Dazzle is within two games of first place in the NBDL standings.
The Dazzle has increased its shooting percentage to over 46 percent.
Kent Davison's team has been spending a lot of extra time shooting with the aid of "The Gun," a machine that acts as a rebounder and a passer.
Originally, Coach Davison allowed his son Andrew and his teammates at Cave Spring to use the device last season.
Now it's being used at William Byrd and William Fleming, as well.
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[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :02]
[SUPER=01-Jamal Robinson/Averaging 11 Points Per Game; :23]
[SUPER=01-Cory Alexander/Leads NBDL in Assists; :32]
[OUT Q=helped us out a lot."]
The Express obviously played last night without Perry Florio, who was fired on Wednesday.
While the Express would rather play the next six games at home, this three- week road trip could not have come at a better time, considering Florio's dismissal.
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[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Interim Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; :10]
[OUT Q=......playing hockey"]
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