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Some schools have already altered their schedules as a result of today's weather.
That combined with all of the other missed days-- could amount to a shortened summer.
Many school systems may soon have to adjust their school calendar to make up for the days missed at school.
In Henry County for example, students have already missed six school days this year because of the weather.
The school system has budgeted for nine, but administrators realize winter is far from over.
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[IN Q=We constantly reassess]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: WE CONSTANTLY REASSESS WHERE WE STAND AND DECIDE WHETHER WE HAVE TO DO THINGS LIKE EXTENDED SCHOOL DAYS. WE'RE NOT THERE YET BUT IT IS STILL SNOWING. IT'S STILL WINTER.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Superintendent of Schools]
[OUT Q=it's still winter]
State law requires students to be in school for 180 days or 990 hours a year.
Today U-N monitors are examining documents that the Iraqis gave to them during two days of meetings.
Inspectors describe the weekend talks as a "change of heart" by Baghdad.
But the Bush administration says Saddam Hussein is still NOT disarming, and troops in the Gulf are getting ready to do it for him.
Drew Levinson reports from Kuwait.
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[SUPER=01-Mohamed Elbaradei/Chief U. N. Nuclear Arms Inspector;]
[SUPER=01-Amer al-Saadi/Advisor to Saddam Hussein;]
[SUPER=01-Hilda Rueda/American Citizen;]
[SUPER=01-Shirley Gustas/American Citizen;]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Kuwait.]
THE UN'S TOP WEAPONS INSPECTORS LEFT BAGHDAD THIS MORNING FEELING
SOMEWHAT ENCOURAGED THAT IRAQ IS MORE WILLING TO COOPERATE.
Mohamed Elbaradei/Chief UN Nuclear Arms Inspector
"As I said yesterday, we leave with a sense of cautious optimism and I
hope we see concrete action in the next few days."
OVER THE WEEKEND IRAQI OFFICIALS HANDED OVER DOCUMENTS ON ANTHRAX, NERVE
GAS AND MISSLE DEVELOPMENT.
BUT THEY DID NOT GIVE INSPECTORS THE RIGHT TO FLY U-2 SURVEILLANCE
PLANES OVER THE COUNTRY.
THE IRAQIS STILL SAY THEY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE.
(SOT-Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi/Advisor to Saddam Hussein)
"the burden of proof here, in this case specifically, since they are
intent on waging war... the burden of proof falls on them, not us." :08
STANDUP:(Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS/Kuwait)
BUT THE U-S TOP BRASS BELIEVE THEY ALREADY HAVE ALL THE PROOF THEY NEED.
AND MANY HERE KUWAIT SEEM TO AGREE WITH THEM....THAT'S WHY THE PREPS
HERE ARE ESCALATING TO A NEW LEVEL.
IN THE DESERT SOLDIERS CONTINUE TO TRAIN IN CLOSE QUARTERS USING
SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDINGS.
OTHER TROOPS ARE TRAINING WITH ARMORED VEHICLES THAT CAN DETECT
BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS.
ON THE BORDER U-S PATRIOT WEAPONS ARE LOCKED, LOADED AND POINTED AT IRAQ.
SOON MOST OF KUWAIT WILL BE CONSIDERED A MILITARY ZONE.
BY NEXT SATURDAY 2/3RDS OF THE COUNTRY WILL BE OFF LIMITS TO CIVILIANS.
(NATSOT - "are we ready") :03
SOME U-S CIVILIANS LIVING HERE HAVE DECIDED THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS OFF
LIMITS....AND THEY'RE HEADED BACK TO THE STATES. THE TWO AMERICAN
SCHOOLS HERE SHUT THEIR DOORS.
(SOT-Hilda Rueda/American Citizen)
"My younger kids are innocent, but scared. I don't want to put my kids
through more fear". :07
OTHERS HAVE DECIDED TO STICK IT OUT.
(SOT-Shirley Gustas/American Citizen)
"If I see a big marine knocking at my door I'd go. But that's the only
IT MAY BE THE ONLY WAY---AS WAR LOOMS ON THE HORIZON--HERE IN THE
PERSIAN GULF. .
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.
Downtown Roanoke has had parking problems for years, but some changes may be on the way after a new study.
The city study found a deficit of more than 450 parking spaces in the Church Avenue corridor alone.
City officials are considering construction of a parking garage that could serve the courthouse, police department, Red Cross, YMCA, and Jefferson Center.
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[IN Q=One of the things]
((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I AM MOST HAPPY ABOUT JOE IS THE FACT THAT WE'RE THINKING MORE IN TERMS OF STRUCTURED PARKING INSTEAD OF SURFACE PARKING. I JUST THINK THAT DOWNTOWN LAND IS WAY TOO VALUABLE TO HAVE SURFACE PARKING WHEN WE CAN USE THAT FOR SO MANY OTHER GOOD ENTERPRISES IN THE CITY.))
[OUT Q=other good enterprises in the city]
The parking study identified at least four possible sites, but city officials say they want to talk with potential partners before deciding where a new parking garage should be located.
In business news, prices at the pump are inflating.
Industry analysts say gas prices rose nearly 11- cents per gallon over the last two weeks.
The average price is now a dollar- 63 a gallon.
But officials say prices should hold steady in the coming weeks, partly due to increased production in Venezuela and seasonal reductions in the demand for crude oil.
In other business news, Stocks slipped on Friday after the Bush administration raised the nation's terror alert status.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((AN ORANGE TERROR ALERT TURNED WALL STREET RED.THE HEIGTENED THREAT OF
ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK COUPLED WITH THE LOOMING THREAT OF WAR
AN UNEXPECTED DROP IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.
THE MARKET RACKED UP ITS FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSING WEEK.
THE DOW LOST 65 POINTS, DOWN 2 PERCENT FOR THE WEEK.
THE NASDAQ SANK 19 POINTS.. OFF 3 PERCENT FOR THE WEEK.
OIL WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK.
THE COUNTDOWN TO WAR SENT HEATING OIL TO A TWO YEAR HIGH -. A COLD SNAP
HITTING THE NORTHEAST AT A TIME WHEN SUPPLIES ARE DWINDLING. AND THERES
CONCERN WAR WITH IRAQ MIGHT DISRUPT CRUDE OIL SUPPLIES.
A BIG VICTORY FOR BIG TOBACCO..
A CALIFORNIA JURY SAYS Philip Morris AND R.J. Reynolds are not
for causing the cancer of a California man. THE verdict marks the first
trial victory in CALIFORNIA AFTER FOUR CONSECUTIVE DEFEATS FOR PHILIP
THE TOBACCO GIANTS it scored another win in Florida when a Miami panel
rejected a secondhand smoke suit filed by a former flight attendant.
WITH GEOPOLITICAL CONCERNS AS A BACKDROP, THE MARKET WILL ALSO CONTEND
MORE EARNINGS NEWS AND REPORTS ON RETAIL SALES AND CONSUMER SENTIMENT.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM...
I'm AC, NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Searchers in East Texas have found what they believe is Shuttle Columbia's hatch door.
They say the hatch is mostly intact.
It's not yet clear what part of the shuttle it may have come from.
Searchers say they've also found two other large pieces of wreckage in a remote area.
They could be retrieved as early as today.
Officials say crews have also identified another site where there
may be human remains.
A freight train loaded with hazardous chemicals derailed in southern Illinois, forcing a thousand people to evacuate their homes.
The train was carrying vinyl chloride, formaldehyde, and hydrochloric acid when it overturned near the center of town yesterday morning.
The chemicals are hazardous to breathe, and can be fatal in high
Some of the vinyl chloride also caught fire, but that fire is now out.
Meanwhile, one evacuated resident says she was told it could be three days before she and her family can return home.
A new medical school is one step closer to saying "the doctor is in."
It has been nearly a year since ground was broken on the new school of Osteopathic Medicine.
The new 20 million dollar facility is currently under construction in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.
The goal of the school is to educate students who will one day hopefully work in rural areas.
The school's dean says two thirds of the class has already been accepted.
There are just 150 spots and classes are set to begin in August.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Many localities are finding out that this budget season will be difficult to manage.
Leaders in Henry County expect revenues to be flat for the upcoming 2004 budget year.
This will also be the first year the county feels the full effects of the recent closing of V-F Imagewear.
The county is set to lose 1.6 million dollars in revenue from V-F.
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[IN Q=VF Imagewear was a major]
((TIM HALL/COUNTY SPOKESPERSON: VF IMAGEWEAR WAS A MAJOR TAX PAYER IN HENRY COUNTY AND OBVIOUSLY THEY DON'T HAVE A PRESENCE HERE ANYMORE SO THAT'S GOING TO EFFECT OUR BUDGET AND THAT'S WHERE RIPPLE COMES IN. IF IT EFFECTS THE COUNTY'S BUDGET IT ALSO EFFECTS THE SCHOOL'S BUDGET, IT EFFECTS PUBLIC SAFETY'S BUDGET, IT EFFECTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT'S BUDGET SO THERE IS TOUGH CHOICES AND TOUGH DECISIONS TO BE MADE.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/County Spokesperson]
[OUT Q=to be made]
Hall says he doesn't see the county raising taxes to make up for any budget shortfall.
The county will hold several public hearings in the next few months before the Board of Supervisors adopts a budget.
The City of Roanoke is getting ready to do some major work on its parks.
The city plans to demolish and rebuild the restrooms at five parks in Roanoke.
They include the parks at Washington, Loudon, Staunton, Breckinridge, and Garden City.
The new facilities will cost 80-thousand dollars a piece but city leaders say it's money well-spent.
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[IN Q=There was definetely]
((LAURIE WOOD/PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: THERE WAS DEFINITELY NEED FOR THEM. THE FIXTURES OR THE BATHROOMS IN MOST OF OUR CITY PARKS ARE REALLY OLD AND REALLY NEED TO BE REPLACED. WE REPLACED 11 LAST YEAR AND WE'RE WORKING ON THESE FIVE FOR THIS YEAR. WE EVEN HAD THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS COME OUT AND MEET WITH US TO DECIDE WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST BATHROOMS FOR THEIR PARKS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.))
[SUPER=01-Laurie Wood/Parks and Recreation Dept.]
[OUT Q=in their neighborhoods]
The new bathrooms will have stainless steel fixtures and will be designed to prevent vandalism.
The project should be completed by the summer.