Today's inspection report to the U-N Security Council could mean the difference between war and peace.
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However, the White House isn't expecting any words of war in the chief inspector's report.
Hans Blix is expected to acknowledge a new spirit of cooperation by Iraq, but he'll also present facts that could indicate that Saddam Hussein is not complying enough.
President Bush, in the meantime, may introduce a new resolution next week that opens the door for war.
Yesterday, he all but said it was coming, then sent members of the U-N a strong message.
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((I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT FREE NATIONS WILL SHOW BACKBONE AND COURAGE IN THE
FACE OF TRUE THREATS TO PEACE AND FREEDOM".))
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Meanwhile, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is meeting with Pope John Paul the second.
The Pontiff is against war.
But if the U-S decides to invade Iraq, Aziz says his country will not back down.
Today President Bush will address what the federal government's doing to protect the nation against a possible terror attack.
In a speech at F-B-I headquarters, Bush will talk about his idea for a new Terrorist Threat Integration Center.
Meanwhile, Americans continue bracing for a terrorist attack.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says this could "prove to be the most dangerous security environment the world has known."
The government is urging citizens to prepare for possible chemical, biological, and radiological attacks.
A ban on late-term abortions won final passage in the House of Delegates.
The bill would make it a felony to kill a fetus that has partially emerged from the birth canal.
The legislation has passed both the Senate and House by veto-proof margins.
Last year, Governor Mark Warner vetoed a ban on partial-birth abortions.
But Senator Steve Newman says this year's bill is substantially different and he hopes the governor will sign it.
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[IN Q=IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE PROTECT]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE PROTECT HALF-BORN LIFE LITERALLY HALF-BORN LIFE IN THIS COMMONWEALTH. AND SO THAT'S THE REASON WHY WE'RE GOING TO SEND THE BILL UP TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND I STILL HOLD OUT HOPE THAT HE WILL SUPPORT US IN THAT EFFORT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg]
[OUT Q=SUPPORT US IN THAT EFFORT.]
Also yesterday, a Senate Committee killed a handful of anti-abortion measures.
But committee members did approve a bill requiring parental consent before girls 17 or younger can get an abortion.
Under current law, the state requires only that a parent be notified.
It appears Roanoke City and Roanoke County are inching closer to forming a regional water and sewer authority.
City and county officials have been meeting quietly since last July.
Elected leaders have stayed away to let staff members work without interference.
Specific details are still under wraps, but the discussion may soon enter a new stage, in which a draft agreement is presented to elected officials for their consideration.
The board of supervisors discussed the water authority in a recent closed session, and a joint meeting with city council is being planned.
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One historian calls it the greatest civil war movie ever made.
Last night, hundreds got the chance to see the civil war drama "Gods and Generals" at a screening on the campus of Virginia Military Institute.
Justin McLeod has more from Lexington.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Shaara/Author; :42]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Lang/"Stonewall Jackson"; :59]
[SUPER=01-Ron Maxwell/Director; 1:20]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Lexington]
((((NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING))
It was an event designed to look just like a Hollywood premiere.
The only difference?
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It was done right here in Lexington.
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((RON MAXWELL/MOVIE DIRECTOR: IT'S A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US FROM THE GET GO TO MAKE THIS MOVIE ON OR VERY NEAR WHERE THE STORIES TOOK PLACE.))
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That is why some of Gods and Generals was shot in and around Lexington.
Back in August of 2001, crews filmed several scenes here on the campuses of V-M-I and Washington and Lee.
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The film is a prequel to the movie Gettysburg and is based on the book by Jeff Shaara.
[IN Q=The book really]
((JEFF SHAARA/AUTHOR: THE BOOK REALLY COVERS THE EARLY PART OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR PRIOR TO GETTYSBURG. IT DEALS WITH FOUR SIGNIFICANT CHARACTERS.))
[OUT Q=four significant characters]
They include Winfield Scott Hancock and Joshua Chamberlin on the northern side.
For the south, the movie focuses on Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson played by Stephen Lang.
[IN Q=This is a movie]
((STEPHEN LANG/"STONEWALL JACKSON": THIS IS A MOVIE THAT REALLY PROVOKES THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION BESIDES VASTILY ENTERTAINING BUT IT IS ALSO A PROVOCATIVE FILM.))
[OUT Q=also a provocative film]
It is a film that cost nearly 60 million dollars and involved some 7500 reenactors.
It took nearly six years to complete and has a run time of more than 3 1/2 hours.
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((RON MAXWELL/MOVIE DIRECTOR: I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STAND UP AND ARE COUNTED ON THIS MOVIE SHOW UP IN HUGE NUMBERS AND SAID A GREAT BIG SIGNALS TO HOLLYWOOD AND SAY HEY STOP TREATING US LIKE DUMMIES WE CAN HANDLE A 3 1/2 HOUR MOVIE, NO PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=no problem]
You'll get the chance to see the movie when it officially opens nationwide a week from Friday.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lexington.))
In business news, one local company has a new deal with the United States Army, but it won't mean new jobs.
The 15-million dollar deal for ITT Nightvision will provide helmet mount assemblies for night vision goggles to soldiers.
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Congressman Bob Goodlatte made the announcement yesterday morning, saying this will give the U-S a technological and competitive edge.
I-T-T and the U-S Army have had similar deals in recent years, including one last May.
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A local company thinks robots could help protect us from terrorists.
Cybermotion has been making robots called "Cyber Guards" for years.
They've had production contracts with the army in the past but recent financial struggles stopped production all together.
The company is now for sale or interested in *licensees* for its technology.
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((JOHN HOLLAND/CYBERMOTION PRESIDENT; OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS A LOT OF PEOPLE STARTED COMING TO US SO SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS THINKING ROBOTS HAVE GOT A PLACE ION THE FUTURE, HAVING SAID THAT YOU NEVER KNOW OF ANY OF THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-John Holland/Cybermotion President;]
[OUT Q=GOING TO HAPPEN.]
Holland says a robot could be especially useful during a biological threat because it can detect harmful elements or gases in the air.
Officials say they've met with the Homeland Security officials in Washington and while interest has increased, NO deals have been made.
Stay with us. News 7 Mornin' will be right back. But first, here's a look at your local stocks.
Investigators looking into the Columbia disaster are almost certain that the space shuttle's skin was breached.
They say that allowed super-heated air inside the left wing during the shuttle's re- entry.
NASA officials say air coming in through a tiny hole could have acted like a blowtorch.
But investigators also said a missing tile would NOT be enough to cause the temperature increases inside Columbia before it disintegrated February first, killing seven crew members.
The Commonwealth's Attorney in Pittsylvania County is trying to decide how to pursue what he calls an "awful" murder case now that the charges have been dropped.
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James Antonio Generette *had been* charged with two counts of first degree murder for the beating deaths of Willie and Clara Bell Harston in November.
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Generette said he was visiting the Harstons' next door neighbor, Carlot (car lot) Brown, at the time of the crime.
But Brown, who was named as an accessory after the fact, invoked her Fifth Amendment right and refused to testify, prompting Judge George Jones to dismiss the case for lack of evidence.
Commonwealth's Attorney David Grimes says the "case is not over," and that his office will pursue it "every way" it can.
Dozens of police officers converged on a Lynchburg middle school after an officer there had trouble arresting a disorderly student.
It happened a little after three o-clock yesterday afternoon at Dunbar Middle School.
Authorities say the principal had asked a 14-year-old girl to leave the property, but she refused to cooperate.
That's when the school resource officer was called in.
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[IN Q=The officer called]
((WHIT CLARK/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE OFFICER CALLED FOR ASSISTANCE.. THERE WAS A RIGHT LARGE CROWD OUTSIDE THE GYMNASIUM AREA. Reporter: A crowd that seemed to be.. CLARK: WELL IT WAS JUST A CROWD OUTSIDE AND HE NEEDED TO MAKE SURE HE HAD PROPER ASSISTANCE TO EFFECT THE ARREST.))
[SUPER=01-Whit Clark/Lynchburg Police Department]
[OUT Q=affect the arrest.]
No one was injured during the altercation and the girl was taken into custody.
She's facing a charge of disorderly conduct.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A former Associate Pastor charged with killing his wife was denied bond for a second time in Caswell County, North Carolina.
46-year-old Eugene Rick Pulley was extradited from Virginia Wednesday to face charges in the murder of his wife, Patty Jo Pulley.
She disappeared near her Pittsylvania County home in May of 1999.
Her remains were found under a North Carolina bridge in December.
District attorney Joe Brewer says he's still reviewing the case and has *not* decided whether to seek a capital murder conviction against Pulley.
A Roanoke museum won't get any help from Richmond.
The House of Delegates voted to re-refer a bill that allows taxpayers to contribute a portion of their income tax refund to the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
Supporters say yesterday's vote essentially killed the measure.
Opponents say it's unfair to have a tax refund checkoff that benefits only one museum in the state.
But area lawmakers say museums in southwest Virginia are in greater need of funding than cultural centers in other parts of the state.
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[IN Q=WE'VE GOT TO DRIVE FOUR TO FIVE HOURS]
((DELEGATE JIM SHULER/D-BLACKSBURG: AND ALL OUR STUDENTS AND PEOPLE SAY THEY CAN'T MAKE IT TO RICHMOND WHERE ALL THE MONEY GOES.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Jim Shuler/(D) Blacksburg]
[OUT Q=ALL THE MONEY GOES.]
The Senate passed a similar measure last month.
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(Toss to Steve for weekend preview)