Governor Mark Warner has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.
He issued the declaration to authorize and hasten state help for localities hit by the bad weather.
Warner's office says the Department of Emergency Management has activated its Emergency Operations Center, and other state agencies are ``on standby to respond as emergencies arise.''
Like Virginia, several other states have declared emergencies because of the winter storm, including Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
The blizzard- like conditions are making life miserable for millions.
The storm's being blamed for at least nine deaths, mostly on the roads.
Forecasters say this is one of the worst storms in years.
In New York, snow totals could reach 20 to 30 inches.
Meanwhile, two feet of snow could also fall in Washington, D-C, where government offices are already closed because of the President's Day holiday.
The weather is to blame for a fatal accident on Interstate 81.
Authorities say 40 year old Hassan A. Al Gahtani of Vienna lost control of his vehicle.
He ran off the right side of the road and hit a freightliner in the rear.
It happened yesterday just north of exit 98 in Pulaski County.[Terror-Alert]
In other news,
The nation's terror forecast may be improving.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the U-S won't likely be at the Code Orange terror alert level much longer.
Ridge says the high alert will probably be lowered soon.
But he also defended the Bush administration's decision to raise
the threat level, even though that decision was based on some information that turned out to be fabricated.
As opposition to war intensifies, it seems that the U-S is ready to soften its stance on Iraq.
The Bush administration may offer the United Nations a resolution that includes extended inspections.
Meanwhile, American troops continue preparing for war.
Drew Levinson has more from Kuwait.
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[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Kuwait.]
THE TRAINING IN KUWAIT IS INTENSIFYING.
IN A POSSIBLE PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME SOLDIERS CONTINUE CLOSE QUARTER
AND WHILE IRAQ SAYS IT HAS NO BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL WEAPONS THE
MILITARY ISN'T TAKING ANY CHANCES.
IN THE DESERT THE GAS MASK DRILL IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON.
"training everyday, everyday, at least, I'd say three or four times a
THE TROOPS HERE MAY BE READY FOR WAR.
BUT RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO WAR TO BE FOUGHT..... AS U-S LEADERS CONTINUE
BATTLE WORLD OPINION.
(NATS OF PROTESTS)
AFTER A WEEKEND OF PROTESTS AROUND THE GLOBE AND A LOSS OF INTERNATIONAL
SUPPORT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION MAY BE RE-THINKING ITS POSITION.
THERE WERE PLANS TO OFFER A NEW RESOLUTION TO THE U-N THAT WOULD OPEN
THE DOOR TO WAR.
NOW THAT RESOLUTION MAY BE SOFTENING....
IT COULD INCLUDE EXTENDED INSPECTIONS, WITH DEADLINES THAT SADDAM MUST
MEET.... OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES.
AND ANOTHER BATTLE FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS TURNED INTO GOOD AND
MANEUVERING AROUND FRENCH OPPOSITION THE ALLIANCE IS NOW MAKING PLANS TO
PROTECT TURKEY IN THE EVENT OF WAR.
THE U-S MILITARY IS UPGRADING BASES IN THAT COUNTRY IN ANTICIPATION OF
TROOPS.... BUT TURKEY IS NOW DRAGGING ITS FEET.
THE TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS THE U-S SHOULDN'T EXPECT IMMEDIATE
PERMISSION TO DEPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS INTO THE COUNTRY.
TURKEY IS IN KEY PROXIMITY TO IRAQ AND MILITARY EXPERTS BELIEVE THE U-S
WILL NOT GO TO WAR WITHOUT A POSITION THERE.
WHICH MEANS THE DRILLS IN KUWAIT WILL CONTINUE.... ALONG WITH THE
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.
It's already been a violent 48 hours in the Middle East.
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There was a retaliatory strike by the Israelis.
This morning, tanks blew up the house of a leading militant in Gaza City.
A Palestinian policeman was also shot dead.
The raid comes after the killing of four Israeli soldiers in Gaza on Saturday.
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Sunday's storm kept many residents of western Virginia at home and off the road.
But others ventured out, and Joe Dashiell caught up with a few of them yesterday.
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[IN Q=In Rockbridge County]
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[SUPER=01-Matt Baumgardner/Roanoke Co. Resident; :18]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :28]
[SUPER=01-Shirley Niday/Old Mill Country Store; :41]
[SUPER=01-Jinnie Olinger/Bath Co. Resident; :56]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County]
((In Rockbridge County, and throughout western Virginia an army of snowplows cleared the way.
While slick pavement contributed to more than a few minor accidents, most drivers headed the warnings and stayed home.
Laura and Matt Baumgardner didn't have that option. They had cows to feed.
[IN Q=It took us about ]
((IT TOOK US ABOUT AN HOUR TO GET THE TRUCKS THAWED OUT JUST TO GET THINGS GOING. THE FARM TRACTORS THEY SIT IN THE SHED AND CRANK UP AND GO PRETTY GOOD, BUT THE TRUCKS THEY SIT OUT AND MAKES IT KIND OF ROUGH.))
[OUT Q=makes it kind of rough.]
The snow and ice didn't keep Shirley Niday at home either.
While the weather closed many businesses, her Old Mill Country Store in Botetourt County fed and fueled a steady stream of customers all day.
[IN Q=My oldest daughter]
((MY OLDEST DAUGHTER WILL SAY MOME LET'S NOT OPEN UP. IT'S GOING TO BE SO BAD PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE OUT. NO HONEY THIS IS WHEN THEY'RE OUT. THEY LIKE TO GET OUT IN THE SNOW.))
[OUT Q=get out in the snow.]
By the time we caught up with Jinnie Olinger, the Bath County resident was several hours into a challenging trip from Pennsylvania, scraping ice for the third time, and thinking of home.
[IN Q=We almost stopped]
((WE ALMOST STOPPED AND SPENT THE NIGHT, BUT WE FIGURED THAT WE'D JUST TRY TO GET ON HOME, SO MOTHER I'M ALMOST THERE. WE'RE ALMOST HOME, SO DON'T WORRY.))
[OUT Q=so don't worry.]
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County))
Wall Street is closed today in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.
However, investors in Japan didn't have the day off.
Here's a look at the Nikkei's closing numbers.
House and Senate budget negotiators have tentatively agreed on a plan to restore Wednesday operating hours for all of Virginia's D-M-V offices.
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Governor Warner ordered the midweek closings in October.
The House and Senate plans already call for re-opening 12 D-M-V service centers that the governor closed in his budget cuts last fall.
Talks between House and Senate conference committee members began on schedule yesterday, despite heavy snow and sleet that made roads treacherous.
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The worst of this winter storm has passed through western Virginia, but an icy hazard remains for morning drivers.
Snow plows were out in force Sunday, clearing the way on the interstates and other primary roads.
The snow and ice contributed to accidents, but many drivers heeded the warnings and stayed home.
Others had no choice. Laura and Matt Baumgardner ventured out to feed their livestock.
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[IN Q=I'm actually]
((I'M ACTUALLY GLAD TO SEE THIS COLDER WEATHER FOR US, BECAUSE YESTERDAY WE WERE WADING IN MUD ABOUT SIX OR EIGHT INCHES TO GET IN AND OUT TO FEED AND TODAY WE'LL BE ON TOP OF THE MUD. ))
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[OUT Q=on top of the mud.]
The weather has caused some cancellations at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
And officials are advising travellers to check with their airlines for specific flight information.
(Kim tosses to bump)
10 new police officers have been welcomed to forces in the City of Roanoke and Roanoke County.
Friday's graduation represents a milestone for the Roanoke Police Academy.
This is the 50th class to graduate from the basic school.
Four Roanoke City recruits and six Roanoke County officers spent 6 months learning the trade, and say they are ready to hit the pavement and fight crime.
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[IN Q=We've had a ]
[SUPER=01-Barak Plogger/Roanoke City Graduate; :00]
((WE'VE HAD A LOT OF ACADEMIC AS WELL AS PHYSICAL TRAINING, TAKEN TESTS THROUGHOUT AS MANDATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, JUST SIX MONTHS... A LOT OF STUFF THERE. ))
[OUT Q=of stuff there. ]
The cadets will now continue their training with active members of the force.