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Up Next on News 7,

The Governor's in town, announcing hundreds of new jobs for the Roanoke Valley.
A live report, coming up.
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And the former supervisor of the Blackburg Community Center has pleaded guilty to sexual charges involving young boys.
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Another weak system heads our way which could trigger a few isolated showers late today. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...


[New-Jobs]


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Roanoke and Roanoke County are getting hundreds of new jobs. Governor Mark Warner came to Roanoke this morning to welcome two new businesses to the Valley.
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Rachel Cannon attended the announcement and has the details.
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Rachel adlibs

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[Easter]


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A state prison inmate has admitted trying to get someone on the outside to quote "beat the living hell " out of a man who has sought to make sure Melvin Easter is never paroled.
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Easter pled guilty today in FEDERAL court, rather than face trial for arranging to have an ex-con shoot Bob Leonard in the knee caps. It's a case that goes back nearly three decades, when Easter killed Leonard's mother and grandfather in Carroll County.
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((I EXPERIENCED 28 YEARS AGO. I FEEL HE'S VERY CAPABLE OF DOING IT TODAY. (:08) THE SAD PART IS IF HE'S PERSISTENT ENOUGH TO KEEP ON, HE'LL FIND SOMEBODY WHO'S WILLING TO TRY IT ONE DAY.))
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Easter faces a maximum of 30 additional years in prison. The only condition he wanted placed in the plea agreement was to ask the judge to recommend he be sent to a prison WEST of the Mississippi.

[Conner]


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The former supervisor of the Blacksburg Community Center was convicted today of sexual charges involving young boys.
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Phillip Dale Conner pled guilty to 23-charges of carnal knowledge, taking indecent liberties and aggravated sexual battery. Prosecutors say the 41-year-old admitted to sexually abusing six boys over a 13-year period. Up until today, Conner was free on a five-thousand dollar bond. A judge will determine next week if he should remain in jail until his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for April.
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This winter has been a budget buster for the Virginia Department of Transportation, and now the city of Roanoke must dig a little deeper.
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The city budgeted more than 200- thousand dollars for snow removal this year, but repeated storms have taken their toll.
City officials say they'll need another 250- thousand dollars to replenish chemicals, and pay overtime.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: IN FACT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, WE ACTUALLY BOUGHT AN EXCESS SALT SUPPLY. SO WE WERE IN GOOD STEAD FOR THE SNOWS THAT WE HAVE HAD, BUT HAVING VERY QUICKLY GONE TO THE FARMER'S ALMANAC AFTER READING HOW GOOD A PREDICTOR IT WAS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S SNOW, I DON'T THINK WE'RE OVER IT YET.))
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City Council approved the adjustment to the budget, and praised the city employees who have been working 12 hours shifts to keep the city moving.
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[Missing-Woman]


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Police are planning another search today of the home of a missing Modesto, California woman.
Laci Petersen hasn't been seen since Christmas Eve.
Authorities say her husband cooperated during the search.
Gloria Gomez has more.
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(( WHEN SCOTT PETERSON ARRIVED AT HIS MODESTO HOME TUESDAY MORNING HE WAS GREETED BY DETECTIVES ARMED WITH A SEARCH WARRANT. SCOTT STEPPED ASIDE AS INVESTIGATORS AND EVIDENCE TECHNICIANS SEARCHED HIS HOME AND PICK-UP. SEVERAL BAGS OF EVIDENCE WERE CARRIED AWAY, BUT DETECTIVES WON'T SAY EXACTLY WHAT WAS TAKEN.

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the lab technicians will evaluate it to determine if it needs to be processed in another location.)//:21
SOURCES TELL K-O-V-R SOME AREAS OF THE HOME WERE LEFT IN DISARRAY AFTER THE SEARCH. SCOTT WAS HANDED TWO DUFFLES BAGS OF CLOTHES AND TOLD TO LEAVE THE HOME. HE LEFT IN A RENTAL S-U-V AFTER HIS PICK-UP WAS IMPOUNDED, BUT LATER RETURNED.
DETECTIVES AREN'T SAYING WHAT MOTIVATED THEM TO SEARCH THE PICK-UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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in their affadavit, and that was an area they needed to search)//:49
MEANWHILE, LACY'S SISTER AMY WAS ASKED TO ASSIST DETECTIVES IN THE INVESTIGATION. SOURCES SAY SHE WAS ASKED TO GO THROUGH LACY'S CLOTHING. IT'S UNCLEAR THOUGH, EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.

(SOT: Detectives first searched the Peterson home in late December. But

felt compelled to return and re-examine areas that may have been overlooked. Gloria Gomez, for CBS News, Modesto, California) ))
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Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge unveiled his Ready campaign this morning. It's designed to protect Americans from terrorism.
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Meanwhile democrat Dick Gephardt revealed he was ready for a campaign of a different kind.
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[Iraq]


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President Bush is going to try for a new vote on Iraq by the United Nations Security Council.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest on this and the march toward a possible war.
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THE U.S AND TURKEY FAILED AGAIN TODAY TO REACH ANY AGREEMENT ON STATIONING U.S FORCES IN THAT COUNTRY. U-S OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE MADE THEIR FINAL OFFER OF ECONOMIC AID, AND NEED AN ANSWER WITHIN DAYS. OTHERWISE, MILITARY SHIPS ALREADY IDLING OFF THE COAST OF TURKEY WILL HEAD ELSEWHERE, AND WAR PLANNERS WILL BE FORCED TO DO WITHOUT TURKEY AS A STAGING AREA.

(SOT)ROBERT PEARSON/U.S AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY

"I can bring you a sense that we hope we can resolve this and that we are actively engaged for my part and my country's part and working this out with Turkey."
FINALLY, NATO HAS WORKED OUT "ITS" PROBLEMS CONCERNING TURKEY. ENDING ONE OF THE BIGGEST CRISES IN NATOS HISTORY, THE ALLIANCE HAS APPROVED SENDING MISSILES, RADAR-EQUIPPED AIRCRAFT AND CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL UNITS TO TURKEY.

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BUT AT THE U-N, ONCE AGAIN TODAY, COUNTRY AFTER COUNTRY IS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST MILITARY ACTION. THEY JOIN SOME MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNSEL IN DEMANDING MORE TIME FOR INSPECTIONS. THE U-S HOPES TO GET A NEW RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ, BUT CAN'T INTRODUCE ONE YET, BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO GET IT PASSED.

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[Ridge-Terror]


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A new kind of campaign was unveiled this morning in Cincinnati.
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Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge formally announced the start of a "Ready Campaign."
It features a series of public service announcements that advise families on how they can protect themselves against terrorist attacks.
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Ridge is also urging America's families to come up with a communications plan, so that they can reach one another in the event of an emergency.
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[9-11-Trial]


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Meanwhile, a terror suspect was convicted today in Germany.
It was the first trial anywhere of a suspected 9-11 conspirator.
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A judge said the Moroccan man was "a cog that kept the machinery going."
Mounir el Mot- assadeq was found guilty today of more than three- thousand counts of accessory to murder.
The 28- year- old electrical engineering student was sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison.
He was accused of supporting a German- based terror cell that included some of the 9-11 hijackers.
But he said during his trial that he knew nothing about the plans for the attacks.
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[Subway-Fire]


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The president of South Korea has declared a disaster emergency, following the subway fire that left at least 125 people dead.
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The man who set the blaze tells police that he was trying to kill himself, and wanted others to die with him.
Victims' families are complaining about delays in identifying the bodies.
They scuffled with police, as South Korea's prime minister was visiting the site of the fire.
Meanwhile, a South Korean newspaper has published these new photos from inside the subway.
The pictures were taken by a passenger who later fell unconscious, but was rescued.
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Last night's midnight deadline passed for Virginia House and Senate budget negotiators to come up with a compromise budget.
Talks ended late last night after negotiators....
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said they reached a tentative agreement on a pay raise for school teachers.
They had already agreed to give state workers a two percent pay increase.
Now that raise will also apply to teachers.
But HOW the state will pay for it remains in question.
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((SEN. WALTER STOSCH/BUDGET NEGOTIATOR: THE BUDGET IS STRETCHED SO THINLY THAT WE'RE JUST STRUGGLING TO FIND A WAY OF PAYING FOR IT BUT WE WILL, I BELIEVE, IN THE END, DO SO.)) ((DEL. VIC THOMAS/BUDGET NEGOTIATOR: IT WOULD BE AWFUL NICE TO GIVE A RAISE, A TWO PERCENT RAISE. THAT'S NOT MUCH BUT MAYBE IT'S BETTER THAN NOTHING.))
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If the pay agreement remains intact, it would be the first time in three years that the state has given teachers a pay increase.
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Despite the missed deadline, plenty of time remains to reach a budget agreement and present it to the full House and Senate for approval by Saturday's scheduled adjournment.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the star of a reality show gets to add 24 hours to her 15 minutes of fame.
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Plus rescue workers in New Jersey come to the aid of a dog who spent a couple hours up the creek without a paddle.
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[Gephardt]


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Former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt is seeking a BIG promotion.
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The Congressman announced today that he's running for President.
Gephardt says if he's elected, he'll fight for the "whole American family" with what he calls trickle UP economics.


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Gephardt also says he'd work to ensure that America's armed forces remain the strongest in the world.
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Meanwhile, another Democrat is hoping to move to the White House.
Former Senator Carol Mosely- Braun of Illinois announced today she's filing papers for a Presidential exploratory committee.
She's the first black woman to be elected to the U-S Senate.


[Anna-Nicole]


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It's another case of "only in Hollywood."
Not only does actress and model Anna Nicole Smith have her own cable T-V show,
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yesterday city officials in West Hollywood declared it "Anna Nicole Smith Day."
The world's most famous widow arrived at a club yesterday afternoon to receive her honor.
It was probably no coincidence that the club was also holding auditions for Anna Nicole look- alikes.
Those chosen will appear in a new movie, which will co-star Anna Nicole, as herself.
As for the wheelchair she arrived in , Anna says she's recovering from an accident at a roller rink.
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[Stuck-Dog]


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Firefighters in New Jersey have rescued a dog who was floating on a piece of ice in the Passaic River.
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They maneuvered an eight-foot rowboat through the ice, and then slipped a rope around the dog's neck.
The animal struggled a bit, but was then brought on board the boat.
Police say the black-and-brown dog had been on the ice, floating northbound, for about two hours.
He didn't seem to be anxious -- and frequently sat down on the ice as he watched the rescuers trying to get near him.

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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 69 points. The NASDAQ has lost 14.

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Coming up in sports, Mike Tyson says he's ready to fight...now his opponent says he's not.
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plus Mike Stevens looks at how the carbon monoxide issue will come into play in the upcoming race at the Rock.
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[Tyson]


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Just when you thought things with Mike Tyson couldn't get any stranger, now he says the fight he called off on Monday is back on.
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The troubled boxer first said he was too sick to fight.
Then Tyson said he felt much better yesterday and headed to Memphis.
He arrived last night with a towel over his face, possibly to cover a large tattoo he had put around his left eye and cheek.
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So that would make you think everything was settled, right?
Well, not so fast.
Next his opponent said HE wasn't going to fight.
Clifford Etienne claimed he was fed up and didn't have to live by Tyson's rules.
Then JUST MOMENTS AGO Etienne changed HIS mind again. He says he too will fight Saturday night.
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The Winston Cup circuit heads to Rockingham this weekend. It's quite a change from Daytona for the drivers, the crews and the fans in more ways than one.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/2002 Winston Cup Champion; 1:50]
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(( It's called the Rock - the North Carolina Speedway - and later this week NASCAR's finest will be making rounds on the one mile oval. The racing will be tight - the track will be smaller and the deadly gas that forced Rick Mast to exit the sport will be hanging in the air. ((RICHARD PETTY:)) ((DALE JARRETT:)) While that's likely the sad reality of this situation - Mast says there are ways to make sure the problem isn't made worse. ((RICK MAST:)) ((JEFF BURTON:)) That exposure has gotten Tony Stewart on several occasions - although he didn't seem overly concerned when we asked him about it.)) ((TONY STEWART:))
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