Diplomacy and global anti- war sentiment may be getting the best of America's bid for an attack on Iraq.
A U-N Security Council vote is on hold, at least until later this week.
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Pakistan is the latest country calling for a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Now the March 17th deadline for Iraqi disarmament is in jeopardy.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is countering intense lobbying by the Bush administration with a warning:
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[IN Q=If they fail to agree]
((KOFI ANNAN/U. N. SECRETARY GENERAL: IF THEY FAIL TO AGREE ON A COMMON POSITION AND ACTION IS TAKEN WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL, THE LEGITIMACY AND SUPPORT FOR ANY SUCH ACTION WOULD BE SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED.))
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New polls show most Americans support military action against Iraq.
But most also say the administration hasn't said enough about the reasons for war.
When it comes to a weapon, airline passengers can't take it with them.
Still, airport screeners have seized nearly five million banned items since the federal government took charge of airport security in February of last year.
The Transportation Security Administration says confiscated items include guns, knives, box cutters -- and even a kitchen sink pipe.
Despite efforts to alert travelers about what items
are banned from planes, the T-S-A says more education is needed.
The government is asking for a retrial date for the former D-Day memorial director.
Until yesterday, prosecutors had not said whether they planned to pursue the federal fraud case against Richard Burrow.
A hearing was scheduled for one week from yesterday to argue whether the case should be dismissed.
Burrow's lawyers maintained it was too late, that the government had waited so long, the clock had run out on the speedy trial act.
It's been nearly three months since Burrow's first trial ended in a hung jury.
Seven jurors held out for acquittal, so the judge declared a mistrial.
The National D-Day Memorial that Burrow headed is just now emerging from financial difficulties.
In an eight-page motion filed yesterday, the prosecutor says it was Burrow's "fraudulent conduct and half truths that steered the Foundation to the verge of financial ruin."
The government asked the court to set the case for retrial no earlier than May 15th.
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According to the federal government, more than 40 million Americans do not have health insurance.
Residents in Virginia are among those living without sufficient medical care and prescription medication.
Last night, the Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine held a town hall meeting to raise awareness and discuss possible solutions.
According to the Virginia Health Care Foundation, approximately 15- percent of Virginians are UN-insured even though the majority work full or part time jobs.
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((DR. EDWARD MURPHY/CARILION CEO: IT'S A TERRIBLE PROBLEM THAT AFFLICTS ALL PARTS OF SOCIETY. THE WORKING, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED, AND AS THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE GROWS THAT DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, IT'S PUTTING A LARGER AND LARGER BURDEN ON ALL OF THE REST OF US TO PAY THE BILLS. ))
[OUT Q=pay the bills.]
In the Roanoke Valley, nearly 14 percent of residents are uninsured and they're not alone.
In Danville and Pittsylvania County, officials say more than 21 thousand residents do not have health insurance.
After serving three years on Roanoke City Council, Bill Carder is stepping down in June to begin a new job in Southside.
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((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THIS IS THE HARDEST DECISION I'VE EVER HAD TO MAKE IN MY LIFE. THIS IS THE HARDEST DECISION MY WIFE CHRIS AND I HAVE EVER HAD TO MAKE IN OUR LIVES. THIS HAS BEEN OUR HOME. WE LOVE ROANOKE.))
[OUT Q=we love Roanoke.]
Yesterday morning, friends, supporters and council colleagues joined him for the announcement at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
Carder says he will remain on council until a new budget is approved, and plans to give up his seat in early June.
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[IN Q=You could always count on Bill]
((REV. NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON BILL FOR WHAT I PERCEIVE TO BE GOOD JUDGMENT AND PROGRESSIVE, FORWARD THINKING SO HE WILL DEFINITELY BE MISSED.))
[OUT Q=definitely be missed.]
Carder is moving to South Boston to assume management of Berry Hill Mansion, a national historic landmark and a Marriott Conference Hotel.
The remaining members of Roanoke City Council will choose a successor to fill Carder's unexpired term.
In sports, The Virginia Tech women faced U-Conn yesterday.
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Diana Taurasi and the number one ranked Connecticut Huskies took on the Hokies' in the semi-finals of the Big East tournament.
Taurasi came out smoking and she was hoping that her hot hand would send Tech away quietly.
But Ieva Kublina had other ideas, as the Hokies actually led the game for most of the first half.
Ieva had a team high 16 points.
And she got some serious help from senior Chrystal Starling, who scored 11 points in the first half alone.
But U-Conn shut down Starling in the second half, and the Huskies began flexing their muscle.
Taurasi finishes with 18, and U-Conn got the 71-to-54 win - the school's 70th straight victory.
The Tech women are now 21-and-9 and destined for the NCAA tournament - likely as a five or six seed.
Now let's check the scoreboards.
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The National Hurricane Center has announced it'll begin forecasting the track of a hurricane by looking ahead five days, starting this year.
Officials say the improved technology allows metereologists to make extended forecasts that are as accurate as the three- day outlooks used since 19-64.
The new forecasts will give residents in the path of a hurricane more time to evacuate.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1st.
In business news, OPEC meets today.
And, Wall Street opened the week with a sharp sell-off.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((World oil prices dipped as the United States and Britain struggled to
convince wavering nations to back a U.N. resolution that would pave the way
for war on Iraq.
Prices fell despite signs that the OPEC oil producer cartel, which meets
Today, was backing away from plans to suspend formal limits on oil
production should the U-S attack Iraq.
Oil prices are up 20 percent so far this year on concerns that a war in Iraq
could upset oil supplies from the Middle East.
THE STOCK MARKET CELEBRATED THE THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE NASDAQ's ALL
TIME HIGH WITH A SELLOFF. THE LOOMING WAR WITH IRAQ CONTINUES TO UNNERVE
the dow sank 171 points
the nasdaq fell 27 points.. on the third anniversary of its record high.
The airline sector was among the day's weakest due to fears of impending war
and its impact on travel and oil prices
and to AMR - the parent of american airlines led the way with a 14 percent
decline after the company's flight attendants union said AMR may have to
file for bankruptcy sooner rather that later. United airlines parent
company filed for bankrutpcy in December... US Airways in August.
on the earnings front.. HEINZ, and the grocery chain KROGER's will hand wall
street their profit report cards.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
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They don't know where they're headed yet, but one Virginia-based Army Reserve unit wants to be ready for anything.
75- soldiers with the 359th Transportation Battalion are undergoing training at Fort Eustis.
The men and women have been actively training since reporting for duty last month.
Yesterday, the soldiers were taught how to protect themselves in the event of chemical warfare.
Some of the training included learning how to put on their mask and suit and how to detect different chemical agents.
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[IN Q=We train]
((RANDY LOCH/ARMY RESERVIST; WE TRAIN EVERYDAY, TRAIN HARD, WE HAVE MISSIONS WE HAVE TO TAKE, MISSIONS TO MAKE OURSELVES BETTER, TO PROTECT OURSELVES BETTER, AND THE MAIN MISSION I CAN SEE RIGHT NOW IS YOUR CHEMICAL WARFARE, VERY IMPORTANT TO US, WE HAVE TO KNOW IT RIGHT DOWN TO THE T ))
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The unit has not been told when or where it will be deployed.
Still no sign of the man who robbed a Rockbridge County bank at knifepoint.
It happened about 12-30 yesterday at Planters Bank in Natural Bridge.
Authorities released photos of the robbery from the bank's surveillance cameras.
The photos show a man wearing a ski mask and camouflage.
Deputies say he threatened the teller with a knife and ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.
The robber is described as a white man, six feet tall.
Deputies brought in a dog to track him, but so far they've been unable to find him.
The sheriff says its the first bank robbery in Rockbridge County in about 30 years.
More than 135 years after it was first constructed, a historic brick wall is finding new life in Lynchburg's oldest burial ground.
This wall used to be a mile long and completely surround the Old City Cemetery.
But years of weather and decay have taken their toll, and only 800 feet of the wall still stands.
Even that would be gone were it not for a restoration campaign that raised 130-thousand dollars to save it.
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((JANE WHITE: OLD CITY CEMETERY: IT MAKES YOU VERY PROUD THAT EVEN THOUGH IT USED TO BE A MILE LONG, THIS IS ONLY 800 FEET, AT LEAST YOU SAVED THAT LITTLE PIECE AND YOU CAN TELL THAT STORY.))
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[OUT Q=tell that story.]
Money to restore the wall was raised entirely through private donations.
15-thousand people visit the cemetery every year making it the city's busiest tourist destination.
The sounds of silence on Broadway have prompted New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to call musicians and producers back to the bargaining table for round- the- clock negotiations.
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18- of Broadway's most popular shows have been shut down since the walkout last Friday.
Citing the severe economic impact on the city, Mayor Bloomberg is pressuring both sides to reach a speedy compromise.
Producers say they've already lost more than four- million dollars in box office revenues alone.
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A ruling by the U-S Supreme Court may open the door to more lawsuits against Norfolk Southern.
The court says workers who were exposed to cancer-causing asbestos can collect monetary damages in court even if they don't have cancer.
Yesterday's vote was five to four.
To collect, workers must already have a separate asbestos-related illness and be able to document their health concerns.
Norfolk Southern officials say they're disappointed, but they don't think it will result in substantial claims against the company.
The dissenting opinion says previous rulings don't support the finding that workers can collect money when they suffer from another disease that doesn't necessarily lead to cancer.
In business news, The Dow sustained triple digit losses yesterday.
And, investors were not in the mood to celebrate the three year anniversary of the Nasdaq's all time high.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((TECHNOLOGY STOCKS DECLINED SHARPLY MONDAY ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE NASDAQ'S ALL TIME HIGH.
AN ESCALATION IN THE DEBATE OVER IRAQ WAS LARGELY BLAMED BY ANALYSTS AS....
THE DOW TUMBLED BY 171 POINTS.
AND THE NASDAQ FELL BY 26 POINTS.
MICROSOFT UNVEILED AN EARLY VERSION OF ITS "OFFICE 20-03" SUITE OF PRODUCTIVITY APPLICATIONS.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST SOFTWARE PRODUCER HOPES THE PROGRAMS WILL BOOST SUMMER SALES.
"OFFICE" IS MICROSOFT'S SECOND MOST PROFITABLE LINE AFTER "WINDOWS."
MEANWHILE, THE COMPANY WILL ISSUE ITS FIRSTEVERDIVIDEND FRIDAY.
MORE THAN 850 MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE GIVEN TO SHAREHOLDERS AT 8 CENTS PER SHARE.
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY REPORTED A FIVE- POINT- TWO BILLION DOLLAR LOSS ON ITS PENSION PLAN ASSETS FOR 2002.
THE CONNECTICUT BASED COMPANY SAID PENSIONS WOULD DECREASE ITS NET INCOME BY THREE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.
EXPERTS SAID, A WEAK GLOBAL ECONOMY AND STEEP DROPS IN THE U-S STOCK INDEXES ARE BEHIND THE LOSS.
CELL PHONES SALES IN 2002 WERE WELL ABOVE WHAT FORECASTERS HAD EXPECTED.
A REPORT BY A KEY TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP SAID SALES WERE UP SIX PERCENT OVER 2001.
ANALYSTS PREDICT TEN TO 15 PERCENT GROWTH THIS YEAR AS MOBILE PHONE MAKERS FOCUS ON REPLACEMENT SALES.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF I'M STAN CASE.))
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Rescuers have put off the search for two men who may have drowned in the New River.
Authorities say the river was too muddy and turbulent to let crews resume efforts yesterday.
They found items belonging to the men on Sunday, and have recovered their boat.
But there's no sign of the missing men.
Officials have not released their names, but say one is from Roanoke, and the other is from Vinton.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomes its newest members.
And, David Letterman is taking another week off.
Elise Wuhl has more in today's Hollywood Minute.
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[OUT Q=that's today's Hollywood Minute.]
((WITH TODAY'S HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M ELISE WUHL
A NUMBER OF BANDS WERE SALUTED MONDAY AS THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTED THEIR CLASS OF 2003. AMONG THE HONOREES, THE CLASH, AC/DC, ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS, THE POLICE AND THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS.
STILL NO MOVEMENT IN THE STRIKE THAT'S SHUT DOWN SEVERAL MUSICALS ON BROADWAY.
THE MUSICIANS AND PRODUCERS DISAGREE ON THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF ORCHESTRA PLAYERS REQUIRED FOR BROADWAY SHOWS.
H-B-O IS WARNING THAT JAMES GANDOLFINI'S SALARY DISPUTE COULD THREATEN THE FUTURE OF THE SOPRANOS. GANDOLFINI, WHO PLAYS TONY soprano, REPORTEDLY WANTS TO UP HIS SALARY TO 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS AN EPISODE. THAT'S ALMOST DOUBLE WHAT HE'S MAKING NOW.
AND IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH DAVID LETTERMAN WITHDRAWAL, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HANG ON ONE MORE WEEK. THE TALK SHOW HOST IS OUT SICK WITH SHINGLES, BUT HE DOES HAVE A GREAT CELEBRITY HOST LINE-UP AIRING OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. VINCE VAUGHN'I'M ELISE WUHL AND THAT'S TODAY'S HOLLYWOOD MINUTE.))
S SITTING IN TUESDAY... ELVIS COSTELLO'S ON WEDNESDAY WILL FERRELL TAKES THE SEAT THURSDAY.