The United Nations is considering a new proposal.
Six countries want a 45- day delay on a deadline for Iraq to disarm, but the U-S says it still wants a deadline of seven to 10 days.
Meanwhile, the United States' closest ally in the confrontation with Iraq may be scaling back its support.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has come under mounting anti-war pressure at home.
Blair now says he needs the U-N's approval before committing his troops to battle.
Despite that, Blair has NOT withdrawn his support.
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[IN Q=Dividing Europe]
((TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: DIVIDING EUROPE FROM AMERICA, AN ALLIANCE THAT HAS SERVED US WELL FOR OVER HALF A CENTUREY, I THINK WOULD BE A VERY, VERY DANGEROUS THING TO DO." ))
[SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[RUNS=:08] (estimated run time!!)
[OUT Q=dangerous thing to do.]
In Iraq, Saddam remains defiant, but continues following U-N orders to destroy his al-Samoud missiles.
Meanwhile, inspectors have found an un- declared Iraqi drone that could carry chemical and biological weapons.
Nearly a dozen soldiers died in yesterday's crash of an Army Blackhawk helicopter in upstate New York.
[SUPER=03-Fort Drum, NY;]
13 soldiers were on board.
Military officials say only two of them survived.
The crash occurred in a remote area blanketed with snow.
One soldier was spotted walking away from the wreckage by a second helicopter that was out searching for the aircraft.
The condition of the survivors isn't known, and Army officials have offered no explanation for the accident.
He first tried marijuana at the age of eleven and was mainlining drugs by age twelve.
Later, Leifel (luh-FELL) Jackson was one of Little Rock, Arkansas's most ruthless gang leaders.. a life that eventually landed him in prison.
Jackson is sharing his story with the youth of Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=He couldn't read]
[SUPER=01-Leifel Jackson/Former Gang Leader; :15]
[SUPER=01-Albert Jennings/Lynchburg Anti-Gang Assistant; :55]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( He couldn't read or write but he was a gang-banging, drug-dealing millionaire whose way of life was featured on an H-B-O special ten years ago.
But Leifel Jackson was lucky...instead of ending up on the wrong end of a gun, he was sent to prison.. and that's where his life turned around.
((I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU KIDS HOW BEING A GANG LEADER OR A GANG MEMBER, HOW YOUR PROMISES ARE ALL ILLUSIONS..))
Jackson now takes his anti-gang message to communities around the country.. his latest stop here at Lynchburg's Jubilee Family Development Center, where his stories of gang life and death held the attention of a crowd of several hundred young people and their parents.
Jackson says if parents aren't more involved in their kids' lives, gang members will be.
((WE HAVE TO STOP LETTING PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE DICTATING TO US WHO OUR CHILDREN ARE..))
((ALBERT JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG ANTI-GANG ASSISTANT: LISTENING TO LEIFEL'S TRUE EXPERIENCES I THINK SHOOK SOME OF US UP. THAT IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS, WE AS PARENTS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, POLICE.. WE'RE CREATING GANGS BY NOT DEALING WITH THE ISSUE, GETTING TO KNOW OUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS.))
[OUT Q=our fellow neighbors.]
The city has begun dealing with the issue: these Safe City Forums were begun last fall following a rash of gang violence in the Hill City.
((LEIFEL JACKSON/FORMER GANG LEADER: IT'S OUTSTANDING THAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH IT RIGHT AT THE CENTER. THEY'RE NOT JUST WAITING TILL IT JUST BLOW OUT OF PROPORTION, THEY'RE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW AND THAT IS OUTSTANDING.))
[OUT Q=that is outstanding.]
Jackson takes his message to the Lynchburg city schools on Wednesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
Virginia Tech says it will treat everyone the same when considering new students and job applicants.
The university says it will no longer consider race, religion or gender as a factor in its admissions or hiring process.
The same also goes for awarding scholarships and financial aid.
The university's board of visitors voted unanimously yesterday to approve the new policy, which is drawing mixed reaction from students.
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[IN Q=I FEEL LIKE RACE]
((3:20 I FEEL LIKE RACE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN AN ISSUE WHEN ADMITTING STUDENTS I FEEL IT SHOULD ALL BE BASED ON THEIR QUALIFICATIONS 3:25))
((WE ALREADY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH DIVERSITY HERE. WE ALREADY TRY TO HAVE COMMITTEES AND BOARDS ON DIVERSITY. IT'S A TOPIC THAT WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE TIME SO IF YOU TAKE RACE OUT OF IT THEN IT'S GOING TO BE EVEN WORSE AND LESS DIVERSE 2:00))
[SUPER=01-Lindsay Miller/Freshman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cassandra McLaughlin/Senior; :06]
[OUT Q=AND LESS DIVERSE]
University officials say it is still too early to say how soon the new policy will go into effect or what impact it will have on minority recruitment.
The board of visitors also ordered a nine-percent tuition hike for next school year.
It's the third increase in less than a year.
The senior member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has decided not to seek re-election.
Cave Spring Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix made the announcement yesterday afternoon.
He says the growing demands of the office, the conflict with his job, and the prospect of a contested nomination persuaded him to step aside.
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[IN Q=If you're going to do it right]
((IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT RIGHT IT TAKES A LONG TIME AND AS I SAID IN MY STATEMENT, IT IS REQUIRING A GREAT DEAL OF TIME FROM MY JOB IN LYNCHBURG AND IT'S TO THE POINT NOW WHERE I WILL JUST HAVE TO STEP DOWN.))
[OUT Q=just have to step down.]
Minnix will serve on the board through the end of the year.
Mark Harrell has submitted paperwork to run for the Republican nomination.
Several other candidates are reportedly waiting in the wings.
Virginia's Lieutenant Governor says the state needs to live up to its financial responsibility for education.
Yesterday, The democrat visited William Fleming and Salem High Schools to meet with students and tour the campuses.
Tim Kaine is about 49-schools into his pledge to visit one in every district in the Commonwealth, to see for himself how budget issues are affecting education.
He says he's been impressed by what he's seen.
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[IN Q=I see fantastic examples of...]
((LT. GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: I SEE FANTASTIC EXAMPLES OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIVE METHODS TO GET ACROSS THE sol CURRICULUM. TEACHERS AND PARENTS ARE PULLING TOGETHER TO DO HIGH QUALITY WORK BUT THE STATE NEEDS TO BE A REAL PARTNER AND THAT'S SOMETHING I'M REALLY PUSHING.))
[OUT Q=that's something I'm really pushing.]
Kaine says the state has acknowledged it's under funding its share of education by about 600-million dollars a year.
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The French government and Franklin County will soon have something in common.
The French recently purchased a six year old prize- winning stallion from Sally and Roddy Moore in Ferrum.
The Percheron (Purch-eron) named "Cruiser" was selected from among 14 other horses in the U-S and Canada for use in breeding.
In France, the horses have long been used for farm work, but the French are hoping the qualities of the American Percheron will help their draft horses succeed in another line of work.
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[IN Q=The American ]
[SUPER=01-Sally Moore/Horse Breeder;]
((THE AMERICAN PERCHERONS HAVE DEVELOPED SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY FROM THE PERCHERON STILL IN FRANCE. WE'VE DEVELOPED A MORE ATHLETIC BREED OF THE HORSE HERE AND THE FRENCH ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING SOME OF THAT ATHLETIC ABILITY BACK INTO THE HORSES THAT THEY'RE RAISING IN FRANCE.))
[OUT Q=RAISING IN FRANCE.]
The Moores believe "Cruiser" was selected because he is an athletic horse, but is also young and sweet natured.
He'll leave the family farm Thursday or Friday.
In business news, Charles Schwab is getting ready to release its profit report.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((INVESTORS ARE BRACING FOR A POSSIBLE PROFIT WARNING FROM AN ONLINE BROKER.
With war fears and economic malaise turning some investors away from the
stock market, analysts expect CHARLES SCHWAB TO WARN OF AN EARNINGS
February online trading volumes ARE ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 25 PERCENT BELOW
JANUARY LEVELS. IT WOULD BE THE SECOND PROFIT WARNING FROM SCHWAB IN THE
PAST MONTH AND IT COULD COME AS EARLY AS TODAY.
ON WALL STREET..
THERE WERE MORE RED ARROWS AS THE COUNTDOWN TO WAR CONTINUES...
THE DOW SANK ANOTHER 44 POINTS
THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK NEARLY 7
FORMER IMCLONE CEO SAM WAKSAL WILL PAY MORE THAN 8-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS
IN A PARTIAL SETTLEMENT OF INSIDER TRADING CHARGES. WASKAL ALSO AGREED TO
NEVER AGAIN BE AN OFFICER OF A PUBLIC COMPANY.
55 YEAR OLD WAKSAL is at the center of an insider-trading scandal that
involved family and friends, including home decorating maven Martha Stewart.
LAST WEEK, WASKAL ADMITTED THAT HE AVOIDED PAYING SALES TAXES ON 15 MLN
DOLLARS OF ART PURCHASES.
AIRLINE STOCKS LOST ALTITUDE..
AMERICAN AIRLINES SANK 30 PERCENT AS TALK OF POSSIBLE BANKRUPTCY HEATS UP.
DELTA AIRLINES WARNED THAT WAR WORRIES AND HIGHER FUEL COSTS WILL HURT ITS
BOTTOMLINE. AFTER THE PERSIAN GULF WAR IN 1991, PAN AM, EASTERN AIRLINES AND
MIDWAY ALL FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY AND ULTIMATELY LIQUIDATED..
AND FORD MOTOR COMPANY PLUNGED TO a 10 1/2-year low after a Goldman Sachs
analyst said the company would be hurt more than other automakers by a slump
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
It's business as usual at Rocky Mount's DMV office.
There were short lines, plenty of empty seats and lots of smiles as customers returned to the site that was shut down by budget cuts five months ago.
All six workers are back on the job.
The Rocky Mount branch is one of the last three offices that reopened yesterday.
Public outcry prompted lawmakers to bring them back.
Many customers said they waited until the branch reopened to do their business ... rather than brave long lines elsewhere.
Weighing 21- thousand pounds, it's earned the nickname "The Mother of All Bombs."
[SUPER=03-Near Pensacola, FL;]
The Pentagon tested the latest addition to America's arsenal at a Florida bomb range, with spectacular results.
The detonation sent a huge mushroom cloud skyward as testimony to its raw power.
The new bomb surpasses the 13- thousand pound "Daisy Cutter" that was used during attacks on the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Officials aren't saying if it would be used in a war against Iraq.
America Online customers are about to get some relief from pop- up ads that appear on their screen.
A-O-L is making a download available, beginning tomorrow that'll allow users to make the ads fade away.
The Internet service provider says future versions of its software will have the feature built in.
A company spokesman says users will be able to block outside
ads, as well as those by A-O-L and other companies within
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Fire destroyed a trailer on North Fork Road in Montgomery County.
No one was at the home when the blaze broke out last night.
The mobile home was already engulfed when firefighters got there.
Authorities are not sure what caused the fire.
The General Assembly's lone black Republican says she won't seek a second term.
Delegate Winsome Sears of Norfolk was the first black Republican woman elected to the General Assembly.
She said yesterday that God told her to run back then and that God's telling her to get out now.
Fuzzy Minnix says he will not run for re-election to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
The Cave Spring Supervisor made the announcement yesterday afternoon.
He said growing demands on his time, and the prospect of a contested campaign persuaded him to step aside.
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[IN Q=If you're going to do it right.]
[OUT Q=I'll have to step down.]
Minnix will complete his term which runs through the end of the year.
No one has announced a campaign to succeed him, but three or four candidates are expected to compete for the Republican nomination.
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In a matter of days, a Franklin County couple will bid a final farewell to part of their family.
One of their prize winning stallions is about to make his way on a trip- across the Atlantic.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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[IN Q=Six year old ]
[SUPER=01-Sally Moore/Horse Breeder; :15]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7, Ferrum.]
(( Six year old "Cruiser" is enjoying one of his last days here at the family farm in Ferrum.
Later this week-- the prize winning Percheron will leave the quiet countryside for a new life in France.
[in q=He's sweet]
(( SALLY MOORE/HORSE BREEDER: HE'S SWEET BUT HE'S YOUNG SO, HE'S ENERGETIC AND ACTIVE, BUT HE'S A VERY SWEET HORSE BASICALLY.))
[out q= horse basically.]
In fact, it's those very qualities that Sally Moore and her husband suspect led the French government to select their horse from among 14 others for breeding.
Percherons are actually a French breed, but in France the draft horses are built slightly different.
[IN Q= We've developed ]
((WE'VE DEVELOPED A MORE ATHLETIC BREED OF THE HORSE HERE AND THE FRENCH ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING SOME OF THAT ATHLETIC ABILITY BACK INTO THE HORSES THAT THEY'RE RAISING IN FRANCE.))
[OUT Q= IN FRANCE.]
In France, Percherons have long been used for farm work but the French are hoping the American qualities will help their horses succeed in another line of work.
[in q=For the farm ]
((FOR THE FARM WORK A SLOW HEAVY HORSE IS FINE, BUT FOR CARRIAGE DRIVING AND PULLING WAGONS AND THAT SORT OF THING YOU NEED A MORE ENERGETIC ATHLETIC HORSE, SO THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO CREATE.))
[out q= to create.]
The Moores acknowledge the deal has come at an awkward time in terms of relations between the American and French government-- but prefer to think about the positive.
((YES, IT'S AN HONOR AND HE'LL HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE IN FRANCE AT ONE OF THE FRENCH NATIONAL STUD FARMS. Laughter. ))
[out q= laughter. ]
The Moores will say bon voyage Thursday or Friday.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Ferrum. ))
In business news, heavy trading continued on the Dow and Nasdaq yesterday.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((THE MAJOR INDEXES SAW GAINS EARLY TUESDAY, AS
INVESTORS WERE ENCOURAGED BY A DELAY OF THE U-N VOTE ON A NEW RESOLUTION REGARDING IRAQ.
THOSE GAINS WERE ERASED BY THE END OF THE DAY AS...
THE DOW DROPPED 44 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 6 POINTS.
AMERICAN AND DELTA AIRLINES LED A DECLINE IN THEIR SECTOR DUE TO CONCERNS OVER THE IMPACT OF WAR ON THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY.
THE AMEX AIRLINE INDEX DROPPED THREE- POINT -SEVEN PERCENT.
DELTA AIRLINES SHARES DROPPED 22 PERCENT ON THE DAY.
AND AMERICAN AIRLINES' SHARES HIT A NEW LOW AFTER A 34 PERCENT DECLINE.
NOKIA LOWERED ITS SALES FORECAST FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2003.
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MOBILE PHONE MAKER SAID SLOW SALES OF ITS HIGH PRICED CAMERA PHONES ARE TO BLAME, AS CONSUMERS STICK WITH CHEAPER MODELS.
NOKIA WAS FORCED TO SCALE BACK SALES FORECASTS SIX TIMES LAST YEAR, AS SLUGGISH DEMAND AND STIFF COMPETITION PULLED PRICES DOWN.
FORD MOTOR SHARES LOST GROUND ON THE DAY FOLLOWING A REPORT IN THE DETROIT NEWS THAT THE COMPANY IS CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION OF PRESIDENT NICK SCHEELE.
THE FOCUS OF THE INQUIRY IS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT ON ADVERTISING THAT MIGHT HAVE VIOLATED COMPANY POLICY.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
It's only about 60-thousand dollars out of a 165-million dollar budget.. but for now, that appropriation is keeping Lynchburg city council member Joan Foster out of the budget process.
Foster works for a non-profit agency that receives some city funding, and legally she cannot discuss or vote on a city budget that contains that money.
At yesterday's work session, Foster could only listen but not ask questions of department heads who outlined their budget needs.
Council is expected to separate the Alliance for Families money from the overall budget so that Foster can debate and vote on the spending measure.
The war on terrorism means more restrictions on students from other countries studying in the U-S.
At Virginia Tech, more than 27-hundred international students withstood long lines yesterday to renew their I-20 forms to comply with new security measures.
Beginning August First, any person in the U.S. on a student visa must now have a variety of information entered into a new computer database including name, date of birth, and address here and abroad.
Madonna has a new album coming out.
Seema Mathur has more in today's Hollywood Minute.
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[OUT Q=I'm Seema Mathur.]
((WITH TODAY'S HOLLYWOOD MINUTE... I'M SEEMA MATHUR.
MADONNA HAS SOME NEW TUNES...
HER 10TH STUDIO ALBUM CALLED "AMERICAN LIFE" IS EXPECTED TO HIT STORES NEXT MONTH.
BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT THAT LONG TO HEAR THE MUSIC..RADIO STATIONS WILL START PLAYING THE RECORD'S FIRST SINGLE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.
THE CURTAIN RISES...
STRIKING BROADWAY MUSICIANS HAVE REACHED A SETTLEMENT WITH PRODUCERS -- ENDING A FOUR-DAY WALKOUT THAT SHUT DOWN 18 BROADWAY MUSICALS.
INDUSTRY EXPERTS SAY THE STRIKE COST BROADWAY PRODUCERS AT LEAST FIVE-MILLION DOLLARS.
AND JUST IN CASE YOU ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH OF HOWARD STERN, HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS COULD BECOME A T-V SHOW- THE CHARACTERS... ALL CARTOON!
REPORTS SAY THE SHOCK JOCK IS IN TALKS WITH TNN FOR AN ANIMATED SERIES THAT WOULD FOCUS ON HIS TORTURED EXISTENCE AS A AND THAT TODAY'S HOLLYWOOD MINUTE... I'M SEEMA MATHUR.))
HIGH SCHOOL NERD.