[Iraq]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net Backup]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]


President Bush is asking for a "Yes" or "No" answer from the United Nations on a war with Iraq.
The President wants a decision from the security council, and he wants it now.
After an emergency meeting with the leaders of Britan and Spain, Bush announced that the window for diplomacy on Iraq closes today.
He says the "moment of truth" has arrived for Saddam Hussein.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait, and joins us now with the latest.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[SUPER=05-Kuwait;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is decision]
[SUPER=04-"60 Minutes"]
[SUPER=01-Jacques Chirac/French President;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Mohammed Aldouri/Iraqi Ambassador;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=back to you.]



[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Kuwait;]

((
IT IS DECISION DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS. WITH AN ULTIMATUM FROM PRESIDENT BUSH IN FRONT OF THEM SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST CHOOSE TO ENDORSE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ OR SIT BACK AND WATCH IT HAPPEN.

(NATS)

AT SUNDAY'S SUMMIT MEETING IN THE AZORES THE PRESIDENT CALLED TODAY "A MOMENT OF TRUTH" FOR THE WORLD. AND HE CALLED OUT FRANCE.... TELLING THAT COUNTRY TO STAY OR FOLD.

(SOT-President Bush)

"France showed their cards, after I said what I said... they said they would veto anything that held Saddam to account."
BUT THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE SEEMS TO BE SOFTENING HIS STANCE. JACQUES CHIRAC SAYS HE WOULD ACCEPT A 30 DAY DEADLINE FOR SADDAM TO DISARM.

(SOT-Courtesy: 60 Minutes/Jacques Chirac/French President)

"I feel the same way about Saddam Hussein as George Bush does. But there is a rather long list of countries where there are dictators... if we are going to wage war on all of them we are going to be busy.
STANDUP:(Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS/Kuwait City, Kuwait) HERE IN THE GULF THINGS ARE VERY BUSY. BRITISH CITIZENS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO LEAVE KUWAIT. U-N EMPLOYEES ON THE BORDER HAVE CEASED OPERATIONS. . AND THE IRAQIS ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM A SUPERPOWER.

(NATS)

WHILE IRAQI SOLDIERS USE PICKS AND SHOVELS TO DIG BUNKERS AND TRENCHES.... U-S SOLDIERS TRAIN WITH THE MOST ADVANCED WEAPONS IN HISTORY. IN PUBLIC SADDAM REMAINS UNFAZED SAYING HE WILL TAKE THE WAR "WHEREVER THERE IS SKY, LAND OR WATER". BUT IRAQI LEADERS ADMIT THE DICTATOR'S WORDS ARE LITTLE MORE THAN A RALLYING CRY.

(SOT-Mohammed Aldouri/Iraqi Ambassador)

"I interpret this as encouragment to our people that we will fight those who will invade our country" ))


[11Peace-Vigil]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC34:23]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]


As President Bush was heading home, anti-war protesters held hundreds of vigils across the East Coast, including one in Blacksburg.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


As many as 300 people showed up for a vigil on the Virginia Tech campus ... one of many held across Southwest and Central Virginia.
They lit candles at 7 o-clock.
Many protestors said they feared action in Iraq would lead to a backlash against the U-S.
Others believe there must be more world support for a war.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:08:45 Rich Tape]
[IN Q=I think Saddam]

((SARAH DAWSON/PEACE PROTESTOR; I THINK SADDAM NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, BUT IT'S TOO SOON. WE'RE RACING INTO IT AND STILL DON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE WORLD.)) ((TOM DAWSON/PEACE PROTESTOR; I COME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY MYSELF, SO I HAVE PARTICULAR EMPATHY TOWARDS ANYBODY WHO'S GOING TO BE PUT IN A WAR SITUSTION, BUT IT'S JUST WAY TOO SOON.)) ((SARAH BELCHER/PEACE PROTESTOR; THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION. IT'S FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE ANY OF MY ELECTED LEADERS ARE REPRESENTING MY VIEWS.))
[SUPER=01-Sarah Dawson/Peace Protester; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Dawson/Peace Protester; :07]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Belcher/Peace Protester; :16]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=representing my views.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Some 5000 vigils were planned in 120 countries.
The first took place in New Zealand.
Most were organized over the Internet.
(------------)



[11Drug-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

In other news, State Police promise to release more details later today on a multi-million dollar drug bust. According to a press release from the Salem office-- troopers seized more than two- million dollars in drugs after pulling over a tractor trailer. Two people were arrested. A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon.

[Smart]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The man suspected of abducting Elizabeth Smart is now telling his story.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[NO Super]
Brian Mitchell is communicating by way of his attorney, who met with Mitchell in jail yesterday.
Attorney Larry Long says Mitchell considers the 15- year- old to be one of his wives.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=He wanted me to tell the world]
[SUPER=01-Larry Long/Mitchell's Attorney;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=adventure that went on.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Mitchell had been ex-communicated from the Mormon church, and was a street preacher who supported polygamy.
He had worked at the Smart home as a handyman.
Meanwhile, charges are expected to be filed today against Mitchell and a woman who was with him when Elizabeth was found.
(------------)



[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, investors must consider the growing prospect of immiment war -- and much more -- this week.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Federal Reserve]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:09 or so]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]

((FEDERAL RESERVE CHIEF ALAN GREENSPAN WILL BE BACK ON INVESTORS RADAR SCREENS. GREENSPAN AND FELLOW POLICYMAKERS MEET TUESDAY IN WASHINGTON TO TALK INTEREST RATES.
WHILE ECONOMISTS SAY FED OFFICIALS ARE UNLIKELY TO CUT RATES AT THEIR MEETING - THE GROWING STACK OF NEGATIVE ECONOMIC REPORTS MAKES IT LIKELY THE FED WILL CHANGE ITS OUTLOOK FOR THE ECONOMY AND SAY IT'S AT RISK OF FURTHER WEAKNESS.

(GR)

IN ADDITION TO THE FED MEETING, WALL STREET WILL GET REPORTS ON HOUSING STARTS AND RETAIL INFLATION.

(OC)

ON WALL STREET... THE DOW WILL TRY TO EXTEND ITS RECENT RALLY.

(GR)

ON FRIDAY, THE DOW ADDED 38 POINTS A DAY AFTER POSTING ITS BIGGEST RALLY IN 5 MONTHS. FOR THE WEEK, IT ROSE 1-POINT-6 PER CENT.

(GR)

THE NASDAQ COULDN'T HOLD ON, IT SLIPPED HALF A POINT. BUT FOR THE WEEK, IT RALLIED 2-POINT-7 PER CENT AND IS NOW IN THE BLACK FOR THE YEAR.

(OC)

AND WITH SO MUCH GEO-POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY, OIL COULD BE IN FOR ANOTHER VOLATILE WEEK.

(GR)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ

(OC)

I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS IN NEW YORK.))

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[11Giles-Search]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-01]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Authorities in Giles County have put an end to the search for two missing men.
(------------)
[VO-NAT 02-50 tc 1:58:33]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./Thursday; ]

Crews spent much of the day looking in the New River, as they had for more than a week. Relatives identify the two as 50- year old John Wagner of Roanoke and 36- year old Ty Hodges of Vinton. The men disappeared more than a week ago. Searchers had been concentrating their efforts around the Ripplemead bridge.
(------------)



[11Forest-Rangers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=02-55 TC1:35:25]
[GRAPHIC=Columbia]


The search for Space Shuttle Columbia debris continues more than a month after the craft broke apart. And some local men have been part of that effort.
Jennifer Wishon has their story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :13]
[SUPER=01-Seth Miller/Virginia Department of Forestry; :32]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; :42]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke]

((On February First America awoke to pictures of the Space Shuttle Columbia falling from the sky. In the days since NASA has been collecting and reassembling the pieces of the shuttle to try and determine what went wrong.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:18:59]
[IN Q=That's the kind]

((THAT'S THE KIND OF CREW WE HAVE, THEY EVEN GET MY BAGS FOR ME.)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=bags for me]

That kind of crew consists of 20 firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry. They touched down in Roanoke Saturday night after spending two weeks in Texas searching for shuttle debris. Roanoke native Seth Miller led the group.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:15:40]
[IN Q=Over the fourteen]

((SETH MILLER/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: OVER THE FOURTEEN DAY PERIOD WE WALKED A TOTAL OF ABOUT 171 MILES, SO IT WAS CONSTANTLY, YOU WOULD GRID FROM ONE SIDE BUMP DOWN GRID BACK AND WE WERE COVERING FORTY TO SIXTY ACRES.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=to sixy acres]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:45:10]
[IN Q=It's currently wildfire]

((JENNIFER WISHON/REPORTING: IT'S CURRENTLY WILDFIRE SEASON IN VIRGINIA AND ANY OTHER TIME THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD TO LET THE FIREFIGHTERS LEAVE THE STATE, BUT THANKS TO THE WET WINTER WE'VE HAD THE DEPARTMENT FELT IT COULD OPERATE WITH A REDUCED STAFF.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=a reduced staff]

While wet weather allowed the crew to take the trip it also made their jobs more difficult in Texas.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:15:12]
[IN Q=The weather in]

((THE WEATHER IN EAST TEXAS WAS PRETTY COLD. IT WAS HIGH 20'S LOW 30'S AND SLEETING, REALLY COLD WEATHER, AND WE STILL HAD TO GO OUT AND DO OUR GRIDING AND DO OUR WALKING.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=do our walking]

And the cold wasn't the only element the group had to battle.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:12:12]
[IN Q=It was pretty rough]

((JOHN WILLOUGHBY/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: IT WAS PRETTY ROUGH. I MEAN IT WAS ROUGH TERRAIN - I MEAN NOT ROUGH TERRAIN, BUT IT WAS A LOT OF BRIARS A LOT OF THICKETS.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=everything else you can name]

The work was hard, but the men say they were happy to serve their country.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:16:49]
[IN Q=You see all the national]

((YOU SEE ALL THE NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND ALL THE RESERVISTS BEING CALLED UP AND EVERYONE HEADING TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND I JUST THINK THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS SERVE OUR COUNTRY HERE WHILE ALL THE TROOPS ARE OVERSEAS WE MIGHT AS WELL PICK UP THE SLACK AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO HERE ON THE HOME FRONT.)) [RUNS17]
[OUT Q=on the homefront]

There are currently three astronauts in space at the International Space Station. These men can feel proud that they helped collect pieces of a puzzle to help bring the astronauts back home safely.
Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke.))

[2Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net Backup]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]


Today is the deadline for diplomacy.
That's the decision of President Bush, along with the leaders of Britain and Spain after this weekend's summit in the Azores.
Bush is giving the United Nations until the end of the day to reach a diplomatic solution on Iraqi disarmament.
Meanwhile, France is ignoring the deadline, calling its own meeting tomorrow on setting a timetable for Saddam Hussein to disarm.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait, and joins us now with an update.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[SUPER=05-Kuwait;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is decision]
[SUPER=04-"60 Minutes"]
[SUPER=10-Jacques Chirac/French President/Voice of Translator;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Mohammed Aldouri/Iraqi Ambassador;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=back to you.]



[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Kuwait;]

((
IT IS DECISION DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS. WITH AN ULTIMATUM FROM PRESIDENT BUSH IN FRONT OF THEM SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST CHOOSE TO ENDORSE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ OR SIT BACK AND WATCH IT HAPPEN.

(NATS)

AT SUNDAY'S SUMMIT MEETING IN THE AZORES THE PRESIDENT CALLED TODAY "A MOMENT OF TRUTH" FOR THE WORLD. AND HE CALLED OUT FRANCE.... TELLING THAT COUNTRY TO STAY OR FOLD.

(SOT-President Bush)

"France showed their cards, after I said what I said... they said they would veto anything that held Saddam to account."
BUT THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE SEEMS TO BE SOFTENING HIS STANCE. JACQUES CHIRAC SAYS HE WOULD ACCEPT A 30 DAY DEADLINE FOR SADDAM TO DISARM.

(SOT-Courtesy: 60 Minutes/Jacques Chirac/French President)

"I feel the same way about Saddam Hussein as George Bush does. But there is a rather long list of countries where there are dictators... if we are going to wage war on all of them we are going to be busy.
STANDUP:(Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS/Kuwait City, Kuwait) HERE IN THE GULF THINGS ARE VERY BUSY. BRITISH CITIZENS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO LEAVE KUWAIT. U-N EMPLOYEES ON THE BORDER HAVE CEASED OPERATIONS. . AND THE IRAQIS ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM A SUPERPOWER.

(NATS)

WHILE IRAQI SOLDIERS USE PICKS AND SHOVELS TO DIG BUNKERS AND TRENCHES.... U-S SOLDIERS TRAIN WITH THE MOST ADVANCED WEAPONS IN HISTORY. IN PUBLIC SADDAM REMAINS UNFAZED SAYING HE WILL TAKE THE WAR "WHEREVER THERE IS SKY, LAND OR WATER". BUT IRAQI LEADERS ADMIT THE DICTATOR'S WORDS ARE LITTLE MORE THAN A RALLYING CRY.

(SOT-Mohammed Aldouri/Iraqi Ambassador)

"I interpret this as encouragment to our people that we will fight those who will invade our country" ))



[2-11Drug-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

State police tell us they will release more details later today about a multi-million dollar drug bust. According to a press release from the Salem office-- troopers seized more than two- million dollars in drugs after pulling over a tractor trailer. Two people were arrested. A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon.

[11Mont-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident in Montgomery County yesterday killed one person and injured four others.
(+++++++)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
It happened around 1:45 on Route 11 when a pickup hit a Ford Explorer head-on.
One person was killed, another airlifted from Montgomery Regional Hospital and three others treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.
Deputies have not yet released any names.
(-------------)




[11Liberty-Bridge]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-50 TC2:00:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A busy Roanoke bridge is scheduled to close later today, but only for a couple of months.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Weather permitting, the Liberty Road bridge over Interstate 581 will be closed for repairs.
No traffic will be allowed on the bridge during the closure so motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
The sidewalk, however, on the south side of the bridge will remain open for pedestrians.
V-DOT plans to shut down some lanes on 581 but only during nighttime hours.
The project is expected to be completed by late May.
(------------)



[3Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net Backup]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]


President Bush is asking for a "Yes" or "No" answer from the United Nations on a war with Iraq.
The President wants a decision from the security council, and he wants it now.
After an emergency meeting with the leaders of Britan and Spain, Bush announced that the window for diplomacy on Iraq closes today.
He says the "moment of truth" has arrived for Saddam Hussein.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait, and joins us now with the latest.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[SUPER=05-Kuwait;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-"60 Minutes"]
[SUPER=10-Jacques Chirac/French President/Voice of Translator;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Mohammed Aldouri/Iraqi Ambassador;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=back to you.]



[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Kuwait;]

((
IT IS DECISION DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS. WITH AN ULTIMATUM FROM PRESIDENT BUSH IN FRONT OF THEM SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST CHOOSE TO ENDORSE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ OR SIT BACK AND WATCH IT HAPPEN.

(NATS)

AT SUNDAY'S SUMMIT MEETING IN THE AZORES THE PRESIDENT CALLED TODAY "A MOMENT OF TRUTH" FOR THE WORLD. AND HE CALLED OUT FRANCE.... TELLING THAT COUNTRY TO STAY OR FOLD.

(SOT-President Bush)

"France showed their cards, after I said what I said... they said they would veto anything that held Saddam to account."
BUT THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE SEEMS TO BE SOFTENING HIS STANCE. JACQUES CHIRAC SAYS HE WOULD ACCEPT A 30 DAY DEADLINE FOR SADDAM TO DISARM.

(SOT-Courtesy: 60 Minutes/Jacques Chirac/French President)

"I feel the same way about Saddam Hussein as George Bush does. But there is a rather long list of countries where there are dictators... if we are going to wage war on all of them we are going to be busy.
STANDUP:(Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS/Kuwait City, Kuwait) HERE IN THE GULF THINGS ARE VERY BUSY. BRITISH CITIZENS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO LEAVE KUWAIT. U-N EMPLOYEES ON THE BORDER HAVE CEASED OPERATIONS. . AND THE IRAQIS ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM A SUPERPOWER.

(NATS)

WHILE IRAQI SOLDIERS USE PICKS AND SHOVELS TO DIG BUNKERS AND TRENCHES.... U-S SOLDIERS TRAIN WITH THE MOST ADVANCED WEAPONS IN HISTORY. IN PUBLIC SADDAM REMAINS UNFAZED SAYING HE WILL TAKE THE WAR "WHEREVER THERE IS SKY, LAND OR WATER". BUT IRAQI LEADERS ADMIT THE DICTATOR'S WORDS ARE LITTLE MORE THAN A RALLYING CRY.

(SOT-Mohammed Aldouri/Iraqi Ambassador)

"I interpret this as encouragment to our people that we will fight those who will invade our country" ))


[2-11Peace-Vigil]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC34:23]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]


Anti-war protesters are hoping their voices will help avoid military action. They held hundreds of vigils across the East Coast last night, including one in Blacksburg.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


As many as 300 people showed up for a vigil on the Virginia Tech campus ... one of many held across Southwest and Central Virginia.
They lit candles at 7 o-clock.
Many protestors said they feared action in Iraq would lead to a backlash against the U-S.
Others believe there must be more world support for a war.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:08:45 Rich Tape]
[IN Q=I think Saddam]

((SARAH DAWSON/PEACE PROTESTOR; I THINK SADDAM NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, BUT IT'S TOO SOON. WE'RE RACING INTO IT AND STILL DON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE WORLD.)) ((TOM DAWSON/PEACE PROTESTOR; I COME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY MYSELF, SO I HAVE PARTICULAR EMPATHY TOWARDS ANYBODY WHO'S GOING TO BE PUT IN A WAR SITUSTION, BUT IT'S JUST WAY TOO SOON.)) ((SARAH BELCHER/PEACE PROTESTOR; THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION. IT'S FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE ANY OF MY ELECTED LEADERS ARE REPRESENTING MY VIEWS.))
[SUPER=01-Sarah Dawson/Peace Protester; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Dawson/Peace Protester; :07]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Belcher/Peace Protester; :16]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=representing my views.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Some 5000 vigils were planned in 120 countries.
The first took place in New Zealand.
Most were organized over the Internet.
(------------)



[3-11Drug-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

State police plan to tell us a lot more later today about a multi-million dollar drug bust. According to a press release from the Salem office-- troopers seized more than two- million dollars in drugs after pulling over a tractor trailer. Two people were arrested. A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon.


[2-11Mont-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


One person is dead, and four others injured, from an accident yesterday in Montgomery County yesterday.
(+++++++)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
It happened around 1:45 on Route 11 when a pickup hit a Ford Explorer head-on.
One person was killed, another airlifted from Montgomery Regional Hospital and three others treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.
Deputies have not yet released any names.
(-------------)




[2-11Giles-Search]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-01]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The search for two missing men in Giles County has been called off until further notice.
(------------)
[VO-NAT 02-50 tc 1:58:33]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./Thursday; ]

Crews spent much of the day Sunday looking in the New River, as they had for more than a week. Relatives identify the two as 50- year old John Wagner of Roanoke and 36- year old Ty Hodges of Vinton. The men disappeared more than a week ago. Searchers had been concentrating their efforts around the Ripplemead bridge.
(------------)



[2-11Liberty-Bridge]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-50 TC2:00:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Roanoke drivers will have to change their habits for the next couple of months.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Weather permitting, V-DOT will close the Liberty Road bridge over Interstate 581 later today for repairs.
No traffic will be allowed on the bridge during the closure so motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
The sidewalk, however, on the south side of the bridge will remain open for pedestrians.
V-DOT plans to shut down some lanes on 581 but only during nighttime hours.
The project is expected to be completed by late May.
(------------)



[11Bedford-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-54 TC2:01:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Bedford County school officials say they'll find a way to avoid any tax increase.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The county's proposed school budget next year is more than 79-million dollars.
That is a nearly three percent increase over last year but the school system is not asking for any increase in local aid from the county.
School administrators also believe teachers deserve a one- point- six- percent raise.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:03]
[IN Q=It would be hard]

((JIM BLEVINS/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: IT WOULD BE HARD FOR US TO CONTINUE TO RETAIN TEACHERS ARE GOOD TEACHERS AND CERTAINLY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR EMPLOYEES ARE TREATED FAIRLY.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Blevins/Bedford Co. Superintendent of Schools]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=treated fairly]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The school board is expected to have the budget done by mid-April.
The board will also vote soon on whether to cancel final exams for high school students.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There is concern there are not enough days remaining in the school year to give both the exams and Standards of Learning tests.
The problem arose from students missing 17 school days because of snow.
[3-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's what's making news today.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Britain is telling its citizens except for diplomatic staff to leave Kuwait.
That after President Bush declared that this is decision day on whether there will be war against Iraq.
Bush met with the British and Spanish prime ministers at a special summit, setting today as the deadline for diplomacy.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Meanwhile, anti-war protesters held hundreds of vigils along the East Coast last night, including one in Blacksburg.
Many protestors said they feared action in Iraq would lead to a backlash against the U-S.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Crews have called off the search for two missing men in the New River in Giles County until further notice.
Relatives identify the two as 50- year old John Wagner of Roanoke and 36- year old Ty Hodges of Vinton.
(----------------)