It's likely that we are only hours from war.
Tonight is the deadline President Bush gave to Saddam Hussein to leave or face military force.
But the White House isn't ruling out an attack on Iraq before the 48- hour clock runs out.
The State Department has released a list of dozens of nations that
are part of a coalition to disarm Iraq, and rebuild the nation.
However, only a few of those countries will supply ground troops.
Meanwhile, security is being stepped up here in the U-S to guard against terrorist attacks.
Stacy Case is in Washington, and joins us with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Cofer Black/U. S. State Department;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
((RISKING HIS PRESIDENCY AND HIS OWN LIFE SADDAM HUSSEIN SAYS HE'S NOT
WEARING A MILITARY UNIFORM ON TUESDAY THE DICTATOR TOLD HIS TROOPS TO
PREPARE FOR BATTLE.
ACROSS THE BORDER U-S TROOPS ARE IN POSITION WAITING FOR THE ORDER FROM
(SOT-ARI FLEISCHER/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN)
"the bottom line is a coaliton of the willing will disarm Saddam
Hussein's Iraq no matter what" :04
THAT COALITION OF THE WILLING CONSISTS OF 45 COUNTRIES.... 15 WHICH
DON'T WANT TO BE NAMED.
AND MOST OF THE 30 ON THE LIST WON'T HAVE A COMBAT ROLE.
BESIDES THE U-S ONLY BRITIAN AND AUSTRALIA ARE OFFERING SIGNIFICANT
TROOPS FOR THE OFFENSIVE.
HERE IN THE STATES POLICE ARE NOW ON THE DEFENSIVE.
FROM TIMES SQUARE TO THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE SECURITY IS BEING STEPPED UP
ONE FEAR IS RETALIATORY STRIKES BY IRAQI SYMPATHIZERS.
THE OTHER POSSIBLE ATTACKS BY AL-QAIDA PLANNED TO COINCIDE WITH A U-S
INVASION ON IRAQ.
(SOT-COFER BLACK/US STATE DEPARTMENT)
"they are extremely dangerous and they certainly have the capability to
strike that's very important to appreciate however they're not the
organization that they were and their trend is downward." :10
(NATS- "no blood for oil")
WITH WAR IMMINENT PROTESTORS REFUSE TO ADMIT DEFEAT.
POLL NUMBERS SHOW TWO OUT OF THREE AMERICANS APPROVE OF WAR.
PEACE ACTIVISTS SAY MORE WILL TURN THEIR WAY ONCE THE FIGHTING BEGINS.
Virginians will notice increased security measures as a result of the state's Code Orange terror alert.
Governor Mark Warner stepped up the security level Monday night in preparation for a war against Iraq.
At the Capitol, public tours have been discontinued and bomb-sniffing dogs are checking cars for explosives.
Warner says Virginians can also expect to see more police officers around bridges, tunnels and historical monuments.
[IN Q=YOU'LL SEE ELEVATED SECURITY AT SOME]
((GERALD MASSENGIL/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: YOU'LL SEE ELEVATED SECURITY AT SOME CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES IN VIRGINIA.))
((MAJOR MIKE JONES/CAPITOL POLICE: YOU'RE SEEING A PRESENCE OF UNIFORMED OFFICERS ALL OVER THE CAPITOL COMPLEX. WE WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL COMFORTED BY THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Gerald Massengil/Virginia State Police Superintendent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Jones/Capitol Police; :05]
[OUT Q=TO FEEL COMFORTED BY THAT.]
Virginia State Police say they are prepared for the new threat level.
The force recently acquired new armored vehicles, automatic patrol rifles, bomb suits and gas masks.
The heightened state of alert is putting the brakes on school field trips..
William Fleming's senior trip to the Bahamas is called off.
So is a trip to New York that was scheduled this week for Roanoke school kids.
Superintendent Wayne Harris canceled student and staff travel outside the Roanoke Valley because of safety concerns.
Superintendents in Salem and Roanoke County are doing the same.
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[IN Q=We've had to pay]
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SUPERINTENDENT; WE'VE HAD TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE POTENTIAL FOR KINDS OF DISRUPTIONS AS A RESULT OF A TERRORIST ACT OR SOMEONE CREATING PARANOIA OR FEAR, BUT WHAT WE'VE ATTEMPTED TO DO IS KEEP OUR BALANCE, BE INFORMED AND TO CONTINUE TO GO ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATING CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=of educating children.]
Harris says it will be business as usual, with one exception.
Students will be doing more emergency practice drills.
A crisis management team will make unannounced visits to schools in the next few months to see just how prepared they are.
[GRAPHIC=Terror Alert OTS]
There will likely be tighter security at Roanoke Regional Airport.
But the airport is still waiting for word from the Transportation Security Administration as to HOW to increase safety.
The TSA says the orange alert will trigger certain procedures nationwide depending on the threat-level assessed at each airport.
The procedures include the random inspections of vehicles, increased law enforcement patrols, increased canine patrols, and the addition of signs calling travelers' attention to the threat and asking for assistance in reporting unattended baggage and suspicious behavior.
The last time the terror alert hit orange, the Roanoke airport was ordered only to inspect vehicles.
Prosecutors in the Elizabeth Smart case have charged her accused abductors with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault.
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;]
They say drifter Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee kidnapped the 15-year-old at knifepoint, and forced her to walk four miles up a mountain trail to a concealed campsite.
There, police say, Mitchell raped Elizabeth or attempted to rape her.
Authorities say the couple later tied her to a tree with cable, offering her little food, water or shelter for several months.
Meanwhile, a Smart family spokesman says the teenager is working to get past her ordeal.
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[IN Q=The update on]
((CHRIS THOMAS/SMART FAMILY SPOKESMAN: THE UPDATE ON ELIZABETH, SHE CONTINUES TO PROGRESS AND MAKES PROGRESS EVERY SINGLE DAY.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomas/Smart Family Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=every single day]
Mitchell and Barzee could receive life in prison, if convicted.
A man who was found dead in Roanoke may have been murdered.
Roanoke Police have confirmed they are now investigating the case as a homicide.
The 52-year old man was found in a parking lot on Orange Avenue shortly after ten Monday night.
Authorities have identified the man, but aren't releasing his name until relatives have been notified.
Police aren't revealing the cause of death, but workers in the area said they believe the victim was a homeless man who may have been beaten.
Old Man Winter isn't letting go so easily out West--
A blizzard has paralyzed parts of Wyoming and Colorado.
In Denver, the weight of heavy snow caused the roof of a store to collapse on a pickup truck.
Officials say it's the worst blizzard since 19-87.
Schools are closed, thousands of residents are without power, and about a thousand others are stranded at Denver International Airport.
In business news, stocks rose for the fifth consecutive session.
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 MARKETS HOVERED AROUND BREAK EVEN LEVELS TUESDAY, AFTER A ROLLER COASTER RIDE EARLY IN THE DAY.
INVESTORS WERE TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT DIRECTION TO TAKE AS WAR APPEARS IMMINENT.
THE DOW GAINED 52 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ ROSE 8 POINTS.
BOEING LED THE WAY IN THE DEFENSE SECTOR, AS DEFENSE STOCKS RALLIED WITH THE LIKELIHOOD OF MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQ.
IN ADDITION TO COMMERCIAL AIRLINERS, THE CHICAGO BASED COMPANY DEVELOPS MILITARY AIRCRAFT AND MISSILE SYSTEMS.
BOEING SHARES SAW A THREE PERCENT GAIN ON THE DAY.
GATEWAY SAID IT WILL CUT ABOUT 17 PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE.
19 HUNDRED EMPLOYEES WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS WHEN THE P-C MAKER CLOSES 76 OF ITS RETAIL STORES AT THE END OF MARCH.
GATEWAY SAYS THE LAYOFFS ARE PART OF A RESTRUCTURING PLAN THAT WILL SAVE THEM 400 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY.
PROCTER AND GAMBLE RAISED ITS FINANCIAL OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2003.
THE MANUFACTURER OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS SAID, SOLID VOLUME GROWTH AND FAVORABLE EXCHANGE RATES ARE BEHIND THE POSITIVE OUTLOOK.
P-AND-G ALSO ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT TO TAKE CONTROL OF GERMAN HAIR CARE AND PERFUME MAKER "WELLA", ENDING WEEKS OF SPECULATION.
THE DEAL WAS VALUED AT MORE THAN SIX BILLION DOLLARS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A soldier from Henry County is among those already waiting in the Middle East.
Sid Lankford is stationed thousands of miles from home in Kuwait.
But yesterday morning, his family and friends got a glimpse of him.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[IN Q=Hi, I'm ]
[SUPER=01-Margie Fretwell/Soldier's Mother; :20]
[SUPER=01-Bobbie Jo Lankford/Soldier's Sister; 1:00]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7, Martinsville. ]
[IN Q= HI, I'M PRIVATE]
((HI, I'M PRIVATE FIRST CLASS LANKFORD, I'M A SCOUT AND 18 YEARS OLD AND I'D LIKE TO SAY HEY TO MY MOM AND MY STEP-DAD BACK HOME IN BASSETT, VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q= BASSETT, VIRGINIA.]
Sid Lankford's appearance on the CBS Early Show may have been brief-- but for family and friends it was just what the doctor ordered although the Marine's proud mom had to catch it later on videotape.
[IN Q= MY BROTHER]
((MY BROTHER CALLED ME, AND SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM CHURCH CALLED ME AND SAID SID WAS ON TV THIS MORNING, AND I MISSED IT.))
[OUTQ= I MISSED IT.]
What Margie Fretwell misses even more is her son-- who graduated just last year from Bassett High school.
On her desk-- she keeps a collection of photos and while he's a constant presence in her heart she says faith keeps her going.
[IN Q= SID'S A ]
((SID'S A CHRISTIAN AND HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO THE LORD, BEFORE HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO THE MARINES SO IT DOES MAKE IT EASIER, I CAN'T IMAGINE PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN ARE OVER THERE WHO AREN'T SAVED.))
[OUT Q= WHO AREN'T SAVED. ]
Margie says she's behind the President 100- percent... along with her 16- year old daughter who also plans to join the military.
[in q= We may lose]
((BOBBIE JO LANKFORD: WE MAY LOSE A FEW NOW, AND IT MAY BE MY BROTHER, BUT EVEN AT THAT, IN FIVE YEARS WE'RE GOING TO LOSE THOUSANDS BECAUSE THEIR WEAPONS ARE ONLY GOING TO DEVELOP.))
[out q= to develop. ]
But Margie is convinced her Marine will return home safe and sound.
[in q= i always tell him]
((I ALWAYS TELL HIM, SAY HIS PRAYERS, KEEP HIS HEAD DOWN AND KICK BUTT.))
[out q= ends with laughter.]
In the meantime-- mom and sister will keep the care packages and letters flowing.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Martinsville.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, a struggling textile company is closing down and laying off 2-hundred workers.
Stillwater Incorporated works with woven fabric in Goshen, Augusta Springs and Craigsville.
Officials say they're unable to compete with foreign competition.
The company will NOT file for bankruptcy but business at all three locations will be tapered down and closed by May.
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[IN Q=been in business]
((JOSEPH HANNAGAN/STILLWATER INC. GM;THE COMPANY HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS HERE FOR 74 YEARS THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER THERE IS NOT ONE FAMILY THAT DOESN'T GET TOUCHED SOMEBODY IN THAT FAMILY HAS WORKED HERE AT SOME TIME OR ANOTHER.))
[SUPER=01-Joseph Hannagan/Stillwater, Inc. General Manager;]
[OUT Q=TIME OR ANOTHER.]
Janie Bryant has five family members working at the Goshen location.
After 27-years at the plant, she says it's hard to start all over again.
Stillwater officials say they're working with the state to provide extended benefits and re-training.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back, but first, here's a look at your local stocks.
This week may bring a key decision on Interstate 81 improvements, and the state's trucking companies hope their concerns won't be lost in the debate between two competing proposals.
Star Solutions and Fluor Virginia have presented plans that would use toll revenues to finance major improvements.
Tomorrow, the state's Transportation Commissioner is expected to make a recommendation that could decide if one or both of the plans move forward.
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[IN Q=Right now it looks like]
((GLYNN LOOPE/SMART SOLUTIONS: RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THE PROPOSALS THAT ARE ON THE TABLE FOR 81 NOW BOTH WOULD DESTABILIZE OUR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR MANUFACTURING BASE, ENHANCE OUR MANUFACTURING BASE AND I THINK THAT MAKES IT A MUCH BIGGER ISSUE THAN HOW IT AFFECTS AN 18-WHEELER. SO WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE ON THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Smart Solutions]
[OUT Q=look at the big picture on this.]
Members of the Smart Solutions coalition say tolls will have a negative impact on economic development, but they favor Fluor over Star Solutions because the Fluor proposal would apply tolls to cars as well as trucks.