[Iraq]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Pentagon sources say the target of last night's attack was aimed at Saddam Hussein.
However, it looks like the U-S military missed.
Saddam has many body doubles, but it's believed that he himself spoke to the Iraqi people after the attacks, accusing the U-S of a shameful crime.
Whether or not it WAS Saddam speaking, the war in Iraq is officially under way.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait City this morning, and joins us now with the latest on the war.
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IF THE PICTURES ARE TO BE BELIEVED--THEN THE FIRST MAJOR STRIKE ON IRAQ WAS NOT A SUCCESS. THAT'S BECAUSE AFTER THE BOMBING--SADDAM HUSSEIN APPEARED ON IRAQI T-V AND SAID AMERICA HAS UNDERESTIMATED HIM.

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HOURS BEFORE THE SPEECH EXPLOSIONS COULD BE HEARD IN BAGHDAD. U-S MISSILES AND BOMBS FIRED INTO BUNKERS OUTSIDE THE CITY--THE TARGETS--IRAQI LEADERS INCLUDING SADDAM.

52:08(SOT: PRESIDENT BUSH)

``On my order, coalition forces have begun targeting selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war,''

(nats)

THE INITIAL STRIKE CAME FROM THE SEA. U-S CRUISERS AND SUBMARINES FIRED DOZENS OF TOMAHAWK MISSILES. THAT ASSAULT WAS FOLLOWED BY STEALTH BOMBERS. THE F-117 NIGHTHAWKS DROPPED PRECISION GUIDED BOMBS.

(sot-Major Chris Hughes/US Military Spokesman)

"We launched what we hope are surgical strikes and now there is going to be some period of pause which we try to determine the effects of those strikes."

(nats)

AND IRAQ WAS NOT THE ONLY TARGET. AROUND THE SAME TIME THE U-S MILITARY LAUNCHED A MASSIVE RAID IN AFGHANISTAN. ABOUT ONE-THOUSAND TROOPS CONVERGED ON VILLAGES IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY HUNTING MEMBERS OF AL-QAIDA. ))

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Our expert on Middle East military matters says we may not know right away whether the first strikes were successful.

Lieutenant Colonel Dale Davis says finding out may take time.
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((LT.COL. DALE DAVIS/VMI: UNFORTUNATELY, ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS TO DO IN WARFARE IS DO WHAT'S CALLED THE BATTLE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT. IT TAKES A WHILE TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR STRIKES WERE SUCCESSFUL, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE TARGETS WERE LEADERS, BECAUSE THEY MOVE AROUND AND IT MIGHT BE VERY DIFFICULT IF WE WERE SUCCESSFUL HITTING A SITE TO FIND OUT WHAT IS LEFT IN THE RUBBLE.))
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Davis is expecting many more air strikes to begin some time after Noon, our time.


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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Some Roanoke valley residents are sharing their thoughts on last night's events over breakfast this morning. Steve Pardon has more from the Omlette Shoppe in Salem..Steve???

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[11React-Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Residents of western Virginia played a waiting game last night as the deadline passed.
But among one group of veterans there was little doubt that military action was overdue.
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As members of the Disabled American Veterans watched developments on a big screen television, they said their thoughts were with the men and women who are now in harm's way.
But they also spoke of unfinished business, left over from the last gulf war.
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[IN Q=It needed to be taken care of]

((IT NEEDED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF THEN, AND I'M GLAD WE'RE GOING IN NOW. WE NEED TO DO IT. IF WE DON'T DO IT NOW WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE THAT LINGERING OVER OUR HEADS, WHEN IS IT GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN. ))
[SUPER=201-Laurie Clay/Gulf War Veteran;]
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[OUT Q=when is it going to happen again.]
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[VO-NAT]


And while they support military action in Iraq, the Disabled American Veterans say they pray this conflict does not bring new members to their organization.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In other news this morning--
Power has been shut off in downtown Roanoke because of an underground electrical fire.
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American Electric Power officials say cable failure ignited the fire near Roanoke's A-E-P headquarters.
Smoke could be seen billowing from an underground vault.
The fire is affecting customers from the Williamson Road Area, all the way to Elm Avenue.
A-E-P officials say they expect the power to be restored sometime between 6 and 7 this morning.
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That's not the only blaze to keep firefighters busy.
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A home on Patton Avenue caught fire shortly after ten 'clock last night.
The building was vacant and no one was injured, but fire officials say the interior was gutted.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A home in the southern hills neighborhood was also damaged when a clothes dryer caught fire.

But damage from that blaze was not extensive.[11Burrow]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The government has 10 days to get the re-trial of Richard Burrow underway, or the charges will be dismissed. That's the ruling from from federal Judge James Turk.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]

However, the way the judge worded his order, the government could re-indict Burrow anytime before the statute of limitations runs out. That could be another four years. Government prosecutors have said they haven't decided whether to pursue the fraud case against the former D-Day Memorial President. The judge says Burrow, the public and the Memorial Foundation deserve some resolution of the matter.
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[6-New-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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In business news this morning, a local company's expansion means dozens of jobs for Botetourt County.
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Metalsa, a manufacturer of heavy truck rail frames, will hire 70-people at its facility in the Vista Corporate Park. The company is doubling its production capability with a 150-thousand square foot addition. Metalsa is based in Mexico but opened operations here in 19-96.
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((JESUS THEUREL/METALSA CEO; WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SEVEN YEARS AND YOU KNOW THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE HAD WITH THE COUNTY HAS BEEN VERY GOOD AND I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR US HAS BEEN THAT THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THE FACILITY.))
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Metalsa officials say positions will be in operations and production. Construction is expected to be completed in late September. State grant incentives totaling 500-thousand dollars helped seal the deal.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back, but first here's a look at your local stocks. [STOCKS] [COMM]

[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Following the first attack on Iraq last night, President Bush addressed the nation.
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((AMERICAN AND COALITION FORCES ARE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF MILITARY OPERATIONS TO DISARM IRAQ, TO FREE ITS PEOPLE AND TO DEFEND THE WORLD FROM GRAVE DANGER.))
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The President gave the attack the go- ahead near the end of a three hour meeting with his war council, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Bush admits that the war may take some time, and some lives.
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((A CAMPAIGN ON THE HARSH TERRAIN ON A NATION AS LARGE AS CALIFORNIA, COULD BE LONGER AND MORE DIFFICULT THAN SOME PREDICT.))
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But the President maintains that U-S troops will ultimately be successful.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The President's message may have been brief but customers at one Roanoke restaurant were paying attention.
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At T-G-I Fridays at Valley View Mall last night, television sets were tuned in to the President and we found folks listening intently as Bush addressed the nation.
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We did not run across anyone who was against the President last night- although we realize there are people who view t

he events differently. [11Iraqis]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Some Iraqis living in Roanoke have been anxious for the war to start.
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Ali Al Jizani and his friends say the Iraqi people will greet U-S soldiers with flowers.
They fled Iraq after the Gulf War, leaving behind parents, siblings and wives.
They say their families are all eager for U-S and allied troops to bring down Saddam Hussein.
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[IN Q=Well, I think]

((WELL, I THINK GOD SENT THEM TO HELP US. SO, WE WAITED FOR THAT AND IF THEY NEED HELP, WE WILL HELP. AND I WILL SPEND ALL OF MY LIFE JUST TO SEE SADDAM DIE. ))
[SUPER=201-Ali Al Jizani;]
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[OUT Q=see Saddam die.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The F-B-I is interviewing 10-thousand Iraqis now living in the U-S, hoping for information that could lead to terrorists.
Al Jizani and other Iraqis here say they're happy to cooperate because they love America and want terrorists to be caught.

(Kim tosses to Bagdhad picture live)

News 7 Mornin' will be right back...but first we're leaving you with a live picture of Baghdad. [CNN-Picture]

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A former Radford Salvation Army officer convicted of embezzlement will NOT serve any jail time.
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Terry Gossage pled guilty to embezzling nearly 27-thousand dollars from the organization during a four-year period. Gossage admits to secretly opening a checking account through the Salvation Army, but says he put the money toward the organization and not himself. He later reported what he had done.
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((HE MISHANDLED THE MONEY, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. AND HE CAN'T FULLY ACCOUNT FOR IT, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT SO HE'S PAYING THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT 13:22))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A judge ordered Gossage to perform 500-hours of community service a year for the next three years. He must also give at least a quarter of his paychecks to his family to pay off the loans he used to make restitution.[

11Tech-Policy]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC36:51]
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You can add former Hokie Bruce Smith and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to the list of those who oppose Virginia Tech's new admissions policy.
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The Board of Visitors voted last week to bar race, gender and other factors in admissions decisions, based on the advice of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
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In a written statement, Smith says he is "outraged" that the Board acted without advance notice or public input.
He also says he will "work hard" to reverse the new policy.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus today accused the Attorney General of playing politics.
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((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: IT APPEARS THAT HE'S PANDERING TO THE RIGHT WING INTERESTS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE OPPOSED TO DIVERSITY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond]
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The lawmakers say it is wrong to eliminate race-based preferences while continuing to give legacies special treatment.
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[11Recruiting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Many troops still stateside are waiting for an opportunity to head overseas to serve their country.
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Sergeant Robert Gregory has served in a recruiting mission in Martinsville for nearly three years. On May First he will be transferred to Camp Lejeune to rejoin the First Light Armored Reconnaissance, and after that if a war is still going on he will likely be shipped to the Middle East. He says he is looking forward to that opportunity, but for now he knows some of the men he recruited are ready for action.
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[IN Q=Marines are always ready...]

((ROBERT GREGORY/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS; MARINES ARE ALWAYS READY. WE'RE READY TO GO ON A MOMENT'S NOTICE, THAT'S WHY WE'RE CALLED AMERICA'S ELITE FORCE, 9-11 FORCE AND READINESS. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE SITTING READY TO GO.))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Sergeant Gregory says he has NOT seen an increase in enlistment like the period following September 11th because many potential recruits are waiting to see how the war plays out.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back....
(Kim tosses to Baghdad Picture)

[CNN Picture] [Comm]

[11Rachel-Fund]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-07 TC 53:22]
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A Bedford County community has responded in a big way to help a little girl left hospitalized by a drive-by shooting last month.
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[VO-NAT]



Five-year-old Rachel Sanchez was shot in the head while riding with her grandparents in North Carolina.
[SUPER=03-Forest]


Her teachers and classmates at Forest Elementary School started the "Reaching Out For Rachel" fund last week, and her story apparently touched many people.
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[SOT 10:40:45]
[IN Q=What a fluke]

((LORI MANLEY/FOREST E.S. PRINCIPAL: WHAT A FLUKE THING TO HAPPEN, TO GET SHOT IN YOUR CAR GOING DOWN THE INTERSTATE, YOU KNOW. SO I JUST THINK THE CHILD BEING A KINDERGARTNER AND WE PUT HER PICTURE OUT THERE. AND WHEN YOU PUT A FACE WITH A NAME AND A SITUATION PEOPLE OPEN UP THEIR HEARTS.))
[SUPER=01-Lori Manley/Forest Elementary School Principal;]
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[OUT Q=open up their hearts.]
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[VO-NAT]


The fund drive raised six thousand dollars to help defray Rachel's family's expenses while they stay with her in North Carolina.
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