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President Bush says "We will prevail", but he says he doesn't know how the war in Iraq will last.
He's asking Congress for nearly 75- billion dollars to finance the initial stages.
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And, a West Virginia man faces more than 60 counts of animal cruelty.
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Once again temperatures are already soaring into the 60s and 70s under a mostly sunny sky. How long will this weather last. I'll let you know in the forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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((IT'S BEEN AH, NOT A TERRIBLY COMFORTABLE DAY OUT IN THE BATTLEFIELD. HOWEVER, THAT HASN'T STOPPED US. ))
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High winds, rain, and sandstorms are among the toughest enemies for coalition troops today.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The allied march on Baghdad was slowed down today by the bad weather, along with tough resistance from some of Saddam Hussein's best soldiers.
That after Iraq's state-run T-V has carried what it says is a message from Saddam.
The televised report says Saddam is urging the chiefs of tribes and clans in his country to step up the fight against allied forces.
He reportedly promises that allies will flee because quote ``they are away from home and because they are aggressors.''
Teri Okita joins us now with more on the war from Kuwait City.
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An onslaught of Tomahawk missiles pounded Baghdad ... as Allied forces lay the foundation for their pending attack on the Iraqi capital.
Nats: Tomahawk Bombing

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And under cover of darkness, a parachute drop to sieze a desert landing strip in an unidentified town, captured by an army photographer.
The Coalition is now sharpening its focus on Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guards ... who surround the city. The intense bombing is designed to soften their resistance and pave the way for ground troops.


SOT, Major General Victor Renuart, Central Command

"The air component will fly over 1400 combat and combat support missions over Iraq today, paying particular attention to the Iraqi Republican Guards."

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On the ground, the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division is closing in. They're making rapid progress, but it hasn't been easy.

SOT: Unidentified Officer from 3rd Infantry:

"Next thing we knew, artillery rounds were coming in and they were pretty inaccurate, but they were very close."

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Inside the city, angry mourners took to the streets for the funerals of three people ... allegedly killed during the "Shock & Awe" campaign.
Nats: Funeral
In the south, British Marines are tightening control of the city of Umm Qasar ... hoping to get humanitarian aid through.
The Marines have also taken control of southern oil fields. Kuwaiti firefighters are helping extinguish some of the oil wells ... torched by retreating Iraqis. Iraq continues to deny setting fire to any wells.
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Families of P-O-Ws are awaiting word of the fate of their loved ones, as they watch the images of war play out on T-V.
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Meanwhile, more than 200 people gathered last night at a special service in Kansas.
They prayed for the safe return of Private First Class Patrick Miller, who's being held as a prisoner of war along with four other soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss, Texas.
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((NATHAN REQUA/FRIEND OF P.O.W.: TALKED TO HIM THE NIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT, AND HE WAS GUNG-HO AND READY. ANYTHING HE NEEDED TO DO FOR HIS COUNTRY, HE'D GO DO. I KNOW HE'S SCARED, I SAW THAT IN HIS FACE, TOO. EVERYBODY DID. BUT I KNOW HE'S BEING THE SOLDIER HE NEEDS TO BE." ))
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U-S officials are demanding that the P-O-Ws be treated fairly, in accordance with the Geneva Convention.
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President Bush visited the Pentagon this morning, asking for BILLIONS of dollars to finance a war that could go on longer than anyone thought.
Aleen Sirgany has that side of the story.
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WITH HIS MILITARY LEADERS BY HIS SIDE AT THE PENTAGON TODAY, PRESIDENT BUSH LAID OUT THE PRICE TAG FOR THE WAR. ONCE AGAIN WARNING THE COUNTRY THE CONFLICT COULD BE LONGER AND MORE COMPLICATED THAN FIRST ANTICIPATED.

(SOT)BUSH

"We cannot know the duration of this war, we will prevail"
THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS FOR MONTHS IGNORED CALLS TO PROVIDE A COST FOR THE WAR, IS NOW ASKING CONGRESS FOR 74.7 BILLION DOLLARS TO COVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS OF COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AID AND HOMELAND SECURITY.

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HERES A ROUGH BREAKDOWN OF WHAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS WILL COVER. THE BULK OF THE MONEY: 62 BILLION DOLLARS WILL SUPPORT MILITARY ACTION. SEVEN-POINT-85 BILLION FOR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF INCLUDING RECONSTRUCTION AND AID. THE REST.MORE THAN FOUR BILLION WILL PAY FOR HOMELAND SECURITY.

(SOT)BUSH The situation is fluid...the need is urgent


THE PRESIDENT WILL MEET WITH HIS STRONGEST ALLY, BRITISH MINISTER TONY BLAIR, AT CAMP DAVID TOMORROW. BLAIR WHO WILL ALSO MEET WITH U-N SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN IN NEW YORK TOLD REPORTERS IN GREAT BRITIAN TODAY A HUGE AMOUNT OF SUCCESS HAS ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED IN IN THE WAR. BLAIR WARNED OF DIFFICULT DAYS AHEAD.

(SOT)TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

My message to them today is that this time we will not let you down, saddam and his regime will be removed.

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BEFORE HE MEETS WITH TONY BLAIR, THE PRESIDENT WILL TRAVEL TO CENTRAL COMMAND IN TAMPA TOMORROW FOR A WAR UPDATE. AS, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))

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A West Virginia man has been indicted on 63 counts of animal cruelty after dozens of dead cows were found on his farm in Bland County.
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73- year- old Harry Thompson of Princeton was indicted yesterday in Bland County Circuit Court.
Sheriff's officials discovered more than 60 dead cows on Thompson's farm in Bastian during a two-week period. Last week, Bland county authorities took possession of the remaining 160 animals on his property.
They said the cattle were malnourished.
One veterinarian said Thompson fed the cows low- quality hay.
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Authorities in Belgrade believe they've arrested the man who assassinated Serbia's Prime Minister.
A former deputy commander of an elite Serbian police force is in custody for the deadly shooting of Zoran Djindjic (JIHN-jich).
He was killed when he stepped out of an armored car in downtown Belgrade two weeks ago.
Authorities say they have more than a thousand suspects in custody in connection with the assassination.

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Governor Mark Warner beat a midnight deadline last night to act on bills passed by the General Assembly.
He vetoed a bill creating a "Choose Life" license plate.
The governor also wants changes to bills requiring parental consent for abortions.
Warner says the bills threaten medical privacy in their present form.
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Yesterday, the Governor vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax imposed on the estates of millionaires after they die.
The veto pits Warner against Republican lawmakers who pushed the bill through the General Assembly with enough votes to override a veto.
Warner is also offering 67 amendments to the budget crafted by Republicans.
He is giving more money to tourism advertising and to the Virginia State Police.
And he is promising state workers that they will get their two-and-a-quarter percent pay raise.
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Lawmakers will return to Richmond on April 2nd to decide whether to override his vetoes and accept or reject his amendments.
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The family of a young boy with a rare medical condition is holding out hope he will get a life saving transplant. Henry Moore needs a bone marrow transplant to boost his immune system. Teresa Hamilton recently visited the family and has more.
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If it weren't for a rare syndrome affecting just one in five million people, Henry Moore would resemble any other three year old boy.
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((ANGELA MOORE/HENRY'S MOTHER: HE'S STARTED PRESCHOOL, SO HE'S EXPOSED TO OTHER KIDS, AND HE COMES HOME, TALKS ABOUT SCHOOL, HIS TEACHER AND WHAT HE'S LEARNED.))
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Unlike other little boys, though, Henry has to take two shots a day to try and remain healthy. Henry was born without an effective immune system and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.
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((ANGELA MOORE: IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT HE'S ACTUALLY GOT THIS DISEASE, AND WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT HIM AND SAY DID HE OUTGROW IT, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO SAY NO, AND THAT'S REALITY FOR ME, WE'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE TO DO THE TRANSPLANT.))
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Over the years, the Moores have tried to find a marrow match by helping organize numerous drives. But so far, a perfect match for Henry has not been found although life-saving matches have been located for approximately a dozen people-- including one just this week.
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((PATRICK MOORE/HENRY'S FATHER: MY ROOMMATE FROM COLLEGE, HIS WIFE CALLED TO SAY SHE WAS A PERFECT MATCH FOR A SIX YEAR OLD BOY AND SHE WAS A SIX YEAR OLD SON HERSELF SO IT'S THAT SORT OF GRATIFICATION IN KNOWING THAT FOR HENRY BEING SICK SHE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN TESTED. ))
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The Moores are convinced little Henry will also find a match-- and credit the community, prayer and doctors for helping keep their spirits up and their little boy healthy. ))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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we'll tell you why some people are driving all night to get to Las Vegas.
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One of the world's best selling singers is making a big gamble in Las Vegas.
Celine Dion begins a three year singing engagement at Caesar's Palace.
While her reputation is at stake, it's her fans' money that is on the line.
Top tickets are going for 220 dollars.
Jackie Williams has more.
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((IT WAS A FULL HOUSE WHEN CELINE DION RECENTLY ANNOUNCED SHE'S BRINGING HER SENSATIONAL SINGING TO LAS VEGAS TO COINCIDE WITH HER NEW CD ...
CELINE DION "I am at the point in my life where I am looking for quality time and I think on that stage we are going to have quality time."
TRACK TWO: THIS IS THE STAGE CELINE DION IS TALKING ABOUT..THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE BUILT ESPECIALLY FOR HER.

(Nat: - "can I do this, a little bit, here you go. Thank you")


TRACK THREE: AND WHERE SHE'LL BEGIN A 3-YEAR GIG IN A NEW SHOW ENTITLED "A NEW DAY."
CELINE DION "It's going to be a spectacular show but I want everyone to be a part of it. Every fan who will be there every night I want them to feel they are on stage with us."
TRACK FOUR: CELINE ADMITS TAKING ON A PROJECT THIS BIG MAKES HER JUST A TAD NERVOUSESPECIALLY SINCE PORTIONS OF HER PERFORMANCE TUESDAY WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON CBS.
CELION DION "I'm starting to feel butterflies and the magic and people are nervous about it and talking about it."
TRACK FIVE: DOING A LAS VEGAS SHOW MEANS PUTTING A LITTLE VEGAS IN YOUR ACT SO SAY AU REVOIR TO THE OLD CELINE AND HELLO TO EVEN MORE GLITZ AND GLAM.
CELINE DION "I'm going to be dancing with 48 dancers for the first time so I better follow the troop because they will walk me off the stage."
Nat: - with dancers -Applauding.
CELINE DION "I'm going to be dancing, singing, we're going to laugh and cry. I'm going to fly we're going to share everything possible through music, lyrics, through emotions.
TRACK SIX: This is a huge undertaking, but Celine is keeping it all in perspective.
CELINE DION "I'm not going to see my 3 years ahead of me with 600 shows it's too much. I'm going to take it a show at a time."
TRACK SEVEN: AND SHE'LL MAKE GOOD USE OF HER DOWNTIME.
CELINE DION "Can you imagine I'll be home at a quarter to eleven, eleven, watching a movie with my husband in bed. That is a luxury for me . I have not done that in 20 years or so. It's gonna be fantastic.
Nat: Music video (a new sun)
TRACK: FOR CBS, THIS IS JACKIE WILLIAMS REPORTING.))

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 89 points. The NASDAQ has gained 23.

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Coming up in Sports, we'll tell you why the Virginia Tech basketball team is still searching for a new head coach...

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and the Tech women tried last night to gather up enough steam to blast past the Purdue Boilermakers.
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Dean Smith disciple Jeff Lebo will NOT be the next head basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
Sources told News 7 sports yesterday that the UT Chattanooga coach turned down a lucrative offer from the Hokies.
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Tech athletic director Jim Weaver was unable to return our calls, but his search now is shifting gears. Other names being mentioned in the coaching ranks include Western Michigan coach Robert McCullum and Wagner's Derrick Whittenburg - the former star guard at NC State.

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The Virginia Tech women saw their hopes of making the Sweet 16 end one game short of that goal last night, as they lost to Purdue on the Boilermakers' home court in the second round of the East Regional.
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Bonnie Henrickson was into it last night as her team tried to silence the home crowd. But Purdue did the silencing, shutting down Hokie star Ieva Kublina.
She was held to just 5 points, and she only got off five shots. Senior Chrystal Starling played in the final game of her career, and led the team with 16 points. But Tech let its guard down, committing 20 turnovers and letting Purdue's Erika Valek (VUH-LEK) beat up the Hokies for a game high 24 points. Valek made 10 out of 16 shots.
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Tech finishes the season 22-and-10 after losing last night 80-to-62 in the NCAA second round.
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The U-V-A women also had the un- enviable task of playing on the home court of a higher seeded team.
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The Cavs took on the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville in the Mideast Region. UVa would give the Vols a game in the first half, and stayed within single digits throughout. But Tennessee got the lead back up to nine at the halftime break, thanks in part to the bench play of Brittany Jackson.
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But the Vols would pull away after intermission, and turn back several UVa rallies to end the Cavs season with the 81 to 51 win.
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Meanwhile dribbling and studying apparently don't go hand in hand.
New research says most of the "Sweet 16" schools vying for the N-C-Double-A basketball championship have failed to graduate the majority of their players in recent years.
The study by The University of Central Florida gives Butler and Oklahoma -- who play each other Friday -- the best and the worst graduation records.
Butler, a small private school in Indianapolis graduated 86 percent of its basketball players, the University of Oklahoma graduated zero.

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The Roanoke college softball team is 11 and 2 so far this season, a pretty good record considering the Maroons have already played three teams ranked in the top 15 in the country.
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Add one more ranked team to the list.
This afternoon Roanoke plays 10th rated Suny Geneseo (gen-e-see-oh) at the Moyer Sports Complex at five PM in a double header.
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