Baghdad is a city clouded in smoke and flames.
That after tomahawk missiles and two "bunker busting" bombs hit communications, as well as command-and-control facilities.
But the allies still apparently have a long way to go.
A British military spokesman says his forces are "nowhere near" capturing Iraq's second largest city, Basra.
Allied troops have run into stiff resistance from Iraqi militia there.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait City, and he joins us now with the latest on the war.
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[SUPER=205-Kuwait City, Kuwait;]
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[OUT Q=back to you.]
[SUPER=205-Kuwait City, Kuwait;]
THEY ARE THE BIGGEST BOMBS TO DROP ON BAGHDAD SO FAR.
TWO 47-HUNDRED POUND BUNKER BUSTERS PRODUCED HUGE PLUMES OF SMOKE OVER
THE DAYLIGHT SHOWS WHAT'S LEFT OF THE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER THAT WAS HIT.
THE STRATEGY OF THE U-S STRIKE IS TO CUT OFF SADDAM HUSSEIN FROM HIS
TROOPS HEADED FOR BAGHDAD HAVE PICKED UP THE PACE.... BUT IT'S STILL
TOUCH AND GO.
GUNNERS CHECK ALL SIDES FOR ENEMY FIRE.... THAT CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE
INCLUDING FELLOW SOLDIERS... MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY 25 MARINES HAVE BEEN
WOUNDED BY FRIENDLY FIRE NEAR AN NASIRIYAH.
ANOTHER HUGE CHALLENGE IS TELLING WHO'S A FRIEND AND WHO'S A FOE.
U-S TROOPS ARE STILL ROUNDING UP IRAQI SOLDIERS DRESSED IN CIVILIAN
AND DURING THE FIREFIGHTS REAL CIVILIANS GET CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
(nat-pop - "it's just a cut")
IT'S THEN UP TO AMERICANS TO HEAL THE WOUNDED.
CLOSE TO 90-THOUSAND TROOPS ARE NOW IN IRAQ.
AND MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE ANOTHER 100 TO 150-THOUSAND ON THE
WAY AS PLANNED.
THE DIVISIONS IN FRONT ARE SPREAD OUT.... DRIVING NORTH TOWARD KARBALA
WHERE THEY WILL TAKE ON REPUBLICAN GUARD SOLDIERS BLOCKING THEIR PATH TO
ARTILLERY IS ALREADY BEING SHOT IN THEIR DIRECTION... AND HELICOPTERS
FLYING OVERHEAD DO THE SAME... TRYING TO WEAKEN SADDAM'S FORCES BEFORE
THE FACE TO FACE MEETING.
Help is on the way for the victims of recent flooding in Southwest Virginia.
Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner announced that President Bush has approved his request for federal disaster aid.
Federal funds are now available for those communities hit hard by this year's severe winter storms and flooding.
The money can be used for temporary housing and home repairs.
Low interest loans are also available to help cover property losses.
[IN Q=IT WON'T MAKE PEOPLE]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: IT WON'T MAKE PEOPLE TOTALLY WHOLE BUT IT WILL BE A NEEDED HELP FOR SO MANY OF THE FAMILIES IN FAR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAT RECEIVED DAMAGE FROM THE FLOOD.))
[OUT Q=DAMAGE FROM THE FLOOD.]
The areas eligible for federal assistance include the cities of Roanoke and Salem and Montgomery County.
[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN PINNACLE]
Those in need of flood recovery aid can apply by calling FEMA.
That number is 1-800-621-FEMA.
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The Roanoke Civic Center has received approval to sell beer and wine at more of its events, but opponents say they will appeal the decision.
City officials felt they made a strong case for the new license, and were pleased it was granted.
They say they will consider each civic center event on a case by case basis, to decide if the sale of alcoholic beverages is appropriate.
[IN Q=We need to make sure]
((CHIP SNEAD/ACTING CIVIC FACILITIES DIRECTOR: WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE MANAGE IT WISELY, BE CONSERVATIVE AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE AT EVERY EVENT HAS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Snead/Acting Civic Facilities Director;]
[OUT Q=has a positive experience.]
Despite those assurances, opponents say they haven't exhausted their options.
The ministers who rallied recent opposition met to consider their next step.
While they're disappointed by the hearing officer's decision, they say the license won't take effect while their appeal is pending.
[IN Q=We want to note]
((REV. MARK WASHINGTON/HOLLINS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: WE WANT TO NOTE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THIS YET. AND WE ARE PREPARED TO TAKE THIS A STEP FURTHER AND TO USE THE LEGAL RECOURSE THAT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO EXPRESS OUR DISSATISFACTION WITH THIS AND OUR OBJECTION TO THIS BY TAKING THIS TO RICHMOND.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark Washington/Hollins Road Baptist Church;]
[OUT Q=by taking this to Richmond.]
Opponents have 30 days to appeal the decision of the hearing officer. Then it's up to the three-member Alcoho
lic Beverage Control Board in Richmond to issue a final order. [6-Radford-Foundry]
Contract negotiations between the Radford Foundry and its employees will continue today.
Employees rejected a new contract citing problems over salary raises and pension gains.
A company spokesperson is NOT denying claims that the plant may be forced to close if an agreement is not worked out.
Workers will vote again on Monday.
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There are plenty of anti- smoking campaigns out there.
Now some William Fleming students have designed their own.
Six students from the Health Related Careers class are taking their message to the student body.
They've enlisted the help of instructors, the Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership and the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation.
They say they were pleasantly surprised by what their school-mates told them in a survey.
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[IN Q="Most of the students..."]
[SUPER=01-Trish Jackson/Health Educator;]
[OUT Q="...is not smoking."]
The campaign has stretched beyond the campus.
The class also designed a billboard on Hershberger Road near the school.
In business news, Both the Dow and Nasdaq lost ground yesterday.
And, McDonalds has decided to get back to basics.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((THE STOCK MARKET ACTION IS EXPECTED TO BE MUTED AHEAD OF THE WEEKEND.. MANY
TRADERS JUST DON'T WANT TO BE LEFT HOLDING BIG POSITIONS OVER THE WEEKEND
GIVEN THE WAR IN IRAQ.
TRADERS NOW REALIZE THIS WAR MAY TAKE MONTHS.. NOT WEEKS...
IN THE LAST SESSION...THE DOW DIPPED 28 POINTS
THE NASDAQ LOST 3
TRADING VOLUME HAS BEEN LIGHT ALL WEEK.. A SIGN THAT INVESTORS ARE CAUTION.
PUT MICROSOFT ON YOUR STOCKS WATCH LIST. AS EXPECTED, a federal appeals
court will take a look at complaints from critics of Microsoft's antitrust
settlement with federal regulators.
Attorney's representing Massachusetts and West Virginia, feel Microsoft's
settlement with the Justice Department didn't impose adequate remedies on
the software giant.
Airline stocks buckled after Standard & Poor's said the industry is facing
losses of $6.5 billion for all of this year -- losses that don't even factor
in costs related to the war.
CRUDE OIL JUMPED ABOUT 5 PERCENT TOPPING 30 DOLLARS A BARREL... THE WAR WITH
IRAQ AND CIVIL UNREST IN ANOTHER OIL PRODUCING NATION - NIGERIA IS LIMITING
OIL SHIPMENTS FROM THOSE COUNTRIES. IRAQ AND NIGERIA TOGETHER PRODUCE ABOUT
6 PERCENT OF THE WORLDS OIL.
MCDONALD'S WANTS TO GET BACK TO BASICS AND FOCUS ON ITS BURGER BUSINESS.
SO..ITS LOOKING TO UNLOAD ITS INTEREST IN CHIPOLTE MEXICAN... BOSTON
MARKET AND DONATOS PIZZERIA. INVESTORS SEEMED TO APPROVE - MCDONALDS STOCK
RALLIED ABOUT 2 PERCENT...
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
In Miami, Florida, a tornado has left one person dead and injured several others.
The afternoon twister tore off roofs, damaged cars, and snapper power poles and trees.
Dozens of residents whose homes were damaged had to spend the night in an emergency shelter.
Of the homes that ARE still standing, about 39-thousand are without power.
The Miami tornado was one of at least four that erupted from a line of heavy thunderstorms that moved through most of Florida.
Brian Shepard has worked in the legislature for the last nine years, but next January the Roanoke Democrat hopes to return to Richmond as a MEMBER of the General Assembly.
Shepard spent eight years as the legislative aide to Delegate Vic Thomas, and Thomas joined him for yesterday's campaign announcement.
Shepard is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 11th House District, the seat that Chip Woodrum is giving up at the end of the year.
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[IN Q=I've worked nine General Assembly sessions]
((BRIAN SHEPARD/D- CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: I'VE WORKED NINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSIONS WITH DELEGATE THOMAS AND DELEGATE WOODRUM, AND I THINK ESPECIALLY NOW WITH RETIREMENTS AND THE LOSS OF THE EXPERIENCE THAT THE ROANOKE VALLEY'S DELEGATION IS UNDERGOING, THAT IT'S REALLY CRITICAL WE SEND SOMEONE WITH LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE DOWN TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Shepard/(D) Candidate for House of Delegates]
[OUT Q=down to the General Assembly.]
The Democratic nomination will be decided by a primary on June 10th. Shepard's opponent is Roanoke lawyer and state transportation board member Onzlee (AHNZ-lee) Ware.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Because of dwindling state funding, the Virginia Horse Center is finding itself in a crisis mode.
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The General Assembly has traditionally funded payments for the Horse Center's debt service, about 1-point-2 million dollars a year.
This year however, the facility is only receiving two-thirds of that amount, and will see less money over the next few years.
Members of the board that owns and operates the center say they are disappointed with the lack of state funding.
[SOT - 40:50 - on HC interviews]
[INQ=We're doing what...]
((GEORGIA FISCHEL/VIRGINIA EQUINE CENTER FOUNDATION; WE'RE DOING WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING, AND WE'VE ALWAYS LOOKED TO THE STATE TO DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING, AND IT IS A PARTNERSHIP.))
[SUPER=01-Georgia Fischel/Virginia Equine Center Foundation;]
[OUTQ=it is a partnership]
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In 2008, the General Assembly plans to cut out funding entirely.
This Fall the center's directors have to present a business plan for self sufficiency to the General Assembly.
They say they will have to engage a vigorous fund raising plan to make up the difference, but add most contributors would rather donate for buildings instead of paying off debt.
There's job uncertainty on the horizon for as many as three- thousand airport screeners.
Transportation Security Administration chief James Loy says the
government is re-assessing the size of the work force that was
brought to full strength only last November.
Loy told a House panel that he wants to cut about one in 18
screeners, and reduce their number from 54- to- 51- thousand.
He said layoff notices could begin going out Tuesday.
Two major airlines are cutting back flights due to the war with Iraq.
U-S Airways and Delta are making temporary changes to their service.
A spokesman for Roanoke Regional Airport says there are no changes to schedules here.
U-S Airways is announcing a four-percent reduction.
Transatlantic service is affected from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia while domestic changes are on evening flights to and from Pittsburgh and Charlotte.
Delta is cutting back about 12-percent. The airline's postponing service to Rome from some cities and is reducing the number of domestic flights.
Both airlines say they will review the travel situation in May.
We'll be right back, but first here's alook at your local stocks.
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Smoking can kill.
That's the message the Health Related Careers Class of William Fleming High School wants to send to fellow students.
And the students went beyond the campus to get the word out.
Six students, with the help of their instructor, launched the anti-smoking campaign last October.
One of those students is Leah Short, who has a personal interest in the project.
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[IN Q="I had grandparents..."]
[SUPER=01-Leah Short/William Fleming High School Senior;]
[OUT Q="...deal with that."]
The billboard stands high above Hershberger Road near the school.
The students also placed posters around the campus, and passed out pamphlets to their peers.
(toss to Steve for weekend preview)