After a report of dozens of civilian casualties in the latest allied bombing raid, humanitarian help has arrived in Iraq.
Meanwhile, military officials aren't speculating about how long the war might last.
And, a Botetourt County couple is found guilty in the case of a Radford University student, who died of a drug overdose.
A southeast flow's bringing in some low level clouds today. what will the rest of the weekend be like. I'll let you know in your hometwon forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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While the capital city of Baghdad is Ground Zero in the war, Iraq isn't making it easy for civilians trying to flee its SECOND largest city, Basra.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
British military officials say Iraq is firing on some of its OWN civilians as they attempt to escape the battle- scarred country.
Meanwhile, humanitarian aid has arrived, and is being unloaded at a Southern Iraqi port.
That, as Baghdad holds its breath after last night's massive bombings.
The most intense bombing in days included two 47- hundred- pound bombs that hit a communications tower.
Iraqi officials say 75 civilians were killed in the overnight blasts.
Teri Okita has the latest now from Kuwait City.
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A CLOUD OF HAZE AND SMOKE HANGS OVER BAGHDAD FOLLOWING ONE OF THE MOST
INTENSE NIGHTS OF BOMBING TO DATE. B-2 STEALTH BOMBERS WERE USED TO
TAKE OUT COMMUNICATIONS CENTERS...REDUCING SEVERAL HUGE BUILDINGS TO
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the communications complex earlier)
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IN THE SOUTH....A SHIP LOADED WITH 200 TONS OF HUMANITARIAN AID DOCKED
IN UMM QASR. PEOPLE THERE HAVE BEEN DESPERATE FOR FRESH WATER AND
FOOD...AND WERE FORCED TO WAIT DAYS WHILE DOLPHINS WERE USED TO CLEAR
MINES FORM THE PORT.
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OUTSIDE BASRA...MORE DISTURBING REPORTS OF IRAQIS SOLDIERS FIRING ON
THEIR PEOPLE AS THEY ATTEMPT TO FLEE IRAQ'S SECOND LARGEST CITY.
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"TWO OR THREE HUNDRED TRIED TO CROSS THE BRIDGE AND WERE SHELLED WITH
BRITISH FORCES ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO EVACUATE PEOPLE WHO ALSO HAVE
BEEN WITHOUT A SUPPLY OF FRESH WATER FOR DAYS.
IN THE NORTH...KURDISH FIGHTERS ARE POURING ACROSS WHAT HAD BEEN AN
IRAQI FRONTLINE...SAYING IRAQI FORCES HAVE RETREATED TO THE CITY OF
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As soldiers continue their work, an American crew is beginning work on another job: putting out oil well fires.
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The military released this photo and video from one such well in southern Iraq.
Firefighters say they may need up to a week at this one well.
One of the biggest problems has been gathering a water supply big enough to get the job done.
A Botetourt County judge accepted a plea agreement in court today, by finding a couple guilty of several counts of posessing and selling heroin.
20-year-old Sarah Thrasher and 21-year-old Kenaz (Keen-is) Pritchard were first charged with selling the drug last July.
They sold heroin to 19-year-old Drew McGalmary, a Radford University student who later died of an overdose.
The prosection says while they were out on bond for those drug charges, they continued to use and sell heroin.
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((LARRY MCGLAMARY/SON DIED FROM OVERDOSE; I REALLY FEEL HORRIBLE FOR THEM BUT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO SARAH AND KEENAZ HOWEVER LONG THEY SPEND IN PRISON, THEY'RE STILL ALIVE, MY SON, HE'S DEAD.))
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Because each defendant faces several distribution charges, the last offense is punishable with a possible sentence of life in prison.
Sentencing is set for June 24th.
The defendants remain in custody.
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With the war going and and the continued threat of terrorism, reports of suspicious activity were enough to shut down a New York City bridge for over two hours this morning.
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Police closed the Williamsburg Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Brooklyn.
They say bridge workers spotted three intoxicated men in an off- limits area.
But after questioning them, authorities determined that no terrorism was involved.
They say it was just a case of a "few guys sitting around drinking."
Traffic had been backed up while police checked out the
They've since re-opened the bridge.
The outlook is bleak for those living in Hong Kong.
That's according to one health official, who predicts more people in that region will come down with the mystery flu- like illness that's killed more than 50 people worldwide.
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But he denies Hong Kong was slow to take decisive action against severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.
The city is now planning to strengthen health checks on travelers.
Meanwhile, in Singapore, officials say they've nearly doubled the number of people under quarantine.
The World Health Organization recommends that people exposed to SARS be barred from planes.
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Alcohol opponents ready their challenge. Still ahead, Roanoke's Civic Center may not be in the clear for more beer.
And as a new contract vote nears, negotiations resume at a plant whose future may be in question.
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Contract negotiations between the Radford Foundry and its employees will continue today, amid suggestions that the plant's future survival may be at stake.
Employees have already 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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Opponents of increased beer and wine sales at the Roanoke Civic Center are promising to appeal this week's decision permitting sales at more events.
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.
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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.
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((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 DISATISFACTION WITH THIS AND OUR OBJECTION TO THIS BY TAKING THIS TO RICHMOND.))
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Opponents have 30 days to appeal the decision of the hearing officer. Then it's up to the three-member Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Richmond to issue a final order.
Many area flood victims will now be able to receive federal assistance.
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.
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((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.))
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The areas eligible for federal assistance include the cities of Roanoke and Salem and Montgomery County.
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Those in need of flood recovery aid can apply by calling FEMA.
That number is 1-800-621-FEMA.
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Some William Fleming High School Students are going beyond the classrooms and school halls to get the word out to their friends: smoking can kill.
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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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.
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New inventions may keep more wounded troops alive. We'll take a closer look next on News 7 at Noon. (--------------
And Florida is supposed to be the Sunshine State, but for now, some residents might be calling it the Tornado State.
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As the U-S remains at war with Iraq, the army is beefing up its ability to save soldiers injured on the battlefield. The main challenge with battlefield injuries is to stop the bleeding.
Now, some new inventions are helping the troops keep more of the wounded alive...until they can be transported to a hospital.
Wendy Rigby shows us how.
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(( IN COMBAT, MORE THAN HALF OF THE WOUNDS ARE TO THE LIMBS. THE DANGER IS VERY REAL.
Vietnam IN VIETNAM, 25-HUNDRED SOLDIERS BLED TO DEATH OF INJURIES THEY COULD HAVE SURVIVED, IF ONLY THEY HAD A WAY TO STOP THE BLEEDING. Fort Sam Houston NOW, MILITARY TRAINEES ARE FORT SAM HOUSTON ARE LEARNING TO USE THE LATEST MEDICAL TOOLS FOR THE FIELD. USER FRIENDLY INVENTIONS.
MAJ George Appenzeller, MD/DEP'T. OF COMBAT MEDIC TRAINING "THE ARMY HAS GONE TO MULTIPLE NEW DEVICES...SOME DEVELOPED BY THE ARMY...SOME DEVELOPED BY CIVILIANS...INCLUDING A TOURNIQUET THAT CAN BE PUT ON EITHER BY THE SOLDIER OR ONE OF THIS BUDDIES OR THE MEDIC."
IT'S CONSIDERED THE FIRST IMPROVEMENT TO THE TOURNIQUET SINCE THE CIVIL WAR...A DEVICE MADE OF TWO NYLON STRAPS AND A RED HANDLE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO CINCH IT TIGHTLY WITH JUST ONE HAND.
Donald Parsons/COMBAT MEDIC CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT "THIS WILL BECOME CONSTRICTIVE ENOUGH THAT IT WILL STOP THE BLEEDING. AND IT'S SOMETHING RELATIVELY SIMPLE AND EASY THAT A SOLDIER, A CASUALTY COULD PUT ON HIMSELF."
ANOTHER INCREDIBLE NEW TOOL IS WHAT'S CALLED A HEMOSTATIC BANDAGE...SO STICKY IT CAN STOP ARTERIAL BLEEDING.
"IT BASICALLY FORMS LIKE A SUPER GLUE SO IT DOESN'T ACTUALLY CLOT IT. BUT GUMS EVERYTHING UP, SPREADS OVER IT LIKE SUPER GLUE AND THEN STOPS THE BLEEDING."
"THE SOLDIERS WILL BE ISSUED THESE DRESSINGS THAT THEY CAN USE TO STOP ARTERIAL HEMORRHAGE ON THE BATTLEFIELD."
ANOTHER NEWLY-DEVELOPED PRODUCT IS A HEMOSTATIC POWDER. IT'S DRY AND GRANULATED AND IS POURED DIRECTLY ON THE WOUND. WHEN PRESSURE IS APPLIED, THE POWDER ACTS AS A COAGULANT, STOPPING THE BLEEDING. AND THE NEWEST KIND OF PRESSURE DRESSING IN USE BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS WAS DEVELOPED BY THE ISRAELIS.
IT'S A STRETCHY BAND THAT USES A PLASTIC DEVICE TO MAKE THE BANDAGE REVERSE ON ITSELF, CREATING A TIGHT SEAL THAT WILL LAST DURING TRANSPORT.
"AND IT CAN BE APPLIED FASTER, EASIER, IT'S MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE CONVENTIONAL DRESSING THAT THE ARMY CURRENTLY HAS."
AND IT'S CHEAPER THAN WHAT'S CURRENTLY IN USE. THE TIMES ARE CHANGING.
"WE WANT TO TREAT CASUALTIES DIFFERENT IN A COMBAT SITUATION THAN WE WOULD ON THE STREETS OF SAN ANTONIO." WENDY RIGBY FOR CBS NEWS))
In modern battles, when special troops sometimes travel deep into enemy territory, it's sometimes hours, or even days before the wounded get advanced help.
Soldiers in this war will be equipped with these new devices to give them a fighting chance at survival if they're bleeding.
Florida residents have a lot of cleaning up to do this weekend following deadly tornadoes that killed one resident and injured at least a dozen others.
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A drive through this neighborhood reveals significant damage.
Dozens of residents were forced to spend the night in shelters.
A twister knocked down power lines, uprooted trees, ripped the roofs off several buildings, and flattened one home.
A 67- year- old man was killed when a large tree branch crashed into his living room.
The National Weather Service says the high winds also caused several tractor- trailers to overturn.
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 27 points. Nasdaq was DOWN 5.
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Coming up, Tech may be looking to Rhode Island for its new basketball coach.
And J.J. Redick and Duke can start looking ahead to next year, after the Devils fall out west.
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Eight more college teams continue their road to the Final Four tonight.
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Here are the games you can watch on Your Hometown Station.
We'll start with Texas and UConn .. then its Maryland and Michigan State. Our coverage begins at seven.
The road for J.J. Redick and Duke came to a dead end last night against Kansas.
Redick helped the Blue Devils get off to an early nine-point lead with a long three-pointer .. 22-13 Duke.
It was close most of the way.
Well into the second half, Casey Sanders gets the block, then Daniel Ewing finds Dahntay Jones for the slam, and Duke leads 56-54.
But Kansas takes it over from there.
Nick Collison gets his own rebound and steps over Michael Thompson for the lay-up.
The Jayhawks lead 65-59, and move on to with a 69-65 victory.
Published reports say Rhode Island coach Jim Baron is talking to Virginia Tech officials about the head basketball coaching job in Blacksburg.
Baron's record is 232-and-233 after 16 years at Saint Francis, Saint Bonaventure and Rhode Island.
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The war in Iraq is just over a week old and the conflict is hitting close to home for Virginia Tech linebacker Mikal Baaqee.
Baaqee's brother is a Marine in the Middle East.
Travis Wells caught up with the sophomore, whose thoughts are thousands of miles away.
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((The smile on Mikal Baaqee's face cannot mask his concern for his 28 year old brother Shakir. Shakir is a lance corporal in the Marines, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. So as Mikal goes through spring football practice, he wonders how Shakir's week is going half a world away.
Mikal sent his brother two letters last week, but he hasn't seen him in nearly two months. While he is anxious to know about developments in the war, he's tried to distance himself from the constant media coverage.
Ironically, Baaqee is a practicing Muslim, which is seen in a much different light since September 11th, 2001.
Travis: In another twist of fate, Baaqee's brother wasn't even supposed to ship out from Camp Pendelton a few weeks ago. Shakir was scheduled to be discharged this past February. Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))
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As Teri Okita reported earlier, dolphins are other ocean creatures are starting to make some real waves in the war.
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The U-S Navy is training the animals as secret weapons.
An in- built sonar allows the dolphins to detect mines on the sea bed, while their agility allows them to avoid floating explosives.
They'll help ensure that ships can dock safely at the southern port of Umm Qasr, which is a vital gateway for the humanitarian aid effort to Iraq.
But dolphins aren't the ONLY animal animals serving in the war.
The Navy's also using sea lions to guard ships.
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