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President Bush rallies the troops at Camp Lejeune, and comforts the families of those who paid the ultimate price for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A live update on the war, straight ahead.
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And, fire breaks out this morning at a Roanoke motel.
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Another great day to get outside and enjoy these mild temperatures because it'll change over the weekend. I'll have your forecast..
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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This is footage of special forces making their daring raid of one of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.
Meanwhile, U-S troops only have a few more miles to travel beofre they reach the Iraqi capital.
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[Iraq]


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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
U-S forces are closing in on Baghdad.
That, as officials say it appears Iraqi forces are on the verge of collapse.
Army troops are closing in on the Iraqi capital from the southwest, while Marine units are advancing from the southeast.
A spokesman for U-S military planners says once the decision is made to actually enter the Iraqi capital, troops will be there ''within a matter of hours.''
Teri Okita has the latest on the war from Kuwait.
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UNDER FIRE FROM IRAQI TROOPS...A HELICOPTER GUNSHIP CLEARS THE WAY FOR U.S. SPECIAL FORCES AS THEY PAY A VISIT TO A PRESIDENTIAL PALACE ABOUT 50 MILES OUT SIDE OF BAGHDAD.

SOT: BRIG. GEN. VINCENT BROOKS/CENTRAL COMMAND

"WE DIDN'T FIND ANY REGIME LEADERS, BUT WE DID FIND A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION."

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FIELD COMMANDERS SAY U.S. TROOPS ARE CLOSING IN ON BAGHDAD'S MAIN AIRPORT, ONLY 12 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY.

SOT: VOICE OF CAPT. FRANK THORP/CENTRAL COMMAND

"POSITIONING THEMSELVES TO ENGAGE THAT FIGHT AT A TIME OF OUR CHOICE."
STILL DEFIANT, IRAQI LEADERS SEE IT DIFFERENTLY.

SOT: Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf/IRAQI INFORMATION MINISTER

"THEY ARE NOT NEAR BAGHDAD, DON'T BELIEVE THEM"

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THERE'S NO DENYING THAT CIVILIAN CASUALTIES ARE MOUNTING DESPITE COALITION ATTEMPTS TO HIT ONLY MILITARY TARGETS. THIS MAN SAYS HE LOST NINE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY..CALLING IT AN INJUSTICE AND A CRIME.
THERE HAVE BEEN RECENT COALITION SETBACKS...THE DOWNING OF FA-18 FIGHTER JET AND THE LOSS OF AN APACHE HELICOPTER.

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"WE BELIEVE WE DO HAVE SOME CAUSALITIES AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE DON'T THINK IT WAS THE RESULT OF HOSTILE FIRE." ))

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President Bush this morning gave thanks to the U-S Marines and their families at a huge war rally at Camp Lejeune.

Aleen Sirgany reports.
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RALLYING 20-THOUSAND OF MARINES AT CAMP LEJUNE TODAY, PRESIDENT BUSH PRAISED THE ROLE THEY AND THEIR COLLEAGUES OVERSEAS ARE PLAYING IN THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ.

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AT THE NORTH CAROLINA MARINE BASE, THE PRESIDENT STRESSED THE MOST DANGEROUS DAYS ARE YET TO COME, BUT THE U.S WILL PREVAIL.

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AMID THE TONE OF VICTORY LIES THE PAINFUL REALITY OF WAR. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF WILL MEET WITH THE FAMILIES OF FIVE CAMP LEJEUNE SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN THE WAR. THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS IT THE PRESIDENTS SAD, TOUGH, EMOTIONAL BUT IMPORTANT DUTY.

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AS THE WAR CONTINUES, SO DOES THE DEBATE SURROUNDING A POST WAR IRAQ. AND TODAY, MEETING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN BRUSSELS, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL SAID NATO IS WILLING TO CONSIDER A ROLE ROLE IN REBUILDING THE COUNTRY.

(SOT)COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE

I'm pleased there is at least a receptive attitude here today that NATO is willing to consider that.

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There were some anxious moments for morning commuters and owners of a Roanoke motel. A small fire broke out at the Days Inn on Orange Avenue.
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Richard Lesko is there and joins us with more.
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((ROLLCUE:..could have been much worse.))
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A Danville company is adding 50-new jobs. Columbia Flooring will expand its hardware floor manufacturing operations with a one-point-six million dollar investment. The 50-positions being created are a new third shift at the plant. Columbia currently employs 159-people. Danville officials say the news is a strong vote of confidence in the region's workforce and pro-business climate.

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Twenty-eight million dollars worth of improvements are in the works for staff and students at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.
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City leaders and educators broke ground for the project this morning.
The renovations will add a new science wing to the rear, air conditioning and make the building more handicapped accessible.
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((SUSAN MORRISON/E.C. GLASS PRINCIPAL: IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME BUT THE RESULTS ARE SO MUCH WORTH THE WAIT, I REALLY JUST THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD NEVER GET HERE. IT'S REALLY BEEN NINE YEARS IN THE PLANNING, I GUESS, WE STARTED THIS A LONG TIME AGO AND LOOKING AHEAD TO WHAT WE WOULD NEED TO HELP EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS AND IT'S HAPPENING.))
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The city is using historic tax credits to help defray some of the costs of the project.
It's expected to take three years to complete.
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Another body is discovered in the New River. An autopsy should determine if it is the body of a missing man from Roanoke.
We'll have the details after the break.
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Also we will see how a new procedure is reducing the pain and recovery time associated with prostate cancer surgery.
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The Palestinian death toll has climbed to six following the latest clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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Israeli forces also demolished several buildings in the raid.
Dozens of tanks and helicopter gunships attacked a refugee camp in Gaza.
In the West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli troops shot and killed a leader of the militant Hamas group early this morning at his hideout.
Israel says the operation targeted buildings used by gunmen and arms smugglers.
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Authorities are trying to determine the identity of a body that was found in the New River. The remains were discovered yesterday evening near the Celanese Plant in Giles County. They have been sent to the medical examiners office for identification.
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Authorities are waiting to see if it may be the body of 50- year old John Wagner of Roanoke. Wagner and his friend 36- year old Ty Hodges disappeared after their boat capsized early last month while fishing. Last week, a railway engineer discovered Hodges' body in the same general area.
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The Blacksburg artist who was chosen to create a police memorial in the city of Roanoke is beginning his work. And today, he turned to members of the Police Department for help.
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This morning, a half dozen officers posed for sculptor Lawrence Bechtel (beck-TEL) and photographer Diane Goff.
The officers were positioned to reflect the model that Bechtel had already created. He says the session will help him capture the relationship between the two offficers.
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((LAWRENCE BECHTEL/SCULPTOR: IT'S AN ABSTRACT UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE LIVE MODELS IN PLACE, AND THEN YOU SEE THINGS THAT YOU MISSED IN THINKING ABOUT IT.)) ((OFFICER RICK MORRISON: I THINK THE PROCESS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT GIVES A TRUE REFLECTION OF WHAT WE DO OUT THERE. I THINK A LOT OF TIMES THE COMMUNITY DOESN'T REALIZE. THEY KNOW THE POLICE OFFICER, BUT SOMETIMES THE SACRIFICE WE MAKE FOR THEM IS SOMETIMES NOT AS ACKNOWLEDGED. AND THIS HOPEFULLY WILL BE A BEACON FOR THAT. ))
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Bechtel will take the information back to his Blacksburg studio, where he will create a one-third life-size scale model.
The department hopes to install the final version outside the police department in May of next year.
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and the surgery can be painful and debilitating.
Now a new technique may make the whole process a bit easier.
Dr. Sean Keniff explains.
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((70 YEAR OLD BIRGIR ARNASON IS ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN MEN WITH PROSTATE CANCER. HIS CANCER ADVANCED...HE NEEDED A RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY, THAT IS...THE SURGICAL REMOVAL OF HIS ENTIRE PROSTATE.

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"...I was given the choice of going under the old operation, or going under therapy, I didn't think it was too good, so I said to my wife there must be something better..."
DR. ARNON KRONGRAD, IS BIRGIR'S UROLOGIST.

SOT: DR. ARNON KRONGRAD/UROLOGIST

"...Radical prostactectomy is one of the bloodier operations, pain associated with radical prostatectomy can keep men away from their jobs, their lives their families for weeks, 4-6 weeks."

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"...Instead Dr. Krongrad prefers to perform a minimally invasive procedure called laparascopic radical prostatectomy or LRP. Though still a surgery it can have patients cancer free, and virtually pain free at the same time..."
LRP IS PERFORMED UNDER GENERAL ANESTHEISIA. INSTEAD OF A LARGE INCISION...JUST THREE SMALL PUNCTURE HOLES ARE MADE IN THE ABDOMEN. THEN A COMBINATION OF OPTICS, ROBOTICS...AND STEADY HANDS...REMOVE THE CANCEROUS TUMOR FROM HIS BODY. THE RESULTS ARE THE SAME BUT WITH LRP THERE'S LITTLE SIDE EFFECTS, AND EVEN LESS PAIN.

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"...The obvious, profound and tangible contribution of the lrp is in pain and suffering. The bleeding and the pain...."
BIRGIR WAS BACK ON HIS FEET IN A FEW DAYS...CANCER-FREE.

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"...I will tell everybody...to me this procedure is fantastic..."
TRACK: LRP IS NEW AND DIFFICULT TO PERFORM...A LOT OF THE RESULTS DEPEND ON EXPERIENCE AND THE SKILL OF THE SURGEON. DR. SEAN KENIFF, CBS NEWS.))
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll tell you why Virginia Tech's search for a men's basketball coach may be over.
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But first we'll tell you why some people are taking the opportunity to paint Saddam Hussein red, white, blue and a dozen other colors.
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Iraq is jumping ahead of the U-S, at least when it comes to the clock.
At midnight, Iraq goes to daylight- saving time, "springing forward" by one hour.
That'll put Iraq nine hours ahead of New York and 12 hours ahead of Los Angeles -- but not for long.
Early Sunday morning, the U-S switches to daylight-saving time.
Meanwhile, other Persian Gulf countries, including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia do not go on summer time.

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If you're aching to take a shot at Saddam Hussein, just head to New Mexico.
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A billboard featuring three pictures of Saddam was set up yesterday along an Interstate highway in southeast Albuquerque.
At first, it caused a lot of confusion and anger among those who saw it.
But soon the billboard's purpose became clear, when two local radio stations invited people to take paintball shots at the images of the Iraqi leader.
Each sharpshooter pays five dollars for the chance to aim the paintball gun at Saddam.
The proceeds will go to charity.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 21 points. The NASDAQ was UP one.

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The Roanoke Express heads to Greensboro tonight to kick off the post season. We'll have a preview after the break.
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Plus it looks like the Hokies have hired a new coach to head up their men's basketball team.
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Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said all along that he wanted to have a new coach hired before the Final Four in New Orleans. He not only has hired a coach, but he's hired one of Ricky Stokes' former coaches.
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Seth Greenberg, an assistant coach at UVa during the 1983-84 season when Stokes and company made it to the Final Four in Seattle will be named Virginia Tech's new head basketball coach.
That, possibly later today, according to multiple sources in Blacksburg and at the Final Four in New Orleans.
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Greenberg has spent the past seven seasons as the head coach of the South Florida Bulls. During that time his record was 113 wins and 101 losses.
This past season, his team finished 15 and 15 in conference USA. Before that he was at Long Beach State for six seasons. He is a 1978 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson. And his hiring is fairly surprising to most. Besides his tie to Virginia - Greenberg was an assistant at Columbia, Pitt and Long Beach State, where he worked under "Lefty" disciple Joe Harrington. His two head coaching stops have been at Long Beach and South Florida, where he won 213 games and lost 171.
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In a related note - Tech candidate and East Tennessee coach Ed DeChellis took the job at Penn State yesterday.

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The Express opens up its best of five game first- round ECHL playoff series at Greensboro tonight.
Steve Mason opens up our pregame coverage with another edition of Round House Wrap up.
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((The interim title under coach Tony MacAulay's title is gone, that the frame work for his new contract for next season is in the works and that completing a new deal is just a matter of the owners and MacAulay signing on the dotted line. ((TONY MACAULAY/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
Three Express players are on AHL call ups. The most important, center Dylan Gyori is with the Utah Grizzlies and probably won't be back. David Silverstone will replace Gyori on that Rick Kowalsky, Jason Jaffray line that has produced nearly 250 points. ((:)) ((:)) The Express faces goalie Daniel Berthiaume, who is 3-1 and 1 against Roanoke this season.)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:))
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