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It's a spectacle that's being compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall--
The statue of the man who's ruled Iraq with an iron fist for nearly a quarter century comes crashing down today.
We'll reaction from a local Iraqi family.
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And, the man convicted of murdering a Vinton family is scheduled for execution tonight.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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Saddam Hussein has fallen--
Although it's a Saddam made of metal, some Iraqis are celebrating in the streets of Baghdad.
U-S Marines helped bring down the giant statue.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The dominant symbol of Saddam Hussein's regime is now on the ground.
Before that major event unfolded, a column of U-S tanks rolled into the Central Baghdad Square.
Iraqi reaction to all of this is mixed.
Some are celebrating.
Others, meanwhile are looting government offices in the midst of the chaos.
But there are still pockets of Iraqi resistance in other parts of the capital city.
Teri Okita is in Kuwait City this afternoon, and joins us now with the latest.
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(NATZ PULLING DOWN SADDAM STATUE)


IN A SYMBOLIC TIGHTENING OF THE NOOSE, A STATUE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN CAME CRASHING DOWN IN ONE OF BAGHDAD'S MAIN SQUARES. A WEEK AGO, THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT FOR SUCH BRAZEN DISSENT, BUT WITH SADDAM NOWHERE TO BE FOUND, IRAQIS ARE CELEBRATING THEIR FREEDOM LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

(NATZ OF TANKS ROLLING INTO TOWN)


WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT, A COLUMN OF U.S. TANKS ROLLED INTO THE CENTRAL BAGHDAD SQUARE ... AS COMMANDERS DECLARED THAT THE CAPITAL CITY WAS NO LONGER UNDER THE IRAQI REGIME'S CONTROL. MARINES TOOK UP POSITIONS WHERE IRAQI MILITIA WERE STATIONED JUST 2 DAYS AGO.

SOT: PVT. PATRICK SHARPE/USMC)

"I WAS EXPECTING MORE GUNFIRE, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET OUR GUARD DOWN."

(NATZ OF IRAQI FIGHTER SHOOTING)


THERE ARE STILL POCKETS OF RESISTANCE IN OTHER PARTS OF TOWN. THESE IRAQI FIGHTERS FIRED AT COALITION TROOPS IN EASTERN BAGHDAD.

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(SOME SPORADIC FIGHTING AROUND BRIDGES.)



(NATZ OF LOOTING)


SOME PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING WHAT MIGHT BE CALLED THE "SPOILS OF WAR" ... LOOTING GOVERNMENT OFFICES ... EVEN USING MULES TO CARRY STUFF AWAY.

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IN THE NORTH, CELEBRATIONS WERE EVEN MORE JUBILANT...WITH KURDS LITERALLY DANCING IN THE STREETS. OVER THE YEARS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF KURDS DIED AT THE HANDS OF SADDAM. )

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The Bush administration is pleased, but cautious after the symbolic fall of Saddam Hussein this morning in downtown Baghdad.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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IT MAY BE A SYMBOLIC SIGN THAT THE WAR IS COMING TO AN END...

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THE TUMBLING OF THIS SADDAM HUSSEIN STATUE IN HEART OF BAGHDAD. THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS IT IT'S A HISTORIC MOMENT.

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(SOT: CHENEY We are seeing the collapse of the central regime

authority.)
THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT REFLECTS THE DESIRE OF IRAQIS TO BE FREE, BUT WARNS THE WAR IS NOT OVER.

(SOT: CHENEY I will caution everybody that we still have a lot to do.)


AND THE VICE PRESIDENT WARNED SADDAM STILL CONTROLS POCKETS OF THE REGION, AND FIERCE FIGHTING MAY REMAIN. BUT THE 24-YEAR REGIME "IS" COLLAPSING, IF NOT OFFICIALLY, THEN AT LEAST IN STONE.
SIRGANY STAND-UP: ))

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The celebratory mood has spread to northern Iraq, as word spread that Saddam's rule appears to be falling apart.
Allen Pizzey has that story.
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Iraquis living in the Roanoke Valley are celebrating the arrival of U-S troops in central Baghdad, and the likely end of Saddam Hussein's regime.
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Few have spoken with their relatives in Iraq since the war started.
But today, they spent an emotional morning watching the events unfold on Kuwaiti television.
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((I CRIED EMOTIONALLY AND THIS MOMENT I WAS WAITING ON FOREVER AND A DAY. AND I FEEL WE WERE BORN ALL OVER AGAIN. AND THE HISTORY WILL RECORD EVERY BIT OF THIS MOMENT.))
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Members of Roanoke's Iraqui community say they now look forward to the day they will be able to visit their families again.

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Air Force officials confirm that a Virginia airman is missing in Iraq.
They told relatives of Major William Watkins yesterday that his whereabouts are unknown.
Watkins grew up in South Boston, and his mother lives in Danville.
He is based in North Carolina.
Military officials won't discuss his mission in Iraq.

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In just about nine hours from now, the state will put convicted killer Earl Bramblett to death.
Yesterday Bramblett told a reporter he's a victim of unfair treatment of the legal system.
In 1997, Bramblett was convicted of killing the Hodges family in Vinton and burning down their house.
In a telephone interview with the associated press, Bramblett says he is innocent and was set up by police.
Bramblett says he chose electrocution because he did not want the appearance of ..quote.. "an antiseptic execution taking place as a result of a fair trial.''

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An accident has shut down the westbound lanes of Route 460 near Montvale.
Authorities say at least one tractor-trailer is involved.
Rescue crews on the scene have called for Lifeguard 10.
But there's no word yet on the number of injuries.
Again, that accident on Route 460 is in the westbound lanes near Montvale.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Rockbridge County develops a plan to deal with long-standing problems at its courthouse.
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Plus we will see how SARS is forcing some churches to change the way their parishioners worship.
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Indonesian police have turned over nine more suspects in the fatal Bali bombings.
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That brings the number of suspects ready for trial to 15.
A total of 29 people were arrested in the bombings that ripped through two nightclubs on October 12th.
More than 200 people were killed, most of them tourists.
The trials are expected to attract world attention, especially from Australia, which lost around 90 people in the tragedy.
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS has claimed the life of an American who's been living in China.
His six-year-old son is in the hospital.
Friends say 51- year -old James Salisbury had been sick for about a month.
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SARS is also affecting places of worship.
The Roman Catholic Church has suspended confessions in Singapore because of the deadly virus.
Catholics in Singapore are already banned from holding or shaking hands in church, and holy communion waters can only be issued in the palm of the hand.
Singapore has the world's fourth- highest number of cases, 118.
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Rockbridge County and City of Lexington leaders have agreed on a basic plan to improve their court facilities.
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Last fall Judge George Honts ordered the localities to improve the aging facility, and provide better security. Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors and City Council agreed to pursue a plan that would incorporate the Kappa Alpha buildings nearby, and construct a new facility UNDER the Courthouse Square. A group of architects will now study the option and report back to the city and county at the beginning of May. The court will still have to approve the plan.
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A long time Roanoke landmark will remain, despite a rough winter.
A February snowstorm damaged the Yellow Cab Building, but the owners say their company and its neon sign will survive.
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The snow and ice caused roof supports to buckle, and the Yellow Cab building was damaged beyond repair.
It's now slated to come down within a month, but owners Bill and Steve Roberts plan to move the sign to another building they own nearby.
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((STEVE ROBERTS/YELLOW CAB CO.; REMEMBER JUST AS CHILDREN OUR FATHER COMING HOME AT NIGHT TALKING ABOUT THE CAB COMPANY, THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED HERE AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED HERE OVER THE YEARS. IT HAS BEEN QUITE A HISTORY.)) ((BILL ROBERTS/YELLOW CAB CO.; WE'RE HAPPY TO SAY AND ANNOUNCE THAT THIS SIGN WILL BE RELIGHTED WITHIN TWO WEEKS ON THE BUILDING BEHIND ME. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP IT HERE WITH OUR SERVICE AS WE PLAN TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS AS WE HAVE.))
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The Roberts brothers say they are sad to lose a building that's been part of the family business for 75 years, but they say they're proud of employees who have kept the cab company operating during a difficult time.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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He may not get respect, but Rodney Dangerfield did get brain surgery. We'll have an update on a comedy legend' after a short break.
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It appears that Americans are trying the patience of Uncle Sam.
The Internal Revenue Service says it's expecting almost 40- percent of this year's returns to be filed in the final days of the tax season.
The I-R-S says 52- million returns are expected between now and the April 15th deadline.
Tax officials say usually the late filers are those who owe money, or have complicated returns.

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Comedian Rodney Dangerfield is intensive care after undergoing brain surgery yesterday.
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Doctors performed the operation to prepare the 81- year- old Dangerfield for an upcoming heart valve replacement.
The brain surgery took about eight hours.
His publicist says Dangerfield will spend about 10 days in the hospital.
His heart valve surgery is planned about three weeks after that.
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The legendary comic has been in frail health since suffering a heart attack in November 2001, but has remained active.
A straight-to-video movie called ``The Fourth Tenor'' was just released.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 35 points. The NASDAQ has lost 12.

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Coming up, the Roanoke Express tries to extend the E-C-H-L season.
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and one of NASCAR's top teams makes some changes at the top..
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Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett will have a new crew chief this weekend in Martinsville.
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Robert Yates Racing has released Brad Parrott after seven races and one victory.
Parrott's brother Todd is also taking a leave of absence as team manager.
Garth Finley and Richard Buck will run Jarrett's team at Martinsville this weekend.
Brad Parrott took over for his brother this season when Todd gave up his job as crew chief to move into a
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competition- based role for Yates drivers Jarrett and Elliott Sadler.
Brad Parrott reached Victory Lane in just his second race, guiding Jarrett to a win at North Carolina Speedway.
It was Jarrett's only top ten finish of the season.
It's the second straight quick crew- chief change for Jarrett.
Jimmy Elledge left a few races into the 2002 season, when he and Todd Parrott were struggling to work together.
Jarrett, the 1999 Winston Cup champion, is 15th in the point standings.

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The Express season ended last night thanks to Daniel Berthiuame and the Greensboro Generals.
Steve Mason has a recap of game four of the ECHL playoffs.
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Monday night, the men put on quite a show in New Orleans.
Last night it was the ladies' turn, as Tennessee and Connecticut hooked up in the NC-Double-A women's national title game.
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More than 28 thousand fans jammed the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as the two marquee teams over the past decade met to decide it all.
Tennessee wanted to run and run some more.
But these kinds of transition opportunities were few and far between for the Lady Vols, who played catchup most of the way. Diana Taurasi played like the All-American and national player of year that she is, by knocking in a variety of shots.

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U-Conn wins it 73 to 68, as Taurasi scores 28.
There are NO seniors on this Connecticut team.
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The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins were snowed out Monday and it almost happened again yesterday.
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After working for hours and hours to clear the snow from Yankee Stadium - New York was able to play its home opener, and the wait was well worth it. In the fifth inning - Hideki Matsui sent the fans home with something to remember as the Japanese star hit this grand slam in his pinstripe debut. The Yankees beat the Twins 7-to-3 as Matsui gets his first New York curtain call.
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