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((IF YOU CAN SEE ME I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU, AND THAT I SUPPORT YOU AND I AM SO SO PROUD OF YOU.))
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The wife of a rescued P-O-W sends a message of love to her husband, one of seven who were found alive.
A live update on the war, straight ahead.
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And, after a weekend shooting, two Roanoke City police officers are on administrative leave. [WX-Head]
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Expect abundant sunshine to start the work week with unseasonaby warm temperatures. How long will the pleasant conditions last? The answer in the 7-Day planner coming up.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A word of thanks and encouragement to U-S forces still in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the families of seven American P-O-Ws just rescued this weekend are preparing for their return.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[SUPER=219-Kimberly McBroom/kmcbroom*wdbj7.com;]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
In the latest blow to Saddam Hussein's former regime, U-S forces are now infiltrating his hometown.
Troops have seized the presidential palace in Tikrit, without a fight.
But in other area, troops are encountering some hard- core resistance.
And in the capital city, Iraqis and U-S troops are working together to patrol the streets.
Hundreds of Iraqi police officers showed up at the police academy in response to a call for patrols to stop the looting in Baghdad.
Teri Okita is in Kuwait City, and joins us now with the latest.
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WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE ... U.S. MARINES ROLLED INTO TIKRIT ... SADDAM HUSSEIN'S ANCESTRAL HOMETOWN. THEY SECURED THE CENTER OF CITY AND ENTERED A PRESIDENTIAL PALACE.

SOT: BRIG. GEN. VINCENT BROOKS/US. CENTRAL COMMAND

"WE ARE NOW INTERACTING WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO SEE WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE."
COMMANDERS ARE HOPING CIVILIANS WILL HELP LOCATE ANY IRAQI MILITIA WHO MAY BE HIDING IN TIKRIT.
THERE'S ALSO WORD THAT EVERY OILFIELD IN IRAQ IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE U-S AND ITS ALLIES. BUT U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND SAYS IT COULD BE WEEKS BEFORE ANY OF THEM START PUMPING OIL AGAIN.

SOT: BROOKS (07:40:40)

"THE OIL SYSTEM HAS BEEN NEGLECTED BY THE REGIME FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS."

(LOCATOR: BAGHDAD)



(NATZ OF MARINES ARRESTING LOOTERS)


THE DAYS OF LOOTING AND LAWLESSNESS ARE COMING TO AN END IN BAGHDAD. COALITION TROOPS HAVE BEGUN ROUNDING UP LOOTERS ...WITH THE HELP OF SOME 2000 IRAQI POLICE WHO SHOWED UP FOR WORK ON MONDAY.

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ANOTHER SIGN OF HOPE ... PEOPLE ARE RETURNING TO BAGHDAD'S MARKETS.
AND THE SEVEN AMERICAN POW'S RESCUED SUNDAY ARE IN KUWAIT GETTING MEDICAL ATTENTION. THEY SPOKE OF A HARROWING THREE WEEK ORDEAL, BUT SAY THEY WERE GIVEN ADEQUATE FOOD AND MEDICAL TREATMENT. FOUR AMERICANS ARE STILL LISTED AS MISSING IN IRAQ. ))

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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They're America's newest heroes.
The seven former P-O-Ws are now in Kuwait, and will soon be back on U-S soil.
Stacy Case reports.
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((
TRACK: THEY'RE IN GOOD CONDITION AND READY TO COME HOME. THE SEVEN
RESCUED POW'S WERE HELD BY IRAQIS FOR 3 WEEKS--- MOVED AND HIDDEN
NUMEROUS TIMES--- MOST THOUGHT THEY WOULD DIE.



(SOT-Lt. Col. Ruth Lee/Army Nurse)

"they had some bruises and scrapes, I am not liberty to talk about, they were very happy and healthy".
TRACK: THE SEVEN ARE IN KUWAIT UNDERGOING MEDICAL TESTS. 2 ARE APACHE HELICOPTER PILOTS WHO WERE SHOT DOWN-- INCLUDING CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER DAVID WILLIAMS BASED AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS.

SOT, MICHELLE WILLIAMS/ DAVID WILLIAMS' WIFE

I just want to get my arms around him again and cry with him want to be with him again.

5 OTHERS BELONGED TO THE SAME MAINTENANCE UNIT AT JESSICA LYNCH--- THE

POW RESCUED FROM AN IRAQI HOSPITAL IN A DARING SPECIAL OPS RAID. SHOSHANA JOHNSON WAS THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE GROUP OF SEVEN. THE SINGLE MOTHER HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE FOOT.

SOT, THERESA ROWLAND/ FRIEND OF SHOSHANA JOHNSON

when I saw shana I just was so happy I started screaming
NAT: memorial service TRACK: THE COMMUNITY AT FORT BLISS, TEXAS REMEMBERED 9 OTHERS KILLED IN ACTION LAST WEEK. NEWS OF THE RESCUE GIVES REASON TO CELEBRATE.
SUPER: COL. BEN HOBSON, CHIEF OF STAFF FT. BLISS Our five are back and it's great news for fort bliss.

TRACK: WEARING STRIPED PRISON PAJAMAS---- THE 7 WERE RESCUED FROM A

HOUSE SOUTH OF TIKRIT. IT'S NOT CLEAR IF IRAQI SOLDIERS OR TOWNSPEOPLE TIPPED THE MARINES WHO FOUND THE POW'S. FOUR AMERICANS ARE STILL MISSING IN ACTION. THE PENTAGON SAYS THERE'S A POSSIBLITY THEY'LL NEVER BE FOUND. BUT THESE SEVEN RESCUES BRING SEVEN GOOD REASONS TO HOPE. STACY CASE, CBS NEWS )) [WX-Tease] ((KIM TOSS TO BRENT)) [4/14/2003]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Two Roanoke City police officers are on administrative leave until further notice, as officials investigate a weekend shooting. The officers were responding to a loud music call on Madison Avenue around midnight Sunday morning when they stopped 20 year old Antonio Lee Taylor.
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Police say as the officers talked to Taylor, he moved his car, striking Officer M-E Thompson in the leg. Officer Thompson then fired several shots at Taylor, one of which hit him in the chest. The car then struck the porch of a home on Madison Avenue. Taylor was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial, but his condition is not being released.
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He faces charges of assault on a police officer and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

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Rescue crews are back on the New River today, looking for a boater who disappeared this weekend.
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40 year old James Pearly Simonds of Stuarts Draft was last seen around one o'clock Saturday. Witnesses told police they saw the man heading downstream on the top of a capsized boat. Yesterday, crews searched the river and river banks as police searched by helicopter. Rescue personnel found the boat about a mile and a half downstream from where Simonds was last seen.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Death for two, life for two others. Still ahead, sentences for a deadly car bombing outside a U-S consulate.
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And Chinese officials admit for the the first time that SARS is a lot worse than they've been saying before.
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Chinese leaders are stepping back from earlier assurances that the SARS outbreak is under control.
The premier now says the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome is ``grave.''
Worldwide, there are about three thousand confirmed or suspected cases of SARS.
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In Hong Kong, universities re- opened today after having shut down for two weeks to try to break the infection cycle.
The virus has an incubation period of up to a week.
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Meanwhile, there IS some progress. Scientists in Canada say they've identified the genetic code of the virus suspected of causing SARS.

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A Pakistani court has convicted four men for their involvement in a deadly terrorist attack.
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The men were convicted in last summer's suicide car bombing outside the U-S consulate in Karachi that killed a dozen people and wounded 50 others.
Two of the men received death sentences.
The other pair got life terms.
Meanwhile, another man was acquitted.
The four men are alleged to be members of an Islamic militant group. They were convicted of murder and other charges by the special anti- terrorism court.
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Senator George Allen is using his Easter Break to make several stops in Southwest Virginia today. Before the trip, he worked with lawmakers to provide money for the initial costs of the war in Iraq.
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On Friday, the Senate approved a compromise bill that provides nearly 80- billion dollars for the war and its aftermath. The House added its stamp of approval on Saturday. The fast-track legislation also contains funds to combat terrorism, boost defenses at home and give new aid to airlines.
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Senator George Allen says he's satisfied with the budget, but would've liked to have seen more money set aside for job creation.
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((GEORGE ALLEN: THE PART THAT HAS TO DO WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS IS NOT AS GOOD AS I WOULD HAVE LIKED IT TO BE, I THINK WE NEED TO DO MORE AS FAR AS TAX POLICY, AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, TO REDUCE TAXES ON INVESTORS, ON FAMILIES, AND INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES SO THAT THEY WILL INVEST AND CREATE MORE JOBS.))
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Allen's schedule today includes stops in Hillsville, the Volvo plant near Dublin, and Giles County.
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It's down day for the Dan, and that has South Boston looking up. Still ahead, the latest on flood conditions.
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And wildlife experts are thrilled over a new video tape of mating pandas .. but we promise it's OK for family viewing.
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[11World-Record]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A Shawsville preacher is presumably getting plenty of rest today, after making history the hard way. And as Jennifer Wishon reports, it may be the only time the Bible ever put this pastor to sleep.
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((AND THEY RAN IN WITH THEIR NOSES SO HIGH THAT THEY BOTH DROWNED BEFORE THEY GOT TO THE CAR. LAUGHTER))
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He couldn't open his eyes and had trouble walking, But after more than 50 hours of preaching Reverend Norman Ramsey was still making his congregation laugh.
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((JAMES COLE/WHITE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH: WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH HIM, HE HAS HAD AN ABILITY TO GET ALONG WITH FOLKS. HE'S HAD AN ABILITY TO, AT THE RIGHT TIMES, MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH OR MAKE PEOPLE CRY.))
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A while back Ramsey received a challenge. Preach for more than 50 hours and set a new world record. On Sunday he completed the challenge, but it wasn't easy.
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((REV. NORMAN RAMSEY: I CAME CLOSE LAST NIGHT, I DID ONE PSALM ASLEEP. I THINK I FELL ASLEEP ON PSALM 117 BUT THEN I KEPT ON TALKING.))
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The Dan River is still above flood stage around South Boston, but the levels are heading down. The river was about four feet over the flood mark early this morning, and the National Weather Service reports some minor flooding in the South Boston area, but the Dan is expected to continue receding for the next several days.
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Wall Street is off to a strong start for the week. At Noon
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the Dow was UP 110 points. Nasdaq UP 16 points.


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Still ahead in sports, a Canadian lefty makes history at Augusta.
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And will pay a visit to Martinsville, where Jeff Gordon can add a fourth trophy to his case.
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NASCAR gets a week off -- there is no racing this coming Easter Sunday. Jeff Gordon and his team will probably be among those enjoying the break the most, after Gordon picked up his fourth career Martinsville victory. And as Mike Stevens reports, there was more going on at the track than turning left.
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Mike Weir has added a new green jacket to his wardrobe last night after winning the first playoff in 13 years at the Masters.
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To Augusta National we go, where Tiger Woods struggled to a round of 75 after a double bogey at the day's third hole.
He finished nine shots off the pace.
It was also that kind of day for third round leader Jeff Maggert, who carded a 75 as well, only good enough for fifth place.
Len Mattiace (muh-TEESE) was in the hunt, though.
Mattiace made three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to finish at 7-under for the tourney.
A shot for birdie certainly helped.
But Weir made 2 great saves on the way in to also finish at 7-under and force a playoff.
On the first hole of sudden death, Mattiace found trouble and Weir just had to make bogey.
He becomes the first Canadian to win the Masters, and the first lefthander to win a major in 40 years.
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[Panda-Mating]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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And finally on this Monday, it's no secret that pandas tend to be camera shy--
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So, it's no wonder that wildlife researchers are so encouraged by their success at filming the mating of a panda couple in the wild.
It's the first time the ritual has been captured on film.
Researchers have tracked and observed pandas for more than 50 years, but have yet to encounter them mating in their natural habitat.
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