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The war in Iraq has claimed the life of another Virginian.
A 20- year- old Marine from Winchester died after being wounded in combat in Baghdad.
Lance Corporal David Edward Owens, Junior is the fifth Virginian killed in the war.
In other developments, it looks like the Bush administration has made a connection between Saddam Hussein and terrorism.
That after U-S forces captured an accused terrorist in Baghdad.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait City this morning, and joins us with the latest.
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[SUPER=204-Michael Franck and Sands Digital Media;]
[SUPER=201-Firas Shy By/Resident;]
[SUPER=201-Dr. Imad Najada/Iraqi Physician;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
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AMERICAN FORCES SAY THEY HAVE ACCUSED TERRORIST ABU ABBAS IN CUSTODY.
U-S OFFICIALS SAY HE IS THE MASTERMIND OF THE 19-85 HIJACKING OF THE
ACHILLE LAURO CRUISE SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.
DURING THAT ATTACK AMERICAN LEON KLINGHOFFER WAS KILLED.
AFTER THE HIJACKING ABBAS MOVED TO IRAQ... INVITED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN AS
HE EXPLAINS IN THIS 2001 INTERVIEW.
(SOT-(!!mandatory courtesy!!) Courtesy: Michael Franck and Sands Digital
"they said, 'the Iraq government and the Iraqi president invite you to
be their guest. This invitation came to me at the last minute."
THIS MORNING THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY DEMANDED ABBAS' RELEASE. IT SAID
DETAINING THE VETERAN PALESTIAN GUERILLA LEADER VIOLATED AN INTERIM
MIDDLE EAST PEACE DEAL.
IN BAGHDAD IRAQIS ARE TRYING TO RETURN TO A NORMAL LIFE.
WHICH INCLUDES RETURNING LOOTED GOODS.
IT'S NOT A FEAR OF U-S TROOPS OR IRAQI POLICE BUT A HIGHER POWER.
(SOT-Firas Shy By/Resident)
"why are people bringing it back?: Because they are afraid of Allah,
Afraid of Allah"
RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE TRYING TO SPREAD THE WORD: BRING BACK WHAT YOU
AND IT'S WORKING.
LOOTED ITEMS NOW FILL UP THIS FIELD.
ALL BEING CATALOGUED TO BE RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS.
Here in Kuwait this morning--A 12-year old boy who lost both his arms
when a missile struck his Baghdad home arrived at a local hospital.
Ali Ismaeel Abbas has become a symbol of the Iraqi war suffering.
(SOT DR. IMAD NAJADA)
"WE FEEL SORRY FOR THEM AND OF COURSE WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OUR IRAQI
BROTHERS AT LEAST WE CAN HELP WITH THE TREATMENT."
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The future of school safety was a hot topic at last night's Roanoke City School board meeting.
At issue is the school board's recent decision to eliminate funding for several school resource officers.
Justin McLeod has more on a large crowd that came to sound the alarm.
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[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke Police Department Spokesperson; :33]
[SUPER=01-Greg Shaff/Parent; :50]
[SUPER=01-David Fifer/Patrick Henry High School Student; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Vicki Lionberger/Parent; 1:21]
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((((NAT SOUND OF MEETING))
It's not common but for a change, both parents and students agree.
[IN Q=I'm going to ask]
((PARENT: I'M GOING TO ASK THAT THE CITY SCHOOL BOARD DO THE RIGHT THING.))
[OUT Q=right thing]
What the right thing is according to this group has to do with school safety.
The school board has voted to eliminate funding for two resource officers.
The Roanoke Police Department has stepped in and agreed to fund those officers until the end of the school year.
[IN Q=We will fully]
((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE SPOKESPERSON: WE WILL FULLY EVALUATE THE SITUATION AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME AND MAKE THE DECISION THAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL THE CITIZENS IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE.))
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But some are not waiting until the end of the school year for an answer.
A group of more than a hundred showed up at this meeting to encourage the school board to find the funds.
[IN Q-Will it cost]
((GREG SHAFF/PARENT: WILL IT COST A LITTLE MORE TO FUND THESE OFFICERS? MAYBE BUT LET ME ASK YOU AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO LOSE A CHILD TO VIOLENCE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.))
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Currently, there are three school resource officers each at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High school.
Loss of funding would reduce that number to two at each school.
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[IN Q=I don't think it]
((DAVID FIFER/PATRICK HENRY STUDENT: I DON'T THINK IT IS ACCURATE TO SAY PATRICK HENRY IS A DANGEROUS SCHOOL BUT IT IS CERTAINLY WITH SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BEING AN ISSUE AND OTHER SECURITY CONCERNS LIKE THE BOMB THREATS I DON'T THINK SCHOOLS ARE GETTING ANY SAFER.))
((VICKI LIONBERGER/PARENT: WE HAVE TO ENSURE OUR KIDS SAFETY AND IF OUR CITY SCHOOLS CAN'T DO IT WE WILL GO TO THEN GO TO A COUNTY, CITY OF SALEM OR PRIVATE SCHOOL TO DO IT.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SCHOOL BOARD LISTENED TO ALL THE CONCERNS BUT TOOK NO ACTION AT THE MEETING. THE SUPER INDENT NOW PLANS TO MEET WITH THE POLICE CHIEF IN THE COMING WEEKS. THEY'LL DECIDE WHETHER THE SCHOOL SYSTEM OR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD CONTINUE FUNDING THE POLICE OFFICERS FOR NEXT YEAR. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Authorities have released the identities of two of the three people who were killed in a head on collision.
One of them was the President of the Smith Mountain Lake Ruritan Club, Cleve Watkins.
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The accident happened yesterday afternoon on Route 626 in Bedford County -what is now called Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, just north of the entrance to the State Park.
State police say one of the two vehicles crossed the center line.
64- year old Cleve Watkins was in the Ford Pick-Up. The Chevy Blazer was driven by 45-year old Kelly Ann Dellis.
Residents in the area say it was not the first bad wreck on this stretch of road.
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((PETE TUCK/LOCAL RESIDENT; THERE'S BEEN SEVERAL ACCIDENTS ON THIS CURVE HERE. SEVERAL YEARS AGO THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT HERE. A YOUNG BOY GOT KILLED.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Tuck/Local Resident]
[OUT Q=boy got killed.]
Dellis was taking a friend to a doctor's appointment. The friend also died in the accident. State police know his identity, but aren't releasing it until they can find his family.
It could be the break investigators in the Laci Peterson case are looking for, but it's still too soon to know.
The family of the California woman is anxiously awaiting to learn the identities of two bodies found in the San Francisco Bay.
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Police say it could be weeks before D-N-A results came back on the decomposed woman and a baby boy.
The remains were found just a few miles from the Berkeley Marina, where Laci's husband, Scott Peterson told police he had gone fishing on Christmas Eve, the day his pregnant wife disappeared.
In Toronto, hundreds of Catholic faithful won't be spending this Easter holiday in church.
Authorities have ordered an entire Catholic worship group -- 500
people -- to stay in their homes, because they may have been
infected with the SARS virus.
The disease may have touched the group through a man who was
hospitalized in mid- March at one of the two Toronto hospitals that
handled SARS cases.
He died, but not before family members belonging to the group were exposed.
In Toronto, 13 people have died of SARS and officials report 250
VDOT is asking drivers to avoid a major intersection in Christiansburg for a couple days.
Crews are paving sections of the area around Cambria and Franklin Streets.
Police and message boards are helping direct traffic but officials say lengthy delays are expected.
The work is scheduled to be completed tomorrow.
Yesterday, VDOT filled potholes along Interstates 81 and 581 from Ironto to the Botetourt County line and down to the Tanglewood area.
Across the state more than 95-thousand potholes have been repaired this year.
VDOT says this has been the worst season for potholes since the late 1970s.
Soon you'll be able to find out what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant on-line.
The Health Department will be posting the results of its restaurant inspections.
Information will be available for any food establishment in the state including school cafeterias, daycares and food service convenience stores.
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[IN Q=What we've done is put all the restaurant history]
((KAREN SAUL/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SUPERVISOR; WHAT WE'VE DONE IS PUT ALL OF THE RESTAURANT'S HISTORY AND ALL OF THE INSPECTIONS ON THE WEB SO THAT PEOPLE CAN LOOK BEFORE THEY GO OUT TO A RESTAURANT AND WHAT THE VIOLATIONS WERE. SO THE PUBLIC IS AWARE OF THE SANITATION STANDARDS OF THE RESTAURANT))
[SUPER=01-Karen Saul/Environmental Health Supervisor]
[OUT Q=standards of the restaurant]
The inspection results will be available on-line beginning May 1st.
Health officials say it will take time however to input all the restaurants in the database.
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Once the site is available you will be able to find a link to it on our web page at WDBJ -7 dot com.
Microsoft beat the street.
And Intel reported better-than-expected first quarter profits and revenue.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
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((EARNINGS SEASON SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR WITH SOME BIG NAMES REPORTING PROFITS
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL...
FIRST UP.. MICROSOFT SAID PROFITS IN THE THIRD QUARTER BEAT ESTIMATES BY TWO
CENTS A SHARE.. SALES WERE ALSO BETTER THAN EXPECTED. BUT THE SOFTWARE GIANT
LOWERED GUIDANCE FOR EARNINGS AND SALES IN THE CURRENT QUARTER.
INTEL - THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CHIPMAKER DIDN'T DISAPPOINT, WITH EARNINGS AND
REVENUE THAT WERE BETTER THAN EXPECTED.
CHIPMAKER TEXAS INSTRUMENTS IS BACK IN THE BLACK.. REPORTING NET INCOME OF 7
CENTS A SHAREAFTER A LOSS OF 2 CENTS A SHARE LAST YEAR. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
ALSO SAID IT PLANS TO LAYOFF 800 WORKERS TO CUT COSTS.
AMR IS A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY... THE PARENT OF AMERICAN AIRLINES MAY BE
FORCED TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY AFTER A ITS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS UNION REJECTED
LABOR CONCESSIONS. ITS PILOTS AND MECHANICS UNIONS HAD RATIFIED THEIR
CONTRACTS EARLIER.. BUT AMERICAN HAD VOWED TO FILE FOR CHAPTER 11 IF ALL
THREE UNIONS DIDN'T OK THE CONCESSIONS. American is trying to cut labor
costs by $1.8 billion a year. NO WORD ON WHEN OR IF AMR WILL INDEED FILE FOR
ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS ROSE DESPITE A PROFIT WARNING FROM GENERAL MOTORS
THE DOW ADVANCED 51 POINTS LED BY IBM.
WHILE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 6
William McDonough, outgoing head of the New York Federal Reserve, has been
named as chairman of the new accounting oversight board created by Congress
to root out fraud at public companies.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
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A man who admits to killing his neighbors in Halifax County will learn his fate tomorrow.
James Bryant Hudson has pled guilty to killing his neighbor Walter Stanley Cole, his brother Thomas Cole, and Pasty Cole.
He pled guilty to two counts of capital murder and one count of first degree murder.
Prosecutors say the murders stemmed from years of controversy over a private access road.
Commonwealth's Attorney John Greenbacker is asking for the death penalty.
At a hearing yesterday morning, the judge said he'll announce tomorrow whether Hudson will get life or be put to death.
A federal judge in Los Angeles says a woman accused of being a double agent for the Chinese government must stay behind bars, pending her trial.
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Katrina Leung (La-YOUNG) received over a million dollars to be an informant for the F-B-I.
But prosecutors say she began an affair with her F-B-I handler, James J- Smith, so that she could copy national defense documents, and give them to the Chinese.
Leung (La-YOUNG) had worked for the F-B-I for over 20 years.
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Words can hurt.
The Advertising Federation hopes that's what parents remember when they talk to their kids.
A new ad campaign on how verbal abuse can harm children and their self-esteem is debuting this month.
April is Prevent Child Abuse Month.
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[IN Q=we've got]
((CHRIS HENSON/ADVERTISING FEDERATION OF ROANOKE VALLEY; WE'VE GOT OUTDOOR BOARD BILLBOARDS THAT WILL GO UP FAIRLY SOON AND THAT SAME ART WILL WORK ON VALLEY METRO BUSES AS WELL AND THEN WE'VE GOT THREE PSA'S COMMERCIALS THAT WE HOPE TO RUN.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Henson/Advertising Federation of Roanoke Valley;]
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The campaign was developed for the Children's Advocacy Center for the Roanoke Valley.
Some of the children featured in the campaign are from our area.