They're swabbing the decks in anticipation of a Presidential arrival--
Tonight, President Bush will be aboard the U-S-S Abraham Lincoln when he declares that the major combat of the war is over.
And the top Roanoke city school official announces his future intentions.
After some morning cloudiness the sunshine has return and we still have a chance for a few late day thunderstorms. I'll have yor forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
[IN Q=I'm excited about three more years]
((I'M EXCITED ABOUT THREE MORE YEARS HERE. IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.))
[OUT Q=wonderful experience.]
Ten years after he took the job, Roanoke school superintendent Wayne Harris is set to stay.
Today, members of the city school board voted to extend his contract.
The decision wasn't unanimous.
But a majority of the school board members said they felt it was important to keep Harris at the helm, while the school system moves forward with major construction, and works to improve student test scores.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kimberly/Joe BAM;]
Joe Dashiell is here this afternoon with more on the vote.
Kimberly, Harris had a year to go on his current contract... today the school board voted to extend his tenure for two years beyond that.
The negotiations will increase his salary from 142 to 149 thousand dollars a year.
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[IN Q=And to be superintendent]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City School Superintendent ; :00]
[SUPER=01-Webster Day/Roanoke City School Board; :31]
[SUPER=01-Marsha Ellison/Roanoke City School Board; :39]
[OUT Q=under the leadership of Dr. Harris.]
[IN Q=And to be]
((AND TO BE SUPERINTENDENT OF ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS HAS BEEN A DREAM COME TRUE. IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL AND THAT'S WHY I HAVE STAYED FOR TEN YEARS AND WHY I HAVE EXTENDED MY CONTRACT FOR TWO MORE.))
[OUT Q=for two more.]
Wayne Harris says he is excited about serving through the 2006 school year...
Five board members agreed that it was important to maintain continuity of leadership as the school system moves forward with three major construction projects, and faces the 2007 deadline for full accreditation.
[IN Q=It will give us]
((IT WILL GIVE US CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP OVER THE NEXT FEW CRITICAL YEARS, SO MADAM CHAIRMAN I INTEND TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION.))
((I HAVE SERVED ON THIS SCHOOL BOARD FOR NINE YEARS AND IT IS MY PLEASURE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM MOVING FORWARD EVEN MORE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. HARRIS.))
[OUT Q=leadership of Dr. Harris.]))
Two board members voted against the resolution... Chairman Gloria Manns and member Melinda Payne said they had concerns about the compensation package.
And Payne also felt the renewal should have extended through 2007, the deadline for state accreditation.
But Kimberly, Harris says he will be 60 by the time he completes the contract, and at this point he was unable to commit to any more than two additional years.
President Bush makes it official tonight while sailing the Pacific--
From the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, he'll declare that the major combat of the war is over.
It'll be the first time a U-S President will fly onto the carrier by plane.
This will also mark the first nationally- televised speech delivered at sea.
It's scheduled for 9 o'clock.
U-S-S Abraham Lincoln is headed to its home port in Everett, Washington, but will reach San Diego tomorrow.
As the war comes to a close, pockets of violence continue in Iraq.
Political views and free speech are making their way onto the streets of Baghdad.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=201-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Baghdad.]
TRACK: BULLETS FLEW AT A GAS STATION IN BAGHDAD TODAY ... IGNITING A
FUEL TANK THAT EXPLODED AND KILLED AT LEAST ONE PERSON AND INJURED MANY
OTHERS. SOME CLAIM IRAQIS FIRED SHOTS INTO THE AIR ... CELEBRATING THE
RESUMPTION OF POWER IN THE AREA. BUT U-S FORCES SAY THE SHOTS WERE FIRED
TRACK: ANOTHER OF IRAQ'S HOTSPOTS IS FALLUJAH THE FORMER BAATH PARTY
STRONGHOLD WEST OF BAGHDAD. IN THE LATEST INCIDENT, U-S OFFICIALS SAY
SEVEN SOLDIERS WERE INJURED WHEN A PAIR OF GRENADES WAS LOBBED INTO AN
ARMY COMPOUND. THE ATTACK FOLLOWS TWO VIOLENT EXCHANGES THERE THIS WEEK
BETWEEN AMERICAN TROOPS AND PROTESTORS THAT LEFT NUMEROUS IRAQIS DEAD.
(NATSD OF MAY DAY DEMO)
TRACK: MEANWHILE, NEW PARTIES AND POLITICAL VOICES ARE SPRINGING UP ALL
(MORE NATSD OF DEMO)
TRACK: IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 30-YEARS,
MEMBERS OF THE IRAQI COMMUNIST PARTY HELD MAY DAY DEMONSTRATIONS
FORMALLY BANNED UNDER THE OLD REGIME.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Posters and papers like these were once illegal. Members used
to have to go underground. If word got out of their meeting, theyd be
executed by Saddam. (:11)
TRACK: NOW THAT THE REGIME IS GONE, THEY SAY THERES RENEWED INTEREST IN
THE COMMUNIST PARTY.
(Super: Shakir Al-Dujaily/Iraqi Communist Party)
SOT: The last two weeks, after opening this headquarter, we have
received 10, if not hundreds of applications (:05)
TRACK: AFTER DECADES OF SILENCE AND OPPRESSION, MEMBERS SAY THEYLL
NEVER GO UNDERGROUND AGAIN.
TRACK: AND IN KUWAIT, DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD BRIEFED LEADERS
ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO IRAQ TELLING THEM SADDAM MISSPENT MONEY AND
ALLOWED THE COUNTRY TO FALL APART. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD.
Meanwhile Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has declared that major fighting is also over in Afghanistan.
Saying the country has moved into a period of stability, Rumsfeld declared the bulk of the country is secure.
After meeting with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Rumsfeld acknowledged that there are still dangers. But he says they'll be dealt with promptly and efficiently.
The commander of U-S forces in Afghanistan says he hopes Rumsfeld's declaration of an end to major combat will encourage more international assistance in rebuilding the country.
In southeastern Turkey, nearly 100 people lost their lives when a massive earthquake hit early today.
Rescuers, meanwhile, are still hoping to find more children alive in the rubble of a school dormitory.
Tom Fenton has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Fenton, CBS News, London.]
The earthquake lasted sixteen terrifying seconds ... with a force of 6.4
on the Richter scale ... giant hammer blows at 3 a.m. that caught most
of the people of Bingol in their beds. Among them were almost 200
children in a school dormitory. That school is now the epicenter of a
heart-rending rescue operation. Workers, soldiers, families, digging
through the remains of the collapsed dormitory ... mostly with their
hands ... to extricate children whose cries could be heard in the
rubble. One by one they were found and brought out. Many were dead, but
a number survived ... battered .. traumatized ... but amazingly still
alive, even though the dormitory had collapsed like a house of cards.
Dozens of other buildings were shattered in this city of 250,000 in
Eastern Turkey. Some villages in the area have not yet been reached by
rescue crews. Turkey sits astride a series of major faults that make it
one of the most earthquake -prone regions in the world. And the people
of Bingol are mostly Kurds, an ethnic group with a long history of
repression and suffering in the hands of both man and nature.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London
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There's still some confusion about when Roanoke's DMV office is open for business.
Posted hours at the location are 8 a-m but the official D-M-V website lists an opening time of 10 a-m on Thursdays.
Matthew Remington is among the customers that lined up well before eight this morning.
He figured he would get there early to beat the rush.
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[IN Q=BEEN HERE]
((MATTHEW REMINGTON/DMV CUSTOMER; BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS SO YEAH THE SIGH ON THE DOOR SAYS 8 O'CLOCK THEY DIDN'T OPEN UNTIL NINE SO IT WAS A LITTLE BIT FRUSTRATING.))
[SUPER=01-Matthew Remington/DMV Customer;]
[OUT Q=BIT FRUSTRATING.]
A D-M-V spokesman says budget cuts forced the office to be opened at 10a-m on Thursdays but if there is a line of customers and enough staff inside the location, they will open earlier.
Today also marks the start of increased fees for driver's licenses and photo identification cards. People will pay an additional five-dollars.
There is also a fifteen-dollar hike for customers reinstating driving privileges after a suspension.
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Coming up next, there is more legal trouble for the former leaders of the Enron company.
Plus some lawyers say there is something fishy about the seafood you buy at the nation's leading supermarkets.
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A day after a new peace plan was presented, there's more violence in the Middle East.
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Israeli troops raided a neighborhood near Gaza City early this morning, killing 10 Palestinians.
Officials say the neighborhood was a stronghold of the militant group Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for this week's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
The fighting comes during the latest attempt by international mediators to end the violence.
While Israelis say the peace plan is only a rough draft, the Palestinians want the plan implemented immediately.
More charges are piling up against the former chief financial officer of Enron.
Andrew Fastow faces 31 new charges in connection with the company's collapse.
That brings the total number of charges against him to more than 100.
This morning, six former Enron employees, as well as Fastow's wife surrendered to federal authorities in Houston.
41-year old Lea Fastow was an assistant treasurer for the Houston-based energy- trading giant.
She surrendered at an Internal Revenue Service office, accompanied by an attorney.
The nation's largest grocery chain has agreed to change its labels on farm- raised salmon.
Kroger says it will add the words "color added" to the labels to show that the color of the fish has been enhanced.
But a Seattle law firm says it will go ahead with a lawsuit against Kroger and two more of the nation's largest chains.
The suit alleges that customers were deceived by the labeling.
Many Hidden Valley High School students and parents are hoping to shed some light on the school's problems with its playing fields.
Sports teams currently have to play at several different locations at several different times.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Wilson/Parent; :11]
[SUPER=01-Phil Anderson/Hidden Valley Booster Club President; :30]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Drew Barrineau/School Board Member; 1:30]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke County]
((((NAT SOUND OF SOCCER GAME))
Here at Hidden Valley High School, soccer games begin much earlier than normal.
A lack of lights.
[IN Q=The varsity games]
((BRIAN WILSON/PARENT: THE VARSITY GAMES HAVE TO BE AT 4:30 BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE LIGHTS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CAN GET THE VARSITY GAME IN BEFORE DARK.))
[OUT Q=in before dark]
That proved difficult before day light savings.
The soccer team had to play on a lit field and that usually meant traveling to different fields around the county.
The team now plays on a field at the high school but even that is less than ideal.
[IN Q=We don't have any]
((PHIL ANDERSON/PARENT: WE DON'T HAVE ANY POWER SOURCE HERE FOR PA SYSTEMS. WE CAN'T PLAY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, WE CAN'T INTRODUCE THE KIDS, WE DON'T HAVE ANY WATER HERE AT THE SITE SO IT HAS BEEN FRUSTRATING.))
[OUT Q=has been frustrating]
It has also been frustrating for the softball and baseball teams.
The fields they'll play on are still under construction leading the teams to play elsewhere.
[IN Q=Then there's the issue]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THEN THERE'S THE ISSUE OF FOOTBALL. LAST YEAR HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYED HERE WHERE CAVE SPRING PLAYED. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WANTED TO LIGHT THE FIELD HERE AT HIDDEN VALLEY MIDDLE AND POSSIBLY PLAY FOOTBALL HERE BUT STRONG NEIGHBORHOOD OPPOSITION KILLED THAT PLAN. SO NOW THERE'S A GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT HIDDEN VALLEY COULD BE PLAYING HERE AT BOGLE FIELD NEXT YEAR.))
[OUT Q=field next year]
((NAT SOUND FILE OF FOOTBALL))
Another option is on the table.
The county is still looking into building a stadium near Penn Forest Elementary School.
An announcement is expected within a few weeks.
County leaders say once the decision is made, they can address the issues at the other fields including whether to light the soccer field.
[IN Q=As we talk]
((DREW BARRINEAU/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: AS WE TALK TO THE VARIOUS GROUPS ON OUR OPTIONS THEY UNDERSTAND THAT A GOOD LONG TERM FIX IS BETTER THAN A POOR SHORT ONE.))
[OUT Q=short one]
They hope that long term fix is soon kicked into high gear and leads to a win win situation for everyone.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))
This weekend's Franklin Graham festival and a home series for the Salem Avalanche could have people praying for a parking space.
Both events are taking place this weekend at the James Tailiaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex in Salem.
V-Dot is warning people to expect heavy traffic in that area as well as on Interstate 81.
Salem city officials are encouraging motorists to consider taking a free shuttle bus to the stadium.
The service begins two hours before any Festival event gets underway.
You can pick up the shuttle bus at a number of locations including General Electric and Lewis-Gale Clinic.
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For a complete list, you can check out our website at wdbj7.com and click on websites in the news.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
if a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, what would you get for thousands in a house?
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About a hundred community activists in Lynchburg went for a walk yesterday.
The crowd turned out for the Y-W-C-A's annual "Side By Side" community walk through downtown.
The purpose was to raise public awareness about the need for racial justice and harmony.
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[IN Q=And these are]
((SUSAN HARRISON/LYNCHBURG YWCA: AND THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WE'VE NOTICED THAT PEOPLE COME YEAR AFTER YEAR BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THEM AND THEY WANT TO MAKE THEIR BELIEFS KNOWN, THAT THEY DO CARE ABOUT RACIAL HARMONY IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Harrison/Lynchburg YWCA]
[OUT Q=in our community.]
The walk was first organized in 1992 in response to the riots following the Rodney King verdicts in Los Angeles.
It looked just like a scene out of a famous Hitchcock movie, except THESE birds flew off the big screen and into a chimney.
A massive bird invasion in a northern California city temporarily forced one family from their home.
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[IN Q=I drove home and]
((JENNIFER GODBOUT/OWNER OF BIRD-INVADED HOUSE:I DROVE HOME AND SAW A SWARM OF BIRDS, MY NEIGHBORS CAME RUNNING TO WARN ME THAT THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF BIRDS IN MY HOUSE AND YOU COULD SEE THEM IN THE WINDOWS FLAPPING AGAINST THE WINDOW TRYING TO GET OUT. ))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Godbout/Owner of Bird- Invaded House; :08]
[OUT Q=trying to get out.]
The feathered invaders are called "swifts."
Officials say they're not dangerous.
They're migratory birds that only want to find a warm place to rest.
A chimney sweep was able to rid the house of the birds by creating a tunnel directing the birds outside and flushing them out.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 92 points. The NASDAQ has lost six.
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Coming up... we'll have highlights from the Avalanche game that couldn't be stopped by the rain last night
and the troubles for Iowa state's basketball coach may just be starting. His boss wants to fire him after some embarrassing pictures are published.
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The rain could not stop the Salem Avalanche last night as the team finished up its three game series with the Kinston Indians.
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The storms that rumbled through the area eased enough for the tarp to come off and the game to get started about a half hour late.
As has been the case this entire series - Kinston jumped on top first.
In the top of the third, Billy Peavey hits a bases- clearing double into left field.
Three runs come home and the Indians take control.
That, as the drizzle continued for almost the entire game.
Salem would come up with a number of nice defensive plays, but Kinston gets the 4 to 1 win.
The Hillcats and Myrtle Beach were rained out last night.
The Pelicans will be in Salem tonight.
Iowa State's head basketball coach, Larry Eustachy, the man who made news for all the wrong reasons earlier this week, when photos surfaced of him partying with coeds on a rival campus, held a news conference yesterday.
Eustachy told reporters he sorry, he's seeking help, but that he will NOT resign.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Eustachy/Iowa State Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Eustachy/Larry's Wife; :17]
[OUT Q=...he's an alcoholic."]
One can only imagine how difficult those admissions must have been.
But one person isn't so sure about the timing of the comments.
Iowa State's athletic director held his own news conference last night to say, among other things, that Eustachy knew two and half hours before he and his wife talked to the media that the athletic department was already planning to get rid of him.
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[IN Q=I CANNOT...]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Van DeVelde/Iowa State Athletic Director; :08]
[OUT Q=...AT IOWA STATE."]
He has now been suspended with pay. He has 5 days to appeal.
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