Al-Qaida has apparently struck again.
U-S officials suspect the terrorist group is behind yesterday's attack in Saudi Arabia that they say killed 10 Americans.
Dozens were injured.
[SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;]
Several car bombs detonated in a residential area, where many Americans lived.
No one's claimed responsibility, but all signs point to al- Qaida.
Just two weeks ago, the U-S warned that al-Qaida was planning attacks in Saudi Arabia.
And Saudi officials announced they'd found a large stash of weapons and were searching for 19 militants with alleged ties to al-Qaida.
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[IN Q=I think the suspects]
((COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE: I THINK THE SUSPECTS ARE CLEAR THOUGH, IT HAS THE EARMARKS OF AL-QAIDA AND I THINK IT'S JUST PART OF AL-QAIDA AND OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATION'S WILLINGNESS TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Secretary of State;]
[OUT Q=kill innocent people]
Powell says he'll talk with Saudi leaders about ways both countries can strengthen efforts against terrorists.
Representatives from many law enforcement agencies will join family members and friends later today, to honor and remember Scott Hylton.
[VO-NAT from 03-18 33:25]
The Christiansburg police officer was killed in the line of duty early Friday morning, after responding to a shoplifting call.
[From 03-14 3:10:26]
Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM, at the Topeco (toe-PEA-koh) Church of the Brethren in Floyd County.
Unattended cooking is to blame for a house fire in Danville that left one person dead.
Authorities say the victim possibly fell asleep in the bedroom, became disoriented and couldn't find a way to escape the residence at 1609 Glenn Street.
Firefighters were using a thermal imaging camera when they found the victim in the living room.
Authorities say the home did not have a smoke detector.
[TAPE#=03-21 TC 5:22]
If you speed up, be prepared to pay up.
That is the message behind transportation legislation Governor Warner will sign into law today.
The new law creates Highway Safety Corridors on certain highways throughout the state.
Portions of Interstate 81 are expected to meet the criteria, and it is believed I-81 will, in fact, become the first designated corridor.
If you're caught speeding or charged with any moving violation within this corridor, you will face heftier fines.
It could even be double what you pay now.
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[IN Q=I think it can be helpful]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I THINK IT CAN BE HELPFUL. IT'S BEEN TRIED IN OTHER STATES IN PENNSYLVANIA AND CALIFORNIA I BELIEVE AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS DECREASED THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS ANYTHING WE CAN END UP DOING TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS ON OUR HIGHWAYS PARTICULARLY I-81, I THINK IT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.))
[OUT Q=in the right direction]
Before an area can be designated a highway safety corridor, it must meet several criteria.
State officials will have to review crash data, accident reports, as well as the type and volume of vehicle traffic.
The Governor points out that localities will have a say, and can veto whether an area becomes a highway safety corridor.
It's a scene that would signal a major disaster if it were real, but it isn't.
A week- long terrorism drill got under way in Seattle yesterday with a flash and a plume of smoke.
People looking injured after an explosion were just actors portraying victims of a radioactive dirty bomb attack.
It was the first of several disaster drills across the country this week.
Other mock attacks will take place in Chicago and Washington, D-C.
It wasn't a drill, but a real lockdown at Patrick Henry High School after reports of gun shots fired.
For about an hour and a half yesterday, students were kept in their classrooms and no one was allowed on or off school grounds.
Police searched the woods behind the school but did not find anything.
It was actually an unidentified person who reported hearing two gun shots coming from that area.
Last Thursday students at William Fleming High School were also locked-down while police looked for a reported gunman.
None was found that day either.
[GRAPHIC=University Diversity #4302]
Studies show African-Americans are more inclined to become teachers rather than engineers.
Affirmative action expert, Rosemary Watterson says in terms of areas of study, blacks tend to obtain their degrees in the arts, over math and science.
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[IN Q=MOST AFRICAN-AMERICANS]
((1914 MOST AFRICAN-AMERICANS DO TEND IF WE TALK ABOUT THE DOCTORATE LEVEL TO HAVE THEIR DEGREES AND IN MANY UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES FOCUS MORE ON EDUCATION OR THE LIBERAL ARTS 1927))
[SUPER=01-Rosemary Watterson, Ed.D./Affirmative Action Expert;]
[OUT Q=or the Liberal Arts.]
And officials at Virginia Tech say this historical trend is just one of the reasons why they have a hard time recruiting African-American students.
[Take University Diversity Promo FS #4391]
We'll take a look at some of the other reasons as we begin a series on Affirmative Action, called "University Diversity", tonight on News 7 at 6.
More regional jets will be sporting U-S Airways colors.
The airline is buying at least 170 new planes.
The regional jets will replace unpopular turboprop planes on short routes and bigger jets on larger routes.
The airline believes the regional jets will generate more revenue and allow the company to be more competitive.
In business news, SARS scams are just a click away.
And, Wall Street opens the new trading week by extending its big rally.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((THE GROWING FEAR OVER THE DEADLY SARS VIRUS HAS CREATED A BUSINESS OF ONLINE
SCAMS. A NUMBER OF UPSTART FIRMS ARE TOUTING PRODUCTS CLAIMING TO PREVENT,
TREAT OR EVEN CURE SARS.
THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTARION found 48
sites hawking unproven SARS protection in the form of personal air
purifiers, disinfectant sprays and prevention kits that package items such
as latex gloves and masks.
Some were even pitching dietary supplements. the government has warned those
sites operators TO REMOVE DECEPTIVE OR MISLEADING CLAIMS FROM THE INTERNET
BECUASE THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS.
THE GERMAN AIRLINE LUFTHANSA ESTIMATES ITS LOSING 64 MLN DOLLARS A WEEK
BECAUSE OF THE TRAVEL SLUMP RELATED TO THE SPREAD OF SARS IN ASIA..
SOLID EARNINGS NEWS GAVE INVESTORS A REASON TO BUY STOCKS. TECH AND
TELEPHONE COMPANIES LED THE MARKET HIGHER.
DOW RAN UP 122 POINTS
THE NASDAQ RALLIED 21 POINTS
A FORMER STAR TECHNOLOGY BANKER WAS INDICTED IN NEW YORK CITY MONDAY ON
CRIMINAL CHARGES.. 47 YEAR OLD FRANK QUATTRONE A FORMER BANKER AT CSFB WAS
CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION AND WITNESS TAMPERING. IF CONVICTED, QUATTRONE
FACES 25 YEARS IN PRISON AND MILLIONS IN FINES.
AND LATER THIS WEEK, THINGS GET BUSY ON WALL STREET.. EXPECT REPORTS ON
RETAIL SALES, CONSUMER AND WHOLESALE INFLATION AND NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION...
THE RETAIL INDUSTRY WILL ALSO TAKE CENTER STAGE WITH MANY OF THE BIG
RETAILERS POSTING PROFITS.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
An Iraqi scientist known as Doctor Germ is now in U-S custody.
For years, Rihab Taha was the leading scientist in Iraq's biological weapons program, and helped make weapons out of anthrax.
U-S Central Command says Taha surrendered.
However, even if she worked on bio- weapons, experts doubt that she knows where they're located now.
The sole survivor of last month's shooting rampage told police who did it the day it happened.
Though her mother, two sisters and a brother had been killed, Kierra Arrington lived to tell her story.
A police officer was there when the little girl told nurses at Roanoke Memorial Hospital that it was her mother's boyfriend, Clinton, who shot her.
The medical examiner testified that the bullet that hit Kierra's mother was fired from "intermediate" range.
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[IN Q=Which is less]
((BETTY JO ANTHONY/CHIEF ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WHICH IS LESS THAN 2 FEET... IN THE FACE, WITH THE PROJECTILE GOING THROUGH THE FACE AND ENDED UP IN THE BRAIN STEM, INSTANTANEOUSLY KILLING HER. THAT'S WHAT HE TESTIFIED.))
[SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney]
[OUT Q=what he testified.]
The first degree murder case certified yesterday has already been replaced by CAPITAL murder charges against Clinton Andrew Brathwaite.
Six positions in the Roanoke Fire/EMS Department were a point of contention yesterday as City Council approved a new budget.
Council member Bill Carder defended the city manager's plan to leave the positions vacant.
And he tried unsuccessfully to reverse Thursday's vote that reinstated the funding.
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[IN Q=I just wanted]
((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS SUPPORT TO THE CHIEF AND HIS STAFF AND THE CITY MANAGEMENT WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST OF A HARD SITUATION WITH WHAT RICHMOND HAS DEALT US.))
[OUT Q=with what Richmond has dealt us.]
The Roanoke Firefighters Association and its supporters on council carried the day, but leaders of the group say they will fight any efforts to downsize the department.
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[IN Q=This day's over]
((RODNEY JORDAN/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: THIS DAY'S OVER. WE'LL MOVE ON, AND I'M SURE THAT WE WILL BE BACK HERE NEXT YEAR FIGHTING FOR THE SAME THING.))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Jordan/Roanoke Firefighters Association;]
[OUT Q=fighting for the same thing.]
Despite that controversy, and complaints over a council pay raise... members approved the 204- million dollar spending plan.
Governor Mark Warner discussed the SOL's with the state's top educators.
Yesterday, the governor spoke at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents meeting at the Hotel Roanoke.
He reminded the crowd that beginning next year high school students have to pass six tests including at least two SOL exams in order to graduate.
Governor Warner says that deadline must be met and area school systems say they're ready.
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[IN Q=We support the higher]
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE SUPPORT THE HIGHER STANDARDS AND WE HAVE PREPARED TO MEET THE STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS OF THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING TESTS. WE WILL WORK TO MAKE SURE OUR STUDENTS ARE PREPARED AND WE WILL HAVE INTERVENTION IN PLACE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO MAY STUMBLE A LITTLE BIT.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; ]
[OUT Q=a little bit]
The next big deadline for the S-O-L's comes in 2007.
That is when all schools in Virginia must be fully accredited.
Currently, 115 schools in the state are accredited with warning.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
It isn't over until it's over.
And state officials aren't ready to surrender in the fight over VMI's supper prayer.
Yesterday, VMI Superintendent Josiah Bunting and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore filed a petition to appeal last month's decision to the entire 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
So far, a judge in Lynchburg and three appellate judges in Richmond have found the supper prayer unconstitutional.
In the petition, the state argues that those decisions jeopardize prayer in any governmental setting.