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A new study shows that paying the rent is too tough for many Americans.
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And a suicide bomber strikes a bus stop in Israel, killing three people.
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Clouds will begin to filter into the area after a sunny start. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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[Iraq]


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President Bush wants 87-billion dollars to bolster efforts in Iraq.
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Now he has to fight for it on Capitol Hill.
He sent two of the Pentagon's top men there today to justify the expense.
As Teri Okita reports, lawmakers have a lot of questions about where the money will go.
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((LAWMAKERS WANT A PLAN OF ACTION SPECIFICS ABOUT HOW MUCH 87-BILLION WILL BUY TO REBUILD IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THEY TURNED TO TWO OF THE PENTAGONS TOP MEN FOR ANSWERS WHO REPEATED THE CALL FOR MORE PATIENCE AND RESOURCES.

(Super: Paul Wolfowitz/Deputy Defense Secretary)
SOT: (10:41) Even if its a formidable venture, important to merit

Congress full support.
TRACK: NOT WANTING TO APPEAR UNPATRIOTIC, DEMOCRATS WILL BE HARD-PRESSED TO DENY PRESIDENT BUSH THE BILLIONS HES REQUESTING. BUT THEY ARENT WILLING TO GIVE HIM A BLANK CHECK EITHER.

(Super: Sen. Carl Levin/D-Michigan)
SOT: (10:22ish) This huge sum is a bitter pill for Americans to swallow.


TRACK: ASIDE FROM THE MONEY, LAWMAKERS WANT DETAILS ON HOW MUCH INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT CAN BE EXPECTED AND WHEN AND HOW LONG AMERICAN TROOPS WILL BE DEPLOYED.

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TRACK: THE DAILY VIOLENCE IN IRAQ GIVES BOTH SUPPORTERS AND CRITICS OF THE POST-WAR EFFORT MORE AMMUNITION. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT NEEDS THE ADDITIONAL MONEY TO QUELL THE ATTACKS. OTHERS SAY ITS PROOF AMERICA NEEDS IMMEDIATE HELP FROM INTERNATIONAL FORCES.

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STANDUP: But other countries say the U-N must have a greater role in Iraqs political future before theyll send in troops and its still not clear how much authority the White House will be willing to hand over. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
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The situation in Iraq means National Guard and Army Reserve troops will be staying there longer.
Defense officials say troops can expect their tours of duty to be extended by up to six months.

The new order covers some 20-thousand people.[Israel-Explosion]


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Rescue officials say three people are dead and dozens more are injured in the latest bombing in Israel.
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Security sources say it appeared a suicide bomber carried out an attack near an Army base.
The explosion happened at a bus stop near a Tel Aviv suburb. Reports say there were many soldiers at the bus stop. Israel has been on high alert for terror attacks since last weekend's botched attempt at killing Hamas' founder.
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Authorities have filed more charges against a Giles County minister accused of molesting children.
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Police arrested Roger Holcomb of the Pembroke Church of God last Wednesday for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old girl. Yesterday, the Sheriff's office filed ELEVEN additional charges against him.
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Authorities say Holcomb abused four other juveniles ranging in ages from seven to 13.
All of the alleged victims attended his church.
Holcomb is being held without bond and will be arraigned next week on all 13-charges.

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Doctors say the chances of recovery for Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon are uncertain.
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The 73-year-old suffered a massive stroke in his Chicago hotel room Monday.
He underwent brain surgery and is in a coma.
The lieutenant Governor has assumed his duties, but has not officially been named acting governor.
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[Rent-Incomes]


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If you're struggling just to pay your rent, you're not alone.
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A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition says rent for the average two-bedroom apartment has risen more than a third since 1999.
A worker has to earn more than 15 dollars an hour to make that rent and cover the essentials.
But the minimum wage of five-dollars and 15 cents an hour barely covers A THIRD of that.
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(( FOLKS THAT HAVE A NEED OF SPENDING MORE THAN 30% OF THEIR INCOME FOR HOUSING THAT MEANS IT TAKES AWAY FROM ESSENTIALS... BUT WE'RE FINDING THERE ARE SO MANY FOLKS TODAY SPENDING MORE THAN 50% OF THEIR INCOME.))
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The group says that more than 40 states face housing costs that are more than double a minimum wage income.
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[11I-81]


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Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says the current plans to improve Interstate 81 would prove too costly for businesses.
He says that if the tolls needed to finance the project are too high, companies will leave the area and take jobs with them.
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Both Fluor Virginia and Star Solutions have submitted new detailed proposals to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The proposals include different toll alternatives, but in both cases, Goodlatte says, he believes the fees are too high.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R) SIXTH DISTRICT: AND SOME BUSINESSES IN THE AREA HAVE HUNDREDS OF TRUCKS A DAY, THAT GO INTO THEIR FACILITIES. AT 68 DOLLARS A TRIP, THAT IS FAR TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THEM TO BE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WHAT HAS BEEN A GREAT ECONOMIC VITALITY FOR THIS AREA, THAT IS THE I-81 CORRIDOR.))
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A representative of Fluor Virginia says his team will continue to refine its proposal in an effort to reduce tolls and minimize the impact on local drivers.
Goodlatte says the state should step up to the plate with substantial funding, pursue federal funds, and use modest tolls to fill the gap.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a local school will not have to take a travel agency to court afterall.
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Plus, a new study spells out the dangers caused by pregnant mothers who drink.
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The Patrick Henry High School band won't have to march into court after all.
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The band has settled its lawsuit over a missed trip to Orlando earlier this year.
Last March, the band paid 23-thousand dollars to a Richmond travel company called Complete Custom Itinerary Service.
The trip was canceled because of the war in Iraq, and the company refused to refund the money.
The terms of the settlement are confidential but the group's attorney, John Edwards, says his clients are pleased.


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Edwards is now representing Roanoke County Schools in a similar problem with the same company.



[Gay-School]


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Some gay students in New York are starting the year in a school all their own.
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More than 100 teenageers headed to Harvey Milk High School yesterday.
They were met with a few protesters ... but a bigger group of about 200 supporters welcomed them.
The school serves students who are gay, BUT teens are admitted regardless of sexual orientation.
They just have to show they're are at risk of dropping out because of harrassment.
The school received 3-point-2 million dollars from the Department of Education to expand from two classrooms to a full high school.
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[Fetal-Alcohol]


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The March of Dimes estimates that every year about 40-thousand babies are born with some degree of alcohol-related damage, ranging from subtle problems to severe impairment.
Now, experts say the damage caused by pregnant women drinking alcohol is more permanent than that caused by cocaine.
Christy Feig has the details.
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((WHEN KATHLEEN MITCHELL WAS PREGNANT WITH HER DAUGHTER KARLI IN 1972... IT WASN'T KNOWN THAT ALCOHOL WAS BAD FOR A BABY. I probably drank a few times a month and I drank wine when I drank and probably drank about half a bottle of wine when I did drink. BUT SHE AND HER DOCTORS SAY BECAUSE OF HER DRINKING, KARLI HAS SEVERE FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME... SHE'S MENTALLY RETARDED. At 30 years of age she still can't do simple math, which means that she's very dependent. When you can't tell time, you don't understand money, you can't cross the street because she can't organize herself in that way. DR. PAULA LOCKHART SPECIALIZES IN TREATING CHILDREN EXPOSED TO ALCOHOL... WHILE IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY HOW MANY DRINKS TRIGGER PROBLEMS... EXPERTS SAY IT DOESN'T ALWAYS TAKE A LOT. The effects are not as extreme of course, uh if you compare social drinking with drinking in an alcoholic way, but we do still find effects that are significant. LOCKHART SAYS ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER IS THE MOST COMMON BUT ALCOHOL CAN ALSO DAMAGE PARTS OF THE BRAIN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRANSITIONING FROM ONE ACTIVITY TO ANOTHER ... AND JUDGEMENT. As they get into their adolescent years we can start seeing problems with illegal behavior....substance abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, inappropriate sexual behavior. SOME LESS SEVERE PROBLEMS CAN BE HANDLED WITH MEDICATION AND CHANGES MADE IN THE HOME ENVIRONMENT... BUT EXPERTS STRESS IT'S SAFER TO PREVENT IT BY NOT DRINKING ANY ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY IN WASHINGTON I'M CHRISTY FEIG .))


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Some Roanoke children are smiling about a new state dental program.
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Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Roanoke Valley were on hand yesterday for the statewide launch of Smart Smiles.
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The program provides free dental care to children of low-income families.
Smart Smiles originated in Roanoke two years ago.
Children enrolled in the program receive regular check-ups, transportation to their appointments and education about dental care.
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((KERRIE BELCHER/SMART SMILES PARTICIPANT :IT TELLS KIDS THEY NEED TO ALWAYS BRUSH THEIR TEETH AND ITS HEALTHY FOR YOUR TEETH. SAMANTHA THOMAS/ROANOKE'S BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: IT JUST INSPIRES KIDS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR TEETH. GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THAT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT OF KIDS ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT BETTER SMILES COMING UP.))
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Organizers of Smart Smiles say tooth decay is the most common disease in children from low- to- moderate income families.
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Coming up next, one man's dog really earns the title of man's best friend. We'll tell you why.
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Plus we'll look at problems faced at a Chinese zoo as handlers try to keep five panda cubs alive.
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[Bathtub-Man]


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A Colorado man who was trapped for a week in his bathtub has his best friend and a total stranger to thank for saving his life.
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Barry Ashworth is a retired spacecraft engineer with multiple sclerosis.
Last month, he slipped and fell in his bathtub.
He couldn't get out or even move to turn on the water.
His service dog, Libby retrieved his cordless phone, but the battery was dead.
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((Libby would play little games with me to make me laugh and laughter is the best thing...always laughter is the best thing and her little games she would play with me would provide me with that laughter that would keep me going and going and going.))
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On the sixth day, a van driver who was assigned to pick Ashworth up came to his house and heard him calling for help.
She stuck her hand through the doggie door and unlocked it and got him to the hospital.
Doctors say Ashworth is doing much better.
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Pandas are among the rarest animals on the earth. But you couldn't tell that by one nature reserve in China. Handlers there are caring for five newborns.
Ninette Sosa has the details.
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((SCIENTISTS AT THE WOLONG NATURE RESERVE IN SOUTHWEST CHINA HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO CARE FOR FIVE NEW BABY PANDAS RECENTLY BORN THERE. THE BABIES NEED TO BE CLOSELY WATCHED THE FIRST 15 DAYS OF THEIR NEW LIVES. THEY ARE FED EVERY THREE HOURS WITH PANDA'S MILK WHICH WAS FROZEN AND STORED BEFORE THEY WERE BORN. SCIENTISTS AT THE CENTER SAY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE BABIES TO GET PANDA MILK BECAUSE IT CONTAINS A SUBSTANCE THAT HELPS THEIR IMMUNITY. SCIENTISTS THERE CALL THE SUBSTANCE, " A IMMUNITY PROTEIN". PANDAS ARE NATURALLY POOR BREEDERS SO ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION IS USED TO HELP KEEP THE SPECIES ALIVE IN CAPITIVITY. THEY ONLY GIVE BIRTH ONCE A YEAR AND HAVE A LITTER OF ONE OR TWO BABIES. THE WOLONG NATURE RESERVE IS HOME TO 67 PANDAS. CURRENTLY, ONLY ABOUT 1000 PANDAS LIVE IN THE WILD IN CHINA. I'M NINETTE SOSA CNN REPORTING.)) [Weather] [NOON WEATHER] [9/9/2003] [TWO SHOT]

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 24 points. The NASDAQ has lost six points.

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Harvick and his crew open their wallets for their behavior in Richmond. The details are still ahead in sports.
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And the Bucs make a statement in Philly, opening the season with a solid win.
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The Tampa Bay Bucaneers are off to a strong start as they try to defend their N-F-L Title. The Bucs started their new season with a shutout victory at Philadelphia.
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The Eagles soared onto the field for their first game at Lincoln Financial Field. Sylvestor Stallone flew in from California to cheer on the home team.
But the night went to the Bucaneers. Brad Johnson threw for 238 yards, including a pair of second-half touchdowns to Joe Jurevicius (Jur-UH-vicious). Johnson was 13-of-14 for 119 yards in the second half alone.
The Bucs defense held the Eagles to just 245 total yards. Quarterback Donovan McNabb was just 19-of-36 for 148 yards.
He was sacked three times and intercepted once.
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Tampa Bay wins 17 to nothing.
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Jake Delhomme (dell-AHHM) has been named the starting quarterback for the Panthers' game this coming weekend against Tampa Bay. The decision comes after he came in and led Carolina to a come-from-behind wind Sunday over Jacksonville. Delhomme is a career backup who is taking his promotion over Rodney Peete with a great deal of humility.
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One loss was all it took. U-V-A is already out of the top 25 college football polls. Steve Mason has an update on the 1-and-1 Cavaliers and the latest with quarterback Matt Schaub.
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NASCAR has fined Kevin Harvick for his behavior after Saturday's Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond.
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Harvick was hit with a 35 thousand dollar fine last night, and put on probation the rest of the year, after hitting Ricky Rudd and the Wood Brothers' car after the race. Harvick also was targeted for his use of profanity and actions detrimental to stock car racing. Four of his crew members also were fined an additional 20 thousand dollars.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats' reign as Carolina League champions is over. The Winston-Salem Warthogs defeated the Hillcats last night 3-to-2, and with that defeat, the Hillcats lost the best-of-five-game championship series 3 games to none.

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