North Carolina is "First in Flight"--
But it was Mother Nature that changed the flight plan for today's scheduled re-enactment of the Wright Brothers' historic journey.
And Governor Warner unveils a new state budget that includes more money for education and health, and a pay raise for state workers.
The temperatures are dropping the winds are increasing and in some locations the light snow's flying. I'll have your forecast.
The skies weren't very friendly for the scheduled re-enactment of the Wright Brothers' first flight-- a 12- second trip that took off exactly 100 years ago today.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The weather didn't cooperate with today's planned re- enactment, but the heavy rain didn't dampen the spirits of aviation enthusiasts in North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Drew Levinson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Hyde/The Wright Experience;]
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Had Orville and Wilbur Wright tried to fly this morning-they would have
needed more than a wing and a prayer.
The weather was just too nasty to get the replica of the 1903 Wright
Flyer off the ground.
It was here-100 years ago when two bicycle mechanics from Dayton Ohio
soared into the record books with the first powered flight.
Orville Wright was at the Controls-his brother Wilbur helped guide the
tiny plane down the tracks.
It was airborne for just 12 seconds-it traveled only 120 feet-- but on
that day man discovered he WAS meant to fly.
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THERE WAS A BOY NAMED JOHNNY.DAMNED IF THEY AINT FLEW.
The team of pilots who re-created the 1903 flyer say they in awe of the
Wright Brothers achievement .
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"I'M ABSOLUTELY AMAZED AND MORE THAN THAT I'M HUMBLED AST HOW THEY WERE
ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. I MEAN WE'VE BEEN WORKING NIGHT AND DAY FOR
THREE YEARS JUST TO TRY TO DUPLICATE WHAT THEY DID."
President Bush also acknowledged the achievement of that day a century
EVERYONE HERE AT THAT HOUR SENSED A GREAT LINE HAD BEEN CROSSED AND THE
WORLD WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME.
In less than a century-weve gone from a cloth winged plane-to a delta
winged plane flying twice the speed of sound-to winging our way through
Orville and Wilbur would have been proud.
(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON)
Like the original Wright Brothers plane....the replica too will be put
in a museum. Most likely the next time they try to recreate this
flight--it will be the year 2103....no telling where we have flown by
then. Drew levinson, CBS News, Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Aviators in Roanoke would have liked to take to the skies to celebrate the anniversary of flight but they, too, were grounded by the weather.
Regardless, a group of pilots met in the general aviation terminal this morning to be named members of what Mayor Ralph Smith calls the "Roanoke Air Force".
Honorary flight commander, Wes Hillman, has been an airman since the early 1930s.
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((WES HILLMAN/AVIATOR: YOU COULD COUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO FLEW AIRPLANES ON BOTH HANDS. THERE WAS JUST A COMMON BOND BETWEEN ANYBODY THAT FLEW AN AIRPLANE.))
[OUT Q=between anybody that flew an airplane.]
Hillman and Mayor Smith sat briefly in a plane around 10:30, near the time the Wright Brothers made their virgin flight.
The Mayor took the opportunity to call attention to the *airport's* anniversary - 75-years next summer.
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[IN Q=It's a day to look and...]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor;]
((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S A DAY TO LOOK AND JUST IMAGINE WHERE THIS WAS 75 YEARS AGO. WHERE WILL IT BE 75 YEARS FROM NOW?))
[OUT Q=75 years from now?]
Today is also "customer appreciation day" at the airport.
As promised, Governor Mark Warner introduced a new state budget today that boosts state spending on public education by more than 760 million dollars, and on higher education by 144 million dollars.
Warner's two-year budget is based on his revenue projections and tax changes he made public last month.
They would include a one-cent increase in the state sales tax and reductions in income and food taxes.
The governor told General Assembly money committees this morning that his budget provides nearly 104 million dollars to boost pay for public employees, school teachers, and local government workers, whose salaries are subsidized by the state.
But the three-percent pay raise would not become effective for nearly two years.
Six dozen new jobs are heading north to Franklin County.
Ronile Incorporated is undertaking a 1-point-1 million dollar expansion to its plant in Rocky Mount.
That will result in 74 new local jobs.
The jobs are coming from a Ronile- owned plant in Lafayette, Georgia that is closing.
Ronile currently employs more than 250 people in Rocky Mount.
The company specializes in yarn dyeing and processing, and the design and distribution of carpeting.
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The fight over a planned methadone clinic in Roanoke County is over.
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In a surprise move last night, Life Center of Galax dropped plans to open a drug treatment facility at the corner of Colonial Avenue and Ogden Road.
The county had already denied the center's zoning request, but the company was appealing that decision.
Life Center was prepared to head to court but in the end decided the legal fight would take too long.
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[IN Q=The second thing]
((ED NATT/LIFE CENTER OF GALAX ATTORNEY: THE SECOND AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT THEY DID UNDERSTAND THE CITIZEN'S CONCERNS. MY CLIENT IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT PUBLIC RELATIONS WITH PEOPLE AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THE DISRUPTION THAT IT WOULD HAVE IN THE COMMUNITY.))
((MARK GRAHAM/OPPOSED METHADONE CLINIC: WE WERE DELIGHTFULLY SURPRISED. IT'S A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY GIFT. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO LIFE CENTER PEOPLE FOR THIS DECISION AND I BELIEVE IT IS A DECISION THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL THE CITIZENS.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Natt/Life Center of Galax Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Graham/Opposed Methadone Clinic; :18]
[OUT Q=all the citizens]
The attorney for Life Center of Galax says it may try to open a drug treatment facility in another Roanoke County location, but the Colonial Avenue site is no longer an option.
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Coming up next on the newscast a Virginia teenager is the latest victim of the flu.
Plus we'll have the details as Lynchburg City Council gives the Reverend Jerry Falwell what he wants for Christmas.
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As Saddam Hussein continues being interrogated, U-S troops make more sweeps aimed at rounding up resistance leaders in Iraq.
Teri Okita has the latest from Baghdad.
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[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Baghdad.]
UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS...U-S TROOPS FROM THE 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION
CARRY OUT "OPERATION IVY BLIZZARD" NORTH OF BAGHDAD... IN SAMARRA AND
THEIR MISSION DID NOT GO UNREWARDED. EIGHT SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED,
INCLUDING AN IRAQI INTELLIGENCE AGENT WHO IS ACCUSED OF ORGANIZING
ATTACKS IN THE AREA.
BUT THERE IS A DOWNSIDE TO THE RECENT RAIDS IN SAMARRA...DESTRUCTION OF
PROPERTY BELONGING TO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS. IN RESPONSE...THE U-S
MILITARY NOW SAYS THEY'LL PAY FOR DAMAGES IN SOME CASES.
(NATZ FROM BAGHDAD)
IN BAGHDAD....ANOTHER BLAST LEFT DEAD AND WOUNDED ON THE STREETS OF THE
(OKITA STANDUP BRIDGE)
THE VIOLENCE HAS BECOME SO COMMON THAT PEOPLE OFTEN CAN'T TELL ATTACKS
FROM ACCIDENTS, MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE DIED HERE WHEN A TRUCK EXPLODED
NEAR A POLICE STATION.
POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE EXPLOSIVES WERE IN THE TRUCK
OR HAD GONE OFF AT THE ROADSIDE.
SADDAM HUSSEIN CONTINUES TO FACE INTERROGATION....LED BY THE CIA
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AND IRAQ'S GOVERNING COUNCIL SAYS THE CAPTURED DICTATOR HAS NOT BEEN
MOVED out of the country ...AND IS BEING HELD IN THE BAGHDAD AREA. THE
LEADERS REPEATED THEIR PLEDGE...TO TRY SADDAM IN IRAQ BEFORE THE IRAQI
PEOPLE - HE ONCE RULED.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS. BAGHDAD
At least three more people are believed to have died of the flu this week-- one of them in Virginia.
A 19-year-old Hampton resident died of a respiratory illness that appears to be the flu.
State health officials say if that's confirmed, it would be the fourth flu death in Virginia this year.
Meanwhile, South Carolina is reporting two deaths this week from the flu-- one was a 22- year- old college student, the other was a six- year- old boy.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says Lynchburg City Council has given him a great Christmas gift.
It approved his request to rezone the former Ericsson plant.
That means Falwell can relocate Thomas Road Baptist Church and expand Liberty University.
Lynchburg Bureau Chief Steve Smallshaw has more.
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[IN Q=What was once]
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/Lynchburg Council Member; :15 (QUICK!)]
[SUPER=01-Julian Adams/Lynchburg Council Member; :39]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty U. Chancellor; 1:01]
[OUT Q=Steve Smallshaw News 7 Lynchburg..]
(( What was once Lynchburg's biggest employer has since languished as its biggest industrial eyesore.
But where some see empty warehouses and floor space, Jerry Falwell sees opportunity: for a law school, an iceskating rink, public recreation areas and more.
((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE'VE GOT A LEMON AND LIBERTY UNIVERSITY WANTS TO MAKE SOME LEMONADE.))
[OUT Q=make some lemonade.]
But the recipe needed city council to okay the rezoning from industrial to a business district that would allow some commercial uses... an important distinction that would allow the university to make the ice rink and recreation areas available to the public.
With no potential industrial tenant on the horizon, council agreed this was the best use for the property.
((JULIAN ADAMS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THINGS COME AND THINGS GO AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S COMING IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE OF OUR LARGEST CITIZENS TO GET A LITTLE BIT LARGER AND A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED AND THAT'S GOOD FOR THEM.))
[OUT Q=good for them.]
Acquiring the Ericsson property essentially doubles Liberty University's academic floor space.
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: AND ADDING TO IT A TREMENDOUS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, YOU KNOW SIX GYMNASIUMS, A SWIMMING POOL, AN ICE ARENA AND INTRAMURAL FIELDS THAT ARE NOT EVEN A PART OF THIS, AND THEN WE'RE BUILDING THIRTEEN DORMITORIES RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK.))
[OUT Q=as we speak.]
Last night's vote gives Falwell the chance to start relocating offices and classrooms during the next month, while Liberty students are gone for winter break.
Steve Smallshaw News 7, Lynchburg))
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Up next on the newscast, a woman says she kept a secret for 78 years. Now she is going public with the identity of her famous father.
Also, authorities want to know who stole the Grinch who stole Christmas.
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She says she didn't want to hurt Strom Thurmond's political career.
That's why Essie Mae Washington-Williams says she kept silent for nearly 80 years about about her claim that Senator Thurmond was her father.
Jennifer Donelan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Washington.]
FOR DECADES YEARS ESSIE MAE WASHINGTON-WILLIAMS HAD A SECRET..but NO
MORE. HER CHILDREN URGED HER TO STEP FORWARD...AND TELL THE WORLDLATE
U.S. SENATOR AND FORMER SEGREGATIONIST, STROM THURMOND, WAS HER FATHER.
Sot - ESSIE MAE WASHINGTON-WILLIAMS.(
Not verbatim: "I am Essie Mae....I am completely free)
WHEN THURMOND WAS 22 YEARS OLD HE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH HIS FAMILY'S
16 YEAR OLD BLACK HOUSEKEEPER. SHE GAVE BIRTH TO A BABY GIRL...ESSIE
THURMOND WENT ON TO BECOME ONE OF THE LEADING VOICES OF
SEGREGATIONFROM SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR TO U.S. SENATOR. FOR MUCH OF
HIS LIFE ..HE FOUGHT AGAINST EQUALITY. HIS POLITICAL CAREER BLOSSOMED
IN THE SHADOW OF A SECRET THAT THREATENED HIS REPUTATION.
STANDUP: JENNIFER DONELAN REPORTS.
THE SENATORS ILLEGITIMATE DAUGHTER GREW UP WITH HER MOTHER'S RELATIVES
IN PENNYSYLVANIA. AT 16, AS HER MOTHER-S DYING WISH SHE FINALLY MET
HIS QUIET ACKNOWLEDGEMENT CAME IN THE FORM OF MONEY...AND YEARLY
MEETINGS WITH HIS DAUGHTER. ESSIE MAE SAID THURMOND CARED FOR HER AND
SHE FOR HIM...(BEAT) BUT FEW KNEW UNTIL NOW.
SOT: ESSIE MAE WASHINGTON-WILLIAMS
THURMOND TOOK HIS SECRET TO THE GRAVEHE DIED IN JUNE AT AGE 100. ON
MONDAY A PUBLIC CONFIRMATION CAME FROM THE THURMOND FAMILYAND HISTORY
J.D.CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
This time the Grinch didn't steal Christmas-- instead someone made off with the Grinch.
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At first, a New York woman thought her eight- foot high inflatable Grinch was buried in the snow.
But when she looked closer, she discovered that someone had apparently gone to a lot of trouble to swipe the Grinch from her front lawn.
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[IN Q=It comes with ]
((SANDY BLANCO/GRINCH OWNER: IT COMES WITH EIGHT STAKES, SO YOU REALLY HAVE TO TAKE YOUR TIME TO TAKE THEM OUT. AND THEY TOOK THEIR TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Sandy Blanco/Grinch Owner;]
[OUT Q=took their time.]
It's not just the Grinch that's inspiring thieves this holiday season-- police say holiday figures of all kinds are being reported missing.
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[IN Q=I've checked]
((SGT. HARRY BAUMANN/CLARKSTOWN, NY POLICE DEPARTMENT:I'VE CHECKED, AND I BELIEVE IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS WE HAD SIX TAKEN. AND THEY CAN BE ANYWHERE FROM THE GRINCH TO THE SNOWMAN TO THE SANTA CLAUS. THERE'S NO RHYME OR REASON. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Harry Baumann/Clarkstown, NY Police Department;]
[OUT Q=rhyme or reason.]
Meanwhile, Blanco hopes the thief returns to the scene of the crime, and sees her sign that asks whomever stole the Grinch to "have a heart and please bring it back."
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 17 points. The NASDAQ has dropped eight.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a N-F-L coach is shown the door. Stay tuned
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Coach Jim Fassel will be fired by the New York Giants at the end of a disappointing season, two football sources
told The Associated Press. The Giants are in last place in the N-F-C East with a 4-and-10 record, including six straight losses.
A news conference is scheduled for later today, but the team wouldn't say why.
Fassel has a record of 60-54-and-1 in seven season with the Giants including the postseason.
U-V-A bought over 18 thousand Tire Bowl tickets last year, and now - 10 days before kickoff - the Cavaliers already have shattered their all-time record for ticket sales.
UVa says it's now sold 22 thousand -500 tickets, which tops the 1998 Peach Bowl total by 15 hundred.
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[SUPER=01-Ryan Sawyer/UVa Receiver; :15]
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An extra 25-hundred tickets have been made available for the game.
It'll be played December 27th at 11 A-M in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Virginia men's basketball team improved to 6-and-0 with a 10 point victory over in-state rival JMU in Charlottesville last night.
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Bassett native Sherman Dillard and his Dukes would have their moments against the Cavs.
JMU guard Ray Barbosa scored a game high 33 points.
But the Cavaliers were just too balanced, as they placed four players in double figures, including Elton Brown who scored 19.
Devin Smith started at forward and scored 19 points of his own.
Todd Billett led the Cavalier attack as he threw in 20 points.
Virginia led the game by 15 at the half, and went on to win it 90-to-80 in front of 7-thousand- 645 fans at U-Hall.
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