A five- year- old is killed while boarding a school bus in North Carolina.
Her mother was also critically injured.
And, another Army Helicopter is shot down in Iraq.
One more mild afternoon before the cold air returns with a possibility of a little light rain and snow. I'll have your forecast.
Join us for News 7 at noon, straight ahead.
An Army Apache helicopter was shot down today just west of Baghdad.
Officials say the two crew members escaped the crash without injuries.
It was the third U-S military helicopter to go down in the area in less than two weeks.
The region west of Baghdad has been a
hotbed of anti- U-S activity.
U-S military officials, meanwhile, have secured the crash site.
Meanwhile, after serving a year in Iraq, the 20- thousand soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division are headed home.
It's expected to take until April to bring back all of the soldiers in the unit.
Kimberly Dozier in in Iraq with some of them as they prepare to return to the U-S.
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they've packed their bags and they're turning in all those things they
won't need back in the states...like bullet-proof vests.
The Radar Rakkasans are from the 3rd brigade of the 101st airborne
division. The 101st hit Iraq from north and south last March,
parachuting into Kurdish territory and crossing from Kuwait. They
fought their way through towns like Najaf and Al Hillah before making
their base here in Mosul.
There have been tough times, like the double black hawk helicopter crash
here last November that killed 17 soldiers.
there has also been success. This city was one of the first to get
local services up and running, thanks to the 101st.
DOZIER ON CAM CLOSE (SOT RE 101ST KILLED SADAM'S SONS/HEADING HOME SOON-
BACK IN KENTUCKY ON THURSDAY)
Kimberly Dozier, CBS News, Mosul Air Base, Iraq
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A five- year- old North Carolina girl was killed this morning as she was about to board a school bus.
A tractor- trailer slammed into the bus around seven this morning in Maxton, which is near the South Carolina border.
The force of the crash propelled the bus about 200 feet down the road, and into the yards of nearby homes.
15- children suffered minor injuries, but the dead girl's mother was seriously injured and is in critical condition.
North Carolina state trooper say charges are pending against the driver of the tractor- trailer.
The U-S Department of Agriculture has declared Franklin and Roanoke Counties primary disaster areas because of last year's excessive rain.
Patrick County is also a primary disaster area because of damage from Hurricane Isabel.
That means farmers in those counties and the counties that border them are eligible for low-interest federal emergency loans.
The Henry County School Board is still discussing school consolidation.
Yesterday, the board held a special meeting to get an itemized account of exactly how much the plan to close five schools and combine several others will actually cost.
Last summer, the board approved more than one-point-seven million dollars for the project.
But according to newly released figures, renovations to two schools that would stay open will add another million dollars to the plan.
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((MARY MARTIN: I GET REALLY NERVOUS WHEN I SEE ANTICIPATED FUNDS ALREADY AT A MILLION DOLLARS AND THERE MAY BE ROADS, THERE MAY HAVE TO BE THIS AND THERE MAY HAVE TO THAT. I GET NERVOUS WHEN YOU GET INTO THAT KIND OF MONEY, IT MAKES ME EDGY AS TO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Martin/Henry Co. School Board]
[OUT Q=.. to do next year.]
A public meeting is scheduled tomorrow night at seven o-clock to futher discuss school consolidation.
School board chairman Curtis Millner says the board will make a decision about the plan then.
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Supporters of an elected school board in Roanoke are trying to get the issue before voters again.
The Roanoke Education Association wants to put a referendum on the May ballot that if passed, would allow voters to directly elect school board members.
The group needs to collect five thousand signatures, but so far, it only has a little over two thousand.
After recent scandals in the Roanoke school system, supporters thought their job would be easy but have found it to be difficult because of a similar drive that failed last spring.
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((ANITA PRICE/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: I THINK THERE IS SOME CONFUSION BECAUSE I KNOW JUST PERSONALLY THAT WHEN I HAVE APPROACHED PEOPLE AND SAID WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIGN THE PETITION FOR THE ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD, AND THEY SAY I'VE ALREADY SIGNED THAT AND THEN I ASKED THEM WHEN DID YOU SIGN IT BECAUSE IF YOU SIGNED IT LAST YEAR, IN THE EARLY SPRING, THEN THIS IS A WHOLE NEW PROCESS.))
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The signatures gathered last spring cannot be used this time around so the group's had to start from scratch.
Supporters concede it will be difficult--but are optimistic they can get the necessary signatures by the February second deadline.
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Still to come on the newscast, an audit shows Wal-Mart may have more problems with labor officials.
Plus the trial is getting underway for a former N-B-A star who is accused of manslaughter.
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Jury selection is under way in the manslaughter trial of former N-B-A player Jayson Williams.
The retired New Jersey Nets center is accused of shooting and killing a limo driver two years ago, and then trying to cover it up.
Jon Frankel reports.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Neary/Former Williams Attorney; :45]
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(V/O) (BASKETBALL )
JAYSON WILLIAMS USED TO MAKE HEADLINES PLAYING ON THE BASKETBALL COURT.
(HEADLINE MONTAGE)(GFX TO SUPPLY)
BUT AFTER HIS PLAYING DAYS ENDED NEARLY FIVE YEARS AGO -- A SHOOTING
LANDED HIM BACK IN THE BACK IN THE PAPERS.
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(SOT/STEVEN LEMBER, HUNTERDON COUNTY PROSECUTOR (COVER TOP)
"I authorized the filing of a criminal complaint, charging Mr. Williams
with the second degree crime of wreckless manslaughter."
(V/O) (PHOTO GUS ) (SPRAWLING MANSION )
VALENTINES DAY 2002: WILLIAM'S Limousine driver Costas "Gus" Christofi
WAS SHOT TO DEATH at Williams' NEW JERSEY MANSION. THE WEAPON: A
(SOT/JOSEPH HAYDEN, WILLIAMS'S ATTORNEY)
"The death of Mr. Chistofi was a tragic accident, but it WAS an
TODAY -- JURY SELECTION BEGINS AS WILLIAMS FACES EIGHT CHARGES: THE MOST
SERIOUS AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER IN THE FIRST DEGREE.
BRIAN NEARY (former williams atty) --
The prosecution wants somebody who sees guns as wrong, that if one has a
gun and there is some element of alcohol that is wrong. and someone who
looks at a celebrity and says i don't care.
ATTORNEY BRIAN NEARY REPRESENTED WILLIAMS IN 1994 ON A PREVIOUS GUN
the defense wants somebody who is open minded they want someone who will
be willing to look at the circumstances surrounding the gun and not jump
to the conclusion simply because somebody has a gun they're being
(V/O) (WILLIAMS WITH POLICE )
WILLIAMS ALSO FACES CHARGES OF TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, WHICH STEMS
FROM HIS ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE SHOOTING APPEAR TO BE A SUICIDE.
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JURY SELECTION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE NEARLY A MONTH. FOR THE EARLY SHOW,
JON FRANKEL CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.)
Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine says Virginia's lawmakers should not be trusted with the state's transportation trust fund.
Kaine says he will ask the General Assembly to approve a constitutional amendment prohibiting raids on the funds.
State law says the fund can be used only for road construction but the state budget trumps all other laws.
That has allowed legislators and the governor to dip into the fund for other purposes, as they did in 2002 to help balance the budget.
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((MICHAEL O'CONNOR/VIRGINIA PETROLEUM, CONVENIENCE AND GROCERY ASSOCIATION: SOME OF THAT MONEY GOES TOWARD MASS TRANSIT, RAIL, IT'S NOT ALL GOING TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: WHEN THE VOTERS SEE THE LEGISLATURE SLOSHING MONEY AROUND FROM DEDICATED FUND TO GENERAL FUND IT CAUSES THEM TO LOSE TRUST THAT THE MONEY WILL BE USED AS ADVERTISED.))
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[OUT Q=MONEY WILL BE USED AS ADVERTISED.]
Kaine says a constitutional amendment is necessary in light of recent proposals to increase the state's fuel tax.
An internal audit at Wal- Mart has reportedly uncovered thousands of labor violations.
The survey of about 25-thousand workers across the U-S found cases of minors working during school hours, and workers NOT taking breaks or lunches.
The New York Times reports that the audit, done in 2000, found nearly 14- hundred violations of child labor laws.
Wal- Mart officials are downplaying the findings, saying workers
often forgot to punch in and out during breaks, or skipped lunches so they could leave early.
Governor Warner's plan to change to raise some taxes and lower others has not pleased some Republicans.
But now the Senate's top budget writer is introducing a tax package that would generate even higher revenue.
Meghan Muldoon has more on Republican Senator John Chichester.
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((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD COUNTY: THE FISCAL STRUCTURE IS OUT OF BALANCE THEN YOU LOOK TO A REMEDY. THE PEOPLE LOOK TO THE LEGISLATURE FOR A REMEDY. THIS IS A REMEDY.))
To fix the state's budget, Senate Finance Chairman John Chichester is proposing to raise two-point-five BILLION dollars.
Like Warner, Chichester wants to increase the state's sales tax by a penny and jack up the price of cigarettes.
Both plans raise income taxes on the wealthiest Virginians.
But unlike the Governor, Chichester's plan includes a three cent hike at the pumps...a proposal that is already under attack.
((MICHAEL O'CONNOR/VIRGINIA PETROLEUM, CONVENIENCE AND GROCERY ASSOCIATION: OUR TAXES ARE LOWER THAN EVERY BORDER STATE. THAT MEANS WHEN A TRACTOR TRAILER WITH A 330 GALLON, THEY ARE GOING TO STOP IN VIRGINIA WITHOUT EXCEPTION RATHER THAN IN NORTH CAROLINA. GOING TO LOSE ALL THOSE INCIDENTAL SALES PLUS ALL THAT GAS TAX.))
Like Warner, Chichester is also proposing tax cuts.
His plan calls for an immediate phaseout of the car tax, a slashing of the food tax and the elimination of the estate tax.
The veteran lawmaker says it is time for Republicans to step up and govern.
((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER: TO COME TO RICHMOND YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT AND TO CUT AND TO CUT IN THE MIDST OF A GROWING POPULATION. IT FALLS UPON US TO CHANGE IT THAT US BEING REPUBLICANS.))
It will be clear if the rest of his party agrees when the legislature gets back to work later this week.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
one of the Democratic presidential candidates works the late shift.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Despite the President's gestures of good will at the Summit of the Americas, there's been little progress on other key issues ranging from free trade to corruption.
Manuel Gallegus reports from Monterrey, Mexico.
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[SUPER=01-Vicente Fox/Mexican President;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Monterrey, Mexico.]
IN A RARE GATHERING, WITH ONLY CUBA LEFT OUT, LEADERS OF 34 NATIONS FROM
THE AMERICAS CAME TO MONTERREY MEXICO TO WORK ON ISSUES RANGING FROM A
FREE TRADE ZONE FOR THE ENTIRE HEMISPHERETO POVERTY AND CORRUPTION.
PRESIDENT BUSH HAD PRAISE FOR HIS FRIENDS AND HARSH CRITICISM FOR
-SOT- PRESIDENT BUSH (OPENING REMARKS)18;14;38 3
Our unity and support of democratic institutions, constitutional
processes and basic liberties gives hope and strength to those
struggling to preserve their God-given rights, whether in Venezuela, or
Haiti, or Bolivia.
THE PRESIDENT SMOOTHED OVER RELATIONS WITH MEXICOS PRESIDENT VICENTE
FOX WHO WHOLEHEARTEDLY ACCEPTED BUSHS PLAN TO GIVE IMMIGRANTS THE
FREEDOM TO COME AND GO FROM THE U.S.
-SOT-VICENTE FOX (FROM OPENING REMARKS) 14;15;32 OPENING REMARKS TAPE
this is a very important step forward..
ITS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARDFOX SAID.
-STAND-UP- BRIDGE MANUEL GALLEGUS, MONTERREY
HERE IN MEXICO, BUSHS MIGRATION PLAN IS BEING COMPARED TO A WORLD WAR
II PROGRAM THAT ALLOWED MEXICAN BRACEROS TO WORK IN THE U.S.
TEMPORARILYTO FILL A LABOR SHORTAGE.
BUT OUTSIDE THE SUMMIT SOME OF THOSE OLD BRACEROS PROTESTEDDECADES
LATER, THEY SAY THEYRE STILL OWED MONEY THAT WAS DEDUCTED BY THE U.S.
FROM THEIR WAGESAND DISAPPEARED.
ECONOMIC ISSES DOMINATE THIS GATHERINGPRESIDENT BUSH ENVISIONS FREE
TRADE AS THE SOLUTION TO THE HEMISPHERES WOES MANY OF THE LATIN
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO FOXTHE TWO SEEM CHUMMY IN FACT BUSH INVITED THE
RANCHER TO CRAWFORD TEXASIN MARCHFOX ACCEPTED.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS MONTERREY MEXICO.
The contest to win the Democratic Presidential nomination is heating up, with the the Iowa Caucus taking place next week.
Still, candidate Dick Gephardt found some time last night to pay a visit to late night host David Letterman.
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He presented last night's top 10 list -- signs that you've been on the campaign trail too long.
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((REP. DICK GEPHARDT/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: EVERY SPEECH BEGINS: 'IT'S GREAT TO BE WHEREVER THE HELL I AM TODAY.'
LETERMAN: NUMBER NINE.
GEPHARDT: YOU'VE HIRED PETE ROSE TO MANAGE YOUR CAMPAIGN FUNDS.)).
[OUT Q=campaign funds.]
The latest national polls show Gephardt in a horse race with front- runner Howard Dean for the Democratic nomination.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 82 points. The NWASDAQ has dropped 25.
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Up next in sports, a familiar face joins Joe Gibbs in coaching the Redskins.
And the Houston Astros hope the Rocket man will help blast them to the top.
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The Virginia women's basketball team has been a work in progress this season for veteran coach Debbie Ryan.
The Cavaliers went into its game last night under 500 at 6 and 7, and winless in ACC play at 0-and-2.
Playing without star Brandi Teamer, the Cavs got a big lift from Kate Kreager (KREE-GER) who transferred from Xavier.
Last night she made 11 points.
But it came down to the final shot.
With Virginia on top 60-to-59, Alex Stewart
got a shot at a lay-up, but the ball slid off her hand on the way up and came up short.
UVa gets the 60-to-59 win.
The Ferrum College Panthers have wasted little time in naming a replacement for athletic director Ted Kinder who left last week to take a similar post in Kentucky.
Yesterday afternoon the school
named head baseball coach Abe Naff its newest director of athletics.
Naff has served as the Panthers head baseball coach for 19 years, and he has been a part of the Ferrum athletics community for the past 22.
Naff is a 1981 Lynchburg College grad, who also has a master's degree from the school.
Ferrum also announced that Gary Holden has been promoted to assistant athletic director.
He too has a master's degree and more importantly, a real understanding of the college community.
The Washington Post is reporting that Darrell Green will join Joe Gibbs' coaching staff as an assistant.
Green played 20 years with the Redskins, and is just a year into retirement.
He believes Gibbs can handle the modern day player.
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[OUT Q=...he's got going for him."]
When Roger Clemens supposedly retired from baseball at the end of last season, Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner gave him a Humvee as a going away present.
But yesterday - Clemens drove back in the big leagues, signing a one year deal with the Houston Astros.
And it was a present - but not the vehicle-- that led him to finally come back for another season.
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[OUT Q=...JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE."]
He'll get 5 Million dollar for the upcoming season.
Two Virginians are back on the television show "Survivor."
C-B-S is welcoming back 18 favorite castaways from earlier shows to compete, including two famous Virginians.
Among them: ``Big Tom'' Buchanan from Rich Valley.
The Survivor all stars face off on February 1st after the Super Bowl in
``Survivor: All-Stars.'' The 18 castaways will compete for one million dollars in Panama.
As usual, the competitors cannot talk to the media about the show. Buchanan's parents say he was gone from October to
Mid-December, and came back 40 pounds lighter and lots of bug bites.
Former Navy seal Rudy Boesch is also invited back. The 76 year old Virginia Beach native says he's going to keep trying until he wins.[Quickcast]
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