Another candidate announces his bid for Roanoke's top job.
Meanwhile, the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination is about to lose a candidate after a disappointing finish in yesterday's Southern primaries.
A winter storm will pass to our south how much snow can we expect and how long will it last. I'll let you know in your forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside. Some parts of the viewing area could see some snow tomorrow.
Let's head over to the weather center with Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.
After strong primary wins in Virginia and Tennessee, John Kerry has emerged as the clear front-runner in the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
But the news is not so promising for Wesley Clark, who's decided to throw in the towel.
Stacy Case reports.
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[SUPER=01-Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark/Dropping out of Race;]
[SUPER=01-Howard Dean/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Case, CBS news, Washington. ]
((NAT: "The statement is simple, General Clark has decided to leave the
TRACK: NOW A CAMPAIGN CASUALTY....TUESDAY VOTING IN WESLEY CLARK'S
NATIVE SOUTH SEALED THE RETIRED GENERAL'S FATE. JOHN KERRY SWEPT
TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA, CEMENTING HIS POSITION AS THE PARTY'S PREMIERE
PICK. CLARK SPOKE HIGHLY OF FRONTRUNNER KERRY AND FELLOW SOUTHERNER
SUPER: RET GENERAL WESLEY CLARK/DROPPING OUT OF RACE
"They're good democrats, they're real patriots, and they've run great
TRACK: CLARK IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT IN HIS HOMETOWN
OF LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS TODAY.
AND IN WISCONSIN ...HOWARD DEAN MAY HAVE...BEEN THINKING ABOUT HIS WORST
NIGHTMARE .......INSTEAD OF HIS FUTURE.
SOT: HOWARD DEAN/ (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.
President Kerry......I mean Senator Kerry....oh please spare us!
JOHN EDWARDS AND KERRY ARE ALSO IN THAT STATE TODAY....THE SITE OF THE
NEXT PRIMARY. EDWARDS, WHO FINISHED A DISTANT SECOND IN BOTH STATES
TUESDAY, VOWS TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS.
SUPER: SEN JOHN EDWARDS/(D)PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
My campaign has always not been driven by these other candidates, but
driven by what I wanna do for all these families that are struggling and
suffering across the country..
NAT: kerry: americans are voting for change east and west north and now
in the south.
TRACK: AT A VICTORY SPEECH IN VIRGINIA TUESDAY NIGHT--- KERRY SEEMED
EMBOLDENED BY HIS FIRST WINS IN THE SOUTH--- PROOF DEMOCRATS SAY, THAT
HE CAN CARRY THE TICKET IN EVERY REGION.
STANDUP: TO COME
Not all of the campaign attention this week is focused on the Democrats--
To counter charges that President Bush was AWOL from the National Guard during the Vietnam War, the White House has released his military pay records.
The complete file has been forwarded to the Pentagon.
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[IN Q=What these documents]
((SCOTT MCCLELLAN/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: WHAT THESE DOCUMENTS SHOW IS THAT HE WAS SERVING IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND HE WAS PAID FOR THAT SERVICE. AND THEY SHOW THAT HE WAS SERVING IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THAT HE MET THE REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO FULFILL HIS DUTIES. ))
[SUPER=01-Scott McClellan/White House Press Secretary;]
[OUT Q=fulfill his duties.]
The White House says printouts just found by the National Guard
show Lieutenant George Bush being paid for time at air bases in
Texas and in Alabama.
But they include some lengthy gaps.
McClellan says the documents take care of what he calls``outrageous'' charges by the Democratic party.
Other administration officials say the service record issue is NOT a top priority in Bush's re-election bid.
Mac McCadden came in a close second when he ran for mayor four years ago. Today, he formally announced a new campaign for the city's top elected office.
Family and friends joined McCadden this morning as he made his announcement outside the Roanoke Civic Center.
A former council member long active in civic affairs, McCadden says he is best equipped to represent all segments of the city.
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[IN Q=I love this roanoke]
[SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/(I) Candidate for Mayor;]
[OUT Q=any other candidate in the race.]
McCadden will face Nelson Harris, the Democratic nominee for Mayor, and Alice Hincker who holds the Republican nomination.
A tanker-truck accident last week on Interstate-81 may still be causing problems for drivers.
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Starting today, V-Dot will begin closing the LEFT northbound lane at the Glenvar exit, to repair the median.
It was damaged last week after a tanker truck overturned.
Officials say the lane will be closed both today and tomorrow from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon.
Drivers should expect delays.
Both U.S. soldiers and Iraqis have been the victims of bombings in Iraq.
One U.S. soldier was injured in the city of Ramadi today, when a roadside bomb exploded as a U.S. convoy passed by.
And in Baghdad, hundreds of Iraqis were waiting outside an army recruiting center when a car bomb exploded.
Officials say the suicide attacker set off between 300 and 500 pounds of explosives from a white Oldsmobile.
Officials say at least 36 people were killed, and more than 50 injured.
They say the attack resembles those of al-Qaida.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the F-C-C hears testimony about what it has called a new low for broadcasting.
Plus if one company has its way Mickey Mouse will have a new boss. We'll tell you who is trying to buy Disney after the break.
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Mickey Mouse may have to re- locate.
Cable T-V giant Comcast says it wants to buy the Walt Disney Company.
It's proposing a purchase price of about 54- billion dollars in stock.
Comcast would also assume Disney's nearly 12 billion dollars in debt.
However, Disney chief Michael Eisner isn't interested in the deal.
Disney management has recently come under fire from former board members who've sought to oust Eisner.
From the world of Disney, to what's being called a "new low for prime time television."
The F-C-C has received more than 200- thousand complaints about the Janet Jackson breast-baring incident during the Super Bowl.
What you see on the nation's airwaves is the topic of a hearing today on Capitol Hill.
Elizabeth Sanchez has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Lautenberg/(D) New Jersey;]
[SUPER=01-Michael Powell/FCC Chairman;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sanchez, CBS News, Washington.]
Track: Scheduled before the "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super
bowls Half time show, lawmakers are holding hearings looking into
indecency on the airwaves.
But Janet Jacksons breast baring incident on CBS has given Congress a
better field position.
SOT: Sen. Frank Lautenberg/D-New Jersey
During half time we saw a crotch eating dog
SOT: Sen. Sam Brownback/R-Kansas
its time to act"
Track: Both houses are looking at bills that would increase indecency
fines ten-fold.. to 2-hundred 75 thousand dollars. And CBS is under
investigation by the Federal Communications Commission.
SOT: Michael Powell/FCC Chair
The now infamous display during the Super Bowl halftime show, which
represented a new low in prime-time television, is just the latest
example in a growing list of deplorable incidents over the nation's
Track: NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Viacom President Mel
Karmazin, are star witnesses at the House hearing.
Vicacom owns CBS.
Possible SOT: Mel Karmazin/President and COO Viacom
Track: CBS has apologized for the incident and it's not the only one on
the defense. Infinity Broadcasting is being investigated for an
incident on one of their Detroit stations and last month the FCC
proposed a fine against Clear Channel Communications for a radio program
that aired on four of its Florida outlets.
Stand up: The FCC says it has aggressively gone after indecency
violators. But the agency is being criticized for not doing enough and
may have to step up enforcement. Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS News, Washington
A Lynchburg woman is working to help turn around the lives of some unwed teen mothers.
As Steve Smallshaw tells us us she plans to do it one person at a time.
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[SUPER=01-Tracci Diggs/Group Home Owner; :22]
[SUPER=01-Greg Parham/Group Home Owner; :51]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( This time it was the right idea AND the right location.
Tracci Diggs' dream of providing a safe haven for teenage mothers took a detour last fall when city council refused to let her set up shop in this home on Arkansas Avenue.
But Diggs was back Tuesday night with a new property, 1620 Grace Street.
It's here where she hopes to give these young girls a fresh start.
((TRACCI DIGGS/GROUP HOME OWNER: FOR MOST TEENAGERS LIVING IN THOSE KINDS OF SITUATIONS, LIVING ON THE STREET OR LIVING IN BAD SITUATIONS, IT'S LIKE 'OH WELL, THIS IS PAR FOR THE COURSE, THIS IS THE WAY THINGS HAPPEN, THIS IS THE WAY MY LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO BE'. AND I THINK IT'S MINE AND MR. PARHAM'S JOB AND OBJECTIVE TO ENLIGHTEN THEM.))
[OUT Q=to enlighten them.]
Diggs and her partner, Greg Parham, want to start a home for up to four teenagers and their children.
The girls can recover from their pregnancies, learn parenting and job skills and continue their education.
((GREG PARHAM/GROUP HOME OWNER: I THINK WHEN YOU CARE ABOUT PEOPLE, THAT'S THE FIRST START TO THEM CARING ABOUT THEMSELVES AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BABIES NOW, SO CONTRIBUTORS TO SOCIETY, THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DEVELOP.))
[OUT Q=want to develop.]
((At first some neighbors didn't want the group home to locate here on Grace Street, an area where in the past two years, police have responded to more than 300 calls for criminal activity. But Diggs says the property will be fenced-in, well-lit and well-supervised.. and her proposal was met with unanimous support.))
[OUT Q=with unanimous support.]
Diggs and Parham hope to be open for business in three to four months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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The results of much anticipated teacher survey on school violence in Roanoke are out and reaction is mixed.
The Roanoke Education Association conducted the survey and presented the results publicly at last night's school board meeting.
The school adminstration says the survey proves Roanoke schools are safe.
Critics however say when it comes to safety more needs to be done.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I THINK WE HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK ON HOW TO GET THE CONSISTENCY OF THE HANDLING OF DISCPLINING. WE HAVE WORKED WITH PRINCIPALS ABOUT THAT. THEY KNOW THAT IS A CONCERN AND AN ISSUE AND I THINK WE HAVE MADE HEADWAY.))
((ALICE HINCKER/RSVP COALTION FOUNDER: THE MAJORITY OF STAFF FEELS SAFE. THEY DON'T SAY THAT THEY FEEL THAT THEIR STUDENTS ARE SAFE AND THEY DIDN'T ASK THE STUDENTS HOW THEY FELT.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Superintendent of Schools; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/RSVP Coalition Founder; :13]
[OUT Q=how they felt]
But that will soon change.
The safety task force set up by the city will soon survey students about school violence.
The new Patrick Henry High School is apparently going to cost more than expected.
The original cost for the new school came in at 38-million dollars.
The architect informed the board last night the projected cost is now nearly 47 million dollars.
Many board members say they are disappointed by that news, but would like construction to begin this summer as scheduled.
The board will approve the final design plans and the budget for construction at an upcoming meeting.
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Lawmakers in Massachusetts work to prevent gay marriages in their state. We'll have that story next.
Plus we will see which dog was named Best in Show in this year's Westminster Dog Show.
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Today legislators in Massachusetts are debating whether to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.
This comes on the heels of a court ruling that declared it un-constitutional to deny marriage to same- sex couples.
Jennifer Donelan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Boston.]
AS MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS GET READY TO DEBATE A state CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENT TO BAN GAY MARRIAGES... PROTESTORS OUTSIDE ALREADY HAVE THEIR
MINDS MADE UP.
SOT: gays should not be treated as second class citizens
SOT: marriage should be between a man and a woman
(MORE NATZ PROTESTORS)
THE GAY MARRIAGE ISSUE HAS BEEN A HOT ONE FOR SOME TIME IN MASSACHUSETTS.
LAST NOVEMBER, THE STATE'S HIGHEST COURT RULED IT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
TO DENY GAY MARRRIAGE....AND RULED THAT THE STATE SHOULD START ISSUING
MARRIAGE LICENSES TO SAME SEX COUPLES STARTING IN MAY.
LAST WEEK THE COURT SPECIFIED ONLY FULL-FLEDGED MARRIAGES ...not civil
unions WOULD BE RECOGNIZED UNDER THE STATE'S CONSTITUTION.
THAT ADVISORY OPINION CLEARED THE WAY FOR THE NATION'S FIRST LEGALLY
SANCTIONED SAME SEX MARRIAGE...
AND...IT NOW HAS THOSE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGES PUSHING EVEN HARDER TO
AMEND THE STATE'S CONSTITUTION TO BAN THOSE MARRIAGES.....and only
bless marriage between a man and a woman.
A POSSIBLE COMPROMISE IS IN THE WORKS. IT WOULD BAN GAY MARRIAGE BUT
ESTABLISH CIVIL UNIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS.
THIS AMENDMENT IS ONE OF TEN LAWMAKERS WILL DEBATE...SO IT COULD TAKE
DAYS BEFORE A FINAL VOTE IS CAST.
JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, BOSTON
America has chosen its new canine king-- and he's worthy of a BIG crown.
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Josh, a black Newfoundland won the coveted title, Best in Show at last night's finale of the annual Westminster Dog Show.
It's the the nation's most prestigious canine event.
Smaller dogs tend to walk away with the top prize more often--
But weighing in at 155 pounds, Josh has tied for the biggest dog ever to get the champion's silver bowl.
Josh beat out several other popular show dogs, including a
Norfolk terrier named ``Coco,'' a Pekingese called ``Les'' and a
standard poodle named ``Miki.''
162 breeds took part in this year's competition.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 50 points. The NASDAQ has gained seven.
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Up next in sports, the Virginia Tech women's team gives West Virginia a run for its money.
And Travis Wells will tell us why competition between the automakers is already in high gear before the NASCAR season even begins..
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The Nextel Cup series' first race of 2004 is shaping up to have a rather distinctive Ford flavor to it.
Travis Wells checks in from the track with some guys who, so far, have managed to "Dodge" the "Chevys."
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[SUPER=01-Elliott Sadler/Starts Second in Daytona 500; :22]
[SUPER=01-Robert Yates/Robert Yates Racing Owner; :42]
[SUPER=01-Greg Biffle/Daytona 500 Pole Sitter; :54]
[SUPER=01-Len Wood/Wood Brothers Team Owner; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Motorcraft Ford Driver; 1:24 quick]
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The Glenvar girls basketball team clinched at least a tie for the Three Rivers regular season title with a win over Floyd last night.
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A big crowd turned out in Glenvar for this traditional rivalry.
The Floyd County Buffaloes would make themselves right at home, as Stephanie Link drives in from the three- point line and scores in tight for Floyd.
Allyson Fasnacht - who led Glenvar with 24 points - also had a bunch of assists, as she passes to Desiree Miller for a simple two points.
The Highlanders do it again with K.T. Klick going behind her back and in for the bucket in the second half.
Floyd would try to stay within striking distance, as Victoria
Womack gets the offensive rebound and the put-back.
But Glenvar beat the Buffaloes 51-to-36, as Fasnacht and Miller prove to be too much.
The West Virginia women hosted 21st ranked Virginia Tech last night.
Carrie Mason scored 17 for Tech, while Ieva Kublina dropped in 16.
But West Virginia did not give up.
With six minutes left, Tech led the game by 11 points - but the Mountaineers went on a 19 to 5 run to close out the game, and win it 69-to-66.
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