The Democratic Presidential frontrunner keeps plowing ahead with attacks on President Bush, while two challengers are trying to use today's primary in Wisconsin to slow down his momentum.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate; :27]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Presidential Candidate; :46 Quick]
[SUPER=01-Howard Dean/(D) Presidential Candidate; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:22]
[OUT Q=Aleen Sirgany, News 7.]
((WISCONSIN VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY.. AND THEIR BALLOT CHOICES MAY
WHITTLE DOWN THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD.
ONTO BUSES.. AND OUT OF PLANES.. THE CANDIDATES CRISSCROSSED THE STATE
TRYING TO SWAY THE STATES UNDECIDED VOTERS.
THE FRONTRUNNER IN THIS RACE ENJOYS A WIDE LEAD IN SURVEYS OF LIKELY
VOTERS.. BUT THAT DIDNT KEEP JOHN KERRY OFF THE STUMP OR FACTORY
FLOOR.. TOUTING HIS PLANS FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND ATTACKING THE
(Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Presidential Candidate)
KERRY SOT: 05:03:50 we need a president who doesnt just say start your
engines, but who says were here to start the engine of the American
economy by putting America back to work
THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR HAS WON ALL BUT TWO PRELIMINARY CONTESTS AND A
DECISIVE WISCONSIN VICTORY COULD SEW UP HIS NOMINATION.
(Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), Presidential Candidate)
EDWARDS 10:36:12 There is a difference there is a choice for Wisconsin
voters on this issue.
THE CANDIDATE WHO WANTS TO MAKE THIS A TWO-MAN RACE BETWEEN HIMSELF AND
KERRY TRAVELLED TO FOUR DIFFERENT CITIES MONDAY. JOHN EDWARDS PICKED UP
THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE STATES LARGEST NEWSPAPER.. AND HAS VOWED TO STAY
IN THE RACE WHATEVER TODAYS OUTCOME.
(NAT- Dean, Dean)
HOWARD DEAN CONTINUES TO HANG IN THIS CONTEST. THE FORMER VERMONT
GOVERNOR LOST HIS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN MONDAY.. BUT TOLD SUPPORTERS AND
REPORTERS NOT TO COUNT HIM OUT.
(Howard Dean, Presidential Candidate)
DEAN 16:17:08 I have more delegates than everybody else in this race
except john kerry.. so I think the campaign obituaries that some of you
have been writing are a little misplaced.
DEANS BEEN FULL OF MIXED SIGNALS.. HE ONCE CALLED WISCONSIN A MAKE OR
BREAK STATE.. BUT HAS SINCE ONLY SAID HELL RE-EVALUATE HIS CAMPAIGN IF
HE LOSES TODAY.
STAND-UP CLOSE: A NEW CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS AMONG THESE THREE CANDIDATES
KERRYS THE ONE WHO WOULD BEAT PRESIDENT BUSH IN A HEAD-TO HEAD MATCH
UP. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
It's crossover day at the General Assembly.
Today's the deadline for each chamber to act on its own bills.
Yesterday, gay rights supporters scored political victories in an unlikely place -- the Virginia House of Delegates.
The House passed a bill allowing employers to offer health insurance benefits to homosexual partners.
Identical legislation did not even make it out of committee last year.
The House also voted against excluding same-sex and unmarried couples from applying for state mortgage loans.
The Virginia Housing Development Authority used to require borrowers to be married or related but that restriction was repealed last year.
Gay rights supporters say the votes are not just a victory for them because they will benefit all Virginians.
[IN Q=THEY DO AFFECT OUR COMMUNITY]
((DYANA MASON/EQUALITY VIRGINIA: they do affect our community it is a victory, it is a step but we have a lot more work to do these things affect all of us not just the gay community.))
[SUPER=01-Dyana Mason/Equality Virginia]
[OUT Q=ALL OF US NOT JUST THE GAY COMMUNITY.]
Gay rights supporters say their other priorities include legalizing gay marriage and revoking the state's anti-sodomy law.
The courts of San Francisco take up the issue of gay marriage today.
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]
Opponents want the courts to stop the city from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
They say the weddings violate state law and that only judges, not city officials, can declare California's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
Attorneys for the city will argue they're allowed to interpret the state constitution.
Since last week, San Francisco has allowed same-sex couples to marry.
Yesterday, thousands of people lined up outside City Hall to get married while they could.
Both cars and trucks may one day have to pay a toll on Interstate 81, but not everyone would have to fork over the cash.
On Friday, a state advisory panel recommended moving forward with a proposal by Star Solutions.
The plan would create separate lanes for cars and trucks.
To help pay for the 10 billion dollars worth of improvements, motorists and truckers would be charged a toll.
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[IN Q=We probably do a lot]
((WILLIE KNOX/TRUCK DRIVER: WE PROBABLY DO A LOT MORE WEAR AND TEAR ON THE ROAD THAN CARS ACTUALLY DO BUT ALL OF US TRAVEL TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B TO GO WHERE WE'RE GOING SO I THINK WE SHOULD WE SHARE AS FAR AS WHAT IS GOING FOR THE TOLLS.))
((LORETTA LAMBERT/SALEM MOTORIST: WE TRAVEL IT USUALLY ON SUNDAYS HEADING OUT TO CHURCH. WE HEAD DOWN THE INTERSTATE.
DEPENDING WHERE IT IS WE'LL PROBABLY GET HIT WITH IT GOING DOWN AND GOING BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Willie Knox/Truck Driver; :00]
[SUPER=01-Loretta Lambert/Salem Motorist; :13]
[OUT Q=GOING DOWN AND GOING BACK]
But Star Solutions says it has no plans to charge local traffic on I-81, just long distance.
V-Dot's comissioner must now decide whether to move forward with Star Solution's proposal.
Virginia Tech reports a freshman student died yesterday just after practicing with his crew team.
The university's web site says Clayton William Waterfield of Redmond, Washington had just completed a run with the team when he collapsed at War Memorial Gym.
Tech officials say Waterfield went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead a short time later at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
A big thumbs down from Mickey Mouse--
The Walt Disney Company is rejecting a takeover bid by cable T-V giant Comcast.
Disney's board of directors says the current offer would undervalue the company's holdings.
It says Comcast's offer amounts to three dollars and 60- cents LESS than market value for each Disney share.
Comcast made the surprise bid-- initially valued at 54- billion dollars last Wednesday.
If a deal had been reached, it would have created the world's biggest media company, edging out Time Warner.
In other business news, The long holiday weekend is over.
Target and Wal-Mart are expected to release their earnings reports this week.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
> INVESTORS GET BACK TO BUSINESS TODAY AFTER A THREE DAY WEEKEND.
> ON FRIDAY, AN UNEXPECTED DROP IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SPARKED SOME SELLING
> THE DOW SANK 66 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK 20.
> ANOTHER INDICTMENT MAY BE ON THE WAY IN THE ENRON DEBACLE.
> FORMER ENRON CEO JEFFREY SKILLING COULD BE BROUGHT UP ON CRIMINAL CHARGES
> AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK FOR HIS ROLE IN THE COLLAPSE OF THE ENERGY GIANT.
> The charges would come on the heels of last month's guilty plea to two
> counts of conspiracy by
> former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow.
> THE BIDDING WAR IS ON FOR ATT WIRELESS BOTH CINGULAR AND BRITIAN'S
> VODAFONE HAVE MADE TAKEOVER OFFERS FOR THE MOBILE PHONE GIANT. JAPAN'S NTT
> DOCOMO HAS BOWED OUT OF THE BIDDING.
> EARNINGS REPORTS ARE STILL TRICKLING INTO THE MARKET.. AMONG THE NOTABLES
> THIS WEEK... TARGET, WALMLART, NORDSTROM AND HEWLETT PACKARD.
> ON THE ECONOMIC CALENDAR LOOK FOR JANUARY HOUSING STARTS AND REPORTS ON
> INFLATION AT THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL LEVELS.
> TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
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Local school systems are trying to deal with the lost time due to winter weather.
Yesterday, was supposed to be a make-up snow day for Franklin County schools, which have now missed 13-days because of snow.
Along with Presidents' Day, the school board decided to also use Memorial Day and a teacher's work day to make up for it, and possibly some of Spring Break.
Not exactly the kind of thing kids like Hannah Murphy want to hear.
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[IN Q=how do you]
((REPORTER: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT ? HANNAH MURPHY/ROCKY MOUNT ELEMENTARY STUDENT: BAD.))
[SUPER=01-Hannah Murphy/Rocky Mount Elementary Student;]
[OUT Q=about that... bad]
Franklin County schools already had five snow-days built into their calendar, which means they really only have to make up eight days.
Officials say that's still a difficult task, and they hope to begin figuring out a new plan later this morning.
Motorists along the Interstate 81 saw plenty of smoke thanks to a garage fire in Roanoke County.
Witnesses say they heard several explosions coming from this garage on Bellehaven Road in the Hollins area just after 5:30 yesterday evening.
Firefighters then arrived to find heavy smoke and flames.
The fire was contained to the garage but it ended up damaging two parked vehicles.
The fire marshal is still trying to determine the cause.
Crews will try to finish cleaning up a rock slide today in Iron Gate.
Traffic was at a standstill Sunday morning when about 50-tons of rock crashed down on 220 - including these two 20-ton boulders.
No one was seriously injured, but it's the third reported slide in the past week.
Iron Gate's Mayor Alan Williams says they've been lucky no has been injured as nearly 10-thousand vehicles travel that section of roadway a day.
(Kim tosses to bump)
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