It's a scene being re- played across the country--
Today more reservists prepare to ship out from Roanoke and head to the Middle East.
And, new developments in the search for a Mississipi family that hasn't been seen since Valentine's Day.
Scattered showers are back in the forecast while the temperatures remain mild. I'll have all your details.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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A sad day for family and friends as more troops from our region head to the Middle East.
Forty-two men shipped out this morning.
They're members of the 116th infantry division.
It was a morning full of mixed emotions- sadness as families were separated, but also pride as the soldiers left to serve and represent the United States.
After a short ceremony at the armory, husbands said goodbye to wives, sons to their parents, and dads to their kids, as they prepared physically and mentally for an 18-month deployment.
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((SGT. DAVID DRAPER, U.S. ARMY: I JUST KEEP IT IN MY MIND THAT THE LORD WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PLATOON, ALL OF THE TROOPS THAT ARE OVER THERE. IT'S HIS WILL WE'RE GOING AND I'LL DO WHAT I HAVE TO DO TO SERVE MY COUNTRY. AND, THE WELFARE OF MY SON AND WIFE, OF COURSE.))
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After joining other members of the their platoon in Northern Virginia, the men will go through anywhere from 60 to 90 days of training at Fort Bragg or Fort Polk.
From there, the men will be shipped to the Middle East where they'll serve as security and presence patrol.
It's another step toward the U-S plan to return power in Iraq to the Iraqi people.
Today Iraq's U-S appointed Governing Council put aside its differences and agreed to an interim constitution.
It includes a wide- ranging bill of rights and a single chief executive.
A coalition officials adds that the document "strikes a balance between the role of Islam and democratic principles."
It also sets a goal of having at least 25 percent of the national assembly made up of women.
Washington plans to hand sovereignty back to the Iraqis by June 30th.
More troops from a multi-national peacekeeping force are on their way to Haiti after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to flee the country.
As Teri Okita reports, Haitian residents are trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the violent uprising.
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TRACK: MORE THAN 150-MARINES FROM CAMP LEJUENE, NORTH CAROLINA ARE
SECURING KEY SITES IN AND AROUND PORT-AU-PRINCE A DAY AFTER REBELS
STORMED THE CAPITAL AND FORCED PRESIDENT, JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTEDE INTO
EXILE. GANGS OF REBELS AND ARMED ARISTEDE SUPPORTERS STILL ROAM THE CITY
STREETS, BUT THE VIOLENCE HAS TAPERED OFF.
TRACK: TODAY, RESIDENTS ARE TRYING TO SALVAGE WHAT THEY CAN AFTER
WIDESPREAD LAWLESSNESS AND LOOTING. THIEVES GUTTED ARISTEDES
PRESIDENTIAL PALACE AFTER THE 50-YEAR-OLD FLED. NOW, ITS UP TO THE
MARINES AND OTHERS TO HELP STABILIZE THE COUNTRY.
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SOT: I dont think there will be a great deal of fighting, but they have
to be prepared for that.
TRACK: THE REBELS SAY THEY WELCOME HELP FROM THE U-S, FRANCE, AND A
MULTI-NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE APPROVED BY THE UNITED NATIONS. THAT
SECURITY FORCE WILL BE DEPLOYED FOR THREE MONTHS, UNTIL A U-N FORCE GOES
(Super: Jean-David Levitte/French Ambassador to U.N.)
SOT: It will facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance, and it
will support the conditional political process underway in Haiti.
TRACK: RIGHT NOW, THE COUNTRY'S SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE IS IN
CHARGE. ITS UNCLEAR IF THE REBELS HAVE ANY POLITICAL DEMANDS, BUT THE
U-S HAS ALREADY SAID IT DOESNT WANT CERTAIN REBEL LEADERS TO PLAY A
PART IN A NEW GOVERNMENT.
TRACK: AS FOR THE FORMER PRESIDENT, HE SOUGHT REFUGE IN THE CENTRAL
AFRICAN REPUBLIC, BUT NO ONE CAN SAY HOW LONG HELL STAY THERE.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: IN A RADIO ADDRESS, ARISTEDE MADE NO MENTION OF RETURNING TO
HAITI BUT LASHED OUT AT HIS OPPONENTS AND PREDICTED MORE INSTABILITY.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Investigators in the missing family case out of Yazoo, Mississippi have postponed a Monday morning arraignment hearing for a relative of the family.
43-year-old Earnest Lee Hargon is charged with drug and firearms violations.
Hargon has not been directly linked to the missing family case.
A spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol says something "very profound" is going on, but he would not give details.
Michael and Rebecca Hargon and their four year old son James have been missing since Valentine's Day.
A 79 year old woman was killed in a single vehicle accident in Rockbridge County.
State Police say Jeanne Hudson Kibbee of Lexington was driving eastbound on Route 60 around 5-15 yesterday afternoon, when she ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.
Police say Kibbee WAS wearing her seat belt.
The accident is still under investigation.
A seven year old boy is back home in Natural Bridge, two weeks after he woke up from a six month long coma.
Dylan Dorsey still has a long way to go to regain his health, but family members say things have started to look up.
Jennifer Wishon has more.
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Closing arguments begin in the trial of domestic host Martha Stewart. We'll have the details next.
Also, basketball star Kobe Bryant faces his accuser for the first time since an encounter in a Colorado hotel room.
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Kobe Bryant and his legal team are back in court today-- and so is his accuser.
The pre- trial hearing is expected to last for two days.
For the first time, Bryant's accuser is expected to testify.
Bryant's attorneys are ready to target Colorado's 30- year- old rape shield law, in hopes of bolstering the N-B-A star's defense.
The law makes defense attorneys prove why an alleged victim's sexual history is relevant evidence.
Bryant is accused of raping the 19- year- old hotel worker at a Colorado resort last June.
He says the sex was consensual.
Prosecutors in the Martha Stewart case are delivering closing arguments, hoping to salvage a conviction on one of the remaining counts against the domestic diva.
That, after the judge threw out the most serious charge.
Sharyn Alfonsi reports.
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Martha Stewart heads back into court Monday for the final phase of her
Today, prosecutors begin their closing arguments. Trying to persuade a
jury of eight men and four women to convict the domestic style-setter of
conspiracy, obstruction of justic and lying to investigators.
SOT: WENDY MURPHY, LEGAL EXPERT/FORMER PROSECUTOR
They have to show not only that Martha Stewart lied, which is really the
core of the case but that she lied about a material fact, that she
intended to obstruct justice.
Bridge: Obstruction of justice may be tough to prove, but Murphy says
convincing jurors Stewart lied won't be.
SOT: MURPHY AGAIN
There is a real chance the jury will find her guilty of lying and those
are far less serious. It's possible she won't even see jail time if
she's only convicted of lying.
Last week, Stewart was celebrating. Leaving the courthouse for lunch,
after the judge threw out the most serious charge against her- securites
The judge ruling their wasn't enough evidence to show that Stewart was
trying to deceive investors of her company, when she publicly tried to
clear her name.
Which may lead jurors to wonder, why Stewart would lie to investigators
to begin with. That will likely be the heart of the defense teams
closing arguments on Tuesday.
SOT: DAVID BATTATY/LEGAL EXPERT/CRMINALD DEFENSE LAWYER.
What you are probably going to see is a bit of sarcasm and a little bit
After more than four weeks of testimony, legal experts say, Stewarts
case may now boil down to the power of persuasion. In New York, Sharyn
Alfonsi CBS News
Investigators say it wasn't an act of terrorism, but it did create some scary moments at a Hawaii airport--
The incident was captured on home video.
Authorities arrested a man after he drove his S-U-V into the ticket lobby of Maui's main airport yesterday, then set the vehicle on fire.
Police and the F-B-I are still questioning the man.
There were no injuries, and very little damage.
But the incident did halt flights for several hours.
DanChem and striking workers are NO closer to an agreement.
About 70 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been on strike for nearly two months now.
Union leaders say morale remains strong despite the standstill in talks.
Employees say they're concerned about a proposed increase in health- care premiums that would more than double the amount under their old contract.
A three- year freeze of hourly wages is also a concern.
Leaders say they ARE willing to negotiate with the company, but will stay on the picket line as long as it takes.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is one of the top places for some common medical treatments in the Southeast.
That's according to a recent special healthcare issue of Money Magazine.
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The article listed R-M-H as one of the best places to go for partial hip replacements, back and neck surgery and surgery to re- open clogged arteries in the neck.
Information for the survey was provided by health information company Health- Grades.
R-M-H was compared to hospitals from Arkansas to the southern Atlantic Coast.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll recap the Oscars as the Return of the King dominates the night.
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A grease fire gutted the inside of a house in Bath County last night.
Fire departments from Hot Springs, Falling Springs, and Millboro responded to the fire in the Carloover area about 10 p.m.
Mannie Stinnett was burned by the grease, but officials say he is doing okay.
Firefighters were at the house until about 4 this morning.
The Hobbits of Middle Earth now rule Hollywood--
The film, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" swept the Academy Awards, capturing 11 trophies.
Manuel Gallegus has highlights from last night's show.
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TY MUCH TOOK EVERY AWARD IT WAS NOMINATED --11 IN ALL -INCLUDING BEST DIRECTOR AND THE GRAND DADDY PRIZE BEST PICTURE.
-SOT- THE OTHER WINNERS WERE EXACTLY AS PREDICTED. -SOT-BEST ACTOR BEST ACTRESS BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS -NAT SO
T -JOHNNY DEPP earlier THE FANS SCREAMED OUT TO THEIR FAVORITESTHE REPORTERS JAMMED TOGETHER FOR INTERVIEWS AND THROU
GH IT ALL THE STARS CASUALLY STRUTTED DOWN THE RED CARPET -SOT- -STAND-UP- AND IF THE NOMINEES WERE NERVOUS THEY DID
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 42 points. The NASDAQ has gained six.
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Up next in sports, Duke triumphs over Florida State for a piece of the ACC regular season title.
And Randolph-Macon and Hampton-Sydney are among the many teams in the NCAA Division Three tournament.
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The Duke Blue Devils wrapped up at least a share of the ACC regular season title last night, while Florida State missed out on its chance.
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In Tallahassee, Tim Pickett was honored on Senior Night.
Pickett didn't disappoint the home crowd, getting a total of 24 points for the Seminoles.
Lu Deng tallied 20 for Duke, and single- handedly kept the Blue Devils on top in the first half.
In the second half, Duhon and company had just enough, as Duke got the win over FSU, 70 to 65.
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North Carolina went after the season sweep of NC State last night in Raleigh, and the TarHeels led it big before the Wolfpack rallied.
Marcus Melvin nails down three of his 18 points late in the second half, and State had the lead.
But Rashad McCants hit back- to- back three pointers, finishing the night with 22 points.
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UNC's Raymond Felton then finished things off.
Carolina handed State its 4th league loss, 71 to 64.
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The field of 48 teams for the NCAA Division Three Tournament was announced last night, and the ODAC was well represented.
Randolph-Macon received an at- large bid and will host Methodist in the first round.
Hampden-Sydney will make its 8th straight tournament appearance and face Elizabethtown at home.
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The Division Three Final Four returns to Salem on March 19th and 20th.
Nascar enjoyed a weekend off, and that includes rookie Kasey Kahne (Cain) who had a little extra time to reflect on his near win
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last Sunday at the Rock.
Kahne finished second after a 21st place run at Daytona.
The 24 year old is off to a solid start as he tries to beat out five other drivers for Rookie of the Year honors.
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