It wasn't a clean sweep, but John Kerry emerged from the Super Tuesday contests as the clear victor.
Kerry won nine of the 10 states.
Former candidate Howard Dean won Vermont.
Meanwhile, the underdog candidate John Edwards is expected to officially drop out of the race today.
Aleen Sirgany is in New York this morning, and joins us now with the latest on the Super Tuesday aftermath.
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JOHN KERRY HAS JUST ENTERED THE RING FOR THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE. WITH
THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION VIRTUALLY HIS.. THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR NOW
FACES A ONE-ON-ONE MATCH-UP WITH PRESIDENT BUSH.
(Sen. John Kerry (D-MA))
KERRY SOT: 21:09:30 We can and we will win this election.
KERRY WON NINE OF TEN SUPER TUESDAY CONTESTS.. AND SHOOK HIS LAST
FORMIDABLE DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT. EXIT POLLS SHOW PEOPLE OF EVERY AGE,
RACE AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUND WHO WANTED A CANDIDATE WHO COULD BEAT
PRESIDENT BUSH VOTED FOR KERRY.
KERRY SOT: 21:12:55 My Campaign, our campaign, is about replacing doubt
with hope and fear with security.
AT THE START OF THE PRIMARY SEASON COMEBACK KERRY WENT FROM VIRTUAL
EXTINCTION TO THE LEADER OF THE PACK AFTER VICTORIES IN IOWA AND NEW
HAMPSHIRE. HIS MOMENTUM PROVED UNSTOPPABLE AS HE PICKED UP STATE AFTER
STATE IN EVERY REGION OF THE COUNTRY.
(Sen. John Edwards (D-NC))
EDWARDS 20:14:28 We have been the little engine that could
THE SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA ALSO HAD A STRONG RUN THIS PRIMARY
SEASON.. BUT WITHOUT ANY SUPER TUESDAY WINS HES DROPPING OUT OF THE
RACE. JOHN EDWARDS STOPPED SHORT OF CONCEDING LAST NIGHT, BUT HE
CONGRATULATED KERRY FOR A RUNNING A POWERFUL CAMPAIGN.
EDWARDS 20:09:15 Hes been an extraordinary advocate for causes that all
of us believe in
KERRY OFFERED EQUALLY KIND WORDS ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR. AND
AS HE BEGINS HIS SEARCH FOR A RUNNING MATE, DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID EDWARDS
HAS EARNED CONSIDERATION FOR THE NUMBER TWO SPOT.
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Many oppose it and last night they took their fight to the planning and zoningn commission.
At issue is a developer's plan to build an upscale shopping center in Roanoke County.
Justin McLeod has the debate and the decision.
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In a packed room, more than a hundred came out to oppose a planned shopping center in Southwest Roanoke County.
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That nuisance opponents say would be the result of the Keagy Village Project.
A South Carolina company wants to build a retail office complex at the corner of Route 419 and Keagy Road.
Kahn Development says it would be made up of small speciality stores.
But many nearby residents oppose it believing a shopping ceter is unsuitable for a residential neighborhood.
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((MARY ANN GWYN/OPPOSES PROJECT: KEAGY ROAD IS NOT 419.....IT'S A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD.))
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Many have concerns over increased traffic.
As a result, the developer has agreed to make several road improvements.
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((MARY ELLEN GOODLATTE/KAHN DEVELOPMENTS ATTORNEY: WE'RE GOING TO ADD A TURNING LANE....TO FIVE LANES.))
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Nearby residents also have concerns about pollution, increased noise levels, and a decrease in property values.
Although the majority who spoke oppose the project, a few spoke in favor of it.
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((BETH DOUGHTY/FAVORS PROJECT: THIS PROPERTY IS CERTAINLY....A LONG MAJOR CORRIDOR.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF DEBATE, THE PLANNING AND ZONNING COMMISSION VOTED FIVE TO 0 TO APPROVE THE REZONING. IT NOW GOES TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WHICH HAS THE FINAL SAY. A VOTE COULD COME AT ITS MARCH 23 RD MEETING. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, ROANOKE COUNTY.))))
Also last night, the planning commission took up another controversial project.
A developer is already clearing a hillside at Route 419 and 220, even though the property has not been rezoned.
The commission put off a decision on the Slate Hill project for 30 days, so it can gather more information about traffic and other issues.
Students in Roanoke City Schools can blame the winter weather for shortening their spring break.
The school system must make up four days because of recent snow.
Last night, the school board decided to trim three days from spring break, and add another to the end of the school year.
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The school board also approved a budget that includes a six million dollar increase in state and local funding.
And officials held the first of three public hearings on the plan to replace Patrick Henry high School.
Jurors in the six- week- old Martha Stewart trial are expected to be given the case today.
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In his closing agreements, Stewart's attorney told jurors that her life is in their hands.
He added that she was too smart to botch the cover-up she is accused of masterminding.
But what is in question for the jury, is whether they believe Stewart had a pre- existing deal to sell her falling ImClone stock.
Stewart is facing conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges.
UVA and Tech already battle on the field, but now it seems they can't get along off the field, either.
A plan between the two schools to sell souvenirs promoting their rivalry got sacked this week.
The schools were going to sell t-shirts and figurines like these, poking fun at each other.
But the plan was finished before it ever got started.
Both Tech and UVA officials say they don't want the rivalry to get out of control, or play a role in promoting anything other than first class fan behavior at games.
In business news, Walt Disney is in the spotlight today.
And, Gateway has announced its cutting jobs.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((INVESTORS WILL BE WATCHING THE DISNEY SHOWDOWN LATER TODAY...Shareholders at Disney's annual meeting in Philadelphia will vote on reelecting Michael Eisner at chairman and CEO of the media giant. The referendum on Eisner comes in the midst of a hostile takeover attempt by Comcast.
Opposition to Eisner hasballooned in recent weeks with public pension funds representing California, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Connecticut all saying that they would withhold their votes for Eisner.
on wall street... investors cashed in some recent profits
the dow lost 86 points
while the nasdaq fell back 18
The former head of the compensation committee that approved the $187 million payout to New York Stock Exchange chief Dick Grasso is getting rid of his seat at the NYSE. Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone is one of the former NYSE directors being threatened with a lawsuit by New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over the decision to pay Grasso.
Personal-computer maker Gateway says it will cut another 1,000 jobs this year on top of 1,000 jobs it has already eliminated since the start of the year.
More Americans than ever have decided a keyboard and modem are the best way to file their taxes.
ACCORDING TO THE IRS The number of people filing their taxes through a personal computer jumped 23 percent this year to 6.6 million. The average refund paid this year is up 4.5 percent to about 23-hundred dollars.
TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))
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A mom and her small child were taken to the hospital after their car crashed through the front of a store.
Police say the woman left her 19-87 Jeep Wagoneer running last night when she got out to talk to a friend.
Her child pulled the gearshift into drive and the car crashed through the front of the building.
The mother and her friend tried to stop the vehicle but were not able to.
Both mother and child were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
A House Committee has approved legislation that would help keep methadone clinics away from children.
Senator William Wampler's bill would require the state to notify localities when it receives an application to open a clinic in their area.
The legislation also prohibits the clinics from operating within a half-mile of a school or day-care center.
Opponents of the bill say the school-proximity restriction would effectively ban methadone clinics in many urban areas.
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The measure now heads to the House floor for a vote.
Ron Mayfield took his own life in October, after he was accused of assaulting a student, and was placed on leave.
His death raised questions about the way allegations of abuse are handled, and yesterday the family's attorney called for "a thorough examination" of the school system's policies and procedures.
Frank Rogers says he believes all three investigations by the school system, child protective services and police would have concluded favorably for mayfield, and would have cleared his return to the classroom.
But the teacher did not know that when he jumped to his death from the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge over the Roanoke River.
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((FRANK ROGERS: I AM SATISFIED FROM MY INVESTIGATION THAT RON MAYFIELD'S TORMENT WAS DUE SOLELY TO THE ACCUSATIONS MADE AGAINST HIM AND THE EVENTS WHICH FOLLOWED. THERE IS NOTHING THAT I FOUND IN RON MAYFIELD'S HISTORY TO SUGGEST TO THAT HE WAS PRE-DISPOSED TO SUICIDAL NOTIONS.))
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Rogers urged school officials to review policies that isolate a teacher on administrative leave even though the vast majority of complaints prove to be unfounded.
The mayor of a small town in New York will plead innocent today to criminal charges of marrying same-sex couples.
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26- year- old Green Party Mayor Jason West is charged with 19 counts of officiating marriages between couples that do not have a marriage license.
West says he's still going through with his plans to marry as many as two- dozen gay couples on Saturday.
Last Friday, he married 25- couples, making him the second mayor in the country to perform same-sex marriages.
So far, more than 34- hundred couples have been married in San Francisco.
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Car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in America, and the numbers are growing in Virginia.
In 2002, nearly 180-teenagers died in auto accidents in Virginia. That's about 30-more than the year before.
In about half of those cases, the victims were NOT wearing seat belts.
Organizations like Youth of Virginia Speak Out hope to reduce those numbers, by teaching students to teach each other about traffic safety.
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Students from more than 35-schools across Southwest and Central Virginia participate in the program.