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Today on News 7 at 5, meetings with Roanoke's school board has some people wondering about the future of Roanoke's school superintendent.
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Also tests show a Bedford County landfill could be contaminated some water supplies.

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((WE WILL NEVER BOW TO THE VIOLENCE OF A FEW.))
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On this one year anniversary of the war on Iraq... President Bush vows to fight terrorism.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
It was one year ago today that coalition forces launched war on Iraq. On this anniversary, President Bush is renewing the call for nations to join in the fight on terrorism.
Teri Okita reports from the White House.
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((AMERICAS SHOCK AND AWE CAMPAIGN DIDN'T LAST LONG BUT REBUILDING IRAQ WILL TAKE YEARS. ITS A COMMITMENT THAT PRESIDENT BUSH RE-PLEDGED ON THIS YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
President Bush: We will never turn over Iraq to terrorists who intend our own destruction. We will not fail the Iraqi people who placed their trust in us. WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION STILL AT-LARGE, THE PRESIDENT IS, INSTEAD, FOCUSING ON THE BROADER WAR ON TERRORISM AND CALLED ON GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD TO DESTROY TERRORIST THREATS. Bush: Each attack must be answered, not only with sorrow but with greater determination, deeper resolve, and bolder action against the killers. WITH DOZENS OF AMBASSADORS IN ATTENDANCE, PRESIDENT BUSH SAID DIFFERENCES OVER IRAQ SHOULD BE FORGOTTEN. BUT FRANCES FOREIGN MINISTER BELIEVES THE WORLD IS A MORE DANGEROUS PLACE BECAUSE OF THE WAR SAYING TERRORISM DIDNT EXIST IN IRAQ WHEN SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS THERE.
IN A NEW CBS NEWS POLL, 59% OF AMERICANS FEEL THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION EXAGGERATED PRE-WAR INTELLIGENCE. BUT MORE THAN HALF DONT THINK IT MATTERS IF THE U-S EVER FINDS ILLEGAL WEAPONS. A MAJORITY STILL BELIEVES AMERICA WAS RIGHT TO GO TO WAR.
SOME OF THOSE IN THE MINORITY MARCHED IN PROTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO DEMONSTRATING AGAINST MOUNTING U-S CASUALITIES AND AMERICAS CONTINUED PRESENCE IN IRAQ. BUT MR. BUSH FENDED OFF CRITICS CAPPING OFF A WEEK OF ANNIVERSARY EVENTS BY VISITING WOUNDED SOLDIERS AT AN ARMY HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON, D-C. Teri Okita/Reporting: But if problems persist, the President cant ignore the critics for long. The transition of power in Iraq and the war on terrorism could be key issues leading up to the November election. Teri Okita, CBS News, The White House.))

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More heavy fighting along the southern border between Pakistan and Afghanistan today-
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Officials there say they will use as much force as necessary to remove hundreds of suspected al Qaeda fighters.
The resistance is believed to be protecting a high value target- possibly Osama bin laden's top commander and doctor, Ayman al-zawahiri (al-Zu-wah-ree)
Military officials believe their forces are fighting between 300 to 400 al Qaeda fighters.
Some U-S intelligence agents are helping in the seige of hundreds of militants near the Afghan border.
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The Roanoke City School Board has called a closed meeting Monday morning, and a news conference to follow.
The plan is fueling speculation that officials will make an announcement concerning the future of school superintendent Wayne Harris.
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School Board members made no mention of the Monday meeting during a work session this morning.
The stated purpose of the meeting is to "discuss a personnel matter relative to the performance of a specific public employee."
The superintendent has come under fire in recent months, and the school board has been conducting a mid- year evaluation, but today neither board members nor Harris would provide any more details on Monday's session.
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Test results are back on three private wells in Bedford and one of them has high levels of chemical contamination from the city's old landfill.
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City officials had been monitoring water quality on the site for years.. and last week a test well showed contamination from several organic compounds.
Tests were done on three wells that serve four homes across the road from the landfill: one has no contamination, another very low levels and the third showed one chemical level was four times what the E-P-A allows.
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((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE. WE'LL PROBABLY ASK PERMISSION TO DRILL AN ADDITIONAL TEST WELL ACROSS THE ROAD TO MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT A GOOD HANDLE ON WHAT'S GOING ON OVER THERE. BUT AS FAR AS THING GO RIGHT NOW, I FEEL LIKE WE'VE PRETTY WELL DEFINED THE AREA OF IMPACT AND WE'RE GOING TO BE PREPARED TO ADDRESS THAT.))
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The city installed filters on the three wells last week that officials say should make the drinking water safe.
The city will meet with state experts next week to decide what to do next about the contamination.
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A new warning about mercury levels in some types of fish.
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Too much can slow down brain development in young children.
So the government is recommending some people cut back on some fish.
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((IT IS PRUDENT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN, NURSING MOTHERS, WOMEN WHO MAY BECOME PREGNANT TO CONTINUE EAT FISH BUT SIPMLY AVOID THOSE FISH THAT ARE HIGH IN MENTHYL MERCURY.))
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That means they should never eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish.
Albacore Tuna has three times more mercury than canned light tuna-
If you are limiting mercury have no more than 6 ounces of Albacore tuna a week, 12 ounces of canned light tuna.
The FDA says fish has many health benefits and says salmon, pollock and catfish are some good choices.
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A Pulaski Middle school is taking a light hearted approach to a weighty issue.
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Teachers at Dublin Middle School have created health watchers.... a highly contagious way to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.
They're divided into teams and are competing toward a healthier lifestyle.
Teachers are walking the halls with water and pedometers. The vending machines are almost never touched and students are joining in on the fun.
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((SHERRY DUNCAN: THEY COMPETE, THEY HAVE CHALLENGES, PLUS THEY SUPPORT EACH OTHER. AND HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME WITH IT TOO. AND THE STUDENTS ARE WATCHING THAT'S WHY WE'RE CALLING IT HEALTH WATCHERS. SONYA MEEKINS: THEY SEE ME DRINKING MY WATER AND EATING MY LITTLE HEALTHY SNACKS OF APPLES AND BANANAS VERSUS GOING TO THE CANDY MACHINE AFTER LUNCH EVERY DAY. SO IT'S BEEN VERY BENEFICIAL FOR THE STUDENTS. ))
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The challenge started in January and will last all school year. The red team's in the lead, but the blue team is close behind.
Government researchers say obesity is quickly overtaking smoking as the Number one cause of death in the United States.
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Easter is just around the corner and that has
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[VO] a local church using a sweet treat to raise a little money. Brent Watts will have the details following weather.
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There's more News 7 at 5 to come, stay with us.

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Everyone has traditions. And for the congregation at the Rocky Mount Church of God, it's Making Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs. Brent Watts has more on the fundraiser that's sure to tempt any sweet tooth.
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