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Up next on News 7--

We'll check in on a special meeting of the Roanoke City School Board that's determined the future of its superintendent.
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And, Governor Warner stops in Roanoke for coffee, and a chat about the state budget impasse.
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Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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The City of Roanoke will need a new school superintendent. Wayne Harris is stepping down at the end of the school year.
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Harris made the announcement after a brief closed door meeting with the school board this morning.
He will step down as superintendent in June and will remain on paid leave through the remainder of the calendar year.
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Joe Dashiell is outside the school administration building where the superintendent and the school board met with reporters and members of Harris' team within the last hour.
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Governor Mark Warner was in town today to meet with local legislators, sheriffs and the people of Roanoke.
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The Governor wanted to hear what the lack of a state budget is doing to the localities. This weekend the General Assembly met in a special session to see if it could resolve the state's budget impasse. Even though members moved into a position to resume negotiations- the House and the Senate are locked. And, it was at a packed house in downtown Roanoke that officials expressed their disappointment and concern over each side's proposal.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: THE SENATE TOOK A BILLION-SEVEN OUT OF THEIR PLAN JUST LAST WEEK. THE HOUSE PLAN WON'T KEEP OUR TRIPLE-A BOND RATING, THE HOUSE PLAN SIMPLY PASSED THE BUCK TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHO HAVE TO RAISE PROPERTY TAXES. THE HOUSE PLAN WON'T ALLOW US TO PAY OUR BILLS AND WE'LL BE BACK EVERY YEAR FROM NOW UNTIL 2010, EVEN WITH A HEALTHY ECONOMY, FIGHTING THIS BATTLE.))
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House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith says the House is making compromises and the Senate is not. Coming up tonight on News 7 at five and six - we'll hear from area officials, concerned citizens and Delegate Griffith on the current situation in Richmond.
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The founder of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, is dead.
He was killed today by an Israeli missile strike.
But as Drew Levinson reports, the militants left behind are now threatening revenge against Israel AND the U- S.
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More than 200-thousand Palestinians poured into the streets of Gaza to grieve for Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Mourners tried to touch the flag-draped coffin as it was paraded through the city.

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Just hours earlier at daybreak, Yassin and seven others were killed when Israeli gunships fired missiles at them as they left a mosque. Yassin--who was in his late 60s was found lying dead beside his crushed wheelchair. Hamas-- whose mission is to destroy the Jewish state and is responsible for killing hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings-- is vowing to retaliate. Some fear potential terrorist acts could come not only in Israel but in the United States as well. That's why US National Security adviser Condoleezza Rice is urging restraint on both sides.

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"WE WOULD JUST ASK EVERYBODY TO STEP BACK AND BE CALM AND TO TRY VERY HARD NOT TO DO SOMETHING THAT MIGHT PRECLUDE A BETTER DAY."
One prominent Palestinian legislator said Yassin's death will only ignite the region and bring about more bloodshed.

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"THIS IS THE EPITOME OF ISRAELI LAWLESSNESS, OF ISRAELI MURDEROUS ACTIVITIES."
And some Palestinians are now vowing even more terror and a call for the Assassination of Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. For his part Sharon called Yasin the "mastermind of Palestinian terror" and a "mass murderer who is among Israel's greatest enemies."

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Sharon signaled there will be more targeted attacks and said quote--"I want to make it clear the war on terrorism is not over and it will continue daily everywhere."
Yassin's assassination is looked at as a huge risk by Sharon, who has been trying to score a decisive victory against Hamas ahead of a possible Israeli withdrawl from Gaza. Now that gamble could not only lead to more death, but could also turn public opinion in Israel against him....something the Israel leader needs now. Drew Levinson, CBS News. ))

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Several National Guard units from our area are now on active duty- -in training at Fort Bragg.
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Keith Humphry spent some time with them last week as they were being put through the paces in North Carolina, and he joins us now to give us some insight.
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After Keith has begun to answer the first question, we have 1:05 of B-Roll Cover. (How are these soldiers doing down there?) (Where are they headed and when?) (Do they seem nervous about entering a combat zone- -in a war that's just beginning the second year.?)
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We look forward to hearing from some of these men.
Keith's report is coming up on NEWS 7 at Six tonight.

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The Food and Drug Administration is asking the makers of the top ten anti-depressant drugs to add a warning label to their bottles.
The labels would advise that people taking the drugs should be watched for signs of worsening depression or suicidal thoughts.
The drugs are all among the newer-generation anti-depressants, including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor (Effects- er) , Celexa, and Wellbutrin.
Most of them are known to affect the brain chemical, serotonin. The F-D-A emphasizes that there's no clear evidence yet that the drugs actually lead to suicide.
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The White House is answering criticism about the President's handling of the events of 9-11. We'll have that story after the break.
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and some school children in Texas go on an unexpected wild ride.
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It was a scary ride to school this morning for two Texas children.
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A three- vehicle accident in Dallas caused a school bus to flip over onto its side.
One aide on the bus was transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
But officials say the two children aboard the bus at the time of the crash were not seriously injured.
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The White House is firing back at allegations from a former counter- terrorism official, who says the Bush administration ignored warnings prior to 9-11.
Richard Clarke takes it a step further, and says Bush used the terrorist attacks as an excuse to invade Iraq.
Teri Okita has more.
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TRACK: RICHARD CLARKES BLISTERING CHARGE THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IGNORED THREATS FROM AL-QAEDA before 9-11 - AND afterwards MISTAKENLY TRIED TO CONNECT THE DOTS TO IRAQ DREW SHARP CRITICISM FROM NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, CONDOLEEZZA RICE.
SHE SAYS HER OFFICE WORKED HARD TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY AGAINST AL QAEDA "PRIOR" TO 9-11, AND THAT IT WAS CLARKE THEN HEAD OF COUNTER-TERRORISM IN THE ADMINISTRATION WHO FAILED TO PRODUCE A PLAN FOR AL-QAEDA.

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SOT: The President need more. He needed a strategy for Al Qaeda that was

going to eliminate Al Qaeda. (BUTT TO) and I didnt have that strategy on June 24th from Dick Clarke.
TRACK: CLARKE ALLEGES THAT, IN THE DAYS AFTER 9-11, PRESIDENT BUSH WAS EAGER TO PIN SOME OF THE BLAME FOR THE ATTACKS ON SADDAM HUSSEIN.

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SOT: The President, were in the Situation Room complex. The President

dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said: I want you to find whether Iraq did this. Now he never said, make it up. But the entire conversation left me absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report thqat said, Iraq did this.
TRACK: RICE SAYS THE PRESIDENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT AVERTING ANOTHER ATTACK AND WAS LOOKING AT ALL OPTIONS.

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thinking about against whom are you going to retaliate, that you keep an open mind, and the President asked about Iraq.
TRACK: CLARKE WHOS SERVED IN EVERY ADMINISTRATION SINCE PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SPENT TWO YEARS IN THE SECOND BUSH ADMINISTRATION WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT HIS LOYALTY TO HIS FORMER BOSS.

SOT: (Clarke) When the President starts doing things that risk American

lives, then loyalty to him has to be put aside. Stahl: You think he risked American lives? Clarke: I think the way he has responded to Al Qaeda, both before 9-11 by doing nothing, and by what hes done after 9-11, has made us less safe. Absolutely.

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STANDUP: But the White House questions the timing in this election year. Clarke has a new book out and is close friends with a Kerry advisor. Teri Okita, CBS News, The White House. ))

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Virginians are now spending record- breaking prices on gas, but as Jennifer Wishon (wish-on) reports, they could be a lot worse.
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((((NATS OF CARS DRIVING BY)) The first day of Spring enticed many people to take a ride with the windows down, and it's costing them more to get from place to place. ((QUICK NATS OF CARS))
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Five years ago area residents could find gasoline for just 69- cents a gallon. Earlier this month, the price per gallon for regular gas in Virginia hit 1.62- surpassing last year's record set prior to the war.
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Ann Robeson enjoys traveling and is paying attention to the money she's forking out for fuel.
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((ANN ROBESON: I'VE STARTED PAYING CASH INSTEAD OF USING CREDIT CARDS AND I TAKE OUT A CERTAIN AMOUNT EACH WEEK AND NOW I'M GOING TO BE TAKING OUT A LITTLE MORE.))
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High gas prices are forcing Wendy Jones to budget her money more carefully and change her pumping habits.
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((WENDY JONES: I NORMALLY GIVE MYSELF A FULL TANK, BUT WITH THE INCREASE IN THE PRICES I THINK I WILL ONLY DO HALF WAY FULL.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: GASOLINE PRICES ARE EXPECTED TO GO UP EVEN MORE BEFORE THEY GO DOWN, BUT COMPARED TO HISTORICAL SPIKES- THESE PRICES ARE JUST A DROP IN THE CAN.))
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[Insert Pre-Pro Here] According to the Department of Energy a gallon of unleaded regular gas hit $1.37 in 1981. Factoring in inflation - in today's dollars that equals $2.81 - $1.19 more than gas today. Ten years ago gasoline cost $1.11 per gallon. Today that would equal $1.39. Just 23- cents less than today's prices. [Back to video] Still the recent hike has some motorists in a bind and officials say not to expect relief any time soon... prices are expected to peak over the summer. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, Steve Pardon will let us know if Spring will continue to get a chilly welcome.
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But first, a new addition is getting a warm welcome at a prominent zoo.
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It was HARDLY a chilly reception for a baby polar bear making his debut at a Chicago area zoo.
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The cub was born in early November at Brookfield Zoo, but was shut in with his mother, until now.
Zookeepers have been able to keep an eye on mother, Arki and her cub by putting a video camera and microphone in the den.
The small bear has yet to be named.
At birth, he was about the size of a stick of butter, but will grow to about 12- hundred pounds.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 101 points. The DOW has dropped 27 points.

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Coming up next in sports, it was a tough day in the world of college basketball.
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And business was dead at the weekend box office, but one movie was loving it.
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The Kentucky Wildcats are headed home from the NCAA tournament early after being stunned in yesterday's second round by the 9th seeded U-A-B Blazers.
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Mo Finley had 17 points for the Blazers, but none bigger than this shot made with just 12 seconds left that put U-A-B up by a point.
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Kentucky's Gerald Fitch missed a potential game- winning shot, as UAB advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1982.
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In Orlando, Xavier, a 7 seed took out second seeded Mississippi State.
Lionel Chalmers scored a career high 31 points for the Musketeers, who won in it big over the Bulldogs 89 to 74.
Earlier on the same floor, Ilian Evtimov shot 28 points for NC State against Vanderbilt.
But the Commodores rallied from an 11 point deficit.
Matt Frieje scored 31 for Vanderbilt.
Corey Smith's three point play with 21 seconds left was the difference in a 75-73 win.
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Georgia Tech became the third ACC team to reach the round of 16 by slipping past Boston College.
Jarrett Jack had a big steal and a slam late to ice it for the Wramblin Wreck, 57 to 54.
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For the 3rd time in the last four races at Darlington, Hendrick Motorsports has gone to victory lane.
Jimmie Johnson used a quick pit stop late to beat Bobby Labonte to the checkers.
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Jeff Gordon was in the wrong place at the wrong time early in this one as Andy Hillenburg spins out.
Gordon had nowhere to go, and t-boned Hillenburg in the door.
Both were ok.
Points leader Matt Kenseth had a case of the spins as wellm coming out of turn 2.
Scott Riggs and Ricky Craven stacked up behind him.
Kenseth finished 31st.
With just 20 laps to go, Kyle Petty blew an engine bringing out the ninth caution of the afternoon.
Johnson won the ensuing race off of pit road, and then held off Labonte for his first Darlington win and the 7th victory of his career.
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The "Dawn of the Dead" has taken over the top spot at the box office.
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The fright flick debuted in first place at with an estimated 27-point-three million dollars. The movie is a remake of the 1979 horror tale about survivors holed up in a shopping mall from a plague of flesh-eating zombies.
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'Secret Window''/9.6;] Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ'' slipped to second place.
The serial-killer thriller ``Taking Lives'' debuted in third place. ``Starsky and Hutch,'' was fourth followed by ``Secret Window.''

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