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Up next on News 7--
There's word today that the White House WILL allow Condoleezza Rice to testify before the 9- 11 panel.
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And, Lady Liberty's flame will once again beckon tourists--
Officials say the landmark will re- open to the public this summer.
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Showers are moving across the region right now. How long will they last? I'll let you know in your forecast.
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Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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It looks like the public WILL hear testimony from Condoleezza Rice.
There's word today that the Bush administration will allow the National Security Advisor to testify under oath before the 9-11 commission.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The White House has given in to the pressure and will make Rice available to tesify.
But an administration source says there are some conditions for the testimony.
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It reportedly depends on the administration getting assurances from the 9-11 panel that her testimony WON'T set a precedent for other White House officials.
Rice has spoken to the commission privately.
Last week, the panel held two days of hearings on Capitol Hill, during which former White House anti- terrorism adviser Richard Clarke criticized the administration's handling of the war on terror.
Elizabeth Sanchez is in Washington, and joins us now with more.
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(( Track: Public testimony from National security advisor Condoleeza Rice will take place after all. The White House released a letter outlining the agreement to allow the testimony before the commission investigating the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. The White House Counsel wrote
(GRAPHIC) "Dr. Rice's testimony before the Commission can occur

only...with conditions and assurances designed to limit harm to the ability of future Presidents to receive candid advice."
Track: Rice has spoken to the commission in private but pressure for Rice to testify publicly increased after former counter-terror adviser Richard Clarke said the Bush administration was slow to act against the threat from al-Qaida, a charge Rice disputes.

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I don't know what a sense of urgency any greater than the one that we had would have caused us to do differently.
The White House also agreed to have the President and Vice President testify in private before all 10 commission members, instead of just the chair and vice chair, but only if that, too, would not set a precedent.
The commission agreed to the requests, saying "These decisions represent a significant contribution by the President to the work of the Commission, consistent with our mandate to "provide a full and complete accounting" of the terrorist attacks of September 11."
Democrats on Capitol Hill immediately praised the moves.

(SOT) Sen. Charles Schumer/(D-New York) This is a good step, we ought

to trust this commission, its bi-partisan, it has many people of integrity on it, and let it go forward without stonewalling. The truth, mister president, the truth will set us free. ))

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Tourists heading to the Big Apple this summer will be able to visit the Statue of Liberty.
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The New York Harbor landmark has been closed since the 9-11 attacks.
It's the ONLY landmark that hasn't re-opened to the public, but that's about to change.
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((GALE NORTON/INTERIOR SECRETARY: PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO UP TO THE PEDESTAL TO LOOK THROUGH AN OBSERVATION DECK. WE SHOULD BE COMPLETING OUR WORK IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS....PANORAMIC VIEW.))
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Officials have spent 16- million dollars in renovations, and Norton says more work needs to be done on the statue's fire and emergency notification systems.
She adds there will be airport- style screening procedures, along with a reservation system to help visitors avoid long lines.
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Spanish officials say there could be even more arrests in connection with the Madrid train bombings.
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Today Spain's interior minister named a Moroccan extremist group as the focus of the investigation.
So far, fourteen people have been charged with the terrorist attack that killed 191 people.
The latest arrests include two Syrians who were detained in connection with a home where the bombs were allegedly made.
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In Britain, police believe they've foiled a major terrorist plot involving at least eight people and a storage shed full of fertilizer used to make bombs.
Charlie D'Agata (DAG- uh- ta) has the latest from London.
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(( It was at an innocuous storage site in west London that police discovered enough explosive material to produce the most devastating attack this country has ever seen.
Police uncovered half a ton of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, packed in a six foot high plastic bag.
The discovery was part of a massive anti-terror operation that involved 700 officers raiding two dozen locations in and around London in pre-dawn raids.
Police arrested eight men, ranging in age between 17 and 32...all are British citizens, and they are all thought to be of Pakistani descent.
Some were arrested near London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports...investigators are looking for evidence to suggest either were targets.
The discovery confirmed Britain's worst fears.

(SOT, PETER CLARK, METROPOLITAN POLICE)

"The threat from terrorism remains very real. The public must remain watchful and alert"
D'AGATA ON CAMERA: POLICE IN BRITAIN HAVE BEEN WARNING FOR MONTHS THAT A MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE STREETS OF LONDON IS INEVITABLE... INVESTIGATORS ARE WONDERING WHETHER FINDING SUCH A HUGE SUPPLY OF BOMB INGREDIENTS HAS SLAMMED THE BRAKES ON A FUTURE ATTACK, OR WHETHER THE FIND IS SIMPLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

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Ammonium nitrate has become the explosive ingredient of choice for terrorists around the world -- it was used most recently in bombings Istanbul, before that, to devastating effect in Bali, and it was the main ingredient used in the blast in Oklahoma City.
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Federal agents have seized a Virginia Tech student's computer and videotapes.
They believe he may have been distributing child pornography.
The student has not been charged and his name has not been released, but documents filed by the Secret Service say he lives in a Blacksburg apartment complex.
The investigation of the student began while agents monitored a website that shared images of child pornography.
Agents reportedly traced the images to the student's computer.



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A malpractice case involving a U-V-A doctor and his Franklin County patient doesn't appear to be over.
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Earlier this month, the state board of medicine censured anesthesiologist Thomas Pajewski (Pie-yes-key), in connection with the death of David Hudson man four years ago. The board determined Pajewski (Pie-yes-key) overmedicated Hudson, and failed to monitor him after surgery. Pajewski's (Pie- yes- key's) attorney, however, says he WILL file an appeal before next month's deadline.
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Coming up next, local officials deal with the frustrations caused by the lack of a state budget.
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Plus the political rhetoric over gas prices is increasing almost as fast as the prices at the pump.
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Lawmakers in General Assembly are back in Richmond today to haggle over the state budget.
Both the House of Delegates and the state Senate are meeting today.
The last time they met was Saturday, when the House and Senate each assembled for only a few minutes.
Nine delegates and senators have made little progress on a budget compromise.
Meanwhile the lack of a budget is causing problems for cities and counties across the state.
Justin McLeod has the story of frustated officials from the New River Valley.
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More than a hundred people came out Monday night to the Montgomery Government Center to tell local legislators it's time to get the job done.
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A process that is already beginning to affect public education.
Local school systems cannot offer contracts to teachers until the budget impasse is over.
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((ROBERT McCRACKEN/GILES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: TEACHERS ARE WORRYING ABOUT THEIR JOBS AND THEIR PAYCHECKS. THIS AFFECTS THEIR ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE ON THE INSTRUCTION AND VIRGINIA'S SOL ASSESSMENTS.)) [Runs09]
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It's also taking its toll on higher education.
Radford University had to raise tuition 14 percent this year and another increase for next year is in the works.
Radford's president says until a state budget is passed with adequate funding for colleges and universities students will end up paying the price.
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Also being jeopardized some say is Virginia's crowded roadways.
The recent Senate budget calls for no additional funding for transportation.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SO WHEN WILL LAWMAKERS FINALLY PASS A BUDGET? DELEGATE SHULER SAYS HE HOPES TO SEE ONE WITHIN TWO OR THREE WEEKS. BUT SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS SAYS HE SEES NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))

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While President Bush is campaigning today in Wisconsin, John Kerry is in California, calling for gas price controls.
Aleen Sirgany has more on how skyrocketing gas prices are fueling this year's election.
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(( STICKER SHOCK AT THE PUMP.. AMERICANS FEEL IT IN THEIR POCKETBOOKS EACH TIME THEY GO FOR A FILL-UP.
HIGH CRUDE OIL COSTS AND STRONG DEMAND HAVE PUSHED THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF GAS TO A DOLLAR-80. OBSERVERS EXPECT THAT NUMBER TO CLIMB AS HIGH AS THREE DOLLARS IN THE COMING MONTHS.. FUELING A MAJOR ENERGY DEBATE IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
BUSH AD NAT - Kerry even supported raising taxes on gasoline
KERRY SOT: Those are not Exxon those are Halliburton prices


DEMOCRATS BLAME PRESIDENT BUSH FOR RECORD HIGH PRICES AT THE PUMP.

KERRY SOT: This administration has one economic policy for America- 3

million jobs lost and driving gas prices toward 3 a gallon
TODAY IN SAN DIEGO.. WHERE RESIDENTS ARE SHELLING OUT 2.12 FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED GAS.. JOHN KERRY WILL LAYOUT HIS PROPOSAL FOR CUTTING FUEL COSTS.

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HIS PLAN INCLUDES PRESSURING OPEC TO INCREASE OIL PRODUCTION, RAISING GAS MILEAGE STANDARDS IN NEW CARS AND SUSPEND FILLING THE U-S STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE UNTIL OIL PRICES DROP.
THE VICE PRESIDENT ARGUED MONDAY THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR HAS FLIP-FLOPPED ON THE ISSUE.

CHENEY SOT: After voting three times to increase the gas tax - and once

proposing to increase it by 50 cents a gallon, he now says he doesn't support it.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO ALREADY REJECTED THE IDEA IT SUSPEND STOCKPILING OIL.. SAYING THE MOVE WOULD NOT HAVE A BIG ENOUGH IMPACT ON THE MARKET PRICE OF GAS.
STAND-UP CLOSE: OPEC MEETS TOMORROW TO DECIDE WHETHER TO GO AHEAD WITH A CUT IN PRODUCTION THAT COULD SEND PRICES HIGHER. BUT EXPERTS SAY EVEN IF THE ENERGY CARTEL CANCEL ITS PLANS.. GAS PRICES WONT FALL MUCH. ALEEN SIRGANY CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))
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Up next on the newscast,
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David Letterman allows Janet Jackson to return to television to get something off her chest.
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Her appearance during the Super Bowl half-time show made the phrase "wardrobe malfunction" a household name.
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Last night, Janet Jackson was back on C-B-S, this time as a guest on David Letterman.
It was her first T-V interview since her infamous breast- baring performance.
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Jackson is on a media tour promoting her new album, "Damita Jo," which is being released today.
It's her first album in three years.
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Coming up next in sports, the Major League Baseball season kicks off early this morning,.
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but you couldn't find cracker jacks and peanuts. We'll tell you why it was replaced by fried squid and rice crackers.
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You had to get up mighty early to kick off the baseball season this morning.
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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the New York Yankees officially opened the Major League season today in Tokyo, Japan.
Toby Hall drove in three runs.
Jose Cruz, Junior and Tino Martinez both hit home runs for the Devil Rays.
Jason Giambi homered for the Yankees, but it wasn't enough, as Tampa Bay battered New York 8-to-3.
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Yankees starter Mike Mussina took the loss after being chased from the game in the sixth.
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Those who held out hope over the weekend that Bonnie Henrickson's trip to Kansas was just a recruiting trip got a dose of reality last night.
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40 year old Henrickson formally accepted the Kansas head coaching job and the contract that comes with it. Bonnie gets a five-year deal with a base salary of $130,000 a year.
With the additional income she'll get from from radio and apparel contracts and an annuity, her total annual compensation will be $530,000 a year.
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Bonnie inherits a Kansas team that won only 9 games and lost 19 just this past season.
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Bonnie's departure was sudden and Virginia Tech hopes to make the hiring of her replacement a quick process as well.
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Current D-I head coaches and Tech alumni Beth Dunkenberger and Susan Walvius have been mentioned.

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Salem high school is still searching for a head football coach to replace the retiring Willis White.
The job was advertised for 10 days, and
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many figured Billy Miles would be introduced as White's successor. But the Franklin County head coach turned down the job.
Miles says he's staying put in Rocky Mount.
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