Four U- S Marines have been killed in the operation to crack down on Iraqi insurgents in the city of Fallujah, where a mob killed and mutilated four Americans last week.
Coalition troops are poised to enter Fallujah as part of Operation Vigilant Resolve.
The mission-- to find those reponsible for the brutal murders of four U-S civilian contractors.
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[IN Q=Individuals who create violence]
((BRIG. GEN. MARK KIMMITT/DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: INDIVIDUALS WHO CREATE VIOLENCE WHO INCITE VIOLENCE WHO EXECUTE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS INSIDE IRAQ WILL BE HUNTED DOWN AND
CAPTURED OF KILLED IT IS THAT SIMPLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt/Deputy Director of Operations;]
[OUT Q=it is that simple.]
The crackdown comes as the deadline approaches for the transfer of power to the Iraqi people.
President Bush remains committed to the June 30th deadline, despite the violence and questions about whether Iraq is ready for self rule.
They left a year ago to fight in Iraq.
Now more than 100 national guard soldiers are back in Virginia.
Around one o-clock Monday morning, soldiers of the 10-32nd Transportation Company were re-united with their loved ones at Fort Eustis.
Members said they dreamed of this day ever since they were deployed.
The group was responsible for ferrying supplies to and from troops in direct combat.
The Gate City based unit was proud of the mission it accomplished and relieved to be home.
A 14 year old girl who had been missing since Sunday is back home this morning.
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Brittany Renee Bibee (Bib-ey) was last seen Sunday afternoon walking along Route 40 in Patrick County.
Yesterday, the sheriff's department got a tip and the missing girl was found about 8:20 last night.
Members of Old Dominion Search and Rescue found her walking along Lee Elgin Road in the Woolwine area.
Deputies say she's not hurt and has been returned home.
Lynchburg City Council is holding a big public hearing on the budget tonight.
The city may need to make some cuts to fill a 12-million dollar hole in its budget, but some say lower-income residents should "not" bear the burden of those cuts.
Yesterday, disabled advocates unveiled a plan that would save the city 900-thousand dollars by eliminating 21 jobs in the Human Services Department.
They say by being more efficient, the city won't have to cut things like night-time bus service which many disadvantaged residents rely on.
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[IN Q=People need their]
((ROB JARVIS/L'BURG AREA CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING: PEOPLE NEED THEIR JOBS AND NEED TRANSPORTATION. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE NUMBER IS, MUSCLE IS MUSCLE, FAT IS FAT. IF WE'VE GOT TO MAKE CUTS WE GOTTA MAKE CUTS.))
[SUPER=01-Rob Jarvis/Lynchburg Area Center for Indep. Living]
[OUT Q=gotta make cuts. DOUBLE OUT]
Jarvis and his supporters will bring their plan to tonight's public hearing on the budget.
City leaders say they expect a big turnout.
Roanoke Schools should have an acting superintendent in place by June first.
School board members met in closed session yesterday morning and decided their search for Wayne Harris's replacement will be conducted both internally and externally.
Harris's retirement will be effective at the end of June.
Meantime, Roanoke City Council will hear from the public about the applicants for School Board.
In closed session yesterday the panel took up the issue of which candidates will be granted interviews.
A public hearing on their decisions will be held April 19th.
Council also heard that the city's budget is on track for this year.
Revenues from the sales, room and meals tax are up.
Now, leaders are just waiting on word that *state* lawmakers are making progress on *their* budget.
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[SOT 9:52:28 - 9:52:42]
[IN Q=It's just very unsettling...]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: IT'S JUST VERY UNSETTLING.., THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD GOOD GROWTH LOCALLY BUT THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE STATE MAKES IT REALLY DIFFICULT TO TRY TO PULL EVERYTHING TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager;]
[OUT Q=to try to pull everything together.]
Burcham says the House and Senate plans differ by as much as 16-million dollars in education funding alone.
Ferrum College is in for some major improvements.
Yesterday, officials announced plans to build a new 120-bed residence hall that will feature apartment-style living spaces and community areas.
Aside from providing students with better living facilities, officials hope to attract new students as well.
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[IN Q=when students]
((JENNIFER BRAATEN/FERRUM COLLEGE PRESIDENT:WHEN STUDENTS COME TO A CAMPUS WE KNOW THAT'S A BIG PART OF THEIR DECISION. AND IF THEY COME ON A CAMPUS AND THEY SAY WOW THERE'S GREAT ACADEMIC PROGRAMS HERE, WONDERFUL ATHELTIC PROGRAMS, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THE BEST FACILITIES AND THEY HAVE THE NICE PLACE TO LIVE, WHERE I SLEEP, WHERE I EAT, WHERE I RECREATE, WE KNOW THAT'S IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Braaten/Ferrum College President;]
[OUT Q=that's important]
Other projects include expanding the student center to add a new alumni conference center, as well as renovating two halls for more classroom and office space.
Construction is slated to begin this Fall and completed by 2006.
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In sports, The Connecticut Huskies are the N-C-A-A men's basketball champions.
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/CBS-NCAA]
They won the title game for the second time in six seasons last night after beating Georgia Tech 82-to-73 in San Antonio.
U-Conn's Emeka Okafor (eh-MEH'-kuh OH'-kuh-fohr) was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.
In business news, Dan River Incorporated says it expects to post a net loss of 152 million dollars for last year.
That's according to a notice filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Danville company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Wednesday.
Dan River said yesterday it expects to report net sales of 477 million dollars. That compares with a net loss of 13 million dollars on net sales of 613 million for 2002.
Federal money helped regional jet service get off the ground in central Virginia.
[SUPER=04-Delta Airlines Video; :00]
A half-million dollar federal grant helped convince Delta Airlines to bring jet service to Lynchburg last year.
Since then, ridership in the larger, faster planes has nearly doubled, thanks in part to more competitive ticket pricing.
Delta officials said yesterday they plan to continue the service even after the grant money runs out this spring.
City leaders say the jets are key to economic development.
In other business news, Bank of America plans to layoff thousands of employees.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((> THE RECENT MERGER OF BANK OF AMERICA AND FLEET BOSTON FINANICAL WILL RESULT
> IN THOUSANDS OF LAYOFFS. BANK OF AMERICA PLANS TO LAYOFF 12-THOUSAND
> 5-HUNDRED WORKERS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. APPROXIMATELY 30 PERCENT OF
> THOSE CUTS WILL COME THRU ATTRITION. THE CUTS ARE EXPECTED TO SAVE THE
> MERGED COMPANY 650 MILLION DOLLARS.
> DELL COMPUTER IS CUTTING THE PRICE OF ITS DIGITAL JUKEBOX MUSIC PLAYERS BY
> UP TO 20 PERCENT.. IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE INDUSTRY LEADER,
> APPLE COMPUTER. THE COMPANY CUT THE PRICE ON ITS 15 GIGABYTE DELL DJ TO
> 199 FROM 249 DOLLARS AND ON ITS 20 GIGABYTE DEVICE TO 279 FROM 299
> ON WALL STREET, TRADING IS EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT BECAUSE OF THE PASSOVER
> HOLIDAY AND THE UPCOMING EASTER HOLIDAY. THE U-S FINANCIAL MARKETS WILL BE
> CLOSED FRIDAY.
> IN THE LAST SESSION SOME POSITIVE ECONOMIC NEWS HELPED PUSH THE DOW UP 87
> THE NASDAQ RALLIED NEARLY 22 POINTS
> INVESTORS ARE NOW GEARING UP FOR EARNINGS SEASON WHICH BEGINS THIS WEEK.
> The makers of Marlboro cigarettes
> would pay about one (b) billion dollars to the European Union under
> a deal to end years of legal battles.
> The two sides say Philip Morris would pay the money over a 12-year
> period to fight cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting.
> FIND OUT MORE OR TRACK YOUR STOCKS AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS
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The situation is getting worse in northern Mexico after heavy thunderstorms caused deadly flooding.
[SUPER=03-Piedras Negras, Mexico;]
Officials now say at least 31 people are dead following torrential rains over the past few days.
The number of missing is unclear.
Authorities had said as many as 75 people were missing, but some of those have since turned up.
In West Texas, flooding rains have washed out numerous roads, including a 40- foot section of a freeway bridge.
Fire crews battled three brush fires in Montgomery County.
The first one broke out after four o-clock yesterday afternoon on Pedlar Road.
That's near the Ironto exit off I-81.
Firefighters from Elliston quickly extinguished the flames but then noticed two small fires on a mountain nearby.
A Department of Forestry helicopter was brought in to help contain those fires.
After years of operating in cramped quarters, members of a local rescue squad say they need more room.
Right now, Vinton's first aid crew works out of a building on Jackson Avenue.
But, things have been tight- space is at premium and storage is non-existant.
Vinton town officials realize there is a problem.
They commissioned a study on the building, which determined it needed to be replaced- but where they would get the money, remains to be seen.
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[IN Q=IT'S GOING TO BE...]
((KEVIN BOGGESS, VINTON TOWN MANAGER: IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE TO DETERMINE WHERE MONEY FOR A NEW BUILDING WOULD COME FROM - AS YOU MENTIONED, EVERYBODY'S BUDGET IN THE VALLEY IS TIGHT. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXPENSIVE BUILDING, IN ORDER TO BUILDING AN ADEQUATE BUILDING FOR THE FIRST AID CREW.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Boggess/Vinton Town Manager]
[OUT Q=.. FIRST AID CREW.]
The current proposal has the new building being built in the parking lot next to the Vinton Fire Department.
Boggess estimates the building could cost upward of one-million dollars.
T- V coverage of religious issues has risen significantly in the past decade.
That's according to a study from the conservative- leaning Media
It says the three major networks did 303 stories on religion during the 12 months that ended March first, compared with 121 stories during a one- year period in 19- 93.
Among the biggest newsmakers-- the film, ``The Passion of the Christ," sexual abuse within the Catholic church,
and the struggle over a Ten Commandments monument in Alabama.
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[GRAPHIC=Men's Final Four]
The party was on at the University of Connecticut last night after its men's basketball team became the new N-C-A-A champions.
But some fans took the celebration too far.
What began as a night of bonfires and dancing escalated into
larger fires and cars getting turned over.
A university spokesman says a crowd of about five thousand students were involved in the melee.
About a dozen people were arrested as police dispersed the crowd, but there are no reports of any serious injuries.
Custody issues aren't unusual in divorce cases-- but what about PET custody?
More and more pets are being mentioned in pre-nuptial agreements, and there's even such a thing as pet support.
[Take FS Paws and Claws]
Michael Pomeranz has more in this week's "Paws and Claws" segment.
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[SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jo Shoesmith/Shares Pet Custody; :06]
[SUPER=01-Martin Stephens/Shares Pet Custody; :10]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Waldau/Tufts University; :46]
[SUPER=01-Charlotte Reid/Attorney; 1:33]
[SUPER=01-Michael Pomeranz/Reporting; 1:45]
[OUT Q=Pomeranz, CBS News.]
SCRIPT: (track) Every two weeks Jo Shoesmith packs a doggy bag for her pups.... (sot) "Separating from the ani
mals was really traumatic for me." (track) and sends them to martin stephens...her ex husband (nat sot) sweetie ..hi
miss me? (sot) "Neither one of us could imagine giving them up entirely." (track) like so many children of divorce..
.these dogs bounce back and forth between mom and dad as part of a joint custody agreement. (sot) "We both felt very s
trongly that they should spend time with both of us." (track) PET CUSTODY CASES LIKE MARTIN AND JO'S ARE EXPLODING IN
NUMBER --- BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE AS AMICABLE. THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND HAS FILED BRIEFS IN SEVERAL LONG AND BIT
TER DIVORCES. DOZENS OF LAW SCHOOLS INCLUDING HARVARD AND YALE HAVE CLASSES THAT COVER THE SUBJECT. DOCTOR PAUL WALDAU
@1/2Wal-dow, like Dow Jones@3/4 TEACHES ONE AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY VETERINARY SCHOOL (sot) "The hottest topic isn't the b
est interest of the husband or the wife or the children, the hottest topic is actually the best interest of the dog or cat." (track) DOCTOR WALDAU SAYS IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT PETS ARE MENTIONED BY NAME IN A GROWING NUMBER OF DIVORCE SETTL
EMENTS. (sot) "People treat their companion animals as if they are truly central members of the family." (sot) "So,
we simply had the lawyers put in a couple of lines about sharing custody of the animals." (track) MARTIN PAYS PET SUPPORT, SPLITTING THE COST OF CARE FIFTY-FIFTY WITH HIS EX. SINCE THE CATS ARE HOMEBODIES, JO HAS SOLE PHYSICAL CUSTODY. (nat) (track) TO AVOID AN UGLY BATTLE SOME COUPLES ARE EVEN SIGNING PRE-NUPTIAL ANIMAL AGREEMENTS! PET EXPERT AND ATTORNEY CHARLOTTE REED SAYS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM ON WEBSITES LIKE OUR-DIVORCE-AGREEMENT-DOT-COM AND PET-CUSTODY-DOT-COM.
(sot) "It's a great way to get some information about something that can effect you - losing your pet." (track) MAR
TIN AND JO SAY INSTEAD OF HAVING A BONE TO PICK WITH EACH OTHER, THEIR PET CUSTODY ARRANGEMENT HAS BROUGHT THEM SOME BA
LANCE (sot) ."They now have two households to live in, they have two backyards, two sets of parks ""I'll see you next
Pomeranz, CBS News.))
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