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Al- Qaida was on the U-S "radar" screen before 9-11.

But Condoleezza Rice testified today there was nothing that could have prevented the terrorist attacks.
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And, Iraqi insurgents take Japanese civilians hostage, and threaten to kill them unless Japan withdraws its troops.
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Sun and clouds with a chance for an isolated shower as we head through the afternoon.
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Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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National security advisor Condoleezza Rice offers public testimony today before the 9-11 commission-- and says there's no "silver bullet" that could have prevented the terrorist attacks from happening.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
During her testimony today, Rice said President Bush didn't ignore Al-Qaida before the attacks ...but wanted a comprehensive strategy.
Elizabeth Sanchez is at the White House and joins us now with the latest.
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((Track: Under oath and in the public eye, National security advisor Condoleeza Rice immediately went on the defensive before the commission investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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As your hearings have shown, there was no silver bullet that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
Track: Dr. Rice testified that the threat of terrorism has been growing for years and said the Bush administration never received a specific threat stating when, where and how.

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I've asked myself a thousand times what more could we have done. i know if we knew an attack was coming we would have moved heaven and earth to have stopped it
BRIDGE: Pressure on the White House to allow Dr. Rice's testimony intensified after former counter terrorism advisor Richard Clarke went public. Clarke said the Bush administration ignored the urgency of the Al-Qaida threat before 9-11 and wanted to link it to Iraq....which Rice strongly denied.

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I am quite certain the President never pushed anybody on Iraq.
Track: Panel members grilled Rice for more than two hours...
NAT: Q & A Ben Veniste/911 Panel Member" My only concern is did you tell pres RICE INTERRUPTS. Veniste responds.
Track: Rice did not offer any apology for failure to prevent the attacks but said she would never forget the sorrow and the anger she felt.))

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It's back to business at an Amherst County recycling plant after a fire caused more than a hundred thousand dollars in damage last night.
The blaze at the Bryant Salvage Company broke out around 7.
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Tightly-packed bales of paper and cardboard inside the main storage building caught fire and were burning out of control.
Crews spent more than an hour attacking the flames from the ground and the air before getting the fire contained.

Individual bales had to be moved out by forklift while firefighters attacked the blaze.
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((ANDY AIKEN/MONELISON FIRE CHIEF: THE HARDEST PART IS THESE BALES, THEY'RE PACKED IN SO TIGHT, THAT AFTER WE KNOCKED DOWN THE INITIAL FIRE, WE HAVE TO BRING EACH ONE OUT, BREAK IT OPEN AND HOSE IT DOWN AND KEEP DOING THAT REPEATEDLY.))
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Authorities believe the fire started near the compactor area inside, but aren't sure how.
Amherst County firefighters got help from the Lynchburg Fire Department which provided three trucks as well as manpower.
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The Bush administration is vowing to stay the course in Iraq even as Iraqi militants take foreign hostages in a test of will.
Stacy Case reports.
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TRACK: WITH SWORDS TO THEIR THROATS---- IRAQI INSURGENTS TODAY

THREATENED TO KILL THEIR JAPANESE HOSTAGES UNLESS JAPAN WITHDRAWS COALITION TROOPS. JAPAN DECLARED IT'S STAYING THE COURSE.

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TRACK: IN A SECOND CAPTURE, HOSTAGE TAKERS SEIZED 8 CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES FROM SOUTH KOREA. ONE WOMAN ESCAPED.
NAT: fighting fallujah TRACK: IN FALLUJAH, THE SITE OF DOOR TO DOOR FIGHTING BETWEEN MILITANTS
AND MARINES--- SOME WOUNDED WERE CARRIED AWAY ON STRETCHERS AFTER

MILTANTS BLASTED THEIR TANK. ONE MARINE WAS KILLED. STILL, THE MILITARY SAYS THERE IS MEASURABLE PROGRESS HERE.
SUPER: LT COL GREG OLSON THE MISSION IS GOING PARTICULARLY WELL. WE MADE INROADS INTO THE CITY AND WE ARE DRIVING ENEMY RESISTANCE BACK TO A POSITION OF DISADVANTAGE.
TRACK: TROOPS ARE FIGHTING MUQTADA AL SADR'S MILITIA HERE ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 1,000 TO 6,000 STRONG. THE RADICAL SHIITE CLERIC ORDERED HIS FOLLOWERS TO TAKE UP ARMS AGAINST AMERICANS.
NAT: ambient TRACK: U-S FORCES DESTROYED SADR'S OFFICE AT DAWN TODAY IN THE SLUM OF SADR CITY.
SUPER: LT GENERAL RICARDO SANCHEZ My assessment is that we will continue to see this violence unitl al-Sadyr turns himself in or his militia is destroyed.
TRACK: FOR NOW, THE FIGHTING SEEMS ENDLESS AS THE MILITIA HANGS ON TO PARTIAL CONTROL TO THREE SOUTHERN IRAQI CITIES.
STAND UP CLOSE: STACY CASE/REPORTING trying to find something out of washington to tag with.. so far, no briefings scheduled before noon. no word from bush yet. i'll come up with something. kazakhstan withdrawing troops. ))

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Authorities in Tampa, Florida say they plan to make an arrest in the case of two brothers who were killed last week in a hit- and- run accident.
But they say several other suspects may still be at large.
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28- year- old Jennifer Porter came forward, and took responsibility for her role in the accident that killed 13- year-old Bryant Wilkins and his three- year- old brother, Durontae-- who was dragged about 150 feet.
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Two other siblings were injured.
Police say there may have been as many as three vehicles involved in the accident-- and not one of them stopped.
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America's job market is looking up.
The Labor Department reports the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week to 328-thousand.
That's the lowest level since President Clinton's final week in office.
The showing is better than expected, and follows last week's report that more than 300- thousand jobs were created in March.
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The son of a former sheriff admits running a drug business from home. The details are just ahead.
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And when are 13 thousand parking spaces not enough? Virginia Tech knows the answer, and looks for solutions.
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Virginia Tech is looking for new ways to handle a growing parking problem.
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The university has 69 parking lots and more than 13-thousand parking spaces.
But with more than 20-thousand parking permits issued students say finding an ideal parking spot is nearly impossible.
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((KRISTAL GRAY/VIRGINIA TECH FRESHMEN: IT'S DIFFICULT. IT'S PRETTY DIFFICULT HAVING TO PARK ALL THE WAY ACROSS CAMPUS AND WALKING BACK.)) ((STEVEN MOURAS/VIRGINIA TECH TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS DURING THE BUSY TIME PERIODS TEN AND TWO ON WORKDAYS, THEY NEED TO NOT BOTHER DRIVING TO THE SO CALLED CONVENIENT LOCATIONS BUT TO THE MORE OUTLYING LOTS.))
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The university has commissioned a parking study which should be completed by the summer.
Some of the options being looked at include building several parking garages, adding more buses, and incentives to encourage car pooling.
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The son of former Giles County Sheriff Larry Falls now admits to running a drug trafficking business, and doing so out of his home in Narrows. He'll be sentenced in July.
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[TAKE FALLS FS ] Thirty-six year old James Edwin Falls sold cocaine, marijuana, OxyContin and other prescription drugs, while his wife, Allison, kept the books. She pled guilty in February and is set for sentencing next month.
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Evidence presented in federal court yesterday indicated Jimmy Falls also sold drugs at the Celanese plant where he worked. While there's no evidence Sheriff Falls was ever involved, he allegedly told people in Giles County not to cooperate with federal investigators.


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It's a solid brick home with plenty of space .. but if you're in the master bedroom, watch out for the fire pole.
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Lynchburg's former Station Number Four closed down in the early 90's and has been a private residence for the last ten years.
Yesterday, the building and lots were auctioned off.
Graphic designer Nancy Marion bought it for 86-thousand dollars.
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((NANCY MARION/BUYER: IT JUST SEEMED TO BE GOING TOO LOW AND I WAS SHOCKED AT THE PRICE AND I THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH IT. IT'S A WONDERFUL BUILDING AND I LOVE RIVERMONT AVENUE AND I LOVE THIS BUILDING AND THINK WE CAN DO SOMETHING GOOD WITH IT.))
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Officials say the station is the perfect site for a Lynchburg fire history museum.
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Some of our weekend should be dry, but what about Easter? Leo has the full weekend forecast coming up.
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And a Roanoke woman takes a used car dealer to court, and with some help, she wins.
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When it comes to buying a used car, do you know your rights as a consumer? As Shannon Young reports, the Legal Aid Society of the Roanoke Valley wants to help you avoid getting taken for a ride.
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((Martie Eubank was in a hurry last August when she bought this 1995 Dodge Caravan from a Roanoke used car dealer. But 30-days after paying for cash for the vehicle she still hadn't received the title.
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Within 16-days of the purchase, the van stopped running. So Eubank and the Legal Aid Society took the case to court and won.
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The Used Car Market Fairness Project started in Fall 2002. The program is funded by an award from the court and designed to educate used-car buyers about the potential pitfalls of purchase. Starting today, Legal Aid's issuing pamphlets fully loaded with information.
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Eubank says she was informed... she just didn't pay attention.
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The owner of the Auto Rama used car dealership was found liable for fraudulent sales practices and ordered to refund the 12hundred fifty dollar purchase price and pay attornies' fees and repair costs. He is believed to have gone out of business. SY, News 7, Roanoke.))


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The Avalanche gets ready to play ball. The details are just ahead.
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And a Friday Football Extra standout makes his college decision.
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One of Friday Football Extra's former players of the week and one of the top juniors in the entire state has made a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia.
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Bath County standout John Phillips gave UVa coach Al Groh the word yesterday that he plans to play for the Cavaliers.

Phillips has been recruited by the Hokies, Florida State, Colorado, Kansas and 10 other division one colleges. The six- six, 230 pounder injured his knee last season, but is on schedule to make a full recovery. He is projected to be a tight end in college. His older brother Jacob will be a freshman this coming season at William & Mary.
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JMU's new basketball boss Dean Keener has 16 years of experience as an assistant coach. Now he has a shot to run the show. Travis Wells has more on the former Virginia Tech assistant who was introduced yesterday in Harrisonburg.
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The Salem Avalanche roster is set for the new season.
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The team joined the media for lunch at Mac and Bob's yesterday afternoon, and then talked about getting through spring training and finally getting the team together.
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The Avs open tomorrow night at Salem Memorial against Potomac.
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