[Campaign-2004]

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Today President Bush will sign a 400- billion-dollar spending bill.
It includes 25 billion-dollars for continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Later, he'll hit the campaign trail.
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His opponent, Democrat John Kerry is campaigning in Missouri.
Kerry got started there last night at a rally down the street from Mark Twain's childhood home.
He stressed values, fiscal discipline, and middle class tax cuts.
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((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: JOHN EDWARDS AND I ARE GOING TO PUT BACK IN PLACE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY WE ARE GOING TO RUN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE WAY YOU RUN YOUR BUSINESSES. ))
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Yesterday in Iowa, Kerry and Bush nearly crossed paths.
They were only three blocks away from each other.
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((WHEN IT COMES TO BETTER SECURING OUR HOMELAND, FIGHTING THE FORCES OF TERROR, AND SPREADING THE PEACE, RESULTS MATTER. WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTING A PRESIDENT, RESULTS MATTER.))
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Later today, Bush will campaign in Ohio and Michigan.
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[Illinois-Senate]


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Illinois Republicans will know this weekend whether they'll have a Senate candidate.
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The Senate candidate who made a splash at the Democratic National Convention may soon have a new opponent.
Barak Obama's challenger for an open seat in Illinois dropped out of the race amid a sex scandal.
Now the state's G-O-P is trying to recruit former Presidential candidate Alan Keyes to run against Obama.
Keyes says he'll decide by Sunday whether he'll run.

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Doctors in New York says it's too soon to determine whether surgery on conjoined twins was a success.
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Joined at the top of the head since birth, the two- year- old Filipino boys were separated last night in what's considered a trail- blazing procedure.
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((DR. STEPHEN SAFYER/MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER: THE NEUROSURGICAL AND PLASTIC TEAM TOOK A LOOK AT WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE AND DECIDED THAT THE WAY IT'S BEEN DONE ELSEWHERE IN THE PAST IS NOT OPTIMAL.))
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Instead of doing one marathon procedure, doctors decided to use a more gradual approach, which is considered safer.


Over the past 10 months, the twins have undergone three surgeries.
Doctors say their goal for the boys is for them to have "viable, independent lives."
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[11Squad-Funding]


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Campbell County residents may soon have to start paying for that ride to the hospital in a volunteer rescue squad ambulance.
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That's just one of the options being considered now that United Way of Central Virginia is phasing out its funding for three local rescue squads.
The United Way says it hopes to encourage the squads to become more self-sufficient.. and that most patients' insurance can cover the cost of an ambulance ride.
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((ERIC AFT/UNITED WAY PRESIDENT: OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE SQUAD TO HELP THEM TO GET OTHER FUNDING SOURCES, LOOK AT OTHER WAYS TO GET DOLLARS IF THEY'RE NEEDED. BUT AGAIN WE WANT THEM AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITY THERE IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT THROUGH INSURANCE.))
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Rescue officials say billing for transportation is just one option they might consider.
Such a change would have to be approved by the county's board of supervisors.
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[11Mine-Safety]


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Their services may only be needed once or twice every few years, but teams across the country are working to make sure coal miners are safe in any given situation.
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Yesterday, teams from around the state and the country made their way to Blacksburg. The groups are competing in the 37th annual Virginia Mine Rescue Conference. Teams of six to eight people work together in simulated mine accidents to save mines and the people who work in them.

The conference continues today at the Blacksburg Department of Parks and Recreation.
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[VOBTech-Plant]


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The big stink has finally arrived at Virginia Tech and you only have a window of opportunity to take a whiff.
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A rare A-titanum (ty-TAN-um) plant began blooming yesterday afternoon.
Throughout the day, the plant got bigger and so did its stench.
The smell is so bad in fact it is nicknamed the corpse plant.
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((SCOTT RAPIER/GREENHOUSE MANAGER: WE'VE ALREADY HAD A FELLOW COME IN HERE AND TAKE A SWIG OF SODA AND GET A WAVE OF THE ODOR COME THROUGH AND NEARLY REMOVE THE SODA FROM HIMSELF.))
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((CINDY SHOCKLEY/BLACKSBURG RESIDENT: what does it smell like to you? DEAD POTATOES LIKE SOMETHING YOU'S WANT TO GET RID OF SOMETHING DEAD IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR (LAUGHS).))
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A-titanum plant usually blooms for less than three days so if you want to see it you will have to act quickly.
Virginia Tech's greenhouse will open to the public today from eight until four.
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[11VA-Lottery]


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Virginia's public schools have hit the jackpot.
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The Virginia Lottery just completed a record-shattering year by earning 408 million dollars in profits.
By law, that money goes to the state's public schools.
Lottery officials attribute the record sales to the success of Mega Millions which had four very large jackpots in the last year.
And to the increased popularity of scratch tickets.
This is the first year that lottery profits topped the 400-million dollar mark.
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[11Alex]


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The vacation is over for tourists visiting Ocracoke Island.
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North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley, announced a mandatory evacuation for visitors after touring the island. The evacuation begins at 6 o-clock this morning.
It will make it easier for repairs to be made.
Easley says flooding from Hurricane Alex heavily damaged at least 300 cars owned by tourists. So the state plans to use school buses to get the tourists onto ferries-the only way off the island.
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[11Bassett]


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In business news, Bassett Furniture is closing a facility in Macon Georgia, and that will leave about 180 workers there without jobs. The company says it will move some of the production to other facilities in the U.S., while other production will be imported. Bassett does not indicate whether the move will have any effect on employment levels at its Henry County facility.



[11MeadWestvaco]


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[TAKE VIDEO]
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Meantime, MeadWestvaco will cut up to 80 salaried jobs at its Covington mill by the end of next year. It's part of a company-wide effort to reduce the workforce by one thousand jobs. About 14-hundred people work at the Covington mill.
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[Marketwatch]


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In business news, Stocks finished mixed yesterday. And, Express Scripts could be hit with a fraud lawsuit later today.
Jean Lee has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((Nervous trading could continue when the markets open. On Wednesday stocks were able to recover from session lows, on news of a slide in crude oil prices.
the Dow finished with a modest gain of 6 points,
While the Nasdaq lost just 4.


Shares of Express Scripts (ESRX) could add to Wednesday's losses. That's when New York's Attorney General announced he will proceed, with a fraud lawsuit against the company. He says the pharmacy benefits manager, improperly inflated the cost of generic drugs. Attorneys general in 19 other states, are also scrutinizing the company


Health Insurer Cigna finished lower, despite news of its 2nd quarter earnings beating Wall Street's targets. The company saw strength in its employee benefits businesses. Investors sold off, as the company predicted more enrollment losses in the coming year.


And Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) looked good to Wall Street, after its first quarter earnings Beat expectations. Sales rose amid strong demand for its luxury designs.


Crude oil prices may have hit highs recently, but consumers have yet to feel the pinch. DespiteTuesday's surge to $44 a barrel, Triple-A says retail prices for regular-gasoline actually FELL fell a penny a gallon to $1-89 on Wednesday. Nationwide, gas averaged $1-93 a gallon last week. That's the lowest price in three months.


For more on the day in business check into our website. It's cbs.mw.com.))


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[Iraq]


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Iraqi officials say three militants were involved in today's deadly attack on a police station south of Baghdad.


The Interior Ministry says two militants opened fire on guards, while the third drove a minibus toward the station and blew it up.
The attack killed five people and injured 27.
The militants managed to escape.


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A man took his own life following a domestic disturbance in Henry County. The incident happened around one o-clock yesterday afternoon near Spencer, west of Martinsville.
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According to authorities, 40 year old William Phillip Craddock was holding his 39 year old girlfriend against her will and was threatnening to kill her. After a struggle, she was able to dial 9-1-1, where dispatchers could hear the disturbance. When deputies arrived, the girlfriend was able to escape and authorities heard a single gunshot.
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Deputies then found Craddock in a back bedroom, dead from a signle gunshot wound to the head. They say his girlfriend suffered minor cuts and bruises.
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[11Bedford-Fatal]


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State police say a driver who ran a stop sign was responsible for a fatal traffic accident in eastern Bedford County. It took to the life of 54 year old Donald Driskill of Lynchburg. Police say Driskill was driving on Route 221 when his car was struck at Bryant Road, pushing it into an oncoming pickup truck. Investigators say Ronald Tubbs of Lynchburg drove the vehicle that ran the stop sign, and charges are pending.


[11Tech-Alarms]


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Virginia Tech says it's working to improve fire safety on campus.
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More than a dozen buildings are currently without fire alarms, or smoke detectors. That's because fire alarms weren't required when the buildings were built. But, the university is working to change that. This Spring, Tech installed fire alarm systems in three of its main buildings, including McBryde and Burruss Hall.
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((MARK OWCZARSKI/VIRGINIA TECH NEWS & INFO DIRECTOR: THREE PROJECTS TO INSTALL STATE OF THE ART FIRE DETECTION, FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS COST 1.35 MILLION DOLLARS, SO IT IS A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT, BUT IT'S AN INVESTMENT WORTH MAKING.))
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And in October, the state passed a law requiring that ALL Virginia colleges and universities conduct mandatory fire drills. Tech officials say they will begin doing just that this Fall.
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