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It SOUNDS like Osama bin Laden, but U- S intelligence officials are trying to confirm if it's him on a new audiota
pe.
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And despite signs of age, Roanoke's school board says it's confident Victory Stadium will be fixed in time for football season.
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After a very cold start the temperatures are now warming up under mostly sunny skies. Could we see a little snow by the end of the weekend. 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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U-S intelligence agents have another tape to listen to.
An audio tape has surfaced featuring the voice of a man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The new tape is posted on an Islamic Web site.
The man on the tape identifies himself as bin Laden, but so far, there's no confirmation of that.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED MAN...OSAMA BIN LADEN...HAS APPARENTLY RELEASED ANOTHER AUDIO TAPE. IT WAS POSTED ON AN ISLAMIC WEB SITE.
NATS THIS TIME...BIN LADEN IS PRAISING THE MILITANTS WHO SHOT THEIR WAY INTO THE U-S CONSULATE IN SAUDI ARABIA EARLIER THIS MONTH....KILLING FIVE NON AMERICAN EMPLOYEES. FOUR OF THE ATTACKERS WERE KILLED.
ON THE HOUR LONG TAPE THAT HAS YET TO BE AUTHENTICATED...THE SPEAKER ASKS GOD TO ACCEPT THE MILITANTS AS MARTYRS. AND HE ACCUSES IRAQI INTERIM PRIME MINISTER AYAD ALLAWI AND SAUDI LEADERS OF BEING PUPPETS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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THE LAST TIME THE WORLD HEARD FROM BIN LADEN WAS OCTOBER...WHEN FOR THE FIRST TIME... HE PUBLICLY TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
BIN LADEN IS BELIEVED BE HIDING IN REMOTE MOUNTAINS ALONG THE PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN BORDER.
IN WASHINGTON, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN SAID ITS NOT A MATTER OF IF BIN LADEN WILL BE CAUGHT, BUT WHEN.

SOT: COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE

he's on the run but he is going to be caught I'm confident.

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ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
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Defense officials are dismissing criticism that armor shortages in Iraq reflect poor war planning.
Instead, they say insurgents have just proven to be very smart.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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(( The controversy over shortfalls in armored vehicles for Iraq came into stark focus again, when a top general admitted guerillas keep getting more effective in building and using improvised bombs.

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ANOTHER HUMVEE SHREDDED BY INSURGENT ROADSIDE BOMBS...
US OFFICIALS ADMIT IT'S A TACTIC GUERILLAS KEEP IMPROVING ON.

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"The enemy knows he can't take us on in a direct fight. He loses every time, so he attacks in the rear area."

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AND GUERILLAS ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE EFFECTIVE, THE GENERAL SAYS, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES TROOPS VARY THEIR SPEED OR ROUTES.

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US MECHANICS IN IRAQ ARE WORKING OVER TIME TO PUT ARMOR KITS ON HUMVEES AND TRUCKS ALREADY IN THE FIELD.

(vo: mechanic, 04:39:22)

"I've got crews that can put these kits on in about, this armor in about 2 hours ec in a couple hours windshield in 30 minutes, so uh a crew could probably get 2 trucks in a day, bumper to bumper."

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HE SAYS HE'S GOT THE SKILLS AND MANPOWER TO RUN THIS ASSEMBLY LINE TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY. BUT HE DOESN'T HAVE THE SUPPLIES.

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US FACTORIES CAN'T TURN OUT THE ARMOR KITS FAST ENOUGH. AS ONE GENERAL PUT IT, THIS IS NOT WALMART.

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US COMMANDERS SAY THERE'S A LAG IN DELIVERY TIME, BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY DIDN'T NEED SO MANY ARMORED VEHICLES A YEAR AGO.
BUT TROOPS HERE POINT OUT THE INSURGENTS HAVE BEEN USING ROADSIDE BOMBS, SINCE SADDAM FLED BAGHDAD.
KD, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD ))

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Roanoke school board members say they're pleased with the city's response to problems at Victory Stadium, and confident the facility will be ready for football next fall.
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Crumbling concrete and other problems have raised questions about the stadium's safety. But city officials have assured school board chairman Kathy Stockburger that adequate repairs will be made to the aging landmark.
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((KATHY STOCKBURGER: OUR ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AND COACHES ARE ALSO EXTREMELY GRATEFUL THAT WE'RE ALL LOOKING AT A SEASON AT HOME. ONE OF THE OPTIONS WAS TO PLAY ALL OF OUR GAMES OUT OF THE DISTRICT AND THAT'S CLEARLY NOT FEASIBLE.))
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Meanwhile, the committee studying the future of Victory Stadium is preparing to hire the engineering firm that will study the stadium's structural integrity.
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He can't be immediately re-elected Governor, but Mark Warner's political action committee raised a lot of money last night.
At a Northern Virginia fundraiser that doubled as his 50th birthday party, Warner raised two MILLION dollars.
That's the most money ever raised in one night by a Virginia politician.
He might hold some of the money to cover early expenses in the event he seeks national office in the future.
Some supporters believe Warner might consider a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
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An accident involving bees and gallons of honey causes serious problems on a Nevada highway. We'll have that story next.
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Plus a teenaged surfer is killed when he is attacked by TWO great white sharks.
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Authorities say an Australian teenage surfer was killed today when he was attacked by not one, but TWO Great White sharks.
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A rescuer says the 18- year- old fell from a surfboard being towed by a power boat.
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((ANNA CRISCITELLI/WITNESS: . HE ONLY JUMPED OUT FOR TWO MINUTES OR THREE MINUTES. IT GOT HIS LEFT ARM AND TOOK HIM AROUND THE BOAT AND THEN ANOTHER SHARK HAS COME IN AND THEY JUST TOOK HIM TO PIECES, WHILE HIS FRIENDS WERE WATCHING. ))
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Officials say this was the second fatal attack in five days.
Last Saturday, a 38-year-old man died after he was mauled by a shark while spearfishing.
Meanwhile, a police official says beaches in the area are closed as authorities search for the sharks.
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A serious accident on an interstate near Las Vegas involves an overturned truck and thousands of bees.
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The truck let loose several thousand bees and dumped gallons of honey.
So far, there are no reports of anyone being injured or stung.
The accident has closed portions of the interstate and two ramps.
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Your Hometown Station held its 21st annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet last night.
It honored this season's best high school football players.
However, some of those being honored last night have never stepped on the field. Mike Stevens introduces us to the four Roy Stanley scholarship winners.
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(( More than 200 folks packed the Salem Civic Center's Community Room to close out the 2004 football season. They also would see Liberty high school's Shawn Webb pick up the $2000 Noel C. Taylor Scholar Athlete award. He's the co-captian of the football team and senior class president. ((SHAWN WEBB:)) The Roy Stanley scholarship committee was also on hand to pass out three $1000 dollar grants. The journalism winner is governor's school student at Halifax County and she already knows what she's getting into. ((ALYSSA WALDEN:)) The Commmittee awarded two more 1000 dollar scholarships. With one going to Franklin County's Xavier Drakeford and Aaron Crowgey (CROW-GEE). ((XAVIER DRAKEFORD:)) ((AARON CROWGEY:)) Since Roy's passing the Scholarship committee has raised close to $50 thousand dollars in his honor. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))

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We'll have more on the Player Awards coming up today in Sports.

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Construction on the largest conference hotel west of Roanoke is on schedule.
You may be surprised to hear where it's being built, it's not in a city, or near an airport, but rather on a college campus.
Justin McLeod has more from Blacksburg.
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((((NAT SOUND OF CONSTRUCTION AT 15:43:24))
Construction on Virginia Tech's new hotel and conference began a year and a half ago. ((NAT SOUND OF HAMMERING AT 15:33:35))
And now it's half way completed.
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((GARY WALTON/HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER: IT'S AT A STAGE NOW WHERE THINGS ARE REALLY STARTING TO TAKE FORM AND SHAPE, YOU SEE THE BUILDING, REALLY COMING TOGETHER.)) [Runs08]
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It's coming together on 25 acres of land across from the duck pond on campus.
It's called the Inn at Virginia Tech.
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((GARY WALTON/HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER: I THINK EVERYONE'S GOING TO BE PROUD WHEN THEY COME TO CAMPUS TO VISIT, TO STAY, OR ATTEND MEETINGS HERE, THEY WILL BE VERY PROUD OF THE FACILITY AND THE UNIVERSITY.)) [Runs09]
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And here's what you'll see.
The facility is four stories and has 147 hotel rooms, ten conference rooms, a restaurant, and a 700 seat ballroom.
Virginia Tech says the 40 million dollar complex will have beauty and brains.
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((NAT SOUND OF CONSTRUCTION AT 15:33:52))
Construction should be completed by June and the facility is scheduled to open in July.
Virginia Tech expects the hotel to be full during graduation and home football games.
But the university thinks the conference center will bring in the most dollars because it's meeting space is doubling.
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((GARY WALTON: THE MORE WE FILL THE PLACE UP THE MORE TAX REVENUE IS GENERATED FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY.)) [Runs04]
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE NEW HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER IS BEING PAID FOR BY DONORS AND STATE MONEY. THE COMPLEX WILL ALSO HOUSE AN ALUMNI CENTER WHICH WILL INCLUDE A MUSEUM. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Coming up next, Leo will have a detailed look at the weekend forecast.
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Plus we'll meet some fashion designers who are not having any problem sticking to their goals.
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Talk about functional fashion--
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From wallets to mini- skirts, a Colorado company called "Ducti" makes fashion products using 100- percent duct tape.

But they're not made from the gummy duct tape handymen use.
It's a specially-made material that comes with a lifetime warranty.
The founders of the company are selling their products in stores across the nation and on the Internet.
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((WADE MORRISON/DUCTI FOUNDER: IT'S DUCT TAPE. I THINK EVERYONE HAS A STORY WHERE DUCT TAPE SAVED THE DAY AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT SO APPEALING. ))
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They say the idea was to make unusual things using unusual materials-- they're now brainstorming their next odd creation.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 22 points. The NASDAQ has gained one.

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How will the Sprint, Nextel merger affect NASCAR? Coming up in Sports we'll find out what the man behind the wheel says.
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And track star Marion Jones continues her fight to prove she's never taken performance enhancing drugs.
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Track star Marion Jones is trying to overcome a major hurdle, as she attempts to clear her name.
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The Olympic gold medalist has filed a 25- million dollar defamation lawsuit against the head of the Bay Area Labortory Co-Operative.
The company is at the center of a federal probe into illegal steroid use among top athletes.
The head of the company, Victor Conte, says she used the drugs, but Jones denies it.
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Nichols says Conte is a "spurned admirer" of Jones, who tried for years to establish a relationship with her.
He adds that he'll take up Conte's offer to also undergo a polygraph test.
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NASCAR officials say they're not expecting any immediate changes to its top racing series after hearing about the merger of Sprint and new sponsor Nextel.
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Chairman Bill France says the 10 year deal inked with Nextel is not in danger of being dissolved, but he's not speculating beyond that. Long term effects are still unclear. Nextel officials say it's too early to start discussing any possible name changes to the Nextel Cup series. Some reports have suggested the current ten- race playoff system called the "Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship," could be changed to the "Sprint for the Nextel Cup Championship."
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WDBJ's Friday Football Extra awards were handed out during last night's banquet.
And for the first time ever, we went digital, and broadcast it live. Steve Mason was there, and has more from some of the big winners.
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((For the first time in the Friday Football Extra awards banquet history, the event was carried live on the WDBJ 7.2 digital channel and viewers at home watched Christmas come early for the players of the week. Byran Webb and Mujuan Curtis had an excused absence, Playing against each other in basketball for Salem and Fleming. Those in attendance collected their holiday hardware, including the 2004 Lee Cook lineman of the year award which went to Liberty's 6 foot 4 280 pound lineman Darryl Robertson . ((:))
Froday Football Extra coach of the year awards are voted on by the coaches and this years crop mixed experience with youth. Giles head coach Steve Ragsdale was the single A selection after leading the Spartans to a 8th state semi-final this season, his 27th in Pearisburg. ((:))
The double AA coach of the year also went to a Spartan named Steve, Salem's Stephen Magenbauer, who led his team to the Division IV state title in only his first season after a sudeen death 8 and OH run follwing a loss to Christiansburg. ((:))
The triple A coach of the year drove the greatest distance and would bring his team the farthest between seasons. George Washington high school's Dan Newell was 4 and 6 his first season, but a strong 9 and 2 this year. ((:))
The overall coach of the year is Christiansburg's Tim Cromer whose Blue Demons went 9 and 3 and reached the Regional finals. ((:)) For the second straight year, Gretna is the team of the year with another 14 and OH Division III state championship campaign.)) ((:)) ((:))
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