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The ax has fallen at C-B-S over the "60 Minutes" story on President Bush's national guard record.

Four news executive have been fired.
The latest developments, plus reaction, coming up.
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And, a U-S aid helicopter goes down in Indonesia while trying to deliver aid to tsunami victims.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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An investigation says a critical story about President Bush was neither fair nor accurate--
now four top C-B-S officials have been fired.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A C-B-S producer and three network executives were let go today after the release of an independent investigation into a "60 Mintues" story about President Bush's military service.
The investigation said the story relied on fake documents.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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(( Pkge: FILE/SEPT. 20,2004 Nearly four months after Dan Rather told viewers CBS made a mistake....

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The network has taken action. In the wake of today's independent Panel's findings over a report about President Bush's Texas Air National guard service, the producer of the story has been fired.
The panel found that Mary Mapes presented half truths as facts, and that Mapes, --quote "ignored information that cast doubt on the story."
While Mapes insisted her source did not have an axe to grind against President Bush, there was little or no attempt to assertatain who that confidential source was.
That source provided documents key to the story. The now discredited documents alleged that Bush received preferential treatment to get into the guard to avoid fighting in Vietnam.
As the report shows three documents were put on the air without any sort of handwriting authentication.
In short its says, there was also no effective vetting of these critical documents because Ms. Mapes had a steller reputation as an Emmy award winning producer and it was that record and level of trust that led those around Ms. Mapes to defer to her.
For that failure the following people have been asked to resign from CBS News....
GRAPHIC: Senior Vice President Besty West. 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard and his right hand, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy.
The independent panel was headed by former US Attorney General Dick Thornburg and Louis Boccardi, former president of the Associated Press.
They said CBS rushed the story on the air during the Presidential race to beat the competition.
STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/NEW YORK) "THOUGH THE PANEL FOUND DAN RATHER WAS--QUOTE PUSHED TO THE LIMIT COVERING OTHER ASSIGNMENTS THE WEEK BEFORE THE STORY AIRED, THE BROADCAST WOULD HAVE BENEFITTED HAD HE BEEN MORE INVOLVED IN THE STORY. THE PANEL ALSO CONCLUDED CBS HAD NO POLITICAL AGENDA WHEN PERSUING THE STORY. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
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Reaction to the report now and its findings- from WDBJ president and General manager Bob Lee.
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News 7's Jean jadhon is with Bob Lee in our studio this afternoon.


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Secretary of State Colin Powell met Pesident Bush this morning to discuss tsunami damage in southern Asia.
Both are promising long-term help for the region.
Meanwhile, a U-S helicopter trying to bring aid to tsunami victims crashed today in Indonesia, injuring two on board.
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They were airlifted and are expected to recover.
Shortly after they were taken away, it was back to work.
100- thousand people were killed in Northern Indonesia alone.
Relief workers have poured in from all over the globe.
The U-S military is delivering 62- tons of aid each day, but more is still needed.
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Meanwhile, the cause of the aid helicopter crash is under investigation, but officials say they ``can rule out ground fire.''
He also says it could have been caused by `mechanical failure.'
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Some musicians are keying up for the tsunami relief effort.
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In Roanoke last night, jazz became a fundraiser for the Red Cross.
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Well-known Jazz singer and Roanoke native Jane Powell brought her voice home last night and joined the Cyrus Pace Jazz Group for a fundraiser at the Paradox.
The five-dollar cover charge went to the Red Cross.
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((NICK CLAFFEY:IT'S ON A LOT OF PEOPLE'S MINDS A LOT OF DEATHS, IT'S A TRAGEDY REALLY. I WANTED TO GIVE BACK SOMETHING CHARITABLE. I THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD GET ROANOKE'S SUPPORT. GET SOME MONEY FOR THEM-- HELP EVERYONE OUT.))
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The Roanoke chapter of the Red Cross has raised more than 130-thousand dollars so far.
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It's another rainy day in Southern California, where a winter storm has brought four straight days of wet weather-- causing deadly flooding and mudslides.
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At least eight people have died in California-- but this stranded motorist was one of the lucky ones.
The man was stuck on top of his car while it was being carried away by rushing water.
His dramatic rescue by members of the local fire department was caught on tape.
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Los Angeles has already absorbed more than five inches of rain since Friday, and forecasters say the city won't get a break until Wednesday.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon - Palestine's newly elected president looks toward the tough road ahead.
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and Virginia's General Assembly isn't the only thing expected to hammer things out at the state capitol this session.

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President Bush says he would welcome the newly- elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.
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Palestinians went to the polls yesterday for the first time in nine years.
Abbas received over 62 percent of the vote, considered a clear mandate.
Former U-S President and international monitor Jimmy Carter says he believes the election is a good step forward.

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Abbas has promised to seek peace with Israel, but also to fight widespread corruption that's been the legacy of Yasser Arafat's rule.
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Abbas is also expected to rein in militant groups that are blamed for hindering peace talks.
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Another 400 British troops will be arriving in Iraq this month to help secure the country for elections.
Meanwhile, two U-S soldiers have died in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.
That blast destroyed a heavily- armored transport vehicle, suggesting the bomb was stronger than those typically used in recent attacks.
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And today, the court- martial hearing opens in Texas for the alleged ringleader of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

One question is whether Army Specialist Charles Graner will testify in his defense.
His attorney maintains that Graner was following orders from his superiors.
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A lot more than policies will get banged out at this year's Virginia's General Assembly session.
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Thanks to the foundation-to-roof renovation taking place at the state capitol.
The 83-MILLION dollar construction project will most seriously affect parking at the capitol.
The 100-delegates and 40 senators instead will be forced to park in the Virginia State Library parking deck. That will displace other state employees.
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The General Assembly convenes Wednesday afternoon, then hears from Governor Mark Warner that evening.
WDBJ-7 will carry Warner's State of the Commonwealth address live Wednesday evening, beginning at Seven o-clock.

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Coming up - is another unseasonably warm work week is on tap this week? Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has a look at your forecast coming up
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and the people have spoken - see who fans chose to take home the trophys after the break.
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Of all the entertainment awards shows, there's only one that lets the fans decide the winners.
The annual People's Choice Awards were in full effect last night in California.
As Hattie Kauffman reports, the night got off to a star- studded, but soggy start.
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(( (PKG) (NATSOT ARRIVALS MONTAGE Runs=:10) (TRACK) EVEN A DOWNPOUR COULDN'T KEEP THE STARS AWAY FROM THE 31ST ANNUA
L PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS: THE BIG WINNER: SHREK 2 (SOT CLIP, Shrek 2) (TRACK) THE FILM WON FIVE AWARDS, INCLUDING FAV
ORITE COMEDY. (SOT SHOW- Mike Myers) "I hope that was something flattering about me." (TRACK) FAVORITE DRAMA WAS MEL
GIBSON'S "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST" (SOT HATTIE) It looks like the people have spoken tonight? (MEL GIBSON) No, very
loudly, complete with clapping hands! (NATSOT from show-Mel Gibson at podium) "when you circumvent the system, I depe

nd upon you. And you were there") (HATTIE) Its an encouragement to keep going? (MEL) Yea, absolutely. (HATTIE) No matter what the industry is saying? (MEL) The industry? I am the industry. The industry is what you make it. That's all the
re is to it. (NATSOT-award show broadcast) "And your favorite movie is Fahrenheit 9/11" (TRACK) AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF
THE WIDE RANGING VIEWPOINTS IN AMERICA... THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE FOR MOVIE OF THE YEAR WENT TO FAHRENHEIT 9/11. (SOT HAT
TIE) You and Mel won for very different movies, very different audiences, what does that say about "the people"? (SOT M

ICHAEL MOORE) I think that we are a diverse country. Multiple opinions about many things, but uh, and uh its probably reflective of the country. Although only one of us won best film of the year. (HATTIE) And that would be? (MICHAEL) Our'
s, Mel's was actually a second prize thing. (SOT MEL GIBSON) I don't really understand why people are comparing us. If

you think about it, what is there to compare. They're entirely different kinds of films. One's political the other is
spiritual. (TRACK) THERE WAS NO CONTROVERSY OVER THE PIC FOR FAVORITE LEADING LADY:" RENEE ZELLWEGGER. (SOT HATTIE)

You seemed genuinely moved up there on the podium. (RENEE) I was shaking, I didn't expect to shake, I couldn't make it
stop. (SOT HATTIE) I hear that's heavy? Is it heavy? (RENEE) Here you give it a try. (HATTIE) here, you carry it, it'

s yours. (RENEE 064630 ) (laughs) (TRACK) CSI WON TWO OF THE BIGGEST TELEVISION AWARDS ... FAVORITE DRAMA AND FAVORIT
E FEMALE STAR: MARG HELGENBERGER WHO HAD ATLEAST THREE DOZEN THANKYOU'S TO GIVE (SOT MARG HELGENBERGER) thanks billy,
george, georgia, erik, paul... (SOT HATTIE) Marge, you were thanking everybody, did you forget anyone? (MARG-a cam) oh

my god, uh no, (guy clears his throat) (everyone laughs) (TRACK) DESPARATE HOUSEWIVES WON FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA. (SOT HATTIE 080950) One award, several wives, which one of you is most desparate? (laughter) (MARSHA CROSS) I was accused of it tonight, and I think they're right? (show open graphic) (TRACK) IN ALL, TWENTY ONE MILLION INTERNET VOTES WERE
CAST TO DETERMINE THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE. (SOT HATTIE & MEL GIBSON) H: congratulations. MEL: thank you. H: can I shake y

our hand? M:Of course, or you can shake these two hands. H: I can shake these two? (laughs) RACK )


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was up 40 points. Nasdaq 16 points.
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The N-F-L playoffs are ready to roll on, with wildcard games already in the bag. We'll take a look coming up Sports.
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And another Roanoke Dazzle is called up to the pros.
The 30th player called up played last night at Madison Square Garden.
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In Wildcard play yesterday, Daunte Culpepper threw four touchdown passes and the Minnesota defense intercepted Gree

n Bay's Brett Favre (FARV) four times in a 31-to-17 playoff win over the Packers.
The Vikings second win in their last 22 outdoor games has earned them a date with the Eagles at Philadelphia on Sunday.
In the AFC, The Colts rolled past Denver at the Hoosier Dome and set up their much anticpated A-F-C Divisional playoff rematch next week.
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Manning wasted no time in getting the Colts on the board.
This 2 yard TD toss to James Mungro was only the beginning for Indianapolis.
Later in the half, Manning connected with Reggie Wayne on a 35 yard scoring strike. Wayne caught ten passes for 221 yards and two scores on the day, as the Colts took a 35 to 3 edge to the locker room.


Denver tried to make a game of it, by scoring three second half touchdowns.
But Manning and company simply overwhelmed the Broncos
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While the Colts travel to Foxboro next week, the Jets will play the Steelers in Pittsburgh.


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The Roanoke Dazzle has had its first NBA call-up of the season.
Former Texas star James Thomas is joining the Portland Trailblazers with a 10 day contract.
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Thomas met the Blazers at Madison Square Garden where they played the Knicks last night. The big man started 14 games for the Dazzle, and leads the D-league in double doubles and rebounds per game with 14.
Thomas is also averaging 12 points per outing. He is the 30th player to earn a promotion since the league began play in 2001.
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