The inaugural week festivities continue for President Bush today.
His agenda includes a luncheon, three dinners and the Texas- style ``Black Tie and Boots'' Ball.
Yesterday, the President welcomed young supporters to the inaugural celebration at a rock concert encouraging community service.
He launched four days of inaugural events with a salute to the military.
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[IN Q=As we prepare]
((AS WE PREPARE TO CELEBRATE OUR NATION'S 55TH
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION, I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO BEGIN THAN BY GIVING THANKS FOR OUR FREEDOM AND THOSE WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. ))
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[OUT Q=make it possible.]
Meanwhile, the nation's capital is covered in massive road blocks and heightened surveillance.
By tomorrow, up to 10- thousand security forces will be manning the streets.
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By now you've probably heard Southwest Virginia will be well represented at President Bush's inauguration.
Yesterday we showed you Virginia Tech's role, now it's V-M-I's turn.
Justin McLeod has more on what will be the largest group marching in the inaugural parade.
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[SUPER=01-Stewart MacInnis/Virginia Military Institute; :11]
[SUPER=01-James Donovan/Cadet; :22]
[SUPER=01-Travis Hord/Commander of Band Company; :39]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Gleaton/Cadet; 1:04]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING AROUND 20:43))
Here at VMI, marching in parades is a part of life.
[IN Q=A cadet will do]
((STEWART MacINNIS/VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE: A CADET WILL DO A HUNDRED PARADES, MORE THAN A HUNDRED PARADES IN HIS CADETSHIP. I GUARANTEE THAT THIS PARADE IS THE ONE THEY REMEMBER.))
[OUT Q=one they remember]
They'll remember it because they're marching for the president.
[IN Q=I think everyone]
((JAMES DONOVAN/CADET: I THINK EVERYONE IS GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF BUTTERFLIES, I PROBABLY WILL.))
[OUT Q=PROBABLY WILL]
He won't be alone.
For the first time in more than fifty years, the entire corps will march in a presidential inauguration.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF MARCHING))
More than a thousand cadets will make the trip.
[IN Q=We've jumped]
((TRAVIS HORD/COMANDER OF BAND COMPANY: WE'VE JUMPED STRAIGHT INTO THE PRACTICES AS SOON AS WE CAME BACK ON THE 9TH FROM CHRISTMAS FURLOUGH AND THERE HAS BEEN PRACTICES EVERYDAY SOMETIMES TWICE A DAY TO GET READY FOR IT.))
[OUT Q=READY FOR IT]
It is a huge undertaking.
((NAT SOUND OF BAND PRACTICING INDOORS))
While the band fine tunes indoors, the rest of the corps practices formations outside.
Everything has to be perfect.
[IN Q=It's just got]
((AARON GLEATON/CADET: IT'S JUST GOT TO BE THE ONE MOMENT WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LOOKS DOWN AT VMI AND SAYS THIS CORPS' TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING.))
[OUT Q=WE'RE EXPECTING]
They should also expect a long day Thursday.
Most of the cadets will be up by four in the morning and will have to endure cold temperatures and possibly snow showers.
((NAT SOUND OF BAND MARCHING))
The cadets say no problem.
[IN Q=We're always up]
((JAMES DONOVAN/CADET: WE'RE ALWAYS UP EARLY, WE'RE ALWAYS IN THE COLD, WHATEVER THE ELEMENTS WE'RE THERE.))
[OUT Q=WE'RE THERE]
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE CORPS IS SO LARGE IT WILL TAKE 2 MINUTES FOR IT TO PASS BY THE PRESIDENT'S REVIEWING STAND. THAT IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE AROUND FIVE O'CLOCK. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice heads back to Capitol Hill this morning, after a grilling yesterday from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
During the first part of her confirmation hearing, senators questioned
Rice about the war in Iraq and what it's done to America's image.
Rice promised to review U-S policy in Iraq after the January 30th elections.
Despite the sometimes heated exchanges with Democrats, Rice is expected to win easy confirmation.
At least eight people are dead after two separate bombings today in Baghdad.
Witnesses say a car bomb exploded near the concrete blast barriers of the Australian Embassy, killing two people.
Authorities say just a few minutes later, a suicide bomber targeted a police station in another part of the city-- killing six people.
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[IN Q=About 7:00 this morning]
((COL. MIKE MURRAY/THIRD BRIGADE COMMANDER: ABOUT 7 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING A TRUCK WAS DRIVING IN STREET, IT DROVE IN NEXT TO THE BUILDING BEHIND ME AND EXPLODED. A LARGE AMOUNT OF EXPLOSIVES ))
[SUPER=01-Col. Mike Murray/Third Brigade Commander;]
[OUT Q=amount of explosives.]
Insurgents in Iraq have stepped up attacks ahead of elections set for
A third, smaller explosion happened near the Green Zone.
But no injuries were reported there.
Many Iraqis here in Virginia will be taking part in their country's upcoming election.
Hussain Alsaady (Al-SAH-dee) says he doesn't mind making two trips to Maryland this month -- to register and then vote in the Iraq election.
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[IN Q=as a native]
((HUSSAIN ALSAADY/IRAQI EXPATRIATE: AS A NATIVE IN IRAQ, I NEED TO TAKE PART OF IT, YOU KNOW 44 I NEED TO SEE THE SITUATION TURNING AROUND RIGHT NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Hussain Alsaady/Iraqi Expatriate;]
[OUT Q=right now]
But, for Nivar Zangana (nih-VAR) ( zan-GAHN-uh), the travel is too much to bear.
He believes all Iraqis would go if there was a center here.
Both men agree the election is not about them, but about giving the Iraqi people the kind of freedom THEY now have here in America.
One brother is in jail and another in the hospital after an argument turned violent in Danville last night.
Police say 49 year old Percy Womack stabbed his brother, 38 year old David Womack in the chest with his pocket knife following an argument.
David was taken to Danville Regional hospital.
Percy is charged with malicious wounding and is in the Danville City Jail.
In business news, Yahoo has reason to celebrate with profits that surpassed Wall Streets expectations.
And the new Ultra Thin Razr cellphone is raking in the profits for Motorola.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((INVESTORS ARE CHEERING YAHOO FOR YAHOO.. THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE SAYS
FOURTH QUARTER PROFITS MORE THAN TRIPLED AS SALES TOPPED A BILLION DOLLARS
FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE RESULTS EASILY beat Wall Street expectations,
reflecting a worldwide boom in online advertising and capping a year of
solid financial results FOR YAHOO.
IT APPEARS PEOPLE WERE RACING TO PICK UP MOTOROLA S NEW ULTRA THIN RAZR
CELLPHONE LAST QUARTER. THE PHONE, WHICH RETAILS FOR 500 DOLLARS HELPED
MOTORLA S PROFITS CLIMBED TO 654 MILLION DOLLARS LAST QUARTER.
AND IBM SAID PROFITS CLIMBED 12 PERCENT, BEAT ESTIMATES .. BIG BLUE SAW
STRONG DEMAND FOR SERVICES SUCH AS CONSULTING AND COMPUTER MAINTENANCE.
ON WALL STREET -- INVESTORS APPLAUDED upbeat earnings results from Bank of
America AND Wells Fargo AND A PULLBACK IN OIL PRICES.
THE DOW SHOT UP 70 POINTS -- THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 18.
United Airlines and its pilots reached a revised cost-cutting package
aimed at helping the airline exit bankruptcy. Terms of the deal were not
disclosed. The agreement now goes to United's 6,400 pilots for approval. A
Bankruptcy Judge rejected the original agreement between the pilots and
the airline on EARLIER THIS MONTH.
Track all the market action at CBS.MW.COM in NY I m Alexis Christoforous.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Unable to stop a controversial methadone clinic from opening, Roanoke city officials say they will keep a close eye on its operation.
Yesterday, Council Member Sherman Lea asked officials if the city could regulate the clinic's hours, and prohibit the distribution of drugs that would be taken off the premises.
City Manager Darlene Burcham said officials are reviewing a number of issues including traffic and security.
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[IN Q=We have given assurances]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER; WE HAVE GIVEN ASSURANCES TO THE PUBLIC THAT WE WILL MONITOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FACILITY IF AND WHEN IT OPENS AND WILL MAKE SURE THAT IT COMPLIES WITH EVERY LAW AND REGULATION THAT WE HAVE WITHIN THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager;]
[OUT Q=within the city.]
The clinic was required to obtain a business license, a zoning certificate, and a certificate of occupancy, but City attorney Bill Hackworth said Roanoke would require approval from the General Assembly to regulate the methadone clinic any further.
A Giles County Pastor is behind bars accused of breaking into homes and stealing medication.
Narrows Police say they caught 47 year old Kimball Jones on tape yesterday breaking into a woman's home and stealing her prescription drugs.
He's been charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny of prescription drugs.
Jones is the pastor of New Beginning Church in Narrows.
He also works for the county as a driver for senior citizens.
Investigators say Jones confessed to the crime and told them he has a drug problem.
They say more charges for other burglaries are likely.
Roanoke Police say they've arrested their second online predator since October.
46-year-old George Alexander Porter of Hopewell was arrested Saturday at the Greyhound Bus Station downtown.
Police say Porter went to the area to meet a 13-year-old girl he had been communicating with on the internet.
But instead, a detective posed as the teenager.
Porter was arrested and charged with use of communication systems to facilitate offenses involving a child, indent liberties and possession of marijuana.
(Kim tosses to bump)
One man is in the hospital this morning after accidentally shooting himself last night.
Police in Danville say 29 year old Montrell Breedlove was sitting in his car at 1127 Piney Forest Road when the shooting happened. Breedlove was apparently trying to put his handgun in his pocket and accidentally shot himself in the upper thigh.
He was taken to Danville Regional Hospital for treatment.
In business news, MeadWestvaco is selling off much of its paper business, but it appears workers in Covington need not worry.
The company is selling many of its paper mills and thousands of acres of forestland to an investment firm.
However, MeadWestvaco is holding on to the Covington plant and two others.
The company says the deal will help it deal with debt and allow it to focus on global packaging.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
[KIM TOSS TO STOCKS]
Virginia Tech has released the name of a former student who died in the Southeast Asian Tsunami.
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Chandra Wijesundera (Wi-je-sun-der-a) was a 1988 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The alumnus, his wife and youngest son were killed on a train in Galle (Gall) , Sri Lanka, when it was stuck by the tsunami wave.
He's survived by his eldest son.
So far, six students have returned safely to campus and another six lost family and friends.
On Friday, January 28th the University will host a Parade of Flags.
Students will walk the campus with the flag of their nation and will meet in Burruss Auditorium to reflect on the tragedy.
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The devastation left by the tsunami in South Asia has touched the hearts of people of ALL ages, including children.
[Take FS Early Years]
In this week's "Early Years" segment, we'll learn how third graders at Glen Cove Elementary School in Roanoke County are raising money for tsunami relief efforts.
[Performance Set 2-Shot]
Here to talk more about it is Glen Cove Elementary teacher Phyliss Lander.
Good Morning, Phyllis.
(This is such a great idea-- the students are actually raising money as part of their Character Counts education. How
did the idea come about?)
[SUPER=01-Phyliss Lander/Glen Cove Elementary Teacher;]
(What are some things the kids are doing to help raise the money?)
(And I understand that the kids aren't only doing this to help tsunami victims, but also to honor one of their classmat
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[IN Q=We're doing this]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Williams/Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carly Altizer/Student; :14]
[SUPER=01-Courtney Cox/Student; :27]
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[IN Q=We're doing this in memory of]
((Sarah Williams/Student:We're doing this in memory of Jake Bennett.))
[OUT Q=Jake Bennett]
Jake died of leukemia three days before Christmas.
In his honor, the students are collecting money for the tsunami relief effort.
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[IN Q=I wanted]
((Carly Altizer/Student:I wanted to help them because when the wave hit, they lost their homes. They don't have much food or anything.))
[OUT Q=or anything]
They're glad to do their part.
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[IN Q=I just feel really happy...]
((Courtney Cox/Student:I just feel really happy, always wanting to do more and more.))
[OUT Q=to do more and more.]))
[OUT Q=to do more and more.]
[ANCHOR=Kim and Guest on Performance Set]
(Phyliss, are you surprised at all by their generosity?)
(Do you have a fundraising goal? When do you hope to get the money sent in?)
Thanks so much for coming in today, Phyllis.
News 7 Mornin will be right back.
[Kim tosses to bump]
For the first time in Craig County's history, a woman will chair the board of supervisors.
[SUPER=03-New Castle/File Tape]
While women have been on the board, no woman has been chairperson until last night when Lisa Campbell took the head seat.
Craig County was established in 1852 and has gone through multiple forms of government, but County Administrator Larry Moore says this appointment shows how the county is moving forward.
Thinking about getting a flu shot, well it's not too late.
So far flu activity in Virginia has only been sporadic.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center has only had one confirmed case of the flu.
But officials say that could change in the coming weeks because of the colder weather.
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[IN Q=You are concerned]
((TERESA STOWASSER/INFECTION CONTROL NURSE; YOU ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MORE INDOORS THEY'RE SHARING THEIR SPACES A LOT MORE WHEN IT'S COLDER. WE'RE SHARING OUR ENVIRONMENT. 48 WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT INFLUENZA IS THAT VIRUS CAN BE SPREAD WHEN COUGH OR SNEEZE AND IT GOES ABOUT 3 TO FIVE FEET))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Stowasser/Infection Control Nurse]
[OUT Q=3 to 5 feet]
The Centers for Disease Control has lowered the age requirement for who can get the shot from 65 and over to 50 and over.
High risk individuals can contact their doctor or the health department to see if there's any vaccine available.
[TAKE WDBJ WEBSITE FS]
If you'd like to track flu activity you can find a link to the CDC's website on our web page at wdbj7.com.
Click on Websites in the News.