This was the scene in Baghdad tonight-
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The United States launches an attack on Iraq.
Meanwhile a manhunt is on for a suspected murderer in Henry County.
And our first blast of winter weather could come overninght-
Stay with us... News 7 is next.
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The United States launches a military attack on Iraq- delaying impeachment proceedings.
Tonight local reaction-
But first let's go to Jonathan Freed in Washington with the latest.
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(( EXPLOSIONS LIT UP THE NIGHT SKY AROUND BAGHDAD AS THE U-S LAUNCHED
AIRSTRIKES AGAINST IRAQ.
THESE PICTURES SHOW THE DAMAGE FROM THE CRUISE MISSILE ASSAULT
CRIPPLING SADDAM HUSSEIN'S ABILITY TO PRODUCE WEAPONS OF MASS
Clinton: Saddam will strike again at his neighbors.
He will make war on his own people. And, mark my words-- he will
develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them and he
will use them.
THE ATTACK CAME A DAY BEFORE THE HOUSE WAS TO DEBATE ARTICLES OF
IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. HOUSE LEADERS HAVE NOW DECIDED
TO DELAY THAT DEBATE.
WHILE THE AIRSTRIKES HAVE largely WON SUPPORT in CONGRESS, SOME
LAWMAKERS ARE QUESTIONING the decision to attack now.
The incoming Speaker of the House believes members should
unanimously pass a resolution supporting the attack.
REP. BOB LIVINGSTON/SPEAKER-ELECT: We support our troops. As to the matter of timing, we leave that to the judgment
of the American people.
REP. TOM DASCHLE/D-SD
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE G-O-P LEADERSHIP HAS
THAT IT'S WILLING TO DELAY THE IMPEACHMENT DEBATE--BUT NOT FOR
LONG...SAYING THEY'RE WILLING TO WAIT A DAY OR TWO. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
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Many Roanoke residents were watching developments in Iraq closely...
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with their reaction.
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Jean we found a mixture of support and suspicion... but NO ONE we spoke to was sorry it happened.
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((At Roanoke's Community Inn, it was a full house, paying full attention to drama playing out on the three television screens.
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((WALKER TURNER/VETERAN; I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO, I THINK THEY SHOULD GET RID OF THE GUY, IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT, DO IT AND LET'S FORGET IT.))
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((NELLIE PORTER; I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LONG TIME AGO WHEN WE HAD THE OTHER WAR, THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED WHEN THEY DID.))
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At least one person worried about the timing...
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((DAVID WOOD; I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, I JUST HOPE IT'S NOT INTERPRETED AS SOMETHING POLITICAL ON BILL CLINTON'S IMPEACHMENT, I JUST HOPE WE SEPERATE THAT AS AMERICANS AS ONE ISSUE SEPERATE FROM THE OTHER.))
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But not everyone agrees with that separation.
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((BARRY GOLDBERG; I THINK IT'S DEFINATELY A WAG THE DOG SITUATION, THEY COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT SADDAM A LONG TIME AGO, WHY NOW?.))
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Even Walker Turner, the veteran who supports the attack, believes it had a political purpose... but doesn't care.
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((WALKER TURNER/VETERAN; IT LOOKS LIKE A WAG THE DOG TO ME, THAT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU.
BUT IT'S OK IF WE GET SADDAM IN THE PROCESS? OH YEA.))
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A rock climber was flown to the hospital tonight after falling nearly 30 feet in Bedford County.
Nathan Adams reportedly ventured OFF of the Sharptop trail near the Peaks of Otter when he slipped.
((BOBBY MILLER/PARK RANGER: ROCK-CLIMBING IS NOT PERMITTED ON THE PARKWAY WITHIN 100 FEET OF TRAILS. THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS WHERE ROCK-CLIMBING IS PERMITTED AND THIS WASN'T ONE OF THEM.))
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Emergency crews had to use ropes in Adams' rescue.
He apparently sustained head injuries that were NOT serious.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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A manhunt is underway for the person who robbed a North Carolina man and killed a Virginia man.
Police have identified the suspect as Clyde Howard Junior of Spencer Virginia.
Christy Hubley tells us what happened.
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(( This 1982 burgandy Chevette was stolen yesterday afternoon in Stokes County, North Carolina.
It was taken from the caretaker of a green box collection site.
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((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: A WHITE MALE APPROACHED THE CARETAKER ON FOOT, PRODUCED A HANDGUN, AND TOLD HIM HE WANTED HIS KEYS.))
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An hour later, the car was found near this abandoned tobacco barn in Spencer, Virginia.
It's the same location where the sheriff's deputies discovered the murder victim.
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((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WHILE THEY WERE CHECKING THIS CAR THEY HEARD A MOTOR RUNNING LOOKED DOWN AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL ABOUT 100-150 YARDS OFF AND THEY SAY A PICKUP TRUCK.))
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56-year old James Stanley Taylor was dead behind the wheel-- a gunshot through the head.
His 21-month old granddaughter was next to him in a carseat.
She was unharmed.
Authorities have identified the suspect as Clyde Howard Junior but they haven't been able to track him down.
They believe he is armed and dangerous.
Christy Hubley, News 7.))
A 23-year old Roanoke woman tells police she was abducted as she left Crossroads Mall last night.
Police say they are checking out her allegations very carefully.
Stacey Martin is outside the Mall with more on the story.
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((Here's her account: as she was driving along Hershberger Road, a man jumped into her car, pulled out a handgun and demanded 400 dollars.
She says he then stuffed her in the trunk of the car behind the mall.
Twenty minutes later, someone robbed this Western Sizzlin restaurant at the other end of the parking lot.
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((LT. W.J. BEASON/ROANOKE CITY POLICE:
THE DESCRIPTION THE PEOPLE GAVE OF THE GET-A-WAY VEHICLE IN THE ROBBERY CLOSELY MATCHED THIS LADY'S CAR WHICH THE SUSPECT IN THE ABDUCTION WAS DRIVING WE CERTAINLY FEEL THERE'S ENOUGH THERE WE NEED TO LOOK AT TO SEE IF IT'S CONNECTED.))
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The woman tells police her abductor released her from the trunk along Cove Road and ran off.
The woman returned home and called police.
Investigators say abductions are rare in this area and shoppers shouldn't be alarmed --just alert.
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((SGT. RICK ARRINGTON/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: BEFORE YOU EXIT THE STORE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR KEYS IN YOUR HANDS AND AS YOUR APPROACHING YOUR CAR AS YOUR WALKING OUT TO BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND ANYONE WHO MAY BE LOITERING IN THE PARKING LOT.))
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STACEY: The woman is not hurt. And police say they hope to learn a lot more once they talk to her. SM, N7.))
Coming up next on news 7-
Money is on the way to help the state's mentally ill-
It may sound like good news, but we'll tell you why are some are criticizing the Governor's plan.
Plus an update on little Kayla- the girl who got a new heart just a few days ago.
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(( Welcome folks to your Wednesday night. There is a lot coming up on News 7 sports including highlights from the Salem/Cave Spring overtime game.
VMI could be closing in on a new head coach, Rick Mast would love to be closing in on a fulltime ride for nest year.
And Salem is hoping to lock up the Stagg Bowl for three years into the next century.
All that in more in a few minutes here on News 7.))
The Governor has put forward a 41- million dollar plan to fix one of Virginia's most embarassing problems.
Advocates say they like the idea, but it falls far short.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I INTEND TO LEAVE THIS OFFICE OF GOVERNOR IN ANOTHER THREE YEARS, AND WHEN I GO, I INTEND TO SEE THAT VIRGINIA IS AMONG THE NATION'S LEADERS IN THE CARE OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES.))
((VALERIE MARSH/VIRGINIA ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: I THINK THAT HE HAS SEEN ENOUGH EMBARASSING SITUATIONS FOR VIRGINIA THAT I THINK HE KNOWS SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN. I'M NOT SURPRISED THAT HIS VIEW OF WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM OURS.))
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Money for assisting aging parents who are caring for a mentally retarded adult child could help 300 to 500 families.
There's a waiting list of five thousand.
Money to increase staff at the state's four largest hospitals, provide services to send patients home, and help pay for cutting edge medications is estimated as a fraction of what's needed.
Governor Gilmore is also on the eve of proposing a whopping eight-point-five percent pay raise for most state workers.
Classified state employees already had a two-and-a-quarter percent pay raise coming in 1999.
Sources tell NEWS 7 the Governor will announce a plan for raises of up to six-and-a-quarter percent on top of the raise already budgeted.
The announcement will come during his monthly radio show tomorrow morning.
He's also pushing for the right for state workers to retire after 30 years service, regardless of their age.
An 18-month old Roanoke girl is now listed in "good" condition, just three days after undergoing emergency heart transplant surgery.
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Kayla Griffin's condition left her high on the list of heart transplant recipients.
A donor heart became available Saturday night and Kayla underwent surgery Sunday morning.
Doctors say the heart came from Mississippi, and they had a very short time to get it to Virginia for the operation.
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((DR. NANCY MCDANIEL/PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST: IT'S A BIG TEAM PROCESS. IT REQUIRES PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO COORDINATE IT AND EVERY STEP HAS TO GO RIGHT, AND SOMEWHERE ABOUT A HALF OF THE PATIENTS ON THE HEART TRANSPLANT LIST NEVER GET AN ORGAN.))
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[OUT Q=get an organ.]
McDaniel says Kayla is alert and sitting up in bed, playing with her toys.
She estimates Kayla has a 90 percent chance of surviving the first year.
Just ahead -- Interstate-81 will be getting a few more lanes in the future.
We'll tell you where the construction will take place.
And, a new car safety device may help prevent your child from danger.
Details coming up.
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Too man children get trapped in car trunks and die.
That was the statement from General Motors as it introduced new kits to help prevent entrapment.
The kits will help prevent trunk lids from closing on children-
As this demonstration shows the kits will also provide a latch to allow a child to escape.
The new latches came out after several children died last summer.
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((RON ZARELLA/GM PRESIDENT: JUST MONTHS AGO OUR ENTIRE NATIONA GRIEVED AS CHILDREN DIED IN THE SUMMER HEAT WHEN THEY BECAME UNINTENTIONALLY TRAPPED IN TRUNKS.))
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The kits will be available through G-M dealers.
It could cost 3-point 4 BILLION dollars.
But the Virginia Department of Transportation has now finished its study of widening Interstate 81.
There's NO design yet-- but the plan is for construction to be complete by the year 2020.
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((JAMIE BROWDER/VDOT CHIEF ENGINEER: A MINIMUM OF SIX LANES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE IN THE DESIGN YEAR FOR THE ENTIRE CORRIDOR, WITH EXCEPTIONS. AND THOSE EXCEPTIONS ARE WHERE WE WILL HAVE CLIMBING LANES THAT WILL BE ADDED IN ADDITION TO HAVING THE SIX LANES.))
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There will also be four lanes each way near Roanoke and Salem, the I-77 interchange, Harrisonburg, and Winchester.
The road was designed for 15-percent truck traffic.
It now handles 40-percent truck traffic at peak times.
The entire 30-year old, 342-mile corridor will be completely repaved.
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Highlights from the Salem-Cave Spring shootout, an update on the VMI coaching search, plus an update on Rick Mast's situation for next season and a look at the future of the Stagg Bowl in Salem.
But forst in tonight's Extra Point. Late this afternoon the Express completed its part of the Dayton deal from last week by sending defenseman Chris Wismer to the Bombers.
In 20 games he had 2 assists and 33 penalty minutes.
The Express is now down to 17 players on the roster.
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Let's get started this morning over in Salem with some boy's high school hoops as the Spartans welcomed their good friends from Cave Spring to town.
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In fact, there were a number of old friends in the house for this one.
Former Cave Spring head coach and current Glenvar assistant Rick Crotts was checking things out.
And he would see the Spartans Adam Rutledge unveil an explosive baseline drive and sweet reverse layin for two in the opening quarter.
Salem's pressure defense also did a good job at time as Trey Shiflett gets the steal, the drive and the layin with some good hustle.
But the Knights have some deadly outside shooters when they are on target. Freshman J.J. Redick closes the quarter with a head fake and automatic three from the right wing to shoot the Knights into the lead.
And when senior Jess Seamon wasn't hitting from the arc he was driving string to the hoop. He had a game
But Dennis Haley scored 16 and rushed for 100 yards as Salem comes back to win it in overtime 60-to-57.
Also last night, Franklin County beat Fieldale Collinsville 75-to-55.
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And don't forget coaches and athletic directors you can't get your scores on the air unless you call them in to us toll free at 1-800-777-WDBJ.
A quick update for you on the NBA lockout.
This is day 169 of the labor dispute. 44 days of the season have been missed, 297 games have been wiped out, and the earliest the season could have started if an agreement was reached last night was January 22nd.
However, there is no chance of that happening.
Both commissioner David Stern and player's rep Billy Hunter have begun their holiday vacations.
VMI officials had hoped to name the school's new head football coach by the end of this week, but as of now no announcement of the hiring has been scheduled.
The front-runner for the job still appears to be John Shuman, a 1980 graduate of the institute who was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1997.
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Shuman is currently the head football coach Fork Union Military Academy outside of Charlottesville.
Shuman interviewed for the job last week with athletic director Donny White.
A number of other names have been mentioned in connection with the position including John Gutekunst, an assistant at Tech from 79 through 83.
Ted Cain was fired back on November 9th just five days for the end of the season. He was 1-and-20 in his two seasons in Lexington.
The top high school quarterback prospect in the nation picked the University of Tennessee yesterday.
Chris Simms, the son of former New York Giants' great Phil Simms picked the Vols over Texas, Penn State and others.
Simms is six five and 218 pounds. He threw for 63 touchdowns and over 7000 yards during his high school career in New Jersey.
The NFL Pro Bowl teams were announced yesterday and while the Packers Brett Favre did not make it one guy who has had a rough week did.
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Kevin Greene, the Panthers' linebacker who was involved in a shoving match with his position coach on Sunday, makes the NFC team as a starter at linebacker.
It's Greene's 5th pro bowl appearance.
Bruce Smith makes the AFC team for the 11th time.
Lynchburg's Ruben Brown, gets a starting spot, as well.
Antonio Freeman also makes the NFC team as a starter.
Randy Moss makes the NFC team as a rookie starter, and the only Redskin to make it is punter Matt Turk.[S-WDBJ]
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No hoops, but plenty of football this weekend on Your Hometown Station. Saturday at 12:30 check out the battle for first in the AFC east as Bills host the Jets.
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Sunday, the Oilers take on the Packers in Green Bay in a one o'clock kickoff.
Still to come tonight on News 7 sports, We'll tell you what Rick Mast's current status is for the upcoming season.
Plus, the Stagg Bowl has been a hit in Salem, but will it be there beyond the year 2000?
We'll explore that possibility in just a moment.
If you're a Winston Cup fan you no doubt have been wondering what's up with Rick Mast?
The former driver of the Remington Ford was all set to drive for Bill Elliott's second team before Elliott disbanded it.
We talked to Rick earlier today and he admits that right now his situation is not the best.
He says he had a number of chances to drive for other teams but turned them down because of the Elliott deal that eventually fell through.
Rick says he will drive in the Bud Shootout in Daytona on February 7th and he also will be in the Daytona 500 in someone's car the following Sunday.
The rest of the season is not so clear cut at this date.
The City of Salem and the NCAA have said so long for another season until the Stagg Bowl rolls back into the valley next December.
Saturday's Stagg Bowl was another success for the city despite less than ideal weather.
Salem is under contract to host the game through the year 2000.
This coming February, city officials will travel to Indianapolis and try to seek a three extension on their current deal.
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Jackson, Mississippi and Portland, Oregon have expressed an interest in hosting the game.
But the NCAA doesn't necessarily think its important to move the game around the country every couple of years.
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[OUT Q=....a success."]
There were more than just "Pennies from Heaven" falling today from the second floor of a Pittsburgh bank --
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It was dollars dropping from the sky in the Steel City's annual "Dollar Drop", sponsored by the Salvation Army and a city bank.
People who wanted to support the annual Christmas Campaign were able to toss coins and dollar bills from the second story atrium.
Volunteers held a giant tarp under the Salvation Army kettle to make sure all the money was collected.
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