The U-S sends even bigger cruise missiles into Baghdad. We'll have the latest, and we'll meet a wounded Gulf War vet who thought the war was over 8 years ago.
Also coming up on NEWS-7, a major police manhunt underway at this very moment.
Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll meet an area high school band headed to the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
A Holiday hoop tourney is underway in Vinton.
And The Panthers are reportedly ready to fire Dom Capers.
Light snow flurries and showers will depart overnight, leaving us cold tomorrow morning. Precipitation of a different kind is on it's way this weekend, stay tuned for the forecast details.
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From a Gulf War veteran's call for support, to protestors' march for peace -- Central and Southwest Virginians are responding to attacks on Iraq.
This is the latest from Baghdad.
[IN-Q=NAT-SND of missiles.]
[Out-Q=Nat-Snd of missiles.]
The U-S and Britain launched a second and more powerful round of missile attacks today.
The Pentagon calls Operation Desert Fox a success - saying Iraq's security and intelligence headquarters have been destroyed.
Meanwhile, those who fought in the Gulf War almost eight years ago are watching these developments and wondering why it's taking so long to take care of Saddam.
Scott Goldberg caught up with one local man who fought in the Gulf War.
[SUPER=01-Charles Weatherman/Gulf War Veteran;29]
[night video from Baghdad raid]
(( If you get an eerie sense of de-JA-vu when you see these pictures, you're not alone.
[IN Q= I REALLY]
((WEATHERMAN: I REALLY BELIEVED IN WHAT WE WERE DOING. BUT NOW I KIND OF FEEL LIKE IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING. HERE WE GO AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=WE GO AGAIN]
Eight years ago Chuck Weatherman was there...on the front line, a machine gunner with the Marines.
Last night, he watched the raids on Baghdad like the rest of us.
[IN Q=it wasn't]
((WEATHERMAN: IT WASN'T REALLY A FLASHBACK BECAUSE I WAS THERE. I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING ON T-V. I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE HERE HAD A FLASHBACK BUT I DIDN'T HAVE ONE. MORE THAN ANYTHING I FELT A LITTLE SICK.))
[OUT Q=little sick]
Sick because eight years ago he did just what his country asked.
He even won a Purple Heart after a chunk of Iraqi shrapnel sliced open his neck.
[IN Q= i was]
((WEATHERMAN: I WAS PREPARED TO FIGHT AND KILL AND DIE IF I HAD TO. FOR THE REASON WE WERE THERE. I BELIEVED IN IT. BUT NOW I QUESTION WHO WERE REALLY THE WINNERS OF THAT WAR.))
[OUT Q=THAT WAR]
[Saddam in bunker]
Eight years later, Saddam is still in power.
Americans are still risking their lives to fight him.
And Weatherman, who now helps other veterans get benefits from the government, wants to see the job finished.
[IN Q=if we're]
((WEATHERMAN: IF WE'RE GOING TO PUT AMERICAN LIVES ON THE LINE AGAIN, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE LAST TIME WE HAVE TO GO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO HEAR FROM HIM ANYMORE.))
[OUT Q=HIM ANYMORE]
And to anyone who questions the motives behind this strike, Weatherman says this:
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((WEATHERMAN: IF YOU'VE GOT A PERSONAL PROBLEM WITH BILL CLINTON, BITE YOUR TOUNGE UNTIL THIS IS OVER.))
[OUT Q=IS OVER]
American troops need America's support, Weatherman says.
But those troops shouldn't come back until it's REALLY over over there.
Scott Goldberg, News-7 Roanoke.))
A Lynchburg group is protesting the attack on what they call their Iraqi "brothers and sisters".
About a dozen members of the Lynchburg Peace Education Center staged a downtown rally, then marched to the federal courthouse.
They say violence is "not" the answer to the conflict with Saddam Hussein, and using military force will ultimately backfire on the U.S.
[IN Q=The good that]
((JACK PAYDEN- TRAVERS/LPEC DIRECTOR: THE GOOD THAT THE U.S. THINKS IT'S DOING BY THIS BOMBING IS GOING TO BE VERY TEMPORARY AS WE'VE SEEN OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. THE VIOLENCE, THE DANGERS, THE HATRED THAT IT'S GOING TO CAUSE AMONG THE IRAQI PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO LOSE LOVED ONES IS GOING TO BE PERMANENT.))
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[OUT Q=to be permanent.]
Payden- Travers says President Clinton may be using the attack to divert attention from his own political troubles.
Stay with News 7 and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather at 6-30, for complete coverage of the latest air strikes. An
d we will continue to bring you special reports when major events break in Iraq.[Henry-Murder]
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The search for a fugitive considered armed and dangerous has taken on a new intensity at this hour.
Henry County Sheriff's deputies say James Stanley Taylor was shot and killed Tuesday as his baby granddaughter sat next to him.
Authorities believe he was checking on cattle at his farm when he spotted an abandoned car that belonged to an acquaintance.
[IN Q=One of his]
[SUPER=01-Bill Brinegar/Victim's Cousin]
[OUT Q=shot in cold blood.]
Police are searching for suspect Clyde Howard Junior, who was thought to have been sighted on Summit Road in Henry County earlier today.
A search of the wooded area with a tracking dog turned up nothing.
Howard will be charged with first-degree murder, and car theft.
Authorities are in the middle of the hunt for Howard at this hour.
The latest lead has taken them to Patrick County.
That's where Christy Hubley's standing by on the telephone.
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Christmas is the gift-giving season.
But, it's also when most scams are at their peak.
Clifton Forge police are warning people about one that cost a resident 15-hundred dollars.
Police say the victim picked up a hitchiker and was lured into gambling with another man and ended-up losing his life-savings.
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[IN Q=If anybody, especially a stranger]
((INVESTIGATOR R.L. PAXTON/CLIFTON FORGE POLICE:IF ANYBODY, ESPECIALLY A STRANGER IS TRYING TO GET YOU INTO A TYPE OF INVESTMENT OR FLASHING MONEY AROUND ENTICING YOU, TRYING TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE ANY CASH ON YOU, THEN WHAT I WOULD DO IS FIND SOMEPLACE TO DROP THEM OFF.))
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[OUT Q=drop them off.]
Police are investigating the incident, but so far they say they have no new leads.
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Governor Gilmore thinks state workers deserve a pay raise. Still ahead, find out how much he wants.
And more than one hundred new jobs are on the way here. We'll tell you where to look for them.
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130 jobs are on the way to Lynchburg from Texas, thanks to the Ericsson Corporation and a little help from the state.
Ericsson is moving its cell phone distribution center to the Hill City in early 1999.
Now, instead of building the phones here and shipping them to Texas, the company will make phones to order.
[IN Q=By reducing the]
((ROLF STAHRE/VP MANUFACTURING: BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF STEPS YOU HAVE TO PROCESS FROM ORDER TO SHIPPING, IT WILL SAVE US A LOT OF MONEY. BUT IN THE END IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE CUSTOMER BECAUSE WE CAN REDUCE THE LEAD TIME FROM ORDER TO UNTIL THE TELEPHONES ARRIVE AT THE CUSTOMER'S DOCK.))
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[OUT Q=the customer's dock.]
The state kicked in 300-thousand dollars in incentive money to convince Ericsson to move the distribution center to Virginia.
Governor Jim Gilmore says private sector raises are averaging four percent this year.
So he's doing that in his budget proposal -- plus a one time increase for employees with three years' experience and good work records.
He officially announced the plan on his monthly radio show.
[IN Q=In this coming]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES ARE GONNA GET THE EXTRA 2.25 EXTRA MONEY AND THEY'RE GONNA GET THE FOUR PERCENT AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR. SO THE'RE GONNA END UP EFFECTIVELY GETTING ABOUT 6.25. BUT MEANWHILE EVERYBODY, EVEN IF THEY'VE COME ON THE FIRST DAY, WE'RE GONNA GIVE THEM A PAY INCREASE THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH WHAT THEY'RE SEEING IN THE PRIVATE ECONOMY AND THAT'S GONNA BE A FOUR PERCENT RAISE. AND THAT'S A STEP UP.))
[OUT Q=step up.]
If the Governor's plan prevails in the legislature, it would replace two-and-a quarter percent raises budgeted for next December.
So far, both sides in Richmond seem to like the budget they see.
Governor Jim Gilmore will unveil his amendments to the two year budget tomorrow.
In preview announcements, he's hit bi-partisan themes.
[IN Q=Quite frankly]
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK THE GOVERNOR HAS MADE THIS SESSION A LOT EASIER FOR ALL OF US. IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE HE'S EMBRACED A LOT OF THE POSITIONS THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT AND RAISED THE LEVEL OF PUBLIC DEBATE ON LAST SESSION. THE REPEAL OF FOOD TAX, SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.))
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/(R) STAFFORD CO.: I THINK SO FAR THE THINGS THAT I HAVE READ THAT HE IS SPENDING RESPONSIBLY. IT'S OUR HOPE, AND I'M SURE HIS HOPE, HIS FERVENT HOPE, THAT OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO CHUG ALONG.))
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[OUT Q=chug along.]
The economy is growing at a record pace of about 12-percent right now.
The Governor says even if it drops to five percent... his priorities can stay intact.
A Roanoke frame store that went bankrupt is NOT leaving its customers hanging.
Deck the Walls in Roanoke has re-opened for one week
to clear out leftover merchandise.
Now customers can also pick up artwork they had left to be framed.
[IN Q=This is all that's left]
((JONNA MCGRAW/AUCTIONEER: THIS IS ALL THAT'S LEFT THAT'S BEEN FRAMED THAT'S BEEN ORDERED. WE OPENED UP LAST WEEK FOR TWO DAYS. THE OWNERS OF THE STORE CAME DOWN AND FRAMED EVERYTHING SO THOSE CUSTOMERS COULD PICK IT UP.))
[OUT Q=could pick it up]
Auctioneers are selling remaining prints at half price, saying they'll use the profits to pay off debts.
The store closes for good next Thursday.
No war worries on Wall Street today.
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The Dow climbed 85 points, reaching 88-76. NASDAQ rose 34 and a half.
Carilion is preparing to move into its newest digs.
Construction is 97- percent complete on its new hospital near Interstate 81 just outside Radford.
The nearly 57- million dollar facility will take the place of the company's current hospital in Radford.
Carilion paid to have water and sewer lines installed in the area.
Hospital officials believe this will draw other businesses-- such as motels and restaurants.
[IN Q=Those ]
((SKIP LAMB/HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: THOSE LINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND OTHER BUSINESSES TO CONNECT INTO AND TO DEVELOP AND SO WE FULLY EXPECT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN THE RADFORD CITY LIMITS AND THIS INTERSECTION. ))
[SUPER=01-Skip Lamb/Hospital Executive Vice President; :]
[OUT Q=this intersection.]
The Carilion New River Medical Center is scheduled to open in March.
Hospital employees began tours of the new facility this week.
A custody dispute involving one of the two little girls switched at birth at the U-V-A Medical Center appears to be over.
That's according to a lawyer for the family that sought sole custody of Rebecca Chittum.
The couple raising Rebecca: Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum,-- died in a July Fourth car crash on Interstate 81.
Rocky Mount town council plans to vote for a growth spurt tonight.
The town stands to gain about 70-acres on Route 40-East in a voluntary boundary adjustment.
Franklin County offered to give Rocky Mount the land, so the town will build sewer lines there.
A super-Kroger shopping center is slated for this area.
It could also include a movie theater and restaurants.
A judge must still approve the boundary adjustment.
The Hunters for the Hungry program will "not" have to shut down for the Christmas season after all, thanks to a large donation from the Philip Morris company.
A lack of money forced Hunters for the Hungry to stop accepting donations of deer on December 13th because they couldn't afford to process the meat.
But Philip Morris has stepped in with a 27- thousand dollar donation that will keep the program running through the end of the year.
The money will pay to process 900 deer and provide 180-thousand servings of venison to needy people.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, William Byrd is hosting an eight team Holiday tournament in Vinton.
We'll have some early highlights from day one.
Plus, the Panthers are reportedly ready to fire Dom Capers.
And Roy Stanley will fire up the Lord Botetourt marching band tonight and tell us why they plan to ring in the new year in Tampa.
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The inaugural Big Maroon Classic tipped off today.
Eight teams from the region traveled to William Byrd High School for the tournament.
Byrd Athletic Director Jane Laymen and head coach Paul Barnard organized event in an effort to replace the Nations Bank Tournament in Salem, which wasn't scheduled this year.
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The Buffaloes and the Eagles were in the Dog House for the first matchup of the day.
Gerald Holland on the move for Franklin County, his shot rolls around rim then finds the net.
Floyd comes back with some good passing, Rahim Chantal gets it underneath for two for the Buffaloes.
The Eagles use good 'D' to get some points, Shaun Helms with the steal, goes all the way for the score.
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Chantal again for Floyd, connects for the three but the Eagles go on to beat the Buffaloes 75-to-55.
Patrick Henry and Jefferson Forest are playing now.
That game is followed by Glenvar verses Martinsville and then the night cap is Byrd against Staunton River.[S-Band]
If you're a follower of Friday Football Extra, you know that the high school marching bands are as big as the teams on Friday nights.
And one team just can't seem to stop marching.
Roy Stanley tells us what the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers are up to these days.
[IN Q="last year....]
[SUPER=01-Rex Davidson/Lord Botetourt Band Director; :29]
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[SUPER=01-Kristen Forbes/Drum Major; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Lindsay Mady/Color Guard; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Lowery/Botetourt Band Co-Captain; 1:35]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
((Last year, The Cavalier marching band performed at halftime of the Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.
The Cavaliers were invited again back in the spring before U-V-A was in the Peach Bowl picture. Botetourt turned the invitation down and accepted one to the Outback Bowl in Tampa Florida on New Years day.
[REX DAVIDSON/BAND DIRECTOR]
[INCUE: I HAVE TO...]
[OUT Q=...VERY SUCCESSFUL.]
In order to achieve that succes the The Cavalier marching band spent countless hours in the summer working on music and performance.
The Cavaliers won first place in the Division two field show competition and also earned the Most Outstanding Drum major trophy.
And for the first time in school history the band won every competition it entered.
[KRISTEN FORBES/DRUM MAJOR]
[OUT Q=...REST OF YOUR LIFE.]
[LINDSAY MADY COLOR GUARD]
[IN Q="i guess that...]
[OUT Q=...GOOD PROGRAM."]
[IN Q="THERE'S NO...]
[OUT Q=...THE FUTURE."]
[AMANDA LOWERY/CO CAPTAIN]
[TIME CODE: 6:31:27]
[IN Q="WE SENT..]
[OUT Q=....BE INVITED."]
The band will leave Daleville the 28-th for Tampa Florida and the out back bowl.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Reports out of Charlotte tonight say the Carolina Panthers plan to fire head coach Dom Capers at season's end.
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The only coach in Panthers history had little to say about the report today, but if it happens after the December 27th season finale with the Colts it would mark a tremendous fall from grace.
Just two years ago, Capers was the NFL's coach of the year.
Carolina is 2-and-12 this year.
Possible replacments include Mike Holmgren, George Seifert and University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier.
And NASCAR's 50th anniverary season wasn't exactly a banner year for Julius Erving and Joe Washington as the two former pro athletes
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fielded a team on the Busch Series with sponsorship from Dallas based Dr. Pepper.
The team ended up using 13 different drivers to get through the season in 98.
But despite the tough times Dr.Pepper will be back this year in the Busch series, and it plans to eventually go Cup.
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A few weeks ago four members of the Lexington Fire Department were accused of arson.
And, tonight city council is expected to address the issue of a new firehouse.
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The issue was already controversial enough..
But, with four members accused of arson, debates are expected to be even more heated.
Most council members pushed for a site in the city that many residents oppose.
Tonight city council is expected to make its final decision on the matter.
We'll have the result and more news, weather and sports-- tonight on News7 at 11.
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