((PRESIDENT CLINTON: THEIR MISSION IS TO ATTACK IRAQ'S NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAMS AND ITS MILITARY CAPACITY TO THREATEN ITS NEIGHBORS. ))
[OUT Q=ITS NEIGHBORS.]
American and British forces carry out the second phase of Desert Fox.
And state workers may be in for a big pay raise.
Breezy and chilly today, with still some scattered snow showers across the region.
Weather story clears out and cools down by tonight.
News 7 at noon is next.
Another wave of attacks on Iraq is underway.
That's the word from a senior U-S defense official.
Meantime, instead of debating impeachment--- the House today is debating a resolution to support American's fighting
men and women in the Gulf.
And more U-S forces are on their way to the region for reinforcement.
Lee Cowan reports on day two of operation Desert Fox, and the assessment of damage.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) Georgia;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Floyd Spencer/South Carolian;]
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;]
[OUT Q=whick it's going]
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AS NIGHT FELL OVER BAGHDAD, "THE
DESERT FOX" WAS READY TO STRIKE
THE OPERATION, SO-NAMED, BY THE PENTAGON, WAS INTO ANOTHER
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)
AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE PRESIDENT WAS MEETING WITH HIS
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORS.
THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR: THE MISSION IS FAR FROM OVER.
(( CLINTON SOT ))
AT THE VERY LEAST, THE U-S HAD PROMISED A SECOND WAVE OF
ATTACKS -- FROM MORE THAN A DOZEN AIR FORCE B-52 BOMBERS ARMED WITH LONG
RANGE CRUISE MISSILES - AS WELL AS FIGHTERS LAUNCHED FROM CARRIERS IN
THE PERSIAN GULF.
(( NAT FROM ENTERPRIZE, VIDEO FROM DEPT. OF DEFENSE ))
ON CAPITOL HILL --
(( NAT GAVEL 10:0:45ish ))
(LOCATOR: CAPITOL HILL)
THE HOUSE WAS GAVELLED BACK TO SESSION. ON A DAY IT WAS
SUPPOSED TO BEGIN DEBATING THE OUSTER OF THE PRESIDENT, IT WAS INSTEAD
PASSING A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF U-S TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY.
(( SUPER: REP. NEWT GINGRICH//R-GA )) (( SOT ))
(( SUPER: REP. FLOYD SPENCER-SC ))
(( SOT ))
ALTHOUGH EXACT DAMAGE FROM YESTERDAY'S PUNISHING ATTACKS HAS
NOT BEEN RELEASED, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
COHEN SAID PRELIMINARY REPORTS FROM U-2 AND OTHER SPY PHOTOGAPHS
INDICATED IRAQI AIR DEFENSE AND COMMAND TARGETS HAD BEEN HIT HARD.
(( SUPER: WILLIAM COHEN//SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ))
"I wouldn't want to characterize it at this point, but I think the
mission is being carried out successfully, and I'm satisfied the way in
which it's going."
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"Iraqi officials are already claiming heavy civilian casualties, but
will release no specific number. The targets are being criticized -
saying even the home of Saddam Hussein's daughter had been hit. A day
after its leader called on troops to fight the enemy of God - today Iraq
promises the U-S aggression will fail. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
China, Russia and France have voiced opposition to the attack.
In fact, Lawmakers in Russia's lower parliament today agreed to consider a rather unusal motion.
It would ask Monica Lewinsky to help end the attack by "restraining the emotions of President Clinton."
Allen Pizzey has more world reaction.
[SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/ Reporting; :00]
[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia; :10]
[SUPER=01-Robin Cook/British Foreign Secretary; :29]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS London]
((Pizzey o/c open: Support for the air strikes is far from unanimous...but neither is condemnation. World reaction is more a case of "what else did Saddam expect?"
(Locator: Moscow, Russia)
(Boris Yeltsin meets with officials)
vo: Criticism fell along the old Cold War lines. The harshest came from Russia...where Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin told a meeting of his top officials that the air strikes were "totally unacceptable" and would not be tolerated.
China took a similar stance...but the opposition made no impression on
America's strongest ally...Britain.
SOT Robin Cook, British Foreign Secretary
"The problem is, neither Russia or China have come up with an
(Demo in London/French Prime Minister)
vo: There was a small anti-attack demonstration in London...echoing mild criticism that came from France...whose government disassociated itself from the air strikes. The French also noted..however...that Saddam Hussein didn't do anything to avoid war. Italian officials/Solana at NATO meeting in Brussels The Italian government called for a quick end to the offensive. And NATO secretary-general Javier Solana said Saddam must co-operate with the UN.
(Jordan street scene)
vo: Arab governments too have kept the rhetoric down...although in the
streets there is support for the Iraqi people...if not their leader.
Pizzey o/c close: And in a hint of what might come later...an outlawed
Islamic extremist group in Egypt said the U.S. had "earned the hatred of Moslems". In anticipation that such sentiments might find fertile
ground... all U.S. embassies in Africa except those in Nigeria and South Africa have been temporarily closed. AP, CBSN, London.))
Virginians were glued to their television sets as the bombs fell.
At Roanoke's Community Inn, it was a full house, paying full attention to drama playing out on the three television screens.
[IN Q=I think it]
((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.))
((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))
[SUPER=07-David Wood; :08]
[OUT Q=from the other]
Some people would not seperate the two and called it a "wag the dog" situation.
[GRAPHIC=VA State Seal ]
A two-and-a-quarter percent pay raise for state workers could be upgraded to as much as SIX-and-a-quarter percent.
That's under a budget proposal unveiled today by Governor Jim Gilmore, on his monthly radio program.
[IN Q=The concern]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE CONCERN THAT I'M ADDRESSING IS THAT MOST OF THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN PRIVATE BUSINESSES ARE GOING TO BE INCREASED ABOUT FOUR PERCENT THIS YEAR. THAT'S WHAT THE BUSINESS PEOPLE HAVE TOLD US. THREE, FOUR PERCENT IS GOING TO BE WHAT PEOPLE IN PRIVATE BUSINESSES ARE INCREASED OUT THERE IN THE PRIVATE COMMUNITY. I THINK WE OUGHT TO MATCH THAT.))
[OUT Q=match that.]
Gilmore would increase the across-the-board raise for about 90-thousand classified state workers to four percent.
Then, about 80-percent of them would qualify for another two-and-a-quarter percent increase, based on three years of service, and good performance evaluations.
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The search is still on for the killer of a Henry County man.
More on the search is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And if you're looking for a good price on a last-minute Christmas gift, you may want to check out this Roanoke frame shop that's selling everything.
Well, parts of the viewing area had some snow showers this morning...just enough to maybe get you in the Christmas spirit...
Snowfall amounts could reach an inch or two in the western sections of the region..otherwise just some flurries..
Let's take a look at the current radar...
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Authorities are still searching for the suspect they say killed a Henry County man in front of his 21-month old granddaughter.
Invesitgators believe Clyde Howard Junior stole a car in Stokes County, North Carolina and drove to Henry County.
They found the car near an abandoned barn in the spencer area.
[IN Q=While they were]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-H. F. Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=a pickup truck]
Deputies found the body of James Stanley Taylor inside the truck.
His 21-month old granddaughter was next to him in a carseat-- she was unharmed.
They say Clyde Howard is armed and dangerous.
A Bedford County man accused of beating his brother to death has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder.
45-year-old William Henry Kirkland was charged with first-degree murder for his part in the death of Jeffrey O'Neill Kirkland last April.
But the Commonwealth's attorney accepting the lesser plea because of a lack of evidence that Kirkland planned the killing.
William Kirkland could face five to forty years in prison.
The victims nephew, Robert Junior Wright is also charged.
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.
Lexington attorney Ellen Arthur declined to go into details, but said the agreement involves significant time with the girl for both sets of grandparents.
The couple raising Rebecca, Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum,-- died in a July Fourth car crash on Interstate 81.
A Roanoke art store that went bankrupt has re-opened for one more week.
Auctioneers say they're taking advantage of the Christmas season to get rid of the remaining prints at Deck the Walls.
They say customers who had left artwork to be framed can pick it up at the store.
[IN Q=This is all]
((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, FRAMED EVERYTHING SO THOSE CUSTOMERS COULD PICK IT UP.))
[OUT Q=pick it up]
The profits from this half-price sale will help pay off the store's debts.
The auctioneer says Deck the Walls in Roanoke will close for good next Thursday.
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has a new shot at freedom.
Britain's highest court today tossed out a previous ruling that Pinochet should be held for trial in Spain on charges of murder and torture.
The court says one of the judges in the earlier decision did not disclose his ties to Amnesty International or that his wife works for the human rights organization.
Amnesty International has been a prime mover in the bid to put Pinochet on trial.
A new hearing will be held next month with a new judge.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
The Golden Globe Award nominees are out-- see if your favorite stars are among the nominees in just a moment on News-7 at Noon.
And we'll check in with a brave little girl as she gets used to a new heart.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
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.
[IN Q=I intend]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Valerie Marsh/Virginia Alliance for Mentally Ill; :12]
[OUT Q=from ours.]
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.
A Roanoke girl who underwent heart transplant surgery over the weekend is surprising doctors with her progress towards recovery.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week; :00]
Surgeons at the University of Virginia medical center performed the operation Sunday morning on 18- month- old Kayla Griffin.
She's been upgraded to good condition.. and is sitting up in bed playing with her toys.
Doctors say Kayla has a 90 percent chance of surviving the first year.
[IN Q=Her young age]
((DR. NANCY MCDANIEL/PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST: HER YOUNG AGE ACTUALLY HELPS HER CHANCES IN TERMS OF RECOVERY AND LONGEVITY OF THE GRAFT, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY HARD TO GET ORGANS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. IT'S EASIER FOR ADULTS BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE ADULT DONORS THAN CHILDHOOD DONORS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Nancy McDaniel/Pediatric Cardiologist; :00]
[OUT Q=than childhood donors.]
Kayla's heart came from a small child in Mississippi.
Doctors had just four hours to remove the heart and fly it to Charlottesville for the transplant.
They say Kayla could be released in a few weeks.
Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks are up for Golden Globes which means they are also likely Oscar contenders.
Carrey's "The Truman Show" ties for the lead with six Golden Globe nominatons, including best actor and best movie drama.
"Saving Private Ryan" is up for six awards, best movie DRAMA, and best actor for Tom Hanks.
The yet to be released Comedy "Shakespeare in Love" starring Gwyneth Paltrow has six nominations, including's Paltrow's nomination for best actress.
Winners will be announced January 24th.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 79 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead in sports, another Express player leaves on the midnight train to Ohio.
Plus, it could be the end of the rails for Dom Capers and the Panthers.
A horrible season may cost the coach his paycheck. We'll tell you more, coming up when the news continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Dom Capers will no longer be the Panther's head coach at the end of the season.
That's according to a Charlotte newspaper, which reports that Carolina owner Jerry Richardson will fire Capers soon after the season finale next week.
Two years ago, Capers was named the N-F-L Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to the N-F-C championship game.
Last year the team was 7 and 9, and Carolina is 2 and 12 so far this season.
Capers had no comment on his job status, and team officials also declined to make a statement.
The 19-98 Pro-Bowlers are planning their trip to Hawaii, including a Carolina Panther who's already made headlines this week.
[SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00]
Kevin Greene, the Panthers' linebacker who was involved in a shoving match with his position coach on Sunday, makes the N-F-C team as a starter at linebacker.
It's Greene's 5th pro bowl appearance.
Bruce Smith makes the A-F-C team for the 11th time.
Lynchburg's Ruben Brown will also start for the A-F-C.
Antonio Freeman and Randy Moss make the N-F-C team as starters.
And the only Redskin to make it is punter Matt Turk.
VMI officials are still searching for a new football coach.
The front-runner for the job appears to be John Shuman, a 19-80 V-M-I graduate who was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 19-97.
[SUPER=03-Fork Union; :00]
Shuman is currently the head football coach at Fork Union Military Academy outside of Charlottesville.
He 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 (GOOT-a-kinst), an assistant at Tech from 19-79 through 83.
Ted Cain was fired on November 9th, just five days before the end of the season. He was 1-and-20 in his two seasons in Lexington.
Virginia Tech continues to build up next year's freshman class.
Yesterday, the Hokies received committments from Farifax offensive tackle Charlie Hattan and cornerback Michael Crawford out of Baltimore.
That makes fourteen in the freshman class.
Meantime, the nation's top high school quarterback prospect will play for the University of Tennessee.
Chris Simms, the son of former New York Giants' Q-B Phil Simms, picked the Vols over Texas and Penn State.
Simms is six five and 218 pounds. He threw for 63 touchdowns and over 7000 yards during his high school career in New Jersey.
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS]
Neighbors met up for a heated contest in Salem, as the Knights of Cave Spring took on the Spartans.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Cave Spring vs. Salem; :00]
The Spartans Adam Rutledge tipped off the action with an explosive baseline drive. He gets the reverse layup to drop for two.
Salem's pressure defense also did a good job. Here Trey Shiflett hustles and gets the steal, the drive and the layin.
But the Knights attacked from the outside. Freshman J.J. Redick closes the first quarter with a head fake and the three from the right wing to shoot the Knights into the lead.
And when senior Jess Seamon wasn't hitting from outside, he was driving strong to the hoop. He had a game
But Dennis Haley scored 16 and Salem comes back to win it in overtime 60-to-57.
Also last night, Franklin County beat Fieldale Collinsville 75-to-55.
Wave goodbye to another Express player.
Yesterday, 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.
NASCAR's Rick Mast is a man without a home.
The former driver of the Remington Ford was set to drive for Bill Elliott's second team before Elliott disbanded it.
In an interview yesterday, Mast said he had a number of chances to drive for other teams but turned them down because of the Elliott deal that eventually fell through.
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 still up in the air.