((IT WASN'T EASY, BUT I DID IT FOR THE LOVE I HAVE FOR THEM.))
The mother of the Texas octuplets is ready to go home.
And U-S officials are calling the latest exchange of fire in Iraq another retaliation.
Falling temperatures and very gusty winds are making it rather unpleasant to be outside today--
The wintry precipitation has tapered off in Far southwest Virginia, but could still see a few more light snow showers developing tonight.
News 7 at noon is next.
Another attack over the no-fly zone in Iraq -- U-S officials are calling it unprovoked Iraqi fire on coalition forces.
Byron Pitts has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Hazhir Teimourian/Middle East Analyst; 1:16]
[OUT Q=news, Baghdad]
((This latest confrontation took place in southern Iraq. British
Tornadoes reportedly on routine patrol in southern Iraq were fired upon
by Iraqi surface-to-air missiles. American pilots in the area came to
the aid of the British pilots and fired missiles at the Iraqi troops on
the ground. The situation seems very similar to the confrontation shown in that videotape released by the Pentagon yesterday.
(PENTAGON TAPE/GUN CAMERA)
The pentagon released these cockpit camera video tapes Tuesday --
saying they proved the F-15 eagles -- OUT PATROLING THE NORTHERN NO FLY
ZONE -- ONLY fired there laser guided bombs AFTER Iraq fired THREE
SURFACE TO AIR missiles.
The Iraqi SAM's fell short.
The American missiles scored direct hits.
IRAQ VICE PRESIDENT (ARABIC)
Iraq's vice president said Iraqi will now put its own fighter jets
in the sky in DIRECT VIOLATION of the 'NO FLY ZONE' agreement signed
after the Gulf war.
But so far, US forces based in Turkey, say they have only spotted a
handful of Iraqi helicopters in the North.
According to the Pentagon Iraq suffered serious losses from the four
days of US British air attacks.
A Middle Analyst say Saddam Hussein is NOW more talk than action.
SOT/HAZHIR TEIMOURIAN, MIDDLE EAST ANALYST
'HE HAS BEEN HURT QUITE RECENTLY, SERIOUSLY. HE WANTS TO SHOW TO HIS
PEOPLE THAT HE'S STILL STRONG ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE WESTERN AIR
SUPERIORITY. AND IF HE CAN DO THAT HE CAN DEFINITELY OPPRESS THEM.'
(Pitts on-camera close)
According to the Pentagon, the American and British pilots returned to
their bases safely. BP, CBSN, Baghdad.))
The mother of the octuplets says she feels blessed by the birth of her babies.
She's going home today... although the surviving seven babies will be in the hospital for awhile longer.
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The 27-year old mother has been in the hospital for three months -- holding off the inevitable-- the last two weeks of which were spent upside down to alleviate the pressure on her cervix.
She's still weak from her ordeal, but she spoke today about what it was like to see and touch the seven tiny lives that have changed hers forever.
[IN Q=I give thinaks]
((NKEM CHUKWU/MOTHER: I GIVE THANKS TO GOD. I SAW THEM THEY WERE ALL LOOKING GREAT-- TOUCHED THEM-- PRAYED FOR THEM. AND I TOLD THEM THAT I WOULD BE COMING TO SEE THEM, BUT I'M GOING HOME TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Nkem Chukwu/Mother; ]
[OUT Q=home today]
The New Years holiday will be the first Chuckwu has spent at home since before Thanksgiving.
A grand jury that's been looking into the Oklahoma City bombing in 19-95 has returned one indictment within the hour.
But there are no details being released yet.
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The grand jury has been looking for a year and a half into allegations of a conspiracy and government cover-up.
Its report was released this morning. It urges prosecutors to bring state charges against Timothy McVeigh and Tery Nichols .. who are already convicted on federal charges.
An Allegheny County woman says her boss sexually harassed her then fired her.
But a judge will not hear her case because she worked for a small company.
Judge Duncan Byrd dismissed Vicki Lynn Mitchem's wrongful termination lawsuit against her former boss Durwood Counts.
She says when she refused to have sex with him, he fired her from a State Farm insurance office.
But the law does not cover firms with fewer than five employees.
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((IT'S A BAD DECISION .... OUTRAGEOUS.))
Grimes plans to appeal the case to the state supreme court.
Defense attorney Bruce Steen says he's pleased his client's position was upheld.
A 16-year old girl from Bassett is dead after a car accident on Route-58 in Henry County.
The accident happened at about 7:30 last night.
Pamela Bevin (ah-HAIR-en)Aheron was coming off a ramp, attempting to merge with traffic on Route-58.
State Police say that's when her vehicle was hit by another car.
The other driver was not injured and will NOT be charged in the accident.
Aheron was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, where she died several hours later.
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President Clinton appears headed for a short trial in the Senate.
We'll hear from one of the Impeachment Managers next on News-7 at Noon.
And some fifty tanks will invade Pittsylvania County over the next year.
We'll find out why in just a moment.
But first let's find out more about this invasion of cold air from Kimberly McBroom.
It's an invasion, indeed-- especially if you get caught outside without a jacket.
A cold front is leaving behind temperatures that are actually dropping instead of RISING this afternoon....
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Impeachment Managers say they want the President's impeachment trial to be fast and NOT cause the country any further embassasment.
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Congressman Lindsey Graham appeared today on "CBS This Morning", talking about the strategy of 13 House Judiciary Committee members, as they prepare to try President Clinton.
He says calling Monica Lewinsky may not be one of those tactics.
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[IN Q=As far as]
((REP. LINDSAY GRAHAM/(R) S.C.: AS FAR AS MISS LEWINSKY GOES THE MORE YOU CAN STIPULATE TO THE LESS NEED TO CALL WITNESSES. SHE'S TESTIFIED SEVERAL TIMES UNDER OATH AND IF THE WHITE HOUSE WILL STIPUATE HER PREVOIUS TESTIMONT, THAT'S PROBABLY A WITNESS YOU COULD JUST DO ON PAPER. IF THEY WANT CHALLENGE HER CREDIBILITY, HER MEMORY, THEN I THINK THEY WOULD WANT HER LIVE TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Lindsay Graham/(R) South Carolina; ]
[OUT Q=answer questions.]
The managers are the prosecution team in an impeachment trial; the
President's defense team would be his own lawyers; the jury is made up
of all 100 Senators and the presiding judge will be Supreme Court
Justice William Rehnquist.
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The director of a Smith Mountain Lake group still has her job although board members say they considered firing her last night.
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Hilde Hussa has been criticized for suggesting the lake be cleaned up.
Business leaders say Hussa makes the lake look bad but many citizens support her.
[IN Q=I think there]
((DICK HACH/LAKE RESIDENT: I THINK THERE SHOULD BE AN EXONERATION OF HILDE AND THAT'S THE END OF IT. I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ON THIS LAKE IN ANY POSITION SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO CALL FOR SOMEONE'S DISMISSAL AND RUIN SOMEBODY'S CAREER WHEN NO PROOF HAS BEEN MADE OR OFFERED THAT THIS PERSON'S STATEMENTS HAD ANY DELETERIOUS EFFECT ON ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED ON THIS LAKE.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Hach/Lake Resident;]
[OUT Q=on this lake]
Board members met last night for two hours with attorneys but would not comment on what they discussed or why they did not vote as planned.
The construction worker who fell approximately 45 feet while working on the "Smart Road" remains in critical condition.
37- year old Wesley Burford broke both his legs when he fell inside a concrete pillar that will eventually support a bridge.
A sheriff's department report states Burford was wearing a safety harness and that the rope that was holding him apparently broke.
A construction company spokesman says they still don't know what happened but that the rope did NOT break.
He adds that the Virginia Occupational and Health safety office has the safety harness in its possession and is looking into whether it was working properly.
OSHA officials would not comment on the investigation.
Where can you go to see North America's largest private collection of military tanks and artillery?
The answer will soon be Southside Virginia.
The American Armoured Foundation announced yesterday that it's moving its tank museum to Pittsylvania County.
It will move into the former Disstan plant along Route-29, which will be renovated over the next year or so.
The 300-thousand square foot facility is much larger than the museum's current home in New York.
[IN Q=It's moving from New York]
((DAVID KALBACKER/MUSEUM BUSINESS CONSULTANT: IT'S MOVING FROM NEW YORK BECAUSE THE FACILITY IS SMALL. IT'S AT THE END OF LONG ISLAND AND THERE'S VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF TOURISM THAT'S GOING THROUGH THE AREA AND IT HAS NO PLACE TO GROW, ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE TO GROW.))
[SUPER=01-David Kalbacker/Museum Business Consultant;]
[OUT Q=no place to grow.]
The museum's collection has more than 50-tanks and thousands of war artifacts.
The toughest and most expensive part of the move will be transporting the tanks to Virginia.
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]
Computer programmers have one year left to fix the Y2K problem... and many experts say they can't possibly finish in time.
Concern about power blackouts and other problems is stretching from the P-C to the pulpit.
Rev. Jerry Falwell is warning his congregation to prepare for Y2K.
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[IN Q=It could be God's]
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR; IT COULD BE GOD'S WAY OF HUMBLING US AND SENDING SPIRITUAL AWAKENING TO THE NATION;))
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[OUT Q=to the nation]
There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself... we'll tell you what they are when out series "Battling The Bug" continues tonight on News 7 at Six.
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Your chilly forecast is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And next, the latest in automobile technology is about to hit the road.
We'll have more on these vehicles that combine diesel and electric engines when we come back.
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Some of the new model cars are already hitting dealerships lots.
But one mode of transportation that's hitting the streets of New York City is truly unique.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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(( ((Super: Indianapolis, ))
IT LOOKS LIKE AN ORDINARY PASSENGER BUS. BUT UNDERNEATH THE SHELL, THE
LATEST AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY IS AT WORK.
THIS BUS IS POWERED BY A COMBINATION OF DIESEL ENGINE AND
ELECTRICITY. DESIGNED BY GENERAL MOTORS, IT'S ABOUT TO HIT THE STREETS
OF NEW YORK.
-SOT-Byron Mccormick General Motors 7;44
"in the back here we have a small diesel generator, small diesel,
emphasize small, electric gnerator creating eletricity which recharges
the batteries, whixh are the fundamental energy source for driving the
vehicle, and then in front we have the motor and electric controller.
((Super: Today, Los Angeles))
AT THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW, G.M. IS SHOWING OFF ITS FUTURE. AFTER
DECADES, AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF RESEARCH, THE HYBRID DIESEL
ELECTRIC DESIGN SEEMS SIMPLE.
A SMALL DIESEL ENGINE THAT OPERATES AT LOW SPEED, AND ONLY KICKS IN
WHEN THE BATTERIES ARE RUNNING LOW. OTHERWISE THE VEHICLE IS POWERED BY ELECTRICITY . THE RESULT, AN EFFICIENT, CLEAN machine.
it reduces the tail pipe pollution by roughly 70 percent, and gives you
about 30 percent more fuel economy ..
IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, NEW YORK'S TRANSIT AUTHORITY WILL BEGIN USING
THE BUS, AND SEE HOW IT MEASURES UP ON THE CITY'S NON-STOP STREETS.
EVENTUALLY G..M. WOULD LIKE TO SEE BUSSES AROUND THE COUNTRY RETRIFITTED WITH THE HYBRID ENGINE.
AS FOR PERSONAL CARS , WITH AMERICAN GAS SO CHEAP AND GLEAMING NEW
MODELS COMING OUT EACH YEAR, CONSUMERS STILL AREN'T THINKING ELECTRIC.
BUT THE TECHNOLOGY IS HERE..
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 34 points.
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Still ahead in sports, there's more than one reason to celebrate at the Roundhouse.
And, the party continues this afternoon in Blacksburg, after the Hokies avoid being swept away by the Tide.
We'll have highlights and reaction from the Music City Bowl champs, coming up.
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Virginia Tech's defense lit up the Nashville sky last night, as the Hokies came away winners of the inaugural Music City Bowl.
It's the Hokies' first post- season win since 19-95, and the team's first- ever victory over Alabama.
Steve Mason has been with the Hokies all the way, and he has a recap of all the action from Nashville.
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[super=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Coach; :16]
[super=01-Keion Carpenter/Blocked Alabama Punt; :44]
[super=01-Corey Moore/Bowl MVP; 1:18]
[super=01-Al Clark/Ran for 1 TD; 1:38]
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The slide continued for number-4 Kansas State last night, as they lost a last-second battle with unranked Purdue in the Alamo Bowl.
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Purdue was counting on QB Drew Brees, and here he connects with Chris Daniels on the five-yard touchdown play.
But the Wildcats rallied. Here Michael Bishop finds Darnell McDonald in the end zone and it's 10- 7 Purdue.
The Boilermakers would take a 17- 7 lead at the half with this 30 yard touchdown pass to Isaac Jones. Kansas State would come back from 14 down, but Purdue wins the Alamo Bowl 37 to 34.
In other bowl action, the Micron Bowl featured 24th- ranked Miami and North Carolina State.
And the Hurricanes take this one 46-to-23.
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It's now eleven in a row for the lady Hokies.
Amy Wetzel scored 19 and Tere (Terry) Williams chipped in 17 points as the 16th ranked lady Hokies won the Diamond Club Tournament championship.
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Bonnie Henrickson and her squad put their heads together as they prepared to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State.
Tech's Lisa Witherspoon directs the action. Here she finds Michelle Houseright underneath for the easy bucket.
The Hokies were on the run all night. Amy Wetzel goes to the middle and goes all the way, giving Tech the early lead.
State's Litisha (La-Teesha) Benson dishes off to LaToya Graham. Graham's waiting under the bucket and gets it to fall for two.
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Tech's Kim Seaver and Wetzel team up for the next score and the Bulldogs just don't have enough bite as the Lady Hokies go on to win it 73-to-52.
It was a monumental night at the Roundhouse, as the Express welcomed it's one- millionth fan, and a newly-signed rookie scored the winning goal.
Scott Campbell scored late in the second period to give Roanoke a lead it would never surrender.
Before the game, more than 5- thousand fans lined up in hopes of being the one millionth person to enter the Roundhouse for an Express game.
Tom Harmon picked up that honor, saying he didn't wait in the parking lot to time his entrance.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Harmon/One Millionth Fan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Mancuso/Express General Manager; :06]
[OUT Q=for life now]
On the ice, Roanoke was skating to gain some ground on the Richmond Renegades.
And through two periods this would be a defensive battle, with the goaltenders acting as stars.
Daniel Berthiume (Ber-TAY-oome) was in the net for the Express, here he sticks out a skate to keep the game scoreless. He had 35 saves on the night.
Roanoke's offense would come alive in the second period, and the Express wins it three to one.