One of Enron's former top executives pleads the Fifth today, and others will likely follow, as lawmakers continue pushing for reasons why the energy company folded.
And firefighters battle flames this morning at a Pulaski apartment building.
Scattered drizzle and light rain continue to fall in some locations....All will slowly come to an end as we head toward tonight...I'll have your forecast...
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A lawmaker says it wasn't just "a few bad apples" that brought down Enron.
The chairman of a House panel investigating the energy company says Enron's executives are to blame.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Former top executives of Enron are testifying for a Congressional committee today.
But most of them are expected to stay silent about their alleged role in the company's collapse.
Jim Acosta has more from Capitol Hill.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Peter Deutsch/(D) Florida;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Billy Tauzin/(R) Louisiana;]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Fastow/Former Enron Chief Financial Officer;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. John Dingell/(D) Michigan;]
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(nats of hearing) "This will be a painful hearing" or "Good morning..."
THE MEN WHO ONCE RULED ENRON WEATHERED A STORM OF CONGRESSIONAL ANGER --
AS LAWMAKERS QUOTED EVERYTHING FROM THE BIBLE TO "THE GODFATHER."
SOT: Rep. Peter Deutsch/(D) Florida (10:23:45 ) "You can steal more
with a brief case than with a gun."
SOT: Rep. Billy Tauzin, (R) Louisiana (10:28:10) "They told
employees.... made millions... (leaving employees) empty pockets."
SOT: Andrew Fastow, Fmr. Enron Chief Financial Officer "(pleading the
fifth)" OR SOT: Michael Kopper, Enron Executive "(pleading the fifth)"
ONE-BY-ONE... FOUR HIGH-LEVEL CORPORATE OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTED TO INVOKE
THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION AND SIT IN DEFIANT
SOT: Rep. John Dingell/(D) Michigan 10:32:30 "Were they competent,
corrupt or both?"
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS UNLEASHED THEIR WRATH ON CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
ANDREW FASTOW -- THE MAN BLAMED FOR CREATING THE OFF-THE-BOOKS AND
OFF-SHORE PARTNERSHIPS THAT PROVED FINANCIALLY FATAL WHEN THEY BECAME
SOT: Fastow again "(pleading the fifth)"
SOME EXECUTIVES DID (ARE EXPECTED TO) TALK.
THE DAY'S STAR WITNESS -- FORMER ENRON PRESIDENT JEFFREY SKILLING (IS
EXPECTED TO SAY) SAID HE OBJECTED TO MANY OF THE DUBIOUS DEALS --
POINTING TO ENRON DOCUMENTS THAT SHOW HIS SIGNATURE MISSING ON SEVERAL
BUT ENRON'S OWN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT SKILLING APPROVED MOST
OF HIS COMPANY'S ACTIONS.
STAND-UP: OTHER ENRON EXECUTIVES TOLD CONGRESS THEIR COMPANY STILL HAS A
CHANCE TO MAKE A COMEBACK -- NOW THAT ARTHUR ANDERSEN IS NO LONGER THEIR
ACCOUNTANT. BUT AFTER SPENDING MILLIONS IN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ONLY
TO BURN LAWMAKERS -- ENRON'S WORD IN WASHINGTON IS WORTH ABOUT AS MUCH
AS ITS STOCK -- ZERO. JIM ACOSTA CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
Firefighters in Pulaski are working to keep an apartment building fire under control at this hour.
No one was hurt in the blaze on Memorial Drive. The owner says one apartment is destroyed .. and another is damaged.
There is no word yet on a cause.
(Kim tosses to Leo in Weather Center)
A woman has been arrested in Iowa for a bank robbery in Carroll County.
21-year-old Angelia Senski is accused of holding up the BB&T bank in Cana in December.
The Carroll County sheriff's office says Senski will be brought back to Virginia to face state and federal charges.
A man who is also wanted for the robbery is still a fugitive.
The manhunt for four escaped Texas inmates is over--
It ended this morning in Oklahoma.
The F-B-I says it might have been HUNGER that led the escapees to a convenience store where authorities caught up with them.
Bob McNamara has the story.
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A co-pilot used an ax to subdue a man who entered the cockpit of a flight from Miami to Argentina
According to the F-B-I, a banker from Uruguay was restrained by the flight crew, and then arrested by police after the flight landed as scheduled in Buenos Aires.
The man will be returned to Miami to face federal charges.
Eight U-S athletes have a special assignment during tomorrow's opening ceremonies of the winter Olympics.
They'll be carrying the American flag that was rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
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The tattered flag arrived late last night in Salt Lake City inside a wooden box.
It'll be flown atop of the Olymic stadium as the officials U-S flag of the Winter Games.
After a lot of empassioned discussion, the International Olympic Committee reversed an earlier ban on the flag-bearing.
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200-thousand residents .. one working firetruck. Still ahead, meet the Kandahar fire department.
And welcome to Guantanamo. The U-S is ready to bring in more detainees to Camp X-Ray.
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A U-S missile fired from an unmanned "drone" aircraft may have killed up to seven suspected al-Qaida members in Afghanistan.
The U-S says at least one person was killed .. but the brother of a local warlord says seven people died.
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Meantime, the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is getting ready to welcome more al-Qaida and Taliban detainees.
Construction work at "Camp X-Ray" is now complete on one hundred new cells.
Military flights to the base were suspended two weeks ago until the additional facilities were built and ready to go.
Despite the ongoing war, the firemen of Kandahar claim solidarity with firefighters in the U-S.
But as Drew Levinson reports, the Afghan firefighers are dealing with some unbelievable challenges.
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[SUPER=01-Ghulam Hazrat/Fire Chief;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Kandahar.]
(LOCATOR: KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN)
This is Kandahars Fire departmentits ONLY fire department.
With a population of more than 200-thousand people, Afghanistans
second largest city has but three trucksand only one works.
(natsound pulling out with smoke and siren going)
(SOT : GHULAM HAZRAT/FIRE CHIEF)
WE HAVE NOTHING WE NEED EVERYTHING FROM THE BEGINNING WE HAVE JUST
FIREFIGHTERS, BUT NOTHING ELSE.
On this day the firefighters showed us the departments antiquated
equipment. From its outdated suits to its water guns---water guns that
shoot more like water pistols.
Everything here is at least a quarter-century oldit makes fighting an
out of control blaze nearly impossible.
(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON )
AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS ANOTHER BIG OBSTACLE TO OVERCOME SOMETHING
YOU REALLY WOULDNT EXPECT. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DOESNT HAVE ANY WATER,
SO BEFORE THEY CAN GO FIGHT A FIRE THEY MUST GO TO THE WELL, AND THE
WELL IS 10 MINUTES AWAY.
And then says the fire chiefit takes nearly 45 minutes to fill up the
tank on the truck.
Stillthe 12 man staff does what it can to control the fires.
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IF WE DIE, WE DIE TRYING TO SAVE THE PEOPLE FROM THE FIRE.
Thats the same mantra the New York firefighters had on September 11th.
The chief says he feels the pain for those he considers his brethren
half a world away.
To him a firefighter is a firefighterno matter if he has state of the
art equipment or just one truck.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Kandahar.
Elsewhere in the world, landslides have claimed the lives of at least 125 people in Indonesia.
The deadly landslides began early on Tuesday, after a week of heavy downpours.
Rescuers have only recovered several bodies-- many more are reported missing.
The capital city of Jakarta is at a near standstill, with major roads, shops, and schools being forced to close.
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Creating a new profile. Still ahead, lawmakers may consider new ways to fight racial profiling.
And Henry County spends some serious money .. to help bring 40 new jobs.
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A Richmond lawmaker who's leading efforts to fight racial profiling in Virginia, says he's willing to consider approaches to achieve the same result.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee was considering a measure introduced by Henry Marsh... that would have required police to record the reason for each traffic stop to determine if race was a factor.
Marsh decided to carry over the proposal to see if another proposal calling for better training would make a difference.
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The Courts of Justice committee also approved a re-write of the state's cross-burning statute. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional, and legislators are now trying to satisfy the court's concern.
Also from Richmond, state lawmakers have turned down efforts to provide funding for local public school projects.
Supporters call it an effort to address a serious problem, but critics say it was a "cheap shot" for public attention.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Jim Shuler/(D) Blacksburg; :11]
[SUPER=01-Del. Chip Woodrum/(D) Roanoke; :39]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; :57]
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((The House was considering a bond package that included construction money for higher education, parks and other projects...
The Democrats argued that public schools are just as important.
[IN Q=My point is this]
((DEL. JIM SHULER/D- BLACKSBURG: MY POINT IS THIS. IF WE CAN DO ALL THIS FOR OUR PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, WE CAN GIVE A SMALL BIT OF HELP TO OUR LOCALITIES FOR MUCH NEEDED CONSTRUCTION BACK IN OUR DISTRICTS.))
[OUT Q=back in our districts.]
Their proposal would have provided 900- million dollars over six years for school construction, the same amount devoted to construction on college campuses, but the amendment was unsuccessful.
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[IN Q=It appears]
((IT APPEARS THAT THE AMENDMENTS ARE NOT GERMANE.))
[OUT Q=are not germane.]
[IN Q=I hope that in the ensuing days ]
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D- ROANOKE: I HOPE THAT IN THE ENSUING DAYS, I HOPE WE'LL BE ABLE TO DISCUSS AGAIN, AND REVISIT THE NEEDS OF OUR SCHOOLS, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR COMMONWEALTH.))
[OUT Q=our commonwealth.]
Republicans asked Democrats why they hadn't introduced their own bond package of public schools... and dismissed the effort as a political maneuver.
[IN Q=It was a cheap shot]
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R- MCLEAN: IT WAS A CHEAP SHOT, TYPICAL OF WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO. THEY HAD NO INTENTION OF HELPING PUBLIC EDUCATION. THEY JUST WANTED TO BURDEN THE BILL AND PUT US BEYOND OUR DEBT CAPACITY. AND IT WA A CHEAP SHOT TO GET PUBLIC ATTENTION.))
[OUT Q=to get public attention.]
The debate will continue, but the Democrats' proposal is going nowhere in 2002.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Richmond))
Two Southwest Virginians have been named to Governor Warner's "Efficiency and Effectiveness Commission". The group will conduct a top-to-bottom review of state government.
Tom Morris, the president of Emory and Henry College, and Tom Robertson, chairman of the Carilion Biomedical Institute, will work with former Governor Doug Wilder and ten others.
The commission will recommend ways to make state government more efficient by August first.
Henry County is helping VF Imagewear bring 40 back jobs to Martinsville area .. for a customer service call center.
In November, the company announced it would close most of its plants, laying off 23-hundred people by the end of this year.
Only the Rich Acres distribution center would remain open. It employs 135 people.
VF Imagewear officials say the call center will open IN the distribution center by the end of the year.
Henry County gave the company 172-thousand dollars to upgrade its telecommunications system.
The Veterans Administration is not legally liable .. for the case of an Army veteran who took his own life three years ago.
U-S District Judge Sam Wilson said yesterday no one is ever really going to know what happened .. denying the family's million dollar claim against the V-A.
Ellis had visited the V-A Medical Center the day before his suicide, but his death came as a surprise to everyone, the judge said.
"It was a sad and tragic story," Wilson said, but it was not the fault of the V-A doctors.
If you want to learn more .. a lot more .. about bioterrorism, Virginia Tech is offering anyone in the world a course on the subject. All you need is Internet access.
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((TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH BIOLOGICAL THREATS.))
[OUT Q=WITH BIOLOGICAL THREATS.]
The Threat of Bioterrorism is a non-credit class and 100-percent online with lectures delivered by streaming audio and video.
Dr. (Na-MAR-Ware Shree-Young-than) Nammalar Sriranganathan, an associate professor at Tech's School of Veterinary Medicine leads the course.
Known as Dr. Nathan, he's part of a Tech research team working to develop an anthrax vaccine .
The Threat of Bioterrorism is free for Virginia Tech alumni and 39-dollars for others.
University officials say the class is in response to concerns from public about biological warfare after the September 11th attacks.
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was UP 69 points. Nasdaq UP 5 points.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly looks at the top team in the Blue Ridge District.
AND Virginia Tech gets a BIG break in the Big East.... We'll tell you all about that -and more- coming up in sports.
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Tech's basketball team can start working on a winning streak.
Last night's victory ended 18 straight Big East losses.
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With three seconds left in the Hokies' home game with Boston Colleg, the score was tied at 73.
Brian Chase finds Carlos Dixon in the corner.
He pump fakes and then puts in a three pointer to give Tech a 76-to-73 win.
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Dixon led all scorers with 19, as Rick Stokes' team snaps a 10 game losing skid, and the fans storm the floor at the Cassell.
The Cavs would like to get their own winning streak going.
Last night, N.C. state handed them their fourth loss in a row.
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For the second straight game, turnovers killed the Cavs.
Virginia turned the ball over 20 times, just as it did on Sunday against Missouri.
Anthony Grundy also put a hurtin' on UVa, as he scored a team high 25 points.
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NC State gets the 85-to-68 win.
UVa is now just 4-and-5 in the ACC.
The Dazzle's winning streak came to a screeching halt last night --
They took on Fayetteville, but just couldn't manage to claim the win.
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Fayetteville played a game Tuesday night, but still out- dueled the Dazzle most of the evening, leading by as many as 18 points.
Omar Cook hit for 15, as five Patriots hit in double figures.
Roanoke gets this jam from Martin Lewis, but shoots just 39 percent from the floor, and loses
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Despite losing two straight games and fighting through some injuries, the Blacksburg Indians boys' basketball team is still in first place in the Blue Ridge district, as it heads down the home stretch.
Steve Mason has more on a team that discovered two chiefs are better than one.
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[SUPER=01-Doug Day/Blacksburg Assistant Coach; :57]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Travis/Blacksburg Forward; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Brett Smith/Blacksburg Forward; 1:39]
[OUT Q=......hometown Hoops weekly"]
((Three freshman who played roles last year are now experienced sophomores. The Indians are also faster, stronger and more athletic than any other team in the Blue Ridge. But perhaps the biggest reason for Blacksburg's success, the coaching system Bob Trear and assistant Doug Day have worked out.
((BOB TREAR/BLACKSBURG HEAD COACH:))
Day runs practice and Trear is the boss during games. Not many head coaches would entrust their assistants with such a responsibility, then again, not every head coach has a Doug Day.
((DOUG DAY/BLACKSBURG ASSISTANT COACH:))
Players who thought they were on easy street now that the assistant was running practice were in for a rude awakening.
Blacksburg lost in the Blue Ridge District tournament semifinals last season. February 19th through the 22nd at the Salem Civic Center, the Indians hope to go a lot farther. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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((Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin.))
[Kim on camera]
A photography display that captures the heart of southern towns opens this weekend at the Salem Museum.
Steve Pardon has a preview of the new exhibit.
Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'. [PM-6Promo]
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[Shannon at desk]
A local company makes an Olympic-size contribution to the Winter Games.
We'll visit a plant that's making the Olympic ribbons that will soon be awarded in Salt Lake City.
The story tonight on News 7 at Six.