Don't expect President Bush to make any war declarations during tonight's State of the Union address.
Officials say Bush will spend most of his time discussing issues closer to home.
And, from an industrial site to Holy ground--
Lynchburg officials get their first look at plans to re- locate Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Clouds are moving in which could lead to a little light freezing rain. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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President Bush delivers his State of the Union speech on T-V tonight during prime time.
He says he hopes to ``rally the American people."
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
If the American public is expecting a time table for war with Iraq in tonight's speech, officials say they'll probably be disapointed.
Aides report that Bush will brace Americans for war -- but will NOT declare it.
But they add that the President will "clearly state" tonight why Saddam Hussein is a threat.
A sneak preview of the President's speech today indicates that he'll focus mainly on domestic issues like tax cuts and a prescription drug plan.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington, and joins us now with an update.
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PRESIDENT BUSH USED HIS CABINET MEETING THIS MORNING TO PREVIEW WHAT
HE'LL TELL AMERICANS AND THE WORLD TONIGHT DURING HIS STATE OF THE UNION
(SOT BUSH) I'll talk about our plan to spread prosperity throughout
THE PRESIDENT WILL TALK ABOUT THE THREAT POSED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN, BUT
HIS MAIN FOCUS WILL BE ON ISSUES EFFECTING THE COUNTRY HERE AT HOME.
I will rally the American people to some great causes, and
remind them that we will accomplish those causes together.
HE'LL OUTLINE DOMESTIC PROPOSALS INCLUDING TAX CUTS, MORE PRESCRIPTION
COVERAGE FOR THE ELDERLY AND AN EXPANSION OF HIS FAITH-BASED INITIVE
WOULD GIVE DRUG TREATMENT DOLLARS FOR CHURCH GROUPSALL ISSUES JUST AS
IMPORTANT, THE WHITE HOUSE MAINTAINS, AS IRAQ.
BUT SOME POLITICAL ANALYSTS ARGUE THE PRESIDENT S REAL FOCUS IS ON JUST
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theyre trying on the surface to make it seem like the president is much
more focused on economy than on the war, but in truth, he's very focused
on the war and it's probably what he most wants to talk about tonight.
As President Bush makes a case for a war against Iraq, there's a similar spin in Baghdad.
One day after a critical report from top U-N officials, Iraq says it's ready to defend itself.
Elizabeth Palmer reports.
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ON CAM OPEN: EVEN THOUGH THE WORLD IS TALKING ABOUT HANS BLIX'S REPORT
CARD ON IRAQI WEAPONS INSPECTIONS - HERE IN BAGHDAD MOST OF THE STATE
CONTROLLED MEDIA IGNORED OR UNDERPLAYED THE STORY.
(People reading papers at news stand/people walking along)
Instead, the headlines this morning reported that Saddam Hussein had met
with military commanders who praised him and vowed to fight the
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz confirmed that Iraq is preparing for
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IF THE AMERICANS ATTACK IRAQ THEY WILL BE FOUGHT COURAGEOUSLY AND
EFFECTIVELY AND THEY WILL HAVE A GREAT NUMBER OF CASUALTIES.
(Exterior Al-Hyat hotel with scientist entering - RTV)
The UN inspectors drew a blank again today - when they asked to meet an
Iraqi scientist in private and he refused.
(Dissolve to UN teams departing HQ/inspection teams at Al-Taji - RTV)
Other inspection teams fanned out across the country to a variety of
sites - including a cereal factory and Baghdad University.
NATSOT - PROTESTORS CHANTING
(Demos in downtown Baghdad)
In downtown Baghdad demonstrators were back on the streets - to continue
diplays of public anger and defiance.
ON CAM CLOSE: Although Iraqi officials say they are resigned to war -
there are so far no obvious signs of military buildup.
ELIZABETH PALMER CBS NEWS BAGHDAD.
Lynchburg city council today will get its first look at the Reverend Jerry Falwell's plans to relocate his Thomas Road Baptist Church to the Ericsson industrial site.
Falwell bought the property last fall for ten million dollars, and wants to renovate the building to accomodate his church and expansion of Liberty University.
City leaders are concerned about taking one of Lynchburg's biggest industrial sites off the tax rolls, but Falwell says he's confident they'll see the light.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: I THINK THAT THESE ARE ALL GOOD STEWARDS OF THE CITY'S RESOURCES AND THE SEVEN OF THEM ARE THINKING OF WHAT'S BEST FOR LYNCHBURG. AND I THINK THEY'RE ALL FAIR, I DON'T THINK THERE'S AN UNFAIR ONE IN THE CROWD. I THINK WHEN THEY SEE THE NUMBERS COUNT, AND THAT LONG TERM IT WILL BE VERY BENEFICIAL.))
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Falwell says he's already in negotiations to sell part of the property to developers who plan to build a shopping center.
He'll present his plans to council during today's work session and answer any questions city staff may have.
A final decision on the rezoning won't happen until later this year.
Roanoke County is handling the investigation of a fatal fire that killed three Botetourt County residents.
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A father and his two young children died in the blaze on Catawba Road yesterday.
Neighbors identify them as Michol Street and his children Austin and Jessica.
Fire crew responded to the fire around two yestrerday morning to battle flames, smoke and bitterly cold weather.
Investigators remained on the scene until late last night. The site is being guarded around the clock.
The Botetourt County Sheriff says at this point there are no indications of foul play.
At least 36 people were killed in eastern India when a crowded bus collided head- on with a truck.
Authorities say the truck was loaded with paints and chemicals, and burst into flames.
About two dozen other people were injured in the crash, which happened about 25 miles south of Calcutta, the capital city.
Officials say locked doors on the bus hindered their rescue efforts.
The accident also blocked traffic on the highway leading to the city.
More than 30- thousand security officers are on duty around Israel, after threats of an attack by Palestinian militants.
That, as Israeli residents go to the polls.
In today's general election, Israelis will elect 120 members of Parliament.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud (lee-KOOD) party is expected to be victorious.
The election will fill 120 parliamentary seats, and determine the next prime minister.
This is Israel's fourth national election in seven years.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Roanoke opens a new police station. We'll tell you where.
Also Amherst County could soon have paid Emergency Medical Technicians working rescue calls, but it will come at a price.
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Roanoke's Police department hopes its new facilities in Southeast Roanoke will increase visibility in the community and open up relations with residents.
Officials cut the ribbon today at 1015 Jamison Avenue. The site will house the new offices of the department's COPE squad. COPE stands for Community Oriented Policing Effort, and the office was opened as a way to address the concerns of the community.
The renovated fire station, will be also be used periodically as extra office space and as a meeting place for local citizens.
Amherst County is closer to having professional emergency medical service, but it could mean residents will have to pay for a trip to the hospital.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( For forty years, a ride in an Amherst County ambulance hasn't cost the patient a dime.
But with the number of calls rising and volunteer hours dropping, the county.. like most other Virginia localities.. has had to find a way to ensure citizens get the emergency treatment they need, when they need it.
Too often lately, the calls have gone out and no volunteers have been available to respond.
((VICKIE COFFEY/DISPATCHER: WHEN YOU TAKE THE CALLS, YOU'VE GOT THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE AND THEY'RE WANTING TO KNOW WHERE'S THE AMBULANCE? WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO GET HERE? HOW MUCH LONGER IS IT GOING TO BE, HE'S NOT BREATHING.))
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((GARY ROAKES/MONELISON R.S. CAPTAIN: BY NO MEANS IS IT A QUALITY OF CARE, IT'S STRICTLY A QUANTITY OF CARE. THERE'S RIGHT NOW IN AMHERST COUNTY THERE'S JUST NOT A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS TO SUFFICIENTLY HANDLE THE NUMBER OF DAYTIME CALLS.))
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The plan is to hire five emergency medical technicians who will supplement the service the three local volunteer squads provide.
The funding is the key: for the first time residents will be charged for their ambulance ride to the hospital.
((BRYAN DAVID/AMHERST CO. ADMINISTRATOR: IF SOMEBODY CALLS FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE, THERE WILL BE NO, I REPEAT, NO TURNING AWAY BASED ON ABILITY TO PAY. THERE WILL BE NO OF THAT QUESTION OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IF SOMEBODY CALLS FOR CARE, WE WILL MEET THAT CALL.))
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About fifty representatives from the county's three rescue squads met behind closed doors to discuss the plan.
Monelison and Pedlar members voted unanimously to accept it.. the Amherst Lifesaving Crew will vote at their February 6th meeting.
The board of supervisors has the final approval.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County. ))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll have the story of a cat who was determined to find his way home across 60 miles of unfamiliar territory.
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They say cats have nine lives.
But a California family believes their cat also has a built-in COMPASS.
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They had no idea that when their daughter took the family cat to live with her 60- miles away in Sacramento, that the cat would travel that distance to find his way home again.
Fila took off almost as soon as he got to his new home.
The family says it took him five days to make the trip.
And they're still amazed at how he did it.
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((SHERRY HANKINS/CAT OWNER: THERE'S THE FREEWAY BETWEEN HERE AND SACRAMENTO. BRIDGES, RIVERS. HE'S BEEN DE-CLAWED. SO HOW IN THE WORLD HE MANAGED TO FIND FOOD OR CLIMB. ))
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After his athletic adventure, the Hankins say Fila has really earned his name.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 38 points. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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Coming up... a warm welcome for the Bucs as they returned to Tampa Bay yesterday....
and we'll see how the Roanoke Express is hanging tough in the E-C-H-L's toughest division.
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The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrived home last night and were greeted by a rowdy bunch of fans.
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More than 65 thousand Buccaneer fans wedged their way into Raymond James Stadium for the welcome home party.
The Buccaneers' top players each took a turn at the microphone with the Lombardi Trophy - and check out the ovation for Roanoke's own Ronde Barber - the final player to address the crowd.
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Too bad for local fans that Ronde isn't one of the five Tampa Bay players featured on the commemorative Wheaties boxes that will be available in the Tampa area, and eventually throughout the South.
The boxes feature quarterback Brad Johnson, linebacker Derrick Brooks, running back Mike Alstott, receiver Keyshawn Johnson, and safety John Lynch.
The Roanoke Express is in third place in the E-C-H-L's Northeast, but if they want to stay there - the team will have to be extremely productive the next month on the road.
Steve Mason has more.
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((STEVE MASON:THE EXPRESS HAS EMBARKED ON THE LONGEST ROAD TRIP OF THE SEASON. ROANOKE PLAYS THE NEXT SEVEN AWAY FROM THE ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER AND THE NEXT HOME GAME IS FEBRUARY 21ST AGAINST GREENSBORO. THE EXPRESS HAS THE NEXT THREE DAYS OFF TO FINE TUNE THE DEFENSE. THE HARDEST PART OF PRACTICE MIGHT BE FINDING A WAY TO IMPROVE AN ALREADY LETHAL POWER PLAY.))
((The express is now up to third out of 27 ECHL teams on the power play. Roanoke is scoring on one out of every four extra man situations.
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However, the Express is 23rd in the league in goals against, allowing 3.5 goals a game. In the last three games, the Express has scored 14 goals while giving up 14. Against Atlantic City and Richmond, Roanoke allowed 7 third period goals.
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Head coach Perry Florio notched his 100th career ECHL win Friday against Richmond. The start to his next 100 will be a bit more challenging. ECHL and Express leading scorer Jason Jaffray, a rookie forward, has been with the AHL Norfolk Admirals since last Wednesday and Florio will miss many aspects of his elusive game.
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Joe Dusbabek is three games into a 10 game league suspension for a violent cross check to the face against a Reading player. Perhaps no one will miss him more than Express center Dan Carrlson. The two played college hockey together at Notre Dame.))
((THE EXPRESS RETURNS TO ACTION THIS THURSDAY ON THE ROAD AGAINST GREENSBORO. ROANOKE IS 2 AND 1 AGAINST THE GENERALS THIS SEASON. STEVE MASON ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP.))
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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