Today NASA and the world pause to remember the seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
President Bush will be among those attending today's memorial service in Houston.
He'll be accompanied by First Lady Laura Bush, as well as former astronaut John Glenn.
While the grieving continues, so does the investigation.
NASA is again saying that the fatal problem could have come during the shuttle's launch.
Manuel Gallegus is in Houston this morning, and joins us now with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Barbara Anderson/Astronaut's Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Ron Dittemore/Space Shuttle Program Manager;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
((OUTSIDE OF JOHNSON SPACE CENTER FLOWERS, BALLOONS AND NOTES SCATTER THE
GROUND.... HONORING THE CREW MEMBERS OF COLUMBIA.
MOURNERS WILL PASS THROUGH THESE GATES FOR TODAY'S MEMORIAL SERVICE.
ALONG WITH NASA OFFICIALS AND THE PRESIDENT, THE FAMILIES WILL BE HERE
TO SAY GOOD-BYE.
cowan(SOT-BARBARA ANDERSON/ASTRONAUT'S MOTHER)
"I would just like to know that his life wasn't in vain, and that it
will do some good to mankind."
NASA HOPES SOME ANSWERS WILL COME FROM THE SHUTTLE'S NOSE CONE
DISCOVERED LAST NIGHT IN EAST TEXAS.
BURIED DEEP IN THE GROUND CREWS ARE NOW DIGGING IT OUT.
THERE ARE SOME 12-THOUSAND PIECES OF WRECKAGE ACCOUNTED FOR.
BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY ARE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN ANY DEBRIS IN
NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA OR CALIFORNIA.
OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT COULD BE SOME OF THE FIRST TO COME OFF COLUMBIA.
17:23:00(SOT-Ron Dittemore/Space Shuttle Program Manager)
"there's a missing link out there and we gotta go find it"
INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT MISSING LINK COULD BE A HEAT SHIELD TILE.
A CLOSER EXAMINATION OF THE SHUTTLE'S LAUNCH SHOWS DEBRIS STRIKING THE
LEFT WING DURING LIFTOFF... POSSIBLY DAMAGING A TILE.
THAT COULD HAVE EXPOSED COLUMBIA TO EXTREME TEMPERATURES 16 DAYS LATER
BUT NASA SAYS IT'S ONLY A WORKING THEORY.
(SOT-William Readdy/NASA Associate Administrator)
"everybody seems to have leaped to the conclusion that that was the
cause... and I'm not sure that we're ready to say that".
Some of Roanoke's budding astronauts and rocket scientists are not discouraged by the shuttle tragedy.
At Lucy Addison Aerospace Magnet School, the disaster is instead presenting a learning experience.
100 middle school students there study aerospace science.
They try their hand at space flight on the school's shuttle simulator.
Teacher Michael Scott says half his students say they'd still like to go to space, just as many as BEFORE the disaster.
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((MICHAEL SCOTT/AEROSPACE SCIENCE TEACHER; I THINK IT'LL HAVE A BIG IMPACT BECAUSE THE INTEREST OF THE STUDENTS IS VERY HIGH RIGHT NOW. ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO ABOUT MONITORING THE SPACE SHUTTLE WE HAVE IN OUR SIMULATOR, THEY'LL BE FAR MORE INTERESTED IN LOOKING AT NUMBERS THAT WE COULD GENERATE IN OUR SIMULATION AND HOW THEY'RE RELEVANT TO WHAT THEY'RE DOING IN MISSION CONTROL HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Scott/Aerospace Science Teacher; ]
[OUT Q=mission control here.]
His students will monitor the shuttle investigation closely in class.
Family and friends gathered at a Botetourt County church to remember the victims of last week's deadly house fire.
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The service was held last night as investigators continue to search for the cause of the blaze which took the lives of Mycol Street, his young son and daughter.
At this time, officials say they believe the fire originated on the first floor of the log house.
But investigators say material has been sent to the lab for testing in hopes of finding the cause and place where the fire started.
Opening statements are expected today in the trial of a man accused of killing a Pittsylvania County Sheriff's deputy.
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Roy Inge, Junior is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Deputy Frankie Betterton last spring.
Yesterday, six men and eight women were chosen from a pool of 95 potential jurors.
The trial may last all week.
The battle of words continues in the debate over whether to wage war on Iraq.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair supports military action, while French President Jacques Chirac believes weapons inspectors need more time.
The debate is causing a wedge in the U-N security council, which will hear from Secretary of State Colin Powell tomorrow.
Iraqi officials say they doubt Powell has any credible evidence against them.
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((AMIR AL-SAADI/IRAQI CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISER:I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED IF THE AMERICANS COULD BE ABLE TO CONVINCE THE SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS OF THEIR POINT OF VIEW. I THINK THEY ARE
FAILING AND CONTINUE TO FAIL -- EVEN COLIN POWELL. ))
[SUPER=01-Amir Al-Saadi/Iraqi Chief Scientific Adviser;]
[OUT Q=even Colin Powell.]
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Just south of Baghdad, inspectors did find an abandoned warhead at a missile parts factory.
Unexpectedly, it was Iraq that announced the discovery.
They say the warhead did NOT violate U-N resolutions.
In business news, Bassett Furniture is closing a production plant, but it's a move that means more jobs for our area.
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The company says it will hire about 50 employees at its Henry County facility to make up for closing a plant in Georgia.
Hiring will begin over the next several months. Applications can be picked up at the Superior Lines plant in Bassett.
With the Georgia location closing, 300 people are losing their jobs.
Officials say the decision was a cost- saving move made to maintain quality while providing a return for shareholders.
In other news, Investors have cautiously extended Wall Street's rally into a second session.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=your local stocks.]
((THE MARKET WAS ABLE TO POST MODEST GAINS ON NEWS THAT MANUFACTURING EXPANDED
IN JANUARY FOR THE THIRD MONTH.
THE DOW GAINED 56 POINTS LED BY EASTMAN KODAK AND MICROSOFT..
THE NASDAQ ADDED NEARLY 3.
WALL STREET TOOK THE TIME TO REMEMBER THE SEVEN ASTRONAUTS LOST ON BOARD THE
SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.. THE NYSE OBSERVED TWO MINUTES OF SILENCE THIS MORNING TO
COMMEMORATE THE LOSS OF THE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS...
MEANTIME, Shares of companies tied to the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia
fell . BOEING, LOCKHEED MARTIN AND ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS - AMONG OTHER NASA
SUPPLIERS FACE REVENUE LOSSES BECAUSE OF THE GROUNDING OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE
FLEET. BOEING GETS ABOUT 2 BLN DOLLARS IN ANNUAL SALES FROM THE AGENCY.
WORLDCOM WILL LAYOFF ANOTHER 5-THOUSAND WORKERS AS IT TRIES TO EMERGE FROM
BANKRUPTCY. LAST YEAR WORLDCOM LAID OFF 17-THOUSAND WORKERS AFTER A 9 BLN
DOLLAR ACCOUNTING SCANDAL FORCED THE COMPANY INTO BANKRUPTCY.
IT WAS A MIXED BAG FOR THE BIG THREE AUTOMAKERS IN JANUARY.
GM SAW SALES FALL MORE THAN 2 PERCENT, DAIMLERCHRYSLER POSTED A 12 PERCENT
SLIDE -- BUT FORD'S SALES REVVED UP
4.1 PERCENT THANKS TO STEEP INCENTIVES.
FIND MORE AT CBS.MARKETWATCH.COM
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Following the Shuttle Columbia disaster, officials are closer to choosing a replacement for the World Trade Center, the site of another national tragedy.
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It's expected to be announced today that the choices have been narrowed down from nine to two.
A final decision will be made at the end of the month.
Controversy has stalled recent efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King in the city of Roanoke.
Yesterday, a member of city council offered a proposal he hopes will win widespread support.
The city is moving forward with plans to renovate the First Street Bridge, the link between Henry Street and downtown Roanoke.
City council member Alfred Dowe proposed renaming the bridge in honor of the civil rights leader.
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[IN Q=Obviously there's a lot of different oppportunities]
((ALFRED DOWE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO HONOR DR. KING AND THIS WILL PROBABLY JUST BE THE FIRST ONE. SO I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY PROBLEM GAINING CONSENSUS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT'S THE COMMUNITY'S CALL. SO WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THEY BUY INTO IT. ))
[OUT Q=see how they buy into it.]
Built in the 1890s, the iron truss bridge is one of the oldest in the city.
Used by pedestrians, the bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for over two years.
Officials are still debating whether to allow cars, or renovate the bridge for pedestrians only, but a majority of the council members say they could support the proposal to honor Dr. King.
Other plans for a King Memorial are also on the drawing board. One proposal includes a plaza, statue and fountain in the Henry Street area, and more details on that are expected soon.
A House of Delegates committee has approved an anti-abortion license plate, but the tags may never make it on the road.
The specialty plate would read "Choose Life."
But the American Civil Liberties Union is calling the measure unconstitutional and threatening to sue if it becomes law.
Supporters say the plate's message serves a worthy purpose.
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((DEL. DICK BLACK/R-STERLING: WE LIVE IN A CULTURE OF DEATH WHERE WE ENCOURAGE EXPECTANT MOTHERS TO GO TO ABORTIONISTS. THERE HAS BEEN ALMOST NO ENCOURAGEMENT GIVEN TO EXPECTANT MOTHERS TO GO AHEAD, HAVE THE CHILD.))
((KENT WILLIS/ACLU; WHEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES A BILL AUTHORIZING A LICENSE PLATE WITH A VIEWPOINT ON IT THEN WHAT ITS DOING IS SHOWING A PREFERENCE FOR ONE PARTICULAR VIEWPOINT AND ITS NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT.))
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Also, in the General Assembly yesterday, the House defeated two attempts to loosen the mandatory helmet law for bikers.
One measure would have lifted the requirement for those over the age of 21.
The other would have allowed cyclists to ride without a helmet only on Virginia's byways.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Despite the break-up of Columbia, the manager of a NASA program says the agency will remain committed to raising interest in space exploration.
April Tensen works with the space agency's Space Day Foundation on a Student Space Program.
Students at two local schools, Clearbrook Elementary and the Community School, have taken part in the project, signing giant posters that are then sent up on a shuttle mission.
The program is designed to make space travel personal.
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[IN Q=Programs like this are great...]
((APRIL TENSEN/STUDENT SIGNATURES IN SPACE PROGRAM: PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ARE GREAT BECAUSE THEY GET KIDS INTERESTED AND THEM WE CAN TELL THEM ABOUT THE SPACE PROGRAM, THE BENEFITS, THE GREAT THINGS THAT HAPPEN. IT'S A GREAT WAY TO KEEP THEM INTERESTED.))
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[OUT Q=great way to keep them interested.]
The last mission launched with student signatures on board flew in December.
You may want to lighten your load next time you fly.
Delta Air Lines is introducing a 25-dollar fee for bags that weigh between 51 and 70 pounds.
Previously, there was no extra charge for bags in that weight range.
The airline will continue to charge 80 dollars for "heavyweight" bags between 71 and 100 pounds, which is the top limit for checked luggage.
(Kim tosses to bump)