[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Former President Bush is hospitalized in Florida.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Meantime, his son George W. Bush makes a couple of campaign stops in Virginia today.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[president-bush]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Former President George Bush is recovering in the hospital this morning after getting sick during a business reception in Naples, Florida.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Naples, FL;]

[3:01]
Mr. Bush was suffering from an irregular heartbeat and was kept overnight for observation.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wednesday;]

[99-53 1:20;33]
He was in Salem on Wednesday campaigning for his son.
A spokesman says he's resting comfortably this morning and should be released today.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:00;47]
[IN Q=He's had a rough week....]
[SUPER=01-Jim McGrath/Bush Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=to catch up with him.]
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[VO-NAT]

[3:02;16]
Mr. Bush had a similar episode in 19-91.
At that time he spent two days in the hospital for the condition.
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[E-Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr/ejo]
[TAPE#=00-01 49:59]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


George W. Bush makes campaign stops in Richmond and Newport News today, trying to strengthen his already large lead in Virginia.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]


A Mason-Dixon poll of 621 likely Virginia voters shows - statewide - 48 per cent favor Bush, 37 per cent are for McCain.
Bush gets the most support in western and southwest Virginia .. 57 per cent, almost double McCain's 29.
In Southside and Central Virginia - the race is slightly closer.
Among those saying they're Independents or Democrats, McCain takes the lead 54 percent to Bush's 25.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's Republican Primary is Tuesday, February 29-th.

[City-GOP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-04 25:51]
[GRAPHIC=CAMPAIGN 2000]


There are four Roanoke City Council seats up for grabs in the May Elections.
And last night Republicans chose their candidates.
Joy Sutton has details.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/(R) City Council Candidate; :11]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/(R) Mayoral Candidate; :40]
[SUPER=01-Don Hogan/(R) City Council Candidate; 1:04]
[SUPER=@Joy1; 1:13]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=JS, News 7.]

(( Republicans were fired-up at the their mass meeting -- ready to choose candidates -- they know will bring new insight and leadership to Roanoke City Council.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:17:29]
[IN Q=It's time for ]

((BILL CARDER/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE, IT'S TIME FOR A VISION, IT'S TIME FOR EXECUTION, IT'S TIME FOR INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP NOT EXCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP, IT'S TIME TO LISTEN AND RESPOND TO CITIZENS OF ROANOKE CITY))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=Roanoke City]


The party voted to endorse Ralph Smith for Mayor, and Don Hogan and Bill Carder as city council members.
Smith says he's not a politician - just a concerned citizen hoping to bring a new approach to city government.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:42:37]
[IN Q=What I am in awe of]

((RALPH SMITH/MAYORAL CANDIDATE: WHAT I AM IN AWE OF IS PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH ME PHILOSOPHICALLY IN SOME WAY, BUT THEY'RE SUPPORTING ME BECAUSE OF MY BUSINESS ABILITY TO DO THIS.))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=to do this]


The Candidates say some may think the Democratic candidates are shoe-ins -- but that will not be the case this year.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:36:43]
[IN Q=People are beginning]

((DON HOGAN/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND THEY'RE STARTING TO SAY MAYBE WE HAVE THE WRONG PARTY IN OFFICE. MAYBE WE SHOULD GIVE SOMEBODY ELSE A CHANCE))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=somebody else a chance]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((THERE IS STILL ONE COUNCIL MEMBER SEAT AVAILABLE ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT. BUT VOTERS DECIDED TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE ROANOKE CITY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE TO CHOOSE THAT CANDIDATE. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7, ))))

[Student-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Counselors will be on hand at Bassett High School today as students mourn the death of a classmate.
A 14 year-old Bassett High School student died yesterday after collapsing in class.
Tiffany Craighead was in ninth grade.
There's no word yet on what caused her death.
Henry County's School Superintendent says this a tremendous loss for the school.
The Piedmont District basketball tournament which was scheduled for last night will be played tonight.

[E-Luis-Cristobal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-05 4:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A fugitive suspected of setting off three bombs in Virginia is recovering in a Richmond hospital today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[from 99-51 1:12:44 internet]
State police say they found Luis Cristobal beneath a Dinwiddie County church yesterday- with an explosive device and an assault rifle.
He reportedly drew a semi-automatic pistol on the officer who found him and refused to drop it, so the officer shot him.
Cristobal was flown to a Richmond hospital. [500-7 10:58:22 - scene]
He's suspected of planting two car bombs in Chesterfield County, and a third bomb at an ironworks plant in Petersburg over two weeks ago.
One person was injured.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, Steve Mason has college hoops highlights, plus a look at some future basketball stars.
Good Morning Steve.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:07]
[OUT Q=great weekend]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Ed Graves/Valley Marine Center;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: boats))

[beets]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The state of Texas has executed a 62 year old Grandmother.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Huntsville, TX;]

[3:03:10]
Betty Lou Beets is only the fourth woman in the nation to be put to death since the Death Penalty was reinstated in 1976.
[SUPER=@File;]


The former barmaid, known as the black widow, was convicted in 19-85 of killing her 5th husband.
He and her fourth husband were found buried in her back yard.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((JAMES BEETS:THE PAIN THE ANGRY.. EVERYTHING BETTY BEETS PUT IN US, THROUGH OUT THESE 17 YEARS CAN FINALLY BE GONE. ))
[SUPER=01-James Beets/Son of Murder Victim;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=finally be gone.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Beets was also charged with shooting and wounding her second husband.
Recently, Beets claimed she was a victim of spousal abuse and deserved to have her life spared.
But the U-S Supreme Court denied her appeal.
And Texas Governor George W. Bush also refused to grant her a 30 day stay.
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[E-Retraining]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=Sch]
[TAPE#=99-51 TC1:28:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Many textile workers who lost their jobs in the past couple of years, returned to school to learn new skills.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Two years later, many will be receiving their diplomas.
College officials say they are excellent students with a 3.0 or better grade point average.
The former textile workers say it's been a long process getting here but it's all worth it.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 15:36:46]
[IN Q=It's not bad ]

((LISA ROWLAND/FORMER TEXTILE WORKER: IT'S NOT BAD AT FIRST YOU THINK YOU ARE DUMB BECAUSE OF YOUR AGE BUT YOU WANT IT YOU WANT THE GOOD GRADES.))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Rowland/Former Textile Worker;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=The good grades]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Many of the student will be graduating this May.

[E-Waiting-Period]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-59 39:32]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion Bills]


The Governor wants it.
The House passed it.
And the Senate Committee that voted on it yesterday was expected to be a little more friendly to the bill than it's been in the past.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


So it came as a shock to some anti- abortion activists that the 24- hour waiting period bill was stalled on an eight to seven vote.
The tie-breaker came from the chairman, who announced he's torn on the issue.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Puts me]
[sot tape TWO 11:26:50 ]

((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: PUTS ME IN A PREDICAMENT THEN THAT I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STRONG BELIEVER THAT THIS MATTER IS SO IMPORTANT THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DECIDED BY WOMEN IN COUNSEL WITH HER FAMILY, HER DOCTOR, AND HER CLERGY, AND NOT BY LAYMEN LEGISLATORS.))
[sot tape THREE 11:32:39]

((FIONA GIVENS/VA. SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: UNTIL LAST WEEK, WE WERE CONFIDENT. SENATOR BARRY HAD EXPRESSED SOME RESERVATIONS. WE HOPED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ANSWERED TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; :00]
[SUPER=01-Fiona Givens/Va. Society for Human Life; :17]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=answered today.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The bill would require a 24 hour reflection period before an abortion, and after a woman gets information on the procedure and alternatives from a licensed doctor.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, candles could be hazardous to your health.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((GET THE LEAD OUT. THATS THE WORD FROM THE CONSUMER GROUP: PUBLIC CITIZEN.
VT=VO

THE GROUP TESTED 285 CANDLES- AND FOUND MORE THAN 80 OF THEM HAD WICKS STIFFENED WITH HIGH AMOUNTS OF LEAD. AND WHEN THOSE WICKS BURN- THAT LEAD CAN BE ABSORBED INTO YOUR SYSTEM. THE SITUATION MAY BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN- TESTS SHOWED WHEN SOME OF THESE CANDLES BURNED FOR JUST 20 MINUTES - THE AMOUNT OF LEAD RELEASED FAR EXCEEDED THE AMOUNT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IS SAFE FOR KIDS. YOU CAN IDENTIFY WICKS WITH LEAD BY PEELING AWAY THE COTTON PART OF THE WICK AND RUBBING THE METAL CORE WITH COTTON. IF THE COTTON TURNS GRAY- THERE'S LEAD PRESENT.
VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- IF YOU SUFFER FROM TMJ- OR JAW JOINT PROBLEMS- LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR MOTHER SAID AND SIT UP STRAIGHT. A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION FINDS IMPROVING YOUR POSTURE RELIEVES TMJ SYMPTOMS MORE THAN 3X BETTER THAN STANDARD TREATMENTS INCLUDING MEDICATIONS.
VT=VO

AND FINALLY- WHAT ROOM IN A HOME HAS THE MOST GERMS? MOST PEOPLE SAY BATHROOM- BUT THE CORRECT ANSWER IS KITCHEN. A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FINDS KITCHEN SPONGES ARE THE WORST FOR GERM CONTAMINATION- FOLLOWED BY SINKS THEN COUNTERTOPS.. ONE RESEARCHER SAYS BATHROOMS ARE USUALLY CLEANED SO REGULARLY THEY DONT HAVE ALL THAT MANY GERMS... AND IF HE WAS A GERM- HE' D LOVE TO LIVE IN A SPONGE. CHANGE THOSE SPONGES FREQUENTLY- SOAK THEM IN A BLEACH SOLUTION- OR GIVE THEM 30 SECONDS IN A MICROWAVE. ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DRDH FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
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((Archive: boats)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Former President George Bush is expected to leave a hospital in Florida today, after an overnight stay.
Aides say the 75-year-old Bush went to the hospital as a precaution after feeling lightheaded at a reception.
Bush takes medication for heart problems.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Meantime, his son, Presidential contender George W. Bush will be in the commonwealth today, in advance of Tuesday's Republican Primary.
He'll make campaign stops in Richmond and Newport News.
Polls show he already has a comfortable lead over challenger John McCain, especially in Central and southwest Virginia.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Governor Bush was in Texas yesterday, rejecting a stay of execution for 62 year old Betty Lou Beets.
She was convicted for the 1983 murder of her husband in what prosecutors say was an insurance scheme.
Beets was only the second woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, February 25.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-president-bush]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An irregular heartbeat has put former President George Bush in a hospital.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Naples, FL;]

[3:01]
He was kept overnight for observation at a hospital in Naples, Florida, after he began feeling light headed at business reception.
Mr. Bush takes medication for heart problems.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wednesday;]

[99-53 1:20;33]
His spokesman says Mr. Bush has had a busy week traveling.
On Wednesday he was in Salem campaigning for his son George W. Bush.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:00;53-3:01;03]
[IN Q=He hates to admit it he's 75....]
[SUPER=01-Jim McGrath/Bush Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=kicked in.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[3:02;16]
McGrath says Mr. Bush resting comfortably this morning and should be released today.
Mr. Bush spent two days in a hospital in 1991 after a similar episode.
(------------)



[2-E-Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr/ejo]
[TAPE#=00-01 49:59]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


He already has a strong lead in Virginia, but George W. Bush will try to stregnthen it today with campaign appearances in Richmond and Newport News.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]


A Mason-Dixon poll of 621 likely Virginia voters shows - statewide - 48 per cent favor Bush, 37 per cent are for John McCain.
Bush gets the most support in western and southwest Virginia .. 57 per cent, almost double McCain's 29.
In Southside and Central Virginia - the race is slightly closer.
Among those saying they're Independents or Democrats, McCain takes the lead 54 percent to Bush's 25.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Virginia's Republican Primary is Tuesday, February 29-th.

[E-Joe-McCain]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-52 1:34:07]
[GRAPHIC=McCain]


John McCain's campaign says he may be in Virginia Beach on Monday-- pumping up his supporters in the military.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Richmond;]


Yesterday, his younger brother was in Richmond with P-O-Ws who support McCain.
JOE McCain lives in Fairfax.
[SUPER=203-Phoenix, AZ/Tuesday;]


He says his brother is NOT exactly asking Democrats and Independents to vote in Tuesday's Virginia primary.
But he clearly wouldn't mind if they did.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Not so much]
[sot tape THREE 11:44:58]

((JOE MCCAIN/SEN. MCCAIN'S BROTHER: NOT SO MUCH DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS. JOHN HAS NEVER MADE A MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS. BUT THE FACT IS WE THINK THE REASON THERE ARE SO MANY INDEPENDENTS IS BECAUSE THEY'D BE REPUBLICANS UNDER JOHN'S LEADERSHIP. IT'S THE PARTY LEADERSHIP NOW THAT HAS 25 OR 30 PERCENT INDEPENDENTS NOW IN PRACTICALLY EVERY STATE WE'RE WORKING IN.))
[SUPER=201-Joe McCain/John McCain's Brother;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=working in.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=Hold]


Virginia's primary is like Michigan's-- open to all voters.
But voters must sign a pledge that they will NOT participate in the nominating process of any other party.

[E-McCain-POW]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-54 1:28:05]
[GRAPHIC=TAKE TAKE TAKE]


[TAKE TAKE TAKE]

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Lexington]


One of the Senator's votes on Tuesday will come from a man who calls McCain his brother.
Jim Berger was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
He met McCain when they were serving time in the same prison.
Berger was an Air Force pilot, shot down in 1966.
He was a P-O-W for 6 years and three months -- nine months longer than McCain.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:23:51]
[IN Q=I know]

((JIM BERGER/FORMER P.O.W.: I KNOW THAT HE'S GOT CHARACTER THAT CAN'T BE SHOW BY A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE. AND THAT'S BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT HE'S BEEN THROUGH.))
[SUPER=201-Jim Berger/Former P.O.W.]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q= BEEN THROUGH]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Berger says his military training taught him not to favor one party over another.
But that changed when McCain entered the race.
Berger says he began campaigning for McCain because he knows what kind of person it takes to survive in a prison camp.
(------------)



[GOP-Candidates]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Republicans have tapped their candidates for Roanoke City Council.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Party members voted on candidates at a mass meeting last night.
Ralph Smith was chosen to run for Mayor, and Don Hogan and Bill Carder for council.
The candidates say it is time for a change in leadership -- and the democratic candidates who think they have this election in the bag -- are strongly mistaken.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT6:17:14]
[IN Q=The Democratic party]

((BILL CARDER/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HELD THEIR MASS MEETING AND BY SOME PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS THIS WAS THE ELECTION. I MEAN IT WAS LIKE A PARTY THEY WERE STANDING UP THERE SAYING NOW WE'RE ELECTED))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/(R) City Council Candidate]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=were elected]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


There are actually four seats up for grabs on City Council.
The executive committee of the Roanoke City Republican Committee will choose one more candidate.
(------------)



[Trout]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Roanoke City Council member Jim Trout won't have the Democratic nomination, but it appears the 20- year veteran of council WILL run for re-election as an Independent.
Following last week's mass meeting, Trout said he would campaign for the Democratic ticket... but now friends are circulating petitions in support of an Independent campaign.

[E-Seiffert]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-50 TC1:58:05]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


He used to be Lynchburg's top cop.. now Joe (See-fert) Seiffert says he wants to take aim at the city's wasteful spending habits.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Seiffert announced yesterday he's running for the Ward Four seat on Lynchburg city council.
Seiffert stepped down as police chief in 1993 amidst claims his department had "no" confidence in his leadership.

But he doesn't feel that will impact his campaign.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:15:33]
[IN Q=People that really]

((JOE SEIFFERT/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU TALK TO. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE BEARING AT ALL, NOT AS EVIDENCED BY 274 SIGNATURES FROM WARD FOUR VOTERS WHO WANT ME TO RUN.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=want me to run.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Seiffert calls himself a fiscal conservative who's running on the independent label.
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[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Tice/SW Va. Boat Dealers Assoc.]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: boats))

[E-Gov-Candidates]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-03 39:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginians don't pick their next governor for another 20 months.
But last night, all four potential candidates were in the same place for the first time ever.
Ellen Qualls has their story.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Republicans Mark]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Former Senate Candidate; :08]
[SUPER=01-L. F. Payne/(D) Former Congressman; :26 ]
[SUPER=@Hager; :43]
[SUPER=@Earley; 1:08]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( Republicans Mark Earley and John Hager are already publicly calling themselves candidates for 2001.
But on the Democratic side...
[sot ]

((MARK WARNER/D-FORMER SENATE CANDIDATE: ))
[runs=: ]


And don't forget L-F Payne: he lost to Hager in the Lieutenant Governor's race in 1997 -- and he gave up his Southside and central Virginia congressional seat after the Republican takeover of Capitol Hill.
[sot ]

((L.F. PAYNE/D-FORMER CONGRESSMAN; ))
[runs=: ]


From Payne, a challenge to whoever's running.
[sot ]

((L.F. PAYNE: ))
[runs=: ]



[sot ]

((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: ))
[runs=: ]


Hager's opposition for the GOP nomination was sporting a new look-- contact lenses instead of glasses -- and also made a little news, as the last prominent Virginia Republican to climb on board the George W- Bush campaign.
[sot ]

((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: ))
[runs=: ]


So who had the best line of the night?
The guy who had the job they all want.
Jim Gilmore dubbed them "governor wannabes."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[E-Bomb-Threat]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-02 54:32]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Charges]


Two girls have been charged with phoning in two bomb threats to Lynchburg's Heritage High School this week.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Week]


The threats delayed the start of classes both Monday morning and yesterday.
"No" explosives were ever found.
Police say the phone company helped them determine where the calls came from.
They arrested a 17- year- old and 12- year- old yesterday.
Each faces two counts of threatening to bomb a building.
(------------)



[E-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-57 1:01:58]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex]


A disgruntled worker apparently is to blame for a fire at Bedford's Rubatex plant yesterday morning.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The blaze started in an extrusion oven in the plant's Waltex division around six.
Police say the worker.. who reportedly was about to be let go.. vandalized several pieces of equipment before leaving.
The suspect has not yet been arrested, so police have not released his name.
He was one of dozens of replacement workers hired since Rubatex's union went on strike last September.
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
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In sports, highlights from high school basketball tournaments, and a look into the Atlanta Braves spring training camp.
Steve Mason has more.
Good Morning Steve.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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John McCain may have racked up surprising primary victories recently - but George W- Bush is still the strong Republican favorite in our area.
Statewide, Bush has an eleven-point lead.
It's even bigger in Southwest and Central Virginia.
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Republicans have their picked their candidates for May's Roanoke City elections.
Ralph Smith will be the G-O-P candidate for mayor and Don Hogan and Bill Carder will run for city council seats.


The party executive committee will pick one more candidate to run for a council seat.
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Two girls have been charged with phoning in two bomb threats to Lynchburg's Heritage High School this week.
The threats delayed the start of classes both Monday morning and yesterday.
They arrested a 17- year- old and 12- year- old yesterday.
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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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