[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet won't be extradited to Spain to face torture charges.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Al Gore gets a key political endorsement in his bid for the White House.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


We're starting off the day with temperatures in the 30s and 40s...but they won't be warming up by much this afternoon.
Expect more seasonable temperatures in the 50s for the next few days...with a mostly dry outlook through the weekend.
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[WRITER=mel]
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Chile's ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet could soon be on his way home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Surrey, England]

[4;03:28]
British officials today confirmed that, despite protests, they will not extradite the 84 year old General to Spain to stand trial for alleged human rights abuses.
This frees Pinochet to return to Chile.
Spain says it will not appeal today's ruling.
Pinochet has been held in Britain for more than 16 months on a Spanish warrant alleging he tortured political opponents during his 17-year dictatorship.
He fought extradition on grounds he was medically unfit.
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[jackson-endorsement]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000;]


The Reverend Jesse Jackson is endorsing Al Gore for President.
Jackson made his announcement last night right before the last scheduled debate between Gore and his opponent Bill Bradley.
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[SOT]

[2:48:26-37]
[IN Q=Vice President Gore has the.....]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Jackson/Rainbow Push Coalition;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=for full support.]
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


Jackson went onto say that he believes both Gore and Bradley are electable and that now is the time for the two to come together.
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[S-Sabato]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=599-5 2:04:42]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Some say George W- Bush's primary win in Virginia was a turning point.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Friday]


And for that, U-V-A political analyst Larry Sabato says Bush has Governor Jim Gilmore to thank.
A "thank you" could mean a cabinet post-- if Bush wins -- and if Gilmore wants to give up the final year of his four years as governor.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If he wants]
[sot 22:23:01 ]

((LARRY SABATO/U.VA. POLITICAL ANALYST: IF HE WANTS TO GIVE UP THAT YEAR, HE HAS AN EXCELLENT SHOT AT A CABINET POST SUCH AS SECRETARY OF COMMERCE. OF COURSE, THAT WOULD HAVE ALL KINDS OF IMPLICATIONS FOR VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=for Virginia.]
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[VO-NAT]


The major implication would be GOVERNOR John Hager-- who would succeed Gilmore... and Sabato predicts have a good shot as an incumbent to win four more years.
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[Reform-Party]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Nearly two million dollars of Federal Election Commission money given to the Reform Party is now in the hands of Lynchburg federal court officers.
District Judge Norman Moon ordered the transfer last Friday pending resolution of a dispute about who controls the party and its money.
The money was returned by former party chairman John Gargan and former treasurer Ronn Young.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/February 12]


They were ousted at a chaotic meeting on February 12th when power was returned to allies of Reform Party founder Ross Perot.
Gargan and Young contend they are still the rightful heads of the organization-- hearings on that will be held March 22nd.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the Roanoke College women advance in the N-C-A-A Division three tournament.
Denise Allen has that and highlights from Virginia Tech.
Good Morning Denise.
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: car show))

[1010-rules]


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


All those advertised claims of cheap rates by long distance phone companies can be confusing.
Federal regulators agree and have a new set of rules to keep advertising honest.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SOT]

[3:22:11]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :13]
[SUPER=01-Robert Pitofsky/FTC; :25]
[SUPER=01-Emma Marques/Customer; :48 QUICK!!!!]
[SUPER=01-William Kennard/FCC; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:13]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington]

((We interrupt this program for an important news brief. NARR:
From Bugs Bunny to Michael Jordan --
NAT/SOT MCI AD

MCI now offers 5 cents a minute every day-- NARR;
Phone companies like MCI are using BIG NAMES to make some BIG CLAIMS.
NAT/SOT MCI AD

This is big news. (Bang!) NARR:
But in Washington, Federal regulators are anything but amused and are issuing a list of advertising guidelines designed especially to crack down on those 10-10 ads that have become a 3 billion dollar a year industry.
SOT/ROBERT PITOFSKY, FTC 9:49:42

Companies have a right to set their prices as they see fit, but the full text of their prices schedule should be in print that people can understand.
NAT/SOT PHONE RINGS

NARR:
Regulators say they have received more than 3-thousand complaints from people like Emma Marques, bemoaning the fact that ads say one thing, and their phone bill says another.
.SOT/ EMMA MARQUES, CUSTOMER 12:30:31

I'm not really sure if I'm saving money.
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MCI for example touts 5 cents a minute but that only applies to those who pay the $4.95 monthly fee a stipulation that appears on the screen in small print for less then three seconds.
SOT/WILLIAM KENNARD, FCC

9:46:00 Its unfair for telephone companies who are doing the right thing to be undercut or a customer stolen away by deceptive and misleading advertising. COWAN ON CAM:
MCI has already agreed to settle charges over ads for its 10-10 numbers and they may not be alone. NARR:
Regulators say the 10-10 Market is so new, and so broad; its become a haven for advertising abuse from ALL long distance carriers who until now have been untouchable.
But the new list of guidelines gives the government much needed ammunition. Unless companies agree to follow them, they say, they'll start imposing fines and other punishments, they guarantee WONT be in fine print. Lee Cowan CBS News, Washington.))

[Still-bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Moonshine Bust]


Operation "Lightning Strike" included the raid on a moonshine operation in Pittsylvania County last April.
Yesterday A-T-F Agents shut down the same site--operated by the same people-
This time Nelson Giles was arrested along with a Mexican couple.
Giles is set to be released on bond, but Antonio and Beda Garcia are being detained until the Immigration Service is notified.
The government believes the couple is in this country illegally.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-52 1:46:20]
[GRAPHIC=Moment of Silence]


A mandatory minute for Virginia schoolchildren to "reflect, pray, or meditate" died in committee, but supporters of the bill may revive it on the floor of the house.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The bill's supporters argued it was timely-- given the latest school shooting in Flint, Michigan.
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[SOT 09:59:37]
[IN Q=This bill]

((DEL. PAUL HARRIS/R-CHARLOTTESVILLE: THIS BILL IS NOT ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH A RELIGION. IT'S SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO SAY THAT WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY, GIVEN ALL THE CALAMITY THAT WE HAVE IN OUR SOCIAL FABRIC, THAT THERE SHALL BE A MINUTE OF SILENCE BEFORE WE START OUR SCHOOL DAY.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Paul Harris/(R) Charlottesville; ]
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[OUT Q=our school day.]
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[VO-NAT]


But opponents argued it's a religious sham-- and probably UNconstitutional.
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[SOT tape two 09:55:23]
[IN Q=It is more]

((REV. SHELTON MILES/HALIFAX CO. BAPTIST PASTOR: IT IS MORE A VACCINE AGAINST AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY BEING CAUGHT BY OUR YOUTH THAN MOST ANYTHING YOU COULD PRODUCE. BECAUSE IT LEAVES THOSE FROM SECULAR BACKGROUNDS WITH A FALSE IMPRESSION OF WHAT AUTHENTIC PRAYER TRULY IS.))
[SOT 10:11:49 MOMENT TAPE TWO]

((RODNEY SMOLLA/CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER: BOTH JUSTICE O'CONNOR AND JUSTICE POWELL SAID I AM VOTING AGAINST THE ALABAMA LAW BECAUSE IT HAS THE WORD PRAYER IN IT.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Shelton Miles/Halifax Co. Baptist Pastor; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Rodney Smolla/Constitutional Law Professor; :15]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=prayer in it.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./File Tape;]


The House Education Committee decided to leave it a local option for school systems to have a moment of silence-- but to provide state lawyers to defend them if they got sued.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, good news about kidney transplants.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF RHEUMATOLOGY SAYS WE DOCTORS ARE TOO STINGY OR TOO SLOW WHEN IT COMES TO PRESCRIBING THE RIGHT MEDICATIONS FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.
VT=VO

BIG PROBLEM SINCE EVEN A SLIGHT DELAY IN USING THE RIGHT MEDICATIONS CAN LEAD TO PERMANENT JOINT DAMAGE. THE DRUGS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS A CLASS CALLED D-MARDS. DISEASE MODIFYING ANTI RHEUMATIC DRUGS.. POWERFUL MEDICATIONS THAT KEEP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM DESTROYING THE JOINTS.- THEY'VE BEEN AROUND FOR 10 YEARS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT DOCTORS TEND TO PRESCRIBE COMMON- EVERYDAY ARTHRITIS DRUGS SUCH AS IBUPROFEN OR NAPROSYN TO TREAT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. -- NOT THE DMARDS. WHY NOT- WELL THEY ARE EXPENSIVE-- INSURANCE COMPANIES FROWN ON THEM-- AND SOME DOCTORS JUST AREN'T KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST IN MEDICINE.
VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE ORGAN TRANSPLANT FRONT. A STUDY IN THE NEJM SAYS FEWER PATIENTS ARE REJECTING KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS BECAUSE OF BETTER MEDICATIONS THAT PREVENT REJECTION. OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DECADES, THE AVERAGE TIME A TRANSPLANTED KIDNEY WORKS ROSE FROM 11 YEARS TO ALMOST 20 YEARS. ON CAM AND FINALLY- AN OVER THE COUNTER PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT MAY HELP PATIENTS WITH HEART FAILURE. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY REPORTS THE SUPPLEMENT- L-ARGININE- PLUS AN EASY EXERCISE PROGRAM IMPROVED HEART FUNCTION BY MORE THAN 12 PERCENT. L ARGININE IS OFTEN USED BY BODYBUILDERS. THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DRDH FOR CBS NEWS.))

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((Archive: car show)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


Two people were killed and three people critically wounded in a shooting rampage near Pittsburgh.
Police say Ronald Taylor opened fire at his apartment building and at a restaurant.
Taylor surrendered after a two-hour hostage standoff.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet won't be extradited to Spain to face torture charges.
The ruling today by Britain's top law enforcement official clears the way for Pinochet's return home to Chile.
He's been detained in Britain since his arrest in October 1998.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Recent Grammy winner Cher brought her techno disco music to the Roanoke civic center last night, performing to a nearly sold out venue.
Mambo Number five king Lou Bega opened up for the legendary singer and actress.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, March Second.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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Chile's ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet has been cleared to go home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Surrey, England;]

[4;03:28]
British officials today confirmed that, despite protests, they will not extradite the 84 year old General to Spain to stand trial for alleged human rights abuses.
Spain says it will not appeal the ruling.
Pinochet has been held in Britain for more than 16 months on a Spanish warrant alleging he tortured political opponents during his 17-year dictatorship.
Medical reports have said Pinochet is unfit to stand trial.
A Chilean Air Force jet is waiting at an air base north of London to fly him to Santiago.
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[E-Hunt-Fish]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-51 1:33:12]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Capitol]


Do Virginians have a constitutional right to hunt and fish?
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[VO-NAT]


It's up to Virginia voters now.
The state senate signed off for the second year on a ballot measure to amend the state constitution.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


But NOT before some senators tried to add to the rights: shopping, golfing, food, and shelter-- in an attempt to derail what they regarded as a foolish change.
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[SOT SENATE 2:47:03]
[IN Q=And when]

((SEN. RUSS POTTS/(R) WINCHESTER: AND WHEN THEY PUT THOSE VOTES UP THERE, I'M GONNA VOTE YES. BUT I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, THIS AIN'T MY FINEST HOUR, AND IT'S NOT OUR FINEST HOUR EITHER.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Russ Potts/(R) Winchester;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=hour either.]
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[VO-NAT]


The hunting and fishing constitutional amendment was the idea of Bath County Delegate Creigh (KREE) Deeds.
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[S-Hanger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-56 1:16:58]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A joke about the basketball abilities of his fellow white, male Republican colleagues by State Senator Emmett Hanger has some other general assembly member crying foul.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's an annual]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :16 ]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :38]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Yvonne Miller/(D) Norfolk; :43 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:11 ]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.]

(( It's an annual legislative tradition -- politicians playing basketball for charity.
[sot SENATE FEED 01:40:12]

((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: I THINK WE'RE PRETTY PATHETIC AS FAR AS BASKETBALL PLAYERS. LOOK AT US! WE HAVE NO AFRICAN-AMERICANS. WE HAVE NO CHEERLEADERS.))
[runs= :09]


The first response was on the cheerleaders part.
[SOT 01:42:58 SENATE FEED]

((SEN. JANET HOWELL/D-RESTON: SURELY HE DOESN'T MEAN TO IMPLY THAT THE FEMALE SENATOR ALL-STARS CAN ONLY BE CHEERLEADERS.))
[RUNS= :09]


Hanger says, quoting now, "I didn't mean to infer that at all."
But what about the African-American part?
[sot 14:50:31]

((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: IT'S A KNOWN FACTOR THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES DO EXCEEDINGLY WELL IN BASKETBALL.
THAT'S A KNOWN FACTOR.))
[runs= :10]
[SOT 15:17:08]

((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: DID HE SAY THAT AS WELL? OH MY GOD. THE PLOT THICKENS.))
[RUNS= :05]



[sot 17:57:59]

((SENATOR Y.B. MILLER/D-NORFOLK: I'M GRIEVING FOR THE PERSON WHO MADE THOSE STATEMENTS, BECAUSE IT REALLY REFLECTS A VERY NARROW-MINDED VIEW.))
[runs= :09]


The implication, said some black Senators, was they had more brawn than brains.
[SOT 15:19:13]

((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: I THINK HE JUST DOESN'T GET IT. BUT I THINK A LOT OF MEMBERS JUST DON'T GET IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST DON'T REALIZE HOW OFFENSIVE SOME OF THOSE REMARKS ARE.))
[RUNS= :08]
[sot 14:51:05 ]

((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP. I THINK YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THAT. THAT IS JUST A KNOWN QUANTITY.))
[runs= :08]


The Legislative Black Caucus ended the day with a news release labelling Hanger's comments a "slur," and "insensitive."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=99-58 1:02:22]
[GRAPHIC=Halifax Bomb Threats]


Most school districts immediately evacuate students when there is a bomb threat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


But not in Halifax County-- They do the opposite.
Students are kept in the classroom and not allowed out.
And with three bomb threats in three weeks, many students and parents want this policy changed.
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[SOT 1:45:30]
[SOT 1:49:46]
[IN Q=There's so many things]

((TODD EAKES/STUDENT: THERE SO MANY THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG IN AN EVACUATION BUT SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG WITHOUT EVEN TRYING TO SAVE MY LIFE. LARRY CLARK/PRINCIPAL: WELL MY THOUGHT ON EVACUATION AGAIN IS YOU'RE PUTTING STUDENTS THROUGH CORRIDORS, STAIR TOWERS. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THERE IS NOT A BOMB IN THOSE AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Eakes/Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. H. S. Principal; :13]
[RUNS=27]
[OUT Q=in those areas.]
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[VO-NAT]


The school board is expected to address this issue at its next meeting on March 13th.
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[S-Blacksburg-Fight]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-59 42:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Blacksburg police say the Virginia Tech resident advisor who died Monday was beaten after he broke into a house.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Monday;]


Police say 29-year-old Thomas L. Hyman was drunk outside the house when he got in an argument with a man he didn't know who lived inside.
Police say Hyman then broke the glass on the front door... and was beaten unconscious.
So far, the Commonwealth's attorney is NOT pursuing charges against the man who beat Hyman.
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[pa-shooting]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


At least two people are dead and several others seriously injured after a man went on a shooting spree outside Pittsburgh yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wilkinsburg, PA; ]


Ronald Taylor surrendered to authorities after allegedly shooting a maintenance worker at his apartment and then customers at two fast food restaurants.
Witnesses say the violence began after Taylor complained a maintenance man was taking too long to fix a broken door.
But others think something else might be behind the shootings, pointing to his past tirades.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((REBECCA VAN KIRK, APARTMENT MANAGER: HE CALLED US RACIST PIGS AND WHITE TRASH UNFORTUNATELY HE DOESN'T LIKE WHITE PEOPLE AND YOU THINK THIS IS WHAT SET HIM OFF? YES.))
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Van Kirk/Apartment Manager;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=WHAT SET HIM OFF? YES.]
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[VO-NAT]


Before turning himself in, Taylor held at least four wheel chair bound seniors hostage at a hospice center.
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((Archive: car show))

[E-Cher]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-60 TC1:13:13]
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Cher brought her "Do You Believe" tour to the Roanoke Civic Center last night to a nearly sold out crowd.
Kate Weidaw brings us the highlights.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:13]
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(([NAT SOUND]
[RUNS= 5]


Cher graced the stage - in a wild outfit she described as a Judge Judy, road warrior, power ranger style. Some fans even tried to copy Cher's style for the concert -- hair and all. Others were practicing their vocals.

[SOT 57:04]
[INQ=]

((HEY I GOT YOU BABE.))
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((DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER LOVE.))
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((SHE'S A GOOD SINGER SHE'S ABOUT MY AGE BUT SHE LOOKS REALLY GOOD.))
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((SHE'S A FINE LADY. HA HA HA,))
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[NAT SOUND LOU BEGA]
[RUNS= :01]

And let's not forget Cher's opening act -- the man who made Mambo Number Five a huge hit. But it was Lou Bega's dancers - and their wild dance moves - that attracted the attention.
[NAT SOUND LOU BEGA]
[RUNS= 5]


In the end though, Cher stole the show with a dazzling voice and an electifying set that got Roanokers out of their seats and dancing. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-54 TC1:38:18]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Some Radford University students are turning an old coal mine into a public park ... all in the name of preservation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


These anthropology students have spent the last year planning a coal mining heritage park.
It will be on the site of the old (MERRY-mack) Merrimac Mines, which saw their heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
When finished, the park will include nature trails, an amphitheatre and a reconstructed miner's cabin.
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[BUMP SOTS ]
[IN Q=For me, the most]

((MELISSA LAMB/RADFORD STUDENT: FOR ME THE MOST EXCITING THING IS BRINGING BACK TO LIFE A WAY OF LIFE THAT BRINGS TOGETHER COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES. )) ((FRED LAWSON/MERRIMAC COAL MINER: THEY REALLY DUG IN. THEY'RE INTERESTED IN IT. I SUPPOSE THEY'RE MAKING GOOD GRADES WHEN TEST TIME COMES AROUND, TOO ON WHAT THEY'RE DOING HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Melissa Lamb/Radford Student;]
[SUPER=01-Fred Lawson/Merrimac Coal Miner;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=what they're doing here.]
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[VO-NAT]


The students present their plans at a public meeting tonight.
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Nearly two million dollars of Federal Election Commission money given to the Reform Party is now in the hands of Lynchburg federal court officers.
District Judge Norman Moon ordered the transfer last Friday pending resolution of a dispute about who controls the party and its money.
The money was returned by former party chairman John Gargan and former treasurer Ronn Young.
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They were ousted at chaotic meeting on February 12th when power was returned to allies of Reform Party founder Ross Perot.
Gargan and Young still contend they are still the rightful heads of the organization-- hearings on that will be held March 22nd.
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In sports, NASCAR star Ward Burton visits an area school.
Denise Allen has more.
Good Morning Denise.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Two former leaders of the Reform Party who were ousted last month, have turned over nearly two million dollars to Lynchburg federal court officers.
Chairman John Gargan and treasurer Ronn Young say they were improperly forced out of the party.
A Lynchburg federal judge ordered the Federal Election funds turned over while the court figures out who's actually in charge.
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Virginia voters will decide on a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to hunt and fish.
Yesterday, the state senate signed off for the second year on a ballot measure to amend the state constitution.
But NOT before some senators tried to add to the rights: shopping, golfing, food, and shelter-- in an attempt to derail what they regarded as a foolish change.
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Blacksburg police say the Virginia Tech resident advisor who died Monday was beaten after he broke into a house.

Police say 29-year-old Thomas L. Hyman was drunk outside the house when he got into an argument with a man he didn't know who lived inside.
Police say Hyman then broke the glass on the front door... and was beaten unconscious.
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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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