[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A Baltimore hostage drama enters its 4th day, police continue to try and negotiate with a suspected killer, holding three prisoners.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And after nine hours a police standoff ends in Henry County.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Yesterday's heavy downpours has prompted a flood watch today for small streams and creeks... periods of more rain are likely today before drier weather settles in for tomorrow.

[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Eaton-Standoff]


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The man who held Henry County deputies at bay for hours is in custody.
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Authorities say it all started when Raymond Eaton shot at them yesterday morning-- after officers tried to serve a warrant.
Nine hours later, deputies used tear gas to end tense situation.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF: FINALLY HE HOLLERED AND ASKED WHAT HE WANTED. WE ASKED HIM TO CLIMB DOWN THE LADDER, WHICH HE DID.))
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Until shots rang out, residents say Eaton was a quiet neighbor.
He originally faced 2 misdemeanor charges for writing bad checks.
Now he has 6 felony charges on top of that... including 2 attempted capital murder charges.
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[MD-Standoff]


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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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A hostage drama enters its fourth day in a Baltimore suburb, as a suspected killer continues to hold police at bay.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dundalk, MD;]

[3:02:34]
The standoff began Friday when, authorities say, Joseph (pal-ZIN-skee) Palczynski forced his way into the home, taking the mother of his former girlfriend and two others hostage.
He had been on the run since March Seventh, when he allegedly gunned down three people and kidnapped his ex-girlfriend.
Police say he killed another woman the next day while trying to steal a car.
Police continue sporadic phone negotiations with Palczynski, but report no breakthroughs.
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((BILL TOOHEY, SPOKESMAN, BALTIMORE CO. POLICE, HE'S NOT ANSWERING THE PHONE, BETTER WHEN WE'RE TALKING TO HIM.))
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[VO-NAT]


As police continue negotiating, the ordeal also drags on for residents of a four-block area surrounding the home.


Some residents were allowed to leave Sunday, but police cordoned off the area yesterday.
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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=99-58 1:21:36]
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The bomb threat policy at Halifax County Schools has changed.
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[VO-NAT]

[from 99-54 1:48:43]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Last Week;]


No longer will students be kept in the classroom during a bomb threat. Now they'll be evacuated.
The school board announced the decision last night at its regular meeting.
The change comes after much criticism by parents and students about the original "stay put" policy.
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[E-Rockbridge-fire]


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[WRITER=khu]
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[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


A Rockbridge County family is mourning the death of two children killed in a house fire Sunday night.
Keith Humphry talked with the parents.
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(( The house on Grassy Ridge Lane was destroyed, along with virtually everything in it.
Kenny Higgins was minding the four children while Frances Chittim was at work. The school kids were in bed asleep. Higgins and the twins had dozed off in front of the T-V.
He got the three year olds out...
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((I TRIED TO KEEP THE TWINS... THEY WERE TRYING TO GET BACK IN, SCREAMING FOR THEIR SISTERS. I JUST COULDN'T GET TO 'EM.))
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He couldn't reach seven- year old Kassidy Higgins, a second- grader at Central Elementary School and her 12-year old half sister, Rebecca Chittum, a Maury River Middle School Sixth grader.
Their mother learned the girls had died, when she got to the hospital.
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((EVERYBODY'S SHINING STAR. KASSIDY WAS DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL. 'BECKA WAS JUST SPECIAL... THAT PRE-TEEN 12-YEAR OLD.))
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The preliminary investigation indicates this was an accidental fire. The exact cause has yet to be determined.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=00-03 56:20]
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Carvins Cove is where Roanokers get their drinking water- but it may soon be the place some people go to hike, bicycle and ride horses.
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[VO-NAT]
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Last night Roanoke City Council moved a plan forward that would allow light recreation at Carvins Cove.
[Super=03-Roanoke;]


A citizen's committee came up with the plan - tonight dozens came out to support it.
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((WE RESPECT THE FACT THAT WATER IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY BUT WHAT WE'VE SAID IS SOME RECREATION IS OK.)) ((RIGHT NOW PEOPLE BIKE AND HIKE AND IT'S ACTUALLY ILLEGAL CAUSE THE CITY CODE ONLY ALLOWS FISHING AND PICNICKING.))
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The plan would make light recreation legal at the cove.
The plan now goes to the City Manager who will then make a recommendation back to city council.
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[S-Breeden]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=99-57 1:20:54]
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A Bedford County man facing federal tax evasion charges pled not guilty in Lynchburg's U-S District Court yesterday.
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34- year- old Jeffrey Randall Breeden is accused of promoting a tax scheme where he allegedly told participants they were exempt from federal income tax.
Breeden entered a plea yesterday without an attorney to represent him.
He blamed News7's coverage of his case for his failure to find a lawyer.
Judge Norman Moon appointed James Angel to represent Breeden at his trial, which is scheduled to begin May 30th.

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[1-Sports]


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In sports, Steve Mason has highlights from an action packed night of hoops.
Good Morning Steve.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


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He spent 35 years in law enforcement, from city police officer to a state A-B-C agent and now he's a security consultant for the U-S government. [2- SHOTOn Record]
Jack Allen Powell is also a published author and is here today to talk about his latest book "Roadblocks To Success."
Good Morning..
(This is kind of code of conduct for police offiers and and those in the security field, why write this?)
[SUPER=01-Jack Allen Powell/"Roadblocks To Success";]


(From police corruption in the Los Angeles police department to the recent police shooting and beating cases in New York City, to even allegations of police brutality and discrimination in Roanoke, many people today have a negative opinion of the very people who are suppose to protect and serve them, you stress the importance of public and people relations.)
(How can officers learn to tough but sensitive?)
(And you say most person complaints against police officers are not against their lack of technical knowledge but their inability to get along with people, how can they change this?)
[anchor=Melanie]


We'll hear more about Roadblocks to Success in our next half hour, now here's a look at some numbers from Wall Street.
(toss to stocks)

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

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[ANCHOR=mel]
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A former Black Panther leader accused of a deadly Atlanta police shooting is due in an Alabama courtroom today.
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[VO-NAT]
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[3:13:30]
H. Rap Brown -- now known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin -- was captured near Montgomery last night.
He's suspected he is suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy and wounding another last week in Atlanta.
The officers were trying to serve Al-Amin with an arrest warrant when they were shot.
He was arrested last night in Alabama and charged with murder.
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Al-Amin came to Atlanta in 1976 after converting to Islam while spending five years in prison for his role in a robbery that ended in a shootout with New York police.
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[Police-Minority]


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Is a citizens review committee needed for the Roanoke Police Department?
A group of minority residents says yes -- and it took its concerns to city council last night.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Holland/Concerned Citizen; :57]
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((Dozens of minority Roanoke residents came before city council asking for a citizen's review committee. [99-39 1:54:12] This comes after Wilbert Lewis was shot by a Roanoke City police officer on December 31-st of last year. Officer W-G Boucher was pursing Lewis after he didn't pull over -- when the car did stop, Boucher thought Lewis had a gun and shot him in the stomach. Authorities discovered Lewis was unarmed. Boucher was put back on the job a short time later - and that upset residents.

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((MARTIN JEFFREY: MR. LEWIS HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO WORK A DAY OR ENJOY A MEAL SINCE THAT INCIDENT YET THE OFFICER NEVER MISSED A PAY CHECK OR A MEAL.))
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That's why these citizens say the police are not being held accountable for their actions.

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((WAYNE JONES/CONCERNED CITIZEN: HOW MANY WILBERT LEWISES WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO RECOGNIZE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE ISSUES THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE ROANOKE CITY POLICE.))
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One resident says the situation is not just affecting adults but young people as well.

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((MICHAEL HOLLAND/CONCERNED CITIZEN: WHEN I ASK YOUNG BLACK MALES OR FEMALES WHO ARE CLOSING IN ON GRADUATION WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO I MAINLY GET THE RESPONSE TO GET AWAY FROM ROANOKE THERE IS NOTHING HERE FOR ME.))
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[STANDUP]
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO HAVE THE CITY MANAGER REVIEW THE IDEA OF A CITIZEN'S REVIEW COMMITTED FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WILL REPORT BACK TO COUNCIL AT A LATER DATE. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
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[Lawsuit]


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A jury yesterday awarded the estate of a Roanoke woman more than two- million dollars.
Dianne Sizemore, who was in her mid 50s, went in for a surgical tuck in August of 1994.
She died several days later from liver damage.
The jury ruled against Doctors James Kelly and George Shumate, who performed the procedure at Lewis Gale Medical Clinic.
Tommy Williams, who represented Sizemore's family, says the death could've been prevented had timely blood tests been done following surgery.

[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
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In medical news, a computer chip is helping a paralyzed man walk again.
Susan McGinnis has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((A BREAKTHROUGH IN EUROPE COULD MEAN THOUSANDS OF PARAPLEGICS AROUND THE WORLD WILL SOMEDAY BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN.
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((vo)) TEN YEARS AFTER HE WAS PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN IN A CAR CRASH, THIRTY NINE YEAR OLD FRENCH FINANCIER MARC MERGER HAS TAKEN THE FIRST STEPS ON THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY. HE DID IT WITH THE HELP OF ELECTRODES IMPLANTED ON THE MUSCLES AND NERVES IN HIS LEGS. THE ELECTRODES ARE CONNECTED TO A COMPUTER CHIP IN HIS ABDOMEN WHICH SCIENTISTS CONTROL VIA A COMPUTER. RESEARCHERS ARE NOW DEVELOPING A REMOTE CONTROL CANE THAT COULD ONE DAY REPLACE THE COMPUTER, ALLOWING PATIENTS TO CONTROL THEIR MOVEMENTS.
VT=VO

((vo)) THERE MAY BE MORE TO GLAUCOMA THAN MEETS THE EYE. NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE SIGHT ROBBING DISEASE ALSO EFFECTS THE BRAIN. SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FOUND THAT GLAUCOMA CAUSES THE LOSS OF SPECIFIC NERVE CELLS IN THE BRAIN'S VISION CENTER. THIS BREAKTHROUGH COULD LEAD TO NEW TREATMENTS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THESE CELLS. GLAUCOMA IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF BLINDNESS, AFFECTING MORE THAN SIXTY SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.
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((vo)) MANY BELIEVE MEN ARE LESS LIKELY TO GET LOST THAN WOMEN AND NOW A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT MAY BE TRUE. RESEARCHERS IN GERMANY SCANNED THE BRAINS OF 12 MEN AND 12 WOMEN AS THEY TRIED TO ESCAPE A VIRTUAL REALITY MAZE. THE MEN ON AVERAGE GOT OUT ABOUT 50 SECONDS FASTER. THE REASON?...THEY USED SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE BRAIN. THE SCIENTISTS ALSO SAY WOMEN TEND TO USE LANDMARKS TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY ARE, WHILE MEN PREFER DIRECTIONS.
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((on cam)) THE STUDY HOWEVER FAILED TO ANSWER WHY MEN ARE AFRAID TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M SUSAN MCGINNIS FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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This morning we're talking with author Jack Allen Powell, his most recent book, Roadblocks to Success, gives tips and advice on improving your skills as a police or security officer.
He uses his years of experience in law enforcement to show officers how to improve everything from their people skills, to sharpening their skills in the courtroom.
He'll join us in a matter of moments to tell us about his book.
But first, a soggy, cold morning, even some reports of snow, let's check in with Kimberly. [On Set]
[SUPER=15-Melanie/Moon;]
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[2-HEADLINES]
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


Authorities say they do not believe anyone is seriously hurt in a Maryland hostage situation.
Police say a shot was heard Monday inside a home where accused killer Joseph Palczynski has been holding three hostages since Friday.
That shot is not believed to have hurt anyone.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A massacre in Kashmir, India, is drawing some attention away from President Clinton's historic trip to India.
Gunmen killed three dozen Sikh (seek) villagers 400 miles north of New Delhi.
Clinton is the first president to visit India in 22 years.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The former black militant once known as H. Rap Brown is due to appear in court in Alabama today before being returned to Atlanta.
The F-B-I says Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was caught last night after a gunbattle. Al-Amin is accused of killing a sheriff's deputy in Atlanta.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday March 21.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-MD-Standoff]


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[WRITER=mel]
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Baltimore County police continue to negotiate with an armed fugitive who has been holding two adults and a child hostage since Friday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dundalk, MD;]

[3:02:34]
The standoff began when, Joseph Palczynski forced his way into the home of exgirlfriend's mother, taking the mother her husband and their son hostage.
Before the hostage drama began Palczynski had been on the run for two weeks.
He is a suspect in four murders and allegedly abducted his girlfriend.
She managed to escape and is now believed to be in police protection.
Thirty one year old Palczynski is described as a manic depressive with a history of domestic abuse.
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Meanwhile, residents in this working class neighborhood have become prisoners in their own homes.
Over two dozen neighbors have been able to leave, but only when police carefully retrieve them with an armored vehicle.
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[E-Henry-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-01 1:13:31]
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A tense day for Henry County authorities and state troopers came to a peaceful end.
Deputies say it all started when Raymond Eaton shot at them yesterday morning-- after officers tried to serve a warrant.
Surae Chinn has more.
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(( After an all-day standoff, Henry County authorities drive the suspect Raymond C. Eaton Junior away. Following behind him are the two cars he allegedly shot.
Before the standoff ended... authorities brought in an armored vehicle, more than 30 officers and negotiated with Eaton by phone.
In the ninth hour they used tear gas. And it worked.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF: FINALLY HE HOLLERED AND ASKED WHAT HE WANTED. WE ASKED HIM TO CLIMB DOWN THE LADDER, WHICH HE DID.))
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Eaton allegedly shot about 10 bullets when deputies tried to serve a warrant on misdemeanor charges.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF: WHEN HE FOUND OUT THE OFFICERS WERE AT THE BASE OF HOUSE HE FIRED SHOTS. THEY WERE DIRECTED AT THE OFFICERS YES.))
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Until shots rang out, residents say Eaton was a quiet neighbor.
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((ERNEST BRAY/NEIGHBOR: RAYMOND WAS NOT AN UNFRIENDLY PERSON. HE KEPT TO HIMSELF. HE'S JUST ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE YOU DIDN'T SOCIALIZE WITH.))
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Eaton originally faced 2 misdemeanor charges for writing bad checks. Now he has 6 felony charged on top of that... including 2 attempted capital murder charges. Surae Chinn News 7, Henry County.))

[Interest-Rates]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
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Interest rates will likely go up again after today's Federal Reserve committee meeting.
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan has bluntly signaled that the central bank will keep raising interest rates until the economy's red-hot growth slows to a more moderate pace.
Since last June, the Fed has raised rates four times.

[clinton-india]


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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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More than 30 sikh (seek) villagers were killed in India's disputed kashmir state as president clinton began his trip to that country.
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[VO-NAT]
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[3:24]
The massacre, was the first large scale attack on the small community since muslim separatists started their insurgency a decade ago.
Both India and neighboring Pakistan claim Kashmir as their own and have fought two wars over the region.
[SUPER=03-New Delhi, India;]

[3:40:26]
President Clinton met with India's prime minister today.
He agreed to closer ties with the U-S.
But as expected the meeting did not produce a breakthrough on India's relationship with Pakistan or its nuclear capability.
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[2-E-Halifax-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=99-58 1:21:36]
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A controversial bomb threat policy at Halifax County has been dropped.
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[VO-NAT]

[from 99-54 1:48:43]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Last Week;]


No longer will students be kept in the classroom during a bomb threat. Now they'll be evacuated.
The school board announced the decision last night at its regular meeting.
The change comes after much criticism by parents and students about the original "stay put" policy.
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[E-Tech-Admissions]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-54 TC2:01:42]
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A Virginia Tech degree just got a lot more popular... and -- admissions counselors say -- a lot more prestigious.


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


Virginia Tech is reporting a record year in the number of freshman applicants ... a 12-percent INCREASE over last year.
This year, there are more than 18-thousand applicants vying for just over 4-thousand spots.
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((KAREN TORGERSEN/DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS: WELL, NOT ONLY IS THE APPLICANT POOL INCREASING, BUT THE QUALITY OF THE APPLICANT POOL IS INCREASING. STUDENTS BEING OFFERED ADMISSION AT VIRGINIA TECH THIS YEAR ARE SOLID B-PLUS STUDENTS. AND THAT'S VERY EXCITING FOR US.))
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Admissions counselors say the applications boom is the result of a strong technology curriculum... a leap up the rankings in U-S News and World Report ... AND a winning football season.
Tech officials say the typical student being offered admission has a 3-point-7 grade point average and a 12-12 SAT score.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Just last month, another state school -- the University of Virginia -- reported a 15-percent DECLINE in applications.


[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
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If you've just joined us we've been talking to Jack Allen Powell.
He's a published author who has taken his 35 years of experience as a police officer, state investigator and security specialist to write a book designed to create better security and police officers.
[SUPER=01-Jack Allen Powell/"Roadblocks To Success";]


With camera's in the courtroom now more than ever people really get a glimpse at criminal trials beyond movies or T-V shows, and one chapter of your book addresses traing officers for the courtroom. Why is this so important? (There has been a lot of criticism against police officers for sloppy work, for example in the O-J Simpson case and more recently in the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, your book addresses character flaws, do you think this leads to sloppy police work?)
(A lot of the tips on how to make yourself a better police or security officer really could apply to any work place, from controlling your temper, being flexible, to not spreading rumors.)
(In the last two months there have been three cases of passengers becoming violent on passenger jets in flight, two of them even breaking into the cockpit and assaulting one of the pilots, what did you think about today's air security, has the time come when we need police officers in the sky?)

( You say officers should be happy about their job, why, considering a lot of times they see the darker side of life?)
(Your book even touches on Romantic interludes in the work place, why include this?)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:))

[E-Cove-Update]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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Despite the recent rainfall, U-S Forest Service officials say streams in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are at record low levels.
The officials blame the low flows on the cumulative effect of a year and a half of below-average rainfall.
But there is encouraging news about Roanoke City's water supply.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The umbrellas were out in downtown Roanoke yesterday, as a steady rainfall soaked the city... but there were no complaints at the municipal building.
At this time last year, the water level at Carvins Cove was 18 feet below the spillway. Yesterday morning it was eight and a half feet... and rising.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The city has signed a water sharing agreement with Roanoke County, and has started developing more wells.
Utilities Director Kit Kiser says he believes the reservoir will be close to normal within several weeks.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A Virginia Tech student who left her newborn baby's body in a Blacksburg dumpster was arrested yesterday... then released on two-thousand dollars bond.
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21-year old Rosetta Elizabeth Clark was charged with improperly disposing of the baby's body... a misdemeanor.
Police found the baby boy wrapped inside several plastic bags in a dumpster more than a week ago.
Last week, a medical examiner ruled that the baby was dead at birth.
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He's best know as "Radar" O'Reilly on "MASH", and while that role is long gone, actor Gary Burghoff is still keeping busy.
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Burghoff spends a lot of his time acting on the stage.
Right now, that stage is at Covington High School where he will be performing in Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" tomorrow.
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((GARY BURGHOFF: IT'S SO GRATIFYING TO BRING THIS WONDERFUL PLAY TO AUDIENCES THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE SEEN IT EVEN THOUGH ITS BEEN AROUND FOR A LOT OF YEARS.))
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Burghoff says he remembers his MASH days fondly, and even though it may be behind him, fans still call him Radar.


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[3-Sports]


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In sports, Roanoke honors a championship basketball team and a noted sportswriter retires.
Steve Mason has details.
Good Morning Steve.
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[Local-Recap]
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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A peaceful ending to a tense standoff in Henry County.
Deputies say Raymond Eaton fired several shots when officers tried to serve him a warrant yesterday morning..
Nine hours later, authorities used tear gas to peacefully end tense situation.
Eaton now faces two attempted capital murder charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The bomb threat policy at Halifax County Schools has changed.
No longer will students be kept in the classroom during a bomb threat. Now students will be evacuated.
The school board announced the decision last night at its regular meeting.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A plan to allow more light recreation at Carvins Cove is moving forward.
The city manager will now look at the plan and make a recommendation to City Council.
And more good news for Roanoke's water supply, it's now just eight and a half feet below the spillway.
Last year at this time, it was 18-feet down.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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