[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


At least two tornadoes have left people dead and injured in Texas.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And look for hundreds of new job openings soon in Martinsville.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Light snow showers overnight in the mountains of West Virginia...elsewhere, we're just waking up to partly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures.
Expect some sunshine today before another storm system brings the chance of more rain tomorrow.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[tornadoes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]


Four people are dead and around 100 injured after two tornadoes raged through the heart of Arlington and Fort Worth Texas.
Maureen Maher has the latest.
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[SOT]

[4:03:36]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;]
[SUPER=03-Arlington, TX;]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=Std]



[S-Danville-Assistance]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-04 TC53:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Fierce winter weather that hit areas east of the Blue Ridge two months ago has made Danville eligible for federal disaster assistance.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/January 25;]


Back in January, two winter storms dumped several inches of snow and ice on Southside and Central Virginia.
109 cities and counties are now eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Local governments can be reimbursed for emergency work performed during the storm.
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[E-Potter]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-03 TC1:17:53]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Pittsylvania County jury needed almost no time to reach a murder conviction ... and recommend a twenty year prison sentence.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./August 1999]


In just a matter of minutes yesterday evening, the jury found 37-year-old Troy Anthony Potter guilty of second degree murder and recommended the 20-year term.
Potter said he stabbed his friend Kelvin Blake Keen in self-defense back in August.
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[5-Stanley-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=500-9 23:05]
[GRAPHIC=Furniture Industry]


More jobs appear to be on the way to Martinsville.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]


The Stanley Furniture Company officially opened a new plant yesterday .. to make furniture for home offices.
The company's president says he hopes to add up to 350 people.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:00:38]
[IN Q=]

((ALBERT PRILLMAN/CEO: THIS IS A FULL EXPANSION FOR US WE WERE IN ANOTHER PLANT BUT IT WAS NOT EQUIPPED SO WE CAME HERE. THIS IS ONLY FOR HOME OFFICE BUSINESS.))
[SOT 58:15]

((SID CLOWER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THIS COMMUNITY LOST 3300 JOBS IN 12 WEEKS. THIS IS THE FIRST STOP IN REPLACING THOSE JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Albert Prillman/Stanley CEO & Pres.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator; :17]
[RUNS=26]
[OUT Q=those jobs]
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]


Although the formal announcement came yesterday, the company has been in full production since February. The first batch of office furniture goes out this month.
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[E-Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC30:07]
[GRAPHIC=Dan River Negotiations]


As Stanley expands, Dan River Incorporated in Danville is asking the union to start contract negotiations early.


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


The request comes two years before the current contract expires.
It's also after the company announced one of their operations will be moving to Mexico.
The United Food and Commercial Workers union has not yet decided if it will bargain with the company.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:22:29]
[IN Q=For us it's]

((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: FOR US IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMAIN PROFITABLE, TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. IT'S HARDER TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE TO STAY COMPETITIVE. WE HOPE THESE TALKS WILL KEEP US IN A POSITION TO BE COMPETITIVE))
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=to be competitive.]
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]


The company has not said what the key negotiation issues are.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, from the ice to the court to the diamond, Denise Allen has notes and highlights.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=you then]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)



[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M00-1]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Desk]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]

[Roll cold out of break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=07-Jack Hanna; :18]
[SUPER=03-Williamsburg; :55]
[RUNS=2:11]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: Jack Hanna, wild life, busch gardens))

[CUBAN-BOY]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian Gonzalez]


The government is giving the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez another chance to accept its terms.
The Cuban boy's great-uncle is to meet today with immigration officials.
They want him to promise in writing to surrender Elian if the family loses its court fight to keep the six-year-old in the United States.
Lee Cowan has the story.
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[SOT]

[3:07:28]
[IN Q=Attorneys for]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Armando Gutierrez/Family Spokesman; :08]
[SUPER=01-Karen Krauschaar/INS Spokesperson; :30]
[SUPER=01-Jorge Mas Santos/Cuban National Foundation; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:14]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q= CBS NEWS, MIAMI.]

((

Locator:Miami
NARR: Attorneys for Elian Gonzalez left a brief meeting with U.S. immigration officials in Miami defiant and clearly frustrated.

SOT/Armando Gutierrez, Family Spokesman:

"I don't know what I'm not sure."
NARR: Justice department officials told the family Elian's temporary permission to stay in the U.S. would end at 9 a.m. Thursday, despite a pending appeal. It is not the way the Justice Department wanted this to end, but the family, officials say, gave them no other choice.

SOTKaren Krauschaar/INS SPOKESPERSON


NARR: In a letter delivered Friday, Attorney General Janet Reno agreed to allow the family to appeal the decision to send Elian back home, but only if they also agreed to turn the boy over to the INS if they lost that appeal.

NAT SOT PROTESTORS


NARR: Elian's attorneys, backed by anti-Castro demonstrators, say that's unreasonable. Not only, they charge, does it write the government a blank check, it also denies the family their constitutional right to push the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

SOT: JORGE MAS SANTOS/CUBAN NATIONAL FOUNDATION


"At most run it's course."))[E-OPEC]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices]


Iran is now joining the list of OPEC countries pledging to increase oil production. Word on that comes within the last hour from Vienna.
Relief from high gas prices could be on the way, but it's still no sure thing.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vienna, Austria]


That makes ten of eleven OPEC members agreeing to raise oil production a total of nearly one and half million barrels a day.
It's unclear if that's enough to bring lower prices at the pump. But the Clinton Administration says it will still be good for our nation's economy.
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[E-Assisted-Living]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-07 36:59]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Assisted living could cost facilities more money.
That's because Medicaid is dropping its reimbursments to facilities for certain patients.
Kate Weidaw explains what that could mean for assisted living patients..
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Robin Tate/Shenandoah Homes;:18]
[SUPER=@Kate1;1:11]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=kwe news 7]

(([nat sound of robin helping elderly]
[runs= 3]


Robin Tate is concerned about programs being cut at Shenandoah Homes in Roanoke County. As the Director of Assisted Living she sees how the dollars from Medicaid reimbursement are used. Two particular groups will be affected by the cut-backs.

[SOT 59:29]
[INQ=]

((ROBIN TATE: FOR REGULAR AND INTENSIVE ASSISTED LIVING THEY GIVE US REIMBURSEMENT FOR REGULAR IT'S 3 DOLLARS A DAY AND FOR INTENSIVE IT'S 6 DOLLARS A DAY REIMBURSEMENT FOR PATIENTS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 16]


That adds up to 180 dollars a month per patient -- and with 2 thirds of the residents bringing in reimbursements -- the loss of funds means cuts in the facility are inevitable.

[SOT 1:02:33]
[INQ=]

((ROBIN TATE: IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO CUT MONEY FOR ACTIVITIES MONEY FOR GROUPS TO COME IN, RENOVATIONS TO APARTMENTS, AND THE FACILITY AS A WHOLE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 18]


Tate says this won't keep folks from applying to live in assisted living -- the reason they have no choice because they need the care. And as of now residents will not be paying more out of their own pockets.
[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAWD/REPORTING: ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES LIKE SHENANDOAH HOMES WILL RECEIVE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS FROM CURRENT PATIENTS THROUGH NOVEMBER. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]))





[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


Chemotherapy may save or prolong lives for many cancer patients ... but new research suggests it can do a nasty number on their brains.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in our Mornin' Healthcheck report.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Medicines designed]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/CBS News; :00]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Dave Hnida for CBS News]

((MEDICINES DESIGNED TO RELIEVE DEPRESSION MAY ALSO BE AN EFFECTIVE THERAPY FOR THE HOT FLASHES OF MENOPAUSE.

VT=VO

THE STANDARD TREATMENT IS ESTROGEN- BUT SOME WOMEN CANT USE THE HORMONE- SO THEY SUFFER THROUGH DRENCHING SWEATS, MOOD SWINGS- AND POOR SLEEP. BUT A STUDY FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SAYS THE ANTI DEPRESSANT DRUG PAXIL CAN RELIEVE THOSE SYMPTOMS OR MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY.
EVEN BETTER, RELIEF COMES QUICKLY GENERALLY WITHIN ONE TO FOUR WEEKS.
ON CAM ALSO TODAY, CANCER PATIENTS CALL IT CHEMOBRAIN- AND NOW RESEARCH CONFIRMS THE FORGETFULNESS THAT OFTEN COMES WITH CHEMOTHERAPY ISNT ALL IN THE PATIENTS HEAD. A STUDY FROM DARTMOUTH UNIVERSITY SHOWS MANY PATIENTS WHO UNDERGO CHEMOTHERAPY LOSE MEMORY AND HAVE TROUBLE THINKING CLEARLY.-- AND IN A FEW - THOSE EFFECTS CAN LAST FOR TEN YEARS- IF NOT LONGER- AFTER TREATMENT. RESEARCHERS SAY IN PATIENTS WITH LOW GRADE CANCERS- IT MAY BE WISE TO USE OTHER TREATENTS BESIDES CHEMO.

VT=VO

AND FINALLY- ONE OF MY LEAST FAVORITE SUBJECTS- NEEDLES. WHICH DO YOU THINK WIL HURT THE MOST: A SHOT IN THE SPINE- A SPINAL- A SHOT IN THE ARM - OR AN IV. MOST WOULD SAY SPINAL. BUT A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL THE LANCET FOUND PEOPLE WHO GOT ALL THREE TYPES OF SHOTS RANKED THE SHOT IN THE MUSCLE AS THE MOST PAINFUL- FOLLOWED BY THE IV... WHICH MEANT THE LEAST PAINFUL WAS THE SPINAL. THE REASON A MUSCLE SHOT HURTS THE MOST IS THE FACT IT CONTAINS THE MOST NERVE FIBERS.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES, IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


[Two-Steve]


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


[On Desk]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



(I'll call for super)
[SUPER=16-(757) 253-3350/Busch Gardens;]




[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)

[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]


Four people are dead and at least 100 injured in Texas after two tornadoes raged through the Fort Worth area.
It happened just as rush hour ended.
Search and rescue teams today are looking for more victims and local utility crews have been working to restore power to thousands of customers.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Police are sending out a warning about a police impersonator.
For the second time in one week a motorist has been pulled over on route 29 by a man posing as an officer.
Police say it's very unlikely a plain clothes officer in an unmarked car would make a traffic stop.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Later today, Elian Gonzalez's uncle will meet with immigration officials.
They'll give him another chance to sign a document, pledging to give Elian up if he loses a court battle to keep the young boy.
The Justice Department says it will revoke Elian's parole tommorow if the papers are not signed.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2tornadoes]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]


Search and rescue teams are on the scene this morning in Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas, where two tornadoes have left four people dead.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;]

[4:04]
At least 100 others have been injured.
The storm struck just after the evening rush hour, shattering office building windows, overturning cars and pulling trees out of the ground.
Several high-rise buildings were severely damaged.
Local utility crews worked through the night to restore power to thousands of customers.
(------------)


[S-Tornado-Drill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-01]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Texas tornadoes struck on the same day many Virginia schoolchildren took part in Tornado Preparedness Day.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Students at Schoolfield Elementary School in Danville practiced for the real thing Tuesday.
Emergency officials say everything went smoothly and the students and teachers followed correct procedures.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:22:08]
[IN Q=We're doing our]

((CHRIS DUNLAP/SUPPORT SERVICES DIR. : WE'RE DOING OUR PART TO PRACTICE. THERE HAVE BEEN 5 TORNADOES IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT'S SOMETHING WE WANT TO BE AWARE OF.))
[SOT 4:25:25]

((SABLE HOPKINS/STUDENT: WHEN WE HAVE A DRILL THEY TELL US BEFORE. IT TEACHES US HOW TO KEEP HEAD COVERED.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Dunlap/Support Services Dir.]
[SUPER=01-Sable Hopkins/Student; :11]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=head covered.]
(--------------)
[VO-NAT]


Emergency officials say they like to teach the students at the earliest age possible.
(------------)



[E-Police-Impostor]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-56 TC1:46:10]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police in central Virginia urge you to be cautious ... but not panicky ... over the possibility an impostor cop may be patrolling area highways.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Two incidents have been reported in the last week on Route 29.. motorists say a man driving a white, police- like vehicle pulled them over and asked for their license and registration.
The REAL police say it's unlikely a plain clothes officer in an unmarked car would make a traffic stop.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:06:50]
[IN Q=Generally we]

((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: GENERALLY WE DON'T ENCOURAGE TRAFFIC STOPS BY PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICERS. IT'S NOT TO SAY IT WON'T HAPPEN, IT'S NOT A COMMON THING FOR OUR DEPARTMENT. AND AS WE SAID EARLIER, TO ASK FOR I-D IS PROPER AT THAT TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Harris/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=at that time.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call their local police.
(------------)



[E-I81-Corridor]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-09 TC1:07:00]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate Safety]


Widening Interstate 81 may be the ultimate answer to the rising number of accidents and injuries.
But a new report says better enforcement, education and engineering could also make a difference.
(------------------)
[VO-NAT]


The plan to widen the interstate will require more than three billion dollars and 20 years to accomplish.
So, the Task Force created by Congressmen Frank Wolf, Bob Goodlatte, and Rick Boucher, laid out some near- term alternatives.
Among the ideas, more highly visible police patrols, education programs to help motorists and truck drivers share the road, and the use of technology to encourage safe practices and warn drivers of potential dangers.
(-------------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


The task force says there is an opportunity to use state and federal funds to develop what the report refers to as "a model safety corridor."
The effort won't be cheap, but the task force says the alternative carries a higher pricetag in injuries, property damage, congestion and delay.

[E-Bus-Train]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A fatal collision between a freight train and school buses raises new questions over sending school buses across unprotected rail crossings.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tennga, GA]


The train slammed into the bus in Georgia- nearly cutting the bus in half-
Two children are dead, and at least five others are injured- many seriously.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:51:22]
[IN Q=]

((HE SAYS HE APPROACHED THE AREA AND BLEW HIS WHISTLE. HE SAW THE BUS. HE CONTINUED TO BLOW THE WHISTLE. HE HIT THE EMERGENCY BREAK, BUT HE COULDN'T STOP IN TIME TO AVOID HITTING THE BUS.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper Ken Uselton/Highway Patrol;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=hitting the bus.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The bus driver is in stable condition- Police will interview her later today.
Only she can explain why a school bus with seven children was on the tracks with a train coming.
One of the children on the bus was her five year old daughter.
(------------)



[2E-OPEC]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices]


New word from the OPEC meeting in Vienna today that suggests gas prices should hold steady, if not decline in the coming months.
Iran is now joining the list of countries pledging to increase oil production.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vienna, Austria]


That makes ten of eleven OPEC members agreeing to raise oil production a total of nearly one and half million barrels a day.
It's unclear exactly how that might affect prices at the pump. But the Clinton Administration says it will still be good for our nation's economy.
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[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M00-1]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Desk]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]

[Roll cold out of Birthdays]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=a little bit]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00 (quick)]
[SUPER=07-Jack Hanna; :18 (quick)]
[SUPER=03-Williamsburg; :30]
[RUNS=2:55]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape will toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: Jack Hanna, wild life, Busch Gradens))

[E-SML-Retirement]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC28:35]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mt. Lake]


Research is now underway that could lead to a retirement home or 24-hour medical center at Smith Mountain Lake.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Now that the lake's Family Development Foundation has 80-thousand dollars in grant money -- it can begin planning a retirement home or medical center.
Retirees make up most of the lake's population.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:54:00]
[IN Q=Someday]

((SOMEDAY IT MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR US TO BE ON THE ROAD. THESE TYPES OF FACILITIES NEED TO BE WHEREVER WE ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill LaRue/Lake Resident; :03]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=wherever we are]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Residents must now leave the lake for retirement homes.
Realtors say that hurts the economy.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:05:35]
[IN Q=Realtors]

((REALTORS AND DEVELOPERS TELL US PEOPLE ARE NOT COMING TO THE LAKE BECAUSE THERE IS NO RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Lenahan/Project President;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=community here]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Even if studies support a retirement home or medical center, researchers say it would take about four years to build them.
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[2E-Potter]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-03 TC1:17:53]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Here's a jury that made up its mind in a hurry.
In Pittsylvania County, the jury made quick work of a verdict and sentence.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./August 1999]


In just a matter of minutes yesterday evening, the jury found 37-year-old Troy Anthony Potter guilty of second degree murder and recommended a 20-year prison sentence.
Potter said he stabbed his friend Kelvin Blake Keen in self-defense back in August.
(------------)



[Lambert-Sentence]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Southwest Virginia Psychiatrist faces almost six years in jail ... for illegaly distributing prescription drugs.
44-yearold Denny Ray Lambert of Dante in Russell County was sentenced Tuesday for prescribing drugs without a medical reason.
He pled guilty in January.
Two other doctors in Grundy were convicted of similar crimes in the last few months.

[3-Sports]


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


In sports, NASCAR notes and a preview of the Salem Avalanche.
Denise Allen has more.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:21]
[OUT Q=day everybody]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A Pittsylvania County jury needed almost no time to reach a murder conviction ... and recommend a twenty year prison sentence.
In just a matter of minutes yesterday evening, the jury found 37-year-old Troy Anthony Potter guilty of second degree murder and recommended the 20-year term.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Police in central Virginia urge you to be cautious ... but don't panic ... over the possibility an impostor cop may be patrolling area highways.
Two incidents have been reported in the last week on Route 29.. motorists say a man driving a white, police- like vehicle pulled them over and asked for their license and registration.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A task force created by three western Virginia congressmen is suggesting some short-term solutions to improve safety on I-81.
Among the ideas, more highly visible police patrols, education programs to help motorists and truck drivers share the road, and the use of technology to encourage safe practices and warn drivers of potential dangers.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's Jean Jadhon with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Governor Gilmore]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=News7at 6]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(ad lib bye)

[6-Promo]