[11Fire]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-02 1:22:02]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


One person reportedly was killed in a fire last night in Floyd County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;]


It started at a home last night at a house on Route 2-21 -- about one mile from the Roanoke County line.
When fire fighters arrived-- the home was engulfed in flames.
Floyd County dispatchers confirmed this morning that a body was found in the home, but are not releasing the identity.
(------------)


[11Convience-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A teenager was taken to the hospital after being shot at a Henry County convenience store.
It happened at about one clock yesterday when the owner of B-G's Express on Route 58 and Carver Road was showing a 15 year old male a 9 millimeter gun.
Investigators say the owner pulled the trigger thinking the gun was NOT loaded and shot the teenager in the shoulder.
He was taken to Martinsville Memorial and later released.
The owner has been charged with reckless handling of a fire arm and shooting inside an occupied building.





[11Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-01 1:31:07]
[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices]


High gas prices aren't just affecting motorists-- they're also hurting businesses.
Some smaller convenience store owners say it's been especially rough for them.
Joy Sutton explains.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Charlie]
[SUPER=03-Montvale;00]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Bailey/Convenience Store Owner;14]
[SUPER=@Joy1;1:45]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=n7 Montvale]

(( Charlie Bailey has been selling food and gas for seven years at his store Minit Saver in Montvale.
He says high gas prices -- are not just affecting his customers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT5:55:44]
[IN Q=I pay for it]

((CHARLIE BAILEY/CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER: I PAY MORE FOR IT JUST LIKE THEY DO AND I RAISE MINE IF THEY PRICE OF GAS GOES UP AND I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH UNTIL I GET IT DELIVERED))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=it delivered]


And he says competing with larger gas stations hasn't made it any easier. Because larger stations purchase more gas-- they're able to buy it at a cheaper price.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT6:01:03]
[IN Q=It's really hard to]

((IT'S REALLY HARD TO COMPETE WITH THEM. THEY'LL DROP THEIR PRICES BEFORE I AM OUT OF GAS AND BEFORE I ORDER AGAIN. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO DROP MY PRICE DOWN BELOW WHAT I PAID FOR IT. YOU JUST CAN'T DO THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO LET IT SIT IN THE GROUND AND HOPE YOU CAN SELL IT))
[RUNS= 20]
[OUT Q=for it]


In fact, Bailey says these days gas is costing him twice as much-- and people aren't buying as much either.
And that's taking a toll on sales inside his store, as well.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:56:35]
[IN Q=If they were putting]

((CHARLIE BAILEY: IF THEY WERE TO PUT 10-DOLLARS OF GAS IN THEN THEY COME IN AND BUY OTHER ITEMS. BUT IF THEY GOT TO PUT 20 DOLLARS IN THAT'S LESS MONEY IN THEIR POCKET TO SPEND ON OTHER THINGS))
[RUNS= 18]
[OUT Q=other things]


He says his loyal customers are his saving grace-- but nevertheless business is down between 15 and 20 percent partly because of the gas price situation.
But he's still hopeful things will get better soon.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:02:48]
[IN Q=I think they'll]

((I THINK THEY'LL COME DOWN ABOUT 15 TO 20 CENTS. IT WILL NEVER GO BELOW A DOLLAR AGAIN))
[RUNS= 3]
[OUT Q=a dollar again]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:17:24]
[IN Q=And Bailey says]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AND BAILEY SAYS AS GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO DROP THAT'S NOT ONLY GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORIST BUT FOR HIS BUSINESS AS WELL))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=n7 montvale]))





[VT-Earthquake]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=earthquake]


Two Virginia Tech researchers have established an earthquake engineering center to study the probability and effects of big tremors in the Southeast. The researchers believe that if a large earthquake hit the region, the scene would look much like last summer in Turkey, when 18-thousand people were killed. That's because buildings in the region have similar designs.
Earthquakes have shook the Southeast in the past. One in Charleston, South Carolina in 1886 reached an estimated seven-point-three on the Richter scale and caused damage from Richmond to Atlanta.

[11Shakespeare]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-03 1:23:45]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Auditions will be held today for the play "Merchant of Venice".
Nearly a dozen actors and actresses hoped to romance their way into a local production of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"yesterday.
(--------)
[sot]

((IF HE BE SLAIN SAY AYE, OR IF NOT NO, BRIEF SOUNDS DETERMINE MY WILL OR WOE.))
[runs=:06]
[OUT Q= or woe.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Auditions were held yesterday at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke-- with more than 20- parts up for grabs.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((RAFE TELSCH: WE DO....ON SUNDAYS.))
[SUPER=01-Rafe Telsch/Director;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=on Sundays.]
(------------)
[anchor=Melanie]
[ss=none]


The second play "Merchant of Venice" will run in August.


[11Truck-Theft]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-07 40:43]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It happened again-- a tractor trailer has been stolen from a Rockbridge County truck stop.
Both times the rigs were carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Troutville]


And the drivers were eating dinner.
The first incident happened Monday, near Lexington.
The most recent theft occurred Friday in (Ray-feen) Raphine.
Both rigs were delivering merchandise from a Richmond depot owned by Menlo Logistics, a California distribution company.
The news has some truckers concerned.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:36:07]
[IN Q=It's happening in other places]

((RODNEY MILSTEAD/TRUCKER: IT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER PLACES BUT WHEN IT GET THIS CLOSE TO HOME IT'S KIND OF TOUCHY GIVE YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING MORE TO THINK ABOUT. ))
[OUT Q=think about]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:40:17]
[IN Q=This is the first time]

((BILL SHERIFF/TRUCKER: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE HEARD ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING IT MAKES ME A LITTLE LEERY THAT PEOPLE CAN GET INTO A TRACTOR TRAILER AND GET AWAY WITH IT))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Milstead/Trucker]
[SUPER=01-Bill Sheriff/Trucker]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=with it]
(-----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Authorities believe the crimes are related.
Similar thefts have been reported in both California and Richmond.









[MICROSOFT]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Microsoft]


Market analysts will likely keep a close eye on Microsoft stock today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[3:15:48]
U-S District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson could rule any day now in the government's antitrust case against the software giant now that settlement talks between the company and the government have collapsed.
Jackson earlier found that Microsoft was a monopoly that stifled innovation and hurt consumers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Am I then]

(( DON WILMOTT - PC MAGAZINE - EXECUTIVE EDITOR. The question is if I use Microsoft's operating system, as almost all of us do, am I going to be forced to use applications from microsoft, internet browser from Microsoft, or will other competitors have a chance to innovate and make better products that work with Microsoft's operating system.))
[SUPER=01-Don Wilmott/PC Magazine]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=MICROSOFT'S OPERATING SYSTEM.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Sources say talks broke down over the weekend after Microsoft insisted on its own settlement proposal.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he believes the judicial system will ultimately rule in the company's favor.
(------------)



[11AOL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=America Online]

Virginia based America Online is making history by becoming the first internet provider to make the list in the Fortune 500. It's ranked number 3-37 among companies. That's based on 1999 revenue not the AOL's stock values. The list of top rated companies will appear in the magazine's April 17-th issue.






[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, warmer weather and longer days mean cases of spring fever may start to surface.
As Doctor Dave Hnida explains spring actually causes a number of physical changes in the body. That story in this morning's health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((ON CAM Well you don't need to be a doctor to recognize the symptoms. More energy, better mood and an overwhelming desire to kick back and playing hookey from real life. The diagnosis is spring fever.
It's what happens when the clocks change and the days get longer. It's believed that those longer days and the sunshine triggers the release chemicals in our brain that not only give us a mental pick-up but also cause a number of physical changes in the body.
GRFX For instance lower cholesterol. Cholesterol levels in the body are almost always lower in the spring than they are in the winter even when you haven't changed your diet or exercise habits.
GRFX Your bones get thicker, and you get thinner. And that's because of a shift in body chemicals come spring. You lose a little bit of body fat, gain a little bit of muscle and thicken up your bones. That may explain why there are fewer hip fractures in older people in the spring than in winter and its not just the snow and ice.
GRFX Next you need less sleep. Now not only do you require less sleep in the spring about 15 to 30 minutes less everyday but you will have more energy despite sleeping less.
ON CAM It all means if you have things to do, now is the time to do it. The prescription for spring break is kick back and enjoy. I'm Dr. Dave Hnida for CBS News.))


(ad lib to weather)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/SPA]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


Cuban President Fidel Castro says the father of Elian Gonzalez would travel to the United States today if he could pick up his son and go home. Meanwhile, U-S officials have given the boy's Miami relatives until tomorrow to promise to turn over the boy if they lose custody in court.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Marchers in Charleston, South Carolina took to the streets yesterday in what will be a five day trek to the capital
in Columbia.
Their goal...to get state lawmakers to remove the confederate flag from atop the capitol's dome.
They arrive on Thursday, the same day flag supporters are planning a rally.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Japan's acting premier says Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (kay-zoh oh-boo-chee) has slipped into a coma after suffering a stroke over the weekend.
The 62-year-old Obuchi is on a respirator.
The Senior Cabinet minister is acting prime minister.

(----------------)
[Anchor=Melanie]


And that's what's making news on this Monday April 3-rd.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[cuban-boy]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian gonzalez]


The father of Elian Gonzalez is prepared to come to the U-S today, provided he's allowed to bring his son home immediately.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba;]

[4:30]
Cuban President Fidel Castro conveyed this message yesterday in a live television address.
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]


But that's not likely to happen.
Elian's American relatives still haven't agreed to turn the young boy over, even if they lose their next court battle to keep him.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( Manny Diaz/Lawyer for Miami Relatives "This is not a car that's about to be repossessed, this is a human being that has suffered severe psychological trauma." ))

[SUPER=01-Manny Diaz/Lawyer for Miami Relatives;]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=psychological trauma]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Later today, immigration officials will again try to get Elian's relatives to sign a document agreeing to give him up they lose their court fight.
If that doesn't happen, they say they'll rescind Elian's right to remain in America tomorrow.
(------------)



[confederate-flag]


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


A protest march against the confederate flag continues this morning in South Carolina.
More than 600 set off from Charleston yesterday on a 120 mile trek to the state Capital in Columbia.
They arrive on Thursday and hope to persuade lawmakers to remove the confederate flag from atop the capitol's dome.

Jaqueline Adams reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:18:01]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Charleston, SC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Riley/Charleston Mayor; :34]
[SUPER=01-Jaqueline Adams/Reporting; :48]
[SUPER=01-Lonnie Randolph/Columbia, SC NAACP; 1:21 ]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Glenn McConnell/(R) South Carolina; 1:37]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Charleston, SC.]

((
((CORRESPONDENT SCRIPT))

--nat sot: The majority wants the confederate flag to come down (cheer)


v/o: That's the new rebel yell....at least for the Mayor of Charleston South Carolina and the thousand or so marchers who joined him. They're hoping their 4-day 115 mile trek to the state capitol in Columbia will convince state lawmakers that the confederate flag, as a symbol, has become too expensive.

-- sot Mayor Joseph Riley


ON CAM: Tourism is South Carolina's number 1 industry and thought estimates vary statewide, the NAACP's economic sanctions have cost Charleston here at least $3 million in lost bookings. There are fears that those losses could skyrocket unless the flag issue is resolved.
V/O (?Graphic?) Already dancer Bill T. Jones has pulled out the state's renowned Spoleto Arts Festival. And there are rumblings that the boycott could keep US Open winner Serena Williams and golf great Tiger Woods from participating in local tournaments.

--sot Lonnie Randolph/ NAACP


v/o Supporters of the flag, though, insist that those who see it as a symbol of racism are wrong

sot State Sen. Glenn McConnell: It's about our war dead...none of whom

even owned slaves.
v/o For a century after the Civil War the confederate flag was not flown over South Carolina's state capitol. With attitudes now hardening it could take another century to remove it.

Jackie Adams-- CBS News -- Charleston))[2-11Convience-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A teenager was shot at a Henry County convenience store.
It happened around one clock yesterday when the owner of B-G's Express on Route 58 and Carver Road was showing a 15 year old male a 9 millimeter gun.
Investigators say the owner pulled the trigger thinking the gun was NOT loaded and shot the teenager in the shoulder.
He was taken to Martinsville Memorial and later released.
The owner has been charged with reckless handling of a fire arm and shooting inside an occupied building.





[2-11Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-02 1:22:02]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


One person reportedly was killed in a fire last night in Floyd County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;]


It started at a home last night at a house on Route 2-21 -- about one mile from the Roanoke County line.
When fire fighters arrived-- the home was engulfed in flames.
Floyd County dispatchers confirmed this morning that a body was found in the home, but are not releasing the identity.
(------------)


[11Poplar-Forest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-06 31:53]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest retreat has re-opened.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Crews have been putting the finishing touches on the 200- year- old home that attracts more than 20- thousand visitors every year.
Because the house is still in the process of being restored, many of those visitors are repeat customers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:58:20]
[IN Q=It's a place]

((KARIN SHERBIN/POPLAR FOREST: IT'S A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME BACK TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO WATCH THE PROGRESS. SOME PEOPLE COMMENTED TO US THAT THEY DON'T WANT US TO EVER FINISH THE RESTORATION PROCESS BECAUSE THEY ENJOY SEEING THE CHANGES SO MUCH, AND SO THAT TO ME AND TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORK HERE IS PART OF THE CHARM OF POPLAR FOREST, IS THAT IT IS EVER- CHANGING.))
[SUPER=01-Karin Sherbin/Poplar Forest]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=is ever-changing.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Sherbin says new attractions this year include refinished floors in the main house and a hands- on history exhibit.
Poplar Forest is open daily from 10 to 4.
(------------)





[JAPAN]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Japan's Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (kay-zoh oh-boo-chee) is in a coma and on life support this morning, following a stroke.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]

[3;01:45]
Japan's Chief cabinet secretary Mikio Aoki (mee-kee-oh ah-oh-kee) has assumed the role of acting prime minister.
[SUPER=03-San Jose, CA;]

[3:03:13]
From California this morning, President Clinton said he wished Obuchi a speedy recovery.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=He has been a good friend....]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=from it's financial crisis.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The hospitalization of Prime Minister Obuchi (oh-boo-chee) is not expected to have any immediate impact on the day to day operations of the Japanese government.
(------------)



[volcano]


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


In other news from Japan, thousands who fled an erupting volcano last week, have been allowed to return home.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Toyako Onsen, Japan;]

[yesterday's 12 noon or 3 pm newspath 15:10]
Some 16-thousand moved in with family and friends or into shelters when earthquakes signaled an eruption of Mount Usu (oh-zoo) last week.
Officials say the situation has calmed in SOME areas around the volcano.
More than 2-thousand have been allowed to return home.
But more than THIRTEEN thousand are still being warned to stay in shelters.
(------------)


[2-11Truck-Theft]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-07 40:43]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Another tractor trailer carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment has been stolen from a Rockbridge County truck stop.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Troutville]


And the drivers were eating dinner.
The first incident happened Monday, near Lexington.
The most recent theft occurred Friday in (Ray-feen) Raphine.
Both rigs were delivering merchandise from a Richmond depot owned by Menlo Logistics, a California distribution company.
The news has some truckers concerned.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:36:07]
[IN Q=It's happening in other places]

((RODNEY MILSTEAD/TRUCKER: IT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER PLACES BUT WHEN IT GET THIS CLOSE TO HOME IT'S KIND OF TOUCHY GIVE YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING MORE TO THINK ABOUT. ))
[OUT Q=think about]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:40:17]
[IN Q=This is the first time]

((BILL SHERIFF/TRUCKER: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE HEARD ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING IT MAKES ME A LITTLE LEERY THAT PEOPLE CAN GET INTO A TRACTOR TRAILER AND GET AWAY WITH IT))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Milstead/Trucker]
[SUPER=01-Bill Sheriff/Trucker]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=with it]
(-----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Authorities believe the crimes are related.
Similar thefts have been reported in both California and Richmond.









[2-11Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-01 1:31:07]
[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices]


Motorists aren't the only ones affected by high gas prices.
Smaller convenience store owners say the high gas prices are hurting business.
Joy Sutton has the story.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Charlie]
[SUPER=03-Montvale;00]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Bailey/Convenience Store Owner;14]
[SUPER=@Joy1;1:45]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=n7 Montvale]

(( Charlie Bailey has been selling food and gas for seven years at his store Minit Saver in Montvale.
He says high gas prices -- are not just affecting his customers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT5:55:44]
[IN Q=I pay for it]

((CHARLIE BAILEY/CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER: I PAY MORE FOR IT JUST LIKE THEY DO AND I RAISE MINE IF THEY PRICE OF GAS GOES UP AND I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH UNTIL I GET IT DELIVERED))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=it delivered]


And he says competing with larger gas stations hasn't made it any easier. Because larger stations purchase more gas-- they're able to buy it at a cheaper price.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT6:01:03]
[IN Q=It's really hard to]

((IT'S REALLY HARD TO COMPETE WITH THEM. THEY'LL DROP THEIR PRICES BEFORE I AM OUT OF GAS AND BEFORE I ORDER AGAIN. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO DROP MY PRICE DOWN BELOW WHAT I PAID FOR IT. YOU JUST CAN'T DO THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO LET IT SIT IN THE GROUND AND HOPE YOU CAN SELL IT))
[RUNS= 20]
[OUT Q=for it]


In fact, Bailey says these days gas is costing him twice as much-- and people aren't buying as much either.
And that's taking a toll on sales inside his store, as well.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:56:35]
[IN Q=If they were putting]

((CHARLIE BAILEY: IF THEY WERE TO PUT 10-DOLLARS OF GAS IN THEN THEY COME IN AND BUY OTHER ITEMS. BUT IF THEY GOT TO PUT 20 DOLLARS IN THAT'S LESS MONEY IN THEIR POCKET TO SPEND ON OTHER THINGS))
[RUNS= 18]
[OUT Q=other things]


He says his loyal customers are his saving grace-- but nevertheless business is down between 15 and 20 percent partly because of the gas price situation.
But he's still hopeful things will get better soon.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:02:48]
[IN Q=I think they'll]

((I THINK THEY'LL COME DOWN ABOUT 15 TO 20 CENTS. IT WILL NEVER GO BELOW A DOLLAR AGAIN))
[RUNS= 3]
[OUT Q=a dollar again]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:17:24]
[IN Q=And Bailey says]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AND BAILEY SAYS AS GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO DROP THAT'S NOT ONLY GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORIST BUT FOR HIS BUSINESS AS WELL))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=n7 montvale]))




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


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[on camera] A teenager was shot yesterday at B-G's Express on Route 58 and Carver Road in Henry County.
It happened while the owner was showing a 15 year old male a 9 millimeter gun.
Investigators say the owner pulled the trigger thinking the gun was NOT loaded and shot the teenager in the shoulder.
He was taken to Martinsville Memorial and later released.
The owner has been charged with reckless handling of a fire arm and shooting inside an occupied building.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Floyd County is still not known. The fire started around nine last night. When fire fighters arrived-- the home was engulfed in flames.
It started at a home last night at a house on Route 2-21 -- about one mile from the Roanoke County line.
When fire fighters arrived-- the home was engulfed in flames.
Floyd County dispatchers confirmed this morning that a body was found in the home, but are not releasing the identity.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest retreat re-opened this weekend. Crews have been putting the finishing touches on the 200- year- old home that attracts more than 20- thousand visitors every year. New attractions this year include refinished floors in the main house and a hands- on history exhibit.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(Steve mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Steve ad lib weather)
(-------------)

[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The D-Day]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 6]
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(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Melanie and Steve]