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[Convention]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Republican nominating process is over--
The G-O-P has its man.
George W- Bush officially accepted the Presidential nomination last night at the Republican National Convention.


Drew Levinson joins us now with a wrap- up of last night's event in Philadelphia.


[Live=Levinson Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=201-Drew Levinson/Reporting;]
[SUPER=205-Philadelphia;]





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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA;]
[SUPER=201-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Nominee;]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=Bush camp wants.]

(( Locator: Philadelphia, PA
As thunderous applause rocked the First Union Center, and a hundred thousand balloons fell from the ceiling, George W. Bush hit the home stretch to the November elections.

SOT: Gov. George W. Bush/Republican Presidential Nominee


"Mr. Chairman, I accept."
This was the moment the party loyalists had waited for all week. Gathered for the final time in Philadelphia, the delegates here got a preview of what's to come in the campaign: from the nominee himself. The hot button issues: Social Security, education and defense..even some traditional favorites of the democrats--like the environment..

SOT: Gov. George W. Bush/Republican Presidential Nominee

"We will confront the hard issues, threats to our national security, threats to our health and retirement security before the challenges of our time become crises for our children."
The now official candidate also took a few thinly-veiled jabs at the President and Vice President.

SOT: Gov. George W. Bush/Republican Presidential Nominee

"This Administration had its moment, they've had their chance, they didn't lead we will."
And a substantial lead in the polls coming out of the convention is what the Bush camp wants. ))
[Live=Levinson Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=205-Philadelphia;]
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[2-11VERIZON]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net?]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]


More than 7-hundred Verizon employees in Roanoke are preparing to strike as early as Sunday morning if a new contract agreement isn't reached by midnight on Saturday.
The 725 Union members are still contracted under Bell Atlantic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 26]


On June 26, an informational picket staged in Roanoke was a rally for better working conditions at what was then Bell Atlantic.
[SUPER=04-Verizon Video; ]


Now called Verizon Virginia, the company faces accusations of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees. The three-year contract expires at midnight on Saturday, and union members say they are ready for a strike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We have such a]

((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2240 PRESIDENT: WE HAVE SUCH A DEDICATION TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND SERVICE WE PROVIDE TO THEM, BUT IT'S SO DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO THEM WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK UNDER SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK UNDER.))
[Super=01-David Layman/Local 2240 President]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=to work under.]



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[VO-NAT]


Company and Union Officials are meeting behind closed doors in Washington to discuss terms of a new contract.
Even if the 725 Union Employees in Roanoke and thousands of workers on the East Coast go on strike, the company says customers will not be affected.
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[11Teacher-Shortage]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


Students will head back to school in a few weeks, but some schools systems are having trouble finding enough teachers.
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[VO-NAT]


Montgomery County schools need to fill 12 vacancies... Roanoke city is looking for six to eight new teachers.
Dave Foster is confident he'll fill his seven vacancies in Pittsylvania County.
But he predicts it's going to get even tougher in the future as more and more teachers begin to retire-- a trend many larger school systems are already noticing.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There are]

((DAVID FOSTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SCHOOLS: THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER STATES THAT HAS THE SAME TYPE SITUATION AND IN FACT SOME MAY BE MORE SEVERE THAN IN VIRGINIA. ))
[SUPER=01-David Foster/Pittsylvania Co. Schools; ]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=than in Virgnia.]
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[VO-NAT]


Foster says the problem is also becoming more evident because fewer people are entering the teaching profession at a time when enrollment is growing in Virginia and school systems are trying to keep class sizes small.
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[11Jewel-Thieves]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC33:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Two customers who helped recover 30-thousand dollars in diamond rings at Valley View Mall Monday have been rewarded for their efforts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday afternoon Henebry's Jewelry Story Manager Heather Rutherford presented gift certificates to Don Tinsley and Drew Settle.
They were in the Valley View store Monday night when a man reached into a jewelry case full of diamond rings.
Settle got the goods away from the thief, and Tinsley went after him.
He's just one class away from his associate's degree in criminal justice.
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[SOT 17:52:55]
[IN Q=I've had a couple]

((I'VE HAD A COUPLE OF CLASSES THAT REALLY TELL YOU WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN INDIVIDUAL AND WHAT TO KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON.))
[SUPER=07-Don Tinsley]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=see a person.]
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[VO-NAT]


Each man got a 500-dollar gift certificate from Henebry's along with other coupons and certificates from the mall and other merchants.
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[11Dogs-Missing]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some dogs are missing from the Salem Civic Center's Dog Show.
About a dozen pure-bred dogs took off after being scared by fireworks at the Salem Avalanche game last night.
Officials are asking folks to keep an eye out for dogs roaming in the nearby neighborhoods.
If you find one you're asked to call the local authorities.

[Beach-Pollution]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


We still have another good month of beach season left--
But a new report may encourage tourists to stay on shore instead.
Beach closings are at record highs because of pollution.
Manuel Gallegus has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Chasis/Resource Defense Council; :19]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; :32]
[SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :39]
[SUPER=01-Kent Smith/Surfer; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, Santa Monica.]

((

(TAKE PACKAGE)

THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES HAS MORE THAN 23-THOUSAND MILES OF OCEAN SHORELINE SOME OF THE MOST STUNNING VISTAS ANYWHERE.

-NAT SOT- BEACH SOUNDS


BUT OUR SHORES ARE POLLUTED, BASED ON FINDINGS FROM THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL.

-SOT- SARAH CHASIS/NATIONAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL SPOKESPERSON


many popular vacation beaches continue to experience periodic closings and advisories because of sewage pollution and storm water. 8;37;47
BRIDGE- MANUEL GALLEGUS ON CAM 12;54 ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, LAST YEAR AT THE NATIONS BEACHES, FROM THE OCEANS TO LAKES, THERE WERE MORE THAN 6000 CLOSURES BECAUSE OF POLLUTION, MAINLY FROM BACTERIA THAT CAN MAKE SWIMMERS SICK.

NAT-SOT-SANTA MONICA


FROM SANTA MONICA,WHERE URBAN RUN-OFF POISONS THE PACIFIC, TO CHICAGO, WHERE HIGH LEVELS OF E-COLI BACTERIA CLOSED LAKE MICHIGAN'S SHORE.
FROM RHODE ISLAND WHERE OIL RECENTLY TAINTED THE WATER TO MIAMI WHERE RAW SEWAGE SHUT DOWN DOZENS OF MILES OF BEACH
WATERWAYS ARE TOO POLLUTED FOR SWIMMING, FISHING OR, IN SOME CASES, TO SUPPORT AQUATIC LIFE.

--NAT SOT-WAXES BOARD-


LONGTIME SURFERS IN CALIFORNIA KNOW WHEN ITS SAFE TO GO IN.

-SOT-KENT SMITH, SURFER


AMERICAS WATERS ARE GENERALLY MUCH SAFER THAN THEY WERE 25 YEARS AGO. AND WATER MONITORING MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. BUT, LOUISIANA, TEXAS, OREGON, AND WASHINGTON WERE CALLED BEACH BUMS FOR NOT PROPERLY TESTING OR WARNING THE PUBLIC.
-NAT BREAK OCEAN-
THE REPORT WARNS THAT WITHOUT IMPROVEMENTS (IN SEWAGE, AND RUNOFF CONTROLS) UNCHECKED POLLUTION CONTINUES TO LOWER AMERICANS QUALITY OF LIFE. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, SANTA MONICA. ))

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, you can lower blood pressure with two letters.
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.]

((Information: ON CAM C AND E MAY SPELL LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.

VT=VO

A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL HYPERTENSION SAYS A DIET HIGH IN VITAMINS C AND E CAN BRING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN SEVERAL POINTS. VITAMINS C AND E ARE WELL KNOWN AS BEING ANTIOXIDANT VITAMINS- MEANING THEY PROTECT THE LINING OF BLOOD VESSELS FROM DEVELOPING PLAQUE BUILDUP- BUT IN THE CASE OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE- THESE VITAMINS WORK BY CAUSING THE BLOOD VESSELS TO RELAX- AND THAT BRINGS THE NUMBERS DOWN.
ON CAM GOT A CHILD WITH A BAD HEART VALVE? SOMETIMES THAT VALVE NEEDS REPLACING- BUT AS THE CHILD GROWS THE ARTIFICIAL VALVE DOES NOT- AT LEAST UNTIL NOW. RESEARCHERS IN AUSTRALIA ARE USING PIG VALVES THAT ARE CHEMICALLY TREATED TO ALLOW THE BODY TO ADD ITS OWN CELLS TO THE NEW VALVE- AND THAT MEANS THE VALVE GROWS WITH THE CHILD AND DOESN'T NEED REPLACING. SO FAR- THIS TECHNIQUE HAS WORKED WELL IN 8 PATIENTS.

VT=VO

FINALLY TODAY- MEN HOW MUCH TIME ARE YOU SPENDING IN THE GYM TO BUFF UP THOSE MUSCLES? IF YOU'RE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME FOR HEALTH REASONS - GREAT. IF YOU'RE DOING IT TO GET A BETTER BODY THAT YOU THINK MAKES YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE- FORGET IT. A SURVEY OF 300 YOUNG MEN SHOWED MOST THOUGHT AN EXTRA 30 POUNDS OF MUSCLE WOULD MAKE THEM LOOK GREAT TO THE OPPOSITE SEX- WHEN RESEARCHERS ASKED WOMEN- THEY THOUGHT LOTS OF MUSCLES LOOK GROSS. THE WINNING MALE PHYSIQUE TO WOMEN- JUST PLAIN AVERAGE.
ON CAM AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[11Rail-Day]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC44:04]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rail fans can catch a glimpse of hundreds of trains, big and small, this weekend in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The 22nd annual Rail Day 2000 runs all day Saturday at the Builders Meeting Center in Forest.
Organizers say the event will be geared towards attracting more people to the hobby of model railroading.
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[SOT 15:29:30]
[IN Q=We will have]

((BILL COX/RAIL DAY 2000 ORGANIZER: WE WILL HAVE MODEL LAYOUTS, MODULAR LAYOUTS RUNNING ON ALL SCALES AND WE'LL ALSO HAVE VENDORS SELLING THINGS, WE'LL HAVE CLINICS ON MODEL RAILROADING AND REAL RAILROADS, EVEN THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE.. ONE OF OUR GUYS IS DOING A CLINIC ON THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THE PROTOTYPE INFLUENCE TO IT WHICH WERE ACTUAL BRITISH LOCOMOTIVES.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Cox/Rail Day 2000 Organizer]
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[OUT Q=British locomotives.]
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[VO-NAT]


Another attraction will be a Norfolk Southern car that's been renovated into a traveling railroad museum.
A video simulator will allow visitors to "drive" their own hundred- car freight train.
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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SPA]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


The Republican National Convention ended last night with a sea of balloons and a Presidential nominee.
George W- Bush accepted the G-O-P nomination, vowing to focus on issues like security, health, and education.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Hundreds of Verizon employees still contracted under Bell Atlantic are preparing to strike when their three- year deal expires at midnight Saturday.
Verizon Virginia is accused of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And an apparent stowaway was discovered in the WHEEL WELL of an Air France jet
The man is said to be in serious condition, suffering from severe hypothermia after surviving a flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, August 4th.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-Convention]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


George W- Bush is officially on the home stretch in his campaign for the White House.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia;]


Loud applause and colorful balloons greeted Bush as he formally accepted the G-O-P nomination for President on the final night of the national convention.
Delegates got a preview of what Bush plans to highlight during the remainder of his run for the Presidency.
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[SOT 3:03:50 ]
[IN Q=We will confront]

((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: WE WILL CONFRONT THE HARD ISSUES, THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, THREATS TO OUR HEALTH AND RETIREMENT SECURITY BEFORE THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME BECOME CRISES FOR OUR CHILDREN.))


[SUPER=201-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Nominee;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=for our children.]
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[VO-NAT]


This morning, Bush and running mate Dick Cheney will appear at an airport rally in Philadelphia, before flying to Pittsburgh.
From there, they'll head to the key election states in the Midwest.
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[11Gilmore-Convention]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC19:39]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


The Wall Street Journal labeled him the Republican's "most ardent tax cutter" this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA/Wednesday Night;]


Governor Jim Gilmore took that message to the podium in Philadelphia Wednesday night.
As one of four surrogate speakers for Governor Bush, Gilmore had a high national profile.
His convention fun is NOT over this week though.
Gilmore will attend the Democratic convention later this month, again as a media surrogate for Bush.
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[TALENT=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Gilmore will leave some of the entourage behind for that trip.
He took three press aides, six cabinet secretaries, a deputy press secretary, and his chief of staff to Philadelphia.

[11Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC1:59:05]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon]


Verizon employees who are still contracted under Bell Atlantic are preparing to strike.
As Jennifer Miele reports, 725 Union members in Roanoke may walk out as soon as Sunday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=On June 26]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 26; :00]
[SUPER=04-Verizon Video; :11]
[SUPER=01-David Layman/Local 2240 President; :26]
[SUPER=04-August 1998; :45]
[SUPER=01-Mike Rieley/Verizon Area Manager; :56]
[SUPER=@Jennifer2; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke.]
(([TAPE#=00-18 1:02:15]


On June 26, the informational picket staged in Roanoke was a rally for better working conditions at what was then Bell Atlantic.
Now called Verizon Virginia, the company faces accusations of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees.
Company officials would not comment on those charges.
The three-year contract expires at midnight on Saturday, and union members say they are ready for a strike.
[IN Q=We have such a]

((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2240 PRESIDENT: WE HAVE SUCH A DEDICATION TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND SERVICE WE PROVIDE TO THEM, BUT IT'S SO DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO THEM WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK UNDER SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK UNDER.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=to work under.]


Company and Union Officials are meeting behind closed doors in Washington to discuss terms of a new contract.
Even if the 725 Union Employees in Roanoke and thousands of workers on the East Coast go on strike, the company says customers will not be effected.
[IN Q=We have a]

((MIKE RIELEY/AREA MANAGER: WE HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN NOW, MANAGERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO STEP INTO SERVICE JOBS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. WE'RE SO MECHANIZED THESE DAYS THAT CUSTOMERS WILL PROBABLY SEE LITTLE EFFECT.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=see little effect.]


The longest strike in Bell Atlantic history lasted three weeks. If the employees strike again, even if lasts one week as negotiations continue, it will be the first AND the longest in Verizon history.

Union employees say they'll strike as early as Sunday morning if a contract agreement isn't reached by midnight on Saturday.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke.))

[11Indians]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC35:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's eight Indian tribes say they're tired of waiting for a meeting with the Governor -- and they could make some less than pleasant headlines for him if he doesn't come around.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/November]


Last week, Alexandria Congressman Jim Moran (muh-RAN) filed a bill that would grant federal recognition to Virginia's tribes.
Governor Jim Gilmore has NOT taken a stand.
An administration official says the potential of casino gambling "is a major barrier" to Gilmore's support.
The Indians say "get over it."
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[SOT 14:46:09]
[IN Q=Even though]

((REEVA TILLEY/RAPPAHANNOCK TRIBE: EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NOT SHOWN AN INTEREST IN GAMING, AND THEY HAVE MADE IT AN ISSUE, IT'S THE PRINCIPLE. IT'S THE PRINCIPLE THAT IT'S OKAY FOR THIS STATE. BUT IT'S NOT OKAY FOR THE INDIAN TRIBES. NO. IT'S NOT RIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Reeva Tilley/Rappahannock Tribe;]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=It's not right.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-King and Queen Co./File Tape;]


Federal recognition could help Virginia's poorest Indians qualify for housing assistance, health benefits, and scholarships.
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[Alaska-Airlines]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Air Travel]


Alaska Airlines is grounding at least 18 Boeing M-D 80 planes for safety inspections.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Officials say they want to look over the jackscrew, a part that was implicated in a fatal crash.
88- people died when the Alaska Air jet crashed off the coast of Southern California last year.
The airline also wants the tools used to test the jackscrew tested themselves, saying they might have given inaccurate readings.
Air service could be disrupted through the weekend.
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[Stowaway]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Los Angeles authorities are trying to figure out how a man survived a flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles in the WHEEL WELL of a jet.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


Officials at U-C-L-A Medical Center say the man is in serious condition, suffering from severe hypothermia.
Maintenance workers found the man in the wheel well of the Air France jet shortly after it landed last night at L-A-X.
They say he was "combative" when they tried to remove him from the wheel.
An airport spokeswoman says the Boeing 747 originated in French Polynesia.
It's not clear how he survived the high-altitude flight.
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[11Hicks]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-21 TC1:44:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Snoring gave a fugitive away.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Danville authorities say a man came home Wednesday night and heard 28 year old David Lee Hicks sleeping under a bed.
Officers arrived at 120 Clearview Drive to find Hicks hiding in the bedroom closet.
Hicks was a fugitive and has 12 charges piled against him including assault on an officer, escaping and kidnapping.
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[SOT 1:21:27]
[IN Q=Anytime there"s a person]

((MAJ. B.C. ELLIOTT/DANVILLE POLICE: ANYTIME A PERSON IS ON THE RUN LIKE THIS AND HE'S CAUGHT EASY LIKE THIS IT STARTS YOU THINKING THAT WHY WOULDN'T HE OFFER RESISTANCE HE HAD TWO GUNS I COULDN'T ANSWER THIS WHETHER TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTED.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. B. C. Elliott/Danville Police Dept.]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=the point of exhausted.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hicks had his arraignment yesterday and is being held at the Danville City jail.
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[11Film-Office]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC00:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Enticing the film industry to make big budget movies in Southwest Virginia is the goal of a local group. They're hoping to open a Roanoke branch of the Virginia Film Office. Last year the film industry contributed more than 14 million dollars to the Virginia economy. And as Kate Weidaw tells us Southwest Virginia wants a slice of the pie.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Some of the]
[SUPER=03-Moneta/September 27, 1990;:00]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/June 10, 1992;:12]
[SUPER=01-Bootie Chewning/Co-founder;:21]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Eubank/Co-founder;:45]
[SUPER=07-Bob Lauro;1:03]
[SUPER=03-Vinton;1:10]
[SUPER=@Kate1;1:20]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=kw news7]

((Some of the biggest names in the film industry have made their movies in Southwest Virginia. Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss made "What About Bob" back in 19-90 at Smith Mountain Lake. Two years later Jody Foster came to Lexington to film "Sommersby". Not only did these films bring notoriety to the area but it brought in big bucks.

[SOT 16:23]

[INQ] ((BOTTIE CHEWNING/CO FOUNDER: WE DO KNOW WHEN A FILM COMES TO THE AREA IT'S BIG MONEY FOR THE AREA BECAUSE THEY ALSO HAVE TO HAVE HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, TELEPHONE, ELECTRICITY, PEOPLE TO WORK ON SET.))
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That's why the Virginia Film Office in Richmond wants a branch Roanoke. That way the movie industry has a liaison in Southwest Virginia.

[SOT 10:16]
[INQ=]

((SANDRA EUBANK/CO FOUNDER: IF THEY SEE A HOME, BUILDING, OR LAKE, OR THEY SEE LAND THEY WANT TO USE THEM WE WOULD GO IN AND MAKE THAT CONTACT AND SAY THE FILM COMPANY WOULD REALLY LIKE TO USE THIS SO WE GET THE DOORS OPEN.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 17]


It also could bring business to local film companies.

[SOT 21:45]
[INQ=]

((BOB LAURO: WHEN FILM COMPANIES COME INTO TOWN THEY NEED EQUIPMENT SO IT WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO FIND EQUIPMENT LOCALLY THEN TO TRUCK IT IN FROM MILES AWAY OR MAY BE SHIP IT IN FROM THE WEST COAST.))
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[RUNS= 10]


But before the Blue Ridge Virginia Film Office can officially debut, it needs community support. The non profit organization can't make money unless it has money.
[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: AND IT SEEMS THE THREE CO FOUNDERS OF THE FILM OFFICE ARE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO OPENING THE ROANOKE BRANCH. EACH OF THE LADIES HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. JUST LAST MONTH THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR CASTING 6-HUNDRED EXTRAS IN THE COKE COMMERICAL THAT WAS SHOT AT VMI. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7.))
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


About a dozen pure-bred dogs fled from the Salem Civic Center's Dog Show after being scared by fireworks at the Salem Avalanche game last night.
Officials are asking folks to keep an eye out for dogs roaming in the nearby neighborhoods.
If you find one you're asked to call the local authorities.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Verizon employees who are still contracted under Bell Atlantic are preparing to strike. 725 Union members in Roanoke may walk out as soon as Sunday if a contract agreement isn't reached by midnight on Saturday.
Verizon Virginia faces accusations of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Two customers who helped recover 30-thousand dollars in diamond rings at Valley View Mall Monday have been rewarded for their efforts.
Don Tinsley and Drew Settle each received a 500-dollar gift certificate from Henebry's along with other coupons and certificates from the mall and other merchants.

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(Steve mic hot)
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(Steve ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Norfolk Western]
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[OUT Q=tonight on News 7 at 6]
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[Desk 2-Shot=Kimberly and Steve]
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