!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd"> WDBJ 7 morning news for 08/08/00


[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

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[VO-NAT]


Verizon workers are walking the picket lines for the third day as negotiations stall on the issue of job security. Talks resume later today.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]


And Al Gore will make it official at high noon.
Senator Joseph Lieberman will be the first Orthodox Jew to run for Vice President on a major party ticket.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

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[ANCHOR=Denise]


Wake up with us.....News 7 Mornin' is next.

[Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]


The strike on Verizon is entering its third day.
Talks are scheduled to begin again at mid-morning with negotiations snagged over job security.
Terisa Estacio has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ray Duffy/CWA Union Spokesperson; :36]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Jolene McClean/Verizon Striking Employee; 1:06]
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[OUT Q=New York]

(((take nats/chanting of picket line )
PICKET LINES LIKE THIS ONE IN NEW YORK DOT THE LANDSCAPE ALONG THE EAST COAST AS THOUSANDS OF STRIKING EMPLOYEES FROM VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES.
Nat so: What do we want? We want a contract

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The contract expired Saturday night and by Sunday union workers took to the streets. More than 25 million Verizon customers could be affected by the job action. Workers say they want more UNION representation in the very hot wireless industry. Right now they claim..too many jobs are going to non-union employees.

(TAKE SOT )
(CG: Ray Duffy/CWA Union Spokesperson; )
(INCUE: The issues are traditional jobs are going to non-union employees

and leaving this area)

(CONTINUE TRACK )
(take nats of problems no 411 calls )


Although Company officials have only reported minor service interruptions; some residents in Brooklyn have dealt with an outage... suspected to be sabotage.

(take Terisa Estacio )
(incue: Striking workers say they regret any problems yet say it is

vital they take a stand )

(take sot )
(cg: Jolene McClean/Verizon Striking Employee )


Verizon, formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE is the nations largest local phone company providing phone and Internet service to customers in nearly a dozen Eastern States. TE, CBS News, NY ))

[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM\]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
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Al Gore officially names Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman his running mate during a midday ceremony.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Nashville, TN;]


The history making announcement will take place at the foot of the Tennessee state capitol building.
The 58 year old moderate will be the first Orthodox Jew to run on a major party ticket.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=201-Joseph Lieberman/(D) Vice Presidential Cand.;]

(( SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/D-CT: THIS EXTRAORDINARY DAY IN WHICH I FEEL SO GRATEFUL TO GOD AND SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SO HELPFUL TO ME.))
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[OUT Q=helpful to me]
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[VO-NAT]


Analysts say Gore picked Lieberman for his integrity and moral values.
Lieberman was the first Democrat to openly chastise President Clinton for his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
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[11Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Dan River Mills will now make exclusive bedding products with the Martha Stewart brand name for K-Mart Stores.
Surae Chinn has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Danville; :05]
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.; :18]
[SUPER=@Surae1; :45]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]

((((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: MARTHA STEWART ENTERPRISE IS HUGE.)) [RUNS:03]
And Dan River Mills is now an integral part of that enterprise. The project is housed in a 300 thousand square foot warehouse in Danville filled with the latest Martha Stewart bedding products.
[SOT 1:40:44]

((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER MILLS: THIS IS THE MARTHA STEWART BEDDING LINE SO OUR PRODUCTS ARE SHEETS, PILLOWCASES, COMFORTERS AND BED SHAMS.)) [RUNS:07]
Six different brand new designs have been developed. Dan River Mills employees have been working on them at various locations including Danville. The thousands of boxes and products of the Martha Stewart line end up in this Danville warehouse. ((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: SOON THIS ENTIRE WAREHOUSE WILL BE FILLED WITH THE EXCLUSIVE DAN RIVER MILLS AND MARTHA STEWART BRAND PRODUCTS AND THEY WILL ALL BE SHIPPED TO EVERY KMART IN THE COUNTRY))
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((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: WHEN YOU HEAR TEXTILES YOU HEAR A LOT OF NEGATIVES. WE ARE NAILING DOWN LARGE ORDERS AND SHIPPING NEW PRODUCTS.)) [RUNS:05]
The new products created 25 full time jobs and 80 temporary positions.
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((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: IT'S NEAT IT'S EXCITING NEW IDEA. NOT ONLY THING WE ARE WORKING ON BUT THIS IS A HOME RUN. YOU GET YOUR SINGLES AND DOUBLES THIS IS A HOMERUN.)) [RUNS:10]
A homerun that Dan River Mills officials say will help secure a strong future for the company. Surae Chinn, News7, Danville.))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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Dan River Mills says its always had a strong relationship with KMart.

[11Economic-Development]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[TAPE#=00-17 TC2:03:17]
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An international manufacturing company has announced its plans to set up its North American headquarters in Roanoke.

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[VO-NAT]

Great Britain's Precision Technology Group makes mechanical equipment for a variety of industries.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

It currently operates divisions in Germany and Scotland. The Roanoke headquarters will be located in the former Tultex building and will employ more than 100 people. P-T's CEO says the Star City was chosen because of it's equal distance from major industrial cities like Chicago, Boston and Dallas - and because of the availability of skilled labor.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We really need...]

((GERD HICKS/PRECISION TECHNOLOGY GROUP CEO: WE REALLY NEED ENGINEERING PEOPLE - AND OF COURSE HERE ARE GOOD SCHOOLS, GOOD GRADUATES WE CAN GET...THAT TOO WAS AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR US - LOOKING FOR THE FUTURE TO HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO DO THIS BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=01-Gerd Icks/Precision Technology Group CEO]
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[OUT Q=do this business.]
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[VO-NAT]

Precision Technology USA is expected to invest more than 2-Million dollars into the city in the next six years.
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[Train-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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A train struck a pickup truck in Christiansburg. Authorities say the accident happened around 9:45 last night in the Cambria section of town. The vehicle owned by Gregory Scott Hollandsworth of Christianburg was unoccupied at the time of the accident. No one was injured.

[11Pinion]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-26]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former janitor at a Botetourt County home for adults appeared in court yesterday on charges he sexually assaulted three women.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle;]


An attempted rape charge involving one of the females was dismissed against 49- year old Jerry Pinion.
Charges involving the other two women were forwarded to a grand jury after Pinion waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Pinion is accused of rape and sexual assault.
He did plead guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse but immediately appealed the charges.
The incidents allegedly took place at Mountain View Two.
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[6Breeden]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-20 TC1:53:40]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

The case of Bedford County man accused of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service is now on trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Jeffrey Randall Breeden is named in a 42- count federal indictment charging him with failure to file a tax return, bank fraud and obstruction.
The government alleges Breeden made a living promoting a scheme to report zero income and avoid paying federal income taxes.
Several of Breeden's clients were subsequently fined by the I-R-S and had liens placed on their property.
The trial is expected to last at least a week.
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[11Project-Life]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=500-18 TC30:00]
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Project Lifesaver has protected one life and could save more.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July 5;]


45 year old David Fitzgerald of Pittsylvania County suffers from dementia. He took a walk Sunday night and ended up missing for about five hours.
Once authorities got word of his disappearance, it took them only half an hour to locate Fitzgerald-- thanks to the device he wears on his wrist called Project Lifesaver.
We interviewed Fitzgerald last month when he first got the device.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, certain foods are more likely to make you sick.

Doctor Dave Hnida explains that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
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((Information: ON CAM THE TERM SEASICKNESS TAKES ON NEW MEANING THANKS TO A REPORT FROM THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

VT=VO

THE GROUP SAYS IF YOU'RE A SEAFOOD LOVER- BEWARE- SEAFOOD IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE FOR OUTBREAKS OF FOOD POISONING IN THE U.S- AN OUTBREAK MEANING MORE THAN ONE PERSON IN A GROUP GETS SICK FROM THE SAME FOOD. NUMBER TWO ON THE LIST FOR CAUSING BAD STOMACHS- EGGS- FOLLOWED BY GROUND BEEF- USUALLY IN THE FORM OF HAMBURGERS- THEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. EACH YEAR THERE ARE MORE THAN 75 MILLION CASES OF FOOD POISONING- MOST CAUSED BY POOR CLEANING, HANDLING, AND COOKING OF FOOD- MAKING THE KITCHEN THE MOST DANGEROUS ROOM IN THE HOUSE.

VT=VO

NEED A FLU SHOT THIS FALL? WELL YOU MAY NOT GET ONE- OR AT LEAST A WHOLE ONE. IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S GOING TO BE A SHORTAGE OF FLU VACCINE THIS COMING SEASON SO HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE TESTING TO SEE IF HALF DOSES WILL WORK- THEY BETTER OR ELSE THERE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH VACCINE TO GO AROUND. ANOTHER PIECE OF BAD NEWS- EVEN IF THE HALF DOSE WORKS- YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET A HALF SIZED NEEDLE- YOU STILL GET DRILLED BY THE BIG ONE.

VT=VO

AND FINALLY- MORE SHORTAGES- AND A PIECE OF OBVIOUS ADVICE- DONT GET
BITTEN BY A RATTLESNAKE ---. THERE'S A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF ANTIVENIN-

WHICH MEANS IF YOU GET BIT- THERE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH OF THIS LIFE SAVER AROUND TO SAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE- YOURS. THE SHORTAGE IS EXPECTED TO EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL NEXT SPRING- SO WATCH WHERE YOU STEP.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[2-HEADLINES]
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


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


Verizon customers dialing 4-1-1 looking for information are getting a busy signal. More than 80-thousand workers are striking the communications company, including 85 in Pulaski.
These picketers say among other things, they're tired of forced overtime.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


Some other communication companies are looking to cash in on the CWA's strike on Verizon.
Adelphia is putting down 17-million-dollars worth of cable so businesses will have high tech Internet service and video transmission.
It's an effort to lure customers away from Verizon.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


And wildfires continue to scorch western states. President Clinton is headed out to the fire lines to visit with service men and woman sent to relieve weary civilian fire crews.
65 blazes in 11 states have burn nearly one million acres.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, August 8th.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[11Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC1:36:31]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]


Verizon customer service representatives who are under a Bell Atlantic contract are beginning day three of a strike- including 85 workers in Pulaski.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski]


The picketers are 4-1-1 operators who say they are tired of forced overtime and the high stress level at work.
They also say the company has forced them to limit the time they spend with each customer, a cutback that has lowered their service standards.
Until an agreement is reached, they'll stay on the picket line.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There was an offer]

((DAVID LAYMAN/COMM. WORKERS OF AMERICA: THERE WAS AN OFFER MADE BY THE COMPANY. THE UNION ACCEPTED THAT PROPOSAL AND IS TAKING A SERIOUS LOOK AT IT. UNFORTUNATELY, SINCE THE COMPANY DID NOT RESPOND ON SATURDAY TO OUR ISSUES, THE CALL TO GO ON STRIKE WAS MADE.))
[SUPER=01-David Layman/Comm. Workers of America;]
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[OUT Q=strike was made.]
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[VO-NAT]


Verizon customers are experiencing busy signals when attempting to dial information.
The company recommends that customers use a phone book or the Internet to find a telephone number instead of using 4-1-1.
Verizon is asking its customers to have patience if they have a problem, and check household wiring before calling customer support.
If you're thinking of ordering a new line, hold off. If you need a new line, be prepared to wait longer than usual.
Finally, call the business office on your phone bill, not 411.
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[Adelphia]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-23]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Verizon's rival, meanwhile, is puffing out its chest to wow customers with solid service. And when night falls, crews with Adelphia Business Solutions dig a 700-mile, 17-million-dollar maze of cable -- so businesses will have high tech Internet service and video transmission. Tina Tenret shows how Adelphia crews are scoring on Verizon's strike.
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[SUPER=01-Jamie Ferguson/Adelphia General Manager; :36 QUICK!]
[SUPER=@Tina1; :56]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]

(( Verizon's strike sparks opportunity for its competitors -- a chance to lure customers away with truly solid service.

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((bite customer service)) [RUNS:03]
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Adelphia is bragging their operators are warm and local -- in contrast with Verizon's recorded messages and busy signals. And Adelphia technicians jump to help Verizon clients when their phone goes dead.
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[SOT 19:51:36]
[IN Q=When anyone goes]

((JAMIE FERGUSON/ADELPHIA GENERAL MANAGER: WHEN ANYONE GOES ON STRIKE THEIR SERVICE LEVEL DIMINISHES. BUTT BUTT BUTT WHEN IT DOES, IT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO LOOK ... USED TO USING.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=USED TO USING]

One potential pothole -- Ferguson does NOT plan to hire extra technicians to handle the increased demand -- and THAT could leave customers who want to change hanging on the line.
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[SOT]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THESE CREWS HOPE TO FINISH BY NEXT MONTH. THE LINES WILL RUN THROUGH MARTINSVILLE AND BLACKSBURG, THROUGHOUT OUR AREA, AND ULTIMATELY, THROUGHOUT THE NATION. TINA TENRET, NEWS7 ROANOKE))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Joseph Lieberman officially joins Al Gore's team today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN;]


The country found out yesterday that Lieberman would make up the other half of the ticket.
The vice president will publicly make the Democratic senator his running mate at a midday rally at the foot of Tennessee's state Capitol building.
Lieberman will be the first Jewish vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket in U-S history.
After the official announcement the pair will launch their "Going the Distance Tour" tomorrow with a nostalgic stop in Gore's hometown of Carthage before moving to Lieberman's home turf in Connecticut.
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[Wildfires]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfires]


President Clinton is going west today to see the damage caused by the raging wildfires.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sula, MT;]


65 major fires are still burning. So far they have consumed almost a million acres in 11 states.
The president is flying to Idaho to visit a fire command post and have lunch with some of the service men and women working to put out the fires.
Hundreds of soldiers and Marines have been sent to help weary civilian fire crews.
Federal officials are calling this the worst fire season in 50 years.
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[6-Confederate-veterans]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC1:24:39]
[GRAPHIC=SCV Lawsuit]


The Sons of Confederate Veterans are finding strength in the Supreme Court's ruling that allows the Boy Scouts to reject gay scout leaders.
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[VO-NAT]


The veteran descendants cite the Chief Justice's opinion in their new motion urging a federal district judge to compel the state to issue them special license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag.
The General Assembly authorized a special plate for Sons of Confederate Veterans, but said the tag should not include the battle flag.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


The Sons of Confederate Veterans say the legislature gave in to political pressures from a minority group that demands "political correctness."
Citing Chief Justice William Rhenquist, the Sons say: "The First Amendment protects expression, be it of the popular variety or not."

[Submarine-Raising]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A piece of Civil War history will surface today.
The first submarine to ever sink a battleship will be raised off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
Lee Cowan has more.
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[SUPER=03-Off South Carolina Coast; :07]
[SUPER=01-Robert Neyland/Hunley Recover Dir.; :17]
[SUPER=01-Mark Ragan/Historian and Author; :44]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:04]
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Four miles off the coast of Charleston South Carolina...

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(NARR:)


...lies a 137 year old mystery - 30 feet down. A relic from the Civil War -- that has a story to tell.

(SOT/ROBERT NEYLAND, HUNLEY RECOVERY DIRECTOR VICTOR'S TAPE 17:21:53)

"This is the largest iron-hulled archeological shipwreck to be recovered today."

(NARR:)


On a starry night in 1864 -- the H.L. Hunley -- an odd looking, 40 foot experiment in submarine warfare - did something never accomplished before -- she sank an enemy warship.
But after ramming her torpedo into the ship's side -- the Hunley -- along with her crew of nine -- sank as well. And no one knows why.

(SOT/MARK RAGAN, HISTORIAN, AUTHOR 01:07:53)

"Those hatches were sealed on February 17th 1864, and they haven't been opened since then. Everything that was taken on board that night is still in there."

(NARR:)


More than a century of silt and sand have turned the Hunley into a time capsule -- preserving her crew -- and the ship itself -- until modern technology could bring her home.

(COWAN ON CAM VICTOR'S TAPE 10:32:54)

"Her recovery though will not be easy or cheap. -- some 5 million dollars to bring her up, and at more than 30 tons, the Hunely will be one whale of a catch.

(ANNIMATION:)


A heavy duty truss has already been lowered over the wreck -- and inch by inch, cushioned straps will be slung underneath -- cradling her for the delicate ride to the surface.

A barge will then bring her to this state of the art conservation lab, where she will protectively be submerged again -- and her crew, entombed for so long, will finally be set free.

After accomplishing a first, they are now some of the last soldiers to return home -- buried as heroes after being buried at sea. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Charleston South Carolina.

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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC48:38]
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The owner of Franklin County Speedway has been charged for throwing a carnival without a permit.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./October 1999;]

Whitey Taylor has been served with three misdemeanor warrants, and the sheriff plans to issue two more today. Each count carries up to a year in jail and a 25-hundred-dollar fine, if Taylor's convicted. The sheriff says Taylor had been warned that he needed a permit to hold the fair -- but Taylor says he wasn't told until it was too late to file the paperwork.
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[6Damewood]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC21:43]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


The driver of a motorcycle whose passenger died in an accident last month has been charged with driving under the influence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 1]


William David Damewood was indicted yesterday on a charge of aggravated manslaughter.
The 44-year old Roanoke man was headed east on Shenandoah Avenue when he swerved to avoid a car and hit a utility pole.
Twenty- eight year old Christy Mae Blankenship, a passenger on the bike, was killed.
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[11Westview-Terrace]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC37:38]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Roanoke City Council has approved the sale of property in Westview Terrace.... land the city bought to defuse a controversy a year and a half ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Residents of the neighborhood objected in late 1998, when habitat for humanity prepared to build more than thirty homes there... and the city ultimately purchased the land.
Yesterday, city council agreed to sell the property to a developer who plans to build homes in keeping with the neighborhood... The selling price was 125- thousand dollars, much less than the city paid in 1998.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=DAL/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


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

Verizon customer service representatives who are under a Bell Atlantic contract are beginning day three of their strike-including 85 workers in Pulaski.
The picketers are 4-1-1 operators who say they are tired of forced overtime and the high stress level at work.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


Dan River Mills will now make exclusive bedding products with the Martha Stewart brand name for K-Mart Stores. Six different brand new designs have been developed. Dan River Mills employees have been working on them at various locations including Danville. The new products created 25 full time jobs and 80 temporary positions.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


Great Britain's Precision Technology Group plans to set up its North American headquarters in Roanoke. The company makes mechanical equipment for a variety of industries. The Roanoke headquarters will be located in the former Tultex building and will employ more than 100 people.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


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