[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Weeks of dry weather are taking their toll on Virginia's forests.
More than 13- thousand acres are burning in the Shenandoah National Park.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Lynchburg man is dead after his vehicle slid off the road as he was exiting the Blue Ridge Parkway.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Hope you'll join us-- for News 7 Mornin.


[11Fire-Prevention]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-46; 13:15]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fires]

[**NOTE ANCHOR TAG**] Dry conditions in Virginia are helping fuel the flames of several forest fires burning throughout the state - including one in the Shenandoah National Park which now covers more than 13-thousand acres. A smaller fire in Craig County kept crews busy over the weekend. As Kate Weidaw reports, because of the high threat of forest fires, everyone who enjoys the outdoors needs to be on guard.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Elmore/National Forest Service;:09]
[SUPER=01-Denny McCarthy/Department of Forestry;:57]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:05]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Craig Co.]


(([NAT SOUND WORKERS AT HOT SPOTS]
[RUNS= 3]


62 acres on Blue Knob Mountain in Craig County are getting mopped up from a fire that began on Friday.

[SOT 15:38:20]
[INQ=]

((STEVE ELMORE/FOREST SERVICE: WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR ARE HOT SPOTS ANYWHERE NEAR THE LINE IF THE WIND GETS UP.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


[NAT SOUND RACKING]
[RUNS= 2]


A crew of 20 were called in from Idaho to help in the cleanup .. Along with a Forest Service helicopter that has dumped more then 32-thousand gallons of water here since Saturday. Although this is considered a small forest fire, the threat for others is high.

[SOT 15:38:59]
[INQ=]

((STEVE ELMORE: THE LEAVES AND THE GROUND ARE EXTREMELY DRY ANY FIRE THE FOLKS ARE DOING RUN A REAL RISK OF LETTING IT GET AWAY FROM THEM.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


That's why the Forest Service is considering at state wide ban on burning. Even without a ban, they say there are alternatives to burning homeowners need to look in to.

[SOT 15:23:07]
[INQ=]

((DENNY MCCARTHY/FOREST SERVICE: BUILD A BRUSH PILE FOR WILD LIFE THAT'S ONE WAY TO USE THAT MATERIAL FOR GOOD PURPOSES, DRAG IT OFF TO A CORNER OF THE WOODS INSTEAD OF PILING IT AND BURNING IT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


So until the rain showers return the Forest Service says they're preparing for the possibility of a long fire season. Kate Weidaw News7 Craig County.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Although a statewide burning ban has NOT been put in to effect...Bedford, Franklin, Allegheny, Patrick and Montgomery counties are all under countywide burning bans.



[11Ronald-Gay]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC 1:59:04]
[GRAPHIC=Ronald Gay]

Murder and firearms charges are supposed to be taken up by a Roanoke grand jury today in the case of Ronald Gay ..
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September]


Gay is charged with opening fire inside the Backstreet Cafe in September.
Danny Lee Overstreet died and 6 others were wounded in the attack which was apparently intended to kill homosexuals.
If convicted - Gay will face seven life terms behind bars.
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[11Bedford-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a single-car accident in Bedford . State Police say Robert Raymond Brooks, Jr - of Lynchburg - was exiting the Blue Ridge Parkway on to Route 43 yesterday afternoon when he apparently failed to break for a curve. His vehicle slid off the road, struck several trees and landed upside-down. Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife - who was a passenger in the car - was taken to Roanoke Memorial with serious injuries.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Stock Market]


Even the stock market will be affected by the outcome of tomorrow's election.
Stacey Tisdale analyzes how a win for EITHER candidate will likely affect stocks.
Here's this week's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stacey Tisdale/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=Tisdale in New York. ]

((
ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


FOR THE STOCK MARKET, THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME FOR TUESDAY'S ELECTION WILL BE DIFFERENT PARTIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS.

ESS=graphic "Wall Street & Washington"


"March 4, 1901-July 5, 2000"
Source: Ned Davis Research

ESS=add "Republican President/Repubican Congress, Stocks up 1.3%"


DESPITE THE FACT THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BELIEVED TO BE BEST FOR BUSINESS, THE MARKET HAS AVERAGED JUST A 1 POINT 3 PERCENT ANNUAL RETURN WHEN THEY'RE IN CONTROL.
ESS=add "Democratic President/Democratic Congres, Stocks up 6.6%


A "DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT" AND CONGRESS" HAS MEANT A 6 POINT 6 PERCENT ANNUAL GAIN FOR STOCKS,
-Different Parties in White House/Congress, Stocks up 8.2%
WHEN THERE'S "GRIDLOCK" IN WASHINGTON, "STOCKS" AVERAGE AN "ANNUAL RETURN" OF "8 POINT 2 PERCENT." ANALYSTS SAY THAT'S BECAUSE WALL STREET HATES CHANGE, AND UNDER THIS SCENARIO, RADICAL LEGISLATION HAS LITTLE CHANCE OF GETTING PASSED.

ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


BUT MARKET WATCHERS SAY THERE ARE DIFFERENT SECTORS THAT WOULD DO WELL UNDER A BUSH OR GORE ADMINISTRATION.

ESS=graphic "Gore Healthcare Winners"


GENERIC DRUG MAKERS COMPANIES LIKE "BARR LABORATORIES (BRL)," " MYLAN,
(MYL)," AND "IVAX (IVX)," MIGHT GET A BOOST FROM A GORE VICTORY. THE

PRICE CONTROLS HE IS PROPOSING, MAKE THESE FIRM'S PRODUCTS AN EASIER SELL THAN PRICEY BRAND NAMES.

ESS=graphic "Bush Energy Picks"


AND NO SURPRISE, GOVERNOR BUSH'S PLAN TO DRILL FOR OIL IN ALASKA COULD BE A WINDFALL FOR ENERGY COMPANIES, LIKE "LOWES (LTR)," "DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING, (DO)", AND "HALLIBURTON. (HAL)"

VT=VO Microsoft


WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY, ANALYSTS SAY MICROSOFT WOULD LIKELY BENEFIT FROM BUSH, DUE TO HIS PERCEIVED SOFTER STANCE ON REGULATION.

ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


OTHER POTENTIAL MARKET MOVERS: CISCO SYSTEMS' EARNINGS REPORT MONDAY,
THURSDAY, DELL COMPUTER REPORTS, ALSO THURSDAY, THE GOVERNMENT RELEASES THE PRODUCER PRICE INDEX.

ESS=MarketWatch Graphic


FOR MORE ON THE WEEK ON WALL STREET, CLICK ON C-B-S DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM, OR A-O-L, KEYWORD MARKETWATCH

ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


I'M STACEY TISDALE IN NEW YORK. ))
[Anchor=Kim]
[ss=HOLD]


Now here's an early look at the stock market.

(toss to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Voter-ID]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-40; 53:17]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign2000]


Tomorrow is election day.
If you forget your I-D when you head to the polls don't worry.
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[VO-NAT 99-53 41:53]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


Earlier this year lawmakers passed a bill requiring voters to show an I-D before voting.
But officials say if you forget it... all you need to do is sign your name.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18:44:14]
[IN Q=the bottom]

((BRIAN SHEPPARD: THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME AND THAT'S ENOUGH TO VOTE, IF YOU WALK TO THE POLLS AND FORGET YOUR ID IF YOU DON'T DRIVE AND DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME YOU CAN VOTE.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Sheppard/Roanoke Democratic Party Pres.]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=can vote.]
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[VO-NAT]


The polls open at 6 tomorrow morning and close at 7 PM.
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[11Peace-Walk]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-45; 7:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Roanoke County students want to raise awareness about school violence - and how it can be prevented.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Yesterday they hit the streets for the third annual Peace Walk. Students who are considered peer mediators or natural leaders by their school walked to raise money for organizations at their school.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:00:43]
[IN Q=these are]

((AMY BARNHART/ORGANIZER: THESE ARE PROGRAMS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO DECREASE THE OCCURRENCE OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND TO PROMOTE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF SETTLING CONFLICT.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Barnhart/Organizer]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=settling conflict.]
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[VO-NAT]

The Peace Walk raised more than 5-hundred dollars.
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[11Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=Feedback; 1:40:11]
[GRAPHIC=fEEDBACK]


Micheal Vick's injured ankle tops this week's News 7 Feedback.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Animation open]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 30;:06]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:31]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=Animation close.]

((Virginia Tech's hopes for a national title seemed to take a turn for the worse last week, after star quarterback Michael Vick turned his ankle.
The injury in the Pitt game that Saturday was the top story Monday, much to the dismay of one viewer from Franklin County. (Tammy Goode/Huddleston).
"I am positive that there was another news story in the area that was more important then whether he will play...or be on the sidelines as an injured player. I think that it is great that the Virginia Tech Hokies are doing so well in the season, however some things are more important."
The news that the Cave Spring football team would have to forfeit some games for using an ineligible player brought a comment from a viewer in Radford. (Culver C. Bennett/Radford).
"I just happen to believe that it is a shame that all of these kids and coaches have worked so hard, and are now being punished for something that was beyond their control. If it was the athletic director's error then that person should be the one to be punished, not the football players who work their butts off for that team."
News-7's mailing address is PO box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number: 343-7269.
For e-mail, it's news@wdbj7.com.
And on our website, wdbj7.com, you may take part in an online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, if you don't get along with your doctor, it may be time to get a new one.

Doctor Dave Hnida explains in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information:
VT=VO

HAS YOUR DOCTOR EVER MADE YOU REALLY FRUSTRATED OR CRAZY? IT HAPPENS- SOMETIMES WE JUST DONT CONNECT WITH YOU IN A WAY THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE WE'RE DOING OUR JOB. BUT WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR NEVER SEEM TO HIT IT OFF.. THE ANSWER- FIRE HIM OR HER. AND THERE ARE MANY REASONS YOU MAY WANT TO GIVE YOUR DOCTOR THE AX.
GRFX FOR EXAMPLE- THE ANSWER TO EVERY PROBLEM IS A PRESCRIPTION. YOU KNOW- MOST MEDICAL CONDITIONS- ESPECIALLY LONG TERM ONES - SHOULD BE TREATED FIRST WITHOUT MEDICINE- SUCH A LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.
GRFX ANOTHER REASON TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR TO HIT THE PIKE- YOU GET THE FEELING YOUR DOCTOR IS ALWAYS SAYING: ITS MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. A DOCTOR PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS A 2 WAY STREET- WE'RE PARTNERS. AND OUR JOB IS TO RECOMMEND AND ADVISE- AND IF YOU DON'T AGREE- THAT'S YOUR RIGHT.YOUR DOCTOR'S NOT A LISTENER. MORE THAN HALF OF ALL DIAGNOSES CAN BE MADE BY WHAT YOU SAY- NOT BY EXAMINING OR DOING TESTS- THAT'S NOT TO SAY YOU DON'T NEED THOSE THINGS- BUT LISTENING IS IMPORTANT.
GRFX AND HERE'S ONE MORE REASON TO SAY GOODBYE- WHEN YOU LEAVE THE OFFICE- YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU GOT WHAT YOU CAME FOR. AND THAT CAN MEAN A REFERRAL, GOOD EXPLANATIONS, OR JUST A SYMPATHETIC EAR.
ON CAM BOTTOM LINE- IF YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR DON'T GET ALONG- YOUR HEALTH IS GOING TO SUFFER- AND ITS TIME TO CHANGE TO SOMEONE ELSE - AND JUST DO IT-- DONT BE SHY- YOUR HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR EGOS. I'M DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


(ad lib to weather)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


A trip to Walt Disney World in Florida turns deadly--
A man was killed when he apparently tried to exit Splash Mountain midway through the ride.
Authorities are NOT yet identifying him.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Today a Roanoke grand jury is expected to consider murder and firearms charges against Ronald Gay.
Gay is charged with opening fire inside the Backstreet Cafe.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]


And you can now apply online for retirement benefits.
Social security officials say it's an effort to better meet the needs of the 76 million baby boomers.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday, November 6th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[Gore]


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


With just 24 hours before the polls open, surveys show this Presidential race could be the closest in generations.
Vice President Al Gore is working to close the gap, spending yesterday campaigning in three toss- up states.
Teri Okita has the first of our stories this morning from the campaign trail.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Dearborn, MI; :00]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate; :13]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA; :33]
[SUPER=201-Teri Okita/Reporting; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Detroit.]

((

(LOCATOR: Dearborn, MI)


TRACK: FIGHTING FOR THE UNDECIDED VOTE, AL GORE MADE A SUNDAY SWEEP THROUGH THREE SWING STATES DRIVING HOME HIS MESSAGE OF PROSPERITY WHILE REMINDING VOTERS OF LIFE BEFORE 1993.

SOT: (Gore in Dearborn/6:20:30ish) I look back and remember the

Bush-Quayle years deficits, recession now, instead of big deficits biggest surpluses.
TRACK: GORE FOCUSED HIS ENERGY SUNDAY ON MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, AND PENNSYLVANIA TOSS-UP STATES WHERE HE'S AHEAD BY A HAIR.

(LOCATOR: Philadelphia, PA)


TRACK: HOPING TO REACH THE IMPORTANT MINORITY VOTE, GORE PREACHED BEFORE THE CHOIR AT A PAIR OF PREDOMINATELY BLACK CHURCHES IN PHILADELPHIA

SOT: (Gore) There's an African proverb that says: When you pray, move

your feet. Tuesday is the day to move your feet.
TRACK: THEN, TRIED TO MOVE THE MASSES AT A DOWNTOWN RALLY THERE. COVETED SWING VOTERS IN HALF-A-DOZEN BATTLEGROUND STATES COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

SOT: (Gore in Philadelphia/12:39:00ish) I need each one of you to get

one more vote in your precinct. An awful lot is at stake here.
TRACK: INDEED IT IS INCLUDING GORES POLITICAL FUTURE. AND WITH JUST A DAY TO GO, THE RACE IS STILL NECK-AND-NECK. A NEW, NATION-WIDE CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS GEORGE BUSH WITH A NARROW, FIVE-POINT LEAD.

(Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: BEFORE THE SUN RISES MONDAY MORNING, AL GORE AND JOSEPH LIEBERMAN WILL BEGIN CAMPAIGNING 30-HOURS STRAIGHT 15-CITIES IN 11-STATES FOR, WHAT GORE CALLS, ONE BIG CHOICE. AFTER THAT, THEY CAN ONLY SIT BACK AND WAIT. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, DETROIT.

))[Bush]


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


Meanwhile, George W- Bush is making a final campaign swing through key battleground states today.
He'll visit Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arkansas.
Yesterday, Bush went on five- city tour through Florida.
Lee Cowan has more on that.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Tampa, FL; :00]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :09 QUICK]
[SUPER=201-Lee Cowan/Reporting; :24]
[SUPER=201-Gov. Jeb Bush/(R) Florida; :38]
[SUPER=201-Karl Rove/Chief Bush Strategist; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=Cowan, CBS News, Miami.]

((
LOCATOR: TAMPA

(NARR:)


For George W. Bush -- the pressure in -- only one full day left to shift several key battleground state's to HIS column instead of Al Gore's.

(SOT/GEORGE W. BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE -- TAMPA EVENT)



(NARR:)


Although a new CBS News poll shows Bush with a 5 point lead -- the Vice President is closing the gap is several Midwestern states -- meaning Florida is a MUST win.

(COWAN ON CAM)

"Despite the huge crowds, and wild cheering, Bush is still slogging his way through a state that he should have been his long ago. His brother, the state's popular governor, blamed that on negative campaigning by the Vice President -- distorting his brother's social security plan."

(FROM: FACE THE NATION)
(SOT/GOV. JEB BUSH, R-FLORIDA)

"There was in the beginning, an attempt -- temporarily at least -- on scaring elders on my brother's plan would take away benefits. But since then, I think that's been turned around."

(NARR:)


If social security is the key to Florida -- on Sunday, Bush was using it more like a hammer on his opponent.

(SOT/GEORGE W. BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)

"If you had to ...tear down...confident in your own! (applause)."

(NARR:)


Bush is counting on Florida's heavy electoral count to offset California and New York -- both expected to lean toward Gore.
Bush's chief strategist was unusually optimistic.

(SOT/KARL ROVE, CHIEF BUSH STRATEGIST)

"In Miami-Dade we have more Republican absentee ballots cast and requests to be cast, than Democrat absentee ballots in a county that's democrat. So we feel good."

(NARR:)


Confident of Florida -- Bush will now embarke on a 3-thousand mile tour through the midwest -- ending at the Governor's mansion in Austin Texas where he will spend Election day -- waiting and hoping all the miles paid off. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Miami.
))

[Social-Security]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-43; 21:51]
[GRAPHIC= Social Security]

The federal government is making it easier for the public to apply for retirement benefits. You can now apply on line.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Social Security Administration]


Officials say this is an effort to better meet the needs of the 76 million-strong baby boom generation... which is expected to DOUBLE the administration's workload.
Social Security's Deputy Commissioner tells News 7 the online application should be a popular option.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT from SS PHONER TC 1:08:20]
[IN Q=Literally hundreds]

((1:08:20 LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WILL USE THIS AND THE MORE THAT DO SO THE BETTER OFF ... IT DOES PREPARE US FOR THE RETIREMENT OF A MUCH LARGER WAVE OF PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE -- 1:08:38))
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=people in the future.]
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[VO-NAT]

A paper copy of the online application must also be printed, signed, and mailed to social security along with any requested personal documents.
(---------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

You can apply for Social Security benefits on the internet at w-w-w-dot-S-S-A-dot gov.


[Splash-Mountain]


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


A man died at Florida's Walt Disney World yesterday when he apparently tried to get off midway through a ride.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL;]


The 37- year- old man was hit by another boat when he exited Splash Mountain.
Authorities say he was NOT pushed off the ride, nor did he fall.
No one knows WHY the man decided to get off.
They say he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, where he later died.
The accident happened yesterday afternoon.
Park officials closed the attraction for the rest of the day, but they expect to re- open it today.
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[2-11Ronald-Gay]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC 1:59:04]
[GRAPHIC=Ronald Gay]

A Roanoke grand jury is expected to consider murder and firearms charges against Ronald Gay today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September]


Gay is charged with opening fire inside the Backstreet Cafe in September.
Danny Lee Overstreet died and 6 others were wounded in the attack apparently intended to kill homosexuals.
If convicted - Gay faces seven life terms behind bars.
(------------)





[2-11Fire-Prevention]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-46; 13:15]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fires]

[**NOTE ANCHOR TAG**]
Crews are busy battling several forest fires burning throughout the state. A fire located in the Shenandoah National Park now covers more than 13-thousand acres.
Another smaller fire burned more than 60 acres in Craig County. As Kate Weidaw reports, because of the high threat of forest fires, everyone who enjoys the outdoors needs to be on guard.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Elmore/National Forest Service;:09]
[SUPER=01-Denny McCarthy/Department of Forestry;:57]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:05]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Craig Co.]


(([NAT SOUND WORKERS AT HOT SPOTS]
[RUNS= 3]


62 acres on Blue Knob Mountain in Craig County are getting mopped up from a fire that began on Friday.

[SOT 15:38:20]
[INQ=]

((STEVE ELMORE/FOREST SERVICE: WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR ARE HOT SPOTS ANYWHERE NEAR THE LINE IF THE WIND GETS UP.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


[NAT SOUND RACKING]
[RUNS= 2]


A crew of 20 were called in from Idaho to help in the cleanup .. Along with a Forest Service helicopter that has dumped more then 32-thousand gallons of water here since Saturday. Although this is considered a small forest fire, the threat for others is high.

[SOT 15:38:59]
[INQ=]

((STEVE ELMORE: THE LEAVES AND THE GROUND ARE EXTREMELY DRY ANY FIRE THE FOLKS ARE DOING RUN A REAL RISK OF LETTING IT GET AWAY FROM THEM.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


That's why the Forest Service is considering at state wide ban on burning. Even without a ban, they say there are alternatives to burning homeowners need to look in to.

[SOT 15:23:07]
[INQ=]

((DENNY MCCARTHY/FOREST SERVICE: BUILD A BRUSH PILE FOR WILD LIFE THAT'S ONE WAY TO USE THAT MATERIAL FOR GOOD PURPOSES, DRAG IT OFF TO A CORNER OF THE WOODS INSTEAD OF PILING IT AND BURNING IT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


So until the rain showers return the Forest Service says they're preparing for the possibility of a long fire season. Kate Weidaw News7 Craig County.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Although a statewide burning ban has NOT been put in to effect...Bedford, Franklin, Allegheny, Patrick and Montgomery counties are all under countywide burning bans.


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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

Murder and firearms charges are expected to be taken up by a Roanoke grand jury today in the case of Ronald Gay ..
Gay is charged with opening fire inside the Backstreet Cafe in September.


(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year requiring voters to show an I-D before voting. However, officials say if you forget your I-D tomorrow... all you need to do is sign your name.
The polls open at 6 in the morning and close at 7 PM.


(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Some Roanoke County students took part in the third annual Peace Walk to raise awareness about school violence - and how it can be prevented. Students who are considered peer mediators or natural leaders by their school walked to raise money for organizations at their school.
The walk raised more than 5-hundred dollars.


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
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(Shannon 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=It's been]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]