[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


America finally has a new President- Elect--
After weeks of battling for the White House, Gore conceded last night and George W- Bush claimed victory.
We'll have the latest.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Radford's Chief of Police calls it quits after a scathing job performance report.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- on News 7 Mornin.

[School-Information]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=School Information]



Several school systems in our area have altered their schedules due to the weather.
We are running the closings and delays that we have at the bottom of your screen.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[take FS Web Address] We also have them listed on our website. You can find an up to date list by logging on to W-D-B-J-7-dot-Com then click on weather cancellations.

(XXXXXXXXXX)[Roads]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC06:18]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]



Authorities everywhere warn motorists to be extra cautious.....especially on bridges, overpasses, hills, and untreated roads.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you need more detailed road information on the route you're taking this morning, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD. [Take FS Valley Metro Board]
For more information on bus schedules you can call Valley Metro at 982-2222.
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[Presidency]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Texas Governor George W- Bush has a new title this morning, President- Elect.
Jennifer Jones has more on last night's speeches marking Al Gore's concession and Bush's victory after a very long election.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Austin, TX; :00]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) President-Elect; :16]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Vice-President; :49]
[SUPER=701-Rep. Ed Markey/(D) Massachusetts; 1:02]
[SUPER=701-Kweisi Mfume/NAACP President; 1:15]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS news, Washington.]

((
Locator: Austin, TX President-Elect George W. Bush is wasting no time trying to bring the country together after the bitterly contested election. Time and time again in his acceptance speech last night he struck a tone of bipartisianship.

SOT: President-Elect George W. Bush

"We must put politics behind us and work together to make the promise of America available for every one of our citizens. I am optimistic that we can change the tone in Washington, D.C."
In his concession speech, Vice President Al Gore also talked aboutmany of Mr. Bush's themes. He said while he strongly disagrees with the U-S Supreme Court ruling that effectively cost him the presidency, he will not contest it.

SOT: Vice President Al Gore

"I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity of the people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession."
Members of Congress are already pledging to keep the President-elect to his promises.

SOT: Rep. Ed Markey/D-Massachusetts

" This is a period of time in which it's really going to be important for the leaders of the Republican Party to reach across the aisle to Democrats."
Others-- are not ready to jump on the bi-partisan bandwagon.

SOT: Kweisi Mfume/President, NAACP

"The President going forward has to in a very clear way try to put aside the thinking of many people that do believe this election was stolen."
Stand Up: Jennifer Jones/CBS News Towards that end, the President-elect plans to meet with the Vice President early next week-- to help erase the bitter taste of election 2000. Jennifer Jones, CBS News, Washington.
))

[11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-50]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]

[**ANCHOR TAG**] V-DOT has been getting an earful from residents concerned about the future of I-73 this week through a series of public hearings... Roanoke residents took their turn last night. One proposed route drew a lot of criticism.. Meredyth Censullo reports some residents say, "forget about a new Interstate" and work with what we've got.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=There was...]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00]
[SUPER=01-Vasile Gocan/Roanoke Co. Resident;:19]
[SUPER=01-Suzanne Osborne/Roanoke Resident;:31]
[SUPER=01-Larry Davidson/Roanoke Resident;1:12]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke]

((There was more pouring over maps...and looking at signs....Some even WORE signs. The towering issue for many concerned about protecting the Roanoke Valley's mountain view:
[PUT MAP 4767 - US220 & WEST HERE] the proposed Western Corridor - the I-73 route that would take the highway across the Blue Ridge Parkway...

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ Tape #2: 18:00:25-:36]
[IN Q=God made those...]

((GOD MADE THOSE MOUNTAINS AND HE MADE THEM FOR US TO LOOK AT THEM AND HAVE OUR SOULS REFRESHED...I DON'T EVER REMEMBER SOMEONE TAKING A WALK ON A HIGHWAY.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=on a highway.]


((BUTT BUTT BUTT))

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[SOT @ Tape2: 17:42:14 - :30]
[IN Q=If people wanna...]

((IF PEOPLE WANNA BYPASS US, LET 'EM GO TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND BUILD AOL'S, LET EM GO TO ATLANTA, CHARLOTTE...I LIVE HERE BECAUSE ITS BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE THESE MOUNTAINS AND ONCE YOU DESTROY THEM YOU NEVER GET THEM BACK.))
[RUNS= :16]
[OUT Q=them back.]



A popular option among many Western Corridor opponents: Transportation Systems Management - or TSM - which involves making lower cost, localized improvements to Route 220 and 581...But VDOT says that option will do little for future growth.
[PUT GRAPHIC 4758 - US 220 CORRIDOR - HERE] Some folks just want Route 220 expanded and improved....Others say, no way.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT Tape #1: 17:26:00 - :11]
[IN Q=Its dangerous...]

((ITS DANGEROUS AND CROWDED ON ROUTE 220 AND I WOULD DOUBT VERY SERIOUSLY THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF PROVIDING A NEW ROADWAY WOULD RELIEVE THAT PROBLEM.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=that problem.]


MEREDYTH CENSULLO:....January 12th. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

The final public hearing on I-73 will be held from 2 to 9 today at Hotel Roanoke..V-DOT will accept written citizen comments through January 12th.

[11Radford-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC52:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Radford's police chief has resigned-
It comes on the heels of a report that said he contributed to low morale and high turnover at the department.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Monday;]


A-C Earles was Radford's chief for 13 years.
He announced his retirement after a meeting with the city manager yesterday.
The move comes on the heels of a report to City Council explaining a 40-percent turnover rate that's cost the city three-quarters of a million dollars in three years.
In it, former and current officers described Earles as an INVISIBLE leader who played solitaire in his office most of the time.
Deputy Chief Jonny Butler has been appointed interim Chief until Council can find a new one.
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[11Bedford-Roundup]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC1:09:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Nearly two dozen people were arrested in Bedford County as part of Operation Street Sweeper.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

Authorities began rounding up drug suspects bright and early yesterday morning. By yesterday evening, they'd arrested 20 people for allegedly selling a variety of illegal drugs from marijuana to crack cocaine. The undercover operation began about nine months ago and includes charges against 30- people. Sheriff Mike Brown says the goal is to put the smaller, street level dealers out of commission.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=They're the ones]

((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THEY'RE THE ONES A LOT OF THE SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, THAT'S HOW THEY GET IT, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THEY GET IT FROM.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=it from.]
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[VO-NAT]

Those arrested were handed a candy cane and Christmas card courtesy of Sheriff Brown... wishing them a Happy Holiday and highlighting their miranda rights.
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[Pope]


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


Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned an American businessman charged with spying.
Last week, a Russian court sentenced Edmond Pope to 20 years on an espionage conviction.
A spokesman says Putin freed Pope from a Moscow prison on humanitarian grounds.
Pope has suffered from a rare form of bone cancer.
His family fears the disease may have come back during the eight months he was jailed.


[11Otte]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=500-6 TC01:33]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

The 21-year-old woman who killed her son by putting him in a microwave oven will spend the next five years in prison.


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[VO-NAT ]
[SUPER=03-New Kent Co.]

Elizabeth Renee Otte pled no contest to involuntary manslaughter in September. A New Kent County Circuit judge yesterday sentenced her to ten years, but suspended half of the time. She was also placed on 20-years probation. Otte's son, Joseph Lewis Martinez, was found dead in her home in 19-99. Experts argue Otte suffers from epilepsy, and her seizures are often followed by blackouts.
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[11Hickson]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-37 TC2:04:00]
[GRAPHIC=LEGAL SCALES]


Prosecutors say they may never know exactly how 13- month- old Frances Vermillion died in her babysitter's home.. but they DO know it was no accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Sonya Hickson was found guilty yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Frances Vermillion in 1998.


Hickson told police the girl had bumped her head four times in a ten- minute span.. but the judge decided her version of events did not match up with the physical evidence.
Prosecutor Randy Krantz says Hickson may have just snapped out of frustration and beat Vermillion in the head.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:31:46]
[IN Q=But it was]

((RANDY KRANTZ/PROSECUTOR: BUT IT WAS VERY CLEAR THEN FROM THE EVIDENCE, THE COMMONWEALTH FELT, THAT ONCE SHE SAW WHAT SHE HAD DONE SHE HAD TO COME UP WITH AN EXPLANATION THAT SHE THOUGHT WOULD COVER THAT BUT SIMPLY JUST COULD NOT TELL WHAT HAPPENED.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Krantz/Prosecutor]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=tell what happened.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hickson faces up to twenty years in prison.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, the appearance of clear air can be deceiving.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE IT OR SMELL IT FOR AIR POLLUTION TO KILL YOU.

VT=VO

A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS MICROSCOPIC PARTICLES OF POLLUTION ARE JUST AS DANGEROUS IF NOT MORE DANGEROUS THAN OZONE OR OTHER BETTER KNOWN INGREDIENTS OF POLLUTION.- AND YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW ITS OUT THERE. THESE ALMOST INVISIBLE PARTICLES COME FROM CARS, POWER PLANTS, CONSTRUCTION WORK, AND EVEN TIRES.-- AND WHEN LEVELS OF THESE PARTICLES ARE HIGH- DEATH RATES GO UP THE DAY THEY ARE HIGH. EXPECT TO HEAR ABOUT STRICTER CONTROLS ON PARTICULATES IN THE YEAR TO COME.

VT=VO

NEED A HIP REPLACEMENT DONE? WELL IT MAY BE A GOOD IDEA TO DROP SOME WEIGHT BEFORE GETTING THAT NEW HIP. NOT ONLY WILL IT TAKE PRESSURE OFF THE BAD JOINT- BUT IT WILL LESSEN YOUR RISK OF A BLOOD CLOT AFTER SURGERY, A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS THE RISK OF A BLOOD CLOT IN THE WEEKS AFTER SURGERY ARE MORE THAN DOUBLE IN AN OVERWEIGHT PERSON THAN ONE OF NORMAL WEIGHT.

VT=VO

FINALLY TODAY- SOME GOOD NEWS FROM FINLAND- THE COUNTRY THAT DRINKS MORE COFFEE THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD. A STUDY IN THE ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE LOOKED AT MORE THAN 20 THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO DRANK SEVERAL CUPS OF COFFEE A DAY- SOME WERE FOLLOWED FOR UP TO 25 YEARS- AND RESEARCHERS FOUND NO HIGHER RISK OF HEART DISEASE AMONG EVEN THE HEAVIEST OF COFFEE DRINKERS.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

(ad lib to weather)

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


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


In historical speeches to the nation last night, President- Elect George W- Bush called for bi- partisan cooperation in his new administration...while Al Gore threw in the towel and announced his concession.
A wrap- up of the final night of Election 2000, coming up.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A couple in jail here for killing a Pennsylvania woman will return to Pennsylvania to face charges.
The body of Leslie Rae White was found in Floyd County in October.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a state grant helps opens up nearly 400 new jobs in Southside.
More may be on the way...Officials will make an economic development announcement later today in Martinsville.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, December 14th .
[ANCHOR=Leo]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-School-Information]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=School Information]



The weather has affected several schools systems in our area.
We are running the closings and delays that we have at the bottom of your screen.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[take FS Web Address] We also have them listed on our website. You can find an up to date list by logging on to W-D-B-J-7-dot-Com then click on weather cancellations.

(XXXXXXXXXX)[2-Roads]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC06:18]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Roads could be slick in some spots this morning.
Authorities everywhere warn motorists to be extra cautious.....especially on bridges, overpasses, hills, and untreated roads.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you need more detailed road information on the route you're taking this morning, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD. [Take FS Valley Metro Board]
For more information on bus schedules you can call Valley Metro at 982-2222.
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[2-Presidency]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morni]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


President- Elect George W- Bush's first official act will be to attend a church service in Austin, Texas this morning.
A top advisor says Bush wants to begin his transition to the White House on a message of prayer and healing.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Jones has a wrap- up of last night's historical speeches marking the end of a very un-usual election.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Austin, TX; :00]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) President-Elect; :16]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Vice-President; :49]
[SUPER=701-Rep. Ed Markey/(D) Massachusetts; 1:02]
[SUPER=701-Kweisi Mfume/NAACP President; 1:15]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS news, Washington.]

((
Locator: Austin, TX President-Elect George W. Bush is wasting no time trying to bring the country together after the bitterly contested election. Time and time again in his acceptance speech last night he struck a tone of bipartisianship.

SOT: President-Elect George W. Bush

"We must put politics behind us and work together to make the promise of America available for every one of our citizens. I am optimistic that we can change the tone in Washington, D.C."
In his concession speech, Vice President Al Gore also talked about many of Mr. Bush's themes. He said while he strongly disagrees with the U-S Supreme Court ruling that effectively cost him the presidency, he will not contest it.

SOT: Vice President Al Gore

"I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity of the people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession."
Members of Congress are already pledging to keep the President-elect to his promises.

SOT: Rep. Ed Markey/D-Massachusetts

" This is a period of time in which it's really going to be important for the leaders of the Republican Party to reach across the aisle to Democrats."
Others-- are not ready to jump on the bi-partisan bandwagon.

SOT: Kweisi Mfume/President, NAACP

"The President going forward has to in a very clear way try to put aside the thinking of many people that do believe this election was stolen."
Stand Up: Jennifer Jones/CBS News Towards that end, the President-elect plans to meet with the Vice President early next week-- to help erase the bitter taste of election 2000. Jennifer Jones, CBS News, Washington.
))

[11M'ville-annoucement]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC1:50:57]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


An economic development announcement is expected in Martinsville today.
Meanwhile some good news has already been delivered. 380 new jobs are opening up thanks in part to a 2-hundred thousand dollar state grant.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


An international furniture company called Investors Corporation will move into the former Pulaski Furniture company in January.
It plans to build a lumber processing plant and make bedroom furniture.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Unfortunately Basset has]

((JOHN CATHCART: UNFORTUNATELY BASSET HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE DOWN THEIR PLANT IN JANUARY. BUT THAT'S OUR BENEFIT BECAUSE WE INTEND TO START HIRING IN JANUARY. BY THE END OF 2002. WE'LL EMPLOY 380 PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-John Cathcart/Investors Corporation]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=employ 380 people.]
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[VO-NAT]


Representatives from the Gilmore administration yesterday presented Investors Corporation with the check.
The money will be used for building improvements.
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Another economic development announcement for Martinsville is in the works today.
Officials say a major American company will make the largest investment in city history.

[11Floyd-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC44:32]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A couple jailed here for the murder of a Pennsylvania woman will return to Pennsylvania to face charges.
The woman's body was found in Floyd County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./October;]


Suspect 24-year-old William Howard Housman and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Beth Ann Markman are charged with the October murder of Leslie Rae White.
A Pennsylvania prosecutor filed murder, abduction and other charges against the couple yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./October;]


The 18-year-old college student's gagged-and-bound body was found in the trunk of a junked car near an abandoned house in Floyd County.
The medical examiner said she was strangled.
Police believe Housman and Markman killed White in their Pennsylvania mobile home, then drove her body to Floyd County and dumped it.
Housman and Markman will be extradited later this month.
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[11Blacksburg-Triathlon]


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


Was the town of Blacksburg at fault when a man died in a town triathlon?
The town is fighting a lawsuit by the family.
It was last summer- Gary Wayne Taylor died when his bicycle hit a car at an unpatrolled intersection.
In an answer to his family's lawsuit, the town claims it has governmental immunity AND that Taylor signed a waiver acknowledging risks in the triathlon.
The town claims it made no contract with participants that obligated it to patrol intersections.

[Alaska-Crash]


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


Federal investigators and victims' families are taking another look into a fatal plane crash that occurred last January off the coast of Southern California.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hazel Knight/Crash Victim's Mother; :16]
[SUPER=01-Melinda Knight/Victim's Daughter-in-Law; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, Los Angeles.]

((

(LOCATOR: SEATTLE, WA)


FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIMS OF ALASKA AIRLINES FLIGHT 261 GATHERED IN SEATTLE AND SAN FRANCISCO. THEYRE LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERS, SOME FINALITY, FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD.

-SOT-HAZEL KNIGHT, MOTHER OF CRASH VICTIM


LAST JANUARY 31ST, THE MCDONNELL/ DOUGLAS MD80 JET WAS ON ITS WAY TO SAN FRANCISCO FROM MEXICO, WHEN THE PLANE WENT OUT OF CONTROL, AND PLUNGED INTO THE OCEAN JUST NORTH OF LOS ANGELES.
ALL 88 ON BOARD WERE KILLED, INCLUDING MANY ALASKA AIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FRIENDS WHO WERE ON A DISCOUNT VACATION.

-SOT-QUICK NAT RE. JACK SCREW (SCREW PHOTOS 9;22;55 PST)


THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL FOCUSED ON THE REAR TAIL JACK SCREW, A PART WHICH CONTROLS THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZATION AND PITCH OF THE PLANE. AT THE NTSB HEARING, INVESTIGATORS SHOWED PHOTOS OF THE RECOVERED SCREW PARTS, WHICH WERE FRAYED.
TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE COCKPIT SHOW THAT THE EXPERIENCED PILOTS STRUGGLED DESPERATELY WITH CRAFT, OFF AND ON, FOR 9 MINUTES AND 26 SECONDS.

(SOT, MELINDA KNIGHT, DAUGHTER IN LAW OF CRASH VICTIM)


THE NTSB HEARINGS ARE EXPECTED TO LAST SEVERAL DAYS. FAMILIES HOPE THE FINDINGS WILL OFFER THEM SOME SOLACE. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES. ))

[11Franklin-fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-46]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident in the Ferrum area claimed the life of a Ferrum College professor.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


Doctor Deborah Glover- Fischer was on her way to the College yesterday morning to administer a final exam. She was late for an eight o'clock class.
Her car ran off the right side of the road, then swerved into the path of an on-coming truck-load of logs.
She was killed instantly. The truck driver was only slightly injured.
Dr. Glover- Fischer taught chemistry and physics at Ferrum. She had been involved in chemotherapy research, searching for new treatments to destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
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[11CATCE]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-39]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Taking some technology professionals from Northern Virginia on a tour of Franklin County may bring a big payoff.

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

Franklin County officials are promoting the area to businesses. So they asked the state's Secretary of Technology, a Northern Virginia delegate, and several consultants to tour their special middle school -- the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration. The president of a Northern Virginia firm was so impressed, he may build a wireless modem plant in Franklin County.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:02:57]
[IN Q=It's a very]

((IT'S A VERY EXCITING OPTION NOT ONLY FOR OUR PLANT BUT ALSO, I SEE TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR INTRODUCTION INTO OTHER PARTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND OF THE COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Martin/Noesis, Inc.;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=OF THE COUNTRY]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

A consultant for 15-hundred technology companies in Northern Virginia, including America Online- was also there yesterday. He says he's also going to publicize Franklin County.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/LHI]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


Several school systems in our area have altered their schedules due to the weather.
We are running the ones that we have at the bottom of the screen and will continue to do so throughout the morning.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[take FS Web Address] We also have them listed on our website. You can find an up to date list by logging on to W-D-B-J-7-dot-Com then click on weather cancellations.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Authorities everywhere warn motorists to be extra cautious.....especially on bridges, overpasses, hills, and untreated roads.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you need more detailed road information on the route you're taking this morning, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD. [Take FS Valley Metro Board]
For more information on bus schedules you can call Valley Metro at 982-2222.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(Leo mic hot)
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(Leo ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Martinsville]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Leo and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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