[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Richmond is in the spotlight, with the convening of the 2001 General Assembly AND Governor Gilmore's State of the Commonwealth Address.
We'll have the highlights, up next.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Blacksburg is holding its breath.
Tech's Michael Vick is holding a news conference today on his N-F-L intentions.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Plus, an author shares some advice for frequent business travelers, who want to stay connected to their families.
All that, coming up, on News 7 Mornin.

[11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=00-47]
[GRAPHIC=State Of The Commonwealth]

[****ANCHOR TAG*****]
The 2001 General Assembly is back in session. Last night, Governor Jim Gilmore addressed lawmakers in his annual State of The Commonwealth address. Gilmore urged them to "keep the trust of the people," and continue phasing out the car tax.
But as Ellen Qualls reports, it was hard to find a lawmaker who really liked the way the Governor's chosen to do it.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I thought]
[SUPER=@Clement; :00]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :11]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :25]
[SUPER=@Edwards; :49]
[SUPER=@Griffith; 1:08 Quick]
[SUPER=@Jackson; 1:12]
[Super=@Ellen1; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=News 7 Richmond]
(([SOT 01:27:27]

((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT POLITICAL SPEECH. MIGHTY SHORT ON BEING ABLE TO BACK IT UP.)) [runs:06]
Even his critics say he's politically shrewd.
He blames the lagging economy on the Federal Reserve.
He says his cuts to state agencies will fund mental health priorities... NOT the car tax.
He borrows money to build colleges, so he can't be criticized for borrowing to cut taxes.
And he issues a stark challenge.
[sot HOUSE SPEECH 01:58:21]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AS I WAITED IN LINE THERE WAS THIS GIANT OF A WORKING MAN IN FRONT OF ME... DON'T LET THE CAR TAX COME BACK JUST BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS DOWN.)) [runs:15]

[sot 01:37:24]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: IN ORDER TO CONTINUE ROLLING BACK HE'S SACRIFICING TOO MANY OTHER THINGS. THAT'S WHERE HE'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A PROBLEM...IN PARTICULAR IN THE SENATE. BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DO NOT THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. NOW HE'S GONNA HAVE TO MAKE AN ALLIANCE WITH THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS IN ORDER TO GET HIS IDEAS THROUGH.)) [runs:16 ]
Salem's Morgan Griffith is the House Majority Leader.
[sot 01:40:07]

((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I AGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT AND I GUESS THAT MAKES MY STATUS VERY IMPORTANT.)) [runs:04]
[sot 01:35:35]

((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I DON'T THINK THIS BUDGET'S GOING TO GO VERY FAR AS HE'S PROPOSED IT. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE DEMOCRATS THAT DO IT...KIND OF A MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BY BOTH PARTIES THAT IT'S REALLY NOT WHAT'S BEST FOR THE FUTURE OF VIRGINIA.)) [runs:16]))
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[Anchor=Kim]
[ss=Gilmore]


Governor Jim Gilmore will now spend much of next week in Washington, being installed as George W- Bush's hand-picked chairman of the Republican National Committee.

[Manhunt]


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


Later today, Texas officials will release a detailed report on how seven escapees broke out of prison.
The report reveals cracks in the state's prison system.
Terisa Estacio has more on that, and a possible lead in the case.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mac Springfellow/Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice; :28]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; :36]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Evans/University of Houston; 51]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, Houston.]

((

(pkg )
(raid on home with hand grenade)


Police raid this Fort Worth home after tracing a smoke bomb used in a robbery... to this house. A robbery they believed was carried out by the 7 Texas escapees.
Authorities now believe no one in the home was involved but it is an important lead to pursue.

(nats answering phones at dps center )


While law enforcement officials follow up tips-- State officials admit mistakes were made at the Prison where these criminals broke out.

(NEW SOT)
(Mac Springfellow/Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice: )



(track)


On Thursday, the department will officially release a report on the break out.

(Standup: Terisa Estacio )

Authorities finally caught mass murderer Angel Resendez and Unibomber, Ted Kawcynski with the help of family members. Psychologists say relatives can provide vital information in catching dangerous fugitives.

(sot)
(Dr. Richard Evans/Dir. Of Social Psychology/University of Houston)
(incue: Some of these family members may have deep religious views. )


Also, Doctor Evans says money can motivate.

(sot)
(incue: To what degree is the question of loyalty to a family member

especially a remote member.. are they worth 200 thousand dollars? )

(take nats of handing out posters)


As the manhunt moves into its fourth week.. so does the effort to educate the public. Officials believe a final confrontation could prove violent. TE, CBS News, Houston

))[6-Mike]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-85]
[GRAPHIC=Vick]


Michael Vick will hold a news conference in Newport News today where he should make known his intentions to enter the NFL draft.
Vick has the support of Coach Frank Beamer who spoke yesterday about the pending announcement from Atlanta where he is attending the coaches Convention.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="if]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=....best for him"]
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[VO-NAT]


When Michael Vick announces his plans today, you can watch it on Your Hometown Station.
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[TAKE GFX PAGE]
We will carry his news conference live from Newport News. It is scheduled to begin at three o'clock.
(XXXXXXXXX)
[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Coming up later in the newscast, Steve Mason has Chargers coach Mike Riley's thoughts on Vick, reaction to the quarterback's situation from Frank Beamer, Lee Suggs and Jarrett Ferguson and a statement from receiver Andre Davis.

[Car-Bomb]


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


A car bomb explodes in a shopping center parking deck in Colombia, wounding more than 40 people.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Medellin, Colombia;]


So far, there are no reports of fatalities, but some of the injured are in critical condition.
The bomb exploded yesterday in the basement portion of the car park, collapsing the structure.
No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the blast.
The region has a history of drug trafficking, but police wiped it out in the early '90s.
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[11Roanoke-Trespassing]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:11:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Roanoke City Police Department is trying a new approach to fight trespassing... and make the city safer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The department is partnering with landlords to enforce an ordinance that city council approved last summer.
Property owners may authorize police to act as their agent in the enforcement of trespassing laws.
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[SOT 12:53]
[IN Q=In the past]

((IN THE PAST, WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO ASK THE PERSON TO LEAVE. THEY WOULD LEAVE, AND THEY WOULD COME BACK UNLESS THEY WERE BARRED BY A LETTER FROM THE PROPERTY OWNER. NOW WE CAN BAR THEM ON THE SPOT WITH A BAR NOTICE AND IT CUTS OUT SEVERAL LAYERS OF THAT PROBLEM. AND WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THEM TO COME BACK AND CREATE MORE PROBLEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Arrington/COPE Unit Commander]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=create more problems.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]


So far, owners have signed up about 30 business and apartment properties for the program. Anyone interested in signing up should contact the city's COPE unit.

[11NS-discrimination]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Norfolk Southern will have to pay 28 million dollars to thousands of its African American employees.
The federal judge's ruling comes after a seven-year class action suit filed by an employee alleging race discrimination.
Some 77-hundred employees will get part of the 28 million.
Norfolk Southern has also agreed to establish good faith goals for minority promotions.
The company plans to celebrate African-American Railroader month each February beginning in 2002.

[Axl-Rose]


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


A fan- turned- stalker is back behind bars after showing up again at the home of Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Malibu, CA;]


Karen McNeil has been arrested half a dozen times for trespassing on Rose's property in Malibu, California.
In 19-97, McNeil was convicted of stalking him.
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


She's been ordered not to have any contact with the rock singer.
Last month, court officials said McNeil was supposed to be sent to a mental health facility in her home state of Ohio.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, The Department of Agriculture releases information on the best way to lose weight.

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=1:21]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: 6HIGH CARB,, LOW CARB- HIGH PROTEIN. LOW PROTEIN- WHAT'S THE BEST DIET FOR YOU? WELL ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-

---vo---

ALMOST ANY DIET WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT-AT LEAST IN THE BEGINNING- BUT MOST WILL NOT KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF OR FOR THAT MATTER LOWER CHOLESTEROL OR BLOOD PRESSURE.
THE BEST WAY TO EAT FOR LONG TERM SUCCESS: LOTS OF FRUITS VEGETABLES AND GRAINS- AND MODERATE AMOUNTS OF PROTEIN AND FAT- OLD- BORING- TRADITIONAL- BUT EFFECTIVE. .

---vo---


WELL THE CELL PHONE DEBATE KEEPS RINGING ON WITH THE LATEST REPORT LOOKING AT WHETHER CELLPHONES CAUSE BRAINS TUMORS.
A LARGE STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOLLOWED A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO USED CELLPHONES FOR UP TO AN HOUR EVERY DAY FOR UP TO FIVE YEARS- THE CONCLUSION: NO INCREASED RATE OF BRAIN TUMORS. JUST MORE CAR ACCIDENTS.
oncam
FINALLY TODAY- A RATHER SCARY STUDY ABOUT LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIC REACTIONS- THEY'RE A LOT MORE COMMON THAN WE EVER THOUGHT. WE USED TO THINK THEY AFFECTED MAYBE ONE IN A THOUSAND PEOPLE BUT :A STUDY IN THE ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE FINDS ABOUT ONE IN EIGHT AMERICANS SUFFERS THE RISK OF SUDDEN DEATH FROM A REACTION TO INSECT STINGS- MEDICATIONS- FOOD.OR LATEX.
THE GOOD NEWS IS : IF DIAGNOSED- THESE POTENTIALLY FATAL REACTIONS CAN BE PREVENTED WITH ALLERGY SHOTS OR MEDICATION.
THAT'S 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/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


Governor Gilmore takes center stage in his annual State of the Commonwealth Address--
He's asking Virginia lawmakers to keep working to phase out the car tax, but not everyone in the General Assembly agrees that his method is the best.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Michael Vick makes his intentions official at a news conference later today--
Meanwhile, Tech Coach Frank Beamer and the Blacksburg community react to expectations the star quarterback is turning Pro.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And we'll see what they've got cookin' at a Danville Italian restaurant that caught fire last month.
Pino's re-opened in a temporary location, a few miles away from the old one.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, January 11th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-47]
[GRAPHIC=State Of The Commonwealth]


"Don't let the car tax come back, just because the economy is down."
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[SOT nat sound gavel]
[IN Q=bang]

((bang. bang.))
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=bang.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia's 2001 General Assembly kicked off with a bang.
In his annual State of the Commonwealth speech, Governor Jim Gilmore urged lawmakers to "keep the trust of the people," and continue phasing-out the car tax.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Our greatness]
[sot HOUSE SPEECH 01:35:36]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: OUR GREATNESS AS A COMMONWEALTH COMES FROM OUR WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE, TO BE BOLD, AND TO THINK "NEW." ))10
[SOT 01:27:40]

((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: YEAH, THERE'S CHANGE. BUT WE'RE CHANGING FROM PAY AS YOU GO TO DEBT. YEAH THIS MAN IS FOR EDUCATION, BUT THERE'S NO MONEY IN THERE FOR TEACHERS' RAISES. YES, OUR GOVERNOR IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE MENTALLY ILL, BUT HE'S SHUTTING DOWN OUR INSTITUTION WITHOUT THE COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE TO LOOK AFTER THESE PEOPLE.))18
[sot near end]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY DOOR AND MIND ARE ALWAYS OPEN.))03
[SOT 01:34:37 ]

((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I WANT TO WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR...BORROW NOW AND PAY LATER.))09
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :00]
[SUPER=@Clement; :11]
[SUPER=@Jackson; :32]
[RUNS=:40]
[OUT Q=borrow now and pay later.]
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[TALENT=Kim]
[SS=none]


The Republican-led Senate Finance Committee is expected to begin chipping away at it today -- attacking the part of the budget that's based on borrowing against the tobacco settlement.

[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


On the national front, President- Elect Bush is dealing with criticism of more than one Cabinet nominee.
Now he's taking heat for his picks for Attorney General and Interior Secretary.
Stephen Clark reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ari Fleischer/Bush Spokesman; :18]
[SUPER=01-John Kerry/(D) Massachusetts; :43--2nd time]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Susan Collins/(R) Maine; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Barbara Mikulski/(D) Maryland; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Clark/Reporting; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=Clark, CBS News.]

((
NAT BUSH: GOOD TO SEE YOU, SIR. THANK YOU.)
TRACK: BUSH HAD INTENDED THE TRIP TO FOCUS ON A MEETING AT THE PENTAGON WITH THEN JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF... AND WITH ECONOMIC ADVISORS. BUT INSTEAD HE WAS DOGGED BY ONE FAILED CABINET NOMINATION .. LINDA CHAVEZ AND GROWING OPPOSITION TO HIS CHOICE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL.

(SOT: Ari Fleischer/Bush Spokesman: "The John Ashcroft process is marked

by an escalating ideological division in this town, and I don't think that's healthy for the process.)
TRACK: AND THEN THERE'S GALE NORTON, THE INTERIOR SECRETARY NOMINEE. ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE PLANNING A PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION AGAINST HER ON FRIDAY. SOME DEMOCRATS SAY THE PROPOSED CABINET ISN'T AS INCLUSIVE AS IT SHOULD BE.

SOT: John Kerry/(D-Massachusetts): At a time when the president is

supposedly coming as a uniter and not a divider it is particularly questionable to have a number of nominees who in fact by definition wind up being fairly decisive.
TRACK: ONE NOMINATION BUSH SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS ROD PAIGE, HIS CHOICE FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY, WHOSE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS ARE UNDERWAY ON CAPITOL HILL.

(SOT: Sen. Susan Collins/(R-Maine): I BELIEVE THAT DR. PAIGE WILL BE AN

OUTSTANDING SECRETARY OF EDUCATION.)

(SOT: Sen. Barbara Mikulski/(D-Maryland): I'D LIKE TO REACH OUT MY HAND

TO YOU, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU.)
=======

STAND-UP: THE BUSH TEAM SAYS THE SHORTENED WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION PERIOD HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROBLEMS WITH SOME OF THE NOMINEES. BUSH'S SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY'VE BEEN FORCED TO MAKE NOMINATIONS FIRST, AND INVESTIGATE LATER. sc for cbs news, washington.)


[11Tech-React]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC1:21:54]
[GRAPHIC=Vick]


Michael Vick will annouce his plans today on whether he'll leave Virginia Tech for the Pros.
That has die-hard Hokie fans cheering and jeering.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Former Tech football player- turned- Blacksburg- business- owner Bill Ellenbogen says he would hate to see Vick go.
But he says the prospect of being a first round draft pick is too precious to pass up.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:08:25 - :36]
[IN Q=As a Hokie fan,]

((BILL ELLENBOGEN/FORMER TECH PLAYER: AS A HOKIE FAN, I'D LOVE TO SEE HIM STAY HERE AND PLAY FOOTBALL FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND GIVE VT A CHANCE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT EITHER WAY HE'S GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND CERTAINLY, IT'S VERY TEMPTING TO TAKE THAT BIG POT OF MONEY AS A HIGH DRAFT CHOICE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Ellenbogen/Former Virginia Tech Player;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=a high draft choice.]
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[VO-NAT]


Student athlete Kayleen Gloor says Vick is just showing good business sense ... and that the Hokies can excel with or without him.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:04:15 - :32]
[IN Q=It will take a lot]

((KAYLEEN GLOOR/TECH SOPHOMORE: IT WILL TAKE A LOT OUT OF THE TEAM HE'S BROUGHT A LOT BUT IT WILL ALSO GIVE A CHANCE FOR THE REST OF THE TEAM TO GET SOME ACTION GOING RATHER THAN HAVE ALL THE ATTENTION ON HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Kayleen Gloor/Virginia Tech Sophomore;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=attention on him.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fans say they'll follow Vick's career with pride, knowing that he got his start at Tech.
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[Vick-Conference]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Michael Vick]


When Michael Vick makes the announcement today, you can watch it on Your Hometown Station.
(+++++++)

[TAKE GFX PAGE]
We will carry his news conference live from Newport News. It is scheduled to begin at three o'clock.
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[TWA-Deal]


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


The deal between American Airlines and T-W-A has concerns skyrocketing within the airline industry and among consumer groups.
Steve Gelsi explains in Marketwatch.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bill Compton/TWA President and C.E.O.; :19]
[SUPER=01-Bob Baker/American Airlines Vice-President; :51]
[SUPER=01-Steve Gelsi/Reporting; 1:35]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q=Gelsi, CBS Marketwatch DOT Com, New York.]

((
AIRLINE PASSENGERS SHOULD FASTEN THEIR SEATBELTS AND PREPARE FOR A BUMPY RIDE WITH THE LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY.
AMERICAN AIRLINES AND TWA CONFIRMED PLANS ON WEDNESDAY TO COMBINE IN A COMPLEX, MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DEAL THAT WOULD CREATE A BULKED-UP CARRIER TO COMPETE WITH RIVAL UNITED AIRLINES.

(SOT: BILL COMPTON/PRESIDENT & CEO, TWA)


A-M-R, THE PARENT COMPANYOF AMERICAN AIRLINES, SAYS IT'LL PAY 500-MILLION DOLLARS AND ASSUME THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN OPERATING LEASES FOR TWA.

(SOT: BILL COMPTON)



(SOT: BOB BAKER/VICE-PRESIDENT, AMERICAN AIRLINES)


THE DEAL FACES REGULATORY HURDLES AND EXPECTED FIGHTS FROM CONSUMER GROUPS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A-M-R AND UNITED AIRLINES CONTROLLING HALF OF THE U-S AIR TRAVEL MARKET.
SEPARATELY, TWA SAYS IT'S FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY ... AS AMERICAN PLEDGED 200-MILLION DOLLARS IN FINANCING TO ALLOW IT TO OPERATE UNTIL THE DEAL IS CLOSED.
TO CONFUSE THE DEAL EVEN FURTHER, AMERICAN SAYS IT WILL PAY UNITED MORE THAN ONE-BILLION DOLLARS TO ACQUIRE ASSETS OF U-S AIRWAYS.
UNITED SAYS IT'S MAKING THAT TRANSACTION TO SATISFY REGULATORY CONCERNS ABOUT ITS PROPOSED MERGER WITH U-S AIRWAYS.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST IN THE AIRLINE MERGER SHUFFLE, AMERICAN SAYS IT WILL BUY A 49-PERCENT STAKE IN D-C AIR -- A SHUTTLE SERVICE TO COMPETE WITH UNITED IN THE WASHINGTON, DC MARKET.
STEVE GELSI, CBS MARKETWATCH DOT COM, NEW YORK.

))[11Air-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC29:42]
[GRAPHIC=Air Cable]


A local digital cable company stopped paying its employees AND the State Corporation Commission..
Now News 7 has learned Air Cable Roanoke owes its customers AND landlord money as well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Air Cable employs 40 people in Salem and Roanoke.
It uses wireless technology to provide digital quality television.
Customers were promised a ten dollar refund if they brought their Cox Cable bill to Air Cable.
Many customers say they're still waiting for the refund.
Air Cable's Landlord says the company won't even return his phone calls.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=none]


The company says its employees, the S-C-C, customers and landlord will "most likely" be paid on Friday or Monday.

[11Pino's]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC45:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Pino's restaurant in Danville is cooking again at a new location.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/December 11]


Last month, fire destroyed the Pino's Italian restaurant on Westover Drive.
This week, Pino's re-opened in a temporary location a few miles down the road from the old one.
Workers believe their customers played an important role in its comeback.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT :00:10:10, :00:25:19]
[IN Q=I lost everything]

((SAM FOUAD/OWNER: I LOST EVERYTHING IN ONCE. IT WAS, IT SHOCKED WHEN I LOOK AND EVERYTHING WAS GONE. LIKE THIS, IT WAS GOING. BUT THANK GOD I FOUND HELP RIGHT AWAY.)) ((JOANN MAXEY/WAITRESS: I SEEN HIM WHILE I WAS HELPING. THEY WOULD COME IN AN ASK IF THEY CAN DO ANYTHING. THE SUPPORT IN DANVILLE HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Sam Fouad/Owner; :00]
[SUPER=01-JoAnn Maxey/Waitress; :09]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=been really good]
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[VO-NAT]


The owners have already started re-building in his original location.
The project should be completed in four or five months.
Firefighters still don't know what caused the fire.
The fire marshal says the damage was too extensive to determine the exact cause, but he does not suspect arson.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


Michael Vick may announce his intentions to the enter the N-F-L Draft today in Newport News. You can watch the announcement on Your Hometown Station.
(+++++++)

[TAKE GFX PAGE]
We will carry his news conference live from Newport News. It is scheduled to begin at three o'clock.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


In his annual State of the Commonwealth speech last night, Governor Jim Gilmore urged lawmakers to "keep the trust of the people," and continue phasing-out the car tax.
The Republican-led Senate Finance Committee is expected to begin chipping away at the budget today -- attacking the part that's based on borrowing against the tobacco settlement.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The Roanoke City Police Department is trying a new approach to fight trespassing.
The department is partnering with landlords to enforce an ordinance that city council approved last summer.
Property owners may authorize police to act as their agent in the enforcement of trespassing laws.
So far, owners have signed up about 30 business and apartment properties for the program.

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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 Jean Jadhon with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It is the]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon]

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