[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Standards of Learning tests may make less of an impact on a school's future than originally thought--
The House of Delegates is considering a bill that would make the tests only HALF of what a school is accredited on.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And while he's second-in-command now, Lieutenant Governor John Hager announces he has his sites set on the Governor's mansion.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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

[11SOL'S]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC1:30:22]
[GRAPHIC=SOL's]


A bill that would make the Standards of Learning less of a factor in determining a school's worthiness has come out of a House committee.
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[SOT caputo tape 11:22:40]
[IN Q=Right now]

((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: RIGHT NOW, A SCHOOL IS JUDGED TO BE A FAILURE OR NOT BASED ON ONE THING. THAT'S HOW THE STUDENTS PERFORM ON SOL TESTS.))
[SUPER=@Jackson;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=SOL tests.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jackson sponsored the bill, which would make S-O-L tests only half of what a school is accredited on.
That's instead of the 100 percent that takes effect in 2007.
The Governor came just short of saying he'd veto the bill.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:14:50]
[IN Q=The national]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE NATIONAL SITUATION IS MOVING EVEN FOR TOUGHER STANDARDS AND MORE ACCOUNTABILITY....NOT THE TIME FOR VIRGINIA TO FLINCH...IN EDUCATION.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=in education.]
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[TALENT=Kim]
[SS=none]


The S-O-L bill now heads to the full House.

[11Hager]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:00:27]
[GRAPHIC=John Hager]


Lieutenant Governor John Hager is proving that he's his own man-- and says he WILL run for Governor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Hager actually called a news conference yesterday to tell Capitol reporters he would remain in the contest for governor.
That's despite the fact Governor Jim Gilmore's staff has lobbied him to run again for the number TWO spot.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Well you know]

((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WELL YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S HIS PREROGATIVE. ... WOKE PEOPLE UP TO REFLECT ON THE CONTEST.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Gov. John Hager/(R) Candidate for Governor;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=the contest.]
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Jim Gilmore would only publicly say he was pushing for EITHER Hager or Attorney General Mark Earley to run again for their current posts.
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[Ashcroft]


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


In national news-- John Ashcroft may finally win confirmation as Attorney General today.
A confirmation vote in the Senate this afternoon will likely give President Bush his full Cabinet after only 12 days in office.
Meanwhile, Democrats opposed to Ashcroft are still trying to collect enough "No" votes to send a message to Bush.
They want him to expect a battle over any Supreme Court nominee who might share Ashcroft's conservative views on issues like abortion and states' rights.

[Moxley-Murder]


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


The Kennedy cousin accused of bludgeoning to death a teenaged neighbor more than 25 years ago WILL stand trial as an adult.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Michael Skakel has learned he'll stand trial for the 19-75 murder of Martha Moxley.
No trial date has been set.
So far, the case has only been heard in juvenile court because both the suspect and the victim were 15 at the time.
The six- iron golf club used in the killing matched a set of clubs the Skakel family owned.
Skakel, meanwhile, maintains his innocence.
If convicted, he faces 10 years to life behind bars.
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[11Roanoke-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC1:15:19]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Police are looking for suspects in a shooting that happened outside Lucy Addison Middle School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


A fight broke out Tuesday night in the parking lot after a Parks and Recreation league basketball game.
The fight ended in gunfire-- a 22-year-old Roanoke man was hit in the hand.
Nathaniel Martin says he doesn't know who fired the shots.
Police say no Addison students were involved... the participants were high school students and adults.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


They've questioned two teenage boys, but no one has been charged.

[11Rescue]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC14:19]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A man was rescued from underneath a bridge over the Roanoke river in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

Traffic was backed up yesterday while authorities brought the man to safety. Right now, it's unclear if the man jumped from the bridge. Authorities say he was injured and appeared to have been there since yesterday morning. A resident in the area notified Salem police when the man was discovered under the bridge yesterday evening..
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates Down]


Turning to business news--
The Federal Reserve has done the expected.
It cut the rate another half- point yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has more in today's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=Christoforous for CBS News ]



(toss to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11L'burg-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC44:46]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A man wanted in connection with Lynchburg's first murder of the year is behind bars after turning himself in to police yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


51- year- old Jessie Lee Gray was stabbed to death during a fight inside this apartment building on Rivermont Avenue Tuesday night.
Police identified 40- year- old James Andrew Burley as a suspect in Gray's murder.
Officers arrested Burley after he came to the police department to be served with a warrant on an unrelated charge of forging a public document.
He's being held without bond.
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[11Hearing-Loss]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-47]
[GRAPHIC=Hearing]


Every year as many as 500 Virginia babies are born with hearing loss.
If left undetected it can lead to speech problems.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


That's why there's a new law requiring all hospitals to test infants before they leave the hospital.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT1:32:24]
[IN Q=If you can detect a problem]

((STACI CRAFT/LEWIS GALE MEDICAL CENTER: IF YOU CAN DETECT A PROBLEM AS EARLY AS A NEWBORN AND CORRECT THE PROBLEM AT AGE OF THREE MONTHS INSTEAD OF WAITING TO CHILD IS TWO YEARS OLD YOU REALLY HAVE AN UPPER HAND ON CHILD DEVELOPING MORE LIKE A NORMAL CHILD))
[SUPER=01-Staci Craft/Lewis-Gale Medical Center;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=like a normal child]
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[VO-NAT]


The Lewis Gale Medical Center uses an automated auditory brain response system to test for hearing loss.
The machine can read brain waves that are emitted by the baby as he or she hears clicking noises.
If a problem is detected an appointment is set-up with with an audiologist.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Hearing aids are available for infants starting at 3 months old.

[11Cancer-Play]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC08:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]



The cancer center at Roanoke Memorial Hospital is helping actors prepare for their roles in a new play opening this month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The cast of "Wit" toured the cancer ward and learned about life as an outpatient yesterday morning. The experience was designed to help the actors give an accurate portrayal of a middle aged professor with ovarian cancer and the lessons she learns.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=What's most important...]

((JERE HODGINS/"WIT" DIRECTOR; WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT... IT'S ABOUT THIS WOMAN'S JOURNEY AS SHE GOES FROM THE AWARENESS THAT SHE HAS THE CONDITION TO... THROUGH THE PROCESS OF THE ATTEMPTS TO HEAL HER.))
[SUPER=01-Jere Hodgins/"Wit" Director;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=attempts to heal her.]
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[VO-NAT]

A handful of actors was expected to meet with a couple of cancer patients yesterday afternoon. The play's star said she wanted to absorb the experience.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:45-2:31]
[IN Q=I don't have any expectations...]

((KAREN GIBSON/ACTOR: I DON'T HAVE ANY EXPECTATIONS. I JUST WANT TO INFUSE IT. I WANT TO LET IT SINK IN AND SEE WHAT I LEARN... JUST EXPERIENCE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Karen Gibson/Actor;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=just experience it.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]

"Wit" opens February 15th at Mill Mountain Theatre.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new study says Multiple Sclerosis patients shouldn't worry about getting routine vaccinations.
Doctor Dave Hnida explains 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=1:26]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]


((Information: ON CAM SOME GOOD NEWS FOR PATIENTS WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS- STUDIES IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SAY GETTING ROUTINE VACCINATIONS WILL NOT CAUSE THE SYMPTOMS OF MS TO FLARE UP.

VT=VO

RESEARCHERS LOOKED SPECIFICALLY AT HEPATITIS B VACCINES AND FOUND NO LINK BETWEEN THE VACCINE AND WORSENING OF MS. THEY ALSO SAY THERE IS NO PROBLEM BETWEEN ROUTINE IMMUNIZATIONS SUCH AS TETANUS AND FLU SHOTS FOR PEOPLE WITH MS.

VT=VO

FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, WE DOCTORS HAVE ADVISED PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER TO TAKE IT EASY- REST- AND GIVE THEIR BODIES A CHANCE TO ADJUST TO CHEMOTHERAPY AND SURGERY. BUT THAT ADVICE- MAY NOT BE THE BEST ADVICE, A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY FINDS WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER WHO ARE ACTIVE AND EXERCISE DO BETTER THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT. THE BEST ACTIVITY: WALKING.
ON CAM FINALLY TODAY- IF YOU'RE TAKING CALCIUM TO KEEP YOUR BONES STRONG- DON'T STOP - EVEN FOR A LITTLE WHILE, RESEARCHERS FOLLOWED A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO TOOK CALCIUM REGULARLY- AND GOT THICKER BONES AND HAD FEWER FRACTURES. BUT WHEN THE STUDY ENDED- SO DID THEIR TAKING OF CALCIUM- BAD MOVE -THEIR BONES THINNED OUT QUICKLY- IN FACT, SPECIAL SCANS TWO YEARS LATER SHOWED. - IT LOOKED LIKE THESE PEOPLE HAD NEVER EVEN TAKEN CALCIUM IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE MESSAGE HERE- DON'T STOP. 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/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


The abortion issue takes center stage in the General Assembly--
After a flip- flop vote, the House approves a bill that would make it easier for women to obtain the so-called "morning after" pill.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A lawsuit is filed against a Roanoke trucking company for allegedly disclosing medical information about a former employee. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Overnite Transportation violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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


And 10 years after leaving the Roanoke Valley to serve in the Persian Gulf, local war veterans are planning a reunion. About 15 members of the unit are organizing the get- together.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, February 1st .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[5-Morning-After]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-6 1:49:20]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion]


For years, those both for and against abortion have argued the question of when does life begin? Virginia's house of delegates got
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


into that question yesterday- debating the bill that would make it easier for women to obtain the so-called "morning after" pill.
Abortion rights advocates say it could prevent more than a million and half un-intended pregnancies and 800- thousand abortions a year.
Abortion opponents still consider the pill an abortion, since it keeps a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
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[SOT 52:11]
[IN Q=Would not]

((DEL. HARVEY MORGAN: WOULD NOT A PREGNANCY BE FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE TAKING OF THIS MEDICATION?))07
[sot 01:16:01](-------------)

((DEL. DICK BLACK/R-LOUDOUN CO.: LOOK AROUND YOU. THERE'S NOT A PERSON IN HERE WHO CAME INTO THIS WORLD IF HE DIDN'T COME THROUGH A PREGNANCY. I MEAN, ISN'T THAT THE MOST ABSURD ARGUMENT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH TO TALK ABOUT PREGNANCY-- I MEAN THAT'S LIKE SAYING BREATHING IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE YOU MIGHT CHOKE ON AN EGG WHEN YOU'RE EATING.))22
[SUPER=01-Del. Harvey Morgan/(R) Gloucester; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Dick Black/(R) Loudoun Co.; :08]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=you're eating.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=none]

The House approved the bill, but it was not a sure thing: the bill was killed by one vote, then revived, and eventually passed 55-to-41.
Meanwhile, a Senate committee has reported out another controversial bill- That bill would make women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.
That means the bill's moving forward- In the past it's never made it past the Senate committee level- By the way- The Governor supports the bill.

[2-Ashcroft]


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


Making national news today--
After weeks of controversy, John Ashcroft is expected to win Senate confirmation as Attorney General today.
But Democrats opposed to Ashcroft plan to fight until the end--
They're trying to collect enough "No" votes to let Bush know they'll battle any Supreme Court nominee who shares Ashcroft's conservative views.
Meanwhile, a- half dozen Democrats support Ashcroft's nomination.

[Skier-Death]


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


A 21- year- old skier will spend three months in jail for a collision that killed another skier in Colorado four years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Eagle, CO;]


Nathan Hall was convicted of negligent homicide in what's believed to be the first case of its kind.
Hall wept in court at his sentencing yesterday, as he apologized to the family of 33-year-old Alan Cobb.
Hall lost control and rammed Cobb from behind, killing the man.
He could have gotten as many as six years in prison.
But his attorney plans to appeal.
He says it was an accident, and Hall should have been charged with a misdemeanor, not a crime.
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[11Accident-Report]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Roanoke police will handle traffic accidents differently beginning today. Police will continue to respond to all accidents. But now, police won't necessarily investigate and file a report. Under the new policy... if damage to a vehicle is less than one thousand dollars, no one's hurt and there are no extenuating circumstances, the accident won't be reported. The officer will, however, give the two parties a form to complete and exchange their insurance information. The officer will also keep a copy.

[6-EEOC-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC1:55:52]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]

A Roanoke trucking company is being sued for allegedly disclosing medical information about a former employee.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Overnite Transportation violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The agency is suing on behalf of Paul Newton who worked for Overnite for 13- years before leaving for another job.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]

According to the E-E-O-C, when Overnite was contacted for a job reference the company disclosed confidential medical information without Newton's permission. Overnite plans to fight the lawsuit. A spokesman says disclosing such information is against Overnite's policy.

[11Museum]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC02:01]
[GRAPHIC=Link]


It's unclear how famed railroad photographer O. Winston Link's death will affect plans for a Roanoke museum honoring his work. Link died Tuesday afternoon near his home in Westchester County, New York.
As friends and admirers mourned his death yesterday, they expressed optimism that the project will move forward.

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[VO-NAT]


Link's railroad photographs are considered among the finest black and white images of the 20th century.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Plans for the renovation of the old N&W passenger station include a Link museum.
Though discussions with Link had not produced an agreement, Roanoke leaders and some of Link's associates outside the Valley say they want to make sure his accomplishments are recognized.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02:26]
[IN Q=He tried to capture]

((JIM SEARS: HE TRIED TO CAPTURE FOR AMERICA AND FOR THE WORLD THE WAY LIFE WAS IN THE 50S AND 60S, PARTICULARLY WITH THE STEAM ENGINE. SO HE HAD A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS IN CAPTURING THE PAST.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=in capturing the past.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Funeral arrangements are not complete, but there are plans for a service Saturday morning in Westchester County, New York.
O. Winston Link will be buried next to his parents in Shepherdstown, West Virginia early next week.

[11Falwell]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:31:20]
[GRAPHIC=Jerry Falwell]


The Reverend Jerry Falwell's attorneys hope the new Presidential administration will be more forthcoming than the previous one.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Falwell's lawsuit claims the Clinton White House conspired with the F-B-I to create a secret database on anti-abortion activists like himself.
The Justice Department says it has given Falwell all the documents he requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
But Falwell says not everything has been turned over.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:39:55]
[IN Q=We're very confident]

((LARRY KLAYMAN/JUDICIAL WATCH: WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THAT "A", WE'LL GET COOPERATION FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION, BUT EVEN IF WE DON'T, THAT THIS COURT WILL RULE IN OUR FAVOR AND ULTIMATELY MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ALL THE FACTS AND ALL THE DOCUMENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Klayman/Judicial Watch]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=all the documents.]
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[VO-NAT]


A federal judge heard arguments yesterday and is deciding whether to dismiss Falwell's lawsuit or let it proceed.

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[11Young]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-06 TC01:52]
[GRAPHIC=Rickey Young]

The two felony charges against Martinsville Attorney Rickey Young have been thrown out, but he still faces other charges.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


The government had said Young tried to defraud the D-M-V by understating the amount of money he paid for certain luxury cars... that he was trying to avoid paying the sales tax.
Yesterday, the judge entered a directed verdict of acquittal on those charges.
The jury will still consider the five counts of willful failure to file federal tax returns. Those charges are misdemeanors.
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[11War-Reunion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=mrn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-01 TC34:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Local Gulf War veterans are organizing a ten year reunion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

In December of 1990, 120- men left the Roanoke Valley to serve in the Persian Gulf. The troops returned in April- many had forged close friendships with each other. About 15 members of the unit are now organizing a ten year reunion- They hope they'll see comrades they haven't talked with in years.
[sot 00:18:54]
(////sot/////)
[in q=We're talking]

((JIMMY GOAD/GULF WAR VETERAN: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SIX MONTHS IN A WAR TYPE SITUATION, AND WE SLEPT TOGETHER, WE ATE TOGETHER YOU KNOW WE WERE FRIENDS TOGETHER YOU KNOW, WE HAD A REAL CLOSE RELATIONSHIP.))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Goad/Gulf War Veteran;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=close relationship.]
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[VO-NAT]

The reunion is planned for June but a location has not been selected. Right now... organizers are looking for sponsors to help with costs. They're also trying to contact local Gulf War vets. So far, they've only been in contact with about 20 veterans. Anyone who wants more information is asked to call the Marine Reserve Center in Roanoke.
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[6-Henry-Twins]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC1:46:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One school in Henry County is unique for a couple of reasons.
That's where you will find three sets of twins .. in the same classroom.
As Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod reports .. the situation can create plenty of confusion .. but it's also a great lesson that never needs a book.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of classroom]
[SUPER=@justin1; :35]
[SUPER=01-Ellen Randall/Teacher; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Michael & Michele Rogers/Fraternal Twins; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County]

((((NAT SOUND OF CLASSROOM))
Its not unusual to see twins in any school these days.
But how about three sets of twins in this kindergarten classroom?
That's exactly the case at Campbell Court Elementary School in Bassett.
[SOT :00:15:13, :00:16:44]
[IN Q=He's the same as]

((BENJAMIN BURNELL/IDENTICAL TWIN: HE'S THE SAME AS ME.)) ((MICHELE ROGERS/FRATERNAL TWIN: ITS FUN BEING A TWIN.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=being a twin]


Fun for the twins, confusing for their teacher and fellow classmates.
Two sets of twins are fraternal.
Christopher and Benjamin Burwell are identical.
To help tell them apart, the teacher reminds the class one is taller than the other.
[SOT 00:20:49]
[IN Q=As you might imagine]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE A LOT OF THESE KIDS HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SO THE TEACHER HAS TRIED TO INCORPORATE THIS INTO THE LESSON PLAN BY READING BOOKS ABOUT TWINS AND SHOWING THEIR SIMILARITIES. BUT SHE ALSO EMPHASIZES THEIR DIFFERENCES AND HOW EACH TWIN IS THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL.)) [Runs16]
[OUT Q=their own individual]

((NAT SOUND OF CLASSROOM))
To accomplish that, the twins are scattered around the classroom.
Over time, their teacher hopes they'll become independent without completely losing dependency on one another.
[SOT 00:08:54]
[IN Q=Even though their siblings]

((ELLEN RANDALL/TEACHER: EVEN THOUGH THEIR SIBLINGS ARE WITH THEM THEY ARE STILL INDEPENDENT AND HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONALITIES AND THEY HELP EACH OTHER A LOT.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=each other a lot]


And although they may share similar looks and birthdays they've already developed some clear differences.
[SOT :00:17:45]
[IN Q=he don't like ham]

((MICHELE MICHAEL ROGERS/FRATERNAL TWINS: HE DON'T LIKE HAM. Reporter: YOU DON'T LIKE HAM? AND NOT PEAS EITHER. Reporter: YOU LIKE PEAS? YES.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=you like peas? yes]


Three sets of twins in one classroom maybe hard to digest.
But right now this kindergarten class has its plate full learning reading, writing, arithmetic, and a real life science lesson.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))
[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]

Roanoke Police will continue to respond to all traffic accidents.
But beginning today, officers won't necessarily investigate and file a report. Under the new policy... if damage to a vehicle is less than one thousand dollars, no one's hurt and there are no extenuating circumstances, the accident won't be reported. The officer will, however, give the two parties a form to complete and exchange their insurance information.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A man was rescued from underneath a bridge over the Roanoke river in Salem last night. Right now, it's unclear if the man jumped from the bridge. Authorities say he was injured and appeared to have been there since yesterday morning.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Police are looking for suspects in a shooting that happened outside Lucy Addison Middle School Tuesday night.
It happened following a fight in the parking lot after a Parks and Recreation league basketball game.
Police say no Addison students were involved... the participants were high school students and adults.
They've questioned two teenage boys, but no one has been charged.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
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(Shannon ad lib weather)
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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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