[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


One man is dead...several residents are left homeless after a fire breaks out in a southwest Roanoke apartment house.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And authorities are still trying to nab the suspect they say started a high- speed chase on Interstate 81.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Get your day started right here on News 7 Mornin.


[11Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

A man's body is discovered in the burned debris of an apartment house in southwest Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]

The house, at the corner of Elm and third street, had been converted into apartments. It caught fire last night around ten o'clock leaving several residents homeless. Fire fighters found the man's body on the second floor after putting out the flames and searching through the debris.

Those inside at the time the fire broke out say the flames spread so quickly they had little time to react.
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[SOT 21:11:21.......21:12:00]
[IN Q=I grabbed ]

((LARRY PERDUE: I GRABBED THE TV AND VCR....I WAS GETTING READY TO GET IN THE BATHTUB. CHARLES GILLESPIE/RESIDENT: EVERYTHING WE OWNED.... PROBABLY DESTROYED. ))
[SUPER=07-Larry Perdue; :00 QUICK!!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Charles Gillespie/Resident; :05 QUICK!!!]
[RUNS=10 ]
[OUT Q=probably destroyed.]
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[VO-NAT]

Charles Gillespie and his girlfriend had just moved into their apartment about a week ago. They're among several people who lost everything. As of early this morning... authorities had not determined the cause of the fire. The victim's name has not been released.
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[11King-James-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-03]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Fire also damaged another Roanoke apartment.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Firefighters say a couple and their two children were taken to the hospital after flames and smoke filled their apartment at the Jamestown Apartment complex late last night. Fire officials say the two children were upstairs... one of them suffered burns but officials say the injuries did not appear to be life- threatening. Authorities say the blaze appears to have started in an upstairs bedroom. Fire fighters say concrete barriers on either side of the apartment kept the fire from spreading to other homes.
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[1181-AX]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-02 TC22:05]
[GRAPHIC=Police Chase]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
The search is on for the man police say triggered a high speed chase on Interstate 81.
Yesterday's pursuit left two people injured, including a state trooper.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This was the ]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/State Police; :26]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Milano/Truck Driver; :53]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:01]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( This was the scene south of the Ironto exit in Montgomery County... just minutes after the high speed pursuit ended. According to state police-- it all started when the driver of a mustang passed Trooper Jeff Hyer in the emergency lane traveling more than 100- miles an hour. State police say Hyer sped up hoping to get a glimpse of the car's license plate. But the car managed to slip in between a truck and this G-M-C Yukon before escaping onto the right shoulder.
(/////sot/////)
[sot 19:53:43 ]
[in q=Trooper Hyer]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/STATE POLICE: TROOPER HYER THEN SWERVED OVER TO THE RIGHT AND FOLLOWED THE SAME PATH OF THE VEHICLE HE WAS PURSUING HE WENT ON TO THE EMERGENCY LANE AND BEGAN TO SKID SIDEWAYS.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=skid sideways]

That's when Trooper Hyer struck the driver of the G-M-C. The driver of the sport utility vehicle has been identified as Todd Setliff of Roanoke. Authorities say both Setliff and Heyer suffered minor injuries.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was ]

((ANTHONY MILANO/TRUCK DRIVER: IT WAS SUCH A TIGHT SPOT THERE WAS MAYBE THREE FEET BETWEEN ALL THE CARS.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=all the cars.]

Anthony Milano was behind the wheel of his tractor trailer and saw the accident unfold.
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[sot]
[in q=The officer]

((ANTHONY MILANO/TRUCK DRIVER: THE OFFICER MADE A GREAT RECOVERY IT'S GOOD HE WAS WEARING A SEAT BELT IT SAVED HIS LIFE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= saved his life.]

Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]

Police are looking for a mid to late 1990's model red mustang with Ohio plates. The driver of the car has been described as a young white male.

[6-Lewis-Gale]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-4 TC2:03:36]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


Lewis Gale Clinic and two of its former doctors have settled out of court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape]


Lewis Gale sued Doctors Preston Waldrop and Greg Reibel (Ree-bul) for violating the "no compete clause" in a contract they signed.
But now that the two sides have reached an agreement the doctors will be allowed to continue practicing in the area.
Waldrop and Reibel recently opened a new clinic, Virginia Orthopedics in Salem.
Lewis Gale says the resolution to the case was amicable, and that it is pleased with the decision.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[6-Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-20 TC1:41:29]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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


Meanwhile, the legal battle continues between Carilion and Doctor William Ball.
Yesterday, a judge heard the case against Ball but did not render a decision.
Carilion Healthcare Corporation says Ball failed to honor an agreement in his contract not to practice in the area for two years.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


Ball's attorney says the contract is ambiguous and has already expired.
There's no way of knowing when the judge will make a decision.

[Survivor-Lawsuit]


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


While "Survivor Two" is already under way-- there's still some anger over the outcome of the FIRST round of the series.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-"Survivor";]


Former "Survivor" contestant Stacey Stillman is suing C-B-S and the show's creator.
The San Francisco attorney says the program was rigged.
Stillman accuses the network of getting rid of her to protect fellow contestant Rudy Boesch, the only remaining player over the age of 40.
C-B-S denies the allegations.
Stillman says she wants restitution for lost prize money and 75- thousand dollars for out-of-pocket expenses and punitive damages.
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[Reversion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


As Clifton Forge moves closer to a vote on reversion, city leaders are trying to get the facts out.
They've set up four meetings to present information and answer questions from citizens.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE BOARD FULL 1004]
Here they are--
Tuesday February 13th at 7 pm.
Saturday February 17th at 10 am.
Sunday February 25th at 3 pm.
And the final meeting will be Tuesday February 27th at 7 pm.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


On March 6th, voters will decide whether Clifton Forge should become a town again or maintain its independent city status.

[11C'Burg-DEvelopment]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC13:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It was killed once before, but a controversial development in Christiansburg resurfaced again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]


A developer wants to build houses and townhomes on some 80 acres along Peppers Ferry Road.
Neighbors are concerned about increased traffic on an already busy road.
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[SOT 10:21]
[IN Q=We all have concerns.]

((DONNA SELF/DEVELOPMENT OPPONENT; WE ALL HAVE CONCERNS BECAUSE WE ALL DRIVE THE ROAD DAILY AND WE KNOW AND WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THE ACCIDENTS AND KNOW THE DANGERS THAT ARE THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Self/Development Opponent]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=know the dangers that are there.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]


Opponents showed up at last night's meeting with a petition filled with nearly 600 signatures of people opposed to the project. Despite that, Town council approved the rezoning last night.

[11Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:07:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A task force's decision to keep the Indian Mascot at Blacksburg High met with a backlash at last night's school board meeting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Opponents of the mascot- more than 100 in all- crowded into the Montgomery County School Board meeting.
Members of the task force defended their research and their vote last week to keep the mascot.
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[IN Q=I've always]
[SOT 55:06 - :24]

((JANET MCCARTHY: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN BROUGHT UP THAT IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY IT'S HOW YOU SAY IT... I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD CHOOSE SOMETHING TO REPRESENT THEM THAT'S NEGATIVE OR DEROGATORY. ))
[SOT 50:26 - :40]

((BASIL GOODEN/NAACP PRES.: WE CAN DEMEAN A WHOLE RACE OF INDIVIDUALS... INCONSISTENT WITH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY. WE HOPE THAT THEY WILL ADDRESS THAT VERY SOON. ))
[SUPER=01-Janet McCarthy/Task Force Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Basil Gooden/NRV NAACP Pres.; :19]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=address that very soon.]
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[VO-NAT]


The School Board plans to take a second look at school policy regarding the mascot.
The board may vote on it as early as its next meeting on February 20th.
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[11Danville-Center]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-49 TC1:16:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


New business parks planned for Pittsylvania county should help fill the void left by the closing of the E-Toys facility.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Two new business parks are in the works.
County officials and the city of Danville will develop the parks together.
One would be a cyber park, the other an industrial park.
They would house high tech businesses as well as education and training facilities.
City and county leaders hope this project will attract new businesses and students to the area.
They hope to have the two business parks up and running by next year.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, AIDS testing may become a routine part of your doctors visit.
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=1:17]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM DONT BE SURPRISED IF YOUR DOCTOR ASKS YOU ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE AND OTHER BEHAVIORS. THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO BREAK THE BACK OF THE AIDS EPIDEMIC- TO IDENTIFY ALL AMERICANS WHO ARE INFECTED WITH HIV BUT DON'T KNOW IT. THAT MEANS YOUR DOCTOR AND OTHERS ARE BEING ASKED TO START TESTING AND START TREATING. ITS HOPED THAT BY THE YEAR 2005, THE 275 THOUSAND AMERICANS WHO DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE HIV WILL BE GETTING TREATMENT. THE NAME OF THE CAMPAIGN-"SAFE"

VT=VO

SOME HEART NEWS NOW- A STUDY FROM THE ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE SAYS WHEN MIDDLE AGED WOMEN HAVE HEART ATTACKS- THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO DIE COMPARED TO A MIDDLE AGED MAN. WE DON'T KNOW WHY THIS IS BUT WE DO KNOW IF YOU'RE A WOMAN WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF HEART PROBLEMS- OR ANY OTHER RISK FACTORS- WE'VE GOT TO START FOLLOWING YOU CLOSELY IN YOUR THIRTIES AND FORTIES.

VT=VO

FINALLY- AN ASPIRIN A DAY MAY KEEP A STROKE AWAY- AS WELL AS A HEART ATTACK OR COLON CANCER. BUT A STUDY FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY SAYS MORE IS NOT BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO ASPIRIN- ALL YOU NEED IS A SINGLE ASPIRIN- MAYBE A BABY ASPIRIN EVERY DAY TO GET THAT PROTECTION.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[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]


While fighting an apartment house fire in Roanoke, authorities discover a man's body. The house, at the corner of Elm and third street, caught fire around 10 last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Despite receiving hundreds of tips, Roanoke authorities are asking for help in their investigation of Tina Louise Foster's death.
Meanwhile, Foster's former teachers at Staunton River High School are trying to cope with her death.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And there's a new leader in Israel--
Ariel Sharon wins the election for Prime Minister with nearly two- thirds of the vote over incumbent Ehud Barak.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, February 7th.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-11Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Fire destroyed an apartment house in southwest Roanoke.
Authorities found a man's body inside.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]

The house, at the corner of Elm and third street, had been converted into apartments. It caught fire last night around ten o'clock leaving several residents homeless. Fire fighters found the man's body on the second floor after putting out the flames and searching through the debris.

Those inside at the time the fire broke out say the flames spread so quickly they had little time to react.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:11:21.......21:12:00]
[IN Q=I grabbed ]

((LARRY PERDUE: I GRABBED THE TV AND VCR....I WAS GETTING READY TO GET IN THE BATHTUB. CHARLES GILLESPIE/RESIDENT: EVERYTHING WE OWNED.... PROBABLY DESTROYED. ))
[SUPER=07-Larry Perdue; :00 QUICK!!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Charles Gillespie/Resident; :05 QUICK!!!]
[RUNS=10 ]
[OUT Q=probably destroyed.]
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[VO-NAT]

Charles Gillespie and his girlfriend had just moved into their apartment about a week ago. They're among several people who lost everything. As of early this morning... authorities had not determined the cause of the fire. The victim's name has not been released.
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[2-11King-James-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-03]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Another fire at a Roanoke apartment sent four people to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Firefighters say a couple and their two children were taken to the hospital after flames and smoke filled their apartment at the Jamestown Apartment complex late last night. Fire officials say the two children were upstairs... one of them suffered burns but officials say the injuries did not appear to be life- threatening. Authorities say the blaze appears to have started in an upstairs bedroom. Fire fighters say concrete barriers on either side of the apartment kept the fire from spreading to other homes.
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[11Foster]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC1:47:34]
[GRAPHIC=Tina Foster]


Roanoke Police are investigating hundreds of tips in the death Tina Louise Foster.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]


City Detectives and the local Commonwealth's Attorney issued an appeal Monday for help with the investigation.
Crime Line was deluged with calls Monday night.
Police released photocopies of three pictures found in Foster's car. They wanted to know who the woman in the picture is... or, at least, where the pictures came from.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


Yesterday a department spokeswoman said investigators had found the same images on Foster's computer at home. So, while her family may not have known the mystery woman, Tina Foster may have.

[11Teachers-Foster]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC53:37]
[GRAPHIC=Foster]


Foster's former teachers at Staunton River High School are struggling to accept her death.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Tina Foster graduated from Staunton River in 1998.
Several of the teachers there talked about her yesterday.
They describe Foster as a sweet, caring girl who was well- liked by everyone she met.
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[SOT 12:56:40]
[IN Q=Tina was very]

((SHANNON THOMAS/CHEERLEADING COACH: TINA WAS VERY SWEET AND LOVING AND CARING AND SHE WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO INSPIRED A PROTECTIVE INSTINCT IN OTHERS. THE OTHER STUDENTS OR THE OTHER CHEERLEADERS REALLY RALLIED AROUND HER IN TIMES WHEN SHE SEEMED TO NEED A FRIEND.))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Thomas/Cheerleading Coach]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=need a friend.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some teachers have discussed Foster's death with their students.
School officials say guidance counselors are ready to sit down with anyone who might have trouble coping.
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[11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC1:26:41]
[GRAPHIC=Car Tax]


Governor Jim Gilmore has some advice for residents who want the car tax to go-- talk to your state lawmakers.


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


Gilmore made a statewide swing that brought him to Roanoke yesterday afternoon.
As state revenues have flattened, some state senators are moving to freeze the car tax cut at 50 percent.
But Gilmore says that amounts to a tax increase of more than 250-million dollars... and yesterday he encouraged supporters to contact their lawmakers in Richmond.
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[SOT 14:53]
[IN Q=I would ask them to ]

((I WOULD ASK THEM TO PHONE THEM OR EMAIL THEM OR SEND THEM A LETTER OR A FAX AND TELL THEM TO CONTINUE CUTTING THE CAR TAX.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=continue cutting the car tax.]
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday, members of both parties took issue with Gilmore's claim that a delay in the car tax cut amounts to a tax increase.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


They say the governor has also reneged on a promise he made in 1997, to freeze the phase-out of the car tax if state revenue growth fell below a specific level.


[Sharon]


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


Making international headlines this morning--
Israel has a new leader.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;]


There was a victory celebration at the party headquarters for Ariel Sharon, who won nearly two- thirds of the vote yesterday.
The man who challenged and defeated incumbent Prime Minister Ehud Barak says the country is entering a new path of security and true peace.
Sharon is calling on Palestinians to stop fighting and return to peace talks.
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[Gore]


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


Former Vice President Al Gore has begun a new job.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Yesterday was Gore's first day as a visiting professor at Columbia University.
He'll be teaching seven seminars on National Affairs in the Information Age.
Gore has a background in journalism.
He worked as a reporter for the "Nashville Tennessean" before running for Congress.
Gore will also teach classes at U-C-L-A and Fisk University.
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[CA-Power]


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


A hearing is set for today in California.
In the meantime, a federal judge says a major power supplier must continue selling power to the state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA;]


The action extends a federal order requiring the company to do so.
Meanwhile, managers of California's power grid predict today they'll only get half the eight-thousand megawatts they typically receive from the Pacific Northwest.
They blame the shortage on high demand and a short supply of water for hydro-electric power.
One megawatt is enough power for about a thousand homes.
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[2-Reversion]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


On March 6th, voters will decide whether Clifton Forge should become a town again or maintain its independent city status.
City leaders are trying to get the reversion facts out. They've set up four meetings to present information and answer questions from citizens.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE BOARD FULL]
The meeting date are--
Tuesday February 13th at 7 pm.
Saturday February 17th at 10 am.
Sunday February 25th at 3 pm.
And the final meeting will be Tuesday February 27th at 7 pm.
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[2-11C'Burg-DEvelopment]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC13:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Plans to build a controversial development in Christiansburg have resurfaced once again, but not without opposition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]


A developer wants to build houses and townhomes on some 80 acres along Peppers Ferry Road.
Neighbors are concerned about increased traffic on an already busy road.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:21]
[IN Q=We all have concerns.]

((DONNA SELF/DEVELOPMENT OPPONENT; WE ALL HAVE CONCERNS BECAUSE WE ALL DRIVE THE ROAD DAILY AND WE KNOW AND WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THE ACCIDENTS AND KNOW THE DANGERS THAT ARE THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Self/Development Opponent]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=know the dangers that are there.]
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[ANCHOR=]
[SS=None]


Opponents showed up at last night's meeting with a petition filled with nearly 600 signatures of people opposed to the project. Despite that, Town council approved the rezoning last night.

[2-11Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:07:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A task force's decision to keep the Indian Mascot at Blacksburg High is not sitting well with some people.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Opponents of the mascot- more than 100 in all- crowded into the Montgomery County School Board meeting last night.
Members of the task force defended their research and tlast week's vote to keep the mascot.
(///// SOT /////)
[bump SOTs]
[IN Q=I've always]
[SOT 55:06 - :24]

((JANET MCCARTHY: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN BROUGHT UP THAT IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY IT'S HOW YOU SAY IT... I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD CHOOSE SOMETHING TO REPRESENT THEM THAT'S NEGATIVE OR DEROGATORY. ))
[SOT 50:26 - :40]

((BASIL GOODEN/NAACP PRES.: WE CAN DEMEAN A WHOLE RACE OF INDIVIDUALS... INCONSISTENT WITH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY. WE HOPE THAT THEY WILL ADDRESS THAT VERY SOON. ))
[SUPER=01-Janet McCarthy/Task Force Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Basil Gooden/NRV NAACP Pres.; :19]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=address that very soon.]
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[VO-NAT]


The School Board plans to take a second look at school policy regarding the mascot.
The board may vote on the issue as early as its next meeting on February 20th.
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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:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Firefighters found a man's body in the burned debris of an apartment house at the corner of Elm and third street in Roanoke last night. The house caught fire around ten o'clock leaving several residents homeless. As of early this morning... authorities had not determined the cause of the fire. The victim's name has not been released.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Firefighters say a couple and their two children were taken to the hospital last night after flames and smoke filled their apartment at the Jamestown Apartment complex. Fire officials say one of the children suffered burns but officials say the injuries did not appear to be life- threatening. Authorities say the blaze appears to have started in an upstairs bedroom.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

More than 100 opponents of a task force's decision to keep the Indian Mascot at Blacksburg High attended last night's Montgomery County School Board meeting. Members of the task force defended their research and their vote last week to keep the mascot.
The School Board plans to take a second look at the school policy regarding the mascot.
The board may vote on it as early as February 20th.
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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=Roanoke's landmarks]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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