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Days after a submarine accident, there's another incident involving the military in Hawaii.
Two Army helicopters crash, killing 6 U-S servicemen.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a police K-9 bites and seriously injures a Lynchburg officer during a training session.
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Cloudy skies today make way for rain showers tonight. There is a wet outlook for the next few days... we'll find out more in the forecast.

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon, right after the break.


[Helicopter-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Six soldiers were killed, 11 others were injured when two Army Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Hawaii.
The servicemen were taking part in night-time training exercises in a remote military area.
Manuel Gallegus has been following the story and has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Nancy Makowski/25th Infantry Division;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting;]
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(( Locator: Oahu, Hawaii The accident happened last night around 7:40 in a restricted military area. The army confirms 17 soldiers were aboard two Black Hawk helicopters.

SOT: UNIDENTIFIED FIREMAN

"IT'S SPRINKLING UP THERE NOW, BUT ITS BEEN RAINING PRETTY HEAVILY UP THERE ALL DAY."

SOT: Maj. Nancy Makowski/25th Infantry Division

"NO INDICATION THAT WEATHER WAS A FACTOR, DIDN'T SEEM TO BE PRECIPITATION FALLING."
The Black Hawk helicopters were part of an exercise involving 30 aircraft. They were transporting nearly one thousand troops from Wheeler Army Airfield to a base in Kahuku on Oahu's northern shore. It's possible, but not confirmed, that two of the aircraft may have collided in mid-air.

SOT: Maj. Nancy Makowski/25th Infantry Division

"At this time we are still investigating the circumstances of how this accident occurred at this time it's not clear what those were."
Narr; President Bush paused this morning to remember the dead and injured
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Stand-Up: Manuel Gallegus The helicopters were not involved in the search and rescue operation from Friday's submarine collision but it does compound the tragedy involving two different branches of the military here in Hawaii. Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, Oahu
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[Dog-Attack]


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Lynchburg police had to destroy one of their K-9 drug- sniffing dogs after it attacked a police officer this morning.
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It happened around ten at the city's police and fire training grounds in Campbell County.
Authorities say an officer was attempting to take the dog out of its cage for some exercise when the dog bit him on his hand and head.
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[IN Q=It's not unusual]

((MAJOR JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S NOT UNUSUAL THAT A HANDLER MIGHT HAVE A SLIGHT BITE.. CLEARLY CONCERNS US.))


[SUPER=01-Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police Department;]
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[OUT Q=clearly concerns us.]
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Lewis says the dog was put down immediately after the attack.
The officer.. R-T Ruggieri (roo-JER-ee) was treated and released at Lynchburg General Hospital.
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[Eugenics]


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There's a bill in the General Assembly that would make Virginia the first state in the nation to express regrets for the practice of (You-genics) eugenics.
This comes more than 20 years after the practice of sterilizing people considered to have hereditary flaws ended.

Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls has more.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Goldie Jordan/Chesterfield Co. Resident; :19]
[SUPER=01-Del. Mitch Van Yahres/(D) Charlottesville; :31]
[SUPER=07-Roy Scherer; :44]
[SUPER=01-Ron Doggett/White Rights Advocate; :56]
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(( Goldie Jordan is descended from Cherokee Indians... and had several family surnames on a list the Commonwealth considered undesirable for breeding.
So several aunts and uncles and in-laws were sterilized by the state.
She doesn't think a bill expressing "regrets" is even close to making up for that.
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((GOLDIE JORDAN: WE THE REMNANTS OF THIS POLITICAL WRONG AWAIT A MORE THOROUGH STUDY OF THIS ISSUE.)) [runs:08 ]
The bill's sponsor is just trying to get something on record about a practice he finds appalling.
[sot 17:38:21]

((DEL. MITCH VAN YAHRES: I THINK THE FUTURE WE'RE LOOKING AT-- WE'RE MESSING AROUND NOW, WITH GENE SPLICING, WE'RE MESSING AROUND... CLONING BILL AS AN EXAMPLE.)) [runs:13]
[sot 17:37:08]

((ROY SCHERER: THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLACE IN FORCING PEOPLE TO BE STERILIZED.)) [runs:08 ]
But a white rights advocate told the senators he thinks the races shouldn't marry or reproduce.
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((RON DOGGETT/ : I DON'T SEE ANY NEED TO BE REGRETFUL OR APOLOGETIC...HEREDITY MATTERS AND GENETICS MATTERS IS A VERY IMPORTANT CONCEPT AND ONE WE SHOULDN'T IGNORE.)) [runs:18 ]
If the full Senate says yes to the Eugenics "regrets" bill, the Governor will take it up.
[sot 12:53:30 ]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE PEOPLE AREN'T HERE WHO WERE DOING THOSE THINGS BACK IN THOSE DAYS. WHAT YEAR WAS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE? TWENTIES? TENS? Through 1979. SEVENTIES? OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? WELL THAT CERTAINLY WASN'T AN APPROPRIATE THING TO DO.)) [runs:11 ]
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[Pipeline]


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Virginia Gas and its proposed pipeline is coming under fire yet again today from local residents.
The Roanoke County board of supervisors hired an independent agency to determine just how much it would cost to build the new pipeline next to a co-existing line.
When the report came back, it said co-locating the lines was too dangerous.
Now some residents say the county should NOT pay for the study because the information was not what they asked for.
We'll have a report from the board of supervisors meeting tonight at six.

[Route-11]


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Part of Route-11 in Rockbridge county is closed until tomorrow afternoon.
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
The road will be closed just south of Natural Bridge from eight in the morning till five in the evening today and tomorrow.
V-Dot is repairing a concrete wall.
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[Halifax-Schools]


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Halifax County School administrators are looking at a proposed plan that would close two elementary schools.
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The school superintendent presented a long range plan to the school board last night.
The plan calls for the closing of (VURJ-ul-LYN-uh) Virgilina and Wilson Memorial Elementary schools.
The move would save the county more than a million dollars a year.
That money would then be used to upgrade other schools within the county.
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[IN Q=Folks do not want to lose]

((DENNIS WITT/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: FOLKS DO NOT WANT TO LOSE THEIR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT HARD CHOICES SOMETIMES HAVE TO BE MADE IF YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD.)) ((NORMAN TALLEY/PARENT: IF THEY SHUT THE SCHOOL DOWN I FEEL LIKE THE COMMUNITY ITSELF WILL NOT HAVE A PLACE FOR OUR STUDENTS OUR KIDS TO EVEN COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Halifax Co. Superintendent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Norman Talley/Parent; :08]
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The school board will decide whether to go forward with the proposed plan.
If the board approves, the county will then hold public hearings.
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[Earthquake]


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Another earthquake rocks El Salvador.
The region is still recovering from a deadly quake that occurred last month.
There are no reports yet of damage or injury.
But government helicopters are reportedly out surveying the situation.
Early estimates measure today's quake at a magnitude of around five-point- seven.
It struck nearly 50 miles southeast of the capital, San Salvador.

[Sub-Crash]


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The 26 Japanese who survived last week's submarine accident off Hawaii are back home today.
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Nine people are still missing and feared dead.
But the search for them continues off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.
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[SOT 10:13:19]
[IN Q=We hope to]

((JOHN HAMMERSCHMIDT/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: WE HOPE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE NORMAL PROCEDURES ARE FOR SURFACING IN BOTH NORMAL AND EMERGENCY MODES FOR SUBMARINES, AND EXACTLY IF THE PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED. ))
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[OUT Q=were followed.]
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The lead investigator for the N-T-S-B says officials plan to send down a deep- sea robot.
The robot will help determine if they can raise the Japanese fishing vessel.
The fishing boat was capsized when a U-S submarine surfaced directly beneath it on Friday.
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[Danville-Bus]


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Danville will soon be home to a 400-million dollar power plant.
The (Mirr-ent) Mirant Corporation announced plans to build the plant yesterday.
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The 870 megawatt natural-gas fueled power plant would be located in the Airside Industrial Park.
City Leaders believe the project will generate jobs, several million dollars in tax revenue and help boost the economy.
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[IN Q=I think we are primed]

((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE'S MAYOR: I THINK WE ARE PRIMED. WE'RE READY. WE STILL ARE LOOKING AT EVERYDAY MORE AVENUES AND DIFFERENT WAYS OF DOING BUSINESS IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. BUT I THINK WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK NOW.))
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor]
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[OUT Q=right track now]
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Mirant hopes to begin construction by early next year and have the plant up and running by 2004.
Once completed, the company will hire more than twenty full time employees to run it.
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[6FluStar]


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[WRITER=jsu]
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We still have a way to go before we're out of the woods this flu season--
But you can stay a step ahead of the virus by keeping track of it on the Internet.
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A new website at Flu-Star-Dot-com provides regional and national information on flu activity.
All you need is a zip code --and the site pulls up the information for your community.
You can even have the site e-mail you when there is a change in flu activity.
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[SOT1:49:05]
[IN Q=You really want to start being]

((YOU REALLY WANT TO START BEING ON ALERT WHEN IT GOES ON THE MODERATE RANGE AND BE SORT OF AWARE AND THINKING ABOUT IT AS PATIENTS COME INTO YOUR OFFICE OR YOU MAY HAVE SYMPTOMS WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE INFLUENZA))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jean Smith/Carilion Health System]
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[OUT Q=potential be treated by influenza]
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Smith says the site enhances the physician's ability to diagnose influenza.
And she says early diagnosis is important for effective treatment.
The site is sponsored by a company that makes antiviral medication.
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[WIPE TO WEBWATCH BOARD]
For a link to the site you can go to webwatch section of our homepage at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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[Black-History]


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They're "hitting the trail" in Lynchburg to learn more about black history.
Some Michigan high school students will be among the first to embark upon the journey.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Chamber of Commerce has printed up 35- thousand new brochures- They highlight twenty local places of interest- important to African- American history.
The idea is to get visitors to one site to spend more time in the area.
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[SOT 10:07:15]
[IN Q=Actually when]

((BRIAN KNOPP/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ACTUALLY WHEN THE LEGACY MUSEUM OPENED LAST JUNE, WE SAT DOWN AND SAID WHAT ARE SOME OTHER SITES WE COULD LINK TO, AND BY WORKING WITH THE VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES AND THE VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION, WE WERE ABLE TO EXPLORE ALL KIND OF AFRICAN- AMERICAN HISTORY SITES WITHIN THE REGION.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Knopp/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce]
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[OUT Q=within the region.]
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You may see the tour advertised in major travel magazines- The chamber is spending 10-grand to promote the tour.
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[Academy-Awards]


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The best and brightest in Hollywood can start shopping for those evening gowns and tuxedos---


Nominees for this year's Academy Awards were announced this morning.
As Chris Lawrence reports, the film "Gladiator" is leading the pack with 12 nominations.
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((
Russell Crowe got a lot of attention for an off-screen affair with actress Meg Ryan. But his work on-screen for Gladiator conquered the box office and the academy ..which nominated him for Best Actor.

(NAT GLADIATOR)

24:01-24:05 "And I will have my vengeance ..in this life or the next!"
Juliette Binoche was excited about her Best Actress nomination for Chocolat ..until Bryant Gumbel told her on the Early Show ..well, you're in the same category as Julia Roberts.

(QUICK NAT REAX FROM EARLY SHOW)


In fact, Roberts is considered the biggest lock to win.

(NAT ERIN BROCKOVICH)

22:57-59 "Is that so?"
Erin Brockovich Director Steven Soderberg's main competition could be that guy who directed Traffic. Soderberg has been nominated for both films ..and Traffic also earned Benicio Del Toro his first nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

(NAT TRAFFIC)

24:30-36 "So now that you have what you want, let's talk about how I get what I want."
Narr: The Best Picture nominees are : Gladiator, Erin Brockovich, Traffic , Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Juliet Binoch's so-called lost cause - Chocolat.
Cast Away won't make it to the podium in this category but Tom Hanks could win Best Actor for the 3rd time

(NAT CAST AWAY)

31:23-26 "Ha-ha-ha! Fire!"
STANDUP: (TO COME)

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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In business news this afternoon-- hints at more interest rate cuts.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan tells Congress the economy still faces many "downside risks".
He says growth at the beginning of the year was close to coming to a stand-still.
Greenspan adds that a recession cannot be ruled out, and the Fed is prepared to cut interest rates in order to pr The stock market was modestly higher after Greenpan's comments.event one.