[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Friends, family members, and race fans are mourning the death of Dale Earnhardt.
On the final lap of the Daytona 500, the man considered NASCAR's greatest driver suffered a fatal crash.
We'll have details.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a shoot-out at a Floyd County home over the weekend claims the lives of two people.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your work week with us-- on News 7 Mornin.


[Earnhardt-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-90]
[GRAPHIC=EARNHARDT OBIT]

Dale Earnhardt, the man who defines what NASCAR is all about was killed yesterday in the Daytona 500. The sport's ambassador died at 5:17 Sunday afternoon at Halifax Medical Center. Mike Stevens puts some perspective on both the life and death of the man known as the Intimidator.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steve Bohannon/Trauma Physician; :18]
[SUPER=04-Daytona 500 - FOX ; 1:02]
[SUPER=@mike1; 2:07]
[RUNS=2:16]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7 SPORTS."]

(( It took the ambulance carrying Dale Earnhardt less than 90 seconds to make the short trip down International Speedway Boulevard from the track to Halifax Medical center. But even that quick response time wasn't enough to save his life. ((DR. STEVE BOHANNON:)) Earnhardt was not wearing one of the new head and neck safety devices and as always he was wearing an open face helmet. ((DR. BOHANNON:)) As is often case in fatal racing wrecks, the accident did not appear to be that violent. But doctor Bohannon says the injury more than likely was a head injury at the base of the skull known as a basal skull fracture in which the weak base of the skull cracks from stress and causes rapid blood loss. ((DR. BOHANNON:)) The ironies surrounding Dale's death are almost unfathomable. On the day he passes away two of the cars he owns finish first and second in the Daytona 500. And his death comes Dale Earnhardt leaves NASCAR a tremendous legacy that includes 7 Winston Cup titles, 76 victories, and an unforgettable mustachioed grin that no racing fan will ever forget.))
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[M'Ville-Speedway]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]


Steve Pardon is at the Martinsville Speedway
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Steve Starlink;]

this morning with reaction to Earnhardt's death. Steve???

[LIVE=Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon]
[SUPER=06-Martinsville]



(LIVE Interview)



[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President]



[LIVE=Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=06-Martinsville;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Steve Starlink;]




[11Rke-Reax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=None]

NASCAR fans in the Roanoke Valley say the loss of Earnhardt will be felt for a long time. Last night when the news came out fans say their only reaction was disbelief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This didn't seem real.]
[RUNS=:41]
[OUT Q=I didn't know the guy.]



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((DON JUDY: THIS DIDN'T SEEM REAL.))
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[NAT SOUND BREAK CAR DRIVING]
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[SOT 15:12:30]
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((MARY KATE HERLEHY: THE WAY HE HIT THE WALL IT DIDN'T LOOK VERY TRAGIC.))
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[NAT SOUND BREAK CAR DRIVING]
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[SOT 15:08:14]
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((SCOTT KELLY: WHEN WE SAW IT WE FIGURED IT WAS JUST ANOTHER WRECK.))
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[NAT SOUND OF ANNOUNCERS]
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[SOT 20:19:39 FROM CBS FEED]
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((THAT'S THE KIND OF CRASH THAT HURTS YOU.))
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[SOT 15:07:54]
[IINQ=]

((SCOTT KELLY: YOU SEE THE INTIMIDATOR GO, HE WAS EVERYTHING NASCAR WAS.))
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[SOT 15:12:30]
[INQ=]

((MARY KATE HERLEHY: HE'S A 7 TIME WINSTON CUP CHAMPION IT'S JUST DEVASTATING TO THE SPORT IN GENERAL.))
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[RUNS= 6]



[SOT 15:10:18]
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((DON JUDY: HE'S THE GUY WHO SEEMED INVINCIBLE OUT OF ALL OF THEM.))
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[SOT CBS FEED 4:34:49]
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((NASCAR HAS LOST IT'S GREATEST DRIVER EVER.))
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[SOT 15:14:39]
[INQ=]

((MARY KATE HERLEHY: ONCE THIS NEWS CAME ABOUT EVERYONE JUST WENT TO WOW!!))
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[SOT 15:10:35]
[INQ=]

((DON JUDY: IT HURTS EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T KNOW THE GUY.))
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[RUNS= 2]))



[Web-Site]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]

If you would like to share your memories about Earnhardt or send your condolences to Earnhardt's family and teams you can...
(XXXXXXXXX)

[Take FS Web Address] check out our web site at WDBJ 7 -dot- com.

(XXXXXXXXX)







[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, US-Markets are closed today for the President's Day holiday, but investors are already looking ahead.
Renay San Miguel has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Renay San Miguel/Reporting; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=Marketwatch-dot-com, New York]

((Information:
ONCAM=RENAY SAN MIGUEL


IT'S THE PRESIDENT'S DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND...AND INVESTORS WANT TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THEIR PORTFOLIOS BY SELLING TECH STOCKS.. AND CONFUSION OVER THE ECONOMY STILL REIGNS..THE LATEST ECONOMIC INDICATORS POINT TO RISING INFLATION AND SAGGING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE..BUT HOUSING STARTS ARE UP AS WELL..

ESS=DOW

THE DOW ENDED FRIDAY DOWN 91 POINTS..TECHS, BIOTECHS, DRUGS, CHEMICALS AND AIRLINES WERE DOWN...GOLD AND UTILITIES, TWO SAFE HAVENS FOR INVESTORS WERE UP..

ESS=NASDAQ

THE NASDAQ TOOK THE REAL DAMAGE FROM FRIDAY'S TECH WRECK..IT DROPPED 127 POINTS AS CHIPS, HARDWARE AND NETWORKING STOCKS WERE DOWN..

ESS=NORTEL GRAPHIC

WHY NETWORKERS?NORTEL NETWORKS, THAT'S WHY...THE CANADIAN FIBER-OPTIC COMPANY ISSUED A BIG PROFIT WARNING, SAYING AMERICA'S ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WOULD COST IT ABOUT 4 CENTS A SHARE IN FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS..

ESS=HEWLWLETT PACKARD

WHY HARDWARE? HEWLETT PACKARD IS WHY..THE COMPUTER AND IMAGING COMPANY MET WALL STREET'S ALREADY-LOWERED EARNINGS ESTIMATES BUT SAID IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T SEE DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN REVENUE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR..

ESS=DELL

DELL ADDED TO THE HARDWARE WOES..THE TEXAS-BASED COMPUTER COMPANY, BESIDES LAYING OFF 17-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES, ALSO MISSED WALL STREET'S EARNINGS ESTIMATES BY A PENNY..

ESS=SCHERING

AND SCHERING PLOUGH TOOK DOWN THE DRUG STOCKS..THE MAKERS OF CLARITIN FOUND A LITTLE CONGESTION WITH INVESTORS WHEN IT SAID REGULATORS WERE WORRIED THAT S-G-P'S MANUFACTURING PLANTS WEREN'T UP TO STANDARDS..

ONCAM=RENAY SAN MIGUEL

WE'LL GET MORE INSIGHT INTO INFLATION THIS WEEK WITH THE RELEASE OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX..THAT'S THE AVERAGE OF WHAT WE'RE PAYING THESE DAYS FOR ALL KINDS OF CONSUMER ITEMS MINUS THE VOLATILE FOOD AND ENERGY SECTORS. AND YET MORE EARNINGS..AMONG THEM AGILENT, MICRON TECHNOLOGY, SMITHKLINE BEECHAM, WAL-MART, J.C. PENNEY AND MARTHA STEWART LIVING..WE'LL SEE IF HER EARNINGS ARE A GOOD THING..
FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS CLICK ON CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.. I'M RENAY SAN MIGUEL, CBS MARKETWATCH DOT COM, NEW YORK.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Floyd-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-50 1:41:30]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

A man and woman are found dead after a domestic dispute call leads Floyd County deputies into a shootout.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Yesterday Morning;]

When deputies pulled up to the home of Kevin and Darlene Yoders Saturday night - 28 year old Roger Lee Whitlock of Check was reportedly in the driveway with a 44 caliber magnum revolver. State police say Whitlock fired 6 rounds at three deputies... who then returned fire.
Whitlock then reportedly ran back inside the home -- where deputies found Whitlock and 30 year old Darlene Yoders dead. Darlene's husband and five children were at home but were NOT hurt. Dale Vest lives down the street from the Yoders family. He also knew Whitlock.
(///////SOT//////)
[SOT 2:11:21]
[INQ=i'd see him]

((DALE VEST/NEIGHBOR: I'D SEE HIM PASS THROUGH ALL THE TIME WAVE AT ME.))
[RUNS=]

[BUTT, BUTT, BUTT]
[SOT 2:08:09]
[INQ=]

((DALE VEST/NEIGHBOR: HE JUST SEEMED NORMAL TO ME.))
[SUPER=01-Dale Vest/Neighbor]
[OUTQ=normal to me]
[RUNS=6]
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[VO-NAT]

State Police say Whitlock and Darlene Yoders were friends. So far officials have not said what LED to the shooting - but did say it appears Whitlock died from the shots fired by deputies. Officials have not said whether Whitlock fired the shot that killed Darlene Yoders.
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[Sub-Collision]


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


In international news--
The Navy is sending another deep- sea robot to search the wreckage of a sunken Japanese fishing boat.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI;]


Officials are trying to see whether they can raise the wreckage of the vessel, which went down after the U-S-S Greeneville surfaced beneath it.
The fishing boat is sitting in more than two- thousand feet of water, with no visible damage.
There are also no signs of the nine missing passengers who were aboard.
On Thursday the Navy plans to open a rare, PUBLIC inquiry into what went wrong.
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[Ship-Explosion]


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


The investigation into last fall's bombing of the U-S-S Cole in Yemen is now complete.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Aden, Yemen/October 13;]


Yemen's President says authorities have the confessions of some of those involved in the attack.
The case will now be handed over the judiciary.
He also added that the prime suspect in the attack escaped and is now believed to be in Afghanistan.
He says while many people suspect terrorist Osama Bin Laden masterminded the bombing, there is no hard evidence against him.
(------------)


[Roger-Clinton]


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


Former President Clinton's younger half-brother Roger is in trouble with the law again.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Authorities in Hermosa Beach, California arrested 44- year- old Roger Clinton over the weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
[SUPER=03-Hermosa Beach, CA;]


Officers saw Clinton's Ford Expedition driving erratically.
They pulled the vehicle over and smelled alcohol on Clinton's breath.
Police say his blood- alcohol level was near or exceeding the legal limit of point- zero- eight.
Roger Clinton faces arraignment April second.
He was pardoned by his brother just last month for a 19-85 drug conviction.
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[11Fatal-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

An traffic accident in Blacksburg took the life of a Virginia Tech student early yesterday morning. Police say 19- year old Megan Christenson died when the pickup she was riding in collided with a Toyota Camry. Authorities say the driver of the Toyota appears to have pulled from Old Glade Road into the path of the pick-up. The truck was traveling on Prices Fork Road. Police say at this time... no charges have been filed. No one else was seriously injured.

[6Radford-Property]


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

Radford University is growing. The college will gradually take over the 78- acre St. Albans Hospital property in Pulaski County. The deal is the result of an agreement between the college and Carilion Health system. School officials plan to convert the property into an economic development hub for southwest Virginia. The key tenants will be the Economic Development Center of Southwest Virginia and the new College of Information Science and Technology.


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, do you feel tired most of the time? The key to pep up may require some lifestyle changes.
Doctor Dave Hnida has some tips that can help 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 ITS THE MOST COMMON GENERAL COMPLAINT WE HEAR IN THE OFFICE: IM SO TIRED. WELL ITS GOOD PEOPLE GET IT CHECKED OUT BUT MOST OF THE TIME THE CAUSE IS NOT MEDICAL. -ITS LIFESTYLE... FIXABLE.
GRFX FIRST HAS TO DO WITH REST. MOST AMERICANS ARE SLEEP DEPRIVED- AVERAGING MORE THAN ONE HOUR LESS A NIGHT THAN NEEDED. AND THESE HOURS ADD UP... ITS ESTIMATED MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEED TO SLEEP 3 WEEKS STRAIGHT TO CATCH UP.
GRFX NEXT: RELAXATION- ARE YOU KICKING BACK? GETTING SOME RECREATIONAL TIME- AND I DON'T MEAN WATCHING TV AT NIGHT. YOUR BODY- AND MIND NEED DOWN TIME- ESPECIALLY FROM AN IMMUNE SYSTEM STANDPOINT.
GRFX THIRD: DIET- HERE ARE THE DIET THINGS THAT CAN MAKE YOU TIRED- NOT EATING REGULARLY- DIETING- EATING TOO MUCH FAT- DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE.
GRFX AND FOURTH- HABITS- DO YOU SMOKE?THE NUMBER ONE ROBBER OF OXYGEN. DO YOU GET SOME EXERCISE? - OR ARE YOU LETTING YOUR BODY RUST?
ON CAM NOW OBVIOUSLY- THERE ARE MANY OTHER REASONS FOR BEING TIRED. INCLUDING MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND MEDICATIONS. IF YOU ARE DRAGGING BIG TIME- GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR AND LOOK FOR A SERIOUS CAUSE FIRST- BUT DON'T FORGET YOUR LIFESTYLE.))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]


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


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


While responding to a domestic dispute call, Floyd county deputies end up in a shoot-out.
A man and woman are dead following the incident.
We'll have details.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


It's a major loss to the world of stock car racing--
Legendary driver Dale Earnhardt died yesterday when his car crashed into a wall at the Daytona 500.
(----------------)

[TAKE STEVE LIVE]

(Steve ad-libs headline)



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


And that's what's making news on this Monday, February 19-th.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-Earnhardt-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-90]
[GRAPHIC=EARNHARDT OBIT]

The man NASCAR calls its greatest driver ever.... lost his life in the last lap of the Daytona 500 yesterday.
Dale Earnhardt died at 5:17 Sunday afternoon at Halifax Medical Center. Mike Stevens puts some perspective on both the life and death of the man known as the Intimidator.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steve Bohannon/Trauma Physician; :18]
[SUPER=04-Daytona 500 - FOX ; 1:02]
[SUPER=@mike1; 2:07]
[RUNS=2:16]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7 SPORTS."]

(( It took the ambulance carrying Dale Earnhardt less than 90 seconds to make the short trip down International Speedway Boulevard from the track to Halifax Medical center. But even that quick response time wasn't enough to save his life. ((DR. STEVE BOHANNON:)) Earnhardt was not wearing one of the new head and neck safety devices and as always he was wearing an open face helmet. ((DR. BOHANNON:)) As is often case in fatal racing wrecks, the accident did not appear to be that violent. But doctor Bohannon says the injury more than likely was a head injury at the base of the skull known as a basal skull fracture in which the weak base of the skull cracks from stress and causes rapid blood loss. ((DR. BOHANNON:)) The ironies surrounding Dale's death are almost unfathomable. On the day he passes away two of the cars he owns finish first and second in the Daytona 500. And his death comes Dale Earnhardt leaves NASCAR a tremendous legacy that includes 7 Winston Cup titles, 76 victories, and an unforgettable mustachioed grin that no racing fan will ever forget.))
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[2-M'Ville-Speedway]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]


Steve Pardon is at the Martinsville Speedway
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Steve Starlink;]

this morning with reaction to Earnhardt's death. Steve???

[LIVE=Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon]
[SUPER=06-Martinsville]



(LIVE Interview)




[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President]




[LIVE=Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=06-Martinsville;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Steve Starlink;]




[2-11Rke-Reax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=None]


NASCAR fans in the Roanoke Valley say they couldn't believe the news of Earnhardt's death. They say the loss will be felt for a long time.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This didn't seem real.]
[RUNS=:41]
[OUT Q=I didn't know the guy.]



(([SOT 15:09:45]
[INQ=]

((DON JUDY: THIS DIDN'T SEEM REAL.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 2]


[NAT SOUND BREAK CAR DRIVING]
[RUNS= 3]



[SOT 15:12:30]
[INQ=]

((MARY KATE HERLEHY: THE WAY HE HIT THE WALL IT DIDN'T LOOK VERY TRAGIC.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 6]


[NAT SOUND BREAK CAR DRIVING]
[RUNS= 3]



[SOT 15:08:14]
[INQ=]

((SCOTT KELLY: WHEN WE SAW IT WE FIGURED IT WAS JUST ANOTHER WRECK.))
[OUTQ=]
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[NAT SOUND OF ANNOUNCERS]
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[SOT 20:19:39 FROM CBS FEED]
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((THAT'S THE KIND OF CRASH THAT HURTS YOU.))
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[SOT 15:07:54]
[IINQ=]

((SCOTT KELLY: YOU SEE THE INTIMIDATOR GO, HE WAS EVERYTHING NASCAR WAS.))
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[SOT 15:12:30]
[INQ=]

((MARY KATE HERLEHY: HE'S A 7 TIME WINSTON CUP CHAMPION IT'S JUST DEVASTATING TO THE SPORT IN GENERAL.))
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[RUNS= 6]



[SOT 15:10:18]
[INQ=]

((DON JUDY: HE'S THE GUY WHO SEEMED INVINCIBLE OUT OF ALL OF THEM.))
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[SOT CBS FEED 4:34:49]
[INQ=]

((NASCAR HAS LOST IT'S GREATEST DRIVER EVER.))
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[SOT 15:14:39]
[INQ=]

((MARY KATE HERLEHY: ONCE THIS NEWS CAME ABOUT EVERYONE JUST WENT TO WOW!!))
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((DON JUDY: IT HURTS EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T KNOW THE GUY.))
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[2-Web-Site]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]

If you would like to share your memories about Earnhardt or send your condolences to Earnhardt's family and teams you can...
(XXXXXXXXX)

[Take FS Web Address] check out our web site at WDBJ 7 -dot- com.

(XXXXXXXXX)







[11Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=Feedback]
[GRAPHIC=Feedback]


A story we aired about a Lynchburg police dog attacking an officer triggered a complaint from a viewer.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has details in Feedback.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Animation Open]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Week; :05]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=Animation Close]

((A Lynchburg police officer was taking the dog out of its kennel for some exercise last Tuesday morning, when the animal turned on him, biting him twice. The dog was put down, prompting a viewer from Giles County (Diane Ballard) to call us to task for even mentioning the incident.
"Do you know how many of those dogs save the lives of our citizens of Virginia and of their handler? The dog may have had his side of the story, too, as he was not being handled by his regular handler...By publicizing this incident the way you did makes people leery of dogs in police work. Doesn't law enforcement have enough problems with today's world without having to deal with people who do not know that these dogs are intelligent, well-trained officers of the law that would gladly lay down their lives to protect their handler and the citizens who are in danger?"
The night Robin Reed mentioned that the space shuttle and international space station would streak across the sky prompted dozens of notes, much like this one from Gretna (Larry Clark).
"At 6:31 the space station appeared next to what I assume was a planet to the southwest. I called my wife and 5-year-old to watch. It tracked across the sky with no chaser...Thanks for the cues. I've seen other high flying objects while night fishing and assumed they were in orbit. Now I know what I was looking at."
Here's how to write to us at News-7.
Our fax number...e-mail address...and for an online forum, just go to our website.
Joe McKean, News-7.))



[3-Earnhardt]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit.]


NASCAR's chairman says the sport has lost its "greatest driver ever".
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona, FL/Yesterday;]


Seven-time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt was killed yesterday in a crash at the Daytona 500.
On the final turn of the final lap, Earnhardt's car slammed into a concrete wall at 180 miles-per-hour.
Doctors say the legendary driver died instantly of head injuries.
The man known as the "Intimidator" leaves behind a legion of grieving fans.
Dale Earnhardt was 49 years old.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=none]


He is survived by his wife, two sons and two

daughters. [2-11Floyd-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-50 1:41:30]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A shootout in Floyd county over the weekend involving authorities ends in the deaths of two people.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Yesterday;]

When deputies pulled up to the home of Kevin and Darlene Yoders Saturday night - 28 year old Roger Lee Whitlock of Check was reportedly in the driveway with a 44 caliber magnum revolver. State police say Whitlock fired 6 rounds at three deputies... who then returned fire.
Whitlock then reportedly ran back inside the home -- where deputies found Whitlock and 30 year old Darlene Yoders dead. Darlene's husband and five children were at home but were NOT hurt. Dale Vest lives down the street from the Yoders family. He also knew Whitlock.
(///////SOT//////)
[SOT 2:11:21]
[INQ=i'd see him]

((DALE VEST/NEIGHBOR: I'D SEE HIM PASS THROUGH ALL THE TIME WAVE AT ME.))
[RUNS=]

[BUTT, BUTT, BUTT]
[SOT 2:08:09]
[INQ=]

((DALE VEST/NEIGHBOR: HE JUST SEEMED NORMAL TO ME.))
[SUPER=01-Dale Vest/Neighbor]
[OUTQ=normal to me]
[RUNS=6]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

State Police say Whitlock and Darlene Yoders were friends. So far officials have not said what LED to the shooting - but did say it appears Whitlock died from the shots fired by deputies. Officials have not said whether Whitlock fired the shot that killed Darlene Yoders.
(--------------)







[2-11Fatal-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A Virginia Tech student died in an early morning traffic accident yesterday.
Police say 19- year old Megan Christenson died when the pickup she was riding in collided with a Toyota Camry in Blacksburg. Authorities say the driver of the Toyota appears to have pulled from Old Glade Road into the path of the pick-up. The truck was traveling on Prices Fork Road. Police say at this time... no charges have been filed. No one else was seriously injured.

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Radford University is about to get larger.
The college will gradually take over the 78- acre St. Albans Hospital property in Pulaski County. The deal is the result of an agreement between the college and Carilion Health system. School officials plan to convert the property into an economic development hub for southwest Virginia. The key tenants will be the Economic Development Center of Southwest Virginia and the new College of Information Science and Technology.

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Seven-time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt was killed yesterday in a crash at the Daytona 500.

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Steve Pardon has been at the Martinsville Speedway this morning and talked with Speedway President Clay Campbell about Earnhardt's life and death....... [Take Steve Full]

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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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