[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Good news for residents who don't want a new Virginia Gas pipeline built in Southwest Virginia.
A proposed merger between Virginia Gas and a New Jersey company will likely get the green light.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And we'll have a complete wrap- up of last night's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


News 7 Mornin is next.

[Gas-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission says a merger between Virginia Gas and a New Jersey- based company should go through.
And that should please opponents of Virginia Gas's plan to build a pipeline through Southwest Virginia.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

But he says the state should require N-U-I corporation to consider putting its new natural gas pipeline in an existing corridor. The S-C-C examiner says co-location should be considered "where a new easement would have significant impact on a scenic or environmentally sensitive area, and where the easement crosses property with existing easements."
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 05:34:42]
[IN Q=We're absolutely]

((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: WE'RE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED. WE'RE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS EXAMINER THAT THE SCC SENT UP TO SALEM TO DO THIS HEARING, WHO WAS OPEN MINDED AND INTERESTED IN THE IMPORTANCE AND WE'RE JUST VERY VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HIM DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Brent Riley/Pipeline Opponent; ]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=do that.]
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]

Virginia Gas has said that putting its new pipeline next to another one would cost too much. Yesterday's decision isn't final. Both sides will have two weeks to comment on the report.


[11Burton]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC01:06]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]


Fellow NASCAR driver and South Boston native Ward Burton plans to attend today's memorial for Dale Earnhardt.


(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Burton worked alongside Earnhardt for more than a decade and considered him a mentor and a friend.
Earnhardt's death has prompted concerns abou whether drivers should use more safety devices.
[SUPER=03-South Boston]


Burton says he has no choice but to try the HANS device.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:31:34]
[IN Q=Its awful difficult]

((WARD BURTON/NASCAR DRIVER: ITS AWFUL DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR FAMILY, CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE SAME RESULT TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/NASCAR Driver]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=happen to someone else]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Burton plans to test the hans device next week in Atlanta.
But he's not sure if it could have saved Earnhardt's life.
That's why he won't say for sure whether he plans to wear the safety device from now on.
(------------)
[Anchor=Shannon]
[ss=hold]


6-thousand of Earnhardt's fellow drivers, friends, and family will gather in Pineville, North Carolina today for the memorial service. Mike Stevens is there and will have more throughout the day here on News 7.


[11Witcher]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-48]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Sherman and Doug Witcher were two of the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit that black farmers brought against the U-S Department of Agriculture.
Two years after the federal agency agreed to settle the discrimination case, the Franklin County residents are still fighting for their share of the settlement.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Doug Witcher was jailed overnight Wednesday for contempt of court, after he refused to disclose the location of logging equipment he had leased. He was released from the Roanoke City Jail late yesterday afternoon after agreeing to lead bank attorneys to the equipment.
Sherman Witcher spent the day in the city courthouse trying to win his brother's release. Both men have been facing serious financial problems, even as they await a substantial settlement from the federal government.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:54:49]
[IN Q=Me and him both]

((ME AND HIM BOTH ARE BETWEEN A SITUATION. WE WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND HOLD ONTO THE THINGS WE HAVE AND PROGRESS ON. WE'RE KIND OF IN A DEFENSE MODE, JUST SURVIVING. WE'RE SURVIVING.))
[SUPER=07-Sherman Witcher; :]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=defense mode, just surviving. we're surviving.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


As of mid-January, the Department of Justice had made payments to more than 10-thousand farmers. But almost 200 with the most serious claims, are still waiting for their cases to be resolved.

[Grammy-Awards]


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

[**NOTE ON CAMERA TAG!!!]
Controversy, cool clothes, and coveted awards all combined to make for a memorable Grammy Awards ceremony.
But the show-stopper of last night's 43rd Annual Grammy's was the much- hyped duet between rapper Eminem and pop legend Elton John.
Terisa Estacio has all the highlights.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eminem/Rap Singer; :31]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, Los Angeles.]

((
Whether you despise him or support him, rapper Eminem was the main attraction for the 43rd annual Grammy's in Los Angeles.
But before the show got underway, about 100 protestors and critics clashed at the Staples Center over the musician whose obscenity filled lyrics about knifing gays and torturing women evoke strong emotions.
Nominated in four categories, including the coveted Album of the Year, Eminem eventually took home three rap music awards.

SOT: Eminem

"Thanks for the award"
As for that highly promoted duet between opening gay musician Elton John and Eminem, it drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
But the spotlight wasn't only on the raging rapper, a wide variety of talented musicians performed during the show. This is Destiny's Child. They took the R&B performance of the year
100 awards were up for grabs and the competition was tough. In the end, these are some of the lucky winners.
Record of the Year and Song of the Year went to legendary rockers U2
And the dynamic duo Steely Dan were the comeback kids walking away with 3 awards, including the prestigious Album of the Year
The Celebrating went on for hours into the night...no doubt everyone talking about the winners and the fashions.
Stand Up: Terisa Estacio/CBS News ))
(---------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Two of the coveted statues, meanwhile, are heading to Virginia.
Richmond native Michael Archer, otherwise known as soul singer D'Angelo, won two Grammies last night.

[Marketwatch]


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


The Dow ended sharply lower yesterday, but the move to the downside was less for tech stocks.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=at your local stocks.]




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[Clinton-Pardon]


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


Another Presidential pardon bombshell has dropped--
Now two of former President Clinton's pardons are linked to his brother-in-law.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother Hugh apparently received hundreds of thousands of dollars for lobbying to get Presidential pardons for two men.
Rodham succeeded on getting pardons for Almon Glenn Braswell, who was convicted of fraud, perjury, and tax evasion AND for convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali.
The Clintons, meanwhile deny knowing anything about it.
Even former President Jimmy Carter is weighing in with his opinion.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:02:22 ]
[IN Q=I think]

((JIMMY CARTER/FORMER PRESIDENT:I THINK THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS REALLY, AH, MADE ONE OF HIS MOST SERIOUS MISTAKES THE WAY HE HANDLED THE PARDON SITUATION DURING THE LAST FEW HOURS HE WAS IN OFFICE ))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Carter/Former President;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=he was in office.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hugh Rodham's atorney says he returned the money.
But a Congressonal committee will add this incident to other items currently under investigation.
(------------)



[11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC00:27]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Settlement]


Governor Jim Gilmore wants to see tobacco dependent communities get a lump sum of the tobacco settlement money "up front."
His latest effort is to sell investors shares in the state's 20 year tobacco settlement.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The Governor says the best plan is to "securitize" half of the state's settlement money already promised to farming communities.
It could mean 580 million dollars now-- instead of nearly one and a half BILLION over 20 years of uncertainty for cigarette companies.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT GILMORE TAPE 14:51:00]
[IN Q=This is very good ladies]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THIS IS VERY GOOD LADIES AND GENTLEMAN FOR SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. IT ELIMINATES RISK. IT CREATES A LUMP SUM THEY CAN USE FOR REVITALIZATION...MY DREAM VISION... TO REALLY REBUILD THE SOUTHSIDE AND THE SOUTHWEST.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=really rebuild the southside and southwest.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Lynchburg Republican Kathy Byron will carry the Governor's new bill in the final three days of the session.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, having a drink or two a day may NOT protect your heart.

Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM FOR YEARS WE'VE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE THAT A DRINK OR TWO EACH DAY MAY LOWER THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK- BUT IT APPEARS THAT ADVICE MAY NOT APPLY TO EVERYONE.

VT=VO

A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SAYS RESEARCHERS HAVE IDENTIFIED THE GENE THAT HELPS PROVIDE HEART PROTECTION BY RAISING THE LEVEL OF HDL- OR GOOD CHOLESTEROL. UNFORTUNATELY- NOT ALL OF US HAVE THIS GENE AND THEREFORE MAY NOT GET THE PROTECTION FROM ALCOHOL.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD OF THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT- BUT WONDERED: WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT? WELL ALL THOSE YEARS OF GENETIC RESEARCH IS STARTING TO PAY OFF IN THE AREA OF BREAST CANCER. RESEARCHERS IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE HAVE IDENTIFIED PATTERNS OF GENES THAT CAUSE BREAST CANCER- AND NOW WILL BE ABLE TO TAILOR TREATMENT SPECIFICALLY BASED ON THOSE GENES. THAT MEANS BETTER TREATMENT AND FEWER SIDE EFFECTS FROM TREATMENT.
ON CAM FINALLY- A SURVEY FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RESPIRATORY CARE SAYS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFER FROM EMPHYSEMA- AND DONT EVEN KNOW IT THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE JUST PART OF GROWING OLDER- OR FROM ANOTHER CAUSE ALTOGETHER.THESE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SHORTNESS OF BREATH WHILE EATING OR TALKING- PROBLEMS BREATHING WHILE LYING DOWN- AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH WHILE WASHING OR DRESSING. THESE ARE SYMPTOMS THAT ARE NOT NORMAL-- AND SHOULDN'T BE IGNORED. IF YOU HAVE THEM- PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR. THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


(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]


Opponents of a plan by Virginia Gas to build a pipeline through Southwest Virginia are pleased with a new report from the state corporation commission. A merger between Virginia Gas and a New Jersey company should go through.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A memorial service will be held in today for racing legend Dale Earnhardt. Fellow NASCAR driver and South Boston native Ward Burton plans to attend.
We'll hear from him, coming up.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And rap singer Eminem is among the winners from last night's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Before last night's show even got under way, 100 protestors and critics clashed over the controversial singer.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, February 22nd .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-Gas-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Opponents of a plan by Virginia Gas to build a pipeline through Southwest Virginia have reason to smile. The reason hinges on a separate issue that could have an impact on the pipeline's location. A hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission says a merger between Virginia Gas and a New Jersey company should go through.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

But he says the state should require N-U-I corporation to consider putting its new natural gas pipeline in an existing corridor. The S-C-C examiner says co-location should be considered "where a new easement would have significant impact on a scenic or environmentally sensitive area, and where the easement crosses property with existing easements."
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 05:34:42]
[IN Q=We're absolutely]

((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: WE'RE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED. WE'RE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS EXAMINER THAT THE SCC SENT UP TO SALEM TO DO THIS HEARING, WHO WAS OPEN MINDED AND INTERESTED IN THE IMPORTANCE AND WE'RE JUST VERY VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HIM DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Brent Riley/Pipeline Opponent; ]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=do that.]
(------------)
[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=none]

Virginia Gas has said that putting its new pipeline next to another one would cost too much. Yesterday's decision isn't final. Both sides will have two weeks to comment on the report.


[2-11Burton]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC01:06]
[GRAPHIC=earnhardt Obit]


Dale Earnhardt was quietly laid to rest yesterday in an undisclosed Kannapolis, North Carolina cemetery.
A memorial service will be held in today for Earnhardt. Fellow NASCAR driver and South Boston native Ward Burton plans to attend.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Burton worked alongside Earnhardt for more than a decade and considered him a mentor and a friend.
Earnhardt's death has prompted concerns about whether drivers should use more safety devices.
[SUPER=03-South Boston]


Burton says he has no choice but to try the HANS device.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:31:34]
[IN Q=Its awful difficult]

((WARD BURTON/NASCAR DRIVER: ITS AWFUL DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR FAMILY, CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE SAME RESULT TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/NASCAR Driver]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=happen to someone else]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Burton plans to test the hans device next week in Atlanta.
But he's not sure if it could have saved Earnhardts life.
Thats why he won't say for sure whether he plans to wear the safety device from now on.
(------------)
[Anchor=Shannon]
[ss=none]


6-thousand of Earnhardt's fellow drivers, friends, and family will gather in Pineville, North Carolina today for the memorial service. Mike Stevens is there and will have more throughout the day here on News 7.

[11Condolence-Book]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:20:36]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]


Local funeral homes are doing their part to help fans of the late Dale Earnhardt share their thoughts with the family of the Nascar great.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


All five branches of Oakey's Funeral Service are displaying memorial record books for fans to sign.
The V-P of Oakey's says leaving messages for Earnhardt's relatives is helping fans cope with their own grief.
Oakey's plans on leaving the books out for about a week - then they will have them delivered to Earnhardt's family.

Other condolence books can be found at Lotz Funeral Homes and the McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg.
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[11Pulaski]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-04]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A Pulaski couple who's home was mistakenly raided by police is taking their case to court.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/May]


The police busted into William and Geneva Summers' house last May at four in the morning looking for drugs.
They were acting on a tip from an informant who lied to authorities.
[SUPER=04-Yesterday]


Yesterday, the couple and their lawyer filed a suit, naming the Town of Pulaski, Pulaski Police Department and seven individuals.
Town and police officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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[6Pledge-Debate]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC38:27]
[GRAPHIC=Pledge of Allegiance]


The General Assembly is still battling over the mandatory Pledge of Allegiance bill.
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Things started lightly.]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00 ]
[SUPER=@Cranwell; :08 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :13 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :21 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Dick Black/(R) Loudoun Co.; :28 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bobby Orrock/(R) Spotsylvania Co.; :50 ]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; 1:12 ]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( Things started lightly.
With 60-thousand classrooms needing a flag, Vinton Democrat Dick Cranwell says the pledge bill carries a cost.
[sot HOUSE 04:11:40]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: WOULD HE AGREE WITH ME THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A REVENUE IMPACT?)) [runs:05 ]

[sot HOUSE 04:12:55]

((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL: THE GENTLELADY FROM NORFOLK IS ABLE TO GET THESE FOR 21 CENTS. SHE DISTRIBUTES 15-THOUSAND OF THEM EVERY FOURTH OF JULY.)) [runs:07 ]
But in the second hour of debate, a veteran blasted what he called the "chatterers and banterers" who'd poked fun at the bill.
[sot HOUSE 04:30:40]

((DEL. DICK BLACK/R-LOUDOUN CO.: THOSE RED STRIPES STAND FOR THE BLOOD THAT STREAMED ACROSS THE FACE OF MEN WHO FOUGHT FOR YOU, AND DIED FOR YOU, AND ASKED NOTHING FROM YOU.)) [runs:13 ]
Then a set of amendments passed removing the mandatory suspension for students gave NO reason for NOT participating... and keeping others from having to state a reason.
Those arguments were just as fiery.
[sot barry tape 15:24;51]

((DEL. BOBBY ORROCK/R-SPOTSYLVANIA CO.: SO HOW DARE ANY OF THEM SAY THAT IF WE'RE GONNA MESS WITH THIS LAW WE'RE NOT PATRIOTS! LADIES AND GENTLEMAN OF THE HOUSE, THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. THIS BILL IS ABOUT SHOWING PROPER RESPECT FOR OUR FLAG.--)) [runs:14 ]

[sot BARRY TAPE 15:25;11 ]

((--BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT LABELS, AND NAME-CALLING, AND PINKOS, AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.)) [runs:08 ]

[sot barry tape 15;20:53 ]

((SEN. WARREN BARRY: WELL I THINK YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF PINKO. AND IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT IT'S SOMEONE WHO ADOPTS CERTAIN EXTREME VIEWS POLITICALLY.)) [runs:13]
The bill's sponsor remains unapologetic for his rhetoric-- and just as focused on a bill that would punish children who pay the flag NO respect.
[sot 15:23:57]

((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: THEY JUST TOLD THAT KID HE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. HE CAN DO ANYTHING HE WANTS.)) [runs:04 ]
Senator Barry will seek punishments again in the Senate.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[2-Grammy-Awards]


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

[***NOTE ON- CAMERA TAG!!!]
Controversial rap artist Eminem was the man of the hour during the 43rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


Before last night's show even got under way, 100 protestors and critics clashed over Eminem at the Staples Center.

The musician whose violent lyrics often target gays sang a duet with openly-gay pop icon Elton John.
Eminem eventually won three Grammys.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:45:06]
[IN Q=I want to thank...]

((EMINEM/RAP ARTIST: I WANT TO THANK...ALBUM FOR WHAT IT WAS.))
[SUPER=01-Eminem/Rap Artist;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=what it was]
(------------------)
[VO-NAT]


The spotlight was also shining on veteran musicians like U-2, who won Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
And Steely Dan walked away with three awards, including Album of the Year.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Richmond native Michael Archer, better known as D'Angelo, won two Grammy's last night.
The soul singer, who's been compared to Marvin Gaye won for Best R-and-B Album and Best R-and-B Male Performance.


[Skakel]


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


It's a step back in time for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who stands accused of killing a neighbor when he was a teenager.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Stamford, CT;]


Skakel appeared in a Connecticut courtroom yesterday.
He'll be tried as an adult.
During the short hearing, Skakel did not enter a plea.
Instead, his attorney requested a probable cause hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence to proceed.
That hearing will take place in April.
Skakel is accused of beating Martha Moxley to death in 19-75.
(------------)


[11Maddox]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC1:49:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A sixteen year old will serve the next 43 years behind bars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Daniel Wayne Maddox is headed to prison for killing his mother and wounding his father in Amherst County last June.
He was sentenced to 43 years in prison for his crime, and says the judge didn't seem interested in giving him a second chance at life.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:15:53]
[IN Q=Do you think]

((Do you think you need to be punished, though, for what you did? MADDOX: YEAH, I MEAN SOME, YEAH. I DIDN'T SAY NONE AT ALL, BUT YEAH, SOME. What would be a fair sentence then? I'D SAY LIKE TEN YEARS, TWENTY YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Daniel Maddox/Convicted Murderer; :04]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=twenty years.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Maddox says he's scared about heading to prison at his age.
He'll be transferred from the Amherst County jail to a state facility within the next two months.
(------------)



[6-Pitts-Stabbing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=500-2 TC1:53:50]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A Ringgold man is charged with a fatal stabbing in Pittsylvania County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./January 20;]


Tommy Sellers has been indicted for the murder of Jesse White, Senior.
The owner of a construction business was found stabbed to death at his company last month.
Sellers was the only other person in the building. He'd been stabbed, too, but recovered.
(------------)


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission says a merger between Virginia Gas and a New Jersey- based company should go through.
But he says the state should require N-U-I corporation to consider putting its new natural gas pipeline in an existing corridor. Virginia Gas has said that putting its new pipeline next to another one would cost too much. Both sides will have two weeks to comment on the report.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A Pulaski couple who's home was mistakenly raided by police last May is taking their case to court.
Yesterday, William and Geneva Summers and their lawyer filed a suit, naming the Town of Pulaski, Pulaski Police Department and seven individuals.
Both town and police officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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


All five branches of Oakey's Funeral Service are displaying memorial record books for fans of the late Dale Earnhardt to sign.
Oakey's plans on leaving the books out for about a week - then they will have them delivered to Earnhardt's family.

Other condolence books can be found at Lotz Funeral Homes and the McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg.

(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Shannon ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=here on News 7.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]