[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


The snowstorm's over but its remnants are leaving behind travel headaches for some morning commuters.
A section of Interstate 81 remains closed.
We'll have details.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And jury selection continues today in Pulaski County for capital murder suspect Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Join us for all that and more on News 7 Mornin.

[Buffalo-Creek]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-11]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]

[*****ANCHOR TAG******] It may be a tricky commute for many folks this morning. The southbound lanes of interstate 81 in Rockbridge County are still closed from a 20 car pileup that happened yesterday morning.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
The accident happened on Interstate 81 between Route 60 and Route 11 at Natural Bridge.
Kate Weidaw explains what happened.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Louise Shifflet/Witness;:18]
[SUPER=01-Bob Weikel/Hazmat Supervisor;1:06]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:33]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 Rockbridge Co.]


((Heavy snow and slick roads are being blamed for a chain reaction pile up on interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. Witnesses said it was an incredible sight as ten cars and ten tractor trailers plowed into one another. At least four vehicles burst into flames and were destroyed.

[SOT 13:18:44]
[INQ=]

((LOUISE SHIFFLET/WITNESS: THERE WASN'T THIS HUGE BANG BUT THERE WERE MANY EXPLOSIONS THROUGHOUT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]


Louise Shifflet and Jamie Johnson found themselves in the middle of the pile up. Their mini bus with four high school students aboard slammed into the guard rail on the bridge after being hit from behind. Shifflet says she couldn't believe no one died in the pile up.

[SOT 13:22:08]
[INQ=]

((LOUISE SHIFFLET: AS WE WALKED BY WE COULDN'T SEE WHERE THE ACCIDENT STOPPED BECAUSE AS FAR AS WE WERE WALKING WAS CAR UPON CAR UPON CAR, AND YOU FINALLY GET OUT AND YOU DIDN'T SEE ANY BLOOD WHAT SO EVER.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 16]


While rescue crews didn't have to deal with injuries they did have to deal with several fires. At least three tractor trailers were gutted. In the middle of the mess crews found a truck carrying 91 barrels of hazardous waste. One was leaking.

[SOT 13:41:23]
[INQ=]

((BOB WEIKEL/HAZMAT SUPERVISOR: IT'S FLAMMABLE IT'S EXPLOSIVE, IT'S TOXIC.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]


Hazmat teams arrived on the scene to clean up the waste and the fuel that seeped into Buffalo Creek. Luckily none of it is a threat to residents drinking water.

[SOT 13:40:20]
[INQ=]

((BOB WEIKEL: WE HAVE A LOT OF CONTAMINATION FROM DIESEL FUEL, MOTOR OIL AND SO FORTH IN BUFFALO CREEK THAT HAS GOTTEN IN THE MAURY RIVER.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Crews say morning commuters should call VDOT before they leave because the southbound lanes may still be closed. Kate Weidaw News 7 Rockbridge County.))
(XXXXXXXXXX)
[Anchor=Kim]

[Take FS VDOT NUMBER]
To check on the status of Interstate 81 or any other road this morning you can call VDOT at 1-800-367-ROAD.

(XXXXXXXXXXX)






[11Munsey]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-54]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas Trial]


Jury selection will continue today in the Pulaski County capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


So far, attorneys have selected 15 prospective jurors for a pool of 28.
The group will be narrowed down to 12 on Monday.
Thomas is accused of murdering Radford teenager Tara Munsey during what was either a rape or attempted rape one year ago.
The judge hopes to complete jury selection today and begin hearing evidence in the case on Monday.
(------------)



[Clinton-Pardons]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
Making national headlines---more information about questionable Presidential pardons.


Former President Clinton's office confirms that his brother Roger lobbied on behalf of several friends and associates seeking pardons.
A spokesperson says Clinton turned down all the requests.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, commented yesterday that she was disappointed to learn that HER brother received almost 400-thousand dollars to lobby for two convicted felons who wanted clemency.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:04:49 ]
[IN Q=AS soon as]

((SEN. HILLARY CLINTON/D- NEW YORK: AS SOON AS WE FOUND OUT MONDAY NIGHT, I WAS HEARTBROKEN AND SHOCKED BY IT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Hillary Clinton/(D) New York;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=shocked by it.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Hugh Rodham returned the money to tax evader Glenn Braswell and convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali, after the Clintons asked him to do so.
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[11Earnhardt]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC46:23]
[GRAPHIC=Dale Earnhardt]


Thousands have formally said goodbye to Dale Earnhardt.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pineville, NC]


Friends, family, teammates and competitors gathered yesterday at Calvary Baptist Church near Charlotte to pay their last respects to the NASCAR legend.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:48:58]
[IN Q=He had two]

((JUNIOR JOHNSON/50 NASCAR WINS; HE HAD TWO PERSONALITIES. ON THE RACETRACK HE WAS SERIOUS AND DEVASTATING TO WHAT HE WAS DOING AND OFF THE RACETRACK HE'S JUST ONE OF THE KINDEST PEOPLE YOU'LL EVER MEET.))
[SUPER=01-Junior Johnson/50 NASCAR Wins]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=you'll ever meeet.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Hundreds of flower arrangements from fans all over the country filled the church.
Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama, sang several songs at the service.
(------------)
[Anchor=Shannon]
[SS=none]

Mike Stevens will have more on the memorial service later in the newscast.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Economic jitters continue to take a toll on Wall Street.
And Napster will soon have some competition.
Renay San Miguel has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Renay San Miguel/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=Marketwatch-dot-com, New York]

((Information:
ONCAM=renay


DOES OUR ECONOMY NEED A SIMPLE MID-COURSE CORRECTION..OR IS IT TIME TO BREAK OUT THE LIFEBOATS? CONFUSION REIGNS SUPREME IN INVESTORS' MINDS THESE DAYS..ON ONE HAND YOU GOT LAYOFFS AND NEGATIVE EARNINGS NEWS AND MARKET PLUNGES..ON THE OTHER YOU GOT YESTERDAY'S WORD FROM THE CONFERENCE BOARD THAT LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS ARE STILL MODERATELY HEALTHY.. SO WHO DO INVESTORS TRUST? ALAN GREENSPAN, OF COURSE, BUT WE WON'T HEAR FROM HIM UNTIL MARCH.. THURSDAY WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE CONFUSION..THE MARKETS SEE SAWED BETWEEN BUY AND SELL ALL DAY LONG..

ESS=dow


WITH THE DOW ENDING THE DAY JUST ABOUT EVEN...TECHS, DRUGS, BIOTECHS, RETAILERS AND BANKING STOCKS KEEPING THE DAY FROM POSTING ANY BIG GAINS..
ESS=nasdaq

THE NASDAQ ENDED THE DAY DOWN ABOUT 24 POINTS..SOFTWARE, STORAGE AND INTERNET STOCKS TAKING A BEATING.
ONCAM=


HERE'S WHY STORAGE COMPANIES COULDN'T STORE ANY GAINS...
ESS=emc

EMC, THE LEADING DATA STORAGE COMPANY, BLAMING A WEAK ECONOMY FOR 2001 EARNINGS THAT WILL COME IN LESS THAN ANTICIPATED.. BROCADE, WHICH MAKES SOFTWARE FOR STORAGE AREA NETWORKS, A NEW TREND FOR CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE LOT OF DATA TO STORE..SAYS THE ECONOMY IS ALSO AFFECTING ITS CUSTOMER ORDER RATES..
ONCAM=


SONY AND VIVENDI UNIVERSAL WANT TO TAKE NAPSTER ON HEAD-TO-HEAD..OR PEER-TO-PEER AS THE CASE MAY BE..
ESS=graphic

THE TWO COMPANIES CONFIRMING THEY ARE STARTING THEIR OWN SUBSCRIPTION AND PAY FOR PLAY MUSIC SERVICE, CALLED DUET, WHICH HOPES TO LICENSE HALF THE WORLD'S MUSIC..
ONCAM=

CHECK SHARES OF SUN MICROSYSTEMS AND BEA SYSTEMS ON FRIDAY...
ESS=sunw, bea

SUN, THE INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY, WAS SET TO GIVE A MID-QUARTER UPDATE LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON...AND BEA SYSTEMS, A MAKER OF E COMMERCE SOFTWARE WAS REPORTING EARNINGS AFTER THE BELL..
ESS=graphic


FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS CLICK ON CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
ONCAM=renay


I'M RENAY SAN MIGUEL, CBS MARKETWATCH DOT COM, NEW YORK.))

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Morning-After]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-51]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion Bills]


House representatives in Virginia want to keep the "parental consent" factor in the bill that would make it easier to acquire the so-called "morning- after" pill.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The bill would let pharmacists, physician's assistants, and nurse practitioners dispense emergency contraception, or the morning after pill, without a visit to a doctor.
Opponents say it's a bad idea for any woman, much less a teenager.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Apparently, when it comes to sex]
[sot HOUSE 02:21:01]

((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-PRINCE WILLIAM CO.: APPARENTLY, WHEN IT COMES TO SEX, SOME PEOPLE ARE READY TO SWALLOW ANY FANTASY.))
[sot HOUSE 02:22:13]

((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-PRINCE WILLIAM CO.: YOU ARE GIVING THEM AN ILLUSION. YOU ARE GIVING THEM AN ILLUSION OF SAFETY. YOU ARE GIVING THEM AN ILLUSION OF POWER. YOU ARE GIVING THEM AN ILLUSION OF A FUTURE THAT THEY HAVE FREE FROM THESE CONSEQUENCES.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Prince William Co.;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=have free from these consequences.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But the bill's sponsor says it's the best way to help prevent abortions and unplanned pregnancies -- and doctors agree.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The Virginia Obstetrical and Gynecological]
[sot HOUSE 02:15:50]

((DEL. VIOLA BASKERVILLE/D-RICHMOND: THE VIRGINIA OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY, WHICH REPRESENTS OVER 600 OB-GYN DOCTORS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, WHO SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 2782.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Viola Baskerville/(D) Richmond; ]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=who support House Bill 2782.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


The Senate version would strip the parental consent requirement for teens out of the bill.
The Senators say Virginia could lose four million dollars a year in federal funds by keeping parental consent a part of the bill.

[11Science-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC2:03:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If you plan to visit the Science Museum of Western Virginia anytime soon you might want to call to make sure it's open.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


On the verge of national accreditation, the museum is dealing with a devastating loss of funding.
The cutback could affect everything from the days and times that the museum is open to salaries to actual jobs.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:08:36]
[IN Q=We've received funding]

((KEN SCHUTZ /EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE'VE RECEIVED FUNDING FOR THIRTY YEARS IN A ROW. HALF OF OUR FUNDS, HALF OF OUR OPERATING MONEY COMES FROM THE STATE. WE'RE ABOUT TO BE ACCREDITED, THAT WOULD MAKE US COMPETITIVE FOR NATIONAL GRANTS. WE'RE READY TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Schutz /Executive Director]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=next level of excellence]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The museum fears that the loss in revenue may also affect its presentation to the accreditation committee.
Last year, the museum received 725-thousand dollars from the state.
This year, it might not get any.
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[11Transkrit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:21:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local company will close after all.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week]


Transkrit is now in liquidation mode.
It's parent company filed for bankruptcy in December.
After attempts to sell Transkrit to two different potential buyers, no deal was reached.
Half of the company's employees, about 100 people, have been let go so far.
The state-of-the-art label making company will be completely closed within the next 60 days.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, surgery may be able to help people who suffer from chronic heartburn.

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=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM IF YOU HAVE CHRONIC HEARTBURN AND ANTACIDS OR MEDICATIONS ARENT GETTING THE JOB DONE, YOUR DOCTOR MAY SUGGEST SURGERY TO KEEP ACID FROM COMING UP YOUR FOODPIPE AND GIVING YOU SYMPTOMS IF SO- THE WAY YOU MAY WANT TO GO IS WITH WHAT'S CALLED A KEYHOLE SURGERY- SURGERY DONE THROUGH A SCOPE WITH SMALL INCISIONS RATHER THAN THE STANDARD OPEN SURGERY. A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL SURGERY SAYS ALMOST 90% OF PATIENTS WHO HAVE THIS KEYHOLE SURGERY DONE BECOME FREE OF SYMPTOMS.

VT=VO

IF YOU HAVE DIABETES- THE WORD FOR YOU MAY BE SOY. A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL DIABETES CARE SAYS INCLUDING SOY IN THE DIET CAN CUT THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE IN DIABETICS- SO MUCH SO- SOME PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO LOWER THEIR DOSES OF BLOOD PRESSURE PILLS AND CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS.

VT=VO

FINALLY- IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE IRON POOR BLOOD- DON'T RUSH TO BUY VITAMINS. NUMBER ONE- THE CAUSE OF BEING TIRED MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IRON- AND NUMBER TWO: PEOPLE WHO TAKE EXTRA IRON MAY BEING DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD. RESEARCHERS IN THE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION SAY MOST PEOPLE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH IRON- EVEN THE ELDERLY- AND OTHER STUDIES SHOW TOO MUCH IRON CAN LEAD TO HEART DISEASE.
ON CAM 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]


The southbound lanes of interstate 81 in Rockbridge County are still closed this morning following a 20 car pileup that happened in yesterday's snowstorm.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Jury selection in the Pulaski county capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas will continue for a third day.
Thomas is accused of murdering Radford teenager Tara Munsey.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Washington newspaper has details from a Navy report that states civilians on board the U-S-S Greeneville DID interfere with communications before the sub slammed into a Japanese fishing vessel.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, February 23rd .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.





[2-Buffalo-Creek]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-11]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]

[*****ANCHOR TAG******] The southbound lanes of interstate 81 in Rockbridge County are still closed this morning following a 20 car pileup that happened yesterday morning.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
The accident happened on Interstate 81 between Route 60 and Route 11 at Natural Bridge.
Kate Weidaw explains what happened.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Louise Shifflet/Witness;:18]
[SUPER=01-Bob Weikel/Hazmat Supervisor;1:06]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:33]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 Rockbridge Co.]


((Heavy snow and slick roads are being blamed for a chain reaction pile up on interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. Witnesses said it was an incredible sight as ten cars and ten tractor trailers plowed into one another. At least four vehicles burst into flames and were destroyed.

[SOT 13:18:44]
[INQ=]

((LOUISE SHIFFLET/WITNESS: THERE WASN'T THIS HUGE BANG BUT THERE WERE MANY EXPLOSIONS THROUGHOUT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]


Louise Shifflet and Jamie Johnson found themselves in the middle of the pile up. Their mini bus with four high school students aboard slammed into the guard rail on the bridge after being hit from behind. Shifflet says she couldn't believe no one died in the pile up.

[SOT 13:22:08]
[INQ=]

((LOUISE SHIFFLET: AS WE WALKED BY WE COULDN'T SEE WHERE THE ACCIDENT STOPPED BECAUSE AS FAR AS WE WERE WALKING WAS CAR UPON CAR UPON CAR, AND YOU FINALLY GET OUT AND YOU DIDN'T SEE ANY BLOOD WHAT SO EVER.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 16]


While rescue crews didn't have to deal with injuries they did have to deal with several fires. At least three tractor trailers were gutted. In the middle of the mess crews found a truck carrying 91 barrels of hazardous waste. One was leaking.

[SOT 13:41:23]
[INQ=]

((BOB WEIKEL/HAZMAT SUPERVISOR: IT'S FLAMMABLE IT'S EXPLOSIVE, IT'S TOXIC.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]


Hazmat teams arrived on the scene to clean up the waste and the fuel that seeped into Buffalo Creek. Luckily none of it is a threat to residents drinking water.

[SOT 13:40:20]
[INQ=]

((BOB WEIKEL: WE HAVE A LOT OF CONTAMINATION FROM DIESEL FUEL, MOTOR OIL AND SO FORTH IN BUFFALO CREEK THAT HAS GOTTEN IN THE MAURY RIVER.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Crews say morning commuters should call VDOT before they leave because the southbound lanes may still be closed. Kate Weidaw News 7 Rockbridge County.))
(XXXXXXXXXX)
[Anchor=Kim]

[Take FS VDOT NUMBER]
To check on the status of Interstate 81 or any other road this morning you can call VDOT at 1-800-367-ROAD.

(XXXXXXXXXXX)






[2-11Munsey]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas Trial]


Jury selection in the Pulaski county capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas will go on for a third day.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


So far, attorneys have selected 15 prospective jurors for a pool of 28.
The group will be narrowed down to 12 on Monday.
Thomas is accused of murdering Radford teenager Tara Munsey during what they call a rape or attempted rape one year ago.
The judge hopes to complete jury selection today and begin hearing evidence in the case on Monday.
(------------)



[11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC1:50:30]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


The General Assembly is still trying to hammer out a budget compromise.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The Governor and House of Delegates want a 70-percent and then 100- percent phase-out of the car tax over the next two years.
Yesterday, the Senate passed its own budget, which increased its car tax phase-out from 50 to 55 percent in the first year, and decreased its teacher pay raises.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is a compromise budget]
[sot SENATE 04:07:15]

((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD: IT IS A COMPROMISE BUDGET. ONE THAT REASONABLE MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH. THIS IS NOT A HALF-BAKED PROPOSAL.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; ]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=this is not a half-baked proposal.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Senator Chichester says it is the fiscally prudent way to keep the "no car tax" promise, without cutting essential state services.
The House's chief negotiator says it's NOT enough.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We've met with them on]
[sot CALLAHAN 14:55:54 ]

((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: WE'VE MET WITH THEM ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT WOULDN'T COMPROMISE. AND WHY DIDN'T THEY MAKE THIS PROPOSAL TO US SEVERAL DAYS AGO? WHY DID THEY WAIT 'TIL THE ELEVENTH HOUR LIKE THIS? I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR GAME IS, BUT I FIND IT TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=I find it totally irresponsible.]
(-------------)
[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


The Senate negotiators say they were "astonished" Wednesday night when the House team told them it was "the House way or the highway" on the car tax.


[2-Clinton-Pardons]


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


Several new developments in the Presidential pardons story--
Former President Clinton's office confirms that his brother Roger lobbied on behalf of several friends and associates seeking pardons.
A spokesperson says Clinton turned down all the requests.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, commented yesterday that she was disappointed to learn that HER brother received almost 400-thousand dollars to lobby for two convicted felons who wanted clemency.
It also came out that Senator Clinton's campaign treasurer received several thousand dollars for securing two other pardons.
But she says that's nothing unusual.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:05:15 ]
[IN Q=You know, lawyers]

((SEN. HILLARY CLINTON/D- NEW YORK: YOU KNOW, LAWYERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WERE INVOLVED IN THESE MATTERS. THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST. THAT SHOULDN'T BE A SURPRISE TO ANYONE. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Hillary Clinton/(D) New York;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to anyone.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham returned the money for the pardons after the Clintons asked him to do so.
(------------)


[Bush]


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


President Bush meets with Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair for the first time today.
A number of controversial issues are on the agenda for the discussion at Camp David this afternoon.
Topics will range from missile defense to dealing with Iraq.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-White House/Yesterday;]


Meanwhile, President Bush held his first official press conference yesterday afternoon.
Bush continued to defend last week's joint air strike by U-S and British forces at Iraq last week.
He says the move sent a clear message to Saddam Hussein.
(------------)


[Sub-Collision]


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


"The Washington Times" says a Navy report details the mistakes made by crew members of the U-S-S Greeneville, which sank a Japanese fishing vessel.
The report says the periscope sweep was too brief and not high enough.
The document also states that civilians in the control room did interfere with communications.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI;]


Meanwhile, the Navy's investigation into the collision off Hawaii has been postponed until March 5th.
This is the second time the hearing has been delayed.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


The attorney for the submarine's captain asked for more time to gather additional evidence and prepare for the hearing.
(------------)


[11Fatal-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:48:15]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


Authorities are looking into the cause of a fire that killed a Pittsylvania County couple.
They believe a wood stove caused the blaze.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Java]


The fire broke out just before three yesterday morning at this home on Church Road in Java.
Firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames.
Crews found 82 year old Roosevelt Lanier and his wife Obelia Lanier dead in a basement bedroom.
The couple had recently had trouble with their furnace and were using an old wood stove.
Authorities plan further investigation to determine whether the wood stove ignited the fire.
(------------)



[11-540-Area-Code]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC00:08]
[GRAPHIC=540 Area Code]


The State Corporation commission approved a plan that will breakup the 5-4-0 Area Code.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Far Southwest Virginia will get a new area code on September First. No word yet on what that number will be.
The Roanoke Valley and much of the New River Valley will keep the 5-4-0 Area Code for about five years, then get a new number.
The Shenandoah Valley will keep the 5-4-0 number.
(------------)


[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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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Motorists who normally travel southbound on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County will need to go another route this morning.
State Police say the southbound lanes are still closed following a 20 car pileup that happened yesterday morning.

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The accident happened on Interstate 81 between Route 60 and Route 11 at Natural Bridge.
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Jury selection will continue today in the Pulaski County capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
The judge hopes to complete jury selection today and begin hearing evidence in the case on Monday.
Thomas is accused of murdering Radford teenager Tara Munsey during either a rape or attempted rape one year ago.
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Transkrit will be completely closed within the next 60 days. The company is now in liquidation mode.
After attempts to sell Transkrit to two different potential buyers, no deal was reached.
Half of the company's employees, about 100 people, have been let go so far.
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Now here's Robin Reed with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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