[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Up next on News 7--
Authorities confiscate guns and a computer from the home of the 15- year- old suspect in a school shooting outside San Diego.
A live update, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And friends and family remember the victims of last year's explosion at the New River Foundry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Join us in just a moment for News 7 Mornin.

[School-Shooting]


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


Authorities have found rifles inside the apartment of the Santee, California high school student charged in yesterday's fatal shooting.
There's no official word yet on WHY 15- year- old Charles Andrew Williams allegedly opened fire, killing two classmates and injuring 13 others.
Williams faces charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Liza Fromer is in Santee and has the latest on the investigation.
[LIVE=Newspath/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Liza Fromer/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Santee, CA;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Santee, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ali Perez/San Diego Sheriff's Department; :48]
[SUPER=01-Chris Reynolds/Suspect's Friend; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=Taking it seriously.]

(( Locator: Santee, CA Santee, California is a town in mourning. Last night at a local church about a thousand people turned out for a memorial service for Randy Gordon and Brian Zuckor... two students killed Monday at Santana High..in the worst act of school violence since the Columbine Massacre.
NAT BURST
It happened just after 9am when witnesses say 15 year old student Andy Williams....armed with a .22 caliber revolver opened fire in a boys bathroom.

Student SOT:

"He pointed the gun at me and he didn't shoot me and then he shot the narc behind me and the narc fell on top of me."
Police soon swarmed the campus as frantic students ran for safety. Authorities eventually found Williams but not before two students were dead and 13 other people were injured.

SOT: Oli Perez/San Diego Sheriff's Dept.

"When we found him he was inside the bathroom with in like a kneeling position with the butt of the gun and he surrendered."
Friends of the suspect say Williams was a frequent target of bullies and had recently talked about getting even.

SOT: Chris Reynolds/Suspect's Friend

" I said you know I hope you're not even thinking about doing this and he said no this is just a joke and I said well everyone else is taking it seriously." ))
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Santee, CA;]




[Weather-Information]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]



The latest round of winter weather may effect your commute this morning.
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[Take FS VDOT board]
For more information on road conditions you can call VDOT at 1-800-367-R-O-A-D.
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[TAKE FS WEB ADDRESS] We also have the latest school information on the bottom of your screen. You can also find a list on our website at WDBJ-7.com.
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[Clifton-Forge]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Voters in the city of Clifton Forge will answer a tough question today. They'll vote whether to remain a city or become a town.
We'll have more on today's vote tonight on News 7.

[11Foundry-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-53]
[GRAPHIC=New River Castings]

Friends and family gathered in Radford at the site of a deadly explosion. A year ago the blast devastated three local families. Teresa Hamilton attended last night's memorial service and has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of music]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ed Anderson/Karen Hamilton's Father; :13]
[SUPER=01-Lesa Rice/Karen Hamilton's Sister; :32]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Grooms/Curtis Grooms' Wife; :50]
[SUPER=01-Mike Treadway/Accident Victim; 1:11]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford.]

((
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[sot]
[in q=Nat sound of music.]

((NAT SOUND OF MUSIC.))
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[OUT Q= nat sound of music.]

Music and a collection of memories shared by loved ones helped mark the year that's passed since three people lost their lives at what's now the New River Foundry.
(///sot////)
[sot 17:22:10]
[IN Q=My goal]
(ED ANDERSON/KAREN HAMILTON'S FATHER: MY GOAL IS TO TRY TO SEE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND SEE THIS

SAME THING HAPPEN.)
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q= thing happen.]

Since losing his daughter, Karen-- Ed Anderson has been working to improve safety in the workplace. Two of Ed Anderson's other daughters also took part in the ceremony.
(///sot////)
[sot 17:17:45]
[in q=Nothing could]

((LESA RICE/KAREN HAMILTON'S SISTER: NOTHING COULD EVER REPLACE KAREN. SHE WAS MY BIG SISTER, SHE HELPED ME WITH MY KIDS, HELPED ME GROW AND LEARN.))
[runs= 08]
[out q= grow and learn.]

The memorial service also paid tribute Debbie Sheppard and Curtis Grooms... who also died that night. Curtis Grooms wife says she lost her best friend.
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[sot 17:15:37]
[in q=It hurts]

((MICHELLE GROOMS/CURTIS GROOMS' WIFE: IT HURTS THE SAME NOW AS IT DID A YEAR AGO WHEN I LEARNED HE'D GOTTEN KILLED. TIME HAS NOT HEALED THIS ONE BIT, IT HURTS JUST AS MUCH AS IT DID.))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q= as it did.]

The victims who survived the explosion were also remembered... including Mike Treadway who now lives with permanent injuries and the knowledge he lost three friends.
(///sot///)
[sot 17:20:17]
[in q= I just hope]

((I JUST HOPE THEY NEVER FORGET HERE AND KEEP THINGS SAFE HERE SO THAT IT WILL BE SAFE FROM HERE ON OUT AND THAT NOTHING LIKE THIS WILL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN.))
[runs= 11]
[out q= happen again.]

[TAKE SU] The company also chose the one year anniversary to make an announcement of its own. The company plans to build a memorial in honor of the victims here at the plant. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford.

))[11Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo/ejo]
[TAPE#=01-11 03:52]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas Murder Trial]



The capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas continues today.
Yesterday, a parade of forensic scientists took the stand in Radford
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski]

linking hair, footprints and D-N-A to the defendant.
Thomas is charged with the murder of Tara Munsey in January of last year.
Jurors will hear more about DNA evidence today.
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[11VCU-Poll]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginians are fairly pessimistic about the national economy, while remaining more bullish about things at home.
That's according to a new poll by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE 1055]
The Commonwealth Poll shows 32 percent of Virginians think the national economy will be good next year.
35 percent think it will be bad.
11 percent think things will stay the same nationally. [NEXT PAGE 1056]
Meanwhile, 50 percent of Virginians polled say the state's economy will be good next year.
Only 22 percent say it will be bad.
18 percent think Virginia's economy will stay the same. [NEXT PAGE 1057]
Virginians are optimistic about their personal finances, too.
41 percent think next year will be better for their own pocketbooks.
Only eight percent think it will be worse.
And 51 percent say their personal finances will be about the same.
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[11Cell-Phone]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-01 1:28:48]
[GRAPHIC=Cellphones]


9-1-1 calls made on cell phones in Danville will no longer go to the State Police.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Thats because emergency calls now go straight to Danville's 9-1-1 Center.
Before, the State Police would take the call then have to dial the nearest 9-1-1 Operator.
The new technology also gives the location of the cell tower where the call was made from.
And soon they'll be able to tell exactly where you're located.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:37:30]
[IN Q=Phase two will actually]

((CHRIS GOSS/DANVILLE'S DEPT. OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: PHASE TWO WILL ACTUALLY GIVE US A LOCATION OF THE CALLER. IT WILL PUT US WITHIN A 300 YARD RANGE SO WE'LL KNOW THAT THIS PERSON IS WITHIN A 300 YARDS OF A LOCATION.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Goss/Danville Emergency Services]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=of a location]
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[VO-NAT]


That could help authorities find someone if the caller is unable to speak.
Goss says that technology should be in place within the next three years.
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[Cheney]


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


Vice- President Dick Cheney may be released from the hospital today.
Cheney under- went a procedure to re- open a clogged artery.
The SAME artery was cleared last fall and doctors say Cheney may experience the heart problem again.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :05]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Reiner/G. W. University Hospital; :16]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; 1:09]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]

((

(LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC)


TRACK: AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF BRIEF, INTERMITTENT CHEST PAINS, THE VICE PRESIDENT CHECKED HIMSELF INTO GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON, DC MONDAY AFTERNOON. DOCTORS TRACED THE PAIN TO A RENARROWING OF AN ARTERY THAT WAS BLOCKED AND CLEARED IN NOVEMBER.

SOT DR. Jonathan Reiner/George Washington University Hospital: 18:40:10

We knew in November there was 20% likeligood of this, and its something we watch patients for.
TRACK: DOCTORS INSERTED A LONG, FLEXIBLE TUBE INTO THE NARROWED ARTERY, AND USED A BALLOON TO REOPEN IT.

SOT: DOCTOR Reiner: 18:37:51 I wouldn't classify this as an emergency

procedure. When patients renarrow their coronary arteries, they redevelop chest pains.
TRACK: DOCTORS SAY THERE'S NO EVIDENCE OF A HEART ATTACK... GOOD NEWS FOR THE 60-YEAR-OLD VICE-PRESIDENT WHO HAS FOUR SINCE HE WAS 37 YEARS OLD. THE LAST, MILD ONE CAME IN THE MIDST OF THE ELECTION BATTLE BACK ON NOVEMBER 22ND.
TRACK: AS LATE AS SUNDAY, APPEARING ON THE CBS SHOW, "FACE THE NATION", MR. CHENEY SAID HE WAS FEELING FINE WATCHING HIS DIET AND GETTING HIS EXERCISE EVEN GOING ON A SKI TRIP LAST WEEK. HIS STAFF ALSO BELIEVED HE WAS DOING FINE HOLDING MEETINGS AND ATTENDING TO BUSINESS AS USUAL.
STAND-UP: BUSH CALLS CHENEY, AND CHENEY STAYS OVERNIGHT.

))[11Standard-Register]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


Rocky Mount is losing 140 jobs within two months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount]


Plans to restructure the Standard Register company call for the closing of the company's Rocky Mount facility. A company spokeswoman says the change will result in the loss of about 140 jobs.
The company says all Rocky Mount employees will be paid through May first.
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[11Wolverine-Union]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=00-47 2:01:23]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In Blacksburg, a union vote is just ten days away .. at a plant that just laid off more than a hundred workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


United Autoworkers Union supporters picketed yesterday .. outside Wolverine Gasket's Blacksburg Plant.
The plant has been non-union for over 20-years. A Wolverine spokesman says the company hopes the current relationship will continue.
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[11Tech-Tuition]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Va Tech Tuition]


Out of state students who attend Virginia Tech will have to pay more.
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[Take Pinnacle Page 1050]
But the University says in-state tuition will remain just under 28-hundred dollars. [Next page 1051]
Students from other states will be charged almost 12-thousand-500 dollars, an increase of three percent. [Next page 1052]
The University's mandatory fee will rise by 24 dollars to 836 dollars.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, the family pet may contribute to asthma in children.

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=1:23]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM THERE MAY BE AN EASY ANSWER TO THE SKYROCKETING NUMBER OF ASTHMA CASES IN AMERICA- BUT ITS AN ANSWER SOME FOLKS WONT WANT TO HEAR- GET RID OF THEIR PETS.

VT=VO

A STUDY FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SAYS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA WOULD DROP BY ALMOST 40% IF THEIR HOUSEHOLDS WENT PET FREE. RESEARCHERS REPORT IF THERES A FAMILY HISTORY OF ALLERGIES- NO PETS COULD MEAN :NO ASTHMA DEVELOPING BECAUSE THE KIDS WOULDNT BE EXPOSED TO ALLERGY CAUSING ANIMAL DANDER.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE HAS EARLY STAGE BREAST CANCER- ITS IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOUR OPTIONS. A STUDY FROM MEMPHIS TENN SAYS YOUR DOCTOR MAY ONLY GIVE YOU ONE CHOICE- AND THAT CHOICE IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO- NOT WHAT MAY BE BEST FOR YOU. MOST WOMEN DO JUST AS WELL WITH LUMPECTOMY RATHER THAN REMOVAL OF THE ENTIRE BREAST- BUT IN THIS STUDY SOME SURGEONS DID LUMPECTOMY LESS THAN 10% OF THE TIME.

VT=VO

FINALLY- IF YOU WANT TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE- THINK VITAMIN C- BUT NOT FROM A PILL. A REPORT FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SHOWS VITAMIN C FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WILL KEEP YOUR ARTERIES CLEAN- WHILE HIGH DOSES OF VIT C FROM A BOTTLE ACTUALLY MADE ARTERIES CLOG MORE QUICKLY.
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)


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[comm #3]


[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]


California students try to come to terms with yesterday's deadly shoot-out at a San Diego- area high school.
A 15- year- old is charged with killing two classmates and wounding 13 others.
Authorities gathered evidence from the teen's home last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A Nor'easter threatens much of New England.
The Boston area is expected to bear the brunt of the storm.
Coastal flood warnings are posted along hundreds of miles of beaches.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Vice President Dick Cheney may get out of the hospital today.
The 60- year- old underwent a procedure yesterday to re- open a clogged artery after experiencing chest pains for the past few days..
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, March 6th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-School-Shooting]


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


California authorities have seized guns and a computer from the home of the teen suspect in yesterday's school shooting outside San Diego.
The F-B-I and local officials served a search warrant last night on the apartment where 15- year- old Charles Andrew Williams lived with his father.
Williams faces murder charges for the shooting that left two students dead and 13 others wounded.
Liza Fromer has more now from Santee, California.
[LIVE=Newspath/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Liza Fromer/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Santee, CA;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Santee, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ali Perez/San Diego Sheriff's Department; :48]
[SUPER=01-Chris Reynolds/Suspect's Friend; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=Taking it seriously.]

(( Locator: Santee, CA Santee, California is a town in mourning. Last night at a local church about a thousand people turned out for a memorial service for Randy Gordon and Brian Zuckor... two students killed Monday at Santana High..in the worst act of school violence since the Columbine Massacre.
NAT BURST
It happened just after 9am when witnesses say 15 year old student Andy Williams....armed with a .22 caliber revolver opened fire in a boys bathroom.

Student SOT:

"He pointed the gun at me and he didn't shoot me and then he shot the narc behind me and the narc fell on top of me."
Police soon swarmed the campus as frantic students ran for safety. Authorities eventually found Williams but not before two students were dead and 13 other people were injured.

SOT: Oli Perez/San Diego Sheriff's Dept.

"When we found him he was inside the bathroom with in like a kneeling position with the butt of the gun and he surrendered."
Friends of the suspect say Williams was a frequent target of bullies and had recently talked about getting even.

SOT: Chris Reynolds/Suspect's Friend

" I said you know I hope you're not even thinking about doing this and he said no this is just a joke and I said well everyone else is taking it seriously." ))
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Santee, CA;]




[Winter-Weather]


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


After much anticipation, a Nor'easter has arrived.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


While snow estimates have been scaled back in parts of the northeast, the storm system remains intense.
In New York City, many schools and businesses remain closed.
Thousands of flights were canceled.
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA;]


Meanwhile, the Boston area is expected to bear the brunt of the storm.
Coastal flood warnings are posted along hundreds of miles of beaches.
Forecasters predict one to three feet of snow could fall throughout parts of New England.
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[Information]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]



Our area also experienced some winter weather overnight.
It may effect your schedule this morning.
(++++++++++++)

[Take FS VDOT board]
For more information on road conditions you can call VDOT at 1-800-367-R-O-A-D.
(+++++++++++)

[TAKE FS WEB ADDRESS] We also have the latest school information on the bottom of your screen. You can also find a list on our website at WDBJ-7.com.
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[2-Clifton-Forge]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Clifton Forge residents head to the polls today to vote on their future. They will decide whether to remain a city or become a town.
We'll have more on today's vote tonight on News 7.

[2-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-18]
[GRAPHIC=News River Castings]

One year ago yesterday panic swept across the New River Valley... as an explosion rocked a Radford manufacturing plant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Last Night;]

Last night-- dozens gathered at the site to remember those who were killed and injured at the New River Castings plant. Debbie Sheppard, Curtis Grooms and Karen Hamilton lost their lives in the blast. Karen's father helped organize the memorial.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:21:49]
[IN Q=This has]

((ED ANDERSON/KAREN HAMILTON'S FATHER: THIS HAS DESTROYED A LOT OF LIVES AND PUT A LOT OF HEARTACHE AND TROUBLE ON A LOT OF LIVES NOT ONLY MY FAMILY BUT DEBRA AND CURTIS AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO GOT HURT AND INJURED.)) ((MICHELLE GROOMS/CURTIS GROOMS' WIFE: I THINK WHAT HELPS GET ME THROUGH IS THE LAST THREE WORDS HE SAID TO ME BEFORE HE LEFT THAT NIGHT, I LOVE YOU... THAT PLUS THE MEMORIES HELPS ME TO GET THROUGH. ))
[SUPER=01-Ed Anderson/Karen Hamilton's Father; :00]
[super=01-Michelle Grooms/Curtis Grooms' Wife; :15]
[RUNS=27]
[OUT Q=to get through.]
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[VO-NAT]

Ed Anderson says he hopes to make the ceremony a yearly event. The company will also be erecting a memorial to the victims outside the entrance to the plant.
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[11Bedford-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-05 57:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Giving Bedford County teachers a big pay raise could mean a big hole in the county's budget for the next fiscal year.. but just how big a hole is still unclear.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


At a budget work session last night, supervisors were told the school budget would be 18-million dollars MORE than it was last year.. most of that going toward teacher raises.
That would leave the COUNTY with a nine million dollar deficit.. sparking rumors of a 28- cent hike in the real estate tax rate.
But supervisors say that's not likely to happen.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:34:43 #1//10:03:43 #2]
[IN Q=I would expect]

((LUCILLE BOGGESS/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: I WOULD EXPECT THAT THIS BOARD, THE CONSENSUS OF THIS BOARD IS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING.. I'M NOT GOING TO BE WILLING TO DO A RATE INCREASE LIKE WHAT'S BEEN RECOMMENDED.))
[SUPER=01-Lucille Boggess/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :00]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=what's been recommended.]
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[VO-NAT]


School board members say it's time teacher salaries were brought in line with the rest of the state.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 10:03:43]
[IN Q=I think it's]

((BETTY EARLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I THINK IT'S A VERY LARGE NUMBER AND I THINK THEY'RE GRAPPLING WITH THAT AND I THINK AS THEY HAVE ALL ALONG TALKED ABOUT THEIR SUPPORT FOR TEACHER SALARY INCREASES AND SO DOES THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND IT'S A MATTER OF HOW DO WE GET THERE?))
[SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member; :00]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=how do we get there?]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The board voted to delay advertising a specific tax hike until after the school board adopts its final budget Thursday night.
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[11VA-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-04 33:27]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


More details have been released from the Gilmore administration regarding the state budget impasse.
It believes that freezing construction projects
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[VO-NAT]

[NO SUPER] on roads, college campuses and the like across the Commonwealth .. could free 405 million dollars this year and next.
The Governor's chief of staff says a significant portion of those capital projects will proceed as scheduled.
But freezing some would help make up a budget shortfall the administration now estimates at about 318 million dollars.
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[2-Cheney]


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


Doctors may release Vice President Dick Cheney from the hospital today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Yesterday, Cheney checked himself into the George Washington University Hospital after experiencing chest pains.
[super=04-File Tape]


The 60- year- old underwent a procedure to re- open a clogged artery, the same one that was cleared in November.
Doctors inserted a long, flexible tube into the blocked artery and used a balloon to open it.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:15:14]
[IN Q=I wouldn't classify]

((DR. JONATHAN REINER/GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL: I WOULDN'T CLASSIFY THIS AS AN EMERGENCY PROCEDURE. WHEN PATIENTS RE-NARROW THEIR CORONARY ARTERIES, THEY RE- DEVELOP CHEST PAINS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Reiner/G. W. University Hospital;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=chest pains.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Doctors say there's no evidence of a heart attack.
Cheney has FOUR heart attacks since he was 37 years old.
The last, mild one happened November 22nd, in the midst of the election battle.
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[11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Council]


Roanoke officials are reconsidering how the city picks up trash.
The proposal to end refuse collection in most of the city's alleys remains controversial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


City officials say they have been working to address concerns by identifying streets where curbside collection is impractical.
But some council members remain skeptical.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 01:33:33]
[IN Q=It's so hard to compare]

((IT'S SO HARD TO COMPARE ROANOKE WITH OTHER CITIES, BECAUSE WE'RE HILLY. IT'S NOT LIKE NORFOLK OR SOME PLACE WHERE IT'S LEVEL GROUND AND PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THE PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH THAT WE HAVE IN ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Roanoke City Council]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=that we have in Roanoke.]
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[VO-NAT]


The changes would allow the city to improve its recycling services in all neighborhoods without added expense. If council approves, the plan would take effect July first.
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[11Cable-Rates]


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Many Roanoke Valley residents will soon be paying more for their cable television service.
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Cox Communications has announced new rates that will increase the cost of standard service by two dollars four cents a month.
With the increase, Cox customers in the Roanoke Valley will be paying just over 35- dollars a month for the popular 61- channel package.
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Cox General Manager Catherine McCullough (muh-CULL-uh) says that even with the increase the company's rates are comparable with those of other cable providers in the area. The limited basic rate will not change. It remains frozen for the third consecutive year. [Local-Recap]
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
The winter weather may effect your morning schedule. If you need
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more information on road conditions you can call VDOT at 1-800-367-R-O-A-D.
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[TAKE FS WEB ADDRESS] We also have the latest school information on the bottom of your screen. You can also find a list on our website at WDBJ-7.com.
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Rocky Mount is losing 140 jobs within two months.
Plans to restructure the Standard Register company call for the closing of the company's Rocky Mount facility.
The company says all Rocky Mount employees will be paid through May first.
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Dozens gathered last night at the Radford New River Castings plant to remember those who were killed and injured in an explosion there one year ago. Debbie Sheppard, Curtis Grooms and Karen Hamilton lost their lives in the blast. Karen's father, Ed Anderson helped organize the memorial.
He says he hopes to make the ceremony a yearly event.
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Now here's Jean Jadhon with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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