[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


American military officials are looking for answers as to what went wrong in a training exercise in Kuwait.
Yesterday's accident left five American soldiers dead and several others injured.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Roanoke man is dead following an overnight car crash near railroad tracks.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Stay tuned-- News 7 Mornin is coming up.

[Navy-Accident]


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


Five American soldiers and a New Zealander are dead after a training exercise turns fatal on the border of Kuwait and Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Udairi, Kuwait;]


U-S military officials want to know why a Navy warplane accidentally dropped a bomb on an observation post in Kuwait.
Officials say the Navy F-A-18 Hornet strike- fighter was practicing "close air support" for ground troops.
It was after seven at night, which means the pilot would have been wearing night vision goggles to help him locate the target.
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[SOT 3:01:24 ]
[IN Q=From what I know]

((JOHN WARNER/R- ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: FROM WHAT I KNOW.... A SERIOUS ERROR IN JUDGEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Warner/(R) U.S. Armed Services Committee;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=error in judgement.]
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[VO-NAT]


The U-S Central Command says an accident investigation board has been appointed and is schedule to arrive in Kuwait this week.
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[Fatal-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=01-06]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A single car accident in Roanoke county overnight claims the life of one man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The accident happened just after midnight at the intersection of Starkey and Merriman Roads.
It was located near some railroad tracks.
Authorities had to halt the train than runs through the area as rescue crews worked on the victims.
The driver, 23-year- old Benjamin Royde Campbell of Roanoke was killed.
The passenger, 18- year- old Robert Wilson, also of Roanoke is hospitalized with non- life threatening injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
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[Mount-Pleasant]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-16]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Roanoke County will be getting 20 new fire and E-M-S workers. But right now-- none of the new hires will be assigned to the Mount Pleasant community.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;]

Last night-- well over a hundred residents turned out at a community meeting to discuss the issue. County officials indicated they were sympathetic but told the crowd based on the area's call volume and population-- Mount Pleasant doesn't need full time paid personnel compared to other areas. Residents disagree.
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[sot 01:45:06]
[in q=I'm 59 ]

((TOMMY DUNCAN/MT. PLEASANT RESIDENT: I'M 59 AND I GOT HEART PROBLEMS AND OTHER PROBLEMS AND SURE IT'S AN ISSUE FOR ME AND THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE A LOT OLDER THAN ME.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Duncan/Mt. Pleasant Resident;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=I am.]
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[VO-NAT]

What angers residents even more-- is that some county officials also want to reassign Mount Pleasant's only current paid position to another community. County officials say Vinton and Clearbrook would be able to step in when volunteers were UNable.
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[sot 01:42:03]
[in q=Monday morning]

((ROBERT EARLY/MT. PLEASANT ASSIST. FIRE CHIEF: MONDAY MORNING WE HAD AN EMS CALL THE CAREER GUY GOT HERE IN 2- MINUTES, IT TOOK VINTON'S AMBULANCE OVER EIGHT MINUTES TO GET HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Early/Mt. Pleasant Assistant Fire Chief;]
[runs=12]
[out q= get here.]
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The plan discussed by Roanoke County's fire and E-M-S chief and county administrator will be presented to the board of supervisors later today.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC1:33:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A gun was fired on the campus of William Fleming High School.
Now, Roanoke Police are searching for the person responsible.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A police spokesperson says the student fired a gun in the school's parking lot during extra-curricular activities between five and six o'clock last night.
The student did not point the gun at anyone or hit anyone.
Police have not released the student's name.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Wall Street took a major hit yesterday, but the release of today's retail sales report may offer a glimmer of hope.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]

((Information: AFTER A BRUTAL MONDAY, INVESTORS WERE GREETED WITH MORE PROFIT WARNINGS AFTER THE CLOSING BELL...
((NASDAQ BOARD)) BOTH CABOT MICROELECTRONICS AND STANFORD MICRODEVICES LOWERED EARNINGS ESTIMATES BECAUSE OF THE SLOWING ECONOMY.
THAT'S EXPECTED TO PUT FURTHER PRESSURE ON AN ALREADY BEATEN DOWN MARKET...AND KEEP THE BUYERS IN HIBERNATION...
((DOW CLOSE)) THE DOW INDUSTRIALS PLUNGED 436 POINTS TO 10-208 A LOSS OF 4 PERCENT.. ITS BIGGEST SELLOFF IN 11 MONTHS...
((NASDAQ CLOSE)) THE NASDAQ SANK 6 PERCENT OR 128 POINTS TO 1923... ITS THE FIRST TIME THE NASDAQ IS BELOW 2-THOUSAND SINCE DECEMBER 1998.
((Dow Losers GE, HON, JPM)) ALL 30 DOW STOCKS FINISHED IN THE RED.. AMONG THE BIG BLUE CHIP LOSERS GE - AT A NEW 52 WEEK LOW G-E HOLDS AN ANALYST MEETING LATER TODAY HONEYWELL AND JP MORGAN.
((on camera)) BUT IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET FOR THE LONGHAUL, ANALYSTS THE SMALL INVESTOR SHOULD IGNORE PREDICTIONS AND TRY NOT TO TIME THE MARKET ...

SOT NUMBER 1.. "winners stay focused.... difficult market"

((Lower Third: Alan Skrainka, Edward Jones & Co.))
((ON CAMERA)) ALAN SKRAINKA SAYS YOU SHOULD HAVE NO MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF YOUR STOCK PORTFOLIO IN TECHNOLOGY...
((NASDAQ BOARD)) CISCO/ERICSSON BIG LOSERS T
BUT ON A BLEAK MONDAY THERE WERE SOME BRIGHT SPOTS.. ((Bright Spots F, AGC)) FORD CLOSED HIGHER.. THE AUTOMAKER IS SET TO ANNOUNCE A BOND OFFERING LATER THIS WEEK. AND AMERICAN GENERAL RALLIED AFTER THE INSURER AGREED TO BE BOUGHT OUT BRITIAN'S LARGEST LIFE INSURANCE GROUP PRUDENTIAL ...
((ON CAMERA))
THIS MORNINGS RETAIL SALES REPORT WILL BE BIG FOR THE MARKETS... AND ANALYSTS SAY MORE RATE CUTS FROM THE FED, A TAX CUT IN WASHINGTON AND PROOF THAT THE ECONOMY IS STABILIZING WILL HELP BOOST INVESTOR PSYCHOLOGY AND BRING BUYERS BACK TO THE MARKET.
TO TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION JUST HEAD TO CBS.MW.COM I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))


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[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11SOL-Web]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-01 TC1:42:42]
[GRAPHIC=SOL's ]


The SOL's will one day require a computer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


Students will soon take the standards of learning test online.
Educators believe this new method will provide quicker results and expose kids to new technology.
The state hopes to have all high school students taking the test online within two years.
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[SOT 16:36:07]
[IN Q=The testing environment is not]

((SARAH SUSBURY/VA DEPT. OF EDUCATION: THE TESTING ENVIRONMENT IS NOT THAT MUCH DIFFERENT IN THE SENSE OF THE CONTENT BUT IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF HOW THEY ARE SEEING IT.)) ((UBAID HAQ/STUDENT: I THINK ITS A GOOD IDEA SINCE WE ARE MOVING INTO A NEW MILLENIUM AND WE NEED TO KEEP UP WITH THE TECHNOLOGY.))
[SUPER=01-Sarah Susbury/Virginia Department of Education; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ubaid Haq/Student; :08]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=up with the new technology]
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[VO-NAT]


Eventually, kids as young as elementary age will take the test online.
Right now, the state is testing the new technology at eight schools across the state including Martinsville High School.
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[5-Corneal-Transplant]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-6 2:03:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local man can see out of his left eye for the first time in 57 years. The gift of sight was restored with a corneal transplant.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the story of a man and the corneal transplant that changed his life.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Jack Gillispie was only]
[SUPER=03-Radford;00]
[SUPER=01-Jack Gillispie/Transplant Recipient;08]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tedd Puckett/Corneal Surgeon;48]
[SUPER=01-A. J. Bennett/Old Dominion Eye Bank;1:08]
[SUPER=@Joy2;1:30]
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[OUT Q=joy sutton, news 7, Radford]

((
Jack Gillispie was only six years old when he poked his left eye with a pair of scissors.
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[SOT48:14]
[IN Q=It was dark unless]

((JACK GILLISPIE: IT WAS DARK UNLESS THE SUN WAS SHINING THEN I COULD TELL THE SUN WAS SHINING)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=sun was shining]


But one month ago he had a corneal transplant. The cornea, or the transparent front part of his eye was replaced with a cornea from a donor.
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[SOT51:39]
[IN Q=I think it was the next morning]

((JACK GILLISPIE: I THINK IT WAS THE NEXT MORNING WHEN HE TOOK THE PATCH OFF THAT I COULD ACTUALLY SEE COLORS BLURRY))

[RUNS08]
[OUT Q=colors blurrye]


And ever since surgery his vision has gotten better and better.
Dr. Tedd Pucket say some patients end up with 20-20 vision.
And he says many different conditions can be improved with the transplant.
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[SOT1:13:45]
[IN Q=Any condition that scars]

((DR. PUCKETT: ANY CONDITION THAT SCARS THE SURFACE OF THE EYE CAN JUST ABOUT BE IMPROVED, THE MORE COMMON ARE COLD SORES OF THE EYE --POST INJURY TYPE OF SCARING OR DEGENERATION OF THE WINDOW OF THE EYE)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=window of the eye]


Old Dominion Eye Bank says there is always a need for donors.
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[SOT59:37]
[IN Q=An eye donor can benefit]

((A.J. BENNETT: AN EYE DONOR CAN BENEFIT UP TO TEN PEOPLE IF BOTH THE SCLERA AND THE CORNEA ARE USED)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=are used]

Gillispie found out his donor was a 50 year old man.
He says he is forever grateful.
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[SOT53:31]
[IN Q=It makes a world of difference]

((JACK GILLISPIE: IT MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. YOU JUST DON'T KNOW HOW HAPPY IT MAKES SOMEBODY TO BE ABLE TO SEE)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=to be able to see]


Gillispie says even if his vision doesn't get any better he's just happy --that after 57 years --he can see the world through both eyes.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Radford.))


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, migraine relief may soon be available in a patch.
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=1:18]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM IT MAY BE A NEW EASY AND SAFE WAY TO RELIEVE MIGRAINES.

VT=VO

IN THE PAST WE HAVE A USED A NASAL SPRAY CONTAINING A LOCAL ANESTHETIC CALLED LIDOCAINE TO HELP WITH MIGRAINES- BUT IT HAD SOME UNCOMFORTABLE SIDE EFFECTS- BUT NOW RESEARCHERS HAVE DEVELOPED A LIDOCAINE PATCH- THAT HAS FEWER SIDE EFFECTS. IN A STUDY FROM THE DIAMOND HEADACHE CLINIC IN CHICAGO- WHEN THE PATCHES WERE PLACED ON THE FOREHEADS OF PEOPLE HAVING MIGRAINES- 70% OF SUFFERERS WERE HEADACHE FREE WITHIN JUST A FEW HOURS.

VT=VO

EVER WONDER WHY WE THINK ALCOHOL IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART? WE USED TO BELIEVE IT WAS BECAUSE A DRINK OR TWO EACH DAY RAISED THE LEVELS OF HDL OR GOOD CHOLESTEROL IN THE BLOOD. BUT RESEARCH IN THE JOURNAL THE LANCET SAYS SMALL AMOUNTSOF ALCOHOL RELIEVES INFLAMMATION IN THE HEART ARTERIES- MAKING THEM LESS LIKELY TO CLOG-UP.

VT=VO

AND FINALLY- IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DONT TAKE CARE OF IT- MAYBE ONE DAY YOU WONT REMEMBER WHY YOU DIDN'T. A STUDY FROM PURDUE UNIVERSITY FINDS PEOPLE WITH UNTREATED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE LOSE BRAIN CELLS AT A HIGH RATE- MAKING THEM MORE FORGETFUL, UNABLE TO LEARN- AND GENERALLY LESS ABLE TO THINK CLEARLY.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[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]


An accident investigation board will arrive in Kuwait this week to look into yesterday's fatal accident during a military exercise.
Five American soldiers were killed, along with a New Zealander.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


More than a dozen people are homeless after a fire broke out at the Summit Apartment Complex in Roanoke. Now investigators are trying to figure out what caused yesterday's blaze.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And before there was Jerry Springer...talk show host Morton Downey, Junior brought confrontational T-V into America's households.
Downey died yesterday after a long bout with lung cancer.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, March 13th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-Navy-Accident]


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


Pentagon officials want to know how a training exercise in Kuwait went wrong-- resulting in the deaths of five American soldiers and one New Zealander.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kuwait;]


At least five other Americans were reportedly injured.
Officials say a U-S Navy F-A-18 Hornet strike-fighter was practicing "close air support" for ground troops yesterday near the Iraqi border, when it accidentally dropped a bomb on an observation post.
The U-S Central Command says an accident investigation board has been appointed and will arrive in Kuwait this week.
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[Morton-Downey]


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


A pioneer of the "In Your Face" talk show format is dead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Former talk show host Morton Downey, Junior died yesterday of complications from lung cancer.
Downey earned notoriety for his two- year run during the late 1980s as host of the "Morton Downey, Junior Show".
Downey often mocked guests he didn't like, voiced strong opinions, and always had a cigarette in hand.
After losing a lung to cancer in 19-96, he became an anti- smoking advocate.
Morton Downey, Junior was 67.
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[11Summit-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=01-07 TC47:02]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Invest.]

[***Anchor tag***]
More than a dozen people are homeless following a fire at a Roanoke apartment complex. Now investigators are trying to figure out what caused yesterday's blaze.
Jean Jadhon reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 00]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Ball/Summit Resident; 12]
[SUPER=01-Nadine Connelly/Summit Resident; 37 quick!!!]
[SUPER=@Jean1; :54]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=News 7.]

(( The Fire broke out at lunchtime at the Summit apartments- off Route 220- Flames shot through the roof.
Karen Ball was on her way home for lunch when she spotted smoke. KAREN BALL: I WAS COMING OT LET MY DOGS OUT AND I SAW SMOKE SO I INVESTIGATED AND SAW A TRAIL OF FIRE.
That trail of fire soon took off- before firefighters could get there, the blaze was out of control. BY THE TIME THEY GOT THERE THE WHOLE SIDE WAS UP AND THE GLASS WAS BLOWING
One woman was sleeping at the time- she says a smoke detector woke her up. NADINE CONNELLY: I WAS GETTING MY PETS AND THE APARTMENT GOT REAL SMOKY.. I GOT OUT.
Everyone got out safely... so did all the pets- But many apartments are gone.
Five units on one side of the building are unlivable-
Those who live in the five apartments on the other side of the building are also being kept out until the power is turned back on. JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: IT'S POSSIBLE THIS FIRE STARTED OUTSIDE THE BUILDING WITNESSES AT THE SCENE SAID THEY SAW WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS BRUSH FIRE UNDERNEATH ONE OF THE BALCONIES.
Fire investigators say they don't know yet though what caused the blaze- the fire marshal's been called in to check it out.
Meanwhile many residents are struggling to keep their emotions in check - I'M ALRIGHT I'M IN SHOCK UP UNTIL I'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING CATCH FIRE BEFORE. Jean Jadhon, News 7..))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=none]


Nine families- fifteen people in all are without a home. The Red Cross is helping those who need it.

[11Bedford-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC03:12]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford Taxes]


Paying school teachers more money could mean higher taxes in Bedford County.. but not as high as originally feared.
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[VO-NAT]


The board of supervisors last night voted to advertise a proposed real estate tax hike of eight cents.. that would bring the rate to 75 cents for every hundred dollars of assessed value.
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


That would generate more than two and a half million dollars in new revenue which would go directly to the school system.
But educators had been asking for twice that amount.
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[SOT 12:34:32]
[IN Q=The key thing]

((ROBERT BASHORE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: THE KEY THING WILL BE TO SET PRIORITIES ON THE HIGHEST, MOST- NEEDED ITEMS AND THEN JUST GO FROM THERE. IT SEEMS AS IF THERE'S ALWAYS MORE NEED THAN THERE IS RESOURCES.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Bashore/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :00]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=there is resources.]
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[VO-NAT]


Supervisor Dale Wheeler doesn't want to increase taxes at all.
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[SOT 12:33:43]
[IN Q=You don't hear]

((DALE WHEELER/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: YOU DON'T HEAR A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE SCREAMING FOR A TAX INCREASE. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE THAT MUCH NEW REVENUE TO PASS AROUND. I THINK WE WOULD DO VERY WELL AS IS, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD TOWARDS CATCHING UP.))
[SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=towards catching up.]
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[VO-NAT]


Eight cents is only the advertised rate hike.. the board could decide on a lower figure or no tax hike at all.
A public hearing on the budget is set for April 5th.
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[11Gilmore-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC20:46]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


Governor Jim Gilmore says the crisis over the state budget is over.
But others fear his standoff with the State Senate will have a lasting impact on the Commonwealth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Gilmore met with reporters in Roanoke yesterday afternoon, during a fly-around tour of the state.
He said he's identified enough savings to balance the budget without layoffs or severe cuts in services... and without retreating from the next installment of the car tax cut.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:16:19]
[IN Q=It was the Senate]

((IT WAS THE SENATE THAT AGREED TO THIS SCHEDULE OF THE CAR TAX CUT. IT IS THE SENATE WHICH IS NOW RENEGING ON THAT. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING NATIONAL OF ANY KIND. THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore; ]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=of the people of Virginia.]
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[VO-NAT]


There is still no provision for teacher, faculty or employee raises. And no money for local cultural agencies that depend upon the state for funding.
Fincastle Senator Bo Trumbo says he fears the long-term impact of the cuts and believes most Virginians support the Senate's position on the car tax.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:29:47]
[IN Q=They recognize that it's not]

((THEY RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S NOT A TAX INCREASE BY TAKING IT TO 55 PERCENT. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET MORE MONEY BECAUSE IT WAS 47 1/2 PERCENT. AND THEY'RE WILLING TO DELAY IT BECAUSE THE REVENUES JUST AREN'T THERE.))
[SUPER=@Trumbo;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=the revenues just aren't there.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Yesterday, Virginia Democrats blamed the state's troubles on Republican infighting, and party officials renewed their call for a special session of the General Assembly to resolve the budget impasse.
Right now, that doesn't appear likely.

[Puff-Daddy]


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


There was at least one revelation during closing arguments in the weapons and bribery case against rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


An attorney for co- defendant Jamal "Shyne" Barrow admitted yesterday that his client fired a gun in a Manhattan nightclub during a 19-99 brawl.
He says Barrow, who's charged with attempted murder, fired the gun in self- defense.
Combs, meanwhile, is charged with gun possession and bribery.
Police found a gun in Combs' vehicle after he and former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez fled the scene.
If convicted, Combs faces 15 years behind bars.
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[6-Hairston]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC1:13:46]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Testimony is set to begin today in a capital murder case in Martinsville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape]


Michael Jerome Hairston is charged with capital murder and first degree murder for the shooting death of Evonne Hairston and her 16 year old daughter Melveena.
Prosecutors say the defendant shot Hairston during an argument and then turned the gun on her daughter.
Jury selection began yesterday.
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[11Phone-Scam]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Scam]


Bedford cops are warning residents about a phone scam that's cost one victim thousands of dollars.
Officers say at least two people have received phone calls saying they've won a large amount of money, but they need to send a cash installment to cover the taxes.
One victim lost three thousand dollars to the scheme.
Police say the calls originate in Canada and are extremely hard to investigate.
[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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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A single car accident in Roanoke County claimed the life of one man early this morning.
The driver, 23-year- old Benjamin Royde Campbell of Roanoke was killed.
The passenger, 18- year- old Robert Wilson, also of Roanoke is hospitalized with non- life threatening injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Roanoke Police say a William Fleming student fired a gun in the school's parking lot during extra-curricular activities between five and six o'clock last night.
The student did not point the gun at anyone or hit anyone. Authorities are searching for the person responsible.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Students will soon take the standards of learning test online.
Educators believe this new method will provide quicker results and expose kids to new technology.
Right now, the state is testing the new technology at eight schools across the state including Martinsville High School.


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It sounds more]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 6.]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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