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Stocks are struggling to recover today, in the aftermath of their worst day of the year.
Reports on Wall Street's progress, as well as those across the globe, coming up.
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And testimony has begun in a capital murder trial in Martinsville.
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Rain showers hit our region last night and this morning... but this afternoon things start to heat up and dry up. We'll find out how long the sunshine lasts before the rain returns... coming up.
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News 7 at noon is next.

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Wall Street is in recovery mode-- after yesterday's major stock market collapse.

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[Wall-Street]


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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Investors are pinning their hopes on a rebound in the stock market today.
Alexis Christoforous has the latest on Wall Street.
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[Asian-Markets]


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Stock market concerns extend across the globe.
In Asian markets, there's been another sharp sell-off.
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Tokyo main index extended its 16-year-low during this morning's trading, following the overnight plunge on Wall Street.
The Nikkei lost nearly 257 points at the end of morning trading.
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In Hong Kong, stocks plummeted in the first minutes of trading for a second straight day.
The Hang Seng index fell as many as 499 points, or three and half percent, soon after opening today.
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We'll see how Wall Street's doing at this hour later in the newscast.[Optical-Cable]


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Despite the current market climates, one local company is seeing growth in its future.
Optical Cable expects a 50 percent rise in sales for the first quarter of 2001.
At a shareholders meeting today, company president Bob Kopstein says he's working on expanding sales in China.
Kopstein says if all goes well, a deal to sell fiber optic cables to the Chinese will double the company's workforce.
There are already plans for a manufacturing plant in China in the works.
More on that tonight on News 7 at 6.

[Hairston]


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Testimony is underway in a capital murder trial in Martinsville.
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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.
The shooting happened in October of 1999.
One of Evonne's daughters testified this morning how she witnessed Michael Hairston shoot her mother and her sister.


The defense is cross examining that witness at this hour. We'll have more tonight on News 7 at 6.
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[Fleming-Gun]


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Gunfire rang out at William Fleming High School, now Roanoke Police are looking for the student who fired the gun.
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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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[Fatal-Accident]


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One person was killed in a single car accident in Roanoke County early this morning.
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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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[Puffy-Trial]


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Closing arguments in the gun possession trial against rap star Sean Puffy Combs kick into high gear today.
Prosecutors are closing their case.
If convicted, Combs could face up to 15 years in prison. Terisa Estacio has more.
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The drizzle and dark clouds didnt seem to affect music mogul Sean Puffy Combs' mood . As usual he appeared confident - arriving at this New York City courthouse - impecably dressed. As the trial against the rapper is wrapping up; one of his attorneys Johnny Cochran also looked confident.

(nats)
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Combs is standing trial on gun possession charges and bribery...stemming from a nightclub shooting incident back in 1999.
During his more than 3 hour closing statement Monday, Combs' attorney, Benjamin Brafman attacked some of the witnesses accusing them of lying and trying to cash in on his clients profitable career.
At one point, Brafman went after Julius Jones..one of witnesses injured in the shooting. He slammed Jones for incurring 17 thousand in medical bills but suing Combs for 700 million.
Also facing Brafman's wrath..Wardell Fenderson..Coomb's driver on the night in question He told the 5 whites and 7 African Americans on the jury that Fenderson is a deadbeat dad who is trying to frame Combs.
Fenderson and Combs along with his then girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez fled the nighclub after an argument erupted and shots were fired. They lead police on a high speed chase and when finally stopped, police discovered one gun and retrieved another reportedly thrown out of the vehicle.

(Terisa Estacio)

But now it is the Prosecutors turn to convince the jury of the charges against Combs. The jury could begin deliberations as early as this afternoon.
TE, CBS News, NY ))

[Plant-Explosion]


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Two early morning explosions at a chemical plant in Georgia have left three people dead.
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The explosion at the Amoco Polymers Plant in Augusta happened this morning.
A plant official says two workers were killed immediately.
The third died at a local hospital.
Officials say this is the first fatal industrial accident since Amoco took over the plant 13 years ago.
No word on what caused the explosion.
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[Mount-Pleasant]


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Many Mount Pleasant residents aren't happy that their community isn't getting one of the 20 new Roanoke County fire and E-M-S workers.
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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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((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.))
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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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((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.))
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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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Bedford County residents may have to pay more taxes in order to give teachers a pay raise.
But the increase is not as high as originally feared.

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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.
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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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((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.))
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Supervisor Dale Wheeler doesn't want to increase taxes at all.
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((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.))
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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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[Phone-Scam]


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Bedford authorities are warning residents about a phone scam.
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.

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No one got dirty watching Botetourt County's newest employer break ground on a its new manufacturing plant this morning.
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Spectators watched a live picture from the on-site training center as Altec Industries marked its arrival in the Botetourt Center at Greenfield.
Altec makes equipment for electric utility and telecommunications companies.
It chose the site to be close to customers like AEP and Norfolk Southern.
The company plans to complete the building and begin hiring 150 workers this summer.
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Altec is the second company to locate in the industrial park.

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In the future, students will have to use a computer to take the SOL's.
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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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((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.))
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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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[11Corneal-Transplant]


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A local man couldn't see out of his left eye for most of his life, but surgery has restored his vision.
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Now for the first time in 57 years, Jack Gillispie can see out of both eyes, because he had a corneal transplant.


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((JACK GILLISPIE/TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT: IT'S AMAZING TO ME BE TO BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING. I'M PROUD EVEN IF I DON'T GET ANYMORE))
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Doctors say many patients who have a corneal transplant will end up with 20-20 vision.
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((DR. TEDD PUCKETT/CORNEAL SURGEON: ANY CONDITION THAT SCARS THE SURFACE OF EYE CAN JUST ABOUT BE IMPROVED. THE MORE COMMON ARE COLD SORES OF THE EYE -- POST INJURY TYPES OF SCARING OR DEGENERATIONS OF THE WINDOW OF THE EYE.))
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Old Dominion Eye Bank says the donation of just one eye can help 10 people.
As part of Eye donor month --the organization is encouraging people to become organ and tissue donors.
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[Spacewalk]


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Two Space Shuttle "Discovery" astronauts spent last night floating in space.
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The spacewalk outside the international space station, Alpha, lasted for nearly six-and-a-half hours.
The astronauts finished critical wiring connections that'll provide power, data, and video links to a robotic arm the space station will receive next month.
Meanwhile, two of the three new space station residents have settled into their new digs.
They'll spend the next four months living aboard the station.
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[Prince's-Trust]


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England's Prince Charles played host to "Kings and Queens" of the entertainment world last night.
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The dinner party marked the 25th anniversary of the Prince's Trust, which helps young people through volunteer programs, study grants, and business loans.
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((ELTON JOHN/SINGER: HE'S A VERY GOOD MAN WITH A BIG HEART AND HE WANTS TO HELP YOUNG
PEOPLE HAVE A FUTURE AND I THINK HE REALLY HAS GOT A LOT OF
ENJOYMENT AND FULFILLMENT FROM HIS ROLE." ))
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Other celebrity guests included Sting, Mick Jagger, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, and playwright Ben Elton.
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