[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Coming up--
A compromise agreement could end the labor dispute at Rubatex in Bedford.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And jury deliberations continue today in Martinsville in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her daughter.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your morning with us-- on News 7 Mornin.

[11Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC00:13]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Agreement]


Rubatex workers in Bedford have reviewed a new contract that could end the labor dispute there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The Local 240 Union presented the information to its members at the union hall yesterday afternoon.
No details have been released, but both sides agree they "gave in a little" on their demands.
Union workers went on strike in September, 1999 in a dispute over forced overtime, hourly wages and retiree benefits.
Rubatex's parent corporation-- R-B-X Incorporated-- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last December.
Officials say the union may ask the bankruptcy judge to look over the new contract before members vote on it.
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[11Hairston]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC07:42]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Jury deliberations resume today in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her daughter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/March 2000]

Michael Hairston is on trial for capital murder and first degree murder in the death of Evonne Hairston and her 16-year-old daughter Melveena. Defense attorneys conceded in their closing arguments that Hairston fired the gun... but said it was NOT premeditated.
PROSECUTORS claim Hairston intentionally shot both the victims because at one point he allegedly left the home and returned with a gun.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=none]

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before calling it quits for the night. They'll start again this morning at 9.

[11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC23:27]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


A decision on whether and where to build Interstate 73 could be made next month.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP HERE 4761 ESS C]
Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board saw all four alternative routes yesterday for the 70-plus mile stretch from I-81 to the North Carolina line.
V-DOT has NOT yet picked a route to recommend.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 16:40:47]
[IN Q=We still have to look]

((PATSY NAPIER/VDOT ENGINEER: WE STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT SOME COMMENTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE AGENCIES, AND FINALIZE THAT EFFORT, AND HERE AGAIN, THERE'S JUST A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE AND WE NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE. IF WE HAVE TO TAKE AN EXTRA -- WE'D LIKE TO DO IT IN APRIL BECAUSE THIS DECISION HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT IF WE CAN'T DO IT IN APRIL, WE'LL CERTAINLY DO IT IN MAY.))
[SUPER=01-Patsy Napier/VDOT Engineer;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=certainly do it in May.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Board also got a summary of the 87-hundred public comments received in December and January.
The comments were almost evenly divided among building an interstate, just fixing Route 220 without the economic development advantage of an Interstate, and NOT building anything new at all.
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[11Summit-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-14 TC02:03]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Invest.]


Officials say they know what caused Monday's fire at the Summit apartment complex.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday;]


Investigators have traced it to a discarded cigarette in a flower pot on a deck.
The fire destroyed two apartments and heavily damaged three others.
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[Foot-Mouth]


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


U-S officials are stepping up airport security in efforts to keep Europe's deadly foot-and-mouth disease from coming here.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


At Washington's Dulles International Airport, foods were confiscated and soiled shoes were disinfected.
The practice was done to passengers arriving from European countries reporting cases of the disease, as well as countries the U-S considers a potential threat.
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[SOT 3:16:21 ]
[IN Q=We are extremely]

((DR. CRAIG REED/U.S. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: WE ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW QUICKLY AND RAPIDLY THIS VIRUS CAN SPREAD...2-4 DAYS IT CAN BE ALL OVER THE PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Craig Reed/U. S. Dept. of Agriculture;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=over the place]
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[VO-NAT]


Foot-and-Mouth disease poses no health risk to people, but humans CAN transmit it.
The epidemic has gotten a foothold in Britain, where farmers have had to slaughter and burn thousands of cattle.
It's the only way to contain the highly contagious disease.
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[11County-Investment]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-15 TC04:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke County has recovered a million dollar investment in a troubled California utility.
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[VO-NAT]


The county invested in Pacific Gas and Electric before the recent power crisis sent the company's finances into a nosedive.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]


On Monday, Treasurer Fred Anderson told the Board of Supervisors the county has recovered the entire investment, along with interest of more than 55-hundred dollars.
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[11Stolen-Fund]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:41:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A burglar stole money from a fund to help a little girl with leukemia. Now the public is chipping in to help the girl.
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[VO-NAT]


5 year old Catie recently had a stem cell transplant at Duke Medical Center.
Her insurance alone costs 700 dollars a month.
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[SOT8:02:18]
[IN Q=Everybody's been wonderful trying ]

((RUDY COX/CATIE'S GRANDFATHER:EVERYBODYS BEEN WONDERFUL TRYING TO HELP OUT AND WE CAN USE ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET ))
[SUPER=01-Rudy Cox/Catie's Grandfather]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=all the help we can get]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The burglar broke into Kilmer Chiropractic on Brambleton Avenue last week --and stole 200 dollars from an envelope with money going towards Catie's fund.
But word of the burglary --has encouraged more people to give.
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[SOT8:08:04]
[IN Q=It has been overwhelming]

((DAVID KILMER/KILMER CHIROPRACTIC:IT HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING, THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, EVER SINCE PATIENTS HEARD THE CATIE'S FUND WAS STOLEN ))
[SUPER=01-David Kilmer/Kilmer Chiropractic]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=fund was stolen]
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[VO-NAT]


More than 13-hundred dollars was raised for Catie yesterday.
Kilmer Chiropractic is still accepting donations.
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[11Micro-derm]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC1:07:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[**ANCHOR TAG**]
Some women are taking advantage of a procedure to keep their skin looking smooth and fresh.
It's called microderm-abrasion and the procedure is available in our area.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton takes a look.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robyn Goodpasture/Spa Virginia; :17]
[SUPER=@Joy2; :47]
[SUPER=01-Valerie Means/Microdermabrasion Client; :52]
[RUNS=1:05]
[OUT Q=JS, News 7 , Salem.]
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[NAT SOT20:40:12]
[IN Q=]
((NAT SOT: NAT SOUND OF MACHINE))

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[OUT Q=]

Valerie Means hopes to keep her skin looking young for years to come --and that's why she's getting microdermabrasion.

It's a painless procedure used to treat wrinkles scars, acne --and even out the skin tone.
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[SOT59:45]
[IN Q=Even stretch marks to a certain extent]

((ROBYN GOODPASTURE: EVEN STRETCH MARKS TO A CERTAIN EXTENT WE CAN REALLY DECREASE THE LOOK OF STRETCH MARKS BY BRINGING DOWN THE SKIN A LITTLE BIT)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=the skin a little bit]


The process involves sanding away the top layers of skin.
Robyn Goodpasture at Spa Virginia says several treatments are needed for best results. Here is a look at some before and after pictures.
Look at the difference it made for this woman with acne.
And for this customer who used it to treat wrinkles and fine lines.
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[NAT SOT20:42:17]
[IN Q=Because this is your first peel]

((NAT SOUND: BECAUSE THIS IS YOUR FIRST PEEL WE DO NOT WANT TO GO TO DEEP, WE WANT TO SEE HOW YOU RESPOND)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=how you respond.]


Valerie Means says after just one treatment she can tell the difference.
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[SOT20:57]
[IN Q=I just wanted to look fresher]

((VALERIE MEANS: I JUST WANTED TO LOOK FRESHER, NEWER, DUEY, AND I THINK THAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED THAT)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=she accomplished]


In fact, Means says her skin feels like velvet. Joy Sutton, News 7 Salem.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


At Spa Virginia the procedure costs 120 dollars and up per treatment.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new study reveals the best way to take a baby's temperature.
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=1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM BOTTOMS UP- AT LEAST WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING BABIES' TEMPERATURES.

VT=VO

A STUDY FROM HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL SAYS THE OLD-FASHIONED RECTAL TEMPERATURE IS THE STILL MOST ACCURATE- EVEN WHEN COMPARED TO NEWER GADGETS SUCH AS FOREHEAD AND EAR THERMOMETERS. THE STUDY FOUND EAR THERMOMETERS- WHICH ARE POPULAR WITH KIDS OF ALL AGES- MISSED ABOUT HALF OF LOW GRADE FEVERS AND A QUARTER OF FEVERS OVER 102.THE BOTTOM LINE- IS JUST THAT. RELY ON THE TRIED AND TRUE FOR CHECKING A BABY'S TEMPERATURE.

VT=VO

A VOTE OF SAFETY TODAY FOR THE MEASLES VACCINE . A STUDY IN THE ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRICS SHOWS NO LINK BETWEEN GETTING A MEASLES SHOT AND THEN DEVELOPING COLITIS AS AN ADULT.OTHER STUDIES HAD SHOWN A LINK BETWEEN THE MEASLES SHOT AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS OR CROHNS DISEASE- THIS STUDY - WHICH FOUND NO LINK- IS A GOOD STUDY- IT TRACES PEOPLE FROM 1958 TO NOW.
ON CAM ON THE SUBJECT OF COLITIS- A DIFFERENT STUDY FINDS IF YOU HAVE YOUR APPENDIX OUT AS A KID- YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING COLITIS AS AN ADULT IS CUT IN HALF.
ON CAM AND FINALLY TODAY- A WARNING ABOUT THE ALLERGY DRUG ALLEGRA. IT TURNS OUT IF YOU WASH IT DOWN WITH A GLASS OF FRUIT JUICE- IT WON'T WORK VERY WELL. NOW WE'RE NOT TALKING THE STANDARD DON'T WASH IT DOWN WITH GRAPEFRUIT JUICE WARNING- ALLEGRA'S EFFECTIVENESS IS CUT BY 2/3 WITH ORANGE, APPLE, OR ANY FRUIT JUICE. THE WORD COMES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.
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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[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]


The year-and-half- long union contract dispute at Rubatex may soon be over.
Both sides say they "gave in a little" on their demands.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A decision on the proposed Interstate 73 is getting closer.
The state's commonwealth transportation board saw all four alternative routes yesterday for the stretch of highway that would run to North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And it's another day to keep a close eye on the stock market.
U-S markets aren't open yet...but investors hope today's rally in Asian markets will influence Wall Street.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, March 15th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-11Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC00:13]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Agreement]


A new contract may end the labor dispute at Rubatex in Bedford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The Local 240 Union presented the information to its members at the union hall yesterday afternoon.
No details have been released, but both sides agree they "gave in a little" on their demands.
Union workers went on strike in September, 1999 in a dispute over forced overtime, hourly wages and retiree benefits.
Rubatex's parent corporation-- R-B-X Incorporated-- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last December.
Officials say the union may ask the bankruptcy judge to look over the new contract before members vote on it.
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[2-11Hairston]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC07:42]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A jury will resume deliberations at nine this morning in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her daughter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/March 2000]

Michael Hairston is on trial for capital murder and first degree murder in the death of Evonne Hairston and her 16-year-old daughter Melveena. Defense attorneys conceded in their closing arguments that Hairston fired the gun... but said it was NOT premeditated.
PROSECUTORS claim Hairston intentionally shot both the victims because at one point he allegedly left the home and returned with a gun.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=none]

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before calling it quits for the night.


[2-11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC23:27]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


Officials are reviewing comments on the proposed routes of Interstate 73.
A decision on a route could be made in the next couple of months.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP HERE 4761 ESS C]
Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board saw all four alternative routes yesterday for the 70-plus mile stretch from I-81 to the North Carolina line.
V-DOT has NOT yet picked a route to recommend.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 16:40:47]
[IN Q=We still have to look]

((PATSY NAPIER/VDOT ENGINEER: WE STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT SOME COMMENTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE AGENCIES, AND FINALIZE THAT EFFORT, AND HERE AGAIN, THERE'S JUST A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE AND WE NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE. IF WE HAVE TO TAKE AN EXTRA -- WE'D LIKE TO DO IT IN APRIL BECAUSE THIS DECISION HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT IF WE CAN'T DO IT IN APRIL, WE'LL CERTAINLY DO IT IN MAY.))
[SUPER=01-Patsy Napier/VDOT Engineer;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=certainly do it in May.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Board also got a summary of the 87-hundred public comments received in December and January.
The comments were almost evenly divided among building an interstate, just fixing Route 220 without the economic development advantage of an Interstate, and NOT building anything new at all.
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[Navy-Accident]


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


A high- level Marine investigator is due to arrive in Kuwait today.
He'll look into the fatal training accident that claimed the lives of five Americans and a New Zealander.
The probe should be complete by April 16th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ramstein AFB, Germany;]


Meanwhile, the bodies of the military personnel killed in the bombing accident arrived in Germany this morning.
Investigators are expected to interview three U-S servicemen who were injured in Monday's accident.
They're recovering at a military hospital in Germany.
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[2-Foot-Mouth]


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


Today British officials confirmed three more outbreaks of the fast-spreading foot-and-mouth disease.
That brings the total to 234, since the first case was detected last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Meanwhile, U-S officials are increasing airport security to keep the disease from entering this country.
At Washington's Dulles International Airport, foods were confiscated and soiled shoes were disinfected.
The practice was done to passengers arriving from Europe.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:16:21 ]
[IN Q=We are extremely]

((DR. CRAIG REED/U.S. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: WE ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW QUICKLY AND RAPIDLY THIS VIRUS CAN SPREAD...2-4 DAYS IT CAN BE ALL OVER THE PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Craig Reed/U. S. Dept. of Agriculture;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=over the place]
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[VO-NAT]


Foot-and-Mouth disease is highly contagious in cattle and swine, but poses no health risk to people.
However, humans CAN transmit it.
The epidemic has gotten a foothold in Britain, where farmers have had to slaughter and burn thousands of cattle.
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[5-Tech-Hoof]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE=500-19]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local member of the veterinary industry says the government is taking the right steps to prevent the disease from reaching the U-S.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Jeffrey Douglas is a spokesman for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
He's been contacted by a U-S-D-A field vet about the role Tech can play to help contain the problem.
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[SOT-1:46:31]
[IN Q=TO MAKE]

((JEFFREY DOUGLAS/VETERINARY MEDICINE COLLEGE VT; TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE REMAINS VIGILANT AND ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ANY SIGNS WHATSOEVER THAT FOOT AND MOUTH HAS GAINED A FOOT HOLD SOMEHOW IN THIS COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Jeffrey Douglas/College of Veterinary Medicine;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=IN THIS COUNTRY]
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[VO-NAT]


Douglas also believes informing the public is critical in controlling the situation.
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[Asian-Markets]


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


Wall Street is hoping today's rally in the Asian markets will calm the fears of international investors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]


Japan's main index, the Nikkei, rebounded early today.
It closed UP more than 300 points, continuing to recover from the 16- year- low it hit earlier this week.
Government officials tried to calm the fears of a Japan- led market meltdown, saying the country's economy is strong.
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China;]


In Hong Kong, stocks fell more than two percent at the open, but turned around later in the session.
The latest figures show the Hang Seng Index up 1.36 percent.
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[11Market]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC1:37:59]
[GRAPHIC=Stock Market]


Here in the U-S, Stocks tumbled for a second time this week. The Dow Jones industrials closed below ten-thousand for the first time since last October.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE STOCKS PINNACLE FS]
The DOW dropped more than 300 points yesterday.
NASDAQ lost another 43.
(XXXXXXXX)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


Despite the bad news, a local professor says don't panic.... in fact, don't do anything.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Carroll Gentry is the chairman of the business division at Virginia Western Community College.
He says selling out now won't save you any money, but it may cost you.
Gentry offers a word of caution to future investors.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=There are places where]

((CARROLL GENTRY/VIRGINIA WESTERN BUSINESS DIVISION: THERE ARE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE STOCK MARKET, THAT IS WHERE YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN A STOCK GOES DOWN 3 TO 5 PERCENT THEN START PANICKING. YOU CAN'T DO THAT. THE STOCK MARKET IS GAMBLING.))
[SUPER=01-Carroll Gentry/Va. Western Community College]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=market is gambling.]
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[VO-NAT]


If you are wary of the stark market, Gentry recommends CD's or treasury bills instead.
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[11Fleming-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC06:57]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Authorities in Roanoke think they have found the teenager who fired a gun outside William Fleming High School earlier this week. But officials aren't done with the investigation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]


Officers were called to the school late Monday afternoon, after someone fired shots in the parking lot.
The young man with the gun did not point the weapon at anyone, and no one was injured.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Yesterday, police said they arrested a fifteen- year- old boy after he assaulted his 18- year- old sister.
Investigators recovered a handgun which they will compare with shell casings found in the school's parking lot.



[11ARC-Campaign]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-18 TC00:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The ARC of Central Virginia is expanding in order to serve more of Lynchburg's mentally handicapped residents.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Officials figure it will cost them about a million dollars to build an 85- hundred square foot addition to their current facility.
The center currently provides day-time activities for 70 mentally retarded adults, but more people are waiting to be accepted.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:43:00]
[IN Q=We've had an]

((TIM SHEPHERD/ARC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'VE HAD AN INCREASE OF TWENTY PERCENT, JUST THE INDIVIDUALS WHO COME HERE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, JUST IN THE PAST YEAR, AND WE PROJECT THAT BY THE YEAR 2005, WE'LL HAVE NEARLY A FIFTY PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SERVED HERE AT THE CENTER.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Shepherd/ARC Executive Director]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=here at the center.]
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[VO-NAT]


Shepherd says they've already raised about a half million dollars.. they hope to break ground this summer.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


Rubatex workers in Bedford have reviewed a new contract that could end the labor dispute there.
The Local 240 Union presented the information to its members yesterday afternoon.
No details have been released, but both sides agree they "gave in a little" on their demands.
A vote on the contract has not been scheduled.

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


A decision on Interstate 73 could be made in the next couple of months.
Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board saw all four alternative routes yesterday for the 70-plus mile stretch from I-81 to the North Carolina line.
The Board also got a summary of the 87-hundred public comments received in December and January.
V-DOT has NOT yet picked a route to recommend.


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


Officials say they know what caused Monday's fire at the Summit apartment complex.
Investigators have traced it to a discarded cigarette in a flower pot on a deck.
The fire destroyed two apartments and did heavy damage to three others.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
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(Shannon ad lib weather)
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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=Consumer confidence]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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