[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


More questions about the Dale Earnhardt crash-
A lead investigator says law enforcement officials and NASCAR kept him from looking at evidence in the accident.
Details, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And some Amherst county students will get a 30- minute break today, because of a bomb threat.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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

[11Amherst-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=School Safety]


Amherst County School officials want to inform parents about a bomb threat.
Authorities say a student found a note in a magazine in the High School's library that said a bomb would go off at eleven -oh -seven this morning.
Police have searched the school and plan to make another search this morning before students and administration arrive.
The school is planning an evacuation today from ten forty-five until eleven fifteen.

[11Earnhardt]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]


Many questions surround the crash that killed Dale Earnhardt. Now there are new accusations that NASCAR did hinder efforts in the crash investigation. The lead police investigator looking into the death says officials from law enforcement and NASCAR hindered his efforts to examine evidence in the accident.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February 18;]


Daytona Beach police detective Robert Walker told the Orlando Sentinel that he was ordered by a supervisor on the night Earnhardt died not to attend the driver's autopsy.
He says he was also ordered not to inspect and photograph the racer's wrecked car.
Walker also said NASCAR never told him about the broken seat belt it later blamed for Earnhardt's fatal head injury.
NASCAR has locked away the car in North Carolina and kept the findings of its own crash investigation secret from police.
What a police spokesman says and more on this story later in the newscast.
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[11Gas-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC29:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A gas pipeline WILL be built through Southwest Virginia.
That after state officials approve a merger between gas companies.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Brent Riley says he's disappointed the State Corporation Commission approved the merger between Virginia Gas and N-U-I without the stipulation that the new line be built next to an existing one.
He says building a new pipeline along a new route would damage thousands of acres of land.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Not only is it]

[TC:08:22:16] ((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: NOT ONLY IS IT NOT NEEDED BECAUSE THEY DID NOT LOOK AT THE OTHER OPTIONS. IT'S UNWISE, IT'S GOING TO COST US HIGHER IN TERMS OF OUR RATES.))
[SUPER=01-Brent Riley/Pipeline Opponent]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=in terms of our rates.]
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[VO-NAT]


Riley says landowners who oppose the new pipeline will take their case to court.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Virginia Gas and N-U-I could not be reached for comment about the merger or the new pipeline.

[11altavista]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC1:28:18]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


Hard economic times have forced the town of Altavista to make some major cuts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Altavista]


Town officials will lay off eleven people and eliminate ten vacant positions.
The town will also consolidate emergency dispatch services with Campbell County.
Town leaders expect lower revenues this year because of recent plant closings and the state's budget problems.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17:11:38]
[IN Q=We are not anticipating]

((BRYAN FOSTER/TOWN MANAGER: WE ARE NOT ANTICIPATING ANY CHANGES IN EITHER THE NUMBER OF SERVICES OR THE LEVEL OF SERVICES THAT WE OFFER. WE'RE JUST GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DELIVER THEM BUT THE CITIZENSHIP SHOULDN'T REALLY NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Bryan Foster/Town Manager]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=notice any difference]
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[VO-NAT]


The layoffs take effect immediately.
The town is paying those workers a severance package based upon their length of service.
The switch over to Campbell County's 9-1-1 center takes place June first.
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[11Brambleton-Hardware]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC22:33]
[GRAPHIC=Business Closing]


Brambleton Hardware is going out of business.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The 44-year old store will close its doors as soon as all the merchandise is gone.
The owner says there is more retail than the valley can support and calls the decision to close his doors a very emotional one.
The going out of business sale begins tomorrow morning.
Everything in the store, including the building itself, is for sale.
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[Marketwatch]


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


Another up day for the markets yesterday... with at least one economic report helping to fuel the rally.
Renay San Miguel has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Renay San Miguel/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=Marketwatch-dot-com, New York]




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[Ice-Comair]


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


The Comair pilots strike continues for another day, with flights canceled at least through mid- day.
Meanwhile, some frightening moments aboard a tiny Comair plane last week were captured on home video.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Home Video;]


25 passengers were aboard Comair Flight 50-54 en route to Orlando, Florida from the Bahamas last Monday.
One of the passengers, Alan Gornall caught the aircraft's shaky movements on tape.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:09:20]
[IN Q=THAT WAS TOTALLY ]

((ALAN GORNALL/PASSENGER: THAT WAS TOTALLY CONVINCING WHEN WE WENT UPSIDE DOWN, I THOUGHT THE PILOT'S LOST IT NOW AND WHAT I THOUGHT WAS WE ARE GOING TO DIE. HE'S LOST FUNDAMENTAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE. ))
[SUPER=01-Alan Gornall/Passenger;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE]
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[VO-NAT]


Investigators now say the crew reported a build-up of ice on the plane.
Despite the in- air jerking and bouncing, the plane landed safely in West Palm Beach, Florida.
No one was injured.
(------------)



[Tax-Cut]


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


President Bush is talking tax cuts with Republican Congressional leaders today.
Meanwhile, Bush has dismissed a counter tax plan from Senate Democrats.
It called for a 300- dollar tax rebate for every American this year.
House Republicans hope to win final passage today of Bush's nearly two- trillion - dollar budget.
But it's unclear it Bush has enough votes in the Senate for the legislastion to pass.

[11Gilmore-Vetoes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-06 TC1:25:28]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Governor Gilmore's veto power is extending to Senators from his own party--
Six out of seven bills that were vetoed were REPUBLICAN- sponsored measures.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;]


Three of the four budget negotiators who could NOT agree with Gilmore on how fast to cut the car tax had bills vetoed.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 15:24:50]
[IN Q=You'd have to have lived]

((TICER: YOU'D HAVE TO HAVE LIVED IN A COCOON FOR THE LAST 90 DAYS TO NOT IDENTIFY THE MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNOR'S OWN PARTY WHOSE BILLS THESE ARE THAT HE HAS VETOED.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Patsy Ticer/(D) Alexandria;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=that he has vetoed.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Republican Senator Ken Stolle is the one who asked State Police to investigate the Governor's political action committee, and said its director was acting "like a moron."
He had a bill vetoed.
(------------)
[TALENT=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


The Governor's spokeswoman says any assignment of political motives to the vetoes is "silly, petty, and false."
She says they were all simply bad bills.

[County-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-09]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Some big changes are in store for Roanoke County residents.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday;]

Right now, tax dollars pick up the cost of ambulance service in the county. But yesterday-- the supervisors voted to start billing residents' insurance for the service. All but supervisor Joseph McNamara voted for the change, which is expected to go into affect as early as the end of the year.
(////sot////)
[sot 02:18:26]
[in q=We don't ]

((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/SUPERVISOR: WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE BUDGET FROM THE STATE YET I THINK IT'S PREMATURE TO PUT ANOTHER FEE ON THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY UNTIL WE KNOW ALL OF OUR FIGURES.))
[SUPER=01-Joseph McNamara/Windsor Hills Supervisor; :00]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q= all our figures.]
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[vo-nat] The money generated would help pay for fire and rescue personnel. Next month, 20- new fire and rescue workers will begin work in the county. Yesterday, the supervisors unanimously agreed to begin advertising for 15 additional workers. Under the plan, Mount Pleasant, Bent Mountain and Catawba residents would have A-L-S service five days a week. Other Roanoke County communities would also receive additional workers.

(---------------------)[Health-Check]



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


In medical news, did you get enough sleep last night? A new report says most people probably didn't.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information:
ONCAM=MELISSA

((on cam)) AMERICA IS AN OVER-WORKED SLEEP DEPRIVED NATION. THOSE ARE THE RESULTS OF A NEW SURVEY BY THE NATIONAL SLEEP FOUNDATION.

VT=VO

((vo)) IT FOUND THAT ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF PEOPLE GET THE RECOMMENDED 8 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT.
AND 40 PERCENT HAVE TROUBLE KEEPING THEIR EYES OPEN WHILE ON THE JOB.
PAST RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT GETTING A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP IS AN INTREGAL PART OF AN OVERALL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

VT=VO

((vo)) AND SOME SCARY STATISTICS WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN AND SMOKING. THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL SHOWS WOMEN NOW ACCOUNT FOR 39 PERCENT OF SMOKING RELATED DEATHS.
THAT'S DOUBLE THE RATE FROM 19-65.
BUT IT GETS WORSE. MORE YOUNG WOMEN ARE SMOKING. IN A SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR, ONE THIRD OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR GIRLS REPORTED SMOKING IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
SO... HOW BEST TO GET WOMEN TO SNUFF OUT THEIR SMOKES ONCE AND FOR ALL?
THE SURGEON GENERAL POINTS TO THE SUCCESS OF A PROGRAM IN CALIFORNIA. IT CUT LUNG CANCER RATES AMONG WOMEN THERE EVEN AS THEY ROSE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

ONCAM=MELISSA

((on cam)) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]


[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories. Amherst County School officials are planning a 30- minute evacuation of its high school students this morning.
That after a bomb threat.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


State officials have approved the merger of Virginia Gas and NUI.
That means a gas pipeline WILL be built through Southwest Virginia-- but without the stipulation of CO- locating the lines.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a California couple is indicted for the fatal mauling death of a woman.
Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller are both charged with involuntary manslaughter.
They're held on at least a million dollars' bail each.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, March 28th.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-11Amherst-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=School Safety]


Amherst County School officials are taking extra precautions today due to a bomb threat.
Authorities say a student found a note in a magazine in the High School's library that said a bomb would go off at eleven -oh -seven this morning.
Police have searched the school and plan to make another search this morning before students and administration arrive.
The school is planning an evacuation today from ten forty-five until eleven fifteen.

[Monty-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]



A teenager was killed in a car accident last night. The accident happened around 11 on Route 610 in Montgomery County. State Police say the car, driven by Joseph Lee Franklin, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. His passenger 16 year old Kristopher L. McFalls of Riner died at the scene. Authorities say McFalls was not wearing a seat belt. There's no word on Franklin's condition.

[2-11Gas-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC29:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


State officials have approved the merger of Virginia Gas and NUI.
That means a gas pipeline WILL be built through Southwest Virginia.
(-------------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Brent Riley says he's disappointed the State Corporation Commission approved the merger between Virginia Gas and N-U-I without the stipulation that the new line be built next to an existing one.
He says building a new pipeline along a new route would damage thousands of acres of land.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Not only is it]

[TC:08:22:16] ((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: NOT ONLY IS IT NOT NEEDED BECAUSE THEY DID NOT LOOK AT THE OTHER OPTIONS. IT'S UNWISE, IT'S GOING TO COST US HIGHER IN TERMS OF OUR RATES.))
[SUPER=01-Brent Riley/Pipeline Opponent]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=in terms of our rates.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Riley says landowners who oppose the new pipeline will take their case to court.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Virginia Gas and N-U-I could not be reached for comment about the merger or the new pipeline.

[11Kroger]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-14 TC11:14]
[GRAPHIC=Kroger Contract Vote]


Kroger employees in central and western Virginia approved a new four- year contract.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


They voted on the agreement yesterday during a meeting at the Salem Civic Center.
Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union represents 45- hundred workers at 49 Kroger stores in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.
And most who turned out for the meeting, voted to accept the new contract.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:48:53]
[IN Q=We appreciate the fact]

((JIM LOWTHERS/LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT: WE APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT KROGER WAS WILLING TO WORK WITH US TO TRY TO RESOLVE ISSUES AND WE THINK THEY DID IT IN A REASONABLE FASHION, AND OBVIOUSLY OUR FOLKS ARE PLEASED.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Lowthers/Local 400 President]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=obviously our folks are pleased.]
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[VO-NAT]


Kroger Mid-Atlantic President Pete Williams says he was also pleased with the ratification vote. In a news release yesterday afternoon, Williams said he is proud of the professional way Kroger management and associates handled the process.
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[11Comair]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=01-05]
[GRAPHIC=Comair Strike]


Comair has canceled all of its flights through mid-day today and it doesn't look the strike is ending anytime soon.
Comair pilots say the airline offers service comparable to a large carrier so it should pay its pilots like one.
(-----------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hebron, KY]


That as pilots walk the picket line for another day - no new talks are scheduled between Comair and its pilots union.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=15:47:35]

((CAPT. DUANE WOERTH/AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION INT.: THIS IS NOT A FARM CLUB. THESE GUYS DON'T HAVE TRAINING WHEELS ON... THEY ARE EXPERIENCED PILOTS. THEY SHOULD BE COMPENSATED THAT WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Duane Woerth/Airline Pilots' Association;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=compensated that way ]
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[vo-nat]
[Super=03-Roanoke;]


Comair has canceled all flights through 11-am today- The airline serves 95 cities including Roanoke.
If you have a flight, you may want to call the airline to try and get rerouted on another airline.
The number is at 1-800-354-9822.
(-----------------)



[Dog-Attack]


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


Indictments that came down yesterday mark the first time a California couple has been held legally accountable for a fatal dog attack.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]


A grand jury charged attorneys Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller in the mauling death of 33- year- old Diane Whipple.
The woman was killed by the couple's two mastiffs.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY.]

((TERENCE HALLINAN/DISTRICT ATTORNEY: THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO 39-WITNESSES AS WELL AS NOEL AND KNOLLER. AND AFTER HEARING ALL THE TESTIMONY, THEY MADE THE DECISION THAT THIS WAS AN APPROPRIATE CHARGE. AND I THINK THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Terence Hallinan/District Attorney;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=THEY WERE DOING.]
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[VO-NAT]


Knoller is charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
Her bail is set at two- million dollars.
Noel's bail is one- million.
(------------)



[Military-Crash]


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


Rescue teams are battling blizzard conditions in their search for a missing U-S military F-15 plane and its pilot.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Scotland;]


Two fighter jets disappeared Monday while on a training mission over the Scottish Highlands.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing one of the jets, like those seen here, veering wildly out of control.
Yesterday, authorities found the wreckage of ONE of the planes and the body of its pilot.
The incident follows a string of deadly military accidents this year.
Two other experienced U-S military pilots were killed the same day in Germany.
(------------)


[S-Dale]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-85]
[GRAPHIC=Dale Earnhardt OBIT]


Police investigator Robert Walker has told the Orlando Sentinel that his efforts to examine evidence from the accident that killed Dale Earnhardt were hampered by NASCAR.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February; :00]


He received orders not to attend Earnhardt's autopsy or to inspect photos of the wreck. Walker's explanation..."I do what they tell me to do. I don't know why and I didn't ask. If left to my own devices, I would have gone to the autopsy and photographed the inside of the vehicle"
(-----------)
[anchor=Kim]
[graphic=HOLD]


Police spokesman sergeant Al Tolley insisted that no one told police how to investigate Earnhardt's death. He also said, that because the death was accidental, it does not require a thorough a probe as a murder case.


[2-County-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-09]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Roanoke County Supervisors have made some decisions regarding fire and ambulance service.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday;]

Right now, tax dollars pick up the cost of ambulance service in the county. But yesterday-- the supervisors voted to start billing residents' insurance for the service. All but supervisor Joseph McNamara voted for the change, which is expected to go into affect as early as the end of the year.
(////sot////)
[sot 02:18:26]
[in q=We don't ]

((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/SUPERVISOR: WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE BUDGET FROM THE STATE YET I THINK IT'S PREMATURE TO PUT ANOTHER FEE ON THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY UNTIL WE KNOW ALL OF OUR FIGURES.))
[SUPER=01-Joseph McNamara/Windsor Hills Supervisor; :00]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q= all our figures.]
(------------------)

[vo-nat] The money generated would help pay for fire and rescue personnel. Next month, 20- new fire and rescue workers will begin work in the county. Yesterday, the supervisors unanimously agreed to begin advertising for 15 additional workers. Under the plan, Mount Pleasant, Bent Mountain and Catawba residents would have Advanced Life Support service five days a week. Other Roanoke County communities would also receive additional workers.

(---------------------)[11Pleasants-Reward]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC38:27]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A 10- thousand- dollar reward is up for grabs for information that'll help solve a Radford murder case.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


The money is being provided by the family of Lori Pleasants and the City of Radford.
[SUPER=04-June 19;]


23-year-old Pleasants was found strangled in her apartment last June.
Although police have followed a number of leads since then, including a D-N-A sample... no one has been charged in the case.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT-1:04:40]
[IN Q=THE REWARD]

((SGT SCHWARZER/RADFORD PD; THE REWARD WE HOPE WILL BRING THIS CASE TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION AND WILL DO SO IN A MORE TIMELY FASHION THEN IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE REWARD AND PERHAPS BRING SOMEONE FORWARD WHO HAS YET TO COME FORWARD WITH SOME INFORMATION. ))
[SUPER=01-Scott Schwarzer/Radford Police Department;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=with some information.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Police say the case is a top priority for the department, and anyone with information is encouraged to call.
(------------)



[Taiwan-Fight]


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


A video camera captures a Taiwanese lawmaker living up to his bad reputation--
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Taipei, Taiwan;]


During a committee meeting today independent lawmaker Lo Fu-Chu slapped a female legislator and pulled her hair.
Former T-V anchorwoman Diane Lee received minor injuries and was sent to the hospital.
Lo reportedly charged over to Lee's table and accused her of saying he had ties to organized crime.
Such violence in the legislature used to be common practice after martial law ended in the late '80s.
But in these days of democracy, public outbursts are rare.
(------------)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Spa]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Amherst County School officials want to inform parents about a bomb threat.
Authorities say a student found a note in a magazine in the High School's library that said a bomb would go off at eleven -oh -seven this morning. Police plan to search the school again this morning.
The school is planning an evacuation today from ten forty-five until eleven fifteen.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A gas pipeline WILL be built through Southwest Virginia. The State Corporation Commission approved the merger between Virginia Gas and N-U-I. The two companies could not be reached for comment about the merger or the new pipeline. Opponents of the pipeline say they'll take their case to court.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Brambleton Hardware is going out of business.
The 44-year old store will close its doors as soon as all the merchandise is gone.
The owner says there is more retail than the valley can support and calls the decision to close his doors a very emotional one.
The going out of business sale begins tomorrow morning.

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(Steve mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Steve ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Of course]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=On News 7 at 6 tonight.]
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[Desk=Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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