[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


U-S diplomats will have a SECOND meeting today with Navy crew members from a grounded spy plane in China.
We'll have the latest.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the proposed new political districts in Virginia are still being debated.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Stay tuned-- all that coming up on News 7 Mornin.

[2-China-Plane]


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


U-S officials say American diplomats will be allowed to meet again with the crew of a Navy spy plane grounded in China.
Today's meeting will be the SECOND such meeting since Sunday's crash.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The 24- servicemen and women have been detained in China ever since.
China's President is still demanding an apology from the U-S for the collision that killed a Chinese pilot.
But U-S officials say the pilot was notorious for harassing spy planes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT ]
[IN Q=We have no need]

((WILLIAM COHEN/FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY:WE NAVE NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE. AS SECT. POWELL HAS INDICATED HIS WILLINGNESS TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION ON HOW THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT OCCURRED BUT TO EXPRESS AN APOLOGY FOR BEING IN INTERNATIONAL AIRSPACE IS COMPLETELY UNWARRANTED. ))
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Former Defense Secretary;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=completely unwarranted.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


President Bush tried to ease tensions -- but has stopped short of offering an actual apology.
(------------)



[Osprey]


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


The Pentagon says it's figured out what caused an Osprey aircraft to crash, killing four Marines.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The controversial aircraft crashed in North Carolina last December.
The Pentagon's report blames the fatal crash on a faulty hydraulic system and computer problems.
Meanwhile, the Marine corps acknowledged it had been aware of the potential hydraulic system problem since 19-99.

The report ALSO said the crew reacted "immediately and correctly" to the in-flight emergency, and was without fault in the accident.
The Osprey fleet has been grounded ever since.
(------------)


[11Redistricting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC42:14]
[GRAPHIC=Redistricting]


More than a dozen Virginians commented about their proposed new political districts last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


A Republican map just three hours old drew only pleas to keep communities with "like interests" together.
A very similar plan released Tuesday lumps seven incumbents into three House districts in southside and southwest Virginia.
Democrats say Republicans are playing politics at the expense of seniority and experience for the region -- and have NOT given the voters enough chances to weigh in on the actual plan.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 20:07:19]
[IN Q=That's one of the reasons]

((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D-ROANOKE: THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'RE HAVING THESE MEETINGS NOW. BECAUSE WE HAD 15 PEOPLE IN ROANOKE THAT CAME. BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO LOOK AT, YOU KNOW? NO PLAN WHATSOEVER.))
[SOT 19:25:32 ]

((REV. FLETCHER LOWE/INTERFAITH CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY: THERE'S ENOUGH CYNCISM ABOUT POLITICS... JUST ANOTHER ILLUSTRATION OF GOTCHA POLITICS.))
[SUPER=@Thomas; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Fletcher Lowe/Interfaith Center for Pub. Policy; :14]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=another illustration of gotcha politics.]
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[VO-NAT]


The House plan splits 62 localities up into different districts, four more than the 1991 Democratic redistricting.


The Senate plan splits 38-- two more than now.
Republicans say they're mostly just moving lines based on math, but acknowledge some political gain.
Yesterday's new G-O-P map corrected their Tuesday mistake, finally putting Roanoke's Chip Woodrum in the same district as Vinton's Dick Cranwell.
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[11Forbes]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC26:23]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


The Republican statewide ticket for this fall is coming together.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Former Republican party chairman Randy Forbes dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor yesterday-- and promptly kicked off a congressional campaign for the Tidewater area seat opened last week by the death of Democrat Norm Sisisky.
That leaves Fauquier Delegate Jay Katzen unopposed for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
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[AMTax-Payers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-15 TC 12:44]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


10 days and counting until income taxes must be filed.
If you're a do-it-your-selfer, who do you turn to if you have a question about your tax return?
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Local tax payer and letter carrier Ed Montinez says don't turn to the Internal Revenue Service.
Ed isn't alone in his distrust.
Tonight on News 7 at Six, News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele will explain how the I-R-S is working to change its image.
And even though it's a busy time of year for the I-R-S, Ed says his letter load hasn't been too bad.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[tc:04:21:07]
[IN Q=These days,]

((ED MONTINEZ/TAX PAYER: THESE DAYS, PRETTY LIGHT BEING AS PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING BACK AS MUCH AS THEY SHOULD BE GETTING BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Montinez/Tax Payer]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=be getting back.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Tonight , we'll also take a sneak peek at the new I-R-S web site that allows tax payers to file returns on-line.
(------------)



[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some heavyweights of the high school hardwood come together so some Southwest Virginia athletes can get a new weight room.
Steve Mason has that story and more in sports.
Good Morning Steve.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=3:16]
[OUT Q=a good weekend.]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly ad lib toss to Shannon/Wx)



[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Stock prices shot higher yesterday, propelling the Dow to its second best one-day point gain ever.
The Nasdaq saw a record percentage gain as well. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]


((Information:
(on cam)

HOT ON THE HEELS OF AN IMPRESSIVE WALL STREET RALLY, INVESTORS WILL GET A FRESH VIEW OF THE ECONOMY THIS MORNING...
THE MARCH EMPLOYMENT REPORT WILL BE RELEASED BEFORE THE MARKETS OPEN.. ANALYSTS EXPECT A RISE IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WERE LAID-OFF SINCE DECEMBER FIRST.
WE'LL HAVE TO SEE IF THE MARKETS CAN BUILD ON YESTERDAY'S RALLY: STOCKS SOARED RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE SENDING THE NASDAQ TO ITS THIRD BIGGEST PERCENTAGE GAIN EVER...

(graphic)

THE NASDAQ SHOT UP 146 POINTS OR ABOUT 9 PERCENT TO 1785...

(graphic)

THE DOW SPRINTED 402 POINTS OR MORE THAN 4 PERCENT TO RECLAIM THE 99-HUNDRED LEVEL.

(on cam)

DELL COMPUTER AND YAHOO GET MOST OF THE CREDIT FOR LIGHTING A FIRE UNDER THE BUYERS:
DELL REAFFIRMED ITS SALES AND PROFIT ESTIMATES WHILE YAHOO GOT A BOOST AFTER A PROMINENT ANALYST SAID NOW IS THE TIME TO JUMP BACK INTO THE STOCK.

(graphic)

AND IT WASN'T JUST THE TECH STOCKS...DOW COMPONENT ALCOA RALLIED AFTER EARNINGS AT THE ALUMINUM COMPANY BEAT THE STREET... 3M AND EASTMAN KODAK WERE ALSO BIG BLUE CHIP WINNERS...

(graphic)

INVESTORS GOBBLED UP THE LATEST DEAL IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY... SUIZA FOODS WILL BUY DEAN FOODS FOR 2.5BLN DOLLARS..OR ABOUT 40 DOLLARS A SHARE...

(graphic)

IN AFTER THE BELL ACTION: BMC SOFTWARE SAID IT EXPECTS 4TH QUARTER REVENUES TO BE BETTER THAN EXPECTED..
SYCAMORE NETWORKS SOUNDED A PROFIT WARNING..
STARBUCKS SAID MARCH SALES PERKED UP 5 PERCENT...
AND AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES SAYS IT WILL CUT EMPLOYEE PAY BY 10 PERCENT TO SAVE MONEY AND AVOID ACROSS THE BOARD LAYOFFS.

(graphic)

TO TRACK ALL THE AFTER THE BELL ACTION HEAD TO CBS.MW.COM I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS IN NEW YORK.))

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11NY-Indians]


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


Montgomery County isn't the only community embroiled in controversy over Indian nicknames, logos and mascots.
In New York, state officials are recommending that all schools drop the mascots that some say are offensive and stereotypical.
In some cases, the use of Indian images by school athletic teams dates back several generations.

[11Mad-Dog]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC1:43:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Former businessman and drug trafficker Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer hopes others will learn a lesson from his checkered past.
Messmer's life story is about to become a made-for-television movie..
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17:59:27]

((IF YOU MAKE THE FOOLISH CHOICE THAT GETS YOU LOCKED UP YOU'LL BE FIGHTING TO SEE WHO'S ON TOP, AND THAT IS NO JOKE, THAT IS THE REAL DEAL.))
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=the real deal.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Messmer spoke to students yesterday at Liberty High School.
The former "bouncer- slash- stuntman- slash- mercenary" says prison is filled with people who made the wrong choices.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18:03:01]
[IN Q=I guarantee you]

((DALE 'MAD DOG' MESSMER/EX-CONVICT: I GUARANTEE YOU, AS SURE AS THE SUN RISES AND SETS, EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THIS ROOM IS GOING TO FACE THAT EXACT SAME IDENTICAL CHOICE, MAYBE SATURDAY NIGHT. AND WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO MIGHT BE THE LAST THING YOU CHOOSE TO DO, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU DO.))
[SUPER=01-"Mad Dog" Messmer/Ex-Convict]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=what you do.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Messmer was at Liberty as part of the school's before- prom activities.
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[5-Dental-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-16 1:57:54]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


In this morning's Health Check, Underserved children in the Roanoke Valley now have a place to go for dental care.
Carilion's Pediatric Dental Clinic is open for business.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells this clinic could serve as model for the nation.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Carilion Pediatric Dental]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Conklin/Carilion Dental Care;13]
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Rutkauskas/Acad. of Pediatric Dentistry;39]
[SUPER=01-Virgie Smith/Parent;55]
[SUPER=@Joy2;1:03]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=joy sutton, news 7, Mornin'.]


((Carilion's Pediatric Dental clinic is one of the first in the country to to bring the public and private sector together to address a growing problem facing children across the nation and here at home.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT6:14:57]
[IN Q=We estimate that in the Carilion]

((DR. CHARLES CONKLIN/CARILION DENTAL CARE: WE ESTIMATE THAT IN THE CARILION AREA THAT ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 30 TO 50 THOUSAND WHO ARE UNDERSERVED AND DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE BECAUSE OF THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=financial situation]


And with the help Pediatric Dentist Gabe Brown -- Carilion hopes to meet as much as that need as possible.
The Executive Director of The American Pediatric Dentistry says if the clinic is successful --it could serve a national model of what can be accomplished when a community works together.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT6:18:40]
[IN Q=There is a very significant importance]

((THERE IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE TO THIS CLINIC. THE FACT THAT DENTAL DECAY IS 5 TIMES MORE PREVALENT THAN ASTHMA THIS IS A SILENT EPIDEMIC)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=this is a silent epidemic]


Many parents are just happy that's its finally here.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT6:26:26]
[IN Q=I heard about it from another dentis]

((I HEARD ABOUT IT FROM ANOTHER DENTIST AND I THINK IT'S GREAT BECAUSE ALL THE OTHER DENTISTS ARE BOOKED UP. SO I NEEDED SOMEPLACE FOR MY KIDS TO GET DENTAL WORK DONE SO THEIR TEETH WILL BE HEALTHY)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=will be healthy]


And Carilion hopes this clinic is just the beginning of improving the quality of health for children in valley for years to come.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))


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


Teacher pay raises may hinge on higher real estate taxes in Bedford County.
We'll hear what residents think about the tax hike proposal, straight ahead.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A Roanoke man is arraigned on felony murder, malicious wounding, and firearms charges.
29- year- old Earl Allen Hale is accused of killing his former girlfriend in January.
(----------------)
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm Drew Levinson]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=is coming up.]
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]


And that's what's making news on this Friday April 6-th.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[China-Plane]


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

American diplomats are meeting for a second time with the crew of a grounded U-S Navy spy plane on a southern Chinese island.
China's president is still demanding an American apology for Sunday's collision that killed a Chinese pilot.
Drew Levinson reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Lloyd Neighbors/Minister Counselor for Press; :18]
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Former Defense Secretary; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Washington.]

((
AFTER INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS WITH CHINA, U.S. DIPLOMATS WERE FINALLY GRANTED A SECOND MEETING TODAY ... WITH THE 24 CREW MEMBERS OF A GROUNDED AMERICAN SPY PLANE.

(SOT: Lloyd Neighbors, Minister Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs)

OC: "...as quickly as possible."
THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN -- SEEN HERE IN A NEWLY RELEASED PHOTO -- HAVE BEEN DETAINED ON HAINAN (HY-NAHN) ISLAND EVER SINCE THEIR PLANE COLLIDED WITH A CHINESE FIGHTER JET LAST WEEKEND.
AND AS THE CREW WAITS FOR FREEDOM, CHINA WAITS FOR AN APOLOGY.

(SOT: BUSH)

"I regret that a Chinese pilot is missing, and I regret one of their airplanes is lost, and our prayers go out to the pilot and his family."
PRESIDENT BUSH TRIED TO EASE TENSIONS -- BUT STOPPED SHORT OF OFFERING AN APOLOGY. U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THE CHINESE PILOT WAS NOTORIOUS FOR HARASSING SPY PLANES, AND THEY HAD COMPLAINED ABOUT HIS ACTIONS IN THE PAST.

(SOT: WILLIAM COHEN/FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY)

"We nave no need to apologize. As Sect. Powell has indicated his willingness to exchange information on how this tragic accident occurred but to express an apology for being in international airspace is completely unwarranted."
WHILE VISITING CHILE, CHINA'S PRESIDENT ONCE AGAIN CALLED FOR A FORMAL APOLOGY. BUT HE ALSO SIGNALED THAT HE WOULD NOT WANT TO HURT U.S.-CHINESE RELATIONS.

(STANDUP)

))

[Tax-Cut]


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


A final vote is expected in the Senate this afternoon on President Bush's budget and tax cut plan.
Republicans acknowledge a final victory may depend on a handful of votes.
Lawmakers want to wrap up their work today, before leaving for an Easter- Passover recess.

[11Bedford-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A proposed tax HIKE is on the mind of Bedford County residents. In order for Bedford County teachers to receive a raise Supervisors say the real estate tax must increase. Last night residents voiced their thoughts on the tax hike proposal during a public hearing. Kate Weidaw reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marsha Benson/Teacher;:00]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;:17]
[SUPER=01-Ingrid Woodford/Resident;:25 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Guard/Resident;:38]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:26]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=Kw news7 Bedford Co.]



(([SOT 15:32:31]
[INQ=]

((MARSHA BENSON: IN THE LAST 5 YEARS BEDFORD COUNTY HAS GONE FROM A RANKING OF 48TH TO A MISERABLE 108-TH IN THE STATE FOR BEGINNING TEACHER SALARIES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Marsha Benson has been teaching in the Bedford County school system for 28 years. Teachers like Benson say their salaries need to be increased to not only keep the current teachers but attract new ones.

[SOT 15:28:33]
[INQ=]

((INGRID WOODFORD: WE HAVE FAR TO LONG INVESTED IN THINGS AND NOT IN PEOPLE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 4]


But in order to invest in teachers Supervisors say they need to raise the real estate tax by 8 cents. Not everyone thinks a tax hike is a good idea.

[SOT 15:23:45]
[INQ=]

((BRENDA GUARD: IF TEACHERS SALARIES ARE ... RESULT IN A TAX INCREASE OF 42 PERCENT THEN PERHAPS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN LINE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 9]


Tom Craighead brought a petition with 15-hundred signatures saying it should be the voters decision not the Supervisors.

[SOT 15:21:15]
[INQ=]

((TOM CRAIGHEAD: WE WANT THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON TAX INCREASES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 4]


But others insist a tax hike is inevitable because while the county's population continues to grow economic development is not keeping pace.

[SOT 15:29:15]
[INQ=]

((INGRID WOODFORD: WE LIVE IN A BEDROOM COUNTY, PEOPLE HAVE THEIR HOMES HERE BUT WORK AND SHOP ELSE WHERE THERE FORE WE HAVE NOT CREATED THE NECESSARY TAX BASE THAT THE POPULATION DEMANDS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 18]



Even if Bedford County teachers receive the 13 percent raise they're asking for it would rank them seventh out of the nine surrounding counties.
If the Supervisors pass the proposal it will take effect on July first. Kate Weidaw News 7 Bedford County.))




[11Hale]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=501-02 7:45]
[GRAPHIC=Hale]


29 year old Earl Allen Hale made his first court appearance in a Roanoke courtroom on felony murder, malicious wounding, and related firearms charges.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 2]


Hale is accused of killing 27 year old Charlene Ramsey at an auto detailing company in January. Hale was arrested at a Richmond bus station Wednesday night after a Crime Line tip. He is currently being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond.
(------------)



[11Reynolds]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-06]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A no contest plea settled a criminal case in Salem.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Maurese Reynolds beat, sodomized and shot his ex-girlfriend last September.
Under a plea agreement reached yesterday the woman did not have to testify and the prosecutor agreed to drop four firearms charges.
The 20-year old defendant faces four life terms in prison when he's sentenced later.
(------------)



[2-AMTax-Payers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-15 TC 12:44]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


The April 15-th deadline to file your taxes is drawing near.
If you're a do-it-your-selfer, who do you turn to if you have a question about your tax return?
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Local tax payer and letter carrier Ed Montinez says don't turn to the Internal Revenue Service.
Ed isn't alone in his distrust.
Tonight on News 7 at Six, News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele will explain how the I-R-S is working to change its image.
And even though it's a busy time of year for the I-R-S, Ed says his letter load hasn't been too bad.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[tc:04:21:07]
[IN Q=These days,]

((ED MONTINEZ/TAX PAYER: THESE DAYS, PRETTY LIGHT BEING AS PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING BACK AS MUCH AS THEY SHOULD BE GETTING BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Montinez/Tax Payer]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=be getting back.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Tonight , we'll also take a sneak peek at the new I-R-S web site that allows tax payers to file returns on-line.
(------------)



[11Hazmat]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC53:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Rescue crews in Danville want to be prepared for an emergency.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Yesterday, they took part in a simulated HazMat drill at the wastewater treatment plant.
Participants treated the exercise as the real deal as they worked to save victims and then contain a chemical leak.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 6:17:43, 6:20:56]
[IN Q=We learned that you]

((DENNIS BEAMON/ENTRY TEAM: WE LEARNED THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR TIME TO DO WHAT WE DO.)) ((MARY LEE BARBER/EMERGENCY COORDINATOR: WE NEED TO BE PREPARED TO SAVE ANY HUMAN LIFE OR ANYTHING THAT IS LIVING IF WE POSSIBLY CAN BY CONTAINING THESE LEAKS.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Beam/Entry Team; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Lee Barber/Emergency Coordinator; :06]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=containing these leaks]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


A leak actually happened five years ago at Danville's waste water treatment plant.
Then hazmat crews contained a small chlorine leak which caused a small cloud in the sky.
Chlorine is the most dangerous chemical used at that plant.
(------------)



[11Warner-Wood]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC1:42:00]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Democrat Mark Warner is putting his campaign for Governor in the FAST LANE..
This weekend, Warner will reach out to rural voters at the Martinsville Speedway.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Warner has agreed to sponsor driver Jon Wood for his Truck Series debut Saturday in Martinsville... AND for the races Wood will run this season at the New River Valley Speedway.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 05:43:17]
[IN Q=You really don't see many political ties]

((YOU DON'T REALLY SEE MANY POLITICAL TIES WITH NASCAR AND IT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST AND I THINK IT'S JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON BOARD WITH HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Jon Wood/Truck Series Driver]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=to be on board with him.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The executive Director of the state Republican Party says Virginia Democrats have abandoned rural voters on issues including guns, tobacco and abortion.
Ed Matricardi (MA-tri-CAR-dee) says putting Warner's name on the side of truck isn't going to change that.
[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]

Taxes may be going up in Bedford County. In order for teachers there to receive a raise, supervisors say they need to increase the real estate tax by 8 cents.

The public commented on the tax hike proposal during a public hearing last night.
If the Supervisors pass the proposal, it will take effect on July first.

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

29 year old Earl Allen Hale made his first court appearance in a Roanoke courtroom yesterday on felony murder, malicious wounding, and related firearms charges.
Hale is accused of killing 27 year old Charlene Ramsey at an auto detailing company in January. He is currently being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond.

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


Carilion's Pediatric Dental Clinic is open for business. The clinic is one of the first in the country to to bring the public and private sector together in order to provide underserved children access to dental care. The Executive Director of The American Pediatric Dentistry says if the clinic is successful --it could serve as a national model of what can be accomplished when a community works together.

(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Shannon ad lib weather)
(-------------)

[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Steve Mason with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Sports takes]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
(-------------)
[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]