[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


The Navy crew members stuck in China for nearly two weeks will be back with their families for Easter..
They're now on a military flight to Hawaii.
We'll have the latest.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Virginia Tech students say university officials are ignoring racism on campus.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


All that, coming up on News 7 Mornin.

[China-Plane]


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


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
It's a long journey back home for the 24- Navy crew members who spent nearly two weeks in China-- but at least they're on their way.
Officials say they've boarded a military jet in Guam for a flight to Hawaii.
The trip will take about eight hours.
After their stop in Hawaii today, they'll be welcomed at a homecoming celebration Saturday at their base in Washington State.
Chris Lawrence is in Hawaii this morning, with an update.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/Reporting;]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Craig Quigley/Pentagon Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Darlene Edmund/Ex-Wife of Crewman;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=and psychologists.]

(( ISLAND HOPPING THEIR WAY HOME... THE 24 AMERICANS ARE HEADED FOR HAWAII THIS MORNING AFTER A STOP OVER IN GUAM. IT'S BEEN A WHIRLWIND TWO WEEKS FOR THE CREW THAT LANDED IN THE CENTER OF AN INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE BY LANDING THEIR CRIPPLED SPY PLANE -- IN CHINESE TERRITORY.
AFTER 12 DAYS OF TALKS AND A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT BUSH IN WHICH HE SAID THE U-S WAS "VERY SORRY" FOR THE DEATH OF A CHINESE PILOT.... THE CREW WAS FINALLY SET FREE.

SOT: REAR ADMIRAL CRAIG QUIGLEY/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN

"WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HAVE CREW MEMBERS UNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES BEFORE EASTER, THAT'S OUR GOAL."
FAMILY MEMBERS CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEIR LOVED ONES....MANY ARE FLYING T0 WHIDBEY ISLAND -- OFF OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON-- FOR A HUGE WELCOME HOME --THIS WEEKEND.

SOT: DARLENE EDMUNDS/EX-WIFE OF CREW MEMBER

"I'M ECSTATIC, I'M ABSOLUTELY EXCITED A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DRAGGING ON."
THERE'S ALSO THE MATTER OF THE PLANE, STILL IN THE HANDS OF THE CHINESE.

SOT: QUIGLEY

"WE CONSIDER IT AMERICAN PROPERTY AND WE WANT IT BACK."
OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE ALREADY BEGUN DEBRIEFING THE CREW MEMBERS, HOPING TO GET DETAILS OF WHAT LED UP TO THE MID-AIR COLLISION AND THE COLLISION ITSELF-- WHILE THEIR MEMORIES ARE STILL FRESH. CREW MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE THOROUGHLY CHECKED OUT BY MEDICAL DOCTORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS. ))
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
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[Senior-Shooting]


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


Police in Chula Vista, California, are searching for a motive in a fatal shooting at a senior citizens center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chula Vista, CA;]


Authorities say four people were killed yesterday-- including the gunman, 68- year-old Eugene Molter.
Police say Molter had lived at the senior citizens' home for six years.
They say he fatally shot three residents and then fired on officers arriving at the scene, before turning the gun on himself.
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[Police-Shooting]


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


Violence is continuing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The city's mayor is considering calling in the National Guard.
Violent protests continue over last weekend's police shooting of an un-armed black suspect.
On the third night of confrontations with police, groups of vandals smashed windows and looted stores.

Police have made at least 66 arrests since the violence began. [11Tech-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-11 46:03]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Students at Virginia tech say the administration is ignoring racial problems on campus, and they promise more protests if the problems aren't addressed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


A number of students say the school hasn't done enough, since a fight between two professors last month.
[SUPER=04-March 29;]


SOME believe the argument over a Pamplin Hall classroom between a black and white professor was race related.
Students are demanding a verbal apology, tuition reimbursement and required race sensitivity instruction for faculty and police.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-22 03:56]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

In business news this morning,
[SS=Heilig Meyers Stores Closing]


Heilig Meyers Furniture is closing hundreds of stores across the country.
That will mean some changes for stores in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-November 2000;]


The company filed bankruptcy last August.
It already closed stores in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, and Collinsville in an attempt to save money.
Now nearly 400 other stores with close so the company can divert its resources to its outlet stores.
Those in Roanoke and Lynchburg will convert to outlet status called "RoomStores" at the end of May.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In other business news, Yahoo! beats Wall Street's reduced first quarter earnings expectations, but the company still announces layoffs. 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=1:45]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]

((Information:
(ON CAM)

YAHOO'S EARNINGS....
IN OTHER AFTER THE BELL ACTION:

(graphic)

LAM RESEARCH FELL SHORT POSTED EARNINGS THAT WERE 3 CENTS SHY OF ALREADY LOWERED EXPECTATIONS - LAM WILL ALSO CUT 15 PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE.

(graphic)

NETWORK APPLIANCE WARNED THAT FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR EARNINGS WILL MISS THE MARK BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN

(graphic)

AND REDBACK NETWORKS LOST LESS MONEY THAN EXPECTED IN THE FIRST QTR.
(on cam)

THE NASDAQ WILL TRY TO MAKE IT FOUR WINNING DAYS IN A ROW... BUT THE DOW'S RALLY HIT A BRICK WALL AS INVESTORS ROTATED MONEY OUT OF THE OLD ECONOMY BLUE CHIP NAMES.

(graphic)

THE DOW GAVE BACK 83 POINTS TO 10-THOUSAND-19

(graphic)

WHILE THE NASDAQ MOVED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, CLIMBING 50 POINTS.

(on cam)

COMPUTER CHIP STOCKS LED THE WAY HIGHER AFTER AN ANALYST AT SALOMON SMITH BARNEY REVERSED COURSE AND RECOMMENDED BUYING THE STOCKS. HE SAYS THE CHIP INDUSTRY IS CLOSE TO A RECOVERY. INTEL - APPLIED MATERIALS
AND AMAZON.COM GOT A BIG BOOST AFTER ITS RATINGS OUTLOOK WAS UPGRADED BY MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE.. MOODY'S SAYS AMAZON HAS ENOUGH CASH ON HAND FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS...

(take sot)
SOT: Jeff Bezos /C-E-O Amazon.com

"this is something we've been saying for some time. i'm very pleased to see someone saying the same thing"

(on cam)

AMAZON ALSO PENNED A DEAL WITH BORDERS BOOKS - THE TWO WILL LAUNCH A CO-BRANDED WEBSITE THIS SUMMER.
On cam) AND TWO BIG ECONOMIC REPORTS ARE EXPECTED LATER THIS MORNING... A REPORT ON MARCH WHOLESALE INFLATION AND RETAIL SALES....

(graphic)

TO TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION HEAD TO CBS.MW.COM

(on cam)

I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS IN NEW YORK.)



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Pitts-Shooting]


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


A 12 year old boy is in critical condition after a skeet shooting accident.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's department says an adult and three juveniles were shooting skeet along Ferry Road .. when a 10 year old boy shot his companion in the head with a 20- gauge shotgun.
No word if any charges are being considered.




[11Taxi-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-13 22:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The second suspect in a cab driver shooting is in custody.
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[VO-NAT]


Shawn (Con-iss) Conace Vaughn turned himself in Tuesday night.
Police say Vaughn and another man allegedly shot and robbed
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sunday]

a cab driver in Roanoke early Sunday morning.
The cab driver is listed in fair condition.
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[11VA-Laundry]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Officials cut the ribbon on a new laundry facility at the V-A hospital in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

The new facility will wash, dry, and fold one-hundred pounds scrubs and sheets every five minutes, that's nearly 2-million pounds of laundry a year. The one-point-six million dollars in funding for the project came from Duke Energy...
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[SOT TC 8:30]
[IN Q=The way we pay them back...]
[SUPER=01-Mike Head/Veteran's Affairs Facilities Mgr.]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=really a cost neutral venture]
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[VO-NAT]

In addition to economic savings, the new facilities use about one-third the amount of water, electricity, and steam.
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[11Literacy-Grant]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A unique program will soon have children and their parents going to school together.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Danville Public Schools announced yesterday they are receiving a 750-thousand dollar grant for the Even Start Family Literacy Program.
It helps provide literacy training for adults and their children to help break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17:07:52]
[IN Q=At the same time]

((AUDREY DAVIDSON/DANVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: AT THE SAME TIME THE PARENTS ARE BEING WORKED WITH, THE CHILDREN WILL BE WORKED WITH SO AS THESE CHILDREN ENTER THE SCHOOLS THEY'RE COMING IN WITH AN EVEN START AND THEY GOT THE BENEFITS THAT OTHER CHILDREN COMING TO SCHOOL WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Audrey Davidson/Danville Public Schools]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=to school with]
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[VO-NAT]


To be eligible, families must have children between six weeks and three years in age.
Parents must attend 20 hours a week with their child.
The school district hopes to have the program up and running by October.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new study says Alzheimer's Disease can shorten your life span.
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=1:23]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information:
ALZHEIMERS DISEASE DOES NOT JUST ROB PEOPLE OF THEIR MEMORIES- IT ALSO SHORTENS THEIR LIVES. A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS THE AVERAGE PATIENT WITH ALZHEIMERS DIES WITHIN ABOUT 3-5 YEARS AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS. SMOKING IS UNHEALTHY AT ANY AGE- BUT IT'S ESPECIALLY BAD FOR WOMEN AFTER MENOPAUSE. TOBACCO UPS THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK- AND A NEW STUDY FINDS SMOKING ALSO THINS THE BONES- ACCELERATING THE RATE OF OSTEOPOROSIS. HOWEVER- THE SAME STUDY- IN THE ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE- ALSO FINDS ONE DRINK A DAY MAY BE BONE HEALTHY- LOWERING THE RISK OF A HIP OR SPINE FRACTURE. WELL- A BIG DILEMMA FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WITH EPILEPSY. A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS ANTI-SEIZURE DRUGS RAISE THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS- INCLUDING ONE DRUG WE THOUGHT WAS SAFE IN PREGNANCY: PHENOBARBITAL. HOWEVER- IF YOU ARE PREGNANT AND HAVE A SEIZURE DISORDER - DO NOT STOP YOUR MEDICATION ON YOUR OWN- TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. FINALLY TODAY- WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY IS GOOD- PROVIDED YOU DON'T GO OVERBOARD, A STUDY FROM CORNELL FINDS WOMEN WHO GAIN MORE THAN 35 POUNDS DURING THEIR PREGNANCY OFTEN HAVE TROUBLE BREASTFEEDING- ONE REASON MAY BE THE EXTRA WEIGHT CAUSES HORMONES TO BE RELEASED WHICH SLOWS DOWN MILK PRODUCTION AFTER DELIVERY. THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM 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 Chinese have finally released them, now the 24 crew members of a Navy spy plane are on an eight- hour flight from Guam to Hawaii.
There, they'll face more de- briefings on the collision with a Chinese fighter jet.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


The General Assembly will hold final votes today on new election districts.
Virginia Democrats aren't pleased with the districts and they want to take the G-O-P plan to court.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And vandalism hits a northeast Roanoke neighborhood. Residents are trying to find out who's damaging their property, and worry who the next victim will be.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, April 11th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-China-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
After nearly two weeks in China, the crew of the grounded Navy spy plane is back on U-S soil.
The 24 crew members arrived in Guam this morning, and are now heading to Hawaii.
They'll be de- briefed about the collision with a Chinese fighter jet.
Then finally, a homecoming celebration will greet them Saturday at their base in Washington State.
The event will be open to the public, and thousands of people are expected.
For the latest, we go now to Chris Lawrence, who's standing by in Hawaii.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Hickham AFB, HI;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Craig Quigley/Pentagon Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Darlene Edmund/Ex-Wife of Crewman;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=and psychologists.]

(( ISLAND HOPPING THEIR WAY HOME... THE 24 AMERICANS ARE HEADED FOR HAWAII THIS MORNING AFTER A STOP OVER IN GUAM. IT'S BEEN A WHIRLWIND TWO WEEKS FOR THE CREW THAT LANDED IN THE CENTER OF AN INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE BY LANDING THEIR CRIPPLED SPY PLANE -- IN CHINESE TERRITORY.
AFTER 12 DAYS OF TALKS AND A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT BUSH IN WHICH HE SAID THE U-S WAS "VERY SORRY" FOR THE DEATH OF A CHINESE PILOT.... THE CREW WAS FINALLY SET FREE.

SOT: REAR ADMIRAL CRAIG QUIGLEY/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN

"WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HAVE CREW MEMBERS UNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES BEFORE EASTER, THAT'S OUR GOAL."
FAMILY MEMBERS CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEIR LOVED ONES....MANY ARE FLYING T0 WHIDBEY ISLAND -- OFF OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON-- FOR A HUGE WELCOME HOME --THIS WEEKEND.

SOT: DARLENE EDMUNDS/EX-WIFE OF CREW MEMBER

"I'M ECSTATIC, I'M ABSOLUTELY EXCITED A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DRAGGING ON."
THERE'S ALSO THE MATTER OF THE PLANE, STILL IN THE HANDS OF THE CHINESE.

SOT: QUIGLEY

"WE CONSIDER IT AMERICAN PROPERTY AND WE WANT IT BACK."
OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE ALREADY BEGUN DEBRIEFING THE CREW MEMBERS, HOPING TO GET DETAILS OF WHAT LED UP TO THE MID-AIR COLLISION AND THE COLLISION ITSELF-- WHILE THEIR MEMORIES ARE STILL FRESH. CREW MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE THOROUGHLY CHECKED OUT BY MEDICAL DOCTORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS. ))

[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Hickham AFB, HI;]




[Truck-Recall]


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


Two major recalls from Daimler- Chrysler.
The automaker is recalling more than 700- thousand Dodge Ram trucks, because a spring on a hood latch could corrode, causing the hood to flip up.
Daimler- Chrysler is also recalling diesel- powered Rams to fix a problem with the throttle cable.

[11Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


The Virginia Senate is taking steps that could allow the General Assembly to take another look at this year's budget, and the car tax.
(+++++++)

[TAKE FS Pinnacle]
The Senate Rules Committee will consider an amendment from "Bo" Trumbo today, allowing lawmakers to reconsider the budget. [Next Page]
If both houses adopt the resolution, it would allow lawmakers to re-open the budget debate. [Next Page]
And that might end the seven-week budget stalemate with Governor Gilmore over the pace of car tax relief.
(------------)





[11Redistricting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-03 1:50:33]
[GRAPHIC=Redistricting]

Final votes are expected today in the House and Senate on new election districts.
Virginia Democrats are mad.
And they're getting it all in the record to take the GOP redistricting plan to court.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Will the gentleman admit that the]
[SOT 03:02:07]

((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: WILL THE GENTLEMAN ADMIT THAT THE PLAN TO PAIR DEMOCRATS WAS ALSO AN INTENTIONAL PLAN TO PAIR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS?))09
[SOT 03:02:23]

((DEL. CHRIS JONES/R-SUFFOLK: YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHO THE OFFICERS ARE IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS.))03
[SUPER=@Deeds; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=are in the Democratic Caucus.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Suffolk Republican Chris Jones drew up the plan.
He took most of the heat.
At one point, Majority Leader Morgan Griffith accused Minority Leader Dick Cranwell of saying Jones was a liar-- which would violate House rules.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The words I believe are]
[SOT HOUSE 02:12:55]

((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: THE WORDS I BELIEVE ARE CALCULATED TO WOUND, OFFEND, OR INSULT ANOTHER MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE... WILKINS: I DON'T THINK IT'S QUITE THAT BAD. HE'S CROSS-EXAMINING. ... JONES: IT'S OKAY, I'M BIG BOY.))15
[SUPER=@Griffith; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=It's okay. I'm a big boy.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=NONE]


In the Roanoke area, both Dick Cranwell and Chip Woodrum volunteered NOT to run if either could be put in Vic Thomas's district instead of together.
Republicans refused.
Thomas has NOT yet said whether he'll retire this year.

[6-VA-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Unemployment]


Virginia's unemployment numbers are out.
The state's February jobless rate was 2-point-4 per cent .. the lowest for any February in the 51 years such records have been kept.


[Belle-Vandal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-08]
[GRAPHIC=None]

For months now residents in one northeast Roanoke neighborhood have watched their property get vandalized. Now they're wondering who's behind it and who might be the next victim. As Kate Weidaw tells us, a lot of residents are staying up at night trying to catch the vandals.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It makes you]
[SUPER=01-Larry Pollard/Vandalism Victim; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :26]
[SUPER=01-Nathan Wheeling/Concerned Resident; :35]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Stover/Vandalism Victim; :51]
[SUPER=@Kate1; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 Roanoke.]



(([SOT 11:25]
[INQ=]

((LARRY POLLARD: IT MAKES YOU SLEEP UNEASY AT NIGHT KNOWING SOMEBODY LIKES TO SEE FIRE AROUND HERE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]


Larry Pollard was the most recent resident on Belle Avenue to have his property vandalized.

[SOT 9:59]
[INQ=]

((LARRY POLLARD: SOMEBODY STUFFED MY FENDER WHEEL HERE FULL OF NEWSPAPER AND LIT IT AND MY TRASH CAN WAS BURNING AND THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS TOOK GARDEN HOSE AND PUT MY CAR OUT, THE TRASH CAN BURNT UP.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 14]


Nathan Wheeling lives across the street from the Pollards and has seen his neighbors' cars get egged, windows broken, and fires set.

[SOT 3:38]
[INQ=]

((NATHAN WHEELER: IF YOU LOOK AROUND ALL THE NEIGHBORS HAVE ADT SYSTEMS BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BREAK IN OR THEIR HOUSE CATCHING ON FIRE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 9]


Wheeling's next door neighbor Jonathan Stover was the first one to be vandalized last summer.

[SOT 6:38]
[INQ=]=

((JONATHAN STOVER: WE'VE HAD 8 TIRES SLASHED SITTING IN OUR DRIVEWAY AND WEEKS AFTER THAT OUR CAR GOT EGGED FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT TIMES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


And it just hasn't stopped. Flower pots set on fire at another home, a vacant house burned to the ground .. neighbors wonder when will it end, and what can police do about it.
[STANDUP 25:15]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW: THE ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT HAS BOOSTED ITS PATROLS ON BELLE AVENUE BUT RESIDENTS SAY THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT ENOUGH BECAUSE THE VANDALISMS KEEP HAPPENING.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]



[SOT 6:58]
[INQ=]

((JONATHAN STOVER: I'VE TALKED TO THE COPS A NUMBER OF TIMES AND ALL I'VE ASKED FOR IS A RIDE UP AND DOWN THE STREET A COUPLE OF TIMES AND THEY CAN'T SEEM TO DO THAT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 8]


No one has been hurt yet, but residents worry more fires could lead to injuries or even death .. and that's why they hope they, or police, or anybody, can find out who's doing it.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))


[11Martinsville]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-06 1:45:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's apparently becoming more costly to put out fires in Martinsville.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


The Fire Department is asking the city for money to hire three additional firefighters.
That would guarantee seven firefighters per shift.
But Martinsville's city manager says state funding may help decide whether the city can hire more firefighters.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17:02:40]
[IN Q=We really count on]

((EARL REYNOLDS/CITY MANAGER: WE REALLY COUNT ON HAVING REVENUES FROM THE COMMONWEALTH TO BE FAIRLY STABLE. SO WHEN THOSE REVENUES, HISTORICAL REVENUES FROM THE COMMONWEALTH BEGIN TO GO DOWN AND NEW REVENUES FROM THE COMMONWEALTH CANNOT BE PUT IN PLACE THEN WE ARE IN A CATCH 22.))
[SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/City Manager]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=we are in a catch 22]
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[VO-NAT]


Reynolds says one option is to raise fees to pay for new firefighters.
But he says that decision won't be made until a final budget decision in Richmond.
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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:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A 12 year old boy is in critical condition after a skeet shooting accident.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's department says an adult and three juveniles were shooting skeet along Ferry Road .. when a 10 year old boy shot his companion in the head with a 20- gauge shotgun.
No word if any charges are being considered.

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


Heilig Meyers Furniture is closing nearly 400 stores across the country so the company can divert its resources to its outlet stores.
Those in Roanoke and Lynchburg will convert to outlet status called "RoomStores" at the end of May.

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


Danville Public Schools announced they're receiving a 750-thousand dollar grant for the Even Start Family Literacy Program.
It helps provide literacy training for adults and their children to help break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty.
The school district hopes to have the program up and running by October.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
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(Shannon ad lib weather)
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Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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