[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

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[VO-NAT]

Students in Botetourt County might wind up paying the price for changes in next year's budget.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Plus, they want your vote. We'll hear from the men running for governor.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Get your day started with us. News 7 Mornin' is next.

[11Boty-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC38:37]
[GRAPHIC=Boty Budget]


Botetourt County School administrators say programs for kids might get cut if the county's budget for next year is approved.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle]


That brought lots of people out for last night's public hearing.
Under the proposal, the school system would get nearly two million dollars less than it wanted.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./August]


The school board says that could mean cutting some music and phys-ed classes, eliminating activity busses and nurses and increasing class size.
Board members say that's the only way to continue teacher pay raises and pay off the new Greenfield elementary School.
Some laid the blame at the feet of county supervisors.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It is our]

((JACK THOMAS/BOTETOURT CO. SUPERINTENDENT; IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, YOURS AND MINE, TO PROVIDE THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUT CHILDREN. IT SHOULD NOT BE THE RESPONSIBLITY OF CHILDREN TO CARRY FIX YOUR FISCAL MISTAKES BY CARRYING THE GREENFIELD INDUSTRIAL PARK AND SHELL BUILDINGS ON THEIR BACKS.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Thomas/Botetourt Co. Superintendent;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=buildings on their backs.]
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[VO-NAT]


Still others say throwing more money at the schools won't solve the problems.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Instead of the]

((INSTEAD OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAVING TO TAKE IT ON THE CHIN EVERY TIME THE SCHOOL BOARD BRINGS A BUDGET TO THEM...)) ((I BELIEVE THE WAY TO RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE BOTETOURT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND SCHOOL BOARD TO BE BETTER STEWARDS OF OUR MONEY AND TAX DOLLARS.)) [**NO SUPER**]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=our money and tax dollars.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


The County's 52-point-6 million dollar budget includes no tax increases.

[11Eden-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A Pittsylvania County man was killed in a car crash in North Carolina.
The crash happened in Eden .. where police say a car driven by 50 year old Mark J. Hampton and a private ambulance from Henry County collided.
Hampton was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ambulance driver and her passenger were taken to the hospital- they were treated and released. North Carolina police are investigating.

[11Shad-Planking]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=01-07 TC1:37:08]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Virginia politics took center stage in Wakefield.
The men running for governor addressed this year's crowd at the 53-rd annual Shad Planking.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Wakefield; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor;:08]
[SUPER=01-Mark Earley/(R) Candidate for Governor ; :24]
[SUPER=01-John Hager/(R) Candidate for Governor; 1:00]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=News 7, Wakefield.]



[China-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The United States and China are discussing the return of the Navy reconaissance plane that's been detained for nearly 3-weeks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]

Negotiators for the two countries met again in Beijing this morning. After a rocky start to the talks the Bush administration had threatened to walk out.
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[SOT at: 09]
[IN Q=Based on an understanding...]

((Peter Verga/U.S. Under-Secretary of Defense: BASED ON AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE WILL BE ALLOWED TO COMPLETE ALL OF THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA FOR THE MEETING THAT WE AGREED UPON EARLIER TO INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PLAN FOR THE PROMPT RECOVERY AND RETURN OF OUR EP3 AIRCRAFT WE'VE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND CONTINUE THE MEETINGS, AND I'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY AFTER THE MEETING IS OVER, THANK YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Peter Verga/U. S. Under-Secretary of Defense;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=meeting is over, thank you.]
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[ANCHOR=Shan]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The plane made an emergency landing in Southern China after colliding with a Chinese jet on April first.

The Pentagon is demanding the aircraft's return. [Holocaust-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

President Bush is urging all Americans to learn about the Holocaust.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]

On the Eve of Holocaust Memorial Day yesterday President Bush and the First Lady visited the U-S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DCTERMS. Mr. Bush spoke to nearly 300-guests from a central staircase in the museum. His tone was somber. The president urged all Americans visiting Washington to witness the images and lessons of the museum. Holocaust Memorial Day is an event on the Jewish calendar commemorating the 6 million victims of the Holocaust during World War two.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Stocks soared yesterday after an unexpected interest rate cut and some positive earnings news.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT 2001 - 03NA - 03:42:34]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]


((Information:
(on cam)

IT WAS A SURPRISE PARTY ON WALL STREET, BUT IS IT ANOTHER BEAR MARKET RALLY.. OR WILL THIS ONE STICK...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE STUNNED INVESTORS YESTERDAY WHEN IT CUT INTEREST RATES HALF A PERCENTAGE, ONE MONTH BEFORE ITS REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING..
STOCKS TOOK OFF LIKE A ROCKET ONCE THE NEWS HIT:

(graphic)

THE DOW SPRINTED 398 POINTS OR 4 PERCENT TO 10-615

(graphic)

WHILE THE NASDAQ SHOT UP 156 PONTS OR 8 PERCENT BACK ABOVE 2-THOUSAND.

(on cam)

FACED WITH A SAGGING ECONOMY, AND HEAVY LOSSES IN THE STOCK MARKET..THE FED FELT THE TIME WAS RIGHT TO SLASH INTEREST RATES.
AND SOME MARKETWATCHERS SAY ITS JUST THE STIMULUS THE MARKETS NEEDED TO KEEP THE RALLY ALIVE...

(take sot)

font: Byron Piskorowski/Prudential Securities

(on cam)

BRYAN PISKOROWSKI SAYS WE COULD SEE ANOTHER HALF POINT RATE CUT FROM THE FED AT ITS MAY 15TH MEETING...
AND IF YOU THOUGHT THE GOOD NEWS COULDN'T GET ANY BETTER.. TAKE A LOOK AT THE AFTER THE BELL ACTION:

(graphic)

IBM HIT ITS PROFIT TARGET OF 98 CENTS A SHARE ON STRONG SALES AND SAID IT'S ON TRACK TO MEET PROFIT FORECASTS FOR THE YEAR....
AND APPLE COMPUTER IS BACK IN THE BLACK.. APPLE POSTED PROFIT OF 11 CENTS A SHARE..A DIME BETTER THAN ESTIMATES AND

(graphic)

FOR ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION HEAD TO CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ,

(on cam)

I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS IN NEW YORK.))



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11South-Boston]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC28:54]
[GRAPHIC=Noine]


South Boston's airport is back in business.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


The airport is now fully operational more than a month after a fire destroyed the terminal, several planes, and part of a hangar.
A trailer will temporarily house the terminal and offices.
The fire also destroyed a fuse box making night flying impossible but that problem was fixed this week.
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[SOT 16:27:30]
[IN Q=We got some funding]

((RONNIE VAUGHAN/WILLIAM TUCK AIRPORT COMMISSION: WE GOT SOME FUNDING FROM THE STATE FOR THAT, TO GET IT BACK UP AND OPERATING BECAUSE THATS A BIG SAFETY ISSUE. ONE OF THE STATE'S TOP PRIORITIES IS SAFETY FOR THE AIRPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Vaughan/William Tuck Airport Commission]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=for the airport]
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[VO-NAT]


The airport commission plans to apply for a state grant to help rebuild the terminal.
State Police continue to investigate the cause of the March 5th fire.
Workers will begin to clean up the site in the next several weeks.
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[11D-Day-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC17:04]
[GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial]


A piece of history is being re-created in Bedford County.. just in time for the dedication of the D-Day Memorial on June 6th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


For the past nine months, Rucker Tibbs and a group of volunteers at the New London Airport have been rebuilding this 1942 L-3 reconnaissance plane.
It's the same kind of plane that helped pinpoint enemy targets during the D-Day invasion in 1944.
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[SOT 21:16:56]
[IN Q=The L-3 that]

((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL DIRECTOR: THE L-3 THAT THE GENTLEMEN HAVE BEEN WORKING ON OUT AT THE NEW LONDON AIRPORT LOOKS GREAT. AND THEY'VE DONE IT SO HISTORICALLY ACCURATELY IN TERMS OF THE WRAP AROUND THE WINGS AND THE PAINTING AND THE MARKINGS AND SO FORTH, WE'RE REALLY PROUD TO BE THE RECIPIENTS OF SUCH A WONDERFUL DONATION THOSE GUYS HAVE MADE TO US.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Memorial Director; :09]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=made to us.]
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[VO-NAT]


Less than forty of the L-3's were made during World War Two.
It will be moved to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford next month.
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[5-Organ-Donation]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-13 42:55]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


In this morning's Health Check, It's National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness week.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the stories of two people in our area who have benefited from organ transplants.
Joan Akers and John Bradshaw both received a kidney from the same 18 year old man.
And now the two say they share a special bond --and are forever grateful to the man who gave them back their lives.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=These days]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joan Akers/Kidney Recipient; :08]
[SUPER=@Joy2; :]
[SUPER=01-John Bradshaw/Kidney Recipient;1:00]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=JS News 7 Mornin'.]

((
These days Joan Akers says she can enjoy working on her flowers --something she couldn't do when she was on dialysis.

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[SOT2:09]
[IN Q=When you're on dialysis]

((WHEN YOU'RE ON DIALYSIS YOU'RE SO FATIGUED -- IT'S SORT OF LIKE THE WORST CASE OF THE FLU)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=worst case of the flu]


And now she also cares for her granddaughter-- something that also wasn't possible before her kidney transplant three years ago.
But she says still struggles with the fact that her donor was an 18 year old man. She says she prays for his mother every day.
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[SOT1:35]
[IN Q=Thinking about having children of my own]

((THINKING ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN OF MY OWN AND LOSING A CHILD. BUT A PART OF HIM LIVES ON --THEY DIDN'T DIE IN VAIN -- AND YOU GIVE LIFE TO SOMEONE)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=life to someone]

And John Bradshaw was another person that the young man gave life to.
His kidneys had deteriorated so badly, he had to have dialysis three times a week.
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[SOT14:52:04]
[IN Q=How can you say thankyou]

((JOHN BRADSHAW: HOW CAN YOU SAY THANK YOU TO SOMEONE WHO HAS GIVEN YOU YOUR LIFE BACK. IT'S KIND OF TOUGH TO DO. IT'S DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT IT REALLY MEANS)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=what it really means]

Joy Sutton News 7 Mornin'.))
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

(Shannon tosses to bump)


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


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


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Investors are celebrating. A cut in interest rates nudges both the Dow and Nasdaq skyward.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Plus, the question is no longer whether to replace the Indian mascot at Blacksburg High School, but how. The cost of changing everything sporting an Indian logo has yet to be estimated. The Montgomery County School Board will take up the issue next month.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And the president of Hollins University has no regrets. Janet Rasmussen looks back at her time in office.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday April 19-th.
[ANCHOR=Leo]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[Wall-Street]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=stock MArket]

All eyes will be on Wall Street this morning as traders watch to see if stocks continue to climb after a surprise federal reserve interest rate cut.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

Alan Greenspan slashed rates by another half point yesterday to four and a half percent. The cut was the second this year and resulted in the lowest level since 1994.
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/397.48/10614.21/x/156.47/2079.69;]

In the meantime, Wall Street threw a party as the Dow soared 397-points and the Nasdaq jumped 156.

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[SUPER=#555; Reset][2China-Plane]



[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


China says it will discuss returning an American spy plane it's hung onto for the past 3-weeks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]

A U-S negotiator says the Chinese agreed to talk about returning the aircraft after Americans threatened to walk out of talks this week. The two countries are discussing the collision of the spy plane with a Chinese jet April first. The 80-million dollar spy plane was foreced down onto Hainan island where it's been held ever since. The plane's American crew was released after 11-days of negotiations.
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[2-11Boty-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC38:37]
[GRAPHIC=Boty Budget]


Some Botetourt County school administrators voiced their concerns on the proposed budget. They say programs for kids might get cut if the county's budget for next year is approved.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle]


That brought lots of people out for last night's public hearing.
Under the proposal, the school system would get nearly two million dollars less than it wanted.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./August]


The school board says that could mean cutting some music and phys-ed classes, eliminating activity busses and nurses and increasing class size.
Board members say that's the only way to continue teacher pay raises and pay off the new Greenfield elementary School.
Some laid the blame at the feet of county supervisors.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is our]

((JACK THOMAS/BOTETOURT CO. SUPERINTENDENT; IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, YOURS AND MINE, TO PROVIDE THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUT CHILDREN. IT SHOULD NOT BE THE RESPONSIBLITY OF CHILDREN TO CARRY FIX YOUR FISCAL MISTAKES BY CARRYING THE GREENFIELD INDUSTRIAL PARK AND SHELL BUILDINGS ON THEIR BACKS.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Thomas/Botetourt Co. Superintendent;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=buildings on their backs.]
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[VO-NAT]


Still others say throwing more money at the schools won't solve the problems.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Instead of the]

((INSTEAD OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAVING TO TAKE IT ON THE CHIN EVERY TIME THE SCHOOL BOARD BRINGS A BUDGET TO THEM...)) ((I BELIEVE THE WAY TO RESPONSIBILTY LIES WITH THE BOTETOURT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND SCHOOL BOARD TO BE BETTER STEWARDS OF OUR MONEY AND TAX DOLLARS.)) [**NO SUPER**]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=our money and tax dollars.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


The County's 52-point-6 million dollar budget includes no tax increases.

[11Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#01-21 TC11:23]
[GRAPHIC=Mascot]

How much will it cost to replace Blacksburg High School's Indian mascot?
That's a question the Montgomery County school board now has to address.
(----------------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Last Night; QUICK!!!!!!]


The school board must find funds to order new sports uniforms, refinish the gym floor and eliminate other Indian depictions in the building.
A cost for all this has yet to be addressed.
The school does have until July 2003 to comply with the new policy that prohibits the Indian.
Some believe a smooth transition will be helped by having the community involvement seen during the debate.
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[SOT 15:22:25]
[IN Q=I THINK ]

((JIM KLAGGE/MONTGOMERY CO. SCHOOL BOARD; I THINK ONCE PEOPLE GET INVOLVED AND SEE THE VALUE OF EDUCATION GENERALLY THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COME TOGETHER BEHIND OUR SCHOOLS REGARDLESS OF THE MASCOT ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Klagge/Montgomery Co. School Board;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=regardless of the mascot isue]
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[VO-NAT]


The next school board meeting is May 8th and budget issues are on the agenda.
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[11Alleghany-ID]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-14 TC25:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One company's bankruptcy is causing some money troubles in Allegheny County, but a solution may be on the way.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./1999]


The county broke ground in 1999 hoping L-K-M would move into its shell building, but things fell through when L-K-M went belly up.
Now the Economic Development Authority is left with the bill --
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]

two hundred thousand plus for building upgrades, and one hundred thousand dollars for a bond issue.
Two manufacturing companies are now actively inquiring about filling the space permanently.

[6-Hollins-President]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC50:47]
[GRAPHIC=Hollins Univ.]


Hollins University's outgoing president says she wouldn't have done anything differently.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Janet (RAS-mus-sin) Rasmussen resigned effective at the end of the academic year.
Despite serious declines in enrollment and an "eroding endowment", Rasmussen says the school's fundraising is strong.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - TC-10:50]
[IN Q=Our annual fund]

((JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; OUR ANNUAL FUND HAS GONE UP CONSISTENTLY EVERY YEAR I'VE BEEN HERE. OUR FUNDRAISING HAS IMPROVED. THE FUND FOR HOLLINS WAS COMPLETED 16-PERCENT ABOVE EXPECTATIONS. WE'RE THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WAY FOR OUR VISUAL ARTS FACILITY. OUT ALUMNAE HAVE RALLIED BEHIND HOLLINS THE WAY I WOULD EXPECT THEM TO.))
[SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/Hollins University President]
[RUNS=24]
[OUT Q=would expect them to.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rasmussen says her resignation was caused by "differences" with the Board of trustees.
Walter (ROO-gay-ber) Rugaber will serve as interim president.
He's currently a member of the board of trustees, and former publisher of the Roanoke Times.
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[11Wytheville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Authorities have released new details about a Wytheville shooting
Police have identified the victims as Robert and Donna Burgess.
The couple was found with gunshot wounds to the head at a home on North 30th Street on Tuesday evening.
One of their sons was there and called 9-1-1.
Police are waiting for autopsy results before confirming their theory that 64-year-old Robert killed his 47-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself.

[11L'burg-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC42:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


[TAKE VIDEO!!!]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A drive-by shooting in Lynchburg yesterday afternoon, Police say a carload of teenagers fired several rounds at this house on Sixteenth Street.
No one was injured, but police found bullet holes around the doorway.
Authorities stopped the car a few minutes later on Jubilee Drive. Two teenagers were charged with possession of a concealed weapon, and shooting from a vehicle.
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[11Court-Watchers]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-22 TC06:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A retired Roanoke County couple has made a second career out of trial watching.
For the last 20 years, they've been a fixture in cases around the Roanoke Valley.
But yesterday they were LEGALLY required to be there....
Marya Jones explains why.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Usually when Murry]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=07-Suzee White; :13]
[SUPER=07-Murry White; :27]
[SUPER=@Marya2; :57]
[SUPER=07-Judge Diane Strickland; 1:06]
[SUPER=07-Judge Vincent Lilly; 1:18 QUICK!!!!]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Salem.]

(( Usually when Murry and Suzee White come to court, it's for murder and mayhem.
This time, it was for cake and punch.
Their friends at the Salem Courthouse subpoenaed the trial-watching couple to their own surprise 60th anniversary party.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:48:11 - :24]

((SUZEE WHITE: WHEN I FIRST GOT THE SUMMONS, I WORRIED ABOUT IT FOR TWO OR THREE NIGHTS. AND I THINK MY HUSBAND THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET SICK OVER WORRYING ABOUT IT. AND FINALLY, HE SAID, I'M GOING TO WEAR A SUIT, SO MAYBE YOU BETTER KIND OF DRESS UP A LITTLE BIT.)) [RUNS:13]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:57:39 - :46]

((MURRY WHITE: I JUST GOT A SUMMONS TO APPEAR. THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS GOING THROUGH MY MIND. )) [RUNS:07]
After Murry White retired from the Mack Truck dealership, the couple made themselves regulars in Roanoke County and Salem courts.
Their legal addiction has lasted nearly 20 years.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:50:42 - :57]

((SUZEE WHITE: WE COME HERE ON TUES AND FRI AND WE GO TO THE COUNTY ON MON, WED AND THURS. :51 THEN SATURDAY, WE KIND OF STRAIGHTEN UP AND GET OUR CLOTHES READY TO COME BACK THE NEXT WEEK.)) [RUNS:15]
Their dedication has impressed court employees, who awarded the courtroom veterans their own gavel.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:17:36 - :48]

((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND: I THINK THAT THEY DEFINITELY MUST HAVE MISSED THEIR CALLING. THEY WOULD HAVE MADE OUTSTANDING ATTORNEYS AND THE BENCH DEFINITELY MISSED A GOLDEN OPPORUNITY IN HAVING THEM PRESIDE OVER CASES.)) [RUNS:12]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:06:41 - :45]

((JUDGE VINCENT LILLEY: THEY'VE GOT MORE COURTROOM TIME AROUND THAN ANY LAWYER THAT I KNOW OF.)) [RUNS:04]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:58:16 - :20]

((MURRY WHITE: I DON'T HAVE ANY FAMILY. MY FAMILY'S DEAD. BUT I GOT A COURT FAMILY NOW. )) [RUNS:04]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:51:48 - :53]

((SUZEE WHITE: IF WE WOULD GET IN TROUBLE, THEY'D HAVE TO SEND US TO WASHINGTON, BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS US HERE. )) [RUNS:05]
And if they got in trouble, at least they'd know a few good lawyers.
Marya Jones, News-7, Salem.))
[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Syo/LHI]
[ANCHOR=SHANNON]


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


A Pittsylvania County man was killed in a car crash in Eden, North Carolina.
Police say a car driven by 50 year old Mark J. Hampton and a private ambulance from Henry County collided.
Hampton was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ambulance driver and her passenger were taken to the hospital- they were treated and released.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

The Montgomery County School Board will address how much will it cost to replace Blacksburg High School's Indian mascot.
The school board must find funds to order new sports uniforms, refinish the gym floor and eliminate other Indian depictions in the building.
The next school board meeting is May 8th and budget issues are on the agenda.

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


A 1942 L-3 reconnaissance plane is being re-created in Bedford County.. just in time for the dedication of the D-Day Memorial on June 6th.
It's the same kind of plane that helped pinpoint enemy targets during the D-Day invasion in 1944.
Rucker Tibbs and a group of volunteers at the New London Airport have been rebuilding the plane.
It will be moved to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford next month.

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