[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

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[VO-NAT]

Dozens of employees at a local foundry face an uncertain future in the wake of an immediate round of layoffs.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Plus, police try to unravel the mystery surrounding the car accident death of a Bedford teen.
[ANCHOR=Jacey]


Temperatures are increasing to a nice level today AND we've got the sunshine to match. The weekend forecast, in just a minute.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Get your day started with us on News 7 Mornin'.

[11NRF-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC1:34:55]
[GRAPHIC=NRF Layoffs]

Today is the last day of work for over 50-employees at Radford's New River Foundry.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape;]

The company announced yesterday that 50-hourly and 15-salaried workers will be let go at the end of their shifts today.
The production cuts are being determined by seniority.
A spokesman blames the layoffs on economic slowdown and a reduction in orders.
The iron castings plant normally operates on a three shift schedule, three days a week. it will now run with two-shifts, two-days a week.
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[11Bedford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-06 TC1:52:30]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

State Police say a juvenile was killed when his truck ran off a bridge and landed in a Bedford County creek last night.
The accident happened a little after eight on Hawkins Mill Road in Forest.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]

State Police say they don't know why, but it appears the driver locked up his brakes going down a hill.
His vehicle hit a wooden bridge railing, went off the road and landed upside down in a creek.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities have not released his name.
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[Quebec-Summit]


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

President Bush will head to Canada today for his debut on the multi-nation summit stage.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Quebec, Canada;]

He and 33 other leaders will converge on Quebec for the annual Summit of the Americas. The meeting will focus on trade and the commitment to a free trade zone spanning the entire hemisphere by 2005. Canadian officials have set up a huge security fence to wall off downtown Quebec from demonstrators. 7-protestors have already been arrested.
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[Columbine-Lawsuits]


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

Almost two years to the day after gunfire broke out at Columbine High School, lawsuits against the parents of the shooters are settled.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jefferson County, CO;]

Nearly three dozen families of victims and survivors have settled for about two-point-five (m) million dollars. About one and a half million of that will be paid by the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The families also are in settlement talks with Robyn Anderson, who legally bought the other three weapons used in the attack. The settlements were announced yesterday, one day before the second anniversary of the rampage.
(///// SOT at :24/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is not about closure.]

((STEVE WAHLBERG/ATTORNEY: THIS IS NOT ABOUT CLOSURE. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING LITIGATION STRATEGY DECISIONS THIS IS ABOUT FUNDING FUTURE MEDICAL TRUSTS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING WITH HMOS, MEDICAL INSURANCE OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS AND WE KNOW MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO HAVE SUBSTANTIAL FUTURE SURGERIES SO WE HAVE MADE SOME STRATEGY DECISIONS TO TRY AND CLOSE A CHAPTER RATHER THAN PROVIDE COMPLETE CLOSURE OF THIS CASE.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Wahlberg/Attorney;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=complete closure of this case.]
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[VO-NAT]

Lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department , the Jefferson County School District are scheduled for hearings later this month when a federal judge will decide whether to let those suits go forward.
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[6-First-Union]


[ANCHOR=SHANNON]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=01-19 20:14]
[GRAPHIC=FU/Wachovia Merger]

In business news this morning, The First Union-Wachovia merger agreement may make it difficult for any other banks to buy Wachovia.
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[VO-NAT]

Investment bankers and industry analysts say several banks could make a more attractive offer for Wachovia than First Union. But the merger agreement allows each bank to buy almost 20 per cent of the other's shares.
So if another bank offers to buy Wachovia, First Union would own a big chunk of the shares, and therefore be more likely to fend off any rival.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In other business news, Wall Street finds out today if it can extend its winning streak. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 03NA - 03:43:14]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]

((Information: THE BULLS HAVE A FEW MORE REASONS TO RACE ON WALL STREET TODAY.. IT WAS A BUSY AFTER-THE BELL SESSION.. PACKED WITH EARNINGS NEWS AND MOST OF IT VERY GOOD:

(graphic)

TECH BELLWHETHER MICROSOFT ROLLED OUT 3Q PROFIT OF 44-CENTS A SHARE, BEATING ALREADY LOWERED EXPECTATIONS BY 2-CENTS..

(on cam)

SALES JUMPED 14 PERCENT BETTER THAN THE 9 PERCENT THE STREET WAS LOOKING FOR.. MSFT ALSO SAID ALL ITS BUSINESSES DID A LITTLE BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

(graphic)

SUNMICROSYSTEMS WEIGHED IN WITH A PROFIT OF 8 CENTS A SHARE.. A PENNY AHEAD OF ESTIMATES..

(on cam)

AND EBAY, THE ONLIE AUCTIONSITE BLEW PAST WALL STREET ESTIMATES

(graphic)

WITH PROFIT OF 11 CENTS.. 3 CENTS BETTER THAN EXPECTED

(on cam)

BUT NORTEL NETWORKS LOST 12 CENTS A SHARE IN LINE WITH ESTIMATES.

(graphic)

NORTEL WILL ALSO SLASH 20-THOUSAND JOBS IN TOTAL BY THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR.

(on cam)

THE CELEBRATION CONTINUED ON WALL STREET, ONE DAY AFTER THE FED STUNNED INVESTORS WITH A HALF POINT CUT IN INTEREST RATES

(graphic)

THE DOW BUILT ON WEDNESDAY'S NEARLY 400 POINT GAIN, UP ANOTHER 77 POINTS TO 10-693.

(graphic)

AND ANOTHER TRIPLE DIGIT GAIN FOR THE NASDAQ, SOARING 102 POINTS TO 2182.

(graphic)

BIG BLUE LED THE TECH RALLY UP 8-DOLLARS AFTER IBM POSTED STRONG PROFITS AND PAINTED A ROSY OUTLOOK FOR THE SECOND QUARTER...

(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]

[11Deer-Head]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC1:06:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Lynchburg police are investigating the mystery of a severed deer head.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


On Tuesday night, a woman returned to her car in the parking lot of the Candler's Station shopping center to find a freshly- cut deer head on the hood.
The woman.. who lives in Charlottesville.. tells police she has no idea why her vehicle was targeted.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:13:06]
[IN Q=Usually when you]

((CAPT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: USUALLY WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, YOU CAN SOMETIMES RELATE IT TO MAYBE SOMEONE IS UPSET AT SOMEBODY FOR MAYBE DOMESTIC- TYPE REASONS, OR SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING ALONG. BUT WE CAN'T EVEN SAY THAT RELATES TO THIS ONE. SHE ASSURES US THAT'S NOT THE CASE AND WE HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE ANYTHING OTHERWISE.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police Dept.]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=believe anything otherwise.]
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[VO-NAT]


Without knowing more about a possible motive, Wingfield says he's not even sure any laws have been broken.
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[11Tech-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST= morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=0-14 TC27:40]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

Virginia Tech's President is speaking out about the argument between two professors that has sparked so much controversy.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

In a letter published in the school's newspaper, Charles Steger (Stee-ger) calls the March incident during which a black and a white professor fought over the use of a classroom, avoidable, regrettable and unfortunate. Although Steger does not agree with those who say race played a factor in the dispute, he does acknowledge those feelings.
He writes "I will not disparage or disrespect the feelings and opinions of those who see racism in this issue. However, I do not." Steger goes on to talk about University efforts to increase diversity on campus.
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[11Switched-Babies]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC29:36]
[GRAPHIC=Switched Babies]

A settlement has been reached between the state and one of the mothers in the switched babies case.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]

The Attorney General's office says Paula Johnson has agreed to a settlement of two-point-three million dollars. The settlement comes one day before the state Supreme Court was scheduled to rule on whether to revive Johnson's 31-million dollar lawsuit against the state-run University of Virginia Medical Center.
Under the settlement, Johnson will receive a 475-thousand dollar cash settlement.
200-thousand dollars will be placed in a trust fund for the child she is raising, Callie Conley.
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[11Enchanted-Forest]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC14:36]
[GRAPHIC=Enchanted Castle Fire]

Survivors of a fire at Natural Bridge have moved to their new home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake]

Four fiberglass dinosaurs are all that's left of the Enchanted Castle.
They're being kept at Safari Gold at Smith Mountain Lake until their old home is brought back to life.
Their creator Mark Cline says they'll be safer at the Lake --
[SUPER=03-Natural Bridge/Last Week]


He believes last week's fire was set deliberately.
Cline says he discovered hate mail in his mailbox the morning of the fire.
Cline sells creatures like the dinosaurs... to theme parks and restaurants worldwide.
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[5-Organ-Donor]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-21 TC1:49:08]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]

In this morning's Health Check, -
It's a hard decision for any family member -- to honor their "loved ones' wish" to be an organ donor. One local family made that decision when their 18 year old son, John Huffman, died.
It's meant a lot to them to know that five people are still alive today because their son gave the gift of life.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has their story.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Former UVA offensive]
[SUPER=04-December 1999; :00]
[SUPER=01-Phil Huffman/John's Father; :29 Quick]
[SUPER=@Joy2;]
[SUPER=01-Mary Huffman/John's Mother; :35 Quick]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=JS, News 7 Mornin']

(( Former UVA offensive lineman Mark Lindsey received the heart of John Thomas Huffman.
Before the transplant, Lindsey was confined to his hospital room at UVA Medical Center --hooked up to machine to keep his heart going.
He had been extremely close to death three times-- diagnosed with cardiomiopathy.
But since the transplant he has written to John's family to say he is doing well - and so has another boy who received one of John's kidneys.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:55:02]
[IN Q=It comforts you a little bit that you]

((PHIL HUFFMAN: IT COMFORTS YOU A LITTLE BIT THAT TO KNOW KNOW MAYBE IT WAS MEANT TO BE. HE SAVED THE LIVES OF FIVE PEOPLE. MARY HUFFMAN: MAYBE THIS YOUNG BOY IS GOING TO DISCOVER A CURE FOR CANCER WOULDN'T THAT BE GREAT YOU NEVER KNOW))

[RUNS11]
[OUT Q=you never know]


John was 18 when he died --the victim of automobile accident. Just one month before his death --he had decided to become an organ donor --a decision his mother says he was very proud of.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:52:33]
[IN Q=This was typical of him to be that giving]

((THIS WAS TYPICAL OF HIM TO BE THAT GIVING AND TO CONSIDER BEING THAT GIVING IN DEATH AND SO HE DID)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=and so he did]


And the Huffmans hope John's decision to become an organ donor will inspire others to become donors.
That's why they have placed a bronze medallion on his grave for all to see that he gave the gift of life.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2;58:56]
[IN Q=He's educating people and]

((HE'S EDUCATING PEOPLE AND HE'S NOT HERE AND STILL DOING IT. STILL HELPING)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=still helping]

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


There are approximately 2-thousand people in Virginia waiting for an organ transplants.
And a single donor can save up to 7 lives.
Don't go away..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]

A proposal to build a natural gas plant near the Danville airport is dividing the community. We'll hear from those for and against the project.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Plus, a Bedford teen says he didn't mean to start a brush fire. He was just trying to get rid of a pest. We'll have his side of the story.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

And, it's a seller's market at Roanoke College. The institution is wading through more applications than ever before.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And that's what's making news on this Friday April 20-th.
[ANCHOR=Jacey]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-11NRF-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC1:34:55]
[GRAPHIC=NRF Layoffs]


Today is the last day of work for over 50-employees at Radford's New River Foundry.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape;]


The company announced yesterday that 50-hourly and 15-salaried workers will be let go at the end of their shifts on Friday.
The production cuts are being determined by seniority.
A spokesman blames the economic slowdown and a reduction in orders.
The iron castings plant normally operates on a three shift schedule, three days a week, it will now run with two-shifts, two-days a week.
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[11Power-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-22 TC08:00]
[GRAPHIC=Power Plant]

The Mirant corportion wants to build a natural gas plant just east of the Danville airport.
Last night, Danville residents got their first look at plans to build the power plant.
As Danville Bureau Chief, Justin McLeod found out some believe the project will work, others say some things still need to be worked out.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of residents talking at booth]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Peggy Gibson/Resident; :13]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Spence/Resident; :31]
[SUPER=01-Gil Waldman/Project Manager; :42]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Geisel/Resident; 1:01]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville]

((((NAT SOUND OF RESIDENTS TALKING AT BOOTH))
It would generate 2 million dollars in tax revenue a year, create jobs, and help attract industry to Danville.
Selling the benefits to city officials was easy.
Now comes the hard part, convincing area residents.
[SOT 1:16:00]
[IN Q=I'm trying to stay open-minded]

((PEGGY GIBSON/RESIDENT: I'M TRYING TO STAY OPEN-MINDED BUT AS OF RIGHT NOW, NO I DON'T WANT IT.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=don't want it]


Here's what she doesn't want, a natural gas fueled power plant.
Mirant wants to build the plant in the Airside Industrial Park on Highway 58.
But before the city and state can give the project the green light, the company must get public input.
[SOT 1:20:12]
[IN Q=Mainly citizens as myself]

((JOSEPH SPENCE/RESIDENT: MAINLY CITIZENS AS MYSELF AS WELL, ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=about the enviromental]


Company officials argue the plant is environmentaly safe and believe most residents won't even realize it's there.
[SOT 1:10:31]
[IN Q=There will be no visible]

((GIL WALDMAN/PROJECT MANAGER: THERE WILL BE NO VISIBLE PLUM FROM THE STACK. THEY WILL SEE SOME WATER VAPOR EVAPORATING FROM THE TOWERS BUT THAT IS COMPLETELY HARMLESS.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=completely harmless]


Then there's the issue of safety.
The company will have to build a 14 mile natural gas pipeline leading to the plant.
[SOT 1:14:55]
[IN Q=I'm not convinced]

((JEFF GEISEL/RESIDENT: I'M NOT CONVINCED THAT IS THE BEST LOCATION RIGHT NOW BECAUSE EVERYTHING THEY NEED IS GOING TO BE PIPED IN.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=to be piped in]

((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE TALKING))
Company officials say safety is their number one concern but realize they have a long way to go before residents give the project the thumbs up.
[SOT 1:23:06]
[IN Q=Mirant hopes to get approval]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MIRANT HOPES TO GET APPROVAL WITHIN A YEAR AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. THEY HOPE TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION HERE AT THE AIR INDUSTRIAL PARK BY EARLY NEXT YEAR AND HAVE THE PLANT OPERATIONAL BY 2003. JUSTIN MCLEOD, NEWS 7, DANVILLE.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville]))



[11Canadian-Lottery]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Scam]

An 87-year old retired school teacher in Martinsville appears to be at the wrong end of a Canadian Lottery scam.
U-S Postal Inspectors say Mary Travis has lost more than 64-thousand dollars she's sent to phony mail drops.
The feds say Travis was told she'd won 140-thousand dollars, but that she had to send in a processing fee to collect her winnings. She is now cooperating with U-S authorities as they continue their investigation.


[China-Plane]


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

China is expected to reply to a U-S proposal regarding the collision of a Navy spyplane with a Chinese fighter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]

The United States wants China to allow a team of engineers and airplane experts to inspect the plane that's still being held in Southern China. They would determine whether the plane can be repaired and flown out or whether it needs to be shipped out in pieces.

Delegations from both countries met for the second time yesterday to discuss the April first collision. No agreement was reached on the plane's return nor the future of future U-S reconnaissance flights along China's coast.
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[Bombing-Anniversary]


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

The sixth anniversary of the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City is different this year. That's because, even as survivors and families of victims are looking back at the disaster, they're also looking forward to the death of the man responsible. Teri Okita has more on yesterday's anniversary.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;]
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Treanor/Victim's Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Sue Walton/Memorial Visitor;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=CBS news]
((Nat sot full - reading names


Narr: Survivors and victims families look back and remember with what has become the customary honor - of one hundred & sixty eight seconds of silence. ...one for each of Timothy McVeigh's victims.
Nat Sot - FULL SILENCE.
Narr: But they also look ahead to the May 16th execution date of McVeigh. Six years is a long time for many of them to wait for closure. .Kathleen Treanor's five year old daughter Ashley died in the blast . She plans to be there for the closed circuit broadcast of the execution.

sot: Kathleen Treanor/Victim's mother

Still to this day...his words are causing pain...and until he is put to death and silenced forever he's going to have that opportunity to be hurtful.
Narr: Time has healed some of the pain and with the memorial now complete it helps the families work through the loss.

sot: Marie Booker/Victim's sister-in-law.

The first couple of years was very emotional..and very quiet.. feels like some things were missing. But now that void feels like it's been filled.
Narr: The memorial center filled with hundreds of artifacts, pictures and video of the explosion has been open for just two months. For visitors one look around - and its not easy to forget or forgive.

Fast sot: Sue Shinn/Visitor to memorial

...he deserves this punishment.))

[11Brush-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-18 TC18:00]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fire]

A Bedford County teenager started a brush fire while trying to kill a ground hog.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]

It happened in the Goodview section of the county around three yesterday.
More then 30 fire fighters tried to extinguish the fire that spread quickly up the mountain.
The teenager who started it says he tried to put it out.
(///// SOT//////)
[SOT 14:16:20]
[IN Q=I was trying]

((JARRED PITURA: I WAS TRYING TO KILL A GROUND HOG WITH GASOLINE BECAUSE MY DOG KEPT TRYING TO DIG IT OUT OF THE HOLE.)) [BUTT, BUTT,BUTT]
[SOT 14:16:42]

((I LOOKED UP AND THERE WAS A LITTLE FIRE AND THEN IT JUST TOOK OFF.))
[SUPER=07-Jarred Pitura]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=just took off.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The fire was contained around 6 yesterday evening.
There's no word if charges will be filed against the teen.
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[11Roanoke-College]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPRHIC=Roanoke]

Roanoke College has plenty of picking to do.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

The college has received a record number of freshman applications for the third straight year. College officials say the boom in interest comes from the people, and the programs the school offers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - TC-2:58:38]
[IN Q=I think it goes back...]
[SUPER=01-Rita Ditwiler/Director of Admissions]

((RITA DITWILER/DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS: I THINK IT GOES BACK TO THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE INSTITUTION, FACULTY, CURRICULUM, PROGRAMS, EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. I THINK IT'S AN ARRAY OF CAMPUS WIDE PROGRAMS.))
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=of campus wide programs.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The college received nearly 27-hundred applications for just about 4-hundred-fifty openings in next year's freshman class. Nearly 60-percent of those spots have already been claimed.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Syo/JBI]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


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


Today is the last day of work for over 50-employees at Radford's New River Foundry.
The company announced yesterday that 50-hourly and 15-salaried workers will be let go at the end of their shifts today.
A spokesman blames the production cuts on an economic slowdown and a reduction in orders.

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

State Police say a juvenile was killed after his truck ran off a bridge and landed in a Bedford County creek last night.
The accident happened a little after eight on Hawkins Mill Road in Forest.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities have not released his name.

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


A teenager in Bedford County started a brush fire yesterday afternoon while trying to burn a groundhog out of its hole.
It happened in the Goodview section of the county around three.
More then 30 fire fighters tried to extinguish the fire that spread quickly up the mountain.
There's no word if charges will be pressed against the teen.
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[ANCHOR=Jacey]
(Jacey mic hot)
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(Jacey ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Shan]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Roanoke's Mill Mountain]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=tonight on News 7 at 6.]
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[Double Boxes=Shannon/Jacey and Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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