[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


A bus carrying some Lord Botetourt High School softball players catches fire on Interstate-81.
They were on their way to watch a college game, when the driver noticed mechanical problems.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And classes are cancelled at Longwood College today after fire breaks out on campus.
Ellen Qualls has a live report, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Stay tuned-- News 7 Mornin is next.

[2-School-Bus]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A rough ride yesterday evening for some Lord Botetourt High School softball players.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Home Video;]

The students' bus caught fire at exit 140 in Roanoke County. They were on their way to watch a college softball game in Salem when the bus driver noticed mechanical problems. The driver who is also the students' coach says she told the girls and pulled onto the exit ramp-- still hoping to make it to Salem.
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[SOT 16:19:30 16:13:40 ]
[IN Q=No sooner]

((BEVERLY HART/BUS DRIVER & COACH: NO SOONER THAN I HAD PULLED OFF THEN A BIG PUFF OF SMOKE CAME FROM THE RADIATOR AND THEN THERE WAS A LITTLE FIRE PUMPING UP AND I TURNED IT OFF TO THE SIDE.)) ((JESSICA TAYLOR/STUDENT: IT WAS PRETTY SCARY, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO EXCEPT OPEN THE DOOR AND JUMP OFF.))
[SUPER=01-Beverly Hart/Bus Driver & Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jessica Taylor/Student; :15 QUICK!!!!!!!]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=jump off.]
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[VO-NAT]

The students are members of Lord Botetourt's junior varsity softball team. No one was hurt but some of the students did lose their belongings.
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[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]



Traffic is slow moving on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County this morning due to an accident. State Police say a tractor trailer overturned in the southbound lanes at mile marker 162 near Buchanan. Both lanes are blocked. Motorists are using the emergency shoulder to get around the accident.



[11Science-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC09:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The executive director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia is stepping down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February;]

After more than eight years as Executive Director-- Ken Schutz is leaving for another job. He's taking a Director's job with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Schutz says budget problems with the state were a significant factor in his decision to move. The state allocated zero funding for the Roanoke museum in its upcoming budget. Schutz says if it weren't for the budget woes and other issues he would have stayed at the Science Museum through retirement.
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[Iowa-Flooding]


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


In national headlines this morning--
The water is rising, but so far the Mississippi River is cresting
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Davenport, IA;]


in Davenport, Iowa just short of a 19-93 record.
The river was at a little over 22- feet last night and is expected to rise about two more inches.
Sandbag levees are managing to keep the water away from the city center.
But the flooding has already caused millions of dollars in damage.
Officials say about 70 homes in an outlying neighborhood along the river are flooded.
Davenport, Iowa is the largest urban area on the upper Mississippi without a flood wall.
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[Longwood-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=01-08]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']


Longwood College is still smoking this morning.
[SS=Fire]

Four buildings in the Farmville College's most historic complex were destroyed overnight by fire, including the Rotunda that was Longwood's symbol. Remarkably there were no injuries.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Ellen Starlink Microwave;]


Ellen Qualls is on campus this morning with the latest. Ellen?
[LIVE=Ellen /FULL]
[SUPER=@Ellen1]
[SUPER=06-Farmville]


((ROLLCUE:... TAPE ROLLED FROM TRUCK))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Fire broke out]
[SUPER=03-Farmville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Gerber/Longwood Student; : 08]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Allison/Longwood Student; : :28]
[SUPER=01-Stefanie Smith/Longwood Student; 1:07 ]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Sercombe/Longwood Public Relations Director; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=bad night for everyone.]



[LIVE=Ellen /FULL]
[SUPER=06-Farmville;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Ellen Starlink;]



[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Internet retailer Amazon-dot-com topped Wall Street profit forecasts with a less-than-expected first quarter loss. 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=1:31]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]


((Information:
(on cam)


AMAZON.COM COULD BE A BIG MOVER ON WALL STREET TODAY...

(graphic)

AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, THE ONLINE RETAILING GIANT REPORTED LESS RED INK THAN EXPECTED... AMAZON LOST 21 CENTS A SHARE IN THE LATEST QUARTER, THE STREET WAS EXPECTING A LOSS OF 24 CENTS...

(graphic)

ALSO AFTER THE BELL, WALT DISNEY WOWED WALL STREET WITH PROFIT OF 19 CENTS A SHARE... 6 CENTS AHEAD OF ALREADY LOWERED EXPECTATIONS...
AND LSI LOGIC MADE ITS PROFIT TARGET OF 3-CENTS A SHARE

(on cam)

ON THE SLATE TODAY....EARNINGS FROM COMPANIES INCLUDING QUALCOMM, ANHEUSER-BUSCH AND SARA LEE
THIS IS ALSO A BUSY WEEK FOR ECONOMIC REPORTS.. TODAY WE'LL GET REPORTS ON MARCH DURABLE GOODS AND NEW HOME SALES...
ON WALL STREET, THE MARKETS STRUGGLED AFTER LAST WEEK'S BIG GAINS.. INVESTORS DIGESTED MORE BAD EARNINGS NEWS AND LAYOFFS...

(graphic)

THE DOW SLIPPED 77 POINTS TO 10-454

(graphic)

THE NASDAQ MADE IT THREE LOSING DAYS IN A ROW, DOWN ABOUT 43 POINTS.

(graphic)

LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES LOST A WHOPPING 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE LASTEST QTR, BUT IT'S STOCK RALLIED ANYWAY.. THAT'S AFTER LUCENT REASSURED INVESTORS THAT IT HAS MORE THAN ENOUGH CASH TO FINANCE ITS TURNAROUND...

(on cam)

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE TUMBLED IN APRIL FOR THE SIXTH TIME IN SEVEN MONTHS..AS CONSUMERS WORRIED ABOUT THEIR JOBS AND THE OVERALL ECONOMY...ANALYSTS SAY THE CONTINUED DROP IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SUGGESTS ANOTHER INTEREST RATE CUT FROM THE FED AT ITS MAY 15TH MEETING...

(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]

[5-Craig-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-09]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


[*******ANCHOR TAG*****]
In this morning's Health Check, Radford University is helping to bring health care to Craig County.
Ever since Lewis Gale Clinic closed its New Castle office more than a year ago, Craig County has been without a full time physician.
But now two days a week, Radford University brings a mobile clinic to the community.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton explains, it's a welcome addition.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :00]
[SUPER=07-Laura Tipton; :19]
[SUPER=@Joy2; :29]
[SUPER=01-Melanie Parks/Coordinator; :41]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=JS for News 7 Mornin'.]

((
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[NAT SOT]
[IN Q=]
((NAT SOT))

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Four year old Hunter Tipton isn't feeling very well. So his mother brought him to the Radford University Mobile clinic.
Laura Tipton says if it wasn't for the clinic she would've had to take her son more than 30 miles away to Salem.
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[SOT27:51]
[IN Q=When the clinic closed down here]

((LAURA TIPTON: WHEN THE CLINIC CLOSED DOWN HERE. THERE WASN'T ANY CHOICE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE HEATLH CARE AND WITH THIS BEING HERE I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL IDEA)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=it's a wonderful idea]


Radford University choose Craig County as one if its first sites -- because the community is medically under serve especially for children in the uninsured population. The amount patients pay is based on their income level.
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[SOT59:40]
[IN Q=It's kind of like]

((IT'S KIND OF LIKE A DOCTORS OFFICE ON WHEELS. WE CAN SEE PATIENTS FOR CHRONIC OR ACUTE ILLNESSES, MINOR INJURIES, WE CAN DO EKG'S. WE CAN DO DIFFERENT LAB TESTS)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=different lab test]


The communities aren't the only ones who benefit from this mobile clinic --so do students.
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[SOT1:00:45]
[IN Q=it gives students a wonderful]

((IT GIVES THE STUDENTS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR HANDS ON EXPERIENCE. THEY CAN EITHER WORK WITH MYSELF IF THEY'RE GOING THROUGH AN RN PROGRAM OR THEY CAN WORK WITH EITHER ONE OF THE NURSE PRACTITIONERS THAT ARE HERE)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=that are here]


And Tipton says even though the clinic is only here two days a weeks --it's makes a big difference.
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[SOT28:04]
[IN Q=This is probably one of the best things]

((THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO THIS COMMUNITY)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=to this community]

Joy Sutton for News 7 Mornin'.))
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=Hold]


Radford University plans to also take the mobile clinic to Carroll County starting this fall.

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


Don't go away...News 7 Mornin' will be right back. [bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]

[2-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
About 400 students were evacuated last night when fire broke out at Longwood College in Farmville.
No injuries were reported, but the blaze did extensive damage to the school's historic Rotunda.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A school bus caught fire with a group of Lord Botetourt High School softball players.
The teens were enroute to a college game in Salem.
No one was injured.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And troubled actor Robert Downey, Junior may be running out of second chances.
Downey's been fired from T-V's "Ally McBeal" after police arrest him again on drug charges.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, April 25th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-Longwood-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=01-08]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']



Fire broke out at Longwood College.
[SS=Fire]

Four buildings in the Farmville college's most historic complex were destroyed overnight by fire, including the Rotunda that was Longwood's symbol. Remarkably there were no injuries.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Ellen Starlink Microwave;]


Ellen Qualls is on campus this morning with the latest. Ellen?
[LIVE=Ellen /FULL]
[SUPER=@Ellen1;]
[SUPER=06-Farmville; ]


((ROLLCUE:... TAPE ROLLED FROM TRUCK))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Fire broke out]
[SUPER=03-Farmville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Gerber/Longwood Student; : 08]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Allison/Longwood Student; : :28]
[SUPER=01-Stefanie Smith/Longwood Student; 1:07 ]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Sercombe/Longwood Public Relations Director; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=bad night for everyone.]




[LIVE=Ellen /FULL]
[SUPER=06-Farmville;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Ellen Starlink;]

Question? So if two dorms were involved students lost their possesions correct?

[11Bus-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-22]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Some scary moments yesterday evening for a group of Lord Botetourt High school students. The teenagers were on their way to watch a college softball game in Salem when their bus caught fire. Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Home Video; :00]
[SUPER=01-Beverly Hart/Bus Driver & Coach; :14]
[SUPER=01-Becky Schott/Student; :25 ]
[SUPER=01-Erica Weil/Student; :43 QUICK!!!! WAIT UNTIL :43]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; :56]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke Co.]

(( This is how it looked at exit 140 in Roanoke County... just minutes after the driver of the school bus noticed she was having mechanical problems with what seemed to be the clutch.
[sot 16:19:30 16:12:44]
[in q=No sooner]

((NO SOONER THAN I HAD PULLED OFF A BIG PUFF OF SMOKE CAME FROM THE RADIATOR AND THEN THERE WAS A LITTLE FIRE PUMPING UP AND I TURNED IT OFF TO THE SIDE.)) ((WE SAW HER PULL OVER AND THEN I WAS IN THE MIDDLE AND THEN THE WHOLE THING JUST BLEW UP.... THE FRONT OF THE BUS.)) [RUNS20]
[OUT Q= front of the bus.]

The Lord Botetourt high school students, who were on their way to see a college softball game in Salem, say that's when panic set in.
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[sot 16:14:32 16:12:50]
[in q=How did you all]

((HOW DID YOU ALL MANAGE TO GET OUT? ME AND HER FLEW THE DOOR OPEN AND WHEN I SAW THE FLAMES..... AS WE CAN.)) [runs13]
[OUT Q= as we can.]

No one was hurt but some of the students were unable to grab their belongings.
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[sot 16:20:04]
[IN Q=Yeah, my new ]

((YEAH, MY NEW CLOTHES, MY NEW SHOES EVERYTHING. I TOLD THEM LEAVE EVERYTHING OVER HERE, WE CAN REPLACE IT WE CAN'T REPLACE YOU.)) [runs12]
[out q= we can't replace you.]

The students on the bus are members of Lord Botetourt's junior varsity softball team. The driver of the bus also doubles as their coach.
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[SOT 16:20:36]
[IN Q=I can't explain]

((I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY I'M BEING CALM LIKE THIS... ALL I KNOW IS THAT I'M GLAD THE GIRLS ARE OK AND EVERYBODY'S SAFE BUT PROBABLY WHEN I GET HOME IT'S GOING TO B E A LONG NIGHT AND IT WILL BE A WHILE BEFORE I DRIVE A BUS AGAIN.)) ((STUDENT: I'M NEVER RIDING THE BUS, EVER AGAIN. STUDENT: NOT WITH A CLUTCH. STUDENT: AN AUTOMATIC.)) [runs20]
[out q= an automatic.]

Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.))


[2-81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]



An accident on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County is slowing down traffic this morning. State Police say a tractor trailer overturned in the southbound lanes at mile marker 162 near Buchanan. Both lanes are blocked. Motorists are using the emergency shoulder to get around the accident.



[Philippine-President]


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


Making national headlines this morning
The Phillipines' ousted president is under arrest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manila, Philippines;]


Hundreds of supporters stood outside the home of former President Joseph Estrada, trying to stop police from taking the leader into custody today.
The crowd promised to protect Estrada, or go to jail along with him.
There were no arrests, but demonstrators used vehicles to block the narrow driveway, and one windshield was smashed.

A Philippine court ordered his arrest on corruption charges, including plunder, which is a capital offense.

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[Peru-Plane]


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


The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says evidence indicates Peruvian officials acted too quickly when they shot down a U-S missionary plane.
The first phase of the U-S investigation into what led to the shoot- down will be complete tomorrow.
Last Friday's incident killed an American missionary and her infant daughter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]


The bodies of 35- year- old Roni Bowers and daughter, Charity arrived yesterday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
They were then driven to northern Michigan for funeral services planned on Friday.
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[Downey]


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


Fox has fired actor Robert Downey, Junior from the hit show "Ally McBeal".
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


That happened after police arrested him for being under the influence of drugs.
Police say the Oscar- nominated actor was held for several hours.
After his release, 36- year- old Downey immediately checked himself into an un-disclosed drug rehabilitation center.


[SUPER=03-Culver City, CA;]


This is the latest in a series of drug- related arrests.
Downey has to appear in court May fourth for yesterday's citation.
He was ALREADY scheduled for a court hearing on Monday for another drug-related charge.
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[11Scam]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC04:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of a telemarketing scam.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It says a company called "Peace and Quiet" is charging people for "protection" from other telemarketing firms.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((JULIE WHEELER/BBB: THEY ARE INTIMIDATING PEOPLE, SAYING YOUR INFO IS OUT THERE ON THE INTERNET. FOR $289, WE'LL PROTECT YOU, GET YOUR INFO OFF THE INTERNET. SO THEY ARE SCARING PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=scaring people.]
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[VO-NAT]


Peace and Quiet called Frances Murray last month.
The company charged her even though she told them she wasn't interested in the service.
(///////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=When I got my]

((FRANCES MURRAY: WHEN I GOT MY VISA BILL, $289, I COULDN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT.))
[SUPER=07-Frances Murray]
[RUNS=07]
[OUTQ=What it was all about]
(------------)


The Better Business Bureau says officials are investigating the firm.
If Peace and Quiet calls you -- call your credit card company immediately and tell them you did NOT authorize a payment.
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[11VMI-Women]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC1:44:23]
[GRAPHIC=VMI SEAL]


Women joined the corps of cadets four years ago, and five women have already graduated from Virginia Military Institute.
But next month will bring another milestone in the school's history.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


The Class of 2001 graduates on May 19th. Among its members, are the first women to complete all four years at VMI.
Yesterday, the group of thirteen posed for photographers, and reflected on the last four years.
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[SOT 49:09]
[IN Q=I think that the class]

((KELLY SULLIVAN/VMI CADET: I THINK THAT THE CLASS OF 2001 HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB OF ASSIMILATING WOMEN INTO THE CORPS AND I THINK THAT WITH THE HELP OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE HELP OF THE OTHER CLASSES THAT ARE IN BARRACKS RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT IS A POSITIVE PROGRAM NOW, AND I THINK IT CAN REMAIN THAT WAY FOR YEARS TO COME.))
[SUPER=01-Kelly Sullivan/VMI Cadet]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=remain that way for years to come.]
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[VO-NAT]


There are now 64 women in a corps of 12- hundred 50 cadets. VMI officials hope to increase that figure, and they say they're encouraged by the rising number of female applicants.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/LHI]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


Fire broke out at Longwood College last night. Four buildings in the Farmville college's most historic complex were destroyed, including the Rotunda that was Longwood's symbol. There were no injuries. Classes are cancelled today.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Some scary moments yesterday evening for some Lord Botetourt High School junior varsity softball players. The students' bus caught fire at exit 140 in Roanoke County. They were on their way to watch a college softball game in Salem when the bus driver noticed mechanical problems. No one was hurt.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

After more than eight years as Executive Director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia-- Ken Schutz is leaving for another job. He's taking a Director's job with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Schutz says budget problems with the state were a significant factor in his decision to move.
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[ANCHOR=Leo]
(Leo mic hot)
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(Leo ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Recent years]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=tonight on News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Leo and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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