[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


A Roanoke County family loses years of memories when its home catches fire.
The blaze on Petty Avenue turned out to be a losing battle for firefighters.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a school board ruling hasn't put an end to the controversy over the Blacksburg High School Indian mascot.
Many people are asking the board to reverse its decision to eliminate the mascot.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Stay tuned-- News 7 Mornin is coming up.

[11Indian-Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=Mascot]


The controversy surrounding the Blacksburg High School Indian mascot is showing no signs of stopping.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


About one hundred-people packed last night's School Board meeting.
A majority of speakers called for a reversal of the board's decision last month to eliminate the mascot.
That vote came after a year of debate between supporters and opponents, differences which continue today.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - 47:04, 42:49]
[IN Q=THE NAACP]
[IN Q=I DO NOT]

((STEVE COCHRAN/NAACP: THE NAACP WANTS TO EXPRESS OUR FULL SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. DEBBIE ARGABRIGHT/SUPPORTS INDIAN MASCOT: I DO NOT SUPPORT TEARING DOWN TRADITION BECAUSE IT MAY NOT BE POLITICALLY CORRECT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Cochran/Local Chapter of NAACP; quick]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Argabright/Supports Indian Mascot; :05 quick]
[OUT Q=POLITICALLY CORRECT]
[RUNS=:11]
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[VO-NAT]


Following normal procedure, the board did not comment on the public address.
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[11Roanoke-Co-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

For hours-- Roanoke County fire fighters tried to win what turned out to be a losing battle. Around eight- thirty-- they were dispatched to a house fire on Petty Avenue. Teresa Hamilton reports-- fire fighters tried but the flames were just too much.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=At first]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Davis/Neighbor; :18 quick]
[SUPER=01-Spencer Cole/Neighbor; :48 quick]
[SUPER=@teresa2; :59]
[RUNS=1:08]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Roanoke Co.]

((At first-- it looked like fire fighters would be able to gain the upper hand.
[nat]
But the fire would prove to be too much... as smoke rolled from the windows and flames devoured everything.

(///sot////)
[sot 00:35:18]

((it was all smoke....flames were just everywhere.)) [nat ]

The home is owned by the Pruett family-- who managed to escape unharmed along with their pets but few, if any, belongings.
[nat ] For neighbors in the Petty Acres subdivision... off Plantation road... the scene was a reminder it could happen to anyone. A point driven home for more than an hour-- as fire fighters tried to bring the fire under control but could not seem to win the battle.
(///SOT////)
[SOT 00:34:34]

((I LIVE... BEFORE FIRE TRUCKS GOT HERE.))
The fire claimed years of memories for the Pruett family... who say the blaze started in the basement. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.))

[11County-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC39:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Residents will get to comment on whether a fee for ambulance service is the way to proceed in Roanoke County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled in two weeks. Yesterday-- county supervisors voted to go ahead with plans. They also tried to erase some concerns.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're not]

((BUTCH CHURCH/CATAWBA SUPERVISOR: WE'RE NOT... HAVE TO DO. ))
[SUPER=01-Butch Church/Catawba Supervisor; ]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=have to do.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Supervisors say the move to charge for service is necessary to hire additional rescue personnel to cover the county.


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[11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:08:08]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


Lawmakers are still trying to hammer out a budget in Richmond.
But, another day of a special session ended with NO budget agreement in sight.
[SS=Gilmore]


Meanwhile, Governor Jim Gilmore renewed his promise to give state workers, teachers, and Constitutional officers a pay raise.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


In what he hopes will be a new annual tradition, the Governor handed out awards to state workers as a part of what he named Virginia Public Service Week.
Virginia Tech Housekeeping Supervisor Tammy Kast won an "agency star" award.
She says state worker pay is nothing new as a political football.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT gilmore 12:34:00 ]
[IN Q=Well, it's been a battle from ]

((TAMMY KAST/VIRGINIA TECH EMPLOYEE: WELL IT'S BEEN A BATTLE FROM DAY ONE...STILL HAVE A JOB TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Tammy Kast/Virginia Tech Employee;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=still have a job to do.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But Gilmore says -- NO matter what lawmakers do by their self-imposed Friday deadline -- he can take care of the state workers in his final December budget.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT gilmore 12:49:08]
[IN Q=We could make them retroactive]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE COULD MAKE THEM RETROACTIVE. YES IT WOULD. IT WOULD BE MY PREFERENCE TO HAVE NO BREAK IN BETWEEN THIS PAY INCREASE THAT WE'RE PRESENTLY UNDER AND THE NEXT ONE.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore; ]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=under and the next one.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Governor admits he's done nothing to steer the budget talks in the last several weeks.
He has yet to announce what specific agency cuts will take place as part of his emergency budget management.
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[11Missing-Girl]


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


An 11- year-old girl is safe after a former Indiana Baptist school principal allegedly ran off with her.
(-----------)

[Vo-Nat]
28-year-old William Beith is under arrest after a Las Vegas patrol officer spotted the pair yesterday morning on a highway east of the Las Vegas strip.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:15:13]
[IN Q=He spotted the]

((HE SPOTTED THE DESCRIPTION, A WHITE MALE AND A YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE, SPOTTED THEM IN THE CAR, TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO LINK THAT TO THE SUSPECT AND VICTIM DESCRIPTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Keller/Clark Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=and victim descriptions.]
(------------)

[Vo-Nat]
Beith cooperated when police stopped him.
He now faces federal charges.
The girl was taken to a hospital- she showed no signs of injury.
She had been missing since May 1st.
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[CA-Power]


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


Californians are bracing for another day of rolling blackouts--
And officials say this is a preview of what could happen over a long, hot summer.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]


Nearly 400-thousand customers had their power cut yesterday when the state's supply fell short for the second straight day.
Some businesses are threatening to move out of state if their electricity bills continue rising.
A spokesman for large manufacturers say if they get hit with the expected 60-to-70-percent rate hike in the next several weeks, they'll go elsewhere.
Meanwhile, temperatures throughout the state are expected to rise into the 90s today.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, It was a mixed day on Wall Street yesterday, with the Dow closing lower and Nasdaq inching higher.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Franklin-Search]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC1:52:57]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities are now following tips that a missing Rocky Mount teenager has been spotted around town.
Deputies have spent days searching the Pigg River for the teen, but say they've found no signs that he has drowned.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[Dillon photo]
Steven Dillon, a 15-year-old Benjamin Franklin Middle School student, disappeared April 27th.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Authorities spent yesterday morning searching for the boy in the Pigg River with an infrared camera ... and found nothing.
Some of his personal belongings were discovered beside the river during searches over the weekend.
Deputies say they're investigating dozens of tips that place Dillon in the area.
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[11Jill-Scott]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Singer Jill Scott is in the hospital. She was supposed to open the Sting concert in Roanoke this weekend.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


She had to cancel her first few appearances on Sting's tour because of a lung infection.
The Grammy nominated singer was admitted to the hospital Sunday with a 102- degree fever.
It was apparently the result of an allergy problem that led to infection.
Scott is expected to make a full recovery.
(------------)



[6-Science-Van]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC48:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Students at Oak Grove Elementary School are gaining first hand knowledge about science.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

They're spending two days this week participating in a project put on by the Richmond Science Museum. The "Science by Van" project consists of a traveling team of instructors who conduct workshops and put up exhibits for kids. Educators say the hands-on learning pays off.
(///// SOT AT :15 /////)
[SOT 17:10:54-17:11:11]
[IN Q=We've been pleased with the SOL results...]

((BECKY ROWE/PRINCIPAL: WE'VE BEEN PLEASED WITH THE S-O-L RESULTS. WE ARE FULLY ACCREDITED. THE SCIENCE RESULTS ARE IN THE NINETY PERCENTS FOR BOTH THIRD AND FIFTH GRADES AND I THINK THAT THE SUPPORT OF THE PARENTS AND THE INTERACTION THAT WE GET WITH THEM IS THE BUY-IN THAT MAKES IT ALL WORK.))
[SUPER=01-Becky Rowe/Oak Grove Elementary Principal;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=is the buy-in that makes it all work.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Some of the exhibits allow kids to identify human bones, test their nerves, and witness the laws of physics. Oak Grove will host the "Science by Van" project through today.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new study says some parents of overweight children can't tell their kids have a weight problem.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]


((Information: ((DR DAVE/ON CAM))
THERES NO QUESTION OBESITY AMONG CHILDREN IS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES - AND ITS A PROBLEM GROWING AS FAST AS THESE KID'S WAISTLINES.
ADDING TO IT ALL : THE PARENTS OF OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN--- A STUDY

FROM THE ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE SAYS HALF OF PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN WITH A WEIGHT PROBLEM- DO NOT THINK THEIR CHILD HAS A WEIGHT PROBLEM -- IN OTHER WORDS- THEY THINK THEIR HEFTY KIDS ARE BASICALLY THE RIGHT SIZE -- NOT GOOD.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC HEARTBURN- DON'T BE IN A RUSH TO HAVE SURGERY TO PUT OUT THAT FIRE IN YOUR BELLY. A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SAYS WHILE SURGERY TO CURE HEARTBURN WORKS- IT DOESN'T WORK FOREVER- AND MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SURGERY WIND UP BACK ON ANTACIDS AND ANTI HEARTBURN MEDICINES AT SOME POINT.

FINALLY TODAY- THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL MAY HAVE SOME NEW COMPETITION- ITS THE WORLDS FIRST CONTRACEPTIVE PATCH- YOU WEAR ONE PATCH EACH WEEK OF THE MONTH- EXCEPT FOR THE WEEK IF YOUR MENSTRUAL PERIOD.
THE PATCH IS CAUSED ORTHO-EVRA- AND- LIKE THE PILL- ITS NOT PERFECT- ABOUT 5 IN 800 WOMEN GOT PREGNANT WHILE USING IT.

THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


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


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


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


About 100 people attend the Montgomery county school board meeting-- many asking the board to REVERSE its decision to get rid of the indian mascot at Blacksburg High School.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


It's a MINUTE, not a MASCOT that was debated before a panel of federal appeals court judges.
The panel heard arguments for and against Virginia' moment of silence law.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the Pulaski county commonwealth's attorney decides whether a police officer was justified in shooting a robbery suspect who led police on a chase last month.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, May 9th .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-11Indian-Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=Mascot]


The Montgomery County School Board voted last month to eliminate Blacksburg High School's Indian mascot, but the controversy surrounding it is not going away.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


About one hundred-people packed last night's School Board meeting.
A majority of speakers called for a reversal of the board's decision last month to eliminate the mascot.
That vote came after a year of debate between supporters and opponents, differences which continue today.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - 47:04, 42:49]
[IN Q=THE NAACP]
[IN Q=I DO NOT]

((STEVE COCHRAN/NAACP: THE NAACP WANTS TO EXPRESS OUR FULL SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. DEBBIE ARGABRIGHT/SUPPORTS INDIAN MASCOT: I DO NOT SUPPORT TEARING DOWN TRADITION BECAUSE IT MAY NOT BE POLITICALLY CORRECT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Cochran/Local Chapter of NAACP; quick]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Argabright/Supports Indian Mascot; quick]
[OUT Q=POLITICALLY CORRECT]
[RUNS=:11]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Following normal procedure, the board did not comment on the public address.
(------------)



[11Minute-Silence]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC1:03:42]
[GRAPHIC=Moment of Silence]


A federal trial judge has already upheld Virginia's moment of silence law.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But yesterday, a group of federal appeals court judges heard arguments for and against it.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The American Civil Liberties Union is representing a handful of students who oppose it, including Amherst's Mia Magruder.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm uncomfortable with the moment]
[sot tape 10:33:43 ]

((MIA MAGRUDER/AMHERST MIDDLE SCHOOL: I'M UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE MOMENT OF SILENCE BECAUSE I LIVE IN A VERY CONSERVATIVE AREA, AND I'VE HAD TROUBLE BEFORE WITH CERTAIN TEACHERS. AND I THINK THAT BY IMPLEMENTING THIS LAW, IT'S SUGGESTING THAT PRAYER IS A VERY GOOD THING AND PEOPLE SHOULD PRAY.))
[sot tape 10:30:30]

((BILL HURD/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: IT REALLY NEITHER ENCOURAGES THEM OR DISCOURAGES THEM IN THE OPTION THEY CHOOSE. THEY CAN SIT THERE QUIETLY THINKING OF NOTHING IF THEY WISH. IT IS ENTIRELY UP TO THEM. AND SINCE IT IS ALL SILENT, NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Mia Magruder/Amherst Middle School; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Hurd/Attorney General's Office; :18]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=silent, nobody will ever know.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The state says Fairfax Senator Warren Barry testified on the floor of the Senate that prayer was NOT his purpose in writing the bill.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Of course Mr. Barry said]
[sot tape 10:39:03]

((STUART NEWBERGER/ACLU ATTORNEY: OF COURSE, MR. BARRY SAID ON THE FLOOR THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT PRAYER. BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SAY IT'S NOT ABOUT PRAYER BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE LAW WAS GONNA BE CHALLENGED. SO THAT'S A SHAM. AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE SENATOR, THAT'S A SHAM.))
[SUPER=01-Stuart Newberger/ACLU Attorney;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=to the Senator, that's a sham. (DOUBLE OUT)]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The law remains in effect while the appeals court panel considers if its upheld by the constitution.
(------------)



[2-11County-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC39:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Roanoke County supervisors say charging a fee for ambulance service is the best way to go. But what do county residents have to say about it? They'll soon have a chance to voice their concerns.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled in two weeks. Yesterday-- county supervisors voted to go ahead with plans. They also tried to erase some concerns.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're not]

((BUTCH CHURCH/CATAWBA SUPERVISOR: WE'RE NOT... HAVE TO DO. ))
[SUPER=01-Butch Church/Catawba Supervisor; ]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=have to do.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Supervisors say the move to charge for service is necessary to hire additional rescue personnel to cover the county.


(------------)



[NUI-Domain]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=Eminent Domain]


Opponents may be running out of time. First work on a new natural gas pipeline from Radford to Roanoke to Rocky Mount may begin by the end of this month.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


From the start, a group of property owners has asked that the 55-mile pipeline be placed alongside one already in place. They say it would lessen environmental impact and still fulfill energy needs.
One local resident will fight the pipeline in court .. while others hope the pipeline builders can be PERSUADED to co-locate.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT-1:58:51]
[IN Q=We give them our]

((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE PROPERTY OWNER: WE GIVE THEM OUR LAND BECAUSE THEIR SERVING A PUBLIC INTEREST, AND YET THEY ARE REFUSING TO RESPECT THE PUBLIC GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Brent Riley/Pipeline Property Owner;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=PUBLIC GOOD]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But N-U-I, which will build the line, says co-location would end up being far more costly.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, our look at Eminent Domain shows the last-ditch efforts some residents are taking .. in hopes of stopping construction of a separate gas pipeline easement.
(------------)



[Plane-Landing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


In national news--
Home video captured a twin- engine plane as it landed on its belly in northern Colorado.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Home Video;]


The plane circled over the Jefferson county airport near Denver for two hours before being diverted to Greeley Airport.
[SUPER=03-Greeley, CO;]


It was unable to dump fuel after the landing gear malfunctioned.
The aircraft was forced to fly around for a couple of hours to burn off the fuel, before making an attempt to land.
No one was injured.
(------------)


[Teacher-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 14-year-old Florida boy on trial for murdering one of his teachers will be back on the witness stand today.
Yesterday, Nathaniel Brazill told defense attorneys that he liked English teacher Barry Grunow, and didn't mean to kill him.
Jennifer Jones has more from yesterday's testimony.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS News. ]

((
(LOCATOR: WEST PALM BEACH, FL)



(SOT, NO SUPER, "Are you a psycho? No. Are you a cold blooded killer?

No.")
A seemingly relaxed, poised 14-year old Nathaniel Brazill faced the court in his own defense, perhaps his best chance at convincing a jury that the shooting death of his Math teacher, Barry Grunow, was not murder, but an accident. --
SOT, NATHANIEL BRAZILL, DEFENDANT

--
But this is the same teenage boy jurors saw just last week in school surveillance tape presented by the prosecution. You can see Brazill with a handgun, then taking aim at Mr. Grunow who dropped to the floor and later died.
Still the defense worked to show jurors that Brazill was a well-liked boy, known as a practical jocker and had no troubles, nothing that would give him motive to plot the murder of a teacher Brazill has described as a friend. --
SOT in:

out: -- Nathaniel Brazill was only 13 years old last May, when he shot Barry Grunow at his West Palm Beach middle school. But Brazill is being tried as an adult for 1st degree murder. --
(nats)


If the prosecution proves Brazill pre-mediatated the shooting death of his teacherthen it s life in prison for the 14 year oldwith no chance for parole.
jjcbsnews

))[11Pulaski-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-27 TC05:24]
[GRAPHIC=Police Shooting]


The Pulaski police officer who shot a suspect after a chase is off the hook.
The Pulaski County Commonwealth's Attorney says Sergeant J-W Gregory's use of force was quote- appropriate and perhaps even necessary.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/April 30]


Officers say Heath Shoemaker robbed a store on April 30-th, then led them on a chase through both the town of Pulaski and Pulaski County.
At one point, the suspect stopped his car.
When Sergeant Gregory left his vehicle to approach Shoemaker, he stepped on the gas and tried to run him over.


That's when the officer fired a shot at the car, hitting Shoemaker in the left leg and his right shin.
(------------)


[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]

The controversy surrounding the Blacksburg High School Indian mascot took center stage at last night's Montgomery County School Board meeting. A majority of speakers called for a reversal of the board's decision last month to eliminate the mascot. But following normal procedure, the board did not comment on the public address.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Roanoke County family lost its home to fire last night.
Firefighters were dispatched to the home on Petty Avenue around 8:30.
Family members managed to escape unharmed along with their pets.
They say the blaze started in the basement. But at this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Residents will get to comment on whether a fee for ambulance service is the way to proceed in Roanoke County. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled in two weeks. Supervisors say the move to charge for service is necessary to hire additional rescue personnel to cover the county.



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

[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Shannon Young with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Another sour note]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=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]