[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


You've heard of the epidemic ABUSE of the painkiller OxyContin.
There IS another side the story.
The drug can be a lifesaver to those in chronic pain.
But some of those patients CAN'T get their hands on the drug.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a water leak has closed the E-R at Roanoke's Community Hospital.
Details, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Plus, the second installment of Steve Mason's series, "Surviving the Sudan".
Wake up with us on News 7 Mornin.

[Memorial-ER]


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



The emergency department at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital is closed due to a water leak.
The extent of the damage is not known at this time. Hospital officials say they're are not sure when it will re-open.
All emergency traffic is now being diverted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

[Oxycontin]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-25]
[GRAPHIC=Oxycontin]


Abuse of the powerful painkiller Oxycontin in some areas of Southwest Virginia has reached epidemic levels .
But there is another side to the story..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


.. that of chronic pain sufferers like Jeanette Murray, who needs the drug to cope and uses it the way it was intended.
A registered nurse, whose on- the- job injury left her with nerve damage, she has used Oxycontin successfully.
But because of widespread abuse, officials say many patients are having a hard time finding the drug and doctors who will prescribe it.
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[SOT-2:16:29]
[IN Q=THERE IS]

((JEANETTE MURRAY/CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER; THERE IS A CRIMINAL PROBLEM AND THEIR IS AN ADDICTION PROBLEM BUT IT LIES IN THOSE HANDS NOT WITH THOSE OF US WHO ARE USING THIS AS IT'S PRESCRIBED AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR PHYSICIANS.))
[SUPER=01-Jeanette Murray/Chronic Pain Sufferer;]
[OUT Q=PHYSICIANS]
[RUNS=:08]
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[VO-NAT]


Later today, Virginia's Attorney General Mark Earley will hold the first statewide oxycontin task force meeting to concentrate on the problem.
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[2-I-73]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=I-73]


The path of Interstate 73 could be decided today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

VDOT engineers had recommended placing I-73 from I-81 near Roanoke, south to the North Carolina line, running just west of Martinsville. But now several members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board say it would be better to place the new interstate to the EAST of Martinsville.
[SUPER=03-Fredericksburg; ]

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is scheduled to vote on the path of I-73 at today's board meeting in Fredricksburg.
Ellen Qualls will have an update tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
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[Bush-Energy]


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


In national news this morning--
President Bush will unveil his long- awaited energy plan later this morning in Minnesota.


At the same time, the President will release more than 100 recommendations on how to boost supplies of oil, gas, coal, and nuclear power.
It also provides tax breaks for conservation.
Bush says the U-S is facing the most serious energy crisis since the 19-70s oil embargo.

[Hanssen]


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


A former F-B-I agent is indicted on 21 charges of espionage--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Government officials say some of the U-S' most sensitive secrets could become public knowledge during the trial of accused spy Robert Hanssen.
Hanssen allegedly spied for the Soviet Union, and later Russia.
A conviction of any one of 14 charges COULD get Hanssen the death penalty.
The rest are punishable by life in prison.
He's scheduled to be arraigned June first.
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[11Forest-Middle]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:20:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]

It's the first day of summer vacation for students of Forest Middle School. But the middle school will be bustling with activity again next week when students of Jefferson Forest High School resume their classes there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

Students at Forest Middle School yesterday said farewell for the summer three weeks ahead of schedule. Their school year was shortened when administrators decided to let the high schoolers use the school starting next Monday.
[SUPER=04-May 1;]

The move was a response to a potentially hazardous mold found in Jefferson Forest High School. Forest's principal says the unexpected changes have garnered a great deal of support.
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[SOT 44:21-44:34]
[IN Q=Parents and the community have been awesome.]

((RANDL SPEAR/PRINCIPAL: PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN AWESOME. LOTS OF STORES HAVE JUMPED IN AND HELPED, PARENTS' ATTITUDES HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL, SO IT'S REALLY KINDA NEAT TO WATCH THE COMMUNITY PULL TOGETHER IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS TO HELP EVERYONE.))
[SUPER=01-Randl Spear/Principal;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=situation like this to help everyone.]
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[VO-NAT]

Forest students have yet to receive their yearbooks. The school will be open between 10 a.m. and noon on May 26th for middle school students to pick up and sign their annuals.
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[11Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC52:01]
[GRAPHIC=Vic Thomas]


Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas will seek another term in office.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Despite speculation that Thomas would step down, the veteran lawmaker says he couldn't walk away from the recent turmoil in state government.
He says he made his decision, and began calling supporters with the news yesterday afternoon.
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[SOT 01:41:23]
[IN Q=I've been agonizing]

((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D- ROANOKE: I'VE BEEN AGONIZING OVER IT FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND ONCE I FELT LIKE I KNEW WHAT I HAD TO DO, I HAD TO RUN FOR RE- ELECTION. I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL GET RE- ELECTED, BUT I DON'T KNOW, I FELT LIKE I HAD TO TRY. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO WALK AWAY WHEN THINGS ARE LIKE THEY ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vic Thomas/(D) Roanoke]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=when things are like they are.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Thomas was first elected to the General Assembly in 1973. He is a senior member of five House committees including Appropriations.

[Egg-Deputy-PM]


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


Meanwhile, a BRITISH political figure ended up with egg on his face, literally.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rhyl, Wales;]


The trouble began when Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott stepped off his campaign bus.
A group of demonstrators waiting across the road screamed, and threw an egg.
As Prescott continued on his way to address a Labour rally, he was hit in the head with an egg.
A scuffle then broke out between Prescott and a demonstrator.
Police eventually led Prescott to safety and detained the demonstrator.
With possible POLITICAL ramifications, Prescott maintains he had to defend himself.
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[Sudan-Open]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=Sudan]
[GRAPHIC=Surviving the Sudan]

A Roanoke doctor and physician's assistant spent their vacation this past February in the Sudan. Rest and relaxation were not part of the agenda. In Part Two of Surviving the Sudan, Steve Mason followed them through southern Sudan as they treated the sick.
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[SOT]
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[RUNS=:10]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Medicine]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=01-27 8:18]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]


[wipe wipe wipe]


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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=03-Yambio, Sudan; :23]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Meinhart/Roanoke Physicians Assistant; :51]
[SUPER=01-Gus Foderingham/Roanoke Internal Medicines Doctor; 1:03]
[SUPER=03-Maridi, Sudan; 3:15]
[SUPER=01-David Fuller/Church of the Holy Spirit Associate Pastor; 4:09]
[RUNS=4:22]
[OUT Q=.....News 7"]
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((Touchdown Jambio, the first stop for the Sudan medical team. The area and the surrounding counties have a population of 250 thousand. three thousand pounds of medicines were unloaded here, but as Roanoke Doctor Gus Fotteringham and Michelle Minehart soon realized, the medical supplies brought from the Star City could not begin to meet the vast needs of these people. ((:)) ((:)) Overwelmed with the vast needs, the medical team unloaded the medical supplies and went to work. Gus and Michelle's pace was incredible, seeing patients ranging in age from infants, to the elderly. While the days were long, hot and tiring, Michelle and Gus had nothing but encouraging words for their associates back home to experience the great joy of helping the Sudanese Christians. ((:)) Other Team Sudan medical team members helped by preparing some of the five thousand prescriptions that would be filled in the 10 days. Gus and Michelle would see up to 150 sick patients a a day with diseases like tuberculoses, leprosy, worms, malaria and diarrhea in the county of Yambio, an area crying out for medical relief. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((NAT SOUND:)) ((GUS WITH BABY PETER:)) What frustrated the team was that the diseases these children were dying from, most of them would be eliminated with one shot from an American antibiotic, but without the medicines, many children die. Michelle, herself a mother, felt this pain. ((:)) There were moments of great joy and even humor, especially when the eyes glasses were dispensed. Hundreds of eye ware that had been thrown away in the United States and looked funny on the Sudanese, worked miracles. This elderly man had not been able to see clearly for three years. Through the efforts of missions leader David Fuller and the Sudan Medical team the group was able to set up clinics in six locations. The success should empower the next medical team in to expand it's coverage area. ((:))
Both Dr. Gus Fotteringham and Michelle Minehart say they will spend their vacations in the future in Sudan. Steve Mason News 7.))

[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]



Coming up in the next half hour, The missions' team suffers a set back in Gogrial. (Gog-Ree-Al)

Steve Mason explains how the group was detained and placed under house arrest. [Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Hewlett Packard beat reduced quarterly profit forecasts. 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=1:39]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]


((Information:
(ON CAM)

HEWLETT PACKARD WILL BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT ON WALL STREET TODAY.

(GRAPHIC)

AFTER THE CLOSING BELL THE PRINTER AND PC MAKER POSTED PROFIT OF 18 CENTS A SHARE.. A FULL 3 CENTS BETTER THAN ALREADY LOWERED EXPECTATIONS, BUT H-P'S REVENUE NUMBERS DISAPPOINTED SOME ANALYSTS.

(VIDEO-KRISPY KREME)

IT'S MOVING DAY FOR KRISPY KREME ISTHE DOUGHNUT MAKER HAD THE SECOND MOST SUCCESSFUL INITIAL PUBLIC STOCK OFFERING LAST YEAR.. RIGHT HERE AT THE NASDAQ AND TODAY'S IT'S MOVING TO THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE ..WHERE IT WILL TRADE UNDER THE SYMBOL K-K-D. BUSINESS AT KRISPY KREME IS SO STRONG, THE COMPANY RAISED ITS PROFIT FORECAST FOR THE YEAR.

(ON CAM)

MICROSOFT IT SET TO LAUNCH ITS X-BOX VIDEO GAME CONSOLE NOVEMBER 8TH IT JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON.. IT WILL RETAIL FOR 299 DOLLARS... MICROSOFT'S X-BOX WILL GO TOE TO TOE WITH SONY'S PLAYSTATION 2 AND NINENTDO'S GAMECUBE.

(ON CAM)

IT APPEARS WALL STREET HAD A DELAYED REACTION TO THE FED'S INTEREST RATE CUT. SOME MILD RETAIL INFLATION NEWS AND A SURPRISE JUMP IN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION LAST MONTH ALSO GAVE INVESTORS A REASON TO BUY.

(GRAPHIC)

THE DOW SHOT UP 343 POINTS, TO 11-216.. IT'S FIFTH BIGGEST POINT GAIN EVER AND THE FIRST CLOSE ABOVE 11K SINCE SEPTEMBER.

(GRAPHIC)

THE NASDAQ SOARED 80 POINTS OR ABOUT 4 PERCENT

(ON CAM)

AND WITH THE FED LIKELY TO LOWER RATES NEXT MONTH FOR A SIXTH TIME THIS YEAR, INVESTORS HAVE SAY WE COULD BE ON THE THRESHOLD OF A SUMMER RALLY.

(GRAPHIC)

AND IN A SIGN THAT INVESTORS ARE COMING BACK TO THE MARKET. INVESTORS POURED A WHOPPING 25BLN DOLLARS LAST MONTH INTO STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS.

(GRAPHIC)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM - AT THE NASDAQ,

(ON CAM)

I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Roanoke-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC11:27]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]

An teenager is left in critical condition following an accident in Roanoke.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Police say the 16- year old was attempting to turn onto Peters Creek Road last night when he pulled into the path of a Ford Explorer. The S-U-V struck the teen on the driver's side. Authorities say the teenager had to be cut from his car and is now in critical condition. The driver of the Explorer is in his 30's and was also taken to the hospital.

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[11Bedford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC13:09]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


An overturned tractor-trailer shut down Route 122 in Bedford County for hours last night.
State Police believe the rig was rounding a curve when the truck tipped over.
Crews had to unload the truck before it could be righted.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, there's a debate over how much supervision nurse anesthesiologists should have during surgery.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information:
WHEN YOU HAVE SURGERY- WHO SHOULD BE PUTTING YOU TO SLEEP- AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST- WHO IS A DOCTOR WITH SPECIAL TRAINING- -- OR A NURSE ANESTHETIST- AN R.N WITH SPECIAL TRAINING.
RIGHT NOW THERE'S A BIG DEBATE GOING ON IN WASHINGTON OVER JUST HOW MUCH SUPERVISION A NURSE ANESTHETIST SHOULD HAVE- THEY SAY THEY DON'T NEED ANY-- BUT DOCTORS SAY THEY DO. THE FEDS WILL DECIDE FRIDAY.
A BIG ISSUE IN THIS DEBATE- THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. THE NURSES TYPICALLY CHARGE 66% LESS THAN DOCTORS...
ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN? ANSWER YES.. AND YOU MAY BE WRONG. A REPORT IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SAYS 80% OF PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY ARE ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN ARE NOT.
THE REASONS- THEY HAVE EITHER OUTGROWN THEIR ALLERGY-- OR THEY NEVER WERE ALLERGIC IN THE FIRST PLACE-
BOTTOM LINE- YOUR DOCTOR MAY TEST YOU TO SEE IF YOU ARE TRULY ALLERGIC NEXT TIME YOU NEED AN ANTIBIOTIC- SINCE PENICILLIN IS CHEAP AND GENERALLY GETS THE JOB DONE
FINALLY TODAY- WHICH WOULD YOU BET ON ? A THERMOMETER OR THE TOUCH OF A MOTHERS HAND?
YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD NEVER BET AGAINST MOM- A STUDY SHOWS HER HAND IS JUST AS GOOD AS A THERMOMETER AT DETECTING FEVERS ABOVE 100. THE STUDY LOOKED AT MORE THAN 800 KIDS AND WAS PUBLISHED BY THE PEDIATRIC ACADEMIC SOCIETY.
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.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A state task force will take up the OxyContin issue in Abingdon later today.
They'll discuss the widespread ABUSE of the painkiller...and also the need for it among chronic pain sufferers.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A fire at a boarding house in South Korea claims the lives of eight students.
Authorities say the death toll could rise...with several other students critically injured.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a final decision on the future path of Interstate- 73 COULD be made today.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has suggested a major change...building I- 73 EAST of Martinsville.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, May 17th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[Memorial-ER]


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



The emergency department at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital is closed due to a water leak.
The extent of the damage is not known at this time. Hospital officials say they're are not sure when it will re-open.
All emergency traffic is now being diverted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

[2-Oxycontin]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-25]
[GRAPHIC=Oxycontin]

A state task force will hear both sides of the Oxycontin debate in Abingdon today.
While abuse of the powerful painkiller has reached epidemic levels in some areas of Southwest Virginia, there is another side to the story..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


.. that of chronic pain sufferers like Jeanette Murray who need the drug to cope and use it the way it was intended.
A registered nurse whose on the job injury left her with nerve damage, she has used Oxycontin successfully.
But because of widespread abuse, officials say many patients are having a hard time finding the drug and doctor who will prescribe it.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT-2:16:29]
[IN Q=THERE IS]

((JEANETTE MURRAY/CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER; THERE IS A CRIMINAL PROBLEM AND THEIR IS AN ADDICTION PROBLEM BUT IT LIES IN THOSE HANDS NOT WITH THOSE OF US WHO ARE USING THIS AS IT'S PRESCRIBED AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR PHYSICIANS.))
[SUPER=01-Jeanette Murray/Chronic Pain Sufferer;]
[OUT Q=PHYSICIANS]
[RUNS=:08]
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[VO-NAT]


Later today, Virginia's Attorney General Mark Earley will hold the first statewide oxycontin task force meeting to concentrate on the problem.
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[11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#01-10 TC1:17:32]
[SS=Interstate 73]


The final vote on Interstate 73 could be made today. Yesterday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board suggested a major change to the plan V-Dot finalized last week-- build I-73 EAST of Martinsville.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=From I-81 it]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem Board Member; 19]
[SUPER=03-Fredericksburg; 38]
[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/V-DOT District Administrator;54]
[SUPER=01-Hobie Mitchel/At Large Board Member;104]
[SUPER=01-Roy Parrish Byrd/Lynchburg Board Member; 1:30]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:45]
[RUNS=2:00]
[OUT Q=Ellen Qualls, News 7, Fredericksburg.]
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[Fatal-Fire]


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


Making international news--
Eight students were killed when fire swept through their boarding house in South Korea last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seoul, South Korea;]


25 others were injured, some of them seriously.
That means the death toll could rise.
Police say most of the victims suffocated after inhaling toxic gas from the blaze that gutted the four- story Yeji Institute.
It's believed that burning cigarettes may have started the fire.
The institute houses about 100 students preparing for next year's college entrance exams.
(------------)


[Teacher-Shooting]


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


14- year- old Nathaniel Brazill is now a convicted murderer.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL;]


Yesterday, a Florida jury found Brazill guilty of second- degree murder in the shooting death of his teacher.
It was considered a COMPROMISE verdict.
Prosecutors were seeking a first- degree conviction, but they say they accept the jury's decision.
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[SOT 3:04:39]
[IN Q=There was]
[SUPER=01-Marc Shiner/Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=community loss]
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[VO-NAT]


It was an emotional verdict for those where the shooting took place.
Grief counselors are expected to be on hand at the school today.
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[SOT 3:04:52]
[IN Q=There are]
[SUPER=01-Bob Hatcher/Lakeworth Middle School Principal;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=just numb]
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[VO-NAT]


Brazill faces 25 years to life for the killing.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 29th.
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[11Tax-Payment]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=None]

You might say a Covington man is getting a refresher course in taxes. Lonnie Morgan pays his state taxes once a year but he draws disability and the state says he should be making estimated quarterly payments. All of this came to light when Morgan received a bill from the state informing him he'd underpaid his income tax for 1999 by ONE dollar.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Morgan says he was eventually able to prove he did NOT owe the dollar but he has not been able to wipe out another part of the bill. He was assessed an 18- dollar penalty for not paying his 1999 income taxes every four months. It's called an underpayment charge and angers Morgan who pays his taxes yearly.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is not ]

((LONNIE MORGAN/TAXPAYER: THIS IS NOT ABOUT 18- DOLLARS. THIS IS ABOUT PRINCIPLES, THIS IS ABOUT FAIRNESS. THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE'S RIGHTS. AND SOMETIME OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO STAND UP AND MAKE OURSELVES HEARD WHEN WE'RE DONE WRONG. ))
[SUPER=01-Lonnie Morgan/Taxpayer;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=we're done wrong.]
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[ss=None]

State officials would not comment on Morgan's case-- but say people who do not have taxes withheld by an employer need to comply with the law. Morgan says he doesn't want to but will eventually pay the bill.

[2-Sudan-Open]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=Sudan]
[GRAPHIC=Surviving the Sudan]


Our Surviving the Sudan series continues this morning in an area of the country that's instability due to the war resulted in the first major set back for the Roanoke church missions team. Steve Mason explains in the second part of his Sudan diary.

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[SOT]
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[Gogrial]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=01-23 16:34]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe]


[wipe wipe wipe]


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[SOT]
[IN Q=firsdt audio]
[SUPER=@steve1; :00]
[SUPER=03-Gogrial, Sudan; :35]
[SUPER=01-David Fuller/Church of the Holy Spirit Associate Pastor; 1:09]
[RUNS=2:35]
[OUT Q=...on morning"]
(-----------------)

((Gorgriel, ghost town. We found this town destroyed, the buildings leveled by the frequent bombings. The market has been replaced by fox holes and bunkers that house machine guns and grenades, a sign that this Christian occupied military stronghold was ready for the next assault from the Muslims. The army there did not know we were coming. We paid for a mix up in communication between two high powered politicians through 7 hours of detainment and interrogation and four days of house arrest and all we wanted to do was to assess the area to find if it was safe to bring Bibles and medicines here to help the Sudanese Christians. ((DAVE FULLER:))
We were able to leave the compound for about a half hour in those four days. We found Sudanese who were extremely resourceful and raw in their living. This goat was being prepared for dinner. I was relieved I was not invited for supper. Incredible sunsets captured by Todd Ramsey helped break the monotony of house arrest. One local leader, who had climbed the political ladder in Sudan to a high position worked to free us to do the assessment, but his efforts on our satellite phone to Nairobi and Kampala fell short, the politicians there could not agree, and we realized we could not return to Gorgrial.))


[11L'Burg-Nationwide]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=New jobs]


Nationwide Insurance is bringing a customer claims center to Lynchburg and a hundred new jobs with it.
The office building is scheduled to be complete in September.
The insurer already employs almost 350 people at another facility in Lynchburg.

[11Celanese-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC49:01]
[GRAPHIC=Celanese]


The Celanese plant in Giles County is adding to its workforce.
But the jobs in Giles are because the company is cutting 445 positions in its South Carolina plant.
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Celanese officials say SOME of those jobs will move to the plant in Giles County. No word yet on how many.
The company says consolidating production in Narrows will make it more efficient.
The plant currently employs more than one-thousand workers.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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The emergency department at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital is closed due to a water leak. Hospital officials say they're are not sure when it will re-open.
All emergency traffic is now being diverted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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The Commonwealth Transportation Board is scheduled to vote on the path of I-73 at today. VDOT engineers had recommend placing I-73 from I-81 near Roanoke south to the North Carolina line, running just west of Martinsville. But now several members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board say it would be better to place the new interstate to the east of Martinsville.

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Virginia's Attorney General Mark Earley will hold the first statewide oxycontin task force meeting in Abingdon to concentrate on the problem.
Both sides of the Oxycontin debate will be addressed. Earley will hear about the abuse of the powerful painkiller and it's prevalence in Southwestern Virginia. But he will also hear from chronic pain sufferers who need the drug and use it the way it was intended.

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Now here's Shannon Young with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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