[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Coming up--
It's been a long night for Hazmat crews after a hazardous materials spill in front of Montgomery Regional Hospital.
We'll have details.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Roanoke authorities are still searching for the suspect in a fatal shooting last night.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- News 7 Mornin is straight ahead.

[Hazmat]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-26]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']


Hazmat crews have been working through out the night on cleaning up a hazardous materials spill in front of the Montgomery Regional Hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]

Blacksburg police sealed off the entrance to the hospital around 8-30 last night after a truck carrying the hazardous waste pulled into the hospital. The driver had gotten into an accident earlier in the day and was complaining about being nauseous. Officials found a leak in the back of the truck, only a small amount spread onto the ground. Hazmat crews from Roanoke, Danville, and Giles County worked to contain the leak. Officials say the spill was not a threat to patients inside the hospital. All non-emergency traffic was rerouted and emergency vehicles were directed to use the back entrance.
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[ANCHOR=KIM]
[SS=none]

Blacksburg police say the main entrance should reopen sometime this morning.



[C'Burg-Evacu]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Virginia State Police successfully detonated a suspicious device in Christiansburg yesterday.
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[VO-NAT :16.5]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Authorities say the pipe found outside the town municipal building was not a bomb.
According to police, the device is six to eight inches long with both ends welded shut, and a sand- like substance inside.
As a safety precaution, authorities decided to close the road and evacuate nearby buildings and homes.
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[SOT :47:00]
[IN Q=THE AREA]

((CAPTAIN TOM LAWSON/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT; THE AREA HAS A HIGH VOLUME OF TRAFFIC AND IT NORMALLY ISN'T THERE, GIVEN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, WE HANDLED IT WITH STANDARD POLICE PROCEDURES BETTER HANDLE IT BETTER BE SAFE AND CAUTIOUS THAN NOT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Lawson/Christiansburg Police Department;]
[OUT Q=THAN NOT]
[RUNS=:15]
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[VO-NAT]


Police say the device will be sent to a Roanoke lab for complete analysis.
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[11Roanoke-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC19:01]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Roanoke was the scene of a fatal shooting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It happened around 10:20 last night behind the Melrose Center in the northwestern section of the city.
Police say 24- year- old (ruh-SHARD) Rhsard Ali "Ray-Ray" Bannister was shot in the head.
Authorities have not yet named a suspect, and are still investigating.
Bannister's body was transported to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
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[11Walmart]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


In national news--
Police shoot and kill a suspected shoplifter after she opens fire at an Illinois Wal-Mart.
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[VO-NAT 19:25:25]
[SUPER=03-Rockford, IL]


Authorities say 33- year- old Laura Gassaway got angry and began shoplifting after employees refused to sell her some bullets.
She did not have a valid firearms owner identification card.
Police say after she was stopped by security, Gassaway began firing.
None of the three wounded employees was SERIOUSLY injured.
No CUSTOMERS were in the area at the time.
Police say Gassaway was pregnant, and had several run-ins with the law.
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[Nichols]


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


A judge will decide today whether to re- schedule a preliminary hearing for convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.
His preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin on Monday.
It was canceled after the F-B-I failed to give documents to attorneys for Nichols and convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Nichols is charged with 160 counts of first- degree murder.[Missing-Intern]


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


Police THINK they have a strong lead in the case of the young California woman who disappeared while doing an internship in Washington, D.C.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Home Video;]


They're following a tip that Chandra Levy (SHAHN'-druh LEE'-vee) may be alive -- and in another state.
The 24-year-old hasn't been seen since April 30th.
She was an intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Police say they're not releasing any more information for fear it could hurt their investigation.
The Levy family is offering a 25-thousand dollar reward for her safe return.

[11Suntrust-Wachovia]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


It doesn't look like Suntrust will buy Wachovia.
[SS=SUNTRUST/Wachovia]


Late yesterday, Wachovia's board rejected the unsolicited buyout offer from SunTrust.
By giving thumbs down to the nearly 14 billion-dollar SunTrust deal, Wachovia reaffirmed previous plans to merge with First Union.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, The NASDAQ hopes to continue its winning streak today. 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=1:33]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]

((Information:
(ON CAM)

THE NASDAQ IS GOING FOR LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN... THE TECH HEAVY INDEX CLUNG TO SMALL GAINS TO MAKE IT SIX WINNING DAYS IN A ROW.. SOMETHING IT HASN'T DONE SINCE FEBRUARY 2000...BUT THE DOW ENDED ITS FOUR DAY WINNING STREAK.

(GRAPHIC)

DOW SANK 80 POINTS TO 11-257

(GRAPHIC)

WHILE THE NASDAQ INCHED UP ABOUT 8 POINTS.

(VIDEO:AOL)

AOL'S STOCK GOT A POP AFTER THE COMPANY SAID IT'S RAISING THE MONTHLY PRICE OF ITS UNLIMITED USE INTERNET ACCESS PLAN BY A DOLLAR 95 TO 23-DOLLARS 90 CENTS.. THE FIRST RATE INCREASE FOR AOL SINCE IN THREE YEARS.

(ON CAM)

THE SOFTWARE MAKER NOVELL IS A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY.. THE COMPANY POSTED A LOSS OF 3 CENTS A SHARE WHEN THE STREET WAS EXPECTING A PROFIT OF 3 TO 5 CENTS...

(ON CAM)

NOVELL WILL ALSO CUT 260 JOBS OR 5 PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE BY THE END OF THE MONTH. THAT TOGETHER WITH OTHER COST CUTTING MEASURES IS EXPECTED TO GET NOVELL BACK IN THE BLACK.
INTUIT, THE MAKER OF PERSONAL FINANCE SOFTWARE SAID PROFIT BEAT THE STREET AND THE COMPANY WILL BUYBACK UP TO 500MLN DOLLARS OF ITS OWN STOCK.

(GRAPHIC)

THE RETAILER SAKS BEAT ALREADY REDUCED PROFIT EXPECTATIONS BY A PENNY... SALES AT THE OWNER OF THE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE STORES FELL MORE THAN 2 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QTR.

(ON CAM)

AND INVESTORS ARE GEARING UP TO BITE INTO SMITH AND WOLLENSKY.. THE STEAKHOUSE CHAIN IS SET TO GO PUBLIC ON THE NASDAQ TODAY.. THE COMPANY IS EXPECTED TO SELL ABOUT 5MLN SHARES.

(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]

[11D-Day-Medical]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial]


Getting ready for the biggest day in the history of Bedford has been a community- wide effort.. as the city prepares to host 20- thousand people for its D-Day Memorial dedication on June 6th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Organizers are trying to prepare for everything, including medical emergencies that might occur that day.
Carilion Bedford Memorial Hospital is donating the services of two dozen medical personnel.
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[SOT 19:31:06]
[IN Q=We've got the]

((HOWARD AINSLEY/CARILION BEDFORD MEMORIAL: WE'VE GOT THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS THERE, WE'LL HAVE A TRAUMA SURGEON THERE AS WELL AS A GENERAL SURGEON. WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TWO ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT UNITS AS WELL AS A PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AVAILABLE, READY TO ROLL IF WE NEED TO ROLL AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Howard Ainsley/Carilion Bedford Memorial]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=need to roll as well.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ainsley says Carilion also will have two medical tents on site to handle everything from a scraped knee to a heart attack.
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[11AG-Democrats]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC27:03]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


The Democrats running for Attorney General are looking ahead to the June 12-th primary. In last night's debate, they discussed everything from Dale Earnhardt to Columbine.
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=What is the winning ticket?]
[SUPER=@Clement; :00]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :06]
[SUPER=04-January 5; :13]
[SUPER=@Edwards; :22 ]
[SUPER=01-Sylvia Clute/(D) Richmond Attorney; :53 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Don McEachin/(D) Henrico Co.; 1:26 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:41 ]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.]
(( [sot tape TAPE ONE 19:16:40 ]

((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: WHAT IS THE WINNING TICKET? WHAT WILL GET US ACROSS THE FINISH LINE?))
[runs= 05 ]


In a state where Democrats have lost seven of the last nine statewide contests, which of these four candidates is the strongest link.
Which one can beat the Republican candidate: former public safety secretary under George Allen... Gate City prosecutor turned Richmond lawyer Jerry Kilgore?
[sot 19:18:50]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: AS THE ONLY CANDIDATE FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, ROANOKE BEING THE GATEWAY TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND JERRY KILGORE ORIGINALLY BEING FROM SCOTT COUNTY, EVEN THOUGH HE PRACTICES LAW IN RICHMOND, I CAN TAKE ON JERRY KILGORE. I KNOW HIM QUITE WELL. HE WAS AN ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY IN ABINGDON YEARS AFTER I WAS THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA.))
[RUNS= 20]


The Democrats say Jerry Kilgore presided over a prison overbuilding embarrassment that played on people's fears and shortchanged the school building side of the state budget.
[sot tape 17:19:53]

((SYLVIA CLUTE/D-RICHMOND LAWYER: I HAVE POSITIONED MYSELF SINCE DAY ONE OF THIS CAMPAIGN TO TAKE JERRY KILGORE ON ON HIS TURF. TO SAY HE WAS WRONG WITH THREE STRIKES YOU'RE OUT, WHICH MADE NO DISTINCTION WITH WHAT THE CRIME WAS, EVEN THE WRITING OF A SMALL CHECK.))
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Danville's Whitt Clement claims another turf advantage -- promising to return the rural vote that's gone so Republican in Virginia to the Democratic column.
[sot tape one 18:48:56]

((MY COUNTY IS WHERE PICKUP TRUCKS ARE THE PREFERRED MODE OF TRANSPORTATION AND DALE EARNHARDT FLAGS ARE COMMONPLACE. THOUGH UNLIKE RICHMOND, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAME ISSUES.))
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[sot tape ONE 07:41:45]

((DEL. DON MCEACHIN/D-HENRICO CO.: I'VE HEARD THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE HOW PEOPLE FROM SOUTHSIDE AND PEOPLE FROM SOUTHWEST, HOW IF CHUCK ROBB HAD ONLY DONE BETTER IN THOSE AREAS, HE'D BE A SENATOR TODAY. WELL YOU KNOW, IF CHUCK ROBB HAD CARRIED 95 PERCENT OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTE, HE'D BE A SENATOR TODAY AS WELL.))
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[sot tape two standup ]

((THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS JUNE 12TH, AND IS OPEN TO ALL VIRGINIA VOTERS STATEWIDE. JERRY KILGORE AND JAY KATZEN ARE UNOPPOSED FOR THOSE NOMINATIONS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AND WILL BE NOMINATED NEXT SATURDAY IN A CONVENTION HERE IN RICHMOND. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7.))
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[11New-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC19:10]
[GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium]


Members of Roanoke city council say their decision to replace Victory Stadium will best serve the city's interests.
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[VO-NAT :21]


The new facility would be similar to earlier plans that called for a combination stadium and amphitheater.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It would be built on Orange Avenue across from the civic center.
City officials haven't identified the specific location, but with land the city already owns and some private parcels, they hope to assemble a site without condemning any property.
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[SOT 14:33:20]
[IN Q=The landscape has changed]

((THE LANDSCAPE HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST YEAR WITH THE BIOTECH CENTER, WITH I-73 AND IT DID TAKE A LONG TIME FOR US TO DIGFEST THE IMPACT OF THESE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, BUT I FEEL VERY GOOD ABOUT THE DECISION WE MADE, IT WAS A UNANIMOUS VOTE AND I THINK IT'S GREAT FOR THE CITY OF ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Roanoke Vice-Mayor]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=great for the city of Roanoke.]
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[VO-NAT :17]


The decision was unanimous, but one member wasn't present.
Alvin Hudson was at home because of illness- He says he's disappointed council made the decision without him.
He said he fears council made a mistake by deciding to build the stadium in an area with major traffic congestion.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


City Manager Darlene Burcham says she hopes to move as quickly as possible, but council has not set a timetable for the stadium project.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, some patients who suffer from chronic back pain are getting relief from a toxin called Botox.
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=1:06]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]


((Information:
ITS A POISON THAT HELPS EASE HEADACHES AND SMOOTHE OUT WRINKLES- AND IT NOW LOOKS LIKE BOTOX MAY HELP EASE YOUR ACHING BACK.
A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL NEUROLOGY SAYS INJECTIONS OF THIS BOTULISM TOXIN HELPED RELIEVE CHRONIC BACK PAIN IN 3 OF EVERY 4 PEOPLE WHO TRIED IT,
THE RELIEF FROM A SINGLE INJECTION LASTED- ON AVERAGE- ABOUT 3-4 MONTHS
--- AND WORKED BEST ON PEOPLE WITH BACK PAIN IN ONE SPECIFIC AREA- SUCH

AS THE LOW BACK.
AN APPLE A DAY MAY KEEP THE LUNG DOCTOR AWAY- A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM FINDS PEOPLE WHO EAT APPLES REGULARLY CAN ACTUALLY INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE LUNGS AND THE SIZE OF THE AIR PASSAGEWAYS,
FINALLY TODAY- TWO NEW STUDIES IS THE JAMA HAVE SOME NOT SO KIND WORDS FOR THE ASTHMA DRUG SEREVENT.... THE STUDIES FOUND WHEN THE DRUG IS USED BY ITSELF- ASTHMA TENDS TO WORSEN RATHER THAN IMPROVE. RESEARCHERS SAY SEREVENT SHOULD ONLY BE USED ALONG WITH INHALED STEROIDS...
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]


Blacksburg police have sealed off the main entrance to the Montgomery Regional Hospital after a hazardous materials spill.
Officials discovered a leak in the back of a truck loaded with hazardous waste that pulled into the hospital last night.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The suspect in a fatal shooting in Roanoke remains at large this morning...
Police say a 24- year- old man was shot in the head last night behind the Melrose Center in the northwestern section of the city.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And authorities in Christiansburg say a pipe found outside the municipal building was suspicious, but it was NOT a bomb.
State police were able to successfully detonate the device.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, May 23rd .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-Hazmat]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-26]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']

It's been a long night for hazmat crews at the Montgomery Regional Hospital after hazardous material was found leaking from a truck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]

Blacksburg police sealed off the entrance to the hospital around 8-30 last night after a truck carrying the hazardous waste pulled into the hospital. The driver had gotten into an accident earlier in the day and was complaining about being nauseous. Officials found a leak in the back of the truck, only a small amount spread onto the ground. Hazmat crews from Roanoke, Danville, and Giles County worked to contain the leak. Officials say the spill was not a threat to patients inside the hospital. All non-emergency traffic was rerouted and emergency vehicles were directed to use the back entrance.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=KIM]
[SS=none]

Blacksburg police say the main entrance should reopen sometime this morning.



[2-C'Burg-Evacu]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-21]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A suspicious device causes some worries in Christiansburg--
But state police were able to successfully detonate it yesterday.
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[VO-NAT :16.5]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Authorities say the pipe found outside the town municipal building was not bomb.
According to police, the device is six to eight inches long with both ends welded shut and a sand like substance inside.
As a safety precaution, authorities decided to close the road and evacuate nearby buildings and homes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT :47:00]
[IN Q=THE AREA]

((CAPTAIN TOM LAWSON/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT; THE AREA HAS A HIGH VOLUME OF TRAFFIC AND IT NORMALLY ISN'T THERE, GIVEN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, WE HANDLED IT WITH STANDARD POLICE PROCEDURES BETTER HANDLE IT BETTER BE SAFE AND CAUTIOUS THAN NOT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Lawson/Christiansburg Police Department;]
[OUT Q=THAN NOT]
[RUNS=:15]
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[VO-NAT]


Police say the device will be sent to a Roanoke lab for complete analysis.
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[2-11Roanoke-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC19:01]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Roanoke police are still looking for the suspect in a deadly shooting last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It happened around 10:20 behind the Melrose Center in the northwestern section of the city.
Police say 24- year- old (Ruh-SHARD) Rhsard Ali "Ray-Ray" Bannister was shot in the head.
Authorities have not yet named a suspect, and are still investigating.
Bannister's body was transported to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
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[2-11Walmart]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Authorities are releasing more details about the alleged shoplifter who was fatally shot by police after opening fire at an Illinois Wal-Mart.
(------------)
[VO-NAT 19:25:25]
[SUPER=03-Rockford, IL]


Authorities say 33- year- old Laura Gassaway got angry and began shoplifting after employees refused to sell her some bullets.
She did not have a valid firearms owner identification card.
Police say after she was stopped by security, Gassaway began firing.
None of the wounded employees was SERIOUSLY injured.
No customers were in the area at the time.
Police say Gassaway was pregnant and had had several run-ins with the law.
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[Cell-Phone]


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


A proposed bill in Congress calls for banning the use of cell phones while driving.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]


A reported released yesterday by the government was inconclusive as to whether cell phones are harmful to your health.
But legislators say they ARE harmful on the road... and that thousands of accidents could be avoided by banning motorists' use of cell phones.
More than 100 million people use the phones.
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[11Optical-Laser]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-15]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A local company promises to give Roanoke businesses high tech access that only some cities have now.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :26]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The business is Tradewinds Network Services... and the product is "Optical Laser Video."
In a demonstration yesterday, the company beamed audio and video images from an office in downtown Roanoke to the Hotel Roanoke.
Optical Laser Video is not a replacement for actual fiber optic cable, because it only beams signals about 2 miles.
But it is designed to connect businesses in rural areas to sites that DO have fiber optic cable.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We put this]

((DAN DRAUGH/TRADEWINDS: WE PUT THIS LINK UP IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS. NO FILING, NO ZONING, IT'S FIBER WITHOUT THE FIBER.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Draughn/Tradewinds Network General Manager]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=without the fiber.]
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[VO-NAT]


The device costs about 10-thousand dollars.
Several area businesses, including the hotel Roanoke itself, are considering buying the Optical Laser.
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[11Cheryl-Wine]


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

The Patrick Henry Development Council has chosen an interim director. Cheryl Wine of Martinsville will fulfill the duties of Sherry Ramsey after she departs from the organization on May 25th. Wine teaches law as an adjunct professor at Patrick Henry Community College, and provides management consulting to growing businesses.

[11Police-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-17]
[GRAPHIC=Police Chase]

A man killed in a high speed chase through two counties had a criminal history.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

The 20-year old lead police from Rockbridge County to near Arcadia on Interstate 81 yesterday morning before having his car hemmed in by deputies. He then left his car, jumped off the overpass onto the freeway, and stepped into oncoming traffic. He was hit by a semi-truck and killed. Authorities had been trying to pull him over for allegedly stealing gasoline from a gas station in Goshen. There were felony warrants out on the man for grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle- And the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department says he was also on probation.
(------------)



[11Spencer]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-19 TC45:20]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A Roanoke man pled no contest yesterday to murder charges.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


43-year old Neil Anthony Spencer is charged with shooting 50 year old Mark David Stroud in the head, neck, and back on January 22-nd.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The pair allegedly had been arguing when the incident happened.
The Prosecution and Defense worked out a plea agreement that will cap Spencer's sentence at 21 years and 10 months.
He will be formally sentenced on July 16-th.

[11Computer-Crime]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Cyber- criminals beware: the police are getting more savvy in their battle against computer crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Instructors from the National White Collar Crimes Center travel the country educating law enforcement officers on how to locate and retrieve computer evidence in a criminal case.
22 officers are taking the course this week at the Bedford County sheriff's department.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:25:08]
[IN Q=Everybody's keeping]

((JEFF BOWMAN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: EVERYBODY'S KEEPING RECORDS BY COMPUTER, EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO DO SOMETHING BY THE INTERNET, TRANSFER OF FUNDS, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, SECURE DIVISIONS, EVERYTHING LIKE THAT. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A WAY OF LOCATING THE EVIDENCE, RETRIEVING THE EVIDENCE AND BEING ABLE TO PRESENT THAT AND MAKE A PROSECUTABLE CASE.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Bowman/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Department; ]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=a prosecutable case.]
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[VO-NAT]


Instructors say students' computer abilities range anywhere from novice to expert.
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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:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Crews spent the night cleaning up hazardous waste leaking from a truck into the parking lot of Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Blacksburg police sealed off the hospital entrance last night after the truck's driver came in, complaining of nausea.
The spill did NOT harm anyone else.
Police hope to reopen the entrance this morning.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A man was shot to death in Roanoke last night.
It happened behind the Melrose Center in the northwestern section of the city.
Police say 24- year- old (ruh-SHARD) Rhsard Ali "Ray-Ray" Bannister was shot in the head.
Authorities have not yet named a suspect, and are still investigating.
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Virginia State Police successfully detonated a suspicious device in Christiansburg yesterday.
Authorities say the pipe found outside the town municipal building was not bomb.
They say the device is six to eight inches long with both ends welded shut and a sand like substance inside.
The device will be sent to a Roanoke lab for complete analysis.
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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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