[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Up next on News 7--
Two teenagers are recovering from injuries in Roanoke several weeks after their church van crashed in North Carolina.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And dozens of jobs could be cut at Rubatex.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib weather and tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Stay tuned for all that and more-- coming up on News 7 Mornin.

[11Church-Van]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-32]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] It's been several weeks now since a church van filled with teenagers flipped on its way home from a church retreat. Today-- two of the teenagers seriously injured in the accident are on the mend in Roanoke. As Teresa Hamilton reports-- the parents of both teens want to thank everyone who reached out to their family.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=03-Randolph Co., NC/July 1; :10]
[SUPER=01-Mirela Dizdarevic/Accident Survivor; :20]
[SUPER=01-Joe Wheeler/Ben's Father; :57]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; ]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.]
(((///sot////)
[sot 16:36:44]
[in q= If you ]

(( IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, CALL ME.))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q= anything, call me.]

Mirela Dizdarevic says she's overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern she continues to receive. The 19- year old was asleep when the Virginia Heights church van blew a tire and flipped near Greensboro... leaving Mirela with a broken back.

(///sot////)
[sot 16:30:09]
[in q= I know]

((I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT ME AND THAT HELPS ME.))
[RUNS= 04]
[OUT Q= that helps me.]


Mirela says one of the hardest parts has been dealing with the death of Jessika Lewis, who was also thrown from the van. At times like that, she leans on her parents and focuses on the future. Mirela, who moved here with her family from Bosnia four years ago, will attend Roanoke College.
(///sot/////)
[sot 16:31:02]

((I'M GOING TO MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, I'M GOING TO BE A LAWYER AND JUST HAVE FUN WITH LIFE.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q= fun with life.]


Ben Wheeler and his family are also looking forward to moving on.

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[sot 16:48:58]
[in q= He's a pretty]

((HE'S A PRETTY GOOD BASEBALL PLAYER, AND, OF COURSE, I'M HIS FATHER AND GOING TO BRAG ON HIM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.))
[runs= 06]
[OUT Q= every opportunity.]


The 16- year old suffered head trauma, a broken heel and deep cuts on his back.
(//sot////)
[sot 16:49:48]
[IN Q= We're not ]

((JOE WHEELER/BEN'S FATHER: WE'RE NOT GOING TO WORRY A WHOLE LOT ABOUT HIS JUNIOR YEAR, THERE'S SO MUCH OUT THERE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, SO WE'LL GET HIM HEALED, HEALED UP, COME HIS SENIOR YEAR, LOOK OUT.))
[RUNS= 18]
[out q=senior year, look out.]

Ben has months of rehab ahead but is expected to leave Roanoke Memorial on Friday-- His father calls it a miracle.
(///sot////)
[sot 16:53:07]
[in q= JUST THANK YOU]

((JUST THANK YOU, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PUT IT IN WORDS, THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND PRAYERS, IT'S JUST BEEN OVERWHELMING, OVERWHELMING.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q= overwhelming, overwhelming.]

Support that continues to pour in, even come from complete strangers. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
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[anchor=Kim]
[SS=None]

Helen Vandergrift was also thrown from the van and remains in a North Carolina hospital.

[11Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-44 TC06:43]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex]


Officials say Rubatex could cut more than 80 jobs in Bedford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape]


An R-B-X spokesman says the company is trying to operate more efficiently as it works its way out of bankruptcy.


That means Bedford's extrusion operation could move to Arkansas or North Carolina.
The company has spoken with union leaders about the plan... there's no word as to when a decision will be made.


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[11YMCA]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kle]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=YMCA]


The Roanoke Valley Y-M-C-A is in the middle of a campaign to raise six and a half million dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The money will be used to build the Kirk Family Aquatic Center in downtown Roanoke.
The center is named after the family for its ongoing support to the Y.
They have already raised three and a half million dollars for the facility.
Campaign Executives are planning new programs and activities for the new building, such as a senior water therapy program.
The Y says it plans to break ground next summer.
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[5-West-Nile]


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


State Health Officials say a dead crow that was found in Alexandria has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
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[VO-NAT:22]
[SUPER=03-Prince Edward Co./File Tape;]


Health officials say testing some birds helps them determine if there's virus activity in the area.
West Nile Virus is transferred to birds, humans, and other mammals through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Last year, seven crows tested positive in Virginia. The State Health Department is urging citizens to report all dead birds to their local health department.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The West Nile Virus can cause serious illness --such as encephalitis and meningitis. But most people who come in contact with virus will not get sick. The elderly are most at risk.

[Etna-Eruption]


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


Two new fractures on the side of Italy's Mount Etna are slowing down the flow of lava from the volcano.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mount Etna, Italy;]


But officials say the explosions of ash and lava are not over yet.
Police and firefighters were deployed in nearby towns, which are covered with black volcanic ash and dust.
Preliminary damage estimates from the volcano are running a little more than three- million dollars.
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[Atlantis]


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


It was a late- night landing for the Space Shuttle Atlantis--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;]


''Atlantis'' touched down at the Kennedy Space Center at 11:39 last night, following a one-day rain delay.
For the crew, it was mission accomplished.
During their 12- days in space, the astronauts managed to deliver and install a new air lock for space walkers at the international space station.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, The Martinsville Speedway is trying to stay in the lead by making some improvements.
Denise Allen has details on that story.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=2:44]
[OUT Q=in about a half hour.]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly ad lib toss to Steve/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Desk]
[SUPER=@spa1;]
(I'll ad lib intro)
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When they are]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Young/Troop Leader #93 and #65; :15]
[SUPER=01-Alexandria Lewis/Junior Girl Scout; 1:08]
[RUNS=2:25]
[OUT Q=they have set.]


[Steve Live]
[Take FS Girl Scout Board 8700ESSc]
[DESK 2-SHOT]

(Steve tosses to Kimberly for Marketwatch)


((Archive:Girl Scouts))

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, A wider-than-expected loss from Lucent Technologies, lower profits from Exxon Mobil and revenue warnings from Amazon-dot-com took their toll on Wall Street.
For the second day, the Dow industrials suffered a triple digit 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=1:29]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]


((WE'LL HAVE TO SEE IF THE BUYERS COME OUT OF HIBERNATION TODAY...
NEWS OF MORE LAYOFFS AND POOR PROFITS SAPPED THE LIFE OUT OF STOCKS ONCE AGAIN...
AND NOT JUST THAT SECOND QTR EARNINGS HAVE BEEN SO BAD.. IT'S THAT THIRD AND FOURTH QTR PROFIT ESTIMATES ARE BEING SLASHED...AND INVESTORS ARE FINDING NO CLEAR SIGN OF A RECOVERY IN THE ECONOMY OR PROFITS.
DISAPPOINTING PROFIT REPORTS FROM LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES, EXXON MOBIL AND AMAZON.COM TOOK THEIR OLL ON INVESTORS...

(GRAPHIC)

THE DOW SUFFERED ANOTHER TRIPLE DIGIT DECLINE..DOWN 183 POINTS

(GRAPHIC)

THE NASDAQ SANK 29 POINTS OR ABOUT ONE AND A HALF PERCENT.

(BROLL LUCENT)

LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES SET THE NEGATIVE TONE AFTER THE STRUGGLING TELECOM GIANT POSTED A WIDER THAN EXPECTED LOSS AND SAID IT WILL CUT ANOTHER 20-THOUSAND JOBS AND STOP PAYING A DIVIDEND .. THAT'S ON TOP OF THE 19-THOUSAND POSITIONS LUCENT ELIMINATED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

(GRAPHIC)

MCDONALDS SAID CONCERNS ABOUT MAD COW DISEASE SENT PROFITS LOWER FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT QTR.. BUT THE FAST FOOD KING SAID IT MAY CLOSE 250 UNDERPERFORMING RESTAURANTS AND EXPECTS STRONGER RESULTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

(GRAPHIC)

AMAZON.COM HAD ITS BIGGEST ONE DAY SELLOFF EVER AFTER

(ON CAM)

ON OUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST.. THE CHIPMAKER LAM RESEARCH SAID PROFIT PLUNGED 21 PERCENT ON LOWER SALES AND PEOPLESOFT

(ON CAM)

AND LATER TODAY WITH TAKE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE REAL ESTATE MARKET WITH A REPORT ON EXISTING HOME SALES FOR JUNE..

(GRAPHIC)

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

(ON CAM)

AT THE NASDAQ, I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Moment-Silence]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-21 TC1:53:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia schools must continue their daily moment of silence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 5, 2000;]

Yesterday, a federal Appeals Court upheld a Virginia statute that establishes a minute of silence in the classroom. The challenge was brought by several students and their parents who argued that the observation violated the First Amendment by encouraging prayer. The Commonwealth maintained the statute was designed to allow students to use the moment of silence in any way they chose, including... but not limited to prayer.
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[6-Gilmore-Mann]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC1:10:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Lexington photographer Sally Mann has been named America's best photographer by Time Magazine.
But some of her work did not get high marks with Governor Jim Gilmore last May.
He labeled it as "lewd, outrageous, and vulgar."
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls shared Mann's recent good news with the Governor.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In the spring of 2000]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/May 2000; :00]
[SUPER=10-Gov. Jim Gilmore//May 2000; :12 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :38 ]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=Qualls, news 7, Richmond.]

(( In the spring of 2000, Sally Mann did a slide show presentation at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Among her slides were some experimental photos she asked the audience if they wanted to see.
[sot tape 00-3 :37]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BY DESCRIPTION TO ME THESE ARE REALLY BAD PICTURES, INAPPROPRIATELY DEPICTED OF CHILDREN, IN A SETTING THAT IS, WOULD I THINK BE SEXUALLY OFFENSIVE.))
[runs= 16]


In step Governor Jim Gilmore and First Lady Roxane -- asking for the state supported museum to develop a policy to prevent such overly free expression from happening again.
July 9th of this year, Time Magazine names Mann America's best photographer, citing her "serene technical brilliance and the clearly communicated eloquence she derives from her subjects... all but indistinguishable from love."
We showed the issue to the Governor -- whose concern has obviously diminished.
[sot tape 16:52;07 ]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL I THINK SALLY MANN'S A FINE PHOTOGRAPHER. AND I HAD SOME, OBVIOUSLY, ISSUE WITH JUST A FEW OF HER PICTURES REGARDING CHILDREN. BUT BY AND LARGE, HER WORK IS REALLY RATHER EXTRAORDINARY AND I THINK SHE'S TO BE CONGRATULATED.))
[runs= 13]


That's all he cares to say now.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Sally Mann responds to News 7 by e-mail: "I love it. I wish there was a symbol in e-mail to denote utter scorn, don't you?"

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a little time in second hand smoke can have an effect on your heart.
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=1:32]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((ITS DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO HURT YOU. A STUDY IN THE JAMA REPORTS JUST ONE HALF HOUR OF SECONDHAND SMOKE CAN CUT DOWN THE BLOOD FLOW TO YOUR HEART.
RESEARCHERS FOUND WHEN PEOPLE BREATHED IN SOMEONE ELSE'S' SMOKE- THE HEART'S BLOOD VESSELS LOST THEIR ABILITY TO RELAX AND OPEN UP.
IT'S THOUGHT WHEN THIS HAPPENS - THERE'S DAMAGE TAKING PLACE TO THE BLOOD VESSEL- WHICH OVER TIME MAY LEAD TO HARDENING OF THE HEART ARTERIES.
WELL, A BANANA A DAY MAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY. AS SO MAY A CANTALOUPE, SOME ORANGE JUICE, OR A BAKED POTATO.
ALL OF THESE ARE GREAT SOURCES OF POTASSIUM- A NUTRIENT THAT A NEW STUDY SAYS CAN CUT YOUR RISK OF STROKE.
RESEARCH FROM TULANE UNIVERSITY SAY WHEN PEOPLE EAT A DIET RICH IN POTASSIUM- THEIR RISK OF STROKE DROPS 28%.
IT'S THOUGHT POTASSIUM CUTS THE RISK OF STROKE- AND EVEN HEART ATTACKS-
BECAUSE IT RELAXES THE BLOOD VESSELS- MAKING BLOOD FLOW EASIER---


FINALLY- HERE'S THE LATEST ON FLU SHOTS FOR NEXT SEASON- AND LATE IS THE BEST DESCRIPTION.
THE NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM SAYS FLU VACCINE WILL NOT GENERALLY BE AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER- AND EVEN THEN ONLY THOSE OVER AGE 65 OR THOSE AT HIGH RISK SHOULD GET THE SHOT SINCE SUPPLIES WILL BE LIMITED.
HEALTHY PEOPLE MAY NEED TO WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER OR JANUARY TO BE IMMUNIZED.
THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M 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.
Local arts and cultural organizations are banning together, in hopes of getting funding for the future.
We'll have a live interview with the executive director of the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Meanwhile, the General Assembly's funding cuts to Explore Park leads to generosity from the Roanoke county board of supervisors.
The board voted to give Explore 300- thousand dollars out of its budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And two teenagers are recovering in Roanoke from injuries they received in a church van accident earlier this month in North Carolina.
But the crash claimed the life of one teen.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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




[VOB-Church-Van]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-32]
[GRAPHIC=none]

It has been and will continue to be a long road to recovery for the Roanoke teenagers injured when their church van flipped, earlier this month. The accident, near Greensboro, took the life of one teenager and left three others seriously injured.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;]

19- year old (Muh-rel-uh Diz-DARE-uh-vic) Mirela Dizdarevic is now back home with her family in Roanoke. She broke her back when she was thrown from the van. But the accident did NOT break her spirit. Mirela will enter Roanoke College next month-- with a slightly different outlook on life.
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[SOT 16:33:35]
[IN Q=I'm going to be]
[SUPER=01-Mirela Dizdarevic/Accident Survivor; ]

((I'M GOING TO BE MORE IN THE CHURCH, HELP THE MINISTRY AND BE CLOSER TO MY FRIENDS FROM THE CHURCH AND JUST CLOSER TO MY FAMILY AND APPRECIATE MORE OF LIFE.))
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=more of life.]
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[VO-NAT]

Mirela was in a coma for a week... as well as 16- year old Ben Wheeler who's now a patient at Roanoke Memorial. Ben suffered head trauma, a broken heel and deep cuts on his back. And, while doctors are cautious about a full recovery-- Ben's father is optimistic.
(///sot////)
[sot 16:47:59]
[in q= i think]
[SUPER=01-Joe Wheeler/Ben's Father; ]

((I THINK IN MY HEART THEY'RE LETTING US KNOW THERE IS NO REASON HE CAN'T MAKE A FULL RECOVERY JUST TIME WILL TELL AND IT WILL BE A LONG TIME.))
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q= LONG TIME.]
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[anchor=Kimberly]
[ss=none]

Ben is expected to leave the hospital on Friday. Both families credit prayer for their children's recovery and say they want to thank everyone who's offered support over the past few weeks.


[11Explore-Park]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-30 TC1:05:06]
[GRAPHIC=Explore Park]


Roanoke County taxpayers are filling a big hole left by the General Assembly in the Explore Park budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Roanoke County's Board of Supervisors voted 4- to- 1 to give Explore Park 300-thousand dollars out of its budget, along with a 250-thousand dollar loan.
The outdoor historic park counted on money from the state.
But funding from the General Assembly dropped from 850-thousand dollars to zero last year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT TAPE 3, TC 3:23:19 - :31]
[IN Q=It stabilizes]

((ROGER ELLMORE/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT STABILIZES THE WHOLE SITUATION..... AS OPPOSED TO ALWAYS HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT OUR FUNDING SITUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Ellmore/Explore Park Executive Director;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=our funding situation.]
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[VO-NAT]


One supervisor said county taxpayers should not have to make up for the state's shortfall.
Explore Park says the money from Roanoke County will help keep it running this year, but that it will continue to seek money from other local governments and citizens.
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[American-Professor]


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


An American business professor working in China is being deported to the United States.
That Li (show-mihn) Shaomin was convicted of spying for Taiwan.
Li's expulsion came a day after two U-S- based scholars were convicted in Beijing of spying, and were given 10- year sentences.
The three cases are putting a strain and U-S-- China relations.

[Social-Security]


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


A Presidential commission says social security is NOT secure--
It's looking for ways to fix the system.
But opponents say the White House is trying to scare the public for political advantage.
Drew Levinson reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :10]
[SUPER=01-Richard Parsons/Commission on Social Security; :27]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; :38]
[SUPER=01-Richard Gephardt/(D) House Minority Leader; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Darrell Shideler/Worker; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Washington.]

(( TRACK: THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM MAY SOON BE BROKE AND IT NEEDS FIXING. THAT'S THE CONCLUSION OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON SOCIAL SECURITY. PANEL MEMBERS SAY BY THE YEAR 2016 THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE AT A CROSSROADS. IF IT WANTS TO CONTINUE PAYING RETIREMENT BENEFITS IT MUST EITHER RAISE TAXES, CUT SPENDING ON OTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, BORROW MONEY FROM FINANCIAL MARKETS OR REDUCE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.

SOT : Richard Parsons/Commission on Social Security

There is a problem with our Social Security system. It's not sustainable in it's current form and people are losing confidence that the benefits will be there down the road.

(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON)


"PRESIDENT BUSH APPOINTED THE PANEL TO LOOK INTO THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM AND REPORT BACK ON HOW IT NEEDED TO BE FIXED. THE DEMOCRATS CHARGE THE DECK WAS STACKED AND BUSH INVENTED THE CRISIS TO WIN SUPPORT FOR PRIVATAZATION."
TRACK: SO IN ADDITION TO BELT TIGHTENING..THAT MEANS SETTING UP PRIVATE ACCOUNTS FOR WORKERS TO INVEST PART OF THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES IN STOCKS AND BONDS.

(Nat sot protesters/anti stockmarket.)


TRACK: OPPONENTS ARGUE THAT'S TOO RISKY.

SOT Richard Gephardt/House Minority Leader)

"and these latest scare tactics are part of a 66-year drive to gut social security and let people fend for themselves at age 65."
TRACK: SOME WORKERS DISAGREE--THEY FEEL AMERICANS SHOULD CONTROL THEIR OWN ACCOUNTS, BUT THEY MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

(SOT: DARRELL SHIDELER/Worker)

"I think americans can probably handle their own funds and investment, but for a large proportion of them, they need to be educated in an appropriate fashion so they can invest in the appropriate manner."
TRACK: THE PANEL IS EXPECTED TO MAKE ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE WHITE HOUSE LATER THIS YEAR. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
)

[AMNafta-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am/noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#= 01-43 tc: 00:02:31]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The North American Free Trade Agreement turned the tables on the Textile Industry, but evened the playing field for local furniture manufacturers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski]


That's according to John Wampler at Pulaski Furniture.
After NAFTA went into affect, Wampler says business just kept getting better.
That's because Nafta allowed Pulaski Furniture to export goods to Canada and Mexico without slapping on tariffs.

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[SOT]

[tc:00:47:03]
[IN Q=For us we]

((JOHN WAMPLER/PULASKI FURNITURE: FOR US, WE WEREN'T REALLY SYMPATHETIC TO THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, THEY WEREN'T COMPETITIVE. WE HAD TO BE COMPETITIVE, WE HAD TO BE 25 PERCENT MORE COMPETITIVE TO SHIP TO MEXICO, WHICH WE DID.))
[SUPER=01-John Wampler/Pulaski Furniture]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=which we did.]
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[VO-NAT]


Although Pulaski imports most of the furniture it markets, curios and grandfather clocks are still made in Southwest Virginia.
(+++++++)

[TAKE PINNACLE FS 4606]
Tonight on News 7 at Six, Jennifer Miele will take a closer look at NAFTA and its impact on furniture manufacturing in part three of her series, "Turning the Tables."
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[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Desk]
[SUPER=@spa1;]
(I'll ad lib intro)
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This whole show]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Young/Troop Leader #93 and #65 ; :19]
[SUPER=01-Brittany Coles/Girl Scout Cadet ; 1:12 very quick!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Latasha Wiley/Girl Scout Cadet; 1:29]
[RUNS=2:35]
[OUT Q=help them out.]


[Steve Live]
[TAKE FS GIRL SCOUT BOARD 8700ESSc]

(ad lib toss to bump)

[Streaming Video] [BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:))


[Arts-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=FS MB Monitor Mornin' Closeup]


Cultural organizations in the Roanoke Valley and throughout the state are fighting to stay afloat, despite the lack of funding from the General Assembly.
Now, cultural leaders plan to team up with leaders in economic development and local government, in a unified coalition.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FS MORNIN' CLOSEUP GRAPHIC 8010]
Keeping the arts alive in the Roanoke Valley.
That's our topic in today's Mornin' Close-up.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[2-SHOT]
And joining us to talk more about it is Susan Jennings, the executive director of the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
[SUPER=01-Susan Jennings/Executive Director;]


Good morning and welcome, Susan.
[You all have come up with a master plan to keep arts and culture available to the public, and considering the lack of money that's no easy task. What specifically are you planning to do?]
[So, apparently keeping shorter hours at museums and cutting staff is not the PERMANENT solution to all of this?]
[ I understand by banding together with local government leaders, you all believe that'll give you more influence in the General Assembly, and hopefully, money.]
[One other interesting thing I noticed in your plan is the need for changes in transportation and also the way you do signage for these attractions....]
[How long range of a plan is this? When do you all hope to see the benefits from it?]
[Do you think this situation is making people more appreciative of the museums and theatres that we have here, maybe more that they were before?] [You all are having meetings tonight and tomorrow morning, where you all will discuss your plans and the public can offer its input...]
Thanks, Susan.
You have two chances to hear the committtes report their results. The first session is tonight at 7 in Parlor A of the Salem Civic Center.
[SUPER=04-Tonight at 7 PM;]
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or tomorrow morning at 9 in Parlor B of the Roanoke Civic Center.
[Super=04-Tomorrow Morning at 9 AM;]
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In sports, Salem downs Frederick to hold on to its position -
Denise Allen has that story and more.
Good Morning again Denise.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Roanoke County taxpayers are filling the gap left by the General Assembly in the Explore Park budget.
Yesterday, the County's Board of Supervisors voted 4- to- 1 to give Explore Park 300-thousand dollars out of its budget, along with a 250-thousand dollar loan.
The park counted on money from the state, but that funding dropped from 850-thousand dollars to zero last year.
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Officials say Rubatex could cut more than 80 jobs in Bedford.
An R-B-X spokesman says the company is trying to operate more efficiently as it works its way out of bankruptcy.


That means Bedford's extrusion operation could move to Arkansas or North Carolina.
The company has spoken with union leaders about the plan... there's no word as to when a decision will be made.


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