[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


Family members and authorities want to know where this woman is--
Betty Joe McNeil disappeared a week ago without a trace.
Authorities say there's no evidence of foul play.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a bomb explodes at an outdoor market in Southern Russia, killing five people.
Officials suspect it was an act of terrorism, or the work of a local gang.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- News 7 Mornin is next.

[11Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-23 1:42:30]
[GRAPHIC=Betty Jo McNeil]


Authorities are still investigating the disappearance of a Botetourt County woman.
Its been one week since Betty Jo McNeil disappeared without a trace.
Her husband reported her missing five hours after she failed to return from an errand last Monday.
As Justin McLeod tells us one week later there are more questions than answers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:35]
[IN Q=Very much loved]
[SUPER=01-Steve McNeil/Betty Jo's Husband; :17]
[SUPER=@justin1; :33]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle; :43]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Singleton/Betty Jo's Friend; 1:03]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Fincastle]

((
((SOT/COVER WITH PICTURE OF BETTY JO))

((STEVE McNEIL: VERY MUCH LOVED, BY US AND MANY MANY FRIENDS.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=many many friends]


A wife, a mother, a friend, and now a missing woman for nearly a week.
[SOT 2:15]
[IN Q=Its been very stressful]

((STEVE McNEIL/HUSBAND: ITS BEEN VERY STRESSFUL. WE JUST HOPE AND PRAY THAT SHE'S OK AND THAT WE CAN FIND HER SOON.))
[Runs11]
[OUT Q=find her soon]


There's no evidence of foul play and no indication she ran away.
Betty Jo McNeil has just vanished without a trace.
[SOT 24:41]
[IN Q=Betty Joe was last seen]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: BETTY JOE WAS LAST SEEN LAST MONDAY AROUND 5:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. SHE TOLD HER KIDS SHE WAS HEADING TO THE LIBRARY, MOST LIKELY HERE AT THE FINCASTLE LIBRARY. BUT SHE NEVER RETURNED HOME, IN FACT, THERE'S NO INDICATION SHE MADE IT HERE TO THE LIBRARY.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=to the library]


Library records show she checked out no books on Monday and no one recalls seeing her.
We do know she was driving a white four door Dodge Spirit.
Part of the grille is missing from the car, and the windshield has a crack across it.
Friends have searched on foot and horseback fearing Betty Jo may have had an accident.
[SOT 15:06]
[IN Q=There is a lot of thickness]

((DEBBIE SINGLETON/FRIEND: THERE'S A LOT OF THICKNESS AND LOT OF BRUSH AND ITS REAL HARD TO SEARCH FOR ANYTHING SO YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO JUST REALLY LOOK FOR THE DETAILS.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=look for the details]


They're looking for tire marks, overturned leaves, and broken branches.
Its like finding a needle in a hay stack but friends and family its worth it.
After all, one small clue could be the big break they need to finding out what happened to Betty Jo or where she is, hopefully alive.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Fincastle.))
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


The Botetourt County Sheriff's Department has said from the start that there is no evidence of foul play, but like everyone else, they don't what happened.
(+++++++)

[FS GRAPHIC]
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Betty Jo McNeil should call the County Sheriff's Office at 473-7930.
(-------------)




[11-14th-District]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Danville area Democrats will select their candidate for Delegate tonight, and they'll have four people to choose from.
That's how many Democrats have filed .. to fill the 14th House District seat. They're hoping to succeed Whitt Clement, who announced last week he would not seek re-election.
Whoever is chosen will face Republican candidate Danny Marshall in November.


[Gilmore-Announcement]


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


Governor Jim Gilmore will outline the state's revenue picture to the General Assembly's money committees this morning.
Gilmore has already announced that revenues were about 52 million dollars short of projections. But he says the state still came close enough to its projected 3-point-8 percent growth rate to avoid freezing the car tax cut.

[Russia-Bombing]


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


A bomb has killed five people at an outdoor market in Southern Russia.
About 30 others were hurt in the blast.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Astrakhan, Russia;]


Officials believe the blast was caused by a device consisting of a bottle packed with 200 grams of an explosive substance.
The bomb went off in a dustbin at the entrance to the market.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
But officials believe it was either a terrorist attack or an act by a local gang.
They're still searching for clues.
(------------)


[WA-Wildfires]


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


The heat is STILL on out West, where 33 wildfires are burning.
In Washington state, eight major fires have blackened more than 100-thousand acres.
But firefighters got a break yesterday, when temperatures dropped, and winds died down.
Stacy Sakamoto has the latest.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Leavenworth, WA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Velasquez/Firefighter; :30]
[SUPER=01-Mike Melton/Incident Commander; :56]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Sakamoto/Reporting; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=Sakamoto, CBS News, ]



[11Bluegrass-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-34 43:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Bluegrass music took center stage in Vinton this weekend.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of music]

((NAT SOUND: BAND PLAYING))
[Runs=05]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


Thousands turned out for the annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival and competition.
The four-day event wrapped up yesterday with several bands playing bluegrass and gospel music.
It's a family event that's always free to the public.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 35:01; 37:43]
[IN Q=Blue grass is a certain]

((RALPH CHUMLEY/ORGANIZER: BLUEGRASS IS A CERTAIN TYPE OF MUSIC THAT IF YOU LOVE BLUEGRASS, YOU GO WHEREVER IT GOES.))
((KATIE CROFT/FAN: BECAUSE OF THE MOUNTAIN SONG THAT IT HAS AND JUST HAS A GREAT HARMONY TO IT EVEN IF ITS BLUE GRASS OR BLUE GRASS GOSPEL, I LOVE THEM BOTH.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Chumley/Organizer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Katie Croft/Fan; :07]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=I love them both]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


More than 30 groups competed this weekend for prize money that added up to nearly two thousand dollars.
This was the 13th year Vinton has hosted this festival.
(------------)



[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Investors will be listening to what the Federal Reserve has to say this week about the economy.
Renay San Miguel has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Renay San Miguel/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=Marketwatch-dot-com, New York]

((THIS IS THE WEEK WE'LL FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE ALAN GREENSPAN HAS IN AMERICA'S ECONOMY. THE FED CHIEF AND HIS BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEET TUESDAY AND EXPECTATIONS ON WALL STREET ARE FOR ANOTHER RATE CUT..BUT HOW BIG OF A CUT? IF IT'S A QUARTER POINT, THEN SOME WOULD SAY THE FED THINKS THINGS ARE STILL MANAGEABLE..AND A RECOVERY COULD HAPPEN SOON.. BUT IF IT'S BIGGER THAN A QUARTER POINT..SOME ANALYSTS SAY THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE DESPERATION.. THINGS CERTAINLY LOOKED DESPERATE FOR INVESTORS FRIDAY AS THEY SOLD OFF TECHNOLOGY STOCKS AGAIN...
ESS=dow

THE DOW ENDED THE DAY DOWN 151 POINTS TO CLOSE AT 10 THOUSAND 240..
ESS=nasdaq

THE NASDAQ DROPPED 63 POINTS TO CLOSE BELOW THE 19-HUNDRED LEVEL TO 18-67...
ESS=dell

DELL WAS THE BIG MOVER IN THE TECH SECTOR..LOSING GROUND AFTER MEETING WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS FOR ITS SECOND QUARTER BUT ISSUING A PROFIT WARNING FOR ITS THIRD..
ESS=hwp

ANOTHER BIG COMPUTER COMPANY, HEWLETT-PACKARD, ALSO WAS DOWN AS THE COMPANY'S CEO SAID SHE WASN'T EXPECTING A RECOVERY IN THE P-C MARKET UNTIL NEXT YEAR.. RETAILERS SHARED FRIDAY'S PAIN...
ESS=gps,f,

THE GAP BEAT EARNINGS ESTIMATES BUT ALSO ISSUED A PROFIT WARNING FOR ITS NEXT QUARTER.. AND FORD MOTOR COMPANY DROVE ITS INVESTORS CRAZY AS IT WARNED ON PROFITS..SAID IT WOULD CUT FOUR TO FIVE THOUSAND JOBS AND WOULD ALSO TAKE A 900 MILLION DOLLAR CHARGE...
ESS=graphic

FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS CLICK ON CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM..
ONCAM=

I'M RENAY SAN MIGUEL, CBS MARKETWATCH DOT COM, NEW YORK.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Nelson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Investigators have a difficult, and gruesome, case on their hands in Nelson County.
They were called to a home in Afton on Saturday, where fire destroyed three cars.
A body was inside one of those cars, and it was so badly burned that authorities cannot even determine if it was a man or a woman.
Police say with so little known at this point, they do not yet have any suspects.



[11-122-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=01-51 07:46]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A Saturday accident in Bedford County has now taken the life of a teenage driver.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Saturday;]


State police say 16 year old Amy Lynn Ives of Roanoke was at the wheel .. along route one-22 .. when she turned left and into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.
Ives died Saturday evening at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No one else involved had any life-threatening injuries.
(------------)


[Discovery-ISS]


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


Astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the international space station spent their last full day together yesterday--

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


Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to undock from the space station today, and return to Earth on Wednesday.
At the top of the crew's agenda yesterday was to finish packing an Italian- made module named Leonardo with trash and used equipment for the trip home.
Discovery will bring back the space station crew members who lived in orbit for five months.
Taking their place will be three new residents, who will stay there until at least December.
(------------)


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, coffee may be the one thing that's helping you wake up this morning.. But how healthy is it?
Doctor Dave Hnida takes a look in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((ITS AMERICAS FAVORITE PICK ME UP- IN FACT FOR SOME- NO COFFEE IN THE MORNING MEANS NO GO IN THE MORNING. BUT HOW HEALTHY IS COFFEE? ARE THERE EFFECTS YOU WORRY ABOUT- AND WHICH ARE NO GROUNDS FOR CONCERN? FOR STARTERS: COFFEE DOES NOT CAUSE CANCER. SOME STUDIES HAD SUGGESTED A LINK BETWEEN COFFEE AND BREAST CANCER AND CANCER OF THE PANCREAS BUT FURTHER STUDIES SAYNO. COFFEE DOES NOT CAUSE HEART DISEASE: A STUDY OF MORE THAN 121 THOUSAND PEOPLE FOUND NO INCREASED RISK OVER A LIFETIME OF COFFEE DRINKING,. THERE CAN HOWEVER BE PROBLEMS WITH HIGH DOSES OF CAFFEINE- MEANING 8-10 CUPS PER DAY .. SOME STUDIES HAVE FOUND HEAVY COFFEE DRINKERS RUN A HIGHER RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS- THE THINNING OF BONES.. AND MAY ALSO HAVE SOME PAINFUL CHANGES IN BREAST TISSUE ESPECIALLY AROUND MENSTRUAL PERIODS. SOME STUDIES ALSO SUGGEST HEAVY COFFEE DRINKING CAN INCREASE A WOMAN'S RISK OF INFERTILITY. BUT IF YOU'RE A PERSON WHO HAS JUST A CUP OR TWO OF JAVA EACH DAY- HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE FEW.. AND MINOR. IF YOU'RE NOT USED TO IT. COFFEE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL JITTERY. CAFFEINE ALSO RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE- BUT NOT MUCH- ABOUT 1 POINT PER CUP.. AND CAFFEINE CAN BE ADDICTIVE- IF YOU NOTICE ABOUT 6-8 HOURS AFTER YOUR LAST CUP YOU GET EXTREME FATIGUE, HEADACHY, AND A LITTLE IRRITABLE- YOU MAY BE UNDERGOING CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL. 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.
A body was found inside a burned car in Nelson County over the weekend.
Authorities were called to a home in Afton on Saturday, where fire destroyed three cars.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The husband of missing Botetourt county woman Betty Jo McNeil speaks out about his wife's disappearance.
McNeil vanished a week ago-- with no evidence of any foul play.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


More shark attacks over the weekend off Florida's coast--
Six surfers were attacked in Volusia county.
But officials say DON'T blame the sharks, they were searching for fish, not humans.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday, August 20th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.





[2-11Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-23 1:42:30]
[GRAPHIC=Betty Jo McNeil]


The disappearance of a Botetourt County woman remains a mystery.
Betty Jo McNeil disappeared without a trace last Monday.
Her husband reported her missing five hours after she failed to return from an errand last Monday.
As Justin McLeod tells us one week later there are more questions than answers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:35]
[IN Q=Very much loved]
[SUPER=01-Steve McNeil/Betty Jo's Husband; :17]
[SUPER=@justin1; :33]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle; :43]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Singleton/Betty Jo's Friend; 1:03]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Fincastle]

((
((SOT/COVER WITH PICTURE OF BETTY JO))

((STEVE McNEIL: VERY MUCH LOVED, BY US AND MANY MANY FRIENDS.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=many many friends]


A wife, a mother, a friend, and now a missing woman for nearly a week.
[SOT 2:15]
[IN Q=Its been very stressful]

((STEVE McNEIL/HUSBAND: ITS BEEN VERY STRESSFUL. WE JUST HOPE AND PRAY THAT SHE'S OK AND THAT WE CAN FIND HER SOON.))
[Runs11]
[OUT Q=find her soon]


There's no evidence of foul play and no indication she ran away.
Betty Jo McNeil has just vanished without a trace.
[SOT 24:41]
[IN Q=Betty Joe was last seen]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: BETTY JOE WAS LAST SEEN LAST MONDAY AROUND 5:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. SHE TOLD HER KIDS SHE WAS HEADING TO THE LIBRARY, MOST LIKELY HERE AT THE FINCASTLE LIBRARY. BUT SHE NEVER RETURNED HOME, IN FACT, THERE'S NO INDICATION SHE MADE IT HERE TO THE LIBRARY.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=to the library]


Library records show she checked out no books on Monday and no one recalls seeing her.
We do know she was driving a white four door Dodge Spirit.
Part of the grille is missing from the car, and the windshield has a crack across it.
Friends have searched on foot and horseback fearing Betty Jo may have had an accident.
[SOT 15:06]
[IN Q=There is a lot of thickness]

((DEBBIE SINGLETON/FRIEND: THERE'S A LOT OF THICKNESS AND LOT OF BRUSH AND ITS REAL HARD TO SEARCH FOR ANYTHING SO YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO JUST REALLY LOOK FOR THE DETAILS.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=look for the details]


They're looking for tire marks, overturned leaves, and broken branches.
Its like finding a needle in a hay stack but friends and family its worth it.
After all, one small clue could be the big break they need to finding out what happened to Betty Jo or where she is, hopefully alive.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Fincastle.))
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


The Botetourt County Sheriff's Department has said from the start that there is no evidence of foul play, but like everyone else, they don't what happened.
(+++++++)

[FS GRAPHIC]
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Betty Jo McNeil should call the County Sheriff's Office at 473-7930.
(-------------)




[2-11-14th-District]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Danville area Democrats will meet tonight to select their candidate for Delegate.
Four Democrats have filed to fill the 14th House District seat. They're hoping to succeed Whitt Clement, who announced last week he would not seek re-election.
Whoever is chosen will face Republican candidate Danny Marshall in November.


[Shark-Attack]


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


Is it safe to go in the water?
Officials in Volusia County, Florida say YES.
That's despite the six shark attacks off Volusia county beaches over the weekend.
Jennifer Wang has details.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Volusia Co., FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Harward/Surfer; :16]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Wang/Reporting; :22]
[SUPER=01-Joe Wooden/Volusia Co. Beach Patrol; :30 quick!!]
[SUPER=01-Leon Johnston/Surfing Contest Director; :39]
[SUPER=01-Eric Templeton/Surfer; :49]
[SUPER=01-Faye Templeton/Worried Mother; :59 QUICK!!!]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=Wang, CBS News, ]



[Mako-Sharks]


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


Meanwhile, some HUMAN revenge off the coast of California--
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Marina Del Rey, CA;]


In light of the recent shark attacks on the other side of the country, fishermen in Marina Del Rey showed off their newest catch-- three deadly Mako sharks.
Their size is not nearly as worse as their bite, which is rumored to rival that of a Great White.
The catch was a good reward for the fishermen, although sharks would probably argue they're just protecting their own ocean turf.
(------------)


[Box-Office]


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


American Pie 2 remains number one at the Box Office.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT - 03NA----03:42:10]
[SUPER=04-"American Pie 2"; HOT CHANGE]
[Super=04-Universal;]

It's the top movie for the second week in a row, bringing in nearly 21 and a-half million dollars this weekend. It's the first movie since ``Pearl Harbor'' to stay at number one for two weekends running.
(------------)
[Anchor=Kimberly]

[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-American Pie 2/21.4/Rush Hour 2/19.2/Rat Race/11.8/The Others/10.8/The Princess Diaries/9.5;]

The action flick ``Rush Hour Two'' holds on to its second place spot. ``Rat Race" made its debut in third place. ``The Others'' came in fourth and ``The Princess Diaries'' rounds out the top five.

[Super=#555;reset]


[2-11Nelson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


A body was found inside a burned car in Nelson County over the weekend.
Authorities were called to a home in Afton on Saturday, where fire destroyed three cars.
The body that was found inside one of the cars was so badly burned that authorities cannot even determine if it was a man or a woman.
Police say with so little known at this point, they do not yet have any suspects.



[2-11-122-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=01-51 07:46]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident in Bedford County over the weekend claimed the life of a teenage driver.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Saturday;]


State police say 16 year old Amy Lynn Ives of Roanoke was at the wheel .. along route one-22 .. when she turned left and into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.
Ives died Saturday evening at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No one else involved had any life-threatening injuries.
(------------)


[11Biz-Review]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=BizRev 43:27]
[GRAPHIC=Business Review]


N-B-C Bank buys nine area Wachovia branches...
And a visit from a foreign corporation could mean a major sales boost for a Roanoke County Company.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele has those stories and more in this week's business review.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Music/graphics]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :08 QUICK!]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :22]
[SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable President; :38]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :53]
[SUPER=01-Craig Meadows/Bedford City Manager; 1:05]
[RUNS=2:01]
[OUT Q=Music/graphics]


(([01-49 TC:00:56]
Nine Wachovia branches were sold to the National Bank of Commerce this week. Towers Mall, Franklin Plaza, Crossroads Mall, Cave Spring, 460 East and West Salem... as well as branches in Bedford, Hardy and Chilhowie. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
Officials from a Shanghai-based company called World Best visited Optical cable this week. C-E-O Bob Kopstein says World Best's connections could help Optical Cable penetrate the Chinese market.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=In China they]

((BOB KOPSTEIN: IN CHINA THEY ARE LOOKING TO CONNECT EVERY BUSINESS, EVERY APARTMENT BUILDING, EVERYTHING WITH FIBER OPTICS. SO IT MEANS OVER THE NEXT FE YEARS THEY WILL NEED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PRODUCTS SIMILAR TO OURS.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable President]
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=products similar to ours.]

[INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
Rubatex plans to lay off more than half its workforce.
Losing the jobs means losing a major source of revenue for the city of Bedford.
But City Manager Craig Meadows says Bedford planned for it.
(///// SOT /////)

((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: YOU ALWAYS HOPE FOR THE BEST AND PLAN FOR THE WORST. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AN OPERATION HERE IN BEDFORD, BUT AS FAR AS OTHER REVENUES, AS FAR AS UTILITIES, WE HAD ALREADY ANTICIPATED THE POTENTIAL OF THIS HAPPENING.))
[RUNS= 14]

[INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
[TAPE#=01-50]


Wal-Mart has teamed up with Q-99 and Pepsi to pack a bus full of supplies to give to families who can't afford everything on their children's back-to-school shopping list.
Target stores donate a portion of each credit card purchase to local schools.
And K-Mart's "School Spirit" card is expected to provide 10 million dollars to U-S Schools.
A slowing economy is taking its toll on shoppers... many say it pays to be picky.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It pays to be.]

((DORRIS WHITE: IT PAYS TO BE. YOU HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING WITH THE ECONOMY LIKE IT IS.))
[RUNS= 06]
[OUT Q=economy like it is.]

[PRE PRO]
Finally, the Dow closed DOWN 151.74 at 10240.78. And the Nasdaq finished DOWN 63.31 to close at 1867.01 for week.
For News 7 I'm Jennifer Miele and that is this week's business review.))
[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/LHI]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Danville area Democrats will meet tonight to select their candidate for Delegate.
Four Democrats have filed to fill the 14th House District seat. They're hoping to succeed Whitt Clement, who announced last week he would not seek re-election.
Whoever is chosen will face Republican candidate Danny Marshall in November.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Authorities are still investigating the disappearance of a Botetourt County woman.
Its been one week since Betty Jo McNeil disappeared without a trace. Authorities say there's no evidence of foul play and no indication she ran away.
(+++++++)

[Take FS GRAPHIC]
Anyone with information about her disappearance should call the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office at 473-7930.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Thousands of people turned out for the annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival and competition in Vinton over the weekend.

The four-day event wrapped up yesterday with several bands playing bluegrass and gospel music.
More than 30 groups competed this weekend for prize money that added up to nearly two thousand dollars.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(Leo mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Leo ad lib weather)
(-------------)

[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=powerful Wisconsin.]
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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]