[7Wx-Headline]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... The much needed rain is heading our way, so be sure to keep your umbrella handy today.
Jacey Birch will have your complete forecast coming up in just a few moments.


[7-11Airport]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC17:15]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport]

Roanoke Regional Airport is bracing for leaner financial times.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :25]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The airport says the recent terrorist attacks have dealt a debilitating blow to passenger loads. Some planes flying into and out of Roanoke are carrying only a handful of travelers. US Airways recently responded to the low number of customers by announcing it will cancel jet service into Roanoke, while leaving the smaller, commuter planes. The chairman of the airport commission says low demand makes for a meager bottom line.
(///// SOT AT:25 /////)
[SOT1:40:49-1:41:08]
[IN Q=It will have an impact.]

((ART WHITTAKER/CHAIRMAN, AIRPORT COMMISSION: IT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT. THE JETS WEIGH ALOT MORE. WILL WE BE ABLE TO SOMEHOW MAKE UP FOR THE REVENUE COMING IN FOR HEAVIER AIRPLANES SUBSTITUTED BY LIGHTER AIRPLANES... SO WE LOOK FOR A LOSS, NOT ONLY OF LANDING FEES BUT OF OUR PARKING LOT AND LOSS OF PASSENGERS.))
[SUPER=01-Art Whittaker/Airport Commission Chairman;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=loss of passengers.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Whittaker says the key to drawing travelers back is confidence. He says it's just a matter of time before would-be passengers realize the airport is safe and secure.
(------------)



[7-VOB-Hokies-United]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-26?]
[GRAPHIC=Va Tech]

Hundreds of Virginia Tech students assembled yesterday for a unity rally in Blacksburg.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :18]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The newly formed group "Hokies United" organized the effort to bring the campus together in the painful aftermath of the terrorist attacks. Student speaker Sartaj (Sar-taj) Dhami (Da-mi) wants to educate about racism on campus. Though born and raised in America, he says since last Tuesday his appearance has made him a verbal target on campus.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:06:44]
[IN Q=my parents came]

((SARTAJ DHAMI/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT; MY PARENTS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR ME NOT TO HAVE ME LIVE IN FEAR AND HAVE MY ACTIONS LIMITED, I WALK AROUND CAMPUS I ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE A FRIEND WITH ME, I SHOULDN'T BE LIVING IN FEAR.))
[OUT Q=LIVING IN FEAR.]
[SUPER=01-Sartaj Dhami/Virginia Tech Student;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=I SHOULDN'T BE LIVING IN FEAR.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

"Hokies United" is also selling t-shirts about unity as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross.
(------------)



[7-11Pole-Prayer]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=America Responds]


A display of Christian faith brought prayers for the nation yesterday morning.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Outside Bonsack Elementary, and at schools throughout western Virginia... students, parents and teachers joined hands in prayer.
"See You at the Pole" is a national event that was scheduled long before last week's terrorist attack, but the recent events were on everyone's mind yesterday.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Students in Texas organized the first "See You at the Pole," in 1990. The event has since spread to schools across the nation.

[WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Look for cloudy skies today with showers and thunder-storms. Temperatures will climb into the 70s. Jacey Birch will have your forecast details coming up in just a few minutes.



[45-11MD-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Maryland authorities are investigating the death of a Lynchburg man.
The man has been identified as 41-year-old Bradford William Wright.
Police say a man and a woman drove to a Montgomery County, Maryland firehouse just before dawn yesterday and requested help for a man in the back seat.
Rescue personnel determined that the man was dead.
Before police arrived, the man and woman drove away.
Police later identified and interviewed the couple, but did not release their names or say how Wright may have died.

[45-6-East]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-33 TC1:17:36]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

The case against a Lynchburg man accused of killing his estranged wife has been sent on to a grand jury.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Authorities say 43- year- old John Wesley East strangled and stabbed Karen East in her home April 28th.
Witnesses testified yesterday they heard East threaten his estranged wife earlier that night and a jail house informant says East admitted he killed her and had tried to establish an alibi.
A forensics expert says material found underneath Karen East's fingernails closely matched her husband's D-N-A.
An indictment could come next month.
(------------)



[45-11Pot-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=501-10 TC47:28]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]

Authorities in Pittsylvania County say a recent pot bust there is one of the largest indoor operations in the county's history.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Police have arrested 44-year-old Ted Nichols for manufacturing marijuana in this home on Cascade Mill Road.
Last week, police found 63 thousand dollars worth of plants, a marijuana plant cloning system, heat lamps and gallons of liquid fertilizer in the house and in the shed next to the house.
A 15-year-old was also found inside the home in possession of marijuana.
(------------)




[45-11Passport]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-30]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Danville business owners are getting a lesson on how to sell their products abroad.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Thanks to the state-funded "Passport Program", business men and women in our area can attend a series of lecture-luncheons to discuss exporting.
The program was designed help local businesses penetrate foreign markets, no matter what they sell.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It doesn't matter]

((PAUL GROSSMAN: IT DOESN'T MATTER THE TECHNOLOGY INVOLVED IT'S WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE THE DESIRE TO STICK WITH IT TO GET THAT FIRST FOREIGN ORDER.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Grossman, Jr./International Trade Coordinator]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=foreign order.]
(----------)
[VO-NAT]


Yesterday's lecture was one of several being held in the Danville area.
(------------)



[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Get ready for a soggy day. Expect showers for the most part of the day with temperatures in the 70s.
Jacey Birch will have your forecast coming up after the news.



[8-11Expo-Recruit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC2:04:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Defense companies were at Virginia Tech yesterday recruiting future employees.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

A number of defense contractors took part in Tech's 22nd annual Engineering Expo yesterday. Newport News Shipbuilders builds aircraft carriers and submarines for the U-S Navy. Their recruitment officer says they may see an increase in work due to last week's attack. During Tech's 2-day expo, shipbuilders collected over 1-hundred resumes for job openings becoming available next year.

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



[8-11Goodyear]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=01-37 TC55:47]
[GRAPHIC=Goodyear Layoffs]

More cutbacks have been announced for Goodyear Tire. The company will lay off another 70 to 80 employees at its Danville plant Monday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The cutbacks would affect the aircraft division.
30 aircraft tire workers were laid off just a few weeks ago.
The company says market conditions could force future adjustments.
(------------)



[8-6-Mark-Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC25:49]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Mark Warner is setting his sights on transportation.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=403-Richmond]


At a Richmond news conference yesterday, the Democratic candidate said too many highway projects have gone over budget.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=There have been]

((MARK WARNER: THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY EXAMPLES OF INEFFICIENT MANAGEMENT IN OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. SECOND, WE MUST INVEST MORE IN ROADS AND IN MASS TRANSIT, AND GIVE COMMUNITIES A GREATER ROLE IN MAKING TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS.))


[SUPER=@MarkWarner;]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=transportation decisions.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


To that end, Warner wants localities to have the power to ask voters for extra money for roads and transit.
(------------)



[8-11Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC1:52:09]
[SS=Campaign 2001]

Democrat Mark Warner is holding on to his lead over Republican Mark Earley.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The latest News-7 Mason Dixon poll shows "little change in the race over the summer." Warner was up by seven points in March, by five points over Earley in June, and now has a six point edge over the former Attorney General. Libertarian Candidate Bill Redpath showed up for the first time in September with one percent.
Warner's strength lies in Northern Virginia where 53-percent of those polled say they'd vote for him now, compared to Earley's 35-percent. Warner is also strong in Roanoke and Southwest Virginia with a 10-percent margin separating the two candidates in our region. Earley is ahead in other parts of the state but by slimmer margins than other Republicans have shown in recent elections. (------------)