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Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The U-S is getting more international support in the war against terrorism.
Expressing solidarity with the U-S, members of the European Union offered their cooperation last night.
The president of the European Council says he's hoping for a meeting of union ministers and their American counterparts as soon as possible.
He adds that the 28 nations that are members of the European union feel an obligation to help the U-S, because of America's assistance during World War Two.
Virginia National Guard troops will soon be stationed at airports around the commonwealth.
Governor Jim Gilmore made the announcement yesterday in Virginia Beach.
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[IN Q=We are going to]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE; WE ARE GOING TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT LOYALLY ON THIS, WE WILL BE USING THE NATIONAL GUARD AT THE AIRPORTS AND I AM ISSUING ORDERS IMMEDIATELY TO BEGIN TO ACTIVATE APPROPRIATE GUARD PEOPLE IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE PLAN THE PRESIDENT HAD CALLED FOR.))
[SUPER=141-Gov. Jim Gilmore]
[OUT Q=plan the President has called for.]
Gilmore says the National Guard will start training for its new mission immediately, and will be posted at Virginia's airports for four to six months.
The news is welcome at Roanoke Regional Airport where there is some concern about having enough employees to meet F-A-A demands.
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[IN Q=We have certain security requirements...]
((JACQUELINE SHUCK/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: WE HAVE
CERTAIN SECURITY REQUIREMENTS... I DON'T KNOW.))
((IT'S JUST SORTA NICE... TAPPING INTO THAT MANPOWER.))
[SUPER=141-Jacqueline Shuck/Executive Director;]
[OUT Q=tapping into that manpower]
How much manpower Roanoke Regional will need is unclear.
The airport's going through an assessment process to answer that question.
The Nationwide crackdown on air safety will close Virgina Tech's airport during tomorrow's game.
The F-A-A is prohibiting any flights below three-thousand feet within three miles of any collegiate or professional sporting event.
The Tech airport is only about a mile from Lane Stadium.
So the airport will be closed from 11 to four tomorrow.
Also, helicopters will not be allowed to land next to the stadium... they'll only be allowed to land at the airport during its open hours.
In business news this morning, Stock of Roanoke County's Optical Cable Corporation has plunged in the last week, just after the company's C-E-O finished selling more than 600-thousand shares of his personal holdings.
This is a list of Bob Kopstein's transactions from July 20th though September 19th -- more than five million dollars in stock.
What analysts say caught their eye was that Kopstein was selling his stock during the same time the company was buying it back.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]
We don't know whether ALL his shares were sold to the company.
Analysts say even though Optical Cable's stock value is ailing, the company's overall outlook appears much healthier.
In other business news, It looks like A -T and T is interested in merging with BellSouth.
Here's Trish McShane with the morning's top business stories.
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[SUPER=01-Trish McShane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Trish McShane in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS FRIDAY THE 28TH OF SEPTEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING
LONG-DISTANCE GIANT A-T-AND-T WANTS TO GET BIGGER.
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST ISSUE OF BUSINESSWEEK MAGAZINE...
A-T-AND-T IS IN TALKS WITH BELLSOUTH ABOUT A POSSIBLE MERGER.
THE DEAL WOULD REUNITE MA BELL WITH ONE OF THE BABY BELLS IT WAS
FORCED TO SPIN OFF IN 1984.
THE TRANSACTION WOULD CALL FOR A-T-AND-T TO SPIN OFF ITS CABLE
TELEVISION UNIT AND THEN MERGE ITS REMAINING TELECOM BUSINESS WITH
DETROIT'S AUTOMAKERS WILL TEMPORARILY STOP PRODUCTION AT SEVEN
VEHICLE ASSEMBLY PLANTS NEXT WEEK, A SIGN THEY EXPECT A DROP IN FOURTH
G-M IS PUTTING THREE U-S- PLANTS ON HOLD...CHRYSLER ANOTHER TWO
IN CANADA... FORD.. ONE IN ONTARIO.
ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT FOLLOWED WALL STREETS GAINS.
THE NIKKEI FINISHED UP POINT-81-PERCENT.
INVESTORS HOPE TO BUILD ON THE MOMEMTUM OF YESTERDAY AFTERNOON'S
RALLY WHEN THE MARKETS OPEN THIS MORNING...
THE DOW CLIMBED JUST OVER ONE PERCENT.. THE NASDAQ LOSING
THREE.., THE S-AND-P UP 11.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M TRISH MCSHANE IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Budget problems leave the Blacksburg Transit considering cuts to its schedules.
Officials say they're planning to stop service at 10 p-m Monday through Saturday and end all service
The changes would take effect at the start of Virginia Tech's new semester in January.
Public hearings on the issue are being held October 9th on the Virginia Tech Campus and October 10th at the Blacksburg Transit office, both start at 7:30.
Officials say the cuts are in response to a budget deficit brought on in part by rising fuel prices and lack of grant money.
Any resulting layoffs are said to be minor.
A temporary addition to Tanglewood Mall is sticking around for a while.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Month]
F-A-O Schwarz, the famous toy store, has decided to stay though the Christmas Season.
The store set up shop in the Old Brendle's building last month and planned to stay only through October.
But sales were so good, they've decided to stay through the end of the year.
The store sells toys and other specialty items out of the 50-thousand square foot building.
(Kim and Jacey toss to bump)
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Up next on News 7--
The F-B-I releases photos of the 19 suspected terrorist hijackers.
Officials are asking for the public's help in identifying some of them, who might have been using phony I-Ds.
And fire causes heavy damage to an abandoned house in Salem.
Firefighters say flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived.
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Get your Friday started with us-- News 7 Mornin is straight ahead.
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Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The head of the F-B-I is making it clear that officials still believe more terrorist attacks are a possibility.
Robert Mueller says agents are working hard to track down associates of the hijackers who may still "pose a threat" to the nation.
As for the investigation, the F-B-I has photos of the 19 suspected suicide hijackers.
Officials are asking the public for help in identifying some of the suspects, who may have been using fake documents.
The names and pictures match those on the flight manifests of the hijacked airplanes.
Meanwhile, National Guard troops will be on security detail at many U-S airports-- that at President Bush's request.
Jennifer Jones is in Washington D-C with an update on the investigation..
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[SUPER=141-Francesco Vendrell/U. N. Special Mission for Afghanistan;]
[SUPER=141-Robert Mueller/F. B. I. Director;]
[SUPER=141-Henry Shelton/Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman;]
[OUT Q=loose trigger finger.]
((Afghanistan's ruling Taliban is showing signs it may be looking to head
off any attacks by U.S. forces. After more than a week, they have
finally delivered their message to Osama Bin Laden -- leave the country
voluntarily. It may be too little too late.
SOT Francesco Vendrell, Head of the UN Special Mission for Afghanistan
"I'm afraid that when it comes to the issue of Bin Laden and the
al-Qaeda network the time for negotiation with the Taliban on this issue
is long past."
In Washington, the investigation is making progress. The FBI has
released photos of the suspected hijackers... pictures mostly taken from
driver s licenses. While parts of the puzzle are falling into place,
many questions remain unanswered.
SOT/FBI Director Robert Mueller)
"What we are currently doing is determining when these individuals came
to the United States, these were their real names"
At the same time, plans to defend against another attack from a
commercial airliner are also coming together. Fighter jets remain on
alert, ready to intercept and shoot down any aircraft threatening a U.S.
SOT: General Henry Shelton/Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff:
"The last thing in the world that one of them wants to do is engage a
commercial aircraft and so don t get the impression anyone is flying
around out there that has a loose trigger finger."
OUT CUE: "...loose trigger finger."
In other news this morning--
14- people were killed and a dozen others injured when a gunman went on a rampage inside a parliament building in Switzerland.
Authorities say the man went on a shooting spree with an assault rifle, then detonated a device that ripped doors off and shattered windows.
Three members of the local government are among the dead.
The gunman left a letter behind, in which he spoke of a "day of rage against the (zuhg) Zug Mafia."
He committed suicide following the deadly attack.
Violence is a familiar sight in Northern Ireland--
[SUPER=03-Belfast, Northern Ireland;]
Several hundred protestant militants rioted for the second straight night last night.
And an un-identified gunman opened fire on police lines today.
Nine officers were injured, and a woman was shot in the leg.
Officers in helmets and flame-retardant suits suffered a barrage of gasoline bombs, firecrackers, bricks, and rocks.
They responded with volleys of plastic bullets.
Police say they're keeping the Protestants from marching on nearby Catholic homes.
Fire heavily damaged an abandoned house in Salem last night.
Authorities say flames were shooting through the roof of the house at 336 Shrader Street when firefighters arrived.
The blaze was quickly brought under control.
Fire officials are trying to determine the cause.
A Montgomery County driveway is the subject of dispute between a land owner and a lumber business.
Mary Ann Capp says Turman Lumber Company is trespassing when its logging trucks travel this road on her property.
Trucks have been using it since July to reach a logging operation up the mountain.
The company says it has "legal right of way" to use it.
Capp asked them not to and staged a sit in at the road... neither worked.
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[IN Q=THAT INDOCATED TO ME]
((MARY ANN CAPP/LAND OWNER; THAT INDICATED TO ME THAT, UHH, MY LAWYERS OR ANYONE TRIED TO COMMUNICATE TO THEM TO THAT THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME THEY WERE JUST IGNORING IT.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Ann Capp/Landowner;]
[OUT Q=THEY WERE JUST IGNORING IT.]
Turman Lumber's President Mike Turman did not want to be interviewed on camera.
But he did Say that this is a civil matter for the courts to decide and that his business has the right of way.
The two are scheduled to go to court on the issue on October 11th.
The plan to renovate the Old N & W passenger station in Roanoke is making progress.
Yesterday, organizers announced a contribution of close to 500- thousand dollars.
The grant comes from the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which allocated federal funds for the work.
So far, backers have raised almost four million dollars for the station, which will house the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a museum dedicated to the work of photographer O. Winston Link.
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[IN Q=We've had hopes]
((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: WE'VE HAD HOPES FOR 18 MONTHS THAT WINSTON LINK AND THE ESTATE WOULD AGREE. AND THEY HAVE. AND NOW WE HAVE TO GET BUSY. THE ARCHITECTURAL PLANS ARE IN PLACE AND NOW WE HAVE TO RAISE THE MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square;]
[OUT Q=we have to raise the money]
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has distributed two million dollars for a dozen different projects in western Virginia.
That figure also includes 269- thousand dollars for the Roanoke River Greenway in Salem and Roanoke County.
In business news, the Dow Jones industrial average enjoyed a late-day boost yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]
((INVESTORS ARE HOPING THE MARKETS HAVE BEGUN TO STABILIZE. THE BLUE-CHIPS
STAGED A LATE DAY COMEBACK, WIPING OUT AN EARLIER LOSS. THE NASDAQ ALSO
ERASED MOST OF ITS DECLINE..OIL AND DRUG STOCKS LED THE WAY HIGHER
THE DOW CLIMBED 114 POINTS
THE NASDAQ FINISHED JUST BELOW THE FLAT LINE DOWN ABOUT 3
SHARES OF MAJOR INSURANCE COMPANIES REBOUNDED AS INVESTORS BET RECORD
LOSSES FROM THIS MONTH'S TERRORIST ATTACKS WILL ALLOW THESE COMPANIES TO
RAISE THEIR PREMIUMS.
WE KNOW THE TERRORIST ATTACKS HURT AN ALREADY WEAK JOB MARKET. THE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK JUMPED BY
58-THOUSAND TO A NINE YEAR HIGH.
THE ONLINE AUCTION SITE EBAY IS DOING ITS PART TO HELP IN THE WAKE OF
THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. IT'S LAUNCHED "AUCTION FOR AMERICA" - 100
PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE TWIN TOWERS FUND. EBAY IS TRYING TO
RAISE 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN 100 DAYS.
EXCITE AT HOME PLUMMETED NEARLY 30 PERCENT.. IT MAY FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY
PROTECTION IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
Investors pulled $5.25 billion from U.S. equity funds in August, the
second straight month of outflows THATS ACCORDING TO Investment Company
Institute. Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, cash outflows from
stock funds are expected to surge this month. IT would mark the first
time since 1988 that investors have abandoned equity funds for three
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC
(tape tosses to stocks)
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, the flu vaccine is in short supply.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((DR. DAVE SCRIPT))
((ONCE AGAIN THERE WILL BE A SHORTAGE OF FLU VACCINE - AS A RESULT-
THE GOVERNMENT SAYS YOUNGER PEOPLE AND HEALTHY PEOPLE SHOULD WAIT UNTIL
AT LEAST NOVEMBER BEFORE GETTING VACCINATED - ONLY THOSE WHO ARE OVER 65
OR HAVE CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS SHOULD GET A FLU SHOT AS SOON AS THE
VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE IN DOCTORS OFFICES.
A WARNING FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY WHO TAKE THE DRUG TOPAMAX. A NEW
REPORT SAYS THE DRUG CAN LEAD TO SUDDEN ELEVATION OF PRESSURE WITHIN THE
EYE- A CONDITION KNOWN AS GLAUCOMA. AND THE PRESSURE RISE IS SO RAPID
IT CAN LEAD TO A PERMANENT LOSS OF VISION. PEOPLE WHO TAKE TOPAMAX ARE
ADVISED TO CALL THEIR PHYSICIANS - ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE HAVING BLURRED
VISION OR EYE PAIN.
FINALLY TODAY - TREAT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE TODAY TO SAVE YOUR BRAIN
A NEW STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SHOWS PEOPLE WHO HAVE
UNTREATED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OFTEN HAVE DECREASED BLOOD FLOW TO THE
BRAIN- AND THAT CAN IMPAIR YOUR MEMORY- ESPECIALLY SHORT TERM MEMORY.
WE USED TO THINK UNTREATED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TOOK YEARS TO DAMAGE THE
BRAIN- BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THAT DAMAGE MAY HAPPEN A LOT SOONER THAN WE
THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE
HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim and Steve]
(toss to Steve)
[Kim at Desk]
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
The Taliban is indicating it may be looking to prevent a possible attack by the U-S.
The ruling body has finally delivered a message to Osama bin Laden to leave the country.
That, as U-S officials gain more information about the terrorist hijackers.
Governor Gilmore is among the nation's governors granting a request by President Bush to use National Guards for protection at airports.
Gilmore says the National Guard will be posted at Virginia airports for up to six months.
And the State Fair of Virginia kicks off in Henrico County--
In the wake of the terrorist attacks, the fair is taking on a more patriotic tone and increasing security.
And that's what's making news on this Friday, September 28th .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
A Bedford County woman is ready to lend a hand to the thousands of people who have lost their jobs in the aftermath of this month's terrorist attacks.
Wendy Enelow (EN-uh-loe) has written 13 books on resume writing and career advice.. she currently heads up the Career Masters Institute.
C-M-I and two national resume organizations have teamed up to create a website where displaced employees can get free assistance with resume and cover letter writing and searching for a new job.
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[IN Q=For many of]
((WENDY ENELOW/CAREER MASTERS INSTITUTE: FOR MANY OF THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN TRAGICALLY IMPACTED, I DON'T THINK TWO AND A HALF WEEKS OUT THAT RIGHT NOW THEY'RE WORRYING ABOUT THEIR JOBS. SO NUMBER ONE, THIS IS A PROJECT THAT WE ANTICIPATE WILL GO ON FOR A LONG TIME.. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SIGN UP TODAY, YOU CAN SIGN UP MONTHS FROM NOW.))
[SUPER=141-Wendy Enelow/Career Masters Institute]
[OUT Q=months from now.]
Enelow says 270 career professionals have volunteered their services so far.
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You can find a link to the group's internet site in the Webwatch section of our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
More than two weeks after the terrorist attacks, the State Fair of Virginia kicked off its "Eleven Days of Wild Things."
But Fair organizers say the show must go on.
So they're highlighting patriotism and the slice of Americana a fair provides.
And they've take three steps they say will make the fair more secure.
[IN Q=Checking vehicles more closely]
[sot tape ONE 12:21:00 ]
((JAY LUGAR/STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA: CHECKING VEHICLES MORE CLOSELY... BAGS AND PACKAGES... BIGGER POLICE PRESENCE ON THE GROUNDS.))
[SUPER=141-Jay Lugar/State Fair of Virginia;]
[OUT Q=bigger police presence on the grounds.]
The State Fair runs through next weekend at the Richmond Raceway Complex.
Plans to move to a new, permanent fair complex east of Richmond have run into financial and legal challenges that should keep the fair in place for another few years.
Twenty new attractions, including stunt bikes and skateboards, are being offered.
And of course, they've brought back the ever popular racing pigs.