[Red-Cross]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Pentagon says it regrets U-S bombs accidentally hitting warehouses in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday.
Those warehouses were full of Red Cross humanitarian supplies.
Red Cross officials say the building housed wheat, blankets, and shelter materials.
The military says a Navy F-A-18 Hornet dropped thousand- pound bombs on them.
Officials say the buildings were among warehouses targeted, because American forces believed the Taliban was using them to store equipment and military vehicles.

[Attack-Update]


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


Security is tighter on Capitol Hill, after a letter containing anthrax was discovered in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office.
Officials say the anthrax appears to be a potent strain.
In response to the anthrax cases--
Bayer, the company that makes the antibiotic Cipro, is tripling its production.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Colin Powell is in India, where he met today with the nation's prime minister.
Yesterday, Powell discussed the Afghanistan situation with the president of Pakistan.
Jennifer Miller has the latest now from Washington.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=141-Jennifer Miller/Reporting;]
[SUPER=145-Washington, DC;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=141-Robert Mueller/F.B.I. Director;]
[SUPER=141-John Ashcroft/Attorney General;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=signs of ending.]

((The mere threat of Anthrax infection has authorities working overtime to combat real hazards and hoaxes. Government officials and news organizations have not escaped the danger but the sources behind the flurry of attacks remain a mystery.

SOT/FBI Director Robert Mueller)


"While organized terror has not been ruled out, so far we have found no direct link to organized terrorism."
So far there have been four credible attacks against targets spanning the East Coast. It appears the same person mailed letters with high-grade anthrax to Senator Tom Daschle and NBC headquarters.

SOT/Attorney General John Ashcroft


"Anytime someone sends anthrax through the mail it's an act of terror. It's terrorism."
U.S. coalition forces meanwhile, have entered a new phase. AC-130 gun ships have been called into action, hunting for targets of opportunity.

SOT/NO ID

We are now trying to identify those target areas we feel we can go in and clean up all the military targets that are available to us.
At the same time, the coalition has turned some of its attention to the front lines of Northern Afghanistan, where Taliban forces are engaged with the rival Northern Alliance.

(Nats)


Overseas in Central Asia, Secretary of State Colin Powell continues his diplomacy tour of Pakistan and India. His goal is to engage these bitter rivals in the fight against terrorism instead of continuing a feud that shows no signs of ending.
)
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
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[11Galax-Scare]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Anthrax Scare]

Another local anthrax scare... this one in Galax. An official with Twin County Regional hospital says several people were treated in the emergency room yesterday afternoon. They told the hospital they'd been exposed to an unknown substance. The patients were treated and released.
Federal agencies were notified. No other information was available.

[11Hoaxes]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-38 TC1:36:16]
[GRAPHIC=Anthrax scare]

Most of the anthrax scares are hoaxes... and law-enforcement officials say they won't take false threats lightly.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :12]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Making a bioterrorism threat is a federal offense, punishable by as many as 5 years in prison. Local authorities say they take every scare seriously, and will prosecute anyone who makes a threat.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - 6:08:30]
[IN Q=It could range anywhere...]

((CAPT. STEVE LUGAR/ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT;IT COULD RANGE ANYWHERE FROM 4-5 YEARS TO LIFE. IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHETHER IT'S A HOAX OR A BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCE BEING SENT.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Steve Lugar/Roanoke City Police Department;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=biological substance being sent.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Meanwhile, Virginia health officials say there's no reason to panic about anthrax. Even if you ARE exposed to anthrax spores, the risk of infection is extremely low.

[Airport-Security]


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


The airline industry is among the hardest hit by the sagging economy.
Fliers returning to the skies are now facing security- related delays.
Among the new restrictions, a no- standing policy for passengers flying into or out of Washington's Reagan National Airport.
Aimee Nuzzo explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Aimee Nuzzo/Reporting; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=Aimee Nuzzo for CBS News]



[Hi]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
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[Desk 2-shot]

(Kim and Leo Hello)




Leo ----WEATHER PRO---Lynchburg Numbers


[Desk 2-Shot]


[Bayer]


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


The company that makes the antibiotic, Cipro, is tripling its production in response to the recent anthrax outbreak.
Bayer Corporation is the only comany that makes the drug.
A Bayer spokesman says the company has shipped 50- million tablets in the last month, and plans to supply 200- million pills in the next three months to meet demands.
The government just approved Cipro as a treatment for anthrax last August.

[1st-Business]


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


In business news this morning, The C-E-O of United Airlines issues a warning about the company's future. Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories.
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[SOT 4:09:46 CONUS]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=in Washington]





(( GOOD MORNING THIS WEDNESDAY THE 17TH OF OCTOBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
THE INTERNET IS STILL TAX-FREE... AT LEAST FOR NOW!
WITH A WEEKEND DEADLINE AHEAD... THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS VOTED TO EXTEND A BAN ON "INTERNET ONLY" TAXES FOR TWO MORE YEARS ..
(TAKE VO)

PUTTING OFF THE DIFFICULT ISSUE OF HOW STATES SALES TAXES SHOULD APPLY TO E-COMMERCE.
CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COX SAYS IF THE TEMPORARY BAN WERE TO LAPSE.. "ALL HELL MIGHT BREAK LOOSE" BECAUSE THOUSANDS OF "TAXING JURISDICTIONS" COULD BE LYING IN WAIT... READY TO POUNCE!
-----------------------


UNITED AIRLINES' C-E-O JAMES GOODWIN HAS WARNED HIS EMPLOYEES.. IN WRITING... SAYING THE CARRIER "WILL PERISH" NEXT YEAR UNLESS IT CAN REVERSE HUGE LOSSES .
UNITED WAS EXPECTED TO LOSE A BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR BUT SINCE LAST MONTH'S ATTACKS LOSSES HAVE QUADRUPLED.
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(ON CAM)

FIDELITY'S MAGELLAN FUND, SAYS ITS ASSETS PLUNGED 23% SO FAR THIS YEAR... RETURNS ARE DOWN 20%... . MAGELLAN ALSO SAYS IT DROPPED A-O-L TIME WARNER FROM ITS TOP TEN HOLDINGS AND REPLACED IT WITH WAL-MART.
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STOCKS SHOULD REACT TO TUESDAY'S AFTER THE BELL EARNINGS NUMBERS FROM IBM AND INTEL.... IBM BEAT BETS,... INTEL MET THEM
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. IN TOKYO COMPUTER STOCKS GAINED.
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AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP BUSINESS HAPPENINGS..
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))


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[11SOL's]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=none]
[SS=Standards of Learning]


The big picture on Virginia's Standards of Learning tests is in.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE 1005 HERE]
40 percent of schools statewide achieved the scores necessary to be "fully accredited."
That means at least 70 percent of the students in those schools have passed the tests in four core subject areas.

The number's up from 22 percent in 2000 and just seven percent in 1999. [TAKE PINNACLE PAGE 1006 HERE]
On the low end of the spectrum, seven percent of Virginia schools are still "accredited with warning."
That means the schools' pass rates are 20 percent below the progress benchmarks for that school.
That's fewer schools with low grades than last year.
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[11Tech-Medical]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-33 TC1:42:29]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Virginia Tech is making moves to become one of the nations top research institutes.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Tech's Board Visitors voted yesterday to join forces with two other schools.
One initiative will form a joint school of biomedical engineering with Wake Forest University.
The second sets up a plan for a collaborative agreement with Virginia's first school of Osteopathic Medicine.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT17:57:50]
[IN Q=Merging biomedicine and the new type]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT:MERGING BIOMEDICINE AND THESE NEW TYPES OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES ARE GOING TO OPEN TREMENDOUS ARRAYS OF WAYS TO TREAT PEOPLE THAT WE'VE NEVER DEALT WITH BEFORE))
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=dealt with before]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Board of Visitors hopes the two initiatives will bring more funding for research and expand the pool of resources for students and the University.
(------------)



[Daily-Dose]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


In this morning's Health Check, If you're a parent who smokes, you may want to light up away from your child.

(------------)
[VO-NAT 4:33:23]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]

The Environmental Protection Agency is kicking off a campaign to help kids avoid health problems caused by secondhand smoke.
The E-P-A says children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from bronchitis, ear infections and asthma attacks. The agency also says second hand smoke causes lung cancer.

(------------)
(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]


[2Headlines]
[SUPER=#4050; HEADLINE BANNER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Authorities are still awaiting test results on a substance recovered from a home in Lynchburg.
Haz-Mat teams were called to this house yesterday afternoon, after woman reported finding white powder on a piece of mail.
(----------------)
[Anchor=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


And the F-B-I is searching for similarities in the letters containing Anthrax that were mailed to N-B-C in New York and to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office in Washington.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Join us for all that and more, coming up on News 7 Mornin.

[11L'burg-Anthrax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-45 TC1:24:14]
[GRAPHIC=Anthrax Scare]


Lynchburg authorities are still waiting on test results from a substance recovered from a home yesterday afternoon.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Hazardous material teams were called to this house on Sandusky Drive around 1 after a woman reported a white powder had fallen from a piece of mail she opened.
She immediately washed her hands and then dialed 9-1-1.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:39:06]
[IN Q=According to]

((KEITH JOHNSON/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: ACCORDING TO HER IT WAS OUT OF PLACE, IT WAS A WHITE, POWDERY SUBSTANCE. THE POLICE OFFICER WENT IN AN JUST LOOKED AT IT, HE KNEW THAT IT SHOULD BE COLLECTED BY THE HAZ-MAT TEAM AND IN FACT, WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE THAT CAPABILITY RIGHT HERE IN THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Keith Johnson/Lynchburg Fire Department]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=right here in the city.]
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[VO-NAT]


Johnson says Lynchburg is stocking up on extra equipment in the event more cases like this are reported.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


There was another incident in Appomattox County on Sunday.
A woman told police a white powder fell out of the newspaper she'd been reading.
Tests later showed it was "not" anthrax.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Intel and I-B-M released their third quarter earnings reports.
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=1:43]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]

((TWO TECH GIANTS UNVEILED THEIR BOTTOMLINES AFTER THE CLOSING BELL.

(graphic)

I-B-M'S 3QTR PROFIT DROPPED 19 PERCENT TO 90 CENTS A SHARE. AND BIG BLUE'S SALES FELL SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS... BUT THE COMPUTER MAKER'S PROFIT STILL BEAT THE STREET BY A PENNY A SHARE.

(on cam)

AND INTEL POSTED A PROFIT OF A DIME A SHARE.. THAT WAS RIGHT IN LINE WITH ESTIMATES AND REVENUES WERE SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

(graphic)

THE EARNINGS PARADE MARCHES ON TODAY WITH REPORTS FROM AOL TIME WARNER, APPLE COMPUTER, PHILIP MORRIS AND U-S AIRWAYS.

(on cam)

ON THE ECONOMIC CALENDAR.. SEPTEMBER HOUSING STARTS.... THESE REPORTS ARE EXPECTED TO REFLECT THE IMPACT OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
ON WALL STREET... THE MARKET FOUND ITS LEGS LATE IN THE DAY AS INVESTORS PUT ASIDE THOUGHTS OF ANTHRAX AND WAR AND INSTEAD FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMY AND EARNINGS.

(graphic)

THE DOW ADDED 36 POINTS WHILLE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 25

(on cam)

A NEW INDUSTRY REPORT SHOWS THE MANUFACUTURING SECTOR CONTRACTED FOR THE 12TH MONTH IN A ROW IN SEPTEMBER.. THE LONGEST DOWNWARD SHIFT SINCE WORLD WAR II.
AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST MUTUAL FUNDS IS SHUFFLING ITS PORTFOLIO. Fidelity Magellan'S Fund manager Robert Stansky added Wal-Mart Stores to the top 10 holdings of the biggest actively managed U.S. mutual fund knocking out AOL Time Warner FIDELITY MAGELLAN ALSO CUT ITS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS TO 11 PERCENT OF ASSETS .. THE LOWEST SINCE 1996.

(graphic)

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

(on cam)

AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))



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[2-Bayer]


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


The only maker of the antibiotic, Cipro says demand for the drug has exploded since Anthrax was first reported two weeks ago.
Bayer plans to triple its production of Cipro.
A Bayer spokesman says the company has shipped 50- million tablets in the last month, and plans to supply 200- million pills in the next three months to meet demands.
The government just approved Cipro as a treatment for anthrax last August.

[2-11Tech-Medical]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-33 TC1:42:29]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Virginia Tech is making moves to become one of the nations top research institutes.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Tech's Board Visitors voted yesterday to join forces with two other schools.
One initiative will form a joint school of biomedical engineering with Wake Forest University.
The second sets up a plan for a collaborative agreement with Virginia's first school of Osteopathic Medicine.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT17:57:50]
[IN Q=Merging biomedicine and the new type]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDNET:MERGING BIOMEDICINE AND THESE NEW TYPES OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES ARE GOING TO OPEN TREMENDOUS ARRAYS OF WAYS TO TREAT PEOPLE THAT WE'VE NEVER DEALT WITH BEFORE))
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=dealt with before]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Board of Visitors hopes the two initiatives will bring more funding for research and expand the pool of resources for students and the University.
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[2-11SOL's]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=none]
[SS=Standards of Learning]



New numbers have been released concerning Virginia's Standards of Learning tests.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE 1005 HERE]
40 percent of schools statewide achieved the scores necessary to be "fully accredited."
That means at least 70 percent of the students in those schools have passed the tests in four core subject areas.

The number's up from 22 percent in 2000 and just seven percent in 1999. [TAKE PINNACLE PAGE 1006 HERE]
On the low end of the spectrum, seven percent of Virginia schools are still "accredited with warning."
That means the schools' pass rates are 20 percent below the progress benchmarks for that school.
That's fewer schools with low grades than last year.
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[Med-Day]


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


In medical news, a drug that's used to treat high blood pressure may also decrease the risk for diabetes.
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=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((A DRUG WE USE QUITE A BIT TO TREAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MAY ALSO LOWER YOUR RISK OF DIABETES.
THE DRUG IS CALLED ALTACE- AND A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FINDS PEOPLE AT HIGH RISK FOR DIABETES LOWERED THEIR RISK OF THE DISEASE BY TAKING ALTACE REGULARLY.
ITS BELIEVED THE DRUG MAY DECREASE THE RISK OF DIABETES BY HELPING THE PANCREAS TO WORK BETTER- ALONG WITH HELPING THE BODYS INSULIN TO WORK BETTER.
WORKING NIGHTS MAY INCREASE A WOMAN'S RISK FOR BREAST CANCER- STUDIES IN THE JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE SHOW WOMEN WHO WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT MAY UP THEIR RISK BY ALMOST 60%.
THE REASON: BRIGHT LIGHTS AT NIGHT ALTER THE BODYS NATURAL RELEASE OF HORMONES- ESPECIALLY MELATONIN- AND THAT CHANGE MAY BE WHAT MAKES WOMEN MORE PRONE.
FINALLY TODAY- A STUDY YOU MAY THINK IS OUT OF THIS WORLD- BUT ITS ACTUALLY SOME PRETTY GOOD RESEARCH.
IT COMES FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS- AND IT FINDS PEOPLE ARE LESS PRONE TO HAVE A CARDIAC ARREST DURING CERTAIN PHASES OF THE MOON- WITH THE LOWEST RATE OF FATAL HEART ATTACKS TAKING PLACE WHEN THERE IS A NEW MOON.... 6.5 % LESS.
RESEARCHERS HAVE NO EXPLANATION FOR THEIR FINDINGS.
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 #8]


[3-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A substance recovered from a Lynchburg home is being tested.
Hazardous material teams were called to this house on Sandusky Drive around 1 yesterday yesterday after a woman reported a white powder had fallen from a piece of mail she opened.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT miller tease 4:33:25]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=coming up.]
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And when it comes to divorce, children are often the victims.
But now, the "Transparenting" program is working to help adults see divorce through the eyes of their children.
That's coming up later in this week's "Early Years" segment.

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, October 17th .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[3-Attack-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The U-S military says it didn't know warehouses that were bombed yesterday were full of Red Cross humanitarian supplies.
The Red Cross says the buildings housed wheat, blankets, and shelter materials.
The Pentagon apologized for the mistake.
[SS=Anthrax Scare]


Meanwhile, tight security remains in place on Capitol Hill after a letter containing anthrax was discovered in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office.
Officials say the anthrax appears to be a potent strain.
The F-B-I is probing similarities between the letters containing anthrax that were sent to Daschle and to N-B-C.

Jennifer Miller joins us now with an update from Washington.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
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[SUPER=145-Washington, DC;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=141-Robert Mueller/F.B.I. Director;]
[SUPER=141-John Ashcroft/Attorney General;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=signs of ending.]

((The mere threat of Anthrax infection has authorities working overtime to combat real hazards and hoaxes. Government officials and news organizations have not escaped the danger but the sources behind the flurry of attacks remain a mystery.

SOT/FBI Director Robert Mueller)


"While organized terror has not been ruled out, so far we have found no direct link to organized terrorism."
So far there have been four credible attacks against targets spanning the East Coast. It appears the same person mailed letters with high-grade anthrax to Senator Tom Daschle and NBC headquarters.

SOT/Attorney General John Ashcroft


"Anytime someone sends anthrax through the mail it's an act of terror. It's terrorism."
U.S. coalition forces meanwhile, have entered a new phase. AC-130 gun ships have been called into action, hunting for targets of opportunity.

SOT/NO ID

We are now trying to identify those target areas we feel we can go in and clean up all the military targets that are available to us.
At the same time, the coalition has turned some of its attention to the front lines of Northern Afghanistan, where Taliban forces are engaged with the rival Northern Alliance.

(Nats)


Overseas in Central Asia, Secretary of State Colin Powell continues his diplomacy tour of Pakistan and India. His goal is to engage these bitter rivals in the fight against terrorism instead of continuing a feud that shows no signs of ending.
)
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[SUPER=145-Washington, DC;]






[11Pulaski-Scare]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Anthrax Scare]

It'll be another 24-hours before Pulaski County officials will have test results on a suspicious powder. The white-gray substance was sent to the New River Health District office after being discovered by a maintenance worker Monday morning. It was in a newspaper near the courthouse on Main Street.

[11Angeline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-31 TC1:57:56]
[SS=Angeline]


A woman in Independence who faces first degree and capital murder charges wants her day in court on SEPARATE days.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./May;]

Attorneys for Betty Jean Angeline filed a motion in Grayson County Circuit Court to have the two cases against her tried separately. The 59-year-old suspect is accused of shooting Linda McKnight on January 31st and Glenda Jenkins on March 23rd. Trial is set for January 14th in both cases. On Friday, the defense will argue there's a lack of evidence linking the cases to the same plot and that they should be tried separately.
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[11Boty-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Starting in December, a mediator will help Botetourt County supervisors mend fences with the school board.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle;]


The Board of Supervisors approved hiring F-S-R Associates of Rockingham County to mediate their discussions.
The two boards declared an impasse last year, after they could not agree on appropriate funding for schools.
Each board will pay 3-thousand dollars from its budget to the mediator.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18:56:53 - 18:57:04]
[IN Q=Really, in the]

((STEPHEN CLINTON/SUPERVISOR: REALLY IN THE WHOLE SCHEME OF THINGS. IN A 61 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET, IT'S NOT MUCH MONEY. IT'S JUST A VERY MINOR AMOUNT TO MAKE THE ENTIRE PROCESS WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY.))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Clinton/Botetourt Co. Supervisor;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=work more effectively.]
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[VO-NAT]


The first eight-hour mediated session will be held at Greenfield Elementary School on December 4th.
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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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An official with Twin County Regional hospital in Galax says several people were treated in the emergency room yesterday afternoon. They told the hospital they'd been exposed to an unknown substance. The patients were treated and released. No other information is available.

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Lynchburg authorities are still waiting on test results from a substance recovered from a home yesterday afternoon.
Hazardous material teams were called to this house on Sandusky Drive around 1 after a woman reported a white powder had fallen from a piece of mail she opened.


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Virginia Tech is making moves to become one of the nations top research institutes.
Tech's Board Visitors voted yesterday to join forces with two other schools.
One initiative will form a joint school of biomedical engineering with Wake Forest University.
The second sets up a plan for a collaborative agreement with Virginia's first school of Osteopathic Medicine.


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