[War-Update]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Enduring Freedom]


U-S intelligence officers are questioning Taliban and al-Qaida fighters who are now captured in Afghanistan.
Authorities are trying to get clues as to where Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants may be hiding.
Meanwhile, Americans need to continue to remain on high alert for more terrorist activity.
That message from law enforcement officials-- who say the possibility of more attacks remains high through the Jewish and Christian holiday periods.
Aleen Sirgany joins us now from Washington with an update.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=141-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting;]
[SUPER=145-Washington, DC;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=143-Kabul, Afghanistan;]
[SUPER=141-Sgt. Major Gerald Lane/U. S. Army Spokesman;]
[SUPER=141-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary;]
[SUPER=141-Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem/Joint Chiefs of Staff;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=back to you.]



[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=145-Washington, DC;]

((
Information:
(TAKE PACKAGE)


U.S. SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN RECEIVE A TOUCHING GIFT FROM GROUND ZERO. AN AMERICAN FLAG INSCRIBED WITH MESSAGES FROM FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKS.

(NAT)


TROOPS BASED AT KANDAHAR AIRPORT WATCHED IN SILENCE AS THE U.S. SYMBOL OF FREEDOM WAS RAISED.

(SOT: SGT. MAJOR GERALD LANE/U.S. ARMY SPOKESMAN) - 02:22:00

"The pride of being here, being a Marine, being an American, and being able to raise the flag here is kind hard to explain the emotions that run through you."
IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN, U.S. AND AFGHAN FORCES CONTINUE TO ROUND UP DEFEATED AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS. PENTAGON OFFICIALS BELIEVE MEMBERS OF THE MILITIA ARE STILL HIDING IN THE CAVES OF TORA BORA, WHILE OTHERS ARE TRYING TO FLEE TO PAKISTAN.
THE U.S. IS HOLDING FIVE AL-QAIDA AND TALIBAN PRISONERS ABOARD THIS SHIP OFF THE COAST OF PAKISTAN. ONE OF THEM IS AMERICAN, JOHN WALKER.

(SOT: DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY)

"We're still trying to sort out who we have and who we don't have, and who's been killed. And it's not an easy process."
BUT A BIGGER QUESTION STILL REMAINS. WHERE IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?
FOR WEEKS, MILITARY OFFICIALS FOCUSED THEIR ATTENTION ON THE TORA BORA REGION. NOW THEY'RE NOT SO SURE.

(SOT: REAR ADM. JOHN STUFFLEBEEM/JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF)

"I'm not sure how close we ever really have been. We've narrowed it down to an area. Indications were there and now indicators were not there, so maybe he still is there or maybe he was killed or maybe he's left.
MEANTIME, AFGHANISTAN'S INTERIM LEADER, HAMID KARZAI, MEETS WITH THE FORMER AFGHAN KING IN ROME TODAY ... TO TALK ABOUT THE EXILED MONARCH'S RETURN. A BRITISH-LED PEACEKEEPING FORCE IS ALSO LIKELY TO ARRIVE IN KABUL ... BEFORE THE TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT TAKES POWER ON SATURDAY.
))


[Anthrax]


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


A military doctor is recommending anthrax vaccinations for employees in Senator Tom Daschle's office.
That is, if the government okays the vaccinations.
At a briefing on Capitol Hill, the doctor told members of Daschle's staff he'd recommend the vaccine, which is considered experimental.
Health Secretary Tommy Thompson is expected to decide whether to approve usage of the vaccine later this week.
The Hart Senate Office Building remains closed after an anthrax-laced letter was sent to Daschle's office in mid-October.

[Taiwan-Earthquake]


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


A seven-point-three magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of southern Japan and Taiwan.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hua Lien, Taiwan;]


Officials say the quake also generated a small tsunami.
There are no reports of injuries or damage.
The quake was said to be located off the coast of Taiwan and several islands in Okinawa.
But residents are fairly accustomed to earthquakes there--
Every year, hundreds of quakes rattle the Okinawa area and Taiwan.
(------------)


[11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC13:56]
[GRAPHIC=Car Tax]

Governor Gilmore is still pushing for an end to the car tax.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :20]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, the Governor proposed that the state abolish the car tax by 2004. To accomplish that goal, he wants to amend the state constitution to allow 20 percent of state income taxes to go to local governments. The proposal comes after legislative budget analysts predicted shortfalls higher than a billion dollars for the current budget year.
(///// SOT at :20 /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The people will be constitutionally guaranteed...]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=...a fair share of the state's income tax.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Mark Warner, who's preparing to take over at the state's helm in a matter of weeks, isn't keen on the idea.
(///// SOT at :06 /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm becoming increasingly concerned...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Governor-Elect;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=car tax, for example.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The proposal to amend the state constitution to eliminate the personal property tax will go before the General Assembly.
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[11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC56:29]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Meantime, the Governor-elect is adding a 28-year education veteran to his new administration.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :26]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, Mark Warner named Belle S. Wheelan as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Wheelan has served as president of Northern Virginia Community College since 1998. Before that she headed up Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, becoming the first African-American female to serve as president of a two or four year college in Virginia.
(------------)



[AM-Downtown-Parking]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Tues-AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Parking is often at a premium in downtown Roanoke, but the city now has 358 new spaces.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A ribbon cutting ceremony opened the new Gainsboro Parking Garage yesterday.
The facility is located north of Shenandoah Avenue and it will serve several different developments.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:28]
[IN Q=I think it will tie together many projects]

((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: I THINK IT WILL TIE TOGETHER MANY PROJECTS INCLUDING THE EIGHT JEFFERSON PLACE APARTMENTS, THE HIGHER ED CENTER, THE HENRY STREET PROJECT AND PROVIDE A SAFE SECURE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO PARK AND ENJOY THIS PART OF DOWNTOWN ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=enjoy this part of downtown Roanoke.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The new garage will charge 50 cents an hour, or 35 dollars a month for an unreserved space. Parking is free at night and on weekends.
(------------)



[1st-Business]


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


In business news this morning, It looks like an alliance between American Airlines and British Airways will have a hard time getting off the ground.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]


(( GOOD MORNING THIS TUESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2001.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
-----------------------


THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN AMERICAN AIRLINES AND BRITISH AIRWAYS JUST WON'T FLY. THE FEDS SAY IT WOULD HURT COMPETITION, RAISE FARES, AND LEAD TO LESS SERVICE IF THE TWO AIRLINES JOINED TO SET FARES AND ROUTES AND SELL EACH OTHERS' TICKETS.
-------------------------


DELTA BY THE WAY IS TESTING NEW SECURITY SCREENING FOR BUSINESS CLASS TRAVELLERS.
THE SEPARATE SYSTEM PULLS OUT THE HIGHER PRICED FLYERS INTO SHORTER LINES AT DELTA'S ATLANTA HUB AND SEVEN OTHER AIRPORTS.
-------------------------


COULD WE BE IN WHAT'S CALLED "A SANTA CLAUS RALLY" ON WALL STREET?
STOCKS HELD GAINS ON MONDAY ... TODAY WE GET A REPORT ON NOVEMBER HOUSING STARTS.
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. IN TOKYO.. STOCKS ADVANCED BUT GAINS WERE CUT BY LOSSES AT NTT AND MAJOR BANKS.
--------------------------


TODAY IS U-P-S'S BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR... UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
EXPECTS TO MOVE 18 MILLION PIECES BEFORE THERE DONE.. THAT'S UP 35 PERCENT FROM THEIR USUAL VOLUME.
TO HELP MOVE THINGS THEY'VE ADDED THOUSANDS OF SEASONAL WORKERS AND ALMOST DOUBLED FLIGHTS FOR THE DURATION OF THE HOLIDAYS.
-------------------------


SEPTEMBER 11TH HURT... BUT THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION FORECASTS A STRONG 2002.
THEY PREDICT THEY'LL BREAK THE $400 BILLION SALES BARRIER...
FULL SERVICE SALES FORECAST UP 4 AND A HLAF PERCENT... FAST FOOD AND PLACES WITHOUT WAITERS .. UP 3.7%
------------------------


AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP BUSINESS HAPPENINGS..
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Historic-Preservation]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC20:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's considered to be the nation's oldest subdivision.. and now a proposal to protect the historic properties along Lynchburg's Rivermont Avenue is moving forward again.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


City council rejected the idea of an historic district last summer, but the Historic Preservation Commission yesterday approved a different, less stringent ordinance.
It would protect more than 300 homes along a three-mile stretch between downtown and Boonsboro.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:03:26//4:11:26]
[IN Q=The protection]

((MARILYN MARTIN/SUPPORTS HISTORIC DISTRICT: THE PROTECTION FROM DEMOLITION PROVIDED BY A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT IS THE ONLY WAY TO ASSURE THAT 25 YEARS FROM NOW, THERE WILL STILL BE THIS UNIQUE AREA THAT WAS LAID OUT SO THOUGHTFULLY AND WITH GRACE AND BEAUTY.)) ((CHUCK BULLOCK/OPPOSES HISTORIC DISTRICT: WE BELIEVE THAT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WE'RE PUTTING ON EVERYBODY IT'S GOING TO COST THEM MORE, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE OF A HASSLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PROPERTY, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LET THEIR PROPERTIES GO TO DECLINE.))
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Martin/Supports Historic District; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Bullock/Opposes Historic District; :14]
[RUNS=25]
[OUT Q=go to decline.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Homeowners in historic districts must get permission before making significant changes to the exterior of their property.
The proposal will go before the planning commission next month.
(------------)



[6-BV-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC27:57]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A sign in Buena Vista says the city is home to six-thousand-two happy citizens and just three old grouches. Now, adding to the contentment is a new one-stop employment service, which makes finding a job much easier for residents in the area. Richard Lesko has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Fox/Career Cafe Graduate; 21 (quick!)]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dull/Virginia Employment Commission; :41]
[SUPER=@Richard1; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=RL, N7, Buena Vista.]

((For the most part, Rockbridge County has avoided the layoffs which have rocked other parts of the region. The area's unemployment rate has gone up to 3.6 percent in recent months. That's just above the state average. At the Career Cafe just outside of Buena Vista, they were celebrating, sharing success stories of finding people jobs.

(//////SOT/////)
[SOT - 19:06]
[INQ=We didn't feel...]

((JIM FOX/CAREER CAFE GRADUATE; WE DIDN'T FEEL LIKE WE WERE DEALING WITH THE GOVERNMENT, FELT LIKE SOMEONE WANTED TO HELP US OUT.))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUTQ=wanted to help us out.]

The Career Cafe leases space from the Virginia Employment Commission, and is just one of nearly 10 different state and federal job assistance agencies which work out of the building.
(//////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:22]
[INQ=We refer people...]

((SHARON DULL/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION; WE REFER PEOPLE TO OTHER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT CAN ASSIST THEM IN THEIR BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. THE CAREER CAFE WHICH IS CO-HOUSED HERE WORKS STRICTLY ONE-ON-ONE WITH PEOPLE.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUTQ=one-on-one with people.]

The commission serves Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County, and because of the rural setting, one-stop employment services saves the unemployed driving time and hassles when finding a job is an urgent need.
(//////SOT/////)
[SOT -14:05]
[INQ=It's easier...]

((IT'S EASIER, IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO BE ABLE TO COME TO ONE LOCATION TO GET THE INFORMATION THEY NEED INSTEAD OF BEING SENT HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE.))
[RUNS= 9]
[OUTQ=there, everywhere.]
(//////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[INQ=]

((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; ONE STOP EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ARE ON THE RISE. OFFICIALS SAY THEY HELP NOT ONLY JOB SEEKERS, BUT POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS AS WELL. IN A SLOW ECONOMY, THAT SHOULD BE GOOD NEWS TO THE THREE OLD GROUCHES WHO LIVE HERE. RICHARD LESKO, NEWS 7, BUENA VISTA.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUTQ=RL, N7, Buena Vista.]))



(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]


[11Ammunition-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Radford Ammo. Plant]


The army has beefed up security at its ammunition plant in Radford.
The 88th Military Police Detachment from Fort Eustis is now deployed at the plant.
A spokesperson for the plant's commander says the security of the plant and surrounding community is of paramount importance.

[11Walker]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=501-12 1:09:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The victim in a convenience store shooting LAST Christmas Eve entered the store with his fists poised for a fight.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

That was the testimony yesterday of the man who owns the Stop and Save Mini Market on Melrose Avenue. He was behind the counter of the store when Reaco Hilton came in and walked right up to Bernard Walker.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:27:35]
[IN Q=I seen Reaco had his fists]

((OSAMA ISMAIL/STORE OWNER; I SEEN REACO HAD HIS FISTS LIKE THIS, SAYING "YOUR BOYS ARE NOT HERE," OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I ASKED REACO TO "TAKE IT OUTSIDE." ALL OF A SUDDEN BERNARD SWUNG AT REACO, THEN SHOT HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Osama Ismail/Store Owner]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=BERNARD SWUNG AT REACO, THEN SHOT HIM.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

An in-store surveillance camera captured the incident on videotape. Attorney David Damico is claiming Walker shot Hilton in self defense, pointing out that Hilton came in looking for a fight.
(------------)



[Circus-Elephant]


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


Jury selection starts today in the trial one of the stars of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
An animal trainer faces criminal charges of animal abuse.
Jennifer Miller reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Deniz Bolbol/Citizens for Cruelty- Free Circus; :23]
[SUPER=04-Amateur Video; :29]
[SUPER=01-Rodney Huey/Ringling Brothers Spokesman; :54]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/Reporting; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS News.]

((
(NATS OF SHOW/NATS)


THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH IS FIGHTING SOME OF THE WORST CHARGES IN THE BUSINESS ... ANIMAL ABUSE.
SEEN HERE ON THE RIGHT ... MARK OLIVER GEBEL, SON OF THE LATE, LEGENDARY ANIMAL TRAINER GUNTHER GEBEL-WILLIAMS ... AND ONE OF RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS' MOST PROMINENT PERFORMERS ... IS CHARGED WITH ABUSING AN ELEPHANT NAMED ASIA.

(SOT, DENIZ BOLBOL/CITIZENS FOR CRUELTY FREE CIRCUS)

"THIS TRIAL IS BRINGING TO LIGHT BEHAVIOR AND ABUSE THESE ANIMALS RECEIVE ON A DAILY BASIS."

(SUPER: AMATEUR VIDEO)


THIS IS HOME VIDEO OF THE ELEPHANTS IN TRAINING. BUT THE ABUSE ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED AT A SHOW IN SAN JOSE, LAST AUGUST. HUMANE SOCIETY OFFICERS AND A SAN JOSE POLICE SERGEANT WERE MONITORING THE ANIMALS FOR ABUSE WHEN THEY SAY THEY SAW GEBEL LUNGE AT TWO ELEPHANTS. THEY SAY ASIA JOLTED FORWARD AND LATER HAD A NICKEL-SIZED BLOODY SPOT ON HER LEG. THE SAY GEBEL HIT ASIA WITH A METAL TRAINING STICK, CALLED AN ANKUS.

(SOT, RODNEY HUEY/RINGLING BROTHERS SPOKESMAN)

"THIS REALLY IS FALSE CHARGES AGAINST A MAN I'VE KNOWN FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. A WONDERFUL MAN, THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL LOVER."
EVEN IF FOUND NOT GUILTY, THE CHARGES COULD SCAR ONE OF THE BIG TOP'S BEST SHOWS AND IF CONVICTED ... GEBEL FACES SIX MONTHS IN JAIL AND A ONE-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE. JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS.))

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, The Justice Department is against an alliance between American Airlines and British Airways.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]

((THE AMERICAN AIRLINES, BRITISH AIRWAYS ALLIANCE HIT SOME TURBULENCE. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE DEAL THREATENS TO REDUCE COMPETITION, HIKE AIR FARES AND REDUCE SERVICE. SO, THE GOVERNMENT IS ASKING THE TWO CARRIERS TO GET RID OF SOME OF THEIR NONSTOP FLIGHTS FROM THE U-S TO LONDON. A DECISION BY THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT MAY COME AS EARLY AS JANUARY.
(Graphic)

THE DRUGMAKER PFIZER SURPRISED WALL STREET, SAYING IT SEES PROFIT GROWTH NEXT YEAR.. IN SHARP CONTRAST TO REMARKS MADE LAST WEEK BY RIVALS MERCK AND BRISTOL MEYERS.
(on cam)

WEDDING BELLS ON WALL STREET HELPED LIFT INVESTORS SPIRITS...OVER 30 BLN DOLLARS WORTH OF DEALS WERE ANNOUNCED.
(gra)

DOW RALLIED 8O POINTS TO 9891. NASDAQ UP 34 POINTS
(gr)

INVESTORS APPLAUDED AMGEN'S 16 BLN DOLLAR BUYOUT OF RIVAL IMMUNEX.. THE BIGGEST DEAL EVER IN BIOTECH
(gr)

CARNIVAL COULD BE CRUISIN FOR A BRUISIN'.. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES LAUNCHED A HOSTILE 4.6 BLN TAKEOVER BID FOR PRINCESS CRUISES ..IT'S .MEANT TO TRUMP A DEAL BETWEEN PRINCESS AND ROYAL CARIBBEAN.
(on cam)

ON THE ECONOMIC CALENDAR, NOVEMBER HOUSING STARTS.. WE'LL SEE IF THE HOUSING MARKET REMAINS LARGELY UNSCATHED BY THE RECESSION.
(graphic)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ
(on cam)

I'M AC IN NY.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS]
[COMM#7]




[11HCMF]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC1:34:20]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The state's third largest nursing home chain will repay the government 1-point-7 million dollars for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


H-C-M-F Chairman William Cranwell pleaded guilty to health care fraud and got 30 months probation.
He and his partners will be held personally liable for the restitution if the company can't pay it.
H-C-M-F operates 18 nursing homes.
In the 1990s, it expanded into restaurant, construction and real estate management ... all while continuing to bill Medicare and Medicaid.
(///// SOT /////)
[BUMP SOTS]
[IN Q=The company defrauded]
[SOT 15:13:16 - :28]

((ERIC BESTE/U.S. JUSTICE DEPT.: THE COMPANY DEFRAUDED THE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE PROGRAMS OUT OF SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS BY CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT FOR SALARIES AND EXPENSES THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH OPERATING THE NURSING HOMES.))
[SOT 15:15:57 - :15:16:08]

((CHIP MAGEE/HCMF ATTORNEY: THE PRINCIPALS STOOD UP AND ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THINGS THAT WENT WRONG WITH THE COMPANY. SOME ACCOUNTING ISSUES AND SOME OVERSIGHT ISSUES. THEY'VE STEPPED UP AND TAKEN A SPEAR THROUGH THE CHEST FOR THAT AND IT'S OVER.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Beste/U.S. Justice Dept.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/HCMF Attorney; :13]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=for that and it's over.]
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


H-C-M-F's attorneys say the company stands on the brink of financial ruin because of its legal expenses and a decline in the nursing home industry.

[11School-Board]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-61 TC25:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke school officials have been searching for savings, but yesterday they told members of city council they're still more than two million dollars short of what they need to fully fund the proposed budget.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Members of the school board met with city council last night.
They say teacher salaries, capital improvements, class size, and the system's ability to meet accreditation standards could all be affected.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is a critical time]

((SHERMAN LEA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME FOR US, BUT WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THE CITY WILL SUPPORT US. THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.)) ((BILL CARDER/VICE MAYOR: IT'S A LITTLE EARLY TO SAY. WE MAY HAVE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED THAT RICHMOND STEPS UP TO THE PLATE. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/School Board Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Vice Mayor; :08]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=it's really important.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Council made no commitment, but promised to consider the situation next year when the budget picture becomes clear.

[Med-Day]


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


In medical news, a pharmaceutical company says it has developed the first proven cold remedy.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE. VARIOUS REMEDIES CLAIMING TO CURE THE COMMON COLD.
VT=VO
(VO)

NOW A COMPANY IN PENNSYLVANIA SAYS IT HAS DEVELOPED A NEW DRUG THAT'S NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT. RESEARCHERS AT VIRO-PHARMA SAY THEY HAVE COME UP WITH THE FIRST PROVEN MEDICATION TO REDUCE BOTH THE LENGTH AND SEVERITY OF A COLD. AND UNLIKE OTHER MEDICINES, THIS ONE ACTUALLY ATTACKS THE COLD VIRUS ITSELF. BUT F-D-A APPROVAL IS STILL MONTHS -- IF NOT YEARS -- AWAY.//
VT=VO
(VO)

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS BEGUN TRAINING HEALTH OFFICIALS AROUND THE COUNTRY ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE -- AND CONTAIN -- AN OUTBREAK OF SMALLPOX. THE C-D-C MAINTAINS IT HAS NO EVIDENCE THAT A BIO-TERRORISM ATTACK OF SMALLPOX IS ANY MORE OF A THREAT THAN IT WAS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11TH. HOWEVER, THE C-D-C SAYS IT WANTS TO MAKE SURE STATE AND LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS ARE PREPARED ... SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.//
VT=VO
(VO)

AND NEWSPAPERS MAY NOT BE THE BEST SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR WOMEN TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BREAST CANCER SCREENING. ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL, ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ... NEWSPAPER ARTICLES WERE TWICE AS LIKELY TO RECOMMEND ROUTINE MAMMOGRAMS FOR WOMEN IN THEIR 40'S ... EVEN THOUGH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH SCREENING IS STILL BEING DEBATED. SOME RESEARCHERS FEAR MAMMOGRAMS AT AN EARLY AGE COULD CAUSE AN UNNECESSARY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FALSE-POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.// AND THAT IS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


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[11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-55 TC42:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The city of Roanoke is receiving high marks for the level of fire protection, and more criticism for a plan to reorganize the department.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, Chief Jim Grigsby told members of council that the city's I-S-O rating has improved from Class Three to Class Two. Only four other fire districts in Virginia enjoy the same classification.
But the re-alignment that would close some stations and build new facilities brought more complaints from residents of northwest Roanoke and from two members of council.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think this is the most]

((LINDA WYATT: I THINK THIS IS THE MOST RACIST PROPOSITION EVER PUT BEFORE THIS COUNCIL. I THINK IT IS A PURELY RACIST POSITION AND I AM ASHAMED. AND I AM SORELY ASHAMED THAT WE WOULD DO THIS.)) ((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE EMS CHIEF: TWO OF THE NEW STATIONS ARE IN THE NORTHWEST SECTION OF THE CITY, SO I JUST FIND THAT IS A PREPOSTEROUS TAKE IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM ABOUT WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire EMS Chief; :16]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=about what we're proposing.]
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[VO-NAT]


The vote was five to two... authorizing officials to move forward with the Fire EMS strategic plan.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=Alvin Hudson]


Also yesterday, Council member Alvin Hudson said he will not seek re-election in May.

[11BV-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC29:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Job seekers in the Rockbridge County area just have one stop to check for employment.
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[VO-NAT - :18]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]

The Virginia Employment Commission is now home to nearly ten different state and federally funded employment agencies.
Officials there say that means job seekers in Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista have to visit one government agency, instead of driving to three or four different facilities.
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[SOT - 10:08]
[INQ=We try to give...]

((SHARON DULL/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION; WE TRY TO GIVE JOB REFERRAL ASSISTANCE TO APPLICANTS, LET THEM KNOW WHAT JOBS ARE LISTED, REFER THEM TO THESE COMPANIES, BUT WE TRY TO GIVE JOB SEEKING ASSISTANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dull/Virginia Employment Commission;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUTQ=job seeking assistance.]
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[VO-NAT - :08+]

The region's unemployment rate has risen recently to 3-point-6 percent. That is just one tenth of a percent above the state average.
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[11Goodlatte]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-57]
[GRAPHIC=Goodlatte]


Congressman Bob Goodlatte says help could be on the way to places like Buena Vista and southside.. if the Senate would just get its act together.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Goodlatte says the House of Representatives has already passed an economic stimulus package that would give tax breaks to businesses that expand and create new jobs.
But they're still waiting for a Senate version everyone can agree on.
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[SOT 12:28:29]
[IN Q=One of the]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WOULD HELP WOULD BE INCENTIVES TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO INVEST AND BUILD SOME NEW FACILITIES DOWN THERE AN THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TAX CREDITS AND DEFERRAL OF TAX OBLIGATIONS AND SO ON WHICH WOULD BE JUST THE RIGHT THING.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=just the right thing.]
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[VO-NAT]


Goodlatte was in Lynchburg yesterday donating a portion of his annual pay raise to the Academy of Music, which is undergoing a 16-million dollar renovation.
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[11Torch-Run]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-60 TC1:02:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


He was born with an upside-down stomach.
Then he survived three major heart surgeries.
Now he's being rewarded for his will to survive.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Salem-native Bruce Lawrence will carry the Olympic Torch two tenths of a mile today in Charleston, West Virginia.

His wife entered him in a Coca Cola contest... In 50 words, she described his problems, perseverance and loving personality.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=She's my]

((BRUCE LAWRENCE/TORCH CARRIER; SHE'S MY EVERYTHING. I TOLD HER SHE'S THE ONE THAT OUGHT TO TAKE THE CREDIT, NOT ME. ALL I DID WAS HANG AROUND.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT] ((NANCY LAWRENCE/BRUCE'S WIFE; HE DESERVES TO BE THE ONE. EVER SINCE HE'S BEEN CHOSEN, I SHOULD BE THE ONE. WHY? HE HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. HE'S A REAL CHARACTER.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Lawrence/Torch Carrier; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Lawrence/Bruce's Wife; :12]
[RUNS=23]
[OUT Q=real character.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bruce and Nancy say their love for each other and faith in God has pulled them through the hard times.
They also credit members of the Trinity Lutheran Church for financial and moral support. (------------)