[SUPER=17-Monday January 14, 2002]
Investigators are still on the scene of an apparent murder last night in Danville.
Authorities say the father of 33-year- old Timothy Lagrand Ferguson found his body on the floor of his home.
Ferguson's father lives at 128 Moorefield Lane in Danville.
A preliminary report says Ferguson suffered a serious injury to the head, but still no word on what exactly killed him.
Congressional committees are beginning their investigation into the financial ruin of Enron.
But voters may be looking at which members received contributions from the Texas company.
Enron served as a virtual cash cow for many members of Congress-- contributing more than 500- thousand dollars to 71 members of the Senate.
And 188 House members received more than 600- thousand.
However, political experts say the critical issue is what, if anything, politicians did to in order to get Enron's millions.
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[SOT 3:13:18 ]
[IN Q=There's no]
((CRAIG CRAWFORD/POLITICAL CONSULTANT: THERE'S NO LAW AGAINST THAT. WHAT THERE WOULD VE A LAW
AGAINST IS IF THERE WAS A REAL SPECIFIC EXCHANGE OF SUBSTANTIVE HELP
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION IN EXCHANGE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS AND WE HAVE NOT SEEN
[SUPER=01-Craig Crawford/Political Consultant;]
[OUT Q=have not seen that.]
Enron filed for bankruptcy on December second.
By then, it's stock had become almost worthless.
The remains of five Marines killed in the plane crash in Pakistan are now back in the U-S.
[graphic of marine pics]
A plane carrying five coffins arrived just after midnight at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
The Marines were on a re-fueling plane that crashed into a Pakistani mountain on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, American warplanes continue blasting along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
They're hitting suspected terrorist hideouts, hoping to put pressure on supporters of Osama bin Laden.
The airstrikes are the heaviest since last month's attacks on the Tora Bora complex.
President Bush travels to the midwest today, despite a fainting spell over the weekend.
The President passed out briefly yesterday afternoon, after choking on a pretzel while he was watching pro football on T-V.
The White House physician says Bush bruised his face when he fell off the sofa.
But the President has since had a check-up, and his doctor says he's doing fine.
[TAPE=01-50 TC 2:04:22]
Virginia's new Governor gets down to business today.
Mark Warner is scheduled to deliver a prime-time ``State of the Commonwealth'' speech to a joint session of the General Assembly tonight.
But yesterday there were more inaugural activities in Richmond.
Warner's cabinet was sworn in during a brief ceremony at the State Capitol.
And Joe Dashiell reports, thousands of well-wishers, including many from western Virginia, lined up for an open house at the Governor's mansion.
[IN Q=They came from all over Virginia]
[SUPER=01-Bill Mason/Roanoke Resident; :08 quick]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Moore/Floyd Co. Resident; :12 quick]
[SUPER=01-Leon Moore/Floyd Co. Resident; :17 quick]
[SUPER=02-John I. Davis/Lynchburg Resident; :47 quick]
[SUPER=02-Barbara Cofield/Lynchburg Resident; :51 quick]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Crockett/Montgomery Co. Resident; :57 quick]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Richmond]
((They came from all over Virginia... stood in line for hours under tight security... but there were no complaints.
[IN Q=We've been waiting]
((WE'VE BEEN WAITING EIGHT YEARS FOR THE PRIVILEGE, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.))
((I DID GET A LITTLE ACTIVE IN THE CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR, SO THAT IS THE PRIMARY REASON I AM HERE.))
((IT'S BEEN A JOY TO SEE PEOPLE OUT AND TAKING PART IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS THAT WE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=the political process that we have.]
Many who were in the stands for Mark Warner's swearing-in ceremony and the parade that followed, or on the dance floor at the inaugural celebrations were back in Capitol Square to greet the Governor and First lady Lisa Collis.
NAT SOT OF GOVERNOR & VISITORS
Students from five Norfolk high schools provided the entertainment and supporters of the new Governor spoke of their optimism, even in the face of difficult budget problems.
[IN Q=Because he seems so sincere]
((I FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP AND I FEEL LIKE TOGETHER, WE'RE GOING TO PULL IT OUT.))
((BECAUSE HE SEEMS SO SINCERE. HE HAS HIS GOALS AND HIS PURPOSE.))
((VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE AND IT'S BEEN A REALLY GOOD WEEKEND. AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS FOUR YEARS IN OFFICE.))
((IN SPITE OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION, WE'RE VERY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE NEXT FOUR YEARS IN VIRGINIA.))
Warner will need more than good will as he goes to work, but on the day after he extended his hand to the Republican leadership, Warner shook thousands more... and enjoyed, at least for a few hours, an encouraging start to four years in office.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Richmond))
[TAPE#=02-04 TC 2:26]
Firefighters were busy in Montgomery County yesterday.
The wind and terrain made it difficult for firefighters trying to put out a forest fire near Ironto.
Approximately 20- acres had burned by mid-afternoon.
Crews from Montgomery County were out in full force.
They also called in assistance from Pulaski, Christiansburg and Blacksburg.
[TAPE#=02-05 TC 11:34]
The Ringgold Fire Department is slowly but surely getting back on its feet.
Two weeks ago, the fire station burned down, causing more than 600- thousand dollars in damage.
Several area fire stations have loaned trucks and other equipment so firefighters can continue to answer calls.
The community has also stepped in, donating more than 13- thousand dollars so far.
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[IN Q=You hope people]
((MIKE NEAL/FIRE CHIEF: YOU HOPE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT YOU. WE DO THIS FOR VOLUNTEER. WE DO IT FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT MEANS A LOT. ITS REAL TOUCHING. YOU NEVER THOUGHT AS MANY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED NOT JUST US, IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY, BUT JUST THE FIRE SERVICE AND RESCUE SERVICE ITSELF AND CITIZENS AROUND HERE ARE JUST GREAT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Neal/Ringgold Fire Chief]
[OUT Q=are just great]
Plans were already underway to build a new station before the fire.
The county hopes to begin construction next month on a new facility a half mile down the road.
Next Saturday, the Fire Department will hold a stew and bake sale to help raise the 125-thousand dollars needed for the project.
In business news this morning, The release of fourth-quarter earnings reports begins this week.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS MONDAY THE 14TH OF JANUARY.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
INVESTORS, WORRIED THEY HAVE GOTTEN TOO OPTIMISTIC TOO SOON ABOUT
A QUICK ECONOMIC RECOVERY.... ARE LIKELY TO SEND STOCKS LOWER
EARNINGS SEASON HEATS UP THIS WEEK
OVERNIGHT.. MARKETS WERE CLOSED IN JAPAN FOR A HOLIDAY.
FORD'S LIMITING ITS INTEREST FREE LOAN OFFERS WHILE ADDING
REBATES OF UP TO $25-HUNDRED.
AND IT WILL STOP MAKING THE FORD "ESCORT" SAYING THE FOCUS HAS
TAKEN OVER FOR WHAT WAS ONCE ITS BEST SELLING CAR.
ALSO BEING GIVEN THE HEAVE HO..FOR LACK OF SALES.. THE WEDGE
SHAPED, RECINCARNATED MERCURY COUGAR...
AND THE MERCURY VILLAGER MINIVAN.. WHICH IS A CLONE OF THE NISSAN
ALSO.. SAY GOODBYE TO THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL. IT'S BEEN
APPEALING TO PEOPLE OVER 60.. BUT DOESN'T SELL TO THE YOUNGER CROWD.
IT'S FOUR YEARS IN JAIL PLUS ALMOST $2 MILLION IN RESTITUTION AND
FORFEITURE FOR PATRICK PENKER, WHO BILKED CREDIT CARD COMPANIES AND
GAMBLING CASINOS OUT OF A MILLION DOLLARS.
USING THE NAMES OF FAKE LAW FIRMS.. LIKE "DEWEY, CHEETUM AND
HOWE".... FROM AN OLD THREE STOOGES EPISODE.
HE TRIED, BUT FAILED.. TO PLACE $900-THOUSAND IN BROKERAGE
HOUSES, BUT WAS TURNED AWAY... AND MANAGED TO GET 197 CASHIER'S CHECKS
FROM BANKS AND 443 POSTAL MONEY ORDERS.
"DEWEY CHEETUM AND HOWE" SOUNDED FISHY TO A BANKER IN LUBBOCK,
TEXAS, WHO CALLED THE FBI.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
[TAPE#=02-02 TC 6:18]
The Halifax County school board is expected to decide the future of Virgilina Elementary School today.
Justin McLeod tell us why the school system wants to close it and why parents are fighting to keep it open.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of kids on swings]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Superintendent of Schools; :15]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Tuck/Virgilina Resident; :34]
[SUPER=01-Robin Yates/Virgilina Resident; 1:33]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Halifax County]
((NAT SOUND OF KIDS ON SWINGS))
((The kids you see here all attend Virgilina Elementary School.
Residents call it a landmark.
After all, the school is more than a hundred years old.
But it's also one of the lowest enrolled schools in the county.
[IN Q=Five years ago]
((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: FIVE YEARS AGO, VIRGILINA SCHOOL HAD 120 STUDENTS, TODAY THEY HAVE 82 STUDENTS.))
[OUT Q=have 82 students]
Declining enrollment is partly the reason why the school district wants to close it.
The school is also in need of major renovations.
Even so, some parents say the school should stay rather than close.
[IN Q=Parents all over the county]
((RALPH TUCK/VIRGILINA RESIDENT: PARENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTY DO NOT WANT THE CONSOLIDATED 350 TO 650 STUDENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.))
[OUT Q=elmentary schools]
Parents say this petition proves it.
They've collected more than 13-hundred signatures from people who oppose the consolidation plan.
Residents have also gained a valuable ally.
Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted 6 to 2 to ask the school board to keep Virgilina open.
[IN Q=If the school decides]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IF THE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDES TO CLOSE THIS SCHOOL STUDENTS WOULD EITHER GO TO CLUSTER SPRINGS OR SOUTH OF DAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WHICH ARE BASICALLY TEN TO FIFTEEN MILES AWAY. PARENTS FEAR THEIR KIDS WILL BE ON BUSES FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE DISTRICT PLEDGES THAT BUS RIDE WILL BE LESS THAN A HOUR EACH WAY.))
[OUT Q=hour each way]
((NAT SOUND OF JUSTIN AND SUPERINTENDENT TALKING))
Adminstrators also argue the plan would bring more education opportunities to the school system.
Right now, it is difficult for the county to offer special programs at smaller schools.
But many parents say closing Virgilina could do more harm than good.
[IN Q=Their identity is with]
((ROBIN YATES/VIRGILINA RESIDENT: THEIR IDENTITY IS THIS SCHOOL AND I THINK THEY FEEL THEY'LL LOSE THAT WHEN THEY ENTER A SCHOOL WITH MORE CHILDREN.))
[OUT Q=with more children]
Both sides want what is best for the kids of Halifax County.
Its now up to the school board to decide which direction to take. (17:24:47)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Halifax County.))
The school board meets tonight at 7 o'clock in the Mary Bethune Office Complex building.
[TAPE#=01-58 TC 42:50]
Virgilina's Elementary School is not the only thing that's more than a hundred years old in Halifax County.
This year, the county celebrates its 250th anniversary.
Several events are planned throughout the year including reenactments, a series of speakers, and a town party scheduled for May 11th in South Boston.
The county is also selling commemorative flags to mark the occasion.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Halifax County is in the midst]
((BETH ROBERTSON/ANNIVERSARY STEERING COMMITTEE: HALIFAX COUNTY IS IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE NOW BOTH ECONOMICALLY AS MUCH AS OUR STATE AND COUNTRY IS AND WE WANT TO SHARE WHERE WE CAME FROM, WHERE WE'VE BEEN, AND HOPEFULLY A VISION OF WHERE WE WILL BE GOING.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Robertson/Anniversary Committee]
[OUT Q=will be going]
The flags sell for sixty dollars and you can pick one up at the Halifax County museum or the Chamber of Commerce.
Later this year, the county plans to build a war memorial across from the courthouse.
That project should be completed in time for a dedication ceremony scheduled for Veteran's Day.
The people have spoken.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA]
The People's Choice Awards were held in Los Angeles Sunday night.
The biggest shock of the night was there were actually two winners for favorite male in a comedy -- Ray Ramono and Kelsay Grammer.
Julia Roberts walked away with favorite actress - while "Days of our Lives took favorite daytime soap.
Other winners included "NSYNC", Garth Brooks and "Survivor: The Australian Outback."
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
[GRAPHIC=Henry Co School Consolidation]
The Henry County School board and Board of Supervisors will meet today in joint session.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;]
They plan to discuss a request from the school board for an advance in funds from next year's budget.
The school system wants 429-thousand dollars to immediately begin renovations on several schools.
The move stems from the school board's recent decision to close several schools and consolidate others.
A school spokesperson says the consolidation plan will move forward whether or not the Board of Supervisors agrees to the fund request.
The meeting is scheduled for today at 4 P.M. at the Henry County administration building.
In business news, the Commerce Department reports this week on retail sales for December .
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 AWAITING THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE ENRON DEBACLE...
ON FRIDAY, THE SWISS BANK UBS WARBURG WON THE AUCTION FOR CONTROL OF
WHOLESALE TRADING BUSINESS. UBS BEAT OUT CITIGROUP FOR THE UNIT.. THE
WAS NOT DISCLOSED, ALTHOUGH DETAILS WILL BE MADE PUBLIC LATER TODAY...AND
PRESIDENT BUSH CALLED FOR A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE ENRON DISASTER.
WORDS OF CAUTION FROM FED CHIEF ALAN GREENSPAN SOCKED IT TO THE STOCK
THE DOW SLID MORE THAN 80 POINTS AND IS NOW BACK BELOW 10-THOUSAND
FOR THE WEEK, IT LOST 1.7 PERCENT.
THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK MORE THAN 24 POINTS, OFF NEARLY 2 PERCENT FOR TE
GREENSPAN TOLD A CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO THAT DESPITE SIGNS OF
STABILIZATION, THERE IS STILL "SIGNIFICANT" RISK IN THE ECONOMY.
LEFT THE DOOR OPEN FOR A 12TH INTEREST RATE CUT AT THE FED'S NEXT
KEEP YOUR EYE ON MICROSOFT ...
A JUDGE FRIDAY REJECTED MICROSOFT'S PLAN TO SETTLE CLASS ACTION
DONATING A BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COMPUTERS TO SCHOOLS. THAT MEANS
MICROSOFT MUST NOW DEFEND DOZENS OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS ACCUSING IT OF
USING ITS WINDOWS MONOPOLY TO OVERCHARGE CUSTOMERS.
AND KMART SLID TO A 30 YEAR LOW ON A FRESH ANALYST DOWNGRADE AND CONCERN
THAT THE DISCOUNT CHAIN DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH FUNDS TO CARRY OUT A
INVESTORS WILL HAVE A FULL PLATE OF ECONOMIC REPORTS TO SIFT THRU THIS
INCLUDING ...DECEMBER RETAIL SALES , HOUSING STARTS, INFLATION AT THE
CONSUMER LEVEL AND ANOTHER REPORT ON CONSUMER CONFIDENCE.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Firefighters worked to put out a fire in Moneta earlier yesterday.
Units responded to a fire at an older home on Old Moneta Road.
Five firefighters were later hospitalized for observation.. two have since been released.
Crews from Bedford and Franklin County were called in to help.
[TAPE#=01-60 TC 1:39:49]
State police have attached new meaning to the phrase "Got Milk".
A tractor trailer hauling gallon jugs of milk overturned last night along Route 220 in Henry County-
It happened shortly before five o'clock as the driver navigated the Greensboro exit.
The truck was on its way to Charlotte.
[in q= just the ]
((JUST THE ONE TRUCK....NOBODY SERIOUSLY INJURED.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper T.A. May/Virginia State Police; ]
[out q= seriously injured.]
Traffic was rerouted for several hours-- while crews cleaned up the wreck.
If you have the winter blues the Salem Carnival was the place to be this weekend.
The carnival was held inside the Salem Civic Center all weekend.
While the event mainly drew younger children there were activities for all ages....
Games, rides and food were the main attractions.
The carnival also came to Salem last year.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news - are you tired of getting dry, flaky skin in the winter?
Doctor Dave Hnida has some tips on how to keep your skin moisturized in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=for CBS News]
((ITS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF THE SO-CALLED WINTER
DRY HANDS- DRY LIPS- DRY SKIN.
TO BLAME: COLD TEMPERATURES AND LOW HUMIDITY- BOTH OF WHICH ROB WATER
FROM YOUR SKIN CELLS-
THE GOOD NEWS IS A FIVE STEP PLAN TO CHANGE YOUR SKIN FORECAST FROM
FLURRIES TO SMOOTH AND MOIST."
1. WASH THE RIGHT WAY. THAT MEANS KEEP BATHS AND SHOWER SHORT AND COOL./
LONG AND HOT WILL REMOVE THE PROTECTIVE OILS THAT HOLD WATER IN YOUR
2. YOU'LL ALSO WANT TO SAY NOPE TO SOAP- ESPECIALLY DEODORANT SOAP..
SOAPS ALSO REMOVE THAT PROTECTIVE OILS
3. THEN EASY DOES IT-WHEN YOU'RE DONE WASHING PAT YOURSELF DRY- DON'T USE
A TOWEL LIKE A SCRUB BRUSH TO DRY YOURSELF OFF
4. NEXT STEP - APPLY LOTIONS AND MOISTURIZERS IMMEDIATELY AFTER BATHING-
TO TRAP IN MOISTURE. REPEAT 2-3 TIMES A DAY. NOW MOST PEOPLE PREFER A
CREAM -BASED MOISTURIZER- AND STUDIES SHOW SOMETIMES A CHEAP PRODUCT
WORKS JUST AS WELL AS AN EXPENSIVE ONE- WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE YOU NEED
TO USE LOTS OF IT.
5. THEN RUN A VAPORIZER OR HUMIDIFIER TO add SOME MOISTURE TO THE AIR-
THE BEDROOMS THE BEST PLACE FOR ONE.
6. AND WHILE YOURE AT IT- TAKE IN LOTS OF FLUIDS- MEANING DRINK WATER
WATER AND MORE WATER- YOUR SKIN WILL REFLECT THE CUPS YOU DRINK.
IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
``Lord of the Rings'' is number one at the box office for the fourth consecutive week.
[VO-NAT - 3:59:04 CBS]
[SUPER=04-"Lord of the Rings"; HOT CHANGE]
The film brought in an estimated 16-point-two million dollars this weekend.
It's grossed over 228 million dollars since its debut.
However, its lead over other films is growing smaller.
[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-The Lord of the Rings/16.2/A Beautiful Mind/15.8/Orange County/15.1/Ocean's Eleven/7.5/The Royal Tenenbaums/6
``A Beautiful Mind'' with Russell Crowe came in a close second with an estimated 15-point-eight million dollars.
The teen comedy ``Orange County'' debuted in third with an estimated 15-point-one
``Ocean's Eleven'' was fourth . And ``The Royal Tenenbaums'' rounded out the top five.