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[ANCHOR=Kim]

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
By late tonight we could see some freezing rain or light snow.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast coming up. Also, there are a few school delays to report.
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[Take FS] Schools in Grayson county will open one hour late today, and MT Rogers School ONLY will be closed for the day.
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[7-Franklin-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A Franklin County woman remains hospitalized after deputies say she was shot by her husband.
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Authorities say it happened last night at a home on Doe Run Road near Rocky Mount.
James Randolph Smith is accused of shooting his wife in the chest with a small caliber handgun.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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She's in surgery at Roanoke Memorial Hospital... there's no word on her condition and deputies aren't releasing her name.
Smith is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm.

[7-GOP-VOB]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Roanoke Republicans have announced their top three contenders for City Council's May election.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The party tapped former Council member Jack Parrott and two political newcomers: Civic leader and former restaurant owner Mark Hurley and educator and church administrator Steve Mabry.
Financial advisor Paul Higgins fell 20 votes short of the nomination.
The mass meeting had more than 300 attendees and 163 voters casting ballots.
It's the largest mass meeting any member of the G-O-P can recall in years.
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[SOT 1:48:31 - :38]
[IN Q=A couple of years]

((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE VICE-MAYOR: A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS NOMINATED, IT WAS ABOUT 25 PEOPLE. TONIGHT IT'S 300. IT'S EXCITING.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Roanoke Vice-Mayor;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=it's exciting.]
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[VO-NAT]


The nominees will face off against three Democrats and one Independent in the May 7th general election.
The Democrats will select their three candidates on March 5th.
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[7-11MeadWestvaco]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Fifty workers in Covington could lose their jobs as a result of the merger between Westvaco and Mead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington/August;]


Mead-Westvaco plans to close its Covington Research and Development facility by the middle of the year as part of a restructuring plan.
The research center employs 50 scientists, engineers and support workers.
Some will be offered jobs at other Mead-Westvaco research facilities; some will get a severance package.
The Covington mill also plans to cut about 100 jobs this year. The company says most will be through attrition -- not layoffs.
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[7-6-XGR-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Lawmakers debated over the economic health of southwest and southside Virginia yesterday, as the State Senate approved legislation that would benefit unemployed workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Introduced by Martinsville Senator Roscoe Reynolds, the measure would eliminate the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits.
He argued that workers in southside and southwest should receive the same consideration that employees in northern Virginia received after September 11th.
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[SOT 03:17:06]
[IN Q=This tragedy occurs]

((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/(D) MARTINSVILLE; THIS TRAGEDY OCCURS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. IT OCCURS IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY, IN HENRY COUNTY AND RUSSELL COUNTY, AND ALL ACROSS VIRGINIA MR. PRESIDENT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Roscoe Reynolds/(D) Martinsville]
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[OUT Q=all across Virginia Mr. President.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Chesterfield Delegate John Watkins argued that the proposal could jeopardize the State Unemployment Trust Fund, but the Senate approved the measure 22 to 16.
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[SUPER=@Kimberly1;]


[WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kor]
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[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The clouds will hang around, and we'll likely get some rain or a wintry mix tonight. Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will join us with your complete forecast in just a few minutes.
Meanwhile, there are a couple of school delays to report.
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[Take FS] Schools in Grayson county are running one hour late today, and MT Rogers School ONLY is closed for the day.
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[45-11Franklin-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

A woman deputies say was shot by her husband, remains in the hospital this morning.
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
Authorities say it happened last night at a home on Doe Run Road near Rocky Mount.
James Randolph Smith is accused of shooting his wife, Carol Ann Smith in the chest with a small caliber handgun.


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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


She underwent surgery at Roanoke Memorial Hospital... there's no word on her condition.
James Smith is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm.


[45-11MeadWestvaco]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC1:13:52]
[GRAPHIC=MeadWestvaco]


The merger between Westvaco and Mead may cost 50 workers in Covington their jobs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington/August;]


Mead-Westvaco plans to close its Covington Research and Development facility by the middle of the year as part of a restructuring plan.
The research center employs 50 scientists, engineers and support workers.
Some will be offered jobs at other Mead-Westvaco research facilities; some will get a severance package.
The Covington mill also plans to cut about 100 jobs this year. The company says most will be through attrition -- not layoffs.
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[45-11Magnox]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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As long as it takes - that's how long Union workers at Pulaski's Magnox plant say they will camp outside the facility...
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[VO-NAT :18.5]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


49-employees are in a dispute with management over contracts. A PACE union representative says the company wants to raise health insurance premiums while cutting vacation and 401-K's. In a statement, Magnox says it need cooperation from employees on the matters because of tough economic times.
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[SOT 17:05:22]
[IN Q=were still ]

((LJ ROSE/UNION REPRESENTATIVE; WERE STILL WILLING TO NEGOTIATE EVEN THOUGH THE CONTRACT WAS TURNED DOWN THE EMPLOYEES ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE WORKING THEY SAID NO IF WE DON'T HAVE A CONTRACT ON MIDNIGHT THE 31ST YOUR PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COME OUT OF THERE AND WERE GOING TO REPLACE THEM WITH SALARY PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-L. J. Rose/Union Representative;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=SALARY PEOPLE.]
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[VO-NAT]

Union employees say once they turned down the new contract, the gates were locked and they were refused entrance. Workers are now camped outside in shifts. The company says those who take part in the work stoppage are jeopardizing future employment at Magnox.
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[45-11General-Electric]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC1:37:47]
[GRAPHIC=General Electric]

General Electric in Salem could be on the verge of cutbacks...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Company officials said yesterday they are taking a close look at factory loads to see if there are too many or too few people on the job.
G-E may approach qualified workers about taking early retirement.
An informational meeting with employees is scheduled for next week.
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[8-11Franklin-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

Deputies say a Franklin County woman was shot by her husband. She remains in the hospital this morning.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
Authorities say it happened last night at a home on Doe Run Road near Rocky Mount.
James Randolph Smith is accused of shooting his wife, Carol Ann Smith in the chest with a small caliber handgun.


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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


She underwent surgery at Roanoke Memorial Hospital... there's no word on her condition.
Her husband is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm.


[8-11Animal-Cruelty]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC1:09:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The General Assembly has approved a bill that would charge people who torture and kill a companion animal with a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
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[VO-NAT]


The legislation grew from recent cases of animal cruelty, including the deaths of two family pets in Southwest Virginia.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


It's not a certainty yet, but the proposal should soon be on its way to the desk of Governor Mark Warner.
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[SOT 14:07:43]
[IN Q=Senator Edwards]

((SENATOR EDWARDS IS CARRYING A SIMILAR MEASURE AND HE AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO GET THE BILLS THIS FAR. AND WITH HIS VERSION PASSING THE SENATE AND MY VERSION PASSING THE HOUSE, IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET LEGISLATION THIS TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Ward Armstrong/(D) Martinsville;]
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[OUT Q=get legislation this time.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Lawmakers have narrowed the legislation to cover only dogs and cats. Armstrong and Edwards say they don't anticipate problems reconciling the house and senate versions of the legislation.

[8-GOP-VOB]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=Republicans]

The upcoming May election for City Council has Roanoke Republicans' top three choices at the forefront.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The party tapped former Council member Jack Parrott and two political newcomers: Civic leader and former restaurant owner Mark Hurley and educator and church administrator Steve Mabry.
Financial advisor Paul Higgins fell 20 votes short of the nomination.
The mass meeting had more than 300 attendees and 163 voters casting ballots.
It's the largest mass meeting any member of the G-O-P can recall in years.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:48:31 - :38]
[IN Q=A couple of years]

((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE VICE-MAYOR: A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS NOMINATED, IT WAS ABOUT 25 PEOPLE. TONIGHT IT'S 300. IT'S EXCITING.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Roanoke Vice-Mayor;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=it's exciting.]
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[VO-NAT]


The nominees will face off against three Democrats and one Independent in the May 7th general election.
The Democrats will select their three candidates on March 5th.
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[8-11General-Electric]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC1:37:47]
[GRAPHIC=General Electric]

General Electric in Salem may be handing out pink slips to some employees.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Company officials said yesterday they are taking a close look at factory loads to see if there are too many or too few people on the job.
G-E may approach qualified workers about taking early retirement.
An informational meeting with employees is scheduled for next week.
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[BIRTHDAYS!] 2/7/02
Thursday:

[SUPER=130-14/Corey Whitaker/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-3/Jacob Sorrells/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-32/Steven Foster/Hot Springs]



[SUPER=130-4/Chase Forry/Ferrum]



[SUPER=130-1/Antonio Smith/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-82/Freda Dalton/Hurt]



[SUPER=130-10/Charnele Johnson/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-5/Carlie Perry/Dublin]



[SUPER=130-2/Kaitlyn Lawrence/Christiansburg]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Linda Hostetter/Lexington]



[SUPER=131-/Marvelous Glenn/Lynchburg]



[SUPER=131-39/Jean Craft/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=131-47/Ernie Garrett/Roanoke]



[SUPER=131-/Cynthia Oakes/Snow Creek]

[SUPER=131-/John Willimson/Glade Hill]