American Taliban John Walker Lindh is due back in court in Alexandria this morning.
His appearance comes on a day when the nation is already on edge about another possible terrorist attack.
Jennifer Jones has more from Washington.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Ashcroft/Attorney General; :47]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:18]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS News, Washington.]
WHEN JOHN WALKER LINDH FACES A FEDERAL JUDGE THIS MORNING, HE IS
EXPECTED TO PLEAD INNOCENT TO A TEN-COUNT INDICTMENT.
...ACCUSING HIM, AMONG OTHER THINGS -- OF CONSPIRING TO KILL AMERICANS.
THE 20 YEAR OLD CALIFORNIAN WAS FOUND FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE TALIBAN, IN
AS LINDH BEGINS TO FACE AMERICAN JUSTICE....
THE F-B-I HAS REVEALED 17 MORE REASONS TO KEEP THE NATION ON HIGH ALERT.
AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THESE MEN ARE PLANNING ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK,
AGAINST THE U-S.
THIS YEMENI NATIONAL IS SAID TO BE THE RINGLEADER.
THE F-B-I IS RENEWING THE WARNING TODAY -- THAT A PLANNED ATTACK MAY
OCCUR IN THE UNITED STATES OR AGAINST U-S INTERESTS IN THE COUNTRY OF
(SOT - JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL "I want to encourage all law
enforcement officials and frankly all Americans to be on the high-test
state of alert in regard to these individuals.")
WHILE THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, ANY OF THE SUSPECTS IS IN THE U-S....
THIS IS, BY FAR, THE 'MOST SPECIFIC' OF FOUR NATIONAL WARNINGS, ISSUED
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH.
WITH PAST ALERTS, AMERICANS WEREN'T SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE
AT LEAST THIS TIME, THERE ARE PICTURES - AND NAMES - TO WATCH OUT FOR.
WHILE THE TIME FRAME FOR AN ATTACK SEEMS SOONER THAN LATER.
...JUST WHERE TERRORISTS WOULD STRIKE, OFFICIALS AREN'T SURE.
THEY'RE HOPING CAPTIVES FROM THE AFGHAN WAR CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION --
JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Governor Mark Warner will visit the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy today, almost a month after a shooting spree that left three people dead.
Warner will meet with town and county officials, as well as with the school's faculty and students.
He tried to visit the school earlier this month, but bad weather forced him to postpone the trip.
Warner was friends with one of the victims, Dean Anthony Sutin and had served on the school's board of trustees.
A federal drug agent is behind bars, charged with murdering a Roanoke man.
The shooting happened after a fight outside a local restaurant early yesterday morning.
As Marya Jones reports, federal and local investigators are still trying to figure out what led up to it.
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[IN Q=O'Charley's Restaurant]
[SUPER=01-Mike Washington/Friend; :36]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Roanoke.]
(( O'Charley's Restaurant had just closed for the night when the two men began arguing in the parking lot.
The argument turned into a scuffle, then gunfire.
Police arrested Timothy Workman, a 31-year-old Drug Enforcement Agent from McAllen, Texas. He's charged with murder and felony use of a firearm.
Keith Bailey died from gunshot wounds to the chest.
Police say the 41-year-old furniture mover and basketball coach was not carrying a weapon.
Bailey HAD been convicted of dealing crack ten years ago ... but friends and family say he'd turned his life around to become a good husband and father.
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[SOT 12:03:31 - :45]
[IN Q=It's easy to get]
((MIKE WASHINGTON/FRIEND: IT'S EASY TO GET MISGUIDED. IT'S HARD TO GET BACK ON TRACK. BUT SEEING HIM GET BACK ON TRACK AND BECOME A FAMILY MAN AND DO THE RIGHT THING WAS ONE OF HIS BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS.))
Timothy Workman was a special agent assigned to the D-E-A's McAllen, Texas, office.
Federal court documents show he was in Roanoke to interview defendants in a marijuana trafficking network that stretched all the way back to Texas.
He's been suspended without pay as the D-E-A and Roanoke police complete their investigations of what could have led to such a deadly encounter.
Marya Jones, News-7, Roanoke.))
Health officials say there are now three cases of (HOOP-ing ) whooping cough in Bedford County.
All three people are connected to a small private school.
The Health Department is not releasing the school's name but says all 11 students have been contacted.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease spread through coughing and sneezing.
It can be treated with antibiotics but can have serious complications.
The Health Department does not plan to test any more people for the disease but, it will offer treatment for those who have symptoms.
Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident in Bedford County.
Rescue workers say the driver of a chevy Cavalier pulled into the path of an eastbound car on Route 24 last night.
The 16 year old driver of the Cavalier was seriously injured.
There's no word on her condition.
One passenger in the other car was taken to the hospital for a knee injury.
In business news, a number of Kroger management positions in Roanoke have been eliminated.
The company would not say how many, did but confirm layoffs at the Peters Creek Road office.
Some have been offered transfers to Kroger's Corporate Office in Cincinnati, and others have been given severance packages.
The cutbacks are part of a plan Kroger announced in December to reduce operating costs.
No hourly workers have been affected.
Jet Blue hopes to raise money so it can buy more aircraft.
And Delta Airlines will offer defense training to its flight attendants.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((A REGIONAL AIRLINE HOPES INVESTORS WILL COME ABOARD.
JET BLUE FILED FOR AN INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING. THE NEW YORK BASED CARRIER
HOPES TO RAISE AS MUCH AS 125-MILLION DOLLARS TO BUY MORE AIRCRAFT AS
LOW-FARE CARRIER PLANS TO ENTER NEW MARKETS. JETBLUE'S PLANNED IPO COMES
A TIME WHEN REGIONAL CARRIERS WON PASSENGERS WITH CHEAPER FARES AFTER THE
SEPT 11TH TERRORIST ATTACKS AND THE SLOWING ECONOMY.
ON OUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST...
DELTA AIRLINES SAID IT WOULD OFFER DEFENSE TRAINING TO ITS MORE THAN
19-THOUSAND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. A DELTA SPOKESMAN
SEPTEMBER 11TH USHERED IN A NEW REALITY FOR THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY AND ITS
WATCH DEFENSE CONTRACTOR LOCKHEED MARTIN WILL BUILD 13 MORE F-22 RAPTOR
FOR THE U-S AIR FORCE IN A CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS.
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL CHIPMAKER APPLIED MATERIALS POSTED FIRST QTR
THAT BEAT THE STREET BY 2 CENTS A SHARE.. BUT SAID CONDITIONS REMAIN
CHALLENGING IN THE SHORT TERM.
ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS STAYED CLOSE TO THE FLAT LINE AS INVESTORS LOOK
MORE INFORMATION AND MORE GUIDANCE...
AND AFTER TWO UP DAYS, THE DOW SLID 21 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK ABOUT 12 .
IN THE WORDS OF ONE ANALYST, THERE'S A LACK OF CONVICTION AMONG
OVER WHAT TO DO NEXT.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ...
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The Wachovia-First Union merger later this week will mean big changes for Southwest Virginia.
But it's not the first, second or even third time the area's been through it.
Business Reporter Jennifer Miele takes a look back at merger mania over the last decade.
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[IN Q=There's no indication.]
[SUPER=10-Warner Dalhouse/First Union Bank/1996;:00]
[SUPER=01-John Clarke/Catawba Capital;:40]
[SUPER=10-L. M. Baker, Jr./Wachovia/Last Year;1:03]
[OUT Q=JM News 7.]
((WARNER DALHOUSE/FIRST UNION 1996: THERE'S NO INDICATION WHATSOEVER, NO EXPECTATION ON MY PART THAT ANY CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE OF FIRST UNION IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS GOING TO CHANGE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.))
That was Former First Union President Warner Dalhouse in 1996, one month before his retirement.
One year before, the Green Giant announced the largest bank merger EVER... taking over First Fidelity.
And one year later, First Union signed a deal to takeover Signet.
[ 96-36 ]
Dalhouse's own bank, Dominion, was gobbled up by first Union in 1992.
Analysts respond to Dalhouse's prediction of Valley tranquility by saying simply that First Union overate.
[SOT FU-WACHOVIA TAPE]
((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL: THEY COULD NOT DIGEST THE BIG MERGER IN NEW JERSEY. THE BIG MERGER IN PENNSLYVANIA. ))
But First Union wasn't the only bank feasting over the last decade..
Wachovia took over Central Fidelity in 1997.
SunTrust merged with Crestar in 1998.
[Use Wachovia Building video from yesterday]
And last year, Wachovia shareholders voted to partner with First Union creating the new Wachovia Bank.
((L.M. BAKER JR./WACHOVIA: DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU HAVE TWO OF OUR OFFICES SIDE BY SIDE, AND, FOR EXAMPLE, OF THOSE BECOMES A SMALL BUSINESS CENTER.))
[Wachovia branch video from yesterday]
Wachovia and First Union branches won't be side by side in our area.
Nine Wachovias will become NBC branches at the close of business Thursday -- and the First Union name will remain visible until late 2003.
First Union management will also stay in tact for the most part. In fact, 11 out of the 12 top positions at the new bank were awarded to First Union people.
((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL: COLOR IT WHAT YOU WANT, NAME IT WHAT YOU WANT, IT'S THE FIRST UNION CULTURE.))
As long as the transition isn't a culture shock for customers, analysts say it won't break the bank.
Jennifer Miele, News 7.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Warner says the Virginia Department of Transportation must put its house in order.
Yesterday, he requested an audit of VDOT finances, and ordered the agency to scale back its construction program.
Warner says he doesn't have any evidence of criminal wrong-doing, but he has asked the auditor of public accounts to investigate allegations of mismanagement.
He says the agency has signed contracts worth 250 million dollars, when it appears there is no money to pay for road construction projects.
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[IN Q=Where were the financial.]
((GOV. MARK WARNER: WHERE WERE THE FINANCIAL PROCEDURES? WHERE WERE THE FINANCIAL CHECKPOINTS? IF NOT IN PLACE HOW DO WE MAKE SURE GOING FORWARD THEY WILL BE IN PLACE?))
[OUT Q=they will be in place.]
Warner has ordered a 20 percent reduction in VDOT's roadbuilding program.
Administration officials will lay out a list of specific cuts later this morning.
Virginia's money troubles are getting worse.
In a speech delivered in Roanoke County yesterday afternoon, Governor Mark Warner revealed an additional 616-million dollar budget shortfall.
The recent numbers bring the total budget gap to 3-point-8 billion dollars.
Warner says the resulting cuts in services will be felt by all Virginians.
But regardless of the bleak forecast, those in the arts and culture industry are hopeful they'll end up with some state funding.
(///// SOT at :24 /////)
[IN Q=Well, you never know...]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER (D): WELL, YOU NEVER KNOW UNTIL THE LEGISLATURE FINISHES ITS WORK. WE WEREN'T ABLE TO PUT IT IN THE BUDGET AMENDMENT BECAUSE YOU OPEN THAT DOOR FOR ONE YOU HAVE TO OPEN IT TO A NUMBER OF GOOD ORGANIZATIONS.[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: I THINK PERHAPS THERE WILL BE SOME SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR ARTS AND CULTURE AND IT'S PROBABLY GONNA BE ONE TENTH OF WHAT WE ASK FOR. BUT, I THINK WE'VE MADE AN IMPACT SUFFICIENT TO ESTABLISH A GESTURE OF FUNDING FOR FUTURE YEARS WHEN IT'S BETTER.))
[SUPER=07-Gov. Mark Warner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square; :17]
[OUT Q=years when it's better.]
Warner blames the state's financial troubles on one billion dollars worth of tax cuts, one and a half billion dollars of additional spending and an economy that can't support estimated revenue growth.
The state budget woes may mean students at state colleges and universities will pay more for tuition then originally proposed.
Governor Warner wants to lift the proposed 5-percent cap on tuition raises.
He says Virginia's budget shortfall is worse than expected.
Tech spokesman Larry Hincker says the change gives schools more flexibility to help meet required budget reductions.
He says Tech will look at various factors before making a decision.
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[SOT 15:02:14/ 26:03:02]
[IN Q=THE SIZE ]
((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN; THE SIZE OF YOUR BUDGET REDUCTIONS THE CUTS THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME YOU ALSO WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE IMPACT ON STUDENTS, HOW MUCH CAN WE RAISE TUITION AND STILL KEEP IT AFFORDABLE.))
((BRYAN MYERS/RADFORD STUDENT; THERE'S A LOT OF STUDENTS HERE THAT ARE PAYING THERE OWN WAY A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT DO RELY HEAVILY ON FINANCIAL AID AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH IT IS THAT THEY'RE RAISING TUITION BUT THEY'RE ALSO CUTTING THE NUMBER OF FINANCIAL AID BIDS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Tech Spokesman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Myers/Radford Student; :12]
[OUT Q=FINANCIAL AID BIDS.]
A final decision from Richmond on tuition legislation is expected soon because schools set their rates in the spring.
In business news this morning, United Airlines mechanics rejected a contract offer.
Here's Nathan Roberts with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Nathan Roberts/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS WEDNESDAY THE THE 13 OF FEBRUARY 2002.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
UNION MECHANICS AT UNITED AIRLINES HAVE OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED A
CONTRACT OFFER AND AUTHORIZED A STRIKE.
THE OFFER INCLUDED IMMEDIATE PAY RAISES BUT JUST AS IMMEDIATE
GIVEBACKS TO AID THE STRUGGLING CARRIER'S RECOVERY EFFORT.
WITHOUT CONGRESS OR PRESIDENT BUSH CALLING A HALT... THE WALKOUT
COULD COULD BEGIN NEXT WEDNESDAY.
JET BLUE AIRLINES NEEDS 61 NEW PLANES... AND WANTS YOU TO HELP BUY
THE REGIONAL AIRLINE HAS FILED FOR A $125 MILLION I-P-O.
YOU'LL PROBABLY STILL GET ALL THOSE EMAILS OFFERING FAKE DIPLOMAS
AND SEXY PICTURES OF JENNIFER LOPEZ..
BUT FEDERAL REGULATORS HAVE KICKED OFF A CRACKDOWN ON "SPAM
IN DAY ONE, THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION SETTLED CHARGES AGAINST
SEVEN PEOPLE ACCUSED OF RUNNING AN E-MAIL PYRAMID SCHEME.
AND THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE NATION'S BIGGEST BANKRUPTCY EVER
IS PUSHING CHANGE ON SEVERAL FRONTS...
SUNTRUST BANK BECOMES ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPANIES YET TO DUMP
ENRON ACCOUNTANT ARTHUR ANDERSEN....
RUPERT MURDOCH'S NEWS CORP, MEANWHILE JOINS DISNEY TO SAY IT
WON'T USE ANDERSEN FOR ANY MORE TAX CONSULTING.
AND IN THE MARKETS TUESDAY AT LEAST 4 STOCKS WERE DOWN AS
INVESTORS TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT THEIR ACCOUNTING.
ONE ANALYST SAYS ENRON HANGS OVER THE MARKETS LIKE A BLACK CLOUD.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M NATHAN ROBERTS IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]
In this morning's Health Check, It's a nationally recognized exercise program designed specifically for the senior population.
The originator of Body Recall was in Roanoke yesterday to show you're never too old to exercise.
Dorothy Chrisman says its a fun way to improve the body's function without risk of injury.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us, this exercise program has some of the characteristics of yoga or tai chi.
[IN Q=With body recall]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Tallmadge/86 Years Old; :23]
[SUPER=01-Dorothy Chrisman/Body Recall Developer; :50]
[SUPER=01-Sara Moores/82 Years Old;1:19]
[OUT Q=for News 7 Mornin'.]
With Body Recall you probably won't break a sweat but you WILL push your body to its limit --through slow gentle movements designed to improve flexibility and strength.
In fact, most exercises are done while sitting in a chair --which can be a benefit for many seniors.
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[IN Q=The slow basic exercises for the exercises]
((BILL TALLMADGE/86 YEARS OLD:THE SLOW BASIC EXERCISES FOR THE ELDERLY IS CERTAINLY WHAT THEY NEED BECAUSE SO MANY OF THEM DON'T WANT TO DO ANY EXERCISE BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT LOOKS AND THEY WAY IT FEELS. THEY DON'T WANT TO GET ALL SWEATY AND ALL OF THAT))
[OUT Q=sweaty and all of that]
Dorothy Chrisman developed Body Recall 22 years ago and she says her philosophy of exercise has stood the test of time.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=We've had the gigantic emphasis]
((WE'VE HAD THE GIGANTIC EMPHASIS ON HOW WE NEED TO GET THE HEART STRONG, REV IT UP.... AND THEN WE CAN COUNT ON IT. I SAW WE NEED TO HELP THE HEART WITH THE JOB. WE DON'T NEED TO REV IT WE DON'T NEED TO SWEAT))
[OUT Q=we don't need to sweat]
Now Chrisman travels around the county with a team of members hoping to inspire seniors to take control of their bodies.
82 year old Sara Moores started the program 10 years ago..
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=I couldn't button my clothes]
((I COULDN'T BUTTON MY CLOTHES, OR ZIP MY ZIPPERS...I COULDN'T REACH UP IN THE KITCHEN AND GET THINGS OFF OF THE SHELF ))
[OUT Q=get things of a shelf]
But now she can move her body in ways she never imagined --proving fitness is not age related.))
Dorothy Chrisman says people of all ages could benefit from the Body Recall program.
It is now being offered at the Brambleton Center in Roanoke County.
In an emergency, dialing 9-1-1 seems easy enough, but most children don't know how to do it properly.
[TAKE FS EARLY YEARS]
In today's Early years segment, Lisa Black tells us about a campaign that teaches kids how to dial 9-1-1.
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[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/November 1999; :00]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/May 1999; :07]
[SUPER=01-Heather Paul/National SAFE KIDS Campaign; :21]
[OUT Q=Lisa Black....reporting]
(( IN ST. LOUIS.. A THREE YEAR CALLS 911 AFTER HER DAD SUFFERS A HEART
(NAT: I HAVE A HERO.)
IN CHARLOTTE.. A MOM HAS A SEIZURE.. AND HER FOUR YEAR OLD KNOWS
WHAT TO DO..
(NAT: I told her, when mom gets sick, can't walk, cant' talk, you need
to call 911. )
IT'S A LESSON ALL KIDS SHOULD LEARN.. AND LEARN EARLY.
UNFORTUNATLEY, MOST KIDS DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE 911 PROPERLY. AND
IT IS MOSTLY AN ADULT RESPONSIBILITY.
BUT WE KNOW KIDS GET INTO CRISIS AND THEY SHOULD ALSO BE TAUGHT
HOW TO MAKE SURE THEY AND HELP SAVE A LIFE.
THE NATIONAL SAFE KIDS CAMPAIGN SAYS THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD
DO IS TEACH KIDS HOW TO RECOGNIZE AN EMERGENCY.. WHEN A PERSON CAN'T
MOVE. OR WON'T WAKE UP.
SECOND.. EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW TO USE THE 911 SYSTEM.. TO DIAL THE
TELL THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END WHAT'S WRONG.. AND SPEAK
THIRD..YOU MIGHT WANT TO SHOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL 911..
USING TOYS TO DEMONSTRATE..
THIS ROLE PLAYING IS A GOOD IDEA WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH YOUNGER
(SOT PAUL:If they were put into that situation without role playing or
without some rehearsal, perhaps they wouldn't be prepared as we would
like them to be to make the important 911 call.)
ONE FINAL TIP.. MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS MEMORIZE THEIR ADDRESS AND PHONE
THAT KEY INFORMATION COULD SAVE VALUABLE SECONDS.))
It's also a good idea to post emergency phone numbers next to all the phones in your home.
You should make sure that kids can see the numbers clearly.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
[GO STRAIGHT TO SPONSOR]
[SPONSOR=CARILION 5123 ESSC]
For chronic pain suffers, it's a miracle drug but the qualities that make OxyContin effective also make it ripe for abuse.
Yesterday, lawmakers met in Washington to tackle the two sides to this prescription drug.
The meeting was called by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee....
Senator John Warner is a member of the committee... examining the benefits and risks of the drug.
In Virginia-- there have been more than 55 deaths linked to OxyContin.
In far southwest Virginia-- the problem appears to be worse.
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[SOT 17:22:05 17:20:04]
[IN Q=You know ]
((JOHN WARNER: YOU KNOW PAIN IS ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE PARTS OF AMERICAN WHERE PEOPLE HAVE LABORED SO HARD UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES TO EARN THEIR LIVINGS IN THE MINES IN OTHER AREAS WHERE THE PHYSICAL WORK IS SO ARDUOUS AND DOES A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THEIR BODIES PARTICULARLY AS THEY GET OLDER.
ART VAN ZEE/LEE CO. DOCTOR: I THINK MAINE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WERE THE FIRST REAL AREAS IN THE COUNTRY THAT GOT PUBLIC NOTICE ABOUT IT BUT THEN IT'S BECOME A VERY WIDE SPREAD DIFFICULT PROBLEM IN MANY AREAS OF THE COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Art Van Zee/Lee Co. Doctor; :22]
[OUT Q=AREAS OF THE COUNTRY.]
Lawmakers called the meeting to find out what the federal government can do to help curb abuse of the drug.
Next week, NEWS 7 will take an in- depth four part look at OxyContin-- examining the pros and cons of the drug.
A Lynchburg businessman will get his chance to start a new aircraft maintenance service at the city's airport.. despite concerns about his company's finances.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[IN Q=Paul Marten says]
[SUPER=01-Jim Lampman/Virginia Aviation; :27]
[SUPER=01-Paul Marten/Britannia Aviation; :35]
[SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Lynchburg City Attorney; :57]
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg Council Member; 1:10]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Paul Marten says he just wants to create jobs in his adopted hometown.
Marten's Britannia Aviation won a bid to lease two empty hangars at the Lynchburg airport and provide maintenance services for the airport's regional carriers.
The problem is Britannia outbid Virginia Aviation, which is partly owned by Lynchburg city council member Stewart Hobbs.
Hobbs' partner was one of several people who questioned whether Britannia had the financial muscle to succeed.
((JIM LAMPMAN/VIRGINIA AVIATION: WE ARE FINANCIALLY ABLE, WE ARE CERTIFICATED AND WE ARE READY TO MOVE IN AND START DOING BUSINESS.))
[OUT Q=start doing business.]
((PAUL MARTEN/BRITANNIA AVIATION: IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO, IS THE REPAIR STATION FAILS, THE CITY WOULD RETAIN ITS 40-THOUSAND DOLLAR DEPOSIT THAT I WILL PUT UP FRONT, RETAIN THEIR ASSET AND RETAIN OCCUPANCY OF THE FACILITY.))
[OUT Q=of the facility.]
But some felt the opposition to the lease was politically motivated and that the city had no right to require Britannia to jump through hoops other companies have avoided.
((WALTER ERWIN/LYNCHBURG CITY ATTORNEY: WHEN WE HAVE LEASED THIS PARTICULAR BUILDING IN THE PAST, WE HAVE NEVER REQUIRED ANY OF THE COMPANIES WHO HAVE LEASED IT TO PROVIDE BUSINESS PLANS, FINANCIAL CERTIFICATION, ANY OF THOSE THINGS.))
[OUT Q=those things.]
((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN IN BUSINESS SAY YOU CAN'T DO THIS, YOU MIGHT GO BANKRUPT AND YOU MIGHT HAVE PROBLEMS, THAT IS A PART OF THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM.))
[OUT Q=free enterprise system.]
Council voted 5- to- nothing, with Hobbs abstaining, to accept the bid.
Britannia has six months to get FAA certification and get started.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))