[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Put the garden hose away, if you live in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, officials at a handful of local banks say a name change just makes dollars and sense.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Virginia Football team adds a 13th game for the upcoming season. Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip a twins for a day.
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[VO-NAT]

And we'll have the complete starting grid for Sunday's 44th Daytona 500.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


And the prospects of a soaking rain are out of the forecast loop until the middle of next week. Details coming up.


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NEws 7 is next.
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[IN Q=This is different...]

((MIKE MCELROY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES; THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE '99 DROUGHT IN THAT WE ARE ASKING OUR CUSTOMERS TO GO INTO CONSERVATION A LITTLE EARLIER. WE'RE TRYING TO STRESS EDUCATION AND HEIGHTEN AWARENESS ABOUT THE ISSUE, AND WE WANTED TO BRING THAT ALONG A LITTLE EARLIER THAN IN THE PAST.))
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[OUT Q=earlier than in the past.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

22 feet and counting as the level of Carvins Cove continues to drop.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Now Roanoke residents are being asked to turn OFF the spigot.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[City-Water]
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Partial mandatory water restrictions are now in place for the City of Roanoke, as Carvins Cove falls to 22 feet below the spillway.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The new restrictions require Roanoke citizens NOT use city water outdoors between 10 o'clock in the morning until 7 in the evening.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Richard/Microwave;]

Richard Lesko is at Carvins Cove this evening, and has more.
[LIVE=Richard/FULL]
[SUPER=@Richard1; ]
[SUPER=05-Carvins Cove; ]

In 1999, full mandatory water restrictions were put in place, and now Roanoke officials are trying to keep that from happening again. That's why the partial water restrictions have kicked in earlier than the last major drought.
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[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Director of Utilities;]
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[OUT Q=leaky faucets and pipes.]

(( Want to water your plants... Think again. All outdoor watering within the City of Roanoke is now banned between 10 in the morning and 7 at night.
And forget about washing your car at home... that's now illegal during the day too. Low water levels at Carvins Cove are normal for this time of year, but the recent drought has been worse than usual.


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[SOT 1:47:11]
[INQ=This year we're obviously...]

((MIKE MCEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES; THIS YEAR WE'RE OBVIOUSLY LOWER THAN IN THE PAST BECAUSE WE DIDN'T GET THE RAINFALL IN 2001, BUT THAT'S THE NORMAL MODE OF OPERATION FOR THE COVE.))
[OUTQ=operation for the cove.]

[RUNS10] City officials say they will have some patrols to keep an eye on whether residents are obeying the partial mandatory water restrictions. However, they say the patrols will focus more on education than enforcement.
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[INQ=We don't think...]

((MIKE MCEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES; WE DON'T THINK THAT A HEAVY ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE IS NEEDED AT THIS TIME BUT WE DO HAVE STAFF THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO RESPOND AND GO OUT AND CHECK AROUND TOWN TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE COMPLYING WITH THE REQUIREMENTS.))
[OUTQ=with the requirements.]

[RUNS13] City officials have prepared a list of water saving tips, including taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving, and repairing leaky faucets and pipes.))
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[SUPER=05-Carvins Cove;]

The last time that Carvins Cove was at full pond was in the spring of 2-thousand. City officials say without a rain, we could be facing water restrictions around the clock if the cove falls to 26 feet below normal.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Robin & Richard/Microwave;]

So how did we get here and what's the likelihood of a significant rain in the near future? Let's check in now with Robin Reed.


[NWS]


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Richard, we got here by having no significant snow cover and no tropical systems for the last three years.
According to NWS hydrologist Mike Gillen, this drought took a long time to develop.
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((MIKE GILLEN/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HYDROLOGIST; MAY OF 1999 IT SEEMED THE RAIN STOPPED SIGNIFICANT RAIN, COMPOUND THAT WITH THREE YEARS WITHOUT A TROPICAL SYSTEM TO HELP OUT DURING THE SUMMER OR THREE YEARS WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT SNOW COVER TO REALLY RECHARGE MOISTURE IN THE WINTER PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER SPELLS HYDROLOGIC DROUGHT. )) ((BASICALLY WHAT WE NEED ARE SEVERAL SUSTAINED LONG PERIOD TYPE MODERATE OR HEAVY TRAIN EVENTS THE TYPE THAT GENERALLY PRODUCE FLOODING THE TYPE THAT NO ONE REALLY LIKES.))
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It will take 20-25 inches of rain over the next six months, double the climatological normal, to bring the region out of the drought. And the chances that will happen are only about 15%.
[Fire-Safety]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]

Federal authorities suspect employees at a Christiansburg firm have been falsifying the inspection of compressed gas cylinders.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]

Fire Safety Products conducts tests on tanks used as air packs, dive tanks and C-O-2 fire extinguishers. But federal court documents indicate Fire Safety Products routinely "dry stamped" cylinders, approving them for re-use, withOUT performing hydrostatic and visual inspections. Because they're subject to high pressure, the cylinders can rupture if they're not properly inspected.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Such violations- -if proven- -would jeopardize the lives of firefighters, SCUBA divers and nursing home patients.
Federal agents seized 17 boxes of company records yesterday. An attorney for the company points out no charges have been filed in the case.

[State-Budget]


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Governor Mark Warner has promised to spread the pain, as Virginia deals with a three- point- eight billion dollar budget shortfall. And it appears there will be plenty of pain to go around.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /State Microwave;]


Joe Dashiell took a closer look at proposed cutbacks today, and he's at the state capitol tonight.
[LIVE=JoeD /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


Shannon, we've heard the big numbers... billons of dollars of red ink, more than two thousand positions to be eliminated, perhaps 700 lay-offs.
But only now is the impact becoming clear, as Governor Warner and state agencies begin to reveal the specific cuts they're proposing.
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[IN Q=There was a sense I think]

((THERE WAS A SENSE I THINK THAT WHAT WE WERE FACING WAS A BUDGET SHORTFALL MOSTLY DRIVEN BY THE RECESSION AND THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH. I THINK THERE IS ABSOLUTELY A GROWING CONSENSUS NOW EVERYWHERE I GO IN THE STATE THAT THE PROBLEM IS MUCH GRAVER.))
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[OUT Q=the problem is much graver.]


Just how grave is increasingly evident in the cuts that Governor Warner has ordered state agencies to prepare.


Budget reduction plans released this week detail cutbacks large and small... whether its reducing the pharmacy inventory at Western State Hospital, eliminating education funds for mailing report cards home, or deferring the purchase of classroom and lab equipment at Virginia Military Institute.
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[IN Q=We have a private endowment]

((JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE A PRIVATE ENDOWMENT WHICH IS GOING TO BE HELPFUL TO US AS WE WORK OUR WAY THROUGH IT AND WE ALSO HOPE THAT THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE WILL BE ABLE OVER THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS WITH A RECOVERING ECONOMY TO HELP US AS WELL.))
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[OUT Q=to help us as well.]


VMI Superintendent Josiah Bunting says the Institute can absorb the cuts without laying off any fulltime employees, but other institutions may not be so fortunate.
Virginia Tech expects to reduce personnel through attrition, retirements and lay-offs... eliminating 180 positions during the next two and a half years.
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[IN Q=Well, I think it's going to hurt]

((WELL I THINK IT'S GOING TO HURT ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE AND FRANKLY I DON'T BELIEVE THE PEOPLE KNOW YET JUST HOW SEVERE THE CUTS ARE AND HOW ITS GOING TO AFFECT OUR PART OF THE STATE, AND THAT REALLY WORRIES ME.))
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[OUT Q=and that really worries me.]))
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[LIVE=JoeD /FULL State microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


The next chapter will be written early next week... Shannon
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /State Microwave;]


when the house and senate money committees complete work on their budget bills... and reveal their prescription for the state's financial woes.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Invesitgators now say yesterday's suspicious death in Central Virginia was a shooting.
More on that when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And it's a sign of the times... or lack of a sign... As nine Wachovia branches officially change hands.
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

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[Campbell-Shooting]
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A state medical examiner confirms a Campbell County man found dead in his home yesterday died from a gunshot wound to the head.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Yesterday]


43- year- old Frank Xavier Farinacci (fair-uh-NAH-chee) was found lying in a pool of blood inside his garage Wednesday morning.
Farinacci died a short while later at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Technicians spent most the day gathering evidence at the scene yesterday.
Sheriff's authorities have not said whether they have any suspects in the shooting.
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[Workman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A federal drug agent charged with killing a Roanoke man is back in Texas after getting out of jail on bond yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;]


Timothy Workman, a special agent with the D-E-A, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Keith Bailey.
According to a search warrant affidavit, Workman told police "I shot him," after the two men fought outside O'Charley's Restaurant.
A police officer said he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, glassy eyes.
Workman had arrived from Texas the day before along with a police officer who is a member of the Drug Enforcement Task Force from Southern Texas.
Workman was apparently leaving the restaurant with a Christiansburg woman in her car when the argument started.
Bailey was leaving with a friend of HIS.
Neither witness would talk to News-7 about the shooting.
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[Wachovia]


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Good-bye Wachovia, hello NBC.
Nine area bank branches made the switch today.
The National Bank of Commerce believes the change-over will add convenience.
Business Reporter Jennifer Miele tells us what customers had to say.
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(( Take a good look. It's probably the last time you'll see a Wachovia sign in the Roanoke Valley until late next year.
As part of its merger with First Union, Wachovia decided to sell nine area branches to National Bank of Commerce.

And today, Wachovia customers go their first taste of NBC.
For some it was bitter, and for others, sweet.
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((LINDA DAVIS: IT'S REALLY AN INCONVENIENCE TO HAVE TO CHANGE OVER AND HAVE TWO DIFFERENT BANK CARDS AND TWO DIFFERENT PIN NUMBERS INSTEAD OF ONE.)) [RUNS10] [BUT BUTT BUTT] ((WILLIAM ORANGE: YOU'RE GOING TO STICK WITH NBC? OH HEAR, WHY? I JUST LIKE THE BANK.)) [RUNS08]
The nine branch addition gives NBC the second largest market share in the Valley with three quarters of a billion dollars in deposits at 23 branches.
The bank says customers now have access to 170 banking offices in a half dozen states across the southeast. [NAT SOUND] [RUNS03]
The new branches closed today at 2 and will re-open tomorrow at nine a-m.
Employees will being will stay at work well into the weekend to make sure customers stay with them.
Jennifer Miele, News 7.))

[Farmers-Wachovia]


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The leader of a group representing more than 60-thousand black farmers says the organization is calling off its boycott against Wachovia.
The president of the National Black Farmers Association says the bank has agreed to help establish a national credit union for its members.
John Boyd calls the agreement a major victory for the organization.
The association had been battling with Wachovia over its demand to provide more credit to minority farmers.

[Stocks]


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After posting some pretty solid gains earlier in the day, stocks pulled back and ended in mixed territory. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 12 points.
NASDAQ dropped 16.
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[Promo]
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The Roanoke Dazzle is at home at the Roanoke Civic Center tonight.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]


Plenty of tickets are still available... which is pretty much the case for any home game. [***NEWS 7 MB GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shanon & Jean /MB Set;]


Jean Jadhon is here now to tell us why?
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[SUPER=@jean1]


Keith and Shannon, the average Dazzle home game attracts just under 14-hundred fans.
Those numbers are by no means a slam dunk when you consider the Civic Center can hold up to more than seven thousand fans.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November]


But team officials are encouraged by a number of factors and are hopeful a new game plan will increase crowds.
They've started advertising on billboards and television.
The team has also launched a new program to attract future basketball stars of tomorrow.
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[***NEWS 7 MB GRAPHIC***]
[LIVE=JEan /FULL MB Set]


Tonight at eleven, we'll tell you how it works and other initiatives the Dazzle is taking on.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jean /MB Set;]


Tonight's game begins at 7:30 and we of course will have highlights as well.

[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Cave Spring swimmers have headed north in search of another state title. And speaking of titles -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-]

Jeff Gordon picked up a win in one of today's Twin qualifiers. Highlights from Daytona and the complete starting grid for Sunday's race are coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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We begin tonight down in Daytona where the always popular and occassionally nerveracjing Gatorade Twin 125s were held this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]

Fans began arriving at the track early this morning to settle in for what many consider the best day in racing. But even though the competitors were willing to put on a show, Dale Earnhardt, Junior and Jeff Gordon put pole sitter Jimmie Johnson in their rear view mirror early and then drove away. Gordon won the first qualifier with Junior second.
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[OUT Q=...WE'VE RUN HERE."]
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In the second twin qualifier, Jimmy Spencer was needed to race his way into the 500, but he was caught up in an 8 car mishap that was triggered when Mike Skinner's ignition system failed. Spencer came back but had alfat and wrecked again. Michael Waltrip the winner of last year's Daytona 500, would survive the 50 lap event to earn the fourth starting spot in Sunday's race. Stacy Compton and his crew decided on a four tire stop and it worked as he racing into the 500. Here is the starting lineup for the 44th Daytona 500.
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Rick Mast, Jimmy Spencer, Hut Stricklin, Greg Biffle, Buckshot Jones, and Hermie Sadler all failed to qualify for the Daytona 500.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Cave Spring boy's swim team is in Manassas at the Freedom Center looking to pull off a rare three-peat and capture the school's third state swimming title.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 2000; :00]

The Knights' dynasty began back in 2000 when Tommy Rappold led the Knights to their first ever state swimming championship as they beat South Lakes by a mere five points. Now they hope to make it three titles in a row.
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[S-Stuff]


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The University of Virgnia football team has added a 13th game for the upcoming college football season. The Cavs wil host Colorado State August 22nd in the Jim Thorpe Classic. It's the earliest start to a season at UVa in history. Also, this afternoon West Virginia officials announced that Gale Catlett is retiring as West Virginia 's basketball coach at season's end. [Verizon]
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[ANCHOR=KEith 2-Shot]

Some Roanoke residents will never run out of books to read, if Verizon has its way.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Volunteers from Verizon and the Verizon Telephone Pioneers today delivered 460 books to Total Action Against Poverty's Transitional Living Center. Some of the books were read out loud to kids at the Center. The books, which are new or slightly used, were collected by Verizon during a nationwide "Seasons Readings" campaign over the holidays. The goal was to promote literacy. Verizon offices across the country collected more than 64-thousand books to be given to select non-profit agencies. (------------)