[Pearl]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


There's no sign of the body of kidnapped reporter Daniel Pearl, but U-S authorities now confirm that he's dead.
Officials in Pakistan say they've received a videotape of Pearl being killed by the Islamic extremists who kidnapped him a month ago in Karachi.
Pearl was working on a story about Islamic militants.
Around the world, there is shock and sadness today after the news of Pearl's death.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington, D-C this morning, and joins us now with an update.
[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Washington, DC;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Paul Steiger/"Wall Street Journal" Managing Editor;]
[SUPER=01-Gary Foster/Pearl Family Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=back to you.]



[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Washington, DC;]

((
(PKG)


HE WENT AFTER A STORY, BUT BECAME IT INSTEAD. THE NEWS OF DANIEL PEARL'S DEATH COMES AFTER FOUR WEEKS OF CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS ABOUT HIS FATE. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY NOW HAVE PROOF OF PEARL'S MURDER, ON A VIDEOTAPE, THAT REPORTEDLY SHOWS GRAPHIC SCENES OF THE KILLING.

(SOT - PAUL STEIGER/WALL STREET JOURNAL MANAGING EDITOR - 17:33:00 "His

murder is an act of barbarism that makes a mockery of everything Danny's kidnappers claimed to believe in.")
THE 38 YEAR OLD DISAPPEARED LAST MONTH IN THE SOUTHERN PAKISTANI CITY OF KARACHI. PHOTOS E-MAILED BY HIS CAPTORS CAME WITH DEMANDS FOR RANSOM, AND THE RELEASE OF TALIBAN AND AL-QAEDA PRISONERS. THE MESSAGES CARRIED THE WARNING -- HE WOULD BE EXECUTED.

(BUSH SOT "These crimes only hurt their cause and only deepen the

resolve of the United States of America to rid the world of these agents of terror.")
AUTHORITIES HAVE ROUNDED UP SEVERAL SUSPECTS, BUT THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR 'ALL' THOSE RESPONSIBLE. PEARL LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE, WHO IS SEVEN MONTH'S PREGNANT, WITH THE COUPLE'S FIRST CHILD.

(SOT - GARY FOSTER/PEARL FAMILY SPOKESPERSON "We grieve with the many

who have known him in his life, and we weep for a world that must reckon with his death.")
))



[Philippines-Crash]


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


Military officials in the Philippines say three bodies have been recovered from a U-S Army helicopter crash.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Zamboanga, Philippines;]


The chopper crashed off the coast of the Philippines while the 10 crew members were taking part in an anti- terror training exercise.
Witnesses say the helicopter appeared to have been on fire before it hit the water and exploded.
U-S officials aren't yet confirming casualties, and say the cause of the crash is under investigation.
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[11Amherst-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#01-59 TC2:10:11]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire]


Nearly 100 firefighters remain on the scene of a forest fire in Amherst County this morning.
(XXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
The fire is located in the Joshua Falls area of Amherst County, about 10 miles east of Route 29 in Madison Heights.
As Justin McLeod discovered, the fire is more than eighty percent contained, but the danger is far from over.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Roakes/Monelison Rescue Squad; :08]
[SUPER=01-Lee Henson/Firefighter; :38 QUICK!!!!]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Amherst County]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


The Forestry Department says the company working on the train tracks when the fire started will face fines to help pay for the cleanup.

[11State-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC1:58:35]
[GRAPHIC=Va Budget]


It took them more than ten hours, but members of the House of Delegates have completed work on their budget bill.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The marathon included complaints from lawmakers who questioned increases in fees, and cuts in education, economic development, corrections and many other areas.
Last night, the House approved 23- million dollars for non-state agencies, a list that includes more than 20 cultural groups in central and western Virginia... but that item brought debate as well.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is something that we have to look at...]

[04:17:24] ((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT. IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT, BECAUSE IF WE WANT TO DO AWAY THE NON-STATE AGENCIES AND NOT HAVE THEM FUNDED THEN WE HAVE TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT NOT FUNDING THE STATE MUSEUMS, BECAUSE IT'S THE SAME ISSUE.)) [04:22:35] ((DEL. MARIAN VAN LANDINGHAM: THEY'RE NOT MUSEUMS ALL OF THEM. THERE'S A GREAT VARIETY OF THINGS. IT'S A WONDERFUL LITTLE PORK BARREL ISN'T IT.))
[SUPER=@griffith; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Marian Van Landingham/(D) Alexandria; :20]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=wonderful little pork barrel isn't it.]
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[VO-NAT]


The State Senate approved its two year 53- billion dollar budget with comparatively little debate yesterday afternoon. The two proposals are now headed to a conference committee which will attempt to resolve the differences.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Wall Street has retreated once again. Sellers resurfaced late yesterday, putting an end to a blue chip rally attempt.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]


((THE BLUE CHIPS WIPED OUT AN EARLIER GAIN AND JOINED THE NASDAQ IN THE MINUS COLUMN..

(gr)

AFTER BRIEFLY RALLYING ABOVE THE 10-THOUSAND LEVEL, THE DOW SANK 106 POINTS

(gr)

WHILE THE NASDAQ TUMBLED 59 OR MORE THAN 3 PERCENT... ITS LOWEST CLOSE SINCE HALLOWEEN.

(gr)

ON OUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: Application software company BEA Systems posted quarterly earnings that were in line with expectations while sales slightly topped projections..

(gr)

Upscale retailer Nordstrom said fourth-quarter earnings nearly doubled from a year ago. Better management of costs led to an improved bottom line even if sales declined.

(gr)

AND Computer Associates FELL ANOTHER 7 PERCENT After it tapped a reserve bank line as the software maker's short-term financing costs soared .. THAT FOLLOWED REPORTS THAT THE FBI is investigating its record-keeping.

(oc)

AUDITOR ARTHUR ANDERSEN WANTS TO SETTLE. THE ACCOUNTING FIRM INVOLVED IN THE ENRON SCANDAL OFFERED 800-MLN DOLLARS TO SETTLE SUITS BROUGHT BY FORMER ENRON EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS AND CREDITORS.. BUT ATTORNEY'S FOR SHAREHOLDERS REJECTED THE OFFER.. SAYING ITS PREMATURE...
AND IF YOU'RE A FREQUENT FLIER.. HERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS FROM THE IRS FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL THE IRS CLARIFIED THAT FREQUENT FLIER MILES EARNED FROM BUSINESS TRAVEL WILL NOT BE TAXED AS INCOME..

(gr)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ

(oc)

I'M AC IN NY.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[5-Food-Regulations]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-14 1:35:17]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


In this morning's health check, Virginia restaurants will soon have to meet higher standards to ensure food safety.
That's because new food service regulations take effect March 1st.
The current regulations are based on F-D-A codes set back in 1976. As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us, health officials say it is time to bring restaurants into the 21st century.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The owner of DJ's restaurant]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Deno Poulos/D. J.'s Restaurant; :08]
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Manager; :26]
[SUPER=@Joy2;]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=I'm JS for News 7 Mornin']

((The owner of D-J's restaurant say he believes the new service regulations will help cut back on the number of food borne outbreaks.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT23:57:18]
[IN Q=I think they're necessary to bring the]

((I THINK THEY'RE NECESSARY TO BRING THE FOOD HANDLES UP TO STANDARDS UP TO TODAY'S DATE A LOT OF THESE REGULATIONS WERE PROBABLY WRITTEN IN THE 70'S OR SO)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=in the 70's or so]


The new regulations will mean big changes for some restaurants.
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[SOT23:41:42]
[IN Q=We're going from 50 pages]

((WE'RE GOING FROM 50 PAGES TO 250 PAGES SO THERE IS MUCH MORE DETAIL ABOUT HANDLING SPECIFIC FOODS, TEMPERATURE AND TIME RELATIONSHIPS)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=and time relationships]


Restaurants will now be required to have someone in charge at all times who can demonstrate knowledge of proper food handling methods.
Other changes will include requirements concerning new refrigeration and cooking temperatures. Food handlers will not be allowed to wear jewelry except a wedding ring and artificial nails will be prohibited. Food employees will also be required to minimize bare hand contact with ready-to-eat-food. And it will be mandatory that foods be labeled and show receive by and use dates.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT23:42:48]
[IN Q=This will raise the level of food safety]

((THIS WILL RAISE THE LEVEL OF FOOD SAFETY. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL TAKE A PERIOD OF TIME TO IMPLEMENT)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=of time to implement]


Deno Poulos say he has new equipment that will make it easier to meet some of the new guidelines. Like this refrigeration which circulates cold air above and below the food ... and like this laser food thermometer.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT3:36:47]
[IN Q=You can point it]
((NAT SOT: YOU POINT IT GIVE YOU THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF 42-POINT-3 DEGREES))

[RUNS06]
[OUT Q=degrees]


Environmental Health Manager Dick Tabb says the new regulations will hopefully encourage restaurants to do more self inspections --and to pay closer attention to behaviors that could cause contamination.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT23:51:45]
[IN Q=A dirty floor is not going to]

((A DIRTY FLOOR IS NOT GOING TO MAKE SOMEONE ILL BUT BEHAVIOR OF EMPLOYEE LIKE NOT WASHING HANDS MUCH HIGHER PROBABILITY OF MAKING YOU ILL)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=of making you ill] ))
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Over the next year,the Health Department plans to focus on education to help restaurants meet the new guidelines.

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[11Pulaski-drugs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]


Pulaski police officers rounded up drug suspects last night.
By nine o'clock, officers had apprehended 23 of 40 individuals sought on drug-related charges.
The arrests came as a result of a nine month undercover narcotics investigation by the department.
Individuals were sought for everything from the possession of marijuana to distribution of oxycontin.
Police say they want to send a message to individuals.. stop taking part in drug-related activities, leave Pulaski, or go to prison.

[11Chilhowie-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


More than 300 furniture workers will be laid off on Sunday... for one week.
The Virginia Employment Commission says American of Martinsville is cutting back operations at its Chilhowie factory next week.
The laid off workers should be back on the job March 4th.



[1st-Business]


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


In business news this morning, information for frequent fliers.. And you can now place bids for a segway at Amazon dot com.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]


(( GOOD MORNING THIS FRIDAY THE 22ND OF FEBRUARY.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
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TROUBLING TIMES ON THE "BIG STREET".
AS WALL STREET INVESTORS ARE TROUBLED BY NEWS OF MORE CORPORATE BALANCE SHEET PROBLEMS.
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. IN TOKYO STOCKS MANAGED A REBOUND AFTER SEEING SOME PROFIT TAKING.
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BUSINESS TRAVELERS WHO USE THEIR FREQUENT FLIER MILES FOR PERSONAL TRIPS WON'T GET GROUNDED BY THE IRS.
THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE SAYS FREQUENT FLIER MILES ACCRUED ON BUSINESS OR OFFICIAL TRAVEL WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS TAXABLE INCOME WHEN THEY ARE CONVERTED TO PERSONAL USE.
IRS OFFICIALS SAY IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO SEPARATE THOSE A TAXPAYER GOT ON PERSONAL TRIPS OR THROUGH CREDIT CARDS FROM THOSE OBTAINED THROUGH BUSINESS TRAVEL.
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WHAT DOES $85,000 BUY YOU IN THE TRANSPORTATION WORLD THESE DAYS.? WELL, YOU COULD DRIVE AWAY WITH AT LEAST A PORSCHE BOXSTER CONVERTIBLE.
BUT IF THAT'S A YAWNER, THERE'S ALWAYS A SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER.
AMAZON.COM IS AUCTIONING THE FIRST THREE CONSUMER SEGWAY HUMAN TRANSPORTERS, UNVEILED WITH MUCH FANFARE LATE LAST YEAR.THE BIDDING IS AT WWW-DOT-AMAZON-DOT-COM, .. SEARCH FOR "SEGWAY". THAT'S S-E-G-W-A-Y.
THE MACHINES, NICKNAMED "IT" BEFORE THEY WERE UNVEILED... WENT ON THE BLOCK AT MIDNIGHT TUESDAY WITH A FIRST BID OF $1.75, AND BY EARLY THIS MORNING THEE TOP BIDS FOR EACH DEVICE HIT BETWEEN 85 AND 105-THOUSAND DOLLARS THE AUCTION ENDS MARCH 28TH WITH THE MONEY GOING TO A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY SEGWAY'S CHAIRMAN AND CEO..
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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]

[11Knox]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC1:29:30]
[GRAPHIC=Cecil Knox]

It'll take a month to try the case of Doctor Cecil Knox, but that trial is still eight months away.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

All they did in court yesterday was arraign four of the five people indicted from Knox's medical practice. They all pled "NOT guilty." Though Knox has virtually shut down his practice, the vast majority of his patients have been unable to find another doctor to help them manage their pain.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:42:45]
[IN Q=It's really hard to explain]

((CONNIE SHRIVER/DR. KNOX'S PATIENT; IT'S REALLY HARD TO EXPLAIN. IT'S RIGHT UP THERE WITH LOVE, YOU KNOW. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU JUST CAN'T EXPLAIN HOW IT FEELS.))
[SUPER=01-Connie Shriver/Dr. Knox's Patient;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=how it feels.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Doctor Knox faces charges of fraud, taking kick-backs and distributing narcotics without a legitimate medical purpose.

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[6-4-OxyContin]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC25:51]
[GRAPHIC=Oxycontin]

The government lists a dozen narcotics Knox allegedly dispensed as being "outside the scope of professional practice."
OxyContin is just one of them. It's the nation's top-selling prescription painkiller. It has also been linked to overdose deaths and soaring crime rates in southwest Virginia.
We conclude our series, "A Dose of Trouble," as Teresa Hamilton considers why OxyContin is so widely abused.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Yeah, to me]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :10]
[SUPER=01-Mike Tolbert/Former OxyContin Abuser; :20 ]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; :35]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :44]
[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; 1:06 quick]
[SUPER=01-David Fleming/Pharmacist; 1:33 ]
[RUNS=2:13]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]
(((////sot////)
[sot 00:45:44]
[inq=Yeah, to me it's ]

((YEAH, TO ME IT'S THE DEVIL'S DRUG, IT'S SOMETHING THAT TOOK MY LIFE OVER AND DESTROYED IT. THAT'S ABOUT AS EVIL AS YOU CAN GET I GUESS.))
[RUNS= 06]
[OUT Q = can get i guess.]

Mike Tolbert is fighting back from a three hundred dollar a day addiction to OxyContin.
He's been clean for nearly seven months-- and is taking it one day at a time. (///sot////)
[sot 00:49:58]
[SOT]
[in q=Most people that's in ]

((MOST PEOPLE THAT'S IN MY SITUATION, WANT TO DO GOOD, BUT THE DRUG, IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN TO SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER DONE IT JUST HOW HARD IT IS TO OVERCOME.))
[runs= 09]
[out q= to overcome.]

Tolbert says the drug was easy to come... He says it's readily available from Roanoke to Wytheville.
[sot 01:51:10 or 02:46:05?]

[STAND UP] (( SO WHY DOES OXYCONTIN HAVE SUCH A GRIP ON SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA? THE ANSWER SEEMS TO BE RELATED TO TWO MAIN FACTORS.))

[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=two factors. ]

Because OxyContin is available by prescription, it's not as hard as other drugs are to find. But police and health care professionals says the big draw in southwest Virginia appears to be its profitability when sold on the street. A 40- milligram pill costs about five dollars through a pharmacy-- but can be re-sold for eight times that amount.
(///sot////)
[sot ]

((LATELY WE'RE SEEING SOME YOUNGER PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT IT AND TRYING OXYCONTIN.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q= AND TRYING OXYCONTIN.]

Pulaski County sheriff Jim Davis does NOT want OxyContin taken off the market-- but says more needs to be done to keep addicts and dealers from getting their hands on prescriptions.
(///sot////)
[sot 00:11:38]
[in q= I just feel]

(( I JUST FEEL IT'S OVER PRESCRIBED.))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q= it's overprescribed.]

Davis says Virginia could benefit from a prescription monitoring program. Pharmacists, like David Fleming, agree.
(///sot////)
[sot]
[in q= So that we can]

((DAVID FLEMING: SO THAT WE CAN QUICKLY FIND OUT WHICH DOCTORS THEY'RE SEEING, WHICH PHARMACIES THEY'RE SEEING, SO THAT WE'RE AWARE IF THEY'RE SEEING MULTIPLE DOCTORS AND MULTIPLE PHARMACIES.))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q= multiple pharmacies.]

But implementing such a program would cost Virginia at least a million dollars. In the meantime, Mike Tolbert is paying his own price.
(///sot////)
[sot 00:46:26]

((I'M STILL YOUNG SO THE WAY I FEEL I MIGHT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO TURN IT AROUND STILL YET.))
[RUNS= 05]
[OUTQ = STILL YET.]


But police and doctors say stories like Mike's are the exception, not the rule, and say until a solution is found... it's a problem that won't fade anytime soon.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

[11Halifax-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-02 TC42:04]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]


Residents in Halifax County are rallying around a family that lost three daughters in a house fire.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


Christina, Jessica and Lacey Wright died when their home on Hunting Creek Road went up in flames early Wednesday morning.
Their mother, stepfather and stepbrother escaped with just the clothes on their back.. and now the small community of Crystal Hill is pitching in to help them out.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:28:47]
[IN Q=I just wanted]

((AMY GLASCOCK/RESIDENT: I JUST WANTED THEM TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE.. EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T KNOW EACH OTHER PERSONALLY.. WE STILL DO LOVE AND THINK ABOUT OUR PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Glascock/Halifax Co. Resident]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=in our community.]
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[VO-NAT]


Cash donations have begun filling a jar at the local mini-mart, and the Crystal Hill Southern Baptist Church is accepting donations of food, clothing and household items.
Sheriff's authorities have "not" released any new information about their investigation into the fire. (------------)