A shooting in Roanoke last night injures a fifteen year girl and now an elderly man is behind bars.
It happened just before eight o'clock in the 900 block of Hanover Avenue in Roanoke.
Roanoke Police say a preliminary investigation indicates the victim and several juveniles had been around this residence on Hanover Avenue and may have been banging on the doors or windows.
Officers say the victim was standing in front of the door, with the screen door open, when 82 year old (Hal-is) Hallis (Jame-i-son) Jamison shot her with a hunting rifle.
Jamison is charged with malicious wounding and is being held without bond at the Roanoke City jail.
Police are not releasing the victim's name.
She had surgery last night and is being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
We do know she is from Northwest Roanoke.
The investigation is continuing.
Firefighters kept a close eye overnight on a brush fire in Bedford County.
The fire broke out just after five last night on some train tracks off of Virginia Ridge Drive. That's near Hardy Road in Hardy.
The fire is contained at this hour but it has jumped the line several times .. fueled by high winds.
The fire has so far has burned more than six acres.
Firefighters don't know exactly what started it, but suspect sparks from a train may be the cause.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
After taking down the Taliban in Afganistan, U-S troops are now heading to another battlefield in the war on terror.
The troops will soon head into the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, where al- Qaida fighters have taken refuge.
Orders for as many as 200 special forces are expected to be issued later this week.
But this mission will be to train Georgian troops to track down al-Qaida fighters.
Meanwhile, officials in Pakistan have reportedly agreed to surrender the main suspect in the killing of American jour
nalist Daniel Pearl.[11L'burg-Council]
Lynchburg's electoral board says it's taking steps to correct problems that led to charges of financial mis-management last year.
The board and the voter registrar's office were rocked by allegations that former board member Al Grant had racked up thousands of dollars in improper travel expenses.
The investigation into Grant's spending is ongoing.. but board members assured city council last night it won't happen again.
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[IN Q=We also have]
((ARELIA LANGHORNE/LYNCHBURG ELECTORAL BOARD: WE ALSO HAVE CHECKS AND BALANCES IN REGARDS TO ANY REQUESTS FOR TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS WHICH HAD NOT BEEN PUT INTO EFFECT. AND WE TRUST THAT THE PROCEDURES THAT WE HAVE PUT INTO PLACE WILL RESTORE THE CONFIDENCE OF THE CITIZENRY.))
[SUPER=01-Arelia Langhorne/Electoral Board Chairman]
[OUT Q=confidence of the citizenry.]
Langhorne says they've now separated the electoral board's budget and the registrar's budget and both will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
White Sulphur Springs City Council postponed a vote on annexing The Greenbrier resort.
The vote had been scheduled for next week.
[SUPER=03-White Sulphur Springs, WV/October 2000;]
City Council and the mayor want to capture the nearly one and half million dollars in annual hotel-motel taxes from the posh resort.
The Greenbrier filed two lawsuits seeking to stop the vote.
Its lawyers argue that City Council violated the state's "open meetings law" when it voted February Eleventh to hold the annexation vote without proper public notice or debate.
They also contend West Virginia's annexation laws are unconstitutional.
The town's lawyers say The Greenbrier agreed not to pursue the lawsuits until council decides whether to reschedule the vote.
In business news, a Blacksburg company says it needs long term investors to climb back into the black.
Haleos says it's putting 85-employees on furlough for two to four weeks because the company ran out of operating funds.
Executives are now trying to secure investors to fund the fiber optic business for the next year.
Officials say they're hopeful normal operations will resume and workers can be called back in two-weeks.
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[IN Q=these are]
((ART PUMO/HALEOS VP HUMAN RESOURCES; THESE ARE SERIOUS BUMPS, VERY SERIOUS TO MISS PAYROLL TO HAVE TROUBLE PAYING YOUR BILLS TO RUN SHORT OF OPERATING CAPITAL AND HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN THE BUSINESS TEMPORARILY, THAT'S VERY SERIOUS AND WERE VERY HOPEFUL THAT WELL BE ABLE TO WORK THAT SOON.))
[SUPER=01-Art Pumo/Haleos Human Resources;]
[OUT Q=work that out soon.]
Pumo says the cancellation of several major contracts and a downturn in the tele-communications industry over the past year has hit the company hard.
Haleos was established in 19-96 by four Virginia Tech graduates.
Two companies in our region are banking on a new state effort to expand Virginia's exports.
Yesterday, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership announced the first group of companies that will take part in the VALET program.
The list includes Jefferson Mills in Pulaski and Optical Cable in Roanoke County.
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[IN Q=The VALET program]
((MATTHEW ERSKINE/DEP. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: THE VALET PROGRAM IS THE FIRST AND ONLY PROGRAM LIKE IT IN THE NATION. NO OTHER STATE AND NO OTHER ORGANIZATION HAS MADE SUCH A FINANCIAL COMMITMENT IN ORDER TO JUMPSTART EXPORTS.))
[SUPER=01-Matthew Erskine/Deputy Secretary of Commerce;]
[OUT Q=in order the jumpstart exports.]
The VALET program will help about fifteen Virginia companies a year expand their reach into international markets.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is expected to report on the health of the economy later this morning.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in today's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN MAKES THE TREK TO CAPITOL HILL TODAY.
WILL GIVE HIS TWICE YEARLY TESTIMONY ON THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY. MANY OF
THE RECENT ECONOMIC REPORTS SHOW THAT THE ECONOMY IS PULLING OUT OF A
RECESSION, BUT JUST YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DIPPED
FEBRUARY AS PEOPLE BECAME LESS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR JOBS. INVESTORS
BE LISTENING FOR ANY CLUES ABOUT WHAT GREENSPAN AND COMPANY PLAN TO DO
INTEREST RATES LATER THIS YEAR.
AND WE'LL GET MORE CLUES ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY.. LOOK FOR
ON NEW HOME SALES AND DURABLE GOODS ORDERS FOR JANUARY.
ON WALL STREET, WORD OF SHAKY CONSUMER CONFIDENCE MADE FOR SOME SHAKY
THE DOW GAVE BACK 30 POINTS
THE NASDAQ TRIED TO CLAW ITS WAY BACK INTO THE GREEN, BUT FELL SHORT BY
NEARLY 3 POINTS.
ON OUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST..
MAYTAG THE APPLIANCE MAKER PREDICTS EARNINGS WILL RISE 20 PERCENT THIS
THANKS TO STRONG SALES.
AND THE GAP POSTED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT QTRLY LOSS.. THE RETAILER, WHICH
OWNS BANANA REPUBLIC AND OLD NAVY LOST 4 CENTS IN THE FOURTH QTR AS
SANK 11 PERCENT.. THE GAP SAID 2001 WAS ITS MOST DIFFICULT YEAR...SO FAR
SALES IN FEBRUARY ARE DOWN 17 PERCENT...
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN
(tape tosses to stocks)
Satellite users may soon be able to watch your hometown station.
Yesterday, EchoStar and Hughes Electronics filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to launch and operate a new satellite.
Hughes Electronics is the parent company of Dish Network and DIRECT-TV.
If approved, the move will allow the satellite companies to deliver local broadcast stations throughout the country.
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[IN Q=This proposal is new]
((JACK SHAW/HUGHES ELECTRONICS CEO: THIS PROPOSAL IS NEW FROM THE STANDPOINT THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE LOCAL CHANNELS TO ALL 210 TELEVISION MARKETS IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S REALLY A BIG CHANGE FROM WHERE WE'RE PROVIDING MAYBE 42 TELEVISION MARKETS WITH THESE LOCAL CHANNELS.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Shaw/Hughes Electronics CEO; :]
[OUT Q=these local channels]
The delivery of local channels is contingent upon F-C-C approval of the proposed Hughes-EchoStar merger.
No word yet on a timetable.
Southern culture will provide the focus for a new collaboration between Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
The South Atlantic Regional Humanities Center will focus on the cultural heritage of the southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
At a news conference in capitol square, Virginia Tech president Charles Steger and UVa President John Casteen talked about their joint venture.
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[IN Q=we're combining]
((CHARLES STEGER/VA. TECH PRESIDENT: WE'RE COMBINING OUR RESPECTIVE EXPERTISE AND WE BELIEVE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE EFFECTIVELY TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AROUND EVOLUTION OF THIS VAST REGION AND PROMOTE THE STUDY OF ITS HISTORY AND CULTURE.))
((JOHN CASTEEN/UVA PRESIDENT: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT IN THE STATE'S TROUBLED FINANCIAL TIMES, TIMES THAT HAVE EXTENDED NOW FOR OVER A DECADE, THIS PROGRAM HAS THE EFFECT OF BRINGING TOGETHER VIRGINIA'S UNIVERSITIES AND ITS MAJOR FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES TO ATTRACT PROGRAMS THAT HAVE THE EFFECT ULTIMATELY OF REVITALIZING OUR STATE.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Casteen/University of Virginia President; :14]
[OUT Q=revitalizing our state.]
The center is being funded with a 379- thousand dollar grant. Supporters must raise another million over the next three years.
The stars are coming out tonight for the 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]
This year, urban artists captured several nominations-- among those honored are Mary J- Blige as well as newcomers Alicia Keys and India (uh-ree) Arie.
Yesterday, the collage of female artists who brought back the '70s hit "Lady Marmalade" stepped onto the stage to rehearse.
But many ears in OUR viewing area will be on Grammy nominee and Franklin County native Dan Tyminski.
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[IN Q=I am a man ...]
[OUT Q=of constant sorrow...]
The Grammys air tonight on C-B-S at 8.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A psychologist has testified that a Texas mother met the LEGAL definition of insanity when she drowned her five children last June.
Doctor George Ringholz told the Houston jury yesterday that he determined Andrea Yates was insane, based on two interviews and several tests.
But under cross- examination, the doctor acknowledged this was his first CRIMINAL insanity evaluation.
Yates has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.
Today the jury may hear from Yates' husband.
The statewide sales tax referendum is back on the table in Richmond.
Yesterday, a Senate committee revived legislation that was killed by a House panel on Monday.
A half- cent increase in the state sales tax would raise more than 300- million dollars for public school construction... but the statewide referendum has run into opposition in the House of Delegates.
Yesterday, members of the Senate Finance Committee revived the proposal by attaching it to another bill.
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[IN Q=And I'll tell you the truth]
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: AND I'LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I DON'T LIKE REFERENDUMS. I THINK WE'RE DOWN HERE TO DO THE JOB AND WE SHOULD DO THE JOB, BUT IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE JOB DONE HERE, SO I THINK THE NEXT BEST THING IS TO LET THE PEOPLE VOTE ON IT.))
[OUT Q=let the people vote on it.]
A House committee has also revived the northern Virginia referendums on transportation and education.
At this point, lawmakers say it's anybody's guess how the House and Senate will resolve their differences.
The Roanoke city charter bill that went down in flames a few weeks ago, found new life in the House of Delegates.
The House had defeated the measure after Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith complained to Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith.
But yesterday, an identical bill introduced in the State Senate sailed through the House without dissent.
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[IN Q=The bill differed]
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: THE BILL DIFFERED IN NO MATERIAL RESPECT, IN FACT NO RESPECT WHATEVER FROM THE HOUSE BILL THAT I GUESS THE POOR OLD MAYOR SMITH GOT ALL ATWITTER ABOUT.))
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: THIS TIME I WAS ABLE TO GET WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY, MR. HACKWORTH CAME DOWN YESTERDAY AND WE WENT OVER IT LINE BY LINE AND I WAS ABLE TO ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAD AND RESOLVED THE CONCERNS THAT WERE THERE IN THE BILL.))
[OUT Q=were there in the bill.]
City officials say the bill was needed to remove outdated references from the charter. They maintained that most of the modifications were simply technical changes.
In business news this morning, Analysts expect Alan Greenspan to say there are an increasing number
of signs that the economy is recovering from the recession.
He is expected to report on the health of the economy later today..
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 WEDNESDAY THE 27 OF FEBRUARY.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
ON WALL STREET.. TODAY.. REACTION TO JANUARY DURABLE GOODS
NUMBERS AND NEW HOME SALES.. PLUS FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN
TESTIFIES BEFORE A HOUSE COMMITTEE.. SUBJECT? THE STATE OF THE
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. A POSITIVE NIGHT IN TOKYO ON A RUSH
TO BUY BANK AND TECH STOCKS.
K-MART HAS UNVEILED A NEW LINE OF WALT DISNEY
CHILDREN'S APPAREL -- THE RESULT OF ANOTHER OF THE EXCLUSIVE
PARTNERSHIPS WITH VENDORS THAT NEW CHAIRMAN JAMES ADAMSON SAYS ARE
VITAL TO TURNING THE CHAIN AROUND.
ADAMSON SAYS K-MART IS FIGHTING TO MAKE AN EARLY EXIT FROM
BANKRUPT STEELMAKER -L-T-V- IS CLOSE TO A SALE.. AT A PRICE.
ONCE THEY CUT RETIREE HEALTH COSTS IN A NEW AGREEMENT WITH THE
STEELWORKERS UNION... THE COMPANY IS EXPECTED TO O-K A BUYOUT BY
INVESTMENT FIRM W-L- ROSS.
ROSS WOULD CONTINUE MAKING HOT STEEL, BUT LEAVE PENSIONERS OUT IN
ANOTHER BUSINESS SHOWDOWN ON CAPITOL HILL EXPECTED TODAY, AS THE
HOUSE IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON THE TAUZIN DINGELL TELECOM REFORM BILL..
IF APPROVED, IT WOULD LET REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES COMPETE IN THE
HIGH SPEED INTERNET MARKET.
STARBUCKS IS MAKING A RUN FOR THE BORDER!
THE COFFEE CHAIN PLANS 900 STORES IN LATIN AMERICA -- MOSTLY IN
MEXICO WHERE THEY PICTURE 15 NEW STORES A YEAR FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
LOOK FOR THE LATTES AND FRAPPUCCINOS IN MEXICO CITY BY THE END OF
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Central Virginia health officials say two new cases of whooping (HOOP-ing) cough have been reported in Bedford County.. bringing the total number of cases identified this month to eight.
An 8-year old girl who attends Body Camp Elementary School was diagnosed on Monday.
Yesterday, an 82- year- old man became the latest person known to have the disease.
Whooping cough is highly contagious and is spread through coughing and sneezing.
Parents are urged to keep their children's vaccinations up to date.
Two sisters killed in a car accident in Vinton last weekend are being remembered for their generous nature.
Onita Bryant and Audrey Bryant St. Clair were honored yesterday at a memorial service at Vinton Baptist Church.
The service was kept lighthearted with no funeral music.
The sisters died after their car was struck late Saturday night by a Vinton patrol car that was pursuing a speeder.
State Police were called in to investigate.
The agency spent Sunday re-constructing the accident and say it could be a few more days before its report is finalized.
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[IN Q=Mainly because the speedometer has been sent to a lab...]
((MIKE STATER/STATE POLICE SPOKESMAN: MAINLY BECAUSE THE SPEEDOMETER HAS BEEN SENT TO A LAB OUT OF THE AREA. IT MAY TAKE TWO TO FOUR DAYS BEFORE WE GET THE RESULTS BACK FROM THAT SPECIFIC TEST AND, LIKE I SAY, WHEN ALL THE FACTS ARE PUT TOGETHER THEY'LL BE TURNED OVER TO THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Stater/Virginia State Police Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney.]
Officer John Munsey was driving the cruiser.
He was accompanied by a U.S. Marshal.
Both suffered minor injuries.
The Vinton Police Department and U.S. Marshal's Service are also investigating the wreck.
Former Lynchburg city manager Charles Church has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Church served in Lynchburg's top administrative post for nearly ten years before stepping down in 2000 after learning his cancer was inoperable.
City leaders say Church was widely admired for his professionalism and his dedication to the citizens of the Hill City.
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[IN Q=I think Chuck]
((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: I THINK CHUCK WAS A VERY DYNAMIC LEADER BOTH FOR THE CITY BUT ALSO FOR MY PROFESSION. CHUCK WAS HIGHLY ADMIRED BY ALL THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGERS IN VIRGINIA. HE HAD QUITE A PRESENCE AT OUR BIANNUAL MEETINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Kimball Payne/Lynchburg City Manager]
[OUT Q=at our biannual meetings.]
Payne says Church left the city manager's office in excellent shape for his successor.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday in Lynchburg.