[Missing-Girl]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


Police in San Diego, California say there's a good chance that a body discovered last night is that of Danielle van Dam.
She's the missing seven- year- old that's been the focus of national attention.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Pfingst/District Attorney; :20]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/Reporting; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=Lawrence, CBS News near San Diego.]

((


(NATS .. Aerials)

For weeks, volunteers have been searching the San Diego area for little Danielle Van Dam. The 7-year-old girl last seen February 1st when her father put her to bed.
(NATS)

Wednesday evening, they made a gruesome discovery. A partially burned body, believed to be that of a child.

(SOT: Paul Pfingst/District Attorney)


Authorities have already charged a neighbor in connection with Danielle s disappearance. It was just yesterday, when through a lawyer, David Westerfield pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped and murdered the little girl. Westerfield appeared to quiver slightly as he stood behind protective glass.
Also in the courtroom, Danielle s parents Brenda and Damon. The girl s mother sobbing through the entire procedure.

(NATS)

The morning after Danielle disappeared, Westerfield drove his motor home to the desert. Police found traces of her blood in the vehicle and on an article of clothing.

(STANDUP)

The body was found in a cluster of oak trees about 30 feet off the road. An earring was also found, like the one Danielle was wearing. Police say the body may have been decomposing for several weeks and could take several days to positively identify. Chris Lawrence CBS News

))[11Hanover-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC53:19]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

The elderly Roanoke man accused of fatally shooting a teenager did NOT have a phone and panicked. That according to one of (HAL-iss JAME-ison's) Hallis Jamison close relatives who phoned NEWS 7. The woman did NOT want to be identified but said the 82- year old acted in self defense and would never hurt a child.

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[VO-NAT :20]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Tuesday Night;]

Roanoke City Police say a group of teenagers was pounding on the windows and doors of (JAME-ison's) Jamison's Hanover Avenue property at about twenty til eight Tuesday night. They say the 82-year old responded by firing a single shot from a 30-aught-6 hunting rifle through his closed front door. Neighbors say the area is notoriously crime ridden.
(///// SOT at :20 /////)
[SOT 13:36:16-13:36:24]
[IN Q=I think it comes out of just a pervasive...]

((REV. THOMAS MATTINGLY/ST. GERARD CATHOLIC CHURCH: I THINK IT COMES OUT OF JUST A PERVASIVE FEAR WITH THE AREA AND A SUSPICION OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING HERE.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 13:32:48-13:32:53]

((FRED VAN DYKE/NEIGHBOR: THE OLD MAN WAS SCARED. WITH THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, I MEAN, HELL, WHO WOULDN'T BE SCARED?))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Thomas Mattingly/St. Gerard Catholic Church; :00]
[SUPER=01-Fred Vandyke/Neighbor; :08]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=who wouldn't be scared?]
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[VO-NAT :11]

The shot struck 16-year old Charlotte Brown in the stomach. She died after undergoing surgery at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Brown was a ninth grader at William Fleming.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]

(JAME-ison) Jamison was arraigned on malicious wounding and firearms charges yesterday afternoon. A bond hearing is scheduled for tomorrow. The Commonwealth's Attorney will seek a murder indictment when the grand jury convenes Monday.

[6-Hutcherson]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC2:03:47]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2002]


The longest- serving member of Lynchburg city council says he'd like to stay on a little longer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Reverend Carl Hutcherson has spent six years on council, the last two as the city's mayor.
Hutcherson announced yesterday he'll seek re-election to his at-large post because he's proud of what council has accomplished during his tenure.
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[SOT 9:27:59]
[IN Q=The current council]

((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THE CURRENT COUNCIL HAS DONE ITS BEST TO FUND ESSENTIAL SERVICES WHILE CONTINUING TO INVEST IN KERY PRIORITIES SUCH AS EDUCATION, PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WE HAVE DONE THIS DESPITE THE CURRENT RECESSION AND STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL THAT HAVE DEPRIVED US OF SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=significant resources.]
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[VO-NAT]


All three at-large seats will be up for grabs in May.
Incumbents Stewart Hobbs and Bert Dodson have indicated they'll run again... and independent Joan Foster is also a candidate.
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[11Local-Grammys]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-09 TC26:11]
[GRAPHIC=Grammys]


Two Southwest Virginians came up big at last night's Grammy Awards.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/NARAS - CBS]


Dickenson County native Ralph Stanley won his first Grammy for the song "Oh Death"... off the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Oh Death]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=for another year. (DOUBLE OUT)]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Franklin County resident Dan Tyminski won big for his work on the Oh Brother soundtrack and with the group Allison Krauss and Union Station.
He had a hand in 6 grammys.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This has been]

((DAN TYMINSKI; THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A KILLER YEAR FOR ROOTS MUSIC, BLUEGRASS MUSIC ESPECIALLY. AND TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED IN THIS WAY IN THIS AWARDS SHOW IS ABSOLUTELY A FANTASTIC THING FOR THE MUSIC IN GENERAL.))
[SUPER=07-Dan Tyminski]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=music in general. ]
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[Grammy-Awards]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Meanwhile, it was a night of old and new-- in ALL styles of music.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


Rock veterans U-2 won a total of four awards, including Record of the Year.
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[SOT 3:05:56]
[IN Q=And maybe not 20 years]
[SUPER=01-Bono/Grammy Winner;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=and think...Wow]
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[VO-NAT]


The other favorite to win big at the Grammys also didn't disappoint her fans-- newcomer Alicia Keys walked away with five trophies, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:06:07]
[IN Q=Sometimes I love you...]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=sometimes you make me blue]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


There were 17 performances in all-- including Billy Joel and Tony Bennett's duet of "New York State of Mind".
The generations came together for an energetic rendition of "Lady Marmalade"-- which also took home a Grammy.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress he sees increasing signs that the recession is coming to an end. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]

((The soothing effect of Fed chief Alan Greenspan's cautiously upbeat words on the economy wore off by day's end. GREENSPAN TOLD CONGRESS THE ECONOMY IS EMERGING FROM THE FIRST RECESSION IN A DECADE, BUT AT A VERY SLOW PACE...HE PREDICTS ECONOMIC GROWTH OF 2 1/2 TO 3 PERCENT THIS YEAR..
THE DOW SCRATCHED OUT A GAIN OF 12 POINTS
BUT THE NASDAQ COULDN'T HOLD ON AND FELL 15.
LEADING THE DECLINE WAS CISCO SYSTEMS, THE NETWORKING GIANT GOT SMACKED AFTER AN ANALYST LOWERED THE COMPANY'S PROFIT ESTIMATES.
THE BIOTECH FIRM IMCLONE RACED HIGHER ON RENEWED HOPES THAT THE FDA WILL GIVES EARLY APPROVAL TO ITS CANCER DRUG ERBITUX....
ON OUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: MICROSOFT... the largest software maker said it will join the Justice Department in submitting ``clarifying changes'' to their proposed settlement of the government's antitrust case.
AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON HEWLETT PACKARD AND COMPAQ IN THE WEEKS AHEAD.. H-P'S CEO Carly Fiorina, SPOKE TO ANALYSTS YESTERDAY IN HER LAST SCHEDULED ADDRESS TO WALL STREET BEFORE SHAREHOLDERS GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THE COMPANY'S PROPOSED BUYOUT OF COMPAQ. FIORINA SAID HER OPPONENTS INCLUDING WALTER HEWLETT, SON OF CO-FOUNDER BILL HEWLETT were misleading shareholders. SHAREHOLDERS VOTE ON THE MERGER MARCH 19TH AND 20TH.
ON TODAY'S ECONOMIC CALENDAR.. 4TH QTR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND JOBLESS CLAIMS FOR THE PREVIOUS WEEK.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[11Appox-Courthouse]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC1:40:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


They've had five years to do something about it and nothing's been done.
That's the opinion of the judges who use the Appomattox County courthouse and who are suing the county to get it renovated.
The dispute is headed to court unless a compromise can be reached.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Both sides agree]
[SUPER=03-Appomattox; :00]
[SUPER=01-Samuel Carter/Appomattox Co. Supervisor; :20]
[SUPER=01-Frank Carwile/Appomattox Co. Supervisor; :48]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.]

(( Both sides agree the Appomattox County courthouse is too small, has security problems and is in poor physical shape.
The dispute is over how to bring this 19th- century building up to 21st century standards.
The circuit court judges have their ideas.. the county supervisors.. who have to find a way to pay for it.. have another.
[SOT 9:51:23]

((SAMUEL CARTER/APPOMATTOX CO. SUPERVISOR: THEY'RE CALLING FOR 15 BATHROOMS FOR EXAMPLE.. WE THINK THAT'S EXCESSIVE. LARGER ROOMS FOR ATTORNEYS CONFERENCE ROOMS, THINGS OF THIS NATURE, WE CAN NARROW THE SQUARE FOOTAGE DOWN TO MAKE IT MORE ACCOMMODATING.))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=more accomodating.]


The two sides are as much as two million dollars apart in their proposals.
With a March 20th trial date looming, time to strike a deal is running out.
[SOT 9:53:17]

((FRANK CARWILE/APPOMATTOX CO. SUPERVISOR: I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THE BOARD IS A DIVIDED BOARD ON ISSUES AS TO WHAT I THINK WOULD BE THE RIGHT THING FOR THE COUNTY TO DO, IS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY, IS TO TAKE A COMPROMISE TO THE JUDGE AND OFFER HIM SOMETHING.))
[RUNS= 19]
[OUT Q=offer him something.]

[Standup ] ((An outside judge is hearing this case and today he essentially pleaded with both sides to reach some sort of compromise. If it does go to trial, Judge Charles Poston says the county cannot base its defense on its ability or inability to pay for the renovations. Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.] ))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[11Roanoke-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC2:20:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The family of a slain convenience store clerk is preparing for her memorial service in Galax later today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


49-year old Joyce Parrish was shot and killed by two armed men at the Texaco "Stop-In" on Hershberger road Monday night.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


That's where she worked part-time for less than a month.
Parrish's full time job was bookkeeping for 12 years with Tim Smith at Forbes Plumbing and Heating.
In her old office there are still photographs or her grandchildren and family.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Everybody is]

((TIM SMITH: EVERYBODY WAS A LITTLE MAD AND IN SHOCK. I'D SAY IT'S JUST BEEN DEVASTATING AROUND HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Smith/Parrish's Former Boss]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=around here.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Steve Rivera -- Parrish's co-worker -- was also shot Monday night, but survived.
He's outraged by Parrish's death, and is working with police to help find the two masked-men who shot them both.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[INQ= They must have]

((STEVE RIVERA: THEY MUST HAVE MOTHERS TOO, HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF IT WERE THEIR MOTHER STANDING AT THE REGISTER AND SOMEBODY PUT A GUN TO THE BACK OF HER HEAD AND SHOT HER FOR THE MEASLY COUPLE OF PENNIES THEY GOT?))
[SUPER=01-Steve Rivera/Shooting Survivor]
[RUNS=11]
[OUTQ= they got?]
(XXXXXXXXXX)
[ANCHOR=Kim]

[TAKE PRE PRO OF CRIME LINE]
Police are asking anyone with tips to call the crimeline at 344-8500.
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[11Hospital-Assault]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-60 TC2:05:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Blacksburg Police say a male nurse at Montgomery Regional Hospital is being charged with sexually assaulting a female patient.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :20]

36-year-old William P. McClanahan Junior faces one count of misdemeanor sexual assault.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

A hospital spokesman says the Pulaski resident is suspended from work. The assault allegedly happened during a medical exam on February 11th. Officials say McClanahan's length of employment and history at the facility is confidential.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 56:12:07]
[IN Q=the hospital]

((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF; THE HOSPITAL HAS FULLY COOPERATED WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN THIS INVESTIGATION AND ALL OTHER INVESTIGATIONS THAT WE HAD STEMMING IN AND AROUND THE HOSPITAL.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=AROUND THE HOSPITAL.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


McClanahan has been issued a summons to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in Blacksburg on March 28th.
The alleged victim's name is not being released but officials say she is over 18.
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[1st-Business]


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


In business news this morning, United Airlines will teach its pilots and crew how to use stun gun technology called Tasers.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]


((GOOD MORNING THIS THURSDAY THE 28TH OF FEBRUARY
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.

-------------------------


UNITED AIRLINES IS GOING AHEAD WITH TRAINING TO TEACH IT'S PILOTS AND CREW HOW TO USE TASERS....
THE STUN GUN TECHNOLOGY THAT JOLTS A WOULD BE ATTACKER INTO SUBMISSION BY FIRING WIRES AT THEM AND DELIVERING A NON LETHAL SHOCK.

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ON WALL STREET.. TODAY REACTION TO 4TH QUARTER GDP..
AND INITIAL UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS.
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. A FIRM SESSION IN TOKYO.....

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AS THEY WAIT FOR THIER DIPLOMAS THIS SPRING... THE NATION'S GRADUATES
MIGHT ACTUALLY BE PRACTICING SOMETHING ELSE: STANDING IN LINE, WAITING FOR WORK.
BY THE NUMBERS THIS MORNING.. NEARLY ONE THIRD OF THE NATION'S COLLEGE GRADUATES THIS SPRING COULD WAIT SIX MONTHS BEFORE JOBS.
A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AMD EMPLOYERS SAYS EMPLOYERS WILL HIRE ABOUT 20 PERCENT FEWER GRADUATES...AND 10 PERCENT OF THE RECENT GRADUATES SURVEYED DIDN'T FIND JOBS IN THE FIRST HALF YEAR AFTER SCHOOL.

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TIMEX IS GIVING A NEW IDEA A 'LICKIN IN CHICAGO
FOR A WHILE NOW... MOBIL HAS OFFERED A QUICK PREPAID ELECTRONIC TRANSMITTER THAT CONVEYS YOUR ACCOUNT INFO ELECTRONICALLY TO MAKE FOR A QUICK CASH-FREE ENCOUNTER AT THE GAS PUMP.
NOW TIMEX HAS PUT ONE IN A WRISTWATCH.. THE WEARABLE SPEEDPASS WORKS AT 400 AREA MC DONALDS TOO , SO YOU CAN FILL YOUR TANK OR YOUR TUMMY.
DRUG, GROCERY AND VIDEO STORES MAY FOLLOW.

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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]

[5-Medicaid-Cuts]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-04 1:26:12]
[GRAPHIC=Medicaid]


In medical news, State Budget cuts could affect hospitals, health plans, and nursing homes.
That's because there could be reductions in Medicaid reimbursements.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton explains.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The CEO and President for ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ed Murphy/Carilion Health System CEO; :13]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :24Quick]
[SUPER=@Joy2;]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=I'm JS for News 7 Mornin'.]

((
The C-E-O and President for Carilion Health System says the company is sensitive to the budget issue --it just wants make sure the cuts in Medicaid payments are fair.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT15:11:54]
[IN Q=The cuts we're talking about have]

((THE CUTS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HAVE THE MOST DRAMATIC IMPACT --MOST VULNERABLE PARTS OF POPULATION FRAIL ELDERLY AND NEWBORN BABIES)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=and newborn babies]


That's because Medicaid pays for 50 percent of the births in the state and 70 percent of nursing home care.
In his budget proposal, the Governor recommended cutting 22 million dollars in Medicaid payments for the first year, and to look at other options for the second year.
The Senate amendments to budget recommended 59 million in cuts over two years.
And the House wants 135 million in cuts over 2 years.
The cuts would affect hospitals, health plans, and nursing homes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT15:05:54]
[IN Q=The difficulty we're having is the more]

((THE DIFFICULTY WE'RE HAVING IS THE MORE RECENT PROPOSAL THAT HAVE BEEN COMING OUT OF THE LEGISLATURE WE THINK MEDICAID IS TAKING A DISAPPROPRIATE BURDEN OF THE CUTS AND REALLY HARMING THE SOCIAL SAFETY FOR THE PEOPLE HERE )) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=for the people]


According to the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association currently hospitals are only reimbursed 80 cents on every dollar -and the cuts will mean they would be get even less.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT15:08:52]
[IN Q=In the final anaylsis]

(( IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS WE HAVE TO OPERATE IN THE BLACK AND THE MORE CUTS THERE ARE FOR SERVICES SUCH AS TRAUMA CARE --THE MORE DIFFICULT IS TO KEEP BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PROVIDE THOSE IN THE FUTURE )) [RUNS21]
[OUT Q=in the future]))
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Murphy says the nursing homes will be the hardest hit --and some will probably have to shut down.


[11Tech-Donation]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-01 TC1:05:10]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Virginia Tech is showing off what 211-million dollars in computer software looks like.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :21]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The school announced it's largest donation in history yesterday and it's coming in the form of software. PACE...a partnership of corporations working to help educate future engineers...is providing the computer programs. They are widely used in the engineering industry and now Tech students will have access to learn, train and design with them.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:55:25]
[IN Q=IT'S CREATING]

((JAN HELGE BOHN/VT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING; IT'S CREATING A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EXCITEMENT IN THE GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND QUITE FRANKLY I SEE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESEARCH COMING OUT THE PIPELINE BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS INFRASTRUCTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Jan Helge Bohn/Associate Professor of Engineering;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=THIS INFRASTUCTURE.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Officials say the software will be installed on the personal computers of Tech's approximately 65-hundred engineering students in time for the Fall semester. President Charles Steger says it will keep curriculum current and give students an advantage when entering the workforce.
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[11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-02 TC48:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The stand-off over a statewide sales tax referendum continues in Richmond.
Yesterday, the House of Delegates and the State Senate staked out opposite sides of the issue.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


As expected, the Senate embraced the statewide referendum as a first step toward addressing school construction needs.
But a majority of house members believe the sales tax proposal is a bad idea.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This bill]

((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: THIS BILL WOULD TAKE MY MONEY THAT I SPEND IN ROANOKE AND SALEM AND SEND A PORTION OF IT TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO HELP THEIR SCHOOLS AND WHILE I LIKE NORTHERN VIRGINIA, I THINK MY SCHOOLS NEED MY MONEY KEPT RIGHT THERE IN SALEM AND ROANOKE COUNTY VIRGINIA.)) ((SEN. EDD HOUCK: THIS IS ALL WE'VE GOT. WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING THROUGH THE BUDGET. WE'VE TURNED OUR BACKS AT EVERY CROSSROADS TO DO ANYTHING REALLY SIGNIFICANT FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT A TIME WHEN THEY DESPERATELY NEED IT.))
[SUPER=@griffith; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :14]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=when they desperately need it.]
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[VO-NAT]


A half cent hike in the sales tax would raise more than 350- million dollars a year for schools. Governor Warner supports the referendum and yesterday he urged lawmakers to keep an open mind.
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[11VA-Cares]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-56]
[GRAPHIC=none]


More than two dozen people asked lawmakers in Richmond to keep funding for pre-release and post-incarceration services yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT - :19]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The group was protesting the Department of Criminal Justice Services budget reduction proposal, which would eliminate programs like Virginia Cares. Virginia Cares offeres job and living assistance to ex-offenders. Supporters of the program say lawmakers in Richmond can either realize the need for funding now or later.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - 33:45]
[IN Q=They don't have that...]

((DANIEL LEWIS/VA CARES PARTICIPANT; THEY DON'T HAVE THAT LOVING HAND TO GREET THEM, AND TELL THEM YOU CAN MAKE IT THEN THEY'LL GO RIGHT BACK TO THE SAME CRIMES THAT THEY DID BEFORE, AND SOMETIMES EVEN WORSE. SO THAT NEXT PERSON COULD BE YOU OR IT COULD BE ME THAT THEY ARE BREAKING IN THEIR HOMES OR ROBBING ON THE STREET.))
[SUPER=01-Daniel Lewis/VA Cares Participant;]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=robbing on the street.]
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[VO-NAT - :07+]

Programs like Virginia Cares help nearly 20-thousand ex-offenders a year, three-quarters of whom do NOT go back to prison. (------------)