[11VA-Flooding]

[ANCHOR=Marya]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-10 TC22:57]
[GRAPHIC=flood Aftermath]


Governor Warner is asking President Bush to declare flood-ravaged southwest Virginia a major disaster area.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wise Co.]


Warner estimates that floods damaged 453 homes in Virginia.
The governor requested the disaster declaration yesterday in a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

If FEMA recommends a presidential disaster declaration, federal programs would help flood victims with housing, low interest loans, grants and unemployment assistance.
(------------)



[Campaign-Finance]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Supporters of campaign finance reform legislation are celebrating a victory after years of trying to pass the bill.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


The measure is now heading for a promised presidential signature after winning final approval in the Senate yesterday.
The bill will ban soft money contributions ... the unregulated donations made to political parties rather than candidates.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:08:12 - :24]
[IN Q=With the stroke]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=their elected representatives.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Opponents of the bill say they plan to take the issue to the Supreme Court.
They claim the bill is a violation of free speech.
(------------)



[Peru-Bomb]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A car bomb exploded outside the U-S embassy in Lima, Peru, killing at least nine people.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;]


The State Department says no Americans were hurt in the blast, which damaged cars and buildings near the embassy.


Police have not said WHO planted the bomb.
The explosion comes just three days before a planned visit to Peru by President Bush.
He's starting a four-nation Latin American tour this morning, with a first stop in Mexico.
The White House has not said yet how the attack will affect plans for the trip.
(------------)


[Dog-Attack]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A jury has reached a verdict on 4 of the 5 charges in the San Francisco dog-attack trial.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


Deliberations will continue for a third day today on the last charge.
The judge has sealed the verdicts until the jury completes its deliberations.
Robert Noel and his wife Marjorie Knoller are charged in the death of neighbor Diane Whipple.
She was mauled to death last year at the door to her apartment by at least one of the couple's dogs.
Their lawyers say the couple had no way of knowing the dogs were dangerous.
(------------)


[11King-Council]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-06 TC48:05]
[SS=Martin Luther King]


Efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King stalled Monday when Roanoke City Council defeated a proposal to rename the north end of Elmwood Park.
But as Joe Dashiell reports, the issue may soon be at the forefront of the city council campaign.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=A divided city council]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rev. E. M. Mitchell/Committee Co-Chair; :09]
[SUPER=@Joe2; :18]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]

(( A divided city council defeated the Elmwood Park proposal... and left supporters of the plan promising to make it an issue in the May election.
[SOT]
[IN Q=We will make sure]

((REV. E. M. MITCHELL/KING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THIS COMMUNITY KNOWS WHO THEY ARE ON ELECTION DAY, AND THE POLLS WILL SHOW YOU THAT WE MEAN BUSINESS.))
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=that we mean business.]


With three seats at stake and only one incumbent seeking re-election... council will welcome at least two new members. All eight council candidates say they support a King Memorial, though they differ on the details.
While the Elmwood Park proposal may not have been a perfect solution, [PRE-PRO PAGE 1] Republicans Mark Hurley and Jack Parrott say they would have voted for the plan that council defeated. [PAGE 2]
Independents Don Hogan and Doug Trout would have voted no. They believe the north end of Elmwood Park was not the proper location for a memorial.
[PAGE 3] Democrat Alfred Dowe says it was an unacceptable compromise because of the way the plan developed. [ADD CUTLER] And while Democrat Rupert Cutler says he appreciates the work of the committee, he believes there are other good options. [END PRE-PRO]
We were unable to reach Republican Steve Mabry for comment.
Among the alternatives that remain on the table include naming the Higher Education Center, the new stadium, or a new elementary school in honor of Dr. King.
Council incumbent, Nelson Harris voted against the Elmwood Park proposal, but says he remains hopeful that council can select an appropriate memorial BEFORE the new council members take their seats.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[11Radford-Visitors]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-04 TC55:25]
[GRAPHIC=Radford Univ.]


Radford University students will pay higher tuition this Fall.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

The school's Board of Visitors approved hikes yesterday. The new rates will raise 1-point-3 million dollars to help meet losses in state funding. Virginia residents will pay a 9-percent increase... which is 145-dollars. Out of state students will see a hike of 6-percent which is an increase of 454-dollars.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:29:30]
[IN Q=even with]

((JAY POOLE/RU BOARD OF VISITORS; EVEN WITH THE INCREASES WE APPROVED TODAY THE TOTAL TUITION IS LESS THAN THE TUITION WAS IN 1992 WHICH IS REMARKABLE SO IT STILL IS AN AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITY. ))
[SUPER=01-Jay Poole/Radford University Board of Visitors;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITY.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The state is requiring Radford to meet a total budget reduction of more than two and half million. Officials say since they still have to find 1-point-4 million in cuts... the effect will be felt at the University.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


Students at George Mason University will have it even tougher.
That school's board of visitors approved a 25-percent tuition hike yesterday for in-state undergrads... that comes to about a thousand dollars.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Compaq Computer shareholders have approved the 20 billion-dollar takeover by Hewlett-Packard.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]

((THE SHAREHOLDERS HAVE SPOKEN AND DESPITE A GOOD DOSE OF OPPOSITION, IT LOOKS LIKE THE LARGEST TECHNOLOGY DEAL EVER IS A GO.
COMPAQ SHAREHOLDERS HAVE APPROVED THE HEWLETT PACKARD/ COMPAQ MERGER BY A MARGIN OF 9-1. ON TUESDAY H-P SAID IT BELIEVES IT RECEIVED ENOUGH SHAREHOLDER VOTES TO OK THE 21 BLN DOLLAR BUYOUT.
THERE WERE SOME SPRING SHOWERS ON WALL STREET
THE DOW SANK 133 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ SLID NEARLY 42.
THE EMBATTLED auditing firm Andersen pleaded NOT GUILTY to criminal obstruction charges stemming from the Enron collapse. The Justice Department hopes to show that the firm's top brass orchestrated a widespread document shredding campaign. The criminal charge is the first filed in connection with Enron's demise and the first prosecution of a major accounting firm. ANDERSEN FACES TRIAL MAY 6TH.
THE MARKET FOR NEW STOCKS IS HEATING UP.. WALL STREET WILL WELCOME TWO MAJOR SPINOFFS THIS WEEK.. ALCON, AN EYECARE COMPANY GOES PUBLIC TODAY AND TRAVELLERS, THE INSURANCE ARM OF CITIGROUP GOES PUBLIC TOMORROW.
THE BANANA PRODUCER CHIQUITA BRANDS HAS EMERGED FROM CHAPTER 11 .. FIVE MONTHS AFTER FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY. CHIQUITA PLANS TO SELL STOCK TODAY ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE. ON THE ECONOMY CALENDAR, THE FEBRUARY CONSUMER PRICE INDEX AND JOBLESS CLAIMS.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[5-Colon-Cancer]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-04, 1:38:17]
[GRAPHIC=Cancer]


In this morning's Health Check, Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
The risk of getting colon cancer dramatically increases after the age of 50.
That's why one local doctor recommends getting a colonoscopy every 10 years after the age of 50.
As Health Check reporter Joy Sutton tells us, those with a family history of cancer may need to start earlier.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Don Sutton knows he's at increased risk]
[SUPER=03-Salem;00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jon Bern/Valley Gastroenterology of SW Virginia;1:23]
[SUPER=01-Don Sutton/Patient;1:53 Quick]
[SUPER=@Joy2]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=for News 7 Mornin'.]

((
Don Sutton knows he's at increased risk for colon cancer. That's why he's not taking any chances --this is the third time he's had a colonoscopy.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT1:20, tape 2]
[IN Q=Everything I read is eary detection]

((EVERYTHING I READ IS EARLY DETECTION. FIND OUT EARLY AND YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=can do something about it]


Inside the (in-dos-co-pee) endoscopy suite at Lewis Gale Medical Center he is given a sedative to make him comfortable during the procedure.
Gastroenterologist Jon Bern prepares for the colonoscopy.
He inserts a flexible tube with a video camera on the end inside the rectum until it reaches the small intestines --this allows him to see a very detailed picture of the colon.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT9:53, 1st tape]
[IN Q=It detects approxiametly 98 percent]

((IT DETECTS APPROXIMATELY 98 PERCENT OF CANCER AND ITS ALSO DETECTS PRECANCEROUS POLYPS WHICH CAN BE REMOVED AND YOU NEVER GET CANCER. THAT'S WHY THIS TEST IS SO IMPORTANT)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=test is so important]

On his journey through Sutton's colon --he finds a polyp --it's the elevated bump scene here. He removes and burns it with an electric current.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:38]
[IN Q=You can see it turning]
((NAT SOT: YOU CAN SEE IT TURNING IT WHITE AND NOW IT'S GONE --AND THAT'S WHAT'S LEFT AFTER WE ARE DONE JUST A LITTLE S

CARRED AREA)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=little scarred area]


Removing this polyp is critical because polyps turn into cancer over the course of about 10 years.
That's why Doctor Bern says there is plenty time to intervene and no should have to die from colon cancer.
He says even if cancer is found--like seen on this colon, there is still a good chance of survival if caught early.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT20:15]
[IN Q=The cure rate can be nearly 100 percent]

((THE CURE RATE CAN BE NEARLY 100 PERCENT ONCE CANCER HAS SPREAD TO LYMPH NODES THEN IT DROP TO ABOUT 60 PERCENT. ONCE IT'S SPREAD MORE WIDELY THEN SURVIVAL IS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=dramatically reduced]


Bern says there are some risks with the procedure which include poking a hole in the bowel and bleeding --but he says they are relatively low.
They're risks Sutton is willing to take because this test could save his life.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT1:28]
[IN Q=I think the statics are showing]

((I THINK THE STATISTICS ARE SHOWING THAT OVER THE PAST DECADE WHERE DEATH BY CANCER HAVE GONE DOWN SIMPLY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE PAYING MORE ATTENTION THEIR OWN HEALTH)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=their own health]))
[ANCHOR=Marya]
[SS=HOLD]


Medicare does cover screening and because of recent law most insurance companies in Virginia do as well.

(Marya tosses to bump)


News 7 Mornin' will be right back. [bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[11Church-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC43:39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Solid Rock Pentecostal Church will hold services elsewhere while the Pastor decides what to do with the crumbling church.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :20]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Cracks in the front wall of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church on Campbell Avenue were discovered earlier this week after the foundation wall collapsed. Building inspectors who toured the building yesterday afternoon say there's nothing holding the wall up. They've given the church's pastor 2-days to come up with a plan to fix the damage.
(///// SOT AT :20 /////)
[SOT 17:04:04-17:04:20]
[IN Q=The problem is this needs...]

((RON SMITH/BUILDING COMMISSIONER: THE PROBLEM IS THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE RIGHT AWAY. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME BECAUSE IT IS SEVERE AND IF THE CHURCH FAILS TO ACT PROMPTLY THE CITY MAY HAVE TO TAKE ACTION TO ABATE THE PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Smith/Building Commissioner;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=take action to abate the problem.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT :10]

Smith says the city told Pastor George Taylor to contact an engineer to find out how to repair the more than 50-year old building. Taylor has to put a plan together by tomorrow.
(///// SOT AT :10 /////)
[SOT 17:07:02-17:07:12]
[IN Q=It looks kinda gray as far as...]

((PASTOR GEORGE TAYLOR/SOLID ROCK PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: IT LOOKS KINDA GRAY AS FAR AS THE PHYSICAL SIDE GOES 'CAUSE IT MAY LOOK IMPOSSIBLE. BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU NEVER KNOW. GOD CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Pastor George Taylor/Solid Rock Pentecostal Church;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=God can make anything happen.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

In the meantime, Taylor says services will be held at Greater Life Ministries at 16th and Rorer Avenue.
(------------)




[11Bedford-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC1:06:34]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Bedford County authorities still have questions about a woman's claim that a man shot her in the chest.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Police were called to the Graves Mill Shopping Center around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
44- year- old Linda Moorefield Ferrell says she was watching the ducks at a pond when a man came up and shot her.

Ferrell walked to a nearby restaurant to report the shooting. She's in serious condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police say they have doubts about the woman's story and are continuing to investigate.
(------------)



[VOB-Lotto-Winner]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-03]
[GRAPHIC=Lotto South]

A 21- million dollar mystery is solved. The Roanoke couple who won the Lotto South jackpot came forward yesterday to claim the prize.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Jimmy and Cindy Tran are the lucky winners. Jimmy Tran didn't know he held the winning ticket for two days. He says he was watching the news, recognized the store where he bought the ticket and some of the winning numbers. That's when he ran to his car-- retrieved the ticket and realized he'd won.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:02:28]
[IN Q=I thanked ]

((JIMMY TRAN/LOTTO SOUTH WINNER; I THANKED THE LORD AND STARTED TO CRY SO, THEN I RAN IN AND TOLD MY WIFE AND SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE IT EITHER.))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Tran/Lotto South Winner;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=believe it either. ]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The Trans waited almost three weeks to step forward... they wanted to meet with financial advisors before claiming the prize. They've decided to take the one- time cash payout which amounts to more than ten million dollars before taxes. The Trans, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam, operate a nail salon in Roanoke.
(------------)



[Health-Care]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A new study by the Institute of Medicine reports minorities in the U-S are receiving lower-quality healthcare than white patients.
Teri Okita has more from Washington.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Most patients]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Nelson/Committee Chairman; :14]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; :44]
[SUPER=01-Martha Hill/Committee Co-Chair; :54]
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Williams/Research Scientist; 1:13]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]



[11Franklin-Accidents]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC2:00:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Franklin County High School students are hoping to put a halt to the alarming number of deadly car crashes on county roads.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


Students formed a group called Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety.
They assembled nearly 600 students yesterday ... urging them to drive responsibly and wear their seatbelts.
To drive the message home, the students showed pictures of the car accidents that claimed the lives 21 people, including their classmate Keith LaPrade.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:46 - 10:07]
[IN Q=Keith was one]

((MEGAN FLORA/YOVASO PRESIDENT: TEENS ARE SEEN AS THE WORST DRIVERS..... WEAR YOUR SEATBELT, TEACH THEM HERE AND WHEN THEY GET OLDER, IT'S BEEN DRILLED IN THEIR HEAD LONG ENOUGH THAT THEY DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT... IT'S NATURAL.))
[SUPER=01-Megan Flora/YOVASO President;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=it's natural.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The students blew out 21 candles, as they read the name of each person who died on Franklin County roads last year. (------------)