A FEMA team will tour parts of flood-ravaged Southwest Virginia today.
Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner, U-S Senator John Warner and Congressman Rick Boucher, along with other public safety and National Guard officials, got their chance to witness an estimated 51-million dollars worth of damage.
Senator Warner told area residents that while the destruction may be depressing, their attitude is to be commended.
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[IN Q=Our hearts go out to the families...]
((SEN. JOHN WARNER: OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND THE PEOPLE IN THESE COMMUNITIES. I'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE AND THE ONE THING I ALWAYS REMEMBER IS THIS IS A COMMUNITY OF STURDY PEOPLE, HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND THE WAY THEY WORK WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS IS REMARKABLE.))
[OUT Q=work with their neighbors is remarkable.]
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The Senator promised to ask President Bush to speed up federal disaster relief for the region.
Meantime, Governor Warner says he's certain damage estimates will rise once the waters recede and a full accounting can be taken of the losses.
The cost of attending a community college in Virginia is going up.
Students will pay about 10 dollars more for each three-credit course beginning in the next academic year.
The State Board for Community Colleges approved the increase yesterday to help offset about 17-million dollars in state budget cuts.
Some students at the College of Health Sciences will soon be forced to change programs or transfer to another school.
That's because the college is shutting down its Radiologic Sciences program until it can meet accreditation standards.
Some students are upset because they say the college knew about the accreditation problems and waited to the last minute to tell students.
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[SUPER=01-Erin Proco/Freshman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brandi Brown/Freshman; :09]
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College officials say they were forced to close the program because accreditation standards for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools required professors to have graduate-level degrees.
So all of the radiology professors will now be going back to school.
Officials are not sure how long it will be before the program will be offered again.
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[IN Q=We want to make sure]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Norman Fenton/College of Health Sciences]
[OUT Q=a long period of time]
There are 46 students in the program.
Seniors and Juniors will get to complete the it and graduate.
Freshman and sophomores will have to make other arrangements.
A plan to expand the Roanoke Rescue Mission moved forward Thursday, as the city Planning Commission voted to rezone property for the project.
The Rescue Mission wants to start a new residential recovery program for women and their children.
Plans call for a new building across Dale Avenue from the current facility.
The proposal has strong support and vocal opposition, as members of the Planning Commission learned Thursday afternoon.
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[IN Q=The Rescue Mission is proud]
((MARYELLEN GOODLATTE: THE RESCUE MISSION IS PROUD OF THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES FOR OUR COMMUNITY, THE HOPE AND HELP IT EXTENDS TO THOSE WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT, AND THE HAND OF FELLOWSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP IT EXTENDS TO ITS NEIGHBORS.))
((JOHN MCGONIGAL: IF THE MISSION FEELS LEAD TO BUILD THIS FACILITY, WE DON'T WANT TO IMPEDE GOD'S WORK, BUT FOR THE SAKE OF THE WEST BELMONT NEIGHBORHOOD AND ITS PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE, WE FEEL IT SHOULD BE BUILT IN ANOTHER AREA OTHER THAN SOUTHEAST.))
[SUPER=01-Maryellen Goodlatte/Rescue Mission Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-John McGonigal/Historic Belmont Association; :12]
[OUT Q=other than southeast.]
The staff of the Planning Department had recommended against the rezoning, but the Planning Commission approved the request.
City Council will consider the issue in April.
A jury convicted two lawyers in the San Francisco dog-mauling death of their neighbor.
Now, the couple may lose their law licenses over it.
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Marjorie Knoller faces 15 years to life when she's sentenced in May for second-degree murder in Diane Whipple's death.
She and her husband, Robert Noel were also convicted of involuntary manslaughter and owning an animal that killed someone.
Their law licenses have been suspended, pending a hearing.
Whipple was trying to get into her apartment when Knoller lost control of her two presa canario dogs in the hallway.
The dogs attacked Whipple, biting her 77 times.
For the first time, the Pope has denounced the scandal of priests implicated in sex abuse cases ... saying they betrayed their vows and succumbed to evil.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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[IN Q=Pope John Paul II]
[SUPER=03-Vatican City, Italy; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/Reporting; :39]
[SUPER=01-Ray Flynn/Former U. S. Ambassador to the Vatican; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News, NY.]
In business news, The largest initial public offering so far this year begins trading today .
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((IT'S BEING BILLED AS THE LARGEST INITIAL PUBLIC STOCK OFFERING IN THE
HISTORY OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.
LATER TODAY, CITIGROUP'S INSURANCE ARM, TRAVELERS WILL MAKE ITS WALL
DEBUT. THE STOCK SALE VALUES TRAVELERS AT ABOUT 18 BLN DOLLARS. AND
SAY THE SALE IS EXPECTED TO BE WELL RECEIVED BY INVESTORS.
STOCKS TO WATCH TODAY INCLUDE NIKE. AFTER THE CLOSING BELL THE ATHLETIC
SHOEMAKER SAID EARNINGS RACED AHEAD TO 46 CENTS A SHARE.. A PENNY BETTER
IT WAS A TALE OF TWO MARKETS AFTER SOME REPORTS SHOWED THE ECONOMIC
RECOVERY MAY BE SLOWER THAN EXPECTED.
THE DOW PARED MUCH OF A TRIPLE DIGIT LOSS TO CLOSE 21 POINTS LOWER
BUT THE NASDAQ RALLIED MORE THAN 35.
GENERAL ELECTRIC WAS THE DAY'S BIG LOSER AFTER AN INFLUENTIAL BOND FUND
MANAGER QUESTIONED THE REASON BEHIND A RECENT BOND SALE BY GE'S FINANCING
A BANKRUPTCY JUDGE GAVE KMART THE GREEN LIGHT TO CLOSE 283 STORES AND
GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALES THAT COULD BRING IN MORE THAN 500 MLN
APPLE COMPUTER IS RAISING THE PRICE ON EACH OF ITS THREE I-MAC MODELS BY
HUNDRED DOLLARS OR ABOUT 7.5 PERCENT BECAUSE OF RISING COMPONENT COSTS.
APPLE ALSO SAID SHIPMENTS THIS QTR OF ITS NEW I-MAC MAY LAG SOME
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Lobbyists have all kinds of ways of getting their message through to members of Congress.. very seldom, though, do they use a bus.
But now, the American Cancer Society is sponsoring a seven- month, 40- state bus tour to rally support for more funding for cancer research.
People whose lives have been touched by cancer are signing the bus to send a message to Congress.
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((KEENAN CALDWELL/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: CANCER IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP ONE OR TWO HEALTH CONCERNS FOR ALL AMERICANS, SO WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO STEP FORWARD AND RAISE THAT BAR AND RAISE THAT LEVEL OF AWARENESS THAT IT'S A MAJOR HEALTH CONCERN AND WE WANT CONGRESS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE INITIATIVES THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Keenan Caldwell/American Cancer Society]
[OUT Q=we're looking for.]
So far, more than 34- hundred people have signed the bus which will make stops in Danville and Salem later today.
The tour will wrap up in Washington D.C. in September.
Every woman's dream is to find jeans that fit perfectly.
But the jeans you are about to see are about more than a good fit.
They're called French Dressing, and they're specially designed to every woman's body.
A boutique in Franklin County sells more of these jeans than any other retailer in the nation.
J&J Fashions received national attention in Women's Wear Daily for its sales records.
PLUS all profits the manufacturer gets from jean sales go to breast cancer research.
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[IN Q=It is so exciting]
((JEWELL HUNT/J & J FASHIONS: IT IS SO EXCITING WHAT THEY DO FOR THE WORLD, REALLY. THEY ARE SO COMMITTED TO CANCER RESEARCH. AND THEY JUST GIVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR TO BREAST CANCER.))
[SUPER=01-Jewell Hunt/J & J Fashions]
[OUT Q=breast cancer.]
Jewell Hunt has run the Rocky Mount Fashion store for 35 years... with the help of her husband, daughter and son-in-law... and even her granddaughter.
The president of French Dressing Jeans will attend a celebration next month to congratulate the family on its success.
News-7 Mornin' will be right back.
(Marya tosses to bump)
A Virginia Tech freshman has been indicted on federal charges of threatening the lives of the nation's top elected officials.
18 year old Steven Keith Adair (uh-DAYR) was arrested in his dorm room by the Secret Service yesterday morning.
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Prosecutors say Adair set up a false e-mail account linked to a 14 year old New Jersey boy in October, and then sent an e-mail to the White House threatening the lives of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
The Secret Service originally thought the 14 year old was responsible.
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[IN Q=Went up and executed...]
((JOHN BROWNLEE/US ATTORNEY; WENT UP AND EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT OF THIS KIDS HOUSE, HIS PARENTS WERE THERE, WENT THROUGH HIS COMPUTER AND DID A COMPLETE PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF THIS 14 YEAR OLD BOY ALL BECAUSE OF MR. ADAIR'S CONDUCT.))
((TONY ANDERSON/ADAIR'S ATTORNEY; THE GOVERNMENT WAS RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE WHAT THEY'VE DONE HERE. THEY WERE RIGHT TO PROCEED WITH THESE CHARGES, AND I THINK THEN IT ALL WASHES OUT, WE'RE GOING TO FIND THAT THIS WAS A ONE TIME ABERRANT ACT OF A COLLEGE PRANK GONE AWRY, AND HE'S FACING VERY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES AS A RESULT OF IT.))
[SUPER=01-John Brownlee/U. S. Attorney]
[SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Adair's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=as a result of it.]
Adair was released on 10-thousand dollars bond.
He could also face charges in California for allegedly hacking into the Stanford University computer system.
In business news this morning, Revenue for major airlines was down last month compared with last year.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
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[OUT Q=in Washington.]
GOOD MORNING THIS FRIDAY THE 22ND OF MARCH.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
IT'S A ROUGH ROAD.. OR RATHER ROUGH SKIES...
BUSINESS TRAVEL, IS RECOVERING, BUT AT A SNAIL'S PACE.
THE AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION SAYS REVENUE FOR MAJOR AIRLINES
WAS DOWN 23% LAST MONTH COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 2001. AND THOSE ON
FULL-FARE OR FIRST-CLASS TICKETS WAS DOWN ABOUT 20%.
FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF SEVERAL COMPETITORS, U-S AIRWAYS IS THE
LATEST TO STOP PAYING A
COMMISSION TO TRAVEL AGENTS.
ITS ALMOST AS INEVITABLE AS DEATH AND TAXES.THE POSTAL RATE
COMMISSION IS SET TO APPROVE AN INCREASE IN THE COST OF A REGULAR
FIRST CLASS STAMP TO 37 CENTS FROM 34 CENTS AS EARLY AS TODAY.
THE POST OFFICE LOST ALMOST $2 BILLION LAST YEAR.
READER'S DIGEST WILL BE SPENDING MORE TIME IN
IT'S BUYING REIMAN PUBLICATIONS FOR 760 MILLION.
REIMAN'S TITLES INCLUDE TASTE OF HOME,, BON APPETIT,
GOURMET, COOKING LIGHT AND COUNTRY WOMAN.
WALL STREET WILL TRY FOR A BOUNCE BACK TODAY.. YESTERDAY BLUE
CHIPS FELL.. TECHS ROSE.
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. IN TOKYO.. STOCKS FELL AFTER THE
GOVERNMENT SAID THEY AREN'T PLANNING MORE MEASURES THIS MONTH TO
COMBAT 2 1-2 YEARS OF A SINKING ECONOMY.
IMAX , WHOSE THEATERS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR GIANT EIGHT-STORY
SCREENS AND STADIUM SEATING, PLANS TO CONVERT THE MEGA-HIT "APOLLO 13"
TO ITS BIG SCREEN FORMAT.
IT WILL BE THE FIRST LIVE-ACTION HOLLYWOOD FILM TO PLAY IN IMAX
THEATERS AND THE FIRST OF SIX FILMS IMAX HOPES TO RELEASE THIS YEAR.
IT COULD BRING IN $25 TO $30 MILLION IN TICKET SALES .
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The price of a stamp may be going up again.
The Postal Rate Commission is expected to announce this morning that it's raising the price of mailing a letter by 3 cents -- to 37 cents.
The new rated could take effect as soon as the end of June.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news,
Good news in the fight against breast cancer ... AND tests show soy could help ease cronic pain.
Melissa McDermott details in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((PRELIMINARY TESTS ARE IN ON TAMOXIFEN,
AND RESULTS SHOW THE DRUG DOES PREVENT BREAST CANCER IN HIGH-RISK
RESEARCHERS SAY THAT BREAST CANCER INCIDENCE WAS ONE-THIRD LOWER IN
WOMEN TAKING TAMOXIFEN, THAN IN THOSE TAKING A PLACEBO.
(WIPE SOUND FULL 4 SEC. NATS FADE UNDER)
KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR DOCTOR JUST GOT EASIER.
A NEW SYSTEM CALLED THE MEDTRONIC CARELINK NETWORK ELECTRONICALLY
REPORTS A PATIENT'S HEART RHYTHM AND PERFORMANCE DIRECTLY TO PHYSICIANS.
CARELINK CURRENTLY IS USED WITH SPECIFIC IMPLANTABLE DEFIBRILLATORS, BUT
WILL EVENTUALLY SUPPORT MANY MORE OF MEDTRONIC'S CARDIAC DEVICES.
RESEARCHERS CALL THE NEW SYSTEM A TRUE MARRIAGE OF MEDICINE AND
A DIET RICH IN SOY MAY HELP EASE CHRONIC PAIN CAUSED BY INFLAMMATION AND
IN A NEW STUDY, JOHN HOPKINS RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT RATS WITH THE CHRONIC
THOSE FED SOY WERE BETTER ABLE TO WITHSTAND HEAT APPLIED TO THEIR
INJURED PAW..AND HAD SIGNIFICANTLY LESS SWELLING THAN RATS THAT WERE
(BACK ON CAM)
THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
(Marya tosses to Steve)
A deputy U-S Marshal has been arrested for cocaine possession.
Forty- nine year old Joseph Bruer, Junior, was picked up at his home on Roanoke Boulevard in Salem just after midnight Wednesday night.
Bruer- -seen here escorting a prisoner- -is a senior member of the Marshal Service.
He transports prisoners and helps provide courtroom security in the Poff Building.
State police had had Bruer's home under surveillance for the last ten days.
Salem police captain Jeff Dudley wouldn't say how much cocaine was involved but conceded it would be considered a "user amount." Dudley won't talk about others involved but said Bruer was the only member of the Marshal Service arrested.
They doubted whether she was telling the truth about being shot by a stranger.. turns out Bedford County authorities were right.
44- year- old Linda Ferrell told police Wednesday an unidentified white male walked up and shot her in the Graves Mill shopping center.
More than a dozen officers responded to search for the gun-toting suspect.. but Ferrell's story didn't hold up.
She later admitted to shooting herself.. she's in stable condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Authorities say Ferrell may be charged with filing a false report.