[Hebron]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


In the Middle East, a U-S peace envoy is to meet with Yasser Arafat shortly.
That after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved a request for the envoy to meet with Arafat in Ramallah.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;]


Despite a call from President Bush for Israel to end its assault in the West Bank, the violence is continuing.
Israeli armored personal carriers and tanks swept through (HEH-brahn) Hebron, and continued fighting Palestinian gunmen.
It's all part of Ariel Sharon's attempt to fight terror throughout the Palestinian territories.
(------------)

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Bethlehem]


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

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bethlehem;]


Violence is also continuing in the West Bank City of Bethlehem.
Three explosions and heavy machine-gun fire were heard near the Church of the Nativity.
Bethlehem resembles a ghost town, where frightened residents watched Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles enter streets littered with debris and mangled cars.
More than 11- hundred Palestinians and 410 Israelis have been killed in the 18-month-old Palestinian revolt.
(------------)



[Pearl]


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


The trial of four suspects in the death of American journalist Daniel Pearl got under way in Pakistan--
But it was then postponed until next Friday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Karachi, Pakistan;]


A defense attorney for Islami militant Omar Saeed demanded more documents from the government-- including E-mails and photos.
Saeed and three others could get the death penalty if convicted.
The trial is being held inside the Karachi Central Jail for security reasons.
Troops with machine guns are guarding the fences.
Relatives were allowed in, but reporters were kept out.
(------------)





[Abduction]


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


A mother and her daughter are safe now after a 700- mile abduction that began in Flint, Michigan and ended in Pittsylvania County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[STILL PHOTOS OF VICTIM]
State police say 30- year- old Barbara Dunlap and her four- year- old daughter were kidnapped from their Michigan home Tuesday.
Shortly after lunchtime yesterday, the mother and daughter managed to escape from ther captor in Pittsylvania county.
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=none]


F-B-I agents launched a full- scale investigation and have identified the kidnapper as a former boyfriend.
Authorities say the un- identified suspect has relatives in Virginia, and was trying to re- establish a relationship with the victim.

[Carroll-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kco]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A drug investigation in Carroll County put two men behind bars this week... and more arrests are expected soon.
Police arrested 29-year-old Brian Michael Allen, and 22-year-old Harvey Joe Warren after finding over 22-thousand dollars worth of meth-ampetamines in Allen's home on Tuesday. Both men are in federal custody in Roanoke withOUT bond. Carroll County officials say this is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are expected in the future.

[11Vinton-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-16 TC06:20]
[SS=Accident Invest.]


A Vinton Police officer WILL NOT face charges for an automobile accident that killed two elderly women.
Prosecutor Joel Branscom says the evidence does not support any form of manslaughter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/February]


This all stems from an accident that happened February 23rd just before midnight on Washington Avenue in Vinton.


Officer John Munsey was pursuing a "speeding pick-up" when a car carrying Audrey St. Clair and Onita Bryant collided with Munsey's patrol car.
The two elderly women were killed instantly.
Branscom says the decision not to press charges mainly dealt with how fast Munsey was going at the time of the accident.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:44:22]
[IN Q=Reckless driving by statute]

((JOEL BRANSCOM/BOTETOURT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: RECKLESS DRIVING BY STATUTE IN A 35 MILE PER HOUR ZONE IS 60 MILES PER HOUR. BASED ON THE ADMISSABLE EVIDENCE I COULDN'T SHOW REALLY MUCH MORE THAN 50.))
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Special Prosecutor]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=much more than 50.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Vinton Police Chief says officer Munsey will be re-instated to patrol duty.
The victims' family has hired a civil attorney.
That attorney had no comment.
(------------)



[11Clower]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=502-04 TC05:40]
[GRAPHIC=Clower]


It was his co-worker who blew the whistle on Sid Clower.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Patrick Co./Wednesday]


The Henry County Administrator is suspected of stealing at least 200 thousand dollars from the county water authority.
Sources say he was using the money to pay child support to his co-worker, Rosemary Pace and their illegitimate son.
Yesterday, Pace's attorney said he and Pace discovered documentation related to the matter and handed it over to authorities.
Prosecutors requested blood and saliva samples from Clower -- which may be used to determine paternity.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


Clower's out on bond awaiting a July trial.
Authorities seized computer records from Pace's office last week, and she's on paid leave. So far no charges have been filed against her.

[11Luna]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC1:20:35]
[GRAPHIC=NEw Jobs]

Good news for the New River Valley ... More high tech jobs are on the way.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :14]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Luna Innovations in Blacksburg is announcing a spinoff company called Luna Energy. The new venture will develop fiber optic censors for the oil and gas industry. Luna officials estimate 1-hundred new jobs within three years...
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 54:19:22]
[IN Q=high tech]

((STEVE POLAND/LUNA INNOVATIONS VP; HIGH TECH JOBS WE'RE ABLE TO TAP INTO VIRGINIA TECH AND RETAIN SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST PEOPLE OUT OF VIRGINIA TECH AND DUE TO THE SUCCESS WE'VE HAD WITH OUR PREVIOUS SPIN-OFFS WHERE ABLE TO ATTRACT TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Poland/Vice-President;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=THE UNITED STATES.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The technology they develop will measure pressure and temperature down in oil wells. Luna Energy will be located in the Knollwood Office Center in Blacksburg.
(------------)



[Marketwatch]


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


In business news,
Stocks survived a choppy session on Wall Street, ending with modest gains.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
(OC)

((IT'S A BUSY DAY ON WALL STREET.. THE EARNINGS PARADE OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF AND LATER THIS MORNING, THE RELEASE OF THE MARCH UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE JUMPED A TENTH OF A PERCENT TO 5.6 PERCENT. IT SHOULD GIVE MORE CLUES AS TO THE PACE OF THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
ON WALL STREET, STOCKS SNAPPED A FOUR DAY LOSING STREAK, BUT THE ONGOING TENSIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST KEPT A LID ON ANY GAINS.

(GR)

AFTER A CHOPPY DAY OF TRADING THE DOW ROSE 36 POINTS

(GR)

AND THE NASDAQ MANAGED A GAIN OF 5.

(OC)

CRUDE OIL EASED BACK BELOW 27 DOLLARS A BARREL AFTER PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCED HE'LL SEND SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL TO THE MIDEAST.

(GR)

THE LOSER OF THE DAY WAS THE DRUGMAKER BRISTOL MEYERS ..ITS STOCK HIT A FIVE YEAR LOW AFTER THE COMPANY SOUNDED A PROFIT WARNING.

(GR)

DELL COMPUTER RALLIED AFTER SAYING SALES AND PROFITS WILL BEAT THE STREET.

(OC)

GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUYERS.. AFTER RISING FOR THE PAST FOUR WEEKS, MORTGAGE RATES ARE NUDGING DOWN.

(GR)

THE AVERAGE RATE ON A 30 YR MORTGAGE IS NOW 7.13 PERCENT DOWN FROM 7.18 PERCENT LAST WEEK.

(GR)

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

(OC)

I'm AC FOR N7 MORNIN'. NOW HERE'S A LOOK AT YOUR LOCAL STOCKS.))

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[11Smart-Road]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-14 TC12:49]
[GRAPHIC=Smart Road]

It's the smart road... so it's only fitting that students visit the stretch of highway.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :18]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

About 12-hundred students from Salem and New River Valley schools toured the facility yesterday. Children of all ages are able to see the control center and ride on the 2-mile stretch of Smart Road. Officials say they will hold another "school day" in the Fall to meet all the requests for tours.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 50:12:24 - :25 // 48:25:26]
[IN Q=we wanted]

((DAN BRUGH/V-DOT ENGINEER; WE WANTED TO TRY AND CONSOLIDATE THOSE AND HAVE ONE DAY WHERE WE CAN PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO SCHOOL KIDS AND SO WE DESIGNATED THIS AS A SCHOOL DAY AT THE SMART ROAD.)) ((MCKEEVER HENLEY/5TH GRADE STUDENT; I THOUGHT THE BRIDGE WAS REALLY COOL HOW IT LOOKED I LEARNED THAT LIKE THE SMART ROAD AND THE TANK OF WATER THAT THEY CAN MAKE SNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/Virginia Department of Transportation; :00]
[SUPER=01-McKeever Henley/5th Grade Student; :14]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=CAN MAKE SNOW.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

It's on the Smart Road that technology controls weather and lighting so researchers can collect driving data. Officials say the goal of the research is to make roads safer.
(------------)



[11EPA-Meeting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Tire Fire]

[******ANCHOR TAG*******]
The tire dump fire will be put out sooner rather than later.
Nearby residents heard that news last night at a meeting put on by federal, state, and local officials.
But as Justin McLeod discovered some residents say they have more questions than answers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF MEETING]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Annie Fountain/Area Resident; :11]
[SUPER=01-Chris Wagner/Environmental Protection Agency; :32]
[SUPER=01-Joe Bass/Area Resident; :56]
[SUPER=01-Karen Chaples/Virginia Department of Health; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke Co.]

((((NAT SOUND OF MEETING))
More than fifty nearby residents came out Thursday night for a community forum.
A big concern?
Whether the smoke is a health hazard.
[SOT 22:01:06]
[IN Q=They are saying]

((ANNIE FOUNTAIN/NEARBY RESIDENT: THEY ARE SAYING THEY ARE NOT HARMFUL BUT WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE BECAUSE I HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCE SOME OF THAT. I'VE BEEN TO THE DOCTOR AND I'VE HAD TO GET TREATMENT FOR MY LUNGS.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=for my lungs]


Officials concede the smoke can be irritating at times, but tests reveal the air is still safe.
The E-P-A also expects the smoke to be controlled within the next two weeks and the fire to be put out by the end of the month.
[SOT 22:02:33]
[IN Q=We're extinghusing the fire]

((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA: WE'RE EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE BY PULLING IT APART ATTACKING THE FIRE WITH WATER AND FOAM AND THEN STAGING THE DEBRIS FOR DISPOSAL.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=debris for disposal]


Residents also got an idea of how large the fire really is.
The EPA estimates that two major piles are still burning over an area six acres wide.
In some places, tires are more than 25 feet deep.
Some residents fear efforts to put of the fire could endanger the water supply.
[SOT 21:59:59]
[IN Q=I feel like they]

((JOE BASS/AREA RESIDENT: I FEEL LIKE THEY SHOULD BE TESTING AT LEAST WEEKLY. THEY GOT TO KNOW WHEN THE GROUND WATER IS CONTAMINATED. YOU DON'T WANT TO BE WAITING MONTHS WHEN PEOPLE CAN BE DRINKING THE WATER ALL ALONG.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=water all along]


Health officials say so far there is little evidence of contamination of residential wells.
But they also concede more testing is needed.
[SOT 22:05:17]
[IN Q=Results take a couple of weeks]

((KAREN CHAPLES/VA DEPT. OF HEALTH: RESULTS TAKE A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO GET THE EXACT RESULTS BACK BUT WHAT WE WILL DO IS TO DO IT ON AN ON-GOING BASIS BASED ON WHAT TYPE OF MONITORING RESULTS WE GET FROM THE FIRE ITSELF.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=the fire itself]


The EPA says there isn't much run off from putting out the fire because the fire is so hot.
But just in case a water retention pond has been built to collect any water and foam that runs off the burning tires during treatment.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))
(--------------)
[ANCHOR=KIM]
[SS=HOLD]


The EPA plans to set up trailers near the site so residents can get up to date information on a continued basis.

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[Mid-East]


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


The U-N Security Council is demanding Israel to withdraw its military forces from the West Bank. The vote in New York last night gave support to Secretary of State Colin Powell's trip to the battled region in an effort to forge a new peace. Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The sounds of..]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :27]
[SUPER=01-Ranaan Gissin/Israeli Government Spokesman; :58]
[SUPER=01-Hanan Ashrawi/Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=standard]

((THE SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE ECHOED THROUGH BETHLEHEM'S MANGER SQUARE, AS THE BIBLICAL BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS CHRIST BECAME FURTHER ENTRENCHED IN DEADLY FIGHTING.
ISRAELI TROOPS CONTINUED TO SURROUND THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY -- WHERE ABOUT 200 PALESTINIANS HAVE SOUGHT REFUGE.
MEANWHILE, ISRAEL TIGHTENED ITS GRIP ON OTHER MAJOR WEST BANK CITIES, INCLUDING HEBRON ... NABLUS ... AND RAMALLAH.

(NAT)


FACED WITH DAILY IMAGES OF MIDEAST BLOODSHED -- AND MOUNTING POLITICAL PRESSURE TO DO MORE, PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCED HE'S SENDING SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL TO THE REGION ... TO HELP BRING ABOUT A CEASE-FIRE.

(SOT: PRESIDENT BUSH)

"This can be a time for hope, but it calls for leadership -- not terror."
THE PRESIDENT URGED ISRAEL TO BEGIN A TROOP WITHDRAWAL, AND HE CRITICIZED PALESTINIAN LEADER, YASSER ARAFAT, FOR FAILING TO WEED OUT TERRORISTS.
BOTH SIDES WELCOMED U.S. INTERVENTION -- BUT WITH SOME RESERVATIONS.

(SOT: RANAAN GISSIN/ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN)

"In order for us to start a political process with the Palestinians, terrorism and its organizer must be defeated."

(SOT: HANAN ASHRAWI/PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SPEAKER)

"Right now, we need immediate withdrawal and cessation of the invasion and incursions and lifting these horrible conditions on the Palestinian people, so the test is there."

(STANDUP)


THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HOPES FRIDAY'S MEETING BETWEEN YASSER ARAFAT AND U.S. ENVOY, ANTHONY ZINNI ... WILL SET THE STAGE FOR FURTHER CEASE-FIRE TALKS ... WHEN SECRETARY POWELL TRAVELS TO THE REGION NEXT WEEK.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[2-Pearl]


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


There's been a one- week postponement of the trial for four suspects in the abduction and murder of "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl.
The decision to delay the trial came just after the proceedings began..
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Karachi, Pakistan;]


A defense attorney for Islami militant Omar Saeed demanded more documents from the government-- including E-mails and photos.
Saeed and three others could get the death penalty if convicted.
The trial is being held inside the Karachi Central Jail for security reasons.
Troops with machine guns are guarding the fences.
Relatives were allowed in, but reporters were kept out.
(------------)




[2-Abduction]


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


Meanwhile, a more peaceful ending to an abduction that occurred earlier this week in Flint, Michigan.
A mother and daughter were captured and taken to Pittsylvania county.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[STILL PHOTOS OF VICTIM]
State police say 30- year- old Barbara Dunlap and her four- year- old daughter were kidnapped from their Michigan home Tuesday.
Shortly after lunchtime yesterday, the mother and daughter managed to escape from their captor in Pittsylvania county.
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=none]


F-B-I agents launched a full- scale investigation and have identified the kidnapper as a former boyfriend.
Authorities say the un- identified suspect has relatives in Virginia, and was trying to re- establish a relationship with the victim.



[2-11Vinton-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-16 TC06:20]
[SS=Accident Invest.]

A Vinton police officer will NOT face charges for a car accident that killed two elderly sisters. Prosecutor Joel Branscom says the evidence does not support any form of manslaughter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/February]


This all stems from an accident that happened February 23rd just before midnight on Washington Avenue in Vinton.


Officer John Munsey was pursuing a "speeding pick-up" when a car carrying Audrey St. Clair and Onita Bryant collided with Munsey's patrol car.
The two elderly women were killed instantly.
Branscom says the decision not to press charges mainly dealt with how fast Munsey was going at the time of the accident.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:44:22]
[IN Q=Reckless driving by statute]

((JOEL BRANSCOM/BOTETOURT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: RECKLESS DRIVING BY STATUTE IN A 35 MILE PER HOUR ZONE IS 60 MILES PER HOUR. BASED ON THE ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE I COULDN'T SHOW REALLY MUCH MORE THAN 50.))
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Special Prosecutor]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=much more than 50.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Vinton Police Chief says officer Munsey will be re-instated to patrol duty.
The victims' family has hired a civil attorney.
That attorney had no comment.
(------------)



[1st-Business]


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


In business news this morning,
Arthur Andersen says a ``significant'' number of its tax services partners and professionals will be joining a rival accounting firm.
Here's Trish McShane with a look at the morning's top business stories..
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=good Morning]
[SUPER=01-Trish McShane/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]

((GOOD MORNING THIS FRIDAY THE 5TH OF APRIL.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
--------------------------


ACCOUNTING FIRM ARTHUR ANDERSEN HAS A DEAL WITH DELOITTE AND TOUCHE.,.. AND MIGHT BE ON THE VERGE OF ONE WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AS WELL..
A TOP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TELLS THE WALL STREET JOURNAL THE DEPARTMENT COULD SETTLE IT'S CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST ANDERSEN... IF THE COMPANY SOMEHOW ADMITS IT ILLEGALLY SHREDDED DOCUMENTS IN THE PROBE OF AGGRESSIVE ACCOUNTING AT ENRON.
AS FOR THE DELOITTE DEAL... IT CALLS FOR A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THE SWITCH FROM ANDERSEN.
-------------------------


THE SCRUTINY THAT ENRON SPARKED IS TAKING AN APPARENT TOLL ON THE NATION'S SIXTH LARGEST CABLE COMPANY.
ADELPHIA COMMUNICATIONS MADE 2.3 BILLION DOLLARS IN OFF-BOOK LOANS TO PARTNERSHIPS CONTROLLED BY THE FAMILY THAT OWNS MOST OF THE COMPANY.
NOW IT'S HIRED AN ATTORNEY TO WORK WITH THE S-E-C .
--------------------------


THE DOW OPENS THE DAY UP SLIGHTLY...IT'S FIRST RISE IN FIVE SESSIONS.
.. IN JAPAN.. THE NIKKEI..DOWN POINT-THREE EIGHT-PERCENT... AT ELEVEN THOUSAND.. THREE-HUNDRED- THIRTY-FIVE- POINT-FOUR NINE.
--------------------------


TEN DAYS AND COUNTING.
AND THE I-R-S SAYS --ESPECIALLY NOW WITH SO LITTLE TIME LEFT-- MEET THE TAXMAN AT THE TERMINAL.
87 OUT OF 132 MILLION OF US WILL FILE TAXES THROUGH THE MAIL.. BUT....
THE I-R-S SAYS DOING THEM ON-LINE IS MORE ACCURATE...AND SPEEDS UP THE TIME YOU GET YOUR REFUND.
--------------------------


AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP BUSINESS HAPPENINGS..

I'M TRISH MCSHANE IN WASHINGTON.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[5-Blood-Donors]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-04 1:44:29]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


Even though the need for blood continues to grow, the American Red Cross is tightening its restrictions on who can donate. As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us, Since October more than 23-thousand people nation-wide have been prevented from giving blood.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The Red Cross says it implemented]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross;16]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Cockram/American Red Cross;1:02]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=standard]

((
The Red Cross says it implemented the new restrictions to make sure the human form of mad cow disease doesn't get into the blood supply.
Locally more than 300 people have been turned away in the past six months.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:56]
[IN Q=We're looking at anywere from 600 to]

((WE'RE LOOKING AT ANYWHERE FROM 600 TO 900 PINTS OF BLOOD TOTAL LOSS FOR THE CURRENT YEAR AND AS THIS PROGRESSES AND MORE PEOPLE FALL INTO THAT DEFERRAL CRITERIA WE WILL LOSE MORE DONORS ALONG THE WAY)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=along the way]


The new restrictions prohibit anyone who has spent a total of three months since 1980 in the United Kingdom from donating blood or platelets. In addition, anyone who spent at total of six months in ANY European country in the past 22 years also can not donate.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT4:25]
[IN Q=It mean we'll have to ask people]

((IT MEANS WE'LL HAVE TO ASK PEOPLE TO DONATE ONE MORE TIME EACH YEAR OR ENCOURAGE MORE DONORS TO BECOME PART OF THE ACTIVE DONOR BASE)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=active donor bases]


And because there are fewer people who donate platelets, which are often used for cancer patients, the loss of one donor makes a big difference.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT16:08]
[IN Q=We lose a donor to a defferal]

((WE LOSE A DONOR TO A DEFERRAL WHO ACTUALLY HAS HIGH PLATELET COUNT WE CAN LOSE 48 UNITS IN ONE YEAR FROM ONE DONOR ))
[RUNS11]
[OUT Q=in one year from one donor]


The average cancer patient can use up to 20 pints in a day.
The Red Cross says until there is a test to detect human form of mad cow disease -- the restrictions will remain in place. ))
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[FS ]
If you would like to donate blood or platelets you call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

[2-Hebron]


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


U-S envoy Anthony Zinni is set to meet with Yasser Arafat.
It'll happen in the West Bank office, where Israeli troops have had the Palestinian leader surrounded for the past week.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;]


Despite a call from President Bush for Israel to end its assault in the West Bank, the violence is continuing.
Israeli armoured personal carriers and tanks swept through (HEH-brahn) Hebron, and continued fighting Palestinian gunmen.
It's all part of Ariel Sharon's attempt to fight terror throughout the Palestinian territories.
(------------)

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[2-Bethlehem]


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

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bethlehem;]


The fighting also isn't letting up in the West Bank City of Bethlehem.
Three explosions and heavy machine-gun fire were heard near the Church of the Nativity.
Bethlehem resembles a ghost town, where frightened residents watched Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles enter streets littered with debris and mangled cars.
More than 11- hundred Palestinians and 410 Israelis have been killed in the 18-month-old Palestinian revolt.
(------------)


[2-Carroll-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kco]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A drug investigation leads to the arrests of two men in Carroll County.
Police took 29-year-old Brian Michael Allen, and 22-year-old Harvey Joe Warren into custody after finding over 22-thousand dollars worth of meth-ampetamine in Allen's home on Tuesday. Both men are in federal custody in Roanoke withOUT bond. Carroll County officials say this is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are expected in the future.

[2-11Clower]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jmi]
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A Henry County Public Service Authority employee said she blew the whistle on Sid Clower.
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The Henry County Administrator is suspected of stealing at least 200 thousand dollars from the county water authority.
Sources say he was using the money to pay child support to his co-worker, Rosemary Pace and their illegitimate son.
Yesterday, Pace's attorney said he and Pace discovered documentation related to the matter and handed it over to authorities.
Prosecutors requested blood and saliva samples from Clower -- which may be used to determine paternity.
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Clower's out on bond awaiting a July trial.
Authorities seized computer records from Pace's office last week, and she's on paid leave. So far no charges have been filed against her.

[11Coleman]


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An attorney for a group of legal activists asked the Virginia Supreme Court to consider the case of a man executed almost ten years ago.
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[SUPER=03-Boydton/1992]


The group says a Buchanan County judge was wrong when he refused to order new D-N-A testing on evidence in the case of Roger Coleman.
Coleman was executed in 1992 for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law in Grundy.
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The state opposes any re-testing of the D-N-A evidence and wants to destroy the samples, although attorneys for the state did NOT present arguments yesterday.
The panel of three justices did not indicate when it would rule.

[11Council-Debate]


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Lynchburg voters got their first look at the four people running for three at-large seats on city council this May.
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Yesterday Independent candidate Joan Foster joined incumbents Bert Dodson, Carl Hutcherson and Stewart Hobbs at a forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
All four took questions on issues like economic development, the city's tax rate and the closing of a city elementary school.
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((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I'M NOT SAYING I SUPPORT IT OR DISAGREE WITH IT, BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND THE POSITION THEY'RE IN.. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY EMOTIONAL. I'VE TALKED WITH SEVERAL PARENTS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN RELATION TO THIS ISSUE AND IT'S TOUGH MOVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS TO ANOTHER SCHOOL. HOWEVER, YOU'VE GOT TO FACE REALITY. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE DOLLARS TO OPERATE, YOU'VE GOT TO SPREAD THE RESOURCES.)) ((JOAN FOSTER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THE UPSIDE OF THAT, THAT THE CHILDREN THAT ARE GOING TO THE FOUR OTHER SCHOOLS MAY HAVE ACTUALLY MORE RESOURCES AND MORE ADVANTAGES AT THE LARGER SCHOOL THAN WHAT WAS AVAILABLE AT A SMALLER SCHOOL. AND I THINK FOR THE OVERALL EFFICIENCY OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT IT IS MORE EFFICIENT TO CLOSE KIZER.))
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[SUPER=01-Joan Foster/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :19]
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[OUT Q=more efficient to close Kizer.]
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Voters will head to the polls on May 7th.
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It appears Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode will have opposition this fall.
George Shropshire (SHROP-SHY-uhr), a truck driver from Campbell County, says he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Goode in the November election.
Shropshire has been involved in politics for about 10 years, and worked for Mark Warner in the Governor's race.

A trustee with Teamsters Local 171 in Roanoke, Shropshire says he hopes "to give the working man a voice" in Washington.


[6Warner-Bills]


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Virginia's Governor wants to extend the unemployment benefits upped after September eleventh into the summer of 2003.

Governor Mark Warner says he plans to amend proposed legislation to extend 37-percent higher unemployment benefits into July 5 of next year. The insurance was set to expire at the end of this year.
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Warner also says he'll veto a measure that would ban late-term abortions. The Governor says he would support the ban if House Bill 11-54 made exceptions to protect the mother's life and health but that the measure didn't meet that criteria.
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And, on the issue of the national motto, Warner says he has signed legislation requiring "In God We Trust" to be posted in all state courtrooms. He says schools should be allowed, but not required to display the motto, and is amending legislation to require public funding for the saying to be posted in local government buildings.
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The Governor must complete all action on legislation by midnight next Monday. The General Assembly will reconvene April 17th to consider Warner's amendments and vetoes.