[Democrats]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


Today Democrat Dick Gephardt is expected to announce he's stepping down as House Minority Leader.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


His party has been in the minority for eight years and lost more ground to Republicans in Tuesday's elections.
Democrats are expected to meet next week to choose a new leader for the Congress that convenes in January.
Two top Democrats have already shown interest in the job-- Nancy Pelosi from California and Martin Frost of Texas.
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[11Warner-Election]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=502-01 1:31:23]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2002]


Voters in Tidewater and Northern Virginia said no to raising the sales tax in those areas to pay for road improvements.
That decision could stop any effort to raise taxes statewide.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Republicans say those voters sent a clear message to the state that they're against tax increases.
But Governor Mark Warner says the referendum vote has NOT changed his position on taxes.
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[SOT 13:32:20]
[IN Q=I THINK THE MESSAGE]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bill Howell/Speaker-Designate; :00]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :08]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=CAN FIND SAVINGS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner says a lack of confidence in V-DOT and other factors contributed to the referendum's defeat.
The governor says he is still looking for solutions to close the state's billion dollar shortfall.
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[11Prosecutors]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-34 TC1:35:58]
[GRAPHIC=Budget Cut]


Meanwhile, several area prosecutors say they should not bear the brunt of funding cuts because they say it could create a threat to public safety.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Five prosecutors from around central Virginia gathered yesterday to vent their frustrations about the latest reduction in state funding to their offices.
The cuts could mean layoffs, which in turn would leave some cases unprosecuted.
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[SOT 13:12:25]
[IN Q=And there's going]

((NEIL VENER/CAMPBELL CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: AND THERE'S GOING TO BE CASES WHERE THE VICTIM WILL GO UNREPRESENTED WHILE THE DEFENDANT WILL HAVE A LAWYER PAID FOR BY THE STATE AND THAT'S AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION AND WE JUST HOPE THAT THE PUBLIC WILL LET THEIR LEGISLATORS KNOW AND THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS KNOW THAT THEY SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS OFFICE AND WE NEED TO BE FUNDED AND WE NEED THE RESOURCES TO DO OUR JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Campbell Co. Commonwealth's Attorney]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=to do our jobs.]
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[VO-NAT]


Amherst and Appomattox counties have agreed to make up for the funding cuts in their local prosecutors' offices.
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[11County-Cuts]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-48 TC03:56]
[GRAPHIC=Budget Cuts]


Counties that couldn't offset budget cuts handed down by the state are turning to layoffs, furloughs and reduced services...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


At Franklin County's Circuit Court Clerk's office, the office will be open one hour less each day.
One worker was laid off and another had to go part-time.
Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Hapgood says he's set to lay off one of four prosecutors in his office.
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[SOT 7:18]
[IN Q=I don't think]

((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO CHANGE ANYBODY'S ATTITUDE ABOUT HOW THEY PROSECUTE CASES BUT IT'S GOING TO MEAN THAT THINGS ARE GOING TO TAKE LONGER TO DO AND THAT'S NOT GOOD. ))
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=that's not good.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Commissioner of Revenue's office dodged the bullet by eliminating a vacant position.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


In Henry County, one person lost a job in the Treasurer's office and the clerk's office announced that employees would have to take as many as 11 unpaid days off.

[Bubonic-Plague]


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


A 53- year- old man is being treated in New York City for the Bubonic Plague.
The dangerous bacterial disease hasn't been seen in New York for more than a century.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


But officials say it is NOT a bio- terror attack, and the public is NOT in danger.
That was the biggest concern when the tourist checked into a New York hospital and was diagnosed with the plague.
He's in critical condition , undergoing treatment with anti- biotics.
Doctors believe his wife could also be infected.
The couple lives in New Mexico, one of only a few states where the plague is active.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There's a lot of]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Frieden/New York City Health Commissioner;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=from New Mexico]
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[VO-NAT]


The plague infects about 10 to 20 people every year in the U-S.
The bacteria starts in rodents and is spread to humans by fleas.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates a half a point.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane, CBS Marketwatch, New York]


((GOOD MORNING...
WILL THE RATE CUT RALLY CONTINUE? AFTER LEAVING RATES UNTOUCHED FOR 10 MONTHS, THE FED MADE A SURPRISING MOVE CUTTING INTEREST RATES HALF OF ONE PER CENT... LOOK FOR CONSUMER RATES TO FALL IN THE WEEKS AHEAD. SURPRISED BY THE NEWS THE MARKETS GYRATED UP AND DOWN FOR AN HOUR BEFORE RALLYING HIGHER.

(GRAPHICS/DOW, NASDAQ)

THE DOW TACKED ON 92 POINTS TO JUMP ABOVE THE 87 HUNDRED LEVEL. THE NASDAQ PICKED UP 17.

(GRAPHICS/AMR,UAL,AWA)

AIRLINE STOCKS HAD THEIR BEST DAY IN MONTHS, AMR, PARENT OF AMERICAN, U-A-L THE CORPORATION BEHIND UNITED AND AMERICA WEST ARE ALL HIGHER. THE BETTING IS THAT IF THE ECONOMY WITH THIS RATE CUT GETS BETTER BOTH BUSINESS AND LEISURE TRAVEL WILL IMPROVE.

(ON CAM)

SOME ANALYSTS WERE DISTURBED BY THE RATE CUT, SAYING IT SUGGESTS THAT THE ECONOMY AMY BE WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT.

(GRAPHICS/C,JPM,GS)

FINANCIAL STOCKS SEEM TO BE MOST IMPACTED BY THE RESIGNATION OF SEC CHAIRMAN HARVEY PITT. MOST TRADED LOWER WEDNESDAY INCLUDING CITIGROUP/JP MORGAN CHASE AND GOLDMAN SACHS.

(GRAPHICS/CISCO)

WE'RE WATCHING CISCO SYSTEMS WHICH CLOSED HIGHER IN ADVANCE OF EARNINGS NEWS. AFTER THE BELL CISCO BEAT STREET ESTIMATES.

(GRAPHICS/JNPR,INTC,SUNW)

WILL BE FOLLOWING OTHER TECH STOCKS CISCO COMPETITOR JUNIPER NETWORKS, ALONG WITH INTEL AND SUN MICROSYSTEMS.

(GRAPHICS/MRK,PFE,LLY)

KEEP AN EYE ON DRUG STOCKS LIKE MERCK PFIZSER AND ELI LILLY. THEY WERE PUSHED UP WEDNESDAY BECAUSE OF SENTIMENT THAT A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS MAY GO EASIER ON REGULATING THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.

(GRAPHICS/ANIMATION)

GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.

(ON CAM)

I'M ED CRANE CBS MARLETWATCH NEW YORK.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[CMAs]


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


He calls himself a singer of simple songs--
But Alan Jackson walked away a big winner at this year's Country Music Awards in Nashville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Country Music Association - CBS;]


Jackson received a standing ovation as he accepted the trophy for Song of the Year and Single of the Year for his tribute to 9-11, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning."
He also won for Album of the Year, Male Vocalist, and Entertainer of the Year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm very appreciative.]
[SUPER=01-Alan Jackson/Entertainer of the Year;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=walk out and wing...cheers]
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[VO-NAT]


Shania Twain kicked off the night with a bang...performing her new single in her first network TV appearance in three years.
Other performers included Travis Tritt, George Strait, and longtime C-M-A host Vince Gill.
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[11Crawford]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-38?]
[GRAPHIC=Michael Crawford]

Virginia Tech football player Michael Crawford will play in Saturday's game against Syracuse. But just two days later the defensive back will focus on an even bigger opponent. Teresa Hamilton spoke with Crawford-- and has more on the Hokie's resolve to tackle cancer.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Crawford/Virginia Tech Junior Rover; :18]
[SUPER=04-October 19; :28]
[SUPER=01-Jim Cavanaugh/Crawford's Position Coach; 1:08]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Blacksburg.]

(( Wednesday night practice at Rector Field House was like any other as Michael Crawford and his teammates prepare for Saturday's game against Syracuse. But emotionally it's been a tough week for the Hokies who were recently told Crawford is suffering from cancer of the lymph nodes.
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[sot 09:38:50]
[in q=These guys are ]

((THESE GUYS ARE TOUGH ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, BUT THEY'RE SENTIMENTAL, BUT THEY TREAT ME AS THEIR BROTHER AND WE FEEL LIKE A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE HERE.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q= family atmosphere here.]

Crawford is excited about playing in Saturday's game-- which will probably be his last of the season. On Monday-- he'll undergo a biopsy which will give doctors a better handle on the type of cancer and what treatment to pursue.
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[sot]
[IN Q= I TOTALLY]

((I TOTALLY BELIEVE IN GOD AND WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME, AND HE PUTS NOTHING ON ME THAT I CAN'T BEAR, I'M GOING TO WORK HARD AND GET BACK ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, THE LOVE OF THE GAME THAT'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q= I'M HERE FOR. ]
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[sot 09:42:51]
[IN Q= MIKE'S ONE ]

(( MIKE'S ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO NEVER HAS A BAD DAY.)) [RUNS05] [OUT Q BAD A DAY.] Coaches and team doctors will be keeping a close eye on Crawford-- but say judging from practice you'd never know what he's up against.
((//sot///))
[sot]
[in q= You'd never ]

((YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT, HE'S GOT A SMILE FROM EAR TO EAR AND VIRGINIA TECH'S A BETTER PLACE FOR HAVING MIKE CRAWFORD HERE. )) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q= MIKE CRAWFORD HERE.]

A sentiment shared by teammates and thousands of fans-- who'll be pulling for Crawford this Saturday and in the months ahead. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg. ))

[11-Lymphoma]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=02-46 TC16:21]
[GRAPHIC=Crawford]


While lymphoma is not as common as lung or colon cancer, more than 60-thousand Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year.
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[VO-NAT]


Doctors say because Crawford is young and in good physical condition he has a better chance of tackling the disease.

[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season]


His course of treatment will depend a lot on his type of lymphoma.
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[SOT24:02]
[IN Q=They're almost always treatable]

((DR. MARK CURRIE/LEWIS-GALE CLINIC ONCOLOGIST; THEY'RE ALMOST ALWAYS TREATABLE AND MANY ARE CURABLE WITH A FAIRLY HIGH FREQUENCY. HOWEVER IN MANY CASES THE TREATMENT CAN BE FAIRLY INTENSIVE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Currie/Lewis-Gale Clinic Oncologist]
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[OUT Q=for a period of time]
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[VO-NAT]


That could mean Crawford will have to be sidelined for awhile.
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[SOT24:56]
[IN Q=Most people who have to go through]

((MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GO THROUGH CHEMOTHERAPY DO HAVE TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF FROM REGULAR ACTIVITY PARTICULAR IF THEY INVOLVE A GREAT DEAL OF EXERTION HOWEVER ONE COULD HOPE FOR A FULL RECOVERY ))
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[OUT Q=A FULL RECOVERY ]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In some cases, Lymphoma can spread beyond the lymph nodes to other parts of the body.

[11Education-Bond]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-37 TC 1:17:00]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Plans to construct a new research lab at Virginia Tech have been collecting dust for years now, but that's about to change.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


With voters saying yes to a 900-million dollar education bond, officials at the university say they can now construct a new agriculture and natural resources lab.
The 23-million dollar project was put on hold for about four years, because of the lack of funding.
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[SOT 1:49]
[IN Q=the project]

((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED, READY TO GO FOR BID, AND AS SOON AS WE GET THE GO AHEAD THAT THE MONEY IS AVAILABLE WE'LL HAVE THE BIDS ON THE STREETS AND THERE'S A POSSIBILITY WE COULD SEE CONSTRUCTION BY THE END OF THE YEAR. 1:58))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=of the year]
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[VO-NAT]


Overall, the university will receive 95-million toward renovation projects, which also includes constructing a new engineering facility and a new biology building.
Hincker says all of the projects will span over the next five to six years.
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[11BMI]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC 5:08:00]
[GRAPHIC=Business news]


In business news, shelters that protect military troops overseas are being built right here in Southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fairfield;]

Bea (Mao- er) Maurer Incorporated manufactures shelters and tents used by all military branches. The rapid deployment shelters go up in a matter of seconds and are used as command posts and surgical suites for the injured. They are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. About 100 people are employed at the plant which produces 150-tents a month. B-M-I re-located here from Northern Virginia about three-years ago. They're working on a 30-thousand foot expansion and officials says they're always looking for workers.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Now let's take a look at your local stocks.
[STOCKS]
[COMM]

[Indonesia-Bombs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Indonesian police say they have a key suspect in the Bali nightclub bombing in custody. Authorities say the man -- identified only as Amrozi -- told police he owned the minivan used in the car-bomb attack.


Amrozi was arrested in the province of Java on Tuesday and then flown to Bali, where he's still being questioned.


Nearly 2-hundred people were killed in last month's attack, most of them foreign tourists.[11Greenbrier-Pipeline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-45 TC15:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A natural gas pipeline through Southwest and Southside Virginia will have a some adverse effects... but not enough to stop the project.
That's the finding of federal regulators in a draft environmental impact study.
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[VO-NAT]


Dominion wants to build a nearly 275 mile pipeline from West Virginia into North Carolina.
In Virginia- The Greenbrier Pipeline would cross through seven counties... from Bland to Henry County.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


In its recently released report, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision shoots down several alternate routes saying they would create an even greater impact on the environment and residents.
However, (firk) FERC did suggest co-locating part of the Greenbrier pipeline with the Patriot Pipline project along the Henry-Pittsylvania County border. FERC will accept public comments on the study until December 16th.