[TAPE#=News 7 Mornin]
It was a long chilly night for several families in Bedford County.
More than three hundred residents were left without heat because of a natural gas leak near US 221 in Forest.
As Justin McLeod discovered it could be sometime this afternoon before the problem is completely repaired.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Sherman/Resident; :14]
[SUPER=01-Bud Russell/Forest Fire Chief; :28]
[SUPER=01-Linda Radgowski/Graves Mill Early Learning Center; :51]
[SUPER=01-Jack Jones/Bedford Co. Fire and Rescue; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Robert Innes/Columbia Gas; 1:29 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Bedford County]
((((NAT SOUND OF COLUMBIA GAS WORKER TALKING TO A RESIDENT))
By nightfall, representatives of Columbia Gas went door to door to tell residents the bad news.
They may be without heat for the entire night.
[SOT 43:00; TAPE 5]
[IN Q=We have two cats]
((BOB SHERMAN/BEDFORD COUNTY RESIDENT: WE HAVE TWO CATS AND A DOG AND MY WIFE SO I GUESS WE'LL HAVE TO HUDDLE UP TOGETHER.))
[OUT Q=huddle up together]
Here's the reason why, a natural gas leak that took place just after noon here on the corner of US 221 and Graves Mill Road.
[SOT 16:46:41; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=A crew was booring]
((BUD RUSSELL/FOREST FIRE CHIEF: A CREW WAS BORING ONTO THE ROAD, WITH A MACHINE THAT WAS BORING UNDER THE FIRE TRACKS AND IT RUPTURED THE EIGHT INCH LINE.))
[OUT Q=eight inch line]
What happened next was hours of confusion and concern.
Authorities made the decision early on to evacuate everyone within a 1/2 mile radius including a nearby day care center.
More than a hundred kids had to relocate to the YMCA.
[SOT 23:45:45; TAPE 4]
[IN Q=My teachers did a wonderful]
((LINDA RADGOWSKI/GRAVES MILL EARLY LEARNING CENTER: MY TEACHERS DID A WONDERFUL JOB GETTING THE KIDS OUT IN TIME.   I THINK WE LOADED THEM IN LESS THAN FIFTEEN MINUTES.))
[OUT Q=than fifteen minutes]
It was much of the same at several nearby businesses.
This Burger King had to close during the busy lunch hour and remained that way throughout the afternoon.
It would after all take rescue crews nearly three hours to turn off the gas.
[SOT 17:01:45; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=There was some incovience ]
((JACK JONES/BEDFORD CO.  FIRE AND RESCUE: THERE WAS SOME INCOVIENCE TO PEOPLE, BUSINESSES, SHOPKEEPERS AND THINGS BUT OVERALL EVERYTHING WAS DONE SAFELY AND EFFICENTLY.))
[OUT Q=safely and efficently]
((NAT SOUND OF WORKERS FIXING THE LINE AT NIGHT))
By nightfall, workers came in to fix the pipes.
((NAT SOUND OF NATURAL GAS))
Several hours after the problem began, natural gas was still leaking.
[SOT 27:05; TAPE 5]
[IN Q=This is a pretty good]
((ROBERT INNES/COLUMBIA GAS OF VIRGINIA: THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD EVENT.   WE DON'T USUALLY HAVE THESE VERY OFTEN AND WE TRY TO DO THE BEST WE CAN TO RESPOND AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN AND GET THE SERVICE RESTORED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
[OUT Q=as soon as possible]
As soon as possible could be sometime Friday afternoon.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Bedford County.))
A 72 year old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease is missing this morning.
[TAKE FS PICTURE]
Pittsylvania County authorities say Lavona Elizabeth Simpson of Gretna is five feet-two inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.
She has blue-gray eyes and sandy brown hair.
[TAKE INFO FS]
She is possibly driving a 1999 champagne color four door Toyota Camry Sedan with Virginia tag Y-S-T-1840.
[TAKE FS PITTS FS]
If you see Simpson, you are asked to call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department at 1-800-791-0044.
In national news--
Hundreds of U-S Marines stationed in California have said farewell to their families, as they prepare for a possible war.
[SUPER=03-Camp Pendleton, CA;]
12 years ago, members of the First Marine Expeditionary Force helped get Saddam Hussein's troops out of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
Now, they're heading back to the Persian Gulf.
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[IN Q=I don't know]
((LARRY WATSON/NAVY MASTER CHIEF PERSONNEL: I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET SCARED. I AM SURE THOSE FEELINGS ARE ALWAYS THERE. JUST STAY ALERT, THEY SPENT A LOT OF MONEY TRAINING US AND IT IS TIME TO DO WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRAINED TO DO." ))
[SUPER=01-Larry Watson/Navy Master Chief Personnel;]
[OUT Q=trained to do.]
The Marines will be joining up with other U-S forces already in
Their unit is made up of planners and commanders, whose job
is to pave the way for the arrival of troops, aircraft, supplies,
The Bush administration says international pledges of support for help with a possible war have begun trickling in.
NATO leaders have given the U-N resolution their stamp of approval.
[SUPER=03-Prague, Czech Republic;]
After wrapping up the NATO conference, President Bush will head to Russia.
Bush is offering President Vladimir Putin reassurances about NATO's latest expansion AND the potential for war with Iraq, which could jeopardize Russia's economic interests in that country.
But Bush says those interests will be honored.
In business news, Stocks scored more big gains for a second straight day.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch.]
((BARRING A BIG MELTDOWN TODAY THE DOW WILL RING UP IT'S 7TH CONSECUTIVE
HERE ARE THURSDAY'S SIZZLING NUMBERS:
THE DOW SHOT UP 222 POINTS A GAIN OF TWO AND A HALF PERCENT, THE NASDAQ
ZOOMED UP 44 POINTS...A GAIN OF MORE THAN 3 PERCENT.
AMONG THE BIG GAINERS ON THE DOW, INTEL WHICH CONTINUES TO LEAD THE
RESURGENCE IN CHIP AND NETWORKING STOCKS, G-E- AND HEWLETT PACKARD WHICH
REPORTED BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS.
AUTO STOCKS ARE ON A ROLL, AMID SPECULATION THAT NOVEMBER WILL BE A BETTER
MONTH THAN OCTOBER FOR CAR AND TRUCK SALES. FORD'S LEADING THE WAY WITH
SHARES UP ABOUT 14 PERCENT, G-M IS UP ABOUT 8 PERCENT.
UNITED AIRLINES IS SHARPLY HIGHER, UP SOME 14 PERCENT AFTER IT'S MACHINISTS
AGREED TO A BILLION AND A HALF DOLLAR WAGE AND BENEFIT CONCESSION PACKAGE.
COMPETITORS ARE ALSO DOING WELL, WITH AMERICAN PARENT A-M-R, AND DELTA
ENJOYING DOUBLE DIGIT GAINS.
VIVENDI UNIVERSAL IS HIGHER AFTER DENVER BILLIONAIRE MARVIN DAVIS CONFIRMED
HE AND A GROUP OF PARTNERS ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING VIVENDI'S ENTERTAINMENT
BUSINESSES, INCLUDING UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AND IT'S THEME PARKS.
NOT A GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR FOR PINK SLIPS BUT THOUSANDS OF THEM ARE BEING
PASSED OUT FROM COAST TO COAST. MORGAN STANLEY'S TRIMMING ANOTHER 2000 JOBS
AFTER SEEING IT'S INVESTMENT BANKING BUSINESS OFF 35%..AND WITH AIRCRAFT
ORDERS SHARPLY FALLING, BOEING IS CUTTING 5000 JOBS.
MARTHA STEWART'S ARMY OF ATTORNEYS HAS REPORTEDLY FORCED THE GOVERNMENT TO
PUT THAT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED INSIDER TRADING ON HOLD, WHILE
THE S-E-C CONSIDERS WHETHER WILL BRING A CIVIL ACTION AGAINST STEWART, WHO
CLAIMS A TIP FROM HER BROKER TO SELL DID NOT MEET THE DEFINITION OF INSIDER
GET MORE AT CBS MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
AT THE NASDAQ, I'M ED CRANE.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Answers from an al-Qaida leader now in custody could prevent future terrorist attacks-
That's the hope of U-S officials.
They're questioning Abd al-Rahim (al-nuh-SHEE-ree) al-Nashiri, who's suspected of planning the deadly attack on the U-S-S Cole
and the U-S embassy bombings in Africa.
He's the highest- ranking al-Qaida operative captured since Osama bin Laden's operation chief was arrested in March.
Meanwhile, there's been a second arrest in the deadly nightclub bombings in Indonesia--
[SUPER=03-Bali, Indonesia/File Tape;]
Police say a man connected to al-Qaida has confessed to planning the bombings that killed nearly 200 people last month.
Imam Samudra has also admitted involvement in other bombings over the past two years.
Authorities arrested Samudra late yesterday, and say they're confident they'll capture his accomplices soon.
Lynchburg City officials say they will respond to a Police Department survey that showed more than half of the officers were looking for other jobs.
The survey also showed low morale among officers and distrust of the Command Staff.
Meanwhile, city officials will take a look at the reason for communication problems, as well as decisions that were made about the structure and practices of the police department.
[INQ=I've got to]
((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER; I'VE GOT TO ASSUME THAT SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BROUGHT THE DEPARTMENT TO THE POINT WHERE IT IS TODAY WERE MADE LOGICALLY AND RATIONALLY, AND WITH THE INTENT OF PROVIDING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE. SO I'M NOT PREPARED TO GO IN AND SAY LET'S GO JUST CHANGE THIS FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE.))
[SUPER=01-Kimball Payne/Lynchburg City Manager; :00]
[OUTQ=for the sake of change.]
While the surveys were anonymous, Payne is asking for officers and supervisors to meet him face-to-face to talk about the problems.
Lynchburg city police chief Charles Bennett was not available for comment after undergoing a heart procedure two weeks ago. He is expected to be back on the job next week.
(Kim and Leo toss to Steve at Desk)
Many of Virginia's bridges need repair- Now help is on the way.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has found 203-million dollars in FEDERAL funds available for the repair of state bridges.
State transportation officials say localities had been misinformed about the permissible uses for the federal bridge money.
Governor Mark Warner says it is another example that VDOT is "back on the right track."
[IN Q=WHEN WE'RE TURNING AROUND]
[OUT Q=LET ME ASSURE YOU.]
Local governments will soon be notified that they can shift their highway planning to take into account the bridge funds.
V-DOT says more than 11-hundred of Virginia's bridges are in need of repair and would qualify for the money.
Some Roanoke College students will have to clean up their act to keep their records clean.
They signed a plea agreement yesterday promising to pick up trash along Craig Avenue by eight in the morning after a party.
Residents had complained about parties and the trash left behind.
24 students were charged with misdemeanors for their failure to remove trash containers from the curb by seven A-M the day after garbage collection day.
Under the deal accepted by a Circuit Court Judge, the case against the students will be dropped at the end of the Fall semester, NEXT year, IF they stay out of trouble.
(Kim tosses to bump)
Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley returned to Roanoke for a sold-out concert at the Jefferson Center.
It was his first performance here since he filmed a video at the Roanoke Civic Center last summer.
Stanley has recorded almost two hundred albums during a career that has spanned more than fifty years, but the song, "Girl from the Greenbriar Shore" provided the soundtrack for his very FIRST music video.
[ IN Q=NAT SOUND OF SONG]
((I LEFT MY MOTHER AND MY HOME SO DEAR TO GO WITH THE GIRL FROM THE GREENBRIAR SHORE.))
((WELL I DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER I'D EVER DO ONE LIKE THAT OR NOT. ALWAYS WANTED TO, BUT I GUESS I NEVER DID HAVE ONE TO BE WORTHY OF IT, I GUESS, OR SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT FINALLY YOU KNOW I GOT ONE.))
[SUPER=07-Ralph Stanley; :08]
[OUT Q=you know I got one.]
A native of southwest Virginia, Stanley is known as one of the busiest musicians in bluegrass, but he has plans to slow down.
Last night, Stanley said he'll play between 70 and 80 shows next year.