[AM-GE-Workers]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC 15:59]
[GRAPHIC=GE Strike]

Union workers at Salem's General Electric plant have walked off the job as part of a nationwide strike.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

The workers are protesting an increase in their health care premiums. Local workers hit the picket line at eleven o'clock last night and plan to continue striking for 48- hours. They say this is the first national strike at G-E in more than 30- years. Locally, about 400- workers will be walking the picket line.
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[SOT 14:39:33]
[IN Q=We're making ]
[SUPER=01-Ken Wimmer/Striking GE Worker; ]

(( WE'RE MAKING HISTORY TONIGHT, OVER 20 THOUSAND UNION MEN AND WOMEN STRONG, WORKING FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR UNION AND NONE UNION PEOPLE, THE COMPANY POSTED OVER 19 BILLION DOLLARS, BILLION DOLLARS IN PROFIT, IT'S BEEN SHIFTED ON TO OUR RETIREES AND WORKERS AND IT'S GOT TO STOP SOMETIME. ))
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[OUT Q=stop sometime.]
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[VO-NAT]

The company describes the increase in health care premiums as modest... saying its health benefits remain among the best in the industries in which G-E competes.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Some 20-thousand workers in 23 states are taking part in the walkout.

[11Pitts-Fire]


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


A fire in a Pittsylvania County home claimed the life of a child.
Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center said two-year old Nathan Collins was brought there for treatment and died a short time later.
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
Fire officials say the home on Franklin Turnpike was consumed by smoke and fire when they brought the toddler out of the house.
The child's parents tried to get him out before firefighters arrived, but they were unsuccessful.
The parents suffered minor injuries.
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[Malvo]


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


A hearing today in Fairfax could decide if sniper suspect John Lee Malvo is going to face the death penalty.
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutors are expected to offer the most extensive evidence against Malvo.
A judge will decide if the 17- year- old will be tried as an adult for
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

the October murder of an F-B-I analyst.
In all, Malvo and fellow suspect John Allen Muhammad are accused of killing 13 people in several states.
Muhammad is scheduled for trial in October.
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[Iraq]


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


The U-N's top inspector says his teams need months to search for banned weapons in Iraq, but now fears there may not be enough time to avert a war.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Hans Blix wants Iraq to immediately disclose more information about its weapons of mass destruction.
Meanwhile, the U-S military build-up in the Persian Gulf region continues.
Sources say up to seven thousand Marines are being deployed from California, matching a force already under way from the east coast.
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[11Food-Lion]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-48 TC59:09]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

A Roanoke grocery store is getting ready to close its doors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The Food Lion on Route-460 in the Market Square East shopping center will shut down Thursday at 6 p-m.
Officials say it's being closed because it's unprofitable. About 40-part and full time workers will lose their jobs. The stores is one of 41-Food Lion stores across the country being closed. The company is also laying off workers in its corporate office, and distribution centers, as well as some people in transportation and field management.
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[11Ingersoll]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-46 TC1:29:18]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


In Roanoke County, officials are eager to get a new company into what's been a successful business location. Since Ingersoll Rand decided to move a majority of its operations out of our region, the plant's building and property has been up for sale. Economic development officials with the County say getting the right business and good fit for the area is a top priority. Officials say they are talking with prospects but that no deal has been made. Ingersoll Rand still employees about 40-people at that location.
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[11Incentive-Programs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-51 TC48:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


More than one hundred school superintendents who are concerned about funding lobbied lawmakers in Richmond.
Despite a pledge by Governor Mark Warner to protect public education from budget cuts, officials still fear important programs will suffer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The superintendents say they're grateful that basic aid to education has been spared so far, but they're worried they may lose other state money.
In the city of Roanoke, incentive funds help to reduce class sizes, bring middle school students up to speed on algebra, and prepare pre-schoolers for the classroom.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Oh they have made great progress]

((LADAWN AVIS/EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER: OH THEY HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS. AND YOU CAN REALLY TELL A DIFFERENCE FROM LOOKING BACK WHAT THEY KNEW WHEN THEY FIRST CAME TO ME AS A LITTLE BITTY FOUR YEAR OLDS AND WHAT THEY KNOW NOW. )) ((SANDI CLEMMER/ROUND HILL PRINCIPAL: WE HAVE SEEN THE SUCCESS OF THESE CHILDREN AS THEY STARTED AS THREE YEAR OLDS, AND SOME OF THEM ARE NOW IN FIRST AND SECOND GRADE. AND DOING WELL. AND DOING WELL, YES.))
[SUPER=01-LaDawn Avis/Early Childhood Teacher; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sandi Clemmer/Round Hill Principal; :11]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=and doing well, yes.]
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[VO-NAT]


The algebra readiness program at Breckinridge Middle School is another that could lose funding.
State incentive funds pay for teachers, transportation, software and other costs of the successful after-school program.
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[Hidden-Valley]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Roanoke County school officials go before Roanoke City's Board of Zoning Appeals today, looking for some light. The county wants to light up its athletic field at Hidden Valley Middle School, which lies within city limits.
And hanging over this request are the ongoing stadium and lighting arguments within the county. The request is expected to generate opposition from nearby residents when the Zoning Appeals Board meets this afternoon.




[Warner-Trip]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Warner]


In business news, Governor Mark Warner is travelling to Michigan today for what he's calling a "domestic" trade mission.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Warner will spend two days in Dearborn meeting with executives from auto manufacturing companies.
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape]


He hopes the trip will beef up auto manufacturing-related employment here in Virginia.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In other news, Two A-O-L Time Warner executives have stepped down.
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=1:28]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch, NY.]


((GOOD MORNING....WITH SOME KEY ECONOMIC NEWS EXPECTED TODAY INCLUDING THE LATEST ON RETAIL SALES....AND A SLEW OF EARNINGS NEWS TOMORROW, THE MARKETS WERE DOWNRIGHT TAME MONDAY..

(gr)

IN AND OUT OF THE GREEN ALL DAY LONG, THE DOW WOUND UP WITH A ONE POINT GAIN

(gr)

...AND THE NASDAQ...FELL BY ALMOST 2 POINTS.

(gr)

AOL TIME WARNER STOCK UP JUST 15 CENTS YESTERDAY ..ON WORD THAT CHAIRMAN STEVE CASE, THE ARCHITECT OF THE A-O-L TIME WARNER MERGER IS STEPPING DOWN FROM DAY TO DAY MANAGEMENT. CASE IS BLAMED FOR A 54 PERCENT SLIDE IN THE PRICE OF THE COMPANYS STOCK OVER THE LAST YEAR, MUCH OF THAT BECAUSE OF THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF THE A-O-L UNIT.

(oc)

HE'LL STAY ON AS A BOARD MEMBER...
ANOTHER COMPANY EXEC IS LEAVING AOL TIME WARNER...WALTER ISSACSON THE HEAD OF C-N-N AND A LONG TIME TIME MAGAZINE EXECUTIVE IS LEAVING TO HEAD THE ASPEN INSTITUTE.

(gr)

AMONG STOCKS TO WATCH, SEVERAL BIG NAMES WERELOWER ON ANALYST DOWNGRADES, DELL COMPUTER FELL 4 PERCENT,JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AND DUKE ENERGY WERE AMONG OTHER LOSERS.

(gr)

RAYTHEON TRADED LOWER AFTER STATING IT'S THE SUBJECT OF YET ANOTHER S-E-C INVESTIGATION INTO ACCOUNTING PRACTICES, THIS TIME AT IT'S BEECHCRAFT AND KING AIR SUBSIDIARIES.

(gr)

RAMBUS MOVED HIGHER, THE CHIP MEMORY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY REPORTING RISING EARNINGS BUT FLAT FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS. Intel.... Ad lib here.

(oc)

AS MOST EVERY INVESTOR KNOWS 2002 WAS A MISERABLE YEAR FOR STOCKS...SO WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO THAT FLOWED OUT OF THE MARKETS... MUCH OF IT IN GOVERNMENT DEBT...U-S TREASURIES RACKED UP A RECORD 370 BILLION DOLLARS IN INVESTMENTS LAST YEAR.

(gr)

GET MORE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM

(oc)

I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH, NY.))

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Townsend]


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


Rock icon Pete Townsend is free on bail, as police search his computers for evidence of child pornography.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The co-founder of "The Who" says he looked at web sites that advertise porn, but says he is NOT a pedophile.
Townsend says he visited an Internet child porn site as research into the possibility that he was sexually abused as a child.
He hasn't been charged with a crime.
His arrest was part of a British crackdown on people who view child pornography on the net.
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[Conjoined-Twins]


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


The "Little Marias" have come home to Guatemala.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Guatemala City, Guatemala;]


The 17-month-old twins, both with the first name Maria, were born joined at the head until surgeons in Los Angeles separated them in a rare and dangerous operation last August.
They flew home to Guatemala yesterday with their heads bandaged, but crowned in tiaras.
Relatives were there to greet them and take their picture.
Now that they're home, the girls will receive the best medical care their country has to offer.
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(Kim tosses to bump)


[BUMP]

[COMM][11VA-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-55 TC10:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Students at Virginia Tech are back in class and for many, that meant making a trip straight to the financial aid office.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


About a month before the break, the university approved a 400-dollar tuition hike, that went into effect this Spring.
But, officials say the increase has NOT caused any real problems.
To help students deal with the increase, the university set aside an additional 700-thousand dollars this year in financial aid.
Officials say students could receive up to 360-additional dollars toward tuition, based on their financial need.
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[11Blacksburg-Parking]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-01 TC04:34]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Many students will find just GETTING to class may cost them more money too.
This month, the town of Blacksburg increased its parking meter rates downtown and added a late fee for unpaid parking tickets.
Officials say the changes are necessary to decrease parking problems.
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[SOT 20:20]
[IN Q=IT'S BEEN A CONSTANT]

((DAN MCKINNEY/BLACKSBURG COMPREHENSIVE PLANNER: IT'S BEEN A CONSTANT PROBLEM IN DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG. WE HAVE A LOT OF DEMAND FOR PARKING SPACES AND NOT MUCH SUPPLY.))
[SUPER=01-Dan McKinney/Blacksburg Comprehensive Planner;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=NOT MUCH SUPPLY]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials say if a ticket is not paid within 14-days, the person will be fined an additional 50-bucks. (------------)