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The war in Iraq may prove longer and more costly than many expected ...in dollars and in human lives.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Coming up on NEWS 7, the impact on financial markets.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Even as state employees cash in with a pay raise.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - the Tech football team has some key players getting set for surgery. The women's NCAA event rolls on tonight.
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And Jeff Lebo tells the Hokies thanks, but no thanks.
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[WX-Head]
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Warm weather is a reminder that tornado season really picks up the pace during the spring season. We will explain the severe weather angle on a perfectly clear day in a moment.
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News 7 is next.
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Coalition troops advance closer to Baghdad, as more captured Americans are shown in Iraqi T-V.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


On the homefront, the war is sending shudders through the stock market and the Red Cross in search of blood.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Iraq-Latest]
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Captured Americans are apparently appearing again on Iraqi T-V.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Iraq today showed two men, and identified them as the crew of an Apache helicopter that was forced down during heavy fighting in central Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]


U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan says both sides in the Iraqi conflict have a responsibility to make sure prisoners of war are treated humanely.
The Army's Third Infantry Division is now within 50 miles of Baghdad, but the advance is being slowed by sporadic resistance and sandstorms.
And President Bush has now put a price tag on the war.
He's expected to ask Congress for about 75 billion dollars.
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[Markets]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Investors are reacting to the war with Iraq by selling stocks. Today the Dow suffered its worst one-day sell off in almost six months. The market lost almost half of what it gained last week and local analysts say the losses likely resulted from the activities that took place over the weekend. [***WAR GRAPHIC IN MONITOR***]
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Business Reporter Rachel Cannon joins us with more, Rachel? Shannon, the reality of war is enough to send waves of uncertainty through the financial markets.
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Pictures of POWs and gruesome video from the battlefield can upset Americans and affect the choices they make when it comes to investing their money.
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[SUPER=201-Paul Higgins/Legg Mason Financial Advisor; :17]
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(( ((NATS opening bell)) The closing bell may be the only steady thing on Wall Street. The markets are continuing a roller coaster reaction to the situation with Iraq, beginning with the uncertainty felt during failed diplomatic efforts.
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((PAUL HIGGINS/LEGG MASON FINANCIAL ADVISOR; IT LENDS A LOT OF INVESTORS TO HOLD OFF PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO PUT MONEY IN THE MARKET ONCE THERE IS CLEAR VISIBILITY IN THE FUTURE PEOPLE HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE.))
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Confidence in our military might may be one reason why when we first invaded, the markets reversed with a solid rebound.
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((WE SAW AN EIGHT DAY RALLY WHICH WE HADN'T SEEN SINCE NOVEMBER 19-96. HERE AGAIN WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE SOME UNCERTAINLY IN THE MARKETS.))
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Casualties, POWs and the belief that this war may last longer than some thought all lend to recent numbers. Higgins says most local stocks are also seeing ups and downs. One small exception may be ITT. The company, which makes night vision technology used by the military, has seen a 10-12 percent increase in its price. ((NATS PICKING UP PHONE 2:16:00)) For its clients, Legg Mason advises keeping their focus long-term.
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((WE FEEL LIKE THERE'S GOING TO BE CONTINUED VOLATILITY THROUGHOUT THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS MONTHS AND THAT'S TO BE EXPECTED.))
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A swift resolution or conclusion of the war would be the best thing for the markets according to Higgins. He says historically, they see an increase of about 26-percent at the successful end of a conflict. Shannon,
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another thing that might spark the markets would be a confirmation of Saddam Hussein's death or the discovery and containment of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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Area Red Cross officials say, unlike September Eleventh, response to the war has not drawn a huge number of donations.
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Only a few people showed up at a blood drive today at Virginia Tech. Officials say even though the military has NOT asked the Red Cross for extra supplies of blood, that could change as the war goes on. Officials say if that happens, the blood would be used WHEREVER it is needed.
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((MITZI TUCK/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE'RE THE RED CROSS, WE'RE A HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION AND WE'RE GOING TO USE THE BLOOD WHERE IT'S NEEDED. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S U-S TROOPS OR IF IT'S AFGHANI CIVILIANS OR AFGHAN TROOPS OR IRAQ. WE'RE GOING TO USE IT WHERE IT'S NEEDED, THAT'S WHAT WE DO. 10:08))
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Tuck says the region's blood supply is back to normal. But, she says it's still not enough to send large quantities overseas.
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[Warner-Bills]


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It's a guarantee...that is what Governor Warner is telling state workers and teachers about their raises.
The General Assembly initially offered the two-and-a-quarter-percent pay increases but on one condition, that the economy improved.
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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon joins us with more on the story.
The Governor is offering 67 amendments to the budget crafted by Republican lawmakers,
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including changing state workers' pay raise from a maybe to a yes.
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Governor Warner is promising state workers something they have not seen in three years...a raise.
But is it a promise he can keep?
The two-and-a-quarter-percent pay increases have a price tag of 62 million dollars.
And Warner admits that revenues are still lagging behind projections and that additional security tied with the war on Iraq is a further drain on state funds.

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((MAJORITY LEADER MORGAN GRIFFITH: I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA IF HE KNOWS THE REVENUES ARE GOING TO BE THERE.)) [RUNS:02]
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Warner says if the money is not there, he will make budget cuts elsewhere.
That has some workers concerned that in order to get a small pay raise, a number of them might get pink slips.
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The governor is threatening to call the General Assembly back to Richmond in late October.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: IF WE HAVE TO MAKE ADDITIONAL CUTS THEY SHOULD BE PART OF THE PROCESS.)) [RUNS:03]
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((MAJORITY LEADER MORGAN GRIFFITH: IF HE WAITS UNTIL TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS AND THEN CALLS US BACK INTO SPECIAL SESSION I THINK THE VOTERS OF VIRGINIA RECOGNIZE THAT THAT MAY VERY WELL BE A CHEAP POLITICAL TRICK.)) [RUNS:08]
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Tonight is the deadline for the Governor to act on the bills and budget passed by the General Assembly.
Warner just announced that he is vetoing a bill that repeals Virginia's estate tax.
He is also offering 67 amendments to the budget, they include providing additional money for the state's rainy day fund, the Virginia State Police and tourism advertising.
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The governor has not yet made public what he plans to do about the handful of abortion bills.
But the patron of the partial-birth abortion ban told me says he won't veto it but is planning to amend.

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Still ahead on News 7, police in the Hill City have their hands full investigating two recent shootings.
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Plus the pilot of a small plane surprised a lot of people by landing on a golf course.
Today he surprised them again by taking off.
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Gang rivalries apparently sparked a weekend shooting in Lynchburg.
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A separate shooting also left another man dead.
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The gang shooting happened in broad daylight Saturday afternoon in the 1400 block of Lovell (luh-VELL) Street.
Authorities say 19-year-old Jacori (juh-CORE-ee) Andre Carter was outside when two men jumped out of a taxi cab and shot him.
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((LT. WAYNE DUFF/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THEY GOT OUT OF THE CAB AND CONFRONTED THE VICTIM, WHO WE DO NOT BELIEVE WAS ARMED. THEY EXCHANGED WORDS, AND WE DO BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS IN FACT GANG-RELATED. AND SHOTS WERE FIRED. THE SUSPECTS SHOT AT THE VICTIM, STRIKING HIM SEVERAL TIMES, THEN JUMPED BACK IN THE CAB AND FLED THE SCENE.))
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Carter was treated and released.. no arrests have been made.
Police HAVE charged 19-year-old Darryl Lee Anthony Gray with the shooting death of Siron (sir-AHN) Carr.
Carr was shot in the head Thursday night.. he died on Saturday.
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[Boty-Fatal]


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A 16-year-old Botetourt County boy has died after a traffic accident Sunday.
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State police say Andrew Edward Wilkinson was riding in a Jeep Wrangler driven by his father when it veered off of Cougar Drive and overturned.
Wilkinson WAS wearing his seatbelt.
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His father, Dale Wilkinson, was treated and released from the hospital.
State police say they're still investigating what led to the accident.
The younger Wilkinson was a sophomore at the Governor's School and Lord Botetourt High School, as well as a goalie for the J-V soccer team.

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The reverse discrimination claims of three Roanoke police officers will NOT go to trial.
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Scott Altizer and Rick Drewery had sued the police department along with Susan Camper, complaining that they'd been passed over for promotion. They said another, less qualified, black woman made the Sergeant's list, when each of the plaintiffs had out-scored her on the placement exam. Federal Judge Sam Wilson threw out the case, saying Police Chief Joe Gaskins was free to make subjective judgments of his officers, rather than be limited to test scores.
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[Fralin]


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With the retirement of three veteran lawmakers, the Roanoke Valley is losing clout in Richmond, but Republican hopeful William Fralin says his age, experience and energy will help the region recapture that influence.
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Fralin made his campaign announcement last Thursday, but breaking news prevented us from airing the story then.
Fralin is seeking the Republican nomination in the 17th House District, the seat held by Democrat Vic Thomas.
Now 40, Fralin says he has the time to build the seniority the region will need in the future.
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((WILLIAM FRALIN/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE; ANOTHER THING I FEEL STRONGLY IS THAT I CAN FIGHT FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY. I'M GOING TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO NOBODY IN MAKING SURE THAT OUR VIEWS AND THE VIEWS OF THE CITIZENS OF THE 17TH DISTRICT ARE HEARD IN RICHMOND.))
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Fralin says he knocked on more than five thousand doors during his unsuccessful bid for the State Senate in 1999, and that he's prepared to work even harder this year.
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Roanoke County Treasurer Fred Anderson is also seeking the GOP nomination.
Republicans will hold a mass meeting May tenth.

[Stocks]


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As we said earlier, the prospect of a longer-than-hoped-for Iraqi war had investors bailing out of stocks. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW tumbled 307 points.
NASDAQ fell 52.
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[Post-Office]


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Residents of Southeast Roanoke will soon lose their Post Office.
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For years, Wonder Drug Pharmacy has contracted with the Postal Service to sell stamps, money orders and mail letters and packages. But the Pharmacy got word in January that the services would be terminated in 60-days. Customers are now reacting.
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((DAVE CHOPSKI/OWNER, WONDER DRUG PHARMACY: FOR THE FIRST MONTH, PRETTY MUCH DENIAL. NO PROBLEM. BUT NOW IT'S GETTING CLOSE TO THE DEADLINE AND IT'S LIKE, "OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?" SO, THAT'S BEEN THE REACTION, WHAT'RE THEY GONNA DO."))
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The office will close April first. The Postal Service says Chopski was given the opportunity to upgrade the facilities to make the location more profitable and that he refused. Without those changes the agency says the contract office isn't cost effective. Meantime, the blue drop box in front of the pharmacy WILL STAY.
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[Plane]


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It's been anything BUT par for the course on a Botetourt golf course these last two days.
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William Fitzgerald's single engine plane overheated Sunday, forcing him to make an emergency landing on the fairway at Ashleigh Plantation.
This morning, the engine worked fine and he managed to take off.
Golf course managers say their unexpected guest was a good sport ... but they have no plans to make the fairway a runway in the future.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports the March Madness continues tonight for the women. Jeff Lebo says thanks, but no thanks to the Hokies.
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and Tech's first week of spring practice features way too many blue shirts. An update on the injury situation in Blacksburg.
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[S-Lebo]


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Jeff Lebo will NOT be the next head basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
Sources told News 7 sports today that the UT Chattanooga coach turned down an offer from the Hokies this morning. The package Lebo was offered was in the range of $600 thousand dollars a year. People close to Lebo believe he is happy in Chattanooga for now and that he believes a better opportunity than the one existing in Blacksburg is in the cards for him.
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Tech athletic director Jim Weaver was unable to return our call this afternoon. Other names being kicked around in the coaching ranks tonight include Western Michigan coach Robert McCullum, who got the Broncos in the NIT this year and Wagner's Derrick Whittenburg - the former star guard at NC State.

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Tech fans, and even Jim Weaver has said that what he needs is another Bonnie Henrickson - someone who gets it done in all phases of a program.
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Bonnie's women play Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament tonight at 7 on the Boilermakers home floor in West Lafayette, Indiana. The UVa women also have a tough task as they play Tennessee in Knoxville at nine.

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The Virginia men also play tonight in the second round of the NIT. The Cavs are on the road in Jamaica, New York battling St. John's in an ACC-Big East battle. No LIVE TV for the game.

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The Virginia Tech football team cranked up spring football practice over the weekend.
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And while most of the attention is being paid to quarterback battle between Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall, there is an obvious concern with injuries on the defensive side of the ball. For starters Vegas Robinson's injured left ankle that he hurt in last year's Rutgers' game is still not right. Today it was decided that Vegas will have to have surgery on the ankle next week.
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Defensive end Jim Davis is missing the entire spring, as well. Davis - a projected starter tore his pectoral muscle while swinging a golf club of all things. His surgery is also set for next week, as well.
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[VO NAT CON'T] Cols Colas will miss all of the contact drills this spring along with defensive tackle Kevin Lewis. Both are recovering from off season surgery. To have all of these defensive starters on the sideline for the entire spring is a unique problem.
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[S-Fame]


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The college football hall of fame will add 13 players and coaches to the shrine this year.
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The announcement came this afternoon and among those getting the call is Joe Theismann, the former Notre Dame quarterback who later went on to win a Super Bowl title with the Skins. Three coaches will enter the hall including former Tennessee great Doug Dickey.
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[TALENT=MIKE]

1988 Heisman winner Barry Sanders also is in this class. [GRAPHIC=BAM]