[VO-Lalush]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-09]
[GRAPHIC=Lalush 2065]
[SUPER=219-Kimberly McBroom/kmcbroom*wdbj7.com;]

The war in Iraq has claimed the life of a Marine from Botetourt County.
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[VO-NAT]

Sergeant Michael Lalush of Troutville was killed Sunday in a Huey helicopter crash in Southern Iraq. The 23 year was born in California but moved to Troutville with his family, while in high school. Lalush graduated from Lord Botetourt in 1997 and immediately began his career with the Marines. Last night, NEWS 7 spoke with Lalush's parents who say their son "loved the Marines and his country and felt he was doing the right thing."
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[anchor=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]

Mike Lalush would have turned 24 in just a few weeks. He leaves behind his parents and a sister.

[Crash-Pkg]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC1:05:54]
[GRAPHIC=War in Iraq]


Lalush was one of three Marines who died in Sunday's helicopter crash.
Their squadron is holding a memorial service today.
Byron Pitts is with the Marines and filed this report.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=219-Byron Pitts/CBS News; :00]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=US Marine Corps in Iraq]

((WHEN THIS MARINE HELICOPER SQUADRON FIRST ARRIVED IN THE REGION FROM CAMP PENDLETON, CA THERE COMMANDION OFFICER TOLD THEM 'SOME OF US MAY DIE, BUT WE WILL ALL GO HOME.' LATE SUNDAY HIS REMINDER, BECAME REAL.'
SOT

'MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES! For the Commanding officer of HMLA 169... the loss of three Marines... was like the loss of three sons. 'WE ALL SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS. WE SAID BEFORE WE CAME OVER IF SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENED WE WERE ALL COMMIITTED TO GO ON WITH THE MISSION. BUT UH, WE GO ON WITH HEAVY HEART.' And Sunday night... the day's mission was nearly complete. The Huey had stopped for refueling. In the dark.. and the dust... the helicopter's giant propeller blade stirred up the sand causing what's called 'brown out'... Temporarily blinding the pilot and crew. The Huey lurched forward and crashed. For week's their commanding officer reminded his pilot's 'brown outs' posed nearly as great a threat as the Iraqi army.
THIS IS THE DAY WE ALWAYS HOPED WOULD NEVER HAPPEN BUT BECAUSE WE'RE PROFESSIONALS BECAUSE WE'RE COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE BECAUE WE DO WHAT WE DO, WE MENTALLY PREPARED OURSELVES FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF THIS LOSS.
(18:59)IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT MENTAL PREPARATIONS YOU MAKE WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS IT BECOMES ABSOLUTELY PERSO

NAL. SOME FAMILIES OF MARINES HAVE SUFFERED LOSS ALREADY, IT'S A TERRIBLE THING. One crewman was single, another recently married. The captain leaves behind a wife and three children. RELATIVES OF THE MARINES WHO'VE DIED HAVE ASKED THE MARINE CORP NOT TO RELEASED THEIR NAMES, AT LEAST NOT YET. THEIR SQUADRON WILL HOLD A MEMORIAL SERVICE ON TUESDAY. THE WORK WILL STOP. MARINES WILL PRAY.' But then as always, they will return to work... as they mourn the loss... not just of marines... but men they loved like brothers.. Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS, with the US Marine Corp in Iraq.))

[11May]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC2:11:29]
[GRAPHIC=War in Iraq]


Another Virginia family is mourning the loss of a Marine in Iraq.
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[VO-NAT :21]

31-year-old Staff Sergeant Donald May Junior of Richmond was one of three Marines listed as missing after they disappeared near the Euphrates River last Tuesday.
[SUPER=203-Richmond;]

May's mother says there are ``no words'' to describe her loss. The only son of two Marines who had a life-long love of the military was killed when his tank went off a bridge into the water.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He got out after his first four years...]
[SUPER=201-Brenda Reese May/Mother;]

((BRENDA REESE MAY/MOTHER: HE GOT OUT AFTER HIS FIRST FOUR YEARS AND HE STAYED IN RESERVES AND HE TOOK UP ARTILLERY BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL BATTERY HERE IN RICHMOND AND WHEN HE DECIDED TO GO BACK HE DECIDED TO GO INTO TANKS LIKE HIS FATHER.))
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=into tanks like his father.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner offered his condolences to May's family. The Marine is survived by a son, a daughter and a pregnant wife. The other two Marines killed in the crash were from California.

[Iraq]


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


Allied warplanes have struck targets across Baghdad in preparation for a U-S ground assault.
A site that Iraqi dissidents claim is a torture center is among the latest targets.
U-S troops are now tackling Republican Guard soldiers less than 50 miles from the Iraqi capital.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=203-Najaf, Iraq; :21]
[SUPER=201-Lt. Brent Scurci/101st Airborne; :31]
[SUPER=203-Near Basra, Iraq; :37]
[SUPER=201-Drew Levinson/CBS News; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Kuwait.]

(( PKG

(Baghdad, Iraq)

THE RELENTLESS BOMBING OF BAGHDAD CONTINUES TODAY. THE U-S TARGETED A COMPLEX-- OFFICIALS SAY HOUSED A TORTURE CENTER. THERE WERE ALSO STRIKES OUTSIDE OF THE CITY AIMED AT REPUBLICAN GUARD SOLDIERS. ON THE GROUND IN HINDIYAH AMERICAN TROOPS ARE NOW TAKING ON THE GUARD. DURING FIERCE STREET BATTLES ALLIED FORCES KILLED MORE THAN 35 IRAQIS.

(nats)(Najaf, Iraq)

IN NAJAF 40 IRAQIS WERE KILLED BY MEMBERS OF THE 101ST AIRBORNE DURING A RAID ON A MILITARY COMPOUND. THERE THEY FOUND ENOUGH WEAPONS TO ARM AN ENTIRE BRIGADE.

(SOT-Lt. Brent Scurci/101st Airborne)

"There are hundreds of rifles here, and many rooms just like it in the complex."

(nats)(Near Basra, Iraq)

NEAR BASRA COALITION TROOPS ARE STILL TRYING TO FLUSH OUT THE ENEMY. BRITISH SOLDIERS USED THE COVER OF NIGHT TO POUR GUNFIRE INTO RESISTANCE STRONGHOLDS. THE RAIDS HAVE UNCOVERED ARTILLERY AND SCORES OF GAS MASKS. AND WHILE SOME CIVILIANS SUPPORT WHAT THE ALLIED TROOPS ARE DOING OTHERS ARE STILL SHOWING THEIR AFFECTION FOR SADDAM. AND CONVINCING THE IRAQI PEOPLE TO TURN ON ITS GOVERNMENT BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT WHEN SOLDIERS TAKE INNOCENT LIVES. THAT WAS THE CASE YESTERDAY AT A NAJAF CHECKPOINT WHEN AMERICANS SHOT AND KILLED AT LEAST SEVEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN A CAR. AMERICAN OFFICIALS SAY THE CIVILIANS DIDN'T STOP--EVEN AFTER WARNING SHOTS WERE FIRED. THE TROOPS ARE FROM THE SAME DIVISION THAT LOST FOUR SOLDIERS DURING A CAR BOMBING ON SATURDAY.

(STANDUP CLOSE: Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS/Kuwait City, Kuwait)


AND THE WAR IS STILL BEING FELT HERE IN KUWAIT--THE IRAQIS FIRED ANOTHER MISSILE IN THIS DIRECTION--AGAIN IT WAS INTERCEPTED AND DESTROYED BY A PATRIOT MISSILE.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT. ))

[11Pilot]


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

Customers who recently purchased kerosene from a Botetourt County service station may have gotten gasoline instead. Officials with Petroleum Transport company say one of their drivers put gasoline into the kerosene tank at the Pilot Truck Stop in Troutville. Anyone who purchased kerosene within the last 24 hours is urged to bring the contents back to the service station. If you light a kerosene heater containing gasoline-- the heater could explode.



[11Power-Outage]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC48:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


American Electric Power crews are making progress, but it could be midnight Wednesday before all customers get their power back.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]

Just over 11-thousand are still without service due to the wet, heavy snow delivered by Sunday's storm. A-E-P says more than 300 workers are fixing snapped lines throughout the region. They're dealing with widely scattered outages as well as downed trees and limbs on power lines.
The company is asking customers still without power to call in, if they haven't reported the outage for a while. At the height of the outages, almost 60-thousand residents in Southwest and Central Virginia were without service.
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[SARS]


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


SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is now being reported in Australia.
But health officials say the patient has already received treatment and recovered, and the disease has NOT spread.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada;]


In Canada, there are 31 new cases of the deadly pneumonia.
The latest Canadian figures bring the number of probable or suspected cases to 129, one of the largest outside Asia.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=When we take a look ]

((DR. SHEELA BASRUR/TORONTO'S MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH: WHEN WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE CASES THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED SO FAR, ALL OF THEM, ALL OF THEM CAN BE TRACED BACK IN A SMALL NUMBER OF INSTANCES TO TRAVEL, RECENT TRAVEL TO HONG KONG OR OTHER ENDEMIC AREAS." ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sheela Basrur/Toronto's Medical Officer of Health;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=other endemic areas.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China;]


In Hong Kong, investigators combed through an apartment complex that's home to nearly a third of all SARS cases in the city.
Most health officials say China is the origin of the illness.
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[Marketwatch]


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



In business news, War worries will carry over into the second quarter. And U-S airways emerges from bankruptcy.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=in New York.]

((WALL STREET KICKS OFF THE SECOND QUARTER WITH FEARS ABOUT A PROLONGED WAR AND ITS EFFECT ON AN ALREADY WEAK ECONOMY..

(gr)

IN THE PREVIOUS SESSION A THE DOW SANK 153 POINTS

(gr)

THE NASDAQ FELL BACK 28..

(oc)

THE DOLLAR SANK AGAINST MOST MAJOR CURRENCIES, GOLD TOPPED 337 DOLLARS AN OUNCE AND OIL MOVED BACK TO 31 DOLLARS A BARREL. CONCERNS ABOUT THE WAR AND NOW OUTPUT DISRUPTIONS IN NIGERIA ARE LOOMING OVER TRADERS.
AFTER EIGHT MONTHS IN BANKRUPTCY, US AIRWAYS IS EMERGING FROM CHAPTER 11.

(gr)

THE AIRLINE AMAZED EXPERTS WHO PREDICTED THE REORGANIZATION WOULD TAKE MUCH LONGER. US AIRWAYS SECURED 1.2 BLN IN NEW FINANCING AND INVESTMENTS.. THE CARRIER SAYS IT WILL MAKE SIGNIFICANT JET ORDERS IN THE FUTURE.

(gr)

WorldCom - which filed the largest U.S. bankruptcy last year - has uncovered $11 billion in overstated earnings, $2 billion more than what has been publicly disclosed.
AND Starbucks increased its stock repurchase plan to 20 million shares FROM 10 MLN The coffee retailer had announced it would buy back 10 million shares in June.

(gr)

TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
(oc)

I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[War-Congress]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=War in Iraq]
[SUPER=219-Kimberly McBroom/kmcbroom*wdbj7.com;]


Today Congress takes up the issue of how to pay for the war in Iraq
President Bush has requested almost 75- billion dollars to finance the war and fight terrorism.
But lawmakers appear unwilling to give him the flexibility he wants in spending the money.
Committees in the House and Senate are expected to produce bills close to the President's price tag.
Bush says he wants the spending package on his desk by the end of next week.


[11Care-Package]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-03 TC1:40:58]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD OTS]


Your Hometown Station and the American Red Cross are teaming up to send packages from home to US troops overseas.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]

The move is an effort to collect items that will make troops feel more comfortable while they're away from home. Lucinda Kanode dropped off her donation and says she's certain it'll be appreciated.
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[SOT 50:27:11]
[IN Q=I read some of the]

((LUCINDA KANODE: I READ SOME OF THE NOTES THEY HAD ON THE INTERNET AND THEY WERE VERY NICE TALKING ABOUT HOW PLEASED THEY WERE TO RECEIVED THESE THINGS AND SOME OF THE LITTLE THINGS JUST MEANT A LOT TO THEM.))
[SUPER=201-Lucinda Kanode;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=a lot to them]
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[VO-NAT]

The campaign runs through Friday. Toiletries, paper- back- books and small games are a few of the items being collected. Sunscreen and wrap- around sunglasses are also good for the desert conditions in Iraq. You can drop off items at our Digital Broadcast Center along with many locations across the region.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[WIPE TO WDBJ WEBPAGE FS] To find the location nearest you log onto our website and click on the "Packages from Home" icon.
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[11Missing-Child]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC2:05:40]
[GRAPHIC=Logan Bowman]


Charges in the Logan Bowman case have now been forwarded to a grand jury.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence;]

Yesterday, a judge ruled that there is enough evidence against the missing five-year-old's mother and her former live-in boyfriend. Cynthia Davis and Dennis (Skim-er-horn) Schemerhorn have both been charged with two counts of felony child neglect. Authorities say the two gave conflicting stories about Logan's disappearance and, at one point, failed to seek medical attention for the boy when he suffered water burns. However, their attorneys say the charges are weak.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:06]
[IN Q=WE DON'T HAVE]

(( JONATHON VENZIE/DAVIS' ATTY: WE DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA OF HOW EXTENSIVE IT WAS OR ANYTHING ELSE. THEY'RE ASSUMING THERE WILL BE MORE INFORMATION OR MORE PREPARATION BY THE COMMONWEALTH FOR TRIAL WHEN THEIR BURDEN IS HIGHER, BUT IT'S CERTAINLY AN INTERESTING QUESTION. 3:23))
[SUPER=01-Jonathon Venzie/Davis' Attorney;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=AN INTERESTING QUESTION. ]
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[VO-NAT]

Logan has been missing since January. Authorities say they are still treating his disappearance as a missing person's case, even though they believe he may be dead.
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[11RSO]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC31:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Fans of the Roanoke Symphony are hoping for an encore of the orchestra's first 50 years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Symphony celebrated its Golden Anniversary last night at a packed Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT MUSIC]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=nat clapping]
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[VO-NAT]


The Symphony held its very first performance 50 years ago last night.
Other anniversary performances are scheduled for Staunton, Blacksburg and Lexington.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


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[comm #3]



[11Squad-Checks]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC57:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


New state regulations now require your local rescue squads to perform a criminal background check on prospective volunteers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape]


In many localities, squads already do.. but the practice is not uniform, and the information is not necessarily kept private.
So Bedford County is drawing up an ordinance that would require checks on both current and prospective volunteers for the local rescue squads and fire departments.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:36:04]
[IN Q=In a smaller]

((JACK JONES/EMERGENCY SERVICES COORDINATOR: IN A SMALLER COMMUNITY WE'RE PRETTY FORTUNATE BECAUSE PEOPLE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER SO THEY KNOW WHO S PERHAPS BELONGING THERE AND WHO IS NOT. IN THE OTHER AREAS OF THE STATE WE'RE LOOKING AT WHERE IT'S A TRANSIENT POPULATION, SO PEOPLE JUST DO NOT KNOW THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE COMING IN.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Jones/Emergency Services Coordinator]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=that are coming in.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jones says he doesn't anticipate the background checks will deter anyone from wanting to volunteer.
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[6-Advance-Auto]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-06 TC55:58]
[GRAPHIC=Advance Auto]


Advance Auto is joining an exclusive list.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]

The Roanoke based car parts retailer has been put on the Fortune 500 list for the first time. A spokesman says in the list released yesterday, Advance ranks 466. Last year the Company was 578th. Companies are chosen for the designation based on sales. Advance officials say the opening of 110 new stores and taking over discount auto parts helped put them at their current ranking.
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(Kim tosses to bump)


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