Area firefighters have another busy day ahead of them.
Four brush fires have already consumed several hundred acres.
[TAKE MONTGOMERY CO. MAP]
Two fires are still burning on Poor Mountain just west of the Roanoke-Montgomery County line.
Virginia Department of Forestry officials say the fires have blackened about 23 acres.
They think a downed power line started the blaze.
Firefighters from Roanoke and Montgomery Counties are working on the fires in some difficult terrain.
No homes are in danger and they plan to use helicopters today to help contain the blaze.
[WIPE TO PULASKI CO. MAP]
A third fire is burning on Draper Mountain in Pulaski County.
That blaze has charred about 20 acres so far.
It is under control.
Firefighters plan to return to the site today with a helicopter.
[CHANGE TO ROCKBRIDGE MAP]
There was an even larger fire in Rockbridge County yesterday when a prescribed burn by the Department of Game got out of hand.
More than 300 acres have burned on Bratton Mountain.
It is located one mile south of Goshen on Route 39.
That fire is 80--percent contained.
With the war slowing down, troops in Iraq have evolved into security forces and relief workers.
And some American soldiers are coming home, including those held as P-O-Ws.
Drew Levinson reports.
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[SUPER=203-Ramstein Air Base; :00]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq; :19]
[SUPER=201-Drew Levinson/CBS News; 1:22]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Kuwait.]
(Ramstein Air Base, Germany)
THEY'RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME.
SEVEN RESCUED AMERICAN P-O-W'S ARE BEING EXAMINED AT A U-S MILITARY
HOSPITAL IN GERMANY.
JUST WHEN THEY'LL GET TO GO HOME IS UP IN THE AIR BUT A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS
THEIR CONDITION WILL DETERMINE WHO GOES FIRST.
DOCTORS SAY MOST SEEM TO BE IN VERY GOOD HEALTH.
WITH ALL AMERICAN P-O-W'S FREE AND THE MAJOR FIGHTING OVER TROOPS ARE
PLAYING A NEW ROLE.
IN BAGHDAD IT WAS SHERIFF.
SEVERAL ROBBERS BUSTED INTO THIS BANK'S VAULT TAKING SACKS FILLED WITH
MARINES GRABBED THREE OF THEM.... USING TAPE FOR HANDCUFFS.
OTHER MARINES ACT AS RELIEF WORKERS.... BRINGING SUPPLIES TO HOSPITALS.
"Most of our focus is on war fighting, going out and getting the bad
guys but just seeing the look on these peoples face when we helped them
get medical supplies helped them get food and water, in a lot of ways
that's what we're here for. :13
MILITARY LEADERS ARE ALSO TALKING WITH LOCAL DOCTORS TO HEAR THEIR
CONCERNS... AND THEY'RE NOT ALWAYS MEDICAL IN NATURE.
"there are a lot of unexploded cluster bombs children play around with
them and they just blow up. There are missiles massive missiles in
neighborhoods I think these should be your priorities." :"11
THE WAR'S COMMANDER IS IN BAGHDAD AND HAS SET UP SHOP IN ONE OF SADDAM
HUSSEIN'S PRESIDENTIAL PALACES.
THAT'S WHERE GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS CALLED PRESIDENT BUSH TO BRIEF HIM ON
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
STANDUP:(Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS/Kuwait City, Kuwait)
BUT FREEDOM FOR THE IRAQIS IS COSTING AMERICANS.
THE PENTAGON SAYS THE WAR HAS TOPPED 20 BILLION DOLLARS SO FAR AND WILL
COST AROUND 4 BILLION A MONTH UNTIL THE OCCUPATION ENDS.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.
With the major fighting over in Iraq, the nation's terror alert status has been lowered.
It's back to yellow, which still means there's an elevated risk of attack.
The reduced level also means some security measures nationwide will be relaxed.
U-S officials say al-Qaida has been so decimated that the terrorist organization may no longer be capable of a large scale attack like the one on September 11th.
But they say Americans should still be on alert.
A conservative group is asking the U-S Department of Education to investigate affirmative action practices at Virginia Tech.
The Center for Equal Opportunity sent a letter yesterday to the Office for Civil Rights to complain of ongoing hiring, admissions and scholarship programs at Tech that consider race and other factors.
A spokesperson for the education department says the complaint has been received but no decision has been made on whether to investigate.
Two different shows made for one interesting night in Roanoke.
The Roanoke Civic Center hosted Broadway and Rock n roll together.
As Justin McLeod discovered, it caused more confusion than it did problems.
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[SUPER=01-Anna Wilson/Beauty and the Beast Fan; :25]
[SUPER=01-Karen Alexander/Def Leppard Fan; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Wilson/Beauty and the Beast Fan; 1:19]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST))
Inside, it was tale as old as time.
Outside, it looked more like a tale of two cities.
In the auditorium, you had Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.
And in the coliseum, you had the rock group Def Leppard.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF LEPPARD GOING INTO THE BITE))
[IN Q=People over there]
((ANNA WILSON/AUDIENCE MEMBER: PEOPLE OVER THERE THEY LOOK VERY ROCK AND PUNK LIKE ALL AND I'M GOING TO HAVE A GREAT TIME AND PARTY HARTY HARTY AND PEOPLE OVER THERE ARE GOING TO A FANCY PLAY.))
[OUT Q=to a fancy play]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF PERFORMANCE))
It doesn't happen often but ocassionally the Civic Center books two groups for the same night.
It proved to be confusing for some fans, a few of which ended up in the wrong line.
[IN Q=We thought by]
((GERALD DIERSCHOW/AUDIENCE MEMBER: WE THOUGHT THE WAY WE LOOKED BY THE PEOPLE WE WERE IN THE WRONG CROWD.))
[OUT Q=in the wrong crowd]
And there were a few in the right crowd but looked they may be in the wrong one especially those who brought the kids.
[IN Q=Would they be more]
((KAREN ALEXANDER: WOULD THEY BE MORE COMFORTABLE AT OVER BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. NO NO, THEY TOLD ME COMING OVER THAT WAS SILLY.))
[OUT Q=that was silly]
And some who were in the right crowd may have wished they were in the other.
[IN Q=It's a very hard]
((SARAH WILSON/AUDIENCE MEMBER: IT'S A VERY HARD DECISION BETWEEN GOING TO BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OR DEF LEPPARD BUT I'M GOING TO THIS NOW SO THAT IS ALL THE MATTERS.))
[OUT Q=all that matters]
What mattered most to fans was before the shows.
The Civic Center sent out e-mails warning the public to come early to avoid a traffic jam.
They apparently heeded the advice.
[IN Q=Traffic was great]
((JOEL DERR/DEF LEPPARD FAN: TRAFFIC WAS GREAT ACTUALLY JUST POPPED RIGHT IN, NO PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=no problem]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF DEF LEPPARD))
There were very few problems in this tale of two cities.
In fact, in the end there was nothing but a happy ending.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST))
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Beauty and the Beast runs until Sunday. There are still plenty of tickets available.
In business news, Apple Computer says it's not getting into the music business.
Plus its earnings report beat Wall Street estimates.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((THE EARNINGS PARADE MARCHES ON ON WALL STREET....
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL MORE TECH COMPANIES REVEALED THEIR BOTTOMLINES..
SUN MICROSYSTEMS REPORTED A SLIGHT PROFIT FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.. BUT THE
REPORT WAS CLOUDED BY A DROP IN SALES FOR THE EIGHTH STRAIGHT QUARTER.
APPLE COMPUTER SAID SECOND QUARTER PROFIT BEAT THE STREET BY 2 CENTS A
REVENUE WAS DOWN 1 PERCENT..APPLE ALSO DENIED THAT IT IS MAKING A BID FOR
VIVENDI'S UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP.
ON WALL STREET, AFTER TWO UPDAYS.. THE DOW GAVE SOME BACK...FALLING 144
THE NASDAQ MOVED UP NEARLY 4 HELPED BY STRONG RESULTS FROM MICROSOFT AND
SHARES OF COCA COLA FIZZLED..DOWN 6 PERCENT.. PROFIT WAS STRONG AT THE
BEVERAGE GIANT.. BUT SALES OF COKE IN NORTH AMERICA WERE DISAPPOINTING...
FORMER WORLDCOM CFO SCOTT SULLIVAN WAS INDICTED ON NEW CHARGES INCLUDING
CONSPIRACY, BANK FRAUD AND LYING TO THE FEDS. SULLIAN HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN
INDICTED FOR ORCHESTRATING A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR ACCOUNTING FRAUD THAT DROVE
WORLDCOM IN TO THE BIGGEST U-S BANKRUPTCY. THESE NEW CHARGES CARRY A
MAXIMUM PRISON TERM OF 120 YEARS.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
An arrest has been made in connection with a recent string of arson fires on the Liberty University campus.
18-year-old Christopher L. Lee.. a freshman from New Jersey.. was arrested without incident Tuesday.
Authorities believe Lee is responsible for setting six small fires over a three-day period last week, including one that caused significant damage inside the school library.
So far he faces a single count of arson.. other charges are pending.
Police have "not" determined a motive.
[GRAPHIC=Billy Ray Manss]
A 19-year old Martinsville man is acquitted of being part of a murder-for-hire scheme.
[VO-NAT - :18]
Billy Ray Manns had been charged with shooting Lisa Nicole Muhammad in September of 2000.
Prosecutors say Manns was hired to do the shooting by Muhammad's husband, Maverick.
Family members and prosecutors said the NOT guilty verdict was a travesty, while defense attorneys said the state had not proved its case.
[SOT - 16:17/09:27]
((JOAN ZIGLAR/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BILLY MANNS CAN COME OUT RIGHT NOW AND TELL YOU HE KILLED LISA AND THERE'S NOT A THING ANYONE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA CAN DO.))
((STEVE MAHAR-MILANI/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; IT WAS A HUNG JURY LAST TIME AND THAT TELLS YOU IT COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY, I TELL ALL MY CLIENTS GOING INTO A JURY TRIAL, WIN LOSE OR DRAW YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME PERSON YOU WERE WHEN YOU STARTED.))
[SUPER=01-Joan Ziglar/Commonwealth's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Mahar-Milani/Defense Attorney; :07]
[OUTQ=you were when you started.]
[VO-NAT - :06+]
Prosecutors declined to comment on whether they will seek charges against Maverick Muhammad.
Some Pulaski students took a break from class to support area troops headed for the war.
The fifth graders at Claremont Elementary organized care packages for a Virginia National Guard unit, which is scheduled for deployment to Kuwait any day now.
The packages include items like toothpaste, razors and candy.
In all, the kids made 109 packages, one for each soldier in the unit.
They say they also plan to write letters thanking them for their service.
Along with those care packages, our troops overseas are also receiving a sweet gift from the Girl Scouts.
[SUPER=203-San Diego, CA;]
Nearly 200- thousand boxes of cookies are heading to servicemen and women in the Middle East.
It's all part of the Girl Scouts' program "Operation Thin Mint."
The girls also wrote cards with special messages to the troops.
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[IN Q=When you open]
((JUAN CHAVEZ/U. S. NAVY COMMANDER: WHEN YOU OPEN UP A PACKAGE THAT SAYS I CARE AND I LOVE YOU, THAT BRINGS A TEAR TO THE EYE AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S ALL WORTH IT, THAT'S WHAT THE MEANING IS. ))
[SUPER=201-Juan Chavez/U. S. Navy Commander;]
[OUT Q=what the meaning is.]
The cookies are scheduled to arrive in the Persian Gulf within a couple of weeks.
The 100th anniversary of powered flight is coming up soon.
And a Danville pilot is one of only fifty across the country chosen to help celebrate it.
Michael Davis was picked by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the National Park Service. He'll represent Virginia in the "50 Flags to Kitty Hawk" program.
This Saturday, he fly his rebuilt Piper J-3 Cub to North Carolina to place Virginia's flag at the Wright Brothers' National Memorial.
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[IN Q=I can't really believe that they picked me...]
((MICHAEL DAVIS/PILOT: I CAN'T REALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY PICKED ME TO FLY THE FLAG. I HOPE EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA JOIN ME IN THIS CELEBRATION.))
[OUT Q=join me in this celebration.]
He'll also be carrying a proclamation by Governor Mark Warner making April 19th "Virginia 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk Day."
The Wright Brothers made their historic flight December 17th, 1903.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
It's lights, camera, action at Booker T. Washington National Monument this week.
But all the action is being provided by a group of fourth graders.
As Marya Jones reports, Burnt Chimney Elementary School is re-creating history at the park for people who CAN'T visit it themselves.
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[IN Q=These stones]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :07]
[SUPER=01-Terri Robertson/Assistant Principal; :52]
[SUPER=@Marya2; 1:15 QUICK;]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Franklin County.]
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((NATS GIRL: THESE STONES MARK WHERE THE BURROWS HOUSE USED TO BE. IT BURNED TO THE GROUND IN 1950.))
It's not just any day at the park for these Burnt Chimney fourth graders.
They're re-creating history for a video about Booker T. Washington and the Franklin County farm where he was born a slave.
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((NATS ADDISON: ALMOST EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE WAS DEVOTED TO SOME KIND OF LABOR. ))
Addison Poindexter is one of several fourth graders tackling the title role.
Telecommunications students from Franklin County High School are shooting and editing the kids' performances.
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In a two-day shoot, the kids are creating a virtual tour of the park for its website, as well as a video and C-D ROM for those who CAN'T tour it themselves.
Their school won a 25-thousand-dollar grant from the state that will pay for the video and buy them classroom computers, software and digital cameras ... and, perhaps, something more.
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((TERRI ROBERTSON/ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: THE CONFIDENCE, THE SELF ESTEEM, THEY'RE VERY PROUD OF THIS PROJECT AND I THINK IT'S HELPED THEM TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE PROUD OF ONE'S COMMUNITY. ))
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((NATS TAYLOR: INDEED, THE CABIN WAS COLD IN THE WINTERTIME. THERE WERE NO GLASS WINDOWS, NO HARDWOOD FLOORS AND NO BEDS.))
The kids have hardly even noticed they've been learning history, oral and written communication skills and preparing for the SOLs.
For them, it's been mostly about one thing...
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((ADDISON POINDEXTER/4TH GRADER: I WANT TO SEE MYSELF ON THE TV.))
And when the website goes up on May 12th, they will. Marya Jones, News-7, Franklin County.))
The death of a turkey hunter in Rockbridge County has prompted a reward fund and a plea for more information.
44- year- old David Stack of Maryland was hunting between South Buffalo Road and Bluegrass Trail on Saturday when he was shot in the back. His body was found Sunday morning.
Yesterday, state game officials announced a one thousand dollar reward from the National Wild Turkey Federation for information leading to an arrest. They say this is the first Virginia hunting fatility since 1990, in which the shooter remains unknown.
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]
He's one of those people you see in dark suits surrounding the President, part of the staff that helps our nation's chief executive plan and execute his daily routine.
Yesterday, Presidential aide Tim Goeglein (GAYG-line) gave Liberty University students a little insight into what it's like to work in the White House these days.
Throughout the war with Iraq, Goeglein says the President's morale and the morale of his staff has remained very high.
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[IN Q=Our priority]
((TIM GOEGLEIN/PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL ASSISTANT: OUR PRIORITY HAS BEEN THE WAR. WE REALIZE THAT IN LARGE MEASURE, THIS IS A WAR PRESIDENCY, AND THAT GEORGE W. BUSH WILL BE MEASURED NOT JUST IN THE SHORT TERM BUT IN THE LONG TERM OF HIS HISTORY BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WAR. SO WE'VE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN AS A STAFF TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ALWAYS FULLY PREPARED TO DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS.))
[SUPER=201-Tim Goeglein/Presidential Special Assistant]
[OUT Q=what the President needs.]
Goeglein calls Bush "God's choice" to lead America in this chapter of its history.
[TAPE#=03-07 TC 1:25:35]
Changes are in store for Virginia's 215-year-old State Capitol building.
Governor Mark Warner signed into law yesterday a bill authorizing the sale of bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol and the empty buildings nearby.
Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Capitol once housed the Confederate Congress.
It is now in disrepair due to age, mold and antiquated wiring.
The 118-million dollar project is expected to be complete by 2007 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.