[Iraq]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


President Bush has announced America is lifting its main sanctions against Iraq, and says the United Nations should do the same.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-New York, NY;]


The Bush administration plans to introduce a resolution before the U-N Security Council either Friday or Monday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It is a resolution]

((COLIN POWELL/U. S. SECRETARY OF STATE: IT IS A RESOLUTION THAT DOES NOT FIGHT THE BATTLES OF THE PAST, BUT IS FORWARD LOOKING, A RESOLUTION THAT WILL UNITE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ TO A BETTER LIFE AND BUILD A NEW GOVERNMENT. ))
[SUPER=201-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=build a new government.]
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[VO-NAT]


But French and Russian officials have been reluctant to do more than "suspend" sanctions without proof that Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction.
Along those lines, the U-S may have caught a break in the investigation into Iraq's weapons program.
While officials are hesitant to call this trailer a "smoking gun," they say it could have been a mobile biological weapons lab.
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[11Bank-Robberies]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC1:15:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities are investigating two more bank robberies in the Roanoke Valley.
Two Valley Bank branches were targeted yesterday, but authorities believe they were the work of two different people.

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


The first was on Crystal Spring Avenue in Roanoke.
Police say a security camera snapped this man's picture just before he put a nylon stocking over his head and robbed the teller at gunpoint.
The manager of a neighboring store followed the robber to his car ... a burgundy Dodge or Chrysler.
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[SOT 30:54]
[IN Q=I'd say I was]

((OTIS GILLIAM/STORE MANAGER: I'D SAY I WAS CAUTIOUS BECAUSE LATER ON I FOUND OUT HE WAS ARMED, SO I JUST KIND OF STAYED BACK AS FAR AS I COULD.))
[SUPER=01-Otis Gilliam/Store Manager;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=far as I could.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


24 minutes later, a man in a black ski mask robbed the branch on Starkey Road.
Police say THIS suspect was stockier, wore a red jacket and gloves and demanded money from the teller using a note. He took off on foot.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


These were the third and fourth bank robberies in Roanoke in just two weeks.
If you have any information on either robbery, you're asked to call police or the F-B-I.

[AM-Attempted-Robbery]


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


Roanoke County police are trying to figure out if an attempted grocery store robbery is connected.
About 8 last night, a man walked into the Hollins Kroger store and gave a clerk a note demanding money.
The man left before getting any.
Investigators will review the store's surveillance tape this morning.

[11Franklin-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=03-]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


We'll find out later today which local company plans to expand in Franklin County.
Economic development officials say the company will add up to 130 workers.
They won't reveal the name of the firm until after a news conference later this morning.
But they are calling it a "major local expansion."

[Hazing]


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


Dozens of students from a Chicago- area high school are identified as taking part in a brutal hazing incident over the weekend that was caught on tape.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Northbrook, IL;]


Police and school officials are investigating the incident after several girls ended up in the hospital.
During the annual ritual, a group of seniors threw animal intestines and blood at the juniors.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think it's disgusting]

((JEN LEVIN/HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE: I THINK IT'S DISGUSTING. AND I JUST, OUR REP IS LIKE COMPLETELY DOWN THE TUBES NOW. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULD GO TO GET THEMSELVES BEAT UP. I DON'T UNDERSTAND. ))
[SUPER=01-Jen Levin/High School Sophomore;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=I don't understand.]
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[VO-NAT]


Five girls were injured.
One had a broken ankle.
Another had 10 stitches.
Authorities are thinking about filing criminal charges.
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[11Pleasants]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC45:33]
[GRAPHIC=Lori Pleasants]


Three years after a Radford University student was murdered, investigators have received some new information in the case.
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[VO-NAT]

23-year-old Lori Pleasants of Danville was found strangled in her apartment in June of 2000. Her wrist had also been cut.
[SUPER=03-Radford/June 2000]

No suspects have been charged with her death. But investigators say they recently got new information in the case, after sending out a massive e-mail to students at Radford University, where Pleasants' was attending school.
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[SOT 1935]
[IN Q=I CAUGHT A BREAK]

((1935 I CAUGHT A BREAK WHEN THE EMAIL MANAGED TO GET TO A GIRL IN DANVILLE WHO ODDLY ENOUGH DIDN'T KNOW LORI PLEASANTS ALTHOUGH LORI WAS FROM DANVILLE, SHE DIDN'T KNOW HER BUT SHE EMAILED ME BACK AND HAD WHAT I CALL SOME SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION 1948))
[SUPER=01-Gary Fields/Radford Police Detective;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION]
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[VO-NAT]

Fields says he hopes more people will come forward. If you have information into Pleasants' death you are asked to call police.
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[11City-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC2:51:48]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It's not just the crack of the bat or the roar of the crowd that you'll hear at Lynchburg City Stadium. A multi-million dollar renovation project is underway, but it's running months behind schedule.
Justin McLeod tells us what the hold- up is. and when it will be completed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Wills/Hillcats Fan; :16 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Megan Cool/Hillcats Fan; :31]
[SUPER=@justin1; :57]
[SUPER=01-Paul Sunwall/Hillcats General Manager; 1:25 (QUICK)]
[RUNS=1:37]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Lynchburg]

((((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
If you attend a Lynchburg Hillcats game this season, you'll notice right off the bat (SHOT OF BATTER), it is a whole new ballgame.
[SOT 14:52:45]
[IN Q=It's not quite]

((JOE WILLS/HILLCATS FAN: IT'S NOT QUITE LIKE IT SHOULD BE, IT'S GOING TO BE BETTER WHEN THEY FINISH I'M SURE.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=I'm sure]


What they need to finish is a six million dollar renovation project here at Lynchburg city Stadium.
Until it is completed, fans are having to do more walking than the baserunners.
[SOT 15:00:16]
[IN Q=The bathroom is way]

((MEGAN COOL/HILLCATS FAN: THE BATHROOM IS WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE AND IT'S NOT VERY NICE. THE CONCESSION STAND IS WAY OVER THERE)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=way over there]


That will eventually change.
New concession stands, bathrooms, and even an indoor souvenir shop will be located within feet of the stands.
New fold down chairs will be installed along with an elevator to make the stadium handicap accessible.
The team is also putting in luxury's like a picnic area and sky boxes.
[SOT 15:06:27]
[IN Q=The Hillcats had hoped]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE HILLCATS HAD HOPED TO HAVE THIS ALL COMPLETED BY OPENING DAY BUT THAT HARSH WINTER WE HAD DELAYED THE PROJECT SEVERAL MONTHS AND IT'S BEHIND SCHEDULE EVEN FURTHER THANKS TO THE RECENT RAINY WEATHER.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=rainy weather]

((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
Team leaders say it could now be June or July before the work is completed.
As a result, business is dropping.
The stadium can now only accommodate roughly a thousand fans.
Concession sales are also down significantly.
[SOT 14:39:00]
[IN Q=It's a bit of a challenge]

((PAUL SUNWALL/GENERAL MANAGER: IT'S A BIT OF A CHALLENGE BUT ONE IT'S ONE THAT WILLING TO TAKE THAT CHALLENGE KNOWING THE END RESULT WILL BE NICE.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=will be nice]


It is an end result that the team hopes will be a hit with everyone. ((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lynchburg.))

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, The war with Iraq had little impact on credit card use here at home.
And, Kermit the Frog returns to his roots.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=in New York.]

((A NEW SURVEY FINDS THE THE WAR WITH IRAQ DID NOT IMPACT AMERICANS DECISIONS TO MAKE PURCHASES OR BORROW MONEY. ACCORDING TO CAMBRIDGE CONSUMER CREDIT.. Eighty-four percent of THOSE SURVEYED saw no impact on credit card use from the war. Thirteen percent cut borrowing because of concerns for personal finances and 3 percent said they actually increased card use.

(gr)

PUT ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS ON YOUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST.. THE SELLER OF COMPUTER SERVICES LOST A WHOPPING 126 MLN DOLLARS IN THE FIRST QUARTER. E-D-S LOST MONEY ON A NAVY CONTRACT AND PAID A HEFTY SEVERANCE PACKAGE TO ITS OUSTED CHEIF EXECUTIVE.

(oc)

ON WALL STREET..
THAT DISAPPOINTING SALES FORECAST FROM CISCO SYSTEMS PUT PRESSURE ON STOCKS.

(gr)

THE DOW SLIPPED 27 POINTS

(gr)

THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK ABOUT 17.

(oC)

IT APPARENTLY PAYS TO BE THE BIG BOSS AT THE BIG BOARD.. DICK GRASSO, HEAD OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE RECEIVED A 10 MLN DOLLAR SALARY LAST YEAR.. THAT'S EVEN AS THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WEIGHED ON STOCKS AND EARNINGS AT THE THE NYSE. 56 YEAR OLD GRASSO HAS WORKED AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE FOR 35 YEARS.. HE WAS NAMED CHAIRMAN IN 1995.
KERMIT THE FROG AND COMPANY IS REJOINING THE HENSON FAMILY. THE GERMAN MEDIA COMPANY E-M T-V IS SELLING THE COMPANY KNOWN FOR THE MUPPETS BACK TO THE HENSON FAMILY FOR 89 MILLION DOLLARS. JUST THREE YEARS AGO, EM T-V PAID OVER 600 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE JIM HENSON COMPANY. THE GERMAN TV COMPANY SAYS THE SALE WILL ALLOW IT TO CONCENTRATE ON PAYING OFF DEBT.

(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]


[9-11]


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


Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and Iraq owe more than 100- million dollars in damages.
That's the ruling of a federal court in New York.
The judge says attorneys for families of two 9-11 victims have shown that Iraq supported bin Laden and al- Qaida.

Officials say it's not clear how much money in frozen Iraqi and al-Qaida assets will be available to satisfy the judgment.




[11City-Flags]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC57:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, American flags have flown throughout downtown Roanoke. The Mill Mountain Star has burned red, white and blue.
Now officials are asking if the time has come to modify the city's patriotic display.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The flags line the War Memorial at Lee Plaza, and many downtown streets.
But as months have passed, some of the flags have faded and frayed.
Council members say they're committed to keeping flags on display downtown, but believe it may be time to reduce the number.
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[SOT 20:46]
[IN Q=They grow into the landscape]

((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: THEY GROW INTO THE LANDSCAPE AND I THINK THERE MAY BE A NEED TO HAVE THEM IN MANY PROMINENT PLACES SUCH AS STREET CORNERS, AND THEN ON THOSE SPECIAL OCCASIONS THAT WE'VE TRADITIONALLY HELD, COME OUT EN MASSE.))
[SUPER=@Smith;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=come out en masse.]
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[VO-NAT]


Council also considered the Mill Mountain Star. One member suggested it's time to celebrate the end of hostilities in Iraq with a ceremony, and change the star's neon glow from red, white and blue back to white.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


But some members said they're not ready to make the change yet, and council did not take action.

[11SVU]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-06 TC2:00:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One university in the region is celebrating a major milestone.
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[VO-NAT - :21]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]

This week Southern Virginia University was granted full accreditation by the American Academy of Liberal Education. The accreditation is good for the next five years, when the school will have to apply again. The school's president says now it will be easier to attract qualified students, raise money, and students will be able to transfer to other schools much easier.
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[SOT - 10:45]
[IN Q=We were always asked...]

((CURTIS FAWSON/SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; WE WERE ALWAYS ASKED, WHERE ARE YOU WITH YOUR ACCREDITATION, AND IT'S HUGE FOR US TO SAY WE'RE NOW FULLY ACCREDITED. SO IT MEANS A LOT TO US.))
[SUPER=01-Curtis Fawson/Southern Virginia University President;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=a lot to us.]
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[VO-NAT - :10+]

The school is expecting another record class next year. It received more than 11-hundred applications, and expects to have a total enrollment of more than 600 students.
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[comm #3]


[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Both the Dow and Nasdaq closed lower yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


((A WEAK OUTLOOK FROM CISCO SYSTEMS RESULTED IN HEAVY TECHNOLOGY SELLING, AND STOCKS EDGED LOWER WEDNESDAY.


THE DOW LOST 27 POINTS ON THE DAY.
AND THE NASDAQ WAS OFF ALMOST 17.


CISCO DELIVERED FISCAL THIRD-QUARTER RESULTS AFTER TUESDAY'S CLOSE.
THE COMPANY REPORTED NUMBERS IMPROVED BY 35 PERCENT FROM A YEAR EARLIER, BUT SAID ITS FOURTH QUARTER WOULD SHOW NO IMPROVEMENT FROM THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.
CISCO ALSO ISSUED DISCOURAGING COMMENTS ABOUT ANY PICK-UP IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPENDING.
AS THE LEADING MAKER OF COMPUTER NETWORKING GEAR, IF CISCO DOESN'T SEE INCREASING DEMAND, THAT DOESN'T BODE WELL FOR THE SECTOR.


US AIRWAYS POSTED A FIRST-QUARTER PROFIT--ON PAPER--OF ONE-POINT-SIX-THREE-BILLION DOLLARS, RESULTING MOSTLY FROM A GAIN ASSOCIATED WITH ITS EMERGENCE FROM BANKRUPTCY.
EXCLUDING THE ACCOUNTING ADJUSTMENTS, US AIRWAYS HAD A PRETAX OPERATING LOSS OF $282 MILLION, COMPARED WITH A LOSS OF $435 MILLION IN THE YEAR-AGO QUARTER.


QWEST HAS AGREED TO PAY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SIX-AN-A-HALF-MILLION DOLLARS TO SETTLE CHARGES IT SOLD LONG-DISTANCE SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS BEFORE GETTING GOVERNMENT APPROVAL TO DO SO.
THE FINE IS THE LARGEST EVER PAID TO THE FCC.
THE COMPANY STILL FACES OTHER INQUIRIES INTO ITS ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS PRACTICES UNDER PREVIOUS MANAGEMENT.


WITH THE BIZ BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))

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[11Drowning]


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

Roanoke police are investigating the death of a man found in the Roanoke River. The body of the unidentified man was found earlier yesterday near 13th Street behind the Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant.
An autopsy is scheduled.

[11Jack-Hanna]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC08:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Jack Hanna brought his Animal Adventures to Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Hanna stopped by Mill Mountain Zoo yesterday for a visit as part of the zoo's fundraising efforts. Dozens of fans both young and old lined up for autographs and to get a glimpse at a few of his furry friends. Hanna also joked about his many appearances on the David Letterman Show.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT: 1:44 - 1:48]
[IN Q=It's our 18th year...]

((IT'S OUR 18TH YEAR ON THE SHOW. IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF SHOW YOU KNOW. WHAT CAN I SAY?)) ((ON THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW THERE'S AN AUDIENCE THAT MAY NOT LIKE ANIMALS SO WE TRY TO JOKE AROUND WITH DAVE AND I THINK.... EACH TIME WE'VE BEEN ON))
[SUPER=01-Jack Hanna/Animal Adventures Host; :07]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=...that we've been on.]
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[VO-NAT]

You can see Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures Sunday morning's from 7 to 8 here on Your Hometown Station.
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(Kim tosses to bump)


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