[Monty-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire broke out at an upholstry shop in Elliston.
Firefighters were called to the business on Brake Road early this morning. The shop was heavily damaged. There's no word on what sparked the blaze..

[S-East]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-144 TC11117]
[GRAPHIC=ACC/BIG EAST]


In Ponte Vedra, Florida today, Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese is expected to make his big pitch to keep Miami in the league. Yesterday, Tranghese met with the conference Athletic Directors for about 4 hours, and from every indication, things went well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ponte Vedra, FL; :00]


Media outlets from nearly every Big East city have converged on North Florida for the proceedings.
Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee said that although yesterday's discussions were productive, no conclusions were reached.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Paul Dee/Miami Athletic Director; :00]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=about their preferences."]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=acc/big east]


One sticking point for the Hurricanes is the ability to compete in a 12 team league.
Mike Stevens is in Ponte Vedra and will join us with a live report around 6 o-clock this morning.
He'll have comments from Frank Beamer, Pittsburgh football Coach Walt Harris, and UCONN women's hoop coach Geno Auriemma.

[11Tech-Business]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC-24:05]
[GRAPHIC=Acc/Big East]


While the Big East officials are meeting to discuss how they'll hold their conference together.... Blacksburg merchants are monitoring the meetings because game days mean big business. Jennifer Wishon has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Jeremy Allen manages]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Diffell/Tech Bookstore Manager; :07]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; :35 ]
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Allen/Amerisuites General Manager; :43]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 1999; 1:00]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Blacksburg]

((At the Tech Bookstore there's more to celebrate on game day than just football.
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[SOT 11:18:04]
[IN Q=During a football game]

((JERRY DIFFELL/TECH BOOKSTORE MANAGER: DURING A FOOTBALL GAME YOU'RE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH RABID FANS WHO ARE CROWDED IN TO HERE AND I WISH ON THOSE DAYS WE HAD A STORE ABOUT FIVE TIMES BIGGER.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=five times bigger]

In fact, Hokie gear is so popular Diffell says he plans to expand his merchandise displays into the store's textbook department. But Diffell says he's not worried about conferences because of the Hokies' strong fan base.
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[SOT 8:22:06]
[IN Q=No matter where]

((JERRY DIFFELL/TECH BOOKSTORE MANAGER: NO MATTER WHERE VIRGINIA TECH ENDS UP WE'RE GONNA BE JUST FINE.))
[RUNS= 07]
[OUT Q=be just fine]
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[SOT 20:42:15]
[IN Q=One local merchant]

((JENNIFER WISHON/REPORTING: ONE LOCAL MERCHANT VIVIDLY REMEMBERS VIRGINIA TECH FOOTBALL WHEN THE EXISTING STANDS WERE ONLY HALF FULL AND THERE WAS NO NEED FOR EXTRA SEATING IN THE END ZONE.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=the end zone]
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[SOT 1:22:07]
[IN Q=My main concern is]

((JEREMY ALLEN/AMERISUITES GENERAL MANAGER: MY MAIN CONCERN IS THAT IF THE TEAMS DO GO TO THE ACC THAT THE BIG EAST WILL LOOSE IT'S LEGITIMACY AS A CONFERENCE, LOOSE IT'S BIG EAST TIE IN, LOOSE A LOT OF TV CONTRACTS.))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=of TV contracts]

Allen is afraid a weakened Big East Conference could mean a loss of fans. After football really took off at Virginia Tech back in 1999 ticket sales skyrocketed along with interest in the university.
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[SOT 1:09:02]
[IN Q=Graduation, football, weekends]

((GRADUATION, FOOTBALL WEEKENDS, ORIENTATION, PARENT'S WEEKENDS, EVERYTHING LIKE THAT, THEY SEND US A LOT OF BUSINESS.))
[RUNS= 07]
[OUT Q=a lot of business]

Virginia Tech's football schedule came out the end of January. By the first week in February the Amerisuites in Blacksburg was booked on weekends of home games. Business has also changed at the Tech Bookstore. There isn't such a thing as a slow day anymore and plenty of that has to do with the academic and athletic success Virginia Tech has enjoyed.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:00:07]
[IN Q=No matter where]

((JERRY DIFFELL/TECH BOOKSTORE MANAGER: NO MATTER WHERE I GO AND PEOPLE SAY OH, BLACKSBURG. THEY KNOW OH VIRGINIA TECH WOW, MICHAEL VICK, FOOTBALL, FRANK BEAMER. WE'RE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY NOW.))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=the country now]

Now residents in this part of the country wait to learn the fate of the Big East Conference. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Blacksburg.))

[Middle-East]


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


It's the fourth attack in two days in the Middle East-- stalling an attempt for peace in Israel, before it can even begin.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Today a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up next to an Army patrol, wounding three soldiers in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier in the same area, two Palestinian teenagers were killed by Israeli gunfire after throwing stones at the troops.
And just yesterday, there was the bombing of a Jerusalem bus, which killed seven passengers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The Palestinians]

((GIDEON MEIR/ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY:THE PALESTINIANS MUST DECIDE BETWEEN TWO PATHS, THE PATH OF TERROR AND DESTRUCTION, WHICH IS LED BY YASSAR ARAFAT, OR THE PATH OF PEACE AND COMPROMISE. ))
[SUPER=01-Gideon Meir/Israeli Foreign Ministry;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=peace and compromise.]
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[VO-NAT]


The attacks come as both Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers were about to meet for the first summit between the two sides in nearly three years.
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[Morocco-Attacks]


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


In Morroco, investigators have raided the hideouts of some suspected Islamic militants following suicide attacks in Casablanca.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Casablanca, Morocco;]


Agents have detained several dozen people.
They suspect at least two groups were responsible for the attacks.
U-S officials believe al-Qaida was involved, as well.
Friday's bombing killed at least 28 bystanders.
A diplomatic source says American and French anti- terrorism experts have arrived in Casablanca to help investigate.
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[11Supermax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC-7:05]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Five years ago, Virginia unveiled two Supermax prisons, but now the state has quietly cut capacity there by more than 75 percent.
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[VO-NAT - :32+]
[SUPER=03-Wise Co./September 2001;]

The most recent cutback was earlier this year at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, where fewer than half of the original 12-hundred beds remain designated for the most violent inmates. Wallens Ridge State Prison was downgraded last year to a maximum-security prison. Critics say the changes prove that Virginia grossly overestimated its number of violent and predatory inmates when it spent nearly 150 million dollars on the prisons. The Virginia Department of Corrections says the reductions are just a result of a change in the way the department classifies inmates.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Wall Street gets back to work today. And, you can bet that the hottest travel destination this summer is NOT Orlando.
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=1:44]
[OUT Q=in New York.]

((Mutual fund investors poured an estimated $14 billion into stock funds in April, the largest monthly gain in a year. according to the research firm Lipper, Relief over a quick end to the Iraqi war and the stock market's sharp recovery boosted investor optimism. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 8.5 percent in April, the benchmark index's third-best month in the past decade.
ON WALL STREET... AN UNEXPECTED PLUNGE IN CONSUMER PRICES GOT INVESTORS WORRIED ABOUT DEFLATION... AND FED TALK OF A POSSIBLE INTEREST RATE CUT BY THE FED AT ITS JUNE MEETING.

(GR)

DOW SLIPPED 34 POINTS

(GR)

WHILE THE NASDAQ FELL BACK 12.

(OC)

This coming week.. PC and printer titan Hewlett-Packard medical equipment firm Medtronic and chipmaker Marvell will report their financial results as earnings season hits the home stretch.

(GR)

Job losses and high levels of consumer debt have pushed personal bankruptcy filings to a record high. over 1.5 mln people filed for personal bankruptcy in the year ending march 31..up more than 7 percent from the previous year..

(OC)

and the highest number of americans ever to file
LAS VEGAS IS THE HOT DESTINATION THIS SUMMER..

(GR)

ACCORDING TO HOTELS.COM VEGAS scored the most July and August room reservations for the second year in a row. ORLANDO EDGED OUT NEW YORK FOR THE NUMBER TWO SPOT... BUT THE BIG APPLE CAME IN NUMBER THREE ON THE MUST VISIT LIST.. FOLLOWED BY NEW ORLEANS AND SAN FRANCISCO.

(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]


[Sri-Lanka]


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


Flooding rains have left at least 200 people dead in Sri Lanka.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ratnapura, Sri Lanka;]


Meanwhile, the search is on for hundreds of others who are missing.
Many are believed to be buried in a landslide that's wiped out a village.
Tens of thousands of people are homeless, following the heaviest rains in the area in 60 years.
Forecasters are warning that more rain is on the way.
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[Box-Office]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

"The Matrix Reloaded" is not only the number one film in the country....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-"The Matrix Reloaded" - Warner Brothers;]

The movie has taken in the highest opening weekend gross of any R-rated film on record. Warner Brothers estimates its sequel to 1999's ``The Matrix'' took in an estimated 93-point-three million dollars this weekend. That's nearly 60 percent of the total gross of the weekend's top 12 films.

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[Anchor=Kimberly]

[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-The Matrix Reloaded/93.3/Daddy Day Care/19.2/X2: X-Men United/17.1/Down With Love/7.6/The Lizzie McGuire Movi

e/4.5;]
The Eddie Murphy family comedy ``Daddy Day Care'' finished in second place.
``X2: X-Men United'' is in third place. ``Down With Love'' is fourth, and ``The Lizzie McGuire Movie'' is fifth.
[Super=#555;reset]



[Les-Miserables]


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


It's the end of an era on Broadway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Les Miserables ended its run last night on the Great White Way after 16 years, and nearly seven THOUSAND performances.
That's second only to ``Cats,'' which is Broadway's longest- running show.
Last night's audience was by invitation- only.
Les Mis opened on March 12th, 19- 87.
During its run, it garnered eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[AM-Big-East]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE=03-]
[GRAPHIC=Big East #6243]


The Big East Conference's coaches and athletic directors are set to begin day full of meetings later this morning just outside of Jacksonville.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim & Mike/Starlink;]


Mike Stevens joins us live from the Ponte Vedra Inn with the latest on a day that could change Virginia Tech's athletic future.
[LIVE=Mike Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Mike1;]
[SUPER=05-Ponte Vedra Beach, FL;]



[ROLL CUE: cautiously optimistic."] ((TAPE Rolled from starlink))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Football Coach; :00]
[SUPER=03-Ponte Vedra, FL; :19]
[SUPER=01-Walt Harris/Pittsburgh Football Coach; :36]
[RUNS=:53]
[OUT Q=get it done."]



[LIVE=Mike Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=05-Ponte Vedra Beach, FL;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim & Mike/Starlink;]




[11Giants-Medeco]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC-1:53:28]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A company from the region got a Giant hand in building housing for the less fortunate in New York City.
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[VO-NAT - :24.5]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

Officials with Medeco High Security Locks, a company based out of Salem, teamed up with the New York Giants to help Habitat for Humanity build homes in the South Bronx. 17 current and former members of the Giants helped out, including Harry Carsons, Jim Burt, and Carl Banks; and former U-V-A fullback Charles Way. 30 Medeco employees also helped build one family a new home, something the company's president says just makes sense.


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[SOT - 7:49]
[IN Q=We think it's the...]

((BOB COOK/MEDECO PRESIDENT; WE THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THE COMMUNITY, SOMETHING THAT MAKES OUR EMPLOYEES PROUD TO WORK FOR MEDECO, AND IT'S GOOD BUSINESS AND WE'RE ASSOCIATED WITH ONE OF THE FINEST ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Cook/Medeco President;]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=in the world, Habitat for Humanity.]
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[VO-NAT - :05+]

Medeco and its partners supply all of the locks used in Habitat for Humanity homes.
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[GE]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, Contract talks are scheduled to start today between General Electric and its unions. Health care costs, wages, job security and pensions are among the major issues. The talks in New York and around the country cover more than 24-thousand G-E employees.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
[STOCKS] [COMM]



[11Iraq-Food]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC-3:20:19]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Rebuilding]

A church in Roanoke is giving needy families in Iraq a taste of America.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Members of Preston Oaks Baptist Church are now in the process of packing food into boxes so it can be shipped out to Iraq on Wednesday.
Each box contains enough food to feed a family for about a month.
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[SOT 15:18]
[IN Q=In order for us to have a good realtion with]

((IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE IRAQI'S CONSIDERING THE SITUATION. WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE LEAST COULD TO HELP THE FAMILIES OUT AND TO PROVIDE FOOD))
[SUPER=201-Allen Krueger/Preston Oaks Baptist Church]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=to provide food]
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[VO-NAT]

The boxes are packed with a variety of foods including salt, flour, sugar, rice and beans. They were specifically designed to fit the normal diet of an Iraqi. The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention arranged the food drive and will distribute the food to Iraqi families.
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[AM-Eye-Spy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-21 08:06]
[GRAPHIC=Eye Spy OTS #4394]


The average person is in the public eye more than they know.
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[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Camera surveillance is the fastest growing business at State Security in Roanoke. One of their biggest sellers is this pan, tilt and zoom camera. When mounted on buildings, it blends into the environment so when you're walking around in public, it's likely you wouldn't even notice it seeing your every move.
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[SOT 00:55:41]
[IN Q=you owuld]

((JOE HUDDLESTON/STATE SECURITY; YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED HOW MANY TIMES YOU ARE WATCHED DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY AS YOU WALK ABOUT THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Huddleston/State Security;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=COMMUNITY.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Huddleston estimates it's about dozen times each day. He says the surveillance industry is growing because of lingering terrorist concerns and the affordability of digital technology.
(++++++++)
[Take Eye Spy Promo FS #4395]

Tonight at 6 in a special Eye Spy report, we tell you where exactly your image is being caught in downtown Roanoke.
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[11Chocolate]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC-3:08:03]
[GRAPHIC=none]


What would you do if someone told you could help the Red Cross by eating chocolate desserts?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Some people got that opportunity last night at the first annual Red, White and Chocolate tasting. Twenty vendors from around the Roanoke Valley teamed up with the Red Cross to offer people a chance to savor the flavor of rich chocolates and creative artwork. Some of the chocolate artists made massive pieces like this castle... or small, but detailed statues, and others let their style show by making dessert delicacies. Admission was twenty five dollars a person. The money made from the event will be used by the Red Cross for disaster (------------) service programs here in the Roanoke Valley.