It's homecoming day for the 229th, much earlier than first expected.
[VO-NAT from 02-48 2:00:10 ]
When the 125 men and women left Roanoke in late February, they figured they'd be on active duty for at least a year.
But the Army National Guard's 229th Chemical Company is scheduled to return to the Roanoke armory this afternoon.
Members remain listed as active duty until early next month, but they won't have to wait that long to see their loved ones.
A ceremony today will welcome them home.
[GRAPHIC=Terror Alert High]
The U-S has raised the terror alert status by one notch, from elevated to high.
So far, that means longer police shifts and more airport checks.
[SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;]
The newly- raised orange terror status is partly based on what al-Qaida did in Saudi Arabia last week.
The government worries that it may be a prelude to an attack here in the U-S.
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[IN Q=When we see]
((ASA HUTCHINSON/HOMELAND SECURITY UNDERSECRETARY: WHEN WE SEE A PATTERN OF ACTIVITY OVERSEAS DIRECTED AT UNITED STATES
TARGETS WE CERTAINLY HAVE TO BE AWARE THAT THERE REMAINS THAT POTENTIAL OF USE OF THOSE TYPE OF TACTICS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. ))
[SUPER=01-Asa Hutchinson/Homeland Security Undersecretary;]
[OUT Q=here in the United States.]
The threat level increase is the fourth in just over eight months.
While there's no specific information on when or where terrorists might strike, the government wants the public to be more vigilant.
But the alert is still mainly for state and local law enforcement.
The U-S is expecting major support for its U-N resolution lifting sanctions against Iraq.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
A vote is now expected tomorrow.
U-S officials originally wanted a vote today, but delayed it because the Security Council suggested so many changes to the latest version during closed- door meetings.
A new draft would authorize the U-S led coalition to run Iraq and use oil to finance reconstruction until a new government is put into place.
That's expected in July.
[GRAPHIC=Frankie Betterton #2004]
A new highway bridge will be named in honor of a fallen sheriff's deputy today, just a short distance from where he was shot to death a year ago.
The Frankie Lynn Betterton bridge will carry the new US-58 westbound bypass over the present route 58, about one mile west of Danville city limits in Pittsylvania County.
A dedication ceremony is scheduled at 10 AM.
[TAPE#=03-14 TC 3:21:56]
Danville residents will soon have to pay more for cable service.
Adelphia has announced it's raising rates.
It's the fourth increase in three years.
Beginning June first, basic cable service will go up 2 dollars and 76 cents bringing the monthly cost to nearly 47 dollars.
That is more than ten dollars higher than it was two years ago.
Adelphia Cable says it has no choice since program fees continue to rise.
But the latest increase has prompted city officials to look into the possibility of getting into the cable business.
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[SOT 11:20:10; 11:12:32]
[IN Q=Somewhere down the road]
((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE MAYOR: SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD WE MAY BE APPLYING AND LOOKING AT THE STATE AND ASKING FOR THAT PERMISSION. THEY'RE ONLY TWO COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA THAT HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. THAT'S BRISTOL AND ABINGDON AT THIS POINT AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD BUT RIGHT NOW OUR HANDS ARE PRETTY MUCH TIED.))
((JEAN ELKINS/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I THINK IT'S TOO MUCH OF AN INCREASE. I CAN SEE MAYBE A DOLLAR OR A DOLLAR QUARTER BUT NOT AS MUCH AS THREE DOLLARS.))
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jean Elkins/Danville Resident; :16]
[OUT Q=as three dollars]
To help offset the increase, Adelphia will discontinue charging customers a monthly fee for an extra outlet.
The cable company also points out it has recently spent more than 17-million dollars to provide customers with high speed internet access and digital cable.
Currently, Adelphia is the only cable provider in Danville.
However, the contract is up and the city is in talks about renewing that contract.
The mayor says the latest increase will play a role in negotiations.
Danville residents will also have to pay more to use their cell phones.
City Council moved forward with a plan to raise the monthly cell phone tax from 90 cents to three dollars.
In other news, one new face will join some familiar ones on the school board.
Last night, city council narrowed the field from eight candidates to three.
Council members voted to appoint Renee Hughes to a three year term on the school board.
They also voted to reappoint Rebecca Bolton and George Wilson.
Members say it is important to have familiar faces on the school board since the city will be getting a new superintendent July first.
In business news, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan heads to Capitol Hill today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN IS EXPECTED TO BE THE MARQUEE EVENT
FOR WALL STREET TODAY.. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL BANK WILL BE ON CAPITOL
HILL GIVING HIS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY.
INVESTORS WILL BE LISTENING FOR ANY CLUES ABOUT WHAT THE FED INTENDS TO DO
WITH INTEREST RATES AT ITS JUNE MEETING.
THE OTHER HEADLINER OF THE DAY IS HEWLETT PACKARD..
AND AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, THE P-C MAKER POSTED QUARTERLY RESULTS THAT
MATCHED EXPECTATIONS.. THANKS TO SOLID RESULTS AT ITS IMAGING AND PRINTING
DIVISION. H-P ALSO BACKED WALL STREET'S PROFIT ESTIMATES FOR THE REMAINDER
OF THE YEAR.
NEWS OF MAD COW DISEASE IN CANADA AND HEIGHTENED TERRORISM ALERT IN THE U-S
INITIALLY HAMMERED STOCKS.. BUT THE MARKET FOUGHT BACK AND BY THE CLOSING
BELL, STOCKS WERE NEAR THE FLATLINE.
THE DOW DIPPED 2 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ EDGED DOWN MORE THAN 1 AND A HALF.
THE CONFIRMED CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE IN CANADA PUT BEEF AND RESTAURANT
RELATED STOCKS INTO A TAILSPIN.. MCDONALD'S, TYSON'S AND WENDY'S ALL ENDED
THE DOW SHARPLY LOWER.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Some Lynchburg residents are pressuring their city to do something about a bridge that's been the scene of a number of suicides over the years.
The last suicide on the Rivermont Bridge came in August 2001, when 38-year-old Theresa Wilkerson jumped to her death off the 100-foot high span.
Supporters want the city to install higher railings on the bridge.. a project that would cost almost a quarter million dollars.
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[IN Q=There is no]
((ROBERT POIGNANT/VIRGINIA ORGANIZING PROJECT: THERE IS NO PRICE TO BE PUT UPON A HUMAN LIFE. I AM SURE THAT MANY OF OUR COUNCILMEN HAVE INSURANCE POLICIES IN EXCESS OF THE 226-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT'S INVOLVED HERE. THE LIFE OF A HUMAN BEING IS WORTH MORE THAN 226-THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Poignant/Virginia Organizing Project]
[OUT Q=226-thousand dollars.]
Poignant (POYN-yent) says a higher railing would provide an immediate barrier to suicidal persons who might then seek counseling for their problems.
This week marks just the beginning of contract talks for General Electric workers around the country.
Employees at Salem's G-E Plant are among those whose contract expires next month.
They walked the picket line in January hoping for some leverage in negotiations.
The major issues are affordable health insurance and job security.
A local union president is in New York as a member of the bargaining committee.
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[IN Q=IF WE CAN'T]
((ROY ROGERS/IUE-CWA LOCAL PRESIDENT; IF WE CAN'T REACH A HEALTH CARE POSITION THAT COULD VERY WELL MEAN ANOTHER STRIKE I THINK THEY'RE AWARE OF THAT I THINK WE'RE AWARE OF IT ALSO THAT IT WOULD LEAD TO THAT WE'RE TRYING TO WORK SOMETHING OUT.))
[OUT Q=SOMETHING OUT.]
Meanwhile, labor talks are also underway for Goodyear employees in Danville.
Day to day operations remain normal at the plant while discussions continue in Cincinnati.
Local union officials say a negotiating committee has already rejected an initial offer made by Goodyear.
The city known for showgirls, magicians and Elvis impersonators is going COUNTRY tonight.
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]
For the first time, Las Vegas will host the Academy of Country Music Awards .
Some of the biggest names in country music gathered at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino for a second day of rehearsals before the big event.
Last year's award host, Reba McEntire will be returning.
Singer Toby Keith leads with eight nominations.
Other nominees include Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and the Dixie Chicks.
The 38th annual ACMA's air live tonight on C-B-S.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, Wall Street reacts to fears about mad cow disease and the heightened terror alert.
John Lisk has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-John Lisk/Reporting; 1:12]
[OUT Q=I'm John Lisk]
((STOCKS RECOVERED BEFORE THE CLOSING BELL TUESDAY AFTER THE ORANGE TERROR ALERT AND CANADA'S CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE ROCKED INVESTOR'S CONFIDENCE.
THE DOW DROPPED TWO POINTS ON THE DAY
WHILE THE NASDAQ ALSO LOST TWO.
HOME DEPOT BEAT EARNINGS EXPECTATIONS.
THE WORLD'S LARGET HOME IMPROVEMENT RETAILER REPORTED A SIX-PERCENT RISE IN PROFITS.
HOME DEPOT POSTED EARNINGS AT 39-CENTS-PER SHARE FOR THE FIRST QUARTER...UP 2-CENTS FROM ANALYST FORECASTS.
HEWLETT-PACKARD ALSO REPORTED BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS.
FOR ITS SECOND QUARTER,THE COMPUTER MAKER POSTED A NET INCOME OF 659 MILLION DOLLARS, OR 22-CENTS A SHARE.
HEWLETT-PACKARD MERGED WITH COMPAQ A YEAR AGO.
EXCLUDING ONE-TIME CHARGES FOR RESTRUCTURING RELATED TO THE MERGER THE COMPANY EARNED 29- CENTS A SHARE, TWO CENTS ABOVE ANALYSTS' ESTIMATES.
THEY ALSO REPORTED NEARLY 18-BILLION IN SALES.
ANALYSTS EXPECTED HEWLETT-PACKARD TO EARN 17.7-BILLION IN THE QUARTER.
BORDERS GROUP INCORPORATED SAYS IT HAS POSTED A LOSS FOR ITS FIRST QUARTER.
THE NATION'S NUMBER TWO BOOKSELLER REPORTED A FIRST QUARTER LOSS OF 4.8 MILLION DOLLARS, OR SIX-CENTS A SHARE.
THE COMPANY SAYS CONSUMER FOCUS ON THE WAR IN IRAQ HURT SALES.
WITH THE BIZ BRIEF, I'M JOHN LISK.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A quarter of all overseas adoptions come from China.
[TAKE FS EARLY YEARS]
But as Kitty Pilgrim reports in today's Early Years segment, the Chinese government has put international adoptions on hold.
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[SUPER=07-Jared Bernstein; :22]
[SUPER=07-Tracy McManamon; :58]
[SUPER=01-Susan Cox/Holt International Children's Services; 1:43]
[SUPER=01-Anne Northup/(R) Kentucky; 2:02]
[SUPER=01-Kitty Pilgrim/Reporting; 2:17]
[OUT Q=CNN New York.]
((In Virginia Jared and Kay Bernsteen ...adopted 3 1/2 year old ellie in July of 2000.
They all went back to pick up Kate, three months ago, the entire family traveling into the heart of SARS country. China Guangdong province. They had no idea how close they came to risk.
SOT-AS WE WERE HEADED OVER TO CHINA I READ ABOUT A MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS IN GUANJO WHICH IS WHERE WE WERE HEADED AND IT TU
RNED OUT TO BE GROUND ZERO FOR SARS BUT IT WASN'T CALLED SARS YET AT THAT TIME I DECIDED NOT TO TELL MY WIFE AND ELLIE ABOUT IT WE WERE GOING OVER AT THAT TIME TO GET KATE SO I KEPT IT TO MYSELF.
In North Carolina, The MacManamons made another decision. For their third adoption, just a few weeks ago, when SARS was a household word, only the dad, Tracy made the journey, to pick up one year old Madelen.
SOT-ON THE WAY OVER I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS WE FLEW FROM CHICAGO TO BEIJING AND THE PLANE WAS VIRTUALLY EMPTY SO IT WAS
A LITTLE BIT DISCONCERTING TO SEE SO FEW PEOPLE GOING TO CHINA ON THE PRIOR TWO TRIPS THE PLANES WERE ALWAYS BOOKED.
A quarter of all the overseas adoptions come from China. During the 1990's adoptions from China boomed, now at an average of about five thousand a year.
Chinese orphanages are filled with girls. Because its the policy of the Chinese government to restrict families to only one child, and boys are more valued.
It takes about a year and a half, to two years to get through the process. Adoption agencies say the current delay is hard on families who have received pictures and were waiting for papers to travel.
SOT-THE DIFFICULT PART IS FOR FAMILIES WHO WERE EXPECTING TO GET THEIR TRAVEL APPROVAL ANY TIME, AND THAT DELAY IS GOIN
G TO AFFECT THEM MOST OF ALL AND
AT THIS POINT WE REALLY DONT KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL BE.
Congresswoman Ann Northup is on the Congressional Coalition for Adoption, and says she is hopeful adoptions, at least the paperwork, will proceed.
SOT-THEY ARE BY THE WAY GOING TO PROCESS THE PAPERWORK SO THAT SOON AS THIS IS LIFTED THEY WILL AGAIN OPEN THEIR COUNTR
Y AND SEND THE LETTERS TO TRAVEL TO FAMILIES THAT I SUPPOSE WILL BUILD UP IN THE MEANTIME, SO IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE WONT IN THE END.
China made the decision to the avoid cross infection that comes with a large flow of people. They are allowing the very few people who have already been cleared and have made final travel arrangements to proceed, They rest, will have to wait.
tag-Kitty Pilgrim CNN New York ))
Kids can't call this school bus the "big cheese."
[SUPER=03-Isle of Wight, England;]
A bus company in England has introduced the PINK bus.
Students who have been especially unruly on their regular buses are punished by having to ride the pink bus to school.
Officials say it is working.
The special riders have already begun behaving better.
Apparently, the stigma of travelling on the pastel bus isn't very cool with most children, and within a few days, they no longer have to be "in the pink."
(Kim tosses to break)
[GRAPHIC=Eye Spy #4394]
Your librarian might not be the only person who knows whether you've checked out any books lately.
The federal government has always been allowed to access your library records but investigators were required to have a subpoena.
Ever since Congress enacted the Patriot Act of 2001 to fight terrorism, however, law enforcement officers can obtain a search warrant with only a *suspicion* that you might be committing a crime.
And they're not required to tell you.
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[IN Q=It's hard enough...]
[SUPER=01-Toni Cox/Radford Public Library;]
((TONI COX/RADFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: IT'S HARD ENOUGH WITH SENSITIVE SUBJECTS FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN AND ASK US TO HELP FIND INFORMATION BUT IF THEY THINK THE GOVERMENT HAS THEM ON A LIST? THIS REALLY OPENS THAT UP.))
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: WE WORKED VERY HARD TO ACHIEVE A BALANCE THERE. THAT ACT INCLUDES ALOT OF DIFFERENT PROVISIONS AND WE PUT A SUNSET ON THE LOG BECUASE WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW SOME OF THOSE WOULD WORK OUT.))
[OUT Q=how some of those would work out.]
Now, dozens of lawmakers are trying to exempt libraries from the the act even as talk of Patriot *Two* begins.
[Eye Spy Promo FS #4395]
Walking the fine line between protecting and abusing civil liberties on "Eye Spy", tonight on News 7 at 6.
When he couldn't find a teaching job in the mid-90's, Billy Tresky (TREH-ski) opened a pizza restaurant instead.
Chico and Billy's was a successful venture.
But Tresky got tired of working 90 hours a week, AND he still wanted to teach.
So he sold his interest in the restaurant.
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[IN Q=Do you know]
((DO YOU KNOW WHO WAS PRESIDENT IN THE 60'S? ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY... KENNEDY. ))
In his first year of teaching history at Cave Spring High School, the students have voted him "Teacher of the Year."
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[IN Q=I think the Lord]
((WILLIAM TRESKY/CAVE SPRING HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER: I THINK THE LORD GIVES PEOPLE GIFTS AND ONE OF MY GIFTS IS COMMUNICATING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. RYAN POLLOCK/STUDENT: HE MAKES THINGS FUN. MORE INTERACTIVE AND STUFF, INSTEAD OF JUST COPYING NOTES, STUDYING, TAKE THE TEST.))
[SUPER=01-William Tresky/Cave Spring High School Teacher; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Pollock/Student; :05]
[OUT Q=take the test.]
Now that he's finally gotten to use his teaching certificate, Tresky says he wishes he could call HIS high school teachers and apologize.