[AMHidden-Valley]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The debate continues on whether there should be lighted althetic fields at Hidden Valley High School.
Last night , the public shed light on the issue.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Phil Anderson/Supports Lights; :13]
[SUPER=01-Allen Wilkerson/Opposes Lights; :35 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Sue Anglin/Opposes Lights; :45]
[SUPER=01-Cheryl Shepherd/Supports Lights; 1:11]
[SUPER=@justin2; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke Co.]

((((NAT SOUND OF PERSON TALKING))
About one hundred people crowded into the Hidden Valley Auditorium for this neighborhood meeting.
The majority are in favor of lightning the soccer field.
[SOT 4:09:52]
[IN Q=It allows our boys]

((PHIL ANDERSON/SUPPORTS LIGHTS: IT ALLOWS OUR BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER TEAMS VARSITY AND JV TO COMPETE ON AN EQUAL FOOTING WITH EVERY OTHER SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY AND EVERY OTHER SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=in the district]


Right now, soccer games at Hidden Valley have to begin at 4:30 long before it gets dark.
Supporters believe the lights would solve a lot of problems.
But some nearby residents believe the lights would bring more noise and traffic to the neighborhood.
[SOT 4:13:36]
[IN Q=It disrupts]

((ALLEN WILKERSON/OPPOSES LIGHTS: IT DISRUPTS YOUR PRIVACY AND IT DISRUPTS THE WAY OF LIFE THAT YOU HAVE.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=that you have ]


Opponents also point out the school board promised years ago not to light the fields here at Hidden Valley.
[SOT 4:50:4:50:26]
[IN Q=What you're teaching]

((SUE ANGLIN/OPPOSES LIGHTS: WHAT YOU'RE TEACHING THE KIDS IS THAT A PROMISE IS A PROMISE IS GOOD FOR TODAY BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE KEPT IN THE FUTURE.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=in the future]

((NAT SOUND OF LIGHT GUY TALKING ABOUT THE LIGHTS))
The lights would be installed on four 70 foot poles and will have shielding on them to limit glare.
The school board also says the lights most likely would be off no later than nine o'clock.
One neighbor believes the plan can work.
[SOT 5:00:16]
[IN Q=For the time]

((CHERYL SHEPHERD/SUPPORTS LIGHTS: FOR THE TIME THAT THIS THE SOCCER FIELD WOULD BE LIGHTED OR THAT THE CROWDS WOULD BE THERE, I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE A PROBLEM.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=would be a problem]


The school board will have the final say and will most likely vote on this issue at its July meeting.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))

[11Henry-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC1:25:02]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Henry County School Board wants to hear what the public has to say on some big changes there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


Yesterday, the school board unanimously approved a controversial plan to close and consolidate some schools.
A similar plan was shot down in 2001 ... but a few things have changed since then.
The school system has lost 2-and-a-half MILLION dollars and 400 students.
Over the next several months, the board hopes to work with the public to decide which schools will consolidate and which will close.
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[SOT 9:36:50]
[IN Q=Certainly, it's]

((JAMES FRANKLIN/HENRY CO. SCHOOL BOARD: CERTAINLY, IT'S GOING TO BE PAINFUL. WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE IT THE SMALLEST DISRUPTION WE CAN WITH OUR STUDENTS AND WITH OUR STAFF. ))
[SUPER=01-James Franklin/Henry Co. School Board;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=with our staff.]
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[VO-NAT]


The board says the public WILL get a chance have its say. It's placed ads in the local paper and on TV inviting input.
The first meeting on consolidation plans will be July 3rd.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The changes will take effect in the 2004-2005 school year.

[Tax-Bill]


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


More families could be getting some extra cash from the government this summer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The Senate has overwhelmingly voted to extend the child tax credit to more parents.
The bill would give over six million low-income families a check for 400- dollars per child.
It'll also help military parents who have served in combat zones.
The measure still has to get through the House, where opposition is likely.
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[Iraq]


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


A team of U-N experts is about to arrive in Iraq, the first group of its kind to enter the country after the war.
The scientists will survey the damage at a nuclear plant that was severely looted during the war.
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he'll cooperate if Congress decides to investigate the issue of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Questions have come up about the intelligence the Bush administration used to justify the war.
U-S led teams have visited more than 230 sites in the search for illegal weapons and so far, have found nothing.
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[Eanes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jennifer Short]


A Collinsville man is behind bars this morning for misleading investigators in the Short family murders. Police say 44 year old Curtis Lee Eanes knowingly gave investigators the false statement implicating another man.
Eanes is being held in the Henry County Jail. He is the second person charged with giving misleading information to Short investigators.



[11Tessa]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC2:03:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A return to home was short for little Tessa Milliner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The 9-year old who suffered severe head injuries returned to the U-V-A medical Center last night.
Her mother said a doctor recommended Tessa return to the hospital after a check-up late yesterday.
Her family is also dealing with the loss of their medical insurance. Tessa's mother says the family lost their insurance the end of May after her husband lost his job. A fund has been set up for the family, but so far it isn't enough.
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[SOT 24:27:19]
[IN Q=If anything the money]

((SHANNON MABRY/TESSA'S MOTHER: IF ANYTHING THE MONEY WILL HELP WITH HER MEDICATIONS, NOW WE'LL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT SOMETHING ELSE TO DO AS FAR AS PAYING FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPY AND DOCTOR'S VISITS.))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Mabry/Tessa's Mother;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=and doctor's visits]
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[VO-NAT]

Mabry (MAY-bree) says the family applied for hospital assistance but was denied. Now they're looking into other relief programs.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Mortgage rates continue to fall.
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=1:37]
[OUT Q=in New York.]

((MORE GOOD NEWSFOR HOMEBUYERS.. Mortgage rates fell to another historic low this week.

(gr)

The rate on the benchmark 30-year loan sits at 5.26 percent... that breaks the record of 5.31 percent set just one week ago. The national average for the 15-year fell to a new low as well -of 4.66 percent down from 4.73 percent last week. Low mortgage rates propelled home sales to record levels lastyear. This year is shaping up to be the second-best year on record for sales of existing homes and new ones.

(oc)

THE LABOR MARKET TAKES CENTER STAGE TODAY WITH THE RELEASE OF THE MAY UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT. THE ECONOMY IS EXPECTEDT O HAVE LOST 46THOUSAND JOBS AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS EXPECTED TO HAVE INCHED UP TO 6.1 PERCENT FROM 6 PERCENT.

(gr)

ON WALL STREET... THE DOW ROSE 2 POINTS, BACK ABOVE THE 9-THOUSAND LEVEL.
(GR)

THE NASDAQ GAINED 11 POINTS.

(GR)

INTEL TOPS OUR STOCK TO WATCH LIST.. IN ITS MIDQUARTER UPDATE, THE CHIP GIANT tightened its second-quarter sales range to between $6.6 billion and $6.8 billion .

(OC)

ORIGINALLY, IT WAS EXPECTED TO HAVE SALES OF BETWEEN. INTEL ADDED THAT EARNINGS ARE ON TARGET FOR THE CURRENT QUARTER.

(GR)

Here's a switch: lousy weather actually helped retailers in May. A chilly and rainy Memorial Day weekend, apparently left us with nothing better to do than shop. sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent last month.. gap outdid itself again, sales there jumped 10 percent.

(GR)

TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM

(OC)

I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Grozny-Blast]


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


A gas explosion at an apartment house in Chechnya has killed at least 11 people.
Eight of the victims are children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grozny, Chechnya;]


A Russian official says the deadly blast is mostly likely the result of natural gas, NOT terrorism.
Natural gas explosions are common in Russian buildings.
In this case, part of the apartment building collapsed and another building was damaged.
The blast comes one day after a Chechen rebel suicide bombing that killed 19 people on a bus.
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[NY-Times]


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


The reporter whose plagiarism and fraud led to an uproar at the New York Times is now making apologies.
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[VO-NAT]


Journalist Jayson Blair offered an exclusive interview to C-B-S, during which he offered a message to his former colleagues.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Just that I'm sorry...]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=at the paper.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Executive editor Howell Raines and Managing editor Gerald Boyd have resigned because of the events of the past month involving Blair.
His numerous fabrications have tarnished the reputation of many consider to be the nation's most important newspaper.

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[DESK 3-SHOT toss]

(toss to weekend preview)[11I-81]



[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC37:51]
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Improvements]


There will be no delay on I-81 construction. That was the word yesterday from V-DOT Commissioner Philip (shoe-KET) Shucet after a series of plan changes.
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[VO-NAT :24]
[SUPER=@file]


Last week, V-DOT announced the state would need to complete an environmental study before signing any agreements with the two companies vying for the I-81 contract.
Now Shucet says the state will enter into agreements with Fluor Virginia and Star Solutions before the end of the year.
He says it is the only way the state could proceed with an environmental review.
Shucet says neither announcement will delay construction.
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[SOT 14:20:20]
[IN Q=THE OVERALL SCHEDULE TO]

((PHILIP SHUCET/VDOT COMMISSIONER: THE OVERALL SCHEDULE TO IMPROVEMENTS FOR INTERSTATE 81 HAS NOT CHANGED AT ALL. IT HASN'T.))
[SUPER=01-Philip Shucet/VDOT Commissioner]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=IT HASN'T.]
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[VO-NAT]


Shucet says construction is still expected to begin "sometime around 2008."
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[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Both the Dow and Nasdaq closed higher yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:08]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


((INVESTORS EKED OUT GAINS THURSDAY, HOLDING STRONG AMID WEAK REPORTS ON FACTORY ORDERS AND UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS. HOWEVER, THE DOW STILL CLOSED ABOVE 9-THOUSAND FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY.
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY UP TWO POINTS AND THE NASDAQ WAS UP 11.
NEW ORDERS FOR U-S FACTORY GOODS POSTED THEIR LARGEST DROP IN 17-MONTHS. THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS ORDERS SANK TWO-POINT-NINE PERCENT IN APRIL... THE BIGGEST DROP SINCE NOVEMBER 2001. THE FALL REFLECTS A SHARP DECREASED DEMAND FOR MACHINERY, TRANSPORTATION AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.
BAD NEWS ON THE EMPLOYMENT FRONT... JOBLESS CLAIMS ARE AT A FIVE-WEEK HIGH. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS 442-THOUSAND AMERICANS FILED FOR FOR FIRST-TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK. THAT'S UP 16-THOUSAND FROM THE WEEK BEFORE. FRIDAY, THE LABOR DEPARTMENT RELEASES ITS LATEST MONTHLY UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES.
AND NATIONAL SEMI-CONDUCTOR REPORTED A FOURTH-QUARTER LOSS OF TWO-CENTS PER SHARE. THE CHIPMAKER SAYS RESTRUCTURING CHARGES CAUSED THE LOSS. BUT, SALES ROSE LAST QUARTER FROM 419-AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO 425-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE. ))





[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [COMM]


[AM-Link-Photos]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MORNING]
[WRITER=tst]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC45:44]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Investigators are still poking through a cache of items stolen from photographer O. Winston Link by his ex-wife.
The photo prints and other materials were found last week in a rental storage locker in Pennsylvania.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Some of the prints may eventually wind up in the O. Winston Link Museum that will be opening this year in Roanoke.

For now, museum organizers are just grateful the prints have been found.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=To tell you]

((KENT CHRISMAN/HISTORY MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, WE HAD STEEP CONCERNS THAT NOTHING WOULD BE RECOVERED, BECAUSE AFTER ALL, IT HAD BEEN SIX OR SEVEN YEARS SINCE THEY HAD BEEN STOLEN, AND WE WERE WORRIED THAT WHOEVER HAD THEM IN THEIR POSSESSION MIGHT JUST DESTROY THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Chrisman/History Museum Executive Director;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=just destroy them.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


The news is not so good for Link's longtime friend and business partner. Joan Thomas is working to re-issue Link's AUDIO recordings of steam trains as a boxed set of CDs.
She has more than 100 of Link's raw tapes.
What she NEEDS are the master tapes of sound clips that Link picked out for the vinyl albums.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm having]

((JOAN THOMAS/LINK'S BUSINESS PARTNER: I'M HAVING A PROBLEM BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE MASTER TAPES. APPARENTLY, THEY WERE TAKEN FROM HIM, BEFORE HE DIED. WE ARE HAVING TO GO BACK THROUGH ALL OF THE TAPES THAT HE MADE.))
[SUPER=01-Joan Thomas/Link's Business Partner]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=tapes that he made.]
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[ANCHOR=KIM]
[GRAPHIC=none]


At last word, the recovered items did NOT include the audio master tapes.
[TAKE VIDEO]

[1218-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tst]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC10:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]


[TAKE VIDEO!]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Another of Winston Link's old friends is getting a makeover.
Steam locomotive number 12-18 is being spruced up, to go on exhibit in the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
The work is being done in Norfolk Southern's East End Shops.
The refurbished 12-18 will be unveiled a week from Saturday.
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[11Science-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-25 TC31:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Danville Science Center is getting a new leader.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Jeff Liverman will become the museum's new executive director next month.
He replaces current director Ginny Laubinger who plans to retire after nearly eight years on the job.
Liverman arrives as the museum enters a new phase of expansion and development.
Plans include the renovation of the Southern Railway Administration Building and the creation of a new exhibit wing.


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(Kim tosses to bump)


[BUMP] [COMM]


[11Bassett]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC1:47:49]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

Bassett Furniture is buying out a competitor.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :14]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Bassett's Weiman division in Christiansburg has acquired Preview Company and its line of contemporary furniture. Preview, based in High Point, North Carolina, was struggling financially. The purchase means more work for the NRV employees.
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[SOT 21:17:08]
[IN Q=the downturn]

((MIKE BUSKIRK/WEIMAN GENERAL MANAGER; THE DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY HAS AFFECTED ALL PHASES OF THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY AND WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT BEING ABLE TO ADD TO OUR WORKFORCE AND GROW OUR COMPANY DURING THESE TIMES.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Buskirk/Weiman General Manager; :]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=DURING THESE TIMES.]
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[VO-NAT]

Weiman is hiring for ten new positions and bumping its current staff of about 70-people to working five days a week instead of four. (------------)