[TS-Bill]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


Tropical Storm Bill has already knocked out the lights in Louisiana.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near New Orleans, LA;]


The storm pounding the gulf coast has left more than 100- thousand homes and businesses without power.
The worst of the tropical storm was seen in and around New Orleans, where a tornado struck a trailer home, injuring four people.
Heavy rain is soaking the streets of the city's French Quarter.
Meanwhile, the search for a missing fishing boat that got caught in the storm will resume this morning.
(------------)


[Hackett-Obit]


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


He brought to life such film classics as "The Music Man" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
Veteran comic Buddy Hackett has died.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Hackett's career spanned more than five decades.
He appeared on Broadway, in nightclubs, and in movies and television.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Why did you..]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=music...laughter]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Hackett's son says his father died either late Sunday or early Monday at his beach house in Southern California.
There's no official word yet on what caused his death, but his son says Hackett suffered from diabetes.
Buddy Hackett was 78.
(------------)



[11ACC-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-28 TC 11:10]
[GRAPHIC=Tech/ACC]


It's signed, sealed, and delivered.
Monday morning, Virginia Tech officially accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tonight, the A-C-C Commissioner will officially welcome Virginia Tech and the University of Miami.
Justin McLeod has reaction from Blacksburg.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Swofford/ACC Commissioner; :33]
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Virginia Tech Athletic Director; :57]
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesperson; 1:10]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]

((((NAT SOUND OF FOOTBALL))
It will be the same game, but something will be quite different in exacly one year.
On July 1st 2004, Virginia Tech begins it's membership in the ACC.
[SOT 4:46]
[IN Q=I dont think anyone]

((LARRY HINCKER/VT SPOKESPERSON: I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD HAVE THUNKED WHAT TOOK PLACE A WEEK AGO TUESDAY.)) [Runs03]
[OUT Q=week ago Tuesday]


That is when the A-C-C invited Virgina Tech to begin negotiations to join the conference.
It was all finalized by Monday morning.
Monday afternoon, it was revealed Virginia Tech and Miami would be going together.
[SOT 11:09]
[IN Q=I think we've landed]

((JOHN SWOFFORD/ACC COMMISSIONER: I THINK WE'VE LANDED A VERY GOOD PLACE IN A VERY POSITIVE PLACE WITH THESE TWO INSTITUTIONS THAT MOST DEFINETELY STRENGHTEN THE CONFERENCE.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=the conference]


Virginia Tech says Miami's decision played no part in its move to the ACC.
Virginia Tech planned to go regardless.
However, university officials concede it will be a better conference with Miami.
[SOT 11:45]
[IN Q=We have enjoyed]

((JIM WEAVER/VT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE HAVE ENJOYED GOOD COMPETITION WITH MIAMI IN THE BIG EAST AND GREAT RIVALRY AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING THAT PREXISTING RELATIONSHIP.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=prexisting relationship]


A relationship that Virginia Tech believes will be beneficial off the playing field as well.
[SOT 2:33]
[IN Q=We've got a whole]

((LARRY HINCKER/VT SPOKESPERSON: WE'VE GOT A WHOLE SERIES OF ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH MANY OF THE ACC SCHOOLS SO TO ALIGN OUR SPORTS CONFERENCE JUST SEEM TO MAKE SENSE.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=to make sense]
[SOT ]
[IN Q=One current]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ONE CURRENT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP IS NASA'S NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE WHICH IS JOINTLY RUN BY TECH AND FOUR OTHER ACC INSTITUTIONS. THE UNIVERSITY ALSO BELIEVES THE MOVE TO THE ACC WILL MAKE SENSE FINANCIALLY. VIRGINIA TECH BELIEVES IT WOULD SAVE UP TO A 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE FIRST YEAR ON TRAVEL COSTS ALONE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))

[11Miami-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-18 TC1:52:03]
[SS=Miami/ACC]


After mulling over several strong counter-offers from the Big East, administrators at the University of Miami also decided to jump to the A-C-C.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL]


President Donna Shalala calls it a good move for the University.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:05:02]
[IN Q=The ACC]

((DONNA SHALALA/UNIV. OF MIAMI PRESIDENT; THE ACC HAS BUILT A REMARKABLE CONFERENCE BASED ON EQUAL TREATMENT AND HIGH ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE. WE HAVE BOTH.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/University of Miami President]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=we have both.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Shalala said she wants to build the academic strength of the conference to go along with its newly strengthened athletic credentials.
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[11ITT]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=502-12 1:38:15]
[GRAPHIC=ITT STRIKE]


Negotiations between I-T-T Night Vision and its striking union have broken off again.
The two sides are in what they hope will be a brief cooling off period.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :16]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

There was an early morning rally outside the plant yesterday. More than 300 union members gathered to show their support for a strike that is entering its second week. Union leaders say there are three main issues being discussed in negotiations.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:23:05]
[IN Q=we're real]

((JEFF MORAN/UNION EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER; WE'RE REAL SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUR PENSION STRAIGHTENED OUT LOOKING TO GET CAPS ON OUR INSURANCE AND WE'RE ALSO LOOKING MAINLY TO GET SOME TIME WITH OUR FAMILIES.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Moran/Union Executive Board Member; :]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=WITH OUR FAMILIES]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Moran says workers are prepared to strike for months if necessary. In a short statement released yesterday, ITT says the strike will not affect its customers and that it will not publicly discuss contract issues.
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[11Goodyear]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Goodyear Contract]


Meanwhile, analysts say a strike at Goodyear is unlikely, even though the Steelworkers union broke off contract talks over the weekend.
About two-thousand unionized employees work at Goodyear's Danville plant.
A company spokesman says the sides are having informal discussions, but no new talks have been planned.
The union says it's prepared to strike if necessary, but analysts say that wouldn't be beneficial for either side.


[11West-Nile]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=03-]
[GRAPHIC=West Nile]


A bird found in Southwest Roanoke County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The dead raven was found in the Starkey Road area last Wednesday. The state's lab in Richmond confirmed yesterday that the bird had west Nile.
West Nile is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Ways to avoid exposure include wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing, using insect repellent, cleaning out birdbaths weekly, and eliminating any standing water around your home which could be a breeding ground.
That water could be in flower pots, toys or old tires.
This is the first confirmed case of West Nile in the Roanoke Valley this year.
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[Marketwatch]


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


The new federal "do not call" list is getting plenty of business. More than ten million people registered in the first four days of the program. The Federal Trade Commission says that's 158 people signing up every second.
(+++++++++++)

[TAKE FS BOARD 4430ESSC] You can register on-line at w-w-w-dot-do not call-dot-gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Enforcement of the do-not-call list will begin in October.
(++++++++++)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


In other business news, Wall Street opens the second half of the year today. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=in New York.]


((> WALL STREET KICKS OFF A NEW QUARTER AND THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR WITH > PLENTY OF OPTIMISM... > > THE STOCK MARKET JUST WRAPPED UP ITS BEST QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE IN 4 AND A > HALF YEARS...ALTHOUGH IT FINISHED THE LAST SESSION NEAR THE FLATLINE > > (gr) > THE DOW > THE NASDAQ > > (gr) > SO FAR THIS YEAR THE THE DOW HAS RALLIED NEARLY 8 PERCENT, THE SP 500 UP > ABOUT 11 PERCENT AND THE NASDAQ UP A WHOPPING 21.5 PERCENT YEAR TO DATE. > > (oc) > AND ANALSYTS AGREE STOCKS WILL BUILD ON THESE GAINS IN THE SECOND HALF OF > THE YEAR AS PROFIT AND THE ECONOMY RECOVER. > > HOMEBUILDERS AND AIRLINE STOCKS WERE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN THE FIRST HALF > OF THE YEAR.. > > (gr) > ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: ORACLE AND ITS SMALLER RIVAL PEOPLESOFT.. > > THE JUSTICE DEPT SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE ITS ANTITRUST INVESTIGATION INTO > ORACLE'S BID FOR PEOPLESOFT. MEANTIME, ORACLE HAS BEGUN AN "intensive" > campaign to convince PeopleSoft customers that they will continue to be > supported if Oracle completes its planned $6.3 billion hostile takeover. > > (oc) > The Bush administration wants to make it easier for consumers to see > their credit reports and recover from identity theft. > The Treasury Department is proposing changes for the Fair Credit > Reporting Act that would give consumers the chance to obtain a free > credit report each year, on request. And, the information would need to > be explained in clear language. > The Treasury Dept also wants to set up a national alert system that > would allow people whose identities are stolen to notify a credit > bureau -- which would then spread the word to others. > > (gr) > TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM . > (oc) > I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Iraq]


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


In Baghdad today, Iraqi witnesses say a rocket- propelled grenade was launched against a U-S military vehicle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]


One witness says he saw U-S troops pull out four badly injured soldiers from the vehicle.
However, military spokesman say they have no information about the reported attack.
[SUPER=03-Fallujah, Iraq;]


And in Fallujah, there was a deadly explosion at a mosque.
Iraqi civilians claim it was caused by a missile or bomb strike.
But U-S soldiers say it was caused by hidden explosives.
At least five Iraqis were killed.
(------------)


[Baylor-Player]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Police are now treating the case of a missing Baylor University basketball player as a murder investigation.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


According to court documents, a police informant told authorities that Patrick Dennehy was shot by a former teammate while the two were out shooting guns near Waco, Texas.
Investigators aren't commenting.
Dennehy was reported missing almost two weeks ago.
His S-U-V was found last week in a Virginia Beach parking lot, without its license plates.
(------------)


[11Library-Closed]


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


A Roanoke Library branch is open again.
The Jackson Park Library closed more than a week ago because of air conditioning problems.
The problem's fixed and the library is back to normal operating hours.

[6-Bedrosian]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC2:02:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Al Bedrosian isn't running for office these days, but the once controversial candidate is still making waves... air waves.
Five days a week, Bedrosian shares his conservative politics with listeners of talk radio.
Recently, Joe Dashiell tuned in to Bedrock in the Morning.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Call him up]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :09]
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/Radio Talk Show Host; :22]
[SUPER=@Joe2; 1:11]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]

(([OPENS ON NAT SOUND 02:08:32]
[IN Q=Call him up]

((CALL HIM UP , TELL HIM HE NEEDS TO CHANGE. ALRIGHT, WE DON'T WANT THAT REPUTATION HERE, NOT IN ROANOKE VIRGINIA.))
[RUNS= :06]
[OUT Q=not in Roanoke Virginia.]


Al Bedrosian is still challenging local politicians, but from behind a radio console, not on the campaign trail.


Five days a week, at 7:45 in the morning he takes the air on AM 910, the Christian radio station 3WR.
[SOT]
[IN Q=I came to the radio station]

((I CAME TO THE RADIO STATION ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO AND TALKED TO THE OWNER AND SAID HEY I'D LIKE TO DO A PROGRAM. THERE WASN'T A WHOLE LOT OF TALK RADIO GOING ON, LOCAL TALK RADIO IN ROANOKE SO I THOUGHT HOW ABOUT STARTING A TALK RADIO SHOW FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE. SO NOT ONLY CONSERVATIVE BUT FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE.))
[RUNS= :16]
[OUT Q=from a Christian perspective.]


On this day, he shares the studio with home school student Patrick Bennett.
Alexis Bedrosian and Sara Weddle take care of the forecast.
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today will be partly cloudy]

((TODAY WILL BE PARTLY SUNNY WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 70S, TONIGHT BECOMING CLOUDY WITH RAIN DEVELOPING LATE LOWS IN THE LOWER 60S.))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=lows in the lower 60s.]


And the host offers up his opinions on the issues of the day.
[NAT SOT OF BEDROSIAN 02:19:40]
[IN Q=We've done it to ourselves]

((WE'VE DONE IT TO OURSELVES IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. WE'VE REMOVED GOD, AND I THINK THAT'S WHY THE WHOLE THING IS CRUMBLING.))
[RUNS= :05]
[OUT Q=why the whole thing is crumbling.]
[SOT 02:36:49]
[IN Q=I don't intentionally say ]

((I DON'T INTENTIONALLY SAY SOMETHING CONTROVERSIAL TO GET A LISTENER. YOU KNOW WHEN I RAN FOR OFFICE TOO I SAID THINGS THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT WERE CONTROVERISAL. I DON'T SAY THEM ON PURPOSE. I SAY THEM BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE.))
[RUNS= :10]
[OUT Q=that's what I believe.]


Bedrosian has learned to never say never, but after two unsuccessful bids for the General Assembly, he says he has no interest in running for office again.
For the moment, Bedrosian says, his radio gig is much more fun.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, More than ten million people registered with the new federal ``do-not-call'' list in the first four days of the program. The Federal Trade Commission says that's 158 people signing up every second.
(+++++++++++)

[TAKE FS BOARD 4430ESSC] You can register on-line at w-w-w-dot-do not call-dot-gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Enforcement of the do-not-call list will begin in October.
(++++++++++)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

In other news, Stan Case takes a look at yesterday's closing numbers in today's business brief.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]



((THE PROSPECT OF A SHORT TRADING WEEK GENERATED NO URGENCY ON WALL STREET MONDAY.
STOCKS COULDN'T HOLD THEIR GAINS FOLLOWING A LACKLUSTER REPORT ON MANUFACTURING.


THE DOW LOST THREE POINTS.
THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN TWO.


MANUFACTURERS IN THE MIDWEST FELL SHORT OF ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS FOR JUNE.
THE INDEX OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PURCHASING MANAGEMENT-CHICAGO CLIMBED TO 52-POINT-FIVE FROM 52-POINT-TWO IN MAY.
ECONOMISTS THOUGHT THE BAROMETER WOULD REACH 53.
THE LOWER THAN EXPECTED NUMBER INDICATES THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS STILL TRYING TO FIND A BALANCE.
THE CHICAGO INDEX ALSO INCLUDES THE SERVICE SECTOR.


WAL-MART SAYS SALES ARE IN LINE TO MEET ITS JUNE FORECAST.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST RETAILER SAYS THE LATEST HARRY POTTER BOOK AND SEASONAL ITEMS SUCH AS SWIMSUITS ARE KEEPING EARNINGS ON TARGET.
WAL-MART IS EXPECTED TO REPORT A TWO-TO-FOUR PERCENT INCREASE IN JUNE SALES.
WAL-MART WILL REPORT ITS JUNE EARNINGS ON JULY 10-TH.


WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL CUT MORE THAN THREE-PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE.
THE HOUSTON-BASED COMPANY SAYS IT WILL LAYOFF EIGHT-HUNDRED OFFICE WORKERS IN A COST-CUTTING MOVE.
IN MARCH THE COMPANY PHASED OUT 700 FULL-TIME JOBS AND AN ADDITIONAL 270 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES.
THEY'LL TAKE A 20-MILLION DOLLAR PRE-TAX CHARGE FOR SEVERANCE AND RELATED COSTS.


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




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


[11Missing-Girl]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC2:01:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The investigation into a missing Pulaski County girl continues, even though authorities have identified the case as a runaway.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

After disappearing for nearly a week, 16-year-old Tara Sheets was returned to her grandparents' home safe and sound Friday night.
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]

She was reported missing June 22nd, after she left the house that morning to walk her dog. Authorities say it appears now that Tara left voluntarily, but feel they handled the case appropriately.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1544]
[IN Q=there's some costs]

((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: THERE'S SOME COSTS INVOLVED THERE'S A LOT OF PHONE BILLS A LOT OF HOURS THAT ACCOMPANY ANY INVESTIGATION BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE'RE THRILLED AND JUST HAPPY THAT THIS ENDED THE WAY IT DID 58))
[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Pulaski County Sheriff;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=the way it did]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Davis still believes Tara's time spent in Internet chat rooms may be connected to her disappearance. No arrests have been made, but he says charges are pending.
(------------)



[Paws-Claws]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Paws and Claws]


If you're hitting the road for the July fourth weekend, you might want to consider taking your best friend along with you.
MAN'S best friend, that is.
(++++++++)

[TAKE FS PAWS AND CLAWS]
In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, we'll hear from pet expert and author Brian Kilcommons, who talks about the benefits of traveling with your dog.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT ]
[IN Q=I think it's a great idea]
[SUPER=01-Brian Kilcommons/Pet Expert and Author;]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=to take pets.]
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[SS=HOLD]


That interview was sponsored by the Turken Foundation, a group that educates the public about adopting shelter dogs.


News 7 Mornin will be right back.
[Toss to BUMP] [BUMP] [COMM]