[AM-Band-Boosters]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-30 TC 52:54]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The trip never happened and the money was never returned.
Now the Patrick Henry High School band may be marching into court.
Justin McLeod has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Shelton/Parent; :57]
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/Band's Attorney; 1:21]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]

((((NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES))
This fall, the marching band here at Patrick Henry will play a selection from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
In many ways, band members feel they too have been robbed.
[SOT 3:37:59]
[IN Q=Since we didn't]

((LAURA DAMICO/STUDENT: SINCE WE DIDN'T GET TO GO, I THINK WE SHOULD GET IT ALL BACK.)) [Runs03]
[OUT Q=it all back]


So far that hasn't been easy.
In March, the band paid 23-thousand dollars to Complete Custom Itinerary Service for a trip to Orlando Florida.
Shortly thereafter, Roanoke's superintendent ordered all school field trips canceled or postponed because of the war in Iraq.
The band then asked for a full refund but never got it.
[SOT 3:36:01]
[IN Q=I wish they]

((JOYCE SHELTON/PARENT: I WISH THEY WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE UNDERSTANDING.)) [Runs02]
[OUT Q=more understanding]


The company released this statement.
It says quote if we were to offer full refunds every time a trip was canceled on short notice we couldn't remain in business.
Parents says that excuse doesn't fly. (SHOT OF FLAG TWIRLING AT 3:39:32)
[SOT 3:36:30]
[IN Q=When we had]

((JOYE SHELTON/PARENT: WHEN WE HAD ACTUALLY CONTACTED THE VENDORS OURSELVES AND THE VENDORS HAVE SAID THE MONEY IS GOING BACK, THE MONEY IS GOING BACK TO THE COMPANY AND SO HE IS JUST SITTING ON THAT MONEY.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=on that money]


The band hopes to recover that money by suing Complete Custom Itinerary Service.
The main issue is whether the company or the band breached its contract.
[SOT 7:26]
[IN Q=The agreement did]

((JOHN EDWARDS/BAND'S ATTORNEY: THE AGREEMENT DID PROVIDE FOR NO REFUNDS WITHIN A WINDOW OF 45 DAYS BUT NOBODY KNEW AT THE THAT TIME THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT WAS GOING TO ORDER THAT THE BAND NOT GO.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=band not go]
[SOT ]
[IN Q= ]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: BECAUSE OF THAT, EDWARDS SAYS THESE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL AND THEREFORE THE BAND IS ENTITLED TO ITS MONEY BACK DESPITE THE FACE IT SIGNED A CONTRACT. MEANTIME, THE COMPANY SAYS IT IS WORKING WITH THE BAND TO SEEK A RESOLUTION AND IS HOPEFUL ONE WILL BE REACHED SOON. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))

[Shallenberger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Sentencing]

An admitted killer may learn today whether he's sentenced to death or life in prison.
(------------)
[VO-NAT from 03-33 00:51]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Wednesday;]


Matthew Shallenberger pled guilty earlier this week to two murders last year in Pittsylvania County.
His trial then moved to the sentencing phase, but that was interrupted Wednesday when storms knocked out power to the courthouse.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]

So the closing arguments are now scheduled to wrap up today. After that, Judge Charles Strauss is free to pronounce sentence at any time.





[11Patsel]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC36:37]
[GRAPHIC=Sentencing]


A Franklin County man is headed to prison for 23 years for sexually abusing five boys.
But he may go free after three years because he's eligible for parole under old sentencing guidelines.
(------------)

[VO]
56-year-old Danny Lee Patsel (PATE-sul) says he's sorry for molesting the boys and that he was a victim of sex abuse himself.
The abuse he's been convicted of took place between 1980 and 1994, before the state abolished parole.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Prosecutors say he abused boys as young as six and as old as 14.
Patsel was friends with the boys' families and took them on camping and fishing trips, where the abuse occurred.

[Democratic-Ad]


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


The Bush administration was reportedly warned that information accusing Iraq of trying to buy uranium from Africa was false, prior to the President's State of the Union address in January.
Media reports say C-I-A officials expressed concerns after seeing a draft of the President's speech.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


In light of the incident, the Democratic party is now planning to run an ad that questions President Bush's credibility. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Colin Powell says too much is being made over Bush's erroneous claim about Iraq's nuclear efforts.
(------------)


[Columbia]


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


Today investigators looking into the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster will provide another update.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;]


It'll likely include the findings of a test done earlier this week.
A piece of foam insulation was sent into a space shuttle's wing and blew out a 16- inch hole.
Investigators believe the same thing happened to Columbia during take- off.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I believe that]

((SCOTT HUBBARD/COLUMBIA ACCIDENT INVESTIGATOR:I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE FOUND THE SMOKING GUN THIS IS IN FACT THE MOST PROBABLE CAUSE CREATING THE BREACH THAT LED TO THE ACCIDENT OF THE COLUMBIA...THE LOSS OF CREW AND VEHICLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Scott Hubbard/Columbia Accident Investigator;]
[RUNS=:12] (Estimated bite runs time)
[OUT Q=the loss of crew and vehicle.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Today's news conference is expected to be the last until investigators give their final report at the end of August.

It'll likely contain a long list of improvements that must be made before the shuttle program can fly again.
(------------)



[114H-Investigation]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC19:49]
[GRAPHIC=4H Invest.]


Reports of staged fights at a 4-H camp are forcing organizers to take another look at how kids are supervised.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Organizers say there were 22 adults and 52 teen leaders supervising last week's camp for 340 Bedford and Halifax County kids.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension is investigating why none of the adults noticed the kids' injuries ... and why teen counselors never reported the fights.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:42:54]
[IN Q=We've got to]

((CHARLIE STOTT/VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SPOKESMAN; WE'VE GOT TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS INSTANCE AND IF SOMETHING DID GO WRONG, WE'LL TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO CORRECT THAT. ))
[SUPER=01-Charlie Stott/Virginia Cooperative Extension Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to correct that.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


10-year-old D-J Rawls says counselors charged kids a dollar to watch his fistfights.
He says he was knocked unconscious and suffered a mild concussion.
An extension agent from Halifax County who was at the camp says only Bedford County kids and counselors were involved in the fights and there was NO rivalry between the counties.
Franklin County investigators are still interviewing kids.
(------------)




[11Fighters-Airport]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC52:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Two Navy fighters landed at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The F-18 fighters parked on the tarmac last night.
Incidentally, one of the pilots graduated from Virgnia Tech and is staying with family in Roanoke.
Plenty of people called, wondering why the planes were here. The pilots actually called us and said they're on a training mission and will leave later this morning for Michigan.
(------------)



[Volkswagen]


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


In business news, It's a bug that few people are happy to see go away--
Volkwagen has announced it's ending production of the old Beetle at the end of the month.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Puebla, Mexico;]


The company will make three thousand final edition Beetles, in sky blue and beige.
All but one will be sold for eight- thousand dollars each.
The last one will go to the Beetle's birthplace in Germany.
Now the cars are only made at a plant in Mexico.
In that country, over a million bugs are still on the road.
(------------)



[Marketwatch]


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


In other business news, Stocks tumbled yesterday. Meanwhile, mortgage rates are inching higher.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:07]
[OUT Q=in New York.]

((GOOD MORNING....

(gr)

THE DOW DIPPED BELOW THE 9000 LEVEL FOR A TIME, THEN RECOVERED A BIT ENDING WITH A 120 POINT LOSS. @1/8gr) AND THE NASDAQ SNAPS A 3 DAY WINNING STREAK WITH A 31 POINT REVERSAL. @1/8gr YAHOO FELL ALMOST TEN PERCENT, IT REPORTED SOLID EARNINGS BUT INVESTORS DON'T THINK IT'S TORRID FIRST HALF NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE REST OF THE YEAR.
(gr)

IT WAS A CLEARANCE ON RETAIL STOCKS, EVEN ISSUES LIKE WAL MART, COSTCO AND THE GAP, WHICH REPORTED SALES INCREASES FOR JUNE, WERE VICTIMS OF THE SELL OFF.

(gr)

NIKE DIDN'T JUST DO IT FOR INVESTORS. THE STOCK ONLY GETTING A MILD PUSH HIGHER AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WIL BUY RIVAL CONVERSE FOR 350 MILLION DOLLARS.
(oc)

IT MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR YOU, BUT IT'S GOOD FOR PEPSI, SALES OF JUNK FOOD..AKA FRITO LAY SNACKS, HELPED BOOST PEPSICO EARNINGS 15 PERCENT...

(vo)

FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN SENT A CHILL THROUGH THE MARKETS, BLAMING THE HIGH COST OF NATURAL GAS..AND INADEQUATE SUPPLIES OF THE FUEL, FOR HOLDING BACK A FULL FLEDGED ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THERES STILL TIME TO GET A GOOD DEAL ON A MORTGAGE, BUT RATES ARE MOVING HIGHER, UP TO 5 POINT 5 PERCENT FOR THE 30 YEAR FIXED LOAN, UP FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK.
@1/8gr track all the after the bell action at cbs dot marketwatch dot com. I'm Ed Crane in NY.)



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Storm-Deaths]


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


Severe weather turns deadly in Atlanta--
A woman and her two small children were killed when a large oak tree fell on their vehicle during the height of a thunderstorm.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA;]


Authorities say the S-U-V was moving at the time the tree fell on it.
The tree was so thick, it took firefighters more than a half of cutting branches and prying apart metal to reach the family members inside.
Meanwhile, the children's father, who was driving the vehicle, was NOT seriously injured.
(------------)


[11WV-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=03-32 TC01:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]



Severe weather also left its mark on parts of West Virginia last night. High winds uprooted trees and destroyed several homes.
One home collapsed in Parkersburg. Several out buildings just blew away.
The National Weather Service so far has not confirmed if there was a tornado.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clarksburg, WV]


In Clarksburg, it wasn't just the wind but also rain that caused trouble.
Water quickly rose in the area forcing some residents to leave their homes.
One factory's buildings were surrounded by water trapping employees. They had to be escorted out on fire trucks.
Numerous secondary road were closed throughout the area.
(------------)



[11Tax-reform]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC1:09:18]
[SS=None]


State Lawmakers want to reform your taxes.
Members of the state's newest Tax Reform Commission say there will be winners as well as losers in this process.
As Meghan Muldoon reports, they just can't agree on who will be what.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=VIRGINIA RELIES MORE ON]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :18]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Mt. Solon; :39]
[SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach; :49]
[SUPER=@Meghan1; 1:33]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=MM, News 7, Richmond.]

(( Virginia relies more on income tax revenue than other states.
To change that, Governor Warner and ten lawmakers sat down for the first time to talk about adjusting income brackets, taxing services as well as goods and giving local governments more taxing authority, all with one goal in mind.
[SOT 15:09:14]
[IN Q=WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS MAKING IT FAIR. IS IT FAIR THAT SOMEONE WHO MAKES 22,000 DOLLARS A YEAR PAYS MORE IN VIRGINIA IN INCOME TAX THAN THAT PERSON LIVING IN NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY? I DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=THINK THAT'S FAIR.]


The problem is agreeing on what is fair.
Some Republicans think while the state is looking for more things to tax, it should also start chipping away at the estate and car taxes.
[SOT 15:03:10]
[IN Q=THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER]

((SENATOR EMMETT HANGER/R-MOUNT SOLON: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT SOME OF US HAVE AN AGENDA OF TAX RELIEF AND I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GET TO TAX FAIRNESS WITHOUT SOME ADDITIONAL TAX RELIEF.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=SOME ADDITIONAL TAX RELIEF.]




[SOT 14:58:10]
[IN Q=WE DON'T WANT TO]

((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: WE DON'T WANT TO SET OURSELVES UP FOR ANOTHER REVENUE PROGRAM THAT'S GOING TO GENERATE TREMENDOUS REVENUE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=OF THE COMMONWEALTH.]


Some Republicans criticized Warner for not providing more details about his ideas on tax reform.
[SOT 14:54:55]
[IN Q=THE GOVERNOR WOULD]

[RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=DIRECTION.]


The bipartisan group agrees that reconciling their differences won't be easy.
This is the third attempt in seven years to fix Virginia's aging code.
Still, Warner says he confident that tax reform will give him the legacy he's been waiting for.
[SOT 15:10:50]
[IN Q=THE OVERWHELMING]

[RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=VERY OPTIMISTIC.] Many gave this latest panel a better chance of succeeding because of the state's budget

problems. But , Warner announced that Virginia just registered a surplus this last fiscal year.
That's great news for the state but may jeopardize any hopes for tax reform. ))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]


[11Downtown-Improvements]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC1:14:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The streets of downtown Blacksburg may never look the same.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg and the town kicked off its Campaign for Main drive this week. The goal is to raise 50-thousand dollars to make improvements to Main Street, including new streetlights, park benches and brick sidewalks. Organizers say they hope to complete the project by next Spring, in time for the opening of the Kent Square shopping plaza.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3447]
[IN Q=kent square]

((JIM DYMOCK/"CAMPAIGN FOR MAIN" CHAIRMAN: KENT SQUARE IS GOING TO BE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR DOWNTOWN AREA AND WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT AS WHAT WE CALL A GOOD MARRIAGE FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE CENTER OF DOWNTOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Dymock/"Campaign for Main" Chairman;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=center of downtown]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Dymock (Dehm-ick) says this is just the beginning. He says the ultimate goal is to raise an additional 100-thousand dollars over the next three years for more improvements.
(------------)



[11Pet-Acupuncture]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC 24:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If you thought acupuncture was only for humans --think again.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Horses like Peter are giving it try. His owner says traditional medicine wasn't working and she needed to do something to relieve the pain in his back.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT17:43:20]
[IN Q=He was in so much pain]

((LISSA KELLY/HORSE OWNER; HE WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO WALK AROUND AND THAT'S CRUEL TO LET HIM BE IN THAT MUCH PAIN WITHOUT DOING SOMETHING))
[SUPER=01-Lissa Kelly/Horse Owner;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=without doing something]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Veterinarian Martha Moses uses needles like those used to treat humans. And she says acupuncture is effective for about 85-percent of horses.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT17:51:34]
[IN Q=You're causing an inflammatory response]

((DR. MARTHA MOSES/ECLECTIC EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES; YOU'RE CAUSING AN INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE. SO THAT CONSTRICTS THE BLOOD VESSEL DOWN FOR ABOUT 15 TO 30 SECONDS AND THAT SENDS IN THE HEALING PROCESSES THAT YOU WOULD HAVE IF YOU INJURED YOURSELF SOME WAY. YOU WOULD GET HISTAMINES, SERATONINS, THE ENDORPHINS FOR PAIN KILLING ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Martha Moses/Eclectic Equine Veterinary Services;]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=the endorphins for pain killing]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Moses says she only offers acupuncture for horses and dogs, but it can be done on other animals as well.
Peter's owner says the treatment has worked so well she hopes to soon start riding him competitively again.
(---------------)



(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP]

[COMM][11Thompson]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC1:31:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An alleged conspirator in last month's armed robbery of a Charlotte County bank now has an attorney and a new court date.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE]
David B. Thompson was arrested the day after the bank in Phenix was robbed at gunpoint.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./June 27]


The gunman, 26-year-old Lonnie R. Russell, led police on a high-speed chase before dying in a shootout in Campbell County.
Authorities say Thompson was supposed to be Russell's get-away driver that day.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


Charlotte County attorney Charles Crowder is representing Thompson who remains held without bond.
His preliminary hearing is set for September 25th.

[6-Tire-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-25 TC1:01:09]
[SS=None]

A proposed tire burning power plant in Martinsville is getting closer to reality. While residents have environmental concerns., builders have only one more step before breaking ground.
Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has more from both sides..
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=only seven]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :14]
[SUPER=01-Linda Bates/Concerned Resident; :27 2nd Ref!!]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :37]
[SUPER=01-Larry McDorman/Tire Energy Corporation President; :43]
[SUPER=@Rachel2; :52]
[SUPER=01-Steve Dietrich/Department of Environmental Quality; 1:01]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Martinsville.]

(( NATS 21:36:43 "ONLY SEVEN PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT THIS TIRE PLANT." Linda Bates wants all of Henry County to know about the new business trying to move into town. This tire burning power plant.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:32:22]
[IN Q=i just]

((LINDA BATES/CONCERNED RESIDENT; I JUST DON'T FEEL THAT WE NEED THIS IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=community]

A coalition of residents is circulating petitions against it. They believe air and water is at risk ... that burning tires will expose the area to harmful chemicals. NATS 21:37:50 "INSIDE IS THE NYLON THAT'S GOT ALL KINDS OF STUFF"
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 21:35:22]
[IN Q=we're hoping]

((LINDA BATES/CONCERNED RESIDENT; WE'RE HOPING WE HAVE ENOUGH CITIZENS TO STAND UP FOR THIS COMMUNITY TO STAND UP FOR OUR AIR AND OUR WATER.))
[OUT Q=AND OUR WATER.]

Larry McDorman, President of the company proposing the project, says burning tires is safe if done correctly. They will be incinerated at high temperatures to produce steam.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:45:49]
[IN Q=people have]

((LARRY MCDORMAN/PRES. TIRE ENERGY CORP; PEOPLE HAVE A VISION THEY'RE ARE GOING LOOK AT THIS PLANT AND THAT THERE IS GOING TO BLACK SMOKE BELCHING THE DEQ WILL NEVER ALLOW THAT.))
[OUT Q=NEVER ALLOW THAT]

Tire Energy Corp needs a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality before it can begin work on the site. The company says it's done studies and will meet all requirements.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:17:20]
[IN Q=there are]

((STEVE DIETRICH/DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; THERE ARE BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE TO ADHERE TO THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE AIR PERMIT.))
[OUT Q=AIR PERMIT.]

The facility would operate 24-hours a day and employ 12-people. It would be the first of its kind in Virginia and only the second in the country.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:46:06]
[IN Q=THERE IS]

((LARRY MCDORMAN/PRES. TIRE ENERGY CORP; THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAT PEOPLE .... ENVISION. ))
[OUT Q=INVISION.]

Still some residents say the only burning rubber in Martinsville, should be at the speedway. ((NAT BURST)) Rachel Cannon, News 7, Martinsville.))
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim ]
[GRAPHIC=None]

There is a public hearing for the final permit on the project set for 7 p-m on Monday at the Henry County Administration Building.

[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Both the Dow and the Nasdaq suffered losses yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


((NEW SIGNS OF WEAKNESS IN THE LABOR MARKET AND YAHOO'S QUARTERLY EARNINGS REPORT GAVE INVESTORS AN EXCUSE TO TAKE PROFITS THURSDAY AFTER THE MOST RECENT RALLY.


IN THE SELL-OFF THE DOW WAS LOST 120 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 31.


NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BEFITS ALMOST MATCHED A 20-YEAR HIGH LAST WEEK.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS 439-THOUSAND AMERICANS FILED FOR FIRST TIME BENEFITS DURING THE WEEK ENDING JULY 5TH.
THATS UP FIVE-THOUSAND FROM THE WEEK BEFORE.
THE U-S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE NOW STANDS AT SIX-POINT-FOUR PERCENT.


YAHOO SHARES WERE DOWN NEARLY EIGHT PERCENT FOLLOWING YESTERDAY'S SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS REPORT.
THE INTERNET COMPANY POSTED EARNINGS OF 50-POINT-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS OR EIGHT-CENTS PER SHARE, UP FROM 16-MILLION AND THREE CENTS PER SHARE A YEAR AGO.
BUT SOME ANALYSTS HAD EXPTECTED MORE.
YAHOO'S 321-MIILION IN QUARTERLY SALES TOPPED ALL FORECASTS, BUT THE COMPANY ALSO SPENT MORE THAN EXPECTED ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.


PRUDENTIAL HAS REACHED A DEAL WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION.
THE BROKERAGE FIRM IS SET TO PAY A 388-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.
THE PAYOUT SETTLES CHARGES THAT PRUDENTIAL FAILED TO OVERSEE ADEQUATELY ITS MUTUAL FUND SALES FROM 19-98 UNTIL 2000.
IN THE AGREEMENT, PRUDENTIAL NEITHER ADMITTED GUILT NOR DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS.


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




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


[Hollywood-Minute]


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

Another twist in the case of accused killer Robert Blake.
Kim Hutcherson has more in today's Hollywood Minute.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=With the Hollywood]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/March 27; :07]
[SUPER=04-"African Queen" - CBS - FOX; :28]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=I'm Kim Hutcherson.]



((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M KIM HUTCHERSON.
A CALIFORNIA JUDGE RULED ON THURSDAY THAT A WOMAN --CLAIMING TO HAVE EVIDENCE THAT COULD HELP CLEAR ACTOR ROBERT BLAKE--CAN'T GIVE PRETRIAL TESTIMONY. DIANE MATTSON CLAIMS SHE OVERHEARD MARLON BRANDO'S SON-- CHRISTIAN- SAY THAT SOMEONE SHOULD PUT A BULLET IN BONNIE LEE BAKLEY'S HEAD. BLAKE SAYS HE'S INNOCENT OF CHARGES THAT HE MURDERED HIS WIFE BONNIE LEE BAKLEY TWO YEARS AGO.

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MEANWHILE--LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE DEATH OF HOLLYWOOD LEGEND KATHERINE HEPBURN, THERE'S WORD THAT A BOOK IS BEING RELEASED...WHICH REVEALS SOME OF HER MOST INTIMATE SECRETS.
DESCRIBED AS QUOTE "PART BIOGRAPHY AND PART MEMOIR," THE BOOK--ENTITILED "KATE REMEMBERED"-- DRAWS ON 20 YEARS OF CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN PULITZER PRIZE WINNING BIOGRAPHER --A SCOTT BERG --AND THE OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS.

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AND SPEAKING OF BOOKS...AMERICAN IDOL JUDGE SIMON COWELL IS PLANNING TO COMMIT SOME OF HIS INFAMOUS INSULTS TO THE PAGE. THE CRANKY BRIT AND HIS BROTHER ARE CO-WRITING A BOOK ...DUE OUT THIS DECEMBER, APTLY ENTITLED "I DON'T MEAN TO BE RUDE, BUT." THE BOOK REPORTEDLY INCLUDES JUICY BACKSTAGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN IDOL
COMPETITION. WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M
KIM H.))