[Moneta-AX]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

A fatal crash shortly after 5:00 this morning has shut down a portion of route 122 in Bedford County. The accident happened at the interesection of routes 122 and 24 near Moneta. Authorities have shut down 122 in the immediate area. No other details are available at this time.



[AM-Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=THURS-AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-30 TC 1:23:31]
[GRAPHIC=Butch Lewis 2085]


Former Resource Officer Butch Lewis may be heading back to school.
City officials confirm they have offered Lewis a temporary assignment at Patrick Henry High School while a new school safety task force considers the role of the resource officers.
Joe Dashiell has been following the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Butch Lewis huddled]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=@Joe1; :52]
[RUNS=1:03]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]

((Butch Lewis huddled with his attorneys, but neither he nor lawyer Gary Lumsden would confirm the pending deal.
In a telephone conversation, City Manager Darlene Burcham said the offer has not been put in writing yet, and has not been signed... but she confirmed that if Lewis is willing to suspend his grievances, he can take a temporary assignment at Patrick Henry.
Lewis got into trouble after sharing concerns about school safety with a newspaper reporter. He's been fighting for his position at Patrick Henry since June when he was transferred to patrol duty.
Once the task force completes its work, and changes in the School Resource Officer Program are implemented, presumably by the first of next year, Lewis would have the opportunity to renew his grievances against the city, if he chooses. [STAND-UP CLOSE]
Burcham says she hopes to set aside the controversy involving Lewis, so the community has the best possible opportunity to address the larger issues surrounding school safety, and the resource officer program.
City and School officials will meet next week, in an effort to move that process forward.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[11Hidden-Valley]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC48:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Roanoke County school board has approved a compromise plan to light the soccerfield at Hidden Valley High School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]


To ease neighbors' concerns, the plan includes colored poles that blend into the scenery, limiting the use of the field to just the high school soccer team and making sure the lights are off within a half hour after a game ends.
The school board also approved renovations to Bogle (Bow-gle) Field at Cave Spring Middle School. Both the Cave Spring and Hidden Valley High School football teams will play there.
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[11Franklin-Bodies]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-36 TC00:15]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Autopsies are expected to be performed today on a Franklin County father and son. Investigators do NOT suspect foul play, but rather a sad chain of events.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

The sheriff says it appears Mac Cundiff had been dead for about 10- days when he was discovered yesterday. Cundiff's adult son was also found dead in the family's mobile home in the Scruggs section of the county. Officials believe he passed away several days AFTER his father. The two lived alone and investigators say it appears both died of natural causes. Authorities suspect the elderly Cundiff died and that his son, who was mentally handicapped, was unable to care for himself. He either wasn't able to take his medication or went without food and water.
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[anchor=Kim]
[ss=none]

The sheriff says a business that the Cundiffs paid to monitor their well being notified the sheriff's office yesterday, asking deputies to check on the two because they had been unable to contact them.

[6-Short-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC1:34:35]
[Graphic=Jennifer Short]


A year after a Henry County family was killed, their murders remain a mystery. But efforts to find the person who killed Jennifer, Michael and Mary are no less a priority.
Marya Jones has more on the investigation and the man who remains its focus.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We're still]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Spence/Investigator; :00 QUICK!]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham Co., NC/Last Month; :15]
[SUPER=01-Howard Painter/Investigator; :25]
[SUPER=10-Gary Bowman/"Person of Interest"/October 31; :40]
[SUPER=@Marya2; 1:33]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=MJ News 7.]
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[SOT 22:30:12]

((CURTIS SPENCE: WE'RE STILL WORKING IT JUST LIKE THE DAY IT HAPPENED.)) [RUNS:03]
For the last year, Howard Painter and Curtis Spence have lived the Short case.
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[SOT 22:51:45]

((HOWARD PAINTER: I THINK WE'RE REAL CLOSE.)) [RUNS:02]
They work the case full-time, with the regular help of 10 other investigators from Henry County, North Carolina, state police and the FBI.
But a year of tireless work has yet to pay off.
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[SOT 22:50:32]

((PAINTER: THAT BIG LEAD WILL COME, WHICH I FEEL IT WILL. I FEEL IT'S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.)) [RUNS:03]
To this day, investigators remain focused on Gary Bowman, a North Carolina carpenter who was implicated by his former landlord.
In an interview last year, Bowman said he'd never met the Shorts.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02-41 tc 27:40]

((GARY BOWMAN: NOW I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE PUT IN JAIL WHO WERE INNOCENT OR EVEN EXECUTED. NOW I KNOW.)) [RUNS:10]
Since then, Bowman has moved several times, but he still lives in North Carolina.
He declined an interview for this story, but his friends say that living under a cloud of suspicion has had devastating effects.
They say Bowman's health is poor and he's been unable to work.
Investigators will only say he's still a "person of interest."
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[SOT 22:31:25]

((CURTIS SPENCE: IT'S GOING TO TAKE THE PUBLIC.)) [RUNS:01]
Investigators say their big break could come from a tip ... OR from the mountain of evidence still being processed at the crime lab... the most ever submitted in a Southwest Virginia case.
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[SOT 22:51:57]

((HOWARD PAINTER: I REALLY FEEL LIKE IT'S AROUND THE CORNER, I REALLY DO. I THINK IT COULD COME ANY DAY OR THAT ONE LEAD THAT MAYBE WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN YET BUT IT THINK IT'S COMING.)) [RUNS:07]
Whether it comes soon or not, these investigators say they won't rest until the murders are solved.
Marya Jones, News-7.))

[Libya-Agreement]


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


Libya has agreed to pay the families of those who died in the 19-88 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lockerbie, Scotland/1988;]


It was one of the first major terrorist strikes on American civilians.
270 people were killed, including 189 Americans.
Two years ago, a Libyan intelligence agent was convicted of the crime, and now Libya's president Muammar Gadaffi has agreed to pay.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't think]

((BERT AMMERMAN/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I DON'T THINK THERE'S IS EVER AN AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN BRING BACK YOUR LOVED ONES BEING BLOWN OUT OF THE AIR AT 31-THOUSAND FEET. ))
[SUPER=01-Bert Ammerman/Victim's Brother;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=31- thousand feet.]
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[VO-NAT]


Each victim's family could receive up to 10 million dollars.
Four million will be given when sanctions by the United Nations are lifted, which could happen next week.
The other six million will be paid when the U-S government lifts ITS sanctions and takes Libya off a list of terrorism- sponsored countries.
But the White House hasn't said if or when that will happen.
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[CA-Recall]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=CA Recall Vote]


President Bush is heading to California today, but the only candidate he's campaigning for is himself.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Crawford, TX;]


The White House is apparently staying out of the recall election that'll feature 135 names on the October ballot.
112 candidates were disqualified because of incomplete paperwork.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is still in the running.
Yesterday, he named investment guru Warren Buffet his economic advisor.
[SUPER=04-"The Last Action Hero"- Columbia Pictures;]


One side note-- California T-V stations have decided NOT to air any of Schwarzenegger's films until after the election.
Under F-C-C rules, the stations would have to give rival candidates equal air time.
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[11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC1:36:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Virginia is working on a plan to make the state synonymous with racing.
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[VO-NAT :27]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]

Governor Mark Warner took to the pits at Martinsville Speedway yesterday to launch the "Virginia Motorsports Initiative".
[SUPER=04-April 13;]

With 25-thousand residents employed in racing-related fields, the Governor says Virginia can only benefit from a reputation as an "automotive state". The three-part plan will focus on recruiting racing-related businesses to Virginia, supporting Martinsville and Virginia's 36 other tracks, and research and development.
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[SOT 11:20:00-11:20:09]
[IN Q=This is one of those things that...]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT WILL EVOLVE. THIS IS NOT GONNA BE SOMETHING WHERE YOU CAN SAY, IN THREE OR SIX MONTHS WE'LL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S BEEN A SUCCESS OR NOT.))
[SUPER=@markwarner]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=a success or not.]
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[VO NAT :11] The idea is unique in that it focuses on recruiting many businesses and not just the largest employers. The initiative is based on a similar effort in Great Britain.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins forces with billonaire investor Warren Buffett.
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=1:34]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'M AC.]

((THE TERMINATOR MEETS THE ORACLE OF OMAHA... BILLIONAIRE INVESTOR WARREN > BUFFETT WILL SERVE AS ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S SENIOR FINANCIAL AND > ECONOMIC ADVISOR IN ARNOLD'S BID FOR GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA. BUFFET WHO > IS A DEMOCRAT IS LEGENDARY FOR HIS FINANCIAL PROWESS. IN A STATEMENT HE > SAYS HE'S KNOWN ARNOLD FOR YEARS AND BELIEVES HE'LL MAKE A GREAT GOVERNOR. > > ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS SLIPPED INTO THE RED AS INVESTORS SHRUGGED OFF A > BIG JUMP IN JULY RETAIL SALES. > > THE DOW SLID 38 POINTS > > THE NASDAQ HELD NEAR THE FLATLINE. > > A NEW CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUG IS COMING TO MARKET. THE FDA HAS APPROVED > ASTRAZENECA'S DRUG CRESTOR.. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE U-S WITHIN TWO > WEEKS. CRESTOR WILL GO UP AGAINST THE BLOCKBUSTER CHOLESTEROL DRUG > LIPITOR. > > ONE LOW COST AIRLINE IS GIVING ITS STAFF A DESIGNER LOOK..FASHION DESIGNER > KATE SPADE WILL DRESS THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS FOR "SONG" - THE NEW DISCOUNT > CARRIER FROM DELTA. KATE SPADE'S HUSBAND, WILL DESIGN THE MEN'S CLOTHING. > > ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: > > CIRCUIT CITY - the electronics retailer reported a slump in same-store > sales and said its bankcard unit is going on the auction block. > > CLOTHING RETAILER > ANN TAYLOR SAID second-quarter earnings increased while new stores and > discounting lifted sales. > > AND TECH GIANT DELL IS OUT WITH EARNINGS AFTER THE CLOSING BELL. > > THE PUBLISHER OF PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE HAS FILE FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY > PROTECTION. THE COMPANY HOPES TO RESTRUCTURE ITS DEBT AND OPERATIONS AND > REMAIN IN BUSINESS. > > TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Liberia]


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


The U-S portion of the peacekeeping effort in Liberia is growing.
Scores of American troops have landed at the airport.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Monrovia, Liberia;]


The Pentagon says in the next few days, about 200 american troops, including Marines and Navy Seals, will go ashore to Liberia.
They'll help restore operations at the vital port in the capital, Monrovia, where Liberians have been looting the food that's stored there.
Rebel fighters occupying the port promise to leave today.
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[11Iraq-Peay]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=503-07 1:04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Rebuilding]


It'll take years for the situation in Iraq to stabilize.
So says one military commander who has spent considerable time in the region.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]

General Binford Peay (pee) retired from the Army after a four-year stint in command of U-S Forces in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the mid-90's. Now retired and new on the job as Superintendent at Virginia Military Institute, General Peay says the outlook is better than the news from Baghdad makes it appear.
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[SOT 16:50:45]
[IN Q=I think we]

((BINFORD PEAY/VMI SUPERINTENDENT; I THINK WE PROBABLY ARE DOING AND HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB THAN WHAT THE ARMED SERVICES GET CREDIT FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Binford Peay/VMI Superintendent;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=get credit for.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Because General Peay maintains contact with U-S military commanders and foreign leaders in the Middle East, he says he expects some of those people may continue to seek his advice.
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[11Snow-Leopards]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC2:02:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Mill Mountain Zoo's snow leopard cubs are "growing like weeds".
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[VO-NAT :13]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The 7-week old siblings went on permanent display yesterday morning. The zoo's curator says the cats are at their cutest right now and that it won't be long before they outgrow their endearing "toddler" stage.
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[SOT 11:32:27-11:32:39]
[IN Q=The cubs are eating meat...]

((DAVE WOOD/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO CURATOR: THE CUBS ARE EATING MEAT AND MOM SOMETIMES CAN BE A LITTLE AGGRESSIVE TO THEM GETTING MORE THAN THEIR SHARE. NOW THAT THEY'RE EATING MEAT, ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY'RE GONNA ACCELERATE EVEN FASTER.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Wood/Mill Mountain Zoo Curator;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=gonna accelerate even faster.]
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[VO-NAT :10]

The cubs were recently named: Harry and Elsie. They weigh a little over six pounds each with Elsie tipping the scales slightly more than her brother.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[11Food-Lion]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-34 TC26:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hokie fever has spread to an area supermarket.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Food Lion opened its new Virginia Tech theme store yesterday morning in Blacksburg. The remodeled store features some of everything Hokie, from the school's official maroon and orange colors, to images of the Tech campus. The store is located inside the Hethwood (Heeth-wood) Shopping Plaza just up the street from the Tech campus. Out of about 12-hundred Food Lion stores, only two others have university themes.
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[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Metlife's New England Securities Corporation. The government is looking into the company's rebalancing of assett allocations in some accounts. Metlife is the nation's largest life insurer. In other news, Retail sales rose in July.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:07]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]



((STOCKS FINISHED THE DAY LOWER ON WEDNESDAY AFTER SOME LATE-DAY PROFIT TAKING. THE DOW CLOSED DOWN 38 POINTS...AND THE NASDAQ LOST LESS THAN A HALF A POINT.


U-S RETAIL SALES ROSE ONE-POINT-FOUR PERCENT IN JULY...THAT FOLLOWS A REVISED INCREASE OF POINT-NINE PERCENT IN JUNE. ECONOMISTS EXPECTED RETAIL SALES ONLY TO INCREASE ANOTHER POINT-NINE PERCENT IN JULY. CONSUMER SPENDING MAKES UP TWO-THIRDS OF THE U-S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.


WAL-MART HAS POSTED SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS OF 52-CENTS PER SHARE. THAT'S UP SEVEN-CENTS-- OR 15-AND-A-HALF PERCENT-- FROM A YEAR EARLIER. THE WORLD'S LARGEST RETAILER SAYS HIGH SALES IN ITS SPECIALTY AND FOOD DIVISIONS CONTRIBUTED TO ITS TWO-POINT-THREE BILLION DOLLAR REVENUES FOR THE QUARTER. BUT THE COMPANY ALSO SAYS IT SAW A HIGHER MARKDOWN VOLUME. WAL-MART EXPECTS ITS THIRD QUARTER SALES TO INCREASE AS MUCH AS FIVE-PERCENT.


TIFFANY AND COMPANY REPORTS A 26-PERCENT JUMP IN SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS. THE LUXURY JEWELER SAYS A LOWER TAX RATE AND HIGHER ENGAGEMENT RING SALES PLAYED INTO THE INCREASE. THE COMPANY POSTED EARNINGS OF 28-CENTS PER SHARE...UP FROM 22 CENTS A YEAR AGO.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [COMM]


[11Deputy-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC 1:04:39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The officers who shot and killed a Christiansburg man earlier this year have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/May 9;]

Two sheriff's deputies and a police officer fatally shot Christopher Holmes May Ninth, after HE shot and killed another officer. Christiansburg police officer Scott Hylton was responding to a shoplifting call,
when Holmes pulled him out of his car and began beating him. He then grabbed Hylton's gun and shot him several times. Special prosecutor Randy Leach says based on the investigation, the officers were justified in shooting Holmes, who was high on cocaine and alcohol.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT TC 5:34-5:50]
[IN Q=They're confronted]

((RANDY LEACH/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: THEY'RE CONFRONTED WITH A PERSON WITH A GUN THAT HE HAD TAKEN FROM AN OFFICER AND THEN SHOT THAT OFFICER, HAS WOUNDED ANOTHER OFFICER, HAS FIRED AT CIVILIANS AND IS POINTING THE GUN AT THEM IN A MENACING MANNER.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Special Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=menacing manner.]
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[VO-NAT]

Investigators say they could NOT determine who fired the shot that killed Holmes. (------------)