[GRAPHIC=Goodyear Contract Vote]
Goodyear workers in Danville will vote on a proposed three-year contract today.
They're the last of the 14 union locals to vote on the proposal. The Steelworkers Union expects to have a final count over the weekend and probably release the results on Monday.
Workers at the Danville plant know their votes can make a difference. Six years ago, their local cast the deciding vote in favor of a new contract.
Members can vote until 8-30 tonight at the Local 831 union hall in Pelham, North Carolina.
Witnesses say U-S soldiers mistakenly killed eleven Iraqi police officers this morning.
They say it happened as they chased a car full of highway bandits through an American checkpoint.
The U-S military in Baghdad says it has no information on the incident in a small town west of Fallujah.
Israel wants Yasser Arafat out -- but the Palestinian leader remains defiant.
[SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;]
The Israeli cabinet voted to expel him yesterday.
Arafat stirred up thousands of supporters last night as he all but dared the Israelis to get rid of him.
The White House is stepping in, believing that booting Arafat out could lead to more violence in the Middle East.
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[IN Q=Our view]
((our view is that he is part of the problem, not part of the solution. At the same time it wouldn't be helpful to expel him.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Boucher/U. S. State Department Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=to expel him.]
Whether Israel will actually remove Arafat is another story.
The government has threatened this kind of action before and so far, has said its only trying to frighten Arafat to force him out of the country.
The day-long rememberance of 9-11 ended with a tribute in light at Ground Zero.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Two huge spotlight beams cut miles into the night sky near the site of the World Trade Center.
The temporary memorial ended at sunrise.
Earlier in the day, children read off the names of more than 3-thousand victims -- in some cases their own parents and relatives.
The tributes continued last night here in Southwest Virginia.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF BAG PIPES]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF BAG PIPES]
More than one hundred people came out yesterday evening for a service at the fallen firefighters memorial in front of the Transportation museum.
It was a chance to remember the six Roanoke firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as the 343 firefighters who died in the World Trade Center.
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[IN Q=They never know]
((BEV FITZPATRICK/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: THEY NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY MIGHT FIND AT THE FIRE SCENE BUT THEY GO IN GREAT SAFE HASTE TO SERVE AND PROTECT.))
((NAT BELL RING))
[SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Roanoke City Council; :]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF ONE BELL RING]
Last night's ceremony included the ringing of the bells, a candle light tribute, and the singing of several patriotic songs.
Those who attended were encouraged to bring flowers and lay them on the memorial.
The school year is well underway, but at one Roanoke High school, the next few years are getting all the attention.
Construction will soon begin on a new multi million dollar facility at Patrick Henry High School.
But as Justin McLeod discovered, not everyone is giving the project an "A" plus.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Kelley/Roanoke City Schools; :10]
[SUPER=01-Carol Brash/Patrick Henry PTA President; :31]
[SUPER=01-Mary S. Allen/Roanoke Resident; :52]
[SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Patrick Henry Athletic Director; 1:15]
[OUT Q=JM, NEWS 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF KIDS PRACTICING AT 1:40:39))
It won't be long now before faculty and students at Patrick Henry High School see some major changes.
[IN Q=We plan on]
((RICHARD KELLEY/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: WE PLAN ON STARTING THE PROJECT ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION IN JUNE OF 2004 SO ESSENTIALLY AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.))
[OUT Q=of this school year]
A construction project that will cost 38 million dollars.
The plan is to do away with the existing campus style layout and replace it with a brand new three story building.
It will house expanded classrooms, labs, a fine arts wing, and a new gym.
[IN Q=They're looking at]
((CAROL BRASH/PATRICK HENRY PTA PRESIDENT: THEY'RE LOOKING AT CREATING SMALLER LEARNING COMMUNITIES WITHIN THIS LARGER HIGH SCHOOL AND CONSOLIDATING THE FOOTPRINT INTO ONE AREA.))
[OUT Q=into one area]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF PRESENTATION))
The public got its first detailed look at the new high school at a meeting Thursday afternoon.
They were a lot of suggestions, questions, and criticisms.
[IN Q=When they keep]
((MARY S. ALLEN/ROANOKE RESIDENT: WHEN THEY KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE 38 MILLION DOLLARS THEY ARE GOING TO NEED A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN THAT TO GET DOWN WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.))
[OUT Q=to be done]
Some also have concerns about traffic along Grandin Road and parking at the high school.
Recently, the architects rearranged the plans so faculty and students will park in different lots.
Some also question whether the school will be best suited with just one gym.
[IN Q=Over crowdedness]
((WOODY DEANS/PATRICK HENRY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: OVER CROOKEDNESS IS MY MAIN CONCERN THAT WE WONT HAVE ENOUGH FLOOR SPACE OR LOCKEROOM SPACE IF THEY DON'T LEAVE THE EXISTING GYM THERE.))
[OUT Q=existing gym there]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF PRESENTATION))
The architects will continue to tweak the plan as construction nears.
One thing is certain the project will happen in several phases and will take nearly two years to complete.
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: WILLIAM FLEMING HIGH SCHOOL WILL ALSO BE GETTING AN OVERALL. THAT PROJECT IS STILL TWO YEARS AWAY AND WILL COST 40 MILLION DOLLARS. JUSTIN MCLEOD, NEWS 7.))
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]))
Almost half of Virginia's public schools did NOT meet annual performance progress benchmarks under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
That's according to data released by the State Department of Education.
It shows only 55 percent met all the adequate progress goas established by the education reform law passed last year.
However, education officials say the results aren't as important as S-O-L scores.[Marketwatch]
In business news, It looks like apparel producer V-F is teaming up with the N-B-A.
The company is in talks to be the exclusive supplier of clothing with N-B-A team logos to mass merchants.
V-F executives say the company has long supplied N-B-A gear to stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart.
But other licensees also were allowed to sell ``non-authentic'' apparel at the same stores.
The new deal would give V-F sole rights to produce the clothing.
In other business news, Stocks closed higher yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Trading was light and Wall Street was subdued on the second anniversary
> of the September Eleventh terror attacks.
> The anniversary was observed at the New York Stock Exchange, the
> Nasdaq Stock Market and the American Stock Exchange by moments of
> silence in the morning, marking the times when airplanes struck the
> two World Trade Center towers and when each tower collapsed.
> Despite the somber mood, stocks managed to rise for the first time in
> three days..
> the dow rose 39 points
> the nasdaq moved up 22.
> The world's largest insurer has been fined for accounting fraud.
> American International Group agreed to pay a $10 million fine to settle
> Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it helped the cellphone
> distributor - Brightpoint -hide losses with a fraudulent insurance policy.
> The SEC also alleged that AIG failed to cooperate with the investigation.
> homebuyers got a welcome reprieve this week as mortgage rates took an
> unexpected tumble.
> The national average on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped
> significantly, to 6.16 percent from 6.44 percent a week earlier, the rate
> on the 15 yr mortgage also fell to 5.46 percent from 5.77 percent.
> Oracle is a stock to watch today... the software company is expected to
> post first quarter profit of 8 cents a share.. Sales are seen coming in
> at $2.14 billion versus $2.03 billion last year.
> Mortgage shoppers took advantage of the dip. The Mortgage Bankers
> Association of America says its applications index jumped nearly 23
> TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM... I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A third man has been convicted in a decade-old double murder in Halifax County.
A jury found Dexter Lamont Dixon of South Boston guilty yesterday.
He'll spend 73 years in prison for first-degree murder and other convictions.
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./December 1993]
In December of 1993, two men were shot to death inside their car at the Riverdale Amoco in Halifax County.
Two other Halifax County men pleaded guilty to roles in the murders.
Verlie Marion Word received two life sentences plus ten years.
Louis Jordan Powell is still awaiting sentencing.
Plans for a methadone clinic are raising concerns in Roanoke County.
The drug rehabilitation facility would be located on property at the intersection of Ogden Road and Colonial Avenue.
Life Center of Galax says the clinic is needed to serve its patients who live in the Roanoke and the New River Valleys.
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[IN Q=These folks]
((THESE FOLKS HAVE TO COME IN BEFORE THEY GO TO WORK IN THE MORNING AND THEN TRAVEL BACK, SO THAT'S A HARDSHIP FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT THERE ARE 70 PATIENTS IN OUR CLINIC WHEN WE SURVEYED IT HERE AT GALAX, THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM A PROGRAM IN ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Emily Jennings/Life Center of Galax;]
[OUT Q=benefit from a program in Roanoke.]
New Vista Montessori is located across the street, and officials say they're concerned about the facility being located so close to the school, and nearby residential neighborhoods.
They fear the clinic will also increase the volume of traffic at a busy intersection.
Residents of the Georgetown Park neighborhood say they also plan to organize opposition.
[GRAPHIC=CA Recall Vote]
Just when it seemed like the California governor's recall couldn't get more complicated -- it may.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/Tuesday;]
A federal appeals court is questioning the timing of the October recall election of Governor Gray Davis.
At a hearing yesterday, judges said polling places and problems in the state's ballot system could keep voters away.
Civil rights groups claim the punch-card ballot system will cut out thousands of minority voters.
A delay until the March primary could help Governor Davis because that election is expected to draw more Democratic voters.
(Marya tosses to bump)
The Appomattox man who was at the center of a legal battle over life-support has been removed from a ventilator.
Jason Childress was injured in a July car crash.
Yesterday, the University of Virginia Medical Center removed his ventilator after his court-appointed guardian determined he would
not want to continue living on life support.
Childress' mother, sister and fiancee supported removing the ventilator. His father and stepmother did NOT.
Since Childress had no spouse or adult children, left no written instructions and his parents could not agree, a judge appointed a guardian to make the decision.
Some Greyhound passengers got a scare when their bus caught fire north of Lynchburg.
Several passengers say they heard strange noises and felt the bus vibrating yesterday before the driver pulled over in the southbound lanes of Route 29 in Madison Heights.
Taking no chances, he evacuated everyone from the bus.
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[IN Q=He just told]
((HAROLD HENDRIX/BUS PASSENGER: HE JUST TOLD EVERYBODY TO GET UP AND EVERYBODY GOT OUT AND WE GOT A COUPLE OF BAGS FROM UNDERNEATH IT, NOTHING YOU COULD DO ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Harold Hendrix/Bus Passenger]
[OUT Q=could do about it.]
Ten passengers plus the driver were on board, but no one was injured.
It took fire crews about fifteen minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Traffic in both the north and southbound lanes was blocked for more than an hour.
[DESK 3-SHOT toss to Steve]
[ROLL OUT OF BREAK]
The music world is mourning the loss of a legend today.
Johnny Cash has died due to complications from diabetes which caused repiratory failure.
Sean Callebs has more on the an behind the music.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Cash/Singer; :20]
[SUPER=04-American Recordings; 1:06]
[OUT Q=telling it like it is.]
((JOHNNY CASH SPENT THE LAST FIVE DECADES MAKING MUSIC--WITH HIS SOBERING BLEND OF BARITONE AND GUITAR. BORN IN 1932, CASH GREW UP ON AN ARKANSAS COTTON FARM SINGING BAPTIST HYMNS.
BUT JOHNNY WASN'T BORN WITH THAT VOICE:
"i was a high tenor till I was 17, I was cutting wood with my father one day with a cross-cut bow and when i came home that afternoon my voice dropped immediately (snaps)"
HE PICKED UP GUITAR DURING A STINT IN THE AIR FORCE AND RELEASED HIS FIRST SINGLE IN 1955.
FAME CAME QUICKLY WITH SONGS SUCH AS "I WALK THE LINE," "FOLSOM PRISON BLUES" AND "RING OF FIRE," A LOVE SONG HE CO-WROTE WITH HIS SECOND WIFE, JUNE CARTER CASH.
BY 1969, THE "MAN IN BLACK" WAS THE BEST-SELLING RECORDING ARTIST ALIVE, EVEN OUTSELLING THE BEATLES. HE WON ELEVEN GRAMMYS, ALONG WITH A GRAMMY LEGEND AND A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
"if legend fits, i'm very happy with it."
BUT IT WASN'T ALWAYS SUNNY SKIES. IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, CASH SPOKE FRANKLY ABOUT THE DEMISE OF HIS FIRST MARRIAGE AND LONG-TERM DRUG ADDICTION. DESPITE HIS ADMITTEDLY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR, THE FATHER OF FIVE KEPT MAKING MUSIC, COLLABORATING WITH THE BEST IN HIS FIELD AND MAINTAINING THE AFFECTION OF FANS, ATTRACTED BY HIS SOULFUL LYRICS AND STRAIGHT-UP STYLE.
WHETHER HE WAS SINGIN' ABOUT A LOVE GONE BAD OR A LIFE ILL-SPENT, JOHNNY CASH WAS ADMIRED BY GENERATIONS OF FANS FOR SIMPLY TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS. ))
Also, John Ritter has passed away.
His publicist says he died from a flaw in his heart that apparently had gone unrecognized.
Ritter reportedly felt ill yesterday on the set of his A-B-C sitcom``Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.''
He gained fame as the character Jack in the 1977 T-V sitcom ``Three's Company.''
John Ritter was 54 and just days short of his birthday.