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Welcome to News 7 Mornin'. I'm Kimberly McBroom.
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Hurricane Isabel is inching closer to shore. News 7's Meghan Muldoon is in Virginia Beach this morning. She'll join us with an update in just a few minutes.
[KIM TOSS ACROSS TO LEO AT WEATHER CENTER] But first, let's get the latest on the storm from Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.....
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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One local relief agency is getting ready to go wherever Isabel does.
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Workers at the Salvation Army in Roanoke are loading up a truck with supplies.
They'll pull out as soon as they're needed.
Their mobile canteen has a small kitchen, but it can serve 400 meals a day.
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((ERIK NICKELL: WE'VE LOADED UP WITH THE BARE ESSENTIALS JUST TO GET US BY FOR A COUPLE DAYS OR MAYBE EVEN JUST A COUPLE HOURS. IT DEPENDS ON HOW MANY PEOPLE WE FEED, HOW MANY PEOPLE WE HELP WHILE WE'RE AT WHERE WE'RE AT.))
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The last time the mobile canteen was used was after 9-11 at the Pentagon.
It stayed there for nearly three months, serving rescue workers and cleanup crews.
Nickell says THAT experience helped The Salvation Army better prepare for future disasters.
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[Clark]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In other news this morning, today a retired Army general will likely become the 10th Democrat running for President.
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Wesley Clark has four stars and considerable name recognition, but no political experience.
Clark's expected to make an official announcement later today in his home state of Arkansas.
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((WESLEY CLARK/RETIRED ARMY GENERAL: I THINK THIS COUNTRY IS IN SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTY BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD I THINK IT NEEDS STRONG LEADERSHIP AND VISIONARY LEADERSHIP TO TAKE IT FORWARD. ))
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[OUT Q=take it forward.]
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The 32- year veteran of the Army was the NATO commander during the war in Kosovo, and has also been a harsh critic of President Bush's policy on Iraq.
Clark's supporters say the other candidates can't match his pedigree, claiming he's the only one who can go toe to toe with the President on national security.
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[11Peterson]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A Floyd County business consultant is pulling his hat OUT of the political ring. Republican Thomas Peterson has reportedly abandoned plans to run against state Senator Roscoe Reynolds of Henry County.

[11Tech-Classes]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A report from the state fire marshal's office shows overcrowded classrooms at Virginia Tech are a safety violation.
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State fire officials visited Tech LAST Wednesday, about a week after a photo in the Roanoke Times showed students sitting in the aisles of a lecture hall. Inspectors found one violation--a cart that was blocking an aisle--which was corrected on-site. But, officials later discovered that the 329 students enrolled in the class actually exceeded the room's posted occupancy of 300.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VT SPOKESMAN: THE ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED BY CLASSROOM LOAD OCCUPANCY, BUT PROFESSORS ARE ALLOWED TO FORCE-ADD, AND THEY DO THAT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT BY THE FIRST EXAM THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE CERTAIN STUDENTS.))
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Hincker says the university has corrected the problem, by adding another course section, taught on-line.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In business news, The Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange is under mounting pressure to resign.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((Good Morning... > > THE CRY FOR DICK GRASSO'S RESIGNATION AS HEAD OF THE NEW YORK STOCK > EXCHANGE IS GETTING LOUDER. > > NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER ALAN HEVESI HAS NOW JOINED THE TREASURERS OF > CALIFORNIA AND NORTH CAROLINA IN CALLING FOR GRASSO TO STEP DOWN AS HEAD > OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST STOCK EXCHANGE. > > STATE OFFICIALS ARE ALSO CALLING FOR THE NYSE BOARD TO RENEGOTIATE > GRASSO'S 140 MILLION DOLLAR COMPENSATION PACKAGE... > > STATE OFFICIALS SAY GRASSO'S COMPENSATION PACKAGE - GIVEN TO HIM BY THE > VERY MEMBERS HE REGULATES - SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO INVESTORS.GRASSO > HAS HEAD THE EXCHANGE SINCE 1995. > > Iraq will send a delegation to next week's meeting of OPEC oil ministers.. > an important step in getting Iraq oil back on line. > Iraq hasn't attended OPEC meetings since the U-S-led war this spring, > and it hasn't participated in the group's oil output > agreements since the Gulf War of 1991. > > ON WALL STREET, STOCKS SHOT HIGHER AFTER THE FED DID THE EXPECTED AND LEFT > SHORT TERM INTEREST RATES RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE. ANALYSTS SAY WITH WITH AN > ECONOMIC RECOVERY NOW UNDERWAY, THEY EXPECT INTEREST RATES TO HOLD STEADY > THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. > > THE DOW RALLIED 118 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ SPRINTED 41 POINTS > > A retail trade group is predicting a healthy, happy holiday season for > the nation's retailers. The National Retail Federation predicts > Americans will spend a total of 217 billion dollars on holiday spending > thanks to an improving economy, low interest rates and rising consumer > confidence. > > TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))


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Governor Mark Warner says just because Hurricane Isabel has weakened somewhat, Virginia isn't out of the woods yet.
He's hasn't yet ordered any evacuations.
Instead, Warner says he wants to wait and see if the storm re- gains strength today.
Meanwhile, residents along the North Carolina coast are bracing for Isabel.
Up to 90 thousand people have already been ordered to leave the Outer Banks .
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Officials believe that Hurricane Isabel may deliver gale force winds to the area by this evening and hurricane force winds are expected tomorrow.
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((RENEE CAHOON/ DARE CO., NC COMMISSIONER: "WE HAVE PUT INTO EFFECT A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN DARE COUNTY THAT MEANS THAT WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO LEAVE AND WE ARE ASKING OUR VISITORS TO LEAVE."))
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There are no approved Red Cross shelters in the Outer Banks areas like Dare County.
That'll force residents to travel well inland to find shelter.
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If you're traveling this weekend, your best bet is to check it out ahead of time.
As Isabel approaches, Amtrak has already cancelled some trains scheduled to go through Eastern Virginia.
The two trains which go through cities in this region- the Crescent and Cardinal- are still both scheduled- though that could change.
Airlines have not cancelled flights yet- but they say they will relax their reservation policies depending on Isabel.

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Murder suspect Kevin Eugene Brown says prosecutors have the wrong man.. and that he did "not" help shoot to death a Lynchburg couple in their home last year.
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Brown is the second man to stand trial for the murders of Anthony and Ronda Robinson in April of 2002.
Brown admits to being at the Robinsons' home that night, but says he ran off when he heard gunshots.
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((STEPHANIE MADDOX/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE TRIES TO GET AWAY FROM SUSSEX STREET. TRIES TO GET DOWN FROM THE PORCH, FALLS DOWN AND HITS HIS KNEE, RUNNING OFF THE PORCH. AND HE'S GOING TO TELL YOU THAT SOMEBODY DID CHASE HIM, GRABBED HIM FROM BEHIND AND HE STRUGGLED WITH THE GUY AND TOOK OFF, KEPT GOING RUNNING DOWN WESTOVER, GETTING AWAY FROM SUSSEX STREET BECAUSE HE HEARS SHOTS BEING FIRED.))
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Brown says that third, unidentified suspect is the one who helped murder the Robinsons.
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California's controversial recall election is still on hold, but that could change yet again.
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The same federal appeals court that decided to postpone the recall election because of outdated voting machines has indicated it may be willing to reconsider.
It's asked lawyers from both sides to file briefs by this afternoon.
Recall proponents have been trying to replace Governor Gray Davis because they're unhappy with his handling of the state's stagging economy and energy crisis.
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Electric companies from many parts of the country are heading this way to help local crews deal with expected power outages.
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Line workers, mechanics and other support help will soon begin arriving in areas projected to be most damaged by Isabel.
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((T.J. Szelistowski/TAMPA ELECTRIC COMPANY; "THEY GO WITH AN ATTITUDE TO HELP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UP THEIR PUT THEIR LIVES BACK IN ORDER."))
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From the Tampa, Florida area alone, another two to three hundred crew members plan to leave early this morning. They will travel in a convoy of about 100 trucks.
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[Biz-Brief]


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In business news, Kroger's earnings fell short of analysts expectations. Rachel Lee has more in today's business brief.
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((THE MAJOR INDICES SURGED TO A POSITIVE CLOSE ON TUESDAY AFTER THE CENTRAL BANK SAID IT WILL KEEP INTEREST RATES LOW FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.


THE DOW WAS UP 118 POINTS ON THE DAY AND...
THE NASDAQ GAINED 41.


KROGER REPORTED SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS OF 25-CENTS PER SHARE...THAT'S DOWN FROM 33 CENTS-PER SHARE A YEAR AGO.
ANALYSTS EXPECTED EARNINGS OF 32-CENTS.
THE LARGEST U-S GROCERY CHAIN SAYS HIGH OPERATING COSTS, COMPETITION FROM WAL-MART, AND LAST MONTH'S BLACKOUT CONTRIBUTED TO THE DROP IN PROFITS.
KROGER ALSO SCALED BACK ITS EXPECTATION FOR 2003 ANNUAL EARNINGS BY FIVE-CENTS A SHARE.


GENERAL MILLS POSTED FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS OF 59-CENTS A SHARE.
THAT'S UP FROM 47-CENTS PER SHARE IN THE PRIOR YEAR.
THE NATION'S NUMBER TWO CEREAL MAKER SAYS COSTS RELATED TO THE ACQUISITION OF PILLSBURY IN 2001 CAUSED THE LOWER EARNINGS A YEAR AGO.
THE COMPANY SAYS NEW PRODUCTS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS YEAR'S EARNINGS FOR THE PERIOD.


MORGAN STANLEY HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY A TWO-MILLION-DOLLAR FINE BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS.
THE MONITORING ORGANIZATION FINED THE INVESTMENT FIRM FOR HOLDING CONTESTS AMONG ITS BROKERS.
THE CONTESTS ENCOURAGED THOSE BROKERS TO SELL MORGAN STANLEY'S OWN MUTUAL FUNDS.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M RACHEL LEE.))


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[Early-Years]


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The dreams of many parents who are waiting to adopt children from China are finally coming true.
In May, the Chinese government put international adoptions on hold in order to prevent the spread of SARS. Those restrictions have since been lifted, opening the door for families to complete the adoption process.
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[Take FS Early Years]
An Oregon family shares its experience in today's Early Years segment.
Erica Heartquist has the story.
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( IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME FOR SOPHIE CLARK TO TAKE IN ALL HER NEW SURROUNDINGS. HER PARENTS... KNOW ALL ABOUT TIM

E. ("Wow." "Just really good to have her home. We've wanted to have her here for a long time.") DIANE AND DENNIS CLARK SAY WHEN THEY SHOWED UP AT THE ORPANAGE... IT WAS CHAOTIC. THERE WERE ABOUT 20 FAMILIES, ALL TRYING TO LOCATE THEIR NEW DAUGHTERS. ("Until we saw the name we weren't sure...it was kinda hilarious actually each one of us running around trying to figure out which one was theirs from a 6 month old picture.") AND WHEN SOPHIE WAS FINALLY IN HER NEW PARENTS ARMS. ("She was not happy- she had defintely bonded with some of her orphanage workers, there- but she took to DIane- it's hard to get her away from her--she knows who her mom is now.") THE CLARKS TRAVELLED TO BEJIING FIRST TO WRAP UP THE LOOSE ENDS OF THE ADOPTION. TWO DAYS LATER...THEY WENT TO A NEARBY PROVINCE TO GET HER. ("She was in her auntie's arms--they call the woman that take care of them at the orphanage the "aunties" and um she was fine until we all hovered around-when we finally figured out that she was our baby- we all hovered around...she was just looking at us- like, "who are these people.") GREETED NOW BY NEW GRANDPARENTS, IT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT WORLD THAN WHERE SHE CAME FROM. ("We saw a lot of the villages- and the places that these kids came from and it wasn't all pretty.") (BUTT) ("It was weird- it was like one second- she was in the other ladies arms... the next second she was in ours and she was our baby from them on.))
[ANCHOR=Kim]
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That was Erica Heartquist reporting. The Clark's picked up Sophie on August 31. It was her one year birthday. [COMM](Kim tosses to break)