[AM-South-River]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC 4:33]
[GRAPHIC=Isabel]


Flooding is nothing new for residents along the South River in Rockbridge County.
But Hurricane Isabel did so much damage some now wonder if it's time to pack up and move out.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]


More than a hundred residents turned out last night for a community meeting at Mountain View Elementary.
State, federal, and county officials were on hand to field questions on the recovery process.
Victims say it's been a difficult one even a month after the storm struck.
[SOT 14:48:48]
[IN Q=My daughter that is six years]

((TINA RATCLIFFE/SOUTH RIVER RESIDENT: MY DAUGHTER THAT IS SIX YEARS OLD RIGHT HERE IS THE ONE THAT RUSHED OUT OF THE HOUSE, WE'RE TRYING TO PUT STUFF UP AND SHE STARTED SCREAMING THAT THE WATER IS IN THE BACK AND I CARRIED OUT AND LAST WEEK WE HAD HEAVY RAINS AND SHE GOT SCARED AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Tina Ratcliffe/South River Resident;]
[Runs=14]
[OUT Q=she got scared again]
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[VO-NAT]


The meeting also focused on ways to prevent future flooding along the South River.
One option is to take part in the Hazard Mitigation Grant program which would possibly allow residents to sell their homes and properties to the county.
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[SOT 14:52:38]
[IN Q=Acquistion or buyout]

((BONNIE RIEDESEL/CENTRAL SHENANDOAH PLANNING COMMISSION: ACQUISITION OR BUYOUT IS 100-PERCENT FOOLPROOF. IT IS THE NUMBER OPTION THAT IS EFFECTIVE. WHEN YOU ELEVATE OR FLOOD PROOF THERE IS NO GUARANTEE YOU WON'T BE FLOODED AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Riedesel/Central Shenandoah Planning Commission;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=won't be flooded again]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials stress localities all over the state will compete for this federal grant so it will be difficult to obtain.
If it does go through, it could take three to four years before a resident can actually sell their home to the county.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Victims in need of immediate assistace can apply for help through F-E-M-A. The deadline is November 17th.


[Abortion-Bill]


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


Legislation banning late- term abortions is now ready for President Bush's signature, following a historic vote in the Senate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


After years of trying, the Senate joined the House and voted yesterday to ban what abortion opponents call "partial- birth" abortion.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a barbaric procedure]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Frist/(R) Senate Majority Leader;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=of America.]
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[VO-NAT]


But that depends on whom you ask-- some physicians say the procedure could save a woman's life.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There are situations]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Blumenthal/Obstetrician;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=declares illegal.]
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[VO-NAT]


President Bush is still traveling in Asia, so there's no word on exactly when he'll sign the bill.
Meanwhile, opponents of the legislation say the fight isn't over.
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[FL-Patient]


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


Following the orders of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a hospital is giving fluids to a brain- damaged woman-- six days after her feeding tube was removed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Terry Schiavo (SHY- voh) is being re-hydrated after lawmakers rushed to pass a bill designed to save her life.
[SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL;]


Governor Bush issued the order about an hour after signing the measure into law.
[SUPER=03-Pinellas Park, FL;]


Schiavo's parents have fought to keep her alive.
Her husband, meanwhile, says she would prefer to die.
An ambulance took Schiavo from a hospice to a hospital after Governor Bush issued the order to resume feeding her.
A crowd cheered outside, as she left.
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[Sniper-Trial]


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


A survivor of last year's Washington- area sniper attacks answered questions on the witness stand from one of the men accused of shooting him.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach;]


Sniper suspect John Muhammad is representing himself at his murder trial, which continues today in Virginia Beach.
During cross- examination yesterday, Muhammad asked Maryland restaurant owner Paul Laruffa if he could identify the person who shot him.
The witness said he could NOT.
Muhammad is charged with killing Dean Meyers at a gas station about two weeks after Laruffa was shot.
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[11Knox]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-45 TC14:31]
[GRAPHIC=Cecil Knox]

A federal jury may get the case against Doctor Cecil Knox later today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

In his closing argument yesterday Prosecutor Rusty Fitzgerald said Knox went out of his way to craft a somewhat eccentric personal appearance, wearing long hair and cowboy boots. He called Knox's office a "fraternity house," referring to the converted old home on Second Street in Roanoke. Knox's attorney Tony Anderson said the first two counts against Knox and his office manager involve racketeering, conjuring up images of organized crime. Anderson asked the jury "Do you really think that a legitimate medical practice was being conducted as a criminal enterprise?"
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[11Mayfield]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-38 TC57:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The family of Ronald Mayfield says the Roanoke School system needs to do a better job of supporting its teachers.


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[VO-NAT]


Mayfield is the Roanoke teacher who was accused of assaulting a student at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in late September.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Thursday]


Last Thursday, Mayfield took his own life by jumping off a bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A police investigation cleared the teacher of any wrong doing but his family claims he was never notified.
Now they're demanding a full explanation from the school system.
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[SOT 1:36:34]
[IN Q=We hope that]

((MEL MAYFIELD/RONALD MAYFIELD'S COUSIN: WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS THAT THE TEACHERS IN NOT ONLY THE ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM BUT IN OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEMS WILL GET THE SUPPORT THAT THEY DESERVE AND NOT ONLY IN INCIDENTS LIKE THIS BUT ON AN OVERALL BASIS.))
[SUPER=01-Mel Mayfield/Ronald Mayfield's Cousin;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=ON AN OVERALL BASIS]
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[Anchor=Kim]
[Graphic=None]


Roanoke Police released a statement yesterday saying a detective contacted Mayfield last Monday but the teacher put him off until later and said further contact would have to go through his attorney.
A police spokesperson says they would have told Mayfield he had been cleared but they were respecting his wishes.


[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Amazon dot com reported a boost in earnings.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((> GOOD MORNING.. > > AMAZON.COM HAS DELIVERED THE GOODS.. > THE INTERNET RETAILER POSTED A THIRD QUARTER PROFIT OF 16 MILLION DOLLARS > COMPARED TO A LOSS THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. INCENTIVES LIKE FREE SHIPPING > AND A NEW SPORTING GOODS STORE HELPED SALES TOP A BILLION DOLLARS. > > AMONG THE COMPANIES WAITING IN THE WINGS TO REPORT PROFITS THIS WEEK: > MICROSOFT, REEBOK AVON AND VERIZON. > > ON WALL STREET IT WAS A MIXED DECISION.. THE DOW SANK 30 BUT THE NASDAQ > ROSE NEARLY 16. > > THE RISING PRICE OF BEEF COULD SQUEEZE THE BOTTOM LINE AT SOME MAJOR > RESTAURANT CHAINS. ANALYSTS SAY SAYS PROFITS AT CHAINS INCLUDING > MCDONALDS, WENDYS AND OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE COULD BE HURT NEXT YEAR BECAUSE > OF RISING BEEF COSTS. A RESTRICTEDU-S BEEF SUPPY COUPLED WITH SURGING > CONSUEMR DEMAND HAS JACKED UP PRICES. THE SITUAITON HAS BEEN WORSENED BY > THE US BAN ON IMPORTS OF LIVE CANADIAN CATTLE AFTER THE MAD COW SCARE IN > MAY. > > IF YOU OWN SHARES OF BEST BUY.. GOOD NEWS. THE ELECTRONICS RETAILER WILL > PAY A CASH DIVIDEND OF 40 CENTS A SHARE FOR THE FIRST TIME. > > TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[11Stadium-Barrels]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-47 TC12:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Opponents of Roanoke's new stadium and amphitheater are calling for a complete environmental assessment of the site.
And with the latest discovery of hazardous waste there, some members of city council are taking a second look at that suggestion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Crews are making progress, preparing the site near the Roanoke Civic Center.
On Monday, the city revealed that a barrel found earlier this month did contain hazardous waste.
A majority of city council remains committed to the controversial project, but some members say they want more information about the latest find.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02:46:16 ]
[IN Q=I think the ball is in D-E-Q's]

((BILL BESTPITCH: I THINK THE BALL IS IN DEQ'S COURT RIGHT NOW. I THINK THEY NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR WITH THE CITY ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE US DO. IF IT'S AT ALL REASONABLE, THEN I THINK WE NEED TO GET IT DONE, SO THAT WE CAN SATISFY EVERYONE AND CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT.))
[SUPER=@Bestpitch]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=forward with the project.]
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[VO-NAT]


Mayor Ralph Smith says he wants to know what it would cost to conduct more environmental testing.
Smith says it would be unfortunate if doubts about the property linger long after the new stadium is built.
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[11Merchant-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-34 TC 1:50:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some small business owners in Montgomery County say the county has spent so much time trying to please big-business owners, that it's forgotten about the little guys.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

Last week, the county approved lowering its merchants tax by a fourth, in an effort to keep area car dealers, who say the tax is too high, from moving their vehicles out of the county during tax assessments. However, many weren't pleased. They wanted the tax cut in half. But, in addtion to lowering the tax, the county said it would also make assessments twice a year, instead of once, which is now upsetting some small business owners.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2730]
[IN Q=i feel like]

((STAN DAVIS/EATS NATURAL FOODS: I FEEL LIKE EVERY SMALL BUSINESS IN THE COUNTY IS BEING PENALIZED JUST BECAUSE SHELOR AND SOME OF THE OTHER CAR DEALERSHIPS IN THE COUNTY ARE TAKING THEIR CARS OUT OF THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Stan Davis/"Eats Natural Foods";]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=out of the county]
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[VO-NAT]

Davis says he has to shut down his store and bring in extra help to do inventory, costing him at least a thousand dollars every time. County officials say they wish they could form a tax structure that would please everyone, but that's just not possible.
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[CA-Wildfires]


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


Firefighters in Southern California are trying to get the upper hand on two major blazes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Bernardino Co., CA;]


One has engulfed two thousand acres, with flames shooting up to 70- feet high.
The other, east of Los Angeles, has burned through a handful of homes, and is threatening several others.
Nearly 200 firefighters are trying to the bring the blaze under control.
No word yet on how the fire started.
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[11Tower-Power]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=03-44 TC16:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The power of music filled the Roanoke civic center auditorium.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02:41]
[IN Q=]

((NAT SOUND MUSIC))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND MUSIC.]
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[VO-NAT 13.5]


The band Tower of Power did not just belt out sounds .. they also brought in cash for local students.
Last night's concert benefits the downtown music lab- a non profit after school program for students interested in music.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 03:45]
[IN Q=]

((NAT SOUND MUSIC))
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=grove get you high (3rd time)]
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[VO-NAT]


Tower of Power came in from Oakland California for the event. Local students provided the warm up show.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]
[comm #3]