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If you drink up, be prepared to pay up.
Roanoke County wants to toughen its drunk driving laws even further.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]
Currently, if you are convicted of a D-U-I in Roanoke County, you could face a 100 dollar fine in addition to any criminal penalties.
The county collects this fine to recover the expenses incurred for emergency response to accidents or incidents caused by impared drivers.
State law allows localities to charge a flat fee of 100 dollars or a minute by minute accounting of the actual costs
incurred ---up to a thousand dollars.
The Board of Supervisors will soon decide whether it wants to change to that minute by minute accounting.
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[IN Q=I think I just want]
((PAUL MAHONEY/ROANOKE CO. ATTORNEY: I THINK I JUST WANT THE BOARD TO BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND STAFF COSTS THAT GO ALONG WITH A MINUTE BY A MINUTE ACCOUNTING, IT'S NOT A FREEBIE.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Mahoney/Roanoke Co. Attorney;]
[OUT Q=it's not a freebie]
If the county decides to stay with the flat fee, it may then lobby the General Assembly to change the maximum fine from one hundred dollars to 500 or a thousand dollars.
More than a dozen people have shown interest in becoming a Bedford County Supervisor.
The board met behind closed doors last night to begin interviewing fourteen candidates for the Smith Mountain Lake area seat.
It came open after Kirby Richardson resigned last month.
He is the supervisor who was indicted for allegedly forging V-Dot public documents.
The board interviewed seven candidates last night and will interview the other seven tonight.
The board will appoint someone for a one year team at its meeting next Thursday.
There's still no official word on who will represent the Sixth district in the House of Delegates.
But after an all-day canvass of votes, it's looking a little better for Benny Keister.
[TAKE PINNACLE 100]
When all the precints reported Tuesday night, Keister led by just 37 votes.
That lead over Republican Morgan Morris is now up to 50 votes.
Morris had already indicated he would ask for a recount if the margin of victory was within one percent.
Morris believes once the votes are recounted, he will be the winner.
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((MORGAN MORRIS: I SOUGHT THIS NOMINATION TWO YEARS AGO, AND LOST BY ONE VOTE, SO I NEVER GAVE UP, AND I'M STILL NOT GIVEN UP. SO YOU KNOW I LIKE TO FIGHT I'M NOT AFRAID TO SCRAP, I DON'T BACK DOWN AND I DON'T GIVE UP, I NEVER QUIT.))
[SUPER=201-Morgan Morris/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;]
[OUT Q=never quit]
Benny Keister was not available yesterday for comment.
If the numbers stick, this will be Keister's third term in the House of Delegates.
There's no word of a recount Vinton.
Opponents of a proposal to bring off-track betting to the area lost Tuesday by just 20 votes.
Roanoke County Board of Election officials double-checked and certified the election results yesterday.
Local church leaders still haven't decided whether they want a recount.
They have 10 days to file a petition.
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[IN Q=We're here to serve]
((RON ADKINS/ROANOKE CO. ELECTORAL BOARD: WE'RE HERE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC, SO WE'D WELCOME A RECOUNT. BUT SINCE WE'VE ALREADY CERTIFIED THE ELECTION, THE VOTES MORE OR LESS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. I DON'T THINK THERE'D BE AN IOTA OF DIFFERENCE ON THE COUNT. ))
[SUPER=201-Ron Adkins/Roanoke Co. Electoral Board;]
[OUT Q=difference on the count.]
Colonial Downs is still shopping for a location, but says Vinton will have a horse betting parlor in six to eight months.
One potential site is an old Rite-Aid building on Route 24.
Officials have closely reviewed a report on school discipline.
Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris says the numbers support his contention that city schools are safe and orderly.
Officials recorded 12-hundred incidents of discipline during the first nine weeks of the school year, but Harris says most did not involve violence or physical abuse.
While it's difficult to compare the nine week report with previous years, Harris says it reflects well upon the safety of Roanoke City schools.
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[IN Q=In total, when I look at]
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; IN TOTAL WHEN I LOOK AT ALL INCIDENTS ACROSS ALL SCHOOLS FOR THE NUMBER OF DAYS WE'RE TALKING, I'M CONVINCED ALONG WITH HAVING VISITED THAT SCHOOLS ARE SAFE AND STUDENTS ARE ACHIEVING.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City School Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=and students are achieving.]
The report says a new hotline has received just eight messages, and Harris says none of them involved student discipline or violence.
They left Iraq in September, but the Marines will soon be headed back.
Today the Pentagon will give details about a plan to send in marines and more than 30- thousand reservists next year.
The troops would rotate Army soldiers out, and that eventually would lead to an overall reduction of troops.
There's also more financial help going to Iraq.
Today, President Bush will sign an 87- billion dollar spending package, with much of the money going to the military.
Last night's Country Music Awards showcased a couple of unusual duets, as well as a tribute to a fallen country legend.
Elizabeth Sanchez reports from Nashville.
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[SUPER=04-Country Music Association - CBS;]
[SUPER=01-John Carter Cash/Johnny Cash's Son;]
[SUPER=01-Alan Jackson/Male Vocalist of the Year;]
[SUPER=01-Martina McBride/Female Vocalist of the Year;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sanchez, CBS News, Nashville.]
A MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE LATE JOHNNY CASH CAME AT THE END OF THE NIGHT.
BUT HIS PRESENCE COULD BE FELT THROUGHOUT THE 37TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS
"As it should be, Johnny Cash."
THE COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND WON ALBUM, SINGLE AND VIDEO OF THE YEAR AWARDS.
CASH'S SON AND DAUGHTER ACCEPTED IN HIS HONOR.
(SOT: JOHN CARTER CASH/SON OF JOHNNY CASH)
"I've never seen a human being more dedicated and stronger than that man
at what he did."
(nat - Alan Jackson performing)
TYING CASH FOR THE MOST WINS OF THE NIGHT -- ALAN JACKSON. HE WON BEST
VOCAL EVENT FOR HIS HIT "IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE" WITH JIMMY BUFFET
-- AS WELL AS AWARDS FOR ENTERTAINER AND MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR.
(SOT: ALAN JACKSON)
"For some reason God has blessed me."
(nat -- Dolly Parton)
INDUSTRY ICON, DOLLY PARTON, PERFORMED A MEMORABLE DUET WITH NORAH
JONES. BUT IT WAS A STUNNED MARTINA MCBRIDE WHO GOT TO TAKE HOME THE
PRIZE FOR FEMALE VOCALIST.
(SOT: MARTINA MCBRIDE)
"Dolly Parton! My God! She is my female vocalist of the year -- every
THE CMA'S OTHER BIG WINNERS INCLUDED RASCAL FLATTS FOR VOCAL GROUP OF
THE YEAR, AND NEWCOMER JOE NICHOLS RECEIVED THE HORIZON AWARD.
BUT TWO OF COUNTRY MUSIC'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL ARTISTS DIDN'T WIN
ANYTHING. SINGER-SONGWRITER TOBY KEITH LED WITH SEVEN NOMINATIONS -- BUT
WON NOTHING. AND THE GROUP, THE DIXIE CHICKS, WERE ALSO SHUTOUT.
ELIZABETH SANCHEZ, CBS NEWS, NASHVILLE.
In business news, Norfolk Southern asked some of its employees last month to cut their own jobs.
The railroad announced yesterday that 553 non-agreement employees took the company's offer.
The employees will get severance pay, free health insurance for one year and job-hunting assistance.
The move will cost N-S about 107 million dollars.
In business news, Cisco Systems released its profit report.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
TECH STOCKS COULD GET AN EARLY MORNING JOLT COURTESY OF CISCO SYSTEMS.. THE NETWORKING EQUIPMENT GIANT
POSTED BETTER THAN EXPECTED PROFITS ON A MODEST IMPROVEMENT IN CORPORATE SPENDING ON TECHNOLOGY.
ON WALL STREET.. IT WAS A MIXED DECISION..
THE DOW SLIPPED 18 POINTS
THE NASDAQ INCHED UP A POINT.
Regulators are considering action against Alliance Capital Management for improper trading of mutual funds. On ethical grounds, the some research firm are now advising investors to avoid the tarnished fund managers who have been named in the widening investigation of mutual funds. Putnam Investments, Strong Capital Management and Janus Capital are three of the largest firms that federal and state regulators say let unscrupulous traders scalp quick profits at the expense of shareholders.
Microsoft is offering a 500-thousand dollar reward for informaiton leading to the arrest of the authors of the MSBlast and Sobig computer bugs. The bugs attacked Microsoft customers in August and September, causing millions in damages by disabling computers and clogging Internet traffic.
It will soon be bonus time on Wall Street.. and a new report says investment bankers are set to see their bonuses rise by an average 10-20 per cent this year.That's after more than two years of bonus cuts.
TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
One of the Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield, has passed away.
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Hatfield was found dead in his bed last night at a hotel in Kalamazoo, Michiagan-- just a half hour before he and partner Bill Medley were set to perform at Western Michigan University.
Right now, it's not known how Hatfield died.
His hits with Medley include such standards as "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling."
Bobby Hatfield was 63.
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Roanoke has three weeks to respond to another lawsuit filed over the decision to build a new stadium.
The group "Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision" yesterday announced it has filed a bill of complaint naming the City and City Manager, Darlene Burcham.
The group alleges members of city council violated the Freedom of Information Act by discussing the future of Victory Stadium and the construction of a new stadium in closed sessions without letting the public know their intent.
Roanoke has 21 days to respond to the complaint.
Two weeks ago, two neighborhood groups announced their intention to sue over construction of a new stadium.
That notice alleges Roanoke failed to adequately check the site for contamination.
The issue wasn't on the ballot, but Governor Mark Warner says he sees the outcome of Tuesday's elections as a vote for tax reform.
Democrats lost one state Senate seat but picked up three seats in the House of Delegates.
Warner says the success of Democrats against anti-tax candidates shows voters are willing to support major changes in the state's tax code.
[IN Q=I THINK IT WAS A CLEAR REJECTION]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I THINK IT WAS A CLEAR REJECTION OF THAT KIND OF YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL FOR NOTHING SOUNDBITE SLOGANS. ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: WITH THE DELEGATES THAT I TALKED TO LAST NIGHT AND WITH THE SENATORS I'VE SPOKEN WITH SINCE THEY'RE JUST NOT GOING TO CONSIDER RAISING TAXES ON HARD-WORKING VIRGINIANS.))
[SUPER=201-Gov. Mark Warner; :00]
[SUPER=201-Jerry Kilgore/Virginia Attorney General; :07]
[OUT Q=RAISING TAXES ON HARD-WORKING VIRGINIANS.]
Tax reform was a central campaign issue for Warner.
He is expected to release details of his tax restructuring plan later this month.
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Local law enforcement has a message for criminals: Project Exile has "not" gone into exile... and Virginia's two-year-old gun law is still packing a punch.
Lynchburg prosecutor Bill Petty joined with U-S Attorney John Brownlee yesterday to announce a new effort to prosecute gun-related crimes.
Petty says billboards and city buses like this will help educate the public that carrying a gun while committing a crime means a mandatory five years in prison.
Brownlee says some of the worst gun cases will also be taken to the federal level where prison terms are mandatory and more severe.
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