[Giles-Flooding]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=03-]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


The little town of Narrows was on flood patrol all night.
The New River rose several feet this morning, putting the town in jeopardy of more flooding.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa joins us life from the Giles County community.
Rachel, how's the town doing?


[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Rachel Microwave;]



[LIVE=Rachel /FULL]
[SUPER=@Rachel1]
[SUPER=05-Giles Co.]


((ROLLCUE:...the downtown may be safe.))


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[SOT]
[IN Q=The water coming up]
[SUPER=01-Elwood Lambert/Narrows Fire Department]
[OUT Q=Back into the town]
[LIVE=Rachel /FULL]
[SUPER=05-Giles Co.;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Rachel Microwave;]




[Radford-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


Radford University didn't escape the flooding either....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford]

The New River spilled over its banks into the Deadman Center lower parking lot, damaging nearly 50 cars. Dozens of students were shocked to find their cars nearly floating. The university says it sent an e-mail at 5 o-clock telling students to move the vehicles.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They've up fliers]

[No first Super]
[SUPER=01-L. Simpkins/Radford Fire Chief; :13]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=dollars of vehicles]
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[VO-NAT]

City officials worked last night trying to remove damaged cars and save as many as they could.
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[Parkway-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=tco]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke County this morning leaves one person dead. The vehicle was traveling north on the parkway when it went off the road and down an embankment landing in a nearby creek. It happened near mile marker 114 which is near Washington Avenue. Authorities are not sure at this time what caused the accident and they're not releasing the victim's name. The northbound lane is open, but traffic is moving very slow.

[Iraq-Blast]


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


At least four people are reportedly dead and several injured after an explosion today outside a Kurdish political party office in Iraq.
Officials say it happened in the northern town of Kirkuk.
The party is a pro- U-S group, whose head is the current leader of the U- S installed Iraqi Governing Council.
There's also been a series of explosions in Istanbul, Turkey.
News reports say as many as 10 people were killed.
Authorities say a suspected car bomb went off in front of a bank, and another bomb went off near the British consulate.



[Jackson]


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


A day after an arrest warrant was issued for Michael Jackson, police are still waiting for the singer to turn himself in.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Santa Barbara Co., CA;]


The King of Pop is now a wanted man, accused of molesting a child.
A Jackson spokesman says the singer has already denied the allegations.
On Tuesday, police swarmed Jackson's Neverland Ranch in search of evidence.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


People living nearby appear divided over whether they think he's guilty or innocent of the charges.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When you see something]

(( WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT DOES IT CHANGE YOUR VIEW OF MICHAEL JACKSON OR REINFORCE IT? REINFORCE IT. HE'S A NUTCASE.)) [butt butt butt] ((ANYTIME YOU'RE ACCUSED OF SOMETHING I DON'T THINK YOU ARE GUILTY UNTIL ALL THE FACTS ARE OUT.))
[RUNS=:12] (estimated runs time for bites)
[OUT Q=facts are out.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ten years ago, the 45-year old was accused of similar actions, but criminal charges were never filed and the case was settled out of court.
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[VOB-Kill-Deer]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC 8:45]
[GRAPHIC=none]


More and more communities in our area are taking aim at its deer problem.
The city of Roanoke for example just recently began using sharp shooters and that has led to both praise and protest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/1998]


Some fear the practice could be unsafe but our research shows that is unfounded so far.
The city of Lynchburg for example has hired sharp shooters to kill deer for more than a decade.
Since the program began in 1992, sharp shooters have killed thousands of deer without incident.
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[SOT 3:43]
[IN Q=They do it in]

((JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT: THEY DO IT IN NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE IT CAN BE DONE SAFELY. WE ARE VERY SELECTIVE IN THE PEOPLE WE HAVE HIRED FOR THIS. THEY ARE WELL TRAINED. THEY'RE EQUIPPED WITH WHAT WE THINK IT IS THE APPROPIATE WEAPON TO DO IT SAFELY WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF POTENTIAL HARM.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police Department]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=potential harm]
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[VO-NAT]


The town of Blacksburg and the city of Bedford also have sharp shooting programs.
None have reported any problems or incidents since the programs began two or three years ago.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]


Blacksburg, Lynchburg, and the city of Martinsville also allow residents to hunt deer with a bow and arrow within city limits after obtaining a special permit.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Stocks built on a strong housing report yesterday.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=in New York.]


((GOOD MORNING
THE MARKETS OPENED ON THE UPSIDE, AND STAYED IN THE GREEN AIDED BY A SURPRISINGLY STRONG REPORT ON HOUSING. THE NUMBER OF NEW HOMES STARTED LAST MONTH JUMPED ALMOST 3 PERCENT TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1986.

LET'S CHECK THE CLOSING NUMBERS---THE DOW GAINED 66


THE NASDAQ TACKED ON ABOUT 19
THE MARKETS DIDN'T SEEM TO HAVE MUCH REACTION TO THE LATEST SCANDAL-AN FBI PROBE LEADING TO THE INDICTMENT OF 47 PEOPLE ACCUSSED OF FRAUD WHILE TRADING IN THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS. AMONG THOSE INDICTED IN AN 18 MONTH UNDERCOVER OPERATION TRADERS FROM J P MORGAN CHASE, A FEDERAL RESERVE OFFICIAL AND SEVERAL ATTORNEYS. THE GOVERNMENT ALLEGES THAT ILLEGAL TRADING PRACTICES MAY HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ON THE CURRENCY MARKETS FOR 20 YEARS OR MORE. G -E AGAIN LED BLUE CHIPS HIGHER, GAINING ABOUT 3 PERCENT. HEWLETT PACKARD GAVE A LIFT TO TECH STOCKS AFTER THE BELL HP ANNOUNCED BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS.
AMONG THE BUSIER SECTORS TODAY-DISCOUNT BROKERAGE FIRMS
AMERITRADE IS HIGHER ON AN ANALYST UPGRADE. CHARLES
SCHWABB IS OFF A BIT AFTER ANNOUNCING IT'S ACQUIRING SOUNDVIEW TECHNOLOGIES, A BIT OF DIVERSIFICATION THAT WILL ALSO HELP IN PROVIDING EQUITY RESEARCH. SOUNDVIEW IS UP ABOUT 2 DOLLARS ON THE NEWS-AND WE'RE FOLLOWING ONE OTHER DISCOUNT BROKER E-TRADE WHICH HAS RECENTLY MOVED INTO ON LINE BANKING...
OTHER STOCKS WORTH WATCHING TODAY WERE NETWORK APPLIANCE SEEING SOME PROFIT TAKING DESPITE REPORTING SOME IN LINE EARNINGS FOR THE LAST QUARTER. A-T-T WIRELESS IS CUTTING THREE THOUSAND JOBS...ABOUT TEN PERCENT OF THE WORK FORCE....SOME OF THOSE JOBS WILL BE OUTSOURCED TO INDIA. AND THE ON LINE ADVERTISING FIRM DOUBLE CLICK IS FLYING HIGH ON AN ANALYST UPGRADE.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS GOLD FUTURES HIT THE THE 400 DOLLAR AN OUNCE MARK IN VERY EARLY TRADING..GOLD HAS SINCE RETREATED BY ABOUT 5 DOLLARS AN OUNCE..))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[6-Rockbridge-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC56:03]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


A community hit hard by flooding two months ago again faced rising waters today.
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[VO-NAT - :17]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]

The South River in Rockbridge County jumped its banks in places, flooding roads and threatening houses. The flooding was not as bad as when Hurricane Isabel dumped nearly a foot of rain upstream in September. But now some residents are saying they've had enough of dealing with rising water.
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[SOT - 14:30]
[IN Q=It's not safe to be here...]

((JOHNNY NOEL/SOUTH RIVER RESIDENT; IT'S NOT SAFE TO BE HERE. THEY SAY THERE'S MORE RAIN COMING, THE BRANCHES ARE BACKING UP, AND WATER'S COMING DOWN. I'VE GOT TO GET MY KIDS OUT OF HERE, THEY CAN'T TAKE THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Johnny Noel/South River Resident;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=they can't take this.]
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[VO-NAT - :08+]

Rockbridge County officials say rescued several people stranded by rising water, but nobody was in any immediate danger.
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[11Dale-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-45 TC43:32]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire means more work for a home already under renovation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Firefighters believe the blaze on Dale Avenue started in the kitchen yesterday evening.
Damaged was contained to the back of the house and no one was injured.
The fire's under investigation.
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[Bush]


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


President Bush continues his official state visit to Britain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London, England;]


Once again, he'll be greeted by a massive wave of anti- war protestors, which is expected to include at least 100- thousand people.
The President and First Lady are staying with Queen Elizabeth while being guarded by an extensive security detail.


Today Bush is set to meet with the families of soldiers who were killed in Iraq.
He'll also meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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[WTC-Memorial]


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


The worldwide competition to design a memorial at New York's World Trade Center site has narrowed down from over five thousand entries to just eight finalists.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


All the submissions honor those lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks with their names etched on granite, stone, or glass.
The designs went on display yesterday.
Officials say this contest is the largest design competition in history.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP] [COMM]

[11Schrader-Bridgeport]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-38 TC1:38:42]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


New jobs and a whole lot of money are headed to one of Altavista's long-time corporate citizens.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Altavista]


Schrader-Bridgeport announced last summer it would spend five million dollars expanding its Altavista plant and adding 50 new jobs.
Yesterday, the town, Campbell County and the state kicked in some cash to make that possible.
All together, the company will get about 350-thousand dollars over the next three years to help with the expansion.
Schrader-Bridgeport makes valves for the automotive industry.. it currently employs about 280 people.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]

Now here's at look at your local stocks. [STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Farm-Water]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


This year's excessive rain has hurt a lot of farmers and their crops, but many have chosen to look at the brighter side.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

Danny Johnson of Johnson's Orchards says he's lost about 10-thousand apple bushels as a result of flooding and Hurricane Isabel. And at five dollars a bushel, that's 50-thousand dollars down the drain. But, Johnson says he'd rather be in the position he's in now, than where he was a couple of years ago.
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[SOT 11:06:06]
[IN Q=if we look]

((DANNY JOHNSON/JOHNSON'S ORCHARD: IF WE LOOK AT THE WHOLE BIG PICTURE, WE'RE A WHOLE LOT BETTER OFF WITH THE RAIN, THAN WE WERE WITHOUT IT 11 12 I KNOW I'D RATHER GO THROUGH THIS YEAR LIKE WE DID THAN GO THROUGH THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS LIKE WE'VE BEEN SO EXTREMELY DRY 6:18))
[SUPER=01-Danny Johnson/Johnson's Orchard;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=so extremely dry]
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[VO-NAT]

The Department of Agriculture has now declared 20-counties in Virginia disaster areas. That means Johnson and others can now apply for assistance through the U-S-D-A.
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[11-21-day-rule]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-44 TC48:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia is one step closer to ruling out the nation's most restrictive limit on the introduction of new evidence to prove one's innocence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The State Crime Commission voted unanimously yesterday to abolish the 21-day-rule.
In its place, the Commission is recommending no time limit at all.
The proposal still has to pass both houses of the General Assembly where it is expected to meet some opposition.
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[SOT 04:56:42]
[IN Q=IT WILL BE A BIG STEP IN THE COMMONWEALTH]

((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/STATE CRIME COMMISSION: IT WILL BE A BIG STEP IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND IT WON'T COME QUICKLY. IT MAY NOT HAPPEN THIS YEAR BUT I DO BELIEVE AS PEOPLE EXAMINE THE FACTS OVER TIME PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THE 21-DAY RULE IS ARCHAIC AND NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.))
[SUPER=@Griffith]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=IS ARCHAIC AND NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia's 21-day-rule has been the law for 27 years. (------------)