[Missing-Child]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=03-49 TC 51:05]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']



Authorities in Halifax County have spent the night searching for a 5 year old boy who wandered away from his gradparents home Tuesday evening.
So far, they have not located DeAndre Barksdale.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Joe Microwave;]

Joe Dashiell has been covering the story and joins us now with an update.
[LIVE=Joe D. /FULL]
[SUPER=@joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Axton]


[Bite VO]
((ROLLCUE:...A five year from Newport News.))
[ENG#=1]
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[In Q=Time is of the essence]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=could stay out there.]
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[VO NAT for :20]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]




[Out Q=were searching the area on foot....]
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[LIVE=Joe D /FULL]
[SUPER=05-Axton;]




[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Joe Microwave;]




[New-Years]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


Along with the champagne and confetti, Code Orange will also be a major part of tonight's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Cities across the country are taking steps to make sure the party stays safe.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Hundreds of thousand will fill Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight.
Helicopters and fighter jets will patrol the sky.
Sharpshooters will keep a look- out from rooftops, and police on the ground will put every visitor through metal detectors.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're trying]

((MICHAEL BLOOMBERG/(R) NEW YORK MAYOR:WERE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT IF WE MAKE A MISTAKE WERE MAKING A MISTAKE ON THE SIDE OF BEING OVERLY CAUTIOUS RATHER THAN BEING UNDER CAUTIOUS. ))
[SUPER=01-Michael Bloomberg/(R) New York Mayor;]
[RUNS=:07] (estimated runs time!!)
[OUT Q=being under cautious.]
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[VO-NAT]


Las Vegas will also use sharpshooters and helicopters to watch over revelers on the Strip.
And in Pasadena, security is tight for the Rose Bowl Parade and football game.
More than a thousand police officers will be on duty, while cameras and electronic sensors scan for any potential trouble.
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[Jackson]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jackson]
[ENG#=3]


Police in California want to respond to Michael Jackson's claim that he was roughed up when he turned hmself in on child molestation charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Jail officials in Santa Barbara County plan to hold a news conference later today to talk about the allegations.
During a "60 Minutes" interview, the King of Pop said he left the jail with a bruised arm and dislocated shoulder.
But the sheriff's department has said before that Jackson was treated with courtesy and professionalism, and Jackson was seen waving as he was released from jail.
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[11Heironimus]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-47 TC1:09:52]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=4]


Heironimus will close three of its four stores in Virginia.
Company officials confirmed that yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Monday]


The Associated Press reports the stores at Towers and Towne Square malls in Roanoke and the store in Lynchburg will close.
Heironimus at Spartan Square in Salem will remain open, at least for now.
An official with the parent company says the Salem store's lease has not come up for renewal. But he would not disclose when the lease runs out or whether the company will close the store when it does.
A senior Vice President with the Dunlap Company said increases in rental rates forced the company to close the Roanoke and Lynchburg locations.
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[5-Global-Contact]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=503-01 1:45:18]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]
[ENG#=1]



Hundreds of people are going after jobs at Pulaski County's newest company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Global Contact Services is opening a call center at on old office building in downtown Pulaski. The company began interviewing people this week for 150-positions.
G-C-S has already hired 40-people and interviewed more than 100.
Company officials say they chose Pulaski over four other states because of the eager workforce.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:1:28:19:00]
[IN Q=It's very exciting]
[SUPER=01-Greg Alcorn/Global Contact Services President]

((GREG ALCORN: IT'S VERY EXCITING FOR US TO BE PART OF PULASKI'S GROWTH INTO THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ARENA. WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR THE LAST 5,6 YEARS IN THE GROWTH THAT WE'VE HAD IN OUR EXISTING FACILITIES THAT WE CAN BRING THAT MODEL TO PULASKI.))
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=to Pulaski]
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[VO-NAT]


G-C-S may hire as many as 300-people over the next six months. The call center will open January 26th.
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[11Barrell]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC 16:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Crews have found the crushed remains of another drum at an excavation site near Roanoke's Public Works Service Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


Several drums have been found in that area since late summer, when crews began preparations for the city's new stadium and amphitheater.
In a news release, officials said they are following established procedures to test and dispose of the drum and its contents. They have also notified the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Earlier this month, D-E-Q cited the city for violating state regulations.
The notice of violation followed three recent incidents in which workers discovered waste buried on the site.

[11Pillowtex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=03-46 TC1:14:07]
[GRAPHIC=Pillowtex Bankruptcy]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, the bankruptcy of Pillowtex could turn into a big financial gain for some lawyers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fieldale/File Tape]


Four law firms and three financial advisers have submitted bills of about 4-and-a-half million dollars to a bankruptcy court in Delaware.
The fees cover their work for three months following the shutdown of the company last summer.
Bankruptcy law puts those groups ahead of any other creditors.
The closing of Pillowtex threw a thousand people in Henry County out of work.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=Business News]


Now here's a look at your local stocks.[Ephedra-Ban]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


The pending ban on Ephedra is sending a signal that the government is willing to crack down on risky dietary supplements.
But unless the current law is changed, those bans may not occur very often, since the law makes it difficult to curb the sales of supplements.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The F-D-A says consumers should stop using Ephedra immediately.
More than 155 deaths have been linked to the herbal weight loss supplement.
The active ingredient, Ephedrine, increases the metabolic rate and the risk of heat stroke.
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[Iran-Quake]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


The president of Iran is playing down talk that U-S aid to earthquake survivors will improve relations between the two countries.
He says humanitarian issues shouldn't be intertwined with ``deep and chronic'' political problems.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bam, Iran;]


Humanitarian aid is needed in Iran, where tens of thousands of people are without food or shelter.
Many of the survivors of last week's quake spent another night in the bitter cold.
The death toll continues rising, and may reach 50- thousand.
Relief workers are asking for warm clothes and blankets.
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[11Roanoke-shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC41:51]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]
[ENG#=3]

A shooting in Roanoke claimed the life of a young business owner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Darrin "Buggy" Guerrant was shot at close range yesterday as he sat in a car outside his home at 15th Street and Loudon Avenue. He had his own business, having established Star City Car Care on the heels of success with a mobile car-care venture.

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[SOT 17:26:30]
[IN Q=Nice guy, didn't]

((SHARONDA GUERRANT/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER; NICE GUY, DIDN'T BOTHER NOBODY, STAYED TO HIMSELF. YOU WANTED HALF HE GIVE IT TO YOU, IF HE GOT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Sharonda Guerrant/Murder Victim's Sister]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=if he got it.]
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[VO-NAT]

Darrin Guerrant had been in trouble, twice arrested for possession of cocaine three years ago. But he'd turned his life around and was due to be released from probation at the first of the year. His cousin, Antwan, worked the car wash with him. The two were together when the shooting occurred around three o-clock yesterday morning. Antwan Price will recover from his injuries.
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[11Williams]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities in Pittsylvania County are searching for a missing Greensboro woman, after a small child was found alone yesterday in a parked car.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE PHOTO]
Investigators say 25- year- old Tiffiney Nicole Williams was last seen Monday, when she left a Greensboro doctor's office with her child.
Williams reportedly has a history of mental problems.
Deputies searched the Whittles community where the car was found without finding Williams. The two- year- old has been turned over to Pittsylvania County Social Services. [TAKE CRIMESTOPPERS FS]
Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything about Williams to contact Pittsylvania County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-791 -0044.
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[6-Kidney-Disease]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC57:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


Former N-B-A star Alonzo Mourning's battle with kidney disease is bringing national attention the issue.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Mourning is one of the more than 20 million Americans with the disease.
While he underwent a transplant almost two weeks ago--there are thousands on the waiting list for a kidney.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT13:13]
[IN Q=Kidneys are the number one organ]

((TONI SHEPHERD/NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF THE VIRGINIAS: KIDNEYS ARE THE NUMBER ORGAN THAT PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR TO SAVE THEIR LIVES THERE ARE OVER 83-THOUSNAD PEOPLE WAITING FOR AN ORGAN TO SAVE THEIR LIVES))
[SUPER=01-Toni Shepherd/National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=to save their lives]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctor Jim Cain says people can delay or avoid dialysis or the need for a transplant with early intervention.
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[SOT 4:07]
[IN Q=A lot of people do have the disease]

((DR. JIM CAIN/NEPHROLOGIST: A LOT OF PEOPLE DO HAVE DISEASE AND DON'T KNOW IT SO THE BEST THING TO DO IS GET A REGULAR CHEC-UP. A VERY SIMPLE TEST THAT WILL SPOT A LOT OF DISEASES IS A URINALYSIS ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jim Cain/Nephrologist]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=of disease is a urinalysis]
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[VO-NAT]


Cain says the incidence of kidney disease is increasing and disproportionately affects African Americans.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE]
For more information contact the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias at 540-562-0992.
The foundation will be offer free screenings in April.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]



[Early-Years]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Early Years]
[ENG#=3]


Forget about waiting at the bus stop or packing a lunch. School can now be as close as your child's home computer.
(+++++++++)

[Take FS Early Years] As Eric Philips tells us in today's Early Years segment, a growing number of America's schools are offering students the option of attending class online.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Boggs/Mother; :14]
[SUPER=01-Bill Thomas/Southern Regional Education Board; :39]
[SUPER=01-John Bailey/U. S. Department of Education; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Eric Philips/Reporting; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=I'm Eric Philips for News 7 Mornin']

((IT'S A TYPICAL SCHOOL DAY FOR SECOND-GRADER SAWYER BOGGS. HE'S HOME, WORKING ON A GEOGRAPHY PROJECT. SAWYER IS ENROLLED IN A VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM AT CONNECTIONS ACADEMY.
IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE HOMESCHOOL, BUT HIS MOM, DEBORAH, SAYS IT'S MORE STRUCTURED.

--sot--


I know he's learning everything his peers are learning. He's taking the same standardized test. I don't have to second guess myself.
--TRACK--
UNLIKE TRADITIONAL HOMESCHOOL, WHERE THE PARENT PREPARES THE LESSONS AND HANDS OUT THE GRADES, DEBORAH FOLLOWS A PLANNED CURRICULUM AND A CERTIFIED TEACHER GRADES HER SON'S WORK BY MAIL.
SAWYER ONLY SPENDS ABOUT 30 MINUTES A WEEK IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER. AND, HE'S INVOLVED IN SCOUTS, AN ART CLASS, EVEN A DRAMA CLASS. BUT SOME EDUCATION EXPERTS SAY CHILDREN LIKE SAWYER NEED REGULAR CLASSMATES.

--sot--


I'm not sure how you learn to be with other people and various people from various cultures and various settings if you don't experience them on a day to day basis.
--TRACK--
MANY STATES ARE RELUCTANT TO PAY FOR VIRTUAL PROGRAMS, CONSIDERING THEIR SUCCESS IS STILL UNPROVEN. BUT ELEVEN STATES HAVE PONIED UP PUBLIC SCHOOL DOLLARS, EAGER TO GIVE PARENTS MORE EDUCATION OPTIONS.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SUPPORTS THAT IDEA, ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHETHER IT'S A CHILD WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY, AN EXCEPTIONAL TALENT, OR AN UNUSUAL FAMILY SITUATION.

--sot--


Traditional schools do a great job of reaching students right in the middle, that's what they're designed for and virtual schools are doing a great job of reaching students at the other ends of the spectrum.
--TRACK--
SAWYER'S MOM SAYS SHE'S HAPPY WITH THE PROGRAM AND SHE HOPES TO ENROLL HER OLDER SON, MATTHEW, NEXT YEAR.
IN ATLANTA, I'M ERIC PHILIPS REPORTING for News 7 Mornin'.))

[Tape tosses to break] [COMM]

[11Church-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-44 TC1:25:16]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
[ENG#=3]

Members of a Covington church damaged by fire feel blessed most of the building was saved.
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[VO NAT :14]
[SUPER=03-Covington;]

Flames broke out in the sanctuary of the Mallow Presbyterian Church sometime early Monday morning. Workmen who arrived after daybreak smelled smoke and called 9-1-1. But by then, investigators say the emergency was over.
(///// SOT at :14 /////)
[SOT 10:37:20 - 10:37:35]

((CHARLES SIMPSON, JR./ALLEGHANY CO. SHERIFF: THE FIRE ACTUALLY BURNED ITSELF OUT DUE TO LACK OF OXYGEN. THAT WAS A BLESSING BUT THE HEAT WAS SO EXTENSIVE THAT IT DID A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THE CHURCH.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Simpson, Jr./Alleghany Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=alot of damage to the church.]
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[VO NAT :19] The damage was mostly confined to the sanctuary. If the ash that litters the rest of the building can be cleaned in time, Pastor Gary Marshall says Sunday services will be held at the opposite end of the building in the Fellowship Hall. The fire's been ruled accidental although the exact cause has not been named.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[11Fire-Training]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC1:51:04]



[ENG#=4]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanoke Valley fire recruits got practice putting out a real fire.
A church that planned to tear down the building- donated it for the training.
The fire-EMS students spent 14 weeks learning their trade.
They'll join their departments next month. (------------)