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[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
The city of Roanoke wants to install traffic cameras to catch those who run red lights.
Some say it could save lives, others say it could cost you your privacy.
But, the program is making a difference in one community.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Monica Hairston/Roanoke Resident; :27]
[SUPER=01-Dave Stuebner/Opposes Red Light Cameras; 1:14]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY))
If you drive around the city of Roanoke, you'll probably run into scenes like this, motorists running red lights.
Angelo Gonzalez sees it all the time.
[IN Q=It's getting ridiculous]
((ANGELO GONZALEZ: IT'S GETTING RIDICULOUS. THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=something about it]
He may soon get his wish.
The city of Roanoke has asked the General Assembly for permission to install photo red cameras at intersections.
They would be used to snap pictures of any vehicle that runs a red light.
[IN Q=I'm all for it]
((MONICA HAIRSTON/MOTORIST: I'M ALL FOR IT BECAUSE THERE, ME PERSONALLY THERE IS A LOT OF SERIOUS ACCIDENTS HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE PEOPLE OF RUN THE LIGHTS.))
[OUT Q=run the lights]
The cameras typically work like this.
It takes three pictures, one of the car's license plate, another of the car going through the intersection, and a third of the red light.
The car owner's then receives a ticket in the mail.
[IN Q=If you were to get]
((ERSKINE JONES/MOTORIST: IF YOU WERE TO GET ONE THESE MAIL, WOULD YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT RUNNING THAT RED LIGHT? OH DEFINETELY, NO DOUBT. I DEFINETELY WOULD.))
[OUT Q=I definetely would]
That is exactly what localities that use this technology want to hear.
Take Wilmington North Carolina.
Since the red light program began 4 years ago, the number of daily citations has dropped by nearly 50-percent.
The number of angle crashes at intersections is also down by 23-percent.
It is proof the cameras are effective but some wonder if this is an invasion of privacy.
[IN Q=I think it is too]
((DAVE STEUBNER/OPPOSES RED LIGHT CAMERAS: I THINK IT IS TOO MUCH LIKE BIG BROTHER. THE IDEA OF NOT HAVING A COP WRITE IT AND USE JUDGEMENT DOESNT SEEM RIGHT TO ME.))
[IN Q=Critics also point]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CRITICS ALSO POINT OUT THE CAMERAS ARE A MONEY MAKER. WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA FOR EXAMPLE MAKES MORE THAN 180-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR THROUGH RED LIGHT CITATIONS. BUT CITY LEADERS POINT OUT THAT MONEY IS THEN USED TO MAKE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON THE ROADWAYS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
A bill that would allow cameras in Roanoke has passed in the state Senate. It now goes to the House and if passes would then go to Roanoke City council but not before a public hearing.
A Star Virginia Tech football player is being investigated by the Blacksburg Police, though he has not been charged with any crime.
Police searched the apartment of 19 year old quarterback Marcus Vick yesterday.
According to a search warrant the investigation has to do with allegations Vick contributed to the delinquency of a minor.
According to the search warrant, 3-underage females told police they were in Vick's apartment drinking.
Two of the girls told police a 15 year had sexual intercourse with Vick.
Police searched his Blacksburg apartment early yesterday morning looking for a Bicardi rum bottle, a digital camera, condoms, and sheets and bed clothes.
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[IN Q=This is an ]
((SHOWALTER:THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND OUT OF RESPECT TO THE ALLEGED COMPLAINANTS AND THE ALLEGED SUSPECT THIS OFFICE NOT GOING TO MAKE A COMMENT, NO FORMAL CHARGES FILED AND AGAIN THIS IS A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION.))
[SUPER=01-Joey Showalter/Montgomery Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=preliminary investigation.]
[TAKE VO OF MARCUS VICK :]
Vick played in 11 games this past season.
Of course, he is also the younger brother of Michael Vick.
We attempted to reach Marcus Vick yesterday afternoon but were not successful.
In a statement, Virginia Tech says "this is a matter for the police and the courts.
The university defers to the Blacksburg Police Department to state the facts of the case."
It goes on to say no immediate action is planned, but the university could enact athletic or student sanctions depending on the results of the police investigation.
The man who received Lynchburg's first death penalty in forty years had his sentence upheld by a circuit judge yesterday.
A jury convicted 23-year-old Leon Jermain Winston of the double murder of
Anthony and Rhonda Robinson and said he should die for his crimes.
Friends and family of the Robinsons are grateful that sentence will stand, and they're not worried about the appeals process.
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[IN Q=Right now I'm]
((ANN LEWIS/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER: RIGHT NOW I'M REALLY NOT AS FOCUSED ON THAT BECAUSE I THINK I KNOW THAT IT'S DONE, BASICALLY, AND WITH HIM GOING INTO MAXIMUM SECURITY IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR US, IT MAKES IT EASIER AND IT'S VERY COMFORTING KNOWING THAT HE WON'T BE ABLE TO HURT ANYONE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Lewis/Murder Victim's Sister]
[OUT Q=hurt anyone else.]
Winston's accomplice, 24-year-old Kevin Eugene Brown, was convicted of second degree murder last fall.
269- delegates are up for grabs on Tuesday, leaving the Democratic Presidential candidates with just a few more days to swing voters their way.
Last night, the candidates debated in the Heart of Dixie, attacking President Bush and each other.
Howard Dean aimed at frontrunner, John Kerry, challenging his effectiveness in the Senate.
He says Senator Kerry sponsored 11 health care bills- none of which got passed.
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[IN Q=If you want a President]
((HOWARD DEAN/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: IF YOU WANT A PRESIDENT WHOS GOING TO GET RESULTS I
SUGGEST YOU LOOK AT SOMEBODY WHO DID GET RESULTS IN MY STATE. THATS HOW
WERE GOING TO FIX MEDICARE.))
((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:WELL ONE OF THE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW AS PRESIDENT
IS HOW THINGS WORK IN CONGRESS IF YOU WANT TO GET THINGS DONE. ))
[SUPER=01-Howard Dean/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate; :11]
[OUT Q=get things done.]
Meanwhile, South Carolina's native son, John Edwards says HE'S the man who can beat President Bush in the South.
As the Democratic Presidential hopefuls debate one another, President Bush says he's looking forward to debating his decision to go to war against Iraq.
Today Bush will meet at the White House with the new
secretary general of NATO, Jaap De Hoop Scheffer (Yahp Dee Hohp Skehf- ur).
The two are expected to talk about a larger NATO role in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Scheffer (Skehf- ur), who said the U-S and its European allies must mend fences over the Iraq issue, because Washington can't go it alone in international security.
A military spokesman says he's ``sure'' U-S troops will capture Osama bin Laden sometime this year.
He says the U-S has a "variety of intelligence" that indicates that's the case.
However, it won't be with Pakistan's help.
That country is refusing to allow American forces to cross its border to look for the fugitive al- Qaida leader.
In business news, Pixar says goodbye to Walt Disney.
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.]
A MAJOR BLOW TO WALT DISNEY - THE ANIMATED FILM STUDIO PIXAR IS SAYING
> GOODBYE TO THE MEDIA GIANT..AND ENDING TALKS WITH WALT DISNEY ABOUT
> EXTENDING THEIR CURRENT FIVE PICTURE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT.
> IN A STATEMENT,
> PIXAR'S CEO STEVE JOBS SAID "After 10 months of trying to strike a deal
> with Disney, we're moving on,"
> ANALYSTS SAY PIXAR HAS BEEN A HUGE CONTRIBUTOR TO DISNEY'S SUCCESS...
> TOGETHER DISNEY AND PIXAR PRODUCED SUCH ANIMATED HITS AS TOY STORY,
> MONSTERS INC AND FINDING NEMO. PIXAR SAYS IT WILL FULFILL ITS OBLIGATION
> TO DISNEY THROUGH 2005, WHICH INCLUDES THE FILMS THE INCREDIBLE AND
> CARS...AFTER THAT, PIXAR PLANS TO LOOK FOR A PARTNERSHIP WITH ANOTHER
> THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION MAY BAR MUTUAL FUND COMPANIES FROM
> PAYING HIGHER COMMISSIONS TO BROKERS FOR PROMOTING THE COMPANIES' FUNDS.
> The proposal to end the payments follows an SEC review that found
> securities firms appeared to favor funds that shared revenue with their
> brokers. The incentives were often not disclosed to investors.
> ON WALL STREET... STOCKS PUT IN A MIXED PERFORMANCE...
> THE DOW MOVED UP NEARLY 42 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ FELL BACK 9 POINTS
> PUT NORTEL NETWORKS ON YOUR STOCKS TO WATCH LIST.. THE TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT
> MAKER POSTED ITS FIRST ANNUAL PROFIT SINCE 1997.
> FIND OUT MORE OR TRACK YOUR STOCKS AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS
(tape tosses to stocks)
Israeli troops have rolled into Bethlehem looking for suspects in yesterday's suicide bombing.
Israel says the failure of the U-N Security Council to condemn the bombing is ``outrageous.''
10 people died and several others were injured when a bomber blew himself up on a bus in Jeusalem.
The bomber was a Palestinian policeman from a refugee camp near Bethlehem.
Residents report Israeli forces told Paletinian security officer to leave, then moved in.
Israeli officials are only saying that an operation is under way.
Clergy (Clur-gee) may soon be required to report suspected instances of child abuse and will face fines if they don't.
The state Senate passed the measure yesterday on a close 22-to-17 vote.
Teachers, health care workers and police officers are already required to report suspected abuse.
Senator Janet Howell's bill adds ministers, priests and rabbis to the list.
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[IN Q=WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS]
((SENATOR JOHN WATKINS/R-MIDLOTHIAN: WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF CROSSING THAT LINE BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE. WE SHOULD NOT MANDATE THIS.
SENATOR RUSSELL POTTS/R-WINCHESTER: SOME OF THESE MINISTERS AND PRIESTS DID NOT HAVE THE COURAGE NOR THE INTEGRITY TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT ABUSES WE KNOW HAPPENED.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Watkins/(R) Midlothian; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Russell Potts/(R) Winchester; :09]
[OUT Q=SPEAK OUT ABOUT ABUSES WE KNOW HAPPENED.]
Failure to report abuse would result in a 500-dollar fine.
37 states already have a similar law in place.
The bill now heads to the House.
Some quick work by Campbell County sheriff's deputies and a local store owner helped nab an armed robbery suspect.
Around 1:30 yesterday, a man walked into the Mid-Atlantic Mobile Home Supply company and demanded money from the register.
As the suspect ran out with a handful of cash, the owner tripped a panic alarm and her husband ran after the robber.
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[IN Q=He took off]
((PHYLLIS SUTLER/ROBBERY VICTIM: HE TOOK OFF AFTER HIM AND TACKLED HIM RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF 29, AND THEY ROLLED AROUND A LITTLE BIT. THE GUY GOT UP AND RAN AGAIN, THEY GOT HIM AGAIN, AND HE TRIED TO HIDE ACROSS THE STREET.))
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Sutler/Robbery Victim]
[OUT Q=across the street.]
It only took about a minute for deputies to arrive and arrest 25-year-old Terrence A. Marshall.
He's charged with armed robbery although no weapon was recovered.
Marshall's being held without bond.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Political pundits will be keeping a close eye on Washington and Lee University into the weekend.
[VO-NAT - :23]
Yesterday, the school set up for its quadrennial Mock Convention which starts later this morning. The event will try to predict who the Democrats will nominate for President later this year.
The event is totally student run. Students book nationally known speakers, like this year's keynote James Carville, and also research each state for political trends, trying to make sure they get the prediction right.
[SOT - 10:06:09]
[INQ=Unlike a number...]
((MICHAEL DENBOW/MOCK CONVENTION POLITICAL CHAIRMAN; UNLIKE A NUMBER OF POLITICAL PUNDITS WHO FOCUS ON IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON THEIR STATE FOR A WHOLE YEAR. THEY KNOW THE COMINGS AND GOINGS, THE RUMBLINGS, THEY KNOW HOW THEIR STATE IS GOING TO FALL.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Denbow/Mock Convention Political Chairman;]
[OUTQ=state is going to fall.]
[VO-NAT - :06+]
The Mock Convention boasts a very good success rate. They've only been wrong once since 1948.
In business news, A choppy day of trading led to a mixed close on Wall Street.
And Verizon has reported a drop in earnings.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS CLOSED MIXED ON THURSDAY
THE DOW GAINED ALMOST 42-POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN NINE.
ANOTHER WEEK OF LITTLE CHANGE ON THE JOBS FRONT.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS 342-THOUSAND AMERICANS FILED FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK.
THAT'S JUST SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THE REVISED TOTAL OF 343-THOUSAND FOR THE WEEK BEFORE.
EXXON-MOBILE POSTED OPERATING EARNINGS OF 68-CENTS A SHARE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT'S UP FROM 56-CENTS A YEAR AGO.
THE EARNINGS STATEMENT FOLLOWS BY JUST ONE DAY A SETBACK IN THE APPEALS SURROUNDING THE COURT CASE OF THE 19-89 EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL.
A FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT IN ALASKA HAS ORDERED THE COMAPANY TO PAY SIX-AND-A-HALF BILLION DOLLARS IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES AND INTEREST.
EXXONS SAYS IT PLANS A FURTHER APPEAL OF THE RULING.
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS POSTED LOWER EARNINGS, OWING LARGELY TO LAYOFF EXPENSES.
THE NATION'S LARGEST TELEPHONE COMPANY REPORTED A LOSS OF 53-CENTS A SHARE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER...THAT'S DOWN FROM A *PROFIT* OF 83-CENTS LAST YEAR.
VERIZON WOULD HAVE POSTED ON THE POSITIVE SIDE BUT IT HAD TO EAT THREE-BILLION DOLLARS IN COSTS WHEN IT CUT 21-THOUSAND JOBS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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It's official - Vinton has a new resident.
Colonial Downs will bring off track betting to this site at Vineyard and Niagara roads.
The company is leasing the land with the option to buy in 10-years.
In the meantime, once the site is "okayed," Colonial Downs hopes to begin building in March and open the facility by the end of the summer.
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[IN Q=This facility...]
((BILLY OBENCHAIN/VINTON TOWN COUNCIL: THIS FACILITY, BY ITSELF, WILL PAY MORE IN TAX REVENUE THAN ANY OTHER ONE BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY OR ANY OTHER INDUSTRY WE HAVE IN THE COMMUNITY. SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED WITH THE FUNDS FROM THIS AND THAT IT WILL ALLOW US TO DO EVEN MORE EXCITING THINGS FOR OUR CITIZENS.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Obenchain/Vinton Town Council]
[OUT Q=... for our citizens.]
The project was once considered controversial, but residents News 7 talked to were looking forward to the facility - saying they'd rather have this - than pay more taxes.
(Kim toss to Steve for Weekend Preview) [DOUBLE BOXES=Kim and Steve]