[Primaries]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[ENG#=1]


After the biggest round of primaries and caucuses to date, the frontrunner has gained more distance.
Two other candidates came up with wins, so the race for the Democratic nomination moves on to new battlegrounds.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Columbia, South Carolina.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Columbia, SC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Presidential Candidate; :18]
[SUPER=01-Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark/(D) Presidential Candidate; :31]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, News 7.]

((HE SAID HE WOULD DO IT.. AND HE DID. JOHN EDWARDS CLINCHED VICTORY IN HIS MUST WIN STATE - SOUTH CAROLINA. THE SENATOR WHO REPRESENTS THE STATE NEXT DOOR SAID HIS SUCCESS HERE PROVES LIFTING PEOPLE UP BEATS THE POLITICS OF TEARING PEOPLE DOWN.

EDWARDS SOT: 20:06:09 if the American people give me a shot at george w

bush next November I will give them back the white house
(Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), Presidential Candidate)


THE WIN GIVES EDWARDS THE FOOTING IN THE SOUTH TO STAGE A FUTURE FIGHT AGAINST JOHN KERRY.

CLARK SOT: 23:31:04 Oklahoma is ok by me
(Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark, Presidential Candidate)


WESLEY CLARK FOUGHT A CLOSE RACE WITH EDWARDS AND KERRY IN OKLAHOMA.. AFTER A WEEK OF HARD CAMPAIGNING THE FORMER GENERAL PULLED OUT HIS FIRST PRIMARY WIN THERE.

(NAT- KERRY EVENT)

THE BIGGEST NUMBERS OF THE NIGHT BELONGED TO JOHN KERRY. THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR WON FIVE STATES INCLUDING DELEGATE HEFTY MISSOURI.. ALONG WITH DELAWARE, NORTH DAKOTA, ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO. HE SAID HE WAS HUMBLED AND HONORED SO MANY AMERICANS HAVE JOINED HIS CAUSE.

KERRY SOT: 23:18:12 we will take nothing for granted.. and in November

we will beat george w. bush
(Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Presidential Candidate)


FAILING TO CAPTURE ANY STATE.. SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN ANNOUNCED HES ENDING HIS BID TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT.
STANDUP CLOSE: THOSE CANDIDATES STILL IN THE RACE.. LOOK TOWARDS SATURDAY CONTESTS IN MICHIGAN AND WASHINGTON STATE. JOHN KERRY AND HOWARD DEAN ARE COMPETING THERE... WHILE WESLEY CLARK AND JOHN EDWARDS ARE FOCUSING ON UPCOMING PRIMARIES IN THE SOUTH. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, COLUMBIA, SC.))

[11Primary-101]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The thinning field of Democratic candidates is turning its attention to Virginia's February 10th primary.
[SS=Joe Lieberman]


Joe Lieberman had scheduled an appearance at Roanoke College today, but that's been cancelled.
[SS=John Edwards]


John Edwards says he'll start buying television commercials and campaigning in the Commonwealth.
He's planning stops in Wytheville and Blacksburg.
[SS=Wes Clark]

And, Wesley Clark will be in Roanoke and Lynchburg on Friday.

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

In addition to showing how the candidates rank in Virginia, next Tuesday will also be an opportunity for communities like Roanoke County to show off their new touchscreen voting equipment.
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[SOT@1:56:30:27]
[IN Q=It all came..]

((DIANE HENSON/ROANOKE CO. REGISTRAR: IT ALL CAME ABOUT FROM THE 2000 ELECTION. YOU CAN'T UNDERVOTE UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO, CAN'T OVERVOTE, IT HAS TO HAVE A SUMMARY SCREEN, AND YOU HAVE SEVERAL CHANCES TO CHANGE YOUR MIND AT ANYTIME DURING THE VOTING.))
[SUPER=01-Diane Henson/Roanoke Co. Registrar]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=... during the voting.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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In local politics, Roanoke City Democrats will host their "Firehouse Primary" on Saturday from ten until four at the Roanoke Civic Center. That's where Democratic candidates for both city council and the mayor's race will be selected.

[Ricin]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Three Senate office buildings are closed again today and will stay closed for the rest of the week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Authorities are investigating the Ricin that was found in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office.
While it appears that no one was contaminated, the discovery is already slowing the work of lawmakers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We are in the process]

((TERRANCE GAINER/US CAPITOL POLICE CHIEF: WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING THROUGH THE CAPITOL COMPLEX IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS TO GET THEM UP AND RUNNING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Terrance Gainer/U. S. Capitol Police Chief;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=as quickly as possible.]
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[VO-NAT]

Investigators are also looking into similarities between two other Ricin incidents a few months ago.
A senior law enforcement official says there may be a link between a tainted letter addressed to the White House and a package intercepted in South Carolina.
Both of those contained the potentially deadly poison and a letter complaining about new trucking regulations.
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[11Roanoke-Shooting]


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A shooting in Roanoke injures one person.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Officers were called to an apartment in the 500 block of Mountain Avenue Southwest after 10 o-clock last night.
Police say one man was shot in the head and transported to the hospital. There's no word on his condition.
The suspect has been arrested and is charged with malicious wounding.
The identities of the both men have not been released.
Neighbors say they heard arguing before the shooting.
Police are still investigating what happened.
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[AM-County-Development]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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More development could soon be coming to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and suprisingly it has no major opposition.

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


Radford and Company wants to build up to 400 homes on 251 acres of land near Cotton Hill Road in southwest Roanoke County.
The company plans to leave 93 acres as open space and give a 63 acre cow pasture to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:30:26]
[IN Q=We're very concerned]

((FRANK RADFORD/DEVELOPER: WE'RE VERY CONCERNED THAT THE PARKWAY REMAIN A NATIONAL TREASURE AND THE VIEW SHEDS NOT TO BE DESTROYED SO THIS HOPEFULLY WILL BE A MODEL PROJECT FOR EVERYBODY DEVELOPING ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FOR THIS TIME ON.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Radford/Developer; :]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=this time on]
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[VO-NAT]


Even so, the county does have concerns over what impact the development will have on resources like rescue personnel and the schools.
Despite that, the Roanoke County Planning Commission voted to make a recommendation that the Board of Supervisors approve this plan.
The Board of Supervisors will take up the issue at its February 24th meeting.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]


The developer hopes to begin building by the end of the year and the entire project should take five years to complete.


[11Gym-Lights]


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Some neighbors of a Roanoke County gym want to be left in the dark.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The contractor who built Gold's Gym on Electric Road near Cave Spring mistakenly put up light poles that reached 33 and a half feet.
Prior regulations for that site restrict light poles to just 22 feet.
Although it admits it made a mistake, the contractor asked the planning commission last night to allow the light poles to remain.
One neighbor thinks the lights should go.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:15:10]
[IN Q=Right now our]

((RICHARD BALDWIN/GOLD'S GYM NEIGHBOR: RIGHT NOW OUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS LIT UP LIKE DAY TIME. YOU DRIVE UP THE STREET YOUR HIT RIGHT IN THE FACT WITH THE LIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Baldwin/Gold's Gym Neighbor]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=with the light]
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[VO-NAT]


The planning commission unanimously denied the contractor's request and will now make a recommendation to the board of supervisors that it do the same.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
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In business news, Cisco Systems reports a boost in profits.
And winter weather is its taking a toll on General Motors and Ford.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]


((> STOCKS STALLED ON WALL STREET as earnings season wound down and anxiety > about terrorism resurfaced after the discovery of a suspicious powder in a > Senate office. > > THE DOW ADDED 6 POINTS > > THE NASDAQ INCHED UP MORE THAN 3 > > CISCO SYSTEMS IS A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY.. THE NETWORKING GIANT REPORTED > PROFITS AND SALES THAT WERE BETTER THANE EXPECTED AS MORE CUSTOMERS SPENT > MONEY ON TECHNOLOGY. CISCO'S CEO ALSO TOLD INVESTORS THE GLOBAL ECONOMY > APPEARS TO BE IMPROVING. > > General Motors and Ford Motor posted surprisingly weak sales for January. > AN AGING CAR LINEUP AND THE COLD WEATHER KEPT BUYERS OUT OF DEALERSHIPS. > BUT Nissan scored a 26 percent jump in January sales, helped by its new > SUV and pickup. > > A FORMER TRADER AT CIBC HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FRAUD AND LARCENY. 46 YEAR > OLD PAUL FLYNN WAS CHARGED YESTERDAY BY BOTH U-S AND NEW YORK STATE > AUTHORITIES. FLYNN IS ACCUSED OFHELPING VARIOUS HEDGE FUNDS MAKE ILLEGAL > MUTUAL FUND TRADES. > > THE PENTAGON SAYS HALLIBURTON - THE COMPANY ALREADY UNDER CLOSE SCRUTINY > FOR ITS WORK IN IRAQ, HAS promised to pay $27million to the U.S. military > to cover potential overbilling for meals served to troops. LAST MONTH > HALLIBURTON SAID IT WOULD REIMBURSE THE ARMY $6.3 million after THE TEXAS > BASED COMPANY admitted its employees took kickbacks from a Kuwaiti > subcontractor. > > TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))

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[Jackson-Apology]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The last time we saw Janet Jackson she was making Super Bowl history in a way that no football teams ever could.
But today, she's speaking out, trying to explain what happened at the halftime show.
Chris Lawrence has the latest from Hollywood.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Hollywood, CA; :06]
[SUPER=01-Janet Jackson/Singer; :10]
[SUPER=01-Michael Powell/FCC Chairman; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:37]
[OUT Q=Lawrence, News 7.]

(( For the first time since her infamous performance with Justin Timberlake, Jackson is back in front of the cameras baring more of her feelings than her body.

(Janet Jackson/Singer)I am really sorry if I offended anyone. That

was truly not my intention.
Intended or not some viewers found it offensive so much so that one flew this banner over Hollywood, blaming the shows producers and performers.

(nats rehearsals)


But MTV and CBS officials say they attended all the rehearsals and never saw Jackson include anything like what happened in the actual show.

(Janet)

My decision to change the Super Bowl performance was actually made after the final rehearsal. MTV, CBS and the NFL had no knowledge of this whatsoever and unfortunately the whole thing went wrong in the end.
Jacksons spokesman says Timberlake was supposed to rip the top off her leather suit, but the red bra underneath should have remained intact. But just saying sorry may not make it right with the FCC, which could fine CBS and its affiliates millions of dollars.

(Michael Powell/FCC Chairman)

I think that our investigation has to determine whether it legally violates the definition of indecency or obscenity.
Which means an even closer eye on Sundays Grammy Awards already setting up in Los Angeles.

(Chris Lawrence/CBS News)

CBS plans to slap an extra time-delay on the broadcast which allows censors to bleep out not only offensive words but entire video images.
So far both Jackson and Timberlake are still scheduled to appear at the Grammys but are unlikely to come anywhere near one another.

(nats song)


Chris Lawrence, CBS News, Hollywood.

)) [War]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Today the President is expected to formally announced a probe into faulty intelligence that led to the war in Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Bush said earlier in the week that he would appoint a bi- partisan independent commission to investigate U-S intelligence failures.
He plans to sign an executive order establishing a nine- member panel, whose findings aren't due until after the November election.
The President's announcement follows former chief weapons inspector David Kay's discovery that Iraq did NOT have weapons of mass destruction.
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[6-Methadone-clinics]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[TAPE#=03-49 TC1:38:14]
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They move in under the "cloak of darkness" and are a danger to schoolchildren. That's what Southwest Virginia legislators are saying about the proliferation of methadone clinics. Now, the General Assembly is looking at ways to kick that habit.
Meghan Muldoon has more.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=SENATOR BRANDON BELL SAYS HE HAD NO IDEA]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :04]
[SUPER=@Bell; :14]
[SUPER=01-Del. Clarke Hogan/(R) South Boston; :51]
[SUPER=@Meghan2; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=MM, NEWS 7, RICHMOND]

(( Senator Brandon Bell says he had no idea what methadone was until a clinic tried to move into Roanoke County across the street from a school.
He has a warning for lawmakers who think the same can't happen in their area.
[SOT :41:54]

((SENATOR BRANDON BELL/R-ROANOKE: I WOULD CONTEND TO ALL OF YOU THAT YOU VERY WELL IN YOUR DISTRICT COULD HAVE INTEREST AMONG A METHADONE CLINIC TODAY PURSUING ZONING WHAT WE SAW IN ROANOKE VALLEY ZONING SHOPPING, FINDING LOOPHOLES WHERE THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO PUT A CLINIC IN AND THE LOCALITY WOULDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE.)) [RUNS:16]
Bell has introduced legislation to require that localities be notified when a methadone clinic applies for a state license.
His bill also keeps the substance abuse treatment centers at least a half of a mile from schools and daycare centers.
His measure easily passed the Senate but may face more opposition in the House, where some members are not convinced the regulations are needed.
[SOT12:18:48]

((DELEGATE CLARKE HOGAN/R-SOUTH BOSTON: I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY BODY OF INFORMATION THAT SAYS PEOPLE THAT GO TO METHADONE CLINIC ARE DANGEROUS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.)) [RUNS:06]
Roanoke lawmakers Senator John Edwards and Delegate Onzlee Ware are also pushing legislation requiring that localities be given advance warning.
but their bill does not don't go as far as to limit the location of a center.
Even their watered down version has raised some concerns.
[SOT :19:05]

((DELEGATE CLARKE HOGAN/R-SOUTH BOSTON: WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SET UP IS A TOWN HALL MEETING WHERE PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING, HOLLERING AND FUSSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY OKAY WE CAN'T PUT THIS THERE AND THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PUT THIS METHADONE CLINIC THERE LOSE THEIR ABILITY TO DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR OWN PROPERTY.)) [RUNS:12]
Still, Edwards and Ware's bill passed the House and the Senate with minimal opposition.
Even though none of the measures would stop the proposed clinic on Hershberger Road, it is a warning to methadone clinics planned for the future, that the state may just say "no".
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.)) [Tape tosses to bump] [BUMP] [COMM]

[6-Genetic-Counseling]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[TAPE#=03-50 TC1:37:55]
[SS=Medical News]
[ENG#=1]


In medical news, carilion is now offering genetic counseling to women concerned abou their risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
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[VO-NAT:12]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Pat White wanted to know for sure if her family history of the disease put her at increased risk.
Her sister recently tested positive for the mutated gene that increases the risk for these types of cancer.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT1:11:48]
[IN Q=It was concerning and then having]

((PAT WHITE; IT WAS CONCERNING AND THEN HAVING CHILDREN I WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT COULD BE PASSED ON))
[SUPER=07-Pat White]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=that could be passed]
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[VO-NAT :7]


Carilion Nurse Catherine Hagan helped her through the process which includes several counseling sessions and a blood test.
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[SOT1:03:27]
[IN Q=Most people over estimate their risk]

((CATHERINE HAGAN/CARILION BREAST CARE CENTER; MOST PEOPLE OVER ESTIMATE THEIR RISK FOR BREAST CANCER REALLY IT'S ONLY ABOUT 7 TO 10 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION WHO IS AT RISK FOR HAVING A GENETIC MUTATION FOR BREAST-OVARIAN CANCER))
[SUPER=01-Catherine Hagan/Carilion Breast Care Center]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=for breast and ovarian cancer]
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[VO-NAT :9]

It turned out White didn't not have the mutated gene. For those who *do*, the risk of getting breast cancer can be as much as 87-percent.
(+++++++++)

[WIPE TO FS BOARD]
For more information on genetic counseling you can contact the Carilion Breast Care Center at 540-224-6939. The testing is expensive but more insurance companies are now starting to cover it.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP]

[COMM][Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]

Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
In business news, Cisco Systems released its earnings report after the closing bell. The company posted earnings of 18 cents per share. That's up from 15 cents per share a year earlier. In other news, stocks gained little ground yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:07]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]



((STOCKS ENDED THE DAY ON TUESDAY NEARLY UN-CHANGED.


THE DOW GAINED SIX-POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS UP THREE.


SALES AT U-S CHAIN STORES DECLINED BY ONE-POINT-THREE PERCENT LAST WEEK.
THAT FOLLOWS A RATHER SLIM *INCREASE* OF ONE-POINT-ONE PERCENT A WEEK EARLIER.
FRIGID WINTER WEATHER CONTRIBUTED TO THE DROP, ACCORDING TO AN INDUSTRY REPORT, THAT EXPECTS SAME STORE SALES TO BE *UP* BY AS MUCH AS FOUR-AND-A-HALF PERCENT FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY.


EARNINGS BY TYCO INTERNATIONAL TOPPED ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY TWO-CENTS A SHARE IN ITS FISCAL FIRST QUARTER.
THE CONGLOMERATE POSTED NET INCOME OF 34-CENTS PER DILUTED SHARE FOR THE PERIOD.
THAT'S UP FROM 28-CENTS A YEAR EARLIER.
TYCO, TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE ALLEGED THEFT OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY FORMER EXECUTIVES, SAYS IT'S IN TALKS TO SELL 20 OF ITS SMALLER BUSINESSES.




THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS SPRINT IT WILL OUT-SOURCE EIGHT-PERCENT OF THE CUSTOMER CARE JOBS IN ITS WIRELESS UNIT TO I-B-M.
IT'S PART OF A MULTI-YEAR DEAL IN WHICH THE JOURNAL SAYS SPRINT AND I-B-M WILL ALSO JOIN FORCES IN SOME OF THEIR SALES AND MARKETING.
THE PACT IS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED OFFICIALLY ON WEDNESDAY.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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[WINNER ANNOUNCE!!!]



[2-1181-rail]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A measure designed to get trucks off Interstate 81 is on track.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Roanoke Senator John Edwards' bill creating a statewide rail authority was approved in committee yesterday.
[SUPER=@file;]


Edwards says that improving the rail infrastructure along 81 would divert 500-thousand trucks a year from the interstate.
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[SOT 07:26:41]
[IN Q=IF WE CAN DIVERT THAT TRUCK]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: IF WE CAN DIVERT THAT TRUCK TRAFFIC TO TRAINS WE CAN SOLVE A LOT OF THE PROBLEM OF 81.))
[SUPER=@Edwards]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=SOLVE A LOT OF THE PROBLEM OF 81.]
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[VO-NAT]


Edwards says the rail improvements along I-81 would cost over 500 million dollars.
It would be paid for by a surcharge on freight and passenger train traffic.
He says 39 localities from Bristol to Winchester have already endorsed a rail component to I-81.
The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote. (------------)