[11Holcomb]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC1:41:34]
[GRAPHIC=Roger Holcomb]
[ENG#=1]


A jury has recommended that former Giles County pastor Roger Holcomb spend 10 years in prison. Holcomb was convicted yesterday of molesting a child.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It took the jury]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Phillip Steele/Commonwealth's Attorney; :14]
[SUPER=01-Thomas DeBusk/Defense Attorney; :47]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=RAchel DePompa, News 7.]

((It took a jury 7 hours to convict 53 year old Roger Holcomb of molesting a child and only one hour to sentence him. The prosecutor's very pleased with the outcome.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT4:35:40:00]
[IN Q=They served]

((PHILLIP STEELE: THEY SERVED WELL, THEY WERE VERY ATTENTIVE. I'D JUST LIKE TO THANK THEM AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO COMMEND THE CHILDREN WHO TESTIFIED AND WENT THROUGH. IT WAS VERY HARD ON THEM AND HARD ON THEIR FAMILIES. )) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=their families]


Holcomb, a former pastor for Pembroke Church of God was accused of molesting three children at the church parsonage. But the jury only found him guilty of molesting one child convicting him of 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of indecent liberties with a minor. Jurors sentenced Holcomb to 10 and a half years in prison.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT4:37:16:00]
[IN Q=My client]

((TOM DEBUSK:MY CLIENT HAS SAID ALL ALONG THAT HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG TO THIS CHILD. PERHAPS THERE WERE THINGS THAT WERE MISUNDERSTOOD, BUT HE FEELS VERY STRONGLY THAT HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HARM HER. )) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=to harm her.]


The mother of the child Holcomb molested says she's thankful for the 10 and a half year sentence, but her daughter will be scarred for life.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The judge has]

((RACHEL DEPOMPA:The judge has ordered a presentence investigation which could take up to four months. Holcomb's attorney says an appeal is also still possible. Rachel DePompa, News 7.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=Rachel DePompa,. News 7.]))



[11Bank-Robber]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-03 TC28:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Radford Police are investigating a bank robbery.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


This is a composite sketch of the man Radford Police believe robbed the Wachovia Bank on Main Street.
[SUPER=03-Radford]


Investigators say he entered the bank around 9:20 yesterday morning and handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and demanded money.
The man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
(------------)



[North-Korea]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]


The government of China announced today that North Korea has agreed to abolish its nuclear weapons program.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]


China's government news agency quotes a Russian negotiator as saying the North will retain a nuclear capability for peaceful purposes, but will renounce military nuclear weapons. A North Korean delegation has been holding talks this week in Beijing with China, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the U-S.
The goal was to get North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons program.
(------------)


[Haiti]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]


So far 80 people have died, as the situation in Haiti continues getting worse.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Port-au-Prince, Haiti;]


Foreigners are trying to get out of the country as looting spreads.
Rebels have said they'll hold off their assault on Port-au-Prince to look at the peace deals, but they demand that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide step down.
The United Nations will hold an emergency meeting today concerning the crisis.
President Bush has indicated an international force may be needed to provide security.
(------------)


[Bush-Economy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bush]
[ENG#=1]


President Bush and key Republican leaders say Americans near retirement age shouldn't worry about Social Security cuts.
That after Fed chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress yesterday the way to reduce the deficit is to trim Social Security benefits.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Meanwhile, the President hits the road today to talk about his record on the economy.
He'll deliver an upbeat message about economic growth in Kentucky and North Carolina.
Bush's Democratic rivals are expected to take on the President's recrod during a debate tonight in California ahead of the state's Super Tuesday primary.
(------------)


[11Passion-Reaction]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-50 TC 2:04:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Some have prasied it, others have condemned it.
Moviegoers now have the chance to make up their own mind as The Passion of the Christ finally opens in theaters.
Justin McLeod has local reaction.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Natalie Schuessler/Liberty University Student; :30]
[SUPER=01-Dena Lowe/Franklin Co. Resident; :45]
[SUPER=01-Becky Childress/Buchanan Resident; :54]
[SUPER=01-Meredith Bone/Liberty University Student; 1:21]
[SUPER=@justin2; 1:29]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=JM, NEws 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND OF BUYING A TICKET))
They walked in excited.
They walked out two hours later in silence.
[SOT 21:13; 25:40]
[IN Q=Um, I'm speechless]

((ANDREW NOVELL: UM, I'M SPEECHLESS.)) ((DENA LOWE: IT WAS AN AWESOME MOVIE.)) [Runs03]
[OUT Q=AWESOME MOVIE]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE MOVIE))
It is a movie that focuses on the last twelve hours of Christ's life.
It is considered the most graphic depiction of the crucifixiction ever put on film.
[SOT 17:42]
[IN Q=It is definetely]

((NICK FLOYD: IT IS DEFINITELY HARD TO WATCH.)) [Runs02]
[OUT Q=hard to watch]


Hard to watch but many Christians say it needs to be shown.
[SOT 21:45; 19:05]
[IN Q=Forget how graphic]

((ANDREW NOVELL: FORGET HOW GRAPHIC IT IS, THAT IS THE TRUTH.)) ((NATALIE SHCUESSLER/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY STUDENT: YOU GUYS LIKE MEDIA AND EVERYONE IS SAYING IT'S SO GRAPHIC BUT IN OUR MINDS WE CAN'T THINK OF SOMETHING LIKE THAT CAUSE WE'RE STUPID HUMAN BEINGS BUT IT'S REAL.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=BUT IT'S REAL]


It so real in fact that many including director Mel Gibson have said no children should see this movie.
[SOT 25:49]
[IN Q=Children fifteen and]

((DENA LOWE: CHILDREN FIFTEEN AND UNDER 12 AND UNDER THEY WOULDN'T WANT TO.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=WOULDN'T WANT TO]


But some are bringing their kids anyway.
[SOT 23:34]
[IN Q=I pray that all]

((BECKY CHILDRESS/BUCHANAN RESIDENT: I PRAY THAT ALL TEENAGERS CAN SEE IT. IF THEY CAN SIT THROUGH SOME OF THE GORE THAT THEY SEE IN SCI FI MOVIES AND THE THINGS THEY SHOW IN EVERYDAY THEN THEY CAN SIT THROUGH THIS.)) [Runs12]
[OUT Q=SIT THROUGH THIS]


Many did sit through it on opening day.
Demand was so high here at the Valley View Grande in Roanoke, the theater added a second show in the early evening.


Many came with their church group and left with a better understanding of their faith.
[SOT 16:11]
[IN Q=I'm a christian]

((MEREDITH BONE/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY STUDENT: THE BIBLE SAYS BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED AND I'M A CHRISTIAN AND I'VE BEEN SAVED FOR ELEVEN YEARS AND IT'S JUST NEVER BEEN REAL TO ME.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=BEEN REAL TO ME]


Before you go to see this film, you may want to call ahead.
There are a lot of specific shows that are sold out because of advance tickets sales by church groups.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))


[11Concept-One]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC13:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


Radford's loss may be Pulaski's gain.
Pulaski County is now interested in bringing a school for troubled teens to the county, a move that could create more than 70 new jobs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/January]


This week Radford City Council turned down a request by Concept One that would have turned the empty New River Industries plant into a school.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


An N-R-I spokesperson tells News 7 that Concept One met with Pulaski County officials on Tuesday about several possible locations.
He says Concept One is still very interested in coming to the New River Valley.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, It was a winning day on Wall Street.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((STOCKS SNAPPED A FIVE DAY LOSING STREAK THANKS IN PART TO UPBEAT WORDS > FROM FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN ON THE ECONOMY. > > THE DOW ROSE 35 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ ADDED 17 AND A HALF. > > FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN PUSHED SOME HOT TOPIC POLITICAL > BUTTONS ON TODAY ON CAPITOL HILL. > > GREENSPAN URGEDCONGRESS TO REDUCE THE NEARLY 400 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET > DEFICIT BY CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR FUTURE RETIREES.. > GREENSPAN SAYS HE FAVORS CUTTING RETIREMENT BENEFITS RATHER THAN > RAISINGTAXES. > > GREENSPAN SAYS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS PAID TO CURRENT RETIREES SHOULD > NOT BE TOUCHED... > BUT LAWMAKERS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO TOUCH THE POLITICALLY EXPLOSIVE ISSUE IN > AN ELECTION YEAR. > > AMONG THE STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TIFFANY'S THE UPSCALE JEWELER REPORTED > A 24 PERCENT JUMP IN EARNINGS LAST QUARTER.. > > AND WEIGHT WATCHERS BENEFITED ONCE AGAIN FROM THE NATIONAL OBSESSION WITH > WEIGHT LOSS... REPORTING NET INCOME ROSE 34 PERCENT. > > BUT HR BLOCK WAS POUNDED AFTER EARNINGS AT THE TAX PREPARER FELL 19 > PERCENT. THE COMPANY SAYS THE TAX SEASON GOT OFF TO A SLOW START. > > TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.)) >



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[Clear-Channel]


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


The man who calls himself the King of all Media is off the airwaves, at least for now.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Clear Channel Radio has suspended shock jock Howard Stern's program indefinitely for breaking new decency rules.
Clear Channel is the nation's largest radio chain. The company's president says Stern's show is vulgar, insulting and offensive.
Pressure has been mounting on the broadcast industry to clean up its act, even before the Janet Jackson breast- baring incident during the Super Bowl half-time show.
(------------)


[Columbine-Tape]


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


Thousands of pieces of evidence from the Columbine High School massacre will be released to the public today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/April 20, 1999;]


Nearly five years after teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher, Colorado's attorney general is releasing a new report on what led to the nation's deadliest school shooting.
At the heart of the investigation is how much authoritise knew about Harris and Klebold before the attack.
Some parents have charged that officials and other parents should have realized that the pair was dangerous.
(------------)


[11Lake-Car]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC1:17:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


Authorities are investigating the death of an Amherst County woman who was found in her car submerged in water.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


47-year-old Caroline Farmer's husband had reported her missing Tuesday night.
She reportedly had driven up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to read.. and that's where he spotted her car in about ten feet of water in Otter Creek Lake.
It took dive crews about four hours to recover the car and her body.
[SOT 3:41:36]
[IN Q=We had divers]

((PETER GIVENS/PARK RANGER: WE HAD DIVERS I THINK FROM TWO DIFFERENT RESCUE SQUADS HERE. WATER WAS COLD, THEY WERE NOT REAL EXPERIENCED AT THIS IN THIS COLD WEATHER AND IT JUST A MATTER OF GETTING DOWN UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE, GETTING THE CABLES SECURELY ATTACHED AND PRETTY STEEP BANK PULLING IT UP.))
[SUPER=01-Peter Givens/Park Ranger]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=pulling it up.]
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]


Authorities say there are "no" signs of foul play.
An autopsy will be performed.
(---------------)



[11Gay-Marriage]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-04 TC 33:49]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]

A division of church and state -is dividing neighbors.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The battle lines continue to be drawn over gay marriage. President Bush is calling for a constitutional amendment to ban the same sex unions.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Across the Roanoke Valley there's mixed emotions from church leaders. Some say it's a form of discrimination, while other feel it's necessary to protect the American way of life.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT@20:54:57:26]
[IN Q=Let's get...]

((MARY BOENKE, PFLAG ACTIVIST: LET'S GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE BEDROOM AND OUT OF THE MARRIAGE BUSINESS AND LET THEM MARRY WHO THEY WILL. JOHN BOENKE, PFLAG ACTIVIST: IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO BEING FAIR- WE SHOULD BE FAIR TO ALL CITIZENS.))

((REV. JOHNNY STONE/HILL STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE BASIS OF MORALITY, ETHICS, VALUES- THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THE BASIS OF MARRIAGE IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON. IT WILL DESTROY THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Boenke/PFLAG Activist]
[SUPER=01-John Boenke/PFLAG Activist]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Johnny Stone/Hill Street Baptist Church]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=..will destroy that.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Polls show most Americans oppose legalizing gay marriage but are evenly divided over whether a ban should be written into the Constitution.
(------------)



(Kimberly tosses to bump)
[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]


[11Coffee-Sign]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC1:21:16]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG=2]

Fundraising for the renovation and relocation of a Roanoke landmark is well under way less than a day after it started.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :28]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Downtown Roanoke Incorporated yesterday announced the public phase of its campaign to raise 170-thousand dollars to move and restore the H&C Coffee sign. Already, four organizations have pledged more than 32-thousand dollars with the city of Roanoke anteing up the biggest chunk. Quality Coffee Company, The Arts Commission and Suntrust Bank also donated funds. One Roanoke arts advocate has a personal interest in sprucing up the sign: her grandfather founded the H&C Coffee company.
(///// SOT at :13 /////)
[SOT 8:27:59 - 8:28:17]
[IN Q=I have with my own children...]

((SUSAN JENNINGS/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: I HAVE WITH MY OWN CHILDREN BEEN ABLE TO SAY, "LOOK, THIS IS A PIECE OF YOUR HISTORY." IT'S BEEN REAL SAD FOR US THAT IT HASN'T BEEN FUNCTIONING. YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE DAY BUT YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT IT USED TO BE LIKE AT NIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Jennings/Arts Council of the Blue Ridge;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=went with the pouring neon instead.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT :10]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 1991;]

The percolating pot will be moved from the roof of Billy's Ritz to the Shenandoah Hotel to keep it from being blocked by the soon-to-be-built new Art museum and IMAX theater.
(------------)
(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]
[comm]

[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In business news, Stocks closed higher yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]

((STOCKS ENDED WEDNESDAY IN THE PLUS COLUMN AFTER FIVE STRAIGHT SESSIONS IN THE RED.


THE DOW ENDED THE DAY UP 35 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ GAINED 17.


TWO NEW REPORTS, ISSUED WEDNESDAY, OFFERED A MIXED REVIEW FOR THE HOUSING AND MORTGAGE BUSINESSES.
AN INDUSTRY REPORTS SAYS SALES OF EXISTING HOMES DROPPED BY FIVE-POINT-TWO PERCENT IN JANUARY.
SOME ANALYSTS SUGGEST WORSE-THAN-EXPECTED WINTER WEATHER IN THE NORTHEAST CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECREASE.


MEANWHILE, THE MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION SAYS DEMAND FOR HOME LOANS IS ON THE REBOUND.
THE M-B-A SAYS ITS INDEX MEASURING WEEKLY MORTGAGE ACTIVITY CLIMBED BY A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO-PERCENT FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 20TH.
THAT'S IMPROVES ON A SIX-AND-A-HALF PERCENT DECLINE EARLIER IN THE MONTH.
THE M-B-A SAYS DESPITE A SLIGHT BUMP UP IN INTEREST RATES LAST WEEK, ITS INDEX FOR HOME LOAN *RE*FINANCING ALSO INCREASED IN THE PERIOD.


TIFFANY AND COMPANY REPORTS NET INCOME OF 74-CENTS A SHARE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT'S UP FROM 60-CENTS A YEAR AGO, AND IT BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY FOUR-CENTS.
TIFFANY SAYS HOLIDAY SALES CONTRIBUTED TO THE NUMBERS. AS DID A STRONG DEMAND FOR DIAMONDS, WHICH DIDN'T REFLECT VALENTINES DAY SALES THAT OCCURRED AFTER THE BOOKS HAD CLOSED FOR THE QUARTER.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))


[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[2-Clear-Channel]


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


Howard Stern's controversial radio show is the first casualty of a new zero tolerancy policy on indecency.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Clear Channel Radio has suspended the shock jock's program indefinitely for breaking the new decency rules.
Clear Channel is the nation's largest radio chain. The company's president says Stern's show is vulgar, insulting and offensive.
Pressure has been mounting on the broadcast industry to clean up its act, even before the Janet Jackson breast- baring incident during the Super Bowl half-time show.
(------------)


[11VA-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Budget]


A House of Delegates committee has killed two Senate bills that would have raised 3-point-8 billion dollars by adding higher income tax brackets and boosting the sales, cigarette and fuel taxes.
The action came on a day when business interests warned a Senate panel that a House proposal to end their sales tax exemptions threatens thousands of jobs.
A C-S-X vice president said the loss of the sales tax exemptions could devastate rail hubs such as Richmond.
He said locomotives take on nearly five million gallons of fuel in the capital city each year -- but could just as easily get that fuel in neighboring states that still allow the tax exemptions.

(Kim tosses to bump)

[COMM][BUMP]