[VOB-Toms-Creek]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC22:08]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]


The town of Blacksburg is moving forward with a controversial plan to build a new sewer system.

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


In a standing room only crowd last night, more than fifty people showed up to speak for and against the project.
The town wants to extend sewer service to the Tom Creek Basin.
Town council decided to approve a bond issue to pay for an estimated a 11-million dollar conventional, gravity fed sewer.
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[SOT 16:52:18 TAPE 2]
[IN Q=tHIS SEWER SYSTEM]

((BILL McDONALD/SUPPORTS SEWER SYSTEM: THIS SEWER SYSTEM.....OUR QUALITY.)) ((LUCY GOLDBERG/OPPOSES SEWER PROJECT: CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT, ......INCREASE EROSION AND FLOODING.))
[SUPER=01-Bill McDonald/Supports Sewer System; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lucy Goldberg/Opposes Sewer Project; :12]
[Runs=24]
[OUT Q=INCREASE EROSION AND FLOODING]
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[VO-NAT]


After nearly three hours of debate, the town council voted as expected, 4 to 3 to approve the bond.
Opponents say they'll now take their fight to the ballot box.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]


Three council members are up for re-election in May, and several candidates plan to make the sewer project a central issue.
Work on the new sewer system is expected to begin this spring.


[11L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Dollars and deficits were the buzzwords in Lynchburg City Hall last night as city council got its first look at next year's budget. The 2005 budget has a 17-million dollar hole in it and to plug it, city council can either raise taxes or cut services...or possibly do both. Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If Lynchburg is]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kimball Payne/Lynchburg City Manager; :19]
[SUPER=@ssm2; :35]
[RUNS=:57]
[OUT Q=Steve Smallshaw, News 7, Lynchburg]

(( If Lynchburg is going to balance its 139 million dollar budget, city residents may have to start paying more to get less.
City manager Kimball Payne has recommended cutting 40 jobs, freezing or reducing millions in spending and significantly raising Lynchburg's real estate, personal property, meals and amusement taxes.
[SOT 14:06:55]

((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: WE'VE BEEN FORCED INTO A SITUATION I THINK WHERE YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THESE ISSUES, BOTH CUTTING SERVICES AND RAISING TAXES AND THERE'S NO WAY AROUND IT OTHER THAN TO HAVE AN OPEN AND HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT IT AND TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT.))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=figure it out.]


If raising taxes is too distasteful, Payne says hard cuts will have to be made.
Those could include closing one neighborhood fire station, shutting down the city's museum system, closing a downtown library and eliminating school resource officers.
One service did get a stay of execution. council voted to keep night-time buses running through the end of June.. to the relief of those who rely on it. Steve Smallshaw News 7 Lynchburg.))

[11Foster]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC1:38:08]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]


One Lynchburg group actually took itself out of the running for some city money last night.. and at the same time, temporarily solved a conflict of interest problem for one council member.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Joan Foster learned last week that federal guidelines would not allow her to serve on council and stay in her job at the non-profit Alliance for Families and Children.
Last night, the Alliance withdrew its request for 18-thousand-500 dollars in block grant money.
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[SOT 20:31:22]
[IN Q=The Alliance has]

((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN: THE ALLIANCE HAS DETERMINED THAT MRS. FOSTER'S IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN THE LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY IN HER ROLE AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER CURRENTLY OUTWEIGH ANY POTENTIALLY NEGATIVE IMPACT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Prest/Alliance for Families and Children]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=negative impact.]
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[VO-NAT]


City council voted to ask HUD for an exception to its ruling.
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[Malvo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Malvo]
[ENG#=4]


No surprises today in the sentencing for convicted sniper Lee Malvo.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The judge is required to follow a jury's recommendation to sentence the teenager to life in prison.
What isn't known yet is whether Malvo will speak out.
He has the option of making a statement in the courtroom.
Yesterday, the mastermind behind the D-C area shootings, John Muhammad was sentenced to death.
An execution date is set for October.
During his address to the judge, the 43- year- old offered no apology and denied his involvement.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Casulaties]
[ENG#=none]


Two Americans working for the U-S- led coalition and their Iraqi translator have been killed in Iraq.
A Polish military spokesman says they were fatally shot last night by men dressed as Iraqi policemen.
It happened at a makeshift checkpoint in south- central Iraq.
Polish troops have arrested five Iraqis, and found the victims' bodies in the car.
The military spokesman says the suspects will be taken to Baghdad for questioning.


[11Meth-Labs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC1:59:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Methamphetamine is quickly becoming the New River Valley's biggest drug problem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./August;]


Labs for making the highly addictive drug are popping up across the region.
Last year state police busted 34 labs in southwest Virginia and have already found 10 this year.
Not only are the chemical's used to make meth dangerous, they are highly explosive.
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[SOT:13:50:00 ]
[IN Q=If you think]

((SGT. MICHAEL CONROY/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS SUSPICIOUS REPORT IT. JUST LIKE WITH ANY TYPE OF DRUG USE. AND NO ONE CAN ESCAPE THE DANGER IF A METH LAB WAS TO BLOW UP, ESPECIALLY IF ITS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO YOU. ))

[SUPER=01-Sgt. Michael Conroy/Virginia State Police;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=door to you.]
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[VO-NAT]


State Police are also asking area merchants to keep an eye out for people buying large quantities of Iodine, cold medicine or matches.
They say if you notice this behavior, report it... you could be saving lives.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Proctor and Gamble made news after the closing bell. Alexis Christoforous has that story plus a look at yesterday's closing numbers in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]


((THE STOCK MARKET WILL TRY TO SNAP ITS RECENT LOSING STREAK. > > THE DOW FELL 72 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ SHED 13 TO SINK BELOW THE 2-THOUSAND LEVEL. > > FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY, THE NASDAQ HIT AN ALL TIME HIGH OF 5-THOUSAND 48. > > PROCTER AND GAMBLE TOOK CENTER STAGE AFTER THE CLOSING BELL. THE CONSUMER > PRODUCTS GIANT SAID PROFITS WILL BEAT ESTIMATES THIS QUARTER. P&G ALSO > RAISED ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY 4 CENTS TO 50 CENTS A SHARE AND DECLARED > A 2 FOR 1 STOCK SPLIT. > > CLOTHING RETAILER ANN TAYLOR POSTED PROFITS THAT MATCHED ESTIMATES THANKS > TO STRONG HOLIDAY SALES. > > AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON SHARES OF BAM! ENTERTAINMENT. THE STOCK RALLIED AFTER > THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BE THE EXCLUSIVE U-S DISTRIBUTOR > OFNINTENDO'S STARSKY AND HUTCH VIDEO GAME - OUT LATER THIS MONTH. > THE FILM REMAKE - OF THE 70'S HIT T-V SHOW OPENED IN THEATRES LAST > WEEKEND. > > 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]


[Campaign]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=1]


Fresh off four more primary wins, John Kerry is expected to meet today with one of his former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Sources say Kerry and Howard Dean will discuss campaign strategy, funds and a possible endorsement.
Meanwhile, a meeting with John edwards is planned for tomorrow.
While Kerry easily won yesterday's primaries in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, some political experts question whether he'll need to win the South in order to defeat President Bush in November.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=By appealing to the south]

((THOMAS MANN/BROOKINGS INSTITUTION:BY APPEALING TO THE SOUTH HE HAS A BETTER CHANCE AT ATTRACTING RURAL VOTERS IN OHIO AND MISSOURI WHERE THE REAL BATTLEGROUND IS. ))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Mann/Brookings Institution;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=battleground is.]
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[VO-NAT]


President Bush is heading to Ohio today to defend his economic record.
That state has lost more than a quarter of a million jobs since Bush took office.
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[11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=503-03 2;00:14]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]
[ENG#=2]


General Assembly budget negotiators broke off discussions last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Conferees were unable to make their deadline of midnight last night to finish work on a compromise budget -- a mark missed more often than not in recent years.
They remain sharply divided on increased taxes.
Roanoke Delegate William Fralin says the governor needs to get move involved and help bring the two sides together.

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[SOT 02:31:46 ]
[IN Q=I CALL ON THE GOVERNOR]

((DEL. WILLIAM FRALIN/R-ROANOKE: I CALL ON THE GOVERNOR NOW TO SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS FOR US TO LEAVE ON SATURDAY WITHOUT A BUDGET AND PUT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN TURMOIL. 02))
[SUPER=@Fralin; :00]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=fiscal house in turmoil.]
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Warner says he has been involved.
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[SOT 03:44:02]
[IN Q=IT WAS MY PLAN]

((GOV. MARK WARNER; IT WAS MY PLAN THAT STARTED THIS DEBATE IS THE RIGHT APPROACH I'VE URGED SENATE BOTH SIDES TO MOVE OFF THEIR POSITIONS SENATE COMING DOWN HOUSE COMING UP.:21 ))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=COMING DOWN AND HOUSE TO COME UP.]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner says there is still sufficient time to agree to a budget.
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[11Chatham-Leak]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-06 TC38:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


A gas leak at a Pittsylvania County plant is under investigation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham]

Just after six o-clock yesterday morning, Cook Composites and Polymers in Chatham experienced a shutdown and gas was released into the air. The company makes polyester resin which goes into bathtubs, vanities and boats. No one was injured, but four-area schools shut down after students and teachers complained of watery eyes and coughing. A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Quality says historically the plant has had some problems, but most were before the current owners came on board. But, just last week there was a small release and local emergency crews were called in.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[11School-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-07 TC31:50]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]



[ENG#=4]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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

Fire officials say a faulty heater started a fire inside a mobile classroom unit at Mount Pleasant Elementary early yesterday morning. A teacher's aid had just arrived for work when she spotted heavy smoke and flames. Firefighters were able to put the blaze out quickly, and there were NO students at the school at the time.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP] [COMM]

[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Stocks fell yesterday. Rachel Lee has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Lee/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=I'm Rachel Lee.]


((INVESTORS CONTINUED TO BAIL OUT OF TECHNOLOGY STOCKS ON TUESDAY.
AND BLUE CHIPS WEAKENED, AS WELL, LEAVING


THE DOW OFF BY 72 POINTS AT THE END OF THE DAY.
THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 13.


EXECUTIVES AT WALT DISNEY APPARENTLY VIEW AS INEVITABLE A NEW AND HIGHER TAKEOVER BID FROM COMCAST.
DISNEY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER BOB IGER SAID AS MUCH TUESDAY TO AN INVESTORS CONFERENCE.
HE TOLD THEM THAT, WHILE THE MARRIAGE OF HIS COMPANY'S CONTENT WITH COMCAST'S DISTRIBUTION *COULD* WORK, IT'S NOT NECESSARILY A "SLAM DUNK."
THE ENTERTAINMENT CONGLOMERATE HAS TWICE REJECTED BUYOUT OFFERS FROM THE CABLE OPERATOR.


EASTMAN KODAK HAS FILED SUIT AGAINST SONY, ALLEGING THAT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS COMPANY INFRINGED KODAK PATENTS FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY.
THE SUIT WAS FILED IN A NEW YORK FEDERAL COURT.
A KODAK SPOKESMAN SAYS THE ACTION FOLLOWS THE FAILURE OF TALKS WITH SONY ABOUT A LICENSING AGREEMENT.
SONY HAD JUST LEARNED OF THE SUIT AND HAD NO COMMENT.


MEANWHILE, TOYOTA HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL LICENSE SOME OF ITS HYBRID ENGINE TECHNOLOGY TO THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO USE IN FORD'S OWN HYBRID SYSTEM WHICH IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT.
THE JAPANESE AUTO GIANT IS A LEADER IN LOW-POLLUTION GASOLINE-ELECTRIC KNOW-HOW.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M RACHEL LEE.))






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


[Early-Years]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Early Years]
[ENG#=4]

Furniture polish, oven cleaner, spray paint and nail polish are the new drugs of choice for many of America's young people.
(+++++++++++)

[Take FS Early Years]
In today's Early Years segment, Julie Vallese takes a look at some of the hidden dangers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Donna Stem/Victim's Mother; :16]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Carrie Anderson/St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers; :41]
[SUPER=01-Julie Vallese/Reporting; :49]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=I'm Julie Vallese. (Quick Out!)]

(( JUST A HALF HOUR WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR 16 YEAR OLD RICKY STEM. HE DIED AT 130PM ON JUNE 20TH 1996 - HIS FATHER ARRIVED HOME AT 2. BUT IS MOTHER DONNA SAYS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT INHALANT ABUSE WOULD HAVE CHANGED ALL OF THEIR LIVES.

--SOT--


172609 Ricky didn't know he had invited a killer into our house and he didn't mean to harm himself. It was a kid trick and kids don't see the dangers.
--TRACK--
THE DANGER FOR RICKY WAS FREON. HE HAD BEEN WARNED ABOUT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL - BUT WHO KNEW HE NEEDED TO BE WARNED ABOUT HUFFING, SNIFFING, HIPPIE CRACK OR MEDUSA - AS IT'S KNOWN ON THE STREET.

--SOT--


163850 18 percent or one in five children by the age of eight grade abuse inhalants.
--TRACK--
WHICH CAN CAUSE PERMANENT KIDNEY, NERVE AND LIVER DAMAGE.
--STANDUP--
While it is a killer it's not illegal - a plastic bag, a rag and some common household products such as spray paint or nail polish remover are all it takes to get high.
--TRACK--
NOW,IN SIX STATES THIS SPRING AND NATIONWIDE IN THE FALL, SCHOOLS CAN PARTICIPATE IN A NEW PREVENTION PROGRAM. ITS DESIGNED BY TEENS TO WARN PARENTS ABOUT THE PRODUCTS, THE PROBLEMS AND THE SIGNS OF INHALANT ABUSE.

--SOT--


164135 signs like stains of their teeth, their mouth their face stains on their fingernail beds of paint or oil.

--SOT--


172840 parents must become educated must talk with their kids and know the warning signs they got to know what products are being used you've got to know that that dog bites.
--TRACK--
BECAUSE SHE SAYS STATISTICS ARE BORING UNTIL YOUR CHILD BECOMES ONE.
IN WASHINGTON I'M JULIE VALLESE.))
[Tape tosses to break]

[COMM] [11Dish-TV]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC1:38:08]
[GRAPHIC=Satellite TV]
[ENG#=4]


Dish Network and Viacom have failed to reach agreement on programming fees, and viewers of the satellite service are paying the price.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, Dish Network pulled the plug on more than a dozen Viacom channels including MTV, VH-1, B-E-T and Nickelodeon.
The networks were replaced with a message, criticizing what Dish Network describes as Viacom's "unreasonable demands."
Local service providers hope the dispute is resolved quickly.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=As we go forth]

((AS WE GO FORTH AND TRY TO COMPETE WITH CABLE, NATURALLY THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE THING FOR US, BUT IT WILL WORK OUT. AND IF IT SAVES THE CUSTOMERS A COUPLE OF BUCKS ON THEIR MONTHLY BILL, THEN MAYBE IT WILL BE WORTHWHILE.))
[SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment Gallery;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=maybe it will be worthwhile.]
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[VO-NAT]


CBS- owned stations in 16 major cities were also dropped from the Dish Network line-up yesterday, but the dispute should not affect the availability of WDBJ-7 on the satellite service. (------------)