[PKG-County-Schools]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-02 TC 1:27:21]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]

[****anchor tag*****]
Should parents or the school system police your kids when it comes to drug use?
That's the issue in Roanoke County as the school system decides whether to start random drug testing.
Justin McLeod has the pros and cons.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Huddleston/Opposes Random Drug Testing; :12 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Sarah-Tyler Moore/Hidden Valley H. S. Senior; :30 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Larry Morgan/Opposes Random Drug Testing; :44 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Glorietta Bullock/Hidden Valley H. S. Senior; :56]
[SUPER=01-Linda Nader/Parent; 1:13]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]

((((NAT SOUND OF MEETING))
More than a hundred people came out to Hidden Valley High School for a public forum on random drug testing.
There were plenty of questions and concerns.
[SOT 15:52:02]
[IN Q=It seems to me]

((DAVID HUDDLESTON/OPPOSES RANDOM DRUG TESTING: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT'S IT'S A CLEAR INVASION OF YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS]


The U.S Supreme Court says differently.
In 2002, the high court ruled to allow random drug tests for all middle and high school students participating in extracurricular activities, not just athletes.
[SOT 15:47:53]
[IN Q=I am opposed to illegal]

((SARAH-TYLER MOORE/HIDDEN VALLEY SENIOR: I AM OPPOSED TO ILLEGAL DRUGS AND I WOULDN'T USE THEM BUT I DO NOT FEEL IT IS RIGHT FOR SOMEONE TO TEST ME FOR THAT.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=ME FOR THAT]


Opponents also say the tests would be too costly and wonder whether they are accurate.
Some even question whether random drug tests deter teens from using illegal substances.
[SOT 15:50:24]
[IN Q=One study that I]

((LARRY MORGAN/OPPOSES RANDOM DRUG TESTING: ONE STUDY THAT I, SCIENTIFIC STUDY THAT I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN SAYS IT DOESN'T WORK.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=IT DOESN'T WORK]


But supporters also point to studies showing it does work.
They believe it will make students think twice about using drugs.
[SOT 15:48:27]
[IN Q=How are you going ]

((GLORIETTA BULLOCK/HIDDEN VALLEY SENIOR: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THEM OUT IN THE PUBLIC AND EXPECT THEM TO ACT RIGHT? SO I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD HAVE DRUG TESTING IF THEY ARE GOING TO REPRESENT THE SCHOOL.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=represent the school]


But some are holding off and want more information before deciding.
They have questions about how the testing will be administered and which drugs will be tested for.
[SOT 15:40:45]
[IN Q=You got sports heroes]

((LINDA NADER/PARENT: YOU GOT SPORTS FIGURES THAT ARE BEING CHARGED WITH TAKING ANABOLIC STEROIDS. ARE OUR KIDS GOING TO BE TESTED FOR THAT?)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=TESTED FOR THAT?]
[SOT ]
[IN Q=The school system]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SAYS SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS CAN'T BE ANSWERED UNTIL IT DECIDES WHETHER TO IMPLEMENT RANDOM DRUG TESTING. THE SCHOOL BOARD POINTS OUT IT HASN'T EVEN DECIDED WHETHER IT WILL VOTE ON THIS ISSUE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))

[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]


The public will have more opportunities to give its opinions about this issue.
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[TAKE FORUMS PINNACLE FS]
Several additional forums will be held over the next two weeks. As you can see they are all over the county and each begins at seven o'clock.
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[11City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=04-01 TC1:09:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]

The 47 million dollar replacement of Patrick Henry High School appears to be on track despite some concerns over the price of the project.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


As the cost of the new high school climbed by nine million dollars, council members were reluctant to earmark more money for the project.
But school board members have confirmed they will finance the added debt without asking council to increase its contribution.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's taking longer than]

((IT'S TAKING LONGER THAN SOME OF US WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SEEN, BUT I THINK WHEN WE GET FINISHED WE'LL BE VERY GLAD WE'RE MAKING THE INVESTMENT WE ARE IN THE FUTURE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND OUR CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Roanoke City Council;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=our young people and our city.]
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[VO-NAT]


City Council must authorize the additional debt for the plan to move forward.
City manager Darlene Burcham says it will take a couple of weeks to analyze the latest financing plan.
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[11XGR-budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-05 TC52:25]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]
[ENG#=3]

Time is running out for state budget conferrees to reach an agreement.
The state Senate delivered a counter-offer to the House's compromise budget last night.
The proposal contains about 300 million dollars in reductions, including slight cutbacks in its public education and higher education funding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Earlier yesterday, House conferees offered a proposal they said would help break the log-jam.
Their offer includes 625 million dollars in additional spending but does NOT include an increase in the sales or income tax.
The House's chief budget negotiator says everything in the proposal is negotiable EXCEPT general tax increases.
After studying the compromise, Senate conferees said the numbers are too vague.
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[SOT 01:55:34]
[IN Q=IN CERTAIN AREAS THEY DID MOVE]

((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: IN CERTAIN AREAS THEY DID MOVE TOWARD OUR POSITION. WHAT WE CAN'T IDENTIFY AND I'VE ASKED THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF APPROPRIATIONS TO HAVE THE STAFF ADVISE US WHERE THE MONEY HAS COME FROM.
DELEGATE KIRK COX/R-HOUSE BUDGET CONFEREE: WE'VE SEEN NOTHING FROM THEM I LOVE THE WAY THEY BREAK DOWN OUR PROPOSAL WHEN I'VE SEEN NOTHING FROM THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Fredericksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Kirk Cox/(R) Colonial Heights; :13]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=I'VE SEEN NOTHING FROM THEM.]
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[VO-NAT]

House negotiators do NOT expect to have an analysis or counter-offer ready until later this morning.
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[11Craig-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-08 TC44:08]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]
[ENG#=4]

Indecision in Richmond is forcing communities across the Commonwealth to make some tough decisions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Castle]

Craig County's administrator, Larry Moore says he'll recommend no changes from last year's eight-point-eight million dollar budget. Two-million dollars of that money would go to county schools, and administrators say they need that money to recruit and retain teachers.
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[SOT@3:35:24]
[INQ=Our teacher salaries...]

((ROSE MARTIN/CRAIG CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: OUR TEACHER SALARIES ARE SOME OF THE LOWEST IN THE STATE, YET OUR SCORES ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST- THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. WE NEED TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO SHOW OUR TEACHERS WE BELIEVE IN THEM, WE WANT TO ATTRACT AND OBTAIN THE VERY BEST PROFESSIONALS...))
[SUPER=01-Rose Martin/Craig Co. School Superintendent; :03]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUTQ=.. THE VERY BEST PROFESSIONALS...]
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[VO-NAT]

Martin says it would cost the county about 100-thousand dollars to bring teacher salaries into a competitive range.
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[11L'burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC1:35:49]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
[ENG#=1]


Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a mobile home fire in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Several motorists on Route 460 spotted the flames coming from a home in the Lynchburg Trailer Court on Old Courthouse Turnpike.
The building was engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived just after ten o-clock last night.
They had it under control in about twenty minutes.
A primary search of the home indicated "no" one was inside.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=2]


A drive- by shooting yesterday in northern Iraq has claimed the lives of four American civilians
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[VO-NAT]


Two of them, Larry and Jean Elliott were Baptist missionaries from the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
The missionaries were working on a water purification project.
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Meannwhile, another missionary is being treated at a hospital.
A spokesman for American forces in northern Iraq says the victims were traveling in one car when they were attacked near the city of Mosul.
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[Highway-Sniper]


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


Police have linked a name and a face to a string of Ohio highway shootings that have left one woman dead and kept drivers on edge for months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Columbus, OH;]


Authorities want the public to help them find this man-- 28- year- old Charles A- McCoy, Junior.
Police suspect McCoy may be responsible for two dozen highway shootings in the Columbus area.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Anyone that sees]

((STEVE MARTIN/FRANKLIN CO., OH DEPUTY CHIEF: ANYONE THAT SEES MCCOY OR HIS VEHICLE SHOULD CONTACT A 911 OPERATOR IMMEDIATELY. WE CAUTION THE PUBLIC NOT TO TRY AND APPREHEND OR CONFRONT MCCOY. ))
[SUPER=01-Steve Martin/Franklin County, OH Deputy Chief;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=confront McCoy]
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[VO-NAT]


Witnesses to the shootings described a man and vehicle similar to Mccoy and his car-- a four-door, dark green, Geo Metro with a black hood.
Police have also issued an arrest warrant for McCoy in connection with a shooting that damaged a house.
The string of shootings began last May, with the gunman taking aim at cars, homes and a school.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, The Federal Reserve will meet later today in Washington. And, stocks closed lower yesterday.
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=1:29]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((> Terrorism fears once again pressured the stock > market, taking the key averages to fresh closing lows for the year. > > The Dow tumbled 137 points > > While the Nasdaq tanked 45 and a half. > > Analysts say some investors are nervous that more terrorist attacks could > be ahead after last week's deadly bombings in Spain. > Investors also held back ahead of today's Federal Reserve > meeting, even though the Fed isn't expected to make any change in > short-term interest rates. > > TERRORISM FEARS SENT OIL PRICES THRU THE ROOF WITH CRUDE OIL RACING MORE > THAN A DOLLAR HIGHER. INVESTORS WORRY THAT FUTURE ATTACKS ON COUNTRIES > THAT SUPPORTED THE WAR WITH IRAQ COULD DISRUPT ENERGY SUPPLIES. > Energy experts have said an attack on U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, the world's > largest oil supplier, could wreak havoc on global oil markets. > > Bank of America and FleetBoston Financial have reached a record $675 > million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and New > York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over illegal mutual fund trading. > Bank of America will make $250 million in restitution and $125 million in > penalties, while Fleet will make $70 million in restitution and $70 > million in penalties. > The penalty is the largest since Spitzer announced an investigation of the > mutual fund industry in September. > > FIND OUR MORE OR TRACK YOUR STOCKS AT CBS.M.WCOM IN NY I'M ALEXIS > CHRSITOFOROUS.))

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[Russia-Blast]


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


At least five people are dead following an explosion at a nine- story apartment in northern Russia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Arkhangelsk, Russia;]


Authorites are blaming the explosion on a gas leak at the apartment building.
Officials say more than 70 people could still be trapped under the rubble.
The blast hit around three in the morning in Arkhangelsk
(ahr-HAHN'-gulsk), about 600 miles north of Moscow.


Russian media reports windows in neighboring buildings were blown out by the force of the blast, and residents were evacuated to a nearby nursery school.
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[CA-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]
[ENG#=2]


Autopsies show all nine family members found in a Fresno, California home had been shot to death.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fresno, CA;]


Arraignment for the suspect, Marcus Wesson is set for tomorrow.
Authorities have removed a dozen coffins and several large paper bags from the home where the family members were killed. Police say Wesson may have been involved in polygamy and incest, and is thought to be the father of the victims, who range in age from 1 to 24.
The police chief says more D-N-A tests will be necessary to determine the relationship of all the victims.
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[11Halifax-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-51 TC1:46:28]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]
[ENG#=3]


Still no word from deputies about the suspect in a Halifax County shooting that left one person dead and another wounded.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


Authorities were called to this mobile home on Country Lane near Clover around seven o-clock yesterday morning.
One victim was pronounced dead at the scene.. another was transferred to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Investigators have "not" released the names of those involved.
Local law enforcement agencies were asked to be on the lookout for a gray Oldsmobile whose driver may have information about the crime.
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[11Pulaski-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC1:38:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


Pulaski officials have decided not to recommend combining their town's police and firefighters with the county's emergency services.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


After studying the idea, town officials found that combining organizations would put a strain on the county and leave citizens in the town with less protection.
The safety committee agreed with the findings, but also voted to keep communications with the county open about combining other services.
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[SOT:4:48:57:00 ]
[IN Q=There's going]

((GARY ROCHE/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF: THERE'S GOING TO PROBABLY BE A LOOK AT COMBINING COMMUNICATION CENTERS SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE. THAT IS IN KEEPING WITH THE FACT THAT BOTH THE COUNTY SYSTEM AND THE TOWN SYSTEM ARE IN NEED OF AN UPGRADE.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Roche/Pulaski Police Chief;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=an upgrade]
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[VO-NAT]


The town council still needs to vote on the committee's recommendation "not" to combine departments.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[11Fire-Pay]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-07 TC 36:04]
[GRAPHIC=Wipe]



[ENG#=1]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Pulaski firefighters may also be getting a pay raise.
The fire chief is asking town council for a one thousand dollar raise for all 10 members of the department.
He says entry level pay in the New River Valley averages 25-thousand dollars, but many of his members are only making a little more than 20-thousand a year.
Volunteer firefighters may also get some extra money.
The chief is asking for a two dollar raise so they make 12 dollars a call.
Town council still must approve the plan.
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[BUMP] [COMM]

[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, The Federal Reserve will discuss interest rates later today in Washington.
The central bank is expected to leave rates unchanged. Stan Case has more on yesterday's closing numbers in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


((STOCKS CLOSED IN THE RED ON MONDAY.


THE DOW LOST 137-POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 45.


U-S INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INCREASED SEVEN-TENTHS OF A PERCENT IN FEBUARY.
THAT'S ON TOP OF AN EIGHT-TENTHS OF A PERCENT INCREASE IN JANUARY.
THE FEDERAL RESERVE SAYS U-S FACTORIES, MINES, AND UTILITIES OPERATED AT 76-POINT-SIX PERCENT OF CAPACITY IN FEBURARY.

THAT'S UP HALF A PERCENT POINT FROM JANUARY'S REVISED READING.
IT'S HOPED THE NUMBERS REPRESENT A TURNAROUND FOR AMERICA'S LONG SUFFERING MANUFACTURING SECTOR.
THE GOVERNMENT'S INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION HIT ITS PEAK IN JUNE OF 2000.


IMCLONE POSTED A LOSS OF 35-CENTS A SHARE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT IMPROVES ON A LOSS OF 54-CENTS A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY'S DRUG ERBITUX RECEIVED F-D-A APPROVAL LAST MONTH.
IMCLONE WAS THE COMPANY AT THE CENTER OF THE MARTHA STEWART STOCK TRADING SCANDAL.


SHARES OF NORTEL NETWORKS DROPPED 18-AND-A-HALF PERCENT AFTER THE COMPANY PLACED TWO OF ITS EXECUTIVES ON A PAID LEAVES OF ABSENSE.
THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND THE CONTROLLER ARE ON LEAVE WHILE THE COMPANY REVISES ITS FISCAL 2003 BOOKS.
NORTEL EXPECTS TO RESTATE PORTIONS OF ITS 2003 RESULTS.


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