[Henry-Bomb]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-11 TC 15:19]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]


A small bomb exploded inside a car near Fieldale in Henry County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fieldale]


It happened just before five o'clock in this parking lot on Appalachian Drive near the Old Pillowtex Plant.
Authorities arrived to find a bomb had detonated inside of a maroon Volks Wagon.
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[SOT 16:41:31]
[IN Q=It may be similar]

((KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: IT MAY BE SIMILAR TO A PIPE BOMB BUT I'M SAYING THAT IT COULD HAVE SOMETHING SUCH AS A PAPER CYLINDER RATHER THAN A PIPE UTILIZED TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF EXPLOSIVE POWDER TO ACTIVATE.))
[SUPER=01-Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Department]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=powder to activate]
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[VO-NAT]


Investigators then discovered a second device that appeared to be live sitting on the roof of the vehicle.
The State Police bomb squad was then called in.
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[SOT 16:41:07]
[IN Q=A robot was used]

((KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: A ROBOT WAS USED BY THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT WHAT WE HAD. THEY MADE AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLODE THAT DEVICE FROM THE ROOF OF THE CAR. THEY MADE ANOTHER ATTEMPT AND WERE SUCCESSFUL.))
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=and were successful]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities finally re-opened Highway 57 nearly four hours after the incident began.
The railroad also had to be shut down for several hours.
No one was injured as a result of the blast.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]


The Sheriff's Department is looking for two white males who were seen fleeing from the scene in a green truck with dark windows, possibly a Nissan or Mazda.


[Goodyear]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=04-07 TC39:11]
[GRAPHIC=Goodyear Negotiations]
[ENG#=none]


Union workers at Danville's Goodyear plant will not go on strike today. Dana Dixon with United Steelworkers Local 831 says the company and the union reached a tentative contract agreement just after 7 o-clock last night. He says details of the new contract will be available later today.

[AM-Rke-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=MOrning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC 29:10]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


A student who makes false allegations against a Roanoke City teacher can expect a harsh punishment.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


That is one of the new policies a committee laid out at a town hall meeting yesterday afternoon.
This is all in response to the death of teacher Ron Mayfield who committed suicide after being faslely accused of hitting a student.
In the future, a student who makes such allegations can expect consequences that will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
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[SOT 21:40:22]
[IN Q=I think I can live]

((ANITA PRICE/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: I THINK I CAN LIVE WITH THAT AS LONG AS WE HAVE SOME CONSISTENT LANGUAGE SPELLED OUT AND THAT IS ONE OF THE CONCERNS THAT I SEE RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS AS THE RECOMMENDATIONS, SOMETHINGS ARE NOT SPELLED OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Anita Price/Roanoke Education Association]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=are not spelled out]
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[VO-NAT]


Some of the other recommendations include a new curriculum at the elementary and middle schools to promote respect.


Also, teachers who are accused of wrongdoing may be reassigned to an alternative work site.
Right now, they are sometimes suspended and told to stay off school property.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[S=none]


Another town hall meeting will be held Tuesday afternoon at William Fleming High School.


[Osama-Deputy]


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


He's NOT Osama bin Laden, but he's the next best thing--
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[VO-NAT]


Pakistani troops may have cornered bin Laden's top deputy.
The troops are meeting fierce resistance from a group of fighters near the Pakistan-Afghan border.
There are indications the fighters are protecting Egyptian- born Ayman Al-Zawahri (AHL- zah- wa- ree), Al-Qaida's number two man.
He's thought to be the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks. The U-S has a 25- million-dollar reward for his capture.
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[Iraq-Anniversary]


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


Today marks the first anniversary of the war in Iraq.
President Bush will make a speech at the White House and visit with wounded U-S troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq/March 19, 2003;]


Last year, the bombs began exploding over Baghdad as cruise missiles targeted Saddam Hussein and his men, signaling the start of the SECOND U-S war in Iraq.
President Bush addressed the nation, explaining why he'd ordered the strike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=To disarm Iraq]

((TO DISARM IRAQ, TO FREE ITS PEOPLE AND TO DEFEND THE WORLD FROM GRAVE DANGER.))
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=from grave danger.]
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[VO-NAT]


While U-S troops found Saddam in December, so far, inspectors haven't been able to locate the weapons of mass destruction the Bush administration said he had.
More than 560 U-S troops have died in Iraq in the past year.
More than 100- thousand others are still serving there.
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[11XGR-budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=504-05 8:53]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]
[ENG#=1]


It was another tense day of procedural and political manuevering at the General Assembly.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Legislators worked through the second day of a special budget session called by Governor Warner.
The House voted to advance a bill that eliminates more than half of a billion dollars in tax breaks for certain industries.
The bill is similar to one the House passed earlier in the session with one exception.
Republicans added media companies to the list of affected industries.
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[SOT :08:32]
[IN Q=BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT INCREASING]

((DELEGATE PHIL HAMILTON/R-NEWPORT NEWS: BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT INCREASING TAXES ON VIRGINIANS WE OUGHT TO BE WILLING TO REMOVE CERTAIN SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS FROM MAJOR CORPORATIONS IN THE COMMONWEALTH.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Phil Hamilton/(R) Newport News; :00]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=MAJOR CORPORATIONS IN THE COMMONWEALTH.]
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[VO-NAT]


Republicans say the state can no longer afford to provide tax breaks to business.
But House Democrats say the measure could cost jobs.
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[SOT 02:33:51]
[IN Q=THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES]

((DELEGATE FRANK HALL/D-RICHMOND: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES HERE IN THIS COMMONWEALTH THAT CREATE A LOT OF JOBS THAT ARE IN ORDER TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE THEY NEED THE TAX BREAKS THAT WE'RE GIVING THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hall/(D) Richmond; :]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=TAX BREAKS THAT WE'RE GIVING THEM.]
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[VO-NAT]


The House is expected to remain in session through the weekend.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Microsoft and the European Union have failed to reach an anti-trust settlement.
Alexis Christoforous has that story 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.]

((> MICROSOFT IS IN SOME LEGAL HOT WATER OVERSEAS. THE SOFTWARE GIANT AND THE > EUROPEAN UNION HAVE FAILED TO REACH AN ANTITRUST SETTLEMENT. THE LACK OF > AN AGREEMENT COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR HEFTY FINES AND RESTRICTIONS ON > MICROSOFT'S WINDOWS PROGRAM. A RULING COULD COME AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. > MICROSOFT HAS VOWED TO APPEAL. > > ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: > > ((NKE)) > NIKE'S PROFITS RAN UP NEARLY 60 PERCENT THANKS TO STRONG DEMAND FOR ITS > SHOES AND CLOTHING IN EUROPE AND THE US. FAVORABLE CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES > ALSO HELPED PUSH SALES TO ALMOST 3 BILLION DOLLARS LAST QUARTER. > > ((RSTO)) > MEANTIME PROFITS AT THE RETAILER RESTORATION HARDWARE FELL A PENNY SHY OF > FORECASTS.. BUT REVENUE WAS IN LINE WITH ESTIMATES. > > ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS MANAGED TO REIN IN ITS LOSSES FOLLOWING REPORTS > THAT PAKISTANI SOLIDERS BELIEVE THEY HAVE CAPTURED OSMA BIN LADEN'S TOP > AIDE > > THE DOW DIPPED 4 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ FELL BACK 14 > > MORTGAGE RATES ARE INCHING LOWER.. WITH ADJUSTABLE LOANS HITTING AN ALL > TIME LOW OF 3.39 PERCENT. Freddie Mac said thenational average rate on a > 30-year, fixed loan IS 5.38 percent - that's the lowest level since July. > The rate on a 15-year was unchanged at 4.69. > > FOR MORE LOGON TO CBS.MW.COM. I'M AC IN NY.))

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[Taiwan-Attack]


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


Taiwan's election will go on tomorrow as scheduled, despite today's shooting of the nation's president during a campaign motorcade.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tainan, Taiwan;]


Officials say both Taiwan's President Chen (Jehn) Shui- bian (Shwee- bee- uhn) and Vice- President Annette Lu were shot.
They're both said to be conscious and in stable condition.
A spokesman says their wounds are not life-threatening.
Meanwhile, Chen's (Jehn's) challenger in Saturday's national election has pledged to take a softer approach toward Taiwan's rival, China.
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[Spain-Bombings]


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


Spanish authorities have started interrogating the prime suspects in the Madrid train bombings.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Madrid, Spain;]


A judge is questioning the three Moroccans and two Indians who were arrested on Saturday.
Yesterday, police captured five more suspects, and officials raised the death toll for the attacks on the commuter trains to 202.
Today the European Union foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in the wake of last week's bombings.
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[5-Green-Trial]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=504-04 22:58]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]



[ENG#=3]


After three-days of testimony and nearly 12-hours of deliberation, a jury has decided the fate of a Roanoke man.


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

22-year-old Brandon Thomas Green was found guilty on four counts including first degree murder, attempted robbery and gun charges in the November 2001 shooting death of 28-year-old David Tickle, Junior. Police say Green shot Tickle twice in the back in the early morning hours of November first after a drug deal gone bad.
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[SOT@10:42:24]
[IN Q=Obviously the Commonwealth..]

((SHERI JONES, ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY: OBVIOUSLY THE COMMONWEALTH HAS THE BURDEN WE WERE FACED WITH THE WITNESSES WE WERE DEALT WITH WHEN THIS TOOK PLACE IN A DRUG TRANSACTION, AND WE HAD WITENESSES THAT CAME FROM THAT AREA AND SOME OF THEM HAD PRIOR RECORDS.))
[SUPER=01-Sheri Jones/Assistant Commonwealth Attorney]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=.. PRIOR RECORDS.]
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[VO-NAT]

The jury recommended Green serve a 54-year sentence for his crimes. The judge will sentence him on April 28th after a presentencing investigation.
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[5-Tech-Fall]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=504-03 TC 14:32]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]



A Virginia Tech student is expected to recover after falling from a fourth floor window at his dorm.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Police say nobody saw 19 year old freshman, Michael Bury fall from the bathroom window.
A female student found him around 4:00 yesterday morning, lying unconscious in the grass.
The Fairfax native was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital, no word on his exact injuries.
Police are still investigating why Bury fell, but officers say alcohol was definitely a factor.
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[SOT:47:59:00 ]
[IN Q=If they choose to ]
[SUPER=01-Marc Owzcarski/Virginia Tech Spokesperson;]

((MARK OWSZARSKI: IF THEY CHOOSE TO DRINK, DRINK RESPONSIBILITY AND TO BE AWARE OF HOW ALCOHOL HAS AN AFFECT ON YOUR SYSTEM. AND THOSE ARE THE LESSONS THAT WE HOPE TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PULL FROM THESE INCIDENCES TO AWARE OF THE CHOICES THEY MAKE AND THEIR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS SO THAT THEY WILL MAKE SAFE DECISIONS IN THE FUTURE.))
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=in the future.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bury is the 10th person to have a major fall on and around the Tech campus in the last six months.
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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 slipped yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


((THE MAJOR AVERAGES BOUNCED TO CLOSE NEARLY UNCHANGED ON WEDNESDAY.


THE DOW CLOSED FOUR-POINTS LOWER...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 14.


CLAIMS FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FELL TO A THREE-YEAR LOW LAST WEEK.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS 336-THOUSAND AMERICANS FILED FOR NEW BENEFITS IN THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 13-TH..
THAT'S DOWN FROM THE REVISED 342-THOUSAND CLAIMS OF THE WEEK BEFORE.


K-MART POSTED ITS *FIRST* QUARTERLY PROFIT SINCE EMERGING FROM BANKRUPTCY IN MAY OF 2003.
THE DISCOUNT RETAILER REPORTED EARNINGS OF TWO-DOLLARS-78 CENTS A SHARE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT'S A REMARKABLE TURNAROUND FROM LAST YEAR'S LOSS OF A DOLLAR-61 PER SHARE.
K-MART CLOSED MORE THAN SIX-HUNDRED STORES AFTER FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY IN JANUARY OF 2002.
SHARES GAINED ALMOST SEVEN PERCENT.


SHARES OF MICROSOFT DIPPED ONLY SLIGHTLY AFTER THE EUROPEAN UNION SAID IT WOULD RULE AGAINST THE COMPANY IN AN ANTI-TRUST SUIT.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWED MICROSOFT'S FAILURE TO AGREE TO A SETTLEMENT OF THIS LATEST CHARGE OF MONOPOLISTIC PRACTICES IN EUROPE.
THE TWO SIDES ARE AT ODDS OVER MICROSOFT'S PAST--AND FUTURE--BUSINESS PRACTICES WITHIN THE E-U.
A FINE IS EXPECTED TO BE LEVIED NEXT WEEK.
APPEALS ARE LIKELY TO TAKE YEARS.


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