[AMFerrum-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC 32:49]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fire 4138]
[ENG#=1]


Fire crews had trouble fighting a brush fire in Franklin County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ferrum]


The fire broke out around three o'clock yesterday afternoon on this hill behind Ferrum College.
Firefighters had trouble getting to the flames and therefore had to use four wheelers.
It would take crews from five departments nearly three and half hours to contain the fire.
It ended up burning more than 12 acres.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


A strike team from the Department of Forestry remained throughout the night to keep an eye on the fire.

No homes are threatened.[AM-Draper-School]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=cdo]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC1:55:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


The Pulaski County school board has decided to close Draper Elementary School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./February 18;]


The superintendent says enrollment has been dropping for the last five years while maintenance costs have been rising.
The school board voted last night to consolidate the Draper students into the new Pulaski Elementary School at the same time they begin the consolidation of students from Northwood and Claremont Elementary Schools.
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[AMPulaski-School]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC 2:00:22]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]


A fast spreading virus hit Claremont Elementary school in Pulaski County this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski]


On Wednesday more than 160 children and 13 teachers were out sick.
Yesterday, 5 teachers and 125 children were out.
Health officials believe this is a type of stomach flu called the Noro virus.
It only lasts for a day or 2 and symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:13:11:00 ]
[IN Q=They're doing the]
[SUPER=01-Lynne Clark/Teacher;]

((LYNNE CLARK: THEY'RE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO KEEP IT CLEAN AND WE'VE ALWAYS DONE THE BEST WE COULD TO KEEP EVERYTHING CLEAN. WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN USING WATER FOUNTAINS AND NOT ALWAYS BEING REAL CAREFUL ABOUT WASHING THEIR HANDS. IT'S JUST HARD, THINGS SPREAD.))
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=things spread.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Washing your hands constantly is the best prevention.
Health officials say the virus spreads quickl,y and there have been dozens of cases across the New River Valley this month.
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[Afghan-Pakistan]


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


New warnings haven't stopped the hunt for suspected al-Qaida fighters along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Afghanistan-Pakistan Border;]


Pakistani troops report they've already killed more than 50 alleged terrorists and detained more than 160 others.
The country's largest military operation against suspected al-Qaida fighters comes as a new audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden's number Two man calls Pakistan's president a "traitor", and urges a military uprising against him.


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[Campaign-2004]


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


The big day is more than seven months away, but a new survey finds Americans are following the Presidential race just as closely today as they were a month before the 2000 election.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA;]


At a campaign fundraising dinner in his rival's hometown of Boston, President Bush told suporters he's the candidate who will move the economy forward.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=My opponent]

((MY OPPONENT IS ONE OF THE MAIN OPPONENTS OF TAX RELIEF IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. ))
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=United States Congress]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


At HIS campaign event, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry accused the current President of misleading Americans in a rush to war with Iraq.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Above all]

((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ABOVE ALL, THIS COUNTRY OF OURS WHICH WE LOVE DESERVES LEADERSHIP THAT FACES THE TRUTH AND TELLS THE TRUTH. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=tells the truth.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Today the campaign trail will lead Kerry to Michigan to talk economics, as President Bush makes his way to New Mexico and Arizona.
(------------)


[11New-Voters]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-03 TC 51:42]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]



[ENG#=2]



Montgomery County's trying to get its youngest citizens ready to vote..
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


The county started a week long campaign to get high school students turning 18 registered to vote.
Statistics show the younger you ar,e the less likely you are to vote.
It's why the county is holding registration drives at all 4-high schools.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT: 15:07:26:00]
[IN Q=If young ]
[SUPER=01-Marvin Ballard/Social Studies Teacher;]

((MARVIN BALLARD: :26 IF YOUNG KIDS WANT THINGS TO HAPPEN THAT THEY FAVOR THEN THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO MAKE POLITICIANS LISTENS AND THAT'S TO REGISTER YOUR OPINION.))
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=your opinion.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Most of the young people we spoke with who registered yesterday say they will go to the polls in November.
You have to register by April 5th if you want to vote in the upcoming town and county elections on May 4th.
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[5-Hardware-Store]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC58:55]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]
[ENG=3]



A Salem hardware store that was destroyed by fire will soon be back in business.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :28]
[SUPER=03-Salem/August 20;]

The True Value Northwest Hardware store on Route 11- 460 burned for a full day last August before the flames could be extinguished. The cause was officially listed as "undetermined" with foul play ruled out.
[SUPER=04-This week;]

A spokesman says the rebuilt store is scheduled to open next Thursday. The parking lots are being paved this week and there's still inventory to move in but otherwise the doors will open April first. A grand opening celebration is being scheduled for May.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Investors returned to the stock market.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

(( AFTER A STRING OF DOWN DAYS...THE STOCK MARKET ENJOYED A SPECTACULAR > RALLY. > > MANY STOCK PRICES WERE FINALLYATTRACTIVE ENOUGH TO BRING THE BACK THE > BUYERS > > AND THEY CAME WITH OPEN ARMS > > THE DOW ROCKETED 170 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ RACED AHEAD 57 POINTS OR ABOUT 3 PERCENT. > > ANOTHER FORMER EXECUTIVES IS GOING TO PRISON. > > Jamie Olis, a former vice president of finance at Dynegy, was sentenced to > 24 years in prison for his role in a $300 million accounting fraud at the > natural gas and power company. > WITH MAXIMUM TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, > 38 YEAR OLD OLIS WILL HAVE TO SERVE AT LEAST 20 YEARS OF THAT TERM UNDER > FEDERAL SENTENCING RULES. > > RECORD GASOLINE PRICES COULD SPELL TROUBLE FOR THE NATION'S RETAILERS. > Wal-Mart calls high fuel prices an "effective tax on ITS customers," and > has singled out record gas prices as one of the biggest obstacles to its > sales growth. > > A handful of chains that sell gasoline, including BJ's Wholesale Club > stand to benefit as customers look for lower pump prices, but the > challenge will be maintaining profits in the face of rising gas prices, > > AND FINALLY, MCDONALD'S IS GOING PLASTIC... THE FAST FOOD CHAIN PLANS TO > ACCEPT ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS AT ITS RESTAURANTS BY THE END OF THE YEAR. > > FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))

(tape tosses to stocks)

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


[Middle-East]


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


Israel reports two Palestinian militants have been killed in another failed attempt to avenge Israel's assassination of the founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed (Ahk- med) Yassin.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gaza Strip;]

Hamas continues to threaten more violence. Meanwhile, the United Nations tried to pass a security council resolution, condemning the Israeli strike against Yassin.
However, the measure failed because the U-S volted against it.
The U-S ambassador says he vetoed the measure because it was one- sided and did NOT include language denouncing violence from Hamas.
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[6-XGR-budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-04 TC1:01:11]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]
[ENG#=2]


Conferees have made some progress on the state budget, but they still have a long way to go.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


House and Senate conferees met for about ten minutes yesterday afternoon.
The legislators have reached agreement on funding for health and human resources but say much remains undecided.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:08:24]
[IN Q=I DON'T THINK I'M THAT MUCH OF A]

((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: I DON'T THINK I'M THAT MUCH OF A CLAIRVOYANT ABOUT WHEN WE COULD PREDICT A BUDGET TO BE COMPLETED. WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT THERE YET AND WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT WAYS TO GO.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Fredericksburg; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT WAYS TO GO.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Conferees met for only three minutes on Wednesday.
Legislators deny that their meetings have been too brief.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:06:54]
[IN Q=YOU CAN ONLY TALK SO MUCH FOR SO LONG]

((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-MCLEAN: YOU CAN ONLY TALK SO MUCH FOR SO LONG. WE HAVE BEEN MEETING OFF AND ON FOR THE PAST THREE WEEKS AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE COULD DO IF WE MET SIX HOURS A DAY, OR EIGHT HOURS A DAY OR A HALF AN HOUR A DAY, WE WOULDN'T ACCOMPLISH ANY MORE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Mclean; :]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=WE WOULDN'T ACCOMPLISH ANY MORE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Warner said again yesterday that he would consider EITHER a hike in the sales tax OR in the income tax.
House budget conferee Vince Callahan says everything is on the table.
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[6-Methadone-clinics]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-07 TC46:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


The General Assembly passed legislation to keep methadone clinics and schools far apart but now the governor is being asked to veto the bill.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to take the state to court if the bill becomes law.
[SUPER=@file;]


The legislation prohibits methadone clinics from operating within a half-mile of a school or day-care center.
The A-C-L-U of Virginia says that restriction violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:00:13]
[IN Q=METHADONE CLINICS OFFER A LEGITIMATE]

((KENT WILLIS/ACLU OF VIRGINIA: METHADONE CLINICS OFFER A LEGITIMATE SERVICE TO DISABLED INDIVIDUALS AND THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO LOCATE THOSE SERVICES WHERE THOSE DISABLED PEOPLE ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/ACLU of Virginia]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=WHERE THOSE DISABLED PEOPLE ARE.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Opponents of the bill also say its a myth that methadone clinics increase criminal activity.
The legislation passed the General Assembly with a veto-proof margin.
The governor's office say Warner will carefully review the bill.
He has until mid-April to act on it.
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[6-Deputy-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-06 TC49:37]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]
[ENG#=4]

Charges are pending in an accident that sent four people to the hospital, including two Pulaski County sheriff's deputies.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

It happened this just after one o'clock yesterday in Roanoke County where Yellow Mountain Road meets route 220. Police say Lieutenant Mike Lewis and Deputy Ethel Brown were coming back from picking up a juvenile prisoner in Henry County when another vehicle pulled out in front of them. The three suffered minor injuries and were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

James Bumgarner, the driver of the other vehicle, was also taken to R-M-H and is in fair condition.



[AM-L'burg-Book]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-05 TC 1:09:53]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


A Lynchburg couple is hoping to put the Hill City on the map AND in the history books.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Clif and Dorothy Potter recently finished writing a book called "Lynchburg: A City Set on Seven Hills".
The Potters say both Lynchburg natives and first-time visitors should enjoy reading about people like Carter Glass and Anne Spencer.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:13:56]
[IN Q=Someone who]

((DOROTHY POTTER: SOMEONE WHO KNOWS LYNCHBURG WOULD RECOGNIZE THOSE NAMES, OTHERS WOULD SAY WELL WHAT IS FAMOUS ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY, WHY DOES IT HAVE THIS NAME? AND THOSE ARE POINTS THAT ARE MADE IN THE BOOK.))
[SUPER=01-Dorothy Potter/Lynchburg Author]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=made in the book.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The book is part of a project by South Carolina-based Arcadia Publishing.
Arcadia is putting together the "Making of America" series, which highlights the histories of small towns like Lynchburg.
The book hit local stores this month.
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(Kim tosses to bump)


[BUMP] [COMM]

[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Stocks rebounded yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:11]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


((STOCKS RETURNED TO THE PLUS COLUMN ON THURSDAY AFTER A TWO-WEEK SELL OFF.


THE DOW CLOSED 170-POINTS HIGHER...
BUT THE NASDAQ WAS UP 57.


THE U-S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT GREW AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF FOUR-POINT-ONE PERCENT IN THE FINAL QUARTER OF 2003.
THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE FOURTH-QUARTER GROWTH WAS WELL BELOW THE EIGHT-POINT-TWO PERCENT ANNUAL RATE RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.
REAL G-D-P INCREASED AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF FOUR-POINT-THREE PERCENT DURING THE ENTIRE YEAR OF 2003 AS COMPARED TO AN INCREASE OF TWO-POINT-EIGHT PERCENT DURING 2002.


CONAGRA POSTED EARNINGS OF 38-CENTS A SHARE FOR ITS FISCAL THIRD QUARTER.
THAT'S UP EIGHT-CENTS FROM A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY SAYS ONE-TIME EXPENSES AND DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS HAD AN EFFECT.
CONAGRA IS THE MAKER OF HEALTHY CHOICE MEALS AND HUNT'S KETCHUP.


ELI LILLY'S MARKETING PRACTICES ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FEDERAL AUTHORITIES.
THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN PENNSYLVANIA IS LOOKING INTO THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY'S MARKETING OF CERTAIN DRUGS.
LILLY SAYS IT WILL COOPERATE WITH THE PROBE.
EARLIER THIS MONTH STATE AUTHORITIES IN PENNSYLVANIA SUED 13 DRUG COMPANIES, ALLEGING DECEPTIVE PRICING AND SALES PRACTICES.


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

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


[5-Daniels]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=504-00 16:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]



[ENG#=2]



The Virginia Military Institute has recognized a martyr of the Civil Rights movement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington;]

Jonathan Daniels was valedictorian of the 1961 VMI class. Four years later as a seminary student, he joined the civil rights movement and was killed by a shotgun blast meant for a black teenager he was with. Yesterday, VMI named a courtyard and archway in Daniels' memory. Richard Morrisroe (MOHR-ihs-row) who was also shot in the incident says today's dedication was a fitting tribute to Daniels.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:27:53/2:23:12]
[IN Q=Often something like...]

((RICHARD MORRISROE/CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST; OFTEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS DOESN'T BECOME A MASS MOVEMENT AS MUCH AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW THAT THE SCHOOL IS PROUD OF JON.)) ((DONZALEIGH ABERNATHY/AUTHOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST; HE WENT TO THE SOUTH, HE HAD NO HESITATION AND WHEN OTHERS LEFT, HE DECIDED TO STAY. BY STAYING HE ENDANGERED HIS LIFE EVEN MORE. BUT HE WAS SO COURAGEOUS, HE WAS WILLING TO GIVE LIFE, AND THAT'S EXACTLY HOW HE DIED.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Morrisroe/Civil Rights Activist;]
[SUPER=01-Donzaleigh Abernathy/Author and Civil Rights Activist; :10]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=exactly how he died.]
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[VO-NAT]

Daniels is the fourth person to have an archway named after him at V-M-I. The three others are George Washington, Stonewall Jackson, and General George C. Marshall. (------------)