[VOBKeagy-Road]

[ANCHOR=Susan]

[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-18 TC 4:24]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]


A neighborhood group formed to oppose an upscale shopping center in Roanoke County is now fiercely divided.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The group met last night to discuss a compromise put forth by Kahn Development.
They are the South Carolina developer that wants to build a village style shopping complex near Route 419 and Keagy Road.
Kahn has agreed in principal to a land swap that would put almost the entire project on land that fronts 419.
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[SOT 9:06:31]
[IN Q=If they move]

((BONNIE BARRETT/NEARBY RESIDENT: IF THEY MOVE IT OVER I AM NOT SURE IT MAKES ANYTHING BETTER BUT WE CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Barrett/Nearby Resident;]
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[OUT Q=are going to do]
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[VO-NAT]


Others who attended the meeting like the compromise because it would shift the development away from Keagy Road.
Some still oppose it believing it will just move the problem slightly down the road.
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[11Bedford-Wells]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sra]
[TAPE#=04-16 TC08:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]



Residents near the old Bedford landfill are still concerned about their well water, despite recent test results that show the water of 38 homes is safe to drink.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


31 of the wells indicated no presence of contaminates-- only seven showed a small amount.
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


During a question and answer session last night, residents voiced concern over the long terms effects of the contamination.
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[SOT 21:16]
[IN Q=I would]

((ELLEN OVERSTREET/CITIZEN: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM RUN THE CITY WATER DOWN THROUGHOUT BELL TOWN, DRAPER ROADS AND BELL TOWN ROADS AND SUPPLY US WITH SAFE DRINKING WATER AND AT NO CHARGE TO THE RESIDENTS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMETHING THE CITY CAUSED.))
[SUPER=07-Ellen Overstreet]
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[OUT Q=city caused]
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[VO-NAT]


City officials say they are in compliance with federal environmental regulations.
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[SOT 16:54]
[IN Q=There has been]

((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER:THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONCERN OVER THIS ISSUE BUT WE FELL VERY GOOD ABOUT THE FACT THE CITY IS TRYING TO MOVE AS AGGRESSIVELY AS POSSIBLE IN ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Craig Meadows/Bedford City Manager]
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[OUT Q=this issue. 2ND Reference]
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[VO-NAT]


In the meantime, the city will continue monitoring the wells for contamination.
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[6-Jeffries]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=04-10 TC44:56]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]
[ENG#=3]

It looks like jurors will not get to hear from Mark Jeffries before they decide whether he committed murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The 22-year old Roanoke man told police the day he was arrested - he didn't shoot anybody. His attorney indicated yesterday that he intends to rest his case today without calling Jeffries to testify in his own defense.
[SUPER=04-November 22]

Their theory is: Joseph Salisbury killed William Fernando Rodriguez. Both men admit they were there, but insist the other one fired the fatal shots. The prosecution presented the police officer who processed Jeffries' clothing the day of his arrest.
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[SOT 11:24:30]
[IN Q=He asked me]

((M. L. PENDLETON/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: HE ASKED MY WHY WAS I TAKING HIS SHIRT. I ADVISED HIM I WAS GOING TO SEND THE SHIRT TO THE LAB TO SEE IF THEY COULD FIND ANY GUNSHOT RESIDUE ON IT TO CONFIRM HIS STORY ABOUT WHO FIRED THE WEAPON. DONALD CALDWELL/PROSECUTOR: AND WHAT WAS HIS REACTION TO THAT? HE ADVISED ME AT THAT TIME THAT IT WAS MR SALISBURY'S SHIRT, THAT HE HAD PUT IT ON LATER ON THAT NIGHT BECAUSE IT WAS COLD.))
[SUPER=01-M. L. Pendleton/Roanoke Police Officer; :00]
[SUPER=02-Donald Caldwell/Prosecutor; :10]
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[OUT Q=it was cold.]
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[VO-NAT]

Salisbury claims Jeffries held him at gunpoint along with his wife and infant son. The defense called a man who saw the two men that evening and says the two seemed to be friends, that there was no conflict between them.
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[Train-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Train Crash]
[ENG#=4]

North Korea remains silent about the collision and explosion of two fuel trains at a railroad station near the Chinese border.
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[vo-nats]
[SUPER=03-North Korea]

It's believed up to 3-thousand people were killed or injured in the collision of two trains carrying highly explosive fuel at a station near the Chinese border. A passenger train may have been parked at the same station - and caught in the blast. Even US officials are operating as much from rumor as fact.
[SOT]
[inq=we have..]

((RICHARD BOUCHER/U. S. STATE DEPARTMENT: WE HAVE SEEN SOME REPORTS OF A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES FROM THAT. THAT INDEED WOULD BE SAD. ))
[SUPER=01-Richard Boucher/U. S. State Department Spokesman]
[runs=:12]
[outq=...would be sad.]
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[VO-Nat] Only hours earlier, a train carrying North Korea's reclusive leader passed through Kim Jong Il (ill) was returning from Beijing and meetings with the Chinese about his country's nuclear weapons. It's possible the train wreck was caused by tracks or other parts of system literally falling apart.

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[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=1]

Time is ticking away in Fallujah, and the coalition is getting ready to unveil a plan it hopes will curtail some of the violence in Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Iraq]

Currently families in Fallujah are trying to get back to their homes, but can't - because marines have warned insurgents must handover their weapons or face another all out assault.
Under an agreement with U.S. officials, city leaders called on guerillas to turn in their guns and grenades, but talks have fallen apart.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We are somewhat..]

((JAMES CONWAY/USMC: WE ARE SOMEWHAT QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT THEY REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF FALLUJAH.. BECAUSE IT IS OUR ESTIMATE THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE NOT RESPONDED WELL.))
[SUPER=01-James Conway/United State Marine Corps.]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=.. .. this very room.]
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[VO-NAT]

The coalition plans to announce a major policy reversal today that it hopes will thin out the ranks of the Sunni resistance. Some former member of Saddam Husseins baath (bath) party they can have their jobs back- those who were at top levels and alleged criminals will be ineligible.
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[11Monty-Rating]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The New River Valley is getting some high praise in a new book.
The Montgomery County area is named one of the country's best emerging metropolitan areas in the book "Cities Ranked and Rated"
The authors noted the area's "small-town feel and college-town amenities with a mountain setting."
The book defined the metro area as Mongtomery County, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Microsoft and Amazon-dot-com have reported strong first quarter earnings. 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=1:27]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((> EARNINGS SEASON HAS REACHED A FEVER PITCH AS MICROSOFT AND AMAZON.COM TOP > WALL STREET PROFIT FORECASTS. > > FIRST, MICROSOFT THE SOFTWARE GIANT SAID THIRD QUATR PROFITFELL 38 PERCENT > BECAUSE OF LEGAL COSTS - THAT WAS IN STILL BETTER THAN EXPECTED..SALES > SHOT UP TO 9 BILLION DOLLARS THANKS TO STRONG DEMAND FOR OFFICE PROGRAMS > AND THE WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM. > > Amazon.com posted its third straight quarterly profit. The world's largest > Internet retailer, posted a first-quarter profit of $111million. The > company attracted more shoppers to its site with low prices and free > shipping on books, DVDs and electronics. Amazon's profit outlook for the > year matched analysts estimates. > > ON WALL STREET.. THE DOW RALLIED TO ITS BIGGEST GAIN IN A MONTH.. A STRING > OF STRONG PROFIT REPORTS PUT INTEREST RATECONCERNS ON THE BACK BURNER.. AT > LEAST FOR NOW.. > > THE DOW ROCKETED 143 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 36 POINTS > > mortgage rates moved up in the week ending Thursday, but the increases > were moderate, according to Freddie Mac. > MORTGAGE RATES INCHED UP FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK.. THE NATIONAL > AVERAGE FOR A 30 YEAR FIXED RATE LOAN IS 5.94 PERCENT UP FROM 5.89 PERCENT > LAST WEEK. The 15-year mortgage, a popular refinancing CHOICE, edged > higher to 5.25 percent from 5.23 percent. > > > FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))

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[Dru-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]

Mourners have been leaving letters and flowers at the site where the body of Dru Sjodin was found last Saturday.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Crookston, MN]
After being missing for nearly five-months here body was found near a county road northwest of Crookston, Minnesota.

Official searches were conducted after she disappeared, but stopped in December. They were resumed earlier this month. Alfonzo Rodriguez, Junior was arrested in December and pleaded not guilty to kidnapping Sjodin. Bail was set at 5-million dollars and he is currently in jail in Grand Forks. Investigators say that blood matching Sjodin's DNA was found in Rodriguez's car.
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[6-Trestle-Fall]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-11 TC46:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Lynchburg police are trying to figure out why a Liberty University student was trying to climb a railroad trestle when he fell off of it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


22-year-old Marlon B. Roman of Rialto, California suffered head and chest injuries in the fall in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area around 11:AM yesterday.
A group of bike riders spotted him lying near the trestle. Police believe he was walking alone on the span before falling more than 30 feet.
Roman was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he's in serious condition.
Anyone who may have seen him in the area is asked to call Lynchburg police.
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[11Mower-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-12 TC36:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


A four year old Botetourt County boy died after being run over by a riding lawnmower.
The accident happened just before Noon yesterday at a private day care on Camelia Drive in Daleville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


The driver of the lawnmower said he was going up a slope when the mower faltered, rolled backwards, and ran over Justin Eric Simmons.
The boy later died at Roanoke Memorial of massive head injuries.
The Commonwealth's Attorney will review the case to see whether any charges will be filed.
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[11B'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-07 TC 4:24]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=4]

A controversial sewer project is quickly becoming the main issue of Blacksburg's Town Council race.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]

The town voted by a 4 to 3 margin to approve a new 12 mile sewer line to Toms Creek. Opponents want sewer service in Toms Creek but favor bringing a sewer line along route 460. This issue has become so controversials there is now a lawsuit against the town. Also, two people are now running as write in candidates for the 3 open council seats because of this issue.
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[SOT:14:49:14:00; 1:46:42:00]
[IN Q=This is something]

((FRANCES PARSONS: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S DESPERATELY NEEDED BY THE TOWN. IT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR 30 YEARS AND IT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED. TOBY ROCK: THIS IS A VITAL PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE NEED TO GET TO BLACKSBURG. IT PREPARES FOR INEVITABLE GROWTH THAT WE'RE TRYING TO MANAGE LIKE MOST MUNICIPALITIES ARE AND IT PROVIDES FOR FUTURE SERVICE THE NORTHWEST AND NORTHEAST PARTS OF TOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Frances Parsons/Blacksburg Council Incumbent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Toby Rock/Blacksburg Council Candidate; :09]
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[OUT Q=parts of town.]
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[VO-NAT]

There are 3 open seats and now 3 candidates in support of the current sewer project and 3 candidates against it. The election is May 4th.
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[ANCHPR=Susan]
[SS=none]

News 7 Mornin will be right back. [BUMP] [COmm]



[6-Paving]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sra]
[TAPE#=04-04 TC1:53:04]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


Repaving route 221 has become a headache for rush hour drivers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


V-DOT says the four-mile stretch of road work on Bent Mountain is necessary.
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[SOT 08:29]
[IN Q=Periodically roads]

((LAURA BULLOCK/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: PERIODICALLY ROADS NEED TO BE RESURFACED AND IT IS TIME FOR ROUTE 221 TO HAVE A NEW COAT OF ASPHALT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS SECTION OF 221 IS ONLY TWO LANES AND SO WE CANT DO THE WORK WITHOUT REALLY COMPLICATED TRAFFIC AND INCONVENIENCING MOTORISTS.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Department of Transportation]
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[OUT Q=inconveniencing motorists]
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[VO]
Drivers who travel 221 say they didn't realize the work was going to be done.
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[SOT 08:50]
[IN Q=We really goofed]

((LAURA BULLOCK: WE REALLY GOOFED UP, WE DIDN'T LET PEOPLE KNOW AHEAD OF TIME THAT THIS WORK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. AND WHAT HAPPENED IS WE REALLY AFFECTED THE MORNING RUSH HOUR AND WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THAT))
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[OUT Q=SORRY FOR THAT]
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[ANCHOR=Susan]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


VDOT says it has altered its schedule to start the work at 8:30 in the morning toward the end of the morning rush.
The work should be completed by the end of the month.

[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Stocks rallied 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.]

((U.S. STOCKS SURGED THURSDAY AS INVESTORS FOCUSED ON POSITIVE EARNINGS.


THE DOW CLOSED UP NEARLY 144 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ GAINED 37.


THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS THE PRODUCER PRICE INDEX CLIMBED POINT-FIVE PERCENT IN MARCH, UP FROM A POINT-ONE PERCENT INCREASE IN FEBRUARY.
THE P-P-I MEASURES PRICES PAID TO FARMS, FACTORIES AND REFINERIES.
A STEEP RISE IN FOOD PRICES ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE ACCELERATION IN PRODUCER PRICES.


THE GOVERNMENT SAYS FEWER AMERICANS MADE INITIAL CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT LAST WEEK.
THOSE CLAIMS DROPPED TO 353-THOUSAND, DOWN FROM 362-THOUSAND THE WEEK BEFORE.
BUT THE OVERALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE BENEFIT ROLLS WHO HAD ALREADY RECEIVED AN INITIAL WEEK OF AID CLIMBED TO THREE-MILLION, 19-THOUSAND -- THAT'S 52-THOUSAND MORE THAN THE WEEK BEFORE.


CATERPILLAR SAYS ITS FIRST-QUARTER NET INCOME WAS ONE DOLLAR-AND 16-CENTS A SHARE -- MORE THAN TRIPLE THE 37-CENTS A SHARE A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY ATTRIBUTES THE GROWTH TO INCREASED DEMAND, HIGHER SELLING PRICES AND IMPROVED PROFITS ON ITS DIESEL TRUCK ENGINES.


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

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[11Roanoke-Artist]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=04-05 TC1:47:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]

The next piece of artwork you buy could benefit two Roanoke cultural organizations.
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[VO-NAT :28]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

Artist John Adams moved to the Roanoke Valley from New Jersey two years ago and says he fell in love with the area. Last year he painted a picture of the snow leopards at Mill Mountain Zoo to be sold at a zoo fundraiser. This year, he's combined a handful of recognizable attractions into one print to benefit the zoo and Transportation Museum. The 26 by 18 inch prints will be sold in gift and frame shops around Roanoke with a percentage going to the two attractions.
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[WIPE TO WDBJ WEBPAGE] For more information you'll find a link to John's website by logging on to wdbj7 dot com and clicking on "websites in the news". Stay with us. News 7 Mornin' will be right back. (------------)