[AM-Quarry]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-07 TC 1:51:15]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]


Plans for a new rock quarry in Botetourt County are on shaky ground.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


A large crowd turned out last night for the Planning Commission meeting.
They were there to debate Timber Ridge Properties request to rezone 300 acres between Fincastle and Eagle Rock so it can operate a stone quarry and processing plant.
Opponents raised concerns about increased noise and traffic as well as possible contamination of Catawba Creek.
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[SOT 16:12:16]
[IN Q=I've put myself]

((DAVID WILLIAMS/OPPOSES QUARRY: I'VE PUT MYSELF ALL THE WAY TO OWN 20 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL BOTETOURT COUNTY. I WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT MY BACK WINDOW AND SEE DEER AND TREES AND NOT A PIT.))
[SUPER=01-David Williams/Opposes Quarry]
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[OUT Q=not a pit]
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[VO-NAT]


But supporters say a quarry will bring much needed tax revenue and jobs to the area.
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[SOT 1:44:50]
[IN Q=I think the revenue]

((JOSH BRANDY/SUPPORTS QUARRY: I THINK THE REVENUE THAT WILL BE GENERATED BY THE QUARRY SHOULD IT COME INTO PLAY WOULD PROBABLY BE A BENEFIT TO THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Josh Brandy/Supports Quarry]
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[OUT Q=benefit to the county]
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[VO-NAT]


After four hours of debate, the Planning commission voted three to two against the proposed rezoning.
The commission's recommendation now goes to the board of supervisors, which has the final say.
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[11B'burg-Sewer]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC1:09:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Blacksburg town council will discuss the future of the Tom's Creek sewer project tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape]

The plan was to extend a 12 mile sewer line along the Tom's Creek Basin to bring much needed service to that end of town and to prepare for future growth. Those against the project didn't like the type of sewer system that was to be used and wanted the line to travel down route 460 INSTEAD OF along the creek. Listed on tonight's agenda are plans to reject all bids, reject the sale of the bond and terminate all offers to purchase land needed to extend the line.
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[SOT:50:44:00]
[IN Q=BASICALLY ]

((HEATHER BROWNING: BASICALLY WHAT IT DOES IS JUST CANCEL THE TOM'S CREEK SEWER PROJECT AND LEAVES THE ISSUE UP FOR DISCUSSION WHEN OUR NEW COUNCIL COMES ON JULY FIRST. ))
[SUPER=01-Heather Browning/Blacksburg Spokesperson;]
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[OUT Q=ON JULY FIRST.]
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[VO-NAT]

A pending lawsuit against the town over the project is STILL on the court docket for this Thursday. Sources tell News 7 the judge will cancel the hearing and the case will be officially withdrawn IF council formally votes to cancel the project tonight.
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[11Vick]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-06 TC1:57:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


A judge will decide later today whether to postpone the trial of three Virginia Tech football players.
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[VO-NAT]

Quarterback Marcus Vick along with wide receiver Brenden Hill and tailback Mike Imoh are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]

The Commonwealth's Attorney is asking for Friday's trial date to be pushed back. Vick is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl, while Imoh and Hill face charges for allegedly serving alcohol to minors.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/File Tape; ]

The Commonwealth says it hasn't had enough time to go over subpoenaed documents or meet with the attorney for the underage girls.

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[Iraq]


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


U- S officials say a civilian convoy in Iraq has come under attack west of Baghdad, and some people are unaccounted for.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Meanwhile, the widening investigation into Iraqi prisoner abuse heads back to Capitol Hill today for another round of top level hearings.
Congress is also waiting to see previously un- released photos, and a video showing more mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of U-S soldiers.
While the photos have led to calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step down, President Bush used yesterday's visit to the Pentagon to re- affirm his support for Rumsfeld.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=You are doing]

((YOU ARE DOING A SUPERB JOB. YOU ARE A STRONG SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. AND OUR NATION OWES YOU A DEBT OF GRATITUDE.))
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[OUT Q=debt of gratitude.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, an attorney for Private Lynndie England-- one of seven soldiers facing courtmartial-- says she's a ``scapegoat.''
Her attorney says England was ordered to pose with the prisoners.
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[Campaign-2004]


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


President Bush will take a break from dealing with the Iraq situation long enough to campaign today at an Arkansas junior high school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Bush will speak about the No Child Left Behind Act.
He'll be on the road the next two days touting his education policy in states up for grabs in the November election.
Meanwhile, his Democratic rival, John Kerry will be in Arkansas tomorow.
On the campaign trail this week, the Massachusetts Senator is focusing on health care, accusing President Bush of ignoring the rising costs of health care.
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[11Bedford-County]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-19 TC14:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


250 years ago this month, the first group of men ever to hold public office in Bedford County convened its first official meeting.
Last night, a re-creation of that event took place.. powdered wigs and all.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Lacey Putney/(I) Bedford; :31]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Pollard/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :50]
[SUPER=01-Glenn Ayers/250th Celebration Organizer; 1:08]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]

(( Twenty years before our country was born, Bedford County was already doing business on its own.
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((ON THE FIFTH DAY OF MAY, IN THE 27TH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF OUR SOVEREIGN LORD, GEORGE SECUNDIS REX..))
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In May of 1754, members of the first governing body met and swore themselves in.. the predecessor to today's board of supervisors.
To honor their 18th-century colleagues, county leaders donned period costumes and powdered wigs to recreate that event.. including a presentation from the state's longest-serving legislator.
[SOT 15:17:27]

((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I-BEDFORD: WHEN I OFFERED THIS RESOLUTION AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WANTED TO KNOW IF I WAS IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AT THAT TIME..))
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[OUT Q=at that time.]


Even though signs of the 21st century were still present, the board hopes citizens will learn to appreciate the county's long and storied history.
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((BOBBY POLLARD/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: I HOPE THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD COUNTY WILL FEEL SOME PATRIOTISM TOWARD THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THEIR LOCAL COUNTY AND WHAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE HERE IN BEDFORD COUNTY AND HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE TO HAVE THE FREEDOM HERE IN BEDFORD COUNTY.))
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[OUT Q=in Bedford County.]
[SOT 15:10:32]

((GLENN AYERS/250TH CELEBRATION ORGANIZER: THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO SHOW THAT BEDFORD COUNTY IS A WONDERFUL.. IT'S NOT JUST A SCENIC PLACE, BUT IT'S A VERY HISTORIC PLACE. ))
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[OUT Q=very historic place.]


Events celebrating the 250th anniversary will continue through the end of the year, including a parade in downtown Bedford later this month.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County. ))


[CO-Tornado]


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


A Denver T-V news crew was at the right place at the right time to catch a tornado on tape.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Cedar Point, CO;]


Late yesterday afternoon, a line of thunderstorms produced at least one twister.
The video captures the large tornado touching down.
It was moving toward the news crew and other people, forcing them to take shelter under a freeway overpass.
Station K-D-V-R reports the tornado came right over the overpass where everyone was.
But no one was injured, and there was no damage reported.
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(weather toss)


[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Investors are hoping for a turnaround of the past two trading sessions. Will they get it?
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
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(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]


Anti- terrorism efforts have made it a violent day in the Gaza Strip.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza Strip;]


Israeli forces exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen in Gaza City, killing at least three Palestinians and injuring more than 50 others.
Later, witnesses reported an Israeli armored personnel carrier drove over a bomb near a Gaza settlement, killing six Israeli soldiers.
Three militant groups have claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Meanwhile, Israel's military hasn't commented on any casualties.
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[6-Radford-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-10 TC1:03:34]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]
[ENG#=2]

Radford Police are still looking for a second suspect in connection with last week's fatal shooting.
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[TAKE BROWN FS ] Aamir Darrin Lewis Brown turned himself in this weekend. He's charged with capital murder in the death of Brian Keith Gray.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/May 4;]

Gray and his roommate ,Forrest Hart, were both shot in what police are calling an apparent home invasion robbery. Hart is expected to recover from his injuries. Investigators say they are still looking for one more person. If you have any information call the Radford Police.
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[11City-Police]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-16 TC 29:07]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]

Roanoke police have a new tool in its fight against crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The Criminal Intelligence and Technology Unit will use high-tech video editing equipment, along with 3-D programs which help police re-create crime scenes. Police officials say this kind of technology is necessary especially when investigating hold-ups. With this equipment officers can freeze and enhance video which helps apprehending a suspect and prosecuting him easier. The unit cost more than 70-thousand dollars and was funded with grants and money from the city.
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[11Tech-Minorities]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-13 TC41:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


Next year's freshman Class at Virginia Tech will be highly competitive, but NOT as diverse as past classes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The number of minority students entering Tech next fall will drop to just under 13-percent. The news comes just as the school is reporting higher grade point averages and test scores for the new class of almost 5-thousand students.
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[SOT: 4:36:29:00]
[IN Q=iT'S A VERY COMPETITIVE.]

((MARK MCNAMEE: IT'S A VERY COMPETITIVE UNIVERSITY THAT CREATES SOME WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR US. WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE REACHING OUT TO THE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO COME HERE SO THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT VIRGINIA TECH. ))
[SUPER=01-Mark McNamee/University Provost;]
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[OUT Q=AT VIRGINIA TECH.]
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[VO-NAT]

Applications from both Hispanic and African American students are significantly down. Officials say the controversy over affirmative action last year, the hike in the application fee and the elimination of the application fee WAIVER for minorities could be reasons for the decline.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

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[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, The Dow will begin the day below the 10-thousand mark. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
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[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case. (QUICK OUT!)]


((ALL OF THE MAJOR MARKET INDEXES ENDED AT THEIR LOWEST LEVELS OF THE YEAR MONDAY.


THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE DROPPED 127-POINTS, CLOSING BELOW THE 10-THOUSAND LINE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE DECEMBER 10TH.
THE NASDAQ CLOSED DOWN 21-POINTS.


THE FEAR OF RISING INTEREST RATES CONTINUES TO PRESSURE STOCKS.


CITIGROUP SAYS IT WILL TAKE A CHARGE OF NEARLY 5 BILLION DOLLARS -- OR 95 CENTS A SHARE -- THIS QUARTER.
THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S PARTLY DUE TO A TWO-POINT-SIX-FIVE BILLION DOLLAR CLASS-ACTION SETTLEMENT WITH WORLDCOM SECURITIES HOLDERS.
THE LAWSUIT ALLEGED THE BANK PARTICIPATED IN THE MASSIVE FRAUD AT WORLDCOM, NOW KNOWN AS MCI.
THE BANK ADMITTED NO WRONGDOING IN THE SETTLEMENT.


SUNTRUST AGREES TO BUY NATIONAL COMMERCE FOR NEARLY SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS IN CASH AND STOCK.
THE DEAL WOULD CREATE A TOP 10 U-S BANK WITH 148-BILLION DOLLARS IN ASSETS.
THE ACQUISITION BOLSTERS SUNTRUST'S FOOTPRINT IN THE FAST-GROWING SOUTHEASTERN U-S.


PHILIP MORRIS SAYS AN APPELLATE COURT AFFIRMED A 2003 JURY DECISION ORDERING IT AND ANOTHER TOBACCO FIRM TO PAY DAMAGES TO A FORMER SMOKER.
THE JURY FOUND PHILIP MORRIS LIABLE FOR ABOUT TWO-POINT-SIX MILLION DOLLARS, OR 40 PERCENT OF TOTAL DAMAGES.
PHILIP MORRIS IS NOW A UNIT OF ALTRIA.


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

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


[11Snakehead]


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


It's a ravenous predator that can terrorize marine life and walk out of the water.
Now a snakehead fish has been found in Virginia.
On Friday, a fisherman caught one in a creek near Mount Vernon in Northern Virginia.
The deparment of Game and Inland Fisheries believes it's an isolated case, probably an aquarium fish released into the wild.
After snakeheads were found in Maryland two years ago, the fish was added to Virginia's list of predatory and undesirable species. That means they're prohibited in the commonwealth without special permits.

[Paws-Claws]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Paws and Claws]
[ENG#=4]

[NOTE ANCHOR TAG]
If you're heading out of town this summer, no need to feel guilty about leaving Fido.
Thanks to the growing trend of "doggy day care", your pooch can swim, lounge around the pool, and enjoy his OWN vacation.
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[Take Fs Paws and Claws]
In this week's "Paws and Claws", Donna Renae tells us why day care is going to the dogs.
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[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tracy Winokur/Wagging Tails Owner; :19]
[SUPER=01-Donna Renae/Reporting; :40 ]
[SUPER=01-Susan Lavery/Dog Owner; :55]
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[OUT Q=In Atlanta, I'm Donna Renae.]

((

AN ALTERNATIVE TO LEAVING FIDO "HOME ALONE" TO TEAR UP THE FURNITURE, DOGGY DAY CARE CENTERS ARE SPRINGING UP ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
FOR ABOUT TWENTY-BUCKS A DAY, TRACY WINOKER AND THE STAFF AT "WAGGING TAILS" IN ATLANTA WILL PLAY WITH YOUR DOG UNTIL--WELL, UNTIL HE'S DOG TIRED.

--sot--


Our number one goal is to provide the environment for the dogs to get wild, get crazy, so when they go home...they basically lay down the rest of the day, and they will not move. We call it a doggy day care hangover.

--nat sot--


"C'mon out, this is where it all happens!"

--sot under video--


We've got a pool outside, so the dogs get to run around and jump in the pool and splash around, we've got ramps, we've got park benches, we've got stadium chairs...they're very busy all day!
--TRACK--
WHILE DOGS DRINK UP THE NON-STOP ATTENTION... SALES PROFESSIONAL SUSAN LAVERY SAYS SHE'D FEEL GUILTY IF SHE DIDN'T TAKE LITTLE MABEL TO DAY-CARE.

--sot--


To be perfectly honest, it's a stress-release for me, I don't have to worry about getting home and playing with her constantly...so, you know, making this extra step, making this extra commitment isn't that big of a deal for me.
--TRACK--
OC: IN ATLANTA, I'M DONNA RENAE.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[SS=none]


Of course, there are also several centers here locally offering pet day care, as well as in- home services.
Stay with us, News 7 Mornin will be right back. [Kim tosses to bump] [BUMP-Paws and Claws music under]
[WINNER ANNOUNCE!]