[Roanoke-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=04-32]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
[ENG#=1]


Fire crews are still on the scene of a house fire on Stewart Avenue in Southeast Roanoke this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning]


They've been there for more than two hours now. The blaze is under control, but firefighters are trying to keep it from spreading to adjacent homes. No one was home when the fire broke out, and neighbors say they smelled smoke for at least a half hour before realizing the home next door was on fire. The two story frame structure is probably a total loss.
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[Iraq]


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


Ten people are dead and at least 40 injured after a massive car-bomb explosion today in central Baghdad.
A U-S soldier is among the injured.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]


The blast occurred at a checkpoint near an area housing embassies and offices of the interim Iraqi government.
The latest violence comes as Filipino officials give into insurgent demands.
In the face of threats to kill a Filipino truck driver, the Phillipine government began withdrawing 50 peacekeepers from Iraq.
Earlier, Abu Musam Al-Zarqawi's terrorist group followed through with threats to kill a Bulgarian hostage.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We thnk there]

((BRIG. GEN. ERWIN LESSEL/DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS:WE THINK THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE HIGH PROFILE, LARGE ATTACKS BY ZARQAWI. THAT IS HOW HE GAINS ATTENTION FOR HIS CAUSE. ))
[SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Erwin Lessel/Deputy Director of Operations;]
[RUNS=:08] (estimated bite runs time)
[OUT Q=for his cause.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, a British report comes out today that mirrors the Senate investigation on intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq.
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[Imported-Drugs]


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


The House has voted to allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada and other countries at lower prices than in the U-S.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE;]


The measure is part of a 17- million- dollar funding bill, but its prognosis is NOT good.
Supporters say the measure would allow Americans safe access to medications at prices often a third lower than those in the U-S.
But a Republican staff member says the provision is not expected to remain in the final spending bill to be reconciled later by House and Senate negotiators.
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[11581-Bridge]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=04-19 TC1:14:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


Crews will continue inspecting a bridge on Interstate 581 today after small pieces of concrete fell onto Williamson Road.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Engineers from the Virginia Department of Transportation were planning to inspect the bridge yesterday afternoon, while crews worked to remove any other loose pieces of concrete.
No one was injured by falling debris, but the incident blocked two lanes of traffic on Williamson Road.
Crews will resume their work under the bridge at 9:30 this morning.
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[6-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Marcus Vick]

Suspended quarterback Marcus Vick won't be back in court in this part of the state until November. That's the earliest Montgomery County Circuit Court could schedule his NEW trial for taking advantage of under-age girls. Vick is appealing his Juvenile Court conviction where he got time to serve plus a fine. He was suspended from the Virginia Tech football team last week, after being arrested for reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

[11Alleghany-Vandalism]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-23 TC33:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

Alleghany County's Sheriff says his deputies will keep searching for a coveted high school football trophy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-September 12, 1997]

The "Brackman Cup" is awarded each year to the winner of the Alleghany-Covington game.
[SUPER=03-Low Moor]

Deputies say the cup was taken last week when several Alleghany teens vandalized their own school. While, the trophy costs about 50-dollars, it's a prized possession the community wants back.
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[SOT@9:26:18.19]
[IN Q=Can it be replaced?]

((DALE MUTERSPAUGH/ALLEGHANY COUNTY SHERIFF: CAN IT BE REPLACED? YES, BUT I WOULD IMAGINE -AND I THINK I SPEAK FOR THE STUDENT BODY AND THE PUBLIC -THAT WE'D LIKE TO HAVE THE REAL THING BACK. IT MAY HAVE A SCRATCH OR TWO, BUT WE'D STILL LIKE TO RECOVER IT.))
[SUPER=01-Dale Muterspaugh/Alleghany Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=... recover it.]
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[VO-NAT]

Meanwhile, crews continue to clean up the mess. Backboards were broken in the gym, t-v's in classrooms and fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the building.
Damage is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.
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[VOBFiddlefest]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-31 TC 00:14]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


Fiddlefest is back for a second year and organizers have done a lot of fine tuning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Summer]


In it's first year, the week long festival attracted fewer than ten thousand people and as a result lost more than 50-thousand dollars.
One big change this time around is the fact Fiddlefest is now entirely held on the campus of Hollins University.
Organizers are hopeful this year's event will be a hit.
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[SOT 5:01:26]
[IN Q=More than anything]

((MIKE CONNER/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE I THINK PEOPLE HAVE JUST BECOME FAMILIAR WITH FIDDLEFEST. THEY KNOW WHERE IT IS NOW THEY KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE ONE PLACE. TICKET SALES ARE ABOUT TRIPLE, ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE ABOUT TRIPLE WHAT THEY WERE THIS TIME LAST YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Conner/Festival Organizer]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=this time last year]
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[VO-NAT]


Fiddlefest has also been consolidated from six days to three and tickets prices have been reduced.
The festival which highlights traditional string music gets underway a week from Thursday.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Stocks closed mixed. And Intel released its earnings report.
Jean Lee has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=in New York.]




(tape tosses to stocks)

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


[Gay-Marriage]


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


A Senate vote may still come today on a Constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


The measure is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate, but House Republicans are already looking at a plan to pass legislation rather than an amendment.
President Bush pushed the issue to the top of the election year agenda-- and many Republican lawmaker want to get their Democratic counterparts on the record on the issue of same sex marriage.
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[11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-27 TC29:13]
[GRAPHIC=Special Session]
[ENG#=2]


They may have been a little embarrassed, but Virginia lawmakers got the job done.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The General Assembly overwhelmingly voted yesterday to correct a blunder with the state's day of rest law.
The mistake allowed weekend workers to ask for Saturdays or Sundays off.
That was a potential problem for factories, stores and restaurants in the state.
Despite having to return for a second special session this year, House leaders say they're not ashamed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=AS A PART-TIME LEGISLATURE]

((HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MORGAN GRIFFITH: AS A PART-TIME LEGISLATURE WITH 3000 BILLS IN 60 DAYS WE'RE STILL THE MOST EFFICIENT ASSEMBLY IN THE COUNTRY. EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE WE'RE GOING TO MISS ONE. HOUSE SPEAKER BILL HOWELL: I CAN UNDERSTAND THE PUBLIC BEING A LITTLE CONCERNED BUT I THINK THE BIGGER ISSUE IS THERE WAS A MISTAKE AND WE CORRECTED IN A VERY WITH LITTLE COST OR EXPENSE TO ANYBODY AND TOOK CARE OF THE PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=@Griffith; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. William Howell/(R) Speaker of the House; :09]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=AND TOOK CARE OF THE PROBLEM.]
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[VO-NAT]


The changes to the day of rest law took effect immediately when Governor Warner signed the corrected bill into law.
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[11L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-30 TC00:10]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


Two-way traffic may become a reality in downtown Lynchburg
And Home Depot is a step closer to making its home in the Hill City.
It was all on the plate for the city's three newest council members during a work session yesterday.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This building is]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Keith Lee/Dance Theatre of Lynchburg; :35]
[SUPER=01-Tom Ledford/Lynchburg Museums Director; 1:04]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]


[Tape tosses to bump] [BUMP]

[COMM][11Wythe-Abuse]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-22 TC55:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

Wythe County social services says it had NO legal right to stop a woman from leaving a nursing home. The woman later died from what authorities are calling neglect.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Last Week;]

65 year old Esther Crigger arrived home on a Saturday and was found dead on the following Tuesday. Deputies say her respirator was unplugged and her diaper had never been changed. They say, when she was found, her dogs had partially eaten her left arm. Her husband and two sons are all charged with felony abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]

Wythe County's Social services director says his agency was aware Crigger was released from Asbury Place Nursing home.
He says it was her decision and unless a judge ruled she was mentally incompetent there was nothing the state could do.

[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, Johnson and Johnson and Merrill Lynch have released their profit reports. And, many airlines are slashing prices for fall flights. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:08]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


(( U-S STOCK MARKETS CLOSED MIXED TUESDAY, WITH TECHNOLOGY SHARES THE WEAKEST.


THE DOW INDUSTRIALS ADDED NINE-POINTS...
AS THE NASDAQ LOST FIVE.


JOHNSON AND JOHNSON POSTED A QUARTERLY NET PROFIT OF TWO-POINT-FIVE BILLION DOLLARS.
THAT'S UP FROM ONE-POINT-TWO BILLION DURING THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO.
DESPITE BEATING WALL STREET EARNINGS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE QUARTER, SALES GROWTH WAS HURT BY DISAPPOINTING DEMAND FOR ITS CYPHER HEART DEVICE AND ANEMIA DRUG.


MERRILL LYNCH MARKED ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE QUARTER OF PROFITS EXCEEDING ONE BILLION DOLLARS.
THE COMPANY REPORTED ITS NET INCOME FOR THE SECOND QUARTER ROSE 10-PERCENT TO ONE-POINT-OH-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS.
THE COMPANY SAYS IT WAS HELPED BY GROWTH IN TRADING COMMISSIONS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT FEES.


U-S AIRLINES ARE CUTTING THEIR PRICES FOR FALL FLIGHTS EARLIER THAN USUAL THIS YEAR, SETTING OFF A FARE WAR.
JET BLUE HAS JOINED OTHER LOW-COST CARRIERS CUTTING FARES IN RECENT DAYS, SAYING IT WILL SLASH PRICES BY UP TO HALF ON A MILLION SEATS THIS FALL.
AIRTRAN, SOUTHWEST AND A-T-A ALSO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HEAVILY DISCOUNTED FARES FOR THE FALL.
LARGER CARRIERS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FOLLOW SUIT TO STAY COMPETITIVE.


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

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


[6-Methadone-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=04-28 TC26:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


The company planning a methadone clinic in Roanoke now says it hopes to be "up and running in 90 days or less."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


CRC Health Corporation is moving forward with plans for the facility on Hershberger Road.
Yesterday, C-R-C Vice President Joe Pritchard said the company has slowed down the process because it wants "the opportunity to meet with local groups and develop working relationships."
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and residents of the neighborhood continue to oppose the project.