[L'Burg-Shooting]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=04-31 32:27]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]
[ENG#=1]


Lynchburg police are looking for several shooting suspects.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Authorities say one person was shot in the chest at the James Crossing Apartment Complex, formerly Greenfield Apartments.
It happened between 10-thirty and 10-45 last night. The victim was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police are looking for a red Ford Mustang with three or four black males.
The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.
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[B'burg-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Robbery]


Police in Blacksburg are looking for an armed robber. They say they were called to the Speedway Center on Prices Fork Road shortly after nine last night. The clerk told them he had been robbed by a man who came in on foot and demanded money.
The suspect gestured toward his pocket as if he had a gun. The suspect apparently entered the store from the Food Lion parking lot, and fled in the same direction. The clerk was not injured.

[Russia-School]


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


More than a dozen armed men and women are holding up to 400 hostages at a Russian school, near the border of Chechnya.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-North Ossetia, Russia;]


There are reports that 200 schoolchildren are among the hostages.
The seizure took place on the first day of the school year, when it was likely that a large number of parents would be with their children.
The Interfax news agency says some of the attackers are wearing suicide- bomb belts.
So far, they haven't given any reason for taking over the school.
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[VOB-Republican-Convention]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=3]


Delegates from the battleground state of Pennsylvania cast the deciding votes that made President Bush's nomination for a second term official.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Last night at the Republican Convention, President Bush appared via satellite to introduce his wife.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I am a lucky]

((I AM A LUCKY MAN TO HAVE LAURA AT MY SIDE. AND AMERICA WOULD BE FORTUNATE TO HAVE HER IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS.))
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[OUT Q=for another four years]
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[VO-NAT]


First Lady Laura Bush strayed from her usual topics of education and health care to defend her husband's decision to go to war in Iraq.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=My husband did]

((LAURA BUSH/FIRST LADY:MY HUSBAND DID NOT WANT TO GO TO WAR, BUT HE KNEW THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD DEPENDED ON IT. ))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bush/First Lady;]
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[OUT Q=world depended on it.]
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[VO-NAT]


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also shared the convention spotlight-- saying that America is safer with Bush in the White House.
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[11Storm-Cleanup]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=04-23 TC1:33:43]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]
[ENG#=4]


Residents and business owners in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom district will hold a community meeting this afternoon to discuss their efforts to recover from Monday's flooding. State and local officials are also expected to attend.
Governor Mark Warner walked through the muddy streets yesterday, and got a first-hand look at the mess left behind.
News Seven's Joe Dashiell was there as well, and has stories of survival and a long recovery ahead.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Rogg/Downtown Worker; :10]
[SUPER=01-Kwesi Johnson/Richmond Resident; :26]
[SUPER=01-Bob Spieldenner/Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management; :48]
[SUPER=@Joe1; 1:05]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Richmond.]



[11National-Guard]


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



The Virginia National Guard has announced that 182 soldiers home-based in Farmville are being called to active duty.
They're members of Battery B, Second Battalion, 111th Field Artillery.
The soldiers will begin 18 months of federal service on October 17.
165 National Guard troops from Martinsville and Rocky Mount will go on active duty the following weekend.

[VOBCity-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-27 TC1:16:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


Fourteen kids in Roanoke City have now asked for a transfer.
They're allowed to, because 7 elementary schools failed to make the grade under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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


This was one of the many issues discussed at a community meeting held at Breckinridge Middle School.
Last night, administrators presented the school system's six year improvement plan which federal guidelines now require.
Roanoke City Schools set similar objectives in the past, but this is the first time they span six years.
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[SOT 17:43:05]
[IN Q=What this does]

((DORIS ENNIS/ACTING SUPERINTENDENT: WHAT THIS DOES FOR US IT REALLY KEEPS US ON TARGET BECAUSE EVERY YEAR WE GOT A CHANCE TO MONITOR OUR PROGRESS AND SEE IF WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY ALSO TO MODIFY AND ADJUST ACCORDING TO WHERE WE NEED TO.))
[SUPER=01-Doris Ennis/Acting Roanoke Superintendent; :]
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[OUT Q=we need to]
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[VO-NAT]


Some of the things proposed in the six year plan include expanding pre school programs.
Also, students who are not doing well on the Standards of Learning may be required to attend summer school.
The school board will vote on the six year plan at its October 12th meeting.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Consumer confidence dropped in August.
Marcella Palmer has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; :00]
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[OUT Q=in New York.]

((SHARES OF SPECIALTY FOOD PRODUCER HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP ROSE 2-PERCENT IN EVENING TRADING... THE COMPANY MATCHED EXPECTATIONS FOR EARNINGS, WHILE ALSO AFTER HOURS FOREST LABORATORIES DROPPED 4.5 PERCENT AFTER IT SAID AN ALZHEIMER'S DRUG SHOWED DISAPPOINTING RESULTS IN CLINICAL TRIALS.
A LATE DAY SURGE TUESDAY HELPED THE BLUE CHIPS CLOSE THE MONTH WITH A GAIN BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE FOR THE NASDAQ WHICH ENDED THE MONTH DOWN MORE THAN 2 PERCENT. THE DOW CLOSED THE DAY UP 51 THE NASDAQ UP ALMOST 2
THE CONSUMER confidence index DROPPED to 98.2 in August from a revised reading of 105.7 in July, IT'S the largest drop in the index since February.
Shares OF INTEL dropped to a 14-month low AFTER A SLEW OF ANALYSTS LOWERED THEIR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE CHIP GIANTS PERFORMANCE... INTEL'S REGULAR MIDQUARTER UPDATE IS DUE OUT THURSDAY.
NORTH FORK BANCORPORATION SAYS ITS SHARHOLDERS HAVE GIVEN THE GO AHEAD TO THE ACQUISITION OF GREENPOINT FINANCIAL. THE COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED REGULATORY APPROVAL; THE TRANSACTION IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE BY THE END OF THE THIRD QUARTER.
DEL MONTE BUYS UNIMARK'S MEXICAN UNIT FOR 6-MILLION DOLLARS CAPITAL CASH. UNIMARK PROCESSES CITRUS AND TROPICAL FRUITS.

SHARES OF PALM ONE CLOSED SHARPLY LOWER TUESDAY. THEY DROPPED 11-PERCENT. POSSIBLY REACTING TO TALK OF POTENTIAL COMPETITION FROM NOKIA. AG EDWARDS SAID IN A RESEARCH NOTE THAT NOKIA MAY UNVEIL A COMPETATIE DEVICE TO PALM ONE'S TREO 600 SMART PHONE IN COMING WEEKS.
AND SOME END OF SUMMER HIGHS FOR SIX FLAGS.... SHARES OF THE BATTERED COMPANY WERE ON THE RISE, GAINING 25 PERCENT ON WORD THE OWNER OF THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS QUIETLY SNATCHED UP A BIG CHUNK OF THE TROUBLED THEME PARK OPERATOR THIS MONTH AND MIGHT LEAN ON MANAGEMENT TO SELL OR MERGE THE STRUGGLING COMPANY.
FOR MORE ON THE MARKET... LOG ON TO CBS DOT MARKET WATCH DOT COM... I'M MARCELLA PALMER IN NEW YORK.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

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


[Israel-Bombing]


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


Isareli troops have sealed off the West Bank city of Hebron after yesterday's suicide bombings that killed 16 people in the town of Beersheba.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beersheba, Israel;]


The Palestinian militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombings aboard two buses.
The group says the attacks were meant to avenge Israel's assassination of its top two leaders.
Meanwhile, Israel says the attacks are proof that the construction of its controversial security wall is needed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is a cruel]

((AVI PAZNER/ISRAELI OFFICIAL: THIS IS A CRUEL AND BARBAROUS ACT OF TERRORISM. THEY HAVE HIT THE CITY WHERE WE DID NOT HAVE A SECURITY FENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Avi Pazner/Israeli Official;]
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[OUT Q=security fence.]
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[VO-NAT]


This was the first Hamas attack in Israel since March.
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[11Craig-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-21 TC2:04:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]

The school board's under the microscope in Craig County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Castle]

125-residents submitted a petition to Craig County Circuit Court to audit the school system from the '95 - '96 school year to the present. In court documents the group stated it wanted the audit to determine whether there had been any inappropriate spending or any wrong doing. The group also wants any recommendations for improving accounting practices. It's an idea some local residents support.
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[SOT@1:54:05.27]
[IN Q= That's why I want...]

((JANE COLE, CRAIG CO. RESIDENT: THAT'S WHY I WANT TO SEE THE AUDIT 'CAUSE WE NEED EVERY BIT OF MONEY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THIS COUNTY. 'CAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TAX INCOME.))
[SUPER=01-Jane Cole/Craig Co. Resident]
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[OUT Q=... tax income.]
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[VO-NAT]

School board member Tommy Zimmerman tells News 7- he hates to waste tax payers money, but says- he would like to see an audit performed and feels confident the audit will show the school finance records are in order and correct.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=LEgal Scales]

Circuit Court Judge Bo Trumbo is scheduled to hear the case on September 13th.

[11VA-SAT]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja/ejo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Virginia's high school students did better on the Verbal part of the SAT this year, ... but math scores slipped a bit.

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[Take SAT FS 102] The College Board reports the average Virginia score was a combined 1024, just under the national average of 1026. [Take next board 103] The average verbal score in Virginia was 515, above the national norm, but the 509 average math score is below the national average.
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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 bounced back yesterday. 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.]

((STOCKS PERKED UP IN THE FINAL HOUR OF TRADING.


THE DOW INDUSTRIALS ROSE 51-POINTS.
THE NASDAQ ADDED ONE.


A BUSINESS RESEARCH GROUP SAID JOB MARKET WORRIES SENT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE TUMBLING IN AUGUST.
THE CONFERENCE BOARD SAID ITS INDEX OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SANK TO 98-POINT-TWO FROM A READING OF 105-POINT-SEVEN IN JULY -- A GREATER DROP THAN ECONOMISTS HAD PREDICTED.
THE CONFERENCE BOARD SAID CONSUMERS ARE LIKELY TO REMAIN CAUTION UNTIL THE PACE OF HIRING PICKS UP.


ANOTHER REPORT SHOWED THE EXPANSION IN MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IN THE MIDWEST SLOWED IN AUGUST, AS PRICING PRESSURES CONTINUED TO MOUNT.
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PURCHASING MANAGEMENT OF CHICAGO SAID ITS BUSINESS INDEX FELL TO 57-POINT-THREE, DOWN FROM JULY'S 64-POINT-SEVEN.
STILL, AUGUST IS THE 16TH MONTH OF EXPANSION, INDICATED BY A READING ABOVE 50.


MERCK'S ANTI-CHOLESTEROL DRUG ZOCOR SUFFERED A SETBACK.
A MAJOR STUDY, SPONSORED BY THE COMPANY, FOUND HIGH DOSES OF THE DRUG SHOWED NO CONCLUSIVE BENEFITS IN PREVENTING FRESH CARDIAC PROBLEMS IN HEART ATTACK PATIENTS.
IT MAY NOT BE ALL BAD NEWS FOR MERCK.
THE DISAPPOINTING RESULTS COULD REINFORCE THE CASE FOR USING A PILL THAT COMBINES ZOCOR AND ANOTHER CHOLESTEROL-LOWER DRUG -- A NEW TREATMENT DEVELOPED BY MERCK AND ANOTHER COMPANY.


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

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


[6-HoneyTree]


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


Roanoke County police say NO charges will be filed against a day care center that left a child stranded at a swimming pool. Five-year-old Hunter Kemper was on a field trip with the HoneyTree Early Learning Center, when the group accidentally left him behind for a half hour. The boy was okay, and the center says it has revised its policies to prevent future mishaps. The Department of Social Services is still investigating.