[Reeve-Obit]

[ANCHOR=Susan]

[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]

He was best known for his role as the comic book hero, "Superman." Yesterday actor Christoper Reeve died at his home - he was 52. Susan Roberts has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He was known to millions]
[SUPER=01-Susan Roberts/CBS News; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]


((
HE WAS KNOWN TO MILLIONS AS SUPERMAN...RESCUING THE VICTIMS OF EVIL OR NATURAL DISASTER...BUT NOTHING COULD RESCUE ACTOR CHRISTOPHER REEVE FROM THE WHEEL CHAIR THAT CARRIED HIM FOR MORE THAN NINE YEARS.

(NATS: REEVE BEFORE ACCIDENT)


IN MAY OF 1995 THE STRAPPING YOUNG MAN WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN A NEAR FATAL HORSE-RIDING ACCIDENT WHEN HIS MOUNT BALKED AT A RAIL JUMP AND PITCHED HIM FORWARD. HIS HANDS TANGLED IN THE HORSE'S BRIDLE, HE LANDED HEAD FIRST, FRACTURING THE UPPERMOST VERTEBRAE IN HIS SPINE. HE WAS INSTANTLY PARALYZED FROM THE NECK DOWN AND UNABLE TO BREATHE.

(NATS: EVENT APPLAUSE)


DESPITE THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES, REEVE WAS DETERMINED TO REMAIN SELF-SUFFICIENT. LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER HIS ACCIDENT HE BEGAN ACCEPTING INVITATIONS FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS. REEVE TRAVELED ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH A TEAM OF NURSES AND AIDS, LECTURING ON ISSUES RELATING TO DISABILITIES. IT WAS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT HIS REPUTATION AS AN ADVOCATE FOR RESEARCH TOOK HOLD.

SOT: CHRISTOPHER REEVE/YEAR 2000 APPEARANCE:

"A CURE FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY IS NOW OBTAINABLE."
IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING HIS ACCIDENT, REEVE GRADUALLY REGAINED SENSATION IN PARTS OF HIS BODY BUT HE REMAINED DEPENDENT ON A VENTILATOR TO BREATHE. IN THE FINALS STAGES OF HIS LIFE HE MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS, FREEING HIMSELF FROM THE VENTILATOR FOR LONGER PERIODS AS HIS INTENSIVE REGIMEN OF THERAPY PAID OFF.
ROBERTS ON-CAMERA CLOSE.: ACCORDING TO HIS PUBLICIST, REEVE DIED OF HEART FAILURE SUNDAY. HE HAD FALLEN INTO A COMA AT HIS HOME IN NEW YORK ON SATURDAY. CHRISTOPHER REEVE WAS 52 YEARS OLD. SA, CBS NEWS, WASH.))




[Campaign-2004]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=2]

With the last presidential debate just days away, both candidates are making final preparations for the big event.

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[VO-NAT]

President Bush is stumping in a pair of Western States today as his opponent John Kerry is in New Mexico before heading to the debate site in Tempe, Arizona. Most polls indicate the race for the White House is a virtual dead heat, making this last meeting even more important.
Wednesday's debate will focus on domestic issues.
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[11Vinton-OTB]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-28 TC-2:00:10]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]

In just a few hours, the area's new off track betting parlor will be up and running.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]

The facility run by Colonial Downs will hold its grand opening in Vinton today at noon. The center's owners say they have a strong record, and citizens have nothing to worry about.
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[SOT 00:56:55]
[IN Q=We have a track record.]

((IAN STEWART:WE HAVE A TRACK RECORD. WE'VE BEEN OPERATING OFF TRACK BETTING FACILITIES IN VIRGINIA SINCE FEBRUARY OF 1996 SO WE GOT NO WHERE TO HIDE. YOU CAN GO TO THE CITY OF CHESAPEAKE YOU CAN GO TO THE CITY OF HAMPTON YOU CAN GO TO THE CITY OF RICHMOND YOU CAN GO DOWN TO THE LITTLE TOWN OF ALBERTA. YOU CAN ASK ABOUT COLONIAL DOWNS AND WE RUN ON OUR RECORD.))
[SUPER=01-Ian Stewart/Colonial Downs President; ]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=and we run on our record.]
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[VO-NAT]

Some Vinton residents hope past differences can be forgotten, and that everyone will work together to make the facility successful.
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[SOT 02:49:06]
[IN Q=Hopefully all the past differences]

((MOE MATTOX:HOPEFULLY ALL THE PAST DIFFERENCES WILL BE FORGOTTEN AND THEY'LL GO ON THEIR WAY AND THEY'LL BE A SUCCESS HERE AND THEY'LL HELP THE TOWN AND THEY'LL BRING SOME BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=01-Moe Mattox/Chamber of Commerce Member]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=bring some business.]
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[VO-NAT]

The parlor is still waiting on one more controversial issue-- its liquor license. The owners do plan to serve alcohol at the facility -- and say they are taking the proper steps through the ABC board to obtain their license.
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[11Echostar]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=04-40 TC-16:10]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]


Echostar in Christiansburg was shut down for hours while authorities investigated a bomb threat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Police say the threat was called in yesterday. Authorities evacuated the building while a bomb-sniffing dog searched the area. No bomb was found, and employees returned to work. Police say they are actively looking for whoever called in the threat.
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[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Johnson and Johnson issues a warning about Remicade. Marcella Palmer has those stories and and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=in NY, I'm Marcella Palmer.]

((JOHNSON AND JOHNSON WARNS DOCTORS THAT PATIENTS USING REMICADE, FACE AN INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING LYMPHOMA. J AND J SENT OUT A WARNING LETTER AFTER STUDIES SHOWED REMICADE USERS WERE 6-TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP THE DEADLY CANCER.

THE DRUG IS USED TO TREAT PATIENTS WITH CROHN'S DISEASE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.
U-S STOCKS CLOSED THE DAY DOWN FRIDAY... MAJOR REASONS: HIGH CRUDE-OIL PRICES ABOVE 53 DOLLARS A BARREL... AND CONCERN OVER ECONOMIC GROWTH POTENTIAL. THE DOW CLOSED THE DAY DOWN 70. THE NASDAQ CLOSED THE DAY DOWN 28.
ALSO WEIGHING ON THE MARKET, FEWER JOBS WERE CREATED IN SEPTEMBER THAN EXPECTED. SOME ECONOMISTS THOUGHT 138-THOUSAND JOBS WOULD BE ADDED, BUT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS THERE WERE ONLY 96-THOUSAND.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WANTING TO RIDE HIGH IN A HUMMER MIGHT HAVE TO DO SO WITH A SMALLER TAX BREAK. WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS CUT A SO CALLED LOOPHOLE IN THE CURRENT CORPORATE TAX LAW THAT ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO DEDUCT UP TO 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THEIR TAXABLE INCOME FOR PURCHASING A SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE OR LIGHT TRUCK. THIS TAX BREAK BECAME KNOWN AS A LOOPHOLE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS WANTING TO BUY PRICEY LARGE VEHICLES LIKE HUMMERS FOR PERSONAL USE.
FOR MORE ON THE MARKET LOG ON TO OUR SITE... AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM IN NEW YORK I'M MARCELLA PALMER.))



(tape tosses to stocks)

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


[11Boty-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

State Police and Botetourt County officials are looking for someone who may have the left the scene of a fatal accident.
(++++++)

[TAKE ACCIDENT GRAPHIC FS] Investigators say 18-year-old Matthew Everette Neel of Troutville died when his car ran off the road. It happened around two o-clock yesterday morning on Mountain Pass Road between Blue Ridge and Troutville. Investigators say Neel's Mazda was headed eastbound when he ran off the right side of the road and struck several objects including two trees.
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[ANCHOR=Susan]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

Neel was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are now looking for someone they think might have left the scene on foot.

[11Radford-Fall]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-38 TC-46:48]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]

A Radford student was hosptialized after he fell from a balcony.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

Radford Police say the 20 year old Junior from *Midlothian* was at a party on the third floor of an apartment building in the 700 block of Downey Street. Police say just after the midnight Sunday, the student tried to pull himself onto a railing to sit when he fell over.

He was found unconscious on the ground with minor visible trauma and taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Investigators say the railing did not appear to be faulty. Police have NOT ruled out alcohol or drugs as a factor.
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[St-Helens]


[ANCHOR=Susan ]
[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mt. St. Helens]
[ENG#=2]


Mount St. Helens is up to her old tricks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mount St. Helens, WA]

Geologists are closely monitoring the volcano after an increase in activity over the last few days that included a recent plume of steam that rose nearly 10-thousand feet into the air. Scientists say the mountain's emissions will continue to ebb and flow, with occasional blasts spewing steam and ash from fresh volcanic rock. Since September 23rd, thousands of small earthquakes have shaken the peak in the cascade range.
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[11Blues-Fest]


[ANCHOR=Susan]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-24 TC-2:01:30]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]

There was some smokin' blues and food in Roanoke this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The Big Lick Blues and Barbecue Blast was held on the Plaza at the Roanoke Civic Center. Organizers say the weather was right in tune for the outdoor music fest, which they hope will raise the awareness of Roanoke and the area's blues bands.
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[SOT 00:00:55]
[IN Q=There are a lot of]

((STU ISRAEL:THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT BLUES MUSICIANS IN THE AREA AND BLUES IS GREAT MUSIC. MOST PEOPLE CAN IDENTIFY WITH THE BLUES BECAUSE EVERYBODY FEELS DOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Event Organizer]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=because everybody feels down.]
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[VO-NAT]

Nearly a hundred people enjoyed beer and catfish sandwiches as they watched five live bands perform. Proceeds from the event will benefit similar events in Roanoke.
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(Susan tosses to bump)

News 7 Mornin' will be right back. [BUMP] [COMM]

[Biz-Brief]


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


In business news, stocks fell on Friday. 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.]


((STOCKS REELED FRIDAY.


THE DOW INDUSTRIALS DROPPED 70-POINTS.
AND THE NASDAQ LOST 28.


U.S. EMPLOYERS ADDED 96-THOUSAND JOBS IN SEPTEMBER.
THAT'S A SLOWDOWN FROM THE 128-THOUSAND JOBS ADDED IN AUGUST AND FAR WEAKER THAN WALL STREET EXPECTED.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAID IT COULDN'T FIND A MEASURABLE IMPACT ON EMPLOYMENT FROM THE HURRICANES THAT RECENTLY BATTERED SOUTHEAST STATES, DESPITE EXTRA SAMPLING EFFORTS.
THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED AT FIVE-POINT-FOUR PERCENT.


KRISPY KREME SAID THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION'S INFORMAL, NON-PUBLIC INVESTIGATION INTO ITS ACCOUNTING IS NOW A FORMAL PROBE.
COMPANY SHARES FELL MORE THAN FOUR-PERCENT IN THE DAY'S TRADING.


JOHNSON AND JOHNSON SAID IT WILL WARN DOCTORS THAT PATIENTS TAKING REMICADE, IT'S RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DRUG, MAY HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF LYMPHOMA.
AND THE DRUG'S LABEL WILL NOW WARN OF A THREE-FOLD INCREASE IN THE RISK OF THE BLOOD CANCER FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS.
THIS FOLLOWS MERCK'S MOVE LAST WEEK TO VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAW ITS ARTHRITIS DRUG VIOXX FROM WORLDWIDE SALE AFTER A TRIAL FOUND IT DOUBLED PATIENTS' RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE.


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

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


[11Latino-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-30 TC-1:26:27]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]

Latin American culture was celebrated this weekend at Elmwood Park in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

This was the first year for the festival and organizers hope it will become an annual event for Roanokers. Foods, crafts, and music from a variety of Latin cultures were on display and organizers hope the event will educate Roanoke about the Latino people.
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[SOT 01:29:51]
[IN Q=We hope they will learn]

((AGGIE SIRRINE:WE HOPE THEY WILL LEARN ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT CULTURES. WE HAVE SALVADORIAN FOOD HERE WE HAVE HISPANIC FOOD HERE WE HAVE MEXICAN FOOD HERE. WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING WE HAVE LOTS OF MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND WE JUST HOPE EVERYONE WILL LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ALL THOSE CULTURES.))
[SUPER=01-Aggie Romero-Sirrine/Latino Committee Member]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=about all those cultures.]
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[VO-NAT]

The Latino Committee decided that October would be the perfect time to kick of their festival. October is Latino awareness month and organizers say they plan on coming back next October to celebrate and educate once again.
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(Susan toss to bump)

Stay with us..News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
[COMM][BUMP]