[VOB-National-WX]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


Authorities in Nevada say they've found the body of a 13- year- old boy who went missing yesterday after an avalanche knocked him from a ski lift.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Las Vegas, NV;]


It happened at a ski resort just north of Las Vegas.
The boy's death is one of 20 blamed on the severe winter storm sweeping across the country.
[SUPER=03-Orange Co., CA;]


In California, at least eight people have died in floods and landslides.
The National Weather Service says downtown Los Angeles has received 4 and half inches of rain since Friday,
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's not so much]

((IT'S NOT SO MUCH THE WATER, IT'S WHEN PEOPLE DRIVE BY, THE SPLASHING. I MEAN, WE GET A THREE FEET SWELL.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=three feet swell.]
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[VO-NAT]


Forecasters say the wet weather will continue through tomorrow.
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[11L'Burg-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-42 TC1:49:29]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]
[ENG#=2]


Lynchburg police are still looking for a suspect following a deadly shooting outside the James Crossing Apartment Complex.
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[VO-NAT]

Officials say 45-year-old Clayton Calvin Martin Junior shot 25 year-old Jamishia Lanise Jackson around 12:30 yesterday morning.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]

Officers say Jackson was sitting in a vehicle when she was killed. Police are still looking for Clayton Martin, who fled on foot after the shooting. Friends of Jackson's say she and Martin were involved in a relationship. Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Lynchburg Police.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]

[Take FS Central VA Crimestoppers] or call crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-55 TC1:58:25]
[GRAPHIC=Melinda Bond]
[ENG#=3]


The mother of a missing Vinton woman says it's not like her daughter to run away.
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[VO-NAT]

25-year-old Melinda Denise Bond was last seen the day before Thanksgiving.
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Bond dropped her daughter off at her mother's house in Salem on her way to work at Bojangles. But, Bond never showed up at work or later that night. Debbie Jensen says her daughter had received some disturbing phone calls at work, and the day she disappeared she contacted her ex-husband in California, asking for help.
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[SOT 3740]
[IN Q=she had said]

((DEBBIE JENSEN/BOND'S MOTHER: SHE HAD SAID TO HIM IN THE TEXT MESSAGE THAT I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, AND THE LAST ONE SHE RECEIVED BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED WAS HELP ME.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Jensen/Bond's Mother;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=was help me]
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[VO-NAT]

Jensen says she's sure Bond's disappearance has nothing to do with reports of money missing from the Bonjangles restaurant. Bond was last seen driving a black 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup, with Virginia tag: JLU-9488.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Police say someone reported seeing a woman driving a truck that matches the description in the South Hill area in Mecklenburg County. If you have any information, you are asked to call police.

[11Rodeo]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-46 TC1:12:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


Fans at the Rodeo in Salem Friday night got an unexpected and unpleasant surprise. Rodeo officials say they thought they were doing a so called immigrant a favor by letting him show his appreciation for America. But Jeremy Butterfield tells us not only was the crowd was tricked, but the organizers as well.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Sunday was business as usual]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Rowe/Imperial Rodeo Production; :17]
[SUPER=01-John Saunders/Salem Civic Center Assistant Director; :43]
[SUPER=01-Rodney Shaw/Rodeo Hand; 1:02]
[SUPER=@jeremy1; 1:40]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=News 7, Salem.]



(( Sunday was business as usual at the Salem Civic Center... much different than Friday night. Rodeo Organizers say they were blind sided when the man they let sing the national anthem disgraced the song by reciting some anti-American jargon.
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[SOT 00:20:33]
[IN Q=So by the time]

((BOBBY ROWE:SO BY THE TIME HE GOT DONE WHY EVERYBODY WAS PRETTY WELL WORKED UP, AND SOMEBODY CAME BY AND SAID YOU DON'T KNOW WHO THAT MAN IS. I SAID NO, HE'S A RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT. HE SAID HECK HE'S ON THE H-B-0.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=he's on the H-B-O.]

Comedian Ali-G deceived everyone. His show on HBO has tricked everyone from celebrities to high-ranking politicians. Now two days later Salem Civic Center officials are still hearing about it from the fans.
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[SOT 00:41:07]
[IN Q=Well basically the rodeo]

((JOHN SAUNDERS:WELL BASICALLY THE RODEO IS PURE AMERICAN AND EVERYTHING THAT I WAS RECEIVING WAS THE FACT THAT THIS PERSON HAD NO RIGHT AND NO BUSINESS IN FRONT OF THIS CROWD BASICALLY SAYING THINGS DEROGATORY AGAINST OUR COUNTRY, OUR PRESIDENT.)) [RUNS:17]
[OUT Q=county, our president.]

Rowe and his handlers say the man took the prank to far.
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[SOT 00:30:20]
[IN Q=If he thinks that's]

((RODNEY SHAW:IF HE THINKS THAT'S FUNNY THEN HE HAS A POOR SENSE OF HUMOR. THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER THINGS HE COULD DO THAT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE WITH THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=the national anthem.]

The organizers say the were just as stunned as everyone else but did say they caught on by the end.
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[SOT 00:22:29]
[IN Q=He says well let]

((BOBBY ROWE:HE SAYS WELL LET ME GO BACK OUT THERE AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE AND APOLOGIZE. I SAYS NO YOU AIN'T GOING NO WHERE. I SAID NUMBER ONE YOU WOULDN'T MAKE IT TO THE OTHER END OF THE ARENA. I SAID BY THE TIME THESE COWBOYS GET DONE WITH YOU.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=done with you.]

The Imperial Rodeo says it learned its lesson on Friday night and organizers will be a lot more cautious next time they try and do a favor for someone.
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[SOT 00:29:39]
[IN Q=But they won't]

((RODNEY SHAW:BUT THEY WON'T GET US AGAIN. I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT. NOBODY WILL GET US AGAIN.)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=will get us again.]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[SOT 00:52:16]
[IN Q=Saturday and Sunday's]

((JEREMY BUTTERFIELD:SATURDAY AND SUNDAY'S SHOW WENT OFF WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS AND CIVIC CENTER OFFICIALS SAY THE RODEO ALREADY HAS A DATE TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR. JEREMY BUTTERFIELD, NEWS 7, SALEM.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=News 7, Salem.]))


[Middle-East]


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


Now that he's elected, the real challenge begins for the new Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
It's up to him to handle peace talks with Israel and attempt to subdue militant groups.
Susan Roberts has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza Strip; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ghassan Khatib/Palestinian Labor Minister; :45]
[SUPER=01-Susan Roberts/CBS News; 1:16]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=Roberts, CBS News, Washington.]

(( ON THE STREETS OF GAZA CITY PALESTINIANS CELEBRATED THE ELECTION OF THEIR NEW PRESIDENT WELL INTO THE NIGHT
ON THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM THIS MORNING.. ISRAELIS EXPRESSED HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
MOS 2:31:52 I decided I am going to be optimistic about abu mazen
PALESTINIANS WENT TO THE POLLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NINE YEARS SUNDAY AND CHOSE MAHMOUD ABBAS.. POPULARLY KNOWN AS ABU MAZEN.. TO BE THEIR LEADER. HUNDREDS OF FOREIGN OBSERVERS MONITORED THE ELECTION THAT PROCEEDED WITH RELATIVELY FEW PROBLEMS.
ABBAS.. WON BY A LANDSLIDE.. DECLARING VICTORY SHORTLY AFTER THE POLLS CLOSED.
NAT POP abbas speech
ABBAS TOLD SUPPORTERS A DIFFICULT MISSION LIES AHEAD.. HE HAS PROMISED TO SEEK PEACE WITH ISRAEL, BUT ALSO TO BATTLE WIDESPREAD THE CORRUPTION THAT HAS BEEN THE LEGACY OF YASSER ARAFAT'S RULE.

(Ghassan Khatib, Palestinian Labor Minister)

2:34:12 palestinian people have transmitted a message of peace
ANALYSTS SAY THE ABBAS HAS A STRONG MANDATE TO RENEW TALKS WITH ISRAEL AND REIN IN MILITANTS AFTER MORE THAN FOUR YEARS OF BLOODSHED. MILITANTS GROUPS HAVE SIGNALED THEY WILL GIVE THE NEW LEADER A CHANCE.. BUT ANY NEW ATTACK AGAINST ISRAEL COULD UNDERMINE HIM AND RENEWED EFFORTS FOR DIPLOMACY.
ISREALI PRIME MINISTER ARIAL SHARON.. WHO MET WITH SENATOR JOHN KERRY TODAY.. INTENDS TO SIT DOWN WITH ABBAS SOON.
STAND_UP CLOSE: PRESIDENT BUSH CALLED THE ELECTION A HISTORIC STEP TOWARD A PALESTINIAN STATE AND CONGRESSIONAL AIDS SAY HE IS CONSIDERING A PROPOSAL TOP BOOST U-S AID TO PALESTINIANS IN PREPARATION FOR AN ISRAELI WITHDRAW FROM GAZA. SUSAN ROBERTS. CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))


[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, concern over inflation and interest rates pushed stocks lower last week.
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=1:50]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((THE market kicked off 2005 with a weekly loss as investors worried about higher interest rates and inflation.
The dow jones industrial average down nearly 19 points on Friday... the NASDAQ Composite dipped just about a point, and is still looking for its first gain of 2005.
Investors fear that a solid December employment report Friday and Federal Reserve concerns about inflation may lead to a pick-up in the pace of future interest rate hikes.
A federal bankruptcy judge has thrown out a disputed new five-year contract between United Airlines and its pilots. The decision deals the bankrupt carrier a significant setback in efforts to ensure lower labor costs without a court order.
Taser is on the stocks to watch list: shares sank 18 percent Friday after the company said it is facing an informal probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the safety of its stun guns and a recent order. Despite recent scrutiny, Taser has said its stun guns have never caused a death or serious injury, and points to reports from a variety of government offices as proof the devices are safe.
None of the parties are commenting, but there's a report that a growing wireless company is considering going public. With all of the recent merger activity in the wireless market, Sprint and Virgin Group may reportedly look to cash in by selling a stake in their wireless joint venture. Since starting service in mid-2002, Virgin Mobile has picked up more than two (m) million subscribers, making it one of the fastest-growing wireless carriers in the U-S.
on the economic calendar this week, reports on December retail sales Wed. and a report on the inflation at the wholesale level on Thursday.
track all the market action at cbs.mw.com in ny I'm ac.))

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[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Tsunami]


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


President Bush will hear more about U- S relief efforts and the ongoing needs in South Asia, when he's briefed by Secretary of State Colin Powell today.
Meanwhile, Barry Peterson has an update from Thailand, where the tsunami claimed more than five thousand lives and wiped out businesses.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Khao Lak, Thailand; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nigel Pike/Business Owner; :43]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/CBS News; :48]
[RUNS=1:52]
[OUT Q=Peterson, CBS News, Khoa Lok, Thailand.]

(( This is the sound of recovery in Khao Lak, Thailand's hardest hit area. But the sound of human resilience comes in wor
ds. (SOT: NIGEL PIKE/THIS WAS SHOT FROM IN FRONT AND FROM BEHIND NIGELYOU CAN USE EITHER OR CUT BETWEEN THEM) IT CAME

UP TO ABOUT 12 FEET. THIS IS AS HIGH AS IT GETS, RIGHT UP HERE.) Nigel Pike and his wife run Ceramics Cutlery. Friends bring food and encouragement as they literally pick up the pieces of a shop that once sold ceramics to vacationers. On that Sunday morning from their apartment above the store they saw what the rest of us can only imaginethe wa
ve. (SOT: NIGEL/3602/ON CAMERA OR AS VOICE OVER) THERE WAS A GREAT NOISE OF POWER LINES COMING DOWN, AND PEOPLE SCREA

MING AND CARS TUMBLING OVER AND METAL GRINDING. (EDIT) WE'VE GOT THE RIVER OUTSIDE, THE BANGLIAN RIVER, AND THAT WAS FLOWING IN REVERSE, BACKING UP INTO THE HILL. THE OCEAN IS SO FAR FROM HERE YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE ITTWO OR THREE MILES AWAY. AND YET THE TIDAL WAVE WAS SO HIGH AND SO STRONG IT PICKED UP A POLICE BOAT, BROUGHT IT ALL THE WAY HERE, AND DROPPED IT IN A FIELD. When the boat went floating by, Nigel and a musician friend who saw it with him had the same thought.
(SOT: NIGEL) THEY WAVED AND WE WAVED BACK. MY GUITARIST THOUGHT THEY WERE COMING TO SAVE US, BUT THEY WERE OUT OF CON

TROL. Like everyone here, he lost a close friend. But his wife is safe. And one of his two dogs who was swept awa
y managed to stay alive and find her way back home. (SOT: NIGEL) WE ARE LUCKY. ANY TINY LITTLE GRAIN OF SELF PITY IN

MY BRAIN JUST DISAPPEARS IMMEDIATELY WHEN I THINK OF WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ALL THE PEOPLE HERE. Right now, the job is repair and rebuild. But to rebuild a life burdened by such searing memories may take yearsand for some, it may never happen. Bp, cbs news, khoa lok, Thailand .)

[11Paradox]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-43 TC1:30:25]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]
[ENG#=2]


Some musicians are getting in tune with the tsunami relief effort.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


In Roanoke last night, jazz became a fundraiser for the Red Cross.
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[SOT 9:25:53]
[IN Q=If it's ]

((IF IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK, PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE SOMEONE TO LOVE.))
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=someone to love. DOUBLE OUT!!!]
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[VO-NAT]


Well-known Jazz singer and Roanoke native Jane Powell brought her voice home last night and joined the Cyrus Pace Jazz Group for a fundraiser at the Paradox.
The five-dollar cover charge went to the Red Cross.
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[SOT 00:55:33]
[IN Q=It's on a lot of]

((NICK CLAFFEY:IT'S ON A LOT OF PEOPLE'S MINDS A LOT OF DEATHS, IT'S A TRAGEDY REALLY. I WANTED TO GIVE BACK SOMETHING CHARITABLE. I THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD GET ROANOKE'S SUPPORT. GET SOME MONEY FOR THEM-- HELP EVERYONE OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Nick Claffey/Paradox]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=help everyone out.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Roanoke chapter of the Red Cross has raised more than 130-thousand dollars so far.
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[Biz-Brief]


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

Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
In business news, a Federal bankruptcy judge rejected an agreement between the parent company of United Airlines and its pilots union. The judge said the deal quote "unfairly tilted the bankruptcy process" in favor of the pilots. The five year deal would have trimmed the piolts wages by 14 percent, saving the airline 180-million dollars annually.
In other news, stocks closed lower Friday. Stan Case has more on that in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:02]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]

((U-S STOCKS CLOSED THE FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR LOWER.


THE DOW INDUSTRIALS LOST NEARLY 19-POINTS FRIDAY.
WHILE THE NASDAQ edged DOWN ONE.


THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS EMPLOYERS ADDED 157-THOUSAND JOBS IN DECEMBER -- TOPPING OFF THE STRONGEST YEAR FOR JOB GROWTH YEAR SINCE 19-99.
WHILE THE DECEMBER NUMBER WAS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN ANALYSTS EXPECTED, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO REVISED UP THE NUMBER OF NEW JOBS IN THE PREVIOUS TWO MONTHS BY A TOTAL OF 34-THOUSAND JOBS.
THE BRINGS THE YEARLY TOTAL TO TWO-POINT-TWO MILLION JOBS.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT ALSO REPORTED THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LAST MONTH REMAINED AT FIVE-POINT-FOUR PERCENT.


SHARES OF TASER INTERNATIONAL FELL NEARLY 18-PERCENT ON NEWS THAT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION HAS LAUNCHED AN INFORMAL PROBE INTO THE COMPANY.
THE INVESTIGATION IS FOCUSING ON TASER'S SAFETY CLAIMS ABOUT ITS STUN GUNS, AND THE TIMING OF A ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLAR DISTRIBUTION DEAL.
TASER SAID IT STANDS BY ITS SAFETY STATEMENTS, AS WELL AS THE DEAL AND THE COMPANY'S FINANCIAL GUIDANCE.


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







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[11Buchanan-Parking]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-52 TC34:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

Officials want tractor trailer drivers to "steer clear" of the town of Buchanan. Council is now considering a proposal, which would keep the trucks from downtown. Susan Bahorich has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Buchanan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Middlecamp/Buchanan Town Council; :11]
[SUPER=@SUSAN1; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=SB, News7, Buchanan]



(([nats- drive by]
The small town of Buchanan sees its share of traffic, but officials want to make sure that traffic's not of the 18-wheel variety.

[SOT@20:25.00]
[INQ=We've received complaints...]

((TOM MIDDLECAMP, BUCHANAN TOWN COUNCIL: WE'VE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS OF TRACTOR TRAILERS BEING PARKED ON LOWE STREET. WE LOOKED INTO IT AND THEY WERE FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME. SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS BE PRO-ACTIVE.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUTQ=.. is be pro-active.]


Vice Mayor Tom Middlecamp wants to do that by adding a section to the town code which would keep commercial vehicles from parking on Buchanan streets from eight at night, to eight in the morning.
Specifically, the code would target- any truck exceeding five-thousand pounds, equipped or designed with more than two-rear axles or any buses.

[SOT@25:29.00]
[INQ=We don't want...]

((TOM MIDDLECAMP, BUCHANAN TOWN COUNCIL: WE DON'T WANT OUR COMMUNITY TO BECOME A TRUCK STOP TO DROP OFF THE TRAILERS- THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE TRUCK STOPS, SO THEY CAN LEAVE THEIR VEHICLES THERE.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUTQ=.. their vehicles there.]


This isn't the first time the town has step in to keep big rigs from parking within its limits. Officials banned trucks from parking near a boat landing -citing fears of leaks or contamination into the James River.

[SOT@37:22.00]
[INQ=Middlecamp says Vinton...]

((SUSAN BAHORICH, REPORTING: MIDDLECAMP SAYS VINTON HAS A SIMILAR ORDINANCE TO KEEP TRUCKS FROM PARKING ON ITS STREETS AND ITS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. RESIDENTS WANTING TO WEIGHT IN ON THE PROPOSAL CAN DO SO MONDAY NIGHT AT THE BUCHANAN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING. THAT MEETING BEGINS AT SEVEN O'CLOCK IN THE TOWN HALL. SB, NEWS7, BUCHANAN.)) [RUNS:17]
[OUTQ=sb, news7, buchanan.]))


[11General-Assembly]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-44 TC1:42:29]
[GRAPHIC=VA Legistalture]
[ENG#=2]


Virginia's General Assembly session will be a bit louder than in the past.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/November]

Thanks to the foundation-to-roof renovation taking place at the state capitol.
The 83-MILLION dollar construction project will most seriously affect parking at the capitol.
The 100-delegates and 40 senators instead will be forced to park in the Virginia State Library parking deck. That will displace other state employees.
(XXXXXXX)

[WIPE TO STATE OF COMM. FS]
The General Assembly convenes Wednesday afternoon, then hears from Governor Mark Warner that evening.
WDBJ-7 will carry Warner's State of the Commonwealth address live Wednesday evening, beginning at Seven o-clock.

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[Healthy-Living]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Healthy Living]
[ENG#=3]


Some San Antonio, Texas newborns are now getting a new medical test before they leave the hospital.
(+++++++++++)

[Take FS Healthy Living] As Wendy Rigby reports in today's healthy living segment, it's a screening that can prevent serious health problems.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Margaret Neiheisel/Pediatrician;]
[SUPER=01-Nicky Gilliland/New Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Wendy Rigby/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=WR, for CBS News.]

((THE NEWBORN NURSERY AT METHODIST HOSPITAL IS A BUSY PLACE, WITH THOUSANDS OF BABIES SCREENED FOR A VARIETY OF HEALTH PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY EVER LEAVE THE HOSPITAL. NOW METHODIST HOSPITAL IS ADDING A NEW TEST...A CHECK FOR BILIRUBIN LEVEL. IT MEASURES A BI-PRODUCT OF RED BLOOD CELLS THAT CAN LEAD TO JAUNDICE AND A MORE SERIOUS RARE CONDITION CALLED "KERNICTERUS." KERNICTERUS IS ACTUALLY YELLOW STAINING OF THE BRAIN. AND IT CAN CAUSE A SERIES OF SYMPTOMS INVOLVING FUSSINESS, A HIGH-PITCHED CRY, SEIZURES, LETHARGY, POOR FEEDING. RIGBY>>AND IN EXTREME CASES, MENTAL RETARDATION AND DEATH. THAT'S WHY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDS THE PAINLESS TEST.
(MORE BEEPING NATS)

ALL IT TAKES IS THREE TAPS ON THE FOREHEAD WITH THIS SPECIAL MONITOR. THE PAINLESS, NON-INVASIVE CHECK MAKES ELI GILLILAND'S MOTHER FEEL MORE CONFIDENT WHEN SHE LEAVES THE HOSPITAL. I JUST FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE AS A PARENT WHEN I GO HOME TO KNOW THAT MY CHILD HAS HAD ANY KIND OF POSSIBLE TEST TO REASSURE THAT HE IS WELL AND HE'S DOING OKAY. RIGBY>>BABIES WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF BILIRUBIN CAN BE TREATED WITH SPECIAL LIGHT THERAPY AND MORE AGGRESSIVE FEEDING SCHEDULES. WITH HEALTHY, NORMAL BABIES LEAVING THE HOSPITAL WITHIN A DAY OR TWO, THIS IS ONE MORE WAY DOCTORS CAN BE SURE THEY'RE NOT MISSING SOMETHING IMPORTANT. WE'RE ALL VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT, AND WHEN I DISCUSS IT WITH PARENTS, THEY'RE VERY EXCITED AS WELL.
on cam tag
THESE DANGEROUSLY HIGH BILIRUBIN LEVELS ONLY AFFECT ABOUT 1 IN EVERY HUNDRED-THOUSAND BABIES...BUT IT'S A CONDITION THAT CAN BE EFFECTIVELY TREATED IF IT'S DETECTED.))

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