[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Ten rafters have been rescued after a weekend adventure on the Illinois River turned tragic.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a boatload of Oscars for Titanic.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


If you stayed up late watching the Oscars, this morning's chilly temperatures are just the thing to wake you up.
Those numbers will warm up into the mid 50s today, with sunshine arriving by afternoon.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie][Open]





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[SUPER=15-Kimberly/McBroom;]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



[E-Gaskins]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#98-34]
[GRAPHIC=Gaskins]


Joe Gaskins' first day on the job was also a first for the city of Roanoke.
Joe Dashiell reports on yesterday's swearing in ceremony... and reaction to the arrival of Roanoke's new Police Chief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=With his family]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief; :27]
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :45 ]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=news 7.]


((With his family in the front row, and a courtroom packed with police and local officials, Joe Gaskins assumed the leadership of the Roanoke Police Department.
[IN Q=According to the best of my ability]

[RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=congratulations chief.]


Gaskins stressed his commitment to community policing, and his desire to build strong partnerships between the police department and the city's residents.
[IN Q=I simply want to get]

((I SIMPLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON HERE, AND BUILD ON THE SUCCESSES, SEE WHAT KIND OF POLICING THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND BUILD ON THAT.)) [RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=build on that.]


The local president of the NAACP says Gaskins' appointment is historic, and Martin Jeffrey says it also represents an opportunity.
[IN Q=This provides]

((THIS PROVIDES OR SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THE CITY AND ITS ABILITY TO BE INCLUSIVE AND ITS WILLINGNESS TO BE INCLUSIVE. AND I THINK THAT IF WE ALLOW IT, THIS COULD HELP US TURN THE CORNER IN A LOT OF WAYS AS A CITY.)) [RUNS 19]
[OUT Q=a lot of ways as a city.]


Whether or not that happens, Gaskins says he's proud to be joining this department and this community, and he says he's ready to get to work.

Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[E-Monty-Murder]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-24]
[GRAPHIC=murder investigation]


An autopsy pinpointed the cause of death for a Montgomery County man found dead in Catawba Sunday morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Yesterday;]


An assistant state medical examiner says 36-year old Michael Gregory Durham died from multiple gunshots to the chest and abdomen.
But officials were unable to determine how long he'd been dead.
A passerby discovered the body shortly before noon along Mossy Spring Road.
Sheriff's investigators are NOT sure if Durham died at the scene-- or if his body was dumped there.
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[3:56:00]
[SOT]
[IN Q=It could]

((NEAL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. CHIEF DEPUTY: IT COULD'VE BEEN AND THAT'S UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME, IF THAT OCCURRED, OR EXACTLY WHAT HAS OCCURRED AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DETERMINE RIGHT NOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Neal Turner/Montgomery Co. Chief Deputy; :00]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=right now.]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


Investigators are following several leads but so far no one's been arrested.
Durham was originally from Maryland but had been living in Montgomery County working odd jobs.

[buchanan-wreck]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=fatal wreck]



Two high school students are dead and two others in critical condition after a collision in southwest Virginia yesterday.
Two 16-year-old Hurley High School students were killed when their car crossed a center line on a curve and slammed nearly head-on into a coal truck.
The truck driver and two 17-year-old students in the car were injured.
The crash prompted Buchanan County school officials to send all 340 students of the school home early -- after the crash site had been cleared of wreckage.

[rafters]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rescuers in Oregon today will resume searching for any missing rafters after a weekend-outing-turned-deadly.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Agness, OR;]

[5:00: ]
Two people were killed after heavy rains and melting snow on Sunday turned the Illinois river into a deadly torrent.
Helicopters and boats were used to rescue about ten survivors yesterday.. many of whom had spent the night clinging to rocks until help arrived.
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[ACADEMY-AWARDS]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=morn]


Titanic has proved unsinkable at the 70th annual Academy Awards.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


The disaster epic and all-time box office champion won 11 oscars, including best picture, song, score, visual effects, editing and costume.. as well as best director.
In the Best Acting categories Jack Nicholson won his third oscar and Helen Hunt her first for their roles in the romantic comedy, "As Good As It Gets."
Kim Basinger took supporting actress for "L-A Confidential"
Robin Williams captured best supporting actor for his role in "Good Will Hunting."
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, UVa puts the search for a new head basketball coach into high gear.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy everybody]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=good day everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-5]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=13-Steve Smith/American Red Cross;]
[super=13-Keryl Jensen/American Red Cross;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
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Nat Sound
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[Tax-Ideas]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=bedford county seal]


The thought of Governor Gilmore's car tax plan going forward has some Bedford County residents fearing their tax burden will increase.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

At last night's Board of Supervisors meeting, one man suggested the panel explore broader tax options, such as a Business, Professional and Occupational license tax. Another idea the local government may consider is a consumer utility tax differential between businesses and residents. Officials say that tax would generate about 405-thousand dollars in additional revenue. Authorities have yet to determine how much money a B-POL tax would yield.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-26 (TC 8:13)]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]

[***ANCHOR TAG****]
People are still sifting through the destruction days after tornados tore up towns along the Virginia-North Carolina border.
One of the hardest-hit communities is Stoneville, North Carolina.. just south of Martinsville.
Christy Hubley takes us there.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I thought we lifted]
[SUPER=03-Stoneville, NC; :05]
[SUPER=01-Vickie Martin/Witness; :16]
[SUPER=@Christy1;:35]
[SUPER=01-James Sandifer/Witness;1:02]
[SUPER=01-Pam Craddock/Tornado Victim;1:22]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=Stoneville, North Carolina.]
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[SOT 3:47:00-:05]
[IN Q=I thought we lifted up]

((I THOUGHT WE LIFTED UP INTO THE AIR, INTO THE EYE OF THE TORNADO.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=of the tornado.]


Jessica Martin was at home with her mom when the tornado touched down.
They were standing on the porch when they saw the funnel cloud through the trees.
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[SOT 3:45:51-:58]
[IN Q=I showed her and I said]

((VICKIE MARTIN/SAW THE TORNADO: I SHOWED HER AND I SAID THAT'S THE TORNADO AND SHOWED HERE THE SWIRLING CLOUDS AND EVERYTHING THEN SIRENS WNET OFF AND I SAID TIME TO GET IN THE TUB.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=get in the tub.]


When Mom and daughter emerged from their hiding place, this is what they found.
Houses with no roofs.
Cars with no windows.
This tornado even killed two people in its path.
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[SOT 4:20:46-:59]
[IN Q=When the tornado blew through]

((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: WHEN THE TORNADO BLEW THROUGH HERE FRIDAY AFTERNOON, DOWNTOWN STONEVILLE WAS A BUSY PLACE. CARS LINED THE STREETS JUST AS THEY DO NOW. PEOPLE WERE IN THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT NOW, YOU'D THINK IT WAS THE FILM SET TO THE MOVIE TWISTER.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=the movie Twister.]


Just below the water tower that welcomes you to town, is all that's left of a laudrymat.
This used to be an antique store.
And this a mechanic's garage.
James Sandifer was working on a car here when he saw the tornado.
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[SOT 3:17:24-:34]
[IN Q=It just looked ]

((JAMES SANDIFER/SAW THE TORNADO: IT JUST LOOKED LIKE LITTLE GHOSTS WERE DANCING IN THE SKY JUST LOOSE STRONGS OF CLOUDS OR STUFF WAS JUST TURNING AROUND IN CIRCLES.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=around in circles.]


People are just now being allowed to go back to their homes to gather their belongings.
Power crews are working to restore electricity.
And it's neighbor helping neighbor to get life back to normal.
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[SOT 4:09:57-:10]
[IN Q=There's a widow lady that lives]

((PAM CRADDOCK/TORNADO VICTIM: THERE'S A WIDOW LADY THAT LIVES AT THE END OF THE STREET AND WE WENT TO HER HOUSE AND PACKED UP ALL OF HER PICTURES AND BIBLES AND WE FOUND HER CAT THAT SHE HAD BEEN WORRIED ABOUT SO IT'S IN MY BACK BEDROOM NOW.(LAUGH))) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=back bedroom now. (laugh)]


A simple act of kindness in wake of nature's cruelty.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Stoneville, North Carolina.))
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[Talent=Kimberly]
[Graphic=Hold]


Preliminary damage figures for Stoneville and the surrounding Rockingham County are estimated at seven-million dollars.

In Pittsylvania County, damages have exceeded 895-thousand dollars. [E-Goodlatte]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mfe]
[TAPE#=598-14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Too many Southwest Virginians know the pangs of hunger.
That's according to
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

Second Harvest, which released its national report on hunger.
The regional portion of the study found nearly 60 percent of those who seek help from the Food Bank do not have high school diplomas.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says it's further proof that education is the key to being self- sufficient.
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[SOT 11:12:53]
[IN Q=The percentage]

((THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING FOOD FROM FOOD BANKS THAT DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS A HIGHER PERCENTAGE IN THIS AREA THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.))
[SUPER=@Goodlatte;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q= NATIONAL AVERAGE.]
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[VO NAT]
Second Harvest officials found the majority of recipients have jobs, but are struggling to make ends meet.
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[SOT 11:00:02]
[IN Q= Poverty and]
[SUPER=01-Christine Vladimiroff/Second Harvest President; :]

((POVERTY AND HUNGER IN SMALL TOWNS AND RURAL AREAS IS MORE HIDDEN. MANY OF THE HUNGRY LIVE CLOSER THAN MANY IN MIDDLE AMERICAN FAMILIES MIGHT REALIZE.))
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q= might realize.]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Kraft Foods donated 37 thousand 500 dollars to the food bank for fresh produce.

[2-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


In sports, Scottie Pippen's dunking display helps the Chicago Bulls run past the Boston Celtics.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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[SUPER=0096-/Minnesota/87/j/Dallas/91///j/L.A. Lakers/107//Denver/86///;]
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[SUPER=0098-j/N.C. State/60//Connecticut/52//NCAA Women/j/La. Tech/72//Purdue/65//NCAA Women/;]
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[SUPER=0098-/North Carolina/70/j/Tennessee/76//NCAA Women/j/Arkansas/77//Duke/72///;]
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[SUPER=0103-j/Carolina/5//Florida/3////Chicago/5//Detroit/5//Final In Overtime/;]
[RUNS=:35]
[OUT Q=......last score."]


[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)


[S-Monty-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-24]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Multiple gunshots to the chest and abdomen killed the Montgomery County man found dead, Sunday morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Sunday;]


36- year old Michael Gregory Durham's body was discovered shortly before noon along Mossy Spring road.
But the medical examiner who completed an autopsy yesterday says cold weather made it impossible to determine how long he'd been dead.
Sheriff's officials are working several leads but so far no one's been arrested.
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[3:56:38]
[SOT]
[IN Q=Just as]

((NEAL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. CHIEF DEPUTY: JUST AS IN ANY MURDER THERE IS A LOT OF UNDETERMINED FACTORS, A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW, IS THE ANSWERS, AS WELL AS HELP FROM FOLKS THAT MIGHT KNOW SOMETHING REGARDING THIS INDIVIDUAL. ))
[SUPER=01-Neal Turner/Montgomery Co. Chief Deputy; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=this individual.]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=Murder Investigation]


Sheriff's officials say Durham was originally from Maryland but had been living in Montgomery County and working odd jobs.[First-Day]
[anchor=melanie]
[newscast=morn]
[writer=jda]
[tape=]
[graphic=gaskins]



A historic day for Roanoke came to an end after new police chief Joe Gaskins was sworn in.
Gaskins says he's prepared for the challenges & criticism he will face in his new position.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm looking forward]

((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JOB, AND CONTROVERSY AND CHALLENGE ARE A PART OF THAT JOB.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=part of that job.]


[VO/NAT]
[super=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;]


The head of Roanoke's N-Double-A-C-P chapter says there is definite meaning in the selection of Gaskins for the position.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is a historic]

((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: IT IS A HISTORIC EVENT BAR NONE. AND ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY. I THINK IMAGERY IS IMPORTANT. INCLUSION IS IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=Inclusion is important.]



[anchor=melanie]
[ss=hold]

Gaskins says one of his top priorities is to build strong partnerships between the police department and Roanoke's residents.



[E-Partial-Birth]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-23]
[GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court]


Yesterday's Supreme Court decison NOT to re-instate a ban on partial birth abortions in Ohio should NOT have any impact here in Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


State senator Steve Newman says the bill he helped craft avoids the unconstitutional language found in the Ohio statute.
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[SOT 14:02:17]
[IN Q=We believe that]

((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WE BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL WILL BE A FIRST IMPRESSION TO THE COURT, THEY'VE NEVER SEEN A LAW LIKE THIS IN THE FOURTH CIRCUIT BEFORE. THE OHIO BILL WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON OUR BILL WHATSOEVER, BECAUSE IT'S SO FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT, AND I'M HOPING IT WILL COME OUT UNSCATHED.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=come out unscathed.]
[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[SS=None]


Newman's bill enjoyed bi-partisan support and sailed through this past session of the General Assembly.
Governor Jim Gilmore is expected to sign the measure into law.

[E-Weddle]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=KHU]
[TAPE=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Lexington doctor is being investigated by the state Board of Medicine for unprofessional conduct- -including having sex with patients.
Doctor William Weddle categorically denied the charges yesterday.
He said -- quote -- "I have practiced medicine for 25 years and never have I engaged in any improper sexual conduct with a patient" -- end quote.
Weddle was cited by the state Board of Medicine for having sex with TWO patients... relationships that allegedly overlapped and lasted more than a decade in one case.
Among the allegations... that he had sex with a woman in an examining room at COMMUNITY Hospital's Emergency Room.[

CLINTON-UGANDA]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=clinton]


President clinton is in Uganda this morning on the second day of his historic six-nation tour of africa.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kampala, Uganda;]


President Clinton sat down with that nation's leader.
During a brief picture taking session Mr. Clinton told reporters he was delighted with yesterday's reception in Ghana.
[SUPER=03-Accra, Ghana;]


An estimated half million people heard him speak.
But there was a moment of panic when enthusiastic crowds pressed forward...crushing well-wishers greeting the president.
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[SOT]

[5:03:45-5:04:02]
[IN Q=]

(( CLINTON:ITHOUGHT IT WAS WONDERFUL...AND IT WAS FINE. ))
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=AND IT WAS FINE.]
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[VO-NAT]


This is longest foreign trip of Mr. Clinton's presidency.
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[2-rafters]


[ANCHOR=kIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In Oregon, the search resumes this morning for the body of missing rafter presumed dead after weekend rafting trip turned tragic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Agness, OR;]

[5:00: ]
At least two people were killed after heavy rains and melting snow on Sunday turned the Illinois river into a deadly torrent.
Helicopters and boats were used to rescue about ten survivors yesterday.. many of whom had spent the night clinging to rocks until help arrived.
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[TITANIC-SWEEP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Motion picture Titantic picked up eleven new passengers last night, all named Oscar.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]

[4:07:32]
The disaster epic claimed a record- tying eleven trophies last night at the 70th annual Academy Awards, including best film, best song and one for James Cameron as best director.
And it's ``As Good as it Gets'' for Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
They won the best acting awards at the Academy Awards for their roles in the film with that title.
The supporting acting Oscars went to Robin Williams in ``Good Will Hunting'' and Kim Basinger in ``L.A. Confidential.'' 15
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, the number of teams in women's regional play is dwindling on the basketball court.
Mike Stevens has a look at last night's action.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning.]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=good day everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)

[Lottery ]
Pick 3/Pick 4/Cash 5
[SUPER=65-6/7/6/1/5/5/0/10/21/25/29/33;]




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[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=13-Pat Shumate/Red Cross Volunteer;]
[Super=13-Jerry Beckner/Red Cross Volunteer;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[super=16-985-3550/American Red Cross;]
[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)



[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, a breakthrough that could help prevent brain damage for newborn babies.
Mika Brzezinski has the story in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=British doctors]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[SUPER=@file; ]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((ONCAM=MIKA

MIKA BRITISH DOCTORS HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW TECHNIQUE TO HELP PREVENT A LACK OF OXYGEN DURING DIFFICULT BIRTHS WHICH CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE IN BABIES. THE RESEARCHERS HAVE DESIGNED A SPECIAL "COOL" CAP TO REDUCE THE NEWBORN'S TEMPERATURE BY A FEW DEGREES ... THEY BELIEVE THAT WILL STOP THE CHEMICAL REACTIONS THAT CAN RESUTL IN LONG-TERM INJURY. THE CAP IS REVOLUTIONARY BECAUSE IT GOES AGAINST THE COMMON BELIEF THAT BABIES SHOULD BE KEPT WARM ... AND THAT BRAIN DAMAGE FROM OXYGEN DEPRIVATION IS INSTANTANEOUS.
VO MIKA THE 1997-98 FLU SEASON SEEMS TO FINALLY BE ON ITS WAY OUT ... AND IT'S THE TIME FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHAT WILL BE IN NEXT YEAR'S VACCINE. THE FLU VACCINE FOR THE 1998-99 SEASON WILL CONTAIN COMPONENTS OF THE: A-BEIJING; A-SYDNEY; AND CHINESE-B STRAINS. SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE COUNTRIES USUALLY ARE THE -FIRST- TO HAVE FLU OUTBREAKS SO THEIR STRAINS MAKE THEIR WAY AROUND THE WORLD ... ARRIVING IN AMERICA BY OCTOBER. EACH YEAR, 20-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN AMERICA DIE FROM THE FLU.
VO MIKA OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, THE SPREAD OF AIDS IS ECPECTED TO TRIGGER MORE THAN 3-MILLION NEW TUBERCULOSIS CASES WORLDWIDE. THE AIDS AGENCY OF THE UNITED NATIONS REPORTS THAT T-B IS THE ONLY INFECTION AFFLICTING AIDS VICTIMS THAT CAN SPREAD EASILY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE DUAL EPIDEMIC OF T-B AND H-I-V HAS BECOME ON OF THE MOST SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO THE AGENCY. LEFT UNTREATED ... EACH PERSON WITH ACTIVE T-B CAN INFECT --ON AVERAGE-- BETWEEN TEN AND FIFTEEN PEOPLE A YEAR.
THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]


[E-Bedford-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-29]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford Co. Seal]


Some Bedford County residents say their real estate taxes have been unfairly raised over the past couple of years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


With the threat of Governor Gilmore's car tax plan becoming a reality, some are suggesting that county supervisors look for additional revenue elsewhere.
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[SOT=05:53:58/05:54:59]
[IN Q=WE NEED TO]

((DONNIE WRAY/BEDFORD CO. RESIDENT; WE NEED TO SPREAD THIS TAX BASE AROUND. I'M ASKING YOU TO GIVE THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD THEIR TIME TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST A GROSS RECEIPTS TAX. BECAUSE IF YOU CAN'T FIND WAYS TO SPREAD THE TAX BASE AROUND, THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD COUNTY CAN.)) ((DALE WHEELER/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR; ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK WE COULD ADOPT IS A CONSUMER UTILITY TAX DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL.))
[SUPER=01-Donnie Wray/Bedford Co. Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :15]
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[VO-NAT]

A gross receipts-- or Business, Professional and Occupational license tax-- would levy taxes on local businesses to generate revenue for the locality. The county's administration has not yet studied how much revenue that tax would generate.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Lynchburg Republicans once again have a full slate of candidates for this May's at- large city council election.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Kevin Clauson bowed out of the race last week, citing family commitments.
But long- time businessman Bruton Langley stepped forward yesterday to take his place.
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((WENDELL WALKER/L'BURG REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN: WITH THE THIRD CANDIDATE COMING IN.. .. THE LAST FOUR YEARS.)) ((BRUTON LANGLEY/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I THINK I CAN BE OR SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG.. A BUSINESSMAN ON CITY COUNCIL.))
[SUPER=01-Wendell Walker/Lynchburg Republican Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bruton Langley/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :17]
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[VO-NAT]


Five other candidates are running for the three at- large seats.
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[4-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
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In sports, the Detroit Pistons hold Allen Iverson to a career-low four points in a victory over the Philadelphia 76-ers.
Here's a look at the scoreboards.
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[SUPER=0096-/Minnesota/87/j/Dallas/91///j/L.A. Lakers/107//Denver/86///;]
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[SUPER=0098-j/N.C. State/60//Connecticut/52//NCAA Women/j/La. Tech/72//Purdue/65//NCAA Women/;]
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[SUPER=0098-/North Carolina/70/j/Tennessee/76//NCAA Women/j/Arkansas/77//Duke/72///;]
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[SUPER=0103-j/Carolina/5//Florida/3////Chicago/5//Detroit/5//Final In Overtime/;]
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[Local-Recap]
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[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Joe Gaskins can now be officially referred to as "Chief Gaskins." Roanoke's new chief of police was sworn in yesterday at a ceremony that involved city officials and Gaskins' family.
Gaskins stressed his commitment to community policing.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The body of a Montgomery County man found dead in Catawba Sunday morning has been identified as 36-year old Michael Gregory Durham. An autopsy report revealed he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And, taxes are on the minds of members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. They are considering a Business, Professional and Occupational license tax that would levy taxes on local businesses to generate revenue for the locality.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
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