[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


An auto accident in Roanoke County sends several people to the hospital.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And an appeal could be in the works over a Virginia judge's decision allowing a comatose man's family to remove the feeding tube keeping him alive.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Partly to mostly clear skies as you wake up this morning--
But you'll need to hold on to your hats later, when a cold front will bring breezy conditions this afternoon.
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Car-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE=98-66]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Roanoke County police are investigating an accident that sent five people to the hospital.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;.]


It happened last night on Newport Road near Route 311.
A 16-year old driving a Ford Bronco said he was trying to avoid a deer when he swerved into the oncoming lane and hit a pickup truck head-on.
One of the three teenage passengers of the Bronco underwent emergency surgery.
Both people in the pickup truck were seriously injured and are in Roanoke Memorial hospital this morning.
Roanoke County police are still investigating the accident and say charges are pending.
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[E-Finn]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-61 57:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Prince William County judge rejected Governor Jim Gilmore's last-minute effort to save a comatose man.
Early this morning, Judge Frank Hoss rejected the state's claim that removal of Hugh Finn's feeding tube amounted to euthanasia.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


Governor Jim Gilmore reviewed Tuesday's evaluation by state doctors of former TV anchorman Hugh Finn.
But Finn's wife says he did not take family's wishes into account.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT5:01:33]
[IN Q=Obviously they have]
[SUPER=01-Michele Finn/Hugh Finn's Wife;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=of this state]
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[VO/NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manassas/File Tape;]


Finn's been on artificial life support since a car accident three and a half years ago.
His wife says he would NOT want to be kept alive in a vegetative state.
Other family members initially disagreed, but changed their minds this week.
(----------------)



[E-Hog-Farming]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-65 16:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hailfax County is considering the comments of dozens of people who either support or oppose new hog farming regulation.
The county says it will weigh all sides before making any decisions.
Christy Hubley has more on last night's public meeting.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Hogs. Many folks in Halifax]
[SUPER=03-Charles City Co./File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Last Night; :10]
[SUPER=01-Jack Dunavant/Southside Concerned Citizens; :17]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Morris Long/Red Bank Resident; :26]
[SUPER=01- J. Reese/Halifax Farm Bureau; :53]
[SUPER=01-Nelson Link/Farmer; 1:10]
[SUPER=@Christy2; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=News 7, Halifax County.]


((Hogs. Many folks in Halifax County don't want them.
North Carolina recently decided it had too many of them.
So that state issued a moratorium on industrial hog farms.
And some people in Halifax County want stricter livestock regulations so the hog farmers can't move north.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 7:27:23-:32]
[IN Q=These hog factories]

((JACK DUNAVANT/SOUTHSIDE CONCERNED CITIZENS: THESE HOG FACTORIES ARE DIRTY FOUL SMELLING POLLUTING INHUMANE PRODUCTS OF MAN'S GREED.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=of man's greed.]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 7:18:00-:11]
[IN Q=To associate hog factories]

((LISA MORRIS LONG/RED BANK RESIDENT: TO ASSOCIATE HOG FACTORIES WITH FARMING AND CALL IT FARMING IS AN INSULT TO THESE TRADITIONAL FARMERS THIS IS A COMMERCIALIZATION AND INDUSTRY AND SHOULD BE REGULATED AS SUCH.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=regulated as such.]


Odor, water pollution, and declining property values are the chief concerns of hog farm opponents.
Supporters believe the current livestock laws work just fine-- that's why there aren't problems with Halifax County's five existing hog farms.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 8:04:26-:38]
[IN Q=We can only conclude]

((J. REESE/FARM BUREAU: WE CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THE SITED PROBLEMS EXIST IN OTHER STATES, IN PEOPLE'S IMAGINATIONS OR PERHAPS IN CYBERSPACE BUT THEY HAVE NOT HAPPENED HERE AT HOME.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=happened here at home.]


Farmers looking to get into the pig business say they need to to make a living.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 7:23:09-:19]
[IN Q=We're entering this business]

((NELSON LINK/FARMER: WE'RE ENTERING THE BUSINESS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE DIVERSITY TO OUR FARMING OPERATION, TRY TO MAKE SOME MONEY AND SOME STABLE INCOME WE CAN COUNT ON.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=can count on.]


Will Halifax County keep its livestock ordinance as is or change it?
The planning commission hopes to make its recommendation to the county board of supervisors by the end of the year.

Christy Hubley, News 7, Halifax County.
(----------------)))








[5-Trash-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#598-33 49:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's about to be known as "the King of Trash."
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's according to a state senator who's introduced the first anti-trash bill for 1999.
[SUPER=03-King and Queen Co./File Tape;]


It would ban trash barges, cap the amount of waste disposed of each year, and prohibit the construction of new landfills without a finding of public need.
Expanding "mega-fills" in eastern Virginia prompted the bill.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 10:19:26]
[IN Q=Now I want]

((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER CO.: NOW I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THAT. 306 GARBAGE TRUCKS COMING DOWN ROUTE 17 IN A SINGLE DAY. AND ACCORDING TO THEM, THEY'RE AVERAGING ABOUT 15-HUNDRED GARBAGE TRUCKS A WEEK THROUGH THE TOWN OF TAPPAHANNOCK. NOW THAT'S NOT JUST THE CASE IN TAPPAHANNOCK. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, IS THAT REALLY WHAT WE WANT FOR VIRGINIA? IS THAT THE IMAGE? IS THAT THE LEGACY? IS THAT WHAT WE WANT FOR VIRGINIA?))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Hanover Co.; :00]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=for Virginia? *** double Out]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Virginia is currently number two in the nation, behind Pennsylvania, in importing trash.
(------0----------)


[Budget-surplus]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Budger]


Now that Washington is enjoying its first budget surplus since 19-69, Republicans and Democrats have locked horns over what to do with it.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:25;58]
While President Clinton has demanded that the estimated 70 billion dollar surplus be set aside to save Social Security, he has also proposed that some of it be spent on emergency needs -- for hard hit farmers, troops in Bosnia and the year 2000 computer problem.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((PRESIDENT CLINTON:THE DEFICIT REDUCTION HAS SAVED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE THAN 1 TRILLION ON THE NATIONAL DEBT. THE NEW STRATEGY HAS HELPED LEAD TO LOWER INTEREST RATES, HIGHER INVESTMENTS, UNPRECEDENTED PROSPERITY. ))
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=unprecedented prosperity.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Republicans are also eyeing the surplus, hoping to serve up some of it as a tax cut.
(----------------)


[1-Sports]


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


In sports, some fiery baseball playoff action, as Cleveland's manager and pitcher are both ejected by the second inning.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:52]
[OUT Q=a little bit.]



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


[One-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Debra Jamieson/Provisions Gourmet;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



(toss to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:Home Builders))

[S-Vote-Smart]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-58]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


All ten of Virginia's incumbent congressmen are up for re-election this fall.
But they're apparently NOT too worried if you know where they stand on the issues.
Eight of the ten did NOT bother to respond to the non-partisan "Project Vote Smart" National Political Awareness Test.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/September 11;]


Republican Bob Goodlatte did NOT respond.
Democrat Rick Boucher did NOT respond.
Democrat Virgil Goode did NOT respond.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:12:34 ]
[IN Q=In all the]

((RICHARD KIMBALL/PROJECT VOTE SMART: IN ALL THE STATES I'VE BEEN ANNOUNCING IN, I'VE NEVER SEEN IT THIS BAD. THAT'S REALLY LOW. WHY IT IS HERE, I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE THEY DON'T FEEL THREATENED.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Kimball/Project Vote Smart;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=feel threatened.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista/September 7;]


Roanoke Democrat David Bowers, running against Goodlatte, is one of the few who did answer the test.
Radford Republican Joe Barta, running against Boucher, also bothered to respond.
Project Vote Smart will mail you a book with their responses to key issues, if you call toll free 888-VOTE-SMART.
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[S-Barta]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-55 1:15:41]
[GRAPHIC=Barta]


The man challenging Democratic imcumbent Rick Boucher doesn't think the current scandal in Washington will affect the election.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]


Joe Barta says he hopes his race boils down to the issues. He was traveling the district today, adding his support to a republican plan to use the federal budget surplus to save social security and cut taxes.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 00:42:04]
[IN Q=cartain tax]

((JOE BARTA/(R) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE; CERTAIN TAX PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CRYING OUT TO BE CHANGED. THE MARRIAGE TAX PENALTY, THAT'S INCLUDED WITH THAT, SO IT'S NOT WITHOUT SOME RISK, BUT AT LEAST WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THIS MONEY TO BE SPENT ON OTHER NEW PROGRAMS.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Barta/(R) Congressional Candidate]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=other new programs]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Barta has called on the President to resign, but says he hasn't changed his campaign strategy.
(------------)



[S-Goodlatte]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[Tape=98-53 1:32:02]
[GRAPHIC=Bob Goodlatte]


Bob Goodlatte says the House of Representatives should move as quickly as possible to deal with the presidential sex scandal and the Starr Report.
But yesterday, the Sixth District Congressman also argued it would be a mistake to place a time limit on the impeachment inquiry the House is preparing to authorize.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Goodlatte made the remarks following a midday fundraiser in Roanoke. Though Democrats and Republicans are sparring over the scope of the probe, Goodlatte is promising a full, and fair review of the independent council's report.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It is important]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE PRESIDENT BE TREATED FAIRLY IN THIS PROCESS, BUT IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT WE FOLLOW THE TRUTH WHEREVER IT LEADS AND DO THE RIGHT THING.))
[SUPER=@Goodlatte]
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=and do the right thing. APPLAUSE]
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]


Goodlatte was joined by Missouri Senator John Ashcroft, Northern Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, and Lieutenant Governor John Hager at the 50- dollar a plate fundraiser.
Goodlatte faces Roanoke mayor and Democratic nominee David Bowers in the November election.
(----------------)


[PERU-violence]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


NATO plans for airstrikes in Serbia are in place following the latest massacre of ethnic Albanians by Serb troops.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kosov, Serbia;]

[4:29:21]
This after the discovery of bodies from a massacre and reports that thirteen people were slain in another killing frenzy.
U-S national security officials will brief Congress on the developments today.
[SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; ]

[4:30:26]
Meantime, violence in Lima, Peru.
Hundreds of protestors stormed the parade ground in front of the Government Palace yesterday.
They were demonstrating against the president.
Government forces used tear gas and fired shots in attempts to disperse the crowd.
(----------------)


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new device to help people in need of a heart transplant now has the F-D-A's approval.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( GOOD MORNING.
A REVOLUTIONARY HEART PUMP GETS THE BACKING OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION....
WITH THE HOPE THAT THIS DEVICE WILL HELP PROLONG THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A HEART TRANSPLANT.
VT=VO

((vo))
THE MECHANICAL HEART PUMP IS IMPLANTED IN THE ABDOMEN.. AND IS REGULATED BY A BATTERY PACK WORN OVER THE SHOULDER.
BUT UNLIKE EARLIER ARTIFICIAL HEARTS THAT ACTUALLY REPLACED THE ORGAN, THIS DEVICE DOES ALMOST ALL THE PUMPING... WHILE PRESERVING THE HEART'S OTHER CONNECTIONS TO THE ARTERIES, VEINS AND LUNGS.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE PUMP HAS EXTENDED THE LIVES OF PATIENTS AWAITING HEART TRANSPLANTS.. BY AT LEAST TWO YEARS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
A NEW STUDY RECOMMENDS A METHOD OF DETECTING HOW FAR BREAST CANCER HAS
SPREAD-- ONE THAT DOES #NOT# INVOLVE REMOVING THE LYMPH NODES.


THE LYMPH NODES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST INDICATORS OF WHETHER BREAST CANCER HAS MOVED TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY--
BUT REMOVING THEM CAN SERIOUSLY LIMIT A WOMAN'S ARM MOVEMENTS.
THAT'S WHY A REPORT IN TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SUGGESTS THAT DOCTORS EXAMINE THE LYMPH NODES BY INJECTING A DYE OR RADIOACTIVE SOLUTION ABLE TO SPOT TUMORS.
BUT SCIENTISTS CAUTION THAT THE TEST'S SUCCESS RATE VARIES FROM PATIENT TO PATIENT.//
VT=VO

((vo))
RESEARCHERS SAY AMERICANS ARE EATING MORE VEGETABLES THAN THEY DID 25-YEARS AGO...
#BUT# THERE'S STILL A PROBLEM WHEN THE VEGGIES OF CHOICE HAPPEN TO BE

FRENCH FRIES!
ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL, CANCER... AMERICANS NEED TO PREPARE VEGETABLES IN A HEALTHIER WAY.. TO HELP REDUCE THEIR RISK OF CANCER.
TRANSLATION: CUT DOWN ON DEEP-FRIED FOODS.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Melody Williams/Regional Home Builders Assoc.;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



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

((Archive:Home Builders)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4050; Headline Banner]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The fight over whether the family of a comatose Virginia man can remove the feeding tube keeping him alive isn't over yet.
A judge early this morning refused a request from Governor Gilmore to stop the family from remoiving the tube.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A massive search yesterday in West Virginia for a missing Virginia Tech graduate student turned up few clues.
Rob Kovack has been missing since September 18th.
That was the day he left Blacksburg to attend a football game in West Virginia.
His car was discovered four days later.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=none]


And a boarding school for troubled teenage boys in Botetourt county will stay open, at least for a few more months.

The Wilderness Leadership Academy was about to lose its license when the State education department yesterday gave the school time to fix numerous problems.
Inspectors say the school is unsafe and unsanitary.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, October first.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[E-Wilderness-Academy]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-52 1:32:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An alternative boarding school in Botetourt County has been given a five month reprieve by the state education department.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;]


The Wilderness Leadership Academy was scheduled to lose its license yesterday
Education Department inspectors say the school is unsanitary and unsafe.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday;]


But Colonel Gene Nervo, the school's director, told officials he would make the necessary changes.
He refused to speak on camera.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:15:33]
[IN Q=I think Colonel]

((CHARLES ALLEN/NERVO'S ATTORNEY: I THINK COLONEL NERVO HAS BEEN TRYING ... EXPECTS OF HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Allen/Nervo's Attorney;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=expects of him]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Nervo has been ordered to hire someone to oversee changes.
He must also submit a new policy manual, a revised program brochure, and complete restoration plans for the school.
Education Department inspectors will conduct another review in January -- and this time if the school does not meet standards, officials say they will close the Academy.
(------------)



[E-Cabin-Meeting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-64 20:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and others continue their efforts to salvage what may be Roanoke's oldest house.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]

The Howbert House near Peter's Creek Road was cleaned up with the efforts of Amos construction company which donated equipment and manpower. The 19th century log cabin has been boarded up for security, the porch has been stabilized and the debris cleaned up.


[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Now the foundation has enlisted the expertise of landscape architect David Hill to develop a general concept plan to save the property from demolition.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT=18:30:35]
[IN Q=WITH THAT PLAN]

((BRIAN SHELBURNE/ROANOKE VALLEY PRESERVATION FOUNDATION; WITH THAT PLAN, IT GIVES US SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE CONCRETE TO WORK WITH SO WE CAN USE IT FOR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. WE CAN SORT OF PRESENT THAT TO PEOPLE AS A POSSIBILITY OF WHAT THE PROPERTY COULD END UP AS.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Shelburne/Preservation Foundation;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=END UP AS.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The idea is to sell the historic house. A judge will decide tomorrow whether the house is safe enough to save.
(------------)



[2-Car-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE=98-66]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Five people were hurt last night in a Roanoke County accident.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;.]


It happened last night on Newport Road near Route 311.
A 16-year old driving a Ford Bronco said he was trying to avoid a deer when he swerved into the oncoming lane and hit a pickup truck head-on.
One of the three teenage passengers of the Bronco underwent emergency surgery.
Both people in the pickup truck were seriously injured and are in Roanoke Memorial hospital this morning.
Roanoke County police are still investigating the accident and say charges are pending.
(-------------)







[5-Missing-Student]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#98-59 21:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[**NOTE ANCHOR TAG**]
Friends and family of Robert Kovack continue to hope he'll be found alive and well.
Yesterday they teamed up with West Virginia State Police as they combed Fayette County, West Virginia, where Kovack's abandoned car was discovered.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
(//////SOT///////)
[IN Q=At times it is]
[SUPER=01-Mike Kovack/Brother;:00]
[SUPER=03-Fayette Co., WV; :09]
[SUPER=01-Dave Sapp/Family Friend; :19 quick]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; :52]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=Fayette Co., WV]

((((AT TIMES IT IS REALLY HARD I MEAN AT TIMES YOU JUST SIT BACK AND THINK ABOUT THINGS AND WONDER WHAT DID HAPPEN))
Rob Kovach's brother Mike is among the family and friends that are searching for the 24 year old Virginia Tech graduate student.
Some of them traveled from Blacksburg. Others made the trek from Kovach's hometown of Revisville, West Virginia. ((THAT'S ALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. YOU KNOW EVERYBODY IS WORRIED AND PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY))
Kovach was last seen in Blacksburg on September 18th where he withdrew 80 dollars from a money machine before leaving West Virginia to attend a college football game.
His abandoned Geo Tracker was discovered four days later off route 19 near the New River Gorge Bridge.
Sources say his vehicle may have run out of gas. ((RIGHT NOW IT IS JUST THAT WE ARE TRYING TO FIND SOME ANSWERS. YOU KNOW AFTER WE FIND THE ANSWERS THAT WILL BE THE BIG TEST. IT IS JUST UNKNOWN.)) [ TAKE SU]
Search teams did find a few articles of clothing, some caps and a piece of paper with numbers on it that the canines were drawn to.
But so far, no one's been able to confirm whether the articles actually belonged to Rob Kovack. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Fayette County, WV.))
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


Since no one was able to find any valuable clues-- Kovack's brother says they do not intend to return to Fayette County today.

[GEORGES]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Georges Aftermath]


Hurricane georges is gone... but problems persist along the Gulf Coast.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jackson, MS;]


From Louisiana to Florida there are still buildings and roads underwater and thousands are without electricity.
In Mississippi alone officials say a thousand homes were flooded.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]

[4:06:12-29]
[IN Q=There's nothing worst than high]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=a lot out of people.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Okaloosa Co., FL;]


One insurance group estimates the storm caused one billion dollars worth of insured property damage.
(----------------)


[Birthdays]
[SS=none]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT ]
[in-Q=Thu]
[RUNS=:57]
[out=back to you.]




[Three-Steve]


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



[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Johnson/Artisan;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:Home Builders))

[5-Franklins-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=98-57 TC1:05:36]
[GRAPHIC=Business Closing]


Franklin's Furniture is shutting its doors after 15 years.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The store moved out of its old location behind Tanglewood Mall because of construction of the new multi-plex theatre.
But the store owners says sales have dropped nearly 35-percent since Franklin's moved INSIDE the mall last November.
William Franklin says he doesn't see any chance of moving back to the former location.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 22:21:31]
[IN Q=We've talked]

((WILLIAM FRANKLIN/STORE OWNER: WE'VE TALKED TO THE MALL LEASING PEOPLE AND THEY'RE NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN INVESTING ANY MONEY IN THE OLD BUILDING UNLESS THEY CAN SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE RENT AND THAT DOESN'T FIT IN TODAY'S NUMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-William Franklin/Store Owner;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=TODAY'S NUMBERS]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Franklin's Furniture is scheduled to close on Halloween.
(------------)



[E-Heritage-Student]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-62 34:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A diving accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Last night, the Lynchburg student returned home for the first time since the accident.
It was a hero's welcome.
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[VO-NAT CHEERING]
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Hundreds of friends, teachers and family turned out at Heritage High School last night to welcome home 15-year old Mark Schomaker (SHOO-maker).
Mark and his family were surprised by the turnout.
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((MARK SCHOMAKER/PARALYZED STUDENT: JUST SHOCKED. I DIDN'T THINK THERE'D BE ALL THIS .. ALL THESE PEOPLE.)) ((PEGGY SCHOMAKER/MOTHER: I KNEW THE BAND WAS GOING TO PLAY AND I KNEW THAT THEY'D SAID ANY STUDENTS THAT WANT TO COME BACK, AND IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY'S HERE, FROM ALL DIFFERENT PLACES THAT WE KNOW PEOPLE. IT'S ALMOST OVERWHELMING BUT IT'S GREAT. IT JUST GREAT TO BE HOME.))
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[SUPER=01-Peggy Schomaker/Mother; :07]
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Fundraisers helped buy Mark a specially- equipped van and electric wheelchair.
He still has limited use of his arms and hands.
Mark says he's anxious to start the 9th grade on Monday.
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A new Miss Virginia is being welcomed in the Roanoke Valley.
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Nita Booth assumed the title after Nicole Johnson was crowned Miss America. As Miss Tidewater, Booth was promoting visual and performing arts. With her new title, she will upgrade her effort.
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((NITA BOOTH/MISS VIRGINIA 1998; THROUGH MY STUDYING ABOUT MY PLATFORM, I FOUND OUT ABOUT HOW MUSIC AFFECTS CHILDREN AND HOW IT AFFECTS BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. SO I'VE DECIDED TO IMPLEMENT A NEW PROGRAM WHICH IS "MUSIC FOR VIRGINIA BABIES". THROUGH THIS, I WILL DISTRIBUTE TAPES INTO THE HOSPITALS TO PARENTS OF NEWBORN BABIES, SO THAT THEY CAN START AT AN EARLY AGE DEVELOPING THE CHILD'S BRAIN.))
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The Chesapeake native was in Salem, where she was awarded a 1999 Mercury Cougar, which comes with the Miss Virginia title.
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In sports, one of racing's most celebrated families enjoys another generation of wins.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Local-Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


Five people were sent to the hospital after a head-on collision in Roanoke County last night.
At least three of them are seriously injured.
The teenage driver of the Ford Bronco said he was trying to avoid a deer when he swerved into the oncoming lane and hit a pickup truck.
Roanoke County police say charges are pending.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Northern Virginia judge has rejected an attempt by Governor Gilmore to save the life of a comatose man.
Last night, Gilmore filed a suit saying removal of Hugh Finn's feeding tube amounted to euthanasia.
But early this morning the judge rejected that idea.
Hugh Finn has been comatose since a car accident three and a half years ago.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation has enlisted the help of a landscape architect to save the Howbert House.
They hope to develop a concept plan to save the house from demolition, most likely by selling it.
The Howebert House may be Roanoke's oldest home.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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