[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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


More than 100 new job openings in Clifton Forge.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And after choosing from a record 139 nominations, the Nobel Peace Prize is announced in Norway.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Frost and Freeze warnings were in effect overnight in the Greenbrier Valley, and most of the region is waking up to chilly numbers in the 30s and 40s.
But a warming trend begins today and should last through the weekend.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[E-Alleghany-Industry]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-70 1:01:01]
[GRAPHIC=Business news]


125 new jobs are coming to Alleghany County-- thanks to a Massachusetts company.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge;]


L-K-M Industries has begun building a new factory in the Alleghany Regional Commerce Center.
The factory will make parts for air conditioners.
And it will bring some jobs back to a region where the unemployment rate has been high.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 02:51:08]
[IN Q=this project]

((GLYNN LOOPE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: THIS PROJECT COMES AT A TIME WHEN WE'VE LOST 282 JOBS IN THE LAST MONTH. IT TOOK FIVE YEARS TO CREATE 700 JOBS, WHICH JUST MEANS IT'S A LOT EASIER TO LOSE THEM THAN CREATE THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Economic Development Authority;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=CREATE THEM]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Public and private-sector groups put together a two-million dollar incentive package.
That helped the Highlands beat out 30-other communities that were competing for the factory.
The factory is scheduled to open next spring.
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[5-Pluma-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#598-24 1:28:05]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


Meanwhile Southside is losing some jobs.
Athletic clothing manufacturer Pluma Incorporated is cutting 90-jobs company-wide.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape;]


The layoffs are part of a cost-cutting plan to save the North Carolina based company more than 2-million dollars annually.
Most of the people affected were clerical workers and managers.
Pluma has its Virginia plants in Martinsville, Rocky Mount, Chatham, Alta Vista and Vesta.
(----------------)





[Pulaski-Student]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A seven year old Pulaski County boy who brought a squirt gun to school may have to pay a hefty price for what his mother calls an honest mistake.
Grant Adkins was suspended yesterday and today, and COULD be suspended from Claremont elementary for the rest of the year.
The seven year old says his younger sister put the squirt gun in his book bag.
His mother says when it fell out of his bag some of the children started yelling that he had a gun.
Christa Adkins says her son immediately turned the toy over to his teacher, told her he was sorry and that he knew he wasn't supposed to have it.

[S-Flood-Grants]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-53]
[GRAPHIC=Flood Relief]


Two years after Hurricane Fran destroyed their homes, folks in a Danville neighborhood are finally getting money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/September 1996;]


FEMA has approved a 700-thousand dollar grant to help people on Water Street.
More than 25-homes there were flooded during Fran in 1996.
The grant money will be used to buyout or relocate property owners who applied for assistance.
The Department of Commerce has also approved a grant providing money to replace damaged water lines and build a retaining wall.
(----------------)





[E-Franklin-Shelter]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-60 1:19:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new shelter will help abused women and children in Franklin County, but it will also open up space for men.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


24 women and children can move into this shelter Monday.
It even has room for social workers, just down the hall from residents.
They say children especially will benefit from having a warm and safe home.
Meanwhile, the first shelter next door will be reserved for full families.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:29:04]
[IN Q=We're going]

((CYNTHIA TREADWAY/SHELTER DIRECTOR: WE'RE GOING TO DO SOME RENOVATING ON THE OLD ONE AND MAKE IT SO WE CAN HOUSE WHOLE FAMILIES THAT ARE HOMELESS SO WE CAN HOUSE A WHOLE FAMILY UPSTAIRS AND A WHOLE FAMILY DOWNSTAIRS, TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE MOM AND FATHER AND SISTERS AND BROTHERS TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Treadway/Shelter Director;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=and brothers together]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Women who spent time in the first shelter now volunteer in the new place.
Officials say there is still plenty of space available for new residents.
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[Student-Attack]


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


The town of Casper, Wyoming is preparing for a crush of mourners, media and possibly protestors at the funeral for murder victim Matthew Shepard today.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Casper, WY;]


The college student died Monday after being beaten reportedly for being gay.
In all 500 peopole will have seats inside while others can listen to a live radio broadcast.
Some protestors are expected to make statements against Shepard's homosexuality.
At the city of Casper's request, the Boulder, Colorado police department sent its riot squad in case of any problems.
(----------------)


[MIDEAST-PEACE]


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


It's day two of the Mid-East summit aimed at breaking a year-and-half long stalement.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:08:09]
Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Yassir Arafat say there has been some progress as they work towards a security-for land agreement.
[SUPER=03-Wye Mille, MD;]


The two sides are meeting in private at a secluded conference center on the eastern shore of Maryland.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]

[4:06:28]
[IN Q=]

((JAMES RUBIN/STATE DEPARTMENT; THE PURPOSE OF THESE SET OF DISCUSSIONS OVER THE NEXT 3 TO 4 DAYS IS TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE AND MAKE AS MUCH PROGRESS TO THAT EFFECT ON THE INTERIM ISSUES. IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO SOLVE PERMANENT STATUS ISSUES. ))
[SUPER=01-James Rubin/State Department spokesman;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q= TO SOLVE PERMANENT STATUS.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Palestinians want Israel to pull back from another 13 percent of West Bank territory...which would give them control over 40 percent of it.
Israel is demanding that the Palestinians crack down more severely on extremists, like the group Hamas.
(----------------)



[PEACE-PRIZE]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Nobel Prize]


The Protestant and Catholic leaders involved in the Northern Ireland Peace agreement signed in April have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
John Hume and David Trimble were cited by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for their work toward ending the national religious and social conflict, which the panel notes has claimed more than 35- hundred lives.
Hume is leader of Northern Ireland's largest Catholic party and Trimble heads the leading Protestant party.

[1-Sports]


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


In sports, Bobby Labonte (LA-BAHN-TEE) has the pole at Daytona.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=on this morning.]



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


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#m98-8]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[On Record]
[Roll Cold out of Break]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dianna Coffey/Hospice Nurse; :19]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :28]
[RUNS=2:43]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:Hospice))

[L'burg-Registrar]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-65 25:48]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


18 months after a federal judge tossed out their lawsuit, two former Lynchburg registrars may yet have another day in court.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


Inez Sales and Debra Miller claim partisan politics forced them out when Republicans appointed Carol Spencer Read to the registrar's post in 1994.
Sales and Miller were assistants who were not kept on when Read took over.
In April, 1997 a federal judge claimed the two women were simply playing on the sympathy of the court and threw out their lawsuit.
But a federal appeals court has overturned that ruling.. opening the way for the lawsuit to be heard again.
(----------------)



[E-John-Reyes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-62 50:42]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Liberty University student convicted of trespassing at E.C. Glass High School last fall says the state of Virginia is holding him hostage.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape;]


John Reyes (RAY-iss) is appealing his conviction and says his bond requires he ask permission to leave the state.
Reyes claims a recent request was turned down.. he blames that on religious persecution.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:18:24//6:01:59]
[IN Q=When you decide]

((JOHN REYES/ANTI- ABORTION PROTESTOR: WHEN YOU DECIDE TO TAKE A STAND FOR JESUS IN A NON- COMPROMISING FASHION, PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THAT MESSAGE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO DESPISE YOU AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS CASE.)) ((BILL PETTY/PROSECUTOR: I WOULDN'T OBJECT TO SOMEBODY LEAVING THE STATE, PARTICULARLY IN MR. REYES' SITUATION, SO I WAS A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED THAT HE CHOSE TO CALL A NEWS CONFERENCE WHEN HIS ATTORNEY APPARENTLY HAD NEVER BOTHERED TO TALK TO US AND FIND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS.))
[SERUP=01-John Reyes/Anti-Abortion Protestor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Prosecutor; :11]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=the problem was.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Petty says when Reyes appealed, the state attorney general's office took over the case.. and any bond requests should be directed to them.
(----------------)



[S-Miss-Virginia]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-59 1:28:28]
[GRAPHIC=Miss Virginia]


It's not enough to have poise, beauty and brains- -and to look great in a swim suit.
Successful pageant contestants these days have to champion a cause.
Keith Humphry has more.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=So many people]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Johnson/Miss America; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nita Booth/Miss Virginia; :40 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-David Wiley/Roanoke Symphony Conductor; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=Humphry, News-7]

((
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=So many people]

((SO MANY PEOPLE STILL THINK THIS IS A BEAUTY PAGEANT. AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=not the case.]


Nicole Johnson returned to Roanoke yesterday- -where she was crowned Miss Virginia in June.
She's diabetic. She has adopted diabetes as her public awareness "platform."
The 5-foot-9 beauty represented Lynchburg in the state pageant.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:20:55]
[IN Q=]

((WE'RE CONTINUOUSLY TRYING TO COMBAT THAT STEREOTYPE- -THAT THIS IS JUST A GIRL WHO WALKS ACROSS THE STAGE AND WINS A CROWN.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT=wins a crown.]


The coronation of her successor was not as dramatic as the Saturday night ceremony at the Roanoke Civic Center.
But it was nonetheless worth the trip from Chesapeake for 19-year old Nita Booth.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:24:40]
[IN Q=IT is certainly]

((IT IS CERTAINLY AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY- -TO FINALLY GET THIS CROWN ON MY HEAD.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=on my head.]


In an interview later in the day- -she said she doesn't expect to wear the crown very often... "parades mainly," she says, like the one in downtown Roanoke this afternoon.
The new Miss Virginia found a supporter in the audience for HER "platform."
Roanoke Symphony Music Director David Wiley publicly endorsed Booth's "Music for Babies" program.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((SHE'S AWARE OF THE STUDIES ABOUT THE "MOZART EFFECT." WHEN KIDS ARE EXPOSED TO CLASSICAL MUSIC AT A VERY EARLY AGE, HOW MUCH IT INCREASES THEIR COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND THEIR LEARNING IN ALL AREAS.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=all areas.]
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[v/o- NAT SOT]


The symphony director hopes he and Booth can perform together to get the point across to school children.
Keith Humphry, News-7.))
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, there's new word about the positive effects of peppers.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( GOOD MORNING.
NEW FIGURES SHOW THE NUMBER OF TEEN-AGE PREGNANCIES IN AMERICA IS DOWN -- WAY DOWN!
IN FACT, IT'S THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN IN 20 YEARS.
VT=VO

((vo))
ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE ALAN GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE... NEARLY 890-THOUSAND TEEN-AGE GIRLS WERE PREGNANT IN 1995--
DOWN FROM AN ESTIMATED 917-THOUSAND TEENS IN THE 1970'S.
THE ABORTION RATE ALSO FELL DURING THIS PERIOD.
RESEARCHERS CREDIT THE DROP TO MORE TEENS ABSTAINING FROM SEX...
AND THEY SAY THOSE WHO ARE HAVING INTERCOURSE, ARE USING CONTRACEPTIVES.
ONE TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL THAT'S BECOME POPULAR AMONG TEENS IS DEPO-PROVERA.. BECAUSE THE DRUG ONLY NEEDS TO BE INJECTED IN A YOUNG WOMAN ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS--
AND PARENTS DON'T HAVE TO BE NOTIFIED.//
VT=VO

((vo))
THE U-S MILITARY IS SCRAMBLING TO COME UP WITH A WEAPON--NOT TO FIGHT OTHER SOLDIERS--BUT TO DO BATTLE WITH THE DISEASE, MALARIA.
CURRENT VACCINES INVOLVE INJECTING A MILD FORM OF MALARIA INTO THE BODY.. TRIGGERING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
BUT A NAVY RESEARCHER HAS DEVELOPED A NEW VACCINE.. THAT IS MUCH EASIER TO PRODUCE BECAUSE IT USES D-N-A TECHNOLOGY.
OFFICIALS PREDICT IT WILL BE AT LEAST ANOTHER FIVE YEARS BEFORE AMERICAN TROOPS START RECEIVING THE VACCINE.//
VT=VO

((vo))
NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE HOT FOR PEPPERS, AND THEY SAY YOU SHOULD BE TOO.
ALTHOUGH PEPPERS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE A VEGETABLE, THEY'RE ACTUALLY A FRUIT.
DOCTORS SAY PEPPERS ARE A GREAT SOURCE OF VITAMINS A, C, AND E -- WHETHER HOT OR MILD.
THEY ALSO CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF CANCER-FIGHTING AGENTS LIKE BETA-CAROTENE.
BUT APPEARANCE COUNTS--
RESEARCHERS SAY PEPPERS WITH THE BRIGHTEST COLORS ARE THE BEST FOR YOU.
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#M98-8]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Hogg/Hospice Director; :15]
[SUPER=03-2 PM/Hospice Hustle; :34]
[SUPER=03-Sunday, October 18/Hospice Hustle; :38]
[SUPER=03-Glen Maury Park/Hospice Hustle; :42]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=our services]


[Steve Live]
(I'll call for #)
[SUPER=16-(540) 463-1848/Rockbridge Area Hospice;]



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

((Archive:Hospice))[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]


A Grayson County judge may consider a change of venue in Emmit Cressell's murder trial if he's not able to seat a jury within two weeks.
Jury selection begins October 28th.
Yesterday Cressell's attorneys went to court to try and block evidence that may portray their client a racist.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Final votes will come later today in the Senate and House, then President Clinton will sign on the dotted line.
And with that, the 1999 budget battle will be over and done with.
A catchall a 500 billion-dollar package includes more money for education and defense.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=none]


The Federal Reserve's move to cut two key interest rates for a second time in about three weeks has sent Wall Street soaring.
The Dow ended Thursday with its third-biggest point gain in history.
And stocks today have soared in Asia.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, October 16th.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[S-Grayson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-58 1:23:01]
[GRAPHIC=Emmitt Cressell]


Attorneys for a white man accused of killing a black man in Grayson County don't want prosecutors to present evidence that might lead jurors to think the crime was racially motivated.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence;]


Emmit Cressell's attorneys plan to file a brief Monday asking the judge to prohibit prosecutors from bringing up Cressell's criminal background among other things.
They're concerned the information may lead jurors to believe Cressell is a racist.
In court yesterday--another issue was resolved.
Judge Colin Campbell says if he's NOT able to seat a jury in two weeks, he'll consider a defense request to have Cressell tried outside Grayson County.
(----------------)


[Meat-Scam]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-72 TC04:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Rockbridge County woman says she got scammed by area meat salesmen--and she's trying to prevent others from becoming victims.
The situation involved Donald McDaniels -- a contractor with Joey's Quality Meat Incorporated of Nitro, West Virginia and his partner.
Stacey Martin has more.
[SOT]
[IN Q=That was stealing]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Nicely; :01]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :44]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Chris Blalock/Rockbridge Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :56]
[RUNS=1:09]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Rockbridge County.]

((
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17.47.37 - 17.47.44]
[IN Q=That was stealing]

((SHARON NICELY:THAT WAS STEALING AND THAT WAS LYING AND I DON'T WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT AND ALL.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=through that and all.]


Nicely said the pair showed her this menu and offered her a variety of steaks at the bargain price of two dollars apiece.
They claimed their refrigerated truck was malfunctioning and they were in a hurry to sell.
She paid them just under 200 dollars thinking the boxes contained a total of 94 steaks.
She found out later she'd been had.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17.47.54 - 17.48.09]
[IN Q=It was 46]

((SHARON NICELY: IT WAS 46 STEAKS I GOT. I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET 94. THEY CHARGED SIX PERCENT TAX, I PAID THEM 199 DOLLARS AND 28 CENTS WHICH SHOULDN'T HAVE EVEN BEEN 100 DOLLARS)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=been 100 dollars.]


The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter and late yesterday got company managers to agree to refund all of Nicely's money.
But, an investigator says her's is not the only complaint.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 17.16.17 - 17.16.26]
[IN Q=The second lady]

((CAPT. CHRIS BLALOCK: THE SECOND LADY HAD TALKED WITH THEM. SHE TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO COUNT THE STEAKS AND LEARNED THAT SHE WAS BEING SHORTED A BOX APPROXIMATELY THE SAME AMOUNT THAT THE FIRST LADY WAS BEING SHORTED AND AT THAT POINT SHE TOLD THE PERSON SHE DIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH THEM AND FOR THEM TO LEAVE.))
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=for them to leave.]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Company management did not]

((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING:COMPANY MANAGEMENT DID NOT SAY WHEN THE TWO WOULD RETURN TO THE ROCKBRIDGE REGION. BUT, THEY DID CONFIRM THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO BUILD THEIR CLIENTELE AND SERVICE MORE ROUTES IN THE AREA --SO IT'S POSSIBLE MCDANIELS AND HIS PARTNER COULD RETURN TO THE AREA WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. STACEY MARTIN NEWS 7, ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Rockbridge County.]

))

[S-Smart-Highway]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-64]
[GRAPHIC=Smart Highway]


It's slow going for the first phase of the so called "Smart Highway."
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./April;]


The project has been set back a year because of a threat of rock slides.
Project supporters had hoped to have the one- point seven mile test bed finished next month.
But officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation say a cut through mountainous terrain has left unstable rock on both sides of the road-- which is delaying the project.
(----------------)



[BUDGET]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Budget]


Congress is expected to vote today on the half trillion-dollar spending plan agreed to yesterday by the White House and congressional leaders.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:14:32 AND 4:11:42]
Among other things, the bill contains money to hire 100-thousand new teachers.
It provides six billion dollars in emergency relief for farmers and ranchers and extra spending for the war on drugs.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]

[4:11:42]
[IN Q=]

((CLINTON; WE WERE ABLE TO PUT THE PROGRESS OF THE COUNTRY OVER PARTISANSHIP, WE WERE ABLE TO PUT PEOPLE AHEAD OF POLITICS. [4:14:32] TRENT LOTT:"WHEN WE COME TOGETHER AND ROLE UP OUR SLEEVES, WORK LONG HOURS WE CAN ACHIEVE THE THINGS THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO." ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/Majority Leader; :07]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=are supposed to.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=None]


After lawmakers cast their votes, they'll go home to show their efforts to the voters, with Election Day now less than three weeks away.

[RATE-CUT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates Down]


The Dow opens this morning at just under 83-hundred, its highest level since late August.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[4:09;59] Stocks soared yesterday on surprise word that the Federal Reserve had cut two key interest rates by a quarter point.
The Dow ended Thursday up 331 points, its third-biggest point gain in history.
The markets in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore have also posted big gains today.
(----------------)

[Birthdays]
[SS=none]
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[SOT ]
[in-Q=FRI]
[RUNS=1:03]
[out=back to you.]




[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-8]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record] [ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=00-Judy Donald/Hospice Client; :20]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :33]
[SUPER=08-Doug Donald/Hospice Client; 1:00]
[RUNS=2:07]
[OUT Q=down the road]


[Steve Live]
(I'll call for #)
[SUPER=16-(540) 463-1848/Rockbridge Area Hospice;]



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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:Hospice))

[POPE-Anniversary]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Pope John Paul the second today is celebrating his 20th anniversary as spiritual leader to the world's one billion Catholics.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vatican City;]

[4:00:34]
Thousands of pilgrims are marking the date at the vatican this morning.
Yesterday, the pope issued his 13th encyclical (in-SIK-li-kel), the highest form of papal writing.
In it, John Paul warns his bishops against temptations posed by some modern schools of philosophy, and theology.
The 78-year-old pontiff has now held the position longer than any other man this century.
(----------------)


[E-NC-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Furniture is big business in Southwest and Southside Virginia- so the International Home Furnishings market just down the road in North Carolina is a BIG deal.
The twice a year event brings buyers and sellers together from all over the world.
Jean Jadhon takes us to High Point, North Carolina.
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((Take a walk into the Furniture market and you'll find more furniture than you can imagine- more than 8 million square feet of showroom space- where Furniture makers sell their stuff to buyers from all over the world. WERNER SCHAEFFER/GERMAN BUYER: SO WE COME TWICE IN A YEAR TO HIGH POINT TO SEE ALL THE FURNITURE HERE AND ACCESSORIES WE ARE HERE TWICE A YEAR.
And This isn't just sofas.
Buyers will have no problem brightening up their day or reflecting on their purchases. You get the picture- if it goes in the home- it's on sale here. Among the hundreds of exhibors- are companies based right in this region. For them, market is big business. BILL SIBBICK/STANLEY VP SALES: IT BASICALLY SETS THE TONE FOR THE FOLLOWING SIX MONTHS AND PEOPLE WANT TO CHANGE THEIR FLOORS AND SPRUCE IT UP FROM DESIGN STANDPOINT IT HAS TREMENDOUS IMPACT. ROB SPILMAN/BASSETT PRESIDENT: THIS IS OUR TIME TO INTROUDCE OUR NEW PRODUCTS, EXCITE THE DEALERS.. SEE WHERE THE COMPANIES GOING.
Throughout the market you'll find buyers from across the globe-
And salesman's peddling the newest products- from morning until night. ROBERT BOLLING/ROWE SALESMAN: IT'S BEEN A MADHOUSE ABSOULUTELY FROM EIGHT IN THE MORNING UNTIL FIVE OR SEVEN AT NIGHT IT'S NON STOP IT'S A MADHOUSE.
Media swarm high piont as well- and we're not just talking about your hometown station. ROBIN CAMPBELL/STANLEY MARKETING: WE'VE ALREADY HAD BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS HERE, WE'VE HAD A COPULOF BRIDAL PUBLICANS, NEWSPAPERS TRADE PUBLICATSIONS JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: HIGH POINT HAS A NEW YORK CITY FEEL TWO TIMES A YEAR. 70 THOSUAND PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THE WORLD- COME HERE FOR MARKET. AND THIS ISN'T OVER YET. MARKET GOES UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY. IN HIGH POINT NORTH CAROLINA, JEAN JADHON, NEWS 7.))
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Tonight and Tomorrow on News 7 at Six- we'll hear from local companies about how sales are going this year- and we'll check out the latest styles and trends you can expect to see at furniture stores.



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In sports, Brett Favre and the Packers struggle in Detroit.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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125-jobs are headed to Alleghany County.
Massachussetts based L-K-M Industries chose Clifton Forge over 30 other communities for its new plant.
The company makes parts for airconditioners.
The factory is supposed to open next spring.
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Southside is losing some jobs.
Pluma Incorporated is cutting 90 jobs company wide.
The company makes athletic clothing and has plants in Martinsville, Alta Vista, Rocky Mount, Chatham and Vesta.
The cuts will mostly affect clerical workers and manufacturers.
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And a new Miss Virginia was crowned yesterday in Roanoke.
Nita Booth took the place of Nicole Johnson who won the Miss America crown a few weeks ago.
Both women will be honored with a parade through downtown Roanoke later this afternoon.
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THIS is the weekend to take a drive in search of colorful Fall foliage--
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That's because forest officials estimate the leaves will be at their peak during the next several days.
Despite the brilliant colors found along Bald Mountain in Craig county, most areas are experiencing a delay in this seasonal change.
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((JERRY JACOBSEN/JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: THE LEAVES CHANGING IS A LITTLE BIT BEHIND WHAT IT NORMALLY IS. NORMALLY, ON THIS ELEVATION, YOU WOULD HAVE MORE COLOR CHANGE BY NOW. AS YOU SEE HERE TODAY, WE'VE GOT HICKORIES AND A LITTLE BIT OF OAKS STARTING TO CHANGE AND PROBABLY THE BLACK GUMS, BUT THE REST OF THEM ARE A LITTLE BIT BEHIND WHAT THEY NORMALLY ARE.))
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Jacobsen blames that on the lack of rain over the last few months.
But we'll show you where to find leaves that HAVE changed
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[TIME OFF Full Screen]
in this week's "Time Off" segment tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning.
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