More evacuations from Baghdad as the U-N tries to protect its stafers in the event of military action against Iraq.
And protecting your children against air bags is proving to be a difficult task in the Roanoke valley.
Clear and chilly as you first head out the door this morning, but nothing to interfere with the morning commute.
Sunny, mild weather will last through tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the forecast indicates possible changes ahead for the weekend.
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The latest "showdown in the Gulf" is intensifying .. with an aerial
attack on Iraq possible as soon as today.
Defense secretary William Cohen has ordered a major buildup of U-S
military force in the region.
And for the second day in row the U-N has pulled workers out of Baghdad.
Jonathan Freed has the story from Washington.
[IN Q=The order came]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :53]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Richard Butler/U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; 1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]
The order came from the Secretary of Defense: make the American strike
force in the Persian Gulf even stronger.
It means another 130 or so combat and support aircraft...bringing the
total number of military planes in the Gulf up to approximately 300.
And, among other things, it means sending in an additional 35-hundred
U.S. troops...to back up the 15-hundred already on the ground in Kuwait.
LOCATOR: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA.
SOT: VETERANS DAY CEREMONY.
The President took advantage of the somber setting of Veterans Day to
send a focused warning to Baghdad: let the United Nations weapons
inspectors do their job.
SOT (CLINTON): WE CONTINUE TO HOPE, INDEED PRAY, THAT SADDAM WILL
COMPLY. BUT WE MUST BE PREPARED TO ACT IF HE DOES NOT.
The U-N arms inspection regime was set up as part of the deal that ended
the Gulf War. U-N teams are trying to make sure that Iraq is not
developing weapons of mass destruction...including biological, chemical,
and nuclear threats.
SOT: U-N PERSONNEL LEAVING.
Fearing a U-S strike, the U-N pulled all of its non-essential personnel
out of Iraq. But the head of the U-N inspection effort said if Baghdad
LOCATOR: NEW YORK.
SOT 12:19:15 (RICHARD BUTLER/U-N CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR): WE'RE THERE
IN BAHRAIN...IF THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS, WE COULD BE BACK THERE WITHIN
24-HOURS TO BEGIN WORK.
As a further signal of American resolve, the aircraft carrier U-S-S
Enterprise, already on its way, has been ordered to arrive in the Gulf
by November 23rd...ahead of its original schedule.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): THE UNITED STATES IS ADAMANT THAT
NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOT AN OPTION THIS TIME. IT SAYS THE CHOICE IS CLEAR:
ALLOW THE ARMS INSPECTIONS OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
High winds may have been responsible for a train derailment along Lake Erie Wednesday.
Twelve cars derailed and plunged into Sandusky Bay in Ohio.
No one was hurt... but three dozen cars at one point locked the track
and as many as 20 trains were idled.
Most of the cars were empty, but a few carried Saltine crackers.
A Roanoke man is dead after a collision on Route 221.
[from TAPE#=98-66 37:49]
88-year old Fred Thomas Heslep (Hay-slip) died Tuesday night after a car hit the driver's side of his vehicle at the intersection of 221 and Chatsworth Drive around 6:30.
Police say 23-year-old Taleena Charlesworth, who drove the car that struck Heslep's vehicle, will probably NOT be charged in the accident.
If the airbag in your car threatens you or your children, the government says you can have it turned off.
But as Eric Earnhart tells is, it's easier said than done.
[IN Q=Myra Guillams loves everything.]
[SUPER=07-Mary Guilliams; :13]
[SUPER=01-Mary Cole/Airbag Victim; 1:01]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
((Myra Guilliams loves everything about her new Suzuki... except the passenger side airbag...
After learning how the bags can injure or kill children in low-speed accidents... she worried about her son.
[IN Q=from time to]
((MYRA GUILLIAMS; FROM TIME TO TIME, HE'S HAD TO BE UP HERE, AND IT CONCERNS ME, NOT ONLY FOR HIM BUT FOR OTHER CHILDREN I'VE HAD TO HAVE UP FRONT.))
[OUT Q=have up front]
So she applied for and recieved government approval for a cut-off switch... but couldn't find anyone who would install it.
She said dealerships told her they didn't want to risk being sued.
[IN Q=It's crazy]
((MYRA GUILLIAMS; IT'S CRAZY THAT YOU CAN'T PURCHASE A CAR AND HAVE IT REPAIRED WHEN IT CAN BE A HAZARD TO YOUR FAMILY. ))
[OUT Q=to your family]
Here at First Team Auto Mall, where Guilliams bought the car, they say there's a very good reason why they can't install a cutoff switch, it doesn't exist, Suzuki hasn't made the parts yet. Once they do they'll have to decide if they want to risk the liability of installing them.
Mary Cole knows the low-speed hazards of airbags first hand...
Her's activitated when her Honda was rear-ended at less than 15 miles an hour.
[IN Q=I couldn't see]
((MARY COLE/AIRBAG VICTIM; I COULDN'T SEE WHERE I WAS, I COULDN'T SEE OUT MY WINDOW BECAUSE THE BAG WAS IN MY FACE AND THERE WAS SMOKE. SO I DIDN'T.. A CAR HIT ME FROM BEHIND SO I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS OUT IN TRAFFIC... ))
[OUT Q=out in traffic]
And she says it cost more than a thousand dollars to replace and repair the damage caused by the airbags themselves.
While she believes airbags are lifesavers in higher speed crashes... she's nervous in bumper to bumper traffic now... and doesn't like hearing she might not be able to find anyone to install a cut-off switch.
[IN Q=But I think you should]
((MARY COLE/AIR BAG VICTIM; I THINK YOU SHOULD DEFINITLY HAVE THE CHOICE TO TURN IT OFF))
[OUT Q=turn it off]
Guilliams says is she can find someone to turn her airbag off... she may have to get another car.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Bluefield State Senator Jack Reasor's stepping down from one job and into another.
He'll be taking over as C-E-O of the million customer Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.
But Reasor's been the Senate's expert -- protecting the interests of citizens in the move to deregulate Virignia's power industry.
Now he'll be playing for the other side.
[SOT 22:44:47 ]
[IN Q=Well what]
((STEVE CALOS/COMMON CAUSE OF VIRGINIA: WELL WHAT HE'S DOING IS CERTAINLY LEGAL, BUT IT SMELLS. IT'S A LOSS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY CERTAINLY. IT'S GAIN FOR THE INDUSTRY. AND I GUESS THAT'S ANOTHER REASON FOR CONCERN AS WELL.))
((SENAOR JACK REASOR: I THINK IT'S A GOOD CAREER CHANGE, AN OPPORUTNITY FOR ME AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE ME, I HOPE, A LOT MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY AND HELP US TO PREPARE FOR OUR FUTURE.))
((LARRY SABATO/U.Va. POLITICAL ANALYST: NO ONE WOULD BLAME JACK REASOR FOR DOING WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF HIS FAMILY AND HIS OWN CAREER. CLEARLY THERE ARE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE UPSET SINCE HE WAS AN ABSOLUTELY SECURE INCUMBENT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Calos/Common Cause of Virginia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield; :11]
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst; :20]
[OUT Q=secure incumbent.]
A special election has NOT yet been scheduled to replace Reasor.
His voice makes the hair on the back of some lawmakers' necks stand up.
But he hopes it will keep them honest.
Former Democratic party chairman Paul Goldman's taking his gadfly talents to talk radio two hours every weekday on Richmond's new all news station.
[IN Q=Did you]
((PAUL GOLDMAN/TALK RADIO HOST: DID YOU KNOW THAT SINCE GOVERNOR HOLTON, WHO'S FROM YOUR WAY, WAS GOVERNOR, THE COST OF THE LEGISLATURE TO THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA HAS GROWN TO 50 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR? IT'S GONE UP 2500 PERCENT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Talk Radio Host;]
[OUT Q=hundred percent.]
Goldman and former lawmaker Alexander McMurtrie can legitimately take some credit in the current legal challenge to legislative pay raises.
Their legislative watchdog show hits the airwaves later this month.[1-Sports]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
In sports, quarterback Ronald Curry prepares for a dubious reception in his native Virginia.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=later this morning]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)
[Roll Cold out of Break]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=01-Kurt Thonnings/Middle School Teacher; :20]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :38]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]
(tape tosses to stocks)
In the shadow of the latest showdown in the Gulf, moments of reflection across the nation in observance of Verterans Day.
Close to home, a Dublin man was honored for his service during the Vietnam War.
I-C (Mau-drick) Modrick was held as a prisoner of War, and says today's ceremony in his hometown was quite a contrast to his homecoming 30 years ago, when he says strangers spit at him.
[****wipe wipe wipe wipe*****][E-L'burg-Veterans]
(WIPE WIPE WIPE)
((NAT SOT GUNFIRE))
[OUT Q=nat sot gunfire]
Sounds of a rifle salute rang out over Monument Terrace in Lynchburg yesterday.
That's where veterans from every American conflict from World War One to the Persian Gulf war gathered to honor their fallen comrades.
Among them were six men who took part in the D-Day invasion in 1944.
[wipe wipe wipe][E-WWI-Vet]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]
[wipe wipe wipe]
In Salem, 98-year old Cary Campbell said today's a day for other Americans to reflect on how wars affect the world.
[IN Q=WORLD WAR ONE]
((CARY CAMPBELL/WWI VETERAN; WORLD WAR ONE WAS FOUGHT TO END WARS, BUT HAS NOT ENDED WARS. WE'RE STILL HAVING WARS AND WE WILL HAVE WARS AS LONG AS TIME LAST BECAUSE MEN WILL NOT ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER.))
[SUPER=01-Cary Campbell/World War 1 Veteran;]
[OUT Q=ONE ANOTHER.]
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the end of World War 1.
[GRAPHIC=Conceiving a Miracle]
When a couple is ready to have a baby, waiting is the last thing they want to do, but many couples have no choice, when physical problems get in the way of their dreams.
One Waynesboro couple overcame the hurdle of infertility, now they want to do it again.
Tonya Flory reports.
[IN Q=Okay, you get]
[SUPER=03-Waynesboro; :05 QUICK!QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Randy Zelenak/Patient's Husband; :22]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Zelenak/Infertility Patient; :54]
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Holman/Reproductive Endocronologist; 1:18; ]
[OUT Q=have Michael]
(( [NAT SOUND BITE]
[SOT ub 31:48:00]
((OKAY, YOU GET TO TOUCH IT, THERE YOU GO. WE'RE GOING TO TEACH YOU TO BE A MECHANIC AREN'T WE.))
Randy Zelenak is a shadetree mechanic and his 18 month old son Michael is following in his fathers footsteps.
Michael is the result of modern day medicines advances' over fertility problems.
Now the Zelenak's are getting ready to try and beat the odds once again.
[SOT ub 23 58 06]
[IN Q=She was]
((RANDY ZELENAK/HUSBAND: SHE WAS FROM A BIG FAMILY, I WAS FROM THE AVERAGE FAMILY SO WE HAD ORIGINALLY TALKED ABOUT HAVING TWO KIDS, WE DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE AN ONLY CHILD IF WE COULD HELP IT, BUT WE WANTED TO HAVE TWO KIDS.))
[OUT Q=two kids]
So the couple travels an hour and a half from Waynesboro to Roanoke where Melissa sees fertility specialist Doctor James Holman.
[SOT ub 23 55 36]
[IN Q=We don't care]
((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: WE DON'T CARE IF WE HAVE TO DRIVE, WE'RE JUST KIND OF USED TO IT.))
[OUT Q=used to it]
Doctor Holman first makes sure Melissa is in good health as she prepares her body for a dose of the fertlity drug Clomid.
This time, she knows what to expect -- including the side effect.
[SOT ub 23 52 12]
[IN Q=Hot flashes]
((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: HOT FLASHES, MOOD SWINGS, WELL I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW BAD IT WAS UNTIL HIM AND HIS MOTHER TOLD ME.))
[OUT Q=mother told me]
[SOT ub 00 02 40]
[IN Q=They call it]
((RANDY ZELENAK/HUSBAND: THEY CALL IT THE CLOMID WAVE, YOU'RE RIDING THE WAVE, UP ONE MINUTE, DOWN THE OTHER, UP ONE MINUTE DOWN THE OTHER.))
[OUT Q=down the other]
[SOT ub 23 52 23]
[cover bite with shots of temperature chart.]
[IN Q=It's just like]
((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: IT'S JUST LIKE A ROLLER COASTER EVERY MONTH BASICALLY, UP AND DOWN, UP AND DOWN, BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS OKAY.))
[OUT Q=it was okay]
Doctor Holman believes there is a 90-percent chance Melissa will become pregnant again.
[SOT ub 22 56 30]
[IN Q=We'll probably dance with what]
((DR. JAMES HOLMAN/INFERTILITY & REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRONOLOGIST: WE'LL PROBABLY DANCE WITH WHAT BRUNG US. IN HER CASE I SUSPECT WE'LL DO THE SAME THING WE DID BEFORE AND HER PROGNOSIS, THERE ARE REALLY NO GUARATEES, BUT HER PROGNOSIS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PREGNANCY IS VERY GOOD.))
[OUT Q=is very good]
Whatever the outcome, the Zelenak's are ready to accept it.
[SOT ub 00 07 28]
[cover dad holding baby and kisses him]
[IN Q=I think it]
((RANDY ZELENAK/HUSBAND: I THINK IT WILL BE A LOT EASIER, NOT ONLY DO WE KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT IF BY CHANCE, WE FAIL THE SECOND TIME AROUND, WE DO STILL HAVE MICHAEL.))
[OUT Q=have Michael] ))
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, what do researchers have to say about getting a flu shot?
Sissy Biggers has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Sissy Biggers/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(ad lib to weather)
[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
For the second time in two days, convoys of buses evacuated
workers from Baghdad.
The move comes as the U-S continues its buildup in the region to challenge Baghdad's blocking of U-N weapons inspectors.
A military strike could come today.
The cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Mitch continues in Central America
The killer storm not only destroyed homes and businesses but wiped out much of the education system in Honduras.
The government has cancelled school for the rest of the year.
Meantime, some local help is on its way to Central America.
A vietnam vet is organizing a team of Roanoke Valley doctors and nurses and other volunteers to help with relief efforts in Nicaragua.
And that's what's making news on this Thursday, November 12th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
Time appears to be running out with Saddam Hussein to reverse his course and cooperate with the United Nations.
U-S troops, planes, ships and missiles are pouring into the Gulf region.
An aerial attack on Iraq could happen as early as today.
The U-N evacuated all of its 103 weapons inspectors out of Iraq yesterday and today is pulling out many of its relief workers.
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;]
And as the crisis escalates Israel is on high alert in case of a rush for new gas masks.
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER:"WELL, WE'RE EXAMINING NOW THE SITUATION AND THE VARIOUS IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT IS DEVELOPING, AND WE'LL TAKE PRECAUTIONS AS NECESSARY. ISRAEL
UNDERSTANDS IT HAS A GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ALL THE STEP TO
DEFEND ITSELF AND ITS CITIZENS AND WE NEVER FAIL TO DO SO."
[SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister]
[OUT Q=fail to do so.]
In the 19-91 Gulf War, Iraq fired 39 scud missiles at Israel in the
hope of breaking up the Arab coalition against Baghdad.
Israel has said it wants no part of the latest dispute between the U-S and Iraq.
Franklin County investigators are chasing leads in North Carolina to pinpoint the identity of a dead man.
A black man was found face down and partially burned off Route 756 in the (SID-norsvilles) Sydnorsville section of Franklin County yesterday.
Deputies say the man suffered two fatal gunshot wounds.
He was wearing a sports shirt, underwear and gold bracelets, but no pants.
Deputies are pursuing leads in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
A Roanoke couple was reportedly robbed in their home Tuesday night.
City police say 3 suspects entered the home of Gary and Mary Draper on King Charles Avenue, Southeast.
One suspect reportedly fired a handgun twice at Mary Draper as she ran out of the house.
The shots missed, but police say Gary Draper was injured after he was beaten with the handgun during a struggle with his assailants.
Almost two weeks after hurricane mitch brought floods and mudslides to
Central America, the misery is slowly easing, as people across the country pitch in to rebuild their towns and cities.
Many of those cities look like war zones.
As residents struggle to cleanup and rebuild many businesses remain colsed.
Some are so badly damaged they will probably never re- open.
SALVATORE MAJANO, BUSINESS OWNER, WE DON';T HAVE ANY INSURANCE.
WE HAVE SOME SAVINGS, BUT NOT ENOUGH FOR ME TO REOPEN ))
[SUPER=01-Salvatore Majano/Business Owner; ]
[OUT Q=for me to reopen.]
The killer storm wiped out a-quarter of the country's schools so the government has been forced to cancel classes until February.
Meantime, health officials are trying to stop the spread of disease, giving vaccinations right off the street.
A Vietnam veteran is preparing for a humanitarian tour-of-duty in Nicaragua... and he's asking others to join him.
Many hospitals in the Central American country are overcrowded.
So, Curtis Cloud is working with the Penn Forest Church of God to get doctors and nurses to volunteer their services.
[SOT 12.08.06 - 12.08.17]
[IN Q=They're going to be]
((CURTIS CLOUD: THEY'RE GOING TO BE EXPECTED TO GO OVER THERE FOR A ONE TO TWO WEEK MINIMUM AND A MONTHS TO TWO MONTHS MAXIMUM. I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD BE ABLE TO GO OVER THERE AND SPEND MUCH MORE TIME THAN THAT.))
[OUT Q=more time than that.]
Cloud is hoping to organize teams of 5 to 10 volunteers.
The Penn Forest Church of God is overseeing the effort and will hold a meeting for volunteers November 18th and 19th.
You can contact the church if you'd like to help.
The majority of board members would like Blacksburg to have TWO middle schools to alleviate overcrowding.
That would mean building a new middle school and renovating the current one.
The majority of the board would also like to see a new Blacksburg high school built in the near future.
The Board's decisions are only recommendations-- the ultimate decision is up the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.
Now last nights decision was the same decision the school board reached in December.
They decided to revisit the issue after the Supervisors indicated the school board should consider building a new high school and converting the currrent one into a second middle school.
The recommendation angered many parents and faculty who voiced their opinions -- before the school board decided to stick by its original position.
[IN Q=If you sink]
((GARY MCCOY/BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:IF YOU SINK MILLIONS INTO A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IT IS DOUBTFUL THERE WILL BE MONEY LEFT OVER TO RENOVATE THE PRESENT MIDDLE SCHOOL OR THE VACATED HIGH SCHOOL SO WE AS MIDDLE SCHOOLS WIL AGAIN INHERIT OR BE LEFT WITH ANOTHER BUILDING THAT WE MUST USE THAT IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY. ))
[SUPER=01-Gary McCoy/Middle School Principal; :00]
[OUT Q=school philosophy.]
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors meets tonight and will likely discuss the issue.
A Kroger shopping center is coming to Franklin County pending an agreement with the town of Rocky Mount.
Plans for the new center passed the planning commission without a hitch.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;]
Almost 20 acres on Route 40 East of Rocky Mount- -next to Wal-Mart- - were rezoned to make way for Kroger.
The shopping center will also include six other shops.
But there are no sewer lines on this strip of Route 40.
Kroger has said it will pull out -- unless Franklin County and the town of Rocky Mount can work out a sewer agreement with one another.
[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=01-Kurt Thonnings/Middle School Teacher; :14]
[SUPER=01-Katie Clark/"RMS Upclose" Anchor; :26]
[SUPER=01-Travis Smith/"RMS Upclose" Video Engineer; :40]
[SUPER=01-Catherine Howe/"RMS Upclose" Weather Person; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Lyle/"RMS Upclose" Director; 1:32]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Groah/"RMS Upclose" Director; 1:56]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; 2:20]
[OUT Q=out of here]
[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)
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Authorities say shots were fired overnight near the command post where federal agents are coordinating the search for bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph.
An official with the Southeast Bomb Task Force confimed the story, but gave no other details.
An Atlanta television station is reporting that one federal agent was wounded, but authorities would not confirm that report.
The command post is near Andrews, North Carolina.
The U-S Environmental Protection agency has settled its case against a Pittsylvania County plastics plant.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./October 1997;]
Cook Composites in Chatham has agreed to pay a fine of nearly 110-thousand dollars.
The company has also agreed to correct the violations it was cited for last year involving the disposal of hazardous waste.
As part of the settlement, Cook Composites will conduct a 50-thousand dollar study to investigate recycling options that could reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated by its manufacturing process.
The woman who runs Roanoke's small business incubator is getting ready to go where she's never gone before: overseas.
Lisa Ison is one of four Americans speaking at an international conference on helping small businesses grow.
She and one of her Roanoke colleagues leave Saturday for Hong Kong.
[IN Q=well i'm]
((ISON: WELL I'M EXCITED AND NERVOUS BOTH. HOPE AND I, NEITHER ONE OF US HAS BEEN OUT OF THE COUNTRY. TO GO TO A LARGE PLACE LIKE HONG KONG, IT IS A LITTLE NERVE-WRACKING. BUT I THINK WE'LL HAVE A GREAT TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Ison/New Century Venture Center;]
[OUT Q=GREAT TIME]
At Roanoke's New Century Venture Center, Ison has helped budding (ontra-preu-neurs) entrepreneurs learn how to manage their own companies.
In Hong Kong, she'll talk about how lots of planning and a little help from the government are crucial elements to a business incubator's success.
A popular children's author was all the rage at a Roanoke bookstore .
Last Night ,Nearly 150 kids turned out at the Ram's Head Bookstore to meet Avi (ah-vee).
The Newberry Award winner has written such books as "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" and "Nothing But the Truth".
Avi is in the area for a visit to Radford University.
His latest book is "Perloo (Purr-lew) The Bold"
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
In sports, Karl Malone makes a surprising announcement as the N-B-A lockout continues.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=A little hockey]
[OUT Q=Thursday everybody.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
A Roanoke couple was robbed inside their home Tuesday night.
Police say three suspects entered the home of Gary and Mary Draper on King Charles Avenue, Southeast.
One of the suspects reportedly fired a handgun at Mary Draper and missed, but police say Gary Draper was hurt after he was beaten during a struggle with the robbers.
Police say the partially burned man found dead in Franklin county on Tuesday had two fatal gunshot wounds.
Deputies say he was a black man and was wearing a sports shirt, underwear and gold bracelets, but no pants.
Authorities are checking leads in North Carolina.
A Kroger shopping center is coming to Franklin County pending an agreement with the town of Rocy Mount.
About 20-acres on route-40 east of Wal-Mart were rezoned to make way for the Kroger and six other shops.
But Kroger said it will pull out of the deal unless Franklin County and Rocky Mount can work out a sewer agreement.
(Kimberly mic hot)
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
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