[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The Senate is poised to launch the first presidential impeachment trial since 18-68.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Roanoke fire investigators continue to investigate a suspicious apartment house blaze.
[ANCHOR=Andrew]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Clinton-Impeachment]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Senate Trial]


For the first time in more than 130 years, the Senate today begins a presidential impeachment trial.
But the negotiating continues over witnesses, including Monica Lewinsky.
Maureen Maher joins us with the latest.
[Live=Maureen Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC;]
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[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH***]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rep. James Rogan/(R) Impeachment Manager; :19]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader; :29]
[SUPER=01-Joe Lockhart/White House Press Secretary; 1:08]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=the House process]

((The battle lines over the impeachment were drawn months ago - but remarkably, on the day the trial that could remove President Clinton from office begins - there are still no clear cut rules of the battlefield. So a special meeting last night between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats tried to move the process along:
SOT: REP. JAMES ROGAN/HOUSE MANAGER/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE R-CA

"We appreciated the fact that members on both sides are doing their best to try to work with us and work with the White House to make this as fast and quick as possible."
SOT: SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER

"We have a duty. We will do our very best to carry it out in a way that the American people will feel is appropriate and dignified and fair." It was Senate majority leader Trent Lott who earlier hinted it would be a "full trial." A full trial could give House Judiciary chairman and lead prosecutor Henry Hyde his ammunition of choice - the opportunity to call witnesses - including Monica Lewinsky, Presidential confidant Vernon Jordon and White House secretary Betty Currie. Meanwhile, sitting directly in the line of fire, -- is the White House--which says the process is unfair-- and is urging someone somewhere to make a decision.
SOT: Joe Lockhart//White House Press Secretary

"We're in an appropriate period where the Senate can come forward and layout a process that's fair and bi-partisan.. and can be done quickly to put this behind us. But we're in a crucial point. I think if this descends into the kind of partisanship we saw in the House, the American public will reject the process the way they did the House process."))


[Live=Maureen Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC;]
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[5-Impeachment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=598-36 00:51]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Virginia's senators have been remarkably quiet on the issue of impeachment.
News 7 asked Chuck Robb to comment on a possibly lengthy trial period.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=That would]
[SUPER=@Robb]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=that course.]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=03-Washington DC]


But Virginia's other senator, John Warner, has more to say.
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[SOT]
[IN-Q=In my own]
[super=@Warner]
[runs=:24]
[out-q=delayed procedure.]
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[anchor=Melanie]
[graphic=Hold]


We'll hear more from John Warner and Chuck Robb later in the newscast.

[E-Patterson-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-81 24:36]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation]


Turns out a Roanoke house fire STARTED in an evicted tenant's bedroom, but investigators are still trying to determine who, or what, set it off.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They say the cause of Tuesday's fire at 905 Patterson Avenue is suspicious.
But they don't know whether someone torched the place, OR a hot iron was left on by accident.
Firefighters say they must still clear ice and debris before determining the cause.
They would not let residents inside but let them carry away the few remaining belongings.
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[S-Salem-Library]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-77 33:53]
[GRAPHIC=Salem City Seal]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia wants to know why video tapes of a Salem city council meeting were removed from the public library.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Tuesday;]

Cynthia Munley donated tapes of the last two city council meetings regarding the controversial Elizabeth Campus rezoning issue. City manager Randy Smith seized the tapes and returned them to Munley.
The state ACLU says the whole episode reeks of government censorship - and public library acquisitions should be left to professionals on the library staff. But Salem Mayor Sonny Tarpley stands behind Smith's decision and says the rezoning issue is over with. Tarpley adds if the city were censoring the material, it would not have let the meeting be recorded.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the N-B-A is back.
Mike Stevens has the details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:03]
[OUT Q=Thursday everyone.]



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


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-9]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[On Record] [Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Carrier/The Power Team; :23]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :38]
[SUPER=01-Donette Spence/New Life Temple; 2:11]
[RUNS=2:37]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:Power Team))

[E-Sex-Offender]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-71 1:20:55]
[GRAPHIC=Sex Offenders]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
The state police web site that features a list of convicted sex offenders has attracted more than 300- thousand visitors, who have conducted more than a million searches.
But one area woman says the site could do permanent damage to her family.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We've disguised]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-"Jane Doe"/Wife of Convicted Sex Offender; :13]
[SUPER=@ssm2; :30]
[RUNS=1:03]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( We've disguised her face, voice and name.. but Jane Doe's secret is available for anyone to see on the Internet.
Jane's husband is one of those listed as a convicted sex offender.. the twist is the victim was her daughter.
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[SOT 3:49:43 (bite #2 on tape)]
[IN Q=My daughter was]

(("JANE DOE"/WIFE OF CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER: MY DAUGHTER WAS A VICTIM OF ABUSE AND NOW I FEEL LIKE SHE'S BEING VICTIMIZED AGAIN BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNOWS NOW.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=everybody knows now.]


That's because the family is back together.. and anyone who pulls up her husband's file also learns his address.
Jane says the site needs to consider not posting those rare cases where the abuser and the victim are still living together.
She lives in daily fear of her friends and neighbors finding out.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 3:56:07 (bite #7 on tape)]
[IN Q=I want to]

(("JANE DOE": I WANT TO RAISE A HAPPY, HEALTHY CHILD AND TO DO THAT YOU NEED FRIENDS AND A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT. HOW CAN I GIVE THAT TO MY CHILD NOW? WHO'S GOING TO LET ANYBODY COME OVER AND SLEEP OVER AT MY HOUSE?)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=at my house?]


Jane is now asking the A-C-L-U to help out.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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[Anchor=Melanie]
[graphic=hold]


State police have expanded the capacity of the web site so more people can access it.
(XXXXXXXXXXXXX)

[Take GFX Page] You'll find a direct link to the sex-offenders page by going to our internet home page at WDBJ7-dot-com... From there, click on "webwatch".
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[S-Penn-Reward]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=98-66 30:35]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]

The family of a Roanoke landlord gunned down a few months ago has increased the reward to find his killer -- to 10-thousand dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 2]


Jimmie Lee Penn was killed on Patterson Avenue October 2nd.
Police have not yet made any arrests, and Penn's family hopes the higher reward will encourage someone to tip Roanoke police, and help them find the killer.

(--------------)[Health-Check]



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


In medical news, researchers may have developed a stroke and heart attack screening test.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:02]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( DOCTORS HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY TO ZERO IN ON POTENTIAL HEART ATTACK AND STROKE VICTIMS AMONG THE ELDERLY.
---VO----
VT=VO


THE LATEST RESEARCH FOCUSES ON THE THICKNESS OF THE ARTERY WALLS IN THE NECK.
USING ULTRASOUND MEASUREMENTS.. DOCTORS CAN DETECT DAMAGE TO BLOOD VESSELS BEFORE PATIENTS EXPERIENCE ANY SYMPTOMS.
THE STUDY'S AUTHOR IS ADVISING PEOPLE TO HAVE A SCREENING TEST WHEN THEY REACH AGE 65.
---VO---
VT=VO


A GROUP OF LEADING OBSTRITICIANS IS QUESTIONING THE U-S GOAL OF REDUCING THE CAESAREAN DELIVERY RATE TO FIFTEEN PERCENT.
THE DOCTORS ARE WORRIED THAT FEWER CAESAREANS COULD POSE A RISK TO BOTH MOTHERS AND BABIES.
IN RECENT YEARS.. THE HEALTH PROFESSION HAS BEEN SHARPLY CRITICIZED FOR BEING ALL-TOO-QUICK TO USE SURGERY TO DELIVER KIDS.
(MIKA)
ONCAM=MIKA


AND THE PRESTIGIOUS NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE HAS COME OUT WITH SOME CRITICISMS OF THEIR OWN.
THE JOURNAL IS BLASTING THE U-S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.. CALLING IT QUOTE "THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND MOST INADEQUATE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD.
THERE'S BEEN NO IMMEDIATE RESPONSE FROM THE HEALTH PROFESSION.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THIS MORNING'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


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


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



(I'll call for board)
[ESS#8700]



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

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


For the first time since 18-68 the the Senate today opens an impeachment trial of the President of the United States.

The last minute manuevering over ground rules continued late into the night.
Negotiations include whether to call witnesses, including Monica Lewinsky.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


He fled his sentence for selling marijuana 25 years ago in Martinsville, and now Alfred Martin will have to remain behind bars until his trial next month.
However, a larceny charge was dropped yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the chief U-N weapons inspector may be stepping down following Allegations that inspectors in Iraq spyed for the United States.
Both the U-N and the U-S deny the report published in yesterday's Washington Post.
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[anchor=Melanie]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday January 7th.
[anchor=Andrew]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-clinton-impeachment]


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


President Clinton's impeachment trial begins in the Senate today... but that's one of the few certainities involving the historic proceeding.
White house officials and key lawmakers huddled late into the night trying to find common ground on the trial's format.
Pledges to cast aside partisan politics have just about crumbled.. Republicans now want Monica Lewinsky to testify.. while Democrats are against calling any witnesses.
Maureen Maher has the latest from Washington.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rep. James Rogan/(R) Impeachment Manager; :19]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader; :29]
[SUPER=01-Joe Lockhart/White House Press Secretary; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]

((The battle lines over the impeachment were drawn months ago - but remarkably, on the day the trial that could remove President Clinton from office begins - there are still no clear cut rules of the battlefield. So a special meeting last night between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats tried to move the process along:
SOT: REP. JAMES ROGAN/HOUSE MANAGER/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE R-CA

"We appreciated the fact that members on both sides are doing their best to try to work with us and work with the White House to make this as fast and quick as possible."
SOT: SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER

"We have a duty. We will do our very best to carry it out in a way that the American people will feel is appropriate and dignified and fair." It was Senate majority leader Trent Lott who earlier hinted it would be a "full trial." A full trial could give House Judiciary chairman and lead prosecutor Henry Hyde his ammunition of choice - the opportunity to call witnesses - including Monica Lewinsky, Presidential confidant Vernon Jordon and White House secretary Betty Currie. Meanwhile, sitting directly in the line of fire, -- is the White House--which says the process is unfair-- and is urging someone somewhere to make a decision.
SOT: Joe Lockhart//White House Press Secretary

"We're in an appropriate period where the Senate can come forward and layout a process that's fair and bi-partisan.. and can be done quickly to put this behind us. But we're in a crucial point. I think if this descends into the kind of partisanship we saw in the House, the American public will reject the process the way they did the House process."))

[E-VA-Impeachment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-73 1:06:05]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


For weeks, Virginia's two U-S Senators have been pretty quiet about impeachment.
Ellen Qualls caught up with them both to see how they're approaching their roles in the trial of a President.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Chuck Robb]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00]
[SUPER=@Robb; :12]
[SUPER=@Warner; :31]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:03]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Washington.]


[E-Alfred-Martin]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-75 1:49:19]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The man who fled the Martinsville prison farm 25 years ago will remain in jail until his trial next month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Livonia, MI/Last Year;]


Alfred Martin had a hearing yesterday regarding his bond.
His lawyer dropped a motion to have his client released with an electronic monitor.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says, before bond is an issue, Martin must serve the time he was sentenced to for selling marijuana in the 1970's.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:43:13-:22]
[IN Q=If for some reason]

((JOAN ZIGLAR: IF FOR SOME REASON HE HAS NOT BEEN TRIED BEFORE HE SERVES HIS FULL SENTENCE ON THE ORIGINAL CHARGES THEN HE COULD ALWAYS PETITION THE COURT FOR BOND.))
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:35:52-:58]

((BEN GARDNER: IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO GO TO TRIAL BUT WHAT MANNER, WHAT PLEA, WHAT RESULT WE'RE NOT READY TO SAY YET.))
[SUPER=01-Joan Ziglar/Commonwealth's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ben Gardner/Martin's Attorney; :09]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=ready to say yet.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=Legal Scales]


The larceny charge against Martin-- involving an unpaid furniture bill-- was dismissed because he finally paid the bill.
Martin's trial on the escape charge is set for February 8th.

[E-L'burg-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-82 17:49]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal]


Educators in Lynchburg say they're disappointed but not surprised most of the city's schools failed to meet the new Standards of Learning requirements for accreditation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Officials say the numbers HAVE been helpful in identifying specific problem areas in the school system.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 9:15:20]
[IN Q=Our community may]

((DR. JIM MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: OUR COMMUNITY MAY VIEW OUR TEST SCORES WITH SOME DISCOMFORT AND SOME DISAPPOINTMENT. I THINK WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO REALIZE IS THAT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND AS LONG AS OUR TEST SCORES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE FROM NOW UNTIL 2004- 2005, WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND ULTIMATELY FULLY CREDITED.))
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent; :00]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=ultimately fully accredited.]
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[VO-NAT]


The school board Tuesday night voted to spend 350- thousand dollars to update curriculum and bring it in line with the S-O-L requirements.
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[Route-11]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-83 14:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


From sheets of ice to major traffic accidents... 1999 hasn't been a good year for Interstate 81 so far.
Some motorists are tired of driving 81... they're slowing down to 11.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The worse things get]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :01]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Grant/Riverside Quickette; :08]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Spangler/Motorist; :27]
[SUPER=01-Carolyn Rettinger/Motorist; :33]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :40]
[SUPER=01-Diane Clark/Glenvar Minute Mart; :51]
[RUNS=1:07]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( The worse things get on the interstate, the better the business at the Riverside Quickett on Route 11 in Roanoke County.
[SOT 00:51:00]
[IN Q=whenever there's an accident]

((KENNETH GRANT/RIVERSIDE QUICKETTE; WHENEVER THERE'S AN ACCIDENT, THIS PLACE IS PACKED, I MEAN PACKED, ONE NIGHT, WHEN THEY HAD THE BIG ACCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY, I HAD FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT WHERE I DIDN'T LEAVE THE REGISTER)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=leave the register]


It's not just accidents... its winter weather conditions.
Construction zone backups...
And more traffic than ever...
[SOT 00:49:50 ]
[IN Q=I'm not as]

((JOYCE SPANGLER/MOTORIST; I'M NOT AS COMFORTABLE AS I USED TO BE, THE TRAFFIC IS HEAVIER, MORE TRUCKS )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=more trucks]
[SOT 00:57:05]
[IN Q=it's just a lot]

((CAROLYN RETTINGER/MOTORIST; IT'S JUST A LOT OF TRAFFIC, IT'S DANGEROUS, AND IF I CAN AVOID IT I GO THE OTHER WAY.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=the other way]

[standup] IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO THAT THE INTERSTATE WAS TAKING TRAFFIC AND CUSTOMERS AWAY FROM BUSINESSES ALONG THE SMALLER U.S. ROUTES, BUT HERE ON ROUTE 11 THAT BUSINESS BACK.
[SOT 00:59:04]
[IN Q=it's a madhouse]

(( DIANE CLARK/GLENVER MINUTE MART; IT'S A MADHOUSE... IT STARTS AT SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING BASICALLY.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=basically]


And they expect it to continue, as heavy traffic continues driving more and more motorists out of the fast lane. Eric Earnhart, News 7))

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-9]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record] [ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Berry Handley/The Power Team; :23]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :40]
[RUNS=2:24]
[OUT Q=type of things]


[Steve Live]

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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:Power Team))

[Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


We have word of an accident on Route 501, just south of Buenna Vista.
State police say a tractor trailer has jack-knifed and the road is blocked.
There are no reported injuries at this time.



[IRAQ]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Conflict]


Chief U-N weapons inspector Richard Butler says he's thinking of stepping down from his post when his term ends in June.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Butler's comment to an Australian newspaper follows reports yesterday that weapons inspectors helped U-S spy efforts in Iraq.
The U-N and the United States strongly deny the allegations.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((RICHARD BUTLER/UNSCOM CHIEF HAVE WE FACILITATED SPYING, ARE WE SPIES? ABSOLUTELY NOT. ))
[SUPER=01-Richard Butler/UNSCOM Chief;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=absolutely not;]
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[VO-NAT]


The United States added, accusations like this are just Iraq trying to redirect attention from the REAL problem.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((JAMES RUBIN/U-S STATE DEPARTMENT:THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS THAT IF IRAQ WERE TO FULLY DISCLOSE ITS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THEN WE WOULDN'T HAVE THIS KIND OF A PROBLEM ))
[SUPER=01-James Rubin/U. S. State Department;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=this kind of a problem.]
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[VO-NAT]


Iraq's ambassador to the U-N calls the latest developments the nail in the coffin for the inspections program.
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[E-Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-76 44:35]
[GRAPHIC=Crash INvestigation]


They were on their way to Roanoke for a business trip Tuesday when their small plane crashed near Interstate 81.
Scott Goldberg speaks with one survivor, who says the pilot saved all on board from certain death.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=WILLIAM HERB]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Tuesday; :00--QUICK]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :21]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=SG N7]


((William Herb didn't think he was going to live.
He was one of three men [CRASH SITE] flying from Baltimore to Roanoke in a small, private plane when something went horribly wrong.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT ]
[IN Q=mr. luby]

((HERB: MR. LUBY ASKED THE PILOT, ARE WE IN TROUBLE? HE SAID YEAH.))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=he said yeah]


Speaking from his hospital room in Roanoke, Herb recounted the minutes before both of the plane's engines died, sending him, his business partner Daniel Luby and the plane's pilot crashing to the ground.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=4:33 we hit this]

((WE HIT THIS CLOUD, THE MOISTURE, THE COLD AIR WAS -20 DEGREES, WE WERE AT 6000 FEET. JUST ABOUT THAT TIME, THAT ENGINE STOPPED.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=stopped]


Amazingly, Herb's worst injuries were a broken hip and bruised shoulder.
But if it weren't for pilot Charles Oliver's heroics, Herb says everyone onboard would've died.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=he pulled]

((HE PULLED IT OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE...IF HE HADN'T DONE THAT, I'M AFRAID WE'D ALL BE GONE.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=be gone]


It's going to take investigators weeks to figure out just why the plane went down.
But won't take Herb long to leave Roanoke.
The father of five and grandfather of six is ready to go home, ready to leave memories of this crash behind.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
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[3-Sports]


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


In sports, hot defense was the name of the game for the Tech men, but was it enough against the defending A-10 champ?
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:55]
[OUT Q=nice Thursday.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Afr]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


Virginia's Senators have been silent on the impeachment issue-- at least until now.
Chuck Robb won't even mention the I-word.
John Warner will though.
He says he wants a full up or down vote on impeachment and that there is no constitutional basis for censure.
The President's Senate trial officially begins today.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The man who fled the Martinsville prison farm will stay in jail until his trial.
Alfred Martin hoped to be released on bond, but his attorney dropped that request at a hearing yesterday.
Prosecutors dropped a larceny charge against Martin because he finally paid a furniture bill from the 1970's.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Invesigators say Tuesday's fire on Patterson Avenue in Roanoke started in an evicted tenant's bedroom.
They're calling the fire suspicious but have not been able to determine if it was arson or an accident.
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[ANCHOR=Andrew]
(Andrew mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Afr]
(Andrew ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Andrew and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Melanie/Andrew and Steve]