[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A K-K-K lighter is the first piece of evidence entered at the trial of a white man accused in the dragging death of a black man.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Amd Roanoke's gay and lesbian community say they're being singled out by police.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Clouds and isolated showers early, becoming more widespread after the morning rush hour.
Just rain this time around...but a storm system arriving later this week could bring snow showers.
The complete forecast, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Park-Arrests]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-81 TC1:05:28]
[GRAPHIC=Singled Out]


Representatives of Raonoke's gay and lesbian community spoke out at city council last night, saying gay men are being singled out by police sting operations at city parks.
But people who use the parks say the police are just doing their job.
Eric Earnhart has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=twilight at Wasena]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Moore/Park Visitor; :13]
[SUPER=01-Scott Johnson/Gay Advocate; :33]
[SUPER=01-Shane Allie/Park Visitor; :54]
[SUPER=01-David Bowers/Roanoke Mayor; 1:16]
[SUPER=@eric2; 1:29]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]

((Twilight at Wasena park, and some people on the new skating ramps under the bridge are afraid to use the park's public restrooms, where they say gay men are still soliciting people for sex.
[SOT 15:06:46]
[IN Q=Mike Moore/Park Visitor;]

(( MIKE MOORE/PARK VISITOR; I DON'T WANT THAT GOING ON WHILE I'M OUT HERE SKATING, ESPECIALLY WHILE MY DAUGHTER'S OUT HERE.))
[RUNS= 07]
[OUT Q=daughter's out here]

But representatives of Roanoke's Gay and Lesbian community say if police aren't going to arrest EVERYBODY having sex in the park, they should leave EVERYONE alone... They are currently trying to repeal a state law that makes ALL oral sex a felony.
[SOT 15:12:33 ]
[IN Q=until then]

(( SCOTT JOHNSON/GAY ADVOCATE; UNTIL THEN WE BELIEVE IT SHOULD NOT BE ENFORCED AGAINST ANYBODY, WE BELIEVE THAT SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST A SMALL MINORITY IS EVEN WORSE ))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=even worse]


But park visitors say the sex isn't the primary problem, it's the solicition.
Shane Allie says it's gay men, not hetrosexual couples, approaching him for sex.
[SOT 15:08:34 ]
[IN Q=when hetersexuals]

(( SHANE ALLIE/PARK VISITOR; WHEN HETEROSEXUALS COME OUT HERE THEY COME TOGETHER, I'M NOT SAYING IT'S A RIGHT THING TO DO, BUT WHEN THEY COME OUT HERE THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THIS STUFF WITH AND NOBODY WANTS 'EM, THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF PROBLEMS ARE OUT HERE. ))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=out here]


Mayor David Bowers, while denouncing discrimination of ANY kind, made it clear that sexual solicitation in public parks will be dealt with.
[SOT 15:15:52 ]
[IN Q=I can tell you]

(( MAYOR DAVID BOWERS/ I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT OFF, I'VE GOT TO TAKE A STAND AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR PARKS ARE SAFE FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR THE FAMILIES THAT ARE USING THEM, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF MY UTMOST CONCERNS AS WE DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE. ))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=this issue]


Bowers said he would forward the concerns to the City mananger and Police officials, but added Roanoke can't do anything to change a state law.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))

[Baby-Found]


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


Residents of the Northern Virginia suburb of (DUM-freez) Dumfries are reeling-- first from the discovery of a newborn in a trash can and then from the revelation that the mother is a 12-year-old girl.
Authorities say the girl was alone when she gave birth.
Police say the 12-year-old wrapped the baby girl in a plastic grocery bag and put her in a trash can outdoors.
The infant is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Authorities say the 12-year-old will most likely not be charged because of her age.
They say they have an idea of who the newborn's father is and they are searching for him.

[E-Hollins-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-5 17:17]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A guilty plea from a man accused of setting a fire --
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[from 98-54 15:15; 98-61 52:52]
[SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./November 1995]

to cover up his sister's murder.
20-year-old Anne Harper was found dead in her family's Fairfax County home on Thanksgiving Day 1995.
She was a Hollins College student.
[SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./September 1998]


Yesterday, Matthew Harper pled guilty to stabbing and killing her BEFORE setting the house on fire to cover up the crime.
In exchange for Harper's plea to second degree murder, Fairfax prosecutors have dropped first-degree murder and attempted murder charges against him.
(------------)


[DRAGGING-death]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Testimony continues today in the trial of a white supremacist accused of chaining a black man to the back of a pickup truck and dragging him to his death.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX;]

[4:07:00]
The prosecution plans to introduce D-N-A evidence today.
That might include drops of blood found on the shoes of defendant James King.
In opening statement yesterday, the prosecution told the jury that the blood came from the victim, James Byrd Junior, shown here in newly released home video.
The prosecution also called King a racist who killed for attention.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:07:44-57]
[IN Q=I think he's got 3 motives....]
[SUPER=01-Guy James Gray/Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=or satanic.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The trial's first witness was the local sheriff.
He testified that when Byrd's mutilated body was found, he first thought it was a routine hit-and-run.
But when he found a lighter with a K-K-K symbol, Sheriff Billy Rowles said he knew it was murder.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, you may want to call it "February Madness."
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Welcome everyone]
[RUNS=1:46]
[OUT Q=losers last night.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Nick Wood/3Com;]
[SUPER=01-Allen Bridwell/Hewlett Packard;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]



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

[E-Star-City]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=98-77 1:34:43]
[GRAPHIC=Diner Closed]


More inspections are on the menu for the Star City Diner today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Health inspectors closed the Star City Diner Friday, citing violations such as roaches and rotten food.
Health officials apparently still did NOT like what they found after RE- inspecting the restaurant yesterday.
Restaurant owner Spanky Macher says he made the improvements they wanted to floor tiles and the dishwasher, areas where roaches HAD been.
Even if Star City makes the grade in a planned inspection today...there's still a hearing planned March 12th to determine whether the restaurant can keep its food permit.
(------------)


[Wise-UVA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]


Wise County's Board of Supervisors is calling for the resignation of a University of Virginia rector.
John Ackerly led opposition to changing the name of Clinch Valley College to University of Virginia's College at Wise.
Now Wise supervisors want Ackerly to step down.
His term on UVA's governing board expires March first.

[E-Flu]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-76 1:44:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]

It appears some flu-struck schools, day care centers and nursing homes are on the mend.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Roanoke County schools had a number of students and staff miss school due to the bug. More than 90-students with the flu missed class at Cave Spring Junior High last week. School officials say some of those students have returned. It was the same at the Children's Discovery Day Care Center, where 20 children came down with the flu and ten others had chicken pox.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT=00:02:28]
[IN Q=THIS YEAR HAS]

((CAROLYN WOOTEN/CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY CENTER DIRECTOR; THIS YEAR HAS BEEN THE WORST I THINK IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. BUT THIS ONE'S BEEN THE WORST.))
[SUPER=01-Carolyn Wooten/Children's Discovery Center Dir.;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=BEEN THE WORST.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

And most of the residents of the South Roanoke Nursing Home that had the flu have just about recovered. Health department officials say this year's virus hit about four weeks later than usual.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, Southern hospitals are lagging behind in the treatment of heart attacks.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( AN IMPORTANT STUDY IS OUT THIS WEEK CONCERNING HEART ATTACKS.
IT FINDS THAT MANY PATIENTS IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE DYING NEEDLESSLY... BECAUSE DOCTORS ARE NOT USING THE MOST UP-TO-DATE TREATMENTS.
VT=VO

((vo))
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT... THERAPIES WITH PROVEN BENEFITS WERE MOST UNDER-UTILIZED IN HOSPITALS IN THE SOUTH.
BUT ADVANCED TREATMENTS--LIKE BETA-BLOCKER DRUGS--WERE BEING USED IN THE NORTHEAST AND NORTH-CENTRAL STATES.
RESEARCHERS SAY A LACK OF AWARENESS MAY ACCOUNT FOR THE GEOGRAPHICAL DIFFERENCES.//
VT=VO

((vo))
THE MOST DEADLY FORM OF SKIN CANCER IS OFTEN DETECTED BY THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES-- AND NOT THEIR DOCTORS.
ACCORDING TO A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION...
55-PERCENT OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH MELANOMA -DETECTED- IT THEMSELVES.
BUT THE REPORT ALSO FOUND THAT DOCTORS WERE MORE LIKELY TO IDENTIFY THE SPOTS AT AN EARLIER STAGE.//
VT=VO

((vo))
AND AMERICANS ARE DINING OUT MORE THAN EVER BEFORE...
BUT THIS MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH.
THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS THE NUMBER OF MEALS BOUGHT AT RESTAURANTS HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY SINCE THE 1970'S...
EVEN THOUGH FOODS COOKED AT HOME ARE USUALLY HEALTHIER.
THE AGENCY RECOMMENDS THAT PEOPLE ORDER THEIR MEALS MORE CAREFULLY WHEN DINING OUT.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'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]


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Bart Wilner/Entre' Computer Center;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]



(I'll call for #)
[SUPER=16-(540) 989-6000/Entre' Computer Center;]



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

((Archive:computers)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


In Texas, testimony resumes today in the trial of the first of three white men accused of killing a black man by dragging him behind a pickup truck.
Prosecutors plan to introduce D-N-A evidence today.
That might include drops of blood found on the shoes of defendant James King.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


O-J Simpson's coveted Heisman trophy now belongs to an unidentified east coast collector.
The trophy was auctioned off for 230 thousand dollars last night.. to benefit the estates of Simpson's ex-wife and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
The auction raised 430 thousand dollars.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Not that the revelers in New Orleans needed an excuse, but good weather and a four-day weekend brought out record crowds for Mardi Gras.
Authorities say two (m) million people may have taken-in yesterday's huge party in the French Quarter.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday February 17.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[E-Warner-Clinton]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-6 12:41]
[GRAPHIC=John Warner]


The impeachment trial is over, and Senator John Warner is now speaking up.
What he has to say may surprise you.
Ellen Qualls reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Let's start ]
[SUPER=03-Mexico/Yesterday; :04]
[SUPER=@Warner; :12]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :53]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

((Let's start with the fun one.
What would the Republican Senator think if Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for and won a U-S Senate seat?
[SOT 15:28:11]

((WARNER: I THINK THE WOMAN HAS QUALITIES. AND SHE HAS I THINK SHOWN REMARKABLE FORTITUDE ON A BROAD RANGE OF CHALLENGES, POLITICAL AND OTHERWISE HERE IN THE PAST YEAR )) [RUNS :15]
NOT an endorsement.
But here he is on the President's decision to send U-S troops to Kosovo.
[SOT 15:15:40 ]

((WARNER: THE PRESIDENT HAS GONE ABOUT IT THUS FAR IN A CORRECT MANNER.)) [RUNS :04]
Warner voted GUILTY on one impeachment count and NOT guilty on another.
How does he feel about the President in the aftermath?
[SOT 15:32:52 ]

((WARNER: IN DUE COURSE, HE MAY BE ABLE TO RE-ESTABLISH FULLY, OR TO A LARGE EXTENT, STRIKE FULLY, HIS CREDIBILITY WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND INDEED WITH THE CONGRESS.)) [RUNS :13]
Should Clinton be criminally indicted while still in office?
[SOT 15:35:04]

((WARNER: I THINK THERE'S CONSIDERABLE DOUBT AS TO THE SUCCESS OF THAT PROSECUTION.)) [RUNS :05]
Should he be censured?
[SOT 15:36:02 ]

((WARNER: WHAT'S TO BE GAINED BY ANOTHER 20 LASHES IN PUBLIC?)) [RUNS :05]
And on whether Congress should re-enact the independent counsel statute in the wake of Ken Starr's inquiry..
[SOT 15:36:31 ]

((WARNER: WE EITHER ABOLISH IT, BECAUSE CLEARLY STARR'S FUNCTION, WHILE I'M NOT HERE TO ARGUE IT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, IT RAISES THE QUESTION DO WE WANT THAT TO HAPPEN AGAIN?)) [RUNS :13]
Have NO doubt-- Warner condemns the President's actions as "depraved."
But as the newly installed chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he's clearly looking forward to working with the White House.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[E-Flood-Project]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-74 1:45:30]
[GRAPHIC=Flood Control]


Do you want your tax money paying for a project that will give you just a penny profit per dollar?
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Roanoke River Flood Reduction Project has been delayed almost a decade.
The costs have risen, so now for every dollar invested -- there's a dollar and a penny benefit.
If the costs outweigh the benefits, the project loses federal funding and fails.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:54:50]
[IN Q=We have a viable]

((GREG REED/CITY ENGINEER: WE HAVE A VIABLE PROJECT. WE'VE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT. THE CITIZENS SUPPORT IT AND WE'RE MOVING FORWARD AT THIS POINT.))
[SUPER=01-Greg Reed/City Engineer;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=at this point]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The project will replace trees with stone riprap along six miles of riverbank.
Environmentalists say that will kill fish and heat up the city.
A group called Friends of the Roanoke River is checking the financial data, thinking the costs already outweigh the benefits of this project.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:57:34]
[IN Q=The corps]

((THE CORPS IS FAIRLY WELL KNOWN FOR HAVING NUMBERS THAT ARE INFLATED OR INACCURATE SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO SCRUTINIZE THOSE NUMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Friends of the Roanoke River;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=those numbers]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


City engineers expect to start advertising for a contractor next year.
(------------)


[E-Cummings]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-83 47:04]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Another Roanoke business has closed its doors for good -- the owner is in jail accused of violating probation.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 4;]


Queen Charlotte's Tea and More was one of the businesses on the first floor of the old Heironimus Building, but the restaurant closed recently after proprietor B- D Cummings was jailed.
[SUPER=04-October 22, 1989]


In 1989, Cummings was convicted in federal court of forging checks from the Rescue Mission worth more than 29-thousand dollars.
She's still on state probation for writing a bad check, and was prohibited from handling other people's money.
(--------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An antiques dealer who placed items in the building on consignment says he hasn' t been paid for pieces that are now unaccounted for, but the owners of The Emporium say they intend to cover financial losses. Other shops in the building remain open.

[2-DRAGGING-death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Prosecutors in Jasper, Texas, have started making their case against the first of three men accused of murder by tieing a man to a pickup truck and dragging him 3 miles.
The murder of James Byrd shocked the nation last summer, and now the crime is being relived in court.
Andrew Colton reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Guy James Gray/Prosecutor; :43]
[SUPER=04-Courtroom Artist: Alison Aldredge; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Colton/Reporting; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Jasper Texas]

((SHACKLED AND SURROUNDED BY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES, JOHN WILLIAM KING WAS LED INTO THE JASPER COUNTY COURTHOUSE FOR THE FIRST DAY OF HIS MURDER TRIAL. POLICE SAY KING, AND TWO FRIENDS, TIED 49 YEAR OLD JAMES BYRD - SHOWN HERE IN NEWLY RELEASED HOME VIDEO -- TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK LAST SUMMER, AND DRAGGED HIM OVER BACK COUNTRY ROADS TO HIS DEATH. DEPUTIES FOUND BYRD'S HEAD THREE MILES FROM HIS SHREDDED TORSO.
(SUPER: Courtroom Artist: Alison Aldredge)

WHILE KING'S FATHER AND GIRLFRIEND WATCHED IN THE COURTROOM, PROSECUTOR GUY JAMES GRAY TOLD THE JURY KING IS A RACIST, WHO KILLED BYRD TO GET ATTENTION. HE TOLD JURORS THAT KING IS PROUD OF HIS KU KLUX KLAN TATTOOS, AND ESPECIALLY ONE OF A BLACK MAN HANGING FROM A TREE. KING LEFT THESE PHOTOS IN HIS APARTMENT AFTER HE WAS EVICTED.
SOT: GUY JAMES GRAY/PROSECUTOR

IN A STUNNING MOVE, KING'S ATTORNEY DECIDED NOT TO MAKE AN OPENING STATEMENT, SAYING ONLY - QUOTE - THE PROSECUTION HAS TO MAKE ITS CASE. TO THAT END, JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF BILLY ROWLES. WAS CALLED TO THE STAND. HE TOLD JURORS HE THOUGHT HE WAS INVESTIGATING A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT WHEN HE FOUND THE DECAPITATED BODY OF JAMES BYRD LAST SUMMER. AC, CBS NEWS JASPER, TEXAS.))

[oj-auction]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=OJ Simpson]


O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy has fetched 230-thousand dollars at auction in Los Angeles.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]

[4:11:58]
The auction was held to benefit the estates of the former football star's murdered ex-wife and her friend.
Each of the 74 other items sold for between several hundred and several thousand dollars, well over their estimated value.
Collector Mark Dalan payed 250 dollars for Simpson's golf clubs.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((MARK DALAN, COLLECTOR "IT'S PART OF HISTORY I LIKE TO HAVE IT IN MY HOUSE IT'LL BE A NICE ADD TO MY COLLECTION."))


[SUPER=01-Mark Dalan/Collector;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=ADD TO MY COLLECTION.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Heisman Trophy was purchased by an anonymous bidder.
The auction proceeds are estimated 430 thousand dollars.
That's only a small dent in the 33 MILLION dollar civil judgement against Simpson.
(------------)


[Three-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Gerry Campana/Epson;]
[SUPER=01-Eric Lamp/Compaq;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]



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[SUPER=16-(540) 989-6000/Entre' Computer Center;]



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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:Computers))

[E-Firefighters]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=99-1 35:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A debate over firefighter work schedules in Danville could soon be resolved with a vote by city council.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Danville has been looking at revising the way it schedules its full-time firefighters ever since it lost a lawsuit last year over unpaid meal breaks.
Firefighters presented a new work schedule proposal that would get rid of overtime and still keep the men and women in blue working their current shifts.
[SUPER=03-Danville/September 14, 1997;]


But the plan does slightly lower the number of firefighters on-duty at any given time.
Firefighters say that would NOT pose a safety problem.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:34:17-:32]
[IN Q=We can not bring]

((WE CANNOT BRING IT TO OURSELVES TO COMPROMISE THE SAFETY OF THE CITIZENS OF DANVILLE OR THE SAFETY OF EACH OTHER. THERE'S NOT A DOLLAR AMOUNT THAT I COULD PUT ON ANYBODY THAT I WORK WITH. IT'S NOT, WE WILL NOT COMPROMISE OUR SAFETY AND WE WILL NOT PRESENT A PLAN THAT WE THOUGHT DID SO.))
[SUPER=01-Ray Earp/Danville Firefighter;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=thought did so.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


City council is also considering a work schedule plan developed by an outside consulting firm.
Firefighters oppose the consultant's proposal, saying it would require them to work at least some part of EVERY weekend.
A vote on the matter is set for March 2nd.
(------------)


[mardi-gras]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


America's wildest party went into high gear in the Big Easy.
(///SOT///)
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT=(people yelling, etc.)]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Mardi Gras, which means "Fat Tuesday", brings nearly two million people to New Orleans for one long last party before Lent.
Party-goers bartered for beads and cheered on the parades that rolled past midnight.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:02:21]
[IN Q=]

(("WHAT'S THE BEST PART? THAT. BUT WE CAN'T PUT THAT ON TELEVISION." "YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY DRINKS YOU'VE HAD? NO IDEA."))
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=NO I don't. (Triple OUT)]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The crowds were so anxious, street lamps and balcony posts had to be greased, just to keep unwanted visitors from climbing into hotel rooms.
Police say arrests in the French Quarter were up, but there was no serious trouble.
(-------------)


[3-Sports]


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


In sports, the losing skid continues at the Roundhouse.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=They're still]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=Wednesday everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

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


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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A guilty plea from the man accused of murdering his sister, then setting his family's house on fire to cover-up the crime.
20-year-old Anne Harper was found dead in her family's Fairfax County home on Thanksgiving Day 1995.
She was a Hollins College student.
In exchange for Matthew Harper's plea to second degree murder, Fairfax prosecutors have dropped first-degree murder and attempted murder charges against him.
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It's another day of inspections for the Star City Diner.
Health officials apparently still did NOT like what they found after RE- inspecting the restaurant yesterday and would not allow it to re-open.
Even if Star City makes the grade in a planned inspection today...there's still a hearing planned March 12th to determine whether the restaurant can keep its food permit.
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Now that the impeachment trial of President Clinton is over, Senator John Warner is speaking up.
Yesterday in Richmond, Warner said there's nothing more to be gained by censure and that there's little chance of a successful criminal indictment of the President.
Warner did call the President's actions "depraved."
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