[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]

As the clock ticks away on the deadline for a peace agreement in Kosovo --the U-S and NATO are eyeing possible Serb military targets.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a settlement has reportedly been reached with one of the familys in Virginia's switched baby case.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Winter weather advisories and winter storm watches go into effect this afternoon.
We're expecting rainfall to change over to snow...a few inches are possible.
Stick around for the complete weekend outlook.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Baby-Switch]


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


The family of one of the little girls switched at birth has reached a financial settlement with the state.
Two million dollars will be paid to Rebecca Chittum of Buena Vista in stages until she turns 30.
The family of the other girl, Callie Johnson, rejected a settlement offer.
A newspaper said the lawyer for Callie's mother made a counter-offer of 25 millions dollars.

[E-I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-11 3:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke County group claims the proposed western corridor of I-73 may hurt the area's environment and send property values plummeting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The I-73 Regional Impact Network held its second meeting last night at Cave Spring Junior High School.
It's concerned the proposed western corridor may pose a threat to endangered species in the area.
Officials with the group also maintain the corridor will decrease property values by up to 30 percent.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20.54.06 - 20.54.18]
[IN Q=It's important that people]

((ALAN : IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE IN ROANOKE COUNTY UNDERSTAND THAT THE HIGHWAY WILL BRING THE PROPERTY VALUES OF THEIR HOMES DOWN BY 25 TO 30 PERCENT AND THE CLOSER THEY ARE TO THE HIGHWAY THE WORSE IT WILL BE. ))
[SUPER=01-Alan Gleiner/Network Chairman]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=worse it will be.]
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[VO-NAT]


The western corridor would run from the Dixie Caverns exit along I-81, across Route 221 and across the Blue Ridge Parkway before reaching Route 220.
The network wants V-DOT to re-route the western corridor along Interstate 581.
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[5-Babysitters]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=599-2 15:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Bedford County woman charged with killing a small girl in her care will appear in court April 27th.
Sonja Hickson is accused of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 14-month-old Frances Vermillion last year.
The case has many second-guessing the safety of in-home child care services.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


State law does NOT require anyone caring for five or fewer children in their home to be licensed.
Experts say licensed day care centers aren't necessarily safer, but they are more closely monitored by outside agencies.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:53:10//12:51:02]
[IN Q=If you're a]

((SUSAN HORSLEY/YMCA DAY CARE DIRECTOR: IF YOU'RE A LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITY AND YOU'RE OPERATING A BUSINESS, YOU'RE NOT ONLY MONITORED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, BUT YOU ARE BY THE FIRE MARSHAL, YOU ARE BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, SO ALL THESE OUTSIDE AGENCIES COME IN TO CHECK TO JUST SEE IF YOU'RE DOING WHAT YOU SAY YOU'RE DOING.)) ((CAROL MASSIE/CHILD CARE RESOURCE CENTER: IT'S AN ADDED HELP. I ENCOURAGE PARENTS NOT RELY ON THAT. PROBLEMS CAN OCCUR IN A LICENSED PROGRAM AS WELL AS AN UNLICENSED, BUT YOU HAVE THAT ADDED ASSURANCE THAT THERE'S SOMEONE ELSE CHECKING FOR YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Horsley/YMCA Daycare Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carol Massie/Child Care Resource Center; :16]
[RUNS=27]
[OUT Q=checking for you.]
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[VO-NAT]


Horsley and Massie agree that parents need to completely check out the daycare provider for themselves before placing their child.
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[Kosovo]


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


Time is running out for the Serbs to work out a peace deal with the ethnic Albanians.. or risk facing military action.
If an agreement is not reached by noon saturday, NATO could begin launching tomahawk missiles at Serb air-defense sites and radar units around Kosovo.
Vital command centers and barracks are also prime targets.
Jonathan Freed reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:04:11]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Yugoslavia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State; :30]
[SUPER=03-Rambouillet, France; 1:06QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Christopher Hill/U. S. Negotiator; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]

((It's been almost a year since the world started paying attention to the bloody ethnic troubles in the Yugoslavian province of Kosovo. And now...
QUICK NATSOT: NATO OPS/FILE.

...NATO is poised to strike. Fifty-one additional U-S warplanes are heading to Europe...from bases in Washington State, New Mexico, and North Carolina. The United States is sending a direct signal to Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosovic: give in or get hit. LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C.
SOT 14:43:37 (MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE): HE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT IF AIR STRIKES OCCUR HE WILL BE HIT HAR

D AND HE WILL BE DEPRIVED OF THE THINGS HE VALUES. The root of the problem is this: the majority of Kosovo's population is ethnic Albanian. Yugoslavia is dominated by Serbs. The Kosovars want self-rule. A so-called Contact Group of countries has been brokering peace talks in France for a week and a half...calling for Serbian troops to pull out of Kosovo...and for 28-thousand NATO peacekeepers to move in...including some 4-thousand Americans. LOCATOR: RAMBOUILLET, FRANCE. The U-S negotiator believes an agreement is within reach.
SOT 15:10:38 (CHRISTOPHER HILL/U-S NERGOTIATOR): WE FEEL THAT THIS DRAFT

MEETS THE IMPORTANT CONCERNS OF BOTH PARTIES...IT IS INDEED A COMPROMISE, INDEED THERE ARE PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES UNHAPPY WITH THIS DRAFT. NATO has set a deadline of noon on Saturday. STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS): AFTER THAT, NATO HAS PROMISED THAT BOMBS WOULD BEGIN TO FALL. BUT U-S OFFICIALS ARE SAYING IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN RIGHT AWAY. RUSSIA, WITH ITS ETHNIC TIES TO THE SERBS, IS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO ANY MILITARY ACTION. J-F...WASHINGTON.))

[1-Sports]


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


In sports, it's tournament time on the courts and Roy Stanley has all the action.
Good Morning Roy.
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[OUT Q=later on Mornin]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=spa]
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[GRAPHIC=NONE]


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[E-Straight-Street]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-14 57:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hundreds of teens are going public about a very private commitment.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Last Friday nearly 600 teens signed "commitment cards" affirming their intentions to abstain from sex until married.

About 300 of the cards are now on display at Valley View Mall.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16.26.52 - 16.27.07]
[IN Q=In a couple of weeks]

((KEITH FARMER/DIR. STRAIGHT STREET: IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHO WAS AT THE RALLY OR WHO SIGNED THE CARD AND THAT'S WHERE THE REAL IMPORTANT TIME TAKES PLACE WHERE PARENTS AND CHURCHES AND ADULTS REALLY GET BEHIND THESE TEENAGERS WHO'VE MADE THE COMMITMENT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO REMAIN PURE. ))
[SUPER=01-Keith Farmer/Dir. Straight Street;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=to remain pure.]
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[VO-NAT]


The teens signed the cards at a "True Love Waits" rally in Roanoke last week.
The rally is sponsored by Straight Street.
The group is planning another one this summer when they'll check in with teens and find out how well they've upheld their commitments.
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[E-Pneumonia]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-7 22:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's better to be safe than sorry.
Doctors in the Roanoke Valley are warning people with the flu to get treatment after two young adults died recently from flu complications and pneumonia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; ]


Lewis-Gale Medical Center Doctor Doug Blevins says part of the reason young people are dying from the flu is because they wait too long to see a doctor.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT ub 11 55 56]
[IN Q=Someone will]

((DR. DOUG BLEVINS/INFECTIOUS DISEASE: SOMEONE WILL GET A VIRUS, THEY KNOW IT'S THE FLU AND THEY START GETTING BETTER, THEN THEY EXPLODE WITH A NEW FEVER A FEW DAYS OR A WEEK INTO THAT. THAT IS USUALLY THE COMPLICATING FACTOR.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Doug Blevins/Infectious Disease Specialist; ]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=complicating factor.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Doctor Blevins says the pneumonia vaccine is available and only needed every five or ten years.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, it's still too early to link a polio vaccine and cancer.
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=1:14]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( RESEARCHERS ARE TRYING TO CALM FEARS ABOUT RECENT REPORTS.. LINKING AN OLD POLIO VACCINE WITH PRESENT-DAY CANCERS.
VT=VO

((vo))
DURING THE LATE 1950'S AND EARLY 60'S, A MONKEY VIRUS CALLED S-V-40 HAD CONTAMINATED SOME BATCHES OF THE SALK POLIO VACCINE.
NOW A STUDY OUT OF BAYLOR MEDICAL COLLEGE IN HOUSTON HAS FOUND THIS SAME VIRUS IN CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER.. INCLUDING A RARE FORM OF LUNG CANCER.
BUT THE REPORT'S AUTHOR SAYS IT'S STILL TOO EARLY TO JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS:
((SOT:DR. JANET BUTEL/BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE))

"I don't think that the risk is high enough that people even need to think about it - I think everyone just needs to wait for more research."
VT=TAG

((vo/tag))
SCIENTISTS ARE ALSO LOOKING AT SMOKING AND ASBESTOS AS POSSIBLE CAUSES FOR THESE RARE CANCERS.
VT=VO

((vo))
A NEW STUDY SAYS HIGH LEVELS OF PESTICIDES FOUND IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES COULD POSE A MAJOR HEALTH RISK TO YOUNG CHILDREN.
AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN NEXT MONTH'S ISSUE OF CONSUMER REPORTS CLAIMS THAT PESTICIDE RESIDUES MAY CAUSE NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE AND HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN KIDS.
BUT HEALTH EXPERTS SAY THIS SMALL RISK DOES NOT OUTWEIGH THE MANY BENEFITS OF EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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((Archive:corvette)) [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]


With the hours dwindling toward a NATO deadline in Kosovo, Western officials in Yugoslavia are preparing to evacuate their workers.
NATO has threatened air strikes if an accord between the Serbs and ethnic Albanians can't be reached by noon tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A judge in Montgomery County has dismissed charges against four Virginia Tech fraternity members.
The four were accused of holding an exotic dancer and her escort against their will at an on-campus party last September.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


He claims its not a publicity stunt, but the first steps toward fufilling a life long dream.
Country western mega star Garth Brooks suited up with the San Deigo Padres yesterday and took a swing at play professional baseball.
Where the spring training invitation leads is anyone's guess.
If he does well, he could wind up with a minor league club.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, February 19.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-Baby-Switch]


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


There's been a settlement between the state and the family of one of the girl's switched at birth at the U-V-A medical center.
Two million dollars will be paid to Rebecca Chittum of Buena Vista in stages until she turns 30.
The family of the other girl, Callie Johnson, rejected a settlement offer.
A newspaper said the lawyer for Callie's mother made a counter-offer of 25 millions dollars.

[E-Abortion-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-9 22:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 24 hour waiting period on abortions will not happen this year in Virginia- It was defeated by one vote.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The waiting period bill is the abortion limit that is widely considered "most likely to succeed" next in Virginia.
But the Senate Education and Health Committee was its final resting place this year.
Last night's committee arguments focused on how much counseling is given in Virginia clinics.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 18:26:06 ]
[IN Q=What frightens]

((OLIVIA GANS/AMERICAN VICTIMS OF ABORTION: WHAT FRIGHTENS US IS THAT THERE'S THIS ASSUMPTION...EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW.))
[SOT 18:39:14]

((KAREN BYER/VIRGINIA ABORTION COUNSELOR: I THINK ANY WOMAN WHO COMES IN STRESSING THAT SHE'S EXPERIENCING GUILT OR DOUBT THAT SHE COULD NOT COPE WITH-- WE WOULD DEFINITELY CANCEL HER APPOINTMENT AND REFER HER TO APPROPRIATE SERVICES.))


[SUPER=01-Olivia Gans/American Vicitms of Abortion; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Karen Byer/Virginia Abortion Counselor; :17]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=appropriate services.]
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[VO-NAT]


The bill's sponsor says he's pleased to keep winning over Democrats.
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[SOT 19:01:16]
[IN Q=I'm encouraged]

((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I'M ENCOURAGED THAT EVERY YEAR WE PICK UP AN ADDITIONAL VOTE. IT'S BEEN FIVE, SIX, THIS YEAR SEVEN. WE'RE ONE AWAY FROM VICTORY AND I'M COMMITTED TO BRINGING THE BILL BACK EVERY YEAR UNTIL IT PASSES.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :00 ]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=it passes.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Earlier yesterday, the same Senate committee threw out a bill that would have required abortion clinics to upgrade to hospital standards.
That bill died on an 11 to 4 vote.


[E-Tech-Dancer]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:12:33]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Four Virginia Tech fraternity members are no longer in trouble with the law.
The men were accused of holding an exotic dancer against her will for refusing to perform a striptease.
The judge made the decision at the urging of the Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 1998]


Michelle Russell and her escort, David (chair-is-now-ski) Cheresnowsky, went to police last fall saying the students had held them against their will inside the (fi) Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Schwab says further investigation proved the two lied to police-- that they had NOT been physically restrained and that one of the students did NOT take money from Cheresnowsky's pocket.
Michael Campbell was charged with abduction even though he says he wasn't at the party.
(//////////SOT//////////)
[inq=The fact]

((FRED KELLERMAN/CAMPBELL'S ATTORNEY:THE FACT OF THE MATTER WAS, HE WASN'T EVEN AT THE EVENT WHEN IT TOOK PLACE AND IT'S JUST A REAL SHAME HE HAD TO BE DRAGGED THROUGH ALL OF THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Kellerman/Campbell's Attorney; :00]
[OUTQ=of this.]
[RUNS=06]
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[VO-NAT]


Abduction charges were also dismissed against Seth Marshall, Mark (bren-see) Brensy and Ryan Worch.
Charges were also dropped against Nicholas (da-sar-no) Desarno who was accused of exposing himself and trying to remove Russell's lingerie.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Police found out the two lied about the night in question after receiving information from a private investigator working on behalf of the students.

[E-Akers-Martin]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:17:05]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Witnesses say they heard two Franklin County capital murder suspects confess.
That was their testimony at a preliminary hearing yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Timothy Martin is one of two men charged with killing and robbing Wesley Smith last December.
Investigators found a beer bottle with Martin's fingerprints near the victim's body.
They arrested Martin on a New York Indian reservation, driving the victim's car.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:22:27]
[IN Q=He said uh]

((HE SAID UH I KILLED A MAN AND I SAID FOR WHAT AND HE SAID FOR THE HELL OF IT FOR THE FUN OF IT.))
[SUPER=01-Matthew Rouark/Tribal Police;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=fun of it]
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[VO-NAT]


Thomas Akers was also arrested in the victim's car.
His cellmate says Akers described the murder.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:25:37]
[IN Q=HE JUST SAID]

((HE JUST SAID HE AND HIS COUSIN TOOK A GUY DOWN 40 WEST PUT HIM IN A FIELD SEEN THE LIGHTS STARTED CHOKING THE GUY, GOT HIM DOWN AND CHOKED HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Cabell Griffin/Cellmate;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=choked him]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


A grand jury will decide in April whether there's enough evidence for a trial.
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[E-Hunting-Death]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-5 18:22]
[GRAPHIC=Hunting Death]


The man who accidentally shot and killed his brother in a Franklin County hunting accident last fall will NOT go to jail.
Verlon Hall pled guilty to reckless handling of a firearm, and got a suspended sentence.
He will have to pay a 500-dollar fine, give up his rifle and lose his hunting privileges for five years.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./November]


Hall mistook his younger brother, Raymond, for a deer and shot him as he came out of the woods.
The prosecutor said he went with a misdemeanor, rather than a manslaughter charge, because Verlon had been through enough.
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((Archive:corvette))

[E-Bill-Cosby]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ame]
[TAPE#=net-A]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Elton John is all the rage in the Roanoke Valley now.
But another big-name performer is headed our way.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-The Cosby Show]


Funny man Bill Cosby will perform at the Salem Civic Center on June 11th.
The current star of CBS's "Cosby" and, in the 1980's "The Cosby Show", is touted as one of the most influential stars in America. Tickets go on sale February 27th at the Salem Civic Center and all Ticket Master locations.
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[Elton-John]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#99-8 TC15:37]
[GRAPHIC=Elton John]


In just a few hours Elton John will take center stage at the Roanoke Civic Center.
And, fans were still trying their luck last night to get one of the few remaining tickets to the concert.
Stacey Martin has more.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=After weeks of trying]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :06]
[SUPER=07-Chuck & Joyce Morris; :16]
[SUPER=07-Jason Hall; :44]
[SUPER=01-Dick Daniels/Q99 Radio; 1:00]
[SUPER=@Stacey2; 1:42]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.]

((After weeks of trying Chuck and Joyce Morris haven't been able to win tickets to the Elton John concert.
But, they were hoping they'd have more success at Q99's ticket giveaway---especially since today has a more personal

meaning.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18.04.48 - 18.05.01]
[IN Q=We've tried to call]

((CHUCK & JOYCE MORRIS: WE'VE TRIED TO CALL AND WENT THROUGH THE TICKET STOP THEY HAD AT THE FOUR SEASON'S GOLF. WE'VE TRIED THAT, BUT SO FAR NO LUCK, BUT I HAVE A FEELING TODAY IS OUR LUCKY DAY. TODAY IS OUR ANNIVERSARY SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY ONE MORE TIME. )) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=one more time.]


The Morris' along with several other hopefuls arrived at Awful Arthur's trying to become winners at one of the radio station's last contests for fans still hoping to see the legendary performer in person.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18.07.32 - 18.07.41]
[IN Q=He's a little crazy]

((JASON HALL: HE'S A LITTLE CRAZY WITH THE GLASSES AND THE HAIR BUT I LIKE HIM. YOU KNOW. POSITIVE GUY COMING TO SMALL TOWN ROANOKE. )) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=to small town Roanoke.]


So far the station has given away 15 pairs of tickets but the calls from last-minute hopefuls continue to come in.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17.47.35 - 17.47.45]
[IN Q=Our phones at the radio]

((DICK DANIELS/Q-99: OUR PHONES AT THE RADIO STATION HAVE JUST BEEN GOING CRAZY, NON-STOP AND OF COURSE THIS PAST WEEK HAS JUST BEEN OUTRAGEOUS BECAUSE NOBODY CAN GET TICKETS ANYWHERE EXCEPT BY WINNING THEM. )) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=by winning them.]


Fans had to be present to win and many waited for hours.
Earlier drawings were held for door prizes..
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19.01.42 - 19.01.50]
[IN Q=The winner of this]

((DICK DANIELS: THE WINNER OF THIS DOOR PRIZE IS GAIL PACK.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=if Gail Pack.]


But, all the suspense was held for the big drawing later in the evening.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20.04.50 - 20.04.03 tape #2]
[IN Q=nat sot]

((DICK DANIELS: JENNIFER SLUSHER WE NEED TO SEE JENNIFER SLUSHER..)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=Jennifer Slusher.]


Those still without tickets have another chance to win them when Q-99 gives away a pair tickets later today.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Garth-Brooks]


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


A country music legend has temporarily traded in his cowboy hat for a ball cap.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:30:12-18]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Peoria, AZ;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=(HITTING BALL, TWO SMACKS.)]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Yes, that's Garth Brooks, getting in a little batting practice at the Padres spring training camp.
Padres owner John Moores says it's no secret that Brooks longs to play ball.
He's even taken the year off from touring in hopes of making it to the minor-leagues.
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[3-Sports]


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


In sports, a big cross-border arms deal has been inked.
Roy Stanley has the details.
Good Morning again Roy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=good morning]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUTQ=great day everybody]



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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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There's been a settlement in the U-V-A baby switching case.
The state will pay two million dollars to Rebecca Chittum of Buena Vista in stages until she turns 30.
The family of the other girl, Callie Johnson, rejected a settlement offer.
A newspaper said the lawyer for Callie's mother made a counter-offer of 25 million dollars.
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A 24-hour waiting period for abortions failed by one vote in a state senate committee yesterday.
The bill's sponsor says he'll try again next year.
Also earlier yesterday, the same Senate committee threw out a bill that would have required abortion clinics to upgrade to hospital standards.
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Four Virginia Tech fraternity members are off the hook.
Michelle Russell and her escort, David (chair-is-now-ski) Cheresnowsky, went to police last fall saying the students had held them against their will inside the (fi) Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Schwab says further investigation proved the two lied to police-- they had NOT been physically restrained and one of the students did NOT take money from Cheresnowsky's pocket.
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Feeling overwhelmed by all the "super stores" and shopping mall congestion?
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A short ride up to Buena Vista will take you back to a time when "one-stop shopping" meant going to a GENERAL store...
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((DON LORRIER/GENERAL STORE OWNER: IT'S NICE ALSO TO BE ABLE TO SHOP IN WHAT "WAS" THE MALL 100 YEARS AGO. THIS HAD EVERYTHING. SO, IT'S STILL A PLEASURE, A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT IT THAT WAY.. WE'RE VERY COMPETITIVE ON OUR PRICING. WE OFFER QUITE A VARIETY. IT'S JUST A FUN PLACE TO BE.))
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The Old General Store has survived the Depression, two World Wars, and three sets of owners.
It still carries hardware items, along with clothing and Virginia-made products.
Find out the secret to its success for the last 108 years---
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in this week's "Time Off" segment tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning.
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