[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A Texas jury took less than three hours to sentence white supremacist John William King to death.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]

The House of Delegates has killed a proposal to toughen the law requiring seat belt use.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Clouds are starting to break up, as high pressure takes over the weather scenario today.
You can look forward to warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine.
The complete weekend outlook is on the way.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[E-XGR-Seatbelts]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-83 43:45]
[GRAPHIC=State Capitol]


Wearing your seatbelt is already the law on Virginia roads.
But yesterday, a measure to allow police to pull you over for NOT doing so hit a brick wall.
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[VO-NAT]


The bill was one vote away from the Governor... and had been heavily lobbied by insurance companies trying to save money on bad accidents.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Supporters say it would force another 15-percent of Virginians to buckle up.
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[SOT 16:11:20]
[IN Q=In fact,]

((DEL. BRIAN MORAN/D-ALEXANDRIA: IN FACT, 79 FATALITIES WILL IN FACT BE PREVENTED. 900 SERIOUS INJURIES. THE COSTS ARE EXORBITANT TO TREAT THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE NOT USING THEIR SEATBELTS. THERE'S NO REASON WHY THOSE 63-PERCENT THAT ARE CURRENTLY USING THEIR SEATBELTS SHOULD BE SUBSIDIZNG THE MEDICAL COSTS OF THOSE THAT ARE BEING IRRESPONSIBLE.))
[sot 16:25:56]

((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO: WHAT THIS LEGISLATION IS ASKING YOU TO DO IS INTRUDE ON 100-PERCENT OF THE DRIVERS IN THIS STATE TO GET AT THE 27-PERCENT WHO ARE TOO STUPID TO BUCKLE UP.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Brian Moran/(D) Alexandria; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.; :20 ]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=to buckle up.]
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[VO-NAT]


With that privacy concern, and others related to police stopping black drivers more frequently, the measure finally died on a voice vote.
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[Hastert]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-7 TC27:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The new Speaker of the House was in Roanoke last night...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Dennis (Hass-tert) Hastert spoke at a fundraiser at the Hotel Roanoke, benefitting Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
Hastert said now that the impeachment trial is over it's time to re-focus on the party's goals including paying off the national debt.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19.57.19 -19.57.37 tape #2]
[IN Q=When I first came]

((DENNIS HASTERT/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS AND THEY WERE TELLING ME THAT YOU CAN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET, ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR DOLLARS JUST WENT TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT; TO PAY OFF THE MORTGAGE, NOT TO PAY IT OFF, JUST TO PAY THE INTEREST ON IT. WE CAN PAY DOWN THAT MORTGAGE AND WE GOTTA START DOING IT RIGHT AWAY.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Dennis Hastert/Speaker of the House;]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=right away.]
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[VO-NAT]


The speaker also talked about the need to improve Social Security and cut taxes.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Meanwhile, Goodlatte put to rest speculation that he may run for Senate in the year 2002.
He said he expects the party to endorse former Governor George Allen.

[Dragging-Death]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


There's a new resident on death row in Texas.
A defiant, even.. smirking .. John William King was handed the death sentence yesterday for his part in chaining a black man to a pickup truck and then dragging him to his death.
Two additional men are still awaiting trial in the racial hate crime that turned the national spotlight on the small town of Jasper, Texas.
Andrew Colton reports.
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[SOT]

[4:06:46]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX;]
[SUPER=01-LaQuinta Flowers/Juror;]
[SUPER=01-Sonny Cribbs/Defense Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Guy James Gray/Prosecutor;]
[SUPER=01-Pat Hardy/Prosecutor;]
[SUPER=01-Joe Collins/Jury Foreman;]
[SUPER=01-Clara Taylor/Victim's Sister;]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Colton/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS JASPER, TEXAS]

((JOHN WILLIAM KING WILL NOW AWAIT EXECUTION ON DEATH ROW. IT TOOK JUST THREE HOURS FOR THE JURY THAT CONVICTED HIM OF MURDERING JAMES BYRD TO SENTENCE HIM TO DIE.
SOT:LaQuinta Flowers/Juror

THE SENTENCE CAME AS NO SURPRISE TO MOST IN JASPER. EVEN KING'S OWN ATTORNEY SAID HE EXPECTED HIS CLIENT WOULD DIE FOR HIS CRIME. SONNY CRIBBS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY "it wasn't unexpected but it's always disappointing. It doesn't make you feel real good right now." BEFORE THE SENTENCE WAS ANNOUNCED, JOHN WILLIAM KING SPENT 20 MINUTES WITH HIS ELDERLY, ILL FATHER. KING'S ATTORNEY SAID IT WOULD LIKELY BE THE LAST TIME THE TWO WOULD EVER TOUCH. PROSECUTORS WHO FOUGHT FOR THE DEATH PENALTY SAID THE DECISION IS STILL TOUGH TO TAKE. THE 12 PERSON JURY SAID THE EVIDENCE WAS STRONG THAT KING WAS A WHITE SUPREMACIST WHO DRAGGED JAMES BYRD TO HIS DEATH. THE FOREMAN, THE PANEL'S ONLY BLACK MEMBER, REVEALED HE ONCE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH KING. JAMES BYRD'S SISTERS SAID THE VERDICT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS CLOSURE. JOE COLLINS/JURY FOREMAN CLARA TAYLOR, VICTIM'S SISTER
SOT, , "it's a relief to us to finally have one of these perps brought to justice, and receive a just sentence."

AND EVEN TO THE END, KING SHOWED NO REMORSE. AS HECKLERS SHOUTED DIE_ SOMEONE ASKED IF HE HAD ANYTHING TO SAY TO BYRD'S FAMILY. HIS ANSWER, AN OBSCENITY. AC FOR CBS NEWS, JASPER, TX.))

[1-Sports]


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


In sports, foul trouble plagues the Cavs in overtime.
And the lady Hokies clean up the Atlantic Ten awards.
Here's Mike Stevens with all the details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy folks]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=later this morning.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(toss to Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-1]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Stokes/American Red Cross; :18]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :26]
[SUPER=01-Megan Smith/13 Years Old; :57]
[SUPER=01-Emily Wilson/10 Years Old; 1:54]
[RUNS=2:46]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

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

[second-chance]


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


There's a new push to deny parole to violent criminals, an effort to keep killers from killing again.
Lee Cowan reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:15:42]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Matt Salmon/(R) Arizona; :09 ]
[SUPER=07-Fred Goldman; :18]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Marc Klaas/Father of Polly Klaas; 1:32]
[SUPER=01-Lindsey Graham/(R) South Carolina; 1:51]
[RUNS=2:00]
[OUT Q=cbs NEWS CHARLOTTE.]

((IN PRISONS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, CONVICTED FELONS ARE COUNTING THE DAYS - FOR MOST, PAROLE IS ONLY A SHORT TIME AWAY -- AND THE WAIT IS GETTING SHORTER. (( SUPER:REP. MATT SALMON/R-AZ ))
(( SOT AT 3:28:21 ))

"The fact is, bad people who commit their crimes are getting out and they're committing their crimes over and over again."
(( SUPER: FRED GOLDMAN// FATHER OF RON GOLDMAN )) (( SOT AT 3:45:06 ))

"Government's primary responsibility is the safety of it's citizens, and I suggest government has failed horribly." IN FACT, THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ESTIMATES THE AVERAGE TIME SERVED FOR RAPE IS JUST 5 AND A HALF YEARS -- FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT, UNDER FOUR, AND FOR MURDER, LESS THAN 8. EVEN BY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES, MORE THAN HALF WALK OUT OF JAIL ONLY TO COMMIT THEIR CRIMES AGAIN.
(( NAT SOT AT 3:37:00 ))

"I would like you to meet Aimee." GAIL WILLARD'S DAUGHTER WAS ONE OF THOSE VICTIMS - SHE WAS FOUND BEATEN TO DEATH IN VACANT LOT OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA. THE MAN WHO DID IT WAS ON PAROLE FROM NEVADA. THE SAME STORY WAS REPEATED IN ILLINOIS - WHERE THIS WOMAN'S TEN YEAR OLD SON WAS FOUND IN A SHALLOW GRAVE - AGAIN, KILLED BY A MAN ON PAROLE FROM ANOTHER STATE.
(( SUPER: MIKA MOULTON//SON WAS MURDERED )) (( SOT AT 3:54:47 ))

'We are allowing - destroy our children." (( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS )) "The federal government can't regulate state sentencing guidelines, but it can control a state's purse strings. Under new legislation now dubbed Aimee's law, states could be held financially liable if they release a convict and then that person goes across state lines and does the same thing again." ((SUPER: MARC KLAAS//FATHER OF POLLY KLAAS ))
(( SOT AT 3:39:10 ))
"If they are going to lose funds --- they'll start listening."

AND IT COULD AMOUNT TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR - A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO FORCE STATES ON THEIR OWN TO TOUGHEN SENTENCING RULES TO MAKE SURE CRIMINALS DON'T HAVE A SECOND CHANCE. AS ONE CONGRESSMAN PUT IT. (( SUPER: LINDSEY GRAHAM//R-SC ))
(( SOT AT 00:01:17 ))

'If you looking for bipartisanship, let it start here." IT SEEMS IT ALREADY HAS. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))

[E-Bone-Marrow]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=98-78 TC1:22:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Virginia Tech graduate is getting a helping hand from his alma-mater.
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[VO-NAT]


Faculty, staff, alumni and students are raising money for Charles Johnson of Lynchburg who's fighting cancer.
Johnson, who graduated from Tech in 1997, found out he was ill last spring while studying for his teaching certificate.
Because Johnson doesn't have adequate insurance, the Agricultural Education Society is trying to raise 30-thousand dollars for a bone marrow transplant.
The procedure costs 100-thousand dollars, but the UVA-Medical Center agreed to waive 70-thousand dollars of that.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, there may be a link between a cancer and fertility in men.
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=1:15]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( A MAN'S ABILITY TO FATHER CHILDREN COULD INDICATE IF HE'S AT A HIGHER RISK FOR A CERTAIN TYPE OF CANCER.
VT=VO

((vo))
A DANISH STUDY MEASURED MEN'S FERTILITY BY LOOKING AT THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN THEY HAD... AND COMPARING THAT WITH THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CHIDREN FOR MEN IN THEIR AGE GROUP.
IT TURNED OUT THAT THOSE WITH LOW SPERM COUNTS.. WERE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP TESTICULAR CANCER.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE RESULTS WERE NOT AFFECTED BY OTHER FACTORS... WHICH CAN ALSO CAUSE MEN TO HAVE FEWER CHILDREN.//

VT=VO

((vo))
THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS DYING FROM DIABETES IS ON THE RISE, BUT DOCTORS ARE REMAINING OPTIMISTIC.
ACCORDING TO A CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, 200-HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE DIE FROM DIABETES EACH YEAR--
THAT'S UP 30-PERCENT SINCE 1980.
BUT SCIENTISTS SAY THERE'S GREAT PROMISE IN THE AREA OF DIABETES RESEARCH.. INCLUDING TISSUE TRANSPLANTS AND GENE THERAPY.//
VT=VO

((vo))
THE FOOD INDUSTRY IS BLASTING RECENT REPORTS THAT CLAIM PESTICIDE RESIDUE ON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES MIGHT HARM SMALL CHILDREN.
FARMERS AND OTHER GROUPS SAY THE STUDIES ARE ALARMIST, AND UNDERMINING EFFORTS TO GET AMERICANS TO EAT HEALTHIER.
HOWEVER, ENVIRONMENTALISTS CONTINUE TO POINT OUT THE DANGERS OF PESTICIDES--
INCLUDING ONE BUG-KILLER IN PARTICULAR--METHYL PARATHION--WHICH THEY WANT PULLED OFF THE MARKET.
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=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


Steve's been clowing around with the Red Cross Youth Clown Corps.
If you would like more information about the program...
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN PHONE NUMBER] you can call area code 540-985-3505.
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(toss to Kimberly)

((Archive:)) [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]


They're digging out in parts of New England today after a stronger-than-expected storm blew through, dumping a foot or more of snow.
Thousands have lost power.
Forcasters say some coastal areas will get two feet of snow before the storm tapers off later today.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


The House of Delegates has taken final action. on a proposal to toughen the law requiring seat belt use.
The House killed the measure yesterday by an overwhelming voice vote.
Virginia police can't issue a ticket unless they stop a motorist for another violation.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Danville police have arrested a man in connection with a hit and run accident that sent several people to the hospital.
Police say Sylvester Waverly Hood fled the scene after his speeding car slammed into a car, causing its driver to ram into a third vehicle.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday February 26.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[E-Hastert]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-7 26:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The new Speaker of the House came to town last night to lend a helping hand to a Virginia Congressman and talk about the party's goals now that the impeachment trial is over.
Dennis Hastert was in the star city for a fundraiser benefitting Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
But, as Stacey Martin reports, he mainly talked about the party's efforts to re-focus on its goals now that the impeachment trial is behind them.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Hastert described the]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Dennis Hastert/(R) Speaker of the House; :14]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 05]
[SUPER=@Goodlatte; :34]
[super=@Stacey2; 24]
[RUNS=1:03]
[OUT Q=SM, N7.]

(( Hastert described the past few months as a "down"time for the party--having party leadership change hands twice--and having to deal with the impeachment hearing and trial.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19.51.42 - 19.51.55]
[IN Q=It wasn't an easy]

((DENNIS HASTERT/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: IT WASN'T AN EASY JOB BECAUSE NOBODY REALLY WANTED TO FACE UP TO THIS. AND, ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WERE FACED WITH THE "I" WORD--THE IMPEACHMENT HEARING; FIRST TIME IT'S EVER HAPPENED TO AN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.)) [RUNS 13]
[OUT Q=elected president of the United States.]


It was a tough time for some Republicans who wanted to convict, but polls were telling them most Americans wanted the president to complete his term.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20.08.24 - 20.08.38]
[IN Q=I don't believe anybody]

((CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE/(R) VIRGINIA:I DON'T BELIEVE ANYBODY IN THE CONGRESS RAN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING AS UNFORTUNATE AS THAT ENTIRE SITUATION WAS. WE RAN TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT.)) [RUNS 14]
[OUT Q=are concerned about.]


Goodlatte indicated its now time to revive the Contract with America and Republican goals of cutting the national deficit, improving Social Security and returning some of the federal government's surplus to Americans.))

[E-Pepper-Spray]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-1 48:09]
[GRAPHIC=Metcalf Job Appeal]


The Roanoke County police officer who lost his job after a pepper spray incident last fall, is fighting his termination.
Yesterday, Russell Metcalf carried his case to a grievance panel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Metcalf is an eight-year veteran who was suspended and then fired following the confrontation with 77-year old Goldie Akers.
During a day-long, closed hearing, county officials presented their witnesses.
Metcalf will have his say when the panel reconvenes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:06:05]
[IN Q=And at that time]

((GARY LUMSDEN/METCALF'S ATTORNEY: AND AT THAT TIME, WE'LL START PUTTING ON THE PARADE OF OFFICERS THAT INDICATE THAT THEIR TRAINING IS VERY CONSISTENT WITH THE WAY OFFICER METCALF ACTED ON NOVEMBER THE EIGHTH.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Lumsden/Metcalf's Attorney]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=on November the Eighth.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Goldie Akers did not attend yesterday's hearing.
The grievance panel is expected to hear from more witnesses next week.

[Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting (4130)]


A gun battle in Roanoke sent two people to the hospital last night.
It happened around 6-30 yesterday evening in the 2700 block of Salem Turnpike.
Roanoke city police say the victims tried to rob a home when someone started shooting.
They were then taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the incident and are not releasing any names.

[E-Hit-and-Run]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=99-3 43:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The man accused of causing a hit-and-run crash that injured seven people last week has been arrested by Danville Police.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/February 15;]


Police say Sylvester Waverly Hood fled the scene of the wreck on Claiborne Street.
Hood was reportedly speeding when he slammed into one car, ramming it into another.
He was arrested Saturday at his home and charged with three counts of felony hit-and-run and one count as a habitual offender.
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[Hanna]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Vinton woman who allegedly tried to hire an undercover police officer to kill her husband for five thousand dollars is behind bars.
35-year old Peggy Irene Hanna is being held at the Roanoke County jail on murder-for-hire charges.
Investigators say Hanna was having an affair and wanted control of her husband's assests.
She was arrested Monday, arraigned Wednesday, and is being held without bond.


[northeast-weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


A massive airlift, aided by U-S troops is underway in Austria this morning.
Thousands of vactioners are being moved away from ski resorts threatened by avalanches.
The death toll has climbed to 36 from two avalanches that hit earlier this week.
Meantime, stateside, thousands of residents in New England are digging out from a powerful nor-easter that has dumped up to a foot of snow and left thousands without power.
Beth Germano reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

[4:03:27]
[SUPER=03-Sagamore, MA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Keith Walters/Resident; :14]
[SUPER=03-Sandwich, MA; :31]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Cavanaugh/MA State Trooper; :38]
[SUPER=03-Pocassett, MA; :58]
[SUPER=01-Phil Scott/Resident; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Beth Germano/Reporting; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=for cbs news]


[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-1]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Stokes/American Red Cross; :17]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :25]
[SUPER=01-Amber Lautigar/16 Years Old;]
[RUNS=2:20]
[OUT Q=a difference in kids lives]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]

If you want more information about the Red Cross Clown Corps,
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD 8701] you can call area code 540-985-3505.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:clowns))


[tattoo-man]


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


If you misspell something on paper, you erase it.
But what if it's misspelled on a tattoo?
A Detroit-area man found out the hard way.
Drew Levinson explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[02/26/99 - 04NA - 04:27:45]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roseville, MI; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Williams/Plaintiff; :24 QUICK]
[SUPER=01- David Zuppke/Tattoo Parlor Attorney; :55]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:31]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS DETROIT.]

((Natsound "Since all the problems with the tattoos, I didn't get anymore after that." 23 YEAR OLD LEE WILLIAMS HAD 11 TATTOOS-NOW HE'S GOT TEN-AND A LONG SCAR ON HIS RIGHT ARM.
(LOCATOR: ROSEVILLE, MI)

THREE YEARS AGO A TATOO ARTIST AT A DETROIT AREA PARLOR INSCRIBED THE WORD VILLIAN ON WILLIAM'S RIGHT ARM_PROBLEM IS HE MISSPELLED IT. NOW THE FORMER MARINE IS SUING THE PARLOR FOR AT LEAST 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
(SOT LEE WILLIAMS/PLAINTIFF)

"The embarrassment of the whole situation has been the main problem with me." WILLIAMS SAYS AFTER HIS FRIENDS MADE FUN OF HIM, HE WAS FORCED TO PAY NEARLY TWO-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HAVE THE LETTERS SURGICALLY REMOVED. HE ADMITS HE AND THE TATOOIST WEREN'T SURE WHETHER VILLAIN ENDED IN IAN OR AIN.
(SOT WILLIAMS)

"He even asked a couple of his buddies in the next tattoo booths_hey is this how you spell it, they say yes, and he goes OK, you ready, now and I go OK and he started to stencil the word out himself in the incorrect spelling."
(SOT DAVID ZUPPKE/TATTOO PARLOR ATTORNEY)

"They have a duty to Mr. Williams to tell him they don't know and that's what they did at that point and time Mr. Williams probably should have gotten up and checked a dictionary."
(SOT WILLIAMS)

"Why did you not look it up in a dictionary? You know that's the part where I can kick myself I know I should have looked it up before I went in, but the thing is I trusted his professionalism as far as him being a tattoo artist."
(SOT ZUPPKE)

"My guys are professional artists, they'll put anything on you that is appropriate and legal, they don't care how it's spell if you them you want it spelled one way, they'll do it that way."
(STANDUP DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS)

"Now it's up to a district judge to decide whose responsible for the lousy lettering . It could be one to two years before there's a verdict. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Detroit"))

[E-Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-4 48:41]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex]


Tultex took a hit for the second year in a row.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape;]


The Martinsville apparel company's reported profits for 19-98 fell 45 percent.
But during that year the company sold off one of its divisions ---


So taking that into account, Tultex said profits fell something more like 22 percent.
Either way, the company said 98 was not a good year.
It blames warm weather, saying that stopped people from buying sweatshirts -- and Tultex blames a market that's flooded with cheap imports from Asia.
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[S-Feinman]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:18:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Lynchburg lawyer says he'll appeal a ten-thousand dollar fine handed down during a dispute over Virginia's role in the national tobacco settlement.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


James B. Feinman (FINE-man) was sanctioned for trying to block Governor Jim Gilmore and Attorney General Mark Earley from taking part in the settlement because they've accepted campaign contributions from tobacco interests.
But a Richmond judge called Feinman's lawsuit "frivolous" and ordered him to reimburse the state for the time its lawyers spent responding to the suit.
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A hot smoky fire gutted a home on Tazewell Avenue in Southeast Roanoke.
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Around 10-30 yesterday morning Regina McGuire noticed smoke coming up through the floor- boards... from the basement.
Though she managed to get out okay, fire shot through the walls of the house, sending smoke and flames right up to the attic.
McGuire says her mother-in-law actually owns the house. It appears to be a total loss.
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In sports, G-W Danville marches all over the Colonels.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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A measure that would have allowed police to pull you over for not wearing a seatbelt hit a brick wall in the House of Delegates yesterday.
The bill was one vote away from the Governor... and had been heavily lobbied by insurance companies trying to save money on bad accidents.
With concerns about privacy and police stopping black drivers more frequently, the bill died on a voice vote.
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The newly elected Speaker of the House made a stop in Roanoke last night.
Dennis (Hass-tert) Hastert spoke at a fundraiser at the Hotel Roanoke, benefitting Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
Hastert said now that the impeachment trial is over it's time to re-focus on the party's goals including paying off the national debt.
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The Roanoke County police officer fired for using pepper spray on a 77 year old woman is fighting his termination.

Russell Metcalf presented his side of the story to a greivance panel yesterday.
The panel is expected to hear from more witnesses next week.
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