[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A struggle to stay warm by unconventional means lead to a fatal fire in Danville.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a multi million jury award for Chicago violinist that lost her leg in a commuter train accident.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Partly to mostly clear skies this morning, and still a bit of a breeze--
Today's sunshine will be short- lived as a new storm system heads toward us from the midwest, bringing some showers by late tonight.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[E-Apartment-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-76 2:04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Deadly Fire]


Fire investigators say they know what caused a deadly apartment building fire in Danville yesterday morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


They say 65-year-old Donald Daniel was using a charcoal grill for heat because he had no electricity in his apartment.
Some nearby items ignited, and flames quickly spread.
After more than an hour of battling the fire, crews discovered Daniel's body in the rubble.
Police officers on routine patrol were the first to notice the fire, and they helped get two other people out of the burning building safely.
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[SOT 1:29:11-:17]
[IN Q=I was glad]

((DONALD JAMES/ESCAPED BURNING APARTMENT: I WAS GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE. I REALLY DIDN'T CAR ABOUT WHAT I HAD LOST, I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO BE OUT OF THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donald James/Escaped Burning Apartment;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=out of there.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine Daniel's cause of death.
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[Franklin-Murder]


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


A Franklin County man was arraigned in court yesterday for the weekend murder of his wife.
Authorities say 49-year-old Connie Grigg was stabbed to death in her home in the Ferrum section of the county Saturday morning.
Her husband, James Grigg, faces first degree murder charges and is being held without bond.
His preliminary hearing is set for May fourth.

[S-Severed-Head]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-2 46:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police in Richmond face an unusual investigation ... after a severed head was found on a footbridge in a city park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


A couple walking yesterday morning in a park along the James River found the head.
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[SOT 16:02:09]
[IN Q=We had a]

((TERESA GOOCH/RICHMOND DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: WE HAD A COUPLE, TWO PEOPLE, WALKING ALONG THE JAMES RIVER FOOTBRIDGE, WHICH IS DIRECTLY BEHIND ME, IN THE 19-HUNDRED BLOCK OF TEXAS AVENUE. THEY CALLED US AND WE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A SEVERED HEAD, WHICH WAS LOCATED ON THE FOOTBRIDGE AS IT CROSSED OVER, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO WALK DOWN SOME STEPS INTO THE JAMES RIVER PARK SYSTEM.))
[SOT 15:31:19]

((CENCERAY COLES/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: WE'VE NEVER REALLY HAD SOMETHING LIKE THAT. USUALLY IT'S BEEN JUST BREAK-INS AND PEOPLE FALLING IN. BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN THIS SERIOUS.))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Gooch/Richmond Deputy Police Chief; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cenceray Coles/Neighborhood Resident; :20 ]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=this serious.]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities located a torso about three quarters of a mile down the James River, partially submerged in the river.
Police say the body parts are those of a middle- aged white male.
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[Violinist-]


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


A prize-winning violinist who lost a leg and part of her foot in a train accident has been awarded nearly 30 million dollars by a Chicago jury.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]

[4;04;03]
In 19-95 Rachel Barton, was dragged 366 feet from a commuter train platform.
The 24 year old sued Metra, the suburban commuter rail agency, and Chicago and Northwestern Transportation.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, THIS LAWSUIT HAS TAKEN CARE OF ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE...MY NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE, STABILITY FOR A PERSON DISABLED BY A COMPANY THAT SHOULD BE TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Rachel Barton/Injured Violinist;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=OF THIS COMMUNITY]
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[VO-NAT]


Jurors had to decide whether the accident was caused by the railroad's negligence or Barton's failure to try to free herself when her expensive violin was caught behind a train door.
The panel placed 95 percent of the blame on the railroad.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, a controversial N-F-L official makes a trip to Roanoke.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:20]
[OUT Q=later this morning.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(toss to Wx)


[One-Steve]


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


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



(ROLLCUE: "our look inside manufacturing")



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[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Croom/Quality Assurance Manager; :18]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :26]
[RUNS=2:47]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

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

[Bush-Buchanan]


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


Two Republicans are making moves today, in the race for the White House.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]

[4:08;48]
Texas governor George W. Bush will reportedly announce today.. that he's forming an exploratory committee to examine the likelihood of a Republican nomination.
Yesterday he was urged to run by state lawmakers from North Carolina, South Carolina and Connecticut.
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[SOT]
[4:07;19=30]
[IN Q=We believe ....]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=Bring everyone together.]
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[VO-NAT]


And it will be full steam ahead for conservative political commentator, Pat Buchanan, when he announces a third run for the presidency today from New Hampshire.
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[E-Cable-Rates]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:28:08]
[GRAPHIC=Cable TV]


Cable rates in the Roanoke Valley are going up again.
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[VO-NAT]


Your bill will go up a dollar-76 if you live in the city of Roanoke, Roanoke County or Vinton.
That puts rates close to 32-dollars a month for Cox Communications' most popular basic cable package.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[graphic=None]


Rates for premium channels will go up, too.
Cox said the new rates will help the company pay operating costs and add new channels.

[Satellite]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-7 TC30:34]
[GRAPHIC=Satellite TV]


If the cable rate hike has you considering a satellite dish, you need to compare more than prices.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Another day, another]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Hill/New Satellite Customer; :08-quick]
[SUPER=01-Phillip Cullum/Digital Dimensions; :20]
[SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment; :38]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :51]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( Another day, another dish, and another television viewer hooks up to the world of satellite broadcasting.
[SOT 05:37:00]
[IN Q=i live in Frankin]

(( ELIZABETH HILL/NEW SATELLITE CUSTOMER; I LIVE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND WE DON'T HAVE CABLE ACCESS. )) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=cable acces]


Satellite dealers are expecting the latest rate increase to send more current cable customers their way as well...

[SOT 00:04:00 ELLER TAPE]
[IN Q=it definitely]

((PHILLIP CULLUM/DIGITAL DIMENSIONS; IT DEFINITLY HAS A MAJOR IMPACT WHEN CABLE RATES TO UP.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=rates go up]


But who really has the best deal...
If you go strictly by the numbers, here they are, Cable costs just over 30 dollars for 54 channels, Satellite costs just under 30 dollars for 100 channels.
[SOT 05:33:12]
[IN Q=if they really]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; IF THEY REALLY SIT DOWN TO LOOK A THE VALUE THAT THEY'RE GETTING FOR THE DOLLAR A LOT OF THEM WILL SWITCH. )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=will switch]


The deal becomes more palatable as dealers offer free dishes, and whatever else they can to convince viewers to make the switch. 05:35:23 Satellite dealers are also addressing the concerns of people that just don't want one of these things sitting in their front yard... it is the ultimate marriage of high tech and low tech... meet the satellite recieving rock.
But even the rock can't block this cable counter-punch... satellite tv canNOT deliver local stations...
Viewers who can, will have to use rabbit ears or an outdoor antenna.
[SOT 05:33:23]
[IN Q=their primary concern]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; THEIR PRIMARY CONCERN IS THEIR LOCAL NETWORKS, THEIR LOCAL AFFILIATES AND BEYOND THAT THEY'RE JUST NOT REALLY INTO A LOT OF TELEVISION, IN THAT CASE THE DISH IS NOT THAT MUCH OF AN INTEREST TO THEM. BUT FOR SOMEBODY THAT HAS A LARGE APPETITE THE DISH IS THE WAY TO GO. )) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=way to go]


Best advice, figure out what you're hungry for BEFORE deciding whether the dish is right for you.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, one medical group says doctors need better guidelines when it come to prescribing children's drugs.

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.]

(( THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS HAS TAKEN AN ABRUPT "ABOUT-FACE" ON THE ISSUE OF CIRCUMCISION.
THE ACADEMY.. THAT MANY DOCTORS RELY HEAVILY ON FOR GUIDANCE..
---VO----
VT=VO

...SAYS THE MEDICAL BENEFITS OF CIRCUMCISION.. ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO RECOMMEND THE PROCEDURE.
IN A REPORT JUST RELEASED, A SEVEN MEMBER TASK FORCE NOW ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT PAIN RELIEF SHOULD BE PROVIDED WHEN CIRCUMCISIONS ARE PERFORMED.
THE GROUP SUGGESTS PARENTS DISCUSS THE ISSUE WITH THEIR PEDIATRCIAN BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO CIRCUMCISE THEIR SON.
----vo----
VT=VO


THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS IS ALSO VOICING CONCERNS ABOUT DRUGS GIVEN TO CHILDREN.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ACADEMY ARE IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK PUSHING FOR LAWS THAT MANDATE MORE STUDIES ABOUT PEDIATRIC DRUGS.
THE ACADEMY SAYS SOME DRUGS ARE NOT GIVEN TO CHILDREN, SIMPLY BECAUSE NO DOSAGE GUIDELINES ARE AVAILABLE.
(mika)
ONCAM=MIKA


AND ALL THOSE PICTURES OF SKINNY MODELS IN FASHION MAGAZINES MAY BE PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARMFUL TO TEENAGE GIRLS.
A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS.. THAT FOR GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 18... MAGAZINE PICTURES HEAVILY INFLUENCE IDEAS OF THE PERFECT BODY SHAPE.
RESEARCHERS FOUND MANY GIRLS OF NORMAL WEIGHT WHO BEGAN UN-NEEDED DIETS AFTER READING FASHION MAGAZINES.
THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


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


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



(I'll call for boards)
[ESS#8704]



[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]


Texas Governor George W. Bush is expected to announce today that he's testing the G-O-P presidential waters.
He's reportedly forming a committee that can raise and spend money.
Meanwhile, Republican Pat Buchanan is expected to announce today that he's making a third run for the White House.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A happy homecoming for a toddler who disappeared over the weekend in Bedford County.
Three year old Zachery Ranson spent 24 hours in the woods before he was found on Sunday.
Yesterday his family thanked all the volunteers who took part in the search for Zachery.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A Chicago jury awarded a prize-winning violinist 29 million dollars to compensate her for injuries she sustained when she was caught in the doors of a commuter train and dragged more than 360 feet.
She lost a leg and part of a foot in the incident.
Attorneys for the railroad suggested that Barton should share the blame for the accident because she was too worried about her expensive violin to slip out of the strap when the train doors closed.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday March Second.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[E-Missing-Child]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-10]
[GRAPHIC=Ranson Found]


The three-year old boy who spent 24 hours alone in the woods over the weekend is back home with his family.
Steve Smallshaw tells us little Zachary Ranson appears to be doing just fine after his ordeal.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Madison Heights; :00]
[SUPER=01-Vicki Stowe/Mother; :18]
[SUPER=01-Missy Carter/Stepmother; :28]
[SUPER=@ssm2; :42]
[RUNS=:57]
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.]

(( With his dog for warmth and companionship, Zachary Ranson views his night alone in the woods as no big deal.. but it was a long 24 hours for his family.
Mom Vicki Stowe had nearly given up hope until she looked at her boy's picture Saturday night.
[SOT 12:00:14]

((VICKI STOWE/MOTHER: IT WAS LIKE HE WAS ALMOST TALKING BACK TO ME AND I WAS LIKE, FORGET THIS, HE'S NOT GONE, HE'S NOT DEAD, HE'S OUT THERE. I KNOW HE'S OUT THERE.)) [RUNS 07]
[OUT Q=he's out there.]


So Zachary's family kept going.. hoping their story would not become another tragedy for the nation to read about.


[SOT 12:09:01]

((MISSY CARTER/STEPMOTHER: YOU HEAR OF THIS IN CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK.. NOT IN VIRGINIA AND NOT IN YOUR BACKYARD. AND HE'S SAFE AND HES ALL ...)) [RUNS 13]
Just one man found Zachary Sunday, but hundreds of volunteers took part in the search over the weekend.. others offered food or words of comfort and support.
For all of them, Zachary and his family have a message..
[SOT 11:52:28]

((ZACHARY RANSON: THANK YOU EVERYBODY..)) [RUNS 02]
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))


[E-XGR-Follow]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-4 51:15]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Capitol]


It may have been the most harmonious session of the Virginia General Assembly this decade.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Political analysts are crediting a booming state economy and a strong two party system.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:48:00 ]
[IN Q=Largely I]

((ROBERT HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: LARGELY I THINK...TO BE A LOT EASIER.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; ]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=a lot easier.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


The Assembly's regular annual session wrapped up Saturday night.
Among its accomplishments: a plan to cut the sales tax on groceries, a military tax cut, a cut to college tuitions, and more money for education.

[AM-Tornado]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=afr]
[TAPE#= 99-3 TC 56:36]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tornadoes]


All of Southwest Virginia suffered through a very active spring storm season last year.
Especially Henry County.
(------------)
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[SOT 10:23 98-20]
[IN Q=so you had]

((MARGARET ANDERSON/WITNESSSED TORNADO: SO YOU HAD DEBRIS FLYING AND THEN WE CAME OUT TO LOOK AND IT WAS JUST DARKNESS, TOTAL DARKNESS. AND IN THIRTY SECONDS, IT WAS OVER.))
[SUPER=10-Margaret Anderson/Henry Co./March 1998]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=it was over]
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[VO-NAT]


Most Virginia Tornadoes don't last thirty seconds.
They tend to do their damage quickly and then dissipate.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE BOARD (TONIGHT AT SIX)]
Virginia Tornadoes are unique.
Find out more about our region's severe weather, tonight on News 7 at Six.
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[Olympic-bribe]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Olympic Rings]


The man who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland gave a scolding to the International Olympic Committee.
Former Senator George Mitchell released the results of the latest investigation into gifts and payments made to help secure the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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[SOT]

[4:33:20]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/Special Commission Chairman; :23]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :32]
[SUPER=01-Roberta Cooper Ramo/Commission Member; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Donald Fehr/Commission Member; 1:23]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:35]
[RUNS=1:46;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, New York]

((THIS IS THE OLYMPICS WE KNOW - BUT DON'T BE FOOLED - BEHIND THE SCENES, IT'S A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS. TRAVEL, GIFTS AND LOTS OF MONEY - ALL PART OF WHAT IT TAKES TO HOST THE MOST FAMOUS ATHLETIC GAMES. BUT NO ONE TALKED ABOUT IT UNTIL THE CULTURE OF INFLUENCE FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO THE OLYMPICS IN SALT LAKE CITY.
SOT -George Mitchell/Special Commission Chairman What they did was wrong, but they did not invent this culture, it was

already flourishing.
(LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY)

FLOURISHING BECAUSE THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE LET IT. THOSE FINDINGS RELEASED MONDAY BY THIS SPECIAL COMMISSION, FORMED TO FIND OUT JUST WHAT HAPPENED IN SALT LAKE. THAT CITY'S NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF A MILLION DOLLAR BRIBERY SCANDAL ABOUT HOW IT WON THE 2002 WINTER GAMES. THE RECOMMENDATIONS: WIDESPREAD REFORM -- FROM PUBLIC FINANCIAL AUDITS TO ELECTIONS RATHER THAN APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS TO ABSOLUTELY NO GIFT GIVING ON ANY LEVEL.
SOT -Roberta Cooper Ramo/Commission Member What the public deserves, what the athletes deserve, is to know that the I-O

-C selects its sites based on who puts on the best games, not who gives the best presents to I-O-C members. AND THAT, THE REPORT FOUND, IS THE IRONY HERE. WHEN SALT LAKE CITY MADE ITS PITCH, IT WAS THE BEST VENUE HANDS DOWN.
SOT -Donald Fehr/Commission Member Salt Lake City officials still felt the need to engage in what we've

called improper gift giving, and that speaks volumes as to the atmosphere.))

[Three-Steve]


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


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



(ROLLCUE: "our look inside manufacturing")



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[OUT Q=this would be possible]


[Steve Live]

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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:coke))

[Tobacco-Protest]


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


Tobacco farmers brought a noisy protest to a southern capitol yesterday, to demand a share of the multi billion dollar settlements that cigarette makers are paying to states.
Lee cowan reports the farmers say their very futures are at stake.
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[SOT]

[4:26:04]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matthew Pearson/Farmer; :15]
[SUPER=01-Steve Troxler/Farmer; :34]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Rudd/Farmer; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Charlotte.]

(((LOCATOR: RALEIGH, NC) (( NAT HONKING 13:52:44 )) THEY CAME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES -- MANY STILL CAKED WITH RED NORTH CAROLINA MUD. TRACTORS RUMBLING OUT OF TOBACCO COUNTRY INTO DOWNTOWN RALEIGH -- CREATING AN AGRICULTURAL TRAFFIC JAM DESIGNED TO MAKE A POINT. (( SUPER: MATTHEW PEARSON//FARMER )) 'The government is trying to put us - and it's not right." THE CASUALTIES IN THE WAR ON TOBACCO HAVE BEEN ANYTHING BUT UNEXPECTED. CIGARETTE SALES HAVE SLUMPED, AND GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES TO FARMERS HAVE RESPONDED IN KIND - DROPPING AS MUCH AS 35 PERCENT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. (( SUPER: STEVE TROXLER//FARMER ))
(( SOT AT 14:17:50 ))
"Farmers are going to stand shoulder to shoulder --- sold out one by one."

IT'S NOT THAT BIG TOBACCO ISN'T PAYING. NORTH CAROLINA ALONE WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN FOUR BILLION DOLLARS IN SETTLEMENT MONEY FROM CIGARETTE MAKERS TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING FROM THE STATE'S MEDICAL BILLS TO HELPING RURAL COMMUNITIES. BUT FARMERS WANT AT LEAST HALF THAT MONEY TO GO DIRECTLY TO THEM - IF STATE LEGISLATURES WAGED THIS WAR, THEY ARGUE, THE STATE'S FARMERS SHOULD GET SOME OF THE SPOILS. (( SUPER: KENNETH RUDD//FARMER ))
(( SOT AT 14:23:36 ))

"Everyone is scrambling for the money, and we just want to get out part - it's hard to say where it is going." (( NAT TRACTORS )) THE PROTEST WAS MORE SYMBOLIC THAN ANYTHING ELSE. NORTH CAROLINA'S STATE LEGISLATURE WASN'T EVEN IN SESSION AT THE TIME. BUT THE POINT WAS CLEAR - IF SOMETHING DOESN'T CHANGE SOON, FARMERS ARGUE, THERE WON'T EVEN BE ENOUGH TRACTORS IN NORTH CAROLINA TO FILL A CITY BLOCK -- LET ALONE TIE UP AN ENTIRE DOWNTOWN. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))

[S-Erosion-Control]


[ANCHOR=Kimberlyu]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:21:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Another obstacle facing farmers is land erosion - but planting trees along streambanks can curb that.
The trick is getting farmers to sacrifice thousands of dollars and several acres of farmland to make the change.

Tina Tenret has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Watch your step]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :04 ]
[SUPER=01-Roger Seale/Ferrum College; :48]
[SUPER=@Tina2; 1:06;]
[SUPER=01-Gerry Slotnick/Property Owner; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
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[SOT 10:22:35]
[IN Q=WATCH YOUR STEP]

((WATCH YOUR STEP. BE CAREFUL OF THE SEEDLINGS. )) [RUNS:03]
[OUT Q=careful of the seedlings]


With those marching orders, an army of eighth and ninth-graders donned their armor and trekked into battle.
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[SOT 10:25:36]
((NAT SOT SCHLEPPING ACROSS THE STREAM))

[RUNS:03]
[OUT Q=SCHLEPPING ACROSS THE STREAM]


Their mission is to repair and protect 550-feet of streambank on the Slotnick farm.
So they plant trees to stop soil and pollution from washing off the bank.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:58:55]

((HAMMERING -- OW!)) [RUNS:05]
The students are helping out -- but this project really belongs to several local environmental groups plus Ferrum College and Virginia Tech.
They ultimately want to convince about 260 farmers from Callaway to Smith Mountain Lake to protect their streambanks.
It's a tough sell -- this is some of the richest land for planting corn and other feed.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:33:06]
[IN Q=It's tough]

((IT'S TOUGH TO GET EM TO BACK OFF THAT AND GIVE UP ANY OF THAT LAND. IT BECOMES A MATTER OF ECONOMICS.)) [RUNS:07]
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Farmers must pay at least 25-percent of the cost and care for the plants for at least a decade.
Gerry Slotnick and his wife have already spent about five-thousand-dollars and a hundred hours building buffers like riprap.
He says he's only sacrificing about two acres.
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((THE EROSION WAS TAKING MORE THAN THAT. OVER SIX YEARS WE'VE LOST BOUT TWO ACRES. SO IF THAT KEPT UP NO QUESTION HOW LONG IT'D BE BEFORE THE CREEK CAME RIGHT ACROSS THE FIELD. )) [RUNS:11]
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The kids, too, look forward to the payoff.
They say come summertime, they'll be able to swim in deeper water and catch more crawdads.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))

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In sports, St. Joseph's and the Tigers pick up free trips to the N-C-double-A's.
Mike Stevens has the highlights from the A-Ten and the A-C-C.
Good Morning Mike.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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We now know the identity of the man killed in yesterday morning's apartment fire.
Investigators say 65-year-old Donald Daniel was using a charcoal grill for heat because he had no electricity in his apartment.
After more than an hour of battling the fire, crews discovered Daniel's body in the rubble.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The family of Zachery Ranson thanked the volunteers who searched for the lost three year old over the weekend.
Hundreds of volunteers took part in the search-- others offered food or words of comfort and support.
Zachary's family said they were determined their story would not become another tragedy for the nation to read about.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Local environmental groups, with help from Ferrum College and Virginia Tech, are trying to convince farmers to give up some of their richest land in the name of erosion control.
They ultimately want to convince about 260 farmers from Callaway to Smith Mountain Lake to protect their streambanks.
Farmers must pay at least 25-percent of the cost and care for the plants for at least a decade.
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