[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A winter storm blows through southwest Virginia dumping several inches of snow and causing lots of school closings.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Monica Lewinsky tells her story... in her own words... on national T-V.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The storm dumped several inches of snow across the western portions of the viewing area--
Meanwhile, we're still dealing with gusty winds in the aftermath of the winter blast....a wind advisory is in effect until 11:00 this morning.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-10 23:10]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Winter weather is again wreaking havoc on our area.
Parts of the viewing area have recieved more than six inches of snow and high winds have snapped tree limbs.
In Blacksburg, there are sporadic power outages, mainly in the northwest part of the city.
Our news 7 sports crews on it's way for the ACC men's basketball tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday and never made it.
They witnessed accidents and traffic backups that left children stranded for over four hours in Carroll County.

Steve Mason and Photographer Greg Moore have more details from Interstate 77.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Patches of slush and snow are still being reported on Interstates 77 and 81 in Wythe, Bland, Carroll, Pulaski and Montgomery Counties.
If you want more road information
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[TAKE VDOT NUMBER FULL SCREEN] you can call V-Dot's toll free road condition line at 1-800-367-ROAD.
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[Tell-All]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Monica Lewinsky]


Last night, it was the interview.
Today, it's Monica Lewinsky's book that details her relationship with President Clinton.
In both, the nation's most famous former intern shares her anguish.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York]

((WHILE THE PRESIDENT DID SOME POLITICAL STOMPING IN NEW JERSEY, HIS WIFE DOING THE SAME IN NEW YORK, MONICA LEWINSKY WAS TELLING HER DEEPEST, DARKEST SECRETS -- DETAILS OF HER INTIMATE LIFE WITH BILL CLINTON -- THE MAN THE FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN CALLED HER SEXUAL SOUL MATE.
NAT SOT - MONICA UNDER OATH

IT'S A STORY SHE HAD TO SHARE WITH A GRAND JURY - BUT NOW ON NATIONAL T-V - WE'RE HEARING EVEN MORE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT, SHE SAYS HE'S A GOOD KISSER. ABOUT HIS WIFE HILLARY AND DAUGHTER CHELSEA - MONICA LEWINSKY SAYS I WOULD ASK THEM TO KNOW THAT I AM VERY SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH. AND ABOUT WHY SHE TURNED OVER THAT NOW INFAMOUS BLUE DRESS TO PROSECUTORS -- TO PROTECT HERSELF SHE SAYS - AND HER FAMILY - BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WAS WORRIED ABOUT HER. BUT LEWINSKY REVEALS EVEN MORE IN A BOOK ON SALE THURSDAY - THAT WHILE SHE WAS SEEING THE PRESIDENT - SHE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER MAN AT THE PENTAGON - SHE BECAME PREGNANT AND HAD AN ABORTION.
NAT SOT - MONICA MONICA

BUT ALL THIS ATTENTION - SHE COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT - KEPT THE AFFAIR A SECRET -- ASKED WHAT SHE WOULD DO IF SHE COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN - LEWINKSY SAYS THERE ARE DAYS SHE REGRETS THE AFFAIR WITH THE PRESIDENT - AND THERE ARE DAYS THAT I JUST REGRET I EVER CONFIDED IN LINDA TRIPP - THE FORMER CO-WORKER WHO SECRETLY TAPED LEWINSKY'S TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS. STANDUP - Bobbi Harley/New York : MONICA LEWINSKY'S STORY MEANS BIG MONEY - BETWEEN BOOK SALES AND EUROPEAN TELEVISION INTERVIEWS AND PHOTO SPREADS - SHE'S EXPECTED TO EARN SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS. BUT THE FIRST TWO MILLION - HER FAMILY SAYS - IS ALREADY SPENT - SHE STILL HAS TO PAY HER LAWYERS. BOBBI HARLEY CBS NEWS NEW YORK.))

[E-Monica-Book]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-8 33:10]
[GRAPHIC=Monica Book]


Her book isn't on the shelves yet, but it's already a bestseller.
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[VO-NAT]


Monica's Story is due in stores tomorrow, and advance orders have pushed it to the top of the bestseller list on Amazon- dot- Com, the internet retailer.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Locally, Barnes and Noble hasn't received any of the books yet, and the store's distributors don't have any on hand, but officials are hoping for a direct shipment from the publisher today.
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[IN Q=We're treating it as any other new release]

((LEIGH ANN MYERS/BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS: WE'RE DOING IT AS ANY OTHER NEW RELEASE. OF COURSE WE DO HAVE HIGH HOPES THAT IT WILL BE A VERY POPULAR BOOK AND IT COULD PERHAPS HIT THE BESTSELLER LIST. IN FACT, I'M SURE IT WILL. BUT WE'RE TREATING IT AS ANY OTHER NEW RELEASE AT THIS TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Leigh Ann Myers/Barnes & Noble]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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St. Martin's Press is shipping 450-thousand copies to booksellers.
At Barnes and Noble the book will sell for twenty four, ninety five.

[Pat-Robertson]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Pat Robertson]


Virginia Beach televangelist Pat Robertson now has an official role in advising Republican Governor Jim Gilmore.
The Governor has appointed the "700 Club" host to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
The group advises Gilmore on business matters.
Robertson gave Gilmore 50-thousand dollars during his bid for Governor.
Two weeks before Gilmore's election, Robertson gave another 200-thousand dollars to the Republican National Committee's state election committee.
He gave another 15-thousand to the state GOP that year.
Gilmore appointed Robertson's son to the University of Virginia's governing board early on in his term.

[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
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In sports, George Lynch and the Seventy-sixers beat up on the Bulls.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[On Record]
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: erikson))

[E-First-Union]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-5 30:23]
[GRAPHIC=First Union Layoffs]


They don't know for sure when it will happen or where.
But First Union employees do know the ax is about to drop.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The bank said it will slash up to 10-percent of its workforce nationwide.
That's more than 7-thousand people.
Workers at Roanoke's service center got copies of a memo from corporate headquarters in Charlotte.
It said First Union will enact the job cuts by mid-March.
Yesterday, a bank spokeswoman said she wasn't sure how many Roanoke area workers might be affected.
The bank employs almost two-thousand people in the Valley.
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[S-New-School]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-3 TC59:03]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


Construction is set to begin in a few months on two new schools in Alleghany County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.;]


Members of Clifton Forge City Council AND Alleghany County's Board of Supervisors recently signed off on a project to build a new middle school and elementary school on this site in the county.
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge;]


Officials said building the new schools is more cost-effective than trying to repair the existing ones.
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((MAC CAMPBELL/MAYOR OF CLIFTON FORGE:WE HAVE THREE OLDER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME AND THEY'RE IN GREAT NEED OF IMPROVEMENT. WE'VE ALSO NEEDED A MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR QUITE SOME TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Mac Campbell/Clifton Forge Mayor;]
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[OUT Q=quite some time.]
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[VO-NAT]


Campbell said the project will save both localities about 300 thousand dollars.
He said the new schools should be up and running by the year 2001.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, there's a winner in the battle between the patch and the pill.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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(( THE RAPID GROWTH OF ON-LINE PHARMACIES HAS CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF LAWMAKERS IN WASHINGTON.
FOUR HOUSE MEMBERS ARE CALLING FOR A STUDY TO EXAMINE A HOST OF ETHICAL AND SAFETY ISSUES.
THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS WHETHER DOCTORS AND PATIENTS ARE EXCHANGING ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAFELY PRESCRIBE DRUGS WITHOUT AN EXAMINATION.
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VT=VO


THE ANTI-SMOKING DRUG ZYBAN WAS FOUND TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE NICOTINE PATCH IN A HEAD-TO-HEAD STUDY.
THE COMBINATION OF THE TWO METHODS PROVED TO BE EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE IN HELPING PEOPLE BOTH QUIT SMOKING AND PREVENT WEIGHT GAIN.
ZYBAN IS THE BRAND NAME FOR AN ANTI-DEPRESSANT DRUG.. THE FIRST NON-NICOTINE PRODUCT TO FIND SUCCESS IN HELPING PEOPLE KICK THE HABIT.
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HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE MAKING A NEW PUSH FOR AN OLD TEST.
IT'S A SIMPLE HOME TEST THAT COULD PREVENT COLON CANCER IN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING EVERYONE OVER FIFTY TO TAKE THE EXAM THAT IS SENT TO A PROFESSIONAL LAB FOR EVALUATION.
COLON CANCER KILLS OVER FIFTY THOUSAND AMERICANS PER YEAR.. BUT IS HIGHLY TREATABLE IF CAUGHT EARLY.

(MIKA)
ONCAM=mika

THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


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



(I'll call for boards)

[essC8703] [essC8704]

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[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]


A winter storm blows through the commonwealth.
It dumped heavy snow in our region, shutting down portions of interstate 77 yesterday and knocking down trees and power lines.
The Roanoke Valley only received a wintery mix but there were near blizzard conditions on top of Bent Mountain.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A military jury resumes deliberations in North Carolina later this morning in the trial of a Marine pilot accused of flying recklessly into the cables of an Italian ski gondola.
The accident sent 20 people plunging to their deaths.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Monica Lewinsky tells her storyon national t-v.
In an interview aired last night, the former intern apologized to Mrs. Clinton and Chelsea.
Lewinsky's t-v appearance coincides with a new tell-all book.. due out today.
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[anchor=Kimberly]


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


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[Local-snow]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MOrnin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-9 TC28:33]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


In some parts of the viewing area, the wind is worse than the snow, knocking down tree limbs and cutting power to some folks.
Blacksburg police are reporting sporadic power outages mainly in the northwest part of the city.
One of the worst places in Roanoke Valley was on top of Bent Mountain.
Eric Earnhart was there and has this report.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/VDOT Resident Engineer; 1:07]
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((The wet, blowing snow stuck to everything, including the road winding up Bent Mountain, slowing some cars, stopping others.
At the fire station, two men fought the wind as they tried to put chains on a wrecker.
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[IN Q=we're getting school]

(( BRUCE WALKER/WRECKER DRIVER; WE'RE GETTING SCHOOL BUSSES RIGHT NOW, WE WORK FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD, GOT ONE IN THE DITCH UP HERE WE GOT TO GO GET. )) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=to go get]

[00:59:01] It's amazing how much difference a few hundred feet can make, turning a benign wintery mix in the valley, in to near blizzard conditions on top of the mountain.
The sudden fury of the storm had vdot drivers scrambling to keep their trucks on the road, and to keep the road clear.
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[IN Q=here in the last]

(( JOHN GREEN/VDOT; HERE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS WE'VE HAD ABOUT THREE INCHES OF SNOW AND NOW WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO GET THE CHEMICALS DOWN AND GET THINGS CLEANED BACK UP... HOW DOES THIS WIND AFFECT YOU? THE WIND IS GIVING US A TERRIBLE TIME RIGHT NOW, THE DRIVERS ARE HAVING A TERRIBLE TIME WITH VISIBILITY, THEY CAN'T SEE AND OF COURSE IT'S BLOWING IT BACK IN THE ROAD ABOUT AS WE CAN GET IT OUT IN PLACES.)) [RUNS20]
[OUT Q=out in places]


In Montgomery County, the heavy wet snow also stuck to everything in its path... It hit earlier than VDOT expected, but they were ready.
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[IN Q=Anytime they're ]

((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:ANYTIME THEY'RE CALLING FOR SNOW, WE, THE DAY BEFORE, WE DO ALL OF OUR SERVICING OF OUR EQUIPMENT AND MAKE SURE OF ANY MINOR REPAIRS.)) [RUNS19]
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Even in the best working condition, this was a tough job for both man and machine.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


V-Dot is still reporting snow-covered roads in many areas, especially in Carroll, Bland, Wythe, Pulaski and Montgomery Counties.
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[TAKE VDOT BOARD FULL SCREEN]
If you want more detailed road information, you can call V-Dot's road hotline at 1-800-367-ROAD.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:30:01]
[GRAPHIC=Strickler]


Attorneys for convicted killer Tommy David Strickler say the jury that sent him to Death Row didn't hear all the evidence it should have during his 1990 trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Strickler was sentenced to die for the abduction and murder of Leann Whitlock of Salem.
But the eyewitness who tied him to the crime at first had trouble picking him out of a police lineup.
THAT information was never passed along to Strickler's attorneys, who say it would have made a difference at trial.

They're hoping the United States Supreme Court agrees.
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((BARBARA HARTUNG/STRICKLER DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT'S DIFFICULT.. ..IN OUR FAVOR.))
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[VO-NAT]


Oral arguments were heard yesterday morning.. a decision is expected in June.
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[Marine-Trial]


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

[****ANCHOR TAG****]
Eight military jurors resume deliberations this morning in the case of a Marine Corps pilot facing charges for a tragic collision in the Italian Alps last year.
Captain Richard Ashby faces 20 counts of involuntary manslaughter after his jet sliced a cable and sent a ski gondola with 20 people inside crashing to the ground.
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[4:12:11]
[Super=03-Mt. Cermis, Italy/February 3, 1998; :00]
[SUPER=03-Camp Lejeune, NC; :10]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:23]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC;]

((LOCATOR: MT. CERMIS, ITALY, FEB. 3, 1998 AN OCEAN AWAY FROM THE SITE WHERE 20 SKIERS FELL TO THEIR DEATHS LAST FEBRUARY, THE FATE OF THE MAN RESPONSIBLE NOW RESTS IN THE HANDS OF 8 MARINES. CAMP LEJEUNE, NC CAPT. RICHARD ASHBY WAS CHARGED WITH 20 COUNTS OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AFTER THE RIGHT WING OF HIS EA-6B PROWLER SLICED THROUGH CABLES SUPPORTING A SKI GONDOLA -- SENDING THE OCCUPANTS PLUMMETING 300 FEET TO THE SNOW BELOW. THE PROSECUTION ARGUED ASHBY WAS A HOT SHOT - TRYING TO PROVE A POINT FLYING TOO LOW AND TOO FAST OVER A POPULATED AREA - IGNORING BOTH SPEED AND ALTITUDE RESTRICTIONS DURING WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A ROUTINE TRAINING FLIGHT. "This is a guy who wants to fly his plane the way he wants to fly it," argued the prosecution. "He was rocketing down that valley_giving himself only milliseconds to react. It was negligence, it was gross negligence." BUT THE DEFENSE SAW IT DIFFERENTLY. THEY ADMITTED ASHBY WAS FLYING HUNDREDS OF FEET BENEATH WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HIS MINIMUM ALTITUDE, BUT THEY CLAIM IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM. ASHBY NEVER KNEW THE SKI RESORT WAS THERE - NEVER KNEW THE CABLE EXISTED BECAUSE IT WASN'T ON ANY OF THE MAPS PROVIDED TO HIM BY HISSUPERIORS. "You can't avoid what you can't see," his attorney repeatedly told the jury. "This was a trap, it was an accident waiting to happen." AN ACCIDENT THE DEFENSE FURTHER BLAMED ON WHAT THEY SAY WAS THE PLANE'S FAULTY ALTIMETER, COMBINED WITH AN OPTICAL ILLUSION THAT TRICKED ASHBY INTO THINKING HE WAS FLYING HIGHER THAN HE REALLY WAS. THE PROSECUTION DIDN'T BUY IT. "THE AIRCRAFT DIDN'T FLY ITSELF INTO THOSE CABLES, THEY SHOT BACK, "IT WAS FLOWN INTO THEM BY CAPT.ASHBY." LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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I f convicted, Ashby could face more than 200 years in a military prison.
Ashby's navigator goes on trial in a few weeks facing many of the same charges.

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[On Record]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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((Archive: erikson))

[Patrick-Peru]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-12 TC04:58]
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Patrick Evans is in Peru this week, following the activities of the Jason Project.
A lot of scientists believe the rainforest is filled with medicinal plants and with more on that, here's Patrick.


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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
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In sports, the Hokies leave Fordham in their wake.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[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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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Parts of the New-River Valley and Alleghany Highlands are digging out from under several inches of snow.
Hundreds of vehicles, including six school busses, got stuck on Interstate-77 near Fancy Gap Mountain.
A three car accident and up to six inches of snow made it slow going.
Patches of snow are still being reported on Interstates 77 and 81 in Wythe, Bland, and Montgomery Counties.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Some seven thousand First Union employees are expecting to be laid off soon.
The bank is cutting ten percent of its nation-wide workforce.
It's unknown how many employees in our area will lose their jobs.
The job-cuts are expected to go into effect by the middle of the month.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Attornies for Tommy David Strickler took the convicted killer's appeal to the U-S Supreme Court yesterday.
Strickler was sentenced to die for the abduction and murder of Leann Whitlock of Salem.
But the eyewitness who tied him to the crime at first had trouble picking him out of a police lineup.
A decision is expected in June.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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