[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A natural gas explosion lights up the Michigan sky.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And influential film director Stanley Kubrick is dead at the age of 70.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect tonight as an area of low pressure gets closer, promising at least an inch of snow by tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, we'll enjoy some sunshine for most of today--
The latest forecast is up next.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Kubrick]


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

[****ANCHOR TAG*****]
"He copied no one, while all of us were scrambling to imitate him.''
That's what Steven Spielberg says about fellow director Stanley Kubrick, who died yesterday at the age of 70.
Paul James takes a look back at the film director described as an obsessive and brillian visionary.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=10-"Dr. Strangelove"/Columbia Pictures/1964; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jack Shay/Directors Guild of America; :15]
[SUPER=10-"A Clockwork Orange"/Warner Brothers/1972; :21]
[SUPER=10-"2001: A Space Odessey"/MGM - UA/1968; :34]
[SUPER=10-"Spartacus"/Universal Pictures/1960; :56]
[SUPER=01-Paul James/Reporting; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Here's Johnny!]

(( WORLD REKNOWNED FILM MAKER STANLEY KUBRICK IS DEAD AT AGE 70. BORN IN NEW YORK CITY, HE MOVED TO LONDON WHERE HE DIED OF APPARENTLY NATURAL CAUSES. HIS CAREER SPANNED THE PAST FORTY YEARS WITH ONE FILM, YET TO BE RELEASED BECAUSE KUBRICK WAS STILL MAKING FINISHING TOUCHES ON IT.
(NATSND FILM "DR. STRANGELOVE"/COLUMBIA PICTURES/1964)

THOUGH HIS FILMS HAD CULT APPEAL. STANLEY KUBRICK FOUND INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR HIS UNIQUE AND EXTREMELY PERFECTIONIST STYLE OF DIRECTING.
SOT JACK SHAY/DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT, DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA

NATSND "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE"/WARNER BROS/1972 HIS FILMS WERE CONTROVERSIAL AND OFTEN FUTURISTIC: SOME OF HIS MOST FAMOUS: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE GRAPHIC AND VIOLENT DEPICTION OF GANGS. NATSND ("20001: A SPACE ODESSEY/MGM/UA1968) TO TWO THOUSAND ONE, A SCIENCE FICTION FILM ABOUT HUMANITY'S LOSS OF POWER AS SEEN THROUGH A TALKING COMPUTER'S TWISTED MIND HIS CINEMATIC EXPLORATION OF EVIL IN THE 1978 MOVIE, "THE SHINING," REPRESENTED ONE OF HIS FEW MAINSTREAM MOVIES. (SUPER "THE SHINING"/WARNER BROS/1978) HE ALSO EXAMINED THE VIETNAM WAR IN 1987 WITH FULL METAL JACKET.
(SUPER "FULL METAL JACKET"/WARNER BROS/1987)
(NATSND "SPARTACUS"/UNIVERSAL PICTURES/1960)

KIRK DOUGLAS HELPED KUBRICK GET HIS FIRST BIG BREAK FOR THE DIRECTION OF SPARTICUS IN 1960, A FILM KUBRICK NEVER CARED FOR.
SOT STANLEY KUBRICK/1998

KUBRICK WAS DRAWN FROM PHOTOGRAPHY TO MAKING MOVIES HE SAID BECAUSE HE BELIEVED HE COULDN'T MAKE THEM ANY WORSE THAN THE MAJORITY OF FILMS HE WAS SEEING. PAUL JAMES, CBS NEWS.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in his last film, "Eyes Wide Shut," which is set to be released in july.

[E-George-Jones]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=NETB]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Singer George Jones is still in critical condition, but making remarkable progress.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN;]


Doctors at Nashville's Vanderbilt Medical Center say Jones' collapsed lung is healing and not a problem anymore.

Jones' liver is still badly damaged.
His wife says the prayers of her husband's fans are keeping him alive.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Doctors may wean Jones off his ventilator today.

[chinese-spies]


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


Senate committee plans to investigate reports of lax security at some of the nation's most sensitive nuclear weapons labs.
Both The New York Times and Newsweek magazine reported over the weekend that a security breach has enabled China to steal some of the U-S's most secret nuclear technology.
Republicans contend the administration allows dangerous transactions so as not to disturb touchy relations with one of the largest U-S trading partners.
Sharyl Attkisson reports.
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[SOT]

[4:03:03]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Richard Shelby/(R) Alabama; :14]
[SUPER=04-Defense Department Videotape; :25]
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/Secretary of Energy; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; 1:39]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington]

((VO (LOS ALAMOS WEAPONS LAB FILE): Accusing the Clinton administration of dragging its feet after it discovered spying at the nation's top secret nuclear weapons labs, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee announced he will call hearings to investigate.
SOT/SEN. RICHARD SHELBY, R-ALA, INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN/from NBC:

"THEY COULD HAVE DONE MORE. THEY COULD HAVE DONE MORE IMMEDIATELY//IT WILL DAMAGE IF IT HASN'T ALREADY DAMAGED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN A BIG, BIG, WAY. (:11?) VO (WEAPONS LAB): Friday, CBS News first reported the major finding in a classified congressional report: that China was able to "recruit" scientists from the national weapons labs more than a decade ago... VO (W-88 MISSILE): ...and steal vital design information for America's most sophisticated nuclear warhead. These designs could have advanced the Chinese weapons program by as much as 4 decades. The theft was first discovered in 1995, but it was TWO YEARS before word trickled up to President Clinton. And the White House never told congress. VO (NATIONAL SECURITY LABS): Major security reforms President Clinton ordered were only put in motion last fall... THREE YEARS after the theft of information was discovered. VO (SHARYL WALKS): But Energy Secretary Bill Richardson...who is in CHARGE of the weapons labs...says the Clinton Administration has taken the proper steps:
SOT RICHARDSON:

"WE'VE INSTITUTED POLYGRAPHS FOR ANYBODY WITH SENSITIVE ACCESS. WE HAVE MOVED AHEAD AND BROUGHT COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE PEOPLE AT THE LABS. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE'VE TIGHTENED SECURITY PROCEDURES ENORMOUSLY AROUND THE LABS." VO (ALBRIGHT IN CHINA): Critics suspect the Clinton Administration kept the security breach quiet for fear of damaging relations with China. Secretary of State Madeline Albright held trade talks in Beijing just last week. ATTKISSON STANDUP: INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS ARE STILL ASSESSING HOW MUCH CHINA WAS ABLE TO DO WITH THE STOLEN NUCLEAR WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY. A NATIONAL SECURITY PANEL WILL REPORT TO CONGRESS AT THE END OF THE MONTH. SHARYL ATTKISSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[S-Danville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=99-8; 37:29]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Police are still investigating the murder of a Danville woman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Danville police say 35-year old Tammy Marie Blair died from a puncture wound to her side.
It happened around 1:30 yesterday morning at her home on Milton Avenue.
Blair was taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center where she died a short time later.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=hold]


An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

[1-Sports]


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


In sports, March Madness sweeps through Blacksburg.
Roy Stanley has details.
Good Morning Roy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:29]
[OUT Q=later on mornin'.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Donna Conner/Science Fair Coordinator;]
[SUPER=01-Emily Caldwell/Cave Spring Junior]
[SUPER=01-Sheena Jain/Cave Spring Junior]
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: science fair))

[gas-explosion]


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


An explosion of a natural gas transmission line has lit up the sky in the Kalamazoo area of Michigan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Plainwell, MI;]

[4:11]
Authorities say they don't know why the main ruptured.
But there have been no reports of injuries and there are no structures nearby.
The blast could be felt for miles and sparked a fire that could be seen for up to 20 miles.
The flames burned for up to two hours until utility workers were able to shut down the gas supply to the burst line.
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[S-Tax-Tips]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-1; 1:00:34]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


The days to tax-time are ticking away.
This year you may notice a few changes when you file your returns.
Scott Goldberg has some tips on how to get through this tax season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's that time]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :01]
[SUPER=01-Harry Schwarz/Goodman & Company, LLP; :58]
[SUPER=@Scott1;1:28]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=SGO, News 7.]

((It's that time of the year again.
Accountants are working seven days a week.
And taxpayers are working through pages of user-friendly IRS instructions, trying to find that relief that was promised when Congress passed new tax laws.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND/KIDS PLAYING))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=]


For starters, your kids are worth a little bit more.
When you file your 19-98 returns, you can claim a 400-dollar deduction for each child in the household, assuming your income isn't too high.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND/TECH CAMPUS))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=]


If your kids are in college, you can claim what's called the Hope scholarship credit. [PRE PRO] It's worth up to 15-hundred dollars per student during the first two years of college. There's also a lifetime learning credit, worth up to a thousand dollars for college expenses beyond what the Hope scholarship covers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND/adults))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=]


Moving from college toward retirement, you can still make a 19-98 contribution to the new Roth IRA, as long as you do it before April 15th.
How do you know if a Roth is right for you?
Roanoke accountant Harry Schwarz said there's no hard and fast rule.
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[SOT 22:38]
[IN Q=IF YOUR]

((HARRY SCWARZ/GOODMAN & COMPANY: IF YOUR TAX BRACKET IS GOING TO BE THE SAME OR HIGHER WHEN YOU GET READY TO RETIRE, THEN A ROTH IRA PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS AS LONG AS THEY QUALIFY.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=QUALIFY]

[WEBSITE]
And when it comes time to pay taxes this year, the IRS will let you use a credit card.
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[SOT 16:45]
[IN Q=THAT'S THE]

((SCHWARZ: THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS, THE BAD NEWS IS THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH PAYING FOR THAT CREDIT CARD ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE BORN BY THE TAXPAYER.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=TAXPAYER]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The law that made]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING:THE LAW THAT MADE ALL OF THESE CHANGES IS CALLED THE TAXPAYER RELIEF ACT. BUT ONE THING IT DIDN'T CHANGE IS THE FACT THAT THE BIGGEST RELIEF COMES WHEN TAX SEASON'S OVER. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=SGO, News 7.]
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a legal fight is brewing between insurance companies and men who want viagra.
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=1:02]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( DRILLING TINY HOLES INTO THE HEART MAY BE THE ANSWER TO RELIEVING CRIPPLING CHEST PAIN.

VT=VO


DOCTORS SAY USING A LASER TO CREATE HOLES IN THE HEART'S MAIN CHAMBER.. EASED THE PAIN OF HEART DISEASE IN ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE PATIENTS TESTED.
THIS EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUE IS MEANT AS A LAST RESORT-- WHEN OTHER TREATMENTS FAIL.
VT=VO


IT SEEMS LIKE MORE AND MORE MEN CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF VIAGRA.. SO THEY'RE SUING THEIR HEALTH INSURERS FOR MORE COVERAGE.
THE LITIGANTS SAY IT'S UNFAIR THAT THESE COMPANIES ARE EITHER RESTRICTING THEIR PAYMENTS--ARE DENYING THEM COVERAGE OUTRIGHT-- FOR THE ANTI-IMPOTENCY DRUG.
SOME INSURERS SAY THEY QUESTION THE PILL'S SAFETY--
BUT INDUSRTY ANALYSTS THINK THE REASON HAS MORE TO DO WITH THE COST.
VT=VO


DRINK UP--IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
THAT'S THE MESSAGE WINE PRODUCERS ARE TRYING TO GET ACROSS.
NEW LABELS WERE APPROVED RECENTLY.. SUGGESTING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MODERATE WINE CONSUMPTION.
BUT SOME LAWMAKERS CLAIM THE WINE INDUSTRY IMPROPERLY LOBBIED FOR THE CHANGES-- WHICH DO NOT STRESS THE RISK FACTORS OF DRINKING ALCOHOL.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MAGGIE COOPER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


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[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Microwave]
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[SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Leggette/Cave Spring Senior;]
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((Archive: science fair)) [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]


He's being remembered as an often-imitated but rarely duplicated film director.
Stanley Kubrick died yesterday at the age of 70.
His career spanned 40 years and included classics like Doctor Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Geroge W. Bush has made it official-- he's formed a committee to begin planning a run for the White House.
The ten member exploratory committee includes former G-0-P Chairman Haley Barbour and former Secretary of State George Schultz.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Police in Danville are still looking into a weekend murder.
An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
Authorities say 35-year old Tammy Marie Blair died yesterday morning from a puncture wound to her side.
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[anchor=Kimberly]


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


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-Kubrick]


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


Peers of film director Stanley Kubrick are mourning his death.
Steven Spielberg says ``he copied no one, while all of us were scrambling to imitate him."
The maker of such films as ``2001: A Space Odyssey'' died yesterday at his home in England at the age of 70.
Paul James reports.
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[SOT]

[4:30:31]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=10-"Dr. Strangelove"/Columbia Pictures/1964; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jack Shay/Directors Guild of America; :15]
[SUPER=10-"A Clockwork Orange"/Warner Brothers/1972; :21]
[SUPER=10-"2001: A Space Odessey"/MGM - UA/1968; :34]
[SUPER=10-"Spartacus"/Universal Pictures/1960; :56]
[SUPER=01-Paul James/Reporting; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Here's Johnny!]

(( WORLD REKNOWNED FILM MAKER STANLEY KUBRICK IS DEAD AT AGE 70. BORN IN NEW YORK CITY, HE MOVED TO LONDON WHERE HE DIED OF APPARENTLY NATURAL CAUSES. HIS CAREER SPANNED THE PAST FORTY YEARS WITH ONE FILM, YET TO BE RELEASED BECAUSE KUBRICK WAS STILL MAKING FINISHING TOUCHES ON IT.
(NATSND FILM "DR. STRANGELOVE"/COLUMBIA PICTURES/1964)

THOUGH HIS FILMS HAD CULT APPEAL. STANLEY KUBRICK FOUND INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR HIS UNIQUE AND EXTREMELY PERFECTIONIST STYLE OF DIRECTING.
SOT JACK SHAY/DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT, DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA

NATSND "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE"/WARNER BROS/1972 HIS FILMS WERE CONTROVERSIAL AND OFTEN FUTURISTIC: SOME OF HIS MOST FAMOUS: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE GRAPHIC AND VIOLENT DEPICTION OF GANGS. NATSND ("20001: A SPACE ODESSEY/MGM/UA1968) TO TWO THOUSAND ONE, A SCIENCE FICTION FILM ABOUT HUMANITY'S LOSS OF POWER AS SEEN THROUGH A TALKING COMPUTER'S TWISTED MIND HIS CINEMATIC EXPLORATION OF EVIL IN THE 1978 MOVIE, "THE SHINING," REPRESENTED ONE OF HIS FEW MAINSTREAM MOVIES. (SUPER "THE SHINING"/WARNER BROS/1978) HE ALSO EXAMINED THE VIETNAM WAR IN 1987 WITH FULL METAL JACKET.
(SUPER "FULL METAL JACKET"/WARNER BROS/1987)
(NATSND "SPARTACUS"/UNIVERSAL PICTURES/1960)

KIRK DOUGLAS HELPED KUBRICK GET HIS FIRST BIG BREAK FOR THE DIRECTION OF SPARTICUS IN 1960, A FILM KUBRICK NEVER CARED FOR.
SOT STANLEY KUBRICK/1998

KUBRICK WAS DRAWN FROM PHOTOGRAPHY TO MAKING MOVIES HE SAID BECAUSE HE BELIEVED HE COULDN'T MAKE THEM ANY WORSE THAN THE MAJORITY OF FILMS HE WAS SEEING. PAUL JAMES, CBS NEWS.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Kubrick's last film "Eyes Wide Shut"-- starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman-- is set to be released in July.

[Bush]


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


President Clinton heads to Central America today.. to view the devastation caused by hurricane Mitch first-hand.
Meantime, the man already considered the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has opened up the flirtation stage of his potential 2-thousand campaign.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]


Yesterday Texas Governor George W. Bush unveiled his presidential exploratory committee in Austin, surrounding himself with a diverse group of high profile Republicans, including former Secretary of State George Shultz.
He'll file papers today making it official.
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[SOT]

[4:17:51]
[IN Q=I have proven...]
[SUPER=01-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Texas;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=not a divider.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bush's ten member exploratory committee also includes former G-0-P Chairman Haley Barbour.
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[ATLANTA-CHASE]


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


A high speed police chase in Atlanta ends in tragedy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA;]


An Atlanta family driving in the city's southwest section got caught in a police chase and it ended with their child dead.
It happened when a stolen pickup being pursued by police slammed into their car and several others at a busy intersection.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=the officer...]
[SUPER=01-Gregory Walker/Witness]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=it happened very quickly.]
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[VO-NAT]


Several people were taken to the hospital, there is no word yet on their conditions.
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[Three-Steve]


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



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[SUPER=01-Brianna Kurtz/Rke. Valley Governor's School;]
[SUPER=01-Nathalie Fassie/Northside Junior]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: science fair))

[WebWatch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=WebWatch]
[GRAPHIC=Web Watch]


The Y-2K bug won't ground planes according to a government agency.
And, a new dance is making waves on line.
Here's Eric Earnhart with Web Watch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The FAA]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]

(([intro] [RUNS05] The F-A-A says the bug will NOT affect domestic air travel itself, based on tests of air traffic control systems... but while you may be safe your luggage is another story. The FAA isn't sure how baggage handling and overseas systems will be affected.
Could YOU write a sitcom? There's one way to find out... At Script-O-Rama-dot-com there are hundreds of television and movie scripts...from Aliens to the Seinfeld Parking Garage episode.
Read for fun, or learn the format and write them yourself.

Here's an update on your hometown station website... WDBJ7-dot-com has a new look and some new features, including "the store" A virtual shopping center where you can buy virtually anything... We also have the latest up-to-the minute mortgage quotes.

Finally tonight... a mystery site... we don't really know what it is... we don't really know "why" it is... but people just love "HamsterDance"

[natsot]



If you want to dance along, the links are on the webwatch page... click on webwatch, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))

[AG-Office]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Earley]


Attorney General Mark Earley will open a regional office in Roanoke today.
The office will have an assistant attorney general who will work full-time on local cases and a community outreach coordinator to handle questions from the public.
There are already regional offices in northernVirginia and Hampton Roads.
The state attorney general's office is based in Richmond.

[2-S-Tax-Tips]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-1; 1:00:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Only 38 days are left before taxes are due.
And, this year you may notice a few changes when you file your returns.
Scott Goldberg has some tips on how to get through this tax season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's that time]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :01]
[SUPER=01-Harry Schwarz/Goodman & Company, LLP; :58]
[SUPER=@Scott1;1:28]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=SGO, News 7.]

((It's that time of the year again.
Accountants are working seven days a week.
And taxpayers are working through pages of user-friendly IRS instructions, trying to find that relief that was promised when Congress passed new tax laws.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND/KIDS PLAYING))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=]


For starters, your kids are worth a little bit more.
When you file your 19-98 returns, you can claim a 400-dollar deduction for each child in the household, assuming your income isn't too high.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND/TECH CAMPUS))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=]


If your kids are in college, you can claim what's called the Hope scholarship credit. [PRE PRO] It's worth up to 15-hundred dollars per student during the first two years of college. There's also a lifetime learning credit, worth up to a thousand dollars for college expenses beyond what the Hope scholarship covers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND/adults))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=]


Moving from college toward retirement, you can still make a 19-98 contribution to the new Roth IRA, as long as you do it before April 15th.
How do you know if a Roth is right for you?
Roanoke accountant Harry Schwarz said there's no hard and fast rule.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:38]
[IN Q=IF YOUR]

((HARRY SCWARZ/GOODMAN & COMPANY: IF YOUR TAX BRACKET IS GOING TO BE THE SAME OR HIGHER WHEN YOU GET READY TO RETIRE, THEN A ROTH IRA PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS AS LONG AS THEY QUALIFY.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=QUALIFY]

[WEBSITE]
And when it comes time to pay taxes this year, the IRS will let you use a credit card.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:45]
[IN Q=THAT'S THE]

((SCHWARZ: THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS, THE BAD NEWS IS THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH PAYING FOR THAT CREDIT CARD ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE BORN BY THE TAXPAYER.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=TAXPAYER]
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING:THE LAW THAT MADE ALL OF THESE CHANGES IS CALLED THE TAXPAYER RELIEF ACT. BUT ONE THING IT DIDN'T CHANGE IS THE FACT THAT THE BIGGEST RELIEF COMES WHEN TAX SEASON'S OVER. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.)) [RUNS10]
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In sports, South Boston makes a showing in the sin city.
Roy Stanley has details.
Good Morning Roy.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Attorney General Mark Earley will open a regional office in Roanoke today.
The office will have an assistant attorney general who will work full-time on local cases and a community outreach coordinator to handle questions from the public.
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An autopsy will be performed today on the body of a woman found murdered in Danville.
Danville police say 35-year old Tammy Marie Blair died from a puncture wound to her side.
It happened around 1:30 yesterday morning at her home on Milton Avenue.
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Tax time is fast approaching and that has accountants and tax-payers working through pages of new I-R-S instructions.
Among the changes-- a bigger deduction for children, credit for children in college and you can now pay by credit card.
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