[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Several people are dead and dozens injured after a train headed for New Orleans derails.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And it looks the controversy in Bedford county over flying snowballs and moving traffic won't end up in court.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Our old friend, high pressure is back-- and that'll bring more pleasant, springlike weather to the region today.
Highs this afternoon reaching the upper 50s....but expect numbers in the 60s and even 70s later in the week.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[derailment]


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


At least five people dead and as many as 20 missing after an Amtrak train derailed last night near Chicago.
Authorities say two-hundred and 14 were aboard the "City of New Orleans" when it slammed into a truck loaded with steel bars at a railroad crossing.
More than 100 have been taken to the hospital.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[SOT]

[5:00:00 newspath]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bourbonnais, IL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting; :47]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=cbs news Bourbonnais, Illinois.]


[Henry-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Armed Robbery]


Police have nabbed two men wanted for the armed robbery of the Speedway Convenience Store in Henry County.
William Dudley Smith, Jr. of Martinsville turned himself in Sunday.
Randy Lee Campbell, also of Martinsville, was arrested Sunday in North Carolina.
When Campbell tried to flee a motel armed with two handguns, Greensboro police shot him.
He was treated for his injuries, and both men are now in jail.

[E-Snowball]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-1 1:04:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]


As quickly as the snow came and went yesterday, so did a controversy over whether two young boys could face criminal charges for a snowball fight.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The two boys]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Bobby Ratliff/State Police; :18]
[SUPER=01-Leigh Drewry/Boys' Attorney; :36]
[SUPER=@ssm2; :50]
[RUNS=:55]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford Co.]

(( The two boys were exchanging snowballs at this intersection along Route 221 in Forest last Wednesday when one snowball sailed into the road and narrowly missed a passing car.
The driver complained and state police investigated.. the trooper told the boys they could be charged with throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle.
[SOT 13:24:23]

((SGT. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: IF PEOPLE, WHOEVER THEY MAY BE, THROW THINGS AT CARS, WE HAVE TO FOLLOW UP, ESPECIALLY GETTING A COMPLAINT FROM PEOPLE. AND THE MOTORING PUBLIC OUT HERE JUST WILL NOT TOLERATE THINGS LIKE THAT AND WE'RE NOT EITHER.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=not either.]


But friends and family of the two boys say police over- reacted..
[SOT 12:22:08]

((LEIGH DREWRY/BOYS' ATTORNEY: A VIOLATION OF THE LAW REQUIRES CRIMINAL INTENT, THERE WAS NO CRIMINAL INTENT IN THIS SITUATION. THEY WERE PLAYING WITH SNOW.))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q=with snow.]


After talking with the Bedford commonwealth's attorney, Drewry says he understands the case will be dropped.
Drewry calls that a "common sense" approach to the situation.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))


[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the Lady Hokies hang with the Tigers, and get a "sweet" victory.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=And a very good]
[RUNS=2:17]
[OUT Q=nice day everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


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


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=01-Doreen Sidor/"From Doreen's Kitchen";]



(toss to stocks)

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

[81-Ax]


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


If you plan on driving on Interstate 81 near Ironto this morning, you may want to look for an alternate route.
State police say an accident in the northbound lanes near the Ironto rest stop has blocked at least one lane.
They don't expect to have things back to normal until sometime after seven.
Troopers suggest detouring around the accident on routes 11 and 460.

[E-Parole-Board]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-3 1:12:34]
[GRAPHIC=Parole Down]


A new national statistic shows that one in every 150 Americans is behind bars-- thanks to tougher crime policies and despite a drop in the crime rate.
Certainly, fewer prisoners are getting out in Virginia than ever before.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Virginia completely]
[SUPER=@FILE ; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rick Alderman/Virginia Parole Board Chairman; :38 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :53 ]
[RUNS=1:03]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( Virginia completely abolished parole in 1995.
But half the state's inmates did their crimes before, and are still doing their time with the possibility of parole.
But compare the rate at which they're getting parole granted.
Under Governor George Allen -- who abolished parole -- the rate went from 25% to 14, to 18, and back up to a 20-percent grant rate.
But under Governor Jim Gilmore, the rate dropped to the single digits.
Nine percent for 1998.
Seven for January of this year.
Eight percent for February.
The board chairman says he's frustrated-- because most parole eligible inmates remaining in the system are the least desirable to turn loose.
[sot 14:18:42 ]

((RICK ALDERMAN/VIRGINIA PAROLE BOARD CHAIRMAN: FRANKLY IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR US TO HAVE A LOWER PAROLE RATE. BUT ALL OF US ARE GENUINELY COMMITTED TO FINDING PEOPLE TO PAROLE. WE WANT TO.)) [runs :13]
It's a far cry from 1990, when one in every two Virginia inmates who came up for parole was let loose-- because Virginia prisons were massively overcrowded.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))



[E-Monty-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:39:56]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A shooting Sunday night in Montgomery County turned out to be deadly.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Sunday;]


64-year-old Carl Hixson died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Sunday night.
Investigators found him at 10-thirteen Friendship Road in Shawsville with a bullet wound to the head.
The man who fired the revolver said it went off by mistake but deputies have NOT ruled the death an accident.
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[E-Roanoke-fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-83 1:21:06]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation]


It's still unclear WHERE and HOW a two- alarm fire started in southeast Roanoke Sunday morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sunday]


It took two hours to get the fire under control.
It sent flames a hundred feet into the pre-dawn darkness.
The building was used as rental property, housing old cars and a paint business.
Fire officials says six businesses were damaged in the fire, along with 11 vehicles in the 700 block of Church Avenue Southeast.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, there's a new way to identify people at risk for alzheimer's.
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=1:19]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( IS YOUR EVERYDAY FORGETFULNESS ACTUALLY AN EARLY SIGN OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE?
RESEARCHERS AT THE MAYO CLINIC SAY THEY'VE NOW FOUND A WAY TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO RUN A HIGHER RISK FOR GETTING THE DISEASE.
VT=VO

((vo))
STUDIES AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL PUT THIS TEST -TO THE TEST-... BY EXAMINING PATIENTS WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT.
THEY WILL ALSO EXAM WHAT EFFECT -IF ANY- VITAMIN E AND A NEW DRUG HAS ON MEMORY.//
VT=VO

((vo))
BREAST IMPLANT MAKER, DOW CORNING, IS TRYING TO GET THE BACKING OF WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD.
THE COMPANY HAS MAILED BALLOTS TO MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND RECIPIENTS OF HARMFUL SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS... ASKING THEM TO APPROVE A 3-POINT-17 BILLION-DOLLAR SETTLEMENT.
THE PLAN WOULD GIVE THEM A CHOICE OF EITHER SETTLING, OR CONTINUING FURTHER LITIGATION AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.//
ONCAM=

((oc))
NATIONAL LUPUS ALERT DAY WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 1ST...
BUT ORGANIZERS HOPE YOU WON'T BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THIS DISEASE IS A JOKE.
LUPUS--WHICH AFFECTS MORE THAN A MILLION AMERICANS--CAUSES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO ATTACK THE BODY'S OWN TISSUE...
AND IT CAN BE DEADLY IF LEFT UNTREATED.
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE LUPUS, THE LUPUS FOUNDATION HAS DESIGNED A SELF-SCREENING TEST.
TO GET A FREE COPY, AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISEASE--CALL THE FOUNDATION'S HOTLINE AT: 888-38-LUPUS.
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=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=01-Doreen Sidor/"From Doreen's Kitchen";]



[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]


A train carrying hundreds of passengers has derailed near Chicago.
Authorities say five people are dead, 20 missing and dozens hospitalized.
The Amtrak was on its way to New Orleans when it collided with a truck at a railroad crossing.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


The Virginia Tech women'ts basketball team have made to the sweet sixteen in the N-C-A-A Championship.
The Hokies defeated the Lady Tigers of Auburn last night 76 to 61 in the second round last night.
Things will get a lot tougher for the Hokies on Saturday -- they play second-ranked Tennessee in Greensboro in the third round.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And superstars spanning several decades are inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Billy Joel... Bruce Springsteeen... and Paul McCartney picked up their awards at an all-star gala in new york last night.
The guys also belted out a few of their memorable tunes.
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[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, March 16.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-derailment]


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


Authorities say five people are dead and another 20 missing after an Amtrak derailment last night south of Chicago.

Two-hundred and 14 were on board when the train collided with a truck loaded with steel bars.
More than 100 have been taken to the hospital.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[SOT]

[5:00:00 newspath]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bourbonnais, IL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting; :47]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=cbs news Bourbonnais, Illinois.]



[81-Ax]


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


If you plan on driving on Interstate 81 near Ironto this morning, you may want to look for an alternate route.
State police say an accident in the northbound lanes near the Ironto rest stop has blocked at least one lane.
They don't expect to have things back to normal until sometime after seven.
Troopers suggest detouring around the accident on routes 11 and 460.

[E-Bath-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-2 53:49]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


In some places it was gone as quickly as it came.
In others, the effects of yesterday's storm will be felt for days to come.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bath Co.]


In Bath County - more than 25-hundred homes and businesses lost power yesterday... Full service isn't expected to be restored until later today.
Bath, along with northern Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties, got more than a foot of snow yesterday morning.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[E-NRV-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=98-79 1:57:44]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


In the New River Valley, nearly 23 hundred customers were without electricity at one point.
Right now, less than a dozen remain without power.
The heavy snow also made it difficult for folks clearing roads and sidewalks.
But there were few complaints among kids who got the day off from school.
These children in Radford spent much of their day building a huge snowman.
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[E-City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-14 7:03]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Many school systems delayed or cancelled classes yesterday, but Roanoke city schools were open and on schedule.
That was a decision that angered many parents.
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[VO-NAT SOT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Wasena school saw a flurry of late arrivals after school buses changed their routes, and students waited for a closing announcement that never came.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I had my son watching]

((SUSAN BRADBURY: I HAD MY SON WATCHING TV, UP UNTIL 8:30. MOMMY WE'RE STILL GOING.)) ((CINDY GANLEY: IT PUT MY WHOLE MORNING AND KIDS' IN A TAILSPIN. THEY COULD HAVE AT LEAST CALLED A TWO HOUR DELAY. AND LAST WEEK THEY CLOSED SCHOOLS FOR WET STREETS.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Bradbury/Parent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Ganley/Parent; :08]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=closed school for wet streets.]
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[VO-NAT]


School officials say they consulted with forecasters and transportation employees, and were confident they could pick up students and return them safely in the afternoon.
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[SOT 18:30:28]
[IN Q=We made the decision]

((MARY HACKLEY/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: WE MADE THE DECISION THAT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS INTENSE EARLY THIS MORNING, THE SNOW WAS SLUSHY AND TRANSPORTATION FELT THEY COULD GET OUR BUSES AND SERVICE OUR CHILDREN TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Hackley/Roanoke City Schools;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=service our children today.]
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[VO-NAT]


By the time students were dismissed for the day, rising temperatures had cleared the roads, and cleared the way for buses carrying them home.
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[Tech-Women]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#99-4 1:08:53]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Basketball]


A few years ago, not many people took notice of women's basketball at Virginia Tech.
But now it seems everybody in Blacksburg is watching.
Eric Earnhart shows us what the fans think of the their Lady Hokies.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They lined up]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Hayden/Hokie Fan; :11-quick]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Pugh/Hokie Fan; :23]
[SUPER=01-Al Feinman/Hokie Fan; :48]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Gilmore/Former Player; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Humes/Grandmother; 1:22]
[SUPER=@Eric1; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
(([natsot]


They lined up for one, two, even three hours in the cold outside the Cassell, for one reason.
[SOT]
[IN Q=to see]

((KATHY HAYDEN/TECH FAN; TO SEE THE LADY HOKIES WIN, I WORK HERE ON CAMPUS SO I JUST CAME STRAIGHT OVER AFTER WORK. ))
[OUT Q=after work]
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( THEY'VE GOTTA DO IT, THEY'VE GOTTA DO IT TONIGHT. ))
[OUT Q=]


Combine that excitement, the cold, the two to three hour wait, and general admission seating.
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( EVERYBODY'S GOING TO MOB IN... FALL ON EVERYBODY. ))
[OUT Q=]
[NATSOT]


The rush was on at 7:30 sharp, the ticket takers hands were a blur as the stubs piled up on the floor, the crowd flooded the arena, bottlenecking in the tunnel, then fanning out for the best seats, the lady hokie's popularity seems to know no bounds.
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( AL FEINMAN/HOKIE FAN; BOY THEY'RE WONDERFUL, EVERY ONE OF THE, TOO BAD I'M AS OLD AS I AM... ))
[OUT Q=]


Fan's gathered at Champ's sports bar to watch on satellite, but to their dissappointment the game apparently was blacked out.
Still Nancy Gilmore who played for tech 9 years ago is glad to see the team come this far.
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( NANCY GILMORE/FORMER PLAYER; A LONG WAYS, A VERY LONG WAYS, BONNIE HENRICKSON HAS DONE AMAZING THINGS WITH THIS TEAM, I THINK SHE REALLY CONNECTS WITH THE LADIES, I THINK SHE'S EVERYTHING THEY NEED. ))
[OUT Q=]


Game high scorer Amy Weitzel's grandmother watched the victory celebration proudly from the stands.
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((RUTH HUME/GRANDMOTHER; I'M SPEACHLESS, I'M JUST SO HAPPY FOR THEM...WONDERUL. ))
[OUT Q=]

[standup]
Amy's grandmother and the rest of the Tech fans have about a week to catch their breath before the lady Hokies take the next big step.
In Blacksburg, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[Three-Steve]


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


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=01-Doreen Sidor/"From Doreen's Kitchen";]



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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: cooking))

[81-Ax]


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


If you plan on driving on Interstate 81 near Ironto this morning, you may want to look for an alternate route.
State police say an accident in the northbound lanes near the Ironto rest stop has blocked at least one lane.
They don't expect to have things back to normal until sometime after seven.
Troopers suggest detouring around the accident on routes 11 and 460.

[Rock-and-roll]


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


Music honored its finest last night.
Billy, Bruce and Paul to name a few.
New York was rockin' when the music legends were given rock-an-roll Hall of fame awards.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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[SOT]

[4:09:10]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=07-Elton John; :21]
[SUPER=07-Bruce Springsteen; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=cbs news, New York.]

((WHEN IT COMES TO ROCK N ROLL-- YOU CAN'T GO WRONG IN THIS ROOM.
(NAT: BILLY JOEL PERFORMING)

FROM BILL JOEL-- TO DUSTY SPRINGFIEND....
(NAT)

... AND THE PEOPLE THEY INFLUENCED AND WERE INFLUENCED BY...
SOT: ELTON JOHN

... THE LATEST EDITIONS FOR THE ROCK N-ROLL HALL OF FAME, BILLY JOEL, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEIN...
(SOT: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND MOM)

... BUT THERE WERE PLENTY OF OTHER MUSIC LEGENDS IN THIS CROWD AT NEW YORK'S WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL....
SOT: RAY CHARLES

VETERAN RAY CHARLES TO HOT NEWCOMER LAURYN HILL-- ALL CELEBRATING MUSIC....
(NAT: MELISSA ETHERIDGE)

... CELEBRATING CAREERS AND CREATIVITY...
(NAT)

...AND ALL OF IT COMING TOGETHER IN A HISTORY-MAKING JAM SESSION OF UNPRECEDENTED- TALENT... ))

[home-sale]


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


Looking for a little place to hang your hat?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]

[4:46:38]
How about a nice waterfront mansion in Seattle that just went on the market for a mere 45 million dollars?
According to the agent selling the house, that's the most expensive house ever offered in the Puget Sound area.
The 30-thousand square foot home site on 5 acres...has 6 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, an indoor pool and a six car garage.
If that's not enough...your new neighbors would be Bill and Melinda Gates.
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[3-Sports]


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


In sports, check in with the shooter who led the Hokies to victory. Here's Mike Stevens.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Morning once again]
[SUPER=@denise1; :22]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/NCAA; :27]
[SUPER=01-Amy Wetzel/18 Points Last Night; :39]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=Tuesday everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[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 viewing area are still digging out from more than a foot of snow.
Some of the heaviest snow was reported in Bath County, where some 25-hundred homes and businesses lost power.
Crews hope to restore electricity to most customers sometime today.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The two boys facing felonies for throwing a snowball into a road appear to be off the hook.
The two boys were exchanging snowballs at this intersection along Route 221 in Forest last Wednesday when one snowball sailed into the road and narrowly missed a passing car.
The driver complained and state police investigated.. the trooper told the boys they could be charged with throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Virginia-Tech women's run at the Final Four will continue.
The Lady Hokies beat Auburn last night in Blacksburg by a score of 76 to 61.
They take on the defending national champions-- Tennessee-- on Saturday in Greensboro.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]