[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]

Investigators are reviewing the results of last night's re-enactment of the fatal Amtrak crash south of Chicago.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

And A Japanese automotive Company is moving into Botetourt County and bringing with it lots of new jobs.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


We'll cool off a bit today..as compared to yesterday's highs in the 70S.
A weak cold front slipping through will bring a few clouds to the western parts of our region.
Today's complete forecast, plus a peek ahead at the weekend, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Train-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Amtrak Crash]


Investigators hope a re-enactment conducted last night will help them learn more about the deadly Amtrak crash with a truck two nights before.
As Maureen Maher reports, they're still checking out the truck driver's story very closely.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bourbonnais, IL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Christina Bomdaars/Train Passenger; :38]
[SUPER=01-John Goglia/NTSB; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/CBS News; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Bourbonnais, Illinois]

((IT WAS ALMOST 48 HOURS TO THE MINUTE AFTER THE CRASH OF AMTRAK'S CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. A GRIM RE-ENACTMENT. INVESTIGATORS RE-CREATED THE SCENE OF MONDAY'S FATAL WRECK BETWEEN A FLAT-BED STEEL HAULER AND THE speeding TRAIN...HOPING TO FIND CLUES INTO WHAT LED TO THE DISASTER THAT KILLED 11 PEOPLE AND INJURED MORE THAN 100..

(NATS)

EARLIER IN THE DAY CAMERAS WERE KEPT AT BAY AS THE N-T-S-B LED A GROUP OF SURVIVORS AND FAMILY MEMBERS THROUGH THE CRASH SITE. SURVIVORS OF THE CRASH AND FAMILIES HUDDLED TOGETHER FOR A SOMBER VISIT HUDDLED TOGETHER, SOME HOLD FLOWERS, THE SOMBER SCENE WAS AN ATTMEPT TO PROVIDE SOME CLOSURE.

(SOT: Christina Bomdaars, Train Passenger)

It's the first time I've seen the wreck since it happened, the first time I've been out here. It's quite amazing, I still can't believe that I was in that.

(TRACK)


AS THE INVESTIGATION MOVE ON, OFFICIALS ZEROED IN ON THE DRIVER THE TRUCKING COMPANY INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. The DRIVER TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT HE SAW NO WARNING LIGHTS AND THE CROSSING GATES WERE STILL UP WHEN HE ROLLED THE TRACKS. ONLY THEN, HE CLAIMS, DID THE WARNING SIGNALS GO OFF. And BY THEN IT WAS TOO LATE.

(NATS OF HELICOPTER)


CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO LOOKING INTO THE TRUCKING COMPANY'S SAFETY RECORDS - WHICH SHOW A NUMBER OF VIOLATIONS.

(SOT: John Goglia, NTSB)

"It's a very detailed audit, all there training records, hours of service, personnel service, driving records, certification records, I mean it goes on and on."

(STANDUP)

FOR INVESTIGATORS, THE RE-ENACTMENT MAY HELP THEM TO ANSWER THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE, AND WHEN. BUT FOR MANY OF THE SURVIVORS AND FAMILY MEMBERS, IT BOILS TO ONE QUESTION. WHY, AND FOR THAT THERE MAY NEVER BE AN ANSWER. MM CBS NEWS ILLINOIS))

[5-Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=599-7 16:25]
[GRAPHIC=Koyo New Jobs]


A Japanese automotive company is building its U-S headquarters in Botetourt County. It means a 37 million dollar investment and a lot of new jobs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


At a press conference Wednesday, representatives from Koyo Steering Systems said they will bring 200 jobs paying more than 13-dollars an hour.
They plan to build on an 81-acre parcel of the Greenfield business park.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:50:24]
[IN Q=The experience]

((THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER JAPANESE COMPANIES IN THE REGION GAVE US CONFIDENCE THAT WE WILL SUCCEED HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Akihisa Muyama/Koyo Steering Systems;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=succeed here]
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[VO-NAT]


Koyo is the second Japanese automotives company to choose Botetourt County in the past four years.
It will make advanced power steering systems for American cars.
The county wants to recruit more transportation-related companies.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:05:05]
[IN Q=We think]

((WE THINK THIS IS A PERFECT LOCATION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE ... EASTERN PART OF THE U-S.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/County Administrator;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=part of the u-s]
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[VO-NAT]


Koyo plans to open the facility within two years.
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[E-Monty-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-4 1:10:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Sheriff's investigators have decided NOT to place manslaughter charges against a man who killed his best friend.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Shawsville/Sunday;]


68-year-old John Kirk was checking a revolver when the gun fired over the weekend.
The bullet hit his best friend and roommate, 64-year-old Carl Hixon in the head and killed him.
Both men had been drinking alcohol.
Yesterday, sheriff's deputies in Montgomery County charged Kirk with reckless handling of a firearm, NOT manslaughter, because the victim's family agrees it was an accident.
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[E-D-Day]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-3 1:17:22]
[GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial]


There won't be any grand ceremony in Bedford this June or even NEXT June on D-Day.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The D-Day Memorial is a long way from even getting started.
Site preparation is just about complete.
But there's a cash-flow problem.
About three quarters of the 12 million dollars needed to build the national memorial in Bedford has been pledged.
But pledges are not necessarily cash.
The art work is on schedule. Sculptures are in production at the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City.
Construction on the monument itself may begin this summer... with a full-scale dedication ceremony POSSIBLY on Veterans day, 2000.
(------------)




[1-Sports]


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


In sports, a local team looks to light up Salem in the Final Four.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=1:49]
[OUT Q=a little bit.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(toss to Wx)


[One-Steve]


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


[On Record]
[Roll Cold out of Break]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Vicki Dalton/Virginia's Jr. Miss Chairwoman; :28]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :34]
[SUPER=01-Rainey Lacey/Midlothian; 1:43]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Jordahl/Roanoke; 2:00]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Crowder/Chester; 2:20]
[RUNS=2:38]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: Jr. Miss)) [stocks]
[SUPER=x5103]
[SUPER=438-y/51.06/9879.41/y/10.30/2428.97/y/550.19/15717.92;]



[SUPER=431-i@/41%/h1b/83&/i1g/70c/i*/54a/i$/18%;]
[SUPER=432-if/36a/i@/4g/u/38d/h1a/52/i$/49;]
[SUPER=433-i1%/108$/h@/67e/i*/29a/i@/10*/i!/38$;]
[SUPER=434-ib/11f/i*/66r/if/33g/i1a/88!/h%/96$;]



[SUPER=#555;RESET]


[Portadown]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=None]


St. Patrick's Day appeals for peace went unheard in at least one community in Northern Ireland as rioters clashed on Wednesday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Portadown, N. Ireland]


On the eve of the funeral for a Roman Catholic human rights lawyer, tension erupted into riots in Portadown.
Gasoline bombs were thrown at police as they tried to break up a clash between Catholics and Protestants throwing stones at each other. Police fired three plastic baton rounds at the rioters.
At least one person has been arrested.
Several others were injured, including a police officer who was hit the neck with a paving block.
(------------)


[Hale]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A retired TWO star general has pleaded guilty to having affairs with the wives of several subordinate officers.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Lewis, WA;]

[4:06:48]
David Hale could have been sentenced to 10 years behind bars but instead was reprimanded and fined more than 20-thousand dollars.
General Hale will keep his rank as a retired two star General.
And after he finishes paying his fines he will also keep his full pension which is 63-hundred dollars a month.
(------------)


[E-Olympics]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=net-B]
[GRAPHIC=Olympics]


Six members of the International Olympic Committee are now former members .. kicked out for taking bribes.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lausanne, Switzerland;]


It's believed to be the first action taken by the committee in the wake of the scandal.
One of the expelled members was Jean-Claude Ganga, of the Congo.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:21:00]
[IN Q=I am sportsman]

((JEAN-CLAUDE GANGA/EXPELLED COMMITTEE MEMBER; I AM SPORTSMAN... GOOD WINNER... GOOD LOSER))
[SUPER=01-Jean-Claude Ganga/Expelled Committee Member; ]
[RUNS=04]
[OUT Q=good loser]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But Ganga mantained his innonce, and went on to accuse the committee of racism.
All of the expelled members are from poor, non-white third world countries.
(------------)



[E-Blood-Service]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-79 2:03:14]
[GRAPHIC=Blood Supply]


For the first time in 50 years a local chapter of the Red Cross is having to compete for blood donors.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Virginia Blood Services or VBS recently agreed to be a supplemental blood supplier to Carilion hospitals in Roanoke.

(///// SOT /////)

[from 5 version 599-2]
[IN Q=I think it's]

((BOB CARDEN/VIRGINIA BLOOD SERVICES CEO: I THINK IT'S A TREMENDOUS BENEFIT HAVING AN ADDITIONAL BLOOD SUPPLIER IN THE COMMUNITY. FIRST OF ALL IT WOULD HELP ENSURE THE BLOOD SUPPLY FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE WILL HELP TO MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY HAS THE BLOOD PRODUCTS IT NEEDS AND WHEN IT NEEDS THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Carden/Virginia Blood Services CEO;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=when it needs them.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Red Cross released a statement Wednesday, indicating donors may decrease because of the competition.
Meanwhile, the VBS held its first of several blood drives in Roanoke.
The group is also building permanent offices at Crossroads Mall.
(------------)




[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new federal report is already stirring new debate over marijuana.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( ((on cam))
THE USE OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL REASONS IS GETTING SUPPORT FROM A MOST UNLIKELY SOURCE--THE U-S GOVERNMENT.
VT=VO

((vo))
A REPORT BY A FEDERAL ADVISORY PANEL HAS CONCLUDED THAT ACTIVE COMPONENTS IN MARIJAUANA CAN RELIEVE PAIN AND NAUSEA--AS WELL AS STIMULATE APPETITE.
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE FINDINGS, BUT THEY SAY LEGALIZING SMOKABLE MARIJUANA IS STILL NOT THE ANSWER.
RESEARCHERS ARE NOW TRYING TO DEVELOP A SPECIAL INHALER--WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE A SAFER ALTERNATIVE.//
VT=VO

((vo))
EVERYDAY HEARTBURN COULD BE A SIGN OF SOMETHING MUCH WORSE.
A STUDY IN TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED FREQUENT HEARTBURN... WERE EIGHT TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP CANCER OF THE ESOPHAGUS.
UNFORTUNATELY, TAKING HEARTBURN MEDICATIONS WON'T LOWER THE HIGH CANCER RISK.
DOCTORS RECOMMEND PATIENTS BE CLOSELY MONITORED.//
VT=VO

((vo?))
POP, ROCK, AND R&B MAY TOP THE BILLBOARD CHARTS--
BUT IN THE OPERATING ROOM, CLASSICAL MUSIC REIGNS SUPREME.
ACCORDING TO A BRITISH SURVEY, LEGENDARY ARRANGEMENTS LIKE VIVALDI'S "FOUR SEASONS".. ARE FAVORITES AMONG SURGEONS DURING OPERATIONS.
BUT SHOWING THEY ALSO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR...
THESE HARD-WORKING DOCTORS ADMIT TO LISTENING TO A FEW MODERN-DAY TUNES...
INCLUDING "SMOOTH OPERATOR" AND "EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE".
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS NEW YORK.))
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[SS-Hold]
This report is of particular interest to a Roanoke area man. We'll show you why in just a few minutes.
(ad lib to weather)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Investigators re-enact the final harrowing moments of that deadly Amtrak crash.
Only this time, a single-engine train moved slowly down the tracks as a tractor-trailer sat parked behind the crossing gates.
The truck driver and the train engineer have given different accounts of what happened.
N-T-S-B officials hope the staged event will clear up some of the discrepancies.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Federal and local officials are are intensifying their search for a missing woman and two teenage girls in Yosemite National park.
They're canvassing the area, hoping melting snow will reveal possible hidden clues.
They also plan to begin diving in rivers near the lodge where the women were last seen more than a month ago.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a Japanes automotive company is setting up shop in Botetourt County.
At a press conference yesterday, Koyo Steering Systems announced it will bring 200 jobs to the area paying more than 13-dollars an hour.
The company will build on an 80-acre parcel in the Greenfield business park .
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday March 18th.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[Crash-Test]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Amtrak Crash]


Investigators hope a re-enactment of the Amtrak- truck crash will help them get a better handle on the truck driver's account.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bourbonnais, IL]


With cameras in place last night, the Amtrak locomotive slowly rolled over the same crossing where a similar locomotive slammed into a tractor-trailer carrying steel 48 hours earlier. Monday night.
Investigators hope to establish what the truck driver and train engineer saw just before the accident.
Mud on the scene is also being analyzed to determine if the truck tried to go around the crossing system and beat the train.
(------------)


[Yosemite]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Searchers have returned to Yosemite National Park in California, retracing their steps, hoping to find new clues in the disappearance of a woman and two teenage girls.
Tony Russomanno has the latest.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:09:07]
[IN Q=Yosemite Park Search and Rescue..]
[SUPER=03-Yosemite National Park; :00]
[SUPER=01-Evan Jones/Search and Rescue Coordinator; :41]
[SUPER=03-Yosemite/February 24; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Kary Welch/Search Team Member; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Tony Russomanno/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=for cbs news.]

((
Yosemite Park Search and Rescue teams are going back over places they've already looked at once or twice to make sure nothing was missed.
NAT- "I'M GOING TO...AND GO DOWN."
The teams are out along the highways inside the park. They're hoping that something will be revealed in the melting snow that may have been buried under a drift the last time they came through. But the expectations are not very high.
NAT- "NOT MUCH HERE."
A helicopter is guiding searchers into places that can't be seen from the air... places that could hide the missing women's car... or pieces of it.
Evan Jones/Search and Rescue Coordinator: "THIS VEHICLE IS NOT GOING TO BE JUST PARKED THERE. THIS IS A VEHICLE THAT IS GOING TO BE BROKEN UP AND THE OCCUPANTS OR THE EVIDENCE OF THAT VEHICLE COULD BE SCATTERED."
Pieces of cars were found... like this flattened hubcap ... but nothing that is linked to the missing women.
Yosemite search team members say they find a dozen or more vehicles every year that go over the park's steep cliffs.
Previous searches for the missing women turned up six abandonded or stolen cars... but no trace of the red Grand Prix they're looking for.
Kary Welch/Search Team Member: "YOU CAN ALWAYS HOPE, HOPE REAL GOOD. I'VE WORKED A COUPLE OF SEARCHES BEFORE WHERE WE DIDN'T THINK WE WERE GOING TO FIND THE GUYS AND WE FOUND THEM."
Outside the park, Sheriff's Department divers are preparing to seach pools on the Merced River this weekend. Some of the pools are 40 feet deep ... deep enough to hide a car.
The search will start where the river flows in front of the Cedar Lodge in El Portal, the hotel where the missing women were last seen more than a month ago.
The FBI is still waiting for authorization to use its own self-propelled underwater camera to search the flooded abandonded mine shafts in the hills behind the hotel.))

[E-Waltex-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=98-82 1:28:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Production at Waltex in Bedford should be resuming this morning, as the company quickly recovers from a Wednesday fire.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The blaze broke out in an oven used to process rubber.
Eight to ten employees who were inside were evacuated.
Bedford firefighters and the company's own fire brigade had the smoke and flames under control within minutes.
A company spokesman says they believe the fire started when a piece of rubber overheated.
There wasn't much damage, and no one was hurt.
(------------)



[E-Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-8 41:54]
[GRAPHIC=Koyo]


Botetourt County is getting ready for a new company and new jobs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


At a press conference yesterday, Koyo Steering Systems announced it will bring 200 jobs to the area paying more than 13-dollars an hour.
The company will build on an 80-acre parcel in the Greenfield business park.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:50:13]
[IN Q=The central location]

((THE CENTRAL LOCATION WILL HELP US SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS QUICKLY AND ECONOMICALLY. THE LABOR FORCE IS VERY MUCH EXPECTABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Akihisa Muyama/Koyo Steering Systems;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=very much expectable]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Koyo will build advanced power steering systems for American cars.
This is the second Japanese automotives company in Botetourt and the county wants to recruit more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:05:05]
[IN Q=We think]

((WE THINK THIS IS A PERFECT LOCATION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE ... EASTERN PART OF THE U-S.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/County Administrator;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=part of the U-S]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Koyo wants to have the plant open within two years.
(------------)



[E-Medical-Marijuana]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-7 38:18]
[GRAPHIC=Marijuana]


A new report commissioned by the federal government is fueling the debate over medical marijuana.
The study, by the independent Institute of Medicine confirms that marijuana has therapeutic value against pain, nausea, and loss of appetite.
And as Joe Dashiell reports, a Roanoke man has a personal interest in the national debate.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=E. Duane Howard]
[SUPER=07-E. Duane Howard; :05]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :13]
[SUPER=03-California; :40]
[super=@Joe2; :54]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]

(( E. Duane Howard says the latest findings are long overdue.
[SOT 10:29:28]
[IN Q=It's something that people]

((IT'S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=long time.]


For Howard, the active ingredients in marijuana provide some relief from the effects of spasmodic torticollis, a neurological movement disorder that affects the muscles in his neck.
He has a prescription for Marinol, a synthetic form of the active substance in marijuana, but at 15 dollars a pill, it's a treatment he can't afford.
[SOT 10:35:37]
[IN Q= People looking at this story]

((PEOPLE LOOKING AT THIS STORY WILL THINK THIS ISSUE DOESN'T REALLY AFFECT ME, BUT IT DOES WHEN THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PAYING FOR THE OUTRAGEOUS COST OF THIS DRUG.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=cost of this drug.]


Since 1996, voters in seven states have passed measures supporting the medical use of marijuana... but allowing its actual prescription would require a change in federal law, and so far congress is taking a hard line against it.
The president elect of the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, Howard isn't advocating the complete legalization of marijuana... but he does believe it should be available for legitimate medical purposes.
[SOT 10:31:50]
[IN Q=With people dying]

((WITH PEOPLE DYING OF CANCER AND AIDS, IF THERE'S A DRUG OUT THERE THAT'S GOING TO GIVE THEM ANY TYPE OF RELIEF, OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE WILLING TO LET THESE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO ANY DRUG THAT'S GOING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE COMFORTABLE.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=their life more comfortable.]


Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[Green-Cows]


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


People were doing some Saint Patrick's double takes in Marionville, Missouri yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Marionville, MO;]


It seems one women was displaying some Irish pride.
In honor of St. Patty's day, Amy Zanboni, who is of Irish descent, colored her three cows green.
Zanboni used a little green food coloring and a spray bottle to change her cows into a temporary reminder of the Emerald Isle.
By the way, Amy's husband is Italian.
And she says changing the cows' color was NOT his idea.
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[Lottery ]
[SUPER=137-6 0 3/8 0 5 8/5 13 19 25 34/1 3 25 27 33 34/0 7 0 2 5 0]
[SUPER=#555; RESET]


[Three-Steve]


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


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

[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q= Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Vicki Dalton/Virginia's Jr. Miss Chairwoman; :28]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :34]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Redd/Martinsville; :59]
[SUPER=01-Leichontae Cradle/Virginia Beach; 2:12]
[RUNS=2:45]
[OUT Q=than their parents are]


[Steve Live]

(I'll call for board)

[essC8700]

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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: Jr. Miss))

[AIDS-AFRICA]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=AIDS]


The African life expectancy has been cut dramatically because of AIDS.
The U-S Census Bureau says in Zimbabwe, for example, AIDS has cut the average life expectancy by 26 years, from 65 years to 39.
In Botswana, life expectancy is down to 40 years from 62.
A contributing author of the Census Bureau report says AIDS causes higher mortality rates in childhood, as well as among young adults where death rates otherwise are low.


[shoe-fetish]


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


It's a story of pathological theft tied to a bizarre sexual obsession.
In Iowa, man has apparently been stealing shoes because of a lifelong obsession with feet.
Bryan Polycyn (Poll-ih-sin) has the story.
(////////SOT//////////)


[4:23:57]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Ames, IA/March 16; :04]
[SUPER=01-Gene Deisinger/Iowa State Police; :30]
[SUPER=01-John Finley/Sills' Brother; :53]
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In sports, Tidewater's Allen Iverson overcomes foul troubles to shoot the Sixers to victory.
Here's Mike Stevens with the highlights.
Good Morning Mike.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Botetourt County is getting ready to welcome a Japanese company. Koyo Steering Systems will build its U-S headquarters to a new industrial park. It means 200 jobs paying more than 13 dollars an hour.
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Production at Waltex in Bedford should be resuming this morning, as the company quickly recovers from a Wednesday fire.
The blaze broke out in an oven used to process rubber.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


For the first time in 50 years a local chapter of the Red Cross is having to compete for blood donors.
Virginia Blood Services or VBS recently agreed to be a supplemental blood supplier to Carilion hospitals in Roanoke.

TheRed Cross isn't very happy about it, saying donors may decrease because of the competition.
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