[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]

NATO Airstrikes against the Serbs could come today.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And despite some opposition the Roanoke County supervisors say yes to the use permit for a new High School.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Cloudy skies, and light showers passing through right now.
We'll stay overcast throughout the day-- but on a brighter note...warmer, more seasonable high temperatures are on the way by the afternoon.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=News-7 Mornin]


Good Morning, I'm Melanie Moon.
There's still no official word on when NATO air strikes against Serbia might begin.
But some senior U-S lawmakers and Britain's defense secretary say NATO planes could begin bombing today.
Bobbi Harley has the latest from Washington.
[Live=Bobbi Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC;]
( ad lib)

[****ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH****]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary General;]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=]




[Live=Bobbi Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC;]
( ad lib)

(( NATO TROOPS ARE NOW POISED FOR AIRSTRIKES AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA.. AFTER REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO GET THE SERBS TO SIGN A PEACE DEAL FAILED:
(SOT: JAVIER SOLANA/NATO SECRETARY GENERAL) 10 sec.

"Our objective is to prevent more human suffering, more repression, more violence against the civilian population of Kosovo." ((track 2))
NATO OFFICIALS ARE KEEPING SILENT ABOUT WHEN THEY'LL STRIKE-- BUT THEY SAY THEIR FORCES ARE READY FOR BATTLE. MORE THAN 400 PLANES AND HALF A DOZEN SHIPS ARE STANDING BY.. JUST WAITING FOR WORD TO ATTACK SERBIAN SITES.
((nat sot/senate))

"The concurrent resolution is agreed to." ((track 3))
LAST NIGHT, THE SENATE PUT ASIDE PARTISAN DIFFERENCES, AND VOTED TO BACK U.S. MILITARY INVOLVMENT IN KOSOVO.
EARLIER IN THE DAY, PRESIDENT CLINTON MADE AN IMPASSIONED PLEA FOR SENDING TROOPS THERE:
(SOT: PRESIDENT CLINTON) 20 sec.


"There is a humanitarian reason of why i think we need to take a stand there. There is a practical reason. If we don't do it now, we have to do it later. more people will die.and it will cost more money. And there is a long term strategic reason for the united states... our children need a strong, stable free Europe." ((track 4))
MEANTIME, YUGOSLAVIA HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR TWO. LEADERS ARE MOBILIZING TROOPS AND GATHERING RESOURCES.. WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT.))

[County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-8 TC49:10]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


Roanoke County supervisors approved a conditional use permit for a new South County High School last night.
They did so over the objections of Pleasant Hill Drive residents, who are worried about safety.
But as Eric Earnhart reports, they still may get what they want.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Seidel/Neighbor; :11]
[SUPER=01-James Garris/Parent; :30]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Craig Mitchell/Neighbor; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Supervisor; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( The primary opposition came from resident of Pleasant Hill drive, the sole proposed entrance to the school site... who say the increased traffic will put their children at risk.
[SOT 04:43:20 tape 2]
[IN Q=can we afford]

(( SHARON SEIDEL/PARENT; CAN WE AFFORD A TRIAL PERIOD OF "LETS WAIT AND SEE HOW THIS PLAN WORKS" AS SCHOOL BOARD OFFICIALS HAVE SUGGESTED? THIS STATEMENT SENDS THE MESSAGE "LET'S WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE'S INJURED OR KILLED UNTIL A LIGHT OR ANOTHER ENTRANCE IS CONSIDERED.)) [RUNS 14]
[OUT Q=is considered]


But other parents told the board the new school has been on hold too long already.
[SOT 2:49:45]
[IN Q=issues concerning]

((JAMES GARRIS/PARENT; ISSUES CONCERNING SAFETY OF THE ENTRANCE AND EXITING OF THE PROPERTY IS STILL A CONCERN, HOWEVER IT IS MY URGING OF THE BOARD TO PASS THIS AND LETS GET ON AND LET'S PROVIDE LEADERSHIP TO THIS COMMUNITY FOR GETTING A HIGH SCHOOL BUILT. )) [RUNS 16]
[OUT Q=a high school built]


In the end, Pleasant Hill residents, accepting the inevitability of the new school and traffic, asked for some relief and protection.
[SOT 04:27:23]
[IN Q=this is what]

(( DR. CRAIG MITCHELL/NEIGHBOR; THIS IS WHAT I WANT, I WANT THE SCHOOL BOARD TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE ACCESS TO LESSEN THE BURDEN ON PLEASANT HILL, DO NOT LET THIS UNSAFE PROPOSAL PASS AS IT IS... LASTLY, DO NOT ALLOW PLESANT HILL AS A SOLE ACCESS POINT WITHOUT CONCRETE ASSURANCE OF A TRAFFIC LIGHT. )) [RUNS 16]
[OUT Q=of a traffic light]


But that's a problem... If county officials add more access roads, they say VDOT will NOT approve a traffic light.... and by itself, the pleasant hill intersection doesn't qualify under VDOT guidelines... but that's not the end of the story.
[SOT 04:31:25 tape 2]
[IN Q=you will get a traffic light]

(( HARRY NICKENS/SUPERVISOR; YOU WILL GET A TRAFFIC LIGHT, IN CONTRAST, DR. MITCHELL, TO WHAT V-DOT HAS DENIED IN THE PAST, YOU WILL GET IT BECAUE THE GOVERNMENT IS REQUESTING THE LIGHT. )) [RUNS 09]
[OUT Q=requesting the light]


Supervisors also removed some restrictions on the permit.... which will allow school officials to add more access roads to the site, AFTER a traffic light is built...
But Pleasant Hill residents have no guarantees.... they now have to trust school and County officials to be good neighbors.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[Franklin-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-9 TC42:01]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Franklin County is no longer content to make money from textiles and manufactured housing.
In fact, it's buying lots of high-tech toys to make big business come and young people stay.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


County supervisors are applying for seven-and-a-half million dollars to buy the Virginia Apparel building and turn the former textiles plant into a workforce training center.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:16:01]
[IN Q=This workforce training center]

((THIS WORKFORCE TRAINING CENTER WILL BOTH PROVIDE VOCATIONAL SKILLS AND HIGHER LEVEL SKILLS IN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND COMPUTER TECHNICIANS.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=technicians]
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[VO-NAT]


Part of the money will also renovate Franklin County High School.
For elementary children -- a six-and-a-half million-dollar new school between Burnt Chimney and Boones Mill.
And more than a hundred thousand dollars in state lottery money will pay for a videoconferencing system, macintosh lab upgrades, a distance learning lab, and an internal internet system.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:13:50]
[IN Q=I know]

((I KNOW SEVERAL PEOPLE MY AGE WHO WOULD PREFER TO STAY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY BUT THERE ARE NO OPPORTUNITIES TO STAY.))
[SUPER=01-Jason Altice/High School Senior;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=to stay]
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[VO-NAT]


The workforce training center should be ready in about two years -- the new elementary school in about five years.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the "other" final four tips off at the Garden.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy everybody]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=at the Roundhouse.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(toss to Wx)


[One-Steve]


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


[Roll Cold out of Break]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Daraj Manfield/"Giant Man"; :17]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :26]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Thayer/Narrator; 1:22]
[RUNS=2:38]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: Mill mountain))

[MLK-Day]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-83 TC1:33:52]
[GRAPHIC=MLK Holiday Vote]


A proposal to make Martin Luther King's birthday a city holiday in Lynchburg passed last night, but its supporters still aren't happy.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


City council voted to replace the existing spring holiday with a day to honor Dr. King in January.
But Lynchburg's minority community had pushed to give King his own day, without forfeiting another city holiday.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:26:24]
[IN Q=We have the]

((ED BARKSDALE/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY.. .. MAKE US UNIQUELY AMERICAN.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Barksdale/Lynchburg Council Member; :00]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=uniquely American.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Other council members were concerned that ADDING a King holiday would cost the city about 200- thousand dollars in lost production and overtime.
(------------)


[E-Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-11 16:26]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation]


Roanoke investigators don't know what sent flames shooting out of an abandoned house last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The blaze broke out around 6 last night in this house at the corner of 17-th Street and Carroll Avenue in Northwest.

No one was injured -- the Fire Marshal is investigating what may have sparked the blaze.
(------------)


[E-Brush-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-15 3:59]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fire]


Investigators say someone purposely set a fire that ate up about ten acres of land.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The fire started around two yesterday afternoon in the Callaway section of Franklin County.
It took three hours and a helicopter to contain.
The terrain was so steep bulldozers couldn't make it up.
Firefighters dug a line around the fire by sliding down the hill.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:09:14]
[IN Q=No I don't]

((NO I DON'T THINK IT WAS ACCIDENTAL. NOT WITH THE HUMIDITY TODAY. THERE'S NO WAY IT WAS ACCIDENTAL.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Law/Chief Forest Warden;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=it was accidental. DOUBLE OUT!!!!!!!]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Investigators say evidence like tire tracks will lead them to whoever started this fire.
(------------)


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new supplement is giving chocolate a nutritious kick.
Maggie Cooper has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Maggie Cooper/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( CHEMICIALS FOUND IN PAINT AND OTHER PRODUCTS OFTEN USED IN THE WORKPLACE.. MAY POSE A SIGNIFICANT RISK TO PREGNANT WOMEN.
VT=VO

((vo))
A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THIS WEEK'S JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOUND THAT PREGNANT WOMEN EXPOSED TO ORGANIC SOLVENTS.. WERE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO BEAR CHILDREN WITH BIRTH DEFECTS.
THESE SOLVENTS INCLUDE AROMATIC HYDRO-CARBONS, PHENOLS, AND VINYL CHLORIDE.
RESEARCHERS SAY PREGNANT EMPLOYEES WORKING WITH THESE COMPOUNDS SHOULD WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.. AND MAKE SURE THERE'S PLENTY OF VENTILATION.//
VT=VO

((vo))
DESPITE INCREASED AWARENESS CONCERNING NUTRITION, SCHOOL CAFETERIAS ARE STILL DISHING OUT FOODS HIGH IN FAT.. AND LOW ON NUTRITION.
A REVIEW BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FINDS THAT SCHOOL LUNCHROOMS CONTINUE TO SERVE FAST FOOD FAVORITES LIKE PIZZA AND BURGERS..
EVEN THOUGH THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT HAS ORDERED THEM TO PROVIDE LOW-FAT MEALS.. WITH MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.//
ONCAM ((on cam))
AND NOW CHOCOLATE LOVERS CAN INDULGE GUILT-FREE!
A NEW SUPPLEMENT IS COMBINING THE TASTE OF CHOCOLATE WITH THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CALCIUM.
THE MAKERS OF VIACTIV SAY EATING TWO OR THREE OF THE CHOCOLATE CHEWABLES.. CAN PROVIDE THE RECOMMENDED DAILY CALCIUM INTAKE.
CALCIUM IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN BECAUSE IT HELPS PREVENT THE BONE DISEASE, OSTEOPOROSIS.//
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MAGGIE COOPER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


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


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



(I'll call for supers)
[SUPER=03-Through April 3;]
[SUPER=16-(540) 342-5740;]



[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.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


For the first time since World War Two Yugoslavia declares a state of emergency to mobilize troops and resources.
U-S officials say NATO could begin bombing Serb targets today.
All remaining U-N workers have left Kosovo and foreign embassies in Belgrade have shutdown.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Despite opposition Roanoke County Supevisors say yes to a use permit for a new high school.
The main opposition came from residents of Pleasnt Hill drive who fear the increased traffic will put their children at risk.
But other residents say the county has waited too long to build a new facility.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And state police have recovered a gun from the James River that could be linked to a murder in Appomattox County.
Investigators believe it's the weapon that was used to kill Nick Olivarri last September.
Olivarri's wife and a man have been charged with his murder.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, March 24th.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-kosovo]


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


Some senior U-S lawmakers and Britain's defense secretary say NATO air strikes on Serb targets could come any time now.
Serb forces have scattered as U-N workers evacuate Kosovo and foreign embassies shut down in Belgrade.
Yugoslavia has declared its first state of emergency in decades.
Bobbi Harley has the latest from Washington.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary General; :09]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:37]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, THE CAPITOL]

(( NATO TROOPS ARE NOW POISED FOR AIRSTRIKES AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA.. AFTER REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO GET THE SERBS TO SIGN A PEACE DEAL FAILED:
(SOT: JAVIER SOLANA/NATO SECRETARY GENERAL) 10 sec.

"Our objective is to prevent more human suffering, more repression, more violence against the civilian population of Kosovo." ((track 2))
NATO OFFICIALS ARE KEEPING SILENT ABOUT WHEN THEY'LL STRIKE-- BUT THEY SAY THEIR FORCES ARE READY FOR BATTLE. MORE THAN 400 PLANES AND HALF A DOZEN SHIPS ARE STANDING BY.. JUST WAITING FOR WORD TO ATTACK SERBIAN SITES.
((nat sot/senate))

"The concurrent resolution is agreed to." ((track 3))
LAST NIGHT, THE SENATE PUT ASIDE PARTISAN DIFFERENCES, AND VOTED TO BACK U.S. MILITARY INVOLVMENT IN KOSOVO. EARLIER IN THE DAY, PRESIDENT CLINTON MADE AN IMPASSIONED PLEA FOR SENDING TROOPS THERE:
(SOT: PRESIDENT CLINTON) 20 sec.


"There is a humanitarian reason of why i think we need to take a stand there. There is a practical reason. If we don't do it now, we have to do it later. more people will die.and it will cost more money. And there is a long term strategic reason for the united states... our children need a strong, stable free Europe." ((track 4))
MEANTIME, YUGOSLAVIA HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR TWO. LEADERS ARE MOBILIZING TROOPS AND GATHERING RESOURCES.. WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT.))

[2-County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-8 TC 49:10]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


A new South Roanoke County high school has jumped another hurdle.
Roanoke County supervisors approved a conditional use permit last night.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
They did so over the objections of Pleasant Hill Drive residents, who are worried about safety.
But as Eric Earnhart reports, they still may get what they want.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Seidel/Neighbor; :11]
[SUPER=01-James Garris/Parent; :30]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Craig Mitchell/Neighbor; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Supervisor; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( The primary opposition came from resident of Pleasant Hill drive, the sole proposed entrance to the school site... who say the increased traffic will put their children at risk.
[SOT 04:43:20 tape 2]
[IN Q=can we afford]

(( SHARON SEIDEL/PARENT; CAN WE AFFORD A TRIAL PERIOD OF "LETS WAIT AND SEE HOW THIS PLAN WORKS" AS SCHOOL BOARD OFFICIALS HAVE SUGGESTED? THIS STATEMENT SENDS THE MESSAGE "LET'S WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE'S INJURED OR KILLED UNTIL A LIGHT OR ANOTHER ENTRANCE IS CONSIDERED.)) [RUNS 14]
[OUT Q=is considered]


But other parents told the board the new school has been on hold too long already.
[SOT 2:49:45]
[IN Q=issues concerning]

((JAMES GARRIS/PARENT; ISSUES CONCERNING SAFETY OF THE ENTRANCE AND EXITING OF THE PROPERTY IS STILL A CONCERN, HOWEVER IT IS MY URGING OF THE BOARD TO PASS THIS AND LETS GET ON AND LET'S PROVIDE LEADERSHIP TO THIS COMMUNITY FOR GETTING A HIGH SCHOOL BUILT. )) [RUNS 16]
[OUT Q=a high school built]


In the end, Pleasant Hill residents, accepting the inevitability of the new school and traffic, asked for some relief and protection.
[SOT 04:27:23]
[IN Q=this is what]

(( DR. CRAIG MITCHELL/NEIGHBOR; THIS IS WHAT I WANT, I WANT THE SCHOOL BOARD TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE ACCESS TO LESSEN THE BURDEN ON PLEASANT HILL, DO NOT LET THIS UNSAFE PROPOSAL PASS AS IT IS... LASTLY, DO NOT ALLOW PLESANT HILL AS A SOLE ACCESS POINT WITHOUT CONCRETE ASSURANCE OF A TRAFFIC LIGHT. )) [RUNS 16]
[OUT Q=of a traffic light]


But that's a problem... If county officials add more access roads, they say VDOT will NOT approve a traffic light.... and by itself, the pleasant hill intersection doesn't qualify under VDOT guidelines... but that's not the end of the story.
[SOT 04:31:25 tape 2]
[IN Q=you will get a traffic light]

(( HARRY NICKENS/SUPERVISOR; YOU WILL GET A TRAFFIC LIGHT, IN CONTRAST, DR. MITCHELL, TO WHAT V-DOT HAS DENIED IN THE PAST, YOU WILL GET IT BECAUE THE GOVERNMENT IS REQUESTING THE LIGHT. )) [RUNS 09]
[OUT Q=requesting the light]


Supervisors also removed some restrictions on the permit.... which will allow school officials to add more access roads to the site, AFTER a traffic light is built...
But Pleasant Hill residents have no guarantees.... they now have to trust school and County officials to be good neighbors.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[Galax-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Galax authorities responded to a call yesterday that someone was shot -- and discovered two bodies.
63 year old Carol Higgins was found dead inside her home on Poplar Knob Road.
64 year old James Higgins was discovered outside the home..
Both were found with gunshot wounds to the head.
Police say the case is being handled as a homicide.


[E-Appox-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-7 43:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A gun found in the James River near Lynchburg yesterday could be linked to a murder in Appomattox County six months ago.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Acting on a tip, state police divers searched this area of the river in Madison Heights.
They found this small caliber, semi- automatic handgun about forty feet from shore.
Investigators say there's a "good chance" it's the gun used to kill 35-year old Nick Olivarri last September.
Olivarri's wife and another man have been charged with his killing.
(------------)


[Three-Steve]


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


[On Record] [ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Sullivan/"Jack"; :17]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :24]
[SUPER=01-Susan Sanford/"Giant Woman"; 1:40 QUICK!!!!!]
[RUNS=3:05]
[OUT Q= musical out]


[Steve Live]

(I'll call for supers)
[SUPER=16-Through April 3;]
[SUPER=16-(540) 342-5740;]



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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: mill mountain))

[E-Flight-427]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=JJA]
[TAPE#=netD]
[GRAPHIC=Crash Investigation - 737]


It's been more than four and half years since a US-Air jet crashed killing three area people-
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Aliquippa, PA/September 1994]


Yesterday federal investigators say they believe a faulty rudder control valve caused the crash.
132 people were aboard US Air flight 427, when it went down near Pittsburgh.
[SUPER=03-Springfield;]


A report released yesterday suggests the faulty valve was responsible for this and another deadly crash involving a Boeing 737, although there is no way to tell for sure.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=15:08:32]

((JIM HALL/NTSB CHAIRMAN: ALL OF US AT THE BOARD WISH IT HAD NOT TAKEN THIS LONG TO GET TO THIS POINT.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Hall/NTSB Chairman]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=to this point.]
(------------------)
[VO-NAT]


The crash took the lives of Richard Talbot, founding dean of the veterinary school at Virginia Tech ...
Dewitt (Whirl) Worrell, a businessman from Lexington ...
and Dave LaManca, a businessman from Roanoke County.
(------------)



[E-VDOT-Hearing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#99-10 33:39]
[GRAPHIC=I-73]


Interstate 73 is still years away from construction, but the prospect of a major new highway through western Virginia is generating strong support and serious concerns.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


For local officials who have embraced the project, I-73 is an economic development issue...
it's a make or break proposition for communities such as Martinsville and Henry County that are losing traditional industries and jobs.
(///////SOT/////////)
[SOT ARMSTRONG 09:54:16]
[IN Q=If it comes]

((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/D- MARTINSVILLE: IF IT COMES IN 12 TO 15 YEARS, IT'S ONE THING, BUT IF IT'S 20 TO 25 YEARS, I'M NOT CERTAIN BUT THAT IT WILL BE AN INTERSTATE THROUGH A GHOST TOWN IN MY PART OF THE STATE, THAT IT WILL COME TOO LATE.))
[SUPER=@Armstrong]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=that it will come too late.]
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT]


But during a day-long hearing that brought speakers from Roanoke, southside and the New RiverValley, transportation officials also heard from individuals who believe the routing of I-73 will determine if the project is an economic boon or a community nightmare.
(///////////SOT///////////)
[SOT GLEINER 10:33:09]
[IN Q=You base your decision]

((ALAN GLEINER/I-73 REGIONAL IMPACT NETWORK: YOU BASE YOUR DECISIONS ON ENGINEERING DATA AND TOPOGRAPHY AND ENDANGERED SPECIES. WE'RE MAKING OUR DECISIONS BASED ON THE CHARACTER OF OUR LIVES, AND WHAT WE VALUE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.))
[super=01-Alan Gleiner/I-73 Reg'l Impact Network]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=and our neighborhoods.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


I-73 was just one of many projects that local leaders addressed yesterday.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board did not make any decisions on I-73 or other projects.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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In sports, the Express continues it's late-season skid.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Roanoke County supervisors approved a conditional use permit for a new South County High School last night.
They did so over the objections of Pleasant Hill Drive residents, who are worried about safety.
But supervisors did remove some restrictions on the permit-- which will allow school officials to add more access roads to the site, AFTER a traffic light is built at the Pleasant Hill intersection.
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A new elementary school, workforce training center and renovations to the high school are on the way to Franklin County.
The new elementary school will be built between Boone's Mill and Burnt Chimney and should be ready in about five years.
The workforce training center in the old Virignia Apparel Building should be open in two years.
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A proposal to make Martin Luther King's birthday a city holiday in Lynchburg passed last night, but its supporters still aren't happy.
City council voted to replace the existing spring holiday with a day to honor Dr. King in January.
But Lynchburg's minority community had pushed to give King his own day, without forfeiting another city holiday.
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