[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Another emotional day ahead for the people of Littleton, Colorado.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Meantime, officials respond to two bomb threats at Roanoke schools.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Showers have been a welcome sight across the region...and more are on the way throughout today, tonight, and much of the rest of the week.
We'll also see some cooler temperatures with highs today in the lower 60s...
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[School-shooting]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


It was one week ago today that fifteen people died in a shooting rampage at a Colorado High School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/April 20;]


At 11:21 this morning, the exact moment the shootings began, the community of Littleton will observe a moment of silence.
Also today, funerals for two more of the victims will be held.
[SUPER=04-Yesterday;]


Four victims were buried yesterday including a teacher who helped students run to safety before being shot in the chest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((YOU TRULY ARE A HERO...WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE HUGS...WE WILL MAKE SURE THE GRANDKIDS KNOW ABOUT YOU...AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE BRIGHT SMILES THAT COULD LIGHT ANY DARKENED ROOM."))
[SUPER=01-Angela Sanders/Victim's Daughter;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=have taught us.]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=03-Washington DC;]

[4:16:59]
In light of last week's shooting, President Clinton is calling for tougher gun laws. [4:16:59]
A proposal unveiled today includes making adults criminally liable if they allow their kids access to guns...
Putting mandatory child-safety locks on all guns sold.. and issuing a lifetime ban on gun ownership to any juvenile who commits a violent crime.
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[E-Bomb-Scare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-6 1:37:55]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat]


After two bomb scares in one day at Roanoke schools, the school district said it wants to send students a message.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


At Woodrow Wilson middle school yesterday, students missed the first three hours of class...
While the bomb squad removed two fake bombs someone planted in a bathroom.
At Patrick Henry High School, a student was arrested and suspended after he allegedly threatened a teacher.
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[SOT 14:31]
[IN Q=THE COMMENTS]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE COMMENTS INCLUDED THE PHRASE THAT THERE WAS A BOMB IN THE ROOM. AND THEN THAT STUDENT CAME BACKED AND ASKED THAT TEACHER, "OH YOU'RE NOT DEAD YET?"))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=NOT DEAD YET]
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[VO-NAT]


Superintendent Wayne Harris said Roanoke schools will not put up with violent threats.
And he said students who make them face serious punishment.
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[SOT 17:35]
[IN Q=we will not]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE WILL NOT TOLERATE WHAT SOME STUDENTS CONSIDER PRANKS, WHAT THEY CONSIDER FUN. IT'S NOT FUN TO US.))
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=NOT fun to us]
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[VO-NAT]


Harris said Roanoke schools have stepped up their efforts to prevent violence since last week's deadly shootings in Colorado.
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[E-School-Threats]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-19 3:54]
[GRAPHIC=School Safety]


Whether it's actually criminal behavior or just a childish prank, police and educators have no choice but to treat EVERY threat seriously.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Colorado school shootings HAVE made children more willing to report unusual behavior on the part of their peers.
School resource officers say what used to be just playground banter now must be analyzed in terms of a potential threat.
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[SOT 2:39:48]
[IN Q=I think in]

((OFFICER STEVE CLARK/SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: I THINK IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT NOW LONGER CAN WE JUST TAKE PEOPLE, TAKE CHILDREN AND SAY THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO. THINGS LIKE JONESBORO AND WHAT HAPPENED IN COLORADO ARE A SHOCKING REMINDER THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THINGS SERIOUSLY, AND REALLY GET INSIDE THE HEADS OF THE KIDS THAT ARE SAYING THEM AND FIND OUT JUST WHAT THEIR INTENT REALLY IS.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Clark/School Resource Officer; :00]
[RUNS=24]
[OUT Q=intent really is.]
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[VO-NAT]


These students at Dunbar Middle School in Lynchburg taped a school-wide television program yesterday, discussing how the Colorado shootings have affected them.
School psychologists are encouraging children to sit down with a teacher or counselor to talk things out.
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[S-Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-7 1:20:56]
[GRAPHIC=Mike Fulcher]


At least 40 percent of the prison guards and inmates accused of drug trafficking at Bland Prison are now expected to plead guilty... rather than go to trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Attorneys for most of the 22 defendants appeared in court yesterday.
Attorney David Whaley re-iterated his client's claim that the money laundering scheme that
[SUPER=03-Fincastle/April 12]

Mike Fulcher's accused of operating was "more or less a ruse to gather evidence" for the authorities.
The judge questioned how that could be, if government agents were unaware Fulcher was working for them.
Fulcher was granted an opportunity to inspect a dozen boxes of evidence the government seized from his mother's home last Summer.
Ethel Fulcher is charged in the money- laundering part of the conspiracy.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, a high school hoops team is honored for its sportsmanship.
And hockey playoffs come to town this week.
Mike Stevens is here to tell you more.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q= A pleasant good morning]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=later this morning]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-2]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


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


[Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Hunter/Craig Co. Farm Bureau; :15]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :30]
[RUNS=2:34]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: farm safety))

[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


The Pentagon is set to call as many as 33-thousand reservists to active duty as early as today to help support NATO operations in Yugoslavia.
Most are expected to be Air Force reserves.
Meantime, the 3 Americans being held as prisoners in Yugoslavia were seen yesterday by the international Red Cross, but there's no sign that they'll be released anytime soon.
Lisa Hughes has the lastest from Washington.
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[SOT]

[4:19:39]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman; :11]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Mike McDuffie/Refugee Coordinator; :33]
[SUPER=01-Joe Lockhart/White House Spokesman; :53]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.]

((IN SERBIA'S SECOND LARGEST CITY_THE LAST BRIDGE OVER THE DANUBE RIVER IS GONE. NATO WARPLANES BLEW IT UP. AND LEADERS PROMISE THE ATTACKS WILL INTENSIFY. super: Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman "there is no hiding place for milosevic and he is running out of options with each passing day. BUT FOR ALL OF NATO'S PUNISHING POWER_THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES ARE STILL BEING FORCED OUT OF KOSOVO. A NEW 20-THOUSAND-PERSON REFUGEE CAMP IS GOING UP IN ALBANIA. BUT BUILDING IT COULD TAKE UP TO A MONTH AND THE PENTAGON SAYS REFUGEES CROSSING THE BORDER NOW ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF MEDICAL CARE.
(sot, Lt. Gen. Mike McDuffie/Refugee Coordinator)

they have been out in the open longer. There's been more exposure. And they're weaker FOR THE FIRST TIME_ SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC LET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS VISIT THREE AMERICAN SOLDIERS. THEY WERE CAPTURED ALMOST A MONTH AGO AND STILL HAVE NOT TO SEE A DOCTOR. THE WHITE HOUSE, THOUGH, IS HOPEFUL THERE WILL BE LONGER VISITS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
(super: Joe Lockhart/White House Spokesman)

13:00:14-23 the head of the ICRC did get 15 minutes today. He said the three servicemen appear to be in good condition which is obviously good news STANDUP_WHAT MAY PROVE TO BE BAD NEWS FOR MILOSEVIC IS THE REINFORCED SPIRIT OF COOPERATION AMONG THE ALLIES. AFTER THE WEEKEND NATO SUMMIT HERE IN WASHINGTON, LEADERS PLEDGED THEIR COMMITMENT TO MOVE AHEAD_IF NOT WITH GROUND TROOPS_WITH TOUGHER AIR STRIKES AND AN OIL EMBARGO TO CHOKE OFF SERB SUPPLIES.))

[E-Pulaski-Recycling]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:18:44]
[GRAPHIC=Recycling]


Trash will be the main topic at tonight's town council meeting in Pulaski.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; ]


The town has been told to find a new place to put its recycling center.
To help meet that goal, the planning commission recently approved a plan to rezone part of downtown Pulaski to allow recycling centers with a conditional use permit.
But the decision isn't sitting well with some downtown business owners.
They're concerned because a local businessman has already expressed a desire to put a recycling center and large item drop off on Main Street.
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[SOT 11:15:07]
[IN Q=It would just]

((TED HODGE/DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNER: IT WOULD JUST END THE GROWTH RIGHT HERE AND I'M SURE WE'D HAVE SOME PEOPLE MOVING OUT, AS YOU DO IN DOWNTOWN ANYWAY, AND THEN WHEN YOU CREATE SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU MAY HAVE BUSINESSES MOVE OUT AND SAYING WELL I JUST CAN'T WITH THE TRASH, WITH THE VISIBILITY, AND JUST HOW UGLY IT COULD BE S FAR AS HOW DOW TOWN OUGHT TO BE.))
[SUPER=01-Ted Hodge/Downtown Business Owner; :00]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=ought to be.]
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[VO-NAT]


The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 5pm at the town municpal building.
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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 plan to reduce asthma cases by using cleaner burning gasoline.
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=1:22]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( IF YOU'RE AMONG THE MANY AMERICANS WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT...
THERE'S A NEW PILL WHICH MAY HELP YOU SHED THOSE EXTRA POUNDS.
VT=VO

((vo))
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS JUST APPROVED THE FAT-BLOCKER, XENICAL.
IT WORKS BY STOPPING FAT FROM BEING ABSORBED ALONG THE DIGESTIVE TRACT.
AND SINCE XENICAL NEVER ENTERS THE BLOOD STREAM, DOCTORS HOPE IT WILL BE MUCH SAFER THAN ITS PREDECESORS-- REDUX AND FEN PHEN. BOTH WERE BANNED FOR HEALTH REASONS.
HOWEVER, RESEARCHERS WARN -XENICAL- CAN CAUSE MINOR GASTRO-INTESTINAL PROBLEMS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
A NEW STUDY SAYS THE AIDS VIRUS IS ABLE TO GO UNDETECTED IN THE BODY FOR AS LONG AS 60-YEARS.. EVEN IN PEOPLE TAKING POWERFUL AIDS DRUGS.
RESEARCHERS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CAME UP WITH THE NEW FIGURE.. AFTER RUNNING A SERIES OF TESTS.
THE FINDINGS HURT THE NOTION THAT AIDS DRUGS COULD EVENTUALLY CURE PATIENTS WITH H-I-V.//
VT=VO

((vo))
A PLAN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ASTHMA CASES COULD END UP COSTING YOU MORE AT THE PUMP.
U-S OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTED TO PROPOSE NEW RULES.. REQUIRING OIL COMPANIES TO PRODUCE GASOLINE THAT CONTAINS LESS SULFUR.
THE MOVE WOULD MEAN HIGHER GAS PRICES...
BUT RESEARCHERS SAY IT'S WORTH IT.. BECAUSE CLEANER EMMISSIONS WOULD REDUCE THE RATES OF ASTHMA AND OTHER RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES.
RIGHT NOW, CALIFORNIA IS THE ONLY STATE REQUIRING THE CLEANER BURNING FUEL.
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]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
(I'll call for board)

[essc8700]
[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


The people of Littleton, Colorado, have another emotional day ahead.
Two more funerals will be held for victims of the Columbine High School shooting.
Also, a moment of silence will be held at 11:21 a-m, the exact moment the shootings began a week ago today.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Administration officials say the school shooting in Littleton, Colorado, gives President Clinton's package of gun-control legislation new urgency.
The president unveils his proposals today.
They include extending the Brady handgun waiting period, and mandatory background checks for gun-show sales.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And NATO officials say the Apache helicopters stationed in Albania.. are now ready to take part in the mission...
even though one of them crashed yesterday during a training flight.
more than 30-thousand reservists are also expected to be called-up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday April 27.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-School-shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School-Shooting]
One week after the shooting rampage in Colorado, ---Columbine High School teachers go back to work today.


But not at their school in Littleton.
They'll be working at a nearby school preparing for their students to join them later this week.
Meantime, At 11:21 this morning, local time, -- the exact moment the shootings began -- the community will observe a moment of silence.
Also today, funerals for two more of the victims will be held.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SOT]

[4:02:18]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brooks Brown/Harris Friend; :19]
[SUPER=01- Steve Davis/Jefferson Co. Sheriff; :55]
[SUPER=01-Angela Sanders/Victim's Daughter; 1:23]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:49]
[OUT Q=Littleton, Colorado]

((LOCATOR: LITTLETON, CO
(NATS)

The flowers, the teddy bears, the tributes. Part of a memorial that keeps on growing outside Columbine High. As some marched for peace, investigators continued to search for evidence in the gruesome attack in Littleton, Colorado.
(SOT: Brooks Brown, Harris Friend)

"Eric is an evil genius I guess, really conniving, but brilliant" Brooks Brown knew Eric Harris, one of the killers in last week's rampage. But it appears many here did not know the deep-seated anger that lurked inside him and Dylan Klebold...
(NATS)

Investigators say they have hundreds of leads in the case, but have made no new arrests. One clue: a diary kept by gunman Eric Harris. It shows the boys dreamed of a bigger bloodbath: first Columbine High, then a nearby neighborhood. Even hijacking a plane and crashing it into New York City.
(SOT: Steve Davis, Jefferson County Sheriff)

"There are indications in the diary that if they were able to carry out their entire plan there could have been quite a bit more damage or fatalities." Authorities have even questioned the 18-year old girlfriend of Klebold about whether she bought two of the guns used in the rampage.
(NATS)

Meanwhile, Littleton buried four more victims Monday. One service was for-- teacher Dave Sanders-- shot twice in the chest as he shepherded students to safety.
(SOT: Angela Sanders, Daughter)

You truly are a hero...We will always remember the hugs...we will make sure the grandkids know about you...and we will never forget the bright smiles that could light any darkened room."))

[E-Movie-Violence]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-22 2;06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The two teenage suspects in the school shooting were exposed to violent movies and video games.
A recent study by a Virginia Tech researcher did find a connection between violent images, and SOME violent behavior.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=James Weaver says]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=04-Warner Brothers; :07]
[SUPER=01-James Weaver/Va. Tech Communications Studies; :25]
[SUPER=@eric2; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

(( James Weaver says there's no question the media influences people... otherwise commercials would be useless...
But do violent images cause violence?
Weaver's study showed groups of people films for a week... films with no violence, realistic violence, and gratuitious violence... like the current box office leader "The Matrix"
(natsot)

((we need guns, lots of guns)) [RUNS:03]
[SOT 02:29:29]
[IN Q=watching very]

((JAMES WEAVER/COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES; WATCHING VERY GRATUITIOUS VIOLENCE, THE TYPE OF VIOLENCE WHERE VIOLENCE IS DONE JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT, DID CAUSE PEOPLE TO SHIFT THEIR ATTITUDES, THEIR BELIEFS, IT DESENSITIZES THEM TO VIOLENCE IN THE REAL WORLD.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=the real world]


NOT everyone was affected, in fact just a small percentage... The group affected the MOST?
Young men, who consider themselves outsiders and social deviants.
[SOT 02:31:23]
[IN Q=they then would]

((JAMES WEAVER/COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES; THEY THEN WOULD TURN AROUND AND BE VERY NEGATIVE IN THEIR ASSESMENTS OF OTHER PEOPLE, BE VERY INSENSITIVE TO THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT OTHER PEOPLE EXPERIENCE, THEY BASICALLY BECAME VERY CALLOUS))

[RUNS15]
[OUT Q=very callous]


And he says they were more likely to see violence as a way to solve a conflict with another person.
The solution, Weaver says, is not banning movies... but increasing awareness.
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[SOT 02:33:23]
[IN Q=we need to be ]

(( WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THOSE MESSAGES CAN INSPIRE FOLKS TO ACT IN WAYS THAT MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE, TO THINK IN WAYS THAT ARE NOT APPRPRIATE, IT CHANGES YOUR WOLD VIEW, WHEN YOU WATCH THESE VERY VERY VIOLENT FILMS.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=very violent films]


Eric Earnhart, News 7.))


[E-Character-Counts]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-5 TC1:32:22]
[GRAPHIC=Hold School Safety]


The search for answers to the problem of school violence is leading many schools to consider character education.
And students in Roanoke are leading the way.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There's been less fights]

((THERE'S BEEN LESS FIGHTS AND LESS SUSPENSIONS.)) ((THEY'RE WORKING HARDER. THEY'RE TRYING. THEY'RE IMPROVING ON THE WORK.)) ((PEOPLE ARE CARING MORE AND THEY'RE BEING MORE RESPONSIBLE.))
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=being more responsible.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Since Fallon Park Elementary School implemented the Character Counts program, discipline problems have dropped dramatically.
The curriculum emphasizes the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Roanoke native Vic Hackley is the chairman of the National Character Counts Coalition.
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[SOT 15:53:00]
[IN Q=We need to attend to the character]

((WE NEED TO ATTEND TO THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT OF BOTH OUR ADULTS AND OUR CHILDREN IN A CONCERTED AND CONTINUOUS WAY OR AMERICA IS GOING TO SELF-DESTRUCT FROM INSIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Vic Hackley/National Character Counts Chrmn.]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=or America is going to self-destruct from inside.]
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[VO-NAT]


Legislation sponsored by Roanoke Senator John Edwards will require character education in all of Virginia's public schools.
This week, teachers and volunteers are learning how to implement the Character Counts curriculum during a workshop at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Center.
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[E-State-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-11 34:33 ]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


Virginia anticipates spending 194- million dollars to make sure the Year 2000 doesn't interrupt one single state service.
In our ongoing look at preparing for Y2K, Ellen Qualls brings us the plans from Richmond.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The buck stops ]
[SUPER=01-Bette Dillehay/Virginia Y2K Director; :10]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:43 ]
[RUNS=2:00]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( The buck stops with Bette Dillehay.
She heads up Virginia's Century Date Change Initiative Office-- and all state officials answer to her on all things Y2K.
[SOT 10:28:00 ]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K DIRECTOR: GOVERNOR GILMORE HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT HE DOES NOT EXPECT STATE AGENCIES TO FALTER.)) [RUNS:09]
Indeed, the Gilmore administration touts him as the nation's Internet Governor, the man whose state is a hub for half the world's Internet traffic.
A Y2K failure would be bad for business, among other things.
[SOT 10:33:04 ]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K DIRECTOR: I DON'T WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT THE COMPUTERS TURNING ON. I WORRY ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO IDENTIFY WHERE OUR DEPENDENCIES EXIST.)) [RUNS:13]
That means: Virginia's doing everything it can.
Now it's up to your local grocery store... your gas station... your local power provider... and everyone with whom THEY interact.
[SOT 10:32:03 ]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K DIRECTOR: ONLY A THIRD OF THE COMPANIES ARE ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. THE ATTITUDE IS I'LL FIX IT WHEN IT BREAKS.)) [RUNS:10]
There has been NO survey of Virginia cities', towns', and counties' preparedness.
But national surveys show them ill prepared.
[SOT 10:43:50]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K DIRECTOR: AND AS I GO FROM ONE COMMUNITY TO ANOTHER, I CONFIRM THAT FACT IN VIRGINIA.))
[RUNS:08]
But back to the state level, Dillehay has identified 319 priority business activities across 100 Virginia agencies that she views as "mission critical"... including stuff you may wish would fail in 2000, like registering boats and collecting taxes.
[SOT 10:49:20]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K DIRECTOR: YES WE WILL COLLECT TAXES!)) [RUNS:03 ]
[sot standup]


As for emergency preparedness, the state and the American Red Cross say they're just treating Y2K like a big winter ice storm-- urging you to use common sense, but prepare for up to a week without power, water, or transportation.
It is in fact, the panic factor... and the PARTY factor that worries Virginia public safety officials most.
More on why you and me are the real Y2K problems for Virginia in our next report.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-2]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Saacke/Farm Bureau; :15]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :27]
[RUNS=2:23]
[OUT Q=(nat sound, auger stops runnning)]


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

[Steve Live]
[SUPER=16-(540) 864-6428/Farm Safety Day Camp;]
(I'll call for baord)

[essc8700]

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: farm safety))

[2-KOSOVO]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


The Pentagon could begin calling up reservists as early as today to aid troops in the Balkans.
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[VO-NAT]


Defense officials say the extra forces will allow NATO to widen its air campaign and quicken the pace of attacks.

Overnight NATO missiles reportedly hit a building in Belgrade that houses offices for the Yugoslav president's Socialist party and several broadcast stations.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((JAMIE SHEA/NATO SPOKESMAN "THERE IS NO HIDING PLACE FOR MILOSEVIC AND HE IS RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS WITH EACH PASSING DAY.))
[SUPER=01- Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman]
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=WITH EACH PASSING DAY.]
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday, Milosevic let representatives of the international red corss visit the three American soldiers almost a month ago.
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((THE HEAD OF THE ICRC DID GET 15 MINUTES TODAY. HE SAID THE THREE SERVICEMEN APPEAR TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY GOOD NEWS.))
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On Capitol Hill today Lawmakers debate the cost of the U-S mission in the Balkans.
Republicans are preparing emergency funding packages that double what President Clinton is requesting.
And The Senate Appropriations committee today plans to question members of the Clinton administration about military costs.

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It's a big step forward for skaters in Roanoke.
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The City Parks and Recreation Department officially opened the Roanoke Valley Skate Park yesterday. For skaters throughout the valley it's a place where they can legally enjoy the sport.
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[21:49:31] ((BEN MULLEN/SKATEBOARDER: WELL ITS BEEN A DREAM FOR ME. I'VE JUST BEEN FOCUSED ON GETTING THIS FOR THE KIDS FOR A LONG TIME. JUST TIRED OF SEEING THE KIDS GET TICKETED FOR SOMETHING THEY ENJOY.))
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Skating on the streets in Roanoke is illegal.
Skaters like Ben Mullen have been working to get an official park for a long time. While they celebrated the opening of this new site, both City and County officials stressed the importance of using the proper safety equipment.
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Turning to the world of sports, the Hornets' playoff hopes and Diamond Dallas Page both get stung.
Mike Stevens will tell you what we mean.
Good Morning Mike.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Roanoke school officials say they will not put up with threats of violence.
Bomb threats suspended classes at Patrick Henry High School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School yesterday.
Superintedent Wayne Harris says students who make threats will face serious punishment.
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The search for answers to the problem of school violence is leading many schools to consider character education.
Roanoke students are setting the nationwide standard.
Since Fallon Park Elementary School implemented the Character Counts program, discipline problems have dropped dramatically.
The curriculum emphasizes the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
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Trash will be the main topic at tonight's town council meeting in Pulaski.
The town has been told to find a new place to put its recycling center.
To help meet that goal, the planning commission recently approved a plan to move the center downtown.
But the decision isn't sitting well with some downtown business owners.
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