[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


For the first time since taking office, Governor Gilmore has blocked an execution.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Boris Yeltsin takes on his detractors.
Impeachment hearings for the 68-year old Russian president begin today.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Rain finally returns to the forecast...but it could fall in the form of scattered thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight.
Meanwhile, we're watching clouds increase, with temperatures gradually warming into the 70s.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Swann]


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


For the first time during his term as governor, Jim Gilmore has commuted a death sentence.
The governor intervened just a few hours before Calvin Swann was to be put to death.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


In Swann's case, information about his mental state helped Gilmore come to a decision.
A team of New York attorneys dug up stacks of material that showed Swann had been diagnosed 41 times by state doctors as a schizoprenic and 31 times as a psychotic, and had been committed to a psychiatric hospital 16 times .
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't intend]

((GILMORE: I DON'T INTEND TO SET A PRECEDENT. I INTEND TO SAY THAT EVERY CASE IS INDIVIDUAL AND EVERY CASE IS PERSONALLY REVIEWED BY ME AND STUDIED CAREFULLY BY OUR PEOPLE AND WE TAKE THEM VERY SERIOUSLY. EACH AND EVERY CASE THAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR HAS GOTTEN THE SAME ATTENTION, IN THIS INSTANCE I THOUGHT THAT SOME ACTION BY MY OFFICE WAS APPROPRIATE.))
[SUPER=@gilmore;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=was appropriate]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Swann will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Gilmore has allowed 21 other men to make the long walk to the death chamber in Jarratt.
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[Gun-control]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Gun Control]


The White House isn't happy with Congress' first vote on gun control since last month's Colorado school shootings.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:03:55]
The Senate rejected a bill requiring instant background checks for buyers at gun shows.
Instead, the Senate signaled support for a system of voluntary background checks at shows.
The Senate's vote marks a victory for the National Rifle Association and a defeat for gun control advocates.
President Clinton says he's very disappointed.
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[Yeltsin-Impeachment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Boris Yeltsin]


Russian lawmakers this morning are debating whether to impeach President Boris Yeltsin.
Before the impeachment hearings got under way, about 500 protesters gathered outside Russia's Parliament building to demand Yeltsin's ouster.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia;]

[4:24:54]
Yesterday, Yeltsin fired his Prime Minister and the entire cabinet.
The move was a signal to parliament members trying to overthrow him that he's ready for a fight.
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[E-Arcadia-Academy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#99-10 1:40:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Botetourt County school for troubled boys has turned itself around after a prolonged Education Department investigation.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy now calls itself the Arcadia Leadership Academy ---
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


and students volunteer to build houses for the homeless.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:36:36]
[IN Q=I just like]

((I JUST LIKE HELPING OUT. I'M NOT SURE ALL ABOUT IT. I JUST LIKE HELPING OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Drakeford/Student; QUICK!!]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=helping out]
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[VO-NAT]


Bill Hovanec quit public school two years ago but will graduate from the Academy in August.
Dusty Manning wants to be a computer programmer.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:26:21]
[IN Q=They're the greatest]

((THEY'RE THE GREATEST HELP IN THE WORLD. THEY'RE YOUNG AND STRONG AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED IS MUSCLE.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Clifford/Volunteer; :00]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=nat construction sounds]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


This summer, students will also start building trails and shelters as part of other new programs at the Arcadia Leadership Academy.
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[5-Heavy-Rescue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=599-1 1:29:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


From trench cave-ins to building collapses, a firefighter's job is often much more than just putting out fires.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


That's why Lynchburg has put together its own Heavy Technical Rescue Unit which it unveiled yesterday.
36 firefighters make up the unit and have been specially trained to rescue people in all kinds of hazardous situations.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:36:49]
[IN Q=That's exactly what]

((FRED MILLS/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS SPECIAL TEAM AND OTHER SPECIAL TEAMS THAT WE MAY FORM IN THE FUTURE IS ALL ABOUT. SO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAN DO EVERYTHING THAT IT CAN TO RESPOND TO WHATEVER TYPE INCIDENT, WHETHER IT'S A FIRE, MEDICAL EMERGENCY, IN THIS CASE SOME TYPE OF SPECIAL RESCUE SITUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Mills/Lynchburg Fire Chief]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=special rescue situation.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Heavy Rescue Unit spent more than 12- thousand hours over the past year training and outfitting its own specially equipped truck.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports this morning--
The Salem and Vinton lacrosse teams do battle for the Valley championship--
And practice is underway for this weekend's race in Richmond.
Here with the details is Roy Stanley.
Good Morning Roy.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=1:57]
[OUT Q=more later on mornin]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Bedford Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Mike Morris/Triathlete;]
[SUPER=11-Bedford Co.;]



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

[S-Sudan]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=99-16 16:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Slavery is a distant memory in the United States, ending nearly 140 years ago.
But a local third grade class recently discovered it still exists in other parts of the world... So they decided to do something about it.
Steve Mason tracks this inspirational story from Troutville to Africa's largest country.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Sudan/April; :00]
[SUPER=01-Juma/Former African Slave; :14]
[SUPER=01-Paul/Sudanese Medical Assistant; :50]
[SUPER=03-Troutville; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Judy Deel/Troutville Elementary Teacher; 1:28(QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Davis/Troutville Elementary 3rd Grader; 1:37]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:47]
[RUNS=2:02]
[OUT Q=News 7"..]
(------------------------)

((Juma is one of the lucky children. He escaped Muslim slavery. But even in freedom, the horrible memories inbedded in his mind by his captors have imprisoned this child's innocence forever. ((:)) A civil war between Muslims and Christians has been raging in the Sudan for decades. slavery began about four years ago. Christian Villiages are raided by Muslims who take Sundanese Christian boys and girls from their families. Boys are used as workers, girls as prostitutes. While enslaved Christians are killed or tortured. ((:))
Judy Deel's third graders at Troutville Elementary studied slavery in early April, and when the students learned that there was still slaves today in Sudan they decided to help. They raised 210 dollars to free some slaves. Dave Fuller led a relief team into Sudan and delivered the money.))

[Salinger-letters]


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


Love letters from reclusive author J-D Salinger go on the auction block next month.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mill Valley, CA;]

[4:20:05]
The seller, another widely read author, although hardly reclusive , Joyce Maynard.
Salinger -- author of ``The Catcher in the Rye'' -- wrote the letters to Maynard when she was an 18-year-old Yale student in the early '70's.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( JOHN BLACKSTONE: ARE WE GOING TO LEARN THINGS FROM THESE LETTERS? MAYNARD: YOU'LL LEARN SOME WONDERFUL THINGS. THESE ARE LETTERS THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM..))
[SUPER=01-Joyce Maynard/Author;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=me fall in love with him.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


No comment from Salinger's agent or attorney.
Sotheby's auction house says they're expected to fetch up to 80-thousand dollars next month.
(------------)


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, Christopher Reeve takes a big step forward in his battle to walk again.
Jeffrey Kofman has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jeffrey Kofman/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( ACTOR CHRISTOPHER REEVE IS OUT TO PROVE YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE SUPERMAN TO RECOVER FROM PARALYSIS...
AND NOW HE'S TAKING STEPS -LITERALLY- TO BRING THAT POINT HOME.
VT=VO

((vo))
THESE AMAZING PICTURES SHOW REEVE WALKING ON A TREADMILL... USING HIS OWN LEGS AND HIS OWN MUSCLES... EVEN THOUGH HE'S PARALYZED FROM THE NECK DOWN.
THIS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED BY NASA ALLOWS REEVE TO MOVE HIS LEGS.. IN THE SAME WAY ASTRONAUTS' MUSCLES RESPOND TO ZERO GRAVITY:

((SOT:CHRISTOPHER REEVE))

"We know that muscles have memory and that the reason you can get on a bicycle after not riding one for 20 years is not a brain directed activity, it's muscle memory."

VT=VO tag
(tag)


REEVE WAS PARALYZED IN A HORSE RIDING ACCIDENT IN 1995.
HE'S SINCE VOWED TO WALK AGAIN.
VT=VO

((vo))
IT'S SUPPOSE TO SLIM YOU DOWN.. BUT IT COULD ALSO KILL YOU.
LIPOSUCTION INVOLVES INSERTING A HOLLOW TUBE INTO SKIN CONTAINING FAT CELLS...
THEN SUCKING THOSE CELLS OUT-- USING WATER AND VARIOUS CHEMICALS.
BUT A STUDY FOUND THAT HIGH DOSES OF ONE CHEMICAL CALLED LIDOCAINE.. CAUSED AT LEAST FIVE DEATHS IN NEW YORK CITY.
RESEARCHERS ARE NOW URGING DOCTORS TO RE-EVALUATE THIS PROCEDURE.//
VT=VO

((vo))
AND YOUR CHILD'S NIGHTLIGHT MAY INCREASE HIS OR HER CHANCES OF DEVELOPING EYE PROBLEMS.
A PENNSYLVANIA STUDY SHOWED THAT CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OLD WHO SLEPT WITH A ROOM LIGHT... WERE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP NEAR-SIGHTEDNESS.. THAN THOSE WHO SLEPT IN THE DARK.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M JEFFREY KOFMAN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


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



[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Bedford Co.;]



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((Archive:triathlon)) [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 taking office, Governor Gilmore has blocked an execution.
Gilmore granted clemency yesterday to Calvin Swann, who was convicted of robbing and killing a Danville man in 1992.
Swann's lawyers argued he was mentally ill.
Gilmore commuted Swann's sentence to life in prison without parole.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Another presidential impeachment battle looms -- but this one is in Russia and involves Boris Yeltsin.
The Russian Parliament has begun debate on removing Yeltsin from office over Russia's economic collapse, the war in Chechnya and other matters.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And actor Christopher Reeve is out to prove you don't have to be superman to recover from paralysis...
These amazing pictures show reeve walking on a treadmill...even though he's paralyzed from the neck down.
This technology developed by NASA allows reeve to move his legs.. in the same way astronauts' muscles respond to zero gravity:
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday May 13th.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[E-Gilmore-Swann]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-9 1:47:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Governor Gilmore intervened just a few hours before the scheduled execution of killer Calvin Swann.
Gilmore told News7 it was Swann's long history of mental problems that convinced him to commute his death sentence to life in prison.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=In his short]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :08]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :16]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( In his short time as governor, Jim Gilmore has allowed 21 other men to make the long walk to the death chamber in Jarratt.. but in the case of 44- year- old Calvin Swann, Gilmore felt that was too high a price for Swann to pay for his crimes.
[SOT 00:03:01]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY THAT I REVIEW EVERY CASE ON ITS OWN MERITS AND IN THIS CASE I BELIEVE, AFTER A COMPLETE REVIEW OF ALL THE FACTS AND ALL THE INFORMATION IN THIS INCIDENT, THAT LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE WAS THE APPROPRIATE SENTENCE.)) [RUNS 13]
[OUT Q=appropriate sentence.]


In Swann's case, those facts didn't come to light until AFTER his trial for killing and robbing a Danville man in 1992.
A team of New York attorneys dug up stacks of material that showed Swann had been diagnosed as a schizoprenic 41 times by state doctors.. as a psychotic 31 times, and 16 times was committed to a psychiatric hospital.
That record was enough to sway a governor who has built a reputation for being tough on crime and criminals.
[SOT 00:03:34]

((GILMORE: I DON'T INTEND TO SET A PRECEDENT. I INTEND TO SAY THAT EVERY CASE IS INDIVIDUAL AND EVERY CASE IS PERSONALLY REVIEWED BY ME AND STUDIED CAREFULLY BY OUR PEOPLE AND WE TAKE THEM VERY SERIOUSLY. EACH AND EVERY CASE THAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR HAS GOTTEN THE SAME ATTENTION, IN THIS INSTANCE I THOUGHT THAT SOME ACTION BY MY OFFICE WAS APPROPRIATE.)) [RUNS 19]
[OUT Q=was appropriate.]

[Standup] ((The man who sent Calvin Swann to death row, Danville prosecutor Bill Fuller, was reportedly "astounded" when he saw those same medical records last week. Fuller says he probably would not have fought for the death penalty for Swann, if life without parole was an option at that time.. today it was. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.)) [RUNS 18]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.] ))


[E-Family-Reax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-18 13:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Calvin Swann's younger brother, Clyde, had been urging the governor to stop the execution for some time.
Now, he says, his prayers were answered.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Clyde Swann received the news that Governor Gilmore commuted his brother's death sentence at his home in Danville last night.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 59:27-59:36]
[IN Q=I'm extremely grateful]

((CLYDE SWANN: I'M EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR HIM GRANTING MY BROTHER LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, INSTEAD OF DEATH.))
[SUPER=07-Clyde Swann]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=instead of death.]
(-----------)

[vo-nat]
He met with his brother in Jarratt early yesterday. He says Calvin Swann was confused about the execution.
[SOT 1:01:03]
[IN Q=I said, "Do you know]

((CLYDE SWANN: I SAID, "DO YOU KNOW WHAT DAY THIS IS?" AND HE SAID, "YEAH, THIS IS MAY 12, MY EXECUTION DAY." BUT HE STILL TALKED ABOUT HIS CANTEEN AND HIS WALKMAN. SO, I REALLY DON'T THINK HE WAS COMPREHENDING WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE TONIGHT.)) 1:01:18
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=to take place tonight.]
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Clyde Swann says he's grateful to the community for their prayers and support.

[E-Refugees]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-22 18:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Serbian television headquarters is still smoldering after another NATO air strike in Yugoslavia's second-largest city. Fifty Kosovar refugees are coming to the Roanoke area. WDBJ Intern Samantha Silver met with two local families who have offered to take in the Kosovars, just a few years after they arrived on American soil themselves.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It was just]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=07-Amrus Demaku; :15]
[SUPER=03-Macedonia/April; :29]
[SUPER=07-Merima Demaku; :35 quick]
[SUPER=07-Bred Sehovic; :51]
[SUPER=07-Dina Sehovic; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Samantha Silver/Reporting; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=N7, Roanoke.]

((IT WAS JUST THREE YEARS AGO THAT THEY ARRIVED IN AMERICA WITH ONE BAG AND 200 DOLLARS. NOW AMRUS (AM-RUUSH) DEMAKU, A KOSOVAR, AND HIS WIFE MERIMA WANT TO HELP ANOTHER FAMILY.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=THIS IS]

((AMRUS DEMAKU: THIS IS THE ONE THING I THINK WE CAN DO. I'M SORRY BECAUSE I CAN'T HELP MORE MY PEOPLE YOU KNOW? THIS IS ONE WAY I CAN HELP.)) [RUNS :13]
[OUT Q=CAN HELP.]

LOCAL VOLUNTEER AGENCIES LOOK FOR PEOPLE LIKE THE DEMAKU'S WHO ARE WILLING TO TAKE IN FAMILIES AND HELP THEM ADJUST TO LIFE IN AMERICA.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I WILL]

((MERIMA DEMAKU: I WILL EXPLAIN HOW IT WAS FOR US WHEN WE CAME OVER HERE AND HOW WE'RE LIVING NOW.)) [RUNS :05]
[OUT Q=IN ANY WAY.]

BRED (BREAD) AND DINA (DEE-NA) SEHOVIC AND THEIR SON ADEN FLED THE WAR IN BOSNIA AND MADE THEIR WAY TO FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES. NOW THEY WANT TO HELP THE REFUGEES.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=MY WIFE]

((BRED SEHOVIC: MY WIFE SHE HAS FAMILY IN THE KOSOVO AND WE DECIDED WE FEEL SORRY FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO IS COMING FROM KOSOVO BECAUSE THE SAME, SAME THINGS THAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM THAT HAPPENED TO US IN BOSNIA A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.)) [RUNS :14]
[OUT Q=YEARS AGO.]

BOTH THE SEHOVIC'S AND THE DEMAKU'S SAY THEY WILL TAKE IN A FAMILY NO MATTER THE SIZE SO THAT IT WON'T BE BROKEN UP.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I THINK]

((DINA SEHOVIC: I THINK IN THIS SITUATION IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW BIG SPACE AS LONG AS YOU GIVE THEM GOOD WELCOME.)) [RUNS :08]
[OUT Q=GOOD WELCOME.]
(+++++++)

[STANDUP] MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO OPEN UP THEIR HOMES TO THE REFUGEES. WHILE IT IS NOT DEFINITE WHEN THEY WILL ARRIVE IN OUR AREA, THE REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES DIRECTOR SAYS SHE THINKS IT WILL PROBABLY BE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER. SAMANTHA SILVER, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))

[E-Kosovo-Relief]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-15 23:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile, help is on the way for those left behind in refugee camps in Albania.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest]


Officials with the World Help organization in Forest yesterday loaded up their third tractor trailer load of emergency supplies for the Kosovo refugees.
The food, clothing, medicine and hospital supplies should arrive in Albania within a few weeks.
(------------)


[E-Tornado-Relief]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-5 2:02:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Danville-area residents are sending relief to Oklahoma tornado victims.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Members of the River-oak Church of God are loading up two trailers full of supplies to drive to Oklahoma early next week.
Thirty area churches and several local businesses have pitched in with water and other supplies.
They still need tools, diapers, cleaning supplies and paper products, among other items.
If you'd like to help out, you can make donations to River-Oak Church of God by next Monday.
(------------)


[S-Collins]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-19 TC07:21]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


A Covington lawyer is running for a seat in the House of Delegates.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington;]


Michael Collins yesterday announced his bid for the Republican nomination for the 18th District Seat.
Collins has worked as an attorney in Covington for 25 years.
He backs funding for school resource officers in the wake of escalating violence.
If he wins the nomination he'll likely face Democratic incumbent Creigh (CREE) Deeds.
(-------------)


[Reeve-Walks]


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


A big step for science and for actor Christopher Reeve.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]

[4:10;42]
The film star, who played Superman has regained feeling and movement in his legs, thanks to new technology developed by NASA.
These pictures show Reeve walking on a treadmill using his own legs and his own muscles, even though he is paralyzed from neck down.
This NASA technology allows Reeve to move his legs.. in the same way astronauts' muscles respond to zero gravity.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((CHRISTOPHER REEVE: "IN 1995 WHEN I SAID I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO STAND AND TOAST EVERYBODY IN THE YEAR 2002, A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY IRRESPONSIBLE."))
[SUPER=01-Christopher Reeve/Actor;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=really irresponsible.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Researchers say about 20 percent of spinal cord injury patients may be able to regain some motion as a result of this research.
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[Three-Steve]


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



[Microwave]
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[SUPER=11-Bedford Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Virginia Amateur Sports]
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[COMM #6]

((Archive:triathlon))

[E-Advance-Tickets]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=vvo]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Star Wars]


"Star Wars" fever picked up the pace across the nation yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[16:50:24]
Thousands of "Force" fans were waiting in line to snatch up advance tickets for "Episode One: The Phantom Menace".

From New York to L-A, and Oklahoma City to Orlando, people waited for hours to get the tickets that went on sale yesterday.
(------------)



(WIPE WIPE WIPE)


[E-Star-Wars]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-8 2:01:54]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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


There was NO shortage of Star Wars fans at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg yesterday.
And, as you might imagine, they were arriving early to get a place in line.
The movie itself won't be shown until a week from yesterday.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 15:19:36]
[IN Q=I'm sure]

((JAMES WRIGHT/STAR WARS FAN:I'M SURE IT WILL BE REALLY GOOD, I DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL EVER BE LIKE THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THAT'S MY FAVORITE, BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE SO, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT.))
[SUPER=01-James Wright/Star Wars Fan; :00]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to see it.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Those connected with the film had considered banning advance tickets sales to discourage scalpers...
But last month they reconsidered their decision.
(-----------------)


[Carmike-Info]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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The potential for scalpers is keeping one company from selling the advance tickets so soon - and that's affecting Roanoke fans.
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Carmike Cinema theaters will play the Star Wars premiere at midnight next Wednesday.
But tickets for that show won't go on sale until noon on Tuesday.
After that, you can buy advance tickets...
But you have to use them on the day that you buy them.
Each person will be allowed to buy as many as 10.

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Turning again to sports--
Drivers continue their preparations for the Pontiac Excitement 600 in Richmond this weekend.
Roy Stanley has more.
Good Morning Roy.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Local-Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Just a few hours before he was to be executed, Governor Jim Gilmore commuted Calvin Swann's death sentence.
His lawyers produced evidence Swann had been diagnosed as a schizoprenic 41 times by state doctors.. as a psychotic 31 times, and 16 times was committed to a psychiatric hospital.
It is the first death sentence Gilmore has commuted as governor.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The Wilderness Leadership Academy has a new name and a new project.
The Botetourt County school for troubled boys is now called the Arcadia Leadership Academy and students volunteer to build houses for the homeless.
This summer, students will also start building trails and shelters as part of other new programs.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Fans are already lining up at some area movie theaters, hoping to get a ticket to the Star Wars premiere next week.
But some chains, like Carmike Cinemas in Roanoke and Salem, won't sell advanced tickets until the day of the show.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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