[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A jailhouse confession from an accused California killer.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a decision is reached in the Lee Mural controversy in Richmond.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Today promises to be another hot one, even as a cold front approaches from the northwest.
But the front is touching off a few scattered showers this morning.
Complete forecast details, in a few minutes.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Lee-Mural]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC58:18]
[GRAPHIC=Mural Dispute]


Robert E- Lee WILL go back up on Richmond's flood wall.
Six hours of public comment ended last night with a six to three vote to put Lee back up at the city's new Canal Walk.
The revised image of Lee, along with some new black figures from Richmond history, was championed by Mayor Tim Kaine.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think]

((I THINK ROBERT E. LEE IS AN INCREDIBLY INSTRUCTIONAL PERSON. THE LESSONS ARE NOT PLEASANT. BUT HE WAS A MAN OF MANY VIRTUES WHO MADE AN ABSOLUTELY MONSTROUS AND HUGE MORAL ERROR IN HIS LIFE.))
[SOT ]

((YOUR DEFENSE OF YOUR PAPER IS DISINGENUOUS, BECAUSE IF LEE IS NOT UP ON YOUR WALL, HE'S EVERY DAMN WHERE ELSE AROUND HERE! AND SO WE CAN LEARN ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEE FROM THE BIGGEST STATUE IN THE CITY, TO HIS NAME EMBLAZONED ON EVERYTHING THAT DON'T MOVE!))
[SUPER=01-Tim Kaine/Richmond Mayor; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Sa'ad El-Amin/Richmond City Council; :17 ]
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[OUT Q=that don't move!]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Sa'ad El-Amin said he thought he was throwing Council "a bone" with his proposal to take ALL the murals down from the flood wall.
He said that meant that NO African- American figures would be going up, so neither race would be glorified over the other.
His proposal failed.

[E-Power-Conservation]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-28 29:01]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Even though the worst of the heat wave is over for now - American Electric Power says you should keep using energy "wisely."
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday the power company turned off the lights at its Roanoke headquarters and asked consumers to do the same.
AEP feared high temperatures across its entire seven-state region would strain the system.
But the company says so many people responded ... using less electricity ... that now the emergency is over.
Still ... AEP says higher temperatures could come back... and it's a good idea to keep conserving.
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[park-murders]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=murder investigation]


The hotel maintenance man linked to four murders in around California's Yosemite National Park is offering an apology to the victim's families.
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[VO-NAT]


In a jailhouse interview with a San Francisco T-V station Cary Stayner said he was acting out a 30 year old fantasy of killing women. [4:03;03]
[SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA;]


He was arraigned yesterday for the murder of 26 year old Joey Armstrong, a naturalist who worked at Yosemite and was found decapitated last week. [4:01:06]
And according to the station, Stayner also admitted murdering park visitors Carole Sune, her daughter Juli and family friend Silvina Pelosso in February.
[SUPER=03-Merced, CA;]

[4:04:15]
His father also talked to reporters, expressing disbelief.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
((REPORTER SOT: DO YOU BELIEVE HE DID THIS, SIR?
SOT: IF HE CONFESSED TO THIS, I DON'T KNOW IF HE DID IT, WHY HE CONFESSED IF HE HADN'T DONE IT. THERE MAY BE OTHER THIN

GS SURROUNDING THIS. MAYBE HE'S BEEN THREATENED. MAYBE OUR FAMILY'S BEEN THREATENED IF HE DIDN'T. I DONT KNOW. I DON'T KNOW, I COULDN'T TELL YOU.))
[SUPER=02-Delbert Stayner/Suspect's Father;]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=I COULDN'T TELL YOU.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


This isn't the first tragedy for Delbert Stayner.
In 19-72 their youngest son Steven was abducted by a child molester and kept from his family for seven years.
He later died in a motorcyle accident.

[S-Humphries]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-76 1:33:25]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The murder trial of a retired Covington businessman continues today in Putnam County, West Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington/September 1998;]


Carrol Eugene Humphries is accused of hiring two hit men to kill Billy Ray Abshire in 1976.
Humphries later married Abshire's wife, Kitty, who is also charged in the murder.
The case was moved out of Greenbrier County because of pre-trial publicity.
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[S-Moonshine-Forfeiture]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-16 2:01:10]
[GRAPHIC=Moonshine Forfeitures]


Moonshine makers continue to feel the heat - from a government crackdown.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 27, 1998]


The feds filed papers in court yesterday to seize the home of Jason Stanley... where police found a four-pot still and 600 gallons of untaxed liquor.
It's also where Stanley shot and killed his brother, Scott, last year.
JASON Stanley is serving time for manslaughter.
The government notes Stanley paid 77-thousand dollars for the property in 1995. He got a bank loan without listing a job or any source of income.
In less than two years, he had paid off the loan, in cash.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The government's also going after Ralph Hale's much more elaborate holdings... including half a dozen parcels of land, several of which are 100 acres or more- -plus mutual funds, C-D's and numerous vehicles.

[5-Drowning]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=599-05 1:41:19]
[GRAPHIC=Drowning]


A guest at a Roanoke motel drowned while swimming by himself Sunday night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Police say 24-year old Lian D. Lin was discovered in the pool at the Quality Inn near the Civic Center on Orange Avenue.
He was unconscious, and died later at a local hospital.
Investigators are calling it an accident.
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[Pool-Accident]


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


A 9-year old boy is doing better today, after almost drowing in the Lynchburg General Hospital Pool Friday.
Justin Moon's condition was upgraded from critical to serious at the U-V-A Medical Center.
Lynchburg Hospital officials say the boy was swimming without adult supervision, which is against hospital policy.

[1-Sports]


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


Western Virginia is looking for some whistle blowers.
Mike Stevens has the details in this morning's sports.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=good morning]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=on Monday]



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


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-3]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record] [Roll Cold out of Break]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on N7M]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Johnson/Athletes In Motion; :10]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :28]
[RUNS=2:37]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

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

[FIRES]


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


It's shaping up to be another scorcher across much of the nation today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, Il;]


It will be hottest in the eastern third of the country where the heat index has pushed into the hundreds.
At least 24 deaths are blamed on this latest heat wave.
[SUPER=03-Adelanto, CA;]

[4;08;41]
Meanwhile its fires they're fighting in the west.
Firefighters managed to contain a big wildfire in santa barbara county.
But the flames continue to burn in San Bernadino and Ventura Counties.
[SUPER=03-Musselshell, MT;]

[4:07:26]
Some 300 firefighters are battling a blaze in Mussellshell, Montanta.
The fire has consumed more than 33-thousand acres.
On the range lands, ranchers are racing the elements to protect their livestock.
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[E-New-River]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:15:03]
[GRAPHIC=New River]


Folks in the New River Valley are learning what it means to have one of just 14 designated American Heritage Rivers in their backyards.
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[VO-NAT]


It's been a year since the nation's oldest river received this distinction.
"Heritage Rivers" get top priority when it comes to government resources for development and preservation.
[SUPER=03-Dublin]


Congressman Rick Boucher held a conference for nearly 200 community leaders yesterday to let them know how to utilize these resources.
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[SOT 1:47:55]
[IN Q=And so]

((AND SO OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WILL BE ENHANCED, THE PRESERVATION OF OUR RESOURCES WILL BE ADVANCED, AND OUR TOURISM ECONOMY WILL BE EXPANDED.))
[SUPER=@Boucher]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=expanded]
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[VO-NAT]


Over 300 programs have been developed with localities as a result of the Heritage Rivers Initiative.
The designation carries no restrictions or regulations for private landowners, and program participation is voluntary.
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[Va-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Admissions]


Over the last three years the number of applicants at Virginia Tech has soared-- just last year the school had over-enrolled by 6-hundred.
This year, officials plan to make some changes.
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[VO-NAT]


The increase in applicants has led the university to up its standards-- excluding many students who previously would have been accepted.
The crunch for space has led the admissions department to ask potential students to attend a different school for a semester and start up at Tech in the Spring.
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[SOT 24:47]
[INQ=during the ]

((KAREN TORGERSEN/UNDERGRADUATE ADM. DIR: DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED AND ARE OUT ON COOP SO WE HAVE SPACE.))
[SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Undergraduate Admissions Dir.;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUTQ=we have space]
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[VO-NAT]


Torgersen says not every applicant given this option attends Tech.
The university's enrollment cap is 25-thousand.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, researchers have new treatments and predictors for epilepsy in children.
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=1:15]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((THERE IS A NEW TREATMENT OPTION AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY.
VT=VO

((vo)) THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION JUST APPROVED THE USE OF THE ANTI-EPILEPTIC DRUG TOPAMAX. IT CAN BE TAKEN BY CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS TWO. THOSE KIDS WHO TYPICALLY REFUSE TO TAKE MEDICATIONS WILL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT TOPAMAX CAN BE MIXED WITH FOODS LIKE PUDDING.
VT=VO

((vo)) IN RELATED NEWS, A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT THE SEIZURES BABIES GET WHEN THEY HAVE HIGH FEVERS MAY PREDISPOSE THEM TO EPILEPSY LATER IN LIFE. IN THIS WEEKS JOURNAL "NATURE MEDICINE" RESEARCHERS DEBUNK THE COMMON PERCEPTION THAT SUCH SEIZURES CAUSE NO LONG TERM DAMAGE. A RECENT STUDY ON RATS SUGGESTS THAT HIGH BODY TEMPERATURES NEGATIVELY EFFECT THE PART OF THE BRAIN CALLED THE HIPPOCAMPUS WHICH CONTROLS SHORT TERM MEMORY AND LEARNING.
VT=VO

((vo)) AND THERE IS NEW HOPE THIS MORNING FOR COUPLES HOPING TO CONCEIVE A BABY THROUGH IN VITRO FERTILIZATION RESEARCHERS IN CALIFORNIA SAY THAT IF A TEST TUBE BABY IS ALLOWED TO MATURE MORE FULLY BEFORE BEING IMPLANTED IN THE MOTHER'S WOMB, THE CHANCES OF CONCEPTION CAN RISE BY AS MUCH AS 15 PERCENT. THIS METHOD ALSO CUTS DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF MULTIBLE BIRTHS WHICH CAN BE UNSAFE FOR BOTH THE MOTHER AND THE CHILDREN.
ONCAM=MIKA

AND THAT'S THIS MORNING'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, 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 #)
[SUPER=16-(800) 323-3755/Athletes In Motion;]



[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)

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


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


More hot weather is in the forecast for parts of the eastern U-S today.
Some two dozen deaths are blamed on the heat wave.
Meantime in the West, their battling wildfires that have scorched tens of thousands of acres.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


The man being held for four murders in and around Yosemite National Park has told a San Francisco T-V station he was acting-out long-held fantasies.
The station says Cary Stayner admitted in a jailhouse interview he'd dreamed of killing women for 30 years.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Richmond City Council has approved a revised set of portraits for an outdoor display along the city's floodwall.

The portraits include one of Confederate General Robert E-Lee.
The decision came late last night following a public hearing on a proposal to leave the wall blank.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[stayner]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


The California man who has confessed to killing four people in and around Yosemite National Park is apologizing to the victims' families.
In a jailhouse interview with a San Francisco T-V station, Cary Stayner says he was acting out a fantasy fo killing woman and wasn't able to control himself.
Jon Baird has more on the investigation.
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[SOT]

[4:01:06]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-James Maddock/FBI;]
[SUPER=03-El Portal, CA;]
[SUPER=07-Michael Larwick;]
[SUPER=01-John Baird/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=]



[2-S-Humphries]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-76 1:33:25]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A reitred Covington businessman will be back in a Putnam County, West Virginia courtroom today answering murder charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington/September 1998;]


Carrol Eugene Humphries is accused of hiring two hit men to kill Billy Ray Abshire in 1976.
Humphries later married Abshire's wife, Kitty, who is also charged in the murder.
The case was moved out of Greenbrier County because of pre-trial publicity.
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[E-Gray]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-19]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The Franklin County man whose rollback wrecker killed two people last January will not spend any time in jail.
In fact, he is now his company's safety and training coordinator.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Michael Gray was driving]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January 25; :04]
[SUPER=01-Michael Gray/Convicted Driver; :16]
[SUPER=@Tina1; :35]
[RUNS=:50]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7.]

(( Michael Gray was driving a rollback wrecker on Route 220 when he looked down at his clipboard, smashed into a car and pushed it under a school bus.
Eight year old Emily Sturgill and her grandmother Jeri Gillespie were killed.
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[SOT 14:37:13]
[IN Q=IF THERE WERE ]

((IF THERE WERE EVER ANY WAY FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND I WOULD NEVER HAVE HURT ANYONE FOR ANY REASON YOU MIGHT FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO FORGIVE ME.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=TO FORGIVE ME]


A judge sentenced Gray to 200 hours community service and a thousand dollar fine but suspended a year's jail time.

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[SOT 19:15:28]
[IN Q=The victims' families]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE VICTIMS' FAMILIES HAVE FILED A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT AGAINST BOTH GRAY AND HIS COMPANY BUT, THROUGH THEIR LAWYERS, THEY ASKED NOT TO BE CONTACTED. EMILY WOULD HAVE TURNED NINE TODAY. TINA TENRET NEWS7 )) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=News7]))



[2-Lee-Mural]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC58:18]
[GRAPHIC=Mural Dispute]


Robert E- Lee WILL go back up on Richmond's flood wall.
Six hours of public comment ended last night with a six to three vote to put Lee back up at the city's new Canal Walk.
The revised image of Lee, along with some new black figures from Richmond history, was championed by Mayor Tim Kaine.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I think]

((I THINK ROBERT E. LEE IS AN INCREDIBLY INSTRUCTIONAL PERSON. THE LESSONS ARE NOT PLEASANT. BUT HE WAS A MAN OF MANY VIRTUES WHO MADE AN ABSOLUTELY MONSTROUS AND HUGE MORAL ERROR IN HIS LIFE.))
[SOT ]

((YOUR DEFENSE OF YOUR PAPER IS DISINGENUOUS, BECAUSE IF LEE IS NOT UP ON YOUR WALL, HE'S EVERY DAMN WHERE ELSE AROUND HERE! AND SO WE CAN LEARN ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEE FROM THE BIGGEST STATUE IN THE CITY, TO HIS NAME EMBLAZONED ON EVERYTHING THAT DON'T MOVE!))
[SUPER=01-Tim Kaine/Richmond Mayor; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Sa'ad El-Amin/Richmond City Council; :17 ]
[RUNS=:40]
[OUT Q=that don't move!]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Sa'ad El-Amin said he thought he was throwing Council "a bone" with his proposal to take ALL the murals down from the flood wall.
He said that meant that NO African- American figures would be going up, so neither race would be glorified over the other.
His proposal failed.

[Train-Fatality]


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


A man was killed Sunday night in Wytheville when he was struck by a train.
Police say 32- year old Jeffrey Keith Hall died shortly before midnight.
The conductor reportedly saw something laying between the tracks and hit the brakes but it was too late.
The train, which was traveling about 35- miles per hour, was pulling 85 cars.
Police say they don't know if alcohol was involved.

[2-E-Power-Conservation]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-28 29:01]
[GRAPHIC=None]


American Electric Power says you should keep using energy "wisely," even though the worst of the heat wave appears to be over.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday the power company turned off the lights at its Roanoke headquarters and asked consumers to do the same.
AEP feared high temperatures across its entire seven-state region would strain the system.
But the company says so many people responded ... using less electricity ... that now the emergency is over.
Still ... AEP says higher temperatures could come back... and it's a good idea to keep conserving.
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[Three-Steve]


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


[On Record] [ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Johnson/Athletes In Motion; :15]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :35]
[RUNS=3:07]
[OUT Q=(me doing split)that's as far as it goes...]


[Steve Live]
(I'll call for #)
[SUPER=16-(800) 323-3755/Athletes In Motion;]



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



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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: cheerleading))

[Shipyard-Strike]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Strike]


Striking shipyard workers in Newport News won't vote on a new contract until Friday.
They were scheduled to vote today, but the steelworkers union delayed the ratification vote so more copies of the proposed contract could be distributed to members.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/June 25]


The vote will either end a 16-week strike, or send the union and company back to the bargaining table to try again.
A simple majority is needed for ratification.
The tentative agreement was reached after a week of almost nonstop federally mediated talks last Friday, but some union members said they were disappointed with the proposed raise and the length of the deal.
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[E-Va-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-29 17:01]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Admissions]


Over the last three years the number of applicants to Virginia Tech has soared--causing the university to up its standards for admission.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[IN Q=As the new]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Undergraduate Adm. Dir.; :23]
[SUPER=01-Vera Morgan/Incoming Freshman; :55]
[SUPER=01-Hideshi Ishikwa/Va Tech Junior; 1:11]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=N7 Blacksburg]

((As the new freshmen at Virginia Tech start their orientation for the upcoming school year-- the undergraduate admissions office is flooded with more and more applications each school year. The increase in applicants has led the university to up its standards-- excluding many students who previously would have been accepted.
[SOT 25:58]
[INQ=]

((KAREN TORGERSEN/DIR. UNDERGRADUATE ADM.: THIS GROUP OF STUDENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN ONES WE OFFERED TO IN THE PAST BUT BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED COMPETETIVNESS IN OUR ENROLLMENT POOL WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE SPACE FOR THEM.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]

The crunch for space has led the admissions department to ask potential students to attend a different school for a semester and start up at Tech in the Spring.
[SOT 24:47]
[INQ=]

((KAREN TORGERSEN/UNDERGRADUATE ADM. DIR: DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED AND ARE OUT ON COOP SO WE HAVE SPACE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]

Vera Morgan, an incoming freshman, is happy the school is being so selective with the new class.
[SOT 40:42]
[INQ=]

((VERA MORGAN/INCOMING FRESHMAN: IT'S GOOD TO BE IN A COLLEGE WHERE YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO COME WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]

Some students at Virinigia Tech say they've seen a difference in the student body over the past few years.
[SOT 39:39]
[INQ=]

((HIDESHI ISHIKWA/VA TECH JUNIOR: IT'S DEFINITELY GETTING MORE COMPETITIVE HERE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY STUDENTS THEY HAVE TO BE MORE SELECTIVE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]

The admissions department doesn't want to discourage people from applying but wants to remind applicants that it's not where you start school, but where you get your degree. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))

[3-Sports]


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


In sports, the Redskins and the Panthers began summer training this week.
Here's Mike Stevens with a preview.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=thanks guys]
[RUNS=2:08]
[OUT Q=see ya later]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Robert E. Lee will appear on Richmond's flood wall.
Six hours of public comment ended last night with a six to three vote to put Lee back up at the city's new Canal Walk.
The revised image of Lee, along with some new black figures from Richmond history, was championed by Mayor Tim Kaine.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The murder trial of a retired Covington businessman continues today in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Carrol Eugene Humphries is accused of hiring two hit men to kill Billy Ray Abshire in 1976.
Humphries later married Abshire's wife, Kitty, who is also charged in the murder.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Even though the worst of the heat wave is over for now - American Electric Power says you should keep using energy "wisely."
A-E-P feared high temperatures across its entire seven-state region would strain the system.
But the company says so many people responded ... using less electricity ... that now the emergency is over.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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