[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]

It's believed to be the biggest ever undercover drug smuggling investigation involving a U-S airport.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]

A Montgomery County jury will resume deliberations today in the murder trial of twin brothers.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Still some lingering showers over the region this morning...otherwise today promises to be partly cloudy.
And in the tropics....both Dennis and Cindy have been updated to hurricane status.
More on that, coming up in the forecast.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[11Scales]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-34 30:52]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Montgomery County jury will resume deliberations this morning in the trial of Terry and Kerry Scales.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Closing arguments in the case wrapped up late yesterday afternoon.
The jury immediately began deliberating the case but about two hours later the 12 men and women decided to go home for the evening.
When they return -- they'll have to decide if the identical twins were justified in shooting and killing a man inside a Blacksburg nightspot two years ago.
The twins say they shot 30- year old Richard Bullard in self defense -- a theory no one in the bar that night backed up except the suspects' relatives.
One of the twins is also accused of malicious wounding.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He shot]

((SKIP SCHWAB/PROSECUTOR: HE SHOT MR. SHOEMAKER BECAUSE HE WAS COMING OVER TO HELP AND THEN HE TURNED-- MR. BULLARD WAS LAYING THERE AND PUT THE GUN IN HIS EAR AND PULLED THE TRIGGER BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE LEFT OUT BECAUSE HE AND HIS BROTHER DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=15 approx]
[OUT Q=everything together.]
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[VO-NAT]


The jury will resume deliberations at NINE am.
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[11Akers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-24 1:53:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke man says if he is not killed -- he will commit murder again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


30-year-old Thomas Akers killed and robbed 24-year-old Wesley Smith last December.
He savagely beat him with a metal bat in a Franklin County field.
Prosecutor Cliff Hapgood read from a letter Akers wrote to him.
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[SOT 5:23:05]
[IN Q=I have no sympathy]

((THOMAS AKERS/CAPITAL MURDERER: I HAVE NO SYMPATHY OR REMORSE FOR BEATING WESLEY SMITH TO DEATH. IN FACT IT GAVE ME AN INTENSE ERECTION. WHEN I LOOK AT YOU AND THE JUDGE IN THE COURTROOM, I ENVISION TAKING YOU BOTH AGAINST YOUR WILL AND TAKING BOTH OF YOU TO A REMOTE AREA OF FRANKLIN COUNTY AND CAUSING YOU TO DIE OF A SAVAGE BEATING.))
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=savage beating]
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[VO-NAT]


Police caught Akers and his cousin driving the victim's car through a Native American Indian reservation in New York.
Akers will be sentenced in November.
His cousin's trial is next month.
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[talk-show]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=legal scales]


Deliberations resume this morning in the retrial of a man accused of killing a fellow talk-show guest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI;]

[4:40]
Members of the Oakland County, Michigan, jury requested two items of evidence yesterday after they began considering the case against Jonathan Schmitz.
They were an orange construction blinker that Scott Amedure (AM'-eh-door) took from ``The Jenny Jones Show,'' and a sexually suggestive note he attached to the blinker which he left in the doorway of Schmitz's apartment.
Schmitz is accused of killing Amedure, who confessed during a taping of ``The Jenny Jones Show'' that he had a secret gay crush on Schmitz. 29
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[Drug-bust]


[ANCHOR=kmc]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Dozens of American airlines employees have been charged with using their jobs and their company's planes to smuggle cocaine and heroin into the United States.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]


Dozens were arrested yesterday in Miami, following a two year federal investigation.
Most of them were ramp workers and baggage handlers who were trafficking cocaine and other drugs aboard flights to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Puerto Rico.
Authorities say the suspects hid the drugs in food carts and backpacks.
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[SOT]

(( Tom Scott/U. S. Attorney: "In many of these transactions, these individuals were not suppose to be at the airport, they were not working that day. They had come to the airport literally to perform criminal conduct utilizing their security passes, utilizing their uniforms.. in order to bypass security, bypass the laws of the United States and take contraband onto these airplanes." ))
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Tom Scott/U. S. Attorney;]
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=ONTO THESE AIRLINES]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials say the operation was not just limited to drugs... but used for transporting guns and explosives as well.
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[11Net-Pirate]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Bob Goodlatte]


Congressman Bob Goodlatte's No Electronic Theft Act nets it's first conviction.
A University of Oregon student pled guilty in federal court to criminal copyright infringement for trafficking in unlicensed software on the Internet.
University officials alerted police after the student's web site began to generate a large amount of traffic.
The NET Act makes it illegal to steal copyrighted works such as software programs and musical recordings.
Goodlatte introduced the Act in 1997.

[6Rain-Drought]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-23 2:03:09]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


13 more Virginia Counties have been declared drought disaster areas by the U-S Department of Agriculture.
Among them are Bedford and Highland Counties.
Recent rains may be welcome, but it is hardly enough to bring relief to many areas hit hard by the long drought.
Steve Smallshaw has more from Bedford County.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=natsot]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]
[SUPER=01-Craig Meadows/Bedford City Manager; :23]
[SUPER=01-Scott Baker/Bedford Co. Extension Agent; :54]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]



(([natsot rainfall ]
[RUNS= 02]


For brief periods of time Wednesday, Bedford seemed to have all the water it needed and then some.
But the rain that has forced residents to dust off their umbrellas still isn't enough to ease the city's water woes.
Bedford's reservoir is more than five feet below the spillway.. and mandatory restrictions on use of outside water remain in place.
[SOT 14:26:18]

((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: BECAUSE IT'S BEEN SO DRY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE RAINFALL THAT'S FALLING IS PRETTY MUCH BEING ABSORBED INTO THE GROUND PRETTY QUICKLY AND THE THING THAT WE NEED TO REPLACE THE RESERVOIR IS WATER THAT RUNS OFF, AND IT REALLY TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF RAIN TO GET TO THAT LEVEL.))
[RUNS= 14]
[OUT Q=to that level.]


On the agricultural side, all this precipitation may be too little, too late for area farmers.
Beef cattle weigh less, dairy cows are producing less milk.. and the corn and hay crops farmers rely on for winter feed have been cut in half.
[SOT 14:14:21]

((SCOTT BAKER/BEDFORD CO. EXTENSION AGENT: MOST OF THE CORN CROP IS AT A STAGE WHERE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL NOT REALLY IMPROVE THE CONDITION MUCH. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WOULD ALLOW US TO HAVE A LATE FALL CUTTING OF HAY, BUT AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME, THE ODDS OF THAT ARE DWINDLING.))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=are dwindling.]


Baker says no amount of rain can offset what is turning out to be one of the three worst droughts Virginia has seen this century.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))

[6Tobacco-Money]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-26 1:30:44]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Settlement]


48 states settled out-of-court with American tobacco companies to help pay for present and future tobacco-related illnesses.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:58:47]
[IN Q=The genesis]

((PAUL KITCHEN/VIRGINIA MEDICAL SOCIETY: THE GENESIS OF THE WHOLE TOBACCO DEBATE REALLY WAS A HEALTH-CARE RELATED ISSUE. IT WASN'T BECAUSE STATES NEEDED ROADS BUILT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Kitchen/Virginia Medical Society;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=roads built.]
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[VO-NAT]


So the Medical Society of Virginia and American Lung Association are asking Governor Jim Gilmore to rethink the proposal he'll make Tuesday.
Gilmore's expected to unveil his plan for road-building... using tobacco settlement money.
In Virginia, only ten percent of the four BILLION dollars expected over the next 25 years will go to keep teens from smoking.
Fifty percent is already promised to the tobacco-farming communities.
That leaves 40-percent unspent so far.
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[11UPS-Rails]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-29 48:07]
[GRAPHIC=NS-Growing Pains]


Norfolk Southern's growing pains are getting worse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


United Parcel Service is pulling half of its business from the railroad.
Since N-S and C-S-X took over Conrail in June ... there's been a huge traffic jam in the Northeast.
Packages haven't been delivered on time.
And U-P-S says that's "unacceptable."
Norfolk Southern said losing half of its U-P-S business is a "significant loss."
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[11Abortion-Law]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion]


A federal judge is refusing to let Virginia enforce its ban on so-called "partial birth" abortions.
Judge Robert Payne struck down the one year old law as unconstitutional in July.
Yesterday, he refused to let the law go back into effect until an appeal could be filed.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley -- who wrote the ban on certain late term abortions -- says he'll file an appeal with the U-S Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals later this week.


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, taking a walk may prevent heart disease in women.

Maggie Cooper has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Maggie Cooper/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(Information:
ONCAM=maggie

((on Cam) A STUDY IN THIS WEEK'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SAYS A BRISK WALK CAN GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS PREVENTING HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN.
VT=VO

((vo)) WALKING THREE HOURS A WEEK, HELPS LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL AND WEIGHT, ALL FACTORS THAT CAN CAUSE HEART DISEASE. DOCTORS ADD THAT ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO START. EVEN POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN CAN CUT DOWN THEIR RISK. HEART DISEASE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY.
VT=VO

((vo)) THERE'S MORE HEART NEWS TO TELL YOU ABOUT TODAY. ANOTHER STUDY IN THIS WEEKS'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SUGGESTS THAT AGGRESSIVE SURGERY ON HEART ATTACK PATIENTS WHO HAVE GONE INTO SHOCK CAN INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF LONG TERM SURVIVAL. BUT THE DOCTORS SAY.... IT DOES LITTLE TO HELP IN THE SHORT TERM. AFTER SIX MONTHS, FIFTY PERCENT OF THE PATIENTS WHO HAD EMERGENCY SURGERY DIED, COMPARED TO A SIXTY-THREE PERCENT DEATH RATE AMONG PEOPLE WHO DID NOT HAVE SURGERY.
ONCAM=maggie

((on cam)) AND DOCTORS ARE WARNING H-I-V INFECTED MOTHERS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF BREAST FEEDING. A NEW STUDY OUT OF AFRICA FOUND THE BABIES OF THESE WOMAN HAVE A ONE IN TEN CHANCE OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS IF THEY BREAST FEED FOR TWO YEARS. DOCTORS SAY THE RISK OF INFECTION IS HIGHEST WHEN A BABY IF FIRST BORN. AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MAGGIE COOPER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


(ad lib to weather)

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


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


Hurricane Dennis may be about to menace the Bahamas, but people on the islands don't seem too concerned.
The head of the country's disaster agency says there is ``some degree of complacency'' because the islands have dodged a direct hurricane hit for many years.
The storm may also be headed for the southeastern US.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


At least 58 American Airline employees and contract workers have been indicted in Miami on drug charges.
Authorities say it may be the biggest undercover drug smuggling investigation ever at a U-S airport.
Officials say the defendants hid drugs in food carts, garbage bags and carry on luggage.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And for the third time in less than a week, there's been a major mishap at an American theme park. The "boomerang" roller coaster at six flags marine world in California got stuck yesterday, leaving the strapped in passengers stranded.
Meantime the Shockwave roller coaster at Kings Dominion will reopen today following the death of a man from New York on Monday.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this August 26-th .
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[hurricane-Dennis]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Dennis]


Residents from Florida to North Carolina are being warned to keep an eye on Hurricane Dennis.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nassau, Bahamas;]

[4:59:45]
It's centered off the southeastern coast of the Bahamas, packing winds of around 75 miles per hour.
A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning has been issued for the islands.
But most residents there don't seem too concerned because the islands have dodged a direct hurricane hit for many years. [4:50:09]
Dennis could be headed for the southeastern U-S coastline.
And they're not taking any chances in states like Florida and the Carolinas.
Home depot in Miami is stocking up on supplies like plywood and batteries.
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]


Tropical Storm Cindy has also been upgraded to a Hurricane but poses no imminent threat to land.

[amusement-park]


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


Paramount Parks says it's reopening standup roller coaster rides at three of its North American amusement parks.
But four other rides will remain closed indefinitely.
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[VO-NAT]



The closings follow two fatal accidents, including one on the Shockwave at Kings Dominion.
Paramount says it's reopening the standup roller coasters because an investigation shows the accident at Kings Dominion was the result of rider misconduct.
[SUPER=03-Vallejo, CA;]

[4;05:52]
Meantime, in California yesterday dozens of passengers were trapped for several hours on a roller coaster at Marine World.
Some passengers were left hanging at a 45 degree angle as temperatures hovered around 100 degrees.
Five people were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion.

(------------------)[11College-Drinking]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-31]
[GRAPHIC=College Drinking]


Most Colleges and Universities in Virginia deal with underage drinking. Now schools are trying to take control of this problem with a new program that notifies parents when a student gets into trouble. Kate Weidaw explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=this may be]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;:00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Cullen/Judicial Affairs Director;:19]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;:30]
[SUPER=01-Renee Tiedemann/Freshman;:40]
[SUPER=@Kate1;:59]
[SUPER=01-Steven Clarke/Alcohol Abuse Prevention;1:18]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=kw news 7]

(( [VIDEO 98-49 30:13] This may be a familiar scene at colleges and universities across the country, underage drinking. But Virginia Tech is trying to curb the use of alcohol by students under the age of 21 by sending a letter home if they are arrested for drinking.

[SOT 18:28]
[INQ=]

((JEFF CULLEN/JUDICIAL AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: IN CASES OF SERIOUS ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS OR REPEAT ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS WE FIND THAT BRINGING PARENTS INTO THE CONVERSATION CAN BE HELPFUL TO BOTH THE PARENT AND THE STUDENT.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS:11]
The program started in January of this year and so far officials at the school say it has been a success. Parents seem to like it, but students have some reservations about it.

[SOT 17:38]
[INQ=]

((RENEE TIEDEMANN/FRESHMAN: I DON'T THINK I WOULD WANT MY PARENTS TO KNOW BECAUSE WHEN YOU COME TO COLLEGE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE INDEPENDENT AND I GUESS THAT MAKES YOU MORE DEPENDENT.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS:10]
This year the school is stepping up enforcement of the policy by making some additions.

[SOT 26:14]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: ALONG WITH THE VIRGINIA TECH CAMPUS POLICE, THE BLACKSBURG POLICE, AND THE MONTGOMERY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAVE TEAMED UP TO HELP FIGHT UNDERAGE DRINKING.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS:10]
The additional law enforcement will notify the school when someone is arrested off school grounds. But if students have a serious drinking problem - help is there.

[SOT 13:33]
[INQ=]

((STEVEN CLARKE/ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION: WE INITIATED TWO NEW ALCOHOL EDUCATION CLASSES, WE'RE GOING TO BE INITIATING A NEW ALCOHOL PREVENTION CAMPAIGN.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS:10]
And with experts saying alcohol use is on the rise among teenagers and young adults, the university says a letter to parents seems like a sensible response. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))




[11Rape-Prevention]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-37]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rape is a widespread problem on college campuses and it's usually after drinking.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]

A date rape survivor told freshmen at Randolph Macon Woman's College that drinking accounts for over half the sexual assaults at colleges. Allyson Kurker spoke about her graduation night when she was sexually assaulted.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:26:33]
[IN Q=It wasn't]

((ALLYSON KURKER/RAPE SURVIVOR: IT WASN'T GRUESOME, THERE WEREN'T WEAPONS, THERE WAS NO THREAT. THERE WAS SIMPLY A FRIEND OF MINE HOLDING ME AGAINST MY WILL TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH ME.))
[SUPER=01-Allyson Kurker/Rape Survivor]
[RUNS=9]
[OUT Q=with me.]
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[VO-NAT]

School administrators think it's important to include sexual assault awareness programs during the first few weeks of school. The introduction of more freedom and accessibility to alcohol make women more vulnerable.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:39:37]
[IN Q=Young women]

((SARA JEAN WAGGONER/ORIENTATION CHAIRPERSON: YOUNG WOMEN, WHEN THEY'RE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED -- THEY'RE AFRAID TO TALK. I THINK A PROGRAM LIKE THIS ENCOURAGES THEM TO TALK -- ENCOURAGES THEM TO COME OUT WITH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Sara Jean Waggoner/Orientation Chairperson;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=with it.]
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[VO-NAT]

It's a Virginia state law that every college include education on both sexual assault and alcohol awareness for incoming freshman.
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[11Salem-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-25 1:18:01]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


An accident in downtown Salem caused some traffic problems.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


A car ran a stop sign yesterday afternoon and was hit broadside by a pickup truck at the intersection of College Avenue and the Boulevard.
The pickup flipped over and skidded into another car.
The car that ran through the stop sign also hit a fire hydrant and three tractors in a parking lot.
The driver of the truck was taken to Carilion-Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No word on his condition
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[11School-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:53:27]
[GRAPHIC=School Safety]


Henry County has heightened some security measures for the new school year.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


Students swarmed the halls under the surveillance of security cameras ... They've been installed in all four county high schools.
The cameras were tested with good results at Bassett Middle School last year.
Next, they'll be installed in ALL middle schools.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 24:52 - 25:07]
[IN Q=I think it'll be a great]
[SUPER=01-David Jeck/Bassett High School Principal;]

((DAVID JECK/BASSETT HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I THINK IT'LL BE A GREAT PREVENTATIVE MEASURE. BUT THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING. WHEN WE SEE IT IN ACTION AND SEE HOW KIDS RESPOND TO IT, WHICH SO FAR HAS BEEN VERY POSITIVE, THAT'S WHEN WE'RE GOING TO KNOW FOR SURE WHAT KIND OF PREVENTATIVE VENTURE IT IS.))
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=prevantative venture it is.]
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[VO-NAT]


Henry County has also placed security cameras on all 120 of its buses.
Three new armed resource officers will work full-time at the schools.
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[11Child-Support]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-21 1:55:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


State enforcement officials are looking for parents who aren't paying child support in Virginia.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]


This week, nearly 70 people in Pulaski County were summoned to appear in court.
If they don't make arrangements to pay up, they could face jail time.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:42:44]
[IN Q=currently]

((NICK YOUNG/CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT; CURRENTLY IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, THE BACK CHILD SUPPORT THAT IS OWED IS ONE POINT SIX BILLION DOLLARS, WITH A "B". IT IS AN ASTRONOMICAL SUM OF MONEY AND WE INTEND TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DENT IN THAT 1.6 BILLION.))
[super=01-Nick Young/Child Support Enforcement]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=one point six billion]
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[VO-NAT]


Part of the program involves extraditing deadbeat parents in other states back to Virginia to face charges.
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[11Cranwell]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-33 55:50]
[GRAPHIC=Cranwell]


Delegate Dick Cranwell has officially kicked off his campaign.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


Volunteers and supporters from the 14-th legislative district came to the Lancerlot Fitness Center in Vinton to celebrate yesterday.
Cranwell says this year he plans to focus his attention on education and health care.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 31:13]
[IN Q=I think]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/(D) VINTON: I THINK LAST YEAR WE STARTED THE PROCESS OF PUTTING THE HEALTH CARE ISSUES BACK INTO THE HANDS OF PATIENTS AND THEIR DOCTORS AND TAKE THEM OUT OF HMOs.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Dick Cranwell/(D) Vinton;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=out of HMOs]
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[VO-NAT]


Cranwell says his favorite part about campaigning is getting back to the grass roots -- by knocking on doors and asking what the people want for the future.
(------------)




[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]


A Montgomery County jury will resume deliberations at 9 this morning in the trial of Terry and Kerry Scales.

Closing arguments in the case wrapped up late yesterday afternoon.
The jury immediately began deliberating the case but about two hours later the 12 men and women decided to go home for the evening.
When they return today -- they'll have to decide if the identical twins were justified in shooting and killing a man inside a Blacksburg nightspot two years ago.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The search is on for parents who aren't paying child support in Virginia.
This week, nearly 70 people in Pulaski County were summoned to appear in court.
Part of the program involves extraditing deadbeat parents in other states back to Virginia to face charges.

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


13 more Virginia Counties have been declared drought disaster areas by the U-S Department of Agriculture.
Among them are Bedford and Highland Counties.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]