[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A labor day party in Iowa ends with a deadly house explosion.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And A United Nations official says martial law has done nothing to stop the chaos in East Timor.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


We've said goodbye to the remnants of Tropical Storm Dennis around here, but a passing cold front could bring a few more scattered showers later on.
Otherwise, partly cloudy today, with more SUMMER-like temperatures. [2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a look at how Opera Roanoke is raising money.

[Iowa-house]


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


Investigators in Richland, Iowa, will resume their search today for the cause of a house explosion that killed seven people.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richland, Iowa;]


The blast injured six others, three of them critically, who were gathered for a Labor Day party.
A neighbor who rushed to the scene says the homeowner mentioned a gas grill in the kitchen.
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[5:03:23-31]
[IN=JERRY TRIED TO SAY...]
[SUPER=01-Marie Rief/Neighbor;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT=KEPT MENTION THE GRILL.]
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[VO-NAT]


Witnesses say five ambulances and three helicopters were on the scene shortly after the explosion, which happened at about 4 p-m.
Authorities say the dead were found in the house's basement, their bodies burned beyond recognition.
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[CBS-Merger]


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


CBS and Viacom may be about to announce the biggest media merger ever.
The Wall Street Journal reports the two will unveil plans to combine forces today in New York.
The deal would create a media powerhouse -- including the C-B-S network, cable's M-T-V, Nashville Network and Nickelodeon, and the Paramount Pictures film studio.

[East-timor]


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


East Timor is in a state of siege this morning, as Indonesia's president declares martial law in the region.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dili, East Timor;]

[4:02:27]
The violence comes after the area voted to secede from Indonesia.
There are reports that roving bands of pro-Indonesian militia are using rocket propelled grenades to set houses on fire.
There are also reports that these same people killed more than 170 people yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Hanoi, Vietnam;]


While on a diplomatic mission in Vietnam, the U-S Secretary of State called on the Indonesian government to take care of the chaotic situation.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[10:12]
[IN Q=we have made it quite clear...]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=deal with this issue.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


As this terror unfolds, the United nations and other world groups have evacuated their personnel.
Meanwhile, the red cross says refugees continue to pour into neighboring West Timor.
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[Holiday-Traffic]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=99-38 TC06:05]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Travel]


Dennis may have spoiled the fun- but the stormy weather actually meant safer highways this past weekend.
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]
[Super=03-Roanoke Co.;]


While roads were busy they were not nearly as packed as a typical Labor Day weekend-
Canceled beach trips and rained out barbecues- meant fewer people on the roads.
That meant fewer accidents.
And the rainy weather forced people who were out- to slow down.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:06:41]
[IN Q=]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/STATE POLICE: YEA WE DO SEE A REDUCTION IN SPEED AND WHEN WE HAVE A REDUCTION IN SPEED WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO REDUCE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE CRASHES THAT WE HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/State Police]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=THAT WE HAVE.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


State police say overall accidents in this region- covering 14 counties- are down from last year.
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[S-Clinton]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-43 3:24]
[GRAPHIC=TS Dennis]


Federal assistance is heading to Virginia after President Clinton declared parts of the state a disaster area yesterday.
About a thousand people were left homeless after a tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Dennis ripped roofs off houses and apartment buildings in the Tidewater area Saturday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk;]


The President was in Norfolk speaking at an elementary school.
The declaration makes the state eligible for federal aid and is aimed at the Hampton area, where the tornado caused more than seven million dollars in damage.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:37:34]
[IN Q=150 homes were]

((PRESIDENT CLINTON; 150 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND SIX PEOPLE WERE INJURED. AS WE PRAY FOR THEIR SWIFT RECOVERY, WE ARE ALSO ALREADY WORKING ON THOSE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES, AND TO HELP THEM GET THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTY BACK. ))
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=property back]
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[VO-NAT]


Earlier yesterday the President helped fix a computer desk at another elementary school, as he attacked the Republican tax cut plan, saying it would take money away from school renovation projects.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, Jim Druckenmiller has a new jersey.
Here's Steve Mason with the details.
Good Morning Steve.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=2:27]
[OUT Q=great Tuesday.]



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


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-5]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Craig Fields/Artistic Director; :16]
[SUPER=@File; :29]
[RUNS=2:39]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

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

[S-School-Families]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-45 TC02:50]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


The beginning of the school year usually means new teachers and classmates for students, but some local elementary schools are trying something new.
Students may have the same classmates, even the same teacher, next year.
Tina Tenret explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Eight year old Megan Eller]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :08]
[SUPER=07-Megan Eller; :14]
[SUPER=07-Zach Boitnott; :36]
[SUPER=01-Beth Hudson/Teacher; :54]
[SUPER=@Tina1; 1:01]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Graves/Teacher; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 *****Tight Out**]
(((///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:26:00]
((nat sot: If you run out of room you should go on the back))

[RUNS:02]
Eight-year-old Megan Eller just graduated from second to third grade.
But the faces around her did NOT change.
The same children are in her class as last year.
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[SOT 10:35:28]
[IN Q=I like them being]

((MEGAN ELLER: I LIKE THEM BEING IN MY CLASS BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS PLAY WITH ME AND THEY KNOW ME AND I CAN BE THEIR FRIENDS.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=I can be their friends]


Boones Mill Elementary School is trying this for the first time: keeping children together in so-called families as they jump to the next grade.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:05:01]
[IN Q=I like it]

((ZACH BOITNOTT: I LIKE IT BECAUSE A LOT OF MY FRIENDS I'VE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME ARE IN MY CLASS AND I CAN DO A LOT MORE STUFF WITHOUT BEING EMBARRASSED.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=embarrassed]


They only stay together for two years -- then, the groups are reshuffled.
In the meantime, though, they do meet people outside their class.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:45:47]
[IN Q=They're not cliquey]

((BETH HUDSON: THEY'RE NOT CLIQUE-Y AT ALL. WHEN WE'RE ON THE PLAYGROUND THEY PLAY WITH EVERY CHILD.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=with every child]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:36:09]
[IN Q=THIS WHOLE IDEA]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THIS WHOLE IDEA IS BASED ON A POPULAR BOOK CALLED THE BASIC SCHOOL WHICH TALKS ABOUT TURNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS INTO COMMUNITIES AND TEACHING CORE VALUES LIKE HONESTY AND DISCIPLINE.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=HONESTY AND DISCIPLINE]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:01:43]

((zero plus seven what does that equal? seven!)) [RUNS:03]
Kipps Elementary School in Blacksburg is a three-year veteran of this system, taking it even one step further.
Teachers stay with the kids too.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:30:06]
[IN Q=I FELT IT]

((LYNN GRAVES/TEACHER: I FELT IT MADE US BETTER TEACHERS BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO DO BOTH GRADES. IN FIRST GRADE WE KNEW WHERE TO TAKE THE CHILDREN AND WHAT WAS EXPECTED IN SECOND GRADE.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=SECOND GRADE]


Parents who don't LIKE their child's teacher or classmates CAN opt out.
But those who stick with it say they've built confidence and close bonds.
Family style.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County))

[MDA-Telethon]


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


It came down to the wire, but this weekend's Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon set a new record.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Want to see ]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/Muscular Dystrophy Association;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=nat cheering]
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[VO-NAT]


In the final hour, the telethon broke last year's record of 51-point-57 million dollars.
73-year-old Jerry Lewis sat out most of the event backstage after reportedly seeing double and complaining of a headache.
The comedian was hospitalized last month after falling ill to viral meningitis.
Two neurologists monitored Lewis' condition throughout the broadcast.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, you may want to drink an extra glass of juice after watching this morning's health report.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( RESEARCHERS IN WISCONSIN SAY A FRUIT JUICE POPULAR WITH CHILDREN MAY BE GOOD FOR ADULTS WITH HEART PROBLEMS.
VT-VO
A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL "CIRCULATION" FOUND THAT WHEN 15 ADULTS WITH CORONARY DISEASE DRANK PURPLE GRAPE JUICE FOR TWO WEEKS, THE ELASTICITY OF THEIR BLOOD VESSELS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED.
IT'S BEEN SHOWN THAT NARROW ARTERIES CAN LEAD TO HEART ATTACKS OR STROKES.
VT-VO
AND NOW TO A JUICE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR. RESEARCHERS FROM MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOUND THAT ORANGE JUICE WAS SHOWN TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF COLON CANCER.
ORANGE JUICE CONTAINS CANCER PREVENTATIVE AGENTS KNOWN AS PHYTO-CHEMICALS. SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT IS THEIR PRESENCE IN THE JUICE THAT HELPS PREVENT COLON CANCER.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE BENEFITS COME FROM DRINKING REGULAR O-J...NOT ORANGE JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE.
VT-VO
AND THERE IS NEW HOPE TODAY FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART DISEASE OR DIABETES. NEW RESEARCH OUT OF IOWA AND CANADA SUGGESTS THAT A DRUG WHICH LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE CAN ALSO PROTECT HIGH RISK PATIENTS FROM HEART ATTACKS.
THE DRUG..CALLED ALTACE...IS AN ACE INHIBITOR. PATIENTS GIVEN THE MEDICATION WERE 22 PERCENT WERE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE AN ATTACK.
RESEARCHERS SUGGEST A MILLION HEART ATTACKS A YEAR COULD BE PREVENTED IF HIGH RISK PEOPLE WERE GIVEN ALTACE.
ONCAM-MIKA
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


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


[On Desk]
(Melanie?)



Opera Roanoke will hold a unique fundraiser on Thursday evening called Lucia's (LOU-CHEE-UH) Just Desserts.
Two local lawyers will take the tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor, set in the 16-hundreds, into the modern day court room.
They'll listen to musical testimony from members of the cast to determine who deserves the estate left after Lucia allegedly murders her husband.
The audience will sit as the jury and will be rewarded for their duty with a dessert reception after the performance.

(goto board)
[essc#87??]



The trial will be held at Mill Mountain Theater on Thursday at 8 P-M.
For tickets or more information call (540) 982-2742.
Later we'll hear what the lawyers think about tearing apart 19th century opera in the court room.
[Two-Shot]
[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]


At least seven people are dead after a house exploded during a labor day gathering in Richland, Iowa.
Another six were flown to the hospital, where three of the victims are listed in critical condition.
Authorities still don't know what caused the explosion.
Charred, smoldering ruins are all that remain of the single story home.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A United Nations official says a martial law has not secured the situation in East Timor.
The official says shooting can still be heard in the provincial capital this morning.
Pro-Indonesian militiamen have been wreaking havoc on civilians since East Timor voters approved independence.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Allen Funt, the creator of the hit television program ``Candid Camera,'' is dead at the age of 84.
Funt died yesterday at his home Pebble Beach, California home of complications from a stroke he suffered in 1993.
The program began in 1947 as a radio show called ``Candid Microphone.''
The following year, it moved to television.
Today, the show is hosted by Funt's son on C-B-S.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, September 7th.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-S-Clinton]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-43 3:24]
[GRAPHIC=TS Dennis]


Federal disaster assistance is headed to Eastern Virginia, but it has to get through flooding first.
The same area that saw high winds and a Dennis-spawned tornado over the weekend is dealing with flash-flooding this morning.
President Clinton made the disaster declaration yesterday.
About a thousand people were left homeless after a tornado ripped roofs off houses and apartment buildings in the Tidewater area Saturday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk;]


The President was in Norfolk speaking at an elementary school.
The declaration makes the state eligible for federal aid and is aimed at the Hampton area, where the tornado caused more than seven million dollars in damage.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:37:34]
[IN Q=150 homes were]

((PRESIDENT CLINTON; 150 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND SIX PEOPLE WERE INJURED. AS WE PRAY FOR THEIR SWIFT RECOVERY, WE ARE ALSO ALREADY WORKING ON THOSE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES, AND TO HELP THEM GET THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTY BACK. ))
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=property back]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Earlier today the President helped fix a computer desk at another elementary school, as he attacked the Republican tax cut plan, saying it would take money away from school renovation projects.
(------------)



[S-Carvins-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-41 1:20]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


While the rain may have dampened the holiday for many people, the water is improving the level in Carvins Cove.
It's up two and a half feet since Friday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove/Sunday]


Roanoke's main water supply is now 26-point-6 feet below the spillway.
It's been over a month since the level was that high.
City council will consider changing its water conservation program.
Council may drop the requirement that customers cut water use by 25 percent, if the cove's water level reaches 30 feet below the spillway.
(------------)



[violence-timor]


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


Indonesia has declared martial law in East Timor.
This morning.. the capital is under siege.. as gangs opposed to independence continue their reign of terror.. torching homes.. and slaughtering hundreds of people.
Bruce Dunning has the latest.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:02:27]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dili, East Timor;]
[SUPER=03-Hanoi, Vietnam;]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, TOKYO.]



[Funt-Obit]


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


He came up with the original reality-based television show.
Allen Funt, creator of Candid Camera, died yesterday at the age of 84.
John Roberts has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Peter Funt/Son; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-John Roberts/Reporting; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:37]
[OUT Q=New York]

((NATSOUND UP:'Smile...you're on Candid Camera'.. NARR: If all you need to succeed is one good idea...Allen Funt had it.. NATSOUND UP: NARR: The belief that a show that put unsuspecting people in unexpected situations could laugh its way to the top of the ratings.. NATSOUND UP: 'With a hocus, pokus, you're in focus'... NARR: With a passion for spontaneity born from his work with clandestine recording during WW II....Funt turned his hidden cameras on mainstreet USA... and showed - it was funnier than any sitcom could be.. NATSOUND UP: NARR: Funt hosted the show from 1948 through it's heyday in the 60s...when it dominated the CBS Sunday night lineup alongside Ed Sullivan and Lassie. NATSOUND UP: NARR: His 'shoot first'and ask questions later style is considered the ancestor of today's 'reality based TV shows', though - 40 years later - with son Peter Funt at the helm, it remains in many people's minds..the best..
SOT UP: Peter Funt

NARR: Allen Funt said he was simply fascinated by ordinary people. His proudest achievement he said, was hearing people say he made them smile..))

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-5]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bayard Harris/Lawyer; :10]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :33]
[SUPER=01-Tom Lawson/Retired Lawyer; 2:22]
[RUNS=2:56]
[OUT Q=a great deal of fun]


[Melanie Live] You can be part of the jury that will listen to musical testimony from members of the cast to determine who deserves the estate left after Lucia allegedly murders her husband. When the case is decided a dessert reception will be held.

(goto board)
[essc#87??]


The trial, called Lucia's Just Desserts, will be held at Mill Mountain Theater on Thursday at 8 PM. For tickets or more information call (540) 982-2742

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

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: opera))

[S-Campaign-99]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-39 TC06:33]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


Labor Day in Buena Vista is the unofficial kick-off of the campaign season for the General Assembly.
And though Dennis dampened voter turnout... it didn't hurt the battle for votes.
Marya Jones reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=NATSOUND MARCHING BAND]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]
[SUPER=01-Harold Kidd/Buena Vista Mayor; :34]
[SUPER=@Marya1; :40]
[SUPER=@Earley; :51]
[SUPER=@Putney; :57]
[SUPER=01-L.F. Payne/(D) Former Congressman; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Buena Vista.]
(((///// SOT /////)

[natsound: marching band] ((NATSOUND: MARCHING BAND)) [RUNS:02]
No one works a Labor Day parade crowd like a pack of politicians. [NATSOUND: LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER] ((NATSOUND: HEY, HOW Y'ALL DOIN'? HAPPY LABOR DAY.)) [RUNS:03]
But even though strong rains all morning dispersed the crowds for a disappointing turnout... it didn't rain on the candidates' parade.
(///// SOT /////)
[sot 20:32:34 - :35]

((LF PAYNE: GREAT DAY FOR THIS.)) [runs:01]
(///// SOT /////)
[sot 20:37:16 - 20]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: IT'S A NICE RAINY DAY FOR A PARADE, ISN'T IT? WE NEED THE RAIN.)) [runs:04]
The parades have customarily attracted as many as 10,000 onlookers and political fanatics to Buena Vista. Not so this Labor Day.
[sot 21:03:06 - :12]

((MAYOR HAROLD KIDD: CERTAINLY, THE RAIN HAS HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE CURTAILMENT OF ACTIVITIES TODAY.)) [runs:06]
(///// SOT /////)

[SU 20:56:52] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: IF THE WEATHER CREATED SOME APATHY, THE STAKES OF THE ELECTION DIDN'T... ALL 140 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SEATS ARE UP FOR GRABS THIS YEAR. AND BOTH PARTIES ARE VYING HARD TO HAVE THE HONOR OF REDISTRICTING.)) [runs:12]
[sot 21:00:03 - :06]

((MARK EARLEY/(R) ATTORNEY GENERAL: WHEN IT COMES TO REDISTRICTING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE LINES ARE DRAWN FAIRLY.))
[runs:03]
[SOT 20:53:20 - :35]

((LACEY PUTNEY/DELEGATE: I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU A PROMISE. IF I GO BACK, I'M GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT BUENA VISTA...INSTEAD OF BEING DIVIDED INTO THREE.)) [RUNS:15]
And while the General Assembly elections were the focus of the day, Buena Vista was crawling with future gubernatorial candidates.
Former Congressman LF Payne was the lone Democratic contender for that role on a stage full of Republicans.
(///// SOT /////)
[sot 20:40:53 - 20:41:05]

((LF PAYNE: WHILE THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS THAT... THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO DO JUST FINE. )) [runs:08]
And Attorney General Mark Earley and Lt. Governor John Hager made their appearances.
When General Assembly elections roll around in less than two months, these candidates hope voters have heard their message loud and clear.
Marya Jones, News 7, Buena Vista.))

[E-Miss-America]


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


The next Miss America is in Atlantic City this morning.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ;]


51 women from across the country arrived in Atlantic City yesterday, to begin two weeks of preparation.
Among them, Lynchburg's Crystal Lewis, who will try to become the second consecutive Miss Virginia to walk away with the crown.
The Pagaent will be held September 18th.
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[3-Sports]


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


In sports, it was an emotional Labor Day for Jennifer Capriati.
Steve Mason has more.
Good Morning Steve.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy again]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=great Tuesday.]



[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]


Federal disaster relief is on its way to Eastern Virginia.
President Clinton made a disaster declaration in the Hampton area yesterday.
That's where about a thousand people were left homeless after a tornado ripped roofs off houses and apartment buildings Saturday.
The same area is experiencing flash-flooding this morning.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


While Dennis caused problems in Eastern Virginia-- he helped ease water shortages in our part of the commonwealth.

Carvins Cove rose about two and a half feet.
The latest measurement put the cove level at 26-point-6 feet below the spillway.
It's been over a month since the level was that high.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And while the rainy weather washed out some holiday plans, it made for fewer cars and fewer accidents on the roads.
State police say wet roads forced people to slow down and that kept the number of accidents down too.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
(///////////////)
[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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(ad lib bye) [2-SHOT=Melanie/Kimberly]