[7-L'Burg-Spill]

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Lynchburg emergency crews are on the scene of a fuel spill this morning.
A tanker truck is leaking diesel fuel at Griffin Pipe on Adams Street.
The spill is not affecting any businesses or roads at this time and no injuries are reported.

[7-Goode]


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He may be an independent now, but Virgil Goode may be siding with Republicans in the upcoming Congressional session.
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The Richmond Time Dispatch reports Goode will announce today that he's joining the House G-O-P Caucus.
On Monday, he announced that he's leaving the Democratic Party to run for re-election as an independent.
But the Fifth District congressman didn't say then whether he would keep working within the House Democratic Caucus or switch to the G-O-P Caucus.
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[7-E-Lewis-Gale]


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Another round of doctors has resigned from the Lewis-Gale Clinic ... and there could be more.
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The clinic confirms its entire anesthesiology department has resigned.
This means 28 doctors have quit the clinic this month.
The anesthesiology department includes:
Lynn Carter .... Joe Clark ... Christopher Cordero ... James Elton .... Jeffery Forbes ... (Ga-nard) Gennard Lanzara ... Alvis Perry .... Daniel Podeschi (pa-deh-ski)... Daniel Summerlin ... and Roger Wesley.
No word on how these resignations could affect negotiations with other departing doctors who are trying to get out of their contracts.
All of the doctors resigning say the clinic is mismanaged.
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[7-E-Job-Fair]


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Unemployment has hit Franklin and Henry Counties hard in the past two years.
Nearly four thousand have lost their jobs, most were textile workers.
Now, many are having a hard time finding new jobs, despite organized job fairs.
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((WELL I KNOW I'M TOO OLD FOR THE AIR FORCE.))
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Ellen Wright lost her job at Tultex after almost 31 years. She says even at this job fair, many local companies are not hiring.
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((ELLEN WRIGHT/FORMER TULTEX EMPLOYEE: I'LL SETTLE FOR ANYTHING ... LEARN TO DO ANYTHING. BUTT BUTT BUTT GEORGE MENEFEE/FORMER TULTEX EMPLOYEE: I'M 55 YEARS OLD ... WHOLE LOT TO DO WITH IT.))
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George Menafee brings up one question: why hire someone in their fifties over a person half their age?
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((THEY'VE GOT PROVEN TRACK RECORDS WITH SOME OF THESE COMPANIES THAT WILL SHOW IT.))
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The Franklin County Workforce Development Consortium says it's trying to pull in new industry for more jobs. And this April, Total Action Against Poverty is holding a job fair.
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[7-S-Tanglewood]


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Changes are on the way for Tanglewood Mall now that it is under new ownership.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Jan. 6]


The mall's now owned by a company out of Boston, called Heritage Realty.
A vice president says Heritage paid just under 40-million dollars for the 45-acre property.
He wouldn't get into specifics ... but said to look for "big changes" in the next six to 12 months.
The first priority is getting a new major "anchor" tenant -- probably a department store.
Tanglewood went up for auction after it went into foreclosure earlier this month.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Thursday forecast.
Mostly sunny today, but blustery and cold.
High temperatures in the low to mid 30s.
Tonight clear, cold, and windy.
Lows in the low to mid teens.
The extended forecast...
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[45-L'Burg-Spill]


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Lynchburg emergency crews are still cleaning up a fuel spill this morning.
A tanker truck is leaking diesel fuel at Griffin Pipe on Adams Street.
The spill is not affecting any businesses or roads at this time and no injuries are reported.

[45-E-Town-Meeting]


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Elian Gonzalez's two Cuban grandmothers are back in Washington D-C.
The two women want Congress to drop legislation that would give Elian U-S citizenship.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says if that legislation comes before him he'll vote against it.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Goodlatte made the statement at a town meeting last night in Roanoke County.
Other issues brought up by folks attending the meeting were social security, the national debt, and using a picture i-d to vote.
Goodlatte says he enjoys meeting with voters.
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((BOB GOODLATTE: THEY GIVE ME A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS NEW SESSION OF CONGRESS WHAT ISSUES THEY WANT ME TO FOCUS ON.))
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This was one of many town meetings Goodlatte has planned.

[45-E-Recreation-Study]


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A Roanoke citizen's committee has detailed its plans for Victory Staduim.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The committee came back with more than a dozen recommendations, including the construction of two new recreation centers.
But the prospect of replacing Victory Stadium with a smaller facility seating three to six thousand is prompting plenty of comment and criticism.
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[IN Q=We believe this has really been a community driven process]

((JOHN COATES/ROANOKE PARKS AND RECREATION: WE BELIEVE THIS HAS REALLY BEEN A COMMUNITY DRIVEN PROCESS AND THAT WAS OUR JOB TO DELIVER THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The recommendations for a new master plan are headed to the planning commission and city council... but the biggest challenge will be funding, finding close to 40 million dollars to pay for all of the improvements.

[45-E-Jefferson-Hemings]


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There is new information on one of our founding fathers.
A report by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation says the former President probably fathered six children with his slave, Sally Hemings.
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For years the Jefferson- Hemings relationship had been debated, but recent D-N-A tests scientifically linked the two families.
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Those results coupled with other documentation has led scholars to the conclusion that Jefferson WAS involved with Hemings.
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[SOT 00:18:09]

((DAN JORDAN: WE'VE NEVER HAD THIS MUCH INFORMATION AT HAND. IT CLEARS THE DECKS OF SOME ISSUES THAT WE'VE BEEN GRAPPLING WITH AND IT OPENS SOME DOORS FOR US TO SEE JEFFERSON IN A NEW LIGHT.))
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Jordan (JER-den) says despite the revelation, Jefferson's historical legacy remains intact.
He adds the findings should help further our understanding of Jefferson's life.
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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Mostly sunny, blustery, and cold with highs in the low to mid 30s.
Clear overnight, and not quite as windy.
Lows in the teens.
The five day forecast looks quiet through tomorrow...with increasing clouds on Saturday and snow possible again by Sunday.


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[8-E-Rural-Drugs]


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A private study from Columbia University says adolescents in small-town America are more likely to use drugs than city kids -- and the problem is reaching alarming proportions.
But do the results ring true for this region?
Kate Weidaw talked to local counselors to find out.
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(([99-40 1:03:30] The latest study on drug use is finding drugs are not just a problem in urban areas. [take pre-pro] In fact the study finds rural teens are 104-percent more likely to use amphetamines, 50% more likely to use cocaine, and 34% more likely to smoke marijuana then adolescents living in cities. [vo from field tape] But according to Katie Zawacki, a substance abuse prevention specialist, that's not the case in Roanoke or surrounding areas.

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((KATIE ZAWACKI: BASICALLY ACROSS THE BOARD THEY ARE BASICALLY THE SAME PERCENTAGE OF DRUG USE AND THE USE IS GENERALLY ALCOHOL.))
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Zawacki says 1 in 4 adolescents are likely to use alcohol because of a family member abusing the substance -- and it's a problem in rural and urban areas.

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((KATIE ZAWACKI: THE USE OF ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM HAS NOT DECLINED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.))
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And whether it's alcohol or drugs - for people living in rural areas - finding help can sometimes be difficult.

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((KATIE ZAWACKI: ALSO SOME OF THE RURAL AREAS ARE NOT IN CONTACT WITH THE LARGER COMMUNITY AND THEY MAY BE NOT ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND GET HELP AND JUST ISOLATION ITSELF.))
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Zawacki assures parents they should not be alarmed by the new study - but they should be aware of what their children are doing.
Even though the study may not hold up in our area - it's a reminder that drugs aren't just a problem in urban areas.

Kate Weidaw, News 7.))

[8-E-Casteel]


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Bond has been set for the Roanoke County firefighter accused of trying to kill his wife.
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Phillip Casteel was still dressed in jail clothes, having been arrested on the job at the Mount Pleasant Fire Station Monday.
His wife, Kimberly, was in court to ask that the protective order issued earlier be extended.
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((THE VICTIM IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT HIM AND HIS PRIOR CONDUCT. THE CONDUCT INVOLVED TAMPERING WITH THE BRAKE SYSTEM ON AN AUTOMOBILE.))
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Kimberly Casteel was able to stop the vehicle.
The incident produced an attempted murder charge and three counts of child neglect, because the brake tampering allegedly endangered the three children.
The judge set bond at 25-thousand dollars and ordered Casteel not to have any contact with Kimberly OR the children.
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[8Weather]


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IN weather today... a wind chill advisory is in effect for the New River and Greenbrier Valleys.
Otherwise, mostly sunny, blustery, and cold today with highs in the 30s.
Clear and cold tonight, with lows near 15.
The five day forecast looks quiet through tomorrow...with increasing clouds on Saturday and snow possible again by Sunday.


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