[7-E-Snow-Days]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-45]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Last week's winter weather continues to wreck havoc on school schedules...most of all, Carroll County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville;]


Basketball practice was in full swing at Carroll County High School yesterday...
But classrooms are empty today for the 13th day in a row.
All because icy backroads in the county are STILL unfit for school buses.
Students have only been to class ONE day this semester. And they still haven't received last semester's report cards.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We've missed some testing]

((HAROLD GOLDING/PRINCIPAL: WE'VE MISSED SOME TESTING PROGRAMS. WE'VE ALSO BEEN IN SCHOOL ONE DAY AND KIDS HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO GET INTO THE SOL OBJECTIVES. WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL WE CAN GET A FEW DAYS OF SCHOOL. ))

((SCOTT FROST/CARROLL CO. H.S. SENIOR: IT'S KIND OF GETTING LONG NOW. I WAS HAPPY THE FIRST WEEK OR TWO, BUT NOW IT'S GETTING DRAWN OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Harold Golding/Carroll Co. H. S. Principal; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Frost/Carroll Co. H. S. Senior; :10 QUICK!]
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[OUT Q=GETTING DRAWN OUT.]
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[VO-NAT]


Administrators say any snow days will have to be made up at the end of the year.
And the SOLs may have to be pushed back.
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[7-E-Monty-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-60 58:48]
[GRAPHIC=School Improvements]


Montgomery County residents could see a tax increase due to a proposed new school construction budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-May 1999]


The County's Board of supervisors agreed on an estimated 39 million dollar budget for the school board to use how it sees fit - to alleviate overcrowding at Blacksburg Middle School.
The options are renovating or building new schools.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The move could mean a 17 cent tax increase for every 100 dollars of assessed real estate value.
The tax would be phased in over four years, if the budget becomes reality.
A formal resolution will be presented during a February 14 meeting.

[7-E-Lewis-Gale]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-53 54:17]
[GRAPHIC=L-G Departing Docs]


Another doctor has resigned from the Lewis-Gale Clinic.
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[take full page]
General surgeon Reif Kessler is the 30th physician to quit this year in a dispute with the clinic's parent company.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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But while this exodus of doctors suggests to some that the clinic might not make it ... one hundred doctors remain there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Doctor Myron (leh- vee) Levey is a 22-year veteran who says he's happy at Lewis-Gale.
And he says a plan for doctors who haven't quit to buy back the clinic's assets is a plan that can bring Lewis-Gale back to good health.
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[SOT 4:32:01]
[IN Q=it has a lot]

((DR. MYRON LEVEY: IT HAS A LOT OF MERITS. IT'S STILL EVOLVING. WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW IT ENDS UP. I'M HOPEFUL IT WILL RESULT IN A SITUATION WHERE DOCTORS CAN STAY TOGETHER AND PROVIDE QUALITY CARE FOR PATIENTS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND BEYOND.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Myron Levey/Lewis-Gale Internist;]
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[OUT Q=VALLEY AND BEYOND]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctors will take 45 to 60 days to work out details of their buyback plan.
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[7-E-Shenandoah-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=99-56 43:47]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A fire in a retirement home forced several senior citizens from their rooms yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Shenandoah Homes Retirement Community evacuated the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors around 5 because of a fire.
Investigators aren't sure what sparked the blaze... but they think it started in a chair that was in a fourth-floor room.
The sprinkler systems did go off, and authorities say the fire did NOT spread.
No one was hurt.
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[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=nada]


Here's a look at your Thursday forecast.
Partly sunny with some winds today.
High temperatures in the low to mid 40s.
Tonight, cloudy with a chance of snow showers.
Lows in the upper 20s to 30.
The extended forecast...
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[45-E-Textile-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-48 1:32:54]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Capitol Textile Relief]


The House Commerce and Labor Committee will vote next week on a bill to increase jobless benefits and offer health insurance to textile workers from Southside Virginia who've been laid off from their jobs.
About 300 of the
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]

workers came to the state Capitol yesterday for a hearing on the proposal.
They were speaking on behalf of 33- hundred of their colleagues.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If these]

(( PAULA BURNETTE/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR: IF THESE WERE 3300 DEAD HORSES... SOME HELP FROM SOMEWHERE. applause )) ((KENNY HAIRSTON: WE HAVE PEOPLE BACK HOME WHO WILL DIE IF THEY DO NOT HURRY UP AND GET SOME AFFORDABLE INSURANCE FOR EITHER THEMSELVES, THEIR SPOUSES, OR THEIR CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Paula Burnette/Henry Co. Supervisor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenny Hairston/Laid Off Worker; :10 ]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=their children.]
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[VO-NAT]


The House Labor and Commerce Committee promised it will vote next Wednesday on the Textile Workers Relief Act of 2000.
Vinton Democrat Dick Cranwell warned the workers to be there and be vigilant.
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[SOT TAPE TWO 16:52:02]
[IN Q=When they]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: WHEN THEY LEAVE HERE TODAY, A LOT OF WELL-FINANCED SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE GONNA GO TO WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION.))
[SUPER=@Cranwell;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=of legislation.]
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Jim Gilmore won't say where he stands on the relief bill.
Republican House Speaker Vance Wilkins says he's looking into raising unemployment benefits STATEWIDE, so other areas of high unemployment don't cry foul and sue the state.
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[45-E-Tultex-Court]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=99-57 41:27]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chapter 11]


The C-E-O of Tultex is among some 11-thousand creditors trying to get money from the bankrupt textile company.
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[VO-NAT]
[super=04-File Tape;]


Tultex C-E-O Randy Rollins could get a 150 thousand dollar severance pay- but a judge has to OK it-- That's because the company is in Chapter eleven bankruptcy.
The company also wants the court's permission to give special bonuses to 245 key employees to keep them on the job.

That would allow Tultex to keep operating during bankruptcy - and hopefully avoid going into liquidation.
The judge heard evidence yesterday, but didn't make a decision. He'll take up the motions next Wednesday.
While the company wants the CEO severance okayed and the bonuses for workers who stay on... the Union representing textile workers is opposed to both motions.
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[45-E-Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-47 1:49:37]
[GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium]


Roanoke officials say they found some surprises in the public reaction about the proposed plans for Victory Stadium.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Last week, the city solicited comments on the proposed master plan for parks and recreation, a plan that calls for the demolition of Victory Stadium and construction of a smaller replacement.
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[SOT 16:58:38]
[IN Q=There was some debate towards that end]

((DINAH FERRANCE: THERE WAS SOME DEBATE TOWARDS THAT END, BUT MOST PEOPLE HAD MOVED ON IN THEIR MINDS AND WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT SHOULD BE PUT IN A NEW STADIUM, WHAT CAPACITY IT SHOULD BE, WHAT SHOULD BE PART OF THE STADIUM, FIELDS TRACK WHAT HAVE YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Dinah Ferrance/Roanoke Parks and Recreation]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=fields, track what have you.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, the Parks and Recreation Department is considering removing Victory Stadium from the proposed master plan, so that other recommendations can move forward while the Victory Stadium discussions continue.
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[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=nada]


Turning your attention now to weather...
Partly sunny and windy today, with highs in the 40s.
Clouding up this evening, with light snow showers likely tonight.
Lows in the upper 20s.
In the extended forecast...some lingering flurries tomorrow...otherwise partly cloudy skies through the weekend with highs in the 30s and 40s.


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[8-S-Boyd]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-49]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Now that Virgil Goode says he'll caucus with Republicans in Washington, Fifth District Democrats have recruited a new candidate for Congress.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Tobacco farmer John Boyd led black farmers to victory after the U-S-D-A gave them unequal access to loans and assistance.
Yesterday, Boyd announced an exploratory committee to seek the Fifth District Democratic nomination.
He's from Mecklenburg County, in the district's eastern corner.
Boyd says incumbent Virgil Goode has done Democrats a disservice.
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[SOT 14:06:11]
[IN Q=Anytime you]

((ANYTIME YOU TAKE DEMOCRATIC FUNDS...PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR YOU.))
[SUPER=01-John Boyd/(D) Congressional Candidate]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=for you.]
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[VO-NAT]


So what kind of shot does Boyd have at winning the office, if he wins the nomination?
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[SOT 14:06:31]
[IN Q=I got]

((I GOT JUST AS GOOD A SHOT AT THIS SEAT AS I DID BEATING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND I THINK THAT'S PRETTY GOOD.))
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=pretty good.]
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[VO-NAT]


Boyd says he would have voted AGAINST impeaching President Clinton.
He says Congress has NO business in the President's private life.
Congressman Goode was one of a handful of Democrats to vote FOR impeachment.
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[8-E-Monty-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-60 58:48]
[GRAPHIC=School Improvements]


A tax increase could be on the way for Montgomery County now that officials are proposing a new school construction budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-May 1999]


The County's Board of supervisors agreed on an estimated 39 million dollar budget for the school board to use how it sees fit - to alleviate overcrowding at Blacksburg Middle School.
The options are renovating or building new schools.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


The move could mean a 17 cent tax increase for every 100 dollars of assessed real estate value.
The tax would be phased in over four years, if the budget becomes reality.
A formal resolution will be presented during a February 14 meeting.

[8-E-Academy-Music]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-52]
[GRAPHIC=none]


After years of talking, organizers are finally ready to start DOING something about renovating Lynchburg's Academy of Music theater.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The 100-year- old landmark has been vacant for more than 40 years.
Officials estimate it will take close to 14 million dollars to restore the building and turn it into a functioning theater and community center again.
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[SOT 12:57:25]
[IN Q=This project has]

((KATE GRAY/ACADEMY OF MUSIC BOARD MEMBER: THIS PROJECT HAS ABOUT THIRTY YEARS BEHIND IT AND SO OUR INITIAL EFFORTS WERE MET WITH A LOT OF SKEPTICISM AND SO WE HAD TO DO A LOT OF RESEARCH TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE SAID EVERYBODY WANTS THIS TO HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Kate Gray/Academy of Music Board Member]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=wants this to happen.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Academy has hired a professional fundraiser who will determine whether there's enough community support for the project.
A million dollar donation will be announced next month.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=nada]


Let's take one more look at your forecast...
Partly sunny and very breezy today with highs nearing 45.
Cloudy tonight, with a chance of light snow showers.
Lows in the upper 20s.
In the extended forecast...some lingering flurries tomorrow...otherwise partly cloudy skies through the weekend with highs in the 30s and 40s.


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