[7-Apartment-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


An overnight apartment fire forced nine Martinsville families from their homes.
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[VO-NAT]
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Fire broke out at the North View Garden Apartments around 11-30.
One apartment was heavily damaged, eight others sustained smoke and water damage.
All of the 15 residents got out of the building, though one elderly woman was treated for smoke inhalation.
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[SOT 11:02:20]
[IN Q=We got people]
[SUPER=01-Daryl Emberson/Collinsville Fire Chief]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=3000 foot away.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some 35 to 40 firefighters fought the blaze.
They're not yet sure what caused the fire.
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[7-Halifax-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Safety]


It's a controversial policy in Halifax County that will remain intact.
Nearly 18-hundred Halifax County students are kept inside their classrooms during bomb threats.
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[VO-NAT]


At last night's meeting, the school board did decide to talk about changing the policy.
But that's not enough for some parents and students who want it changed as soon as possible.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't want]

((GAYE LONG/CONCERNED PARENT: I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME AND SAY LET'S THINK POSITIVE THE CHANCES THE SCHOOL WILL BLOW UP IS SLIM.))
[SUPER=01-Gaye Long/Concerned Parent; ]
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[OUT Q=blow up is slim.]
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[VO-NAT]


Many students agree and have signed a petition against the policy.
But others feel the policy in place is a safe one.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If you move]

((LT. RICK LOFTIS/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE DEPT.:IF YOU MOVE THE KIDS YOU MIGHT WALK THEM INTO A BOMB THAT'S PLANTED IN THE HALLWAY OR STAIRWELL.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Rick Loftis/South Boston Police Dept.; ]
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[OUT Q=hallway or stairwell.]
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[VO-NAT]


Many who attended say there is no perfect solution but they say evacuating is a better one.
In the end, the board did not change the policy, instead they will meet at a later date and re-evaluate it.
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[7-S-Rustburg]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-51 1:52:21]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Some Campbell County students left school early yesterday because they believed a classmate had brought a gun to school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.;]


But when the Rustburg High School principal searched the young man's locker and backpack, he didn't find anything.

None of the students could say they'd actually spoken to the young man about the gun.
Several called their parents and were allowed to go home early.
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[7-E-Blacksburg-Baby]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-59 56:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities say the mother of the dead newborn found in a dumpster in Blacksburg Saturday is a 21 year old Virginia Tech student.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday]


So far her name is not being released and charges have NOT been filed against her.
Authorities discovered the baby after responding to an emergency call for a woman who had apparently given birth -- a trail of blood led officials to the dumpster.
Police say there are a variety of charges for this kind of situation that could be filed.
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[SOT 3:10:04]
[IN Q=You can]

((LT. BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.: YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF A FETUS YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH SOME TYPE OF NEGLECT THAT WILL BE UP TO THE COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Dept.]
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[OUT Q=Attorney's office.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bradbery says they are still unsure if the baby was born alive.
A toxicology report will determine the cause of death -- it should be out later this week.
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[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=tar]
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Here's a look at today's forecast.
Mostly sunny today with light breezes.
Highs in the upper 50s to 60.
Tonight, mostly clear with lows from 35 to 40.
The extended forecast...

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[45-E-Mental-Illness]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-07 21:24]
[GRAPHIC=Mental Health]


You could say that clinical psychologist Frederick Frese knows of what he speaks...
Last night, Frese shared the story of how he overcame mental illness and used his experience to help others.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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[SOT]
[INQ=this is the]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frederick Frese/Clinical Psychologist; :14]
[SUPER=01-Mary Lou Brown/Attended Speech; :37]
[SUPER=01-Penny Frese/Wife; 1:10]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:25]
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((This is the face of a man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20's -- now Frederick Frese is a psychiatrist and a director of an Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. [nat sound of him talking at meeting]
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[SOT 1:25:20 FROM 5 O'CLOCK TAPE]
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((FREDERICK FRESE/CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: MANY OF THE PATIENTS TEND TO IDENTIFY WITH ME KNOWING THAT I'VE BEEN IN THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES THEY'VE BEEN AND I TO SOME DEGREE THEY TELL M E THEY TAKE AN IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT RECOVERY SORT OF HOPEFULNESS.))
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Frese's openness about dealing with the different stages of schizophrenia made some look at the disorder in a different light.

[SOT 23:13:38]
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((MARY LOU BROWN/ATTENDED SPEECH: HE HAS COME SO FAR WITH HIS DISABILITY AND HE DID NOT USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO JUST LIE THERE AND DO NOTHING, I THINK THAT'S VERY ADMIRABLE.))
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His wife of 24 years knows first hand the ups and downs of living with someone with a mental illness. Not only does her husband battle schizophrenia - their four children have all been diagnosed as clinically depressed. Penny says she has her own style of coping with her family.

[SOT 1:41:08 FROM 5 O'CLOCK TAPE]
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((PENNY FRESE/WIFE: ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK WE LEARN AS A FAMILY IS TO PUT THINGS ON HOLD SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POPULAR IN THIS COUNTRY WE WANT TO GO CRASHING THROUGH AND GET THINGS DONE AND TO LEARN TO BACK OFF, WE HAVE A LITTLE SAYING, WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GO TO BED.))
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Frese says educating the public about schizophrenia may not make the disorder go away but it will make people understand it better. Kate Weidaw News 7 Salem.))

[45-S-Radford-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-02 1:00:32]
[GRAPHIC=NR Castings]


Finally, some reassuring news for employees of New River Castings after the losses of three of their co- workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/March 6]


The Radford plant's parent company - Intermet - announced it will continue to pay health benefits for out of work employees until further notice.
Any vacation pay that employees have accrued will be paid immediately.
The company also announced that 40 displaced workers will be moved to an adjacent plant - the Radford Foundry.
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[anchor=Kimberly]
[graphic=Hold]


The news answers many questions for employees.
But the big question - what is the plant's future? - remains unanswered -and probably won't be for some time.

[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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Taking a break from the news to check weather..
Mostly sunny today with a light breeze.
Highs in the upper 50s.
Mostly clear overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
We'll keep daytime highs in the 50s and low 60s this week...with our next chance of rain on Thursday.
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[8-Parade-Howard]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


This weekend will see a parade of candidates in downtown Roanoke.
On the advice of the city attorney, the Roanoke Special Events Committee has invited City Council candidates to participate in Saint Patrick's Day festivities.
Independent Candidate for mayor, Duane Howard, had asked to be included in the parade, because incumbent Mayor David Bowers was scheduled to appear.
Though parade officials initially denied Howard's request, City Attorney Bill Hackworth wrote that he did not believe the committee could prohibit parade participants from promoting political or social causes.

[8-E-Allen]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-05 15:55]
[GRAPHIC=Allen 2000 Campaign]


Former Governor George Allen received a hearty welcome yesterday from fellow Republicans cheering his candidacy in the race for U-S Senate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The supporter who won the most attention was not a card-carrying member of the G-O-P.
Congressman Virgil Goode read a list of reasons HE's voting for Allen over Chuck Robb in November.
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[SOT 8:50:35]
[IN Q=I look forward]

((I LOOK FORWARD ON ELECTION DAY TO VOTE FOR GEORGE F. ALLEN FOR U.S. SENATE, A GREAT VIRGINIAN AND SOMEONE WHO'LL MAKE A GREAT U.S. SENATOR.))
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[SOT @ 8:55:35]

((AND LET ME SAY HOW PROUD I AM AND HONORED I AM THAT YOU'RE STANDING WITH ME AS WE EMBARK ON THIS U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Virgil Goode/(I) Fifth District]
[SUPER=01-George Allen/(R) U. S. Senate Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=U.S. Senate campaign.]
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[VO-NAT]


Allen is running on a campaign to improve education, protect social security and reduce taxes.
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[8-Robb-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Allen also fired a shot at Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb's one-time support of a gas tax increase.
Allen said that Robb's support for a 50-cents per gallon increase shows he is out of touch.
[SS=Chuck Robb]


But Robb was quick to fire back.
A Robb campaign spokesman says Robb talked about that gas increase seven years ago - in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.
The Robb camp also charges that Allen has already set a shrill tone for the campaign.

[8-E-Peta-Beer]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[TAPE=99-60 1:27:19]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The "Got Beer?" campaign launched by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is in bad taste... that according to Virginia's attorney general.
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[VO-NAT]


The animal rights organization is urging college students to drink beer over milk -- the group says the dairy industry is cruel to cows and calves.
Attorney General Mark Early - who heads the Task Force on Drinking by College Students - hopes (pita) "PETA" will discontinue the ad and try other ways of making its point.
Alcohol played a role in the deaths of five Virginia college students in 1997.
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[8-E-Camp-25]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-01 1:02:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Thanks to the quick response of two officers at the Botetourt county correctional facility, a little girl's life was saved this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]


Two- year- old Brianna Pontani (Pahn-TAHN-ee) was visiting her father at Camp 25 in Troutville when the little girl choked on a piece of popcorn.
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[SOT 14:52:50]
[IN Q=We held her]

((WE HELD HER UPRIGHT AND GAVE HER A FEW GENTLE COMPRESSIONS, ASKED HER IF SHE COULD COUGH. AT THAT MOMENT SHE COUGHED AND SCREAMED NO.))
[SUPER=01-Jerome Lovell/Camp 25 Officer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=screamed no]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


Officer Pat Fowler helped him perform the Heimlich maneuver.
The little girl is fine.
The officers also taught the girl's father how to rescue a choking victim.
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[8Weather]


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


Turning your attention once more to the Tuesday forecast...
Mostly sunny again today, with highs in the upper 50s to near 60.
STaying clear overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
We'll keep daytime highs in the 50s and low 60s this week...with our next chance of rain on Thursday.
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