[7-S-Danville-Assistance]

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The extreme winter weather that hit areas east of the Blue Ridge two months ago has made Danville eligible for federal disaster assistance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/January 25;]


In January, two winter storms dumped several inches of snow and ice on Southside and Central Virginia.
109 cities and counties are now eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Local governments can be reimbursed for emergency work performed during the storm.
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[7-5-Stanley-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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More jobs appear to be on the way to Martinsville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]


The Stanley Furniture Company officially opened a new plant yesterday to make furniture for home offices. The company's president says he hopes to add up to 350 people.
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[SOT 1:00:38]
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((ALBERT PRILLMAN/CEO: THIS IS A FULL EXPANSION FOR US WE WERE IN ANOTHER PLANT BUT IT WAS NOT EQUIPPED SO WE CAME HERE. THIS IS ONLY FOR HOME OFFICE BUSINESS.))
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((SID CLOWER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THIS COMMUNITY LOST 3300 JOBS IN 12 WEEKS. THIS IS THE FIRST STOP IN REPLACING THOSE JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Albert Prillman/Stanley CEO & Pres.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator; :17]
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[VO-NAT]


The company has been in full production since February.
The first batch of furniture goes out this month.
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[7-E-Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sch]
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[GRAPHIC=Dan River Negotiations]


As Stanley expands, Dan River Incorporated in Danville is asking the union to start contract negotiations early.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The request comes two years before the current contract expires.
It's also after the company announced one of their operations will be moving to Mexico.
The United Food and Commercial Workers union has not yet decided if it will bargain with the company.
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[SOT 1:22:29]
[IN Q=For us it's]

((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: FOR US IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMAIN PROFITABLE, TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. IT'S HARDER TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE TO STAY COMPETITIVE. WE HOPE THESE TALKS WILL KEEP US IN A POSITION TO BE COMPETITIVE))
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.;]
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[OUT Q=to be competitive.]
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[VO-NAT]


The company has not said what the key negotiation issues are.
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[7-E-I81-Corridor]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A new report says better enforcement, education and engineering on Interstate 81 could make a difference in safety on the highway.
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[VO-NAT]


The plan to widen the interstate will require more than three billion dollars and 20 years to accomplish.
A Task Force created by Congressmen Frank Wolf, Bob Goodlatte, and Rick Boucher, has laid out some near- term alternatives.
Among the ideas, more highly visible police patrols, education programs to help motorists and truck drivers share the road, and the use of technology to encourage safe practices and warn drivers of potential dangers.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The task force says there is an opportunity to use state and federal funds to develop what the report refers to as "a model safety corridor."
The effort won't be cheap, but they say the alternative carries a higher pricetag in injuries, property damage, congestion and delay.

[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Here's a look at your mid week forecast.
Mostly sunny and windy today with highs in the upper 50s.
Tonight, increasing clouds and winds remain.
Lows in the upper 30s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-E-Assisted-Living]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-07 36:59]
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Medicaid is dropping its reimbursments to assisted living centers for certain patients.
Kate Weidaw explain what that could mean for some patients..
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[SUPER=01-Robin Tate/Shenandoah Homes;:18]
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Robin Tate is concerned about programs being cut at Shenandoah Homes in Roanoke County. As the Director of Assisted Living she sees how the dollars from Medicaid reimbursement are used. Two particular groups will be affected by the cut-backs.

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((ROBIN TATE: FOR REGULAR AND INTENSIVE ASSISTED LIVING THEY GIVE US REIMBURSEMENT FOR REGULAR IT'S 3 DOLLARS A DAY AND FOR INTENSIVE IT'S 6 DOLLARS A DAY REIMBURSEMENT FOR PATIENTS.))
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That adds up to 180 dollars a month per patient -- and with 2 thirds of the residents bringing in reimbursements -- the loss of funds means cuts in the facility are inevitable.

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((ROBIN TATE: IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO CUT MONEY FOR ACTIVITIES MONEY FOR GROUPS TO COME IN, RENOVATIONS TO APARTMENTS, AND THE FACILITY AS A WHOLE.))
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Tate says this won't keep folks from applying to live in assisted living -- the reason they have no choice because they need the care. And as of now residents will not be paying more out of their own pockets.
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((KATE WEIDAWD/REPORTING: ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES LIKE SHENANDOAH HOMES WILL RECEIVE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS FROM CURRENT PATIENTS THROUGH NOVEMBER. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
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[45-E-SML-Retirement]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
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A retirement home may be constructed at Smith Mountain Lake.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Research is underway and the lake's Family Development Foundation has 80-thousand dollars in grant money to build it.
Retirees make up most of the lake's population.
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[SOT 13:54:00]
[IN Q=Someday]

((SOMEDAY IT MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR US TO BE ON THE ROAD. THESE TYPES OF FACILITIES NEED TO BE WHEREVER WE ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill LaRue/Lake Resident; :03]
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[OUT Q=wherever we are]
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[VO-NAT]


Residents must now leave the lake for retirement homes.
Realtors say that hurts the economy.
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[SOT 10:05:35]
[IN Q=Realtors]

((REALTORS AND DEVELOPERS TELL US PEOPLE ARE NOT COMING TO THE LAKE BECAUSE THERE IS NO RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Lenahan/Project President;]
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[VO-NAT]


Even if studies support a retirement home or medical center, researchers say it would take about four years to build them.
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[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Taking a moment now to check the mid- week forecast.
Mostly sunny today with cool northwesterly winds.
Highs in the mid and upper 50s.
Increasing clouds by tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.
In the five day forecast... temperatures stay in the 50s until the weekend, we'll they'll warm back into the 60s.



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[8-S-Hogan]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC17:49]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Just over a month after his campaign began, a local candidate is throwing in the towel.
Don Hogan has announced his campaign for Roanoke city council is over.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 23]


The G-O-P candidate said yesterday that he's pulling out of the race, because it was taking too much time from his business and family.
He also said it was costing too much money.
Hogan was one of two Republicans running for a council seat.
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[8-E-Potter]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-03 TC1:17:53]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Pittsylvania County jury took little time to decide the fate of a man on trial for murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./August 1999]


It took the jury about twenty minutes yesterday to find 37 year old Troy Anthony Potter guilty of second degree murder.
They also recommended a 20-year prison sentence.
Potter said he stabbed his friend Kelvin Blake Keen in self-defense back in August.
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[8-Lambert-Sentence]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A Southwest Virginia psychiatrist faces almost six years in prison ... for illegaly distributing prescription drugs.
44-year old Denny Ray Lambert of Dante in Russell County was sentenced yesterday for prescribing drugs without a medical reason.
He pled guilty to the charge in January.
Two other doctors in Grundy were convicted of similar crimes in the last few months.

[8-Migrant-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A Grayson County motel faces a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and housing violations against migrant Mexican workers.
The Virginia Justice Center filed suit yesterday against the Osborne Motel in Independence.
The suit alleges motel owners Hoyt and Glenna Osborne provided "some of the worst housing conditions in Virginia" .. to migrant workers harvesting Christmas trees last fall.
The Osbornes tell News 7 they haven't seen the lawsuit and therefore have NO comment.

[8-E-Police-Impostor]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-56 TC1:46:10]
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A man posing as a police officer may still be patrolling highways in central Virginia.
Now, area police are urging motorists to be cautious ... but not panicky ... over the possibility of an impostor cop.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Two incidents have been reported in the last week on Route 29.
Motorists say a man driving a white, police- like vehicle pulled them over and asked for their license and registration.
The REAL police say it's unlikely a plain clothes officer in an unmarked car would make a traffic stop.
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[SOT 13:06:50]
[IN Q=Generally we]

((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: GENERALLY WE DON'T ENCOURAGE TRAFFIC STOPS BY PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICERS. IT'S NOT TO SAY IT WON'T HAPPEN, IT'S NOT A COMMON THING FOR OUR DEPARTMENT. AND AS WE SAID EARLIER, TO ASK FOR I-D IS PROPER AT THAT TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Harris/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
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[VO-NAT]


Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call their local police.
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[8Weather]


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Looking at the forecast...lots of sunshine today.
But highs will stay a bit cooler, in the mid and upper 50s.
Increasing clouds by this evening, with lows in the upper 30s.
The extended forecast is calling for cloudy skies tomorrow and some showers possible.
Highs in the 50s for the next couple of days....then warming into the 60s this weekend.
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