[Lewis-Gale]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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Some more doctors who have resigned from Lewis-Gale Clinic have reached an agreement that will allow them to stay in practice in this area.
The deal announced this morning covers 11 family practice physicians who resigned in a dispute with the clinic and PhyCor management.
[Double Boxes=Melanie & Tonya/Newsroom]


Tonya Flory is in our newsroom with the details.
[Live=Tonya full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Tonya1;]


Melanie, this agreement means that these doctors will no longer be members of the Lewis-Gale clinic physician group.
The clinic says they will become employees of Columbia/Lewis-Gale Medical Center.
The clinic's executive director says patients will hardly notice the changes.
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[IN Q=These physicians]
[SUPER=01-Jon Ness/Lewis-Gale Clinic Exec. Dir.;]
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[OUT Q=six additional locations.]
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[VO NAT]
The satellite office at Fort Lewis will close next week.
And the office in New Castle will NOT reopen.
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[Live=Tonya Full/Newsroom]
[Double Boxes=Melanie & Tonya/Newsroom]


Ness would not go into detail on the terms of the settlement.
But he did say that the problem of the non-compete clause has been taken care of.
Melanie, this agreement also does NOT affect some of the other doctors who have resigned. Negotiations with them

are continuing.[school-shooting]


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The six year old boy accused of fatally shooting a classmate is in court today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Flint, MI/March 20;]

[10 newspath]
He's testifying at a hearing for Jamelle James.
Police say James left a stolen gun in a place where the boy later found it, and used it to kill six year old Kayla Rolland.
James is charged with involuntary manslaugher.
As for the little boy, he has not been charged.
Authorities say he is too young to understand his actions.
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[cuban-boy]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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Vice President Gore is urging Congress to grant permanent resident status for six year old Elian Gonzalez as well as his family in Cuba, so the case can be settled in family court in Florida.
That stance places the vice president at odds with the Clinton administration.
Meantime, Elian's father is seeking a Visa so he can take his son home.
Cathy Moss reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Manny Diaz/Family Attorney; :24]
[SUPER=01-Gregory Craig/Attorney for Elian's Father; :40]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Moss/Reporting; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Miami.]

((RIGHT NOW U.S IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS ARE STILL SEEKING A WRITTEN GUARANTEE FROM ELIAN'S MIAMI RELATIVES THAT THEY'LL SURRENDER HIM TO AUTHORITIES EVEN IF A COURT SAYS HE CAN'T STAY WITH HIS FAMILY HERE IN FLOROIDA. ON TOP OF THAT, OFFICIALS ALSO WANT THE PROMISE THAT WHEN ELIAN'S FATHER DOES COME TO THE U-S, NOW THAT CUBAN LEADER FIDEL CASTROS HAS OKAYED THAT THE FATHER CAN BE ELIAN'S CUSTODIAN WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM. A LAWYER FOR THE FLORIDA FAMILY HAS SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT.

SOT: Manny Diaz/Miami Family Attorney

"this is not like repossessing a car"
BUT A LAWYER FOR THE FATHER SAYS THE DAD SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONE REPRESENTING THE BOY.

SOT: Gregory Craig/Attorney for Elian's father

"the relatives in Miami don't speak for elian, the lawyers in Miami don't speak for elain, only his father can speak for elian."

(NATZ OF ELIAN PLAYING)


WHILE ELIAN HAS CONTINUED TO PLAY OUTSIDE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS, THE WORK TO GET HIS FATHER TO THE U-S GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE FATHER HAS FILED A VISA APPLICATION AND SAID HE'S READY TO MAKE THE TRIP, BUT A PROCEDURAL SNAG MAY NOW FURTHER DELAY HIS ARRIVAL. AND IN CUBA, ELAIN'S YOUNG FRIEND AND SUPPORTERS WANT TO COME TOO; THEY MISS THEIR CLASSMATE AND ARE SAVING HIS SEAT HIS HOMELAND.

(moss standup)


re: Gore changes stance on case and calls for decision to be handled by Florida family court. ))

[uganda-cult]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
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The body count in the Ugandan doomsday cult killings has climbed higher than the 19-78 Jonestown tragedy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rugazi, Uganda/Yesterday;]

[yesterday's newspath 3;16]
Officials now say they've found 924 bodies in a string of mass graves at the cult compound and in the ashes of a church intentionally torched.
The death toll at Jonestown was 913.
Officials say they're seeking international arrest warrants for the leaders of the cult who may have escaped the blaze.
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[volcano]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's been silent for two decades.
But early today Japan's Mount Usu (Ooh-zoo) erupted.
The volcano is about 475 miles north of Tokyo.
Scientists have been predicting the blast for days, but that doesn't diminsh the threat.
Barry Petersen is near the volcano and has the latest.
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[SOT]

[10:09:10]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Mount Usu, Japan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; 1:04]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS.]




[Monacans]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-08 18:14]
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A plan to build soccer fields on 20 acres of land near Charlottesville has led to a major archaeological discovery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Albemarle Co.]


Dr. Jeffrey Hantman says this land near the south fork of the Rivanna River is in fact the ancient Monacan village known as Monasukapanough (mon-uh-SOO-ka-pa-naw).
The village was noted on a map drawn by Captain John Smith in 16-07.
It is the first Monacan site to be found that dates to the 17th century.
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[SOT 10:36:22]
[IN Q=There are no]

((JEFFREY HANTMAN/ARCHAEOLOGIST: THERE ARE NO CENSUS RECORDS IN 1607 IN WHAT BECAME ALBEMARLE COUNTY. IT'S ONLY THE ARCHAEOLOGY AND WE'VE LOOKED AND WE'VE BEEN FRUSTRATED IN FINDING A SITE THAT WILL FILL IN THAT GAP.))
[SUPER=01-Jeffrey Hantman/Archaeologist]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=fill in that gap.]
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[VO-NAT]


Modern- day members of the Monacan tribe got their first look at the site yesterday.
We'll tell you what its discovery means to them tonight on News7 at Six.
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[11Dville-school]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC39:08]
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Danville is a big step closer toward approving a new school budget. The city's school board has OK'd the superintendent's proposal.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The 48-million dollar budget is about a five percent increase from last year.
Included in the proposal is money for year round schools and an average five percent increase in teachers' salaries.
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[SOT 56:12]
[IN Q=We're always]

((ELIZABETH SPAINHOUR/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO DO MORE FOR OUR TEACHERS AS FAR AS SALARIES. ALTHOUGH IT'S NEVER ENOUGH IT'S MORE THAN WE'VE HAD BEFORE.))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Spainhour/School Board Chairwoman; :00]
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[OUT Q=had before]
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[VO-NAT]


The budget next goes to city council.
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[11Pulaski-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-60 TC1:45:14]
[GRAPHIC=Pulaski Furniture]


If you know someone who owns Pulaski Furniture stock, get them to buy you lunch.
They're worth a lot more money today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/June 1997;]


The company's C-E-O and senior managers arranged to buy Pulaski Furniture for 125-million dollars.
They're buying shares from stockholders at 30-percent above their recent value.
Pulaski Furniture employs more than two-thousand in southwestern Virginia.
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[Development]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-]
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Your tax dollars at work.
Some of the federal taxes you pay come back in local grants.
And there are plenty of agencies looking for a piece of the pie.
Joy Sutton reports how some local organizations are hoping to use your taxes.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The West End]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;08]
[SUPER=01-Kaye Hale/West End Center;20]
[SUPER=01-James Lesniak/NW Neighborhood Env. Org.;49]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Riggs/Blue Ridge Housing Dev. Corp.;1:20]
[SUPER=@Joy1;1:30]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=j7 news 7]

((The West End Center is place where kids can go for free tutoring, and after school and summer programs.
The Center is just one several organizations hoping to get portion of the more than 3-million dollars up for grabs through the Community Development Block Grant.
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[SOT2:55:04]
[IN Q=We have a huge waiting list]

((KAYE HALE/WEST END CENTER: WE HAVE A HUGE WAITING LIST. IT TAKES ALMOST TWO YEARS TO GET INTO OUR PROGRAM AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF SPACE AND WE DON'T HAVE MONEY. SO IT WILL HELP US TO EXPAND OUR CURRENT FACILITY)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=facility]


At a community meeting Roanoke City's Office of Grants Compliance released its draft plan outlining how the funds for the Community Development Block and Home Entitlement Grants should be distributed for 2000 and 2001.
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[SOT 2:53:18]
[IN Q=The recommendations]

((JAMES LESNIAK/NNEO: THE RECOMMENDATIONS WE RECEIVED WAS LESS THAN WE REQUESTED. I KNOW THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF MONEY OUT THERE. BUT IT SEEMS THERE IS PLENTY OF MONEY TO SUPPORT THOSE PROJECTS THAT ARE POLITICALLY ON THE CITY LEVEL)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=on the city level]


The Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization which builds affordable housing like these apartments on Loudon Ave. requested around 900 -thousand -- but they may get less than half that amount.
While the Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences may get 250-thousand dollars to renovate the Old Shenandoah hotel for Center in the Square and Mill Mountain Theater-- the Blue Ridge Housing Development Corporation says it's satisfied with the more than 90-thousand dollars it may receive.
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[SOT2:56:02]
[IN Q=When we do]

((BARBARA RIGGS/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING DEV. CORP: WHEN WE DO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HOMES THOSE FUNDS HELP DOWN THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS WHICH ALLOWS US TO SELL HOME FOR REAL REASONABLE PRICES)) [RUNS08]
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[IN Q=]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING:MORE THAN 30 ORGANIZATIONS APPLIED FOR A PORTION OF THE MONEY. CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER THE RECOMMENDATIONS BUT WILL ULTIMATELY MAKE THE FINAL DECISION. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7))
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[OUT Q=N7]))







[5-Floyd-Prom]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
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Some Floyd County residents are outraged that a girl at the local high school is planning to bring her girlfriend to the prom.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;]

The American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the Floyd County High School for discriminating against lesbians, if Tiffany Lapine (la-PEEN) could not bring a girl to the prom.
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[SOT 2:58]
[IN Q=What this]

((WHAT THIS YOUNG WOMAN DID WAS BRING THIS ISSUE OUT INTO THE OPEN AND ONCE IT WAS OUT IN THE OPEN THEY KNEW THEY COULDN'T CONTINUE WITH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/ACLU;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=with it]
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[VO-NAT]

The school district agreed, and some county residents are sharply critical.
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[SOT 13:31:36]
[IN Q=I THINK]

((I THINK IT'S TOTALLY WRONG. I THINK THAT'S AN ABOMINATION. IT'S AGAINST THE LORD. I WOULDN'T EVEN WANT TO BE THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Connie Smith/Resident;]
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[OUT Q=want to be there]
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[VO-NAT]

Some residents point out that Lapine and her family are new to town. They say outsiders are bringing alternative lifestyles to traditional Floyd.
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[S-Traffic-Signs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-57 TC1:37:17]
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Some new traffic signs in Blacksburg are hard to ignore.
Think of them as a safety test.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


These "Test Route" signs ... in fluorescent pink, yellow and purple are part of an experiment.
Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute put them around town to test how drivers respond to bolder colors.
Researchers say that, down the road, the colors that prove to be most eye-popping will be used nationwide to warn drivers of accidents and road conditions.
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[SOT 26:20 - :33]
[IN Q=What V-DOT]

((VICKI NEALE/TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH SCIENTIST: WHAT V-DOT HAS FOUND IS THAT IF YOU HAVE A SIGN COLOR THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM EVERYTHING ELSE AND YOU CAN GET THE PERSON'S ATTENTION TO THAT SIGN, THEN PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW IT AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO GO, NO MATTER WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON.))
[SUPER=01-Vicki Neale/Transportation Research Scientist;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=else is going on.]
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[VO-NAT]


Researchers alternate the sign colors and monitor "test drivers'" responses to them.
The experiment ends in three weeks.
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[Mornin-Promo]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Animation]
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((Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'))
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[VO-NAT]


E-i, E-i, Vide-O! You can get down on the farm from your computer. Visit a dairy without watching where you step.
More on Virginia Cooperative Extension's new "Virtual Farm".
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Tomorrow on New 7 Mornin'. [Melanie at Chroma Wall]