[7-11Forest-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-21 TC04:50]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford Co. Forest Fire]


Fire crews have the upper hand for now on a forest fire in Bedford County. Forest officials say it is contained.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Crews have a line around the fire and they're back burning to improve the line.
They're trying to keep it out of a nearby wilderness area.
But it hasn't been easy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=there's very limited]
[SUPER=01-Dawn Kirk/U. S. Forest Service;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=like a bulldozer.]
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If it fails and the blaze gets into the wilderness area, crews will be back at square one.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


They won't have much back-up, since most of the forest service's resources are being used to fight much bigger fires out west.

[7-11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC48:23]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City]


Roanoke City Police Department will soon be seeing some changes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


During yesterday's city council meeting we found out it won't just be police officers on the departments' disciplinary review panel.
For the first time-- residents will have an opportunity to take turns sitting on the panel which investigates complaints against police officers.
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[SOT 01:18:21]
[IN Q=To enhance]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=step in the right direction.]
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[VO-NAT]


To take part, citizens must complete Roanoke's citizen's police academy.
This also qualifies them to sit in when potential officers are interviewed.
Also -- Dr. Wendell Butler was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of long time Roanoke councilman Jim Trout.
Butler will serve until the end of June.
[SOT 00:52:34]
[IN Q=I'm going]

((DR. WENDELL BUTLER/COUNCILMAN: I'M GOING TO....AND I WILL MISS HIM. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Wendell Butler/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=miss him.]
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[vo-nat]
Also improvements to Patrick Henry High school are expected to begin in the spring of two-thousand four.
Improvements to William Fleming High school won't begin until two-thousand six.
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[7-11Brzonkala]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:20:24]
[GRAPHIC=Christy Brzonkala]


Former Virginia Tech student Christy Brzonkala did not get the result she was hoping for in the U.-S. Supreme Court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/January;]

Brzonkala was the first to use the Violence Against Women Act to sue her alleged attackers in federal court. But the Supreme Court ruled against her saying women should sue rapists in state courts, not federal.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:42:14]
[IN Q=All this means]

((ALL THIS MEANS IS YOU CAN'T GO TO FEDERAL COURT CLAIMING YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED WHEN YOU CLAIM YOU'VE BEEN ATTACKED.))
[SUPER=01-David Paxton/Defense Attorney;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=been attacked]
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[VO-NAT]

Paxton hopes his client -- former Tech football player Tony Morrison -- can clear his name now, even though he was never charged with rape. But Brzonkala's lawyer wants to get a new law on the books to protect women at the federal level.
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[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Here is a look at today's forecast.... Mostly sunny with a high in the mid 70's.......then becoming mostly cloudy with a low in the lower 50's


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[45-11Henry-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC21:17]
[GRAPHIC=New jobs]


More workers are needed in Henry County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]


This time it's at a motorsport engineering company that needs 50 new workers in its new facility.
Arrington Manufacturing is one of the top motorsport engine building companies in the nation.
It builds Dodge engines for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
The company also participates in a student apprenticeship program that teaches people the skills to eventually work in these high tech facilities.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 36:29]
[IN Q= it's a growing sport]

((JUSTIN HELMS/STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM: IT'S A GROWING SPORT, IT KEEPS GETTING LARGER. AND ALL THESE TEXTILES ARE GOING DOWN HILL. I WANT TO GET SOMETHING GROWING THEN WAITING LATER.))
[SOT 35:27]

((JOEY ARRINGTON/COMPANY PRESIDENT: YOUTH PROVIDES ENTHUSIASM. AND HOPEFULLY WITHIN 6 YEARS OR SO FOUR YEARS WHEN HE REALLY THERE WILL BE MORE OF THEM THAT COME INTO PLAY.))
[SUPER=01-Justin Helms/Apprentice; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joey Arrington/President; :08]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=that come into play.]
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[VO-NAT]


The new facility is located at the County's Beaver Creek Business Park.
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[45-11VMI]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC46:25]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


At Virginia Military Institute, yesterday was a day to remember the sacrifices of those cadets who served during the Civil War.
Keith Humphry brings us the highlights from New Market Day.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=At an institute]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]
[SUPER=01-Sol Rawls/New Market Medal Winner]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.]

(( At an Institute steeped in tradition... this one goes back 136 years to the Battle of New Market during the civil war. The Corps of Cadets is the only student body ever to have fought as a combat unit.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:24:53]
[IN Q=Losing shoes]

((LOSING SHOES, LOSING BLOOD, LOSING FRIENDS, LOSING LIFE. BUT NOT LOSING GROUND OR HEART OR HONOR.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=or honor.]


Every year on this day the corps accounts for the loss of life.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Private Jones]

((PRIVATE JONES. DIED ON THE FIELD OF HONOR, SIR.)) [RUNS02]
[OUT Q=field of honor, sir.]


To perpetuate the virtues of the ten cadets killed in battle, V-M-I created a medal to honor those who embody their spirit.
V-M-I Alumnus Sol Rawls wonders whether those cadets fully appreciate the sacrifice of their fore bearers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:50:10]
[IN Q=But I hope]

((BUT I HOPE SOME OF IT CAN BE RETAINED, PARTICULARLY DUTY, HONOR, RESPECT FOR GOD AND COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO INSTILL IN THEM, NOT ONLY TO BE SUCCESSFUL.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=not only successful.]


Rawls is only the tenth person ever awarded the New Market Medal.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))

[45-11Brzonkala]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:20:24]
[GRAPHIC=Christy Brzonkala]


The U-S Supreme Court has ruled against former Virginia Tech student Christy Brzonkala in her rape lawsuit against two football players.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/January;]

Brzonkala was the first to use the Violence Against Women Act to sue her alleged attackers in federal court. But the Supreme Court ruled against her saying women should sue rapists in state courts, not federal.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:42:14]
[IN Q=All this means]

((ALL THIS MEANS IS YOU CAN'T GO TO FEDERAL COURT CLAIMING YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED WHEN YOU CLAIM YOU'VE BEEN ATTACKED.))
[SUPER=01-David Paxton/Defense Attorney;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=been attacked]
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[VO-NAT]

Paxton hopes his client, former Tech football player Tony Morrison, can clear his name now, even though he was never charged with rape. But Brzonkala's lawyer wants to get a new law on the books to protect women at the federal level.
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[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Turning to the forecast...
Mostly sunny skies today with highs near 75.
Becoming mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the lower 50s.
The five day forecast is calling for a few scattered showers tomorrow...otherwise partly cloudy.
Highs in the 70s and 80s.

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[8-11Danville-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-10 TC1:14:07]
[GRAPHIC=FIRE]


A Danville police officer gets thanks from the community for saving a family of five.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Chris Tillman stopped to save five people from a burning home.
Tillman was on his way to work when he saw flames shooting out into the air and power lines falling.
He didn't think about his own life when he entered the home four or five times.
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[SOT 1:51:01]
[IN Q=When I got the ]

((CHRIS TILLMAN/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: WHEN I GOT THE FIRST CHILD, I RAN UP THE STREET I DIDN'T WANT THE POWER LINES FALLING ON HIM. I WENT BACK INTO THE HOUSE AND GRABBED ANOTHER CHILD. AT THAT TIME, THE FATHER WAS HELPING AN OLDER LADY DOWN THE STEPS. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF FOUR OR FIVE TIMES. IT HAPPENED SO FAST I DIDN'T KEEP COUNT OF IT.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Tillman/Danville Police Officer]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=didn't keep count.]
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[VO-NAT]


Tillman had to be treated for smoke inhalation but there were no further injuries. Fire investigators say a shop light on the porch overheated and some combustible material caught fire.
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[8-11Medicare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=00-05]
[GRAPHIC=Medicare]

Republicans are resisting a Democratic plan to give Medicare a prescription drug benefit.
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[VO-NAT]


The proposal would allow Medicare to cover half the cost of prescriptions up to two-thousand dollars a year.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]


Republicans say it's too expensive, but some Roanoke Medicare recipients say PRESCRIPTIONS are too expensive.

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[SOT tc 00:04:29]
[IN Q=People like me]

((PAUL GAGNON/MEDICARE RECIPIENT: FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER INSURANCE SO NATURALLY IT WOULD HELP ME, MY LIVING WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER I COULD BUY THE THINGS THAT I NEED MOSTLY.buttbuttbutt.WE DON'T HAVE ANY AIR CONDITION BECAUSE WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.)) ((DAVID FLEMING/ROANOKE PHARMACIST: THEY'RE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE LIVING MONTH TO MONTH ON NOTHING BUT SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS AND BY THE TIME THEY PAY THEIR GROCERY AND UTILITY BILLS, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM TO BUY THEIR MEDICATION WITH SO WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY GO WITHOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Gagnon/Medicare Recipient; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Fleming/Roanoke Pharmacist; :15]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=they go without.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fleming says many patients who don't take the medication at all or skip doses end up getting sick and have to go to the hospital which costs an estimated four billion dollars a year.
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[8-11Payne]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC40:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Former fifth district congressman L-F Payne does not intend to run for governor in 2-thousand-one.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


That word yesterday at a news conference in Richmond.
Payne instead offered support to his fellow Democrat, and is keeping his options open for 2005.
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(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:08:19 ]
[IN Q=I look]

((L.F. PAYNE/D-FORMER CONGRESSMAN: I LOOK FORWARD TO A FUTURE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ONCE MORE WITH MY LOYAL SUPPORTERS. I WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE COMMON SENSE IDEAS THAT WILL MOVE OUR COMMONWEALTH FORWARD AND BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR HARD-WORKING FAMILIES. IN THE MEANTIME, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MARK WARNER ON HIS CAMPAIGN.))
[SUPER=01-L. F. Payne/(D) Former Congressman;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=on his campaign.]
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[VO-NAT]


Payne ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1997.
He says he'll never seek that office again, because he believes the candidate for governor controls the destiny of the whole Democratic ticket.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Let's take one more look at the forecast this morning...
Expect another mostly sunny and mild day with highs in the mid 70s.
Clouding up by tonight, with lows in the 50s.
The five day forecast is calling for a few scattered showers tomorrow...otherwise partly cloudy.
Highs in the 70s and 80s.

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