[7-11Tech-Police]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-06]
[GRAPHIC=Va Tech]


Employees have complained about Virginia Tech's police chief and now he's suspended with pay while the University investigates him.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 1998;]


Mike Jones is a 30 year veteran of the department. He's served the last 10 years as police chief.
Tech officials will NOT say what the allegation against Jones is -- only that it's a private personnel matter involving "interpersonal relations."
They say the complaints are NOT criminal and were lodged by two subordinates.
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[SOT 11:45 - :57]
[IN Q=It's been a department]

((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN: IT'S BEEN A DEPARTMENT THAT'S RECEIVED A NUMBER OF AWARDS OVER THE YEARS, A VERY WELL-MANAGED DEPARTMENT, SO THE UNIVERSITY IS A LITTLE SURPRISED BY IT. BUT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE ALLEGATION, WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS A PRUDENT COURSE OF ACTION.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=course of action.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jones will remain on paid suspension until the investigation is completed.
He could not be reached for comment.
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[7-11L'burg-Cops]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC41:26]
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Police officers AND civilians were honored in Lynchburg for helping to keep the Hill City safe.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Fifteen members of the Lynchburg police department and 29 citizens were recognized during an awards ceremony.
Their contributions ranged from helping raise funds for the DARE program to a man who returned a lost wallet with five thousand dollars in it.
Officer Daniel W. Black received the department's Medal of Honor for his work in rescuing two children from a vehicle whose driver was drunk and armed with a gun.
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[7-Franklin-Mom]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
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A Franklin County woman has been convicted of child abuse and neglect for failing to give her H-I-V positive son his medicine.
Michelle Ivy Hancock faces up to five years in prison...she will be sentenced next month.
Prosecutor Clifford Hapgood says he pursued the case because of the potentially fatal consequences of not treating the boy.
At last week's trial, a nurse testified that the six-year-old boy has a more advanced level of the virus because of his mother's lack of action and he is now at a greater risk for contracting infections.

[7-11Wilcox]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:23:09]
[GRAPHIC=Reid Jones]


The contested will of a Bedford County millionaire has been upheld without a trial.
Reid Jones died in 1996, leaving most of his money to charity.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1999]


His adoptive daughter, Margie Irvin, went to court arguing that Jones had intended to leave 200-thousand dollars to her children-
The claim received a lot of attention when word circulated that Jones had died in the arms of his attorney, Diane Wilcox. The heirs even implied Wilcox might have hastened his death.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=hold Jones]


The case was set for trial next week, but the heirs "non-suited" or dropped the case after a year of depositions failed to produce the evidence they expected.
Other claims involving Jones' holdings are still pending.

[7Weather]


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Today will be partly sunny with a few scattered showers-- Highs in the upper 70's to lower 80's
Tonight will be partly cloudy with passing showers--Low Upper 50's to lower 60's


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[45-11Biomedical-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It'll become official later today... but word is out that Roanoke is the new site for the Carilion Biomedical Institute.
A company spokesperson said the facility will be built in the vicinity of Reserve Avenue.
Carilion confirmed the project will not affect the River's Edge Sports Complex or Victory Stadium.
Community leaders who've seen early plans say a likely location is on Reserve Avenue across the street from the armory.


[45-11Intermet]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC22:26]
[GRAPHIC=New River Castings]


Yeseterday, Intermet unveiled plans for re- building the New River Castings Plant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


At a company open house, residents got a preview of what the reconstructed plant will look like.
They also got a look at auto parts the plant makes and the improvements Intermet intends to make at both of its Radford plants.
The company promises tighter controls on dust emissions coming from the plants... a problem in the past.
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[SOT 18:46 - :56]
[IN Q=We hope that]

((ALAN MILLER/INTERMET ATTORNEY: WE HOPE THAT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING ARE HELPING TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS IN THE COMMUNITY AND WE'RE HOPING THAT WHEN WE COME BACK UP AT NEW RIVER, WE'LL BE A BETTER NEIGHBOR.))
[SUPER=01-Alan Miller/Intermet Attorney;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=a better neighbor.]
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[VO-NAT]


Intermet still needs approval on some state permits before it rebuilds.
A public meeting to discuss those permits will be held next Wednesday.
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[45-11Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


Citizens will get to express their opinion on whether Botetourt County should open a new school or raise teachers' salaries.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

The school board's spent six million dollars on Greenfield Elementary School but may keep it closed for another year-- spending money to raise teachers' pay instead.
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[SOT 15:39:40]
[IN Q=We committed]

((WE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO A FIVE YEAR PAY INCREASE WHICH WOULD BRING OUR TEACHERS UP TO A COMPETITIVE LEVEL TO OTHER AREAS AND I BELIEVE A COMMITMENT HAS BEEN MADE.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Sullivan/School Board Member;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=has been made]
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[VO-NAT]

Board members say they are concerned taxpayers will be angry if they do NOT open Greenfield. They want public input before making a decision May 25th.
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[45-11FOI-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-05]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A Botetourt man plans to sue his county supervisors twice in one week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Bob Patterson is a lawyer who lives in Buchanan.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./April 20;]

He says county supervisors refused to move a budget public hearing even though crowds of people could not fit in the room. The Freedom of Information Act protects people's right to see their government in action.
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[SOT 10:46:17]
[IN Q=There were people]

((THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME WHO WERE DENIED THE RIGHT TO EVEN BE IN THE MEETING. THEY MADE THE TRIP TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND COULD NOT EVEN GET IN THE BUILDING.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Patterson/Sued County Supervisors;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=get in the building]
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[VO-NAT]

Patterson plans to sue county supervisors again next week. He says they signed the county administrator's contract a week before they approved it. And they will NOT give him the agenda for that meeting.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]

Neither the county attorney nor the board chairman was available for comment.

[45Weather]


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Let's take a break from the news to check the forecast...
Partly sunny today, but don't rule out the possibility of some showers.
Highs near 80.
Partly cloudy tonight with a few more passing showers and lows around 60.
Looking ahead to the next five days...
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[8-11Forest-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:28:26]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford Co. Forest Fire]


Firefighters are resting and will start cleaning up the Bedford County forest fire today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The fire.. which was started by a lightning strike Saturday night.. has been scorching forest land near Big Island.
Authorities say the fire is "not" officially contained yet, but they have been able to keep it from crossing a fire line that was dug Monday night.
More than 140 firefighters and a helicopter continued to attack hot spots within the burned area yesterday.
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[8-11Mock-Disaster]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC01:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A make believe helicopter went down in Vinton killing one person and injuring a second.....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


This wasn't real- it was mock disaster to help train the Vinton Fire and EMS departments as well as Commonwealth Search and Rescue.
More than 30 people set out on foot through the woods to find the fake crash site last night.
The make believe victim was several feet from the crash scene.
Officials say they try to hold these mock disasters once a year so if something like this happens they'll be prepared.
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[8-11Paxton-House]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC25:49]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It seems that one of Buena Vista's oldest landmarks is the site of some ancient buried artifacts..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]


A group of students from Washington and Lee University is conducting the dig outside the Paxton House Plantation.


They've already found some ceramics and tools.
But they've found even more prehistoric items, similar to arrowheads.
[SOT 00:24:03]
[IN Q=I think]

((I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WHICH WAS ALWAYS SAD WAS THAT I WAS UP ON THIS HILL, NO SIGNS, NOTHING TO TELL ABOUT IT AND THE ARTIFACTS REALLY TELL THE STORY ABOUT THE HOME.))
[SUPER=01-Katharine Stroh/Research Archaeologist; ]
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[out q=about the home.]
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[vo-nat]
Members of the Paxton House Historical Society hope to change all that by restoring the 170- year old plantation.
They want to transform it into an educational and social place for the community... which would allow them to display the artifacts inside.
But to do so the group must raise thousands of dollars.
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[SOT 00:17:52]
[IN Q=We can]

((LEE MORRIS/HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WE CAN ALWAYS USE THE MONEY, WE NEED A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE TO BE GRASSROOTS, WE WANT THE PEOPLE TO FEEL THE PAXTON HOUSE BELONGS TO THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Lee Morris/Historical Society;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=belongs to them.]
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[VO-NAT]


You can check out the artifacts for yourself at an open house on Saturday.
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[8-11Mickey-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=None]
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Martinsville will not become the home of a new truck body plant.
Development officials say the W-F Mickey Body Company has chosen Denton, North Carolina for its new facility.
They decided to have the plant closer to the main headquarters in High Point.

[8-11Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-16 TC30:58]
[GRAPHIC=Dan River]


An empty Danville warehouse has a new owner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/October;]


Dan River bought the old Offray Corporation building for close to four-million dollars.
Offray closed down a few months ago.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[ANCHOR=HOLD]


Dan River will use the building as a warehouse for the next four months.
The company has not decided what it will do with the building after that.

[8Weather]


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Let's take another look at the mid- week forecast...
It's going to be a partly sunny day, with a few scattered showers and highs around 80.
Partly cloudy overnight, with passing showers and lows near 60.
Looking ahead to the next five days...
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