[7-E-Sewer-Explosion]

[ANCHOR=Joe]

[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC29:07]
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Some residents of Richelieu apartments in South Roanoke were evacuated yesterday when three explosions occurred outside their apartment complex. Authorities believe gasoline in the sewers may have been responsible.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Officials do not know the source of the gasoline believed to be resonsible for blowing three manhole covers into the air.
Residents said they heard at least three separate explosions that shook the apartments.
Police closed off the area around 24th and Richelieu as a precaution.
The gas company and a hazmat team were called in to investigate.
No one was injured.
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[7-Trailer-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC56:08]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Fire officials do not know what set the fire in Bedford County Tuesday that burned two mobile homes burned to the ground.
The trailers at the Hardy Road Mobile Home Park caught fire at about 2:45
No one was home at the time, and there were no injuries.
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[7-Bus-Suits]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


The lawsuits against a tow truck driver who killed two people in Franklin County last year have been settled. But there's no word yet on the details.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January 25, 1999;]


The accident involving the wrecker, a school bus and another car killed an 8-year-old girl and her grandmother.
Relatives of the victims sued Michael Lee Gray and his employer for almost 20 million dollars.
The plaintiffs' attorney says he doesn't want to reveal the amount of the settlement until a judge approves it.
Gray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
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[7-2County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Schools]


The third time may be the charm.
The debate over redistricting Roanoke County's new high school in Cave Spring has led to a third plan that was outlined at a public hearing last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The latest proposal would have students at Back Creek, Oak Grove, and Cave Spring Elementary attend Hidden Valley Junior High and then the new high school. Students at Bent Mountain, Clearbrook, Green Valley, and Penn Forest would attend Cave Spring Junior High and then Cave Spring High School.
Parents say this might be the best plan out of the three to keep students together.
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[SOT FULL]
[INQ=I urge you]

[No super] ((I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT PLAN C OR ANY PLAN THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE MANY PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL TO GET TO ANOTHER SCHOOL IN ANOTHER PART OF THE COUNTY.))
[OUTQ=part of the county.]
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[VO-NAT]

The school board says the only problem with the plan is that it would fill the new high school to capacity.
But the new plan will provide a more balanced enrollment between Cave Spring and Hidden Valley.
The school board will vote on a plan tomorrow.
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[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
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Now, let's take a break from the news to check the forecast.... Expect scattered showers and storms this afternoon --making for a muggy high temperature in the low to mid 80's... Rains and storms are likely tonight with lows in the upper 60's to 70.


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[45-York]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC51:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Botetourt County company is facing a substantial fine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./1997;]

When York International started assembling air conditioning parts in Botetourt County four years ago, it promised to hire 120 people and spend nine million dollars by this year.
The company has spent only a quarter of that.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=None]


So now, York has agreed to pay 95-thousand dollars in damages to the county and invest ten million dollars in the plant by the end of this year.
There will still be only thirty jobs, but the county says they'll be high-end manufacturing instead of assembly line work.

[45-E-Autumn-Lane]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=500-2 TC50:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Roanoke city inspectors say they can not stop a contractor from building new homes -- even though one young couple says he did a job that is poor at best.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Phillip Bane was the contractor responsible for this modular home on Autumn Lane -- The siding's not attached -- and as it turns out, neither are the toilets.
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[SOT 11:08:32]
[IN Q=They come in]

((THEY COME IN TO GET THEIR FIRST SHOWER AND WHEN MY NEIGHBOR TURNED ON THE WATER, OF COURSE HE REACHED HERE TO PULL UP THE TUB SPOUT AND YOU CAN SEE THIS IS NOT SECURE AND IT JUST SHOT OF AND WENT TO THE BACK TO THE TUB.))
[SUPER=01-Aubrey Butler/Neighbor;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=to the tub]
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[VO-NAT]

City inspectors say this home meets code. But over the years they have charged Bane with four misdemeanors, and several times they stopped his construction.
[SUPER=04-1997;]

He refused to speak on camera.
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[SOT 10:13:06]
[SOT 10:04:47]
[IN Q=It is unusual]

((IT IS UNUSUAL ... PRIOR TO COURT ACTION. BUTT BUTT BUTT I THINK THE CITY SHOULD NOT LET PEOPLE LIKE PHILLIP BANE BUILD IF HE'S NOT QUALIFIED TO DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Tasselli/Roanoke Building Department;]
[SUPER=01-April Estrada/Homebuyer; :13]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=not qualified to do it]
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[VO-NAT]


Bane plans to build ten more houses on Autumn Lane.
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[45-E-Smoke-Alarms]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC1:39:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new state grant could save lives in Lynchburg by providing more smoke detectors in homes that need them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Lynchburg fire department was presented with 350 new smoke detectors yesterday to install in the homes of needy residents.
The detectors were paid for by the "Get Alarmed, Virginia" program, which is aimed at reducing the number of fire- related deaths in the state.
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[SOT 18:36:57]
[IN Q=There obviously]

((BUDDY MARTINETTE/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: THERE OBVIOUSLY ARE THE BEST CASE SCENARIOS, THEY'RE USED FOR THE PEOPLE THAT CAN'T AFFORD THEM AND OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVE ONE IN THEIR HOUSE. AND IF WE CAN IDENTIFY THOSE PROPERTIES AND USE THOSE AS A PRIORITY FOR THOSE PARTICULAR CITIZENS, THEN I THINK THEY'LL BE BEST SERVED IF WE HANDLE IT THAT WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Buddy Martinette/Lynchburg Fire Chief]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=handle it that way.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fire officials installed the first smoke detector Tuesday in the home of a woman on Harrison Street.
Authorities say at least one of the three people who have died in Lynchburg fires this year could have been saved by a smoke alarm.
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[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
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Now let's check the forecast.... Expect scattered showers and storms this afternoon -- high temperature in the low to mid 80's... Rains and storms are likely tonight with lows in the upper 60's to 70.
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And looking at the five day forecast... typical summertime weather... with clouds on thursday, possibility of stroms on Friday... and a weekend that's shaping up nicely

I'll be back with more news in half an hour..[8-E-Sewer-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC29:07]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


Some South Roanoke residents were forced to evacuate yesterday following explosions outside their apartment complex.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Officials believe it was gasoline in the sewer that blew three manhole covers into the air.
Residents of the Richelieu apartments said they heard at least three separate explosions that shook their homes.
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[SOT 19:20:39]
[IN Q=I came outside]

((ANN KIRKPATRICK/WITNESS: I CAME OUTSIDE AND I SAW A THIRD ONE WITH THE TOP FLY UP IN THE AIR AND THEN MY NEIGHBORS ACROSS THE STREET SAID THEY SMELLED GAS.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Kirkpatrick/Witness]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=they smelled gas.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police closed off the area around 24th and Richelieu as a precaution.
The gas company and a hazmat team were called in to investigate.
No one was injured.
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[8-Trailer-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC56:08]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Fire officials do not know what set a fire in Bedford County Tuesday that burned two mobile homes to the ground.

The trailers at the Hardy Road Mobile Home Park caught fire at about 2:45
No one was home at the time, and there were no injuries.
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[8-York]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC51:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Botetourt County Company fell through on some promises, and now they are being fined for it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./1997;]

When York International started assembling air conditioning parts in Botetourt County four years ago, it promised to hire 120 people and spend nine million dollars by this year.
The company has spent only a quarter of that.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=None]


So now, York has agreed to pay 95-thousand dollars in damages to the county and invest ten million dollars in the plant by the end of this year.
There will still be only thirty jobs, but the county says they'll be high-end manufacturing instead of assembly line work.

[8-5-Hannibal]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-10]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Filming is underway in Richmond for "Hannibal" and some Virginia Residents are not very happy about the messages the movie may be sending to the public...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Orion Pictures]


Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill says the film will offer a misleading characterization of mental illness.
The sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" focuses in more on Anthony Hopkins' cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter.
[SUPER-03-Richmond]
This week, the film crew has the run of Capitol Square and the full support of the state.
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[SOT 14:09:19]
[IN Q=Well I had]

((VAL MARSH/VIRGINIA ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL: WELL I HAD A MIXED...IT PERPETUATES UGLY MYTHS.))
[SUPER=01-Val Marsh/Alliance for the Mentally Ill;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=ugly myths.]
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[VO-NAT]


Julianne Moore replaces Jodie Foster as F-B-I agent Clarice (clare-EES) Starling.
Sir Anthony Hopkins dined with the Governor and First Lady Saturday, but Hopkins isn't due back in Richmond this week.
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[8Weather]


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

Now , for a final morning look at the forecast... Expect scattered showers and storms this afternoon -- high temperature in the low to mid 80's... Rains and storms are likely tonight with lows in the upper 60's to 70.
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And looking at the five day forecast... typical summertime weather... with clouds on thursday, possibility of storms onTune in to News 7 at noon for more news and weather..Have a great day Friday... and a weekend that's shaping up nicely