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An explosion caused major structural damage to Pulaski High School. Engineers are trying to determine the extent of the damage and what caused the blast.
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The pageantry is about to begin in Philadelphia as Republicans converge on the city of brotherly love for the 2000 GOP National Convention
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Stay with us....News 7 Mornin' is next.

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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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An explosion at Pulaski County High School forces hundreds of summer school students to attend classes elsewhere. More than 200 students will be rerouted to another school starting today. The explosion rocked Pulaski County High this weekend.
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.]

It occurred in a room behind the cafeteria. The room houses both the electrical and gas services for the school. Superintendent David Cox says the explosion caused major structural damage - and right now the school is considered unstable. Engineers will be on site today to try to determine the extent of the damages. In the meantime, summer school students will be taken to Critzer Elementary for classes.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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The regular school year starts August 23rd .. Superintendent Cox says its too early to tell if classes can be held at

the High School.[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
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The finishing touches are being put on the convention center in Philadelphia, where the Republican Convention starts today.
George W. Bush says he's on his way to Philly and a presidential victory.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Gov. Dave Maurstad/(R) Nebraska; :24]
[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :47]
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((NAT SOT - CONVENTION FLOOR


AS THE FINAL TOUCHES TAKE PLACE ON THE CONVENTION FLOOR AND REPUBLICAN DELEGATES DESCEND ON PHILADELPHIA

NAT SOT - 0659 - Thats for you, oh thanks


THERE IS LITTLE MYSTERY ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN HERE GEORGE W. BUSH WILL RECEIVE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT.
BUT IT MAY BE THE GRASS ROOTS EFFORT THIS FOUR-DAY-LONG PROCESS WILL PRODUCE THAT MAY ACTUALLY HELP HIM GET TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

SOT - LT. GOV. DAVE MAURSTAD/(R) NEBRASKA - 002901 I think people are

coming here to generate enthusiasm to carry into the fall election and make sure people get out and vote and be a part of the democratic process.
AND NO ONES WORKING HARDER FOR THAT THAN THE CANDIDATE HIMSELF - BUSH IS TAKING A SIX-STATE TRIP ON HIS ROAD TO PHILADELPHIA - SIX STATES THAT HAVE PROVEN TO BE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST BATTLES FOR REPUBLICANS.

SOT - GEORGE W. BUSH - 153241 polls are up but election isn't tomorrow


WHILE BUSH'S VICE PRESIDENTIAL PICK DICK CHENEY STOMPED IN PHILADELPHIA, ANOTHER REPUBLICAN MADE A MOVE MORE SYMBOLIC THAN SIGNIFICANT HERE - ONE TIME PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL ARIZONA SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN - URGED THE DELEGATES HE WON DURING THE PRIMARIES TO SWITCH THEIR SUPPORT TO BUSH.
LIKE SO MUCH THAT WILL HAPPEN THIS WEEK - ITS THIS KIND OF SOLIDARITY REPUBLICANS HOPE WILL LEAD THEM TO THE PRESIDENCY.
STANDUP - ))

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Nearly 50 wildfires continue to rage across 10 western states.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Temecula, CA;]


A fire in California's Sierra Nevada has grown to more than 63-thousand acres and destroyed eight homes in the mountain village of Pine Creek.
Other homes are still being threatened.
The Pechanga Indian Reservation has also seen 21-hundred acres go up in flames.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[SUPER=03-Mesa Verde Nat'l Park;]


Meanwhile in Colorado, the 23-thousand-acre fire that raged across Mesa Verde National Park has been fully contained.
But before tourists can be allowed back in the park, park managers have to rebuild the guardrails lining the park's only access road.
Railroad ties supporting the steel rails were burned in the fire.
They will also need to reseed to prevent water erosion.
The cleanup effort also will involve archaeologists looking for new artifacts that previously had been hidden and protected by vegetation that burned off.
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[11Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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It was clean up day at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road in Roanoke after Saturday night's torrential down pour caused high water to flood the first floor. Kate Weidaw has the details.
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((KENNETH OVERSTREET/GUEST: IT CAME UP IN A MATTER OF MINUTES I LOOKED ONE TIME AND IT WAS INSIDE THE ROCK WALL AND WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES IT WAS IN MY ROOM.))
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Kenneth Overstreet says he was terrified when water came rushing into his room.

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((KENNETH OVERSTREET/GUEST: THE NEXT THING I KNEW I HEARD A LOT OF WATER RUNNING OUTSIDE AND I WONDERED IF IT WAS RAINING A LOT AND I OPENED MY DOOR AND WATER CAME INTO THE ROOM.))
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Overstreet had been staying at the Ramada Inn for the past two months and lost everything -- his clothes, tools, and stereo equipment.

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((KENNETH OVERSTREET: HERE ON THE SIDE OF THE BED YOU CAN SEE HOW IT CAME UP, IT WAS ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF AROUND THE ROOM.))
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But the rooms weren't the only thing damaged, the parking lot flooded as well. High water seeped into cars leaving mud caked on the inside. Emily Roberts and her husband say their car may have been destroyed but they lost something even more precious.

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((EMILY ROBERTS/LOST CAR: WE HAD OUR WEDDING PICTURES IN THERE, WE JUST GOT MARRIED AND OUR NEGATIVES WERE IN THERE AND ALL OF HIS CD'S WERE IN THERE.))
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And while the water may have gone down the clean up process is just beginning.

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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: ALL OF THE GUESTS WHO WERE STAYING ON THE FIRST FLOOR HAVE BEEN PLACED IN OTHER ROOMS. IN THE MEANTIME MANAGEMENT SAYS INSURANCE SHOULD COVER MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE DAMAGE.))
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Flooding also caused problems at a Roanoke supply building.
Workers spent the day cleaning up mud left behind from Saturday night's rising waters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Several delivery trucks and forklifts owned by Ideal Building Supply had to be towed away yesterday after they sustained water damage. The company says water from a drain on Franklin Road normally backs up during heavy rains - but Saturday night's storms caused unusually high waters.
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[IN Q=In a matter...]
[SUPER=01-Randy Likens/Ideal Building Supply]

((RANDY LIKENS/IDEAL BUILDING SUPPLY: IN A MATTER OF ABOUT 30 MINUTES WE HAD SIX TO EIGHT FEET OF WATER INSIDE OUR AREA HERE, AND INSIDE THE SHOP AREA BUILDING HERE AS MUCH AS TWO FEET OF WATER.))
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Likens says the company has brought in machinery from another store, and they plan on opening their doors to customers today.
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[Concorde]


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A British Airways Concorde jet made an emergency landing in Newfoundland yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gander, Newfoundland;]


Singer Tony Bennett was one of the passengers diverted to Gander when the jet was forced to land.
Passengers say they smelled gasoline in the cabin.
Airline officials say the plane would be grounded until safety checks could be performed.
The flight was headed to New York from London.
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Tuesday, an Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris, killing all 114 people on board. Air France's concorde fleet remains grounded.

[Mideast-Peace]


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The Middle East Peace talks resumed yesterday in Jericho.
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[VO-NAT]


The chief negotiators tried to restart the peace process after running into deadlock at Camp David.
Despite assurances by both Israel and the Palestinians that violence is not an option following the collapse of last week's talks, Palestinian security police have continued training kids at summer camps to use weapons.
More meetings are planned during the next few days in hopes of moving the process forward.
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[11Scooches]


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A Roanoke nightclub closed its doors to the public for the last time last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

"Scooches" has been open for nearly nine years. But, the club's landlord sold the building to a nearby Bank of America. Scooches will be torn down to make way for a parking lot. Owner Randy Scaggs says some regulars want to take a piece of the nightclub with them, but he's discouraging that.
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((RANDY SCAGGS/SCOOCHES: WE'RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY TONIGHT - GO OUT WITH A BANG - AND TRY NOT TO TEAR ANYTHING UP.))
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Scaggs says demolition will begin in less than a month.
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[11Extended-Care]


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Carilion New River Valley Medical Center is closing its "eldercare" program. And some family members of the program's patients are concerned about their loved ones' well being.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


Stanley Smith's wife suffered a severe stroke and has been in the hospital for the past six years.
Now Smith has to find a new place for his wife to receive the quality care she needs.
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((STANLEY SMITH/CONCERNED ABOUT HIS WIFE: I'VE FELT VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HER UP HERE WHERE ALL YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS ARE UNDER ONE ROOF, THE DOCTORS, I'M SURE I CAN FIND A PLACE FOR HER NEEDS BUT SHE IS GOING TO LOSE HER DOCTORS.))
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The hospital is doing away with the on site nursing facility over the next year.
The 27 bed space will be used to treat emergency patients.
Smith says he wishes hospital officials would've realized they needed more space before moving elderly patients into the facility... which opened approximately a year ago.
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[Health-Check]


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In other medical news, spending time in the water is a fun way to beat the heat, but too much time can cause swimmers ear.
Doctor Dave Hnida explains in this morning's Health check.
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((Information:
VT=VO

It's the season for otitis externa, otherwise known as swimmers ear. We are seeing a lot of swimmers ear lately, the main reason, kids but not only kids, who are spending a lot of time trying to beat the heat in pools and lakes. They wind up spending too much time in the water. When that happens, the ear canal never gets a chance to completely dry out. The lining gets soggy and the germs that normally live there multiply and cause infections. Because of the chlorine in the pools, which is a little tougher on ears, swimmers ear is more common in pools than lakes. So how do you know when your kid has swimmer's ear?
GRFX Pain is the number one symptom, especially when you tug on the ear or press in the little tab in front of the opening.
GRFX Itching can be a symptom when the infection is not very bad.
GRFX And an ear that is plugged can be a symptom as well.
GRFX The treatment is pretty simple. It includes staying out of the pool for at least 10 days.
GRFX Anti-biotic ear-drops from your doctor can be used during this time.
GRFX After returning to swimming, you'll want to limit the time in the pool to no more than an hour at a time.
GRFX And then stay out to for at least half an hour,

VT=VO

to allow the canals to dry. Good luck with that part, I'm Dr. Dave Hnida for CBS News.))


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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


An explosion closes Pulaski High School. Summer school students will finish the session at Critzer Elementary School while engineers determine the structural soundness of the high school and what caused the blast.
The explosion occurred this weekend in a room that houses both the electrical and gas services for the school.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


Area businesses are cleaning up after this weekend's heavy rains caused flooding.
Cars in the Ramada parking lot on Franklin Road in Roanoke experienced water damage and residents on the first floor of the hotel had to be moved to the second floor on Saturday night when the water rose.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


A British Airways Concorde jet made an emergency landing yesterday after the passengers smelled gas in the cabin.
Singer Tony Bennett was among the passengers on the flight from London to New York.
No one was injured.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]


And that's what's making news on this Monday July 31-st..
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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An explosion rocked Pulaski County High School this weekend.
More than 200 summer school students will be rerouted to another school starting today.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.]

The blast occurred in a room behind the cafeteria. The room houses both the electrical and gas services for the school .. Superintendent David Cox says the explosion caused major structural damage - and right now the school is considered unstable. Engineers will be on site today to try to determine the extent of the damages. In the meantime, summer school students will be taken to Critzer Elementary for classes.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

The regular school year starts August 23rd .. Superintendent Cox says its too early to tell if classes can be held at

the High School.[PA-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
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The heavy rains that hit our area also did damage up north.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bucks Co., PA;]


Bridges were washed out and roads turned into raging rivers in the Philadelphia area last night.
Up to 7 and a half inches of rain fell in some areas of Bucks County.
About 100 homes and a number of vehicles were flooded.
Two dozen people had to be rescued from their homes, and spent the night in shelters.
12-thousand were without power at the height of the storm... about 37-hundred are still without power this morning.


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[2-11Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-15; TC 1:53:38]
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The weekend rains flooded part of the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road in Roanoke.
Saturday night's torrential down pour caused high water to flood the first floor. Kate Weidaw has more.
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[IN Q=It came up]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Overstreet/Guest;:03]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday Night;:42]
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(([SOT 2:56:15]
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((KENNETH OVERSTREET/GUEST: IT CAME UP IN A MATTER OF MINUTES I LOOKED ONE TIME AND IT WAS INSIDE THE ROCK WALL AND WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES IT WAS IN MY ROOM.))
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Kenneth Overstreet says he was terrified when water came rushing into his room.

[SOT 2:54:34]
[INQ=]

((KENNETH OVERSTREET/GUEST: THE NEXT THING I KNEW I HEARD A LOT OF WATER RUNNING OUTSIDE AND I WONDERED IF IT WAS RAINING A LOT AND I OPENED MY DOOR AND WATER CAME INTO THE ROOM.))
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Overstreet had been staying at the Ramada Inn for the past two months and lost everything -- his clothes, tools, and stereo equipment.

[SOT 2:56:30]
[INQ=]

((KENNETH OVERSTREET: HERE ON THE SIDE OF THE BED YOU CAN SEE HOW IT CAME UP, IT WAS ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF AROUND THE ROOM.))
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But the rooms weren't the only thing damaged, the parking lot flooded as well. High water seeped into cars leaving mud caked on the inside. Emily Roberts and her husband say their car may have been destroyed but they lost something even more precious.

[SOT 2:53:12]
[INQ=]

((EMILY ROBERTS/LOST CAR: WE HAD OUR WEDDING PICTURES IN THERE, WE JUST GOT MARRIED AND OUR NEGATIVES WERE IN THERE AND ALL OF HIS CD'S WERE IN THERE.))
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[RUNS= 8]


And while the water may have gone down the clean up process is just beginning.

[SOT]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: ALL OF THE GUESTS WHO WERE STAYING ON THE FIRST FLOOR HAVE BEEN PLACED IN OTHER ROOMS. IN THE MEANTIME MANAGEMENT SAYS INSURANCE SHOULD COVER MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE DAMAGE.))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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A Roanoke supply building plans to re-open today after it was flooded by recent rains. Workers spent yesterday cleaning up mud left behind from Saturday night's rising waters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Several delivery trucks and forklifts owned by Ideal Building Supply had to be towed away yesterday after they sustained water damage. The company says water from a drain on Franklin Road normally backs up during heavy rains - but Saturday night's storms caused unusually high waters.
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[SOT @ 14:52-15:02]
[IN Q=In a matter...]
[SUPER=01-Randy Likens/Ideal Building Supply]

((RANDY LIKENS/IDEAL BUILDING SUPPLY: IN A MATTER OF ABOUT 30 MINUTES WE HAD SIX TO EIGHT FEET OF WATER INSIDE OUR AREA HERE, AND INSIDE THE SHOP AREA BUILDING HERE AS MUCH AS TWO FEET OF WATER.))
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[VO-NAT]

Likens says the company has brought in machinery from another store, and they plan on opening their doors to customers today.
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[2-Campaign-2000]


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[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
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Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain is asking his delegates to support George W. Bush as the republican convention is set to begin today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA;]


Flanked by his wife Cindy, McCain formally released his delegates Sunday.
The Arizona senator won seven Republican primaries and 231 convention delegates before dropping out of the race.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;]
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[VO-NAT]

Much of McCain's support had come from moderate Republicans, independents and ticket switching Democrats.
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[11Steel-Noise]


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Some Roanoke residents are complaining about noise coming from a new construction project at Roanoke Electric Steel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The company is in the process of constructing a new building to store finished steel - but the noise has become too much for some residents.
With two acres leveled, they say the sound buffer between the company and the neighborhood is gone.
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[SOT 3:43;20]
[IN Q=It sounds]

((DERECK MEADOR/RESIDENT: IT SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERSTATE PILE UP ALL MORNING LONG I MEAN THEY DROP BIG HUGE PIECES OF ANGEL, I MEAN IT'S DEAFENING.))
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[VO-NAT]


Meador says he's lived on Trout Street for 30 years and the noise has never been this bad.
He also says with the trees gone, rats that live in the steel have migrated up to the neighborhood.
Roanoke Electric Steel says the purpose of the project is to improve the company's efficiency.
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[11Gun-Buyback]


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Earlier this year, 560 guns were melted down at Roanoke Electric Steel. The guns were turned in as a part of the city's gun buyback program.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 21]

President Clinton is expected to continue giving local governments federal money for the programs. A move which angered some House Republicans, who say the administration lacks the legal authority to do that. 70 cities receive money for the program - they pay 50 dollars apiece for guns turned in by private owners. Programs in 30 cities are on hold because of disputes between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and some lawmakers.
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[11Feedback]


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Lewis-Gale Medical Center and Floyd County Scrip are two of the stories that brought in viewer mail last week. Assignment Editor Joe McKean has more in this edition of "Feedback."
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((A few days after Lewis-Gale hospital opened its new emergency center to the media, it held a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. A viewer from Roanoke (C.O. Burnett) said we should have been there for that event.
"You seem to cover any negative story of Lewis Gale (i.e. the problems with Phycor) endlessly while ignoring or minimally reporting the positive aspects of this hospital (the ribbon cutting for the new emergency room...) On the other hand, you tend to ignore or minimally report the negative aspects of Carilion policy (the closing of the Jefferson Internal Medicine office with the forced retirement of some very good doctors) and repeatedly report on any favorable aspect of this corporation."
Another writer (Bob Smith, Floyd County) found fault with a story on plans by a group of people in Floyd County to consider printing their own money, or scrip.
"I deeply resent your recent portrayal of the people of Floyd County as a bunch of hippy weirdoes who want to make up their own currency system. We are, in the vast majority, conservative and hard-working people, and the group you decided to highlight in no way represent us."
Our mailing address at News is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 343-7269.
E-mail should be sent to news@wdbj7.com.
And our web site contains a moderated online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=DAL/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


An explosion rocked Pulaski County High School this weekend. The blast occurred in a room behind the cafeteria. The room houses both the electrical and gas services for the school.
More than 200 summer school students will be rerouted to Critzer Elementary school for classes starting today.

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]


A Roanoke supply building plans to re-open today after it was flooded by recent rains. Workers spent yesterday cleaning up mud left behind from Saturday night's rising waters. The company says water from a drain on Franklin Road normally backs up during heavy rains - but Saturday night's storms caused unusually high waters.


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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]

Meanwhile, the cleanup continues at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road in Roanoke. Saturday night's torrential down pour caused high water to flood the first floor and the parking lot. All of the guests who were staying on the first floor have been placed in other rooms. Management says insurance should cover most if not all of the damage.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Denise]


Now here's Roy Stanley with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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