!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd"> WDBJ 7 morning news for 08/01/00


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[ANCHOR=JoeD]

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[VO-NAT]


State Police Investigators issue their report on the fire that destroyed the Lexington Presbyterian Church.
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[ANCHOR=joeD]


And the GOP showcases its diversity as the Republican National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=JoeD]


Stay with us , News 7 Mornin is next.

[11Church-fire]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sbu]
[TAPE#=00-20 TC1:44:07]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Invest.]


State Police fire investigators say the blaze that destroyed Lexington Presbyterian Church was an accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/July 18;]


Their final report confirms painters using a hot iron to scrape paint off the wood accidentally set the church ablaze.
The fire ravaged the historic church on July 18-th, collapsing the roof and steeple and filling the sanctuary with rubble.
The damage is estimated at two and a half million dollars.
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[5-Pulaski-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=500-15 30:15]
[GRAPHIC=eXPLOSION]



School board members are holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the damages caused by this weekend's explosion at Pulaski County high school.
The board will ask for money to demolish and rebuild the mechanical room.
Administrators are hoping they can do it fast enough to start the school year on time.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin;]


The explosion occurred in the mechanical room behind the cafeteria.
It housed the electrical and gas services for the school.
Officials believe the blast was caused by natural gas.
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[SOT 14:37 - :52]
[IN Q=It's likely that it]
[SUPER=01-David Cox/Pulaski Co. Superintendent;]

((DAVID COX/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S LIKELY THAT IT HAD TO DO WITH NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRICITY. WE KNOW THAT THE TRANSFORMER, OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, DID EXPLODE ITSELF. THE TOP AND SIDES OF THE UNIT WERE BLOWN OFF. ))
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[OUT Q=were blown off.]
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[VO-NAT]


The maintenance area is considered unstable.
School officials are still trying to estimate the damages, but say they'll have to rebuild that portion of the building.
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[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=JoeD]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Republicans gather again in Philadelphia this evening for more speeches...
On the first night of their national convention, Bobbi Harley reports the GOP wheeled out a youth-oriented spectacle, complete with rap music, break dancers and a young look designed to reflect an image of diversity.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA; :00]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :24]
[SUPER=201-Laura Bush/Texas First Lady; :43]
[SUPER=207-Gen. Colin Powell; 1:09]
[SUPER=201-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:34]
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[OUT Q=BH CBS News Philadelphia]

(( [NATS--Gospel]
It definitely is not your fathers GOP. In a new millennium, it was a new Republican Party . Gospel singers. Urban sounds Even country music stars known to Monday Night Football fans. All in the face of unity.
Even a hi-tech appearance by the nominee himself, via satellite from the campaign trail. [BUSH]
Then, with magic like a Broadway Show, the stage was transformed into a school.
Thats where Laura Bush spoke to the party about her husbands commitment to education. ((HIS CORE PRINCIPLES WILL NOT CHANGE WITH THE WINDS OF POLLS OR POLITICS OR FAME OR FORTUNE OR MISFORTUNE.))
But the first evening session wasn't all infomercial. The GOP pulled out one of its biggest guns of all. A keynote address by retired general Colin Powellwhos reported to be on a short-list for a possible Bush Administration Cabinet position. ((GOVERNOR BUSH DOESN'T JUST TALK ABOUT REFORM, HE REFORMS.)) [STANDUP CLOSE]

...Bobbi Harley CBs News Philadelphia))[Thornhill-Place]


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[WRITER=mce]
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A Northwest Roanoke organization is breathing new life into its neighborhoods. A multi-million dollar revitalization project has been completed - providing low-income housing for 20 families. Meredyth Censullo (Sen-Sue-Low) reports, plans are already in the works for yet another project.
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[IN Q=I already know...]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :22]
[SUPER=01-James Lesniak/NNEO Executive Director; :33]
[SUPER=01-Florine Thornhill/NNEO Founder; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Monique Hall/Thornhill Place Resident; 1:18]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1; 1:25]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke.]
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(("I ALREADY KNOW WHERE I'M GONNA PUT THE CHRISTMAS TREE - IT'S GONNA GO RIGHT THERE IN THE CORNER")) [RUNS:04]
Monique Hall is busy organizing her new home - 4 year old Deja and 8 year old Dominique are settling in...

[NAT-SOT @ 18:24:58]

(("THIS IS MY SON'S ROOM - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK")) [RUNS:05]
The Halls were among 15 families selected from 200 to move in to ThornHill Place - the latest revitalization project the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization has taken on in it's 20-year history.

[SOT @ 18:17:45 - 18:17:51]

((JAMES LESNIAK/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THE INTENT IS TO DO PROJECTS THAT ARE LARGER IN SCALE- THAT CAN TAKE MORE AREA AND MAKE A MORE VISIBLE IMPACT.)) [RUNS:06]
The goal of the NNEO - to see worn-down homes in Northwest Roanoke re-vamped- and new ones' built - so low-income families can have affordable housing.

[SOT@ 18:48:16 - 18:48:22]

((FLORINE THORNHILL/FOUNDER, NNEO: I'M SO THANKFUL TO SEE TODAY .. TODAY WAS A DAY WE LOOKED FORWARD TO SEEING.)) [RUNS:06]
Florine Thornhill started the NNEO in 1980 .. Thornhill Place carries her name.

[SOT @ TAPE 2 6:03:09 - 6:03:16]

((FLORINE THORNHILL: OUR SLOGAN WAS "YOU DON'T HAVE TO MOVE TO LIVE IN A BETTER PLACE" AND THATS SO TRUE - YOU CAN START RIGHT IN THE CORNER, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.)) [RUNS:07]
And slowly, the homes on these Northwest Roanoke streets are taking on new life - and so are many of the residents who live here.

[SOT@36:55 - 37:06]

((MONIQUE HALL/THORNHILL PLACE RESIDENT: I HAD TO START FROM GROUND ZERO AND MOVE UP - AND I'M PROGRESSING - WE'RE PROGRESSING - WE'RE HELPING EACH OTHER.)) [RUNS:11]
[STANDUP @ 6:13:14-6:13:31] ((WELL THEY'RE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THORNHILL PLACE BUT THE NNEO SAYS THEY'RE NOT GOING TO STOP HERE. IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS THEY'LL BE BREAKING GROUND ON McCRAY COURT - A 68 ROOM FACILITY FOR LOW INCOME SENIOR CITIZENS. MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7, ROANOKE.)) [RUNS:17]))
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[11Gun-Amnesty]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC01:57]
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Convicted felons who own a gun in Lynchburg have a chance to turn it in this weekend.
If they don't, they may run the risk of heading back to prison.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


As part of the Virginia Exile program, Lynchburg is sponsoring a one- day gun amnesty program this Saturday.
That's when illegal weapons can be handed over to the police with no questions asked.
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[SOT 14:16:32]
[IN Q=But we want]

((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: BUT WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THESE GUNS IN.. I MEAN, OUR GOAL IS NOT TO PROSECUTE ANYBODY, OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE PEOPLE GET RID OF THE WEAPONS AND THERE WON'T BE ANY CONSEQUENCES AND OUR WORK LOAD WILL GO DOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Commonwealth's Attorney]
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[OUT Q=will go down.]
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[VO-NAT]


Owning a gun after being convicted of a felony is against the law and carries a two to five year mandatory prison term.
Guns can be turned in Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Lynchburg Lifesaving Crew building.
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[6-Rogers]


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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC1:16:59]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


Attorney Jonathan Rogers will continue his lawsuit against two Roanoke City Police officers..
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[V/O-NAT]
Rogers sued the two officers for arresting him at a private party at his own home three years ago.
Nothing came of the case against Rogers,
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[ANCHOR=Joe]
[SS=HOLD]

but his case against Officers M-L Pendleton and M-G Vinyard WILL go forward.
Judge Irene Keeley ruled yesterday that "Rogers clearly had a specific Constitutional right not to be forced to endure the warrentless search of his home..." and "not to be arrested for his lawful refusal to permit such a search."
Yesterday's trial date was continued to give the officer's attorney time to appeal the ruling.

[11L'burg-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC53:03]
[GRAPHIC=Charles Church]


Lynchburg's city manager is stepping down due to health problems. He spent nearly twenty years at the helm of two city governments.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Yesterday was Charles Church's last day on the job as Lynchburg city manager, a post he held for nine years.
He served as Danville's city manager for ten years before that.
Church says he'll miss working with people the most.
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[SOT 17:58:15]
[IN Q=Employees, working]

((CHARLES CHURCH/RETIRING CITY MANAGER: EMPLOYEES, WORKING WITH CITIZENS, NEIGHBORHOODS, COUNCIL MEMBERS.. IT'S JUST BEEN A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP ALL THE WAY AROUND, IT'S ONE THAT I'LL LONG REMEMBER, IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Church/Retiring City Manager]
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[OUT Q=better than this.]
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[VO-NAT]


Church underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1996, but recently was told the disease had returned and was terminal.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=JoeD]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, anti-acid medication may help asthma patients.

Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM IF POLLENS, SMOKE, AND EXERCISE AREN'T ENOUGH TROUBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA- A NEW STUDY SAYS YOU CAN ADD ANOTHER TRIGGER TO THE LIST: STOMACH ACID.

VT=VO

RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SAYS THIS STOMACH ACID COMING UP THE FOODPIPE CAN TRIGGER THE AIRWAYS TO CLOSE UP- AND CAUSE AN ASTHMA ATTACK..BUT HERE'S THE KICKER OF THIS WHOLE DEAL- IN THIS STUDY-MORE THAN HALF OF THE PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA WHO HAD STOMACH ACID COMING UP THE FOODPIPE- DIDNT KNOW IT. SO HERE'S WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS STUDY 1. IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA AND ALSO HAVE HEARTBURN, INDIGESTION OR STOMACH PROBLEMS- SEE YOUR DOCTOR. 2. IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPTOMS- BUT YOUR ASTHMA IS HARD TO CONTROL- SEE YOUR DOCTOR- IN BOTH CASES ANTI ACID MEDICINE MAY BE A MAJOR HELP.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- HEADACHE SUFFERERS- A WARNING FROM THE MAYO CLINIC- DONT GOBBLE THINGS LIKE ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, OR ADVIL TOO FREQUENTLY- OR THEY COULD CAUSE - YOU TO GET A HEADACHE. ACTUALLY SOMETHING CALLED A REBOUND HEADACHE- MEANING YOU'VE GOTTEN SO USED TO TAKING PAIN PILLS- WHEN YOU DONT TAKE THEM YOU GET A HEADACHE. RESEARCHERS FOUND PEOPLE WHO TOOK OVER THE COUNTER PAIN MEDICATION FOR 3 OR MORE DAYS PER WEEK WERE MOST LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM THESE REBOUND HEADACHES. A LOT OF THESE FOLKS SEEM TO GET A DAILY HEADACHE- POP A PILL WHICH RELIEVES THE HEADACHE- BUT AS SOON AS IT WEARS OFF- BACK THE HEADACHE COMES. ITS A VICIOUS CYCLE.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

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


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


State Police investigators have issued their report on the fire that destroyed Lexington Presbyterian Church.
They confirm the blaze was an accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=JoeD]


Republicans gathered in Philadelphia for the start of their National Convention. The GOP attempted to showcase its diversity on opening night.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=JoeD]


A Franklin County man and a teenage girl are charged with murder.... following a fatal shooting early Monday.
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[ANCHOR=JOE]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday August 1-st.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-11Church-fire]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sbu]
[TAPE#=00-20 TC1:44:07]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Invest.]


Investigators have closed the book on the fire that destroyed Lexington Presbyterian Church.
State Police fire investigators say the blaze was an accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/July 18;]


Their final report confirms painters using a hot iron to scrape paint off the wood accidentally set the church ablaze.
The fire ravaged the historic church on July 18-th, collapsing the roof and steeple and filling the sanctuary with rubble.
The damage is estimated at two and a half million dollars.
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[2-Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=JoeD]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


The Republican Party showcased its diversity on the first day of its national convention in Philadelphia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA]


George W. Bush made an appearance via satellite, but it was the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Colin Powell, who took center stage. He encouraged the party to reach out to minorities.
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[IN Q=We are obliged]

((GEN. COLIN POWELL: WE ARE OBLIGED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY CHILD GETS A HEALTHY START IN LIFE. WITH ALL OUR WEALTH AND CAPACITY, WE CANT JUST STAND BY IDLY. WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT EVERY CHILD HAS HEALTH CARE.))
[SUPER=207-Gen. Colin Powell; :]
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[OUT Q=has health care.]
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[VO-NAT]


The need for a strong military will be one of the themes tonight as the speechmaking continues at the Republican National Convention.
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[11Franklin-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC1:50:53]
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A Franklin County man and a teenage girl are in custody charged with murder.
Tex Rogers admits he was at 41- year old Michael Edward Campbell's home just after midnight yesterday but says he's innocent. As Teresa Hamilton reports... investigators say evidence and witnesses prove otherwise.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :06]
[SUPER=01-Ken Barnett/Neighbor; :21 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Ewell Hunt/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :38]
[SUPER=01-Tex Rogers/Murder Suspect; :55]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:12]
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[OUT Q=hamilton, NEWS 7.]
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[In q= He wasn't ]

((KEN BARNETT/NEIGHBOR: HE WASN'T MOVING, HE WAS BLOODY FROM HEAD TO TOE.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=to toe.]


Ken Barnett lives two doors down from the victim but says he didn't know how badly Mike Campbell was hurt until it was too late.
Barnett says Campbell came onto his porch around one AM shouting for him to call 9-1-1 but Barnett didn't open his door until deputies arrived.
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((KEN BARNETT/NEIGHBOR: HE JUST SAID CALL 9-1-1 TWICE AND I THOUGHT HE HAD LEFT CAUSE I NEVER HEARD ANYMORE OUT OF HIM.)) [runs06]
[OUT Q= out of him.]


Yesterday morning-- Barnett spent time much of his time cleaning up the victim's blood.
Investigators say Campbell had been shot at least three times inside his mobile home in the Hardy section of Franklin county.
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((EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: IT DID APPEAR THAT HE'D BEEN SHOT IN THE BED OR BEDROOM BUT MOST LIKELY IN THE BED.)) [runs06]
[out q= the bed.]


Investigators say witnesses and evidence point to 15- year old Sarah Edwards.... ((nat SOUND)) [runs03] and 26- year old Tex Rogers as suspects.
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[In q= I got my]

((TEX ROGERS/MURDER SUSPECT: I GOT MY CLOTHES AND I LEFT, SHE LEFT WITH ME, NEXT THING I KNOW WE'RE WALKING OUT OF THE WOODS AND THE COPS SAYING YOU KILLED THIS MAN AND I DIDN'T KILL NOBODY. but you had a gun on you?)) ((YEAH, I DID, IF I WAS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, I'D HAVE A GUN ON ME.)) [RUNS19]
[OUT Q= on me.]


The pair was arrested yesterday morning a short distance from the victim's residence.
Authorities had been watching a suspicious car parked nearby when the two came walking out of the woods. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

[11James]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
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[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Logo]



Library director Beverly James is leaving next month to take a similar job in Greenville, South Carolina.
James has been in Roanoke more than 12 years.
She says the opportunity in Greenville was too good to pass up, because that city is about to build several new libraries.
Her departure is the latest in a series of retirements and resignations in Roanoke city government in the past year.

[Amusement-Safety]


[ANCHOR=JoeD]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It appears summer fun may have its risks. A consumer group just released a study that shows amusement park injuries have jumped significantly, and the rides may not be as safe as you think. Reporter Teri Okita has more from Los Angeles.
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[IN Q=It appears]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Russ Rader/Consumer Product Safety Comm.; :13]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; :25]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Edward Markey/(D) Massachusetts; :39]
[SUPER=01-John Graff/Association of Amusement Parks; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=TO CBS News LA]


((As millions of families begin their summer vacations, the consumer product safety commission sends a warning: injuries on amusement park rides have almost doubled in the last three years. ((THRILL RIDES ARE SUPPOSED TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF DANGER. YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO ACTUALLY PUT PEOPLE AT RISK.))
the commission says six people died on rides last year and more than 72-hundred went to emergency rooms after being injured.
Right now, each state is responsible for investigating injuries at parks, but the commission has noted broad inconsistencies in inspections and monitoring and with no federal law on the books, the report has alarmed some on capitol hill. ((REP. EDWARD MARKEY/(D) MASSACHUSETTS:THIS IS THE ONLY CONSUMER PRODUCT IN THE U-S THAT HAS NO FEDERAL REGULATION WHATSOEVER, EVEN THOUGH ITS NOW THE LARGEST SINGLE INCREASING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTS, OF DEATHS.))
but, the international association of amusement parks and attractions defends its safety record and says millions visit parks every year and the number of injuries, in comparison, is still very low. ((JOHN GRAFF/ASSOCIATION OF AMUSEMENT PARKS & ATTRACTIONS: YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, 99.99% OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN RIDES WITHOUT ANY INCIDENT OF ANY KIND.))
The association points out that it does have strict codes in place, but the c-p-s-c is pushing for a federal law hoping to get a better understanding of why these accidents are happening. Teri Okita, CBS News, Los Angeles.))

[11Steam-Engine]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tst]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC2:01:36]
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Vanity Fair magazine is doing a story about photographer O. Winston Link.
A crew from the magazine will be taking pictures of Link later this week.
Norfolk Southern will be providing a key prop.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Steam locomotive 12-18 has been in storage for years.
But last week, workers eased it out of the shops, and began sprucing it up.
Vanity Fair wants to use the locomotive as a background for the photos of Link.
The 12-18 was stored in the shops after Norfolk Southern stopped running steam excursions in 1994.
O. Winston Link is best known for the nighttime photographs he took of steam trains on the old Norfolk and Western Railway in the late 1950s.
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[Wildfires]


[ANCHOR=JoeD]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfire]


Smoke from wildfires burning across the western U-S- is so dense that NASA says it can been seen from space. In one of the worst wildfire seasons in years, firefighters continue to battle dozens of blazes.
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[VO-NAT]


Fifty fires are burning from California to Montana, from Wyoming to Texas. Nearly 500- thousand acres nationwide and dry, hot weather isn't helping.
[SUPER=03-Kernville, CA; ]


In central California's Sequoia National Forest, more than 64-thousand acres have burned, in a fire that is only fifteen percent contained. It's the worst fire to ever strike the densely wooded area.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is part ]

((WILLIAM MERRILL/RESIDENT: THIS IS PART OF LIVING UP HERE. NATURE HAS A WAY OF CLEANING HOUSE AND OUR HOUSE MAY BE ONE OF THEM. ))
[SUPER=01-William Merrill/Resident;]
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[OUT Q=you get your house cleaned.]
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[VO-NAT]


Most of the fires in the west continue to burn out of control. The good news is, there is still little threat to heavily populated areas.
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[11220-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=accident]


An accident on route 220 in Franklin County sent two people to the hospital .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


The accident happened yesterday in the northbound lanes of 220, about ten miles south of Rocky Mount.
A tractor- trailer ran into traffic that had stopped behind a V-DOT mowing crew. Four vehicles were involved.
The two people who were taken to the hospital, did not appear to have serious injuries.
The new Jersey man who was driving the tractor- trailer, was charged with reckless driving.
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[2Thornhill-Place]


[ANCHOR=JoeD]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A multi-million dollar community revitalization project in Northwest Roanoke is complete - and now more plans are in the works for the Gilmer-Louden neighborhood...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Thornhill Place is made up of 20 brand new apartments for low-income families .. It's the latest project in the "Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization's" 20 year history. The goal of the N-N-E-O is to re-vamp old homes and build new ones, in an effort to clean up their part of the city.


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[SOT]
[IN Q=The intent...]
[SUPER=01-James Lesniak/NNEO Executive Director;]

((JAMES LESNIAK/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NNEO: THE INTENT IS TO DO PROJECTS THAT ARE LARGER IN SCALE - THAT CAN TAKE MORE AREA AND MAKE A MORE VISIBLE IMPACT.))
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[OUT Q=more visible impact.]
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[VO-NAT]

More than 200 people applied to live at Thornhill place.
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[Anchor=JoeD]
[SS=none]

The N-N-E-O has also announced plans to build a 68-room facility for low-income senior citizens. They plan to break ground on "McCray Court" in the near future.


[11Miss-Virginia]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-18 24:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Last month, she was disqualified from the Miss Virginia contest in Roanoke, because of a pending criminal charge.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Powhatan;]


Yesterday, a Powhatan County judge said there is enough evidence of embezzlement for the felony charge against 23 year old Samantha L- Miller to be heard by a grand jury.
The embezzlement allegation was made by a now- bankrupt construction firm that employed her as a secretary last year.
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[SOT 13:49:47]
[IN Q=Mr. Ford]

((PAUL GREGORIO/MILLER'S ATTORNEY: MR. FORD HAD THIS INFORMATION, HE ALLEGED BACK IN MARCH OR APRIL OF 2000, AND FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, AND AGAIN, I WON'T SPECULATE ON HIS MOTIVES, HE WAITS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY A WEEK BEFORE THE PAGEANT AND THEN BRINGS THE CHARGES. SO IT JUST ALL SOUNDS SUSPICIOUS TO ME.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Gregorio/Miller's Attorney;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=suspicious to me.]
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[VO-NAT]


Miller is Miss Hampton Holly Days Festival.
A grand jury will hear the Richmond woman's case in October.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Spa/Jda]
[ANCHOR=Joe]


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


State Police fire investigators say the blaze that destroyed Lexington Presbyterian Church was an accident.
Their final report confirms painters using a hot iron to scrape paint off the wood accidentally set the church ablaze.


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School board members are holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the damages caused by the weekend explosion at Pulaski County high school.
The board will ask for money to demolish and rebuild the mechanical room.
Administrators are hoping they can do it fast enough to start the school year on time.

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Lynchburg's city manager is stepping down due to health problems.
Yesterday was Charles Church's last day on the job, a post he held for nine years.
Church underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1996, but recently was told the disease had returned and was terminal.


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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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