!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 AM cutins for 08/03/00


[7-11Gilmore-Speech]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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Virginia Republicans were in the spotlight at the Republican convention in Philadelphia. Governor Gilmore was a featured speaker.
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[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA]

Gilmore spoke for about five minutes last night, focusing mainly on Republican plans to cut taxes. He used Virginia's car tax as an example - saying he kept his promise to faze out the tax, and that residents of Virginia respect him because of it. Gilmore told the crowd Americans need a leader who listens to their every day concerns.
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[IN Q=We hear too often...]
[SUPER=207-Gov. Jim Gilmore;]

((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: WE HEAR TOO OFTEN THAT GOVERNMENT CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO SCRAMBLE TO MAKE A MORTGAGE PAYMENT? WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO PAY FOR A NURSING HOME FROM A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK? WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO PAY FOR SCHOOL CLOTHES?))
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[OUT Q=for school clothes.]
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[VO-NAT]

Gilmore also said education is the Republican party's top issue.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

The Virginia Republican party has fared well during the G-O-P convention. It's estimated the party will net 100-thousand dollars from fund-raising events.


[7-11Rain-Business]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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Recent rains might have the grass green, but some local businesses say it's hurting sales.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Seasonal businesses like paving companies say sales are down fourteen percent from last year.
While employees are out of work, customers are out of luck.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We told the]

((WE TOLD THE CUSTOMER NOT TO GET ON THE DRIVEWAY FOR THREE DAYS, NOT THEY'LL HAVE TO STAY OFF OF IT FOR A WEEK BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Ekinci/Salem Paving Company]
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[OUT Q=of the weather.]
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[VO-NAT]


But, the lawn and garden business is on an upswing-- different from last year, when water restrictions hurt.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=See the beautiful]

((SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CREPE MYRTLES? THIS YEAR THEY SOLD LIKE HOT CAKES, LAST YEAR YOU COULDN'T GIVE THEM AWAY BECAUSE PEOPLE COULDN'T WATER THEM. THE RAIN WE'VE HAD, IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Obenchain/Evelyn's Greenhouse]
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[OUT Q=it's been wonderful.]
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[VO-NAT]


The local market will continue to be affected until the rain lets up.
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[7-11Roanoke-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda/sbu]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC1:24:11]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


New ways to motivate students was the idea on a leading educator's mind yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Freeman Hrabowski (ra-BOW-ski) is an author and the President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
He told Roanoke administrators yesterday, part of their challenge is to foster more excitement in subjects such as math and science.
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[SOT12:20:04]
[IN Q=We know how to make kids]

(( WE KNOW HOW TO MAKE KIDS FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT ATHLETICS, BUT THE QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU HELP A CHILD FEEL GOOD ABOUT MATHEMATICS. I OFTEN SAY THAT WHEN I WAS A KID, I'D GET GOOSEBUMPS DOING MATH PROBLEMS. YOU HAVE TO GET PEOPLE THAT EXCITEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Freeman Hrabowski/Education Author;]
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[OUT Q=that excitement.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hrabowski (ra-BOW-ski) says schools shouldn't be alone in that effort. Raising expectations is also the responsibility of parents, and the entire community.

[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Turning your attention from news to check weather.
Expect more showers and thunderstorms today...highs in the low to mid 80s.

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[45-11Mitchell]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Charges against a 91-year-old man accused of fondling women at a Salem nursing home have been dropped.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/May 25]


Buck Mitchell was arrested in May, charged with sexual battery.
The judge immediately ordered a psychiatric exam to determine whether Mitchell would be competent to stand trial.


Mitchell's daughter-in-law said yesterday that the psychiatrist concluded the 91-year old nursing home patient didn't even know what year it is.
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[45-11B'burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC1:58:20]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

An accidental fire at a Montgomery County apartment complex evacuated fifteen people, many of them Virginia Tech students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


The fire broke out yesterday morning in a second-floor kitchen at the Ridgeview Apartments.
Firefighters say it appears to have been sparked by boxes left on a stovetop.
Heavy smoke spread quickly to surrounding units.
No one was hurt.
Several bystanders and a deputy knocked on doors and windows and rescued two people before firefighters arrived.
The blaze destroyed six apartments and caused an estimated 50-thousand dollars in damage.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[45-11L'burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


A strip mall in Campbell County lost one store to a fire yesterday.
Authorities believe the fire started in a mattress store in the shopping center on Ward's Road.
But they haven't determined the cause.
That store was a total loss.
Other shops had smoke and water damage.
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[45-1181-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC13:41]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]

An accident on Interstate 81 could be partially blamed on wet weather.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

A tow-truck carrying this silver car attempted to change lanes, bounced off a tractor-trailer and crashed through the guard rail, landing on the 137 exit ramp. The driver, David Burton of Northern Virginia was taken to Roanoke Memorial with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn't injured. Burton has been charged with reckless driving-failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
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[45-11Lottery]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC1:55:36]
[GRAPHIC=VA Lottery]

The odds have gotten even more slim.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co.;]


But September 20th, Lotto jackpots will be several million dollars bigger.
Players appear pleased.
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[SOT 13:32:21 ]
[IN Q=Probably yeah]

((DENNIS ROBERTS/LOTTO PLAYER: PROBABLY YEAH. I'LL GO WITH THAT. A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY, HUH?))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Roberts/Lotto Player]
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[OUT Q=money, huh?]
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[VO-NAT]


The Virginia Lottery says it has carefully avoided crossing the line into PROMOTING gambling.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=For those]
[sot 13:46:40 ]

((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE REGULAR PLAYERS, WE'RE LOOKING AT TRYING TO GIVE SOME EXTRA ADDED VALUE. AND REALLY A THANK YOU. YOU PLAY YOUR FIVE DOLLARS, YOU PLAY REGULARLY. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING A LITTLE EXTRA.))
[sot 13:29:37 ]

((REV. JACK KNAPP/VA. INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS: THEY'RE GONNA TELL YOU WE'LL GIVE YOU SIX TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF FIVE. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING. AND SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER INDUCEMENT. AND I BELIEVE IT'S OUTSIDE THE SPIRIT OF THE LOTTERY BILL THAT WAS PASSED, AND I'M VERY OPPOSED TO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Scarborough/Virginia Lottery; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jack Knapp/Virginia Independent Baptists; :13]
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[OUT Q=opposed to it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lottery revenues go to K through 12 public education.
Lottery officials say it's their fiscal responsibility to keep that stream flowing.
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[8-2-11Gilmore-Speech]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC18:26]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Virginia was represented at last night's session of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA]

Governor Jim Gilmore spoke for about five minutes last night, focusing mainly on Republican plans to cut taxes. He used Virginia's car tax as an example - saying he kept his promise to faze out the tax, and residents of Virginia respect him because of it. Gilmore told the crowd Americans need a leader who listens to their every day concerns.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We hear too often...]

((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: WE HEAR TOO OFTEN THAT GOVERNMENT CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO SCRAMBLE TO MAKE A MORTGAGE PAYMENT? WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO PAY FOR A NURSING HOME FROM A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK? WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO PAY FOR SCHOOL CLOTHES?))
[SUPER=207-Gov. Jim Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=for school clothes.]
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[VO-NAT]

The Virginia Republican party has fared well during the G-O-P convention. It's estimated the party will net 100-thousand dollars from fund-raising events.
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[8-11Mitchell]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 91- year- old man will NOT be charged with fondling women at a Salem nursing home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/May 25]


Buck Mitchell was arrested in May, charged with sexual battery.
The judge immediately ordered a psychiatric exam to determine whether Mitchell would be competent to stand trial.


Mitchell's daughter-in-law said yesterday that the psychiatrist concluded the 91-year old nursing home patient didn't even know what year it is.
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[8-11Rain-Business]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-20 TC1:50:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The rainy summer has put a damper on some local businesses.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Seasonal businesses like paving companies say sales are down fourteen percent from last year.
While employees are out of work, customers are out of luck.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We told the]

((WE TOLD THE CUSTOMER NOT TO GET ON THE DRIVEWAY FOR THREE DAYS, NOT THEY'LL HAVE TO STAY OFF OF IT FOR A WEEK BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Ekinci/Salem Paving Company]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=of the weather.]
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[VO-NAT]


But, the lawn and garden business is on an upswing-- different from last year, when water restrictions hurt.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=See the beautiful]

((SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CREPE MYRTLES? THIS YEAR THEY SOLD LIKE HOT CAKES, LAST YEAR YOU COULDN'T GIVE THEM AWAY BECAUSE PEOPLE COULDN'T WATER THEM. THE RAIN WE'VE HAD, IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Obenchain/Evelyn's Greenhouse]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=it's been wonderful.]
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[VO-NAT]


The local market will continue to be affected until the rain lets up.
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[8-1181-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC13:41]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]

Meanwhile, the heavy rain might have played a role in yesterday's accident on Interstate 81.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

A tow-truck carrying this silver car attempted to change lanes, bounced off a tractor-trailer and crashed through the guard rail, landing on the 137 exit ramp. The driver, David Burton of Northern Virginia was taken to Roanoke Memorial with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn't injured. Burton has been charged with reckless driving-failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Shifting gears now to weather...
Showers and storms are on the way again today, with temperatures in the 80s for highs.

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