!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 08/10/00


[7-11Local-Firestone]

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It will be a while before Virginia customers get replacement tires for the 6 million tires recalled by Firestone.
The company has identified a defect in the tires that is triggered by heat.
As Jennifer Miele reports, there's confusion about what dealers should do about the recall.
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(( After 46 deaths, 80 injuries and hundreds of complaints, Firestone has recalled millions of tires for light trucks and sport utility vehicles.
A day filled with announcements and confusion has left some customers ready to blow.
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[IN Q=They told me]

((SHAWN MAGUIRE/FIRESTONE CUSTOMER: THEY TOLD ME THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO ABOUT THEM YET, AND I COMMUTE 80 MILES A DAY ON THE INTERSTATE, AND I DON'T WANT MY TIRES COMING APART ON ME WHILE I'M DRIVING.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=while I'm driving.]


If the tire pressure is not correct, the tread may separate from the rest of the tire, causing the tire to split open or blow off.
Firestone recommends that tire pressure be between 26 and 30 P-S-I, so that heat can dissipate.
The company has ordered a three phase recall, where warmer states will be supplied with new tires first.
Virginia will be among the last of the states to see replacement tires.
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((CHARLES O'DONNELL/FIRESTONE CUSTOMER: I THINK I'M JUST GOING TO PARK THE CAR, JUST LEAVE IT AT HOME UNTIL THEY RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=with a tire.]

BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT ((IT'S NOT WORTH TAKING THE CHANCE OF MY LIFE WITH A TIRE.))
The company says they are seeing the most tread separation occur with tires manufactured in Illinois. They also say they will maximize production to speed-up recall completion. [PRE-PRO]
If you have a P235/75, R15, Radial ATX, ATX 2 or Wilderness tire, call customer service at 1-800-465-1904, or visit your local Firestone Dealer. [TAG] [TC:00:04:50] ((JENNIFER MIELE: FIRESTONE SAYS THE BEST THING TO DO IS KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR TIRE PRESSURE AND AN EAR OUT FOR WHEN THESE RECALLS WILL HAPPEN IN VIRGINIA. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))))

[7-Carter]


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Rocky Mount Planning Commission Chairman Cecil Carter has been charged with molesting a nine-year-old-girl. The 66-year-old Carter was arrested yesterday after being indicted by a grand jury earlier this week. Carter is charged with one count of animate object sexual penetration of a person younger than 13. Authorities said Carter and the alleged victim knew each other but aren't related. Carter declined to comment on the charge.

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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
Partly sunny with scattered showers...highs in the 90s.

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[45-11Floyd-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

A head-on collision in Floyd county killed one woman and sent a sheriff's deputy to the hospital.
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It happened on Ridgeview Road in Floyd County just before 2:30 yesterday.
State police say 41-year-old Becky J. Gillespie crossed the center line and struck Deputy Roger Dickerson head-on.

Gillespie died at the scene.
Dickerson, a road deputy for three years in Floyd County, was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
State police blocked off traffic on Ridgeview Road for three hours to reconstruct the accident.
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[45-11Roanoke-Ax]


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A late-afternoon accident yesterday in Roanoke that closed down Mud Lick Road for more than a half hour is being blamed on deer and wet roadways.
Accounts from the scene indicate the driver veered off the roadway in efforts to avoid two deer. The car slid off Mud Lick into a dry creek bed.
Crews had to pry open the car to free the driver, who was taken to Lewis Gale Medical Center for treatment.
No word yet on his identity or condition.
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[45-11Meszaros]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Virginia Tech's first woman provost is stepping down.
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Peggy Meszaros is returning to Tech's faculty... as an endowed professor in the College of Human Resources and Education.
Meszaros spent five years as provost. She was responsible for developing the university's academic agenda.
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During that time, Tech rose back into the ranks of the nation's Top 50 research universities.
Now, Tech will have to appoint an acting provost as it conducts a search for a new one.

[45-11Home-Invasion]


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An elderly woman says a stranger beat her in her old Southwest Roanoke home.
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Cora Hodges has stitches in her head and her arm's in a cast-- a man walked through an open door Tuesday night.
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[IN Q=I stood up]

((I STOOD UP AND SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? GET OUT OF HERE! HE SAID GIVE ME YOUR MONEY OR I'LL KILL YOU. I SAID I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY. HE SAID WELL YOU BETTER GET SOME MONEY OR I'M GOING TO KILL YOU. AND I MEAN I'M GOING TO KILL YOU.))
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Hodges says the man hit her repeatedly with a brick, then stole her pocketbook with five dollars. Her son is offering a thousand dollar reward for information about the attacker -- described as a black man, five feet eight inches tall, in his late 20's or thirties, wearing a white T-shirt or tank top with long kinky hair and a bandanna. Police warn residents to lock their doors and use a screen door to hear when someone tries to enter.
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Let's turn to weather once more..
Partly sunny with possible showers...

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[8-5-Robb]


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Al Gore's choice for a running mate is sitting well with U-S Senator Chuck Robb.
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Robb made a brief campaign stop in Roanoke yesterday afternoon.
The Democrat says Senator Joseph Lieberman is a wise selection for a running mate.
But Robb says Al Gore's decision probably won't have an impact on his own campaign.
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[IN Q=I think]

((CHUCK ROBB/R-SENATE CANDIDATE: I THINK MOST PEOPLE MAKE INDIVIDUAL CHOICES AND TO THE EXTENT WE CAN ENERGIZE MORE FOLKS ALL THE BETTER BUT IT'S GOING TO BE UP TO ME TO MAKE SURE I GET MY MESSAGE OUT.))
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Republican George Allen is already advertising on television.
Robb says he only has so much money and won't begin hitting the airwaves until after Labor Day.
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[8-11Carilion]


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There's a new central location for Carilion doctors in the Martinville area.
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Before, the staff was spread throughout the city. And this week for the first time they are in one central location.
Patients will now go to the building on Brookdale Street. Both patients and staff members are getting use to the whole idea.
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[SOT 1:03:24]
[IN Q=It's just all]

((DR. BEN LEWIS/CARILION PHYSICIAN: IT'S JUST ALL DIFFERENT, THIS IS A DIFFERENT WAY OF PRACTICING MEDICINE. ALL THESE JOBS ARE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IT WAS LAST FRIDAY.))
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((RUTH NELSON/PATIENT: IT'S MODERN IT'S GONNA HAVE MORE ROOM AND MORE FACILITY AND WE HAD LIMITED SPACE IN THE OTHER BUILDING.))
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Doctor Lewis says they hope to hire four new physicians in the future. Currently there are 9 physicians at the Martinsville location.
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[8-11Fiddlers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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They've got their fingers warmed up--
Blue Grass musicians are taking center stage in Galax this week.
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((NATSOUND:MUSIC))
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The 65th Annual Old Fiddlers Convention kicked off Monday in Felts Park.
This year, the competition lured about 3-thousand musicians.
It's not just for the OLD fiddlers anymore...
Kids have been wowing the old pros in the Youth Competition.
But the awe is mutual.
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((TOMMY MALBOEUF/VETERAN FIDDLER: THEY REALLY AMAZE ME. THEY LEARN SO QUICK AND THEY DO EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT ON THE MONEY.))
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((MONROE LOWE/YOUNG FIDDLER: IT'S REAL FUN BECAUSE THEY CAN TEACH ME NEW STUFF BECAUSE EVERY TIME I PLAY WITH THEM I LEARN AT LEAST ONE NEW SONG. ))
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[SUPER=01-Monroe Lowe/Young Fiddler Champ; :08]
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The Old Fiddlers Convention runs through Saturday, ending with bluegrass and Old Time band competitions.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Partly sunny and hot again today, with a few showers possible.
Highs in the lower 90s.

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