!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 08/10/00


[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Up Next--
More information about that huge tire recall from Firestone.
Six million tires are recalled... but local customers will have to wait to get replacement tires.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the wildfires cause Montana's governor to close off millions of acres of land, for fear of the public's safety.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- News 7 Mornin is coming up next.

[11Local-Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC50:36]
[GRAPHIC=Firestone Recall]

Firestone is recalling six million tires, but it will be a while before Virginia customers get the replacement tires.


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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[SOT]
[IN Q=After 46 deaths]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05]
[SUPER=01-Shawn Maguire/Firestone Customer; :15]
[SUPER=01-Charles O'Donnell/Firestone Customer; :44]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke. QUICK OUT!!!!]

(( 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.
[SOT]
[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.
[SOT]
[IN Q=I use 81]

((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.))))


[Wildfire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfires]

Raging western wildfires led Montana's governor to close more than six- million acres of land to the public.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Great Falls, MT;]


300- thousand acres are blackened from the fires.
The Governor closed the state's forests, saying the wildfires are posing a serious threat to visitors and residents.
But there are a few exceptions to the closures.
People will be allowed in designated areas, but won't be allowed to build campfires or take part in other outdoor activities.
Montana's Governor is also asking for prayer to help battle the worst wildfire outbreak in decades.
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[11Dental-Care]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-22]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Carilion Dental Care is making oral health care more accessible for residents in long term care facilities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Richfield Nursing Center is just one the facilities, the Doctor Charles Conklin visits on a weekly basis.
Carilion is helping the facility to meet federal regulations that require nursing facilities to provide dental care for its residents.
And the center says having an on-site dental office has made a big difference, because transporting residents is very expensive.
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[SOT3:38:49]
[IN Q=We would have to take them out to]

((TOMMIE EAST/RICHFIELD NURSING CENTER: WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE THEM OUT TO THE DENTAL SETTING AND TO THEIR OFFICES, IN ORDER TO PERFORM EXTENSIVE SERVICES, AND THIS HAS BEEN THE ADVANTAGE AS WELL, HAVING AN ON-SITE X-RAY, AND TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE SERVICES AND DENTAL SERVICES ON SITE))
[SUPER=01-Tommie East/Richfield Nursing Center]
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[OUT Q=dental service on site]
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[VO-NAT]


Carilion Dental Care comes out twice a week and provides a full range of services tailored to each patient.
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[SOT3:21:10]
[IN Q=Most folks need annual]

((DR. CHARLES CONKLIN/CARILION DENTAL CARE: MOST FOLKS NEED ANNUAL DENTAL EXAMINATIONS, CLEANINGS, TREATMENT OF EMERGENT PROBLEMS, FABRICATION OF DENTURES TO IMPROVE THEIR CHEWING ABILITY))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Conklin/Carilion Dental Care]
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[OUT Q=chewing ability]
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[VO-NAT]


Conklin says oral health is important for the elderly population because dental infections can have a direct impact on the total health of the body.
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[11Fiddlers]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC42:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's that time of year when Galax becomes the center of the universe for bluegrass and Old Time music lovers.
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[IN Q=MUSIC]

((NATSOUND:MUSIC))
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Galax;]


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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[BUMP SOTS]
[IN Q=They really amaze]
[SOT 4:27:14 - :21]

((TOMMY MALBOEUF/VETERAN FIDDLER: THEY REALLY AMAZE ME. THEY LEARN SO QUICK AND THEY DO EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT ON THE MONEY.))
[SOT 5:04:52 - :59]

((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. ))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Malboeuf/Veteran Fiddler; :00]
[SUPER=01-Monroe Lowe/Young Fiddler Champ; :08]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=one new song.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Old Fiddlers Convention runs through Saturday, ending with bluegrass and Old Time band competitions.
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[Gondola-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A gondola accident sent six people to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lutsen, MN;]
Two cars on a gondola ride collided while carrying sightseers up a hillside in a Minnesota resort town.


One of the gondola cars broke loose from the cable, slid backward, and struck the other.
The car that slid backward was carrying four passengers and fell 15- feet to the ground.
One of two passengers in the other car was ejected and also fell 15 feet.
Only one person was SERIOUSLY injured.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
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[11Floyd-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-31 TC07:09]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

A Floyd woman is dead and a sheriff's deputy in serious condition following a head-on collision.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;]


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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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[11Pap-Smear]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC03:35]
[GRAPHIC=Women's Health]


A relatively new pap smear test is replacing the conventional method in doctors offices across the country and in the Roanoke Valley.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


It's called the Thinprep Pap test -- and unlike the conventional method doctors don't smear the specimen on slide--instead they dip it into a vial of preservatives that is processed at the lab.
Technicians at Lewis Gale Clinic say it makes reading the slide a lot easier, because the machine filters out all the unnecessary material from the vial.
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[SOT5:01:25]
[IN Q=If a lady has process that]

((JEANNINE CALHOUN ZEARFOSS/CYTOTECHNOLOGIST: IF A LADY HAS A PROCESS THAT'S PRECANCEROUS, WE CAN DIAGNOSE THAT EARLY ON, WE DON'T HAVE TO SAY WE THINK SOMETHING'S GOING ON, WE SEE. THAT WILL DECREASE POSSIBLE REPEAT PAP SMEARS, AND GET HER TO THE ACTUAL TREATMENT QUICKER))
[SUPER=01-J. Calhoun-Zearfoss/Cytotechnologist]
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[OUT Q=treatment quicker]
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[VO-NAT]


The conventional pap smear has reduced the number of deaths from cervical cancer by about 70-percent, and many say thinprep will improve that rate.
Lewis Gale Clinic is the only clinic in Southwest Virginia that not only administers the test but processes it as well.
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[Health-Check]


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


In other medical news, the drug Zyban is prescribed to help people kick the habit, but it may also help with one of quitting's side effects.

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 ]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM IF YOURE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO QUIT SMOKING- BUT NOT GAIN WEIGHT AFTER KICKING THE HABIT- THE ANSWER MAY BE THE DRUG ZYBAN.

VT=VO

ZYBAN IS A PILL THATS SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO QUIT. BUT WHEN RESEARCHERS AT MASSACHUSEETS GENERAL HOSPITAL LOOKED AT SUCCESSFUL QUITTERS ONE YEAR DOWN THE LINE- - THEY FOUND AN UNEXPECTED SIDE EFFECT- THOSE WHO USED ZYBAN GAINED ON AVERAGE 9 POUNDS LESS THAN THOSE WHO USED A PLACEBO DURING THAT ONE YEAR PERIOD.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- PREGNANCY- A FULL TERM PREGNANCY GOES 40 WEEKS. BUT WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY -BABIES BORN PREMATURE AT 20 WEEKS HAVE A CHANCE TO SURVIVE. BUT AT WHAT PRICE? AND IM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE AVERAGE HOSPITAL BILL OF 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS. A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOLLOWED A GROUP OF EXTREMELY PREMATURE KIDS AND FOUND THAT AGE 2 1/2- ABOUT HALF HAD DISABILITIES INCLUDING DEAFNESS, BLINDNESS, RETARDATION, AND AN INABILITY TO WALK.

VT=VO

NOW SWITCHING GEARS-- PROSPECTIVE PARENTS- WANT A BABY GIRL? GO VEGETARIAN.- IT MAY INCREASE THE ODDS OF HAVING A GIRL.- THE NORMAL RATIO OF BOYS BORN TO GIRLS IS 106 MALES TO EVERY 100 FEMALES. BUT A STUDY OF VEGETARIAN MOMS IN ENGLAND SHOWS A REVERSED PATTERN- ONLY 85 BOYS BORN TO EVERY 100 GIRLS.RESEARCHERS HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS .
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
The Chairman of Rocky Mount's Planning Commission, Cecil Carter, is 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.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Firestone is recalling six- and- a- half million tires made for light trucks and sport utility vehicles.
The tires have allegedly been linked to 46 fatalities.
Those affected include the A-T-X, A-T-X- Two, and Wilderness A-T models.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the Salem Civic Center was rockin' last night.
The groups Nine- Days, Vertical Horizon and headliner Third Eye Blind each took the stage.
We'll hear from Third Eye Blind, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, August 10th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Firestone Recall]


Firestone is recalling millions of tires made for light trucks and sport utility vehicles.
The tires have allegedly been linked to dozens of accidents, including 46 fatalities.
Teri Okita has more on yesterday's recall announcement.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Gary Crigger/Bridgestone-Firestone; :20]
[SUPER=01-Randy Smithwick/Victim; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Tab Turner/Attorney; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; 1:31]
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[OUT Q=Teri Okita, CBS News, Los Angeles.]

((
MOUNTING SAFETY CONCERNS HAVE FORCED THE BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE COMPANY TO RECALL SIX-AND-A-HALF MILLION TIRES. THE SUSPECT TIRES ARE A-T-X, A-T-X-TWO, AND WILDERNESS A-T MODELS MOSTLY EQUIPPED ON FORD EXPLORERS AND SOME OTHER TOP-SELLING S-U-VS AND LIGHT TRUCKS.

(Super: Gary Crigger/Bridgestone/Firestone)
SOT: (11:04:05) "No matter old the tires, no matter how many miles they

have on them, we will replace the p23575R15 with new tires at no charge"
TRACK: THE TIRES IN QUESTION HAVE ALLEGEDLY LED TO MORE THAN 45-DEATHS, DOZENS OF INJURIES, AND HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEIR SAFETY. MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS CAME FROM CUSTOMERS IN WARM CLIMATES WHERE EXCESSIVE HEAT CAN AFFECT TIRE TREAD BONDING AND POSSIBLY, LEAD TO TREAD SEPARATION.

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FLORIDA RESIDENT RANDY SMITHWICK BLAMES FIRESTONE TIRES FOR AN ACCIDENT JUST LAST WEEK. THE SMITHWICKS WERE HEADING OUT ON A FAMILY VACATION IN THEIR FORD EXPLORER WHEN THE S-U-V WENT OUT-OF-CONTROL THROWING SOME FROM THE CAR.

(Super: Randy Smithwick/Victim)
SOT: As far as I know, the tire came apart. I lost control and that was

all I know.
TRACK: CRITICS SEE BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONES ANNOUNCEMENT AS PROOF THAT THE COMPANY HAS BEEN AWARE OF THE DANGER FOR SOME TIME.

(Tab Turner/Attorney)
SOT: For people who are current owners of the vehicle equipped with

these particular tires, these individuals can have the opportunity to at least in some way get the tires off of their vehicles and get replacement tires placed on them."
FIRESTONES RECALL INCLUDES THREE PHASES OVER THE NEXT YEAR. THE FIRST ADDRESSES CUSTOMERS IN ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, AND TEXAS WHERE, THEY SAY, 80-PERCENT OF THE ACCIDENTS HAVE HAPPENED. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES. ))

[Carter]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rocky Mount Planning Commission Chairman Cecil Carter is accused of 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 say Carter and the alleged victim knew each other but aren't related. Carter declined to comment on the charge.

[11Meszaros]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-21 TC1:53:19]
[GRAPHIC=Va Tech]


Virginia Tech's first woman provost is stepping down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1995;]


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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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


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.

[11Franklin-Renovations]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC44:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Franklin County High School will begin classes on schedule this year, despite on going construction.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Kids will study in rooms with no floor or ceiling tiles for a while -- then move to 14 new classrooms for a month while the old ones are being remodeled. The seven and a half million dollar project includes air conditioning, which will not be installed for one more year.
The old Virginia Apparel plant will house the adult education and trade classes, and all school offices will move into one building.
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[SOT 13:40:25]
[IN Q=All parents]

((BENNY GIBSON/PRINCIPAL: ALL PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO REPORT TO THAT ... SAFER.))
[SUPER=01-Benny Gibson/Franklin Co. H. S. Principal;]
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[OUT Q=safer]
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[VO-NAT]

What all this construction will not fix, the principal says, is the severe parking shortage at Franklin County High School. The school is landlocked so it cannot expand the lots.
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[11Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-29]
[GRAPHIC=Carilion]


Carilion doctors and staff members in the Martinsville area have a new home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


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.))
[SOT 1:11:00]

((RUTH NELSON/PATIENT: IT'S MODERN IT'S GONNA HAVE MORE ROOM AND MORE FACILITY AND WE HAD LIMITED SPACE IN THE OTHER BUILDING.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ben Lewis/Carilion Physician; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Nelson/Patient; :11]
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[OUT Q=the other building.]
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[VO-NAT]


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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[Concert]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=00-25]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A triple treat for music lovers.
The groups Nine-Days and Vertical Horizon started things off at the Salem Civic Center last night.
Then the main attraction, San Francisco Rockers, Third Eye Blind.
Jean Jadhon had the chance to talk with 3-E-B about their latest music.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stephan Jenkins/Third Eye Blind; :13]
[Super=03-Salem; :18]
[Super=@Jean1; 1:33]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=News 7.]

((It's not really talked about.... this song is what goes on in a guys mind when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. While the songs sometimes talk about the unexpected in life, there is no sup rise in this group's success. With album sales topping five million- fans can clearly SEE something special in Third Eye BLIND. This song is called anything and some fans would do anything to get as close to the band as they could- fans span in age from 14 to 40- STEPHAN JENKINS/THIRD EYE BLIND: THIRD EYE BLIND FANS ARE INCREDIBLE... THAT WE DO. Stephan Jenkins- talks non chalantely about the groups success.. calls the tour fun.. like summer camp- and joked when asked about a recent spread in a women's magazine... that features him as a sex symbol. Jean: What do you think.... yea I feel like a sex symbol... across the floor. THAT'S HOW I FEEL ABOUT BEING A SEX SYMBOL... TURN MYSELF ON.
Then in true individual style- he dared us- JENKINS: YOU COULD USE IT AND IF YOU WOULD... YOUR RATING WOULD GO UP.. JUST DO IT. So we did-.. But in the future, we'll stick to the reporting and let Jenkins and Third Eye Blind stick to the music. nat sound music.))

[College-Loans]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Good news for college students who need help paying for school--
President Clinton is unveiling a program today of interest rebates for students who repay their loans on time.


Students can also re- finance loans to take advantage of lower interest rates.
The White House estimates students could save 13- hundred dollars over the life of a direct college loan.
President Clinton will also urge Congress to pass his plan for college tuition tax breaks.


[11Home-Invasion]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC24:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]

An elderly woman was beat up by a stranger in her old Southwest Roanoke home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

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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[SOT 11:25:26]
[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.))
[SUPER=01-Cora Hodges/Attack Victim;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=I'm going to kill you -- triple out]
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[VO-NAT]

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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[5-Robb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=500-2]
[GRAPHIC=Chuck Robb]


U-S Senator Chuck Robb is standing behind the Vice President's choice for running mate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke;]


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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[SOT 02:54:54]
[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.))
[SUPER=201-Chuck Robb/(D) Senate Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=message out.]
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[VO-NAT]


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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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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

Firestone is recalling six million tires, but Virginia will be among the last of the states to see replacement tires.

The company has identified a defect in the tires that is triggered by heat.
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.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A Floyd woman is dead and a sheriff's deputy in serious condition following a head-on collision yesterday.
State police say 41-year-old Becky J. Gillespie crossed the center line and struck Deputy Roger Dickerson head-on.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Virginia Tech's first woman provost is stepping down. 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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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=the upcoming season]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
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