!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 08/16/00


[7-11Tobacco-Settlement]

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Danville City Council has voted to use tobacco settlement funds for higher education .
The money will help set up a graduate program in advanced technology.
A group called The Future of Piedmont Foundation came up with the idea, saying the Danville-Pittsylvania County area needs to develop job opportunities and a better work-force.

[7-11Narrows]


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Narrows' first female mayor is butting heads with some council members.
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Town council voted to deny George Ann Johnson a key to town hall.
She was elected mayor by a wide margin last fall.
Ever since she and two other new council members took office, town meetings have been more contentious... and more crowded.
Council members say the tension started when Johnson questioned the use of town equipment by employees after hours.
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((GEORGE ANN JOHNSON/MAYOR: I WAS A WOMAN RUNNING FOR A MAYOR'S JOB UP AGAINST A MAYOR WHO'S BEEN HERE FOR 20 YEARS. AND I WON. AND I THINK THE ONLY REASON THAT I WON WAS BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE DO WANT CHANGE. THEY WANT THINGS TO HAPPEN HERE.))
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[OUT Q=things to happen here.]
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Johnson, an artist and 7-year Narrows resident, says her goal is to make the town flourish again.
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Meanwhile, Narrows police chief, Charles Sontag, has resigned.
He's leaving to teach junior reserve- officer training for the Marine Corps.
He'll be replaced by Leo Montgomery, already with the Narrows Police Department.
Sontag says his departure is un-related to problems on town council.

[7-11Roanoke-Fire]


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A fire last night damaged a Roanoke home.
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Police say several people were inside the house on Bristol Street last night when they smelled smoke. They all got out safely and called for help. When fire crews arrived, the front part of the home was engulfed. 25-to-30 firefighters worked on the blaze. There's no word on the amount of damage to the home. An investigative team is being called in.
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[7-11Church-Fire]


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A fire that destroyed a church hasn't dampened worshippers' spirits.
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The pastor and church members of the Bethel Holiness Church in Danville say they WILL have Sunday worship. Clean up efforts have been going on since Sunday night.
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That's when a fire erupted in the 70 year old church. The pastor is deciding if they should rebuild.
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((TYRELL BIGELOW/CHURCH MEMBER: IT'S A HOME CHURCH. WE GREW UP IN IT. A LOT OF GOOD MEMORIES. MY GRANDFATHER AND THEN MY UNCLE ROY TOOK OVER IT. IT'S AN OLD TRADITIONAL CHURCH FOR THE FAMILY AND ALL.))
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Fire Investigators have not determined a cause. Debris taken from the church yesterday is being tested.
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Time again to check out the mid- week forecast...
Partly sunny and nice today..highs near 90.

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A man and his 5 year old son were killed in an accident on Interstate 81 in Augusta County.
Herman Grant and his wife witnessed the accident yesterday.
They pulled their motor-home into the break-down lane.
A man from Indianapolis pulled over in front of them to see if he could help.
As Richard Lee Canaday was backing up on the shoulder, a flat-bed tractor trailer carrying an over-sized cement slab clipped Canaday's G-M-C Jimmy. Canaday and his five- year old son were killed.
The driver of the truck was charged with reckless driving, driving without a log book and without the proper warning flags.

[45-L'Burg-College]


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Lynchburg College is losing its president. Charles Warren has headed the school for seven years. During that time, endowment funds have increased more than 100 percent, and enrollment and academic offerings have risen.

Warren says his last day will be July 31-st next year.[45-5-Higher-Ed]


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The Roanoke Higher Education Center will welcome its first students tommorow, after years of planning and construction.
Yesterday, the first of the center's 16 tenants moved in.
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Renovations to the former Norfolk and Western headquarters building continue, but most of the classrooms are complete.
Yesterday, Virginia Tech, Radford University, and the College of Health Sciences began moving computers and other equipment into the building.
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((DOUG STRICKLAND/VA. TECH ROANOKE CENTER DIRECTOR: THE OCCUPANCY DATE IS TODAY, AND WE'LL BE OPERATIONAL BY MONDAY. THAT'S OUR GOAL. AND NO WE HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF TIME TO WORK ON THIS. YOU'LL BE BUSY IN THE NEXT WEEK. WE'LL BE VERY BUSY, BUT WE'LL BE READY.))
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Students from the College of Health Sciences will be the first to use the center's facilities.... when their classes start tommorow. Virginia Tech and Radford will be close behind, holding classes before the end of the month.
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[45-5-Fed-Ex]


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The C-E-O of the nation's number two parcel carrier company is pounding the pavement to talk to drivers about safety.


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Dan Sullivan, President of FedEx Ground spent yesterday at the Lee Hi Truck stop.
He had breakfast with several drivers, and discussed some safety concerns with them.
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((THIS IS NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK. SO EVERY YEAR, WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING FOR OUR TRUCK DRIVERS AND RECOGNIZE THEM FOR THE FANTASTIC WORK THAT THEY DO. AND THIS STOP HAPPENS TO HAVE A LOT OF OUR PEOPLE COME HERE EVERYDAY.))

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About 30 truckers stopped to chat with their boss before getting back on the road.
Most say it provides them with a good opportunity to make the company aware of the challenges that drivers encounter.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Partly sunny with highs near 90..

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Money from the tobacco settlement will now go toward funding higher education.
That's the decision of Danville City Council.
The money will help set up a graduate program in advanced technology.
A group called The Future of Piedmont Foundation came up with the idea, saying the Danville-Pittsylvania County area needs to develop job opportunities and a better work-force.

[8-11Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Fire caused an un- determined amount of damage to a Roanoke home last night.
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Police say several people were inside the house on Bristol Street last night when they smelled smoke. They all got out safely and called for help. When fire crews arrived, the front part of the home was engulfed. 25-to-30 firefighters worked on the blaze.
An investigative team is being called in.
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[8-Trailer-Park]


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Craig County has rezoned land for a mobile home park for the first time. If they had not voted that way last night, they risked losing 700-thousand-dollars in state money. Tina Tenret explains.
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[SUPER=01-Debbie King/Resident; :21]
[SUPER=01-Norman Taylor/Mobile Home Park Owner; :43]
[SUPER=01-Julie Welch/Craig Co. Supervisor; :56]
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(( About 150 people packed into the Craig County courthouse. More lined up outside. All because the state gave New Castle 700-thousand-dollars to remodel storefronts -- BUT the cash comes with a catch: This trailer park downtown has to go. So supervisors voted to move it into a neighborhood -- over loud majority protests.
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((DEBBIE KING/RESIDENT: I WOULD MUCH RATHER PAY 300-THOUSAND-DOLLARS BACK IN TAXES THAN TO SEE ALL THESE PEOPLE SUFFER.)) [RUNS:06]
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Homeowners say when the trailer park moves in -- their property values will plummet, they'll lose neighborhood safety, and they'll be forced to pay for an expensive new sewer system. And the park's owner plans to almost triple its size from seven mobile homes to 20.
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((NORMAN TAYLOR/MOBILE HOME PARK OWNER: YOUNG PEOPLE OF CRAIG COUNTY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THEIR OWN HOUSE. THEY NEED AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE AND THEY HAVE NO PLACE AVAILABLE IN CRAIG COUNTY AT THIS TIME.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY DID YOU VOTE TO MOVE THE TRAILER PARK? JULIE WELCH/COUNTY SUPERVISOR: OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CLEARLY CALLS FOR A MOBILE HOME PARK IN OR AROUND NEW CASTLE AREA.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
BERNIE TRIPP/COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE ALREADY HAVE THREE MOBILE HOME PARKS THAT ARE ZONED FOR MOBILE HOME PARKS ALREADY!
butt butt butt
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: EVEN AFTER THE HEARING WRAPPED UP, CROWDS MILLED AROUND THE COURTHOUSE, RUMBLING DISCONTENT. YOU HEARD COMMENTS LIKE "SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY" AND STATEMENTS INSINUATING THAT THIS BOARD'S VOTE WAS BOUGHT FOR 700-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, CRAIG COUNTY.)) [RUNS:41]

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Checking your forecast now..
Another day with plenty of sunshine and seasonable highs near 90.

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