!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 08/17/00


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


More charges are added to an indictment against a Roanoke police officer accused of accepting bribes from drug dealers.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Vice- Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman makes it official at the Democratic National Convention, along with a surprise guest.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- News 7 Mornin is straight ahead.

[11Indictment]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A grand jury has handed up a revised indictment against Roanoke police officer Fred Pledge.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 27]

Pledge is charged with one count each of Conspiracy and Racketeering. The new indictment adds seven new acts to the racketeering charge. Now, Pledge is accused of accepting nearly 18-thousand dollars in cash, as well as guns, drugs and alcohol from known drug dealers. The original indictment claimed he accepted less than three-thousand in bribes.
[SUPER=04-Yesterday]

The N-double-A-C-P spoke out in support of Pledge yesterday - and against the federal investigation of the police officer.
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[IN Q=As I look...]

((AS I LOOK AT OFFICER PLEDGE, I'M NOT DEFENDING WHAT HE DID OR DIDN'T DO - BUT THE WAY THAT THAT THEY WENT ABOUT DOING IT. IT'S ALMOST AS IF WE WANT TO SET THIS MAN UP.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Tinsely/NAACP Acting President]
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[OUT Q=set this man up.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Not all Roanoke NAACP members stand behind Pledge, though. In a memo to News 7, member Jeff Artis states "Pledge's problems aren't because he's Black .. Pledge has problems because he got caught."


[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Joseph Lieberman is now the Democratic party's vice presidential nominee.
But he shared the spotlight with Al Gore, who made an unexpected appearance last night at the convention.
Tonight, he'll formally accept the Presidential nomination.
Terisa Estacio reports.
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[SUPER=203-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=201-Joseph Lieberman/(D) Vice Pres. Candidate; :09]
[SUPER=201-Karenna Gore/Al Gore's Daughter; :50]
[SUPER=201-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:36]
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[OUT Q=Terisa Estacio, CBS News, Los Angeles.]

(( Last night was a night of Democratic heroes and surprises...Joe Lieberman was the star of the show and went straight on the offensive:

SOT: Lieberman

I'm glad the GOP has changed their rhetoric, but I wish they would also change their policies. As my friend John McCain might say, let me do some straight talking about their record.
Lieberman spoke minutes before delegates formalized Al Gore's nomination in a roll call of the states that cemented the Democratic ticket.

SOT: Roll Call (Florida)


Earlier, Gore's daughter Karenna had put a personal touch on her speech

SOT: Karenna Gore

I want you to know, to me, he's already won. For he has been the most wonderful father in the whole world...and it gives me great joy and pride to second the nomination of my father, Al Gore, for President of the United States.
Seconds later, the crowd was treated to a surprise appearance by the Vice President...poised for his nomination later tonight.
Nat Pop: Protests
Meanwhile, protests outside the convention center were back...along with more accusations of police brutality. Thousands took the streets and found themselves faced with batons and rubber bullets...
Estacio Close
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[11Robb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Senator Chuck Robb addressed the audience at the Democratic National Convention.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Los Angeles, CA]

He spoke for about five minutes last night, saying he was addressing skeptics who wonder if voting in the election really matters.
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[IN Q=If you care...]

((SENATOR CHUCK ROBB: IF YOU CARE ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT WORKERS RIGHTS, EQUAL RIGHTS, VOTING RIGHTS...IT MATTERS.))
[SUPER=201-Chuck Robb/(D) U. S. Senate Candidate]
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[OUT Q=it matters.]
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Robb also addressed budget deficit reduction by Democrats over the past eight years - saying electing Al Gore means continued progress.
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[11Pipeline]


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Concerned citizens and landowners from several counties are organizing to fight a natural gas pipeline.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Virginia Gas is planning to lay a pipeline through the Roanoke Valley.
Members of The Sensible Mountain Policy Action Coalition say they'll do everything they can to stop it.
SimPac members want Virginia to use the same easement that is owned by other energy companies to save the land.
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[IN Q= Rather than cut]

((RATHER THAN CUT AN ADDITIONAL SWATH THROUGH OUR MOUNTAINS, LET'S SHARE.))
[SUPER=01-Deneille Hoffman/SMPAC]
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[OUT Q=let's share.]
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[VO-NAT]


A public forum on the issue will be held September 7th at 7 pm at the Brambleton Center.
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[Russian-Sub]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Silence from inside the crippled Russian submarine leave little hope that there are survivors aboard.
As Lee Cowan reports, a British rescue mission is on the way.
But it may be too late.
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The best chance for a successful rescue now rests on the shoulders of three British submarine pilots who will operate this underwater helicopter now rushing to the crash scene in the frigid Barents Sea. But it may not get on station until Saturday, one day after the Russians expect air to run out.
It was flown to Norway from Prestwick, Scotland, this morning after Russian president Vladimir Putin reluctantly admitted failure, low visibility and strong underwater currents no match for two versions of the Russian evacuation capsules, one of which was almost lost.
With no signs of life coming from the mamouth nuclear powered submarine, this is likely to be the last realistic attempt to rescue as many as 118 sailors now stranded for five days. And some Russian officials are skeptical it can work.

(nats, guy speaking Russian)


The problem, this spokesman says,. is foreign rescue equipment is not compatible with our equipment and our rescue procedures.
Even if a watertight seal can be achieved, experts say the submarine's hatch still has to be opened from the inside and some wonder if there is anyone left to do it. High powered search lights have illuminated damage to the Kursk's hull. Her torpedo tubes are open to the ocean and debris is scattered around her bow, supporting Russian claims there was a catastrophic explosion on board that may have wiped out a good portion of the crew before the sub ever sank.

(Cowan standup)

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[11Boty-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Fire ripped through an old store in Botetourt County.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Flames broke out at the old store near the corner of Jennings and McFalls Creek roads yesterday afternoon.
The structure was built around 1940 but has been vacant for two or three years.
Firefighters do not yet know how it started.
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[11Roanoke-Fraternity]


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[NEWSCAST=morn]
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A Roanoke College fraternity has been suspended amid allegations of hazing.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


(Pie Kappa Fi) Pi Kappa Phi is being investigated by the college and its national fraternity.
The school says the conduct in question happened in the Fall of 1999 but did not come to light until this past Spring.
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[11Wythe-Outhouse]


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An eldery Wythe County man who spent three days trapped under his outhouse was found by his mailman.
76-year old Coolidge (WINE-set) Winesett was rescued from the outdoor toilet yesterday after his mailman came looking for him.
He'd been trapped since Saturday when he fell five feet through the floor into some sludge.
Authorities say he's doing well.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, some of your allergies may be connected to global warming.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
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((Information: IT SEEMS LIKE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING HAS BEEN BLAMED ON GLOBAL WARMING- BUT > HERE'S ONE THING SCIENTISTS AGREE ON. THE INCREASE IN THE EARTH'S > TEMPERATURE AND CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS HAS CAUSED > POLLEN COUNTS TO MORE THAN DOUBLE. > IT SEEMS RAGWEED AND CERTAIN OTHER WEEDS THRIVE IN WARM- HIGH > CARBON DIOXIDE CONDITIONS- AS A RESULT- NOT ONLY HAVE POLLEN COUNTS > DOUBLED- SO HAS YOUR MISERY. MAKES YOU YEARN FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF > 1900. > ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH. A STUDY IN > THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE REPORTS THE BRAINS OF PEOPLE WHO GO ON > TO DEVELOP ALZHEIMER'S START WORKING HARDER TO SOLVE SIMPLE PROBLEMS YEARS > BEFORE THE PEOPLE NOTICE THERE IS A PROBLEM. AND SPECIAL BRAIN SCANS OF > THESE PEOPLE CAN DETECT THESE CHANGES - MEANING IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO > START PEOPLE ON TREATMENT YEARS BEFORE ALZHEIMER'S SETS IN. RESEARCHERS SAY > THIS TESTING WILL PROBABLY BE BEST SUITED FOR THOSE FOLKS WITH A FAMILY > HISTORY OF ALZHEIMER'S. > AND FINALLY TODAY- MANY PEOPLE WITH CANCER LOOK TO ALTERNATIVE > THERAPIES FOR RELIEF- BUT A STUDY FROM HAWAII SAYS DONT RELY ON YOUR > TRUSTY HEALTH FOOD STORE CLERK- BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT BE SO TRUSTY OR AT > LEAST- IN THE KNOW. > FOR EXAMPLE, IN THIS STUDY MANY CLERKS RECOMMENDED SHARK CARTILAGE- > WHICH DOESN'T WORK- AND VERY FEW CLERKS ASKED ABOUT THE TYPE OF CANCER OR
> ANY MEDICATIONS BEING USED BEFORE RECOMMENDING A PRODUCT. --- BE

CAREFUL! > THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR > CBS NEWS.))

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
A tractor-trailer driver from Oklahoma made it an exciting afternoon for state police.
He led them on a high speed chase through three counties, and now faces multiple charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A grand jury has handed down a revised indictment against Roanoke Police Officer Fred Pledge.
Pledge is accused of accepting bribes from drug dealers.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And officials say Arizona Senator John McCain is suffering a relapse of melonoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
McCain has already cancelled several campaign appearances.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, August 17th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-11Indictment]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Roanoke Police Officer Fred Pledge is now facing additional charges in a revised indictment against him.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 27]

Pledge is charged with one count each of Conspiracy and Racketeering. The new indictment adds seven new acts to the racketeering charge. Now, Pledge is accused of accepting nearly 18-thousand dollars in cash, as well as guns, drugs and alcohol from known drug dealers. The original indictment claimed he accepted less than three-thousand in bribes.
[SUPER=04-Yesterday]

The N-double-A-C-P spoke out in support of Pledge yesterday - and against the federal investigation of the police officer.
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[IN Q=As I look...]

((AS I LOOK AT OFFICER PLEDGE, I'M NOT DEFENDING WHAT HE DID OR DIDN'T DO - BUT THE WAY THAT THAT THEY WENT ABOUT DOING IT. IT'S ALMOST AS IF WE WANT TO SET THIS MAN UP.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Tinsely/NAACP Acting President]
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[OUT Q=set this man up.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Not all Roanoke NAACP members stand behind Pledge, though. In a memo to News 7, member Jeff Artis states "Pledge's problems aren't because he's Black .. Pledge has problems because he got caught."


[2-Campaign]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Tonight should be the show stopper at the Democratic National Convention, when Al Gore officially accepts the party's nomination for President.
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[SUPER=203-Los Angeles, CA;]


But last night belonged to Senator Joseph Lieberman, as he received the nod as Vice- Presidential candidate.
He paid tribute to his Jewish heritage, the nation's diversity, and the vision he shares with Al Gore.
Lieberman says that vision includes preserving Social Security and Medicare, and paying off the national debt.
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[SOT 3:39:41 ]
[IN Q=My friends]

(( JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/D- VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: MY FRIENDS, IT IS THIS SIMPLE. WE DEMOCRATS WILL EXPAND THE PROSPERITY. THEY WILL SQUANDER IT. ))
[SUPER=201-Joseph Lieberman/(D) Vice Pres. Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=will squander it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Gore made a surprise appearance after his daughter, Karenna delivered one of the speeches nominating her father.


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[McCain]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Sources say Arizona Senator John McCain is suffering a recurrence of skin cancer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Last Friday;]


Republican officials say McCain's been diagnosed with a second bout of melanoma, the most dangerous form of the disease.
They say McCain has tumors on his arm and temple.
As a result, he's canceled a number of campaign appearances and plans to see doctors today to learn about treatment options.
McCain's previous bout with skin cancer was in 19-93.
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[11Heilig-Meyers]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[TAPE#=00-22 TC1:40:37]
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Heilig-Meyers plans to close stores in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, Collinsville and (Rain-ell) Rainell, West Virginia. The company has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Jennifer Miele has details about the downsizing of the nation's number one furniture company.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Gottstein/Legg Mason; :20]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :58]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; 1:07]
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[OUT Q=JM News 7.]

(( The chapter 11 protection will allow Heilig-Meyers to continue operations as it implements a restructuring plan.
70 to 80 percent of the store's sales were financed directly through the company. With so many stores in so many medium-sized markets, the company has had to spend a large amount of money collecting those finance payments.
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[IN Q=There have been]

((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON: THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF DELINQUENCIES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING SO THEY'VE HAD TO WRITE A LOT OF THAT OFF. THEY'VE HAD TO SPEND A LOT MORE MONEY ON, FROM WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS, ON MARKETING COSTS TO BRING NEW CLIENTS IN.))
[OUT Q=new clients in.]

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Some analysts say customers who have furniture financed through the company are at the mercy of the company who buys those debts.
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[IN Q=Their debts would]

((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON: THEIR DEBTS WOULD BE SOLD TO WHOMEVER THE NEW FINANCIERS ARE, A NEW COMPANY COMING IN AND BUYING THEIR OLD DEBT. THOSE CUSTOMERS WOULD CONTINUE THOSE OBLIGATION, TO A NEW FINANCIER.))
[OUT Q=a new financer.]

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Finance restructuring may also be a worry for workers-- Heilig-Meyers employs 16 thousand people in twenty nine states.
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((ONE COMPANY HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO BUY MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF CUSTOMER DEBT. NO WORD YET ON HOW THAT WILL EFFECT CUSTOMERS WHO STILL OWE THE COMPANY MONEY. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=JM News 7.]))
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[11Tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC45:56]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco]


A farmer in Pittsylvania County is first in Virginia to grow the new kind of tobacco used in biomedical research.

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((NAT SOT OF JOE WILLIAMS TALKING TO CROPTECH WOMAN))
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Joe Williams is raising a quarter acre of the Oriental tobacco that researchers say will be a medical and financial cure. He can grow more of these plants per acre -- at a cheaper cost. And he can harvest this type of tobacco with a machine, rather than pay scarce workers to pull each leaf by hand.
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[IN Q=It'd be]

((JOE WILLIAMS/FARMER: IT'D BE A GREAT BENEFIT. THE LESS LABOR YOU HAVE THE LESS EXPENSE YOU HAVE AND THAT'S PART OF OUR PROBLEM NOW. OUR LABOR COSTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE WHILE OUR QUOTA DECREASES.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Williams/Farmer;]
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[VO-NAT]

Researchers say the challenge is that this crop is more susceptible to disease and pests. They say within three years, they'll start building processing plants, which will produce new jobs.
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[11Cannery]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
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Good news for Bedford County gardeners...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Tuesday night, county supervisors voted 4 to 3 to spend 21- thousand dollars to connect the New London Cannery to a new wastewater system.
Dozens of residents use the facility every year to can locally- grown fruits and vegetables.
A previous effort to keep the cannery open failed on a tie vote, but supervisor Robert Bashore provided the winning margin Tuesday night.
Critics have said too few residents use the cannery to justify spending county money on it.
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[11Truck-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
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A tractor-trailer driver led state police on a high speed chase through three counties..
It started in Botetourt County yesterday afternoon when a trooper tried to stop the truck.
Troopers deployed several tire-deflation strips in Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties, but they didn't stop rig.
Finally, troopers at the Rockbridge-Augusta County line shot out the radiator and the truck came to a stop.
The driver-- Thomas J. (Lee-man) Lehman of Oklahoma-- was arrested without incident.
He's charged with felony assault, attempt to elude and reckless driving.

[11Green-Party]


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[WRITER=equ]
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Two more candidates could join Bush and Gore on the Virginia ballot for president this fall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Richmond;]


The Libertarians have already turned in petitions for Harry Browne.
Yesterday, the Green Party filed more than 17-thousand signatures to put Ralph Nader on the state ballot.
Pundits say Nader could cut into Gore support.
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[IN Q=Well I've never]

((SHERRY STANLEY/GREEN PARTY OF VIRGINIA: WELL I'VE NEVER BEEN ONE TO PREDICT HISTORY. I LIKE TO MAKE IT. SO WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND DO WHAT WE CAN. BUT I DON'T LIKE MAKING PREDICTIONS. THAT ALMOST TAKES THE VOTE AWAY FROM PEOPLE. THE DECISION-MAKING IS IN THE HANDS OF THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA HERE. I HOPE THAT WE GET AT LEAST TEN PERCENT OF THE VOTE HERE BECAUSE THAT WOULD GIVE THE GREEN PARTY BALLOT ACCESS IN VIRGINIA. BUT WINNING WOULD BE FINE TOO.))
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[OUT Q=be fine too.]
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The Nader 2000 campaign says its candidate is on the ballot in 20 other states.
Virginia's Board of Elections must sign off on the petitions dropped off yesterday.
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[11Graduate-Center]


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Plans to open a new graduate and research school in Southside are in the works.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The "Future of the Piedmont Foundation" is helping to establish the school....called the Dan River Institute.
It's a joint effort between Virginia Tech, Averett College, and Danville Community College.
A Multi Media Service Access Point or M-SAP will also be created to provide high speed internet service at low costs.
Business officials say it will be more advanced than the best equipped cities in the country.
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((PETE CASTIGLIONE/DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: YOU MAY DO THIS EVERY 200 YEARS. WE SURVIVED WITH THE TOBACCO AND TEXTILE FOR YEARS BUT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO THAT.))
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((SENATOR CHARLES HAWKINS/(R) CHATHAM: WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY. IT IS BASICALLY US BECAUSE WE ARE COMPLACENT. IF WE DON'T SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY WE'LL GET OLDER AND POORER AND OUR CHILDREN WILL VISIT US ON OCCASIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Castiglione/Danville Community College;]
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[VO-NAT]


If all goes according to plan, the institute and the high speed internet service will be up and running in a year.
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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]

A grand jury has handed up a revised indictment against Roanoke police officer Fred Pledge. Pledge is charged with one count each of Conspiracy and Racketeering. The new indictment adds seven new acts to the racketeering charge.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Flames broke out at an old store near the corner of Jennings and McFalls Creek roads in Botetourt County yesterday afternoon.
The structure has been vacant for two or three years.
Firefighters do not yet know how it started.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Heilig-Meyers plans to close stores in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, Collinsville and (Rain-ell) Rainell, West Virginia. The company has filed for bankrupcy protection. Heilig-Meyers employs 16 thousand people in twenty nine states.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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