!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 08/18/00
 


[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

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[VO-NAT]

The lines of communication are still open in Verizon talks. We'll tell you whether progress is being made.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Plus, the race for the White House is on after a rousing conclusion to the Democratic National Convention.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]



Stay with us..... News 7 Mornin' is next.

[Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Some progress is being made in contract talks between union negotiators and Verizon.
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[VO-NAT 00-21 1:57:14]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week]


The union negotiators threatened to walk out at midnight unless significant progress was made. The decision to continue talking came a few hours after the company said it had ``fine-tuned'' its contract proposal.

A spokesman for the Communications Workers of America says the two sides have made headway on resolving key union concerns. They include mandatory overtime and moving work to areas where labor is cheaper.
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[11NS-Buyouts]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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More cutbacks at Norfolk Southern.... the railroad is attempting to buyout 164 non-union employees.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


The company has offered to buyout management personnel in mechanical divisions across Virginia, including some in Roanoke's locomotive shops.
Those who accept the buyout will receive a severance pay based on years of service, health benefits for a period of time, and job placement assistance.
Norfolk Southern laid off more than 200 Union workers last week at the East End Carshops.
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[Convention]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]

Presidential Candidate Al Gore is off and running after a grand finale at last night's Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. As Teresa Estacio reports, Gore sealed the night with a kiss.
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[SOT 4:51:00]
[IN Q=In this city of...]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=203-Los Angeles, CA;]
[Super=201-Terisa Estacio/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS LA.]
((SOT: Al Gore: In this City of Angels, we can summon the better angels

of our nature, Do not rest where we are, or retreat. Do all we can to make America all it can become. Thank you - God bless you - and God bless America.
With a blizzard of balloons and confetti, Al Gore brought the 2000 Democratic National Convention to a close.
Nat Pop: Music, etc.
The theme of the night was Al Gore, man-of-the-people, battle tested and ready to lead. In his speech to the delegates, Gore established his own identity and distanced himself from the White House.

SOT: Al Gore: We're electing a new PresidentAnd I stand here tonight

as my own man, and I want you to know me for who I truly am.
Tipper Gore pitched in with her own tribute to her husband essay of photographs and memories of their life together and in politics.
Nat Pop: Tipper's Video
After the convention, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside a Los Angeles jail where many of the protestors arrested throughout the week are being held. Police carrying batons stood guard with a watchful eye, but did not interfere.))


[11Payne]


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A 1999 graduate of Virginia Military Institute pled guilty to setting a fire in barracks his junior year.
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[VO-NAT]
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John Daniel Payne admitted he set the fire in an empty room on the concourse level of the barracks in May, 1998.
Payne was upset because a fellow cadet was about to be drummed out of the Corps for violating the Honor Code.
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[SOT 8:49:05]
[IN Q=The anger was fueled]

((THE ANGER WAS FUELED BY AN EXCESSIVE INTAKE OF ALCOHOL.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Giorno/Prosecutor]
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[OUT Q=of alcohol.]
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[VO-NAT]


Payne faces a five- to 20 year prison term when he's sentenced in November.
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[11Wythe-Outhouse]


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An elderly Wythe County man says he won't go near another outhouse after nearly dying in his own this week.
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[VO-NAT]
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75-year-old Coolidge Wine-sett is in good shape now.
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He spent three days trapped beneath his outhouse after falling five feet through the rotted floor Saturday.
Winesett had declined free indoor plumbing -- available through Virginia's Water Project.
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[SOT 15:59:17 - :28]

((COOLIDGE WINESETT: I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING LOOSE. I SHOULD'VE KNOWN BUILT IN 1950. IT WAS GETTING OLD. MY FAULT. I SHOULD'VE KNOWN.))
[SOT 16:15:58 - 16:16:14]

((MAXINE WALLER/VIRGINIA WATER PROGRAM: PRIDE STANDS IN PEOPLE'S WAYS PLUS THAT YOU DON'T SEE THE NEED FOR IT. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE TO GO OUTSIDE TO THE PRIVY. UNTIL YOU HAVE A CRISIS, THEN YOU'RE OK. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE OLDER PEOPLE NEED TO PREPARE FOR.))
[SUPER=07-Coolidge Winesett; :00]
[SUPER=01-Maxine Waller/Virginia Water Program; :12]
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[OUT Q=to prepare for.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia ranks second in the nation for the number of homes without indoor plumbing.
Nearly 5 percent of the state's rural households are without it.
Winesett says that after his experience, he's moving to an assisted living home.
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[11Rescue-Mission]


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The Roanoke Rescue Mission is running into some opposition with its proposal to build a residential recovery unit for women and children. Southeast residents say the plan will tear down houses and change the landscape. Kate Weidaw was at a community meeting last night where three options for the plan were presented.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :10]
[SUPER=01-Karen Walker/Lives on 4th Street; :17 ]
[SUPER=01-Christine Proffitt/Southeast Resident; :38]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 29; :45]
[SUPER=01-David Diaz/City Planner; 1:06]
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[OUT Q=kw news 7 Roanoke.]
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((KAREN WALKER: YOU WILL HAVE TO MOVE BY SEPTEMBER OF 2000.))
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Karen Walker is being forced to move from the home she has leased for the past two and a half years. In fact the landlord has decided not to renew any of the leases on these five homes on fourth street.

[SOT 8:57:08]
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((KAREN WALKER: I KNEW THE LAND LORD EVENTUALLY WANTED TO TEAR THE HOUSES DOWN SO HE COULD SELL THEM, BUT I WAS HOPING IT WOULD BE A LITTLE LONGER.))
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The land these homes occupy is part of the Mission's expansion blueprint for a recovery unit for women and children. A point of frustration for residents not wanting to see these homes torn down.

[SOT 12:18:36]
[INQ=]

((CHRISTINE PROFFITT: THAT'S PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD STRUCTURE AND I JUST FEEL IT'S PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND PEOPLE SHOULD STAY THEY ARE DISPLACING RESIDENTS.))
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[TAPE 00-25 39:13] Last month the Mission gave walking tours to residents to show them how the recovery unit would affect the community. Input from the tours led to three plans, all would include tearing down homes and changing the landscape. It's not just the loss of homes that bothers many residents, they don't want the extra problems, like litter, caused by residents in the Mission.

[SOT 12:21:03]
[INQ=]

((DAVID DIAZ/CITY PLANNER: THE RESCUE MISSION HAS OFFERED AN OFFICE FOR A POTENTIAL POLICE STATION THAT CAN MONITOR SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT GO ON IN THIS AREA THAT PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT.))
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[STANDUP]
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE ANYTHING IS BUILT. THE MISSION IS STILL WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO DECIDE ON THE BEST PLAN. ONCE THAT'S DECIDED IT STILL HAS TO GO BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[11MM-Zoo]


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Mill Mountain Zoo has a new resident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Joe Doe (JOE-DOE) is a five year old clouded leopard, a cat that takes its name from the cloud- shaped spots it wears.
He arrived at Mill Mountain Zoo earlier this week.... part of the Species Survival Program.
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[SOT 01:31:27]
[IN Q=The message that we get]

((BETH POFF/ZOO DIRECTOR: THE MESSAGE THAT WE GET WITH THESE ENDANGERED CATS IS, IT'S NOT ONLY LEARNING ABOUT THE ANIMAL BUT CARING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. AS THE ENVIRONMENTS DISAPPEAR IT BECOMES MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE ZOOS TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH THESE PROGRAMS, BECAUSE THEY NEED A PLACE TO BE.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mt. Zoo Director]
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[OUT Q=need a place to be.]
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[VO-NAT]


Clouded leopards are found in India, Indochina, Sumatra, Borneo and Taiwan.
Joe Doe comes to Roanoke from a zoo in Cleveland.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, honesty is the best policy concerning clinical trials, but new research shows not everyone tells the truth.
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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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ONE OF THE WAYS WE SEE IF A NEW DRUG WORKS WELL IS TO DO CLINICAL TRIALS. > WE GIVE THE MEDICATION TO PEOPLE AND MONITOR SIDE EFFECTS AND PROBLEMS- > ALL BEFORE WE GIVE IT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. > ((vo)) > BUT TODAY COMES A DISCOURAGING WORD ABOUT HOW HONEST SOME PEOPLE ARE > -WHO TAKE PART IN A CLINICAL TRIAL.- TURNS OUT THEY'RE NOT ALWAYS SO > HONEST. > RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND THAT ABOUT 30% OF PEOPLE THROW OUT THE > EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE- NEVER TAKE IT- BUT YET TELL RESEARCHERS THEY THE > MEDICINE WORKED WELL - WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS- > ITS A PRACTICE THAT CAN MISLEAD SCIENTISTS AND ULTIMATELY BE HARMFUL > TO YOU THE PATIENT. . > ((vo)) > HERE'S ONE MORE REASON TO THINK TWICE ABOUT DELAYING PREGNANCY. > THE OLDER YOU ARE WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY- THE HIGHER THE RISK THAT > CHILD WILL GO ON TO DEVELOP TYPE ONE - OR INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETES, > A STUDY IN THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL FINDS CHILDREN BORN TO WOMEN > IN THEIR LATE 30'S AND EARLY FORTIES HAVE UP TO TRIPLE THE RISK OF > DEVELOPING DIABETES. > ((vo)) > AND FINALLY TODAY- ROLLER COASTERS AND OTHER THRILL RIDES MAY BE A > LOAD OF FUN- BUT IF YOU'RE OVER THE AGE OF FORTY- THOSE STEEP AND FAST > DROPS MAY BE A LITTLE TOO STRESSFUL TO YOUR BRAIN. > A REPORT IN THE JAMA DISCUSSES THE RISK OF BLEEDING ON THE BRAIN > FROM BEING WHIPPED AROUND ON A WILD RIDE- IN FACT RESEARCHERS COMPARE IT > TO WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BRAIN IN A BAD CAR ACCIDENT- AND SAY THOSE MOST AT > RISK ARE OLDER PEOPLE AND THOSE ON MEDICINES THAT THIN THE BLOOD. > ((oc)) > THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE > HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[Steve does weather] [2-HEADLINES]
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Contract talks at Verizon continue after a narrowly avoided walkout. Union negotiators agreed to continue talking after the company said it had adjusted its contract proposal.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

With both major party conventions now history, the real work begins for Presidential Candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush. Last night, the Democratic national convention ended with Gore accepting his party's nomination, while at the same time trying to distance himself from the Clinton administration.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

An elderly Wythe County man who spent days trapped underneat his outhouse says it's time to move to indoor plumbing. Coolidge Winesett, who's doing well, says he's planning to move into an assisted care facility.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And that's what's making news on this Friday August 18.

News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]


Verizon Communications and union negotiators are still talking.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week]


The union negotiators threatened to walk out at midnight unless significant progress in contract talks was made. The decision to continue talking came a few hours after the company said it had ``fine-tuned'' its contract proposal.

A spokesman for the Communications Workers of America says the two sides have made headway on resolving key union concerns. They include mandatory overtime and moving work to areas where labor is cheaper.
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[2-11NS-Buyouts]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC1:42:11]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Norfolk Southern is attempting to buyout 164 non-union employees.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


The company has offered to buyout management personnel in mechanical divisions across Virginia, including some in Roanoke's locomotive shops.
Those who accept the buyout will receive a severance pay based on years of service, health benefits for a period of time, and job placement assistance.
Norfolk Southern laid off more than 200 Union workers last week at the East End Carshops.
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[2-Convention]


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

Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman are hitting the campaign trail after making their final appearance at the Democratic National Convention.
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[VO-NAT 3:11:25]
[SUPER=203-Los Angeles, CA;]

In his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination last night, Gore touched on a wide range of domestic issues. He called for targeted tax cuts, prescription drug benefits for Medicare, hate crimes legislation and other priorities. Gore also worked to set himself apart from President Clinton.
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[SOT 3:11:22-3:11:30]
[IN Q=We are electing...]

(("We are electing a new president. And I stand here tonight as my own man, and I want you to know me for who I truly am.)) ((Some of you are saying, please not the family album . But come along for just a little while and see the man I love.))
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate; :00]
[SUPER=201-Tipper Gore/Al Gore's Wife; :]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=...the man I love.]
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[VO-NAT]

Gore also set himself apart from President Clinton, telling delegates, ``I stand here tonight as my own man.'' Convention organizers sought to present a side of Gore that Americans haven't yet seen .
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[Clinton-Lewinsky]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
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President Clinton's legal troubles are heating up again.
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[VO-NAT 3:43:42]

The Independent Prosecutor's office has called yet another grand jury to hear evidence against him in the Monica Lewinsly case. At issue is whether the president's testimony in the case amounted to criminal conduct. Word of the panel's seating comes on the same day Vice President al Gore accepted the democratic nomination for president. The White House says the timing is more than a coincidence. And Republicans are playing the news for all it's worth.
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[SOT 3:44:36-3:44:47]
[IN Q=And so, when I...]

((And so, when I put my hand on the bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. George Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; HOT CHANGE]
[Super=04-August 3;]
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[OUT Q=...so help me God.]
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[VO-NAT]

The President was acquitted of the charges against him by the Senate. But he could still be prosecuted after leaving the White House. Mr. Clinton has already been fined by a judge in the Paula Jones case for lying under oath when he denied having an affair with the former White House intern.
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[11Native-Americans]


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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-19 26:46]
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Native American tribes in Virginia want federal recongnition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ashland/File Tape]

The Commonwealth's eight Indian tribes are warning the candidates for the U-S Senate to support a bill to federally recognize Virginia's Indians -- or feel the heat from some former friends.
Both Chuck Robb and George Allen say they support sovereign rights for the tribes.
But the Indians should put in writing that they will NOT open gambling casinos.
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[IN Q=I do want]
[sot 12:56:04]

((GEORGE ALLEN/R-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I DO WANT THEM TO HAVE THEIR INDEPENDENCE SO TO SPEAK, AND THEIR SOVEREIGNTY.
BUT THAT'S JUST ONE PROVISO.))
[SUPER=01-George Allen/U. S. Senate Candidate;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=one proviso.]
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[VO-NAT]


The tribes say they will NOT compromise the 550 other federally recognized tribes in the U-S by yielding a sovereign right.
But they don't want casinos -- and say the candidates are hiding behind a smoke screen.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Absolutely]
[sot 06:57]

((CHIEF ANNE RICHARDSON/RAPPAHANNOCK TRIBE: ABSOLUTELY IT'S SMOKE SCREEN. YOU KNOW, THE UNDERLYING ISSUES ARE CONTROL OVER THE LAND BASES THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO OBTAIN. ANY FEDERAL LANDS THAT ARE BEING DESERTED OR BASES THAT ARE BEING CLOSED, NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES WILL GET FIRST DIBS ON THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Chief Anne Richardson/Rappahannock Tribe;]
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[OUT Q=on them.]
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[TALENT=Shannon]
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A bill to federally recognize the Virginia tribes was just filed by Alexandria Congressman Jim Moran (muh-RAN).

[Russian-Sub]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Russian navy officials say a rescue capsule reached one of the escape hatches on that sunken nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea. Officials say the rescue craft could not latch on to the hatch. It returned to the surface after repeated attempts failed. In the meantime, criticism is building in Russia over the government's handling of the Kursk Submarine disaster. With its crew of 118 almost certainly dead, families of the sailors are demanding answers. Lee Cowan reports.
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[SOT 3:21:10]

[IN Q After nearly a dozen...]
[SUPER=03-Murmansk; :00]
[SUPER=01-Christopher Hellman/Center for Defense Information; :29]
[SUPER=04-Russian Television; :48]
[SUPER=01-James Beaver/"Jane's Defense Weekly"; 1:06]
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[OUT Q=Standard]

((After nearly a dozen failed rescue attempts, relatives or the Kursk's crew are arriving in nearby Murmansk, Russia, waiting for any news, but like the rest of the world, are growing increasingly frustrated over a lack of reliable information. Russian president Vladimir Putin is being roundly criticized for remaining on vacation since the accident while his government is releasing only sketchy details of the rescue that are at times contradictory if not flat out wrong.

(sot, Christopher Hellman, Center for Defense Information, "It's hard to

know... on their part.")

(SUPER: RUSSIAN TELEVISION)


Only today did Russia allow live pictures of the accident site to be relased, but refused to air underwater film showing what the navy has known for days. Reports indicate the sub has suffered extensive damage, consistent with either a collision or an explosion of one or more of her 28 torpedoes, damage most experts agree probably crippled the Kursk's own evacuation capsule and sent the giant sub crashing to the ocean floor in a matter of seconds, killing nearly all of her crew instantly.
But Russia is still trying to make the case it did NOT waste time in asking for help. Although a British submarine and more than a dozen Norweigan deep sea divers won't reach the site until this weekend, the head of the Russian navy told NATO officials in Brussels that the crew's oxygen could last until the middle of next week.

(Sot, James Beaver, Jane's Defense Weekly, "I'm delighted to hear....

coming from the Russians.") ))



[11Cole]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
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A 23-year old clerk at Kroger managed to steal 71-thousand-dollars in six months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Kelly Cole pled no contest to embezzling yesterday. She says would take customer coupons and pocket the cash. Sometimes, she said she took as much as five thousand dollars at once.
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[SOT 10:59:06]
[IN Q=She told]

((FRED KING/SALEM COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: SHE TOLD THE DETECTIVE THAT AFTER SHE CREATED THE FICTIONAL ENTRIES AND PAPERWORK THAT SHE'D TAKE IT FROM THE SAFE, PUT IT IN HER POCKET AND LEAVE THE STORE.))
[SUPER=01-Fred King/Salem Commonwealth's Atty.;]
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[OUT Q=leave the store]
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[VO-NAT]

Kroger employees say Cole told them she stole 158-thousand-dollars over six years but Kroger does not keep paperwork for more than a few months, so they cannot prove it. Cole will be sentenced in October.
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[11FM-Ball]


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The Salem Avalanche played against the Kinston Indians last night, but it was the second game of the day for some of the team members.
They stopped by one of Roanoke's retirement communities for a friendly game of tee-ball.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Friendship Manor residents stepped up to the plate to face the Avalanche.
Officials say the game helped lift the spirits of patients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
Yesterdays game gave residents some time to enjoy the sunshine and have a little fun.
Even those not participating in the game had a good time on the sidelines.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Syo/Spa]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


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


Some progress is being made in contract talks between union negotiators and Verizon.
A spokesman for the Communications Workers of America says the two sides have made headway on resolving key union concerns.
They include mandatory overtime and moving work to areas where labor is cheaper.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


More cutbacks at Norfolk Southern.... the railroad is attempting to buyout 164 non-union employees.
The company has offered to buyout management personnel in mechanical divisions across Virginia, including some in Roanoke's locomotive shops.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And Joe Doe is the newest resident at Mill Mountain Zoo. He's a five year old clouded leopard, a cat that takes its name from the cloud- shaped spots it carries.
He arrived at Mill Mountain Zoo earlier this week.... part of the Species Survival Program.


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Now here's Robin Reed with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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