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[7-11-I-81]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC1:06:05]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 81 Safety]


Interstate 81 is getting a new look in some places.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


Transportation officials plan to use 37 and a half million dollars in state funding to upgrade the highway.
Plans include lengthening the acceleration lanes where 581 joins North and Southbound 81.
Similar improvements will take place at exits 109, 114 and 162 near Buchanan.
Road crews will also be installing median guardrails in hopes of lessening the number of crashes involving vehicles that cross the median into oncoming traffic.
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[SOT 00:44:24]
[IN Q=The guardrail]

((CHIP NOTTINGHAM/TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER: THE GUARDRAIL YOU'LL SEE OUT THERE IN THE FUTURE WILL BE A LITTLE HIGHER, IT WON'T BE JERSEY BARRIERS, SOME PEOPLE WERE WORRIED THIS WAS GOING TO BE CONCRETE BARRIERS, THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SIMILAR TYPES OF GUARDRAIL THAT YOU SE ON OUR PARKWAYS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Nottingham/Transportation Commissioner;]
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[OUT Q=northern Virginia.]
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[VO-NAT]


Additional rumble strips and message boards will also be installed as well as fences to prevent loose rocks from tumbling onto the highway.
Officials also hope to begin broadcasting road conditions for motorists over the radio.
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[7-11Radford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM CUTINS]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC1:02:02]
[GRAPHIC=Accident Invest.]


A Radford University student is in critical condition after being hit by another student's car- is in critical condition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


20-year-old junior Stephanie Kidd was leaving class walking to her car when she was accidentally hit by a fellow student.
21-year-old Hilary Brooke Hunt has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Signs along that part of the street instruct motorists to stop for anyone in the crosswalk.
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[7-11Mayo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-26 TC1:14:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Students are back in class in Henry County...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

and Corey Mayo started high school yesterday.
For him, the day meant reliving a near death experience.
A car hit him while he walked to the bus stop one year ago.
He suffered severe injuries including brain damage.
He walks with a limp and he has scars that won't let him forget about that day.
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[SOT 1:47:13]
[IN Q=My arm hit]

((COREY MAYO: MY ARM HIT THE WINDSHIELD AND CUT ME UP. I HAD A CRUSHED LARYNX.))
[SOT 2:00:07]

((LINDA MAYO/COREY'S MOM: I DEFINITELY WANTED TO BE OUT HERE. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE HE GOT ON THE BUS SAFELY.))
[SUPER=07-Corey Mayo;]
[SUPER=01-Linda Mayo/Corey's Mom; :12]
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[OUT Q=the bus safely.]
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[VO-NAT]


Henry County has moved Corey's bus stop from across the street to in front of his driveway.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
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[GRAPHIC=none]


Let's take a moment now to check the mid- week forecast..
Partly sunny today...but we could see a few scattered showers..
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[45-11-ITT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=ITT]

The navy has given a 43 million dollar contract to a local company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]
[TAPE#=500-16 11:29]


I-T-T Industries is now contracted to supply 13 million dollars worth of night vision goggles next year.
The company furloughed 70 salary and hourly workers in June.
Despite the new contract, I-T-T has no plans to re-hire those workers.
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[45-11Majeus]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC1:10:36]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A bank robbery conviction will mean 10 years in prison for a Roanoke man.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Bank Surveillance Photo]


In October, 1998, Yvon Majeus went into the First National Exchange Bank wearing a mask.
At gunpoint he ordered the nine employees and two customers onto the floor while he gathered up more than 5-thousand dollars.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 2]


He and a 17-year old accomplice robbed the same bank less than a month later.
A teller testified today she's STILL afraid.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Majeus told the Judge he found the true meaning of life in jail and he wants to go to Seminary when he gets out.

[45-11Martin]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC1:43:57]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court]

The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal from a woman who plotted to kill her husband.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./June;]
[TAPE#=99-23 TC 25:23]

Dorothea Martin must spend ten years in prison for planning to murder her husband, with the help of her lover, Thomas Gray.
Gray took the fifth amendment in court but the judge accepted comments he'd made out of court, admitting to the crime. Dorothea Martin says that should NOT have been allowed -- but the Supreme Court disagreed and her sentence stands.
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[45-11County-Grant]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC1:28:14]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]

Construction could begin by the end of September for the new south county high school.
Yesterday, Roanoke County and state officials unveiled a storm water management project that should control flooding in the area.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The heavy equipment was hard at work yesterday afternoon, as county officials accepted a 230- thousand dollar state grant that will help pay for the 900- thousand dollar project.
The work is designed to preserve water quality, and control flooding along mud lick creek.
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[SOT 39:47]
[IN Q=Probably the most important thing]

((PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO THE REGION AND TO ME PARTICULARLY IS GOING TO BE THE CONTROL OF FLASH FLOODING. BUT PROBABLY JUST AS IMPORTANT IS GOING TO BE THE WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE FROM THIS.))
[SUPER=01-John Boon/Woods End Neighbor;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=going to see from this.]
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[VO-NAT]


Site preparations for the new high school are now well under way.
Construction of the buildings should begin this fall.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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In weather--- a bit warmer and more humid today with a chance of showers...
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[8-11Vinton-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC07:16]
[GRAPHIC=Vinton Police New Chief]


Pulaski's police chief is re- locating to Vinton--
Chief Herbert Cooley will soon take over tlaw enforcement reigns in the town.
Meredyth Censullo has the story.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]
[SUPER=01-Don Davis/Vinton Mayor; :14]
[SUPER=01-Herb Cooley/New Vinton Police Chief; :31]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July; :36]
[SUPER=@Meredyth2; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=New7, Vinton.]

((Vinton Mayor Don Davis welcomes new Police Chief Herb Cooley - who brings more than 30 years of experience to the force. For the past 6 years, he's headed up Pulaski's police department.

[SOT @ 8:22:48 - 8:22:56]

((VINTON MAYOR DON DAVIS: HE'S GOT THE POLICE EXPERIENCE, THE EDUCATION AND HE'S DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB IN PULASKI - SO WE FEEL HE'S GONNA MAKE US A GREAT CHIEF.)) [RUNS:08]
Cooley's job to protect and serve has an added element in Vinton - to shine up the image of a department that's been tarnished in the past year.

[SOT@8:28:23 - 8:28:29]

((HERBERT COOLEY/NEW VINTON POLICE CHIEF: I'M NOT HERE FOR ONE ISSUE, I'M HERE TO MOVE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FORWARD IN A POSITIVE MANNER.)) [RUNS:06]

[VO-NAT@99-59 TC 1:49:56]

Former Chief Ricky Foutz resigned in November - amid a Virginia State Police investigation of guns and drugs missing from the department's evidence room. A grand jury did NOT hand up any indictments against him. Foutz is now suing Vinton for more than 10 million dollars.

[VO-NAT Cooley]

Cooley says he's aware of the town's problems, but won't let them affect the way he does his job.

[SOT@8:29:18 - 8:29:31]

((COOLEY: I'M NOT HERE TO DWELL OR TO BRING SWEEPING CHANGES. I'M HERE TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY - I THINK IN DOING SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD AN IMAGE OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HERE THAT'S A POSITIVE IMAGE.)) [RUNS:13]
Cooley says he'll focus on community policing - and plans on working with Vinton residents and town council to best serve their interests. His first day on the job will be September Fifth. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Vinton.))
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[8-11E-toys]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=E-Toys]


It's not play money...but hundreds of thousands of dollars heading to E- Toys.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


Pittsylvania County officials handed over a 400 thousand dollar check yesterday afternoon. The money came from state and county government funds.
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[SOT 54:24]
[IN Q=It's a real]
[SUPER=01-Coy Harville/Board of Supervisors Chairman]

((COY HARVILLE/PITTSYVLANIA CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN; IT'S A REAL EXCITING TIME BECAUSE OF ECOMMERCE. IT BENEFITS THE CITIZENS ALL OVER THE COUNTY. IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.))
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=a great opportunity.]
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[VO-NAT]


Etoys is using the money to improve its facility in Blairs.
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[8WEATHER]


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


Turning to weather once again...
Partly sunny with possible showers today....
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