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[Mitsubishi-Recall]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Product Recall]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
It's another bombshell for motorists.
The president of Mitsubishi Motors says workers there have covered up problems with its vehicles for more than two decades.
Barry Petersen has details.
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[OUT Q=Petersen, CBS News, Tokyo.]

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(Tokyo, Japan)
(President aplogizes)

It's an embarrassment no quality-minded Japanese car company wants... top officials at Mitsubishi admitting they hid defects from the Japanese government.
The practice started in 1977 to avoid the humiliation of public recalls... and covered everything from failing brakes to bad clutches.

(Showroom/production/etc.)

To fix the problems... Mitsubishi contacted dealers... who called in owners and had cars quietly repaired. There were no deaths or serious injuries as a result of the defects, the company said.
Mitsubishi is also recalling 45-thousand models exported to the U-S.

(Graphic)

The Montero sports utility vehicle for leaking brake fluid... the Galant sedan for a gas tank weld problem... and the Mirage for engine stalls.

(General cars/assembly line, etc.)

Mitsubishi said under tougher laws... previous recalls in America covered problems that Mitsubishi... until now...hid from its Japanese owners.
BP, CBSN, Tokyo.
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[Firestone]


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


The "Wall Street Journal" says retired Firestone workers will talk about problems THEY SAY inspectors faced at the Illinois plant where the recalled tires were made.
They're reportedly going to testify that inspectors were pressured to examine too many tires in too short a time.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]


Meanwhile, Bridgestone- Firestone is airlifting thousands of tires to the U-S from manufacturing plants in Japan.
This will help out the nationwide shortage caused by the recall of six- and- a- half million tires.
The company says it'll continue the airlifts, as needed.
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[Church-fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-27]
[GRAPHIC=fire Investigation]


The Danville fire department has ruled a blaze at a local church suspicious.
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[VO-NAT 00-39]
[SUPER=03-Danville/August 13]


Fire destroyed Bethel Holiness Church on Grove Street more than a week ago..
Last week investigators took debris to have it tested.
There is no further information concerning why the fire is being investigated as suspicious.
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[Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=net A]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]



Some local Verizon workers are moving their picket lines North.
Tensions between Verizon and the Communications workers of America have the local union planning a rally in New York State.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


52 thousand workers in New York and New England went back to work on Monday after a tentative three year agreement was reached. Local Union leaders say picketing in New York will help support those Verizon employees who haven't returned to work.


35 thousand in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia are still on strike.
A spokeswoman for the union says the decision to send members back to work was a "miscommunication" as CWA-North assumed CWA-South bargainers were ready to sign a deal.
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[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Local members say they'll hold out until the new contract bans mandatory overtime.[Majeus]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC1:10:36]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Roanoke bank robber has been sentenced to 10-years in prison.

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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 yesterday she's STILL afraid.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Majeus told the Judge he found the true meaning of life in jail and he wants to go to Seminary when he gets out.

[Martin]


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

A woman who plotted to kill her husband lost her appeal.
The state Supreme Court denied it yesterday.
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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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[County-Grant]


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


Construction of the new south county high school could begin next month.
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;]
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[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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[Debby-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tropical Storm]


Hurricane Debby is no longer a hurricane and is still hundreds of miles away from South Florida, but residents there are already preparing for her arrival.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Collier Co., FL;]


Debby was just downgraded to a tropical storm.
Still, Floridians are stocking up on bottled water, canned food, and other necessities just in case.
Debby only skirted Puerto Rico and caused little damage to other small Caribbean islands.
She's the first Atlantic hurricane to make landfall this season.
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[Taiwan-Typhoon]


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


At least 11 people are dead in the wake of Typhoon (bih-LEES) Bilis.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Taiwan;]


Most of the victims were killed in a mudslide.
About 80 others are hurt, and thousands more are in shelters after the powerful storm tore through Taiwan.
Rescue workers brought in heavy machinery to remove the bodies.
Power lines are down and airports are closed.
Winds reached up to 118- miles- per hour.
The somewhat- weakened storm is now taking aim at southern China.
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[Axton-Water;]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC53:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Axton residents have dirty drinking water flowing through their faucets.
As Surae Chinn reports, there's a new project that will hopefully change that.
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[IN Q=Brenda White and]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Brenda White/Resident; :15]
[SUPER=01-Elva Gilley/Resident; :50 second appearance]
[SUPER=@Surae2; 1:12]
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[OUT Q=News7, Henry County.]

(( Brenda White and her family would not dare drink their water. It turns their faucets and showers to rust.
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((BRENDA WHITE/RESIDENT: FOR COOKING, DRINKING OR ANYTHING ELSE I USE OTHER WATER. I GET IT FROM MY MOTHERS OR I BUY IT. I DO NOT USE MY WATER.)) [RUNS:07]
While Brenda White has too much dirty water--Elva Gilley doesn't have enough.
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((ELVA GILLEY/RESIDENT: IT WASN'T THAT MY WATER IS BAD IT JUST WASN'T THERE.)) [RUNS:05]
After years of searching for a solution, Henry County broke ground on the Axton Water Project. (nats of groundbreaking.)
Brenda White and about 350 residents will soon have clean drinking water flowing from their faucets.
Elva Gilley has lived with the water problem for 50 years.
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((ELVA GILLEY/RESIDENT: WE WE'RE HOPING TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET WATER. MY HUSBAND IS 79. NOW WE'LL MAKE IT.)) [RUNS:10]
The project will take about 6 months. But for these residents that's not much time at all after years of waiting. Surae Chinn News7, Henry County.))

[Mayo]


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


A Henry County student who was struck by a car while walking to the bus stop last year is back in class.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

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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[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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[Hal-Grant]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:01:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke radio and television pioneer has died.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-1980]


Hal Grant is most often remembered as the "Atlantic Weatherman."
For more than a decade the Atlantic Refining Company sponsored his weather reports on Channel 7.
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[SOT 49:15]
[IN Q=Well, it's beginning to get]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=Cindy up here.]
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[VO-NAT]


The weather was just a part of a career that spanned 35 years on W-D-B-J Radio and Television.
Hal had his own country music show called "Rhythm Roundup." He was the M-C of "Wrestling from Roanoke." He was a commercial pitchman in the early 1960's.
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[IN Q=Here's how to get]
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[OUT Q=hexacloraphine.]
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[VO-NAT]


On the air or off, Hal Grant always had a smile.
He died Monday at the age of 78.
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[Russian-Sub]


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


After declaring this a day of mourning for the sailors who died aboard the disabled nuclear submarine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is back in Moscow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Murmansk, Russia/Yesterday;]


That after Putin met with widows and family members of the 118 dead crewmen.
But Putin's brief visit was too little too late for those angry with Russia's late request for help with the submarine rescue.
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[SOT 10:04:20 ]
[IN Q=If he would come]

((IF HE WOULD COME TO THE STREETS OF OUR TOWN WITHOUT ANY GUARDS HE WOULD BE KILLED, JUST KILLED.))
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[OUT Q=just killed]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Northern Norway;]


In northern Norway, there's a real fear of environmental catastrophe if the nuclear sub isn't raised.
The Russian Navy is negotiating with the Norwegians for help lifting the submarine and retrieving the bodies.
The operation could take months, and would be extremely expensive.
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[Gore-Fundraising]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Al Gore]


There won't be a special counsel probe of Vice President Gore's fund-raising activities in 19-96.
Attorney General Janet Reno says she sees no need for further investigation in the case.
Reno made the decision after looking at a transcript of an April interview Gore had with federal investigators.

It's good news for Gore's Presidential campaign.
Less than a week ago, word came that a new grand jury was in place to decide whether President Clinton should be indicted in the Monica Lewinsky matter AFTER he leaves office.

[S-OX]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-65]
[GRAPHIC=Falcons]


In a surprising move, the Atlanta Falcons let former Tech running back Ken Oxendine go.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Greenville, SC; :00]


Oxendine spent two seasons with the Falcons and received significant playing time last year when Jamal Anderson went down with injury.
Ox was entering his third season with Atlanta. Oxendine has been already picked up by the Detroit Lions. (------------)