[7-11Minor-Council]

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Following allegations of police misconduct, Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham says she wants to move quickly to clear the air.
Yesterday, she promised an independent review of citizens concerns.
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Burcham's comments follow a heated city council meeting Monday night.
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Speakers demanded an investigation of the recent motorcycle accident that killed 31- year- old James Minor. Police had pursued Minor, but say they broke off the chase well before the accident.
Once the police investigation is complete, Burcham says she will share the results with Minor's family, and then with a group of local ministers.
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[IN Q=I want to make sure]

((DARLENE BURCHAM: I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRUTH COMES OUT. AND THAT WE DEAL WITH THE TRUTH WHATEVER THE TRUTH IS. AND IF WE AS A CITY NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO THINGS, OR IF CITIZENS NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY DO THINGS FOR THIS TO BE A SAFER CITY, THEN I THINK WE ALL NEED TO STRIVE TO FIND OUT WHAT THAT TRUTH IS AND DO SOMETHING WITH THAT INFORMATION.))
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[OUT Q=with that information.]
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Burcham says she expects the police investigation to be completed by the end of this week.
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[7-11Police-Chase]


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Donald Lee Stokes is siding with Roanoke Police.
For now, he's listed as the only witness to the accident.
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Stokes was driving the car that James Minor collided with at the intersection of eleventh and Hanover Streets.
Stokes says he remembers passing two police cars just prior to the accident.
He says the patrol car he spotted on Orange Avenue had its blue lights on.
But Stokes says the officer who had been behind Minor on Hanover Street did NOT have his lights flashing.
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((DONALD STOKES/WITNESS: I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO WAS THERE AND YOU KNOW AFTER I REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS I DIDN'T SEE ANYONE AROUND BUT THE PEOPLE THAT WAS UP ON THEIR BALCONIES UP THERE THAT I TOLD TO CALL THE POLICE. ))
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[OUT Q=call the police.]
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Stokes says some people in the community have blamed HIM for the accident.
But Stokes says the claims against him and police are FALSE.
He says he and Minor were friends and used to ride motorcycles together.


[7-11County-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jda]
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Fire ravaged a Roanoke county home last night.
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Units from the Fort Lewis, Masons Cove and Elliston Volunteer Fire Departments responded to West River Road around 7:30 tonight.
Firefighters found heavy flames in the basement, but were able to control the fire quickly.
No one was injured. And there's no word yet from investigators on the probable cause.
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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast--
Mostly sunny with morning fog to start off with...highs reaching the upper 80s by afternoon...
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[45-11Foundry-Accident]


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Two workers were sent to the hospital after suffering facial burns at Intermet's Radford Foundry.
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They were burned while using a torch to light a melting furnace inside the plant.
47-year old Fred Rogers received first and second degree burns to his face.
He was expected to stay at the hospital overnight.
29-year old Cameron Jones got first degree face burns. He's been released.
The Radford Foundry is operated by Intermet ... the company that owns New River Castings.
Intermet is investigating the accident ... and expects OSHA will do the same.
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[45-11Williamson-Road]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
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A road with a dubious history is getting a new look
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, city officials and business leaders broke ground on the first phase of improvements along Williamson Road.
The section between Orange Avenue and Wayne Street will serve as a model for the rest of the project which will require 17 million dollars over 20 years.
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[IN Q=We're hoping that this will change]

((GENE MCGUIRE/WILLIAMSON ROAD AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF WILLIAMSON ROAD TO MAKE IT BE MORE BENEFICIAL AND MORE FAVORABLE TO THE BUSINESSES OF WILLIAMSON ROAD WHICH WILL DRAW MORE CUSTOMERS, MORE PEOPLE TO THE AREA TO SUPPORT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Gene McGuire/Williamson Road Business Assoc.]
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[OUT Q=more people to the area to support it.]
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The Williamson Road Corridor Improvement Project promises new sidewalks, curb and gutter repairs, more green space, lighting and landscaping.
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[45-11Lotto-Virginia]


[ANCHOR= Kimberly]
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[WRITER=equ]
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[GRAPHIC=VA Lottery]

Tonight marks the first drawing for Lotto Virginia.
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[IN Q=Where is]

((WHERE IS LOTTO, VIRGINIA? LOTTO? VIRGINIA? YOU GUYS HAVE A CAR?))
[SUPER=04-Virginia Lottery]
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The ten year old Lotto game is now "Lotto Virginia."
But bigger jackpots mean it's harder to win.
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[IN Q=You know we]

((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: YOU KNOW, WE DID A LOT OF FOCUS GROUPS ABOUT THIS. WE HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS. YOU COULD HAVE CHARGED TWO DOLLARS, GOTTEN THE SAME EFFECT, WITH ONE IN 7-POINT-1 MILLION ODDS. BUT WE DECIDED TO KEEP IT A DOLLAR. THE WHOLE IDEA BEING THAT LOTTERY PLAYS COST A DOLLAR. AND WE DECIDED TO GO THIS ROUTE.))
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[OUT Q=this route.]
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The unpopular "Kicker" game is gone.
Now, you choose six numbers between one and 49.

[45-11Senate-race]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Republican Candidate George Allen has a slight lead in the race for the U-S Senate- according to a recent poll by Roanoke College. (XXXXXXX) [TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
454 registered voters across the state were polled.
It shows Allen leads democratic incumbent Chuck Robb by four points among registered voters.
He has a six-point lead among those who say they're likely to vote. [TAKE NEXT PAGE]
Registered voters also put Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore ahead of Republican George W. Bush by one point.
But Bush has a slight lead among LIKELY Virginia voters.
The poll has a four and a half percent margin of error.
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Let's take a moment now to check the mid- week forecast...
After morning fog, skies will turn mostly sunny.
Highs will reach the upper 80s..

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[8-11L'burg-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']


A picture showing female anatomy triggered a wave of controversy in Lynchburg.
After orginally voting to remove the picture from high school textbooks, the school board decided last night to keep it.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=This board did]
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[SUPER=01-Wayne Brindle/School Board Member; :25]
[SUPER=01-Mack Frankfort/School Board Member; :33]
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[SUPER=01-Tracey Shaw/School Board Chairman; :55]
[SUPER=01-John Nye/Biology Teacher; 1:10]
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((THIS BOARD DID NOT BRING EMBARASSMENT OR NATIONAL ATTENTION TO LYNCHBURG ON THIS MATTER..))
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But the decision two weeks ago DID create a firestorm of controversy.. it seemed everyone had an opinion about a single picture from a 500-page textbook: one that showed a frontal view of female genitalia, and one that some board members still feel is too graphic for high school students.
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((WAYNE BRINDLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: WHEN DOES A PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURE BECOME AN ANATOMICAL DIAGRAM? WHEN LABELS ARE ADDED TO IT? WHEN IT'S MOVED FROM A MEN'S MAGAZINE TO A BIOLOGY TEXTBOOK?))
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((MACK FRANKFORT/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THIS IS AN ANATOMICAL ILLUSION THAT I BELIEVE BELONGS IN A WONDERFUL TEXTBOOK.. I DON'T SEE IT AS PORNOGRAPHIC OR SUGGESTIVE.))
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[OUT Q=or suggestive.]


So before a packed room the board voted 5- to- 4 to keep the book AND the picture.. and not to get into the business of cutting and pasting academic material.
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((TRACEY SHAW/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: TO DO SO OPENS THE DOOR TO A MULTITUDE OF INTEREST GROUPS WHO, FOR INNUMERABLE REASONS, MAY OBJECT TO A PARTICULAR PART OF A SCIENTIFIC OR HISTORIC OR LITERARY WORK.))
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Biology teacher John Nye says he doesn't expect any problems once the book actually arrives in his class.
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((JOHN NYE/BIOLOGY TEACHER: I HAVEN'T HAD ANY STUDENT COME TO ME AT ANY TIME OPPOSED TO HAVING ANY TYPE OF DIAGRAM LIKE THIS IN, I'VE HAD QUITE A FEW ACTUALLY SAY IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT IT'S EVEN GONE TO THIS LEVEL.))
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[OUT Q=to this level.]


Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[8-11Lotto-Virginia]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:37:38]
[GRAPHIC=VA Lottery]


Your first chance to try your luck with Lotto Virginia is TONIGHT.
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[IN Q=Where is]

((WHERE IS LOTTO, VIRGINIA? LOTTO? VIRGINIA? YOU GUYS HAVE A CAR?))
[SUPER=04-Virginia Lottery]
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[OUT Q=have a car?]
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The ten year old Lotto game is now "Lotto Virginia."
But bigger jackpots mean it's harder to win.
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[SOT 04:53:28]
[IN Q=You know we]

((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: YOU KNOW, WE DID A LOT OF FOCUS GROUPS ABOUT THIS. WE HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS. YOU COULD HAVE CHARGED TWO DOLLARS, GOTTEN THE SAME EFFECT, WITH ONE IN 7-POINT-1 MILLION ODDS. BUT WE DECIDED TO KEEP IT A DOLLAR. THE WHOLE IDEA BEING THAT LOTTERY PLAYS COST A DOLLAR. AND WE DECIDED TO GO THIS ROUTE.))
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[OUT Q=this route.]
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[TALENT=Kim]
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The unpopular "Kicker" game is gone.
Now, you choose six numbers between one and 49.

[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Before we leave you this monring...here's another look at today's forecast..
Mostly sunny after some early fog....highs nearing 90 this afternoon.

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