[Henry-Schools]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Henry Co. Schools]


More than a hundred parents in Henry County voiced their opinions at a public forum last night on a plan to consolidate several schools there.
The Henry County School district is considering the move in order to cut costs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night]


The district must come up with a way to do that without hurting the education opportunities for its students.
District officials believe the answer lies in a long range facilities plan.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:04:48]
[IN Q= Its an instructional improvment plan]

((DR. JIM BECKNER/ACTING SUPERINTENDENT: ITS AN INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN. ITS AN FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS PLAN. AND THERE IS ALSO A FINANCIAL PLAN.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jim Beckner/Acting Superintendent;]
[Runs= 08]
[OUT Q= financial plan]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


To achieve that, the school board is considering a plan to consolidate four of the high schools into two buildings. If the school adopts this plan, high school students would either attend Bassett High School or Magnavista High school.

The other two high schools would become middle schools.
Some parents who turned out for last night's public forum believe this plan causes more problems than it solves.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:08:35]
[IN Q=We cannot continue]

((SHIRLEY CRAVEN/OPPOSES THE PLAN: WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DOWNSIDE OUR SCHOOLS THAT WE GOTTA TO STAY ON THE COURSE THAT WE'VE BEEN ON. LYNN HAGER/OPPOSES THE PLAN: IF THE HIGH SCHOOLS ARE CONSOLIDATED THE STUDENTS WOULD HAVE TO STAY ON THE BUS FOR OVER A HOUR, SOME MORE THAN THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Shirley Craven/Parent;]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Hager/Parent; :07]
[Runs=14]
[OUT Q=more than that]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The next step is for the school board to vote on the proposal.
That could come at the next meeting which is scheduled for Thursday.
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[11Danville-Hospital]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-48 1:09:15]
[GRAPHIC=Mental Health]


Southside Virginia Mental Health Institute in Danville is officially on the state's closing list.
So is Roanoke County's Catawba Hospital.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]


The Gilmore administration has unveiled its final plan for restructuring the state's mental health facilities.
The overall goal is to have fewer patients hospitalized in acute care facilities.
The Danville institute is slated to close by next year.
(------------)






[11Catawba]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-49 44:49]
[GRAPHIC=Mental Health]


Some patients from the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute could be transferred to Catawba Hospital in Roanoke. Gilmore's plan calls for Catawba to accept transfers until 2004.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]

But the state wants to shut down Catawba two years later. Geriatric patients would be transferred to other facilities. Long-term patients would be sent to hospitals in Marion and Staunton. The Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association worries about those patients that will be left with only community-based services.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=There are...]

((DIANE KELLY: THERE ARE MANY SERVICES WE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW THAT WE DON'T HAVE - THAT AREN'T FUNDED. WHAT KIND OF GUARANTEE WILL WE HAVE THAT THERE WILL BE FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PROPOSED?))
[SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Roanoke Valley Health Assoc.;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=that are proposed?]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Officials with the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute and Catawba Hospital declined to comment.
The whole plan is subject to General Assembly review.

[Chavez]


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


Although she lived in the home of Labor Secretary Nominee Linda Chavez, a Guatemalan woman denies she actually WORKED there.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beltsville, MD;]


Marta Mercado says she did household chores at the Chavez home while she was living in the U-S illegally.
She adds that Chavez paid her between 60 and 200- collars from time to time, but says it was NOT a salary.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:03:49]
[IN Q=What I did]

((MARTA MERCADO: WHAT I DID SOME THINGS IN THE HOUSE, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE HOUSE NEEDS TO BE DONE, SOMETHING LIKE CLEANING THE KITCHEN, WASHING THE DISHES, DOING LAUNDRY SOMETIMES, TAKING CARE OF THE DOGS, YOU KNOW, THEY HAD DOGS.))
[SUPER=01-Marta Mercado/Former Illegal Alien;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=they had dogs.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Since then, Mercado has legalized her immigration status.
Meanwhile, President- Elect Bush is standing firm in his support of Linda Chavez as his choice for Labor Secretary.


But next week's Cabinet confirmation hearings could be tough.
(------------)



[Mideast-Peace]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace Talks]


The challenge remains to create a peace agreement in the Middle East--
Israel's foreign minister says Israel should lift restrictions on Palestinian areas, IF it can be done safely.
Israel has been seeking security cooperation with the Palestinians before it eases the travel restrictions.
But the Palestinians want the restrictions lifted FIRST.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has sent his security chief to Washington for a meeting with national officials.
Barak says if peace is not achieved under President Clinton, he'll contact incoming President Bush "as soon as he comes to office".

[Manhunt]


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


Authorities in Texas hope a big reward, 200- thousand- dollars will lead to the capture of seven prison escapees who remain at large.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX;]


The seven are linked to several robberies, and the murder of police officer Aubrey Hawkins.
The victim's mother blames the prison system for having weak security.
The Texas Department of Justice is investigating the case and plans to release a report at the end of the week.
Meanwhile, the manhunt continues.
The T-V show, "America's Most Wanted" focused on the seven men over the weekend, generating hundreds of tips.
(------------)


[11Radford-Police]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-55 41:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Radford's City Council is taking steps to address low morale and high turnover at the police department.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


City Council voted to cut back the police department's work week from 42-and-a-half hours to 40.
Council also promised to formulate a plan to add officers and raise pay during the next three years.
Last month, a blue ribbon panel revealed that Radford officers were among the lowest-paid and most overworked in the region.
(------------)


[11City-County]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-45 1:08:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Leaders of seven local governments gathered in Roanoke to talk regional cooperation.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


More than 40 elected and appointed officials sat down together at the Jefferson Center.
There was no shortage of suggestions, as members of the group suggested potential areas of cooperation.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Mayor Smith's idea]

((ALEX BROWN/SALEM CITY COUNCIL: MAYOR SMITH'S IDEA OF GETTING THREE IMPORTANT ITEMS AND WORKING ON A FEW AT A TIME, RATHER THAN A WHOLE LOT AT A TIME, THAT WAY WE CAN GET SOMETHING DONE.)) ((BRAD GROSE/VINTON TOWN COUNCIL: THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD FEELING HERE TODAY, AND IT GOES A LONG WAY, BUT YOU'RE RIGHT YOU HAVE TO TRANSFER THAT INTO SOME POSITIVE ACTION AND THAT'S WHERE WE STAND NOW, BUT I'M ENCOURAGED I THINK THERE WILL BE SOME POSITIVE ACTION BECAUSE OF THIS MEETING.))
[SUPER=01-Alex Brown/Salem City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brad Grose/Vinton Town Council; :11]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=because of this meeting.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Roanoke County has offered to host the next "Roanoke Valley Summit." The group is expected to convene again sometime in the Spring.
(------------)



[11Health-Care]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-20 1:27:12]
[GRAPHIC=Health Care]


For the first time, hospitals, doctors, and smaller private clinics in the state all agree on the best way to deregulate health care.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But the 135 million dollar annual price tag may mean state lawmakers don't like the solution.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:12:50]
[IN Q=No state]

((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: NO STATE HAS EVEN COME CLOSE TO PROPOSING THE TYPE OF COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE DEREGULATION THAT THIS LEGISLATION CONTEMPLATES. THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE DEREGULATION PLAN. THIS IS NOT AN EASY DEREGULATION PLAN. AND IT IS NOT A CHEAP DEREGULATION PLAN.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Hanover Co.;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=And it is not a cheap deregulation plan.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The bill would allow more medical procedures to be performed in private clinics, outside of hospitals.
Tha means hospitals could lose profitable procedures to groups of doctors.
The reform bill would reimburse the hospitals for indigent care and other costs that make it hard for them to compete.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:28:38]
[IN Q=I think it's]

((LARRY SARTORIS/VIRGINIA HOSPITALS ASSOC.: I THINK IT'S THE MOST RESPONSIBLE DEAL THAT'S ON THE TABLE OR LIKELY TO BE DEVELOPED, AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD PLAN.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sartoris/Virginia Hospitals Association;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=good plan.]
(--------------)
[TALENT=Shannon]
[SS=None]


The bill's sponsor admits the compromise came in a bad budget year, when it's price tag must compete with the escalating phase-out of the car tax.



[Health-Check]


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


In other medical news, a new study links eating disorders among teenagers to the home.

Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]


((Information: SOME THINK IMAGES IN THE MEDIA OF SUPER SLENDER SUPERSTARS AND SUPERMODELS ARE TO BLAME FOR MANY TEENAGE GIRLS THINKING THEY ARE TOO FAT- WHICH CAN LEAD TO ANOREXIA AND OTHER EATING DISORDERS.
BUT NOT SO - SAYS A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS.
IN FACT- ITS US - PARENTS- WHO ARE HOLD THE MOST INFLUENCE OVER WHETHER KIDS HAVE A TRUE OR A DISTORTED BODY IMAGE,
PARENTS WHO ARE OBSESSED WITH WEIGHT AND ARE CONSTANTLY DIETING CAN CAUSE A YOUNGSTER TO DEVELOP AN EATING DISORDER.
AND YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW EARLY THIS INFLUENCE BEGINS- THE STUDY SAYS AGE 5
WELL IF YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINE HEADACHES.. THERE MAY BE A NEW DRUG TO EASE YOUR PAIN. ITS LISINOPRIL- TRADE NAMES PRINIVIL AND ZESTRIL. THEYRE ACTUALLY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS BUT IN THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL , RESEARCHERS SAY THESE DRUGS DO A GREAT JOB WHEN OTHER DRUGS FAIL AT PREVENTING MIGRAINES.
AND FINALLY- WHEN YOURE UNDER THE WEATHER- DO YOU LIKE TO BE PAMPERED- OR LEFT ALONE.
IF YOU'RE LIKE MOST AMERICANS- THE ANSWER IS LEFT ALONE-
A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 2 THOUSAND PEOPLE FINDS 75% WOULD JUST AS SOON WATCH TV, READ A BOOK, OR JUST SLEEP WHEN THEY'RE NOT FEELING WELL-- AND DONT WANT TO BE BOTHERED BY OTHERS-.
THE EXCEPTIONS: A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF MEN WHO THINK A COLD DESERVES THE SAME SYMPATHY AND ATTENTION AS RECOVERY FROM MAJOR SURGERY.
THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES.IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


(ad lib to weather)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


It's a math equation some Henry County parents don't feel has a good solution--
The school board is considering plan to consolidate four of the county's high schools into two buildings.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A Guatemalan woman says she was never an EMPLOYEE of Labor Secretary nominee Linda Chavez.
Marta Mercado says she helped out at the Chavez home before she became a legal U-S resident.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Texas authorities are still on the look- out for seven fugitives, wanted for several robberies and the murder of a police officer.
The escapees were featured on "America's Most Wanted" over the weekend.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, January 9th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-11Danville-Hospital]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-48 1:09:15]
[GRAPHIC=Mental Health]


Southside Virginia Mental Health Institute in Danville and Roanoke County's Catawba Hospital are officially on the state's closing list.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]


The Gilmore administration has unveiled its final plan for restructuring the state's mental health facilities.
The overall goal is to have fewer patients hospitalized in acute care facilities.
The Danville institute is slated to close by next year.
(------------)






[2-11Catawba]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-49 44:49]
[GRAPHIC=Mental Health]


Once the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute closes, some of those patients could be transferred to Catawba Hospital in Roanoke. Gilmore's plan calls for Catawba to accept transfers until 2004.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]

But the state wants to shut down Catawba two years later. Geriatric patients would be transferred to other facilities. Long-term patients would be sent to hospitals in Marion and Staunton. The Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association worries about those patients that will be left with only community-based services.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=There are...]

((DIANE KELLY: THERE ARE MANY SERVICES WE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW THAT WE DON'T HAVE - THAT AREN'T FUNDED. WHAT KIND OF GUARANTEE WILL WE HAVE THAT THERE WILL BE FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PROPOSED?))
[SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Roanoke Valley Health Assoc.;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=that are proposed?]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Officials with the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute and Catawba Hospital declined to comment.
The whole plan is subject to General Assembly review.

[11Giles-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-51 54:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An anonymous caller could hold the key to a Campbell County murder investigation .. and police are anxious to talk to him again.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Oct. 26]


75- year- old Melvin Giles was shot to death during a robbery in his convenience store last October.
Someone called the local Crimestoppers line to report the license plate of a suspicious car seen leaving the store around the time of the murder.
Investigators need that man to call back.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:58:07]
[IN Q=So we have]

((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: SO WE HAVE A TAPE OF THE ENTIRE CONVERSATION AND THE VOICE IS QUITE DISTINCTIVE OF THE PERSON WHO CALLED IN. WE'VE GIVEN SOME CONSIDERATION OF TAKING THE TAPE TO THE MEDIA TO SEE IF ANYONE COULD HELP US IDENTIFY THE CALLER, WE FEEL THAT STRONGLY ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=strongly about it.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Anyone with information about the crime should call the Campbell County sheriff's office.
Two rewards totaling six thousand dollars are being offered to the person whose tip leads to an arrest.
(------------)



[11Train-Station]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Center in the Square's plans for downtown Roanoke's old Norfolk & Western passenger station could be more elaborate than most people realized when the agency bought the building last fall. The Center's plans COULD include a tribute to renowned photographer O. Winston Link. Meredyth Censullo has the details.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The final...]
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square Director; :12]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :27]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=News7, Roanoke.]

((The final years of the steam engine have been recorded in black and white, through photographer O. Winston Link's lens.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ 8:09:56 - 8:10:08]
[IN Q=He not only...]

((HE NOT ONLY TRIED TO CAPTURE THE STEAM ENGINE AS IT WAS BEING PHASED OUT BY NORFOLK AND WESTERN BUT HE ALSO TRIED TO CAPTURE A QUALITY OF LIFE AT THAT TIME - THEY KIND WE MAY NEVER SEE AGAIN.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=see again.]


And thats why The Center wants to "link" Link to the history museum. It hopes to build a NEW museum dedicated to the photographer INSIDE the passenger station - featuring lights, cameras - everything Link used to capture the engines in action. But the tribute could be halted in its tracks by a 300-ton obstacle.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I think it...]

((I THINK IT WOULD MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT IF 1218 WAS NOT DONATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE MUSEUM.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=of the museum.]


Link wants Norfolk Southern to donate the 12-18 locomotive to the project... But the locomotive, currently in storage, would require extensive repair work and a large amount of space to be put on display. Without the 12-18, the Center might not get Link. And that's one obstacle its still working on crossing.
(MEREDYTH CENSULLO: The Center hopes to get a final decision from Link in the next several weeks...If they get the go-a

head, the museum could be open by July, 2003...Just six months after a predicted grand opening of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.) ))

[2-Manhunt]


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


The manhunt continues in Texas for seven prison escapees.
Authorities hope a combination of national television coverage and a higher financial reward will help them catch the fugitives.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX;]


The seven are linked to several robberies, and the murder of police officer Aubrey Hawkins.
Over the weekend, an on- line bond company upped the reward money to 200- thousand- dollars.
And the T-V show, "America's Most Wanted" focused on the seven men, generating hundreds of tips.
Texas authorities are in the process of tracking several new leads.
(------------)


[11Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=bre]
[TAPE#=00-43 1:37:37]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash]


Authorities will continue looking today for the cause of a fatal plane crash near Bluefield, West Virginia.
The pilot was killed. It's unclear whether snow played any role in yesterday's crash.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mercer Co., WV]


The Cessna 310 crashed just 2-thousand yards from the Mercer County airport.
The pilot is identified as Wayne Wickline, from Meadow Bridge, West Virginia.
He was supposed to pick up three passengers for a charter flight.
Nearby residents heard an explosion and a loud boom around 7 yesterday.. and notified authorities.
(///// SOT /////)
[00:08:02.10 SOT]
[IN Q=WELL I WAS IN THE HOUSE]

((WELL I WAS IN THE HOUSE AND I HEARD LIKE A FIRECRACKER GOING OFF ABOUT SEVEN O'CLOCK))
[SUPER=01-Dreama Blackburn/Mercer Co. Resident;]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=SEVEN O'CLOCK]
(----------)

[vo-nat] Rescue workers had a hard time getting to the crash. Heavy snowfall and dangerous road conditions made the plane difficult to find.
(///// SOT /////)
[00:04:24.19 SOT]
[IN Q=WHEN WE FOUND IT]

((WHEN WE FOUND IT THE PLANE WAS STILL ON FIRE, IF IT WASN'T FOR THAT WE MAY NOT HAVE FOUND IT AS QUICKLY BECAUSE IT WAS STILL SNOWING VERY HEAVILY AND THERE WAS JUST A COMPLETE WHITE OUT, YOU COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING))
[SUPER=01-Robert Youther/Bluefield Rescue Squad]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Federal investigators are expected at the scene today. They will try to determine what caused the plane to go down.
(------------)



[11R'ford-Crosswalk]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-54 28:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A crosswalk near Radford University will undergo changes to improve safety.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Last Month;]


This Norwood Street crosswalk connects the university to a student parking lot.
In the past school year, it's been the scene of several accidents where students were struck by cars.
Last night, the city approved 100-thousand dollars in improvements, including a traffic signal and rumble strips to slow down motorists.
The work will be finished this summer.
(------------)


[11Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-47]
[GRAPHIC=Lewis Gale Clinic]


It's a new year for Lewis-Gale Clinic ... and it brings a new beginning.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Yesterday, the clinic re-opened one of its main satellite clinics --Lee-Hi Medical Center.
The clinic has also hired 24 new physicians --and plans to hire 15 more this year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT45:13]
[IN Q=The ones who have stayed]

(( THE ONES WHO HAVE STAYED BEHIND HAVE INVESTED NOT ONLY THEIR PROFESSIONALISM BUT THEIR MONEY AND TO SEE US STABLE AND GROWING IS TREMENDOUS REWARD FOR THEM IN VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Joseph Baum/Medical Director]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=period of time.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Lee-Hi will now be one of six satellite clinics. It's an urgent care center with five doctors and one nurse practitioner.
For patients the opening of Lee-Hi is good news.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT1:19:00]
[IN Q=I think it should mean]

((PATRICIA SNOWADZKY/PATIENT: I THINK IT SHOULD MEAN A GREAT DEAL BECAUSE IT'S CENTRALLY LOCATED THEY SEEM TO HAVE PLENTY OF DOCTORS TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE))
[SUPER=01-Patricia Snowadzky/Patient]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=accomadate people]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The clinic eventually plans to hire more physicians than it lost last year.
It lost more than 40 doctors.
(-----------------)[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Some schools have changed their schedules due to the recent winter weather. You'll find the list of school delays and closings at the bottom of your screen throughout the morning. [Take FS Web Address]
You can also find a list on our web site at WDBJ7- dot-com.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


The Henry County school district wants to consolidate several schools to cut costs. The school board is considering a plan to consolidate four of the high schools into two buildings. If the school board adopts the plan, high school students would either attend Bassett High School or Magnavista High school.
The other two high schools would become middle schools.
The next step is for the school board to vote on the proposal which could happen Thursday.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Radford's City Council is taking steps to address low morale and high turnover at the police department.
City Council voted to cut back the police department's work week from 42-and-a-half hours to 40.
Council also promised to formulate a plan to add officers and raise pay during the next three years.


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Shannon ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Jean Jadhon with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=His world famous]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]