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Coming up on News 7--
Dozens of homes in Roanoke are still without water service after a water main break this morning.
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And a Carilion plans to share ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Officials say the co- ownership will better serve patients.
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Skies take a turn to the cloudy side today and there's a chance for some freezing precipitation tonight and tomorrow.
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Stay tuned for News 7 at noon.


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An ownership change is in the works at Bedford's only hospital .. with the promise of better services for patients.
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[Carilion-Bedford]


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Carilion Health System and Centra Health today announced plans to jointly own and operate Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Right now, Carilion is the sole owner ... but the two health care companies plan to create a 50-50 partnership.

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Health Check reporter Joy Sutton is in Bedford with more on what this will mean for patients.
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((ROLLCUE:...services for patients.))
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[SUPER=01-Edward Murphy/Carilion President; :00]
[SUPER=01-George Dawson/Centra Health President; :08]

((EDWARD G. MURPHY/CARILION PRESIDENT & CEO: THIS WILL ENABLE US TO STOP DUPLICATING OUR RESOURCES, COMBINE OUR ENERGIES, AND POOL OUR RESOURCES TO MAKE SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN AVAILABLE IN THE PAST.)) ((GEORGE DAWSON/CENTRA HEALTH PRESIDENT & CEO: IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR PATIENTS TO CHOOSE A HEALTH PLAN THAT HAS A REFERRAL NETWORK THAT SUITS THEIR NEEDS AND GEOGRAPHICAL PREFERENCES.))
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[Confirmation-Hearings]


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The Senate's version of a quiz show is heading into round two--
John Ashcroft is one of three Cabinet nominees facing confirmation hearings today.
And so far, the questions have been tough for Ashcroft.
Stephen Clark reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Herbert Kohl/(D) Wisconsin; :11]
[SUPER=01-John Ashcroft/Attorney General Designate; :19]
[SUPER=01-Christie Whitman/EPA Sec. Nominee; :52]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton/(D) New York; 1:07]
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((JOHN ASHCROFT FACES ANOTHER DAY OF QUESTIONING FROM SKEPTICAL DEMOCRATS AND SUPPORTIVE REPUBLICANS. TODAY, HE'S LIKELY TO BE GRILLED FURTHER ON HIS VOTING RECORD AND FUND-RAISING HISTORY.

SOT: Sen. Herbert Kohl/(D-Wisconsin:

Tell us why we should believe that as attorney general you will accept those voices in your party - who counsel compromise?

SOT:And: John Ashcroft/Attorney General Nominee

I pledge to you that will work to work with all people at the AG's office 10:20:19)
BUT HE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THE HOT SEAT... SOME DEMOCRATic senators ARE, TOO. BY ASHCROFT'S COUNT, HE HAS 11 ON HIS SIDE. BUT THE NAACP IS THREATENING TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST THOSE WHO VOTE FOR ASHCROFT'S CONFIRMATION.

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SECRETARY OF STATE-DESIGNATE COLIN POWELL WILL HAVE A MUCH EASIER TIME THAN ASHCROFT ON THE HILL. HE'S EXPECTED TO BE EASILY CONFIRMED BY THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. TREASURY NOMINEE PAUL O-NEILL WILL BE GRILLED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT'S TAX CUT PLAN, but is also expected to be confirmed.

(SOT Sen Robert Torricelli/(D-New Jersey)

The Pres-elect has chosen wisely. You'll make a fine EPA Admin...)
DOWN THE HALL, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRISTIE WHITMAN WILL DEFEND HER ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD AS SENATORS, (including new york's new senator Hillary Clintons) TAKE ON HER NOMINATION TO HEAD THE E-P-A.

SOT: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY )


standup: MEL MARTINEZ, LITTLE-KNOWN OUTSIDE HIS HOME STATE OF FLORIDA, WILL EXPLAIN WHY HE'S QUALIFIED TO BE HUD SECRETARY...........more about Ashcroft....................)

)[Gilmore]


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Governor Jim Gilmore begins his new job as head of the Republican National Committee tomorrow.
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But now it turns out that Gilmore won't be alone in the top spot.
He'll have a co-chair.
Gilmore picked Ann Wagner, who is the chairwoman of Missouri's Republican Party.
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Wagner -- who worked for Senator John Ashcroft's last successful campaign -- will handle grassroots party relations... while Gilmore will be the party's top spokesman... and keep his day job in Virginia.

[L'Burg-fatal]


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A Lynchburg woman was killed in a single vehicle accident this morning.
It happened around 2:30 at the Taco Bell on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. Authorities say the driver, 20 year old Amy Caroline Parker was killed after her vehicle left the road and struck a lightpole. The car then turned over on its top. Authorities are still investigating.


[Water-Main]


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A road in Roanoke is closed after an early morning water main break.
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Persinger Road from Bluefield to Brambleton Avenue is closed until crews repair the break.
Some 80 households are without water service.
Officials say service should be restored by 2 this afternoon.
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Overland Road is being used as a detour until Persinger can be re-opened to traffic. [Airport-shop]


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Hudson News celebrated the grand opening of its newest shop at Roanoke Regional Airport this morning----with a lit

tle bit of deja vu.
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The original ribbon-cutting ceremony was supposed to happen nearly a month ago. It was botched only two hours before the event by a broken water pipe that flooded the store. But this morning Hudson News was ready to try it again. The ceremony went off without a hitch.
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[Truck-Explosion]


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A truck driver who rammed his rig into California's Capitol building may have had a grudge against the Governor.

A Sacramento newspaper is quoting a source who says the man was a 37- year- old parolee with a long- standing grudge against Governor Gray Davis.
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The man's 18- wheeler sped through several streets before crashing into the Capitol and bursting into flames last night.
The driver died--but there were no other injuries.
Lawmakers gathered to work on the California energy crisis had to evacuate the building.
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[Gulf-Anniversary]


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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Persian Gulf War.
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Despite a decade of sanctions, Saddam Hussein apparently isn't sorry for the invasion of Kuwait.
On Iraqi T-V, Saddam called the Gulf War a "victory for the nation and a glorious moment in history".
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About a thousand Iraqis rallied in downtown Baghdad early today to mark the anniversary.
The marchers carried banners and burned American flags.
In another display of Iraq's un- repentance about the war, Saddam's son proposed that Kuwait be included in a new map of Iraq.
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[5-Intermet-Fines]


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A settlement agreement with the labor department has helped New River Castings' parent company avoid criminal prosecution for a deadly explosion.
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The labor department reduced fines against Intermet Corporation by five percent.
The auto parts company agreed to pay 761-thousand dollars in fines, stemming from the March gas explosion that left three workers dead.
That sum is still the largest fine against a company in state labor history.
The City of Radford waived prosecution of Intermet and its employees as part of the deal.
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[I-73]


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[**ANCHOR TAG**]
The future path of Interstate 73 is still the center of debate. While City Council says it'd like the Commonwealth Transportation Board to give the project the green light, it isn't sure which route the highway should take.
So council is asking residents for direction.
Meredyth Censullo has more.
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V-DOT says it'll continue to accept comments from local governments. City Council hopes to make a recommendation by the end of February.

[City-Council]


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Members of a committee working to restore passenger rail service have asked Roanoke city council to contribute one and a half million dollars to the project.
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The renovated N and W station would include a visitors center and the convention and visitors bureau. A museum devoted to photographer O. Winston Link is also a possibility.
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And yesterday, members of the passenger rail service committee encouraged council to designate the former station as the future passenger depot.
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((DAVID BOWERS: IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THIS COUNCIL TO TAKE THE LEAD IN SAYING WE BELIEVE OPTIMISTICALLY THAT PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE IS COMING BACK TO WESTERN VIRGINIA AND WE'RE GOING TO BE READY FOR IT.))
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City council members said they support the effort to restore passenger rail service. And they indicated they'lll consider the request when they begin working on next year's budget.
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[Transplant]


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A signed donor card, or indication on a drivers license is all that's needed legally for doctors to donate a person's organs after his death.
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Under a new Virginia law -- procurement organizations no longer need the family's permission to recover organs.
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((TIM JOHNSON/LIFENET TRANSPLANT COORDINATOR: THE DECEASED HAS MADE A DECISION, AND WE'RE ABLE TO FOLLOW IT. WE'RE TAKING THE DECISION AWAY FROM THE FAMILY IN THE TIME OF CRISIS))
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[OUT Q=of crisissaving value]
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Johnson believes the new law will save lives.
There are more than 70-thousand people in need of transplants.
Every year the demand goes up, while the supply stays about the same.
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If the family can prove their loved one changed his or her mind, Life-Net will not take the organs.