[7-School-Info]

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We do have some school announcements to pass along this morning... [TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]


[7-Gilmore-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=00-52 TC1:12:43]
[GRAPHIC=VA Capitol]

The battle over the car tax in hitting full steam.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Governor Jim Gilmore was so alarmed by media coverage of the state's flat revenue picture that he called reporters together yesterday morning.
Gilmore asked lawmakers to "calm down" and focus on the "people's priority" of phasing out the car tax.
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[SOT 12:33:17]
[IN Q=There have]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THERE HAVE BEEN SOME WILD ASSERTIONS THAT WE'RE CUTTING EDUCATION. THE CONTRARY IS TRUE. WE'RE NOT ONLY FUNDING EDUCATION, WE'RE ENHANCING EDUCATION. WE'RE NOT CUTTING ACROSS THE BOARD IN DRAMATIC WAYS. THE AGENCIES WE'VE ASKED TO CONSERVE, WE'VE ASKED TO CONSERVE IN A MODEST WAY.))
[SOT 15:55:11 ]

((CRANWELL: WELL THEY'VE GONE BACK...THAT'S A CUT.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :00]
[SUPER=@Cranwell; :17]
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[OUT Q=that's a cut.]
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The ten Republicans and six Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have all indicated they would vote to freeze the car tax repeal at its current half phase-out.
That may NOT matter, because Governor Gilmore can veto any budget he does NOT like and still have the car tax funding from last year's budget.

[7-ARCOVA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC1:08:11]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A federal judge gave a break to a Radford research firm, by not issuing a fine against them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


ARCOVA President Russell Churchill agreed to pay 60-thousand dollars in restitution. 50-thousand goes to the U-S Navy. The other 10-thousand to NASA.
Though Churchill declined to discuss the case on camera, he indicated he hopes to make the payments quickly in order to get off probation and qualify for NEW government contracts.
[SUPER=03-Radford/September 1996]


Since the F-B-I began its investigation more than four years ago, ARCOVA has gone from 45 employees to 18 and hasn't won a new contract since July.
According to ARCOVA's lawyer, the case relied on the confessions of three disgruntled employees who wanted to get back at Churchill for not making them managers.
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[45-Gregory]


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Roger Gregory will be sworn in today as the first black judge on the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Clinton gave Gregory a rare recess appointment to the court last month. However, Gregory must win Senate confirmation to keep the job permanently. The new judge is expected to sit with the full court in Richmond to hear at least one case next week.


[45-School-Info]


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We do have some school announcements to pass along this morning... [TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]


[45-I-73-Comment]


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[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]

When it rains, it pours. Or so it seems at VDOT's District Office in Salem, where citizen comments on the proposed Interstate 73 have been flowing in for months. But Meredyth Censullo reports, it could be some time before your thoughts make it upstream to members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The white...]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Pam Kessler/VDOT Executive Secretary;:47]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :59]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; 1:14]
[SUPER=@Meredyth2;1:26]
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[OUT Q=NEws 7, Salem...Pop!]

((The white stuff is really coming down in Salem..

[NAT SOT @ 8:51:32 - 8:51:35]

((OOPS!!)) [RUNS03]
Thousands of comments on I-73 have been pouring in to VDOT's district office - where they're stacked...
[NAT SOUND BREAK @ 8:51:56 TAPS PAPERS]
and stamped...
[SHOT CONTINUES...NAT SOUND BREAK OF STAMP]
Entered in to a database full of Reids and Richards and Roberts.. Then comes the copying...

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[SOT @ 8:59:11 - 8:59:22]
[IN Q=These are the...]

((THESE ARE THE COPIES OF THE ORIGINIALS GOING FROM A TO.....G!)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=to....G!]


[BUTT BUTT BUTT]

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[SOT]
[IN Q=Reporter: So its...]

((REPORTER: SO ITS ALOTTA WORK? PAM: ALOTTA WORK! YES!)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=work! Yes!]


Every comment recieved by VDOT by their deadline WILL fall into the hands of the Commonwealth Transportation Board - no matter what it says, or looks like.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well we have some...]

((WELL WE HAVE SOME UNUSUAL THINGS - YOU KNOW WE'LL GET ODD SHAPED THINGS IN AND WE'LL GET THINGS THAT ARE WRITTEN - THEY'LL WRITE ALL OVER THE COMMENT SHEET YOU KNOW THAT SORTA THING.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=that sorta thing.]


VDOT says this is the largest onslaught of public comments they've ever had to shovel through .. But it has also been the longest comment period on any one issue. So patience reins at the district office.

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[SOT @ 9:17:45 - 9:17:59]
[IN Q=Its not a matter...]

((ITS NOT A MATTER OF STRESS ITS A MATTER OF IMPORTANCE...WE ALL UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANT DECISION THE TRANSPORTATION BOARD IS GOING TO MAKE THIS YEAR, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE VERY BEST INFO - ALL THE INFO - ON WHICH TO BASE THEIR DECISION.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=base their decision.]



So though the flood of mail is subsiding, VDOT's working on cleaning up the aftermath...But it'll be months before everything is ready to be shipped off to the Board. Hey, at least these ladies are stayin high and dry.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'd just soon...]

((I'D JUST SOON DEAL WITH THIS! ITS ALRIGHT! ITS PART OF MY JOB!)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=my job!]


Meredyth Censullo, News7, Salem. ))

[8-School-Info]


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We do have some school announcements to pass along this morning... [TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]


[8-Inmate-Suicide]


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An inmate died overnight at the Roanoke City Jail. The Sheriff's office says a 31-year-old inmate was found hanging from a bedsheet early this morning. Sheriff's officals say the man was awaiting trial for D-U-I, hit and run, and involuntary manslaughter, and was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. The inmate was declared dead at Roanoke Memorial Hopsital. Officials are not releasing his name at this time. Sheriff's deputies are treating the death as a suicide.[8-Carilion

-Bedford]


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Carilion Bedford Memorial Hospital will soon have two owners.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Carilion and Centra Health plan to join forces in a 50-50 partnership.
The health care organizations hope by working together they'll be able to use their resources more efficiently and provide a wider range of services to patients.
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[SOT9:42]
[IN Q=for one thing it will make it easier]

((GEORGE DAWSON/CENTRA HEALTH CEO AND PRESIDENT: IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR PATIENTS TO CHOOSE A PLAN THAT HAS A REFERRAL NETWORK THAT SUITES THEIR NEEDS AND THEIR GEOGRAPHICAL PREFERENCES AND SECONDLY IT WILL ALLOW THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK TOGETHER TO BRING NEW SERVICES TO THE BEDFORD HOSPITAL))
[SUPER=01-George Dawson/Centra Health CEO & President]
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[OUT Q=bedford hospital]
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[VO-NAT]


The hospital will be governed by a board of directors made up representatives from Carilion, Centra and the hospital.

One of its first duties will most likely be deciding on a new name.
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[SOT14:58]
[IN Q=The exciting thing is tha we have two health systems]

((HOWARD AINSLEY/HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: THE EXCITING THING IS THAT WE HAVE TWO HEALTH SYSTEMS SUPPORTING OUR DELIVERY OF SERVICES IN TRYING DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS AREA))
[SUPER=01-Howard Ainsley/Hospital Adminstrator]
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[OUT Q=this area]
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[VO-NAT]


The deal will be finalized within the next 90 days.
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[8-Golden-Corral]


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[GRAPHIC=Accident]


After driving through a restaurant, an elderly Lynchburg man is charged with reckless driving.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


83-year old Clayton Beasley was parking at the Golden Corral on Wards Road when his foot slipped and hit the accelerator.
Beasley's Cadillac crashed through the wall and into the restaurant, injuring nine customers.
Mary Zimmerman was behind Beasley when he pulled into the handicapped parking spot.
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[SOT 12:22:42]
[IN Q=And he just]

((MARY ZIMMERMAN/EYEWITNESS: AND HE JUST TURNED LATE INTO THE SPOT AND I TOOK THE SPOT NEXT TO HIM AND I WAS JUST ABOUT TO STOP MY CAR WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I LOOKED AND THERE HE WAS AND HE JUST WENT RIGHT THROUGH THE SIDE WALL AND THE GLASS STARTED FALLING AND THINGS JUST STARTED FALLING, AND HE JUST DIDN'T STOP UNTIL HE GOT IN THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Zimmerman/Eyewitness]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=got in there.]
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[VO-NAT]


None of the injuries appeared life- threatening.
The restaurant will be closed for several days.
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