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[2511Pulaski-Suit]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC1:24:53]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A Pulaski couple targeted in a mis-directed police raid do NOT have a legal leg to stand on...
That's what the town attorney says of William and Geneva Summers' one-point-seven-MILLION dollar lawsuit...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/May]


William and Geneva Summers' home was mistakenly raided by Pulaski Police last May.
Authorities were looking for drugs based on an informant's bad tip.
[SUPER=04-February 21]


Last week the couple and their attorney filed suit naming the Town, it's police force and seven individuals.
But the town's attorney says there's no evidence.
He claims the couple was not injured, they declined medical attention and that the search warrant was legal.
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[2511Donnelley-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am cutin]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-01 TC1:19:20]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


Layoffs are on the horizon for one of Lynchburg's biggest employers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


R-R Donnelley printing company is laying off 28 workers in its Premedia Technologies department on Creekside Lane.
That number represents about a quarter of the total workforce in that department.
Donnelley says the reduction is necessary as it tries to move its graphic work closer to customers in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
The company still employs 650 people at its Lynchburg printing department.
Affected employees are being offered work at other Donnelley facilities.
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[2511Circuit-City]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


Hundreds of layoffs have been announced at the corporate and division offices of Richmond- based Circuit City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The company blames lower sales- about three hundred people will lose their jobs.
Earlier, the company cut back on new store openings and remodeling projects for the coming year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[16:01:43]
[IN Q=I think]

((KEN MEYER/LAID OFF WORKER; I THINK PEOPLE KNEW SOMETHING WAS COMING, BUT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE OR WHEN AS THEY NEVER DO. AND TODAY BEING A TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY IT KIND OF TOOK THEM BY SURPRISE.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Meyer/Laid Off Worker]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=took them by surprise.]
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[VO-NAT]


The electronics retailer said it had a fairly good Christmas season... but sales numbers have been lower since then.
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[2511Salem-Paper]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:58:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's official - The ownership of four local newspapers has changed hands this morning.
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[VO-NAT]


After 36 years in charge, Ray Robinson confirmed the sale on the front page of his "former" Newspaper last night.


He sold the Salem Times Register, New Castle Record, Fincastle Herald, and Vinton Messenger to Main Street Media, which owns the Christiansburg - Montgomery County newspaper.
[SUPER=03-Salem]


He'll continue to act as a consultant to the new owners, and write his weekly column.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele will speak with the papers' new owners today.
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[GRAPHIC=None]
Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast---


Sunny and mild with highs in the low to mid 50s..


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/2/01
Friday:

[SUPER=130-1/Devon Russell/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-14/Justin Neice/Glade Hill]



[SUPER=130-7/Paige Bazzrea/Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-/Matthew Barnes/Independence]



[SUPER=130-71/Annie Foley/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-55/Linda Riley/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-8/Kayla May/Madison Heights]



[SUPER=130-1/Amanda Woody/Salem]



[SUPER=130-14/Brandon Morrison/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-74/Mary Rucker/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-5/Clay Linkous/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-5/Seth Isom/Woodlawn]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-56/Marlene Stallings/Reidsville, NC]



[SUPER=131-/Talma Perry/Roanoke]



[SUPER=131-/Joyce Broughman/Fairfield]



[SUPER=131-/Jake Washburn/Snow Creek]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-/Ken & Ramona Simpson/Smith Mountain Lake]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-/David & Doris Young/Penhook]





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[AMEarley]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM CUTIN]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Oxycotin]

Some say it's become the illegal drug of choice in our area.
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[vo-nat from 00-40 TC 2:04:40]
[super=@file]

OxyContin is the topic bringing law enforcement officials from eight states together today... in Virginia's Attorney General's office. OxyContin - a synthetic morphine - is blamed for dozens of overdose deaths in Virginia. So law officials are meeting with both Mark Earley and the makers of OxyContin today. They plan to discuss ways to combat OxyContin addiction - and the illegal sale of the drug.
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[11Clark]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM CUTIN]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Oxycontin]


A Bland County doctor is suspected of writing illegal Oxycontin prescriptions for more than 20 people.
Doctor Freeman Lowell Clark was indicted last Fall for distributing OxyContin to one person.
Since then, Prosecutor Randy (Rams-eyer) Ramseyer says, investigators have found more than 100 OxyContin prescriptions... part of a 307-count indictment handed up yesterday against Doctor Clark.

[4511Patrick-Hospital]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM CutIn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC1:18:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A major reorganization plan is approved for a local hospital. Yesterday, a bankruptcy judge approved the plans for Patrick County's only hospital - R. J Reynolds -Patrick County Memorial.
Some doctors hope the news means the (ob-stet-rics) obstetrics unit will eventually re-open.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Stuart]


The OB-GYN department closed earlier this month as part of the re-organization.
Doctor Ralph Kramer says he and other obstetricians now have to transfer their patients to other doctors at nearby hospitals once they reach 36 weeks.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:39:59]
[IN Q=They've been visually upset]

((DR. RALPH KRAMER: PATRICK CO. FAMILY PRACTICE AND OBSTETRICS: THEY'VE BEEN VISIBLY UPSET ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DELIVERED A COUPLE OF BABIES HERE BEFORE. AND NEVER HAD ANY INTENTION ON GOING ANYWHERE ELSE))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ralph Kramer/Patrick Co. Family Practice]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=anywhere else]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Sheila Diggs is in her 6 month and switching to a doctor in Martinsville.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:46:35]
[IN Q=I know people closer to delivery]

((SHEILA DIGGS/PREGNANT MOM: I KNOW PEOPLE CLOSER TO DELIVERY WHERE PROBABLY MORE UPSET THAN I WAS. I HAVE 3 MONTHS TO GET TO USE TO SOMEBODY ELSE THAT WON'T BE TOO BAD))
[SUPER=01-Sheila Diggs/Pregnant Mom]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=won't be too bad]
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[vo-nat]
Other Patrick County residents say they hope the re-organization plan makes a difference.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:52;35]
[IN Q=We love our hospital]

((WALTER SPENCE: WE LOVE OUR HOSPITAL DON'T GET ME WRONG. WE JUST THINK THEY NEED TO MAKE CHANGE AND PUT THEMSELVES IN ORDER ))
[SUPER=07-Walter Spence]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=put themselves in order]
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[VO-NAT]


The re-organization plan also include cuts in ambulance service as well as scaling down the critical care unit.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[GRAPHIC=None]


Let's take another look at the Thursday forecast now--
Lots of sunshine and pleasant tempertures...highs reaching the 50s...

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[811Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cut In]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-49 TC1:46:16]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas Trial]


Friends of murder victim Tara Munsey say she was hanging out with the man accused of killing her just hours before her death.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Her friend James "Roach" Moede (MAY-dee) testified that Jeffrey Allen Thomas hung out with Munsey and her friends at his house on the morning of January 25th.
Munsey's coworkers at the Fairlawn Taco Bell were last to see her.
She left work at 7 that day and disappeared.
Thomas' friend Lucy Lambert testified THAT was the same time he left HER house to meet some friends.
Defense attorneys began to attack how evidence was gathered at the crime scene -- implying that investigators did not do enough to prevent contamination.
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[8Clifton-Forge]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cut In]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-12]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Next week, Clifton Forge residents will vote on whether to remain a city or revert to a town.
Those who live in South Boston faced the same issue six years ago.
They opted to become a town.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; ]

But Mark Perdue, with the group "Citizens for Clifton Forge", says it's unfair to compare the two areas.
(//////SOT/////)
[sot 01:03:36]
[in q= South Boston]

((MARK PERDUE/GROUP SPOKESMAN: SOUTH BOSTON REVERTED BECAUSE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS WAS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SO THEY REVERTED TO ANNEX THAT MANUFACTURING BASE. ))
[SUPER=01-Mark Perdue/Group Spokesman; ]
[runs=10]
[OUT Q= manufacturing base.]
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[vo-nat] Perdue says in the process very few people in South Boston lost their jobs. But in Clifton Forge-- 43 people would lose their jobs if re-version is approved. Opponents say the city would also lose its "General District Court" and "Voter Registrar office" as well as its Social Services department.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 01:04:16]
[IN Q=Whenever those ]

((MARK PERDUE/GROUP SPOKESMAN: WHENEVER THOSE JOBS ARE LOST IT AFFECTS THE WHOLE TOWN IN FACT YOU CAN LOOK AROUND AT THE TOWN AND SEE WE'RE VERY RELIANT UPON THOSE JOBS.))
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=those jobs.]
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[VO-NAT]

Those who support reversion argue the city can't cope financially because it's losing population and jobs. Clifton Forge's mayor says reverting to a town would also result in lower property taxes.
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[811Bus-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cut In]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC1:55:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If drivers DON'T obey the warning lights on school buses, they'll get a warning from the Roanoke City Police Department.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It's illegal to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing...
Bus drivers are now recording violators' license plate numbers, and police will be sending warning letters.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 23:28:45]
[IN Q=I think the biggest issue]

((RANDY SCOTT/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: I THINK THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR MOST DRIVERS IS THEY'RE IN TOO BIG OF A HURRY. THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE 30 SECONDS IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO LET THE CHILDREN GET ON OR OFF THE BUS SAFELY. I'VE HAD REPORTS THAT THEY COME TO A STOP, SEE THERE ARE NO CHILDREN RIGHT IN THE WAY, THEN STEP ON THE GAS AND GO BY.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Scott/Roanoke Police Department]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=step on the gas and go by.]
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[VO-NAT]


One report will bring a warning, but Sergeant Randy Scott says repeat offenders may receive a warrant instead.


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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=None]
Time again to check the forecast---


Sunny and mild with a high of 50 to 55...
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