[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Cave Spring High School is the scene for one of many public hearings across the state last night.
Lawmakers got an earful from residents, who want the state budget battle settled.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Rocky Mount residents elect a new mayor.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


STay tuned- News 7 Mornin is next.

[11Budget-Hearing]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-29]
[GRAPHIC=State Budget]


State lawmakers return to Richmond on Thursday to do battle on the budget once again.
Last night, lawmakers held public hearings across the state, and Joe Dashiell has more on the calls for compromise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's just devastating]
[SUPER=01-Kay Strickland/Virginia Museum of Transportation; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :10]
[SUPER=@Joe2; :20]
[SUPER=01-Ed Lynch/Roanoke Co. GOP Chairman; :28]
[SUPER=01-Del. Morgan Griffith/House Majority Leader; :46]
[SUPER=01-Del. Dick Cranwell/House Minority Leader; :58]
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[OUT Q=JD, News 7 Roanoke County.]
(([SOT 55:40]
[IN Q=It's just devastating to think about the impact]

[RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=cultural institutions in the Roanoke Valley.]


Members of the House Appropriations Committee who came to Cave Spring High School got an earful from the cultural groups, local governments, and community action agencies that stand to lose state funding.
But they also heard from supporters of Governor Jim Gilmore who urged them not to retreat from the planned repeal of the car tax.
[SOT]
[IN Q=My family and millions of other families]

[RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=as special interest groups see fit.]


And as lawmakers prepare to return to Richmond to take up the budget issue once again, it's unclear whether compromise is possible.
[SOT 49:46]
[IN Q=Hopefully the senate will agree]

[RUNS :26]
[OUT Q=somebody's engineering.]


Lawmakers are feeling the pressure to reach some sort of compromise, but it's still anybody's guess whether or not Thursday's session will bring a breakthrough.
JoeDashiell News 7 Roanoke County))

[Bush-Taxes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


Bi-partisanship is receiving a lot of credit for Congress's tentative agreement to cut taxes by one-and-a-third-TRILLION dollars over the next 11 years.
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[SOT 16:34:26]
[IN Q=I congratulate]

((I CONGRATULATE THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ACHIEVE THIS BI-PARTISAN AGREEMENT. YOU ALL DESERVE GREAT CREDIT FOR AGREEING TO PROVIDE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH MEANINGFUL, SIGNIFICANT, SWEEPING TAX RELIEF.))
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=sweeping tax relief.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Yesterday;]


President Bush praised yesterday's vote.
But the tax cut is still about 250- billion- dollars short of what he originally wanted.
Bush says the tax- cut plan includes a 100- billion- dollar tax relief for this fiscal year and next to stimulate the economy.
Republican leaders are hoping to get an overall budget plan through Congress this week.
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[2-Rocky-Mount]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


An upset in Rocky Mount's town council election last night, as voters elected Mark Newbill mayor over incumbent Ben Pinckard.
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[TAKE PINNACLE 1010]
Newbill, a dairy farmer and member of town council for three years, beat his opponent by 171 votes.
He got 58 percent of the vote.
Pinckard got 42 percent.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


41 percent of voters turned out for the special election to choose six council members and a mayor.
Newbill believes his pledges to help lure new business and move the library downtown resonated with voters.
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[SOT 3:46 - :57]
[IN Q=Two things:]

((MARK NEWBILL: TWO THINGS: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PEOPLE WANT JOBS AND INDUSTRY. THE OTHER PART IS THE LIBRARY... THAT HAD A LARGE PART ALSO, SO I THINK THAT'S TWO OF THE MAIN ISSUES THEY HAD ON THEIR MINDS.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Newbill/Mayor-Elect;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=on their minds.]
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[VO-NAT]


Mayor Ben Pinckard will give up his seat June 30th.
He said Rocky Mount should not have to pay half-a-million dollars to move the library downtown.
Council has three first-time members and four returning incumbents.
(++++++++++)

[TAKE FS BOARDS] [PINNACLE 1013]
Incumbent Steve Angle was re-elected to a three-year term.
Incumbent John Lester also won a three-year seat. [PINNACLE 1011]
And newcomer Charles Santrock was elected for three years. [PINNACLE 1012]
First-time candidate Jerry Greer won a one-year term.
Incumbent Roger Seale was re-elected. [PINNACLE 1014]
And Ann Cook also running for the first time, was elected to one year.

(++++++++++)[11Jefferson-Forest]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-22 TC20:48]
[GRAPHIC=JF Testing]


Parents of students at Jefferson Forest High School are being asked to be patient while administrators decide how best to handle a fungus problem that has closed the school for the rest of the year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Tests last month found elevated levels of the (stacky-bah-tris) stachybotrys mold in several classrooms.. it's believed the fungus has contributed to health problems in dozens of students and faculty.
New tests are being done this week and results should be available by June.
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[SOT 19:22:23]
[IN Q=I understand]

((DR. JAMES BLEVINS/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: I UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYBODY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE DONE AND I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT BUT I THINK IN ANY SORT OF TESTING AND WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH, WE WANT A REAL, TRUE ANSWER.))
[SUPER=01-James Blevins/Bedford Co. School Superintendent]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=real, true answer.]
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday was the last day for students and teachers to remove personal belongings before engineers begin their work in the school.
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[11Danville-School]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC1:21:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Danville residents want city council members to appoint more African Americans to the school board.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape]


Last night, city council received more than 30 names of people who want to be considered.
Only two blacks currently serve on the school board but one faces mandatory retirement this year.
Leaders in the African American community say better representation is needed because more than sixty percent of the school population is black.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


City council will appoint at least one new member by June.
Two other members are up for re-appointment.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, May started with a strong surge on Wall Street .
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Church-Bombing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former member of the Ku Klux Klan is convicted on four counts of first- degree murder for a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama nearly 40 years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL;]


Thomas Blanton was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for plotting the bombing that killed four young black girls in 19-63.
62- year- old Blanton is the second man convicted in what's been called the deadliest act against the civil rights movement.
Prosecutors say even though it took a long time, a guilty verdict was the right one.
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[SOT 3:02:26]
[IN Q=They say justice]

((DOUG JONES/LEAD PROSECUTOR: THEY SAY JUSTICE, DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED, FOLKS I DON'T BELIEVE THAT FOR AN INSTANT JUSTICE DELAYED IS STILL JUSTICE, AND WE'VE GOT IT RIGHT HERE TONIGHT.. IN BIRMINGHAM." ))
[SUPER=01-Doug Jones/Lead Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=tonight..in Birmingham.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, Blanton says he had no involvement in the incident.
His attorney says he plans to appeal.
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[11Longwood-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-25 TC11:10]
[GRAPHIC=Longwood Fire]


Arson is no longer being considered as a possible cause of the big fire at Longwood College.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Farmville/Last Wednesday;]

The school's president says state investigators have ruled arson out as a cause for the blaze that destroyed several historic buildings last Wednesday.
Residence halls affected by the fire will be open tomorrow to allow students to get their belongings.
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[11Bone-Marrow]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:00:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A terminally ill Radford boy continues to look to his community for help.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


A bone marrow drive was held in the New River Valley yesterday, in hopes of finding a match for 15-month-old Henry Moore.
A transplant is the toddler's only chance to fight a rare disease of the immune system.
About 100 people were tested. Officials say it may take a couple of months to find out whether a match was found.

Just last year, nearly 15-hundred volunteers tested and failed to become matching donors.
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[5-Crohn's-Disease]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-10 5:47]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Helath Check]


In this morning's health check, The drug Remicade not only helps rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, but it's making a world of difference in some patients who suffer from Chrohn's Disease.
Both are chronic inflammatory conditions.
That's when the body's immune system starts attacking itself. And with Crohn's disease the immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tell us, For some patients, Remicade is able to stop it in its tracks.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In patients who respond]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tom Noble/New River Gastroenterology; :00]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :18]
[SUPER=07-Misty Catron; :46]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:04]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=JS, for News 7 Mornin']

((
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[SOT21:37:29]
[IN Q=In patients who respond to it]

((DR. TOM NOBLE: IN PATIENTS WHO RESPOND TO IT. IT ACTS LIKE A CURE. IN THE SENSE THAT INFLAMED DAMAGED TISSUE RETURNS TO ALMOST NORMAL APPEARANCE)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=almost normal appearance]


This is a what a normal colon looks like -- here is what the colon or large intestine looks like in someone with crohn's disease -- bumpy, and swollen.
Doctor Tom Noble says for most patients Remicade is able to stop the inflammation --and put the disease into remission.
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[SOT21:38:45]
[IN Q=Typically at leat 65 to 75 percent]

((TYPICALLY AT LEAST 65 TO 75 PERCENT OF PATIENTS WILL RESPOND. MOST OF THEM IN A DRAMATIC COMPLETE REMISSION TYPE OF WAY. AND THAT'S THE FIRST DRUG WE'VE EVER SEEN DO THAT )) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=do that]


Before remicade --Misty Catron was on 10 different medications-- including steroids which can have serious side effects.
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[SOT21:59:47]
[IN Q=When ever i went in for a bone density]

((WHEN EVER I WENT IN FOR A BONE DENSITY TEST, THEY DETERMINED I HAD HIPS OF 75 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND KNEES OF AN 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=old]


And the disease itself had also taken a toll on Catron. She weighed under a hundred pounds --and her body wasn't getting the nutrients it needed.
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[SOT21:53:15]
[IN Q=I would eat.]

((I WOULD EAT AND I WOULD BE DOUBLED OVER IN TWO MINUTES AFTER I PUT THE FOOD IN MY MOUTH)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=in my mouth]


Now she takes Remicade intravenously every two months, and she says its changed her life.
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[SOT21:56:45]
[IN Q=I've had stomach cramps as far back as a]

((I'VE HAD STOMACH CRAMPS AS FAR BACK AS A NEWBORN. SO IT'S REALLY REMARKABLE FOR ME. I'M GETTING READY TO CRY. LIKE I SAID IF IT WASN'T FOR THAT AND DR. NOBLE I PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE SITTING HERE)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=sitting here]

I'm Joy Sutton for News 7 Mornin'))
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Doctor Noble says some people do develop infections from taking Remicade --but he says that's only in rare cases.

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
[bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]

[2-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


Virginia lawmakers will try again to hammer out a budget agreement when they return to Richmond this week.
Last night, some of them heard from residents at a public hearing held at Cave spring high school.
We'll have highlights.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


In an upset victory, Mark Newbill becomes Rocky Mount's new mayor.
All the results from the town election, coming up.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And it was quite a spectacle on Hollins University's campus as more than 100 women hold a protest.
Among the demonstrators' grievances, they say the school is wasting their money.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, May 2nd.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[State-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


Virginia lawmakers will try to break their stalemate on the state budget when they return to Richmond later this week.
Last night, five members of the House Appropriations Committee heard calls for compromise.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Some who carried signs outside of Cave Spring High School supported Governor Jim Gilmore and urged the lawmakers to stick with the 70 percent repeal of the car tax.
But most of the speakers were looking for a compromise that would restore funding for a variety of programs and non-state agencies.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't think there is any]

((TED EDLICH/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY LONG TERM GAIN POLITICALLY OR ANY OTHER WAY, NOT TO MEET THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF CHILDREN, NOT TO FUND SCHOOLS OR CUT BACK ON CULTURAL EVENTS OR TO FUND THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES IN THE STATE. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT AND I HOPE THEY WILL GO BACK AND DO WHAT VIRGINIANS WANT THEM TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Ted Edlich/Total Action Against Poverty]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=do what Virginians want them to do.]
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[ANCHOR=KIm]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Lawmakers return to Richmond on Thursday to continue the special session. [11Rocky-Mount]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC20:26]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Rocky Mount residents choose a new mayor.
Voters elected new council member Mark Newbill over incumbent Mayor Ben Pinckard.
Voter turnout was 41 percent.
(XXXXXXX)

[TAKE PINNACLE 1010]
Newbill got 58 percent of the vote.
Pinckard got 42 percent. [PINNACLE 1013]
Incumbent Steve Angle was re-elected to a three-year term.
Incumbent John Lester also won a three-year seat. [PINNACLE 1011]
And newcomer Charles Santrock was elected for three years. [PINNACLE 1012]
First-time candidate Jerry Greer won a one-year term.
Incumbent Roger Seale was re-elected. [PINNACLE 1014]
And Ann Cook also running for the first time, was elected to one year.
Marya Jones has reaction.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NATS : Were you concerned?]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :000]
[SUPER=01-Mark Newbill/Mayor-Elect; :17]
[SUPER=01-Ben Pinckard/Outgoing Mayor; :55]
[SUPER=@Marya1; 1:03]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=MJ, News 7.]
(((///// SOT /////)

[NATS: CELEBRATING TAPE 2 TC 1:13 - :17] ((NATS: WERE YOU CONCERNED? (KISS) I WAS NERVOUS.)) [RUNS:04]
At 35, Mark Newbill is Rocky Mount's youngest Mayor.
The dairy farmer won the honor after just three years on town council... and some hard campaigning from his daughter.
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[NATS TAPE 1, TC 29:53] ((NATS DAUGHTER: PLEASE VOTE FOR MARK NEWBILL FOR MAYOR.)) [RUNS:02]
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[SOT 3:30 - :39]

((NEWBILL: WE'RE JUST TICKLED TO DEATH, COULDN'T BE HAPPIER... NOW'S THE TIME FOR THE REAL WORK TO START.)) [RUNS:09]
Newbill pledged to work hard with the county to recruit new industry and to give half a million dollars of council's budget to move the county library downtown.
He criticized his opponent, incumbent mayor Ben Pinckard for not being visible enough.
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[SOT 12:07:38 - :43]

((NEWBILL: I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THE TOWN WAS GETTING ITS MONEY'S WORTH FROM ITS CURRENT MAYOR.)) [RUNS:06]
Mayor Ben Pinckard served seven years on council... and before that, 18 years as the county's commissioner of revenue.
He ran on the promise of a tight budget for the town... and said he could not condone moving the library to the Old Peebles building.
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[SOT 12:21:54 - :03]

((PINCKARD: I WILL HAVE TO CONGRATULATE MR. NEWBILL ON A FINE CAMPAIGN. HE'S A FINE YOUNG MAN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING HIM. )) [RUNS:09]
(///// SOT /////)

[SU 46:52 - 47:07] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THE LIBRARY MAY HAVE BEEN JUST AS MUCH AN ISSUE FOR THE VOTERS AS THE CANDIDATES. BOTH MAYOR PINCKARD AND COUNCIL MEMBER DOUG BEATTY SPOKE OUT AGAINST MOVING THE LIBRARY DOWNTOWN. BOTH WERE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE.
THE NEW COUNCIL WILL BEGIN ITS WORK ON JULY FIRST. MJN7.)) [RUNS:14]))

[11Hollins-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-19 TC26:51]
[GRAPHIC=Hollins Univ.]


More than one hundred women at Hollins University banded together in the middle of campus yesterday.
They held a protest, claiming the school's allocation of money is wasteful.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Student after student spoke out against administrators saying the school needs to be more diverse.
They even attempted to block access to classrooms to make their point.
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[SOT]

[tc:00:11:08]
[IN Q=This could really]

((BRI SEOANI/HOLLINS UNIVERSITY SENIOR; THIS COULD REALLY BE AN AVENUE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE, AND QUICK POSITIVE CHANGE AS WE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Bri Seoani/Hollins University Senior; ]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=all looking for.]
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[VO-NAT]


Other students were willing to bear it all for their cause.
But these out-of-the ordinary tactics touched a nerve with some Hollins students.
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[SOT]

[tc:00:27:14]
[IN Q=I think a majority]

((MAGGIE DANIEL: I BELIEVE A PROTEST SHOULD BE ABOUT CHOICE AND FREEDOM, AND IF PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO CLASS THEY SHOULD HAVE THAT CHOICE INSTEAD OF PEOPLE BLOCKING THE ENTRANCE WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Maggie Daniel/Hollins University Student]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=blocking the entrance way.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hollins officials say no student ever approached them about the grievances.
But that they will do their best to address each issue.
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[Writer's-Strike]


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


Hollywood writers are NOT yet walking the picket lines.
Their contract expired just after midnight, but negotiations are apparently still going on.
If no deal is worked out, many in Tinseltown fear losing more than just their favorite T-V shows.
Juan Fernandez explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ted Johnson/TV Guide; :23]
[SUPER=01-Douglas Wick/Producer; :48]
[SUPER=01-Juan Fernandez/Reporting; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=Juan Fernandez, CBS News, Los Angeles. ]



[Taylor]


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


Supermodel Niki Taylor is in critical condition, following a car accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The 26- year- old model was a passenger in a vehicle that struck a utility pole.
The driver lost control of the car on a curvy road early Sunday in Atlanta.
The driver and another passenger were treated and released.
Taylor's publicist says she initially appeared to be O-K after the accident, until she starting having severe stomach pains.
Taylor was in Atlanta visiting friends over the weekend, when the accident occurred.
She'd planned on returning to Florida on Monday to begin acting classes.
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[Stone-Tavern]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-30]
[GRAPHIC=Eminent Domain]


We've been talking- -this week- -about eminent domain... how the government has the right to take private property for projects that benefit the public.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]


Sometimes what benefits the public- -such as an Interstate Highway- -comes close to a certain parcel of property, doesn't "take it," but leaves a lasting impact on the land just the same.
The Whitmore family bought the old stone tavern right after the Civil War. Now they can look out the window and watch people wreck their cars on the highway out front.
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[SOT 14:19:50]
[IN Q=And I think]

((AND I THINK A LOT OF THEM ARE CAUSED BY PEOPLE WATCHING THE HORSES OR BY PEOPLE LOOKING AT THIS HOUSE.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Whitmore/Homeowner]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=at this house.]
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[VO-NAT]


On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, Keith Humphry will talk with the Whitmore's- -as they remember what life was like before the Interstate and how the highway has changed things.

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


A Midwest woman becomes the second female executed in Oklahoma since it became a state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


40- year- old Marilyn Kay Plantz was put to death shortly after nine last night at the state penitentiary.
[SUPER=03-McAlester, OK;]

Plantz was convicted of having two men kill her husband in 19-88 for insurance money.
One of the hit men was executed last year.
The other is serving a life sentence.
The first woman executed in the state of Oklahoma was Wanda Jean Allen, who died on January 11th.
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[11Hale]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Roanoke woman is suspected of stealing evidence from a police property room.
Her case will now be heard by a Grand Jury. 25- year- old Tammy Rolanda Hale was working as the property room clerk in March, when the Roanoke Police Department discovered cash missing from an evidence envelope. Officials ordered an immediate audit. Investigators will present evidence alleging embezzlement and grand larceny. The grand jury will hear the case next week. Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell says he does not expect the theft of evidence to affect any other pending prosecutions.
[TAKE VO]

[11Deputies]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC1:44:10]
[GRAPHIC=None]


[TAKE VIDEO!!!!!]

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


Danville's Sheriff has no immediate plans to make changes at the city jail -- after four deputies were indicted on charges of engaging in sexual activities with female inmates.
On Monday, a grand jury handed up felony charges against Doyle Matthew Cook, Ernest Vernon Carter, Marvin Everett Riggins, and Steven Martin Terry.
Sheriff James Dooley says he will wait for the legal system to take its course before deciding whether changes are needed.
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[11Teddy-Bear]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=500-19 2:03:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke man is in trouble with the law because of a teddy bear.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Police say 23-year-old Corey Lee Coles broke into a florist shop on Cove Road and took a big, white bear from the window.
The bear's back home.
A friend of the shop owner hopes the thief gets a honey of a sentence.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Our legal system]

((WIL CLAY/OWNER'S FIANCE: OUR LEGAL SYSTEM HAS TO BE TOUGH ON THESE YOUNG PUNKS AND HOODS.))
[SUPER=01-Wil Clay/Owner's Fiance;]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=punks and hoods.]
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The bear is worth about 175 dollars. Police say Coles took it to give to a friend.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Five members of the House Appropriations Committee heard calls for a compromise on the state budget last night. At Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County, some speakers urged lawmakers to stick with the 70 percent repeal of the car tax.
But most were looking for a compromise that would restore funding for a variety of programs and non-state agencies.
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An upset in Rocky Mount's town council election last night, as voters elected Mark Newbill mayor over incumbent Ben Pinckard.
Newbill, a dairy farmer and member of town council for three years, beat his opponent by 171 votes.
Council also has three first-time members and four returning incumbents.
The new town council will begin its work on July first.
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A bone marrow drive was held in the New River Valley yesterday, in hopes of finding a match for 15-month-old Henry Moore.
A transplant is the toddler's only chance to fight a rare disease of the immune system.
About 100 people were tested. Officials say it may take a couple of months to find out whether a match was found.


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