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[ANCHOR=Kim]

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[WRITER=kor]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom... A sunny start to your weekend. Highs will reach the mid 80's!!! Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have details on your weekend weather in just a couple of minutes.




[7-2-County-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-27]
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Investigators will spend today looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a Roanoke County dentist office. The flames also spread to a nearby pet store. A section of Williamson Road was closed off for nearly three hours last night while fire fighters battled the blaze. Kate Weidaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Joey Stump/Roanoke Co. Division Chief Operator; :23]
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((Shortly before 8 o'clock fire fighters from Roanoke County and Vinton arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of Doctor David Brajdic's dentist office. The fire quickly spread next door to Warehouse for Pets. Fire fighters used the ladder hose to keep the flames from spreading through the pet store. However the dentist office was engulfed in flames and took more than an hour to extinguish.

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((JOEY STUMP/ROANOKE COUNTY DIVISION CHIEF OPERATOR: WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE WAS OUT OF THE BUILDING IT APPEARS THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE WAS IN THE DENTIST OFFICE.))
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Officers closed off Williamson Road so additional fire trucks could get through. Dozens of spectators stood across the street watching the fire and smoke. And now that the flames are out investigators are looking into the cause.
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THE DAMAGE TO BE 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR BOTH BUILDING. INVESTIGATORS WILL BE BACK OUT HERE TODAY TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW IT STARTED. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7 ROANOKE COUNTY.))
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[7-11Bedford-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-19 TC37:04]
[GRAPHIC=JF Testing]

Jefferson Forest High School will re-open in the fall - according to school officials.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape]

This despite rumoured health problems related to a mold found growing in the building. The school board has hired a medical team to test the levels of mold, and its potential health consequences. Officials say the presence of the mold is not suprising, but the LEVELS of contamination make the situation serious.
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[IN Q=The mold is in every building...]

((JOHN OWEN/MEDICAL TEAM LEADER; THE MOLD IS IN EVERY BUILDING AND WE'RE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE SPECIES OF THE MOLD AND THE LEVELS THAT ARE AIRBORNE OR IN ANY BUILDING MATERIAL.))
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[OUT Q=any building material.]
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[VO-NAT]

Officials say they don't know how much it will cost to clean up the school.
Environmental and air quality tests are expected to be ready in about a month.
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[7-Snow-Leopard]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC09:33]
[GRAPHIC=Snow Leopards]

Three snow leopard cubs were the center of attention yesterday at Mill Mountain Zoo.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The trio of snow leopard cubs born last Friday had its first doctors appointment yesterday. The cubs were checked out in front of dozens of zoo staff, reporters and photographers. They weigh between about a pound or a bit more. The zoo says it will hold off on naming the cats until the animals start to exhibit their personalities.
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[WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom... Another beautiful day to kick your weekend off right - Highs will reach the mid 80's under partly to mostly sunny skies. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has detail coming up.





[45-11Gay]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC53:42]
[GRAPHIC=Ronald Gay]

Ronald Gay pled guilty yesteryday to murder and malicious wounding. But not before giving the graphic description of a calculating killer, and a rambling explanation about how the Lord wanted him to kill homosexuals.
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[VO-NAT]
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He wanted the judge to consider his long history of mental illness... a result, he believes, of his service in Vietnam.
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((I CAME DOWN TO THE V.A. HOSPITAL IN '86, AND THAT WAS ONE OF MY MISSIONS I WAS ON... TO KILL HOMOSEXUALS.))
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[OUT Q=kill homosexuals.]
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[V/O-NAT]
Gay is not considered LEGALLY insane. He confessed to the crime as soon as it was over.
[SUPER=04-September 22]


There was never much question what happened inside the Backstreet Cafe when Danny Overstreet was killed and six other were injured.
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[IN Q=Mr. Gay stood]

((MR. GAY STOOD UP, PULLED HIS COAT BACK, PULLED OUT A PISTOL, SHOT OVERSTREET, WHILE HE SAT IN A CHAIR, FIRED AT COLLINS, THEN AT EVERYBODY ELSE TOWARDS THE REAR OF THE BAR. HE FIRED EIGHT SHOTS. THE SLIDE LOCKED BACK. HE WALKED OUT ONTO SALEM AVENUE.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Monty Lee/Roanoke Police Detective]
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[OUT Q=onto Salem Avenue.]
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[ANCHOR=KIM]
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Gay faces up to four life terms PLUS 60 years when he's sentenced.

[45-11Etzler]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:11:26]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A Botetourt County man will spend 20 years behind bars for the shooting death of his brother.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle;]


52-year-old Barry Etzler (ETTS-ler) said he regretted the shooting last September that killed his brother, Hugh, and injured his nephew, Brad.
He said he snapped after the two failed to come home with iced tea he'd given them money to buy.
He was convicted of first degree murder in February.
Etzler's nephew and family urged the judge to impose a lenient sentence, saying they forgave him and needed him to care for his ailing mother.
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[45-11Pinion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-09]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

It was sexual abuse - not rape. That is what a former employee of a Botetourt County adult home was found guilty of yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle;]


49-year-old Jerry Pinion said he could not have raped the women because he suffers from Parkinson's Disease and erectile dysfunction.
Two mentally disabled residents said he sexually abused them in their rooms at the Mountain View Two home for adults last year.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The home has been trying unsuccessfully to renew its license.
It was cited for failing to report the sexual abuse of patients, among other violations.

[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Hot and sunny today, with afternoon highs soaring into upper 80s... Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, coming up.





[8-11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC1:19:03]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


V-DOT has given the green light to its preferred route for Interstate 73.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

If the plan is accepted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, I-73 will follow I-581, leaving the road near the Elm Avenue Exit.
From there it would track along the Roanoke River, then near Windy Gap and east of Rocky Mount. The road would then roughly follow route 2-20, joining the Martinsville bypass, continuing to the Virginia-North Carolina line.
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[SOT -TC-7:37]
[IN Q=This is a recomendation...]

((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESWOMAN; THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION FROM VDOT ENGINEERS. IT IS THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD WILL RECEIVE IN ORDER TO MAKE A DECISION. THEY ARE THE DECISION MAKERS IN THIS CASE.))


[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokeswoman]
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[OUT Q=MAKERS IN THIS CASE.]
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[VO-NAT]

The recommendation would put more than 450-homes in the path of Interstate 73.
Even if the plan is quickly approved, the start of construction could still be years away.
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[8-11React-I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC42:33]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


Meanwhile, those people who live along the proposed route are worried about the interstate coming through their property.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Residents in Southeast Roanoke say if 73 comes through their neighborhood, their property values will plummet.
Many say if the plan gets approved, they may sell their homes now, instead of waiting until construction starts.
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((SAM POWELL/CONCERNED RESIDENT: I'M SURE IT'S GOING TO CREATE SOME PROBLEMS MAYBE NOISE I'D HAVE TO RECONSIDER I MAY HAVE TO SELL, I WOULDN'T BE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Sam Powell/Concerned Resident]
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[OUT Q=comfortable with that.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Transportation Board could decide on the proposal as early as next week.
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[8-I-73-Domain]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Eminent Domain]


Hundreds of homes and businesses could be affected-- many of them claimed by way of Eminent Domain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


Doris Draper lives along Route 220 in Oak Level.
She has own her home for 45 years and her flower business for 35 years.
If this route is selected, it's either going to go right through or very close to her home and business.
Doris Draper says selling her property for the project would make good economic sense.
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[IN Q=Otherwise I think they are going]

((DORIS DRAPER/BUSINESS OWNER: OTHERWISE, I FEEL LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO PUT US ON AN ACCESS ROAD AND IT WILL DO IT. IT WILL JUST RUIN THE BUSINESS.))
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[OUT Q=ruin the business]
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How Eminent Domain will be utilized to clear a path for I-73, tonight on News 7 at 6. (------------)