[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


The morning commute should run smoothly on Route 460 in Giles County.
The road is open again after a tanker truck accident yesterday that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.


(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a local business stands accused of defrauding the federal government.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Get your day started with us-- on News 7 Mornin.


[11HCMF-Medicare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-45 TC 23:30]
[GRAPHIC=none]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] A prominent local business is accused of defrauding the federal government. The H-C-M-F Corporation, one of its owners and an accountant are accused of devising a scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare. This week, the parties involved entered into plea agreements with the U-S government. Teresa Hamilton has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=HCMF is a ]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/American HealthCare Attorney; :31]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; :55]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( H-C-M-F is a large corporation but charges in this case revolve around its operation of 18 nursing homes including Heritage Hall-- just outside Blacksburg. According to court documents-- the corporation, which is now known as American HealthCare LLC, plead guilty to a felony charge of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare. As part of a plea agreement-- the company has agreed to pay back one point seven million dollars. Chip Magee is an attorney for American HealthCare.
(////SOT/////)
[SOT 02:09:44]
[in q=The company]

((CHIP MAGEE: THE COMPANY HAS APPROXIMATELY 2-THOUSAND RESIDENTS, 16 OR 17 HUNDRED EMPLOYEES, WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE HAPPENS IS THAT THEY REALIZE NOTHING'S GOING TO CHANGE IN THE DAY TO DAY OPERATION EXCEPT THAT THE COMPANY IS GOING TO IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RECTIFY THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST AND TO ENSURE THEY WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.)) [runs31]
[out q= won't happen again.]

Magee also represents Bill Cranwell who is one of H-C-M-F's owners. He and the company's Treasurer, Penn Smith, have both plead guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with Medicaid and Medicare fraud. As part of a plea agreement-- both men have agreed NOT to participate in a health care business that gets federal reimbursements for the next five years. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]

A judge must still approve the plea agreements.
Bill Cranwell is the brother of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell-- who had no comment on the matter.




[11Fuel-Spill]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=01-20 TC20:54]
[GRAPHIC=Tanker Spill]


Route 460 in Giles County is re-open after an accident had closed the road for much of the day yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]

The backup happened when a tanker overturned.. spilling 5-thousand gallons of diesel fuel ...
It happened at nine yesterday morning, but crews spent most of the day cleaning up .. and motorists were forced to take detours.
Officials say NO water was contaminated by the fuel- but police say the accident caused 75 thousand dollars in damage to a used car dealership.
Charges are pending against the driver of the tanker truck.
(------------)





[11Fountain-Square]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-44 20:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


50 employees were forced out of a Roanoke building earlier this week because of a fungus.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The top floor of the Fountain Square building on Second Street -- is occupied by Carilion -- but fungus was found there.. similar to what's found in a typical basement.
While it's not hazardous, the growth smelled bad and could induce allergy like symptoms.
Carilion tested the building after employees complained about the smell.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Carilion is currently looking for office space for the displaced employees.
Carilion does not own the building and did NOT test the other floors.

[Shark-Attack]


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


It sounds like the plot from the movie, "Jaws"--
There's been ANOTHER shark attack in the waters off Volusia County, Florida.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Smyrna Beach, FL;]


Yesterday's attack was the eighth one since Saturday.
The 17- year- old victim was bitten on the foot, while surfing.
The injury was NOT life- threatening.
Local officials will keep New Smyrna beach closed all day today.
Almost half of the shark attacks in Florida this year have occurred along that beach.
It's considered one of the best surfing spots in the state.
(------------)


[Powerball]


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


Apparently nobody struck it super- rich in last night's 200- million- dollar Powerball jackpot.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Iowa- based Multi- State Lottery Association says it'll double check to confirm the results, but it doesn't look like anyone hit all six numbers.
The jackpot will roll over to Saturday night's drawing, which officials say should be worth nearly 300- million dollars.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FS BOARD WITH WINNING NUMBERS]
Last night's winning numbers were two-28-30-36-and-39 with a Powerball number of ten.
The game is played in 21 states, including West Virginia.
(XXXXXXXXXXXXX)



[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, K-Mart is just one of the big retailers expected to release its earnings report today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]
(on cam)

((RETAIL STOCKS WILL BE THRUST BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT ON WALL STREET TODAY.. SOME OF THE NATION'S BIGGEST RETAILERS ARE SET TO REPORT EARNINGS

(graphic)

INCLUDING KMART, THE LIMITED, INTIMATE BRANDS WHICH OWNS VICTORIA'S SECRET AND DILLARDS DEPT STORES.

(on cam)

ANOTHER STOCK To WATCH IS JD EDWARDS THE LOST LESS MONEY THAN EXPECTED IN THE THIRD QTR.

(on cam)

THE MARKET WILL TRY TO BUILD ON YESTERDAY'S RALLY WHEN STOCKS SHOT HIGHER LED BY COMPUTER CHIP AND AUTOMAKERS.

(graphic)

THE DOW ENJOYED A TRIPLED DIGIT GAIN UP 102 POINTS...

(graphic)

WHILE THE NASDAQ COMPOSITE TACKED ON 28 POINTS.

(graphic)

CHIPMAKERS LIKE INTEL GOT A BOOST AFTER AN INDUSTRY REPORT SHOWED ORDERS FOR CHIPMAKING EQUIPMENT IS STRONG.

(graphic)

GENERAL MOTORS HELPED DRIVE STOCKS HIGHER AFTER THE AUTOMAKER SAID IT WILL MEET ITS 3RD QTR PROFIT TARGET

(on cam)

BUT WE COULDN'T ESCAPE MORE NEWS OF LAYOFFS.

(graphic)

TELECOM EQUIPMENT MAKER TELLABS WILL ELIMINATE ONE THOUSAND JOBS AND TAKE A 3RD QTR CHARGE TO EARNINGS THANKS TO A SLOWDOWN IN SPENDING BY ITS CUSTOMERS.

(graphic)

DRUGMAKERS MERCK AND PHARMACIA CAME UNDER PRESSURE AFTER A STUDY SAID THEIR POPULAR ANTI-ARTHRITIS MEDICINES, VIOXX AND CELEBREX MAY CARRY A RISK OF BLOOD CLOTS LEADING TO HEART ATTACK AND STROKE.

(graphic)

TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM...

(on cam)

AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[Helms]


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


Longtime North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms says he won't disappear from public life--
But the conservative lawmaker announced yesterday he will NOT seek re- election next year.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC;]


79- year- old Helms cited his age as a factor in his decision not to go for a sixth term.
Helms has already served 30 years in the U-S Senate, longer than any other elected official from North Carolina.
And he says that's long enough--
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:02:20 ]
[IN Q=I would be 88]

((SEN. JESSE HELMS/R- NORTH CAROLINA:I WOULD BE 88 IF I RAN AGAIN IN 2002 AND WAS ELECTED AND LIVED TO FINISH A SIXTH TERM. AND THIS MY FAMILY AND I HAVE DECIDED UNANIMOUSLY IS SOMETHING I SHOULD NOT DO AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I SHALL NOT. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Jesse Helms/(R) North Carolina;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=I shall not.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Helms was elected to the Senate in 19-72, earning a reputation for his conservative views against abortion and homosexuality.
(------------)




[5-Wilder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=501-10 38:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's still no home for a hundred- million- dollar National Slavery Museum in Virginia.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :07]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But former Governor Doug Wilder broke a few weeks of silence on his legacy project yesterday to put the pressure on.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:10:34]
[IN Q=It was my dream to]

((DOUG WILDER: IT WAS MY DREAM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A MUSEUM IN VIRGINIA. WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE LOGICAL THAN TO HAVE IT IN VIRGINIA WHERE THE FIRST SLAVES WERE BOUGHT?))
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=the first slaves were bought?]
(------------)
[VO-NAT :11]


The Jamestown site fell through earlier this year.
The slave trading docks in Richmond, and sites in Hampton and Fredericksburg are all currently in the running.
Wilder says to expect a decision in a few weeks.
(------------)




[11VA-Tourism]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-36 TC59:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile, state tourism officials say Wilder's new slavery museum will be a great addition to Virginia's growing list of tourist sites no matter where it goes.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Tourists spent more than 13- billion dollars in the Old Dominion last year, and the state is stepping up efforts to remain competitive.
Much of that is geared toward the 400th anniversary of Jamestown set for the year 2007.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:13:00]
[IN Q=We are completely]

((GAIL MORGAN VAIL/VA TOURISM CORPORATION: WE ARE COMPLETELY OVERHAULING ALL OF THE STATE WELCOME CENTERS FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER AND THE REST AREAS SO THAT VIRGINIA WILL HAVE ITS BEST FACE WHEN ALL THE TOURISTS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR 2007.))
[SUPER=01-Gail Morgan Vail/Virginia Tourism Corporation]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=for 2007.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Vail was in Lynchburg yesterday delivering more than 30-thousand dollars in grant money to help central Virginia market itself to visitors.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, a new study says a colonoscopy is the best way to screen for colon cancer.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((MORE IS BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO SCREENING FOR COLON CANCER.
A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS JUST DOING A SCREEN FOR BLOOD IN THE STOOL AND A SIGMOIDOSCOPY WILL MISS ABOUT 24% OF CANCEROUS TUMORS IN THE COLON.
A BETTER WAY TO SCREEN IS TO USE A COLONOSCOPE- WHICH IS A LONGER SCOPE THAT CAN EXAMINE THE ENTIRE COLON.
THIS TEST IS MORE EXPENSIVE AND MORE UNCOMFORTABLE THAN THE OTHER SCREENINGS- BUT FOR MOST PEOPLE THE COLONOSCOPE NEEDS TO BE DONE ONLY ONCE EVERY 5-10 YEARS BEGINNING AT AGE 50.
WELL THE IUD MAY BE MAKING A COMEBACK.
A NEW REPORT - ALSO IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE- FINDS THE MOST FEARED COMPLICATION OF USING AN IUD- INFERTILITY- IS SO RARE IT SHOULDN'T BE FEARED AT ALL.
MANY WOMEN- ESPECIALLY YOUNGER WOMEN- HAVE AVOIDED THE IUD BECAUSE THEY AND THEIR DOCTORS FEAR IT CAN LEAD TO INFECTION OF THE TUBES- AND THEREFORE INCREASE THE CHANCES OF INFERTILITY- BUT THE STUDY FINDS NO HIGHER RATE OF INFERTILITY COMPARED TO WOMEN WHO DO NOT USE AN IUD.
FINALLY TODAY- A REPORT FINDS ONLY ABOUT 3% OF PEOPLE HAVING STROKES REALIZE THEY ARE HAVING A STROKE- MAINLY BECAUSE THE SYMPTOMS COME ON SLOWLY RATHER THAN SUDDENLY.
EXPERTS SAY MOST STROKES TAKE ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO DEVELOP AND WILL INCLUDE SYMPTOMS SUCH AS NUMBNESS, WEAKNESS, BLURRED VISION, OR DIFFICULTY TALKING.
THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[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.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A prominent business is charged with defrauding the Federal government.
H-C-M-F Corporation, one of its owners, and an accountant are accused of scheming against Medicaid and Medicare.

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Authorities in Tennessee are on the lookout for Ukraininan murder suspect Nikolay Soltys.
That after word that he may have been spotted in the Chattanooga area.
Soltys is believed to have killed his family in Northern California.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
And keep dreamin'---


There was no winner in last night's multi- state Powerball drawing.
That means hundreds of millions of dollars are still up for grabs in the next drawing on Saturday.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, August 23rd.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-11HCMF-Medicare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-45 TC 23:30]
[GRAPHIC=none]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] A prominent local business is accused of defrauding the federal government. The H-C-M-F Corporation, one of its owners and an accountant are accused of devising a scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare. This week, the parties involved entered into plea agreements with the U-S government. Teresa Hamilton has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=HCMF is a ]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/American HealthCare Attorney; :31]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; :55]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( H-C-M-F is a large corporation but charges in this case revolve around its operation of 18 nursing homes including Heritage Hall-- just outside Blacksburg. According to court documents-- the corporation, which is now known as American HealthCare LLC, plead guilty to a felony charge of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare. As part of a plea agreement-- the company has agreed to pay back one point seven million dollars. Chip Magee is an attorney for American HealthCare.
(////SOT/////)
[SOT 02:09:44]
[in q=The company]

((CHIP MAGEE: THE COMPANY HAS APPROXIMATELY 2-THOUSAND RESIDENTS, 16 OR 17 HUNDRED EMPLOYEES, WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE HAPPENS IS THAT THEY REALIZE NOTHING'S GOING TO CHANGE IN THE DAY TO DAY OPERATION EXCEPT THAT THE COMPANY IS GOING TO IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RECTIFY THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST AND TO ENSURE THEY WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.)) [runs31]
[out q= won't happen again.]

Magee also represents Bill Cranwell who is one of H-C-M-F's owners. He and the company's Treasurer, Penn Smith, have both plead guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with Medicaid and Medicare fraud. As part of a plea agreement-- both men have agreed NOT to participate in a health care business that gets federal reimbursements for the next five years. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]

A judge must still approve the plea agreements.
Bill Cranwell is the brother of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell-- who had no comment on the matter.




[Sacramento-Murders]


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


In national news--
The man accused of killing his family in Northern California MAY have been spotted in Tennessee.
Law enforcement agencies in the state are on alert after word that Nikolay Soltys may be traveling in the Chattanooga area.
Officials say a truck driver reported picking up a hitchhiker who matched Soltys's description.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA;]


The 27- year- old Ukrainian immigrant allegedly murdered his pregnant wife, three-year-old son, and four other family members in Sacramento.
A nationwide manhunt is under way.
(------------)


[Arsenal-Found]


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


A cache of weapons is found buried in a bunker, just yards away from a middle school in a Charlotte, North Carolina suburb.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rowan Co., NC;]


Officials say they found a flamethrower, packs of grenades, a grenade launcher and chemical explosives.
Ralph Christie, Junior says he doesn't know what all the fuss is about.
He says he collects and stores World War Two artifacts in an old buried school bus.
But police say the real danger lies in the possibility of someone breaking in and stealing the weapons.
(------------)


[11Earley-Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-25 TC2:02:31]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]

Gubernatorial candidates Mark Earley and Mark Warner are on the campaign trail. They both made stops in Roanoke yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :22]
[SUPER=403-Roanoke;]


Earley joined the rest of the GOP ticket dubbing Roanoke's republican headquarters the "Victory Center." Just up the street, Warner pushed his democratic platform at a Kiwanis luncheon. The candidates differ dramatically on issues like abortion, welfare reform and crime fighting techniques. But they DO agree on the fate of the car tax, although they may not know it.
(///// SOT at :22 /////)
[SOT (ON EARLEY TAPE) 2:26:55-2:27:04]
[IN Q=Oh, I think all criticism from democrats....]

((MARK EARLEY/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: OH, I THINK ALL CRITICISM FROM DEMOCRATS IS 'CAUSE THEY DON'T SUPPORT ELIMINATING THE CAR TAX AND THEY NEVER HAVE.))
[SOT (ON WARNER #2 TAPE) 2:56-3:03]

((MARK WARNER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I WILL END THE CAR TAX. MY HOPE IS WE CAN DO IT IN THE NEXT YEAR. IF THE GOVERNOR'S NUMBERS ARE RIGHT I HOPE WE CAN FINISH IT NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=@Earley;]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=I hope we can finish it next year.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Both candidates also stressed there are only 76-days until the November election.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Meanwhile, Earley picked up an endorsement yesterday from Independent Congressman Virgil Goode.
Goode said he applaud's Earley's promises to hire more teachers and raise teacher salaries, increase workforce training and to create a cabinet-level Secretary of Agriculture.

[11Wilder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC1:35:43]
[GRAPHIC=Wilder]


Former governor Doug Wilder is weighing in on the race for governor... sort of.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :15]
[SUPER=403-Richmond;]


Wilder's urging more debates after our W-D-B-J debate on October 7th -- which is now the last scheduled debate.
[SUPER=404-File Tape]


Mark Warner is resisting that.
Warner was Wilder's campaign manager in 1989.
But even that's NO guarantee of a Wilder endorsement.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:56:06 ]
[IN Q=Do you intend to endorse Mark Warner?]

((Do you intend to endorse Mark Warner? DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: I INTEND TO DO WHAT I USUALLY DO... I'M GONNA WAIT...I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE RIGHT TO DO ANY ENDORSING OF ANYBODY.))
[SUPER=401-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=to do any endorsing of anybody.]
(-------------)
[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Wilder also says Governor Jim Gilmore should call both Mark Warner and Mark Earley in for a budget briefing in September -- as a potential budget shortfall could be on the horizon.

[2-Powerball]


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


Powerball players have another chance to win the big jackpot.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Iowa- based Multi- State Lottery Association says it'll double check to confirm the results, but it doesn't look like anyone hit all six numbers last night to win the 200- million dollars.
The jackpot will roll over to Saturday night's drawing, which officials say should be worth nearly 300- million.
(XXXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FS BOARD WITH WINNING NUMBERS]
Last night's winning numbers were two-28-30-36-and-39 with a Powerball number of ten.
(XXXXXXXXXXX)



[6-SVC]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-30 TC1:22:10]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista is breaking records this year. The school welcomed its largest- ever freshman class yesterday.
It's a big turnaround for the school which had closed its doors just a few years ago, leaving Buena Vista nervous about losing tax money. Richard Lesko has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Fawson/Southern Virginia University President; :24]
[SUPER=@Richard1; :50]
[SUPER=01-Christine Stewart/Southern Virginia Freshman; :58]
[SUPER=01-Barsland Judd/Southern Virginia Freshman; 1:10 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Jenny Cherriman/Southern Virginia Sophomore; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=RL, News 7, Buena Vista]

(( In 1996, Southern Virginia University opened its doors to just 74 students. The school had lost its accreditation and had been bought by a group of Mormons. Now, it's a different story for the Mormon ownership. The school boasts nearly 500 students, and more than half of that is this years' freshman class. But the plans for growth don't end there...
[SOT-2:09:38]
[INQ=We're looking...]

((CURTIS FAWSON/SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; WE'RE LOOKING AT ADDITIONAL DORMS TO HOUSE STUDENTS. OUR 10 YEAR MASTER PLAN BUILDS TO PROBABLY AROUND 2500 STUDENTS.))
[OUTQ=around 25-hundred students]
[runs= 10]

The school is looking to become the 3rd largest Mormon school, a plan that will require more growth on a small campus.

[SOT- 2:12:59]
[INQ=A student union...]

((A STUDENT UNION, OUR CAFETERIA, THOSE THINGS ARE HEAVILY IMPACTED WHEN WE GROW, SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THAT TYPE OF GROWTH.))
[OUTQ=at that type of growth]
[RUNS= 8]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT - 2:41:32]
[INQ=Though the incoming freshmen...]

((RICHARD LESKO/rlesko@wdbj7.com; THOUGH THE INCOMING FRESHMEN ARE AS NERVOUS AS ANY OTHER NEW STUDENT, THEY SAY MAKING FRIENDS IS EASIER HERE BECAUSE OF THE RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION.))
[OUTQ=because of the religious affiliation.]
[RUNS= 8]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT- 2:21:59]
[INQ=It's like automatic friends...]

((CHRISTINE STEWART/SOUTHERN VIRGINIA FRESHMAN; IT'S LIKE AUTOMATIC FRIENDS WHEREVER YOU GO WITHIN YOUR CHURCH AND RELIGION. THEY BELIEVE THE SAME THINGS YOU DO, SO IT MAKES IT EASIER TO COMMUNICATE AND HANG OUT WITH THEM.))
[OUTQ=hang out with them.]
[RUNS= 12]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT - 2:17:37]
[INQ=There are a lot...]

((BARSLAND JUDD/SOUTHERN VIRGINIA FRESHMAN; THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM MY RELIGION HERE, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE TO GET TO KNOW IN THE AREA.))
[OUTQ=know in the area.]
[RUNS= 7]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT - 2:23:13]
[INQ=It felt like a second...]

((JENNY CHERRIMAN/SOUTHERN VIRGINIA SOPHOMORE; IT FELT LIKE A SECOND HOME HERE. LIKE AT FIRST I DID NOT WANT TO COME TO COLLEGE, BUT THEN I VISITED HERE, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE PLACE AND PEOPLE HERE... IT'S INCREDIBLE.))
[OUTQ=people here, it's incredible]
[RUNS= 9]

And despite the recent growth the school and students want to keep the sense of community, no matter how large the school grows. Richard Lesko, News 7, Buena Vista.))
[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/LHI]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A tanker truck overturned on Route 460 in Giles County yesterday spilling 5-thousand gallons of diesel fuel.
Officials say NO water was contaminated by the fuel- but police say the accident caused 75 thousand dollars in damage to a used car dealership.
Charges are pending against the driver of the tanker truck.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


50 employees were forced out of the Fountain Square building on Second Street in Roanoke earlier this week because of a fungus found in the top floor. The fungus is similar to what's found in a typical basement.
While it's not hazardous, the growth smelled bad and could induce allergy like symptoms.
The space is occupied by Carilion. The company is currently looking for office space for the displaced employees.


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There's was no winner in last night's 200- million- dollar Powerball jackpot.
The jackpot will roll over to Saturday night's drawing, which officials say should be worth nearly 300- million dollars.
The game is played in 21 states, including West Virginia.
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[TAKE FS BOARD WITH WINNING NUMBERS]
Last night's winning numbers were two-28-30-36-and-39 with a Powerball number of ten.
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Now here's Shannon Young with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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