[7-11Halifax-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-02 TC39:19]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation]

Authorities are investigating a house fire in Halifax County, which THEY consider suspicious.
The fire killed three children and injured a fourth.
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[VO-NAT]


The blaze near Nathalie took the life of 14 year old Lacey Wright, shown here in a yearbook photo... along with her younger sisters Jessica and Christina.
The girls older brother Wayne managed to escape along with their mother and stepfather.
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


Sheriff Jeff Oakes says his deputies are treating the fire as suspicious because it did not start in an area with a heat source like a stove or fireplace.
He's asking anyone with information to call his office.
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[IN Q=Anything that we]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff]
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[OUT Q=for us in our investigation.]
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[VO-NAT]


Investigators are sifting through some potential leads.
Sheriff Oakes says the family did not have insurance and lost everything in the blaze.
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[7-11Optical-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Optical Cable]


Optical Cable is in big trouble with The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
It found widespread violations in Optical Cable's hiring practices.
Under a consent agreement between the company and the E-E-O-C, the company must pay 75-thousand dollars to a man who was fired because he's black.
At the same time, half a million dollars must go into an escrow account.
175 thousand dollars more must be added to the account next year, and another 175-thousand the year after that.
It'll be used to satisfy claims filed by blacks and women who believe Optical Cable discriminated against them.

[7-11XGR-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC2:08:44]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]

Today lawmakers will battle it out, voting on the final plans for the state budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Both the House and Senate will vote today on the budget proposals that came out of committee over the weekend.
Yesterday, House Democrats questioned the financial stewardship of Republicans, citing problems in the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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[IN Q=We have billions ]

((DEL. KEN MELVIN: WE HAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT ARE MISSING, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. MARK WARNER'S TALKING ABOUT BRINGING IN THE AUDITOR, HE OUGHT TO BE BRINGING IN THE COPS.)) ((DEL. SCOTT LINGAMFELTER: I APPLAUD THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND DIFFER WE WILL, SOME SAY DIFFER WE SHALL, BUT ONE THING I SAY IS FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS NOT BLAMING.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Ken Melvin/(D) Portsmouth; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Scott Lingamfelter/(R) Woodbridge; :12]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Today's budget session will bring plenty of debate, but Republicans have a solid majority in the House and the work of the Appropriations Committee should pass with few modifications.

[45-11Halifax-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-02 TC39:19]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation]

Three children are dead, and one injured after a house fire in Halifax County. Authorities are calling the fire suspicious.
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[VO-NAT]


The blaze near Nathalie took the life of 14 year old Lacey Wright, shown here in a yearbook photo... along with her younger sisters Jessica and Christina.
The girls older brother Wayne managed to escape along with their mother and stepfather.
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


Sheriff Jeff Oakes says his deputies are treating the fire as suspicious because it did not start in an area with a heat source like a stove or fireplace.
He's asking anyone with information to call his office.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Anything that we]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=for us in our investigation.]
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[VO-NAT]


Investigators are sifting through some potential leads.
Sheriff Oakes says the family did not have insurance and lost everything in the blaze.
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[45-11Noel-Taylor]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-60 TC1:56:21]
[GRAPHIC=Noel Taylor]

The General Assembly gathered to remember The Reverend Noel C. Taylor.
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[VO-NAT]


During Black History Month, members of the House have highlighted the contributions of African Americans.
[SUPER=04-File Tape; (over Noel Taylor Video)]


Yesterday, Delegate Chip Woodrum spoke of Roanoke's longtime mayor, and respected minister.
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[SOT 02:21:45 :15]
[IN Q=Noel Taylor]

((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: NOEL TAYLOR HAD A CLEAR AND CONTINUOUS AFFECTION FOR ALL OF THE CITIZENS OF HIS CITY. THAT AFFECTION MR. SPEAKER WAS RETURNED TO HIM TEN-FOLD BY ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF HIS CITY AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.)) ((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: THE DELEGATE FROM ROANOKE HAS TOLD ONLY HALF THE STORY. HE WAS AN AMAZING AND OUTSTANDING GENTLEMAN.))
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[OUT Q=amazing and outstanding gentleman.]
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[VO-NAT]


The House of Delegates adjourned yesterday in honor of Reverend Taylor.
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[45-11John-Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC1:32:44]
[GRAPHIC=John Warner]

Senator Warner is looking to jump start business at the Radford Ammunition Plant.
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[VO-NAT :17]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

During a campaign stop in Roanoke yesterday morning, the longtime Virginia lawmaker addressed questions regarding impending layoffs at the Radford plant. The cuts are being blamed on a recent decision to give a munitions contract to a Canadian company instead of the Virginia plant.
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[IN Q=The key to it is as follows...]

((SEN. JOHN WARNER/(R) VIRGINIA: THE KEY TO IT IS AS FOLLOWS. WE'VE GOT TO MAKE THAT ARSENAL MORE COMPETITIVE. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT EVERY CONTRACT WILL BE KEPT THERE BUT, WE'LL TRY AND SEE IF THERE'S OTHER WORK THAT CAN BE BROUGHT.))
[SUPER=@Johnwarner;]
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[OUT Q=other work that can be brought.]
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[VO-NAT :11]

Warner says its crucial for the U-S to share defense contracts with its allies. The Republican, who turned 75 on Monday, hopes Virginians will re-elect him to a fifth term.
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[8-11Optical-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Optical Cable]

Optical Cable is under fire from the Equal Employment Opportunity .
It found widespread violations in Optical Cable's hiring practices.
Under a consent agreement between the company and the E-E-O-C, the company must pay 75-thousand dollars to a man who was fired because he's black.
At the same time, half a million dollars must go into an escrow account.
175 thousand dollars more must be added to the account next year, and another 175-thousand the year after that.
It'll be used to satisfy claims filed by blacks and women who believe Optical Cable discriminated against them.

[8-11Intermet-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=02-01 TC56:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Five "steelworker-union" officials are charged in a scam in which they embezzled more than 20 thousand dollars in union funds.
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[VO-NAT :30]
[SUPER=03-Radford/March 2000]


A federal indictment returned Tuesday night charges the officials paid themselves 11-thousand dollars from a relief fund.
Intermet and the union set up the fund after an explosion two years ago that killed three workers and closed the plant for months.
Joseph William Burress, Rhonda Lorraine Creed, William Edward Fricker, Elizabeth Jane George and Edward Alexander Ramsey allegedly took the money
Other workers were not made aware of the fund's existence... and others in greater need were denied fund benefits.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The grand jury also indicted four of the officials for using union funds for personal benefit over several years, going back to 19-96.

[8-11Hinson]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A South Boston man is being charged with attempted "murder for hire. " A federal indictment says 60-year-old Leo Hinson tried to hire an acquaintance to kill Eric Brown and his wife.
Brown was scheduled to testify against an associate of Hinson in a North Carolina court. Authorities allege Hinson was willing to pay 50-thousand dollars to carry out the killing, and discussed another possible murder. Hinson was arrested earlier this month and is being held without bond.

[8-11Tynan]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Blacksburg man is accused of using the internet to scam thousands of dollars from people across the country.
24 year old Matthew W. Tynan is charged with 12 counts of larceny.
Blacksburg police say Tynan placed ads to sell mountain bike equipment and collected money using the internet service PayPal, but never delivered the equipment.
Victims, mainly on the West Coast and Southwestern U-S, lost more than eight-thousand dollars.
[BIRTHDAYS!] 2/22/02
Friday:

[SUPER=130-2/Daniel Pugh/Salem]



[SUPER=130-1/Andrew Hodges/Glade Hill]



[SUPER=130-1/Semone Anderson/Brookneal]



[SUPER=130-/Betty Kirk/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=130-46/Fred Sink/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-12/Kiara Schoefield/Ridgeway]



[SUPER=130-2/Abigail Taylor/Hamilton]



[SUPER=130-82/George Henley/Radford]


Anniversary:WOW!
[SUPER=130-55th/Howard & Katie Cook/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-/Cary Perkins/Natural Bridge] on bridge computer


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-84/Nadine Flora/Boones Mill]



[SUPER=131-50/John Duncan/Dublin]



[SUPER=131-/Dennis Smith/Bedford]



[SUPER=131-/JoAnn Anderson/Bedford]



[SUPER=131-/Kristina Porter/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-/Dustin Hatchett/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-/Susan Gardner/Snow Creek]


[SUPER=131-52/Joseph Muse/Rocky Mount]