[7Wx-Headline]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Light drizzle is falling across the region today.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have more on that in just a few moments.





[7-Boys-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kor]
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Authorities are on the scene of a fire at the cottages at the Boys Home in Alleghany County this morning.
They have not said which one, but they do say everyone in that cottage has been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. We'll pass along any additional information as soon as it becomes available.

[Fuel-Leak]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A tractor trailer is leaking gas on Main Street in Salem.
Authorities say Westbound Main Street is blocked between Broad and Market Streets while crews clean up the fuel spill.

No word on when the road will re-open.[7-11Salem-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC58:48]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

A woman died last night after an accident in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Police say 42 year old Charlotte E. Church was pulling out of the Salem Valley 8 theater parking lot and drove into the path of an oncoming car driven by 20 year old Sherrete L. Watson.
Church was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and later died.
Her 13 year old daughter, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the other car was not seriously hurt.
At this point, charges have not been filed. Authorities are still investigating.
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[7-11Optical-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC1:59:25]
[GRAPHIC=Optical Cable]


A change in plans for Optical Cable Corporation - management has decided to focus on sales instead of Asian expansion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


That was the word at the annual shareholders meeting yesterday.
Last year, founder Bob Kopstein emphasized partnerships in China.
But he was fired early this year after suffering a number of financial losses that lead to the demise of the company's stock price.
It went from 14 dollars to under a dollar per share, in one year.
The sales push will likely get a boost from military contracts and the War on Terrorism.
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[IN Q=We really can do]

[TC:00:12:17] ((LUKE/VP OF SALES: WE REALLY CAN DO ANYTHING FROM FIBERING UP A HOSPITALS TO MILITARY TACTICAL CABLES AND MINING CABLES. SO THAT DIVERSITY HAS HELPED US QUITE A BIT.))
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[SUPER=01-Luke Huybrechts/Senior Vice-President of Sales]
[OUT Q=quite a bit.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Optical Cable's fiber was used in the Pentagon before it was attacked, and the company says it will be used in renovations.

[7-11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
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[TAPE#=01-59 TC2:42:52]
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Governor Mark Warner had great things to say about one of Bedford County's biggest employers....he also had a big check to give to them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Barr Laboratories announced yesterday it's spending seven million dollars to nearly double the size of its plant in Forest.
Bedford County is providing some financial incentives and Warner came bearing cash as well.
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[SOT 4:15:18]
[IN Q=I'm pleased that]

((GOV. MARK WARNER: I'M PLEASED THAT BARR IS STRENGTHENING ITS COMMITMENT TO THE COMMONWEALTH, AND ALONG WITH TRAINING AND OTHER INCENTIVES, I HAVE APPROVED 200- THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OPPORTUNITY FUND TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DEAL COULD HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=@markwarner]
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[OUT Q=this deal could happen.]
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[VO-NAT]


Barr currently employs about 265 people and the expansion figures to create 75 new jobs.
They hope to have it complete by July.
Barr is a leading manufacturer of generic medicines.
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[45-Boys-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

A fire this morning, at one of the cottages at the Boys Home in Alleghany County.
They have not said which one, but they do say everyone in that cottage has been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. Firefighters are on the scene. We'll pass along any additional information as soon as it becomes available.

[Fuel-Leak]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A tractor trailer is leaking gas on Main Street in Salem.
Authorities say Westbound Main Street is blocked between Broad and Market Streets while crews clean up the fuel spill.

No word on when the road will re-open.[45-11Salem-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC58:48]
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An accident in a parking lot in Salem has left one woman dead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Police say 42 year old Charlotte E. Church was pulling out of the Salem Valley 8 theater parking lot and drove into the path of an oncoming car driven by 20 year old Sherrete L. Watson.
Church was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and later died.
Her 13 year old daughter, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the other car was not seriously hurt.
At this point, charges have not been filed. Authorities are still investigating.
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[45-11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC2:42:52]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]

A company in Bedford County is receiving incentives from Governor Warner.
He handed out a check and compliments to one of the county's biggest employers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Barr Laboratories announced yesterday it's spending seven million dollars to nearly double the size of its plant in Forest.
Bedford County is providing some financial incentives and Warner came bearing cash as well.
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[SOT 4:15:18]
[IN Q=I'm pleased that]

((GOV. MARK WARNER: I'M PLEASED THAT BARR IS STRENGTHENING ITS COMMITMENT TO THE COMMONWEALTH, AND ALONG WITH TRAINING AND OTHER INCENTIVES, I HAVE APPROVED 200- THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OPPORTUNITY FUND TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DEAL COULD HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=@markwarner]
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[OUT Q=this deal could happen.]
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[VO-NAT]


Barr currently employs about 265 people and the expansion figures to create 75 new jobs.
They hope to have it complete by July.
Barr is a leading manufacturer of generic medicines.
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[45-11Henry-School]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Henry County's school system will stay as it is...at least for now.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

The Henry County School Board, minus two members, voted unanimously yesterday to cease action on a controversial school consolidation plan pending word from the County Board of Supervisors. The vote followed a recommendation made by the superintendent last week. Opponents say they know changes need to be made and that they hope to be heard when the topic is re-addressed.
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[IN Q=We know something's gonna have to be done ...]

((JUDY CLOUD/PARENT: WE KNOW SOMETHING'S GONNA HAVE TO BE DONE, THE AREA'S BEEN HIT TOO HARD. BUT LET'S HAVE A LITTLE BIT BETTER COMMUNICATION NEXT TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Judy Cloud/Parent;]
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[OUT Q=better communication next time.]
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School Board members are disappointed that the plan garnered little support from the Board of Supervisors. As for supervisor's plans to revive the issue...
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[IN Q=I don't know of anything...]

((KATHRYN WICKLINE/HENRY CO. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR: I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING AND WE WILL NOT BRING IT UP AGAIN UNTIL THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DO.))
[SUPER=01-Kathryn Wickline/Henry Co. School Board Chairperson;]
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[OUT Q=until the board of supervisors do.]
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The plan would have combined four high schools into two and turned carver Middle School into an elementary school next year.
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[8-Boys-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Authorities are now on the scene of a fire at the Boys Home in Alleghany County.
The blaze destroyed a staff residence hall.
Everyone was evacuated, and no one was injured.
Investigators are still looking for the cause.

[Fuel-Leak]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A tractor trailer is leaking gas on Main Street in Salem.
Authorities say Westbound Main Street is blocked between Broad and Market Streets while crews clean up the fuel spill.

No word on when the road will re-open.[8-11Salem-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC58:48]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A woman was killed, and her daughter was injured - in an accident in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Police say 42 year old Charlotte E. Church was pulling out of the Salem Valley 8 theater parking lot and drove into the path of an oncoming car driven by 20 year old Sherrete L. Watson.
Church was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and later died.
Her 13 year old daughter, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the other car was not seriously hurt.
At this point, charges have not been filed. Authorities are still investigating.
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[8-11DUI-Driving]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
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Roanoke County Supervisors have approved a proposal that will force drunk drivers pay for the damages they cause.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Sunday]


Supervisor Joe "Butch" Church proposed the ordinance that allows the county to recover the expense of responding to wrecks caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The fees would range from 500 to a thousand dollars and would be in addition to any criminal penalties.
There was some heated debate, but no one voted against it.
No word yet on when the fees will go into effect.
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[8-11ICU]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC1:48:46]
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Hospital officials say state-of-the-art technology and an increase in size will make their new intensive care unit a priceless investment.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Montgomery Regional Hospital's I-C-U is housed in a newly built three-story addition. Occupying all of the second floor, officials say it's triple the size of the current unit.
The number of patient beds is going from 8 to 10 and officials say technology is state of the art.
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[IN Q=WHAT WE CALL]

((REED KENNEDY/MRH CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; WHAT WE CALL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM WHEN NURSES AND PHYSICIANS CAN BASICALLY WHEEL A LAP TOP TO THE BEDSIDE AND LOOK AT INFORMATION THEIR ON THE PATIENTS LAB WORK ENTER INFORMATION IN AND THAT DOESN'T HAVEN'T TO PLUG IN ANYWHERE, IT JUST GOES WIRELESS BACK INTO OUR MAIN SYSTEM.))

[SUPER=01-Reed Kennedy/Chief Operating Officer;]
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[OUT Q=OUR MAIN SYSTEM.]
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[VO-NAT]

Construction took about a year and patients are set to be moved in next Wednesday. The project cost 4.8-million dollars. (------------)