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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... temperatures will cool off today into the upper 70's...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has an early look at your weekend forecast coming up right after the news...




[7-11Anthem-Trigon]


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The public got to voice its opinion on whether Trigon should merge with Anthem...
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Fifteen witnesses appeared yesterday morning before the State Corporation Commission.
The S-C-C must decide whether to approve the deal.
Anthem currently provides health care services to more than eight million people in eight different states.
Concerns were raised yesterday about complaints made by Anthem customers in other states regarding slow payments and denial of claims.
Trigon officials say they have thoroughly reviewed Anthem and remain confident that the merger will be a good thing for its customers.
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[IN Q=We found Anthem to be a very responsive, customer-focused company.]
[SUPER=01-Tom Snead/Trigon Chief Executive Officer;]
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[OUT Q=getting together of two very exceptional companies]
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If allowed, the merger would create the fifth largest healthcare company in the country.
The S-C-C did not rule yesterday but is taking the public comments under advisement.
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[7-11Crawford]


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A prominent figure in Salem is taking on Trigon for its lack of medical coverage. Salem's Circuit court clerk- and onetime Salem football star Chance Crawford blames the insurance company and the city for failure to cover his medical treatments.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Month;]

In a motivational talk just a week ago at Cave Spring High School, Crawford sounded upbeat. He talked briefly about the play that cost him the use of his legs in 1980, but there was no mention of the lawsuit his attorneys filed in federal court yesterday. They say the City's Health Plan Administrator concluded a procedure Crawford needs is NOT experimental and SHOULD be covered. But Trigon has turned him down, and now says all of Crawford's appeals have been exhausted.
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[7-11Bridge-Suicide]


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One state agency says that a Lynchburg woman's suicide last summer could have been prevented- another state agency doesn't agree...
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48-year-old Teresa Wilkerson died after jumping off the Rivermont bridge last August after a long history of mental illness.
The Department of Rights for Virginians with Disabilities ruled in May that Wilkerson would be alive today had the local community services board properly diagnosed her.
But a new report from the state Mental Health Department finds "no" neglect by the C-S-B.
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[IN Q=The concern here]

((PHIL THEISEN/LYNCHBURG DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS ASSOCIATION: THE CONCERN HERE IS, THIS IS TYPICAL OF REPORTS WE'VE SEEN, NOT ONLY WITH THIS COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY, BUT WHEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH DOES AN EVALUATION, WE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE I'VE NEVER SEEN A REPORT COME OUT FINDING WRONGDOING.))
[SUPER=01-Phil Theisen/Depressive Disorders Association;]
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[OUT Q=finding wrongdoing.]
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Wilkerson's father reportedly is considering a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and- or the community services board.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The sun makes a return appearance today, with mild temperatures sticking around.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, straight ahead.






[45-11Halifax-Fire]


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Authorities say a fire that killed three Halifax County sisters was NOT intentionally set.
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[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./February;]

The February blaze killed 14-year old Lacey Wright and her younger sisters, Jessica and Christina. Authorities initially treated the blaze as suspicious. But after months of working on the case-- investigators say the fatal fire will be ruled ACCIDENTAL. Authorities were not able to determine how the fire started. But say there is NO evidence it was intentionally set or was the result of criminal activity.
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[45-11Grayson-Quarry]


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They are just a stone's throw away from a noisy company- and some Grayson County residents say they are fed up.
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[SUPER=03-Grayson Co.;]

Cardinal Stone Quarry wants to expand its operations. They're asking the county to re-zone 120-acres so they can work on the land. But the request is upsetting homeowners surrounding the business. They're organizing a campaign to stop the proposal... saying there's no reason to justify expansion.
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((GINA ISOM/CONCERNED RESIDENT; THERE ARE MANY LANDOWNERS HERE THAT FEEL THAT THEY HAVE DAMAGE FROM THE QUARRY ALREADY AND THE FUMES THE EXHAUST THE NOISE AND SO MANY THINGS INTERRUPT THE NEIGHBORHOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Gina Isom/Concerned Resident;]
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(Eye-Some) Isom says 1-hundred residents plan to protest at the Board of Supervisors meeting tonight. Cardinal Stone meanwhile says they will compromise with residents by filing for a conditional use permit... saying it will address concerns about noise, dust and safety.
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[45-6-Bedford-Update]


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It's taking a little longer than expected to re-open the Eastbound lanes of Route 460 between Thaxton and Bedford.

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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Monday;]

V-DOT had originally hoped to re-open one lane yesterday but were unable to do so because of contaminated soil caused by Monday's tanker accident.
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[45-11Goshen-Bridge]


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The Town of Goshen has traffic flowing again on a re-built a historic bridge...
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The original version opened in 1891 -- but it deteriorated over the years and became unsafe.
Historic preservation groups worked with transportation and construction officials to come up with the new design, which looks almost exactly like the old one.
Building the new bridge cost more than 2-million dollars -- money that came from Rockbridge County as well as state and federal funds..
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(("IT'S BEEN PUT OFF AND PUT OFF SO THEY FINALLY CAME TO THE END OF GETTING IT DONE. SO TODAY IT'S DONE AND FINISHED AND WE'RE PROUD OF IT"))
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[OUT Q=we're proud of it]
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The new bridge remains on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, just like its predecessor.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
After some much- needed showers across the area, we'll see sunny and mild weather for the next couple of days.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete outlook, after the news.






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Expect some delays if you're planning to travel northbound on I-81 in Rockbridge County.
A tractor- trailer has over- turned in the median, between mile marker 179 and 180.
One northbound lane is closed.

[8-11Anthony]


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A 72-year old Henry County businessman is going to jail for polluting the Blackberry Creek.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Richard Anthony had already admitted to violating the Clean Water Act. Yesterday, a federal magistrate ordered him to serve 12 months in a minimum- security prison and pay the county 31-thousand dollars in restitution. That's what Public Service Authority officials and the judge determined it cost to clean up the plant and keep it from polluting the creek. Anthony told Keith Humphry he can't afford even the 50-dollar monthly payments the judge ordered him to make.
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((I SACRIFICED. MY FAMILY HAS SACRIFICED TO KEEP THAT PLANT RUNNING. I HAVE NOTHING. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.))
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Because Anthony's wife suffered a heart attack Friday, he'll be given several weeks before he must begin serving time.

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[8-11OWinston-Link]


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A little piece of Roanoke's history is now on display at the State Capitol. Visitors can now get a glimpse into the final years of Roanoke's Norfolk and Western railway.
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Organizers of the O. Winston Link Museum, which is under construction, presented Governor Mark Warner yesterday with a reminder of the area's steam power.
Six photographs from the museum's collection of 250 will be on loan to the Commonwealth.
They will be displayed in both the State house and Executive Mansion.
Governor Warner had expressed interest in the famed photographer's work during his visit to inspect the tire fire.

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[IN Q=While in Roanoke the Governor took the opportunity]
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[OUT Q=represented in Richmond.]
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The O. Winston Link Museum is scheduled to open in October 2003.
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