[11Ronile]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-21 TC1:04:37]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


An explosion at a Rocky Mount industrial plant sent two men to the hospital ... one of them with life-threatening burns.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


It happened just before one o-clock yesterday afternoon at the (Row-nile) Ronile plant.
The plant's owner says workers were servicing a boiler when it exploded.
John Gregory -- an outside contractor-- suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body and remains in critical condition this morning.
(Row-nile) Ronile employee Jeff Jones had burns to his face and lungs and is in fair condition.
Both went to U-V-A Medical Center's burn unit.
At the time of the blast, about 80 of the plant's 250 workers were inside.
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[SOT 8:54:53 - 8:55:04]
[IN Q=I was in the plant]

((TOMMY CAMPBELL/RONILE EMPLOYEE: I WAS IN THE PLANT AND ALL I HEARD WAS AN EXPLOSION AND THE BUILDING SHOOK. I RAN OUTSIDE AND SAW SMOKE AND FLAMES COMING OUT THE TOP OF THE BUILDING.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Campbell/Ronile Employee;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=top of the building.]
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[VO-NAT]


Emergency officials say they're investigating what caused the boiler to explode.
They say the plant has an excellent safety record.
(Row-nile) Ronile makes and dyes yarn used in carpets.
The plant's owner says MOST employees will be called back to work later today.
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[VOB-Arsenal-River]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-30 TC 5:08]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Many residents are still unhappy with a plan to block recreation on the New River.
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[VO-NAT :19.5]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Over 1-hundred people attended a hearing in Blacksburg last night. The Radford Arsenal wants to control access to the part of the waterway near it for security reasons. Originally they wanted to close the 4-miles ... but under pressure from outdoors men they compromised. Now boaters would be able to travel through the area - but NOT to stop and fish.
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[SOT 16:34:25 // 2:09:04]
[IN Q=i feel ]

((BRIAN BUTLER/COMMANDER RADFORD ARSENAL; I FEEL ITS A GREAT COMPROMISE ON OUR PART AND I FEEL I CAN DO THIS WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE SECURITY OF THE PLANT.)) ((MARIANNA FILLMORE/CONCERNED RESIDENT; IT IS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION HOW CLOSING ACCESS TO THE ARSENAL SECTION OF THE RIVER WILL SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF THE ARSENAL TERRORISTS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND COULD EASILY PENETRATE THE PROPERTY BY LAND, BY WATER, OR AIR.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Butler/Radford Arsenal Commander; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marianna Fillmore/Concerned Resident; :10]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=BY WATER, OR AIR.]
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[VO-NAT]

The public can submit comments until August 30th. A District Commander will consider them and make a recommendation to the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D-C. Their final decision could be implemented fairly quickly.
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[11L'burg-Firefighters]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-16 TC1:58:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Lynchburg firefighters say they don't have enough manpower- and it's time the public knows about it. Firefighters say the shortages could someday threaten the safety of firefighters and the citizens they protect.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


The local firefighters association says a recent lack of personnel has forced the department to put equipment and an entire fire station out of service.
They hope city leaders take note and start looking at how to pay for more positions.
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[SOT 13:36:36]
[IN Q=We still teeter]

((ART LIPSCOMB/L'BURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE STILL TEETER IN A DELICATE BALANCE. CHIEF MARTINETTE WAS QUOTED IN THE PAPER AS SAYING THERE IS A DELICATE BALANCE OF WHAT COMMUNITY IS WILLING TO PAY FOR AND WHAT THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS. THIS IS VERY TRUE. I HOPE THAT AFTER TODAY, THE PUBLIC WILL START TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PROTECTION THEY HAVE AND WHAT THEY NEED AND WANT.))
[SUPER=01-Art Lipscomb/Lynchburg Firefighters Association]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=they need and want.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lipscomb says the firefighters still fully support Chief Buddy Martinette.
Martinette says it's "unfortunate" the association shared its concerns through the media, and not with city leaders.
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[Traficant]


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


In national news--
James Traficant is no longer a U-S Congressman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Yesterday on Capitol Hill, his colleagues voted 420 to one to remove the nine- term Democrat for taking kickbacks, soliciting bribes, and other charges.
The only lawmaker voting against Traficant's expulsion was Congressman Gary Condit.
[SUPER=03-Youngstown, OH;]


As for his constituents in Ohio, some support his ouster.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Congress needs]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=move on.]
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[VO-NAT]


Others, meanwhile, say this is just another chapter in Traficant's colorful career.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I like him]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=in government]
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[VO-NAT]


Traficant will be sentenced next week.
Prosecutors are seeking a seven- year prison term.

(-----------)[Time-Warner]



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


There are accounting questions today for yet another major U-S company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining a series of transactions that boosted revenue at A-O-L Time Warner.
The Chief Executive of the world's largest media company calls it a "fact- finding mission."
Meanwhile, A-O-L Time Warner stock dropped 15- cents a share yesterday, despite the Wall Street boom.
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[11US-Airways]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-27 TC25:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An official of US Airways says the next ten days may determine whether the airline files for bankruptcy protection.
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[VO-NAT]


US Airways has lined up federal loan guarantees for 900- million dollars in new financing, but the deal depends on successful agreements with the airline's labor groups.
Pilots and flight attendants have agreed to concessions, but unions representing customer service agents and maintenance workers are still negotiating.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Without those agreements]

((JOHN TINGLE/DISTRICT SALES MANAGER: WITHOUT THOSE AGREEMENTS WE HAVE PUBLICLY STATED THAT WE WILL SEEK THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT, AND THEN WE WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEM TO GET RELIEF FOR THOSE CONTRACTS.))
[SUPER=01-John Tingle/District Sales Manager]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=for those contracts.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


District Sales Manager John Tingle says the airline would continue to fly, after filing for bankruptcy protection.
Yesterday, he told members of the Roanoke Kiwanis Club, that operations at Roanoke Regional Airport should not be affected.
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[11TSA-Hiring]


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


The newest branch of the U-S Department of Transportation will screen and interview airport personnel applicants over the next six weeks at a Staunton-area motel.
The Transportation Security Administration is recruiting security screeners, administrators and managers for airports.
The T-S-A expects about one thousand candidates to report to Ingleside Resort near the intersections of Interstates 81 and 64.

[Marketwatch]


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


In business news, Is the rally sustainable? That's the question facing Wall Street today following yesterday's big gains.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Runnion]


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


Thousands of mourners joined Samantha Runnion's mother at a California cathedral last night to say goodbye to the five- year- old.
They say what happened to Samantha could have happened to anyone's child.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Garden Grove, CA;]


Samantha was abducted from just outside her home last week.
Her body was found the next day.
A former neighbor is charged with her murder.
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[6-Tire-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-18 TC1:40:45]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

The parents of the Roanoke County teenager accused of setting that massive tire fire earlier this year say their son is innocent and they want a new attorney to vigorously defend their child. Punishment was supposed to be fixed yesterday afternoon for the 15- year old boy. He was released yesterday from the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]

But at the last minute-- the case was continued after the boy's parents told the judge they had hired a new attorney to represent their son. Mac Doubles had been representing the boy-- After court-- Doubles said he had no problem with the parents decision-- He says the only thing that troubled him was the fact the teenager was admitted to a mental hospital while he working on his defense.
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[SOT 15:14:07]
[IN Q=As his attorney]

((MAC DOUBLES/ARSON SUSPECT'S FORMER ATTORNEY; AS HIS ATTORNEY AM I DEALING WITH SOMEONE WHO'S CALM AND COMPETENT OR RATIONAL OR AM I DEALING WITH SOMEONE WHO'S HAVING ACTIVE PSYCHOSIS....DEALING WITH HIS DEFENSE.))
[SUPER=01-Mac Doubles/Arson Suspect's Former Attorney;]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=dealing with his defense.]
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[anchor=Kim]
[ss=HOLD]

Jeff Dorsey will now represent the boy- - who was found responsible for setting two fires.

[11Capitol-Renovations]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-33 TC42:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Tens of millions of dollars in repairs and renovations to Virginia's Capitol are on hold.
That's because policy-makers aren't sure the state can afford them.
Architects and engineers are now trying to re-calculate the costs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


The Capitol itself -- first built to Thomas Jefferson's designs in 17-88 -- needs a refitting from foundation-to-roof.
That could cost as much as 90-million dollars.
One financing option that officials are willing to consider is asking for private contributions. A few other states have done that.
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[6-Art-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-34 TC02:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Art Museum of Western Virginia will soon be looking for a new executive director.
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[VO-NAT :17]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Current director, Judy Larson, has accepted a position as head of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DCTERMS. During her slightly more than four years in Roanoke, Larson's been instrumental in acquiring masterpieces that have earned the Art Museum national attention.
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[SOT 8:41:54-8:42:14]
[IN Q=I feel through the Fralin Trust...]

((JUDY LARSON/ART MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: I FEEL THROUGH THE FRALIN TRUST WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ADD SPECTACULAR PAINTINGS TO THE COLLECTION... AS WELL AS ARCHIVES AND PHOTOGRAPHS. THAT WAS A WONDERFUL GIFT TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Judy Larson/Art Museum of Western Virginia;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=to the entire community.]
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[VO-NAT :15]

Larson's also seen the organization through the planning stages of the museum's new building and IMAX theatre. She plans to stay in Roanoke through September and expects the museum's board to conduct a national search for her replacement.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]




[11Park-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=net ]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Roanoke police finally know WHO got shot in Loudon Park this week.
But they still don't know who did it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday;]


The victim was 25-year-old Dorian Deon Pierce. A native of Detroit, Pierce had been in the Roanoke Valley just a few months.
Fingerprint records from other police departments helped confirm his identity.
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[11Warner-Howell]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-25 TC57:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Could the state's budget problems be ushering in an era of bipartisanship in Richmond?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Democratic Governor Mark Warner and Republican Speaker-designate Bill Howell met yesterday for a "get-to-know-you lunch" at the Executive Mansion.
Although they arrived separately, both said that working together will be a priority during the next General Assembly as the state grapples with one of the worst budget shortfalls in its history.
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[SOT 11:47:17-28]
[IN Q=SAME WAY I TRIED TO WORK WITH THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER]

((GOVERNOR WARNER: SAME WAY I TRIED TO WORK WITH THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, SPEAKER WILKINS, I THINK ITS VERY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY DURING THESE CHALLENGING BUDGET TIMES THAT WE WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION.))
[SOT 11:44:18-27]

((SPEAKER DESIGNATE BILL HOWELL: MY VIEW IS THAT THE BUDGET OUTLOOK AT THIS POINT IS SO GRIM THAT WE'RE OBVIOUSLY ALL GOING TO HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER ON IT...IT'S MY HOPE.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bill Howell/Speaker-Designate; :12]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=IT'S MY HOPE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Government revenues for the budget year that ended last month were down 3-point-8 percent.
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[11Pony-Swim]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 77 year old tradition continued yesterday on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chincoteague]


About 150 wild ponies hit the water at Assateague Island and swam 80 yards across a channel to Chincoteague.
50 thousand tourists looked on.
Yearlings and younger will be auctioned later today to thin the herd and raise money for the town's volunteer fire department.
Firefighters care for the animals all year long and drive the ponies into the water for the swim.
Ponies that aren't sold will swim back tomorrow to roam free for another year on a national wildlife refuge.
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[11Roark]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-26 TC34:47]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

The man who runs the Cable T-V outlet in Henry County has been sentenced to serve 90-days in jail.
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[V/O-NAT SOT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Charles Roark got caught stealing C-D's from WalMart in Roanoke last November. He told the judge yesterday that he couldn't explain it, except that he has an impulse problem.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 27:57]
[IN Q=When those impulses ]

((CHARLES ROARK/CABLE SIX; WHEN THOSE IMPULSES DO OCCUR, I'VE GOT TO TAKE A QUICK FLASHBACK OF ALL THE MESS THAT I'VE CREATED MYSELF. AND THE VICTIMS THAT HAVE BEN VICTIMIZED BY MY BEHAVIOR. AND KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Roark/Cable Six]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=happening again.]
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[V/O-NAT SOT]

The prosecutor pointed out that Roark has managed to avoid any active prison time, so far, despite the fact that this is his FIFTH larceny conviction. She recommended 90 days to serve, and Judge Jonathan Apgar adopted that sentence, though he said Roark may qualify for work release. (---------------)