[7-11VA-Services]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-01 TC14:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


With the recent budget shortfall, the V-A health system has had to make many changes.
With so many veteran seeking care, the agency must now limit who is eligable for services.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


The V-A in Salem says its patient load has risen 60-percent in the last ten years. But it doesn't have the resources to meet the growing demand.
In fact, the medical center is predicting a 7 to 8 million dollar shortfall for 2004.
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[SOT 14:01:11]
[IN Q=We operate undre a continual]

((STEPHEN LEMONS/VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER; WE OPERATE UNDER A CONTINUAL SHORTFALL OF FUNDING TO REALLY MEET THE TRUE DEMAND FOR VETERANS THAT ARE COMING IN FOR CARE. WE HAVE A WAITING LIST OF SOME 2-THOUSAND VETERANS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET IN))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Lemons/Veterans Administration Medical Center]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=try to get in]
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[VO-NAT]


And this is a national problem that has prompted the V-A health care system to make some changes.
Higher income veterans who do not have service-related ailments will no longer be able to enroll in the system.
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[SOT 14:03:48]
[IN Q=Although this will not impact]

(( ALTHOUGH THIS WILL NOT IMPACT A LARGER NUMBER OF VETERANS. VETERANS WHO TRADITIONALLY HAVE BEEN ELIGIBLE FOR CARE WILL BE LIMITED))
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[OUT Q=will be limited]
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[VO-NAT]


Other changes include higher co-payments on medication as well as "in patient" and "out patient" services.
Lemons says the President is requesting a significant increase in funding for the V-A in 2004.
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[7-11Civic-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-03 TC34:35]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A fight is brewing over alcohol sales at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The facility currently sells beer at professional sporting events, but the city has applied for an ABC license that would allow alcoholic beverages at any event.
Civic Center officials say the change is needed to remain competitive, but the proposal is raising concerns.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I've already had ]

((REV. MARK WASHINGTON/HOLLINS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: I'VE ALREADY HAD PEOPLE TO TELL ME THAT AS IT IS NOW THEY DON'T CARRY THEIR FAMILIES THERE TO SOME OF THESE EVENTS WHERE THEY KNOW THAT ALCOHOL IS BEING SOLD AND IF THIS EXPANDS, I'VE HAD OTHER FOLKS SAY YOU KNOW WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE GOING AT ALL.)) ((CHIP SNEAD/CIVIC FACILITIES ACTING DIRECTOR: WE WILL DECIDE VERY CAREFULLY. AND I CAN ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT WE WILL ERR ON THE SIDE OF BEING PRUDENT AND CONSERVATIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark Washington/Hollins Road Baptist Church; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Snead/Civic Facilities Acting Director; :15]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=being prudent and conservative.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will hold a hearing on the city's request later this month.

Opponents are meeting Monday night at Hollins Road Baptist Church.
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[Campbell-Ax]


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



There might be some traffic tie-ups on Route 29 south in Campbell County.
Authorities are working an accident right before the Altavista exit. Route 29 southbound is reduced to one lane.

[45-11XGR]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-]
[GRAPHIC=None]

According to Republican Speaker of the House Bill Howell, former Governor George Allen and current Governor Mark Warner have very little in common.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Yesterday, Howell compared Warner to Allen, who as a Republican governor was forced to work with a Democratic -controlled legislature.
The Speaker says Warner has not been effective in getting his initiatives through the legislature.
For instance, allowing governors to run for re-election.
Warner says he "completely disagrees" and that most of his proposals are moving forward.
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[SOT 13:33:02]
[IN Q=LOOK AT WHAT GEORGE]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bill Howell/(R) House Speaker; :00]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :13]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=WITHOUT BROAD-BASED SUPPORT]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner says there are more Republicans in the legislature now than there were Democrats during Allen's term in office.
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[45-11Missing-Boy]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC1:40:52]
[GRAPHIC=Logan Bowman]


Investigators are still searching for a five year old boy who disappeared almost a month ago.
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[VO-NAT]

Logan Nathaniel Bowman has been missing since January eighth. With some help from volunteers, the Sheriff's office says it conducted an all-out search for Logan Monday, but they did not find anything.
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co.;]

Officials say ideally, they would conduct extensive searches everyday, but realistically they just can't.
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[SOT 5:24]
[IN Q=WE HAVE A MURDER]

((JERRY WILSON/GRAYSON CO. SHERIFF: WE HAVE A MURDER WE'RE STILL WORKING ON. WE JUST LOCATED A MAN WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SINCE LAST JUNE. WE ANSWER SEVERAL CALLS DURING THE DAYS AND NIGHTS. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MANPOWER TO DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Wilson/Grayson Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=MANPOWER TO DO IT]
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[VO-NAT]

Meanwhile, Logan's mother Cynthia Davis is being held under a 100-thousand dollar bond for child endangerment. She is scheduled to appeal the bond later this morning in Circuit Court.
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[Campbell-Ax]


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



There might be some traffic tie-ups on Route 29 south in Campbell County.
Authorities are working an accident right before the Altavista exit. Route 29 southbound is reduced to one lane.

[8-AM-DMV]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=02-]
[GRAPHIC=DMV Reopening]

The D-M-V in Rocky Mount will re-open later today, and the one in Bedford will re- open next week. But along with the re-openings, come limited days and limited service.
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[VO-NAT from 02-33 1:39:33]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/October]

The offices were among several to close last fall as a result of state budget cutbacks. Starting today, the D-M-V begins operating "Drivers License Travel Teams", but don't go to their former offices.
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[TAKE FS BOARD]
The D-M-V will set up shop at the Rocky Mount Armory Thursdays and Fridays and at the Bedford Armory Mondays and Tuesdays. The hours are 9-30 to 3-30.
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[ANCHOR-Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]

You can renew your license, and take or written or vision test, but most other D-M-V services must still be performed at a permanent location.

[8-11Missing-Boy]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC1:40:52]
[GRAPHIC=Logan Bowman]


Investigators are still searching for a five year old boy who disappeared almost a month ago.
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[VO-NAT]

Logan Nathaniel Bowman has been missing since January eighth. With some help from volunteers, the Sheriff's office says it conducted an all-out search for Logan Monday, but they did not find anything.
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co.;]

Officials say ideally, they would conduct extensive searches everyday, but realistically they just can't.
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[SOT 5:24]
[IN Q=WE HAVE A MURDER]

((JERRY WILSON/GRAYSON CO. SHERIFF: WE HAVE A MURDER WE'RE STILL WORKING ON. WE JUST LOCATED A MAN WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SINCE LAST JUNE. WE ANSWER SEVERAL CALLS DURING THE DAYS AND NIGHTS. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MANPOWER TO DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Wilson/Grayson Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=MANPOWER TO DO IT]
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[VO-NAT]

Meanwhile, Logan's mother Cynthia Davis is being held under a 100-thousand dollar bond for child endangerment. She is scheduled to appeal the bond later this morning in Circuit Court. (------------)