[7-11Hiker-Fall]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC-2:59:07]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A nine year old girl is injured after falling down an embankment off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A park ranger says the girl was with her family on a fishing trip when she wandered off the trail...
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[VO-NAT - :11]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

and fell more than thirty feet down a steep embankment near the Roanoke River. Crews tried to airlift the girl at first, but decided that would take too long, so they devised another plan.
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[SOT-00:20:07]
[IN Q=WHAT WE ENDED ]

((CAPT. JONATHAN MCGUIRE/VINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT-WHAT WE ENDED UP DOING IS WE PUT A BOAT IN AT NIAGRA DAM ACROSS THE RIVER AND WE TOOK HER STRAIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE OTHER SHORE AND THEN WE WALKED HER BACK UP TO THE DAM AND TRANSPORTED HER BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Jonathan McGuire/Vinton Fire Department]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=to the hospital by ambulance.]
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[VO-NAT - :10]

The girl was transported to the hospital. This man who wished to remain unidentified was nearby when she fell and rushed to help before rescue crews arrived.
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[SOT00:1:30]
[IN Q=WE WERE JUST PASSING ]

((WE WERE JUST PASSING BY WHEN WE HEARD THAT A GIRL HAD FALLEN OFF A CLIFF. ME AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS SHANE, WHO'S STILL DOWN THERE, RAN DOWN THERE AS FAST AS WE COULD TO TRY AND DO SOME FIRST AID AND KEEP THE GIRL STILL... JUST TRY TO HELP OUT.))
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=TRY TO HELP OUT]
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[VO-NAT - :04+]

Authorities have not released the girl's name or condition.
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[7-Cole]


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


A man who operated a methamphetmine lab out of his Halifax home is headed to prison.
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[VO-NAT]

On Friday, 43 year old Thomas Wesley Cole Junior was sentenced to serve seven and a half years in a federal penitentiary.
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./July 2001]

He was arrested back in July 2001. A five year investigation revealed that Cole had been operating a multi-state drug organization that distributed marijuana, cocaine, crack and methamphetamine.
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[7-11Bell]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC-1:22:28]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2003]

Republican candidate Brandon Bell has won the primary in the 22nd Senate District.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./March;]

The Roanoke County resident says his immediate plans are to recover from the primary campaign. He says after that he'll get back to work talking to voters about his ideas. So far no Democrats have stepped forward, but Bell expects that to change.
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[SOT 2:40:27]
[IN Q=It's an open seat]

((BRANDON BELL/22ND DISTRICT REPUBLICAN NOMINEE: IT'S AN OPEN SEAT WE FULLY EXPECT THERE TO BE DEMOCRATS RUNNING AND COMPETING AND BEING COMPETITIVE AND WE'RE GOING GET OUR PEOPLE OUT AND COALESCE AS REPUBLICANS AND GET BEHIND MOVING FORWARD AND HOLDING THIS SEAT IN THE REPUBLICAN COLUMN.))
[SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/22nd District Republican Nominee;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=the republican column]
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[VO-NAT]

Bell has served in the General Assembly before and thinks his experience will make a difference. Nearly 25- hundred people voted in Saturday's Firehouse Primary. Bell won with 35- percent of the vote.
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[45-11Hylton]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC-3:10:26]
[GRAPHIC=Hylton]

Officer Scott Hylton's church family gathered in Floyd County yesterday morning in his memory.
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[VO-NAT :15 +]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Saturday;]

Hylton was a member of Topeca Church of the Brethren in Willis. Church leaders say he was active in the church and will be missed. The same pastor that married Scott and his wife will perform the fallen officer's funeral services tomorrow at 11 o'clock.
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[45-11Police-Week]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC-1:04:55]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Meanwhile, Police Week is taking on a deeper meaning this year for officers in Christiansburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Lieutenant Dalton Reid says the past few days have been extremely difficult.
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[SOT 20:35:24]
[IN Q=With the loss of]

((WITH THE LOSS OF SCOTT HYLTON, THAT'S THE SECOND OFFICER WE'VE LOST HERE IN THE TOWN OF CHRISTIANSBURG IN EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS AND IT'S NEVER EASY.))
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=it's never easy]

Reid says sometimes citizens forget their police officers are part of the community. He says unfortunately it sometimes takes a tragedy for people to realize the sacrifice officers are willing to make for the love of their communities.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:36:54]
[IN Q=We're t-ball coaches]

((LT.DALTON REID/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT: WE'RE T-BALL COACHES, WE'RE MEMBERS OF CHURCHES, WE'RE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OUT THERE AT FOOD LION RIGHT ALONG YOU SHOPPING. AND WE HOPE, OR WE LIKE TO THINK, THAT THE PERCEPTION IS THAT WE ARE THERE FOR EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Dalton Reid/Christiansburg Police Department;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=and every individual]
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[VO-NAT]

The Christiansburg Police Department usually sends its color guard team to Washington D-C to participate in the national memorial for fallen officers. They won't make the trip this year, but some officers will still ride their bikes from Richmond to the capitol as part of the Bike- for- Blue campaign.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Right now Reid says the department's number one priority is to assist the Hylton family with whatever they need. They are also providing counseling to the officers who were on the scene at the time Officer Hylton and Christopher Holmes were shot.

[45-11FEMA]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC-14:04]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]

Virginia resident and business owners affected by this winter's flooding, are running out of time to apply for federal assistance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/February 22]


If your home or business was damaged by the storms and flooding in February, you have until May 27 to apply for disaster aid.
Renters and homeowners in the counties of Buchanan, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Tazewell, and Wise and the cities of Roanoke and Salem can qualify.
Aid is available under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance and grants for serious disaster related needs not covered by insurance.
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[TAKE FEMA PHONE FS]
For more information or to register you can contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-621-F-E-M-A.
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[8-11Hiker-Fall]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC-2:59:07]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A nine year old girl is injured after falling down an embankment off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A park ranger says the girl was with her family on a fishing trip when she wandered off the trail...
(------------)
[VO-NAT - :11]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

and fell more than thirty feet down a steep embankment near the Roanoke River. Crews tried to airlift the girl at first, but decided that would take too long, so they devised another plan.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT-00:20:07]
[IN Q=WHAT WE ENDED ]

((CAPT. JONATHAN MCGUIRE/VINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT-WHAT WE ENDED UP DOING IS WE PUT A BOAT IN AT NIAGRA DAM ACROSS THE RIVER AND WE TOOK HER STRAIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE OTHER SHORE AND THEN WE WALKED HER BACK UP TO THE DAM AND TRANSPORTED HER BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Jonathan McGuire/Vinton Fire Department]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=to the hospital by ambulance.]
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[VO-NAT - :10]

The girl was transported to the hospital. This man who wished to remain unidentified was nearby when she fell and rushed to help before rescue crews arrived.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT00:1:30]
[IN Q=WE WERE JUST PASSING ]

((WE WERE JUST PASSING BY WHEN WE HEARD THAT A GIRL HAD FALLEN OFF A CLIFF. ME AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS SHANE, WHO'S STILL DOWN THERE, RAN DOWN THERE AS FAST AS WE COULD TO TRY AND DO SOME FIRST AID AND KEEP THE GIRL STILL... JUST TRY TO HELP OUT.))
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=TRY TO HELP OUT]
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[VO-NAT - :04+]

Authorities have not released the girl's name or condition.
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[8-11VMI-Tuition]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC-51:16]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]

The Virginia Military Institute will be increasing tuition rates this coming school year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; ]


VMI is raising tuition for in-state students by 23 percent. And out-of-state students will see an 11-percent increase.
School officials have also decided to increase the room and board fees for next year.
So now in-state students will be paying close to 13-thousand a year and out-of-state student will be dishing out more than 25-thousand.
VMI says the increase in fees will make up for recent budget cuts. Officials say the school lost about 2-point-six-million dollars in state budget cuts.
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[8-11FEMA]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC-14:04]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]

Virginia resident and bbusiness owners affected by this winter's flooding, are running out of time to apply for federal assistance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/February 22]


If your home or business was damaged by the storms and flooding in February, you have until May 27 to apply for disaster aid.
Renters and homeowners in the counties of Buchanan, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Tazewell, and Wise and the cities of Roanoke and Salem can qualify.
Aid is available under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance and grants for serious disaster related needs not covered by insurance.
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[TAKE FEMA PHONE FS]
For more information or to register you can contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-621-F-E-M-A. (++++++++)