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Some say it's a prescription for trouble.
We're talking about methadone clinics and last night the city of Roanoke addressed the problem.
But as Justin McLeod tells us, some still believe what was passed is nowhere near a cure- all.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :13]
[SUPER=04-Last Month; :19]
[SUPER=01-Janet Crawford/Mental Health Association; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Perneller Wilson/Southern Christian Leadership Conference; 1:23]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF THE VOTE))
In a joint appearance, Roanoke's planning commission and city council met to discuss the future of methadone clinics in Roanoke.
It is an issue that has city leaders on the defensive.
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((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: BLAME WILL NOT KEEP THAT CLINIC OUT OF NORTHWEST ROANOKE.))
[OUT Q=Northwest Roanoke]
That clinic is expected to be located here on Hersberger Road near Cove Road in Roanoke.
Many neighbors oppose it and have been fighting to prevent it from ever opening.
[IN Q=I ask each of you]
((EVELYN BETHEL/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I ASK EACH OF YOU, WOULD YOU WANT THIS TYPE OF CLINIC IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.))
[OUT Q=your neighborhood]
In response, the city has rewritten the city code to restrict future clinics to General Commercial Districts which are basically retail areas.
This would affect outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinics that dispense and administer controlled substances.
That prompted some concerns from the mental health community which fears this could restrict primary care physicians or psychiatrists.
[IN Q=Please be careful]
((JANET CRAWFORD/MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF ROANOKE VALLEY: PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THE LANGUAGE THAT YOU ADOPT TO NOT UNINTENTIONALLY RESTRICT ACCESS TO SERVICES.))
[OUT Q=access to services]
City leaders say that won't happen and agreed to re-visit the issue if it becomes a problem.
One thing this ordinance fails to address is the proposed Hersberger Road location.
The city says its hands are tied and can do very little to block it.
[IN Q=If they can't do]
((PERNELLER WILSON/SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: IF THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT THAT MEANS ANYTHING CAN COME INTO THIS CITY AND THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=ANYTHING ABOUT IT]
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference presented to council last night a petition that has over 1,000 signatures from people who oppose the clinic.
Right now, the proposed methadone clinic for Hersberger Road is waiting on a license from the state. The ordinance passed last night to restrict future clinics in Roanoke goes into effect immediately.))
Today jurors in the trial of sniper suspect Lee Malvo could begin hearing closing arguments.
Yesterday, a psychologist testified that convicted sniper John Muhammad had a major influence on the teenager.
However, he did NOT go along with the defense's claim that Malvo was brainwashed.
Malvo's attorneys are trying to prove their client was mentally ill during last year's Washington area shootings.
Malvo is charged with capital murder in the killing of an F-B-I analyst.
Saddam Hussein is being sarcastic and unhelpful--
That's according to U-S officials, who say the former Iraqi dictator is offering the same information in custody that he did while he was free.
Even with Saddam in custody, insurgents continue threatening American troops.
U-S forces fought off an ambush north of Baghdad, killing 11 Iraqi guerillas.
Meanwhile, Saddam denies harboring weapons of mass destruction or any links to al-Qaida.
But a briefcase packed with documents found inside his hideout is yielding some arrests.
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[IN Q=We were able]
((BRIG. GEN. MARK HERTLING/U.S. ARMY: WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE SOME OF THAT AND USE IT TO GO AFTER A COUPLE OF KEY INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE CITY OF BAGHDAD. ))
[SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling/U. S. Army;]
[OUT Q=city of Baghdad.]
Officials say the U-S military will likely keep Saddam in custody until Iraq's new government is firmly in place.
If Saddam stands trial in Iraq, he could face the death penalty, a punishment that would unlikely in an international court.
Even before many V-M-I grads heard Saddam had been taken prisoner, they expected it.
That's because they knew one of the officers leading the search near Tikrit.
[SUPER=03-Ad Dawr, Iraq]
Colonel Jim Hickey is a member of the V-M-I Class of '82.
He's been leading a Brigade of the Army's Fourth Infantry Division since early Summer.
They'd searched the same general area last August and thought they'd come close.
Saturday night Hickey's men hit the right hole in the ground.
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[IN Q=Two hands appeared]
((COL. JIM HICKEY/VMI CLASS OF '82; TWO HANDS APPEARED. THE INDIVIDUAL CLEARLY WANTED TO SURRENDER. THE INDIVIDUAL WAS REMOVED FROM THE HOLE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Jim Hickey/VMI Class of '82; ]
[OUT Q=removed from the hole.]
Hickey is a native of the Chicago area.
He had complete Ranger training and had his Airborne wings by the time he graduated from V-M-I.
The 43-year old Army officer also has a Master's Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins.
Virginia's longest highway is getting a facelift.
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Yesterday, V-DOT signed an agreement with Branch Highways to rebuild Route 58 between Hillsville and Stuart.
Work on the first three-mile stretch of the project near Meadows of Dan will begin this spring.
Work on other sections will start as funds become available.
375 Virginians were killed last year by drunk drivers.
State lawmakers want to reduce that number .
They have proposed 15 bills that would toughen Virginia's DUI laws.
Yesterday, Republican legislators announced they will introduce more than a dozen bills aimed at increasing the penalties for drunk drivers.
One would allow a court to permanently confiscate the vehicle of a repeat offender.
Another would increase the sanction for refusing a breath test.
Lawmakers say the rising number of drunk driving fatalities indicates that stronger penalties are needed.
[IN Q=last year we had 375 drunk driving]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach]
[OUT Q=is a serious problem.]
Most of the proposed legislation targets repeat offenders.
Governor Mark Warner continues to make the case for his tax reform plan.
Yesterday, he was in Christiansburg.
Warner claims 65-percent of Virginians will pay less, while the plan still generates money for education, health care and transportation.
The plan includes a cigarette and sales tax hike, an end to the car tax and a cut in the food tax.
Warner says he's had a lot of feedback in the last few weeks, both good and bad.
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[IN Q=This is a good plan]
((GOV. MARK WARNER: THIS IS A GOOD PLAN, THE PROBLEM IS WHEN PEOPLE START TO CHERRY PICK IT AND THEY SAY OKAY, I WANT ALL THE TAX RELIEF AND NONE OF THE REVENUE ENHANCEMENTS THEN YOU BREAK THE PLAN APART. YOU'VE GOT TO END UP RAISING ENOUGH REVENUE TO ALLOW US TO TO MEET OUR COMMITMENTS.))
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[TAKE WDBJ WEBSITE FS]
Warner unveiled a new web site yesterday to help you see how his plan will affects your taxes.
You can log onto our web site at WDBJ7.com and click on Websites in the News.
"Survivor" fans will have another chance to see the season finale.
W-D-B-J is rebroadcasting it Friday night, December 19th, at eight o-clock.
Electrical power to our transmitter went out Sunday night just before the highly-anticipated show came on. Then our backup generator failed.
Some over-the-air and cable customers were unable to watch it.
Again, we'll repeat the final episode of "Survivor" Friday at 8.
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Virginia Tech has a reminder for employees with state issued credit cards.
Officials say the cards are for travel only.
The reminder comes after a recent state audit showed several state employees are abusing the travel cards by charging things like massages, liquor and lingerie.
Auditors say the worst offenders were employees at state universities, with Virginia Tech at the top of the list.
The Unviersity says it's handling the issue and is asking cardholders to pay their bills promptly.
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((LARRY HINCKER: WE WILL UNDER ADVISE AND GUIDANCE OF COUNCIL TAKE A LOOK AT THE EXPENDITURE THEMSELVES ON THE INDIVIDUAL CREDIT CARDS TO ENSURE THEY ARE INDEED FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL ONLY.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Va. Tech Spokesperson]
[OUT Q=travel only.]
Virginia hasn't lost any money because of the cards.
Auditors say they haven't found any workers being re-imbursed for improper charges.
It once promised high-tech jobs for a troubled economy, but yesterday Cerxon (SERKS-on) left Henry County's finances in even worse shape.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 2002;]
Saddled with debt and citing poor management, the company's only remaining shareholder said he was left with no option but to close the business.
Henry County is now taking back possession of the old DuPont building it leased to Cerxon almost two years ago.
The company still owes Henry County 325-thousand dollars it received in start-up loans.
The county says it probably won't receive any more than a third of that.
The company employed fewer than 25 people.
In other business news, The Dow is still above the 10-thousand mark despite losing ground yesterday.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
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In New Jersey, a former nurse who claims he killed dozens of patients has been charged with murder.
Investigators say Charles Cullen admitted to giving lethal drugs to as many as 40 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
If that's true, it would be one of the biggest hospital murder cases in
Cullen says he did it to ease their pain and suffering.
So far, he's been charged with just one murder, but authorities say there may be more charges.
Cullen's being held on a million dollars' bail.
Lawyers are working around the clock to stop the execution of a Christiansburg man.
61-year old James Reid is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1996 beating and stabbing of 90-year old Annie Lester.
Reid's attorneys met with the Governor's office last week to ask for clemency.
Yesterday, they filed papers with the U-S Supreme court asking for a stay of execution.
In 1997 Reid entered an Alford plea- acknowledging the state's evidence-- without admitting guilt.
He's scheduled to die on Thursday.
As it scrambles to ease a shortage of the flu vaccine, the federal government has rounded up another 375- thousand shots for adults.
The latest purchase is from Chiron (KY'-rahn), which made the vaccine in Britain, although the shots are licensed for sale in the U- S.
The vaccine will arrive next month.
The government has also negotiated a deal for the nasal vaccine, FluMist.
A spokesman says state and local health departments can buy doses at 20 dollars each, which is less than half the normal price.
'Tis the season to feel under the weather.
So how do you know if what you're suffering from is the flu?
A widespread outbreak of the flu has prompted many people, like these at a Lewis Gale flu-shot clinic yesterday, to seek out preventative medicine.
Virginia's Health Department says so far this year the state has racked up 88-confirmed cases of Type-A flu.
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((DEBBIE BOOTH/LEWIS GALE: I THINK IT'S BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN EARLIER FLU CASE. WE'VE NOT NORMALLY SEEN THIS MANY FLU CASES THIS TIME OF YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Booth/Lewis Gale;]
[OUT Q=this time of year.]
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Other illnesses can share similar symptoms.
Experts say the key to knowing you have the flu is the length of time you feel sick.
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[IN Q=You go into flu you get shaking...]
((MARTHA POFF/LEWIS GALE: YOU GO INTO FLU YOU GET SHAKING, CHILLS, YOUR FEVER'S HIGH, IT LASTS MORE THAN ONE OR TWO DAYS, IT'S LIKE 3 TO 5 DAYS IN BED FEELING LIKE SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Poff/Lewis Gale;]
[OUT Q=like something's got to give here.]
While the flu vaccine is in short supply Poff says your doctor can prescribe *pills* that won't keep you from getting the flu but will help decrease its intensity.
The search for a missing bear is over in Rockbridge County.
A hunter shot and killed the animal on Saturday.
Doug Carnera (car-NAIR-UH) was checking property a friend had recently acquired when the two men encountered the bear.
He hadn't heard about the missing bear, and says it didn't act like a tame animal.
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[IN Q=When we walked over a knoll]
((DOUG CARNERA: WHEN WE WALKED OVER A KNOLL WE WERE CONFRONTED WITH THIS ALMOST AT POINT BLANK. IT WAS A LITTLE FRIGHTENING AS BIG AS THE ANIMAL IS. AND TO BE HONEST I'D NEVER SEEN AN ANIMAL THIS SIZE IN THE WOODS.))
[OUT Q=this size in the woods.]
Two Asiatic Black Bears similar to these animals, escaped from their enclosure on property near the Natural Bridge Zoo.
One of them broke into a nearby home. The first bear was shot and killed when efforts to tranquilize the animal failed.
The second bear was also wounded, but it had not been seen since it ran into the woods on Thursday night.
(Kim tosses to bump)
In business news, Stocks closed lower yesterday.
John Lisk has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-John Lisk/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm John Lisk.]
((THE MAJOR INDICES ENDED MONDAY IN THE RED.
THE DOW LOST 19 POINTS BUT STILL CLOSED ABOVE THE 10-THOUSAND MARK...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 30.
ORACLE BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY A PENNY FOR ITS SECOND QUARTER.
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, THE SOFTWARE GIANT POSTED EARNINGS OF 12-CENTS PER SHARE FOR THE PERIOD...THAT'S UP FROM 10-CENTS PER SHARE A YEAR AGO.
ORACLE SAYS ITS NEW SOFTWARE LICENSE SALES CONTRIBUTED TO THE NUMBERS...INCREASING 13-PERCENT FOR THE PERIOD.
WAL-MART EXPECTS ITS DECEMBER SALES TO HIT THE LOW END OF ITS OUTLOOK.
WAL-MART PREDICTS ITS SAME STORE SALES WILL ONLY INCREASE THREE-PERCENT FOR THE MONTH.
THE COMPANY SAYS A LOWER SHOPPER TURN OUT AND GIFT CARDS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE SALES NUMBERS.
GIFT CARD SALES ONLY CONTRIBUTE TO A STORE'S REVENUE AFTER THEY ARE REDEEMED.
WAL-MART IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST RETAILER.
GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION HAS A NEW DEAL WITH BOEING.
THE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR WON A TWO-BILLION-DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH THE AIRLINE COMPANY TO DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE GROUND VEHICLES FOR THE U-S ARMY'S FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEMS PROGRAM.
GENERAL DYNAMICS WILL SHARE THE PROJECT WITH UNITED DEFENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M JOHN LISK.))
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