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7UVA-Case

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=bmy
TAPE# edit of 94-33(Morse)
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The U-S Supreme Court opens today with a case from Virginia.
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VO-NAT
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The case, brought by three Charlottesville students, says the state Republican convention that met to nominate Oliver North for Senate last year violated the federal Voting Rights Act.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Republican


The state party charged a 45-dollar registration fee ... and local parties added surcharges.
The students say the fees amounted to illegal poll taxes.

7Fish-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=dal
TAPE#95-89
GRAPHIC=Fire


Years of research went up in flames this weekend at Virginia Tech.
A fire broke out early yesterday morning at the Aquaculture Center causing about 20-thousand dollars in damage.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday;


The blaze started in a small outbuilding and then spread to the main structure that housed thousands of fish used in experiments.
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((BOBBY CARNER/BLACKSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT: A SMALL OUTSIDE BUILDING WHICH HOUSES A GENERATOR WHICH CONTROLS THE CLIMATE OF THE H2O IN THESE FISH TANKS, IT WAS ALMOST CONSUMED BY FIRE WHEN WE GOT HERE. IT EXTENDED INTO THE MAIN STRUCTURE.))
SUPER=01-Bobby Carner/Blacksburg Fire Dept.;
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The graduate student in charge of the fish project was trying to find better ways to raise fish for commercial purposes.
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7Rack-Room-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=agi
TAPE# 95-83
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In Roanoke, a fire caused extensive damage to the inventory at a Shoe store.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;


The fire broke out last night at the Rack Room at Towne Square Shopping Center.
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((GARY BASHAM/DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF: THE SPRINKLER WAS ACTIVATED WHICH HELD THE FIRE IN CHECK. WE HAVE HEAVY SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE TO THE ROOM ITSELF, AND PROBABLY TO TWO OF THE BUILDINGS NEXT TO THE RACK ROOM.))
SUPER=01-Gary Basham/District Fire Chief;
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The two other stores that were affected were S- &- K Menswear and Hobby U-S-A.
The fire's cause is still under investigation.
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7meeting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
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Some high level talks come to Virginia.
Defense ministers from 16 nations meet this week in Williamsburg for an informal NATO conference.
The meeting Thursday and Friday is the first NATO conference in the United States since 19-49.

7Poultry


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=dal
TAPE# 95-86
GRAPHIC=Biz News


Some tougher restrictions for poultry producers may be coming to Virginia.
Representatives from California are trying to raise the temperature at which frozen chicken can be shipped across country.
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Congressman Bob Goodlatte says if the shipping temperature is raised, it would prevent Virginia poultry growers from transporting their product across the country.
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((BOB GOODLATTE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN: OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A RUSE. IT'S AN EFFORT TO KEEP VIRGINIA POULTRY OUT OF CALIFORNIA BY SETTING THIS REGULATION AND CLAIMING IT'S A CONSUMER PROTECTION ISSUE.))
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Goodlatte says the Department of Agriculture is supposed to put the regulation into effect next year.
But efforts are underway to forge a compromise so Virginia farmers will still be able to ship their product out of state.
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7Allen-Welfare


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cuttin
WRITER=mel
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


Lynchburg and Amherst, along with the counties of Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell today join other Virginia localities experimenting with welfare reform.
Governor Allen will be in Lynchburg this afternoon to kick off the program ... and meet with local business representatives working with the state.
The welfare reform initiative requires able-bodied welfare recipients to work in exchange for their benefits.

7weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cuttin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=ess


Turning now to weather,
Today will partly sunny with highs in the low 80s.
Increasing clouds tonight as lows dip into the mid to upper 50s.
Looking ahead,
Tomorrow, will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of afternoon showers.
Highs will be in the low to mid 70s.
And expect more rainy weather from midweek on.
Highs will be in the mid 70s on Wednesday, dropping to the upper 60s on Thursday and Friday.
Nighttime temperatures will be in the mid 50s.
((Closed captioning is brought to you by WDBJ-7 and Carilion Health System.))
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55Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=dal
TAPE#edit of 95-89
GRAPHIC=Fire


A weekend blaze destroyed years of research at Virginia Tech.
The fire broke out at the Aquaculture Center early yesterday morning, causing some 20-thousand dollars in damage.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday;


The fire actually started in a small outbuilding and then spread to the main structure that housed thousands of fish used in experiments.
The graduate student in charge of the fish project was trying to find better ways to raise fish for commercial purposes.
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55Shoe-Store


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=agi
TAPE# edit of 95-83
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


Several hours later, a fire in Roanoke did extensive damage to the inventory at a shoe store.
The fire broke out at Rack Room at Towne Square Shopping Center.
Two other stores that were affected were S- &- K Menswear and Hobby U-S-A.
The fire's cause is still under investigation.
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55mentally-Ill


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=dal
TAPE# 95-88
GRAPHIC=NONE


Virginia lawmakers today begin examing new proposals for managed health care in the state.
The Department of Medical Assistance is presenting the plan.
Mental Health advocates hope it includes proposals that will meet the needs of the mentally ill.
Denise Allen has the story.
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SUPER=01-Mildred Willis/Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :18
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SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :55
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SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; 1:19
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(( Daniel Willis died three years ago.
His mother says he took his own life because living with schizophrenia was too much for him.
But Mildred Willis says Daniel's story might have been different if there had been some sort of half way house to help him make the transition from the hospital to the real world. ((MILDRED WILLIS/ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO AN ADULT HOME AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE WITH ME. HE WAS 32 YEARS OLD AND HE WANTED TO BE ON HIS OWN.))
In 1976, the Bagley Commission de-institutionalized mental patients.
Mildred Will says this would have been a great idea had some funding been set aside to help communities meet the housing needs of people with mental illness.
She says at least one third of the homeless population suffers from some type of mental illness.
Newell Falkinburg is running for the state house of delegates.
He calls funding for housing for the mentally ill an investment. ((NEWELL FALKINBURG/(R) CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IT HAS TO BE ADEQUATELY FUNDED ON THE FRONTEND IN ORDER TO MAKE IT WORK ON THE BACKEND. TO KEEP THE PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL WHICH IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACE TO RECEIVE YOUR CARE.))
Chip Woodrum says the state HAS the money to help meet these needs. ((CHIP WOODRUM/(D)HOUSE OF DELEGATES: ONE I HAVE IN MIND IS TO REQUIRE THE RETURN OF THE FUNDS OF THE SALE OF PORTIONS OF SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE STATE INTO THE HOUSING FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.)) ((JEFF ARTIS/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATE CANDIDATE: THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THE LOTTERY PROCEEDS COULD BE USED FOR. THERE'S MONEY OUT THERE BUT FIRST WE NEED TO LOBBY OUR U-S CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS.)) ((VIC THOMAS/HOUSE OF DELEGATES: JUST A LITTLE QUICK HELP MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. BEFORE THAT THEY HAD TO GO INTO THE SYSTEM WHERE THE COST TO THE TAXPAYER IS CONSIDERABLY MORE.))
Mildred Willis says local health care agencies are poorly funded.
She's watching these political hopefuls.
Her wish is for a system which would help people like her son live a life of their own.
Denise Allen news 7.))

55weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cuttin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=ess


Turning now to weather,
Today will partly sunny with highs in the low 80s.
Increasing clouds tonight as lows dip into the mid to upper 50s.
Looking ahead,
Tomorrow, will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of afternoon showers.
Highs will be in the low to mid 70s.
And expect more rainy weather from midweek on.
Highs will be in the mid 70s on Wednesday, dropping to the upper 60s on Thursday and Friday.
Nighttime temperatures will be in the mid 50s.
((Closed captioning is brought to you by WDBJ-7 and Carilion Health System.))
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8UVA-Case


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=bmy
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The U-S Supreme court begins its fall session with a case from Virginia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The case, brought by three Charlottesville students, says the state Republican convention that met to nominate Oliver North for Senate last year violated the federal Voting Rights Act.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Legal scales


The state party charged a 35-dollar registration fee ... and local parties added surcharges.
The students say the fees amounted to illegal poll taxes.

8Boucher


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE# 95-85
GRAPHIC=Health Care


Democratic lawmakers unveil their plan for overhauling Medicare today. They say it's a sensible way to keep the program solvent through the year 2005.
Republicans have a more ambitious plan, and show little willingness to compromise.
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SUPER=04-Last Week;


Congressman Rick Boucher is one of the democrats blasting the republican attempt at Medicare overhaul.
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((RICK BOUCHER/D- VA: THE LEGISLATION WOULD FORCE MANY SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HOSPITALS TO CEASE TO FUNCTION AS HOSPITALS AND BECOME OUTPATIENT MEDICAL CLINICS OR NURSING HOMES INSTEAD. SERVICES PROVIDED BY OTHER HOSPITALS WOULD BE SEVERELY RESTRICTED. ))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The federal Medicare program provides health care to more than 84-thousand Southwest Virginia residents.

8Landlords


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE# 95-90
GRAPHIC=none


Some Roanoke landlords don't want to be required to have their apartments inspected before they can be rented.
The Association of Roanoke Property Investors will hold a meeting tonight in city council chambers to discuss this issue.
Landlords are fighting a city proposal that would force them to have apartments in certain neighborhoods inspected before renting to new tenants.
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((DAN POLLOCK/HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: YOU CAN DRIVE AROUND TOWN AND SEE CLEARLY THAT THERE ARE UNITS THAT ARE RENTED THAT EVEN FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOK BAD. YOU KNOW THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE OUTSIDE. IF THEY LOOK THAT BAD FROM THE OUTSIDE, I HAVE A VERY STRONG HUNCH THAT THERE ARE SOME BAD THINGS ON THE INSIDE THAT ARE IN FACT DANGEROUS.))
SUPER=01-Dan Pollock/Housing Development Coordinator;
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Roanoke Housing Development Coordinator Dan Pollock (PAH-luck) says the inspection program is still under review, and officials haven't determined all the details.
But landlords fear mandatory inspections will bring delays and unnecessary expense.
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((FRANK ROUPAS/ROANOKE LANDLORD: WE WILL BE FORCED TO CHARGE MORE RENT AND THESE PEOPLE ARE ON A LIMITED INCOME. WE CAN ONLY CHARGE SO MUCH. AND IF THE CITY MAKES IT REAL HARD FOR US, I KNOW PERSONALLY MANY PROPERTY OWNERS WILL JUST FIND IT EASIER TO BOARD UP THEIR PROPERTIES, SO NO ONE CAN GET IN. AND THERE'S NO LAW THAT YOU CAN'T KEEP YOUR PROPERTY AS LONG AS IT'S PROPERLY BOARDED UP AND I'M AFRAID THAT'S WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Frank Roupas/Roanoke Landlord;
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


City officials will hold another community workshop before the proposal goes to city council.

8Plane-Crash


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER= cro
TAPE# edit of 95-87 (shacklefords)
GRAPHIC=none


An owner of a skydiving plane that crashed last month killing 12 people says the pilot of the plane WAS following federal safety regulations at the time of the crash.
He says the plane had NOT been illegally modified and was NOT overloaded on its final flight from West Point.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Shacklefords/September 10;


``A Washington Post'' story cites unnamed federal officials. The report says the door of the twin-engine plane was improperly removed, and the plane was 150 pounds overweight when it took off.
The September crash killed the pilot, ten skydivers and a man on the ground.
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ANCHOR=Beth
SS=none


Stephan Rose of Newport News and his wife owned the plane.
Rose says the plane was NOT carrying more than its maximum weight.
And he says the plane's door was removed for skydiving, but that the Federal Aviation Administration did NOT ban taking the door off on this model of plane until AFTER the crash.

8weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cuttin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=ess


Turning now to weather,
Today, will partly sunny with highs in the low 80s.
Tonight, increasing clouds with lows in the mid to upper 50s.
((Closed captioning is brought to you by WDBJ-7 and Carilion Health System.)) SUPER=#D-57