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Communities throughout the Pacific Northwest are battling the worst flooding in three decades.
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And a Henry County house fire takes the life of a baby and injuries two toddlers. wx-head
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Fatal-Fire


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TAPE# 95-111
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A six- month- old girl is dead and her brother and sister in critical condition following a house fire in Henry County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;


The fire broke out yesterday in the Grassy Creek area of the county.
Fire officials say Keysha Thomas apparently died of smoke inhalation.
Her siblings, 18 month- old Deonte (Dee-On-Tay) Thomas and two- year old Latasha Thomas were flown to the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
The mother, Vivian Thomas, was at a neighbor's house when she saw the fire.
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((JEFF RAKES/HORSEPASTURE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.: WHEN SHE GOT BACK OVER TO THE HOUSE SHE WENT IN AND HANDED THE CHILDREN OUT THE WINDOWS IN THE HOUSE TO THE FIRE AND RESCUE MEMBERS WHO WERE ARRIVING ON THE SCENE. ))
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Vivian Thomas was treated for smoke inhalation.
Rakes says it appears the fire started in the kitchen.
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Amherst-Fire


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SUPER=03-Amherst Co./This Morning


A fire in the kitchen of a Madison Heights home sent a couple to the hospital earlier this morning.
Firefighters were called to this house on Arrowhead Lane just after four.
They say a kerosene heater apparently malfunctioned.
The two residents were able to escape the blaze by jumping out a bedroom window.
One man reportedly suffered first and second degree burns...his wife, smoke inhalation.
They were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
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FLOODING


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After five days of rain, the city of Portland is watching and waiting this morning for the Willamette River to crest.
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It's expected to rise to about 29-feet, inches short of its record.
The region's worst flooding in thirty years is blamed for at least two deaths, thousands of evacuations, and disaster declarations in Washington and Oregon.
SUPER=03-Salem, OR;


Oregon's governor was hospitalized with chest pains last night.
He had spent the day conferring with flood workers and touring disaster areas.
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Bosnia


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State Department peace-broker Richard Holbrooke is headed to Bosnia today to TRY to keep the peace process from COLLAPSING.
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The Bosnian Serbs say they are cutting OFF contact with NATO forces until two Serb officers are released.
The Muslim-led government is holding them on suspicion of war crimes.
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IOWA-CAUCUS


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President Clinton says he's EAGER to hit the campaign trail, but NOT overconfident.
In a telephone interview with the Des Moines bureau of The Associated Press, the President said he's looking forward to a weekend campaign swing through Iowa.
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VO-NAT


Republican voters in the state hold their presidential caucuses Monday.
20 to 25 percent of the voters say they're UNdecided, in what's already a tight race between major players Bob Dole, Steve Forbes, and Pat Buchanan.
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Child-Abuse


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TAPE#96-8
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Things got heated in Richmond yesterday as the senate debated a child abuse bill.
The measure would reduce the burden of proof social workers need to file a complaint.
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The bill lowers the reason for complaints from "clear and convincing evidence" of child abuse to "a preponderence of evidence."
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-BOTETOURT CO.: THOSE SCALES THAT WE WEIGH OUR JUSTICE ON HAVE TO BE PUSHED MORE THAN JUST A SLIGHT TIP IN ONE DIRECTION. THIS IS AN ABUSE CASE. THEY CAN TAKE CHILDREN FROM YOU.)) ((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/D-FAIRFAX: YOU ARE NOT TRUSTING THE MATTER TO OVERZEALOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTING ON THEIR OWN.)) ((WE INTERVIEWED JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT JUDGES IN ALL THE MAJOR AREAS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. FAIRFAX, TIDEWATER, ROANOKE. UNIFORMLY, THESE JUDGES PRAISE ALMOST WITHOUT QUALIFICATION, THE WORK THAT CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES WORKERS DO IN BRINGING THEIR CASES TO COURT.))
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Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer broke a tie to send the bill on to the House.
It includes an amendment guaranteeing parents quick court hearings to clear their names if they've been falsely accused.
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1-Sports


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In sports, the Virginia Cavaliers beat N-C-State.
Mike Stevens has the highlights.
Good morning Mike.
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One-Larry


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(Live Interview)



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Telecommunications


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TAPE#96-5
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It wasn't just any old bill getting signed in Washington.
Backers of the new telecommunications law say it will lower telephone, cable TV and computer service rates, AND create millions of new jobs.
But Len Besthoff reports it's not without its share of controversy.
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(( President Clinton has signed the most sweeping reform of the telecommunications industry in 62 years.
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((BILL CLINTON: THIS REVOLUTION HAS BEEN HELD BACK BY OUTDATED LAWS DESIGNED FOR A TIME WHEN THERE WAS ONE PHONE COMPANY, THREE T-V NETWORKS, AND NO SUCH THING AS A PERSONAL COMPUTER.))
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Among other things, it allows phone and cable companies to combine services, ends federal controls on many cable T-V rates, and has provisions against T-V Violence and the transmission of Adult Material on Computer Networks.
Internet providers say the law erases regulations that kept them from serving people in rural areas.
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((JIM PFLEGER/NRV NET: IT MEANS ALMOST IMMEDIATE ACCESS FOR THEM. IT WOULD ALLOW US TO MOVE IN VERY QUICKLY WITHOUT ANY EQUIPMENT COSTS OR HIGH TARIFF COSTS.))
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(( But as limitless as the possibilities may be with these reforms, they may not go into effect right away.
Because, as promised, a number of civil liberties groups are challenging the law's anti-smut provisions.))
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The provisions are intended to keep indecent online material from minors.
But the American Civil Liberties Union says the term "indecent" casts too wide a net.
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((STEVEN SHAPIRO/ACLU LEGAL DIRECTOR: IF A LAW GOES INTO AFFECT IT IS GOING TO PROHIBIT MINORS FROM RECEIVING A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION WE ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AND THEN IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES IT MIGHT BE LIFESAVING FOR THEM TO RECEIVE.))
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The ACLU says minors need access to information on AIDS prevention and sexual abuse, for example.
Len Besthoff, News-7.


Blizzard-Aid


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Federal help is on the way to help recover from the Blizzard of '96.
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SUPER=@File;


The Federal Emergency Management Agency says ALL Virginia cities and counties are now ELIGIBLE for federal disaster aid for snow removal costs from the big storm.
The declaration of eligibility yesterday allows the federal government to reimburse localities for the costs of equipment, contracts and personnel overtime required to clear emergency snow routes.
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Hansen


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TAPE#96-2
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In Salem -- a volunteer in the Fort Lewis Rescue Squad has ADMITTED to STEALING squad funds.
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Anita Hansen pled GUILTY yesterday to embezzlement.
The 39- year- old rescue worker was NOT the treasurer, but had taken charge of some of the finances.
In addition to pocketing half of a 1-thousand dollar donation from Grand Piano's Cartledge Foundation, she started using the squad's Master Card for her own use.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/PROSECUTOR: APPARENTLY IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, JUDGE, MS HANSEN WAS USING THE CREDIT CARD TO MAKE PERSONAL PURCHASES, TO MAKE CASH ADVANCES. WHEN THE BILL CAME TO THE POST OFFICE BOX, THE ACTUAL BILL WAS INTERCEPTED. MS HANSEN WOULD MAKE THE PAYMENTS. ))
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Hansen racked up 48-hundred dollars on the card between December of 1993 and last May.
She's paid off a lot of the debt, but 17-hundred dollars remains.
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She'll be sentenced next month.
Also yesterday, a former vice president of the National Bank of Blacksburg pled NOT guilty to THREE counts of fraud.

Chafin


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Harold Chafin was indicted last month for issuing three bank cashier's checks, knowing that he did not have the personal funds to cover them.
The three checks totaled over 75-thousand dollars.
Chafin's court date is set for May 13th.

2-scores


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In the N-B-A -- Phoenix had a court date with New Jersey.
Charles Barkley reached 20-thousand career points in last night's game to help the Suns' outshine the Nets.
Let's go to the scoreboards.
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SUPER=96-Charlotte/115/Sacramento/105//Phoenix/107/New Jersey/102;
SUPER=96-Denver/115/LA Clippers/=95//Dallas/136/Utah/133;
SUPER=96-Atlanta/=98/Washington/=92;



SUPER=97-Stanford/=99/S. California/=69//UVA/=84/NC-State/=82;
SUPER=97-Penn State/=61/Illinois/=58//Memphis/=68/NC-Charlotte/=55;
SUPER=97-UCLA/=73/California/=65//Tulane/=68/Louisville/=65;



SUPER=103-Buffalo/==2/Philadelphia/==1//Florida/==3/Detroit/==1;
SUPER=103-NY Rangers/==6/NY Islanders/==2//Winnipeg/==6/Ottawa/==2;
SUPER=103-Chicago/==6/St. Louis/==1//Washington/==4/Calgary/==4;
SUPER=103-Los Angeles/==4/Toronto/==3;




Two-Larry


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(Live Interview)



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2HEADLINES


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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VO-NAT
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In Henry County, a mother tries desperately to save her children as her house burns.
Her baby was killed, her two other children are in critical condition.
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VO-NAT
ANCHOR=Beth


Communities throughout the Pacific Northwest are battling the worst flooding in years.
One big fight is taking place in Portland, Oregon, where the Willamette
(wil-AM'-it) River is threatening to surge over a seawall in the

downtown area sometime this morning.
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VO-NAT
ANCHOR=Melanie


And its official, the Browns are leaving Cleveland.
The N-F-L and the city agreed last night to terms that will allow the team to move to Baltimore.
Owners will vote today to ratify the agreement.
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And that's what's making news on this Friday February 9th.
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Don't go away the news is next.

Henry-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
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TAPE# 95-111
GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire


State police are investigating another fatal fire involving a child.
Yesterday, a six- month- old girl was killed and her young brother and sister left in critical condition when their house burned in Henry County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;


The fire broke at about 3-30 in the Grassy Creek area of the county.
Fire officials say Keysha Thomas apparently died of smoke inhalation.
Her siblings, 18 month- old Deonte (Dee-On-Tay) Thomas and two- year old Latasha Thomas were flown to the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
The mother, Vivian Thomas, was at a neighbor's house when she saw the fire.
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((JEFF RAKES/HORSEPASTURE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.: WHEN SHE GOT BACK OVER TO THE HOUSE SHE WENT IN AND HANDED THE CHILDREN OUT THE WINDOWS IN THE HOUSE TO THE FIRE AND RESCUE MEMBERS WHO WERE ARRIVING ON THE SCENE. ))
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Vivian Thomas was treated for smoke inhalation.
Rakes says it appears the fire started in the kitchen.
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Amherst-Fire


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SUPER=03-Amherst Co./This Morning


A fire in the kitchen of a Madison Heights home sent a couple to the hospital earlier this morning.
Firefighters were called to this house on Arrowhead Lane just after four.
They say a kerosene heater apparently malfunctioned.
The two residents were able to escape the blaze by jumping out a bedroom window.
One man reportedly suffered first and second degree burns...his wife, smoke inhalation.
They were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
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Oregon-flooding


ANCHOR=Melanie
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In Oregon, workers are waging a valiant battle against the rising Willamette River.
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The rain-swollen river is threatening to spill into downtown Portland this morning.
The region's worst flooding in thirty years is blamed for at least two deaths, thousands of evacuations, and disaster declarations in Oregon and in Washington.
SUPER=03-Salem, OR;


Oregon's governor was hospitalized with chest pains last night.
He had spent the day conferring with flood workers and touring disaster areas.
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In other news from the Pacific northwest, poisonous mushrooms, gathered in the wild in Northern California, have killed a Petaluma field worker.


Mushrooms


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It's the SECOND case of mushroom poisoning in the last few days.
A San Francisco family is in the hospital from eating wild death cap mushrooms. Their 13-year old daughter had to undergo liver transplant surgery.
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Doctors attached part of a donor liver onto the girl's liver in hopes it will help the old liver rejuvenate itself.
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((DR. JOHNNY EMOND/PEDIATRIC LIVER TRANSPLANT PROGRAM: THE WAY THESE LIVERS ARE ATTACKED THEY'RE IN COMPETITION FOR BLOOD FLOW AND WHICHEVER LIVER IS THE HEALTHIEST WILL GROW AND DOMINATE.))
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The girl and her family had picked the deadly mushrooms while on a family outing and mixed them into spaghetti sauce.
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This morning the girl has been upgraded to serious but stable condition.
Her mother and two brothers, aged 11 and 14, were also upgraded from serious to fair condition.
Doctors say they do NOT expect them to need transplants.

John-Ford


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In Amherst, a guilty plea from a man accused of carjacking an 86- year- old woman from Roanoke last fall and leaving her tied up in the Amherst County woods.
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32- year- old John David Ford yesterday entered an (Alferd) Alford plea to carjacking, abduction and firearms charges.
Ford admitted the Commonwealth had enough evidence to convict him, and did not want to take his chances with a jury which could have given him two life terms in prison.
Instead he'll serve twenty years.
The victim.. who only wanted to be identified by her last name, Mrs. McDonald, was reportedly satisfied with the terms of the agreement.
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Brzonkala


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#95-113
GRAPHIC=gilmore


Virginia's Attorney General is taking allegations of rape against two Virginia Tech Football players very seriously.
Former student Christy Brzonkala says the two raped her on campus, and now the state police have been called in to investigate.
Ellen Qualls has more on that story.
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(( Civil attorney Eileen Wagner says she merely requested the Attorney General's public statements on campus sexual assault.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: HER LETTER...INVESTIGATION.))
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((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S ATTORNEY: ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE HAS AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD... AT THE CUTTING EDGE.))
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But Wagner says the probe will actually complicate her civil cases against Tech for violating women's rights, and against the two accused players for the alleged rape itself.
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((BUT WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES TOTALLY UNSOLICITED... MORALLY OBLIGATED TO ACCEPT))
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Virginia Tech says it welcomes the State probe -- pointing out it's NOT about the university -- it's about this man-- Tony Morrison and his alleged accomplice James Crawford.
We'd love to let you hear what Christy Brzonkala herself thinks of this probe, but she's sold her story to a tabloid show and by contract can't talk to us before that story airs next week. Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

3-Sports


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In sports, Mike Stevens has highlights of Virginia's win over N-C-State.
He also takes a look at the Cleveland Browns agreement to move to Baltimore.
Good morning Mike.
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Birthdays
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Three-Larry


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Fire


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
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TAPE# edit of 95-111
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Another FATAL fire involving a small child.
This one -- in Henry County -- KILLED a six- month- old girl and left her young brother and sister in CRITICAL condition.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;


The fire broke out yesterday afternoon in the Grassy Creek area of the county.
Fire officials say Keysha Thomas apparently died of smoke inhalation.
Her siblings, 18 month- old Deonte (Dee-On-Tay) Thomas and two- year old Latasha Thomas were flown to the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
The mother, Vivian Thomas, was treated for smoke inhalation.
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ANCHOR=Beth 2 shot
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Authorities say it appears the fire started in the kitchen.

Blaze


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And fire officials say it was a kerosene heater that apparently sparked a blaze in Madison Heights this morning.
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SUPER=03-Amherst Co./This Morning


Firefighters were called to this house on Arrowhead Lane just after four.
The two residents were able to escape the blaze by jumping out a bedroom window.
One man reportedly suffered first and second degree burns...his wife, smoke inhalation.
They were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
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Ford


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-3
GRAPHIC=legal scales


In other news from Amherst --
A man accused of carjacking an elderly Roanoke woman and leaving her tied up in the Amherst County woods says he is guilty.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Amherst/Yesterday; :00


Yesterday John David Ford entered an (Alferd) Alford plea to carjacking, abduction and firearms charges.
Ford admitted the Commonwealth had enough evidence to convict him, and did not want to take his chances with a jury which could have given him two life terms in prison.
Instead he'll serve twenty years- an outcome prosecutor Ed Meeks says should satisfy everyone.
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((ED MEEKS/AMHERST CO. PROSECUTOR: ONE, IT APPROXIMATES WHAT THE AVERAGE SENTENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE STATE, SECONDLY, IT EFFECTIVELY TAKES HIM OFF THE STREET FOR THE PRODUCTIVE YEARS OF HIS ADULT LIFE WHERE HE WOULD BE A RISK. IT MET THE VICTIM'S EXPECTATIONS AND WE ALSO DIDN'T THROW THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY AWAY HAVING TO HAUL WITNESSES IN HERE FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.))
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Meeks says the victim.. who only wanted to be identified by her last name, Mrs. McDonald, was satisfied with the terms of the agreement.
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Craig-Schools


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=mporn
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TAPE#96-1
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Craig County School Board MIGHT force- out its superintendent next month.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Craig Co.;


Tuesday, members narrowly passed a motion asking Dallas Helems (HELL-ums) to resign.
But it does NOT look like Helems will go along with the board's wishes.
The superintendent would not comment on camera, but said he plans to fulfil his contract... which has eighteen months left.
School board members could vote to terminate his duties during their March meeting... but some are hopeful it will Not come to that.
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((HETTIE FARLEY/CRAIG COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I FEEL A HUNDRED PERCENT GOOD ABOUT WHAT I HAVE ASKED FOR AND I HOPE THAT DOCTOR HELEMS WILL UNDERSTAND AND THAT HE WILL RESIGN. ))
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The action was taken just two weeks after a fuel leak at Craig County High School.
Farley says she was disappointed with the way that situation was handled.
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Some Roanoke County and Roanoke City students may be disappointed that they have to go to class again.

School-Closing


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Today, both school systems will operate on their regular schedules.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Students who have enjoyed their break from the books... got in their last licks yesterday.
While workers were clearing snow from parking lots, officials were planning for a productive return to the classroom.
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((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: HOPEFULLY THE CHAOS IS SHORT-LIVED AND WHEN WE DO GET BACK TO SCHOOL AND FOCUS ALL OF OUR ENERGIES ON INSTRUCTION, WE WILL STILL MAKE A GOOD YEAR OF IT. WE'LL DO SOME THINGS TO OFFSET THE LOSS OF TIME AND TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR HOURS FROM HERE ON OUT ARE PRODUCTIVE.))
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Most schools in western Virginia are be back in business today, though many will operate on delayed schedules -- we'll run the list for you during CBS This Morning.
School officials in many localities are still deciding how to make up days lost to the snow.

4-scores


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WRITER=cro
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Turning now to sports --
Glen Rice pumped in 33 points as the Charlotte Hornets downed the Sacramento Kings.
Let's take a look at the scoreboards.
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SUPER=#C-200;
SUPER=96-Charlotte/115/Sacramento/105//Phoenix/107/New Jersey/102;
SUPER=96-Denver/115/LA Clippers/=95//Dallas/136/Utah/133;
SUPER=96-Atlanta/=98/Washington/=92;



SUPER=97-Stanford/=99/S. California/=69//UVA/=84/NC-State/=82;
SUPER=97-Penn State/=61/Illinois/=58//Memphis/=68/NC-Charlotte/=55;
SUPER=97-UCLA/=73/California/=65//Tulane/=68/Louisville/=65;