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7Eric-Korsh

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TAPE# edit of korsh 96-21
GRAPHIC=Eric Korsh


And a Roanoke jury rules in favor of former Lewis Gale Clinic spine surgeon Dr. Eric Korsh in his malpractice lawsuit.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


The jury rejected Pat Brunson's two million dollar civil suit--
Brunson claimed Korsh talked him into unnecessary spine fusion surgery for his own financial gain.
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SOT 16:12:13
IN Q=They reached

((JOHN JESSEE/DEFENDANT'S ATTORNEY: THEY REACHED A UNANIMOUS DECISION THAT HE DID NOTHING WRONG. JUST AS THE EARLIER MALPRACTICE PANELS HAVE ALL RULED DR. KORSH DID NOTHING WRONG. AND I THINK AS THESE CASES PROCEED TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT WILL BE THE DECISION, THAT HE DID NOTHING WRONG IN HIS CARE OF THE PATIENTS. ))
SUPER=01-John Jessee/Defendant's Attorney; :
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=care of his patients.
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VO-NAT


The jury was not permitted to know there have been at least 50 more of his patients have field suit against Korsh.
SUPER=@File; :


Both sides contend the soured relationship between these two former friends may have had an impact on the jury's verdict.
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SOT 16:22:03
IN Q=It's just hard

((PAT BRUNSON/PLAINTIFF:IT'S JUST HARD TO SAY WHAT GOES THROUGH A JURY'S MIND. I TRY TO PUT MYSELF IN THEIR POSITION AND I CAN'T BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Brunson/Plaintiff; :
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=they don't know.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Eric Korsh


Meantime, three other medical malpractice cases against Korsh are already scheduled for trial.

7Jail-Investigtion


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Two Pulaski County jail employees are now the focus of an investigation into missing funds.
But the Commonwealth's Attorney says there isn't enough evidence yet to file charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski;


An audit revealed five thousand dollars was missing from an inmate work release fund.
Prisoners pay the jail 10 dollars from their earnings for every day they work.
Each jail employee with access to the fund took a lie detector test, which helped to narrow the investigation.
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SOT 10:56:26
IN Q=

((MAJ. JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE HAVE HAD TWO EMPLOYEES OUT OF THE JAIL STAFF THAT DID NOT, THAT SHOWED DECEPTION ON THE POLYGRAPH. QUESTION: ARE THOSE THE ONLY TWO EMPLOYEES UNDER INVESTIGATION AT THIS POINT? ANSWER: AT THIS POINT. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=point? At this point.
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VO-NAT


Davis says for a number of reasons, the two employees were not reappointed when officers were re-sworn to duty January first.
The investigation is continuing.
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7Va-Militia


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TAPE#96-14
GRAPHIC=Freemen Standoff


As the standoff with the Freemen in Montana enters its 10th day, the F-B-I has its eye on militia movements around the country -- including in Virginia.
A spokesman for the Virginia Citizen's Militia says federal agents met with him on Monday in Richmond.
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SOT 09:51:05
IN Q=Well there's

((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZEN'S MILITIA: WELL THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF RUMORS FLYING AROUND THAT WE MIGHT BE OR OTHER GROUPS MIGHT BE SENDING ARMED TROOPS TO MONTANA IN AN ATTEMPT TO FREE THE FREEMEN. THAT'S NOT TRUE. WE'RE NOT SENDING A CONVOY. WE'RE NOT SENDING ARMED TROOPS.))
SUPER=01-Douglas Jeffreys/Va. Citizen's Militia;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=armed troops.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Douglas Jeffreys says he represents a few thousand Virginians who are members of secretive local militias.
SUPER=03-Jordan, MT;


Jeffreys says he's been in touch with the leadership of the Militia of Montana.
He says Virginia militia members are offering moral support and share many viewpoints on the federal government with the Freemen.
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SOT 10:01:15
IN Q=We're not looking

((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZEN'S MILITIA: WE'RE NOT LOOKING TO CAUSE CHAOS. WE DO NOT WANT TO OVERTHROW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE A CONFRONTATION WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=federal government.(2ND REFERENCE!)
TALENT=Melanie
SS=Freemen Standoff


But Jeffreys says the Freemen position on some financial matters is NOT shared by supporters in Virginia.
Some of the Freemen are facing bank and mail fraud charges.

7Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Today is going to be another beautiful day.
It'll be partly sunny with warm temperatures - highs will be in the upper 70s.
For tonight, expect clouds to start moving in, bringing with them a 30 percent chance of rain.
Lows will be in the upper 40s.

55Backhoe-Ax


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TAPE#96-31
GRAPHIC=None

In Christiansburg, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal backhoe accident.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday;


Three men were repairing the vehicle yesterday at an industrial machine repair shop on Roanoke Street.
The backhoe rolled and crushed one of the men.
No one else was injured.
Police have not yet released the name of the victim.
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55Blaze


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TAPEedit of #96-30
GRAPHIC=Fire


A Lynchburg child suffered smoke inhalation last night when his parent's house caught fire.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night;


The blaze at 8-10 Wise Street was reported just after nine.
No one else was injured.
The first crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the two-story structure.
It took them more than an hour to bring the fire under control.
The fire marshal's office is investigating the cause.
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55Intersection


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TAPE#96-23
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Transportation officials have plans to change the intersection where two Danville children were killed last fall.
But family members are telling those officials the proposed changes are not enough.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Danville/October 25; :00
SUPER=@Teresa1; :24
SUPER=01-Brenda Jones/Children's Grandmother; :35
SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :43
SUPER=01-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :52
RUNS=1:15
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.

(( Raymond Mustain and his in- laws may be best remembered for blocking traffic at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Route 265.
Family members were arrested but didn't seem to mind.
They'd succeeded in drawing attention to what they view as a death trap.
Mustain's stepchildren, 12- year old Jami and 10- year old James Earles were killed there in a traffic accident last October. su
The Mustain's work over the past six month has had an impact.
State transportation officials say the cross over will be closed.
But family members view it as a quick fix. They want an overpass. end su
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SOT
IN Q=In the

((BRENDA JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDMOTHER: IN THE LONG RUN WE WANT A BRIDGE THERE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TO START WITH, IT WAS IN THE ORIGINAL PLANS. ))
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OUT Q=original plans.


Family members spoke at a pre-allocation hearing in Lynchburg.
Meetings like this one give citizens an opportunity to comment on how money is spent.
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1:27:51
SOT
IN Q=I'm not

((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER: I'M NOT GOING TO SAY MY CHILDREN WOULD BE HERE TODAY IF THE BRIDGE WAS THERE BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW. ALL I KNOW IS THE BRIDGE IS NOT THERE AND MY TWO CHILDREN AREN'T EITHER. ))
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=aren't either.


All comments will be reviewed by he Commonwealth Transportation board in Richmond which will decide if a bridge should be included in a tentative six year construction plan. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))

55Fuel-Prices


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TAPE#96-16
GRAPHIC=None


If you haven't noticed it yet, there's a new trend at the gas pump, higher prices.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


A buck fifteen a gallon for regular unleaded is standard throughout the region.
The owner of Flint's Service Station says station owners have no control over it.
Pat Flint points out that WHOLESALE prices are up 14 cents a gallon, and those increases come directly from the major oil producers.
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SOT 11:02:08
IN Q=They tell us

((PAT FLINT/FLINT'S SERVICE CENTER: THEY TELL US THERE'S A INCREASE IN THE CONSUMPTION OF OIL DUE TO HEATING OIL FOR THE WINTER, COURSE IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR. AND A SHORTAGE OF CRUDE WHICH, WE DON'T THINK THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF CRUDE, BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY REALLY, SAY THE REASON FOR THE INCREASE IS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Flint/Flint's Service Center;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=for the increase is.
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VO-NAT


These increases are coming two months before Memorial Day, the traditional beginning of the holiday driving season.
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55Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Today is going to be another beautiful day.
It's going to be partly sunny with warm temperatures - highs will be in the upper 70s.
For tonight, expect clouds to start moving in, bringing with them a 30 percent chance of rain.
Lows will be in the upper 40s.
Looking ahead, tomorrow will be partly cloudy and breezy with temperatures a little cooler - highs around 60.

8Malpractice-Ruling


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TAPE# edit of korsh 96-21
GRAPHIC=Eric Korsh


Former Lewis Gale Clinic spine surgeon, Dr. Eric Korsh has won the first medical malpractice lawsuit against him to make it to court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


The jury rejected Pat Brunson's two million dollar civil suit--
He argued Korsh talked him into unnecessary spine fusion surgery for his own financial gain.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 16:12:13
IN Q=They reached

((JOHN JESSEE/DEFENDANT'S ATTORNEY: THEY REACHED A UNANIMOUS DECISION THAT HE DID NOTHING WRONG. JUST AS THE EARLIER MALPRACTICE PANELS HAVE ALL RULED DR. KORSH DID NOTHING WRONG. AND I THINK AS THESE CASES PROCEED TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT WILL BE THE DECISION, THAT HE DID NOTHING WRONG IN HIS CARE OF THE PATIENTS. ))
SUPER=01-John Jessee/Defendant's Attorney; :
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=care of his patients.
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VO-NAT


The jury was not permitted to know that 50 more of Korsh's patients have also filed lawsuits.
SUPER=@File; :


Both sides contend the soured relationship between these two former friends may have had an impact on the jury's verdict.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 16:22:03
IN Q=It's just hard

((PAT BRUNSON/PLAINTIFF:IT'S JUST HARD TO SAY WHAT GOES THROUGH A JURY'S MIND. I TRY TO PUT MYSELF IN THEIR POSITION AND I CAN'T BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Brunson/Plaintiff; :
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=they don't know.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Eric Korsh


Meantime, three other medical malpractice cases against Korsh are already scheduled for trial.

8Brzonkala


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TAPE#edit of 96-22
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation


The Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney says he will decide by next week whether to prosecute a criminal case against two Virginia Tech football players accused of rape.
State police have completed an investigation into a student's allegation she was raped by the two Tech football players.
They've turned the results over to Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Phil Keith.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-February 14;


The investigation comes a year-and-a-half after Christy Brzonkala claims she was raped by James Crawford and Tony Morrison.
Brzonkala has filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia Tech, the two players and a third player she claims witnessed the attack.
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8Va-Militia


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-14
GRAPHIC=Freemen Standoff


It is day 10 in the federal stand-off with the anti- government milita group known as the Freemen.
Since the standoff the F-B-I has begun talking to militia members in other states, including in Virginia.
A spokesman for the Virginia Citizen's Militia says federal agents met with him on Monday in Richmond.
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SOT 09:51:05
IN Q=Well there's

((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZEN'S MILITIA: WELL THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF RUMORS FLYING AROUND THAT WE MIGHT BE OR OTHER GROUPS MIGHT BE SENDING ARMED TROOPS TO MONTANA IN AN ATTEMPT TO FREE THE FREEMEN. THAT'S NOT TRUE. WE'RE NOT SENDING A CONVOY. WE'RE NOT SENDING ARMED TROOPS.))
SUPER=01-Douglas Jeffreys/Va. Citizen's Militia;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=armed troops.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Douglas Jeffreys says he represents a few thousand Virginians who are members of secretive local militias.
SUPER=03-Jordan, MT;


Jeffreys says he's been in touch with the leadership of the Militia of Montana.
He says Virginia militia members are offering moral support and share many viewpoints on the federal government with the Freemen.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 10:01:15
IN Q=We're not looking

((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZEN'S MILITIA: WE'RE NOT LOOKING TO CAUSE CHAOS. WE DO NOT WANT TO OVERTHROW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE A CONFRONTATION WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=federal government.(2ND REFERENCE!)
TALENT=Melanie
SS=Freemen Standoff


But Jeffreys says the Freemen position on some financial matters is NOT shared by supporters in Virginia.
Some of the Freemen are facing bank and mail fraud charges.

8Patrol-Boat


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TAPE#96-22
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal


The Bedford County Sheriff's Department has a new tool that will be used to fight crime at Smith Mountain Lake this summer.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


A 22 foot patrol boat is the latest crime- fighting unit in the county.
Officials say expect to see the boat frequently on the lake.
They say their main goal is to crack down on alcohol and drug use, but there are other reasons they're using the boat.
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SOT 9:27:45
IN Q=We'll also

((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY: WE'LL ALSO BE LOOKING AT THE BURGLARIES AND LARCENIES THAT OCCUR AROUND THE SHORE LINES OF SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE. ))
SUPER=01-Sheriff Mike Brown/Bedford Co.;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=smith mountain lake
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VO-NAT


Deputies and community volunteers will man the boat.
Training for the patrols takes place next month.
Sheriff Brown hopes the boat will officially set sail in early June.
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8Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Today is going to be partly sunny with warm temperatures - highs will be in the upper 70s.
For tonight, expect clouds to start moving in, bringing with them a 30 percent chance of rain.
Lows will be in the upper 40s. around 60. Looking ahead, tomorrow will be breezy with partly cloudy skies and highs