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7Kevorkian

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=mel
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=Jack Kevorkian


A lawyer for Doctor Jack Kevorkian says his client was present at the death of a VIRGINIA woman last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The woman is identified as 58--year-old Lona Jones of Chester.
She apparently was suffering from a malignant brain tumor.
Jones' body was reportedly taken to a Pontiac, Michigan hospital late last night.
This is the the second suicide Kevorkian has attended in just over a week and his 30th since 19-90.
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7Power-Line


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-34
GRAPHIC=AEP Powerline


The George Washington and Jefferson national forests has nixed a proposed power line that would have crossed federal land.
Forest officials say the environmental impact of the line was unacceptable.
Still, American Electric Power says it remains committed to building the line is considering administrative appeals or legal challenges to yesterday's decision.
Len Besthoff has more.
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SOT
IN Q=American
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :09
SUPER=01-Bill Damon/Forest Supervisor; :30
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :47
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager; :52
SUPER=@Len2; 1:11
SUPER=01-Ellen Coleman/Power Line Opponent; 1:16 Quick
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=LB, News-7.

(( American Electric Power wants to build a high voltage transmission line from its generation fields in West Virginia to Botetourt County, and about 12 miles of the 115- mile route goes through federal land including the Jefferson National Forest, the New River, and the Appalachian Trail.
For that reason, the U- S Forest Service has to review the lines potential impact and after years of delays, it finally released its findings.
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SOT 04:36:17 BLACKSBURG TAPE
IN Q=Based on

((BILL DAMON/FOREST SUPERVISOR: BASED ON THE ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION GATHERED TO DATE, WE WOULD NOT ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE POWER LINE ACROSS NATIONAL FOREST OR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LANDS.))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=service lands.


The Forest Service says AEP's preferred route OR any of its 12 alternatives would have a severe environmental impact.
This decision left AEP shocked, infuriated, and with few options.
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SOT AEP Tape 14:19:19
IN Q=You may be

((RON POFF/AEP PROJECT MANAGER: YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SNAKE THROUGH SOME VARIOUS OPENINGS IN THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST, BUT YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET HERE WITHOUT CROSSING THE NEW RIVER OR THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. SO THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE YOU HAVE HERE IS NOT A TRANSMISSION ALTERNATIVE.))
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=transmission alternative.


AEP says the Forest Service is ignoring the area's need for more power.
As you might guess, the findings have the line's opponents overjoyed.
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SOT 14:55:19 AEP TAPE
IN Q=This project

((ELLEN COLEMAN/POWER LINE OPPONENT: THIS PROJECT IS DEAD, AND WE REALLY NEED APCO TO FACE IT.))
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=face it.


Before the Forest Service makes a final decision, it will go through a three month public comment period.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

7Cross-Burning


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=sly
TAPE#Net (edit of 96-10)
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Two Pulaski County teenagers convicted of burning a cross in a black family's yard have been sentenced.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-Pulaski Co./File Tape;


The incident happened in March at a home in the county's Mount Olivet section.
The two teens will spend 60 days in a juvenile detention center.
Pulaski County Judge John Buck yesterday also sentenced the youths to community service and probation.
Cross burning is a felony offense in Virginia.
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7L'burg-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-51
GRAPHIC=Education


No re-districting for Lynchburg city schools, at least for the next year or so.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


School officials worried that potential residential development would force them to redraw the city's high school and middle school attendance zones.
But a committee studying the numbers says the projections are not enough to justify moving students around.
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SOT 19:04:38
IN Q=In this decision

((CHIP JAMERSON/REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE: IN THIS DECISION WE'RE LOOKING AT NEBULOUS PROJECTIONS AND WE'RE LOOKING AT POSSIBILITIES BUT WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT ANYTHING THAT HAS ANY ABSOLUTE CONCRETE BASIS TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Chip Jamerson/Redistricting Committee; :00
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=concrete basis to it.
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VO-NAT


The school board last night voted to leave the attendance districts alone.
They could revisit the issue if high school populations become too imbalanced.
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7weather


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NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Turning now to the forecast -
Partly sunny skies today with 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms and heavy downpours.
Highs will be in the upper 80s.

55Nelms


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-41
GRAPHIC=Robert Nelms


Last month, Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms said he was NOT guilty of exposing himself to an undercover police officer in a Richmond park.
But yesterday, that plea changed.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=Suffolk Republican
SUPER=03-Richmond/May 9; :00
SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday; :20
SUPER=01-Claire Cardwell/Richmond Prosecutor; :27
SUPER=01-Jim Roberts/Nelms' Attorney; :38
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:04
RUNS=1:17
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms wrote a letter to his constituents in April saying (quote) "I took a leak behind a fence."
But Nelms was NOT charged with urinating in public.
Prosecutors will only say a vice officer observed otherwise, leading them to the indecent exposure charge, commonly used in relation to illicit sexual activity.
Finally in this hearing, Nelms entered a plea of GUILTY -- acknowledging that there was enough evidence to convict him.
sot 10:30:37

((CLAIRE CARDWELL/RICHMOND PROSECUTOR: OUR OFFICE HAS MADE A COMMITMENT THAT HE WOULD NOT BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM ANYONE ELSE. WHEN ONE PLEADS TO A MISDEMEANOR THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT THERE BE A SUMMARY OF THE EVIDENCE. IT'S NOT NORMALLY DONE ON A PLEA TO A MISDEMEANOR, SO I'M NOT GONNA COMMENT ON WHAT THE EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN.))
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sot 10:20:09

((JIM ROBERTS/NELMS' ATTORNEY: THIS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF GREAT STRESS AND GREAT PAIN FOR THE FAMILY. THUS, NEITHER DELEGATE NELMS OR I WILL MAKE ANY FURTHER COMMENT AND THAT'S IT. THANK YOU. Robert are you indeed truly guilty? But you said you were innocent before. We're just wondering why you say guilty now. THAT'S IT.))
runs=:16


His sentence: 30 days in jail if he commits any other crimes in the next year, a 50- dollar fine, and he's banned from Richmond parks and rec facilities.

sot standup 10;45:12

((IN THE PAST, DELEGATE NELMS HAS CHARACTERIZED HIS PROSECUTION AS A WITCH HUNT...HE WOULD NOT SAY IF HE'S RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT FALL. ELLEN QUALLS NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
runs=:15))


55Manhunt


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#96-54
GRAPHIC=NONE


In Floyd County last night, a minor traffic accident erupted into a massive manhunt involve county and state authorities.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;


State Police investigating the accident say they tried to arrest a suspect for driving while intoxicated when he escaped custody and fled into some nearby woods.
Six state police units and another six Floyd County Deputies searched for the unidentified man before he was rearrested after allegedly scuffling with Trooper D-J Rose.
No charges have been filed, but are anticipated.
Trooper Rose was not injured.
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55Turpin


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=RJO
TAPE#96-35
GRAPHIC=Turpin, Ryan


A Lexington couple waits for a word on whether their sick child can attend a special education school in Buena Vista.
They say a denial will be devastating.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Buena Vista;


Five year old Ryan Turpin has had five heart operations, a cardiac arrest, and he's been treated for stomach ulcers.
For the past three years Ryan has attended school in Buena Vista.
But school officials say because of cramped conditions, special ed children must attend the new facility in Lexington.
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SOT 12:35:50
IN Q=Economically advantageous for

((DR. NICHOLAS MASCHAL/LEXINGTON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: ECONOMICALLY ADVANTAGEOUS FOR US AND FOR BUENA VISTA FOR US TO BRING OUR PROGRAM BACK HERE. IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE ADVANTAGEOUS IN THAT WE CAN OFFER A BETTER INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM WITH MORE ENGAGED LEARNING TIME FOR THE STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Maschal/Lexington School Administrator;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=time for the students.
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VO-NAT


One of Ryan's doctors wrote school officials stating a change could cause serious and perhaps permanent damage.
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SOT 10:26:00
IN Q=They didn't care that

((LISA TURPIN/RYAN'S MOTHER: THEY DIDN'T CARE THAT THE DOCTOR WAS SAYING THAT IT COULD HARM. AND WE WERE TOLD THAT WAS ONE DOCTOR'S OPINION AND THAT WHAT ONE DOCTOR SAID BASICALLY DIDN'T MATTER.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Turpin/Ryan's Mother;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=basically didn't matter.
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VO-NAT


Lexington school officials will make a decision in a couple of weeks.
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55School-Lawsuit


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-49
GRAPHIC=NONE


Meanwhile, a Henry County teen has gotten a fighting chance to return to school in the fall.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Friday;


Sixteen year old Brian Wood was expelled from Bassett High School earlier this year for carrying a pocket knife on a field trip.
His parents sued the school system-- saying expulsion was too extreme for Wood's violating the weapons policy.
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TALENT=Melanie
SS=NONE


A judge reversed the decision and ordered the school board to re- examine the matter.
At this point, Wood can return to school in the Fall.

55weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Turning now to the forecast -
Partly sunny skies today with 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms and heavy downpours.
Highs will be in the upper 80s.

8Power-Line


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-34
GRAPHIC=AEP Powerline


Opponents of American Electric Power's proposed 100 mile line have scored a victory with the release of a report on the line's potential environmental impact.
Len Bestoff says it now may be back to the drawing board for the power company.
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SOT
IN Q=American
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :09
SUPER=01-Bill Damon/Forest Supervisor; :30
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :47
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager; :52
SUPER=@Len2; 1:11
SUPER=01-Ellen Coleman/Power Line Opponent; 1:16 Quick
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=LB, News-7.

(( American Electric Power wants to build a high voltage transmission line from its generation fields in West Virginia to Botetourt County, and about 12 miles of the 115- mile route goes through federal land including the Jefferson National Forest, the New River, and the Appalachian Trail.
For that reason, the U- S Forest Service has to review the lines potential impact and after years of delays, it finally released its findings.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 04:36:17 BLACKSBURG TAPE
IN Q=Based on

((BILL DAMON/FOREST SUPERVISOR: BASED ON THE ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION GATHERED TO DATE, WE WOULD NOT ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE POWER LINE ACROSS NATIONAL FOREST OR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LANDS.))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=service lands.


The Forest Service says AEP's preferred route OR any of its 12 alternatives would have a severe environmental impact.
This decision left AEP shocked, infuriated, and with few options.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT AEP Tape 14:19:19
IN Q=You may be

((RON POFF/AEP PROJECT MANAGER: YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SNAKE THROUGH SOME VARIOUS OPENINGS IN THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST, BUT YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET HERE WITHOUT CROSSING THE NEW RIVER OR THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. SO THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE YOU HAVE HERE IS NOT A TRANSMISSION ALTERNATIVE.))
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=transmission alternative.


AEP says the Forest Service is ignoring the area's need for more power.
As you might guess, the findings have the line's opponents overjoyed.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 14:55:19 AEP TAPE
IN Q=This project

((ELLEN COLEMAN/POWER LINE OPPONENT: THIS PROJECT IS DEAD, AND WE REALLY NEED APCO TO FACE IT.))
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=face it.


Before the Forest Service makes a final decision, it will go through a three month public comment period.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

8City-Council


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Sta
TAPE#96-37
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Roanoke's Mayor and four council members were sworn in yesterday at the Roanoke City Courthouse.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


James Trout was among the honorees.
He will serve his fifth term as a councilmember.
Meanwhile, David Bowers will begin his second term as mayor.
Also taking the oath of office were councilmembers Nelson Harris and Carroll Swain.
Vice-mayor Linda Wyatt was sworn-in too.
They all got certificates and crest pins in recognition of the event.
All terms begin July first.
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8L'burg-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-51
GRAPHIC=Education


Re-districting will NOT take place in the Lynchburg city school system next year.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


School officials have been worried that potential residential development would force them to redraw the city's high school and middle school attendance zones.
A committee studying the numbers says the projections are not enough to justify moving students.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 19:04:38
IN Q=In this decision

((CHIP JAMERSON/REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE: IN THIS DECISION WE'RE LOOKING AT NEBULOUS PROJECTIONS AND WE'RE LOOKING AT POSSIBILITIES BUT WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT ANYTHING THAT HAS ANY ABSOLUTE CONCRETE BASIS TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Chip Jamerson/Redistricting Committee; :00
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=concrete basis to it.
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VO-NAT


The school board last night voted to leave the attendance districts alone.
They could revisit the issue if high school populations become too imbalanced.
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8Dollar-General


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-50
GRAPHIC=None


A Halifax County group that works with at-risk youth has gotten a check for 10-thousand dollars.
The check was presented during a ground breaking ceremony yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax Co;


The Dollar General Corporation broke ground for its 60-million dollar distribution center at the Halifax County- South Boston Industrial Park.
C-E-O Cal Turner Junior and Gray Construction Company presented the local Mentor and Role Model Program with a check for 10-thousand dollars.
The Dollar General Distribution center will also create 500 new jobs.
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8weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Turning now to the forecast -
Partly sunny skies today with 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms Highs will be in the upper 80s. and heavy downpours.