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7LGH-fire

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TAPE#96-37
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A fire scare this morning at Lewis Gale hospital.
Just after 4:30 fire crews responded to smoke coming from near the emergency room.
It turned out to be a small equipment fire, causing only minor injuries.
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No one had to evacuate.
But traffic was blocked for a short while on Keagy Road.
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7Church-Burning


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TAPE#96-43
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President Clinton and the Southern Governors have come up with a plan of attack to combat the wave of church burnings.
Yesterday Governor Allen was among the state leaders at a meeting in Washington.
Ellen Qualls reports from the White House.
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7Prison-Food


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TAPE#96-47
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He hasn't won his personal freedom but does have some freedom over what he eats.
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Islamic prison inmate Rahim X was granted a preliminary injunction in federal court yesterday.
The prisoner at Buckingham Correctional Center filed a lawsuit-- saying his religious freedom was denied because he was not served a "Nation of Islam" diet.
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Prison policy requires inmates to get outside clergy to provide documentation before they can receive special meals.
The preliminary injunction will allow Rahim X to bypass that policy.

7Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
Expect it to be partly sunny today with a chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.



55Benda


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TAPE#40
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In Wythe County a kidnapping case that stretches to Japan.
Earlier this week a Federal Grand Jury indicted a woman who may be hiding in that country.
Her husband in Max Meadows is trying to track down his two daughters.
Ron Jones explains.
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((Walter Benda says he met his Japanese wife, Yoko Mizuno, while attending Washington and Lee University in 19-79.
They married in Japan 19-82 and had two little girls, Mari and Ema.
But after 14 years Walter says his marriage fell apart as his wife got involved in a cult with an Indian Guru.
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Toward the end of their marriage he says Yoko became more involved in the cult and more distant.
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Then one day in July of 1995, he returned home from work and his wife and daughters were gone.
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Last year he returned to his his parents' home in Wythe County and has been trying to contact with his wife and children with no luck.
All he has are home video's and pictures of his little girls.
He hopes the F-B-I warrant will give him a little more leverage with the Japanese government-- and restore the family he once had.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))

55Pitts-Murder


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TAPE#96-48
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Authorities beleive they've cracked a murder case in Pittsylvania County.
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46-year old Aubrey Harris, Junior of Dry Fork was arrested yesterday morning in connection with the shooting death of 37-year old Jesse Leroy Davis.
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Davis was reported missing June third, the same day his body was discovered along a rural road near Mount Cross that same day.

55L'burg-Mail


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A Lynchburg man faces five years in prison if convicted on federal charges of operating a mail theft ring in central Virginia.
19-year old Jeffrey Scott Wright was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury.
Authorities say Wright and several juveniles stole hundreds of pieces of mail from mailboxes over a several month-long period.
They then allegedly forged and cashed the checks they found, taking in thousands of dollars.
Several of the teens have already been prosecuted in the juvenile court system.
Wright is the only adult to be indicted.
A conviction for Wright could also mean a fine of up to 250-thousand dollars.

55Stick-Horses


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TAPE#96-44
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A horse is horse of course, even when it's on a stick.
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About 70 pintsized equestrian's hoped on their wooden ponies last night for the popular stick hourse race at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
Boys and girls, ages six and under donned their best riding outfits.
Some galloped on their own-- others needed a little help from Mom and Dad.
But in this contest, everyone is a winner.
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The grown- ups, meanwhile, performed in the Welcome Jumper Stake-- competing for a cash prize of five- thousand dollars.
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55Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
Expect it to be partly sunny today with a chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
For tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with lows in the mid 60s.

8LGH-fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=amo
TAPE#96-37
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A fire at Lewis Gale hospital caused only minor DAMAGE this morning.
It happened just after 4:30.
Fire crews responded to smoke near the emergency room.
It turned out to be a small equipment fire.
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No one had to evacuate.
Officials are still investigating.
Meanwhile, Keagy Road is closed and traffic is being re-routed.
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8Allen


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Governor George Allen met with President Clinton yesterday along with the other Southern Governors.
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The state leaders wanted to talk about the recent rash of church fires.
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Unified, they were angry at the people responsible for the blazes, and in search of some answers.
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In February, Richmond's Glorious Church of God in Christ was gutted by fire--that blaze and another church fire in Chesterfield County have not been added to the federal list yet.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to let federal authorities supersede states when it comes to anti-religious and hate crimes, but how does that effect Governor Allen's crusade for states' rights?
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Under Allen's Parole Reform, arson is now considered a violent crime. In some cases the punishment could be life in prison.
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8Motley


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TAPE#596-20 (danville-lawsuit)
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A former Danville police officer is suing Chief Neal Morris and his Assistant B-C. Elliott alleging gender discrimination.
Cheryl Bartee (Bar-TEE) was fired last year for allegedly giving false information to a grand jury.
According to Bartee's lawsuit, she was later reinstated but was fired once again for taping a conversation with another employee.
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Bartee used the tape as evidence at the hearing in which she was reinstated.
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Bartee's lawsuit and three others against the department has led the former Vice President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to form an organization.
Reverend Thomas Motley hopes his group can investigate allegations of misconduct against the police department.
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8Letter-Carrier


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TAPE#96-44
GRAPHIC=US Postal Service


Local letter carriers participated in a nationwide protest by walking the picket lines last night.
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Nearly 20- members of the National Association of Letter Carriers picketed outside Danville's Main Street post office.
They're upset over policies they feel jeopardize efficient mail service.
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The post office says it recently posted a 90- percent on time delivery performance for first- class mail.
It says letter carriers played a big part in that success.
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8Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
Expect it to be partly sunny today with a chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.