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7Jens

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-54
GRAPHIC=Soering


The Virginia Supreme Court has ordered a Bedford County court to determine whether prosecutors withheld evidence that someone other than Jens Soering could have killed his girlfriend's parents.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;


(SIR-ing) Soering was found guilty in 1990 of the stabbing deaths of his girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.
Elizabeth Haysom pleaded guilty as an accessory and is serving a 90-year prison term.
(SIR-ing) is appealing HIS conviction, claiming investigators never told defense attorneys about other suspects who could have committed the crimes.
But lead investigator Ricky Gardner says (SIR-ing) Soering's attorneys got everything they were entitled to.
As far as Gardner is concerned, the real killers are already in jail.
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SOT 16:27:10//16:27:43
IN Q=Everything was

((SGT. RICKY GARDNER/HAYSOM MURDERS INVESTIGATOR: EVERYTHING WAS DOCUMENTED, WE HAVE DOCUMENTATION TO BACK UP EVERYTHING THAT WE DID IN THE CASE FROM THE FORENSIC ASPECTS OF THE CASE TO THE INTERVIEWS OF WITNESSES, ANY SUSPECTS THAT WE DID HAVE AT THE TIME UP UNTIL THE TIME THAT THEY WERE INDICTED. I FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE DID WAS ABOVE BOARD AND EVERYTHING THAT THE DEFENSE WAS ENTITLED TO THEY RECEIVED.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Ricky Gardner/Haysom Murders Investigator; :00
RUNS=:30
OUT Q=entitled to they received.
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VO-NAT


Bedford Circuit Court Judge William Sweeney will set a date for the appeal hearing within the next couple of weeks.
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7Phillips


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# edit of 96-52
GRAPHIC=Phillips, Jim


The town of Iron Gate is now without a police officer.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/Last Night;


Last night Town council voted to eliminate the position.
This comes amid controversy surrounding officer Jim Phillips' performance, leading to his resignation.
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IN Q=I would say this

((OTIS PAYNE/IRON GATE MAYOR: I WOULD SAY THIS. IF HE HADN'T RESIGNED THE CONSENSUS AMONG COUNCIL PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED OR DISMISSED.))
SUPER=01-Otis Payne/Iron Gate Mayor; RUNS=:08
OUT Q=fired or dismissed.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Phillips' resignation comes with some controversy.
The officer was put on administrative leave in March after his reckless driving conviction.
A judge ruled Phillips endangered the public during a police chase.
The county and state police will pick up the slack left by the job elimination.
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SOT 20:42:54
IN Q=We hope this

((LETHIA FISHER/IRON GATE MAYOR-ELECT: WE HOPE THIS WORKS OUT FINE. OUR CHARTER GIVES US ENOUGH LATITUDE TO PROVIDE POLICE PROTECTION THROUGH THE COUNTY. WE HOPE THIS WORKS WELL. IF IT DOESN'T THEN WE'LL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION. ))
SUPER=01-Lethia Fisher/Iron Gate Mayor-Elect;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=another solution.
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VO-NAT


Phillips will remain a town employee until July 31st.
The town of Iron Gate has had a police officer since its charter in the 1940s.
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7Nurses


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-42
GRAPHIC=Rural Health Care


Radford University is looking for students with a commitment to rural health care.
A federal grant will get the masters program started for a new family nurse practitioners program this fall.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Radford;


Radford research found the early death rate is 33 percent higher in Southwest Virginia than the rest of the state, due to limited access to care in rural areas.
The university hopes to change that by educating nurse practitioners.
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SOT 21:2953
IN Q=

((JANET BOETTCHER/RU SCHOOL OF NURSING: FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONERS THAT ARE EDUCATED IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND ARE FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WILL PROBABLY STAY AND PRACTICE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND THEY WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY SO THEY CAN BE THERE TO DO THIS EARLY DETECTION, EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND EARLY TREATMENT.))
SUPER=01-Janet Boettcher/RU School of Nursing;
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=and early treatment.
TALENT=Melanie
SS=Rural Health Care


Nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose minor illnesses and even treat them with prescriptions.
They may order and analyze lab tests, and make referrals for specialized care.


7Torch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=am
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=olympics


The Olympic torch moves through Virginia today.
The schedule calls for the Olympic torch to cross the Potomac River into the Commonwealth this morning.
Some segments of the trip will be by motorcade, bicycle or motorcycle with runners handling the rest.

7Weather


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


Taking a look at the forecast-
The first full day of summer is going to be sunny and hot.
Highs will be around 90 degrees.
Tonight, expect temperatures in the mid 60s.
Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with hot and humid conditions - highs will be in the lower 90s

55Cranwell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-47
GRAPHIC=NONE


Earlier this week, a Chesterfield County woman became the first Virginian to turn to Doctor Jack Kevorkian for fatal assistance.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 13;


Now, Republicans are pointing out to reporters that it was House Democrats who blocked a bill this year making physician-assisted suicide a class six felony.
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SOT 23:05:32
IN Q=This bill

((DEL. BILL MIMS/R-LEESBURG: THIS BILL DEALS WITH ASSISTED SUICIDE, MERCY KILLING. THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT. THE REASON WHY THIS BILL IS NECESSARY IS THAT THERE IS A GROWING MOVEMENT NATIONWIDE TOWARDS ASSISTED SUICIDE.))
sot 23:06:54

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME THAT WE CANNOT GET ANY CONSENSUS ON THIS, SO THIS BILL NEEDS TO GO BACK TO COMMITTEE WHERE WE CAN HAVE YEAR TO SORT THESE EIGHT, OR NINE, OR TEN AMENDMENTS, WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE OUT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bill Mims/(R) Leesburg; :00
SUPER=@Cranwell; :18
RUNS=:29
OUT Q=might be out.
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VO-NAT


The bill was in its second year of consideration in Richmond.
It was referred again to Dick Cranwell's sub-committee on a party line vote at the hands of Democrats.
There is currently NO law specific to physician-assisted suicide in Virginia.
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55Hurwitz


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#96-43
GRAPHIC=NONE


Meantime, a Washington D-C doctor who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain may lose his license to practice in the commonwealth.
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VO-NAT


In a hearing before the State Board of Medicine, William Hurwitz is accused of over-prescribing narcotics to pain patients.
This patient of the doctor takes some 50 painkillers a day-- combinations that would usually cause at least addiction, or disorientation-- but with chronic pain patients, that's often NOT the case.
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SOT 3:14:20
IN Q=If it takes

((DR. WILLIAM HURWITZ:IF IT TAKES ONE PILL OR IT TAKES 100 PILLS OR IT TAKES, 1,000 PILLS, THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. ))
SUPER=07-Dr. William Hurwitz; :00 QUICK
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=what it takes.
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VO-NAT


Some say it's that kind of talk that's getting Dr. Hurwitz in trouble.
That, and the fact that two of his patients-- a 37 year-old woman, and a 36-year old man, died-- possibly because of his treatment.
Hurwitz does have the support of some of the top pain specialists in the country-- who agree chronic pain patients build up tolerance, and require stonger doses to relieve pain.
The hearing continues later today in Richmond.
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55Parental-Contract


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-40
GRAPHIC=lawsuit


Parents of Roanoke County students are no longer required to sign an agreement regarding school discipline.
The decision follows a lawsuit settled with the Roanoke Conduct School Board.
In September, Thomas and Delores Whitt took legal action against a state law that made them sign an agreement called the "Parental Responsibility Contract."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The contract forced guardians to cooperate with school officials in disciplining their children.
If they did not they'd face a 50-dollar fine.
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SOT 16:08:40
IN Q=We got

((DON HUFFMAN/ATTORNEY: WE GOT CALLS FROM ALMOST A HUNDRED PARENTS ACROSS THE STATE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS VERY THING. SO IT WASN'T JUST THE WHITTS. THEY WERE THE PEOPLE OUT IN FRONT FOR IT. BUT THERE WERE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAD SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE VALIDITY AND CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE ACT. ))
SUPER=01-Don Huffman/Attorney;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=the act
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=education


A new law asks parents to acknowledge receiving the school conduct code.
But there's no fine if they don't.

55Dinosaurs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-46
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech


A look into the past in Blacksburg.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are studying some duckbilled dinosaur eggs that they believe were laid in China's Yellow River Basin more than 70 million years ago.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Yesterdaythe eggs underwent a C-T scan at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Close scrutiny indicated the fossilized eggs had most likely hatched.
Researchers had hoped to find at least one fossilized embryo for further study.
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SOT 20:08:42
IN Q=

((DR. BILL GREENBERG/VA. TECH PROFESSOR: UNLESS YOU COULD SEE THE EMBRYO'S STRUCTURE VERY CLEARLY, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT SPECIES OF DINOSAUR IT WAS. AND OF COURSE BY STUDYING THE EMBRYO'S STRUCTURE YOU ALSO FIND OUT A LOT ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF DINOSAURS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Greenberg/Va. Tech Professor;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=development of dinosaurs.
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VO-NAT


The eggs were found in China and exported several years ago to a group of paleontologists in Colorado.
The eggs will soon be on display at Virginia Tech.
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55Weather


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


Taking a look at the forecast-
The first full day of summer is going to be sunny and hot.
Highs will be around 90 degrees.

85-Soering


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#596-23
GRAPHIC=Jens Soering

Six years after he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's parents, Jens Soering will get yet another day in court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


The state Supreme Court has granted Soering a hearing to determine if prosecutors withheld evidence in his 1990 trial.
Soering claims that evidence could clear him of the crime.
He was sentenced to two life terms for the 1985 murders of Derrick and Nancy Haysom.
The Haysom's daughter Elizabeth is currently serving a 90 year term for her part in the crime.
Bedford Circuit Court Judge William Sweeney will set a hearing date for Soering's appeal within the next few weeks.
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8Iron-Gate


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 96-52
GRAPHIC=Phillips, Jim


The town of Iron Gate will no longer have its own police officer. The town has elimiated the law enforcement position it's had since the 1940's .
This decision has led to the resignation of current officer Jim Phillips.
Jay Moore reports.
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SOT
IN Q=The next time
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/File Tape; :05 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Otis Payne/Iron Gate Mayor; :16
SUPER=@Jay1; :25 Screen Right!!
SUPER=01-Lethia Fisher/Iron Gate Mayor-Elect; :56
RUNS=1:18
OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7

(( The next time drivers in Iron Gate hear this sound....
It won't be coming from the patrol car driven by officer Jim Phillips.
That's because town council has eliminated his job.
Council worked out a deal with Phillips ... leading to his resignation.
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SOT 20:34:39
IN Q=I would say this

((OTIS PAYNE/IRON GATE MAYOR: I WOULD SAY THIS. IF HE HADN'T RESIGNED THE CONSENSUS AMONG COUNCIL PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED OR DISMISSED.))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=fired or dismissed.
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SOT 20:51:58
IN Q=Phillips didn't

((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: PHILLIPS DIDN'T ATTEND THE MEETING. BUT IN A LETTER TO COUNCIL HE SAYS HE'S ALWAYS BEEN PROFESSIONAL AND FAIR AND HOPE SOME GOOD WILL COME WITH THE TIME HE HAS SPENT WITH CITIZENS.))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=spent with citizens.


Payne says he's had a number of problems with Phillips.
The sargent was put on administrative leave in March after his reckless driving conviction.
A judge ruled Phillips endangered the public during a police chase.
Phillips will be payed sick, comp, and vacation time up to the point he was put on leave.
And who will now patrol the area?
The mayor- elect says the county and state police will pick up the slack left by Phillips' absence.
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SOT 20:42:54
IN Q=We hope this

((LETHIA FISHER/IRON GATE MAYOR-ELECT: WE HOPE THIS WORKS OUT FINE. OUR CHARTER GIVES US ENOUGH LATITUDE TO PROVIDE POLICE PROTECTION THROUGH THE COUNTY. WE HOPE THIS WORKS WELL. IF IT DOESN'T THEN WE'LL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION. ))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=another solution.


Technically, Phillips will be employed by the town until July 31st while he finishes up some out of town police training.
But he will remain on administrative leave without pay and without legal authority.
In Iron Gate, Jay Moore, News 7.))

8Greenways


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#596-22
GRAPHIC=None


Roanoke greenway supporters are delighted that the Commonwealth Transportation Board has set aside almost a quarter of a million dollars for a Roanoke greenway.
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VO-NAT


The total was only about half of the amount the city requested.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The greenway will provide a seven- mile trail for pedestrians and cyclists, stretching from the city market along the Roanoke River to Mill Mountain.
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SOT
IN Q=We see lots of people

((JOHN MARLLES/ROANOKE PLANNING DIRECTOR: WE SEE LOTS OF PEOPLE COMING OUT OF THE HOTEL ROANOKE IN DOWNTOWN THAT WANT TO JOG OR RIDE A BIKE. THIS IS GOING TO GIVE THEM A PATH TO DO THAT IN. WE THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT RESIDENT OF ROANOKE ARE REALLY GOING TO ENJOY ONCE THEY SEE IT.))
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke Planning Director;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=once they see it.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=None


The Transportation Board also earmarked federal funds for the Uptown Rail Trail in Martinsville, and The Draper Mountain Overlook and Wayside in Pulaski County.

8Torch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=olympics


The Olympic torch arrived at the White House last night.
Today, it will make it's journey into the Commonwealth.
The famous flame will cross the Potomic River into Virginia this morning
Some segments of the trip will be by motorcade, bicycle or motorcycle with runners handling the rest.

8Weather


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


Taking a look at the forecast-
The first full day of summer is going to be sunny and hot.
Highs will be around 90 degrees.
Tonight, expect temperatures in the mid 60s. in the lower 90s Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with hot and humid conditions - highs will be