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SCOTUS

ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=NET
GRAPHIC=Supreme Court


The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Brady gun-control law.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


The justices said local police can NOT be forced to conduct background checks on potential gun buyers.
In a five-to-four decision, the court said it's unconstitutional to require local officials to enforce a federal law.
But, today's decision does appear to leave intact a waiting period of up to five days before someone can buy a handgun.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=Bill Clinton


Meanwhile a White House spokesman says that President Clinton isn't giving up on the Brady bill provision.
He has apparently ordered Attorney General Janet Reno and another official to remind local police that they can still conduct background checks.

Tax-Bill


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#=NET
GRAPHIC=Taxes


Today, it's the Senate's turn to vote on the first major tax cut in 16 years.
Yesterday Republicans approved a similar plan in the House.
One that calls for major tax breaks for families, students, and investors.
Sharryl Attkisson has more.
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IN Q=
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/House Speaker; :11
SUPER=01-Sen. John Kasich/(R) Ohio; :21
SUPER=01-Sen. Maxine Waters/(D) California; :55
SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; 1:05
RUNS=1:26
OUT Q=CBS News


Kevorkian


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#=Net
GRAPHIC=Jack Kevorkian


Doctor Jack Kevorkian's attorney is NOT saying whether his client had anything to do with the death of a woman, found at a Michigan motel last night.

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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Southfield, MI;


Authorities say there was a note on the woman's body with instructions to contact Kevorkian's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger.
Fieger says the woman had an "absolute right to end her suffering."
He identified her as 40- year- old Janis Murphy of Nevada.
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ANCHOR=KIMBERLY
SS=none


Murphy's body was found the same day the U-S Supreme Court ruled against doctor- assisted suicide.

P-Tobacco-Billboards


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-36
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire


Tobacco advertising could be history if the recent tobacco settlement is given the nod.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


A group in Lynchburg already has some replacements in mind.
The Gain Independence From Tobacco Coalition, or "GIFT", unveiled the first of 13- billboards that promote a tobacco- free lifestyle.
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SOT 5:41:27//5:45:13
IN Q=And just found

((KEITH AUSTIN/V.P. LAMAR ADVERTISING: AND JUST FOUND A WAY TO COME TOGETHER AND PRESENT A MESSAGE THAT HOPEFULLY WILL TAKE A VERY PRO-ACTIVE STANCE IN THE COMMUNITY TO ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO NOT START SMOKING.)) ((JOAN FOSTER/G.I.F.T COALITION: IT WAS A POSITIVE MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY, IT WAS A COMMUNITY GRASSROOTS APPROACH AND SO THIS IS WHAT OUR COMMUNITY WANTED AND WE'VE RESPONDED TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Keith Austin/Lamar Advertising Vice Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Joan Foster/G.I.F.T. Coalition; :12
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=responded to it.
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VO-NAT


Foster says a recent survey showed Lynchburg has eight tobacco billboards located within a quarter mile of a public school.
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P-Postal-Worker


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-43
GRAPHIC=None


A canine attacked a Roanoke postal worker yesterday.
But, according to the dog's owner, the pit bull terrier was just being protective of another dog.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Richard Greer was delivering mail at 924 Highland Avenue in southeast Roanoke around one o'clock yesterday afternoon.
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SOT 13:10:37
IN Q=And the

((NICHOLAS CARR/EYEWITNESS: AND THE DOG JUST COME OUT AND ATTACKED THE GUY. IT WAS JUST LIKE FOR NO REASON. THE POSTMAN DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO MACE HIM OR ANYTHING. THE JUST COME OUT AND JUST ATTACKED HIM.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Carr/Eyewitness;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=tore up.
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VO-NAT


The dog's owners say their pet normally isn't vicious but it does NOT like strangers going near their younger pit bull.
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SOT 13:31:16
IN Q=He is

((CORLISS WITT/DOG'S OWNER: HE IS PROTECTIVE OVER THE LITTLE PUPPY, ESPECIALLY. BUT AROUND THE CHILDREN HE'S PROTECTIVE, FOR THEM, FOR US. IT'S MY FAULT HE GOT OUT.))
SUPER=01-Corliss Witt/Dog's Owner;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=got out.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=None


Greer was taken to a hospital for his injuries.
He is NOT expected to lose any time from work.
The dog has been impounded.

Heat-Death


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#=Net
GRAPHIC=Summer Heat


California authorities expect an autopsy to reveal that a 13- month- old baby girl died of excessive heat when she was left in the back seat of a vehicle.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Turlock, CA;


Police say the child's father says he forgot to take the girl to day care-- and ended up leaving her inside the vehicle for hours while he was at work.
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SOT 10:03:25
IN Q=We all knew

((KENT ESTELL/CO-WORKER: WE ALL KNEW BRIANA AND WE ALL ARE MOURNING HER LOSS, AND WE'RE TRYING TO, AS BEST WE CAN, EMPATHIZE WITH THE FAMILY. ))
SUPER=01-Kent Estell/Co-Worker;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=with the family
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VO-NAT


Authorities say the temperature inside the vehicle probably got as hot as 150- degrees.
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TALENT=KIMBERLY
SS=none


They plan to investigate further-- but say the child's father could be charged with child neglect or endangerment.




VEP-Demands


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Virginia Power customers' demand for electricity has set a new season record.
The record was set yesterday between four p-m and five p-m as temperatures neared 100 degrees throughout the state.
Virginia Power reports that peak usage reached 14-thousand-200 megawatts as customers cranked their air conditioners.
One megawatt is enough electricity to power ten-thousand 100-watt light bulbs or 250 homes.

Seatbelt-Kids


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=Safety Belts


Starting July first, police will be on the lookout for motorists carrying unbuckled passengers ages four to 16.
The General Assembly passed a law allowing police to pull over drivers if they're seen with children and teens who are NOT buckled-up.
If convicted, violators must pay 25-dollars.
Funds collected will be used to buy child-safety seats for poor families.
We'll have more on this new law tonight on News 7 at five and six.

E-Goals-2000


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#net (edit of 97-37)
GRAPHIC=Education


Virginia's conservatives led the fight against Goals 2000.
But, yesterday a 5- to 3 vote by the State Board of Education ended the conservative battle.
Ellen Qualls has more on the 15-million dollars in federal Goals 2000 funds..
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SOT
IN Q=A 5 to 3
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education; :13
SUPER=01-Kay James/Va. Board of Education; :30
SUPER=01-Rayford Harris/Va. Board of Education; :45
SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/Va. Board of Education; :52
SUPER=@Payne; :58
SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:12
RUNS=1:20
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.

(( It was a tough ideological loss for board president Michelle Easton -- and a narrow face-saver for the man who appointed her.
The Governor declared in January he'd won the funds without strings attached.
sot tape ONE 05:24

((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I AM STILL UNALTERABLY OPPOSED TO VIRGINIA PARTICIPATING IN GOALS 2000.))
runs=:05


Easton privately pressured members NOT to cave in to political pressures the Governor might feel.
But the Allen administration even sent the State Police to fetch the vote of Kay James after car trouble on the Interstate.
sot tape TWO 30:41

((KAY JAMES/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME, GEORGE ALLEN PROTECTED IN HIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND IN THIS APPLICATION. AND SO AS I DID THAT SOUL-SEARCHING, I HAD NO REAL REASON LEFT NOT TO SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.))
runs=:15



sot tape 15:48

((RAYFORD HARRIS/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THE SOUL OF THE GOVERNOR. BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS THIS COMMONWEALTH.))
runs=:07



sot tape TWO 34:12

((BRANDON BELL/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: TO PARAPHRASE A FAIRLY POPULAR RECENT MOVIE, SEND US THE MONEY.))
runs=:04



sot 02:05:28

((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I'M GLAD THE BOARD HAS DONE THE RIGHT THING. BUT IT CONTINUES TO SURPRISE ME THAT THERE IS A VERY SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE, WHO ARE NON-MAINSTREAM PEOPLE, WHO DO NOT WANT US TO HAVE THESE FUNDS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN.))
runs=:14


George Allen's distrust of those he also calls "the federales" had already cost Virginia 8-point-4 million dollars.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

P-County-School


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jsu
TAPE#597-32
GRAPHIC=Education


A pay hike is in store for Roanoke County School Board members--and they have themselves to thank for it.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Their salary will increase from 29-hundred dollars a year to 48-hundred dollars.
Superintendent Deanna Gordon and Assistants Superintendents will each receive a 3-point-2 percent pay raise.
School Board Chairman Michael Stovall says the raise will help them do their jobs more effectively.
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SOT 20:54:32
IN Q=The big need

((MICHAEL STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THE BIG NEED FOR THE PAY INCREASE IS TO COVER OUR EXPENSES..IT'S NOT SOLELY TO PUT MONEY IN OUR POCKETS..BUT TO COVER OUR EXPENSE))
SUPER=01-Michael Stovall/School Board Chairman
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=cover our expenses
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VO-NAT


But some parents say the raise is unnecessary--and its taking money away from the children.
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SOT 20:25:29
IN Q=I feel like

((DENISE RIPLEY/CONCERNED PARENT:I FEEL LIKE IF THEY'RE OVERWHELMED WITH THE DEMANDS ON THE JOB. IF THEY FEEL LIKE THAT THEY NEED TO QUIT ))
SUPER=01-Denise Ripley/Concerned Parent
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=need to quit
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=HOLD


The school board conducted its annual evaluation of superintendent Gordon, and gave her high marks.

Bedford-Schools


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-44
GRAPHIC=education


A nursing program got approval for another year in operation.
But, now Bedford County's school system needs to find the money to pay for the program.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;


The board voted last month to allow only the current students to finish out their second year in the program.
But last night, board member Shirley McCabe asked the board to reinstate the FULL two- year program, and ask new nursing students to pay tuition.
That still leaves the program 16- thousand dollars short.. the school board will ask the board of supervisors for the extra money.
If they're turned down, the money will be taken out of the fund for new textbooks.
During an executive session, the board also discussed superintendent John Kent's job performance evaluations.
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p-kitchen-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=amo
TAPE#97-34
GRAPHIC=lightning


Lightning caused a fire yesterday at a Mount Pleasant home in Roanoke County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Fire officials say it started in the kitchen of this home on Mayfield Drive, about six o'clock.
The blaze blackened the walls, but was contained to one room.
The owner of the home was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Authorities say lightning struck the electrical system.
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E-Danville-Lawsuit


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-38
GRAPHIC=Lawsuit


A Danville police woman will not get to bring her gender discrimination lawsuit to court after all.
A federal judge threw out her case.
The officer was suing the Danville police department for gender discrimination.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


Former police detective Cheryl Bartee sued for 17-million dollars after she was fired for tape recording a conversation with a superior.
Police Chief Neal Morris says Judge Jackson Kiser made the right decision.
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SOT 00:49
IN Q=Naturally

((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: NATURALLY WE'RE PLEASED THAT THE CASE HAS BEEN DISMISSED. IT'S ALWAYS UNFORTUNATE WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPEN BUT THE COURT IS THE PLACE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.))
SUPER=@Morris;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=differences of opinion
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=Lawsuit


Neither Bartee nor her Richmond lawyer could be reached for comment.
Judge Kiser is expected to say why he threw out the case next week.

Mir


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#=Net
GRAPHIC=none


Independence Day may also be one for celebration in space--
That's when a supply ship from Earth is expected to be launched with equipment needed to repair Space Station Mir.
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VO-NAT


Crew members are continuing with repair efforts after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into a solar panel, and one of Mir's six modules.
The Russian and American astronauts are working to find ways to crank up enough electrical power to re-start oxygen generators and other critical systems.
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Hong-Kong


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#=Net
GRAPHIC=none


Only three days remain before the end of British rule over Hong Kong.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hong Kong;


Tourists are lining up to watch the final changing of the guard by the Black Watch, the last regiment of the British garrison.
Meanwhile, China is preparing to deploy four- thousand troops soon after it recovers sovereignty of Hong Kong on Tuesday.
The plan is drawing criticism from Hong Kong's governor.
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SOT 10:12:28
IN Q=I'm not sure

((CHRIS PATTEN/HONG KONG'S GOVERNOR: I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH WE ACHIEVE BY ENDLESSLY LOOKING OVER OUR SHOULDER. I THINK IT'S MUCH BETTER FOR US TO LOOK AT THE THINGS WHICH HAVE MADE THIS SUCH A SUCCESSFUL SOCIETY, AND TO LOOK AHEAD AT HOW WE CAN BUILD ON THESE THINGS. ))
SUPER=01-Chris Patten/Hong Kong's Governor;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=build on these things
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VO-NAT


It's long been known that China will deploy up to 10- thousand troops in the soon- to- be former British colony.
The change of power is reportedly bringing mixed reaction from Hong Kong's residents.
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Avalanche


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#CL-97
GRAPHIC=AVALANCHE


Rain delayed the Avalanche-Wilmington game yesterday.
But, even though the rain ended and the game got underway, Salem couldn't pull out a victory.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00


After more than an hour delay to start game two of the three game series, the Blue Rocks' Gary Coffey cracks a double in the top of the fifth that chases home Carlos Febles to get the inning started.
The Rocks would get four runs in the inning as Tony Longueira scores on Shawn McNally's fielder's choice.
SUPER=37-Wilmington/10/Salem/5;


The Blue Rocks win it 10 to 5.
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Hill


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-14
GRAPHIC=NBA


In the NBA, Roanoke Valley native George Lynch got a new head coach last night...
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=04-NBA; :00

as former Orlando Magic boss Brian Hill was named the new leader of the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Hill led the magic to the 1995 NBA finals,
But in Vancouver he will be lucky to make the playoffs. The team has averaged just 15 wins a season each of the past two years.
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ACE


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-11
GRAPHIC=NBA DRAFT


The Commonwealth was basically shut out in this week's NBA draft. Ace Custis, Harold Deane, Odell Hodge and Peter Aluma each had a shot of getting drafted in the second round, but all were bypassed by the league's 28 teams.
However, the snub could be a blessing in disguise,
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00


especially for former Hokie Ace Custis.
The draft had only a few superstars, so Ace will have just as good a chance to make the NBA through the free agency route.
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SOT
IN Q="He'll have an...

((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=...UP TO THIS POINT."
ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=TECH HOOPS


Right after yesterday's interview Hussey received a call from Laker's general manager Mitch Kupchak who called to say Los Angeles is exploring the possibility of signing Ace as a free agent.

Beanie-Baby


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#=net
GRAPHIC=none


They've been around now for a while, and in many places it's still standing room only to get one--they're beanie babies.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Edina, MN;


If you think the Beanie Baby craze is over, think again.
They're hotter than Tickle Me Elmo at Christmas and they're creating monster size lines at specialty shops.
Some buyers have been waiting OVERNIGHT in line for them.
The cute stuffed animals are hard to get and the demand seems far from dying down.
The most popular is this little white bear named Valentino, which sold out in 20 minutes.
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SOT
IN Q=I can sell

(( ))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=nine and sixty.
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VO-NAT


So, if you're in the market for a Beanie Baby, some parents' best advice is to wear comfortable shoes. (----------------)