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7E-Trigon


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TAPE#97-84
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Trigon Blue Cross-Blue Shield's network of preferred providers is getting smaller.
Virginia's largest health-care provider could not negotiate a contract with Columbia/H-C-A.
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So, starting February first, Montgomery Regional Hospital..as well as Pulaski Community..and Lewis-Gale Medical Center are no longer part of Trigon's P-P-O network.
Trigon said the hospitals made "new demands" regarding a contract with the insurer... Demands Trigon refused to meet.
Seven Carilion Hospitals, including Roanoke Memorial, now make up the Trigon network.
Carilion's executive vice president said there's a chance some Trigon customers will decide to find a new health-care provider.
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((DON LORTON: I THINK TRIGON WILL HAVE TO SEE WHETHER ITS CUSTOMERS ARE WILLING TO STAY IN A PRODUCT THAT HAS A MORE NARROW PROVIDER NETWORK OR NOT. ))
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Carilion's business is expected to go up by about ten customers a day.
The health system says it will have no problem handling the new patients.

7S-Patient-Care


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TAPE#97-85
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The health care company's decision to drop the local hospitals from its P-P-O network affects 35-thousand policyholders.
Now they're weighing their options.
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VO-NAT


The deadline to receive care from the three Columbia H-C-A hospitals without penalty is January 31st.
But there are some exceptions--
Subscribers covered through the State of Virginia and Local Choice may continue to use Columbia hospitals until June 30th of next year.
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The change does not affect Medicare supplemental policyholders.

7E-Carroll-Murder


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TAPE#97-88
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Sheriff's officials in Carroll County continue to investigate Tuesday's murder suicide.
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Authorities say 51- year- old Fredrick Ray Edwards apparently shot his live-in girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
Deputies found Edwards and 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt dead in the front yard of their Cana home.
Sheriff Warren Manning says the number of domestic calls often rises around the holidays.
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((WARREN MANNING/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF:I FEEL LIKE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME, ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE PROBLEMS AROUND CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, AND WE DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH DOMESTIC CALLS WITH THE SITUATION WE'RE IN NOW A DAYS, AND YES, I DO THINK THERE ARE MORE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME. ))
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Family members say Edwards had been depressed and drinking a lot but appeared to be in a good mood a couple of days before the shooting.
The couple did NOT have a record of domestic violence.
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7E-Gretna-Principal


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Molestation charges are what face a former assistant principal at Gretna Elementary School.
Theodore Richard Jones Junior allegedly engaged in a sexual act with the teenager at the school and made four other sexual propositions between 19-91 and 19-94.
Earlier this month the school board appointed a replacement for his assistant principal position.
Former colleagues say Jones helped organize business partnerships and volunteer programs at the school.


7Allen-College


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Governor Allen is trying to slow sown the rising cost of higher education. Allen's budget for the next two years would keep a tuition freeze and includes money for pay raises for professors.
Allen will present his budget plan to the General Assembly tomorrow.
He recommended 172 million dollars for the schools, about half of which would go to bring the salaries of instructors at state colleges into the 60th percentile nationally.

7weather


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Taking a look at your Thursday forecast... Another mild December day with plenty of sunshine and highs again reaching close the the 60 degree mark.
The clouds roll in tonight with cool nighttime temperatures in the low to mid 30's.
And taking a look ahead...
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7BIRTHDAYS! 12/19/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-12/Holly Slaughter/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-75/Homer Brady/Danville;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-45th/Milton & Katie Robertson/Evington;



SUPER=130-16/Darrell Craghead/Bedford;



SUPER=130-7/Sarah Martin/Bassett;



SUPER=130-7/Sarah Brim/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-6/Nathan Witt/Bedford;



SUPER=130-40/Cathy Sowers/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-6/Megan Persinger/Covington;



SUPER=130-19/Audra Dunford/Dublin;



SUPER=130-1/Jacob Walters/Christiansburg;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-8/Tiffany Alls/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-5/Shane Preston/Union Hall;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-58/Gladys Yeatts/Gretna;



SUPER=130-43/Walter Doran/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-40th/Jack & Betty Lawson/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-7/Richie Hevener/Buena Vista;



SUPER=130-15/Amber Meador/Hardy;



SUPER=130-1/Katie Hickson/Hardy;



SUPER=130-1/Michelle Nester/Salem;



SUPER=130-1/Cheyene Huff/Blacksburg;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-6th/Dwight & Amy Brogan/Buchanan;



SUPER=130-1/Ann Fitts/Cascade;


No Pictures:

(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/Jessie & Jean Myers/New Castle;



SUPER=130-9/Adriane Rucker/Stuart;



SUPER=130-59/Joyce Sexton/Marion;



SUPER=130-/Richard Branson/Salem;



SUPER=130-/Lonnie Kelly/Troutville;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-17th/William & Becky Smith/Callaway;



SUPER=130-50/Cindy Laughon/Roanoke;








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55E-Trigon


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TAPE#97-84
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Trigon Blue Cross Blue Sheild could not come to terms with Columbia H-C-A during contract negoitations so its dropping three area hospitals from its list of preferred providers.
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VO-NAT


Beginning February first, Montgomery Regional Hospital, as well as Pulaski Community, and Lewis-Gale Medical Center are not part of Trigon's P-P-O network.
Trigon said the hospitals made "new demands" regarding a contract with the insurer -- Demands Trigon refused to meet.
Seven Carilion Hospitals, including Roanoke Memorial, now make up the Trigon network.
Carilion's executive vice president said there's a chance some Trigon customers will decide to find a new health-care provider.
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((DON LORTON: I THINK TRIGON WILL HAVE TO SEE WHETHER ITS CUSTOMERS ARE WILLING TO STAY IN A PRODUCT THAT HAS A MORE NARROW PROVIDER NETWORK OR NOT. ))
SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion Health System;
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Carilion's business is expected to go up by about ten customers a day.
The health system says it will have no problem handling the new patients.

555-Patient-Care


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But People who subscribe to the Preferred Provider Organization program might have to look to another hospital for care.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Montgomery Regional hospital C-E-O David Williams says the change treats policyholders unfairly--because it limits choice.
Williams says policyholders should call Trigon to express their concerns. pre pro
An estimated 30 to 35 thousand policyholders will be affected by the change, which would go in effect January 31st for most subscribers.
State and local government employees coverage will be honored at Lewis-Gale, Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community hospitals through June 30th.
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Also policies will be extended to patients who are receiving care from one of the three hospitals on February First and women in the third trimester of pregnancy.
The change does not effect Trigon's medicare supplemental policy customers.

55S-Carroll-Murder


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TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


Friends of a Carroll County woman say they were standing in her driveway when they heard the gunshot that apparently took her life.
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They'd been visiting 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt, but left just before five-p-m Tuesday when Hiatt and her live-in boyfriend began fighting.
When authorities arrived, they found Hiatt and 51- year- old Fredrick Ray Edwards dead in the front yard.
Family members say Edwards had been depressed and drinking- -but appeared in good spirits just a couple of days before the shooting.
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((WARREN MANNING/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF:THE BEST WE COULD TELL IT LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT AND THE MAN, BY THE WITNESSES, HE SHOT THE LADY AND THEN HE TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF. ))
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Authorities say the couple did NOT have a record of domestic violence.
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55E-Gretna-Principal


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A former assistant principal at Gretna Elementary School has been charged with sexually assaulting a student.
Theodore Richard Jones Junior allegedly engaged in a sexual act with the teenager on campus and made four other sexual propositions-- all between 19-91 and 19-94.
Earlier this month the school board appointed a replacement for his assistant principal position.
Former colleagues say Jones helped organize business partnerships and volunteer programs at the school.


55weather


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Turning to weather--
Mostly sunny skies today and continued warm, with highs in the upper 50s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows in the lower 30s.
The four day outlook is pleasant through Saturday, with rain likely by Sunday.
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8E-Trigon


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-84
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After failing to come to a contract agreement with Columbia/H-C-A, three area hospitals have been dropped from Trigon's preferred provider list.
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VO-NAT


Begining February first, Montgomery Regional Hospital, as well as Pulaski Community and Lewis-Gale Medical Center are no longer part of Trigon's P-P-O network.
Trigon said the hospitals made "new demands" regarding a contract with the insurer... Demands Trigon refused to meet.
Seven Carilion Hospitals, including Roanoke Memorial, now make up the Trigon network.
Carilion's executive vice president said there's a chance some Trigon customers will decide to find a new health-care provider.
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((DON LORTON: I THINK TRIGON WILL HAVE TO SEE WHETHER ITS CUSTOMERS ARE WILLING TO STAY IN A PRODUCT THAT HAS A MORE NARROW PROVIDER NETWORK OR NOT. ))
SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion Health Systems;
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Carilion's business is expected to go up by about ten customers a day.
The health system says it will have no problem handling the new patients.

8S-Patient-Care


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=Trigon


The changes will trickle down to some 35- thousand policyholders.
Customers will either have to pay for health care themselves or switch hospitals.
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VO-NAT


The deadline to receive care from the three Columbia H-C-A hospitals without penalty is January 31st.
But there are some exceptions--
Subscribers covered through the State of Virginia and Local Choice may continue to use Columbia hospitals until June 30th of next year.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


The change does not affect Medicare supplemental policyholders.

8E-Carroll-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Murder investigation


Authorities believe it was a domestic dispute that caused the fatal shooting in Carroll County Tuesday night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Cana;


Authorities say 51- year- old Fredrick Ray Edwards apparently shot his live-in girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
Deputies found Edwards and 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt dead in the front yard of their Cana home.
Sheriff Warren Manning says the number of domestic calls often rises around the holidays.
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((WARREN MANNING/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF:I FEEL LIKE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME, ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE PROBLEMS AROUND CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, AND WE DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH DOMESTIC CALLS WITH THE SITUATION WE'RE IN NOW A DAYS, AND YES, I DO THINK THERE ARE MORE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Manning/Carroll Co. Sheriff; :00
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Family members say Edwards had been depressed and drinking a lot but appeared to be in a good mood a couple of days ago.
The couple did NOT have a record of domestic violence.
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8E-Gretna-Principal


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A former assistant principal at Gretna Elementary School is accused of molesting one girl, and making four other sexual propositions.
Theodore Richard Jones, Junior allegedly engaged in a sexual act with the teen in the school book room.
All of the alleged incidents occurred between 19-91 and 19-94.
Earlier this month the school board appointed a replacement for his assistant principal position.


8E-81-Ax


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TAPE#97-92
GRAPHIC=accident


A four- truck accident on the interstate injured three people and halted traffic last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Southbound I-81 traffic was delayed for more than an hour.
It happened about a mile south of the Roanoke exit.
Police say the driver of a utility-like truck slowed, apparently attempting to make a U-turn.
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((SGT L.W. FINLEY/STATE POLICE; IT WAS HIT FROM THE REAR BY A TRACTOR TRAILER TRAVELING NORTHBOUND WHICH PUSHED THE UTILITY TRUCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES WHERE IT WAS STRUCK TWO MORE TIMES. ONCE BY A TANKER TRUCK WHICH WAS NOT LOADED AND THE SECOND TIME BY A BOX TRACTOR AND TRAILER.))
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Police charged 31- year- old Jose Paneda with reckless driving. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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8weather


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Time to take another look at the forecast--
Mostly sunny and pleasant, with highs in the upper 50s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with light winds and lows in the lower 30s.
The extended forecast is mild through Saturday, with rain likely Sunday.
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