06:00

[Headlines]

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[VO-NAT]


Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati
(rehb-lee-AH'-tee) is getting his Olympic gold medal back.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Police investigate a deadly accident in Botetourt County involving a limousine.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


You're waking up to some fairly mild temperatures for this early hour-- with some lingering clouds.
Expect the winds to pick up later, with gusts at 25 miles an hour and higher
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#98-10]
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The driver of a limousine died and her four passengers were sent to the hospital after an accident on Interstate 81 yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


A state police trooper says the driver of a limousine died after she lost control of her vehicle.
She ran off the road and entered a median before going over an embankment and across another road before striking a hillside.
All of the victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where the driver of the limousine later died.
The names of the driver and passengers are not being released at this hour.
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[Grayson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=legal scales]


The trial of a white man accused of burning and beheading a black man will not begin next week.
A Grayson County judge has postponed the case.
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[VO-NAT]

[Grayson-Murder, 97-80, 1/29/98]
[SUPER=03-Independence/File Tape; ]


D-N-A evidence indicates Garnett Johnson's blood was found on the hand, clothes and tools of a second suspect in the murder.
That suspect, Louis Ceparano, faces a capital murder trial in April.
A new date for Emmett Cressell's first-degree murder trial will be set next week.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The Justice Department is investigating whether the killing was racially motivated.

[LEWINSKY]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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More grand jury questions today for Monica Lewinsky's mother.
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[VO-NAT]
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It will be the third day of testimony for Marcia Lewis.
Lewinsky's appearance before the panel has been postponed.
[SUPER=04-October 30, 1997;]


Meantime, it looks like we're about to get another special prosecutor. Attorney General Janet Reno has asked that one be appointed to investigate whether Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt misled Congress in connection with an Indian casino controversy.
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[SNOWBOARDER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Nagano 98]


The Canadian snowboarder who was stripped of his gold medal at the Winter Olympics is getting it back.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nagano, Japan;]


The Olympic committee had taken away Ross Rebagliati's (reb-lee-AH'-tee's) medal when he tested positive for marijuana.
But an appeals panel today overturned that decision.
Rebagliati (reb-lee-AH'-tee) appeared at a police station last night to answer questions about the drug test.
The Canadian Olympic Association claims the amounts found could have come from second-hand smoke.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=lba]
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In sports,
Tech pushed the game into overtime to squeak out a single point win.
Steve Mason has highlights.
Good Morning Steve.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-7]
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The U-S women's hockey team continues its roll.
It beat Finland 4 to 2, the team's 3rd straight victory in Nagano.
And in Men's hockey the N-H-L season is on hold now, to give the pro players a chance to go for the gold.
All this hockey action has created quite a stir with Roanoke Valley youngsters
David Johnson has more.
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Ask any child interested in hockey or any winter sport and the answer is obvious...THE OLYMPICS ARE WAY COOL!!
Members of Roanoke Valley Youth Hockey say the games are attractive for numerous reasons.
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((IT'S FASCINATING AND THERE'S A LOT OF HITTING AND YOU CAN WATCH IT BECAUSE IT'S FUN TO WATCH.))
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BUTT/BUTT/BUTT
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((I LIKE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF SPORTS AND HOW THEY'RE PLAYED.))
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BUTT/BUTT/BUTT
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((HOCKEY, WELL BECAUSE IT'S FAST. THEY SKATE FAST AND THERE'S A LOT OF GOALS. ))
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((I LIKE THE LUGE WHEN THEY GO REALLY FAST. IT SEEMS VERY FASCINATING AND THE SNOW BOARDING IS REALLY COOL.))
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Women's ice hockey is making it's debut at the games this year.
Some say that is carving a path for other young ladies who dream of olympian gold, but don't want to take up figure skating to prove themselves on the ice.
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((STACEY PARRISH/YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYER; MOST SPORTS THEY SAY THEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE FOR BOYS BUT I THINK GIRLS SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITIES TO DO IT, TOO.))
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Stacey is one of several girls in the Valley taking part in the Youth Hockey Program.
With the Olympics taking place in Japan, most of the live coverage means a late night of television watching.
That creates some difficult situations sometimes.
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((ROSE SHIFFLETT/PARENT; IT'S HARDER GETTING THEM UP THE NEXT MORNING THAN IT IS GETTING THEM TO GO TO BED. I KNOW MINE WANTS TO STAY UP AND WATCH EVERYTHING AND IT DOESN'T GO OFF TILL LATE. SO GETTING HIM TO GO TO BED, I USUALLY GO TO BED BEFORE HE DOES.))
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((TONY PARRISH/PARENT; SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO GET OUR KIDS IN BED AT A REASONABLE TIME. A LOT OF TIME WHEN STUFF LIKE THAT HAPPENS, OUR KIDS JUST DON'T WANT TO GO TO BED. THEN THE MEXT MORNING WE HAVE A TOUGH TIME GETTING THEM UP.))
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[STAND-UP/-06:40:47] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SO OBVIOUSLY, THE OLYMPICS ARE A BIG HIT HERE WITH CHILDREN IN THE VALLEY. AND WHO KNOWS, MAYBE ONE DAY, YOU'LL SEE ONE OF THESE YOUNGSTERS SKATING FOR THE GOLD IN THE NEAR FUTURE. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
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[5-Car-Tax]


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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#597-56]
[GRAPHIC=personal property tax]


The car tax debate is heating up in Richmond.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


House floor leader Dick Cranwell yesterday dubbed the Governor's "no car tax" plan "the biggest fool cockamamie scheme" ever handed to the people of Virginia.
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[SOT 12:45:23]
[IN Q=I want]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I WANT SOMEBODY TO WRITE DOWN TODAY'S DATE AND REMEMBER THAT YOU WERE TOLD THAT THIS ONE WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU. BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO IT. BECAUSE THE REVENUES AREN'T GONNA CONTINUE TO GROW AT THE ROSY RATES THAT THEY'RE PROJECTING.))
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: GO AHEAD. MARK DOWN THIS DAY. BECAUSE AS THE GENTLEMAN SAID, THAT DOG MAY OR MAY NOT HUNT IN THIS CHAMBER. BUT THAT DOG HUNTS BACK HOME. AND IF THERE'S A DOG THAT'S GONNA BITE, IT'S GONNA BITE THE LEG OF THOSE THAT DON'T DO THE PEOPLE'S WILL.))
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Gilmore says he'll set off on a week-long tour of the state to sell the car tax plan AGAIN to voters.
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[VMI]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


The Commonwealth's Attorney for Rockbridge County has agreed to meet with the family of a V-M-I cadet who dropped out, saying he was beaten.
Gordon Saunders said he'll
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[VO-NAT]

[VMI, 98-2, 2/9/98]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday;]

discuss the possibility of George Wade Junior bringing criminal assault charges.
Three V-M-I upperclassmen were suspended last week for a semester.
V-M-I officials decided the incident wasn't a case of hazing, although Wade was one of six freshmen who were struck with belts and a coat hanger.
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[Two-Dating-Series]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#97-95]
[GRAPHIC=In Search]


It might not be something you think about while tapping the keys on your computer.
But the Internet is fast- emerging as a viable tool for meeting people to date.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Internet virtually opens up the world at your fingertips.
With all the potential partners in cyber- space, it's important to be careful.
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[SOT tape 4 2:11:41]
[IN Q=What I would caution]

((DOYLE EDGERTON/REV.NET: WHAT I WOULD CAUTION PEOPLE TO DO IS NOT GIVE OUT THEIR REAL NAMES, NOT GIVE OUT THEIR PHONE NUMBER OR ADDRESSES. YOU SHOULD REMAIN ANONYMOUS FOR A LONG TIME UNTIL YOU REALLY FEEL COMFORTABLE. ))
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[VO-NAT]


This Roanoke woman travelled six -THOUSAND- miles to see a man she met on the Internet.
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[IN SEARCH OF GRAPHIC FULL SCREEN]
We'll tell you how her journey turned out, in part two of our series, "In Search Of..." tonight on News 7 at 6.
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[Wildlife-Rehab]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#net]
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Most times, if a wild animal is hurt badly enough, it dies.
But sometimes humans can step in and help the critter back to good health.
Those people are called wildlife rehabilitators.
There are a handful of them around like the couple Ray Rice in Indiana.
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[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00]
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[S-Capitol-Grass]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#97-94]
[GRAPHIC=Session 98]


Almost every state has some old laws on the book that are not only out-dated, but now seem pretty silly.
Virginia's General Assembly took time to reconsider one such law.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Don McEachin/(D) Richmond; :25]
[SUPER=01-Jason Roller/Future Farmer of America; :44]
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(( For decades, it has been illegal to walk on the grass of around Virginia's state Capitol.
But these hallowed grounds, in the shadow of Jeffersonian architecture, are about to lose their privileged status.
The House of Delegates has approved a bill to dump the law.
After all, the politicians park their cars on it.
Capitol police officers tread on it themselves-- albeit in the service of the public.
[SOT 04:42:44]

((HAVE YOU HAVE EVER HAD YOUR CAR PARKED....DEL. DON MCEACHIN: UH NO I HAVEN'T DONE THAT.))
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We found a Future Farmer of America -- who happens to have some knowledge of turf management.
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((How dangerous is...JASON ROLLER: ....AND TAKE CARE OF IT.))
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[Sot ] ((And why are you walking..YES))
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So are the Capitol Police simply ignoring a state law, right under the noses of the lawMAKERS?
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((GET SOME ANSWERS HERE.))
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They say they haven't enforced it in years.
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((WHY? WELL THERE WAS NO REASON TO.))
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Oh... okay.
It's just something that slipped in between the cracks.

Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[2-Scores]


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[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#NONE]
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In sports,
Allen Iverson capped a 27-point night by draining the game-winning jumper with three seconds left in Philadelphia's squeaker over Dallas.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]

(toss to Kimberly)[OLYMPICS]



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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Nagano 98]


A stressful 24-hours has ended in celebration for the Canadian Olympic team.
A sports arbitration court has decided that snowboarder Ross Rebagliati (REB-LEE-AH-TEE) WILL get to keep his gold medal.
Olympic officials had pulled his prize after he tested positive for marijuana.
Jonathan Freed has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Nagano, Japan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; :47]
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(( There was an Olympic-sized sigh of relief from the Canadian teamwhen word came down that the luster was being restored to Ross Rebagliati's golden victory.
SOUND-UP: MEDAL CEREMONY.
Rebagliati had won the giant slalom in men's snowboardingbecoming the first medal winner ever in this new Olympic sport.
But officials yanked the award after he tested positive for pot.
Rebagliati denied it. The Canadians appealed it. And now, international vindication.
SOUND-UP: FINISHING RACE.
SOUND-UP: REBAGLIATI AT POLICE STATION.
Earlier, when Rebagliati finally showed himself in public, after the controversy brokehe was appearing at a Nagano-area police stationto answer questions about the marijuana allegations. Drug use is a relatively serious crime in Japan.
SOUND-UP: AUSTRIAN RACE.
Now, the sport has claimed yet another victimthis time, the bad-boy star of the Austrian teamMartin Freinademetz (fry-NAH-deh-mets). He was kicked out of the games after doing some serious partying in his team's hotel this weekcausing 4-thousand dollars in damage. Snowboarders from Canada, Italy, and Denmark were also reportedly at the party.
It's no secret that many Olympic officials were wary of including the often off-beat sport in the games. And there are still questions about whether some of these athletes truly deserve to be called Olympians.
J-FNagano.))

[IRAQ]


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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq conflict]


The Senate could vote today on a resolution backing possible military action against Iraq.
But some lawmakers are nervous about whether airstrikes would succeed in forcing Iraq to comply with U-N weapons inspections.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Persian Gulf;]


In the Persian Gulf, the commander of the U-S-S "George Washington" says congressional support is important to the sailors and Marines who would have to carry out any mission.
Rear Admiral Michael Mullen also says he is hoping for peace but preparing for war.
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[2-E-Boty-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#98-10]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident on Interstate 81 yesterday took one life and sent four others to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


A state police trooper says the driver of a limousine died after she lost control of her vehicle.
She ran off the road and entered a median before going over an embankment.
She then went across ANOTHER road and struck a hillside.
All of the victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where the limousine driver later died.
The names of the driver and passengers are not being released at this hour.
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[5-Montvale-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=597-54]
[GRAPHIC=accident]


Another accident yesterday sent victims to the hospital.
This one was on Route 4-60 in Montvale.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montvale]


Police say the east-bound vehicle went into the median and hit a road sign, then slid back across the highway and slammed into the guardrail.
All three people in the truck were thrown out. Police say it was traveling between 70 and 80 miles an hour.
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[SOT 10:22:34]
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((SGT. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA. STATE POLICE; THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE INVOLVED, THEY WERE THE ONLY VEHICLE INVOLVED , THEY JUST LOST CONTROL AND AS I SAID BEFORE, SPEED WAS DEFINITELY A FACTOR.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Bobby Ratliff/Virginia State Police]
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[OUT Q=definitely a factor]
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[VO-NAT]


Two of three were airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
So far no charges have been filed. Police are still investigating.
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#=98-5]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports,
It's a big day in NASCAR today. Mike Stevens has more from the Daytona Speedweeks.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=guys in just]
[SUPER=@Mike1; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Starts 13th in Second Qualifier; :28]
[SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Starts 18th in Second Qualifier; :59]
[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Starts 27th in the First Qualifier; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Starts 16th in Second Qualifier; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=hope to see you then.]



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[Lottery ]
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[Three-Steve]


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[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]

(toss to Melanie)[S-Patient-Care]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#97-98]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin health check]


In this morning's health check,
[SS=Alleghany Regional Hospital]


Some workers at Columbia Alleghany Regional Hospital claim downsizing is jeopardizing patient care.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington;]


Members of the United Paperworkers International Union say the hospital is assigning workers with little training to take care of too many patients.
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[SOT 01.03.27 - 01.03.45]
[IN Q=The goal was]

((GLENN INGLIN/UNITED PAPERWORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION: THE GOAL WAS TO MAKE A MORE EFFICIENT AND PROFICIENT TEAM ON EACH FLOOR SO THAT PATIENT CARE WOULD IMPROVE, USING THE SAME AOUNG OF PEOPLE EVEN THE POSSIBILITY OF LESS PEOPLE. BUT, YET AT THE SAME TIME PATIENT CARE SHOULD IMPROVE, BUT IT NEVER MATERIALIZED.))
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[OUT Q=it never materialized.]
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[VO-NAT]


The union says it was working with the hospital to cut costs and eliminate as few jobs as possible but that the hospital backed out of the plan.
The union, which represents many non-management hospital employees, plans to hold a rally in protest of the hospital's practices.
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[SS=Alleghany Regional Hospital]


Hospital officials deny patient care has suffered, pointing out that job cuts occurred among support staff and not nurses and doctors.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=legal scales]


One of the two white men charged with burning and beheading a black man will not go on trial next week.
A Grayson County judge has postponed the case.
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[VO-NAT]

[Grayson-Murder, 97-80, 1/29/98]
[SUPER=03-Independence/File Tape; ]


D-N-A evidence indicates Garnett Johnson's blood was found on the hand, clothes and tools of a second suspect in the murder.
That suspect, Louis Ceparano, faces a capital murder trial in April.
A new date for Emmett Cressell's first-degree murder trial will be set next week.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=NONE]


The Justice Department is investigating whether the killing was racially motivated.

[E-Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#97-97]
[GRAPHIC=Gilmore]


Battle lines are being drawn around the immensely popular "no car tax" pledge that put Governor Jim Gilmore in office.
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[SOT 12:39:14]
[IN Q=Every body]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: EVERY BODY IN THIS CHAMBER, IF I COULD GET YOU OFF TO A DESERT ISLAND, AND YOU COULD SHOOT ME AFTER YOU TOLD ME THE TRUTH, AND YOU COULD COME ON BACK HERE, EVERY ONE OF YOU WOULD SAY THAT THIS CAR TAX IS THE BIGGEST FOOL, COCKAMAMIE SCHEME THAT HAS EVER BEEN HANDED OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
[SOT 06:18:06]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT HE'S SIMPLY PLAYING THE ROLE OF OBSTRUCTIONIST. HE WANTS TO STOP IT TO SHOW THAT HE CAN STOP IT. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE'S STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.))
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[OUT Q=bipartisan support.]
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[VO-NAT]


He says it's NOT a sign of concern, but Gilmore will take off Friday on a one day campaign-style tour to pump up voter support for the car tax cut.

(------0----------)[Underage-Drinkers]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=Session 98]


Virginia's Senate wants to give underage drinkers a second chance.
The bill would allow people under 21 charged with an alcohol offense to plead guilty and get a sentence of probation.
If they don't commit the same crime again, the misdemeanor will be wiped from their record.
Senator Roscoe Reynolds said the measure will prevent saddling a young person for life for one mistake.
Opponents warned that the bill sends the wrong message to teen drinkers.

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Governor Gilmore announced last night he's pushing for a way to track tobacco retailers.
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The Governor is opposed to a move to license all tobacco retailers -- despite the fact that the state has NO record of who sells tobacco.
That makes it hard for A-B-C agents to crack down on cigarette sales to minors.
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So Gilmore's new plan is to force cigarette wholesalers to turn over their lists of retailers to the state.[E-Halifa

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The arrests continue to mount up in Halifax County's "Operation Fall Harvest".
Jamie Varon of South Boston is charged with nine-counts of distributing cocaine.. and five-counts of conspiracy.
He's out on 75-thousand dollars bail and no court date has been set.
"Operation Fall Harvest" was a year-and-a half narcotics investigation where officers made undercover buys to nab su

spects.[E-Abed]


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A 30 year prison sentence is what those convicted of using a molotov cocktail to start a fire could end up paying.
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That's why the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms videotaped a demonstration for a federal jury in Roanoke to watch.
The government hopes to convince the jury that it was something like this that started the fire at the Corner Store on Thirteenth Street and the fatal apartment fire nearby the same day.
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The defense doubts it happened that way- -pointing out that the rear window is seven feet off the ground, is covered with metal bars and is nine and a half feet from the point where the fire started.
They took pictures over the weekend of an A-T-F agent at the store window demonstrating how it could have happened.


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The fire marshal's office originally declared the apartment fire an accident.
The man who made that ruling was one of the first witnesses for the defense.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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In sports,
Michael Jordan was the difference in Chicago's single basket win at Charlotte
and the Orlando Magic shook off trade rumors and beat the Timberwolves at Minnesota.


For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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