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7E-McCloskey


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A man is claiming hospital workers fatally injured his son.
John William McCloskey died February 24, 1996- His father says after workers at Western State Hospital violated him with a broom handle or similar device.
Now, two years after his son's death from internal injuries, Carl McCloskey is suing the hospital for ten million dollars.
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Hospital officials deny any wrongdoing--claiming McCloskey was violated by deputies with the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department when they arrested him in December of '94.
The teen was charged with disorderly conduct and exposing himself at a store in Arnold's Valley. Shortly, afterward a magistrate declared McCloskey mentally ill and ordered him to be sent to Western State Hospital.
Sheriff Bob Day denies his deputies did anything wrong.
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((ROCKBRIDGE CO. SHERIFF BOB DAY: THE DEPUTY MARKED IN ROUTE FROM THE STORE TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND ARRIVED HERE IN 22 MINUTES WHICH IS NORMAL DRIVING TIME. THE TIME THE DEPUTY ARRIVED UNTIL ABOUT FOUR MINUTES 'TIL THE ARREST WAS MADE. SO, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT 30 MINUTES THERE TO ARRIVE HERE AND PUT IN A HOLDING CELL. THE MAGISTRATE CAME AND ISSUED WARRANTS AND THEN HE WAS ADMITTED TO JAIL.))
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A hearing date for the trial has yet to be set.
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7E-Black-Farmers


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Planting season begins in about a month and black farmers say they're not receiving federal loans to help them through what they call an "emergency."
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The National Black Farmers Association protested in front of the Farm Service Agency -- saying their loans are always rejected.
They say the Farm Service Agency discriminates against black farmers -- and small farms.
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((DOUG WITCHER/FARMER: I DON'T ASK ... ANSWERING UP.))
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None of these farmers applied for loans this year -- saying it was too much paperwork for nothing.
But by the end of the rally, many made appointments with loan officers -- who say there's still more than two million dollars available.
Don Davis of the Farm Service Agency says he cannot refute the farmers' claims of racism -- but he would be happy to talk to each farmer one-on-one.
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7S-Thurber


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In Lynchburg, the first woman has joined the city council race.
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Jane Thurber announced yesterday she'll seek one of the three at- large seats up for grabs in May.
Thurber says she wants to take on corruption and partisanship in city government.
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((JANE THURBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I'VE FELT THAT WHEN PEOPLE GOT MAD ENOUGH, I WOULD WIN. AND I HOPE AND WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT BY NOW, MAYBE, THEY'RE MAD ENOUGH.))
SUPER=01-Jane Thurber/Lynchburg Council Candidate
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Thurber joins four other candidates already in the race.
Lynchburg Republicans will nominate their candidates Saturday.
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7Weather


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Checking your Thursday forecast, another sunny day today with increasing cloudiness late in the afternoon. Very warm again today with highs in the mid-60s...
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45S-Women's-Caucus


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While women's issues such as abortion, divorce law and child care have garnered the attention of the General assembly, the tide may changing for women.
Ellen Qualls explains.
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((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: I WANT TO SAY WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE NOT FIRST IN VIRGINIA. THEY ARE LAST.))
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On the Virginia Women's Network version of the Titanic, the good ole boys are off in the lifeboats, and the women and children are going down with the ship.
But how can that be happening with their strongest numbers ever: 15 women in the House, including Lynchburg's Kathy Byron, and seven in the Senate.
The allegedly non-partisan Women's Network blames the Republican takeover.
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((SANDRA DUCKWORTH/VA. WOMEN'S NETWORK: EVEN BEFORE WE HAD THIS MANY REPUBLICANS ELECTED, I THINK WE WERE BEGINNING TO SEE THE EROSION OF SUPPORT FOR WOMEN, AND CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES.))
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But wait a minute, almost half the women in the House are Republicans themselves.
And boy are the women at the conservative Family Foundation glad to see them.
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((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/FAMILY FOUNDATION: VERY MUCH SO. I FEEL LIKE WOMEN HAVE MADE SO MUCH PROGRESS OVER THE YEARS... FROM THE STATE.))
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So finally in Virginia's General Assembly -- women's issues depend on the woman.
Ellen QUalls, News 7.))

455-Eclipse


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A partial eclipse will cover about a quarter of the sun in Southwest Virginia today.
While you may be tempted to look to the sky to check it out, be warned it could result in permanent eye damage.
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Experts say there are safe and unsafe methods for watching a solar eclipse.
Doctors say the only safe methods of looking at the sun directly are through special mylar filter glasses or number-14 welders goggles.
Any other way will cause irreversible eye damage.
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((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:IF YOU STARE AT THE SUN DIRECTLY FOR A PROLONGS PERIOD OF TIME YOU GET A BURN TO THE RETNA WHICH IS THE DELICATE INNER LINING AT THE BACK OF THE EYE AND THAT CAN RESULT IN A PERMANENT LOSS OF CENTRAL VISION. THE SCARY PART IS IT'S PAINLESS AND IT DOESN'T IMMEDIATELY HAPPEN SO SOMETIMES IT TAKES A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE RESULTS OF THE BURN ARE EVIDENT.))
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Doctor Mann says looking at the sun through C-D's, layers of film, or stacking sun glasses together will not protect the eyes.
But you can also try indirect techniques like making a shadow box by cutting a hole in one end, taping a piece of paper over it, and putting a pinhole in it, which makes a lens.
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((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:IF YOU'RE CAREFUL YOU CAN TAKE BINOCULARS AND NEVER USE THEM DIRECTLY, BUT YOU CAN AIM THEM AT THE SUN AND FOCUS THEM BACK ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE TWO ECLIPSES.))
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Special mylar filtered glasses are available at the Science Museum in downtown Roanoke.
The partial eclipse is expected to start about 12:15 in our area and peak at about 1:08.

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45weather


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Shifting our attention now to weather--
Mostly sunny and warm today, with highs in the lower 60s.
Clouding up later, with showers developing overnight.
Lows near 40.
Showers remain in the forecast for the next few days...
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8E-DayCare-Bills


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Tougher rules for day care providers are creating some concerns among those who take care of children.
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Tuesday the State Senate approved imposing 500-dollar fines on day care centers who endanger children in their care.
Some who provide day care services out of their homes agree with the legislation... at least in part.
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((THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE HOMES ARE USUALLY BLAMED ON CHILD CARE PROVIDERS, PEOPLE THAT ARE PROVIDING CARE FOR THESE OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN. IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A BIG MESS.)) ((I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DAY CARE PROVIDERS BEING SET UP BY THE PARENT THAT MAY BE GIVING THEM SOME TROUBLE. OTHERWISE, I FEEL IT'S VERY GOOD BECAUSE EVERYTHING SHOULD BE SAFE IN THE HOME FOR DAY CARE FOR ALL CHILDREN.))
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The Senate also approved a bill requiring licensed day care providers to personally spend at least three-quarters of their time taking care of the children, rather than hiring someone else to do it.
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8C'burg-Student


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A Montgomery County student is facing charges of possessing a firearm on school property.
This, after police say an investigation Tuesday turned up a semi-automatic handgun on the 16-year-old at Christiansburg High School.

8Balcony-Collapse


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The investigation into the collapse of a balcony at a Blacksburg apartment complex has resulted in a one-and-a-quarter- million dollar lawsuit.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April 1996;


The five people filing suit against the owner are among the 16 who were injured in the collapse almost two years at the Terrace View Apartments.
A third-floor balcony fell onto a second-floor balcony, and it then gave way.
An inspection by the town concluded that overcrowding, not structural defects, led to the collapse.
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8E-Abed


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It appears jurors in the Abed trial are taking their time rendering a verdict--
That could be several days or weeks away.
The jury foreman yesterday predicted it may take ten working days to render a decision in the racketeering and arson case in federal court.
The judge has another trial in Charlottesville next week, but the foreman in this case told him he'd be "very safe" going to Charlottesville.

85-Credit-Unions


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The U-S Supreme Court has set new limits on the ways credit unions do business.
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The court voted 5-to-4, saying credit unions can not serve more than one membership group.
A membership group is made up of people who have something in common -- like where they work or go to church.
The president of a local credit union said yesterday's high-court ruling could make it harder for people to join credit unions in the future.
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((DONNA HARRIS/FESTAR CREDIT UNION: AS FUTURE GENERATIONS COME, THOSE PERSONS WOULD NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR CREDIT UNION MEMBERSHIP AND THIS IS GOING TO HURT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.))
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The banking industry was quick to applaud yesterday's ruling. pre pro
On its website, the Independent Bankers Association of America said:
"The Supreme Court.. confirmed that some credit unions have overstepped their bounds."
Bankers also urged Congress NOT to rush to judgment.
Congress is considering a bill that would re-write the law that established credit unions.
That bill would, in effect, overrule the decision by the court.
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8weather


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Turning to the Thursday forecast--
Mostly sunny and spring- like again today.
Highs will reach the lower 60s.
Increasing clouds by tonight, though, with showers developing.
Lows around 40.
The four day outlook is warm, but fairly wet--
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