[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]

The actor best known for his roles in the T-V series "Sea Hunt" and the movie "Airplane!" has died.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And there's a possibility President Clinton will testify before the Monica Lewinsky grand jury.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[Open]


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[SUPER=#4050; HEADLINE BANNER]
[SUPER=17-Wednesday/March 11, 1998]
[SUPER=15-Melanie/Moon;]
[SUPER=15-Kimberly/McBroom;]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



[Municipal-Association]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=net-a]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke]


About 100-Roanoke city workers have established a union, citing a need to improve working conditions because of discrimination and favoritism.
But a City Council member says there's nothing wrong with having a "MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION".
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Vice Mayor Linda Wyatt is a second grade teacher and member of one of the country's largest labor unions, the National Teacher Association.
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[SOT=19:03:19]
[IN Q=I DON'T]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR; I DON'T THINK THAT BEING A PART OF A UNION IS PARTICULARLY A NEGATIVE THING. I THINK IT CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR EMPLOYEES AND THE ORGANIZATION THAT THEY WORK FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice Mayor;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=WORK FOR.]
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[VO-NAT]

Some employees claim there are currently laws and personnel operating procedures in place which prohibit employee discrimination which have been ignored by supervisors for years.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT=19:24:53]
[IN Q=I'M NOT MAD]

((ROBERT GRAVELY/CITY PARKS AND RECREATION EMPLOYEE; I'M NOT MAD AT CITY COUNCIL. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I'M NOT MAD AT MY SUPERVISOR. WHAT I AM MAD AT CITY COUNCIL FOR IS WHY THEY KEEP LETTING MANAGEMENT GET AWAY WITH THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Gravely/Parks And Recreation Employee;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=WITH THIS.]
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[VO-NAT]

An open forum was held last night for employees with questions and concerns about joining the union. The association is a branch of the AFL-CIO.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-6]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
A Botetourt County school for juveniles is currently under investigation by the Education Department.
But the director of the Wilderness Leadership Academy says the investigation was sparked by complaints from a former employee.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The Wilderness Leadership Academy]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Gene Nervo/School Director; :23]
[SUPER=@Kelly; :52]
[SUPER=@Tina2; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt County]

(( ((The Wilderness Leadership Academy accepts teenage males with emotional or behavioral problems.
But now the Education Department wants to know if the school itself has run off course.
Retired Marine Colonel Gene Nervo directs the school -- he says a former teacher has gone to the Education Department with reports of dirty bedrooms and no heat or hot water at the academy.
Nervo denies the charges.
(((/////SOT/////)))
[SOT 14:47:04]
[IN Q=We have dogs]

((WE HAVE DOGS ON THE PREMISES. THE DOGS HAVE ALL RABIES SHOTS AND VACCINES BUT THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS HE LISTED. HE LISTED THAT THE BOYS SOMETIMES DON'T HAVE A CHANCE TO WASH THEIR CLOTHES. WE HAVE A WASHER AND DRYER. THEY MAY NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO IT BUT THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES)) [RUNS:18]
[OUT Q=opportunities]


The school is expanding its opportunities by building new classrooms.
But Sheriff Reed Kelly says the school has built a record of assault problems -- in addition to a recent uprising.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:29:15]
[IN Q=When our officers got there]

((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: WHEN OUR OFFICERS GOT THERE THEY DOCUMENTED 14 OR 15 KIDS COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. THE STAFF HAD LOST CONTROL OF THE FACILITY. OUR OFFICERS QUESTIONED HOW STABLE THIS FACILITY WAS AT THAT TIME.))
[RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=at that time]


Colonel Nervo says six students -- not 15 -- were involved in the uprising and it should come as no surprise that at-risk kids might get out of hand.
What did come as a surprise to Nervo was the Education Department's inspection -- but he predicts it will give his school a positive evaluation.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))))
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=NONE]


The Education Department spokesperson was not available for comment.




[E-School-Board]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-8]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Seal]


Harry Davis... a controversial Roanoke City School Board member... says he will seek another term on the Board.
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[VO-NAT]


Davis has served on the board for two years. Yesterday, he filed an application for reappointment.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


While concerns about the budget and other issues have made him a controversial figure, Davis says he also enjoys strong public support.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Part of the reason]

((HARRY DAVIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD: PART OF THE REASON FOR RUNNING WAS COMMUNITY OUTCRY. THE NUMBER OF CALLS AND LETTERS I'VE GOTTEN, THAT WELL OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE SAYING YOU WILL RUN WON'T YOU? AND THAT WAS PART OF MY DECISION. I DIDN'T WANT TO LET THEM DOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Roanoke City School Board]
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[OUT Q=I didn't want to let them down.]
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[GRAPHIC=nONE]


School Board Member Melinda Payne is also seeking another term. Other candidates who met yesterday's filing deadline

are David Davis, Bud Oakey, and Ruth Willson.[Clinton]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=Clinton]


President Clinton may testify before the Monica Lewinsky grand jury.
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[VO-NAT]


Senior Clinton advisers tell The Associated Press that the president's attorneys have been discussing his possible testimony with Kenneth Starr's office.
They say Mr. Clinton likely will testify but only after Lewinsky testifies first.
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH;]


The President spent a controversial evening in Cincinnati last night.
There, he attended a democratic fundraiser expected to raise about half a million dollars.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, a down season for the Lady Cavaliers is ending with a good start to the NCAA tournament.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=2:03]
[OUT Q=can join me then.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-4]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]


[Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=13-Lisa Bryant/Old Dominion Eye Bank; :18]
[SUPER=12-Roanoke; :40]
[SUPER=13-Angela Proffit/Old Dominion Eye Bank; 2:17]
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[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM][stocks]
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[SUPER=430-x/75.98/8643.12/x/23.48/1748.64;]




[SUPER=431-hd/49'/h1$/62'/ie/93g/h@/28&/hd/56c;]
[SUPER=432-h$/55@/u/17e/hb/41a/h*/53g/h1/54*;]
[SUPER=433-he/78g/u/44*/h1e/69*/hg/36'/ia/10g;]
[SUPER=434-i#/43*/h$/28b/he/29e/h1!/80*/i#/51; ]




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[E-Tax-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-12]
[GRAPHIC=Session 98]


Governor Jim Gilmore's "no car tax" plan is one step closer to becoming reality.
A compromise plan approved by a House committee is now the best shot for Democrats to put their mark on the 1998 session.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The stage]
[SUPER=@Griffith; :03]
[SUPER=@Reynolds; :06]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape; :15]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday; :24]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :32]
[SUPER=@Jackson; :46]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:04]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]


(( The stage is finally set.
[SOT 34:12]

((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: IT'S NOT A PERFECT PLAN. BUT IT'S THE BEST PLAN WE'RE GONNA GET THIS YEAR.))
[RUNS=:04]



[SOT 34:41]

((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-HENRY CO.: IT SEEMS TO HAVE SOME RELIEF FOR WEALTHY VIRGINIA. AT THE SAME TIME, IT SEEMS TO PROVIDE SOME OF THE NEEDS OF LESS WEALTHY VIRGINIA.)) [RUNS:09]
The bottom line for rural lawmakers is the 350- million dollars in school construction money that will go first to localities who need it most-- UNLIKE the way the car tax rebate will work.
But much of that will be borrowed money-- leaving almost what the Governor needed for his car tax phase-out.
[sot 01:20:43]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT'S STILL A FIVE-YEAR PHASE-OUT. IT'S STILL A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR PLAN. AND I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS SOME PROMISE. I THINK THAT IT CAN BE APPROVED. AND SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES LIKE ON SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, CERTAINLY HAVE GOT TO BE LOOKED AT.)) [runs:14]

[sot 04:49:31]

((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK THE GOVERNOR WILL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT HE CAME INTO THE SESSION SEEKING TO ACCOMPLISH. WHAT I HOPE HE WILL GET BETTER AT IS WORKING WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO REACH A CONSENSUS. I THINK ALL THE WORK WAS DONE THIS YEAR BASICALLY BY THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS ON THE HOUSE SIDE.)) [runs:18]
A possible improvement on Gilmore's plan came from House Republicans: cars worth a thousand dollars or less would pay no tax the first year.
[sot 04:48:52]

((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK THE THOUSAND DOLLAR FLOOR HELPS RURAL VIRGINIA BECAUSE STATISTICS SHOW THERE ARE, I DON'T KNOW, 25-PERCENT OF THE CARS THAT ARE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. THAT WAS A BONE THAT WAS THROWN TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO MAKE THE PLAN MORE PALATABLE.)) [runs:15]
The session ends Saturday-- with some version of this plan expected.

Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[Lloyd-Bridges]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


An actor who's career spanned 50 years has died in Hollywood.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Sea Hunt;]


To one generation Lloyd bridges was a fearless diver in the 19-50's tv series "Sea Hunt."
[SUPER=04-"Airplane"-Paramount Pictures;]


To a younger generation he was a comedic actor starring in such films as "Airplane."
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles;]


He was also father to two famous sons, Beau and Jeff Bridges. 13
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[SOT]

[4:04:00]
[IN Q=]

(( BEAU BRIDGES/ACTOR:MY FATHER PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY IN HIS SLEEP WITH MY MOTHER DOROTHY AT HIS SIDE...WE ALL FEEL REALLY BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN WITH MY DAD FOR THE PAST 85 YEARS. ))
[SUPER=01-Beau Bridges/Actor]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=for the past 85 years. ]
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[VO-NAT]


Fans of Bridges have been leaving flowers with messages and candles at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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[2-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


In sports, the New Jersey Nets lost their 6-th game in a row last night in a close face-off with the San Antonio Spurs.
Here's a look at the rest of the night's numbers.
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[SUPER=0096-j/Chicago/106//Miami/91////Orlando/78/j/New York/85///;]
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[SUPER=0096-/Dallas/91/j/Houston/97///j/Washington/93//Milwaukee/77///;]
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[SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/78/j/San Antonio/79///j/Phoenix/100//Denver/76///;]
[SUPER=x5031;]
[SUPER=0103-j/Boston/6//Detroit/3////New Jersey/2//Philadelphia/2//Final In Overtime/;]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
(I'll call for board)
[ESS#8701]



[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)


[Air-force-one]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=Clinton]


President Clinton is back in Washington this morning after trips to Ohio and Connecticut.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD]

[4:08:07]
On the flight from Connecticut back to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland F-A-A radar screens reportedly lost Air Force One for 24 seconds.
A-B-C Radio says at least seven other planes disappeared from radar.
The F-A-A is investigating whether the air traffic tracking system went down in the New York area.
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


One official with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says the long-range radar system at the F-A-A regional control center on Long Island has a history of going off-line. 28
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[ Mckinney]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The jury in the court-martial of the Army's former top enlisted man is expected to begin deliberating his fate today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Belvoir;]


Sergeant Major Gene McKinney faces 19 counts of sexual misconduct.
He's accused of groping women and pressuring them for sex.
Testimony ended yesterday, with prosecutors telling jurors the case against Sergeant Major Gene McKinney is not about sex but about abuse of power
McKinney denies all charges.
(----------------)


[E-EMail-Threats]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-3]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Threats made in the world of cyber-space will soon be considered felonies in Virginia.
A bill passed in the General Assembly yesterday extends the existing law to cover threats made via E-MAIL, as well as those made by letter or telephone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The change was suggested by Amherst County prosecutor Ed Meeks, who says they've had problems with students threatening each other electronically.
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[SOT ]
[IN Q=Well, the law]

((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: WELL, THE LAW ALWAYS HAS TO CHANGE AS TECHNOLOGY CHANGES AND THE SOCIETY CHANGES, AND WE'RE STARTING TO FIND OUT THAT IN PROPERTY RIGHTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY, THE LAWS HAVE TO BE CHANGED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INFORMATION AGE.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Amherst Co. Prosecutor; :00]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=the information age.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meeks says lawmakers were also alerted to the INDIRECT threats being made by a man named Sam Sloan.
Sloan's web page has suggested that several central Virginia judges be killed for some legal decisions he hasn't agreed with.
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[5-Wilderness]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=597-56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A school for troubled juveniles was the site of a surprise inspection yesterday by the state Education Department.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


The Wilderness Leadership Academy is for non-violent male teenagers with emotional or behavioral problems.
Colonel Gene Nervo heads it up -- he says a teacher fired for hitting a student last week sent a report full of false allegations to the Education Department.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:45:25]
[IN Q=Some of them are kind of funny]

((COL. GENE NERVO/ADMINISTRATOR: SOME OF THEM ARE KIND OF FUNNY ... 24 HOURS OR SO.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Gene Nervo/Administrator;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=24 hours or so]
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[VO-NAT]


Nervo says the Education Department is also asking about dogs on campus, unclean bedrooms, and stopped-up toilets.


The Sheriff, meanwhile, says students cause security problems in the community.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:28:47]
[IN Q=We've had assaults]

((WE'VE HAD ASSAULTS ... KIDS AT THE ACADEMY.))
[SUPER=@Kelly;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=kids at the academy]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Sheriff Kelly says certain students DO succeed at the academy and Colonel Nervo emphasizes the school is safe.


[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In Nascar news... Darryl Waltrip and his sponsor part ways.
Mike Stevens takes a look and brings you last night's sports action.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Hello once again]
[RUNS=2:04]
[OUT Q=nice Tuesday folks.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)

[Lottery ]
Pick 3/Pick 4
[SUPER=69-0/1/8/8/8/0/8;]




[SUPER=#555; RESET]


[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-4]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]

[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=March is]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=13-Mary Jackson/Cornea Recipient; :18]
[SUPER=12-Roanoke; :45]
[RUNS=3:08]
[OUT Q=The gift of sight]


[Steve Live]
(I'll Call for board)
[ESS#8702]



[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)


[5-Point-Option]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=598-1]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In this morning's health check,
[SS=HMO]


A bill that would give some H-M-0 members more flexibility in selecting a physician is now being considered in Richmond. The measure would enable employees covered by H-M-O's to choose a doctor outside the preferred provider list.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]


Over the strong objections of H-M-O's, the point of service plan passed the Senate yesterday.
If a patient does choose a doctor outside the H-M-O network, the patient pays the out of pocket expense.
Senate Democrats say the bill will provide for the thousands of employees who currently don't have the option of choosing their own doctor.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 00:43:43]
[IN Q=They worked]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS:THEY WORKED OUT A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS, THERE WERE SOME OBJECTIONS FROM SOME GROUPS, BUT IT'S VERY SUPPORTED BY THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE PATIENT CHOICE, PHYSCIANS AND OTHERS VERY STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.))
[SUPER=@Edwards; ]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=this legislation.]
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[VO NAT] Roanoke OB-GYN Robert Vermillion has been an advocate of the option plan for several years.
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[SOT 13:08:48]
[IN Q=The HMOs]

((DR. ROBERT VERMILLION/PHYSICIANS TO WOMEN:THE HMOS FOUGHT THIS ON THE BASIS THAT IT WOULD GENERATE INCREASED COSTS TO THEM AND THESE COSTS WOULD BE PASSED ON TO BUSINESS, BUT THE INCREASED COST TO THEM HAS BEEN ESTIMATED AT FOUR TENTHS OF A PERCENT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vermillion/Physicians to Women; ]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=of a percent]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=Hmo]


More than 90-percent of Virginia's businesses already choose H-M-O's that have a point of service option.
(TOSS TO BUMP)

[bump] [comm]

[City-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-13]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]


Some Roanoke City employees say discrimination is alive and well in their workplaces... And they are coming together to fight it.
David Johnson has details.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Discrimination and]
[SUPER=01-Angela Norman/City Municipal Employee; :01]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice Mayor; :40]
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Wheeler/City Municipal Employee;1:10]
[SUPER=@david1; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=DJ, N7]



(([SOT=19:21:04]
[IN Q=DISCRIMINATION AND]

((ANGELA NORMAN/CITY MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE; DISCRIMINATION AND FAVORITISM ARE ALIVE AND ACTIVE IN SOME DEPARTMENTS. THE LAW AND OUR PERSONNEL OPERATING PROCEDURES, ON PAPER, PROHIBIT THESE ACTIONS. BUT I KNOW, AS DO SOME OF YOU, THAT THERE ARE MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS WHO ARE STILL DOING JUST WHAT THEY WANT.)) [RUNS:20]
[OUT Q=THEY WANT.]


City workers say it's for these and similar reasons they have formed a "MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION."
The association has the backing of the AFL-CIO.
Roanoke Vice Mayor Linda Wyatt is a teacher and member of the national teacher association, one of the nation's largest labor unions.
[SOT=19:02:43]
[IN Q=I BELIEVE]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR; I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE RIGHT OF EMPLOYEES TO BAND TOGETHER TO FURTHER THEIR RIGHTS AND THEIR CAUSES. SO IF I BELIEVE IN THAT FOR MYSELF AND MY OWN ORGANIZATION, I CERTAAINLY COULD NOT TURN AROUND AND BE OPPOSED TO IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=SOMEONE ELSE.]


National members of the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES have been called in to answer any questions. The representatives assure workers the union will protect their jobs, but there still seems to be some hesitation.
[SOT=18:54:31]
[IN Q=BASICALLY, FROM]

((EVELYN WHEELER/CITY MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE; BASICALLY, FROM WHAT WE'VE BEEN HEARING IS THEY STILL FEAR RETALIATION FROM THE ADMINISTRATION. EITHER THE SUPERVISORS OR A MANAGER. BUT THEY'RE AFRAID TO JOIN.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=TO JOIN.]

((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; ABOUT 100 OF THE CITY'S NEARLY 22-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES HAVE SIGNED UP TO JOIN THE UNION. ANOTHER MEETING IS BEING HELD NEXT WEEK, WITH HOPES OF MORE SUPPORT FOR AN ASSOCIATION. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))

[RUNS:12]))[Tax-Bill]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#EDIT FROM TAPE 98-12]
[GRAPHIC=session98]


Governor Gilmores No car tax pledge is closer to reality this morning.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The House is expected to vote today on a modified version of Governor Gilmore's tax cut proposal and a 376 million dollar school construction package.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT'S STILL A FIVE-YEAR PHASE-OUT. IT'S STILL A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR PLAN. AND I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS SOME PROMISE. I THINK THAT IT CAN BE APPROVED. AND SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES LIKE ON SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, CERTAINLY HAVE GOT TO BE LOOKED AT. ))
[SUPER=@gilmore;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=got to be looked at.]
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[VO-NAT]


A possible improvement on Gilmore's plan came from House Republicans would include no tax the first year on cars worth a thousand dollars or less.
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[S-Optical-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-4]
[GRAPHIC=Optical Cable]


It looks like a merger could be in the future for Roanoke-based Optical Cable.
It wouldn't happen right away...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


But that was one of the topics brought up at yesterday's shareholder meeting.
The company voted to double its shares of common stock.
C-E-O Bob Kopstein said doubling the shares gives Optical Cable the resources to merge with another company.
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[SOT 03:10:48]
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((THE AUTHORIZATION TO DOUBLE THE SHARES FROM 50 MILLION TO A HUNDRED MILLION BASICALLY MEANS INCREASING YOUR LINE OF CREDIT, LIKE IF YOU HAD A CHARGE CARD AND YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO GO ON A TRIP AND YOU WANTED TO HAVE AN EXTENDED LINE ON IT FOR FUTURE USE.))
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Kopstein told shareholders his goal is to make sure his business grows faster than the rest of the industry.
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((THE INDUSTRY CAN SLOW DOWN. BUT IF THE INDUSTRY SLOWS DOWN ARE YOU GAINING IN THE MARKET SO THAT YOU'RE IN A STRONGER POSITION? BECAUSE THEN WHEN IT GROWS YOU'RE GROWING FASTER AND THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING. DOING VERY AGGRESSIVELY AND EXPECT THAT TO PAY OFF FOR THE SHAREHOLDERS. ))
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Optical Cable's stock closed yesterday at 10 and three-fourths.
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In the NBA... the New York Knicks toppled Orlando to end a three-game losing streak.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


About 100-Roanoke city workers have formed a municipal association, citing poor working conditions, discrimination and favoritism on the job.
An open forum was held last night for city employees with questions about joining the union which is a branch of the AFL-CIO.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Botetourt County school for troubled boys is being investigated by the Education Department after a teacher complained about unsatisfactory conditions.
The director of the school -- a retired Marine Colonel -- denies the charges.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Governor Gilmore's no car tax plan rolls closer to becoming a reality with each passing day.
A compromise plan approved by a House committee is now the best shot for Democrats to put their mark on the 1998 session.
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(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
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