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[7Falwell]


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Supporters of jailed Operation Rescue director -- the Rev. Flip Benham -- rallied in Lynchburg throughout the weekend.
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Benham was jailed last month after trespassing at the city's E.C. Glass High School during a November rally.
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Most of the group's support during a kick-off rally came from out of town.
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((PATRICK MAHONEY/OPERATION RESCUE: WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE WOULD BE 10-PERCENT FROM OUT OF STATE AND 90-PERCENT FROM LYNCHBURG. THAT WOULD BE OUR GOAL.)) ((REV. JERRY FALWELL; BECAUSE LYNCHBURGERS DO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, THAT'S VERY UNLIKELY THAT OUT OF TOWNERS HAVE NOT GOTTEN THE FULL STORY. THEY COME HERE WITH SINCERE HEARTS BUT BAD INFORMATION.))
[SUPER=01-Patrick Mahoney/Operation Rescue; :00]
[SUPER=07-Reverend Jerry Falwell; :07]
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Falwell says he, too, is against abortion, but doesn't condone Benham's method of getting the message across.
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[IN Q=MY PRAYERS FOR]

((MY PRAYERS FOR REVEREND BENHAM HAVE BEEN CONTINUAL. HIS FAMILY IS VERY DEAR TO ME. I CANNOT SUPPORT WHAT HE HAS DONE. I THINK THAT THE DEMONSTRATION BEFORE THE JUDGE'S HOUSE AND THE SUPERINTENDENT'S HOUSE WERE BOTH OUT OF ORDER AND I'M SORRY THEY OCCURRED.))
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Operation Rescue supporters say they will be in Lynchburg until at least next Sunday.
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[7Burning-Car]


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A car carrying two Virginia Tech students caught on fire as it travelled southbound on I-81. Neither the driver or the passenger was injured.
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The accident took place near mile marker 185, just past Lexington, at about one yesterday afternoon.
State police suspect the blaze may have been started by an electrical problem.
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((TROOPER DAVID ALBERT/VA. STATE POLICE; THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE SAID A PASSERBY WAS FLASHING HER OVER, SAYING THERE WERE FLAMES COMING FROM UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE. SHE PULLED OVER AT THAT TIME AND WHEN THEY GOT OUT, THEY COULD SEE THAT THE VEHICLE WAS ON FIRE.))
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Authorities say the young women were returning to school when the incident occurred.
The Natural Bridge Fire Department responded within minutes and extinquished the blaze.
Traffic was backed-up along the interstate for about half an hour.
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Another patient at Western State Hospital has died, apparetnly due to negligence, according to The Associated Press.

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[edit of 98-12; McCloskeys and 97-99, McCloskey has video of hospital]
Carl and Rebecca McCloskey are suing the hospital for the death of their son John in 1994.
Now, the family of 41-year old Maura Patten is blaming the hospital for her death July 7th.
Patten had a severe respiratory disease and her family apparently called the hospital, fearing that she was near death.
Records from the hospital reportedly show that Patten received NO medical attention from July third, until she died four days later.
Patten's brother Ted claims the hospital quote--"let her rot"-unquote.
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The State Department of Mental Health is refusing to discuss the case.


[7E-Henry-Ax]


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Police say speed is to blame for the death of a 22-year old man from Bassett.
The car accident happened Saturday afternoon around 5:30.
Sabino Ramos Batutisto (Bah-to-tees-toe) apparently sped around a corner along Route 6-06 in Henry County, lost control of his car, slide sideways, and flipped over an embankment.
Batutisto (Bah-to-tees-toe) died at the scene.

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Monday could get a little messy in some areas. Snow is already falling in many areas. The chance of light snow or sleet continues today under cloudy skies today...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/17/98
Tuesday:

[SUPER=130-4/Dale Moran/Floyd;]



[SUPER=130-18/Debra Conner/Check;]



[SUPER=130-15/Amanda Reed/Mullens WV;]



[SUPER=130-40/Edward Atwell/Bassett;]



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=130-14th/Fred & Voda Baker/Martinsville;]



[SUPER=130-10/Randy Carter/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-14/Destiny Burton/Christiansburg;]



[SUPER=130-81/Wilbur Martin/Huddleston;]



[SUPER=130-72/Dorothy Scaggs/Radford;]



[SUPER=130-94/Minnie Murray/Boones Mill;]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-4/Katheryn Hill/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=131-31/Johnny Hill/Roanoke;] (Katheryn's Dad)



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=131-25th/Cecil & Karen Witt/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=131-38/Mary Whitlock/Belspring;]



[SUPER=131-2/Alberta Craighead/Rocky Mount;]





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[45Montgomery-Fire]


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An early morning fire has damaged a popular Elliston restaurant.
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Fire officials were alerted to the blaze at Wilson's restaurant by a passing motorist.
Three departments responded.
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Fire gutted the kitchen and bathroom.
Other parts of the restaurant sustained major smoke and water damage.
Officials continue to investigate what caused the fire, but say it appears to have started in the kitchen.
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[45E-Roanoke-Ax]


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In Roanoke County, a woman suffered minor injuries after running her car into an embankment.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


It happened at about 4 p-m yesterday.
Authorities say the woman lost control of her car and flipped it over along Buck Mountain Road.
She apparently suffered cuts to her head and hands and was taken to a nearby hospital.
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[45Traffic-Delay]


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A vehicle traveling south on Interstate 81 caught fire yesterday afternoon, but its driver and passenger were not injured.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]


It happened near mile marker 185, just past Lexington, at about one o'clock.
State police suspect the blaze may have been started by an electrical problem.
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((TROOPER DAVID ALBERT/VA. STATE POLICE; THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE SAID A PASSERBY WAS FLASHING HER OVER, SAYING THERE WERE FLAMES COMING FROM UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE. SHE PULLED OVER AT THAT TIME AND WHEN THEY GOT OUT, THEY COULD SEE THAT THE VEHICLE WAS ON FIRE.))
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Authorities say the young women were Virginia Tech students and were returning to campus when the incident occurred.


The Natural Bridge Fire Department responded within minutes and extinquished the blaze.
Traffic was backed up along the interstate for about half an hour.
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[45Prison-Workers]


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The mining of coal has been a primary source of employment for many Southwest Virginians.
But now there's another job opportunity-- prisons.
Scores of miners hoping to get out of the coalfields are seeking jobs at a new maximum-security prison in Wise County.
Over three thousand people have applied for 403 jobs at Red Onion State Prison... which will open in July.
Many applicants say that working with dangerous inmates won't be any riskier than going underground.
Another maximum-security prison is under construction at Big Stone Gap.


[45Academic-Achievement]


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More than 200-of the Roanoke Valley's black youth who acheive academically and socially were honored yesterday.
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The "BROTHER-TO-BROTHER" program recognizes today's youth who act as role models for those coming up behind them.
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((HAZEL CLAY/PROGRAM DIRECTOR; WE ALWAYS HEAR THE BAD THINGS THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE DOING. WE WANT TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE GOOD STUDENTS OUT THERE AND THAT WANT TO ADHERE TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THEIR SCHOOL AND OF THE COMMUNITY AND WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING.))
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The program is sponsored by the Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi-Delta-Kappa, Incorporated--a national professional teachers organization.
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Checking your snowy Monday forecast... Light snow or sleet will continue to fall today in most areas. Skies will remain cloudy...
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[8E-Western-State]


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The Associated Press is reporting another death at Western State Hospital--this one apparently due to negligence. It occurred last summer.
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[edit of 98-12; McCloskeys and 97-99, McCloskey has video of hospital]
Carl and Rebecca McCloskey are suing the hospital for the death of their son John in 1994.
Now, the family of 41-year old Maura Patten is blaming the hospital for her death July 7th.
Patten had a severe respiratory disease and her family apparently called the hospital, fearing that she was near death.
Records from the hospital reportedly show that Patten received NO medical attention from July third, until she died four days later.
Patten's brother Ted claims the hospital quote--"let her rot"-unquote.
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The State Department of Mental Health is refusing to discuss the case.


[8Falwell]


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Members of Operation Rescue spent the weekend in Lynchburg trying to build support for their director--Reverend Flip Benham.
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Benham was jailed last month after trespassing at the city's E.C. Glass High School during a November rally.
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Most of the group's support during a kick-off rally came from out of town.
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[SOT=11:56:05/10:47:18]
[IN Q=WHAT WE WOULD]

((PATRICK MAHONEY/OPERATION RESCUE: WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE WOULD BE 10-PERCENT FROM OUT OF STATE AND 90-PERCENT FROM LYNCHBURG. THAT WOULD BE OUR GOAL.)) ((REV. JERRY FALWELL; BECAUSE LYNCHBURGERS DO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, THAT'S VERY UNLIKELY THAT OUT OF TOWNERS HAVE NOT GOTTEN THE FULL STORY. THEY COME HERE WITH SINCERE HEARTS BUT BAD INFORMATION.))
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[SUPER=07-Reverend Jerry Falwell; :07]
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Falwell says he, too, is against abortion, but doesn't condone Benham's method of getting the message across.
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[IN Q=MY PRAYERS FOR]

((MY PRAYERS FOR REVEREND BENHAM HAVE BEEN CONTINUAL. HIS FAMILY IS VERY DEAR TO ME. I CANNOT SUPPORT WHAT HE HAS DONE. I THINK THAT THE DEMONSTRATION BEFORE THE JUDGE'S HOUSE AND THE SUPERINTENDENT'S HOUSE WERE BOTH OUT OF ORDER AND I'M SORRY THEY OCCURRED.))
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Operation Rescue supporters say they will be in Lynchburg until at least next Sunday.
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[8E-Henry-Ax]


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A single vehicle accident in Henry County over the weekend killed the driver of the car.
Police say 22-year Sabino Ramos Batutisto (Bah-to-tees-toes) of Bassett was speeding.
He apparently sped around a corner along Route 6-06 Saturday afternoon around 5:30. He then lost control of his car, slid sideways, and flipped over an embankment.
Batutisto (Bah-to-tees-toe) died at the scene.

[8Animal-Adoption]


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It may not be a home on the range, but several wild horses and burros found new places to live through an adoption at The Virginia Horse Center in Lexington over the weekend.
178 animals were up for adoption and nearly two-thirds found homes.
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The Bureau of Land Management sponsored the adoptions.
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((VICTORIA CRAFT/BUREAU OF LAND MGMT.; SO THE BUREAU TAKES THEM IN TO PREVENT THE DETERIORATION OF THE PUBLIC'S RANGE. SO WE DEEM THE ADOPTION A NECESSARY TOOL TO BRING THESE ANIMALS IN AND HAVE THEM AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.))
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When properly cared for, the mustangs can be trained for riding. And the burros have multiple uses, including controlling predators.
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((MANY CATTLEMEN PUT THEM OUT WITH THEIR CATTLE TO PREVENT COYOTES AND WILD DOGS FROM GETTING AT THEIR HORSES AND CALVES. THEY CAN BE UTILIZED AS PACK ANIMALS TO PACK THINGS IN AND OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN AREAS IF THEY ARE USED FOR A LOT OF TRAIL RIDING.))
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The animals went for 125-dollars each. The adopt-a-horse program began 25-years ago, two years after Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which protects the animals from extinction.
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Snow is falling in some areas...the light snow and sleet will continue to fall today in most areas. Skies will remain cloudy...
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