[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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The cleanup continues following a Norfolk Southern train derailment.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And freshman cadets may also face charges in connection with allegations of rat hazing.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Cloudy and muggy, with some April showers for the FIRST day of the month--
A cold front is first bringing the moisture, then eventually, more seasonable temperatures.
We'll talk more about that in the forecast.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#(FROM TAPE 98-23)]
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It could be another day or two before rail traffic is back to normal on one stretch of track through Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


Yesterday morning a runaway 65 car freight train rolled downhill for three miles and then slammed into another train.
Ten cars and three locomotives derailed.
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((GAYNELLE HART/EYEWITNESS: I WAS TALKING TO ... EVERY WHICH DIRECTION. ))
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[VO-NAT]


The collision also set off a fire and the smoke from it could be seen for miles.
One of the rail cars was carrying the flammable liquid acetone which burned for several hours and forced the evacuation of a 36 block area and an elementary school.
While the investigation continues into what caused the accident a cleanup crew that specializes in train derailments has been called in to remove debris.
Meanwhile, Lynchburg police hope to re-open the Fifth Strett bridge to traffic this morning.
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[S-GHB-folo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-22 TC 15:59]
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The recipe for a date-rape drug that nearly killed a Bedford county boy can be found on the Internet, and is advertised as an anti-depressant.
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[VO-NAT]


It's against the law to sell the drug G-H-B, but since all the ingredients are legal, companies are advertising kits people can use to make it themselves at home.
One website promoting the drug offered step-by-step illustrated instructions.
But health officials say the drug is dangerous, especially if improperly prepared.
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[SOT 10:00:29]
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[SUPER=01-Gregg Morrow/Pharmacist;]

((GREGG MORROW/PHARMACIST; THE HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED CASES WHERE PEOPLE HAVE MIXED IT WITH SODIUM HYDROXIDE, WHICH IS COMMONLY FOUND IN A LOT OF DRAIN OPENERS, SUCH AS RED DEVIL LYE, IT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS BURNS TO THE MOUTH, TO THE ESOPHAGUS, AS WELL AS TO THE STOMACH.))
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[OUT Q=to the stomach]
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[VO-NAT]


Even when made properly, G-H-B can reduce a person's breathing and heart rate to the point of death.
The websites we found advertising the drug-kits all ran a disclaimer, saying the kits were intended to be used as "science experiments".
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[VMI-honor-court]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
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3 VMI freshmen cadets who say they were struck with a belt by upperclassmen face charges of lying.
The freshmen, along with the 3 seniors they accuse of striking them, all face trials in VMI's Honor Court next week.

The accusers face the charges of lying because they initially denied the incidents occurred.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
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A massive manhunt for a man suspected in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing is over after authorities determined it was triggered by a mistaken license plate number.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO;]

[4:09:13]
Last night Denver police pulled over a pickup truck they beleived was registered to Eric Robert Rudolph.
The truck sped off before police could confirm the license plate number.
A manhunt than began.
But after two hours of searching authorities determined Rudolph's truck is in an impound lot in Alabama.
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[MEMORIAL]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Gone but not forgotten.
A memorial service was held last
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jonesboro, AR;]

[4:01:52 and 4:04:07] night for the five victims killed last week in a shooting rampage at an elementary school in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Thousands of teary-eyed people attended the service.
President Clinton, who is on a tour of Africa, sent a videotaped message.
Attorney General Janet Reno spoke at the service, telling mourners not ``lose faith in human good.''
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#None]
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Virginia A-B-C agents have another tool to help enforce the law that prohibits tobacco sales to children.
Governor Jim Gilmore pushed for agents involvement in tobacco enforcement when he was attorney general.
Yesterday, Gilmore signed a bill that would allow A-B-C agents to look at tax records to develop their own list of tobacco retailers across the state.

Gilmore fought efforts in the General Assembly to make it even easier, by licensing tobacco dealers.[1-Sports]


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[WRITER=chr]
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In sports news, Nascar fans lose a 2-time champion to cancer.
Mike Stevens has the story.
Good Morning Mike.
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[On Record]
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[5-DEQ-Conflict]


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[TAPE#598-18 6:03]
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Environmentalists say they already have a problem with one of Governor Jim Gilmore's latest appointments.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Dennis Treacy (TRACY) became acting director of the Department of Environmental Quality last week.
[SUPER=03-King & Queen Co.;]


That agency regulates waste hauler Browning-Ferris Industries.
Treacy's just spent two years as a lobbyist for the company.
But Treacy says he's appointed a senior aide to handle B-F-I.
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((DENNIS TREACY/ACTING DEQ DIRECTOR: AND I'VE DELEGATED EVERYTHING TO HIM. AND MADE IT CLEAR THAT I'M NOT TO BE INFORMED, NOR PARTICIPATE IN ANY DECISION RELATED TO BFI.))
[SOT 58:33]

((JIM SHARP/CAMPAIGN VIRGINIA: THEY DON'T SEEM TO BE TERRIBLY CONCERNED ABOUT ALL THE OUT OF STATE GARBAGE THAT WE'RE TAKING. WE WONDER HOW THAT'S EVER GOING TO GET BETTER IF TREACY'S IN THE ROLE THAT HE'S IN.))
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Virginia's the number two importer of out-of-state trash in the nation.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=98-33 TC 4:08]
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Several fatal accidents on Route 1-14, or Pepper's Ferry Road, in Montgomery County are causing residents to speak out about the condition of the road.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

They say something needs to be done to ensure motorists' safety.
V-DOT has answered the call for improvement by reducing the speed limit and adding additional markings to the lines.
They also plan to add turning lanes in the near future.
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[11:34:42]
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((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR- THE MORE LONG RANGE SOLUTION IS OF COURSE GETTING THE SECTION INTO OUR SIX YEAR PLAN SO ENGINEERING WORK CAN BEGIN AND WE CAN REALLY LOOK AT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE WHOLE 5 MILES.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT District Administrator]
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[VO-NAT]


The process of making long-term improvements will take several years- That's needed for engineering plans, and to find funding and resources to keep the project afloat.
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[Deteriorating-River]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=98-32]
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A Rockbridge County property owner isn't getting much help from Virginia's department of transportation, which has plans for a new bridge near his land.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]

The Maury River, which flows underneath the bridge near Route 501 in Glasgow, has increasingly eaten away at Porter Echols farm land.
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((PORTER ECHOLS/ECHOLS FARMS, INC. PRESIDENT; WE'D LIKE TO STABILIZE THIS RIVER BANK SO WE CAN KEEP FROM LOSING SO MUCH PASTURE. THERE'S MANY ACRES AND MANY TONS OF DIRT GOING INTO THE JAMES AND THEN ON DOWN TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.))
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[VO-NAT]

Echols turned to VDOT, thinking the agency-- which has road improvement plans-- has as much to lose as he does. But officials say their authority ends with the improvement projects.
[SOT=18:32:21]
[IN Q=STABILIZATION OF THE]

((JIM WHITE/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER; STABILIZATION OF THE RIVER BANKS IS NOT REALLY VDOT'S RESPONSIBILITY. WE'VE INFORMED THE ARMY CORE OF ENGINEERS THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM THERE. THEY'VE RESPONDED BACK TO US THAT THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO DEAL WITH THAT WITH THEIR POLICIES NOW, SO.))
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[VO-NAT]

Unless other solutions are found, the river will apparently continue its natural course of destruction.

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In sports, Rick Fox pulled 31 points and 10 rebounds out of his hat to help the L-A Lakers topple Toronto with a score of 114 to 105.
For the rest of yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards. [WIPE TO MOTION]
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[On Record]
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[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-23 14:11]
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Traffic continues to be tied up in some areas of downtown Lynchburg after a runaway freight train collided with another train yesterday morning.
The fire and heavy smoke sparked in yesterday's collision prompted the evacuation of residents and school students.


Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Susan Terpay/Norfolk Southern; :59]
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(( The smoke could be seen for miles.
A total of ten rail cars and three locomotives were derailed or damaged when the two trains collided near the Kemper Street station around 9:30 this morning.
Witnesses say the force of the crash sent boxcars fifty feet into the air.
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One of the derailed cars was carrying the flammable liquid acetone, which burned for several hours.
Dozens of firefighters from around the city were kept busy containing the blaze..
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((BRAD FERGUSON/DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: WE'VE BEEN CYCLING OUR PEOPLE THROUGH.. FAIRLY REGULAR BASIS.)) [RUNS:09]
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The heavy smoke from the fire also forced the evacuation of about a hundred nearby residents and the entire population of Dearington Elementary School which was sent up the street to E.C. Glass.
By mid afternoon, citizens could return, but cleanup and investigation will take some time.
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((While the investigation continues, a cleanup crew that specializes in train derailments has been called in to remove debris from the site. It could be a couple of days however before rail traffic is back to normal. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC= VMI]


Honor Court trials are scheduled next week for six Virginia Military Institute cadets.
Three of the cadets are freshmen who said they were struck with a belt for various infractions -- and the other three are seniors who the freshmen say struck them.
The charge is lying -- that the cadets initially denied the incidents occurred.

[E-GHB-folo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-28 TC 6:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The drug that recently sent a Bedford County boy into cardiac arrest is illegal, but you can still buy it on the Internet
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[VO-NAT]


The ingredients that make up G-H-B are legal.
The kits marketed on the World Wide Web make it easy to stir up a batch in your kitchen.
One website even offered step-by-step illustrated instructions.
The drug is promoted on-line as a harmless anti-depressant.
But a Roanoke Pharmacist says that's dead wrong.
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[SOT 09:59:56]
[IN Q=and what it]

(( GREGG MORROW/PHARMACIST; AND WHAT IT WILL DO IS CAUSE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AS WELL AS YOUR HEART RATE AND YOUR RESPIRATION TO DECREASE AND EVEN TO THE POINT THAT YOU CAN HAVE DEATH OCCURR ))
[SUPER=01-Gregg Morrow/Pharmacist;]
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[VO-NAT]


One of the drug's ingredients, sodium hydroxide, is also used as drain cleaner, and if improperly mixed, can cause serious burns to the mouth and throat.
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[2-DENVER-CHASE ]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A mixup over a license plate number as ended the furious manhunt for the suspected Alabama abortion clinic bomber.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO;]

[4:09:13]
Last night Denver police pulled over a pickup truck they mistakenly believed was registered to Eric Robert Rudolph.
The truck sped off before police could confirm the license plate number.
A manhunt than began.
But after two hours of searching authorities determined Rudolph's truck is in an impound lot in Alabama.
The F-B-I had also failed to remove Rudolph's license plate from its list of plates being sought.
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[ISRAELI-TROOPS]


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


Israeli troops may soon be out of southern Lebanon.
The Israeli Cabinet has agreed to a United Nations resolution calling for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the security zone Sset up in 19-85 to protect Israel's northern border.
Today's vote marks the first time the government has agreed to pull its troops without first reaching a formal peace agreement with Lebanon.

[ARKANSAS]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In Jonesboro, Arkansas.... thousands prayed and paid their respects to the four children and one teacher gunned down at west-side middle school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jonesboro, AR;]

[4:25;46]
Those attending last night's community wide memorial service were told not to lose faith in human good.
On stage, five white wreaths arranged like olympic rings, one for each victim.
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[VO-NAT]


President clinton adressed the service via a video-taped message from Africa.
He asked the nation to pray for the families of the victims and the suspects.
Earlier yesterday, across Jonesboro, residents stood for one minute of silence to remember the victims who died in one minute of madness.
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[E-Young-Pimp]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 13-year old Northern Virginia boy faces charges that he led a middle-school sex ring.
Prosecutors say the boy confessed to being a "pimp."
The seventh grader from Reston allegedly asked girls to pay ten dollars to join a sex club where they would get dates with 13-year old boys.
Prosecutors say the teen also approached boys in his class and told them he could arrange sex with as many as three girls at once.

[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In sports, the Roanoke Express scores a win against Huntington in round one of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Mike Stevens has highlights.
Good Morning Mike.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Lottery ]
Pick 3/Pick 4
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[Three-Steve]


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[TAPE#M98-5]
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[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]

[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SUPER=13-Renae Anderson/Glenvar Senior; 1:01]
[SUPER=13-Pankil Patel/Glenvar Senior; 1:37]
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[Steve Live]

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, a diet drug that sparked quite a health scare last year may not be so dangerous after all.
Rick Jackson has the story in this morning's Health check.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
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((ONCAM=RICK

(RICK - REDUX)
THE DRUG -- REDUX -- MAY =NOT= INCREASE HEART VALVE DISEASE IN WEIGHT-LOSS

PATIENTS, AS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT. A NEW STUDY FOUND NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN VALVULAR RE-GURGITATION AFTER TWO-TO-THREE MONTHS OF USE. HEART VALVE RE-GURGITATION IS THE BACKWARD LEAKAGE OF BLOOD WHICH CAN INCREASE THE WORKLOAD OF THE HEART. LAST YEAR, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED THAT SOME OF THE DRUGS, WHICH COMBINE TO MAKE THE DRUG COCKTAIL KNOWN AS "FEN-PHEN," BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET. REDUX WAS VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAWN AT THAT TIME. THE RESEARCH WAS ANNOUNCED AT THE MEETING OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY.

(RICK - ESTROGEN)

ALSO ANNOUNCED AT THE MEETING: GIVING MEN A REDUCED DOSE OF ESTROGEN THERAPY COULD LOWER "BAD" AND INCREASE "GOOD" CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY IS GENERALLY PRESCRIBED FOR POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN. BUT SIDE EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT, INCLUDING BREAST TENDERNESS AND HEARTBURN, LED TO QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THE LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS WERE WORTH THE TRADE-OFF IN TERMS OF OVERALL WELL-BEING. THE FINDINGS OF THIS PRELIMINARY STUDY WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE MEDICAL JOURNAL "ARTHERO-SCLEROSIS."

(RICK - MARIJUANA)

TROUBLED TEENS USING MARIJUANA CAN BECOME ADDICTED TO THE DRUG, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY. BUT THE RESEARCH INDICATES THAT THE TEEN-AGERS GET INTO TROUBLE -FIRST- AND THEN BECOME DEPENDENT ON THE DRUG. THE RESEARCH SHOWED THAT MORE THAN 80-PERCENT OF THE BOYS AND 60-PERCENT OF THE GIRLS WERE -CLINICALLY- DEPENDENT ON CANNABIS. THE AUTHORS OF THE STUDY FROM THE UNIVERISTY OF COLORADO'S ADDICTION RESEARCH AND TREATMENT SERVICE WILL NOW RESEARCH IF THERE MAY BE A GENETIC LINK TO THE MARIJUANA ABUSE.
THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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[E-DEQ-Conflict]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-21 TC 16:07]
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An environmental watchdog group is crying foul and claiming a conflict of interest concerning one of Jim Gilmore's latest appointments.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Gilmore's acting director of the state Department of Environmental Quality has spent the last two years as a lobbyist for the solid waste industry.
[SUPER=03-King & Queen Co.;]


D-E-Q is currently considering a landfill expansion permit for Dennis (Tracy's) Treacy's former employer, Browning-Ferris Industries.
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[IN Q=Our concerns]

((JIM SHARP/CAMPAIGN VIRGINIA: WE WONDER HOW MR. TREACY COULD LOBBY FOR BFI AND TURN AROUND AND WORK TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN VIRGINIA AND PRESERVE LANDFILL SPACE. THAT IS A MAJOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN OUR OPINION.))
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((DENNIS TREACY/ACTING DEQ DIRECTOR: I'M AWARE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE GONNA BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. AND WE'VE TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTION. LAST WEEK-- I BELIEVE IT WAS LAST FRIDAY, I ISSUED A MEMORANDUM TO EVERY STAFF MEMBER OF DEQ FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM INDICATING THAT I WOULD NOT BE INTERESTED, NOR INVOLVED, NOR TO HAVE ANY ROLE IN ANYTHING TO DO WITH PERMITS OR ENFORCEMENT OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH BFI IN THE FUTURE.))
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Treacy is currently only acting director of D-E-Q, while director Tom Hopkins is out on extended sick leave.

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A warning from forestry officials in the commonwealth: burning of debris and trash is the number one cause of forest fires.
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The Virginia Department of Forestry is on the lookout for potential fire hazards.
It's working with pilots and spotters who look for smoke from the air and then report the location of the fire to ground crews.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/VA DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE HAVE 2 SPOTTER PLANES THAT FLY. ONE FLIES UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. THE OTHER FLIES THE PIEDMONT. AND THESE PLANES ARE NOT ONLY LOOKING FOR ESCAPED FIRES BUT THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE BURNING BEFORE 4:00 VIOLATING THE BURN LAW.))
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[OUT Q=violating the burn law.]
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The months of March and April provide the prime conditions for brush and forest fires.
The temperatures are warm, the humidity is low, and the trees are dry.
For people who want to burn their yard debris, the Forestry Department suggests waiting until things get a little greener outside.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Franklin County is making sure to include the Franklin Heights neighborhood in a land deal with Rocky Mount.
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The county needs sewer lines along Route 40 East.
Rocky Mount will build and pay for them, for a price -- the town wants to annex the surrounding land.
That way, if the new sewer lines attracted businesses the town would share the profit.
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In a letter yesterday -- Franklin County officials say they will accept the town's terms, but ONLY if the Route 2-20 business area and the Franklin Heights neighborhood north of town also get new sewer lines.
Even if the two parties agree, it would probably be about two years before construction could start.

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In sports, the Charlotte Hornets blow a 20-point lead before ending a 2-game skid 101-to-93 over Philadelphia.
Now let's check out the rest of yesterday's numbers on the scoreboards. [WIPE TO MOTION]
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[Local-Recap]
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Three VMI freshmen cadets who say they were struck with a belt by upperclassmen face charges of lying because they initially denied the incident.
The freshmen, along with the 3 seniors they've accused, all face trials in VMI's Honor Court next week.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Ten rail cars and three locomotives derailed yesterday morning near downtown Lynchburg, setting off fires and forcing an elementary school close by to be evacuated. It could be another two days before rail traffic returns to normal.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And, one of Governor Gilmore's latest appointments is causing a stink among environmental groups concerned about the amount of garbage Virginia imports. Campaign Virginia objects to Dennis Treacy (TRACY) becoming acting director of the Department of Environmental Quality.
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