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[7E-Spangler]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#98-33 31:30]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


The Giles County commonwealth's attorney is facing more legal troubles.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pearisburg/File Tape;]


The Virginian Leader newspaper in Pearisburg is suing Garland Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for advertising.

The eleven hundred dollar bill is for ads related to his 1995 campaign.
The paper is also suing Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for ads for his private practice.
That bill totals 24-hundred dollars.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=NOne]


Spangler is already under investigation by the Virginia State Bar for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.


[75-Duff]


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[TAPE#598-17 38:59]
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The man who stalked Melanie Moon will not go to jail, but he must attend mandatory counseling.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


David Duff got a six-month SUSPENDED sentence yesterday, with a long list of conditions.
He'll have to continue taking medication, seeing a counselor- -AND leave the Mornin' News anchor alone.
Though Duff pled guilty last month, the prosecutor called on Moon yesterday to tell the judge how Duff's calls and letters affected her.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Just fear for]

((JUST FEAR FOR MY SAFETY. BUT JUST NOT KNOWING WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN THE NEXT TIME AND WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF.))
[SUPER=01-Melanie Moon/NEWS7 News Anchor]
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[OUT Q=capable of.]
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[VO-NAT]


Duff apologized to her in court, said "what I did was wrong."
"I'll never write any more letters," Duff said.
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[7E-Eye-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am cutin]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-37]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]

[****Note Anchor Tag****]
A group of local doctors looking to open an eye surgery center in Roanoke is now one step closer.
But one Roanoke area health provider is putting up a fight.
David Johnson has the story.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It will do]
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Wood/Vistar Eye Center President; :02]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bill Merkt/Carilion Health Systems; :26]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/Board Member; :47]
[SUPER=01-Elton Pruitt/Board Member; :57]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:13]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=news 7]
(([SOT=15:31:18]
[IN Q=IT WILL BEST]

((DR. JOHN WOOD/VISTAR EYE CENTER PRESIDENT; IT WILL DO THINGS JUST AS EFFICIENTLY, JUST AS SAFELY WITH GREATER PATIENT SATISFACTION AND AT A LOWER COST.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=LOWER COST.]

Wood made that argument to the Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency. He says an optional surgery center would benefit patients' pocketbooks. But Carilion Health Systems opposes the project, arguing the customers' savings would cost Carilion three-million dollars annually.
[SOT=19:58:06]
[IN Q=WHAT WILL HAPPEN]

((BILL MERKT/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEMS; WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS WE'LL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN OPTHALMOLOGY SERVICES AT CARILION BECAUSE OF THE TRAUMA CENTER STATUS. AND IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN EMERGENCY ROOM COVERAGE, WE ANTICIPATE THAT OUR COST WILL GO UP.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=WILL GO UP]

Carilion says the center would only provide "duplicate" services. But board members disagreed.
[SOT=20:31:46/20:35:18/20:35:37]
[IN Q=I FEEL IT'S]

((DR. ELIZABETH ROYCROFT/BOARD MEMBER; I THINK IT WILL BE EASIER FOR PATIENTS TO ACCESS THIS TYPE OF UNIT RATHER THAN GOING TO A GENERAL HOSPITAL.)) ((ELTON PRUITT/BOARD MEMBER; PART OF MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO LOOK AFTER THE BENEFIT OF THE CONSUMER. I THINK THE MONEY THAT THEY WILL SAVE BY NOT HAVING THE EXPENSE OF THE HOSPITAL TO ME WAS A BIG FACTOR.)) [RUNS23]
[OUT Q=GENERAL HOSPITAL.]

[STAND-UP/20:49:55] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE MAJORITY OF THE BOARD AGREED, AS 22 OF ITS 23 MEMBERS VOTED TO APPROVE THE PROJECT. THE PLAN IS ALSO BEING REVIEWED BY THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. IF VISTAR RECEIVES A DOUBLE SEAL OF APPROVAL, THE SURGICAL CENTER COULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THE YEAR. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS17]))
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=Hold]


If the center is approved, it could mean faster service for eye patients, who are currently not a top priority.



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Turning now to your Thursday forecast, you'll see periods of rain throughout the day, with the chance of a thunderstorm late.
Highs will be in the upper 60's and low 70's.
Tonight, look for more rain and scattered storms. Lows in the upper 50's and low 60's.
Taking a look at the extended forecast...


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Friday:

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[45E-Giles-Teacher]


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Authorties in two states are investigating a former Giles County teacher's relationship with two female students.
Giles County Sheriff's officials and the West Virginia State police are investigating allegations Jarrod Hines had sex with the two girls.
But at this time NO charges have been filed.
West Virginia authorities are involved because the incidents allegedly occurred at Hines' home in Monroe County.
Sheriff's officials say three other students were allegedly propositioned at school.
Hines recently resigned from his job as science teacher and assistant football coach.
His attorney says Hines denies the allegations.

[45E-Roanoke-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-26 1:15:17]
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Despite a Democratic sweep in Tuesday's city council elections, council members say there will be no change in direction.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


With Alvin Hudson's election, Democrats will hold all seven seats on city council.
Members say their decisions have rarely fallen along party lines... and they're discounting the significance of the Democratic sweep.
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[(sot 20:53:18)]
[IN Q=I don't see any dramatic changes]

((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I DON'T SEE ANY DRAMATIC CHANGES. I THINK COUNCIL HAS A HISTORY OF WORKING WELL TOGETHER. WE'LL CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. I'VE NEVER FELT THAT LOCALG GOVERNMENT ESPECIALLY CITY COUNCILS ARE PARTISAN BODIES. SO I THINK WE'LL BE FINE.))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council;]
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[OUT Q=so I think we'll be fine.]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


Harris says voters had to make a difficult choice on Tuesday. He says he does not believe that party labels were the deciding factor.

[45E-Danville-Airport]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-29 58:46]
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A plan is underway to make the skies over the Danville Regional Airport a little more friendly to new business.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The Airport commission hopes the airport's new runway extension will attract corporate and commercial air service.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager was among the dignitaries present at yesterday's dedication ceremony.
The new runway extension is 15-hundred feet-- making the total length of the runway 65-hundred feet.
Southside political representatives say what's good for Danville is also good for surrounding counties.
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[SOT 59:10-59:27]
[IN Q=This runway extension]

((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R- CHATHAM: THIS RUNWAY EXTENSION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A REFLECTION OF A COMMITMENT FOR THE REGION. IT'S REGIONAL. IT'S NOT CITY, IT'S NOT COUNTY. IT'S REGIONAL. WHAT WE DO TODAY MUST TRANSCEND LINES THAT ARE DRAWN ON THE MAP FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.))
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[OUT Q=betterment of the community.]
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[VO-NAT]


The airport commission says a longer runway will also mean safer take-offs and landings.
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[TAPE#=98-31 38:53]
[GRAPHIC=Explore Park]


Tourists may now find Then Explore park a little more inviting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The park's welcome center was dedicated yesterday.
The replica of an 18th century home was built by the Taubman family, in memory of Roanoke businessman and civic leader Arthur Taubman.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we're very proud]

((JENNY TAUBMAN: WE'RE VERY PROUD AND VERY PRIVILEGED THAT THIS COULD BE DONE IN HIS MEMORY, BECAUSE, THE WAY ARTHUR TAUBMAN LOVED ROANOKE, I COULD JUST SEE HIM STANDING ON THE PORCH SHAKING HANDS, HE WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT.))
[SUPER=07-Jenny Taubman;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=loved that]
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[VO-NAT]


In the keynote address, Attorney General Mark Earley said the park will play an important role in the area's future.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 00:13:52]
[IN Q=it's going to become]

((MARK EARLEY/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT'S GOING TO BECOME, IF IT'S NOT ALREADY, ONE OF THE REGIONS MOST IMPORTANT ASSETS, AND A IDEAL COMPLIMENT TO THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND RICH HERITAGE OF THIS REGION.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Earley/Virginia Attorney General;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=this region]
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[VO-NAT]


The center became an instant attraction,
Just moments after the ceremony ended, Parkway visitors began pulling into the parking lot.
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That's all for the news-- let's now take a quick look at the Thursday forecast.
Expect periods of rain today, with a thunderstorm possible late.
Highs around 70.
Tonight, more scattered showers and storms with lows near 60.
And taking a look ahead...
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[8E-Eye-Center]


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[TAPE#=98-37]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]

[****Note Anchor Tag****]
Roanoke's largest health provider doesn't see eye-to- eye with a proposed surgery center.
As David Johnson tell us, Carilion is against the proposed Vistar Eye Center coming to the area.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It will do]
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Wood/Vistar Eye Center President; :02]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bill Merkt/Carilion Health Systems; :26]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/Board Member; :47]
[SUPER=01-Elton Pruitt/Board Member; :57]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:13]
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(([SOT=15:31:18]
[IN Q=IT WILL BEST]

((DR. JOHN WOOD/VISTAR EYE CENTER PRESIDENT; IT WILL DO THINGS JUST AS EFFICIENTLY, JUST AS SAFELY WITH GREATER PATIENT SATISFACTION AND AT A LOWER COST.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=LOWER COST.]

Wood made that argument to the Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency. He says an optional surgery center would benefit patients' pocketbooks. But Carilion Health Systems opposes the project, arguing the customers' savings would cost Carilion three-million dollars annually.
[SOT=19:58:06]
[IN Q=WHAT WILL HAPPEN]

((BILL MERKT/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEMS; WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS WE'LL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN OPTHALMOLOGY SERVICES AT CARILION BECAUSE OF THE TRAUMA CENTER STATUS. AND IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN EMERGENCY ROOM COVERAGE, WE ANTICIPATE THAT OUR COST WILL GO UP.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=WILL GO UP]

Carilion says the center would only provide "duplicate" services. But board members disagreed.
[SOT=20:31:46/20:35:18/20:35:37]
[IN Q=I FEEL IT'S]

((DR. ELIZABETH ROYCROFT/BOARD MEMBER; I THINK IT WILL BE EASIER FOR PATIENTS TO ACCESS THIS TYPE OF UNIT RATHER THAN GOING TO A GENERAL HOSPITAL.)) ((ELTON PRUITT/BOARD MEMBER; PART OF MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO LOOK AFTER THE BENEFIT OF THE CONSUMER. I THINK THE MONEY THAT THEY WILL SAVE BY NOT HAVING THE EXPENSE OF THE HOSPITAL TO ME WAS A BIG FACTOR.)) [RUNS23]
[OUT Q=GENERAL HOSPITAL.]

[STAND-UP/20:49:55] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE MAJORITY OF THE BOARD AGREED, AS 22 OF ITS 23 MEMBERS VOTED TO APPROVE THE PROJECT. THE PLAN IS ALSO BEING REVIEWED BY THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. IF VISTAR RECEIVES A DOUBLE SEAL OF APPROVAL, THE SURGICAL CENTER COULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THE YEAR. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS17]))
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=Hold]


If the center is approved, it could mean faster service for eye patients, who are currently not a top priority.



[8E-Spangler]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am cutin]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-33 31:30]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


The Giles County Commonwealth's attorney is again finding himself on the OTHER side of the law--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pearisburg/File Tape;]


The Virginian Leader newspaper in Pearisburg is suing Garland Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for advertising.

The eleven hundred dollar bill is for ads related to his 1995 campaign.
The paper is also suing Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for ads for his private practice.
That bill totals 24-hundred dollars.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=NOne]


Spangler is already under investigation by the Virginia State Bar for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-30 53:12]
[GRAPHIC=Smart Road]


As part of the Smart Highway project, an automated car test facility will soon be complete and ready for a "road test."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But yesterday it was tested again in federal appeals court in Richmond.
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[SOT 23:06:51]
[IN Q=Whether]

((THOMAS LINZEY/COMMUNITY ENVIRO. LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: WHETHER THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT WAS DONE COMPLETELY OR NOT-- THAT'S WHAT THE FIRST SUIT WAS ABOUT. THIS SUIT IS ABOUT SEGMENTATION, WHICH IS WHETHER IT WAS CUT UP OR CHOPPED UP INTO DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE PROJECT TO BE CONSTRUCTED AND TO GET PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR IT, WHICH IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ISSUE.))
[SOT 23:00:39]
[IN Q=It was]

((PAUL JOHNSON/VDOT SALEM DISTRICT: IT WAS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE ON THE PART OF THE PLAINTIFF TO BRING THIS ARGUMENT FORWARD WHEN THE FIRST LAWSUIT WAS FILED.))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Linzey/Comm. Envir. Legal Defense Fund;]
[SUPER=01-Paul Johnson/VDOT Salem District; :17]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=was filed.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April 3;]


Opponents say the recent dissolving of the National Automated Highway System Consortium means there's NO demand for smart road technology in the U-S anyway.
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[SOT 23:08:46]
[IN Q=Ray Pethtel]

((SHIREEN PARSONS/SIERRA CLUB: RAY PETHTEL, WHO'S VIRGINIA TECH'S LOBBYIST FOR THE SMART ROAD SAYS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE THE PROTOTYPE ANYWAY. FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW, THAT'S KIND OF LIKE HAVING A PARTY WHEN YOU KNOW NOBODY'S COMING.))
[SUPER=01-Shireen Parsons/Sierra Club;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=nobody's coming.]
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[SS=Smart Road]


But Virginia Tech says the road's unique all-weather simulator towers, road lighting poles, and wireless communications equipment are already generating strong international interest.
The two mile test bed should be done in October.

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Before we wrap up this morning, here's another look at the rainy forecast.
Periods of rain today, with a chance of thunderstorms late.
Highs around 70.
More wet weather overnight, thunderstorms possible.
Lows around 60.
And expect the unsettled weather continue into the weekend...
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