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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Coming up on News 7 Mornin,
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Carilion Health System says it'll lose big money if a proposed eye surgery center comes to the area--
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the man who admitted to stalking news anchor Melanie Moon is sentenced.
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It's another one of those days-- grab your umbrella, and be prepared. Your rainy forecast is coming up.

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Grab a cup of coffee and join us--
News 7 Mornin is up next.[Open]





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As many as 18 people were injured when a commuter train hit a tow truck last night in Los Angeles.
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Transportation officials say the Metro Blue Line train was heading from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach when the accident occurred.
The truck received major damage--
Its three occupants are in critical condition.
All told, there were about 50 people riding the train.
No word on what caused the collision.

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A group of eye doctors is now one step closer to bringing a surgery center to the Roanoke Valley.
And at least one Roanoke area health provider isn't happy about it.
David Johnson has the details.
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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.
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((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]
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Carilion says the center would only provide "duplicate" services. But board members disagreed.
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((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]
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[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]))
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If the center is approved by the state board, it could mean faster service for eye patients, who are currently not a top priority.


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Another legal battle for the commonwealth's attorney in Giles County.
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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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Spangler is already under investigation by the Virginia State Bar for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.[

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No jail time but intense therapy for the man who stalked Melanie Moon.
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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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((JUST FEAR FOR MY SAFETY. BUT JUST NOT KNOWING WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN THE NEXT TIME AND WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF.))
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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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President Clinton's personal secretary is scheduled to give more testimony today in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
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Currie is a central prosecution witness because of her friendship with the former White House intern.
Meanwhile, sources say the White House will appeal a federal judge's decision not to permit Clinton to invoke executive privilege in the case, forcing two top Clinton aides to take the stand.
Yesterday during an afternoon press conference with Italy's Prime minister Mr. Clinton was asked about the comparison's now being drawn between this Grand jury investigation and Watergate.
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The appeal would go before the Supreme Court.
That's where Richard Nixon lost his claim while trying to keep the Watergate tapes secret 25 years ago.
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In sports, a 20-year-old pitcher strikes out 20 batters in a Major league game.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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Roanoke City council members say Tuesday's Democratic sweep won't mean a change of direction for the council.
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An official welcome is now a reality for visitors to the Explore Park.
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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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In the keynote address, Attorney General Mark Earley said the park will play an important role in the area's future.
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((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.))
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The center became an instant attraction,
Just moments after the ceremony ended, Parkway visitors began pulling into the parking lot.
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In medical news, the battle against cancer rages on as researchers find another drug that kills the disease in mice.

Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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THE RACE FOR A CURE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER CONTINUES.. WITH THE SPOTLIGHT FALLING ON ANOTHER PROMISING, NEW DRUG.
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AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK))


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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The green light has been given for the construction of a new eye surgery center in the Roanoke Valley.
Last night the Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency approved the center, it still needs the okay of the state board.
Carilion, the area's largest hospital system opposes the project.
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Eighteen people are in the hospital following the crash of a Los Angeles commuter train and a tow truck.
Fifty people were aboard the train when it rammed the truck last night en route from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach.
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And it's a multi-BILLION dollar DONE deal.
The Number-three U-S automaker Chrysler confirms it's merging with the German company that makes Mercedes.
The deal will be one of the biggest industry mergers ever.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday May 7th.
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In a variation of the battle between David and Goliath, Goliath lost as the Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency last night approved a group of eye doctors' request to open a surgery center.
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Vistar Eye Center plans to open the center by the end of this year, but first had to receive the go ahead from the state board. The strength of the center's argument was the cost savings and more efficient service which the competing facility would provide for its customers. That savings could be as high as four-hundred percent in some cases. Carilion, the area's largest hospital system, opposes the proposal, saying the loss of patients at area hospitals would cost millions of dollars each year. But the project's lead man says that loss of revenue could be easily resolved.
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Vistar is not out of the woods just yet. The state's department of health must also give its seal of approval.
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Last night a commuter train rolled into a tow truck in Los Angeles-- injuring 18 people.
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The accident happened around 10- 30.
Transportion authorities say the Metro Blue Line train was traveling from downtown L-A to Long Beach when it collided with the truck.
Officials say the three passengers in the truck were critically injured-- but those riding the train did not appear to be badly hurt.
The wreck caused front- end damage to the train and major damage to the truck.
No word on what caused the collision.

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He's already in legal hot water, and now Giles' County's Commonwealth's attorney is facing a lawsuit.
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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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Spangler is already under investigation by the Virginia State Bar for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.[

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A former Giles County teacher is under investigation in two states for allegedly having sex with two female students.
At this time-- NO charges have been filed against former high school science teacher and assistant football coach Jarrod (Jer-id) Hines.
But Giles County Sheriff's officials and the West Virginia State police are investigating.
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.

His attorney says Hines denies the allegations.[E-Duff]


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The man who pled guilty to stalking news anchor Melanie Moon will not serve any jail time, but he will undergo six months of intensely supervised probation.
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David Duff pleaded guilty last month, but the prosecutor wanted the judge to hear from the News 7 news anchor.
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((MELANIE MOON/NEWS-7 NEWS ANCHOR: THE PHONE MESSAGES SOUNDED LIKE I WAS COMMUNICATING THROUGH THE TELEVISION SET AND I WAS SHARING HIS FEELINGS.))
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Judge Jackie Talevi (ta-LEVY) told Duff he had not only taken something from Moon, he had taken from the entire community.
The judge ordered the 47-year old Lynchburg man to have "no contact whatsoever" with Moon and to continue in his mental health treatment program.
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President Clinton and Italy's Prime Minister toasted each other last night during a formal White House dinner.
But the light- hearted mood may lift today, when the President is faced with more problems surrounding executive privilege and the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
Liz Mullen reports.
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In sports, Shaquille O'Neal dumped in 20 of his 26 points in the first half to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 92-to-68 blistering of the Seattle SuperSonics.
For the rest of yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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The driver of a crane was killed yesterday when he ran his vehicle into the Main Street Bridge in Lynchburg.
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It happened while 51- year- old James Winfree Scott was traveling north on Route 29.
Scott was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour.. he died shortly after being taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Traffic along Route 29 was backed up for miles while emergency crews were on the scene.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In just a matter of months a world class automated car test facility will be completed as part of Blacksburg's Smart Highway.
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But yesterday it was tested again in federal appeals court in Richmond.
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((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.))
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((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.))
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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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[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.))
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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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Lynchburg officials may come between a developer and his wrecking ball.
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Yesterday the 150-year old Piedmont Mills building was auctioned off yesterday for a final bid of 37-thousand 500 dollars.
Developer Steven Conner of Appomattox is the buyer.
Conner says he wants to tear down the historic building, but salvage the valuable timber beams inside.
Conner would then clear the lot and re-sell the property.
But city officials might deny Conner a demolition building to save the riverfront building.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The Danville Regional Airport Commission is hoping new business will fly its way.
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The commission wants the airport's new runway extension to 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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[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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The airport commission says a longer runway will also mean safer take-offs and landings.
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It is the biggest industrial merger ever in the United States.
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[SUPER=@File;]


Chrsyler confirms that is merging with German luxury automaker Daimler- Benz (DYM'-lur behnz).
The two companies plan to formally announce the deal at a joint news conference later this morning in London.
The deal is valued at 92 BILLION dollars.
The new company to be called (DYM'-lur) Daimler- Chrysler will give Chrysler greater access to the European market, while Daimler-Benz will gain a bigger foothold in the U-S market.
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To sports now, the Charlotte Hornets put a sting to the Chicago Bulls in post-season play.
Mike Stevens has highlights from last night's NBA playoffs.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Eye surgery patients could soon have an alternative to hospital care. A group of local doctors presented a plan for an optional surgery center to the Southwest Virginia Health Systems agency, which yesterday approved the plan.
Carilion officials argued against the center, saying it would cost the hospital millions of dollars annually.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Roles are reversed in Giles County, where the Commonwealth's attorney is being sued by a newspaper.

The Virginian Leader newspaper is suing Garland Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for advertising. Spangler is already being investigated for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The man who stalked Melanie Moon will have to undergo mandatory counseling, but he will not go to jail.
David Duff received a six-month suspended sentence yesterday, along with a list of conditions that include taking medication and leaving the anchor alone.
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