[7E-School-Harassment]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-43]
[GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court]


A controversial ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.
School systems can NOT be held responsible when teachers sexually harrass students, if school officials don't know what's going on.
That ruling from the High Court stemmed from a Texas case where a teacher had a sexual relationship with a student.


The situation hits close to home...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/October 30;]


Last month, John Breedlove pleaded no contest to charges he had sex with three students at Auburn Middle School in Montgomery County.
Roanoke County school officials say while the ruling gives them some legal protection, they also have the responsibility to protect students.
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[SOT 1:26:51]
[IN Q=In today's]

((JAMES GALLION/ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT; IN TODAY'S WORLD, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, AND WE NEED TO SET A CERTAIN ATTITUDE, THAT IS NOT TO CONDONE ALL SEXUAL HARASSMENT, STUDENT TO STUDENT, OR EMPLOYEE TO STUDENT.))
[SUPER=01-James Gallion/Assistant Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=employee to student]
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Gallion says all new school system employees are told ANY sexual harassment incident should be reported.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=598-24 41:28]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A judge says a Montgomery County mother paid the ultimate price for poor judgment, and found her NOT guilty of endangering her children by letting them ride in the back of a pickup truck.
One of the three youngsters died after being thrown from the vehicle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


(Teresa Anders Wrench) Treca Anders Rentch was facing felony child abuse and neglect charges.
Late May last year, Rentch, her children and three other adults were returning home after a day of swimming.
Rentch's boyfriend, Chris Fisher, was driving the pick-up.
Seven year old Samantha Darlene Rentch was thrown from the vehicle when Fisher swerved in an attempt to avoid a potential accident.
Rentch was accused of putting her children in harm's way, something her sister said Rentch wasn't capable of.
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[SOT=05:33:56 - 05:39:45]
[IN Q=MY SISTER]

((FREDA HALL/RENTCH'S SISTER; MY SISTER, SHE BABYSITTED FOR ME AND I KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO HURT HER KIDS OR ANYONE ELSES CONCERNED, INTENTIONALLY.)) ((TRECA RENTCH; I'M GLAD THIS PART IS OVER. BUT IT'LL NEVER REALLY BE OVER. I MISS MY BABY. BUT I NEVER MEANT TO HURT ANY OF MY KIDS. NEVER INTENDED ON ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Freda Hall/Rentch's Sister; :00]
[SUPER=07-Treca Rentch; :09]
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[OUT Q=like this to happen]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=legal scales]


Chris Fisher recently entered a plea of no contest to drunk driving charges.

[7E-Henry-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-41 49:27]
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By the end of the month, DuPont in Henry County will close its doors.
Now county officials are looking to make up for the revenue loss.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Yesterday;]


Yesterday the Board of Supervisors approved a nearly 83-million dollar budget for the next fiscal year.
It includes a four-percent meals tax-- to be voted on by county residents in November.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape;]


County supervisors also want to levy a five-percent admissions tax on Martinsville Speedway tickets.
But that proposed tax is still QUITE a way from being a reality.
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[SOT 25:12-:29]
[IN Q=Certainly we want to work]

((SID CLOWER:CERTAINLY WE WANT TO WORK WITH MISTER CAMPBELL WHO'S PRESIDENT OF THE SPEEDWAY AND MAKE SURE HE'S COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THIS-- AS WELL AS THE NASCAR PEOPLE-- MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT AND AFTER WE GET PASSED THAT HURDLE WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNOR ARE IN AGREEMENT SO THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE ON THAT ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator;]
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[OUT Q=done on that issue.]
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[VO-NAT]


Henry County supervisors hope to have the admissions tax in place by the year 2000.
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Time now to find out what the Tuesday forecast holds for us--
Partly cloudy for most of the day, with some scattered thunderstorms possible by this afternoon.
Highs around 90.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows dropping into the upper 60s.
Looking ahead, drier air will make its way in for the rest of the work week...
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[45E-Partial-Birth]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-34 1:44:32]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion]


A federal judge in Richmond will decide on whether to allow Virginia's new abortion law to take effect.
Last minute talks to avert a possible court order on whether the law should take effect July 1st collapsed last night.
The law would ban what abortion opponents call ``partial-birth'' abortions.
Abortion providers have challenged the law as unconstitutionally vague.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=No concession]
[SUPER=01-Bill Hurd/Senior Ass't Attorney General; :00]
[SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Ctr. for Reproductive Law & Policy; :07]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :19 Quick!]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; :59]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

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[SOT 02:55:15]

((BILL HURD/SENIOR ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: NO CONCESSION AT ALL. THE LAW MEANS WHAT WE SAY IT MEANS. AND WE DON'T MIND THE COURT SAYING SO TOO.)) [RUNS:06]

[sot 02:56:53]

((SIMON HELLER: THE COMMONWEALTH IS SHIFTING EVERY TIME THEY CAN TO GET AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT THIS IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL STATUTE. THEY WANT TO SAVE IT SOMEHOW. BUT IT'S LIKE A SINKING SHIP. IT CAN'T BE SAVED.)) [RUNS:12]
Indeed Judge Payne's own comments and questions were full of skepticism, "If your expert can't figure out what's covered and what's not, I can't write that off to good lawyering..." "She left me with the distinct impression that it's a very confusing proposition... Why on earth doesn't that qualify for vagueness?"
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((BILL HURD/SENIOR ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THIS IS A LAW THAT WE BELIEVE IS CONSTITUTIONAL. THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCATION HAS APPROVED OF THE LAW AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.)) [runs:06]

[sot 02:57:39]

((SIMON HELLER/CTR. FOR REPROD. LAW AND POLICY: I DON'T KNOW HOW CAN HE SAY THAT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE. AND MAYBE IT WASN'T QUITE A STRAIGHT FACE.)) [runs:05]
Judge Payne finally said: "You want me to go back and change Roe and Casey on where abortion is permissable and where not. Nine people up there are smarter than I. I'm not inclined to accept that invitation."

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(( The judge also pressured the state to set an expediated trial date to talk about the actual constitutional merits of the law.
That's set now for the week of August 18th.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.)) [RUNS:00] ))

[45E-Boty-Ax]


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[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-44 35:36]
[GRAPHIC=accident]


Four people, including two children are hospitalized this morning follwoing an auto last night in Botetourt County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


It happened on Catawba Road just off Route 220.
Police say Catina(ka-TEE-na) Cook and her two young children were slowing down when she was hit from behind, ramming her car into the S-U-V in front of her.
Cook, her children, and the driver of the S-U-V were hospitalized.
Police say the seventeen-year old girl who hit them from behind was charged with reckless driving.
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[45E-Bedford-Library]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-42 44:09]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal]


They'll soon have more books to read in Bedford County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest]


Ground was broken yesterday morning for a library, along Route 221 in Forest.
Libraries will also be built in Moneta, Stewartsville and Montvale.
An existing library in Big Island will be expanded.
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[SOT 1:32:09]
[IN Q=Presently Bedford]

((TOM HEHMAN/LIBRARY DIRECTOR: PRESENTLY BEDFORD COUNTY IS SERVED BY A NETWORK OF LIBRARIES THAT WE'VE EITHER OUTGROWN OR IN ONE CASE, WE DON'T HAVE ONE IN PLACE AT ALL. THE PEOPLE IN BEDFORD VALUE LIBRARIES, THEY APPRECIATE THE ONES THEY HAVE AND THE WANT MORE. AND THEY VOTED TO SUPPORT A BOND REFERENDUM OF 7- POINT- ONE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS PASSED IN NOVEMBER OF 1995, THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US THE MODERN LIBRARY SYSTEM THAT WE NEED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Hehman/Library Director; :00]
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[OUT Q=throughout the county.]
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[VO-NAT]


Construction on all five projects should be completed by the fall of 19-99.
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[45WEATHER]


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[WRITER=KMC]
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Time now to take a look at the Tuesday forecast--
Partly cloudy, with scattered storms possible.
Very warm again today, with highs near 90.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows in the upper 60s.
The four day forecast stays hot, but drier through Friday.
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[8E-Rentch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-32 1:25:35]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Believing she's already paid the "ultimate price," a judge acquitted a Montgomery county woman of felony child abuse and neglect charges.
(Tree-sa Anders Wrench) Treca Anders Rentch's seven-year old daughter was killed in a pick- up truck accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Rentch and her three children were riding with her boyfriend, Chris Fisher last May.
He swirved to avoid another vehicle, throwing two children from the truck.
Her seven-year old daughter, Samantha died of head trauma.
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[SOT=05:33:56 - 05:39:45]
[IN Q=MY SISTER]

((FREDA HALL/RENTCH'S SISTER; MY SISTER, SHE BABYSITTED FOR ME AND I KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO HURT HER KIDS OR ANYONE ELSES CONCERNED, INTENTIONALLY.)) ((TRECA RENTCH; I'M GLAD THIS PART IS OVER. BUT IT'LL NEVER REALLY BE OVER. I MISS MY BABY. BUT I NEVER MEANT TO HURT ANY OF MY KIDS. NEVER INTENDED ON ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Freda Hall/Rentch's Sister; :00]
[SUPER=07-Treca Rentch; :09]
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[OUT Q=to happen]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Rentch could have faced up to 25 years in prison had she been convicted.
Earlier this month Fisher pleaded no contest to driving drunk.

[8E-Rest-Areas]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-40 1:10:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Safety is normally the biggest concern for visitors at rest areas--
But authorities are also advising caution against SCAM artists.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


State police are warning motorists to watch out for flim-flam artists operating at rest areas.
Last month a motorist in Augusta County lost 850 dollars when three people convinced him to join a betting game.
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[SOT 2:59:55]
[IN Q=They know that]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/VA STATE POLICE; THEY KNOW THAT MOTORISTS TRAVELING THROUGH ARE GOING TO BE FROM OUT OF TOWN, THEY'RE GOING TO BE LESS LIKELY TO WANT TO REPORT IT AND LESS LIKELY TO WANT TO COME BACK FOR COURT AND PROSECUTE IT. SECOND, THE CRIMINALS KNOW THAT PERSONS USING REST AREAS HAVE SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNTS OF CASH WITH THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/Virginia State Police]
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[OUT Q=with them]
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[VO-NAT]


Police say there were five rip-offs reported last year, all involved cash and playing cards.
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[8E-Solar-Car]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-45 33:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Sunshine is usually an abundant resource this time of year.
And for some Indiana college students, the sun is ALSO a money- saver when it comes to gasoline.
In fact, they're looking to make it from the nation's capital to Orlando, Florida without stopping for gas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Of course, air conditioning is NOT an option in two solar-powered cars that stopped in Lynchburg yesterday.
The "Solar Phantom" is a vehicle designed by students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.
They've been pleased with the car's performance so far.
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[SOT 6:36:57]
[IN Q=The car handles]

((DAN VIALARD/RHIT JUNIOR: THE CAR HANDLES VERY WELL COMPARED TO A PASSENGER CAR. IT'S ALMOST LIKE DRIVING A SPORTS CAR EXCEPT YOU SIT EXTREMELY LOW TO THE GROUND, YOU'RE BASICALLY LAYING DOWN. THE CAR HAS A VERY FAST STEERING RATE AND ACTUALLY TAKE CORNERS A LOT FASTER THAN THE CHASE VAN THAT FOLLOWS IT.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Vialard/RHIT Junior; :00]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=that follows it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rose-Hulman is one of forty engineering schools that is building solar cars to compete in next year's "Sunrayce '99".
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[8Lotto-Fatigue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Lottery]


Profits from the Virginia Lottery are still in the millions-- but are expected to be significantly lower than last year.
Officials project this year's profits to be at 320- million dollars-- down from last year's nearly 343 million.
The figures were given to a panel of state lawmakers yesterday by State Lottery Director Penelope Kyle. The fiscal year ends June 30th. Kyle attributed the decline to "jackpot fatigue."
She said people aren't that impressed anymore with jackpots that reach 20 million dollars when Washington's Powerball recently had a 195 million dollar jackpot.


[8WEATHER]


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[WRITER=KMC]
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Turning our attention now to weather--
Partly cloudy today, with afternoon showers or thunderstorms.
Highs soaring again into the low 90s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with light winds.
Lows in the upper 60s.
Checking the extended forecast-- Expect partly cloudy conditions through Friday, then some scattered showers are possible this weekend.
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