[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Georgia health officials look for a link, after e-coli bacteria leaves several children clinging to life.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And its up to a federal judge to determine if Virginia's new abortion law takes effect.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Sweltering heat expected again today, with highs forecast into the low 90s.
And with the hot weather, will come the potential for some scattered thunderstorms later today.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]

[ABORTION-RULING]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE# net-A]
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A federal judge in Richmond will make the decision 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 in court, claiming it is so broad and vague that it could apply to many routine abortions.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((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.
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. ))
[SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Ctr. for Reproductive Law & Policy; ]
[SUPER=01-Bill Hurd/Senior Asst. Attorney General;]
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[OUT Q=at the federal level.]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=none]


The trial of the lawsuit is scheduled for August 18th.


[E-School-Harassment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-43]
[GRAPHIC=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.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


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]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Gallion says all new school system employees are told ANY sexual harassment incident should be reported.


[5-Rentch]


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


A judge says a Montgomery County mother paid the ultimate price for poor judgement, 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=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


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

[E-Boty-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-44 35:36]
[GRAPHIC=accident]


An accident in Botetourt County last night sent four people, including 2 children, to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


The wreck occurred 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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[spain-hijack]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-b]
[GRAPHIC=Hijacking]


A domestic airliner has been hijacked in Spain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Valencia, Spain]

[4:47;30]
The Boeing 7-27 reportedly was carrying 124 passengers and a crew of seven from Seville to Barcelona early today when the hijackers took over.
Right now the plane is on the ground in Valencia.
The three hijackers have reportedly released eighteen children and adults.
The hijackers are threatening to set off an explosive device if they are not are flown to Tel Aviv.
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[E-COLI-OUTBREAK]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-c]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Four toddlers in Georgia are battling for their lives against a deadly bacteria.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA;]

[4:00:34]
A total of six children from around the state contracted the E-coli bacteria just days apart.
Officials are looking for a common link.
E-coli is a bacterium that is most commonly found in undercooked ground beef.
One of the children fighting the contamination is the 3-year-old son of Atlanta Braves shortstop Walt Weiss.
[SUPER=03-Orland Park, IL;]

[4:02:00]
Meantime in Illinois, health officials are now sure that E-Coli is what made at least four-thousand people sick after eating food from a suburban Chicago caterer in Cook County.
It's largest outbreak of it's kind in U.S. History.
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[Brush-fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-D]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fires]


The night air cooled the wildfires in Florida.
But exhausted firefighters and worried homeowners expect the blazes to spark up again this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Volusia Co., FL;]

[4:03:32]
Florida is experiencing its worst outbreak of wildfires in 50 years.
The flames continue to creep closer to homes forcing more mandatory evacuations.
In one area of the Volusia County flames have closed in on about 200 homes.
Already flames have destroyed three homes in the County.
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[WIPE/WIP/WIPE][TN-FLOODING]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carter County, TN;]

[5:00;00]
It's not fire but water that has residents in Tennessee out of their homes this morning.
Heavy rains has led to serious flooding.
Water running off mountains led to swollen creeks and rivers which in turn led to evacuations.
It's become a all too familiar scene for the folks who lived through the record floods that hit the area in January.

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[1-Sports]


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


To sports now, only one upset so far at Wimbledon '98, and Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi make it through their first round play.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=little bit.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-7]
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[Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=13-Kim Davidson/Roanoke College Children's Choir; :19]
[SUPER=12-Salem; :34]
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[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[E-Henry-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-41 49:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


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 morning, 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;]
[RUNS=:17]
[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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[E-Bedford-Library]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-42 44:09]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford Co]


Several much-needed libraries are finally coming to Bedford County, after two and a half years of waiting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest]


Ground was broken yesterday morning for the first facility, 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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[E-Solar-Car]


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


Some may consider the hot weather a nuisance.
But a few Indiana college students say it will save them a few bucks 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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[Health-Check]


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


In today's health check, a powerful drug that relieves pain may be killing patients.
As Rick Jackson reports, the drug has now been recalled.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[SUPER=@file; ]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((ONCAM=RICK

((on camera))
GOOD MORNING.
OFFICIALS RECALL A POWERFUL PAINKILLER LINKED TO SEVERAL DEATHS.
VT=VO

((vo))
ONE YEAR AGO.. DOCTORS BEGAN PRESCRIBING DURACT FOR PATIENTS IN NEED OF SHORT-TERM PAIN RELIEF.
BUT SINCE THEN, FOUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED AFTER TAKING THE DRUG.
AND AT LEAST EIGHT OTHERS SUFFERED LIVER DAMAGE SO SEVERE.. THEY REQUIRED LIVER TRANSPLANTS.
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WARNED THAT DURACT COULD BE FATAL IF USED FOR MORE THAN 10 DAYS.
BUT DOCTORS WERE PRESCRIBING THE DRUG FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME ANYWAY.
THE COMPANY WHICH MAKES DURACT SAYS ITS DECISION TO PULL THE PRODUCT... WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF PATIENTS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
PHYSICIANS ARE CAUTIONING PEOPLE NOT TO MIX THE IMPOTENCY PILL, VIAGRA, WITH SO-CALLED PARTY DRUGS KNOWN AS "POPPERS."
POPPERS AND VIAGRA BOTH HEIGHTEN SENSATION BY DILATING BLOOD VESSELS.
DOCTORS SAY COMBINING THE TWO CAN LEAD TO A DANGEROUS DROP IN BLOOD PRESSURE.
THREE MEN REPORTEDLY DIED AFTER MIXING THE DRUGS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
PRESIDENT CLINTON WANTS TEEN SMOKERS TO START NAMING NAMES---


HE'S ASKING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO FIND OUT WHICH CIGARETTE BRANDS ARE PREFERRED BY UNDERAGE SMOKERS.
THE INFORMATION WILL BE PART OF AN ANNUAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE.
MR. CLINTON HOPES THE STUDY WILL EXPOSE HOW WELL TOBACCO COMPANIES ARE INFLUENCING THE YOUTH MARKET... AND MAKE THOSE COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.
THE MOVE COMES AFTER A TOBACCO BILL BACKED BY THE PRESIDENT.. WAS DEFEATED IN CONGRESS LAST WEEK.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
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[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]

Welcome back to News 7 Mornin' It's time now to draw the winner of the KROGER, VALLEYDALE/WDBJ7 1999 PEPSI 400 RACE TRIP CONTEST. There were 27 people who qualified for the contest and I have their entries right here. The winner will receive: 2 round trip tickets to Daytona 4 days, 3 nights accommodations Full breakfast daily Admission for 2 to the Corporate Pavilion which includes food, live entertainment, pre-race pit passes A Valleydale Jacket and Cap and of course TWO TICKETS TO THE PEPSI 400

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[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)

[2-HEADLINES]
[SUPER=#4050; Headline Banner]
[2-shot=mel]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
A federal judge in Richmond will rule 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.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A Montgomery County woman is found innocent of felony child abuse and neglect in connection with the auto accident that killed her daughter.
(Treca) Tree-sa Anders Rentch'S daughter died when she was thrown from the bed of the truck her boyfriend was driving.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

A domestic Iberia airlines flight with 124 passengers on board has been hijacked.
The hijackers are demanding to be flown to Tel Aviv, but it's not clear why.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

A police handwriting expert will be back on the witness stand today in the Ennis Cosby murder trial.
She'll be defending her finding that defendant Mikail Markhasev
(mik-HYL' MAHR'-kuh-sev) wrote a series of jailhouse letters that

seem to implicate him in the crime.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday June 23RD.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[E-Rentch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-32 1:25:35]
[GRAPHIC=legal scales]


A Montgomery County mother has been acquitted of felony child abuse and neglect charges.
This after (Tree-sa Anders Wrench) Treca Anders Rentch's seven-year old daughter died in an car 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=none]


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

[E-Partial-Birth]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-34 1:44:32]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion]


Just a week before it goes into effect, a judge could decide the short-term fate of Virginia's partial birth abortion bill today.
Talks for a partial injunction on the bill fell through last night.
The injunction was supposed to guarantee that abortion doctors would NOT be prosecuted for performing early-term abortions, but attorneys for the physicians said the wording was too 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.]

((

[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?"
[sot 02:56:11]

((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."

[SOT INSERT STANDUP]

(( 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] ))

[2-E-School-Harassment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-43]
[GRAPHIC=Supreme Court]


A ruling from the nation's high court is stirring debate.
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a school system can NOT be held liable for the sexual harrassment of a student by a teacher if school officials don't know what's going on.
The ruling stemmed from a Texas case, but 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.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Roanoke County school officials say while the ruling gives them some legal protection, they also have the responsibility to protect students.
(/////SOT/////)
[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]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Gallion says all new school system employees are told ANY sexual harassment incident should be reported.


[2-E-Boty-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-44 35:36]
[GRAPHIC=accident]


2 young children were among four people injured in a Botetourt County car accident last night.
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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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[Stevens-Plea]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=none]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Thanksgiving hit and run that killed a pedestrian has resulted in a guilty plea from a Lynchburg man.
Melvin Clifton Stevens was charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty yesterday to aggravated manslaughter and hit-and-run.
Stevens dragged Louis Slaughter, Jr. several miles before stopping.
He could face a 25-year prison sentence.





[2-spain-hijack]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-B]
[GRAPHIC=Hijacking]


A domestic airliner was hijacked early this morning in Spain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Valencia, Spain]

[4:47;30]
The Boeing 7-27 reportedly was carrying 124 passengers and a crew of seven from Seville to Barcelona when the hijackers took over.
The plane is now on the ground in Valencia.
It was diverted there for refueling.
The three hijackers reportedly have released eighteen children and adults.
The hijackers are threatening to set off an explosive device if they are not are flown to Tel Aviv.
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[LEWINSKY-BOOKS]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-H]
[GRAPHIC=Monica Lewinsky]


Monica Lewinsky's attorneys have a good-will gesture for Kenneth Starr as talks for an immunity deal continue.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Today, they're expected to provide prosecutors with a list of Lewinsky's book purchases.
Starr had subpoened a Washington bookstore for the list but the store had refused to handover its records on first amendment grounds.
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[COSBY]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-I]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Testimony continues this morning in the Ennis Cosby murder trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/Yesterday;]

[4:17:02]
The first day of the trial ended with a police handwriting expert testifying that several incriminating jailhouse letters were written by defendant Mikail Markhasev (mik-HYL' MAHR'-kuh-sev).
The letters refer to the murder as a robbery gone bad.
Markhasev is accused of killing entertainer Bill Cosby's son on a Los Angeles road last year.
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[Birthdays]
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[RUNS=:47]
[out= back to you.]


[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-7]
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[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=13-Kim Davidson/Roanoke College Children's Choir; :16]
[SUPER=12-Salem; :28]
[SUPER=13-Julie Slack/7th Year in Choir; :50]
[SUPER=13-Adam Reinhard/First Trip with Choir; :59]
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[Steve Live]

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]


[E-Rest-Areas]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-40 1:10:47]
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Travelers are taught to be wary of crime at rest areas, but they don't always look out for scams.
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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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[Lotto-Fatigue]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Lottery]


Virginians are growing tired of the Virginia Lottery jackpot.
That's how state lottery officials explain the 22-million dollar drop in state lottery revenue this fiscal year.
Lottery Director Penelope Kyle says people aren't impressed anymore with jackpots of 20 million dollars, when drawings like the Washington Powerball boast jackpots surpassing the hundred-million dollar mark.

[E-Franklin-County]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-46 21:29]
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[***NOTE ANCHOR TAG***]
Franklin County officials have set their sights on economic development, but they're having trouble finding a director.
So county supervisors want the town of Rocky Mount to pitch in some funding.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor;:08]
[SUPER=01-Ben Pinckard/Rocky Mount Town Council;:34]
[SUPER=@tina2;]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin Co.]

(( Franklin County has plenty of land available for business, but it needs the right kind of person to bring it in.
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[SOT 11:06:05]
[IN Q=I do know]

((WAYNE ANGELL/FRANKLIN CO. SUPERVISORS: I DO KNOW WE HAD SOME EARLY INTEREST FROM SOME PRETTY GOOD APPLICANTS AND WHEN WE TOLD THEM WHAT OUR SALARY RANGE WAS THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO WORK FOR US FOR THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=that amount of money]


36-thousand-dollars may not be enough.
But the town of Rocky Mount also needs business, so it may kick in extra money to attract an economic development director.
After all, even if businesses did not locate IN the town, their employees would likely shop there.
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[SOT 15:17:17]
[IN Q=I think it's]

((THE PROSPERITY OF ROCKY MOUNT IS ALL DEPENDEANT ON THE PROSPERITY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY. THEY'RE INSEPARABLE. SO THEREFORE IT WOULD BEHOOVE US TO JOIN WITH THE COUNTY TO RETAIN THE SERVICES AND HIRE A DIRECTOR.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=hire a director]


This kind of cooperation may even pave the way for a town-county agreement on sewer service.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Rocky Mount town council will discuss funding for the new position July 13th.

[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
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In sports, the Braves and the Yankees face off in inter league action on the diamond.
Who prevailed?
Mike Stevens tells us.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Baseball leads]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=take care folks.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
The fate of Virginia's late-term abortion bill is now in the hands of a federal judge.
Attorneys failed to cross an impasse last night stemming from doctors' concerns that they would be penalized for performing LEGAL abortions.
The bill is scheduled to take effect July 1st if the judge upholds it.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Montgomery County mother has been found NOT GUILTY of felony child neglect stemming from an accident last year.
The judge says (Tree-sa Anders Wrench) Treca Anders Rentch has already paid the ultimate price for letting her children ride in the back of a pick-up truck with an alleged drunk driver.
Rentch's 7-year-old daughter died when Chris Fisher wrecked his truck.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


2 young children were among 4 people hospitalized after an accident in Botetourt County last night.
Police say Catina(ka-TEE-na) Cook and her two young children were hit from behind on Catawba Road, causing Cook to ram an S-U-V in front of her.
Police say the 17-year-old who hit Cook has been charged with reckless driving.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(ad lib bye)