[7E-Danville-Firefighters]

[ANCHOR=Mel]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-67 TC 03:46]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]

[***ANCHOR TAG*** ]
[SUPER=@melanie1]


A federal grand jury says Danville firefighters must be paid for their meal breaks.
Yesterday's verdict means the city owes most of its firefighters three years of back pay.
Christy Hubley has reaction from both sides.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When the civil trial]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Molly Elkin/Plaintiff's Attorney; :08]
[SUPER=01-Ray Earp/Firefighter; :21]
[SUPER=01-Timothy Spencer/City Attorney; :36]
[SUPER=01-Steve Finkner/Firefighter; :56]
[SUPER=@Christy1; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]

(( When the civil trial was over, firefighters were satisfied.
The jury agreed that a firefighter's job does not stop for dinner.
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[SOT 2:48:04-:16]
[IN Q=This case was about]

((MOLLY ELKIN/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: THIS CASE WAS ABOUT FAIR LABOR STANDARDS AND THE MOST BASIC FAIR LABOR IS THAT WHEN WE WORK WE GET PAID AND THEY FOUND THAT THESE FIREFIGHTERS WORK 24 HOURS A SAY INCLUDING DURING THEIR MEAL BREAKS.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=during their meal breaks.]
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[SOT 2:57:04-:15]
[IN Q=It's worked out well for ]

((RAY EARP/FIREFIGHTER: IT'S WORKED OUT WELL FOR US IT'S THE RESULTS WE HOPED FOR BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE WERE THERE YESTERDAY WE'RE THERE TODAY AND WE'LL BE THERE TOMORROW. WE'RE A FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WE'RE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=there for the people.]


The city's attorney believes Danville broke no labor laws on purpose.
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[SOT 2:40:49-59]
[IN Q=We do not believe]

((TIMOTHY SPENCER/CITY ATTORNEY: WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT, DESPITE TODAY'S VERDICT, THAT THE CITY ACTED WILLFULLY. ALL EVIDENCE SPEAKS OTHERWISE.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=evidence speaks otherwise.]


The fire chief-- who assisted in the city's defense-- briefly remarked that the fire department will continue to operate in a professional manner.
The firefighters concur.
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[SOT 2:50:27-:43]
[IN Q=The city of Danville]

((STEVE FINKNER/FIREFIGHTER: THE CITY OF DANVILLE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR FIRE DEPARTMENT THEY EMPLOY PEOPLE THAT ARE DEDICATED THEY'RE DILIGENT IN THEIR JOBS THEY'RE SKILLED THEY'RE CARING AND THEY'RE COMPASSIONATE.))
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=and they're compassionate.]


In a statement News 7 received by fax, the city attorney says Danville "will take immediate steps to correct the apparent deficiencies and will undertake a thorough review of our firefighter policies."
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


The total amount of damages owed to the firefighters still has to be determined in court.[7E-Balcony-Collapse]
[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAst=Cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=net-A]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


U-V-A faces another lawsuit in connection with the the balcony collapse that killed a women at UVa's graduation ceremonies last year.
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[vo-nat]
[super=04-May 1997]


Mary Jo Brashear was killed when a balcony collapsed on the University of Virginia lawn in May of 1997.
A relative has filed the latest lawsuit -- this one in the amount of 1-point-8 million dollars against a university employee AND a consulting firm.
Suits have already been filed on behalf of Brashear's Texas estate, and her husband.
The total amount sought in those suits is 6-point-2 million dollars.
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[7E-Ragweed]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=98-63 TC 34:04]
[GRAPHIC=Allergies]


The lack of rain over the past few weeks is not good news to people with allergies.
Without the rain to wash away the pollen, ragweed sufferers are dealing with constant runny noses and watery, itchy eyes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; ]

By mid-October the autumn ragweed season will be over, but for now allergists say it's important to treat those symptoms. If not, allergies can lead to much more serious conditions.
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[IN Q=A person who is]

((DR. THOMAS FAME/ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY: A PERSON WHO IS ALLERGIC TO DUST MITES, CATS AND DOGS IS EIGHT TIMES THE RISK OF DEVELOPING ASTHMA AND THAT'S MUCH MORE THAN EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE, CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO SMOKERS FOR INSTANCE.))


[super=01-Dr. Thomas Fame/Allergy & Immunology;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=for instance]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctor Fame says antihistamines are the most common medications taken in the United States.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE #=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Let's take a moment now to check the Friday forecast--
Skies will stay mostly cloudy today, with the possibility of more scattered showers or thunderstorms.
Highs in the lower 80s.
The clouds will hang around tonight, along with widely scattered showers.
Lows falling back in the upper 60s.
The four day forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies this weekend, with showers possible again by Monday.
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[Birthdays] 9/19/98
Saturday:

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[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-51 TC 01:50:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[SUPER=@melanie1]


The mother of a Covington High School is speaking out about the controversy involving her son.
Joe Dasheil has more on the situation invovling Antonio Hill and football coach Brad Morton.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The Hills emerged]
[SUPER=03-Covington; :00]
[SUPER=04-Friday; :06]
[SUPER=01-Audra Hill/Antonio Hill's Mother; :22]
[SUPER=04-Wednesday; :41]
[SUPER=07-Antonio Hill; :52]
[RUNS=1:05]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]


((The Hills emerged from their attorney's office to read the statement to reporters.
Following Covington's loss to Alleghany Friday night, Audra Hill acknowledges her son made a mistake, failing to give coach Brad Morton his full attention.
She doesn't believe the punishment fit the crime, but Hill also says misinformation has contributed to the controversy.
[IN Q=Duke wasn't kicked off the bus.]

((DUKE WASN'T KICKED OFF THE BUS, AND COACH MORTON NEVER TOLD HIM HE COULDN'T RIDE THE BUS. HE DID NOT GO WITH ME, BUT WAS RELEASED TO A FRIEND AND STEPMOTHER. PLUS DUKE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THERE BEING A DISPUTE ON THE BUS. THAT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN.)) [RUNS19]
[OUT Q=just didn't happen.]


Audra Hill says the dispute has been a stressful experience for everyone. She hopes her statement will help clear the air, and clear the way for successful negotiations.
Antonio says his goal is simple.
[IN Q=Just need to get back]

((JUST NEED TO GET BACK TO PLAYING FOOTBALL, BACK THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=the way things used to be.]


Discussions with school officials will continue, but the Hill's attorney says he's hopeful Antonio will ultimately return to the team.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[45E-Bird-ruling]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-57]
[GRAPHIC=Tom Bird]


A judge has over- ruled a 77- thousand dollar jury award to a former Bland County High school teacher who was beaten up by a student.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 18]


Tom Bird testified he was driving to work when a student flipped him "the finger."
The high school math teacher followed the boy in his car.
The two got out.
Bird says he threw up his hand, hitting Blankenship on the chin.
The boy severely beat him.
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[graphic=None]


Bird was fired. The question became: was that the reason he was fired -- or was that a pretext for getting rid of him.
Judge Sam Wilson says Bird SHOULD have been fired for getting into a fight with a student, and he decided not to second-guess the school board's motives.

[45S-Hospital-Fall]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=98-60]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Freak acccident at the Parking Tower at Roanoke Community hospital has left one man dead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday;]


Over the weekend 47-year-old Freddy Elroy Smith fell to his death from the parking tower.
At first invetigators thought he might have jumped..
But a witness says Smith was hanging on a ledge and trying to pull himself up before he fell.
So, police are convinced that his death was not foul play or suicide.
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[45E-Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-55 TC]
[GRAPHIC=Carilion]


More than 400 Carilion employees are slowly moving into their new offices downtown.
So far, only 20 have moved, but they're already making a contribution to downtown's economy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Restaurants and shops are understandably excited about their new neighbors.
Lunchtime is turning into a time to spend lots of money downtown.
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[SOT 12 58 29, 11 18 46 (bump sots)]
[IN Q=i plan to]

((ERIN DOOLEY/CARILION SECRETARY: I PLAN TO DO ALL MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DOWN HERE BECAUSE IT'LL BE SO MUCH EASIER TO GET IN AND OUT OF PLACES AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO THE MALL OR ANYTHING -- JUST WALK RIGHT OUR THE DOOR/////////JUST LOOKING AT IT IN A VERY CONSERVATIVE AMOUNT, 440 PEOPLE ARE EASILY GOING TO BRING IN 550,000 DOLLARS A YEAR JUST IN DIRECT SPENDING.))
[SUPER=01-Erin Dooley/Carilion Secretary;00]
[SUPER=01-Gayle Williams/Downtown Roanoke Inc.;10]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=direct spending]
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[VO-NAT]


Most of the Carilion workers will have completed the move downtown by December.
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[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE #=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Taking a break from the news to check weather--
Mostly cloudy today with a chance of more showers.
Highs in the loer 80s.
Clouds lingering tonight, with widely scattered showers possible.
Lows in the upper 60s.
The next four days keep the clouds around...with highs in the 80s.
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[8E-Danville-Firefighters]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-67 TC 03:46]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]

[***ANCHOR TAG*** ]
[SUPER=@melanie1;]


Danville firefighters have to be paid for their meal breaks.
That's according to yesterday's federal grand jury verdict, calling for the city to pay most of its firefighters THREE YEARS of back pay.
Christy Hubley has reaction from both sides.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=When the civil trial]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Molly Elkin/Plaintiff's Attorney; :08]
[SUPER=01-Ray Earp/Firefighter; :21]
[SUPER=01-Timothy Spencer/City Attorney; :36]
[SUPER=01-Steve Finkner/Firefighter; :56]
[SUPER=@Christy1; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]

(( When the civil trial was over, firefighters were satisfied.
The jury agreed that a firefighter's job does not stop for dinner.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 2:48:04-:16]
[IN Q=This case was about]

((MOLLY ELKIN/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: THIS CASE WAS ABOUT FAIR LABOR STANDARDS AND THE MOST BASIC FAIR LABOR IS THAT WHEN WE WORK WE GET PAID AND THEY FOUND THAT THESE FIREFIGHTERS WORK 24 HOURS A SAY INCLUDING DURING THEIR MEAL BREAKS.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=during their meal breaks.]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 2:57:04-:15]
[IN Q=It's worked out well for ]

((RAY EARP/FIREFIGHTER: IT'S WORKED OUT WELL FOR US IT'S THE RESULTS WE HOPED FOR BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE WERE THERE YESTERDAY WE'RE THERE TODAY AND WE'LL BE THERE TOMORROW. WE'RE A FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WE'RE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=there for the people.]


The city's attorney believes Danville broke no labor laws on purpose.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 2:40:49-59]
[IN Q=We do not believe]

((TIMOTHY SPENCER/CITY ATTORNEY: WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT, DESPITE TODAY'S VERDICT, THAT THE CITY ACTED WILLFULLY. ALL EVIDENCE SPEAKS OTHERWISE.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=evidence speaks otherwise.]


The fire chief-- who assisted in the city's defense-- briefly remarked that the fire department will continue to operate in a professional manner.
The firefighters concur.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 2:50:27-:43]
[IN Q=The city of Danville]

((STEVE FINKNER/FIREFIGHTER: THE CITY OF DANVILLE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR FIRE DEPARTMENT THEY EMPLOY PEOPLE THAT ARE DEDICATED THEY'RE DILIGENT IN THEIR JOBS THEY'RE SKILLED THEY'RE CARING AND THEY'RE COMPASSIONATE.))
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=and they're compassionate.]


In a statement News 7 received by fax, the city attorney says Danville "will take immediate steps to correct the apparent deficiencies and will undertake a thorough review of our firefighter policies."
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


The total amount of damages owed to the firefighters still has to be determined in court.[8S-Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-69 TC 02:13]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


It's not a distinction Governor Gilmore wants for the state--
[ss=Va. State Seal]


But Virginia ranks second only to Pennsylvania in the amount of trash it imports and buries.
A new contract is about to increase that amount by another 30 percent.
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[SOT 15:13:33]
[IN Q=I don't]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I DON'T WANT VIRGINIA TO BECOME THE REPOSITORY OF THE NATION'S GARBAGE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE IMAGE WE WANT TO PRESENT AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE POLICY WE WANT TO FOLLOW. NOW TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN REGULATE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE CLAUSE, I THINK WE SHOULD.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=we should]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-King and Queen Co./File Tape;]


The so-called "mega-fills" that take in trash from places like New York are in the eastern half of the state.
The Governor says he'll review possible executive orders or legislation to regulate them.
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[8E-Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Amcutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-55 TC]
[GRAPHIC=Carilion]


Downtown Roanoke's economy is getting a boost from Carilion.
So far, only 20 of the 440 workers promised have moved into new offices downtown.
But they're ALREADY making an impact.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Restaurants and shops are understandably excited about their new neighbors.
Lunchtime is turning into a time to spend lots of money downtown.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 12 58 29, 11 18 46 (bump sots)]
[IN Q=i plan to]

((ERIN DOOLEY/CARILION SECRETARY: I PLAN TO DO ALL MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DOWN HERE BECAUSE IT'LL BE SO MUCH EASIER TO GET IN AND OUT OF PLACES AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO THE MALL OR ANYTHING -- JUST WALK RIGHT OUR THE DOOR/////////JUST LOOKING AT IT IN A VERY CONSERVATIVE AMOUNT, 440 PEOPLE ARE EASILY GOING TO BRING IN 550,000 DOLLARS A YEAR JUST IN DIRECT SPENDING.))
[SUPER=01-Erin Dooley/Carilion Secretary;00]
[SUPER=01-Gayle Williams/Downtown Roanoke Inc.;10]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=direct spending]
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[VO-NAT]


Most of the Carilion workers will have completed the move downtown by December.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE #=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Before we wrap up this morning, here's another look at the forecast.
Skies will stay mostly cloudy, with a chance of more showers.
Look for highs in the lower 80s.
Clouds lingering tonight, with widely scattered showers.
Lows in the upper 60s.
The weekend outlook is partly cloudy, with highs in the 80s..
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