[7E-Keister]

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Virginia Tech lost a battle this weekend in the fight against underage drinking, but one university official says some students are bound to fall through the cracks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday;]


Two 18- year old college students were injured in a car accident on Saturday.
Police say they found alcohol at the scene and consider it a factor in the accident.
Natalie Weir, a Radford University freshman, was treated at a local hospital and released.
Richard M-Keister, a Virginia Tech freshman, is still listed in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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[7E-Miss-America]


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[WRITER=djo]
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[GRAPHIC=Nicole Johnson]

It's been nineteen years since Virginia last laid claim to the Miss America crown.
That all changed this weekend, when Nicole Johnson won the national pageant. Local pageant officials say Johnson has taken the Commonwealth into the national spotlight with her. David Johnson reports.
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[IN Q=Nicole Johnson was the first]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :04]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Johnson/Miss America 1999; :34]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Roe/Miss Va. Pageant Legal Advisor; 1:00 ]
[SUPER=01-Melinda Cox/Miss Va. Pageant President-Elect; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Hope Player/Miss Va. Pageant Treasurer; 1:32]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:50]
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[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]

(( Nicole Johnson was the first Miss Virginia to win the Miss America crown since Kylene Barker did it in 1979. When Johnson was crowned, members of the Miss Virginia Pageant board were overjoyed.
[SOT=13:01:01]
[IN Q=EXCITEMENT]

((MELINDA COX/MISS VIRGINIA PAGEANT PRESIDENT ELECT: EXCITEMENT. I STOOD UP AND STARTED SCREAMING. IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. IT'S GREAT FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY. WE REALLY WERE PROUD.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=REALLY WERE PROUD.]

Her platform is diabetes awareness. The new Miss America was diagnosed with diabetes nearly four and a half years ago. Nicole plans to spotlight diabetes awareness during her 20-thousand mile-a-month national speaking tour.
[SOT=21:01:38]
[IN Q=DIABETES IS WHAT I'VE]

((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS AMERICA 1999; DIABETES IS WHAT I'VE HAD TO OVERCOME. EVERYBODY HAS A STUBBLING BLOCK AND EVERYBODY HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AROUND THAT STUBBLING BLOCK. SO I THINK I BRING THAT REALITY TO A TITLE. AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL BE MOTIVATED BY THAT WHEN THEY SEE ME AND TALK WITH ME.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=TALK WITH ME.]

Local pageant officials say diabetes has never slowed Nicole down to this pointand add they believe she has taken beauty pageants to a different level.
[SOT=13:02:43]
[IN Q=SHE DENIED IT]

((THOM ROE/MISS VIRGINIA PAGEANT LEGAL ADVISER; SHE DENIED IT FOR ABOUT A YEAR. THOUGHT THAT SHE DIDN'T HAVE IT, REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO ACCEPT IT. BUT THEN WHEN SHE DID, SHE'S REALLY GONE GUNG-HO. SHE IN FACT HAS HER OWN WEB SITE, WHICH WILL BE CONNECTED WITH THE MISS AMERICA WEBSITE THAT PEOPLE CAN CLICK ON.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=CAN CLICK ON.]
[SOT=13:09:36]
[IN Q=SHE IS LIVING]

((MELINDA COX/MISS VA. PAGEANT PRESIDENT-ELECT; SHE IS LIVING HER PLATFORM. WE DO THINK SHE IS GOING TO MAKE A MAJOR IMPACT ON PEOPLE'S LIVES, BECAUSE THIS CAN BE A SERIOUS ILLNESS.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=SERIOUS ILLNESS.]

Officials say thanks to Nicole, the national spotlight will once again shine on the state.
[SOT=13:02:00]
[IN Q=WE'LL BE ABLE]

((HOPE PLAYER/MISS VA. PAGEANT TREASURE; WE'LL BE ABLE TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE MISS VIRGINIA PROGRAM BECAUSE WE NOW HAVE ANOTHER MISS VIRGINIA WHO HAS BECOME MISS AMERICA. NITA BOOTH WILL STEP IN AS MISS VIRGINIA. SO WE WILL HAVE A SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO CROWN A MISS VIRGINIA THIS YEAR. WE JUST HAVE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND THE PAGEANT ITSELF.)) [RUNS18]
[OUT Q=PAGEANT ITSELF.]

[STAND-UP/] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; OFFICIALS SAY THEY PLAN TO THROW A HUGE HOMECOMING PARADE FOR MISS AMERICA WHEN SHE RETURNS TO VIRGINIA. THEY SAY IT WILL BE THE FIRST OF SEVERAL LOCAL APPEARANCES FOR JOHNSON BEFORE SHE BEGINS HER NATIONAL REIGN AS MISS AMERICA. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.)) [RUNS15]))

[7Foundation-Reax]


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One of Johnson's strongest supporters has been the chairman of the "Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of the Roanoke Valley".
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Bruce Wood says Johnson is an ideal representative as a diabetes spokesperson, specifically because of her attitude.


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[SOT=15:12:05]
[IN Q=IT'S NOT A]

((BRUCE WOOD/LOCAL JUVENILE DIABETES FOUNDATION CHAIR; IT'S NOT A PITY ATTITUDE, IT'S NOT POOR ME. IT'S A MATTER OF FACT, HERE'S WHERE I AM, THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING. I HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS TO LIVE WITH IT, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT. BUT WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT, SHE SAYS OKAY, LET'S FIND A CURE.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Wood/Juvenile Diabetes Foundation;]
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[OUT Q=FIND A CURE.]
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Wood calls the new Miss America a "quality person" and a good role model for diabetics. He hopes Nicole can return to the Star City in time for next Sunday's walk-a-thon for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.


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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast..
Mostly cloudy today, with showers and storms likely. Look for highs to only reach the mid- to upper-70s.
The rain should clear out by later this evening. Expect overnight lows to range from the mid-60s to about 70 degrees.
The extended forecast...

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Tuesday:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][45E-Clinton-reaction]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-55; 1:06:32]
[GRAPHIC=Nicole Johnson]


Nicole Johnson begins her first week as the New Miss America.
At a press conference yesterday the former Miss Virginia was asked about the scandal surrounding the President.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ;]


Johnson said she thinks President Clinton should step down, because his actions have been devastating to the nation, and have weakened the power of his office.
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[SOT 20:12:26 ]
[IN Q=he is the]

((NICHOLE JOHNSON/MISS AMERICA; HE'S THE NUMBER ONE ROLE MODEL IN THE WORLD, BASICALLY. AND WE'RE DEALING WITH FAR MORE THAN HIS PERSONAL LIFE NOW BECAUSE IT'S EFFECTING CHILDREN, EFFECTING FAMILIES, THIS ISSUE GOES WAY BEYOND HOW OUR PRESIDENT CHOOSES TO RUN HIS PERSONAL LIFE."))
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[OUT Q=personal life]
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Virginians will likely have to wait a few weeks to see Johnson in person.
Officials say she's in New York now, planning to hit the talk show circuit.
She will likely return to Roanoke october 16th to attend a Homecoming Gala held in her honor at Hotel Roanoke.

[45VA-Democrats]


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[GRAPHIC=Democratic Party]


It's a different take on the Clinton scandal from Virginia Democrats.
They are opting for damage control rather than condemnation.
The state party's steering committee turned down resolutions over the weekend that would have officially condemned the President.
Instead, chairman Kenneth Plum will receive public relations guidance concerning the scandal surrounding the President.
[ss=none]


A former party chairman says the committee missed an opportunity to show leadership and credibility.
But Plum said it's time to move on.

[45Jesse-Jackson]


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The Reverend Jesse Jackson made stop in the Southwest Virginia Coalfields over the weekend.
At a stop in Castlewood Saturday, hundreds turned out to hear Jackson's message urging political involvement among Appalachia's residents.
The REverend said the poverty-stricken area has been forgotten by politicians because residents can't contribute enough to campaign funds.
Jackson is on a multi-state tour to encourage political involvement among Appalachian residents.

[45E-Keister]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-60 47:27]
[GRAPHIC=College Drinking]


A weekend accident in Blacksburg is again turning attention to the fight against underage and binge drinking by college students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday;]


The accident happened saturday in Blacksburg.
It involved two 18-year old college students.
Police say they found alcohol at the scene and consider it a factor in the accident.
Natalie Weir, a Radford University freshman, was treated at a local hospital and released.
Richard M-Keister (keyster), a Virginia Tech freshman, is still listed in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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[45S-Botetourt-Courthouse]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-68]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Some County officials are getting a first look at the new Botetourt County courthouse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


County supervisors and members of the public recently toured the construction site.
The new courthouse is a lot larger -- with separate rooms for general district and juvenile court.
It will also hold new E-911 equipment.
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[SOT 13:01:43]
[IN Q=With our new]

((BRENDA NEAS/DISPATCH SUPERVISOR: WITH OUR NEW E-911 EQUIPMENT ... NOT HAVE TO ASK DIRECTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Brenda Neas/Dispatch Supervisor;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=TO ASK DIRECTIONS]
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[VO-NAT]


The current dispatch center for emergency calls is cramped and understaffed.
But the county hopes to hire more dispatchers for the new digs -- where they will also have cots, showers, refrigerators and an emergency generator.
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[SOT 12:55:18]
[IN Q=In an emergency]

((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: IN AN EMERGENCY ... UNTIL THE EMERGENCY'S OVER.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=emergency's over]
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[VO-NAT]


Dispatchers should be able to move in late next spring.
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[45WEATHER]


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Turning your attention to the forecast--
It'll likely be a rainy Monday by this afternoon, with mostly cloudy skies and showers likely.
Highs in the upper 70s.
Rain and storms will end overnight, as lows fall into the upper 60s.
The extended forecast looks drier, and continued cooler...
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][8E-Keister]



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As Virginia Tech continues its campaign against underaged and binge drinking, it's apparent the school still has a long way to go in spreading the message.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday;]


This follows a weekend accident involving two 18-year old college students.
Police say they found alcohol at the scene and consider it a factor in the accident.
Natalie Weir, a Radford University freshman, was treated at a local hospital and released.
Richard M-Keister (keyster), a Virginia Tech freshman, is still listed in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Tech officials say, due to the extent of Keister's injuries, he will leave the university and return to his home in Pennsylvania.
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[8E-Miss-America]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-53 1:11:07]
[GRAPHIC=Nicole Johnson]


Nicole Johnson has a NEW crown.
This weekend, the former Miss Virginia achieved what hasn't been done in the Commonwealth for nearly two decades-- she become Miss America.
Local pageant officials say Johnson takes Virginia into the spotlight with her. David Johnson has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nicole Johnson was the first]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :04]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Johnson/Miss America 1999; :34]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Roe/Miss Va. Pageant Legal Advisor; 1:00 ]
[SUPER=01-Melinda Cox/Miss Va. Pageant President-Elect; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Hope Player/Miss Va. Pageant Treasurer; 1:32]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:50]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]

(( Nicole Johnson was the first Miss Virginia to win the Miss America crown since Kylene Barker did it in 1979. When Johnson was crowned, members of the Miss Virginia Pageant board were overjoyed.
[SOT=13:01:01]
[IN Q=EXCITEMENT]

((MELINDA COX/MISS VIRGINIA PAGEANT PRESIDENT ELECT: EXCITEMENT. I STOOD UP AND STARTED SCREAMING. IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. IT'S GREAT FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY. WE REALLY WERE PROUD.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=REALLY WERE PROUD.]

Her platform is diabetes awareness. The new Miss America was diagnosed with diabetes nearly four and a half years ago. Nicole plans to spotlight diabetes awareness during her 20-thousand mile-a-month national speaking tour.
[SOT=21:01:38]
[IN Q=DIABETES IS WHAT I'VE]

((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS AMERICA 1999; DIABETES IS WHAT I'VE HAD TO OVERCOME. EVERYBODY HAS A STUBBLING BLOCK AND EVERYBODY HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AROUND THAT STUBBLING BLOCK. SO I THINK I BRING THAT REALITY TO A TITLE. AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL BE MOTIVATED BY THAT WHEN THEY SEE ME AND TALK WITH ME.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=TALK WITH ME.]

Local pageant officials say diabetes has never slowed Nicole down to this pointand add they believe she has taken beauty pageants to a different level.
[SOT=13:02:43]
[IN Q=SHE DENIED IT]

((THOM ROE/MISS VIRGINIA PAGEANT LEGAL ADVISER; SHE DENIED IT FOR ABOUT A YEAR. THOUGHT THAT SHE DIDN'T HAVE IT, REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO ACCEPT IT. BUT THEN WHEN SHE DID, SHE'S REALLY GONE GUNG-HO. SHE IN FACT HAS HER OWN WEB SITE, WHICH WILL BE CONNECTED WITH THE MISS AMERICA WEBSITE THAT PEOPLE CAN CLICK ON.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=CAN CLICK ON.]
[SOT=13:09:36]
[IN Q=SHE IS LIVING]

((MELINDA COX/MISS VA. PAGEANT PRESIDENT-ELECT; SHE IS LIVING HER PLATFORM. WE DO THINK SHE IS GOING TO MAKE A MAJOR IMPACT ON PEOPLE'S LIVES, BECAUSE THIS CAN BE A SERIOUS ILLNESS.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=SERIOUS ILLNESS.]

Officials say thanks to Nicole, the national spotlight will once again shine on the state.
[SOT=13:02:00]
[IN Q=WE'LL BE ABLE]

((HOPE PLAYER/MISS VA. PAGEANT TREASURE; WE'LL BE ABLE TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE MISS VIRGINIA PROGRAM BECAUSE WE NOW HAVE ANOTHER MISS VIRGINIA WHO HAS BECOME MISS AMERICA. NITA BOOTH WILL STEP IN AS MISS VIRGINIA. SO WE WILL HAVE A SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO CROWN A MISS VIRGINIA THIS YEAR. WE JUST HAVE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND THE PAGEANT ITSELF.)) [RUNS18]
[OUT Q=PAGEANT ITSELF.]

[STAND-UP/] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; OFFICIALS SAY THEY PLAN TO THROW A HUGE HOMECOMING PARADE FOR MISS AMERICA WHEN SHE RETURNS TO VIRGINIA. THEY SAY IT WILL BE THE FIRST OF SEVERAL LOCAL APPEARANCES FOR JOHNSON BEFORE SHE BEGINS HER NATIONAL REIGN AS MISS AMERICA. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.)) [RUNS15]))

[8WEATHER]


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Time again to take a look at the Monday forecast--
Mostly cloudy today, with showers and storms likely as a cold front approaches.
Highs in the upper 70s.
Rain and storms will end late tonight, with lows in the upper 60s.
As for the next four days, expect partly sunny skies with continued mild temperatures..
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