[7Home-Depot]

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The Home Depot controversy once again took center stage as more than 200 Roanoke County residents attended a hearing last night. Some were opposed not only to the project, but also with the way county supervisors make their decisions.
David Johnson reports.
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[IN Q=So many citizens]
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[SUPER=01-Scott Adkins/Home Depot Proponent; :12]
[SUPER=01-Patricia Meador/Home Depot Opponent; :27]
[SUPER=01-James Garris/Home Depot Opponent; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Roanoke County Supervisor; 1:22]
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(( So many citizens attended the meeting, some were re-routed to another room where they coDld watch on closed circuit T-V. Many were there to show which side of the rezoning issue they were on.

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[IN Q=OUR CHILDREN ARE]

((SCOTT ADKINS/HOME DEPOT PROPONENT; OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THIS, AND THEY'RE OPPOSED TO THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTY. GROWTH IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL FORWARD OUR COUNTY AND THIS IS THE MOST NECESSARY THING WE NEED RIGHT NOW.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=RIGHT NOW.]



[SOT=19:54:04 TAPE#1]
[IN Q=THE CITZENS HAVE]

((PATRICIA MEADOR/HOME DEPOT OPPONENT; THE CITIZENS HAVE STILL NOT GOTTEN ANY FACTUAL DATA OR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WE'VE ASKED. NOW WE HEAR CONVENIENT RUMORS ABOUT HIGH TAX INCREASE, SCARY TACTICS AND NO SCHOOL. THESE PROBLEMS SEEM TO BE ONLY SOLVED BY HOME DEPOT. HOW DID WE EVER GET ALONG ALL THIS TIME WITHOUT THEM?)) [RUNS20]
[OUT Q=WITHOUT THEM?]

Also at question was the change in the board's decision, which approved the rezoning request after initially voting it down. Something which caused some people to question the board's integrity, claiming they felt deceived by the action.
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[IN Q=I THINK THIS]

((JAMES GARRIS/HOME DEPOT OPPONENT; I THINK THIS DEMONSTRATES A COMPLETE DISREGARD AND DISRESPECT WITH CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY. ESPECIALLY SOUTH COUNTY. I FEEL THAT NO GOVERNMENT ELECTED OFFICIAL CAN GOVERN WITHOUT THE CONSENSUS OF THE PEOPLE. AND THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH COUNTY DO NOT HAVE A CONSENSUS FOR THIS ACTION.)) [RUNS20]
[OUT Q=FOR THIS ACTION.]



[SOT=20:40:48 TAPE#3]
[IN Q=WAS OUR PROCEDURE]

((HARRY NICKENS/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR; WAS OUR PROCEDURE APPROPRIATE? ABSOLUTELY. WAS IT LEGAL? ABSOLUTELY. DID WE OPERATE ACCORDING TO OUR STANDING PROCEDURES? ABSOLUTELY.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=ABSOLUTELY.]

[STAND-UP/] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; LAST NIGHT THE BOARD VOTED NOT TO VOTE ON THE MATTER, BUT INSTEAD TO HAVE ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING. THAT PUBLIC HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 13TH. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))

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Another scathing report on the state's mental health care institutions, and this time a Roanoke County hospital is among the facilities cited.
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[SUPER=03-Staunton/File Tape;]


A new consultant's report says the state should cut in half the number of mentally ill and mentally retarded patients it's currently housing in state facilities.
The report-- just released yesterday -- comes on the heels of the Geller Report, which blasted the state for mismanaging mental health care.
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Governor Gilmore appointed his own commission to study the issue this summer.
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[IN Q=Our goal]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: OUR GOAL IS GONNA BE THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY CARE, BOTH IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN FACILITIES. AND THE BEST WAY TO HAVE THAT MIX AND BLEND IS STILL TO BE REMAINS TO BE DONE. BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT REPORT TOGETHER WITH ALL OTHERS.))
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The new report recommends reducing the size of or closing down: Catawba Hospital in Roanoke County, Western State in Staunton, and the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Danville.

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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast...
A bit cooler today and a lot less humid. Look for temperatures to only reach the upper 60s or low 70s under mostly sunny skies.
Overnight, skies will stay clear as temperatures take a plunge into the upper 30s and low 40s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 9/24/98
Thursday:

[SUPER=130-/James Samuel/Sutherlin]



[SUPER=130-8/Chelsea Ahmad/Fincastle]



[SUPER=130-8/Katie Hale/Ironto]



[SUPER=130-9/Samantha Holland/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-8/Josh Lively/Charmco, WV]



[SUPER=130-7/Joshua Tate/Axton]



[SUPER=130-7/Tiffany Yates/Goodview]



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[SUPER=130-16/Maurice Lee/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-8/Daniel Rowles/Chatham]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-16/Brandon Holland/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=131-/Brenda Royal/Rocky Mount]


Anniversary:
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[SUPER=131-/Renny Bowles/Truevine]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-/Dale & Brenda Matherly/Sago]



[SUPER=131-17/Amanda Robertson/Martinsville]

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A car crash yesterday in Grayson County claimed the lives of two women.
State police say the victims include 44-year-old Pamela Testerman of Elk Creek and her 87-year-old passenger, Loujean (lou-jean) Anders of Independence.
Authorities say Testerman was trying to pass a car on Route 21 when another car pulled onto the roadway.
Police say Testerman ran off the road, struck a guard rail, and went over an embankment.

[45E-Danville-Accident]


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[Go straight to Video]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


A car accident in Danville has left a 12 year old boy hospitalized.
Police say Antone (AN-TWAN) Maurice Green was struck while riding his bike near Gibson Middle School in Danville.
Green was airlifted to Duke University Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition.
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[45E-Wilderness-Academy]


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The director the Wilderness Leadership Academy says he's not closing down despite recent action by the The State Education Department.
The state is taking away the school's license.
Officials say the Botetourt County school for troubled boys is endangering the health and safety of the students.
Tina Tenret reports.
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(Education Department inspectors caught the Wilderness Leadership Academy off guard, conducting surprise visits since March. [enter pre-pro]
Here are some of the findings from their 40-page report.
It says students stole hospital I-V needles to tattoo themselves.
Another boy was wetting his bed and speaking out of his mind -- still, he was taken on a wilderness weekend. He later had to be hospitalized for a week, severely dehydrated.
Another student spent two days in the hospital after a bicycle accident --- his parents were never called. Even

when police later picked him up -- education department officials say the school still did not call his parents.
Students told officials the night watchman sleeps under their beds and co-erced them to steal.
Counselors say students molest other students. [end pre-pro]
Then, when inspectors ventured inside the school -- they found a dirty kitchen with crumbs and bugs.
They said the dishes were NOT clean.
Crusty utensils hid under beds.
Inspectors said sheets were dirty, mattresses were missing.
They say there are too few bathrooms -- several with major leaks and floors caving in.
Walls had gaping holes -- and inspectors said some windows were gone.
Education Department officials say Colonel Gene Nervo fixed some problems, but now there are even more.
They say there is no excuse for running a school in this shape.
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[IN Q=We spoke to Colonel]

((WE SPOKE TO COLONEL NERVO OVER THE PHONE. HE SAYS THE SCHOOL IS NOT CLOSING, BUT REFUSED TO EXPLAIN. HE SAYS HE HAS NOT SEEN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S REPORT OF BOYS BEING MOLESTED, ARRESTED AND HOSPITALIZED. BUT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAYS NERVO WILL LOSE HIS LICENSE NEXT WEEK AND THE BOYS WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER FACILITIES. TINA TENRET, NEWS7 [RUNS:23]
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Time now to turn to the forecast on this first day of Fall--
Mostly sunny, cooler, and less humid today with highs near 70.
Clear and chilly tonight, with lows dropping to around 40.
The four day outlook stays fairly sunny, with temperatures warming up a bit by the weekend.
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][8Citizens-Hearing]



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It'll take nearly a month before the Roanoke county board of supervisors resolves the Home Depot rezoning controversy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

That's when the county will have another public hearing on the matter. Hundreds of citizens showed up for last night's hearing, with more than half opposed to the project. And a group of at least 700 county citizens has banded together to fight the board's decision to approve the rezoning.

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[SOT=19:42:10]
[IN Q=AND THE NUMBERS]

((DOUG BASHAM/CAVE SPRING CITIZEN GROUP; AND THE NUMBERS ARE STILL GROWING. THE TREASURY FOR THIS GROUP HAS RECEIVED PLEDGES AN RECEIPTS OF OVER 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH ADDITIONAL PLEDGES STILL COMING IN.))
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[VO-NAT]

The supervisor's integrity regarding how they changed their vote was called into question by a couple of people. The board said there was nothing suspect about how it conducted business in that reversal of decision. Another public hearing on the matter will be held on October 13th.
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[8E-Covington-Player]


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A Covington high school football player will get to re- join his teammates in the wake of an agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington;]


Antonio Hill's friends and family were outraged when they heard he was ejected from the team after a disagreement with the coach.
Yesterday school officials said Hills punishment will be a one game suspension.
Hill says he's learned a lesson.
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[SOT 10:51:37]
[IN Q=sometimes you]

((ANTONIO HILL; SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU, ESPECIALLY THE GUY THAT'S IN CHARGE, LISTEN, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S BEING SAID AND LEARN FROM IT, AND I'VE LEARNED SOMETHING BIG OFF OF THIS.))
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[VO-NAT]


Antonio's mother is still not happy with school officials, who say they did nothing wrong.
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[SOT 10:45:35]
[IN Q=I feel that if they]

((AUDRA HILL/MOTHER; I FEEL THAT IF THEY FELT THAT THEY WERE 100 PERCENT CORRECT, HE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN REINSTATED ON THE TEAM, WHICH HE HAS BEEN.))
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In a written statement, Covington Principal John Clemmer criticized community members who spoke out about the situation, saying they caused harm to the school, the athletic program, the team, the coach and Antonio Hill.
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[8E-Breedlove]


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The McNeal family says it has a lot of emotional healing to do because of the actions of a former Montgomery county school teacher.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Rob McNeal told the court John Breedlove has nearly destroyed his family.
Breedlove entered a plea of NO contest to having sex with McNeal's daughter and two other girls.
The sexual contact happened during school hours at Auburn Middle school where Breedlove worked as a teacher's aid.
Rob McNeal says his daughter was just 12 when she was lured into the teacher's lounge bathroom.
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[33:44:20]
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[IN Q=The man]

((ROB MCNEAL/VICTIM'S FATHER:THE MAN HAS TOOK AWAY SOMETHING THAT WILL NEVER BE REPLACED, I USED TO BE ABLE TO HUG MY DAUGHTER AND IN RETURN GET A HUG BACK AS LOVE BETWEEN A CHILD AND PARENT, I CAN'T EVEN HUG MY DAUGHTER NOW-- WHEN I HUG HER SHE'S JUST REAL COLD.))
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[OUT Q=real cold.]
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[VO-NAT]


The McNeals are currently looking for an attorney who'll help them sue the Montgomery County school system... in hopes of winning a settlement to help them pay for family counseling.
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Breedlove will be formally sentenced next week.

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Shifting gears to the forecast--
Mostly sunny for the start of Autumn, with cooler high temperatures around 70.
Clear and chilly overnight, as lows drop to near 40.
The extended forecast is calling for partly to mostly sunny skies, with the possibility of showers on Sunday.
Highs in the 70s...
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