[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The U-S prepares to bestow its highest civilian honor on South African President Nelson Mandela.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And hundreds turn out in Roanoke County to voice their opinions on a possible Home Depot in the county.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Fall is here, and so are cooler temperatures...
Don't look for highs to get much past 70 today.
Meanwhile, South Florida is bracing itself for Hurricane Georges-- details straight ahead.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Citizens-Hearing]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=net-S]
[GRAPHIC=Home Depot Rezoning]


The Roanoke County Home Depot rezoning issue won't be resolved for at least another three weeks.
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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 CO-CHAIR; 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.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Basham/Cave Spring Citizen Group;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=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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[E-Wilderness-Academy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#98-51 1:54:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The State Education Department says a Botetourt County school is putting the health and safety of its students at risk.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy is a home for delinquent boys, but as of next week it will NOT have a license.
The school's director says he's NOT closing down.
Tina Tenret reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Education Department inspectors]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape; :55]
[SUPER=@Tina1; 1:31]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7]


(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.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[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]
[OUT Q=OTHER FACILITIES])))





[E-Mental-Health]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-59 51:56]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia]


A Roanoke County mental hospital is among those cited in the latest report to criticize Virginia's mental health care institutions.
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[VO-NAT]
[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.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;]


Governor Gilmore appointed his own commission to study the issue this summer.
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[SOT 16:34:01]
[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.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=all others.]
[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=none]


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.

[E-Covington-Player]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-65 36:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An agreement HAS been reached that will allow a Covington football player back on the team.
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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.
(/////SOT/////)
[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.))
[SUPER=01-Antonio Hill/Reinstated Player]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=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.))
[SUPER=01-Audra Hill/Mother; ]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=he has been]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


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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[Georges]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-R]
[GRAPHIC=HUrricane Georges]


Haiti and Cuba this morning are feeling the fury of Hurricane Georges.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL;]

[4:00:32]
The Hurricane is slicing through the northern Caribbean on a path toward Florida.
A hurricane watch was issued for South Florida early this morning.
Tourists have already been ordered out of the Florida keys.
[SUPER=03-Marathon Key, FL;]

[4:01:58]
The national hurricane center says the storm will most likley hit between Key West and Miami tomorrow night or early Friday.
[SUPER=03-Dominican Republic;]

[4:16:00]
The storm is already responsible for at least 21 deaths in Puerto Rico and the Domican Republic.
(----------------)


[MANDELA-CLINTON]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-Q]
[GRAPHIC=Nelson Mandela (2036)]


Congress will honor South African President Nelson Mandela with its highest civilian honor today.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:12:25]
He will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
Mandela will make the trip up to Capitol Hill after spending the night at the White House.
Meantime, Republicans intend to bring a formal inquiry of impeachment to the house floor within a couple of weeks.


House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde says the panel is to be briefed by its lawyers in the next few days then will decide whether to advance a formal inquiry.
But he says any hearings would be after the November elections.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, baseball's biggest sluggers have some trouble at the plate.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Let's start this]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=care of yourself.]



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


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=13-Melanie Johnson/Carilion Health System;]



(I'll call for board)
[ESS#????]



(toss to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[E-Smith-Park]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=598-26 1:24:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Parents are worried about what they're finding on a Roanoke playground.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


This mother says she found CONDOM wrappers while playing with her two-year old son Monday at Smith Park.
Pamela Irwin says she plans to circulate a petition in hopes the city will add better lighting at the park, since it's believed most of the sexual activity happens at night.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:21:12]
[IN Q=It makes me]

((PAMELA IRWIN/CONCERNED PARENT: IT MAKES ME WONDER WHY, YOU KNOW, IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO THIS, WHY THEY WOULDN'T CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES IN A PLAYGROUND WHERE INNOCENT CHILDREN PLAY-- IT SHOULDN'T BE.))
[SUPER=01-Pamela Irwin/Concerned Parent;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=it shouldn't be...]
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[VO-NAT]


Trying to prevent sexual activity in local parks is an ongoing struggle for Roanoke police, who say they routinely patrol the areas and will continue to do so.
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[Health-Check]


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


In today's health check, it's not just good for your bones.
New research says MILK can help prevent colon cancer.
Mika Brzezinski reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=GM]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[SUPER=@file; ]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((ONCAM=MIKA

((on camera))
GOOD MORNING.
RESEARCHERS SAY MILK CAN DO A BODY GOOD--
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTING COLON CANCER.
VT=VO

((vo))
A STUDY PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LOOKED AT 70 PEOPLE CONSIDERED TO BE AT HIGH RISK FOR COLON CANCER.
RESEARCHERS SAY THOSE WHO INCREASED THEIR INTAKE OF LOW FAT MILK, CHEESE, AND YOGURT... WERE ABLE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PRE-CANCEROUS COLON CELLS.
DOCTORS RECOMMEND THAT THESE DAIRY PRODUCTS BE INCLUDED IN A LOW-FAT, HIGH FIBER DIET.//
VT=VO

((vo))
AN EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME FAILS TO GET A PASSING GRADE.
PATIENTS WERE GIVEN LOW DOSES OF HYDRO-CORTISONE-- WHICH IS A SYNTHETIC VERSION OF A HORMONE THAT'S OFTEN LACKING IN PEOPLE WITH C-F-S.
ALTHOUGH PATIENTS DID IMPROVE SLIGHTLY...
OFFICIALS WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH SAY THE TREATMENT ALSO SUPPRESSED THE BODY'S OWN HORMONAL PRODUCTION--
A COMPLICATION THEY SAY OUTWEIGHS THE DRUG'S MINOR BENEFITS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
LASER POINTERS ARE THE LATEST CRAZE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE...
BUT MANY KIDS--LIKE 7-YEAR-OLD LANDON VANDERGRIND--ARE FINDING OUT JUST HOW DANGEROUS THESE LASERS CAN BE.
LANDON'S VISION WAS TEMPORARILY BLURRED WHEN A LASER WAS FLASHED IN HIS EYE.
DOCTORS WARN THAT LASER POINTERS ALSO HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF DAMAGING EYESIGHT PERMANENTLY.
A NUMBER OF CITIES NOW BAN THE PRODUCT TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=13-Melanie Johnson/Carilion Health System;]



(I'll call for #)
[SUPER=16-(800) 422-8482/Carilion Physician Referral;]



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

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4050; Headline Banner]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A hurricane watch has been issued for South Florida as Hurricane Georges continues is destructive path through the north Caribbean.
It's claimed at least 21 lives in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
It could hit Florida late tonight or early tomorrow.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


It will be at least three weeks before a decision is reached on the controversial home Depot issue in Roanoke County.

Hundreds showed up for hearing last night.
At least half oppose the board's decision to approve rezoning for the project.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=none]


House leaders will meet today to discuss how both parties can work together on a possible impeachment inquiry.
Republicans, meanwhile, are playing down Democratic calls for President Clinton to be punished, but not impeached, for the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday September 23rd.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[Home-Depot]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#98-54 TC 1:51:26]
[GRAPHIC=Home Depot Rezoning]

More than 200 county residents packed into the Roanoke County Administration building last night to take sides on the Home Depot controversy. Some who were opposed took issue not only with the project, but also with how county supervisors have handled the matter.
David Johnson reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=So many citizens]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :01]
[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]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=DJ, News 7]

(( 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.

[SOT=19:22:49 TAPE#1]
[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.
[SOT=19:32:23]
[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.))

[RUNS12]))[E-Breedlove]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-53 1:16:53]
[GRAPHIC=Breedlove]


The family of a young girl yesterday told a Montgomery County judge how the actions of a former teacher have torn their family apart.
(----------------)
[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.
(/////SOT/////)

[33:44:20]
[SOT]
[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.))
[SUPER=01-Rob McNeal/Victim's Father; :00]
[RUNS=:15 approx.]
[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.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


Breedlove will be formally sentenced next week.

[Double-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


2 women were killed in a Grayson County car crash yesterday morning.
State police say 44-year-old Pamela Testerman of Elk Creek and her 87-year-old passenger, Loujean (lou-jean) Anders of Independence, died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
Testerman was reportedly 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.

[E-Danville-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=98-67 8:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]

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


A 12-year-old boy is in Pediatric Intensive Care after he was hit by a car yesterday.
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.
(------------)


[2-E-Mental-Health]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-59 51:56]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia]


Another report says Virginia's mental hospitals are falling dismally short when it comes to patient care.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[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.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;]


Governor Gilmore appointed his own commission to study the issue this summer.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 16:34:01]
[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.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=all others.]
[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


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.

[2-Georges]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-J]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Georges]


Hurricane George is pounding Haiti and Cuba this morning as it continues its deadly trek through the Caribbean.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dominican Republic;]


The storm so far has claimed at least 21 lives.
Twelve were killed in the Domican Republic, where a curfew is in place and soldiers are patrolling to stop further looting.
[SUPER=03-Marathon Key, FL;]

[4:01:58]
Forecasters say the storm could hit South Florida late tomorrow or early Friday.
A Hurricane watch was issued for south Florida this morning.
Yesterday tourists were ordered out of the Florida keys and many residents boarded up windows on their homes and businesses.
(----------------)



[2-MANDELA-CLINTON]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-G]
[GRAPHIC=Nelson Mandela]


South African President Nelson Mandela today will receive the Congressional Gold medal.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:12:25]
Mandela will make the trip up to Capitol Hill after spending the night at the White House.
Yesterday, Mandela came to President Clinton's defense amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]

[4:13:51]
[IN Q=PRESIDENT CLINTON]

(( MANDELA:PRES. CLINTON IS A FRIEND OF S. AFRICA AND THE BLACK PEOPLE AND MINORITIES AND DISABLED OF THE U.S. ))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Mandela/South Africa President;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=OF THE U.S.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]

[4:09]
Meantime, House leaders hold a bipartisian meeting today amid talk of a deal in which President Clinton would face a punishment less severe than impeachment.
However, Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde says such talk is premature.
(----------------)




[carrey-injured]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-I]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Life imitates art for Actor Jim Carrey.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


He was briefly hospitalized yesterday with a neck injury suffered while filming a scene of the movie, "Man on the Moon," about the late Andy Kaufman.
Carrey was re-enacting a famous Kaufman scene by spitting on professional wrestler Jerry Lawler, who then allegedly broke from the script and attacked Carrey.
Kaufman was also hospitalized sixteen years ago following a wrestling match with Lawler.
(----------------)

[Birthdays]
[SS=none]
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[SOT ]
[in-Q=Wed.]
[RUNS=1:01]
[out=back to you.]




[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=13-Gwinn Firing/Dietician;]



(I'll call for #)



[SUPER=16-(800) 422-8482/Carilion Physician Referral;]



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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]



[E-AIDS-Billboards]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=98-58 47:29]
[GRAPHIC=AIDS]


You may have noticed some new billboards on area roadways.
It's part of the statewide campaign by health officisl to raise public awareness about HIV prevention.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

The "It's your body, Respect it, Protect it" campaign was organized by the State Health Department. Billboards with the slogan and AIDS hotline are designed to target all ages, races and sexes in southwest Virginia.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13 16 57]
[IN Q=Initially]

((INITIALLY THE SLOGAN BEGAN TO TARGET AFRICAN AMERICANS. THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN AMERICANS WITH NEW HIV INFECTIONS HAS GRADUALLY INCREASED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS IN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS NATIONALLY.))
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The billboards are strategically placed all over Roanoke City on Melrose Avenue and Williamson Road as well as locations in Lynchburg and the New River Valley.
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To ensure more coverage, the boards will be rotated throughout the communities over the next three months.

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At least one person has been arrested so far in what authorities call an embezzlement conspiracy in Henry County.
Fifty-nine year old Willie Lee Hooper has been arrested for allegdly stealing furniture from the Warren Trucking Company where he worked and then selling it.
Ten-thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise has already been recovered.
Hooper is already free on bond.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department says more arrests are likely. [TAKE VO HERE]




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In Amherst County, fire ivestigators believe electrical problems sparked a blaze that destroyed a mobile home yesterday.
A passerby spotted smoke coming from this trailer on Mundy's Mill Road in Madison Heights, just north of Lynchburg.


No one was home when the fire broke out.
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[3-Sports]


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In sports, high school hoops take center court.
Mike Stevens has all the results plus highlights.
Good Morning Mike.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Local-Recap]
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Roanoke County officials held a public meeting last night concerning the recent approval of rezoning so that a Home Depot can come to the County.
Hundreds showed up for the meeting -- more than half were OPPOSED to the rezoning.
Nothing was resolved at the latest meeting. Another is scheduled in 3 weeks.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The director of a Botetourt County school says he will NOT close the school down, despite news that the State Education Department plans to revoke the school's license.
The Department charges that the Wilderness Leadership Academy puts the health and safety of its students at risk.
The all-boys school was caught off guard by surprise inspections in March.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A new consultant's report says Virginia should cut in half the number of mentally ill and mentally retarded patients currently housed in state facilities.
The report, released yesterday, 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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