[Georges]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#none--NEWSPATH LIVE]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Georges]


The eye of Hurricane Georges is making landfall this morning along the Mississippi coast.
Drew Levinson is near the eye, in Biloxi Mississippi.
[Live= Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting;]
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As Hurricane Georges reaches the gulf states, up to one-hundred thousand people are already without power. High winds have knocked down trees and power lines, rough seas and heavy surf are pounding the shore and driving conditions are so poor in some areas that emergency vehicles are already staying off the roads.
Even before the full force of the storm was felt onshore, winds and heavy rain began to take their toll, damaging some buildings and flooding roads. Residents evacuating areas in the hurricane's path filled motels and hotels as far north as Birmingham, Alabama. Other folks who stayed behind took advantage of local shelters.
Emergency management officials are very concerned about flooding that is expected with hurricane Georges. Water has already topped some levees as the tidal surge pushes water ahead of the storm. Forecasters are predicting more than two-feet of rain and a high storm surge could cause severe flooding in low-lying areas. 25-foot waves were reported Sunday, clipping off fishing piers and turning beach front pools into sand pits.
Meanwhile, a 490-foot freighter, without power, is adrift at sea and Hurricane Georges is pushing it into an area filled with offshore oil rigs.
[Live= Full/Newspath]
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[OUT Q=now back to you in the studio.]




[E-Pulaski-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-52; 1:18:53]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


Two members of a Pulaski family were killed--three others injured in a traffic accident yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


It happened near the intersection of Route 11 and Morehead Lane.
State police say the car ran off the road and hit a tree.
Three year old Jordan Smith and 21-year old Latoya Jena Brooks were ejected.
LaToya died at the scene.
Jordan died moments later at the hospital.
A baby suffered internal injuries and is in intensive care at Columbia Pulaski COmmunity Hospital.
Margie Brooks, the driver of the car and 9-year old Sabrina Hicks, a family friend, were also injured.
Both are listed in stable condition.
A fifth passenger, Mary Brooks, escaped unharmed.
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[E-Dorm-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-60; 50:49]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

A Virginia Tech basketball player has been arrested for firing a gun on campus.
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[V0-NAT]
Police have charged Kenny Harrell of Newport News with shooting a firearm on school property.
The shooting happened early yesterday morning on Washington Street in front of a row of dorms.
Officials say campus police got a call about a group of students walking down the street shooting a gun.
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[SOT]
[IN Q= We noticed some]

((DAVE NUTTER: SPOKESMAN: WE NOTICED SOME YOUNG MEN WALKING DOWN THE STREET. WE OBSERVED THEM AND SAW ONE YOUNG MAN PULL A HAND GUN OUT OF HIS POCKET AND FIRE INTO THE AIR. HE DIDN'T SEEM TO BE AIMING AT ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Nutter/Virginia Tech Spokesman;]
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[OUT Q=in particular]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=@file]


No one was injured.
In addition to criminal charges, Harrell's case will be reviewed by the school's judicial system which will determine if his actions violated university policy.
Harrell has been indefinitely suspended from the basketball team.
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[E-Strickler]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=98-69; 05:28]
[GRAPHIC=Tommy David Strickler]


Today the U-S Supreme Court takes on the case of convicted killer Tommy David Strickler.
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[VO-NAT]

[use file from 98-39, 1:06:49]
The high court stayed his execution earlier this month so they can determine whether Strickler received a fair trial.
He's convicted in the 1990 capital murder of 19-year-old Leann Wittlock of Roanoke.
Eight documents concerning the prosecution's eyewitnesses were never revealed to Strickler's defense.
His lawyers say that information could have prevented Strickler from recieving a death sentence.
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[CLINTON]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-D]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton today meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;]


Mr. Clinton is back at the White House after wrapping up a three-state fund-raising weekend.
He helped raise nearly four million dollars for the Democrats.
Meanwhile a lawyer for Paula Jones says he's "very optimistic" about an out-of-court settlement of her sexual harrassment suit against the president.
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[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE][RENO]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-B]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE/WIPE]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Attorney General Janet Reno expects to be back at work today, after spending the night in the hospital.
Doctors checked her out and says she's in good shape despite a fainting spell yesterday during a church service.
Sixty- year- old Reno had a similar fainting incident nearly a year ago while attending a conference in Mexico City.
Doctors attributed it to exhaustion and dehydration.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the 19-98 baseball season comes to a close with a bang.
Roy Stanley has details.
Good Morning Roy.
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[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=later on mornin.]



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

[Pet-Diet] [2-shot]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=Christa's Hold TC 3:03]
[Anchor=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=none]


You think you've seen it all?
How about weight-loss contests... for pets!
[anchor=Kimberly]


That's what took place in London last week.
Joanne Shoebridge has the story.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-London, England ;00]
[SUPER=01-Sue Smart/Candy's Owner; :15]
[SUPER=01-Alison James/Veterinarian; :25]
[super=01-Joanne Shoebridge/Reporting; :41]
[super=01-Sue Price/Carne's Owner; 1:09]
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(Melanie tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[E-Domestic-Violence]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-51; 02:04:04]
[GRAPHIC=Domestic Violence]


The battle against domestic violence in Lynchburg intensifies as the Hill City receives a 500-thousand dollar federal grant to combat the problem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The money comes from the Department of Justice and will fund a computer system, prevention training and a new coordinator position in the commonwealth's attorney's office.
Prosecutor Bill Petty says it will be money well spent.
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[SOT 5:21:38]
[IN Q=We want to]

((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT IS NOT ALWAYS PUNISHING FOR PAST VIOLENCE, BUT ENSURING THAT FUTURE VIOLENCE DOESN'T OCCUR, AND WE NEED THEIR SUPPORT IN ORDER TO DO THAT. WE THINK THAT HAVING SOMEONE THAT CAN DO THAT FOLLOW- UP WITH THESE VICTIMS THE DAY AFTER THE OFFENSE OCCURRED WILL HELP US.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Lynchburg Prosecutor; :00]
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[OUT Q=will help us.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=none]


Petty says nearly half the cases his office handles every year involved domestic violence.
This marks the second time Lynchburg has won the federal grant money.

[E-Floyd-Radio]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-67; 09:31]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Mom-and-Pop radio stations across the country are slowly becoming extinct as large companies buy them out.
But one Virginia station has found a way to beat the buy-out, by finding it's market's niche.
Joe Dashiell has more on WGFC-AM.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Harold Mitchell/WGFC Announcer; :17]
[SUPER=@Joe1; :25 -- QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Marie Gallimore/WGFC Owner; :45]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Floyd County]

(( [OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF HAROLD AT THE BOARD]
[IN Q=Harold Mitchell]

((HAROLD MITCHELL, SPINNING EM OUT. GLAD TO HAVE YOU ALONG.))
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[OUT Q=glad to have you along.]


Most mornings find Harold Mitchell, spinning out the bluegrass and classic country on WGFC.
Known for his work as a master of ceremonies on stage at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, he is also at home on the air.
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[IN Q=Oh I love radio]

((OH I LOVE RADIO. RADIO IS NOT WORK. IT'S A HOBBY. I HAVE TO HAVE IT TO MAKE A LIVING, BUT IT'S A HOBBY. I REALLY ENJOY IT, SURE DO.))
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[OUT Q=SURE DO.]

[STAND-UP BRIDGE]
WGFC signed on in 1985, but Harold has been behind the mic much longer.
He began his radio career in 1965, at a Hillsville station that was owned by the Gallimore Family, the same folks who started WGFC. [MARIE GALLIMORE 11:08:25]
[IN Q=My husband had been in radio]

((MARIE GALLIMORE: MY HUSBAND HAD BEEN IN RADIO, SINCE HE WAS VERY YOUNG. HE STARTED OUT STACKING RECORDS AND SO FORTH IN SOUTH CAROLINA. SO WE STARTED A STATION IN HILLSVILLE, SOLD IT OUT AND WHEN AN OPENING CAME THAT WE COULD GET INTO FLOYD, THEN HERE WE CAME.))
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[OUT Q=then here we came.]


At 1030 on the AM Dial, WGFC is serving the community with a mix of music, talk and community announcements.
With its playlist of classic and contemporary country, bluegrass and southern gospel, the station may not be in the mainstream of country radio, but the formula works in a community that values classic sounds and vintage voices.


[SOT UB 10:28:36]
[IN Q=We'll look for you again]

((WE'LL LOOK FOR YOU AGAIN TOMORROW MORNING, ALONG ABOUT 7:10. GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.))
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[OUT Q=good morning everybody.]


Joe Dashiell News 7 Floyd County.))


[Health-Check]


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


In today's Health Check, a flu vaccine could soon become less painful and more effective.
Rick Jackson reports.
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[IN Q=GM]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[SUPER=@file; ]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((ONCAM=


GOOD MORNING.
A FLU VACCINE THROUGH THE NOSE?
IT COULD HAPPEN SOONER THAN YOU THINK.

(--VO--)
VT=VO


AN EXPERIMENTAL NASAL SPRAY NOT ONLY TAKES THE STING OUT OF FLU VACCINATIONS... BUT ALSO APPEARS TO WORK SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER THAN THE STANDARD FLU SHOT.
RESEARCH FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH SHOWS THE SPRAY PROTECTED CHILDREN AGAINST LAST YEAR'S FLU STRAIN.. BETTER THAN DID REGULAR FLU SHOTS.
IT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN TIME FOR THE 2000-2001 FLU SEASON.

(--VO--)
VT=VO


FOR THOSE WHO PREFER NOT TO SNORT THEIR FLU VACCINE... THERE'S ALSO WORK ON A NEW ANTI-FLU PILL.
RESEARCHERS SAY TESTING REVEALS THE PILLS WEAKEN FLU SYMPTOMS... AND REDUCE THE BUG'S HOLD FROM FOUR DAYS ...TO ABOUT ONE-AND-A-HALF.
BUT DOCTORS SAY IT'S STILL UNLIKELY THAT A VIRUS AS OLD AND POWERFUL AS INFLUENZA WILL EVER BE COMPLETELY WIPED OUT.

(--VO--)
VT=VO


AND A NEW VACCINE FOR BACTERIAL MENINGITIS WAS UNVEILED IN SAN DIEGO THIS WEEKEND.
RESEARCHERS SAY IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SAVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WORLDWIDE.
DOCTORS ARE ALREADY PUSHING TO HAVE THE VACCINE INCLUDED IN ROUTINE EXAMINATIONS FOR CHILDREN.
STUDY FINDINGS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE F-D-A IN A FEW MONTHS... WITH APPROVAL STILL A YEAR OFF.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Cake-Mix-Anniversary]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#Net-H]
[GRAPHIC=None]



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[super=15-Melanie/Moon]
[super=01-Betty Fussell/Food Historian; :27]

[Tape calls for FULL SCREEN (16037)]
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[OUT-Q=AT our forecast today.]

(( Here's a piece of trivia you may not know: this year marks the 50th anniversary of cake mix in America.
It may sound like a minor matter, but this actually reflected some social trends of its time.
[Double Boxes=Mel/Satellite]


Joining us now is Betty (FUSS-ul) Fussel. She's a renowned baking expert as well as a spokesperson for Betty Crocker.
Thanks for joining us Ms. Fussel.
What is the historic value of "cake mix"?
[Live= Full/Satellite]
(ad lib answer)
[Double Boxes=Mel/Satellite]


An important thing to note here is that Betty Crocker is offering an opportunity for local charities and organizations to get involved in the anniversary.
Tell us a little about that.
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[Double Boxes=Mel/Satellite]


Thanks for joining us.
Now let's take a look at our forecast.)) [Kimberly with 3-wx] [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]


The eye of Hurricane Georges is making landfall this morning along the Mississippi coast.
Forecasters are reporting wind gusts up to 126 miles-an-hour in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Forecasters say there could be as much as two and a-half-feet of rain where the storm hits.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Tragedy for a family from Pulaski County.
Two people were killed and three others injured in a one vehicle accident.
Two of the victims were ejected from the vehicle.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=none]


And a Virginia Tech basketball player has been charged with firing a gun on campus.
No one was injured in the incident but Kenny Harrell has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

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[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this .
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-Georges]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#none--NEWSPATH LIVE]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Georges]


From Louisiana to Florida, thousands of Gulf Coast residents are spending the night in shelters, as Hurricane Georges moves closer to shore.
The eye of Hurricane Georges is making landfall this morning on the Mississppi coast.
Forecasters warn the storm could affect the area up to three days dumping up to two and a half feet of rain.
In New Orleans, there's hope that the city might be spared the worst.
But any heavy rain spells trouble in a city that's six feet below sea level.
Drew Levinson is near the eye of the storm in, Biloxi, Mississippi.
[Live= Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Biloxi, MS;]
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[SOT]

((As Hurricane Georges reaches the gulf states, up to one-hundred thousand people are already without power. High winds have knocked down trees and power lines, rough seas and heavy surf are pounding the shore and driving conditions are so poor in some areas that emergency vehicles are already staying off the roads.
Even before the full force of the storm was felt onshore, winds and heavy rain began to take their toll, damaging some buildings and flooding roads. Residents evacuating areas in the hurricane's path filled motels and hotels as far north as Birmingham, Alabama. Other folks who stayed behind took advantage of local shelters.
Emergency management officials are very concerned about flooding that is expected with hurricane Georges. Water has already topped some levees as the tidal surge pushes water ahead of the storm. Forecasters are predicting more than two-feet of rain and a high storm surge could cause severe flooding in low-lying areas. 25-foot waves were reported Sunday, clipping off fishing piers and turning beach front pools into sand pits.
Meanwhile, a 490-foot freighter, without power, is adrift at sea and Hurricane Georges is pushing it into an area filled with offshore oil rigs.))
[Live= Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=05-Biloxi, MS;]
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[OUT Q=now back to you in the studio.]




[2-E-Pulaski-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-52; 1:18:53]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A Pulaski family lost two members to a car accident yesterday -- 3 others were injured.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


It happened near the intersection of Route 11 and Morehead Lane.
State police say the car ran off the road and hit a tree.
Three year old Jordan Smith and 21-year old Latoya Jena Brooks were ejected.
LaToya died at the scene.
Jordan died moments later at the hospital.
18-month-old Andrew Conner suffered internal injuries and is in intensive care at Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital.
Margie Brooks, the driver of the car and 9-year old Sabrina Hicks, a family friend, were also injured.
Both are listed in stable condition.
The fifth passenger, Mary Brooks, escaped unharmed.
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[E-Wythe-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


Another traffic accident claimed 2 lives in Southwest Virginia yesterday -- this one on INterstate 81 in Wythe County.
It happened near the 72 mile marker when a vehicle ran off the road and hit a guardrail.
Seventy-three year old Monroe Rathborne Junior and his wife Barbara were killed.

[Tech-Incident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-53 1:27:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


No one was injured when a Virginia Tech basketball player fired shots from a high powered handgun on campus over the weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

School officials say Kenny Harrell of Newport News was walking with some other students down Washington Street past a row of dorms across from Cassell Coliseum. Tech spokesman Dave Nutter says campus police witnessed Harrell pull a semi-automatic weapon from his pocket and shoot skyward. Nutter says The Newport News native faces felony charges of shooting a firearm on school property.
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[IN Q=HE DEFINITELY]

((DAVE NUTTER/VA. TECH SPOKESMAN; HE DEFINITELY FACES LOCAL CRIMINAL CHARGES. HIS CASE WILL BE REFERRED TO THE UNIVERSITY JUDICIAL SYSTEM TO ACCESS WHETHER THESE INCIDENTS REPRESENT A VIOLATION OF THE UNIVERITY POLICY AS WELL.))
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[OUT Q=AS WELL.]
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[VO-NAT]

Harrell has also been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team.
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[2-CLINTON]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-C]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


The White House could have an extra guest today.
President Clinton is already scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamain Netanyahu.
But there's a chance Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will also show up after he speaks today at the U-N.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;]

[4:13:21]
President Clinton is back home after three days of fundraising.
He raised nearly four million dollars for Democrats.
He got lots of cheers along the way, but was also dogged by protestors demanding his resignation.
[super=@file;]

Meanwhile, a lawyer for Paula Jones says he's "very optimistic" about an out-of-court settlement of her sexual harrassment suit against the president.
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[ramsey]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-F]
[GRAPHIC=Jonbenet Ramsey]


In Boulder, another big blow to prosecutors in the Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Last week, another investigator left the case.
And in his resignation letter Lou Smit writes that he could not be part of the "persecution of innocent people," referring to Jon Benet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey.
Prosecutors do not have to include Smit's resignation letter in their presentation to the grand jury-- unless the jurors request it.
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[2-E-Domestic-Violence]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-51; 02:04:04]
[GRAPHIC=Domestic Violence]


Lynchburg is getting some monetary help in its battle against domestic violence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A 500- thousand dollar grant from the Department of Justice and will fund a computer system, prevention training and a new coordinator position in the commonwealth's attorney's office.
One local Prosecutor calls it money well spent.
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[SOT 5:21:38]
[IN Q=We want to]

((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT IS NOT ALWAYS PUNISHING FOR PAST VIOLENCE, BUT ENSURING THAT FUTURE VIOLENCE DOESN'T OCCUR, AND WE NEED THEIR SUPPORT IN ORDER TO DO THAT. WE THINK THAT HAVING SOMEONE THAT CAN DO THAT FOLLOW- UP WITH THESE VICTIMS THE DAY AFTER THE OFFENSE OCCURRED WILL HELP US.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Lynchburg Prosecutor; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=will help us.]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=none]


Petty says nearly half the cases his office handles every year involved domestic violence.
This marks the second time Lynchburg has won the federal grant money.

[vA-vOTING]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Voting]


A Washington think tank calls Virginia one of the most UNDEMOCRATIC states in the country.
The Center for Voting and Democracy cited lack of voter participation, one-sided congressional races and numerous unopposed elections in its analysis.
Virginia was ranked 35th -- better than most other states in the South, but still in the bottom third nationally.

[E-VT-Kitchen]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=98-70; 15:20]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Some new toys for Virginia Tech interior design students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Friday;]


The students are learning the basics in kitchen design using five fully operational models, ranging from the most basic to the more elaborate.
The idea is to teach students how to design kitchens with different needs in mind.
For example: kitchens designed to make life easier for the handicapped or even families with young children.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=What we're ]

((JULIA BEAMISH/VT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: WHAT WE'RE WANTING THEM TO DO IS TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT AND WORK AS KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS AND PLAN, HELP FAMILIES PLAN, THAT LIVING SPACE AND IT REALLY HAS BECOME A KIND OF COMPLICATED LIVING SPACE TO WORK IN.))
[SUPER=01-Julia Beamish/Virginia Tech Associate Professor; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=to work in.]
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[VO-NAT]


The "Center for Kitchen Design" was made possible with the help of more than 20- companies that donated to the project.
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[3-Sports]


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


In sports, Ricky Rudd wins a race for the sixteenth consecutive NASCAR season.
Roy Stanley has more.
Good Morning Roy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=2:39]
[OUT Q=day everybody.]



[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:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A Pulaski family lost 2 members in a traffic accident yesterday.
A 3-year-old and 21 year old were ejected from a car that struck a tree off of a Pulaski intersection.
4 others survived the crash -- 3 are in Columbia Pulaski Community hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Virginia Tech basketball player is indefinitely suspended from the team after allegedly firing several shots from a high-powered handgun on campus.
Campus police reportedly saw Kenny Harrell firing the weapon into the air as he was walking down Washington Street.


No one was injured.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A federal grant will fatten Lynchburg's budget for fighting domestic violence.
The Department of Justice has given half a million dollars to fund a computer system, prevention training, and a new coordinator position in the commonwealth's attorney's office.
Prosecutor Bill Petty says nearly half the cases his office handles every year involve domestic violence.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]

(ad lib bye) (Kimberly ad lib weather)