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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;]

First some school information-- Mount Rogers School in Grayson County is closed today. All other Grayson County sch
ools and all Smyth County Schools are opening one hour late.

[7E-Local-React]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-75 1:33:16]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq attack]


All is calm for the moment in Baghdad after a night of missile strikes by U-S and British forces.
Saddam Hussein says ``several targets'' were hit.
As U-S military reinforcements head to the Middle East, members of Congress say they support the attack, even though some are questioning the timing.
Some area residents agree, but as Eric Earnhart reports, no one says they're sorry it happened.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=At Roanoke's Community]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Walker Turner/Veteran; :11]
[SUPER=07-Nellie Porter; :18]
[SUPER=07-David Wood; :29]
[SUPER=07-Barry Goldberg; :45]
[SUPER=@eric1; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]


((At Roanoke's Community Inn, it was a full house, paying full attention to drama playing out on the three television screens.

[SOT 08:20:49]
[IN Q=I think it]

((WALKER TURNER/VETERAN; I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO, I THINK THEY SHOULD GET RID OF THE GUY, IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT, DO IT AND LET'S FORGET IT.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=forget it]



[SOT 08:22:10 ]
[IN Q=I think it]

((NELLIE PORTER; I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LONG TIME AGO WHEN WE HAD THE OTHER WAR, THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED WHEN THEY DID.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=when they did]



At least one person worried about the timing...

[SOT 08:19:11]
[IN Q=I just think]

((DAVID WOOD; I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, I JUST HOPE IT'S NOT INTERPRETED AS SOMETHING POLITICAL ON BILL CLINTON'S IMPEACHMENT, I JUST HOPE WE SEPERATE THAT AS AMERICANS AS ONE ISSUE SEPERATE FROM THE OTHER.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=the other]



But not everyone agrees with that separation.

[SOT 08:55:43 ]
[IN Q=i think it's]

((BARRY GOLDBERG; I THINK IT'S DEFINATELY A WAG THE DOG SITUATION, THEY COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT SADDAM A LONG TIME AGO, WHY NOW?.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=the impeachment process]



Even Walker Turner, the veteran who supports the attack, believes it had a political purpose... but doesn't care.

[SOT 08:21:01 ]
[IN Q=it looks like]

((WALKER TURNER/VETERAN; IT LOOKS LIKE A WAG THE DOG TO ME, THAT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU. BUT IT'S OK IF WE GET SADDAM IN THE PROCESS? OH YEA.)) [RUNS07]

[OUT Q=Oh yea]))[7S-Henry-Murder]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-73 44:48]
[GRAPHIC=Henry Co. Murder Investigation]


Officials have discovered the body of a Henry County man, and this morning, a manhunt is underway for the suspect- Clyde Howard Junior, of Spencer-- who's also a suspect in a North Carolina robbery.
Christy Hubley reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This 1982 burgandy Chevette]
[SUPER=01-H. F. Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :10]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :17]
[SUPER=@Christy2;:47]
[RUNS=:58]
[OUT Q=News 7]

(( This 1982 burgandy Chevette was stolen yesterday afternoon in Stokes County, North Carolina.
It was taken from the caretaker of a green box collection site.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:04:08-:15]
[IN Q=A white male appraoched]

((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: A WHITE MALE APPROACHED THE CARETAKER ON FOOT, PRODUCED A HANDGUN, AND TOLD HIM HE WANTED HIS KEYS.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=wanted his keys.]


An hour later, the car was found near this abandoned tobacco barn in Spencer, Virginia.
It's the same location where the sheriff's deputies discovered the murder victim.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:04:40-:52 ]
[IN Q=While they were checking]

((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WHILE THEY WERE CHECKING THIS CAR THEY HEARD A MOTOR RUNNING LOOKED DOWN AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL ABOUT 100-150 YARDS OFF AND THEY SAY A PICKUP TRUCK.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=a pickup truck.]


56-year old James Stanley Taylor was dead behind the wheel-- a gunshot through the head.
His 21-month old granddaughter was next to him in a carseat.
She was unharmed.
Authorities have identified the suspect as Clyde Howard Junior but they haven't been able to track him down.
They believe he is armed and dangerous.
Christy Hubley, News 7.))
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[7S-I-81]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE=98-65 1:28:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The price tag could be high-- a reported 3-point 4 BILLION dollars--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


But widening Interstate 81 is now a legitimate option, since the Virginia Department of Transportation finished its study.
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


There's NO design yet-- but the plan is for construction to be complete by the year 2020.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:47:37]
[IN Q=A minimum]

((JAMIE BROWDER/VDOT CHIEF ENGINEER: A MINIMUM OF SIX LANES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE IN THE DESIGN YEAR FOR THE ENTIRE CORRIDOR, WITH EXCEPTIONS. AND THOSE EXCEPTIONS ARE WHERE WE WILL HAVE CLIMBING LANES THAT WILL BE ADDED IN ADDITION TO HAVING THE SIX LANES.))
[SUPER=01-Jamie Browder/VDOT Chief Engineer;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=the six lanes.]
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[VO-NAT]


There will also be four lanes each way near Roanoke and Salem, the I-77 interchange, Harrisonburg, and Winchester.
The road was designed for 15-percent truck traffic.
It now handles 40-percent truck traffic at peak times.
The entire 30-year old, 342-mile corridor will be completely repaved.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
A chance for some snow this morning as you head out to work. Look for cloudy skies and a mixture of rain and snow, with highs today reaching the mid-40s.
Skies clear out overnight. Expect breezy conditions and lows in the upper-20s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 12/18/98
Friday:

[SUPER=130-2/Keeland Griffith/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-7/Rebecca Kimberlin/Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-3/Brianna Kirk/Martinsville]



[SUPER=130-15/Natasha Oliver/Newport]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-60th/William & Helen Wright/Penhook]



[SUPER=130-77/William Wright/Penhook]



[SUPER=130-19/Terri Cressell/Parrott]



[SUPER=130-3/Caleb Craft/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-16/Chance McMillan/Pulaski]



[SUPER=130-13/Jonathan Ashworth/Sandy Level]



[SUPER=130-12/Lamore' Calloway/Brookneal]



[SUPER=130-40/Betsy Gallatin/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-1/Cole Reed/Hardy]



[SUPER=130-/Charles Lumsden/Wirtz]



[SUPER=130-11/Amanda Gunsaulis/Hillsville]



[SUPER=130-1/Matthew Clingenpeel/Roanoke]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-35/Mike Tyler/Roanoke]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-50th/Clarence & Juanita Waldron/Hardy]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-50th/Sim & Elsie Wade/Ferrum]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-43rd/William & Gladys Lamb/New Castle][cutopen]
[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;]


First some school information-- Mount Rogers School in Grayson County is closed today. All other Grayson County sch

ools and all Smyth County Schools are opening one hour late.[45State-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Governor Jim Gilmore is about to announce a major pay raise for state workes, 8 point 5 percent.
Classified state employees already had a two-and-a-quarter percent pay raise coming in 19-99.
Sources tell NEWS 7 the Governor will announce a plan for raises of up to six-and-a-quarter percent on top of the raise already budgeted.
The announcement will come during his monthly radio show later this morning.



[45-5-Abduction]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=598-]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 23-year old Roanoke woman tells Roanoke police she was abducted while leaving Crossroads Mall Tuesday night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It happened at about 8-30.
The woman told police a man forced his way into her car along the 1500 block of Hershberger Road, showed her a handgun and demanded 400 dollars.
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[SOT 14.52.50 - 14.53.00]
[IN Q=He demanded more money]

((LT. W.J. BEASON/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: HE DEMANDED MORE MONEY THAN THE WOMAN ACTUALY HAD SO HE FORCED HER TO DRIVE TO THE REAR OF THE MALL WHERE THERE WAS A WOODED AREA BACK THERE, HAD HER GET OUT OF THE CAR AND FORCED HER TO GET INTO THE TRUNK.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. W. J. Beason/Roanoke City Police;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=into the trunk.]
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[VO-NAT]


The woman says she was released unharmed near Cove Road before the suspect fled.
Authorities say although abductions are rare in Roanoke, shoppers should be aware of their surroundings.
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[45Baby-Switch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It looks like the dispute involving one of the girls in the U-V-A switched baby case is over.
A lawyer for the family of Rebecca Chittum says the agreement involves significant time with the girl for both sets of grandparents.
Rebecca's parents,-- Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum-- died in a July Fourth car crash on Interstate 81.
It was later learned Rebecca was not their biological daughter because of an accidental switch at the hospital where she was born.[45E-Climber-Fall]
[anchor=Melanie]
[newscast=cutins]
[writer=chr]
[tape=98-76 29:19]
[graphic=None]


A rock climber is recovering from head injuries after falling near 30 feet last night in Bedford County.
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[vo-nat]
[super=03-Bedford Co.]


Nathan Adams reportedly ventured OFF of the Sharptop trail near the Peaks of Otter when he slipped and fell.
(/////SOT///////)
[SOT]

[10:40:12]
[In-Q=Rock climbing]

((BOBBY MILLER/PARK RANGER: ROCK-CLIMBING IS NOT PERMITTED ON THE PARKWAY WITHIN 100 FEET OF TRAILS. THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS WHERE ROCK-CLIMBING IS PERMITTED AND THIS WASN'T ONE OF THEM.))
[super=01-Bobby Miller/Park Ranger;]
[Out-Q=wasn't one of them.]
[runs=:12]
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[vo-nat]
Emergency crews had to use ropes to rescue Adams.
His injuries apparently were not serious.
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[45S-Transplant]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-72]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke girl is said to be in good condition following a weekend heart transplant.
And as Steve Smallshaw reports doctors at the U-V-A medical center are optimistic about her future.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=When we last]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week; :00]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesvile; :14]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Nancy McDaniel/Pediatric Cardiologist; :29]
[SUPER=@ssm1; :38]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=News7, Charlottesville.]


(( When we last saw Kayla Griffin, the odds were stacked against her.
The 18- month- old Roanoke girl desperately needed a new heart but couldn't wait much longer.
Then on Saturday night, another family's tragedy turned into Kayla's chance for survival.
A donor heart became available and Kayla was rushed to Charlottesville for emergency transplant surgery.
She's now recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit at U-V-A, where doctors say her young age may actually increase her chance for survival.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 4:00:47]
[IN Q=As a child]

((DR. NANCY MCDANIEL/PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST: AS A CHILD, THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM ADJUSTS VERY WELL TO THE MEDICINE, THEY HAVE LESS COMPLICATIONS THAN THE ADULTS AND THEY DO VERY WELL LONG- TERM WITH A NEW ORGAN.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=a new organ.]
(/////SOT/////)

[Standup ]
[IN Q=Kayla already]

((Kayla already has survived some long odds to get to this point. Her heart came from a small child in Mississippi, about as far away as a donor can get. Doctors had just a four hour window of opportunity to remove the heart and bring it back to Charlottesville for transplant.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=for transplant.]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 4:01:29]
[IN Q=I think that]

((MCDANIEL: I THINK THAT SHE'S GOING TO DO VERY WELL. SHE HAS RECOVERED NICELY, DOING VERY WELL POST- OPERATIVE WITH NO SIGNS OF ANY PROBLEMS AND I KNOW HER PARENTS ARE LEARNING EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO LEARN AND THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS WHOLE THING.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=whole thing.]


McDaniel says Kayla stands about a 90 percent chance of surviving the first year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))

[45WEATHER]


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


Taking a look at the wintry forecast--
Cloudy skies, with rain or snow showers likely across the region today.
Look for highs to be in the lower 40s here.
Clearing and colder tonight, with lows in the mid and upper 20s.
The four day forecast is partly cloudy....
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;]


First some school information-- Mount Rogers School in Grayson County is closed today. All other Grayson County sch

ools and all Smyth County Schools are opening one hour late.[8E-Local-React]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-75 1:33:16]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq attack]


It's a quiet, sunny day in Baghdad, after a long night of U-S missile attacks.
Damage is still being assessed-- as more U-S military personnel head to the Middle East.
And though most members of Congress say they support the attack, others question it's timing.
Some area residents agree. Eric Earnhart reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=At Roanoke's Community]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Walker Turner/Veteran; :11]
[SUPER=07-Nellie Porter; :18]
[SUPER=07-David Wood; :29]
[SUPER=07-Barry Goldberg; :45]
[SUPER=@eric1; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]


((At Roanoke's Community Inn, it was a full house, paying full attention to drama playing out on the three television screens.

[SOT 08:20:49]
[IN Q=I think it]

((WALKER TURNER/VETERAN; I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO, I THINK THEY SHOULD GET RID OF THE GUY, IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT, DO IT AND LET'S FORGET IT.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=forget it]



[SOT 08:22:10 ]
[IN Q=I think it]

((NELLIE PORTER; I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LONG TIME AGO WHEN WE HAD THE OTHER WAR, THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED WHEN THEY DID.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=when they did]



At least one person worried about the timing...

[SOT 08:19:11]
[IN Q=I just think]

((DAVID WOOD; I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, I JUST HOPE IT'S NOT INTERPRETED AS SOMETHING POLITICAL ON BILL CLINTON'S IMPEACHMENT, I JUST HOPE WE SEPERATE THAT AS AMERICANS AS ONE ISSUE SEPERATE FROM THE OTHER.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=the other]



But not everyone agrees with that separation.

[SOT 08:55:43 ]
[IN Q=i think it's]

((BARRY GOLDBERG; I THINK IT'S DEFINATELY A WAG THE DOG SITUATION, THEY COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT SADDAM A LONG TIME AGO, WHY NOW?.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=the impeachment process]



Even Walker Turner, the veteran who supports the attack, believes it had a political purpose... but doesn't care.

[SOT 08:21:01 ]
[IN Q=it looks like]

((WALKER TURNER/VETERAN; IT LOOKS LIKE A WAG THE DOG TO ME, THAT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU. BUT IT'S OK IF WE GET SADDAM IN THE PROCESS? OH YEA.)) [RUNS07]

[OUT Q=Oh yea]))[8S-Henry-Murder]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-73 44:48]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


A manhunt is on this morning for Clyde Howard Junior.
The Spencer man is suspected of stealing a car in North Carolina and killing a man in Henry County.
Christy Hubley reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This 1982 burgandy Chevette]
[SUPER=01-H. F. Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :10]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :17]
[SUPER=@Christy1;:47]
[RUNS=:58]
[OUT Q=News 7]

(( This 1982 burgandy Chevette was stolen yesterday afternoon in Stokes County, North Carolina.
It was taken from the caretaker of a green box collection site.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:04:08-:15]
[IN Q=A white male appraoched]

((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: A WHITE MALE APPROACHED THE CARETAKER ON FOOT, PRODUCED A HANDGUN, AND TOLD HIM HE WANTED HIS KEYS.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=wanted his keys.]


An hour later, the car was found near this abandoned tobacco barn in Spencer, Virginia.
It's the same location where the sheriff's deputies discovered the murder victim.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:04:40-:52 ]
[IN Q=While they were checking]

((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WHILE THEY WERE CHECKING THIS CAR THEY HEARD A MOTOR RUNNING LOOKED DOWN AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL ABOUT 100-150 YARDS OFF AND THEY SAY A PICKUP TRUCK.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=a pickup truck.]


56-year old James Stanley Taylor was dead behind the wheel-- a gunshot through the head.
His 21-month old granddaughter was next to him in a carseat.
She was unharmed.
Authorities have identified the suspect as Clyde Howard Junior but they haven't been able to track him down.
They believe he is armed and dangerous.
Christy Hubley, News 7.))
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[8WEATHER]


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


Taking a look at the wintry forecast..
Cloudy, with rain or snow showers today.
The New River and Greenbrier Valleys could see snow accumulations of one to two inches.
Highs only in the low to mid 40s.
The snow showers should end tonight, with clearing skies and cold temperatures in the mid and upper 20s.
The extended outlook, meanwhile, looks dry....
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