[7Chemical-Spill]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-4 23:56]
[GRAPHIC=Chemical Spill]


Some 75 Roanoke residents have returned home after a chemical spill forced them to evacuate last night.
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It happened near Hannah's Circle mobile home park.
Officials say construction workers tearing down a vacant building next door ruptured two drums filled with Sodium Hydro-sulfite.
The chemical burns when exposed to air, and the fumes can cause headaches and respiratory problems.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=After]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Betty Cooper/Resident; :14--QUICK]
[SUPER=@Eric2; :28]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hall/Resident; :34--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Winston Simmons/Deputy Fire Chief; :43--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Donna Buckner/Resident; 1:00--QUICK]
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[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

((After assessing the situation, emergency officials decided everyone in the mobile home park...about 75 people, had to go.
[SOT 1:50:21]
[IN Q=can we come]

((CAN WE COME BACK IN THE MORNING? YES MA'AM. BUT WE HAVE TO STAY OUT ALL NIGHT. YES MA'AM. )) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=yes mam]


Resident's who were there, and experienced the chemcial fumes first hand understood why.
[SOT 02:01:51]
[IN Q=it was just]

((BETTY COOPER/EVACUEE; IT WAS JUST KIND OF SMOKING, THEN IT CAUGHT ON FIRE ...BY THAT TIME THE FUMES WERE REALLY REALLY BAD. )) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=really bad]


Lisa Hall packed up her three children and went looking for another place to spend the night.
[SOT 02:01:51]
[IN Q=there's no damage]

((LISA HALL/EVACUEE; THERE'S NO DAMAGE JUST A LOT OF FUMES AND STUFF THEY TOLD US TO BRING ALL THE ANIMALS IN, CUT THE AIR OFF. (59) )) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=the air off]


It is children, and the elderly that emergency workers are concerned about.
[SOT 1:53:19]
[IN Q=mainly because]

((WINSTON SIMMONS/DEP. FIRE CHIEF; MAINLY BECAUSE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN CAN BE AFFECTED DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE MY AGE, YOUR AGE. (27) WE JUST WANTED TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE. (29) )) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=on the safe side]


But even the safe side can be frustrating, when you're forced out of your home on a winter night.
[SOT 01:51:12]
[IN Q=suppose we're]

((DONNA BUCKNER/EVACUEE; SUPPOSE WE BE DOIN THIS BECAUSE OF THAT BUILDILNG THEY'RE TEARING DOWN. AND NOW WE GOTTA LEAVE OUR HOMES. I THINK IT'S STUPID.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=think it's stupid]


Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[7-5-Hugh-Finn]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#598-37 1:02:37]
[GRAPHIC=Right to Die]


There could be thousands of dollars in legal fees on the way back to Hugh Finn's widow.
Michelle Finn was in Richmond yesterday to tell her story before a state Senate subcommittee.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


She testified on her legal battle with Governor Gilmore for the right to let her comatose husband die.
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[SOT one 03:40:11]
[IN Q=It was devastating]

((IT WAS DEVASTATING TO HAVE A HIGH OFFICIAL WITH THE FULL FORCE OF THE STATE OPPOSE ME IN A COURT OF LAW. I WAS MADE TO FEEL LIKE A CRIMINAL.))
[SUPER=01-Michele Finn/Hugh Finn's Widow;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=a criminal.]
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[VO-NAT]


But Mrs. Finn's own sister testified against her right to be reimbursed-- disputing the findings of Finn's doctors that he would NOT recover from his coma.
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[SOT TWO 16:09:53]
[IN Q=He was]

((ELAINE GLAZIER/MICHELE FINN'S SISTER: HE WAS DENIED THE ASSISTANCE...LIFE ITSELF.))
[SUPER=01-Elaine Glazier/Michele Finn's Sister;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=life itself.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=None]


The subcommittee decided to keep the 48-thousand dollar reimbursement in the bill... but take out any references that seemed to blame the Governor for his actions to keep Finn alive.

[7E-Burlington]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=98-80 TC1:15:12]
[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


More layoffs at an area textile mill.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville]

Burlington Industries is closing seven U-S plants, including this one in Hillsville. 160 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes July first. Overall, Burlington is eliminating 29-hundred jobs.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=KMC]
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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
We could see a new record set today, as temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-70s under partly cloudy skies.

A chance for some showers tonight, as lows drop into the low- to mid-40s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 1/29/99
Friday:

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[45VA-Impeachment]
[anchor=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=NONE]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE TO PINNACLE]


There could be an end in sight to President Clinton's impeachment trial.
Senators today will try to reach a bipartisan deal to wrap things up by February 12th.
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[Take Pinnacle Page]
Virginia's Senators remained true to their parties in yesterday's votes.
Democrat Chuck Robb voted to dismiss the articles of impeachment.
Republican John Warner voted against dismissal. [Next Page]
Their votes were also opposed one another on witnesses... Robb against witnesses; Warner in favor.
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[45E-Cross-Burning]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-74 1:16:17]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A judge failed to rule on the constiutionality of Virginia's cross burning law yesterday.
But did listen to both sides in the case of the klansman accused of breaking that law.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SUPER=03-Hillsville; :06]
[SUPER=01-David Baugh/Defense Attorney; :23]
[SUPER=03-Ebensburg, PA/May 1992; :43]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville/Last Fall; :52]
[SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; 1:07]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:14]
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[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Hillsville.]



[45E-Volvo-Vote]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=99-5 10:46]
[GRAPHIC=Volvo]


Volvo is selling its passenger car division to Ford, but when it comes to its trucks, the company will have its eye on Dublin.
Workers at a the volvo truck plant vote on another contract today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape]


The contract is similar to the one workers rejected ten days ago.
This one does have a revised policy on new employees health insurance.
Volvo's president says the 148-million dollar exapnsion announced by the Governor two weeks ago depends on workers approving the contract.
Even if the workers vote yes, the 54-million dollar state incentive package that would bring new jobs- must still be approved by state lawmakers.
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[45E-Tech-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-71]
[GRAPHIC=Textile Industry]


Virginia Tech students are taking a stand against sweatshops.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


The students are worried some clothing companies are converting to such practices to cut costs.
Yesterday, the group called on college administrators to join other schools, refusing to sell clothing made by overworked and underpaid laborers.
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[SOT 20:36:50]
[IN Q=that's what]

((DAVID FERGUSON/STUDENT ORGANIZER: THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKING, THAT WHEN THE COMPANIES CONTRACT OUT, THEY ARE NOT HAVING ABUSES DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS.))
[SUPER=01-David Ferguson/Student Organizer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=PROCESS]
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[VO-NAT]


Tech's administration said it agrees in principle with the students.
It's working on a code that would be accepted at schools across the country.
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[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=KMC]
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Checking the Thursday forecast now--
Partly cloudy skies today, with near record highs again.
Expect temperatures to warm into the low and mid 70s by afternoon.
Turning mostly cloudy overnight, with a chance of showers.
Lows in the mid 40s.
The four day forecast looks damp for the first half of the weekend...and temperatures will also be cooling off.
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[8E-Wilderness-Academy]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-2 23:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The State Department of Education finally gave good marks to the Wilderness Leadershp Academy, which had been under the state's microscope for MONTHS.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buchanan;]


About a year ago a department report described conditions at the school as, "unsafe" and "unsanitary".
School officials then renovated and improved many of the academy's facilities.
Yesterday, state officials announced the school had passed its latest inspection.
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[SOT 10.34.06 - 10.34.19]
[IN Q=The state was]

((COL. GENE NERVO/FOUNDER: THE STATE WAS VERY FAIR TO US. IN OUR EVALUATION THEY GAVE US MANY COMMENDATIONS ABOUT OUR IMPROVEMENTS. IN FACT, THERE WERE A COUPLE AREAS WHERE WE SET THE STANDARD FOR THE STATE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Gene Nervo/Founder;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=for the state.]
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[VO-NAT]


If the school had not passed officials would have shut it down.
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[8Chemical-Spill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-4 23:56]
[GRAPHIC=Chemical Spill]


75 Roanoke residents had to spend the night away from home after a chemical spill forced the evacuation
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
of Hannah's Circle mobile home park.
Officials say construction workers tearing down a vacant building next door ruptured two drums filled with Sodium Hydro-sulfite.
The chemical burns when exposed to air, and the fumes can cause headaches and respiratory problems.
Eric Earnhart has more.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=After]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Betty Cooper/Resident; :14--QUICK]
[SUPER=@Eric2; :28]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hall/Resident; :34--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Winston Simmons/Deputy Fire Chief; :43--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Donna Buckner/Resident; 1:00--QUICK]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

((After assessing the situation, emergency officials decided everyone in the mobile home park...about 75 people, had to go.
[SOT 1:50:21]
[IN Q=can we come]

((CAN WE COME BACK IN THE MORNING? YES MA'AM. BUT WE HAVE TO STAY OUT ALL NIGHT. YES MA'AM. )) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=yes mam]


Resident's who were there, and experienced the chemcial fumes first hand understood why.
[SOT 02:01:51]
[IN Q=it was just]

((BETTY COOPER/EVACUEE; IT WAS JUST KIND OF SMOKING, THEN IT CAUGHT ON FIRE ...BY THAT TIME THE FUMES WERE REALLY REALLY BAD. )) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=really bad]


Lisa Hall packed up her three children and went looking for another place to spend the night.
[SOT 02:01:51]
[IN Q=there's no damage]

((LISA HALL/EVACUEE; THERE'S NO DAMAGE JUST A LOT OF FUMES AND STUFF THEY TOLD US TO BRING ALL THE ANIMALS IN, CUT THE AIR OFF. (59) )) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=the air off]


It is children, and the elderly that emergency workers are concerned about.
[SOT 1:53:19]
[IN Q=mainly because]

((WINSTON SIMMONS/DEP. FIRE CHIEF; MAINLY BECAUSE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN CAN BE AFFECTED DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE MY AGE, YOUR AGE. (27) WE JUST WANTED TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE. (29) )) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=on the safe side]


But even the safe side can be frustrating, when you're forced out of your home on a winter night.
[SOT 01:51:12]
[IN Q=suppose we're]

((DONNA BUCKNER/EVACUEE; SUPPOSE WE BE DOIN THIS BECAUSE OF THAT BUILDILNG THEY'RE TEARING DOWN. AND NOW WE GOTTA LEAVE OUR HOMES. I THINK IT'S STUPID.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=think it's stupid]


Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[8E-Hospital-Chef]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=98-77]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The new chef at the Lewis-Gale Medical Center is improving the reputation of hospital food...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Before Julius Wohl was hired as the hospital's head chef, he put together quite a resume. The Hungarian chef has made dishes at famous hotels and restaurants all over Europe and in the United States. His meals are fit for kings and even presidents.
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[SOT ub 10 49 24]
[IN Q=I did that]

((CHEF JULIUS WOHL/LEWIS GALE MEDICAL CENTER: I DID THE ELECTION FOR MR. BUSH, FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH, THEN I WORKED AT NORTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY I DID DINNER FOR THE GOVERNOR, AND JIMMY CARTER, PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER.))
[SUPER=01-Chef Julius Wohl/Lewis Gale Medical Center; ]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=Jimmy Carter]
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[VO-NAT]

But Chef Julius says he's content to be the executive chef at the Salem hospital. He says the hours are better and he gets satisfaction from knowing he makes patients feel better.
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[8WEATHER]


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


Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
Partly cloudy skies today, with near record highs again.
Expect temperatures to warm into the low and mid 70s by afternoon.
Turning mostly cloudy overnight, with a chance of showers.
Lows in the mid 40s.
The four day forecast looks damp for the first half of the weekend...and temperatures will also be cooling off.
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