[7E-Monty-Shooting]

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Manslaughter charges will NOT be filed in connection with a fatal shooting last weekend in Shawsville.
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68-year-old John Kirk was checking a revolver when the gun fired over the weekend.
The bullet hit his roommate, 64-year-old Carl Hixon, in the head.
Both men had been drinking.
Yesterday, Montgomery County sheriff's deputies charged Kirk with reckless handling of a firearm, because the victim's family agreed it was an accident.
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[7E-Greenfield]


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Botetourt County is steering it's way into the next century.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


At a press conference yesterday, Koyo Steering Systems announced it will bring 200 jobs to the area-- paying workers more than 13-dollars an hour.
The company will build on an 80-acre plot in the Greenfield business park.
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[SOT 11:50:13]
[IN Q=The central location]

((THE CENTRAL LOCATION WILL HELP US SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS QUICKLY AND ECONOMICALLY. THE LABOR FORCE IS VERY MUCH EXPECTABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Akihisa Muyama/Koyo Steering Systems;]
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[OUT Q=very much expectable]
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Koyo will build advanced power steering systems for American cars.
This is the second Japanese automotives company in Botetourt and the county wants to recruit more.
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[SOT 12:05:05]
[IN Q=We think]

((WE THINK THIS IS A PERFECT LOCATION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE ... EASTERN PART OF THE U-S.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/County Administrator;]
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[OUT Q=part of the U-S]
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[VO-NAT]


Koyo wants to open the plant within two years.
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[7E-Medical-Marijuana]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-7 38:18]
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It's a topic that has stirred controversy everywhere from the halls of Congress to the suburban dinner table.
Now a new report funded by the federal government confirms that marijuana can be used as an effective pain and nausea reliever.
As Joe Dashiell reports, a Roanoke man has a personal interest in the debate.
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[IN Q=E. Duane Howard]
[SUPER=07-E. Duane Howard; :05]
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(( E. Duane Howard says the latest findings are long overdue.
[SOT 10:29:28]
[IN Q=It's something that people]

((IT'S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME.))
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[OUT Q=long time.]


For Howard, the active ingredients in marijuana provide some relief from the effects of spasmodic torticollis, a neurological movement disorder that affects the muscles in his neck.
He has a prescription for Marinol, a synthetic form of the active substance in marijuana, but at 15 dollars a pill, it's a treatment he can't afford.
[SOT 10:35:37]
[IN Q= People looking at this story]

((PEOPLE LOOKING AT THIS STORY WILL THINK THIS ISSUE DOESN'T REALLY AFFECT ME, BUT IT DOES WHEN THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PAYING FOR THE OUTRAGEOUS COST OF THIS DRUG.))
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[OUT Q=cost of this drug.]


Since 1996, voters in seven states have passed measures supporting the medical use of marijuana... but allowing its actual prescription would require a change in federal law, and so far congress is taking a hard line against it.
The president elect of the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, Howard isn't advocating the complete legalization of marijuana... but he does believe it should be available for legitimate medical purposes.
[SOT 10:31:50]
[IN Q=With people dying]

((WITH PEOPLE DYING OF CANCER AND AIDS, IF THERE'S A DRUG OUT THERE THAT'S GOING TO GIVE THEM ANY TYPE OF RELIEF, OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE WILLING TO LET THESE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO ANY DRUG THAT'S GOING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE COMFORTABLE.))
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[OUT Q=their life more comfortable.]


Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
Mostly sunny today and breezy to day, with more warm temperatures. Look for highs in the mid to upper-60s.
Clear and windy overnight. Lows will be in the thirties.
The extended forecast...
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[45E-Waltex-Fire]


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Production at Waltex in Bedford will resume this morning, after a fire yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The blaze broke out in an oven used to process rubber.
Eight to ten employees had to be evacuated.
Bedford firefighters and the company's own fire brigade had the smoke and flames under control within minutes.
There wasn't much damage, and no one was hurt.
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[45Michelle-Finn]


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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:39:41]
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Governor Gilmore has less than two weeks to decide what to do about a budget item that would reimburse the family of Hugh Finn for legal fees.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


Most of those fees were incurred by Finn's widow in her fight with the Governor to remove her comatose husband's feeding tubes.
Now, some Republicans point out that one advantage to the Governor changing his mind and approving the payment-- is that the language would protect him from a future lawsuit from Michelle Finn.
Mrs. Finn's attorney calls himself an expert in high profile media cases.
He did, in fact, represent John Wayne Bobbitt.
He told NEWS 7 that Mrs. Finn will waive her rights to sue the Governor if she is repaid in full.
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[45E-Blood-Service]


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The Roanoke chapter of the Red Cross is worried some new competition will cause a decrease in blood donors.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Virginia Blood Services or VBS recently agreed to be a supplemental blood supplier to Carilion hospitals in Roanoke.

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[IN Q=I think it's]

((BOB CARDEN/VIRGINIA BLOOD SERVICES CEO: I THINK IT'S A TREMENDOUS BENEFIT HAVING AN ADDITIONAL BLOOD SUPPLIER IN THE COMMUNITY. FIRST OF ALL IT WOULD HELP ENSURE THE BLOOD SUPPLY FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE WILL HELP TO MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY HAS THE BLOOD PRODUCTS IT NEEDS AND WHEN IT NEEDS THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Carden/Virginia Blood Services CEO;]
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[OUT Q=when it needs them.]
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VBS has held its first of several blood drives in the city.
The group is also building permanent offices at Crossroads Mall.
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[45Dissection]


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Two Virginia Tech students remain on a food strike this morning because of animal dissection in biology classes.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Right now, the course syllabi for biology classes does NOT state that options are in place for students who object to dissections.
Pierre (gruh-bowski) Grzybowski and Dylan Eastman began their hunger strike earlier this week.
They're hoping it will convince the biology department to note on the course syllabi that students do NOT have to participate.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's about]

((PIERRE GRZYBOWSKI/OPPOSES ANIMAL DISSECTION: IT'S ABOUT STUDENTS' RIGHTS. IT'S ABOUT STUDENTS' RIGHTS TO HAVE AN EDUCATION THAT'S NOT COMPROMISED BY REQUIRING THEM TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S AGAINST THEIR BELIEFS. ))
[SUPER=01-Pierre Grzybowski/Opposes Animal Dissection; :00]
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[OUT Q=their beliefs.]
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University officials say Tech does offer options.
But they doubt the biology department will alter its curriculum.
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[SOT]
[in q=If a ]

((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY SPOKESMAN:IF A STUDENT REALLY HAS A DEEP SEATED MORAL OR PHILOSOPHIC OPPOSITION TO THIS THEN WE BELIEVE THEY'RE GOING TO COME FORWARD AND THE DEPARTMENT WILL HEAR THEIR CASE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.))
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The students say they intend to continue their hunger strike until they get the results they are hoping for.

[45E-D-Day]


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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-3 1:17:22]
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Construction isn't expected to begin anytime soon on The D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The Site preparation is just about complete.
But there's a cash-flow problem.
About three quarters of the 12 million dollars needed to build the national memorial in Bedford has been pledged.
But pledges are not necessarily cash.
The art work is on schedule. Sculptures are in production at the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City.
Construction on the monument itself may begin this summer... with a full-scale dedication ceremony POSSIBLY on Veterans day, 2000.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Mostly sunny and breezy today, with slightly cooler air moving in.
Daytime highs will be in the mid 60s.
Clear and still breezy overnight, with lows falling into the low to mid 30s.
The five day outlook is partly to mostly sunny through the weekend...with rain likely by Monday.
Highs mainly in the upper 50s.
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[8E-Waltex-Fire]


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A fire yesterday will NOT disrupt production for long at Bedford's Waltex plant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The blaze broke out in an oven used to process rubber.
Eight to ten employees had to be evacuated.
Bedford firefighters and the company's own fire brigade had the smoke and flames under control within minutes.
There wasn't much damage, and no one was hurt.
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[8-5-Greenfield]


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[WRITER=tte]
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New jobs and 37- MILLION- dollars are on the way to Botetourt county, after a Japanese automotive company decided to build its U-S headquarters there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


At a press conference Wednesday, representatives from Koyo Steering Systems said they will bring 200 jobs paying more than 13-dollars an hour.
They plan to build on an 81-acre parcel of the Greenfield business park.
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[SOT 11:50:24]
[IN Q=The experience]

((THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER JAPANESE COMPANIES IN THE REGION GAVE US CONFIDENCE THAT WE WILL SUCCEED HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Akihisa Muyama/Koyo Steering Systems;]
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[OUT Q=succeed here]
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Koyo is the second Japanese automotives company to choose Botetourt County in the past four years.
It will make advanced power steering systems for American cars.
The county wants to recruit more transportation-related companies.
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[SOT 12:05:05]
[IN Q=We think]

((WE THINK THIS IS A PERFECT LOCATION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE ... EASTERN PART OF THE U-S.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/County Administrator;]
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[VO-NAT]


Koyo plans to open the facility within two years.
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[8E-Medical-Marijuana]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-7 38:18]
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A federally- funded report now confirms that marijuana can be used to effectively treat pain and nausea.
The national controversy over legalizing marijuana for medical treatment has hit home for one Roanoke man.
Joe Dashiell has his story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=E. Duane Howard]
[SUPER=07-E. Duane Howard; :05]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :13]
[SUPER=03-California; :40]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]

(( E. Duane Howard says the latest findings are long overdue.
[SOT 10:29:28]
[IN Q=It's something that people]

((IT'S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=long time.]


For Howard, the active ingredients in marijuana provide some relief from the effects of spasmodic torticollis, a neurological movement disorder that affects the muscles in his neck.
He has a prescription for Marinol, a synthetic form of the active substance in marijuana, but at 15 dollars a pill, it's a treatment he can't afford.
[SOT 10:35:37]
[IN Q= People looking at this story]

((PEOPLE LOOKING AT THIS STORY WILL THINK THIS ISSUE DOESN'T REALLY AFFECT ME, BUT IT DOES WHEN THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PAYING FOR THE OUTRAGEOUS COST OF THIS DRUG.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=cost of this drug.]


Since 1996, voters in seven states have passed measures supporting the medical use of marijuana... but allowing its actual prescription would require a change in federal law, and so far congress is taking a hard line against it.
The president elect of the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, Howard isn't advocating the complete legalization of marijuana... but he does believe it should be available for legitimate medical purposes.
[SOT 10:31:50]
[IN Q=With people dying]

((WITH PEOPLE DYING OF CANCER AND AIDS, IF THERE'S A DRUG OUT THERE THAT'S GOING TO GIVE THEM ANY TYPE OF RELIEF, OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE WILLING TO LET THESE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO ANY DRUG THAT'S GOING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE COMFORTABLE.))
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Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[8Tech]


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Tickets are going fast for Saturday's matchup between the Lady Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers.
Already, more than 23- hundred of the allotted 3000 have been bought by fans heading to
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[SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN/Monday Night;]


the Greensboro Coliseum for the East Regionals.
If you want to see the Tech women battle the Lady Vols at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, your best bet is to get in touch with the Tech ticket office sometime today.
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Time again to check the Thursday forecast...
Mostly sunny and breezy today, with a high near 65.
Clear skies overnight, with lows cooling into the low to mid 30s.
The extended forecast promises dry weather through the weekend...showers likely for Monday...and afternoon temperatures staying in the upper 50s.
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