[7E-Black]

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A Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard accused of burning a cross in Carroll County will go to trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville/November 13;]


Barry Black's attorneys had argued to have the case dismissed saying the charge violates their clients first amendment rights.
But Judge Duane Mink disagreed.
Commonwealth's attorney Greg Goad says he's pleased with the decision, since intimidation of others was never intended to be protected by the constitution.
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[7E-Hunter-meeting]


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Several changes could be on the way
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


for hunters in the Commonwealth.
About a hundred hunters had a chance to listen and voice their opinion at Northside High School last night.
Several were there to protest an existing rule that bans turkey hunting through most of November, including Thanksgiving.
They say a whole generation of young hunters is missing out.
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[SOT 20:29:43]
[IN Q=most kids are]

(( MOST KIDS ARE OFF DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS, THAT'S WHEN THEY CAN HUNT, AND WHEN THAT OPPORTUNITY ISN'T THERE, THEY FIND OTHER THINGS TO DO, YOU AND I DID, AND I THINK THEY'D BE BETTER SERVED TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO HUNT DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS, AND HUNT A TURKEY OR A DEER THAN THEY WOULD TO DO SOMETHING ELSE.))
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN WEBWATCH GRAPHIC]
You can find the link to the department's web page by clicking on the Webwatch graphic at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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[7E-Fire-Training]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Recent brush flareups have area fire companies on the alert.
So, last night, firefighters learned to work with one of their most valuable tools.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[IN Q=It was helicopter]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Va. Dept. of Foresty;]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Thursday]
[SUPER=01-Danny Carroll/Assistant Chief;]
[SUPER=02-John Reed/Summit Helicopters;]
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[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

((It was helicopter 101 for Fort Lewis firefighters in Roanoke County... and they learn how the fire-fighting chopper works, and what it needs when it arrives on scene.
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[IN Q=he's going to have]

((CHRIS THOMSEN/VA. DEPT OF FORESTRY; HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO LAND, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO HOOK UP HIS BUCKET )) [RUNS 04]
[OUT Q=his bucket]


And he's going to need water... but not just any water.
[SOT 00:00:34]
[IN Q=he'd rather not fly]

(( HE'D RATHER NOT FLY ACROSS INTERSTATE, IF WE'VE GOT A FIRE ON THE NORTH SIDE, HE'D RATHER USE A WATER SOURCES ON THE NORTH SIDE )) [RUNS 06]
[OUT Q=on the north side]


Because pilots don't like flying over the interstate carrying 100 gallons of water, hoping to avoid the chance, however slight, of an accidental drop on high speed traffic.
The drops are impressive.... 800 pounds of water, pumped up by a foaming agent, fanning out in a wide, flame choking blanket.
This is, however, not a new experiene for these firefighters, they've already seen it, in action last week, when the Green Hill forest fire almost got away from them.
[SOT 00:11:36]
[IN Q=the helicopter]

(( DANNY CARROL/ASST. CHIEF; THE HELICOPTER REALLY SAVED OUR DAY THE OTHER DAY, WITH THE WINDS BLOWING LIKE THEY WERE, IT WAS REALLY PUSHING THE FIRE, WE HAD SOME HOMES IN THE AREA... TREMENDOUS HELP. )) [RUNS 11]
[OUT Q=tremendous help]


Pilot John Reed has equal admiration for the men facing the flames on the ground... and says he works hard to make those buckets count...
[SOT 00:20:53]
[IN Q=we're able to put]

((JOHN REED/SUMMIT HELICOPTERS; WE'RE ABLE TO PUT A LOT OF WATER UP IN THE HILLS IN THE AREAS WHERE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR TRUCKS TO REALLY QUICKLY, )) [RUNS 08]
[OUT Q=to really quickly.]


Fortunately during this demonstration, the only fire around is the sunset settling on the nearby hillside... but those flames could very easily be real tomorrow, or the next day.
In Roanoke County, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
A mostly cloudy day ahead, with the chance for some showers by tonight. Look for highs in the mid-50s.
A good chance for rain tonight, with southerly winds keeping temperatures in the forties for lows.
The extended forecast...
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Wednesday:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-1/Anna Marie McKinney/Ferrum]



[SUPER=130-8/Brady Heilig/Roanoke]



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Anniversary:
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Twins:
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We have one school closing to report this morning. The lower school at Roanoke Catholic is closed due to a heating p

roblem. [45Death-Penalty]


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A broad array of religious leaders in Virginia say it's time to stop what they call "state-sanctioned killing."
Five executions scheduled in April will set a modern one-month record for the commonwealth.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[IN Q=Catholic, Episcopal]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Rabbi Leivy Smolar/Congregation Or Ami; :09 ]
[SUPER=01-Fletcher Lowe/Virginia Interfaith Center; :29 ]
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[SUPER=01-Gary Aronholt/Virginia Public Safety Secretary; :40 ]
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(( Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Jewish faith leaders have come together to express their collective moral outrage.
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((RABBI LEIVY SMOLAR/CONGREGATION OR AMI: WHY DO WE EXECUTE PEOPLE WHO WERE JUVENILES AT THE TIME OF THE CRIME? WHY DO WE EXECUTE MENTALLY RETARDED INDIVIDUALS? WHY IS THERE A LACK OF ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE POOR WHO NEED LEGAL ADVICE?))
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((FLETCHER LOWE/VIRGINIA INTERFAITH CENTER: VIRGINIA MAY HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO IMPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY BUT IT LACKS THE MORAL RIGHT.))
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But the Gilmore administration says Virginians have chosen the death penalty through their elected representatives.


[SOT 15:42:29 ]

((GARY ARONHOLT/VIRGINIA PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: THEY HAVE MADE THAT DETERMINATION THAT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS THE APPROPRIATE SANCTION TO BE IMPOSED ON...MOST VILE SORTS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THAT ARE COMMITTED BY CERTAIN PEOPLE.))
[RUNS= :13]


David Lee Fisher is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday for a 1985 hired murder scheme in Bedford County.


Ellen Qualls, News 7.))


[45E-Boucher]


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Congressman Rick Boucher is on a mission to bring more high tech jobs to Southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin;]


Boucher met with business leaders in the New River Valley yesterday.
He told them to go after the sort of jobs that have made Northern Virginia's economy boom.
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[SOT 16:29:51]
[IN Q=northern]

((RICK BOUCHER: NORTHERN VIRGINIA TODAY HAS 20,000 UNFILLED JOBS IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY THERE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL AND IT HAS COMPLETELY OUTSTRIPPED THE ABILITY OF THE EXISTING WORKFORCE TO MEET THAT GROWING NEED. WE WOULD LIKE TO ATTRACT MANY OF THOSE JOBS HERE TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
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[VO-NAT]


Those jobs are in the fields of computer programming, website production and data base management.
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[45E-Dimon]


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Danville- based Dimon Incorporated says it's cutting up to 25 percent of its work force because of ongoing problems in the tobacco industry.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Dimon will close one of its North Carolina processing plants and reduce staff at another.
"No" Danville jobs will be affected.
But Dimon officials say the cuts reflect an overall downturn in the tobacco industry.
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[SOT 00:59:20]
[IN Q=We're hopeful that]

((TODD HAYMORE/DIMON SPOKESMAN: WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL SEE THE BOTTOM VERY SOON. WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THIS WHOLE UNCERTAINTY WILL SETTLE OUT, BUT UNTIL THAT TIME WE'RE GOING TO BE FACED WITH MORE UNCERTAINTY AND MORE CHALLENGES, AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND AS WE TRY AND PLAN FOR 1999 AND BEYOND.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Haymore/Dimon Spokesman]
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[OUT Q=1999 and beyond.]
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[VO-NAT]


Haymore says Dimon's consolidation is due to reduced demand for American tobacco overseas and political pressure in the U-S.
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The search is on for a new men's basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1998-99 Season; :00]


Bobby Hussey was fired yesterday.
In his two seasons at Virginia Tech, his teams were 23 and 32.
But the losses weren't nearly as detrimental as the sagging attendance at Cassell Coliseum this season.
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Time again to look at the Tuesday forecast--
Mostly cloudy today, with a chance of rain this afternoon.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Rain likely tonight, as lows cool to near 40.
The long range forecast is calling for lingering showers tomorrow...with a break in the rain Thursday, and more showers possible on Friday.
Highs mainly in the 50s...overnight lows in the 30s and 40s.
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We have one school closing to report this morning. The lower school at Roanoke Catholic is closed due to a heating p

roblem. [8Academy-Counselor]


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More troubles for the Wilderness Leadership Academy--
This time, a counselor at the school for troubled boys is charged with having sex with a 16-year old resident.
Authorities say 23-year old Sarah Ann Robinson was charged last week, two days after a sheriff's deputy noticed an academy vehicle with steamy windows parked on the side of a road.
She was a counselor at the facility for about four months.

[8E-Dimon]


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A lagging tobacco industry is said to be the cause of a 25- percent cut in the workforce at Danville- based Dimon Incorporated.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Dimon will close one of its North Carolina processing plants and reduce staff at another.
"No" Danville jobs will be affected.
But Dimon officials say the cuts reflect an overall downturn in the tobacco industry.
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[SOT 00:59:20]
[IN Q=We're hopeful that]

((TODD HAYMORE/DIMON SPOKESMAN: WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL SEE THE BOTTOM VERY SOON. WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THIS WHOLE UNCERTAINTY WILL SETTLE OUT, BUT UNTIL THAT TIME WE'RE GOING TO BE FACED WITH MORE UNCERTAINTY AND MORE CHALLENGES, AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND AS WE TRY AND PLAN FOR 1999 AND BEYOND.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Haymore/Dimon Spokesman]
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[OUT Q=1999 and beyond.]
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[VO-NAT]


Haymore says reduced demand for American tobacco overseas and political pressure in the U-S are responsible for Dimon's consolidation.
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[8E-Cassell]


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[TAPE#=99-6 47:51]
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Ron (ca-SELL) Cassell believes his "street experience" as a Roanoke city police officer makes him the best candidate for Botetourt county sheriff.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Troutville;]


A 22-year veteran of the police force, Cassell is the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring.
Cassell is running as an independent, saying the citizens of Botetourt deserve service and protection, WITHOUT a party agenda.
This is the Botetourt county native's first venture into politics.
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He will face Salem police officer Ronnie Sprinkle and Botetourt chief deputy Ken Smith in the November election.

[8E-Regional-Jail]


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[TAPE#=98-81 1:48:39]
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They're putting the finishing touches on the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, after two years of construction.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin;]


Inmates from eight Southwest Virginia jurisdictions will be housed at the regional jail.
Superintendent Ralph Dobbins is extremely proud of the 25-million dollar jail he describes as state of the art.


Unlike most older jails, the new facility will provide inmates on site medical care and counseling.
There are also separate cells for inmates who're brought in drunk or on drugs.
It also has an isolation area for inmates that cause trouble.
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[SOT (12:21:32)]
[IN Q=It's going to ]

((RALPH DOBBINS/REGIONAL JAIL SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S GOING TO PROVIDE, I THINK, AN ALTERNATIVE, HOPEFULLY, OUR, THE BEST COMPLIMENT WE CAN GET FROM THIS JAIL IS AFTER SOMEONE LEAVES THEY SAY I DON'T WANT TO EVER GO BACK THERE, IF WE CAN GET THAT OUT OF THEIR MOUTH, I THINK WE'VE WON.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Regional Jail Superintendent; ]
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[OUT Q=we've won.]
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[VO-NAT]


The regional jail is expected to open in mid-April and is capable of housing a total of 371- inmates, both male and female.
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[8S-Gov-Mansion]


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The First Family of Virginia is packing its bags....NOT to move to another state, just to another mansion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The state has signed a contract with Richmond beer distributor Larry Brown to rent his 10- thousand square foot home.
The West Cary Street residence will serve as a temporary home to Governor Gilmore and his family until the end of October.
That's to allow renovation to the 185-year old Virginia Executive Mansion.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Today will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of rain in the forecast.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Rain likely overnight, with lows in the lower 40s.
Showers will last into tomorrow, with highs nearing 60.....temperatures cool down into 50s for the rest of the week, with more rain likely on Friday.
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