[7Local-Refugees]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-17 18:34]
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Some 400 more Kosovar refugees will arrive at Fort Dix, New Jersey today.
The city of Lynchburg could soon become home to some of the first refugees .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


At least two Kosovar families are expected to arrive in the Hill City within the next several weeks.
Local churches are coordinating an effort to provide them with housing, food and clothing while they're here.
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[SOT 12:45:15]
[IN Q=We don't want]

((JANIS ROSKELLY/REFUGEE RELIEF ORGANIZER: WE DON'T WANT TO ISOLATE THEM, WE'VE ASKED THAT THERE WILL BE TWO FAMILIES SO THEY DON'T FEEL ISOLATED, SO THEY HAVE SOMEONE THAT THEY CAN RELATE TO. WE'RE TRYING TO GET THEM IN THE CITY SO THAT TRANSPORTATION WON'T BE A PROBLEM, BECAUSE THEY WILL NEED THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Janis Roskelly/Refugee Relief Organizer]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=will need that.]
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE]
Roskelly says they need money, food, and clothing for the families before they arrive.
Anyone who wants to make a donation can contact the Presbytery of the Peaks at 804-845-1754.
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[Juvenile-Health]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-16 1:30:19]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]

Roanoke Valley teachers and police officers want to make sure there is never a repeat of the Columbine massacre in Southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

School and juvenile justice officials met at the Patrick Henry Hotel today for a symposium on children's mental health. President of the Mental Health Association Mike Faenza (fay-ENZ-ah) says the country is in a national crisis, but there is a solution to end the violence.
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[SOT ub 10 14 49]
[IN Q=Not that we need]

((MICHAEL FAENZA/PRESIDENT NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC.: NOT THAT WE NEED MORE METAL DETECTORS AND SECURITY MEASURES, BUT WE REALLY NEED TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER SERVICES TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE..))
[SUPER=01-Michael Faenza/Pres. Nat'l Mental Health Assoc.; ]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=kids can be]
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[VO-NAT]

Faenza says schools are still the safest places for children.
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[7Rockbridge-Airstrip]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-12 1:01:57]
[GRAPHIC=Rockbridge]


Rockbridge County Supervisors narrowly approved operation last year of a controversial air strip in the region.
They agreed to let it operate for a one-year trial period and recently revisited the issue to determine its future.


Stacey Martin has the details.
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[IN Q=Harold Hotinger has waited]
[SUPER=03-Kerrs Creek; :00]
[SUPER=01-Harold Hotinger/Airstrip Owner; :10]
[SUPER=01-Will Harris/Board of Supervisors; :57]
[SUPER=@Stacey1; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Rockbridge Co.]

((Harold Hotinger has waited a year to find out if continued opposition to his airstrip would prevent him from operating it-- on a long-term basis.
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[SOT 12.26.19 - 12.26.26]
[IN Q=There are still people]

((HAROLD HOTINGER/AIRSTRIP OWNER: THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE UPSET BUT THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING A LOT BETTER. PEOPLE ARE FEELING BETTER AND I THINK THEY REALIZE IT WASN'T GOING TO BE A BIG THING. IT WAS VERY SMALL.)) [RUNS 07]
[OUT Q=it was very small.]


Last April with approval from the Board of Supervisors, Hotinger transformed this grassy field into a private air strip--now complete with aviation cones and flags.
Back then the simple structure prompted outrage from several local residents concerned the air strip would eventually become more like a commercial airport.
But Hotinger's biggest challenge came recently when he had to convince supervisors that the year-long trial period was a success --and that he deserved a five year permit to operate the air strip.
The supervisors agreed, but added a few restrictions.
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[SOT 16.33.39 - 16.33.51]
[IN Q=Probably one of the biggest]

((WILL HARRIS/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR: PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IS THAT NOBODY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MISCONSTRUE THIS AND IT BECOME A GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT. IT WILL REMAIN A GRASS STRIP AS OUR ORDINANCE REQUIRES.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=as our ordinance requires.]


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The board also prevented any tax payer funds from being used to support the air strip and prohibited Hotinger from accomodating more than four planes.
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[SOT 17.03.08 - 17.03.18]
[IN Q=Hotinger said he'll]

((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: HOTINGER SAID HE'LL ABIDE BY THE REGULATIONS AND THAT THE AIR STRIP WILL CHANGE LITTLE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A SMALL HANGER HE PLANS TO BUILD IN THE NEAR FUTURE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.)) [RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Rockbridge Co.]))




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And here's our forecast for today-- Mostly Cloudy with a chance of showers--highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Tonight we should see lingering clouds, and a possibility of thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the uppper 50s.

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[7BIRTHDAYS] 5/8/99
Saturday:

[SUPER=130-8/Jessica Wray/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-13/Chad Lewis/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-40/Kelley Clingenpeel/Wirtz]



[SUPER=130-6/Sarah Mason/Fairfield]



[SUPER=130-76/Bernard Smith/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-11/Ebonee Martin/Blairs]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Steve Garrett/Lexington]



[SUPER=131-/Judy Hendley/Snow Creek]



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[SUPER=@melanie1;][45E-Pitts-Shooting]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-14 40:27]
[GRAPHIC=Pitts Shooting Death]


Funeral preprations are underway for the Pittslyvania County teen who accidentally shot himself this week.
Meantime, authorities continue to investigate the incident.
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[VO-NAT]


Fifteen-year-old Mark Anthony Hale was shot while playing with a 9-millimeter handgun in his home.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Wednesday;]


Some family members gathered there yesterday to mourn his death and make funeral arrangements.
One relative says the gun may have been left in the house by friends of Hale's older brother.
The two were living alone in the trailer during the weeks before the shooting... but relatives say the teens were well-supervised by family and neighbors.
The Roanoke medical examiner confirmed that the gunshot wound could have been accidental.
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[45E-Rainbo-Closing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=98-24 5:09]
[GRAPHIC=Business Closing]


A Roanoke factory is closing leaving 60 people without jobs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 1998]


Workers at Rainbo bakery were notified of the closing yesterday.
The company will shut down all production on July 9th.
Senior company officials in Kansas City told us last night that the Roanoke plant was less efficient and more costly than its other facilities in North Carolina.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


Rainbo had already shut down its local bread production in February.
Right now, production is limited to hamburger buns and hot dog rolls.

[45E-Lake-Report]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#99-22 TC11:53]
[GRAPHIC=SML Water Quality]


The new task report on water quality at Smith mountain lake may led to hiring a cleanup cordinator.
Volunteers say they need the help.
Tina Tenret explains.
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[IN Q=The report focuses]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/Health Department; :06 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Task Force Member; :25]
[SUPER=01-Delores Hach/Lake Resident; :34]
[SUPER=@Tina1; :44]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Bedford County]

(( The report focuses on silt, debris and e-coli bacteria in Smith Mountain Lake.
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[SOT 17:11:34]
[IN Q=By and large]

((BY AND LARGE THE LAKE HAS TESTED WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS.)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=NORMAL LIMITS]


Volunteers from Franklin County as well as the Health Department and the D-E-Q test the water regularly.
But Bill Tanger says a lake keeper would be a spokesman and coordinate all water quality projects.
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[SOT 14:46:25]
[IN Q=I definitely think]

((I DEFINITELY THINK THE RIVERKEEPER POSITION SHOULD BE FULL TIME AND THINK THE COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED CAN AFFORD THAT.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=CAN AFFORD THAT]
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[SOT 17:14:09]
[IN Q=There's just]

((THERE'S JUST TOO MANY PLACES THAT NEED REAL PERSONALIZED ATTENTION. THAT WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=TAKE CARE OF IT]


There will be a town meeting on May 26th to talk about the water quality report.
You can pick up your copy at the policy advisory board office at the lake.))

[45E-Jefferson-Reunion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutin]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Jefferson Reunion]

Thomas Jefferson's family-both white and black-will be at a family reunion next week. The Monticello Association - for the first time ever - has invited descendants of slave Sally Hemings to attend the annual reunion dinner at Monticello.
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[VO-NAT]

Last November D-N-A tests revealed that Jefferson had fathered at least one of Hemings' children.
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[anchor=melanie]
[graphic=hold]


The president of the Monticello Association says it needs more genealogical evidence before voting whether to admit the slaves' descendants into the association.

[45weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Taking a look now at the Friday forecast.
Mostly cloudy skies today with a chance of showers.
Highs around 80.
Lingering clouds overnight, with thunderstorms possible.
Lows falling into the upper 50s.
The five day forecast is calling for highs in the mid and upper 70s....with some lingering clouds.
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[SUPER=@melanie1;][8E-Local-Refugees]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-17 18:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Fort-Dix, New Jersey will welcome close to 400 more Kosovar refugees today.
The city of Lynchburg could soon become home to some of the refugees .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


At least two Kosovar families are expected to arrive in the Hill City within the next several weeks.
Local churches are coordinating an effort to provide them with housing, food and clothing while they're here.
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[SOT 12:45:15]
[IN Q=We don't want]

((JANIS ROSKELLY/REFUGEE RELIEF ORGANIZER: WE DON'T WANT TO ISOLATE THEM, WE'VE ASKED THAT THERE WILL BE TWO FAMILIES SO THEY DON'T FEEL ISOLATED, SO THEY HAVE SOMEONE THAT THEY CAN RELATE TO. WE'RE TRYING TO GET THEM IN THE CITY SO THAT TRANSPORTATION WON'T BE A PROBLEM, BECAUSE THEY WILL NEED THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Janis Roskelly/Refugee Relief Organizer]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=will need that.]
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE]
Roskelly says they need money, food, and clothing for the families before they arrive.
Anyone who wants to make a donation can contact the Presbytery of the Peaks at 804-845-1754.
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[8E-Rainbo-Closing]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=98-24 5:09]
[GRAPHIC=Business Closing]


60 people will be without jobs in the next month as a Roanoke bakery is closing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 1998]


Workers at Rainbo bakery were notified of the closing yesterday.
The company will shut down all production on July 9th.
Senior company officials in Kansas City told us last night that the Roanoke plant was less efficient and more costly than its other facilities in North Carolina.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


Rainbo had already shut down its local bread production in February and limited baking here to just hot dog and hamburger rolls.

[8E-Jefferson-Reunion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutin]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Jefferson Reunion]


Both black and white descendants of Thomas Jefferson will join together at a family reunion next week.
It marks the first time family members of slave Sally Hemmings will attend the dinner given by the Monticello Association.
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[VO-NAT]

Last November D-N-A tests revealed that Jefferson had fathered at least one of Hemings' children.
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[anchor=melanie]
[graphic=hold]


The president of the Monticello Association says it needs more genealogical evidence before voting whether to admit the slaves' descendants into the association.

[8E-Allen-Robb]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=599-5 1:00:33]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


The U-S senate face-off between Chuck Robb and George Allen promises to be the OTHER big story arriving with the new millineum.
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[VO-NAT]


If you steer to the new "Robb 2000" web site, you can see what others are saying about the Democratic incumbent.
The first glowing quote is from-- surprise -- George Allen, Robb's only announced opponent.
It reads "... then-Delegate George Allen remarks: 'I liked the Robb Administration and hardly had any philosophical differences with them..."
The quote comes from a 1991 story in a now- defunct magazine called Virginia Country.
Amused Allen loyalists have a response.
They quote Chuck Robb, from 1997, saying this: "... Virginians were generally satisfied with the direction of our state and country, for which both George Allen and Bill Clinton can justly claim a share of the credit."
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=Hold]


The Allen campaign doesn't have a web site yet to highlight that quote... but promises one soon.
You can reach Chuck Robb's campaign site from the politics page of OUR website at WDBJ7-dot-COM.

[8weather]


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Time again to look at the Friday weather forecast...
Mostly cloudy skies will stick around today, along with a chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Highs near 80.
Lingering clouds tonight, along with a chance of thunderstorms.
Lows in the upper 50s.
Some sunshine should break out of the clouds tomorrow....with widely scattered showers possible on Mother's Day.
Highs in the 70s...lows in the 50s.
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