[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The W-W-F show goes on in St. Louis despite the death of a wrestler.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The central figure in an alleged police beating case in New York is expected to plead guilty today.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Yesterday's breezy weather will linger on today...as will the slightly cooler than normal temperatures.
The outlook is dry..with a possibility of a few sprinkles in the Greenbrier Valley.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[police-brutality]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One of the New York police officers on trial for torturing a man in their custody is expected to plead guilty today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;/August 1997]


Officer Justin Volpe (VOHL'-pee) is accused of sodomizing a Haitian immigrant with a stick inside a stationhouse bathroom.
But it's not a plea bargain, meaning he could still get a life sentence.
Four other members of the force are also on trial, accused of violating Louima's civil rights.
Their cases are expected to continue.
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[SOT]

[4:06:29-36]
[IN Q=]

((WE ARE JUST PROCEEDING...IF WEAR INE COURT ALONE..))
[SUPER=01-Joseph Tacopina/Defense Attorney;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=in court alone.]
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[VO-NAT]


Volpe decided to throw himself on the mercy of the court, rather than wait for a jury verdict after several other N-Y-P-D officers testified against him yesterday.
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[wrestler-fall]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Kansas City Police know what led to the death of Pro wrestler Owen Hart.
(-----------)
[SUPER=@File;]


Hart plunged some 90 feet as he was being lowered by cable into a ring at a wrestling match in Kansas City.
A preliminary investigation shows the cable did not break..but something went wrong with Hart's harness, or he may have accidentally released a safety latch too soon.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, M0/Titan Sports;]


Despite Hart's death, the World Wrestling Federadion show, "Raw is War" continued last night in St. Louis.
Fans had mixed feelings about the W-W-F's decision.
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[SOT]

[4:07:31-48]
[IN Q=that's their decision...]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=any criticism of it.]
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[VO-NAT]


W-W-F President Vince McMahon says the St. Louis event went on as a tribute to Hart.
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[E-Sexual-Harassment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-19 19:05]
[GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court]


A major ruling from the Supreme Court, could affect classrooms across the country, and perhaps one local lawsuit.
[ss=Sexual Harrassment]


On a vote of five to four, the justices ruled that school officials can be sued if they don't stop sexual harassment involving students.
Joe Dashiell has more on the opinion, and its possible effect on one local lawsuit that drew national attention.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=lashonda Davis' mother]
[SUPER=03-Forsyth, GA; :06]
[SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Lawyer; :35]
[SUPER=@Joe1; :54]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]


((Lashonda Davis' mother filed suit after her daughter complained of sexual harassment and abuse over a five month period... and school officials in forsyth Georgia failed to act.
The court ruled that school officials can be held responsible if those who could have helped were- in justice Sandra Day O'Connor's words-- deliberately indifferent.
Meanwhile, the case could have implications for Christy Brzonkala, who filed suit against Virginia Tech... and two football players she alleged had raped her.
Brzonkala's lawyer says she is encouraged by the ruling... and now believes she has a green light to proceed with litigation against Virginia Tech.
[SOT 07:23]
[IN Q=What we're hoping]

((WHAT WE'RE HOPING IS THAT THAT IS THE RIGHT SET OF FACTS TO SEE IF WE CAN WALK THAT RAZOR'S EDGE THAT THE COURT HAS SET OUT FOR US AND I'M VERY CONFIDENT. I'M BOUYED BY THE DECISION. BOTH THE MAJORITY OPINION AND THE DISSENT ARE VERY ENCOURAGING.))
[RUNS= :19]
[OUT Q=very encouraging.]


Officials at Virginia Tech don't agree.
A spokesman says the two cases have few paralells... and predicts the Supreme Court ruling will have little impact on the Brzonkala lawsuit.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[E-Switched Babies]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=99-26 4:44]
[GRAPHIC=Switched at Birth]


A 31-million dollar lawsuit has been filed against the University of Virginia Medical Center as a result of the 1995 baby switch.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


Paula Johnson's suit names the hospital as well as administrators and several doctors and nurses.
Johnson's attorneys say UVA and its employees were negligent in sending her home with the wrong baby girl.
Her biological daughter is being raised by a Buena Vista family.
The switch came to light last summer during testing that was part of a paternity dispute between Johnson and her ex-boyfriend.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports this morning--
V-M-I's new football coach talks about turning the program around--
And Mike Tyson is free on parole--
Here with the details is Denise Allen.
Good Morning Denise.
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: History Museum))

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=99-25 15:25]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Roanoke County firefighters had to deal with two fires yesterday afternoon
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

This home in the 51-hundred block of Fox Ridge Road in the Hunting Hills Community was engulfed by flames and smoke. Fire Fighters were able to get the blaze under control.
Roanoke County's Fire Chief says the fire started in mulch in the front of the house. No one was in the house at the time.
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[E-Brush-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=99-23 20:14]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Not far away ... but not related, from what firefighters could tell ... a brush fire started near the Hunting Hills country club.
Firefighters had to hike through the woods to reach it.
The blaze blackened just over an acre.
It was 400-yards away from the Hunting Hills golf course... And half a mile from the closest house.
It took nearly three hours to contain the fire.
Nobody was hurt, and no structures were damaged.
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[S-Egypt]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-18 23:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Where can you see mummies and other treasures that are thousands of years old?
Right here in Virginia.
"The Splendors of Ancient Egypt" come to Richmond this week.
Ellen Qualls has a preview.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a double]
[SUPER=04-Science Museum of Virginia; :00 ]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :21]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :35]
[SUPER=01-Katherine Lee/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; : 50 ]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( It's a double Egyptian whammy for Richmond.
This thrilling IMAX film...
[sot IMAX FILM 01:00:27]

((A LAND WHERE THE... GREATEST CIVILIZATIONS.)) [RUNS:09 ]
The Science Museum of Virginia managed to snag "Mysteries of Egypt" for its restored IMAX theater... at the same time the nearby Virginia Museum of Fine Arts bagged a blockbuster show.
[sot 10:13:42]

((KATHERINE LEE/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: THIS IS A MONUMENTAL AND SPLENDID EXHIBITION.)) [runs:03 ]
The show is stunning in its range-- from the earliest clay figurines, from about 3200 BC... to the mummy decorations that start to look more Roman in feature... signalling the fall of Egyptian dominance.
And the piece de resistance: The fragmented head of King Khafre, who built some of the Great Pyramids, and the Sphinx, who bears his countenance.
[sot 10:10:24 ]

((KATHERINE LEE/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: WE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SHOW IT AT THIS TIME. BECAUSE WE'RE GOING INTO THE MILLENIUM. AND WHEN YOU GO INTO A NEW ERA SO TO SPEAK, IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK BACK AND TAKE STOCK. AND THE EGYPTIANS WERE REALLY THE FIRST TO SHOW HUMANKIND IN A WAY WITH WHICH WE CAN IDENTIFY.)) [runs:20]
Scenes from Egyptian daily life show how lively and enjoyable life was.
This was a culture that could focus on math and science as well as art, dance, fashion, and beauty.
That explains the focus on the afterlife-- as a continuation of the life they treasured so much.
The Book of the Dead is a guide with spells and answers to the questions the dead would be asked in the afterlife.


And indeed, two thousand years later, Virginians can have their own questions answered by the dead of ancient Egypt.

It is the largest show in the history of the Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts.
It runs through November.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))


[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, you may want to think twice the next time you cross your legs.
Betsy Karetnick has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Betsy Karetnick/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( TODAY, HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL BEGIN URGING MEAT PLANTS TO TEST FOR A TYPE OF BACTERIA.. THAT HAS ALREADY CAUSED SEVERAL DEATHS.
VT=VO

((vo))
THE U-S AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT BEGAN WORKING ON THE NEW GUIDELINES EARLIER THIS YEAR.. AFTER 21 PEOPLE DIED FROM EATING HOT DOGS AND LUNCHEON MEATS CONTAMINATED WITH THE LISTERIA BACTERIA.
THE BUG IS ESPECIALLY HARMFUL TO UNBORN BABIES AND THOSE WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS.
VT=VO

((vo))
HARRY BELAFONTE IS NOT ONLY AN ENTERTAINER-- HE'S A PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVOR.
NOW HE AND HIS DAUGHTER, SHARI, ARE TEAMING UP IN A NEW AD CAMPAIGN-- ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GET THE FACTS ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER.
THE BELAFONTES SAY INFORMATION IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST THIS DISEASE--
WHICH IS THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER KILLER IN MEN:

VT=SOT
((SOT:HARRY BELAFONTE/PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVOR))



VT=VO

((vo))
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER, YOU CAN CALL THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S 24-HOUR HOTLINE AT:
1-800-A-C-S-2345
ONCAM ((on cam))
THE ACT OF A WOMAN CROSSING HER LEGS HAS BECOME A PART OF THE CULTURE--
IN FACT, A NEW SURVEY FINDS NEARLY HALF OF ALL U-S WOMEN CROSS THEIR LEGS FOR COMFORT, AND AS A WAY OF FLIRTING.
BUT DOCTORS SAY THIS IS A BAD HABIT.. THAT CAN IMPAIR CIRCULATION AND DAMAGE VEINS.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M BETSY KARETNICK, FOR CBS NEWS, IN NEW YORK.))

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((Archive: history museum)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A congressional report to be released today says China has amassed so many U-S nuclear secrets that it has an arsenal on ``par with our own.''
The report criticizes theClinton administration for lax security at U-S nuclear weapons labs.
But the White House says most of the spy allegations date back to the 1980's.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


The central figure in an alleged police beating case in New York is expected to plead guilty today.
Officer Justin Volpe (VOHL'-pee) is accused of torturing a Haitian immigrant in a Brooklyn stationhouse.
Four other white officers also face charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the mother of one of two babies accidentally switched at birth at the University of Virginia hospital in 19-95 has filed a 31 million dollar lawsuit.
Paula Johnson contends that doctors, nurses and administrators at U-V-A hospital caused her mental pain and anguish.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday May 25.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[Hampton-Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Severe Weather]


The line of showers that blew through our area yesterday morning turned into severe thunderstorms in Eastern Virginia yesterday afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hampton]


In Hampton, strong winds ripped a 41-foot tall steeple from the Hampton Baptist Church where it had stood for more than a hundred years.
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[SOT 3:25:02]
[IN Q=Black clouds were]
[SUPER=07-Lenny Messick;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=slung it down]
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[VO-NAT]


At least one wall of the church buckled in the storm.
High winds also knocked over trees and tore roofs off several buildings.
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[2-E-Switched Babies]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=99-26 4:44]
[GRAPHIC=Switched at Birth]


The 1995 baby mixup at the University of Virginia Medical Center could cost the hospital 31-million dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


Paula Johnson's suit names the hospital as well as administrators and several doctors and nurses.
Johnson's attorneys say UVA and its employees were negligent in sending her home with the wrong baby girl.
Her biological daughter is being raised by a Buena Vista family.
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[E-Monty-AEP]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-22 40:20]
[GRAPHIC=AEP Power Line]


The latest route proposed by A-E-P for a high voltage power line does NOT cross through Montgomery County.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
Last night the board of supervisors - with a 6 to zero vote - decided the new route from West Virginia through Bland and Wythe Counties enroute to Jacksons Ferry is a better alternative.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; ]


The supervisors are involved in the issue because the OTHER path being looked at by the state would cross Montgomery County on its way to Cloverdale.
In November of '97, the board went on the record OPPOSING that route.
Last night's resolution states that the new path is shorter and would impact fewer homes.
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[E-Latex-gloves]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-13 1:19:07]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A Vinton woman is suing the makers of Latex gloves.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


After 14 years of being exposed to Latex- -and the cornstach powder used to make them easier to apply- -Lisa Williams discovered she'd developed an acute reaction.
She had to quit her job as a Urology Technician.
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[SOT 1:17:53]
[IN Q=My former employer]

((MY FORMER EMPLOYER DID ALL THEY COULD DO FOR ME AT JEFFERSON SURGICAL... JUST MY ALLERGY WAS SO SEVERE THERE WAS NO STOPPING IT.))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Williams/Latex Allergy Sufferer]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=stopping it.]
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[V/O-NAT]
She has a new job now... as the office manager of an insurance group.
Though there's no obvious evidence of Latex in the office, they've had to make a number of changes:
Rubber bands are stashed in a drawer.
Mouse pads were replaced with a harder surface.
Even the coil cord on her telephone was replaced.
She took a substantial cut in pay to work for the Benefits Group... one reason her attorneys filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit for federal court in Virginia... suing the makers of Latex gloves.
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[CHINA-ESPOINAGE]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


China's nuclear capabilities are more advanced than ever before-- thanks to two decades of stealing U-S secrets.


That's the finding of a scathing Congressional report being released today in Washington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


There are also serious questions of why it took so long for President Clinton to be briefed about the Chinese Conspiracy.
The C-I-A found about the theft of design information for the w-88, America's most advanced nuclear warhead in 19-95.
But it was a year before the President was told about it.
And at a March Press conference Mr. Clinton said there had been no espionage on his watch.
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[SOT]

[4:19:11-22]
[IN Q=when that press conference...]
[SUPER=01-Joe Lockhart/White House Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=of different allegations.]
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[VO-NAT]


The report says the theft of American secrets continues to this day.
China is denying the accusations.
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[wwf-death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Kansas City Police know what led to the death of Pro wrestler Owen Hart.
He died Sunday at an arena in Kansas City when he fell some 90 feet into the ring.
A preliminary investigation shows the cable did not break..but something went wrong when Hart's harness was being hitched to the cable.
Despite the accident, the show.. "Raw is War" continued last night in St. Louis.
Barbara Porter Reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO; :00]
[SUPER=04-Titan Sports; :12]
[SUPER=01-Vince McMahon, Jr./WWF President; :47]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Porter/Reporting; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:14]
[OUT Q=for cbs news.]


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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: History Museum))

[E-City-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC01:47]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]

[****ANCHOR TAG****]
Roanoke City officials are hoping for a better turnout at tonight's public forum on the search for a new City Manager.
It won't take much to top last night's attendance.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was, to say]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=07-Billy Bova; :19]
[SUPER=07-Melvin Matthews; :53]
[SUPER=07-Bill Bestpitch; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Carroll Swain/City Council; 1:21]
[SUPER=@eric2;]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( It was, to say the least, NOT what they expected.... 150 chairs in the center... 150 chairs surrounding the room for small group discussion...
The turnout, after subtracting city staff, volunteers and elected officials.... four people. Billy Bova was one of them.
[SOT 00:50:59]
[IN Q=they are at least]

((BILLY BOVA; THEY ARE AT LEAST TRYING TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS HERE, THEY WANT THE CITIZENS TO HAVE INPUT AND REALIZE WE'RE SEARCHING FOR A NEW MANAGER. ))
[RUNS= 09]
[OUT Q=a new manager]


Organizers were a bit dismayed by the turnout, saying the meeting was well advertised ahead of time... they were pleased b y the results... this small group plastered the wall with more than 20 criteria for a new manager, including a proven enconomic development track record, a business background, and a good understanding of the Raonoke region.
Melvin Matthews and his wife made up half the crowd... residents for more they 50 years, they know what they want to see.
[SOT 00:49:42]
[IN Q=all these things]

((MELVIN MATTHEWS/; ALL THESE THINGS, A CLEAN CITY, AND EMPLOYEES TO BE TREATED RIGHT, ))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q=be treated right]


Past council candidate Bill Bestpitch, the fourth member of the group, hopes to see more of his fellow citizens at the NEXT forum.
[SOT 00:49:04]
[IN Q=I think we need]

((BILL BESTPITCH; WE NEED TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE CITY, ALL WALKS OF LIFE, EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED, BUT ALL CITY GOVERNMENT CAN DO IS PROVIDE THAT OPPORTUNITY, ITS UP TO THE CITIZENS TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. ))
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[OUT Q=advantage of it]
[SOT 00:33:49]
[IN Q=it may indicate]

(( CARROLL SWAIN/COUNCIL MEMBER; IT MAY INDICATE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE SATISFIED WITH THEY WAY THINGS ARE BEING RUN, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I HAVE THAT FEELING THAT'S WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q=all about]


Citizens have one more chance to speak out... the second forum is tonight night at 7:00 at the Jefferson Center.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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[TAKE WEBWATCH FULL SCREEN]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


If you miss both meetings, you can still E-mail your comments to city council. The e-mail address is listed on our WebWatch page at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Cave Spring softball team opens the Northwest regionals with a win--
but the Avalanche fall for the third straight game.
Here with sports is Denise Allen.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:06]
[OUT Q=have a great day.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A decision by the U-S Supreme Court that educators can be held liable for student-on-student sexual harassment may affect more than just classrooms here in Virginia.
The case could have implications for Christy Brzonkala, who filed suit against Virginia Tech and two football players she said raped her.
Brzonkala's lawyer says she is encouraged by the ruling... and now believes she has a green light to proceed with litigation against the school.
A spokesman for Tech predicts the ruling will have little impact on the lawsuit.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A 31-million dollar lawsuit has been filed against the University of Virginia Medical Center as a result of the 1995 baby switch.
Paula Johnson's suit names the hospital as well as administrators and several doctors and nurses.
Johnson's attorneys say UVA and its employees were negligent in sending her home with the wrong baby girl.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The latest route proposed by A-E-P for a high voltage power line does NOT cross through Montgomery County.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the board of supervisors - with a 6 to zero vote - decided the new route from West Virginia through Bland and Wythe Counties is a better alternative.
The OTHER path being looked at by the state would cross Montgomery County on its way to Cloverdale.
In November of '97, the board went on the record OPPOSING that route.
The resolution adopted last night---states that the new path is shorter and would impact fewer homes.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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