[7E-Flag-Burning]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[TAPE#=99-14 1:45:09]
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The House today is expected to approve a constitutional amendment that outlaw flag burning.
But the measure is likely to suffer another defeat when it winds up in the Senate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Flags are always prominently displayed at sporting events, and the Roanoke Valley Horse Show in Salem is no exception.
Supporters say the amendment protects a unique american symbol.
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[SOT 01:57:47]
[IN Q=the flag means]

(( DALE MCCOWN; I THINK IT SHOULD BE VERY ILLEGAL TO DO, I DON'T APPRECIATE ANYONE BURNING OR DESECRATING THE AMERICAN FLAG. WESLEY WHITE; I JUST THINK IT'S AN AWFUL SIN FOR SOMEBODY TO DO SUCH A THING ANYWAY, I'D LOVE TO SEE IT PASSED BEV FOISY; THE FLAG MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO US AND I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HONOR THAT AT ALL TIMES, AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR IT AND IN THE WARS, I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HONOR IT))
[SUPER=07-Dale McCown;]
[SUPER=07-Wesley White; :08]
[SUPER=07-Bev Foisy; :15]
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[OUT Q=should honor it]
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But critics maintain a ban on flag burning violates the protection of free speech.

[7Bracelet-Maker]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[WRITER=chr]
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[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


The company that makes baby i-d bands faces a lawsuit as a result of the baby-switching case.
Paula Johnson says the identification bands used by the U-V-A Medical Center were defective and loose - and the maker - Precision Dynamics Corporation in Los Angeles - was negligent and should be held accountable.
She's already filed a 31-million dollar suit against the hospital.
In a statement released last night, Precision Dynamics calls the lawsuit "totally groundless", and says hospital staff failed to follow well-established procedures to make sure the bracelets were properly applied.

[7E-Danville-Buildings]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-20 44:00]
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Some historic Danville buildings have been rescued from destruction.
Now, they're part of a project to revitalize Danville's riverfront.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Dan River donated 13 turn-of-the-century cotton mills to the Danville Historical Society.
The company planned to tear down the buildings. But public outcry and interest from developers convinced Dan River officials to donate them.
Developers plan to turn the area into a riverfront commercial district... with shops, restaurants, offices and apartments.
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[SOT 15:59:14 - :27]
[IN Q=The preservation of the mills]

((JOHN KERN/VA. DEPT. OF HISTORIC RESOURCES DIRECTOR: THE PRESERVATION OF THE MILLS WILL SAVE THE INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF DANVILLE. THE HERITAGE AS ONE OF THE GREAT PRODUCERS OF COTTON TEXTILES.))
[SUPER=01-John Kern/Va. Dept. of Historic Resources;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=great producers of cotton textiles.]
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[VO-NAT]


Developers also hope to have textile and train museums there.
They say it will take 25 years to complete the project.
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[7E-Strickler]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[TAPE#=99-11 2:00:52]
[GRAPHIC=Tommy Strickler]


Convicted killer Tommy David Strickler has less than one month to live - if a new execution date holds up.
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Strickler was sentenced to die for the abduction, robbery and murder of Salem native Leann Whitlock in 1990.
Two previous execution dates were postponed while his appeals were heard.
Strickler is now scheduled to die by lethal injection July 21st.
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Taking a break to check your Thursday forecast... partly sunny skies with light winds for today with highs in the low to mid 80's.... turning variable cloudy with a chance of showers tonight. Lows will be around 60. Friday will also be partly sunny with a chance of scattered showers and highs not quite as warm, reaching only into the upper 70's. Friday night looks cloudy with showers or storms posible and highs in the upper 50's.
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[SUPER=#555;][7BIRTHDAYS!] 6/25/99


Friday:

[SUPER=130-6/Roxie Dudley/Raphine]



[SUPER=130-28/Vincent Brown/Altavista]



[SUPER=130-7/Kari Scott/Salem]



[SUPER=130-6/Jimmy Lawhorn, Jr./Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-16/Treesie Saunders/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-1/Allyson Burrell/Callaway]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-47/Steve Lilly/Fincastle]



[SUPER=131-/Eleanor Washburn/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-/Mark Bratton/Roanoke]


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[45E-Cross-Burning]


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[TAPE#=99-23 46:20]
[GRAPHIC=Cross Burning]


A jury sends a message that cross burning will not be tolerated in Caroll County.
In took just minutes yesterday for a jury in Hillsville to find Barry Black guilty of a hate crime.
Black is a K-K-K member who burned a cross in the county.
His case has garnered national attention because he's attorney is African American. Scott Goldberg reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Barry Black]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Baugh/Black's Attorney; :18 ]
[SUPER=01-Walter Kyle/Grayson Co. NAACP President; :33]
[SUPER=03-Ebensburg, PA/May 1992; :42]
[SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Commonwealth's Attorney; :55 ]
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[OUT Q=N7 Hillsville]


(( Barry Black ... grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan ... walked into the courtroom with a lawyer whose skin color he despises.
A laywer with the American Civil Liberties Union who argued his client has a right to express his beliefs...
No matter how filled with hate those beliefs might be.
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[SOT 12:57]
[IN Q=i still]

((DAVID BAUGH: I STILL DON'T SAY I'M COMING TO THE DEFENSE OF THE KLAN. I'M COMING TO THE DEFENSE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. SOMETHING I HAVE SWORN AN OATH TO G-D TO DEFEND.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=TO DEFEND]


Outside the courtroom, one black leader said Baugh's decision to defend a white supremacist gave the black community a slap in the face.
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[SOT 37:05 ]
[IN Q=i don't feel]

((WALTER KYLE/GRAYSON CO. NACCP PRESIDENT: I DON'T FEEL IT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR HIM TO COME INTO CARROLL COUNTY REPRESENTING SOMEONE WHO HAS BURNED CROSSES AND KILLED BLACK FOLK.))
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[OUT Q09] [******FILE VIDEO OF BLACK IN WHITE CAP AND SHEET HERE FROM "KLAN LAWYER" TAPE]
Black is from Pennsylvania but came to Carroll County last summer to lead a Klan rally ... where he was arrested for burning a 30-foot cross.
The prosecutor argued it was meant to intimidate people, so under Virginia law, it's a hate crime.
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[SOT 18:54]
[IN Q=this is]

((GREG GOAD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THIS IS A CASE OF INTIMIDATION OF OTHERS AND NOT FREE SPEECH. THE JURY SAW IT THAT WAY TODAY.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=way today]

[******BACKTIME PERP SHOT TO BLACK'S BITE*****]
Black wasn't talking to reporters.
But when asked if he felt any remorse for what he did ... he had one terse response.
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[SOT 43:48]
[IN Q=i never]

(( I NEVER DID ANYTHING.)) [RUNS01]
[OUT Q=ANYTHING]
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[SOT 22:09]

[standup]
[IN Q=BARRY BLACK]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING:BARRY BLACK WILL PAY THE COURT $2500. HE COULD HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO AS MANY AS 5 YEARS IN PRISON. HE DIDN'T SAY IF HE'D APPEAL THE CASE. BUT IF HE DOES, DAVID BAUGH AND THE ACLU ARE WILLING TO TAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT. SG, N7, HILLSVILLE. )) [RUNS17]
[OUT Q=SG, N7, HILLSVILLE]))


[45E-Amanda-Fackler]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-26 18:14]
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She faces a long road to recovery.
But a Henry County teenager who shot in the face is so far doing much better than doctors expected.
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[VO-NAT]


14-year-old Amanda Fackler lost an eye and may be blind in the other one.
She's also had a stroke... doctors don't yet know if she'll walk and talk.
[SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC;]


Her mother, Wanda Sue Mize, has been there for every step of her recovery.
She calls it "a miracle," but says her daughter's strength may have something to do with it.
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[SOT 33:47 - 34:01]
[IN Q=Mentally, she's going to be]

((WANDA SUE MIZE/AMANDA'S MOTHER: MENTALLY, SHE'S GOING TO BE VERY STRONG-WILLED, SHE ALWAYS HAS BEEN. PHYSICALLY, SHE'S NOT GOING TO LET ANYTHING HOLD HER BACK. SHE'S GOING TO WORK UNTIL SHE GETS IT TO WHERE SHE WANTS IT.))
[SUPER=01-Wanda Sue Mize/Amanda's Mother;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=gets it to where she wants it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Amanda's uncle, William Edward Mize, is charged with the shooting.
If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Amanda could start physical therapy in as little as two weeks.

[45S-Arcadia-Counselor]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#99-19 45:55]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Botetourt County counselor who had sex with a student will not go to jail.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./January;]
[TAPE#=99-2 22:37]


23-year-old Sarah Robinson was a counselor at the former Wilderness Leadership Academy, now the Arcadia Leadership Academy.
She admitted she had sex with a 16-year-old male student after police found the couple in a van with steamy windows.
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Robinson must perform 40 hours community service and will be on probation for a year.
Her one year jail sentence was suspended.

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Shifting gears now to weather--
Partly sunny and a bit breezy today, with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Variable clouds overnight, with a chance of showers and lows around 60.
The five day outlook includes variable cloudiness and a chance of scattered showers or thunderstorms.
Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.
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[8E-81-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-24 42:21]
[GRAPHIC=81 Crash Investigation]


No obvious equipment failure in Saturday's fatal truck accident on Interstate 81.
That's according to state police investigators.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Saturday;]


A Georgia man was killed, when the tractor that was being towed broke loose from the truck in front of it, and careened across the highway.
The empty tractor hit another truck heading in the opposite direction.
Investigators have been looking for the cause... but they haven't found any defects in the assembly that connected the two.
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[SOT]
[SOT 56:33]
[IN Q=It doesn't appear at this point]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/VA. STATE POLICE: IT DOESN'T APPEAR AT THIS POINT THAT ANYTHING BROKE. IT JUST SIMPLY APPEARS THAT THE FIFTH WHEEL RELEASED THE KING PIN AND THE TRUCK SEPARATED.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/State Police;]
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[OUT Q=and the truck separated.]
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The State Police say that both Volvo and the company that was responsible for towing the vehicles from the truck plant in Dublin WERE in compliance with federal standards that regulate the commercial trucking industry.

[8E-L'burg-Housing]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-27 9:18]
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Housing eyesores may soon become more scarce in the Hill City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A new state law allows localities to acquire blighted properties if the owners are unable or unwilling to fix them up.
An organization like the local housing authority buys the property, cleans it up, then resells it to a more responsible owner.
The city's first test case is this abandoned home on Eldon Street.
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[SOT 9:43:18]
[IN Q=This is an]

((ED MCCANN/HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR: THIS IS AN OTHERWISE WELL- MAINTAINED NEIGHBORHOOD AND THIS IS JUST KIND OF A SORE THUMB THAT STICKS OUT AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET THE PROBLEM CORRECTED. AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER TOOL THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS NOW IN WORKING WITH THE CITY TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Ed McCann/Housing Authority Director]
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[OUT Q=address these problems.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lynchburg is the first locality in the state to take advantage of the new law.
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[8E-Methodists-Alcohol]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-28 7:32]
[GRAPHIC=College Drinking]


This week the annual Methodist conference is in Norfolk.
One likely topic of discussion is the group's request for colleges to ban alcohol on campus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Ferrum College and four other Methodist schools in our area refuse to do that.
But Ferrum is spending an extra quarter million dollars over two years on drinking alternatives.
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[SOT 15:22:05]
[IN Q=There are several]

((THERE ARE SEVERAL ALCOHOL POISONING CASES EVERY YEAR. IT JUST HAPPENS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. PEOPLE SEE THEIR FRIENDS GETTING ALCOHOL POISONING AND THEY JUST GO OFF AND DO IT AGAIN SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU COULD DO.))
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Hager/Student;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=you could do]
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[VO-NAT]


The alternatives include weekend getaways and motivational speakers.
Faculty leaders say the program will succeed because students created it.
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[8E-Lottery]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-22]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Lottery]


Despite gambling critics, the odds are in favor of a successful year for the Virginia Lottery.
The jackpot's now up to 19- million- dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Members of the Virginia Lottery Board say sales this year are expected to be the highest they've seen in the agency's eleven-year history. They attribute the high numbers to the introduction of the Big Game and more instant ticket games. Just last week, a federal study on gambling showed that the results of gambling were often harmful. State officials say that Virginia is a more conservative lottery than other states and they don't think the criticisms apply.
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[drunk-driver]


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A drunken driver who seriously injured two people has become the first person in Roanoke convicted under a new law that makes it a felony to maim someone in an alcohol-related accident.
Thirty-one-year-old David Poff was sentenced to nearly three years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving and two counts of D-U-I-maiming.
Before the law went into effect, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wanda DeWease says Poff would have faced a maximum of 12 months in jail.
Witnesses said Poff was speeding when he crashed his pickup truck into 19-year-old Billie Jean Webber's car on March 7th. Webber was in a coma for three weeks and a passenger in her

car suffered a collapsed lung. [8WEATHER]


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Taking another look at the Thursday forecast...
Partly sunny and seasonable, with highs this afternoon in the low to mid 80s.
Variable clouds tonight, with a chance of showers...lows around 60.
The extended outlook is partly cloudy, with a good possibility of afternoon thunderstorms.
Highs in the mid 80s...lows in the mid 60s.
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