[JFK-Memorial]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Good Morning, I'm Melanie Moon.
President Clinton and the first lady are traveling to New York City this morning for a private funeral Mass for John F. Kennedy Junior and his wife, Carolyn.
The couple was buried at sea yesterday, along with Carolyn's sister Lauren Bessette.
Cathy Moss is in Manhattan with the latest.
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(( locator: New York City
St. Thomas More Church here in New York City this morning will be filled with those closest to John F. Kennedy Junior, his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren. Only family and friends will occupy these pews. Like the 3-plane crash victims, the service is private.

(nat burst of bagpipes)


A more public tribute was held last night at New York's Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral for hundreds of people of all faiths... Many of the mourners never met Kennedy, but still felt close to him.
MOS
(LOCATOR: off Martha's Vineyard, MA)


It was the end of a long, solemn day in memory of the three-- who died a week ago when their plane crashed into the murky Atlantic waters off Martha's Vineyard. The simple funeral was lead by Senator Ted Kennedy and John's sister Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.
Again-- it was private -- aboard the USS Briscoe-- flag flying at half-mast-- near the crash site. The ashes of the three victims were scattered into the seas forever.))



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[81-AX]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=kor]
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An accident on Interstate 81 this morning injured 3 people. State Police say a vehicle was overturned in the median at mile marker 141 near Salem. The southbound left lane was closed, but now state police say All lanes are now open.[

Columbia]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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After two scrubbed launches, Eileen Collins is steering Columbia into space this morning, as America's first female shuttle commander.
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[4:03:23]
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But for a few tense moments, the ride was anything but easy.
Five seconds after liftoff, with the shuttle starting to roll out over the Atlantic, Collins radioed Mission Control that there was a problem with a fuel cell.
Experts quickly determined that a short circuit had knocked out critical controllers to two engines -- but back-up controllers kept the shuttle flying to a safe orbit.
Columbia and its 5 crew members will deploy the Chandra X-ray telescope this morning, a one and a half billion dollar project to explore deep space.
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[e-Druckenmiller]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=HOT ROLL]
[GRAPHIC=Druckenmiller Not Guilty]


Jim Drucken miller has been found not guilty. The jury reached its decision after deliberating only an hour.
Druckenmiller NOT only expressed relief but also vented rage against the prosecutor who delivered closing arguments yesterday.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( Jim Druckenmiller has maintained, from the beginning, he did NOT take advantage of a college student, earlier this year, when the two had sex at a house in Blacksburg.
The jury that heard the evidence, apparently agreed
Upon leaving the courthouse, the foreman of the group said, quote "the man's innocent-- the evidence just wasn't there".
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((JIM DRUCKENMILLER: THIS IS A TOUGH LESSON AND A VALUABLE LESSON, DID I DO ANYTHING, WRONG, NO, I THINK WE JUST FOUND THAT OUT.))
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The young woman told police, back in March, Druckenmiller raped her while she was passed out.
The former Virginia Tech quarterback, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, did NOT take the stand but told police, in a taped statement that was played for the jury, he thought she was awake.
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((JIM DRUCKENMILLER: I THINK WE FOUND ONE THING OUT THROUGHOUT THIS TRIAL, WE FOUND, THERE'S A VERY VICIOUS MAN UP THERE, I THINK, SKIP, HIMSELF, TURNED OUT TO BE THE PREDATOR, AND IT JUST AMAZED YOU HOW SOMEONE CAN HAVE A PERSONAL VENDETTA OVER NOTHING OR SOMEONE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.))
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((SKIP SCHWAB/MONTGOMERY CO. ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: I WASN'T THE ONE THAT WENT DOWN WHERE A GIRL WHO'D THROWN UP TWICE PUT IN THERE TO SLEEP IT OFF, HE WAS. Are you offended at all. NO, NOT AT ALL, YOU'VE GOT TO CONSIDER WHERE ITS COMING FROM.))
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The young woman who brought the charges did NOT comment after court-- nor did her parents.
Assistant commonwealth's attorney, Peggy Frank, helped prosecute the case.
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((SHE NEVER WAVERED IN WHAT SHE TOLD US AND I CAN'T SAY HOW MUCH I ADMIRE HER FOR PUTTING HERSELF ON THE STAND AND GOING THROUH WHAT SHE'S GONE THROUGH.))
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Druckenmiller will not have to worry about an appeal...prosecutors say the jury's verdict, in this case, is final. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Christiansburg.))



[E-Juvenile-Corrections]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-23 1:20:25]
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A medical examiner is calling the death of a 16-year old who died in one of Virginia's juvenile prisons accidental.
The teen died more than three months ago.
The autopsy report says Manassas teen Wallace Dandridge had a heart attack, caused by acute stress and suffocation.
The Gilmore administration is turning the report over to Chesterfield County's Commonwealth's Attorney.
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He will decide if criminal charges are warranted.
Yesterday's report leaves open the question of whether the department's new physical restraint techniques could be at fault.
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[Roanoke-schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
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The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has agreed to investigate allegations of racial discrimination in the Roanoke school system. The claims were made by the Roanoke branch of the N-A-A-C-P. The group said the school system discriminates in busing, discipline cases and
placements in special education and gifted classes. Superintendent

Wayne Harris denied any discrimination. [E-Williamson-Road]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=sgo]
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Drivers in downtown Roanoke will have to keep taking detours around a part of Williamson Road for at least another week and a half.
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[from tape 99-25 at 47:24]
A block of southbound Williamson will remain closed while work continues inside the old Shenandoah Hotel.
Last week the city closed that stretch of road, afraid the hotel's east wall might cave in.
Engineers renovating the building are reinforcing the structure.
Williamson Road will stay closed until those engineers can assure the city that the wall won't fall.
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[E-Blood-Donations]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbi]
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[ANCHOR TAG!!!]
Blood donations are down in the Roanoke Valley - it happens every summer. But there are some young people turned away from donating because they've followed a fad- Intern Reporter Juliet Bickford has the story.
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(( Anyone who's gotten a tattoo or body piercing in the past year can't donate blood. With no state regulations governing such practices--the Red Cross says it can't trust every operation.
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((DI MYERS/PHLEBOTOMIST:WHETHER THEY USE NEW NEEDLES VERSUS NEEDLES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN AN AUTOCLAVE BECAUSE OF THE CHANCE OF HEPATITIS.))
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Many parlors have self-imposed regulations such as a new needle for every customer and an autoclave -or sterilizer - that is evaluated monthly for effectiveness. One local tattoo artist says the Red Cross has the right idea.
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((JOE HEGARTY/ TATTOO ARTIST: I CAN SEE WHERE THE RED CROSS WOULD HAVE TO USE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN WHAT THEY'RE DOING BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OTHER PEOPLE GETTING TATTOOS.))
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The restrictions don't have profound effects on most blood drives--but it affects the amount of young people who donate.
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((JULIET BICKFORD/ REPORTING: THE RED CROSS SAYS HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE BLOOD DRIVES ARE BIG SUPPLIERS IN THIS AREA.
THE STUDENTS ARE ALSO THE MOST LIKELY TO HAVE NEW TATTOOS.))
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Juliet Bickford, News 7, Roanoke.))
[ANCHOR=melanie]
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The Red Cross will allow people with piercings to donate if they secure documentation that the procedure was sterile.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


a private mass is being held today at a church in new york city... to celebrate the lives of John F. Kennedy Junior, and his wife, Carolyn.
The President and Mrs. Clinton are among those attending the relatively small gathering.
Today's memorial service follows yesterday's burial at sea.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A plane hijacking in Tokyo today ends in death ..and an arrest.
A man wielding a knife hijacked a Japanese airliner carrying 513.
Japanese officials say the hijacker stabbed the pilot to death.
The hijacker was later arrested.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the third time's the charm for space shuttle columbia.
After a string of bad luck all week long, the shuttle finally made the historic launch.
It's the first mission led by a woman.
This morning crew will release the world's largest x-ray telescope into orbit.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this friday July 23-rd .
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-81-AX]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
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3 people were injured in an early morning accident on Interstate 81.
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It happened at mile marker 141 near Salem. State Police say the driver lost control of the steering wheel causing the car to go off the left shouler. Then it flipped three times in the embankment. 4 passengers were in the car, all were taken to Roanoke Memorial hospital. They were on vacation. Police say speed was not a factor in this accident, but charges are pending.
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[Anchor=Melanie]
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The southbound left lane was closed, but now state police say All lanes are now open.

[2-e-Druckenmiller]


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[WRITER=THa]
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Jim Druckenmiller is acquitted of a rape charge.
The jury reached its decision last night after deliberating only an hour.
Outside the courthouse Druckenmiller NOT only expressed relief but also vented rage against the prosecutor who delivered the closing arguments yesterday.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( Jim Druckenmiller has maintained, from the beginning, he did NOT take advantage of a college student, earlier this year, when the two had sex at a house in Blacksburg.
The jury that heard the evidence, apparently agreed
Upon leaving the courthouse, the foreman of the group said, quote "the man's innocent-- the evidence just wasn't there".
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[IN Q=This is a ]

((JIM DRUCKENMILLER: THIS IS A TOUGH LESSON AND A VALUABLE LESSON, DID I DO ANYTHING, WRONG, NO, I THINK WE JUST FOUND THAT OUT.))
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The young woman told police, back in March, Druckenmiller raped her while she was passed out.
The former Virginia Tech quarterback, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, did NOT take the stand but told police, in a taped statement that was played for the jury, he thought she was awake.
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((JIM DRUCKENMILLER: I THINK WE FOUND ONE THING OUT THROUGHOUT THIS TRIAL, WE FOUND, THERE'S A VERY VICIOUS MAN UP THERE, I THINK, SKIP, HIMSELF, TURNED OUT TO BE THE PREDATOR, AND IT JUST AMAZED YOU HOW SOMEONE CAN HAVE A PERSONAL VENDETTA OVER NOTHING OR SOMEONE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.))
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((SKIP SCHWAB/MONTGOMERY CO. ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: I WASN'T THE ONE THAT WENT DOWN WHERE A GIRL WHO'D THROWN UP TWICE PUT IN THERE TO SLEEP IT OFF, HE WAS. Are you offended at all. NO, NOT AT ALL, YOU'VE GOT TO CONSIDER WHERE ITS COMING FROM.))
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[OUT Q=coming from.]


The young woman who brought the charges did NOT comment after court-- nor did her parents.
Assistant commonwealth's attorney, Peggy Frank, helped prosecute the case.
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[IN Q=She never ]

((SHE NEVER WAVERED IN WHAT SHE TOLD US AND I CAN'T SAY HOW MUCH I ADMIRE HER FOR PUTTING HERSELF ON THE STAND AND GOING THROUH WHAT SHE'S GONE THROUGH.))
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Druckenmiller will not have to worry about an appeal...prosecutors say the jury's verdict, in this case, is final. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Christiansburg.))



[2jfk-memorial]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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President Clinton and the first lady will be in New York this morning for a memorial service for John Kennedy Junior and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
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[4:32:49]
The private mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church, and will be filled with relatives and close friends of the couple.
Senator Ted Kennedy will deliver the euology.
A more public tribute was held last night at New York's Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral for hundreds of people of all faiths...
Many of the mourners never met Kennedy.
[SUPER=03-Off Martha's Vineyard;]


Yesterday, it was atearful goodbye at sea.
Relatives scattered the ashes of J-F-K junior his wife and her sister on the Navy destroyer, Briscoe.
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[2Columbia]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shuttle Launch Columbia]


After a string of bad luck all week long, the shuttle Columbia has lifted off on a historic launch.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center;]

[4:03:21]
This is the first mission led by a woman, Eileen Collins.
But for a few tense moments, the ride was anything but easy.
Five seconds after liftoff, with the shuttle starting to roll out over the Atlantic, Collins radioed Mission Control that there was a problem with a fuel cell. 17
Experts quickly determined that a short circuit had knocked out critical controllers to two engines -- but back-up controllers kept the shuttle flying to a safe orbit.
Later today the crew will release the world's largest x-ray telescope into orbit.
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[4:44:21]
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(( DONALD McMONAGLE/NASA LAUNCH MANAGER: "Thirty years ago, the first man walked on the moon. Now we're launching an observatory that's going to give us insight into the universe on a wavelength we've never seen before." ))
[SUPER=01-Donald McMonagle/NASA Launch Manager;]
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The Chandra X-ray observatory is the heaviest payload a shuttle has ever taken into orbit.
The one point six BILLION dollar telescope will study the mysteries of deep space, like black holes.
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[Hijacked-plane]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The pilot of a Japanese passenger jet is dead this morning following a hijacking out of Tokyo.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]

[4:06:36]
More than 500 were aboard the 7-47 when a man with a knife tried to commandeer it shortly after takeoff.
When the pilot tried to overpower the hijacker he was fatally stabbed.
The plane than returned to the Tokyo airport about an hour after it took off.
It was not clear when the pilot died or if he or a co-pilot landed the plane.
The hijacker was captured inside the plane.
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[E-Murder-Suicide]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=KHu]
[TAPE#=99-26 43:14]
[GRAPHIC=Pulaski Co. Murder Suicide]


A man and woman found dead Wednesday had a personal relationship that apparently went sour.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Yesterday;]


The bodies of Rebecca Ann King and Frank Van Mullins were found in the Camelot Apartments in Pulaski County.
The 39 year old Dublin woman went to his apartment Wednesday morning to drop off some sort of document.
As soon as King arrived, Mullins jerked her inside, locked the door, shot her and then shot himself with a large caliber handgun.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The two had been co-workers at New River Castings.

[E-Jennings]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=599-4 1:35:01]
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A Roanoke man who murdered his ex- wife has been sentenced to life in prison.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Michael Jennings was arrested a year ago, in the hours after Wanda Jennings was stabbed to death in her Northeast Roanoke home.
[SUPER=04-June 5, 1998]


The couple had married, divorced and reconciled before Wanda Jennings ended their relationship a week before the murder.
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((MICHAEL JENNINGS/DEFENDANT: JUDGE, I'M VERY SORRY FOR WHAT I'VE DONE. I KNOW I HAVE TO OWN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS. IF I COULD GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN, I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT SEE IT GO THIS WAY.))
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Jennings has a lengthy criminal history, including bank robberies in the mid- 70s, but his attorney said Jennings had stayed out of trouble since his release from prison in 1980.
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[Anchor=kimberly]
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Prosecutors argued the vicious nature of the crime and the defendant's record justified a life sentence... and that's the punishment Judge Jonathan Apgar imposed.

[E-SML-Levels]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-21 1:08:48]
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Smith Mountain Lake residents say the power company is hurting them.
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[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;]


They say the power company is letting too much water flow downstream through the dam instead of keeping it in Smith Mountain Lake.
Boats are running aground on sandbars that are usually underwater.
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[IN Q=We've developed]

((DAN PHILLIPS/LAKE RESIDENT: WE'VE DEVELOPED A PETITION. ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE ASKED FOR IS FOR THEM TO EITHER MAINTAIN THE LAKE AT PROPER LEVELS OR MARK THE AREAS THAT ARE DANGEROUS FOR BOATERS.))
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A-E-P says lake agencies are responsible for marking shallow parts.
And they say downstream industries need the water just as much as Smith Mountain Lake -- the big Lane Furniture plant, for example, or the state fish hatchery that stocks local lakes with catfish and stripers.
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((MIKE THACKER/AEP: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AT SMITH MOUNTAIN IS MANAGE THE PROJECT FOR EVERYBODY'S BENEFIT. UNFORTUNATELY WE CAN'T MAXIMIZE THAT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF RAINFALL.))
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[VO-NAT]


A-E-P officials are already releasing less water out of Smith Mountain Lake because of the drought.
Now, they say, only rain will make the lake levels rise.
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[E-Little-Chef]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-24 1:02:13]
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The Little Chef will serve its last meal today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Gary's Little Chef Restaurant was a Roanoke late-night landmark.
Owners Gary and Debbie Nimer (NY-mer) say they'll always remember the customers... escpecially those who came after partying until the early morning.
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[SOT 1:28:47]
[IN Q=a lot of party]

((DEBBIE NIMER: A LOT OF PARTY PEOPLE COMING IN, THEN WHEN YOU FEED THEM THEY GET QUIET.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Nimer/Little Chef]
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[VO-NAT]


The Nimers say Little Chef could NOT compete with big chain restaurants.
It will close after serving lunch today.
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[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]

Jim Druckenmiller has maintained, from the beginning, he did NOT take advantage of a college student, earlier this year, when the two had sex at a house in Blacksburg.
The jury that heard the evidence apparently agreed, reaching its decision after deliberating only an hour. Upon leaving the courthouse, the foreman of the group said, quote "the man's innocent-- the evidence just wasn't there". Druckenmiller will not have to worry about an appeal...prosecutors say the jury's verdict, in this case, is final.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Roanoke man who murdered his ex- wife apologized for the crime yesterday, as he was sentenced to life in prison.

Michael Jennings was arrested a year ago, in the hours after Wanda Jennings was stabbed to death in her Northeast Roanoke home.
Prosecutors argued the vicious nature of the crime and the defendant's record justified a life sentence... and that's the punishment Judge Jonathan Apgar imposed.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A block of Southbound Williamson Road will remain closed for at least another week and a half while work continues inside the old Shenandoah Hotel.
Last week the city closed that stretch of road, afraid the hotel's east wall might cave in.
Engineers renovating the building are reinforcing the structure. Williamson Road will stay closed until engineers can assure the city that the wall won't fall.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Time Off]


Over the years, Glen Maury Park has helped put Buena Vista on the map.... hosting everything from country music performances to political appearances.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]


On a daily basis though, the park offers scenic views of the mountains, along with the tranquility of the nearby Maury River.
Ballfields, camp sites, and an Oympic- sized swimming pool also keep visitors busy.
If you've never had a chance to check out Glen Maury Park, you can do so by
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[GRAPHIC=TIME OFF]

That's coming up tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning.checking out this week's "Time Off" segment.