[7E-Medical-Waste]

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While Virginians may welcome out-of-state vistors, they are NOT so friendly to out-of-state illegal medical waste.

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The waste from New york City is endangering Virginians according to Governor Jim Gilmore.
Yesterday, a vastly different picture was painted by some of the state's top experts on infectious disease.
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((DR. BARRY FARR/UVA HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER: THE ONLY EVIDENCE OF TRANSMISSION TO ANY HUMAN BEING HAS OCCURRED WITHIN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. AND ALL OF THOSE INCIDENTS HAVE INVOLVED CONTAMINATED SHARP ITEMS.))
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Doctors told lawmakers that Virginia's strict medical waste laws were written before much was known about how AIDS and hepatitis are transmitted.
They say the laws require hospitals to incinerate far more trash than is really risky -- at a cost of eight to 20 times what it would take to bury it in a landfill.
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[7Roanoke-Bush]


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One visitor Roanokers are anticipating is Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush.
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Representative Bob Goodlatte met him at the airport last night to kick off Bush's Roanoke campaign stop.
This is the Texas Governor's third trip to Virginia, where he has already raised more than 750-thousand dollars.


Bush says Virginia is an important state to his campaign.
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((GEORGE W. BUSH: VIRGINIA WILL BE PRECEDING THE MARCH 7-TH DATE WHICH IS THE BIG PRIMARY DAY AND I INTEND TO RUN WELL HERE.))
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Later today Bush will tour the West End Center and the Roanoke Farmer's Market and attend a thousand dollar a plate lunch.

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[7E-Clockmaker]


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The Rodgers family comes every year from Pennsylvania to protect community clocks.
Tina Tenret has their story of how climbing Roanoke Valley clock Towers has made this family stronger.
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(( Bob Rodgers remembers climbing up this tower as a boy.
He and his father kept the clock ticking at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church.
Now, Bob's children help him.
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((TAKE THE OLD GREASE OUT. LOOSEN UP THE GEAR HEAD. THAT'S THE PART THAT PRIMARILY GETS SEIZED UP.))
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Together they travel to 150 East Coast clock towers, including Roanoke College and a church in Buchanan.
And they certainly know how to pass time.
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((OH ABSOLUTELY. IT GIVES YOU TIME FROM PLACE TO PLACE FOR CONVERSING AND TALKING. NAT SOT BELLS. YOU HAVE A CAPTIVE

AUDIENCE.))
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The Greene Memorial timepiece is unique, they say, because it's up so high and in such a prominent location downtown.
It dates back almost a century -- and chimes every 15 minutes.
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((MELISSA RODGERS: I LIKE TO GO WITH MY DAD AND WORK IN THE CLOCK TOWERS AND EVERYTHING BUT I DISLIKED BEING REALLY DIRTY UP IN THE CLOCK TOWERS. ))
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So will the Rodgers keep this family tradition?
These hands would stand still without them.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke))

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Now taking a look at your Thursday forecast.. clouds will be building so there could be a chance of showers today. Temperatures will cool off to the low-to-mid 80's. Tonight will be cloudy with scattered showers possible. Temperatures will be in the low 60's. The extended outlook....


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 8/20/99
Friday:

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No Pictures:

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[45Pitts-Fire]


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In Pittsylvania County, firefighters are working to contain a wildfire that's been burning for more than 15 hours.

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Forestry officials estimate that as many as 300 acres have burned in the northeast corner of Pittsylvania County, near Smith Mountain Lake.
More than 60 firefighters and forestry workers from four counties worked throughout the night to contain the fire.


It spread rapidly because of high temperatures and winds, engulfing a half acre every minute.
Forestry officials say the fires still don't pose a threat to residents.
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((RICHARD LAW/FRANKLIN CO. FOREST WARDEN: IT WOULD TAKE SEVERAL HOURS AND A LOT OF WIND AND LOW HUMIDITY BEFORE IT GOT AWAY FROM US. WE HAVEN'T GOT IT CONTAINED, BUT WE HAVE IT WHERE WE'RE NOT GOING TO LOSE ANY HOMES OR ANY HOMES ARE THREATENED.))
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Officials believe the fire started yesterday afternoon around two. They still don't know the cause.
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[45E-Davis]


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A lengthy prison sentence has been handed down to the second of two Bedford County teens who murdered a classmate las fall.
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16- year old Keirsten Davis had pleaded guilty in June to the murder and robbery of Jamelle Poindexter.
Davis was sentenced today to a total of 63 years in prison.
Her boyfriend, 16- year- old Randy Ross, is serving two life terms.
Prosecutors say the victim's family is satisfied with both sentences.
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[45E-Abduction-Arrests]


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Two weeks after a violent kidnapping in Henry County, a Martinsville couple has been arrested in connection with the crime.
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[99-23 1:38:49]
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23-year old Shannon Wright says a man kidnapped her from Riverside Plaza in Bassett.
She says he drove her to a secluded area where he forced her into the trunk and shot her.
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Today 24-year-old Howard Lee Crook Junior of Liza Court was arrested... and so was his girlfriend, 22-year-old Angela Dawn Willis of Lee's Ridge Road.
Both face felony charges of carjacking, robbery, and attempted capital murder.
Crook also faces an aggravated sexual battery charge.

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In other news from Henry County, Martinsville woman was killed yesterday in a on vehicle car accident.
State police say 49-year-old Shelly Frith Drane was traveling south on Route 108 when she veered off the road.
She attempted to drive back onto the road but ran off it again and flipped the vehicle several times.
Drane was pronounced dead at the scene.

[45E-Car-Train]


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It was very close call for a Danville motorist yesterday.
Forty-nine year old Constance Coles hit a train loaded with hazardous chemicals yesterday.
She jumped out of the car, moments before it hit the train and was not injured.
Coles told police her brakes failed.
But police say her brakes checked out okay, and she was charged with failing to maintain control of her vehicle.
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[45E-Pig-Suit]


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The Halifax County Board of supervisors is facing a lawsuit.
It was filed by hog farmer Ray Link.
He alleges that the Board has no authority to keep his family from expanding his farm.
Several weeks ago, Link filed a permit to triple his 3-thousand hog farm, but was told he'd have to wait.
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[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;]


The Board has frozen all action on hog farm applications until after it votes on new regulations in the next few months.
The County has 21 days to reply to the lawsuit.
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[45WEATHER]


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Turning to weather...
Clouds building today, with a chance of showers.
Look for cooler highs this afternoon...only reaching the mid 80s.
Staying cloudy tonight, with scattered showers possible and lows in the lower 60s.
The five day forecast includes rain for tomorrow...otherwise fairly cloudy through the weekend with highs in the 80s ...lows in the 60s.

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[8581-Interchange]


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A new interchange on Interstate 581 is finally opening after months of delays.
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Beginning later today, drivers will be able to leave the Valley View Mall area on a new road.
The new interchange between Hershberger Road and Orange Avenue was supposed to open in the spring, but construction problems kept delaying the project.
We'll have more on the opening on News-7 at Noon.
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[8E-Hillsville]


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The public got their say on the fate of four Carroll County owned buildings.
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A public hearing was held last night to give residents a chance to speak out.
The buildings in question were vacated when the new Carroll County Governmental Complex opened back in May.
The Carter Building on Main Street is one of the buildings no longer in use.
Love Cox with the Carroll County Historical Society would like to see the building preserved and possibly transformed into an art gallery or coffee shop.
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((LOVE COX/HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBER: IT'S JUST A LARGE PART OF CARROLL COUNTY, THE CARTER BUILDING AND IT'S PART OF OUR HISTORY, IT'S A LANDMARK, WE USED TO SAY IT'S THE ONLY SKY SCRAPER WE HAVE IN HILLSVILLE. ))
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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has not said when it will make a decision.
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[8S-Tree-House]


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One building that is sure to be busy is the tree-house at Roanoke Rescue Mission's homeless shelter.
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A new tree-house was dedicated at Jubilee Acres, where the children attend a day camp each summer.
The multi-level building on stilts was designed and built by members of the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association.
Volunteers who worked on the project said they were looking forward to seeing lots of smiles up there in the woods.
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[8E-Business-Water]


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As drought conditions persist tougher water restrictions will start affecting Roanoke businesses.
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Normally the hot summer means big demands for swimming pools.
But this year it's illegal to fill them in the city.
The companies that build pools worry that when conservation measures get more drastic, more people will put off buying new pools.
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((JERRY GREEN/AQUARIUS POOLS: WE'VE DELAYED CONSTRUCTION ON A COUPLE OF JOBS SCHEDULED IN THE CITY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T FILL 'EM UP. WE HOPE TO GET TO 'EM THIS FALL.))
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Mandatory reductions on city businesses and residents begin when Carvins Cove drops to 30 feet below full pond.
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[8E-Amherst-drought]


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Yet another county is affected by the lack of rain...the latest one is Amherst County.
The County Service Authority announced voluntary water conservation measures.
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Drinking water in restaurants will be available by request only.
Residents are asked not to fill swimming pools, and to turn off ornamental fountains; void washing buildings, driveways and other paved areas.
Lawn watering should be restricted to only once a week, between 6 and 8-AM.
And people should only use car washes that recycle water, or have high pressure, low consumption systems.
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Though the restrictions are voluntary, Service Authority members will patrol the community and issue warnings.


[8E-Climatologist]


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With so many Virginians feeling the effects of the drought, Virginia's state climatologist does NOT have reassuring news.
In fact he says this year's dry conditions really aren't that unusual, and that we should expect a drought like this once a decade.
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[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Pat Michaels calls this a "garden variety" drought, which has hit the northern Shenandoah Valley much harder than the Roanoke- Lynchburg area.
Despite what some may think, Michaels says global warming is NOT to blame.
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((PAT MICHAELS/STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: WHAT IS TO BLAME FOR THE DROUGHT IN VIRGINIA IS SOMETHING KNOWN AS RANDOM, BAD LUCK, AND THE FACT THAT OUR SUMMER RAINFALL FALLS IN THE FORM OF THUNDERSTORMS. WE WENT INTO THE SPRING AND THE SUMMER DRY.))
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Michaels says while Virginia may be suffering, the rest of the United States is actually wetter than normal.

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Time to check the Thursday forecast once more...
Clouds already rolling in to the region, and we'll have a chance of showers starting this afternoon.
Highs in the mid 80s.
Cloudy overnight, with scattered showers or thunderstorms possible.
Lows cooling into the lower 60s.
In the extended forecast....a good chance of rain for Friday...otherwise and mix of clouds and sun.
Highs in the 80s...lows in the 60s.

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