[7E-Gilmore-VDOT]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[TAPE#=99-35 14:32]
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It's the first time in state history, but the Virginia Attorney General is investigating possible crimes against the environment.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Office of the Governor;]


And the targets of the probe are state transportation workers and their contractors.
More than one hundred thousand gallons of sewage was dumped into a creek last month.
[SUPER=03-Goochland Co.]


The creek leads into Richmond's backup water supply.
Another VDOT contractor started clearing wetlands last December in Hampton-- without state approval.
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[SOT 13:43:10 ]
[IN Q=Now unfortunately]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: NOW UNFORTUNATELY, THESE INCIDENTS POINT TO A PATTERN OF MORE POTENTIALLY ENVIRONMENTAL MISHAPS. BUT THERE ARE ALSO MANAGEMENT MISHAPS, AS WELL.))
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


So VDOT commissioner David Gehr resigned yesterday with NO comment.
The Governor accepted the resignation.
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[7Henry-Street]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=99-32 31:54]
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The Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation is getting closer to starting construction on Henry Street.
But thousands of dollars are still needed before construction can being.
So corporation is asking community residents for their support.
Joy Sutton has details.
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[IN Q=Henry Street]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Price/Roanoke Neighborhood Dev. Corp.; :16 - Quick]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday; :34]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Neighborhood Dev. Corp.; :43]
[SUPER=01-Jim Ritchie/Acting City Manager; 1:17]
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[OUT Q=News 7]


(( Henry Street was once a thriving part of town but now abandoned buildings and boarded windows are most of what remains.
Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation is hoping to change all that--by making this street an area booming with business once again.
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[SOT 02:50:10]
[IN Q=It just will]

((IT JUST WILL NOT DIE. IT HAS A LIFE OF ITS OWN. IT HAS BEEN THE LIFEBLOOD OF A COMMUNITY))
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The corporation met with community residents to answer questions--and to talk about the progress of the project.
The corporation was hoping to get 700-thousand dollars from Roanoke City council--but council decided earlier this week to appropriate only half that amount.
Now the corporation has to raise the remaining 375-thousand dollars.
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[SOT02:36:35]
[IN Q=Maybe it was the right]

((MAYBE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING THAT WE DIDN'T GET ALL THE MONEY BECAUSE IT FORCED THE GROUP TO DO MORE INVOLVING THE TOTAL COMMUNITY AND WHEN YOU DO THAT YOU BUILD OWNERSHIP ))
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[SOT 02:54:32]
[IN Q=We will be going]

((WE WILL BE GOING FOR FUNDRAISERS IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR AND WE'RE GOING TO TAP EVERY SOURCE THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN))
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Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie says the city wants to be a partner in the project--but should not be responsible for building anything.
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[SOT 02:42:09]
[IN Q=We do plan]

((WE DO PLAN TO BRING THE STREETS AND SIDEWALKS UP TO THE SAME LEVEL AS THE REST OF DOWNTOWN. WE ARE GOING TO PARTICIPATE AND PROVIDE A PARKING GARAGE))
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[IN Q=The land for]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER:THE LAND FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN DONATED BY THE ROANOKE REDEVELOPMENT HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THE CORPORATION HOPES TO START CONSTRUCTION WITHIN A YEAR.))
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[7E-Valley-View]


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A long- awaited improvement to Interstate 581 is now a reality.
The southbound interchange at Valley View Boulevard was finally opened yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The new entrance to 581 should ease congestion around Valley View Mall and neighboring shopping centers.
Though it cost city taxpayers more than five and a half million dollars to build, city officials say the investment is already paying off, with new businesses such as Best Buy locating to the area.
The new bridge also includes a pedestrians path that will connect the Hotel Roanoke to the mall.
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Taking a look at your Friday forecast.. the clouds will continue to build with more showers likely. The temperatures will in the low-to-mid 80's. Tonight will be cloudy with scattered showers likely. It'll be a comfortable start to your weekend with temps in the low 60's.


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 8/21/99
Saturday:

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[SUPER=130-3/Kyle May/Madison Heights]



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[45E-Emergency-Aid]


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The overnight rain storms did little to reverse drought damage done to Virginia's farmers.
But, the U-S Department of Agriculture is coming to the aid of farmers in 18 counties affected by the drought.
Governor Gilmore announced last night that the U-S-D-A is allocating 1-point-9 MILLION dollars through its Emergency Conservation Program for areas with serious water resource problems.
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[TAKE FIRST PINNACLE PAGE]
Among the counties where farmers will receive aid: Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke and Rockbridge.
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[VO-NAT]

[99-20 1:33:04]
[super=03-St. Louis, MO/August 9;]


The funding comes as a result of Governor Gilmore's meeting earlier this month with Governors of several other states affected by the drought... as well as a meeting with federal officials.
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[45Wine-Drought]


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The drought continues to produce devasting effects for eastern U-S farmers and their crops.
But--as Lisa Hughes shows us--there is one crop faring VERY well in all this heat.
And the men and women who grow it are raising their glasses to mother nature.
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[IN Q=it's the deep]
[SUPER=03-Middleburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Fitter/Winemaker; :20]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting; :50]
[SUPER=01-Linda Ridgeway/Piedmont Vineyards; 1:00]
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[OUTQ=Middleburg, Virginia]

(( It's the deep, healthy green you don't expect to see in a drought year. And winemakers say the color is nothing compared to the fruit.
( THAT'S A NICE BIG CLUSTER OF CHARDONNAY)

John Fitter is the winemaker at Virginia's Piedmont Vineyards. He calls the drought_a blessing.
( John Fitter/Winemaker BASICALLY, IT JUST HELPS US. CLEANER

FRUIT. CONCENTRATED FLAVORS AND WE END UP WITH BETTER WINES) Hot sun concentrates the sugar in the grapes. The fruit is smaller in a drought year_but the flavor's more intense. What's more_there's no rot and fewer bugs. Winemakers save money using less pesticide. :02(nats_bottling) A good vintage is especially important for small producers trying to earn respect in a crowded market and compete with winemaking giants on the West Coast.
(standup_Lisa Hughes/Middleburg, VA

BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT, THIS COULD BE THE BEST YEAR EVER FOR EAST COAST WINEMAKERS. BUT THEY'RE NOT COUNTING THEIR CASES JUST YET. THAT'S BECAUSE EVEN THIS LATE IN THE SEASON, THE WEATHER COULD STILL CHANGE)
(Super: Linda Ridgeway/Piedmont Vineyards

14:22:08 BITING OUR NAILS_CROSSING OUR FINGERS. BECAUSE OF THE END OF AUGUST OR BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER COULD BE HURRICANE SEASON)
(nats_pouring )

Any rain now could damage the final product. And although just every other farmer is praying for showers_winegrowers are holding out for more of the same_hot, dry weather and an early fall harvest.
(13:38:53 WHEN THESE WINES ARE IN THE BOTTLE, THAT'S WHEN I'LL BREATHE A

SIGH OF RELIEF.) Lisa Hughes. CBS News. Middleburg, Virginia.))

[45E-Brush-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-36 15:58]
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The dry conditions are making the job of dozens of firefighters more difficult as they battled the brush fire last night that engulfed about 200 acres near Smith Mountain Lake.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Wednesday Night;]


The fire started when lightning hit Smith Mountain Saturday.
But firefighters thought it was extinguished... until it flared up yesterday.
The fire continued to spread last night, even as 60 firefighters and foresters worked to construct barriers.
[super=04-Yesterday;]


A helicopter was called in today to help douse the flames with water.
No homes are threatened by the brush fire.
Officials had said that without any rain, the blaze could continue to burn for several days and engulf another 200 acres.
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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Clouds continue to build throughout the day, with more showers and thundertorms likely.
Highs this afternoon near 85.
Staying cloudy tonight, with more scattered showers possible.
Lows in the low to mid 60s.
The five day forecast stays relatively mild....with lingering clouds tomorrow and a bit more sun by Sunday.
Highs in the 80s...lows in the 60s.


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[8Baby-Switch]


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Even though they are facing a lawsuit for switching babies, University of Virginia Medical Center nearly did it again.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Medical center nearly switched two babies last month.
The newspaper reports that a day-old baby was briefly given to the wrong parents by a hospital worker.
The incident occurred despite extensive changes in security and newborn I-D procedures.
The parents who said they got the wrong baby said the mixup lasted about ten minutes.
The father of the baby said he noticed that his son looked different.
A hospital official disputed some parts of the father's account but said the matter is under investigation.

[8E-Scales]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-30 52:43]
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The identical twins accused of murdering a man are now on trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 31, 1997; ]


30- year old Richard Bullard died on the dance floor at Arnold's restaurant in Blacksburg two years ago.
Terry and Kerry Scales of Martinsville admit they fired guns inside the restaurant but say they did so out of fear.


[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


They maintain they shot Bullard and wounded another man in self defense.
But prosecutors say the twins should be found guilty -- pointing out the pair immediately fled the scene and discarded the weapons which were later found by police.
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Testimony will resume in the morning.


[8E-Deputy-Shooting]


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A Campbell County deputy had just cause for shooting and killing a knife- wielding murder suspect last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./June 17]


That's according to Commonwealth's Attorney Neil Vener (VENN-er) who reviewed the case.
Sergeant J.K. Schmitt shot Farakhan Ali Wright four times after Wright charged at him waving a knife.
Wright had just stabbed to death his girlfriend Keandra Carter when deputies responded to the scene.
Witnesses say Wright told police they would have to kill him to stop him.
Wright had a blood- alcohol level of point- one- three.
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[8E-George-W-Bush]


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The Republican presidential front-runner wanted to talk about the future, but what kept coming up was his past.
Scott Goldberg spent the day with Bush on the campaign trail.
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[IN Q=When somebody]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :16]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Bishop/Bush Supporter; :53]
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(([SOT inside west end center 23:09:38]
[IN Q=23:16:47]

((NATSOUND: WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS DRUGS ARE COOL YOU SAY THEY'RE NOT COOL. GOTTA MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES.))
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[OUT Q=RIGHT CHOICES]


After telling students at Roanoke's West End Center to avoid youthful indiscretions, George W. Bush still wouldn't get specific about his.
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[SOT 2:06:16]
[IN Q=i've told people]

((GEORGE W. BUSH: I'VE TOLD PEOPLE OVER TWO DECADES AGO I MADE SOME MISTAKES.))
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[SOT on city market]
[IN Q=2:28:32]

((PROTESTER: ANSWER THE QUESTION, GOVERNOR. IT'S A VALID QUESTION.))
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[OUT Q=VALID QUESTION]


What's become known as the cocaine question dogged Bush all day.
He wouldn't say yes or no... only that if he did use any drugs... he did it at least 25 years ago.
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[SOT 2:07:53]
[IN Q=i've learned]

((BUSH: I'VE LEARNED FROM THOSE MISTAKES. AND THAT'S ALL I INTEND TO TALK ABOUT IT.))
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((QUICK NAT SOUND ON MARKET: meet and greet))
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What Bush wanted to talk about was his so-called compassionate conservative agenda.
He didn't say exactly what that means ... not speaking in-depth on any one issue ... but that didn't bother his supporters.
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[SOT marriott tape at 22:15:49]
[IN Q=he's given]

((CINDY BISHOP: HE'S GIVEN A BROAD IDEA ... I DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT HAS OR HASN'T SAID. HE'S GOT PLENTY OF TIME.))
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[OUT Q=PLENTY OF TIME]


Bush did say he wants more money for after-school youth programs ... a strong military ... and what he calls prosperity with a purpose.
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[SOT press conference tape 2:14:54]
[IN Q=i have]

((BUSH: I HAVE A PLAN FOR PROSPERITY AND A PLAN FOR PEACE... BUT I ALSO HAVE A PLAN TO MAKE OUR AMERICAN DREAM TOUCH EVERY WILLING HEART.))
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[OUT Q=WILLING HEART]


That plan might've gotten Bush this far.
But with questions about his past following him all the way to Roanoke ... the front-runner might need a new strategy as this campaign wears on.
His not answering questions isn't stopping others from asking.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))

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Let's take one more look at the Friday forecast before we leave you this morning....
Staying cloudy today, with more showers and thunderstorms likely and afternoon highs in the mid 80s.
Cloudy overnight, with widely scattered showers and lows in the lower 60s.
In the extended forecast....mostly cloudy tomorrow....with partly cloudy conditions from Sunday on.
Highs in the 80s...lows in the 60s.


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