[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A rider on a King's Dominion roller coaster may be partly to blame for his own death.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the January fiery death of an Amherst County man is now being investigated as a homicide.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Our wet scenario continues today, with heavy downpours at times.
Meanwhile, still busy in the tropics...with now THREE tropical storms spinning in the Atlantic.

[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Helvestine]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Frank Helvestine-- the man convicted of unintentionally killing a toddler in a 1975 racially motivated bombing in Roanoke County has died in prison.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/September 26, 1997]


Helvestine died yesterday while serving a 12-year sentence for his role in the bombing meant to kill an interracial couple.
Instead, the bomb killed 23-month-old Carrie Ann Mask, whose family had parked their van next to a car with the bomb in it.
The case was unsolved until 1996, when Helvestine's son-in-law told police he knew about the bombing.
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[Lawsuit]


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


A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a ten million dollar lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot to death by two Blacksburg police officers.
Maurice Taylor's family claimed that the officers used excessive force and violated Taylor's civil rights
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 9, 1995]

when they shot him 12 times inside a drugstore in August 1995.
At the time of the shooting, Taylor was wanted on a fugitive charge, and he pulled out a B-B gun that looked like a 45-caliber pistol when the officers approached him
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[E-Amherst-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-23 2:02:30]
[GRAPHIC=Amherst Murder Probe]


Amherst County authorities want to know who doused a Naola (nay-OH-la) man with gasoline and set him on fire last January.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Lab tests recently confirm that 40- year- old Herman Branham was soaked with both gas and kerosene in the yard of this home January 27th.
Branham was still on fire when he walked more than a half mile to his mother's home and collapsed.. he died six days later.
Police have a suspect but need more information.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:34:36]
[IN Q=Somebody's got]

((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: SOMEBODY'S GOT TO KNOW SOMETHING AND THAT'S WHAT I'M BEGGING, IS FOR SOMEBODY TO TELL US SOMETHING TO BRING IT TO A CLOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=to a close.]
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE CRIMESTOPPERS FULL SCREEN]
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Central Virginia Crimestoppers at 1- 888- 798- 5900.
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[E-Kings-Dominion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:51:25]
[GRAPHIC=Kings Dominion]


A man who died on a roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Dominion may have engaged in misconduct that contributed to his death.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell]


That's what park officials are saying.
20-year old Timothy Fan of New York City was killed MONDAY night while riding the Shockwave.
Riders stand while the roller coaster makes several loops - reaching speeds of 50 miles an hour.
A statement released by Kings Dominion says "witness statements indicate rider misconduct on the part of Fan may have played a role in the incident."
Park officials say the ride is safe.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:22:25]
[IN Q=It's been]

((IT'S BEEN OPERATING SINCE 1986 WITHOUT INCIDENT, IT IS INSPECTED ON A DAILY BASIS.))
[SUPER=01-Betsy Moss/Park Spokesperson;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=on a daily basis.]
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[VO-NAT]


Theme park officials have not said HOW Fan died.
The ride is closed along with similar rides at Paramount Parks in Cincinnati and Toronto- while an investigation is done.
An initial investigation found no problem with the ride's restraint system and no operator error.
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[bret-aftermath]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bret Aftermath]


Forecasters are continuing to keep an eye on three tropical storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, Cindy, Dennis and Emily.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[4:15:49]
Dennis is of greatest concern to forcasters.
It's centered near the bahamas where tropical storm warnings have been posted.
Forecasters expect it to become a hurricane in the next day or so, and say it could threaten the eastern U-S as soon as Friday.
[SUPER=03-Falfurrias, TX;]

[4:04:55]
Meantime, In parts of southern Texas, cleaning up after Hurricane Bret had to be put on hold yesterday because of flooding.
Contaminated water faces many plus downed power lines.
[SUPER=03-Driscoll, TX;]


Flooding in Driscoll, Texas forced the evacation of several ederly residents, others ventured back to see what remained.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=everthing that's left...]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=is gone.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Laredo, TX;]


Rain from the former hurricane also flooded close to 200 homes in Laredo.
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[SS=HOLD]


The storm was a disaster for some cotton farmers, but an answer to prayers for citrus growers, suffering from months of drought.

[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the New Orleans Saints are denying rumors about one of their key players.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=very pleasant]
[RUNS=1:49]
[OUT Q=this mornin]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Starlink]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=06-Pulaski Co.;]
(Steve calls for Boards)


address Board Webpage

(toss to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:))

[E-County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-21 1:53:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Members of the Roanoke County School Board and the Board of Supervisors will meet later this week in an effort to resolve yet another stalemate over school construction projects.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:20:21 BOS/SCHOOL BOARD TAPE]
[IN Q=There's an old country song]

((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THERE'S AN OLD COUNTRY SONG. I'VE GOT TOO MUCH MONTH AT THE END OF MY MONEY. WELL WE GOT TOO MUCH PROJECT AND WE'VE RUN OUT OF MONEY.))
[SUPER=@Johnson;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=we've run out of money.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Cost estimates for the new south county high school and improvements to Glenvar Middle School are now ten million dollars higher than projected.
So the school board and supervisors must decide whether to find more funding, or scale back the two projects.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't think there are any]

((TOM LEGGETTE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I DON'T THINK THERE ARE ANY EASY ANSWERS. I'M HOPING THAT BY TAKING A QUICK LOOK AT THIS, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BE CONVINCED THE ARCHITECTS ARE CORRECT. AND WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT LOSING ANOTHER YEAR.)) ((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR: I WOULD NOT AT ALL ADVOCATE DOWNSIZING, IF YOU WILL, THE PROGRAMMING AREA, BUT WE HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN THE MEANS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/School Board Member; :00]
[SUPER=@Nickens; :12]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=available to us.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Four members of the two boards, the county administrator, and the school superintendent will meet with the architects Friday morning.

[E-Bus-Daycare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-26 1:29:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Rockbridge County's preschoolers will soon have a new place to go for class.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]

An empty school bus will replace the old churches that used to house county preschools. A year ago fire inspections stopped the use of the churches and disbanded the program.
[SUPER=03-Bath Co.]

The idea to use buses came from Bath County -- it's been using buses for pre-school for 20 years. The bus has all the things a classroom would need including heating, air and bathrooms. Officials from both counties agree that this program reaches more students because the classroom is mobile -- however the children aren't in the bus when it moves. Rockbridge County hopes to open the bus for school in October.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


In other medical news, heartburn may be hereditary.
Maggie Cooper has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Maggie Cooper/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( A MORE EFFECTIVE SCREENING METHOD FOR CERVICAL CANCER IS CATCHING ON. VT-VO
THE THIN-PREP PAP TEST IS NOW USED IN ABOUT THIRTEEN PERCENT OF THE 50 MILLION TESTS PERFORMED EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES.
THAT'S TWICE AS HIGH AS 19-97 LEVELS.
THE THIN PREP IS EASIER FOR LAB TECHNICIANS TO READ AND AS A RESULT, THEY ARE FINDING MORE ABNORMAL OR PRE-CANCEROUS CELLS.
BY THE END OF THE YEAR, FORECASTERS PREDICT THE THIN PREP WILL BE USED IN 20 PERCENT OF ALL PAP TESTS. ONCAM-Maggie
A WARNING TODAY FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE ONE DIABETES. BE CAREFUL BEFORE YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL.
RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SAY THESE INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETICS ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE JITTERS AND LIGHT HEADEDNESS WHEN THEIR BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL IS TOO LOW..WHICH COULD IMPAIR THEIR DRIVING
THE SCIENTISTS ARE QUICK TO ADD THAT THEY ARE NOT ADVOCATING FOR THE DRIVING PRIVILEGES FOR TYPE ONE DIABETICS TO BE REVOKED OR RESTRICTED. VT-VO
AND A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT THE BURNING FEELING IN YOUR CHEST AFTER YOU EAT SOME FOODS MAY BE HEREDITARY.
SCIENTISTS AT THE MAYO CLINIC IN MINNESOTA FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHOSE PARENTS OR SIBLINGS SUFFERED FROM HEARTBURN WERE

TWICE AS LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM IT THEMSELVES.
DOCTORS SAY THAT MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS A GENE THAT PASSES THE DISORDER ON FROM PARENT TO CHILD. ONCAM-Maggie
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MAGGIE COOPER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[Starlink]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=06-Pulaski Co.;]
(Steve Calls for Boards)


Craft Show Clayter Lake SP

[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)

((Archive:)) [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]


Meet Cindy, Dennis and Emily.
They're the latest tropical storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dennis is of greatest concern to forecasters.
It's centered near the Bahamas where tropical storm warnings have been posted.
By later today or early Friday Dennis could be upgraded to a hurricane and say it could threaten the eastern U.S.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Kings Dominion says a man who died on a park roller coaster may to blame for his death.
A 20-year-old New York City man was killed Monday night while riding the Shockwave.
In a statement released yesterday, Kings Dominion said witnesses indicated that misconduct on the part of Timonthy Fan may have played a role in what happened.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Heavy rains are increasing the misery in Turkey.
Residents forced to camp under cardboard and blanket tents after last week's earthquake are struggling to keep dry.


Meanwhile, the government has revised the confirmed number of deaths down from nearly 18-thousand to just over 12-thousand-500.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A federal appeals court says a judge was correct when he threw out a ten million dollar lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot to death by two Blacksburg police officers.
Maurice Taylor's family claimed that the officers used excessive force and violated Taylor's civil rights
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 9, 1995]

when they shot him 12 times inside a drugstore in August 1995.
At the time of the shooting, Taylor was wanted on a fugitive charge, and he pulled out a B-B gun that looked like a 45-caliber pistol when the officers approached him
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[2-Helvestine]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


He escaped justice for 20 years after he unintentionally killed a toddler in a 1975 racially motivated bombing in Roanoke County .
Yesterday, Frank Helvestine died in prison.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/September 26, 1997]


Helvestine died while serving a 12-year sentence for his role in the bombing meant to kill an interracial couple.
Instead, the bomb killed 23-month-old Carrie Ann Mask, whose family had parked their van next to a car with the bomb in it.
The case was unsolved until 1996, when Helvestine's son-in-law told police he knew about the bombing.
(------------)



[2-E-Kings-Dominion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:51:25]
[GRAPHIC=Kings Dominion]


Still no word on exactly what killed a roller coaster rider at Paramount's King's Dominion-- but he may have engaged in misconduct that contributed to his death.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell]


That's what park officials are saying.
20-year old Timothy Fan of New York City was killed Monday night while riding the Shockwave.
Riders stand while the roller coaster makes several loops - reaching speeds of 50 miles an hour.
A statement released by Kings Dominion says "witness statements indicate rider misconduct on the part of Fan may have played a role in the incident."
Park officials say the ride is safe.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:22:25]
[IN Q=It's been]

((IT'S BEEN OPERATING SINCE 1986 WITHOUT INCIDENT, IT IS INSPECTED ON A DAILY BASIS.))
[SUPER=01-Betsy Moss/Park Spokesperson;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=on a daily basis.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Theme park officials have not said HOW Fan died.
The ride is closed along with similar rides at Paramount Parks in Cincinnati and Toronto- while an investigation is done.
An initial investigation found no problem with the ride's restraint system and no operator error.
(------------)



[S-GOP]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MOrn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC1:16:53]
[GRAPHIC=GOP]


The Republican Party of Virginia thinks education is the number one issue on voters' minds this fall.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


Yesterday, Republicans unveiled a six point plan to beef up security in the schools, provide more money to help students who are failing the SOL tests, and hire more teachers.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


They also slammed Democrats for their summer-long focus on road-building needs.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:46:38]
[IN Q=I think]

((SEN. RANDY FORBES/R-CHESAPEAKE: I THINK THEY HAVE TOTALLY ABANDONED THE EDUCATION INITIATIVES THAT WE THINK ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS COMMONWEALTH BY NOT TALKING ABOUT THEM AND SETTING FORTH THE IMPORTANCE THAT THEY'VE HAD. IN ALL THE PRESS CONFERENCES THAT YOU'VE ATTENDED, HOW MUCH PRIORITY HAVE THEY PUT ON EDUCATION DURING THIS ELECTION CYCLE? NOT VERY MUCH FROM WHAT WE'VE SEEN.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Randy Forbes/(R) Chesapeake;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=we've seen.]
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[VO-NAT]


A Democratic party spokesman points out that some of the Republican school security measures are already in place, thanks to bi-partisan responses to school violence.
(------------)



[E-Scales]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-30 59:29]
[GRAPHIC=LEgal Scales]


Closing arguments will begin later this morning in the case against the identical twins accused of murdering a man in downtown Blacksburg.
The defense rested yesterday afternoon after the twins testified what happened two years ago was purely self defense.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Scales/Defendant; :46]
[SUPER=01-Janice Scales/Twins' Mother; 1:12]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Christiansburg.]



[Earthquake]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Earthquake]


Another night of heavy rain is adding to the misery for the homeless earthquake victims in Turkey.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Northwestern Turkey;]

[4:08:06]
Tens of thousands who lost their homes are now struggling to live in packed tent cities.
And there is now a fear of epidemic diseases.
Many bodies are buried in the rubble and garbage is piling up.
But the World Health Organization says so far, there's no need to worry.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((DR. MICHAEL THIEREN/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION - AN EPIDEMIC FRONT HAS NEVER BEEN OBSERVED IN ANY DISASTER. THIS IS THE EXPERIENCE OF THE WHO OF 20 YEARS OF OBSERVATION OF NATURAL EVENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michel Thieren/World Health Organization;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=of natural events.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


There was another tremor which sent people fleeing into the streets.
The death toll has been revised downward to 12-thousand-514.
An official blames a computer error in the town of Izmit for the mistake in the number of confirmed deaths.
Some officials still expect the final death toll to reach 40-thousand.
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[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[Starlink]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=06-Pulaski Co.;]



(Steve Calls for Map)
(Steve Will intro)


[***ROLLED FROM STARLINK***]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Clayter started]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Caruso/Chief Ranger; :14]
[RUNS=2:04]
[OUT Q=into open space]



(SteveLive)
[SUPER=06-Pulaski Co.;]




(Steve Calls for Board)

Clayter Lake SP

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:))

[Carvins-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-40 TC19:52]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Final plans are in the works to expand recreation opportunities around Carvin's Cove.
Last night a consultant team held a third and final public hearing on the Land Use Plan.
Kate Weidaw has more.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=as the water]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;:00]
[SUPER=07-Lois Farmer;:23]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:02]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=KW NEWS 7]

((As the water levels at Carvins Cove continue to fall, big recreation plans are in the works for the reservoir and the
land around it---more hiking, biking, and horse back riding trails.

But before anything is finalized the public is having a say about the plans. Lois Farmer is excited about expanding the trails for horses.

[SOT 17:20]
[INQ=]

((LOIS FARMER: WE'VE BEEN RIDING OUT AT THE COVE FOR A LONG TIME AND I'M HOPING TO SEE IT CONTINUE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]



However plans for excluding gasoline or electric powered boats on the water has boaters less than satisfied. They say restricting some types of boats is the answer to keeping the Cove water clean, since it does provide drinking water.
[SOT 27:46]
[INQ=]

((I'M MAKING A PLEA FROM THE BOATERS THAT YOU CONSIDER LIMITING HORSE POWER AS OPPOSED TO LIMITING GASOLINE MOTORS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :10]


Other suggestions by the consultant team include a fee for using the recreational areas as well as prohibiting events that would bring large amounts of people to the area. [STANDUP] ((THE SUGGESTIONS GIVEN AT LAST NIGHTS MEETING WILL BE USED FOR THE FINAL PLAN THAT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL IN THE NEAR FUTURE. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))))



[E-Tobacco-Tour]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-27 55:17]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco ]


Tough times for tobacco farmers and businesses were the focus in a visit to Southside by Senator Chuck Robb and Congressman Virgil Goode.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


The Democrats toured a tobacco warehouse, two tobacco farms and the Danville plant of Dimon -- a leaf dealer and processor.
All have been hard-hit by a decline in tobacco consumption, along with increased imports, lawsuits and drought.
Robb and Goode say they'll try to take the farmers' concerns back to Capitol Hill.
(/////SOT/////)
[***BUMP SOTS***]
[SOT 1:00:03 - :18]
[IN Q=There is no question that]

((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/(D) VIRGINIA: THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WE'VE HAD A TOUGH TIME CONVINCING MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEARD ONLY FROM THE ANTI-TOBACCO FORCES THAT THIS IS AN INDUSTRY, AN OCCUPATION THAT'S BEEN PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.))
[SOT 2:42:38 - :45]

((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/(D) 5th DISTRICT: ONE THING WE SHOULD DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IS NOT ENCOURAGE ANY MORE FEDERAL LAWSUITS AGAINST TOBACCO.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Chuck Robb/(D) Virginia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Virgil Goode/(D) 5th District; :16]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=federal lawsuits against tobacco.]
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[Anchor=Kimberly]
[graphic=Hold]


Goode and Robb were honored by the Virginia Farm Bureau for their work to support tobacco farmers.

[3-Sports]


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


In sports, The Hokies are finally becoming full-time members of the Big East Conference.
Here's Mike Stevens with more.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=howdy everybody]
[RUNS=1:53]
[OUT Q=nice Wednesday]



[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:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Frank Helvestine-- the man convicted of unintentionally killing a toddler in a 1975 racially motivated bombing in Roanoke County has died in prison.
Helvestine died yesterday while serving a 12-year sentence for his role in the bombing meant to kill an interracial couple.
Instead, the bomb killed 23-month-old Carrie Ann Mask, whose family had parked their van next to a car with the bomb in it.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shootout at a Blacksburg drug store.
Maurice Taylor's family claimed that the officers used excessive force and violated his civil rights when they shot him 12 times in August 1995.
Taylor pulled out a B-B gun that looked like a 45-caliber pistol when the officers approached him.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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