[7S-VA-Floyd]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-35 47:06]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Floyd-Getting Ready]


With top winds of 140 miles-an-hour expected to make landfall tomorrow in the Carolinas...
Governor Gilmore is not taking any chances should Hurricane Floyd head this way after making landfall.
He has already declared a state of emergency.
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[VO-NAT]


The declaration urges residents to bring outdoor items such as garbage cans and lawn furniture inside.
It also advises residents to have working flashlights, batteries and other necessities, in case the power goes out.
People living in floodprone areas are urged to have an evacuation plan ready.
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[7E-Schools-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-36]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County]


After a increase of 10-point-5 million dollars and numerous attempts to get the project started, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has finally agreed on the cost of building a new high school at the Woods End site and expansion to Glenvar Middle School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Last night new plans were brought to the table.
Board members clashed when it came to what needed to be scaled back: some said school capacity, others said the auditorium, or stadium.
After Chairman Bob Johnson heard proposed budgets ranging from 28 to 33 million dollars - he decided on a compromise figure: 30 million dollars.
He asked architects to scale down plans to fit the budget, while providing the new school with all the eminities they asked for.
Supervisor Harry Nickens isn't sure its the best bargain - but he says valuable time is being lost.
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[SOT 1:04:02]
[INQ=It does]

((HARRY NICKENS/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR: IT DOES NOT APPEAR WE OUR GETTING THE BEST BANG FOR OUR BUCK HOWEVER TO DELAY THE PROJECT IN SOUTH WEST COUNTY ADVERSELY IMPACTS THE CITIZENS, THE STUDENTS, AND DRIVES THE COST.))
[SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Board of Supervisors]
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[OUTQ=drives the cost]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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If plans continue on schedule...the new school should be complete by July of 2002.

[7E-Water-Contract]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-]
[GRAPHIC=Water Agreement]


The debates are over and a final water contract between Roanoke County and City was presented last night at the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meeting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


After months of dispute over the cost and amount of water that will be provided -- an agreement was reached.
It allows the county to sell up to 4 million gallons a day, it will cost the city 2 dollars 75 centers per thousand gallons.
The county is pleased with the contract because it will save money.
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[SOT 43:46]
[IN Q=The county]

((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITY DIRECTOR: THE COUNTY WOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO BUY WATER FROM ROANOKE CITY, TWO BOTH COUNTY AND CITY COULD PURCHASE WATER WITH AN EQUAL RATE FOR BOTH PARTIES.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Robertson/Utility Director]
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[OUT Q=for both parties.]
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[VO-NAT]


The county will not see the savings until July of 2000.
The contract will be presented to Roanoke City Council on September 28th.
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[7S-Exit-156]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Botetourt County residents who are suing their county supervisors lost part of their case yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


They say supervisors illegally rezoned Exit 156 off I-81 for a gas station and convenience store.
Two of their charges still stand: that the exit will become more dangerous, and that neighbors were not notified in writing of the public hearing.
But yesterday the judge tossed out the rest of the case -- saying supervisors had every right to discuss the rezoning with V-DOT before the public hearing.
A trial is set for December.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


Virginia's apparel industry is taking another big loss.
Martinsville-based Bassett Walker is closing its sewing plant in Brookneal.
Two hundred people will lose their jobs.
B-W is also closing a plant in North Carolina.
Going back to last year, Bassett Walker has closed 10 plants.
It's moving 80-percent of its sewing operations to Mexico, where the labor is much cheaper.

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Taking a look at your Wednesday forecast...it'll be breezy with rain and possible storms. temperatures will be in the high 60's to low 70's. Tonight there will be occasional showers with winds out of the north. temperatures will be in the upper 50's to low 60's. The extended outlook calls for....

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[45S-VA-Floyd]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-35 47:06]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Floyd-Getting Ready]


Florida has apparently escaped the worst of Hurricane Floyd.
Forecasters say the storm could come ashore early tomorrow in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area.
In Virginia, Governor Gilmore has already declared a state of emergency for the commonwealth, since Floyd could head this way after making landfall.
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[VO-NAT]


The declaration urges residents to bring outdoor items such as lawn furniture inside.
It also advises residents to have working flashlights, batteries and other necessities on hand, in case the power goes out.
Those living in floodprone areas are urged to have an evacuation plan ready.
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[45E-Floyd-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-25 1:51:30]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


In Roanoke County, employees of the Parks and Recreation Department were sharpening their chain saws.... and making sure equipment will be ready if Floyd brings damaging winds this way.
[SUPER=04-September 22, 1989;]


It was ten years ago, that Hugo blasted into western Virginia bringing down trees and power lines.
County crews say they will be busy for weeks clearing debris, if Floyd causes similar damage this time around.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Later today local governments are likely to open emergency operations centers, and taking other steps to prepare for high winds and heavy rains.

[4581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[GRAPHIC=Accident]


One northbound lane of Interstate 81 remains closed this morning in Rockbridge County following an accident.
State police report a tractor-trailer accident at the 195 mile marker-- that's near the northern-most Lexington exit.
The lane could be closed for a few more hours.


[4558-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


And an accident on Route 58 at the Henry-Pittsylvania County line sent three people to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


Deputies say a car trying to make a U-turn pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer.
All three passengers in the car are hospitalized this morning.
There's no word on their names or conditions.
The truck driver was not hurt and will not be charged.
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[45S-Lilly]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-28]
[GRAPHIC=Legal scales]


The Virginia Supreme Court rules in November on whether to grant convicted killer Ben Lilly a new trial.
Christopher Tuck talked to Lilly yesterday, after arguing his case before the Virginia Supreme Court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/1998]


Tuck told the court that incriminating statements made by MARK Lilly at his brother's trial should not have been allowed in evidence.
The Attorney General's office said admitting the statement was an honest mistake.
Lilly was sentenced to die for the murder of a Virginia Tech student four years ago.
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[45E-Love]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:24:20]
[GRAPHIC=legal scales]


A Montgomery County jury today could reach a verdict in a hit and run trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/June 7, 1998;]


Claude Love was behind the wheel last summer when his truck hit and killed two men on a motorcycle in Blacksburg.
Prosecutors argued that Love's truck was on the wrong side of the road when he collided with 21- year old Michael Perry and 21-year old Michael Dove.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


After listening to the evidence, Judge Ray Grubbs today DISMISSED both counts of involuntary manslaughter saying the accident was tragic but that Love's actions that evening do not add up to criminal negligence.
Love, however, is still charged with leaving the scene.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He is still]

((MAC CHAMBERS/LOVE'S ATTORNEY: HE IS STILL HIGHLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE OTHER FELONY CHARGE WHICH IS UP TO FIVE YEARS FOR LEAVING THE SCENE AND THAT'S STILL A MAJOR CONCERN, WE'VE WON TWO THIRDS TODAY, WE'VE GOT TO FINISH THE JOB.))
[SUPER=01-Mac Chambers/Love's Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=finish the job.]
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The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half yesterday before deciding to return this morning.

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Taking a moment now to check the mid- week forecast....
Breezy, with rain and thunderstorms likely today and highs near 70.
Occasional showers tonight with gusty north winds.
Lows around 60.
The five day outlook is windy, with showers ending likely by Friday.
Highs around 70...lows in the 50s.

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[8S-VA-Floyd]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-35 47:06]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Floyd-Getting Ready]


In anticipation of Hurricane Floyd churning it's storm this way, Governor Gilmore has already declared a state of emergency for Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]


The declaration urges residents to bring outdoor items such as garbage cans and lawn furniture inside.
It also advises residents to have working flashlights, batteries and other necessities, in case the power goes out.
People living in floodprone areas are urged to have an evacuation plan ready.
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[8E-Floyd-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-25 1:51:30]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


In Roanoke County, employees of the Parks and Recreation Department were sharpening their chain saws.... and making sure equipment will be ready if Floyd brings damaging winds this way.
[SUPER=04-September 22, 1989;]


It was ten years ago, that Hugo blasted into western Virginia bringing down trees and power lines. County crews say they will be busy for weeks clearing debris, if Floyd causes similar damage this time around.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Preparations will take on a greater sense of urgency later today.
That's when local governments are likely to open emergency operations centers, and taking other steps to be prepare for high winds and heavy rains.

[WIPE WIPE WIPE][8E-Danville-Floyd]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


In Danville and all over Southside Virginia, emergency management officials are on standby for Floyd.
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[SOT 1:45:41 - :46]
[IN Q=The comparison on a conference call]

((DOUG YOUNG: THE COMPARISON ON A CONFERENCE CALL TODAY WAS THE STRENGTH OF ANDREW AND THE PATH OF HUGO.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services Dir.;]
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[OUT Q=and the path of Hugo.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/1996;]


And possibly worse than Fran, which hit the area hard with flooding and power outages in September 1996.
Southside emergency management officials are telling residents that it doesn't hurt to get a couple extra days of food and water.
And anticipation of Floyd also means that the flu-cured tobacco market in Danville and elsewhere... will also be closed for the rest of the week.
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[8E-Boonsboro]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-37 38:32]
[GRAPHIC=lynchburg seal]


Last night's Lynchburg's city council agenda was packed with everything from storms to stormwater drainage.
In preparation for Hurrican Floyd, Council was briefed on how the city is preparing for the powerful storm, and it also postponed a vote on a controversial development in one of the city's more scenic neighborhoods.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Raynor Snead/Attorney For Developer; :32]
[SUPER=01-Jim Richards/Friends of the Scenic Corridor; 1:00]
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Even with all the traffic, residents say it's one of the few scenic entrances left as you come into the city of Lynchburg.
But a developer wants to put a gas station, car wash and strip mall on this plot of land that straddles the Lynchburg- Bedford County border.
The land is already zoned for business, but Workman Oil needed city council to sign off on a proposed stormwater retention pond before construction could begin.
[SOT 19:58:31]

((RAYNOR SNEAD/ATTORNEY FOR DEVELOPER: GENTLEMAN, THIS IS A GOOD PROJECT.. IT IS WELL- DESIGNED, IT IS WELL THOUGHT OUT, IT IS COMPREHENSIVE, IT IS COHESIVE. SOMETHING IS GOING TO BE DEVELOPED ON THAT SITE.))
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[OUT Q=on that site.]


But neighbors have held information rallies and gathered more than 600 signatures opposing the project.
They're concerned about the increase in traffic the stores would create, and they don't feel the stormwater retention pond will do enough to protect neighboring properties from pollution.
[SOT 20:14:25//20:08:37]

((JIM RICHARDS/FRIENDS OF THE SCENIC CORRIDOR: THE STORMWATER POND IS PUT ON THE FRONT OF THE PROPERTY WHEN THE NATURAL DRAINAGE IS TO THE BACK. SO THIS HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER RIGHT QUICKLY. WE HAVEN'T HAD MUCH OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THIS SITUATION, NOW WE FIND TONIGHT THAT THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL PROFFER.. AGAIN, A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.))
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[OUT Q=the right direction.]


Both sides agreed to work together to try and resolve their differences.. and city council will take up the matter again in two weeks.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

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Checking the mid- week forecast.
As Hurricane Floyd makes its way up the southeast coast, we'll experience windy conditions here.
Scattered rain and thunderstorms are likely today with a highs near 70.
Occasional showers overnight, with lows near 60.
The extended forecast is calling for wind and rain through tomrrow...then drier weather for the weekend.
Highs around 70...lows in the 50s.

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