[11Bunting]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-25 1:56:17]
[GRAPHIC=Bunting Investigation]


There won't be any criminal charges, but there are still a lot of questions about how V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting spent money from his "discretionary account."
Keith Humphry has details of the prosecutor's decision and reaction to it.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The investigation]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gordon Saunders/Lexington Commonwealth's Atty; :06]
[SUPER=01-Tom Wright/VMI Class of '54; :35]
[super=@Keith2; :46]
[RUNS=1:09]
[OUT Q=KH N7]

(( The investigation has taken more than 100 days, but it ends without criminal prosecution.
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[SOT 03:00:20]
[IN Q=There is no evidence]

((THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY CRIME INVOLVING FRAUD OR CONCEALMENT. ALL PAYMENTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS WERE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL THROUGH NORMAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AT VMI.))
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=procedures at VMI.]


And yet Gordon Saunders says V-M-I's Board of visitors needs to review the 47-thousand dollars worth of alcohol, flowers and gifts to determine whether they were General Bunting's personal expenses.
The Board has already concluded these funds were spent in V-M-I's best interest.
Not all the alumni agree.
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[SOT 3:17:45]
[IN Q=I will donate]

((I WILL DONATE NO MORE MONEY... AS LONG AS THAT MAN IS SUPERINTENDENT.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=man is Superintendent.]


There is one remaining issue: The Book. "An Education for Our Time," which the Superintendent wrote on V-M-I time using V-M-I staff to type and edit it.
The Board chairman says he's astonished that that's an issue... pointing out Bunting was named Superintendent BECAUSE he's a nationally known author. They expect him to publish with staff assistance.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))


[Riner-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. AM]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=99-31 1:25:59]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A fire destroyed a home in the Riner section of Montgomery County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


The fire broke out shortly before midnight on Chestnut Ridge Road.
It is believed to be the result of a propane explosion in the home's basement.
When fire officials arrived, the house was engulfed in flames.
The family was at home at the time of the explosion, but escaped with only minor injuries.
Authorities are investigating, but are unsure of what they will be able to find since there is so little of the house left.
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[11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=net-A]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Governor Gilmore saw first hand what Floyd did to southeastern Virginia yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]


About 20 inches of rain fell on the region, flooding interstate and primary roads.
Many of them are still closed.
[SUPER=03-Southampton Co.]


One of the communities that's in trouble is the city of Franklin, near the North Carolina border.
The governor also toured Portsmouth yesterday, where the water system is still down.
The federal government is trucking in more than 200-thousand gallons of bottled water a day.
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[sot]
[in q=We can't]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE CAN'T.....AS YOU CAN BE.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :00]
[runs=05]
[out q= can be.]
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[Floyd-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=floyd aftermath]


Flooding from the leftovers of Hurricane Floyd has claimed three lives in New Jersey.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bound Brook, NJ;]


Apparently a 75-year-old woman and her 50-year-old son became trapped in their apartment.
A third victim was swept away in Little Falls.
The Raritan (rare-a-tin) River crested 12 feet above flood stage engulfing the town of Bound Brook.
Fire fighters had to use hose boats to battle a blaze at a motorcycle shop on Main Street which also destroyed three adjacent buildings.
[super=03-Kinston, NC;]


Floyd dumped 15-inces of rain in some parts of North Carolina-- after it made landfall at Cape Fear, and moved northward.
Rescuers are still trying to get stranded residents and animals out of harm's way.
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[Emergency-Landing]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The pilot of a Delta Airlines MD-80 jet had to return to Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Friday night after reporting a fire in the cargo hold area.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH;]


The airline says there was no fire and that the smoke came from a short in a heater.
Delta Flight 2030 took off around 9:50pm central time for New York's LaGuardia airport with 114 passengers and crew.
No one was injured and the plane landed safely.
The emergency landing forced all three of the airport's runways to close for about 45 minutes.
The plane finally made it to New York early this morning.
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[11Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-32 55:53]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll]


Most Virginians like the way Governor Gilmore is doing his job, according to a News 7 poll.
But not many voters know much about the two men who may try to succeed him.
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The survey by Mason-Dixon Research puts Gilmore's job approval rating at 59 percent across the state.
The poll also found that a lot of voters haven't heard much about Lt. Governor John Hager.
Some 45 percent of the people surveyed did NOT have an opinion about how well he's doing his job.
As for Attorney General Mark Earley, 33 percent of those surveyed couldn't decide how to rate his performance in office.
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[11Shower-Kits]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-45 9:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Don't let recent rains fool you, Roanokers still face mandatory water restrictions.
The city offered conservation kits along with more encouragement.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday morning, Acting Assistant City Manager Diane Akers and other employees set up shop in the parking lot of the Roanoke Civic Center.
They passed out packs that include low- flow shower heads, faucet aerators, and devices for the toilet tank.
The next giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Sonic Restaurant on Franklin Road.
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[11Water-Rates]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=599-12 1:13:42]
[GRAPHIC=Water Rates Higher]


Monday night, city council will consider a proposal that would raise rates 18 percent, effective January first.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove]


The higher rates are needed because the city is buying water from other localities, and making connections to the Roanoke County system.
In addition, the recent water sharing agreement will eliminate water sales to Roanoke County that produced revenues of more than one million dollars a year.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Following a second rate increase in January 2001, the average residential customer will be paying about two dollars thirty cents more per month.

[Church-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat aM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Fort Worth police say they have checked two home videotapes recorded by some prayer service participants at the church...the night gunman Larry Ashbrook shot seven people before killing himself.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=what it does]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Mendoza/Acting Police Chief; :04]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=shot after shot after shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;]


Police say the video tapes focus on the gunman and not the victims.
The end of the massacre is not shown and investigators say that may be because the camera operators became Ashworth's victims as well
17 year old Robert DeBord was released from a Fort Worth Hospital yesterday. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
DeBord was among seven people who were hurt and survived shooting at the Wedgwood Baptist Church.
Eight people including the gunman died.
Two victims remain in the hospital as of Friday.
Police are still not saying what may have sparked the shootings.
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[2-11Bunting]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=99-]
[GRAPHIC=Bunting Investigation]


Prosecutors say ``no'' criminal charges will be filed in the case of alleged misuse of discretionary funds by V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting. But there are still a lot of questions about how he spent the money.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]

The investigation has taken more than 100 days, but it ends without criminal prosecution.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 03:00:20]
[IN Q=There is no evidence]

((THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY CRIME INVOLVING FRAUD OR CONCEALMENT. ALL PAYMENTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS WERE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL THROUGH NORMAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AT VMI.))
[RUNS=10]
[super=01-Gordon Saunders/Lexington Commonwealth's Atty;]
[OUT Q=procedures at VMI.]
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[VO-NAT]


And yet Gordon Saunders says V-M-I's Board of visitors needs to review the 47-thousand dollars worth of alcohol, flowers and gifts to determine whether they were General Bunting's personal expenses.
The Board has already concluded these funds were spent in V-M-I's best interest.
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[11Wright]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-40 28:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A guilty plea in the last of three capital murder cases in Bedford County this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


23- year- old Robert Junior Wright pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first degree murder for the beating death of Jeffrey Kirkland in April of 1998.
Police say Wright and two other men stomped Kirkland to death after claiming he had "snitched" on them to the police about some illegal drugs.
The murder was witnessed by Kirkland's ten- year- old nephew, and prosecutors wanted to spare the boy from having to testify in a capital murder trial.
Wright was sentenced to nearly 42 years in prison.
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[11Waterworks]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=599-16 5:38]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


The state blames one man at Smith Mountain Lake for wasting at least three thousand gallons of water a day.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The Health Department estimates two to four gallons a MINUTE run down David Talbott's driveway.
The Water Works Company -- run by one man from his home -- apparently refuses to fix the leak.
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[SOT 28:07]
[IN Q=On two consecutive]

((DAVID TALBOTT/RESIDENT: ON TWO CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS THE RESERVOIR WAS ALMOST DRY. SOME PEOPLE WERE DOWN TO A TRICKLE.))
[SUPER=01-David Talbott/Resident;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=to a trickle]
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[VO-NAT]


Robert Winney, the water company owner, serves four subdivisions.
But state corporation commission records show he frequently shuts the water off, blames imaginary shareholders, and overcharges customers.
Twice the state agency has refused to let Winney raise rates above 270-dollars a year.
In a recent letter, he told David Talbott he doesn't have the money to fix this leak.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[SS=Hold]


Robert Winney did not return phone messages from News7.


[11Health-Intervention]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-34 00:47:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Doctors and nurses have a higher chance of drug and alcohol abuse than the general public.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

At a conference yesterday at the Hotel Roanoke, experts discussed recognition and treatment for addicted health care providers. The newly formed Virginia Health Practitioners Intervention Program allows more access to getting help.
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[SOT ub 10 17 11]
[IN Q=There are people]

((JOHN HASTY/PROGRAM DIRECTOR: THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSION WHO ARE ON THE LOWEST END OF THE INCOME, YOU MAY HAVE A CERTIFIED NURSE AID AND A BRAIN SURGEON, AND THIS PROGRAM HAS TO BE ABLE TO FIND SUITABLE AND AFFORDABLE TREATMENT FOR ANY OF THESE PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-John Hasty/Program Director; ]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=of these people]
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[VO-NAT]

The program offers a non punishment alternative to disciplinary actions, referral for treatment and monitoring for the abuser.
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[11Red-Cross]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Roanoke's chapter of the Red Cross is on their way to help with the Floyd-relief effort.
Two local volunteers loaded up the Star City's "ERV" -- that's "Emergency Relief Vehicle" -- and they're on their way to Richmond.
They'll join troops from Charlottesville, Arlington and Alexandria.
Then, the squadron rolls to the Hampton Roads area ... handing out food and drinks to flood victims.
The Red Cross also is accepting your help in the Floyd-relief effort.
The agency requests that your donation come in the form of cash or a check.

[11Blessid-Union]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-33 1:19:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Blessid Union of Souls rocked First Fridays last night.
Joy Sutton has all the details.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Clark/Blessid Union of Souls;21]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Hedges/Blessid Union of Souls;44]
[SUPER=@Joy2;]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=JS N7 Roanoke]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound]

((NAT SOUND: OLD VIRGINIA))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=]


Blessid Union of Souls rocked the crowd at First Fridays.
Their style is rock and roll, and their lyrics are all about life and love.
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[SOT]

[18:11:43]
[IN Q=Everything that]

((EVERYTHING THAT WE WRITE ABOUT IS BASICALLY ABOUT THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH. WE DON'T TRY TO CONTRIVE ANYTHING OR MANUFACTURE A SONG. SONGS JUST KIND OF COMES AS IT COMES.))
[RUNS= 9]
[OUT Q=as they comes.]


This band from Cincinnati is on tour and hoping to make a name for itself both nationally and internationally, with its latest album "Walking off the Buzz."
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[SOT18:13:55]
[IN Q=I think we're starting]

((I THINK WE'RE STARTING TO GET A LITTLE MORE RECOGNITION, A LITTLE MORE VIDEO EXPOSURE WITH THIS RECORD RIGHT HERE. WE'RE STARTING JUST NOW. SO WHEN IT STARTS GETTING OVERWHELMING WE'LL LET YOU KNOW))
[RUNS= 8]
[OUT Q=let you know]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=nAT SOUND]

((NAT SOUND: SONG))
[RUNS= 3]
[OUT Q=]


But people in Roanoke already seem to think this band is a hit.
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[SOT 23:10:22]
[IN Q=I love them]

((HEATHER VINEYARD: I LOVE THEM. I THOUGHT THEY WERE GREAT. THEY'RE JUST LIKE THE BEST GROUP))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=the best group]


Blessed Union of Souls has already sold millions of albums with its first two CD's -- and if the crowd's reaction t
o it's latest single "Hey Leonardo, (She Likes Me for Me)" is any indication of the band's popularity --- they're defin

itely on the way to the top.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND]

((NAT SOUND: SHE LIKES ME FOR ME))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=]

Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))















[Lady-Astor-House]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Saturday A.M.]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Time Off]
[GRAPHIC=Time Off]


Their father was a well- known tobacco auctioneer in late 19th century Danville.
But both Lady Astor and "The Gibson Girl" rose to international prominence in their own right.
In this week's "Time Off", Kimberly McBroom gives us a tour of the sisters' childhood home, the (LANG-ern) Langhorne House.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Irene Langhorne Gibson]
[SUPER=01-Pat Brachman/Langhorne House Trust; :08]
[SUPER=03-Danville; 2:22]
[SUPER=@Kimberly1; 2:37]
[RUNS=2:59]
[OUT Q=KM, News 7, Danville]


(( Irene Langhorne Gibson, better known as "The Gibson Girl" was two months old when her family moved into this house.
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[SOT 1:51:52 ]

((PAT BRACHMAN/LANGHORNE HOUSE TRUST: SHE BECAME THE BELLE OF THE BALL AS A TEENAGER. YOU KNOW, THE ONE CHOSEN TO LEAD THE COTILLIONS, THE BEAUTIFUL IRENE. MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER BY THE YOUNG MEN OF THE DAY. IN FACT, SHE RECEIVED 63 PROPOSALS OF MARRIAGE)) [RUNS:23]
Irene eventually married illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, who designed pictures in her likeness.
Some of those images even made it onto furniture, like this oak chair.
Her younger sister, Nancy eventually became Lady Astor when she married Waldorf Astor.
She rose to prominence when her husband left a vacancy in the British House of Commons...
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:54:38 ]

((PAT BRACHMAN/LANGHORNE HOUSE TRUST: SO, THE PARTY SAID, "NANCY, WHY DON'T YOU RUN? AND SHE DID AND I LOVED HER CAMPAIGN SLOGAN, "IF YOU CAN'T GET A FIGHTING MAN, TAKE A FIGHTING WOMAN". AND THEY DID, AND RE- ELECTED HER EVERY YEAR FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS.)) [RUNS:15]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:59:39]

((PAT BRACHMAN/LANGHORNE HOUSE TRUST:LET ME INVITE YOU TO COME INTO THE ROOM THAT WE REFER TO AS THE "BIRTH ROOM". THIS IS THE ROOM IN WHICH NANCY WAS BORN. WE KNOW WE HAVE THE CORRECT ROOM. IN 1922, WHEN NANCY AND IRENE WERE IN DANVILLE, THEY VISITED THE LADY WHO LIVED IN THIS APARTMENT AND IRENE COMMENTED, "NANCY, THIS IS THE ROOM IN WHICH YOU WERE BORN." SO, WHAT WE PLAN TO DO WITH THIS ROOM IS MAKE IT LOOK AS IT IT'S AN 1870S BEDROOM. WE DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL FURNITURE. BUT WE DO HAVE PERIOD FURNITURE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE IS A CRADLE WHICH IS NOT "THE" CRADLE, BUT IT IS A PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY PIECE AND IT DOES DATE FROM THE CORRECT PERIOD. WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL HERE THAT I'D LIKE TO SHOW YOU AND THAT IS A DRESS THAT BELONGED TO NANCY, MUCH LATER AFTER SHE LEFT HERE, OF COURSE. THIS WOULD HAVE DATED TO 1905, AND THIS WOULD BE A DAY DRESS. )) [RUNS1:05]
The house has undergone many changes since it was built in 18-73.
Long after the Lanhornes lived here, it was made into an apartment building.
The structure was also MOVED from its original spot on Main Street to its current location on Broad Street.
Nearly a decade ago, a trust was established to open a museum here.
THAT should happen within the next several months.
Until there are regular operating hours, visitors are welcome by appointment .
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[SOT 2:13:19 standup here]

((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: NOT LONG AFTER ELECTION DAY, ON NOVEMBER 10TH, 11TH, AND 12TH, THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL CELEBRATION MARKING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF NANCY ASTOR'S ELECTION TO PARLIAMENT. AS PART OF THE FESTIVITIES, THERE WILL ALSO BE A FAMILY REUNION OF LANHORNES, GIBSONS, AND ASTORS. ANYONE SHARING THEIR LINEAGE IS INVITED TO ATTEND. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, DANVILLE.)) [RUNS:19]))







[Profile-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=wknd]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=sat Am]
[GRAPHIC=VA profiles]


At six feet tall and 300 pounds, ostriches are formidable birds you probably wouldn't want to mess with.
But one Southside farmer makes his living by doing exactly that.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


Tony King started the first ostrich farm in Pittsylvania County eight years ago.
The birds live as long as 90 years and can lay around 100 eggs a year.
King says that makes them a better investment than most livestock.
But convincing other people of that isn't easy.
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[SOT 1:17:08 - :23]
[IN Q=They're just livestock.]
[SUPER=01-Tony King/Ostrich Farmer;]

((TONY KING/OSTRICH FARMER: THEY'RE JUST LIVESTOCK. THEY'RE JUST LIKE COWS. THEY'RE NOT PETS. I'VE HAD PEOPLE COME AND WANT TO BUY THEM WHEN THEY'RE LITTLE FOR PETS AND THEY'RE JUST NOT PETS. A DOG YOU CAN TEACH TO COME TO YOU, AN OSTRICH YOU CAN'T.))
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=an ostrich you can't.]
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[VO-NAT]

[take FS Pinnacle 9403]
You can learn more about Tony King and the perks and perils of raising ostriches in this week's Virginia Profile, tomorrow morning on News 7 Sunday morning beginning at 8. (------------)