[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A former Franklin County administrator is accused of shooting his mother.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And votes are expected in the House today on new patient protections including the right to sue H-M-O's.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Patient-rights]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Health Care]


Later today the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the patients bill of rights.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[3:11:52]
President Clinton promises a veto if it's attached to a Republican plan for tax breaks for the uninsured.
That bill was passed yesterday in a near party line vote.
Republicans say the 48 billion dollars in tax breaks will help the uninsured get health coverage.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((REP. PORTER GOSS, (R) FLORIDA; "THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON HERE EXCEPT CLEAR TRANSPARENT DEBATE ON WHAT I BELIEVE IS A VERY GOOD RULE WHICH PROVIDES FOR FULL FAIR DEBATE."))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Porter Goss/(R) Florida;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=for full fair debate.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But Democrats claim it would only benefit the affluent.
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[Quinn-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A former Franklin County administrator is behind bars this morning.
Sammy Quinn is accused of shooting his 76 year old mother Pauline in the head.
(---------)
[VO-NAT]


It happened shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon at this house on Towne Creek Road in the town of Henry.
So far authorities do not have a motive for the shooting.
Sammy Quinn was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid 80's and has had several run ins with the law.
Authorities say they were not shocked when he called 911 yesterday afternoon.
(//////SOT\\\\\)
[SOT 46:33]
[INQ=]

((W.Q. OVERTON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF: IT DIDN'T COME AS A SURPRISE. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HENRY VILLAGE THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT ACCORDING TO THE LAW WE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-W. Q. Overton/Franklin Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUTQ=couldn't do anything]
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[SS=HOLD]


Quinn's mother was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is in critical condition.
Sammy Quinn is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
He is being held in the Franklin County jail without bond.
Quinn served as Franklin County administrator from 1973 to 1978.

[E-Accident-charges]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-35 1:17:54]
[GRAPHIC=Accident Investigation]


Authorities say the accident that killed three people in Roanoke last Friday was caused by a drunk driver who'd been charged with driving under the influence before.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 1]


Timothy Wayne Sayers was driving on a restricted license when his car slammed into a tree on Hershberger Road at 2 A-M Friday.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's office says speed and alcohol were factors in the accident. Sayers was indicted yesterday on three counts of vehicular manslaughter.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Sayers had been charged with D-U-I last December, but the charge was reduced to reckless driving.

[Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex More Layoffs]


Another round of layoffs for Martinsville's second-biggest employer.
Tultex announced yesterday it's laying off 135 salaried employees and 25 more hourly workers.
This comes just two weeks after the apparel company closed a Bland County sewing plant and laid off 125 people.
Tultex also says it's closing 12 retail stores.

[E-Shockley]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:28:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An endorsement by Pulaski County's Fraternal Order of Police leads to some changes in the local prosecutor's office.
The local F-O-P is backing Democrat Mike Fleenor-- who's challenging long time incumbent Everett Shockley.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


It's an endorsement that's apparently upset the veteran prosecutor, who's been in office now for some 20- years.
Sources tell NEWS 7-- Shockley was so angry he asked one of his assistants to write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper criticizing local police.
Mike Costanzo refused to write the letter and ultimately quit.
Marty Dowdy is a local police officer and member of the Pulaski F-O-P.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Our lodge]

((MARTY DOWDY/PULASKI CO. F. O. P. MEMBER: OUR LODGE IS MADE UP OF PROBABLY 15 OR SO MEMBER AGENCIES, IT'S NOT JUST THE PULASKI POLICE DEPARTMENT, IT'S COUNTY WIDE AND BEYOND AND FOR HIM TO STAND UP AND SAY NO, I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT, IS-- MY HEART SWELLS.))
[SUPER=01-Marty Dowdy/Pulaski Co. F.O.P. Member; :00]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=heart swells.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Mike Costanzo refused to comment for our story -- as did Everett Shockley who says it's a personnel matter.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the major league playoffs are in full swing.
Mike Stevens has those highlights, plus much more.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Morning everyone]
[RUNS=1:59]
[OUT Q=in a little bit]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Pam Irvine/Second Harvest Food Bank;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]
[RUNS=1:15]
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:))

[britain-train]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Train Crash Invest.]


British rail authorities will conduct an immediate investigation into train protection systems designed to stop trains from going through red lights.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London, England;]

[3:00:25]
It comes in the wake of Monday's deadly train collision in London.
Investigators now believe one of the trains ran a red light.
Meanwhile rescuers continue to comb through the charred wreckage looking for bodies.
At least 31 deaths have been confirmed, but authorities believe the death toll could be as high as 70.
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[E-Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-42 16:53]
[GRAPHIC=Gilmore]


With the help of a visitor from Texas, Governor Gilmore got cash for his 50-th birthday yesterday.
But the money wasn't for him.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Laura Bush joined the Governor at Forest Park Elementary School.
The wife of presidential hopeful George W. Bush talked about her husband's so-called "compassionate" educate plan ... requiring all states to have tests like Virginia's Standards of Learning.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:05:45]
[IN Q=He is not]

((LAURA BUSH/TEXAS FIRST LADY: HE IS NOT FOR A NATIONAL TEST ... STATES SHOULD DEVISE THEIR OWN CURRICULUM LIKE VIRGINIA HAS DONE AND HAVE THEIR OWN TESTS. HE'S FOR LOCAL CONTROL OF SCHOOLS. ))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bush/Texas First Lady]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=local control of schools]
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[VO-NAT]


After the photo-op ... it was on to a 500-dollar-a-plate luncheon.
Over the next few days, Governor Gilmore will host a series of fund-raisers with members of the Bush family ...raising a million dollars for Virginia Republicans.
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[S-Marye-Jones]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-31 TC01:46]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign '99]

State Senator Madison Marye says his challenger's campaign brochures are not true.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Republican Jim Jones charges in a mailer that Marye voted to increase class sizes. But the Democratic senator says he asked only for more guidance counselors. Marye also brought up Jones' conviction for misdemeanor assault six years ago and asked the governor and attorney general to withdraw their endorsements.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]

Jones says when Senator Marye voted to put more guidance counselors in school systems he took away money from needed teacher positions. Jones says despite the judge's ruling, he never committed assault.


[E-Park-Graffiti]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-32 1:19:20]
[GRAPHIC=Wasena Grafitti]


The Roanoke Valley Skate Park is generating some noise - in the form of complaints.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Tuesday;]


Much of the facility was covered with graffiti before crews cleaned most of it away on Wednesday.
It's been a recurring problem that troubles park visitors, and city officials.
It also worries skaters who fear the work of a few will threaten a facility that many appreciate.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02:50:29]
[IN Q=It's not really art]

((WILLIAM KITTS/SKATE PARK USER: IT'S NOT REALLY ART LIKE SOMETHING THAT'LL MAKE THE PLACE LOOK A LITTLE BETTER, YOU KNOW JUST NOT AS PLAIN. IT'S MOSTLY JUST LIKE PEOPLE TRYING TO DO THEIR NAMES AND STUFF, THEIR MARKS AND STUFF AND THAT'S STUPID, POINTLESS, PEOPLE JUST TRYING TO PUT THEIR NAME ALL OVER THE PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-William Kitts/Skater]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=all over the place.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Roanoke's Parks and Recreation Manager says if the problem continues - the most likely solution would be to fence the Park and charge admission to cover the operating costs.
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[E-Teen-Outreach]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-27 TC1:37:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Students once targeted as likely high school dropouts won awards in Roanoke yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

A teen outreach program turned 145 at-risk Roanoke high school students into volunteers last year. They learned to control their anger and make responsible sexual decisions. Yesterday, city leaders gave awards to the best and brightest of these volunteers. Surveys show that after graduating the program, half as many kids wanted to have many sexual partners, and 26 percent fewer students felt the need to fight.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, men may want to pass on licorice.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( NEW EVIDENCE CONFIRMS WHAT DOCTORS HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR YEARS....OBESITY CAN CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT. VT-VO
THE STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER ASSOCIATION AND PUBLISHED IN THIS WEEK'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE IS THE LARGEST OF IT'S KIND.
RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE RUN A HIGHER RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH EVEN IF THEY ARE OTHERWISE HEALTHY.
THE STUDY ALSO FOUND THAT MORE AMERICANS ARE OVERWEIGHT THAN EVER BEFORE..WITH 55% PERCENT WEIGHING MORE THAN THEY SHOULD. VT-VO
IT'S BEING CALLED A MEDICAL MILESTONE... A SAFER ALTERNATIVE TO PATIENTS WHO UNDERGO STANDARD HEART BY PASS SURGERY.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, CANADIAN DOCTORS USING A U-S MADE ROBOT PERFORMED A SO CALLED KEY HOLE BY PASS SURGERY ON A BEATING HEART.
DURING TRADITIONAL BY-PASS SURGERY DOCTORS SLICE OPEN THE CHEST, SPREAD THE RIBS APART, AND PUT THE HEART ON A BYPASS MACHINE.
BUT WITH THIS NEW METHOD, DOCTORS NEVER STOP THE HEART...SO THE PATIENT IS AT LOWER RISK DURING SURGERY AND RECOVERS FASTER. ONCAM-MIKA
A SMALL STUDY PUBLISHED IN THIS WEEK'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SUGGESTS LICORICE CAN LESSEN A MAN'S LIBIDO.


DOCTORS IN ITALY STUDIED SEVEN MEN IN THEIR 20'S. THEY FOUND THAT JUST SEVEN GRAMS OF LICORICE A DAY... OVER A FOUR DAY PERIOD WAS ENOUGH TO REDUCE THEIR TESTOSTERONE LEVELS BY AN AVERAGE OF 44 PERCENT.
THEY DID HOWEVER GO BACK UP AFTER FOUR DAYS OF LAYING OFF THE SWEET STUFF.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN MEDICINE. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


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


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[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
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((Archive:)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A former Franklin County administrator is accused of shooting his elderly mother.
Pauline Quinn is hospitalized in critical condition with a gun shot wound to her head.
Her son, Sammy Quinn, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid 80's.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Hopes are fading that searchers will be able to find a three-year old Colorado boy alive.
Jaryd Atadero has been missing in the mountains near Fort Collins since Saturday.
The search is being scaled back today.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Votes are expected in the House today on new patient protections including the right to sue H-M-O's.
Lawmakers are considering several competing measures.
All would give consumers new power but they differ on whether patients should be able to file lawsuits.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday October 7th.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-Quinn-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A former Franklin County administrator is accused of shooting his 76 year old mother Pauline in the head.
Sammy Quinn faces malicious wounding and firearms charges.
(---------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


It happened shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon at this house on Towne Creek Road in the town of Henry.
So far authorities are working to determine a motive for the shooting.
Quinn was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid 80's and has had several run ins with the law.
Authorities say they were not shocked when he called 911 yesterday afternoon.
(//////SOT\\\\\)
[SOT 46:33]
[INQ=]

((W.Q. OVERTON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF: IT DIDN'T COME AS A SURPRISE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HENRY VILLAGE THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT ACCORDING TO THE LAW WE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-W. Q. Overton/Franklin Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUTQ=couldn't do anything]
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[SS=HOLD]


Pauline Quinn was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is listed in critical condition.
Right now Sammy Quinn is being held in the Franklin County jail without bond.
He served as a Franklin County administrator from 1973 to 1978.

[E-Henry-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-28 1:49:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Deputies are calling the death of a man in Henry County "suspicious."
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


They say 34-year-old Jose Santos Mora-Soto may have been strangled to death.
His body was found by two relatives Tuesday in a creek near his house.
His cousin says they went out to look for Mora-Soto after he disappeared Monday morning.
Investigators say they'll know more about Mora-Soto's death after an autopsy today.
(------------)



[E-Balcony-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-37 56:14]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


Three lawsuits connected to the University of Virginia balcony collapse have been withdrawn.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/May 1997]


The collapse killed one woman and injured several others at commencement in 1997.
The lawsuits that were withdrawn yesterday had all been filed by injured parties.
Attorney General Mark Earley says the withdrawals will allow lawyers on both sides to focus on reaching settlements.
Two other lawsuits against the state are still active.
(------------)



[E-UVA-Admissions]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-33 1:46:25]
[GRAPHIC=UVA Admissions]


A quota system would be illegal.
But U-V-A students rallying to defend affirmative action say their admissions policy is different -- and would stand up in court.
Ellen Qualls reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It's not]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Sikes/Affirmative Action Opponent; :28 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; :39]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Taylor/Advocates for Diversity in Ed.; 1:05 ]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Ellis/Affirmative Action Supporter; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Charlottesville.]

(( It's NOT just a philosophical debate--
[sot 14;23:15 ]

((IF WE TAKE AWAY... ))
[runs= :14 ]


For years, the University of Virginia's policy has been: if all things are equal on paper -- minority students should be given preference in admissions, to create a more diverse student body.
The policy has critics.
[sot 14;26:10]

((THOMAS SIKES/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OPPONENT: YOU SAY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION... ON A CRITERIA.))
[runs= :12]
[sot STANDUP]

(( ))
[RUNS= :18]


The Governor says he trusts the Board of Visitors.
The Rector says he's looking to the University's President.
A source on the Board says the President's "tweaking" the policy to avoid legal challenge.
[sot 14:36:50 ]

((In Michigan...their lawsuit.))
[runs= :17 ]



[sot 14:43:34]

((I WOULD HATE TO COME BACK HERE FOR HOMECOMING AND SEE THIS SCHOOL ONE PERCENT BLACK.))
[RUNS= :04]


When the Board meets next week, NO resolution to scrap affirmative action is expected.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville. ))

[2-Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex ]


Martinsville's second-largest employer is shrinking again.
Tultex announced yesterday it's laying off 135 salaried employees and 25 more hourly workers.
This comes just two weeks after the apparel company closed a Bland County sewing plant and laid off 125 people.
Tultex also says it's closing 12 retail stores.

[missing-boy]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hope is fading that a three-year-old boy missing in the rugged mountains of Colorado since Saturday is still alive.


(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[3:05: picture of boy]
One law official says the chances of finding Jaryd Atadero alive are dwindling and the search is being scaled back.
[SUPER=03-Larimer Co., CO;]

[video of searchers]
Meanwhile, authorities are casting doubt on a theory that the boy was dragged off by a cougar.
Yesterday some trackers found what they believed to be the foot and handprints of Jaryd that disappeared at the point where cougar prints were also found.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:03:35] ((BASICALLY THEIR INTERPRETATION TO WHAT HE HAD READ, THEY BELIEVE TO BE A COMBINATION OF BEAR TRACKS AND THEY ALSO SAW SOME CAT TRACKS. BUT THEY BELIEVE WHAT HE HAD IDENTIFIED AS PLACES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY CRAWLING UP THE SIDE OF A HILL WERE IN FACT IN THEIR OPINION BEAR TRACKS GOING UP IN DOWN. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Justin Smith/Larimer Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=going up in down.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But authorities say a bootprint still thought to be Jaryd's was found nearby.
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[Three-Steve]


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


[Microwave]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=11-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=07-Amy Hebda]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:))

[2-PATIENTS-RIGHTS]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Health Care]


Should patients have more power over their H-M-O's?
That's being debated today in the House where lawmakers are expected to vote on the Patients Bill of Rights.
Some of the legislation allows people better access to specialists, emergency care and the ability to sue their health plans.
But President Clinton promises a veto if it's attached to a Republican plan for tax breaks for the uninsured.
Lee Cowan reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:11:52]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Louise Slaughter/(D) New York;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Porter Goss/(R) Florida;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.]

(( LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C. On Capitol Hill, debate was supposed to begin on a Patient's Bill of Rights. There was debate_but it was more about tax breaks, than Patient breaks, and the White House wasn't impressed.
SOT: CLINTON

"In the dead of the night last night, the House leaders concocted a process filled with enough poison pills and legislative sleights of hand to practically guarantee the defeat of this bill. This is a travesty." Democrats spent the morning accusing Republicans of drafting the rules of debate in such a way there would be no room to discuss funding the bill - thus ensuring the President would have to veto the entire proposal -- so that Social Security doesn't end up bankrolling the bill.
SOT: REP. LOUISE SLAUGHTER, D-NY

"We've waited a long time for this day, only to see it lost in this dance of legislation."
(NAT)

The last minute maneuver came just a day after Republicans attended a fundraising breakfast with health care lobbyists - including insurance representatives -- both against any patients bill of rights which they charge would open them up to costly litigation. Rep. Porter Goss, R-Florida "There is nothing going on here except clear transparent debate on what I believe is a very good rule which provides for full fair debate
(NAT)

"laws that make trial lawyers rich by draining the courts with new lawsuits." Democrats have been arguing frustrated patients deserve the right to sue their HMO's. Republicans want to limit it - but say debate should first center on patients access to insurance.
SOT:

COWAN/STANDUP:))

[E-Truck-Radar]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:52:26]
[GRAPHIC=Truck Safety]


The same technology that protects US fighter planes is making the highways safer for drivers at a Roanoke trucking company.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Fleetmaster Express is outfitting ALL it's new tractor-trailors with the VORAD system.
It tracks the motion and speed of vehicles around the truck as it travels down the road, and sounds a warning if a nearby car slows down or gets too close.
It's the same kind of radar F-16 jets use to track incoming missiles.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:16:05]
[IN Q=this is the same]

((LINIEL GREGORY/FLEETMASTER; THIS IS THE SAME SYSTEM THAT WE HOPE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO DETECT WHEN A VEHICLE SLOWS OR STOPS IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE TO AVOID REAR-END COLLISIONS. IT'S GOING TO ASSIST US IN THE "NO-ZONE" SIDE OF THE TRUCK WHERE A DRIVER PHYSICALLY CAN'T SEE A VEHICLE ON THAT SIDE ))
[SUPER=01-Liniel Gregory/Fleetmaster;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=on that side]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The system is also similar to an airplane's "black box".
If an accident happens, it records everything the truck and surrounding drivers did before the accident occurred.
(------------)



[3-Sports]


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


In sports, Mike Stevens has notes from the track plus highlights from the ice.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy everyone]
[RUNS=2:24]
[OUT Q=nice Thursday everyone]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Former Franklin County administrator Sammy Quinn is accused of shooting his 76 year old mother Pauline in the head.
It happened shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon at this house on Towne Creek Road in the town of Henry.
Quinn was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid 80's and has had several run ins with the law.
His mother in the hospital in critical condition.
(----------------)
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Authorities say the accident that killed three people in Roanoke last Friday was caused by a drunk driver who'd been charged with driving under the influence before.
Timothy Wayne Sayers driving on a restricted license when his car slammed into a tree on Hershberger Road at 2 A-M Friday.
Sayers was indicted yesterday on three counts of vehicular manslaughter.
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Three lawsuits connected to the University of Virginia balcony collapse have been withdrawn.
The collapse killed one woman and injured several at commencement in 1997.
Attorney General Mark Earley says the withdrawals will allow lawyers on both sides to focus on reaching settlements.
Two other lawsuits against the state are still active.
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