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[7-Western-State]
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The Justice Department says Western State Hospital in Staunton failed to provide adequate psychiatric and medical care and restrained patients too often.
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The report said most of the problems resulted from an insufficient number of trained staff.
State officials said yesterday that virtually all the problems cited in the report have been fixed or are being fixed.
The problems at Western State were similar to those the Justice Department found in recent investigations of Central State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
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[7-E-Wythe-Explosion]


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The Wythe County man who was injured after a truck stop explosion is in critical condition.
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34 year old Ernest Wade Osborne of Elk Creek was severely burned when the gas pump he was working on exploded yesterday morning.
It happened at the Flying J Truck stop.
Sheriff's officials believe a truck towing a camper may have ignited fumes-- coming from the gas pump Osborne was working on.
Osborne suffered second and third degree burns over half of his body and is hospitalized in critical condition.
Another man who tried to help him burned his arm.
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[7-E-County-Schools]


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Roanoke County Supervisors want the school board to give up control over a new building project.
Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson wrote a letter to the school board offering to take control of the south county high school project.
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Johnson says he believes the county can construct the high school on time and under budget. He says the facility would include all of the components recently eliminated by the School Board because of budgetary constraints.
In the letter, he writes that students get the facilities they need, the school board gets the structure it desires without financial risk, and the board of supervisors ensures careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Members of the school board are skeptical.
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((BILL IRVIN/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD: CERTAINLY ALL OF US ARE LOOKING FOR LESS EXPENSIVE WAYS TO DO THINGS, BUT I WOULD HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT SEEMS TO BE OFFERED.))
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The school board hasn't discussed the letter yet, but Irvin says he was elected to oversee school issues including new construction.
And he says he would be reluctant to turn over that responsibility to the Board of Supervisors.

[7-E-Rubatex]


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The Rubatex strike continues and now the union striking has said what it means by "unfair labor practices."
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The United Steelworkers Local 240 released its first public statement yesterday ... saying Rubatex is guilty of "regressive" bargaining.
The union says Rubatex wants workers to take a step backward -- getting less take-home pay.
The union says the company wants workers to pay more for health insurance but isn't willing to raise pay enough to offset the cost.
For its part, Rubatex has scheduled a meeting with reporters later this morning.
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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast.
Skies will start out cloudy but we'll see plenty of sun this afternoon.
Daytime highs near 70. Tonight, lows in the upper 40s as clouds start to roll in.
The weekend is shaping up to be cloudy on Saturday and rainy on Sunday.
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 10/9/99
Saturday:

[SUPER=130-60/Paul Forbes/Buchanan]



[SUPER=130-10/Brittany Price/Salem]



[SUPER=130-29/Rose Drain/Barren Springs]



[SUPER=130-12/Jennifer Sorrells/Glasgow]



[SUPER=130-2/Jordan Campbell/Lexington]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-50th/Howard & Alma Mannon/Riner]



[SUPER=130-19/Lisa Lawhorne/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-21/Jeff Kessinger/Radford]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-36/Diane Tyler/Roanoke]


Wow!
[SUPER=131-100/Callie Jones/Cloverdale]



[SUPER=131-/Kim Fainter/Natural Bridge]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-45th/Charles & Mary Blair/Evington]


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[45-E-Disabled-Transportation]


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A local transportation group is working to make getting around the Roanoke Valley a little easier for the area's disabled.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Valley Metro Star is one of two transit systems offering arranged rides for the disabled in the Roanoke Valley.


The Regional Network of Transportation says the current system does not allow people to travel between the city and county and does not cover several areas in the Valley.
The group would like to see several improvements.
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[SOT7:47:05]
[IN Q=I think a transportation]

((KAREN MICHALSKI/REGIONAL NETWORK OF TRANSPORTATION: I THINK A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT WAS REGIONAL SO THAT PEOPLE COULD GO FROM THE CITY TO THE COUNTY, OR FROM SALEM TO THE CITY, SOMETHING THAT WAS AVAILABLE DURING THE HOURS WHEN JOBS WERE AVAILABLE))
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The Regional Network of Transportation has applied for a grant to expand the current system and has been talking with businesses about subsidizing transportation.
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[45-5-Internet-Law]


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15 Internet service providers, including several Virginia-based companies say the Commonwealth's new Internet decency law is UNconstitutional.
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The companies have filed a federal lawsuit to have the state law overturned.
It took effect in July.
It prohibits the "knowing display" for a commercial purpose of material that is "harmful to juveniles."
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[SOT 14:12:57 ]
[IN Q=It creates]

((JOHN LOGALBO/PSINet: IT CREATES REAL PROBLEMS FOR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS BECAUSE EACH ONE OF THE 50 STATES COULD DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT'S APPROPRIATE FOR MINORS AND WHAT'S NOT.))
[sot 14:15:36]

((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: THERE'S ALREADY A FEDERAL STATUTE THAT MAKES IT PRETTY CLEAR THAT THIS DOESN'T APPLY TO INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS. IT REALLY APPLIES TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUTTING OUT THE INFORMATION OVER THE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER NETWORK.))
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The General Assembly just approved the new law in April.

[45-Bell-Atlantic]


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Enhanced directory assistance is on its way to Virginia.
You're already familiar with 4-1-1, now comes Call 54.
It's reverse directory assistance that will cost you 75 cents, and here's what it does:-----it allows a caller to

get a street address and name if they have just a phone number.
Or you could get a phone number and name if you just have a street address.
The State Corporation Commission's approval comes after staff members recommended denial because of privacy issues.




[45-E-Gilmore-Jones]


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Governor Gilmore is standing behind the Republican candidate challenging Madison Marye despite some controversy.
The Governor says he's NOT aware of the criminal record Jim Jones.
But if voters are... they can consider it.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/September 23]


Gilmore endorsed jones who is challenging the longtime Democratic Senator.
Jones has a misdemeanor assault conviction from 1993.
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[SOT 14:04:24]
[IN Q=Uh, you know]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: UH, YOU KNOW, JIM JONES HAS PUT HIMSELF OUT AS A CANDIDATE. HIS RECORD WILL BE SCRUTINIZED. AND I THINK HIS OPPONENT'S WILL AS WELL. AND THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THAT KIND OF DECISION. AND THAT'S WHAT OF COURSE THE ELECTION IS ALL ABOUT.))
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Jones says he was wrongfully convicted in 1993 of "unwanted touching" of a 21 year old female employee.

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For your Friday forecast...
Skies start out cloudy but plenty of sun this afternoon.
Highs near 70. Tonight, lows in the upper 40s. as clouds start to roll in.
The weekend is shaping up to be cloudy on Saturday and rainy on Sunday.
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[8-Western-State]


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Some changes are underway at Western State Hospital in Staunton following a critical report by the Justice Department.
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[VO-NAT]
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It states the mental health facility failed to provide adequate psychiatric and medical care and restrained patients too often.
It blames most of the problems on an insufficient number of trained staff.
State officials said yesterday that virtually all the problems cited in the report have been fixed or are being fixed.
The problems at Western State were similar to those the Justice Department found in recent investigations of Central State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
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[8-E-City-Stadium]


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Fundraisers for Lynchburg's minor league ballpark have less than three months to raise the money needed for stadium renovations...and they say it's a struggle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Officials say they need five million dollars to add luxury boxes, new seats and make the stadium handicapped accessible.
But they've raised just 3- point- 3 million... and most of that came from the city budget.
Organizers hope to reach their goal by the end of the year.
They're still pursuing a corporate sponsor that could have the park named for them for a donation of more than a million dollars.
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[8-E-Danville-Teacher]


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Yesterday was full of excitement for a Danville elementary school teacher.
What she thought was a school assembly turned into a big pay day...a 25-thousand dollar award.
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Tomeka Campbell ... a third-grade teacher at Park Avenue Elementary ... received the check as recognition for excellence in teaching.
She's one of eight teachers in the state being surprised this week with awards from the Milken Family Foundation.


She was selected out of 250 other candidates.
Campbell's students were just as thrilled as she was.
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[IN Q=I was really excited.]
[SOT 15:45:42 - :50]

((BRITTANY HALL/3RD GRADER: I WAS REALLY EXCITED. (WHY?) BECAUSE I REALLY ENJOYED HAVING HER AS A 3RD GRADE TEACHER. ))
[SOT 15:44:36 - :38]

((TOMEKA CAMPBELL/3RD GRADE TEACHER: I NEED A SUB. I NEED A SUBSTITUTE RIGHT AWAY!))
[SUPER=01-Brittany Hall/3rd Grader; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tomeka Campbell/3rd Grade Teacher; :07 QUICK!]
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[OUT Q=a substitute right away.]
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[VO-NAT]


Campbell got her wish.
She had the rest of the day off to figure out what to do with the award money.
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[8-E-Blues-Club]


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An old warehouse in downtown Lynchburg is getting a facelift and a new life as the city's newest night spot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Greg Powell and Raymond Burford are putting a half million dollars into the renovation of this century- old building on Jefferson Street.
The club will feature a restaurant, bar and dance floor where blues singers and jazz bands will perform.
Powell and Burford say the city needs to attract more people to the riverfront.
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[SOT 16:36:27]
[IN Q=Just different]

((GREG POWELL/ENTREPRENEUR: JUST DIFFERENT PLACES TO GO TO HAVE SOME ENTERTAINMENT HERE IN THE DOWNTOWN RIVERFRONT AREA. JUST TO SHOW THAT THE OPPORTUNITY IS HERE AND WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PLANNING ON, WE'RE PLANNING ON BEING HERE FOR A WHILE.))
[SUPER=01-Greg Powell/Entrepreneur]
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Powell hopes to have his rhythm and blues club open sometime in December.
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Here's one last look at your Friday forecast...
Skies start out cloudy but we'll see lots of sun this afternoon.
Highs near 70. Tonight, lows in the upper 40s.
For the weekend, cloudy on Saturday and rainy on Sunday.
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