[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Police in Littleton, Colorado say they're close to figuring out who threatened over the Internet to "finish the job" at Columbine High School.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting has been cleared of the remaining allegations against him.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Stay with us...News 7 Mornin' is next.

[Columbine]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Authorities in Littleton, Colorado are closing in on the source of an Internet threat against Columbine High School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/File Tape;]


Classes were cancelled yesterday after someone made the threat "to finish" what began in April with the shooting rampage by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
This latest incident has upset students, still shaken by the massacre.
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[SOT 6:38:56]
[IN Q=I can't believe]

((I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE LIKE THIS CAN RUIN THIS FOR US. IT'S NOT FAIR AT ALL. IT JUST MAKES ME SHIVER.))
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=makes me shiver]
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[VO-NAT]


It's already been a difficult week for Columbine High--
Earlier, videotapes made by the killers were released, upsetting parents of the shooting victims.
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/Last Night;]


But the community did get a much- needed holiday treat last night.
The high school hosted a special concert to thank those who've helped them cope with the fatal shootings.
About four-thousand people turned out to hear bands and chorus groups singing Christmas songs.
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[Carroll-Drugs]


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


21 people face drug charges after a ten month investigation in Carroll County.
Sheriff Warren Manning says the investigation targeted people suspected of distributing cocaine and marijuana.
County deputies, state police and the Twin County Drug Task Force began rounding up suspects yesterday.

[S-Bunting-Book]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-50 50:17]
[GRAPHIC=Josiah Bunting]


V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting has been cleared of the remaining allegations against him.
Prosecutor Gordon Saunders questioned the Institute's patent and copyright policies, but he concluded General Bunting did not violate the law.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/August, 1998]


Bunting got 50-thousand dollars in royalties for his book, "An Education for our Time."
Prosecutor Saunders estimates V-M-I employees spent eight to ten thousand dollars worth of time helping to type and edit the book. Saunders found V-M-I received no part of the royalties.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[ss=hold]


The president of V-M-I's Board of Visitors says the board was "aware of General Bunting's writings and wholeheartedly approves of these endeavors."

[S-Beaumont]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-46 42:11]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Should the state pay to staff and open a new juvenile prison that's already been built?
Or are there cheaper ways to deal with overcrowding and alleged abuse at Virginia's largest juvenile facility?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Powhatan Co.;]


Governor Jim Gilmore seems to think there are cheaper options.
That's after his own juvenile justice board "de-certified" Beaumont last month, based on reports of abuse board members described as "chilling."
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday]


Yesterday, a spokesman for the Governor told lawmakers that it would be cheaper to move juvenile inmates into private facilities than to open the new prison in Culpeper.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 10:48:30]
[IN Q=Culpeper is ]

((RON JORDAN/DEPUTY PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: CULPEPER IS AN EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE FACILITY TO OPERATE. TO OPEN THOSE HUNDRED BEDS AT CULPEPER WILL COST YOU SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS.))
[SOT 11:22:57 ]

((LT. CHIP HARDING/JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD: SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS, IN THE ECONOMY WE'RE IN TODAY, IF WE DON'T GET IT NOW, WHEN ARE WE EVER GONNA GET IT? NO, YOU CAN'T PUT A PRICE TAG ON IT. AND THAT'S WHY I SAY I WOULD FLEE THE COUNTRY WITH MY OWN SON BEFORE HE WOULD GO IN BEAUMONT. BECAUSE I DON'T WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THOSE CLOSED DOORS IN THE NIGHT TIME WHEN THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE CHECKED EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES. THERE'S A CLIMATE OF FEAR, AND I THINK THERE'S ABUSE, AND I THINK THE STATE IS RESPONSIBLE.))
[SOT 11:11:40 ]

((DEL. PHIL HAMILTON/R-NEWPORT NEWS: I'M GONNA LOOK ANXIOUSLY AT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET TOMORROW TO SEE WHAT KIND OF FINANCIAL RECOMMENDATIONS HE'S MAKING TO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Jordan/Deputy Public Safety Secretary; : ]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Chip Harding/Juvenile Justice Board; :10 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Phil Hamilton/(R) Newport News; :29 ]
[RUNS=:34]
[OUT Q=to that.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Governor is also looking at legislation that would allow some juvenile inmates to be set free early-- freeing up more bed space.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, Mike Stevens has highlights from last night's high school basketball action.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
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[OUT Q=later this morning]



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[SUPER=01-Kent Cartner/Star City Corvette Club;]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Stubbs/Star City Corvette Club]
[SUPER=01-John Jones/Star City Corvette Club]
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[Prison-Standoff]


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[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
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[GRAPHIC=Standoff]


A helicopter has arrived at the Louisiana jail where Cuban detainees are still holding a warden and two deputies hostage.
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities are not offering an explanation--
But earlier, some of the hostages spoke on the jail's loudspeaker, asking for a chopper to take the Cubans away.
Three female imates were released.
It's been a bustle of activity at the jail--several ambulances have arrived there.
The standoff began Monday when a group of Cuban inmates took the warden and three deputies hostage.
One of the deputies was released earlier this week.
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[S-SB-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-41 1;32:45]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Laid-off Tultex workers in South Boston are getting some holiday help from their friends and neighbors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-South Boston;]


Churches and local leaders are collecting donations of food and money for more than 400 workers who lost their jobs at South Boston's Tultex plant almost two weeks ago.
Organizers say the donations will be divided equally and given to each of the displaced workers on December 22 in downtown South Boston.
So far, local businesses have pledged 10-thousand dollars.
(XXXXXXXXX)
[Take Full Screen Graphic=1010]


For information, you can call Operation Care at 8-0-4 5-7-2 1-9-4-8.
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[E-Vistar]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-39 1:33]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Another round in the fight between Vistar and Carilion.
The Vistar Eye Doctors say Carilion broke a promise.
The doctors say the health-care giant is gouging prices for eye surgeries ... and Carilion says Vistar is distorting the facts.
As Scott Goldberg reports ... all of this comes as Vistar keeps battling to build its own, independent surgery center.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 00]
[SUPER=01-Donald Martindale/Former Cataract Patient; 09 -- quick!]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Frank Cotter/Vistar Eye Center; 24]
[SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion Vice President; 56]
[SUPER=@Scott1;]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q= news-7]

(( When Donald Martindale had a cataract removed earlier this year . the surgery at a Carilion hospital cost 23-hundred dollars.
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[SOT 1:48:38]
[IN Q=on my income]

((DONALD MARTINDALE: ON MY INCOME, THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY, QUITE FRANKLY.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=QUITE FRANKLY]


His insurance and Medicare paid most of the bill . but his doctors still say the price was too high.
They're the same doctors who unsuccessfully fought Carilion in Richmond - trying to open their own independent surgery center.
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[SOT 1:44:08]
[IN Q=if there's no]

((DR FRANK COTTER/VISTAR EYE CENTER: IF THERE'S NO COMPETITION, PRICES GO HIGH NOT JUST IN THIS BUSINESS, BUT ANY BUSINESS.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=ANY BUSINESS]

Vistar doctor Frank Cotter says his group was denied, in part, because of this affidavit Carilion filed in 1998.
It promised the state health department that Carilion would lower the average fee to 950-dollars for a cataract surgery.
But Vistar says bills like Martindale's prove Carilion isn't keeping its promise.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:42:24]
[IN Q=when you make]

((COTTER: WHEN YOU MAKE A PROMISE AND DO NOT FULFILL THAT PROMISE, HOW YOU DEFINE THAT? IT'S A LIE.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=IT'S A LIE]
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[SOT 2:04:43]
[IN Q=WE'RE VERY]

((DON LORTON/CARILION VP: WE'RE VERY COMMITTED TO GETTING TO A 950 AVERAGE. BUT IT SEEMS EASIER THAN IT IS. AND I GUESS THAT'S JUST SOMETHING PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE OUR WORD ON.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=OUR WORD ON]


Carilion Vice President Don Lorton says the average cataract surgery has come down from more than two-thousand dollars to about 11-hundred.
But he says different people need different types of surgeries - and there's no formula for bringing down every individual's cost.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:54:10]
[IN Q=you might be]

((DON LORTON: YOU MIGHT BE THE 570-DOLLAR PATIENT. MY 80-YEAR-OLD MOTHER COULD COME IN AND HAVE IT DONE AND SHE COULD BE THE 27-HUNDRED DOLLAR PATIENT BECAUSE SHE'S A DIABETIC WITH ALL KINDS OF COMPLICATIONS.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=COMPLICATIONS]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT standup]
[IN Q=]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: CARILION SAYS IT DOESN'T MAKE MORE MONEY WHEN THE SURGERY COSTS MORE ... BECAUSE ITS REIMBURSEMENT FROM MEDICARE IS ALWAYS THE SAME.
STILL, VISTAR SAYS THIS IS FURTHER PROOF IT COULD PERFORM THESE SURGERIES FOR LESS.
AND IT'S APPEALING TO THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ... TRYING AGAIN TO WIN PERMISSION TO OPEN ITS OWN SURGERY CENTER.
SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.))
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[OUT Q=sg, news-7.]))



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, more older Americans are living healthier lifestyles.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((SOME GOOD AND BAD NEWS TODAY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE HEALTH OF AMERICA'S SENIORS.
VT=VO

FIRST THE GOOD NEWS. MORE OLDER AMERICANS ARE FOLLOWING ADVICE TO EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND THEY ARE NOW LESS LIKELY TO BE SMOKERS. NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS. FEWER THAN A THIRD OVER AGE 55 HAVE TESTS FOR COLON CANCER AND EVEN THOUGH BREAST CANCER RISK RISES WITH AGE, FEWER WOMEN GET SCREENED AS THEY GROW OLDER.
VT=VO

((vo)) A WARNING TODAY TO WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR ARE PLANNING TO BE. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE. A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL EPIDEMIOLOGY FOUND THAT STRESSFUL EVENTS AROUND THE TIME OF CONCEPTION AND DURING THE FIRST TRIMESTER, INCREASE THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. RESEARCHERS INTERVIEWED MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND WOMEN AND FOUND THAT THOSE WHO REPORTED A TRAUMATIC EVENT LIKE THE DEATH OF A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE SLIGHTLY MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A CHILD WITH A BIRTH DEFECT.
VT=VO

((vo)) AND FINALLY THERE IS ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR THE NEARLY 8 MILLION CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS WHO MAY HAVE ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER. A NEW TEST MAY TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. RESEARCHERS REPORTING IN THIS WEEK'S LANCET SAY THAT THE IMAGING AGENT ALTROPANE WHEN USED WITH A BRAIN SCAN, SEEMS TO OBJECTIVELY DETERMINE IF A PERSON HAS A-D-D. THE TEST SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SOMETIME IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND AND ONE.
ONCAM=MIKA

((on cam)) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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((Archive: toys for tots)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Kmc/Spa]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A ten month investigation in Carroll County has 21 people facing drug charges.
Authorities say the investigation targeted people suspected of distributing cocaine and marijuana.
They began rounding up suspects yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


The homeless population is apparently growing in the Roanoke Valley..
A recent study found around 340 homeless people in the Valley -- 56 are children -- that's almost two hundred more people than in 1989.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


It's been a tough week at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado--
First, the release of videotapes made by the two teen gunmen who shot their classmates back in April.
But local authorities say they're close to catching the person who made a threat to the school over the Internet.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, December 17th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[Threat-Columbine]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly ]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A sheriff's spokesman in Littleton, Colorado says authorities are close to figuring out who made a threat to Columbine High School over the Internet.
That prompted the school to cancel classes yesterday, as well as today.
Jennifer Sabih has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kaufman/Jefferson Co. Schools; :39]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Sabih/Reporting; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=Jennifer Sabih for CBS news.]

((It was a time for celebration in a community trying hard to find something to celebrate about. Columbine's Christmas concert set up to honor the officers who responded to last April's shooting went on as planned. Not so for the high school's final exams. They were cancelled along with all classes when a student saw a threat against the high school on an internet chat room. The threat capped off a week in which the haunting comments of vide tapes made by gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were made public. Combined it was enough to convince officials to start Christmas vacation two days early.
SOT: RICK KAUFMAN/JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

On April 20th 12 students and a teacher were killed at the school before the two gunmen turned the weapons on themselves. 8 months later, students are angry their emotional wounds aren't being allowed to heal.
MOS SOT

Authorities searched the school and found nothing suspicious. But still they took the message seriously. A message that read in part " I want to finish what begun." A message that under ordinary circumstances might be considered a hoax but in Littleton, Colorado these are no ordinary circumstances. ))

[2-Carroll-Drugs]


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


A ten month investigation in Carroll County has 21 people facing drug charges.
Sheriff Warren Manning says the investigation targeted people suspected of distributing cocaine and marijuana.
County deputies, state police and the Twin County Drug Task Force began rounding up suspects yesterday.

[S-Wilkins]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-47 32:03]
[GRAPHIC=budget]


Governor Gilmore will lay out his proposed spending in the state's next two-year budget this morning.
He is expected to ask for more money for tourism promotion and less for cultural institutions.
But don't expect any new tax cuts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Amherst Republican Vance Wilkins is just a month away from taking over as Speaker of the House.
He says Virginia's "no car tax" plan and food tax cut should continue to be phased in-- without any new tax cuts on the table.
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[SOT 11:41:19]
[IN Q=Well I think]

((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST CO.: WELL I THINK WE OUGHT TO DIGEST THESE BEFORE WE GET TOO CARRIED AWAY WITH SOMETHING ELSE. THESE STILL HAVE A COUPLE YEARS TO GO ON THE IMPLEMENTATION.))
[SUPER=@Wilkins;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=the implementation.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


Sources in the Gilmore administration say Wilkins' comments are fine with them.
They say there are NO plans for the Governor to announce a new tax cut today in his new two year budget.
We'll have more on the governor's budget proposal on News 7 at Noon.

[2-S-Bunting-Book]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-50 50:17]
[GRAPHIC=Josiah Bunting]


General Josiah Bunting is off the hook..
Prosecutor Gordon Saunders questioned the V-M-I's patent and copyright policies, but he concluded Superintendent Bunting did not violate the law.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/August, 1998]


Bunting got 50-thousand dollars in royalties for his book, "An Education for our Time."
Prosecutor Saunders estimates V-M-I employees spent eight to ten thousand dollars worth of time helping to type and edit the book. Saunders found V-M-I received no part of the royalties.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[ss=hold]


The president of V-M-I's Board of Visitors says the board was "aware of General Bunting's writings and wholeheartedly approves of these endeavors."

[E-Verna-Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-38 1:56:11]
[GRAPHIC=Verna Lewis]


Doctor Verna Lewis will be sentenced this morning for filing false tax returns.
In advance of that court date, the government filed an answer to her lawyer's complaint about ONE word the prosecutor had used in her closing argument.
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[V/O-NAT]
Karen Peters told the jury Doctor Lewis had been "hoodooing" her accountant, a comment Lewis' attorney said had racial overtones.
Prosecutor Peters says that's a "desperate, last- ditch claim of racism, false, frivolous, even malicious."
She says the verb to "hoodoo" means simply to fool, deceive, hoodwink or take advantage of.
Her 50- page response has eight exhibits including information on the Hoodoo Blues Band and the Hoodoo Ski Resort in Oregon.
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[E-Homeless-Survey]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-53 21:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The number is in the hundreds-- and many more people are living without the bare necessities.
And as Joy Sutton reports -- there is need now more then ever to help the homeless.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 00]
[SUPER=01-Janice Dinkins/Trust; :10]
[SUPER=07-Timothy Miles; :30]
[SUPER=07-Angy Yates; :57]
[SUPER=01-Frank Feather/Roanoke Valley Task Force; 1:30]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:43]
[RUNS=1:52]
[OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke.]

(( Trust is just one of many shelters in the Roanoke Valley filled to capacity -- with dozens of individuals and families searching for a place to stay.
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[SOT15:42:35]
[IN Q=Right now we can serve]

((RIGHT NOW WE CAN SERVE AS MANY AS 15 PEOPLE A NIGHT. WE'VE BEEN FULL FOR PROBABLY OVER A YEAR NOW))
[RUNS= 8]
[OUT Q=a year now]


That's why Trust is in the process of renovating this building -- an addition to their current facility -- it will be able to house 40 people a night -- people like Timothy Miles.
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[SOT 15:44:25]
[IN Q=I've been homeless for]

((I'VE BEEN HOMELESS FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS, JOB SITUATION, IT'S HARD TO FIND A GOOD JOB HERE))
[RUNS= 9]
[OUT Q=around here]


And there are also people in the Valley living in substandard housing.
Angy Yates and her 10 month old son live in this apartment on the 1700 block of Rorer Avenue.
She says they have no heat -- and roaches are everywhere.
Yates says these conditions aren't much better than being on the streets.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:12:35]
[IN Q=This is just as bad]

((THIS IS JUST AS BAD. THE BUGS THEY ATTACK YOU. IT'S BAD. I'VE FELT LIKE THAT MANY TIMES BEFORE))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=before]


The Roanoke Valley Task Force on Homeless released a study that found around 340 homeless people in the Valley -- 56 are children -- that's almost two hundred more people than in 1989.
The organization collected the data in hopes of providing government agencies and other organizations with information to better serve the homeless population.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT15:36:13]
[IN Q=There isn't such a thing]

((THERE ISN'T SUCH A THING AS TAKING A HOMELESS FAMILY AND SAYING HERE IS HOUSE. WE'LL PUT YOU IN IT THIS WEEK, HERE'S A JOB. THAT DOESN'T WORK BECAUSE THEY NEED A LOT OF SUPPORT ON A CONTINUAL BASIS))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=continual basis]


And for many without a place to go -- getting help may be just what they need to get back on their feet.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))

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((Archive: toys for tots))

[Shuttle-Launch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Discovery Launch]


After delaying lift- off last night, NASA expects to complete the paperwork that'll give the space shuttle ``Discovery'' the green light for orbit tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr., FL;]


Engineers are concerned about welds in the spacecraft's fuel lines, so experts are reviewing records of how the components were put together 20 years ago.
This latest delay could raise another problem-- worsening weather.
NASA would be left with a Saturday deadline to launch the shuttle to avoid Y-2-K problems.
The mission is considered critical, since astronauts are set to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been out of commission for a month.
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[E-Rescue-Daycare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-49 28:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Amherst County officials say they've come up with a new way to solve an old problem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


With a shortage of volunteers to handle daytime fire and rescue calls, the county is now recruiting daycare providers to help out.
Those persons would donate their time to care for the children of emergency volunteers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:37:26]
[IN Q=I've often heard]

((SHANNON DAVIS/RESCUE SQUAD VOLUNTEER: I'VE OFTEN HEARD MOTHERS SAY THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO DONATE THEIR TIME AND THEY WOULD LOVE TO GET THE TRAINING TO HELP THEIR COMMUNITY BUT THEY HAVE CHILDREN. I'VE HEARD THAT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS UP HERE. BUT I'VE ALSO HEARD OTHER INDIVIDUALS SAY WE'D LOVE TO HELP YOU, LET US KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO, AND THIS IS ONE AREA WHICH THEY CAN HELP US IF THEY'RE WILLING AND ABLE TO DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Davis/Rescue Squad Volunteer]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=able to do it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Anyone interested in being a daycare volunteer should contact their local fire department or rescue squad.
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[S-Tech-Toasties]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-43 1:37:26]
[GRAPHIC=Hokie fever]


Tech fans are eating up just about anything that has to do with the school.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


The latest company trying to make some money is marketing breakfast cereal.
Sugar-frosted corn flakes, of course, called "Hokie Toasties."
The Hokie Bird dug right in at yeseterday's ceremonies.
The cereal inspired one man at the event to write a song about it.
(///// SOT /////)
[NAT SOT SONG]
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Hokie Toasties will be on sale at Tech bookstores, Kroger and Wal Mart for starters.
The cereal is supposed to make it into campus dining halls by next spring.
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In sports, a U-V-A football player has his day in court, and J-M-U's Curtis Keaton picks up a post season award.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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21 people face drug charges after a ten month investigation in Carroll County.
Sheriff Warren Manning says the investigation targeted people suspected of distributing cocaine and marijuana.
County deputies, state police and the Twin County Drug Task Force began rounding up suspects yesterday.
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V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting has been cleared of the remaining allegations against him.
Prosecutor Gordon Saunders questioned the Institute's patent and copyright policies, but he concluded General Bunting did not violate the law.
Bunting got 50-thousand dollars in royalties for his book, "An Education for our Time."
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Doctor Verna Lewis will be sentenced this morning for filing false tax returns.
In advance of that court date, the government filed an answer to her lawyer's complaint about ONE word the prosecutor had used in her closing argument.
Karen Peters told the jury Doctor Lewis had been "hoodooing" her accountant, a comment Lewis' attorney said had racial overtones.
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You might say the Nelson County community of Love, Virginia lives up to its name....
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Or, at least serves as a most appropriate location for a romantic cabin getaway.
Royal Oaks includes 10 cabin units, many of which include such luxuries as Jacuzzis and fireplaces.
Despite the comforts INSIDE the cabins...you can also enjoy the great outdoors in its most natural setting.
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((JOHN TIPTON/ROYAL OAKS CABINS: ONE OF OUR GUESTS HERE-- SHE MADE A STATEMENT, "WHERE NATURE NEVER STOPS." WE'VE HAD DEER HERE IN THE YARD, TURKEYS, WE'VE HAD A BEAR HERE IN THE YARD. IT'S TOTALLY UN- DISTURBED HERE.))
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Take a closer look at this secluded cabin getaway, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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That's this week's "Time Off" segment, coming up tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning.
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