[7-E-Moment-Silence]

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Virginia law makers say it's not mandatory prayer, but its more than just silence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./File Tape;]


It's a bill calling for Virginia schoolteachers to tell students to "meditate, pray, or reflect" for one silent minute.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The state Senate signed off on it yesterday after 45 minutes of heated debate.
One supporter noted the Senate itself opens with a prayer.
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[SOT 13:10:06]
[IN Q=I would]

((SEN. KEN STOLLE/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU THAT IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA, A MOMENT OF SILENCE IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR OUR CHILDREN.))
[SOT SENATE 13;00:42]

((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: THIS BILL GOES TOO FAR. YOU CANNOT FORCE ME TO PRAY OR TO MEDITATE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :10]
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[OUT Q=to meditate.]
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The bill picked up support from Senators who voted against it -- eventually passing on a 28 to 11 vote.
Now it heads to the House.

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It passed the General Assembly twice and then Governor Allen vetoed it each time.
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[SUPER=04-Institute for Highway Safety;]


But now, a new bill that would make it illegal to carry children under age 16 in the back of a pickup truck could pass this year.
After all, there's a different governor.
And it's being sponsored by the Senate Floor Leader.
Tommy Norment says Drive Smart Virginia convinced him.
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[SOT 14:30:46]
[IN Q=They did]

((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-JAMES CITY CO.: THEY DID A STATEWIDE POLL WHICH FOUND THAT ABOUT 88 PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS FELT THAT IT WAS UNCOMPREHENSIBLE THAT UNRESTRAINED CHILDREN WOULD BE IN THE CARGO AREAS OF PICKUP TRUCKS. THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT IT WAS THAT THERE WAS HARDLY ANY VARIANCES IN THE RESPONSES FROM THE PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAN THERE WERE IN THE MORE URBANIZED AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tommy Norment/(R) James City Co.;]
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[OUT Q=urbanized areas.]
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[VO-NAT]


Last year in Virginia, 23 children were injured in the back of pickups.
42 were injured the previous year.
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[7-E-Monty-Jobs]


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Montgomery County holds the fate of a company in their hands... if the county has the workers, the company will come.
Now area agencies are springing into action to get potential employees to show up at a job expo next week-
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Monday;]


The challenge to fill 12 hundred new jobs was issued Monday by Congressman Rick Boucher on behalf of a telecommunications company.
Published reports have identified the company as EchoStar Communications.
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


The Virginia Employment Commission is already lobbying for a big turnout -- sending out six-thousand notices to area job seekers.
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[SOT 2:31:29 - :39]
[IN Q=I feel like]

((JERRY FRYE/RADFORD VEC DIRECTOR: I FEEL LIKE THE WORKFORCE, IF THEY'RE NOTIFIED THAT A GOOD PAYING EMPLOYER IS AVAILABLE IN THIS AREA, THEN THE WORKFORCE WILL SHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Frye/Radford VEC Director;]
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[OUT Q=workforce will show.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape]


Some of the 915 Volvo workers who are losing their jobs this month also received flyers about the potential customer service jobs.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your mid week forecast.
Mostly sunny and windy today.
High temperatures reach the upper 30s to low 40s.
Tonight mostly clear and less breezy.
Lows in the lower 20s.
The extended forecast....

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[45-E-Church-Money]


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Cancelled church services because of snow has cost some local churches thousands of dollars.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Consider]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Moore/Pastor; :11]
[SUPER=@Tina1; :36]
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((Consider Bonsack Baptist Church, where about 700 people worship. They'll have to kick in 40-thousand-dollars this Sunday alone, just to break even.
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[SOT 11:46:49]
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((CHURCHES DEPEND ON THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE AND WHEN AN OFFERING IS MISSED, IT ALMOST NEVER IS COMPLETELY MADE UP.))
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Moore says if the church winds up short, the music or youth ministry could suffer. And when services are cancelled, churchgoers lose more than money.
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[SOT 16:37:30]
[SOT 12:38:22]
[IN Q=Churches at best]

((CHURCHES AT BEST ARE FAMILIES. FAMILIES FUNCTION BEST WHEN THEY INTERACT AND HAVE CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER. BUTT BUTT BUTT TINA TENRET/NEWS7: CHURCHES SAY THEY WON'T KNOW THE FULL IMPACT OF THE SNOW CANCELLATIONS UNTIL THEY COUNT NEXT SUNDAY'S OFFERINGS, TO SEE IF PEOPLE MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. TINA TENRET NEWS7))
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[45-E-Monty-Jobs]


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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-46]
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Montgomery County area agencies are putting their best foot forward to meet a challenge.
A telecommunications company says it will move into the county if enough prospective employees show up for a job expo one week from today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Monday;]


The challenge to fill 12 hundred new jobs was issued Monday by Congressman Rick Boucher on behalf of a telecommunications company.
Published reports have identified the company as EchoStar Communications.
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


The Virginia Employment Commission is already lobbying for a big turnout -- sending out six-thousand notices to area job seekers.
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[SOT 2:31:29 - :39]
[IN Q=I feel like]

((JERRY FRYE/RADFORD VEC DIRECTOR: I FEEL LIKE THE WORKFORCE, IF THEY'RE NOTIFIED THAT A GOOD PAYING EMPLOYER IS AVAILABLE IN THIS AREA, THEN THE WORKFORCE WILL SHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Frye/Radford VEC Director;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=workforce will show.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape]


Some of the 915 Volvo workers who are losing their jobs this month also received flyers about the potential customer service jobs.
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[45-E-NS-Cuts]


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More cutbacks at Norfolk Southern.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The railroad is offering a buy out package worth 45-thousand dollars to its unionized clerical workers in Roanoke.


About 270 workers are eligible.
The company also plans to eliminate 37-positions later this month-- also in Roanoke.
N-S says it's having a hard time competing with tractor trailers and other railroads but stands by its takeover of Conrail.
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[SOT 4:45:12]
[IN Q=There's no ]

((SUSAN BLAND/NS PUBLIC RELATIONS MGR: THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT CONRAIL IS, WAS, AND WILL BE THE RIGHT MOVE. IT'S GOING TO OFFER TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Bland/NS Public Relations Manager]
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[OUT Q=for growth.]
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[VO-NAT]


This week's announcement follows two other restructuring moves, resulting in more than 17-hundred early retirement packages and layoffs.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news now to check the mid- week forecast...
Mostly sunny and windy today with highs near 40.
Staying mostly clear, but becoming less breezy overnight, with lows around 22.
Looking ahead to the next five days... partly sunny and gradually warmer.
Highs in the 40s and low 50s.

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[8-E-Photographs]


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Black History month is underway -- and a unique father and son photo exhibit at the Old Georgetown Deli and Pub in Roanoke is highlighting this year's celebration.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[IN Q=Nat Sound]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Hale/Photographer; :13]
[SUPER=01-Robert Hale/Photographer; :25]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:11]
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(([NATSOUND 11:17]
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Robert and Bob Hale capture people's life styles in their photographs.

[SOT 7:06]
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((BOB HALE: A LOT OF TIMES MY WORK IS BECAUSE I CARRY A CAMERA ALL THE TIME AND IN DOING THIS I CAN JUST DOCUMENT WHAT IS GOING ON DAY BY DAY.))
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((ROBERT HALE: FOR ME TO TRY AND CAPTURE SOME OF THEIR SPIRIT ON FILM TO SHOW OTHER PEOPLE IT IS A WAY OF SPREADING WHAT I SEE AND FEEL OUT TO OTHER PEOPLE.))
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While Black History month is giving the Roanoke natives the chance to display their work - father and son both say the images captured in their work are universal.

[SOT 3:48]
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((ROBERT HALE: MY IMAGES REFLECT PEOPLE I FOUND FASCINATING.))
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((BOB HALE: YOU SEE A PICTURE IN SOMEONE THE AVERAGE PERSON WOULD JUST PASS BY.))
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[PUT BITES TOGETHER PLEASE]
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((BOB HALE: I STOP TO TAKE IT AND 2 OR 3 PEOPLE WOULD LOOK AT ME AND SAY WHAT DOES HE SEE.))
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After 60 years of capturing images Bob calls himself a self described street photographer while Robert considers his photographs more professional, after a little more then 40 years taking snap shots.
[NAT SOUND 11:30 OR SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE]
[RUNS= 5]


Displaying their photographs together has given them the opportunity to look back through the years of being inspired by the world around them.

[SOT 9:37]
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((BOB HALE: WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT YOUR WORK YOU'RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE TIMES SO YOU'RE SEEING MORE THEN THE PICTURE YOU'RE SEEING WHAT CREATED THAT MOMENT, OR TIME OF YEAR, OR SEASON.))
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Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.
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[8-S-Cooper]


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Roanoke is mourning the loss of a popular radio announcer who brought his familiar voice to the Star City for more than 30 years.
Gary E. Cooper died yesterday of a heart attack.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well Good Afternoon]

((WELL GOOD AFTERNOON, WELCOME TO THE WRIS BULLETIN BOARD.))
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[OUT Q=welcome to the WRIS Bulletin Board]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1999; ]


Cooper got his start at WROV in 1958 when an overnight announcer came down with the flu.
But he spent most of his career as a mainstay of WRIS AM and WJLM-FM.
When Cooper gave up his daily air shift last May, he had been hosting "The Swap Shop" for 38 years.
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Cooper said then that he was blessed with a fulfilling career, and was proud of his place in Roanoke radio history. He passed away at his home. Cooper was 62- years old.

[8Weather]


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Let's take another look at today's weather...
Mostly sunny and windy, with highs around 40.
Mostly clear tonight with less of a breeze.
Lows in the lower 20s.
Looking ahead to the next five days... partly sunny and gradually warmer.
Highs in the 40s and low 50s.

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